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Submission + - Why Geim never patented graphene (nature.com)

gbrumfiel writes: Andre Geim won this year's Nobel prize in physics for graphene, but he never patented it. In an interview with Nature News, he explains why

We considered patenting; we prepared a patent and it was nearly filed. Then I had an interaction with a big, multinational electronics company. I approached a guy at a conference and said, "We've got this patent coming up, would you be interested in sponsoring it over the years?" It's quite expensive to keep a patent alive for 20 years. The guy told me, "We are looking at graphene, and it might have a future in the long term. If after ten years we find it's really as good as it promises, we will put a hundred patent lawyers on it to write a hundred patents a day, and you will spend the rest of your life, and the gross domestic product of your little island, suing us." That's a direct quote.


Submission + - OpenSearchServer 1.2 beta is available (sourceforge.net)

ekeller writes: OpenSearchServer unveils the 1.2 beta release. This new version add more than 40 new features: Index replication, n-grams filter and shingle filter (suggestion box, wrong spelling tolerance, automated topics generation), a database crawler supporting join queries and external files, an API and Web interface for monitoring and supervision, an audio parser with meta data extraction fro Torrent, MP3/MP4, OGG Vorbis, FLAC and WMA files.

Submission + - !@#$%Office in

jjohn_h writes: So it is official in the meantime: Oracle is not going to co-operate with The Document Foundation:


That's fine, Oracle, good riddance. But how is the successor to OpenOffice going to survive with a name like !@#$%Office in the namespace of this universe? You can see, I even refuse to spell it out. The recent Slashdot discussion has certainly shown that everybody and his cat dislike the name.

So what can be done about it? Well, let's start a Slashdot contest for an appealing name to the product. And also let's ask The Document Foundation and have the bright guys who came up with that name explain what they are expecting from it.

It is urgent. Another couple of weeks and the chance for a new name to a real free office suite will have passed (free as in freedom). Yes, Slashdot, please, you can give me bad karma but let this post run.

Submission + - Smart Phones that Know Their Users by How They Wal

mirgens writes: Technology review has a short article on new work on doing gait analysis with the accelerometers built into many smart phones. The work was done at the Norwegian Information Security Laboratory ("Nislab"). The need for more security on mobile devices is increasing with new functionalities and features made available. To improve the device security Nislab proposed gait recognition as a protection mechanism — in other words, if somebody else walks away with your phone, it locks up. While previous work on gait recognition used video sources, for instance to identify people in airports or secure buildings, the Nislab researchers collected the gait data using a Google G1 phone containing the AK8976A embedded accelerometer.

Submission + - Should the Patent Authority be Outlawed

previewlounge writes: Amazon patented the "one-click" purchase button .. or system ... or technique ...

Is this a methodology? Is this an intellectual property? If so, who cares? Amazon does, and so do hundreds of thousands of patent applicants applying for their own patents.

Facebook has patented the GPS-based social network function of "automatically locating web-based social network members".
Facebook did not develop GPS systems, and neither did Amazon develop the system of commerce, the system of purchasing at shops.
To purchase by clicking one button is common sense. To allow a patent on this, is (imho) an offense against society and commerce.

Where does common sense start and commercially enforceable "ownership" begin?

If a patent is granted, a wide range of implications accompany this; most importantly for general populations, the implications are financial ... and creative.

This Patent Authority who gives out these patents is supported by law, however if the general good of society is being compromised, should the systems and methods be allowed to be patented? Should the international network of Patent and Trademark Offices be outlawed?

Submission + - SPAM: The Real Life Game for Introverts

rinkjustice writes: "Rejection Therapy is a real life game with one rule: to be rejected by someone every single day, for 30 days consecutive. It's designed to help introverts and those with social anxiety disorders get out of their comfort zone more. There are even suggestion cards available for "rejection attempts" (although they are not essential to the game)."
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Submission + - Lighthearted friends could make you join NAMBLA (pcmag.com)

mykos writes: The Facebook groups feature is causing bit of a stir with its users. TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington was allegedly added to a group about NAMBLA, and in turn, he added Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. It's all in good (albeit tasteless) fun, except when a harmless joke goes awry and you find yourself being detained by customs when a friend decided to drag you into a mock terrorist group. Facebook representatives are aware of the matter, but are dismissive of it. A Facebook spokeswoman said "If you have a friend that is adding you to Groups you do not want to belong to, or they are behaving in a way that bothers you, you can tell them to stop doing it, block them or remove them as a friend – and they will no longer EVER have the ability to add you to any Group".

In somewhat related news, guillotines ensure you won't have dandruff on your shoulders anymore.

