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Apple Stops Hiding Samsung Apology On Its UK Site

November 8th, 2012 11:02 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes “Apple has quietly decided that it probably shouldn’t be using JavaScript code on its UK site to hide its second Samsung apology. While you still have to scroll down in almost cases, the company is no longer forcing it; check it out yourself at Apple UK.”

Source: Apple Stops Hiding Samsung Apology On Its UK Site

Study: the Universe Has Almost Stopped Making New Stars

November 7th, 2012 11:07 admin View Comments

Science

SternisheFan sends this quote from Wired: “An international team of astronomers used three telescopes — the UK Infrared Telescope and the Subaru Telescope, both in Hawaii, and Chile’s Very Large Telescope — to study trends in star formation, from the earliest days of the universe. Extrapolating their findings has revealed that half of all the stars that have ever existed were created between 9 and 11 billion years ago, with the other half created in the years since. That means the rate at which new stars are born has dropped off massively, to the extent that (if this trend continues) 95 percent of all the stars that this universe will ever see have already been born. Several studies have looked at specific time ‘epochs’, but the different methods used by each study has restricted the ability to compare their findings and discern a fuller model of how stars have evolved over the course of the entire universe’s lifespan.”

Source: Study: the Universe Has Almost Stopped Making New Stars

Apple Hides Samsung Apology So It Can’t Be Seen Without Scrolling

November 3rd, 2012 11:43 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes “Apple today posted its second Samsung apology to its UK website, complying with requests by the UK Court of Appeal to say its original apology was inaccurate and link to a new statement. As users on Hacker News and Reddit point out, however, Apple modified its website recently to ensure the message is never displayed without visitors having to scroll down to the bottom first.”

Source: Apple Hides Samsung Apology So It Can’t Be Seen Without Scrolling

UK Takes Huge Step Forward On Open Standards

November 2nd, 2012 11:01 admin View Comments

Government

jrepin sends this news from the FSF Europe site: “The UK government is certainly taking a long and winding road towards Free Software and Open Standards. The UK’s public sector doesn’t use a lot of Free Software, and many smaller Free Software companies have found it comparatively hard to get public sector buyers for their products and services. The main reason is that government agencies at all levels are locked into proprietary, vendor-specific file formats. … The UK government has released a new Open Standards policy. With this policy (PDF), and in particular with its strong definition of Open Standards, the UK government sets an example that governments elsewhere should aspire to,’ says Karsten Gerloff, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe. Under the new policy, effective immediately, patents that are essential to implementing a standard must be licensed without royalties or restrictions that would prevent their implementation in Free Software.”

Source: UK Takes Huge Step Forward On Open Standards

UK Court of Appeal Reprimands Apple Over Mandated Samsung Statement

November 1st, 2012 11:25 admin View Comments

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Macthorpe writes “In the UK, Apple were previously ordered to add a statement to their website stating that Samsung did not copy their designs, following a previous case where this was ruled by the UK courts. However, today the same court revealed that Apple’s statement is not good enough. From the article: ‘The acknowledgement put up last week, linked from the home page by a tiny link, was deemed to be “non-compliant” with the order that the court had made in October. The court has now ordered it to correct the statement – and the judges, Lord Justice Longmore, Lord Justice Kitchin and Sir Robin Jacob, indicated that they were not pleased with Apple’s failure to put a simpler statement on the site.’ It appears the main objection is the statement is on a separate page and only linked from the hompage — and that the statement is buried in marketing blurb, and also put next to references to a case Apple won.”

Source: UK Court of Appeal Reprimands Apple Over Mandated Samsung Statement

Apple Posts Non-Apology To Samsung

October 26th, 2012 10:11 admin View Comments

Handhelds

We recently discussed news of a UK court ruling in which the judge decided Apple must publicly acknowledge that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab did not infringe upon the iPad’s design, both on the Apple website and in several publications. The acknowledgement has now been posted, and it’s anything but apologetic. It states the court’s ruling, helpfully referring to “Apple’s registered design No. 000018607-0001,” and quotes the judges words as an advertisement. The judge wrote, “The informed user’s overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following. From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back. They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.” They go on to mention German and U.S. cases which found in Apple’s favor. Apple’s statement concludes, “So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple’s far more popular iPad.”

Source: Apple Posts Non-Apology To Samsung

UK Gov’t Official Advises Using Fake Details On Social Networks

October 25th, 2012 10:07 admin View Comments

Privacy

another random user writes “A senior government official has sparked anger by advising internet users to give fake details to websites to protect their security. Andy Smith, an internet security chief at the Cabinet Office, said people should only give accurate details to trusted sites such as government ones. He said names and addresses posted on social networking sites ‘can be used against you’ by criminals. … ‘When you put information on the internet do not use your real name, your real date of birth,’ he told a Parliament and the Internet Conference in Portcullis House, Westminster. ‘When you are putting information on social networking sites don’t put real combinations of information, because it can be used against you.’ But he stressed that internet users should always give accurate information when they were filling in government forms on the internet, such a tax returns.”

Source: UK Gov’t Official Advises Using Fake Details On Social Networks

UK ISPs Asked To Block More File-sharing Websites

October 24th, 2012 10:09 admin View Comments

Piracy

another random user writes with this news from the BBC: “The UK’s major internet service providers have been asked to block three more file-sharing websites. The BPI (British Phonographic Industry), which acts on behalf of rights holders, wants ISPs to prevent access to Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents. The BPI alleges that the sites are illegally distributing music. The ISPs told the BBC they would comply with the new demand, but only if a court order is put in place. It follows a separate court order in April which saw popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay blocked in the UK. … The letter, which was not intended to go public, was sent to six ISPs last week, namely BT, Sky, Virgin Media, O2, EE and TalkTalk. It is understood that the BPI is hoping all three sites will be blocked before Christmas — far more quickly than the process has taken previously.”

Source: UK ISPs Asked To Block More File-sharing Websites

New Quantum Computing Record Set By Recycled Photons

October 23rd, 2012 10:56 admin View Comments

Science

CelestialScience writes “A recycling technique has enabled a quantum computer to carry out a quantum calculation known as Shor’s algorithm on a larger number than ever before. The benchmark algorithm exploits quantum mechanics to simplify the factorization of numbers into their prime components — a hard task for classical computers when the numbers get large. Until now, the largest number factorized using Shor’s algorithm was 15. Now Anthony Laing at the University of Bristol, UK and colleagues report in Nature Photonics that they used a recycled photon to factorize 21 — still far too small and trivial to spook cryptographers, who rely on the difficulty of factorizing large numbers for their widely-used techniques. But a record nonetheless.”

Source: New Quantum Computing Record Set By Recycled Photons

The UK’s 5-Minute 4G Data Cap

October 23rd, 2012 10:14 admin View Comments

The Internet

Barence writes “The tariffs have been announced for Britain’s first 4G network and they include a data cap that customers will break within five minutes. EE’s high-speed data service will start from £36 a month — or £21 a month SIM-only — although the lowest package’s 500MB download limit might put data-focused early adopters off. With EE claiming average network speeds of up to 12Mbits/sec, that means users could theoretically exceed their cap in just over five minutes of full-speed downloads — or a little over ten seconds a day. There are no unlimited data deals.”

Source: The UK’s 5-Minute 4G Data Cap