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09:15 am - Sun, February 27, 2011
Slashdot Windows Browser Ballot: the Winners and the Losers
Barence writes "It's a year since the Windows browser ballot came into being in Europe — but has it made any difference? PC Pro has surveyed the minor browser makers — who theoreticall...
09:15 am - Sun, February 27, 2011
Slashdot Device Addresses Healthcare Language Barrier
Zothecula writes "With over 170 languages spoken in the US alone, medical personnel attending an emergency or working in a busy hospital are no doubt often faced with communication problems when tryin...
09:15 am - Sun, February 27, 2011
Slashdot Iran To 'Remove Fuel' From Bushehr Nuclear Plant
mangu writes "Iran said on Saturday it is removing the fuel from the reactor of a Russian-built nuclear power plant, a move seen as a big blow to its controversial nuclear program. The plant was first...
09:15 am - Sun, February 27, 2011
Slashdot New Apple MacBook Pro Reviewed
adeelarshad82 writes "As fate would have it, an Intel chipset glitch delayed shipments of almost every laptop manufacturer, save one. Apple, which has typically been last in transitioning to new techn...
09:15 am - Sun, February 27, 2011
Slashdot US Justice Department Dug Up Reporter's Phone, Bank Records
tripleevenfall writes "A court filing provides new details about the extraordinary measures Justice Department prosecutors are using to identify government leakers. Prosecutors obtained a suspect's te...
09:15 am - Sun, February 27, 2011
Slashdot Support Center Served Over 2,000 Identity Thieves
wiredmikey writes "The operator of an online business that assisted over 2,000 identity thieves in over 5,000 instances of fraud pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire and credit card ...
09:15 am - Sun, February 27, 2011
Slashdot Shuttle Discovery Docks With Space Station
Velcroman1 writes "The space shuttle Discovery has docked with the International Space Station for the final time at 2:15 p.m. EST, where it will make a last delivery to the orbiting space lab —...
08:52 pm - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Atomic Antennae Transmit Quantum Information
intellitech writes "The Austrian research group led by physicist Rainer Blatt suggests a fundamentally novel architecture for quantum computation. They have experimentally demonstrated quantum antenna...
08:52 pm - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot NASA Wants Spacecraft For Mars Return Trip
coondoggie writes "If we ever do get to Mars, getting home might prove to be as difficult. NASA today selected three companies — Alliant Techsystems, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman —...
06:55 pm - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is the Recycle Bin a Good GUI Metaphor?
dsginter writes "During a recent Windows 7 upgrade, I disabled the 'Recycle Bin' from appearing on the user desktop. Why? Because this allows the users to retrieve errant deletions. While this was...
06:55 pm - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Shows Off Radical New UI, Could Be Used In Windows 8
autospa writes "In a three and a half minute video, Microsoft may have shown the world what it has in store for the eagerly awaited Windows 8. In the video Microsoft showed a radically different inter...
06:55 pm - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot How Sun Bought Apple Computer (Almost)
Hugh Pickens writes "There was a time in the 1990s when Sun, at its wealthiest, was poised to buy Apple when it was at the lowest point in its storied history and now eWeek reports on how the deal for...
06:55 pm - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot RIM Does Not Want PlayBook Devs, Complains One Potential Developer
fidget42 writes "It appears as if Research In Motion is trying to discourage people from developing for the PlayBook by making the process too darn complicated." This is a pretty serious rant; has any...
06:55 pm - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Boxee Box Matures; Another Look At the Platform
MojoKid writes "Though D-Link actually started shipping the Boxee Box media player back in Q4 of last year, it was obvious that it needed a bit more polish to offer a reasonably satisfying experience....
06:55 pm - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot AMD Open Sources Their Linux Video API
An anonymous reader writes "AMD has open sourced X-Video Bitstream Acceleration, their API by which they expose the Universal Video Decoder 2 GPU under Linux."They may be a little late with this move,...
06:55 pm - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Got (Buffer) Bloat?
mtaht writes, "After a very intense month of development, the Bufferbloat project has announced the debloat-testing git kernel tree, featuring (via suggestion of Van Jacobson) a wireless network laten...
06:55 pm - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Programmer Arrested For Logic Bombing 'Whac-A-Mole'
McGruber writes "WFTV.com has the curious story of programmer Marvin Wimberly, who was arrested for having installed a logic bomb on Whac-A-Mole arcade games made by Bob's Space Racers in Holly Hill, ...
07:41 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Music Execs Stressed Over Free Streaming
itwbennett writes "At the Digital Music Forum East conference, held Thursday in New York, music industry watchers gathered to puzzle anew over the continuing decline in music sales. 'We have lost 20 m...
