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Submission + - How (and why) FreeDOS keeps DOS alive (

angry tapir writes: In August it will be 35 years since of the release of version 1.0 of MS-DOS (or PC DOS as it was known at the time). Despite MS-DOS being long dead, the FreeDOS community has kept DOS alive, with the open source project having been founded some 22 years ago. I caught up with the founder of the project about the plans for the next version of FreeDOS and what keeps the open source OS alive.

Submission + - Researchers steal data from a PC by controllng the noise from the fans (

angry tapir writes: Even the noise from your PC’s fans could be used to steal the data inside. Researchers in Israel have found a way to do just by hijacking the fans inside and manipulating the sounds they create. The research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev shows how data could be stolen from “air-gapped” computers, which are not connected to the Internet.

Submission + - Ultra-thin solar cells can be bent around a pencil (

angry tapir writes: Scientists in South Korea have developed solar cells thin enough they can be bent around a pencil. The cells could help usher in the use of solar energy in small portable gadgets where space is at a premium. The cells are fabricated onto a flexible substrate that is just a micrometer thick — one-half to one-quarter the thickness of other "thin" solar cells and hundreds of times thinner than conventional cells.

Submission + - Australian government prepares for quantum computing threat to encryption (

angry tapir writes: The Australian government's key information security advisory body, the Australian Signals Directorate, has updated its main security guide to take into account the threat to encryption posed by the impending quantum computing era, based in part on NSA advice to the US government that anticipated a need to "shift to quantum-resistant cryptography in the near future". Although the potential of quantum computing is yet to be fully realised in practice, it is getting closer.

Submission + - A new AMD licensing deal could create more x86 rivals for Intel (

angry tapir writes: AMD has announced a plan to license the design of its top-of-the-line server processor to a newly formed Chinese company, creating a brand-new rival for Intel. AMD is licensing its x86 processor and system-on-chip technology to a company called THATIC (Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co. Ltd.), a joint venture between AMD and a consortium of public and private Chinese companies.

Submission + - Australian music industry wants ISPs to block Kickass Torrents (

angry tapir writes: Four music labels have joined forces and launched legal action aimed at forcing Australia’s largest Internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to a major piracy-linked BitTorrent site. The move to block Kickass Torrents comes as a separate legal action involving The Pirate Bay and other sites launched by pay TV company Foxtel and movie studios is still in court. The legal action is taking place under a controversial amendment to the Copyright Act passed by the Australian parliament last year.

Submission + - Valve loses Australian court battle over Steam (

angry tapir writes: Valve Software has lost court action launched against it by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The Australian court case centred on the refund policies of Valve's Steam digital distribution service. Some of Steam's refund policies contradicted the statutory guarantees of the Australian Consumer Law, the court found. A hearing on penalties is yet to be held.

Submission + - Oracle seeks US$9.3 billion for Google's use of Java in Android (

angry tapir writes: Oracle is seeking as much as US $9.3 billion in damages in a long-running copyright lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android, court filings show. Oracle sued Google six years ago, claiming the search giant needs a license to use parts of the Java platform in Google's market-leading mobile OS.

Submission + - How Microsoft changed its tune on open source (

angry tapir writes: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once infamously described Linux as a cancer. These days, however, the company is a lot more positive about open source software. The company's open source chief, Mark Hill, acknowledges that Microsoft may have said some "silly things in the past" about open source, but now the rise of cloud computing has brought about a dramatic attitude change at the company.

Submission + - DARPA funds a program so computers can read thoughts (

angry tapir writes: In the future, computers may be able to read your thoughts through a connection with the brain. DARPA wants to create a device that could help make that happen. The device, which will be the size of two stacked nickels, will translate information from a brain into digital signals for use on a computer. The device is being developed as part of a four-year, US$60 million research program funded by DARPA

Submission + - The blockchain could 'fundamentally change' financial system (

angry tapir writes: The head of ASIC, Australia's corporate regulator, believes the blockchain technology that underpins Bitcoin could "fundamentally change" the global financial system by improving the speed of financial transactions, reducing transaction costs, disintermediating third parties, and improving market access.

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