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Hardware

Submission + - The CIA and Jeff Bezos bet $30 million on quantum computing company (technologyreview.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The CIA's investment fund, In-Q-Tel, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos have invested $30 million in a Canadian company that claims to build quantum computers, reports Technology Review in a detailed story on why that startup, D-Wave, appears to be attracting serious interest after years of skepticism from experts. A spokesman for In-Q-Tel says that intelligence agencies "have many complex problems that tax classical computing architecture", a feeling apparently strong enough to justify a bet on a radically different, and largely unproven, approach to computing.
Biotech

Using Stem Cells to Save Endangered Species 73

RogerRoast writes "Starting with normal skin cells, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have produced the first stem cells from endangered species. Such cells could eventually make it possible to improve reproduction and genetic diversity for some species, possibly saving them from extinction, or to bolster the health of endangered animals in captivity. The study was published in the recent issue of Nature Methods."
Encryption

Submission + - Pakistan Bans Encryption (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: After some rumors of this last month, Pakistan has now officially told all of the country's ISPs that they need to block all encrypted VPNs since content running over such things cannot be monitored by the government.

Submission + - Star Sonata 2 open beta signups are open. (starsonata.com)

Frac O Mac writes: The beta signups for the online game Star Sonata 2 have finally opened up, after years of delays. The latest video shows off the features unheard of in the MMORPG genre, inclduing RTS controls for your assets, realtime arcade style combat, and a constantly evolving universe with randomly generated content.
Google

Submission + - Google Launches Identity Verification Badge Scheme

theodp writes: Let's play Jeopardy! A. Badges. Q. What were used to identify members of Google+ and prisoners in Nazi concentration camps? CNET reports that rather than backing down after complaints about its insistence that Google+ user accounts be opened under a real name, Google has upped the ante and will pin 'verification badges' on users in an effort to assure people that 'the person you're adding to a circle is really who they claim to be.' In a Friday night post, Google employee Wen-Ai Yu explained that the Google+ team is initially 'focused on verifying public figures, celebrities, and people who have been added to a large number of Circles, but we're working on expanding this to more folks.'
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Submission + - CrowdSourcing Pattent Invalidation 1

An anonymous reader writes: Should the EFF set up a web site to croudsource the invalidation of patents that affect open source projects by encouraging crowd sourcing and listing of prior art to be used to invalidate such patents? Some thing like a wiki or forum that would list all of the patens that are alive and make it so that people can evaluate and discus the patents like a web forum and attach material that could be used to invalidate the. Is this some thing Google should set up to help get rid of the software patents. Is croudsourcing the answer to eliminating bad patents. Should there be a separate web site that looks only at patents that have just been issued and can still be challenged with out going to court by using the PTO. I want to know. Maybe there should be a list of troublesome patents that need to be targeted fir assassination first.
Open Source

Submission + - Stealing My Free Code! (wordpress.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: I recently found out that the company I used to work for is removing all the open source licenses (GPL and MIT) from my work and distributing it as proprietary software and taking all the credit despite the fact that they contributed nothing to it. They are even renaming it something really silly. What should I do?
Iphone

Submission + - iPhones Frozen in Finland (www.yle.fi)

kjr71 writes: Finland's Consumer Agency has received a lot of questions about the iPhone's performance in cold weather. The 'normal operating temperatures' of an iPhone are between 0 and 35 degrees Celsius, and the average temperature in Helsinki is below zero for four months of the year.

The Consumer Agency says that customers who bought an iPhone and were not informed about how it performs in cold weather may be entitled to return the product and ask for a refund.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Lessons in scientific programming

I learned today -- or relearned, rather; it's one of those lessons that apparently I have to keep learning -- not to try to out-calculate the computer. What I mean by this is that math, real math, the kind of math that involves pushing symbols around, is hard; but calculation is easy, so easy that we build machines to do it for us. And in that limited realm, those machines are much better than we are. So we should concentrate on the math and let the machines handle the number-crunching, ra

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