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ARM Powered OLPC XO-1.75 Laptop Is Faster Than X86
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 02:00 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's deptartment:
Charbax writes "Not only is power consumption halved to less than two Watts and price of the motherboard reduced, the performance of the next generation OLPC Laptop is actually better for running full Fedora Linux compared to x86. Here's a video interviewing OLPC's CTO, Edward J. McNierney, where he explains how and why OLPC's world class engineers are making this change of CPU architecture. If OLPC XO-1 threatened Intel enough to start the netbook market and has reached two million poor kids in third-world countries thus far, XO-1.75 may help start the ARM-powered Linux laptop market. Do you think Fedora/Sugar will do, or should OLPC attract Chrome OS and Android solutions for education to get faster help from the big boys of Silicon Valley in bringing Linux software successfully to the next billion PC/laptop users?"

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Canada Explores New Frontiers In Astroinformatics
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 01:00 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "The number of scientific instruments available to astronomy researchers for gathering data has grown significantly in recent years, leading to unprecedented amounts of information that requires vast storage and processing capabilities. Canadian researchers are finding a way around this problem (PDF) with a new solution that combines the best of grid and cloud computing, allowing them to more efficiently reach their research goals."

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Threat of Cyberwar Is Over-Hyped
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 12:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's deptartment:
nk497 writes "A new OECD report suggests the cyberwar threat is over-hyped. A pair of British researchers have said states are only likely to use cyberattacks against other states when already involved in military action against them, and that sub-state actors such as terrorists and individual hackers can't really do much damage. Dr. Ian Brown said, 'We think that describing things like online fraud and hacktivism as cyberwar is very misleading.'"

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DoE Develops Flexible Glass Stronger Than Steel
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 11:30 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "The Department of Energy Office of Science recently collaborated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology to develop a resilient yet malleable new type of glass that is stronger than steel. The material can also be molded, and it bends when subjected to stress instead of shattering. The glass is actually a microalloy and features metallic elements such as palladium. This metal has a high 'bulk-to-shear' stiffness ratio that counteracts the intrinsic brittleness of glassy materials. The team that developed the material believes that by changing various ratios, they could make it even stronger."

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Milky Way May Have Dark Matter Satellite Galaxies
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 10:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's deptartment:
rubycodez writes "Berkeley astronomer Sukanya Chakrabarti has detected perturbations in the gases surrounding our Milky Way and concludes there is a satellite 'Galaxy X' 250,000 light years away that is mostly dark matter, but that may contain dwarf stars visible in infrared. She expects many more such dark matter satellites to the Milky Way to be discovered using her technique."

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The Ambiguity of "Open" and VP8 Vs. H.264
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 09:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "With all the talk about WebM and H.264, how the move might be a step backwards for openness, and Google's intention to add "plugins" for IE9 and Safari to support WebM, this article attempts to clear misconceptions about the VP8 and H.264 codecs and how browsers render video. Firefox, Opera and Google rely on their own media frameworks to decode video, whereas IE9 and Safari will hand over video processing to the operating system (Windows Media Player or QuickTime), the need for the web to establish a baseline codec for encoding videos, and how the Flash player is proprietary, but implementation and usage remain royalty free."

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Apple iPhone 5 To Flaunt New A8 Processor
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 09:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "The release of iOS 4.3 beta for developers has revealed updates to gesture-based navigation, AirPlay and Personal Hot Spot, in the next edition of iPad and iPhone. However not all changes are UI related; it is reported that Apple is due to add an ARM Cortex A8 processor to its iPhone 5. Apple Daily, ,a Hong Kong based newspaper, reported that Apple's iPhone 5 will be powered by a dual core processor with SGX543 graphics. It is reported that Apple is in contact with a Taiwanese component maker for the A8 SoC. Currently Apple uses a custom made A4 SoC in its iPad and iPhone 4 and uses SGX535 graphics and video support."

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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 08:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's deptartment:
eldavojohn writes "The old cliche that the rich and corrupt hold all their money in Swiss bank accounts (to avoid taxation) may finally have a bit of transparency as the news today is that Wikileaks has been handed a list of account holders tendered by Rudolf Elmer, former banker of Julius Baer. Julian Assange promises a 'full revelation' while Elmer cited his motivation as being 'I want to let society know how this system works. It's damaging society.' This appears to be real as Mr. Elmer is soon to appear before a Zurich regional court on charges of coercion as well as violations of Switzerland's strict banking secrecy laws. The public may soon find out that their favorite celebrity, politician or employer doesn't feel responsible to contribute financially to the commonwealth at the expense of privacy."

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Man Tunnels Into GameStop, Steals Games
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 07:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Life imitates Minecraft: Computer game piracy is big business, but there are still those who prefer to get their games the old-fashioned way: by digging a tunnel into their local games shop and making off with as much stock as they can carry. At least, that's the slightly bizarre approach taken by a man from Greeneville, Tennessee, who was arrested late last week after being caught tunneling into his local GameStop store from an empty adjoining building." Note that the link is thin, and the sources are behind logins and subscription links, so please post better URLs if you can find them.

