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Submission + - Multiple Studies Show Used Electronics Exports to Third World Mostly Good (bloomberg.com)

retroworks writes: Bloomberg News reporter Adam Minter writes in today's Opinion section that several studies show that there's nothing really remarkable or scandalous about exports of used equipment to developing nations. "Some is recycled; some is repaired and refurbished for reuse; and some is thrown into landfills or incinerators. Almost none of it, however, is “dumped” overseas."

Minter begins with the most recent study, released by the US International Trade Commission in March 2013. Several other studies from Peru, Nigeria, Ghana and China show there was never an incentive for overseas buyers to pay money to import junk, and that most of the junk filmed by activists in the dumps in those nations was used for years (Nigeria has had TV since the 1970s). "A 2011 study by the United Nations Environment Program determined that only 9 percent of the used electronics imported by Nigeria — a country that is regularly depicted as a dumping ground for foreign e-waste — didn’t work or were unrepairable, and thus bound for a recycler or a dump. The other 91 percent were reusable and bound for consumers who couldn’t afford new products." The one data source Bloomberg cannot find is a data point for the widely reported "statistic" that 80-90% of used electronics imported by Africans are burned or dumped. In the comment section, two advocates for legislation banning the exports object to the survey methodology of one of the studies. But the source of the original statistic, reported by Greenpeace and Basel Action Network in their fundraising campaigns, remains a mystery.

Submission + - Vastly improved Raspberry Pi performance with Wayland

nekohayo writes: While Wayland/Weston 1.1 brought support to the Raspberry Pi merely a month ago, work has recently been done to bring true hardware-accelerated compositing capabilities to the RPi's graphics stack using Weston. The Raspberry Pi foundation has made an announcement about the work that has been done with Collabora to make this happen. X.org/Wayland developer Daniel Stone has written a blog post about this, including a video demonstrating the improved reactivity and performance. Developer Pekka Paalanen also provided additional technical details about the implementation.
Businesses

Submission + - Second Life financial crisis!! (sl-investors-bank.com)

Thelen LOL writes: "Financial Sector in Crisis? Second Life's Investor's Bank CEO Tyrian Camilo looks at the recent mistakes that Linden Labs has made, the effect on the 'game' and where SL is likely to go now. Second Life Investor's Bank(SLIB) is one of the few business endevours that have followed a business plan and successfully adapted to changes in the market, and even the rules of the system!! I wonder if SL would be better run by SLIB's CEO Tyrian Camilo, and other leading individuals of the SL business world."
Media (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone reportedly unchained from AT&T (hackint0sh.org)

LwPhD writes: The details still seem sketchy, but it appears as if a cloning method enables the iPhone to be used on networks other than AT&T. Posts in the comments warn that such cloning, even if only used to connect the iPhone to a legitimate account by the account owner, may still be illegal depending on your country of residence. Nevertheless, this is the first apparently credible source I've yet seen that claims to allow the iPhone to be unchained from AT&T. Time will tell if this method is really viable or merely a false start...
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - SIGGRAPH: Giant Laser Projection Tempest Game

i4u writes: "I4U News reports that at the San Diego Civic Theatre a one-of-a-kind vector-based projection system designed by Cleveland-based Raven Systems Design and Chicago-based Aura Technologies takes the classic video game Tempest to new giant dimensions during SIGGRAPH 2007. The interactive video game laser show must be very impressive as tickets go for $50. The laser video game show will feature celebrity gamers at nightly shows during SIGGRAPH."
Media

Submission + - Data Visualization: Beauty in Modern Approaches (hatejeff.com) 1

Hatejeff writes: We are in a New age where information is the new frontier. Information is always at our fingertips and programmers & artist are starting to make works of art out of all this information. Searches, uploads, Hits, Video's, downloads are all tracked and are starting to be visualized & implemented in new ways... warning you may be looking at these for hours so don't say I didn't warn ya..... Hit the Jump for full list. http://www.hatejeff.com/?p=34
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The Physics of Beer Bubbles 113

