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Submission + - Analyzing Climate Change on Carbon Rich Peat Bogs (publicradio.org)

eldavojohn writes: A new report (PDF) from Climate Central shows that climate change has been affecting some states more than others for the past 100 years. As you can see from a video released by NASA, things have become most problematic since the 70s. Among the states most affected is Minnesota, where moose populations are estimated to have dropped 50% in the past six years. Now the U.S. Department of Energy is spending $50 million on a massive project at the Marcell Experimental Forest to build controlled sections of 36 feet wide and 32 feet tall transparent chambers over peatland ecosystems. Although peat bogs only account for 3% of Earth's surface, they contain over 30% of carbon stored in soil. They aim to manipulate these enclosures to see the effects of warming up to 15 degrees, searching for a tipping point and also observing what new ecosystems might arise. The project hopes to draw attention and analysis from hundreds of scientists and researchers around the globe.

Submission + - Hawking is First User of "Big Brain" Supercomputer (datacenterknowledge.com)

miller60 writes: Calling your product the "Big Brain Computer" is a heady claim. It helps if you have Dr. Stephen Hawking say that the product can help unlock the secrets of the universe. SGI says its UV2 can scale to 4,096 cores and 64 terabytes of memory, with a peak I/O rate of four terabytes per second and runs off-the-shelf Linux software. Hawking says the UV2 "will ensure that UK researchers remain at the forefront of fundamental and observational cosmology.”

Submission + - Ubuntu 12.04 ported to the Allwinner A10 MK802 ,ini PC (miniand.com)

beefsack writes: Thanks to the strong ARM support in the Ubuntu repositories, Ubuntu, along with Lubuntu and others have been ported to work on the new MK802 mini PC. Performance is very impressive, especially given that Mali GPU driver support in Linux is still lacking features such as hardware video decoding.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What will the 8th Circuit do in Jammie Thomas case? (blogspot.com)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA doesn't really like free mp3 files floating around but here's one you can access legally — the audio file of the June 12, 2012 oral argument of the RIAA's appeal in Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas-Rasset. At issue in this case are (a) the RIAA's "making available" theory and (b) the constitutionality of large statutory damages awards for download of an mp3 song file. The lower court rejected the making available theory, and reduced the jury's verdict to what the judge considered the maximum possible award of $2250 per file. I'm predicting the Court will affirm. After listening to the oral argument, what do you think?"

Submission + - ESA announces the Summer of Code In Space 2012 (esa.int)

juli1 writes: The European Space Agency announced the second edition of the Summer Of Code In Space (SOCIS2012), a similar initiative to the Google Summer of Code but more related to space software. The goal is to support students in contributing to Open-Source projects that are connected to the space domain. Students' contribution is reviewed by selected mentoring organizations and likely reversed to the main branch of each project.

According to the time-line, mentoring organizations can apply now and accepted students would start their projects beginning of August and write code until October. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive 4000 euros.

Submission + - Nokia to Cut 10,000 Jobs and Close 3 Facilities

parallel_prankster writes: NY Times reports that Nokia said on Thursday that it would slash 10,000 jobs, or 19 percent of its work force, by the end of 2013 as part of an emergency overhaul that includes closing research centers and a factory in Germany, Canada and Finland, and the departures of three senior executives.

The company also warned investors that its loss was likely to be greater in the second quarter, which ends June 30, than it was in the first, and that the negative effects of its transition to a Windows-based smartphone business would continue into the third quarter.Nokia, based in Espoo, Finland, posted a loss of €929 million, or $1.2 billion, in the first quarter as sales plummeted 29 percent. Once the undisputed global leader in the mobile phone business, Nokia has been outcompeted by Apple, as well as by Samsung and other makers of handsets running Google’s Android operating system.

Submission + - Adjusting your PC set-up to cope with sudden sight loss (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "PC Pro's Davey Winder has written a first-hand account of how he overhauled his PC workstation to cope with a sudden deterioration of his eyesight. Winder contracted wet macular degeneration, a progressive disease that strikes very quickly, and turns items in the field of vision into a grey smudge.

He explains how he continued his work as a journalist by changing his word processor, swapping his desktop monitor for a touchscreen, and by replacing his keyboard with an Accuratus Monster keyboard (or Big Freaky Yellow Keyboard, as he's renamed it).

He also explains why he had to swap his favourite Chrome browser for Internet Explorer, and how a £3.99 iPhone app saved him from spending hundreds of pounds on a dedicated hardware reader."


Submission + - Aussie telco lays new fibre for microsecond trading boost (itnews.com.au)

schliz writes: Australian data centre and telecommunications provider Vocus has installed two new underwater fibre links across the Sydney Harbour in a bid for the lowest connection latency between the city's financial district and the Australian Securities Exchange's recently opened data centre, north of the CBD. The project involved 1.6 kilometres of custom, 312-core single-mode optical fibre cable, and was expected to deliver a route that is 400 metres shorter than existing links. RTFA for pretty installation photos.

