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+ - 149 Social Networking: The New Workplace Smoke Break-> 1

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snydeq
snydeq writes "J. Peter Bruzzese sees a solution for organizations seeking to cut down employee time spent on social networks at work: treat social networking like a smoke break. 'Try as you might to keep social networks at bay, mobile devices let people be in constant connection to their social networking vices over the cellular networks, which you can't block. Still, it's not completely impossible to stop social time-wasting over mobile: You can establish policies that, if enforced strongly enough, eliminate social networks from being accessed on company time. Treat it like smoking: Let employees take a 15-minute coffee/smoking/Facebook break and make them go to a designated area to do it.'"
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Space

+ - 141 Superflares Found on Sun-like Stars-> 1

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astroengine
astroengine writes "Scientists have found superflares more than 1 million times more powerful than flares generated by the sun occurring on sun-like stars being studied by NASA's Kepler space telescope. The finding, culled from 120 days of observations of 83,000 stars, is the first to detail how often and how energetic flares on other stars can be. The discovery, however, raises a question about how the massive outbursts, believed to be caused by complex magnetic interactions, can physically occur."
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Japan

+ - 148 Japanese researchers transmit 3Gbps using terahertz frequencies->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a new wireless transmission system that works above all currently regulated spectrum frequencies. The new system works at the range of 300GHz to 3THz (terahertz), which is the Far Infrared (FIR) frequencies of the infrared spectrum. That spectrum is currently totally unregulated by any country or standards organization in the world, making it ripe for development of new technologies. So far the Japanese researchers have transmitted data at 3Gbps, but in theory speeds of up to 100Gbps should be possible."
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Idle

+ - 159 Floating Big Data Clouds on (Real) GPU Clouds->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "For those who thought that graphics processing units (GPUs) were the sole domain of the gaming and scientific computing geeks, get ready for a landslide—and the one to push the mud first is NVIDIA, which today talked about democratizing high performance computing and bringing a broad, big new class of users into the GPU fold."
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Censorship

+ - 147 India's proposal for government control of Internet to be discussed in Geneva->

Submitted by cvenky
cvenky (1209768) writes "Indian Government is proposing to constitute a intergovernmental body " to develop internet policies, oversee all internet standards bodies and policy organizations, negotiate internet-related treaties and sit in judgment when internet-related disputes come up". This committee will be funded and staffed by UN and will report to UN General Assembly which effectively means the control of the internet passes on to World Governments directly. It is worth noting that Government is trying for Censorship of Information & Media in India in many ways since some high impact social protests against rampant corruption last year, though they where successful only to a small extent. This will finally give all 'free', 'democratic' and 'other' governments, the much desired 'Protection' they seek from their own people."
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Google

+ - 238 Judge to Oracle's attorney: I can code - can you?->

Submitted by
RemyBR
RemyBR writes "One month into the Oracle v. Google judgement, judge Alsup said this to Oracle's attorney David Boies: "You're one of the best lawyers in America. I don't know how you could make that argument", in response to Boies' claim that the tiny amount of computer code Google has been found liable for infringing helped it get the Android mobile operating system to market sooner, therefore Oracle should be entitled to a slice of the profits.
He then proceeded to reveal his own personal knowledge of the technology in question. Alsup said he has personally written computer code, not in the Java language involved in the lawsuit, but in other languages. And rangeCheck, he said of the nine lines of infringed Java code that Google said it mistakenly put in a version of Android, "is so simple." — "I could do it. You could do it," the judge told Boies. "It was an accident.""

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+ - 108 Is Klout effective? 'Some Observations on Klout Scores' says no->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Article looks at if Klout an effective method of measuring online influence. Author says no and concludes: The challenge of measuring influence on a social media scale is colossal, given the hundreds different data points.

Klout has its work cut out and it seems like they need to be in beta a while longer. Klout can and should be applauded for trying to measure this monstrosity called social influence; but their results of influence should in truth, carry very little influence.

Full story at: http://infosecisland.com/blogview/21334-Some-Observations-on-Klout-Scores.html"

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AI

+ - 170 Apple Tells Siri To Stop Recommending Nokia ->

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judgecorp
judgecorp writes "Apple has changed the answer Siri gives to the question "what is the best smartphone ever?’ to prevent the voice-driven assistant from promoting the Nokia Lumia 900. Originally Siri trawled online reviews on the web using the wolfram Alpha search engine, to come up with the Lumia, much to Apple's embarassment. Now, apple has intervened, replacing that answer with a joke: “Wait there are other phones?”"
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Canada

+ - 105 Huawei to help build Canadian Telecom infrastructure.->

Submitted by newbie_fantod
newbie_fantod (514871) writes "Despite warnings from Canadian, American and Australian intelligence services, The Government of Canada is proudly trumpeting the contracts it has helped broker between Huawei and its national telcos.

