Alain Williams writes "The BBC reports that the nine-hour detention at Heathrow Airport of an ex-Guardian journalist's partner has been ruled lawful. David Miranda lives with reporter Glenn Greenwald who has written articles about state surveillance based on leaked documents by Edward Snowden. At the High Court, Mr Miranda claimed his detention under anti-terrorism laws was unlawful and breached human rights. But judges said it was a "proportionate measure in the circumstances" and in the interests of national security." top
Alain Williams writes "The BBC reports that a new academic study has raised doubts about the performance of a commercial quantum computer in certain circumstances. In some tests devised by a team of researchers, the commercial quantum computer has performed no faster than a standard desktop machine." top
Work begins on hardware to aid Edsac replica recreation
Alain Williams writes "A US-based Dr Who fan has built a model of the Tardis designed to look bigger on its inside than its outside. He used blender to create the inside that can be seen when viewed with a smartphone." Link to Original Source top
Alain Williams writes "Apple has launched a new patent assault on its competitors, first granted to the American Mathematical Society in October 1912, subsequently renewed, then acquired by Apple at an unknown date. The first entry among the patent's Claims describes "A quadrilateral having all four interior angles of 90, opposite sides that are parallel, and congruent diagonals that bisect each other."" Link to Original Source top
Alain Williams writes "An actress has sued Amazon.com for more than $1m (£639,000) after her age was posted on its Internet Movie Database. She says revealing her age on the site will lose her acting opportunities. So is her career dependent on lies ?" Link to Original Source top
Alain Williams writes "EveryDNS claims that the DDOS affecting Wikileaks "have... threaten[ed] the stability of the EveryDNS.net infrastructure", so they have stopped Wikileaks DNS. How true was this DDOS affecting them, or were they leaned on ? This stinks." Link to Original Source top
Alain Williams writes "The move comes amid UAE concerns that data from the devices is immediately exported offshore and managed by a foreign organisation. The UAE's telecoms regulator, TRA, said last week the devices could therefore pose a threat to national security. It follows an alleged attempt last year by the state-run telecoms company to install spyware on Blackberry handsets." Link to Original Source top
Alain Williams writes "''Job control: largest job number''
When you hit Ctrl-z in an app and type ''jobs'' you will get a list of job numbers in square brackes, eg '''', what is the largest number that you have seen ? (I currently have 20 on one of my ssh sessions). Options
* 2 * 5 * 10 * 20 * 20+ * I don't control my jobs" top
Alain Williams writes "Support for PHP 4 will end with this year; security fixes will cease after 8 August 2008 which will be 4 years after PHP 5 was released. If your applications are not PHP 5 ready you have a year left — time to get coding & testing!" top
Alain Williams writes "The BBC reports that online retailer CD-Wow must pay £41m to British record companies after breaking a deal to stop selling illegally imported but legally bought cheap albums in the UK."