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Submission + - Can't google do a gmail filters label improvement? (

An anonymous reader writes: I know that we can use already some simple regular expressions in a single field in the filter. Example subject field: "(foo | bar)". But sometimes i miss a better flexible feature to create my filters in gmail. Would be very nice to have some advanced regular expression filter, it could be some extra field where i could insert a custom filter like this:

"subject:( foo | bar ) && from:( || || subject:( foobar ) && from:("

Even Unix regular expressions would be a nice plus.


Submission + - Are Google's Patents Too Weak To Protect Android? (

An anonymous reader writes: The Guardian published an opinion piece written by former-NoSoftwarePatents-activist-turned-controversial-patent-blogger Florian Mueller. He lists 12 patent lawsuits instigated against Android last year, says there are many more to come, and believes that Google's portfolio of only 576 U.S. patents is dwarved by those of Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and others. So Google can't retaliate against aggressors such as Oracle. Consequently — he argues — Android makers will have to remove functionality or pay high license fees, and the operating system will become unprofitable for handset makers. Even the app ecosystem could suffer, he says. Since Google received only 282 new U.S. patents in 2010, the gap between Google's portfolio and those of its competitors is widening further: Apple produces about twice as many, and Microsoft gets more than 3,000 new ones a year. Let's discuss this: is Android really in for so much trouble? Can't Google find other ways (than owning many patents) to defend it than countersuing? How about its vast financial resources?

Submission + - MS confirms Windows Phone 7 'phantom data' issue (

qmaqdk writes: As reported earlier on /. Microsoft has been investigating the 'phantom data' issue with Windows Phone 7, where users could experience 3G data transfers of up to 50MB per day. Now Microsoft has confirmed the issue, and is blaming it on "an unnamed third party service". Another article indicates that the fix is external and there will be "no need for a system software update."

Submission + - Rift Telara Guide (

junitawara writes: How does Rift Planes of Telara, the MMORPG said to take the gaming community by storm, plays out? The gameplay mechanics is described in detail.

Submission + - Apple Joint Last In Transparency Study (

krou writes: A new transparency study, which looks at the openness of IT companies and their responsiveness to possible environmental violations by their suppliers, placed Apple joint last in a list of 29 IT companies and firms. Hewlett Packard, British Telecom, Samsung, Sony, Siemens and Alcatel ranked highest. The report's authors, a group of 36 anti-pollution groups involved in the Green Choice Initiative, claimed in a statement that 'Behind their stylish image, Apple products have a side many do not know about – pollution and poison. This side is hidden deep within the company's secretive supply chain.' In their report, none of the companies forced their suppliers to disclose details about waste discharges, but Apple was worst at providing data or answering questions. One such example was last May 'when at least 62 workers fell sick after inhaling n-hexane used to clean touch screens at a Wintek electronics factory in Suzhou', which is believed to be supplying Apple. 'The managers at the Taiwan-owned plant reportedly switched to the noxious chemical – which can cause nerve damage for up to two years – apparently because it dried more quickly than alcohol, thus increasing efficiency.' The report's authors claim they tried for months to get information from Apple, but it refused to make any comment. Ma Jun of the Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs comments that 'This attitude means it is impossible to have any public supervision over their supply chain. Without that how can we trust them? When environmental violations become public knowledge, they should not use commercial confidentiality as an excuse for silence. This is different from other leading brands. Apple can say it is completely 'green' because it is a brand with no factory, but if it doesn't manage its supply chain, these are just empty words. Far from being the best on planet, it is bottom among 29 IT brands. Apple should be a leader. If it can move on this, it can change the whole industry.'

Submission + - Fake GSM Base Station Trick Targets iPhones (

mvar writes: While his Black Hat DC Conference demonstration was not flawless, a University of Luxembourg student on Wednesday did show that it's possible to trick iPhone users into joining a fake GSM network. Ralf-Philipp Weinmann showed how to cobble together a laptop using open-source software OpenBTS and other low-cost gear to create a fake GSM transmitter base station to locate iPhones in order to send their owners a message. A number of iPhone users in the room expressed surprise that they had gotten a message asking them to join the network. "You want to get phones not just used by the teenage crowd but executives," said Weinmann, adding that it is possible to "have complete control of the phone." Part of the reason these fake GSM network attacks are possible is because the code base used in smartphones such as the iPhone, which is Infineon-based, goes back to the 1990s.

Are Complex Games Doomed To Have Buggy Releases? 362

An anonymous reader points out a recent article at Gamesradar discussing the frequency of major bugs and technical issues in freshly-released video games. While such issues are often fixed with updates, questions remain about the legality and ethics of rushing a game to launch. Quoting: "As angry as you may be about getting a buggy title, would you want the law to get involved? Meglena Kuneva, EU Consumer Affairs Commissioner, is putting forward legislation that would legally oblige digital game distributors to give refunds for games, putting games in the same category in consumer law as household appliances. ... This call to arms has been praised by tech expert Andy Tanenbaum, author of books like Operating Systems: Design and Implementation. 'I think the idea that commercial software be judged by the same standards as other commercial products is not so crazy,' he says. 'Cars, TVs, and telephones are all expected to work, and they are full of software. Why not standalone software? I think such legislation would put software makers under pressure to first make sure their software works, then worry about more bells and whistles.'"

Dying Star Mimics Our Sun's Death 149

coondoggie writes "In about 5 billion years, our Sun will face a nasty death. Scientists with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics this week released dramatic new pictures of a dying star much like the Sun, about 550 light-years from Earth. According to the researchers, Chi Cygni has swollen in size to become a red giant star so large that if it were in our solar system it would swallow every planet out to Mars and cook the asteroid belt. The star has started to pulse dramatically, beating like a giant heart with a period of 408 days." The research team produced a video of the pulsating star, using infrared images captured via very long baseline interferometry.

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