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Censorship

Submission + - RSA Vulnerable to Irony (securescience.net)

lacker2000 writes: A week prior to the RSA Conference 2009, Secure Science Corporation exposed 3 vulnerabilities within the "rsaconference.com" website that if manipulated by criminals could have ruined all the fun for the conference. Less than a week after, a live cross-site scripting vulnerability was located within the search engine of the "rsa.com" website. All of these feats were posted as a set of 5 "blogisodes" ending in an eloquent diatribe chronicling SSC's difficult experience with obtaining their conference badges as they were held in purgatory while being given the third degree by the conference managers regarding the public disclosure of their research.
Wii

Submission + - Wii warm-up hones surgical skills (newscientist.com)

MSRedfox writes: "You might think it a bad idea for trainee surgeons to play games on the Nintendo Wii when they should be studying, but it might be time well spent." "Wii-playing residents scored 48 per cent higher on tool control and performance than those without the Wii warm-up." Once again, the Wii is being used by non-gaming crowds with good success. More about the study can be found at http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/mg19726396.100-a-wii-warmup-hones-surgical-skills.html
Handhelds

Submission + - Do Blackberry devices ruin your social life (idg.com.au)

StonyandCher writes: Finally staff have realised that Blackberry devices can strip away a balance between your work and social spheres, and have expressed fears about these devices taking over their lives. An Australian federal government department stalled the distribution of a new fleet of BlackBerries following fears the devices would have a negative impact on the work/life balance of staff. Staff expressed fears about BlackBerries contributing to a longer working day and felt it was going a step too far because mobile phones are adequate for out-of-office contact. The Blackberries were purchased for the Minister for Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts, Peter Garrett, as well as 40 other executives including senior departmental staff. However, access to the new devices was delayed after concerns were expressed about the BlackBerries infringing on the work/life balance of staff. According to a source within the department, who requested anonymity, there are a number of government decision-makers that believe executive staff should rarely be contacted after-hours and if necessary can be contacted by mobile phone.

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