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Submission + - No Patent Infringement Found in Oracle vs. Google (

sl4shd0rk writes: Today, the jury in the Oracle vs. Google trial found Google innocent on infringement claims. The jury deliberated about 30 minutes to reach the verdict bringing an end to the second phase of the trial, and a beginning to the damage phase which may be very little of what Oracle orginally asked for. Still no word on API copyright issues. Judge Alsup will be ruling on that in the near future and certainly have an impact on the dev community.

Submission + - Congress wants *your* questions for TSA ( 1

McGruber writes: Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program challenges and failures will be the focus of a joint hearing of the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on Monday, March 26, 2012. The Hearing is titled "TSA Oversight Part III: Effective Security or Security Theater?"

Bruce Schneier is scheduled to be a witness at this hearing. Additional information on the hearing is posted on the oversight committee's website: (

The Congressmen who serve on these committees are soliciting questions from the public to ask TSA officials at the hearing... provided the public is willing to submit their questions via facebook (


Submission + - Early exposure to germs has lasting benefits (

ananyo writes: Exposure to germs in childhood is thought to help strengthen the immune system and protect children from developing allergies and asthma, but the pathways by which this occurs have been unclear. Now, researchers have identified a mechanism in mice that may explain the role of exposure to microbes in the development of asthma and ulcerative colitis, a common form of inflammatory bowel disease .
The researchers show that in mice, exposure to microbes in early life can reduce the body’s inventory of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells, which help to fight infection but can also turn on the body, causing a range of disorders such as asthma or inflammatory bowel disease (abstract).
The study supports the 'hygiene hypothesis', which contends that such auto-immune diseases are more common in the developed world where the prevalence of antibiotics and antibacterials reduce children’s exposure to microbes.


Submission + - Nvidia deeply unhappy with TSMC (

MrSeb writes: "Excerpt from the story: 'One of the unspoken rules of customer-foundry relations is that you virtually never see the former speak poorly of the latter. Only when things have seriously hit the fan do partners like AMD or Nvidia admit to manufacturing problems, and typically only after postponed launches and poor availability have made protestations that everything is fine unsustainable. That’s why we were surprised — and our source testified to being stunned — that Nvidia gave such a damning presentation at the International Trade Partner Conference (ITPC) forum last November. Many of the company’s complaints regarding its current partnership with TSMC are exactly what you’d expect given the manufacturing problems the entire industry is facing. What’s surprising are Nvidia’s remarks concerning TSMC’s current cost curves and manufacturing ramps. This is normally the sort of information discussed quietly between a foundry and its customers or by the press with help from various anonymous sources. Discussing the problems publicly is a sign of just how frustrated the company has become.'

The slides from the presentation basically state that there's no reason to push beyond 28nm, and that costs are actually rising as processes shrink. Ultimately Nvidia dictates, in rather angry language, that it wants TSMC to act more like Intel, which is an Integrated Device Manufacturer (it handles both design and manufacturing). As a foundry that needs to cater to a huge number of different clients, this is something that TSMC can't really do — but even so, Nvidia’s willingness to stand up and talk about these problems is an “Emperor’s new clothes” sort of moment."


Submission + - Google Acquires Motorola Mobility for $12.5 B (

An anonymous reader writes: In a continuation of their ongoing onslaught of acquisitions, cash rich Google Inc. has just announced that they have agreed to buy Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for around $12.5 billion. One of the main motivations behind the acquisition was to gain a valuable set of wireless patents which will add and strengthen their growing Android mobile-phone software platform and ability to compete with Apple Inc.

Submission + - Google Buys Motorola Mobility (

dward90 writes: In perhaps the biggest mobile news since the iPhone, Google has purchased Motorala Mobility, Inc. The move also had large patent motivations. From Gizmodo (and the Google blog):
Crazy news just in—Google is acquiring the handset division of Motorola, Motorola Mobility, for $12.5 billion. This means Google is now officially in the hardware business. From the press release (below), "the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business." HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG and the other Android manufacturers must be quaking in their boots today. More news as we get it.


