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Submission + - SCO vs. IBM legal battle over Linux may â" finally â" be finished (

JG0LD writes: A breach-of-contract and copyright lawsuit filed nearly 13 years ago by a successor company to business Linux vendor Caldera International against IBM may be drawing to a close at last, after a U.S. District Court judge issued an order in favor of the latter company earlier this week.

Submission + - Firefox's blocked-by-default Java isn't going down well (

JG0LD writes: The Firefox web browser will, henceforth, require users to manually activate Java objects on sites that they visit, Mozilla has confirmed. The change is aimed at improving security and moving away from a dependence on proprietary plug-ins, but critics say it will cause untold headaches for developers, admins and less-technical end-users.

Submission + - Apple and Amazon end lawsuit over the term "App Store" (

An anonymous reader writes: After months of back and forth legal filings, Amazon and Apple have finally ended their ongoing dispute centering on Amazon's use of the term "App Store."

As part of the agreement, Apple agreed to drop the suit and Amazon promised not to counter-sue Apple in the future.

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said that "we no longer see a need to pursue our case. With more than 900,000 apps and 50 billion downloads, customers know where they can purchase their favorite apps."

Apple initially sued Amazon back in March of 2011 alleging that the online retailer's use of the word "App Store" in its mobile software developer program constituted trademark infringement. Apple expressed that allowing Amazon to continue to use the phrase "App Store" would ultimately confuse consumers who associate the phrase with Apple's app store for iOS apps.

Submission + - 10 things you may not know about Ethernet (

coondoggie writes: Ethernet's value to networking and IT is well established over the past 40 years. But did you know that "Ethernet" refers to two slightly different ways of sending information between endpoints on a LAN? That and some other perhaps lesser known facts about this 40-year-old technology.

Submission + - Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch headed to Apple (

anderzole writes: Some interesting news this afternoon as CNBC recently put out a tweet claiming that Kevin Lynch is stepping down from his role as CTO at Adobe and will be joining Apple. Lynch's departure has since been corroborated by an Adobe filing with the SEC.

So now the question becomes, is Lynch really heading to Apple? And if so, just what type of work/position awaits someone who was previously CTO of Adobe?

Moseying on over to Lynch's personal website, perhaps we can pick up a few clues.

Lynch writes of himself: "I'm currently CTO at Adobe, where I shape Adobe's long-term technology vision and focus innovation across the company along the lines of multiscreen, cloud, and social computing. The most recent embodiment of this work is Adobe Creative Cloud for creative professionals, and Adobe Marketing Cloud for marketing professionals."

Hmm, cloud computing certainly seems to be jumping off the page.


Submission + - Cycle Computing spins up 10,600 instances in Amazon's cloud (

Brandon Butler writes: "High performance cloud computing company Cycle Computing is no stranger to spinning up massive clusters of servers in Amazon's public cloud, but this week the company says it recently ran one of its largest jobs ever, one that used 10,598 multi-core instances.

Cycle Computing provisioned Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) servers for a pharmaceutical client to simulate a drug test. It took two hours to configure and ran for nine hours, for a total cost of $4,362. If the infrastructure had been built by the company, Cycle estimates it would have taken a 12,000-square-foot data center and cost $44 million. Cycle says it's the biggest job the company has performed in terms of the number of virtual machine instances that have been used for a single run.

It was a big job for Cycle, but not the company's biggest. Last year, Cycle ran a 50,000-core job that used 6,732 instances for computational chemistry company Schrodinger. That job had fewer instances but more compute cores."


Submission + - Sex and NSFW clips flood new Vine app from Twitter. Will Apple respond? (

An anonymous reader writes: Just a few days ago, Twitter unveiled a new app called Vine for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app enables users to record 6 second videos and embed them within tweets.

The Vine app, much like Twitter, lets users explore and discover content via hashtags. However, it didn't take long at all for hashtags for words like #sex and #porn to take center stage. Indeed, any NSFW term one can think of likely has a listing on Vine already. And while Vine enables users to flag videos as inappropriate, this only serves to provide a warning to users before a video begins playing.

So why is this a problem? After all, the web is chock full of pornography. Well, it may be a problem for Apple given that it has taken a staunch anti-porn stance regarding the iTunes App Store since it first launched back in 2008. Indeed, Steve Jobs used to tout the iTunes App Store over competing Android app stores, effectively calling the latter a repository for porn.

Recently, Apple removed a popular photo sharing app called 500px because it was rather easy for users to browse around and find nude photos.

Will Apple take similar action with Vine? If not, is Vine receiving preferential treatment because it's an app from a big name developer? As always, Apple's consistency with respect to app store removals is being called into question.

Open Source

Submission + - Why a Linux user is using Windows 3.1 ( 1

colinneagle writes: About two weeks back, I was using my Android tablet and looking for a good graphics editor. I wanted something with layers and good text drawing tools. That’s when it hit me. We already have that.

Photoshop used to run on Windows 3.1. And Windows 3.1 runs great under both DOSBox and QEMU, both of which are Open Source emulators available for Android and every other platform under the sun.

