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  • Open Source Code Is As Good As Proprietary, Says Coverity

    02/23/2012 10:15:01 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    TechWeek Europe ^ | 23 February 2012 | Eric Doyle
    Any conviction that open source software (OSS) is somehow inferior to proprietary code, or vice versa, depending on which side of the development fence you sit, is being dispelled by a report from Coverity.The company has been scanning millions of lines of open source code for its 2011 Coverity Scan Open Source Integrity Report. The results show that the free code quality is on a par with in-house-developed products.More thoroughly tested The company said that this year’s study has been massively upgraded with the introduction of the Coverity 5 development testing platform. The new analysis engine incorporates advances in static...
  • Who's adding DRM to HTML5? Microsoft, Google and Netflix

    02/23/2012 10:08:28 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | 23 February 2012 | Gavin Clarke
    With tech companies abandoning the proprietary Flash and Silverlight media players for HTML5, it was inevitable somebody would try to inject DRM into the virgin spec. Microsoft, Google and Netflix are that “somebody”, having submitted a proposed modification to HTML5 to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for “encrypted media extensions”. Their proposed addition, detailed here and picked apart here, has drawn a flat rejection from HTML5 editor and Google employee Ian Hickson, who’s called the encrypted media extensions unethical. Hickson wrote in response to Microsoft’s Adrian Bateman who floated the proposal on Monday: “I believe this proposal is unethical...
  • Ethernet splitter gigabit to computer 100mbit to phone

    02/22/2012 11:22:12 AM PST · by John1111 · 37 replies · 1+ views
    I have googled and amazoned and I can't find a solution or product for this. Free Republic always comes through for me in answering these type of questions, so here it is. Using an existing Cat5e cable in the wall to each desktop, is there a splitter or inexpensive device that will provide 1-gigabit to the computer and then 100mbit to a VOIP phone off of that single Cat5e in the wall? The original plan was for the phone to provide the VOIP and data to the desktop computer, as the phone has two RJ45 ports on it. And oh,...
  • Single-atom transistor is ‘end of Moore’s Law’ and ‘beginning of quantum computing’

    02/22/2012 8:43:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Kurzweil ^ | 02/22/2012
    A controllable transistor engineered from a single phosphorus atom. The atom, shown here in the center of an image from a computer model, sits in a channel in a silicon crystal. The atomic-sized transistor and wires might allow researchers to control gated qubits of information in future quantum computers. (Credit: Purdue University)The smallest transistor ever built has been created using a single phosphorous atom by an international team of researchers at the University of New South Wales, Purdue University and the University of Melbourne.The latest Intel chip, the “Sandy Bridge,” uses a manufacturing process to place 2.3 billion transistors 32...
  • Help Needed with Windows 7

    02/22/2012 7:22:06 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 32 replies
    Former Fetus
    Last December I was asking y'all for help with my dying pc because I did not want to swith from Windows XP. Well, eventually I did have to get a new pc, it runs Windows 7 and, as many of you predicted, the transition was easier than I thought it would be. Actually I have only one problem with Windows 7. The computer does not "remember" account numbers, screen names...I would NEVER store passwords in my pc, but it is a pain to have to look account numbers every time I try to do on-line banking, pay a bill... I...
  • Ford's open source OpenXC platform as gateway to future high tech car gizmos

    02/22/2012 6:06:36 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 24 replies
    Torque News ^ | 20 February 2012 | David Herron
    Ford (and other automakers) envision future cars with high tech infotainment systems galore where car dashboards could have downloadable app's just like todays smart phones and tablets. With the OpenXC platform Ford is creating a channel for open collaboration with 3rd party application developers, allowing them to use cars like the Ford Focus to prototype their gizmos. Ford, like most other automakers, is heading towards a vision of the car as a platform for high tech wizardry and gizmos. Consumer electronics need not be limited to our living rooms or mobile computing devices, but can also be on-board the car....
  • The Results Are in for RESCUECOM's Annual 2012 Computer Reliability Report;

