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+ - Court rules Against Studios in Piracy Case-> 1

Submitted by skirmish666
skirmish666 (1287122) writes "The giants of the film industry have lost their appeal in a lawsuit against ISP iiNet in a landmark judgment handed down in the Federal Court today.
The appeal dismissed today had the potential to impact internet users and the internet industry profoundly as it sets a legal precedent surrounding how much ISPs are required to do to prevent customers from downloading movies and other content illegally."

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+ - Nobel Prize in Physics for Graphene Research->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, two Russian born physicists, will receive the Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on graphene research. Graphene's long been a topic of discussion on Slashdot with the very same researchers noted in 2007 for their work in the UK on the first graphene transistor. Subsequent research figured out how to make ultracapacitors out of graphene, get theoretically speedy results from the transistors (and in practice), make memory unimaginably denser and the single atom thick carbon material has even enjoyed advances in fabrication. If you wish to congratulate them, you can post on the Nobel Prize site."
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Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language 831

Posted by kdawson
from the blatently-bracist dept.
Many readers are sending in the news about Go, the new programming language Google has released as open source under a BSD license. The official Go site characterizes the language as simple, fast, safe, concurrent, and fun. A video illustrates just how fast compilation is: the entire language, 120K lines, compiles in under 10 sec. on a laptop. Ars Technica's writeup lays the stress on how C-like Go is in its roots, though it has plenty of modern ideas mixed in: "For example, there is a shorthand syntax for variable assignment that supports simple type inference. It also has anonymous function syntax that lets you use real closures. There are some Python-like features too, including array slices and a map type with constructor syntax that looks like Python's dictionary concept. ... One of the distinguishing characteristics of Go is its unusual type system. It eschews some typical object-oriented programming concepts such as inheritance. You can define struct types and then create methods for operating on them. You can also define interfaces, much like you can in Java. In Go, however, you don't manually specify which interface a class implements. ... Parallelism is emphasized in Go's design. The language introduces the concept of 'goroutines' which are executed concurrently. ... The language provides a 'channel' mechanism that can be used to safely pass data in and out of goroutines."

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