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Submission + - Why Can't Intel Kill x86? ( 2

jfruh writes: "As tablets and cell phones become more and more important to the computing landscape, Intel is increasingly having a hard time keeping its chips on the forefront of the industry, with x86 architecture failing to find much success in mobile. The question that arises: Why is Intel so wedded to x86 chips? Well, over the past thirty years, Intel has tried and failed to move away from the x86 architecture on multiple occasions, with each attempt undone by technical, organizational, and short-term market factors."
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WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal 1018

Atmanman writes "When WikiLeaks announced it was releasing 251,287 US diplomatic cables, we all thought we knew what was meant by its earlier ominous words that, 'The coming months will see a new world, where global history is redefined.' It now appears the organization is sitting on a treasure trove of information so big that it has stopped taking submissions. Among data to be released are tens of thousands of documents from a major US banking firm and material from pharmaceutical companies, finance firms and energy companies."

Submission + - New superconductor has "surprising" proper (

schliz writes: US researchers believe that they have discovered an entirely,boffins-find-new-class-of-superconductor.aspx">new kind of superconductor. The team from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University reported "surprising magnetic properties" in new superconductors based on iron and arsenic which they have called "doped rare earth iron oxyarsenides".

The research suggests that the material may have future applications including improved magnetic resonance imaging machines, and a new generation of superconducting electric motors, generators and power transmission lines.


Submission + - How do I get my blog back from Blogger?

Sameer Deans writes: "I've been using the blogging service provided by Blogger, which is owned by Google, since 2004. No trouble at all, with great features. My blog has accounts of my travels to various places and a few observations about work and life. All content I have ever uploaded to it is owned by me (pictures and videos) so there is no question of me violating any terms of service. Last week , my blog was removed without any reason being provided. Blogger does not respond to help request. I do not know what else to do...I've lost 4 years worth of blog posts ! If anyone knows what else I can do... please let me know."

Feed Science Daily: Does Socializing Make Us Smarter? (

Humans are social animals; we spend much of our time with others in groups. We are also wise. It is not our size, speed, or strength that distinguishes us from other mammals, but our intelligence. How might these two features -- being social and being smart -- go together? Researchers found that people who engaged in social interaction displayed higher levels of cognitive performance than the control group.


Submission + - Huge self-powered wireless networks on the way (

non-flying Dutchman writes: Computerworld Australia is running a story from Canada about a team of researchers at the University of Toronto receiving a CDN$3 million grant to look into the feasibility of building large-scale self-powered wireless networks that the article suggests could potentially be used for anything from being scattered across thousands of hectares of forest watching for signs of fires, in a building to detect biohazards or spread across a border for security purposes. The team is partnering with Motorola in a five-year CDN$9 million quest to create sensor hardware, software and a power system in a network that can run by itself yet span great distances. One scenario the U of T team imagines is a system using what are called quantum dot (QD) devices watching for the scent of specific chemicals and biohazards. They would be sensed by a wireless reader, which is also linked to other non-QD based sensors such as accelerometers, chemFETs, photovoltaic and pH/colorimetry devices. All will be linked by a low-power wireless mesh network, forwarding data to a central coordinator which then transmits it to managers using standard cellular technology. Such systems could be used on farms to watch nitrogen levels in the soil, or by municipal electrical utilities looking to balance electrical loads to homes and businesses.

Submission + - Opensource Inventions?

jerrimus writes: "Say you've got an amazing idea that you think could change the world. Say you have no way of implementing the deployment of it. How would you give it to the world? Is there a way to keep anyone from patent trolling and taking it?"

Submission + - Kinesiologist invents knee-mounted power plant (

Peacenik45 writes: A British Columbia kinesiologist has developed a power-generating knee brace. It harnesses the energy of slowing the movement of one's leg at the end of each step to turn a generator, like a hybrid car uses energy from braking. The power can be used to power cell phones and other gadgets as well as artificial limbs and military gear.

Journal Journal: IP Sharing as a University Right

Most Slashdot readers won't find the idea fresh or stunning, but I think that the spread of copyrighted works without restriction should be a basic right of educational institutions. It fuels the academic discourse and might even be covered by current copyright law. I'm going to try to explain here my experiences at the University of Maryland on its DC++ hub to show how it (I think) increases the development


How Pervasive is ISP Outbound Email Filtering? 281

Erris writes "A member of the Baton Rouge LUG noticed that Cox checks the text of outgoing email and rejects mail containing key phrases. I was aware of forced inbox filtering that has caused problems and been abused by other ISPs in China and in the US. I've also read about forced use of ISP SMTP and outbound throttling, but did not know they outbound filtered as well. How prevalent and justified is this practice? Wouldn't it be better to cut off people with infected computers than to censor the internet?"

Anonymity of Netflix Prize Dataset Broken 164

KentuckyFC writes "The anonymity of the Netflix Prize dataset has been broken by a pair of computer scientists from the University of Texas, according to a report from the physics arXivblog. It turns out that an individual's set of ratings and the dates on which they were made are pretty unique, particularly if the ratings involve films outside the most popular 100 movies. So it's straightforward to find a match by comparing the anonymized data against publicly available ratings on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) (abstract on the physics arxiv). The researchers used this method to find how individuals on the IMDb privately rated films on Netflix, in the process possibly working out their political affiliation, sexual preferences and a number of other personal details"

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