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Submission + - SPAM: Samsung Releases "Phase Change Memory" Handset

siliconbits writes: Samsung has dropped a bombshell by releasing a smartphone with Phase-Change memory ahead of everyone else, one that's a mere entry level model and called the Samsung Monte GT-E2550 which can be had for £40 from Amazon.
Chipworks, a company that specialises in reverse engineering and patent infringement analysis of semiconductors and electronic systems, published a detailed analysis of the phone, courtesy of Rajesh Krishnamurthy.
Phase Change Memory has long been presented as the unifying storage technology that will combine the advantages of RAM (bit alterability, fast read and write speeds of RAM) with the non volatile aspect of flash memory like NOR and NAND.

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Submission + - Browser settings not enough for EU cookies law (pcpro.co.uk)

nk497 writes: "Mozilla and Microsoft's do-not-track systems aren't strong enough for the new EU anti-cookie laws, according to the UK data regulator. The Information Commissioner has said websites can't depend on browser settings to help them comply with new EU rules requiring consent before non-essential cookies are used — not least because users may not have the latest versions of browsers. Instead, web firms should consider using pop-ups or asking before cookies are used, which the ICO admitted could frustrate users."

Submission + - Canonical CTO Matt Zimmerman gets seven-year itch (computerworlduk.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Matt Zimmerman is stepping down from his role as Canonical CTO after seven years. Zimmerman will formally leave the company on 1 June, but promises to remain involved with open source and Ubuntu.

“I intend to remain involved in the Ubuntu community, retaining my elected position on the governing Technical Board, and perhaps to make the occasional technical contribution as a volunteer,” Zimmerman stated on a blog post announcing his decision to move on.


Submission + - Inside Apple: The World's Biggest Startup

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Apple doesn't often fail, and when it does, it isn't a pretty sight at 1 Infinite Loop writes Adam Lashinsky in a profile of Apple in Fortune Magazine. In the summer of 2008, when Apple launched the first version of its iPhone that worked on third-generation mobile networks, it also debuted MobileMe, an e-mail system that was supposed to provide the seamless synchronization features that corporate users love about their BlackBerry smartphones. But MobileMe was a dud — there were syncing issues, emails were being lost, and the Wall Street Journal's legendary tech guru, Walt Mossberg, said he couldn't recommend the service because it had "too many flaws." In response, Steve Jobs assembled the team that worked on the service in the auditorium Apple uses on its campus to do demos of small products for the press and asked the team what MobileMe was supposed to do. Someone answered and Jobs said to that person and everyone else, "So why the fuck doesn't it do that?" Jobs continued, "You've tarnished Apple's reputation ... You should hate each other for having let each other down ... Mossberg, our friend, is no longer writing good things about us." And Jobs named a new executive on the spot to run the MobileMe and disbanded most of the team that built the original service. "To Apple's legion of admirers, the company is like a tech version of Wonka's factory, an enigmatic but enchanted place that produces wonderful items they can't get enough of," writes Lashinsky. "That characterization is true, but Apple also is a brutal and unforgiving place, where accountability is strictly enforced, decisions are swift, and communication is articulated clearly from the top.""

Submission + - iPhone workers still sick after chemical poisoning (cio.com.au)

swandives writes: "Chinese workers who suffered chemical poisoning after being exposed to n-hexane on an iPhone production line are still experiencing health problems, even though Apple reports "all affected workers have been treated successfully" in its most recent progress report on its suppliers. n-hexane is a chemical cleaning agent that was used at one of its supplier's factories in Suzhou, China."

Submission + - Employee Termination Procedures 3

RoyaleA writes: I've worked in the IT industry for 8 years and for whatever reason I've never had to deal with a disgruntled employee that either quits or is terminated. It just happened last week. This employee was a VP, so they had access to a lot of company data (client information, financials, etc). Now, I like to think of myself as paranoid when it comes to keeping records of everything that goes on since I still have access log files from 2003, but I'm wondering what exact procedures other SysAdmins take when dealing with this. It's a small company (10 client nodes, 2 servers) so there's no real policy in place to go by. So far, I've disabled the account on the LDAP, disabled the employee's website credentials, archived all of the access logs to an encrypted flash drive, and cloned their old PC to an offsite backup machine. Being a responsible admin, I need to ask...is there anything I'm overlooking? This employee was pretty pissed off...

