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Comment Cloud FPGAs (Score 1) 188

As has been pointed out, the FPGA isn't tightly coupled architecturally-wise enough to provide a performance gain in tightly coupled software. This solution, like any board with an FPGA, works best when the task allocated to it is relatively stand-alone (some intensive DSP, etc). Now what would be interesting in this field is cloud providers making FPGAs available as part of their packages, or even using them themselves. So many web applications grind the server for image processing, that would be well suited to an FPGA. Maybe Google should consider it for GAE, for example?


Submission + - Google Android on Intel Atoms (bbc.co.uk)

davidjgraph writes: BBC News reports that Intel have ported Google's Android operating system to their Atom processor. This represents the second main attempt to take a significant netbook market share using a linux-based OS. The jury is still out of the first attempt, that of the Ubuntu Netbook Edition. Some claim it's market share is growing rapidly, others asking "But where has all the Windows gone?".

Submission + - SPAM: Imports of ipad bans by Israel

itechnopk writes: Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the Communications Ministry in Israel has blocked the import of iPads to that country, directing customs officers to seize any iPads that are brought in from the U.S.
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Submission + - Ninja Open Source Patent Defence (jgraph.com)

IBuyMoney writes: An open source project I use today sent out a mailing, a copy of which is posted here. What they seem to be saying, non too subtly, is they plan to spread their software under a "BSD + patent action" clause and should a company threaten them with a patent they would respond by revoking all their software licenses. Given the size of some of the companies who might threaten with patents, it's very possible that popular software could get installed to a point that revoking those licenses would cause significant impact. But would a big company let such a clause in through their doors? Is the clause even legally enforceable?

Comment But (Score 3, Insightful) 142

Are third party sites any more capable of doing anything complex with this information than Facebook? The extent to which I noticed facebook profiled me is the ads on the side would say "free gifts if you're male, 67 years old and live in Sausageville". Let's face it (no pun intended), Facebook probably gives prospective advertisers and third-party sites looking to use profile information some complex sounding presentation about the way that break down demographics to the point that an individual can be uniquely identified 24 seconds before they even think about logging into Facebook. But really, 99% of ads are based on sex, age and where they live, I'm sure a lot more companies than Facebook know this information, I think we're somewhat over-estimating technology companies' ability to mine data. OK, once I told a FB friend to not be such a baby and they got some ads about gifts for new parents. Maybe we should have a social experiment where we try to affect the ads by what we post. "Man, I wish I could get a cheap rate mobile, easy date in my area , cartoonize myself" should be a good starting point...

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Submission + - Think Really Different 1

theodp writes: The new issue of Newsweek is all about the iPad. At first glance, reporter Daniel Lyons thought the iPad was no big deal. A bigger iPod Touch, right? Then he got his mitts on one. Now he claims that the iPad will change the way you use computers, read books, and watch TV — as long as you're willing to do it the Steve Jobs way. 'Is it worth 500 bucks?' Lyons asks. 'Yup. Done. Sold.' Woz has already ordered three. Also drinking the Kool-Aid is Anna Quindlen, who argues that the future of reading is backlit and bright.

Submission + - SPAM: Facebook 'linked to rise in syphilis'

coolsuriya writes: Facebook has contributed to a resurgence in the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis, a health expert has claimed. Case have increased fourfold in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside, the areas of Britain where Facebook is most popular. Professor Peter Kelly, director of public health in Teesside, claimed staff had found a link between social networking sites and the spread of the bacteria, especially among young women
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Submission + - SPAM: Software maker sues China on piracy accusation

Cytalk writes: A U.S. software maker sued China’s government and seven computer makers Tuesday alleging piracy of its Internet filtering software.

Cybersitter LLC, whose software is designed to help parents filter content seen by children, seeks $2.2 billion in damages in the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles.

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Submission + - JavaScript protection, if you can't beat them...

davidjgraph writes: JavaScript, like any interpreted language, is very hard to protect effectively. Within two months of adding a simple protection to a JavaScript component we wrote, there were posts ( google translation ) *insert sub-thread about Chinese cultural views on copyright* describing how to work around it. At first we thought we're in for a boring cat and mouse game of altering the protection to try to make it not worth anyone's while. But, given these developers' willingness to publicly announce they have committed copyright theft, we thought they could help us work out the best protection mechanisms. We've decided to change the protection mechanism and, armed with my copy of Chinese for Dummies, are going to taunt / politely suggest that they try again. Someone even suggested holding a competition with a prize working it out first. Coming soon, cash handouts for whoever can steal the most wallets. First person to use the phrase "security through obscurity" gets a slap with a wet fish.

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