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Submission + - Open Source Codec Encodes Voice Into Only 700 Bits Per Second (

Bruce Perens writes: David Rowe VK5DGR has been working on ultra-low-bandwidth digital voice codecs for years, and his latest quest has been to come up with a digital codec that would compete well with single-sideband modulation used by ham contesters to score the longest-distance communications using HF radio. A new codec records clear, but not hi-fi, voice in 700 bits per second, that's 88 bytes per second. Connected to an already-existing Open Source digital modem, it might beat SSB.

Obviously there are other uses for recording voice at ultra-low-bandwidth. Many smartphones could record your voice for your entire life using their existing storage. A single IP packet could carry 15 seconds of speech. Ultra-low-bandwidth codecs don't help conventional VoIP, though. The payload size for low-latency voice is only a few bytes, and the packet overhead will be at least 10 times that size.

Submission + - Aaron Swartz commits suicide (

maijc writes: Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf; Swartz, 26, was indicted in July 2011 by a federal grand jury for allegedly mass downloading documents from the JSTOR online journal archive with the intent to distribute them. He is best know for co-authoring the now widely-used RSS 1.0 specification at age 14 and was one of the three co-owners of the site Reddit.
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Submission + - Co-Founder of Reddit, Aaron Swartz commits suicide ( 1

quantr writes: ""Swartz was indicted in July 2011 by a federal grand jury for allegedly mass downloading documents from the JSTOR online journal archive with the intent to distribute them. He subsequently moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he then worked for Avaaz Foundation, a nonprofit “global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere.” Swartz appeared in court on Sept. 24, 2012 and pleaded not guilty.

The accomplished Swartz co-authored the now widely-used RSS 1.0 specification at age 14, was one of the three co-owners of the popular social news site Reddit, and completed a fellowship at Harvard’s Ethics Center Lab on Institutional Corruption. In 2010, he founded, a “campaign against the Internet censorship bills SOPA/PIPA.”""


Submission + - 2011 Forth Day this Saturday (

An anonymous reader writes: In an update to his blog, Forth programming language inventor and CPU designer Chuck Moore noted he will be demonstrating the new GreenArrays Forth Chips he designed at this year's annual Forth Day event, of the Silicon Valley Forth Interest Group. These low-power chips, with 144 cores addressing ~40k RAM, are programmed using the ArrayForth variant of ColorForth. They recently became available in small quantities for hobbyists.

Submission + - Tesla Model S Sees the Light of Day (

oik writes: Tesla are now showing off their sedan models:

"Set to compete with BMW's profitable five series, the Tesla S is an attempt to build a luxury car with a sports car feel. With a compact electric motor, no transmission and a lithium-ion battery spread flat under the floor, the company claims the car has twice the storage room as the BMW five series, with substantial trunk space at both ends. It can also seat seven, if two optional rear-facing seats are installed in the back that can only be used by small children."

Could this be Tesla's first step to becoming an viable contender in the consumer market? If only I could think of a suitable car analogy for this...


Submission + - Clearning Alan Turing's Name (

ParticleGirl writes: "We all know who Alan Turing was: The father of computer science, a brilliant mathematician and cryptanalysis, and originator of the Turing Test. If any of us have read the many books in which he figures, (or just know our history,) we might know that he was homosexual, and that he committed suicide after having been convicted of having sex with a man.

There is currently a campaign to clear his name, and a rapidly growing petition (you must be a British citizen to sign but not to spread the word about it!) on the 10 Downing Street website."

