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Submission + - Pirate party unites in Australia (itnews.com.au)

bennyboy64 writes: "iTnews reports that the Pirate Party has opened a branch office in Australia and is recruiting office bearers and supporters. The group updated the Australian website it registered last year and advertised for a president, treasurer, secretary and supporting positions. A party spokesman, Rodney Serkowski, said the group was close to establishing a beachhead in Australia. He said that with 300 supporters it was on its way to signing the 500 it needed to become an official Australian political party. 'We are currently an online community, working together with the intention of becoming a registered party, and we're coming closer to reaching that goal,' Serkowski said.'If we can get the required 500 members, and be registered by years end, I think it is highly probable that we will contest the next Federal election in Australia.' Serkowski voiced his concerns about file sharing, copyright law and Senator Conroy vowing to tackle illegal file-sharing. At the weekend about two percent of Germans voted for the Pirate Party although it needed at least five percent to gain a seat in the German parliament, the Bundestag."

Submission + - Fibre optic interface could replace USB (pcpro.co.uk) 1

darien writes: "Intel demonstrated its new "Light Peak" optical interconnect at the second day of IDF in San Francisco. The interface can carry any type of data, and the controller supports a transfer rate of 10 gigabits per second — though since it's based on light the potential for future upgrades is practically infinite. Silicon is promised for next year, though adoption is expected to be slow."

Submission + - Google SideWiki Brings Comments to Everyone (google.com) 3

Rophuine writes: "Google has launched a product called SideWiki. It takes the form of a plug-in to FireFox and Internet Explorer which allows users to "Mark Up" the web — add comments which can be seen by anyone else running SideWiki.

Is this a great new product which will bring new horizons to the internet? Or is this just another way for Google to know what sites we're visiting?"

Intel

Submission + - Intel connects PCs to devices using light

CWmike writes: "Intel is working on a new optical interconnect that could possibly link mobile devices to displays and storage up to 100 meters away. The optical interconnect technology, Light Peak, could communicate data between systems and devices associated with PCs at speeds of up to 10Gbits/sec., said David Perlmutter, vice president and general manager of Intel's mobility group. The technology uses light to speed up data transmission between mobile devices and connected devices like storage, networking and audio devices, the company said. The technology could help transfer a full-length Blu-ray movie in less than 30 seconds, says a post on Intel's site. Light Peak can run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable, enabling mobile devices to perform tasks over multiple connected devices at the same time. "Optical technology also allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible," according to the Intel entry. It could also lead to thinner and fewer connectors on mobile devices, Perlmutter said."

Submission + - French court validates GPL user rights to get the (lwn.net)

guerby writes: "In a landmark ruling that will set legal precedent, the Paris Court of Appeals decided last week that the company Edu4 violated the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) when it distributed binary copies of the remote desktop access software VNC but denied users access to its corresponding source code. [...] "But what makes this ruling unique is the fact that the suit was filed by a user of the software, instead of a copyright holder. It's a commonly held belief that only the copyright holder of a work can enforce the license's terms — but that's not true in France. People who received software under the GNU GPL can also request compliance, since the license grants them rights from the authors.""

Submission + - Movie Maker Sued for Voice Infringment (rfcexpress.com)

SummitCO writes: "Can you hold sole rights to someones voice? Ski movie making legend Warren Miller narrated a short segment of ski movie company Level 1's new release. In response, Warren Miller's former company, Warren Miller Entertainment (WME, has sued Level 1 claiming infringement upon the use of Warren Miller's voice, irreparable damage to their brand by using Warren Miller as a narrator, and misleading the audience! Warren Miller has had nothing to do with his former company in over six years. WME has been using old voice recordings of Warren Miller for years. Is this an infringement case or an unenforcable perpetual non-compete? Whatever the case, fair use will lose as Level 1 is tiny and WME has very deep pockets.
Lawsuit here: http://www.rfcexpress.com/lawsuit.asp?id=50534
Further discussion here: http://www.newschoolers.com/web/forums/readthread/thread_id/484817/"

Space

Submission + - High-School Student Discovers Strange Astronomical (spacefellowship.com)

Toren Altair writes: "A West Virginia high-school student analyzing data from a giant radio telescope has discovered a new astronomical object — a strange type of neutron star called a rotating radio transient.

Lucas Bolyard, a sophomore at South Harrison High School in Clarksburg, WV, made the discovery while participating in a project in which students are trained to scrutinize data from the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT).

Rotating radio transients are thought to be similar to pulsars, superdense neutron stars that are the corpses of massive stars that exploded as supernovae. Pulsars are known for their lighthouse-like beams of radio waves that sweep through space as the neutron star rotates, creating a pulse as the beam sweeps by a radio telescope. While pulsars emit these radio waves continuously, rotating radio transients emit only sporadically, one burst at a time, with as much as several hours between bursts. Because of this, they are difficult to discover and observe, with the first one only discovered in 2006."

