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Submission + - "No Power for the Parliament" warns EPO examiners 2

zoobab writes: The Staff Union of the EPO (SUEPO) sent a letter to the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, warning of risks for the European Parliament to be "circumvented" as a legislator when the EU will accede to the European Patent Convention (EPC). The European Patent Organisation is everything except a model of democracy: national patent offices are in power, there is no parliament involved in the decision making process, and diplomatic conferences are held behind closed doors. There are plans to create a central patent court in Europe, which would operate in a democratic vacuum, as it would not be counterbalanced by any legislative assembly, let alone the European Parliament. Such central patent court could also validate software patents via caselaw (as it was recently done with the Microsoft FAT patent by the German Supreme Court), and Microsoft, IBM or SAP are lobbying in Brussels not to reopen the software patent directive.

Submission + - Transferred to The Pirate Bay (

An anonymous reader writes: Andrej Preston, ex-administrator of legendary BitTorrent, has turned over the keys to The Pirate Bay.

"My deal with [The Pirate Bay] was that the role of SuprNova can't change much," he tells "It needs to be community orientated, but I hope they make some updates the SuprNova was sooo missing. But what they will do, it's not my thing to decide anymore. But I know they will do [well] and will try to keep the community spirit running."


Submission + - HP-35s calculator announced and withdrawn 1

leighklotz writes: "HP announced their 35th anniversary version of the groundbreaking HP-35 calculator on July 11th, and the New York Times featured [reg warning] it in their Circuits section today. Sadly, today was also the day that HP apparently withdrew the product to correct reported manufacturing defects. For calculator geeks, note that it has a big prominent ENTER button and reportedly features good tactile feedback. No news about the recall on HP's website..."

Submission + - Do Not Call Registry gets wake-up call ( 2

coondoggie writes: "If you signed up for the federal or your state's Do Not Call Registry a few years ago, you might want to thing about refreshing it. Pennsylvanians this week got a wake up call, so to speak from the state's Attorney General Tom Corbett who kicked off a public awareness campaign designed to remind people what many have forgotten or never knew — that the 2002 law set registrations to expire after five years. That is of course unless you want to start hearing from those telemarketers as you sit down to dinner. Corbett said about 2 million people signed up in the immediate aftermath of the law taking effect and those who do not act by Sept. 15 will have their numbers dropped from the registry on Nov. 1. The Pennsylvania action is a reminder that the National Do Not Call Registry has a five year life span as well. The Federal Trade Commission is set to being a nation campaign in Spring 2008 to remind all US citizens to refresh their federal Do Not Call Registry standing."
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Submission + - Oldschool Linux Remembered, Parts 0.02 & 0.03 (

eldavojohn writes: "Following our last history lesson of Linux 0.01, the Kernel Trap is talking about the following announcements that would lead to one of the greatest operating systems today. A great Linus quote on release 0.02 (just 19 days after 0.01): "I can (well, almost) hear you asking yourselves 'why?'. Hurd will be out in a year (or two, or next month, who knows), and I've already got minix. This is a program for hackers by a hacker. I've enjouyed doing it, and somebody might enjoy looking at it and even modifying it for their own needs. It is still small enough to understand, use and modify, and I'm looking forward to any comments you might have.""

Submission + - Science/Tech creating any Hot New Careers?

An anonymous reader writes: Are there any hot new careers on the horizon in the realm of Science/Technology? Bioinformatics is mentioned often, but the job ads (in Dallas anyway) rarely have positions listed. Nanotechnology gets a lot of research funding, but there doesn't seem to be that many positions available in industry, and you have to have a PhD. Is there anything you see becoming pretty hot in the next few years where it would be really easy to get a job with a master's degree or even a bachelor's degree? As far as that it goes, is there anything now in really high demand (other than nursing)?

Submission + - Open source's hottest 10 apps (part 2) (

davidmwilliams writes: "This story walks through the top five most active open source projects on SourceForge today. It explains what they do and why they're useful. Most of these will be new to most people but all are definitely busting with potential. Check this story out to see just what the hottest SourceForge projects are why they matter."

Submission + - Mac OS X 10.4.10 Update (

pestilence669 writes: "The 10.4.10 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger. This update includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:

- RAW camera support
- Mounting and unmounting external USB devices
- Support for 3rd party software applications
- Security updates

Mac OS X 10.4.10 Update (Intel) SHA-1 Digest:


Submission + - The Seven Deadly Sins of Linux Security (

ChelleChelle writes: Opening with the line "Avoid these common security risks like the devil," this article means business. Bob Toxen of Horizon Network Security presents his list of the seven deadly sins of Linux Security compiled from his own research and experience as well as forensics analysis and discussions with systems administrators. While perfect security may never be a possibility, Toxen's seven rules provide a large step in the right direction.

Submission + - Should I consider something else than FORTRAN?

An anonymous reader writes: I'm about to start my PhD in solid state physics. Most of my work will revolve around numerical simulations of lattice systems — Monte Carlo simulations, density functional calculations [iterative solutions of differential equations], etc.
Almost all of the legacy code is written in FORTRAN(95), the systems available are quite ...diverse ( some old Alphas, Opterons, Power5). Furthermore, I want to be able to simply 'write down' my code (consisting mainly of matrix equations) without worrying (much) about operator precedence, pointers, whatever. So, the programming language should fulfil the following requirements:

1) speed
2) portability
3) easy parallelisation
4) sane, safe, easy syntax

FORTRAN claims all of the above with the possible exception of #4, though in my -limited- experience it's not as bad as the old stories tell if one can muster a bit of self-discipline. C fails -for all I know — on #3 and #4 (remember, matrix manipulation).
But of course, my knowledge is rather limited, especially considering other alternatives (assumed existing), so I thought I'd better ask.

Note that I do not care if the language will be regarded as a 'valuable asset' by future employers, as If I would consider a corporate job they'd better hire me for my brain and not for my toolbox.

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