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+ - 208 Patent troll sues X-Plane-> 2

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset (646467) writes "X-plane is a cross-platform flight simulator app, notably the only serious one that supports Mac OSX and Linux. It's under threat by an NPE (Non Practicing Entity), Uniloc, suing for things X-Plane has done for decades. X-plane cannot afford to defend this suit, so if somebody doesn't step up and defend them then we lose X-plane forever."
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+ - 195 Patent troll sues X-Plane->

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset (646467) writes "X-Plane is an awesome flight simulator that has survived the onslaught of Microsoft Flight Simulator, been the first to include NASA data in their terrain modelling, and remained Linux compatible through their whole history. They have a long and grand history.

They are now under attack from a patent troll, Uniloc, and will needs must shut down unless we help them out. If we fail to help, we lose X-plane — and we deserve to."

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Security

+ - 170 Why WikiLeaks' Spinoff OpenLeaks Failed-> 1

Submitted by Sparrowvsrevolution
Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "Wired has published an excerpt of the new WikiLeaks-related book "This Machine Kills Secrets," which delves into the launch of the WikiLeaks spinoff OpenLeaks at the Chaos Communication Camp in Berlin last year. The detailed account of the site's debut, with German ex-WikiLeaker Daniel Domscheit-Berg at the helm, reveals that even before the dispute between WikiLeaks and OpenLeaks led to the controversial destruction of the decryption keys for 3,000 of WikiLeaks encrypted leaks taken by Domscheit-Berg, OpenLeaks was already facing significant problems: Rumors that the group had been infiltrated by the German government, a lack of code open for public auditing and even a failure to get the site online in time for the penetration test it had invited the CCC hackers to perform. The book passage gives a peek into the infighting, bad luck, disorganization and personality problems that has left the world without a real sequel to WikiLeaks despite the dozens of leak-focused sites that have launched in the last two years."
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Games

+ - 97 90's Pro Pinball game series reanimated -> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The popular 90's pinball game "Pro Pinball" is trying to revive itself with a kickstarter project. When the goal is achieved they want to re-release the pinball tables for PC, Mac, iOS, XBLA, PS3, PS Vita, Linux and Android (including OUYA and Kindle Fire).

The revived release includes the pinball tables Timeshock!, Big Race USA, Fantastic Journey, The Web and a complete new pinball table designed by the legendary designer Pat Lawlor. He is the creator of the best selling pinball table of all time; The Addams Family, and the highest rated pinball table of all time; The Twilight Zone."

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Mars

+ - 172 High Definition video of Curiosity's landing on Mars-> 2

Submitted by
_0x783czar
_0x783czar writes "NASA has released an Hi-Def video of Curiosity's landing. This video was captured in low res, and then extrapolated and re-rendered by Bard Canning, to produce the most stunning imagery ever captured on an alien world. It took Canning over a month to complete the process. He used motion tracking to add sound effects which in turn give you the sensation of the ride of your life."
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Intel

+ - 114 Intel Demos Integrated Fully Digital Radio and Smart Connect Updates-> 1

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "In February, Intel made waves by demonstrating a number of cutting-edge technologies it believed could drive the next-generation of lower power devices. In addition to its pioneering work with Near Threshold Voltages, the company showed off Rosepoint — a prototype SoC that combined a dual-core 32nm Atom with an all-digital radio. Current radios use a mixture of analog and digital circuitry, with the analog side of the equation consuming disproportionately more power and board real estate. Today, Intel demo'd Rosepoint in functional hardware to prove that the hardware is functional and capable of transmitting and receiving data. The second major update Intel gave today was on the company's Smart Connect Mobile Technology, codenamed Spring Meadow. Unlike Rosepoint, which is still an early phase product, Smart Connect is already baked into a number of Intel products and is expected to roll out with Haswell next year."
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Google

+ - 145 Google Glass: Future of Movies or Monkey Cam 2.0? 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "When it comes to Google's futuristic Glass goggles, people seem to fall into two camps. On the one hand, you have people like NY Times Arts critic Mike Hale, who goes gaga over how fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg put Google glasses on models who walked in her recent Fashion Week show, enabling them to capture video from their point of view as they walked the runway. 'For a preview of how we all may be making movies in a few years,' Hale breathlessly writes, 'take a look at DVF Through Glass .' On the other hand, you have folks like NY Times commenter JokerDanny, who says he's seen this Google Glass movie before. 'David Letterman used to call this Monkey-Cam,' quips JD, referring to the mid-1980's Late Night bits in which Letterman mounted a camera on Zippy the Chimp, enabling the monkey to capture video from his point of view as he roamed the studio. Thanks to the magic of YouTube Doubler, here's a head-to-head comparison of POV video shot by Zippy in 1986 — the year Larry Page and Sergey Brin celebrated their 13th birthdays — to that taken by a DVF model in 2012."
Science