07:41 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Smart Phone Gets Driver Out of a Speeding Ticket
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Sahas Katta writes in Skattertech that a traffic cop pulled him over while driving home and gave him a speeding ticket but thanks to his Android, he ended up walking out of...
07:41 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Over 40,000 John Doe Copyright Troll Cases Dismissed
Requiem18th writes "From the EFF site: Thousands of unnamed 'John Does' in P2P file sharing lawsuits filed in California, Washington DC, Texas, and West Virginia have been severed, effectively dismiss...
07:41 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Zimbabwe Professor Arrested and Tortured For Watching Online News Videos
An anonymous submitter wrote: "Disturbing reports have come out of Zimbabwe about how a professor who regularly held gatherings to discuss different news topics and social issues, was arrested, charge...
07:41 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 4 Beta 12 Released; Fixes Over 650 Bugs
darthcamaro writes "At last! Firefox 4 Beta 12 is now available. There are over 650 bug fixes in this massive update including a fix for a memory leak that kept Firefox consuming RAM even without open...
12:59 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot HarperCollins Wants Library EBooks to Self-Destruct After 26 Loans
An anonymous reader writes: "HarperCollins has decided to change their agreement with e-book distributor OverDrive [and other distributors, too]. They forced OverDrive, which is a main e-book distribu...
12:59 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot First Two-Legged Robot Marathon is Under Way In Osaka, Japan
gregg writes "Five knee-high androids have crossed the starting line in the world's first marathon for two-legged robots.The contestants are expected to take four days to complete the course, which in...
12:59 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME
Julie188 writes "Canonical has reacted to backlash over its insane deal with Banshee by establishing a marginally better new deal. Banshee is a media/music player for Linux (and Windows and Mac) that ...
12:59 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Activists Seek Repeal of Ban On Incandescent Bulbs
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Daniel Sayani reports in New American that Senator Mike Enzi plans to introduce legislation to reverse the ban on incandescent light bulbs which is scheduled to go into eff...
12:59 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot AMD's Fusion APU Pitted Against 21 Desktop CPUs
crookedvulture writes "When AMD unveiled the Bobcat CPU architecture behind its first Fusion APUs, the company claimed its Atom-killer would achieve 90% of the performance of mainstream desktop proces...
12:59 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot First Ever HIPAA Fine Is $4.3M
Trailrunner7 writes "The health care industry's toothless tiger finally bared its teeth, as the US Department of Health and Human Services issued a $4.3M fine to a Maryland health care provider for vi...
12:59 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Discovery's Final Launch Successful
Phoghat writes "Overcoming a down-to-the-last-second problem, space shuttle Discovery made history yesterday, launching on its final mission to orbit. The most-traveled orbiter is carrying a crew of s...
12:59 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot PayPal Reinstates Fund For WikiLeaker Manning
itwbennett writes "PayPal has lifted a temporary restriction placed on the account of Courage to Resist, a group raising funds to support the legal defense of US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was arr...
12:59 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Tiny Transistors Could Be Used To Track Cash
disco_tracy writes "Banks have long considered placing silicon transistors on currency for security purposes, but the technology was too chunky and intensive for paper bills. Now, tiny low-power organ...
12:59 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot When the Internet Nearly Fractured
An anonymous reader writes "The Atlantic has a fascinating, if lengthy, story about a man named Eugene Kashpureff who 'ignited a battle over the future of the global network' by launching a rogue DNS ...
12:59 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Does Syfy Really Love Sci-Fi?
brumgrunt writes "Has Syfy fallen out with science fiction altogether? A look at its latest scheduling shows that it's further away from its roots than ever. 'There's still a lot of the older sci-...
12:59 am - Sat, February 26, 2011
Slashdot Frictionless Superfluid Found In Neutron Star Core
intellitech writes "NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered the first direct evidence for a superfluid, a bizarre, friction-free state of matter, at the core of a neutron star (abstract). Supe...
04:51 pm - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Nokia and Open Source — a Trial By Fire
An anonymous reader writes "The H has a damning piece on Nokia's open source smart phone projects, Maemo and MeeGo, and why they failed. 'They did dumb stuff like re-writing the whole networking stack...
04:51 pm - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot The World's First Flexible Organic Microprocessor
An anonymous reader writes "European researchers at Imec recently announced the development of the world's first flexible organic microprocessor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in...
04:51 pm - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Erdos' Combinatorial Geometry Problem Solved
eldavojohn writes "After 65 years, Paul Erdos' combinatorial problem has been solved by Indiana University professor Nets Hawk Katz. The problem involved determining the minimum number of distinct dis...
