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.
angry tapir writes: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once infamously described Linux as a cancer. These days, however, the company is a lot more positive about open source software. The company's open source chief, Mark Hill, acknowledges that Microsoft may have said some "silly things in the past" about open source, but now the rise of cloud computing has brought about a dramatic attitude change at the company.
angry tapir writes: In the future, computers may be able to read your thoughts through a connection with the brain. DARPA wants to create a device that could help make that happen. The device, which will be the size of two stacked nickels, will translate information from a brain into digital signals for use on a computer. The device is being developed as part of a four-year, US$60 million research program funded by DARPA
angry tapir writes: Engineers at Xerox PARC have developed a chip that will self-destruct upon command, providing a potentially revolutionary tool for high-security applications. The chip, developed as part of DARPA’s vanishing programmable resources project, could be used to store data such as encryption keys and, on command, shatter into thousands of pieces so small, reconstruction is impossible.