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Submission + - Project building Babbage's Analytical Engine (

An anonymous reader writes: The project to build Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, proposed one year ago, has finally got underway in the UK.

Submission + - Smartphone Patent War Continues (

An anonymous reader writes: Jefferies performed a deep dive on 1,400 patents to determine the firms with essential LTE patents, in consultation with industry experts. Apple Inc. has patent strength in hardware and OS/Software and it could be stronger in wireless. Apple's wireless position improved with its share of the Nortel Networks patents, but it still trails many of its competitors.

Submission + - Scientist Developing Next-Gen Robots to Harvest an ( 1

SteveFobs writes: "Scientists in Israel and Europe are working to develop highly intelligent, agricultural robots that could potentially benefit farmers and workers while helping to feed our ever growing population. By employing several concepts, such as advanced algorithms and high-tech cameras and sensors, the engineers are developing robots with “brains” that can learn and improve from mistakes made while farming."

Submission + - Computer factories are the energy hogs (

coondoggie writes: "The main idea behind saving energy in the high-tech world has been to buy newer, more energy efficient devices, but researchers say maybe that’s the wrong way to look at the issue, since as much as 70% of the energy a typical laptop will consume during its life span is used in manufacturing the computer.
More energy would be conserved by reducing power used in the manufacturing of computers, rather than reducing only the amount of energy required to operate them say researchers from the Arizona State University and Rochester Institute of Technology."

The Courts

ACS: Law Withdraws Pursuing Illegal File-Sharers 105

Necroloth writes "As mentioned previously on Slashdot, ACS: Law has been sending out letters to thousands of alleged file-sharers on behalf on its client, MediaCAT. However, solicitor Andrew Crossley has now ceased all work on such cases, citing criminal attacks and death threats. Judge Birss doesn't seem to be taken by this, and comments, 'I am getting the impression with every twist and turn since I started looking at these cases that there is a desire to avoid any judicial scrutiny.' Judge Birss is expected to deliver his judgment on the case later in the week... perhaps all is not lost in the British judicial system."

Facebook To Make Facebook Credits Mandatory For Games 116

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from TechCrunch: "Facebook has confirmed that it is indeed making Facebook Credits mandatory for Games, with the rule going into effect on July 1 2011. Facebook says that Credits will be the exclusive way for users to get their 'real money' into a game, but developers are still allowed to keep their own in-game currencies (FarmBucks, FishPoints, whatever). For example, Zynga can charge you 90 Facebook Credits for 75 CityCash in CityVille. ... The company acknowledges that some developers may not be pleased with the news, explaining this is why it is announcing the news five months in advance, so it can 'have an open conversation with developers.' The rule only applies to Canvas games (games that use Facebook Connect aren't affected), and while it's games only at this part, Facebook says that it eventually would like to see all apps using Facebook Credits. It's a move that's been a long time coming — there has been speculation that Facebook would do this for a year now, spurring plenty of angst in the developer community."
The Courts

Submission + - ACS: Law withdraws pursuing illegal file-sharers (

Necroloth writes: As mentioned previously on Slashdot, ACS: Law has been sending out letters to thousands of alleged file-sharers on behalf on it's client, MediaCAT. However, solicitor, Andrew Crossley, has now ceased all work on such cases citing criminal attacks and death threats. Judge Birss doesn't seem to be taken by this and comments "I am getting the impression with every twist and turn since I started looking at these cases that there is a desire to avoid any judicial scrutiny".
Judge Birss is expected to deliver his judgement on the case later in the week... perhaps all is not lost in the British judicial system.

Submission + - Obama Nominates RIAA Lawyer for Solicitor General (

Xiph1980 writes: President Barack Obama on Monday nominated former Recording Industry Association of America lawyer Donald Verrilli Jr. to serve as the nation’s solicitor general.

The solicitor general is charged with defending the government before the Supreme Court, and files friend-of-the court briefs in cases in which the government believes there is a significant legal issue. The office also determines which cases it would bring to the Supreme Court for review.

Verrilli is best known for leading the recording industry’s legal charge against music- and movie-sharing site Grokster. That 2003 case ultimately led to Grokster’s demise when the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the RIAA’s verdict.

Submission + - Refusing to show ID and recording TSA is legal ( 1

Cowmonaut writes: TechDirt is reporting that Phillip Mocek has been acquitted by a jury. For those of you who do not know, Mocek refused to show his ID to the TSA to board a flight, as his legal right. The TSA disputed this and charged him with four misdemeanors (disorderly conduct, concealing his identity, refusing to obey a police officer, and criminal trespass) when he persisted and recorded the incident. It's sad that its news when someone stands up to something as basic as the TSA thuggery, and more depressing that its news when its upheld in court.
The Military

Submission + - Chinese Stealth Fighter Jet May Use US Technology

Ponca City writes: "In 1999 a US F-117 Nighthawk was downed by a Serbian anti-aircraft missile during a bombing raid. It was the first time one of the fighters had been hit, and the Pentagon blamed clever tactics and sheer luck. The pilot ejected and was rescued. Now the Guardian reports that pieces of the wrecked US F-117 stealth fighter ended up in the hands of foreign military attaches. "At the time, our intelligence reports told of Chinese agents crisscrossing the region where the F-117 disintegrated, buying up parts of the plane from local farmers," says Admiral Davor Domazet-Loso, Croatia's military chief of staff during the Kosovo war. "We believe the Chinese used those materials to gain an insight into secret stealth technologies ... and to reverse-engineer them." Zoran Kusovac says the Serbian regime routinely shared captured western equipment with its Chinese and Russian allies. "The destroyed F-117 topped that wish-list for both the Russians and Chinese," says Kusovac."

Submission + - Twitter Hit with Scareware Scam using Google URLs (

destinyland writes: Security firm Kaspersky is warning Twitter users about a scareware scam which uses links made with Google's URL shortening service. The links are redirected three times, once through a Ukranian site, before presenting a bogus security warning which attempts to install malware. "It automatically translates most of the text that appears...into whichever language the operating system is set to," reports one technology site, "thus presumably widening the potential audience of victims. It also uses a trick of encrypting and then decrypting the code used in the bogus security software site, which may help it get past some legitimate security scanners." Twitter's head of trust and safety also confirms the attack, saying he believes the hackers are using accounts that were previously been compromised in a phishing attack.

Submission + - UK authorities accused of inciting illegal protest (

jarran writes: Questions are being asked about the tactics being employed by UK authorities to monitor and control protest groups. Schnews reports on evidence that government IP addresses are posting messages to sites like Indymedia, attempting to provoke activists into taking illegal direct action. Evidence has emerged recently that the police consider sex to be a legitimate tool for extracting information from targets, and senior police have been accused of lying to parliament about the deployment of undercover agents at protests.

Submission + - Iranian Interest With The Netherlands Revealed (

healeyb writes: The most recent releases from WikiLeaks, the controversial whistle-blower organization that has been slowly leaking documents from a series of US diplomatic cables acquired allegedly from PFC Bradley Manning, has revealed a strong connection between groups in the Netherlands and Iran, most notably in areas related to the countries military. In a partial cable, marked as having originated in late September of 2005, the US ambassador was apparently giving information to Cent Noland, a Dutch...

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