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In the EU, Water Doesn't (Officially) Prevent Dehydration 815

New Kohath writes with this news from The Guardian: "Bottled water producers applied to the EU for the right to claim that 'regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration'. The health claim was reviewed by a panel of 21 scientists on behalf of the European Food Standards Authority. The application was denied, and now producers of bottled water are forbidden by law from making the claim. They will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the EU edict."
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Man With 10 Million Air Miles Gets Plane Named After Him Screenshot-sm 249

Chicago car salesman Thomas Stuker has set a record by accumulating an astonishing 10 million air miles on United Airlines. In the past 29 years Thomas has flown almost 6,000 times - racking up a total mileage that would circle the Earth 400 times. From the article: "Mr Stuker has already been highly rewarded with access to a special lounge at the airlines hub in Chicago, first-class upgrades as a matter of course and even a plane named after him on the fleet."
Encryption

17% Smaller DES S-box Circuits Found 45

solardiz writes "DES is still in use, brute-force key search remains the most effective attack on it, and it is an attractive building block for certain applications (the key size may be increased e.g. with 3DES). Openwall researchers, with funding from Rapid7, came up with 17% shorter Boolean expressions representing the DES S-boxes. Openwall's John the Ripper 1.7.8 tests over 20 million combinations against DES-based crypt(3) per second on a Core i7-2600K 3.4 GHz, which roughly corresponds to a DES encryption speed of 33 Gbps."

Comment Re:Processor use (Score 1) 129

Exactly. This is why the "application" is a bad idea. I understand the goal of moving "heavy lifting" to the cloud and having "thin" clients. However, it appears that the "thin" client envisioned here is a machine that parses and interprets lots and lots of text. It's so inefficient and wasteful. As a hardware designer, we keep making mobile devices more powerful and energy efficient all so lazy programmers can throw steaming piles of crap onto the devices. It's a hack on top of a hack on top of a hack. Some sort of binary protocol where minimal bytes are passed between server and client is needed here.
Iphone

Apple May Remove the Home Button On the Next IPad 329

An anonymous reader writes "Steve Jobs is notoriously frugal when it comes to buttons so the latest rumor emanating out of Cupertino might not come as a huge surprise. Apple is reportedly planning to do away with the home button on the next-gen iPad and iPhone and replace its functionality with multitouch gestures. And as luck would have it, the newly seeded iOS 4.3 includes support for new multitouch gestures, one of which is the ability to use a four or five finger pinch to go back to the homescreen" The attached video demonstrates the new gestures for switching applications and demonstrates how you could function without the home button.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 646

What is the largest consumer of power in a mobile device? The screen. If you need less power to get the same brightness, that's better battery life and I'll take it along with the other aforementioned benefits such as color reproduction and specular reflection vs diffuse to allow viewing in the outdoors.

Comment Re:He's right (Score 1) 357

You are free to do that. Some, such as corporate customers or those just concerned about security, may want the original binaries as compiled by the company that is selling them. As snowgirl pointed out, you are not free to take those binaries and redistribute them at will.

I like this. This is the type of open source business model that I think a lot of people have been looking for. We want our software to be open. We also want to feed ourselves and our families.

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