from the not-being-a-felon-isn't-always-hard dept.
jtcm writes "Three men have been charged with conspiring to violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act after federal investigators found that they allegedly offered a cracker more than $250,000 to assist with breaking Dish Network's satellite TV encryption scheme: '[Jung] Kwak had two co-conspirators secure the services of a cracker and allegedly reimbursed the unidentified person about $8,500 to buy a specialized and expensive microscope used for reverse engineering smart cards.
He also allegedly offered the cracker more than $250,000 if he successfully secured a Nagra card's EPROM (eraseable programmable read-only memory), the guts of the chip that is needed to reverse-engineer Dish Network's encryption.' Kwak owns a company known as Viewtech, which imports and sells Viewsat satellite receiver boxes. Dish Network's latest encryption scheme, dubbed Nagra 3, has not yet been cracked by satellite TV pirates."
Hudongqing writes: "http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6978384.stm From BBC News: Regulators are due to make a decision whether to allow human-animal embryos to be created and used for research. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is expected to give the plan the go-ahead in principle — but each case will still be judged individually.
Scientists want to create hybrid embryos by merging human cells with animal eggs in a bid to extract stem cells.
Dr Lyle Armstrong University, of Newcastle University, said: "It's not our intention to create any bizarre cow-human hybrid, we want to use those cells to understand how to make human stem cells better."
But Josephine Quintavalle, of the campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said the HFEA was wrong to be pushing ahead with a decision: "Many people will be horrified if this is allowed."