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Submission + - SCO vs. IBM legal battle over Linux may â" finally â" be finished (

JG0LD writes: A breach-of-contract and copyright lawsuit filed nearly 13 years ago by a successor company to business Linux vendor Caldera International against IBM may be drawing to a close at last, after a U.S. District Court judge issued an order in favor of the latter company earlier this week.

Submission + - Quantum dots could bridge gap between electronic and quantum computers (

JG0LD writes: An intriguing type of quantum computing is one step closer to practicality with the announcement today that experts at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Stanford University and the Technical University of Munich have managed to solve one of the technology’s major problems using common semiconductor materials.

Submission + - Wi-Fi Alliance touts survey numbers as LTE-U showdown looms (

JG0LD writes: The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry group that certifies Wi-Fi products for interoperability, has highlighted the importance of the technology to the daily lives of Americans ahead of a testing summit that will try to shed some light on potential conflicts between Wi-Fi and a carrier technology called LTE-U.

Submission + - What if Windows went open source tomorrow? (

JG0LD writes: Thinking out loud about Microsoft making Windows an open source project is a great way to get your friends and colleagues wondering seriously about your mental health. It’s an idea strange enough to sound practically paradoxical, like “hot ice” or “short Pink Floyd songs.”

Submission + - 255 terabits a second: New fiber speed record? (

JG0LD writes: Researchers from the University of Central Florida and Eindhoven University of Technology say that they’ve developed a new fiber optic medium that allows data to be sent and received at up to 255Tbps, a roughly twenty-fold increase over current fiber.

Submission + - Open-source player-tracking project kicks off (

JG0LD writes: Andrew Schechtman-Rook is an astronomer by profession and a serious New York Jets fan by inclination. He’s also heavily into sophisticated analysis of the game of football, and has created the first step in what may be a democratized system of player tracking.

Submission + - Is Too Much Computer Time Killing Kids' Ability to Learn?

Rambo Tribble writes: A teacher's union in Northern Ireland is asserting that children spending too much time on computers are impairing their ability to learn. The asserted excessive computer use is being blamed for an inability to concentrate or socialize. As one teacher puts it, '... these gadgets are really destroying their ability to learn.' One question no one seems to be asking is whether the kids showing these symptoms are getting enough sleep.

Submission + - 5 Years Later, 'Do Not Track' System Ineffective ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: In 2009, a few Internet privacy advocates developed an idea that was supposed to give people a way to tell websites they don't want to be monitored as they move from website to website. The mechanism, which would eventually be built into all the major browsers, was called Do Not Track. ... But today, DNT hangs by a thread, neutered by a failure among stakeholders to reach agreement. Yes, if you turn it on in your browser, it sends a signal in the form of an HTTP header to Web companies' servers. But it probably won't change what data they collect. That's because most websites either don't honor DNT — it's currently a voluntary system — or they interpret it in different ways. Another problem — perhaps the biggest — is that Web companies, ad agencies and the other stakeholders have never reached agreement on what "do not track" really means.

Submission + - In pictures: Best desktop distros for newbies (

JG0LD writes: Ah, the siren call of desktop Linux. You usually hear it just after Windows starts bullying you to restart so that it can install updates, or when you see cool screenies of Linux desktop environments like KDE and Cinammon. But which distro should the novice start with?

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