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02:12 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot BP Loses Laptop With Oil-Spill Claimants' Personal Info
Oxford_Comma_Lover writes "CNN Reports that BP lost a laptop with the name, address, DOB, and SSNs of everyone who filed claims related to the big oil spill last year. In other words, everyone asking ...
02:12 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Denies HTTPS Shutdown Was Intentional
jbrodkin writes "Microsoft acknowledged that Hotmail's HTTPS encryption service was shut off for users in some countries, but denied that it was because of an intentional ploy to limit email security ...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot Browser Power Consumption Compared
theweatherelectric writes "Over on the IE Blog they've posted a power consumption comparison of the five major browsers. They write: 'Power consumption is an important consideration in building a mode...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot $110,000 Fine Is First Under MA Data Privacy Law
chicksdaddy writes "A Massachusetts restaurant chain was the first company fined under the state's toughest-in-the-nation data breach law, according to a statement by the Massachusetts Attorney Genera...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot WP7 Predicted To Beat iPhone By 2015
WrongSizeGlass writes "InformationWeek is reporting that Windows Phone 7 will overtake Apple's iPhone by 2015 according to IDC. IDC predicts 2015 will bring: Android 45.4%, WP7 & WinMobile 20.9%, ...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot RIAA Lobbyist Becomes Federal Judge, Rules On File-Sharing Cases
suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica:"Last week, Washington, DC federal judge Beryl Howell ruled on three mass file-sharing lawsuits. Judges in Texas, West Virginia, and Illinois had a...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot FBI Wants You To Solve Encrypted Notes From Murder
coondoggie writes "The FBI is seeking the public's help in breaking the encrypted code found in two notes discovered on the body of a murdered man in 1999. The FBI says that officers in St. Louis, Mis...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot NASA Vulnerable To Crippling Cyber Attacks
RedEaredSlider writes "The computer network NASA relies upon to carry out its billion dollar missions is just like your Mac or PC at home; vulnerable to cyber attacks. NASA's servers contain vulnerabi...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot Attacking and Defending the Tor Network
Trailrunner7 writes "In a talk at the USENIX LEET workshop Tuesday, Nick Mathewson of the Tor Project discussed the group's recent challenges in responding to suppression efforts by governments in Egy...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot Things Get Worse at Fukushima
An anonymous reader writes "Radiation levels are skyrocketing around Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant as reports indicate that a radioactive core has overheated and melted through its containment vesse...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot Page Can't Turn Back Clock At Google
rsmiller510 writes "As much as incoming CEO Larry Page would like Google to be as quick on its feet as a small company, when you're as big as Google, decision-making gets bogged down in the management...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot Man In Trouble For Using Helicopter to Water Ski
An Australian man spending the afternoon water-skiing with his son can't figure out what all the fuss is about. After all, he wasn't piloting the helicopter towing his son recklessly. "It's a witch-hu...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot MySpace Loses Ten Million Users In One Month
Goldiloxx writes "Social networking website MySpace lost over ten million users between January and February 2011, according to comScore. In February 2011, the Internet website had less than 63 millio...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot Censorware Vendors Can Stop Mid-East Dealings
Slashdot regular Bennett Haselton is back with a story about Internet censorship in the Middle East. Several blocking software companies claimed that they had no control over how various Middle Easter...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot Man Accused of Selling US Military Drones On EBay
garymortimer writes "47-year-old Henson Chua is in a bit of trouble for trying to sell a RQ-11B 'Raven' Unmanned Aerial Vehicle on eBay. From the article: 'A federal grand jury in Tampa returned an in...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot Spam Drops 13 After Rustock Botnet Gets Crushed
wiredmikey writes "The Rustock Botnet was sending as many as 13.82 billion spam emails each day before being taken down early this month by an effort headed by Microsoft in cooperation with authoritie...
01:41 am - Wed, March 30, 2011
Slashdot Ma Bell Stifled Innovation, AT&T May Do the Same
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T recently announced it plans to acquire T-Mobile to create the largest wireless network in the US. If the deal is allowed to complete, it will create only three maj...
02:31 pm - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Discovery Heads Into Retirement
dweezil-n0xad writes "Technicians in bay No. 2 of Kennedy Space Center's Orbiter Processing Facility remove shuttle Discovery's forward reaction control system (FRCS) on March 22 as part of the ship's...
02:31 pm - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Releases Cloud-Based Music Service
c0lo writes "Right after rumors that Google was preparing to take on iTunes service with a digital music store of its own, Amazon has announced that it's entering the fight with a cloud-based music se...
02:31 pm - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Can We Fix Federated Authentication?
Bruce Schneier writes in his blog of a "New paper by Ross Anderson: 'Can We Fix the Security Economics of Federated Authentication?': There has been much academic discussion of federated authentic...
02:31 pm - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Are the Days of Individual Security Over?
angry tapir writes "People solely relying on patching and upgrades are lulling themselves into a false sense of security, and individual protection is no longer sufficient in the age of multi-vector a...
02:31 pm - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Europe Plans To Ban Petrol Cars From Cities By 2050
thecarchik writes "Can you imagine a future — thirty-nine years from now — where there are no engines humming, no exhaust smells, no car sounds of any kind in the city except the presumabl...
02:31 pm - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Ultima IV — EA Takedowns Precede Official Reboot
Kevin Fishburne writes "According to posts at the Ultima fan site Ultima Aiera, both the browser-based Ultima IV Sega Master System emulation at Master System 8 and the IBM-PC port at Phi Psi Software...
02:31 pm - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Fighting Fires With Beams of Electricity
cylonlover writes "It's certainly an established fact that electricity can cause fires, but a group of Harvard scientists have presented their research on the use of electricity for fighting fires. In...
02:31 pm - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot The Simpsons Reviewed For Unsuitable Nuclear Jokes
Hugh Pickens writes "CNN reports that television networks in several European countries are reportedly reviewing episodes of 'The Simpsons' for any 'unsuitable' references to nuclear disaster, with an...
03:47 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot ISP's War On BitTorrent Hits World of Warcraft
jfruhlinger writes "Canadian Internet users have the prospect of a metered Internet looming over their head, and now World of Warcraft players who use Rogers Communications as their ISP are encounteri...
03:47 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot China To Overtake US In Science In Two Years
An anonymous reader writes "China is set to overtake America in scientific output as soon as 2013 — far earlier than expected. Chinese research spending has grown by 20% per year since 1999, now...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Artificial Leaf Could Provide Cheap Energy
sciencehabit was one of several readers to tip news of a sunlight-harvesting artificial leaf, writing:"Nearly all the energy we use on this planet starts out as sunlight that plants use to knit chemic...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Should Smartphones Be Allowed In Court?
coondoggie writes "Federal courts have been debating how much freedom users of smartphones and portable wireless devices in general should have in a federal courthouse. Some say they should be banned ...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Lone Iranian Claims Credit For Comodo Hack
nk497 writes "A boastful Iranian hacker has claimed sole responsibility for the Comodo security certificate attack, saying it had nothing to do with his government. The 21-year-old claimed via a note ...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development
Hugh Pickens writes "Ted Dziuba has an interesting and amusing post on how he made a big mistake when he was offered a choice for his company laptop. His options were a Lenovo Thinkpad or a MacBook Pr...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot New York Times Paywall Goes Live, Loopholes Abound
RedEaredSlider writes "As the New York Times' new paywall went live this afternoon at 2 p.m., discussion of the move has made the natural transition to methods of bypassing it. As expected, a number o...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot McAfee's Website Full of Security Holes
Julie188 writes "The McAfee.com website is full of security mistakes that could lead to cross-site scripting and other attacks, researchers said in a post on the Full Disclosure site on Monday. The ho...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Geohot Battles Back Against Sony
csaw.csaw writes "According to Ars Technica, 'Hotz is slamming Sony's arguments at every turn. Sony claims there is a PSN account that Hotz created? Well, the serial number is wrong and anyone cou...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Twitter's Lawyers Seek To Block WikiLeaks Data Handover
jhernik writes "Lawyers on Friday asked a judge to overturn a ruling from earlier this month, forcing Twitter to hand over account details to the Department of Justice, in a case related to the federa...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Test-Driven JavaScript Development
eldavojohn writes "Test-Driven JavaScript Development by Christian Johansen is a book that thoroughly guides the user through some of the more advanced aspects of the JavaScript language and into Test...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Intel Replaces Consumer SSD Line, Nixes SLC-SSD
Lucas123 writes "Intel today launched a line of consumer solid state drives that replaces the industry's best selling X25-M line. The new 320 series SSD doubles the top capacity over the X25-M drives ...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot 12-Year-Old Rewrites Einstein's Theory of Relativity
rhathar writes "A 12-year-old boy by the name of Jacob Barnett is a math genius. Mastering many college level astrophysics courses by the age of 8, he now works on his most ambitious project to date: ...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Java Creator James Gosling Hired At Google
jfruhlinger writes "Some months after leaving Oracle in a huff, father of Java James Gosling has joined Google. It's not clear what his job responsibilities will be there, but given some of his past s...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Radioactive Water Found In Two Reactor Buildings
RedEaredSlider writes "Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said it detected several kinds of radioactive material in the water on the floor of reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nucle...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Yahoo Seeks Open Source Community Support
itwbennett writes "Yahoo plans to release some technologies, including storage technologies, to the open source community, a senior executive of the company said. These are systems that Yahoo built to...
12:44 am - Tue, March 29, 2011
Slashdot Cylindrical Rolltop Laptops
akshaynhegde writes "Germany's Orkin Design has proposed this fantastic concept of a futuristic laptop. The rolltop is a 'rolled up' laptop. By using the flexible OLED and touchscreen technologies, th...
04:57 am - Mon, March 28, 2011
Slashdot Flying Robot Bird Unveiled
mikejuk writes "Festo, well known for their biologically inspired robots, have a new creation called SmartBird. It is amazing to watch and all the more amazing when you realize that it flaps its wings...
04:57 am - Mon, March 28, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy Ad Misleads With Fake Interviews
unassimilatible writes "A Samsung ad campaign for the latest Galaxy Tab is misleading, to say the least. Actors pretending to be real people in fake interviews in a fake magazine misquoting a bad firs...
01:25 am - Mon, March 28, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose a Windows Laptop?
jfruhlinger writes "I'm a Mac guy. When our 2004-era Windows XP laptop, which was used primarily by my wife, died last summer, I got myself a new MacBook Pro and she inherited my still servicable 2008...
11:08 pm - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot MySql.com Hacked With Sql Injection
iceco2 writes "MySql.com and associated sites, were hacked today. Among other items some simple passwords were recovered and private emails were revealed. Ironically the attack was performed using a b...
11:08 pm - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot How Viewing a "Virtual You" Can Help You Save
Hugh Pickens writes "The WSJ reports that computer scientists, economists, neuroscientists and psychologists are teaming up to find innovative ways of turning impulsive spenders into patient savers. O...
07:37 pm - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Sniffs Out Unused Wireless Spectrum
alphadogg writes "Microsoft researchers have designed a scheme for measuring whether licensed radio frequencies are actually being used so unlicensed devices can use it, something that may become nece...
06:17 pm - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot Turning Your E-Reader Into a Cheap Tablet
grahamsaa writes "NPR's Weekend Edition aired a story today on how rooting the Nook Color can turn it into a full fledged and relatively inexpensive Android tablet. The story claims that the process t...
06:17 pm - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance
theodp writes "If Vivek Wadhwa remade Pinocchio, instead of The Coachman luring naughty boys to Pleasure Island to engage in mischievous behavior and be transformed into donkeys, you might find Goldma...
06:17 pm - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot Artificial Clouds To Cool Qatar World Cup Stadiums
An anonymous reader writes "In anticipation of extreme heat during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, scientists and engineers at Qatar University have developed a solar-powered gas-filled cloud that will s...
06:17 pm - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot Using the Open Records Law To Intimidate Critics
Layzej writes "On March 15, Professor Bill Cronon posted his first blog. The subject was the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council in influencing recent legislation in Wisconsin and across...
06:17 pm - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot Enlisting Game Hackers Instead of Fighting Them
CVG recently spoke with Christofer Sundberg, co-founder of Avalanche Studios, the company behind Just Cause and its sequel. Sundberg expressed his disdain for both DRM and poor cross-platform ports, a...
06:17 pm - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft To FTC: Don't Tell Us How Long To Retain User Data
Roberto123 writes "In a public response to proposed federal regulations to protect users' privacy online, Microsoft said it is committed to 'privacy by design' but thinks the Federal Trade Commission ...
08:40 am - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot SABAM Wants Truckers To Pay For Listening To Radio
guruevi writes "SABAM, the Belgian RIAA, wants truckers to start paying for the copyrights to listen to the radio in their cabin (Google translation of Dutch original). SABAM already has a system in p...
05:12 am - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot AMD Challenges NVIDIA To Graphics Throw-Down
MojoKid writes "Over the last couple of weeks, the two most powerful graphics cards released for the PC to date made their respective debuts, the dual-Cayman GPU powered AMD Radeon HD 6990 and the dua...
12:45 am - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot Leonard Nimoy Turns 80
ZosX writes "Leonard Nimoy, whom we all fondly remember as Spock, has turned 80 today. StarTrek.com has posted a three-part interview with Nimoy. He talks about shooting the original series ('it was e...
12:45 am - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot Expensify CEO On 'Why We Won't Hire .NET Developers'
TheGrapeApe writes "The CEO of San Francisco-based, VC-backed startup Expensify wrote a post on the company's blog about why he considers .NET experience on a resume a general liability, saying that i...
12:45 am - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot Kinect's AI Breakthrough Explained
mikejuk writes "Microsoft Research has just published a scientific paper (PDF) and a video showing how the Kinect body tracking algorithm works — it's almost as impressive as some of the uses th...
12:45 am - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot ISO C++ Committee Approves C++0x Final Draft
Randyll writes "On the 25th, in Madrid, Spain, the ISO C++ committee approved a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) for the C++ programming language. This means that the prop...
12:45 am - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot If Search Is Google's Castle, Android Is the Moat
Hugh Pickens writes "Warren Buffet once said that the best businesses were economic castles protected by unbreachable moats. Now, Erick Schonfeld writes that if search is Google's economic castle, And...
12:45 am - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot German Politician Demonstrates Extent of Cellphone Location Tracking
frnic writes "Deutsche Telekom is tracking its customers' locations and saving the information: '.... as a German Green party politician, Malte Spitz, recently learned, we are already continually bein...
12:45 am - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot 'Canadian DMCA' Copyright Bill Dead Again
An anonymous reader writes "Like some kind of B-movie horror series, the latest attempt to revise Canada's copyright law and introduce DMCA-like provisions, Bill C-32, has again died on the order tabl...
12:45 am - Sun, March 27, 2011
Slashdot AT&T's Metered Billing Off By Up To 4,700%
jfruhlinger writes "Metered billing for home Internet service may be the way of the future. But shouldn't we have the right to expect that the meters will at least be accurate? As AT&T moves i...
02:56 pm - Sat, March 26, 2011
Slashdot US ITC May Reverse Judge's Ruling In Kodak vs. Apple
An anonymous reader writes "Going after Apple and RIM, Kodak says, 'every digital camera and phone with a camera' infringes on its patents. A judge sided against Kodak in January, but now the US Inter...
