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Submission + - FOI Request reveals UK Houses of Parliament workers' passion for adult content (

Anita Hunt (lissnup) writes: Hot on the heels of Dave Cameron's demands to make such content universally "opt-in", the Independent reports "Westminster computers were prevented from accessing sex sites 114,844 times last November alone and on 55,552 in April, while February saw just 15 and in June officials blocked 397 attempts." No explanation has been offered for the variation, although it would be interesting to know if the fall in the number of recorded/reported attempts coincides with the date the FOI request was filed.

Submission + - An odd symmetry breaking of clocks

stpalli writes: In 1665, Christiaan Huygens' observed, possibly for the first time, spontaneous self-emergent synchronization. He hung two pendulum clocks from a common wooden beam and noticed that the pendula always ended up in exact synchronized motion in spite of how they were started and referred to this as an odd sympathy of clocks an odd sympathy of clocks. Inspired by this classical experiment, researchers now find, in a stunningly simple experiment , the co-existance of of synchrony and desynchrony in coupled metronomes — an odd symmetry breaking of clocks, known as a chimera state.

Submission + - ARM hates the Lima driver. (

An anonymous reader writes: ARM management seriously dislikes the project to provide an open source driver for ARMs Mali GPU. ARM management sees no advantage in an open source driver for their Mali, and they think that the Lima driver reveals too much of the internals of the Mali hardware. ARM management believes that if they actually wanted an open source driver, they could simply open source their own code. The main developer of Lima naturally doesn't buy into ARMs views or reasoning, and states that Lima will continue and that ARM cannot do anything to stop it.

Submission + - Bitcoin Bubble: Should Fans Be Celebrating?

F9rDT3ZE writes: Due to its unique features, the economics of Bitcoin are difficult to grasp even for those with advanced degrees in economics. Following generally-accepted economic thought, though, a number of commentators have started to point out that Bitcoin's rise in value relative to other currencies means that it is experiencing deflation (its value relative to what 1 BTC purchases is going down, just as if a Big Mac cost $2 instead of $3), and that most experts believe deflation is unwelcome for currencies because it incentivizes hoarding (often followed by massive inflation when hoarders sell off, sometimes in waves produced by crashing prices). Does the price bubble in BTC indicate not its strong future as a virtual currency (as promoters like Falkvinge suggest), but instead mark the end of its usefulness as the medium of exchange for which it was designed? And are you spending your bitcoins now, or holding them?

Submission + - Designer accused of copying his own work

the_harlequin writes: A successful designer, who has a showcase of his own work available online, has had a stock image site accuse him of copy-right infringement of his own work citing damages of $18,000. The story doesn't end there, with the stock photo site hiring lawyers who have been to the original designer's clients and told them that the designer is being investigated for copy-right infringement and thier logo might be copied thus damaging his reputation and lively-hood.

My theory is that someone copied my artwork, separated them from any typography and then posted them for sale on the stock site. Someone working for the site either saw my [LogoPond] showcase or was alerted to the similarities. They then prepared the bill and sent it to me. The good thing is that the bill gives me a record of every single image they took from me. That helps me gather dates, sketches, emails, etc to help me prove my case. The bad thing is that despite my explanations and proof, they will not let this go.

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Submission + - Acer gives mixed message on Linux line-up (

ramboando writes: "Acer, the third-largest PC manufacturer worldwide, won't commit to pre-installing Linux on its line-up, except in 'certain circumstances', despite hinting that it would do so in the UK.

The apparent green light in the UK is an about face from earlier this week, when an Acer spokesperson told ZDNet UK it wouldn't offer Ubuntu as an option due to a lack of demand.

However, spokespersons in the US and Australia have both confirmed that there are no plans to offer Linux as a pre-installed option.

Resellers in Singapore have started selling Ubuntu on the Acer Aspire 5710Z laptop."

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.