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Submission + - iPhone 5 to Have Smaller, 19-Pin Dock Connector

AlistairCharlton writes: "The next iPhone will use a smaller, 19-pin dock connector, replacing the decade-old 30-pin design and making all previous accessories incompatible without an adapter.

As iPhone 5 gossip and speculation continues to rise ahead of an expected autumn launch, Reuters is the latest to claim Apple is seeking to use the new, smaller design due to packaging constraints from relocating the headphone jack."

Comment Re:Can it be done effectivly without an FPU? (Score 2) 271

No reason to shout. Let people have their hobby! I think AVR and similar inexpensive microprocessors are a great way to get started in "not purely software" hackery. And if Arduino and the likes make it even easier, the better! Just because not everyone was born with a keyboard in their hand, typing into emacs, doesn't mean they don't have the right to explore the realm of programming with whatever editor and platform they like. Sure, there are a lot of applications these 8-bit MCUs are ill-suited for, but let them figure that out by themselves. It's a learning process, but you in your arrogance shout at AC because he/she wished for something you think is impossible. And maybe it is, but the way you communicate that is somewhat arrogant. There are plenty of paths to becoming an educated hacker and if it's via a Java-based IDE on Windows that's just as well.

Submission + - New Yeast Strain Doubles Biofuel Production ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A team of researchers has developed a new strain of yeast that could make the production of biofuels two times more efficient by breaking down an elusive sugar chain present in plant stems called xylose. Up until now, two processes have been used to break down all of the sugars contained in plants — one for simple sugars and one for complex sugars. This new yeast has the ability to break down simple and complex sugars at once, making the production of biofuels faster and yielding more end product.

Submission + - SPAM: Corporate Housing in Montreal - Celeste

mystudiomontreal01 writes: Celeste's apartment is fully furnished and decorated with fine interiors, which gives homely feeling. This cozy apartment is ideally located from Place des Arts metro station and other public transport are easily accessible. From here you can enjoy magnificent view of Montreal.
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The Courts

Submission + - Russian Court Decides Against Political Prisoner (

reporter writes: According to a report just published by the "Wall Street Journal", "A Moscow court Monday found tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky guilty of embezzling and laundering billions of dollars worth of oil from OAO Yukos, the company he once controlled, confirming widely held expectations of a conviction in a case that has come to define the rule of Vladimir Putin.". This "legal" judgment is the latest attempt by the Kremlin to silence Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

His legal troubles began when he used his wealth and influence to support the liberal political forces in Russia. Putin warned him to back off from politics, but Khodorkovsky ignored the warning. So, in 2003, the Kremlin arrested his partner, Platon Lebedev. Still, Khodorkovsky continued to dabble in politics. The Kremlin responded by arresting Khodorkovsky himself, and a Russian court then sentenced him to 8 years in prison. Before today's court ruling against him, he would have been released from prison in 2011. Today's ruling means that he will likely stay in prison until 2017.

The report just published by the BBC offers another view of this matter.

Submission + - 'Six crimes a day' solved by CCTV in London (

stoilis writes: "CCTV cameras across London help solve almost six crimes a day, the Metropolitan Police (Met) has said. According to the article, "the number of suspects who were identified using the cameras went up from 1,970 in 2009 to 2,512 this year. The rise in the number of criminals caught also raises public confidence and counters bad publicity for CCTV"."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Is power consumption affected by OS? 1

dbbd writes: I was told that a 32 bits OS will make the CPU consume less power, than a 64 bits OS.
If that is so, it would make sense to choose 32bit OSes on laptops whenever 64bits is not a must.

Is that correct? If so, why does a 32bits OS consume less power than a 64?

Submission + - UK Banks Attempt to Censor Academic Publication (

An anonymous reader writes: Representatives of the UK banking industry have sent a take-down notice (PDF link) to Cambridge University, demanding that they censor a student's webpage as well as his masters thesis. The banks' objection is that the information contained in the report might be used to exploit a vulnerability Chip and PIN system, used throughout Europe and Canada for credit and debit card payments. The system was revealed to be fundamentally flawed earlier this year, as it allowed criminals to use a stolen card with any PIN. Cambridge University has resisted the demands and has sent a response to the bankers explaining why they will keep the page online.

Submission + - Couple Tried for Child Abuse over Bath Photos (

An anonymous reader writes: After the American Child Protection Agency took away their children, Vuk and Verica Nasti will appear in court and try to get their children back. In June the Agency took eight-year old son Damjan and daughter Nastasija from their parents because of alleged sexual abuse.
Psychologists claim that the case amounts to "cultural misunderstandings". Photographs of the couple's naked children taking a bath in a bathtub were found in their father's computer when he took it to a repair shop, and the shop owner notified police.

It is becoming increasingly easy to lose your children over what used to be asexual parenting activities.

Comment Patent Chess (Score 2) 71

To me it seems more and more like these companies with their huge patent pools are bored and now play a game against each other.
company1: "Hey company2, I hold a patent vaguely describing what you do with product X"
company2: "Hey company1, I have two patents even more vaguely describing what you do with product Y"
company3: "Hey both of you, I hold ten patents that you both infringe on"
company1: "Oh yeah, well guess what, I have twelve other patents, that ..."
...Ad infinitum...
It's getting ridiculus...

Submission + - SPAM: HGH Side Effects

An anonymous reader writes: Provides advice on HGH side effects and benefits of natural growth hormones.
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Submission + - Amazon selling Wikileaks Cable documents as a book ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Perhaps they didn't filter this book before approving it but a book with the leaks from cablegate is available as a Kindle ebook for download. Many amazon users have written 'reviews' condemning amazon and vowing never to use amazon again. How long before this one is pulled?

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