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Submission + - Iran plans to unplug the Internet, launch its own "clean" alternative (

issicus writes: Iran topped a recent list of repressive regimes that most aggressively restrict Internet freedom. The list, published by Reporters Without Borders, is a part of the 2012 edition of the organization’s Enemies of the Internet report. One of the details addressed in that report is the Iranian government’s bizarre plan to create its own “clean” Internet. The proposed system, an insular nation-wide intranet that is reportedly isolated from the regular Internet, would be heavily regulated by the government. -Ryan Paul

Comment Geocentric?!? (Score 1) 2

"The world's largest Internet market" -- perhaps geographically, but more-so for China because China isolates itself, and because most people still think of the world geo-politically. The internet's financial picture is mostly based on social demographics, such as age-markets, and if China were treated that way then it's citizens may make up the largest portion of each social demographic, but there'd be more that could be done independent of geographic politics. Sending "explain yourself" letters works between governments, but not as directly for businesses (e.g. Google sending the same letter essentially makes no difference), so the decision from a business perspective is keep doing business in that environment, or stop.

Comment Got that in Norway (Score 1) 434

Here in Norway, the police is present, and has a big, red "POLITI" button on Facebook, Twitter as well as in Windows Live Messenger, and on Norwegian social networks (, The button is linked to a chat service with officers from Kripos (National Crime Unit). Apparently, children have reported abuse (violence by parents) as well as bullying, enabling Social Services to react.

Comment Re:Stop Crap Intel Graphics! (Score 1) 440

I've had no problem with IG chips, they run all my software just fine and can even play Oblivion. Unless you're gaming or running some eye candy OS, I don't see why you'd need more.

Then again, I suppose I'm judging a discrete graphics card vs integrated as two very different things. If I have a discrete graphics card I expect it to do more than "even play Oblivion".


Submission + - Frankfurt motorshow has cars with plugs, no hydrog (

savuporo writes: This years Frankfurt Motorshow has many automakers presenting their plug-in electric vehicles, while previous focus on hydrogen fuel cells is notably absent.
Amongst the cars on show are VW e-Up, Audi e-tron, REVA new lineup, Renault four different electric models and quite a few others, summarized in PDF here.


Submission + - Health care exemption on data breeches (

Combat Wombat writes: "New data breach rules for US healthcare providers have come under criticism from a security firm that specialises in encryption. As part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which comes into effect from 23 September, health organisations in the US that use encryption will no longer be obliged to notify clients of breaches."
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Submission + - How to Make Science Popular Again?

An anonymous reader writes: Ars Technica has an interesting look at the recent book Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, a collaboration between Chris Mooney, writer and author of The Republican War on Science, and scientist Sheril Kirshenbaum. While it seems the book's substance is somewhat lacking it raises an interesting point; how can science be better integrated with mainstream culture for greater understanding and acceptance? "We must all rally toward a single goal: without sacrificing the growth of knowledge or scientific innovation, we must invest in a sweeping project to make science relevant to the whole of America's citizenry. We recognize there are many heroes out there already toiling toward this end and launching promising initiatives, ranging from the Year of Science to the World Science Festival to ScienceDebate. But what we need--and currently lack--is the systematic acceptance of the idea that these actions are integral parts of the job description of scientists themselves. Not just their delegates, or surrogates, in the media or the classrooms."

Submission + - Opera - Back to the future (

fudreporter writes: "The Register is reporting that... Opera raised the browser feature ante today by announcing Opera Unite — placing a web server in every client and encouraging end users to share content from their own desktop with the world. Rather than compete with the cloud-based services that are currently so popular, Opera is proposing, and enabling, a return to how the internet used to work: everyone runs their own host device, with their own applications running on their own hardware, which can then be accessed from anywhere using any web browser. All this functionality is intended to be rolled into the Opera browser, and is currently available in a Beta release, along with a few applications to demonstrate the kind of functionality Opera thinks could become standard fare.

