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Submission + - Feds Charge Wall Street Traders with Code Theft (

CowboyRobot writes: Three men have been charged with stealing proprietary high-frequency trading algorithms from Amsterdam-based trading house Flow Traders. The accusations include that two of the three, while employees of Flow Traders, emailed strategies, algorithms, and source code to themselves before quitting the company. Theft of proprietary code and algorithms from financial firms is increasingly common, with at least six related U.S. prosecutions since November 2010. But while plaintiffs argue that the code is essential intellectual property, the defense can argue that such information is intrinsically linked to the environment in which it's being run, requires teams of programmers to maintain, and thus is of little use to another organization.

Submission + - Royal Navy Deployed Laser Weapons During the Falklands War ( 1

Zothecula writes: Despite recent demonstrations by the US Navy, we still think of laser weapons as being things of the future. However, previously-classified British documents prove that not only were the major powers working on laser weapons in the 1970s and 80s, but that they were already being deployed with combat units in war zones. A letter from the Ministry of Defence released under the 30-year rule reveals that laser weapons were deployed on Royal Navy ships during the Falklands War in 1982, and that the British government was concerned about similar weapons being developed behind the Iron Curtain.

Submission + - BlackBerry Officially Open to Sale (

Nerval's Lobster writes: BlackBerry is considering whether to sell itself off to the highest bidder. The company’s Board of Directors has announced the founding of a Special Committee to explore so-called “strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale,” which apparently includes “possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible transactions.” BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins added that, while the committee did its work, the company would continue to its recent overhead-reduction strategy. Prem Watsa, chairman and CEO of Fairfax Financial—BlackBerry’s largest shareholder—announced that he would resign from the company’s board in order to avoid a potential conflict of interest. News that BlackBerry is considering a potential sale should surprise nobody. Faced with fierce competition from Google and Apple, the company’s market-share has tumbled over the past several quarters. In a desperate bid to regain its former prominence in the mobile-device industry, BlackBerry developed and released BlackBerry 10, a next-generation operating system meant to compete toe-to-toe against Google Android and Apple iOS—despite a massive ad campaign, however, early sales of BlackBerry 10 devices have proven somewhat underwhelming.

Submission + - Atomic Comics: Comic books and the atomc education of America (

Lasrick writes: Great review of the book "Atomic Comics." Includes wonderful old illustrations from Atomic Rabbit, Atoman, Buck Rogers, True Comics, Whiz Comics, etc. Here's a quote: "Still, the comics had been dealing with atomic beams, weapons, and propulsion through most of the war, and if these comic strips and books were wrong about the details, Szasz notes, "the fact that the American public instantly grasped the basic outlines of the atomic age almost surely has its roots in the larger-than-life adventures of Superman, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and Mickey Mouse, and well as other long-forgotten characters from that 'loose and baggy creature' of American popular culture.""

Submission + - Study Claims Human Intelligence Peaked Two to Six Millennia Ago ( 1

eldavojohn writes: Professor Gerald "Jerry" Crabtree of Stanford's Crabtree Laboratory published a paper (PDF warning) that has appeared in two parts in "Trends in Genetics." The paper opens with a very controversial suggestion, 'I would be willing to wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions' and from there speculates we're on the decline of human intelligence and we have been for at least a couple millennia. His argument seems to suggest that agriculture and, following from that, cities have allowed us to break free of such environmental forces on competitive genetic mutations — a la Mike Judge's theory. However, the conclusion of the paper urges humans to keep calm and carry on as any attempt to fix this genetic trend would almost certainly be futile and disturbing.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - No kidding, the upper-class is more likely to commit unethical behavior. (

everydayelk writes: "Do you lie and cheat on a regular basis? Do you cut in front of pedestrians in traffic? Do you consider greed to be a virtuous quality? Do you think you’re totally awesome and worthy? Scientifically speaking, you are more likely to be upper-class, according to a just-out study in PNAS examining the relationship between socio-economic class and propensity to act unethically (and using those things as ethical markers). Seven studies, ranging from objective envrionmental observation to a dice pseudo-game to straight-up what would you do in this scenario? questions were performed, and every one of the studies found the same general result: being rich makes you kind of an asshole. Act surprised."

Submission + - Dutch Supreme Court sees game objects as goods (

thrill12 writes: The Dutch Supreme Court ruled on January 31st that the taking away of possessions in the game Runescape from a 13-year-old boy was in fact theft because the possessions could be seen as actual goods. The highest court explained this not by arguing it was software that was copied, but by stating that the game data were real goods that were acquired through "effort and time investment" and "the principal had the actual and exclusive dominion of the goods" — up until the moment the other guy took them away, that is.