04:51 pm - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Google's Fight Against 'Low-Quality' Sites Continues
nj_peeps writes"A couple weeks ago, JC Penney made the news for plummeting in Google rankings for everything from 'area rugs' to 'grommet top curtains.' Turns out the retail site had a number of suspi...
04:51 pm - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Cleared of Misusing Global Warming Data
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The NY Times reports that an inquiry by the Commerce Department's inspector general has found no evidence that NOAA scientists manipulated climate data (reg. may be require...
04:51 pm - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Sony's War On Makers, Hackers, and Innovators
ptorrone writes "MAKE Magazine takes a look at Sony's history of suing makers, hackers and innovators. Over the last decade Sony has been targeting legitimate innovation, hobbyists, and competition. F...
04:51 pm - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Australia Bans New Mortal Kombat
daria42 writes "Mortal Kombat is one of the oldest video game franchises around, but it looks as though Australia's classification board hasn't heard of it. Today the organization confirmed it had ban...
04:51 pm - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Intel Announces a BIOS Implementation Test Suite
Josh Triplett writes "Intel announced the release of a BIOS Implementation Test Suite (BITS), a bootable pre-OS environment based on GNU GRUB2 that tests how well (or how badly) your BIOS has configur...
04:51 pm - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot King's Quest III Remake Released
Beetle B. writes "Not being content with remaking Sierra's King's Quest I, King's Quest II and Quest for Glory II, the Anonymous Game Developers Interactive have released a remake of King's Quest III....
04:51 pm - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Transparency Required For $37 Billion Aussie Broadband Deal
destinyland writes "Freedom of Information Laws have been successfully extended to Australia's $37.5 billion broadband internet project — a 100 mbps fiber network covering 94% of the Australian ...
06:29 am - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot FreeBSD 8.2 Released
meta coder writes with word of the release of FreeBSD 8.2: "This is the third release from the 8-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 8.1 and introduces some new features. Some...
06:29 am - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Australian Court Gives Green Light To Disconnect Pirates
aesoteric writes "The Full Bench of Australia's Federal Court (three judges) has dismissed the film industry's appeal against a February 2010 judgment that found ISP iiNet had not authorised copyright...
06:29 am - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Xerox Opens Virtual Research Lab
itwbennett writes "It's nothing like the glory days of Xerox PARC, but still there are some interesting projects in Xerox's new Open Xerox website. Copyfinder, for example, takes an electronic documen...
06:29 am - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Libya SIGINT Jamming Satellites, Towers
h00manist writes "Libya's Gaddafi apparently loves radio hacking. Signal jamming is being used to disable Thuraya satellite phones. Also being jammed is satellite TV network provider Arabsat, affectin...
06:29 am - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Drupal Competes As a Framework, Unofficially
tgeller writes "Drupal developer Ben Buckman attended the BostonPHP Framework Bake-Off with the hopes of pitting the CMS against CakePHP, Symfony, Zend, and CodeIgniter. He was told that he couldn't b...
06:29 am - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Google Launches New Assault On Microsoft Office
Hugh Pickens writes writes "BetaNews reports that Google has announced the global availability of Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, which went into beta late last year with technology that bu...
06:29 am - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Study Calls Craigslist 'a Cesspool of Crime'
Bala4361 writes "Classifieds site Craigslist has been linked with 330 crimes, 12 murders and 105 robberies or assaults in the United States last year due to anonymous interactions on the site, says a ...
06:29 am - Fri, February 25, 2011
Slashdot Feds Help You Find Your Fastest Internet Service
jfruhlinger writes "Slashdot previously covered the National Broadband Map, designed by the US Federal government to illustrate where the 'digital divide' between those with access to high-speed Inter...
08:31 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot PayPal Freezes Support Account For Bradley Manning
An anonymous reader writes "The online payment provider PayPal has frozen the account of Courage to Resist, which in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network is currently raising funds i...
08:31 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' Developer Preview Available
kwolf22 writes "Today Apple is offering a developer preview of Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) to registered Mac developers. In addition, the Lion product page has been updated with new details. Among the update...
08:31 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot For California, an Earthquake Early Warning System Is Up and Running
autospa writes "In California's Coachella Valley around Palm Springs, a state-of-the-art, first-in-the-world earthquake early warning system in now installed and operational. Twelve locations are now ...
08:31 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Retro Browser War: IE6 Vs. Netscape In 2011
jbrodkin writes "What if you took the raw, pre-patched, 10-year-old versions of Internet Explorer 6 and Netscape 6.1 and tried to surf the modern Web? What would happen? You might think firing...
