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Aryabhata (979040) writes "According to scientist, climate change and human activity has allowed beetles to take over and destroy trees in the ecosystem way more than they should. They decided to use
"nastiest, most offensive sounds" which included recordings of Guns & Roses, Queen, Rush Limbaugh and manipulated versions of the insects' own sounds on the beetles.
The research project titled "Beetle Mania" has concluded that acoustic stress can disrupt its feeding and even cause the beetles to kill each other."
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Swiss banks making concessions on bank secrecy
Aryabhata (979040) writes "Economic Times & Reuters report: "Under pressure from the US and other troubled economies, the Swiss government announced on Friday that it would cooperate in international tax investigations, breaking with its long-standing tradition of protecting wealthy foreigners accused of hiding billions of dollars. Austria and Luxembourg also said they would help. ""
Wisconsin-Madison sues Intel
Aryabhata writes "CNET and Endgadget carry the news about Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation's lawsuit against Intel, for patent infringement in Core 2 Duo.
The patent covers a method to predict data dependency and speculatively execute instructions. It seems, back in 1998 the CS department chair, Gurindar Sohi, presented some of the research to Intel and offered to license them but in vain."
Aryabhata writes "According to the latest research from the Online Publishers Association (OPA),comsumer growth and usage model in the mobile web makes it a strong platform for content and marketing.The key findings of the research are:
— Access to the mobile Web is widespread and usage will continue to grow in 2007.
— Advertising works on the mobile Web — both in terms of receptivity and action.
— Brands play a significant role in driving mobile Web activity.
— People depend on the mobile Web for key content and are actively registering, personalizing and paying for content."
Aryabhata writes "MSNBC reports, that this week the Discovery Channel, together with HarperSanFrancisco, will announce the release of "The Jesus Family Tomb," a television documentary and a book that aim to show that the tomb located in a nondescript suburb called East Talpiot, is, well, the family plot of Jesus Christ. Spearheaded by a well-known TV director named Simcha Jacobovici, and produced by "Titanic" director James Cameron, "The Jesus Family Tomb", is a slick and suspenseful narrative about the 1980 discovery of a first-century Jewish burial cave and the 10 bone boxes, or ossuaries, found therein.
With the help of statisticians, archeologists, historians, DNA experts, robot-camera technicians, epigraphers and a CSI expert from New York's Long Island, Jacobovici puts together a case in which he argues that the bones of Jesus, Mary and Mary Magdalene, along with some of their lesser-known relatives, were once entombed in this cave."
Aryabhata writes "As per the New York Times, Intel has overcome a potentially crippling technical obstacle of transistor switches;their tendency to leak current as they grow smaller. As a transistor's tiny switches are made ever smaller they tendency to leak current as the insulating material gets thinner. The Intel advance uses new metallic alloys in the insulation itself and in adjacent components.
Their combination of processing power and energy efficiency could make it possible, for example, for cellphones to play video at length — a demanding digital task — with less battery drain."
Aryabhata writes "This article disucsses how Digg uses visualization tools to identify illegitimate use of the system, especially people who are try "game" the system to try to increase a story's chance of getting into the main page. Certain data-visualization tools can be used to detect suspicious activity easier.
"By representing user activity graphically, we can start to see patterns that wouldn't be normally apparent by other means," says Eric Rodenbeck, founder of Stamen, the design firm that provides visualization tools for Digg Labs."
Aryabhata writes "Goldman Sachs scaled up its estimates about India from its original research paper in October 2003. The new view projects that productivity growth will help India sustain over 8% growth until 2020 and become the second largest economy in the world ahead of the US by 2050.
The original report had placed India's GDP as No.3 outstripping Japan's by 2032. The latest report goes a step further to project India in No. 2 position in the global sweepstakes of tomorrow.
Goldman Sachs' research arm said in a global research paper released on Monday that India's growth acceleration since 2003 represented a structural increase rather than simply a cyclical upturn. It said productivity growth drove nearly half of overall growth and expected it to continue for some years."
Aryabhata writes "The hacker who broke the DRM technology of HD DVDs is reported to have cracked the copy protection technology used by Blu-ray discs.
muslix64 used much the same plaintext attack in both cases. The latest Blu-ray hack was performed by muslix64 using a media file provided by Janvitos, through the video resource site Doom9, and applied to a Blu-ray copy of the movie Lord of War. BD+, the second type of content protection on Blu-ray, is yet to fall by crackers but this is something of a moot point today as the technology is yet to be widely applied on discs."
