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Unheralded mathematician proves important prime number gap property
Authored by: hardmath on Tuesday, May 21 2013 @ 07:02 AM EDT

Yitang Zhang, who has worked outside academic circles since receiving his PhD in 1992 from Purdue, has proved that for some (even) number N less than 70 million, there are infinitely many prime gaps of size exactly N.

This is a major improvement on the knowledge of prime distribution, although it leaves open the Twin Prime Conjecture that N can be 2.

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Rosser's trick: "For every proof of me, there is a shorter proof of my negation".

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One-Time Pad Reinvented To Make Electronic Copying Impossible
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, May 21 2013 @ 07:05 AM EDT
Instead of creating and storing the one-time pad as a random sequence of 0s and 1s, Horstmeyer and co generate a random signal by passing light through a slab of diffusing glass that scatters it randomly.

The security of the system depends on the physical complexity of the glass. Horstmeyer and co say that that this complexity means there is no way for an eavesdropper, Eve, to copy the glass without anyone noticing.

That cuts out the need to store the key electronically and entirely removes this vulnerability to copying. “We describe an encrypted communication principle that can form a perfectly secure link between two parties without electronically saving either of their keys,” they say.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/515016/one-time-pad- reinvented-to-make-el ectronic-copying-impossible/

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.PDF 6 page paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1305.3886v1.pdf

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Speaking of Star Trek
Authored by: MDT on Tuesday, May 21 2013 @ 12:34 PM EDT
Replicators Ahoy! Earl Grey Hot, 1. :)

NASA wants Replicator Technology

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Prenda fails to pay $81,319.72
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Tuesday, May 21 2013 @ 09:43 PM EDT
Link

Now growing by $1000 per day.

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ANd suddenly the FRAND attack makes sense.....
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 05:22 AM EDT
Quote from BBC article on the new console launch....

"The Xbox One sees Microsoft add a Blu-ray drive..."

Microsoft does not want to have to pay Sony a royalty on every XBOX sold.
They're going to argue, that it's a no choice scenario and that the drive itself
is just such a tiny insignificant part of the whole Xperience that Sony's
patents aren't worth jack.





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CPUs will continue to obey Moore's Law
Authored by: Gringo_ on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 07:55 AM EDT

Last I looked into it, it seemed to me at that time the consensus was that we were reaching the end Moore's Law.

Now there is an interesting interview with an Intel executive who is saying they feel they will be able to continue to keep up with Moore's Law, and he discusses current and future techniques to enable this.

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Sony Entertainment & Sony Electronics to get a divorce?
Authored by: MDT on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 09:04 AM EDT
Well, it seems like shareholders have noticed that the two don't play well together. Of course, in their mind, it's the electronics division that's dragging down profits on the entertainment division. Of course, the reality is the entertainment division has been inhibiting the electronics division from making advances and consumer friendly products. Look at the fiasco with the PS3 Linux, and so on. All that was done primarily because the management at Sony went from being electronics guys to RIAA/MPAA people. I think if they do spin them off into separate companies, the Sony Electronics that innovated with the Walkman, the PS, and some of the best TVs and other electronics might come back. Might not, but it's a better chance than they have now.

Link

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Ditto Turns To Indiegogo For Help Battling Patent Lawsuits
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 09:33 AM EDT

The article includes the complaint from 1-800 Contacts v. Ditto and Ditto's motion to dismiss.

Ditto Turns To Indiegogo For Help Battling Patent Lawsuits (Including One From 1-800-Contacts)

Ditto, a startup that helps users virtually try on different pairs of eyeglasses, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fight a big threat — the company says it’s being sued by 1-800-CONTACTS and another company called Lennon Imaging Technology (an NPE).

Ditto’s technology allows users to create webcam recordings of their faces, which they then use to see how different designer glasses will look with their facial shape and size. Both Lennon Imaging and 1-800-CONTACTS are claiming that this technology infringes their own patents. But Ditto’s campaign describes them as “patent troll” lawsuits — Lennon is a non-practicing company, meaning that it doesn’t have a product or service of its own, and Ditto co-founder and CEO Kate Endress said 1-800-CONTACTS (which is owned by WellPoint) didn’t purchase the patent in question until after the company’s CEO visited the Ditto website.

