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Apple

Submission + - Victory for Apple in "the Patent Trial of the Century" (wired.com) 2

pdabbadabba writes: The jury is in in the epic patent dispute between Apple and Samsung and Apple appears to be coming out on top. The court is still going through the 700+ items on the verdict form, but things seem to be going Apple's way so far. In the case of Apple's various UI patents, the jury is consistently ruling that Samsung not only violated Apple's patent, but did so willfully.
Government

Leak Shows US Lead Opponent of ACTA Transparency 164

An anonymous reader writes "Throughout the debate over ACTA transparency, the secret copyright treaty, many countries have taken public positions that they support release of the actual text, but that other countries do not. Since full transparency requires consensus of all the ACTA partners, the text simply can't be released until everyone is in agreement. A new leak from the Netherlands fingers who the chief opponents of transparency are: the United States, South Korea, Singapore, and Denmark lead the way, with Belgium, Germany, and Portugal not far behind as problem countries."

Submission + - Two-thirds of NVIDIA GPUs show memory errors (arxiv.org)

entee writes: Researchers at Stanford tested over 20,000 NVIDIA GPUs around the world using the Folding@home distributed computing platform, and found that a substantial number of NVIDIA GPUs exhibit "soft" memory error. Even after applying a crude correction for computing errors, as many as two-thirds of graphics cards were found to "forget". The paper claims this is a problem in all existing NVIDIA GPUs: "G80 and GT200 are both vulnerable to a nonzero per-transaction error rate in memory accesses", and that it is likely true of boards from all GPU manufacturers. This study comes on the heels of Google's recently reported "hard" memory error rates in its server farms. Given the rapidly swelling number of GPUs user for scientific computing applications, perhaps this result explains why NVIDIA plans to introduce ECC into its next generation hardware.
Programming

Qt Opens Source Code Repositories 230

sobral writes "Following the announcement of the LGPL license model, since yesterday the Qt source code repositories are open to the public together with their roadmap. The contribution model is online and will enable developers from the community to submit patches through a single click process, avoiding the previous hassle of sending in signed paperwork. The code is hosted at qt.gitorious.org and an instant benefit of this launch is that Qt Software has been working together with Gitorious maintainers for the last four months to improve Gitorious and all these new features are already submitted upstream."
Security

Submission + - Brazilian Pirates Hijack US MIlitary Satellites (radioreference.com)

blantonl writes: "This article in Wired explains how Brazilians all over the country are using modified amateur radio equipment to communicate with each other using US Military communications satellites — effectively creating their own CB radio network on the backs of the US Military. Recent efforts to crack down have resulted in arrests of some of the users, however the behavior still continues today."
The Internet

Submission + - BT blocks access to Pirate Bay (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "BT and other mobile broadband providers are blocking access to The Pirate Bay, as part of a "self-regulation" scheme with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). BT Mobile Broadband users who attempt to access the notorious BitTorrent tracker site are met with a "content blocked" message. The warning page states the page has been blocked in "compliance with a new UK voluntary code". "This uses a barring and filtering mechanism to restrict access to all WAP and internet sites that are considered to have 'over 18' status," the warning states. It goes on to list a series of categories that are blocked, including adult/sexually explicit content, "criminal skills" and hacking. It's not stated which category The Pirate Bay breaches, although the site does host links to porn movies."

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