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+ - 136 JavaScript for the Rest of Us->

Submitted by
my2iu
my2iu writes "The JavaScript programming language is both widely available and very powerful. Unfortunately, since only 6% of the world's population are native English speakers, the other 94% of the world are forced to learn English before they can start using JavaScript. Babylscript is an open source project that aims to translate JavaScript to all the world's languages, including French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. The project has recently completed its 12th translation, enough so that the native languages of over 50% of the world's population are now supported!"
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Programming

+ - 257 Will Parallel Code Ever Be Embraced?->

Submitted by
CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot writes "Andrew Binstock at Dr. Dobb's has an essay in which he argues "The advent of the many-core era is not going to push developers to write more parallel code. That hasn't happened as we've gone from 1- to 2- to 4- to 8-core processors, has it? Writing parallel code is not the problem. So, let's stop trying to fix it." He suggests the solution is to "scale out" with more processes instead of scaling up with more threads per process. Does this make sense?"
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Microsoft

+ - 128 Red Hat Won't Say if Microsoft Is Keeping Them From Fedora ARM on Windows RT->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Adding fuel to the Windows Restrictive Boot scandal, Red Hat has gone into lockdown mode. The company now won't answer if Microsoft is locking them out of Windows-on-ARM, or Windows RT from Fedora releases. Evidence shows that Fedora may have agreed to not release an ARM version of Fedora on Windows RT desktop/tablets, in order to gain UEFI Secure Boot certification on x86 machines.

If so, Microsoft may be repeating the same antitrust situations that got them sued by the feds in the 1990s. And, for the exact same reasons, now that their settlement with the US DoJ has lapsed..."

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+ - 179 Thailand begins One Tablet Per Child->

Submitted by societyofrobots
societyofrobots (1396043) writes "Thailand has now put the first 50,000 of a planned 800,000 tablets into the hands of elementary students. Each tablet costs only $80/unit, runs Android ICS, and was manufactured in China. Opponents claim it to be a very expensive populist policy to 'buy votes', while proponents argue it could bypass the root causes of poor education in the country: outdated books and unskilled teachers. Is this the future of education in developing nations?"
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+ - 238 Pay-by-Voice could leap frog Pay-by-Smartphone->

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circletimessquare
circletimessquare writes "While the world waits for a smartphone wallet, that idea might have already been made quaint by the company called Square that bought us the little Credit Card swiper that attaches to your iPhone audio jack: pay by just announcing your voice. 'You walk into a shop or cafe. The cashier knows that you’re on the premises, because your name and thumbnail photo appear on his iPad screen. He rings up your items by tapping them on the iPad. And now the magic moment: To pay, you just say your name. The cashier compares your actual face with the photo on the iPad’s screen, taps O.K., and the transaction is complete. No cash, no cards, no signatures — you don’t even have to take the phone out of your pocket.' A number of hacks seem apparent. David Pogue's New York Times article also summarizes nicely the state of play in novel electronic payment methods."
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Space

+ - 127 Up close with the Enterprise shuttle at the Intrepid Museum ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As you probably remember from a few weeks ago, the Space Shuttle Enterprise was flown on the back of a 747 to New York City where it was then delivered to the USS Intrepid. As sad as it was to see a space shuttle retired (and NASA take a major step down in the space flight abilities) this was one of the most amazingly geektastic events in recent memory. Now the shuttle is on top of the aircraft carrier’s flight deck, living in its very own pavilion. As of tomorrow it will go on display as part of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, but today we got a sneak peek at the shuttle."
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Microsoft

+ - 222 Microsoft Office 2013 not compatible with Windows XP, Vista-> 2

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "The newly unveiled productivity suite from Microsoft, Office 2013, won’t be running on older operating systems like Windows XP and Vista it has been revealed. Office 2013 is said to be only compatible with PCs, laptops or tablets that are running on the latest version of Windows i.e. either Windows 7 or not yet released Windows 8. According to a systems requirements page for Microsoft for Office 2013 customer preview, the Office 2010 successor is only compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012. This was confirmed by a Microsoft spokesperson. Further the minimum requirements states that systems need to be equipped with at least a 1 GHz processor and should have 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit systems or 2 GB for 64-bit hardware. The minimum storage space that should be available is 3 GB along with a DirectX 10-compatible graphics card for users wanting hardware acceleration."
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Google