+ - 135 Study Boils Water Without Bubbles->

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SchrodingerZ
SchrodingerZ writes "Scientists at Northwestern University have successfully found a way to boil water with the absence of bubbles. How they did it was use a 'specially engineered coated surface can create a stable vapor cushion between the surface and a hot liquid and eliminate the bubbles that are created during boiling'. The study was founded on the Leidenfrost effect ; which explains that when droplets of water are put onto a hot skillet, they will bounce and float on top of a slim vapor film layer. In the new experiment the researchers made the 'surface of tiny steel spheres very water-repellant. The spheres were sprayed with a commercially available hydrophobic coating. When the steel spheres were heated to 400 degrees Celsius and dropped into room temperature water, water vapors formed in the valleys of the textured surface, creating a stable Leidenfrost vapor film that did not collapse once the spheres cooled to the temperature of boiling water. In the experiments, researchers completely avoided the bubbly phase of boiling.' It is hoped that this new method of water heating will make industrial work safer and more efficient in the future. The study was publish in the journal Nature (linked here)."
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Music

+ - 94 Greatest hits: When space and music collide->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "It seems that space travel and music have been forever linked and a number of artists from the recent Will.i.am song from the Mars Curiosity rover to country legend Buck Owens on Apollo, many artists have written or performed specific music for many different NASA and other space agencies world-wide. Here we take a look and in some cases a listen to some of the greatest space-music collaborations."
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+ - 262 Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak on Samsung patent verdict->

Submitted by dgharmon
dgharmon (2564621) writes "“I hate it,” Wozniak told Bloomberg in Shanghai today, referring to the patent battle. “I don’t think the decision of California will hold. And I don’t agree with it — very small things I don’t really call that innovative. I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody’s technologies.”"
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Math

+ - 114 What Are the Odds of Another 9/11 Event?

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Statisticians make predictions about all kinds of phenomena governed by power laws, everything from earthquakes, forest fires and avalanches to epidemics, the volume of email and even the spread of rumors. Now "This Week" reports that two statisticians — Aaron Clauset at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico and Ryan Woodward at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology — have put together a comprehensive global database including 13,274 terrorist events from 1968 to 2007 and created an algorithm to predict the odds of a large-scale terrorist attack with similar or greater consequences happening again. They estimated that the historical probability of an attack on 9/11's scale happening at anytime in the last 40 years was somewhere between 11 and 35 percent. "That's important," says Technology Review. "It means that 9/11 itself was not at all unlikely given the pattern of terrorist activity leading up to it." Assuming that the number of terrorists events per year remains roughly what it is now (2000 per year), the likelihood of another large-scale terrorist attack anywhere in the world (with a death toll greater than or equivalent to 9/11) is between 20 and 50 percent over the next decade (PDF). A 50-50 chance, the top of that range, means "a catastrophic attack is as likely as not.""
Piracy

+ - 179 French Court Levies First Fine Under 3-Strikes Piracy Law-> 1

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itwbennett
itwbennett writes "In the first trial resulting from the controversial three-strikes copyright law, a French court on Thursday fined a man €150 for failing to secure his Internet connection. His negligence led to the illegal download of files, including 2 Rihanna songs that were downloaded by his wife."
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Iphone

+ - 110 Is iPhone Battery Usefulness On The Decline?->

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jfruh
jfruh writes "Every time a company rolls out a new version of a product, it extols how much better it is than the previous version. Thus, Apple spent a part of its iPhone 5 rollout touting the staying power of the latest version of its battery. But have iPhone batteries really seen improvement since the original came out in '07? Kevin Purdy crunches the number and concludes that, whiile the 5's battery beats the 4S's, we still haven't returned to the capabilities of the original phone."
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Security

+ - 180 DHS Gets Public Comment Whether It Wants It Or Not-> 2

Submitted by OverTheGeicoE
OverTheGeicoE (1743174) writes "The motion to force DHS to start its public comment period is still working its way through the court (DHS: 'we're not stonewalling!', EPIC: 'yes you are!'). While we wait for the decision, Cato Institute's Jim Harper points out another way for the public to comment on body scanners, tsacomment.com. Even before this site existed, of course, the government was receiving public comment anyway in the form of passenger complaint letters, which they buried in their files. Even so, the public can get a chance to view those comments as the result of Freedom of Information Act requests. An FOIA request about pat-downs by governmentattic.org yielded hundreds of pages of letters to the government from 2010, including frequent reports of pat-down induced PTSD and sexual abuse trauma."
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Android