Software

Submission + - How to protect software signing keys 1

An anonymous reader writes: Our company is about to generate a public/private RSA key pair used for authenticating our software. If the private key got into the wild, we have legal arrangements that could shut down the company. What tools, policies, and procedures do companies used to protect private cryptographic keys?

Submission + - SPAM: On-body circuits create new sense organ

destinyland writes: In "My New Sense Organ," a science writer tests "a new sense" — the ability to always know true north — by strapping a circuit board to her ankle. It's connected to an electronic compass and an ankle band with eight skin buzzers. The result? "I had wrong assumptions I didn't know about," and it also detects "the specific places where infrastructure interferes with the earth's magnetic fields!" (This article appears in the upcoming issue of Humanity-Plus magazine, but the digital edition is already available online!)
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Space

Submission + - New technique to date the birth of Jupiter (cosmosmagazine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Modelling crater formation on Ceres and Vesta, the two largest objects in the asteroid belt, may help pinpoint the age of the gas giant Jupiter

It will also aid our understanding of data collected by NASA's Dawn space mission when it visits these objects in 2011. Scientists hope the combined data will give clues to the evolution of the entire Solar System.

Ceres is a dwarf planet, the only one found in the Asteroid Belt. Vesta is the second largest object found there, with a diameter of over 500 km, and is classed as an asteroid.

AMD

Submission + - AMD Debuts $99 Quad-Core Athlon II X4 (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Consider for a moment the prospect of full, native quad-core processor capabilities at a palatable mainstream price normally associated with dual-cores. AMD is making two models available immediately for the Athlon II X4 launch, the 2.6GHz Athlon II X4 620 and the 2.8GHz Athlon II X4 630. The higher clocked Athlon II X4 630 will have an initial MSRP of $122 while the Athlon II X4 620 will come in just under the magic $100 price point. Athlon II X4s have 64KB of L1 instruction and 64KB of L1 data cache per core, for a total of 512KB of L1. Each core also has 512KB of L2 data cache, for a grand total of 2MB L2 cache. The reduction in cache means AMD's new Propus core is significantly smaller than Deneb at just 169mm2, compared to Deneb's 258mm2 die. The drastic reduction in size means the new Propus cores are much cheaper to build and AMD seems to be passing the savings down to consumers.
Idle

Submission + - Fungus Treated Wood Beats $2 Million Strativarius (sciencedaily.com)

Fluffeh writes: Violins made by the Italian master Antonio Giacomo Stradivarius are regarded as being of unparalleled quality even today, with enthusiasts being prepared to pay millions for a single example. Stradivarius himself knew nothing of fungi which attack wood, but he received inadvertent help from the âoeLittle Ice Ageâ which occurred from 1645 to 1715. During this period Central Europe suffered long winters and cool summers which caused trees to grow slowly and uniformly â" ideal conditions in fact for producing wood with excellent acoustic qualities. Now scientists are turning to fungi to recreate some of these amazing sounding instruments.
IT

Submission + - Report: Organizations Are Focusing On The Wrong Se (darkreading.com)

yahoi writes: Companies around the world are leaving themselves wide open to Web- and client-side attacks, according to a new report released today by the SANS Institute that includes real attack data gathered from multiple sources. SANS found that most organizations are focusing their patching efforts and vulnerability scanning on the operating system, but they're missing the boat: 60 percent of the total number of attacks occur on Web applications, and many attacks are aimed at third-party applications such as Microsoft Office, and Adobe Flash and other tools. Exacerbating the problem, they're taking twice as long to patch Microsoft Office and other applications than to patch their operating systems.

Submission + - International Volunteering as a Geek

nolongerunknown writes: I've learned a number of (programming) languages in my life, but one of the things that I have always wanted to do was to really learn Spanish. As part of my grand scheme to make this happen I am planning a 6-12 month trip to Latin America in order to fully immerse myself in the language and culture. But that is only half of it, I'd like to make the trip meaningful in other ways and want to take the opportunity to volunteer while learning. I'm certainly able to take a more tried-and-true approach to this by Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or lending my hands for manual labor, but I'll be of greatest value in a technical role. This is where you come in: how does one find volunteer positions matching their skills in foreign countries? Specifically, how does one find technically-inclined volunteer positions in foreign countries?

To help direct the conversation, I've found Cactus Language to mostly address the language interest but want to try and pair that with a volunteer opportunity. Peace Corps really isn't an option, for me, or for most because of how selective the program is. AIESEC doesn't want me because I don't have a degree and am not currently a student. Engineers Without Borders lists projects that are being actively worked on but that I can tell provides no way to interact with existing projects other than to provide financial support. EWB also relies on a grassroots approach to project generation that seems to pretty well prevent individuals from getting involved. It appears that nobody is home over at Geekcorps, a popular suggestion the last time we discussed this topic. VSO appears to be spot on, but that page is only available on the UK version of the site. As a US Citizen when trying to apply I was kindly directed to the Canadian version of the site which omits that category. (This personal account from somebody who thinks similarly to me introduced me to VSO.) And last but not least, military service is out because it precludes immersion into the language and culture of the country.

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