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Twitter granted patent on pull-to-refresh, promises to only use it defensively
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 09:39 AM EDT
Twitter granted patent on pull-to-refresh, promises to only use it defensively

Twitter was just officially granted a patent on the ubiquitous pull-to-refresh gesture — a touch interface concept the company acquired when it purchased Tweetie developer Atebits in 2010 and hired founder Loren Brichter, who invented the move.

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Prevent AVG installation with Chrome updates?
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 09:45 AM EDT
Is it possible to prevent Chrome from installing AVG toolbar without my
permission? Getting tired of uninstalling it.

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Samsung's Galaxy S4 infringes on 5 patents Apple says
Authored by: Tim on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 11:33 AM EDT
Samsung's Galaxy S4 infringes on 5 patents Apple according to a court filing by Apple. PCWorld Link
Apple's Filing Link

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Google and jury squish patent troll lawyer
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 12:52 PM EDT
Link

And it was a Texas patent troll lawyer, squished like a roach in Texas, albeit not in east Texas.

But hey, it's a start.

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NY Times lawyers flip out - They are "offended"
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 02:43 PM EDT
Link

Clueless. They will soon find out what being "Offended" is really about.

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Canada's Powerful, Obscure, Broken Copyright Board
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 06:37 PM EDT
With the latest phase of Canadian copyright reform now complete, the government may soon turn to the question of what comes next. Given last year's major legislative overhaul and the landmark series of copyright decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada, significant substantive changes are unlikely to be on the agenda for the foreseeable future.

Instead, it is time for the government to set its sights on the Copyright Board of Canada, a relatively obscure regulatory body that sets the fees to be paid for the use of copyright works. The Board is largely unknown in public circles, but it has played a pivotal role in establishing the costs associated with private copying (including a one-time iPod levy), educational copying, and the use of music by Canadian broadcasters.

Michael Geist, The Tyee

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Windows Phone Inventory Build-Up: Bad Sign For Q2 Nokia Lumia Shipments
Authored by: SilverWave on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 07:05 PM EDT
Windows Phone Inventory Build- Up: Bad Sign For Q2 Nokia Lumia Shipments

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RMS: The 4 Freedoms
0 run the program for any purpose
1 study the source code and change it
2 make copies and distribute them
3 publish modified versions

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The March Toward Patent Reform Continues
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 09:31 PM EDT
Link

Today, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Patent Abuse Reduction Act, a wide-ranging bill targeting abusive litigation tactics—a favorite tool of the patent troll.

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EFF files motion in secret (FISC) court
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 11:33 PM EDT
Link

But, for the time being, a DOJ-imposed Catch-22 blocks the public from knowing more about the government’s illegal surveillance. According to the DOJ, we can’t use FOIA, because the FISC rules prevent it; and we can’t go to the FISC, because the FISC says FOIA is the proper avenue. If Joseph Heller were alive today, he would be impressed. So, too, would Franz Kafka. A public trapped between conflicting rules and a secret judicial body, with little transparency or public oversight, seems like a page ripped from The Trial.

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Xbox One and First Sale Question
Authored by: ukjaybrat on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 07:48 AM EDT
Link

Can someone please explain how this doesn't violate the first sale doctrine?

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A Closer Look at Parallella (Multicore, documented, FOSS friendly!)
Authored by: tiger99 on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 08:17 AM EDT
Link

The finished board will be an open source hardware design and documentation for the Epiphany architecture is provided without the need for non-disclosure agreements. Just as it should be. And:

Linux is the operating system of choice and with Ubuntu as the supported distribution, but since open source drivers will be provided it should be possible to develop support for FreeBSD, Android or just about any other operating system with an ARM port.
So what is there not to like about it? I am thinking that with the appropriate software it might be useful for circuit simulation, the thing for which I need all the processing power that I can get.

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Cleared of Charges of Setting Off a School Explosion, Florida Honor Student Heads to Space Camp
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 10:15 AM EDT
The explosion struck a chord with 18-year NASA veteran Homer Hickam, a former lead astronaut training manager for Spacelab, and later for the International Space Station.

