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11:05 pm - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Launches Exynos-Based Origen Dev Board
siliconbits writes "You may recall a little group of Linux-loving chums called Linaro, which was formed almost a year ago in the hopes of speeding up Linux development. Today at Computex, the company'...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot The Machines That Sparked the Beginning of the Computer Age
jjp9999 writes "A war of spies and electromechanical machines that took place beneath the wires during World War II not only played a crucial role in the Allies victory, but also helped spark the begi...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot What's Killing Your Wi-Fi?
Barence writes "PC Pro has taken an in-depth look at Wi-Fi and the factors that can cause connections to crumble. It dispels some common myths about Wi-Fi problems — such as that neighboring Wi-...
07:05 pm - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot The Next Phase of Intelligent TVs Will Observe You
An anonymous reader writes "Japan based NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories (STRL) is testing an interface which observes TV viewers, determines their interest and provides information ...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot What's Your College Major Worth?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that with tuition rising and a weak job market everyone seems to be debating the value of a college degree, but Anthony P. Carneva...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment
Freggy writes "In Belgium, a group of activists calling themselves the Field Liberation Movement has destroyed a field which was being used for a scientific experiment with genetically modified potato...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot Germany To End Nuclear Power By 2022
dcollins writes "Germany on Monday announced plans to become the first major industrialized power to shut down all its nuclear plants in the wake of the disaster in Japan, with a phase-out due to be w...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot Linus Renames 2.6.40 Kernel To Linux 3.0, Announces Release Candidate
An anonymous reader writes "Linus just released the first -rc of the next kernel series, but rather than continuing development as the Linux 2.6.40 kernel, he has renamed it to be the Linux 3.0 kernel...
11:05 am - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot NVIDIA Announces GeForce GTX 560M and GT 520MX Mobile GPUs
MojoKid writes "NVIDIA just took the wraps off of a couple of new mobile GPUs at Computex and announced a slew of notebooks designs that will feature the new chips. The new GeForce GTX 560M and GT 520...
08:05 am - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot China Censors Web To Curb Inner Mongolia Protests
angry tapir writes "China is blocking mention of Inner Mongolia on Chinese microblogs and social networking sites, as part of an effort to clamp down on protests that broke out last week in the region...
05:05 am - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot US Nuclear Power Enters the Digital Age
An anonymous reader writes "South Carolina's Oconee Nuclear Station will replace its analog monitoring and operating controls with digital systems, as part of a $2 billion plant upgrade by its owner, ...
02:05 am - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Military Admits Existence of Cyberwarfare Unit
InfiniteZero writes "China has admitted for the first time that it had poured massive investment into the formation of a 30-strong commando unit of cyberwarriors — a team supposedly trained to p...
12:05 am - Mon, May 30, 2011
Slashdot Google Yanks Several Emulators From App Store
PC Magazine reports that the "-oid" family of emulators from developer Yong Zhang (better known as yongzh) has been pulled from Google's Android Market. These include Nesoid, Snesoid, and Gameboid. Fr...
11:05 pm - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot Facebook May Make Tiny Town a Data Center Mecca
miller60 writes "Just weeks after the opening of a Facebook data center in Prineville, Oregon, local officials say two more companies may build server farms in the small town. Facebook has touted Prin...
10:05 pm - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot US Citizen Visiting Thailand Arrested For Blog Posting
societyofrobots writes "A US citizen, upon visiting Thailand for medical treatment, was arrested for lese majeste (insulting the king) and computer crimes ('entering false information into a computer ...
09:05 pm - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot What Internet Searches Reveal About Human Desire
Hugh Pickens writes "Time Magazine reports that computational neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam analyzed the results of 400 million online searches for porn and uncovered some startling insights...
08:05 pm - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot GameStop To Honor Ancient Duke Nukem Pre-Orders
doug141 writes "GameStop encourages customers who pre-ordered more than a year ago to verify their reservation with their local store. 'Provided the customer has a receipt, we will honor even those pr...
07:05 pm - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Smartphone Plan For a US Vacation?
SJrX writes "I am planning on visiting the Pacific Northwest for several weeks, and was looking for the best smartphone option available. Roaming data rates and SMS rates are ridiculously high (best p...
06:05 pm - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot Arrest In $740M NYC Time and Attendance System Case
theodp writes "Mayor Bloomberg's perception of money, opines Gothamist's Christopher Robbins, is somewhat different than most non-billionaires. Just hours before the leader in the city's $740 million ...
05:05 pm - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot RMS Cancels Lectures In Israel
Eesh writes "Globes and Haaretz report that Stallman cancelled his plans for lecturing in Israeli universities as part of a visit to the Palestinian Authority, due to threats by the Palestinian organi...
04:05 pm - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot Time Lapse Video of the VLT In Chile
schwit1 writes with a video "captured by Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco Salgado at the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile's Atacama Desert. And it might make you ...
03:05 pm - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot Amazon and Barnes & Noble Jostle Over Battery Life Figures for Nook, Kindle
destinyland writes "Amazon just doubled the reported battery life for their Kindle digital readers — but they did it by cutting the estimated daily usage in half. Monday Amazon's competitor Barn...
02:05 pm - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot Martin Jetpack Climbs 5000 Feet Above Sea Level
rh2600 writes "For years the Martin Jetpack has stayed just a few feet off the ground, invoking frequent suspicion about its true abilities. Well, today that all changed [video] with the first climb t...
01:05 pm - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Wants To See iPhone 5 and iPad 3
tekgoblin writes "The suit against Samsung that Apple filed back in April has been full of surprises recently; Apple even asked to see some of Samsung's future devices. Now, Samsung is requesting to v...
10:05 am - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot Twitter Reveals User Details In UK Libel Case
whoever57 writes "In a case that could have implications for the Ryan Giggs affair, Twitter revealed user details in response to a legal action filed in San Mateo county, CA by lawyers representing So...
07:05 am - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot Japan's MagLev Gets Go Ahead
ThinkPad760 writes "The Japanese government has finally given approval to build the long awaited MagLev train linking Tokyo and Osaka via Nagoya. But don't hold your breath. Construction will start in...
05:05 am - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot Cleaning Up Japan's Radioactive Mess With Blue Goo
InfiniteZero writes "A clever technology is helping hazmat crews in Japan contain and clean up the contamination caused by the ongoing nuclear disaster there: a blue liquid that hardens into a gel tha...
03:05 am - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot Malware Scanner Finds 5% of Windows PCs Infected
BogenDorpher writes "According to statistics generated by Microsoft's new free malware scanning and scrubbing tool, Safety Scanner, one in every twenty Windows PCs are infected with malware. Microsoft...
12:05 am - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot Paul Allen's Lawsuit Patents To Be Reexamined
eldavojohn writes "Last year Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen filed suit against eleven tech companies citing patent infringement on four of his patents. Groklaw has followed up with some interesting d...
12:05 am - Sun, May 29, 2011
Slashdot FDA Sued To Stop Antibiotic Abuse On Factory Farms
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Medical groups from the American Medical Association to the American Society of Microbiology have appealed to the government and industry for years to restrict the practice...
11:05 pm - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot Discovery of Water In Moon May Alter Origin Theory
MarkWhittington writes "Scientists, working on a NASA grant, have made another startling discovery concerning water on the Moon. It seems that the interior of the Moon has far more water in it than pr...
09:05 pm - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot Duplicate RSA Keys Enable Lockheed Martin Network Intrusion
An anonymous reader writes "Unknown hackers have broken into the security networks of Lockheed Martin Corp and several other US military contractors, a source with direct knowledge of the attacks told...
09:05 pm - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot KDE 4.7 – a First Look At Beta 1
A few days ago, the KDE project shipped the first beta of the upcoming 4.7 release. Reader dmbkiwi submits a link to a rundown of what 4.7 looks like, snipping from which: "Previously it was Gnome tha...
07:05 pm - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot NASA Sting Busts Woman Selling Purported Moon Rock
sgcxf949 writes "Woman attempts to sell a moon rock and gets busted by NASA. Who would have thought that NASA had undercover agents?" Evidently not the subject of this story, who offered to trade ...
06:05 pm - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot Alaska Airlines Jettisons Paper Manuals For iPads
fullymodo writes "Alaska Airlines has become the first major US airline to hop on board the paperless bandwagon. While it's not quite ready to ditch paper navigation charts just yet (though that is un...
05:05 pm - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot PayPal Accuses Google of Poaching Mobile Payment Trade Secrets, Personnel
jhernik writes with a selection from eWeek Europe's short story on a snag facing Google's new mobile payment system: "PayPal, eBay's payment service, has sued Google over its new Google Wallet service...
04:05 pm - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot Sprint Pushes FPS NOVA With Firmware — and Users Can't Remove It
theodp writes "If you could change the way wireless companies did things, what would you do?' asked Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. How about stopping the use of Sprint's firmware updates to download apps t...
03:05 pm - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot Nintendo Pulls Dead Or Alive Over Porn Fears In EU
cpu6502 writes "The new Nintendo 3DS game Dead or Alive: Dimensions is being pulled from EU member states Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. The distributor said an in-game photography mode allows players t...
02:05 pm - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot Human Skin Cells Converted Directly To Neurons
Dr. Eggman writes "Standford's School of Medicine brings us an update in the latest achievements towards in-vitro neuron generation via redifferentiation of specialized cells (skin cells in this case....
01:05 pm - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot HTC Is Paying Microsoft $5 For Every Android Phone
jcarr writes "According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard, HTC is paying Microsoft $5 for each Android phone it makes. This may be related to a report from last year: MS and HTC sign patent deal. So we...
11:05 am - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot BBC Site Uses Cookies To Inform Visitors of Anti-Cookie Law
Andy Smith writes "As of 26 May 2011 web sites in the UK must get a user's permission to set cookies. If you go to the BBC's commercial TV listings site Radio Times you'll see a message telling you ab...
08:05 am - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot 8000 Credit Cards' Details Compromised In Australian Bank Breach
mask.of.sanity writes "Australia's largest bank, the Commonwealth Bank, has cancelled 8,000 credit cards after it detected a data breach at a merchant. Mastercard and Visa may issue penalties includin...
05:05 am - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot RadioShack Trying To Return To Its DIY Roots
An anonymous reader writes "In what seems to be a desperate attempt to keep the company afloat, RadioShack has made a video appeal to the DIY community that helped the retail chain grow into what it i...
02:05 am - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot Sony Won't Invest As Heavily In PlayStation 4
donniebaseball23 writes "Sony CFO Masaru Kato told investors this week that the company won't be looking to put the same kind of massive R&D into PS4 as they did with PS3. PS3's costs were astrono...
01:05 am - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot Patriot Act Extension By Autopen Raises Questions for Congressman
Okian Warrior writes "Congress passed the [Patriot act extension] bill Thursday night, shortly before certain provisions of the Patriot Act were set to expire. However, Mr. Obama could not sign the bi...
12:05 am - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot DoD Paper Proposes National Security Through a Culture of Restraint (and Stigma)
decora writes "An SAIC analyst has written a paper [PDF] calling for the 'stigmatization' of the 'unattractive' types who tend to discuss government secrets in public. The plan, described in the Naval...
12:05 am - Sat, May 28, 2011
Slashdot Flight 447 'Black Box' Decoded
fermion writes "An initial report has been released by the BEA concerning the details of the last minutes of Flight 447 en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. According the report, the autopilot disen...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot OpenSSL Timing Attack Can Intercept Private Keys
Trailrunner7 writes "Remote timing attacks have been a problem for cryptosystems for more than 20 years. A new paper shows that such attacks are still practical ... The researchers, Billy Bob Brumley ...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot War Over Arsenic Based Life
Antipater writes "Slashdot readers may remember the announcement and ensuing controversy six months ago over the NASA discovery of microbes that can supposedly incorporate arsenic into their DNA. Now,...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot MeeGo Being Ported To Wayland
An anonymous reader writes "From the MeeGo SF2011 conference this week it was disclosed that MeeGo may ship the Wayland Server with the tablet version of the MeeGo 1.3 operating system for release in ...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot CmdrTaco Visits Pixar
A couple of weeks ago I scored a visit to Lucasfilm and half jokingly challenged the Slashdot audience to invite me to other cool places. Two brave Pixar employees took me up on my offer and showed me...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Lockheed Martin Purchases First Commercial Quantum Computer
Panaflex writes "D-Wave systems announced general availability for it's 128 qubit adiabatic quantum machine just two weeks ago, and reports of it's first sale to Lockheed Martin have come out."The D-W...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Zuckerberg Only Eating Animals He Personally Kills
theodp writes "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has begun personally slaying animals for food, part of a resolution to fully appreciate the meat he eats by limiting it to that which he personally kills. Z...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Google Deprecates Translation API
An anonymous reader writes "Google is to close down its popular Translate application programming interface — along with a host of others — by the end of the year, owing to what it claims ...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot What Makes Parallel Programming Difficult?
An anonymous reader writes "Intel's Aater Suleman writes about why parallel programming is difficult. ... I was unaware ... that a major challenge in multi-threaded programming lies in optimizing para...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Scribus Beginners Guide
JR0cket writes "Scribus is an open source desktop publishing tool that helps you create professionally laid out documents, from simple documents to full blown magazines, corporate brochures or even bo...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot HTC To Unlock Smartphones' Bootloader
An anonymous reader writes "From information taken from a facebook post from HTC's page, it looks like future [HTC] Android devices will have an unlocked bootloader. An email sent by HTC's co-founder ...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Skype Issues Software Fix For Windows and Mac Users
jbrodkin writes "Skype has released a new version of its Windows software to fix the problem that has kept some Skype users from logging in and making calls yesterday, and plans to issue a similar upd...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Unabomber Property Up For Creepy Online Auction
coondoggie writes "Ok this is kind of creepy. The US Marshalls Office today said it will hold an online auction of the personal effects of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. The auction will run until June...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot NYSE Sends Cease and Desist Letter To News Organization
An anonymous reader writes "Apparently, the New York Stock Exchange has registered a trademark for their trading floor, and they claim that no one can use a photograph of the trading floor without per...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Seismologists Tried For Manslaughter For Not Predicting Earthquake
mcgrew writes "From LiveScience: 'Earthquake prediction can be a grave, and faulty science, and in the case of Italian seismologists who are being tried for the manslaughter of the people who died in ...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Student Finds Universe's Missing Mass
An anonymous reader writes "A 22-year-old Australian university student has solved a problem which has puzzled astrophysicists for decades, discovering part of the so-called 'missing mass' of the univ...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Anti-Porn Facebook Page is Deleted, Then Restored
Slashdot regular contributor Bennett Haselton writes:"An anti-porn organization's Facebook page is disabled by Facebook, and then resurrected. Was the page the victim of a "complaint mob", and could t...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot ATM Repairman Accused of Taking (and Faking) Cash
fysdt writes "An ATM repairman was nabbed in Phoenix on charges of having stolen about $200,000 in ATM funds His method was almost brilliant in its sheer stupidity: He pocketed the cash, and replaced ...
02:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot New Book Reports Soviets Behind Roswell UFO Scare
jalefkowit writes "A new book by Los Angeles Times Magazine investigative reporter Annie Jacobsen, titled Area 51, reports that that the famous 1947 UFO sightings in Roswell, New Mexico, were actually...
02:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Steve Ballmer's Head On the Block?
mix77 writes "Influential hedge fund manager David Einhorn has called for Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer to step down, saying the world's largest software company's long-time leader is s...
02:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot US Senate Committee Passes PROTECT IP Act
angry tapir writes "A US Senate committee has unanimously approved a controversial bill that would allow the US Department of Justice to seek court orders requiring search engines and Internet service...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Challenges Apple With Mac App Store
CWmike writes "Amazon launched a Mac-specific application download store on Thursday that will compete with Apple's nearly five-month-old Mac App Store. The new subsection of Amazon's massive online s...
11:05 am - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot FSF On How To Choose a License
ciaran_o_riordan writes "FSF have put together their license recommendations, beyond just their own licenses, for software, documentation, and other works: 'People often ask us what license we recomme...
08:05 am - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Poland's Prime Minister Goes For Open Government
rysiek writes "In a surprise announcement, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk declared new policy toward a more open state: ''All information funded from public sources should be available as public pr...
05:05 am - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Finding Fault With Qantas' RFID Baggage Tracking System
lukehopewell1 writes "Australian airline giant Qantas has implemented new baggage tags powered by RFID technology. The RFID tag is encoded with the information on a passenger's boarding pass when plac...
02:05 am - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot A Map of the Universe, 10 Years In the Making
gabbo529 writes "Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have created a map of the universe called the 2MASS Redshift Survey. The astronomers put in 10 laborious years in ...
12:05 am - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Australia Reveals R18+ Video Game Guidelines
RagingMaxx writes "Is Australia finally ready to implement a video game rating system that allows for classification of adult games? Draft guidelines have been released by the federal government w...
12:05 am - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Senate Passes 4-Year Re-Up of Patriot Act Provisions
Bloomberg News reports that, as expected, today "[t]he US Senate approved a four-year extension of provisions in the USA Patriot Act allowing law enforcement to track suspected terrorists with roving ...
12:05 am - Fri, May 27, 2011
Slashdot Does Quantum Theory Explain Consciousness?
astroengine writes "Quantum theory is often seen as the root cause of unrelated, mysterious phenomena. Take consciousness for example. British physicist Roger Penrose recently argued 'that we will nee...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Tom's Hardware Benchmarks Inkjet Printer Paper
An anonymous reader writes "We all know that the specs of your inkjet printer, driver settings, and ink cartridges can make a big difference in the quality of your prints. But the cheapest and simples...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Google Wallet: the End of Anonymous Shopping
jfruhlinger writes "Google today announced Google Wallet, an NFC-base payment system that will allow people to pay for purchases just by waving their phone across a reader. It's the beginning of a fut...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Chapel Hill Computational Linguists Crack Skype Calls
mikejuk writes "You might think of linguistics as being interesting but not really useful. Now computational linguistics [PDF of original paper] has been used to crack Skype encryption and reconstruct...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot DOJ Could Ban Texas Flights Over Anti-Patdown Law
hellkyng writes "The Department of Justice may ban flights from Texas because of the Anti-Patdown law making its way through the legal system. Says Rep. David Simpson, 'Someone must make a stand again...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Distro For Computational Cluster?
DrKnark writes "I am not an IT professional, even so I am one of the more knowledgeable in such matters at my department. We are now planning to build a new cluster (smallish, ~128 cores). The old clu...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Windows 1.0: the Power of DOS, Plus Tiled Windows
jbrodkin writes "I'd always wanted my own working copy of the elusive Windows 1.0, and after a few failed attempts I got one working in a virtual machine (I had to downgrade from the latest version of...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot 35 Million Google Profiles Collected
Orome1 writes "If you are one of those individuals that made their own Google Profile, chances are that you knew and agreed to the fact that the information you included in it will be available for an...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Tunny Code-Breaker Rebuilt At Bletchley Park
Jack Spine writes "Engineers at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park have rebuilt the Tunny machine, a key device used in decoding German High Command messages during the Second World Wa...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Finnish Record Labels Want To Block Pirate Bay
jones_supa writes "International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the national trade association representing record companies in Finland, has filed for a court injunction ordering the Interne...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot DNS Heavyweights Raise Concern Over DNS Filtering
penciling_in writes "A group of DNS heavyweights have released a paper detailing serious concerns over the proposed DNS filtering requirements included as part of the bill recently introduced in the U...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Computer De-Evolution: Awesome Features We've Lost
jfruhlinger writes "If you listened to tech marketing departments, you'd believe that advances in computers have been a nonstop march upwards. But is that really true? What about all the great fea...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Grow a Brain In a Dish
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney writes that a team of biomedical engineers at the University of Pittsburgh led by Henry Zeringue have managed to grow an active brain in a dish, comple...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Mac Malware Evolves - No Install Password Required
An anonymous reader writes "The latest versions of the Mac Defender malware attacks no longer require users to enter their admin credentials (username and password) upon install. A threat called 'Mac ...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot PayPal Co-Founder Gives Out $100,000 To Not Go To College
Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel says the key to quicker business innovation is skipping college. His foundation is handing out $100,000 to 24 people under 20 to drop out of college for two years and sta...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot New Google Tool To Find Trend Correlations
Kilrah_il writes "In 2008 Google found correlation between seasonal flu activity and certain search term, a finding that allowed it to track flu activity better and more rapidly than previous methods....
02:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Skype Crashes and Burns In Worldwide Outage
Stoobalou writes "VoIP and instant messaging service Skype has disappeared from the Internet, nary a fortnight after Microsoft snaffled up the outfit in an overpriced $8.5 billion deal." Read ...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Fukushima To Become Nuclear Dump?
mdsolar writes "Japan's atomic energy specialists are discussing a plan to make the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant a storage site for radioactive waste from the crippled station run by Tokyo Electri...
10:05 am - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Twitter Prepared To Name Users
whoever57 writes "Ryan Gibbs, a UK footballer (soccer player) had obtained a 'superinjunction' that prevented him being named as the person involved in an affair with a minor celebrity. However, he wa...
08:05 am - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot "Space Archeology" Uncovers Lost Pyramids
krou writes "A new technique dubbed 'space archeology' using satellites and infra-red imaging has helped uncover 17 new pyramids in Egypt, as well as some 1,000 tombs, and 3,000 ancient settlements. T...
05:05 am - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot AT&T To Launch LTE Network In 5 Cities This Summer
tekgoblin writes "AT&T is looking to get a piece of the 4G LTE pie that Verizon has a firm grasp on. They have announced today that they are going to roll out 4G in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlan...
03:05 am - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Experts Say Gestural Interfaces Are a Step Backwards In Usability
smitty777 writes "Veteran usability experts Donald A. Norman and Jakob Nielsen wrote an interesting article lamenting the current state of the art in gesture interfaces. According to them, the lack of...
01:05 am - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot China Alleged To Use Prisoners In Lucrative Internet Gaming
SoyQueSoy pointed out an article that reveals it's not all fun, but forced games for some Chinese prisoners. It is alleged that after a day of hard labor some inmates are forced to work through the ni...
12:05 am - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot 10-Year Study Reveals Electron Shape
lee1 writes "In a 10 year long experiment, scientists at Imperial College have made the most precise measurement so far of the shape of the electron. It's round. So round, in fact, that if the electro...
12:05 am - Thu, May 26, 2011
Slashdot Developing the Future of Investigative Journalism Online
meckdevil writes "If you're a cutting-edge geek with an interest in investigative journalism, there's a great job opening at the badly named Reporter's Lab, a project supported by Duke University's De...
11:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot NASA Rejoins Space Race With Manned Deep Space Craft
Laura K. Cowan writes "NASA is back in the future-tech space race with a new manned deep space craft called the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, which aims to take astronauts on longer missions to deep spa...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Apple's iOS 4 Hardware Encryption Cracked
adeelarshad82 writes "Russian company ElcomSoft is claiming to have cracked the 256-bit hardware encryption Apple uses to protect the data on iOS 4 devices, and is offering software that allows anyone...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot The Petition to Classify Wikipedia a "World Wonder"
Hugh Pickens writes writes "he NY Times reports that a global petition drive has started to add Wikipedia to one of UNESCO's world heritage lists joining such historic monuments and natural sites as t...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot JavaScript Servers Compared
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner test-drives five leading JavaScript servers and finds the results compelling though still a work-in-progress. 'I enjoyed the challenge and stimulation of rethin...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Are Streaming Media Players a Passing Fad
DeviceGuru writes "In-Stat is questioning whether dedicated streaming media players like the Roku player, Boxee Box, and Google TV boxes will be around for long. The reason, says In-Stat, is that IP-s...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Camel In Action
RickJWagner writes "I'm pretty certain this is the definitive guide to Apache Camel, destined to be referred to as 'The Camel Book' by Camel users for a long time. It covers Camel inside and out, upsi...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Happy Towel Day!
An anonymous reader writes "Douglas Adams died about ten years ago and fans have not forgotten about the beloved author and the importance of having a towel. Today is Towel Day and people from all ove...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Redistricting 2.0: Cloud Lets Voters Take Part
CWmike writes "As the 2010 U.S. census results arrived, Los Angeles County's politicians started ramping up for redistricting — the once-a-decade, computing-intensive, often contentious process ...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Doctors To Patients: First, Do No Yelp Harm
theodp writes "When he walked into the dentist's office, Ars Technica's Timothy B. Lee was looking for cleaner teeth, but was shown the door after expressing outrage at being asked to first sign a 'mu...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Ordered To Hand Over Unreleased Designs To Apple
An anonymous reader writes with an article in Edible Apple "Samsung last Wednesday was ordered to hand over to Apple five as-of-yet unreleased products so that Apple can compare them to their own offe...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Labs: the URL Bar Has To Go
An anonymous reader writes with an editorial from ConceivableTech "Since Google's move to enable users to hide the URL bar, we have seen what could be the beginning of the end of one of the key featur...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Fedora 16 Will Number UIDs From 1000
dotancohen writes "Sharing users between Fedora and Debian-based distros just got a little easier. Beginning with Fedora 16, the Red-Hat based distro will number it's human user UIDs starting from 100...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Final Attempts To Contact Mars Spirit Rover Fail
dotancohen writes "After nearly a year of trying to reestablish communications with the Mars Spirit rover, NASA has decided to suspend efforts. Communications channels used to contact the vehicle (red...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Best Optical Illusion of the Year Contest
An anonymous reader writes "The 7th annual 'Best illusion of the year contest' was held by the Neural Correlate Society last week in Florida, and it featured 10 fantastic visual illusions selected fro...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Sony Suffers Yet More Security Breaches
Oldcynic writes "As Sony struggles to restore the Playstation Network we receive news today of another breach, this time at Sony Ericsson in Canada. 'Sony Corp. spokesman Atsuo Omagari said Wednesday ...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Apple Acknowledges MacDefender
Trailrunner7 writes with an article in threatpost "Apple is planning to release an update specifically designed to protect users against the MacDefender malware that has been circulating for the last ...
02:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Cyanogenmod Puts Users in Control of Permissions
An anonymous reader writes "Cyanogenmod is soon to have a better permissions systems, allowing its users to deny certain permissions to the applications they install. Users are warned that enabling th...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot EFF Co-founder Faces Copyright Heavyweights At EG8
ndogg writes "EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow faced down copyright heavyweights ... on a panel he described as 'the Lions Den' discussing issues of intellectual property. He was the lone dissenting v...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot After a Lull, Sun Server Business Grows Under Oracle
itwbennett writes "For the first time since the 3rd quarter of 2007, IDC is reporting an increase in sales of Sun hardware. Oracle logged $773 million in server sales during the quarter, up from $681 ...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Spammers Establish Fake URL-Shortening Services
Orome1 writes "Spammers are establishing their own fake URL-shortening services to perform URL redirection, according to Symantec. This new spamming activity has contributed to this month's increase i...
10:05 am - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Can Egypt's Telecom Giants Be Sued In the US?
bedouin writes "In April, the Egyptian Centre for Housing Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of other plaintiffs against the three telecommunications companies (and a number of current and former Egypti...
07:05 am - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Australians Look To SkyNet For SKA Telescope
angry tapir writes "Key players behind the Australian-New Zealand joint bid to host the $2.1 billion Square Kilometre Array radio telescope will launch a grid Cloud computing initiative by September w...
04:05 am - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Upscaling Retro 8-Bit Pixel Art To Vector Graphics
An anonymous reader writes "Two researchers — Johannes Kopf from Microsoft, and Dani Lischinski from The Hebrew University — have successfully created an algorithm that depixelizes and ups...
01:05 am - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Rejects WebP Image Format, Google Adds It
icebraining writes with a link to Ars Technica's look at the recent rejection of WebP by Mozilla Developer Joe Drew."Building mainstream support for a new media format is challenging, especially when ...
01:05 am - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot New Bacterium Lives On Caffeine
Kozar_The_Malignant writes "A newly-described species of bacterium, Pseudomonas putida has been found to live on pure caffeine. The little jaspers metabolize caffeine into carbon dioxide and ammonia. ...
12:05 am - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: FOSS, Multiplatform Skype Replacement for PC-to-PC Video Chat?
obarthelemy writes "Skype having just been borged, now may be a good time to edge our bets and look for a replacement. I'm *not* looking for for something that interfaces with POTS, but just a simple ...
