After some discussion on the OpenMoko community list a couple of the OpenMoko folks created an official OpenMoko CafePress shop. They’ve got some fun stuff including a t-shirt and mouse mat that have the OpenMoko schematics on them as well as a CAD design shirt. 🙂
In the USA a court has ordered that three MIT students not talk at DEFCON about their security assessment of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) fare cards. Apparently the court believes that “discussing the flaws at a public conference constituted a ‘transmission’ of a computer program that could harm the fare collection system“, which is pretty sad. There are more documents at Cryptome on the case. Their presentation was to include a cryptanalysis of the Mifare “Classic” card, which takes us to our second case..
Damage to NXP is not the result of the publication of the article but of the production and sale of a chip that appears to have shortcomings.
An outbreak of common sense that the MIT students could only dream of. I wonder if they could appeal and cite this case as grounds to have the judgement overturned ?
Doug Eadline’s excellent ClusterMonkey site has a very good (and very large) review of SC’06 called “SC06 – Tampa: Where did all of the nightlife go?” by Jeff Layton about what was (and wasn’t) there to see.