02:56 pm - Sat, March 26, 2011
Slashdot Google Starts Testing Google Music Internally
Krystalo writes "Google employees have begun testing Google Music internally. Talks with at least some of the top publishers and the four largest record labels are still ongoing. The delays are largel...
02:56 pm - Sat, March 26, 2011
Slashdot CMU Eliminates Object Oriented Programming For Freshman
fatherjoecode writes "According to this blog post from professor Robert Harper, the Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science department is removing the required study of O-O from the Freshman curri...
02:56 pm - Sat, March 26, 2011
Slashdot Samsung's Happy Galaxy Tab Users Are Actors
harrymcc writes "At the CTIA Wireless show in Orlando this week, Samsung unveiled new Galaxy Tab tablets and showed videos of interviews with 'true-life' users who raved about the Tab, including a tra...
02:56 pm - Sat, March 26, 2011
Slashdot Apple Wins a Round In Patent Battle With Nokia
An anonymous reader writes "Apple [Friday] won a battle in an ongoing legal war with Nokia over patents that touch on pretty much all of Apple's product line. Since 2009, Apple and Nokia have sued and...
02:56 pm - Sat, March 26, 2011
Slashdot MS Removes HTTPS From Hotmail For Troubled Nations
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has removed HTTPS from Hotmail for many US-embargoed or otherwise troubled countries. The current list of countries for which they no longer enable HTTPS is known...
02:56 pm - Sat, March 26, 2011
Slashdot A Late Adopter's Guide To USB 3.0
crookedvulture writes "Even with cheap external hard drives, USB 3.0 offers roughly double the real-world transfer rates of old-school USB 2.0. It's no wonder, then, that USB 3.0 ports are available o...
02:56 pm - Sat, March 26, 2011
Slashdot 100% Libre, Trisquel 4.5 STS 'Slaine' Released
Aldenissin writes "Trisquel 4.5 Slaine comes with a new boot manager for the live images, an improved installer which showcases the project highlights, and new programs like the Remmina remote desktop...
02:56 pm - Sat, March 26, 2011
Slashdot Utah Repeals Anti-Transparency Law
oddjob1244 writes "After enduring two weeks of public fury, Utah lawmakers voted Friday to repeal a bill that would have restricted public access to government records. While Senate President Michael ...
02:56 pm - Sat, March 26, 2011
Slashdot Top French Chess Players Suspended For Cheating
cf18 writes "The French chess federation has suspended three top players for violating sporting ethics at a chess olympiad in Siberia last September. The allegation claims while the first member was p...
02:56 pm - Sat, March 26, 2011
Slashdot India To Ban .xxx Domain
An anonymous reader writes "The Indian government have said they will introduce measures to block the newly approved .xxx domain from the country. The Economic Times reports that 'India along with man...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Zynga Aiming To Conquer Mobile Next
donniebaseball23 writes "Zynga's presence in mobile gaming is nowhere near its dominance of social gaming on Facebook, but according to chief designer Brian Reynolds, Zynga's looking to change that. '...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Gadgets Would You Use For Hunting Meteorites?
DrPeper writes "I may have an opportunity to assist a pair of renowned meteorite hunters (yes, the ones on the Science Channel). Being the MacGyver-type everywhere I've worked and a consummate geek, I...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Breaking Into the Super Collider
BuzzSkyline writes "A group of physicists went AWOL from the American Physical Society conference in Dallas this week to explore the ruins of the nearby Superconducting Super Collider. The SSC was to ...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Xen 4.1 Hypervisor Released
LarsKurth writes "The Xen.org open source community just released a new version of the Xen Hypervisor, Xen 4.1. Feature highlights include a new prototype scheduler for latency-sensitive workloads, be...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Univ. of Illinois Goes War-of-the-Worlds On Students
theodp writes "'Strange beings who landed in New Jersey tonight are the vanguard of an invading army from Mars.' (Orson Welles, 1938). 'Active shooter at BUILDING NAME/INTERSECTION. Escape area if saf...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Internet Abbreviations Added To Oxford Dictionary
f1vlad writes "Philologists have added popular internet abbreviations to the one hundred twenty-six year-old Oxford English Dictionary. Among these are the popular OMG, LOL, and FYI. 'Dictionary compi...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Says It Erred On SSL Attack Disclosure
Trailrunner7 writes "Just days after news emerged of the attack on a registration authority in Europe tied to Comodo that caused the revocation of a number of fraudulent certificates from the major br...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Cable Channels Panic Over iPad Streaming App
jfruhlinger writes "Time Warner Cable this month released an iPad app that would allow its subscribers to stream (some of) the channels they already pay for to their iPad, so long as they're connected...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Inside a Verizon Wireless Superswitch
An anonymous reader writes "Geek.com has posted a walkthrough of a Verizon Wireless Superswitch, a 45,000 square foot, $50 million facility. From the article: 'The Superswitch we visited, located in O...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax
dawgs72 writes "This week the Congressional Budget Office released a report saying that taxing people based on how many miles they drive is a possible option for raising new revenues, and that these t...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot The First Plastic Computer Processor
jcombel writes "There's been a lot of talk lately about developing replacements for silicon; how about a nearly-transparent film of plastic, woven into clothing or affixed directly to equipment? F...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Google Mobile-Payment Patent Raises Privacy Flags
bizwriter writes "Google has been interested in the mobile payment business, with rumored service tests coming soon. Now the rumors have some more tangible back-up in the form of a patent application ...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Superconductor Research Points To New Phase of Matter
unil_1005 writes "Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a puzzling gap in the electronic structures of some high-temperature superconductors could indicate a new phase of matter. Under...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Brain-Computer Interface Still Going After 1,000 Days
An anonymous reader writes "Remember BrainGate? The implanted system lets people with paralysis control computer cursors and other devices just by thinking about moving them with their hand. A new...
11:07 pm - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Motorola May Ditch Android, Revive ARM Partnership
siliconbits writes "It looks as if Motorola Mobility could be mulling plans to build an alternative to Google's mobile platform. Several independent sources have confirmed that the mobile phone compan...
05:23 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot RIM Confirms Android Apps Will Run On Playbook, Through Intermediate Players
angry tapir writes "Research In Motion has announced that users of its PlayBook tablet will be able to run Android and Java applications. The PlayBook, which becomes available on April 19, will have t...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: HowWhere To Start Watching Dr. Who?
stinkfish writes "I am a big fan of science fiction, especially good TV science fiction. For some reason Dr. Who is a show I have watched very little of. My question to Slashdot is, whats the best str...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US
kkleiner writes "In the past few weeks, several crowd-sourced radiation maps have arisen that attempt to give up to the minute looks at the threat level in the areas most likely to be affected by a ca...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot How Mac OS X, 10 Today, Changed Apple's World
CWmike writes "Ten years ago today, Apple's first full public version of Mac OS X went on sale worldwide to a gleeful reception as thousands of Mac users attended special events at their local compute...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Texas Site Pushes Back Known Settlement Date For North America
Velcroman1 writes "The discovery of ancient stone tools at an archaeological dig in Texas could push back the presence of humans in North America, perhaps by as much as 2,500 years. The find was locat...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Google Won't Pull Checkpoint Evasion App
RedEaredSlider writes "Don't expect Google to remove apps that help users avoid DUI checkpoints — the company says it is leaving the controversial apps on its Android Marketplace. A source said ...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Carriers Delay Paying Japan's Texting Donations
Julie188 writes "As the fallout from the Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown tragedy continues to unfold, Americans want to help. We learned from the Haiti disaster that the easiest thing to ...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Improving Productivity (With Science)
An anonymous reader writes "It's common knowledge that multiple monitors increase productivity, but there isn't actually any research to support that assertion. However, studies have shown that there ...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Apple Remove Samba From OS X 10.7 Because of GPLv3
recoiledsnake writes "The upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server will remove the formerly bundled open source Samba software and replace it with Apple's own tools for Windows file sharing and n...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Gadgets For the Ghosthunter
Zothecula sent us a sad story about the gadgetry scammers use to take money from people who believe in the pretend: "In a survey conducted by CBS News in 2005, it was found that 48 percent of American...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot DNA Analysis Hints At a Fourth Domain of Life
ecesar writes "The Economist is reporting on a recent paper published in the Public Library of Science, which suggests there might be at least one other, previously hidden, domain of life (besides euk...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot UT Student-Built Spacecraft Separate and Communicate
BJ_Covert_Action writes "Some students from the Cockrell School of Engineering in Austin, Texas have built, developed, launched, and operated two historic satellites. The FASTRAC satellites make up th...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Red Hat Nears $1 Billion In Revenues, Closing Door On Clones
darthcamaro writes "Red Hat is almost at its goal of being the first pure-play open source vendor to hit $1 billion in Revenues. Red Hat reported its fiscal 2011 revenues this week which hit $909 mill...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot An App That Turns Any Drawing Into a Dress
fangmcgee writes "A new app by interactive designer Mary Huang called Continuum, lets you turn any drawing into a customized three-dimensional garment. From the article: 'Huang dubs her software &ldqu...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Google Delays General Release of Honeycomb Source
iluvcapra writes "BusinessWeek reports that Google will not be releasing the source code for Android Honeycomb 'for the foreseeable future.' Android lead Andy Rubin is quoted, stating that if Google w...
02:46 am - Fri, March 25, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Buys 666,000 IP Addresses
RabidMonkey writes "Microsoft has managed to purchase 666,624 IP addresses from the bankrupt Canadian company Nortel for $7.5 million. This works out to $11.25/ip. An exact list of blocks isn't availa...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Surveillance Robot That is Programmed To Hide
An anonymous reader writes "The folks over at Lockheed Martin have just released information about their new covert robot that can sneak up on buildings, detect and evade sentries, and send reconnaiss...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Prehistoric Garbage Piles Created "Tree Islands"
sciencehabit writes "Piles of garbage left by humans thousands of years ago may have helped form 'tree islands' in the Florida Everglades--patches of relatively high and dry ground that rise from the ...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Air Force Supercomputer Made From PS3's
The Air Force's Research Lab in Rome, NY. has one of the cheapest supercomputers ever made, and best of all over 3,000 of your friends can play Tekken on it. The computer is made from 1,716 PlayStatio...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Oracle Claims Intel Is Looking To Sink the Itanic
Blacklaw writes "Intel's ill-fated Itanium line has lost another supporter, with Oracle announcing that it is to immediately stop all software development on the platform. 'After multiple conversation...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Japanese Chip Shutdown Causing Shortages
An anonymous reader writes "Japan's natural disasters and nuclear crisis have already caused silicon wafer shortages that are rippling through the global supply chain of semiconductors for everything ...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Steve Jobs Questioned In iTunes Monopoly Suit
An anonymous reader writes "Twelve years ago Bill Gates had to deal with lawyers questioning him in regards to the Microsoft antitrust case. Now it might be that other tech mogul's turn. Steve Jobs ha...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Big Buzz Fo $60,000 Electric Flight Prize
gilgsn writes "Electric Light Sport Aircrafts are sprouting up all over. Now that the Experimental Aircraft Association is offering a 60,000 prize for the best ones, manufacturers are gearing up for t...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Utah Works To Repeal Anti-Transparency Law
Foldarn writes "Recently on Slashdot, Utah's Governor was honored with the Blackhole Award. Governor Herbert has now released a statement and a meeting with a concrete date to repeal the opaque law fr...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Phony Web Certs Issued For Google, Yahoo, Skype
Gunkerty Jeb writes "A major issuer of secure socket layer (SSL) certificates acknowledged on Wednesday that it had issued 9 fraudulent SSL certificates to seven Web domains, including those for Googl...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Limewire Being Sued For 75 Trillion
DarthVain writes "13 record companies are trying to sue Limewire for $75 Trillion. The NYC judge in the case thinks it is 'absurd'. Its almost like these media companies are their worst enemy trying t...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Hacker Posts His Crime On YouTube, Lands In Jail
wiredmikey writes "A former contract security guard who admitted hacking into a hospital's computer systems (where he worked), was sentenced to 110 months in Federal prison. Why did he do it? He a...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot NY Times Asks Twitter To Shut Down Retweeting Feed
WesternActor writes "According to PCMag.com, the New York Times has asked Twitter to shut down the FreeNYT Twitter feed that basically retweets all of the Times' articles. Is this really possible?...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Android User Interface Development
RickJWagner writes "So you want to be an Android developer? If you're like me, you've probably been wanting to learn how to program a mobile device, but just haven't found the time to master Objec...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot Futurama Renewed For 7th Season
An anonymous reader writes "During the video for the 3rd International Talk Like William Shatner Day, Futurama voice actor Maurice LaMarche revealed that the show had been renewed and he'd received hi...
05:34 am - Thu, March 24, 2011
Slashdot 37 Android Patent Lawsuits
An anonymous reader writes "37 lawsuits have been filed against Android in a little more than a year, the latest one of them being Microsoft's lawsuit against Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec....
02:32 am - Mon, March 21, 2011
Slashdot IBM Charged With Bribing Korean, Chinese Officials
angry tapir writes "The US Securities and Exchange Commission has charged IBM with giving hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to South Korean and Chinese officials starting in the late 1990s, a...
02:32 am - Mon, March 21, 2011
Slashdot Mirah Tries To Make Java Fun With Ruby Syntax
An anonymous reader writes "Java is performant, widely adopted and eminently portable, however, its syntax is largely inherited from C++ along with some of its esoteric unfriendliness. Mirah...
02:32 am - Mon, March 21, 2011
Slashdot Using Kinect With Your PS3
baxpace writes "A tutorial posted on Shantanugoel tech blog indicates how you can use your Microsoft Kinect sensor with a PS3. As the posts suggest, the software is at a pre-alpha quality state, meani...
02:32 am - Mon, March 21, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Online Science For 8th Grade Students?
Peterus7 writes "I'm a student teacher in an 8th grade science classroom, and have noticed that students are very motivated by anything online. After realizing that, I've been looking for ways to inco...
02:32 am - Mon, March 21, 2011
Slashdot AT&T To Acquire T-Mobile From Deutsche Telekom
teh31337one writes "AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stocks. Press release here." Gripes one anonymous re...
02:32 am - Mon, March 21, 2011
Slashdot Righthaven Copyright Lawsuit Backfires
Hugh Pickens writes "Steve Green reports in the Las Vegas that US District Judge James Mahan has ruled that the Center for Intercultural Organizing, an Oregon nonprofit, did not infringe on copyrights...
04:58 pm - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot Citation Map Shows Top Science Cities
mikejuk writes "Which cities around the world produce not just the most but the best scientific papers? Using a database and Google Maps the answer is obvious. A paper at Physics arXiv describes h...
04:58 pm - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot RMS On Header Files and Derivative Works
tomhudson writes "In this email from 2003, Richard Stallman says 'I've talked with our lawyer about one specific issue that you raised: that ofusing simple material from header files. Someone recently...
04:58 pm - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot A Handy Radiation Dose Chart From XKCD
An anonymous reader points out Randall Munroe's latest contribution to public health awareness, a "chart of how much ionizing radiation a person can absorb from various sources, compared visually. 1 S...
04:58 pm - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot 2011 MacBook Pros Confirmed To Crash Under Load
sammcj writes "2011 MacBook crashing under heavy load?... you are not alone. While trying to figure out what was wrong with my fancy new MacBook I soon realized that the issue is very widespread."...
