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Submission + - Anonymous Takes Down Turkey Government Site (mashable.com)

arisvega writes: A group of hackers known as Anonymous has taken down a Turkish government website in a protest against recently introduced Internet filters that many consider to be censorship. They also appear to have published a manifesto.

Turkey has a long history of Internet censorship, with the country's ISPs having blocked YouTube and numerous other sites in the the past couple of years.

“(The Turkish government) has blocked thousands of websites and blogs while abusive legal proceedings against online journalists persist. The government now wants to impose a new filtering system on the 22nd of August that will make it possible to keep records of all the people’s internet activity. Though it remains opaque why and how the system will be put in place, it is clear that the government is taking censorship to the next level.


Submission + - Lodsys Now Sues 10 More Co's Incl Best Buy, Adidas (cnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A day after Apple filed a motion to intervene in Lodsys's lawsuit against seve app developers (EFF comments), Lodsys has filed its third lawsuit this year. The latest complaint targets ten companies including Adidas, Best Buy, Best Western, Black and Decker. Lodsys sues them over two patents, one of which it also asserts against app developers in court as well as its now famous letters (an example of which has meanwhile been published as a result of Apple's intervention). The ten new assertions relate to web surveys, feedback-soliciting FAQs, and live interactive chat.

Submission + - Cdn IP Lobbyists Caught Faking Counterfeit Data (michaelgeist.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: The Canadian IP Council, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's IP lobby arm, has been caught floating false claims about the scope of counterfeiting in Canada. Recent claims include citing a figure based on numbers the FBI rejects ($22.5 billion), a figure the Canadian police won't support ($30 billion), and when pressed on the issue, it now points to yet another source that upon review indicates it fabricated its claims.

Submission + - samsung to launch fastest smartphone processor in (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: As stated in new motto, Samsung Electronics' vision for the new decade is, "Inspire the World, Create the Future."

Samsung now seems to working hard and fast to design out the worlds fastest mobile processor under Xynos series. Samsung is planning to make 2Ghz mobile processor


Submission + - Nimby, Schmimby: Solar Panels Increase Home Value (venturebeat.com)

blair1q writes: Venture Beat reports that a study by Berkeley National Labs has found that homes sold in California earned a premium for solar panels. The benefit ranged from $3900 to $6400 per KW of capacity. An earlier study found that proximity to solar or wind power may also raise home values. These results contradict the arguments based on degrading home values used by putative NIMBY (Not In My Back-Yard) opponents to installing or living near such energy-generating equipment.

Submission + - Leaked memo shows CERN small Higgs (plos.org)

An anonymous reader writes: A leaked memo from the CERN's ATLAS experiment servers shows a paper that claims to have seen evidence for a non-Standard Model 115GeV Higgs boson (a very light Higgs). Despite the paper being on the CERN servers, the party line is, “This is not an official result of the ATLAS experiment.” Author's include Wisconsin physicist, Sau Lau Wu, who has been on the hunt for the light Higgs for quite some time.

Comment Re:Flamebait (Score 1) 374

You're a little off target.

Apple take a 30% cut of all revenue - you choose a price, sell it, they take 30%.

Here, Canonical are splitting (75/25) of a 10% affiliate award. So they're taking 7.5%, GNOME gets 2.5%. The other 90% is also then split between the record label and Amazon (I don't know what ratio that is - probably variable).

The cut they get on a £10 record versus the cut Apple would get on a £10 app is chicken feed.

It should also be noted that Canonical run their own music store (Ubuntu One). They have decided to also split their own profits in the same manner. This has nothing to do with Banshee or Amazon so is purely a good will gesture. Or if you're cynical, a PR exercise.


Submission + - Debian is the most important Linux (earthweb.com)

inkscapee writes: Without Debian we are nothing. Debian is the most influential and important Linux, and is unique for being the largest, oldest, 100% non-commercial community-driven distro. "...just under 63% of all distributions now being developed come ultimately from Debian. By comparison, 50 (15%) are based on Fedora or Red Hat, 28 (9%) on Slackware, and 12 (4%) on Gentoo."

Submission + - Red Hat Changes Source Code Shipping Method (h-online.com)

mvar writes: Red Hat has changed the way it ships the source code for the Linux kernel. Previously, it was released as a standard kernel with a collection of patches which could be applied to create the source code of the kernel Red Hat used. Now though, the company ships a tarball of the source code with the patches already applied. This change, noted by Maxillian Attems and LWN.net, appears to be aimed at Oracle, who like others, repackage Red Hat's source as the basis for its Unbreakable Linux. Although targeted at Oracle, the changes will make work harder for distributions such as CentOS, the community built Linux distribution also based on Red Hat's sources.

Comment Re:By the click-stream data (Score 1) 596

It's also irrelevant. Whether the users know or not, whether they gave permission or not, Bing is still receiving *and using* direct search data from another search engine! The click-through is monitoring two pieces of data and then providing that back to Bing - the search term entered into Google, and the page the user goes to after the results page is returned.

Let's go back here a bit. Google builds up it's search results by a variety of methods, but mainly through:
* Web crawling and categorising web sites.
* Recoding what results people pick whne they do a search on google.

This is more or less how we expect every search engine to work. The success of the engine hinges on the methods and algorithms used to piece all that data together in a meaningful way, thus providing useful results that keep us coming back for our search needs.

In this case, Bing has, in essence, spied on another search engine. It's taken this data deliberately (the tool bar or the server that processes the data that is monitoring the end user would need to be aware of how a search term is entered for google. It has to have been coded for this).

The fact that Google did this deliberately is irrelevant to the simple, plain fact that Bing is indeed deliberately recording Google search terms and results. And they aren't even checking such data against their own database in any meaningful way. If their own web crawling and search data was halfway competent it would have identified that the search terms didn't match the results in any meaningful way - from a simple text index to a multi-faceted category/semantic classification approach, this was a nonsense phrase unassociated with the page in question.

Are you arguing that the way this data is obtained means it's not stealing? It's only the difference between looking for something yourself or asking someone else to do the looking for you. Either way, they are relying on the results of other search engines to bolster or ammend their own. There's a degree of dishonesty and desperation about that.

Comment Re:The real truth from a FPS gamer of 15 years. (Score 1) 387

Yes, but like many others here this misses the point of this particular "experiment" - this wasn't about which group of players had better twitch skills (where the keyboard/mouse combo does have an advantage) but simply about which platform had more team oriented players.

The reward was for performing team actions. Like stand next to comrade, press one key or controller button to give them a medkit. There were nearly twice as many console players as PC players yet the PC players raked in the achievements so much faster.

The implication has nothing to do with the FPS twitch skills of console gamers vs PC users but all to do with the difference in attitudes.

My initial thoughts would be that a PC user is more likely to be older, possibly with a job that involves responsibility or teamwork since a gaming PC is usually a bigger investment than a console. This translates into players who are more used to working together to achieve long-term aims vs. the instant gratification approach of potentially more selfish console players. As ever, this is a gross generalisation of course.

Comment Re:Why the new name? (Score 1) 648

The .org thing was both silly and annoying but there's a reason. Shortly after becoming OpenOffice, they found out that there was already a pre-existing product with the same name. A few legal minutes later, and they decided to add the .org, deeming this small modification to the existing name would be less disruptive than renaming the entire project - product, website and marketing materials.

Whether they made the right choice is moot now though!

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