Submission + - Android not ready for multi-core? (theinquirer.net)

dgharmon writes: 'CHIPMAKER Intel has claimed that system-on-chip (SoC) vendors have not done enough to optimise Android for multi-core processors`

"The way it's implemented right now, Android does not make as effective use of multiple cores as it could, and I think — frankly — some of this work could be done by the vendors who create the SoCs, but they just haven't bothered to do it."

"Right now the lack of software effort by some of the folks who have done their hardware implementation is a bigger disadvantage than anything else,"


Submission + - Australia's first digital computer (pcauthority.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Sometimes, it's the oldest machines that are the most fascinating. PC & Tech Authority has posted this gallery of photos of the first automatic electronic stored-program computer in Australia and one of the first in the world — CSIRAC. The photos show a machine massive in size — the main system comprised nine steel cabinets containing 2000 valves that weighed over 7000kg. Using valve technology and World War II radar systems as a starting point, the machine was used for various purposes including weather forecasting, forestry, loan repayments and building design. It boasted a 1000Hz memory clock and a serial bus that transferred one bit at a time. The system generated so much heat, cool air needed to be blown up through the cabinets from the basement below. In addition to being Australia's first computer, it is also said to have been the first computer to play digital music anywhere in the world. When CSIRAC was turned off for the last time, a witness described it as "like something alive dying".

Submission + - Linux And Foss Are Extremely Selfish: It's OK To Be Selfish (muktware.com) 1

sfcrazy writes: "Renowned free software journalist Carla Schroder did not like the use of term selfishness and wrote an interesting piece. She took it as an insult of the thousands of free software developers. She wrote, "Let's stop insulting the many thousands of contributors to Linux and FOSS by calling them selfish, because that it is untrue and unfair. How about a bit of well-deserved praise and appreciation instead?"

A counter to her opinion is published here which clearly states, I think it's totally fine to be selfish, what is important is the motive behind that selfishness. In fact all of us are selfish and no matter how 'selfless' our deeds are they are driven by selfishness."


Submission + - Opera 12 out without hardware acceleration (cnet.com)

battleforevermore writes: Sad but true, The latest opera still has "Experimental hardware acceleration WebGL support" , while their focus is on speed. They are " still working on that competitors have moved forward with is hardware acceleration, which is when the browser uses the graphics processor to render animations faster and more smoothly."

Submission + - Online retailer adds IE7 tax (kogan.com)

benz001 writes: Australian online retailer Kogan today introduced a surcharge on anyone checking out using internet explorer 7 "anyone buying from the site who uses IE7 will be lumped with a 6.8% surcharge — that's 0.1% for each month IE7 has been on the market".

Strangely enough IE6 users don't get charged any extra, but perhaps he just feels sorry for them.


Submission + - Trinity On The Desktop: A10, A8, And A6 All Get Benchmarked! (tomshardware.com)

zackmerles writes: "Tom's Hardware gets very early access to three of AMD's unreleased Trinity-based desktop APUs. Although mobile Trinity APUs should be shipping soon and OEMs have access to desktop chips for the upcoming back-to-school season, enthusiasts will have to wait until Q3 or maybe even Q4 to get their hands on Trinity and the requisite Socket FM2 motherboards.

The follow-up to the Llano APUs that debuted last summer, Trinity carries the long-awaited Piledriver CPU architecture which will be in the next generation of FX chips. Trinity also boasts the VLIW4 graphics architecture from Radeon HD 6900-series GPUs, whereas Llano used Radeon HD 6800-class VLIW5 graphics.

The three APUs tested are the A10-5800K @ 3.8 GHz (AMD's soon-to-be flagship APU) as well as the A8-5600K and A6-5400K, each @ 3.6 GHz. Both the A10 and A8 are quad-core parts with a 100 W TDP, while the A6 is a dual-core chip with a 65 W TDP. Overall, the benchmarks show Trinity only holding a modest gain over Llano and Bulldozer (AMD FX CPU) in general processing power, but an approximately 25% increase over Llano in graphics performance."


Submission + - Aussie retailer slaps IE7 users with tax (delimiter.com.au)

daria42 writes: Bad news, Internet Explorer users. If you're using version 7 of IE and want to buy goods from major Australian online retailer Kogan, you'll be paying 6.8 percent more than those using alternative browsers or IE8 or IE9. Kogan this week said it was fed up with the high costs of keeping its web site compatible with IE7, so it's passing the cost onto those who use the browser. Sounds like it's about time to switch ;)
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Submission + - Australian online retailer is 'taxing' IE7 users

Dexter Herbivore writes: Australian online retailer Kogan has announced that it will charge 6.8% extra to users of IE7, due to the amount of time required to make pages appear correctly in IE7.

CEO and founder Ruslan Kogan said the business had been spending too much time and money making the site compatible with IE7.

"Internet Explorer 7 has long since passed its use-by date," Mr Kogan said. "It’s a constant source of frustration for our web guys and we’re sick of burning cash on a browser that hit the market nearly six years ago. It goes against everything Kogan stands for."