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Intel

Submission + - Intel releases 32nm CPUs for desktop, mobile (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: Just ahead of the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show Intel has announced a staggering number of new products including new processors and chipsets for both consumer desktop and mobile platforms. The new Westmere architecture, that includes a 32nm dual-core processor on the same package as a combined 45nm memory controller, PCI Express and integrated Intel graphics chip, is known as Clarkdale on the desktop and is aimed at mainstream markets. Performance of the new Core i5-661 processor is modest though improved multimedia options like true uncompressed 7.1 channel audio and dual-stream Blu-ray make it a reasonable HTPC option. On the mobile side, the Core i5-540M Arrandale processor combines the same features but makes a much stronger case for itself with improved performance and lower power consumption (longer battery life) than previous generation Core 2 solutions.
Games

Submission + - MechWarrior: Living Legends enters Public Beta (mechlivinglegends.net)

Fireye writes: After several years in development, the fan-made Mechwarrior addon for Crysis has entered a public Beta phase! Featured are a smattering of Clan and Inner Sphere Battlemechs, along with Aerospace fighters and Tanks. While it's clear that there's a lot of work yet to be done, the game offers new hope to a somewhat stalled series. Until Smith and Tinker's Mechwarrior sees the light of day, this is the best bet for any Mech Jock to get his or her fix! Catch some of the gameplay here.
Technology

Submission + - GM rolls the last big block V-8 off the line (buffalonews.com)

DesScorp writes: "It's the end of an era in auto technology, as the very last big block V-8 engine from GM has rolled off the production line. The L18 engine was the last variant of an engine that had been in continuous production for over 50 years. The big blocks powered everything from the classic muscle cars of the 60's and 70's, to heavy duty trucks today. News last June triggered a rush of orders for the engine. The Buffalo News reported "When GM said last June the L18 would be eliminated by year’s end, the announcement triggered another show of devotion to the product. Some customers ordered two years’ worth of L18s, to put on the shelf for future use". More than 5 million big blocks have been produced over the engine's history."
Linux

Submission + - SPAM: AstLinux Released!

voiptoday writes: AstLinux is a custom Linux distribution centered around Asterisk, the Open Source PBX. Although Asterisk remains the core focus, other VoIP applications such as OpenSIPS and FreeSWITCH are also available. AstLinux has many features that make it ideal for embedded and commercial Asterisk based solutions.
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Science

Submission + - OSU Pres Cans Anthrax Vaccine Research on Primates (newsok.com)

Wrath0fb0b writes: OSU President Burns Hargis has abruptly canceled an NIH-funded study on an anthrax vaccine on primates, who would then have to be euthanized. Suspicion that the decision was meant to appease large donor Madeleine Pickens, the wife of noted huntsman T. Boone Pickens, who had previously pressured the school over animal-rights issues. Scientists counter that the study was approved by the NIH peer-review process, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and subject to the Federal Animal Welfare Act (by virtue of using NIH money) and that the decision by the President is short-circuited months of planning and deliberation on the matter.

Hargis has denied being influenced by Pickens and cited "confidential factors" that he couldn't discuss, telling the faculty council that "to go through every lurid detail is simply not prudent". A post on Pickens' blog, on the other hand, obliquely takes credit for the "great decision", noting the a faculty hunch that ""generous benefactor to OSU and her ties to the Humane Society of the United States may have played a role in the termination of the project". Meanwhile, the NIH expressed displeasure at the decision, releasing a statement that stated "NIH fully expects institutions to honor these assurances and commitment to complete NIH supported projects as requested, approved and funded". Some OSU scientists speculated that the fiasco would make it harder for them to receive NIH funding in the future.

