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Technology

Submission + - CEA Says TVs Are Getting Lighter and Greener (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "We all know that today's flat-screen TVs weigh far less than old-style CRTs, or they wouldn't be able to hang on the wall. New research from the Consumer Electronics Association finds that this translates into a massive savings of electronics waste. The report found that today’s flat screen TVs are 82% lighter and 75% smaller than cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs. In other words, 40- to 70-inch flat-panel TVs weigh 34% less than 13- to 36-inch CRT TVs. This reduction in materials has a staggering downstream effect. The report claimed that an old 36-inch CRT TV generated about the same amount of electronics waste as 5,080 cell phones. However, today’s 70-inch flat-screen TV generate the equivalent of just 953 cell phones."
Censorship

Submission + - Netafp.com GPL Compliance and Censorship (pastebin.com)

mithrandir14 writes: The current maintainers of netatalk formed a commercial entity to provide support to corporate entities in an attempt to fund further development of the project. (netafp.com) In January they posted a list of vendors who they felt should be paying them but were not to their news blog with a very disgruntled and petty tone. In June, apparently, since same vendors still were not paying them they closed all development on the project and withheld the source and binaries except to those customers who were paying them in an attempt to extort money out of consumer NAS vendors using their product. The code and binaries withheld included the necessary afp 3.3 implementation details to support time machine on the forthcoming OS X 10.7 release. Some very disturbing actions followed. We've come to expect this type of closed communication and censorship from corporate entities but to see it from the maintainers of a fairly popular GPL'ed project is disheartening. The code is once again available but netafp.com appears to have taken steps to obscure the fact that they were pressured into doing so instead of doing so of their own accord. A timeline of events is located here: http://pastebin.com/gAntZQik
Technology

Submission + - DELL STREAK 5 REVIEW | GEEKWORD (blogspot.com)

FizzaNawaz writes: When Dell Pakistan launched the Dell Streak 5, the launch event of which was attended by us as well, we had only one thing on our mind – secure a review unit for ourselves and share with you the experience of using the 5 inch Tablet. (...)
Linux

Submission + - Linux 3.0 Will Be faster Than 2.6.39: Linus (muktware.com) 1

sfcrazy writes: While we were thinking that the announcement of 3.x branch was nothing more than Linus' mood swing, it seems there is more to it.

Linus wrote on the Linux Kernel Mailing List, "3.0 will still be noticeably faster than 2.6.39 due to the other changes made (ie the read-ahead), so yes, the regression itself is fixed."

Opera

Submission + - Opera Founder Jon S. von Tetzchner Resigns (techcrunch.com)

fysdt writes: "Opera founder Jon S. von Tetzchner has resigned from the company.

In an email to Opera employees, von Tetzchner said that “It has become clear that The Board, Management and I do not share the same values and we do not have the same opinions on how to keep evolving Opera. As a result I have come to an agreement with the Board to end my time at Opera. I feel the Board and Management is more quarterly focused than me.”"

Submission + - Heart With No Beat, A New Hope Of Life (gizmocrazed.com)

Mightee writes: "As the quest for a perfect artificial heart continues, Doctors from the Texas Heart Institute have created an artificial heart that has no pulse or audible heartbeat. As a result, developing a heart that does not wear out, break down or cause clots and infections could be avoided."
Security

Submission + - Malware Hitting Peaks of 10 Million Pieces Per Day (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: Virus and malware activity increased during the month of May, sporadically hitting peaks of more than 10 million pieces per day. Major news events, once again, became fodder for malware campaigns while large companies continued to be the target of attackers. ZeuS is still around and going strong. Its source code has made its way into the hands of security researchers, but that hasn’t slowed it down. Russia still holds the top spot as the number one country for spam origination. Also, Brazil’s output surpassed the US for the first time in many months.
Japan

Submission + - Japan finds radiation traces in whales (globalsaskatoon.com)

mdsolar writes: "

Japanese whale hunters have found traces of radioactive caesium in two of the ocean giants recently harpooned off its shores in the Pacific Ocean, a fisheries agency official said Wednesday. Two minke whales culled off the northern island of Hokkaido showed readings of 31 becquerels and 24.3 becquerels of caesium per kilogram, he said, adding that the cause may be the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

That is 650 km away from the nuclear disaster."

Submission + - Banks Turn to Schumer on Patents (nytimes.com)

jcern writes: For years, big banks have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to a tiny Texas company to use a patented system for processing digital copies of checks. After years of fighting at the federal Patent Office, in court and across a negotiating table, the banks went to see, Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, who inserted into a patent overhaul bill a provision that appears largely aimed at helping banks rid themselves of this problem. The Senate passed the bill easily in March.
Apple

Submission + - Is iTunes Match better than Torrents?

fhoenig writes: Following the recent announcement of iTunes in the Cloud and the $25 per year Match service, I'm wondering if they have just made piracy a lot easier.

iTunes Match scans your files and identifies songs/albums you might have and makes them available in your cloud library, regardless of whether they come from a p2p service, ripped or purchase elsewhere. The service does this to circumvent the week or month long uploads of all your music files. Sure a great thing.

My question to all you guys: Are we facing a future of sharing iTunes Checksums instead of torrents soon?
Canada

Submission + - Tunnel boring machine drills hole under Niagara Fa (dbune.com)

abhatt writes: From the article:
The world's largest tunnel boring machine finished drilling a 10.2-kilometer (6.3-mile) long and 14.4-meter (47.2-feet) high tunnel under the Niagara Falls on Friday.

The 4,000-ton machine, known as Big Becky, had been drilling the tunnel under the world famous waterfalls since 2006.

The Courts

Submission + - Court Denies Opposition to P2P Subpoenas (uscourts.gov)

ShannonBrown writes: In a Memorandum Opinion, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied all 119 persons opposing the release of personally identifying information by ISPs. The motions were filed by persons who apparently received notices from their respective ISPs indicating that the ISP was subpoenaed for identifying information based on the IP address purportedly assigned to the individual by the ISP. The plaintiff, Voltage Pictures, alleges that the IP addresses were implicated in BitTorrent P2P file sharing of copyrighted material.

The court denied all motions including motions to quash the subpoenas, lack of personal jurisdiction claims, motions to dismiss, protective orders, etc. In general, the court stated that such motions are premature. This gets legally technical, but essentially, the subpoenas for additional information are aimed at the ISP and not the individual persons who apparently filed the motions at issue in this opinion. Thus, according to the court, since the persons are not yet named parties (they are legally unidentified as Does), and thus cannot oppose the release of their personally identifying information at this time. Thus, the persons apparently need to wait until identified and then take action.

Two notes:
1) The opinion relies, in part, on the claim that BitTorrent is a unique type of P2P file sharing by being a distributed file share, and thus all purported defendants are properly part of the potential claims for copyright infringement. Moreover, the opinion apparently assumes, without discussion, that the identified IP address equals a specific person/infringer.
2) The opinion lists the names of many of the persons who opposed the subpoenas.

   

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