08:31 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot New Internal Cavity X-ray Technology for Airports
Thanks to a new type of X-ray scanner unveiled in Australia, annoyed TSA agents won't have to send you to a hospital for a body cavity scan, they can do it in-house. Officials say that more than 4,600...
08:31 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Google x86 Native Browser Client Maybe Not So Crazy After All
GMGruman writes "Google's experimental technology to run native x86 binaries in the browser shows lots of potential, writes Neil McAllister. He's previously said it was a crazy idea, but a new version...
05:16 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Army Psy Ops Units Targeted American Senators
Weezul writes "The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in "psychological operations" to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war...
05:16 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Intel Unveils Next Gen Itanium Processor
MojoKid writes "This week, at ISSCC Intel unveiled its next-generation Itanium processor, codenamed Poulson. This new design is easily the most significant update to Itanium Intel has ever built and c...
03:18 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Iran Claims Two New Supercomputers
dcblogs writes "Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced development of two supercomputers Wednesday. Iranian government news media published a photo spread of one the systems it claims is capable...
03:18 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Quad Core, Thunderbolt In New MacBook Pros
Although as I write this the store is still down, the Apple web site has officially published the specs for the revised MacBook Pros, which top at out 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 for the 17" as wel...
03:18 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Julian Assange To Be Extradited To Sweden
An anonymous reader writes "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost his challenge against extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault. The 39-year-old Australian computer expert, who...
03:18 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Google Launches Apps Certification Program
angry tapir writes "Google has launched a program to certify that staffers at Google Apps resellers have specific expertise, knowledge and experience working with the company's hosted collaboration an...
03:18 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Police Raid PS3 Hacker's House, Hacker Releases PS3 'Hypervisor Bible'
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from PSGroove.com:"Graf_chokolo, who has contributed countless things to the PS3 scene, had his private home raided by police this morning. They confiscated all ...
03:18 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Aussie Security Forces Testing Apple's iOS
lukehopewell1 writes "Australia's Defence Signal Directorate (DSD) is testing the national security capability of Apple's iOS mobile operating system for use on federal networks that transmit national...
03:18 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot FTC To Examine Microtransactions In Free-To-Play Games and Apps
A post at GamePolitics points out that the Federal Trade Commission will be looking into free-to-play mobile games that rely on internal microtransactions as a business model. Many such games are mark...
03:18 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Secrets of a Memory Champion
Hugh Pickens writes writes "We've all heard of people who claim to have 'photographic memories.' Now Joshua Foer writes in the NY Times magazine (reg. may be required) that a 'skilled memory' can be a...
03:18 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Talking To Computers?
merlock18 writes "Is it un-natural to talk to a computer? After discussing the outcome of the Jeopardy game with some colleagues, they seem to think it is mildly 'scary' to talk to a computer and ...
03:18 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot Researcher Create Computer That Fits On a Pen Tip
CWmike writes "Researchers at the University of Michigan announced Wednesday that they have created the first prototype for a millimeter-scale computing system that can hold up to a week's worth of da...
03:18 pm - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot NASA Readies Discovery Shuttle For Final Flight
gabbo529 writes "After 38 trips, 352 days in orbit and more than 5,600 trips around the Earth, the space shuttle Discovery is preparing for its final launch. Since its creation, it has flown to orbit ...
