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North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X 252

Posted by Soulskill
from the north-korea-suddenly-very-hip dept.
CambodiaSam sends the latest on "Red Star OS," North Korea's attempt at a home-grown operating system. Previously, it had closely resembled Microsoft Windows, but a new update now strongly mimics Apple's OS X. "Despite living in a country very much shut off from the outside world, many people in North Korea do have access to technology - including mobile phones. However, devices are heavily restricted. Internet access, for instance, is locked down, with most users able to visit only a handful of sites mostly serving up state-sponsored news. The Red Star OS is peppered with North Korean propaganda, and its calendar tells users it is not 2014, but 103 — the number of years since the birth of former North Korean leader Kim Il-sung. An earlier version of Red Star OS was made available worldwide in 2010 after a Russian student posted it online. The latest version is believed to have been released some time in 2013."

+ - Ballistic Transport in Graphene Suggests New Type of Electronic Device->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Georgia Tech have created graphene nanoribbons through selective epitaxial growth on silicon carbide. Their most recent work shows that these ribbons support single channel ballistic conduction. This discovery could result in a new class of coherent electronic devices based on room temperature ballistic transport in graphene. Such devices would be very different from what we make today in silicon, relying on quantum interference of electron waves rather than semiconductor energy gaps.
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps 457

Posted by Soulskill
from the another-thing-to-tweet-about-while-driving dept.
cartechboy writes "Speeding is against the law, and yes, even going 5 mph over the speed limit is breaking the law. But everyone does it, right? What about when you see a cop? Some cops are ticketing people for notifying fellow motorists about speed traps. In Florida, Ryan Kintner simply flashed his high-beams to warning oncoming cars that there was a cop ahead. He was given a ticket for doing so. He went to court to fight the ticket, and a judge ruled that flashing lights are the equivalent of free speech, thus he had every right to flash his lights to warn oncoming cars."

Comment: Re:Why NOT bother? (Score 1) 212

by John Bodin (#45868389) Attached to: First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas

To bad the New York Public Library will only give you a card if your license has a physical address on it for New York. I have lived in the state all my life, but the only address that has ever been on my license is my PO Box, the same address that also is on all my bills as that is where they are mailed to. I also can not give them a copy of a land tax bill as I rent and the landlord pays the taxes.

Well thought it would have been nice to sign up for all of a minute until I came across those terms.

Comment: Re:Keyboarding (Score 1) 236

by John Bodin (#45646963) Attached to: Chicago Public Schools Promoting Computer Science to Core Subject

My son in 11th grade with everything he has to take is already doing his second year of not even getting a lunch break in the school day, hes also not the only one. How are they going to force one more course into a schedule that is already over loaded with the government says you must take this courses?

Comment: Re:are you kidding? (Score 1) 244

by John Bodin (#45591861) Attached to: Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

My question is how much of a song needs to be listened to for it to be counted as a play, there are at times when I put on Spotify Radio that I skip ahead on a song after maybe 5 to 10 seconds of it being played. Does that get the same amount of payment as if I had listened to the entire song?

+ - Google wins digital library legal battle

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi writes: BBC Reports: "Google has defeated a legal action mounted to stop it scanning and uploading millions of books. In 2005, the US Authors Guild sued Google alleging that its plans to create a digital library amounted to massive copyright infringement. In its defence, Google said its plans constituted "fair use" because it was only putting excerpts of texts online. US judge Denny Chin has now sided with Google and dismissed the case brought by the Guild."

+ - Twitter Marks Clean Sites as Harmful, Breaks Links

Submitted by starglider29a
starglider29a writes: This morning, a website (which I maintain) that has a Twitter presence encountered an "unsafe" warning when clicking on the tweets. "This link has been flagged as potentially harmful." After scanning the site, its database, checking with Google, and 3rd party site scanners, I found no evidence of harm. At noon, The Atlantic posted this article which describes the same issue with the Philadelphia City Paper.

If they are incorrect, how does Twitter justify this slander/libel (IANAL)? Has Twitter become the "credit score" for sites in that they are now guilty until proven innocent?

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb