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Open Source

Submission + - Is GPL Licensing in Decline? (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: "Simon Phipps writes, "As Apache licenses proliferate, two warring camps have formed over whether the GPL is or isn't falling out of favor in favor of the Apache License." But as he explores the issues on both sides, he shows how the binary thinking on the issue is misplaced, and that the truth is more nuanced, with Apache License gaining in commercially focused efforts but GPL appearing to increase in software-freedom-oriented efforts. In other words, it depends on the style of open source."

Submission + - Pigeons may 'hear' magnetic fields (nature.com)

ananyo writes: Individual neurons in birds' brains can relay crucial information about Earth’s magnetic field, possibly providing the animals with an ‘internal GPS’.
Pigeons’ remarkable navigational feats have long been pegged to the birds’ ability to sense magnetic fields, but pinning down how they do so has frustrated scientists for years. Work published in Science (abstract) shows that individual cells seem to encode information on a magnetic field’s direction, intensity and polarity. The work also suggests that these signals come from a part of the inner ear called the lagena, further complicating matters for researchers in the field.
The Science paper comes just days after a report in Nature (abstract) revealed that cells in pigeons' upper beaks, previously thought to be magnetoreceptors, are actually immune cells called macrophages.


Submission + - Canadian academics and advocates on lawful access (christopher-parsons.com)

An anonymous reader writes: During the last election cycle, Canada's governing party assured Canadians that within 100 sitting days lawful access provisions would be passed in an omnibus crime bill. Lawful access legislation has not been fully debated in the House or Senate, and has significant implications for the future of anonymity and privacy on the Internet, while simultaneously expanding police powers without a clearly demonstrated need to expand such powers.

Working from the most recent lawful access bills, advocates and academics have come together to send a letter of concerns to Prime Minister Harper. The letter notes: the ease at which Canadians' communications providers will be turned into state surveillance operatives, lack of oversight accompanying these new powers, capacity to force identification of anonymous commentators, and potential to impose gag orders on communications providers.


Submission + - 'Genius Cells' in the Brain? (worldsciencefestival.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A shift in focus from neurons to glia--previously thought to be "support cells"--has upended our fundamental understanding of how the brain works. And now these special cells are thought to be a key to creativity, and maybe even genius.

Submission + - Apple blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire (blogspot.com)

suraj.sun writes: Apple blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands :

The leading German news agency, dpa, just reported that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1, barring with immediate effect all distribution of the product in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands on the grounds of an alleged infringement of Apple's iPad-related [European] Community design no. 000181607-0001. I can confirm that Apple has a separate lawsuit underway in the Netherlands as well, asserting the same Community design. This was also confirmed by a court in The Hague to Dutch website Webwereld.

FOSS Patents: http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2011/08/preliminary-injunction-granted-by.html

Data Storage

Submission + - How to store massive amounts of video on the cheap 4

fredklein writes: I recently started contractor work at a relatively small video conversion business. They accept jobs from the public as well as various photo studios and photo labs. They digitize everything from photos to VHS to old reel-to-reel film, putting it on DVDs. However, in the process, they end up with at least two DVDs to archive- one of the raw video, one of the edited. I'd like to move them to a completely hard drive based system, where the incoming jobs are saved right to video files, edited, then stored, all without being burned to DVD (except for the customer's copy). This, of course, requires massive amounts of storage. 20 jobs a day, roughly 5Gig for the 'raw' video (DVDs are 4.7Gig, but...fudge factor), another 5Gig for the edited, means about a Terabyte a week to store, or 50+ Terabytes per year. And that's not mentioning backups. I'm looking for any ideas on how to handle such a huge amount of video data, preferably while keeping costs at or below what the original DVDRs would have cost.

Submission + - New Bill pushes for warrants to access cloud data (scmagazine.com.au)

mask.of.sanity writes: A bill introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy in the US Senate would require authorities to obtain a court-issued search warrant before retrieving a person's email and other content stored in cloud services.
The law would update a 28 year old law, which Leahy also introduced, that does not require warrants for data access.
The Bill will not prevent the FBI from accessing data without a warrant under terrorism and intellgence clauses.


Submission + - Miro 4 aims to show open can be as good as closed (getmiro.com)

ravrore writes: Miro 4 was released today, a major update to the popular multi-patform FOSS video player. The new version adds music support, local network stream and transfer, music purchasing, and Android syncing. Miro is positioning itself as the open iTunes for Android users. "We believe the open media world can be just as integrated and usable as the closed, top-down, DRM'ed systems of companies like Apple. And we want to prove it," says Nicholas Reville, Executive Director of Participatory Culture Foundation, which creates Miro.

Submission + - ShaperProbe detects ISP traffic shaping (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Two researchers at Georgia Tech can tell you exactly how American ISPs shape Internet traffic, and which ones do so. Bottom line: of the five largest Internet providers in the country, the three cable companies (Comcast, Time Warner, Cox) employ shaping while the telephone companies (AT&T, Verizon) do not—though that fact is less significant for the user experience than it might first sound.

Submission + - Cisco may be planning to sell Linksys, WebEx (crn.com)

wiedzmin writes: Cisco on Thursday waved away rumors that it will soon sell off its Linksys and WebEx businesses as part of an ongoing restructuring. Cisco spokesperson declined to comment on the recent rumors that the networking giant was looking for potential buyers, but analysts have been wondering if Cisco would offload Linksys among other consumer brands in light of their recent quarters' disappointing earnings results.

Submission + - Lehman administrators make history in IT shutdown (computerworlduk.com)

DMandPenfold writes: The administrators of Lehman Brothers' European operations have fully separated its IT from Barclays Capital and Nomura — which bought parts of the collapsed bank in 2008 — as they finalised steps in the remaining businesses to retire what had been cutting edge systems.

According to newly released documentation seen by Computerworld, some 2,000 remaining applications at Lehman have been rationalised to 100...


Submission + - SPORE dropping things from the Space Station (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "NASA has awarded Aurora Flight Sciences a contract to develop Small Probes for Orbital Return of Experiments (SPORE). Aurora Flight Sciences has teamed with Georgia Institute of Technology to develop SPORE within the NASA Small Business Technology Transfer program. The SPORE flight system architecture will utilize a modular design approach to provide low-cost on-orbit operation and recovery of small payloads."

Submission + - Asia runs out of IPv4 (zdnet.com)

ZerXes writes: It seems that APNIC has just released the last block of IPv4 addresses and are now completely out, a lot faster then expected. Even tough APNIC recived 3 /8 blocks in February the high growth of mobile devices made the addresses to run out even before the summer.
“From this day onwards, IPv6 is mandatory for building new Internet networks and services.” says APNIC Director General Paul Wilson.

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