Huawei will be providing the LTE networks for Telus, Bell and SaskTel (Telus, Canada's second largest telco, is also under contract to provide secure wireless communication for The Canadian Armed Forces).

Ironically, the technology Huawei provides may well have been developed from R&D stolen from Nortel (the Canadian company whose computer network was open — for a decade — to hackers originating in China)."

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Books

+ - 131 Un-green Facts about e-Readers->

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jackandtoby
jackandtoby writes "It’s estimated that the environmental impact of a single “eReader” (Kindle, iPad) equals that of 100 books. First-world households frequently possess multiple devices, so a family’s annual carbon emissions could be 600-750% higher than if they just tapped into the town library. Last year, Amazon was selling one million Kindles a week. Apple hawked 40 million iPads. And those are just two brands in the digital readers aisle in the world’s virtual tech store.

Digital publishing is here to stay, and it is challenging green goals of the book industry and individual readers. Can sustainable printing continue to step up? How best to improve the cradle-to-grave lifecycle of eReading devices?"

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+ - 237 Pirate Bay Under DDoS Attack From Anonymous?-> 1

Submitted by MoldySpore
MoldySpore (1280634) writes "If anyone has tried to get to The Pirate Bay in the last 24 hours, they have most likely been met with a timeout. As an article on TorrentFreak notes, only a week ago The Pirate Bay scolded Anonymous for it's attack on ISP Virgin Media, and now the site is currently the victim of a DDoS attack that is effectively keeping people from viewing the site. There is a lot of speculation as to whether this is retaliation from Anonymous, the work of an agency such as the RIAA and their associates, or an anti-pirate company such as PiratePay."
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Android

+ - 147 What the HTC One X, Evo 4G LTE Means to Apple->

Submitted by Tech Analyzer
Tech Analyzer (2639035) writes "HTC has placed itself in Apple’s line of sight with the HTC One X and the EVO 4G LTE. Apple’s thermonuclear weapon of choice for HTC? Patent Infringement.

We’ve seen our fair share of bans across the world (mainly from manufactures like Samsung) on behalf of Apple related litigation. However, we have not seen much action in the United States until now with US Customs indefinitely putting HTC’s phone shipments on hold. We believe that Apple has been pressuring the US Customs to do so.

The problem for Apple is that the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE are already being sold on carriers that already have the iPhone. For every day that someone walks into a Sprint or AT&T store looking for a new smartphone, the chances of them walking out with a HTC One X or EVO 4G LTE will remain high until Apple announces and comes out with their next gen iPhone."

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IOS

+ - 145 Is The Jailbreak Community Contaminated By Leeches?->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Stefan Esser, better know as i0n1c, is famous for his jailbreak of iOS 4.3.x. But he has also shown a YouTube of his iPad running iOS 5.1 jailbroken as well. Esser has refused to release the hack he devised that allowed him to jailbreak his device. This has angered many in the jailbreak community who think Esser is un-rightfully "holding out."

Rumors were rampant that Esser was not giving up his jailbreak secret because he did want to be part of the pirating of software that many who jailbreak iDevices are guilty of by using cracked applications. But that is not the reason for Esser keeping his jailbreak to himself, according to an interview he did with the Italian language site Ispazio.net (Google translation link included).

Esser says the real reason he has not released his jailbreak is because the jailbreak community is contaminated by "leeches"; Ungrateful users who harass Esser and other jailbreak hackers for not jailbreaking devices fast enough. Some of these users have adopted the attitude, according to Esser (and I have seen this myself in the comments on jailbreak sites), that these developers would be nothing without the people using the jailbreaks. That the jailbreak community has made the jailbreak hackers rich and famous beyond imagination. Therefore, the jailbreakers owe it to the masses to work night and day on jailbreaking the next version of iOS and getting it out as soon as possible."

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Google

+ - 144 iPhone maps: Google is out, Apple is in->

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ericjones12398
ericjones12398 writes "Google-maps-loving iPhone users get ready: starting with iOS 6, you won’t be able to open your iPhone fresh out of the box and start up Google Maps. After months of carefully purchasing mapping companies, Apple is ready to unveil its own mapping application. While it won’t change the way you drive, the new mystery app promises to be the next “wow!” gadget.