Submission + - DNA Components Found In Meteorites From Space (

Randyll writes: "Scientists at NASA have confirmed the existence of DNA components in extraterrestial meteorites. They have found traces of adenine, guanine and other compounds called nucleobase analogs, which are a key ingredient in DNA. In the past, nucleobase analogs and other amino acids have been found on meteorites, but whether they were contaminations from Earth or not has been difficult to prove. The recent analysis conducted by the researchers shows that the nucleobase analogs found on the meteorites were rare or did not exist at all on Earth, which points towards an extraterrestial source. The conclusion suggests that these extraterrestial compounds may have had a major role in the early development of life, and that these essential building blocks of life were delivered to Earth by meteorites or comets. NASA has also published a video explaining the study in brief."

Submission + - Macs More Vulnerable Than Windows for Enterprise (

sl4shd0rk writes: At a Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, researches presented exploits on Apples DHX authentication scheme which can compromise all connected Macs on the LAN within minutes. “If we go into an enterprise with a Mac and run this tool we will have dozens or hundreds of passwords in minutes,” Stamos said. Macs are fine as long as you run them as little islands, but once you hook them up to each other, they become much less secure.

Submission + - Self-assembling microbots made, Judgment Day looms (

An anonymous reader writes: In news that makes you wonder if anyone from the US Department of Energy has watched the Terminator films, physicists at the Argonne National Laboratory have successfully created self-assembling micro-robots that are just 0.5mm (500 micron) in diameter. These microbots can ferry around objects that are just 0.15mm (150 micron) wide, making them ideal for transporting medicine in a human body — but also for making things... such as more computers...

Submission + - Google Launches Google+, The Social Network of Goo ( 2

Randyll writes: "Today, Google announced its decisive entry into the world of social networks, by introducing Google+, a social network tied around the Google services. Its aim is to be different from other networks, with emphasis on privacy and a different kind of social networking. Instead of connecting with your friends, Google+ aims to center connections around specific groups—colleagues, projects or groups of friends—and with the ability to use high-quality video chats and an unique and rich web-based user experience. It is currently in beta, with an opt-in for invites. A demo exists as well"
The Courts

Activists May Use Their Targets' Trademarks 203

lee1 writes "Sometimes political activists use a company's trademark as part of a campaign to embarrass it or call attention to an issue. And sometimes the company sues, claiming that they own the mark and its satirical use is prohibited. Now a Utah court has ruled that such suits must fail because the parodic use of the mark is not commercial and is a form of protected speech."

Comment Ribbon makes things faster for the power user (Score 1) 375

While many people find the inclusion of the Ribbon in Windows Explorer debatable, I don't think the Ribbon is a failed concept. It's excellent for its purpose, and that is to provide a) an accessible user experience for new users b) versatility for experienced users and c) swiftness for really experienced users.

Point a), given the intuitive interface, is more or less a given. Point b) is the most common source of disagreement among users, others say it hinders their ability to work and the others say it makes it easier, because they find features they have never seen before. The latter makes sense, as that was one of Ribbon's purposes. The former is a matter of getting used to, and in fact, I will elaborate on point c) in this regard. Point c) is about key bindings. Yes, key bindings.

I mostly do text editing and programming with vim. So I live and breathe keybindings. The Ribbon UI is designed to provide dynamic keybindings for everything. You simply press Alt and the keybindings will highlight above the buttons and tabs, highlighting subgroups dynamically as you go, sequencing tab groups. For example, in a hypothetical Ribbon program, if the 'Insert' (I) tab group had the subgroup 'Image' (M) and 'From File' (F), one would press Alt+I+M+F to access this option. This is extended to every control in the application, and it allows everything to be keybound, requiring no mouse input, which I find slows me down. So if anything, this will make using Windows Explorer faster for the experienced user, provided he is willing to learn keybindings (or just watch the labels).

Another strong point about the Ribbon is that it can be hidden. Towed away, able to be called back with a keybinding. Thus if one finds the Ribbon obtrusive in anything, one can effectively minimize it -- making any Ribbon UI more minimalist than its previous non-Ribbon incarnation!

So speaking as a "power user" of applications I, for one, find the addition of the Ribbon to Windows Explorer a pleasant surprise. While I do not feel its inclusion to be completely warranted--what does one need from a simple file manager anyway--it will make using the program a lot faster for someone used to having keybindings for everything. I'm sure most of you can relate to this sentiment.

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