+ - 261 Google Threatened Acer with Banishment from Android-> 1

Submitted by
Spy Handler
Spy Handler writes "In a Microsoft-esque move, Google threatened Acer with banishment from Android if it went ahead with its new cellphone project with Alibaba (China's version of Amazon), using an OS called Aliyun. Acer has remained silent on the issue, but Alibaba reports that they received notification from Google, stating "if the new product launch with Aliyun went ahead, Google would terminate Android product cooperation and related technical authorization with Acer." Possible reason for Google's upset is that the Aliyun OS, which is not Android, can run Android apps as well as its own."
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Data Storage

+ - 97 Ask Slashdot: Best storage solution for a modern media server? 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I'm building a media server for ripping my excessive collection of audio CDs, but I'm having trouble deciding how I should set up my storage. I want some kind of nominal protection against a drive death to save me the hassle of re-ripping in the event of a failure, but I feel like all the usual suspects (raid 5, unraid, flexraid, etc) take almost as long to rebuild as it would take me to just re-rip. Are there better solutions these days, or should I just say screw it and go JBOD?"
Government

+ - 192 The TPP, it is as bad as you think it is->

Submitted by
Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace writes "The TPP is not just another horrible trade agreement. According this this article by Laurel Sutherlin it is a huge corporate power grab: Meet the TPP: A Worldwide Corporate Power Grab of Enormous Proportions

The TPP is called a "trade agreement,' but in actuality it is a long-dreamed-of template for implementing a binding system of global corporate governance as bold as anything the world's wealthiest elite has attempted before. Of the 26 chapters under negotiation, only a few have to do directly with trade. The other chapters enshrine new rights and privileges for major corporations while weakening the power of nation states to oppose them. The TPP essentially proposes to establish a parallel system of justice where companies can sue countries in a tribunal of judges composed of unaccountable international trade lawyers with little to no process for appeal.

Say goodbye to due process of law. Draft texts of the proposal have appeared on Wikileaks and the website of Citizen's Trade Campaign. The EFF has an overview of the TPP."
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Canada

+ - 143 Canadian musician fined $1200 for pennies on album cover->

Submitted by silentbrad
silentbrad (1488951) writes "The National Post reports: "The [Royal Canadian] Mint recently issued a warning to Halifax-based folk music singer Dave Gunning — whose upcoming album depicts pennies on both the front and back cover — that he has violated the government’s copyright on the currency. Most of us have probably never thought of inspecting our money in great detail, but Canadian bills do indeed contain a copyright notice in the lower right corner, and coins are covered under the same provisions. The album, entitled No More Pennies, includes lyrics about the coin and features a man sitting in a coffee shop with a bunch of pennies strewn across the counter on its front cover. On the back is a picture of a giant penny falling below the horizon like a sunset. The Mint says it will not charge Mr. Gunning a fee for the first 2,000 albums he produces, but will levy a charge of $1,200 for the next 2,000 copies — a cost this struggling artist says he cannot afford. According to one government bureaucrat, however, the Mint is helping 'this guy out by giving him a break.' ... 'It is pennies to them but is pretty substantial for me,' said Mr. Gunning, who has launched a 'Penny Drive' to try and raise the money to pay this unexpected tax. ... The Canadian dollar is not the only major currency protected by copyright — the British Pound and the Euro also feature copyright notices. But the idea that the government can own the copyright on its works is a concept that’s completely foreign to Americans and citizens of many other countries. Under this country’s Copyright Act, all government works 'belong to Her Majesty' and remain copyrighted 'for a period of fifty years following the end of that calendar year.' This is known as 'Crown Copyright,' which is different from how public works are handled in countries such as the United States, where government documents are automatically put into the public domain.""
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+ - 183 Law Allowing Indefinite Military Detention of Citizens Ruled Unconstitutional->

Submitted by cathector
cathector (972646) writes "The offending section of the NDAA, signed by Obama on New Year's Eve last year, grants the government the power to put citizens in military detention indefinitely and without the usual recourse to civil courts. ...
Judge Katherine Forrest, a recent Obama appointee to the federal bench, ... granted a preliminary injunction of the offending sections of the law."

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KDE

+ - 183 NVIDIA Graphics With KDE-Ubuntu Compete With Windows, Not Unity->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The NVIDIA Linux driver across multiple GeForce graphics cards can compete with Microsoft Windows 7 on Ubuntu, but only when using the KDE desktop and not the default Unity/Compiz. It turns out based upon recent desktop environment benchmarking, Ubuntu's Unity desktop is now noticeably slower than GNOME/KDE/Xfce/LXDE with multiple GPUs/drivers. Sam Spilsbury of Canonical/Compiz acknowledges the problem but it may take longer than one Ubuntu cycle to correct."
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