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+ - Open Invention Network Grows Despite Patent Troll Death Knell

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Membership in the Open Invention Network, a software community set up to protect Linux against patent aggressors, has grown dramatically in the past year just as the tide seems to be turning on patent trolls. 'Why all this interest in OIN? It offers little protection against nonpracticing entities — patent trolls who are organizationally small companies, even if the threat they pose is expensive and large. But it does offer protection against an equally insidious threat: big trolls,' writes Simon Phipps. 'The big corporations show up with their giant patent portfolios, threatening legal doom if royalties aren't paid. Attaching royalties to product or service delivery is a serious issue for companies, reducing margins long-term — especially in business models where the monetization is separated from the product. But OIN neutralizes that strategy for those building with open source, as the big corporations in the network both license their patent portfolios in and commit not to litigate against the open source software in the Linux System Definition. The bigger it gets, the better it protects.'"

+ - What's been the best Linux distro of 2014?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With 23% of the year remaining, Linux Voice has donned flameproof clothing to subjectively examine what it feels have been the best distros of the year so far, including choices for beginners, desktop fashionistas and performance fetishists, before revealing a surprising overall winner."
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+ - Society is hostile to science, tech, says VC Peter Thiel ->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs (1096431) writes "Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal, billionaire investor and author, says "we live in a financial, capitalistic age, we do not live in a scientific or technological age. We live in a period were people generally dislike science and technology. Our culture dislikes it, our government dislikes it. The easiest way to see "how hostile our society is to technology" is to look at Hollywood. Movies "all show technology that doesn't work, that ... kills people, that it is bad for the world," said Thiel. He argues that corporations and the U.S. government are failing at complex planning."
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+ - Texas Ebola patient dies.

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "Thomas Duncan, the ebola patient being treated in Texas, has died.

Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil, was given the experimental medication brincidofovir. A hospital in Nebraska said it is using the same drug to treat an American journalist who was airlifted from Liberia and arrived Monday.

If he had survived, he could have faced criminal charges in both the US and Liberia,

“We are looking at whether he intentionally and knowingly exposed the public to the virus,” said Debbie Denmon, a spokesperson for the Dallas County prosecutor’s office.

“It’s the issue of holding someone accountable, that you can’t just get on an airplane and lie on a travel document and get to the United States and lie on a hospital document,” she said.

Neighbors in Liberia said that Duncan had been in direct contact with a woman, who later died of Ebola. Duncan reportedly helped carry the 19-year-old woman, who was convulsing, to a nearby hospital. They said it was not clear whether Duncan knew the woman had Ebola before he left Liberia.

According to officials, Duncan reported on an airport screening questionnaire that he had had no contact with an Ebola patient. Before he left Liberia, officials checked his temperature at the airport. He had no fever. Authorities in Liberia said last week that they plan to prosecute Duncan for lying on the questionnaire.

The question has been mooted in his case, but with people willing to try to do anything to get to a country where they have a better chance of getting treatment, we're going to see a lot more of this."

+ - After iOS 8's glitches, Apple might want to rethink its update strategy

Submitted by Steve Patterson
Steve Patterson (2850575) writes "In defense of Apple not many of the reported issues with iOS 8 were that bad; it was mainly glitches that intolerant iPhone users and a hungry press corps blew out of proportion.

Never the less all the reported glitches in the iOS 8 updates should be a sign that Apple needs to depart from its massive rollouts of new versions of iOS.

One thing is clear – iPhone users are pressing the upgrade button less often with iOS 8 compared to earlier releases. It’s been 23 days since iOS 8 became available and according to mixpanel only 45% of iPhone users have chosen to install the new OS, compared to 68% who pushed the iOS 7 upgrade button within 23 days of its release last year."

+ - Facial Recognition At Retailers: How Are They Used To Target Facebook Ads?->

Submitted by retroworks
retroworks (652802) writes "I made a comment a couple of days ago about how specific items I stopped to view at retail stores, without purchasing, showed up in hours on my Facebook ads. One respondent thought it was just coincidence, another told me to take off my tinfoil hat.

However, it was just last December (Bloomberg News) that Facebook and Walmart announced a "voluntary system" to keep identification by retail store camera from being misused. CBS also covered the story last December. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/20... Business Insider covered it earlier, May 2013. http://www.businessinsider.com...

It seems hush hush, but I'm certain I'm getting ads targeted at me solely based on time I spend viewing certain products (Sony video camera, HP Laser printers) at Staples and Best Buy. There are dozens of cameras and dozens of laser printers in the aisle, and I got ads for the specific camera / printer I touched or held in the store. Can we really believe that technology start ups like Facedeals http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/... have not recognized the opportunity to sell the "opportunity" to marketing firms? As we approach the holiday shopping season, how big is this advertising market going to get, and how fast?"

