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 Friday, 29-October-2010  03:51:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mpot noticed this gummi-bear fingerprint scanner bypass trick. If it sounds familiar, it was done back in 2002 as well, and I think MythBusters even covered it. Strange that it's still an issue, then! The department said the decision to adopt the technology is up to the school, and participation in the scheme is optional. Fingerprints can be lifted from a variety of surfaces, and then scanned, printed and applied to receptacle mediums which are used to trick scanners.

Four driverless electric vans have driven themselves from Italy to China. Though the vans were driverless and mapless, they did carry researchers as passengers just in case of emergencies. The experimenters did have to intervene a few times — when the vehicles got snarled in a Moscow traffic jam and to handle toll stations. The project used no maps, often traveling through remote regions of Siberia and China. At one point, a van stopped to give a hitchhiker a lift.

Speaking of China, they've apparently topped the supercomputer charts with some help from nVidia. Tianhe-1A combines 7,168 Nvidia Tesla M2050 graphics processing units (GPUs) with 14,336 Intel Xeon central processing units (CPUs). Nvidia is not only claiming the performance crown but a greener supercomputer, as well. The machine consumes only 4.04 megawatts, making it three times more power efficient than a CPU-only system, Nvidia said in a statement.

BugsBunny spotted this promotional video from Red Bull, showing what an F1 designer would get up to if anything was allowed, to make the fastest race car on Earth. Created by Polyphony Digital, working with us at Red Bull Racing and our chief technical officer Adrian Newey, the result goes far beyond the startling new look. Fortunately it's all within the virtual world of Gran Turismo 5, otherwise it looks like the driver would be squished against the side windows in the turns.

TheReg are reporting that Firefox 4 has been delayed. Mozilla has pushed back the planned release of Firefox to sometime in "early 2011." Previously, the open source outfit had said its latest desktop browser would be officially released next month. "As discussed in today’s Firefox delivery meeting, release candidate builds are now scheduled to ship in early 2011, with the final GA release shortly after," a Mozilla representative tells The Register.

If you're mourning the loss of GeoCities, you'll be happy to hear some furious last-minute leeching before it all went down has resulted in a 900GB archive torrent of many of the sites. What we were facing, you see, was the wholesale destruction of the still-rare combination of words digital heritage, the erasing and silencing of hundreds of thousands of voices, voices that representing the dawn of what one might call “regular people” joining the World Wide Web. A unique moment in human history, preserved for many years and spontaneously combusting due to a few marks in a ledger, the decision of who-knows for who-knows-what.

HotHardware checked out some wireless HDMI technologies. Though there are two camps firmly entrenched in the market (Intel's WiDi and WHDI), the bottom line is lag-free full HD 1080p HDMI wireless video/audio transmission is now a reality. No longer does that HTPC need to be shoehorned into the confines of your entertainment center. And that desktop replacement notebook you have perched on the coffee table just got a major display upgrade, seamlessly connected to your HDTV; look Ma, no wires. Stay with us as we take you through a tour of two WHDI standard-based wireless HDMI transmitter kits--the Asus WiCast and the briteView HDelight.

If you've had a bad day at work recently, be thankful you didn't lose control of nuclear weapons. Since LCCs ping out of sequence on occasion, missileers tried quick fixes. But as more and more missiles began to display error settings, they decided to take off-line all five LCCs that the malfunctioning center was connected to. That left 50 missiles in the dark.

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