So I promptly set to work digging up an old copy of Photoshop. The last version released for Windows 3.1 was back in 1996. And finding a working copy proved to be...challenging. Luckily, the good folks at Adobe dug around in their vaults and managed to get me up and running.

And, after a bit of tweaking, I ended up with an astoundingly functional copy of Photoshop that I can now run on absolutely every device I own. And the entire environment (fonts, working files and all) are automatically backed up to the cloud and synced between systems.

But what other applications (and, potentially, games) does this give me access to? How far can I take this?


Submission + - 2012 patent rankings: IBM on top, Google spikes (

bednarz writes: "It’s official: IBM has dominated the U.S. patent race for two decades. IBM earned 6,478 utility patents last year, topping the list of patent winners for the 20th year in a row, according to data published today from IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Samsung was the second most prolific patent winner, with 5,081 patents received in 2012, followed by Canon (3,174), Sony (3,032), Panasonic (2,769), Microsoft (2,613), Toshiba (2,447), Hon Hai Precision Industry (2,013), GE (1,652), and LG Electronics (1,624). Earning its first appearance among the top 50, Google increased its 2012 patent count by 170% to 1,151 patents and landed at 21 in IFI’s rankings, up from 65 in 2011. Google narrowly beat Apple, which earned 1,136 patents (an increase of 68%) and landed at 22 in the rankings."

Submission + - Syria off the Internet Grid (

hypnosec writes: Amidst the ongoing civil war, Syria has gone off the Internet a few hours ago with all the 84 IP block within the country unreachable from the outside. Renesys, a research firm, keeping tabs on the health of the Internet reported at about 5:25 ET that Syria’s Internet connectivity has been shut. The internet traffic from outside to Syrian IP addresses is going undelivered and anything coming out from within the country is not reaching the Internet. Akamai has tweeted that its traffic data supports what Renesys has observed.

Submission + - Sandia Lab celebrates original "Mr. Clean" the clean room inventor ( 1

coondoggie writes: "Sandia National Laboratories physicist Willis Whitfield, 92, passed away earlier this month and left a technological legacy that continues to reverberate today: The legendary clean room.

The original laminar-flow 10 x 6 clean room developed 50 years ago by Whitfield was more than 1,000 times cleaner than any cleanrooms used at the time and ultimately revolutionized microelectronics, healthcare and manufacturing development. According to Sandia, with slight modifications, it is still the clean room standard today."


Submission + - Cisco Aquires Meraki for $1.2 Billion - Another great startup is destroyed (

Karem Lore writes: Cisco announced today the acquisition of Meraki for $1.2 Billion. Meraki was a research project from MIT started back in 2006 and provided on-premise mesh Wi-Fi networking and security devices with a cloud-based configuration software.

After spending the last year moving away from expensive and largely complicated Cisco technology to Meraki, it seems we are back at step 1, looking for alternatives. Our experience as an SMB with Cisco has been one of lock-in, high prices and unnecessary complexity. What are other people using that is not Cisco that provides WiFi Mesh networks, site-to-site VPN, Client-VPN, Security and Content filtering, Layer 7 and 3 packet shaping, link bonding and a nice dashboard view of what is happening on your network all in a single package for a very reasonable cost?


Submission + - U.S. says exascale unlikely before 2020-22 because of budget woes (

dcblogs writes: The U.S. Dept. of Energy is now targeting 2020 to 2022 for an exascale system, two to four years later than earlier expectations. William Harrod, research division director in the advanced scientific computing in the DOE Office of Science, previewed its planned Exascale Computing Initiative report at the SC12 supercomputing conference last week. "When we started this, [the timetable was] 2018; now it's become 2020 but really it is 2022," said Harrod. DOE will soon release its report on its Exascale Computing Initiative as part of effort to get funding approved in the FY 2014 budget. But current fiscal problems in Congress, the so-called fiscal cliff in particular, makes Harrod pessimistic about funding for next year. "To be honest, I would be somewhat doubtful of that at this point in time," he said. "The biggest problem is the budget," said Harrod. "Until I have a budget, I really don't know what I'm doing," he said. DOE has not said how much money it will need, but analysts say billions of dollars will needed to develop an exascale system. A major research effort is needed because of power, memory, concurrency and resiliency challenges posed by exascale. Data transport may be the leading problem. In today's systems, data has to travel a long way which uses up power. Datasets are "being generated are so large that it's basically impractical to write the data out to disk and bring it all back in to analyze it," said Harrod. "We need systems that have large memory capacity. If we limit the memory capacity we limit the ability to execute the applications as they need to be run," he said.

Submission + - Apple now shipping Lightning adapters (

hcs_$reboot writes: Apple started shipping the Lightning (iPhone 5 connector) to 30-pin adapters, that costs from $29 to $39. Some iPhone 5 owners complained about its new connector being incompatible with the previously well known 30 pin connectors (iPhone 4S and before, iPod, iPad, chargers, music combos...). And the adapter comes to the rescue...
However, considering the recent wave of disappointment engendered by the new Apple device (Maps, iOS6 bugs, lack of innovation, lack of staff motivation, etc...), some people may argue that what Apple really needs is a Cook to Jobs adapter...

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