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Submission + - The Internet Strikes Back - Anti-SOPA app develope (android.com) 1

Safarijacksa writes: "It appears that some enterprising individuals have gathered together and developed an android app (appropriately called BoycottSOPA) that scans the bar code of products and references them against companies that are SOPA supporters. The app even tracks subsidiary companies. If users have instance access to the ethics of their actions could this then restore balance to the force?"

Submission + - Red Hat HQ Moving to Downtown Raleigh 19 Story Tow (wral.com)

josmar52789 writes: Red Hat is moving their world head quarters to a 19 story office tower once occupied by Progress Energy. With the move, they have committed to two more decades of operations in Raleigh, NC and hiring more than 1000 employees globally. In addition, the city of Raleigh is committing to Open Source calling itself an "Open Source city".

Submission + - Google TV reborn: ARM support, new OEMs, and more

An anonymous reader writes: For some time the future of Google TV was looking pretty grim. Logitech's Revue failed miserably, and Sony seemed like the only supporter of Google TV when the 3.1 update came out in October. With competitors like Roku making waves everywhere, the ever louder drum of rumors surrounding an Apple TV, and every TV manufacturer out there trying to figure out how Smart TVs will keep them relevant, Google needed to make a big play to keep their service in the game. More hardware, less expensive, and faster distribution are necessary in order for the platform to survive.

Submission + - Web Browser Grand Prix VIII: Chrome 16, Firefox 9, (tomshardware.com) 1

CortezCarza writes: "This article, the latest in a recurring browser benchmarking series, is a follow-up to last August's Mac vs. PC browser showdown which tested the top 5 web browsers in Windows 7 and Mac OS X Lion on a Core i5 Hackintosh PC. This time they used a genuine Core i7 MacBook Air.
Areas of testing include: JavaScript, DOM, CSS, Flash, Java, Silverlight, HTML5, hardware acceleration, WebGL, memory efficiency, proper page loads, and standards conformance, plus a new differentiation between cold and hot startup times, as well as cached and uncached page loads.
Due to its old school release schedule IE9 finally winds up back where it belongs, at the bottom. Meanwhile Firefox makes a serious comeback, and Safari is only worth a damn on OS X. But the kicker is that the OS X browsers performed significantly better in relation to the Windows browsers on the Hackintosh versus the real deal MacBook."


Submission + - DARPA Chooses Leader for 100-Year Starship Project

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "With Nasa scaling back its manned space programs, the idea of a manned trip to the stars may sound audacious, but the 100 Year Starship (100YSS) study is an effort seeded by DARPA to develop a viable and sustainable model for persistent, long-term, private-sector investment into the myriad of disciplines needed to make long-distance space travel practicable and feasible. The goal is not to have the government fund the actual building of spacecraft destined for the stars, but rather to create a foundation that can last 100 years in order to help foster the research needed for interstellar travel. Now DARPA has provided $500,000 in seed money to help jumpstart the effort and chosen Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to go into space, to lead 100YSS. Jemison, who is also a physician and engineer, left NASA in 1993 after a six-year stint in which she served as science mission specialist aboard space shuttle Endeavour, becoming the first black woman to fly in space. Since leaving the space agency, she has been involved in education and outreach efforts and technology development. Rounding out her resume, Jemison also served as a medical aofficer for the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and Liberia, is a professionally trained dancer, speaks Russian, Swahili and Japanese, and was the first real astronaut to make a cameo in an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Jemison won the contract with her proposal titled "An Inclusive Audacious Journey Transforms Life Here on Earth & Beyond.""

Submission + - IT salaries edge up back to 2008 levels (infoworld.com) 1

tsamsoniw writes: "A soon-to-be released salary survey finds that the average salary for IT professionals in the U.S. is $78,299, putting overall compensation back at January 2008 levels. More heartening: Midsize and large companies are both aiming to hire more IT pros. The midsize are seeking IT executives (such as VPs of information services and technical services), as well as programmers, database specialists, systems analysts, and voice/wireless communication pros. Enterprises are moving IT and data center operations back in-house, which means greater demand for data center managers and supervisors."

Submission + - French court frowns on Google autocomplete, issues (arstechnica.com)

Lexx Greatrex writes: Google had been sued by insurance company Lyonnaise de Garantie, which was offended by search results including the word "escroc," meaning crook, according to a story posted Tuesday by the Courthouse News Service. "Google had argued that it was not liable since the word, added under Google Suggest, was the result of an automatic algorithm and did not come from human thought," the article states. "A Paris court ruled against Google, however, pointing out that the search engine ignored requests to remove the offending word... In addition to the fine, Google must also remove the term from searches associated with Lyonnaise de Garantie."

