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Comment Re:Hangings (Score 5, Informative) 1160

Lifetime imprisonment is actually less expensive than the death penalty. California could save $1 billion over five years by replacing the death penalty with permanent imprisonment. California taxpayers pay $90,000 more per death row prisoner each year than on prisoners in regular confinement.

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Submission + - Apple, Samsung each found guilty in South Korean trial (

zacharye writes: A South Korean court on Friday turned in a split decision in a trial between the Apple and Samsung, finding that devices from each company infringed upon patents held by the other. Sales bans have been put in place on devices from each side, though no current-generation devices from either side are covered by the ruling. In addition to the sales bans, Apple was ordered to pay $35,300 in total damages for two patent violations, or 0.0004% of the $8.8 billion in net profit it took in last quarter. For the one patent Samsung was found guilty of infringing, the court ordered it to pay $22,000 in damages, or 0.00037% of its most recent quarterly profits...

Submission + - Apple, Google, Samsung, HTC and LG make a joint bid for the Kodak patent pool (

another random user writes: Debt-struck photography pioneer Kodak has been trying to raise funds by selling off more than 1,100 digital imaging patents.

It had originally planned to announce a buyer last week, but said "discussions continue" and a deal might not happen.

Apple and Google had been reported to have made rival bids for the patents, but the Wall Street Journal reports they have now joined forces and have added Samsung, LG, HTC and others to their consortium

The WSJ's sources suggested the offer price for the portfolio would be about $500m (£315m) — well below the $2.6bn estimate that Kodak had suggested it could be worth.


Submission + - Top problems with iPhone 4S, Galaxy S III, other leading phones revealed: study (

zacharye writes: Though some people seem to form unhealthy attachments and allegiances to their smartphones, no handset will ever be perfect. The screen is too small, the screen is too big, the battery doesn’t last long enough, the phone exploded it’s always something. A new report from product Q&A service FixYa uses data gathered from more than 15 million reports filed by the service’s users to compile a list of the most common problems facing Apple’s iPhone 4S, Samsung’s Galaxy S III and a number of other leading smartphone models...

Submission + - Googling for Friendy Flights (

itwbennett writes: "British Airways wants to be the airline where everybody knows your name. The idea behind the 'Know Me' program is that by using Google Images to ID passengers, they'll be able to recreate the 'feeling of recognition you get in a favourite restaurant,' Jo Boswell, head of customer analysis at BA told the London Evening Standard. But the more privacy minded among us know that the airline could end up seeing a lot more than your face."

Submission + - IT salaries and hiring are up - but just to 2008 levels (

tsamsoniw writes: "A mid-year salary survey has a mix of good and bad news for IT professionals: The good news, hiring is slowly increasing as companies bring more IT operations back in house and salaries are creeping up a bit. But compensation (including benefits) are just now reaching 2008 levels — and hiring will remain soft, at least until the presidential election is over."

Submission + - Facebook invests in 55-terabit intra-Asia submarine cable system ( 1

MrSeb writes: "Facebook has joined a consortium that will build by far the fastest intra-Asia submarine fiber optic network, the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG). Facebook is the only American company involved with the venture, which will see 10,000km (6,000 miles) of prime fiber laid between Malaysia and Japan (pictured above), with branches landing in almost every country along the way (Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, and South Korea). When the cable goes online in 2014, at a cost of around $450 million, it is slated to use 40Gbps channels, for a total capacity of 55 terabits per second, or a transfer speed of 6.9 terabytes (138 Blu-ray discs) per second. When the various routers and repeaters are upgraded to 100Gbps-per-channel, the cable will have a total capacity of well over 100Tbps. The prime reason for building the cable, other than making money, is to provide more redundancy between the US and Asia. Currently, almost every connection from Asia to the US is routed through Singapore or Japan. If there is congestion at one of these sites, or a cable is cut, then the other (highly populous) countries in south east Asia are in trouble. It is perhaps no surprise that China Telecom and China Unicom, two of the world’s largest telecoms companies, are involved in the laying of APG. Facebook's involvement is almost certainly due to the fact that the social network's growth has almost stagnated in Europe and North America, while Asia is only just starting to climb on the Facebook bandwagon."

Submission + - Documenting Network Devices 1

LoudMusic writes: One of the many tasks of a network administrator is documenting the network so that other members of the administration and support teams can find devices on the network. Currently my organization uses Excel spreadsheets to handle this, and it's invariably error ridden. We also save a new file with the date in the name each time an update is made.

I'd like to move this to a more intelligent database system, but the driving force for keeping it in spreadsheets is the ability to take the document offline, edit it, then upload this new revision to the file server when we have a connection again. Our clients often don't have reliable internet connections, especially when we're tearing their network apart and rebuilding it.

The information we're currently documenting about an individual device are; device name, device model, description, IP address, MAC address, physical location, uplink switch & port, and VLAN.

What tools exist that would allow us to have multiple users make updates both online and offline simultaneously, and synchronize changes into both the online and offline copies?

Submission + - Vitamin B2 (

An anonymous reader writes: Vitamin B2 is a riboflavin which is required to enhance the body building process more dynamically. Scientists have confirmed the active involvement of Vitamin B2 to conduct the food conversion process.

Submission + - Storing hydrogen at room temperature (

cylonlover writes: Hydrogen storage, along with hydrogen production and the lack of infrastructure, remains a major stumbling block in efforts to usher in hydrogen as a replacement for hydrocarbon-based fuels in cars, trucks and even homes. But with the multiple advantages hydrogen offers, developing hydrogen storage solutions has been the focus of a great deal of research. Now an MIT-led research team has demonstrated a method that could allow hydrogen to be stored inexpensively at room temperature.

White Space Debate Intensifies As Vote Approaches 94

Ars Technica reports that the debate between broadcasters and white space supporters has intensified after each side recently made inflammatory comments and suggested that science would vindicate their position. Several organizations are pushing to delay the upcoming white space vote, in part because it takes place on the same day as the US presidential election. We recently discussed Google's claim that a test of this system was rigged to fail. From Ars: "The broadcasters contend that adjacent channel interference would be significant even at the 40 mW level proposed by Kevin Martin. In fact, they claim that such a device would interfere with digital television signals when the viewer is 25 miles from the television tower and the whitespace device is 10m or less from the TV set. At 50 miles from the television tower, a whitespace device within 50m from a set could allegedly cause interference. The broadcasters also want several safeguard requirements put on the technology that go beyond the new, lower-power transmission levels."

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