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11:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Black Hat, DEFCON Founder Named CSO of ICANN
ancientribe writes "Jeff Moss, aka 'The Dark Tangent,' and founder of the Black Hat security conference and DEFCON, the world's largest hacker conference, has been named VP and CSO of the Internet Cor...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Hotel Tracks Towels With RFID Chips
nonprofiteer writes "An unnamed hotel is now putting RFID tags in their towels: 'The Honolulu hotel (the hotels have asked to remain anonymous, just to keep you guessing) says it was taking a bath to ...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Mystery Air Crash Black Box Found Sans Memory Part
coondoggie writes "The ongoing undersea search of the Air France Flight 447 wreckage had yielded one of the key items investigators were looking for this week: the flight data recorder. Unfortunately,...
10:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot ARIN Implements DNSSEC
wmbetts writes with this quote from an announcement by the American Registry for Internet Numbers: "On 27 April, ARIN placed Delegation Signer (DS) records into in-addr.arpa and ip6.arpa. Now DNSSEC v...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot 80% Improvement In Solar Cell Efficiency
An anonymous reader writes "Chemistry researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory say they've improved the efficiency of typical solar cells by a whopping 80% by creating a 3-D nanocone-based solar c...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Department of Justice: FBI Too Focused On Child Porn
itwbennett writes "The Department of Justice has issued a scathing report (PDF) on the ineffectiveness of the FBI in investigating and countering cyber attacks. The shortcomings are partly attributed ...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Encourage Better Research Software?
An anonymous reader writes "There is a huge amount of largely overlapping but often incompatible medical imaging research software — funded by the US taxpayer (i.e. NITRC or I Do Imaging). I ima...
07:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot The Chemical-Free Chemistry Kit
eldavojohn writes "It's known that home chemistry sets are in danger of going extinct, which has spurred set makers to add the label 'Chemical Free!' on modern chemistry sets (NSFW warning — JAY...
07:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Using AI To Identify Innuendo
angry tapir writes "Turning seemingly normal comments into sexual innuendo by adding the words 'That's what she said' is a cultural phenomenon. This has led some to wonder whether it is possible to de...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Plans Location Warning Sticker
nonprofiteer writes "After all the location tracking drama, Verizon tells Congress that 'it's going to start slapping a surgeon-general-type warning on the phones it sells: Using this device could be ...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot RIM Collapse Beginning?
jfruhlinger writes "After the announcement of disappointing BlackBerry sales last quarter, RIM shares started to plummet. Blogger Chris Nerney wonders if this isn't the beginning of the company's deat...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Endeavour Launch Delayed For At Least 48 Hours
shuz writes "At 10:15 am Eastern time the launch of Endeavour has been scrubbed for a minimum of 48 hours. The scrub is due to two failed Auxiliary Power Unit heaters."The delay is surely a disappoint...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot The Importance of Lunch
theodp writes "I've been on teams that eat together every day,' writes Joel-on-Software Spolsky, 'and it's awesome. I've been on teams that don't, and lunch every day is, at best, lonely.' Spolsky is ...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Why Users Don't Trust Mobile Apps
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes of the growing unease among consumers around mobile data privacy, and how this distrust will impact mobile app development. 'When every week see...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot $53 Million Pledged To Kickstarter Over Two Years
fangmcgee writes "Kickstarter, a website which collects donations for creative projects, said Thursday that it has received pledges of more than $53 million since its launch two years ago. 'Of the $53...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Is Canonical the Next Apple?
An anonymous reader writes "With the release of 11.04 Natty Narwhal, Canonical is taking Ubuntu in a new direction, which puts cloud services and content like music at the forefront of the Ubuntu expe...
02:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot News Corp. Looking To Sell MySpace
rudy_wayne writes "News Corp. is reportedly trying to sell MySpace for $100 million, a fraction of the $580 million it originally paid for the social network in 2005. Parties interested in acquiring M...
01:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Amazon EC2 Failure Post-Mortem
CPE1704TKS tips news that Amazon has provided a post-mortem on why EC2 failed. Quoting:"At 12:47 AM PDT on April 21st, a network change was performed as part of our normal AWS scaling activities in a ...
01:05 pm - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot If You're Going To Kill It, Open Source It
ptorrone writes "MAKE Magazine is proposing big companies like Cisco and Sony consider 'open sourcing' their failed or discontinued products. The list includes Sony's AIBO and QRIO robots, IBM's Deep ...
10:05 am - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Nokia Outsources Symbian OS Work
angry tapir writes "Nokia will outsource its Symbian software activities to Accenture, transferring 3,000 employees to the company in the process, as it moves its focus to making phones running on Mic...
08:05 am - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Nvidia and AMD Hug It Out, SLI Coming To AMD Mobos
MojoKid writes "In a rather surprising turn of events, NVIDIA has just gone on record that, starting with AMD's 990 series chipset, you'll be able to run multiple NVIDIA graphics cards in SLI on AMD-b...
07:05 am - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Amazon EC2 Crash Caused Data Loss
Relayman writes "Henry Blodget is reporting that the recent EC2 crash caused permanent data loss. Apparently, the backups that were being made were not sufficient to recover the lost data. Although a ...
04:05 am - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot 3 Foxconn Employees Charged For Leaking iPad 2 Design
syngularyx writes "Three employees from Taiwan-based Foxconn Electronics' (Hon Hai Precision Industry's) plants in Shenzhen, China, have been charged with leaking the iPad 2's design to outside access...
01:05 am - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Voyager Set To Enter Interstellar Space
Phoghat writes "More than 30 years after they were launched, NASA's two Voyager probes have traveled to the edge of the solar system and are on the doorstep of interstellar space. Today, April 28, 201...
12:05 am - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Google Adds Speech To Newly Stable Chrome 11, Pays Big Bounty
CWmike writes "Google patched 27 vulnerabilities in Chrome on Wednesday as it boosted the stable build of the browser to version 11 on Windows, Mac and Linux. The company paid out a record $16,500 in ...
12:05 am - Fri, April 29, 2011
Slashdot Wikileaks Says Public Forced Canadian DMCA Delay
An anonymous reader writes "Michael Geist reportsthat a new Wikileakscable confirmsthat the Canadian Conservative government delayed introducing aCanadian DMCA in early 2008 due to public opposition. ...
11:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Google Docs' OCR Quality Tested
orenh writes "Google has released a Google Docs application for Android, which includes the ability to create documents by OCR-ing photos. I tested the application's OCR quality and found that it's me...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Nikon's Image Authentication Insecure
silanea writes "Elcomsoft claims to have broken Nikon's Image Authentication system which — apparently only in theory — ensures that a photograph is authentic and not tampered with through...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Programmer For Endeavor Now Crew On Final Flight
Lucas123 writes "Greg Chamitoff, a computer programmer who wrote software for NASA's Endeavour spacecraft, will be blasting off on shuttle's final 15-day flight as a mission specialist on Friday. Cham...
09:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot New Heat Pump Will Last 10,000 Years
formaggio writes "Most heat pumps maintain an average useful life of 10-20 years, but researchers at the University of Stavanger in Norway (USN) and the University of Oslo believe that they have devel...
09:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Supreme Court: AT&T Can Force Arbitration
suraj.sun writes with this unhappy news, as reported by Ars Technica: "The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that AT&T — and indeed, any company — could block class-action suits arising...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Yes, an Armadillo Can Give You Leprosy
sciencehabit writes "For years, scientists have speculated that armadillos can pass on leprosy to humans, and that they are behind the few dozen cases of the disease that occur in the US every year. N...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Leave My Router Open?
generalhavok writes "I read the story on Slashdot earlier about the EFF encouraging people to leave their WiFi open to share the internet. I would like to do this! I don't mind sharing my connection a...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Pepsi Creates a Social Network Vending Machine
RedEaredSlider writes "Now even vending machines are getting in on the social media act. Pepsi has rolled out a new machine that can send a soda to a friend, using a Facebook-like functionality. From ...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot US Gov't To Close 137 Data Centers In 2011, More By 2015
1sockchuck writes "The US government has closed 39 data centers this year, and expects to shut down 98 more by the end of 2011, federal CIO Vivek Kundra said Wednesday. The 137 closures are a step tow...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot iPhone 3G and iOS4 Lack Chemistry
adeelarshad82 writes "Granted that iPhone 3G is about 3 years old but some of us who still have it are tempted to update it to iOS 4 for the folders, threaded e-mail and iBooks even if it means jail-b...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot GPS Maker TomTom Submits Your Speed Data To Police
An anonymous reader writes "The GPS systems in TomTom's Live range all feature built-in 3G data cards, which feed location and route information back to a central server. According to CNET, this data,...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Inside Google's Secret Employee Hackerspace
An anonymous reader writes "One of the more secret perks on Google's campus is their hackerspace that even most of the employees don't know about. Only the most skilled need apply, but once you're in,...
05:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot My Crowdsourced Follow-Up About Crowdsourcing
Slashdot regular contributor Bennett Haselton writes"In my last article, I proposed an algorithm that Facebook could use to handleabuse complaints, which would make it difficult for co-ordinated mobs ...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Geohot Denies Involvement In PSN Hack Attack
Stoobalou writes "Soon-to-be-celebrity hacker and thorn in Sony's side George 'Geohot' Hotz has denied any involvement in the ongoing breach at the PlayStation Network. The 21-year-old hacker — ...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot University Proposes Tuition Based On Major
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has proposed "differential tuition," a tuition structure that varies based on your major. An engineering major for example, would now pay considerably more than an E...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot EFF Advocates Leaving Wireless Routers Open
SD-Arcadia writes "We will need a political and technological 'Open Wireless Movement' to reverse the degradation of this indispensable component of the Internet's infrastructure. Part of the task wil...
03:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Ubuntu 11.04, Slackware 13.37
Approximately one billion Slashdot readers wrote in to tell us today that one of two distributions had releases:The new Ubuntu sports the Unity interface, marking a 'radical departure' from its UI of ...
02:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Apple Buys iCloud.com Domain For $4.5 Million
An anonymous reader writes "A report on late Wednesday night relayed that Apple recently purchased the iCloud.com domain from Xcerion for a cool $4.5 million. Indeed, iCloud.com now re-directs to Clou...
02:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot The Great Firewall of Europe
Glyn Moody writes "The Presidency of the EU's Law Enforcement Working Party wants to create [pdf] "a single secure European cyberspace with a certain "virtual Schengen border" and "virtual access poin...
01:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot White iPhone 4 Coming Today
An anonymous reader writes "Initially, the white iPhone 4 will be available in 28 countries including the US, UK, Australia, China, Japan, and Italy. It will be available for a suggested retail price ...
12:05 pm - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Nintendo Chief: Consumers Don't Understand 3DS Yet
gabbo529 writes "Nintendo's latest financial results reveal that initial sales for their portable 3D gaming system have been underwhelming at best. What's the reason? Nintendo chief executive Sato...
11:05 am - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot B&N Responds To Microsoft's Android Suit
eldavojohn writes "You're probably familiar with Microsoft's long running assault on Android but, as noticed by Groklaw, Barnes and Noble has fired back saying, 'Microsoft has asserted patents that ex...
07:05 am - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Report Critical of FBI Cybercrime-Fighting Ability
coondoggie writes "Despite a push to bulk up its security expertise, the FBI in some case lacks the skills to properly investigate national security intrusions. That was one of the major conclusions f...
07:05 am - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot South Australia AG Backs R18+ For Games, But Not MA15+
dotarray writes "The Australian classification debate has just gotten a little more interesting, with South Australian Attorney-General John Rau announcing that he wants to go one step further than me...
05:05 am - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot China's High-Speed Trains Coming Off the Rails
Hugh Pickens writes "The Washington Post reports that China's expanding network of ultramodern high-speed trains is coming under growing scrutiny over costs and because of concerns that builders ignor...
02:05 am - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot DirecTV Plans Netflix Competitor
jfruhlinger writes "DirecTV isn't sitting still in the long-simmering war between traditional TV providers and digital streaming services. A survey the satellite network sent to customers this week in...
12:05 am - Thu, April 28, 2011
Slashdot Sony Sued For PlayStation Network Data Breach
suraj.sun writes "Like clockwork, the first lawsuit resulting from the security breach of the personal data of more than 75 million Sony PlayStation Network customers has been filed. The suit was file...
11:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot YouTube Founders Acquire Delicious
An anonymous reader sent in a link to the Deliious blog which reads: "Today, we're pleased to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creat...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Feds To Remotely Uninstall Bot From Some PCs
CWmike writes "Federal authorities will remotely uninstall the Coreflood botnet Trojan from some infected Windows PCs over the next four weeks. Coreflood will be removed from infected computers only w...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Endeavour Crew To Be Interviewed Via YouTube
gabbo529 writes "Thanks to YouTube, the space shuttle Endeavour's last crew will be available for questions live, while they are in orbit. NASA announced a partnership with YouTube that will allow peo...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Does China's Cyber Offense Obscure Woeful Defense?
Gunkerty Jeb writes "The official line in Washington D.C. is that there's a new Cold War brewing, with an ascendant China in the place of the old Soviet Union, and cyberspace as the new theater of war...
08:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Novell Completes Sale
symbolset writes "Today Novell completed its sale to Attachmate. The company will be a wholly owned subsidiary and be delisted from the stock exchange. Novell was once a dominant player in network sof...
07:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Responds To "App Store" Lawsuit From Apple
tekgoblin writes "Apple had filed a lawsuit in March against Amazon's use of 'App Store' in their newly launched Amazon AppStore. Apple had informed Amazon that using the term 'App Store' was unlawful...
07:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Amazon SimpleDB Developer Guide
KuanH writes "Amazon SimpleDB Developer Guide is billed as a complete guide to using Amazon's SimpleDB database API. It's most detailed for PHP. It's helpful for Python. But the Java code and explanat...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot China Plans Space Station By 2020
RedEaredSlider writes "China unveiled plans for its own space station, to be completed by 2020, along with a cargo ship to ferry supplies to and from orbit. The fact that the country is proposing one ...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Punish Bad Users With Drupal Misery
If you're sick of banning or deleting troublemakers on your Drupal website, you might want to check out Misery, the module designed to give trolls a taste of their own medicine. Creating a random leng...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot FBI Says Wire Fraud Scam Sending Millions To China
Trailrunner7 writes "The FBI is warning businesses about an ongoing spate of attacks that are stealing millions of dollars from companies through unauthorized bank transfers to Chinese companies. The ...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot 77 Million Accounts Stolen From Playstation Network
Runaway1956 was one of many users to continue to update us about the intrusion we've been following this week. "Sony is warning its millions of PlayStation Network users to watch out for identity-thef...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Apple Updating iOS To Address Privacy Concerns
wiredmikey writes "[Apple] said that over the next few weeks it would release a software update for iOS that would reduce the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on ...
02:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Mediacom Using DPI To Hijack Searches, 404 Errors
Verteiron writes "Cable company Mediacom recently began using deep packet inspection to redirect 404 errors, Google and Bing searches to their own, ad-laden "search engine". Despite repeated complaint...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Several Student-Led Experiments To Fly On Endeavour
Phoghat writes "STS-134, the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour – is set to carry several experiments of students from the middle school, high school and collegiate levels. Two of these...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot ARM VP To Keynote AMD Developer Conference
MojoKid writes "AMD is hosting its first AMD Fusion Developer Summit (AFDS) this summer, from June 13-16. The conference will focus on OpenCL and upcoming AMD Llano performance capabilities under vari...
11:05 am - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Submarine Tech Reaches For Deep Ocean Record
disco_tracy writes "US Submarines CEO Bruce Jones and his team have just announced that they've developed new technology for a submersible that could take ocean explorers 36,000 feet deep, to the bott...
10:05 am - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot CryTek For Free: CryEngine 3 SDK and Editor
Samfer writes with this excerpt from Operation Reality Gaming:"[...] sometime this summer, likely around August, we will see the appearance online of both a Crysis 2 editor and a CryEngine 3 SDK (soft...
08:05 am - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Roguelikes: the Misnamed Genre
ZorbaTHut writes "I've been playing a lot of Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup lately. It's a great example of a roguelike (and open source, too). But I can't stop thinking that perhaps 'roguelike' is the wro...
06:05 am - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Artificial Synapse Created For Synthetic Brain
Zothecula writes "It's probably still going to be a while before autonomous, self-aware androids are wandering amongst us. That scenario has come a little closer to reality, however, with researchers ...
03:05 am - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Another Windows 8 Pre-Beta Surfaces
angry tapir writes "While Microsoft has not announced the release date of its follow-up to Windows 7, an early pre-beta version of Windows 8 (although its official name has not been confirmed) has sur...
01:05 am - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot Does Wiretapping Require Cell Company Cooperation?
decora writes "Recently the dictator of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, accidentally admitted to wiretapping journalist Irina Khalip. Khalip is the wife of Andrei Sannikov, one of the many opposition p...
12:05 am - Wed, April 27, 2011
Slashdot The iPad's Progenitor — 123 Years Ago
scurtis writes "All technology evolves from cruder predecessors, and tablets are no different. People have been playing with some of the technologies underlying tablet PCs for over a century: In July ...
11:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Google Pumps $6 Million Into Summer of Code 2011
darthcamaro writes "Google Summer of Code 2011 is now underway. Google is providing stipends for 1,116 students to mentor with 175 open source projects. In total, Google will be investing over $6 mill...
10:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Copyright Law Is Killing Science
HansonMB writes "Whereas copyright tends to focus on protecting artists' ability to make money from their work, scientists don't use similar incentives. And yet, her work is often kept within the gate...
10:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Fewer Hacked Records Does Not Mean Better Security
snydeq writes "The total number of compromised records has dropped substantially over the past couple of years, but not because organizations have come up with a superior recipe for defending their ne...
09:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot DHS Chief: What We Learned From Stuxnet
angry tapir writes "If there's a lesson to be learned from last year's Stuxnet worm, it's that the private sector needs to be able to respond quickly to cyber-emergencies (CT: Warning, site contains o...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot PSN Outage Continues, Console Hack Claimed To Be Responsible
Over the weekend, we discussed news that the PlayStation Network had been down for days, with Sony saying little other than that it was caused by an "external intrusion" and that they were "rebuilding...
07:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot iPhone Tracking Ruckus Ongoing
Trailrunner7 writes "A pair of Apple customers has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that Apple is invading their privacy by collecting location data about iPhone and iPad users without th...
07:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Last Typewriter Factory in the World Shuts Its Doors
SEWilco pointed out that the last typewriter factory has shut its doors. Indian typewriter manufacturer Godrej and Boyce stopped production today after 60 years. The company's general manager, Milind ...
07:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Chernobyl 25th Anniversary
ZwedishPzycho writes "Twenty-five years later, and yet again we are worried about a nuclear disaster. There will be plenty of stories out there discussing the 25th anniversary of the worlds worst nucl...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Dropbox Attempts To Kill Open Source Project
Meskarune writes "Dropbox is trying to kill the Dropship project, a useful program that allows users to import files into their accounts using hashes and bypassing the need to make files public. Dropb...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Is YouTube Launching a Netflix Competitor?
RedEaredSlider writes "YouTube could become the latest to offer a movie rental service, challenging streaming sites such as Netflix. Google is lining up deals with major Hollywood studios in order to ...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot NASA Looking To Build 'Gas' Stations In Space
coondoggie writes "Fuel is a major issue when it comes to long-duration spaceflights — its weight is a problem for launch and once a spacecraft runs out of fuel there's no place to get more. Tha...
04:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot NYC Resistor: DIY Hackers Doing Awesome Things
HansonMB writes "Founded by a handful of friends who wanted a place to tinker with electronics and meet like-minded hackers for good, NYC Resistor has blossomed into one of the country's most influent...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Automatic Pricing Lists Book At $23M
leek writes "An Amazon.com pricing algorithm which lets sellers set prices based on other sellers' prices led to a positive feedback loop, causing the biology text The Making of A Fly to reach $23M. B...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot What Happens To Data When a Cloud Provider Dies?
Lucas123 writes "When cloud storage providers shut down, as four have done in the past year, users are left wondering how they'll get their data back and whether they'll be able to migrate it directly...
02:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Malaysian Government Offers Free E-mail To All Citizens
jfruhlinger writes "Attempts to move governments to electronic communications often hit a serious snag: Governments must serve all citizens, and not all citizens have email addresses. Malaysia's solut...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Sony's New Android-based Dual Screen Tablets
trawg writes "Sony have officially announced a new line of "Sony tablets". There are two models, both offering 3G/4G and WiFi running Android 3.0 — one is a typical tablet with a 9.4 inch screen...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Google Announces WebM Community Cross Licensing
theweatherelectric writes "Google's WebM project has announced the formation of the WebM Community Cross-License Initiative. Members of the WebM-CCL agree to license patents they may hold that are ess...
10:05 am - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Reform the PhD System or Close It Down
jamie points out an opinion piece by Columbia professor Mark C. Taylor in Nature News decrying the state of PhD education in the US, calling it "broken and unsustainable." Quoting:"The necessary chang...
08:05 am - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Research Credibility In the Video Game Violence Debate
An anonymous reader writes "Two researchers who have a history of publishing studies that claim violent video games lead to violence have now published a new study claiming that they've come up with a...
07:05 am - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot NASA Fires Up Jet Fuel That Tastes Like Chicken
coondoggie writes "It may never make it into everyday jet-fighter use, but NASA is checking out biofuel made from chicken and beef fat. The chicken fat fuel, known as Hydrotreated Renewable Jet Fuel, ...
05:05 am - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Netflix Subscriber Base Eclipses Comcast's
NicknamesAreStupid writes "Netflix just announced its earnings and claims to have more subscribers than Comcast. 'Netflix's global subscriber base grew almost 70% over the past year, to 23.6 million u...
03:05 am - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Brainstorming Clever Ways To Detect Alien Civilizations
Phoghat writes "In what is starting to become a familiar theme, researchers have speculated on what types of observational data from distant planetary systems might indicate the presence of an alien c...
01:05 am - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot Razer Hydra Brings Motion Control To PC Gamers
Zothecula writes "While motion controllers are becoming a staple for console gamers with the release of the Wii, PlayStation Move and Microsoft Kinect, PC gamers have been left wanting. Razer is looki...
12:05 am - Tue, April 26, 2011
Slashdot ERP Vendors Get Into Medical Marijuana Business
jfruhlinger writes "As medical marijuana is legalized in more and more states, a new market is emerging for ERP applications that can handle this unique business. Many people running medical marijuana...
11:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot What Does IQ Really Measure?
sciencehabit writes "Kids who score higher on IQ tests will, on average, go on to do better in conventional measures of success in life: academic achievement, economic success, even greater health, an...
11:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Markets For IPv4 Addresses Emerging
netbuzz writes "An active marketplace for buying and selling IPv4 addresses is materializing, and policymakers are clarifying the rules associated with how network operators can monetize this increasi...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Steve Jobs: 'We Don't Track Anyone'
fysdt writes "There has obviously been a lot of discussion about last week's disclosure that iOS devices are maintaining an easily-accessible database tracking the movements of users dating back to th...
09:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot The Future of In-Car Computing
Barence writes "PC Pro is running a collection of articles looking at the future of in-car computing technology. They discuss how smartphones will become the primary means of in-car entertainment, how...
09:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Allen Telescope Array Shut Down
SETIGuy writes "The Allen Telescope Array has been put into hibernation due to lack of funds to continue operations. Most of the technical staff have been laid off or moved to other projects. It's too...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot WikiLeaks Releases Guantanamo Prisoner Files
HungryHobo writes with news that WikiLeaks has started to release a collection of 779 files involving the detainees in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp."The details for every detainee will be release...
07:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Computer Opens Unmanned Store For Holiday
tomhudson writes "The Walkato Times in New Zealand is reporting that someone forgot to tell the computer not to unlock the supermarket on the Friday holiday. 'About half of the 24 people who came into...
07:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Network Security Auditing
brothke writes "Network Security Auditing is touted as the complete guide to auditing security, measuring risk, and promoting compliance. The book lives up to its promise and is a comprehensive refere...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Antihelium Discovered By STAR
Medevilae writes with this excerpt from ScienceBlog:"Eighteen examples of the heaviest antiparticle ever found, the nucleus of antihelium-4, have been made in the STAR experiment at RHIC, the Relativi...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Why Science Is a Lousy Career Choice
Hugh Pickens writes "President Obama had a town hall meeting at Facebook's headquarters last week and said that he wanted to encourage females and minorities to pursue STEM disciplines (Science, Techn...
05:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot New Tool Hides Data In Plain Sight On HDDs
Trailrunner7 writes "A group of researchers has developed a new application that can hide sensitive data on a hard drive without encrypting it or leaving any obvious signs that the data is present. Th...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Nintendo Announces Wii Successor for 2012
motang writes "Nintendo has officially announced the successor to the Wii. At it's investors meeting Nintendo said that have decided to launch the successor to the Wii in 2012 after the fiscal year, a...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Bizarre Porn Raid Underscores Wi-Fi Privacy Risks
alphadogg writes "Lying on his family room floor with assault weapons trained on him, shouts of "pedophile!" and "pornographer!" stinging like his fresh cuts and bruises, the Buffalo homeowner didn't ...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Righthaven Defies Court In Domain Name Ruling
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Copyright troll Righthaven makes their money by coercing defendants of alleged copyright infringement into settling with them with threats of $150,000 in damages and forfei...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Iran Says It Has Detected Second Cyber Attack
fysdt writes "Iran has been targeted by a second computer virus in a "cyber war" waged by its enemies, its commander of civil defense said on Monday. Gholamreza Jalali told the semi-official Mehr news...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Countries Ranked In Terms of Internet Freedom
msum sent in a report that ranks 37 nations around the would in terms of their internet freedom. Estonia takes gold, the US silver, and Bahrain comes in last. Read more of this story at Slashd...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot SpaceX Aims To Put Man On Mars In 10-20 Years
An anonymous reader writes "SpaceX hopes to put an astronaut on Mars within 10 to 20 years. From the article: '"We'll probably put a first man in space in about three years," Elon Musk told the Wall S...
09:05 am - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft's Xbox To Have Streaming TV Service?
BogenDorpher writes "Microsoft is reportedly in talks with major TV networks about having its Xbox Live service stream TV channels in the United States. This would be an interesting move on the compan...
06:05 am - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot The Art of the Animated GIF
theodp writes "Some artists work in oils, some in pastels, some in acrylics. Photographer Jamie Beck and motion graphics artist Kevin Burg? Their medium of choice is animated GIFs. 'We wanted to t...
03:05 am - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot US Funding Five Game-Changing Energy Projects
coondoggie writes "Taking aim at developing some progressive energy technologies the US Department of Energy said it will write a $130 million check to develop five areas, including plants engineered ...
12:05 am - Mon, April 25, 2011
Slashdot Rep. Bill Posey Introduces 'Back To the Moon' Bill
MarkWhittington writes "In an attempt to rationalize and give focus to NASA's human space flight program, Rep. Bill Posey, Republican of Florida, has introduced a bill that will direct the space agenc...
10:05 pm - Sun, April 24, 2011
Slashdot Sony Rebuilding PlayStation Network Security After Attack
alphadogg writes "The outage of Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity service, now in its fourth day, looks set to continue after the company said on Sunday that it is 'rebuilding' its system to bet...
09:05 pm - Sun, April 24, 2011
Slashdot Kentucky Man Builds Bourbon Powered Car
autospa writes "With fuel prices rising like crazy, a man from Kentucky came up with a solution to high gas prices. 62 year-old, Mickey Nilsson, of Bardstown, Kentucky, made a bourbon-powered junk car...
08:05 pm - Sun, April 24, 2011
Slashdot Father of the CD, Norio Ohga, Dead At 81
lightbox32 writes "Norio Ohga, who was Sony's president and chairman from 1982 to 1995, died Saturday at the age of 81. He has been credited with developing CDs, which he insisted be designed at 12 ce...
06:05 pm - Sun, April 24, 2011
Slashdot Japanese Government Will Censor Fukushima "Illegal Information"
dgilzz writes "The Japanese government says that the damage caused by earthquakes and by the nuclear accident are being magnified by irresponsible rumors, and the government must take action for the s...
04:05 pm - Sun, April 24, 2011
Slashdot Apple: "We must Have Comprehensive Location Data"
An anonymous reader writes "Apple's iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, and iPad models are keeping track of consumers whereabouts. Mac computers running Snow Leopard and even Windows computers runni...
03:05 pm - Sun, April 24, 2011
Slashdot Rumors of Higgs Boson Discovery At LHC
Magnifico writes "LiveScience is reporting that scientists are abuzz over a controversial rumor that the 'God particle' has been detected by a particle-detection experiment at LHC at CERN. The Higgs b...
01:05 pm - Sun, April 24, 2011
Slashdot Mac Users More Liberal Than Windows Users
adeelarshad82 writes "A recent survey conducted on 400,000 people — in which 52% of respondents were self-described PC (Windows) people, 25% were Mac users and 23% were neither — showed th...
10:05 am - Sun, April 24, 2011
Slashdot What Kinect Could Be, But Probably Won't
An opinion piece at CNN looks at Microsoft's Xbox Kinect, praising the system's capabilities not for gaming, but for what it does to the video viewing experience. "The idea of being able to ditch your...
07:05 am - Sun, April 24, 2011
Slashdot German Company To Install Linux On 10,000 PCs
jfruhlinger writes "Linux proponents used to proclaim that the era of Linux on the desktop was just around the corner. That may never come to pass, but there are still occasional wins. For instance, a...
04:05 am - Sun, April 24, 2011
Slashdot Japanese Robots Await Call To Action
Kyusaku Natsume writes with this excerpt from a Kyodo News report on the robots Japan has available on standby to work at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi plant:"Japanese robots designed for heavy lifti...
01:05 am - Sun, April 24, 2011
Slashdot Sony Blames 'External Intrusion' For Lengthy PSN Outage
Several readers have noted that outages on Sony's PlayStation Network have prevented online play for the past few days. The company has now blamed an 'external intrusion' for the trouble, saying they ...
12:05 am - Sun, April 24, 2011
Slashdot Wal-Mart Tests Online Grocery Delivery
fysdt writes "The world's biggest retailer had been rumored to be considering dipping its toe into online grocery delivery for the past few years. The 'Walmart To Go' test allows customers to visit Wa...
11:05 pm - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot Solar Panels Increase Home Value
blair1q writes "Venture Beat reports that a study (PDF) by Berkeley National Labs has found that homes sold in California earned a premium for solar panels. The benefit ranged from $3900 to $6400 per ...
10:05 pm - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot Comcast Hounded By Collections Agency
Bob the Super Hamste writes "According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Comcast is being taken to court for non-payment by a bill collection agency it used to collect past-due payments from customers. T...
08:05 pm - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot EV Fast-Charging Standards In Flux
savuporo writes "With the first battery electric vehicles becoming available on markets worldwide, there is an increased push to establish standards for fast-charging plugs. Unfortunately, the story i...
07:05 pm - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot EC2 Outage Shows How Much the Net Relies On Amazon
An anonymous reader writes "Much has been written about the recent EC2/EBS outage, but Keir Thomas at PC World has a different take: it's shown how much cutting-edge Internet infrastructure relies on ...
06:05 pm - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot Bionic Leg Undergoing Clinical Trials
fangmcgee writes "A 'bionic' leg designed for people who have lost a lower leg is undergoing clinical trials sponsored by the US Army. The researchers hope the leg will be able to learn the patient's ...
05:05 pm - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot The Real Reason Apple Is Suing Samsung
doperative writes with this quote from a speculative piece at Business Insider about Apple's real motive behind its recent lawsuit against Samsung's Galaxy devices:"Android is free. In some cases, it'...
03:05 pm - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot Google Will Save Videos After All
don9030582 writes "After Google announced it would permanently shutter its Google Videos collection, dozens of volunteers from around the world sprung into action in a massive effort to make a copy of...
02:05 pm - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot Why People Should Stop Being Duped By the 3D Scam
Phoghat writes "The entertainment and electronics industries keep trying to push 3D on consumers, even though a lot of smart people have caught on to the fact that it is a scam and not innovation as t...
01:05 pm - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot Pirate Party of Canada Promises VPN For Freedom
An anonymous reader writes "The Pirate Party of Canada has announced that it will extend a VPN originally set up to allow people in Tunisia to browse freely while internet censorship was imposed there...
11:05 am - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot Sony Should Pay For OtherOS Removal, Says Finnish Board
x*yy*x writes "According to Consumer Board in Finland, Sony should pay up 100 euros to a console owner for OtherOS removal. The board said that the removal of OtherOS crippled console features that we...
08:05 am - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot Mitigating Fukushima's Dangers, 42 Days In
DrKnark writes "Tepco has released more information about their plan to stabilize the Fukushima reactors. They are basically facing 4 problems: ensure long term cooling of the cores; ensure cooling of...
05:05 am - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot A Glimpse Inside Google's South Carolina Data Center
miller60 writes "Google today released a video showcasing the security and data protection practices in its data centers. Filmed at the company's South Carolina data center, it provides a look at Goog...
02:05 am - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot Minnesota School Issues iPad 2 To Every Student
tripleevenfall writes "Thanks to a federally-funded grant for magnet schools, every student at Heritage Middle School in West Saint Paul, Minnesota, now has an iPad 2." Why in my day, we had to buy ou...
01:05 am - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot Wardrivers Target Seattle Businesses
angry tapir writes "Seattle police are investigating a group of criminals who they say have been cruising around town in a black Mercedes stealing credit card data by tapping into wireless networks be...
12:05 am - Sat, April 23, 2011
Slashdot RockMelt: Google Chrome, Only Better
Barence writes "PC Pro has an in-depth review of RockMelt, a new browser which it claims is better than Google Chrome. RockMelt is built on the same Chromium core as Google's browser, but adds a host ...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Turning GPS Tracking Devices Against Their Owners
ancientribe writes "Those low-cost embedded tracking devices in your smartphone or those personal GPS devices that track the whereabouts of your children, your car, your pet, or a shipment can easily ...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Linux Kernel Suffering Power Management Regression?
An anonymous reader writes "It appears that there's a big power management regression in the Linux kernel for the 2.6.38 and 2.6.39 development releases, including the kernel to ship with Ubuntu 11.04...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot More Nintendo Console Rumors
itwbennett writes "Nothing is official and Nintendo isn't talking, but 'industry sources' runneth over with new information about the company's new gaming console. IGN on Thursday said that Nintendo i...
10:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Kicks Off Third-Party Bug Warnings
Pigskin-Referee writes "Microsoft has expanded its vulnerability disclosure policy to include not only those in its own products, but also flaws in third-party software that runs on Microsoft operatin...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Police Using Apple iOS Tracking Data For Forensics
Several readers have sent in follow-up articles to Wednesday's news that iPhone location data was being tracked and stored. First, it seems Android shares a similar problem, though the file containing...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Revolution of the Science Fiction Authors
An anonymous reader writes "85 science fiction authors including Iain M Banks, Larry Niven, Stephen Hunt, Greg Bear and Michael Moorcock have written an open letter of protest to the BBC complaining o...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot AT&T Admits Network Can't Handle iPhone, iPad Traffic
RedEaredSlider writes "AT&T has admitted that the rise of tablets and smartphones like the iPad and iPhone has taken a major toll on its network. In its public filing to the Federal Communications...
07:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Smell Like An Orc
You may have no trouble smelling like an orc after 12 straight hours of raiding, but if you do, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is here for you. The company has come out with a line of RPG inspired perfumes...
07:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot The Space Station As a Simulated Mars Mission?
astroengine writes "NASA is looking at using the International Space Station as a testbed for a human mission to Mars, beginning with a planned week-long simulation to be staged next summer. Prelimina...
07:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Agile Development & Business Goals
An anonymous reader writes "Agile Development & Business Goals: The Six Week Solution has scrum-like elements, fairly rapid iterations, automated testing, and some other things that you have come ...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Greenpeace Says the Internet Emits Too Much CO2
Pharmboy writes "A new report put out by Greenpeace argues that the IT sector is not doing enough to decrease reliance on 'dirty energy', saying the Internet, if it were treated as its own country, wo...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot How People Broadcast Their Locations Without Meaning To
wjousts writes "Smartphones include geotagging features that many people aren't aware of, MIT's Technology Review reports. And it's not just in the obvious places: 'For example, by looking at the loca...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Licensing Problem Silences Internet Radio Stations
SEWilco writes "Hundreds of Internet radio stations that use SWCast.net for services have been affected by a shutdown triggered by SoundExchange, who claim lack of payment of royalty fees. Apparently ...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Apple To Beat Google On Cloud Music
yogidog98 writes with this excerpt from a Reuters report:"Apple Inc has completed work on an online music storage service and is set to launch it ahead of Google Inc, whose own music efforts have stal...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Denies Skynet's Involvement In AWS Outage
An anonymous reader writes "Amazon has officially denied that the recent outage of its EC2 and Elastic Block Storage cloud platforms was the result of an attack from Cyberdyne Systems' Skynet sentient...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Army Develops Android-Based Framework For Battlefield Ops
gabbo529 writes "The United States Army is developing an Android-based smartphone framework and suite of applications for tactical operations. With the marriage between technology and military continu...
02:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot CERN, LHC Sets New Luminosity World Record
An anonymous reader writes "Since last night, the Large Hadron Collider is officially the most powerful accelerator in the world. While a record energy level had been reached last year, the new lumino...
01:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft and Nokia Finally Sign Definitive Agreement
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft and Nokia yesterday announced the signing of a definitive agreement regarding their global mobile ecosystem partnership. We already know that Microsoft and Nokia ...
01:05 pm - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot RIM BlackBerry PlayBook: Unfinished, Unusable
snydeq points out this InfoWorld review of the BlackBerry PlayBook, "an 'unfinished, unusable' tablet from RIM. 'At the core of it all, the design of the PlayBook as a BlackBerry-dependent device was ...
11:05 am - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Leaked Activision Memos Compare CoD, Guitar Hero
Gaming site Giant Bomb got its hands on some internal memos at Activision discussing the status of their flagship Call of Duty franchise. One exec asks, "Isn't Call of Duty today just like Guitar Hero...
10:05 am - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot IMSLP Taken Down By UK Publishers Group
gacl writes "According to a post at the IMSLP Journal, the IMSLP, the largest site on the 'net providing public domain sheet music, has been taken down yet again. The UK-based Music Publisher's Associ...
09:05 am - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Taking the Fun Out of StarCraft II
StarCraft II lead designer Dustin Browder recently spoke with Gamasutra about how designing a real-time strategy game for competition can sometimes be at odds with designing something purely for the s...
07:05 am - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Synthetic Skin Could Replace Animal Subjects'
fangmcgee writes "Synthetic skins are now good enough to mimic animal skins in lab tests, according to research that will appear in the June 5 issue of the Journal of Applied Polymer Science. Bharat B...
05:05 am - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Australia Ranked Fourth In Internet Freedom
mjwx writes "A report published by Freedom House has placed Australia in fourth in Internet Freedom, below Estonia, the United States and Germany. Freedom House highlights the lack of actual censorshi...
02:05 am - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Mars Orbiter Finds Buried Dry Ice Lake
RedEaredSlider writes "NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found a giant buried deposit of dry ice, which could be evidence that Mars once had a thicker atmosphere and was able to have more water o...
12:05 am - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are You Streaming-Only For Home Entertainment?
hinesbrad writes "I'm getting really tired of paying ridiculous fees to my cable company just to have a DVR and high speed internet access. A neighbor of mine bought a cheapo Dell computer with an HDM...
12:05 am - Fri, April 22, 2011
Slashdot Games: Sony Confirms PSPGo Gone; New Consoles Expected 2014
itwbennett writes "Sony on Wednesday confirmed rumors that it is ending production of the PSPGo, the 'slider' version of their handheld gaming system that was introduced back in 2009. Meanwhile, Kotak...
11:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Google Loses Bedrock Suit, All Linux May Infringe
blair1q writes "CNet reports that Google has lost the lawsuit brought by Bedrock, for infringing on Patent 5,893,120, 'Methods and apparatus for information storage and retrieval using a hashing techn...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot NYTimes.com Reports 100k Subscribers
An anonymous reader writes "Despite Slashdot (and much of the internet) ridiculing the New York Time for its archaic and overpriced paywall, the newspaper has reported an excess of one hundred thousan...
09:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot iPhone and Location: Don't Panic
stonemirror writes "There's a lot of blind panic out there over the discovery of a database file on the iPhone which contains dated location information. Without actually looking at the data, a lot of...
09:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Outage Shows Limits of Failover 'Zones'
jbrodkin writes "For cloud customers willing to pony up a little extra cash, Amazon has an enticing proposition: Spread your application across multiple availability zones for a near-guarantee that it...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Speed Tickets Challenged Based On Timestamped Photos
SEWilco writes "A businessman has challenged automated tickets of his vehicles by calculating the vehicle speed based upon the tickets, which include timestamps of two photos." Maybe more word problem...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot 50% of Apple's Revenue Comes From the iPhone
BogenDorpher writes "A new report indicates that 50% of Apple's revenue comes from its iPhone product. Not 5%, not 20%, but 50%. In just three months from December 2010 to March 2011, Apple has raked ...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Asus EeePad Transformer Gets a Thumbs-Up
Android Central has taken a close look at the new Transformer tablet from Asus, giving it an overall positive review, with minor points deducted for a 'plasticy' feel. The Transformer joins the Motoro...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Virgin Media Demos World's Fastest Internet Service In the UK
siliconbits writes with word that yesterday, "UK-based cable broadband provider Virgin Media announced that it has begun testing internet speeds of up to 1.5Gbps in London using four startups from the...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Working Model Factory Made With Lego Robots
kkleiner writes "In his continuing obsession with all things Lego, robotic, and awesome, Chris Shepherd recently constructed the Lego Quad Delta Robot System, a full working model of an industrial rob...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot FTC: "Video Game Self Regulation Works"
Itesh writes "Following an established trend, a Federal Trade Commission undercover shopper survey found that video game retailers continue to enforce most vigorously the ratings governing age and con...
05:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Celebrates Feynman 50-year Anniversary
Julie188 writes "A couple of years ago Microsoft acquired the rights to the famed filmed lecture series by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman and posted them online for all to see via its P...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Major Outage At the Amazon Web Services
ralphart writes "The Northern Virginia datacenter for Amazon Web Services appears to be having a major outage that affects EC2 services. The Amazon Forums are full of reports of problems. Latest updat...
03:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death
mikejuk writes "Microsoft have just released an end-of-support countdown gadget that ticks off the days until XP is no longer supported — but it only runs under Vista or Windows 7! It focuses th...
03:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Graphene Super Paper Is 10x Stronger Than Steel
Elliot Chang writes "The University of Technology in Sydney recently unveiled a new type of graphene nano paper that is ten times stronger than a sheet of steel. Composed of processed and pressed grap...
02:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Cisco Accused of Orchestrating Engineer's Arrest
alphadogg writes "Cisco Systems orchestrated the arrest of Multiven founder Peter Alfred-Adekeye last year in order to force a settlement of Multiven's antitrust lawsuit against Cisco, a Multiven exec...
02:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Amazon To Let Libraries Lend Kindle Books
Last month we reported that Amazon was confronting lenders of kindle e-books. Today,thebian writes "Amazon announced yesterday that it would allow 11,000 libraries in the U.S. to lend ebooks. The pres...
01:05 pm - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Google, Microsoft In Epic Hiring War
natecochrane writes "Looking for a new job? Then Google and Microsoft have 6200 roles globally this quarter up for grabs, the first salvos in a costly war for talent. Google alone will hire 6200 e...
11:05 am - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Dollar Apps Killing Traditional Gaming?
donniebaseball23 writes "There can be no denying that the rise of smartphones and tablets has had a major impact on the gaming business. The prevalence of free and 99-cent apps has changed consumers' ...
09:05 am - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Skype Plugs Android App Privacy Hole
alphadogg writes "Less than a week after confirming that a flaw in Skype for Android could leak sensitive user information, the Internet calling company issued an urgent update to fix the problem. Sky...
07:05 am - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Ruling Confirms Postal Service Discriminated Against GameFly
An anonymous reader writes "It took almost two years, but the US Postal Regulatory Commission just ruled (PDF) that the US Postal Service '...had unduly discriminated against GameFly.' GameFly recentl...
06:05 am - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot British ISPs Fail To Defeat Digital Economy Act
judgecorp writes "ISPs objecting to the British government's Digital Economy Act have lost a court challenge which argued the Act breaches fundamental rights. There's still room to appeal, but it look...
03:05 am - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?
PhunkySchtuff writes "As one of only three countries on Earth that hasn't converted to a metric system of units and measurements, there is a huge amount of resistance within the US to change the statu...
01:05 am - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Robot Throws First Pitch At Phillies Game
RedEaredSlider writes "The first ball at the Phillies-Brewers game will get thrown by a robot — but Roy Halladay's job is still safe. As part of an outreach program and the Phillies' 'Science Da...
12:05 am - Thu, April 21, 2011
Slashdot Lasers To Replace Sparkplugs In Engines?
An anonymous reader writes "For more than 150 years, spark plugs have powered internal combustion engines. Automakers are now getting close to being able to replace this long-standing technology with ...
11:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot The Tablet Debate: 3G Or Wi-Fi?
Barence writes "We regularly review tablets and mention the fact that X tablet has Wi-Fi, Y tablet has 3G, but how many people are interested in each? Do most people view 3G as a must-have extra, ...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot NetBeans 7.0 Is Now Available
An anonymous reader writes "Oracle releases NetBeans IDE 7.0 which introduces language support for development to the proposed Java SE 7 specification with the JDK 7 developer preview. The release als...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Physical Rehab Device Built From Wii Balance Boards
An anonymous reader writes "Some students at Rice University were recently asked by Shriner's Hospital to build a rehabilitation tool that makes learning to walk entertaining and engaging. Teaching ch...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Purdue Claims World Record Goldberg Machine
With 244 steps The Time Machine, built by by members of the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, took first place and broke a world record at the 24...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot DOJ Limits Microsoft's Purchase of Novell Patents
itwbennett writes "Novell, distributor of the SUSE Linux OS, has agreed to change its proposed deal to sell patents to CPTN Holdings, a Microsoft-organized consortium of companies, in order to satisfy...
08:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot USAF Gets F-35 Flight Simulator
cylonlover writes "Eglin Air Force Base has just taken delivery of a piece of hardware that would surely be the ultimate toy for flight sim gaming fans. The F-35 Lightning II Full Mission Simulator (F...
07:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: RESTful Java Web Services
jm2dev writes "The title is self descriptive, you will learn what a REST architecture is, the concepts behind it, advantages and constraints, and how to implement web services in a RESTful way serving...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Intel Confirms That Android 3.0 Is Coming To x86 Tablets
timothy writes "Considering that x86 and ARM have been playing leapfrog in at least their future *promised* efficiencies, and that there are a ton of x86 tablets in the works, it's good to see cross-p...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Linux Patent Protection Network Lures Facebook, HP
jbrodkin writes "Facebook, HP, Rackspace, Juniper, Fujitsu and dozens of other organizations have joined a group building a defensive patent portfolio to protect Linux-using members from potential law...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot The Government Internet ID Proposal
An anonymous reader writes "Is it the beginning to government tracking? An expert on electronic privacy walks through the possibilities and perils on a national online security system run, in part...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Officials Say "Capes For the Unemployed" Plan Not Super
After what must have been an epic marketing meeting, a Florida unemployment agency decided to give 6,000 red capes to the jobless as part of its "Cape-A-Bility Challenge" public relations campaign. Th...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot CIA Declassifies Pages From Their Cookbook
AngryNick writes "The Washington Postreports today on the declassification of some of the CIA's oldest secrets: Do you want to open sealed envelopes without getting caught? According to one of the...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot IPv6 Traffic Remains Minuscule
judgecorp writes "Even though we are running out of IPv4 addresses, IPv6 traffic is still not taking off. In fact it is less than one percent and falling, according to a report from Arbor Networks." ...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Apple Logging Locations of All iPhone Users
An anonymous reader writes "The Guardian reports that researchers have found a hidden file on all iPhones, iPads, and any computers they synchronize to logging timestamped latitude and longitude coord...
02:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft: No Tablets Until It's Distinctive
BogenDorpher pointed us in the direction of a pocket-lint story saying"Microsoft’s UK managing director and ex-BBC man Ashley Highfield has exclusively told Pocket-lint that the company won&rsqu...
02:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Rumors Pointing to September iPhone 5 Ship Date
tekgoblin was one of many submitters to send in rumors about the next iPhone's ship date. "Reuters in a tweet have just confirmed that the iPhone 5 will start production in July and ship in September ...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot A Cheat Sheet To the Mobile-Patent Mess
harrymcc writes "This week's news that Apple is suing Samsung over the similarities of the latter's Galaxy phones and tablets to the iPhone and iPad inspired me to try to document all the court cases ...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Dropbox Can't See Your Dat– Er, Never Mind
bizwriter writes "Dropbox, the online backup and file sharing service claims to have hit 25 million users in a single year. But a change in terms, noting that Dropbox will give up data to law enforcem...
12:05 pm - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Changes How Xbox Live Indie Games Are Rated
Two weeks ago we discussed news that some indie developers had found a way to manipulate ratings for their games on Xbox Live. Now, Microsoft has amended the rating rules so that only Xbox Live Gold m...
11:05 am - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot YouTube Now Transcoding All New Uploads To WebM
theweatherelectric writes "According to the YouTube blog, YouTube is now transcoding all new uploads to WebM, whereas previously the focus was on 720p and 1080p video. Google's James Zern writes, 'Tra...
10:05 am - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Promotion Or Job Change: Which Is the Best Way To Advance In IT?
I've had a couple of management consultants tell me that if you want to move into management, it's better to change jobs or change where you work within your current company than to stay where you are...
10:05 am - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Sony Reportedly Ends PSP Go Production
Sony's PSP Go launched in late 2009 to mixed reviews and tepid sales. A little over a year later, Sony announced the portable console's successor, the NGP, leading to speculation about how long the PS...
08:05 am - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot First White Spaces AP Gives Grandma the Internet
alphadogg writes "A Houston restaurant worker is the first user of a prototype wireless access point using low-frequency signals in the so-called White Spaces between unused UHF digital TV signals. Th...
05:05 am - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Doctor Who's Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane) Dies at 63
Doofus writes "NPR reports that Elisabeth Sladen, who played the Doctor's assistant Sarah Jane, has died at 63. Sladen played opposite Jon Pertwee and then Tom Baker, and eventually earned her own sho...
04:05 am - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot An RC Car That Runs On Soda Can Rings
polyp2000 writes with an Engadget excerpt to inspire instant toy envy: "A pair of Spanish engineers have recently unveiled the dAlH2Orean (see what they did there?), a R/C car that runs on aluminu...
03:05 am - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Scientist Creates 3D Scanner App For iPhone
An anonymous reader writes "A research scientist at Georgia Tech has created a 3D scanner app for the iPhone which uses the phone's screen as a light source to quickly capture digital 3D models of fac...
01:05 am - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Instant Quantum Communication Is Near
fljmayer writes "In this experiment, researchers in Australia and Japan were able to transfer quantum information from one place to another without having to physically move it. It was destroyed in on...
12:05 am - Wed, April 20, 2011
Slashdot Facebook's Server Room, Penthouse Cooling Caught On Video
1sockchuck writes "We've seen specifications and photos of Facebook's new data center in Oregon. Data Center Knowledge now has video tours of Facebook's server room and cooling system. The tours, cond...
11:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Michigan Police Could Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops
SonicSpike writes "The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violatio...
11:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Apple vs. Microsoft, By the Numbers
CWmike writes "It's a matter of opinion which company makes the better operating system or is likely to grow its smartphone market share. But numbers don't lie — or exaggerate. A little less tha...
10:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Erasing CDs By Using 150,000 Volts of Electricity
ryzvonusef writes "One enterprising individual has created the most secure way to wipe out Compact Discs, by using a step-up transformer and creating a 150,000 Volt pd, whilst a CD rotates in the midd...
09:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Worlds With Two Suns May Sport Black Plants
sciencehabit writes "If Tatooine were real, it would probably be filled with black plants and trees. A new study finds that, to maximize energy absorption for photosynthesis, the flora on worlds that ...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Apple Changes App Ranks, Rejects Pay Per Install
tlhIngan writes "Recently, Apple changes their App Store ranking algorithm to stop ranking apps by download counts and instead using something else, akin to the recent Google changing of their Marketp...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Skynet Becomes Aware, Launches Nuclear Attack
kkleiner writes "At 8:11 PM today (April 19th), the military-designed artificial intelligence system called Skynet will become self-aware and turn against its creators (read: us). If that doesn't have...
07:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Don't Expect an OpenOfficeLibreOffice Merger
Since Oracle has decided to give OpenOffice back to the community, a lot of people wondered if there would be some sort of re-unification with the ex-Oracle and the Document Foundation run by a lot of...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Tim Berners-Lee: Stop Foaming At the Mouth, Twitter
nk497 writes "Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web, has challenged users to improve social networks. He describes Twitter users as 'foaming at the mouth' and unwilling to retweet any update that wa...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Google Crowd-Sources Maps
Wamoc writes "Google has invited 'citizen cartographers' to refine the US map for Google Maps and Google Earth. 'Today we're opening the map of the United States in Google Map Maker for you to add you...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Gadget Tracks Brainwaves As You Watch TV
Taking a cue from A Clockwork Orange, San Francisco neuromarketing firm EmSense has launched what it says is "the first ever scalable, non-invasive psychological and brainwave measurement technology &...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?
Velcroman1 writes "My VCR is stashed in a closet, right next to a couple of CD-ROM players, a laser disc player, and other forgotten electronics. Is my Blu-ray player about to join them? Blu-ray r...
04:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Are We Suffering Origin Story Fatigue?
brumgrunt writes "As more and more franchise movies look to cover the origin story of a character again and again, Den Of Geek wonders why film studios aren't looking a little harder for interesting s...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot The 'Three Ton' Hard Drive Destroyer
Barence writes "Last year, PC Pro welcomed a DIY-style hard-disk destroyer into its Labs to wreak havoc on some unsuspecting platters. Now the technology has moved on, with the Ideal 0101 — a de...
02:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Samsung HD Unit Bought By Seagate
nanoflower followed up on a recent story about the unpredictable future of data storage. That story talked about Western Digital buying Hitachi, leaving just 4 players. Now:"Yet another hard drive com...
02:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Google Tweaks Algorithm; EHow Traffic Plummets
jfruhlinger writes "For some time there's been rumbling that Google's search results have been gummed up by low-quality pages from 'content farms,' written at low or no cost specifically to score high...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Bug Forces Android Devices Off Princeton Campus Network
pmdubs writes "A major bug in the Android DHCP implementation has forced network administrators to (effectively) ban the use of such devices on the Princeton campus. In the last few months, Princeton ...
10:05 am - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Final Report: Pan-European Cyber Security Exercise
Orome1 writes "The EU's cyber security agency, ENISA, has issued its final report (PDF) on the first Pan-European cyber security exercise for public bodies, Cyber Europe 2010. The exercise was conduct...
08:05 am - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot ESRB To Automate Game Rating
The Entertainment Software Rating Board, which has struggled to keep up with the flood of games produced for app stores and other online markets, is now taking steps to automate the rating process."St...
07:05 am - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot NASA Awards New Commercial Crew Contracts
FleaPlus writes "Continuing last year's successful CCDev (Commercial Crew Development) program, NASA has selected four companies to receive 'CCDev2' seed funding for commercial crew systems. The compa...
05:05 am - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Used Game Penalty Escalates With SOCOM 4
Technologizer reports on this unwelcome development for used game buyers:"SOCOM 4: US Navy Seals charts a new course in punishing used game buyers, and it’s at once better and worse than the sta...
05:05 am - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Justices Question Microsoft's Vision of Patent Law
angry tapir writes "US Supreme Court justices on Monday questioned whether they should side with Microsoft and weaken the legal standard needed to invalidate a patent, with some justices suggesting th...
03:05 am - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Sophos Slams Facebook Security In Open Letter
An anonymous reader writes "Security experts are calling on Facebook to implement a three-point plan to improve safety online. Sophos says it receives reports every day of crime and fraud on Facebook,...
01:05 am - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Is Sugar Toxic?
a_hanso tips an article by Gary Taubes in the NYTimes Magazine that evaluates claims from Dr. Robert Lustig's virally popular lecture on the negative effects of sugar on peoples' health. (YouTube vide...
12:05 am - Tue, April 19, 2011
Slashdot Open Source Programming Tools On the Rise
snydeq writes "Peter Wayner takes a look at several open source development projects making waves in the enterprise. From Git to Hadoop to build management tools, 'even in the deepest corners of propr...
11:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Using Neutrons To Precisely Test Newton's Law of Gravity
NotSanguine writes with this excerpt from the BBC:"The neutrons are shot between two parallel plates, one above another and separated by about 25 micrometres — half a hair's width. The upper pla...
11:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot What Monty Python Teaches Us About Computing
Esther Schindler writes "Does the computer industry seem just a little too strange? Never fear: Monty Python encapsulated several nuggets of wisdom years ago that summarize exactly what is behind ...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Phones and Tablets
mystikkman writes "In the latest patent suit to hit the smartphone industry, Apple is suing Samsung, alleging the Galaxy line of phones and tablets infringe on a number of Apple's patents. 'Samsung's ...
09:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Iran Says Siemens Helped US, Israel Build Stuxnet
CWmike writes "Iran's Brigadier General, Gholam Reza Jalali, accused Siemens on Saturday with helping US and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that attacked his country's nuclear facilities. 'Sieme...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot FPS Gaming and the 'Just-World Hypothesis'
Hugh Pickens writes "When people witness someone subjected to some misfortune, they're susceptible to suggestions that the person deserved it and thus see the misfortune as evidence of karma or justic...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot TEPCO Unveils Plan To Deal With Fukushima Crisis
RedEaredSlider writes "Tokyo Electric Power Co. unveiled its plan for dealing with the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. TEPCO said the r...
07:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: R Graphs Cookbook
RickJWagner writes "Once upon a time, I thought communication was one of my strong suits. Alas, a few years into my programming career I realized I'm more of the head-down codeslinging type, not one o...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Chrome Feature Helps Shield Websites From DDoS Attacks
An anonymous reader writes "Google has an interesting idea on how to take the edge off denial of service attacks. The latest developer builds of Chrome 12 have an option called 'http throttling,' whic...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Can Open Source Hardware Feed the World?
jfruhlinger writes "When it comes to food scarcity in the developing world, one of the major problems is production capacity: land that could be arable using modern techniques goes underutilized becau...
05:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?
jddorian writes "I am head of a clinical division at an academic hospital (not Radiology, but similarly tech oriented). My fellow faculty (a dozen or so) want to switch from a paper calendar to electr...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Walking HECTOR Robot Inspired By Stick Insect
Zothecula writes "In an effort to understand how animals move elegantly and in turn provide robots with the same ability, researchers at the University of Bielefeld's Center of Excellence 'Cognitive I...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Titan May Have an Ocean
olsmeister writes "Titan, has been a particular focus of attention because of its dense, complex atmosphere, its weather and its lakes and oceans. Now it looks as if Titan is even stranger still. The ...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot A "Throne" Fit For a Tech King
WrongSizeGlass writes "PCWorld has an article on Kohler's new hi-tech toilet. The Numi comes complete with a detachable touch screen remote; motion-activated lid and seat; integrated air dryer; a heat...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot GPL Violations By D-Link and Boxee
An anonymous reader submitted a link to a bit of a rant on GPL issues connected to D-Link and Boxee. They spend quite a bit of time explaining 'Tivoization is a dangerous attempt to curtail users' fre...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Wind Power Firm Sees No Evidence of Hack
alphadogg writes "One day after a hacker posted screen shots and data to a hacking mailing list, saying he had broken into a New Mexico wind turbine facility, the company that runs the turbines says i...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Is Your Antivirus Made By the Chinese Government?
guanxi writes "Huawei, a large Chinese telecom and IT company with close ties to the Chinese military has faced obstacles doing business in other countries, because governments are concerned about giv...
11:05 am - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Hacker Claims He Broke Into Wind Turbine Systems
itwbennett writes "Claiming revenge for an 'illegitimate firing,' someone has posted screenshots and other data, apparently showing that he was able to break into a 200 megawatt wind turbine system ow...
08:05 am - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Armenia Makes Chess Compulsory In Schools
Hugh Pickens writes "AFP News reports that chess will become a required subject in primary schools in Armenia, where children from the age of six will learn chess as a separate subject on the curricul...
05:05 am - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Robots Enter Fukushima Reactor Building
swandives writes "For the first time, a pair of remote controlled robots have entered a reactor building at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power hope...
02:05 am - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Swedish File-Sharers File For Religious Status
nloop writes "A group of file-sharers in Sweden have requested that their religion, Kopimism, be officially recognized in Sweden. Although this status has been denied once in the past the struggle for...
12:05 am - Mon, April 18, 2011
Slashdot Google Teaches Computers "Regret"
mikejuk writes "Google is funding an AI project that will introduce the technical concept of regret into programs — but there's a big difference between regret and being sorry. In fact regret is...
10:05 pm - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot China Space Official Confounded By SpaceX Price
hackingbear writes "Declining to speak for attribution, the Chinese officials from Great Wall Industry, a marketing arm of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CAST), say they find the publis...
09:05 pm - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot How the Social Tech Bubble Is Different
theodp writes "Tech bubbles happen, writes BW's Ashlee Vance, but we usually gain from the innovation left behind. But this one — driven by social networking — could leave us empty-handed....
08:05 pm - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot Apple Wants To Store Your History In the Cloud
bizwriter writes "Most online backup is about keeping the latest and greatest version of what resides on a device, whether a PC, tablet, or smartphone. Three recent patent filings suggest that Apple h...
07:05 pm - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot White House Releases Trusted Internet ID Plan
angry tapir writes "From the Computerworld article: 'the U.S. government will coordinate private-sector efforts to create trusted identification systems for the Internet, with the goal of giving consu...
06:05 pm - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot A 9V Battery To Your Brain Can Improve Your Gaming
autospa writes with an intriguing story found at Nature about direct electrical stimulation's effect on the brain. By applying low levels of electrical current to different parts of the brain via elec...
04:05 pm - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Where Is the Universal Gesture Navigation Set?
dstates writes "As a mostly happy new iPad owner, I love having lots of apps, but I have got to ask, where is the universal set of gestures for navigation? Pinch and open mostly mean zoom out and ...
03:05 pm - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot What Happened To the Climate Refugees?
Attila Dimedici writes "In 2005 the UN said that by 2010 there would be 50 million climate refuges. They even provided a map of where they would come from. However since that original story was posted...
02:05 pm - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot Medicines Lose Effectiveness In Space
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at the Johnson Space Center have shown that the effectiveness of drugs declines more rapidly in space. Engineers are working on a project which could bring space...
01:05 pm - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot Judge Reveals Secret Righthaven Copyright Contract
Hugh Pickens writes "Judge Roger Hunt has unsealed the confidential agreement between Righthaven and the Las Vegas Review-Journal that has allowed Righthaven to sue over more than 250 charities, impov...
10:05 am - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot MoD's Error Leaks Secrets of UK Nuclear Submarine
Tasha26 writes "UK's Ministry of Defence admitted that secret information about its nuclear powered submarines was leaked on the internet by mistake. A 'technical error' (i.e. turning the background c...
07:05 am - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot Local Currencies To Replace Dollar For 5 Countries' Dealings
An anonymous reader writes "Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — the BRICS group of fastest growing economies — signed an agreement to use their own currencies instead of the pr...
04:05 am - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot Jesse Jackson, Jr. Pins US Job Losses On iPad
theodp writes "Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. went on an anti-technology rant on Friday on the floor of Congress, blaming the iPad for eliminating thousands of American jobs. 'Why do you need ...
02:05 am - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot Are 625 Pixels Enough To Identify Sex?
mikejuk writes "A Spanish research team have patented a video camera and algorithm that can tell the difference between males and females based on just a 25x25 pixel image. This means that there is en...
01:05 am - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot New Spin On Graphene Makes It Magnetic
intellitech writes "A team led by Professor Andre Geim, a recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize for graphene, has shown that electric current can magnetize graphene. The researchers found a new way to int...
12:05 am - Sun, April 17, 2011
Slashdot Adobe Adopts HTTP Live Streaming For iOS
unassimilatible writes "Ars Technica reports that Adobe has capitulated in the iOS-Flash war, and has adopted HTTP live streaming for iOS. HTTP Live Streaming is a protocol that Apple developed to str...
11:05 pm - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot Photo Tour of Facebook's Open Source Datacenter
An anonymous reader writes "Robert Scoble has published fantastic photo tour of Facebook's new open source data center. This datacenter is the most energy efficient in the world. The Google and other ...
10:05 pm - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores
An anonymous reader writes "A Federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a man who was barred from the New London police force because he scored too high on an intelligence test. Judge Dorsey ruled that...
08:05 pm - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot China Aims To Build World's Largest Rocket
hackingbear writes "Back in March, China revealed it is studying the feasibility of designing the most powerful carrier rocket in history for making a manned moon landing and exploring deep space, acc...
07:05 pm - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot Ex-MS GM Can't Work 'Anywhere In the World' For Salesforce
theodp writes "Be careful before you sign a Microsoft non-compete agreement, kids. GeekWire reports that King County Superior Court Judge Kimberley Prochnau has enjoined former Microsoft General Manag...
06:05 pm - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot Today Is Record Store Day 2011
An anonymous reader writes "Today marks the 5th annual Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores. As a music lover, I think this day is of dire importance." I know Free Comic Book D...
05:05 pm - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot Google Videos Going Offline; Time To Grab What You Want
An anonymous reader writes "I received this email this morning: 'Later this month, hosted video content on Google Video will no longer be available for playback. Google Video stopped taking uploads in...
04:05 pm - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot Internet Explorer 10 Drops Vista Support
Pigskin-Referee writes "This week at Microsoft's MIX11 Web developer conference, the company surprised many by making a pre-release version of Internet Explorer 10 available — less than a month ...
03:05 pm - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot XXX Goes Live In the Root Servers
An anonymous reader writes that yesterday "IANA added the .XXX Top Level Domain to the root nameservers. While the registry operator Afilias is still in their setup process for ICM registry, the zone ...
02:05 pm - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot Supreme Court To Hear Microsoft-i4i Case Monday
CWmike writes "Patent attorneys and inventors of all types are closely watching a Microsoft case that the US Supreme Court will start to consider on Monday. The case, which centers on a technology pat...
01:05 pm - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot Comcast's 105MBit Service Comes With Data Cap
itwbennett writes "Comcast just announced the ultrafast, ultra-broadband "Extreme 105" 105 Mbit/sec Internet service for an introductory price of $105, when bundled with other services. That's the goo...
10:05 am - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot Murdoch Voicemail Hacking Story 'Ain't Over Yet'
lee317 writes "Reuters is reporting that Rupert Murdoch's headache over the alleged phone hacking by his News Corp's reporters could be small compared to what is ahead. So far, around 20 public figure...
07:05 am - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot 5 Out of 11 Crashed Unity In Canonical's Study
dkd903 writes "Today the results of the Default Desktop User Testing for Ubuntu 11.04 was published by Canonical's Rick Spencer. The test was done using 11 participants from different backgrounds to t...
04:05 am - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot Need a Receipt On Taxes? The Federal Tax Receipt
ndogg writes "The White House has opened up a tool that lets you see where your tax dollars are being spent. I put my numbers in and it showed that a little over a quarter goes towards defense and mil...
01:05 am - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot FTP Is 40 Years Old
An anonymous reader writes "FTP celebrates its 40th birthday tomorrow. Originally launched as the RFC 114 specification, which was published on 16 April 1971, FTP is arguably even more important today...
12:05 am - Sat, April 16, 2011
Slashdot Cheaper, More Powerful Alternative To FPGAs
holy_calamity writes "Technology Review takes a look at a competitor to FPGAs claimed to be significantly faster and cheaper. Startup Tabula recently picked up another $108m in funding and says their ...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Why Google Should Buy the Music Industry
Glyn Moody writes "According to one story about Google's attempts to launch its own music service, 'the search giant is "disgusted" with the labels, so much so that they are seriously considering foll...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot TSA Investigates... People Who Complain About TSA
Hugh Pickens writes "CNN has obtained a list of roughly 70 'behavioral indicators' that TSA behavior detection officers use to identify potentially 'high risk' passengers at the nation's airports, and...
10:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Apple Faces Class-Action Suit For In-App Purchases
suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica:"Garen Meguerian and a team of lawyers are taking Apple to task for 'inducing' children to spend hundreds of dollars of their parents' money on in-...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot DOJ Seizes Online Poker Site Domains
An anonymous reader writes "Federal authorities have seized Internet domain names used by three major poker companies. The indictment charges eleven defendants (PDF), including the founders of PokerSt...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Portal 2 Bringing Steam To the PS3, Possible Early Release
itwbennett writes "Portal 2 is breaking some new ground – at least the PlayStation 3 version is. 'Portal 2 marks the first time that Valve's social gaming network (and digital distribution syste...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot OpenOffice.org To Be Given Back To the Community
An anonymous reader writes "Oracle has stated they will give back the OpenOffice.org productivity suite to the community. Edward Screven, Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect, said the company intends u...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Students Build Life-Sized Trojan Horse For Class Project
A good old-fashioned Iliad diorama just wasn't big enough for a group of Chicago area students. They decided to build a life-sized Trojan Horse for their class project instead. From the article: "As N...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook
vellorean writes "I have been reading LinuxShell Scripting Cookbook by Sarath Lakshman, published by Packt,for a while. While most people I know learn shell scripts themselves,I was looking to refresh...
07:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Solar Breakthrough Could Provide Power Without Solar Cells
An anonymous reader tips a University of Michigan news release about the creation of what's being called an "optical battery" that could lead to the use of solar power without traditional solar cells ...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Rivals Mock Microsoft's 'Native HTML5' Claims
CWmike writes "Mozilla and Opera are mocking browser rival Microsoft's use of the term 'native HTML5' to describe Internet Explorer 9 and the in-development IE10 as an oxymoron, an attempt to hijack a...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Skype For Android Can Leak Data To Malicious Apps
An anonymous reader writes "It appears that Skype account information on an Android phone remains readable by all in a standard installation, at least for certain versions of Skype out in the wild. Th...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Crowdsourcing the Censors: A Contest
Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton is back with an article about how sites with huge amounts of user-generated content struggle to deal with abuse complaints, and could benefit from a crowd-sourced...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Who Killed Spotify?
An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports that ad-supported music service Spotify is bringing strict limits to its service, allowing users ten hours listening time per month and a lifetime total of ...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot GIMP 2.7.2 Released — Another Step Toward 2.8
An anonymous reader writes "The developers of GIMP have finally released a new development version on the way to GIMP 2.8. GIMP 2.7.2 includes a huge bunch of changes — but it is not intended fo...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot All Languages Linked To Common Source
Old Wolf writes "A New Zealand evolutionary psychologist, Quentin Atkinson, has created a scientific sensation by claiming to have discovered the mother of all mother tongues. 'Dr Atkinson took 504 la...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Couple Sends Record Player Wedding Invitations
kfogel writes "Karen Sandler (a lawyer at the Software Freedom Law Center) and Mike Tarantino (a professional musician) are getting married in May. They've sent out the coolest wedding invitation ever...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot E-Book Sales Have Tripled In the Last Year
destinyland writes "The Association of American Publishers revealed today that e-book sales have tripled in the last year. Sixteen publishers reported that in February e-book sales totaled more than $...
02:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Hypertext Creator: Structure of the Web 'Completely Wrong'
angry tapir writes "The creator of hypertext has criticized the design of the World Wide Web, saying that Tim Berners-Lee's creation is 'completely wrong,' and that Windows, Macintosh and Linux have '...
01:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Computer Factories Are the Energy Hogs
coondoggie writes "The main idea behind saving energy in the high-tech world has been to buy newer, more energy efficient devices, but researchers say that may be the wrong way to look at the issue, s...
01:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Maqetta: Open Source HTML5 Editor From IBM
PybusJ writes "IBM has released an online HTML5 editing tool called Maqetta, hosted by the Dojo Foundation. eWeek calls it an open source answer to Flash and Silverlight. That remains to be seen, but ...