In the late 1950s, Hickam had a brush with law enforcement for allegedly starting a forest fire. State police came to his high school and led him and his friends away in handcuffs, but his high school physics professor and school principal came to the rescue, clearing him of wrongdoing.

Back then, schools did not have zero tolerance rules. Kids could make their mistakes without the threat of a criminal record, or serving time in jail.

"I couldn't let this go without doing something," Hickam said. "I'm not a lawyer, but I could give her something that would encourage her. I've worked closely with the U.S. Space Academy, and so I purchased a scholarship for her."

Learning of her twin sister, Hickam raised enough money so Kiera and Kayla could attend space camp together.

Daniel Clark, ABC

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Kim Dotcom to Google, Twitter, Facebook: I Own Security Patent, Work With Me
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 10:22 AM EDT
Kim Dotcom has announced that he is the inventor of the so-called two-step authentication system and has a patent to prove it. The Megaupload founder says the security mechanism, which has just been introduced by Twitter, is being used by U.S. companies more than a billion times every week without permission

Dotcom says he doesn’t want to sue, but might if the likes of Google and Facebook don’t help fund his legal battle with the U.S. Government.

Andy, TorrentFreak

Does this make Dotcom a blackballed All Black blackmailer?

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Now they're just messing with us: Quantum Link Between Photons That Don't Exist at the Same Time
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 11:45 AM EDT
Physicists have long known that quantum mechanics allows for a subtle connection between quantum particles called entanglement, in which measuring one particle can instantly set the otherwise uncertain condition, or "state," of another particle—even if it's light years away. Now, experimenters in Israel have shown that they can entangle two photons that don't even exist at the same time.

[...]

Now Eli Megidish, Hagai Eisenberg, and colleagues at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have entangled two photons that don't exist at the same time. They start with a scheme known as entanglement swapping. To begin, researchers zap a special crystal with laser light a couple of times to create two entangled pairs of photons, pair 1 and 2 and pair 3 and 4. At the start, photons 1 and 4 are not tangled. But they can be if physicists play the right trick with 2 and 3.

The key is that a measurement "projects" a particle into a definite state -- just as the measurement of a photon collapses it into either vertical or horizontal polarization. So even though photons 2 and 3 start out unentangled, physicists can set up a "projective measurement" that asks, are the two in one of two distinct entangled states or the other? That measurement entangles the photons, even as it absorbs and destroys them. If the researchers select only the events in which photons 2 and 3 end up in, say, the first entangled state, then the measurement also entangles photons 1 and 4. (See diagram, top.) The effect is a bit like joining two pairs of gears to form a four-gear chain: Enmeshing to inner two gears establishes a link between the outer two.

[...]

The experiment shows that it's not strictly logical to think of entanglement as a tangible physical property, Eisenberg says. "There is no moment in time in which the two photons coexist," he says, "so you cannot say that the system is entangled at this or that moment." Yet, the phenomenon definitely exists. Anton Zeilinger, a physicist at the University of Vienna, agrees that the experiment demonstrates just how slippery the concepts of quantum mechanics are. "It's really neat because it shows more or less that quantum events are outside our everyday notions of space and time."

Adrian Cho, ScienceNOW

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Some Artists give Adobe Cloud A Critical Review
Authored by: jplatt39 on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 12:40 PM EDT
Link

My thought is that most ad agencies I've known about -- including a lot of Mom and Pop stores -- have non-disclosure agreements they have to sign with their biggest customers. Using the cloud -- even in the brain-dead way Adobe is talking about -- raises interesting questions about their enforceability. Are you listening GIMP?

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Pidora: Fedora on Raspberry Pi - optimized for ARMv6
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 01:37 PM EDT
The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora operating system has a bit of a checkered history with the Raspberry Pi. It was originally the recommended operating system for the device before being stripped from the Raspberry Pi Foundation's downloads page, replaced by a version of Debian optimized for the Pi's ARMv6 chip.

But Fedora is back on the Pi in the form of a new build developed by the Seneca Centre for Development of Open Technology in Toronto. It's called "Pidora".

Jon Brodkin, ars technica

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Google developing tethered flying wings to generate power
Authored by: Gringo_ on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 02:15 PM EDT

CNET announces the latestest Google aquisition, to become part of the GoogleX portfolio.

