F-3582 writes "The PS3 has finally been cracked wide open! The secret code signing key has finally been discovered. Or as Marcan42 tweets:
“FWIW lightning talks tomorrow are at 11:30-13:45. PS3 demo will be 4 minutes _somewhere_ within that range (to be determined). They can try to whitelist every existing piece of official PS3 code... but good luck with that. IOW they CANNOT change keys or fix this in a new firmware, because stuff we sign is every bit as good as existing official software. Wii fakesigning vs. PS3 epic fail: Wii issue is a BUG in console code (fixable), PS3 issue is a FAIL in THEIR secret signer (not fixable).”
F-3582 writes "From the article: 'Here is some of the first news to come out of the Tokyo Auto Salon 2010: Polyphony Digital has partnered with auto technology company Denso to develop a GPS-track day unit, one of which will be included in the new Toyota FT-86G.' Furthermore 'MotorTrend editor Peter Lyon was also able to confirm that a 3D version of GT5 will be available as soon as 3D TVs become available on the market'" Link to Original Source top
F-3582 writes "Games are bad, mkay? Especially first person shooters have been always the target of populist right-wing politicians, as well as publicity-whoring federal prosecutors. However, according to a recent study 'racing games cause more agitation and aggression in players than shooters'. The scientists had created a face-off between Project Gotham Racing, a 3D Ping Pong game and an un-named First Person Shooter, all being played on the Xbox360. According to the article, 'PGR caused the greatest change in heart rate and brain activity, while the FPS caused the smallest change'." Link to Original Source top
F-3582 writes "Ever wondered why medicine was that expensive while there are good cheap alternatives? One part of the equation are people called "medical representatives", but could be as well described as "drug dealers" — people who visit your physician in order to convince him/her to prescribe "their" drugs. And apparently they are really good at it. One of the videos intended to train their convincing skills has now been leaked to the public and gives some disturbing insight in how doctors can be manipulated. Seeforyourselves." top
F-3582 writes "Things are looking grim for the popular MAME project aimed at preserving the arcade games of our past: PayPal has frozen the accounts of The Guru and confiscated approx. $5000 of funds which had been donated recently in order to strike a special deal aimed on dumping a large number of heavily protected MCUs.
F-3582 writes "I just found this interesting article on the Wikileaks blog about the Bank Julius Baer trying to shut them down, but I'm too lazy/tired to write anything about it. Basically it is about the second restraining order (basically an amendment of the first) against Wikileaks which is so overly broad that it might even affect Julius Baer's very own websites, email traffic and corporate communication. It could result in juliusbaer.com becoming de-listed, as well." Link to Original Source top
F-3582 writes "By modifying a TV remote a 14-year-old boy from Lodz, Poland, managed to gain control over the junctions of the tracks. According to The Register the boy had 'trespassed in tram depots to gather information needed to build the device. [...] Transport command and control systems are commonly designed by engineers with little exposure or knowledge about security using commodity electronics and a little native wit.' Four trams derailed in the process injuring a number of passengers. The boy now 'charges at a special juvenile court of endangering public safety.'" top
F-3582 writes "German Bureaucracy has jumped the shark once more! In an overly-broad "Anti-Cyber-Crime Amendment" passed by the German Parliament against the recommendations of numerous experts and companies, four days ago, "developing, programming, passing, distributing and acquiring software that is able to penetrate a computer from the outside is considered illegal". Afewpeople don't seem to like this..." top
F-3582 writes "According to GameDaily (this article)
'Immersion and Sony Computer Entertainment have settled their differences and entered into a business agreement.'
When contacted by GameDaily Sony's Dave Karraker stated:
We are very pleased to have reached a cooperative agreement with Immersion regarding the use of its advanced vibration technology (haptics technology). We look forward to working closely with them as we explore new and innovative ways to utilize this technology in PlayStation products.
This 'cooperative agreement' includes 'quarterly installments of $1,875,000 (for a total of $22,500,000) beginning on March 31, 2007 and ending on December 31, 2009; Sony will also pay Immersion certain other fees and royalty amounts. In addition, Immersion has agreed not to sue Sony or enforce the original permanent injunction that was issued back in March 2005.'" top
F-3582 writes "After three months of getting behind the schedule the X.Org Foundation has announced the release of a new X.
From the Press Release: "X11R7.2 [...] incorporates significant stability and correctness fixes, including improved autoconfiguration heuristics, enhanced support for GL-based compositing managers such as Compiz and Beryl, and improved support for PCI systems with multiple domains. It also incorporates the new, more extensible XACE security policy framework."" top
Biogas can replace the natural gas which the European Union imports from Russia. This is the conclusion drawn by a new and yet unpublished study by the Institute of Energy and Environment in Leipzig. According to the study, the entire need for natural gas in the European Union can be met by Biogas.
The study infers that there is enough acreage along the gas pipelines to produce the required amount of biomass without having an impact on food production.
If the potential of biogas is utilized properly, the EU will be able to reduce its Carbon Dioxide emissions by ten percent. This alone would achieve the objectives set by the Kyoto protocol.
F-3582 writes "According to this (German) site a Debian Live-CD has been ported to the Cell. They write:
"The Live-CD is a Debian 4.0 system which is already available for download on several other platforms. The Playstation 3 (PS3) version will include a minimalist Gnome desktop and the Firefox web browser. The officially unreleased Debian 4.0 a.k.a. Etch features Gnome 2.14 and Firefox 22.214.171.124. The Kernel will be Linux 2.6.18."
Furthermore the included Debian Installer will allow for installation of the Live system on the PS3."