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Submission + - Richard Stallman Speaks About UEFI (

An anonymous reader writes: Despite weaknesses in the Linux-hostile "secure boot" mechanism, both Fedora and Ubuntu decided to facilitate it, by essentially adopting two different approaches. Richard Stallman has finally spoken out on this subject. He notes that "if the user doesn’t control the keys, then it’s a kind of shackle, and that would be true no matter what system it is.” He notes that "Microsoft demands that ARM computers sold for Windows 8 be set up so that the user cannot change the keys; in other words, turn it into restricted boot." Furthermore, he notes, "this is not a security feature. This is abuse of the users. I think it ought to be illegal."
Data Storage

Submission + - Hybrid Drives Struggling In Face of SSDs (

Lucas123 writes: New numbers show hybrid drives, which combine NAND flash with spinning disk, will double in sales from 1 million to 2 million units this year. Unfortunately for Seagate — the only manufacturer of hybrids — solid-state drive sales are expected to hit 18 million units this year and 69 million by 2016. Low-capacity, cache SSDs, which typically have 20GB to 40GB of capacity and run along side hard drives in notebooks and desktops, will see their shipments rise even more this year to 23.9 million units, up by an astounding 2,660% from just 864,000 units in 2011. Shipments will then jump to 67.7 million units next year, cross the hundred-million-unit mark in 2015, and hit 163 million units by 2016, according to IHS iSuppli. If hybrid drives are to have a chance at surviving, more manufacturers will need to produce them, and they'll need to come in thinner form factors to fit today's ultrabook laptops.

Submission + - Famous Judge calls U.S. patent system "dysfunctional" (

AC-x writes: Famous U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner calls patent system "dysfunctional", wants to have the trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility over smartphone patents dismissed with prejudice because "it was apparent that neither side could show they had been harmed by the other’s patent infringement".

His involvement and his anti-patent blog posts could prove to be a watershed moment for a U.S. patent system that is regarded as spiralling out of control.

The Internet

Submission + - Using "crowdsourcing" to design more accessible elections ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is sponsoring an online, open innovation challenge to search for creative answers to the question: "How might we design an accessible election experience for everyone?"

The goal is to develop ideas for how to make elections more accessible to everyone, especially people with disabilities.

Here’s how the process works. We start by trying to better understand the problem. Over the next few weeks, anyone can help us research the issues and share their experiences. People are sharing stories, insights and examples of voting systems or experiences that might relate to elections and accessibility from other contexts (e.g. using an ATM).

In a few weeks, we’ll start focusing on brainstorming solutions. Along the way, there will be opportunities for feedback and to refine concepts and solutions.

This is a very innovative use of technology and we are eager to see the results. All of the ideas generated by this challenge will be made freely available to anyone who wants to implement them. For example, Los Angeles County elections officials will be following this challenge in their pursuit of a modern voting system. In L.A. County alone, your ideas during this challenge can help improve the voting experience for 4.5 million voters.

You can see the challenge here:


Submission + - You Will Never Kill Piracy (

scottbomb writes: This is perhaps the best op-ed I've read about the whole SOPA/PIPA controversy. The author challenges Hollywood to re-think their entire business model. It will undoubtedly fall on deaf ears, for now. But sooner or later, they will have no choice but to adapt.

From the article:

"Now that the SOPA and PIPA fights have died down, and Hollywood prepares their next salvo against internet freedom with ACTA and PCIP, it’s worth pausing to consider how the war on piracy could actually be won.

It can’t, is the short answer, and one these companies do not want to hear as they put their fingers in their ears and start yelling."

Comment Re:That was fast (Score 0) 132

>>>I think it goes to show what being personally involved and affected can do to job performance at the [government]

You think it's coincidence that the roads leading into and out of D.C. are the smoothest in the whole nation? People in power fix what affects them directly, give a passing notice when constituents complain, and ignore all else. (Which is a good argument for why power & politicians should be concentrated *at home*, rather than 2000 miles away in some central capital.)

Are you having fun yet?