MrKevvy (85565) writes ""The U.S. filed an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against Apple Inc. AAPL +0.73% and five of the nation's largest publishers, alleging they conspired to limit competition for the pricing of e-books.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court by the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, alleges Apple and the publishers reached an agreement where retail price competition would cease, retail e-books prices would increase significantly and Apple would be guarantee a 30% "commission" on each e-book sold."" Link to Original Source top
Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Passed Into Law
"A law to allow public school teachers to challenge the scientific consensus on issues like climate change and evolution will soon take effect in Tennessee. State governor Bill Haslam allowed the bill — passed by the state House and Senate — to become law without signing it, saying he did not believe the legislation "changes the scientific standards that are taught in our schools."" Link to Original Source top
Canadian Music Industry wants SOPA-style blocking added to bill C-11
"Yesterday the Canadian Music Publishers Association added to the demand list by pulling out the SOPA playbook and calling for website blocking provisions. Implausibly describing the demand as a "technical amendment", the CMPA argued that Internet providers take an active role in shaping the Internet traffic on their systems and therefore it wants to "create a positive obligation for service providers to prevent the use of their services to infringe copyright by offshore sites." If the actual wording is as broad as the proposal (the CMPA acknowledged that it has an alternate, more limited version), this would open the door to blocking thousands of legitimate sites. The CMPA admitted that the proposal bears a similarity to SOPA and PIPA, but argued that it was narrower than the controversial U.S. bills."" Link to Original Source top
Physicist Uses Laser Light as Fast True-Random Num
MrKevvy writes "An Ottawa, Canada physicist is using laser light to create truly random numbers much faster than other methods do, with obvious potential benefits to cryptography:
"Sussman's new method, involving pulses of laser light in an Ottawa lab, has the potential to create truly random numbers in large quantities, and fast... Sussman's Ottawa lab uses a pulse of laser light that lasts a few trillionths of a second. His team shines it at a diamond. The light goes in and comes out again, but along the way, it changes... It is changed because it has interacted with quantum vacuum fluctuations, the microscopic flickering of the amount of energy in a point in space... What happens to the light is unknown — and unknowable. Sussman's lab can measure the pulses of laser light that emerge from this mysterious transformation, and the measurements are random in a way that nothing in our ordinary surroundings is. Those measurements are his random numbers."" Link to Original Source top
MrKevvy (85565) writes "CNET News and numerous other sources are reporting that XP SP3 has been finalized and released to manufacturers today. It will be available for public download on April 29th. Feature additions include WPA2, "black hole" router detection, PNRP and others. PC Magazine indicates that it will be a 70MB Windows Update, or a 580MB(!) full download."