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Submission + - Reiser4 File-System Still In Development (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Reiser4 still hasn't been merged into the mainline Linux kernel, but it's still being worked on by a small group of developers following Hans Reiser being convicted for murdering his wife. Reiser4 was updated in September on SourceForge to work with the Linux 3.5 kernel and has been benchmarked against EXT4, Btrfs, XFS, and ReiserFS. Reiser4 loses out in most of the Linux file-system performance tests, has much stigma due to Hans Reiser, and Btrfs is surpassing it feature-wise, so does it have any future in Linux ahead?
Privacy

Submission + - The UAE claims to hold the worlds largest biometric database (gulfnews.com)

another random user writes: The United Arab Emirates holds the largest biometric database in the world, the Emirates Identity Authority has announced.

The population register of Emirates ID has over 103 million digital fingerprints and over 15 million digital facial recognition records, which includes multiple records of each UAE resident, and digital signatures as of October 11, senior officials said.

Dr. Ali Al Khoury, Director General of Emirates ID, said the authority has submitted an official application to the World Record Academy to recognise this record.

Asked about the confirmation of the authority’s claims about the world record, an official spokesman of the authority told Gulf News on Sunday: “We have made worldwide surveys and enquiries with the similar official authorities and agencies of the world governments holding such databases and confirmed that our database is the largest. “The World Record Academy also confirmed to us that no other government or authority has made a similar claim for such a record,” he said.

Submission + - India Patent Authority Has Big Pharma Worried (law.com) 2

dgharmon writes: When the government of India revoked U.S. drug maker Pfizer Inc.’s local patent for its cancer drug Sutent last week, it marked yet another loss for Big Pharma in an escalating patent war between multinational pharmaceutical companies and the governments of developing nations.

Submission + - ipv6 to older devices

An anonymous reader writes: My ISP gave me an ipv6 /64! That is a lot of addresses. I like it, but all is not well. Some devices are dual stack and ready to talk. But some devices are not dual stack and they need some help. NAT for ipv4 has been around a long time, and iptables NAT in the linux kernel has served me well. Now I need NVT (Network Version Translation). Is there some iptables mangle command or NVT command that will take 192.168.1.1 and send it as 2607::192:168:1:1 and receive 2607::192:168:1:1 and translate to 192.168.1.1? It could also be stated as 10.1.1.1 NVT 2607::10:1:1:1 or 10.10.10.1<=>2607::10:10:10:1 Then iptables can be configured to have some addresses allowed and some stateful (default would be stateful). What about a single device inside — is there an ethernet dongle that will do 1 to 1 NVT? Would it have to be powered by POE or usb?
Privacy

Submission + - US and EU Clash Over Whois Data (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "ICANN wants to store more data (including credit card information) about domain name registrations in its Whois database, wants to hold on to that data for two years after registration ends, and wants to force registrant contact information to be re-verified annually — moves that are applauded by David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. The E.U.'s Article 29 Working Group is markedly less enthusiastic, saying ICANN's plans trample on citizens' right to privacy."

Submission + - Oops! Sorry, we got it all wrong, IMF says (herald.ie) 1

daem0n1x writes: Ireland, Greece and Portugal have been under draconian austerity measures after they have been forced to ask financial rescue from the IMF, in the aftermath of the 2008 bank crash. The results of these austerity measures are well known: Recession, unemployment and general social and economic meltdown.
After all this pain and suffering, the IMF suddenly finds a gigantic flaw in the formulas used to calculate the economic effects of austerity.
Well, at least they stepped forward to recognise they screwed up. But is it in still time for European and global economies to recover?
How is it possible that worldwide economic policies be conducted by such flawed systems? Numerous economists have been warning about this for years, but they faced deaf ears. Sounds familiar? Yes, just like before the subprime bubble bust.

Submission + - Flat lens focuses without distortion (harvard.edu)

yahyamf writes: Applied physicists at the Harvard have created an ultrathin, flat lens that focuses light without the distortions of conventional lenses.

“Our flat lens opens up a new type of technology,” says principal investigator Federico Capasso. “We’re presenting a new way of making lenses. Instead of creating phase delays as light propagates through the thickness of the material, you can create an instantaneous phase shift right at the surface of the lens. It’s extremely exciting.”

Google

Submission + - Microsoft Sends DMCA Notices To Legitimate Websites

An anonymous reader writes: In the past couple of days, a bunch of technology sites received a DMCA takedown notice from Microsoft (through Google). NGOHQ and PowerArchiver for hosting screenshot(s) of Windows 8 RTM while their forum users were criticizing the new Metro UI. BetaNews received a notice for posting a link to the Windows 8 Developer Preview.
Programming

Submission + - Vanilla JS Used On More Sites Than jQuery (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: If you are looking for a new framework to help you build a web site, then you need to know about Vanilla JS. This is the most powerful and lightweight of all the frameworks. It is already in use by a huge number of websites and autodownloaded by most browsers. Benchmarks show that the best alternative framework is less more than twice as slow and everyone's favourite jQuery is four times slower. Just think of all that speed you are giving up! Other benchmarks reveal an even bigger advantage for Vanilla JS .
Security

Submission + - Hackers Dump Millions of Records of CIA, Banks, Politicians (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: TeamGhostShell, a team linked with the infamous group Anonymous, is claiming that they have hacked some major US institutions including the likes of CIA, major banking institutions, accounts of politicians and has posted those details online. The dumps comprising of millions of accounts has been let loose on the web by the hacking collective. The motivation behind the hack, the group claims, is to protest against banks, politicians and the hackers who have been captured by law enforcement agencies.
Technology

Submission + - AirPod, a car that runs on air is coming to India (gizmocrazed.com)

Diggester writes: Tata Motors (an Indian car manufacturer) is changing things up with the first car to run on air, the Airpod.

The Airpod's technology was originally created in France at Motor Development International but has since been bought buy Tata in hopes to bring it to the Indian consumer car market. With virtually zero emissions and at the cost of about a penny per kilometer, it is definitely one of the most environmentally and economically friendly vehicles in the world. The tank holds about 175 liters of compressed air that can be filled at special stations or by activating the on-board electric motor to suck air in from the outside. Costing about $10,000, this car could beat out most smart cars from the market.

Politics

Submission + - Startup Installs Pipelines With Helicopter - Seriously (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: "A major earthquake strikes a town leaving power plants damaged, water pipelines broken, and roads blocked. How will people get clean water? A new startup says it has the answer. TOHL, which stands for Tubing Operations for Humanitarian Logistics, has developed a simple method to deliver fresh water for emergency relief: install a really long plastic tube with a helicopter. And it works."

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