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Submission + - Norwegian telco Telenor password algorithm reveale (dagbladet.no)

An anonymous reader writes: Thousands of customers network traffic (10000 according to hardware.no) has been laid open due to Norwegian telco Telenor and Zyxzel generating the WPA password based on a master key, SSID and MAC address. They knew about lists beeing circulated on hacker forums since July, but did not do anything about it until the newspapers ran the story. When asked wether this was a fault by them by incompetency, or simply the fact that hackers will always be able to find their way in the spokesperson replied that it was not their fault, but simply a fact that some hackers are skilled.

Submission + - US says Genes should not be patentable (nytimes.com)

Geoffrey.landis writes: A friend-of-the-court brief filed by the U.S. Department of Justice says that genes should not be patentable.

“We acknowledge that this conclusion is contrary to the longstanding practice of the Patent and Trademark Office, as well as the practice of the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies that have in the past sought and obtained patents for isolated genomic DNA,” they wrote.

The argument that genes in themselves (as opposed to, say, tests made from genetic information, or drugs that act on proteins made by genes) should be patentable is that "genes isolated from the body are chemicals that are different from those found in the body" and therefore are eligible for patents. This argument is, of course, completely silly, and apparently the U.S. government may now actually realize that.

Comment Re:why? (Score 2, Informative) 234

10 years ago when I was at a university they also said that they would reset to factory defaults, this never ever happened, though. Probably because senior citizens are hired to supervise exams here in Norway.

Also, even if they did, the calculator I had could store data and programs in flash, which wouldn't be affected by a factory reset.

The only way a factory reset would have affected me was that I would have had to turn RPN back on.

Comment Re:A self righteous self important prick (Score 1) 489

Who the hell is this guy to decide for a democratically elected government what should remain secret or not? I don't remember voting for him.

How do you know who to vote for if important information has been withheld from the public for generations? I agree that governments need secrets, but I think this leak shows that the government keeps way too many secrets.

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