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Submission + - No porn from public WiFi hotspots in the UK (

whoever57 writes: The Prime Minister of the UK is proposing that porn should not be available through WiFi hotspots in public areas. Exactly how this will be implemented has not been identified, even to the extent of whether the ISP or the hotspot operator should implement the blocking. The Children’s Charities Coalition has demanded urgent action on the issue.

Submission + - AMD Radeon HD 7990 Hobbled by CrossFire, Fix Coming in Summer

Vigile writes: After nearly 14 months of waiting, AMD is releasing its dual-GPU version of the GCN architecture, the Radeon HD 7990. With a 6GB frame buffer, 4096 stream processors and 8.2 TFLOPS of raw compute capability this new $999 graphics card from AMD should really have the horsepower to outperform both the GeForce GTX 690 and the GTX Titan from NVIDIA, but there is a fairly major caveat: CrossFire has significant issues with frame metering. In PC Perspective's review of the HD 7990 you can clearly see that with the new capture-based testing methods nearly half the frames rendered by the card aren't adding to the animation on screen. This problem has been plaguing AMD for a while but they might finally be close to a fix: PC Perspective also published a preview of a new prototype driver due out in the summer that implements software frame pacing into the driver pipeline that properly meters frame display for a better gaming experience.

Submission + - US Federal Judge Rules NSA Wiretapping Illegal (

Dan Fuhry writes: ""A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s program of surveillance without warrants was illegal, rejecting the Obama administration’s effort to keep shrouded in secrecy one of the most disputed counterterrorism policies of former President George W. Bush. In a 45-page opinion, Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that the government had violated a 1978 federal statute requiring court approval for domestic surveillance when it intercepted phone calls of Al Haramain, a now-defunct Islamic charity in Oregon."

This is a considerable step in the right direction for the privacy of United States citizens. Now if only they would decide the same about warrantless laptop confiscation and searching at the border."

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