    02/21/2012 11:44:25 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 19 replies · 1+ views
    PR News Wire ^ | Rescueme.com
    The Results Are in for RESCUECOM's Annual 2012 Computer Reliability Report; Lenovo/IBM Returns to Dominance While Samsung Grows Significantly SYRACUSE, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "Entering 2012, Lenovo/IBM's rise in reliability will be an important boost for the company. Although Apple's market share has risen over the last 12 months, its reliability has declined. The comparatively smaller Toshiba and Samsung are illustrating interesting reliability trends worth watching over the coming year," stated David Milman, CEO of RESCUECOM. For 2012, RESCUECOM now includes all manufacturers with a market share of at least above one percent in this report. The Computer...
  • Firefox does not trust Google - Vanity

    02/21/2012 3:32:57 AM PST · by don-o · 41 replies
    Little House on Unaka | February 21, 2012 | don-o
    Listening to the local news this moring, they were reporting on Virginia's legislation requiring "rans vaginal ultrasound". I had not heard that term, so I tried to do a Google search. Firefox flashed this: This Connection is Untrusted You have asked Firefox to connect securely to www.google.com, but we can't confirm that your connection is secure. Normally, when you try to connect securely, sites will present trusted identification to prove that you are going to the right place. However, this site's identity can't be verified. What Should I Do? If you usually connect to this site without problems, this error...
  • Analysis: Neonode Patented Swipe-to-Unlock 3 Years Before Apple

    02/20/2012 3:13:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | - February 20, 2012 12:49 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Sorry Apple, you did not invent swipe to unlock [This is an editorial/analysis piece.] When I initially searched the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database and Google Patents, I missed something very interesting in the war [1][2] between Apple, Inc. (AAPL) and Android's "Big Three" -- Google Inc.'s (GOOG) new acquisition Motorola, HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930) -- regarding swipe-to-unlock intellectual property. Neonode Inc. (NEON) appears to be the first to patent this technology, holding a claim I missed. I. Neonode Beat Apple to the Patent Punch by 3 Years As I pointed out in an...
  • Researchers Create Single-Atom Transistor

    02/20/2012 11:43:03 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies · 2+ views
    HardOCP ^ | Monday February 20, 2012 | Steve
    For those of you that haven't seen this yet, Researchers from Purdue, the University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales have created a working transistor from a single atom. Thanks to Robert for the link. We have fabricated a single-atom transistor in which a single phosphorus atom is positioned between highly doped source and drain leads with a lateral spatial accuracy of ±1 atomic lattice spacing. We demonstrate that we are able to register source, drain and gate contacts to the individual donor atom and observe well-controlled transitions for 0, 1 and 2 electron states, in agreement...
  • Debian Position on Software Patents

    02/20/2012 8:07:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 2+ views
    The Debian Project ^ | February 19th, 2012 | The Debian Project
    Debian Position on Software Patents February 19th, 2012The Debian Project announces the availability of its patent policy for the Debian archive.The Debian Project maintains a critical stance towards software patents: we consider software patents to be a threat to Free Software and an obstacle to the Debian mission of providing an entirely Free operating system for everyone's use. We believe software patents provide no advantage in promoting software innovation and we encourage our upstream authors to object to software patents.At the same time, given the de facto possibility of patenting software-related ideas in several countries around the world, it is...
  • If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: Ancient Computers in Use Today

    02/20/2012 7:27:49 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 64 replies
    PC World ^ | 19 February 2012 | Benj Edwards
    It’s easy to wax nostalgic about old technology--to remember fondly our first Apple IIe or marvel at the old mainframes that ran on punched cards. But no one in their right mind would use those outdated, underpowered dinosaurs to run a contemporary business, let alone a modern weapons system, right?Wrong!While much of the tech world views a two-year-old smartphone as hopelessly obsolete, large swaths of our transportation and military infrastructure, some modern businesses, and even a few computer programmers rely daily on technology that hasn’t been updated for decades.If you’ve recently bought a MetroCard for the New York City Subway...
  • What the heck, at google???

