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Comment Re:At the end of the day (Score 5, Informative) 387

The problem is, that the jury admitted to skipping entire parts of the case and just awarding apple money. Not just that, but some features that apple has patented were not even apple innovations. So whether Samsung did copy or not, Apple was awarded money for things it copied. It isn't the fact that people are pro Samsung or pro Apple, it is that Apple was awarded a giant sum of money due to a broken system and an uneducated jury when it comes to patents.

Submission + - Scientists say Fukushima caused mutant butterflies (

penultimatepost writes: Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies from near Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, scientists said yesterday, raising fears radiation could affect other species.
About 12 percent of pale grass blue butterflies that were exposed to nuclear fallout as larvae immediately after the tsunami-sparked disaster had abnormalities, including smaller wings and damaged eyes, researchers said.


Submission + - Drone swarm creates WIFI network (

garymortimer writes: "These UAS would fly off and hover above the city, and create ad hoc connections and networks in a new form of nomadic territorial infrastructure,” Young says, “a flock of interactive autonomous drones that form their own place specific, temporary, local, Wi-Fi community–a pirate Internet.”

Rather than carry satellites to uplink to the greater Internet, Young imagines his swarm as a highly site-specific means to create peer-to-peer communication (think text messaging or the old Napster file sharing model). And in this regard, Young actually views Electronic Countermeasures as a form of nomadic architecture–a roaming infrastructure built from digital beams rather than steel–like a drifting island of information."


Submission + - Chrome hacked in 5 minutes, 60k USD prize claimed (

Skuto writes: After offering a total prize fund of up to 1M USD for a successful Chrome hack (, it seems Google got what it wanted (or not!). No more than 5 minutes into the Pwn2Own cracking contest team Vupen exploited 2 Chrome bugs to demonstrate a total break of Google's browser. They will win at least 60k USD out of Google's prize fund, as well as taking a strong option on winning the overall Pwn2Own prize. It also illustrates that Chrome's much lauded sandboxing ( is not a silver bullet for browser security.

Submission + - Large Solar Flare To Glance Off Earth ( 1

JoeRobe writes: According to, a major X5 solar flare is on it's way to deliver a glancing blow to the Earth's magnetic field. This is the second x-class flare to be released by the same sunspot in the past few days, the first being an X1. In both cases, the sunspot (spot 1429) was not directly facing Earth, but it is still active, and poses a threat for a large, Earth-directed flare in the next few days.

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