Read more: http://www.newsok.com/anthrax-study-rejected-by-osu/article/3421451#ixzz0aIt7Qy5y
Angry reaction: http://speakingofresearch.com/2009/12/16/standing-together-widespread-support-for-osu-and-its-research/
More angry reaction: http://scienceblogs.com/drugmonkey/2009/12/oklahoma_legislator_displeased.php
School responds: http://newsok.com/osu-chief-discusses-research-decision/article/3423662?custom_click=headlines_widget
Pickens' blog post: http://www.madeleinepickens.com/news/osu-president-cancels-antrax-study-proposal-requiring-primate-euthanasia/

Censorship

Submission + - The Chinese Route to a Web Free of Porn (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Despite waves of glamouring campagins based upon concepts like "for the children", "the western web" as a whole provides little to no isolation of pornography. Which is why the chinese are now marching their way to a place where no countries have been to: a web without porn. Recent regulations include closing down "vulgar" mobile sites, disconnecting "obscene" servers & restricting domain registrations. Yet the breaking news for monday is they are planning to enforce a whitelist on foreign domains: in particular, any e-commerce will have to register locally and obey chinese law before they get "whitelisted". Domains will otherwise be "irresolvable" to chinese internet users. Meanwhile the government is promoting this campaign heavily, calling it a "fresh start". It seems the chinese will have to do without the internet, before starting to get rid of porn.
Google

Submission + - Google Provides Free Access to Case Law (blogspot.com)

Mortamer2k writes: Ignorance is not a defense to breaking the law, but providing mere access to it is a multi billion dollar industry. LexisNexis and Westlaw charge many thousands of dollars for access to case law. Google now offers free access to important US state and federal court decisions through Google Scholar. You can search for cases and even find out all of the other cases that cite a specific case.

Submission + - Interview with Linux-native horror game - Amnesia (linux-hardcore.com)

qubodup writes: Frictional Games tell what percentage of their buyers wanted the Linux version for their latest game (Spoiler: It is 12%), what place open source software and Linux has in the development and of course talk about the game Amnesia.
Intel

Submission + - SPAM: Intel Launches Next-Gen Atom N450 Processor 1

MojoKid writes: "Intel has unveiled its next-generation Atom N450 processor and a review of the new Asus Eee PC 1005PE netbook that houses it, shows decent gains in performance and lower power consumption. The Atom N450 has been re-architected similar to Intel's other notebook processors in that it now has an integrated memory controller and graphics core on the CPU itself. In addition, Intel's serial DMI (Direct Media Interface) now replaces the system bus to the Southbridge IO controller. From a performance standpoint, the Atom N450 single core chip offers a nice performance gain versus previous generation Atom CPUs and it appears Intel has dual core variants of the chip on the horizon as well."
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Submission + - I, Rodney: profile of roboticist Rodney Brooks (cosmosmagazine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: From backyard tinkering as a child in Adelaide, Rodney Brooks went on to revolutionise robotics, challenging gospel truths and bringing robots to the homes of millions. We meet the charming bad boy of AI.

Comment If you want freedom, pressure Verizon and Sprint (Score 1) 185

There is no exclusivity for the iPhone. Verizon and Sprint could have the iPhone right now but they are not interested in getting devices like the iPhone because that would just turn them into a dumb pipe. Verizon is all about the V-cast and other services along with disabling WiFi and locking down ringtone downloading. That is how CDMA carriers operate.

There was nothing stopping Verizon and Sprint from launching 21 Mbps HSPA+ networks in the US like their CDMA counterparts in Canada did this November. Verizon is going to drag out the LTE deployment as long as they can because nobody is pressuring them to change their game plan and they can milk the marketplace for every cent possible using CDMA. Most Americans seems to think that CDMA is "good enough" but it is slower than HSPA 7.2 let alone 21 Mbps HSPA+. Heck, even Sprint's "4G" Wimax is twice as slow as HSPA+.

If you want real cellular competition, go to the source of the problem and pressure the CDMA carriers to beat AT&T at their own HSPA game. Canadians put on the pressure and the carriers did something about it. Are you really going to let us Canadians make your wireless industry look like a joke?