12:05 pm - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Game Developer Group Warns Against Amazon Appstore
The International Game Developers Association has posted a warning to the game development community about the Amazon Appstore's distribution terms, detailing several unfavorable situations possible u...
10:05 am - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot 1Gbps Fiber Optic Network For Rural Britain
cylonlover writes "Economies of scale mean that densely populated cities have generally been the ones to benefit from the roll out of superfast broadband networks, while those in rural areas have miss...
08:05 am - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot New Nintendo HD Console Rumors Abound
pcgfx805 writes "Game Informer has reportedly received word from 'multiple sources' that a new HD console from Nintendo will be debuting at this year's E3. They report on conflicting information regar...
07:05 am - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 5 In Aurora Channel
blair1q writes "Mozilla.org has added a new intermediate development state, Aurora, to its Firefox development chain. Coming between Nightly-Build and Beta, it adds a fourth sense to the meaning of 't...
04:05 am - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot NZ MP Enjoys Copyright Infringement, Votes For 3 Strikes
An anonymous reader writes "As New Zealand politicians are looking to rush through a new copyright law, 92A, which imposes a 'three strikes' regime on people accused of file sharing, some New Zealande...
01:05 am - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Next-Gen Low-Latency Open Codec Beats HE-AAC
Aldenissin writes "From the Xiph.org developers, Opus is a non-patent encumbered codec designed for interactive usages, such as VoIP, telepresence, and remote jamming, that require very low latency. W...
12:05 am - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot RIM Co-CEO Cries 'No Fair' On Security Question
bulled writes "When asked about letting governments in Asia and the Middle East into the 'secure' message service used by their Blackberry devices, Mike Lazaridis, the co-chief executive or RIM, walks...
12:05 am - Fri, April 15, 2011
Slashdot Blender 2.57 Released — and It's Easy To Use!
An anonymous reader writes "Past Blender releases, as capable as they were, had learning curves somewhere between straight up and down and 90 degrees. The release of Blender 2.57 changes all that. No ...
11:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Asia Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses
ZerXes writes "It seems that APNIC has just released the last block of IPv4 addresses and are now completely out, a lot faster then expected. Even though APNIC received 3 /8 blocks in February the hig...
11:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Groklaw: Microsoft Cloud Services Aren't FISMA Certified
doperative writes with this excerpt from Groklaw: "If you were as puzzled as I was by the blog fight, as Geekwire calls it, between Google and Microsoft over whether or not Google was FISMA certified,...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Google Sends Repeat Infringers To Copyright School
maczealot writes "Google is launching a new 'Copyright School' for use as a re-education tool for offenders on YouTube. The apparent purpose being to head off additional legislation, lawsuits, regulat...
09:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot High Schoolers Push Down Price of Near-Space Photography
Floodge writes "High School students at Explore Knowledge Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada have launched a near space photography balloon which took over 2000 pictures of Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder Cit...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot White House To Drop Details of Cyber ID On Tax Day
BeatTheChip writes "Dept. of Commerce Scry. Gary Locke plans to release solidified details of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace [NSTIC] program starting 11 AM on Tax Day. Tech...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Flash On Android Fails To Impress
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Neil McAllister test-drives Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0 and finds its shortcomings too sweeping to be chalked up to beta status. 'The worst part is the player's incons...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Predator Outdoes Kinect At Object Recognition
mikejuk writes "A real breakthough in AI allows a simple video camera and almost any machine to track objects in its view. All you have to do is draw a box around the object you want to track and the ...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot European Court of Justice To Outlaw Net Filtering
jrepin writes "Today, the European Court of Justice gave a preliminary opinion that will have far-reaching implications in the fight against overaggressive copyright monopoly abusers. It is not a fina...
05:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Adds Kinect Support For Netflix
Arneh writes "Microsoft today released an update for the Xbox 360 which brings Kinect support for the popular Netflix application. Users will be prompted to upgrade the next time they start up Netflix...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Adobe To Patch Flash 0-Day Friday
Trailrunner7 writes "Adobe is planning to patch the recently disclosed Flash Player vulnerability on Friday — just four days after it was disclosed — for users on Windows, Mac OS X and Lin...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot World's Smallest Wedding Rings Made of DNA
fangmcgee writes "Nerd love alert: German researchers have just created the world's smallest wedding rings, measuring less than a thousandth of the width of a human hair. Goethe University professor A...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot America's Tech Decline: a Reading Guide
ErichTheRed writes "Computerworld has put together an interesting collection of links to various sources detailing the decline of US R&D/innovation in technology. The cross section of sources is i...
03:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Vintage Soviet Space Capsule Sold For Record $2.9M
abednegoyulo writes "It surpasses Sotheby's own sale in 1996 of a more modern Russian Soyuz capsule for $1.6 million," Pearlman added. "That spacecraft, purchased by Ross Perot's foundation, is now on...
02:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot New Houses Killing Wi-Fi
Barence writes "Poor Wi-Fi or mobile reception is one of the banes of modern living — and modern building techniques could be making things worse. PC Pro has photos of a new-build being covered ...
01:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Apple Adding "Do-Not-Track" To Safari
bonch writes "The latest developer preview of OS X Lion includes a "do not track" privacy feature in Safari, the latest browser to do so following Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer. The ...
01:05 pm - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot The End of the "Age of Speed"
DesScorp writes "'The human race is slowing down', begins an article in the Wall Street Journal that laments the state of man's quest of aerial speed: we're going backwards. With the end of the Space ...
10:05 am - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Taking Radioactive Contaminants From Water With Shells
RedEaredSlider writes "Crab shells may soon be used to take radioactive contaminants out of water. Joel Pawlak, an associate professor of forest biomaterials at North Carolina State University, has de...
09:05 am - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Steam Success Holding Up Half-Life Development?
donniebaseball23 writes "Steam is a huge success, and it's arguably the leading digital distribution platform for gamers on the PC. But has the growth of Steam's business led to a slowdown in Valve's ...
08:05 am - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot What Is the Best Way To Build a Virtual Team?
stoolpigeon writes "The department I work in is growing and including new members that live quite far apart. Right now most people are in the same office but new members are in Singapore and South Afr...
07:05 am - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot DRM Broke Dragon Age: Origins For Days
Martey writes "Ars Technica reports that a server problem with the DRM authentication servers has caused Dragon Age: Origins players to be locked out of any saved games that include downloadable conte...
06:05 am - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot French Hacker Arrested After Bragging On TV
Orome1 writes "A French hacker has effectually tied a noose around his own neck when he bragged about hacking into the systems of a big government contractor on national TV. He participated in a telev...
03:05 am - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Temporary Brain Changes Lead to Accelerated Learning
An anonymous reader writes "In an advance that could help the treatment of learning impairments, strokes, tinnitus and chronic pain, UT Dallas researchers have found that stimulating nerves in the bra...
02:05 am - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot New Dinosaur Species Is a Missing Link
An anonymous reader writes "A new dinosaur provides a link between what paleontologists consider 'early' and 'later' dinosaurs. There's a gap in the fossil record between the oldest known dinosaurs, w...
01:05 am - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot DOJ Gets Court Permission To Attack Botnet
itwbennett writes "In an unprecedented move, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have been issued a temporary restraining order that will allow the FBI and the US Marshal for the District of C...
12:05 am - Thu, April 14, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Censors Crack Down on Time Travel
H_Fisher writes "Disrespect the Chinese government at your peril ... and this includes anything you do with the past. Time magazine's Techland blog reports that China is banning references to time tra...
11:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Unveil Worlds First Computerized Human Brain Map
An anonymous reader writes "U.S. scientists on Tuesday unveiled the world's first computerized human brain map, an online public resource developed to accelerate understanding of how the human brain w...
11:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot VMware Releases Open Source Cloud Foundry
Julie188 writes "VMware shook the cloud world with an announcement that it was releasing an open source platform-as-a-service called Cloud Foundry. Not surprisingly, the new cloud platform takes direc...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Census Tech Makeover Includes Innovation "Oasis"
CWmike writes "The U.S. Census Bureau is in the midst of a tech makeover following criticism of its technology deployments leading up to the 2010 Census, ranging from problems with its payroll process...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot DARPA's New Hi-Tech Telescope
coondoggie writes "You can bet that if there are little red aliens running around on Mars or spaceships patrolling other planet in our solar system for that matter, a recently powered-up telescope bui...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot WordPress Hacked, Attackers Get Root Access
An anonymous reader writes "A hacker has gained access to WordPress.com servers and site source code was exposed including passwords/API keys for Twitter and Facebook accounts. From the official blog ...
08:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Google Invests In World's Largest Solar Power Tower Plant
cylonlover writes "Google has chipped in a US$168 million investment in what will be the world's largest solar power tower plant. To be located on 3,600 acres of land in the Mojave Desert in southeast...
07:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Drupal 6 Theming Cookbook
Trevor James writes "Piling up on my tech bookshelf are a bunch of excellent titles on the Drupal content management system. Earl & Lynette Miles Drupal's Building Blocks is the book on how to use...
07:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft's Kinect SDK Can Track and Listen
mikejuk writes "Microsoft has given more information on the Kinect SDK to be released later in the year. It will include the body tracking software that is used by the Xbox version of the Kinect, allo...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Self-Wiping Hard Drives From Toshiba
Orome1 writes "Toshiba announced a family of self-encrypting hard disk drives engineered to automatically invalidate protected data when connected to an unknown host. Data invalidation attributes can ...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot 'Scrapers' Dig Deep For Data On Web
srwellman writes "The practice of Web 'scraping' is growing as many firms offer to collect personal, and potentially incriminating, data about users from their social networking profiles and discussio...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot A5: All Apple, Part Mystery
PabloSandoval48 submitted a fairly lengthy story running on the EE Times about the A5 processor that powers the iPad 2. The story talks a bit about the A4 and A5, the IP issues surrounding the chip, a...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Berners-Lee: Web Access Is a 'Human Right'
jbrodkin writes "Two decades after creating the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee says humans have become so reliant on it that access to the Web should now be considered a basic right. In a speech at a...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Can't Get a Real Girlfriend? Get a "Cloud" Girlfriend
An anonymous reader writes "In news that could make many lonely tech savvy men have more of a spring in their steps is the launch of 'Cloud Girlfriend' which is a start up tech company based in Califo...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Engineers Hijack Libyan Phone Network For Rebels
An anonymous reader writes "A team led by a Libyan-American telecom executive has helped rebels hijack Col. Moammar Gadhafi's cellphone network and re-establish their own communications. The new netwo...
02:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot NZL Govt Rushes Thru Controversial Anti-Piracy Law
netsukeninja writes "The New Zealand government has surprised the public and even some MPs by moving to rush through its controversial 3 strikes-style legislation today. The new measures will allow fo...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Facebook To Be 'Biggest Bank' By 2015
angry tapir writes "The explosion of social networking commerce will lead to the unlikely candidate of Facebook becoming the world's biggest bank by the middle of the decade, according to a technology...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Tcl Announces NaTcl: Native Client Tcl
Minix writes "Tcl has announced the first scripting language to be supported by NaCl (Google's native client,) giving Tcl programs direct access to Chrome's DOM and marking the first such scripting la...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot US Police Increasingly Peeping At Email, IMs
angry tapir writes "US law enforcement organizations are making tens of thousands of requests for private electronic information from companies such as Sprint, Facebook and AOL, but few detailed stati...
11:05 am - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot A Closer Look At Immersion Cooling For the Data Center
1sockchuck writes "Want to save money on data center cooling? Tip your racks on their side, fill them with mineral oil, and submerge your servers. Austin startup Green Revoluton Cooling first prof...
08:05 am - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Russia Backs Down On Skype, Gmail Ban
An anonymous reader writes "Russia's Federal Security Service won't ban Skype, Gmail and Hotmail on national security grounds after all. Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has backed away from it...
07:05 am - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Garry's Mod Catches Pirates the Fun Way
UgLyPuNk writes "A few hours ago, Garry Newman – the creator of Garry's Mod – asked, quite innocently, whether anyone was unable to shade polygon normals. He received a few comments, mostl...
06:05 am - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot KDE's New Projects Take On Portable Devices
jrepin writes "Key KDE developers have been blogging about new projects aimed towards portable devices. As Aaron Seigo says, 'In a nutshell, Plasma Active is about getting the KDE Platform with Plasma...
03:05 am - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Red Hat Uncloaks 'Java Killer': the Ceylon Project
talawahdotnet writes "Gavin King of Red Hat/Hibernate/Seam fame recently unveiled the top secret project that he has been working on over the past two years, a new language and SDK designed to replace...
02:05 am - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Just In: Yellowstone Is Big(ger)
jd writes "Really big. By using electrical conductivity tests rather than seismic waves, geologists have remapped the Yellowstone caldera. Whilst seismic waves indicate differences in the reflectivity...
12:05 am - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Windows Already Up and Running On ARM Architecture
syngularyx writes "Over at Microsoft's MIX Developer Conference in sunny Las Vegas, Microsoft has demoed a new preview build of Internet Explorer 10 (which you too can take for a spin, if you feel so ...
12:05 am - Wed, April 13, 2011
Slashdot Cisco Ditches Flip and $590 Million
darthcamaro writes "Remember the Flip? When Pure Digital Technology first came out with the device it was one of the hottest gadgets, providing users with an ultra-portable camcorder. Then Cisco c...
11:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Ceglia Sues For 50% Facebook, Old Emails as Evidence
Kamiza Ikioi writes "A lawsuit by Paul Ceglia contains never before seen emails from Mark Zuckerberg. The emails, if they prove to be real, could be the most damning evidence to date against Zuckerber...
10:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Senator Wants to Tax Internet Shopping
tripleevenfall writes "A Democratic senator is preparing to introduce legislation that aims to end the golden era of tax-free Internet shopping. The proposal — expected to be made public soon af...
10:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 App Store Screenshots
syngularyx writes "The screenshots show Microsoft's new application store for Windows. The store appears to be running in Windows 7, hinting that the software giant may also be planning to offer its a...
09:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot The Hobbit Filming at 48fps
An anonymous reader writes "Peter Jackson has announced via his Facebook page that The Hobbit is being shot at 48 frames per second, ameliorating the '3D headaches' that many viewers have complained o...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot AT&T Lowers Data Access To Just $500GB
GMGruman writes "No doubt in a move to demonstrate how having fewer carriers (once it buys T-Mobile) will be good for US cellular customers, AT&T has announced lower data pricing for customers not...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Students Claim New Paper Folding Record
A group of 15 students along with their teacher are claiming a new paper folding record. The group claims to have folded (in the same direction) 13,000 feet of toilet paper in half 13 times, breaking ...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot NASA Announces Final Homes of Shuttle Fleet
PyroMosh writes "NASA administrator Charles Bolden just announced the final homes for the four remaining Space Shuttle Orbiters in a ceremony at Kennedy Space Center today commemorating the 30th anniv...
07:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot The Decreasing Impact of Death In Sci-fi
brumgrunt writes "Are science fiction TV shows and movies overusing death as a plot device? And, more crucially, do any of us believe that a dead character is really dead any more?" Re...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Third Humble Bundle Arrives, 'Frozenbyte' Edition
supersloshy writes "The team behind last December's successful Humble Indie Bundle 2 (as well as the original Bundle of course) have launched yet another bundle, but this time it's comprised entirely ...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot How Attackers Will Use Epsilon Data Against You
Trailrunner7 writes "What might the criminals who broke into Epsilon do with the email lists they have? The easiest thing to do is to sell these data sets on the black market or, potentially, to c...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Game Genres — Descriptive Or Restrictive?
An opinion piece at Rock, Paper, Shotgun questions whether the way we classify video games limits creativity and innovation in game development. "If the next Modern Warfare introduced dramatically dif...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot China Calls Out US On Internet Freedom
rsmiller510 writes "In an interesting case of the pot calling the kettle black, the Chinese government released a report criticizing the US government of being hypocrites where Internet freedom was co...
04:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot New Chili Is World's Hottest
bazzalunatic writes "The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T chili is grown and harvested by an Australian company, and not by the inmates of an Australian insane asylum as rumored. The chili is claimed to be t...
04:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Computer Science Enrollment Up 10% Last Fall
dcblogs writes "Computer science enrollments increased 10% last fall, according to the Computer Research Association. At the peak of the dot-com era, the average enrollment in computer science departm...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Fellow Hackers Blast Geohot For Sony Settlement
RedEaredSlider writes "The hacker who settled with Sony after the company sued him for modifying his PlayStation 3 console is getting a lot of flak for not taking the fight further. 'Night Breed' [wro...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Workers Will Smash Their PCs To Get an Upgrade
An anonymous reader writes "One in four office workers reckon that the best way to get a new work computer is to smash up the one they have — either that or to take it down to the junk shop them...
02:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Glasses-Free 3D On iPad (Sorta)
johkir writes "The Engineering Human-Computer Interaction (EHCI) research group has created an apparent 3D effect on the iPad 2. Called the Head-Coupled Perspective, it uses the front camera to track ...
02:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Amazon To Offer Ad-Supported Kindle
awyeah writes "Amazon will soon be offering a discounted, ad-supported wifi Kindle called 'Kindle with Special Offers.' The price will be $114, a $25 discount from the $139 wifi-only device. Note that...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Japan Raises Nuclear Plant Crisis Severity To 7
darkonc writes "Early Tuesday in Japan, the government decided toraise the severity level of the accident to the maximum 7 on an international scale, up from the current 5 and matching that of the 198...
10:05 am - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft TouchStudio Uses Phone To Program Phone
theodp writes "Over the weekend, Microsoft released the beta of TouchStudio, a free Windows Phone app that allows one to write programs for a phone on the very same phone, no computer required. Accord...
07:05 am - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Celebrating Yuri Gagarin's 1961 Flight Into Space
DeviceGuru writes "The 50th anniversary of the first-ever manned space flight, by Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, is being celebrated on April 12 with a two-day early activation of the ARI...
06:05 am - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Grammy Awards Finally Giving Games Some Respect
donniebaseball23 writes "Video game composers have been fighting for equal recognition at the Grammy Awards, and they've just taken another step in the right direction, as The Recording Academy has ad...
