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+ - Breakthrough silicon scanning discovers hardware backdoor in military ASIC chip-> 3

Submitted by StealthHunter
StealthHunter (597677) writes "Cambridge researchers found a hardware backdoor after discovering additional functionality in the JTAG (hardware debugging / programming) interface. While such attacks have been theorized, this is thought to be the first real-world instance. The vulnerable product is the Actel ProASIC3, and, since the backdoor is in the hardware, there is no patch other than to physically replace the chip."
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Piracy

+ - GCSB illegally intercepted data in Dotcom case->

Submitted by karit
karit (681682) writes "Prime Minister John Key today announced he has requested an inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the circumstances of unlawful interception of communications of certain individuals by the Government Communications Security Bureau. Mr Key says the Crown has filed a memorandum in the High Court in the Megaupload case advising the Court and affected parties that the GCSB had acted unlawfully while assisting the Police to locate certain individuals subject to arrest warrants issued in the case. The Bureau had acquired communications in some instances without statutory authority."
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Your Rights Online

+ - The Copyright Overlord Bots Strike again, and this time it's political....->

Submitted by
rajeevrk
rajeevrk writes "I would say it was only a matter of time, but it has finally happened. The Official live stream of the Democratic Party's national convention has been killed, curtesy of youtube's copytight bots purpoorting to enforce the copytrights of the usual gang of copyright trolls(though the name Dow Jones is a new one for me inthis context).

As i quote from the aticle —

If Google can work with copyright holders to produce content matching software, it seems like it might be possible to designate certain accounts or entities as "off limits" from the wandering killbots. If the stream is authorized by, I don't know, the party of the current President of the United States, maybe, just fucking maybe, everything's "above board.

For the copyright regime all i can say is "The vultures are circling, It wont be long now...""
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Apple

+ - Apple adds Galaxy S III phone to revised suit->

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another random user (2645241) writes "Apple, accusing Samsung Electronics Co of flooding the market with “copycat products,” added the Galaxy S III smartphone to a list of products that it says infringe Apple patents.

Apple’s revised a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in San Jose, California, follows a $1.05 billion jury verdict against Samsung on Aug. 24. The jury, in a separate case in the same court, found that Samsung infringed six of seven Apple patents at stake in the trial. In that case, Apple seeks a US sales ban on eight Samsung smartphone models and a tablet computer.

Apple, in yesterday’s filing, alleges Samsung continues to “flood the market with copycat products.” The maker of the iPhone has made similar allegations in the follow-on case before. In yesterday’s filing, Apple said Samsung has sold infringing products through August, including its “current flagship device, the Galaxy S III” smartphone."

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AMD

+ - AMD Trinity A10-4600M Processor Launched, Tested-> 3

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "AMD lifted the veil on their new Trinity A-Series mobile processor architecture today. Trinity has been reported as offering much-needed CPU performance enhancements in IPC (Instructions Per Cycle) but also more of AMD's strength in gaming and multimedia horsepower, with an enhanced second generation integrated Radeon HD graphics engine. AMD's A10-4600M quad-core chip is comprised of 1.3B transistors with a CPU base core clock of 2.3GHz and Turbo Core speeds of up to 3.2GHz. The on-board Radeon HD 7660G graphics core is comprised of 384 Radeon Stream Processor cores clocked at 497MHz base and 686Mhz Turbo. In the benchmarks, AMD's new Trinity A10 chip outpaces Intel's Ivy Bridge for gamingbut can't hold a candle to it for standard compute workloads or video transcoding."
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Comment: Follow The Money.... (Score 5, Interesting) 424

by rajeevrk (#38774566) Attached to: Y Combinator Wants To Kill Hollywood

Why dont the top 100 odd tech firms just get their boards together and buy out the entertainment industry, Fire all the old chaff, then figure out what do do with whats left. Even if they end up writing off the entire investment, the savings in reduced interference from a dying industry(Lawsuits, Trusted Computing, SOPA/PIPA etc.) will justify the few hundred billion. Plus, the innovation it will unleash when all those rent-seeking collaboration-killing laws become irrelevant will bring soo much new life into the dying(yes DYING!!) economies of the developed world.