12:05 am - Wed, May 25, 2011
Slashdot Robots Retrieve Your Books At U. Chicago's $81 Million Library
kkleiner writes "The University of Chicago's new $81 million Joe and Rika Mansueto Library is being referred to as the library of the future. You enter the library and find there are hardly any books,...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Cray Unveils Its First GPU Supercomputer
An anonymous reader writes "Supercomputer giant Cray has lifted the lid on its first GPU offering, bringing it into the realm of top supers like the Chinese Tianhe-1A"The machine consists of racks of ...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot The Spin of a Star Reveals Its Age
eldavojohn writes "Some soon-to-be-published research on gyrochronology has yielded a possible method for more accurately determining a star's age. While determining the age of stars in clusters has b...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Increased Power Usage Leads to Mistaken Pot Busts for Bitcoin Miners
c0lo writes "The Canadian town of Mission, BC has a bylaw that allows the town's Public Safety Inspection Team to search people's homes for grow ops if they are using more than 93 kWh of electricity p...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Kills Skype For Asterisk
Avalon73 writes "I've been using Skype for Asterisk (Digium's native Skype client for their PBX software) since it was in beta 2 years ago. Today, I received an email from Digium stating that Skype (r...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot T-Mobile Joins the Capped Data Bandwagon
NicknamesAreStupid writes "It looks like T-Mobile is following the lead of Verizon and AT&T in shifting from unlimited data plans to tiered pricing. It starts with their family plans which may be ...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Using Fractal Interconnects To Improve Electronic Eyes
An anonymous reader writes "Electronic eyes today remind me of Frankenstein with the way they jab electrodes from each pixel into the optic nerve and hope for the best. Some researchers claim to have ...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Fedora 15 Released
halfline writes " Fedora 15 was released today. It features GNOME 3 (with its substantially redone UI) and the systemd init system by default."The release also brings the latest KDE and XFCE versions,...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Major Release of Miro Aims to Compete With iTunes
ravrore writes "Miro 4 was released today, a major update to the popular multi-patform FOSS video player. The new version adds music support, local network stream and transfer, music purchasing, and A...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot TEPCO Confirms Partial Meltdown of No.2 and No.3 Reactors
blau writes with an article in NHK World. From the article "The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says findings show that fuel meltdowns may have occurred at the No.2 and No.3 r...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Draft Horses Used To Lay Fiber-Optic Cable
mysqlrocks writes "In Vermont, FairPoint Communications has enlisted draft horses to help lay fiber-optic cable in remote locations. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has pledged to bring bring broadband to ...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Duke Nukem Forever Goes Gold
An anonymous reader writes with enthusiasm "Duke Nukem Forever has finally gone gold!"Looks like it'll be on shelves around June 10th with a demo available for Duke Nukem First Access Club members ava...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Civil Society Statement To the E-G8 and G8
jrepin writes "The signatories of this statement are representatives of civil society from around the world working towards the promotion of Internet freedom, digital rights, and open communication. T...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Gags On Gaga
theodp writes "Having hawked Google Chrome over the weekend with an ad that aired on SNL, Lady Gaga turned her attention Monday to hyping Amazon's Cloud Player service. Fans were delighted to learn th...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot How Companies Are Using Data From Foursquare
wjousts writes: Technology Review reports on how businesses use data from all those Foursquare check-ins. "Merchants can analyze various metrics over time, including how many check-ins are recorded ea...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot IPv6 Traffic Volumes Are Low, But Nobody Knows How Low
netbuzz writes "As the June 8 World IPv6 Day experiment draws near, there is universal agreement that little IPv6 traffic is traversing the Internet at the moment. The event is designed in part to inc...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Large Scale 247 Solar Power Plant To Be Built in Nevada
RayTomes writes "The Obama administration has provided a loan guarantee of $737 million to construct the first large-scale solar power plant that stores energy and provides electricity 24 hours a day,...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot US Intelligence Agency to Compile Mountain of Metaphors
coondoggie writes "Researchers with the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity want to build a repository of metaphors. You read that right. Not just American/English metaphors mind you b...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot AMD Releases FirePro V5900 and V7900 Workstation GPUs
primesuspect writes "Today AMD released two new workstation GPUs: The FirePro V5900 and V7900, aimed at the mid- and high-end workstation card market." Read more of this story at Slashdot....
02:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Skylon Spaceplane Design Passes Key Review
gbjbaanb writes "A revolutionary UK spaceplane concept has been boosted by the conclusions of an important technical review. Skylon is a design for a spaceplane that uses engines that work as normal j...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot New Siemens SCADA Vulnerabilities Kept Secret, Says Schneier
From the article: SCADA systems -- computer systems that control industrial processes -- are one of the ways a computer hack can directly affect the real world. Here, the fears multiply. It's not bad ...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Mandatory Automotive Black Boxes May Be On the Way
Attila Dimedici writes "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to announce a new regulation requiring all vehicles to contain a 'black box.' Not only that, but the devices woul...
12:05 pm - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot New Bill Pushes For Warrants To Access Cloud Data
mask.of.sanity writes "A bill introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy in the US Senate would require authorities to obtain a court-issued search warrant before retrieving a person's email and other content s...
09:05 am - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Cooperative Cars Battle It Out In Holland
An anonymous reader writes "The first cooperative platooning competition, where vehicles use radio communication in addition to sensors, was held in Helmond, Holland a week ago. By using wireless comm...
06:05 am - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Under Soviet Satellites, How Area 51 Hid (And Invented) Secret Craft
An anonymous reader writes "No word yet on alien starships, but now that many Cold War-era Area 51 documents have been declassified, veterans of the secret US base are revealing some of the clever &md...
03:05 am - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Georgia Tech's ShaperProbe Detects ISP Traffic Manipulation
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica: "Two researchers at Georgia Tech can tell you exactly how American ISPs shape Internet traffic, and which ones do so. Bottom line: of th...
02:05 am - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Muon Suite To Be Kubuntu's Software Center
mukt77 writes "The Muon Suite has been chosen to be the default package manager for Kubuntu 11.10, the Oneiric Ocelot. By the time Kubuntu 11.10 is released the Muon Suite will have had its first birt...
01:05 am - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Ask For Equity In a Startup?
Uncrase writes "I'm a contract software developer, and have been working for a small startup for over a year now. Not a bad position to be in of course. The company consists of a handful of people, al...
12:05 am - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Are Third-Party Android Vendors Violating the GPL?
jfruhlinger writes "Google's refusal to not release Honeycomb source code is kosher because the code in question is released under the Apache license. But the kernel at the heart of Android is GPL'd, ...
12:05 am - Tue, May 24, 2011
Slashdot Wikipedia Edits Around the World
billlava writes "Wikipedia continues on its inexorable march toward becoming the repository for the world's knowledge — to the tune of four and a half edits a second. Just who is doing all these...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot The Architecture of Open Source Applications
jrepin writes "In new free book the authors of twenty-five open source applications explain how their software is structured, and why. What are each program's major components? How do they interac...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Considering End To Linux 2.6 Series
An anonymous reader writes "With the Linux 2.6 kernel set to begin its 40th development cycle and the Linux kernel nearing its 20th anniversary, Linus Torvalds has expressed interest today in moving a...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Falun Gong Sues Cisco
schwit1 submitted a story from CNet. From the article: "Cisco Systems designed a surveillance system to help the Chinese government track and ultimately suppress members of the Falun Gong spiritual mo...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Researcher Hijacks LinkedIn Profiles Using Cookie
mask.of.sanity writes "A security researcher has demonstrated holes in the way cookies are handled on LinkedIn profiles by hijacking profiles. The session cookies are sent over unsecured HTTP and rema...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Apple Defends App Makers Against Lodsys
A mere few days after the EFF called upon Apple to Indemnify developers against alleged infringement of Lodsys patents on in-app purchases, Apple has sent Lodsys a letter defending developers. Apple a...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Poor Picture At Your Local Cinema?
The Hub writes "Have you ever noticed that the picture in your local movie theater is too dark or grainy? The Boston Globe does some good ol' fashioned investigative reporting to find the culprit....
07:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Professional Mobile Web Development
coder4hire writes "Years ago, technologists and consumers alike could only dream of surfing the Web using the (increasingly ubiquitous) mobile devices available, such as smartphones. But that is now c...
07:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Users Want Matte LCDs While Glossy Screens Dominate
Barence writes "A survey of PC Pro readers suggests PC makers are out of touch when it comes to glossy vs matte screens. Almost three quarters of those surveyed said they preferred matte screens despi...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot New Laser Data Transfer Rate Record Set At 26 Tbps
MasterPatricko writes "Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany have published a technique to push optical data transfer rates to new levels. The article says, 'The trick is ...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Ask Jonathan Coulton About the Transformation From Code Monkey to Internet Star
Even though he created the definitive guide to enjoying yourself outside, Jonathan Coulton is best known for the programmer anthem Code Monkey, his Thing a Week project, and writing the theme song to ...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Matlab Integrates GPU Support For UberMath Computation
An anonymous reader writes "Matlab now comes with GPU native support in the 2010b version. This means loads of Matlab commands can be parallelized onto the GPU without having to re-code things in C&pl...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot PLA Develops First Person Shooter With US Troops as Targets
An anonymous coward tipped us to a People's Daily story about the (Chinese) People's Liberation Army's new shoot-em-up game with U.S. soldiers as targets, and that story led us to a more complete desc...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot PlayStation Network Hack Will Cost Sony $170M
alphadogg writes "Sony expects the PlayStation Network hack will cost it $170 million this financial year, it said Monday. Unknown hackers hit the network gaming service for PlayStation 3 consoles in ...
03:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Privacy Hacking Worse Than PR Flacking
Here's frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton who writes"Facebook apparently hired a PR firm that tried to seduce some pundits into writing negativeeditorials about Google.The "attack angle" w...
03:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Smart Pajamas Monitor Patients With Sleep Disorder
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Emily Singer reports in MIT Technology Review that a nightshirt embedded with fabric electronics can monitor user's breathing patterns while a small chip worn in a pocket o...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Dark Energy Confirmed By Australian WiggleZ Sky Scan
Phoghat writes "An Australian team of researchers scanned the sky using WiggleZ Dark Energy survey and found confirming evidence of Dark Energy. Einstein is correct, as so far, usual."Meanwhile, the I...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Corporate Mac Sales Surge 66%
syngularyx writes "Mac sales in the enterprise during Apple's last fiscal quarter grew a whopping 66 percent, significantly outpacing the rest of the PC market, which grew just 4.5 percent in the ente...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Google Founders' Jets Caught On WSJ's Radar
theodp writes "Via an FOIA request, the Wall Street Journal acquired records of every private aircraft flight recorded in the FAA's air-traffic management system for 2007 through 2010, using them to b...
10:05 am - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Human Astrocytes Developed From Stem Cells
RogerRoast writes "Astrocytes are the most ubiquitous cells in the brain. They perform critical support function to the neurons. These cells are also implicated in several human brain disorders. The U...
07:05 am - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Testing Geiger Counters
thesandbender writes "My girlfriend's family lives in Japan and is very interested in obtaining geiger counters for testing food and other materials. Geiger counters are now impossible to get in Japan...
05:05 am - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Sony Music Greece Falls To Hackers
xsee writes "Hackers: 6, Sony: 0. It appears an attacker has performed a SQL injection attack against SonyMusic.gr. The latest attack has exposed usernames, real names, email addresses and more. Is So...
02:05 am - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Rooted Devices Blocked From Android Movie Market
tekgoblin writes "Google has released the Android Movie Market to Android tablets with Honeycomb 3.1 and in a few weeks for users with Froyo and Gingerbread. However Google has stipulated that the And...
12:05 am - Mon, May 23, 2011
Slashdot Creator of China's Great Firewall Pelted With Shoes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Guardian reports that Chinese police are seeking a man who said he threw eggs and shoes at the architect of China's 'great firewall', the world's most sophisticated and...
11:05 pm - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot 3D Aerial Photos For the Common Man
An anonymous reader writes "So you have a RC model aircraft snapping digital photos from the air, but how do you organize them all? This cheap cloud service from a European research giant will upl...
10:05 pm - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot 3D From Aerial Photos For the Common Man
An anonymous reader writes "So you have a RC model aircraft snapping digital photos from the air, but how to organize them all? This cheap cloud service from a European research giant will upload ...
09:05 pm - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot Lego Super-8 Video Projector
dosh8er writes "This is pretty cool. Other than the reels, lamp, and lens, Friedemann Wachsmuth built this fascinating (and useful) Super-8 video camera from what appears to be common parts Lego Techn...
09:05 pm - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot American Airlines Expands Streaming In-Flight Movies
wolog writes "American began testing a wifi in-flight entertainment system last month on two wide-body jets and will expand the testing among customers this summer. If all goes well, American said, it...
07:05 pm - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot Will Graphene Revolutionize the 21st Century?
An anonymous reader writes "Much has been made of graphene's potential. It can be used for anything from composite materials - like how carbon-fiber is used currently - to electronics. 'Our research e...
05:05 pm - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot Should a Web Startup Go Straight To the Cloud?
Javaman59 writes "I am a one person company developing a web site from home. The site is hoped to attract millions of accounts and daily hits (just to give an idea of the scale of things, as its impor...
04:05 pm - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot Swiss To End Use of Nuclear Power
mdsolar writes "Energy minister Doris Leuthard is set to propose Switzerland gradually exits nuclear power, two Swiss newspapers reported on Sunday, citing sources close to the government. The multi-p...
02:05 pm - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot Tweeter To Be Prosecuted, Twitter Now Censoring?
Andy Smith writes "Slashdot has already covered the super-injunctions furore in the UK, with one famous footballer going after an anonymous Twitter user who broke a court order and revealed his extra-...
01:05 pm - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot Professor Questions Sink-Or-Swim Intro To CS Courses
theodp writes "After having taught introductory programming (CS 1) for the past six years,' writes GVSU's Zack Kurmas, 'and having watched many students struggle through this course and the subsequent...
11:05 am - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot Linux Desktop Summit Program Announced
jrepin writes with this excerpt from an announcement by KDE:"The Desktop Summit is a joint conference organized by the GNOME and KDE communities, the two dominant forces behind modern graphical softwa...
10:05 am - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot Why You Shouldn't Panic Over Mac Malware
Earlier this week, we discussed reports that Mac malware was finally becoming a significant problem. Now, reader wiredmikey points out an editorial arguing that everyone should slow down and analyze t...
08:05 am - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot Has the Console Arms Race Stalled?
An article at Eurogamer argues that even with a successor to the Wii on the horizon, the console arms race we've watched over the past few decades is in the process of changing dramatically, with base...
07:05 am - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot IBM Now Officially Worth More Than Microsoft
liqs8143 writes with news that IBM's market cap has surpassed Microsoft's, making it the second most valuable tech company. When the market closed on Friday, IBM was valued at $207.52B, while Microsof...
04:05 am - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Take Charles Darwin On the Road
Hugh Pickens writes "A team of evolutionary scientists recently traveled to the heart of America, visiting rural schools and communities in Nebraska, Montana, and Virginia to share their excitement ab...
01:05 am - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot Volcano Erupts In Iceland
Reports are coming in that a volcano in Iceland called Grimsvotn has erupted, sending plumes of smoke 15km into the air. It was accompanied by a series of earthquakes, but all of them have been minor ...
12:05 am - Sun, May 22, 2011
Slashdot CyanogenMod: the History of an Android Hack
An anonymous reader points out a Wired story about some of the efforts behind CyanogenMod, a popular piece of Android modification software. Quoting:"CyanogenMod expanded into a team of 35 different '...
11:05 pm - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot Linux Gets Dynamic Firewalls In Fedora 15
darthcamaro writes "Linux users have long relied on iptables for in-distro firewall setup. The upcoming Fedora 15 release changes that and introduces us to new dynamic firewall technology. 'Most Linux...
09:05 pm - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot Why IT Needs To Change for Gen Z
An anonymous reader writes "Staff will routinely be bringing their own devices to work in five years time, according to IT industry experts in the UK. Some companies might already allow a few iPhones ...
08:05 pm - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot Warner Bros. Forced To Fight For Fair Use
V-similitude writes with news that Warner Bros. has been forced into a position of claiming 'fair use' in the defense of an upcoming movie. From the NYTimes:"In The Hangover Part II, the sequel to the...
07:05 pm - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot The Beginning of the End For Hadopi?
zrbyte writes "TorrentFreak reports on the latest developments in the french Hadopi saga. 'The private company entrusted to carry out file-sharing network monitoring for the French government has been...
06:05 pm - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Promo: a PC and Xbox In Every Dorm Room
theodp writes "Can Microsoft woo students into trying Windows 7 PCs? Well, starting on May 22nd, Microsoft will try to do so by giving away free Xbox 360 4GB consoles to high-school or college stu...
04:05 pm - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot NC Governor Allows Anti-Community-Broadband Law
zerocore writes "North Carolina governor Bev Perdue will not veto a bill that will limit small town municipalities' ability to create community broadband when private industry will not go there. 'The ...
04:05 pm - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot Explosion At Foxconn Factory Kills 2, Injures 16
arielCo writes "There are several reports in the news about an explosion in a Foxconn factory in Chengdu that manufactures the iPad 2, killing two workers and injuring another 16. 'The Chengdu Municip...
02:05 pm - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot EFF Presses Apple To Indemnify Developers
Julie188 writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is calling on Apple to indemnify its developers from Lodsys — a patent troll that's alleging patent infringement on the in-app purchasing used...
01:05 pm - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot ARM-Based Arduino Competitor At SparkFun
Gibbs-Duhem writes "The LeafLabs Maple, an ARM device designed to be pin compatible with the Arduino, and with a strikingly similar and familiar development environment, has reached a new milestone &m...
10:05 am - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot Twitter Sued By British Soccer Player
norriefc writes "Here in the UK super injunctions are all the rage. These are injunctions that bar the press from even mentioning that the injunction exist. Recently a twitter account exposed several ...
07:05 am - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot North Korean 3G Mobile Subscriptions Hit Half a Million
angry tapir writes "The number of 3G cellular subscriptions in North Korea passed half a million during the first quarter, according to the country's only 3G cellular operator. The Koryolink network h...
06:05 am - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot Phishing Site Discovered On Sony Thailand Servers
mcgrew tips news that security firm F-secure has found a live phishing site running on Sony's Thailand servers. "Basically this means that Sony has been hacked, again. Although in this case the server...
04:05 am - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What To Do When the Rapture Comes?
Okian Warrior writes "Since the rapture is tomorrow (May 21) at 6:00 pm local time (everywhere), I was just wondering: what plans does everyone have? I've got no specific plans for what to do. Wha...
01:05 am - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot New Malware Simulates Hard Drive Failure
An anonymous reader writes "A nasty strain of malware goes beyond mere sensational alerts, it makes it seem the user's hard drive is failing. It moves files from All Users and the current Windows user...
12:05 am - Sat, May 21, 2011
Slashdot A New Approach To Reducing Spam: Go After Credit Processors
WrongSizeGlass writes "A team of computer scientists at two University of California campuses has been looking deeply into the nature of spam, and they think found a 'choke point' [PDF] that could gre...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot German Police Seize German Pirate Party Servers
fph il quozientatore writes "The German police have seized today the servers from the German Pirate Party after an attack on the French company EDF. Apparently they are looking for evidence of allegia...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot How Today's Tech Alienates the Elderly
Barence writes "A UK academic has blamed unnecessarily complicated user interfaces for putting older people off today's technology. Mike Bradley, senior lecturer in product design and engineering at M...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Signs of Ozone Layer Recovery Detected
polar red writes "22 years of banning CFCs is starting to pay off. Researchers have finally been able to measure a reduction in size of the ozone layer hole, after finding the source of its fluctuatio...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot NASA Sets Final Space Shuttle Flight For July
coondoggie writes "NASA today said the final space shuttle flight should take place July 8 at about 11:40 am EDT from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It will be the 135th and final mission of NAS...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Apple: an 'App Store' Is Not a Store For Apps
recoiledsnake writes "What would be your first guess about what an app store sells? Don't be fooled, Apple warns, the phrase 'app store' is not generic and can only be used to describe Cupertino's...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Space Station Becomes Dark Matter Hunter
CWmike writes "With a new $2 billion device successfully installed Thursday, the International Space Station has become a dark matter hunter. Two robotic arms worked in tandem to lift the 15,251-pound...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Seduction Secrets In Video Game Design
Hugh Pickens writes "Drawing on cognitive science, an increasing number of game theorists and designers say that our growing love of video games has important things to tell us about our intrinsic des...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Why Thunderbolt Is Dead In the Water
adeelarshad82 writes "In the same way that Apple championed FireWire for the replacement of parallel SCSI, Thunderbolt is meant as the next big thing in video and audio peripheral interfaces. Plus, it...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Nano-Viewing Record Broken
smitty777 writes "Wired magazine reports on a new nanoviewing lens that is capable of viewing objects less than 100 nm across. Rather than attempting to use a 'perfect' lens, this technology uses a po...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Android Security Practices?
Soft writes "Smartphone security recommendations seem to boil down to Windows-like practices: install an antivirus, run updates, and don't execute apps from untrusted sources. On my own computers, run...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Massive LinkedIn IPO Raises Dotcom Bubble Concerns
The Installer writes with news of yesterday's stock offering from LinkedIn, which shocked investors by closing at more than double the initial price. "Buyers crowded the floor of the New York Stock Ex...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Google Abandons Plan To Archive World's Newspapers
An anonymous reader writes "Throughout the past few years, Google's newspaper-scanning project has digitized more than 60 million pages from newspapers spanning 250 years, including such gems as the m...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Neuromancer Movie Deal Moving Forward
chill writes "After years in development, a film adaptation of William Gibson's seminal cyberpunk novel Neuromancer is finally moving forward. According to a press release, the film has secured sales ...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Bug Bounties: Outbidding the Black Hats
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses whether independent software developers should follow in the footsteps of Google and Mozilla and begin offering bug bounties before black hat...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Saturn's Super Storm
An anonymous reader sends in a brief writeup about a massive storm that's been visible on Saturn's surface for a few months now. "As it rapidly expanded, the storm's core developed into a giant, power...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot MeeGo 1.2 Released
jrepin sends word that the Meego project has announced the release of version 1.2:"This release provides a solid baseline for device vendors and developers to start creating software for various devic...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Implant Restores Paralyzed Man's Leg Movement
cylonlover writes "In a move that gives cautious hope to the millions of people suffering some form of paralysis, a team of researchers from UCLA, Caltech and the University of Louisville has given a ...
02:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Ebooks Now Outselling Print Books At Amazon
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from CNN:"As further proof of how digital media dominate today's entertainment, Amazon announced Thursday that its customers now buy more e-books for its K...
02:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Netflix Isn't Swamping the Internet
itwbennett writes "Remember the Sandvine report from earlier this week that said Netflix gobbles up 30% of Internet traffic during peak hours? It needs clarification on a couple of important point...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Judge Puts Righthaven Cases In Colorado On Hold
Hugh Pickens writes "Senior US District Judge John Kane says there are serious questions about the validity of the Righthaven's copyright infringement lawsuits in Colorado, and has put them all on hol...
12:05 pm - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, the Next Round
An anonymous reader writes "Texas Instruments has struck back against Nspire gamers and hackers with even stronger anti-downgrade protection in OS 3.0.2, after the TI calculator hacking community brok...
11:05 am - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Firmware Troubles For Old Xbox 360s, Possibly PS3s As Well
Several readers have tipped news of firmware updates causing problems for both Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3. The Xbox issue was caused by a recent update thought to be preparing the p...
09:05 am - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot EU Demands Explicit Geo-Location Permissions
judgecorp writes "Apple, Google and employers are already contravening new European Union rules that will require companies to get explicit permission from users before any geo-location data can be us...
08:05 am - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Video Game Playing Increases Food Intake In Teens
An anonymous reader writes "There have been plenty of anecdotal associations between gaming and obesity. Now Canadian and Danish researchers have tested the hypothesis that video game playing leads to...
07:05 am - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Customers: Say So Long To Unlimited Data
BogenDorpher writes "Verizon will be eliminating its unlimited smartphone data plan this summer. No longer will one be able to pay $30 a month to have unlimited data. This move is designed to 'force h...
04:05 am - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Australian Government To Widen Spy Agency Powers, Again
An anonymous reader writes "It seems the Australian Government has a fondness for expanding the powers of the domestic spy agency, ASIO, be it for hacking into servers or tapping citizens' phones. Now...
01:05 am - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Preliminary Benchmarks: Unity vs. Gnome-Shell
fatalGlory writes "Despite some initial reservations about Gnome-shell, it appears to be coming out very nicely. In some preliminary benchmarking tests I've been conducting, Ubuntu's Unity desktop on ...
12:05 am - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Confirmed: Microsoft Says It Will Open Source VB 6
msmoriarty writes "Microsoft told a group of MVPs today at Tech-Ed that it plans to take Visual Basic 6 open source and will release the source code on CodePlex. A source at the event said that Micros...
12:05 am - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot XBMC4XBOX 3.0.1 Stable Released
An anonymous reader writes "After more than a year of development we are pleased to announce stable version 3.0.1 [download via torrent] of the popular media center platform XBMC for the 1st generatio...
12:05 am - Fri, May 20, 2011
Slashdot Congress Makes Deal To Renew Patriot Act For 4 Years
airfoobar writes "A four-year extension to the highly controversial Patriot Act is set to be rushed through in the coming week." Techdirt has its usual trenchant critique. I hope it's not unpatriotic ...
11:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot AppleCare Reps Told To Skirt Malware Questions
Dominare writes with this bit from ZDnet: "'A confidential internal Apple document tells the company's front-line support people how to handle customers who call about malware infections: Don't confir...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: FTP Server Honeypots?
An anonymous reader writes "I run an FTP server for a few dozen people, and it seems like every week I have a random IP address connect to my box and try guessing 'Administrator' passwords once every ...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Linux-Friendly Alternatives To Skype
jfruhlinger writes "When Microsoft bought Skype, Linux and Mac users were assured that their platforms wouldn't be neglected — but you can understand why they might be a bit suspicious. Steven V...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Red Hat Pushes Out Enterprise Linux 6.1
wiredmikey writes "Red Hat today released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1, the first update to the platform since Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 back in November 2010. The latest version brings improvements ...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Siemens SCADA Hacking Talk Pulled From TakeDownCon
alphadogg writes "A planned presentation on security vulnerabilities in Siemens industrial control systems was pulled Wednesday over worries that the information in the talk was too dangerous to be re...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Linux 2.6.39 Released
Rainmaker2006 writes "The latest iteration of Linux kernel is out. The kernel 2.6.39 is listed in kernel.org, ready to be yours!"Linux for Devices has a short overview of what you can expect in the ne...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot CDC Warns of Zombie Apocalypse
scotbuff writes "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have written an article about preparing for a zombie apocalypse on their blog. The CDC knows that a zombie apocalypse is no joke. 'If zo...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Inside NVIDIA's Massive Hardware Emulation Lab
MojoKid writes "NVIDIA recently decided to give the public a look at their massive investment in hardware emulation technologies. Hardware emulators are specialized systems that can be programmed to e...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot RIAA-Backed Warrantless Search Bill In California
lordvramir writes "If you run a CD or DVD duplication company and you're based in California, you may soon be subject to warrantless searches in order to 'fight piracy.' California Senate Bill 550, in...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Imagining the CLI For the Modern Machine
scc writes "TermKit is a re-think of the storied Unix terminal, where human views, input and data pipes are separated. Output viewers render any kind of data usefully. It may not be a new idea, but it...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Google Builds Biometric Models of Celebrity Faces
theodp writes "Want the latest pics of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? Sarah and Bristol Palin? Prince Harry? Britney Spears? So do the Enquiring minds at Google! On Thursday, the USPTO ...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Google Is Serious, Chrome 13 Hides URL Bar
An anonymous reader writes "A few months ago, we heard about Google playing with the idea of killing the URL bar in its Chrome browser. Chrome 13 provides a first view how this feature will work. Ther...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Proposal For Gnome To Become Linux-Only
Moderator writes "Could Gnome drop support for non-Linux operating systems? That was a recent proposal on the Gnome mailing list, although there were significant objections in response. Quoting: '...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Apple Causes Religious Reaction In Brains of Fans
satuon writes "In a recently screened BBC documentary called 'Secrets of the Superbrands', UK neuroscientists found that the brains of Apple fans are stimulated by images of Apple products in the same...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Verifying Passwords By the Way They're Typed
Zothecula writes "There are good passwords and bad passwords, but none of them are totally secure. Researchers at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, are working on strengthening an approach t...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Internet Could Mean End of "Snow Days"
fangmcgee writes "Could the Internet mean the end of snow days? Some schools think so, and they are experimenting with ways for students to do lessons online during bad weather, potentially allowi...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot 'Homeless' Planets May Be Common In Our Galaxy
sciencehabit writes "Our galaxy could be teeming with 'homeless' planets, wandering the cosmos far from the solar systems of their birth, astronomers have found. In a paper published online today in N...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Academic Publishers Ask The Impossible In GSU Copyright Suit
Nidi62 writes "A Duke University blog covers the possible ramifications of a motion in the copyright case against Georgia State University. Cambrigde, Oxford, and Sage have proposed an injunction that...
11:05 am - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Computer Records Hold Key In IMF Head's Sexual Assault Case
Hugh Pickens writes "ABA Journal reports that the chief of the International Monetary Fund may claim consent as a defense to accusations that he sexually assaulted a maid at the Sofitel Hotel in New Y...
09:05 am - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 ARM Will Not Support Legacy Software
An anonymous reader writes "Intel, speaking out of turn and damaging its intimate relationship with Microsoft, has revealed that legacy x86-compiled software will not work on the ARM version of Window...
06:05 am - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Mint It Yourself With a Browser-Based Bitcoin Miner
An anonymous reader writes "There's a popular discussion happening at the Bitcoin forums about a new browser-based bitcoin miner released today. This lets people mine for bitcoin straight from the bro...
03:05 am - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot 8 of China's Top 9 Govt. Officials Are Engineers
kkleiner writes "Did you know that the president of China is a scientist? President Hu Jintao was trained as a hydraulic engineer. Likewise his Premier, Wen Jiabao, is a geomechanical engineer. In...
03:05 am - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot An Apple TV-Based Webserver
Wyvere writes "The folks over at Mac Mini Vault jailbroke an Apple TV, stuck lighttpd on it, and connected it up to the internet in the name of fun hacking. 'This project was a fun way to see how far ...
01:05 am - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?
