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+ - Huawei, ZTE ban is questionable, given its impact on the market->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle writes: The report from the committee, led by Republican Mike Rogers, could be a significant blow to both Huawei and ZTE, which have been trying to expand their presence in the U.S. markets. The irony here is that in early 2011 Huawei published and open letter to the U.S. government refuting any security concerns and even requesting a full investigation into its own business.

The part of the report that doesn’t jive with me the most is that the investigation revealed no smoking gun and doesn’t necessarily prove the allegations. It cites “significant gaps” in the information available on current operations and the history of the company.

If you want to take a radical view of the report, it almost insinuates that ZTE and Huawei were founded and built a beachhead of business with the sole purpose of allowing the Chinese government to spy on the U.S.

Frankly, I think that this notion is very far fetched, bordering on ridiculous. If someone wants to claim that there is better technology, that’s fine, but let that be fought out in the labs. Let POs decide instead of PR. Also, if there are concerns about a secret back door, then turn the equipment over to a government agency or a collection of the best engineers from the network operators to test the infrastructure.

Also, if we extrapolate this, where would it stop? Should Cisco, Juniper or anyone else ever refrain from using Chinese components? Cisco has hundreds of “network academies” that train thousands of network engineers in China every year. Should Cisco start ignoring these Chinese employees, if we’re to believe the Chinese government might have secretly trained them?

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+ - Stress-Testing Software for Deep Space->

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kenekaplan writes: "NASA has used VxWorks for several deep space missions, including Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. When the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) needs to run stress tests or simulations for upgrades and fixes to the OS, Wind River’s Mike Deliman gets the call. In a recent interview, Deliman, a senior member of the technical staff at Wind River, which is owned by Intel, gave a peek at the legacy technology under Curiosity’s hood and recalled the emergency call he got when an earlier Mars mission hit a software snag after liftoff."
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+ - Investigation into solar storm sat-nav disruption->

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another random user writes: Scientists in the Arctic have launched an urgent investigation into how solar storms can disrupt sat-nav.

Studies have revealed how space weather can cut the accuracy of GPS by tens of metres. Flares from the Sun interact with the upper atmosphere and can distort the signals from global positioning satellites.

The project is under way at a remote observatory on a windswept mountainside in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the High Arctic. The site was chosen for its isolation from electronic pollution and for its position in relation to the Earth's magnetic field which flows from space down towards the far North.

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+ - The Man, The Myth, The Legend? Who was Nikola Tesla?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.

- Nikola Tesla

The value of creation cannot be gauged by monetary value. It is through individuals, and their passion that others aspire for greatness. One of the greatest examples of this is the life work of Nikola Tesla. His list of scientific achievements and technological breakthroughs that inspired others are staggering. Alternating Current (AC) electricity that powers and lights the world today, Radar, the first Hydroelectric Dam, early designs of transistors which power every computer device on Earth, the first recordings of radio waves from outer space, and the beginning of Radio technology. The list of his accomplishments go on and on, and have literally shaped the world of today and the future of tomorrow.

He tinkered, studied, fixed problems, and found solutions...

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+ - Smartphone companies are now entering a phase of Mutually Assured Destruction->

Submitted by Tryfen
Tryfen writes: As patent trials rage across the globe, it has become clear that smartphone companies are engaged in Mutually Assured Destruction. What's the endgame here? Do they all capitulate and cross-licence their patents? Are they forced to buy patents and pass the costs onto customers? Will companies withdraw — voluntarily or otherwise — from the smartphone space?
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+ - Confirmed: Germany Monitors Skype, Google Mail, Yahoo Mail and Facebook chat->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec writes: German Government has went a bit too far trying to be transparent and has inadvertently revealed that German police monitors Skype, Google Mail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and Facebook chat as and when necessary. The revelations come as the German Government let out figures of expenses incurred by the Federal Ministry of the Interior following a parliamentary inquiry, which were spotted by the annalist blog. The pages contain a whole lot of tables and as many would find those boring, some pages reveal something very startling. On page 34 and page 37 of the report line item 486 and 265 respectively, represent decoding software for Google Mail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail for prevention and investigation.
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+ - Dragon captured: SpaceX's first ISS supply mission is a success->

Submitted by puddingebola
puddingebola writes: From the aricle, "The SpaceX Dragon capsule has been successfully grabbed by the International Space Station, marking the first time a private American space flight has run a supply mission to the orbiting platform. The crew of the ISS snatched Dragon out of orbit ahead of schedule, using the space station’s robotic arm to guide the capsule in after its careful approach."

NASA has also posted video of the docking.

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+ - What's new in Facebook - All you need to know->

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An anonymous reader writes: If you signed in to Facebook this morning, you may have noticed that it looks a little bit different. The top bar now is fixed to the top, inline photos are a little bit bigger, an improved news feed, and the news ticker now is located in the upper-right corner for real-time updates. Too many changes in one day? Don’t sweat it, let’s do a walk through.
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+ - Carnivorous plant inspires self-cleaning material->

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MrSeb writes: "Researchers from Harvard University have devised a material that is both superhydrophobic and superlipophobic. In other words, it repels water and oil, the bases of almost every commonly-occurring liquid including the smears on touchscreens caused by our fatty fingers! The new material, which is called SLIPS (Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surface — yes, really), is inspired by the leaves of the carnivorous pitcher plant which must be slippery enough to send sticky, oily-footed insects tumbling to their doom. To do this, SLIPS is made from a nano-structured material (like Teflon) and 3M's Fluorinert is added. The Fluroinert seeps into all the gaps and creates a thin, super-repellant layer that is just a few nanometers thick. Then, when almost anything comes into contact with SLIPS... it slips right off.

Needless to say, SLIPS could revolutionize oil transport (low-friction pipelines!), medicine (self-cleaning implements), houses (self-cleaning windows), and computers (smear-proof smartphones!)"

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+ - First billion dollar open source software vendor-> 1

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head_dunce writes: "Red Hat is coming out way on top in this economy. Total revenue and subscription revenue for this quarter is up 28% year-over-year. Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat said, "Based on the strong first half results, we believe Red Hat remains well positioned to finish fiscal 2012 as the first billion dollar open source software vendor.”"
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+ - US Has Weakest Labor Protections of Rich Nations->

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NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Small wonder that our middle class is shrinking, and our industry fading. We have the weakest labor protection in the industrial world. The policies, begun during the New Deal, which led to the rise of our middle class, were reversed 30 or more years ago, and that reversal has led to the pitiful state in which we presently find ourselves. The ongoing decimation of our public school system in order to make money for privatizers isn't helping either."
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+ - Award-winning Photographer Really Photoshop Artist->

Submitted by jebaneer34
jebaneer34 writes: Award-winning wildlife photographer Terje Helleso has become one of this week’s least popular people in Sweden since it was discovered that he faked hundreds of photos over the course of several years ... Helleso, who is famous not only for his art, but also for being a strong advocate of keeping digital photography real and speaking out against manipulation or theft of material, denied everything initially. The fraud was exposed first on
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