Submission + - Why the Raspberry Pi won't ship in kit form (

An anonymous reader writes: The guys at Broadcom have released an image containing the Raspberry Pi SoC and memory chip to help explain why the tiny PC won't ship in kit form. Clearly the chips are so small and the solder blobs required so tiny, 99% of the time you would mess up doing it by hand. Add to that the fact one chip as to sit on top of the other, and if you're a millimeter out your chips are fried.

Submission + - Google "Does No Evil"... (

alreaud writes: "Looking at Google's concept of "Do No Evil", one has to ask: "How does skipping the most popular question on YouTube to President Obama serve the concept of Do No Evil?" Monday, the POTUS had a Google+ hangout, and the most voted upon question on YouTube was: "Mr. President, my name is Stephen Downing, and I'm a retired deputy chief of police from the Los Angeles Police Department. From my decades of law enforcement experience I have come to see our country's drug policies as a failure and a complete waste of criminal justice resources. According to the Gallup Poll, the number of Americans who support legalizing and regulating marijuana now outnumber those who support continuing prohibition. What do you say to this growing voter constituency that wants more changes to drug policy than you have delivered in your first term?""

Submission + - UK Grills Google Execs over Privacy, Takedown Poli (

hypnosec writes: Web search giant Google was subject to severe criticism by the UK authorities for not taking appropriate measures to remove the images from the Max Mosley orgy video. Google was earlier alleged for not making endeavors to take down the images and executives from the search engine giant did not have a choice but to face a bitter question hour session from the MPs. It was the vice president of Google communications and Public Affairs, David-John Collins, accompanied by the legal director and associate general counsel for Google, Daphne Keller who took the responsibility of confronting the raging allegations from the government officials. Apparently, the agonizing discussion went on for hours and the joint MPs and peers on joint committee kept on pricking the executives on the blunder they had done.

Submission + - Ancient Mummy Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer (

newmission33 writes: Scientists have diagnosed a 2,200-year-old mummy with prostate cancer, suggesting that the disease is linked to genetics rather than the environment.

This is the oldest case of prostate cancer discovered in ancient Egypt and the second oldest in the world. The oldest detection of prostate cancer came from the 2,700-year-old skeleton of a Scythian king in Russia, and led scientists to suspect that cancer was actually quite prevalent in the past despite rare recorded cases.

The Military

Submission + - Pentagon: 37,000 Pound Bomb Too Small (

smitty777 writes: According to the pentagon, the 37,000 precision guided Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bomb is just too small. Concerns around Iran's fortification of their nuclear program facilities has the DoD seeking from congress something not quite as subdued as the GBU-57, the largest non-nuke bomb operated by the USAF. This "smaller" was just recently won a prize for its abilit to cut through 60 feet of concrete. The upgrades will cost $82 million in addition to the $330 million already used so far to develop the system.

There is some interesting high speed camera footage of the GBU-57 in this video.


Submission + - Intel stealthily slides into workstation graphics (

MrSeb writes: "The integration of CPU and GPU into a single die and its impact on the computer industry has been discussed at great length over the past few years, but almost always in the context of the consumer market. Intel, at least, has been thinking about professional graphics as well. The company’s Xeon E3-1200 series literature makes direct reference to the Intel P3000 graphics family and claims that the P3000 offers “up to 4x better performance than Intel HD Graphics 3000.” The company’s literature repeatedly stresses that the P3000 is strictly an entry-level part, but even so, it outperforms Nvidia's $200 entry-level FX 580 Quadro — and remember, you still have to buy a CPU to go with the graphics card. Is Intel making a move into Nvidia’s space?"

Submission + - Intel: The Chipmaker Who Cried Wolf

adeelarshad82 writes: Intel recently announced that they were making a move for the mobile phones chips. The chipmaker is gearing up to show off its Medfield processors at CES early next year, which would be exciting for most people except for PCMag's mobile analyst Sascha Segan. He argues that he has heard this same tale way too many times before and recaps Intel's miserable attempts to break into the mobile chip market since mid 2006.

Submission + - New PetaFlop Climate computer to come online. (

bricko writes: The system, which is used for climate modeling and resource, also includes two separate Lustre parallel file systems "that handle data sets that rank among the world's largest," ORNL said. "NOAA research partners access the system remotely through speedy wide area connections. Two 10-gigabit (billion bit) lambdas, or optical waves, pass data to NOAA's national research network through peering points at Atlanta and Chicago."

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