04:58 pm - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot Michio Kaku's Dark Prediction For the End of Moore's Law
nightcats writes "An excerpt from Michio Kaku's new book appears at salon.com, in which he sees a dark economic future within the next 20 years as Moore's law is brought to an end when single-atom tra...
04:58 pm - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Wedding Photos Result In Polygamy Arrest In Michigan
An anonymous reader writes "Police in Michigan have arrested 34-year-old Richard Leon Barton Jr. on charges of polygamy, thanks to incriminating wedding photos on Facebook. The man unfriended his firs...
08:18 am - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot Why UK Banks Don't Tweet
An anonymous reader writes "Banks in Great Britain are running scared of using social media services like Facebook and Twitter — owing to case law that dates from 1924." That case law "means fin...
03:53 am - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Phone Maker ZTE Turns Down WP7
An anonymous reader writes "Chinese smartphone maker ZTE, fifth largest in the world, has publicly criticized Microsoft for the lackluster market reaction to its Windows Phone 7 operating system and s...
03:53 am - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot New Film 'Zenith' Now Available For Free BitTorrent Download
airfoobar writes "This seems like a good week for libre culture. The first part of an surprisingly well-made cyberpunk thriller called Zenith has just been released as a torrent download through Vodo,...
03:53 am - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot Japan Reluctant To Disclose Drone Footage of Fukushima Plant
garymortimer writes with word that "footage taken from an RQ-4 Global Hawk drone was passed on to the Japanese government with permission for public release from the US Air Force. US military sources ...
03:53 am - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot Apple's App Store Accepts 'Gay Cure' App
parallel_prankster writes "Apple is under fire for approving a controversial app created by a religious organization — Exodus International. The app seeks to help gay individuals become heterose...
03:53 am - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot UN Intervention Begins In Libya
maliamnon writes "US, French, and British forces began enforcing a UN resolution (1973/2011) to defend civilians in Libya today. French aircraft are attacking tanks, while the US and possibly UK are s...
03:53 am - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot Open-Source Bach; Copyright-Free Goldbergs
rDouglass writes "An open source music notation software (MuseScore) and an award winning pianist (Kimiko Ishizaka) are raising money to create a new score and a new recording of Bach's Goldberg Varia...
03:53 am - Sun, March 20, 2011
Slashdot Postal Sensor Fleet Idea Gets Tentative Nod From the USPS
Late last year, we mentioned the idea floated by to Michael J. Ravnitzky, a chief counsel at the Postal Regulatory Commission, that the US Postal Service use its wide-ranging fleet to gather and uploa...
07:43 pm - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot Former Goldman Programmer Sentenced To 97 Months
stevegee58 writes "Former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov was sentenced to 97 months in prison for stealing source code used in Goldman's high-frequency trading algorithms. Aleynikov was con...
07:43 pm - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?
The northern US has been buried under snow several times this winter, and flooding has struck quite a few places in the southwest. Those pale, though, beside the recent disasters in Haiti, New Zealand...
07:43 pm - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot 'Pruned' Microchips Twice As Fast and Efficient
Zothecula writes "If you had to use a commuting bicycle in a race, you would probably set about removing the kickstand, fenders, racks and lights to make the thing as fast and efficient as possible. W...
07:43 pm - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot Cognitive Scientist David Rumelhart Dies At 68
dzou writes "David Rumelhart, a pioneer in building computer models of cognition and behavior, has died at the age of 68. Rumelhart conducted early research on artificial neural networks and helped de...
07:43 pm - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot See The Supermoon Tonight
watermark writes "About every 28 years a 'supermoon' occurs. This is when the moon's orbit is closest to earth at the same time as a full moon. Saturday night will be the biggest, brightest full moon ...
07:43 pm - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot Getting Past Censorship With Unorthodox Links To the Internet
An anonymous reader points out a short article at The Economist, which says "Savvy techies are finding ways to circumvent politically motivated shutdowns of the internet. Various groups around the wor...
07:43 pm - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot Geologists Say California May Be Next
Hugh Pickens writes "Newsweek reports that first there was a violent magnitude-8.8 event in Chile in 2010, then a horrifically destructive Pacific earthquake in New Zealand on February 22, and now the...
07:43 pm - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot DirectX 'Getting In the Way' of PC Game Graphics, Says AMD
Bit-tech recently spoke with Richard Huddy, worldwide developer relations manager of AMD's GPU division, about the lack of a great disparity between PC game graphics and console game graphics, despite...
07:43 pm - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot UK PC Users Hit By Huge Fake Antivirus Attack
An anonymous reader writes "UK Internet users were on the receiving end of a large drive-by web attack at the end of February, which attempted to push fake antivirus at least 750,000 times on a single...
07:43 pm - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot Over Half a Decade, China Closed 130,000 Internet Cafes
angry tapir writes "China shut down more than 130,000 illegal Internet cafes in the country over a six year period, as part of crackdown to control the market, according to a new Chinese government re...
07:43 pm - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot Dutch Court Rules WiFi Hacking Not a Criminal Offense
loekessers writes "Breaking in to an encrypted router andusing the WiFi connection is not an criminal offense, a Dutch court ruled. (Original article in Dutch; English translation.)WiFi hackers can no...
02:27 am - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot Oracle Could Reap $1 Million For Sun.com Domain
joabj writes "Last week, Oracle announced that it is decommissioning the Sun.com site, which it acquired as part of the $7 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems. So what will Oracle do with the domain ...
02:27 am - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot Apple Disputes Browser Speed Findings, Says Mobile Safari's the True Contender
An anonymous reader writes "Apple has hit back over claims that the browser shipped with its iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices is significantly slower than Android's equivalent, calling the indepen...
02:27 am - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot How Is Obama Doing On Open Government?
An anonymous reader writes "OMB Watch today published an in-depth analysis of the Obama administration's progress on a wide-ranging set of open government recommendations. Key findings of the report i...
02:27 am - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot ICANN Approves .XXX
lothos writes "Pornography will have its own top-level domain, dot-XXX, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers decided today." Ars Technica has a short but thoroughly-lin...
02:27 am - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot Who's Behind the Google-Linux License Ruckus?
jfruhlinger writes "Yesterday, news broke that Android might have a Linux copyright problem, which would be big trouble for Google, already locked in an IP struggle with Oracle over the mobile platfor...
02:27 am - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Wireless Voting For Students?
RabidRabbit23 writes "I volunteer for a non-profit that organizes Model UN conferences for high school students. We need a quick and low cost way to record votes done by the students in large committe...
02:27 am - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot WikiLeaks Cash-For-Votes Exposé Rocks Indian Government
mage7 writes "While the world's attention seems to be focused on the events unfolding in Japan and the Middle-east, Indian headlines are being dominated by the latest WikiLeaks' revelations. The newly...
02:27 am - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot The 'Adventure' In Self-Publishing an IT Book
An anonymous reader writes "Author Keir Thomas has blogged about his experiences self-publishing a computing book. Quoting: 'I knew that publicizing the book would be difficult so I hit upon an idea: ...
02:27 am - Sat, March 19, 2011
Slashdot Groupon Could Challenge Google's Record IPO
jbrodkin writes "Months after spurning Google's $6 billion takeover bid, Groupon may topple Google's IPO record with an initial public offering worth $25 billion. Google went public in 2004 with a $24...
06:49 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot US Military Deploys Personal Gunshot Detectors
RedEaredSlider writes "A new warfighting technology will soon be making its way to Afghanistan. US Army forces will be getting gunshot detection systems, which can tell where a shot was fired from. Ap...
06:37 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot Legacy From the 1800s Leaves Tokyo In the Dark
itwbennett writes "East Japan entered its fifth day of power rationing on Friday, with no end to the planned blackouts in sight. The local electrical utility can't make up the shortfall by importing p...
06:37 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot CCIA Calls Copyright Wiretaps 'Hollywood's PATRIOT Act'
An anonymous reader writes "Ars is reporting that the CCIA, a trade group representing companies like AMD, Facebook, Oracle, Yahoo, Google and Microsoft, is calling the copyright wiretaps requested by...
04:36 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot AT&T Cracking Down On Unofficial iPhone Tethering
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T is sending warning notifications to jailbroken iPhone users who use unofficial tethering methods like MyWi and PDANet. 'Customers are being notified that their ser...
04:36 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot Visa To Offer Person-To-Person Payments
angry tapir writes "Visa has announced it is planning a new service that will let US customers send money directly to one another, presenting new competition to PayPal. Visa already lets people send m...
04:36 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia
ndogg writes "There is a Texas bill, HB 2454, proposed by Republican State Rep. Bill Zedler, that will outlaw discrimination against creationists in colleges and universities. More specifically, it sa...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot Heroism Is Part of a Nuclear Worker's Job
Hugh Pickens writes writes "In 1988, Michael Friedlander was a newly minted shift technical adviser at a nuclear power plant near the Gulf Coast when Hurricane Gilbert, a Category 5 storm, was bearing...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot MESSENGER Enters Orbit Around Mercury
krswan writes "From the NASA press release: 'At 9:10 p.m. EDT, engineers in the MESSENGER Mission Operations Center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., received ...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Conducts Massive Botnet Takedown Action
h4rm0ny writes "Microsoft, in cooperation with Federal agents, conducted what the Wall Street Journal described as 'sweeping legal attacks' as they entered facilities in Kansas City, Scranton, Pa, Den...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot US Military Commissions Sock Puppet Program
chrb writes "The Guardian and The Telegraph are reporting that US based Ntrepid Corporation has been awarded a $2.76 million contract to develop software aimed at manipulating social media. The projec...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot Graphics-Enabled CPUs To Take Off In 2011
angry tapir writes "Half the notebook computers and a growing number of desktops shipped in 2011 will run on graphics-enabled microprocessors as designers Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) increa...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot Canadian Researchers Develop Permanent Anti-Fog Coating
cylonlover writes "Tired of your glasses fogging up on cold days, or of having to spit in your dive mask before putting it on? Those hassles may become a thing of the past, as researchers from Que...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot Airbus Faces Charges Over 2009 Rio-Paris Crash
mayberry42 writes "A French judge filed preliminary manslaughter charges Thursday against Airbus over the 2009 crash of an Air France jet — opening a rare criminal investigation against a corpor...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot Android Game Devs Worry Over Ease of Copying
The Guardian reports on problems faced by game makers on Android Market. Some independent developers are finding that their games are too easily copied and sold by competitors, and they say Google isn...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot Tesla CEO Says Model S Will Support Third-Party Apps
thecarchik writes "The electric-car maker's CEO said at a conference today in San Francisco that the much-hyped Model S electric sedan will support third-party apps and text-to-voice capabilities. Wit...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot Google Extends SSL To Developer-Facing APIs
Orome1 writes "Firesheep's authors can be the satisfied with the gradual migration towards SSL that most of the biggest social networks, search engines, online shops and others have embarked upon sinc...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot UN Backs Action Against Colonel Gaddafi
chielk writes "The UN Security Council has backed a no-fly zone over Libya and 'all necessary measures' short of an invasion 'to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas.' The UK, France and Leb...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot RSA's Servers Hacked
Khopesh writes "EMC subsidiary RSA was the victim of 'an extremely sophisticated cyber attack' which resulted in the possible theft of the two-factor code used by their SecurID products." The Boston H...
02:23 pm - Fri, March 18, 2011
Slashdot Judge Lets Sony Access GeoHot's PayPal Account
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from TechDirt that says "Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero has awarded Sony a subpoena that grants the company access to the PayPal account of PlayStation 3 j...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot NASA Satellite Snaps Rare Cloud-Free Ireland
coondoggie writes "NASA's Aqua satellite recently snapped a cloud-free shot of Ireland. The cloud-free view is extremely rare as the country is almost entirely cloud covered 50% of the time according ...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Russia's VimpelCom Buys Wind Mobile In Canada
silverpig writes "Wind Mobile's CEO and Chairman Tony Lacavera announced on the wind mobile site that VimpelCom has decided to purchase Wind Telecom for $6 billion. The deal should go through by the m...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Is the Business Card Dead?
theodp writes "Attending SXSW, HBR's Susy Jackson was dismayed to find her beloved business cards no longer carried the cachet they did back in the day. Writes Jackson: 'I had a lovely conversation wi...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Drizzle Hits General Availability
snydeq writes "MySQL fork Drizzle has been released for general availability, giving companies a viable alternative to Oracle-owned MySQL, InfoWorld reports. 'Organizations that have been seeking a le...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Further Updates On Post-Tsumami Japan
DarkStarZumaBeach points out a frequently updated page from the International Atomic Energy Agency with updates on the situation at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, which reports in terse but readable...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Sex Offender Claims Police Entrapped Him With Animated Emoticons
60-year-old John Jacques has appealed his conviction for engaging in sexually graphic online conversations with a police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl, saying the police entrapped him using ani...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Nexus S Beats iPhone 4 In 'Real World' Web Browsing Tests
bongey writes "In a series of measured real-world web load tests, the Android-based Nexus S phone spanked the iPhone 4. The Android phone and iPhone 4 median load times were 2.144s and 3.254s respecti...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Gtk 3.2 Will Let You Run Applications In a Browser
An anonymous reader submits this intriguing tidbit: "Gtk+ 3.2 will let you run any application in a browser thanks to the new HTML5 gdk backend. That means you'll be able to run GIMP, Gedit, a vi...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Does Android Have a Linux Copyright Problem?
An anonymous reader writes "TheRegister says Google's attempt to purge copyright from header files has put mobile developers at risk of being forced to reveal their own source code, according to legal...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Internet Explorer From 1.0 To 9.0
FrankNFurter writes "Remember the video of Andrew Tait upgrading Windows from 1.0 to 7. He did another one — this time installing all major versions of IE from 1.0 to 9.0." He actually does some...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot PS3 Hacker Claims He's Jailbroken 3.60 Firmware
Wesociety writes "Not one week ago Sony released a new PlayStation 3 firmware update which implemented cloud-saving for its PlayStation Plus subscribers and featured some understandably secretive behi...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot NYTimes Unveils Online Subscription Plan
An anonymous reader writes "The NYTimes announces their three pricing tiers for digital access. An interesting note: 'Readers who come to Times articles through links from search, blogs and social med...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot The Quake Through Eyes of Slashdot Japan
I suspect most of you are not aware that Slashdot has an editorially independent counterpart in Japan. After the recent Quake and Tsunami, I asked my counterpart over there, Shuji Sado, if he would sh...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Potentially Great Sci-fi Films Still Due In 2011
brumgrunt writes "With Source Code already attracting strong reviews, the signs are good that 2011 will be a solid year for sci-fi. Den Of Geek has tracked down 10 upcoming sci-fi movies worth keeping...
10:56 pm - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Large Hadron Collider is a Time Machine?
MistrX writes "If the latest theory of Tom Weiler and Chui Man Ho is right, the Large Hadron Collider – the world's largest atom smasher that started regular operation last year – could be...
03:53 am - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot US Reneges On SWIFT Agreement
Windrip writes "It seems the US is not living up to its end of the bargain when it comes to the SWIFT data agreement. When the agreement was signed last year, every EU citizen was guaranteed the right...
03:53 am - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft On List of Most Ethical Companies
walterbyrd writes "Microsoft is among the world's most ethical companies, according to a list put together the Ethisphere Institute in New York. Overall, 110 companies made the prestigious list, inclu...
