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+ - Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute->

Submitted by exiguus
exiguus (688898) writes "As of September 25th Twitpic will be no more. Twitter, allegedly, has threatened to deny them access to their API. Noah Everett said "Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours. Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic."

Resources will be made available to users to download their videos and photos, but a date when that function will be available has not been made available. "We’ll let everyone know when this feature is live in the next few days.""

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+ - Newegg judged to have infringed on TQP Development patent, ordered to pay $2.3m 1

Submitted by yoink!
yoink! (196362) writes "Ars Technica is reporting Newegg has been judged, by a jury of peers, to have infringed upon TQP Development's patent covering "Encrypted data transmission system employing means for randomly altering the encryption keys." Newegg, as is their MO, chose to challenge the patent rather than settle. Whitfield Diffie even took the stand (paid) on their behalf. Newegg will appeal the verdict."

+ - DNA Sequence Withheld From New Botulism Paper

Submitted by rex.clts
rex.clts (2791393) writes "In the IT security world, it is common practice to withhold specifics when announcing a newly discovered software vulnerability. The exact details regarding a buffer overflow or race condition are typically kept secret until a patch is available, to slow the proliferation of exploits against the hole. For the first time, this practice has been extended to medical publishing. A new form of Botulism has been identified, but its DNA sequence (the genetic code that makes up the toxin) has been withheld, until an antidote has been found. It seems that censorship in the name of "security" is spreading (with DHS involved this comes as no surprise.) Is this the right move?"

Comment: Re:We've come a long way from sticks and stones (Score 1) 734

by metallurge (#45149193) Attached to: Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

The only way for your words to hurt me is for me to value your words. Since you aren't my mother, and you aren't my friend, nothing that you say can hurt me.

Two problems here with your line of thought. First, people who are capable of completely devaluing others' words (and, by extension, therefore, other people themselves) might just be tending towards sociopathy. This isn't normal behavior, and I'm not sure I'd much like a society where it was, or where it was encouraged to be.

Second, there is the matter of reputation. Even if the recipient of those words is able to emotionally brush them off in their direct impact (or appear to, so as to give a useful impression), the reaction of the rest of society to those words can be rather serious.

Comment: Re:Too bad tablets aren't modular (Score 1) 201

by metallurge (#44803703) Attached to: Big Jump For Tablet Storage: Seagate Intros 5mm Hard Disk For Tablets
That goal, writ large, is what EOMA68 is about. FYI.

But, to take a narrow interpretation of your comment, tablets and cell phones are so monolithic because the big vendors want them to be, so we're forced into their proprietary app store/music store/pay-the-manufacturer-for-flash-memory-at-inflated-prices. It's become a manupulated market segmentation thing. SD card slots have become very rare as a result. But there is no technical reason why this has to be. All the ARM SoCs support SD cards (usually multiple ones). Most of the no-name Chinese tablets actually include microSD slots.

+ - Rhombus Tech 2nd revision A10 EOMA68 Card working samples->

Submitted by lkcl
lkcl (517947) writes "Rhombus Tech and QiMod have working samples of the first EOMA-68 CPU Card, featuring 1GByte of RAM, an A10 processor and stand-alone (USB-OTG-powered with HDMI output) operation. Upgrades will include the new Dual-Core ARM Cortex A7, the pin-compatible A20. This is the first CPU Card in the EOMA-68 range: there are others in the pipeline (A31, iMX6, jz4760 and a recent discovery of the Realtek RTD1186 is also being investigated).

The first product in the EOMA-68 family, also nearing a critical phase in its development, will be the KDE Flying Squirrel, a 7in user-upgradeable tablet featuring the KDE Plasma Active Operating System. Laptops, Desktops, Games Consoles, user-upgradeable LCD Monitors and other products are to follow. And every CPU that goes into the products will be pre-vetted for full GPL compliance, with software releases even before the product goes out the door. That's what we've promised to do: to provide Free Software Developers with the opportunity to be involved with mass-volume product development every step of the way. We're also on the look-out for an FSF-Endorseable processor which also meets mass-volume criteria which is proving... challenging."

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+ - Rhombus Tech 2nd revision A10 EOMA68 Card-> 1

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lkcl writes "The 2nd revision of the A10 EOMA-68 CPU Card is complete and samples are due soon: one sample is due back with a Dual-Core Allwinner A20. This will match up with the new revision of the Vivaldi Spark Tablet, codenamed the Flying Squirrel. Also in the pipeline is an iMX6 CPU Card, and the search is also on for a decent FSF-Endorseable option. The Ingenic jz4760 has been temporarily chosen. Once these products are out, progress becomes extremely rapid."
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Comment: Re:you appeal and ask for the camera to be tested? (Score 1) 984

by metallurge (#43139275) Attached to: Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam
Well, my theory is that I am better able to absorb the costs of those three days than the judicial system is. If even a tiny fraction of people contested these things, the judicial system would be so overwhelmed as to force change. I take civic pride in being among the tiny fraction.

A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done. -- Fred Allen