stevedcc writes "This weekend sees the release of The Hunt for Gollum a Lord of the Ringrs fan-film. It'll be available on the web for free. The BBC are running an article about the making of the film, with a budget of £3,000 (spent mostly on costumes and make-up). There were 160 contributors involved, many over the internet." Link to Original Source top
stevedcc writes "The Guardian is running a story about RMS's views on cloud computing, with a particular focus on user's access to data and the sacrifices made for convenience. From the article:
"It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign," he told The Guardian.
"Somebody is saying this is inevitable — and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it's very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true."
stevedcc writes "BBC news is reporting that Intel's offices in Munich, Germany have been raided by European Union competition regulators. From the article:
"I can confirm that there has been a raid on our offices in Munich," Mr Mulloy said.
"As is our normal practice, we are co-operating with authorities," he added.
Regulators have the power to fine Intel up to 10% of annual turnover if they find it guilty of stifling competition.
stevedcc writes "The Guardian is running an article about seven groups of writers creating their own ventures to deliver content over the internet, bypassing the movie studios. There is a mention of one particular project involving A-list talent that will be released in 50 or so daily segments. From the article:
"It's a whole new model to bring content directly to the masses," said screenwriter Aaron Mendelsohn. "We're gathering together a team of A-list TV and film writers, along with their A-list equivalent from Silicon Valley."
stevedcc writes "You may have heard about Swedish security expert Dan Egerstad exposing password and login information for various embassy accounts and government servers. Well, anandtech are running a story about how he got the information: he ran a specialised packet sniffer on 5 Tor exit nodes ran by his corporation. From the article
Unfortunately, many Tor users do not realize that all of their network traffic is being exposed to Tor nodes. Tor users who do not use encryption are broadly exposing themselves to identity theft. Egerstad was originally doing a study on e-mail encryption, but during the course of the research project, he decided to create the packet sniffer and expose sensitive e-mail login data in order to increase awareness of the fact that Tor exposes sensitive information when not used with encryption.
I've heard people criticise anonymising networks before, saying you never know who's running them or watching them. Is this a taste of goverments' own medicine?" Link to Original Source top
stevedcc writes "Anandtech are running an article about a Minnesota man who is asking for the breathlyzer source code as part of his defence against a drunk driving charge. From the article:
One of the common criticisms (which is also made of voting machines) of breath devices is that the "state-certified" models are updated even after they are certified. The companies that manufacture the machines make tweaks, bug fixes, and even add new features, but the machines are not generally recertified after every single source code change. This means that any given machine could potentially be running non-certified code, code which may or may not have errors.....As a bonus, if a company proves unwilling to turn over the code, the case often gets thrown out without any need to prove that the source code is in fact flawed.
...we have become used to a constant roundabout of hi-tech legal wrangling. Barely a month goes by without the threat of legal action against one tech giant or another. The gigantic — and often monopolistic — nature of the telecommunications, computing and internet industries has meant that there is always somebody ready to take a shot in the courts (and that there is often plenty of money to pay for an army of lawyers).
stevedcc writes "The UK newspaper, the Guardian are running a story about a minimally conscious patient who spent more than six years in a near-vegetative state. He used to be fed through a straw and communicated through ocassionally mouthing words. He has received a brain implant. He can now eat normally, talk and brush his hair. From the article:
With the parents' agreement, the man was fitted with brain electrodes that fed into twin regions of the central thalamus and hooked up to a pacemaker implanted under the skin of the chest during a 10-hour operation. He was then treated with electrical pulses for 480 days.....It is the first time the technique, called deep brain stimulation, has been used to treat a patient in what neuroscientists refer to as a minimally conscious state. It is also the first clear sign that it may be possible to rehabilitate people with such severe brain damage that they have previously been considered untreatable by modern medicine.
stevedcc writes "BBC News is running an article about social science researchers using virtual worlds like World of Warcraft and Second Life as research tools, allowing some research that would not otherwise be possible, as well as reducing the cost for other research issues. From the article:
Online worlds offer great potential to social scientists because they overcome some of the problems these researchers encounter when gathering subjects in the real world, Dr William Bainbridge, head of Human-Centred Computing at the US National Science Foundation, wrote in the journal... The games could let scientists carry out large-scale studies of alternative governmental regimes that would be "next to impossible in society at large," he wrote.
stevedcc writes "New Scientist is running a story about a technology that allows travellers to make mobile phone calls at high altitude. The European Aviation Safety Agency have given permission for the technology to be fitted to commercial jets. From the article:
It's the first time anywhere in the world that a system has been authorised and confirmed for the safe operation of phones and BlackBerry-type devices on aircraft.
stevedcc writes "New Scientist are running an article about using sound waves to communicate between different devices attached to a user's body, avoiding the potential interception issues of wireless signals. From the article:
They want to use the human skeleton to transmit commands reliably and securely to wearable gadgets and medical implants. Their research, funded by Microsoft and Texas Instruments, could also lead to new ways for people with disabilities to control devices such as computers and PDAs.
stevedcc writes "Ars Technica is running a story about next week's release of AACS, which is intended to fix the current compromises. The only problem is, the patched version has already been cracked. From the article:
Despite the best efforts of the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Licensing Administration (AACS LA), content pirates remain one step ahead. A new volume key used by high-def films scheduled for release next week has already been cracked.
stevedcc writes "A story at NewScientist discusses pushing magnetic regions along nanowires at 110 metres per second, 100 times faster than previously possible. This reduces mechanical parts and could result in much more robust storage devices." top
stevedcc writes "So, this is an anecdotal account. But since I can't find any details of security warnings for MSN messenger more recent than April (http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/update/b ulletins/200504_msnmessenger.mspx), and they did their forced upgrade in May, and I got hacked through a friend's compromised MSN account earlier today, i thought i'd submit:
A friend from years ago that i don't talked to much messaged me with MSN earlier today. Shortly after, I was logged out. I ran a virus scanner, then booted into linux. By that time, my Gmail and Skype accounts had had their passwords changed (different password to MSN, but the same as each other). After talking to the friend by 'phone, his account had been compromised too. Anyone got any details on this?"