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14-03-2009, 14:50:01

Symbian Introduces Open Source Release Plan

Symbian Introduces Open Source Release Planvolume4 brings news that David Wood of the Symbian Foundation has made a post detailing their plans for a release schedule, with new versions due out every six months. We discussed Nokia's acquisition of Symbian for the purpose of open ...
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14-03-2009, 10:50:02

iPod Shuffle Finds Its Voice

iPod Shuffle Finds Its Voicetheodp writes "Steve Jobs wasn't around to convince you that you should be impressed, but on Wednesday Apple unveiled a 4GB Shuffle that's half the size of its predecessor. Holding up to 1,000 songs, the pre-shrunk Shuffle sports a 10-hour battery lif...
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14-03-2009, 08:50:02

How the Economy Is Changing Clean Energy

How the Economy Is Changing Clean EnergyAl writes "The economy has hit green energy technologies hard, but technologies focused on energy efficiency and clean coal are still attracting money. Over the next few years, venture capitalists say that the biggest winners in clean tech...
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14-03-2009, 06:50:02

RIAA Argument About Streaming To Be Streamed

RIAA Argument About Streaming To Be StreamedNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "You may recall that in an RIAA case, SONY BMG Music v. Tenenbaum, the district court ruled that an oral argument about the constitutionality of statu...
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14-03-2009, 04:50:02

New Type of Superconductivity Spotted

New Type of Superconductivity Spottedsciencehabit writes with this excerpt from a story about research into an unusual form of superconductivity:"Superconductors, materials that carry electricity without resistance, can be divided into two broad groups depending on how they reac...
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14-03-2009, 02:50:02

Federal CIO Kundra Takes Leave of Absence After Woes

Federal CIO Kundra Takes Leave of Absence After WoesCWmike writes "The fallout from Thursday's arrests of a District of Columbia IT security official and contractor quickly raised questions about the fate of Vivek Kundra, the new federal CIO who until recently ran the office now...
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14-03-2009, 00:50:02

New Graphics Firm Promises Real-Time Ray Tracing

New Graphics Firm Promises Real-Time Ray Tracingarcticstoat writes "A new graphics company called Caustic Graphics reckons it's uncovered the secret of real-time ray tracing with a chip that 'enables your CPU/GPU to shade with rasterization-like efficiency.' The new chip basical...
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13-03-2009, 22:50:08

Clear Public Satellite Imagery Tantamount to Yelling Fire

Clear Public Satellite Imagery Tantamount to Yelling FireTechDirt pointed out a recent bit of foolishness as a followup to California Assemblyman Joel Anderson's push to force Google and other online mapping/satellite companies to blur out schools, churches, and government build...
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13-03-2009, 20:50:03

New Take on Self-Healing Polymer Could Mean Scratch-Free Screens

New Take on Self-Healing Polymer Could Mean Scratch-Free Screenstechprophet writes to mention that a new take on self-healing plastic could provide a long-term solution to scratched screens. The new polymer, developed by scientists at the University of Southern Mississippi, uses...
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13-03-2009, 18:50:06

FOIA Request For Pending Copyright Treaty Denied

FOIA Request For Pending Copyright Treaty DeniedPenguinisto writes "According to CNET, Knowledge Ecology International's FOIA request for information about ACTA was denied. ACTA is the pending copyright treaty believed to have been authored by lobbyists for the content cartels. ...
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13-03-2009, 16:50:04

"Spin Battery" Effect Discovered

"Spin Battery" Effect DiscoveredAn anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Miami and at the Universities of Tokyo and Tohoku, in Japan, have discovered a spin battery effect: the ability to store energy into the magnetic spin of a material and to later extract ...
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13-03-2009, 14:51:02

MacBook Modded With Second Monitor Inside Logo

MacBook Modded With Second Monitor Inside LogoAn anonymous reader from the Macmod forum wrote in with this appealing hack: "This is one of the coolest mods I've seen all year. Mac Moder EdsJunk submitted this mod to our forums late Thursday night. By cracking open a MacBook he w...
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13-03-2009, 10:50:03