Roland Piquepaille writes "Yesterday, I told you about virtual beer. Today, we follow two North America researchers who are studying the physics of real beer bubbles. 'Singly scattered waves form the basis of many imaging techniques such as radar or seismic exploration.' But pouring beer in a mug involves multiply scattered acoustic waves. They are more complex to study, but they can be used to look at various phenomena, such as predicting volcanic eruptions or understanding the movement of particles in fluids like beer. They also could be used to monitor the structural health of bridges and buildings or the stability of food products over time. Read more for additional references and a photo showing how the researchers monitor beer bubbles."
X

Submission + - Enable compiz-fusion in Ubuntu Feisty (vanzonneveld.net)

kevmaster writes: "Linux desktop effects have come a long way. Over time we've seen different implementations like compiz & beryl. These 2 projects have lead a life of their own but have now been merged back together again in a new project called: compiz-fusion. Compiz-fusion has got some awesome eye candy effects, but it's still a little bit tricky to get it to work though. There are some other howtos online but those didn't cut it for me, so eventually after getting it to work, I wrote one myself."
Security

The Study of Physical Hacks at DefCon 299

eldavojohn writes "DefCon usually focuses on electronic security, but Saturday a talk was held that focused on possibly the oldest form of hacking — lockpicking. As software security becomes better and better, the focus may be shifting towards simple hacking tips like looking over someone's shoulder for their password, faking employment or just picking the locks to gain access to the building where machines are left on overnight. From the article: 'Medeco deadbolt locks relied on worldwide at embassies, banks and other tempting targets for thieves, spies or terrorists can be opened in seconds with a strip of metal and a thin screw driver, Marc Tobias of Security.org demonstrated for AFP ... Tobias says he refuses to publish details of 'defeating' the locks because they are used in places ranging from homes, banks and jewelers to the White House and the Pentagon. He asked AFP not to disclose how it is done.' I'm sure all Slashdot readers are savvy enough to use firewall(s) but do you know and trust what locks 'physically' protect your data from hacks like these?"
Graphics

Submission + - New Milestone Demoscene Releases. (pouet.net) 4

An anonymous reader writes: With over 3000 visitors one of the biggest computer festivals, the Assembly 2007, just closed doors. The event saw the release of some of the best demoscene productions of this year. Among them the first good demos for the XBOX 360, but also for platforms as obscure as the Atari VCS2600 from 1976. The main demo competition was won by Lifeforce, one of the most acclaimed demoscene demos ever. Other releases can be found here.
Programming

Submission + - Hackers Extract Main Key to iPhone Unlocking (gizmodo.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: After reverse-engineering Nucleus, the iPhone's radio/multimedia chip RTOS, the iPhone Dev Team has achieved the next big milestone to free the iPhone from the AT&T network: they have extracted the full content of the S-Gold2 chip's NOR memory. Bluntly put, these are the plans for the damn Death Star and "is the main key to achieve true unlocking." They are also calling for donations to help them keep their efforts.
Data Storage

Submission + - What OS/FS to use for 16TB storage array? 1TBx16!!

Dan Cabrera writes: "So I just took delivery of a large package (pickup truck bed sized box) labeled 'server' — turns out it's the one I've been waiting for a while from a client. We had some miscommunication and I assumed this was a 2-4, maybe 5TB system for use as a production content shared drive, but it turned into a real monster, SuperMicro SC-836 with HighPoint 2240 Controller and *16*x*1TB* Hitachi drives in a RAID5 array. It's got WinXP64 loaded, but there must be a better solution after reading of ZFS and related technology now available as open source, no? Looking forward to your comments and suggestions! I'll repost with some benchmarks as this puppy grows up (into the wee hours of the morning I'll work :) Happy SD'in! PS: Just need a large drive to save rendered projects to and backup music/other projects (This is for a world known DJ, so the each tour/show can involve a LOT of media!) ...and, how the heck am I gonna do off-site backup for this in event of disaster? Ay-yay-yi!"

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