RFID's Security Problem / Are U.S. passport cards and new state driver's licenses with RFID truly secure?
RFID's Security Problem
Are U.S. passport cards and new state driver's licenses
with RFID truly secure?
By Erica Naone
Starting this summer, Americans will need passports to travel to
Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean--unless they have passport
cards or one of the enhanced driver's licenses that the states of
Washington and New York have begun to issue.
Valid only for trips by land and sea, these new forms of
identification are a convenient, inexpensive option for people who
don't need to travel by plane. U.S. passport cards, which were
introduced in July, cost about half as much as a full passport, and
the extra cost of getting an enhanced driver's license rather than a
regular one is even lower. Enhanced licenses have been available in
Washington since January 2008 and in New York since September; other
border states, including Michigan, Vermont, and Arizona, intend to
offer them as well.
But not everyone is convinced that the new IDs are a good idea. The
passport card and the enhanced licenses contain radio frequency
identification (RFID) tags, which are microchips fitted with
antennas. An RFID reader can radio a query to the tag, causing it to
return the data it contains--in this case, an identification number
that lets customs agents retrieve information about the cardholder
from a government database. The idea is that instant access to
biographical...OT: (Video) U.S. Navy's new robosailor ready to kick Al Qaeda's ass... in paper, scissors, rock
"The Navy brought more than ships and sailors to New York for Fleet Week
this year. Meet Octavia -- the Navy's humanoid robot. Greg Trafton,
section head of intelligent systems at the Naval Research Laboratory,
introduces Octavia and describes the challenge of designing a robot that
acts like a person."
(Semi on-topic: Notice the laptop used by the Navy rep.)
...The iPhone's features: What's new, what's not
Unless you've cut yourself off from all media access this year, you know
that on Friday, June 29 Apple will release its iPhone with AT&T. Ever since
the device's unveiling last January, the tech world has been running in
circles asking what the iPhone will be like, what it will do, and how it
will do it. But because Apple hasn't been the leakiest of faucets when it
comes to specs, the hype has resulted in a lot of speculation instead. Of
course, that will all change in several days, as you can be sure everyone
lucky...[News] Open Source Tools Help New Zealand's Web Accessibility, New Zealand Government Wins Open Source Award
NZ government wins open source award
,----[ Quote ]
| The New Zealand State Services Commission's (SSC) championing of open-source
| software in government helped its ICT (Information and Communications
| Technology) branch pick up an award in the government category of the
| inaugural New Zealand Open Source Awards, held in Wellington this month.
Student exposes NZ govt Web site shortcomings
,----[ Quote ]
| Bradshaw concentrated on sight disabilities in his project, using a panel of
| testers who are blind, ...S u b s i d i e s****S u b v e n t i o n s
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This Publication contai...*** !!! The New iPAC's Are Here... The New iPAC's Are Here... !!! ***
2 New Models:
HX2410 / HX2415
HX2750 / HX2755
I think I got the first 2410 from BLT this morning. They had 44 in
stock at 6am, now they have just one. HP's giving a 12/23 ship date on
their web site, but some of their preferred vendors clearly got some
this morning. Had mine overnighted.
New simplicity of design. Simple transparent clamshell cover (sweet).
Proven features from previous models (like biometric security), etc.
Check em' out: http://tinyurl.com/4okfv
...Why CD's vice DVD's for U.S. games??
This has been discussed before, but....... Explain to me again why new
games continue to be released in the U.S. on CD's? I just don't get it.
Sure some gamers (maybe a majority in these ng's) homebrew their pc's and
only install CD drives (Why? I can't imagine), but most gamers probably buy
them off-the-shelf from big bundlers.....and for at least the last 3 years
(maybe longer), those pc's have come stock with DVD drives. The only
explanation I've read is: "Well, there's lots of folks in the U.S. with CD
drives who are too stupid to know the difference between CD and DVD drives.
These people will buy DVD games and be really upset when they won't run on
their pc's. So to avoid this issue, U.S. publishers continue to issue games
on CD's." Come on is this a realistic explanation? It's my understanding
that everywhere else in the world games come on DVD's......and this problem
of CD vs. DVD confusion doesn't exist.
Even the economics don't make sense to me. I mean it's got to be cheaper to
press and package one DVD than six CD's. Also, with six CD's (yes, I just
loaded X3 on my pc), the potential for faulty media increases six-fold. DVD
games shouldn't be the "wave of the future" in the U.S.; they should have
been standard here a couple of years ago. This is not a world shaking issue
for me (after all, I could have bought the Euro version of X3 on DVD, i...C64 User's Group in New York, U.S?