Security

Submission + - ICCS 2010: A Global Solution to Cyber Threats (fordham.edu) 1

dyous87 writes: Last year more than 500 professionals from 40 countries around the world met at the International Conference on Cyber Security 2009 to discuss the worlds greatest emerging cyber threats. This August 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Fordham University will partner again to host the 2nd annual International Conference on Cyber Security.

Submission + - How to get songs and videos from iTunes, iPod, iPh (dvd-video-converters.com)

housepeng writes: ml_iPod is a Winamp plugin that enables music to be loaded onto and off of an Apple iPod without using iTunes via Winamp's Media Library. One of the main attractions of the plugin is being able to transfer files from the iPod to your computer which is not possible with Apple's iTunes software. Winamp's newest iPod plug-in can indeed copy files from iPhone in Windows without jailbreaking. It also supports Creative Zen and PlaysForSure certified devices.
Download and install Winamp if you haven't yet. And then use it to get songs, pictures and videos from iPod, iPhone to Windows PC.

Earth

Submission + - Is Black Soot Melting the Himalayas?

Hugh Pickens writes: "The Himalayas, home to some 110 peaks that stretch along 1,550 miles of Asia and harbor 10,000 glaciers, is the main source of replenishment to lakes, streams and some of the continent's mightiest rivers, on which millions of people depend for their water supplies. Since the 1960s, the acreage covered by Himalayan glaciers has declined by more than 20 percent with a rate of warming twice the global average over the past 30 years. Now Live Science reports that tiny particles of pollution known as "black carbon" — and not heat-trapping greenhouse gases — may be causing most of the rapid melting of glaciers in the Himalayas. "Tibet's glaciers are retreating at an alarming rate," says James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. "Black soot is probably responsible for as much as half of the glacial melt, and greenhouse gases are responsible for the rest." The circulation of the atmosphere in the region causes much of the soot-laden air to "pile up" against the Himalayas. The soot mixes with other dust from nearby deserts, creating a massive brown cloud visible from space that absorbs incoming solar radiation. As this layer heats up in the Himalayan foothills, it rises and enhances the seasonal northward flow of humid monsoon winds, forcing moisture and hot air up the slopes of the majestic mountain range. Jeffrey Kargel of the University of Arizona, Tucson, says that the role of soot "adds a new wrinkle" to the story of glacier melting, but that in the big picture of climate change the main villains are still gases such as CO2. "I do want to make sure we keep our eyes on the 800-pound gorilla in the room, and that's greenhouse gases," he said."
Networking

Submission + - When Is enough bandwidth at home enough? 1

Dubbel writes: In 1993, I was in College and took advantage of a dial up \ SLIP account for internet access from home which my university made available to all students with shell accounts. It was a blazing 14.4Kbps connection. As internet usage increased and I began to get busy signals more often that not, I took advantage of a student discount at a local ISP and got a dial up 33.6 Kbps "Unlimited" PPP service for the princely sum of $40 a month...a significant portion of my net worth at the time. At that point in internet history, online services such as Prodigy and Compuserve were charging by the minute for World Wide Web access which was outside of the content they hosted and this still didn't give you access to the full breadth and depth of what the internet had to offer. I had 1 friend whom I considered to be filthy rich who had a dual channel 128Kbps ISDN line. As soon as broadband became available, I was the first person I new to get it. First it was 1 MBps, then 1.5, then 3 and currently I subscribe to a 6 Mbps DSL service all the while never really exceeding the $40 a month price barrier (now after service bundle discounts and prior to the addition of taxes). Now my ISP is offering their new VDSL internet, TV, & IP telephony service in my area which tops out at a staggering 18 Mbps for around $65 a month which is separate from the bandwidth available for telephony & TV. For the first time ever, I find myself asking....do I really need more bandwidth? Am I ludicrous for asking this question? How many others in the Slashdot community have found their personal broadband saturation point to be beneath fastest service available separate from personal financial constraints?

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