Sadly, i dont have any hope that such a scenario will ever come to pass, especially when most tech firms behaving more like a pot of lobsters...

(sigh...)

Space

+ - ISS ready for first private spacecraft visit->

Submitted by a_hanso
a_hanso (1891616) writes "SpaceX's Dragon capsule--a craft that is capable of eventually ferrying astronauts--is scheduled to make an unmanned rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS) on February 7th. The capsule is to be launched atop a Falcon 9 booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The capsule will be carrying food, clothing and other supplies."
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+ - Yeast go multicellular->

Submitted by scibri
scibri (2544842) writes "We always thought the evolution of multicellularity probably took a very long time. But a group of scientists in Minnesota have managed to get single-celled yeast to evolve the trait within 2 months (http://www.nature.com/news/yeast-suggests-speedy-start-for-multicellular-life-1.9810).

The 'snowflakes' of identical yeast cells even behaved as individuals, with a primitive division of labour. And some even sacrificed them selves, dying to allow the snowflake as a whole to continue to grow. (paper in PNAS http://www.pnas.org/embargo?embargoed-uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pnas.org%2Fcontent%2Fearly%2F2012%2F01%2F10%2F1115323109)"

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Canada

+ - US Copyright Lobby Wants Canada Out of TPP Until D->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. government just concluded a consultation on whether it should support Canada's entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. The TPP raises significant concerns about extension of copyright and digital locks, so that might be a good thing. However, Michael Geist reports that the IIPA, which represents the major movie, music, and software lobby associations, sees this as an opportunity to force Canada to enact a Canadian DMCA and to implement ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement."
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Comment: Tweak the tiger by the tail, Only to find a mouse! (Score 0) 75

by rajeevrk (#36412316) Attached to: Lodsys Expands Patent Lawsuit to 10 More Companies

Call it vain hope, but i keep expecting some company to finally get pissed with the army of gnats(i.e. NPE IP Trolls) and throw some serious cash behind reforming the system, making it better for everyone. But i guess they're more like a bunch of crabs, with all of the companies making sure that no-one climbs out of the cooking pot, getting communally boiled!

Seriously, does it need a economics professor to figure out that the patent system has not given any significant incentive to innovate for quite a while, and scrapping the whole system might be just the thing to kickstart the economy. Remember, the intent is to make the *Entire Economy* grow, not protect the future profits of the incumbents. If they want more money, let them innovate and then grow their riches. They're anyway starting with the advantage of piles of cash to spend on researching the Next-Big-Thing(tm).

All in all, most of the big companies appear so scared to take a stand on such lawsuits, they actually look like elephants running like mice :)

P.S. : It should tell you how crazy the situation has gotten when i can use such outlandish language, and still have it fit reality perfectly ;)

RkR

Idle

+ - Pakistan Stormed By Star Wars Characters-> 1

Submitted by
daniel.r.roberts
daniel.r.roberts writes "Rehman Malik Pakistani interior minister says the Taliban raid on Karachi’s PNS Mehran base was done by men that "resembled Star Wars characters". Debate on which characters is still ongoing, however one thing is for certain: the terrorists may be easily startled, but they'll soon be back, and in greater numbers"
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GNU is Not Unix

+ - Linus Torvalds Looks To End Linux 2.6 Kernel->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With the Linux 2.6 kernel set to begin its 40th development cycle and the Linux kernel nearing its 20th anniversary, Linus Torvalds has expressed interest today in moving away from the Linux 2.6.x kernel version. Instead he's looking to change things up by releasing the next kernel as Linux version 2.8 or 3.0. "The voices in my head also tell me that the numbers are getting too big. I may just call the thing 2.8.0...So I'm toying with 3.0 (and in that case, it really would be "3.0", not "3.0.0" — the stable team would get the third digit rather than the fourth one.""
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