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Three-Mile-High Supercomputer Poses Unique Challenges

January 4th, 2013 01:01 admin View Comments

Supercomputing

Nerval’s Lobster writes “Building and operating a supercomputer at more than three miles above sea level poses some unique problems, the designers of the recently installed Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Correlator discovered. The ALMA computer serves as the brains behind the ALMA astronomical telescope, a partnership between Europe, North American, and South American agencies. It’s the largest such project in existence. Based high in the Andes mountains in northern Chile, the telescope includes an array of 66 dish-shaped antennas in two groups. The telescope correlator’s 134 million processors continually combine and compare faint celestial signals received by the antennas in the ALMA array, which are separated by up to 16 kilometers, enabling the antennas to work together as a single, enormous telescope, according to Space Daily. The extreme high altitude makes it nearly impossible to maintain on-site support staff for significant lengths of time, with ALMA reporting that human intervention will be kept to an absolute minimum. Data acquired via the array is archived at a lower-altitude support site. The altitude also limited the construction crew’s ability to actually build the thing, requiring 20 weeks of human effort just to unpack and install it.”

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The Android SDK Is No Longer Free Software

January 4th, 2013 01:51 admin View Comments

Android

New submitter tian2992 writes “The new terms for the Android SDK now include phrases such as ‘you may not: (a) copy (except for backup purposes), modify, adapt, redistribute, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or create derivative works of the SDK or any part of the SDK’ among other non-Free-software-friendly terms, as noted by FSF Europe’s Torsten Grote. Replicant, a free fork of Android, announced the release of Replicant SDK 4.0 based on the latest sources of the Android SDK without the new terms.”

Source: The Android SDK Is No Longer Free Software

Google Challenging Microsoft For Business Software

December 26th, 2012 12:38 admin View Comments

Businesses

SternisheFan tips a report at the NY Times about the progress Google is making in its quest to unseat Microsoft’s position atop the business software industry. From the article: It has taken years, but Google seems to be cutting into Microsoft’s stronghold — businesses. … In the last year Google has scored an impressive string of wins, including at the Swiss drug maker Hoffmann-La Roche, where over 80,000 employees use the package, and at the Interior Department, where 90,000 use it. One big reason is price. Google charges $50 a year for each person using its product, a price that has not changed since it made its commercial debut, even though Google has added features. In 2012, for example, Google added the ability to work on a computer not connected to the Internet, as well as security and data management that comply with more stringent European standards. That made it much easier to sell the product to multinationals and companies in Europe. … Microsoft says it does not yet see a threat. Google ‘has not yet shown they are truly serious,’ said Julia White, a general manager in Microsoft’s business division. ‘From the outside, they are an advertising company.’”

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Ada 2012 Language Approved As Standard By ISO

December 21st, 2012 12:58 admin View Comments

Programming

hypnosec writes “The Ada Resource Association (ARA) announced that the Ada 2012 programming language has been approved and published as a standard by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Announcing the development, ARA and Ada-Europe said that the new version brings with it the concept of contract-based programming, Concurrency and Multicore Support, Increased Expressiveness and Container Enhancements.’”

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ACTA Gets Death Certificate In Europe

December 21st, 2012 12:04 admin View Comments

EU

First time accepted submitter Seeteufel writes “The controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is now officially pronounced dead in the E.U. The European Parliament broadly rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement a while ago, but there was still a court case pending at the European Court of Justice about the legality of ACTA. The Commission was open about its intent to reintroduce ACTA ratification to the Parliament after a positive Court decision. Now we learn the Commission has withdrawn its questions to the Court.”

Source: ACTA Gets Death Certificate In Europe

Samsung Drops European Injunction Requests Against Apple

December 18th, 2012 12:18 admin View Comments

Cellphones

An anonymous reader writes with this IDG News report: “Samsung dropped all claims pending in European courts in which it asserted patents that are essential for mobile communication devices to prevent the sales of Apple products in Europe. The injunction requests against Apple, which aimed to get courts to impose sales bans on infringing products, were withdrawn in the U.K., France, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. Samsung only withdrew the injunctions requests — other litigation against Apple in Europe continues, Anne ter Braak, a spokeswoman for Samsung in the Netherlands, said in an email on Tuesday. While Samsung said it withdrew its claims in the interest of protecting consumer choice, it could have to do with a European antitrust investigation.”

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TSA (Finally) Studying Health Effects of Body Scanners

December 18th, 2012 12:38 admin View Comments

Government

An anonymous reader writes “A 2011 ProPublica series found that the TSA had glossed over the small cancer risk posed by its X-ray body scanners at airports across the country. While countries in Europe have long prohibited the scanners, the TSA is just now getting around to studying the health effects.” I’m not worried; the posters and recorded announcements at the airport say these scanners raise no health concerns.

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Ask Slashdot: How To Collect Payments From a Multinational Company?

December 16th, 2012 12:07 admin View Comments

Businesses

An anonymous reader writes “I run a small dev shop focused on web development, based in Europe. For the past 6 years we’ve had lots of successful projects with clients from CEE, Western Europe and the US. One of our main clients was based in the US. We started working for them in 2008, while they were a ‘promising start-up’ and everything went smoothly until they were bought by a multinational corp. We couldn’t be happier to work for such a big player in the market, we even managed to get by with huge payment delays (3-4 months on a monthly based contract), but now, after more than 2 years working for them I have the feeling we’re getting left out, we got 6 months old unpaid invoices and we’re getting bounced between the EU and US departments every time we try to talk to them. What can a small company do to fight a big corp that’s NASDAQ listed and has an army of lawyers? They’ve been getting a lot of bad press lately so I don’t think that will scare them either…”

Source: Ask Slashdot: How To Collect Payments From a Multinational Company?

China’s ZTE and Huawei Join the German Patent Fray

December 16th, 2012 12:50 admin View Comments

Patents

An anonymous reader writes “Germany has pretty much become the new Eastern District of Texas, the world’s most popular patent battleground. After Apple, Samsung and Motorola, the Chinese are now going to Germany as well to sort out their domestic patent squabbles. Huawei and ZTE, arguably the People’s Republic’s leading wireless tech companies, started suing each other in April last year. On Friday the Mannheim Regional Court held a Huawei vs. ZTE hearing, reports a local patent watcher. Huawei says ZTE infringes a 4G/LTE handover patent and wants its rival’s base stations and USB modem sticks banned in Germany. More clashes between the two are coming up in the same court and in other places in Europe, including France.”

Source: China’s ZTE and Huawei Join the German Patent Fray

Solar Impulse Announces Flight Across America For 2013

December 15th, 2012 12:02 admin View Comments

Transportation

cylonlover writes “Flush with success from their 6,000-km (3,728-mile) Europe-to-Africa round-trip flight earlier this year, the duo behind the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft are now planning on flying it across America next spring. It will mark the first time that a solar-powered plane has traversed the country. Solar Impulse partners Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg made the official announcement this Tuesday, although the logistics of the flight have yet to be finalized. They have stated that the trip will be broken into 20-hour legs, starting at San Francisco and proceeding to New York City. As with their previous multi-leg flights, the two pilots will take turns flying the aircraft.” You can read about it straight from the doers, too.

Source: Solar Impulse Announces Flight Across America For 2013

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