03:53 am - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Time Warner Cable Cuts iPad Live TV Access 50%
Junior Samples writes "According to the article: 'Time Warner Cable March 16 slashed the number of channels available for live streaming on the Apple iPad — less than 24 hours after launching th...
03:53 am - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Teen Cancels Party After 200,000 RSVP On Facebook
autospa writes "An Australian teen who had to shut down an event page on Facebook after more than 200,000 people RSVP'd for her sweet 16 party now has more than 70,000 people signed up to attend her n...
03:53 am - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Pepsi Moving To Bottles Made of Plant Material
Master Moose writes "Pepsi unveiled a new bottle yesterday made entirely of plant material. The bottle is made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials. Ultimately, Pepsi plans to ...
03:53 am - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Advocacy Group For the Blind Slams Google Apps
angry tapir writes "The National Federation of the Blind claims that Google Apps lacks required features for blind people and wants the US government to investigate whether schools that adopt the e-ma...
03:53 am - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Microscope Captures 3D Movies of Living Cells
Zothecula writes "In some cases, looking at a living cell under a microscope can cause it damage or worse, can kill it. Now, a new kind of microscope has been invented by researchers from the Howard H...
03:53 am - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Obama Calls For New Privacy Bill of Rights
CWmike writes "The Obama Administration is backing a new data privacy bill of rights aimed at protecting consumers against indiscriminate online tracking and data collection by advertisers. In recent ...
03:53 am - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Apple Moves To Stop Kids Racking Up iTunes Bills
Xacid writes "Apple Inc. has changed how purchases inside iPhone and iPad games are authorized after customers complained that their kids were racking up hundreds of dollars worth of charges. The issu...
03:53 am - Thu, March 17, 2011
Slashdot Netflix To Start Creating Original Content
olsmeister writes "Netflix may be known for offering some of our favorite TV and movie streams, but the company is about to step up its game and begin offering original content. Netflix has allegedly ...
07:42 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot 17-Year-Old Wins Intel's $100K Science Prize
autospa writes "A California teenager who cracked a complex mathematical equation has been awarded the Intel Science Talent Search's $100,000 first-place prize. Evan O'Dorney, 17, won the prize for 'h...
07:42 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot Light Painting Wi-Fi
dostojevski78 writes "Some Norwegian art students built this gizmo to visualize wi-fi signal strength in the city streets. The result is simply beautiful. Who said technology can't be aesthetically pl...
07:42 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Learning ExtJS 3.2
dulepov writes "An extensive set of features makes ExtJS a very popular framework. But a rich set of features comes with a cost: the framework is complex. While many frameworks can be learned from sou...
07:42 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot NASA Wants To Zap Space Junk With Lasers
Hugh Pickens writes "MIT Technology Review reports that various ideas have been floated for removing space junk, most of them hugely expensive, but now James Mason at NASA Ames Research Center has com...
07:42 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot IsoHunt To Court: Google Is the Bigger Problem
Krystalo writes "isoHunt is still fighting its legal battle with the MPAA. In the latest episode, the torrent website filed a reply brief to the US Court of Appeals in which it suggests that Google, a...
07:42 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot Japan Earthquake May Have Shifted Earth's Axis
Zothecula writes "Using a complex model to perform a theoretical calculation based on a US Geological Survey, Richard Gross of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has determined that by changing the dist...
07:42 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot Undersea Cables Damaged By Earthquake
ColoradoAuthor writes "The horrific earthquake and the ensuing tsunami in Japan have caused widespread damage to undersea communications, according to data collected by telecom industry sources. Initi...
07:42 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot White House Wants New Copyright Law Crackdown
An anonymous reader writes "The White House is concerned that 'illegal streaming of content' may not be covered by criminal law, saying 'questions have arisen about whether streaming constitutes the d...
07:42 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot Physicists Develop Quantum Public Key Encryption
KentuckyFC writes "Public key cryptography allows anybody to encrypt a message using a public key but only those with another private key can decrypt the message. That's possible because of certain ma...
02:20 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot Twitter Joins the HTTPS By Default Party
wiredmikey writes "Following a trend in allowing users to automatically utilize the secure HTTPS protocol when accessing Web based services, Twitter announced this week that it has added the option fo...
02:20 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Kills Mark Zuckerberg Action Figure
An anonymous reader writes "After being told it can no longer sell its Apple CEO Steve Jobs action figure, M.I.C. Gadget has been ordered to kill off its Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg action figure as ...
02:20 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot Scott Adams Says Plenty Would Choose Life In Noprivacyville
LoLobey writes "On the other end of the spectrum from Richard Stallman, Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) speculates upon the advantages of living in a town with no privacy whatsoever. Everyone gets chipp...
02:20 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot Revisiting Ebert — Games Can Be Art, But Are They?
At the recent Game Developers Conference, industry vet Brian Moriarty spoke at length about the old videogames-as-art debate. Moriarty found himself reluctantly defending one part of Roger Ebert's inf...
02:20 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot US Military Blocks Websites To Free Up Bandwidth
DJRumpy writes "The US military has blocked access to a range of popular commercial websites in order to free up bandwidth for use in Japan recovery efforts, according to an e-mail obtained by CNN and...
02:20 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot Trailers for Arkham City, Prey 2, Prototype 2
A gameplay trailer has been released for Batman: Arkham City, the upcoming sequel to 2009's Arkham Asylum. The game is due out this October, and according to a preview at Eurogamer, the game's develop...
02:20 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot EvoMouse Turns Your Digits Digital
cylonlover writes "With the plethora of mouse alternatives available or in development you'd be forgiven for thinking the humble computer mouse was some kind of torturous device inflicted upon compute...
02:20 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot In Virginia, Delivering Broadband To the Customers Big Telecom Forgot
cheezitmike writes "A Washington Post story tells how former automotive engineer Paul Conlin just wanted to get broadband at his rural home in Fauquier County, Virginia, and ended up forming his own w...
02:20 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot Cocaine Found At Kennedy Space Center
An anonymous reader writes "For the second time in the last two years, a stash of cocaine has been found at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. 4.2 grams of the a powdery white substance were discovered on M...
02:20 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot No Contactless Payment System In Next iPhone
RedEaredSlider writes "Citing fears over a lack of an industry standard, Apple has ditched plans to include near field communication technology in its next iPhone, The Independent reports. The technol...
02:20 pm - Wed, March 16, 2011
Slashdot Robert X Cringely Predicts More Mininuke Plants
LandGator writes "PC pundit Robert X Cringely had a life before writing 'Triumph of the Nerds' for PBS: He covered the atomics industry and reported on Three Mile Island. In this blog post, he analyze...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Iris-Scan ID Cards For Children In Mexico
An anonymous reader writes "Today the first ID cards that include iris and fingerprint biometric information were registered and issued in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. (Original article in Spanish...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Linux 2.6.38 Released
darthcamaro writes "The new Linux 2.6.38 kernel is now out, and it's got a long list of performance improvements that should make Linux a whole lot faster. The kernel includes support for Transparent ...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Poole To Zuckerberg: You’re Doing It Wrong
An anonymous reader writes "At South by Southwest Interactive 2011 in Austin, Texas this week, 4chan founder Christopher Poole (also known as 'moot') took the stage to talk about various online issues...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Time Warner Cable Launches iPad App With Live TV
ShadowFoxx writes "Time Warner Cable Inc. is launching an iPad application that plays live TV, becoming the first cable company to do so. The app will be free to download on Tuesday morning, but it wi...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot NASA Building Network of Smart Cameras Across US
kkleiner writes "A major government agency is looking to blanket the US with cameras that will never stop their surveillance. But don't worry, privacy pundits, those cameras will be spying on the sky,...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Cutting Prices Is the Only Way To Stop Piracy
Stoobalou writes "The only way to stop piracy is to cut prices. That's the verdict of a major new academic study that reckons copyright theft won't be halted by 'three strikes' broadband disconnection...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Utah Governor 'Honored' With Blackhole Award
The national Society of Professional Journalists plans to 'honor' Utah's Gov. Gary Herbert with the first-ever Black Hole award for a restrictive new open records law. From the article: "David Cuillie...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Jeff & Rob Visit Lucasfilm
Last fall Hemos started working for Perforce: one of their clients is Lucasfilm. One thing led to another, and last week I got to visit their Presidio facility in San Francisco. Their security policie...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot New Adobe Flash 0-Day
Trailrunner7 writes "Adobe is warning its users about a critical vulnerability in Flash that affects Adobe Reader and Acrobat, as well, and is being used in some highly targeted attacks right now. The...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Apple Handcuffs Web Apps On iPhone Home Screen
SF Polack writes "On Apple's iOS 4.3, HTML5 and JavaScript apps are running significantly slower when they're run from the iPhone or iPad home screen rather than Safari, and the OS is hindering the pe...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot The Science of Stout Beer
An AC writes "Mathematicians invented a new method to can and bottle stout beers like Guinness while still getting that satisfying head. From the article: '... a crack group of mathematicians from the...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot GNU Free Call Announced, SIP-based VoIP
andrea.sartori sent in the "development plan for GNU Free Call, an open source VoIP service based on the SIP protocol. According to the announcement, it 'aims to be as ubiquitous and usable as the pro...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Encrypted VoIP Meets Traffic Analysis
Der_Yak writes "Researchers from MIT, Google, UNC Chapel Hill, and Johns Hopkins published a recent paper that presents a method for detecting spoken phrases in encrypted VoIP traffic that has been en...
11:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot The Saturn Fly-By
Jamie noted that today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is actually a video of Saturn built by compiling actual photographs taken by Cassini in 2004. Unlike most videos of this type, this isn't actually...
02:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Red Hat Paid $4.2m To Settle Patent Suit
An anonymous reader writes "' Red Hat paid $US4.2 million to settle a patent infringement suit brought against it by FireStar Software, an intellectual property activist claims. Florian Mueller, who m...
02:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot IE9 Released, Media Has Opinions
Yesterday Microsoft released IE9 and sincethen we've been getting tons of submissions about it: It's hard to tell if it isa threat to web development orthe fastest thing on the webor even a waste of t...
02:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot NASA Buys 12 Seats On Soyuz
jamax noted that NASA has announced the purchase of 12 seats on Soyuz for 2014 to 2016. The price tag was $753 million — just a stitch over $62M per chair to the ISS. Read more of this s...
02:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Richard Stallman: Cell Phones Are 'Stalin's Dream'
jbrodkin writes "Cell phones are 'Stalin's dream,' says free software pioneer Richard Stallman, who refuses to own one. 'Cell phones are tools of Big Brother. I'm not going to carry a tracking device ...
02:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Internet-Spreading American Gets 15-Year Sentence In Cuba
decora writes "American social worker Alan Phillip Gross, who has spent years connecting developing countries to the internet, has been sentenced by a 'Security Court' in Cuba to 15 years in prison. H...
02:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Angry Birds Exec Says Console Games Are Dying
RedEaredSlider writes "Angry Birds marketing lead Peter Vesterbacka went on the offensive today against his console counterparts, arguing that the model pursued by companies like Nintendo is 'dying.' ...
02:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Advance In PCM Memory Could Dramatically Reduce Power Consumption
Zothecula writes "Researchers from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Illinois have developed new low-power digital memory which uses much less power and is faster...
02:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Katamari Hack For Chrome (and Compatible Browsers)
skaet writes "Using CSS3 transforms and HTML5 canvas, the Katamari Hack for Google Chrome (and other compatible browsers) allows you to turn any website into a game of Katamari Damacy! The script was ...
02:39 pm - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot DHS Chief Wants Better Algorithms For Analyzing Intelligence Data
coondoggie writes "Better algorithms to spot patterns and trends within the mass of information the Department of Homeland Security sees everyday are key to national security. That was but one of the ...
02:01 am - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot NASA Worker Falls To His Death On Launch Pad
RedEaredSlider writes "Tragedy has struck NASA as the organization announced a space shuttle worker fell to his death at the Endeavour launch pad this morning. NASA said the United Space Alliance work...
02:01 am - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot The Life of a Cybercrime Investigator
An anonymous reader writes "Steve Santorelli gets computing experts and law enforcers to cooperate in a global fight against organized Internet crime. This article talks about the role of law enforcem...
02:01 am - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Kinect Self-Awareness Hack
One can only imagine how enraged the Kinect would have been if it found out he had broken the ToS. Read more of this story at Slashdot....
02:01 am - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Gates' Future of Education Straight Out of '60s
theodp writes "Bill Gates really should have talked more with ex-Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie. While Khan Academy's new self-paced exercises, coach management options, and game mechanics (merit badges/poin...
02:01 am - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot 3TB Hard Drives Square Off Against Everything Else
crookedvulture writes "Last week, Western Digital announced its intention to buy rival drive maker Hitachi. Interestingly, those are the only two companies with 3TB hard drives available for sale. The...
02:01 am - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Blogger Fined $60K For Telling the Truth
jfruhlinger writes "'Johnny Northside,' a Minneapolis blogger with less than 500 readers a day, revealed that a University of Minnesota researcher studying mortgage fraud had been involved in a fraudu...
02:01 am - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot 40th Anniversary of the Computer Virus
Orome1 writes "This year marks the 40th anniversary of Creeper, the world's first computer virus. From Creeper to Stuxnet, the last four decades saw the number of malware instances boom from 1,300 in ...
02:01 am - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Net Sees Earthquake Damage, Routes Around It
davidwr writes "Japanese internet outages mostly healed themselves within hours. While some cables remain out, most computers that lost connectivity have it again. From James Cowie's blog: 'The engine...
02:01 am - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Reportedly Ends Zune Hardware Development
ideaz tips this Bloomberg report:"Microsoft Corp. will cease introducing new versions of the Zune music and video-player amid tepid demand, helping the company shift its focus to mobile phones, accord...
02:01 am - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot How AT&T Totally Flubbed 4G
adeelarshad82 writes "Turns out that AT&T may be lying about 4G. The company's two '4G' phones and its '4G' modem don't deliver 4G even by AT&T's own standards. In fact, test results show that...
02:01 am - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Should We Have a Right To Be Forgotten Online?
rsmiller510 writes "There's a growing movement in Europe regarding a right to be forgotten online. It's a notion that might sound attractive on its face, but could have chilling unintended consequence...
02:01 am - Tue, March 15, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Solr 1.4 Enterprise Search Server
MassDosage writes "Solr 1.4 Enterprise Search Server written by David Smiley and Eric Pugh provides in-depth coverage of the open source Solr search server. In some ways this book reads like the missi...
04:59 pm - Mon, March 14, 2011
Slashdot Hands-on Face-off: IPad 2 V Motorola Xoom
GMGruman writes "Is the iPad 2 all that it's cracked up to be? Or does the first Honeycomb Android tablet, the Xoom, still hold up? I spent an intense weekend comparing the two tablets, detail...
04:59 pm - Mon, March 14, 2011
Slashdot The Politics of ICANN
dstates writes "The good news is that the Internet has become a central enough part of global life that politicians are starting to pay attention to the details of Internet management. The bad news is...
04:59 pm - Mon, March 14, 2011
Slashdot AT&T To Introduce Broadband Caps
rekenner writes "In the upcoming weeks, AT&T customers are going to start receiving notices that their broadband services are going to have a monthly cap, starting in May. DSL users will have a ca...