12:04 am - Thu, February 24, 2011
Slashdot DARPA Open-Sources Military Vehicle Design
Velcroman1 writes "The army's secretive technology division has been collecting dozens of ideas for the design of its in-the-works rescue vehicle via a social-media contest — relying solely on t...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Cell Phone Use Tied To Changes In Brain Activity
Takichi writes "The New York Times is reporting on research linking cell phone use and increased metabolism, with high statistical significance, in the areas of the brain close to the antenna. The stu...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot WI Capitol Blocks Pro-Union Web Site
ISoldat53 writes "State government workers are unable to connect to a pro-union web site, defendwisconsin.org, from the wifi at the state capitol." Someone probably should let Hillary Clinton know. ...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Why Google Wants Your Kid's SSN
Jamie found a somewhat creepy story about a kid's art contest run by Google. As part of the entry, they need the last 4 digits of a social security number. The article suggests that the information re...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot High Severity BIND Vulnerability Advisory Issued
wiredmikey writes "The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) and US-CERT have issued a high severity vulnerability warning, discovered by Neustar, which affects BIND, the most widely used DNS software on ...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Mobile Spyware Conferences Into Your Calls
wiredmikey writes "Reports of Multiple Variants of Android Virus 'Hong Tou Tou' are showing up, which has mainly been working its way onto smartphones via alternative app marketplaces.Today, we saw re...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot The Uncertain Future of NYC's Last Arcade
HansonMB writes "At around nearly the same time every year, rumors start to crop up that Chinatown Fair, the last beloved vestige of New York City's video arcade golden age, will soon be facing its fi...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot MacBook Pro Specs Leaked, iPad Event March 2
Stoobalou updates us on the various Apple rumors, saying, "Snaps of Apple's imminent update to the MacBook Pro range have been leaked, confirming most of the rumors doing the rounds." Light Peak looks...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Employer Facebook Password Requests Suspended
Hugh Pickens writes "The Washington Post reports that Maryland's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has suspended a roughly year-old practice of asking prospective employees to volu...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Security Information and Event Management Implementation
brothke writes "With many different types of log and audit data, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) attempts to fix that by aggregating, correlating and normalizing the log and audit dat...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Stuxnet's Legacy: Get Back to Basics or Get Owned
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Attacks such as Stuxnet, Operation Aurora or GhostNet are not what most enterprises and organizations need to be worried about. The plain fact is that most organizations are falli...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot eBook Lending Library Launched
An anonymous reader writes "The Open Library has launched an eBook lending program. Patrons of this Internet Archive-led group of libraries may borrow up to five books at a time, for up to two weeks. ...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Chess Games Translated To Music
An anonymous reader writes "Blogger Jonathan W. Stokes used algebra to map famous chess games onto a piano, and then outputted the results as MP3s. The tunes created are surprisingly listenable." ...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Wikileaks Opens Official Online Store
siliconbits writes "You can now buy officially branded Julian Assange T-Shirts, cups, netbook sleeves or bags and contribute financially to the Wikileaks fight. From the article: 'Wikileaks is looking...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads
Barence writes "Apple and music labels are reportedly in discussions to raise the audio quality of of the songs they sell to 24-bit. The move could see digital downloads that surpass CD quality, which...
11:22 pm - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Biodegradable Sneakers Sprout Flowers When Planted
Zothecula writes "People may joke about their dirty old sneakers turning into science projects or mini ecosystems, but once OAT Shoes' compostable sneakers become commercially available within the nex...
05:41 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft and Nvidia Abandon PC Gaming Alliance
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from PC Authority:"Ever since Microsoft turned its back on Windows gaming in favor of the closed Xbox ecosystem, the platform has been crying out for a champ...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Voice of America Site Forced Offline By 'Iranian Cyber Army'
angry tapir writes with this excerpt from TechWorld: "The pro-Iran hacktivist group that defaced the Baidu and Twitter Web sites a year ago has hit another target: the US Government's Voice of America...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Windows Phone 7 Update Jams Some Phones
CWmike writes "Microsoft's first Windows Phone 7 update is apparently causing some users' phones to not work. Microsoft has advised at least one person to take his device into a store for a fix. The c...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Trying To Lure Suckers, Company Resells Open Source Blender
sylphsama writes "A company named 'IllusionMage" deceptively resells a 3D open source animation package (Blender) and claims it as their own. The software, dubbed IllusionMage, portrays flagrant simil...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Final Android 3.0 SDK Released
teh31337one writes "Google has released the SDK for their tablet OS, Android 3.0 'Honeycomb.'Google states on its developers' blog that the APIs are final, and you can now develop apps targeting this ...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot New Video Game Controlled By Kissing
unassimilatible writes "Artist Hye Yeon Nam has put her video game where her mouth is — literally — with the creation of a new bowling game that's controlled only by passionate (and awkwar...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Watch Out Netflix, Amazon Streaming Video to Prime Users
ageoffri writes "Amazon has announced that they will include streaming with a subscription to Amazon Prime. The free 2 day shipping on a huge selection of products either sold directly by Amazon or fu...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Comment Profanity by Language
beret found a nifty little pie chart breaking downprofanity in code comments broken down by language. He used Carlin's Seven Words, and C++ came out on top while PHP users are either wholeso...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?