An anonymous reader writes "Are DOS game emulators like the highly-respectable DOSBox good enough now, or is there still no substitute for the real thing? Like a lot of Slashdotters I'm getting ol...
12:05 am - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Apple Proposes Smaller SIM Card Design
An anonymous reader writes with word that Apple, as reported by Reuters, has proposed a smaller SIM card standard. Says the Orange executive quoted, "We were quite happy to see last week that Apple ha...
12:05 am - Thu, May 19, 2011
Slashdot Designing a Programming Language For Embeddability
CowboyRobot writes "The creators of the Lua language describe the process of designing a new language and the constraints that certain parameters, specifically embeddability, place on the process. 'Ma...
11:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Places With the Most Wikipedia Articles
Trepidity writes "Wikipedia has been making an effort to mark up articles with latitude-longitude coordinates when they refer to a specific location. It's now been done for over a million articles (ac...
11:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot The Future of Shopping
Hugh Pickens writes "The WSJ reports that a new device, now in use at about half of Ahold USA's Stop & Shop and Giant supermarkets in the Northeast, is making supermarket shoppers — and stor...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Fable III Dev: Used Game Sales More Costly Than Piracy
eldavojohn writes "A developer working for Lionhead, the studio behind Fable III, told Eurogamer that piracy is 'less problematic' than used game sales, from a business perspective. Mike West, the lea...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot New Bill Ups Punishment For Hosts of Infringing Video Streams
halfEvilTech writes"Two months ago, the Obama administration asked Congress to make illicit online streaming of copyrighted movies and TV shows a felony. Such a bill has now been introduced by two sen...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Intel Shifts Might To Mobile
CWmike writes "After years of dominance in computer chips, Intel now is chasing the mobile chip market and trying to redefine its future. During Intel's financial analyst meeting Monday, CEO Paul Otel...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Six Cities Named For Vehicle2Vehicle Communications Trial
thecarchik writes "We all know about the growing popularity of collision avoidance systems. As recently as this week, we've even heard about developments on the autonomous car front. Problem is, most ...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Apple Support Forums Suggest Malware Explosion
dotwhynot writes "According to ZDNet, the volume of in-the-wild malware reports on discussions.apple.com is truly exceptional. With the launch of the first malware DIY kit for OSX earlier this month, ...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Social Influence and the Wisdom of Crowd Effect
formfeed writes "A lot has been written lately on the crowd effect and the wisdom of crowds. But for those of us who are doubtful, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science has published a st...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Kaspersky Calls For 'Internet Interpol'
angry tapir writes "With cybercrime now the second largest criminal activity in the world, measures such as the creation of an 'Internet Interpol' and better cooperation between international law enfo...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot US Government Recognizes, Funds Video Games As Art
Kilrah_il writes "The National Endowment for the Arts recently published their criteria for next year's Arts in Media grants. One of the key changes is the inclusion of video games as works of art. 'P...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Local Atmosphere Heated Rapidly Before Japan Quake
eldavojohn writes "A new paper presented at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland shows the rapid heating of the atmosphere directly above the fault days before the devastating earthquake hit...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Man Demonstrates His New Bionic Hand
digitaldc writes with this excerpt from the BBC:"Last year, Patrick, a 24-year-old Austrian, decided to have his dysfunctional hand amputated and replaced with a bionic hand. He lost the use of his le...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot US Preserves Smallpox For Defense
lee1 writes "The US is preserving the last remaining known strains of smallpox in case they are needed to develop bio-warfare 'countermeasures' and as a hedge against possible outbreaks in a populatio...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Robots Successfully Invent Their Own Language
An anonymous reader writes "One group of Australian researchers have managed to teach robots to do something that, until now, was the reserve of humans and a few other animals: they've taught them how...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot PSN Up, And Then Down Again
RdeCourtney writes "The PlayStation Network is down again. Sony had originally enabled passwords to be reset onscreen simply by entering an email address and date of birth. Whoever has the data from S...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft: One In 14 Downloads Is Malicious
alphadogg writes "About one out of every 14 programs downloaded by Windows usersturns out to be malicious, Microsoft said Tuesday. And even though Microsoft has a feature in its Internet Explorer brow...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot When AIM Was Our Facebook
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Gizmodo reports that there was a stretch of time in the 90s and early 00s when AOL was a social requisite. "Everyone had an AIM handle," write Adrian Covert and Sam Biddle....
02:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Hack Targets NASA's Earth Observation System
Gunkerty Jeb writes "A hacker is claiming that a security hole in a server at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has exposed data related to a satellite-based Earth observation system used to aid in d...
02:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Coffee Wards Off Cancer
Thorfinn.au writes "A new study indicates that heavy coffee drinking staves off deadly prostate cancer in men. Some 47,911 US men were surveyed over the period 1986 to 2008 for the research. During th...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Judge Orders Former San Francisco Admin Terry Childs To Pay $1.5M
0WaitState writes " A judge Tuesday ordered a former city worker who locked San Francisco out of its main computer network for 12 days in 2008 to pay nearly $1.5 million in restitution, prosecutors sa...
11:05 am - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot The FSF's Campaign Against the Nintendo 3DS
Max Hyre writes "The Nintendo 3DS's terms of so-called service, and the even more grotesquely-misnamed privacy policy, make it clear that you are in the service of Nintendo. Specifically, anything you...
10:05 am - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Fukushima Meltdown Might Have Come With Earthquake, Not Tsunami
formfeed writes "As the data from the Fukushima reactor is being reviewed it looks like the meltdown happened much earlier: '[T]he fuel rods in the No. 1 reactor were completely exposed to the air and...
08:05 am - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Debriefing After Warsaw's First Startup Weekend
rysiek writes "Last weekend marked the first Startup Weekend in Poland. Three days, about 100 developers and designers, 20 mentors, forming 30+ teams. The big winner — CityRace.me — w...
07:05 am - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Australian Journalist Arrested, Released After Detailing Facebook Flaws
CuteSteveJobs writes "Yesterday Australian journalist Ben Grubb was arrested by police at an IT Security Conference after an article Grubb wrote about vulnerabilities in Facebook's privacy controls wa...
04:05 am - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot From Austria, the World's Smallest 3D Printer
fangmcgee writes "Printers which can produce three-dimensional objects have been available for years. However, at the Vienna University of Technology, a printing device has now been developed which is...
02:05 am - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot 9 Features We May See In Ubuntu 11.10
splitenz writes "Canonical's Ubuntu 11.04 'Natty Narwhal' may still be occupying much of the Linux world's attention, but at last week's Ubuntu Developer Summit in Budapest, the next version of the fr...
01:05 am - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection
An anonymous reader writes "In Windows 7, any time you connect to a network, Windows tells you if you have full internet access or just a local network connection. It also knows if a WiFi access point...
12:05 am - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot 10,000 Commits To an Open-source Project
tgeller writes "British web designer Jonathan Brown tweeted that Drupal creator Dries Buytaert has surpassed 10,000 commits to the open-source content-management system he created ten years ago, Drupa...
12:05 am - Wed, May 18, 2011
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Calls Sales Tax Requirements On Amazon Unconstitutional
Steve1960 writes "Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos says the online retailer won't collect tax from most of its 90 million customers until Congress clearly mandates it. Although a growing number of states a...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Worm Descendants From Columbia Disaster Relaunched
astroengine writes "In 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia burned up on reentry, killing all seven astronauts on board. However, from the wreckage, a sample of C. elegans worms survived. On Monday, descendan...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Righthaven Hit With Class Action Counterclaim
Hugh Pickens writes "Steve Green reports that one of the website operators accused of copyright infringement by Righthaven has retaliated, hitting the Las Vegas company with a class-action counterclai...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Facebook's Broad Patent On Digital Media Tagging
bizwriter writes "Facebook has done well with the Friendster patents and patent applications that it acquired. Just last week, a patent application for passing personal info between users based on deg...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Capturing Solar Power With Antennae
necro81 writes "Researchers at the University of Missouri and the Idaho National Laboratory have demonstrated a new method of capturing solar power. Rather than using semiconductors to capture photons...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Netflix Dominates North American Internet
nairnr writes "Accounting for 29.7% of all information downloaded during peak usage hours by North American broadband-connected households in March, Netflix Inc. received the title in the latest Globa...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Adds Chrome Support For Office Web Apps
CWmike writes "Microsoft will release the first service pack for Office 2010 in late June, when it will for the first time support Google's Chrome running the suite's online applications using SharePo...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Celebrating the Sci-fi Ray Gun
brumgrunt submitted the latest Den of Geek compilation story: this week it's the the science fiction ray guns. From Han Solo's blaster to the Forbidden Planet, there's a lot of nostalgia to get your p...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Powerline Networks Interfere With Spooks?
An anonymous reader writes "Powerline technology which ships network data over mains cables could be causing interference for spies, according to a letter from the UK's top secret listening station, G...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot GRUB 1.99 Released With Support For ZFS and BtrFS
kthreadd writes "GNU GRUB has been updated to version 1.99. Among the many improvements are support for two new filesystems, BtrFS and ZFS. For Linux users this means that it's now possible to move to...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot An IP Address For Every Light Bulb
An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday NXP and Green Wave Reality announced to the world that they plan to give every lightbulb an IPV6 address. Hot on the heels of Google's 900 mhz announcement, Green...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Swiped Tokens Expose Android Devices To Data Theft
tsamsoniw writes "Researchers at the University of Ulm have found that eavesdroppers can intercept and use authentication tokens sent between Android apps and Google services via unsecured Wi-Fi. Thos...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Gliese 581d Confirmed as 'Habitable' Exoplanet
An anonymous reader writes "A rocky world orbiting a nearby star was confirmed as the first planet outside our Solar System to meet key requirements for sustaining life." The "key requirements" was ac...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Miguel De Icaza Forms New Mono Company: Xamarin
rubycodez writes "After being thrown out on the streets by Attachmate, the purchasers of Novell, Miguel De Icaza has formed a new company Xamarin to make .NET development tools for Android and iOS. Th...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Fingerprint Scanner That Works From 6 Feet
Bruce Schneier found a somewhat older story that I haven't seen before about a device that is smaller than a tissue box, and using 2 1.3 megapixel cameras and a polarized light source, is able to scan...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Public Face of Anonymous Leaves Group
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Barrett Brown, the reporter who became a media-friendly spokesperson for the shadowy hacking group Anonymous says that he is quitting the group in the wake of a public feud that h...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Bing Adds 'Like' Button
Tiek00n wrote in with something that might sound familiar saying "Microsoft on Monday expanded its use of Facebook within its Bing search engine, adding "likes" and recommendations from friends and st...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Let Them Eat Khan Academy
theodp writes "Connie Ballmer announced that Seattle's Lakeside School and nine other private schools have formed the Global Online Academy to enhance learning opportunities for students at the elite ...
10:05 am - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?
FatLittleMonkey writes "Science fiction author David Brin wonders whether the US tax code, described by President Obama as a '10,000-page monstrosity,' could be dramatically simplified. His idea is ab...
07:05 am - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Groklaw Torch Handed To Mark Webbink
eldavojohn writes "A month ago we read a Eulogy for Groklaw, but now PJ has announced that Groklaw will not be shutting down. Instead, it is now Mark Webbink's Groklaw 2.0. If you don't know who he is...
06:05 am - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Boot Linux In Your Browser
An anonymous reader writes "Fabrice Bellard, the initiator of the QEMU emulator, wrote a PC emulator in JavaScript. You can now boot Linux in your browser, provided it is recent enough (Firefox 4 and ...
05:05 am - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot Valve's Newell: One-Price-For-Everyone Business Model 'Broken'
Fysx writes with recent comments from Valve co-founder Gabe Newell about how he thinks the traditional video game business model is flawed:"The industry has this broken model, which is one price for e...
03:05 am - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot The Cost of US Security
Hugh Pickens writes "The Atlantic reports that as we mark Osama bin Laden's death, what's striking is how much he cost our nation and how little we've gained from our fight against him. By conservativ...
01:05 am - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot GSM Association Slams Euro Call For Ban On Wireless In School
jhernik writes "The ongoing debate over the supposed dangers posed by mobile phone usage and wireless signals has exploded once again. An influential European committee has called for a ban on mobile ...
12:05 am - Tue, May 17, 2011
Slashdot NSA CS Man: My Tracking Algorithm Was 'Twisted' By the Government
decora writes "Crypto-mathematician Bill Binney worked in the Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center at the NSA. There, he worked on NSA's ThinThread program; a way to monitor the flood of in...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot The Challenges of Tapping Blood Flow For Power
joshuarrrr writes "Researchers in Switzerland have tested small turbines designed to fit inside a human artery, like an implantable hydroelectric generator. The turbines can draw about a milliwatt of ...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Tunnel Boring Machine Completes Hole Under Niagara Falls
abhatt writes with news that "Big Becky," a 4,000-ton tunnel boring machine, has finished chewing through over 10 kilometers of rock underneath Niagara Falls, Ontario, a project that's been underway s...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Think I'm Not American? Pass the Hamburgers.
purkinje writes "Immigrants and their children may choose to eat American food as a way to fit in, a new study found, which may help explain why immigrants catch up to the country's obesity levels in ...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft To Support CentOS Linux In Hyper-V
jbrodkin writes "Long the enemy of Linux users, Microsoft is apparently seeing dollar signs in the Linux-dominated Web server market. Microsoft's virtualization software, Hyper-V, will immediately add...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Air France 447 Black Boxes Readable
An anonymous reader writes "It's not a lengthy press release, but it's good news: the memory cards for the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from the Air France 447 crash in 2009, recently recov...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Do Developers Really Need a Second Monitor?
jammag writes "It was an agonizing moment: a developer arrived at work to realize his second monitor had been taken (given to the accounting dept., to add insult to injury). Soon, the wailing and the ...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot US Congress Tries To Cut Body Scanner Funding
OverTheGeicoE writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center reports that the US House of Representatives is trying to cut funding for new airport body scanners from next year's budget. This would ...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Why People Watch StarCraft, Instead of Playing
generalepsilon writes "Researchers from the University of Washington have found a key reason why StarCraft is a popular spectator sport (PDF), especially in Korea. In a paper published last week, they...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Bill Clinton Suggests Internet Fact Agency
eldavojohn writes "Friday on CNBC, Bill Clinton gave an interview that is causing some unrest on popular news sites today. When asked if there is a role for government in terms of ensuring that the in...
07:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Lodsys Responds To In-App Purchasing Patent Controversy
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, a heretofore unknown company named Lodsys sent FedEx packages to a number of independent iOS developers informing them that their use of in-app purchasing infrin...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Japan Says No To PlayStation Network Restart
tekgoblin writes "Although Sony may be restoring services on the PlayStation Network around the world, one country has said 'No.' Japan has not yet given Sony approval to start up their online service...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Ultramobile PC To Make a Comeback?
jfruhlinger writes "Remember the Oqo and other 'ultra-mobile PCs' — full-fledged Windows machines in a cell phone form factor, pushed without success in the early-to-mid '00s? Well, Japan's ...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Newly-Discovered Arm of Milky Way Gives Warped Structure
eldavojohn writes "Researchers are now suggesting that a newly-discovered arm of the Milky Way Galaxy gives it a warped structure. Accumulated evidence leads them to claim that an 18-kpc-long arm exis...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot New Alureon Rootkit Takes Malware To New Level
Trailrunner7 writes "A new version of the venerable Alureon malware has appeared, and this one includes some odd behavior designed to prevent analysis and detection by antimalware systems. However, th...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot US To Release International Cyber Strategy Today
vivIsel writes "Today, the Obama Administration will be releasing its first-ever strategy for "international cooperation in cyberspace". Following on Friday's release of the White House domestic cyber...
03:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Space Shuttle Endeavour Blasts Off On Final Flight
Velcroman1 writes "Space shuttle Endeavour rocketed into space Monday morning from Kennedy Space Center, led by mission commander Mark Kelly on the final mission for the youngest vehicle in the space ...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot BitCoin, the Most Dangerous Project Ever?
Jamie found a followup to the bitcoin story we've been following awhile. The article talks about the untraceable, un-hackable nature of BitCoin. They can't be locked down like PayPal, and the article ...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Thousands Marched Against Censorship
funfail writes "Thousands of Turkish demonstrators poured into central Istanbul yesterday to protest against the government's Internet censorship. New regulations from Turkey's Internet Technologies a...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot HP Advances Next-Gen Memory Technology
angry tapir writes "HP scientists have made a small breakthrough in the development of a next-generation memory technology called memristors, which some see as a potential replacement for today's wide...
10:05 am - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Persistent Bacteria Go Down
Doctors have discovered that adding sugar to antibiotics increases their ability to knock out persistent staph infections (abstract). Certain types of bacteria called persisters shut down their metabo...
07:05 am - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Tenth Annual AusCERT Conference Kicks Off
lukehopewell1 writes "The tenth annual AusCERT (Australian Computer Emergency Response Team) conference kicks off today in Queensland, Australia, touting appearances from Microsoft, Telstra, Rio Tinto...
04:05 am - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot The Rise of Filter Bubbles
eldavojohn writes "Eli Pariser gave a talk at TED that posits that tailoring algorithms are creating 'filter bubbles' around each user that restricts the information that reaches you to be — uns...
02:05 am - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Solar-Powered Airplane Completes First International Flight
liqs8143 writes "Solar Impulse, a fully solar-powered airplane, has completed its first international solar-powered flight. After a flight lasting 12 hours 59 minutes at an altitude of 12,400 feet, us...
12:05 am - Mon, May 16, 2011
Slashdot Dropbox Accused of Lying About Security
lee1 writes "Dropbox faces a possible FTC investigation because of misleading statements it has made about the privacy and security of its 25 million users' files. The cloud storage company previously...
11:05 pm - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot Live Justice Comes To the Internet
Hugh Pickens writes "The Boston Globe reports that an experiment in live justice is coming to the Internet, uniting citizen bloggers with the public's right to know in one of Massachusetts's busiest c...
09:05 pm - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot Search For Alien Life On 86 Planets Begins
liqs8143 writes "Astronomers from the United States have begun searching for alien life on 86 possible earth-like planets. A massive radio telescope that listens for signs of alien life is being used ...
08:05 pm - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot Syrians Using Donkeys Instead of DSL After Gov't Shuts Down Internet
abhatt writes "Rebelling Syrians are using all possible alternate methods to pass information to the world amidst a total blackout on the internet by the Government. Believe it or not, Donkeys are a p...
06:05 pm - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot NASA's Underwater Training Facility
An anonymous reader writes "The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations project (NEEMO) sends groups of NASA employees and contractors to live in Aquarius underwater laboratory for up to three wee...
05:05 pm - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Servers Used In Sony Playstation Hack
the simurgh writes "Amazon servers may have been used to carry out the massive Playstation hack that compromised the personal information of more than 100 million Playstation Network users. According ...
04:05 pm - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot Japan Widens Evacuation Zone Around Fukushima
mdsolar writes "Japan has started the first evacuations of homes outside a government exclusion zone after the earthquake and tsunami crippled one of the country's nuclear power plants. 5100 people ar...
02:05 pm - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot Endeavour Launch Now Slated For Monday
For anyone camping in Florida through the series of delays in the shuttle Endeavour's launch, it may be nearly time to get out the earplugs and champagne: though there's a fair chance of yet another w...
01:05 pm - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot The Rules of Thumb For Tech Purchasing
Hugh Pickens writes "Sam Grobart writes in the NYT that buying gadgets can sometimes be like buying a car; it requires sorting through options because the reality is that most of us are usually dealin...
12:05 pm - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot New Privacy Laws In Asia May Cripple Data-Centric Outsourcing
bizwriter writes "Think privacy issues are a pain when they affect consumers? Get ready for the grandfather of all corporate computing headaches. Big privacy-law changes in India and China are abo...
09:05 am - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot Aldebaran Robotics To Open Source Nao Robot Control Software
mikejuk writes "According to an announcement at a robotics conference this week, Aldebaran Robotics is planning to make a significant portion of its code open source. The NAOqi embedded software is cr...
06:05 am - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Removes Yaoi Manga Titles From Kindle Store
Repossessed writes "Amazon is now cracking down on Yaoi manga, with several titles that have been available on the Kindle since 2009 being delisted and others now being rejected, according to Digital ...
03:05 am - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot Sony Releases PS3 3.61 Update Ahead of PSN's Imminent Return
Sonny Yatsen writes "Sony has released the PS3 3.61 firmware update as a part of the phased return of the Playstation Network and Qriocity. The new update now requires all PSN users to change their pa...
01:05 am - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot Perl 5.14 Released
chromatic writes "Pumpking Jesse Vincent has just released Perl 5.14, the latest stable version of the venerable Perl 5 programming language. The list of changes in Perl 5.14 includes several enhancem...
12:05 am - Sun, May 15, 2011
Slashdot Confessions of a Computer Repairman
nk497 writes "What really happens to your PC when it's handed over to computer repair cowboys? We reveal the horror stories from computer repair shops — the dodgy technicians that install pi...
10:05 pm - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Western Washington Univ. Considers Cutting Computer Science
An anonymous reader writes "Due to Washington State budget concerns, Western Washington University is considering cutting their Computer Science Department. The news comes even as local stations repor...
09:05 pm - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Disney Seeks Trademark On 'Seal Team 6'
The Grim Reefer2 writes "MediaBistro has learned that the Walt Disney Company has applied for a trademark on the phrase 'Seal Team 6,' the name of the special forces unit that killed the world's most ...
08:05 pm - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot HDMI Brands Don't Matter
adeelarshad82 writes "I'm sure most of us looking for an HDMI cable have been in a situation where a store clerk sidles up, offers to help and points to some of the most expensive HDMI cables — ...
07:05 pm - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Judge Issues Gag Order For Twitter
the simurgh writes with this excerpt from Reuters: "A British judge has banned Twitter users from identifying a brain-damaged woman in one of the first attempts to prevent the messaging website from r...
07:05 pm - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Ubuntu Switches To OpenStack For Cloud
angry tapir writes "Canonical has switched its cloud software stack to the open-source OpenStack. The current version of its Ubuntu Server, version 11.04, uses the Eucalyptus platform. Ubuntu Server 1...
06:05 pm - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot O'Reilly Author's Laptop Rescued By 'Twitter Posse' and Prey
An anonymous reader writes "Bad news: a Canadian who visited New York had his laptop stolen. Good news: it was outfitted with Prey, the open-source computer tracking application. Better news: a group ...
05:05 pm - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Volunteer 'Cyber Scouts' Censor Web In Thailand
societyofrobots writes "Since the military coup of 2006, Thailand's media freedoms have continually been downgraded. A growing tactic among the ruling elite is to accuse the political opposition of in...
04:05 pm - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Keeping a Cellphone System Going In a War
dogsbreath writes "An Al Jazeera article provides fascinating insight about how engineers for one of the Libyan cell providers in the rebel held East have kept the system going in the middle of a civi...
03:05 pm - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Canadian Music Industry Seeks Copy Tax On Memory Cards
An anonymous reader writes "The Canadian music industry's copyright collective is demandingthe creation of a new copying tax on all memory cards sold inCanada. The Canadian Private Copying Collective ...
02:05 pm - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot The Arduino Project Gets a Core Memory Accessory
Stoobalou writes "A pair of mathematicians have created an electronics project that nostalgic computer buffs will likely recognize straight away: a magnetic-core memory shield for the Arduino electron...
01:05 pm - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Porn Reportedly Found At Bin Laden Compound
Hugh Pickens writes "Reuters reports that a stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the US commandos who killed him. The pornography consists of modern, electronically reco...
12:05 pm - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Unveils New 10" Retina Display
adeelarshad82 writes "Samsung has unveiled a brand new 10.1-inch display that supports a maximum of 2560×1600 pixel resolution that could be ripe for next generation tablets. Samsung's new displa...
09:05 am - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot This Robot Needs a Hug
itwbennett writes "It has been an interesting week at the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) show in Vancouver, what with all the humans and computers interacting. And none have interacted quite so inte...
06:05 am - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Appeals Court Throws Out Rambus Patent Ruling
angry tapir writes "A US appeals court has ruled on two patent lawsuits that pit Rambus against two competing DRAM makers, sending both cases back to district courts for reconsideration. The US Court ...
04:05 am - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot L.A. Noire 'Blurs the Line' Between Story and Game
donniebaseball23 writes "Rockstar, never a studio to shy away from risks, first tackled Westerns with Red Dead Redemption, and is now about to launch a film noir-based title called LA Noire. IndustryG...
03:05 am - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Telehack Re-Creates the Internet of 25 Years Ago
saccade.com writes "Telehack.com has meticulously re-created the Internet as it appeared to a command line user over a quarter century ago. Drawing on material from Jason Scott's TextFiles.com, the te...
02:05 am - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Disorderly Conduct Charge for Offensive Classmate Ratings
Hatta writes "A Chicago-area teenager who posted a demeaning list of female classmates on Facebook has been arrested for disorderly conduct. Is this an appropriate response to online harassment, or a ...
12:05 am - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot New Bill Would Require US ISPs To Retain User Info
Wesociety writes "The House Judiciary Committee, lead by Rep. Lamar Smith, is preparing a bill which would require internet service providers to retain information about their users to aid in criminal...
12:05 am - Sat, May 14, 2011
Slashdot Algorithm Glitch Voids Outcome of US Green Card Lottery
jayminer writes "Results for the United States Diversity Visa Lottery for 2012 were declared void due to a programming glitch in the random selection algorithm. At first, the results were published as...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Invent the Medical Tricorder, Win $10,000,000
GeneralSecretary writes "If you've ever watched Star Trek and said, 'Hey, I could build that,' now's your chance. Qualcomm and the X PRIZE Foundation have teamed together to offer ten million US dolla...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Modern Warfare 3 Details Leak
fysdt writes "Details on the next Call of Duty game, Modern Warfare 3, have not simply leaked onto the internet; they have flooded. Among other details, a November 8 release date was mentioned. Accord...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Zediva Fights Back Against MPAA
MoldySpore writes "When Zediva burst onto the streaming scene earlier this year, they managed to do something nobody else was doing. Navigating around the copyright law, they found a way to stream ren...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Ford Uses Google For a New Type of Smart Car
RedEaredSlider writes "Ford is using Google technology, specifically its Prediction API, to create a new brand of smart cars. The famous American car company announced it's teaming up with Google to u...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Netflix Available For Android
supersloshy writes "Netflix has just announced the release of a Netflix Android application for streaming movies to Android-powered mobile devices. As streaming movies requires certain features and sp...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot 'Giant' Neuron Regulates 50,000 Other Neurons
Scottingham sends this quote from PhysOrg:"A single interneuron controls activity adaptively in 50,000 neurons, enabling consistently sparse codes for odors (abstract). The brain is a coding machine: ...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Adobe Rolls Out Privacy Controls In Flash Player 10.3
adeelarshad82 writes "Adobe has released Flash Player 10.3, which includes enhanced privacy controls for how your activity is tracked online. Users can now clear local storage — sometimes known ...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Using CiviCRM
Hershel Robinson writes "A new book released by Packt Publishing called Using CiviCRM defines CiviCRM as 'a web-based, open source Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system, designed specifical...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Small Devs Attacked Over In-App Purchase Button Patent
Thornburg writes with this excerpt from a story at MacRumors: "Yesterday, we received word from Rob Gloess of Computer LogicX ... that he had received legal documents threatening a patent lawsuit over...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot 16-Year-Old Discovers Potential Treatment For Cystic Fibrosis
Bob the Super Hamste writes "According to a story at LiveScience, a 16-year-old Canadian 11th grade student has discovered a possible treatment for cystic fibrosis. The treatment is a combination of t...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot LimeWire Settles For $105 Million
eldavojohn writes "LimeWire has settled its suit with the RIAA for $105 million. It's several orders of magnitude lower than the $1.5 trillion initially demanded by the RIAA, but it ends a nearly five...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot WebGL Flaw Leaves GPU Exposed To Hackers
recoiledsnake writes "Google spent a lot of time yesterday talking up WebGL, but UK security firm Context seems to think users should disable the feature because it poses a serious security threat, an...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Dutch Provider KPN Under Fire Over DPI
An anonymous reader writes "After Dutch internet/mobile provider KPN announced they were going to blatantly do away with the idea of net-neutrality by charging their customers for using text message r...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot The Great Linux World Map
N1ckR writes "Mrk has posted a fun Linux world map including 'The Suse Lake,' 'Noob Desert' and the 'Forbidden Land of Gentoo.' He said, 'The Great Linux World Map is a fun endeavor trying to portray ...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Yahoo Beats Patent Troll That Beat Google
jfruhlinger writes "You may recall the saga of patent troll Bedrock, which claims that it has patents over Linux and successfully sued Google over Google's Linux use. Well, the verdict from Bedrock's ...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Baby's First TSA Patdown
theodp writes "Is there anything cuter than baby milestones? Baby's first steps. Baby's first word. And now, baby's first TSA patdown. 'Well,' writes Anna North, 'it finally happened. Airport secu...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Bin Laden's Sneakernet Email System
Hugh Pickens writes "Osama bin Laden was a prolific writer who put together a painstaking email system that thwarted the US government's best eavesdroppers despite having no Internet access in his hid...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Call Interception Demonstrated On New Cisco Phones
mask.of.sanity writes "Researchers have demonstrated a series of exploits that turn Cisco IP phones into listening bugs, and could allow a denial of service attack capable of silencing a call center. ...
02:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot PROTECT IP Act Follows In COICA's Footsteps
Last fall, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), which was dubbed the "internet blacklist" by opponents worried about its broad provis...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Nokia Announces Qt 5 Plans
aloniv writes "Since Nokia announced its switch to Windows Phone 7, people have been worried about the future of Qt. Well, it turns out Nokia is still going full steam ahead with Qt, having just annou...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Google Expected to Settle Over Drug Ads, to the Tune of $500M
Animats writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that 'Google Inc. is close to settling a US criminal investigation into allegations it made hundreds of millions of dollars by accepting ads from online...
12:05 pm - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Adds Two-Factor Authentication
angry tapir writes "To help its hundreds of millions of users prevent unauthorized access to their accounts, Facebook has added an optional verification step to its log-in process. The new security fe...
10:05 am - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Museum Helps Domesday Reloaded Project
purehavnet writes "For many months the volunteers at the Centre for Computing History have been working on capturing and preserving the data from the BBC Domesday System. A complete set of data from t...
08:05 am - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Square Enix Facing Big Losses For 2010
eldavojohn writes "It's no secret that Final Fantasy XIV took a lot of heat early on, which required extensive damage control. And the Japanese tsunami (which appears to have added $7.5 million to the...
07:05 am - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot MasterCard Transactions To Be Mined For CO2 Data
seamus1abshere writes "In the latest twist from Big Data, MasterCard and Brighter Planet today announced that cardholder transaction data will be mined for clues about CO2 emissions. Initial coverage ...
04:05 am - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot 'Jetman' Rossy Flies Above the Grand Canyon
cylonlover writes "Yves Rossy, the former Swiss jet fighter pilot better known as Jetman, flew over the Grand Canyon last Saturday (May 7th) using his wearable jet-propelled wing. It was the first tim...
01:05 am - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Comcast Helps Fix Pirate Bay Connection Problems
MagusSlurpy writes "Far from blocking The Pirate Bay, Comcast was just one of several ISPs on which TPB was unreachable today. Comcast reached out to the torrent site, and its engineers provided techn...
12:05 am - Fri, May 13, 2011
Slashdot Why Google Choosing Arduino Matters
ptorrone writes "Earlier this week at Google I/O, Google announced the Android Open Accessory kit which uses the open source hardware platform, Arduino. MAKE magazine has an in-depth article about why...
11:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Newt Gingrich's Amazon Book Reviews
lee1 writes "Newt Gingrich has a written 156 book reviews on Amazon, at one point becoming ranked in the site's top 500 list. Most of the books are cheesy political thrillers, butthe newly announced p...
11:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Win 7's Malware Infection Rate Climbs, XP's Falls
BogenDorpher writes "Microsoft released data today showcasing that Windows 7's malware infection rate has climbed by more than 30% during the second half of 2010, while the infection rate for Windows ...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Jupiter's Moon Io Has a Volcanic Sub-Surface
gabbo529 writes "NASA scientists have discovered new information on one of Jupiter's moons, indicating it has a molten magma sub-surface. This discovery, made using data analysis from NASA's Galileo s...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot US-CERT Warns of Serious Hole In ActiveX Control From Iconics
Trailrunner7 writes "The US's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) issued a warning to critical infrastructure firms on Wednesday about a serious security hole in products from Massachusetts firm I...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot TwitPic Will Sell Your Photos, But No Cash For You
Andy Smith writes "Twitter picture-posting service TwitPic has defended its plans to sell users' photos, but still won't cut users in on the deal. TwitPic founder Noah Everett claims that the move has...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Should Sony Compensate PSN Users?
ogar572 writes "So Sony is going to give 20 million+ PlayStation Network users (numbers vary based on what article you read) two free games and free credit protection (US only) for what happened ...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Engineers Find Nuclear Meltdown At Fukushima Plant
fysdt writes "Engineers from the Tokyo Electric Power company (Tepco) entered the No.1 reactor at the end of last week for the first time and saw the top five feet or so of the core's 13ft-long fuel r...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Ubuntu 11.10 To Switch From GDM To LightDM
dkd903 writes "Earlier, during the Natty development cycle we reported that LightDM is being considered as a replacement for GDM. That did not happen for Ubuntu 11.04, but today it has been confirmed ...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Hands On With the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook
adeelarshad82 writes "Among some of the coolest things revealed at Google I/O, Samsung unveiled one of the first Chrome OS notebooks called the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook. Priced at $429 for the 3G v...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot No Pirate Bay for Comcast Customers
An anonymous reader writes with a PC World article, according to which "The Pirate Bay is unavailable for customers of Comcast, even as the torrent site remains online for other users. Problems began ...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Apple Patents Keyboard That Knows What You'll Type
fysdt writes "Another day, another patent, this one from Apple for a very curious sort of keyboard that might be easier to type on because it'll know in advance which keys your fingertips want to hit....
05:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot 35% Use Mobile Apps Before Getting Out of Bed
alphadogg writes "Thirty-five percent of Android and iPhone owners in the U.S. use apps such as Facebook on their smartphone before even getting out of bed, according to a survey conducted by telecomm...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Google Engineers Deny Hack Exploited Chrome
CWmike writes "Several Google security engineers have countered claims that a French security company, Vupen, found a vulnerability in Chrome that could let attackers hijack Windows PCs running the co...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Glove Emulates Musical Instruments
Zothecula writes "Bridging the gap between computer generated music and real-world instruments, the "Imaginary Marching Band" is a fledgling, open-source project that allows music to be created by imi...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Sergey Brin: Windows Is "Torturing Users"
jbrodkin writes "Google created Chrome OS because Windows is "torturing users," Google co-founder Sergey Brin says. Only about 20% of Google employees use Windows, with the rest on Mac and Linux, and ...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Admits Hiring PR Firm To Smear Google
hasanabbas1987 writes "The clash of the Internet Giants reached new heights after a spokesman for Facebook confirmed to Daily Beast that Facebook paid a high level Public Relation firm to publish and ...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot BSA 2010 Piracy Report: $58.8 Billion
Glyn Moody writes "The annual BSA report on software piracy is out, with even bigger numbers: "The commercial value of software piracy grew 14 percent globally last year to a record total of $58.8 bil...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Self-Driving Cars
b0bby writes "The NY Times reports that Google is quietly lobbying for legislation that would make Nevada the first state in which self-driving cars could be legally operated on public roads. 'The two...
12:05 pm - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Let Quantum Physics Officiate Your Wedding
disco_tracy writes "Conceptual artist Jonathon Keats has come up with the ultimate in a nondenominational wedding ceremony: quantum entanglement. From the article: 'Keats has designed an entangling ap...
11:05 am - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Alabama Nuclear Reactor Gets 'F' Grade
GatorSnake writes "The US federal government issued a rare red finding against an Alabama nuclear power plant after an emergency cooling system failure. 'In an emergency, the failure of the valve coul...
09:05 am - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot NCSoft To Close North American Lineage Servers
NCSoft announced yesterday that they plan to shut down all North American servers for their long-running Lineage MMORPG on June 29th. The game came out in 1998 and gradually became one of the most suc...
08:05 am - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Over 7.5 Million Facebook Users Are Under 13
liqs8143 writes "Of the 20 million minors who actively used Facebook in the past year, 7.5 million of them were younger than 13, according to projections from Consumer Reports' latest State of the Net...
07:05 am - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Portal 2 Authoring Tools Beta Released
Valve has announced the beta release of a set of authoring tools for Portal 2, allowing users to create their own puzzles and challenges in the name of science. "The Portal 2 Authoring Tools include v...
06:05 am - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Assange Handed Sydney Peace Medal
hihihihi writes "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation's Gold Medal for 'exceptional courage in the pursuit of human rights.' It is only the fourth time in the ...
04:05 am - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Brothers Build World's Largest Model Airport
kkleiner writes "Frederik and Gerrit Braun, energetic twin brothers with no shortage of dreams, have just finished construction of the world's largest model airport. With 40,000 lights, 15,000 figurin...
03:05 am - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot New Aircraft Is Pilot Optional
Zothecula writes "Although the use of unmanned aerial vehicles such as Global Hawk and Raven for military information gathering has increased sharply in the last decade due to the maturation and minia...
01:05 am - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Antitrust Oversight Ends
dcblogs writes "The US Department of Justice remedies supervision in the Microsoft antitrust case ends Thursday, closing the landmark case, which began in 1998. But the questions posed by trial federa...
12:05 am - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot AP Files FOIA Request For Bin Laden Photos
Hugh Pickens writes "The Atlantic reports that President Obama's decision to withhold the visual evidence of Osama bin Laden's death has created a fundamental disagreement between the White House and ...
12:05 am - Thu, May 12, 2011
Slashdot How WikiLeaks Gags Its Own Staff
robbyyy writes "The New Statesman has just revealed the extent of the legal eccentricity and paranoia that exists at the WikiLeaks organization. The magazine published a leaked copy of the draconian a...
11:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot FCC Commissioner Leaves To Become Lobbyist
An anonymous reader writes "Meredith Attwell Baker, one of the FCC Commissioners, is leaving the FCC to become a lobbyist for Comcast-NBC, just four months after approving their merger deal. She refus...
11:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Sailing the Titan Seas
gpronger writes "The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has been awarded the opportunity to explore the methane ocean on Titan. Next year APL will be submitting a project plan t...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Google's Honeycomb Source Code Release Is On Ice
itwbennett writes "'Ice Cream Sandwich', that is. Apparently it's source code delay week, as Google joins Apple in delaying the release of source code for open source licensed software. Except, unlike...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot App To Keep ISPs Honest About Bandwidth Caps
alphadogg writes "A browser-based app developed by Georgia Tech researchers is designed to help Internet users make better use of their bandwidth – and to make sure ISPs are holding up their end...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Mainstream Media Looks At Anonymous
ScuttleMonkey writes "In an uncharacteristically accurate writeup of Anonymous, the Guardian has published a look at the assembled mob behind the mask. A great place to send those unfamiliar with who ...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Translator Puts Us Closer To Dolphin Communication
LordStormes sent in a link to an article about a new device that may allow dolphins to finally thank us for all the fish. Denise Herzing, founder of the Wild Dolphin Project and Thad Starner, an artif...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot America's First Pipeline-Fed Hydrogen Fueling Station
hasanabbas1987 writes "Shell has opened America's first pipe-lined hydrogen fueling station in the town of Torrence in Southern California. Shell wasn't alone in this project as Toyota also helped the...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: BackTrack 4: Assuring Security by Penetration Testing
RickJWagner writes "Watch out, System Admins. The floodgates to BlackHat Hackerdom are now open. Packt Publishing has just released BackTrack 4: Assuring Security by Penetration Testing, a how-to book...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Government Funded Atomic Clock On a Chip
An anonymous reader writes "Today most applications that require accurate atomic clock readings--from sorting separately routed telecommunications packets to timing simultaneous demolition charges--us...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Google To Offer Chrome OS Notebooks For $20month
An anonymous reader writes "Hot on the heels of the $25 ARM computer — Google is to offer a $20 per month package for students, which includes a Chrome OS laptop (like the Cr-48) and an online c...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot NASA Satellite Snaps First Image of Target Asteroid
coondoggie writes "NASA today said that its Dawn spacecraft snapped the first image of the giant asteroid Vesta it hopes to rendezvous with in July. The 530 kilometers (330 miles) diameter asteroid ap...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Is Your Electricity Meter Spying On You?
lee1 writes "If you have a 'smart meter' it is collecting data that can reveal when you wake up, when you leave for work and come home, when you go on vacation and when you take a shower. This data is...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot NASAsatellite Snaps First Image of Target Asteroid
coondoggie writes "NASA today said that its Dawn spacecraft snapped the first image of the giant asteroid Vesta it hopes to rendezvous with in July. The 530 kilometers (330 miles) diameter asteroid ap...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Do Geeks Make Better Adults?
mcgrew writes "What makes people unpopular in the hallways of high school, mainly an unwillingness to conform, tends to translate into success as an adult. Robbins lists several companies—includ...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Developer Blames Apple For Ruining eBook Business
An anonymous reader writes "A bookseller and app developer has blamed Apple for writing its final chapter, claiming the iPad maker had pushed it out of business. "Apple has made it completely impossib...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Google Storage Is Now Available To All Developers
aabelro writes "Google has announced at I/O 2011 the availability of their Storage service to all developers without the need for an invitation. The service has been enhanced with OAuth 2.0 support, s...
02:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Zeus Crimeware Kit Source Code Leaked
Trailrunner7 writes "The source code to the infamous Zeus crimeware kit, which has been sold on underground forums for years, has been leaked and is now available for anyone to see if they know where ...
02:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot NASA Banned From Working With China
astroengine writes "In the wake of the Chinese cyber-threat and claims of espionage, a clause included in the US spending bill approved by Congress to avert a government shutdown a few weeks ago has p...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Is Process Killing the Software Industry?
blackbearnh writes "We all know by now that Test Driven Development is a best practice. And so is having 100% of your code reviewed. And 70% unit test coverage. And keeping your CCN complexity numbers...
11:05 am - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Sony Could Face Developer Exodus On PSN
donniebaseball23 writes "As the PlayStation Network outage continues, developers are feeling the economic pinch. There's been no word from Sony on whether they'll compensate companies who produce game...
10:05 am - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Exabit Transmission Speeds May Be Possible
adeelarshad82 writes "Scientists at UC Berkeley were able to shrink a graphene optical modulator down to 25 square microns in size (small enough to include in silicon circuitry) and were able to modul...
08:05 am - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot US Navy Creates MMO To Fight Somali Pirates
dotarray writes "Ever wanted to fight Somali pirates without leaving the safety of your computer? Well, believe it or not, the United States Navy could use your help. MMOWGLI is a new video game p...
07:05 am - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Japanese Researchers Test Flying Trains
An anonymous reader writes "As an alternative to maglev trains, Japanese researchers are working on ground-effect vehicles. A ground-effect vehicle takes advantage of fast-moving air and uses some stu...
05:05 am - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Unarchiver Provides LGPL RARv3 Extraction Tool
An anonymous reader writes "Free software to support the RARv3 archive format has been listed on the FSF's High Priority Projects list for some time now. We've always had ways to create and extract fr...
03:05 am - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Android Honeycomb Will Not Be Open Sourced
At the ongoing Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Google today officially announced the next version of Android, named Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as Android 3.1, an "incremental platform release...
01:05 am - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Creating a "Force Field" Invisible Touch Interface
angry tapir writes "Using infrared sensors like the ones on television remote controls, Texas A&M University students presented an inexpensive multitouch system at the Computer Human Interaction (...
12:05 am - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Consumer Device With Open CPU Out of Beta Soon
lekernel writes "After years of passionate and engaging development, the video synthesizer from the Milkymist project is expected to go out of beta in August. Dubbed 'Milkymist One,' it features as ce...