04:59 pm - Mon, March 14, 2011
Slashdot Happy Pi Day
I just wanted take a break to wish everyone a Happy Pi Day. It's 3/14, so I hope you are all enjoying your day off, and remember not to bother checking your mailbox. Read more of this story at...
02:14 pm - Mon, March 14, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Leaks Internal Bank of America Emails
euphemistic writes "Reportedly the information Wikileaks was set to disclose about a particular bank back from December, "a massive batch of internal Bank of America emails" has been leaked. While the...
02:14 pm - Mon, March 14, 2011
Slashdot Third Blast At Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Plant
iamrmani was one of several people reporting updates on the Fukushima Nuclear plant that has been struggling following last Friday's disaster. A third explosion (Japanese) has been reported, along wit...
02:14 pm - Mon, March 14, 2011
Slashdot Solar Powered Table That Wirelessly Charges Your Gadgets
greenerd writes "Panasonic recently unveiled a solar table at Tokyo's Security Show that harnesses QI technology to wirelessly charge your gadgets with solar power whenever you place them on the count...
02:14 pm - Mon, March 14, 2011
Slashdot ARM Chips Designed For 480-Core Servers
angry tapir writes "Calxeda revealed initial details about its first ARM-based server chip, designed to let companies build low-power servers with up to 480 cores. The Calxeda chip is built on a quad-...
02:14 pm - Mon, March 14, 2011
Slashdot Laser Scribing Promises More Efficient Solar Cells
cylonlover writes "A new manufacturing method that incorporates laser technology may result in thin film solar panels that are less expensive and more efficient than anything presently on the market. ...
04:02 am - Mon, March 14, 2011
Slashdot 41% of Facebook Users Willing To Divulge Personal Info
plastick writes "In an experiment, 41% of Facebook users were willing to divulge highly personal information to a complete stranger. This according to IT security firm Sophos, which invited 200 random...
04:02 am - Mon, March 14, 2011
Slashdot Electricity Rationing Starting Monday In Tokyo
siddesu writes "Japanese officials are announcing a schedule for electricity blackouts to last from tomorrow until the end of April. Practically all suburbs of Tokyo will be affected by the blackouts....
04:02 am - Mon, March 14, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Photo of Stolen Ring Puts Couple In Jail
An anonymous reader writes "A Facebook photo of a stolen 3 carat diamond ring recently helped police solve a jewelry theft. After rings and other items valued at more than $16,000 were taken from a ho...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Find Possible Atlantis Location
An AC writes"It seems that Plato's Atlantis has a new spot candidate. Some archaeologist used satellite imagery to identify a structure in an once tsunami-ed Spanish plain. From the article: '"This is...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot Tech Expertise Not Important In Google Managers
Hugh Pickens writes "For much of its 13-year history, Google has taken a pretty simple approach to management: Leave people alone but if employees become stuck, they should ask their bosses, whose dee...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot A Game Played In the URL Bar
Kilrah_il writes "Whether you think it is useful or useless, you can't ignored the sheer cool geekiness of a game played entirely in the URL bar. From the article: '... While getting lost in a three d...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot First Brit Prosecuted Over Twitter Libel
Tasha26 writes "A former town Mayor, Colin Elsbury, made legal history by being the first Brit to pay damages for libel on Twitter. His tweet on polling day said 'It's not in our nature to deride our ...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot Old Man Murray Wikipedia Controversy Continues
An anonymous reader writes "As discussed previously on slashdot, the Old Man Murray article was deleted from Wikipedia. After much controversy, the article has been restored. However, the debate to de...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot Court Rules It's Ok To Tag Pics On Facebook Without Permission
neoflexycurrent writes "A federal court has ruled that photos of a woman on Facebook showing her drinking were properly used as evidence in a child custody case. She had argued she was identified with...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot IPad 2 Teardown Shows Tablet's Guts
alphadogg writes "Apple's iPad 2 tablet, which became available Friday, boasts a big battery, tiny speakers, an ample 512MB of RAM and a glass front that's tricky for tinkerers to take off. That's the...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot Japan Battles Partial Nuclear Meltdown
Hugh Pickens writes "Japanese nuclear experts are working to contain a partial meltdown at an earthquake-stricken nuclear power plant north of Tokyo, as fears grow that the death toll from Friday's ma...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot Man Arrested For Linking To Online Videos
SonicSpike writes "In a case against a New York website owner, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is claiming that merely linking to copyrighted material is a crime. DHS, along with Immigration...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot Why We Should Buy Music In FLAC
soodoo writes "We have plenty of HDD space and broadband internet. Why don't we demand full CD quality audio in an accessible format from online music stores? The advantage of lossless compression...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot Dutch Court Lifts PlayStation 3 Seizure Order
An anonymous reader writes "The recent European import ban against the PlayStation 3 has been lifted. Reportedly, LG had already succeeded in seizing about 300,000 PlayStations, but a court in the Dut...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot Flickr Censors Egypt Police Photos
An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday Flickr removed a photoset of Egyptian Secret Police photos which had been posted to an Egyptian journalist's Flickrstream. The photos were obtained when the journ...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot Open Source Licensing and the App Store Model
snydeq writes "Savio Rodrigues sheds light on the limitations open source software faces in app stores, a problem that will only increase as the app store model proliferates. 'In effect, in the contex...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot The Full Story Behind the Canonical vs. GNOME Drama
supersloshy writes this followup to our Thursday discussion of friction between Canonical and GNOME:"I've seen a lot of GNOME bashing for various reasons here on Slashdot as well as several other webs...
10:22 pm - Sun, March 13, 2011
Slashdot Twitter Discards Client UI Community
Antique Geekmeister writes "Twitter has just decided to discard the community of developers who've created interesting and innovative UI applications. The announcement shows that they intend to switch...
08:09 am - Sat, March 12, 2011
Slashdot Nuclear Emergency Declared At 2 Plants In Japan
Hugh Pickens writes "CBC reports that Japan has declared a state of emergency and called for mass evacuations near two nuclear power plants following cooling systems failures that led to radiation esc...
08:09 am - Sat, March 12, 2011
Slashdot Hacking a Car With Music
itwbennett writes "Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Washington have identified a handful of ways a hacker could break into a car, including attacks over th...
02:56 am - Sat, March 12, 2011
Slashdot Tsunami Warnings Now Faster, More Accurate
CWmike writes "As the deadly tsunami generated by Friday's massive earthquake off the coast of Japan headed toward the United States, scientists at NOAA's Center for Tsunami Research tracked its progr...
02:56 am - Sat, March 12, 2011
Slashdot Apple vs. Microsoft: a Tale of Two Mobile Updates
snydeq writes "The latest mobile updates from Apple and Microsoft provide a stark contrast, one emblematic of the differences between the two companies, InfoWorld's Ted Samson writes. Militantly on ti...
02:56 am - Sat, March 12, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?
Cuban Devil writes "Yesterday I rented a copy of The Social Network. I won't comment on the story, but the Zuckerberg character's narrated performance on hacking Harvard servers made me wonder: what's...
02:56 am - Sat, March 12, 2011
Slashdot 'Son of ACTA' Worse Than Original
An anonymous reader writes "TechDirt has the latest on the leaked US proposals for the 'Son of ACTA' treaty and it looks worse than the original. It's practically a checklist for how to kill innovatio...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot NASA To Host Open Source Summit
PyroMosh writes "'On March 29 & 30, NASA will host its first Open Source Summit at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. This event will bring together engineers and policy makers acr...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Game Maker Says 40% of iTunes In-App Buys Are Fraud
chicksdaddy writes "Hong Kong-based Lakoo, maker of the Empire Online game, says that 4 in 10 in-application purchases by users of the iOS version of its MMORPG are fraudulent, and made through compro...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Improving Nature's Top Recyclers
aarondubrow sends in this snippet from an article at the Texas Advanced Computing Center:"Over billions of years, fungi and bacteria have evolved enzymes to convert abundant cellulosic plant matter in...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Brazilian Spider Bite May Become the Next Viagra
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists believe a spider could lead to a breakthrough in sexual health after finding a single bite can cause a four-hour erection. According to the report, researchers a...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot What Data Mining Firms Know About You
storagedude writes "Time writer Joel Stein spent three months learning what data mining companies know about him. After learning everything the companies had profiled about him (some of it inaccurate)...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Smartphone Device Detects Cancer In an Hour
kkleiner writes "Scientists at the Center for Systems Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital have integrated a microNMR device that accurately detects cancer cells and integrates with a smartphone ...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Doom Creator Says Direct3D Is Now Better Than OpenGL
arcticstoat writes "First-person shooter godfather and OpenGL stickler John Carmack has revealed that he now prefers Direct3D to OpenGL, saying that 'inertia' is the main reason why id Software has st...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Novell Sale Delayed Due To Patent Investigation
darthcamaro writes "Novell's $2.2 billion dollar acquisition by Attachmate isn't going to close as soon as first expected. A key part of the deal is the sale of 882 patents to a consortium of vendors ...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Google Introduces Domain Blocking To Search
An anonymous reader writes "We recently discussed a new Chrome extension that was introduced to block specified websites from appearing in search results. Now, Google has introduced a new feature that...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Miguel de Icaza On Usability and Openness
doperative points out comments from Miguel de Icaza on the struggle for usability in many software products:"De Icaza uses OpenSUSE as his main desktop (with the GNOME interface, of course), says he l...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Prepare For Massive Wave of Earthquake Scams
wiredmikey sends this quote from Security Week:"Today's tragic events of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, as sad as it is, is a dream for scammers and fraudsters around the world. T...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Patent Deems Comic Books Shameful
theodp writes "A newly-surfaced Microsoft patent application describes methods of secretly matching up individuals whose shared 'fringe interests' might be 'a source of shame or embarrassment' to them...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Eric Schmidt a Contender For US Commerce Secretary
itwbennett writes "Rumor has it that the man who while CEO of Google was, at best, blithe about user privacy, is on a short list to replace Gary Locke as Commerce Secretary. Schmidt has competition, t...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Clearwire Sued Over WiMAX Throttling
suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica:"Wireless operator Clearwire has had a bumpy few months, and now things are getting worse. A lawsuit has been filed by 15 users over the company's ...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Gamer Banned From Dragon Age II Over Forum Post
RogueyWon writes "Kotaku is reporting that a Dragon Age II gamer banned from BioWare's forums for an allegedly inflammatory post has been locked out of the (singleplayer only) game for the duration of...
07:29 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot US Lawyers Target Swedish Pirate, and His Unicorn
Chaonici writes "When a Swedish citizen identified as Ryan heard about US movie studio Liberty Media's plan to get copyright infringers to confess and voluntarily pay up, he couldn't stop himself from...
07:29 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot DraftSight 2D CAD For Linux Beta Available
crypton writes "Dassault Systems, (Solidworks) has released their promised Linux version of DraftSight, their free 2D AutoCAD work-alike drafting program (deb and rpm files available). Right now it ap...
04:23 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Australia Creates Cyberwarfare Unit
An anonymous reader writes "Australia's Federal Government computer emergency response team and other spy agencies are teaming up to create a cyberspooks unit to counter threats from other countries, ...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot First Look At Chrome 10
jbrodkin writes "Boosted JavaScript performance, Adobe Flash sandboxing, password encryption and an overhauled settings interface are among the new features in Google Chrome 10. JavaScript pages shoul...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Drupal 8 Development Begins — 15 Bugs At a Time
darthcamaro writes "It took nearly 3 years for the open source Drupal 7 content management system to hit general availability. The plan for pushing out Drupal 8 is to be faster. How are they going to ...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot UK ISPs To Make Voluntary Net-Neutrality Commitment
Mark.JUK writes "A UK government advisory body, the Broadband Stakeholders Group, has confirmed that most of the major fixed line internet providers in the country will next week sign-up to a new Volu...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot How Big Data Justifies Mining Your Social Data
GMGruman writes "Paul Krill reports that one of the big uses of the new "Big Data" analytics technology is to mine the information people post through social networking. Which led him to ask 'What giv...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot OpenSUSE 11.4 Released
MasterPatricko writes with good news from SUSE: "'We are proud to announce the launch of 11.4 in the openSUSE tradition of delivering the latest technology while maintaining stability. The 11.4 releas...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Phone, Voice Over WiFi?
enFi writes "I want to pay one ISP (only!) for data (only!), and use it for my smartphone and my computer; and until they catch up, I want not to inconvenience the rest of the world — still let ...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot New Attack Can Disable Phones Via SMS
Trailrunner7 writes "A pair of security researchers from Germany demonstrated several techniques at the CanSecWest conference here Wednesday that enable them to remotely reboot, shut down or even comp...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Flash-to-HTML5 Translator: Smart But Not Pretty
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister takes a first look at Wallaby, Adobe's experimental tool for transforming Flash content into HTML5, and finds the tool an interesting idea with little ...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot EADS Bicycle Made of Steel-Strength Nylon
Zothecula writes "Engineers from the Bristol wing of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) have announced the development of the first bicycle using Additive Layer Manufacturing (AL...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot King Wants To Sell Out Ham Radio
An anonymous reader writes "Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has introduced HR 607, the 'Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011,' which has been referred ...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot $1.2 Million Worth of MS Points Taken After Hackers Figure Out Code Algorithm
The Save and Quit blog reports that a group of hackers figured out the algorithm behind a set of promotional codes that were each redeemable for 160 MS points, the currency used on Xbox Live. Quoting:...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot SourceForge Open-Sources Their Platform Software
rick446 writes "In late 2009 SourceForge embarked on a plan to 'reboot' our developer tools on an open platform including Python, MongoDB, RabbitMQ, and SOLR. The result was the Allura platform, and w...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot Why Men Don't Have Sensory Whiskers and Spiny Genitals
sciencehabit writes "Most male mammals wield a penis covered with spines made of keratin, the same material that forms fingernails, to sweep out competitors' sperm and irritate a female into ovulating...
03:02 am - Fri, March 11, 2011
Slashdot DNA Testing Proposed For All Felony Arrests In New Mexico
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The AP reports that a proposal to expand DNA testing to anyone arrested for a felony in New Mexico has passed the state House, expanding a 2006 state law requiring DNA samp...
06:02 pm - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot In Isk We Trust: the EVE Online IskBank Exposed
riverni writes "Eve News 24 is running a couple of articles uncovering the lucrative 'black-market' existing in EVE Online, a sci-fi themed single-server MMORPG. The overall scale of the operation is ...
06:02 pm - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Has GNOME Rejected Canonical Help? Shuttleworth Responds
akgraner writes "When Canonical made the decision to make Unity the default desktop, some questioned the GNOME/Canonical relationship. Adding fuel to this fire was the recent distribution split of rev...
06:02 pm - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot How Do People Respond To Being Touched By a Robot?
An anonymous reader writes "You know it's coming, and for the forever-alone crowd, not soon enough: robots that physically interact with humans. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have...
06:02 pm - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Brown Dwarf Hits Record Low
astroengine writes "The Keck II infrared telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, has spotted what appears to be the coldest brown dwarf ever detected. Astronomers from the University of Hawaii have managed to...
03:12 pm - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot DIY Laser Pistol Shoot 1MW Blasts
An anonymous reader writes "It doesn't get cooler than this — a German hacker put together a 1MW laser pistol capable of shooting straight through a razor blade with a single pulse. Quoting: 'Fi...
