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Amazon Plans To Launch Smartphone In June: WSJ
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+ - UK finally legalises ripping CDs and DVDs->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In June the UK is set to finally legalise the ripping of your own personal CDs and DVDs Yay?

So as the UK tries to bring itself back into the 21st century and take a break from trying to censor everything or spying on people we get a common sense result, though there are some rules you have to follow of course."

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Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found 269

Posted by samzenpus
from the lets-have-a-look dept.
astroengine writes "For the first time, scientists have found direct evidence of the expansion of the universe, a previously theoretical event that took place a fraction of a second after the Big Bang explosion nearly 14 billion years ago. The clue is encoded in the primordial cosmic microwave background radiation that continues to spread through space to this day. Scientists found and measured a key polarization, or orientation, of the microwaves caused by gravitational waves, which are miniature ripples in the fabric of space. Gravitational waves, proposed by Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity nearly 100 years ago but never before proven, are believed to have originated in the Big Bang explosion and then been amplified by the universe's inflation. 'Detecting this signal is one of the most important goals in cosmology today,' lead researcher John Kovac, with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said in a statement."

+ - "Little Foot" Fossil Could be Human Ancestor->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "He may be called Little Foot, but for human evolution researchers he’s a big deal: His is the most complete skeleton known of an early member of the human lineage. Ever since the skeleton was discovered in a South African cave in the 1990s and named for its relatively small foot bones, researchers have been fiercely debating how old it is, with estimates ranging from about 2 million years to more than 3 million. A new geological study of the cave concludes that Little Foot is at least 3 million years old. If correct, that would mean he is old enough to be a direct ancestor of today’s humans, and could shift South Africa to the forefront of human evolution."
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+ - EU Votes for Universal Phone Charger

Submitted by SmartAboutThings
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "The European Union has voted in favor of a draft legislation which lists among the “essential requirements” of electrical devices approved by the EU a compatibility with “universal” chargers . According to a German MEP, this move will eliminate 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste. The draft law was approved by an overwhelming majority of 550 votes to 12 . At the moment, according to estimates, there are around 30 different types of charger on the market, but manufacturers have two years at their disposal to get ready for the new restriction."

+ - Microsoft Tries To Woo Users Off Windows XP With Deals For A New PC

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With the Windows XP end of support date now less than a month away, Microsoft is trying to woo users off the ancient 12-year-old operating system. The latest comes in the form of a Microsoft Store deal that offers a $50 gift card, 90-days of free support, and free data transfer with the purchase of a new PC. As always with such offers, however, there are some details worth noting. The $50 digital gift card can only be used towards future purchases at the online Microsoft Store in the US. Free support is hardly anything new for Microsoft Store purchases, though it does cover both phone and chat options. Lastly, the free data transfer option is available to everyone, thanks to a Microsoft partnership with Laplink."

+ - Judge says prosecutors should follow the law. Prosecutors revolt.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Late last year, South Carolina State Supreme Court Justice Donald Beatty joined Kozinski. At a state solicitors’ convention in Myrtle Beach, Beatty cautioned that prosecutors in the state have been “getting away with too much for too long.” He added, “The court will no longer overlook unethical conduct, such as witness tampering, selective and retaliatory prosecutions, perjury and suppression of evidence. You better follow the rules or we are coming after you and will make an example. The pendulum has been swinging in the wrong direction for too long and now it’s going in the other direction. Your bar licenses will be in jeopardy. We will take your license.”

You’d think that there’s little here with which a conscientious prosecutor could quarrel. At most, a prosecutor might argue that Beatty exaggerated the extent of misconduct in South Carolina. (I don’t know if that’s true, only that that’s a conceivable response.) But that prosecutors shouldn’t suborn perjury, shouldn’t retaliate against political opponents, shouldn’t suppress evidence, and that those who do should be disciplined — these don’t seem like controversial things to say. If most prosecutors are following the rules, you’d think they’d have little to fear, and in fact would want their rogue colleagues identified and sanctioned.