Linux Business

GPL Case Against Danish Satellite Provider 297

Rohde writes "The number of satellite and cable boxes on the Danish market using Linux has significantly increased during the last couple of years. The providers Viasat, Yousee and Stofa all provide HD receivers based on Linux, and all of them fail to provide the source code or make customers aware of the fact that the units are based on GPL licensed software. I decided it was time to fix this situation and luckily the Danish legal company BvHD has decided to take the case. We are starting with Viasat, which distributes a Samsung box including middleware and security from NDS, and you can follow the case here."
The Courts

Arizona Judge Tells Sheriff "Reveal Password Or Face Contempt" 624

An anonymous reader writes "Four days ago, deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona conducted a raid against the county government building hosting computers for a law enforcement database. After threatening to arrest county employees who would stop them, the officers proceeded to secure the room and promptly changed passwords on many of the servers. In a hearing on Friday, a Superior Court judge threatened to hold members of the Sheriff's Office in contempt if they did not reveal the passwords by next Wednesday. Following this, the Sheriff's Office claimed to be conducting an investigation against other Superior Court judges. Courts have asked for passwords before, but never under conditions like this."

Gene Therapy Causes Blind Woman To Grow New Fovea 86

Al writes "A woman with a rare, inherited form of blindness is now able to read, thanks to a gene therapy that caused a new fovea — the part of the retina that is most densely populated with photoreceptors — to grow in her eye. The patient suffers from Leber congenital amaurosis, meaning an abnormal protein makes her photoreceptors have a severely impaired sensitivity to light. She received the experimental treatment twelve months ago when physicians injected a gene encoding a functional copy of the protein into a small part of one eye — about eight-to-nine millimeters in diameter. Along with two other patients receiving the same treatment, her eyesight improved after just a few weeks. Now the physicians report that this patient seems to have developed a new fovea, exactly where she received the injection. Because the woman has been effectively blind since birth, the results suggest that the brain is able to adapt to new visual stimuli remarkably quickly."

14-Year-Old Wins International Programming Contest 141

marcog123 writes "The International Olympiad in Informatics was held earlier this week in Bulgaria. The IOI is a programming competition for high school learners up to 20 years of age that has a focus on problem solving and algorithms. It was won by 14-year-old Henadzi Karatkevich of Belarus (PDF, list of gold medalists), beating the world's top high school programmers, including 18- and 19-year-olds, to become the youngest winner in the IOI's 21-year history. Competition is really tough, with some countries taking months off school to concentrate only on IOI training. Henadzi first entered the IOI in 2006 when he was only 11 years old and won silver (missing gold by only six points). He won gold in 2007 and 2008. He has the opportunity to enter for the next three years; that is, unless he follows the path of Terence Tao, who won IMO gold at 12 and then went to university the following year. If he continues his current streak, he will easily surpass the current record of six IOI medals by South Africa's Bruce Merry."
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Submission + - How BluRay (BD) forced me into "piracy"

concoursrider writes: Since owning a Bluray drive for my PC I've had to turn to "piracy" to make my purchase work correctly. After several firmware upgrades and software patches my bluray won't play some rental DVD's anymore. My frustration level has hit it's zenith and now I'm forced to Copy the disk to my local drive, rip the DRM with AnyDVD and then play them back. Since firmware updates are now so available, and the BD standard keeps changing no player "just works" any more. (including my parents PS3, love the call when they rented a movie and it wouldn't play due to an upgrade being necessary and they just took the disk back instead of resolving the issue.) So is piracy what DRM is driving us to???

Submission + - Intel's Moblin Alpha Released for Netbooks (

suraj.sun writes: The Moblin Project is happy to make the Moblin Core Alpha for Netbooks available for testing and taking the bits out for a ride.

Moblin is a community open source project, initially targeting Intel(r) Atom(tm) based Netbooks.

This Alpha release is the first chance for the larger community to start multiple-level testing of:

        * The core Linux O/S, boot process, inter-process, and package interactions.
        * The new "Fastboot" feature of Moblin, which fundamentally improves boot time and allows for unprecedented speed for a general purpose Linux.
        * Connectivity and networking, using the new ConnMan connectivity manager.
        * Kernel 2.6.29-rc2.
        * The Moblin Core Components (first look at this), including Clutter and all other UI development tools.
        * Xserver 1.6 (with DRI2).
        * New Moblin Image Creator (MIC2) and installation tool.

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