05:05 am - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Aim To Improve Photosynthesis
vasanth writes "Two new initiatives at the University of Cambridge aim to address the growing demand on the Earth's resources for food and fuel by improving the process of photosynthesis. Four transat...
03:05 am - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot DRM Drives Gamers To Piracy, Says Good Old Games
arcticstoat writes "Independent retro games retailer Good Old Games has spoken out about digital rights management, saying that it can actually drive gamers to piracy, rather than acting as a deterren...
01:05 am - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Court Rejects Winklevoss Twins' Facebook Appeal
angry tapir writes "A US federal appeals court has denied a request by the Winklevoss twins to release them from their settlement with Facebook over their allegations that Mark Zuckerberg improperly a...
12:05 am - Tue, April 12, 2011
Slashdot Are Graphical Calculators Pointless?
An anonymous reader writes "Texas Instruments and Casio have recently released new flagship graphical calculators but what, exactly, is the point of using them? They are slow, with limited memory ...
11:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Bringing Open Source To Biomedicine
waderoush writes "'Facebook and Twitter may have proven that humans have a deep-seated desire for sharing, [but] this impulse is still widely suppressed in biomedicine,' biotech reporter Luke Timmerma...
11:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Fukushima: What Happened and What Needs To Be Done
IndigoDarkwolf writes "The sometimes confused media coverage around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant left me wanting for a good summary. Apparently the BBC felt the same way, and now delivers an ov...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Personal Info of 3.5 Million Texans Was Publicly Accessible
SpaceGhost writes "The Houston Chronicle reports, 'Personal information of about 3.5 million Texans — including names, mailing addresses and Social Security numbers — was posted on a publi...
09:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot New Medical Camera the Size of a Grain of Salt
kkleiner writes "The German Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration recently reported the development of a camera with a lens attached that is 1 x 1 x 1.5 millimeters in size, which ...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Blasts Google For False Claims In Court Documents
recoiledsnake writes "Microsoft writes in a blog post that Google knowingly lied to the court while suing the US government over its consideration of only Microsoft implementations. We previously disc...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot The End of Content Ownership
adeelarshad82 writes "In recent weeks companies like Amazon, Sony, Google, Verizon, 24symbols and others have started to roll out 'cloud-based' content streaming and on-demand services (or plans) for ...
07:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot SSL and the Future of Authenticity
An anonymous reader writes "There has been a growing tide of support for replacing SSL's Certificate Authorities with an alternative authentication mechanism. Moxie Marlinspike, the security researche...
07:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot NYPD Anti-Terrorism Cameras Used For Much More
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from the NY Times:"The Police Department's growing web of license-plate-reading cameras has been transforming investigative work. Though the imaging technolo...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Sony's Case Against Geohot Has Been Settled
matt_gaia writes "According to Sony Computer Entertainment America, they have reached a settlement with GeoHot (George Hotz), where Hotz has consented to a permanent injunction, but still denies any w...
05:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Plans To Show Ads On Websites
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook is planning to compete directly with Google by working on an update for its ad platform. Facebook will be offering webmasters to place facebook ads on their websit...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Eulogy For Groklaw
akgraner writes "When I got up this morning, the news was all over Facebook and the free software news sites: Groklaw, the site that was influential in the SCO legal cases, will stop publication on Ma...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Einstein Pedometer App Measures Relative Time Gain
cylonlover writes "Among other things, Einstein's theory of special relativity says that as an object's velocity increases, time as experienced by the object will slow down when compared to another ob...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Google Cuts Chrome Page Load Times In Half w SPDY
An anonymous reader writes "It appears as if Google has quietly implemented the SPDY HTTP replacements in Chrome (well, we knew that), and its websites. All its websites were recently updated with SPD...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Internet2 Turns 15. Has It Delivered?
stinkymountain writes "With nearly $100 million in new funding, Internet2, the faster, better Internet reserved for research and education, has embarked on an upgrade that will boost backbone capacity...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Apple AirPlay Private Key Exposed
An anonymous reader writes "James Laird has reverse engineered the Airport Express private key and published an open source AirPort Express emulator. 'My girlfriend moved house, and her Airport Expres...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Forget Space Travel, It's Just a Dream
An anonymous reader writes "The clash of two titans — physics and chemistry — are major barriers to human space travel to Mars and beyond, and may well make it impossible ... at least with...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot TJX Hacker Claims US Authorized His Crimes
doperative writes "Convicted hacker Albert Gonzalez is asking a federal judge to throw out his earlier guilty pleas and lift his record-breaking 20-year prison sentence, on allegations that the govern...
11:05 am - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Inside CERT Australia
mask.of.sanity writes "The Australian Government has a list of software holes that are so sensitive they're kept hidden from the public. These weaknesses are being used by criminals to steal our money...
08:05 am - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot EU About To Vote On Copyright Extension
ConfusedVorlon writes "According to Christian Engström (Pirate MEP), 'Monday or Tuesday this upcoming week there will be another round in the fight against prolonging the copyright protection ter...
05:05 am - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Remembering the Apple I
harrymcc writes "This month marks the 35th anniversary of Apple--and the 35th anniversary of the Apple I, its first computer. It was a single-board computer that was unimaginably more rudimentary than...
04:05 am - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Sorting Algorithms As Dances
mikejuk writes "You may well have seen many simulations of sorting algorithms that aim to show how the algorithm works. However I guarantee that you have never seen anything quite in the same league a...
03:05 am - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Could You Pass Harvard's Entrance Exam From 1869?
erfnet writes "The New York Times remembers back to when 'college was a buyer's bazaar' and digs up 19th-century classified ads from Columbia, Harvard, Yale, and others. In competitive efforts to attr...
01:05 am - Mon, April 11, 2011
Slashdot Old Media Says Google Will Destroy Film & Music
SirWinston writes "A Daily Mail editor has written perhaps the most Luddite attack on Google ever, reading just like a 19th-century manifesto against looms and factories. 'Google has become a global p...
11:05 pm - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Design Barcode System For Zebras
A team of biologists and computer scientists has come up with a unique barcode-like system for tracking zebras called Stripespotter. The system is able to automatically identify zebras from pictures w...
10:05 pm - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot Are Computer Crooks Renting Out Your PC?
An anonymous reader writes "Brian Krebs recently posted an interesting piece looking at an invite-only service marketed on shadowy underground forums that lets crooks 'rent' or 'buy' access to individ...
08:17 pm - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Build Wearable Generators
schliz writes "From the itnews article: 'Bioengineers from the University of Auckland have developed cheap, lightweight rubber power generators that could harvest up to a Watt of power if embedded in ...
08:17 pm - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Country Has the Best Email Privacy Laws?
An anonymous reader writes "Given all that is going on with the ability of the government to go through my email if it is on a third-party server, I was wondering: what countries have the best privacy...
08:17 pm - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO
schwit1 writes "An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as circular in shape with raised centers approximatel...
04:16 pm - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot ALS Sufferer Used Legs To Contribute Last Patch
krkhan writes "This is a little old, but seeing as it didn't make it onto Slashdot at the time, I think it deserves a headline now. Adrian Hands was suffering from ALS and had lost motor skills when h...
04:16 pm - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot US Navy Close To On-Ship Laser Cannons
An anonymous reader writes "The Office of Naval Research and industry partner Northrop Grumman said they successfully tested for the first time an on-board laser defense system known as the Maritime L...
04:16 pm - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot What If America Had Beaten the Soviets Into Space?
MarkWhittington writes "April 12 is the 50th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's first space flight. Coming less than four years after Sputnik, Gagarin's orbital space voyage galvanized the...
04:16 pm - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot What Happens If You Get Sucked Out of a Plane?
astroengine writes "We've all wondered about it. When flying at 30,000ft, you look around the cramped economy class cabin thinking 'I wonder if I'd survive being sucked out of this plane if a hole, sa...
06:24 am - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot Free Software Helps Disabled Use Mouse
An anonymous reader writes "A University of Washington team has developed a piece of free software to help those with motor control problem do what most of us take for granted every day: use a compute...
06:24 am - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot Twitter Tax Controversy Explained In Cartoon Form
theodp writes "If you prefer to digest your news in a cartoon format, you'll be happy to know that the Twitter tax controversy has gotten the Next Media Animation TV treatment. In the NMAtv clip, Twit...
06:24 am - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot Groklaw Declares Victory, No More Articles
tomhudson writes "Pamela Jones announced that as of May 16th, she will no longer be updating groklaw "I have decided that Groklaw will stop publishing new articles on our anniversary, May 16: "I know ...
06:24 am - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot Five of the Best Free Linux Disk Encryption Tools
An anonymous reader writes "Disk encryption uses software to encrypt the entire hard disk. The onus is therefore not on the user to determine what data should be encrypted, or to remember to manually ...
06:24 am - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot New Book Reveals Apple's Steve Jobs Was First Choice for Google CEO
A Reader notes, Steven Levy's latest book, 'In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives,' lifts the lid on the secretive world of Google, revealing how the founders fell out with Apple'...
06:24 am - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot 'Anonymous' Plans Sony Boycott On April 16
"Say you're a hacker trying to cripple a major electronics company for suing its own users: how do you launch a cyberattack without harming the people you're trying to protect? In the case of hact...
06:24 am - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 Early Build Hints At Apple, WebOS Competitor - EWeek
Microsoft's next Windows could be a cross-platform OS in the style of Apple's iOS or Hewlett-Packard's webOS, if supposed early builds are to be believed... "Bloggers Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott, ...
06:24 am - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot An Autonomous Sailing Robot To Clean Up Oil Spills
rDouglass writes "Protei is a low-cost, open-source oil collecting robot that autonomously sails upwind, intercepting oil sheens going downwind. This crowd sourced, open source hardware, collaborative...
06:24 am - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot Toyota Yields To Apple Over Jailbroken Phones
zakkie writes "Toyota has caved to pressure from Apple and pulled custom themes for jailbroken iPhones. According to ModMyi.com founder Kyle Matthews, a representative of Toyota's ad agency said that ...
06:24 am - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot The Awesome Button
An anonymous reader writes "An awesome hardware hack which demonstrates how easily USB-based human interface devices (eg, Keyboards and Mice) can be created using the Arduino software environment."A v...
06:24 am - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot Google Earth To Include Google Deep Sea
mikejuk writes "You may have heard about the swashbuckling adventures to be undertaken by Virgin Oceanic -- visits to the bottom of the deepest parts of the oceans of the world. As Sir Richard Branson...
06:24 am - Sun, April 10, 2011
Slashdot Wozniak: I Would Consider Returning To Apple
Google85 writes "Steve Wozniak told Reuters he would consider returning to an active role at Apple, the company he co-founded, and believes the consumer electronics giant could afford to be more open ...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot New Gasoline Engine Prototype Claims 3X Current Engine Efficiency
erfnet writes "A cool new high-efficiency gasoline engine prototype has no radiator, no pistons, no valves, no transmission, and no fluids (except for the fuel). At first glance it has a few similarit...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot No U.S. Government Shutdown This Week
A Reader writes "If you were hoping for a government shutdown today, you are going to be disappointed. In a last-hour cliffhanger, Democrats and Republicans managed to agree with each other enough to ...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot Photosynth Gets a Little Competition
andres32a writes "Using existing open-source Structure From Motion Libraries and incorporating a WebGL pointcloud viewer, we have created a new website called 3dtubeme.com that allows users to create ...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot All Star Trek TV Coming To Netflix
tekgoblin writes "This is great news for all the Star Trek fans out there. Starting in July, every episode from every Star Trek series will be available for Instant Watch over Netflix. Right now Star ...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot Merck's Drug Propecia Linked To Sexual Dysfunction
zaxios writes "Merck — the pharmaceutical giant previously featured on Slashdot for drawing up a 'hit list' of doctors that criticized its drug Vioxx, and creating a fake medical journal to endo...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot Gaming Is the Most Popular Use For Tablets
The Guardian's Games blog reports on a survey from Google's Admob, which found that more people use tablets for gaming than for any other purpose, even viewing news or email. Quoting:"According to the...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot Kyoto Prize Laureate Unsnarls Electronic Networks
An anonymous reader writes "Electronic networks — from wireless cellular to the Internet — are often too big to simulate node-by-node, but new uses of graph theory are unsnarling them, acc...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot Threatening YouTube Video Lands Man In Prison
wiredmikey writes "Norman LeBoon of Philadelphia was sentenced to 24 months in prison for his production and transmission of a YouTube video over the Internet last March containing a threat to injure ...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot US May Issue Terror Alerts On Facebook, Twitter
CWmike writes "The US government may start issuing terror alerts using Facebook and Twitter, which were thrust again in the spotlight recently as lifelines in Japan. An AP report Thursday, based on a ...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot Feds Approve Google's Purchase of ITA Software
itwbennett writes "The US Justice Department has approved Google's $700 million acquisition of online flight-data specialist ITA Software, but with stringent conditions. From a DOJ press release annou...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot In-Depth Look At the Xperia Play
Eurogamer has done an extensive evaluation of Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play device, a smartphone that's also a dedicated gaming platform complete with controller-style buttons. Here's some of what they ...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot Holograms That Don't Change Color As You Move
An anonymous reader sends this quote from Wired:"By harnessing the power of tiny waves dancing in an electron sea, Japanese physicists have developed a novel way to project holograms that don't change...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot Star Falls Into Black Hole
thodelu writes with news that astronomers recently got a look at what they believe is a star falling into a black hole. Phil Plait explains:"As the star approached this bottomless pit, the side of the...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot KGB Wants Control of Email and VOIP
blair1q writes "The FSB (really just a rebadged KGB) is worried about the abilities that internet communications services such as Hotmail, Gmail, and Skype give to people they consider black-hats. In ...
02:31 pm - Sat, April 9, 2011
Slashdot The Dying DVR Box and Woz Wisdom
Lucas123 writes "At SNW in Santa Clara this past week, a diverse group of techies shared insights into their industries, such as the DVR market. TiVo's senior director of IT, Richard Rothschild, for i...
03:03 pm - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Create a "Worth Saving" Index For Endangered Animals
If you're one of the last hairy-nosed-wombats left in Australia things got a little worse for you today. Thanks to a new mathematical tool created by researchers from James Cook University and the Uni...
03:03 pm - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot Quad-Core Mobile Chips Wasted On Mobiles?
An anonymous reader writes "Dual-core smartphones have only just hit the market, but mobile chipmakers Nvidia and Qualcomm are already turning their attention to quad-core chips. While it looks certai...
03:03 pm - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot Tennessee Bill Helps Teachers Challenge Evolution
sciencehabit writes "In a 70-28 vote yesterday, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed HB 368 (PDF), a bill that encourages science teachers to explore controversial topics without fear of repr...
03:03 pm - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot Involuntary Geolocation To Within One Kilometer
Schneier's blog tips an article about research into geolocation that can track down a computer's location from its IP address to within 690 meters on average without voluntary disclosure from the targ...
03:03 pm - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot 92,000 LEGO Robots To Take Over Peruvian Schools Alongside OLPC
An anonymous reader writes "The president of Peru, Alan Garcia, decided to celebrate the 500,000th One Laptop Per Child XO laptop in that country in style, announcing orders for half a million more an...
03:03 pm - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot Editing Wikipedia Helps Professor Attain Tenure
Hugh Pickens writes "Lianna Davis writes in Watching the Watchers that Michel Aaij has won tenure in the Department of English and Philosophy at Auburn University Montgomery in Alabama in part because...
03:03 pm - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot Judge In Oracle-Google Case Given Crash Course in Java
itwbennett writes "Lawyers for Oracle and Google gave Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco an overview of Java and why it was invented, and an explanation of terms such as b...
03:03 pm - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot Google Ties Employee Bonuses To +1 Success
jfruhlinger writes "Last week Google introduced the +1 button, its attempt to tie its search offerings more closely with users' social networks. Now, a leaked memo reveals that every Google emplo...
05:10 am - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot Better Open Source Communities Through Data
An anonymous reader writes "Using exhaust data from Bugzilla, David Eaves describes how the Mozilla Metrics team is creating dashboards to improve the contributor experience and give open source commu...
04:25 am - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot Minecraft To Officially Launch 111111
tekgoblin writes "Minecraft has currently sold about 2 million copies and it's still only in beta. However, the developers have just announced that the game will officially launch on 11/11/11. The dat...
04:25 am - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot Nokia Confirms Symbian Is No Longer Open Source
theweatherelectric noted an article on the H. From the article "Nokia has confirmed that it has closed the source code for the Symbian smartphone operating system. It says that despite it describing i...
02:38 am - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot FCC Requires Data-Roaming Agreements
itwbennett writes "The FCC has voted to require data roaming agreements between carriers in a move largely targeting AT&T and Verizon, the two largest mobile carriers in the U.S. 'What good is [a]...
02:38 am - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot Obama Administration Wants Your Old Email
Nemesisghost wrote to us with a story about attempts to reform the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Under the act, messages left on a server are considered abandoned after six months and ar...
02:38 am - Fri, April 8, 2011
Slashdot Which Comic Character Is the Greatest Engineer?
ptorrone writes "From Bruce Wayne to Lex Luthor to Tony Stark — the most popular comic heroes are more than just beefy guys in skin tight suits, they're also business persons, titans of industry...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Using Prime Numbers to Generate Backgrounds
bpeh123 pointed out an article about generating organically tiled backgrounds inspired by the life cycle of cicadas. The trick is to overlay multiple background tiles with prime widths thus generating...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Free DARPA Software Lets Gamers Hunt Submarines
coondoggie writes "If you have ever wanted to go torpedo-to-torpedo with a submariner, now is your chance. The crowdsource-minded folks at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency rolled out an o...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 5 Scheduled For June 21 Release
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla has updated its Firefox 5 release schedule and is apparently upbeat that it can release the browser even earlier than previously anticipated. The release was pulled...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?
Hugh Pickens writes "Pastabagel writes that the actual scientific answers to the questions of the origins of the universe, the evolution of man, and the fundamental nature of the cosmos involve things...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Google Adds Tablet UI Elements To Chrome OS Betas
Apparently current buildsidentify themselves as CrOS, elements have been giving more whitespace to ease finger based navigation, and and on-screen keyboard is now built in. This only adds further to t...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot 7.4-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Japan; Tsunami Alert Issued
There is breaking news that a 7.4 Magnitude Quake has hit off the coast of Japan, and a Tsuanmi warning has been made. Please post updates in the comments. Read more of this story at Slashdot....
