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Submission + - NVIDIA found a way to quadruple display performance in low-res LCDs

mrspoonsi writes: Problem: how do they manufacture low-cost products with high-resolution screens? NVIDIA researchers have one solution — stack two low-resolution panels on top of each other to increase pixel density on the cheap. The solution is so simple it sounds ridiculous, but apparently, it works. Researchers disassembled two 1,280 x 800 LCD panels and rebuilt them into a single display with slightly offset pixels, a filter to weed out polarization conflicts and a bit of customized software to force the display components to work in tandem. NVIDIA calls the resulting prototype a "cascaded display," and in tests it has quadrupled the spatial resolution of the original panels (thanks, in part, to how the pixel offset crams an additional four pixels behind every one of the first panel's visible pixel).

Submission + - Nature Publishing Group Requires Authors to Waive "Moral Rights" to Works (

cranky_chemist writes: Megan O'Neil has published a story on the Chronicle of Higher Education's website noting some unusual language in the license agreement between authors and Nature Publishing Group.

"Faculty authors who contract to write for the publisher of Nature, Scientific American, and many other journals should know that they could be signing away more than just the economic rights to their work, according to the director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke University.

Kevin Smith, the Duke official, said he stumbled across a clause in the Nature Publishing Group’s license agreement last week that states that authors waive or agree not to assert "any and all moral rights they may now or in the future hold" related to their work. In the context of scholarly publishing, "moral rights" include the right of the author always to have his or her name associated with the work and the right to have the integrity of the work protected such that it is not changed in a way that could result in reputational harm."

Nature Publishing Group claims the waivers are required to ensure the journal's ability to publish formal retractions and/or corrections.

However, the story further notes that Nature Publishing Group is requiring authors at institutions with open-access policies to sign waivers that exempt their work from such policies.

Submission + - Leaked document points to insolvency for MTGox Bitcoin exchange (

electrongunner writes: As one of the unfortunate many who have/had money/bitcoins at MTGox, I was rather dismayed by the details in the purported leaked internal document detailing the disaster that has unfolded over the past few weeks....
"At this point 744,408 BTC are missing due to malleability-related theft which went
unnoticed for several years. The cold storage has been wiped out due to a leak in the hot
As of now, MTGox is offline and there's no indication that anyone is going to get their money or bitcoins back. Yeah, yeah, I told me so.

Submission + - Mt Gox hacked. All coins gone. (

ch0ad writes: Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, has gone offline, apparently after losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to a years-long hacking effort that went unnoticed by the company.

The hacking attack is detailed in a leaked “crisis strategy draft” plan, apparently created by Gox and published Monday by Ryan Selkis, a bitcoin entrepreneur and blogger (see below). According to the document, the exchange is insolvent after losing 744,408 bitcoins — worth about $350 million at Monday’s trading prices.

Submission + - World-First Working Eukaryotic Cell Made From Plastic (

Zothecula writes: Previously, chemists have managed to create artificial cell walls and developed synthetic DNA to produce self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cells. Now, for the first time, researchers have used polymers to produce an artificial eukaryotic cell capable of undertaking multiple chemical reactions through working organelles.

Submission + - UK's DEB criticised by webgiants (

DangerFace writes: Major players, including Facebook, Google, Yahoo and eBay, have written to Peter Mandelson asking him to remove Clause 17 from the proposed Digital Economy Bill. The consortium believe that if Clause 17, is approved it will give "any future Secretary of State" the ability to amend copyright laws as they see fit. "The law must keep pace with technology, so that the Government can act if new ways of seriously infringing copyright develop in the future," said a spokesperson for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Submission + - Why Microsoft doesn't care about the UK (

Barence writes: "PC Pro has an interesting blog post on the fall out from Microsoft's decision to drop the Internet Explorer-less Windows 7 E editions. Microsoft UK clearly had no idea that the US was about to drop the E editions, sending out a press release just hours before which blamed the E editions for the fact that Microsoft couldn't offer the Windows 7 Family Pack in the UK. And four days after Microsoft officially dropped the E editions, they are still being sold on Microsoft's UK store. "It exposes breathtaking arrogance; that major strategic decisions can be taken seemingly without consulting its own staff in the affected regions, who are presumably better tuned to the needs of their local customers than a suit in Seattle," writes PC Pro."
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Submission + - 7 reasons people quit Linux

An anonymous reader writes: Keir Thomas gives the benefit of his experience writing beginner Linux books to provide the top 7 reasons why people quit Linux. Everything from fear of typing commands to hardware incompatibilities is mentioned. It's more light-hearted than serious but raises some interesting points.