Chinese Subvert Censorship With a Popular Pun

Chinese Subvert Censorship With a Popular PunAnonymusing writes "In spoken Chinese, 'grass-mud horse' sounds virtually identical to an obscenity (hint: it begins with "mother-") — and as a cartoon character, it has become an amazing phenomenon. Meant as a subversive attack...
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13-03-2009, 08:50:02

Romanians Find Cure For Conficker

Romanians Find Cure For Confickermask.of.sanity writes "BitDefender has released what it claims is the first vaccination tool to remove the notorious Conficker virus that infected some 9 million Windows machines in about three months. The worm, also known as Downadup, exploits a...
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13-03-2009, 04:50:02

TomTom Can License FAT Without Violating the GPL

TomTom Can License FAT Without Violating the GPLdp619 writes "Capped per-unit royalties make FAT licensing agreements permissible under the GPL, and SD Times has found that Microsoft's public license policy caps royalties at $250k. If the royalties are capped — as they see...
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13-03-2009, 00:50:02

Cybercrime-As-a-Service Takes Off

Cybercrime-As-a-Service Takes Offpnorth writes "Malware writers that sell toolkits online for as little as $400 will now configure and host the attacks as a service for another $50, according to email offers cited by security experts. A technical account manager at authenticatio...
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12-03-2009, 22:50:02

Researchers Sniff Keystrokes From Thin Air, Wires

Researchers Sniff Keystrokes From Thin Air, Wiresnarramissic writes "Two separate research teams have found that the the electromagnetic radiation that is generated when a computer keyboard is tapped is actually pretty easy to capture and decode. Using an oscilloscope and an ine...
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12-03-2009, 20:50:03

Amazon Uses DMCA To Restrict Ebook Puchases

Amazon Uses DMCA To Restrict Ebook PuchasesInlawBiker writes "Today, Amazon invoked the DMCA to force removal of a python script and instructions from the mobileread web site. The script is used to identify the Kindle's internal ID number, which can be used to enable non-Amazon ...
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12-03-2009, 18:50:03

Is Free Really the Future of Gaming?

Is Free Really the Future of Gaming?TRNick writes "Is the future of gaming more or less free, perhaps funded by advertising or micropayments? A bunch of MMOs have pioneered the way, and now they are being followed by the likes of EA, Sony and id Software, each of which are offer...
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12-03-2009, 16:50:03

BBC Hijacks 22,000 PCs In Botnet Demonstration

BBC Hijacks 22,000 PCs In Botnet DemonstrationAn anonymous reader writes ""[The BBC] managed to acquire its own low-value botnet — the name given to a network of hijacked computers — after visiting chatrooms on the internet. The programme did not access any personal ...
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12-03-2009, 14:50:04

Microsoft Says IE Faster Than Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft Says IE Faster Than Chrome and  FirefoxAn anonymous reader writes "According to its own speed tests, Microsoft's Internet Explorer loads most websites faster than both Chrome and Firefox when looking at the top 25 websites on the Internet. 'As you can see, IE8 outperfo...
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12-03-2009, 12:50:01

Dealing With Fairness and Balance In Video Games

Dealing With Fairness and Balance In Video GamesMarkN writes "Video games are subject to a number of balance issues from which traditional games have largely stayed free. It can be hard finding players of comparable skill-level to create even match-ups, diverse gameplay options ...
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12-03-2009, 08:50:02

Microsoft Executive Tapped For Top DHS Cyber Post

Microsoft Executive Tapped For Top DHS Cyber Postkrebsatwpost writes "The Department of Homeland Security has named Microsoft's "chief trustworthy infrastructure strategist" Phil Reitinger to be its top cyber security official. Many in the security industry praised him as a smar...
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12-03-2009, 06:50:01

VoIP Legal Status Worldwide

VoIP Legal Status WorldwideCigarra writes "There was much public debate going on during the last several months here in Paraguay, regarding the "liberation of Internet", that is, the lifting of the restriction on ISPs to connect directly to international carriers. Up until this ...
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12-03-2009, 04:50:02

Suspect Freed After Exposing Cop's Facebook Status

Suspect Freed After Exposing Cop's Facebook Statuslongacre writes "A man on trial in New York for possession of a weapon has been acquitted after subpoenaing his arresting officer's Facebook and MySpace accounts. His defense: Officer Vaughan Ettienne's MySpace "mood" was set to ...
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12-03-2009, 02:50:02