inkscapee writes "Used to be Ubuntu was the big Linux hero, the shining knight that would drive Linux onto every desktop and kick bad old Windows to the curb. But now Ubuntu is the Bad Linux. What's g...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Nautilus-X: the Space Station With Rockets
astroengine writes "So we have a space station, now what? We've heard some rather outlandish ideas, but this is one concept a research group in NASA is taking seriously. By retrofitting the ISS wi...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Sonar Keyboard Logs You Out To Protect Your Data
Zothecula writes "While the simple act of logging off a workstation is an obvious way to protect sensitive data – like that used by healthcare providers, pharmacies, banks and government agencie...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Middle East Internet Scorecard
sturgeon writes "With the escalating violence and frequent reports of phone and Internet blockages across the Middle East and North Africa, it's getting hard to keep track of what is happening where. ...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Earth's Inner Core Rotation Slower Than Estimated
intellitech writes "Scientists at the University of Cambridge believe they have achieved the first accurate estimate of how much faster Earth's core is rotating compared to the rest of the planet. The...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Drops 10,000 911 Calls During Blizzard
mschaffer noted a Bloomberg piece saying"US regulators said Verizon Communications Inc.'s networks may have dropped a 'truly alarming' number of wireless emergency calls during a snow storm last month...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Are Google's Best Days In the Past?
rsmiller510 writes "For a time, everything Google touched turned to gold, but lately a slew of bad press is creating a negative perception about the search giant." Read more of this story at S...
04:56 am - Wed, February 23, 2011
Slashdot Lawyers Using Facebook Research For Jury Selection
unassimilatible writes "Trial lawyers are increasingly using social networking sites like Facebook to research jurors in real-time during the voir dire process. Armando Villalobos, the district attorn...
06:29 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Testing Free English Anti-Malware On Non-English Threats
An anonymous reader writes "Brazilian technology news site O Globo posted an interesting comparison on how free anti-malware behaves against non-english threats (Google translation of Portuguese origi...
06:29 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot First Alpha of Qt For Android Released
An anonymous reader writes "In the wake of Nokia's announcement that it will be cheerfully throwing its existing developer community under a bus by not offering Qt for Windows Phone, a project to impl...
06:29 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Tolkien Estate Says No Historical Fiction For JRR
An anonymous reader writes "Apparently the estate of JRR Tolkien isn't just overprotective of his works, but of himself as well. The estate is in a bit of a legal spat with the author of a fictional w...
06:29 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Huge Amounts of Oil Found On Gulf of Mexico Floor
intellitech tips news of a study examining the Gulf of Mexico sea floor in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Marine scientists have found a thick layer of oil, and say it has devastated life...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Denies Targeting Westboro Baptist Church
lenwood writes "Last week we discussed news that the hacking group Anonymous was staging an attack against Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church. It turns out that this was a publicity stunt staged by ...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?
softegg writes "My company hosts our own mail server. We have high-speed business connections through Verizon and Comcast. Recently, Verizon and Comcast have been blocking port 25, causing our private...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Physicists Build Bigger 'Bottles' For Antimatter
intellitech writes "Once regarded as the stuff of science fiction, antimatter — the mirror image of the ordinary matter in our observable universe — is now the focus of laboratory studies ...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot WA Election To Try Online Voting
AuMatar writes "According to the Seattle Times, the King Conservation District is going to allow online voting to combat chronic low turnouts. You can already view the voting portal. As a citizen of W...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot The Legend of Zelda Turns 25
harrymcc writes "The Legend of Zelda originated 25 years ago today, when Nintendo released the original game for its Famicom console in Japan on February 21st, 1986. Benj Edwards is celebrating with a...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Motorola Xoom Won't Have Flash Support At Launch
Several readers have sent word that Motorola's Xoom tablet, marketed as the iPad's first significant competitor, won't ship with Flash support. Quoting:"Support for Adobe's Flash technology has been a...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Would the Developing World Use E-Readers More Than Laptops?
Barence writes "Stuart Turton writes about how the local children reacted to his Kindle on a recent visit to the Nagpur region of India. 'About 20 kids stood in a big group, just watching me: big eyes...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers
GMGruman writes "It's a persistent myth: reboot your Unix box when something goes wrong or to clean it out. Paul Venezia explains why you should almost never reboot a Unix server, unlike say Windows."...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Late Night Gaming Banned In Vietnam
R3d M3rcury writes "Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communication has asked ISPs to block access to on-line games between 10:00PM and 8:00AM. 'The request, made on Wednesday, is another move fro...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Apple To Unveil Light Peak, New MacBook Pros This Week?