Apple’s been snapping up mapping application companies for the last several years. It started in 2009 when One Infinity Loop got Placebace, followed by Poly9 in 2010 and the purchase of C3 Technologies toward the end of 2011. Still, Apple hadn’t yet rolled out its mapping application, leaving industry insiders and fanboys alike in rap speculation about what the House of Jobs was preparing for the post-Jobs era.
Of course, the consumer electronics market expects big things from Apple. Aware of high expectations, Apple will settle for nothing more than the next buzz application when iOS 6 hits the streets. The new Apple app will get you where you’re going and provide business information, but it will also do something that is quickly becoming a must have in the more forward-thinking and innovation-oriented areas of the consumer tech market: 3D mapping."

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Programming

+ - 170 Interview With Ward Cunningham->

Submitted by
CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot writes "Ward Cunningham developed the first wiki, wrote the Fit test framework, is the co-inventor of CRC cards, and is now promoting the concept of technical debt. He recently won the Dr. Dobb's Excellence in Programming Award and was interviewed by that publication. "The creator of the Wiki dishes on the Wiki, Wikipedia's policies, OO design, technical debt, CoffeeScript and Perl, how to survive as a veteran programmer, and doing the simplest thing that could possibly work."

Cunningham is given the chance to explain his philosophy of coding. "I like the picture and I like the look of the code. It's only 40 lines, but every line carried some careful thought. There was a learning curve there that surprised me because the programs looked short. The most rewarding work I've done this year is digging through that code and understanding what it does and understanding what it didn't do, and how to approach the problem.""

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Android

+ - 236 Oracle v Google Judge Is A Programmer! -> 1

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "One month into the Oracle v Google trial, Judge William Alsup has revealed that he has, and still does, write code. Will this affect the outcome? I think so!
After trying to establish that the nine lines in rangeCheck that were copied saved Google time in getting Android to market the lawyer making the case is interrupted by the judge which indicates he at least does understand how straightforward it would be to program rangeCheck from scratch:
"rangeCheck! All it does is make sure the numbers you're inputting are within a range, and gives them some sort of exceptional treatment. That witness, when he said a high school student could do it--"
And the lawyer reveals he doesn't:
"I'm not an expert on Java — this is my second case on Java, but I'm not an expert, and I probably couldn't program that in six months."
Perhaps every judge should be a coding judge — it must make the law seem a lot simpler..."

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Programming

+ - 93 First Look: Sencha Architect->

Submitted by
snydeq
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Neil McAllister provides an in-depth review of Sencha Architect, a drag-and-drop developer tool for building Web and mobile apps. 'Sencha describes Sencha Architect 2, the latest incarnation of its visual Web development tool, as "a massive upgrade to Ext Designer," the previous version. The name change from Designer to Architect reflects the product's new focus. Instead of a tool for building Web UIs, Sencha says the new version is suitable for creating complete Web applications, both for UI designers and back-end developers. That's true up to a point,' McAllister writes. 'Neither is Architect a full-fledged Web IDE like Adobe Dreamweaver. It's not a tool for opening up existing Web applications and tinkering with them, and you won't use it for simple text editing. It's really meant for building new, JavaScript-enabled applications from scratch, with automatic code generation for either desktop Web browsers or mobile apps.'"
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+ - 183 Ask Slashdot: Holding ISPs Accountable for Contracted DSL Bandwidth 2

Submitted by mcleland
mcleland (620018) writes "I'm not getting the bandwidth I paid for from my DSL connection. My "3mbps" fluctuates between about 2.7 during the day down to 0.1 or 0.2 in the evening according to speedtest.net. Let's assume DSL is the only viable option for broadband at my house and I can't really move right now (rural area, on north face of the mountain, no cable service, very poor cell coverage). This was discussed 6 years ago but I'd like to see if there are any current thoughts on whether I'm just stuck or if there is some way to make the ISP hold up it's end."
Government

+ - 173 DARPA program to power instant language translation ->

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded a $7.1 million contract to SRI International to start building the latest in a long line of technologies that seek to translate and understand multiple languages. DARPA’s Broad Operational Language Translation (BOLT) program seeks to create technology capable of translating into English multiple foreign languages in all genres including informal speech and text such as occurs in email, messaging and conversational speech..."
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Medicine

+ - 134 New Light-Powered Retinal Prosthesis Could Restore Sight to the Blind->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in North America, while retinitis pigmentosa causes approximately 1.5 million people worldwide to lose their sight every year. Individuals afflicted with retinal degenerative diseases such as these might someday be able to see again, however, thanks to a device being developed at California’s Stanford University. Scientists there are working on a retinal prosthesis, that uses what could almost be described as miniature solar panels to turn light signals into nerve impulses."
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