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The Internet

Submission + - Finally, porn is coming to the internet (motherboard.tv)

HansonMB writes: If you’ve ever sat around staring at the ol’ webs thinking, damn, this would be a great place to distribute porn, you’ve been vindicated: the .xxx domain is live as of Friday. Despite costing way more than a .com domain and having really no point aside from allowing conservative governments an easy censorship target, there’s currently 600,000 reservations for URLs under .xxx.
Open Source

Submission + - Can Open Source Hardware Feed The World? (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "When it comes to food scarcity in the developing world, one of the major problems is production capacity: land that could be arable using modern techniques goes underutilized because locals don't have the abbility to build or buy equipment. A group calling itself Open Source Eclology is trying to solve that problem. They've developed a set of open source hardware specs for 50 different industrial machines, which they're calling the Global Village Construction Set."

Submission + - Titan May Have Ocean (technologyreview.com)

olsmeister writes: In the seven years Cassini has spent orbiting Saturn, the spacecraft has sent back mountains of data that has changed our view of the ringed planet and its moons. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been a particular focus of attention because of its dense, complex atmosphere, its weather and its lakes and oceans.

Now it looks as if Titan is even stranger still. The evidence comes from careful observations of Titan's orbit and rotation. This indicates that Titan has an orbit similar to our Moon's: it always presents the same face towards Saturn and its axis of rotation tilts by about 0.3 degrees.

Together, these data allow astronomers to work out Titan's moment of inertia and this throws up something interesting. The numbers indicate that Titan's moment of inertia can only be explained if it is a solid body that is denser near the surface than it is at its centre.

Submission + - Is Sitting a Lethal Activity (nytimes.com)

AgentSmith writes: We all know daily sitting in the cube farm (or other sedentary activity) isn't always healthy, but James Levine, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn studied the less than obvious results of inactive sitting .

Submission + - Walking HECTOR Robot Inspired by Stick Insect (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: In an effort to understand how animals move elegantly and in turn provide robots with the same ability, researchers at the University of Bielefeld's Center of Excellence 'Cognitive Interaction Technology' (CITEC) have developed the hexapod walking robot called HECTOR (Hexapod Cognitive autonomously Operating Robot). Designed within CITEC's multi-disciplinary Mulero project, the robot possesses the scaled up morphology of a stick insect and will be used as a test bed in various departments and projects at the University.

Submission + - Asus Xtion Kinect clone available (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Asus has launched Xtion Pro — $189 — which uses the same hardware as its full body sensor the Wavi Xtion but doesn't have any software other than an SDK for Windows and Linux. This, of course makes it useful only if you are going to develop applications using it.
It comes with PrimeSense's drivers and the NITE body tracking software. Asus has also announced a $20,000 competition for the best game using it. This is just a way to get some software to go with the full product launch later in the year but it is also going to set up an app store to help developers market their creations.
Microsoft's own Kinect SDK is technically better but it isn't available just yet and it could well have a restrictive license. At the moment only Asus is saying to developers — "use our hardware to make commercial apps, we'll even help you to sell them and here's a competition to sweeten the deal"


Submission + - F1 computing kit: 1,500 cores, Linux & SSDs (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "PC Pro has taken a peek behind the scenes at the Lotus Formula 1 garage — and the computing technology used to power the team. It's server farm comprises of 1,500 cores in a room full of blade servers, connected to 96TB of iSCSI storage. Currently, the farm is running on Linux, because that OS is apparently what best supports the number-crunching engine for the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. Meanwhile, all the laptops in the pit are now running on SSDs, because of the increased risk of disk failure caused by the high vibration levels experienced near a running F1 car."