Hitachi Fined $31 Million For LCD Price Fixing

Hitachi Fined $31 Million For LCD Price FixingMojoKid writes "The Japanese electronics manufacturer has just agreed to pay a staggering $31 million fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices in the sale of TFT-LCD panels sold to Dell, Inc. The United States Department of Ju...
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12-03-2009, 00:50:05

How Office Depot Pushes Service Plans On Customers

How Office Depot Pushes Service Plans On CustomersHarry writes "I was amused, appalled, and angry — yes, all three — when I spotted signs above every register at my local Office Depot with handy scripts for clerks to use in 'recommending' that customers buy extra-cos...
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11-03-2009, 22:50:05

Delayed Allocation Leads To Possible Data Loss In Ext4

Delayed Allocation Leads To Possible Data Loss In Ext4cooper writes "Heise Open posted news about a bug report for the upcoming Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) which describes a massive data loss problem when using Ext4 (German version): A crash occurring shortly after the KDE 4 ...
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11-03-2009, 20:50:04

Adobe Fixes Recent PDF Flaw, But Not Before Auto Exploit

Adobe Fixes Recent PDF Flaw, But Not Before Auto ExploitSkiifGeek writes "With Adobe's patch for the JBIG2Decode vulnerability due in a few days time, new methods to target the vulnerability have been discovered that make it far riskier than previously thought. Didier Stevens re...
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11-03-2009, 18:50:03

UK To Mull High Video Game Taxes — To Fight Knife Crime

UK To Mull High Video Game Taxes — To Fight Knife Crimechareverie writes "The Prime Minister of the UK is being urged to impose high taxes on violent video games in an effort to reduce the number of knife-related crime. The request comes from Richard Taylor, who argues tha...
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11-03-2009, 16:50:02

Using Lasers and Water Guns To Clean Space Debris

Using Lasers and Water Guns To Clean Space DebrisWSJdpatton writes "The collision between two satellites last month has renewed interest in some ideas for cleaning up the cloud of debris circling the earth. Some of the plans being considered: Using aging rockets loaded with wate...
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11-03-2009, 14:50:02

Could Fuller Take Trek Back to TV?

Could Fuller Take Trek Back to TV?bowman9991 writes "Bryan Fuller, creator of the TV show Pushing Daisies and a former Star Trek writer and producer, is geared up to make it happen. The new Star Trek TV show would be based on "old style" Star Trek, rather than the more recent in...
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11-03-2009, 10:50:02

The First Phone Call Was 133 Years Ago

The First Phone Call Was 133 Years Agomagacious writes "March 10 is the 133rd anniversary of the first telephone call. It occurred between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Thomas Watson back on this day in 1876. But there is some debate about whether Bell is actually the ...
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11-03-2009, 08:50:03

Asthma Risk Linked To Early TV Viewing

Asthma Risk Linked To Early TV ViewingPonca City, We love you writes "The number of children with asthma has been rising for many years. About 1 in 10 children in the UK develop asthma, compared with about 1 in 25 in the 1960s. The reason for this isn't clear, although several t...
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11-03-2009, 06:50:03

National Ignition Facility Fires 192-Beam Pulse

National Ignition Facility Fires 192-Beam PulseAn anonymous reader writes "The construction and test firing of the National Ignition Facility have been completed. NIF was designed as the first facility ever to achieve self-sustaining nuclear fusion and, in particular, to reach t...
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11-03-2009, 04:50:02

How Vista Mistakes Changed Windows 7 Development

How Vista Mistakes Changed Windows 7 Developmentsnydeq writes "For the past several months, Microsoft has engaged in an extended public mea culpa about Vista, holding a series of press interviews to explain how the company's Vista mistakes changed the development process of Wind...
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11-03-2009, 02:50:03

Copyright and Patent Laws Hurt the Economy

Copyright and Patent Laws Hurt the EconomyNorsefire writes "Two economists at Washington University in St. Louis are claiming that copyright and patent laws are 'killing innovation' and 'hurting [the] economy.' Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine state they would like to see cop...
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11-03-2009, 00:50:02