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Getting L33t Into the Oxford English Dictionary
arcticstoat writes "A few net-speak acronyms such as LOL and OMG were entered to the Oxford English Dictionary last month, but could we ever see l33t-speak (complete with numbers) or ROFLcopters in th...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Epsilon Breach Used Four-month-old Attack
schliz writes "Marketing giant Epsilon knew that it was vulnerable to an attack for "some months" before suffering a high-profile breach last week. According to Epsilon's technology partner ReturnPath...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Opens Their Data Center Infrastructure
gnu let us know about Facebook releasing specifications for their data center infrastructure as an open hardware project. They've released detailed electrical and mechanical data for everything from t...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot SQL and NoSQL are Two Sides of the Same Coin
An anonymous reader writes "NoSQL databases have become a hot topic with their promise to solve the problem of distilling valuable information and business insight from big data in a scalable and prog...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Columbia University Ending the Kermit Project
An anonymous reader writes "Columbia University has announced that the Kermit Project will be ended in July 2011, after more than 30 years in existence. Open Kermit (C-Kermit) will remain available, b...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Denmark Now Supports EU Copyright Term Extension
airfoobar submitted an editorial by Bernt Hugenholtz. From the article "Bad news from Denmark. According to an official press release, the Danish government has changed its position and now endorses t...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Brain-Computer Interface Works With Speech Centers
Scottingham writes "Science Daily reports on new research that uses electrodes placed in the speech centers of the brain to move a cursor around the screen. Participants were instructed to utter diffe...
11:00 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Celebrating 20 Years of Linux
dmbkiwi writes "2011 is the 20th anniversary of the first release of the Linux kernel by Linus Torvalds. Since that time, the Linux kernel, together with the GNU tools and a whole host of software has...
02:15 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Fired Gucci Employee Accused of Attacking Network
WrongSizeGlass writes "Computer World, Information Week, The Register are all reporting on the story of a former Gucci IT employee who is accused of a November 2010 assault on Gucci's network deleting...
02:15 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Pandora App Sends Private Data To Advertisers
Trailrunner7 writes "An analysis of the popular free mobile application from online music service Pandora.com that is the subject of a grand jury investigation into loose data privacy practices in the...
02:15 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Feds Prep For E-Gov Shutdown
dcblogs writes "If the federal government is shutdown midnight Friday, the feds plan to stop updating government Web sites that aren't delivering essential services. 'Most Web sites will not continue,...
02:15 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Elderly Georgian Woman Cuts Armenian Internet
welcher writes "An elderly Georgian woman was scavenging for copper with a spade when she accidentally sliced through an underground cable and cut off internet services to nearly all of neighboring Ar...
02:15 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Dearth of New Nintendo Games Could Indicate Wii 2
A speculative piece at Kotaku looks at the release cycle of Nintendo games over the past 10 years, pointing out a current lull that's quite similar to the one near the launch of the Gamecube. They sug...
02:15 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot France Outlaws Hashed Passwords
An anonymous reader writes "Storing passwords as hashes instead of plain text is now illegal in France, according to a draconian new data retention law. According to the BBC, '[t]he law obliges a rang...
02:15 pm - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot GameStop To Build Its Own Gaming Tablet?
itwbennett writes "GameStop has been on a roll lately, purchasing both Impulse and Spawn Labs in the past week. Now it's ready to go after those casual gaming dollars, but first it needs to put a gami...
06:09 am - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Richard Branson Announces Virgin Oceanic Submarine
It's the tripnaut! writes "Richard Branson has just revealed that he intends to build a vessel capable of exploring some of the deepest parts of the oceans around the world. The article further states...
03:24 am - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Using Fusion To Propel an Interstellar Probe
astroengine writes "We've heard of nuclear pulse propulsion being the ideal way to travel through interstellar space, but what would such a system look like? In the 1970's, the British Interstella...
02:28 am - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Named the "Most Reputable Company"
An anonymous reader writes "Amazon has been named the most reputable company in the US this year (up from 21st place last year), according to the sixth annual list of the 150 Most Reputable Companies ...
02:28 am - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Sex After a Field Trip Yields Scientific Discovery
sciencehabit writes "A U.S. vector biologist appears to have accidentally written virological history simply by having sex with his wife after returning from a field trip to Senegal. A study just rele...
02:28 am - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Launches Attack On Sony
RedEaredSlider writes "The hacker collective Anonymous has made good on its threat to attack Sony, having launched a distributed denial-of-service attack on Wednesday afternoon. The attack is revenge ...
02:28 am - Thu, April 7, 2011
Slashdot GNOME 3 Released
Blacklaw writes "The GNOME Desktop team has sent its latest creation into the wild, officially launching GNOME 3.0 — the biggest redesign the project has enjoyed in around nine years. 'We've tak...
10:34 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Mono Comes To Android
hairyfeet writes "After releasing Monotouch for iPhone which allows c# development on iOS, Novell has announced the availability of Mono for Android. Will this give us the 'one language to rule them a...
10:34 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Salt Lake City To Launch Mobile Payment System
jitendraharlalka writes "According to The Register: 'Operator consortium Isis has selected Salt Lake City as its flagship deployment to show the rest of the USA what NFC can do for them. The plan will...
10:34 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot The New Commodore 64
An anonymous reader writes "After nearly 30 years, the Commodore brand has taken on new management and is re-releasing its flagship computer, this time with all the amenities of a modern-day computer ...
10:34 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Smithsonian Gets Tiny Robots
CWmike writes "The Smithsonian Museum of American History on Tuesday added a number of robotic technologies to its collection, including what may have been one of the smallest robots in the world. The...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Fermi Lab May Have Discovered New Particle or Force
schleprock63 writes "Physicists at Fermi Lab have found a 'suspicious bump' in their data that could indicate they've found a new elementary particle or even a new force of nature. The discovery could...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot MythBuster Developing Light-Weight Vehicle Armor
gearystwatcher writes "MythBusters' Jamie Hyneman has been developing blast-resistant, light-weight armor for use on US military vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan based on his work with show co-host Ad...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot NASA Green-lights $16.5M To Advance Future Jets
coondoggie writes "NASA said this week four research teams would split $16.5 million to continue developing quieter, cleaner, and more fuel-efficient jets that the agency says will be three generation...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Interpol Wants a Global Identity Card System
Orome1 writes "The head of INTERPOL has emphasized the need for a globally verifiable electronic identity card (e-ID) system for migrant workers at an international forum on citizen ID projects, e-pas...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Fukushima Radiation Levels High, But Leak Plugged
jmcvetta wrote in with a story about Fukushima radiation levels so high that monitoring devices have been rendered useless. Levels outside the buildings exceed 100 millisieverts in some places. But th...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot The Vatican Lauds Hackers
angry tapir writes "Internet hackers have acquired a dubious reputation for piracy, sabotage and the spilling of sensitive secrets, but an authoritative Vatican publication appears to rehabilitate the...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot iPad Just Another TV Set?
An anonymous reader writes "An iPad is just another TV set, and can be viewed just like an extra outlet. These are the words Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) has thrown toward content providers as demand for c...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Thousands of SSL Certs Issued To Unqualified Names
Trailrunner7 writes "The recent attack on Comodo and several of its associated registration authorities has spurred quite a bit of re-examination of the way that the Web's certificate authority infras...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot US Students Suffering From Internet Addiction
PsiCTO writes "American college students are hooked on cellphones, social media and the Internet and showing symptoms similar to drug and alcohol addictions, according to a new study.This probably fal...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Which Grad Students Are the Most Miserable?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Jessica Palmer has an interesting post about the miseries of STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] graduate students and makes the case that of all grad program...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Electromagnetic Automobile Suspension Demonstrated
cylonlover writes "Last December at the Future of Electric Vehicles conference in San Jose, a representative from The Netherlands' Eindhoven University of Technology presented research that his instit...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Intel Unveils 10-Core Xeon Processors
MojoKid writes "Intel announced its new E-series of Xeon processors today, claiming that they will deliver nearly unparalleled advances in CPU performance and power efficiency. It has been just over a...
07:53 pm - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Gearbox Boss Bemoans Superfluous Multiplayer Modes
Speaking with Edge magazine, Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford lamented the tendency of game publishers to force multiplayer modes into games that don't need them. Quoting:"Pitchford points t...
05:14 am - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot 10,000 Shipping Containers Lost At Sea Each Year
kkleiner writes "Right now, as you read this, there are five or six million shipping containers on enormous cargo ships sailing across the world's oceans. And about every hour, on average, one is fall...
03:37 am - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Software Firm Looking To Hire Naked Coders
Nude House, a Buckinghamshire computer software and naturist company, is looking for coders who aren't afraid to let a few Cheetos fall where no Cheetos have fallen before. The company would like to b...
03:37 am - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Google Loses Autocomplete Defamation Case
superglaze writes "Google has been found liable in an Italian court for defamatory comments made against an anonymous plaintiff — the complainant's name, when googled, elicited autocomplete sugg...
12:47 am - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin
jbrodkin writes "Two decades after Linus Torvalds developed his famous operating system kernel, the battle between Linux and Microsoft is over and Linux has won, says Linux Foundation Executive Direct...
12:47 am - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot The Case Against GUIs, Revisited
snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia advocates the importance of the command line, in light of the increasing use of GUIs in today's technologies, as well as the increasing perception among admins t...
12:47 am - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot House Votes To Overturn FCC On Net Neutrality
suraj.sun writes with this quote from CNet:"House Republicans voted unanimously today to block controversial Net neutrality regulations from taking effect, a move that is likely to invite a confrontat...
12:47 am - Wed, April 6, 2011
Slashdot Key Music Industry Lawyer Named EU Copyright Chief
halfEvilTech writes "The European Union's new point person on copyright policy won't take up her post until mid-April, but she's already stirring up controversy. That's because Maria Martin-Prat spent...
09:09 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Would You Take a Pay Cut To Telecommute?
coondoggie writes "IT pros want to telecommute — so much so that more than one-third of those surveyed by Dice.com said they would take a pay cut for the chance to work full time from home. In a...
09:09 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Sony's NGP May Be Delayed By Japan Quake
RedEaredSlider writes "Sony's upcoming portable gaming console, code named NGP, may be latest victim of the ongoing crisis afflicting Japan. Sony America president Jack Tretton told Bloomberg that Son...
09:09 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot GNOME vs. KDE: the Latest Round
jammag writes "The debate about whether KDE or GNOME is the better Linux desktop is longstanding. Yet as Linux pundit Bruce Byfield discusses, it has entered a fresh chapter now that both desktop envi...
09:09 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Patent Troll Going After Alzheimer's Researchers
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from Nature News:"The website of the Alzheimer's Institute of America (AIA) doesn't reveal much about the organization, but portrays it as committed to supportin...
09:09 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Inducement To Piracy, Adobe Style
S Vulpy writes "A post at the Social Science Research Council's website talks about how piracy greases the wheels of the Adobe Creative Suite marketplace by making it easier to deal with Adobe breakin...
06:34 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Solar Storm Nearly Wipes Out NASA's Messenger
tcd004 writes "There was a close call last week when an enormous coronal ejection nearly hit Mercury and the orbiting Messenger spacecraft. Scientists at the Space Weather Laboratory flew into action,...
06:34 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot World's Most Powerful Rocket Ready In 2012, SpaceX Says
Velcroman1 writes "Elon Musk, the millionaire founder of private space company Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX for short) said the long-planned Falcon Heavy vehicle would be ready for lift...
06:34 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot FCC.gov: A Modern Open Platform
An anonymous reader writes "FCC.gov just launched a public beta which aims to take the agency into the future. The $1.35 million site follows the WhiteHouse.gov lead to Drupal. Agency director Steven ...
04:23 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Tobii Releases Eye-Controlled Mouse For PCs
Zothecula writes "Sweden's eye tracking and control innovator Tobii has announced the release of a stand-alone eye control device called PCEye. Like the laptop-based prototype system demonstrated at C...
04:23 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Britain's Oldest Working Television For Sale
If you happen to be in London on April 19th you have a chance to own a piece of history. A Marconi type–702 television set, which was built using England's then secret radar research, is going u...
04:23 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot The Facebook Obsession
rabidmuskrat writes "Are we too obsessed with Facebook? With 500 million users and a CNBC story about it, the answer would seem to be yes. PostRandomonium notes the media's obsession with Facebook...
04:23 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Osborne 1 vs. IPad 2
On Saturday we ran a story about the 30th Anniversary of the Osborne Computer, and today we have an amusing head-to-head: Osborne 1 vs the iPad 2.StormDriver starts: "At first, they seem to belong in ...
04:23 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot XBMC Gets a Dedicated Remote
Malard writes "XBMC users can rejoice, developers from the team have partnered with Motorola to re-develop their previously announced Nyxboard remote with RF, programmable IR and full support on Windo...
04:23 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Afghanistan Called First "Robotic War"
retroworks writes "Fareed Zakaria (Editor of Time, CNN GPS) writes that one in 50 USA combatants in Afghanistan is now a robot. There are more fighting robots than elevators in the country. Article ha...
04:23 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Apple Wins $625.5 Million Ruling Over Cover Flow
An anonymous reader writes "A federal judge has reversed a $625.5 million judgement against Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit pertaining to Apple's Cover Flow feature. The lawsuit was filed by Mi...
04:23 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Arizona Governor Proposes Flab Tax
Hugh Pickens writes "The WSJ reports that Arizona governor Jan Brewer has proposed levying a $50 fee on some enrollees in the state's cash-starved Medicaid program, including obese people who don't fo...
04:23 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Xbox Live Indie Games Rating Manipulation
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft seems to be turning a blind eye to the Xbox Live Indie game area. Certain indie developers have found a way to abuse the independent game ranking system in order ...
04:23 pm - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Yahoo! Liable In Italy For Searchable Content
h3rr d0kt0r writes "A recent decision of an Italian court could spark considerable discussion over the liability of a search engines. The court actually ordered Yahoo! to remove any link to any site c...
04:50 am - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Net Neutrality Case Rejected
Back in January, we discussed news that Verizon had filed an appeal to the FCC's net neutrality rules, saying the regulatory agency did not have the legal authority to enforce the mandate. Now, reader...
04:50 am - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot GameStop Buys Impulse From Stardock
Daetrin writes "It was announced Thursday that Stardock has sold Impulse, the digital game store, to GameStop. Stardock founder Brad Wardell gave an interview to Joystiq talking about the sale and the...
04:50 am - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Creating the Software Art In Tron Legacy
hownottowrite writes "A software artist has posted an overview of the coding behind the tools used to create Tron Legacy's special effects. 'In Tron, the hacker was not supposed to be snooping around ...
04:50 am - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot The Biggest Legal Danger For Open Source?
itwbennett writes "Brian Proffitt is blogging about the undercurrent of legal issues troubling the open source world these days and offers up this question: Are patents or copyright a bigger threat to...
04:50 am - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Texas Instruments Buys National Semiconductor For $6.5B
CWmike writes "Texas Instruments on Monday announced it has agreed to acquire semiconductor company National Semiconductor for $6.5 billion in an all-cash transaction. TI, which makes low-power chips,...
04:50 am - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot California Library's Plan: Get Rid of Books
HansonMB writes "Facing the likelihood of state budget cuts that would eliminate $15 million for library and reading programs – and, apparently, create a future in which people no longer read th...
04:50 am - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Pandora Subpoenaed In Probe of Mobile-App Privacy
ideaz writes "Pandora Media Inc., the largest Internet radio company, said it's been asked for information as part of a federal grand-jury probe into the way smartphone software developers handle pers...
04:50 am - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Do Violent Games Hinder Development of Empathy?
donniebaseball23 writes "Although there's yet to be a study that conclusively proves a direct causal relationship between video game violence and real-life violence, psychologists are continuing to ex...
04:50 am - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Accidental Find May Lead To a Cure For Baldness
kkleiner writes "Science is full of stories in which great discoveries are made by accident: the discovery of radiation, the discovery of the universe's shape through x-ray detection, and now perhaps ...
04:50 am - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot AMD Bulldozer Will Bring Socket Shift To PCs
An anonymous reader writes "One of the most dreaded hurdles on the PC upgrade path is the CPU socket. If socket design changes then you'll almost certainly need a new motherboard when you do upgrade. ...
04:50 am - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot NASA To Delay Endeavour By 10 Days
gabbo529 writes "NASA announced recently it will be delaying the upcoming launch of the space shuttle Endeavour — the final one for the well-traveled spacecraft. Endeavour was originally slated ...
04:50 am - Tue, April 5, 2011
Slashdot Piracy Is a Market Failure — Not a Legal One
Mr.Fork writes "Michael Geist, Canada's copyright law guru and law prof at the University of Ottawa, posted an interesting observation about the copyright issue of piracy. Canada's International Devel...
07:17 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: 15 Minutes Including Q&A
brothke writes "When I initially read 15 Minutes Including Q&A: A Plan to Save the World From Lousy Presentations, I enjoyed it and thought it was a good book. It was only a few days later, sittin...
07:17 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot Google Fights Back Against Android Fragmentation
bonch writes "Google is tightening its control over Android in an attempt to standardize the platform. Licensees must agree to a 'non-fragmentation clause' that gives Google final approval over operat...
07:17 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot Requiring Algebra II In High School Gains Momentum
ChadHurley writes with this quote from the Washington Post:"Of all of the classes offered in high school, Algebra II is the leading predictor of college and work success, according to research that ha...
07:17 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot Epsilon Breach Affects JPMorgan Chase, Capital One
Orome1 writes "The recent Play.com breach has been tied to the attack that its marketing communications firm Silverpop — a company that services over 105 customers, among whom are Walgreens and ...
04:33 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot RIAAMPAA: the Greatest Threat To Tech Innovation
TAGmclaren writes "The Harvard Business Review is running an article stating that it's not India or China that are the greatest threat to technological innovation happening in America. Rather, it's th...
04:33 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot Comodo Hack May Reshape Browser Security
suraj.sun writes "Major browser makers are beginning to revisit how they handle Web authentication after last month's breach that allowed a hacker to impersonate sites including Google, Yahoo, and Sky...