03:12 pm - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Wi-Fi Shown To Interfere With Aircraft Systems
lukehopewell1 writes "It's official: using Wi-Fi on a plane can interfere with a pilot's navigational equipment, according to airline equipment manufacturers Honeywell Avionics and Boeing today. Boein...
03:12 pm - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 4 RC1 Released
IgnitusBoyone writes "Mozilla has now released Firefox 4 RC1. For most beta participants the update should be automatic, but for those holding out until it gets closer to feature freeze, now is likely...
03:12 pm - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Offers Refunds For Fraudulent SMS Messages
itwbennett writes "Verizon has filed a lawsuit against a group of people and related companies that it alleges duped people into signing up and getting charged for premium short message services. Beca...
03:12 pm - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot SafariMacBook First To Fall At Pwn2Own 2011
recoiledsnake writes "A team of security researchers from the French pen-testing firm VUPEN successfully exploited a zero-day flaw in Apple's Safari browser to win this year's Pwn2Own hacker challenge...
03:12 pm - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Text Messages To Replace Stamps In Sweden
99luftballon writes "Sweden and Denmark are running tests on replacing stamps with text messages. The writer sends a text message to a central server, which bills for the stamp and returns a code to b...
03:12 pm - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot New EU Net Rules Set To Make Cookies Crumble
NickstaDB writes "From the BBC article: 'From 25 May, European laws dictate that "explicit consent" must be gathered from web users who are being tracked via text files called "cookies". These files a...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol
coondoggie writes "Researchers say they have developed a method of using bacteria to convert decaying grass directly into isobutanol, which can be burned in regular car engines with a heat value highe...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot US House Subcommittee Votes To Kill Net Neutrality
angry tapir writes "A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee has voted in favor of a resolution to throw out the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's recently adopted net neutrality rules. The...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot IOS 4.3 Now Available For Download
tekgoblin writes "Apple has just released iOS 4.3 for download from iTunes. The update from Apple includes enhancements to Apple Airplay, Safari, iPad side switch, and the Personal hotspot feature for...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Town Expands To Boost Cooling For NSA Data Center
1sockchuck writes "A substantial water supply is critical for most large data centers. A case in point: Officials in Bluffdale, Utah have agreed to annex land housing a new $1.2 billion data center fo...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Are We Too Reliant On GPS?
RedEaredSlider writes "A new report from the Royal Academy of Engineering in London suggests developed nations have become too reliant on GPS systems. The report from the Academy focuses on global nav...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot HP To Put WebOS On PCs In 2012
Stenchwarrior writes "Hewlett-Packard's chief executive officer Leo Apotheker announced that WebOS will be on every PC that HP ships in 2012. A move to attract more developers and push the operating s...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking
brothke writes "One can sum up all of Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking in two sentences from page 297, where author Christopher Hadnagy writes 'tools are an important aspect of social engi...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Senate Passes Landmark Patent Reform Bill
inkscapee writes "The US Senate is congratulating itself for passing a 'landmark' piece of patent reform legislation. Some key elements are 'first to file' instead of first to invent, and ending fee d...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot How the PC Is Making Consoles Look Out of Date
An anonymous reader writes "What has been clear from this year's Game Developers Conference is that consoles are beginning to show their age. With nothing beyond a possible Nintendo update on the hori...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Leslie Valiant Wins 'Nobel Prize' of Computing
autospa writes "ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery today named Leslie G. Valiant of Harvard University the winner of the 2010 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his fundamental contributions to the d...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot A Bittersweet Finale For Discovery Space Shuttle
Julie188 writes "The shuttle Discovery re-entered the Earth's atmosphere for the last time Wednesday to close out the space plane's 39th and final voyage. And so marks the beginning of the end for Ame...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot In-Depth Look At HTML5
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner offers a four-part series devoted to the new features of HTML5. Each article examines the evolving spec in-depth, focusing on canvas, video, audio, and graphics...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot NVIDIA To Push Into Supercomputing
RedEaredSlider writes "NVIDIA outlined a plan to become 'the computing company,' moving well beyond its traditional focus on graphics and into high-profile areas such as supercomputing. NVIDIA is maki...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Cloud Gaming With Ray Tracing
An anonymous reader writes "Since real-time ray tracing on a single desktop machine is still too slow for gaming, Intel has worked on a research project that puts the heavy workload up into the cloud,...
03:08 am - Thu, March 10, 2011
Slashdot Stopping the Horror of 'Reply All'
theodp writes "The WSJ's Elizabeth Bernstein reports that Reply All is still the button everyone loves to hate. 'This shouldn't still be happening,' Bernstein says of those heart-stopping moments (You...
02:29 am - Wed, March 9, 2011
Slashdot Researcher Blows $15K By Reporting Bug To Google
CWmike writes "A security researcher lost a sure $15,000 at this week's Pwn2Own hacking contest because he had earlier reported the bug to Google, which has patched the vulnerability in its Android Ma...
02:29 am - Wed, March 9, 2011
Slashdot LimeWire Settles Copyright Infringement Case
An anonymous reader writes "LimeWire LLC has settled the copyright infringement case brought against them by the National Music Publishers Association. The music publishers, which include Sony and War...
02:29 am - Wed, March 9, 2011
Slashdot What Pi Sounds Like
I've always loved generative music, and this guy used Pi as the basis for his composition. I'm not saying it's as good as Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber or something, but it's a great way to get ready for...
02:29 am - Wed, March 9, 2011
Slashdot A Letter On Behalf of the World's PC Fixers
Barence writes "PC Pro's Steve Cassidy has written a letter on behalf of all the put-upon techies who've ever been called by a friend to fix their PC. His bile is directed at a friend who put a DVD bo...
02:29 am - Wed, March 9, 2011
Slashdot Google Releases Stable Version of Chrome 10
An anonymous reader writes "Google has released version 10 of the Chrome Browser. The update brings hundreds of bug fixes as well as many features that have been available on the Chrome beta and dev c...
09:46 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Android Devices Are Hives of License Violations
inkscapee writes "Android developers are paying little attention to Free/Open Source software licenses and have a 71% violation rate. Come on folks, FOSS licenses are easy to comply with, certainly ea...
09:46 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot $39.5 Million Hi-Tech Library Opens In Illinois
The new $39.5 million Fountaindale Public Library features: flat-screen TVs, video games, self-checkout stations, a variety of e-readers, and a cafe. Library officials say the new facility is a bluepr...
09:46 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Google Voice Discovered Allowing Pure VoIP Calls
From the article "Google Voice users learned late Monday that the service now has a way of making purely Internet-based phone calls. Making a SIP call with a "sip:" prefix, the Google Voice phone numb...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Unmasking Anonymous Email Senders
alphadogg writes "Just because you send an email anonymously doesn't mean people can't figure out who you are anymore. A new technique developed by researchers at Concordia University in Quebec could ...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Browsers — the Gaming Platform of the Future?
Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts, spoke at the recent Game Developers Conference about how he expects game platforms to evolve in the future. Hawkins thinks the role of web browsers as a platf...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Getting Computers To Recognize Facial Expressions
Zothecula writes "Binghamton University computer scientist Lijun Yin thinks that using a computer should be a comfortable and intuitive experience, like talking to a friend. As anyone who has ever yel...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot 'Most Earth-Like' Exoplanet Gets Major Demotion
audiovideodisco writes "Last month, the team behind NASA's Kepler planet-finding mission announced the discovery of the most Earth-like planetary candidate ever spotted: KOI 326.01, an approximately E...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Dragon Age II Released
Today marks the US launch of Dragon Age II, the sequel to BioWare's popular 2009 RPG Dragon Age: Origins. Like its predecessor and other BioWare RPGs, Dragon Age II is non-linear and has extensive dia...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Kidney Printer
smitty777 writes "Dr. Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine demonstrated his technique for printing a new kidney. The early stage technology involves scanning the patient...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot AMD's New Flagship HD 6990 Tested
I.M.O.G. writes "Today AMD officially introduces their newest flagship GPU, the Radeon HD 6990. Targeted to counter Nvidia's current generation flagship GTX580, for AMD this is a followup to their pre...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Wikipedia Moves To Delete the Free Speech Flag
decora writes "After a version of the PS3 Free Speech Flag (from the Yale Law & Tech blog) was deleted from Wikipedia, for being a copyright violation, discussion turned to the original Free Speec...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Why Do Videogames Struggle With Sex?
brumgrunt writes "Why do videogames still treat sex in such a two dimensional way? Why do they snigger at it, or treat it as a reward? Den Of Geek has been taking a look." I always figured it ...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Adobe Releases Flash To HTML 5 Converter
An anonymous reader writes "Adobe has released its Flash to HTML 5 conversion tool, codenamed 'Wallaby.' Wallaby is an application to convert Adobe Flash Professional CS5 files (.FLA) to HTML5 and its...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot $30 GPS Jammer Can Wreak Havok
An anonymous reader writes "A simple $30 GPS jammer made in China can ruin your day. It doesn't just affect your car's navigation — ATM machines, cell phone towers, plane, boat, train navigation...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Nokia Has a Billion Reasons To Love WP7
theodp writes "A report from Bloomberg notes it ain't easy, or cheap, to outbid Google. Microsoft has reportedly agreed to pay Nokia more than $1 billion to 'promote and develop' Windows Phone devices...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Gameduino Project Aims To Game-ify the Arduino
beckman101 writes "Gameduino is a DIY game platform built on a shield for the Arduino. It's open source hardware (BSD and, for the code, GPL). Okay, that's fairly cool. But what makes this project spe...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Give NASA Planetary Marching Orders
coondoggie writes "The community and team of scientists that help NASA prioritize space missions has come out with its exploration recommendations for the next decade: get to Mars, explore one of Jupi...
08:14 pm - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Recruiting For Next-Gen Console Development
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Eurogamer:"Microsoft is ramping up development of its next generation Xbox console according to job positions being advertised on business networking ...
02:20 am - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Study Shows Technology May Inhibit Good Sleep
An anonymous reader points out a study by the National Sleep Foundation which looked at the relationship between sleep habits and the use of electronic communications tech in the hour before bedtime. ...
02:20 am - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot iPad 2 Forces Samsung To Reevaluate Galaxy Tab
An anonymous reader writes "Apple's iPad competitors are still spec-obsessed, and Apple's next-gen iPad coupled with the same price point is forcing Samsung to rethink its tablet strategy and pricing ...
02:20 am - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Cold Warriors Question Nukes
Martin Hellman writes "George Shultz served as President Reagan's Secretary of State, and Bill Perry as President Clinton's Secretary of Defense. Henry Kissinger was National Security Advisor and Secr...
02:20 am - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot 3D Printers Create Edible Objects
MrShaggy writes "An engineering lab and a culinary school have teamed up to construct novel edible objects with 3D printers that use pureed foods in place of ink. From the article: '"It lets you do co...
02:20 am - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot UK Schools Consider Searching Pupils' Smartphones
An anonymous reader writes "What right to privacy do school pupils have on their mobile phones? UK education officials are considering ways to clamp down on cyber-bullying and classroom disruption...
02:20 am - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot The Car Faster Than a Speeding Bullet
pbahra writes "Formula 1 is seen as the apogee of engineering excellence and automotive power. So it says something that in Bloodhound SSC — the car that, if all goes well, in 2013 will shatter ...
02:20 am - Tue, March 8, 2011
Slashdot Facebook May Bust Up the SMS Profit Cartel
AndyAndyAndyAndy writes "Fortune had an interesting article recently about wireless providers and their exorbitant profit margins for SMS handling, especially when looking at modern data plans. 'Under...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Go For It On Fourth Down? Ask Coach Watson
jbrodkin writes "If humans can't beat a computer at 'Jeopardy!' why should we trust them to make the right call on fourth down in the Super Bowl? That was the fundamental question asked by some re...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Crew Builds a Flying House Modeled After UP!
The people at National Geographic have built a house modeled after the one in the movie UP! for a new TV series called How Hard Can It Be?. The house flew for about an hour and reached 10,000 feet...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Scientist Records First 5 Years of His Son's Life, Analyzes Language Development
jamie tips a story about MIT cognitive scientist Deb Roy, who started a project five years ago, upon bringing his newborn son home from the hospital, to record his family's movement and speech inside ...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Hard Disk Sector Consolidates Amid Uncertain Future
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The WSJ reports that Western Digital will buy Hitachi Global Storage Technologies for about $4.3 billion in cash and stock, leaving only four key hard disk drive vendors &m...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot William Shatner Wakes Up Crew for Final Discovery Mission
The Space Shuttle Discovery left the International Space Station this morning for the last time. To commemorate the ship's accomplishments over 27 years of service, the crew was greeted to a morning w...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Piracy In Developing Countries Driven By High Prices
langelgjm writes "The Social Science Research Council, an independent, non-profit organization, today released a major report on music, film and software piracy in developing economies. It's a product...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Software Matches Police Sketches To Mugshots
Zothecula writes "We've seen it in numerous TV shows and movies – the witness to a crime looks through a book of mug shots, then works with a police sketch artist to come up with a likeness of t...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Hungary Uses iPad To Draft New Constitution
An anonymous reader writes "Hungary is drafting its new constitution on, believe it or not, an iPad. Jozsef Szajer, a Hungarian politician and member of the European Parliament, wrote an enthusiastic ...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 4 RC Vs. IE9 RC: the First Duel
An anonymous reader writes "Firefox 4 vs. IE9 is going to be an epic battle in a reigniting browser war in which Microsoft wants its IE to be seen as a capable browser again. Mozilla struggled to keep...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Hackers Target French Government Computers For G20
An anonymous reader wrote in to say that "IT staff spent the weekend in a massive cleaning effort to remove traces of a 'spectacular' attack on computers at Bercy, the head office of the French Minist...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Can For-Profit Tech Colleges Be Trusted?
snydeq found a story questioning "the quality of education on offer at institutions such as University of Phoenix, DeVry, ITT Tech, and Kaplan in the wake of increasing scrutiny for alleged deceptive ...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Intel's New Core I7-990X Extreme Edition Tested
MojoKid writes "Intel recently launched a speed bump of their flagship Extreme EditionCore i7 processor,known as the Core i7-990X. Its multiplier is unlocked and it's clocked at 3.45GHz stock speed wi...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot The Encroachment of Fact-Free Science
G3ckoG33k writes "Fact-free science is not a joke; it is very much on the move, and it is quite possibly the most dangerous movement in centuries, for the entirety of mankind. One can say it began as ...
09:36 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Nokia Sells Qt
Google85 writes "Now that Nokia has shifted to a Windows Phone-centric smartphone strategy, it's only natural for the company to divest itself of responsibility with regard to the Qt framework. It has...
02:01 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Is Software Driving a Falling Demand For Brains?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Paul Krugman writes in the NY Times that information technology seems to be reducing, not increasing, the demand for highly educated workers (reg. may be required), because...
02:01 pm - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Said To Resume Talks With Skype
An anonymous reader writes "You may soon be able to start a Skype video call with your friends on Facebook. The latest rumor suggests that Facebook and Skype have resumed talks about integrating the v...