Submission + - Research Suggests Google Infringement of Java Code (itworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: IT World's Brian Proffitt believes Google fans 'may be a bit dismayed after reading the claims by' Florian Mueller that Oracle's (originally Sun's) Java code may indeed have been infringed. While he says he approaches such allegations carefully after the SCO experience, the findings are 'a bit alarming, particularly for Google: 46 pages of what appears to be line-for-line copying of Java code in Android files, all laid out for the world to see.' Concerning the author, Proffitt says he's 'had [his] differences with Mueller, and still [does]', but he sees 'little reason for him to make this stuff up. Clearly, more reasearch is needed.' With respect to Oracle, he recognizes that they are still a member of the free software community. Both parties deserve their day in court. 'Sometimes defending freedom means defending the rights of those you don't agree with.'

Submission + - "Evolving Robots" Learn to Crawl Before Walking (gizmag.com) 1

Zothecula writes: Everyone knows that, unless you’re extraordinarily gifted, you need to crawl before you can walk. Turns out the same principle could also apply to robots. In a first-of-its-kind experiment conducted by University of Vermont (UVM) roboticist Josh Bongard, both simulated and physical robots were created that, like tadpoles becoming frogs, change their body forms while learning how to walk. He found that these evolving robots were able to learn more rapidly than ones with fixed body forms and that, in their final form, the changing robots had developed a more robust gait.

Submission + - Nvidia Maxwell To Power Human Brain Supercomputer? (itproportal.com)

siliconbits writes: Nvidia has revealed that Maxwell, the successor to its Fermi GPGPU, will be combine with Nvidia's GPU for supercomputing applications, potentially leapfrogging the likes of AMD, Intel or IBM as early as 2013. NVIDIA's Tegra General manager, Mike Rayfield, confirmed that Maxwell will be the first end-product to use Project Denver, which has been confirmed as being more than just a simple CPU-and-GPU-on-Silicon project. And you'd only need 250,000 of those to "build" a virtual human brain apparently.

Submission + - ET could be revealed by telltale chemistry (newscientist.com)

michaelmarshall writes: Alien life might be hard to find because it is fundamentally unlike Earth life; it might not use DNA, or contain protein. But whatever and wherever it is, its tendency to chemically alter its environment should give it away. A new analysis finds that both Earth life, and "digital life" existing in the Avida simulation, leave behind a signature in the relative abundances of simple molecules. This suggests a way to build a universal ET detector that would work for any kind of chemical-based life.

Submission + - RIAA Threatens ICANN with lawsuit (icann.org)

think_nix writes: A letter from Victoria Sheckler, Deputy General Counsel the RIAA to ICANN threatens to sue ICANN over the future implementation of the .music gTLD if certain "measures" are not met by ICANN in compliance with the RIAA. The letter states and points out such concerns as 'Community Objections', 'Lack of Transparency' , and 'Malicious Conduct' the reasons of concern from the RIAA.

As noted above, we are concerned that a music themed gTLD will be used to enable wide scale copyright and trademark infringment


Submission + - "Galileo Boss" Fired Over Wikileaks Document 1

mvar writes: OHB-System’s Berry Smutny was reported in a cable to have told US diplomats that Europe’s Galileo satellite-navigation project was a “stupid idea”.Bremen-based OHB-System is part of the consortium that will build Galileo’s first 14 operational spacecraft.Although Mr Smutny has denied the cable’s contents, OHB’s board has decided to remove him from his post.A statement from the company on Monday said its supervisory board had “passed a unanimous resolution to revoke Mr Smutny’s appointment”, adding that it “disapproves these conversations and the quotes attributed to Mr Smutny”.Berry Smutny was alleged to have told diplomats at a meeting in Berlin in October 2009 that Galileo, a flagship space programme of the EU, was a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Submission + - Encrypt Your Smartphone -- Or Else (arstechnica.com)

pin0chet writes: Modern smartphones contain ever-increasing volumes of our private personal data — from text messages to images to emails — yet many smartphone security features can easily be circumvented by thieves or police officers equipped with off-the-shelf forensics equipment. Worse, thanks to a recent California Supreme Court ruling, police officers may be able to search your smartphone for hours without a warrant if you're arrested for any reason. Ars Technica has an article exploring the legal issues surrounding cell phone searches and explaining how you can safeguard your smartphone from the prying eyes of law enforcement officers.

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