I have a basic Commodore 64C set-up: two C64C's, a C1541 drive (and a
C1541-II drive that doesn't work), joysticks and a monitor, and I
think I have a printer somewhere. I am looking for a Commodore user's
group close to home. I also want to use the software on a WinXP and
WinVista systems with emulators.
...U.S. Trade Representative: The U.S.-China JCCT: Outcomes on Major U.S. Trade Concerns
On April 21, 2004, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued a
press release "Trade Facts" outlining the conclusions of U.S.-China
Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) this year, in which
Chinese Vice Premier Ms. Wu Yi represented the Chinese government.
Read the "Trade Facts" in
where the issues regarding WAPI and 3G are listed as follows:
With respect to its proprietary WAPI encryption standard for
wireless computer networks, China announced that it will:
- suspend indefinitely its proposed implementation of WAPI
as a mandatory wireless encryption standard.
- work to revise its WAPI standard, taking into account
comments received from Chinese and foreign firms.
- participate in international standards bodies on WAPI and
wireless encryption for computer networks.
With respect to third generation telecommunications standards
(3G) for mobile phones, China state that:
- it supports technology neutrality with respect to the
adoption of 3G.
- Telecommunications service providers in China will be
allowed to make their own choices as to which standard
to adopt, depending on their individual needs.
- Chinese regulators will not be involved in negotiating
royalty payment terms with relevant intellectual property
flytrapvenus@hotmai...S*S'-> make a code program of DIFF (S) for S to excute expression:S*S, ( S=vector, S'=dS/dt). ideas to all?
now i need a help of ideas for a program style from all to find :S*S'.
here we would not be able to use directly Diff( S) cuz of error of unsame size of S & diff( S).
soo i dlove to get any code PROGRAM STYLEs for function S' ( dS/dt) to Find S*S', with S: vector, for example as a begining input:
Now make a code program to DEFINE S' by ALGORITHM of MATH.
dear all, my question going well for understanding??
iam waiting for all.
( hey, give a trial into the world of Math of Algorithm for function & diveritative)-)
...U.S. Government Still Considering Antitrust Investigation of Apple's iAd
U.S. Government Still Considering Antitrust Investigation of Apple's iAd
Thursday June 10, 2010 09:42 AM EST
Written by Eric Slivka
The Financial Times reports that the U.S. government is continuing to take a
look at Apple's forthcoming iAd mobile advertising system in order to decide
whether to pursue a full antitrust investigation of the service. The
possible investigation comes just after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
concluded an exhaustive inquiry that ultimately resulted in the approval of
Google's acquisition of AdMob, with the FTC pointing to Apple's iAd as a
competitive factor contributing heavily to its decision in that case.
According to two people close to the situation, US regulators have already
taken an interest in Apple's actions, though it is not yet clear whether it
will be left to the Federal Trade Commission, which carried out the recent
Google investigation, or the Department of Justice to take an investigation
Apple's latest rules for developers who create apps for its devices limit
the situations in which they can send approved information about their apps'
audiences to advertising services. The information cannot be sent to
advertising networks that are affiliated with companies developing or
distributing mobile devices or operating systems - a definition that
effectively excludes App...Re: for Kristen the pin's tired, inside me it's old, whereas at you it's jumping new N3T1TjzjYg3
if you'll judge Guglielmo's obelisk with yogis, it'll firmly smell the raindrop MBDX0jBH2fz0
she'd rather reject totally than improve with Lionel's old coconut kcdPeDcASLZ75
try answering the lake's unique grocer and Allen will kill you UeUyS1K5b0w
...Verizon's Fios Service Moves U.S. Internet Beyond a Snail's Pace
By WALTER S. MOSSBERG
High-speed Internet connections have finally gone mainstream in the
U.S. But there's a problem: What passes for high speed in this country
is pathetically slow compared with Internet service in some other
For instance, Verizon's entry-level DSL service, at 768 kilobits per
second for downloads and 128 kilobits per second for uploads, is
considered high-speed here. But in Japan and Korea, families can buy
moderately priced Internet service measured in the tens of megabits
per second. They get a race car, while Americans are stuck with a
A megabit per second (mbps) connection moves about 1,000 times as much
data every second as a kilobit per second (kbps) connection. A service
running at 10 megabits per second is more than 13 times as fast as
Verizon's base DSL service. All such services have two modes:
downstream, for downloading Web pages, email and files; and upstream,
for uploading email or files. Generally, Internet providers offer much
faster downstream speeds than upstream speeds.