07:28 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot SurfSens Brings Surfing Into the Computer Age
cylonlover writes "In an activity that for many of its participants is akin to a religion, the merging of surfing and technology might seem a bit like blasphemy. But while surfing is still about lifes...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Melbourne College May Give iPad To Every Student
daria42 writes "It looks like Apple's hyped iPad tablet may find a functional use beyond the early technology adopter set. In Australia, a Melbourne University college recently completed a trial where...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Android Copy of Danish Man Unveiled
An anonymous reader writes "The Geminoid family, a series of ultra-realistic androids, each a copy of a real person, has a new member: Geminoid DK, a robot clone of a Danish researcher and the most re...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Chandrayaan-1 Spots Giant Underground Chamber On the Moon
siliconeyes writes "Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization have discovered a giant underground chamber on the moon, which they feel could be used as a base by astronauts on future manned...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot HBGary Hack In Depth
Udo Schmitz writes "Heise's UK site has the English translation of an article from the latest issue of their magazine c't about Anonymous's HBGary hack. It shows that there was much more involved than...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Disarm Internet Trolls, Gently
Shlomi Fish writes "The best way to react to people trolling on Internet forums is not to feed them, right? Wrong! 'Don't feed the trolls' is also usually ineffective. Luckily, however, there is m...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Turkey Bans Google's Blogger Over Soccer Piracy
An anonymous reader writes "A local court has banned Google's Blogger service in Turkey in response to a complaint by satellite TV firm Digiturk that streaming media feeds from local soccer games were...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Google Finally Uses Remote Kill Switch On Malware
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Google Mobile Team has announced that in addition to removing the 21 malicious applications from Android Market that were downloaded 50,000 times, suspending the associ...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Ariz. Team Seeks Fossil-Fuel Cost Parity, Using Solar Energy Concentrators
autospa writes "A University of Arizona engineering team led by Roger Angel has designed a new type of solar concentrator that uses half the area of solar (PV) cells used by other optical devices and ...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot A Spamming Attorney Gets Sentenced To 40 Months
www.sorehands.com writes "While one spammer, Robert Soloway, gets released on probation, the Feds send another, Robert Smoley, to the slammer for 40 months.I know about Smoley because I tracked him do...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Meth Dealer Faces Loss of His Comic Book Collection
cultiv8 writes "According to an article from The Smoking Gun: 'A large-scale methamphetamine dealer who allegedly laundered drug profits by purchasing valuable comic books is in danger of forfeiting h...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Taiwanese OEMs Consider ARM Products For Windows 8
siliconbits writes "At CeBIT 2011, we went around the stands from some of the biggest component manufacturers in the world and asked them a simple question, would you consider bringing out ARM product...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Graphs Show Costs of DNA Sequencing Falling Fast
kkleiner writes "You may know that the cost to sequence a human genome is dropping, but you probably have no idea how fast that price is coming down. The National Human Genome Research Institute, part...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Stellar Wormholes May Exist
seagirlreed writes "Pairs of stars could be connected via wormholes filled with 'phantom matter,' according to Kyrgyz researchers. If a wormhole exists within a star, the stellar body may exhibit meas...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Students Suspended, Expelled Over Facebook Posts
An anonymous reader writes "Two students have been suspended, and one student has been expelled, over negative Facebook postings they made about a teacher. The individuals are in seventh grade at Chap...
05:20 am - Mon, March 7, 2011
Slashdot Is Apple Turning Into the Next "Evil Empire"?
jira writes "'You may think you own your iPad or iPhone but in reality an invisible string links it back to Apple HQ' writes John Naughton. He adds: 'Umberto Eco once wrote a memorable essay arguing t...
08:11 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Mideast Turmoil and the Push For Clean Energy
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Adam Werbach writes that in July 2008 oil prices reached $147 a barrel and suddenly energy prices and alternative energy was on everyone's agenda but soon oil prices fell a...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot IBM Patenting HAL-Like Stuffed Animal Toys
theodp writes "'Look, Dave,' said HAL. 'I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill and think things over.' Put a HAL 9000 in a baby's s...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Develop Super Batteries From Aerogel
greenerd writes "Researchers from the University of Central Florida may have found the most efficient (and most bizarre) battery material yet – 'frozen smoke', also known as Aerogel. One of the ...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Bans AdSense In Apps
Anonymous Coward writes "Three days ago Facebook finalized their list of accepted ad networks for use within Facebook Apps; AdSense being an (unsurprising?) omission from the list, stating that an...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Could We Reconnect Eastern Libya?
GrumpyBagpuss writes "We all know that the internet is supposed to route around damage, but currently eastern Libya is off the net because all their connectivity goes through Tripoli. How difficult wo...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Canadian Songwriters Propose $10mo Internet Fee
BitterOak points out this Windsor Star story, according to which "Canadian songwriters are proposing a $10 fee to be added to monthly ISP bills, giving users a license to download music using peer-to-...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Politics: Libyan Rebels Announce Creation of a Republic
Anonymous Coward writes "A report in p2pnet.net says a 'declaration for a temporary council in the Republic of Libya' has been published. The story quotes Alive in Libya, which says Mustafa Abdul Jale...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Leave a Message, Go To Jail
Okian Warrior writes "A man in Weare, New Hampshire was charged with felony wiretapping for recording the police during a traffic stop — based on a cell phone call he made as an officer approach...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Offers Easy Commenting Alternative
Spice Consumer writes "Facebook has just anviled a 'new system (that) lets website owners replace their current commenting system with Facebook's simply by dropping in a few lines of Javascript.' How ...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Apple Negotiates For Unlimited iTunes Downloads
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Bloomberg reports that Apple is in talks with record companies including Vivendi SA (VIV)'s Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG) ...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot GNOME To Lose Minimize, Maximize Buttons
An anonymous reader writes "When GNOME 3 arrives in a month, users might be surprised to see old UI staples 'minimize' and 'maximize' buttons gone and replaced by... nothing, in the case of minimizing...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Top Student Charged With Fixing Grades For Cash
alphadogg writes "A Nevada student who gave the opening address at his high school graduation last year has been charged with breaking into his school district's computer system and bumping up his cla...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Making the Case For Microscopic Life In Meteorites
An anonymous reader writes "NASA scientist Dr. Richard Hoover claims he discovered evidence of extraterritorial life in a meteorite. He published his results in the March issue of Journal of Cosmology...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Judge Allows Subpoenas For GeoHot YouTube Viewers, Blog Visitors
PhrostyMcByte writes "Stepping up Sony's lawsuit against PS3 jailbreak developer George Hotz, this Thursday a judge approved multiple subpoenas which seek logs of all viewers and commenters to his You...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Germany Builds Encrypted, Identity-Confirmed Email
jfruhlinger writes "Looking to solve the problems of spam, phishing, and unconfirmed email identities, Germany is betting very, very big. The country will pass a law this month creating 'De-mail,' a s...
07:09 am - Sun, March 6, 2011
Slashdot Budget Triple-Screen Gaming
An anonymous reader writes "A system-builder, Dario D., built a triple screen gaming PC in early 2010 that can still run all of the top games. For under $1,000. See link, and he points out you can do ...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot 35,000 Linux Benchmarks In a Week
G3ckoG33k writes "Openbenchmarking.org has received 37,027 benchmarks (mainly Linux, and some Macs) in the first week since its inauguration. 241,384 completed tests using 468,344 components from 438 ...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot Google Cars Drive Themselves, In Traffic
An anonymous reader noted that "At the TED 2011 conference this week, Google has been giving extremely rare demos of its self-driving cars. TED attendees have even been allowed to travel inside them, ...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot X-37B Secret Space Plane's Second Launch Today
garymortimer writes "The X-37B will launch soon for a second 240 day flight and the cat and mouse game of following it will begin. Amateur astronomers have been able to find the orbit changing high fl...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot Internet Traffic In Libya Goes Dark Amid Upheaval
We've been keeping an eye on the Libyan internet censorship surrounding the revolution going on there, the latest word is that now their Internet iscompletely shut down as of a few hours ago. They als...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot Most IPv6-certified Home Network Gear Buggy
Julie188 writes "The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab held an IPv6 consumer electronics Plugfest on Feb. 14 and CableLabs has scheduled two more for this year. UNH is tight-lipped abou...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot Zimbabwe Makes Arrest Over Facebook Comment
inasity_rules writes "It seems using Facebook/Twitter to try overthrowing a corrupt government can backfire a bit, especially if they are expecting it. In Zimbabwe your Facebook posts can get you arre...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot Even Microsoft Wants IE6 Dead
Tarmas writes "Microsoft has launched a website intended to persuade people to upgrade their browsers from Internet Explorer 6. In Microsoft's words: 'This website is dedicated to watching Internet Ex...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot Episode I 3D Release Date Announced
TheBrakShow writes 'Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox announced today that the 3D theatrical launch of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace now has an official release date — February ...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot One Man's Quest To Build True Artificial Life
Atriune writes "The creator of the renowned Creatures artificial life series is at it again. Fifteen years after the initial success of the Creatures Trilogy, Steve Grand continues his quest to go bey...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot Intel SSD 510 Series 6Gbps SATA Drives Tested
MojoKid writes "Intelrecently announced its 510 series Solid State Drive products. The new 510series SSDs build upon Intel's successful X-25M series of drives by offeringnative support for SATA 6Gbs i...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot Quadruped CHEETAH Robot To Outrun Any Human
cylonlover writes "Robots are faster than humans at a lot of things, but up until now running hasn't been one of them. That is set to change with robotics company Boston Dynamics recently awarded a co...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot Aussie Brewery Creates Space Beer
astroengine writes "An Australian brewing company has created the world's first beer that can be consumed in space. 4-Pines Brewing Company teamed up with Saber Astronautics Australia, tirelessly test...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot Russian Payment Processor Runs Massive Scareware Operation
An anonymous reader writes "Brian Krebs has posted a deep dive through more than a year worth of emails leaked from ChronoPay, Russia's largest online credit card processor. The ... evidence indicates...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot AMD Provides Fusion Support For Coreboot
An anonymous reader writes "AMD has done a big code drop providing Fusion support for Coreboot, the project that once was called LinuxBIOS for providing an open source BIOS implementation."A lack of v...
05:30 am - Sat, March 5, 2011
Slashdot Libyan Internet Flatlined
dnsdude told us about the latest developments regarding rumored Libyan Internet censorship. It appears that massive censorship is occuring with two of the five .ly root name servers being unreachable....
04:22 pm - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Posting AC - a Thing of the Past?
c0lo writes to point out an article from the Indystar. From the article: "A Marion County judge has ruled, for the first time in Indiana, that news media outlets can be ordered by the court to reveal ...
04:22 pm - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Apple: You Must Be 17+ To Use Opera
An anonymous reader writes "From the techspot article: 'This week, the Opera web browser became the first non-native browser made available in Apple's Mac App Store. While Apple approved the browser, ...
04:22 pm - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot HP Announces a Watch That Unifies WebOS Devices
Norsefire writes "After teasing it last year, HP's Phil McKinney has announced the 'Metal Watch', the device that will act as the aggregation point of your HP/WebOS devices. McKinney claims that it wi...
04:22 pm - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot DOJ Anti-trust Investigation of MPEG-LA
thomst writes "The Wall Street Journal's Thomas Catan reports that the Department of Justice has launched an anti-trust investigation of MPEG-LA's purported efforts to prevent Google's VP8 codec from ...
04:22 pm - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Glory Satellite Lost To Taurus XL Failure
FullBandwidth writes "The protective nose cone of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Taurus XL rocket carrying NASA's Glory environmental research satellite apparently failed to separate after launch Fri...
04:22 pm - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Student Sues FBI For Planting GPS Tracker
GabriellaKat submits this snippet from Yahoo! news, writing "'Yasir Afifi, 20, says a mechanic doing an oil change on his car in October discovered the device stuck with magnets between his right rear...
04:22 pm - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Turn To Silk For Flexible E-Devices
angry tapir writes "Researchers at a Taiwan university say they have found a way to use silk membranes in flexible electronic devices and started talks with manufacturers about adopting the unusual bu...
04:22 pm - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Teenagers Jailed For Criminal Version of Facebook
An anonymous reader writes "Three teenagers in the UK have been sentenced for up to five years in jail for creating and operating Gh0stMarket.net, one of the world's largest English-language internet ...
05:18 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Contemplating Financial Trading At Picosecond Resolution
pbahra writes "One complaint made of the modern stock market is that it is concerned too much on the short term. A second is a long time in cash-equities trading. Four or five years ago, trading firms...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Discovery's Last Go Round, As Seen From the Ground
SoyQueSoy writes to point out this "incredible footage of the passage of the International Space Station and Discovery, taken on February 28th 2011 at 17:58UT from the area of Weimar, Germany. A stere...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 4 Web Demos: Web O' Wonder
An anonymous reader writes "Similarly to Google with Chrome Experiments and Microsoft with Internet Explorer Test Drive, Mozilla has developed an HTML5 demo site to showcase the latest features suppor...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Upgrading From Windows 1.0 To Windows 7
An anonymous reader writes "YouTube user Andrew Tait has uploaded a video titled Chain of Fools: Upgrading through every version of Windows. Tait starts with MS DOS 5.0 running Windows 1.0 and keeps u...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Timezone Maintainer Retiring
linuxwrangler writes "It's used in Java. It's used in nearly every flavor of UNIX/Linux. In PostgreSQL, Oracle and other databases. Several RFCs refer to it. But where does the timezone database come ...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Facebook Archiving?
Stenchwarrior writes "I was in the car with my wife and 15-year-old daughter this morning talking about the future of Facebook and how it's likely that they will not be around forever (or at least not...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot DHS Eyes Covert Body Scans
CWmike writes "Documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) suggest that the US Department of Homeland Security has signed contracts for the development of mobile and static ...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot 'Spam King' Released From Prison, Now Lives In Seattle
dmmiller2k writes "Apparently, after 'nearly four years in prison, the man dubbed the 'Spam King' by federal prosecutors, is allowed back online.' I wonder if there's some variation of Megan's Law req...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft, Google Sue Troll Who Sued 397 Companies
FlorianMueller writes "Microsoft and Google have teamed up against a company that holds a geotagging patent and sued 397 companies last year in Texas, most of them in mid December. ... Now the two tec...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Turn Mice Into Wine Snobs
Unsatisfied with the number of reasons people have to hate rodents already, scientists at Japan's Hiroshima University have taught mice to be wine snobs. After being trained to pick red wine over othe...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot UK Controllers Say Air Traffic System 'Not Safe'
Jack Spine writes "Air traffic control technology being implemented in one of the major transport hubs in the UK is 'not safe,' according to air traffic controllers. The electronic flight data system ...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Hands On With Apple IPad 2
adeelarshad82 writes "Yesterday's announcement of the second-generation iPad showed exactly why there was so much excitment around the device. As the video hands on shows, iPad 2 makes up for all the ...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Boosts Your Self-Esteem
An anonymous reader writes "Using Facebook can increase your self-esteem, according to a new study from Cornell University researchers, published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. R...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Tractor Beams Are Getting Closer (Sort of)
xt writes "A recently submitted paper in arXiv claims that by using Bessel beams it is theoretically possible to pull particles towards the light source, opening up new avenues for optical micromanipu...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot A Half-Gigabyte View of the Moon
An anonymous reader writes "A new 24,000-pixel-square half-gigabyte mosaic from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the Moon's nearside as never before. The 1,300 black-and-white frames were acq...
02:41 am - Fri, March 4, 2011
Slashdot Old Man Murray Entry Deleted From Wikipedia
shoptroll writes "In what can be best described as an unfortunate interpretation of the 'notability standards' at Wikipedia, Rock, Paper, Shotgun reports that the entry for Old Man Murray, once a main...