Aryabhata writes "Russian president Vladimir Putin,who will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on Friday said, "We intend to help India directly in construction of atomic energy facilities for peaceful use. Some of our companies are very much interested in acquiring large contracts for the construction of new facilities. On various occasions we have provided India with nuclear fuel and we will help in settling her problems in international affairs with the provision that Russia will abide by international obligations,""
Aryabhata writes "As per a survey from Pavillion Technologies reported in a blog on cnet.com people like the idea of ethanol and alternative fuels. The bad news is they can't find it and don't know they are using it.
As per the survey, 47 percent of Americans would pay a premium for biofuels like ethanol. 59 percent of Americans also consider dependence on foreign oil imports a big problem for the U.S."
Aryabhata writes "According to NYTimes, FARECAST, the Internet start-up that made waves last year by predicting ticket prices for air travelers, is putting its money where its mouth is. NYTimes reports on Fare Guard, a service that guarantees that an airfare listed on the site will remain valid for a week, or Farecast will make up the difference."
Aryabhata writes "ArsTechnica reports that Microsoft recently unveiled a new web site called "Windows Vista Test Drive," designed to allow business users, consumers, and the merely curious to find out what running Microsoft's latest operating system might be like, without actually having to install it.
The web site requires Windows 2000 or XP, Internet Explorer 6 or 7, and Microsoft's Virtual Machine Remote Control (VMRC) Advanced ActiveX control."
Aryabhata writes "Apple is being challenged once again to open up its DRM by consumer groups in Europe. This time, Germany and France have joined the slowly-growing number of countries who are asking Apple to allow the protected songs purchased from the iTunes Store to be played on other music players besides the iPod."
Aryabhata writes "AmigaOS was released in 1985, only a year after the original Macintosh; it featured vivid color graphics, 4-channel stereo sampled sound, and a graphical, preemptive multitasking operating system that seemed to come from years in the future. Later versions of the Amiga platform found a niche in the burgeoning field of digital video. NewTek's Video Toaster replaced hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of custom video editing equipment with a $5,000 box and opened up the field to a new generation of professionals, much as the Macintosh did with desktop publishing.
On the event of an AmigaOS 4 release, the following article has some interesting historic perspective to the Amiga platform."
Aryabhata writes "As per an Arstechnica report on a survey by investment firm J.P. Morgan Securities,
Google Checkout has had a relatively quick and modest market penetration of six percent since its launch in June of 2006, but lags behind in customer satisfaction vs PayPal. On the customer satisfaction front, only 18.8 percent reported having a "good" or "very good" experience with Google Checkout, while 81.2 percent indicated a fair to poor experience customer experience compared to PayPal's 44.2 percent reporting good experiences. Some users have reported anecdotally that Google Checkout mistakenly canceled sales without warning or that the checkout process took too long."
Aryabhata writes "Last day an article about HPs nanowire based technology, FPNI, was touted as a possible means to beat Moors law. Digging deep one finds that the technology is largely applicable to FPGA and not microprocessors. FPNI aims to provide a programmable network mesh which would be a boon to FPGA but not necessarily microprocessors."
Aryabhata writes "Sun is trying to reinvigorate its Sparc processor line, with chips that aggressively embrace the multicore technology to squeeze multiple processing engines on one slice of silicon. Current T1000 and T2000 servers use 1GHz or 1.2GHz Niagara processors, but the new models' chips run at 1.4GHz. In addition, the maximum memory has been increased to 64GB from 32GB, which in combination with the faster chips mean overall performance increases 30 percent.
Niagara has eight cores, each able to simultaneously execute four independent instruction sequences called threads, and Niagara II servers due in the second half of 2007 will support eight threads per core."
Aryabhata writes ""It appears that the Indian movie industry is more receptive to the desires of its fans than the US industry, which pines for the days when it could force consumers to watch movies on their terms"; reports Ars Technica.
Intel and Eros International,an Indian entertainment company, announced a partnership that will see Bollywood movies coming to Intel Viiv PCs. Owners of Viiv systems will be able to download high-definition versions of Bollywood blockbusters, music videos, and classic films to their systems."
Aryabhata writes "Bill Gates thinks that copy protection for digital media(music & video) is too complex for the consumers. He was speaking to an invited party of bloggers and web developers at Microsoft's Seattle headquarters.
"DRM is not where it should be." said Mr Gates. "In the end of the day incentive systems (for artists) make a difference," said Mr Gates. "But we don't have the right thing here in terms of simplicity or interoperability," he added. Interestingly, Microsoft is one of the biggest exponents of DRM, which is used on lots of different online services, including Napster and the Zune store.
So what does Bill suggest we do? His short-term advice for people wanting to transfer songs from one system to another was to "buy a CD and rip it"."
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