    02/19/2012 11:36:10 PM PST · by LegendHasIt · 73 replies
    Vanity | 2-20-2010 | vanity
    OK, a few hours ago I tried to do a google search.... Something very benign (I do all my searches for things that 0bama & co wouldn't like with other search engines anyway). So I type in my search terms and click the button. And it comes back with a page saying "We have detected unusual search patterns coming from your computer. You must identify yourself to continue., with blanks to fill in, and one of those security scramble graphics where you have to type in the letters/numbers to prove you aren't a robot. Of course I got the heck...
  • Windows 7 Questions - Serious Replies Only [Please]

    02/19/2012 8:46:38 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 73 replies
    2/19/12 | self
    I am going to be getting my Mom an Acer Windows 7 PC since her current PC is about at the end of its useful life. My problem is that when I buy a new PC, I normally erase the hard drive by using DBAN and then load a clean image of the OS as well as the drivers. That way, I get rid of all of the crapware that comes with the new PC. However, with Windows 7, it seems that MOST OEMs do not provide the OS anymore. I have looked on the Net, but have not been...
  • Japanese Start Up Another Supercomputer

    02/18/2012 7:49:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 17th February 2012 23:12 GMT | Timothy Prickett Morgan -
    Upstart supercomputer maker Appro International has started up another Xeon E5-based supercomputer, this one a hybrid CPU-GPU Xtreme-X machine installed at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. The deal at Tsukuba was announced last September at about the same time that Intel was widely expected to launch the "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5 processors, which are now due for launch sometime before the end of the first quarter. It is not clear how Appro was able to jump to the head of the Xeon E5 line, but it is worth noting that Appro now uses Intel motherboards as well as processors...
  • Tech question about Internet browsers

    02/18/2012 4:57:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Here's one for all you know Internet Explorer (and for the Microsoft haters too): Why do TWO processes open on the Task Manage when one Intenrnet Explorer Window is opened?
  • Google Now Has Two New Unlock Patent Applications to Counter Apple's IP

    02/18/2012 1:50:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | - February 17, 2012 8:50 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    The patents present four (somewhat) novel forms of unlock that range from simple to complex The "Big Three" of the Android world -- HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930), and Google Inc.'s (GOOG) nearly-acquired subsidiary-to-be Motorola Mobility -- all share a common legal adversary -- Apple, Inc. (AAPL). Apple has asserted a slew of claims against the Android phonemakers, and they haven't been shy about firing back, sometimes quite successfully (other times not so much). I. The Backup Plan One of Apple's biggest successes, however, came when it scored a German injunction on Motorola's smartphones, thanks to its...
  • One Man and $150 Made This Video

    02/18/2012 10:50:36 AM PST · by Thorliveshere · 18 replies
    Hollywood could will no longer relevant in a few years....
  • TI Announces WiLink 8 Family - WiFi, GNSS, NFC, BT, and FM Combo Chip

    02/18/2012 10:44:02 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 2/13/2012 9:00:00 AM | Brian Klug
    It goes without saying that connectivity is a hugely important part of smartphones. After all, without some sort of network connection, you've basically just got an expensive PDA or PMP. Today, TI is making formal the WiLink 8 family, the newest member of its popular WiLink series of WLAN combo chips, which is built on a 45nm process. WiLink 8 adds support for GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System - GPS + GLONASS) and NFC in addition to WiFi, Bluetooth, and FM receive/transmit like we've seen in WiLink 7 in a number of devices. The WiLink 8 family includes 15 different...
  • It’s a Phone… It’s a Tablet… It’s Samsung’s New Android Things

    02/17/2012 12:21:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    gizmodo ^ | Sep 1, 2011 9:50 AM | Brent Rose,
    The 5.3-inch Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 come in shapes that make them hard to classify. Is the Note a phone? Or a notepad? Or a tablet? Genius, right? Or, uh, foolish?The Galaxy Note is the more unusual choice of the two. With a 5.3-inch screen, it's kind of in a weird no-man's land, size wise. But hey, it's a phone, too! Who has pockets big enough for a 5.3 inch screen? MC Hammer, sure, but who else? As Dell can tell you, after their failed Streak 5 experiment, pretty much nobody.