angry tapir writes: Hyperloop One is well on its way to developing the world's first fully operational Hyperloop transportation system. The company revealed its progress at the Middle East Rail conference in Dubai, sharing pictures and footage of its Nevada development site dubbed "DevLoop."
angry tapir writes: A group of film studios is undertaking what is set to be the most significant use so far of Australia's anti-piracy laws, which allow rights holders to apply for court orders that can compel ISPs to block their customers from accessing certain piracy-linked sites. A pair of rights holders last year successfully obtained court orders forcing Australia's most popular ISPs to block a handful of sites including The Pirate Bay. Now Village Roadshow wants to have 41 more sites blocked
angry tapir writes: Concerns at the Apache Software Foundation that the Apache OpenOffice project it hosts might be failing have prompted a debate about retiring the project, and triggered the resignation of at least one member of the project's management committee.
angry tapir writes: In August it will be 35 years since of the release of version 1.0 of MS-DOS (or PC DOS as it was known at the time). Despite MS-DOS being long dead, the FreeDOS community has kept DOS alive, with the open source project having been founded some 22 years ago. I caught up with the founder of the project about the plans for the next version of FreeDOS and what keeps the open source OS alive.
angry tapir writes: Scientists in South Korea have developed solar cells thin enough they can be bent around a pencil. The cells could help usher in the use of solar energy in small portable gadgets where space is at a premium. The cells are fabricated onto a flexible substrate that is just a micrometer thick — one-half to one-quarter the thickness of other "thin" solar cells and hundreds of times thinner than conventional cells.
angry tapir writes: The Australian government's key information security advisory body, the Australian Signals Directorate, has updated its main security guide to take into account the threat to encryption posed by the impending quantum computing era, based in part on NSA advice to the US government that anticipated a need to "shift to quantum-resistant cryptography in the near future". Although the potential of quantum computing is yet to be fully realised in practice, it is getting closer.
angry tapir writes: AMD has announced a plan to license the design of its top-of-the-line server processor to a newly formed Chinese company, creating a brand-new rival for Intel. AMD is licensing its x86 processor and system-on-chip technology to a company called THATIC (Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co. Ltd.), a joint venture between AMD and a consortium of public and private Chinese companies.
angry tapir writes: Oracle is seeking as much as US $9.3 billion in damages in a long-running copyright lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android, court filings show. Oracle sued Google six years ago, claiming the search giant needs a license to use parts of the Java platform in Google's market-leading mobile OS.