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Comment Re:Privacy laws (Score 0) 318

In Germany and many other countries in the EU it is specifically forbidden to intentionally connect to a wireless network of which you are not the proprietor or have access rights to, let alone record its traffic. It doesn't matter if the network is unsecured or not. It is simply not allowed. Nothing magical about it.

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Nose Scanners — the New Face of Biometrics? 115

An anonymous reader writes "Forget fingerprints and ID cards, this photo story shows how the latest thing in biometrics is nose scanning! Bath university researchers have claimed that the nose will soon be able to be used as a way of identifying a person. Apparently the 'PhotoFace system captures a 3D image of a person's face by taking several photos lit from different angles to throw shadows on the face and then building a model of facial features. The software determined that there are six main nose shapes: Roman, Greek, Nubian, Hawk, Snub and Turn-up.' Some cool pictures make this worth a click — but what happens if a person breaks their nose?!"

Comment Re:4 Screens (Score 1) 460

I'd love to know how you configured that setup? I have tried that with KDE 4.3 using two Nvidia cards (each dual-DVI capable) and connecting three monitors but TwinView doesn't natively allow for more than two monitors. What it does seem to allow is for one of the "twin views" to be composed of two xinerama screens though. It then puts that xinerama dual-screen together with the regular screen as TwinView. But that screws up the screen borders, i.e. maximising a window on the xinerama dual-screen gets stretched over both monitors.

What did you do?


FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux 206

dnaumov writes "FreeNAS, a popular, free NAS solution, is moving away from using FreeBSD as its underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers, can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."

The State of UK Broadband — Not So Fast 279

Barence writes "The deplorable speed of British broadband connections has been revealed in the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, which show that 42.3% of broadband connections are slower than 2Mb/sec. More worryingly, the ONS statistics are based on the connection's headline speed, not actual throughput, which means that many more British broadband connections are effectively below the 2Mb/sec barrier. Better still, a separate report issued yesterday by Ofcom revealed that the majority of broadband users had no idea about the speed of their connection anyway."

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