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Submission + - Google Reacts to Recent Openness Criticism (

aabelro writes: Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google and head of Android group, has addressed the latest comments in the media regarding Google’s dedication to openness and policy around Android, remarking that Google wants both an open and healthy ecosystem for their mobile OS.

Submission + - Apple Faces 1.5-to-1 Aspect Ratio Patent (

OliasEsq writes: Ogma, LLC has filed complaints Apple for infringement of US patent 5,825,427, titled "Image display system" in both the Eastern District of Texas and the US International Trade Commission.

"So, as far as I can tell, a company formed this past January would like to stop the importation of millions of iPhones because the phones have 1.5:1 aspect ratio displays, and the company has acquired a patent that the USPTO somehow issued that covers such displays based just on that ratio."


Submission + - Intel Confirms Atom-based Server CPU For H2' 2012 (

siliconbits writes: Boyd Davis, General Manager of server marketing at Intel, confirmed yesterday during a press dinner in London that the firm would be launching its first sub-10 watt Atom-based server chip in the second half of 2012. The second half of 2012 may turn out to be one fraught with danger for Intel as the first products based on the ARM Cortex-A15 technology, some of them targeting the very low end of the server markets, are expected to be launched then with Calxeda, Nufront, Marvell and Fujitsu amongst the likely candidates. The 10 watt Atom server chip would almost certainly be a refined version of the N570, possibly with a much finer manufacturing process, which will allow Intel to reduce the die size while significantly boosting the clock speed and keeping the overall TDP in check.
Open Source

Submission + - FLISOL: A Continent (and more) of Free and Open So (

akgraner writes: Jon maddog Hall writes,
FLISOL, the Latin American Festival of (Free and) Open Source Software Installation will be celebrated throughout Latin America and the Caribbean this Saturday, April 9th, 2011, typically between 0900 and 1800 hours (9 A.M. and 6 P.M. for Microsoft users), but you should check your local dates and times on the FLISOL website.
For the past months I have been receiving emails, tweets, Facebook event notices, and many other types of communication about this event, and it has been overwhelming. It is one thing when a large organization puts on an event, with sponsorship and money behind it, and it is another when passionate people band together to push forth an idea.


Submission + - Most Global Energy Organizations Suffered a Breach (

Orome1 writes: More than 75 percent of global energy organizations surveyed admit to having suffered at least one data breach over the last 12 months. Furthermore, 69 percent of organizations feel a data breach is very likely or likely to occur over the next 12 months, according to a survey by Q1 Labs and the Ponemon Institute. The survey polled 291 IT and IT security practitioners in utilities and energy companies with an average of 11 years of experience; the work of participants in the study involves securing the organization’s information assets, enterprise systems or critical infrastructure.

Submission + - EU copyright term extension (

airfoobar writes: Bad news from Denmark. According to an official press release, the Danish government has changed its position and now endorses the European Commission’s proposal to extend the term of protection for sound recordings. Since Denmark was part of a fragile blocking minority in the European Council, there is a danger now that the EU Presidency (Hungary) will try to push through the proposal within a matter of weeks.

Submission + - Getting L33t Into The Oxford English Dictionary (

arcticstoat writes: A few net-speak acronyms such as LOL and OMG to the Oxford English Dictionary last month, but could we ever see l33t-speak (complete with numbers) or ROFLcopters in the OED? Actually, yes we could. In this interview with OED principal editor Graeme Diamond, he reveals the selection criteria for new words and discusses the potential for words such as 'l33t' to get into the dictionary."'L33t is obviously a respelling and a contraction [of elite]," says Diamond, "so it would be a separate entry, and yes it is familiar to me, so I think it's something we would consider for inclusion."

Submission + - linux: pwning computers and devices after 20 years (

dmbkiwi writes: 2011 is the 20th anniversary of the first release of the Linux kernel by Linus Torvalds. Since that time, the linux kernel, together with the GNU tools and a whole host of software has been developed by enthusiasts and professional programmers into an operating system that runs on tiny embedded systems right up to the world’s fastest supercomputers.
Data Storage

Submission + - Panasonic's 100GB Blu-Ray arrives (

An anonymous reader writes: It's not unusual to hear of advances made in some research laboratory that could one day lead to unheard of advances in disc storage, like 1000GB optical media. But it's not so often that we see one of these mutant discs — costing a reported 10,000 yen, or approximately $112 — go on sale. Panasonic's BDXL Blu-Ray discs are re-writable and capable of storing 100GB, thanks to three storage layers. According to this story, it can take more than one and a half hours to fill a disc with a compatible drive.

Submission + - Development GIMP Version 2.7 Review (

superdude1516 writes: `Single Window` mode in the current development version of GIMP is so named because it allows you to attach GIMP's docks to the main window. It does not force you to have one singular window ... You can now use the Text tool to type right on to the image, instead of in a small pop-up text box ... There is another thing. GIMP 2.7 seems to always start in multi-window mode, even if the user closes GIMP in single-window mode...

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