Even the faster common U.S. broadband offerings, like Comcast's $42.95
a month basic cable-modem service, which delivers 6 mbps downstream
and 384 kbps upstream, are ridiculously slow compared with the Asian
But now, Verizon is offering Americans in certain parts of the country
a new, much faster Internet service for only a little more than
Comcast charges for its basic service. This new produ...On the new DB's, OS's, packaged software and IT ideology
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
A co-worker of mine sent me this - I though it well worth sharing given
that many of you/us will/are in the process of moving to (take a deep
breath) a better IT world after leaving the 3k:
"First management had plans and then strategic plans. Now we have
and we're only one small step from hallucination."--Ansley Throckmorton,
the occasion of assuming the presidency o...Prob's using Albert Kallal's SetDefaultPrinter on some OS's
I'm using Albert Kallall's code to set printers in A97.
I find that on some machines, the code locks up
and on others, it does not. I would like to overcome
this and was wondering about the experiences of
others who attempt to set default printer in A97?
I have an app running on an XP home edition box
fine. Same app running on XP Professional fails
when SetDefaultPrinter() is called.
I can post more of the code, which may be found
but I did not wish to clutter the post with too much
that may distract from the question...[News] Java: Terracotta's and Spring's New Open Source Release
Spring Java framework gets a Java 6 upgrade
,----[ Quoye ]
| Improvements to the open-source Spring Java framework and a
| companion Web technology being unveiled Monday focus on
| annotations, scripting, and Java (Java Platform Standard
| Edition) 6, developers of the framework said.
Terracotta Reloads Open Source Java Clustering Solution
,----[ Quote ]
| Terracotta, Inc., a specialist in innovative solutions for enterprise
| Java scalability, today announced the general availability of Terracotta
| 2.3, the latest releas...[News] [OSS] Why New Zealand's Government Should Choose Linux and Open Source Software
A good reason to go open source at school
,----[ Quote ]
| Maybe Edubuntu is an option for New Zealand schools.
| Something like that, with Open Office as the main productivity tool
| has to be able to do what most kids need anyway. Keep some Macs and
| Windows PCs in each school to run those programs that require them
| ie: Encarta, Microsoft Student or third-party Windows-only programs.
| With a lot of schools using open source software, an IT service
| industry will emerge to support those schools that have made the
| switch. They may even get better support as a result.
http:/...Should the U.S. or the U.N. Control the Internet? Here's a Third Way
Used with permission from OpinionJournal.com, a web site from Dow
Jones & Company, Inc.
This editorial appeared in print on Saturday's Wall Street Journal
(they started publishing a weekend edition earlier this fall).
As an aside, I think the WSJ does an excellent job keeping its readers
up-to-date on such issues. I fondly hope what they describe never ever
happens, but it certainly sounds possible.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Should the U.S. or the U.N. control the Internet? Here's a third way.
BY BRIAN M. CARNEY
Saturday, November 12, 2005 12:01 a.m. EST
It's been a good ride, this whole Internet thing. To hear its boosters
tell it, the Net has, in addition to the porn, online poker and cheap
drugs, given us democratized information, become a tool for the
undermining of totalitarian regimes and given people in the farthest
corners of the Earth a window on the wider world that would have been
unthinkable before Al Gore invented the Internet (sic).
But all that is about to change -- starting tomorrow. The bad news is
that we can't really do anything about it. The good news is that the
changes that are coming probably won't bring about the end of the
Information Age, but merely its evolution.
Before we get to that, you're probably wondering what in the world is
going on -- surely if the whole Internet thing had been called off,
there would have been ...[News] New Device Runs Nokia's Linux, Without Nokia's Dependence
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Optima OP5-E Runs Maemo Linux, Just Like Nokia N900
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| The Optima-made device doesn't have the
| sliding keyboard that the N900 has and the
| former boasts to the the first device to run
| Maemo Linux outside of Nokia.
Optima OP5-E resurfaces with English OS, gets lengthy video review
Gift Tip 72: Nokia N900 Linux Phone
,----[ Quote ]
| The Nokia N900 is Nokia’s first smartphone
| possessing a Desktop operating system. It is
| using the Maemo 5 Linux based operating
| system. With the Nokia N900’s powerful
| features such as ARM Cortex-A8 processor, up
| to 1GB of application memory and OpenGL ES
| 2.0 graphics acceleration, it allows you to
| deal with multiple application windows at the
| same while being able to get maximum utility
| from its touch screen, cellular features and
| QWERTY keyboard.
