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Hardware Hacking

Submission + - 'Unbreakable' encryption?

billsoxs writes: Wired is running a story about the Swiss using an "unbreakable" encryption for their electronic voting. The claim is:

"A computer in Geneva, provided by the company id Quantique, will fire photons, or particles of light, down a fiber-optic link to a receiver 62 miles away.

If anybody wanted to eavesdrop on the line, they would need to intercept the photons, which means they won't make it to the destination. The operators of the line will then know that someone is listening in."
Is it just me — or does everyone else see an obvious hack? That is capturing the photons at the hack point and broadcasting a new matching — or edited — set of photons. How many other easy hacks do people see?
The Internet

Submission + - Yahoo photos closing 1

billsoxs writes: This should come as no surprise but Yahoo photos is now closing — and Yahoo is trying to get people to shift to Flickr. An email from Yahoo states:

Dear Yahoo! Photos user,

For some time now, we've supported two great photo sharing services: Yahoo! Photos and Flickr. But even good things come to an end, and we've decided to close Yahoo! Photos to focus all our efforts on Flickr — the award-winning photo sharing community that TIME Magazine has called "completely addictive."

We will officially close Yahoo! Photos on Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. Until then, we are offering you the opportunity to move to another photo sharing service (Flickr, KODAK Gallery, Shutterfly, Snapfish, or Photobucket), download your original-resolution photos back to your computer, or buy an archive CD from our featured partner (for users of the New Yahoo! Photos only). All you need to do is tell us what to do with your photos before we close, after which any photos remaining on Yahoo! Photos will be deleted and no longer accessible.

Of course, we hope you'll join us at Flickr (you can even use your Yahoo! ID), but we also realize that Flickr may not be for everyone. In the end, we want you to find the service that's right for you, and we hope you take some time to learn more about your options before making this important decision.

Please give us your decision by Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. After that time, any photos remaining in Yahoo! Photos will be deleted. Click here to make your decision, or review a list of our frequently asked questions.

Thanks for being a part of the Web's largest photo sharing service — we hope to see you over at Flickr!

The Yahoo! Photos team

Submission + - Peer review of patents - will it help? (

billsoxs writes: IEEE spectrum is running a story about a trial run at peer review of patents — particularly those nasty software patents. From the article:

"Qualcomm v. Broadcom. Amazon v. IBM. Apple v. seemingly everyone. The number of high-profile patent lawsuits in this country has reached a staggering level. Hoping to curtail the orgy of tech-industry litigation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is experimenting with reforming the way patents are applied for and processed. Launching on 18 June 2007 was an Internet-based peer-review program whereby anyone (yes, even you) can help to evaluate a number of software patent applications voluntarily submitted for public evaluation. The one-year pilot Peer-to-Patent program is a collaboration between the USPTO and New York Law School's Institute for Information Law and Policy, in New York City. The program's Web site allows users to weigh in on patent applications by researching, evaluating, submitting, and discussing prior art, which is any existing information, such as articles in technology journals and other patents, relevant to the applicant's claims."


Submission + - No third-party apps on iPhone says Jobs

wyldeone writes: "In an interview with the New York Times, Steve Jobs confirms reports that the recently-announced iPhone will not allow third party applications to be installed. According to Jobs, 'These are devices that need to work, and you can't do that if you load any software on them.' In a similar vein, Jobs said in a MSNBC article that, 'Cingular doesn't want to see their West Coast network go down because some application messed up.'"

Submission + - Mars probe may have spotted lost Sojourner rover

Maggie McKee writes: "NASA's eagle-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter may have spotted the tiny, toaster oven-sized Sojourner rover just a few meters away from its companion, the Mars Pathfinder lander. It appears to have crawled there in an attempt to re-establish contact with the lander after the lander had already died. But the pictures aren't clear enough to definitively ID the rover, and it's possible Sojourner simply took off on its own. If it were miraculously still alive after 10 years, it could be 3 kilometers away from Pathfinder — and probably impossible to find, even with MRO."

Submission + - Security solution for a laptop

computernut writes: "I recently had a bike stolen in the middle of the night from outside my apartment, and it made me think about the safety/security of my laptop and other electonic gizmos that I own. I take the standard precautions with my laptop, I carry a laptop lock cable where ever I take the laptop, use a non laptop bag to carry it and just ordered one of these security stickers There are plenty of articles that crop up on the web that talk about laptop security. A google search brought back plenty... here's one, and another and another and another What methods do other slashdoters use to protect their laptops and other electronic items in the real world ? Has anyone ever had an occasion when one of these methods has actually saved something of theirs ?"