The state’s prosecutors didn’t see that way. . . . The most plausible explanation for all of these stories is that a significant number of prosecutors just don’t want to be held accountable to anyone but themselves. I suppose a lot of us would like to have that sort of protection when it comes to what we do for a living. But few of us do. And the rest of us don’t hold positions that give us the power to to ruin someone’s life with criminal charges, to convince a jury to put someone in prison or to ask the state to put someone to death."

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+ - Einstein's 'Lost' Model Of the Universe Discovered 'Hiding in Plain Sight'

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Dick Ahlstrom reports that Irish researchers have discovered a previously unknown model of the universe written in 1931 by physicist Albert Einstein that had been misfiled and effectively “lost” until its discovery last August while researchers been searching through a collection of Einstein’s papers put online by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. “I was looking through drafts, but then slowly realised it was a draft of something very different,” says Dr O’Raifeartaigh. “I nearly fell off my chair. It was hidden in perfect plain sight. This particular manuscript was misfiled as a draft of something else.” In his paper, radically different from his previously known models of the universe, Einstein speculated the expanding universe could remain unchanged and in a “ steady state” because new matter was being continuously created from space. “It is what Einstein is attempting to do that would surprise most historians, because nobody had known this idea. It was later proposed by Fred Hoyle in 1948 and became controversial in the 1950s, the steady state model of the cosmos,” says O’Raifeartaigh. Hoyle argued that space could be expanding eternally and keeping a roughly constant density. It could do this by continually adding new matter, with elementary particles spontaneously popping up from space. Particles would then coalesce to form galaxies and stars, and these would appear at just the right rate to take up the extra room created by the expansion of space. Hoyle’s Universe was always infinite, so its size did not change as it expanded. It was in a ‘steady state’. “This finding confirms that Hoyle was not a crank,” says Simon Mitton. “If only Hoyle had known, he would certainly have used it to punch his opponents." Although Hoyle’s model was eventually ruled out by astronomical observations, it was at least mathematically consistent, tweaking the equations of Einstein’s general theory of relativity to provide a possible mechanism for the spontaneous generation of matter. Einstein's paper attracted no attention because Einstein abandoned it after he spotted a mistake and then didn’t publish it but the fact that Einstein experimented with the steady-state concept demonstrates Einstein's continued resistance to the idea of a Big Bang, which he at first found “abominable”, even though other theoreticians had shown it to be a natural consequence of his general theory of relativity."

+ - Spyware Enabled Open Source and Source Forge. Trust levels?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "So. New PC which needs Win7 installed on it for work purposes. Have performed a virginal install to an unformatted disk. Whilst doing the updates, I decide to yank the development apps over off the BSD box via SFTP and decide "lets grab filezilla client, it's opensource and I trust it from sourceforge." So, from the project page, I downloaded the installed which comes from sourceforge and noticed it wants to install browser tool-bars. Cancel the installation instantly and walk away to do other things. When I returned 30mins later, I'm presented with malware. "PC Optimizer Pro" and a couple of it's friends. Was any of this software actually opensource? No. Did I want it? No. Trust in SourceForge .. less. Please comment, I've got a clean system to format and re-install and patch so I'll be here most of the day again."
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Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week 198

Posted by Soulskill
from the for-cars-with-just-one-button dept.
An anonymous reader tips news that Apple's efforts to bring iOS to cars will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show next week. 'Drivers will be able to use Apple Maps as in-car navigation, as well as listen to music and watch films. Calls can be made through the system, which will tie into the Siri voice recognition platform so that messages can be read to the driver who can respond by dictating a reply.' Apple's partners in the automotive industry will be Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes Benz to start. Apple first said they were working on this system at last year's WWDC.