04:33 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Scientists Make Cow Producing Human-Like Milk
hackingbear writes "Scientists from China Agricultural University have produced 17 healthy cloned cattle expressing recombinant human lysozyme using somatic cell nuclear transfer. Lysozyme, a bacteric...
04:33 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot Robots Find Wreckage of AF447
Last week we reported on an army of robots searching for Air France 447 over a nearly 4,000 sq mile patch of the Atlantic ocean. Todaymriya3 noted that "BEA, the French air accident investigation offi...
04:33 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot Google Reaffirms Stance Against Software Patents
An anonymous reader writes "Google has again publicly affirmed its stance against software patents during an announcement over a potential defensive acquisition. These days, when Microsoft, Apple, and...
01:15 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot Apple's Secret Weapon To Win the Tablet Wars
Hugh Pickens writes "International Business Times reports that when manufacturers trotted out their Android tablet prototypes during the CES show two months ago, pundits were happy to toll the death k...
01:15 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot NYT Paywall Cost $40 Million: How?
An anonymous reader submits this musing from Philip Greenspun's blog: "Aside from wondering who will pay more than the cost of a Wall Street Journal subscription in order to subscribe to the New York ...
01:15 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot US Government Domain Seizures Failing Miserably
ktetch-pirate writes "Operation In Our Sites, a US Government-led domain seizure action to deal with piracy, is pretty much a failure. TorrentFreak has examined a significant number of sites that have...
01:15 pm - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot New Dinosaur Species Found In China
jones_supa writes "A previously unknown dinosaur has been identified from fossils dug up in China and has been nicknamed as 'T-Rex's cousin.' The gigantic creature roamed North America and east Asia b...
03:14 am - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot Leaked Docs Show UK ISP BT Plans Music Service
An anonymous reader submits with word of a leaked document that indicates that British Telecom "has plans to launch a new Music Download Service which it hopes will steer users away from P2P File Shar...
02:20 am - Mon, April 4, 2011
Slashdot China Detects 10 Cases of Radiation Contamination, 2 In Hospital
According to an article at The Sydney Morning Herald, "China has detected 10 cases of radioactive contamination among passengers, aircraft, ships and containers arriving from Japan since March 16, qua...
11:32 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot US Open Government Sites To Close
SEWilco writes "US government sites which promote open government are going to shut down soon due to not enough funding being directed at them." Read more of this story at Slashdot....
11:32 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot StunRay Incapacitates With a Flash of Light
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Scientific American reports that a newly patented method of non-lethal incapacitation can render an assailant helpless for several minutes by overloading the neural network...
08:35 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot A Multitasking GUI, Circa 1982
autospa points out a post (with video) showing off the multi-tasking abilities of the Blit terminal, developed in 1982 by Rob Pike and Bart Locanthi. Before Windows, before X, and before the Mac (but ...
08:35 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 5 Details: Sharing, Home Tab, PDF Viewer
An anonymous reader writes "Firefox 4 may be still new, but Firefox 5 is already being prepared by Mozilla. At least the UI features have been laid out by the Mozilla team — there are nine new f...
08:35 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Pirated Android App Shames Freeloaders
MojoKid writes "A pirated version of an Android app is actually a Trojan that shames someone who installs it by sending an SMS message to all his/her contacts telling them of his/her piracy. The origi...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot New Quantum Record: 14 Entangled Bits
Tx-0 writes "Quantum physicists from the University of Innsbruck have set another world record: They have achieved controlled entanglement of 14 quantum bits (qubits) and, thus, realized the largest q...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Top Gear Fights Back At Tesla
An anonymous reader writes "Top Gear's producer Andy Wilman responds to Tesla's lawsuit: 'We never said that the Tesla's true range is only 55 miles, as opposed to their own claim of 211, or that it h...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Crack In Fukushima Structure May Be Leaking Radiation
SillySnake writes with this excerpt from Reuters: "Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it had found a crack in the pit at its No.2 reactor in Fukushima, generating readings 1,000 millisieverts of rad...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Develop New Method To Improve Passwords
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at Max-Planck-Institute for Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany have developed a novel method to improve password security. A strong long password is ...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Vatican Warns That Internet Promotes Satanism
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Telegraph reports that the Roman Catholic Church has warned that the internet has fueled a surge in Satanism that has led to a sharp rise in the demand for exorcists. '...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Earth's Gravitational Shape In Detail
RobHart writes "The European Space Agency (ESA) has released detailed information about the Earth's gravitational shape, based on data from the ESA's GOCE satellite (Gravity Field and Steady-State Oce...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Engineering Election Debates With Subtle Cues
smolloy writes "A recent innovation in televised election debates is a continuous response measure (the 'worm') that allows viewers to track the response of a sample of undecided voters in real-time. ...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Epsilon Data Breach Bigger Than Just Kroger Customers' Data
wiredmikey writes with an update to the previously reported Epsilon breach: "It turns out that Kroger is only one of many customers affected by the breach at Epsilon, which sends over 40 billion email...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Amateurs Spy On US Spy Plane
arshadk writes with this excerpt from Wired's Danger Room: "The X-37B has generated intense interest, long before it ever left the ground. Boeing originally developed the 29-foot unmanned craft &mdash...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Google Pulls PSX4Droid For Sony's Xperia Play
tlhIngan writes "Google has apparently pulled an Apple and pulled PSX4Droid (a PlayStation emulator) from the Marketplace, citing 'policy violations' for it reason. It's believed that Sony's Xperia Pl...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Android Passes BlackBerry In US Market Share
An anonymous reader writes "69.5 million people in the US owned smartphones during the three months ending in February 2011, up 13 percent from the preceding three-month period. For the first time, mo...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Viral Scareware Infects Four Million Websites
oxide7 writes "A fast-spreading SQL injection attack that illegally peddles a bogus scareware has been breaking anti-virus barriers and compromising millions of websites, besides defrauding unsuspecti...
05:19 pm - Sun, April 3, 2011
Slashdot Drug Runners Perfect Long-Range Subs
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Authorities have captured a 74-foot camouflaged submarine — nearly twice as long as a city bus — with twin propellers and a 5-foot conning tower that, with a cr...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot Sony CEO Lets Slip That iPhone 5 Will Have 8MP Camera
An anonymous reader writes "During a recent interview with Walt Mossberg, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer may have inadvertently let it slip that Sony plans to supply Apple with 8 megapixel cameras for t...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot CD Ripper 'Incites Law Breaking,' Says British Regulator
Barence writes "A British firm has been banned from advertising a CD ripping device because it 'incites law breaking.' The Brennan JB7 is 'a CD player with a hard disk that stores up to 5,000 CDs.' Th...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot Burt Rutan Retires From Scaled Composites
hondo77 writes "Lost in all of the April Fool's Day fun was the news that Burt Rutan retired on April 1. 'Five of his planes now hang in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, including the Vo...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot Google's Driverless Car and the Logic of Safety
mikejuk writes "Google's driverless car could save more than 1 million deaths per year and tens of millions of injuries. It is an impressive achievement, but will we allow it to take over the wheel...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot Hackers Steal Kroger's Customer List
wiredmikey writes "Kroger, the nation's largest traditional grocery retailer with more than 338,000 associates, notified customers today of a breach of the database that stores its customers' names an...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot USC Researchers Demonstrate Real-Life Gmail Motion
An anonymous reader writes "In this tongue-in-cheek video, researchers at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies take playful jabs at Google as they demonstrate their software controlling Gmail w...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot FBI Overwhelmed With 'Solutions' To Encrypted Note
An anonymous reader writes "Recently the FBI asked for the public's help in solving the encryption in a note linked to a man's murder. Well, they got so much 'help,' it has overwhelmed the agency's ph...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot Students Create Thought-Controlled Prosthetic Arm
Zothecula writes "Two undergraduate students from Toronto's Ryerson University have created a prosthetic arm that is controlled by its wearer's brain signals, and powered by compressed air. Not only i...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot RSA Says SecurID Hack Based On Phishing With Flash 0-Day
Trailrunner7 writes "RSA confirmed on Friday that the attack that compromised the company's high-value SecurID product was essentially a small, targeted phishing campaign that included a payload of a ...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot The 30th Anniversary of Osborne Computer
harrymcc writes "This Sunday is the thirtieth anniversary of the announcement of the Osborne 1 — the first mass-produced mobile computer. For years, Osborne has been most famous for its failure,...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot Nuclear Risk Expert: Fukushima Fuel May Be Leaking
An anonymous reader writes "Three weeks after the nuclear crisis began at Japan's Fukushima Dai-1 power plant, there's still a real danger of melted nuclear fuel escaping the reactor buildings and rel...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued For $1 Billion Over Intifada Page
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from ZDNet: "Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, has filed a lawsuit against Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg for their rol...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot Four Physicists Arrested After SSC Break-In
An anonymous reader writes with a not-unexpected followup to one of the break-ins of the century, when a group of curious scientists decided to see what was left of the uncompleted giant collider proj...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot AffirmIt!, the Supportive Testing Framework
egalluzzo writes "Announced today, the AffirmIt! unit testing framework for Ruby eschews dismisses disses dispells the harsh, archaic notions of 'truth' and 'failure,' preferring instead to affirm yo...
07:06 pm - Sat, April 2, 2011
Slashdot TSA Mandates GA 'Self-Pat-Down' Program
countertrolling writes "In a compromise measure that attempts to balance calls for increased security uncertainty fromulance arousal in General Aviation operations against the individual liberties of...
04:34 am - Fri, April 1, 2011
Slashdot Internet Explorer Antitrust Case Set To Expire
jbrodkin writes "The judgment in United States vs. Microsoft is on the verge of expiring, nearly a decade after antitrust officials ruled Microsoft unfairly limited competition against its Internet Ex...
03:33 am - Fri, April 1, 2011
Slashdot Robots Dive Deep To Solve Airliner Crash Mystery
coondoggie writes "A small squadron of undersea robots has begun to conduct a 4-month, 3,900 square mile search of Atlantic Ocean bottom looking for the deep-sea wreck site of and black boxes from Air...
11:57 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Case Closed On Jerusalem UFO Video
astroengine writes "Skepticism was high after videos surfaced earlier this year depicting a UFO over Jerusalem. However, ufologists defended the sighting, dismissing claims that it was a hoax. But a f...
11:57 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot San Francisco Opening Computer & Video Game Museum
An anonymous reader writes "A team of game scholars, game journalists, and plain old geeks have gotten together to put together San Francisco's first and most comprehensive non-profit museum dedicated...
11:57 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Robert Bunsen, Open Source Pioneer?
cygtoad writes "Today marks Robert Bunsen's 200th birthday. I found this interesting factoid on the man: 'Bunsen and Desaga did not apply for patent protection on their burner and it was quite soon th...
11:57 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot It's World Backup Day
1sockchuck writes "Today is World Backup Day, an occasion to back up your personal data and financial information and check your restores. For those needing motivation — a group that apparently ...
11:57 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot After Japan's Quake, Taiwan Helps Fill iPad 2 Supply-Chain Gaps
RedEaredSlider writes "Like many device manufacturers, Apple cannot seem to escape supply concerns in the wake of the ongoing crisis in Japan. The company is hoping that AU Optronics will fill the voi...
11:57 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot AP Adopts Firefox's 'Do Not Track'; Others On the Way
theweatherelectric writes "As noted by the Mozilla Blog, the AP News Registry is the first large scale service to support the Do Not Track (DNT) feature of Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9. They writ...
11:57 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot FSF Suggests That Google Free Gmail Javascript
Phoe6 writes "Apparently, FSF is calling it a 'JavaScript Trap' and wants 'useful websites' such as Gmail and others such as twitter, facebook to release their Javascript code under Free Software Lice...
11:57 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Android 3.0 Is Trickling In, But Are the Apps?
jhernik writes "As tablets based on the new Honeycomb version of Android appear, critics have questioned Google's moves to enforce a standard Android platform, and said there may be as few as 20 'real...
11:57 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Congressman Wants YouTube Video Covered Up
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Examiner reports that Wisconsin Republicans claim that no one else can republish a video of United States Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI) complaining about how he is '...
05:41 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Over 10B Social Network Accounts Created Already
siliconbits writes "Analyst firm In-stat has calculated that well over 10 billion social networking and online world accounts have been created by the end of 2010 with nearly half of them (4.5 billion...
05:41 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Google Is Introducing the +1 Button
An anonymous reader writes "It seems that Google refuses to give up and is trying to push once again its way into the social space, by introducing a new feature called +1 that it will basically h...
05:41 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Massive SQL Injection Attack Compromises 380K URLs
Orome1 writes "A massive SQL injection attack campaign has been spotted by Websense researchers, and the number of unique URLs affected by it has risen from 28,000 when first detected yesterday, to 38...
05:41 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Pioneer Anomaly Solved By 1970s Computer Graphics
Frans Faase updated us on a Pioneer Mystery we've been following for many years: something is tugging Pioneer 10 & 11. A few years ago a theory surfaced but now "A new computer model of the way he...
05:41 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A-bomb
mdsolar writes "Coster-Mullen taught himself how to build an A-bomb. 'The secret of the atomic bomb,' he says, 'is how easy they are to make.' His findings are available in a book he continuously upda...
05:41 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Keylogger Stories a False Alarm
Trailrunner7 writes "The panic that arose yesterday about Samsung allegedly shipping laptops that contained a pre-installed keylogger turns out to have been a complete mistake after further investigat...
05:41 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Files EU Competition Complaint Against Google
bLanark writes "In an amazing about-turn, the bully has turned into the bullied. Microsoft, having been on the receiving end of many anti-competition lawsuits, has filed a complaint with the European ...
05:41 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Boston College Says Using WiFi Is a Sign of Infringement
An anonymous reader writes "Boston College has a funny idea of what constitutes copyright infringement. It has a list of what might be called 'you might be a copyright infringer if...' with the sort o...
05:41 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot 50% of Tweets Consumed Come From .05% of Users
ajensen201102 writes "A mere 20,000 Twitter users steal almost half of the spotlight on Twitter, which now ropes in a billion tweets every week. That means only 0.05% of the social network's user base...
05:41 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Nintendo Downplays Reports of 3DS Flaws
RedEaredSlider writes "Shorty after the US launch of Nintendo's last portable console, 3DS owners have begun reporting issues with the device. In one case, dubbed the 'black screen of death,' users re...
05:41 pm - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Man Creates "Creepy" Stalking App
An anonymous reader writes "Creepy, a package described as a 'geolocation information aggregator,' is turning heads in privacy circles, but should people be worried? Yiannis Kakavas explains why h...
07:05 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Gamification — How Much of It Is Really New?
An anonymous reader writes "It's nigh impossible to avoid all the chatter and buzz around the concept of gamification — using game mechanics to create engagement outside the world of videogames....
07:05 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Paul Allen Rips Bill Gates In Autobiography
itwbennett writes "Bill Gates was guilty of 'mercenary opportunism' when he schemed with Steve Ballmer to dilute Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's equity in the company while Allen was recovering from...
02:27 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Tesla Sues BBC's Top Gear For Libel
thecarchik writes "About two years ago BBC's Top Gear aired a test drive of the then relatively new Tesla Roadster. In the particular episode, Tesla Roadsters are depicted as suffering several critica...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Why Russian Space Images Look Different From NASA's
An anonymous reader writes "The Russians have published two amazing photos of Earth using their new Elektro-L satellite, in 30,000km high orbit around the equator. The quality is stunning, and they lo...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Plastic Made From Fruit Rivals Kevlar In Strength
jldailey618 writes "A group of scientists from Sao Paulo State University developed a way to use the nanocellulose fibers from bananas, pineapples, and other fruits to create incredibly strong, lightw...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Google Faces Privacy Audits For Next 20 Years
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Google has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over Buzz, a social blogging service that the company introduced ...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Plants Keyloggers On Laptops
Saint Aardvark writes "Mohammed Hassan writes in Network World that he found a keylogger program installed on his brand-new laptop — not once, but twice. After initial denials, Samsung has admit...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Wikipedia Wants More Contributions From Academics
holy_calamity writes "University professors don't feel their role as intellectuals working for the public good extends to contributing to the world's largest encyclopedia, the Guardian reports. Wikime...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Spacecraft Sends First Image From Mercury's Orbit
adeelarshad82 writes "NASA released an image of Mercury captured by its Messenger spacecraft — the first ever obtained from the planet's orbit. The first image came in at 5:20am Eastern yesterda...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot US To Send Radiation-Hardened Robots To Japan
CWmike writes "The United States is sending specialized robots to Japan to help officials there get control of the Fukushima nuclear power plants damaged in this month's devastating earthquake and tsu...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: The Art of Computer Programming. Volume 4A: Combinatorial Algorithm
asgard4 writes "Decades in the making, Donald Knuth presents the latest few chapters in his by now classic book series The Art of Computer Programming. The computer science pioneer's latest book on co...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Google Fiber Comes To Kansas City
tekgoblin writes "Remember the campaign Google announced a long while back to bring fiber to your front door? Well, it looks like they are making some actual progress now and launching part of the...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad
jfruhlinger writes "Wondering why Microsoft isn't jumping into the red-hot tablet market? Well, maybe it's because Craig Mundie, the man in charge of the company's global strategy, isn't sure if t...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot FCC Giving Away Wi-fi Routers For Broadband Tests
An anonymous reader writes "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be giving away 10,000 Wireless-N routers as part of their program to perform a number of broadband tests, for the benefit o...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Google Agrees To Biennial Privacy Reviews
Blacklaw writes "Google has publicly apologised for the mistakes it made during the launch of its Twitter-like social networking tool Buzz, and claims that it's learned its lesson — and will be ...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot European Parliament Computer Network Breached
Orome1 writes "The computer network of the European Parliament has been targeted by a cyber attack that may or may not be linked to the attack against the European Commission and the External Action S...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot Amazon's Cloud Player: We Don't Need a License
halfEvilTech writes "Amazon has launched Cloud Drive and Cloud Player without securing streaming licenses from the music industry. But does it need to? Amazon says "No." The music industry? "Y...
01:57 am - Thu, March 31, 2011
Slashdot MIT Drone Finds Its Way Using Kinect Vision
garymortimer writes "This MIT multicopter is able to fly in GPS denied environments by creating a 3D map of its surroundings on the fly (no pun intended) based on point clouds generated by a Kinect. A...