Submission + - Microsoft and Nvidia abandon PC Gaming Alliance (pcauthority.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Ever since Microsoft turned its back on Windows gaming in favour of the closed Xbox Ecosystem, the platform has been crying out for a champion. The company occasionally gives nods towards a revived focus upon PC gaming, most recently with yet another relaunch for Games for Windows Live and a trio of upcoming PC games, but when it comes to throwing cash around the Xbox is the beneficiary. What can definitely be said is that the one group that should be championing the PC, the PC Gaming Alliance, is going backwards. In 2009 the group lost the biggest PC game developer/publisher Activision-Blizzard, and now it seems that both Microsoft and Nvidia have bid the alliance farewell. This sounds pretty unimpressive considering the operating system developer, both major graphics manufacturers and the publisher of the biggest PC game have departed the alliance.

Submission + - Former Senator Chris Dodd Set to Head MPAA

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Hill reports that former Democratic Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut is set to become the new chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America taking over the $1.2 million position and the job of coordinating the policy goals of the various member studios. Interim CEO and president Bob Pisano says that organization's unwavering focus on its top priority will remain increasing the federal government's efforts to stop online film piracy. The MPAA is optimistic about its legislative prospects this Congress, thanks to the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which passed the Senate Judiciary Committee (headed by Dodd's close friend Senator Patrick Leahy) last year before stalling in the full Senate. The bipartisan bill would make it easier for the Justice Department to shut down websites that traffic pirated music, movies and counterfeit goods. While a member of the Senate, Dodd was an adamant opponent of the the FISA bill that granted retroactive immunity to telecoms who engaged in warrantless wiretapping. As to what type of organization will await Dodd when he begins, an MPAA spokesman acknowledged the organization sustained a 20 percent budget cut during the height of the recession but said the MPAA's decision was not unlike those taken by many peer trade groups."

Submission + - First Alpha of Qt for Android Released (sourceforge.net) 1

An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of the Nokia's announcement that it will be cheerfully throwing its existing developer community under a bus by not offering Qt for Windows Phone, a project to implement Qt on Android has announced its initial alpha release. Necessitas project lead Bogdan Vatra writes, 'I had a dream that one day, I'll be able to deploy existing Qt software on any Android platform. I had a dream that one day, all Qt applications will use system wide shared Qt libraries. I had a dream that one day, all Qt applications once compiled and deployed to one android platform, will run on any other newer android platform and will last for years without any recompilation. I had a dream that one day, I'll be able to create, manage, compile debug and deploy Qt apps using a first class citizen IDE. Now, those dreams become reality.' The Necessitas wiki offers some documentation on Qt for Android. A demo video of Qt for Android in action is also available.
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Submission + - Minecraft Documentary to be a feature film-length (gamersleak.com)

Gamersleak writes: "A few months ago, 2 Player Productions which have been doing wonders with Sony, MTV, G4, CurrentTV, Pitchfork Media, Spike TV, Gametrailers.com, Video Games Live, and 8bitpeoples, have announced that it was working on a documentary on the making of Minecraft. Their original plan was to make a small 20 minute film of the first week of the game’s development studio Mojang Specifications. Now, the team has announced that this project would become a feature film-length project."

Submission + - Talking to computers? 4

merlock18 writes: "Is it un-natural to talk to a computer? After discussing the outcome of the Jeapordy game with some colleagues, they seem to think it is mildly 'scary' to talk to a computer and have it competently talk back. Is this what everyone thinks? I was thinking to myself how much I would like to be able to even tell my computer to open programs by telling it vocally. A simple idea that I am fairly surprised is not common. Am I a minority in this one? Do people just not like the idea of talking (without cursing) to a computer, let alone have it act or reply? Would anyone else be interested in building their own mini-Watson, or is this just 'scary?' Price is an obstacle. We can't all afford multpiple servers to get an answer in milliseconds but I can afford a pretty robust set of hardware and I dont mind waiting 45 seconds for an answer. Discuss"

Submission + - Smithsonian To Feature Video Game History (ibtimes.com) 1

RedEaredSlider writes: The Smithsonian American Art Museum has featured everything pop culture from Dorothy's ruby red slippers to Seinfeld's puffy shirt. Now it will exhibit a history of video games.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum said that an exhibit called the "The Art of Video Games," will open to the public in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 2012. The exhibit will explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies.


Submission + - Google requests review of Oracle's patents (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Google's decision this week to ask the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to re-examine a number of the Oracle patents at issue in the companies' ongoing intellectual-property case could have a significant effect on how the dispute plays out. Oracle has sued Google, claiming the Google-backed Android OS violated a number of Oracle-held Java patents and copyrights."

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