An anonymous reader writes "Apple will reportedly soon make an announcement regarding a new high-speed connection technology. And as luck would have it, this comes hot on the heels of a report that Ap...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Laptop Design For Disassembly
retroworks writes "Stanford and Finland are cooperating on a project to make a 'modular' laptop which can be more easily disassembled and upgraded, and eventually recycled. Video presentation by smart...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Python 3.2 Released
digitalderbs writes "Python 3.2 was released on Feb 20th 2011 with many new improvements. New features include many useful updates to the unittest module, a stable ABI for extensions, pyc repository d...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot LotR Rewritten From a Mordor Perspective
Hugh Pickens writes writes "It's been said that history is written by the winners but Laura Miller writes in Salon about a counterexample as she reviews a new version of Lord of the Rings. The Last Ri...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot UK Government Wants to Spring Ahead Two Hours
Anonymous Coward writes "In England it has been proposed that the clocks move forward by 2 hours this summer to give us more daylight time in the day, and hopefully in turn stimulate the economy. My q...
12:22 am - Tue, February 22, 2011
Slashdot Australian Telco Telstra Complies With GPL
An anonymous reader writes "Late last year, Australia's biggest telco Telstra was sharply criticised for using GPL'd code in several of its new products — but not publicly distributing changes i...
06:48 am - Mon, February 21, 2011
Slashdot The Outfall of a Helium-3 Crisis
astroengine writes "The United States is currently recovering from a helium isotope crisis that last year sent low-temperature physicists scrambling, sky-rocketed the cost of hospital MRI's, and threw...
06:48 am - Mon, February 21, 2011
Slashdot Automatic Life Jacket Detection For Drones
garymortimer writes "Sentient, an Australian company that makes drone software, has given UAVs the ability to search for small, high visibility objects such as life jackets. From the article: 'Kestrel...
06:48 am - Mon, February 21, 2011
Slashdot Science Channel Buys Rights To Firefly
citking writes "The Science Channel has purchased the rights to Firefly and plans to air all episodes in order and in high definition. In addition, physicist Dr. Michio Kaku will appear to explain the...
11:57 pm - Sun, February 20, 2011
Slashdot The Death of BCC
An anonymous reader writes "An interesting op-ed at NeoSmart discusses the demise of BCC in emails at the hands of Facebook and the like. It discusses how certain technologies that are slowly being su...
11:44 pm - Sun, February 20, 2011
Slashdot GeoHot Asks For Donations To Fight Sony
mede writes "In an interesting turn of events, Sony might have stumbled into a tough nut to crack. George Hotz (aka GeoHot) famous for his iPhone hacking achievements, is planning on fighting the big ...
11:44 pm - Sun, February 20, 2011
Slashdot Chrome May Drop the URL Bar
An anonymous reader writes "There isn't much Google can still eliminate from the browser's interface. Yet Google appears to be considering a drastic step to free up space in the UI: It may simply kill...
11:44 pm - Sun, February 20, 2011
Slashdot Will Google Oppose DRM On HTML5 Video?
Anonymous Coward writes "Mozilla has committed to not implement DRM in Firefox for WebM HTML5 video even though it is theoretically possible. Microsoft has asked Google and the WebM community several ...
11:44 pm - Sun, February 20, 2011
Slashdot Iceland Eyes Liquid Magma As Energy Source
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists in Iceland have been studying and utilizing the power of geothermal wells for years. In 2009 one such study hit a standstill when a group ran into magma halfway ...
11:44 pm - Sun, February 20, 2011
Slashdot The Inner World of Gov-Sponsored White-Hat Hacking
romanval writes "Anonymous leaked emails of white-hat hacker firm HBGary shows how it develops and markets products to government agencies. From the article: 'In 2009, HBGary had partnered with the Ad...
11:44 pm - Sun, February 20, 2011
Slashdot Feds Pay Millions For Bogus Spy Software
gosuperninja writes "The US Government paid tens of millions of dollars to Dennis Montgomery because he said he had created software that could decode secret Al-Qaeda messages embedded in Al-Jazeera b...
11:44 pm - Sun, February 20, 2011
Slashdot Police Chief Teaches Parents To Keylog Kids
Hugh Pickens writes writes "LiveScience reports that James Batelli, the police chief of Mahwah, NJ, and his detectives conduct seminars that teach parents how to outfit a computer with keystroke loggi...
09:49 am - Sun, February 20, 2011
Slashdot Milky Way Stuffed With an Estimated 50 Billion Alien Worlds
astroengine writes "Using data extrapolated from the early Kepler observations of 1,235 candidate exoplanets, mission scientists have placed an estimate on the number of alien worlds there are in our ...
07:02 am - Sun, February 20, 2011
Slashdot Can Android Without Dalvik Avoid Oracle's Wrath?
jfruhlinger writes "Despite the fact that Oracle is suing Google over claims that Android violates Java IP, Android is roaring ahead in the marketplace. Still, some groups are wondering if they can im...