+ - Finnish Hacker Isolates GPS Coordinates from Youtube Video Soundtrack->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""The signal sits alone on the left audio channel, so I can completely isolate it. Judging from the spectrogram, the modulation scheme seems to be BFSK, switching the carrier between 1200 and 2200 Hz. I demodulated it by filtering it with a lowpass and highpass sinc in SoX and comparing outputs. Now I had a bitstream at 1200 bps.""
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+ - SPAM: Sleep disorders change human transcriptome

Submitted by cusabio1
cusabio1 (3475259) writes "Italy Neurobehavioral Institute of Technology geneticist Valter Tucci ( not involved in the study ) , said: " I think it's pretty fresh and interesting changes in ig3v9e4 sleep time will result in a significant impact only need to detect these genes , we can see . the most far-reaching destructive effect . "

In the 1930s and 1940s, studies of circadian rhythm precursor Nathaniel Kleitman discovered that when he forced himself to comply with the 28 hours of sleep -wake cycle , his body temperature does not fluctuate like the normal 24-hour cycle. University of Surrey sleep physiologist Derk-Jan Dijk said: "When you're not the right time to sleep , the other will usually reduce the amplitude of circadian rhythms of people think that many of the problems arise during the jet lag or shift workers . are due to circadian rhythm disorders caused our problem is that the transcriptome in the end what happened to change ? "

Dijk and colleagues invited 22 volunteers into their clinical research center within three days the participants sleep latency four hours a day until they are changed during the day time sleep. Blood samples were taken periodically and analyzed transcripts chip , the researchers found that " the timing of the expression and regulation of these transcripts had a huge impact," co-author of the paper, University of Surrey , a molecular biologist and geneticist Simon Archer said sleep .

In the beginning of the experiment , nearly 6.5% of the participants followed the transcripts 24 hours rhythm , consistent with the estimated value of other Human Proinsulin ELISA Kit circadian gene expression . But at the end of three 28 hours cycle, only 1% of the expression of genes such periodic display . Dijk said: "This is a considerable decline which basically explains that when you break the routine of sleep , circadian rhythm amplitude decreases phenomenon extends to the molecular level. ."

Archer said that the rhythm can be attributed to the loss of several factors, including the overall decline in the amplitude of gene expression changes periodically and altered expression of time. "Some are no longer showing the circadian rhythm , some are bimodal . Usually gene expression during the day and at night peaked genes are damaged ."

Importantly, the body's master clock — the nucleus of the hypothalamus Cross (SCN) while continuing normally keep participants in blood melatonin levels showed a consistent 24-hour period to confirm this . Dijk said: " So we are beginning to see some areas of the brain in some aspects of rhythm is still intact , and some parts of the rhythm of the body is destroyed ." He and others believe that this non- synchronization of the body clock is after the jet lag and shift the root of many physiological problems arise.

By carefully to detect the loss of rhythmic gene expression , Dijk and his colleagues found that many are known factors regulating gene expression . For transcription of some genes , such as RNA polymerase II, with the other translation-related , such as ribosome initiation and elongation factors and proteins lose their 24-hour period . Even some clock genes , CLOCK and BMAL1 , including destroyed. Finally, they found that some genes involved in chromatin modification, such as methyl and acetyl transferase enzyme , also showed rhythmic fall."

+ - HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' as Buyers Shun Windows 8

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Gregg Keizer reports at Computerworld that Hewlett-Packard has stuck their finger in Microsoft's eye by launching launched a new promotion that discounts several consumer PCs by $150 when equipped with Windows 7, saying the four-year-old OS is "back by popular demand." "The reality is that there are a lot of people who still want Windows 7," says Bob O'Donnel. "This is a twist, though, and may appeal to those who said, 'I do want a new PC, but I thought I couldn't get Windows 7.'" The promotion reminded O'Donnell and others of the dark days of Windows Vista, when customers avoided Windows 7's predecessor and instead clamored for the older Windows XP on their new PCs. Then, customers who had heard mostly negative comments about Vista from friends, family and the media, decided they would rather work with the devil they knew rather than the new one they did not. "It's not a perfect comparison," says O'Donnell, of equating Windows 8 with Vista, "but the perception of Windows 8 is negative. I said early on that Windows 8 could clearly be Vista Version 2, and that seems to have happened." HP has decided that the popularity of Windows 7 is its best chance of encouraging more people to buy new computers in a declining market and is not the first time that HP has spoken out against Microsoft. "Look at the business model difference between Intel and ARM. Look at the operating systems. In today's world, other than Microsoft there's no one else who charges for an operating system," said HP executive Sridhar Solur in December adding that that the next generation of computers could very well not be dominated by Microsoft. "In today's world, other than Microsoft there's no one else who charges for an operating system.""

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