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Journal Journal: A facebook "Like" button that respects privacy 9

The current dynamic Facebook "Like" button doesn't conform to Canadian privacy laws, since users who access any site with that button automatically ping Facebook servers, and Facebook tracks their viewing the site - even if they're not currently logged into Facebook - via their Facebook user cookies.

Submission + - Full Unencrypted Wikileaks in Norway (theinquirer.net)

An anonymous reader writes: The Inquirer has the lowdown on Aftenposten, Norway's largest circulated newspaper, claiming to have the fully unencrypted copy of Wikileaks' cables.

Submission + - "Stairscraper" Gives Highrise-Dwellers Back Yards (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: One of the big drawbacks for high-rise living is the lack of outdoor space, which in the best case is usually limited to a small balcony, or in the worst cases a window flowerbox ... or nothing at all. An innovative skyscraper design by Barcelona-based firm Nabito Architects solves this problem with a corkscrew design that makes the roof of the unit below an outdoor space for the unit above.
Government

Submission + - White House warns of supercomputer arms race (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: The White House's science advisors, in a report last week, said a petaflop-by-petaflop race to achieve number one on the Top500 could prove costly and divert money from supercomputing research. "While it would be imprudent to allow ourselves to fall significantly behind our peers with respect to scientific performance benchmarks that have demonstrable practical significance, a single-minded focus on maintaining clear superiority in terms of flops count is probably not in our national interest," the report said. It is urging the supercomputing community to expand its benchmark measures beyong the Top500's Linpack. It says the Graph500, for data-intensive applications involving the rapid execution of graph operations, "will be more relevant," but also acknowledges that it will difficult to rely on any one measure.

Submission + - Solar Reactor Unveiled, Solar Plane Breaks Records

chrb writes: Scientists from the California Institute of Technology and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have unveiled a new solar reactor prototype that directly converts carbon dioxide or water into hydrogen or carbon monoxide. Science Magazine have the paper: High-Flux Solar-Driven Thermochemical Dissociation of CO2 and H2O Using Nonstoichiometric Ceria.

In other news, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale has confirmed that the UK-built solar-powered Zephyr aeroplane broke three world records following a non-stop two-week flight earlier this year.
Apple

Submission + - The top 3 mobile advances: 2 may surprise (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: In the year of a slew of new mobile products, picking the momentous isn't easy. But InfoWorld's Galen Gruman has chosen three that will make the deepest contributions to mobile, and two may surprise you: iOS 4's management APIs (which ended the BlackBerry reign in business) and pay-as-you-go pricing (which extends mobile Internet affordability and takes pressure off the networks). Number 3 is obvious but as fundamental: the iPad (this changes everything, to borrow a phrase, in the world of personal computing).
Data Storage

Journal Journal: [RAID] May be a enclosure/SATA cable issue. 5

I didn't have much time to continue the investigation of the hard disk issues of my dads server. I ran the Hitachi diagnostic disk fully. No errors. Read out SMART status, and did full SMART checks under Ubuntu. No errors.

Hardware

Submission + - 20 stunning PC mods from 2010 (bit-tech.net)

arcticstoat writes: Who says PC modding is dead? UK tech site bit-tech has rounded up 20 of the best PC mods from the year, showcasing an incredible amount of innovation, skill and craftsmanship. From a PC made of concrete, through a replica of a Cray-1 chassis to an Art Deco style wooden radio, these 20 stunning PC mods are just amazing pieces of work.

Comment This is an American problem with our democracy (Score 0, Offtopic) 401

and we Americans really need to responsibly take out our trash before the whole planet's just one big corporate garbage pile. Funny how America's so big on democracy, but the truth evidently is that America's democracy is useless because corporations like Apple have so corrupted the American government, that there's no real actual accountability to the American people. Evidently, that there is a democracy is just a lie told to we Americans so we'll be more easily turned into mindless consumers. Isn't it amazing just how many Americans, especially affluent ones, will deny that there's even any real problems with corporate America?

Google

Google Fixes 10 Bugs In Chrome, Pays $4000 Bounty 114

Trailrunner7 writes "It seems Google's bug bounty program is paying some nice dividends, for both sides. Less than two weeks after releasing version 6.0 of its Chrome browser, Google has pushed out another Chrome release, which includes fixes for 10 security bugs, seven of which are rated either critical or high. Google Chrome 6.0.472.59 comes out just 12 days after the last Chrome release, which fixed 14 security bugs. As part of its bug bounty program, Google paid out $4,000 in rewards to researchers who disclosed security flaws in the browser. Most of the security flaws fixed in the new release are in the Windows version of Chrome, but the most serious bug is only in Chrome for Mac."
Piracy

UK ISPs To Pay 25% of Copyright Enforcement Costs 255

Andorin writes "The UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has released a report (PDF) related to the new Digital Economy Act. The debate between copyright holders and ISPs about who should front the costs for the enforcement of the Act's anti-piracy provisions has come to a close: Rights holders will pay 75% of the copyright enforcement costs, with the remaining 25% of the bill going to ISPs (and therefore their customers). Says the Minister for Communications, Ed Vaizey: 'Protecting our valuable creative industries, which have already suffered significant losses as a result of people sharing digital content without paying for it, is at the heart of these measures... We expect the measures will benefit our creative economy by some £200m per year and as rights holders are the main beneficiaries of the system, we believe our decision on costs is proportionate to everyone involved.' Not surprisingly, some ISPs and consumer groups are up in arms about the decision, with one ISP calling it a government subsidy of the entertainment industries."
The Internet

IE 9 Beta Strips Down For Speed 288

CWmike writes "Those who have written off IE as being slow and old-looking are in for a surprise. The just-released Internet Explorer 9 beta is dramatically faster than its predecessor, sports an elegant, stripped-down interface and adds some useful new features, writes Preston Gralla. Even more surprising than the stripped-down interface is IE9 beta's speed. Internet Explorer has long been the slowest browser by a wide margin. IE9 has turned that around in dramatic fashion, using hardware acceleration and a new JavaScript engine it calls Chakra, which compiles scripts in the background and uses multiple processor cores. In this beta, my tests show it overtaking Firefox for speed, and putting up a respectable showing against Safari, Opera and Chrome. It's even integrated into Windows 7. One big problem: It will not work on Windows XP. So, forget the performance and security boost, many enterprises and netbook users."

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