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Submission + - Insurer Refuses to Cover Cox in Massive Piracy Lawsuit (torrentfreak.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Trouble continues for one of the largest Internet providers in the United States, with a Lloyds underwriter now suing Cox Communications over an insurance dispute. The insurer is refusing to cover legal fees and potential piracy damages in Cox's case against BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music. Following a ruling from a Virginia federal court that Cox is not protected by the safe-harbor provisions of the DMCA, the Internet provider must now deal with another setback.
Following a ruling from a Virginia federal court that Cox is not protected by the safe-harbor provisions of the DMCA, the Internet provider must now deal with another setback.

Comment Re:This is actually about DR perks (Score 1) 305

So it's win-win.

Doctors get their perks and I don't have to see the standard formula medical prescription commercial where it's a bunch of Smiling Geriatrics doing everyday mundane crap while some hushed voiceover gives the rundown of the possible side-effects that are generally worse than the symptoms it's trying to alleviate.

Prescription costs? The hell is that? My insurance just pays their negotiated rate and I don't pay a dime out of pocket (premium deducted out of my paycheck...so technically the "dime" never got into my pocket in the first place).

Comment Re:Route around problems (Score 2) 57

Can't route around a horrible network design. 90% of the country's network was all routed to a single building with evidently no redundant links. Great for spying...not so great for disaster recovery and avoidance. But there's good news on multiple levels: The rest of the world's network didn't go down because of it!

Submission + - Row-bot Cleans Dirty Water and Powers Itself by Eating Microbes (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Inspired by the water boatman bug, a team at the University of Bristol has created the Row-bot, a robot prototype that is designed to punt itself across the top of the water in dirty ponds or lakes, and "eat" the microbes it scoops up. It then breaks these down in its artificial stomach to create energy to power itself. In this way, it generates enough power to continuously impel itself about to seek out more bacteria to feed upon.

Submission + - Don't Fall for Drone Registration Scams, Warns FAA (cio.com) 1

itwbennett writes: It's not exactly news that there's an abundance of confusion over what owners of consumer drones can do, can't do, and need to pay for. And it doesn't help matters that the FAA and Department of Transportation in early November said they intend to set up a registry that will likely cover many small consumer drones, but it's yet to happen. Because while the government is notoriously slow, scammers are notoriously fast. 'At least one company is already offering to help people register their drones for a fee,' the FAA said. 'Owners should wait until additional details about the forthcoming drone registration system are announced later this month before paying anyone to do the work for them.'

Submission + - Anonymous Pulls Over 5,500 pro-ISIS Twitter Accounts Offline (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Under its #OpParis operation, hacktivist group Anonymous has taken down more than 5,500 Twitter accounts related to ISIS members and associates. Through the site #opIceISIS, anyone can search the existing database and index new social media accounts related to terrorist activity. The entry form includes fields for name, location, picture, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube account details.

Submission + - Anonymous Goes After ISIS, Aims To Expose Recruiters And Sympathizers

An anonymous reader writes: The hacktivist collective Anonymous has announced the start of OpParis, an operation that plans to disrupt the terrorists' online presence by bringing down recruiting sites and Twitter accounts, and also to uncover the identities of ISIS attackers, supporters and recruiters around the world. More than 5500 Twitter accounts associated with the terrorists have already been taken over by Anonymous. Some of them have also been leaked online.

Submission + - Hedy Lamarr's Spread-Spectrum Engineering in Your Cellphone (hackaday.com)

szczys writes: Hedy Lamarr is a household name for the wrong reason. Her name is known as a Hollywood actress, but her legacy is in your pocket and reaches far more people than her movies. She was a brilliant thinker who plied her skills during World War II, developing technology that could help to win the war. Her patent wasn't used at the time, but is a foundation of spread-spectrum which is used in the radio modules of your cellphone: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and others. This frequency hopping concept sat unused for decades before being added to the most ubiquitous of wireless connectivity methods. Bravo Hedy!

Submission + - Intel\'s fastest chip ever will appear in supercomputers next year (cio.com)

sanderson99 writes: There\'s been a slight delay, but the latest version of Intel\'s fastest processor ever will finally reach supercomputers early next year.

The Xeon Phi chip, code-named Knights Landing, offers an array of new technologies that collectively deliver performance breakthroughs. The chip is also a springboard for new memory, I/O and storage technologies destined to reach desktops and laptops in the coming years.

Intel didn\'t provide details on the first supercomputers with Knights Landing. The U.S. Department of Energy, however, said that the chip will be used in Cori, a 9,300-coreÂsupercomputer that will be deployed in the latter half of 2016 at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center in Berkeley, California.

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Submission + - NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Performance Shines For GPU Computing (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Following last week's announcement of the Jetson TX1 development board, NVIDIA is now allowing independent reports of performance for their $599 USD 64-bit ARM development board. Linux results published by Phoronix show very strong performance for the Jetson TX1 when looking at the Cortex-A57 speed relative to the Tegra K1 and older Tegra SoCs along with other ARM hardware like Calxeda and Raspberry Pi. The Jetson TX1 was generally multiple times faster than ARM hardware a few years old. The graphics performance was twice as fast as the year-old Jetson TK1 thanks to the Maxwell GPU. Compared to x86 hardware, in CPU-bound tasks the performance is comparable to an AMD Sempron/Phenom except when utilizing GPGPU computing where it's then faster than Intel Skylake and Xeon processors. The Jetson TX1 had a peak power consumption of 16 Watts and an average power use of under 10 Watts.

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