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+ - Spanish authorities to kill Excalibur, dog of the nurse who contracted ebola-> 1

Submitted by Miamicanes
Miamicanes (730264) writes "On Tuesday, Spanish authorities got a court order allowing them to seize, kill, and burn the body of Excalibur, dog of the nurse who contracted ebola. Excalibur has no signs of illness, and a petition by animal lovers around the world to save Excalibur's life & quarantine him instead has gathered more than 370,000 signatures in just a few hours. (link to petition: http://linkis.com/www.change.o... )"
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+ - Turning wave power into motion to transform shipping

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In the not too distant future, commercial ships could be able to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels by harvesting energy from the waves. WITT Energy, the company behind a new technology capable of capturing all six degrees of motion and turning it into power. An energy-harvesting device capable of capturing all chaotic motion and turning it into useable power could be used on commercial ships in the relatively near future to increase efficiency and reduce dependence on fossil fuels."

+ - Can the Internets Haz its Own Political Party?

Submitted by Strangely Familiar
Strangely Familiar (1071648) writes "The IParty Democrats is running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to create a political party on the democratic side analogous to the Tea Party. The IParty lists preserving Internet freedoms as one of its main goals. This includes limiting NSA overreach, support for encryption everwhere, and of course net neutrality. (link). The IParty also seeks to increase anti-trust enforcement (e.g. peventing Comcast/Time Warner merger), and use internet forums modeled on Slashdot to increase constituent input. Have the democrats and republicans done enough to protect the Internet, or is there a need for a new party?"

+ - Fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal->

Submitted by vinces99
vinces99 (2792707) writes "Fusion energy almost sounds too good to be true – zero greenhouse gas emissions, no long-lived radioactive waste, a nearly unlimited fuel supply. Perhaps the biggest roadblock to adopting fusion energy is that the economics haven’t penciled out. Fusion power designs aren’t cheap enough to outperform systems that use fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas.

University of Washington engineers hope to change that. They have designed a concept for a fusion reactor that, when scaled up to the size of a large electrical power plant, would rival costs for a new coal-fired plant with similar electrical output. The team published its reactor design and cost-analysis findings last spring and will present results Oct. 17 at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Fusion Energy Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia."

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+ - Ex-NSA director defends PRISM and suggests not talking to terrorists->

Submitted by DW100
DW100 (2227906) writes "The former head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, has issued a sweeping defence of the PRISM surveillance campaign he oversaw, claiming that everything was above-board and legal. He said that only those conversing with terrorists had anything to fear and the concerns around PRISM were distracting people from the real threats they face, such as state-sponsored hackers in China"
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+ - AMD Building New GPU Linux Kernel Driver To Unify With Catalyst Driver->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "AMD is moving forward with their plans to develop a new open-source Linux driver model for their Radeon and FirePro graphics processors. Their unified Linux driver model is moving forward albeit slightly different compared to what was planned early this year as they're now developing a new "AMDGPU" kernel driver to power both the open and closed-source graphics components. This new driver model will also only apply to future generations of AMD GPUs, Catalyst is not being open-source but will be a self-contained user-space blob, and the DRM/libdrm/DDX components will be open-source and shared. This new model is more open-source friendly, places greater emphasis on their mainline kernel driver, and should help Catalyst support Mir and Wayland."
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+ - Optimal strategy for using a rope swing (using calculus)->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A very geeky (but well written) article that uses calculus to determine the best location to release from a rope swing to maximize the horizontal distance travelled (and how this changes with the geometry of the swing).

It's not as simple as you might think: Release too late, and whilst you have the height, you'll have very little horizontal speed. Release too early, and you'll have the horizontal speed, but not enough height to take advantage of it."

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+ - The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Adi Robertson writes at The Verge that next year, IBM's Model M keyboard turns 30 but to many people, it’s still the only keyboard worth using. Introduced in 1985 as part of the IBM 3161 terminal, the Model M was initially called the "IBM Enhanced Keyboard." A PC-compatible version appeared the following spring, and it officially became standard with the IBM Personal System / 2 in 1987. The layout of the Model M has been around so long that today it’s simply taken for granted but the keyboard’s descendents have jettisoned one of the Model M’s most iconic features — "buckling springs," designed to provide auditory and tactile feedback to the keyboard operator. "Model M owners sometimes ruefully post stories of spouses and coworkers who can’t stand the incessant chatter. But fans say the springs’ resistance and their audible "click" make it clear when a keypress is registered, reducing errors," writes Robertson. "Maybe more importantly, typing on the Model M is a special, tangible experience. Much like on a typewriter, the sharp click gives every letter a physical presence."

According to Robertson, the Model M is an artifact from a time when high-end computing was still the province of industry, not pleasure. But while today's manufacturers have long since abandoned the concept of durability and longevity, refurbished Model M's are still available from aficionados like Brandon Ermita, a Princeton University IT manager who recovers them from supply depots and recycling centers and sells them through his site, ClickyKeyboards. "For the very few that still appreciate the tactile feel of a typewriter-based computer keyboard and can still appreciate the simplicity of black letters on white keys, one can still seek out and own an original IBM model M keyboard — a little piece of early computing history," says Ermita. As one Reddit user recently commented, "Those bastards are the ORIGINAL gaming keyboards. No matter how much you abuse it, you’ll die before it does.""

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