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Unix

Submission + - Novell Won't Pursue Unix Copyrights (yahoo.com)

calcutta001 writes: ""We're not interested in suing people over Unix," Novell spokesman Bruce Lowry said. "We're not even in the Unix business anymore."

A judge Friday upheld Novell's claims to Unix copyrights that SCO said it owned. Those copyrights were the basis for SCO's highly controversial and ongoing Linux patent-infringement suit against IBM Corp.

Lowry said the ruling means "the cloud has lifted over Linux." Users and distributors of the open-source OS finally can breathe a sigh of relief that they are not in violation of Unix copyrights."

Space

Submission + - Mars Phoenix Spacecraft Corrects Course (space.com)

Raver32 writes: "NASA's Mars-bound Phoenix lander completed its first and biggest course correction planned during the spacecraft's journey. The second of the remaining five planned adjustments prior to landing is scheduled for mid-October. "These first two together take out the bias intentionally put in at launch," said Brian Portock, Phoenix navigation team chief at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Phoenix blasted off Earth aboard a Delta 2 rocket on Aug. 4 and now careens through space at 74,200 mph (33,180 meters per second)-a speed necessary to cover the 422 millions miles (679 million kilometers) between Earth and Mars by May 25, 2008."
Software

Submission + - Locating an earthquake in 5 minutes

Roland Piquepaille writes: "When a powerful earthquake hit Indonesia's West Java on August 8, 2007, it took exactly 4 minutes and 38 seconds to be detected, located and sized by the German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System (GITEWS) currently under construction in Indonesia. Even more remarkable, the location of the earthquake was found after only 2 minutes and 11 seconds. 'For comparison, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii published the location and magnitude of this earthquake after about 17 minutes.' This very fast analysis was made possible by a combination of hardware and software developed in Germany. As said one German scientist who is leading the project, 'By the end of 2008 Indonesia will possess the most modern seismological network for tsunami early warning in the world.' Read more for additional references and an illustration showing the various GITEWS wireless components."
Microsoft

Cross-Platform Microsoft 348

willdavid sends us to the ZDNet blogs for a provocative opinion piece by John Carroll. He points to Microsoft's evident cross-platform strategy with Silverlight, and wonders whether the company couldn't make money — and win friends — by extending its excellent development ecosystem cross-platorm. "Microsoft, apparently, is helping the folks at Mono to port Silverlight to Linux. This is good news, as the primary fear I've heard from developers is that Silverlight will be locked to Microsoft platforms and products. Microsoft has already committed to supporting Silverlight cross-browser on Windows, and has a version that runs on Mac OS X (which is even available from the Apple web site). The last step is Linux, and Microsoft is working with Novell and Mono to make this happen."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Dispelling doubt over municipal wi-fi (mu-fi) (chron.com)

Christopher Blanc writes: "BusinessWeek joins the list of major publications taking note of growing problems with buildouts around the nation of municipal Wi-Fi. What's happening is that, even if cities build wireless networks, users don't necessarily sign up to use them. Is having a reliable, ubiquitous and robust Internet access worth what must be paid?

Houston, of course, is in the process of starting to build its own citywide network, with EarthLink as the operator. I'm still bullish on the good instant Net access can bring to a community. For me, the growing pains are just that. They'll pass, and they're worth it.

http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2007/08/g rowing_doubt_over_municipal_wifi.html"

Biotech

Submission + - new gene that turns cancer off

An anonymous reader writes: Canadian team discovers gene that turns cancers off
VANCOUVER

August 13, 2007 at 6:49 PM EDT

A unique gene that can stop cancerous cells from multiplying into tumours has been discovered by a team of scientists at the B.C. Cancer Agency in Vancouver.

The team, led by Dr. Poul Sorensen, says the gene has the power to suppress the growth of human tumours in multiple cancers, including breast, lung and liver.

The gene, HACE 1, helps cells fight off stress that, left unchecked, opens the door to formation of multiple tumours.

Dr. Sorensen's team found cancerous cells form tumours when HACE 1 is inactive, but when additional stress such as radiation is added, tumour growth is rampant.

Kick-starting HACE 1 prevented those cells from forming tumours.

The study appears in the advance online publication of Nature Medicine.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM .20070813.wgenee0813/BNStory/specialScienceandHeal th
Networking

Submission + - Single NIC Caused LAX Outage

Billosaur writes: "The LA Times is reporting that the cause of the great system outage at Los Angeles International Airport last week was the failure of a single network interface card (NIC). This caused a partial failure early Saturday afternoon that then cascaded throughout the system, leading to a total system failure by 2 pm, which was not corrected until 9 pm. Officials in Losa Angeles are calling for immediate action and Representative Jane Harman is calling for a briefing in Washington on the matter early next week."
Education

Submission + - Baby Einstein Not So...Einsteinian? (time.com)

Derek Hudson writes: "A research team at the University of Washington has discovered that simply plopping Junior down in front of the boob-tube and letting him suck up learnin' from a video may not be the best for his little mind; in fact, it may actually impede development. Although the article over at Time isn't kind to baby videos in general, The Baby Einstein videos have been specifically implicated in delaying vocabulary development in children 8-16 months old. In the words of Dr. Dimitri Christakis, who lead the study, "The more videos they watched, the fewer words they knew..." and, according to the LA Times Article, he "would rather babies watch 'American Idol' than these videos..." Ouch.

The article; however, doesn't mention whether or not the videos affect the youngins' grasp of theoretical physics."

United States

Submission + - "Libertarians are Terrorists" says Alabama

An anonymous reader writes: In a surprise move, the Alabama Department of Homeland Security (ALDHS) has seen fit to redefine terrorists as those who oppose a strong and dominant government, which includes Libertarians.

The original article at www.homelandsecurity.alabama.gov/tap/anti-gov_grps .htm [404] has been removed but an archived copy can be found at http://web.archive.org/web/20060421160851/www.home landsecurity.alabama.gov/tap/anti-gov_grps.htm .

A disturbing sign of things to come or a hilarious display of government incompetence? Only time will tell.

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