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+ - Mobile Phones Vs Supercomputers of the past->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The recently published Top 500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers is based on the Linpack benchmark developed decades ago by Jack Dongarra. This same test has been ported to Android mobile phones which means that we can compare the performance of our phones against that of the supercomputers of the past. For example, a tweaked Motorola Droid can hit 52 Mflop/s which is more than 15 times faster than the CPUs used in the 1979 Cray-1."
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EU To Monitor All Internet Searches 340

Posted by samzenpus
from the stop-searching-for-the-children dept.
Xemu writes "The European Parliament is issuing a written declaration about the need to set up an early warning system to combat sexual child abuse. However, the substance of the declaration is to extend the EU data retention directive to search engines, so that all searches done on for example Google will be monitored. If you are a citizen concerned about the right to privacy and freedom on the Internet, you can help by sending e-mail to the MEPs from your country and explaining the issue to them."

+ - SCOTUS uproots Miranda Rights->

Submitted by phyrebyrd
phyrebyrd (631520) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday along its ideological divide a suspect must unequivocally claim his right to remain silent in order to have that right... From the dissent: "Today's decision turns Miranda upside down. Criminal suspects must now unambiguously invoke their right to remain silent — which, counter-intuitively, requires them to speak. At the same time, suspects will be legally presumed to have waived their rights even if they have given no clear expression of their intent to do so.""
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+ - Police officers seek right not to be recorded-> 1

Submitted by linzeal
linzeal (197905) writes "When the police act as though cameras were the equivalent of guns pointed at them, there is a sense in which they are correct. Cameras have become the most effective weapon that ordinary people have to protect against and to expose police abuse. And the police want it to stop. Judges, juries and legislatures support the police overwhelmingly on this issue with only a few cases where those accused of "shooting" the cops being vindicated through the courts."
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+ - Internet Explorer 9 the most compatible?->

Submitted by _Shorty-dammit
_Shorty-dammit (555739) writes "Microsoft has released some numbers showing that the IE9 Platform Preview is more standards-compatible than Mozilla Firefox 3.6.3, Opera 10.52, Apple Safari 4.05, and Google Chrome 4.1. This seemed rather interesting at first, until I stopped looking at the charts and re-read the introduction, which states that they are all test pages that Microsoft wrote. They do, however, say that they were developed in conjunction with the W3C. Though I wonder how the IE9 PP would fair against the same competitors in a test that they had no hand in laying out."
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+ - EU Parliament use child porn to log Google search->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A written declaration in the European Parliament plays the child porn card to be able to store all searches on the internet.
Written Declaration 29 says that the "Commission [needs] to implement Directive 2006/24/EC and extend it to search engines in order to tackle online child pornography and sex offending rapidly and effectively". What they don't say is that Directive 2006/24/EC is the Data Retention Directive, and that storing all internet searches probably won't stop child pornography or sex offenders, but is just another way to take us one step further "1984"."

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Comment: Re:Assault (Score 2, Informative) 324

by ZanySpyDude (#22683724) Attached to: Homemade Robot Patrols Atlanta Streets
Well, I'm going to guess that since he ran for office he probably votes. From the article: "Terrill bought his bar four years ago knowing nothing about the restaurant business. He ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor of Georgia in 2006. He's had ongoing problems with people breaking into his bar and stealing things, but it was the day care center problems that spurred him on to create the robot." The robot also seems to have attracted some attention so maybe people in the city will be asking their officials why there aren't more police around these areas...

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