Mississippi Bill Would Tax Software Sales

Mississippi Bill Would Tax Software SalesByzantine writes "The Mississippi Legislature has passed MS House Bill 1461 which would amend the state's tax laws specifically to charge sales tax on 'electrically transferred digital products,' including products bought via mail-order. ...
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10-03-2009, 22:50:09

Stimulus Avoids Serious Solutions For Health IT

Stimulus Avoids Serious Solutions For Health ITivaldes3 writes in to note his post up on Linux Medical News, pointing out the severe shortcomings of the Health IT provisions of the just-passed stimulus bill. "The government has authorized enough money to purchase EMR freedom for...
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10-03-2009, 20:50:02

Barbara Liskov Wins Turing Award

Barbara Liskov Wins Turing Awardjonniee writes "MIT Professor Barbara Liskov has been granted the ACM's Turing Award. Liskov, the first US woman to earn a PhD in computer science, was recognized for helping make software more reliable, consistent and resistant to errors and hack...
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10-03-2009, 18:50:05

Review: Halo Wars

Review: Halo WarsThe success of the Halo franchise is unquestionable. Bungie's trilogy of first-person shooters established a standard against which most similar games have been judged for the past eight years. Thus, when Ensemble Studios picked up the task of bringing the Halo ...
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10-03-2009, 16:50:10

China's New Military Space Stations Coming Soon

China's New Military Space Stations Coming SoonWindBourne writes "China will be launching 2 news space stations this next year. One is for their civil program (as run by the military), while the second is openly for the military. It appears that there will be multiples of the mi...
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10-03-2009, 14:50:02

YouTube To Block Music Videos In the UK

YouTube To Block Music Videos In the UKChunKing writes "YouTube is to block all premium music videos to UK users after failing to reach a new licensing agreement with the Performing Rights Society. For many of us in the UK this is great news. The two main music licensing agencie...
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10-03-2009, 10:50:02

The Realities of Selling On Apple's App Store

The Realities of Selling On Apple's App StoreOwen Goss writes "Everyone is familiar with the story of the iPhone developer who spends two weeks of spare time making a game that goes on to make them hundreds of thousands of dollars. The reality is that with the App Store now host...
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10-03-2009, 08:50:02

Human Exoskeletons Getting Closer

Human Exoskeletons Getting CloserColdWetDog writes "It's not Sigourney Weaver tossing aliens about, but The Register has an interesting blurb about a real human-capable exoskeleton that looks pretty cool (Lockheed-Martin press release). Runs for three hours at 3 mph on internal ...
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10-03-2009, 06:50:02

Microsoft Shoots Own Foot In Iceland

Microsoft Shoots Own Foot In IcelandDavid Gerard writes "The Microsoft Certified Partner model is: an MCP buys contracts from Microsoft and sells them to businesses as a three-year timed contract, payable in annual installments. Iceland's economy has collapsed, so 1500 businesse...
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10-03-2009, 04:50:02

UK Government Wants To Kill Net Neutrality In EU

UK Government Wants To Kill Net Neutrality In EUGlyn Moody writes "Not content with snooping on all Internet activity, the UK government now wants to introduce changes to the contentious EU Telecoms Package, which will kill net neutrality in the EU: 'Amendments to the Telecoms P...
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10-03-2009, 02:50:02

Locking Down Linux Desktops In an Enterprise?

Locking Down Linux Desktops In an Enterprise?supermehra writes "How do you move 300 desktops, locked down with Windows ADS Group Policies (GPO), over to Ubuntu desktop? We have tried Centrify, Likewise, Gnome Gconf, and the like. Of course, we evaluated SuSe Desktop Enterprise a...
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10-03-2009, 00:50:02

Fermilab Not Dead Yet, Discovers Rare Single Top Quark

Fermilab Not Dead Yet, Discovers Rare Single Top QuarkSeveral sources are reporting that in spite of LHC hype, Fermilab's Tevatron has produced another feat for scientific discovery. Currently the world's most powerful operating particle accelerator, the Tevatron has allowed res...
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09-03-2009, 22:50:03

Developers Looking to Set Up Alternatives To Apple's App Store

Developers Looking to Set Up Alternatives To Apple's App StoreTechDirt is reporting that in response to the frustrations with Apple's app store dictatorship, a few developers are looking to set up their own alternative app stores. Alternate app stores would only work on jailbrok...
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