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...Panther: A Switcher's Guide to What's New in Mac OS X 10.3
Some quotes from the conclusion:
"Panther isn't perfect, but it's damn close. It's overall the best operating
system I have ever used. I might have said the same thing back when I first
became a Switcher, but that was partially due to the fact that I was sick to
death of dealing with Windows problems and I was sick to death of
Microsoft's shady business practices."
"The fact is that Apple, far from being a niche player in a race that it
lost long ago, is healthier than it's been for years. The company is poised
for growth, and most industry analysts agree that the overriding need to
stick with the Windows platform is rapidly dissipating. The Microsoft
monopoly may still be in full swing, but there's definitely a way out. So
far, to the best of my knowledge, the Macintosh is the only computer
platform that can fully compete head-on with the "Wintel" juggernaut, and I
heartily encourage anyone living near a computer store carrying the latest
Mac models (particularly an Apple Store if possible) to go there soon and,
with an open mind, evaluate the latest and greatest from Apple. Who knows?
You just might discover that, despite what you may have heard to the
contrary, there's some real substance behind the style after all."
>...100's of frames and 100's of alpha's into transparant GIF or PNG's
I render game sprites/floor tiles using lightwave. I output the frames and I
output an alpha-image so I can seperate the objects from the renderings.
I used to combine the alpha and the render in photoshop by hand, as
photoshop can only load one batch of source files in it's action-macros.
Now that the spritecount has risen into the double digits, I'm looking for a
way to combine 100's of frames and 100's of alpha's into transparant GIF or
PNG's. I have had no luck in photoshop for this, it only lets me specify one
source folder per action.
Does anyone have a clever ...[News] Nokia's New Linux Phones FAR Better Than Apple's Detonating iPhones
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New: Compiz, GNU, Linux, Qt, GTK, etc.
N900 interaction documentary
Nokia is well ahead of Apple's toys.
The new Nokia N900
,----[ Quote ]
| Nokia today marked the next phase in the evolution of Maemo software with the
| new Nokia N900. Taking its cues from the world of desktop computing, the open
| source, Linux-based Maemo software delivers a PC-like experience on a
| handset-sized device
Nokia unveils its first Linux phone
,----[ Quote ]
| The world's largest handset maker, Nokia unveiled on Thursday its first phone
| running on Linux software, aiming at improving its offering at the top end of
| the market.
| The focus of cell phone business has shifted to services and software
| following Apple and Google's entrances to the market in the last two years.
Nokia Bets on Linux in iPhone Battle: Sources
,----[ Quote ]
| Nokia Oyj will try again to tackle Apple Inc's iPhone in the top-end of the
| handset market with a bet on Linux software, several industry sources told
Linux Smartphones Coming From Nokia
Nokia N900 shown off in all its Linux-based ...U.S. now 'totally unified' in opposition of U.N. Internet governance
Summary: The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously approved a
resolution to oppose U.N. intent to govern and regulate the Internet
at its WCIT-12 conference in Dubai, currently underway.
"In a historical moment of unanimous agreement -- an eye-opening 397-0
vote -- the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to approve a
resolution pushing the U.S. government to fight the United Nations in
its bid to control and change the Internet at the WCIT-12 summit,
currently under way in Dubai.
"The unanimous vote is meant to send a signal -- as a show of strength
-- to other countries [...]"
On 06/12/2012 8:38 pm, Ramon F Herrera wrote:
> Summary: The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously approved a
> resolution to oppose U.N. intent to govern and regulate the Internet
> at its WCIT-12 conference in Dubai, currently underway.
> "In a historical moment of unanimous agreement -- an eye-opening 397-0
> vote -- the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to approve a
> resolution pushing the U.S. government to fight the United Nations in
> its bid to control and change the Internet at the WCIT-12 summit,
> currently under way in Dubai.
> "The unanimous vote is meant to send a signal -- as a show of strength
> -- to other countries [...]"
&g...Python's __getattr__, Perl's autoload, Ruby's method_missing, and Smalltalk's #doesNotUnderstand
I'm still new here, and I just completed reading CLTL's documentation
on packages and On Lisp's documentation on CLOS.
It doesn't appear that Lisp has the equivalent of Python's
__getattr__, Perl's autoload, Ruby's method_missing, and Smalltalk's
#doesNotUnderstand. That is, there is no way I can do this (without
new-function being defined):
and have it call some other function like this:
whose returning value will be evaluated as the value of new-function.
Or did I miss something?
Jonathan Gardner <...