02:40 pm - Thu, March 3, 2011
Slashdot Blade Runner Sequels and Prequels Happening
bowman9991 writes "The iconic science fiction film Blade Runner, based on Philip K. Dick's book and directed by Ridley Scott, will be followed up with sequels and prequels soon. Alcon Entertainment is...
02:40 pm - Thu, March 3, 2011
Slashdot Malware Declines, Trojans Dominate
Orome1 writes "According to data gathered by Panda Security, only 39 percent of computers scanned in February were infected with malware, compared to 50 percent last month. Trojans were found to be th...
02:40 pm - Thu, March 3, 2011
Slashdot Bradley Manning Charged With Aiding the Enemy
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Washington Post reports that the army has brought twenty-two new charges — including the Article 104 offence of 'aiding the enemy' that carries a potential death ...
02:40 pm - Thu, March 3, 2011
Slashdot Beijing To Track Citizen's Cell Phones
wan9xu writes "Purportedly to help alleviate Beijing 's traffic congestion, the new initiative, literally translated as 'Platform for Citizen Movement Information' proposes to track individual citizen...
02:40 pm - Thu, March 3, 2011
Slashdot A Look Inside the Bustling Cybercrime Marketplace
wiredmikey writes "Cybercrime's underground activity, much like a Middle Eastern bazaar, is a loud and boisterous market. Buying, selling, haggling and cheating all take place in these marketplaces. E...
02:40 pm - Thu, March 3, 2011
Slashdot Calculate DrunkenNES With an 8-bit Breathalyzer
HansonMB writes "Electrical engineer Batsly Adams isn't a traffic cop, but if you find yourself at a chiptune show in New York, you should probably pull over anyway to try his new homebrew 8-bit breat...
06:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2011
Slashdot 13 Countries On US "Priority Watch List" For Copyright Piracy
hapworth writes "The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has submitted a report on the top 40 countries guilty of piracy to The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR),...
06:00 am - Thu, March 3, 2011
Slashdot UK MOD To Spend 20 Million On Toy Size Spy Drones
garymortimer writes "The Ministry of Defense (MOD) is making 20 million pounds available for Nano UAS. This is the second story this week in which military organizations seem to be looking for small m...
01:42 am - Thu, March 3, 2011
Slashdot Reminiscing Old School Linux
t14m4t writes "While the Linux experience has improved dramatically over the years (remember the days of Kernel version 2.0? or even 1.2?), Tech Republic revisits some of the more-fondly-remem...
01:42 am - Thu, March 3, 2011
Slashdot Should Cyber Vigilantes Be Cheered Or Feared
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Ted Samson raises several challenging questions in the wake of HBGary, first and foremost being, should the cyber vigilante acts of 'hacktivists' such as Anonymous be embrac...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Making Data Centers More People-Friendly
1sockchuck writes "Data centers are designed to house servers, not people. This has often meant trade-offs for data center staffers, who brave 100-degree hot aisles and perform their work at laptop ca...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Terror Arrest Used As Fodder To Fund Real ID Act
BeatTheChip writes "There's been a lot of buzz in recent days concerning the deadline to deliver on the federal Real ID Act. Congress is looking for corners to cut. One tactic is to attach emergency p...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Asus Motherboard Box Doubles As PC Case
itwbennett writes "Taiwan's Asus has a novel idea to cut down on shipping waste: What if the shipping container became the PC case? That's the idea behind a box the company will begin using to shi...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot High-Bandwidth Users Are Just Early Adopters
silverpig writes "Cisco has released a whitepaper on mobile data usage which has some interesting data in it. The top 1% of users consume 20% of the bandwidth, but that share is down from 30% previous...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Gosper's Algorithm Meets Wall Street Formulas
peter.hill.1980 writes "Wall Street's money making formulas need to be as explicit as possible for efficiency purposes. An old, existing and famous formula — binomial options pricing formula &md...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot IPad 2 33% Thinner, 2x Faster, iOS 4.3
Steve Jobs was on hand today deliver a speech at Apple's iPad 2 event. Thenew iPad will feature Dual-core processors, 2x faster CPU, and 9X fastergraphics, front and rear cameras. And it's 33% thinner...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Arduino: a Quick-Start Guide
Muad writes "Maik Schmidt is our guide in the Pragmatic Bookshelf's venture into the world of electronics. This is a compact work, like all others in the series, it goes straight to applicable example...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot World's Most Powerful Optical Microscope
gamricstone writes "Scientists have produced the world's most powerful optical microscope, which could help understand the causes of many viruses and diseases. Previously, the standard optical microsc...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot SCO Found No Source Code In 2004
doperative writes "A consultant hired by SCO in 2004 to compare UNIX and Linux, with the thought he could be used as an expert at trial, says that, after days and days, his comparison tool found 'very...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Bing Becomes No.2 Search Engine at 4.37%
suraj.sun writes "Bing has overtook Yahoo for the first time worldwide in January and increased its lead in February according to web analytics company, StatCounter. Its research arm StatCounter Globa...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Panasonic Launches Beautifying Camera
The new Panasonic LUMIX FX77 camera can take the red out of your eyes and add it to your lips and cheeks. Released last Friday, the camera has a "beauty re-touch" feature that can whiten your teeth, c...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Kepler Finds Bizarre Systems
RedEaredSlider writes "The Kepler Space Telescope has run across some truly bizarre solar systems. Among the candidates: a system with full-on planets orbiting in a Trojan configuration, one with plan...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Supreme Court Rules On Corporate Privacy
heptapod writes "The Supreme Court unanimously decided (PDF) Monday that AT&T can't keep embarrassing corporate information that it submits to the government out of public view; "personal privacy"...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Google Pulls 21 Malware Apps From Android Market
Hugh Pickens writes writes "CNN reports that Google has pulled 21 free apps from the Android Market that, according to the company, are aimed at gaining root access to the user's device, gathering a w...
11:22 pm - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot The Decline and Fall of System Administration
snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia questions whether server virtualization technologies are contributing to the decline of real server administration skills, as more and more sysadmins argue in fa...
06:49 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot New Hampshire Man Sentenced To 7 Years For Robo-Calling Malware
alphadogg writes with this excerpt from Network World: "A New Hampshire man who made $8 million by installing unwanted dial-up software on computers and then forcing them to call expensive premium tel...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Can the Atrix 4G Really Become Your Next PC?
GMGruman writes "The Motorola Atrix 4G got a lot of attention at CES because of its ability to dock to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and run the full desktop Firefox browser in addition to its Androi...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Futureproofing Artifacts: Spacewar! 1962 In HTML5
trebonian writes "In 1997 we posted a playable version of the Spacewar!, the first graphical computer game. Spacewar! was written by Russell et al at MIT in the early '60s. We did not re-implement the...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot How To Protect Your Privacy and Make Money
itwbennett writes "You have precious personal information; marketers are willing to pay good money for it; and now there are services to broker the deal. London-based Allow Ltd., for example, negotiat...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Lobbyists Attack UK Open Standards Policy
superglaze writes "The Business Software Alliance, a lobbying organisation representing the likes of Microsoft, Adobe and Apple, has laid into the UK's recently-adopted policy of mandating the use of ...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot How Cyborg Tech Could Link the Minds of the World
An anonymous reader writes "Science writer Michael Chorost has written a book that suggests that mankind may one day be able to link individual minds to share thoughts, feelings and perceptions by gen...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Full Bladder Improves Decision Making
anymouse writes "What should you do when you really, REALLY have to 'go'? Make important life decisions, maybe. Controlling your bladder makes you better at controlling yourself when making decisi...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Contents of Leaked HBGary Emails Reveal Wrongdoing
chargersfan420 writes "Ars Technica has sifted through the contents of the HBGary emails leaked last week in the attack by Anonymous and posted an interesting story about some of the things they were ...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Google's Nexus S, A Look At Gingerbread
MojoKid writes "Google's Nexus S smartphone has a lot of interesting features, but the one that attracts the most attention is the fact that it ships with the latest version of the Android smartphone ...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Boxee Scores $16.5M Investment
DeviceGuru writes "Boxee, maker of the free Boxee multimedia-player software platform for PCs and Macs, and the smarts behind D-Link's recently introduced Boxee Box, has just received $16.5 million mo...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot SSDs Cause Crisis For Digital Forensics
rifles only writes "Firmware built into many solid state drives (SSDs) to improve their storage efficiency could be making forensic analysis at a later date by police forces and intelligence agencies ...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Will the LHC Smash Supersymmetry?
gbrumfiel writes "The Large Hadron Collider is just getting ready for its next big science run. One thing researchers hope it will find is evidence for supersymmetry, a theory that could help to unify...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Linked To One In Five Divorces In US
An anonymous reader writes "yes, in theory if you're single, Facebook can help you meet that special someone. But for those in even the healthiest of marriages, improper use can quickly devolve into a...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Official MS Kinect SDK Coming to Windows
fredr1k writes "Microsoft figured there is some movement in the Kinect hacking scene. They have now announced a Kinect SDK for Windows. (Though only for Academics & Enthusiasts). 'Ever since the N...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot Open Source Guy Takes the Hardest Job At Microsoft
jbrodkin writes "Gianugo Rabellino, founder of the Italian Linux Society and a key member of the Apache Software Foundation, traded his Linux and Mac PCs in for a Windows 7 laptop and took on a newly ...
04:12 am - Wed, March 2, 2011
Slashdot WikiLeaks, Internet Nominees For Nobel Peace Prize
Hugh Pickens writes writes "WikiLeaks and the Internet are among a record 241 nominations for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize that also includes Afghan rights advocate Sima Samar, the European Union, forme...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot Intel Unveils SSDs With 6GbitSec Throughput
CWmike writes "Intel announced a new line of solid-state drives (SSDs) on Monday that are based on the serial ATA (SATA) 3.0 specification, which doubles I/O throughput compared to previous generation...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Adds Selective ActiveX Filtering to IE9
An anonymous reader writes "A post on the IE blog details the new ActiveX filtering feature in the IE9 release candidate. Microsoft's Herman Ng writes, 'ActiveX Filtering in the IE9 Release Candidate ...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot Meteorites Brought Ingredients of Life To Earth
Meshach writes "A new analysis of a meteorite found in Antarctica is leading scientists to think that life on Earth may have came from outer space. Chemical analysis of the meteorite shows it to be ri...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot Infected Androids Run Up Big Texting Bills
Hugh Pickens writes "Computerworld reports that a rogue Android app is hijacking smartphones and running up big texting bills to premium rate numbers before the owner knows it. Chinese hackers grabbed...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot Intel Completes McAfee Acquisition
angry tapir writes "Intel has completed its US$7.68 billion acquisition of security vendor McAfee, the chip maker has announced. The all-cash deal makes Intel a security industry powerhouse, giving it...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot Sony PlayStation 3 Imports Temporarily Banned In Europe
tekgoblin writes "Looks like Sony is in some trouble in Europe. LG recently complained about Sony and filed a U.S. patent dispute over their blu-ray technology. Now they have been granted a preliminar...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot Scientists, Not Just Tourists, Are Getting Tickets to Ride Into Suborbital Space
"Science, perhaps even more than tourism (free reg. may be required to read), could turn out to be big business for Virgin Galactic and other companies that are aiming to provide short rides above the...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot New MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals 'Shoddy Assembly'
CWmike writes "Apple's new MacBook Pro shows some build-quality problems that shouldn't be seen in a notebook that costs $1,800, a teardown expert said on Monday. iFixit.com found several signs of sub...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot Linus Goes Hollywood At Pre-Oscars Party
alphadogg writes "For those who feel like Linux and open source have been slighted by Tinseltown in the face of its embrace of Facebook and The Social Network, you'll be heartened to know that the Fat...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr Steps Down
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Embattled CEO Aaron Barr says he is stepping down from his post at HBGary Federal to allow the company to move on after members of the online mischief making group Anonymous hacke...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot Comcast-NBC Deal Accidentally Protects Internet?
jfruhlinger writes "Details of the conditions that the Department of Justice required to approve Comcast's purchase of NBC have emerged today. Blogger Kevin Fogarty looks at the details — Comcas...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot Man Pays $200,000 To Save Fake Online Girlfriend
An anonymous reader writes "A 48-year-old Illinois man has experienced an online scam that was particularly devastating, both financially and emotionally. A woman he believed to be his online girlfrie...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot 20 Years of Innovative Windows Malware
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard takes a look at the past 20 years of innovative Windows malware — an evolution that provides insights into the kinds of attacks to come. From macro viru...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Inkscape 0.48 Essentials for Web Designers
JR0cket writes"Inkscape is an open source 2D drawing tool that helps you create graphic designs, from simple buttons and logos to full blown posters and web page designs. Inkscape is similar to Adobe ...
05:18 am - Tue, March 1, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 4 the Last Big Release From Mozilla
nk497 writes "Firefox 4 will be the last major browser release from Mozilla, as it looks to mimic Chrome's speedy release schedule — echoing previous statements that Firefox 7 would arrive this ...
05:08 am - Mon, February 28, 2011
Slashdot Playing Around With Tracking Protection In IE9
Roberto123 writes "I have tried out the Tracking Protection feature in the coming Internet Explorer 9 browser from Microsoft. While the feature does effectively block ads from Web sites, I'm not yet c...
12:58 am - Mon, February 28, 2011
Slashdot Apple Deemed Top of Movie Product Placement Charts
adeelarshad82 writes "Apple was deemed top of the product placement charts last week after getting its computers, iPads, iPods and other items featured in 30 percent of the top movies at the U.S. box ...
12:58 am - Mon, February 28, 2011
Slashdot Tolkien Estate Censors the Word "Tolkien"
An anonymous reader writes "Following their recent attempt to censor a work of historical fiction containing Tolkien as a character, the estate have now issued a takedown notice to someone making butt...
12:58 am - Mon, February 28, 2011
Slashdot Apple Asks Security Experts To Examine OS X Lion
An anonymous reader writes "For as much as Mac OS X has a reputation for being safer than Windows, security researchers won't hesitate to point out that the opposite is, in fact, true. But Apple's loo...
12:58 am - Mon, February 28, 2011
Slashdot Two Planets Found Sharing One Orbit
dweezil-n0xad writes "Buried in the flood of data from the Kepler telescope is a planetary system unlike any seen before. Two of its apparent planets share the same orbit around their star. If the dis...
12:58 am - Mon, February 28, 2011
Slashdot IT Graduates Not "Well-Trained, Ready-To-Go"
coondoggie writes "There is a disconnect between students getting high-tech degrees and what employers are looking for in those graduates. Employers agree that colleges and universities need to provid...
12:58 am - Mon, February 28, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Rewarding Employees Who Phone It In
theodp writes "For developers who are all about the Benjamins, Microsoft has come up with an intriguing alternative to Google's vaunted 20% time. To boost the number of Windows Phone 7 apps, Microsoft...
12:58 am - Mon, February 28, 2011
Slashdot Consumers Buy Less Tech Stuff, Keep It Longer
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The NY Times reports that there are indications that a sea change is taking place in consumer behavior as a result of the great recession: Americans are buying less tech st...
12:58 am - Mon, February 28, 2011
Slashdot UK Gov't Says Open Standards Must Be Royalty Free
An anonymous reader writes "The H reports on an interesting development in the United Kingdom's procurement policy. From the article: 'New procurement guidance from the UK government has defined open ...