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Submission + - Swedish Pirate Party to Host New WikiLeaks Servers (piratpartiet.se) 1

Ezel writes: The Pirate Party will host several new WikiLeaks servers. This was agreed during Julian Assange’s visit to Stockholm last weekend, and the Pirate Party is happy to announce that everything has been finalized.
Last week, the Pirate Party challenged the other Swedish parties to assist WikiLeaks in its democratic effort. The Pirate Party has been the first to step up uo the plate, and keeps calling on others to defend freedom of the press in Sweden. As a result, WikiLeaks have commissioned a number of new servers that will be hosted and taken care of by the Pirate Party.

The Pirate Party will provide bandwidth and hosting to WikiLeaks free of charge as part of its political mission.


Submission + - Chips that flow with probabilities, not bits (technologyreview.com)

holy_calamity writes: "Boston company Lyric Semiconductor has taken the wraps off a microchip designed for statistical calculations that eschews digital logic. It's still made from silicon transistors. But they are arranged gates that compute with analogue signals representing probabilities, not binary bits. That makes it easier to implement calculations of probabilities, says the company, which has a chip for correcting errors in flash memory claimed to be 30 times smaller than a digital logic-based equivalent."

Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies 456

Gary Phebus wants to donate his heart, lungs, and liver. The problem is he wants to donate them before he dies. Gary was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2008. Phebus says he'd like to be able to donate his organs before they deteriorate, and doesn't consider his request suicide because he's "dead anyway."

Comment Seems like a batch issue (Score 0) 282

I went down to my local apple store and tested out 9 iPhone 4s. Of those 9, 4 showed the problem, while 5 were perfectly fine. The test was to place my thumb on the lower left spot, thus "shorting" the two antennas. I repeated my test on each one multiple times and it was consistent. This leads me to believe it's a production batch issue and not any of the other theories being floated around.
Any software fix will only be covering up the problem.
Of course, who doesn't use a case though?

Submission + - Jammie Thomas verdict reduced from $1.92M to $54k (blogspot.com)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: The $1.92 million dollar RIAA verdict in Capitol Records v. Thomas-Rasset has been reduced from $1,920,000 to $54,000. The judge indicated that he found even the reduced amount to be 'harsh' and that, were he — rather than the jury — determining the proper damages, he might well have awarded even less. In his 38-page decision (PDF), Judge Michael J. Davis concluded that $2250 per infringed work was the maximum amount a jury could reasonably award without the result being a 'shock to the conscience', and indicated that he was relying solely on standard principles of 'remittitur', without reaching the constitutional due process arguments advanced by Ms. Thomas-Rasset's counsel. Judge Davis also indicated that he was relying in part upon the defendant's having lied under oath during the trial. The judge stated that 'statutory damages must still bear some relation to actual damages'.

Submission + - 15 Year Old Student Discovers New Pulsar (nrao.edu) 1

ScuttleMonkey writes: "For the second time in as many years a student has made a discovery while participating in the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC), a joint program between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and West Virginia University designed to get students and teachers involved in analyzing data from the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). This time it was high school sophomore Shay Bloxton who discovered a brand new pulsar. "For Bloxton, the pulsar discovery may be only her first in a scientific career. "Participating in the PSC has definitely encouraged me to pursue my dream of being an astrophysicist," she said, adding that she hopes to attend West Virginia University to study astrophysics. Late last year, another West Virginia student, from South Harrison High School, Lucas Bolyard, discovered a pulsar-like object called a rotating radio transient. His discovery also came through participation in the PSC.""

Submission + - Canada Police State (www.cbc.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: Alberta Canada is known for being a police state. The training the Canadian Police receive amounts to shoot first, ask questions later, than cover up your mistakes. There is a strong unknown movement in Canada to revolt against the current Police state. We need world wide coverage of the issues in Alberta Canada and the rest of Canada. Unless the Human rights issues of Canada make world wide news, there will be no charge for Canada. Please post these CBC news stories.

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