Submission + - TSA Interested In Purchasing Dosimeters (gsnmagazine.com) 1

OverTheGeicoE writes: TSA recently announced that it is looking for vendors of 'radiation measurement devices'. According to the agency's Request for Information, these devices 'will assist the TSA in determining if the Transportation Security Officers (TSO) at selected federalized airports are exposed to ionizing radiation above minimum detectable levels, and whether any measured radiation doses approach or exceed the threshold where personnel dosimetry monitoring is required by DHS/TSA policy.' A TSA spokeman claims that their RFI 'did not reflect any heightened concern by the agency about radiation levels that might be excessive or pose a risk to either TSA screeners or members of the traveling public.' Concern outside the agency, however, has always been high. TSA has long been criticized for its apparent lack of understanding of radiological safety, even for its own employees. There has been speculation of a cancer cluster, possibly caused by poor safety practices in baggage screening.
The Courts

Submission + - Lost In BYOD's Uncharted Legal Waters (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "As companies increasingly enable employees to bring their own devices into business environments, significant legal questions remain regarding the data consumed and created on these employee-owned technologies. 'Strictly speaking, employees have no privacy rights for what's transmitted on company equipment, but employers don't necessarily have access rights to what's transmitted on employees' own devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and home PCs. Also unclear are the rights for information that moves between personal and corporate devices, such as between one employee who uses her own Android and an employee who uses the corporate-issued iPhone. ... This confusion extends to trade secrets and other confidential data, as well as to e-discovery. When employees store company data on their personal devices, that could invalidate the trade secrets, as they've left the employer's control. Given that email clients such as Outlook and Apple Mail store local copies (again, on smartphones, tablets, and home PCs) of server-based email, theoretically many companies' trade secrets are no longer secret.'"

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Google Tests Ice Cream Sandwich Update on Employees
PC Magazine
Ready for a little Ice Cream Sandwich – that's Android 4.0 – for your smartphone? Keep waiting, although you can now complement your patience with a little bit of hope. New reports from company employees indicate that Google has started ...
Google tests Android update on employees' Nexus SCNET
Google Said to be Testing Android 4.O on Samsung Nexus SPCWorld (blog)
Galaxy Nexus volume update: Are you fixed?SlashGear
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Submission + - Hedy Lamarr: Inventor of Cellphones, Wi-Fi and GPS

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Hedy Lamarr, a siren of the silver screen and legend of Hollywood's Golden Age, had a penchant for invention and in 1942, came to be co-holder of a patent on spread spectrum radio, a technology that underlies mobile and cordless telephones, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. "Here was someone of intellect in Hollywood who didn't like to go to parties," says Richard Rhodes author of "Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World". "[Hedy] didn't drink and she didn't like loud parties and drunken parties — and she had to find some way to spend her time. It was her hobby." Lamarr had an inventor's corner set up in the drawing room of her Hollywood home complete with a drafting table and tools, and in the course of her life tinkered with a range of inventions including a fluorescent dog collar, a skin-tautening technique, modifications to the Concorde airliner and a bouillon-like cube that would create a carbonated beverage when mixed with water. But Lamarr's most important invention was a torpedo guidance system (PDF) for the U.S. Navy she co-developed with composer George Antheil that used a method of coordinated switching (or "hopping") between radio frequencies to prevent communications from being detected and jammed, a technology that underlies today's mobile communications. “Any girl can be glamorous,” Lamarr was famous for saying. “All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.” But it’s not every girl who can be glamorous, stand still, and take the future in a new direction."
The Military

Submission + - German City Evacuated for WWII Bomb Removal 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "In the largest bomb-related evacuation in Germany's post-war history, life has come to a standstill in the German city of Koblenz, where 45,000 people — nearly half of the citys population — have been evacuated after the discovery of three bombs that were dropped by American and British warplanes in the last years of World War II. "Its the largest German evacuation since the end of the war," says fire brigade spokesman Ronald Eppelsheim. The largest of the explosives is a 1.8-ton British air bomb that has the potential to destroy the citys center but the focus of attention isn't on the largest bomb — it's on the much smaller, 125-kilogram American high-explosive bomb. "This one has been transformed on impact of the earth. We might have some serious problems deactivating the detonator," says bomb-disposal squad member Jurgen Wagner. The deactivation of bombs is a common practice in Germany. Last year, a bomb exploded in the German town Gottingen — killing three members of a bomb-disposal squad."

Submission + - Lightning-made Waves in Earth's Atmosphere Leak In (nasa.gov)

TheNextCorner writes: "At any given moment about 2,000 thunderstorms roll over Earth, producing some 50 flashes of lightning every second. Each lightning burst creates electromagnetic waves that begin to circle around Earth captured between Earth's surface and a boundary about 60 miles up. Some of the waves – if they have just the right wavelength – combine, increasing in strength, to create a repeating atmospheric heartbeat known as Schumann resonance....

NASA's Vector Electric Field Instrument (VEFI) aboard the U.S. Air Force's Communications/Navigation Outage Forecast System (C/NOFS) satellite has detected Schumann resonance from space. This comes as a surprise, since current models of Schumann resonance predict these waves should be caged at lower altitude, between the ground and a layer of Earth's atmosphere called the ionosphere."


Submission + - Linux: 25 PHP Security Best Practices For Sys Admi (cyberciti.biz)

TheNextCorner writes: "PHP is an open-source server-side scripting language and it is a widely used. The Apache web server provides access to files and content via the HTTP OR HTTPS protocol. A misconfigured server-side scripting language can create all sorts of problems. So, PHP should be used with caution. Here are twenty-five php security best practices for sysadmins for configuring PHP securely."

Submission + - AMD retreating from competing with Intel (mercurynews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: AMD spokesman Mike Silverman:

We will all need to let go of the old 'AMD versus Intel' mind-set, because it won't be about that anymore.

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