Submission + - Ad-Hoc and Mesh Networking via 802.11b/g/n cards (google.com)

egell writes: Since the days of ARPANET, the internet's infrastructure is defined by its physical backbone. Featured in Italy's Wired, Netsukuku aims to offer a free, alternative routing system for peer-to-peer internet access. Much like 802.11s mesh networking in the OLPC, the concept that the average wifi network card is capable of simultaneously linking two or more ad-hoc networks has never been tested on a large scale. Similar to the German project Freifunk, a peer-to-peer hardware and software solution would offer new opportunities to proponents of net neutrality and anti-censorship. (Original article in Italian)

Submission + - ISPs cop customer angst over outbound emails (itnews.com.au)

aesoteric writes: Email users spent the past 24 hours receiving bounce-back notices after anti-spam blacklist operator SORBS mistakenly listed vast IP address ranges as spammers. SORBS' mistake caused legitimate incoming emails to be labelled as spam, resulting in a large volume of messages being returned to senders as undeliverable — and frustration being levelled at ISPs. There was conjecture on whose address ranges were affected — those owned by Gmail, Rackspace and Amazon were implicated but SORBS denied that was the case in a post-mortem published by The Register.
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Submission + - Decentralized Barter Software as Natural Economics (media-art-online.org)

egell writes: About a year ago in an internet search for decentralized banking software, I came across a GPL, open source program called Wija and the iWat system developed by a duo of Japanese researchers from Keio University and Gesell Resarch Society. Based on the idea that fiat money has no inherent value, it proposes a resilient, sustainable, and alternative monetary system on (much like) the internet that creates value based on the users who define the units being bartered. Interestingly, they offer to trade 1 hour of programming labor for 10kwh to exemplify their physical economics belief (of energy scarcity or what they value). Their publication is from 2008 or 9: http://www.media-art-online.org/pdf/das-p2p2008-s


Submission + - Bank of America losing on-line customers (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Bank of America is restricting on-line banking to Microsoft and Apple operating systems

As a customer of BofA, I am now severing my relationship due to their recent and overly-restrictive "Electronic Communications Disclosure"

Bank of America
P O Box 15019
Wilmington, DE 19886-5019


RE: Electronic Communications Disclosure and Policy

Online Banking Supervisor,

I am writing to make you aware that I will, shortly, close my accounts with Bank of America due to the recently introduced on-line banking policy entitled, “Electronic Communications Disclosure.” While this policy has, in my opinion, many objectionable elements, I find section 5, the “Hardware and Software Requirements” to be unreasonably restrictive. Therefore, I will shortly opt to discontinue my relationship with Bank of America and its on-line presence.

I have been successfully and safely using, for years, operating system and application software not dicated by your recent online banking hardware and software requirements (dictated, apparently, by your recent merger with Merrill Lynch). Because of my profession, as a software developer, I regard the recently dictated requirements to be overly restrictive and, likely, intentionally narrow. The exclusion of any operating system, except those produced by either Microsoft or Apple, is especially troubling. In my opinion, such restrictions have little to do with security. It is for these and other reasons that I am now likely to sever my relationship, however long and beneficial, with Bank of America and any of its affiliates that impose such requirements. Further, your inclusion of non-current and unsupported versions of Microsoft operating systems seems to contradict to your intention for improved security.

Should you decide to reverse the decision to impose such requirements on your customers, I may re-evaluate my decision to have or maintain a relationship with Bank of America. Frankly, I doubt that this communication will have any bearing on your corporate decisions. However, I implore you to reconsider the blanket imposition of these requirements on me and your other customers.

Submission + - Mexican IP Agency Crowdsources to translate ACTA?

josech writes: In an epic twist of irony, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), the mexican negotiator of ACTA for Mexico, may have enjoyed the benefits of crowdsourcing to translate and publish its spanish version of the ACTA (http://www.impi.gob.mx/work/sites/IMPI/resources/LocalContent/1891/22/Consolidated_Text_es_ok.pdf) from no other place than the PiratePad site (http://piratepad.net/UFMOMN6q15). Many redaction and style errors from both documents are suspiciously similar. As one of the collaborators from PiratePad noted on twitter: "Is it me or the IMPI just published as official translation the one that we did yesterday at Etherpad?" (http://twitter.com/tumbolian/status/26676099096). Fortunately, the IMPI may have not breached the intellectual property of the PiratePad collaborators, because they don't believe in plagiarism nor copyrights.

Comment Re:Ying/Yang (Score 1) 207

the more money the mafiaa makes me pay for watching their rubbish the less i want to pay. anyone remember an article from yesterday pointing out that the encoding and decoding of a standard definition raw video stream on hdmi requires at least a quad core 2ghz x86 class cpu? ok maybe it's not well optimised code yet but please explain to me the logic of encrypting a point to point connection that is at most 6 metres long? without talking about fables about how all the people who leech a movie from torrents had the money to spend on movies in the first place (i for one can barely afford rent and food and infrequent transport and my internet spend is only about the same as 2 movies a month if i buy popcorn). where do they think i'm gonna extract that extra money from? sell my blood or something? i don't have haemochromatosis, and the blood bank doesn't want my blood anyway because i used needles years ago even though i have been tested clear of blood borne diseases the whole time since.

anyway, wikipedia does better movie entries than the imdb. for that matter filmographies too. and if your interest is music, discogs is the best place to go and wouldn't you know it, it's user content driven... i'm boycotting imdb from now on, not that i'd ever click on their stupid ads. i also don't go to cinemas much anymore... not that there's much worth really watching anyway... but there's an IMAX sized theatre not far from me right in the middle of a major student district that will let you watch most of the mainstream releases on an imax-sized screen for aud$6.50 full adult ticket price... now and then i'd be happy to go there but the rest of the city has your regular 100sq/m theatres with 5 metre wide screens and $12 ticket prices... who are these twits getting their data from?

can anyone else spot the irony about their nonsense about losing money to piracy when they aren't obeying the laws of economics they profess are godsent about price elasticity? goodbye imdb, and good riddance... you don't have a monopoly on publicly available information.

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