Submission + - Wireless Power is finally here

oxide7 writes: "Wireless battery technology was unveiled at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show by Powercast LLC, promising to set consumers free from power cables and heavy power adapters. The company claims its Powercaster and Powerharvester modules can recharge batteries in consumer devices smaller than a cellphone using RF broadcasts from up to a meter away."

Submission + - Security Theater, With Ads

yali writes: Security experts like Bruce Schneier have criticized America's airport screening system as a lot of security theater and not much else. Well, what happens when the theater starts running ads? CNN reports that, following a pilot program at LAX, the TSA is getting ready to sell ad space in those ubiquitous gray X-ray trays in order to raise revenue. Is it right for a government agency to foist advertisements on a captive audience? And once the TSA becomes dependent on ad revenue, will it get that much harder to convince them to roll back ineffective procedures?
The Internet

Submission + - Desperate House Gamers Launches Site for Women

An anonymous reader writes: January 12, 2007 — While the world of video gaming still remains a male-dominated one, gaming amongst females is on the rise. Yet despite the growing numbers of so-called "girl gamers", little marketing is directed or tailored towards their particular perspective. To address this gap, Desperate Housegamers (DHG) is announcing the launch of its female-oriented gaming site, dedicated to all aspects of gaming. Boasting the same features found on most gaming sites, such as game and gadget reviews, DHG caters to the female perspective while acknowledging that women are just as interested in gaming as men.

As with men, female gamers can be found in every age group. One of the fastest growing segments of the market is made up of women over the age of 18, who currently represent 38% of the gaming market — a larger segment than that represented by under-18 males, according to the Electronic Software Association. Casual games, such as Bejeweled or Tetris, are largely responsible for the boom in gaming by women over 18. Younger women often enjoy games typically thought of as "boy games", but are frequently overlooked or misunderstood by marketers.

"Female gamers of every stripe exist out there," says DHG founder Mike Krakauskas, "but they're largely ignored by the gaming industry. Most existing gaming sites are very male-oriented, from their design to their content." DHG aims to give female gamers a place they feel comfortable, and where they won't have to battle their male counterparts for respect. DHG also intends to provide female gamers with a forum where they can express their views and voice their opinions, as well as simply socialize with likeminded women.

About Desperate Housegamers: The Desperate Housegamers website can be found at Updated daily with news features, articles and reviews, DHG provides gamers with the latest gaming information tailored specifically for women. Features include community forums as well as a live voice chat room where women can discuss anything from gaming to general chit-chat.
The Internet

Submission + - Jail for EU p2p file sharers?

An anonymous reader writes: The European Parliament will vote at the end of this month on a controversial directive to criminalise infringements of all intellectual property rights (trademark, copyright, patents, etc). Some deputies has tabled amendments to require jail for non-commercial copyright infringements, such as internet filesharing. One of those deputies is Janelly Fourtou, the wife of Jean-René Fourtou, boss of Vivendi-Universal. Other amendments intends to criminalise "attempting, aiding or abetting and inciting" copyright infringements, which could render illegal all filesharing software. Recently, a court in Japan found the software author of Winny guilty of aiding copyright infringements.

Submission + - Apple ad suggests iPhone will have Arm inside

General Lee's Peking writes: According to this article, the iPhone's CPU may be ARM instead of PowerPC. A previous article which had been retracted had jumped the gun and reported Intel as the supplier of the iPhone's CPU. So it appears Mac OS X has been ported to yet another architecture.

Submission + - On again, off again with Sony...

njkid1 writes: "So the CES show probably hasn't been the strongest that Sony has seen. Sure, the company's won a technical Emmy, and I'm sure that MotorStorm and a couple of other games have left some surefire impressions on the floor, but their promises and announcements haven't exactly been on the mark. n-off-again-with-sony&ncid=AOLGAM000500000000011"

Submission + - Vista business sales stronger than expected

angelasmark writes: It appears Vista may be making a little bit bigger splash with businesses than a lot of us thought it would. According to an article here Vista has outsold Win2k when you compare sales of each during its first month. Maybe its a little too early to say Vista is a dud?

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