Self-piloting flying wings tethered to a base station take off like helicopters using rotors that become electrical power generators when the wing reaches an altitude somewhere between 800 and 2,000 feet, where winds are stronger and more consistent.

btw: CNet also informs us that contrary to rumour, Google is NOT building a Space Elevator.

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Prenda lawyer trying for insanity defense? Or Chewbacca defense?
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 02:23 PM EDT
Link

More popcorn.

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Siri's voice perverted into selling Windows 8 tablets
Authored by: Gringo_ on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 02:26 PM EDT

I don't think Apple is going to like this.

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Microsoft caught lying about tablet size in comparison to Apple's iPad
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 05:40 PM EDT
Link

Seriously, did someone at Microsoft really believe that no one would notice?

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Cyberwarfare's South Asia Theater
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 06:42 PM EDT
The first infection vector we saw was using the famous CVE-2012-0158 vulnerability. This vulnerability can be exploited by a specially crafted Microsoft Office documents and allows arbitrary code execution.
...
The other infection vector we found used PE files disguised as Microsoft Word or PDF documents, most likely distributed through email.
same old same old [welivesecurity.com]
On March 17, 2013 a Norwegian newspaper reported that the country’s telecommunications giant Telenor had filed a criminal police case for an unlawful computer intrusion.
...
Our report details a sophisticated cyberattack infrastructure that appears to originate from India, conducted by private threat actors with no evidence of state-sponsorship. It has likely been in operation for over three years, primarily as a platform for surveillance against targets of national security interest that are mostly based in Pakistan and possibly in the United States.
Norman HangOver report

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The Xbox One sounds creepy
Authored by: bilateralrope on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 06:45 PM EDT
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/05/xbox-one/

Have a read about the details
- Integrated so tightly into the Xbox that I doubt it can be unplugged as the
Kinect is the on switch.
- The Xbox in designed to be left on and accessing the internet when you aren't
using it.
- Radar like capabilities on the camera.

So we have a device with radar and camera functions that is an integral part of
a device designed to access the internet while you sleep. Oh, and to complete
the Big Brother analogy, it's also hooked up to your television.

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Patents interfere with medical research
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 07:40 PM EDT
WHO urges information sharing over novel coronavirus Saudi Deputy Health Minister Ziad Memish raised his concerns at the World Health Assembly in Geneva. "We are still struggling with diagnostics and the reason is that the virus was patented by scientists and is not allowed to be used for investigations by other scientists," he said. "I think strongly that the delay in the development of ... diagnostic procedures is related to the patenting of the virus."

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Utah State AG and Darl McBride
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 08:53 PM EDT
Recording reveals Mark Shurtleff’s ‘bizarro’ $2 million offer

On the breakfast table at Mimi’s Cafe, Darl McBride had eggs and potatoes served in a fried tortilla and an offer of $2 million from Utah’s then-attorney general, Mark Shurtleff, if he would just shut his mouth.

McBride says he had invested $286,000 with a prominent businessman, Mark Robbins, who had allegedly promised him a $5 million return that McBride hoped would sustain a grueling legal battle over intellectual-property rights between his company, The SCO Group, and IBM.

Recording reveals Mark Shurtleff’s ‘bizarro’ $2 million offer

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IP kills ...
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 09:59 PM EDT
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/healt h-22649922 Enough said ...

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  • IP kills ... - Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, May 24 2013 @ 12:08 AM EDT
Chile’s Recent Lead Negotiator on TPP Warns It Could Be a “Threat to Our Countries”
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 10:42 PM EDT
Rodrigo Contreras, the lead negotiator on the TPP from Chile, resigned suddenly two months ago. It’s widely believed that he left his post voluntarily. He’s held in high esteem not just in Chile but among his fellow trade negotiators. His departure left people on the trade beat scratching their heads.

It now appears probable that the reason for his resignation was that he saw where the TPP was likely to go and didn’t want his name attached to it. Contreras wrote an article in Spanish that ran last week Peru’s magazine Caretas that described the promise, and more important, the dangers of the TPP. He argued that many of its major thrusts, if they are not checked and modified, are detrimental to less advanced economies.

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism

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