Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

jenningsthecat writes: DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program has created “the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured.” The Terahertz Monolithic Integrated Circuit (TMIC), boasts a gain of 9dB — previously unheard of for a monolithic device in this frequency range. Plus, the status of “fastest” has been certified by Guinness — seriously! (‘Cause you might not trust DARPA, but you gotta trust Guinness — right?).

In related news, DARPA has also created a micro-machined vacuum power amplifier operating at 850 GHz, or 0.85 THz.

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Qualcomm Begins Contributing To Reverse-Engineered Freedreno Linux Driver




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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

The Judge isn’t the trier of fact in our legal system, that’s the role of the Petit Jury, but why bother to actually learn how it works when you can just spread FUD?

Judges can also issue rulings notwithstanding the jury’s recommendation, as they do when they feel the jury SHOULD have reached a particular verdict, but didn’t, when it seems likely the jury is performing nullification of a law. (I believe it’s called non obstante verdicto.)

For example, a person is tried for possession of a pound of marijuana with intent to distribute, and the defense claims it was his own personal supply. The prosecution has a slam-dunk, has the defendant dead-to-rights, and the defense argues that marijuana shouldn’t be illegal.

The jury returns a verdict of not-guilty, even after the judge instructed the defense counsel that they COULD NOT LEGALLY USE THAT DEFENSE, and the defense replied that the defense rests. The judge has the power to disregard the jury’s incorrect, (even if morally right,) decision because it’s legally wrong. I can’t say how often that happens off the top of my head, as IINAL, but the guy who told me this IAL,… so for whatever it’s worth…

They used to have a saying: it’s not enough to hire an attorney; for best results, also spring for a jury.

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LG’s 0.7mm Smartphone Bezel Is World’s Narrowest

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NASA Spacecraft Images Crash Site of Retired LADEE Probe




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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

Real political change is brought about by lobbies. If someone wants to do something about the state of things, he either founds a lobby or supports an existing lobby that champions his cause (and by “supports” I mean “gives cold hard cash to.”).

There is no evidence for that. In fact, it’s pretty clear that the primary concern of politicians is pleasing their voters. Politicians listen to lobbies only in areas where voters don’t care.

The problem is that most voters simply don’t know what to care about. Voters worry about irrelevant issues like abortion, gay marriage, inequality, and racism, while not worrying enough about the stuff that matters, like banking regulation, tax policy, nepotism, and crony capitalism.

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China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission

How curious that this comes in the same week the Americans lost two space vehicles in one week.

The future of space belongs to China. They are the ones with the cajones to do it. They’ll be the first manned mission to Mars too because they’ll just fucking do it. They won’t be crippled with fear and pork.

China 2014 = USA 1960.

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Khrushchev’s 1959 Visit To IBM




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Microsoft jolts awake, remembers it still makes Office for Mac

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Microsoft has finally put a date on what will be its first new version of Office for OS X since 2010.

The software giant said that the second half of 2015 will bring the release of the first new version of Office for Mac in more than four years. That edition will bless Mac users with new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, as in the current version of the suite.


Before that release ships, however, justifiably impatient users will be able to try out a public beta version that’s scheduled to arrive in the first half of the year, according to a road map Microsoft published on Friday.

A late 2015 release will put Microsoft in the area of somewhere around five years between updates for the OS X productivity suite.

Microsoft’s Office 365 team said that the delay was due to Office for Mac being sidelined as of late while the company worked on the mobile versions of Office.

“Historically we have released a new version of Office for Mac approximately six to eight months after Office for Windows. However, following the release of Office 365 we made the conscious decision to prioritize mobile first and cloud first scenarios for an increasing number of people who are getting things done on-the-go more frequently,” Microsoft said.

“This meant delivering and continuing to improve Office on a variety phones (iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android) and tablets (iPad and Windows) – brought together by the cloud (OneDrive) to help people stay better organized and get things done with greater efficiency at work, school, home and everywhere between.”

In the meantime, Redmond has released a new version of Outlook for OS X users with Office 365 subscriptions. Microsoft said the new version of the email tool includes a new interface, Office 365 push email support, and faster email download times.

Subscribers to commercial versions of Office 365 can download the new Outlook version from their Office 365 Portal’s software page, while consumer subscribers can download it from their My Account page. ®

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Samsung says teaming up with mobe-maker Microsoft could violate antitrust law

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Samsung has taken a new tack in its ongoing patent royalty spat with Microsoft, claiming that its former partnership with Redmond should be considered null and void as it could violate US antitrust law.

Microsoft is suing Samsung for $6.9m in interest on royalties that it says it’s owed under the terms of a 2011 business agreement in which Samsung licensed Microsoft’s Android-related patents.


But in court documents [PDF] filed on Thursday, Samsung revealed that Android wasn’t the whole story. Microsoft also agreed at the time to help Samsung build Windows Phone devices – and now that Microsoft sells Windows Phone kit of its own, Samsung says, a continued partnership between the two companies could run afoul of the law.

Specifically, Samsung says that once Microsoft bought Nokia’s devices and services business, Samsung’s old business agreements with the software giant became “incompatible with prudent business conduct under the Sherman Act” – a reference to one of the foremost US laws barring anticompetitive business conduct.

Samsung’s filing goes on to note that Microsoft is in the process of fully assimilating the former Nokia smartphone division and is even abandoning the Nokia brand, which to Samsung’s thinking means Redmond is no longer a partner but a competitor.

According to Samsung, that change in the relationship between the two companies triggered Samsung’s right to unilaterally dissolve their earlier agreements, meaning it doesn’t owe Microsoft any royalties, let alone interest payments.

What’s more, Samsung says, even absent any antitrust issues, Microsoft becoming a smartphone vendor made the earlier business relationship between the two companies untenable, because Microsoft will naturally be more interested in its own hardware ambitions than those of its partners.

“Microsoft therefore has a disincentive to promote Samsung’s devices, because that promotion would come at the expense of Microsoft’s own hardware offerings,” the court filing states.

Samsung also says its partnership agreement with Microsoft required it to disclose sensitive business information to Redmond, such as phone specs, shipping schedules, and road maps – information that the chaebol would be loath to share with a direct competitor.

In its counter-claim, Samsung has asked the court not only to toss out Microsoft’s claims but also to award Samsung damages for “Microsoft’s breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing” when it bought out Nokia’s phone business.

Microsoft could not immediately be reached for comment on the matter. But in October, David Howard, the software giant’s deputy general counsel, said, “Microsoft values and respects our long partnership with Samsung, is committed to it, and expects it to continue.” ®

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