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Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 07:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's deptartment:
Uttini writes "Apple CEO Steve Jobs has just announced that he is taking a medical leave of absence according to a release issued by the company today. While it's unclear what the reason is for the medical leave, Jobs' previous medical history includes Pancreatic cancer as well as a liver transplant. While Jobs is out, Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple's day to day operations"

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New Study Links Video Games and Mental Problems
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 06:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's deptartment:
eldavojohn writes "A new study published today in Pediatrics Journal conducted in Singapore on three thousand children in grades third, fourth, seventh and eighth claims that one in ten are video game addicts and almost all of those suffer mental health problems. This comes conveniently after the suspect in the Tucson shooting has widely been reported as an online gamer. Among the accusations from the study are that playing video games leads to lower school performance and fewer social skills while exacerbating existing depression, anxiety and social phobias. Gamasutra reports that the Entertainment Software Alliance is already criticizing this study saying 'Its definition of 'pathological gaming' is neither scientifically nor medically accepted and the type of measure used has been criticized by other scholars. Other outcomes are also measured using dubious instruments when well-validated tools are readily available. In addition, because the effect sizes of the outcomes are mainly trivial, it leaves open the possibility the author is simply interpreting things as negatively as possible.' It seems that the doctors are still disagreeing on whether or not gaming causes problems."

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EC Tests Show Windows Vista Is Above Average — At Blocking Content
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 05:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's deptartment:
littlekorea writes "Microsoft's much-maligned Vista operating system has been named in the top three of 26 tools tested by the European Commission to filter out web content deemed inappropriate for children. The EC tests found that none of the 26 products enjoyed a 100 percent success rate, failing to block over one in five adult sites. It also found that few tools could overcome the workarounds available through cache or translation sites."

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Taiwan Develops Face-Recognition Vending Machine
Posted by News Fetcher on January 17 '11 at 02:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's deptartment:
angry tapir writes "Government-funded researchers in Taiwan have developed a vending machine that recommends purchases based on people's faces. We've previously discussed a Japanese vending machine that recommended drinks based using facial recognition. The Taiwanese machine can look for clues like whether a person has glasses, a beard or a mustache and based on that it guesses their use of make-up or frequency of shaving. It then might recommend a facial mask, razor, or health products that people in a certain category are statistically likely to buy."

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Dating Site Creates Profiles From Public Records
Posted by News Fetcher on January 16 '11 at 11:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's deptartment:
schliz writes "Online dating company Gotham Dating Partners has announced plans to create profiles for non-registered individuals based on publicly available information from social networking sites, e-mail registries, mailing lists, marketing surveys, government census records, real estate listings and business websites. Although the Australian Privacy Commissioner has warned that the automatic creation of identifiable profiles of individuals without their knowledge is 'not good privacy practice,' Gotham Dating Partners does not expect to face any privacy issues from the move, which is expected to boost its membership from 6.5 million to 340 million worldwide."

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Xfce 4.8 Released
Posted by News Fetcher on January 16 '11 at 08:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's deptartment:
PerlDudeXL writes "Today, after almost two years of work, we have the special pleasure of announcing the much awaited release of Xfce 4.8, the new stable version that supersedes Xfce 4.6. [..] Xfce 4.8 is our attempt to update the Xfce code base to all the new desktop frameworks that were introduced in the past few years. We hope that our efforts to drop pieces like ThunarVFS and HAL with GIO, udev, ConsoleKit and PolicyKit will help bringing the Xfce desktop to modern distributions."

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Graphic Map of Linux-2.6.36
Posted by News Fetcher on January 16 '11 at 06:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's deptartment:
conan.sh writes "The Interactive map of Linux Kernel was expanded and updated to the recent kernel linux-2.6.36. Now the map contains more than four hundred important source items (functions and structures) with links to source code and documentation."

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Cassandra 0.7 Can Pack 2 Billion Columns Into a Row
Posted by News Fetcher on January 16 '11 at 05:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's deptartment:
angry tapir writes "The cadre of volunteer developers behind the Cassandra distributed database have released the latest version of their open source software, able to hold up to 2 billion columns per row. The newly installed Large Row Support feature of Cassandra version 0.7 allows the database to hold up to 2 billion columns per row. Previous versions had no set upper limit, though the maximum amount of material that could be held in a single row was approximately 2GB. This upper limit has been eliminated."

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Cell Phone Industry's Six Biggest Failed Schemes
Posted by News Fetcher on January 16 '11 at 04:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's deptartment:
adeelarshad82 writes "The tech world is for dreamers, schemers, and sometimes, scammers. Which is why it's no surprise that the cell phone industry isn't any different. In wake of the recent news about the Israeli mobile-phone firm Modu shutting its doors, mobile analyst Sascha Segan revisits six major failures in the cell phone industry, from using phones to create a peer-to-peer that would eliminate the need for wireless carriers to a company with a $225,000 phone."

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Remote Control Worms With Laser Light, Using FOSS
Posted by News Fetcher on January 16 '11 at 03:15 PM
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Kramer747 writes "to share a new tool I've developed for neuroscience that uses optogenetics to remotely control the neurons of a worm as it swims or crawls. Its called CoLBeRT, Controlling Locomotion and Behavior in Real Time. With the instrument I can induce the worm to stop, accelerate, lay eggs or experience the illusion of touch. All source code to run the instrument is GPLd and available. Science News and Scientific American both have stories. The project homepage is at colbert.physics.harvard.edu." I hope that name also constitutes a successful bid to get on the actual Colbert show!

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Facebook Opens Up Home Addresses and Phone Numbers
Posted by News Fetcher on January 16 '11 at 02:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Do you really want third-party app developers on Facebook to be able to access your mobile phone number and home address? Facebook has announced that developers of Facebook apps can now gather the personal contact information from their users. Security firm Sophos describes it as 'a move that could herald a new level of danger for Facebook users' and advises users to remove their home address and phone numbers from the network immediately."

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