+ - 122 Could Google Fiber Save Network Neutrality?->

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nmpost
nmpost writes "Could Google Fiber be the savior of network neutrality? Some speculate that the program is Google’s answer to attacks on network neutrality by the big internet providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T. These companies complain about the price of upgrading and maintaining their network, and want to charge websites like Google extra money to allow customers fast access to its sites. This practice would violate the long held spirit of the internet, where all data traffic is treated equally. Google may be out to prove that fast networks can be built and maintained at reasonable prices."
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IOS

+ - 145 iOS 6 Beta 3 Jailbroken Already->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Apple just launched the iOS 6 Beta 3 just a couple of days back and the redsn0w team has giving out a jailbreak for the latest version of iOS 6 already. The only downside is that this is a tethered jailbreak which means that you will have to make sure that your phone is connected to the computer whenever you need to reboot it."
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China

+ - 163 Details of Chinese Moon Rocket Emerge->

Submitted by
MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington writes "AmericaSpace has published the results of a study of Chinese rocket development by Charles Vick, a noted expert on the Russian and Chinese space programs who works for GlobalSecurity.org, using Chinese language sources.

Of note are the developing concepts for a super heavy launch vehicle designated as the CZ9 or Long March 9, capable of taking Chinese astronauts to the moon and points beyond."

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+ - 180 McDonald's Denies Prof's Claim Staff Attacked Him For Wearing Computer Eyepiece->

Submitted by Sparrowvsrevolution
Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "In an update to a story posted on Slashdot earlier this week, McDonald's has responded to the claims of Steve Mann, a University of Toronto professor and augmented reality pioneer who says McDonald's staff in Paris assaulted him tried to pull off a computer eyepiece he's worn for decades, then threw him out of the restaurant. McDonald's confirms that Mann was ejected from the premises, but denies that there was a "physical altercation" with staff or that they destroyed any of his property. That last claim is especially dubious, since Mann has posted photos taken from his eyepiece that show McDonald's staff ripping up a doctor's note that he showed them to explain his need to wear the device.

The company still hasn't explained why Mann was removed from the restaurant, but Mann has speculated that it has a policy against recording."

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Open Source

+ - 201 Great Open Source Map Tools For Web Developers->

Submitted by
snydeq
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner surveys the rich ecosystem of free maps, free data, and free libraries that give developers excellent alternatives to Google Maps. 'The options are expanding quickly as companies are building their own databases for holding geographical data, their own rendering tools for building maps, and their own software for embedding the maps in websites. ... Working with these tools can be a bit more complex than working with a big provider like Google. Some of these companies make JavaScript tools for displaying the maps, and others just deliver the raw tiles that the browsers use to assemble the maps. Working with the code means making decisions about how you want to assemble the pieces — now within your control. You can stick with one simple library or combine someone else's library with tiles you produce yourself.'"
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Security

+ - 186 EPIC Files Motion About Ignored Body Scanner Ruling->

Submitted by OverTheGeicoE
OverTheGeicoE (1743174) writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a motion in court yesterday regarding the court's ignored year-old ruling on EPIC vs. DHS. EPIC is asking the court to require DHS to start taking public comment within 60 days or, as an alternative, forbid DHS from using body scanners in primary airport screening altogether. If the court orders the latter, that would give EPIC what it originally sought in its lawsuit. Meanwhile, for what it's worth, the related petition on whitehouse.gov has a little more than half the signatures it needs to get an official 'response.' The signing period ends on August 9."
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+ - 124 Trolling Al Qaeda... for peace?->

Submitted by The Mister Purple
The Mister Purple (2525152) writes "There is a small initiative underway to combat Islamic militant recruiting on the Internet... by trolling them. According to this article:

The program, called Viral Peace, seeks to occupy the virtual space that extremists fill, one thread or Twitter exchange at a time. Shahed Amanullah, a senior technology adviser to the State Department and Viral Peace’s creator, tells Danger Room he wants to use “logic, humor, satire, [and] religious arguments, not just to confront [extremists], but to undermine and demoralize them.” Think of it as strategic trolling, in pursuit of geopolitical pwnage.

