MojoKid writes: "At the CES show in Las Vegas, AMD was showcasing a number of new technologies, including their next generation Trinity mobile processor. Trinity is a quad-core mobile APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) with enhanced integrated DX11 graphics and four next generation AMD Piledriver cores, which are the follow-on to Bulldozer. The company also demonstrated Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on their Z01 Fusion processor, driving a 10-inch MSI tablet. There were a few app compatibility bugs to work out but overall, Android on X86 is coming along pretty well."
againsttheodds writes: "With things recently heating up in Iran and circumstances surrounding their nuclear program it is prudent to take a closer look at the public evidence against them. After all, it seems we are creeping ever closer towards war with the recent killing of a nuclear professor, harsh sanctions, and Republican candidates who seem determined to send in preemptive strikes if they are elected. One key piece that the IAEA has reported in their releases is the involvement of Vyacheslav Danilenko in Iranian research. He is supposedly a top nano-diamond scientist who has even given key talks in the USA. Take a look at the evidence here http://againsttheodds.hubpages.com/hub/Iran-IAEA-and-Detonation-Nanodiamond-Synthesis Is it possible that nano-diamond science may have something to do with the construction of a nuclear weapon? Is the found detonation chamber the type that might be used in testing such a nuclear device?"
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tekgoblin writes: "Well it looks like we will be going another year without the release of a refresh to the Sony PlayStation 3 console. Kaz Hirai, the Representative Corporate Executive Officer and Executive Deputy President of Sony Corporation, and Andrew House who is the Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment have both stated that there will be no announcement of a PS4 console or next generation device at E3 2012 or anytime soon. Many people have anticipated new hardware from both Sony and Microsoft this year with the impending launch of Nintendo’s newest console, the Wii U. Though it easy to argue that the Wii U is just simply an attempt to catch up to the XBOX 360 and PS3 when it comes to hardware performance and gaming graphics."
angry tapir writes: "The controversial US copyright enforcement bill the Protect IP Act may be amended on the Senate floor later this month in response to ongoing concerns about its provisions affecting Internet service providers and the domain-name system, according to the bill's chief sponsor said: Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat."
Microlith writes: Microsoft has updated their WHQL certification requirements for Windows 8, and placed specific restrictions on ARM platforms that will make it impossible to install non-Microsoft operating systems on ARM devices, and make it impossible to turn off or customize such security.
Choice quotes from the certification include from page 116, section 20: "On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enable." which prevents users from customizing their security, and in section 21: "Disabling Secure MUST NOT be possible on ARM systems" to prevent you from booting any other OSes.
at.drinian writes: "In this post, penetration testers claim that they were able to access a 747's engine management system while in-flight, with nothing more than access to the cabin entertainment system. They could've "re-tuned" the engines while in flight."
bs0d3 writes: In Leipzig, Germany, an 8 hour music/dance party event was organized to play nothing but creative commons music the entire time. A German copyright group called GEMA told the organizers that to be certain that no rights were infringed, it would need a list of all artists including their full names, place of residency and date of birth. After the event GEMA sent an invoice for 200 euros. They claim that behind pseudonyms some of their artists may be hidden and produce things that they would not earn anything from. According to German law, you are required to prove that an artist is not with GEMA. So even though GEMA probably does not have rights to any of the music, they are not required to prove that they do.
Hugh Pickens writes writes: "It's now been three weeks since the extraordinary news that neutrinos travelling between France and Italy had been clocked moving faster than light and more than 80 papers have appeared attempting to debunk or explain the effect. Now Ronald van Elburg at the University of Groningen has made a convincing argument that he has found the error. The OPERA team says it can accurately gauge the instant when the neutrinos are created and the instant they are detected using clocks at each end but the tricky part is keeping the clocks at either end exactly synchronized using GPS satellites, which each broadcast a highly accurate time signal from orbit some 20,000km overhead. But there are two frames of reference: the experiment on the ground and the clocks in orbit. If these are moving relative to each other, then under special relativity "from the perspective of the clock, the detector is moving towards the source and consequently the distance travelled by the particles as observed from the clock is shorter," writes van Elburg. How big is this effect? Van Elburg calculates that it should cause the neutrinos to arrive 32 nanoseconds early but this must be doubled because the same error occurs at each end of the experiment accounting for 64 nanoseconds, almost exactly what the OPERA team observes. "If it stands up, this episode will be laden with irony," according to the Physics arXiv Blog. "Far from breaking Einstein's theory of relatively, the faster-than-light measurement will turn out to be another confirmation of it. ""
An anonymous reader writes: Water pumped down from the geothermal plant Hellisheiðarvirkjun is causing localized earthquakes up to 3.8 on Richterscale. Around 1500 small or medium sized earthquakes have been spotted over the last week for a region of Hellisheiði called Hengill, which is just east of Reykjavík, Iceland's capital area. Local media is covering the story at the moment, for example http://www.ruv.is/http://www.visir.is/ and http://www.mbl.is/ but earthquake maps can be seen at http://www.vedur.is/ (Icelandic Met Office).
mikejuk writes: Next year, 2012, is the one hundredth anniversary of Alan Turing's birth with many events being planned around the world. This week Warner Bros outbid other companies for the script of a biopic based on Turing's life. The script for The Imitation Game by first-time screenwriter Graham Moore and based in turn on the biography by Andrew Hodges, Alan Turing: The Enigma was snapped up by Warner Bros in a 7-figure deal.