More from the Opera site
Opera Unite: a Web server on the Web browser With Opera 10, we are introducing a new technology called Opera Unite, radically extending what you are able to do online. Opera Unite harnesses the power of today's fast connections and hardware, allowing all of us to help define the future landscape of the Web, one computer at a time. Read about how Opera Unite is going to change the way we interact on the Web on"

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Submission + - Opera Unite

popeyethesailor writes: With the introduction of Google Wave, Live Mesh etc, web technology seems to be heading into a different direction; the action is moving to a more familiar place — your computer. Instead of a central aggregator providing an interface for people to collaborate on, the next generation is all about federation; your computer talks to your peers directly, and also hosts the interface with your peers communicate with you. None of this is completely new or innovative; IRC, Chat rooms, file sharing programs, etc have all done this in the past. However, the new platforms attempt to integrate all of these in a standards compliant fashion, and make this tech available to common folks.

Opera Unite is the latest in the line of federated collaboration platforms; their trick is to bundle the platform as part of the browser. There are detailed screenshots, and explanations in this article.

Comment Err.. Not Opera 10. (Score 2, Informative) 1

Opera Unite is not Opera 10.00. It is a service coming with the release of Opera 10.00 (codenamed Peregrine). It is available in an Opera Labs release (snapshot) as of right now - dubbed "Opera Unite alpha". They did the same thing with Opera Turbo, released it as a standalone snapshot dubbed "Opera Turbo alpha".

I don't think Opera 10.00 final will be available for at least half a year.


Submission + - Sniffing Browser History Without Javascript (

Ergasiophobia writes: "I'm just going to quote the page itself here, as it gives a pretty good description.

It actually works pretty simply — it is simpler than the Javascript implementation. All it does is load a page (in a hidden Iframe) which contains lots of links. If a link is visited, a background (which isn't really a background) is loaded as defined in the CSS. The "background" image will log the information, and then store it (and, in this case, it is displayed to you). Is a demonstration of a method to find out the browsing history of a visitor to a website, no javascript required. It seems the only drawbacks to this method are the increased load on your browser, and that it requires a list of websites to check against."


Submission + - NIST presently setting grid connectivity backbone (

sterlingda writes: "Right now at this very instant of time and for a very short period of time in the near future the standards for the transmission, formats and processes for all of the data handled in the Smart Grid are being written by NIST. Everything that proceeds for decades after this time will hinge on what we do in the next approximately 25 days. Just think of how some of the present bottlenecks in the Internet could have been circumvented with proper foresight. Now is the time to chime in to make sure that the standards set for the Smart Grid are the best the can be."

Submission + - Knuth Requests Math & Algorithms Not Be Patent (

eldavojohn writes: Donald Knuth is reaching out to the EU Patent Office in an effort to avoid making algorithms patentable--he feels this has been a mistake in America. He recently sent the EU Patent Office Commissioner a 1994 letter he had originally sent to the United States Patent Office about patenting software. His argument is simple: (1) math cannot be patented (2) all algorithms are math (3) all software is one or more algorithms and so follows that software cannot be patentable. The USPTO replied by defining non-mathematical software to be patentable while purely mathematical software is not. Knuth sums himself up nicely: 'Basically I remain convinced that the patent policy most fair and most suitable for the world will regard mathematical ideas (such as algorithms) to be not subject to proprietary patent rights. For example, it would be terrible if somebody were to have a patent on an integer, like say 1009, so that nobody would be able to use that number "with further technical effect" without paying for a license. Although many software patents have unfortunately already been granted in the past, I hope that this practice will not continue in future. If Europe leads the way in this, I expect many Americans would want to emigrate so that they could continue to innovate in peace.' Will the EPO listen? Personally I'm more concerned about someone starting to patent software patterns like model-view-controller--boy that would make my job difficult!

Submission + - Top 10 movie technologies we're still waiting for (

Slatterz writes: Ever since the HAL 9000, we've been obsessed with a computer that has the power to control itself without human instructions. The study of cybernetics goes some of the way towards building a cognitive thinking machine, but so far, the level of processing power and programming required to give a machine the power to think on its own has stumped most scientists. This list of the top ten technologies made famous in movies is tongue-in-cheek, but does includes some interesting trivia about such real life inventions as the Moller Skycar (with echoes of Blade Runner), regenerative medicine (made famous by the Star Wars Bacta tank), the Repliee Q1 android and other incredible projects.

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