Submission + - Price for an all-you-can-eat media service? 1

An anonymous reader writes: I've recently befriended Spotify, and I currently have free (with ads) access to a huge music library. They charge 10 euros/month for the paid version, which I think is cheap. I've recently been contemplating how much I would be willing to pay for this kind of service that would contain everything I get from torrents right now (DRM-free movies, series and music). I think I would be willing to pay up to 70-80 euros/month, which is actually much more than I would pay for legally obtaining/renting everything I currently use. I think the MAFIAA is missing a great opportunity here. E.g. I haven't paid for music in over 10 years, but in this form I would be more than willing to pay a fair price for it. How much would you be willing to pay to be free of the torrent hassle and legal risks?

Submission + - EPA Plugs EnergyStar Black Hole (

Martin Hellman writes: "With some help from Slashdot's article Energy Star Program Needs an Overhaul, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has has announced a new draft of its Energy Star spec (PDF download) which could save as much as all the power used by 200,000 American homes, with a retail cost of about $175 million a year.

As originally reported by DeviceGuru, and amplified by Slashdot's coverage, my new, supposedly Energy Star compliant TV was consuming 150 times more standby power than its specifications would seem to imply. Further research showed that this was due to a huge loophole in the Energy Star spec, which is plugged in the new version.

More details, including the power savings estimate, are in DeviceGuru's current story."


Submission + - Phorm "edited and approved" Govt advice (

Barence writes: "The UK Home Office allegedly checked whether its interpretation of the law suited Phorm, before issuing advice on whether the controversial advertising service was legal. The Home Office and Phorm entered a dialogue about the company's services back in August 2007, after Phorm requested that the Government take a view on its technology. In an email sent to Phorm in January 2008, a Home Office official writes: "I should be grateful if you would review the attached document, and let me know what you think." After Phorm made deletions and amendments to the document, the Home Office sent another email to the company stating: "If we agree this, and this becomes our position do you think your clients and their prospective partners will be comforted?""

Submission + - Rydberg molecule created for the first time

krou writes: The BBC is reporting that the Rydeberg molecule has been formed from two atoms of rubidium. Proven in theory, this is the first time it's been created, reinforcing the fundamental quantum theories of Enrico Fermi. Chris Greene, the theoretical physicist who first predicted that the Rydeberg molecules could exist, said: "The Rydberg electron resembles a sheepdog that keeps its flock together by roaming speedily to the outermost periphery of the flock, and nudging back towards the centre any member that might begin to drift away." It's a sheepdog with a very short life-span, however: the longest lived molecule only lasted 18 seconds. Vera Bendkowsky, who led the research, explained how they created the molecule: "The nuclei of the atoms have to be at the correct distance from each other for the electron fields to find each other and interact. We use an ultracold cloud of rubidium — as you cool it, the atoms in the gas move closer together. We excite the atoms to the Rydberg stage with a laser. If we have a gas at the critical density, with two atoms at the correct distance that are able to form the molecule, and we excite one to the Rydberg state, then we can form a molecule."

Submission + - What if vinyl had DRM?

FridgeFreezer writes: "As has been demonstrated, DRM is particularly hopeless if the company running the service shuts down its servers or goes bust.

This set me thinking — with the record industry being a fairly fickle place, which classic masterpieces and seminal works would be lost today if their originating label had somehow managed to put DRM on 12" vinyl?"

Submission + - Hollywood Illegally Demands Money From Preschools 2

mikesd81 writes: "Torrentfreak reports that Hollywood has illegally demanded $14USD per child from kindergartens in Ireland. The Motion Picture Licensing Company (MPLC), which is charged with collecting royalties for the big studios, recently wrote to 2,500 kindergartens (or playschools as they are known in Ireland), informing them that it is illegal for the kids there to watch DVDs without an appropriate license. The Times, a British newspaper, The letter was sent with the approval of the Irish Preschool Play Association. The IPPA had worked out a deal with the Hollywood representatives, and eventually managed to get the royalties down to around $4 per child. Despite the lowered fee, most kindergarten owners were stunned by the request. The MPLC actually failed to register with the Irish Patent Office, and by demanding payments in the way they have, breached the 2000 Copyright Act. A spokesman from the IPO confirmed that an organization that acts in this manner could be fined or have its staff jailed."

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