07:02 am - Sun, February 20, 2011
Slashdot FBI Complains About Wiretapping Difficulties Due To Web Services
c0lo writes with news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is lamenting the difficulty in executing wiretaps because of "web-based e-mail, social-networking and peer-to-peer services.""President B...
07:02 am - Sun, February 20, 2011
Slashdot Industry IT Security Certification Proposed
Roberto123 writes "The US can build defenses against 'cyberwar' by having government and the private sector work together to confront the threat, a panel of experts said at RSA Conference 2011 in San ...
11:36 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Develops HTML5 Gaming Benchmark
An anonymous reader writes "A couple of Facebook engineers are developing an HTML5 gaming benchmark. They write, 'Two weeks ago Bruce and I released JSGameBench version 0.1. Today marks the release of...
11:36 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Musician Jailed Over Prank YouTube Video
An anonymous reader writes "Evan Emory, a 21-year-old aspiring musician, edited together video of him singing a G-rated song to a bunch of giggling school kids with video of him singing a song with se...
08:46 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Judge Rules Against China In 'Green Dam' Suit
An anonymous reader writes "About a year after Cybersitter sued the Chinese government and several Asian OEMs for allegedly copying its code to create the 'Green Dam' software, a US federal judge has ...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Aim To 'Print' Human Skin
suraj.sun sends this excerpt from CNN:"Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, inspired by standard inkjet printers found in many home offices, are developing a specialized ...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Employer Demands Facebook Login From Job Applicants
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Alex Madrigal reports in the Atlantic that the ACLU has taken up the case of Maryland corrections officer Robert Collins, who was required to provide his Facebook login and...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Oil Companies Patent Trolling Biofuel Production
Whatsmynickname writes "Thought oil companies were done patent trolling to try to shut down any efforts to wean us off of crude oil (e.g. Chevron and NiMH batteries)? Think again. BP and DuPont (B...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Oracle's Open Source Identity Reborn At ForgeRock
darthcamaro writes "Oracle trashed a lot of former Sun technologies — not the least of which is Sun's open source identity platform which included OpenSSO and OpenDS. Now open source startup For...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot US Navy Breaks Laser Record
ectotherm writes "The US Navy has broken the existing record for the power of a laser. Their new free-electron laser can burn through 20 feet of steel per second. 'Next up for the tech: additional wea...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Geohot To Turn Over Computers To Neutral Third Party
intellitech writes "This will make a lot of you feel better. Groklaw is reporting that both parties have come up with a stipulation in Sony Computer Entertainment American v. Hotz regarding what Hotz ...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Air Force Wants Hundreds of Fake Online Identities
bizwriter writes "Bad enough that spammers are creating fake Facebook accounts that acquire connections with unsuspecting people, then inundate them with crap. Now, the US military wants software and ...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot London Stock Exchange Price Errors 'Emerged At Linux Launch'
DMandPenfold writes "Within the first 20 seconds of the London Stock Exchange's new matching engine going live on Monday, price data vendors began displaying incorrect prices, blank prices and wrong t...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Chrome 10 Beta Boosts JavaScript Speed By 64%
CWmike writes "Google released the first beta of Chrome 10 on Thursday, and Computerworld found it to be 64% faster than its predecessor on Google's V8 JavaScript benchmarks. But in another JS benchma...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Solar Flare Interferes With Radio, But No Big Auroras
RedEaredSlider writes "The largest solar flare in several years has disrupted some communications, though it was not in the right position to create auroral displays visible from lower latitudes. The ...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Libya Blocks Internet Access As Citizens Protest
An anonymous reader writes "As protests rage across the Middle East, in particular gaining strength in Libya, Djibouti, Iraq, Bahrain, and Yemen over the past two days, Libya has taken the lead role i...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Goes After GodHatesFags.com
An anonymous reader writes "Anonymous is now recognised as a serious force to be taken seriously, but its activities aren't confined to mass global protests, as the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, ...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot Sony Unveils First PlayStation Phone
KRK-TR writes "Sony Ericsson has unveiled the first 'PlayStation phone,' called the Xperia Play. The device resembles a regular smart phone but has gaming buttons that slide out from beneath the scree...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot National Security Jobs To Rival Silicon Valley Over the Next 10 Years?
AHuxley writes "The Capital reports on a new cyber curriculum at a Maryland high school to feed the ever growing needs of the NSA and Cyber Command. A quote from Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) about job g...
08:08 pm - Sat, February 19, 2011
Slashdot New SHA Functions Boost Crypto On 64-bit Chips
An anonymous reader writes "The National Institute of Standards and Technology, guardian of America's cryptography standards, has announced a new extension to the SHA-2 hashing algorithm family that p...