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Comment Re:Much Ado About Nothing (Score 1) 198

I agree with much of what you say, but I think this is more akin to punishing someone being sprayed by an over aggressive perfume salesperson than taking a free sample. Taking a sample is a conscious action in which the sample is available and you actively take it and use it for your benefit. Google was driving through the area looking for open access points when some people said "Here, have all of this data we left in the clear and sprayed into the street for you. You wanted it, didn't you?"

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Submission + - Can transistors be made to work when they are off? (

An anonymous reader writes: Engineers at the Belgian research institute IMEC are looking at the use of silicon transistors in the sub-threshold region of their operation as a way of pursuing ultra-low power goals. A chip the engineers are designing for biomedical applications could have blocks designed to operate at 0.2 or 0.3 volts, researchers said, according to EE Times.

The threshold voltage is the point at which the transistor nominally switches off. Operating a transistor when it is "off" would make use of the leakage conduction that is normally seen as wasted energy, according to the article.

Submission + - The Matrix for Businesses (

An anonymous reader writes: The idea of using virtual reality and gaming technologies to create training exercises and business simulations has been around for years. But recent advances in computer graphics, interfaces, and massively multiplayer online (MMO) games have made it commercially viable to pursue simulations in the business world. Novel, a venture-backed startup company, is about to launch a new MMO role-playing game, called Empire & State, with an unusual goal: to use the technology and the lessons it learns from the game to create simulations for big companies that want to improve their human resources and hiring efficiencies. Imagine assessing employees’ leadership and teamwork skills by jacking them into a virtual, multiplayer business scenario. That’s the goal, but Novel will face challenges of all sorts---business, social, and technical---in its efforts to sell MMO technologies to the corporate world.

Submission + - Google Gives Microsoft 5 Days to Fix XP Zero-Day (

CWmike writes: Google engineer Tavis Ormandy published attack code on Thursday that exploits a zero-day vulnerability in Windows XP. Security experts objected to the way he disclosed the bug — just five days after it was reported to Microsoft — and said the move is more evidence of the ongoing, and increasingly public, war between the two giants. Microsoft said it is investigating the vulnerability and would have more information on its next steps later on Thursday. Researchers at French security vendor Vulpen Security confirmed that Ormandy's proof-of-concept works as advertised on Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and SP3 machines running Internet Explorer 7 or IE8. Ormandy said he decided to go public because of its severity, and, 'If I had reported the ... issue without a working exploit, I would have been ignored.' He also slammed the concept of 'responsible disclosure,' a term that Microsoft and others apply to bug reports submitted privately, giving developers time to patch before the information is publicly released. Microsoft took Ormandy to task for giving it less than a week to deal with his report. And Microsoft was not the only one. Robert Hansen, CEO of SecTheory, chastised Google for claiming that the company abides by responsible disclosure when its security researchers do not. 'Their researchers are going off half-cocked,' said Hansen, who deplored Ormandy's quick publication. 'It just doesn't add up.'

Comment Re:That's not what they'll win Congress with, no.. (Score 1) 382

I think that's really missing the point. What you are suggesting would be basically giving legitimacy to their method of "doing business" and at the same time admitting that you are doing something wrong. This is the death throes of an outdated business model. Whenever an entity becomes dependant on lawsuits for a mesurable percentage of its income, it no longer has anything to offer and either needs to adapt or die. *cough* *SCO* *cough*

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