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Archive for June 14th, 2005


Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Lanaki writes “A non-profit based in Austin, TX is merging the free software and Copyleft communities through a new internet TV station: ACTLab TV. They are streaming Creative Commons, Copyleft, public domain content, and original videos using Alluvium software and their own media player. It’s all open source, encouraging others to make their own audio and video streams. Their website was released this week and the player and demo stream will go public next week.”

* Slashdot | Peer-to-Peer Internet Television

Rocky Planet Discovered

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

/. Fraser Cain writes Astronomers have discovered a rocky, terrestrial planet orbiting a nearby star, Gliese 876. The planet has approximately 7.5 times the mass of the Earth, double its radius, and orbits its parent star once every two days. This is the most Earthlike extrasolar planet discovered so far.” Slashdot Reader Karthik Narayanaswami points out that “the planet was discovered by the famed Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy,” and adds a link to the news release from Berkeley.

* Slashdot | Rocky Planet Discovered

Cracking the Bluetooth PIN

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Yaniv Shaked and Avishai Wool have written a report about the security flaws in Bluetooth that they have uncovered (investigated).

This paper describes the implementation of an attack on the Bluetooth security mechanism. Specifically, we describe a passive attack, in which an attacker can find the PIN used during the pairing process. We then describe the cracking speed we can achieve through three optimizations methods. Our fastest optimization employs an algebraic representation of a central cryptographic primitive (SAFER+) used in Bluetooth. Our results show that a 4-digit PIN can be cracked in less than 0.3 sec on an old Pentium III 450MHz computer, and in 0.06 sec on a Pentium IV 3Ghz HT computer.

* Cracking the Bluetooth PIN1

OpenSolaris.org now open for business

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

The Solaris operating system is being released under the terms of the OSI-approved, Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) Version 1.0. Millions of development hours worth of code and over 1,600 patents are being contributed to the open source community. We know that innovation happens everywhere. And we’re going to stand shoulder to shoulder with you. To push Solaris. And see how far we — together — can take it.

The opensolaris.org web site will be the center for OpenSolaris activity. The source code for one of the Solaris operating system’s most advanced features – Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) is available here. And there’s more to come. We invite you to take a look. Expect to see buildable Solaris code here in Q2 2005.

* OpenSolaris.org

Glucose monitor watch

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Barb Dybwad wrote at engadget: “Calisto Medical has wrapped up a successful clinical trial of the Glucoband glucose monitor, a wristwatch device that uses proprietary technology to non-invasively measure blood glucose levels in the body. It uses a bio-electromagnetic resonance technique to continuously monitor glucose levels after an initial measurement, with the results viewable on an integrated LCD screen in the watch. So, if your phone or Gameboy doesn’t already do this for you, you can strap on the Glucoband for all your ubiquitous glucose monitoring needs.

* Glucoband wristwatch continuously monitors your glucose levels – Engadget