So does this mean that I'm promoting peace when I post YouTube comments?"
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The Courts

+ - 196 Apple Must Publicly Post That Samsung Did Not Copy iPad->

Submitted by microcars
microcars (708223) writes "A Judge in the U.K. has ordered Apple to post a notice on its website and in British newspapers alerting people to a ruling that Samsung Electronics Co. didn’t copy designs for the iPad. This is the same Judge that ruled earlier that Samsung's Galaxy Tab was Not As Cool as Apple's iPad."
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Cloud

+ - 94 codebender.cc brings Arduino programming on the cloud-> 2

Submitted by
M4rkellos
M4rkellos writes "A group of 5 students from Greece have developed [url="http://codebender.cc"]codebender[/url], an open-source web-based platform for hackers and makers, in an attempt to make Arduino and electronics development more accessible to people that have no previous experience with hardware and programming.

Codebender eliminates the problems a first-time Arduino user faces, such as the hassle of installing, managing and updating software, tools and [url="http://codebender.cc/libraries"]external libraries[/url], and keeping them in sync across multiple devices. Having a web-based IDE also means that all your projects are safely stored on the cloud making them available 24/7 and enabling you to program your Arduino even if you are away from your computer. You can even [url="http://codebender.cc/misc/about"]program an internet-enabled Arduino remotely[/url] through the network, straight from the browser.

codebender’s goal is to help the maker community, so the team behind codebender is determined to keep the service free of charge and open to everyone. To cover their hosting fees, [url="http://www.indiegogo.com/codebender?a=806420"]they ask for support through their IndieGoGo campaign[/url] in order to keep the site running."

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Businesses

+ - 137 Natural Gas Fracking Causes Plunge in CO2 Emissions-> 2

Submitted by
MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington writes "Natural gas fracking, in which fluids are injected in a shale formation to force natural gas to the surface, has caused an economic boom in places such as the Eagle Ford formation in south Texas, according to CNBC. The natural gas fracking boom seems also to have fixed a situation that has vexed environmentalists, according to Investor’s Business Daily. The natural gas fracking boom has caused a plunge in CO2 output, down to 1990s levels."
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Portables

+ - 203 Dell To Offer Ubuntu Laptops Again->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "TechCrunch reports that Dell will be officially re-entering the Linux laptop market. Beginning this fall, it will sell a 'developer edition' of one of its Ultrabooks that comes pre-loaded with Ubuntu 12.04. Dell first started offering computers with Linux installed in 2007, but they dropped the products in 2010. This spring, a skunkworks effort called Project Skunkworks was announced, and now, after the completion of a short beta test, the Ubuntu laptops have been given a green light for commercial sale. Canonical has been working alongside Dell to help make this happen."
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The Internet

+ - 224 Sale of IPv4 Addresses Hindering IPv6 adoption->

Submitted by hal9000(jr)
hal9000(jr) (316943) writes "While IPv6 day was a successful marketing campaign, is anyone really moving to IPv6? On World Launch Day, Arbor Networks noted a peak of only .2% of ipv6 network traffic. It appears that IPv4 addresses are still valuable and are driving hosting acquistions. Windows 8 will actually prefer IPv6 over IPv4. If you want IPv6, here's what to do about it."
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Youtube

+ - 172 YouTube adds facial blurring to protect the innocent (or the guilty)->

Submitted by
kaizendojo
kaizendojo writes "YouTube has added another feature to its enhancements tool, allowing you to automate the process of blurring out people's faces in your photos. Its makers are quick to add that it's still an emerging technology, and that it may still miss out on faces depending on lighting obstructions and video quality. YouTube cites footage from human rights issues for bringing the idea forward, where identification of those involved could prove dangerous. You'll be able to preview how it looks, and if you choose to include the blurred option, a new copy is made to avoid losing the unedited original."
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