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Comment: Re:How does Microsoft feel about this? (Score 2) 343

I'm assuming if Microsoft could legally stop this, they would.

Likely the interfaces aren't copyrightable and this is probably a clean implementation -- but I'm sure if Microsoft could trot out a patent or something else to stop people they would.

I can't imagine they want implementations of their stuff out there. (Granted, they mostly started out by implementing other people's stuff, so there may not be much they can do about it.)

Well if this article is still valid, then I would say they don't mind Samba. http://linux.slashdot.org/story/08/10/23/1441200/microsoft-working-for-samba-interoperability

Comment: obligatory xkcd reference (Score 1) 377

by MooMooFarm (#35767282) Attached to: New Gasoline Engine Prototype Claims 3X Current Engine Efficiency
"The developers, a team at Michigan State University, hope to have this engine on the market in the next two/three years."

Oh no! Two/three years falls suspiciously close to the forth quarter of next year or, in other words, the project will be canceled in six months! Oh well.. it was a good run.

http://xkcd.com/678/
Networking

7Gbps Wi-Fi Networking Kit Could Launch In 2010 156

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the yeah-sure-right-uh-huh dept.
Mark.JUK writes "Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN 802.11) adapters capable of speeds 'up to' 7Gigabits per second could be in stores by the end of this year. The Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig), which seeks to advance the worldwide adoption and use of 60GHz wireless networking technology, has published a unified specification for its approach and opened an Adopter Program. The move means that WiGig members can now begin developing a Wi-Fi kit that uses the unlicensed 60GHz spectrum."
GUI

Google Acquires BumpTop Desktop 94

Posted by timothy
from the want-want-want dept.
TuringTest writes "BumpTop, a company that provides a multi-touch physical desktop metaphor, has been acquired by Google and made to 'no longer be available for sale.' BumpTop provides a direct way to handle information through simple gestures. Some media see this acquisition as a movement by Google to position against the iPad. Will BumpTop be ported to Android?"
Programming

Is HTML5 Ready To Take Over From Flash? 468

Posted by kdawson
from the jumping-jack-html5 dept.
The Flash platform has been taking body blows lately. First Apple, then Scribd, publicly abandon it; now ARM's marketing VP is blaming a delay in ARM smartbooks on the continuing unsuitability of Flash for the subnotebook market. But how ready is HTML5 to take over from Flash? Tim Bray offers a cautionary appraisal of the not-yet-a-standard's state of grace. While Flash may be on the way out (or so legions of its detractors hope), it is still important in many corners of the Web. Here a branding expert demonstrates that the sites of 10 out of 10 leading worldwide brands don't display on the iPad — because they're coded in Flash, of course.
NASA

Voyager 2 Speaking In Tongues 260

Posted by kdawson
from the now-voyager dept.
dangle sends in an update from the borderland of Sol. "Voyager 2's flight data system, which formats information before beaming it back to Earth, has experienced a hiccup that has altered the pattern in which it sends updates home, preventing mission managers from decoding the science data beamed to Earth from Voyager 2. The spacecraft, which is currently 8.6 billion miles (13.8 billion km) from Earth, is apparently still in overall good health, according to the latest engineering data received on May 1. 'Voyager 2's initial mission was a four-year journey to Saturn, but it is still returning data 33 years later,' said Voyager project scientist Ed Stone of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. 'It has already given us remarkable views of Uranus and Neptune, planets we had never seen close-up before. We will know soon what it will take for it to continue its epic journey of discovery.' The space probe and its twin Voyager 1 are flying through the bubble-like heliosphere, created by the sun, which surrounds our solar system."
AMD

AMD Undercuts Intel With Six-Core Phenom IIs 361

Posted by timothy
from the crave-7-and-11-core-options dept.
EconolineCrush writes "As Slashdot readers are no doubt aware, Intel's latest 'Gulftown' Core i7-980X is an absolute beast of a CPU. But its six cores don't come cheap; the 980X sells for over a grand, which is more than it would cost to build an entire system based on one of AMD's new six-core CPUs. The Phenom II X6 line starts at just $200 and includes a new Turbo capability that can opportunistically raise the clock speed of up to three cores when the others are idle. Although not as fast as the 980X, the new X6s are quick enough to offer compelling value versus even like-priced Intel CPUs. And the kicker: the X6s will work in a good number of older Socket AM2+ and AM3 motherboards with only a BIOS update."
Google

Google Releases a Web-App Case Study For Hackers 95

Posted by timothy
from the just-this-once dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Google has released Jarlsberg, a 'small, cheesy' web application specifically designed to be full of bugs and security flaws as a security tutorial for coders, and encourages programmers to try their hands at exploiting weaknesses in Jarlsberg as a way of teaching them how to avoid similar vulnerabilities in their own code. Jarlsberg has multiple security bugs ranging from cross-site scripting and cross-site request forgery, to information disclosure, denial of service, and remote code execution. The codelab is organized by types of vulnerabilities." (Read on for more.)

Comment: Re:One step toward active botnet fighting? (Score 1) 381

by MooMooFarm (#31272846) Attached to: Microsoft Secretly Beheads Notorious Waledac Botnet
I find this to be a great step to fighting botnets legally. More security companies should follow this path and get legal court orders to fight malicious code.

I find it quite ludicrous that many botnets are well-known as are how they operate their C&C's but the hands of those who can fix it are tied by the laws that are meant to catch these botnet herders.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Quake 3 For Android 137

Posted by Soulskill
from the can-i-get-a-hell-yeah dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Over the last two months I ported Quake 3 to Android as a hobby project. It only took a few days to get the game working. More time was spent on tweaking the game experience. Right now the game runs at 25fps on a Motorola Milestone/Droid. 'Normally when you compile C/C++ code using the Android NDK, the compiler targets a generic ARMv5 CPU which uses software floating-point. Without any optimizations and audio Quake 3 runs at 22fps. Since Quake 3 uses a lot of floating-point calculations, I tried a better C-compiler (GCC 4.4.0 from Android GIT) which supports modern CPUs and Neon SIMD instructions. Quake 3 optimized for Cortex-A8 with Neon is about 15% faster without audio and 35% with audio compared to the generic ARMv5 build. Most likely the performance improvement compared to the ARMv5 build is not that big because the system libraries of the Milestone have been compiled with FPU support, so sin/cos/log/.. take advantage of the FPU.''

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