12:05 am - Wed, May 11, 2011
Slashdot Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert
Jeremiah Cornelius writes "The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, said the Commercial Mobile Alert System that Congress approved in 2006 will direct messages to cel...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot Ugly Truth of Space Junk
fysdt writes "Dealing with the decades of detritus from using outer space — human-made orbital debris — is a global concern, but some experts are now questioning the feasibility of the wid...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot Activists May Use Their Targets' Trademarks
lee1 writes "Sometimes political activists use a company's trademark as part of a campaign to embarrass it or call attention to an issue. And sometimes the company sues, claiming that they own the mar...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Caught Exposing Millions of Credentials
fysdt writes "Facebook has leaked photographs, profiles and other personal information for millions of its users because of a years-old bug that overrides individual privacy settings, researchers from...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot WebGL Poses New Security Problems
Julie188 writes "Researchers are warning that the WebGL standard undermines existing operating system security protections and offers up new attack surfaces. To enable rendering of demanding 3D animat...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot Apple Discusses iOS Privacy Issues Before Congress
An anonymous reader writes "Earlier today, Apple's VP of software technology, Guy L. 'Bud' Tribble appeared before a congressional hearing on mobile privacy to address concerns that were first brought...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot The Frankentablet: Windows and Android Mashup
GMGruman writes "What happens if you take a netbook, remove its keyboard, put Windows 7 in one partition, a custom version of Android 2.2 in another, throw in a Linux bootloader, and physical buttons ...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot Google Launching Music Service Without Labels
fysdt writes "Google Inc is set to launch an online music locker service to allow users to store and access their songs wherever they are, similar to one launched by Amazon.com Inc in March. And like ...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot ICANN Wants To Change Rules For GTLDs
An anonymous reader writes "The May 10th deadline for comments on the .net registry agreement renewal has arrived with new domain name dispute changes that aid corporations. Instead of UDRP, the new a...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot Vintage Collection of Tech Failures
StormDriver writes "For every good design there are a dozen failed concepts. Nothing illustrates that better than a great online vintage gadget collection, published yesterday by the Microsoft Researc...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot 24 Rooms in 344sq Feet
This is a little unusual for a Slashdot story, but you've got to respect the hacker ethos that makes something like this possible. Gary Chang modified his 344 sq foot apartment with a system of slidin...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot Human Powered Helicopter Aims To Break Records
An anonymous reader writes "A team of 50 from the University of Maryland has developed a human-powered helicopter, 'The Gamera,' which took two years to complete. The size of the helicopter is one thi...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot A Sticky Touch Screen Lets You Feel the Buttons
mikejuk sent one in that sends absolute shivers up my spine. "I have a problem with sticky touch screens — whenever I try to clean the jam off I activate and use a lot of apps I never intended t...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is It Time For SyFy To Go Premium?
Cutriss writes "Now that Caprica is gone and SG:U has concluded, I see new shows coming in their place such as Alphas and the Red Faction series, and I find myself asking if the fate of Atlantis and S...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B
Approximately one trillion readers wrote in to tell us that there is a big rumor that Microsoft is buying Skype. This follows an earlier rumor that thesuitor was Facebook. Unsurprisingly many people a...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot High-Tech Gas Drilling Is Fouling Drinking Water
sciencehabit writes "Drilling for natural gas locked deep in a shale formation — a process known as fracking — has seriously contaminated shallow groundwater supplies beneath far northeast...
11:05 am - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot The Psychology of Steam Wallet & Microsoft Points
Hugh Pickens writes "Ever bought something from Xbox Live Arcade? The first time, you may have been a bit bamboozled by the process because Microsoft doesn't just let you put $15 on your credit ca...
10:05 am - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot IEEE Seeks Data On Ethernet Bandwidth Needs
itwbennett writes "The IEEE has formed a group to assess demand for a faster form of Ethernet, taking the first step toward what could become a Terabit Ethernet standard. 'We all contacted people priv...
07:05 am - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot Confusion Surrounds UK Cookie Guidelines
pbahra writes "The Information Commissioner's Office has, with just over two weeks to go, given its interpretation on what websites must do to comply with new EU regulations concerning the use of cook...
05:05 am - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot 23,000 File Sharers Targeted In Latest Lawsuit
wiedzmin writes "Subpoenas are expected to go out to ISPs this week in what could be the biggest BitTorrent downloading case in US history. At least 23,000 file sharers are being targeted by the US Co...
03:05 am - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot Who Owns Your Social Identity?
wjousts writes "Who actually owns your username on a website? What rights do you have to use it? An IEEE Spectrum podcast reports: 'What happens if Facebook or Twitter or, say, your blog hosti...
01:05 am - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot Blizzard Aiming For Q3 Diablo 3 Beta, 2011 Release
During an earnings call this afternoon, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime revealed the company's goals for testing and releasing the much-anticipated new chapter in the Diablo series."[Morhaime said], 'On th...
12:05 am - Tue, May 10, 2011
Slashdot I Like My IT Budget Tight and My Developers Stupid
Esther Schindler writes "'Who has money to train these guys nowadays? They should be lucky they're still employed, right? Keep thinking that way,' writes Lisa Vaas. The competition applauds yo...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Global Warming To Hinder Wi-Fi Signals, Claims UK Gov't
radioweather writes with news of a government report from the UK's Dept. for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which warns of global warming's harmful effect on Wi-Fi and other communication protoco...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot New Chrome Exploit Bypasses Sandbox, ASLR and DEP
Trailrunner7 writes "Researchers at the French security firm VUPEN say they have discovered several new vulnerabilities in Google Chrome that enable them to bypass the browser's sandbox, as well as AS...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Going Beyond Comment Threads?
asa writes "The Knight Foundation and Mozilla are running a series of news innovation challenges. The goal: get the world's smartest hackers thinking about how news organizations can harness the open ...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot World's Servers Process 9.57ZB of Data a Year
CWmike writes "Three years ago, the world's 27 million business servers processed 9.57 zettabytes, or 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of information. Researchers at the School of International Rel...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Project Icarus: an Interstellar Mission Timeline
astroengine writes "What would the infrastructure supporting an interstellar mission look like? Considerations such as fuel sources, mining methods, interstellar spaceship construction activities ...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Ubuntu Aims For 200 Million Users In Four Years
dkd903 writes "Delivering the keynote at the Ubuntu Developer Summit at Budapest, Hungary, Canonical Founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical's goal is to have 200 million Ubuntu users i...
07:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Alfresco 3 Records Management
ecmguru writes "My first impression of the book was that the author did an excellent job in presenting records management (RM) concepts, describing how Alfresco implemented the RM features in Share, a...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Worldwide Night Sky Stitched Together In 5 Gigapixel Image
katarn writes "Nick Risinger traveled the world, using a robotic camera mount and six air-cooled cameras, each fitted with their own lenses and filters, to capture the entire night sky in one image; t...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Netflix CEO Hesitant To Fight Cable
imamac writes "Those who were hopeful that Netflix would bring the fight to the cable companies may be disappointed in the latest comments from their CEO. 'Reed Hastings is pleased with his company's ...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot The Dirtiest Jobs in IT
snydeq writes "Carcasses, garter belts, anthrax — there is no end to nasty when it comes to working in IT, as the fourth installment of InfoWorld's Dirty IT Jobs series proves. From the systems ...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Apple Delays Release of LGPL WebKit Code
jfruhlinger writes "Ever since Apple forked the KHTML project to create WebKit, the rendering engine at the core of Safari, the company has been a good open source citizen, releasing the code back to ...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Drudge Generates More News Traffic Than Social Media
tcd004 writes "A report released today by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism shows that the Drudge Report is a far more important driver of online news traffic than Faceboo...
03:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Battle Brews Over FBI's Warrantless GPS Tracking
fysdt writes "The FBI's use of GPS vehicle tracking devices is becoming a contentious privacy issue in the courts, with the Obama administration seeking Supreme Court approval for its use of the devic...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Chain Reactions Reignited At Fukushima
mdsolar writes "Radioactive byproducts indicate that nuclear chain reactions must have been burning at the damaged nuclear reactors long after the disaster unfolded. Tetsuo Matsui at the University of...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Under Civil War?
Stoobalou writes "Civil war appears to have broken out in the ranks of headless 'hacktivist' collective Anonymous, with claims that a rogue admin has seized control of two key sites used to coordinate...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot AMD To Support Coreboot On All Upcoming Processors
nukem996 writes "AMD has just announced that they will be supporting Coreboot (previously LinuxBIOS) on all upcoming processors." That means a flexible Free software BIOS replacement with a nice list ...
10:05 am - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot In Indonesia, a Winner For Now In the Browser Wars
angry tapir writes "Mozilla is building an army of volunteers in Indonesia to help customize Firefox and recommend add-ons. Mozilla wants that input so it can retain the high market share that Firefox...
07:05 am - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Australian Tax Office Seeks Keylogger To Combat RSI
schliz writes "The Australian Tax Office plans to track employees' keystrokes and mouse clicks in attempts to address the growing incidence of repetitive strain injuries (RSI) among staff. It hopes to...
03:05 am - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot Bin Laden Hideout Recreated In Counter-Strike
dotarray writes "Osama bin Laden's final hiding spot in Abbottabad, Pakistan, has been made into a playable map for Counter-Strike: Source. Honestly, we're a little surprised that it took this long." ...
12:05 am - Mon, May 9, 2011
Slashdot File-hosting Sites Not a Safe Haven For Private Data
An anonymous reader tips a story at the Register, according to which "Academic researchers say they've uncovered weaknesses in dozens of the most popular file hosting sites that allow people to gain u...
11:05 pm - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Kepler May Uncover Numerous Ring Worlds
astroengine writes "According to a new publication, NASA's Kepler exoplanet hunting space telescope may soon start discovering Saturn-like ringed alien worlds. So far, none have been positively identi...
10:05 pm - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Sony Delays PlayStation Network Reactivation
i4u writes "Earlier this week chatter in an IRC network led to speculation of a third attack on Sony's network. For its part, the company steadfastly promised that at least some services would resume ...
09:05 pm - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Marking 125 Years Since the Great Gauge Change
Arnold Reinhold writes "This month ends with the 125th anniversary of one of the most remarkable achievements in technology history. Over two days beginning Monday, May 31, 1886, the railroad network ...
08:05 pm - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Peugeot EX1 Sets Electric Car Lap Record At Nuerburgring
liqs8143 writes "Peugeot EX1, the all-electric concept car now holds the electric car lap record at Germany's Nürburgring circuit. The car was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and has alrea...
06:05 pm - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Alternatives To Tor Browser Bundle For Windows?
SonnyJim writes "I frequently use Tor for my anonymous browsing needs, via the Tor Firefox bundle for Windows. I noticed that there are many other applications out there that use Tor as a proxy as wel...
05:05 pm - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Easily Distracted People May Have 'Too Much Brain'
fysdt writes with this excerpt from New Scientist: "Those who are easily distracted from the task in hand may have 'too much brain.' So says Ryota Kanai and his colleagues at University College London...
04:05 pm - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot 2 RMS Books Hit Version 2.0
jrepin writes "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has just released in tandem the second edition of its president and founder Richard Stallman's selected essays, Free Software, Free Society, and his s...
03:05 pm - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Groupon Deal Costs Photographer a Year's Free Work
Andy Smith writes "One professional photographer in Somerset, UK, thought he was drumming up lots of extra business with a special deal on the Groupon group-buying site. Sadly he has ended up committi...
02:05 pm - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Making Wireless, Not Ethernet, the Heart of the Network
GMGruman writes "As mobile devices enter the workplace and latch on to Wi-Fi networks — along with devices such as HVAC sensors and videoconferencing that most people don't even realize use Wi-F...
01:05 pm - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Idle: Four Injured In iPad Fight At Beijing Apple Store
fysdt writes "Four people were taken to hospital and a glass door smashed as a near-riot broke out at Beijing's top Apple store among crowds rushing to snap up the popular iPad 2 tablet computer, stat...
01:05 pm - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Why the New Guy Can't Code
theodp writes "'We've all lived the nightmare,' writes Jon Evans. 'A new developer shows up at work, and you try to be welcoming, but he can't seem to get up to speed; the questions he asks reveal bas...
10:05 am - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Crowdsourcing Radiation Monitoring In Japan
fysdt writes "A new open- and crowdsourced initiative to deploy more geiger counters all over Japan looks to be a go. Safecast, formerly RDTN.org, recently met and exceeded its $33,000 fund-raising go...
07:05 am - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Evolution Battle Brews In Texas
oxide7 writes "In Texas, a battle is brewing over the teaching of evolutionary theory as the Board of Education considers a new set of instructional materials to be used in science classrooms. [Two se...
04:05 am - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Is the Gaming Industry Moving Online Too Fast?
RyanDJ writes with his reaction to the Sony PSN outage, wondering if our rush to online services and digital distribution for games is a bit too enthusiastic."I love technology, I just want it to slow...
01:05 am - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot Poisoned Google Image Searches Becoming a Problem
Orome1 writes "If you are a regular user of Google's image search, you might have noticed that poisoned search results have practically become a common occurrence. Google has, of course, noticed this ...
12:05 am - Sun, May 8, 2011
Slashdot The Stanford Class That Built Apps and Made Fortunes
The NY Times has a story about a group of students who took a 2007 course in app development at Stanford that turned out far better than any of them expected. Quoting:"... by teaching students to buil...
11:05 pm - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot Sony Encourages Linux On Their Phones
neokushan writes "Sony has been in the news a lot lately — from the PSN downtime and the identity theft issue that came with it, to the numerous court cases launched to try and quell the PS3 hac...
09:05 pm - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot Rocket Blasts Off With Missile-Warning Satellite
fysdt sends this quote from a Reuters report:"An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday to put the first satellite of the Defense Department's new missil...
08:05 pm - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot Students Invent Revolutionary Solar Sterilizer
greenerd writes "Engineering students at Rice University have solved a huge health concern in developing countries by creating a device that uses the sun to sterilize medical instruments. This inventi...
07:05 pm - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot Titan May Have Water Ocean Under the Surface
RedEaredSlider writes "NASA's Cassini probe, in orbit around Saturn, may have discovered evidence for a liquid water ocean under the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The data comes from radar ...
06:05 pm - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot GoogleFacebook: Do-Not-Track Threatens CA Economy
theodp writes "Google and Facebook are warning legislators of dire consequences if California passes a 'do-not-track' bill. The proposed law would require companies doing online business in the Golden...
05:05 pm - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot Gitionary: the Git Party Game
sdasher writes "Finally, there's a chance to combine your love of version control and parties: Gitionary. The brainchild of two MIT alums, it's a party game where you try to illustrate git commands. A...
03:05 pm - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients
Hugh Pickens writes "H. Gilbert Welch writes in the LA Times that the threshold for diagnosis has fallen too low, with physicians making diagnoses in individuals who wouldn't have been considered sick...
02:05 pm - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot Micro-SD Card Slot Abused As VGA-Port
dvdkhlng writes "The Ben NanoNote open-source hand-held computer has often been criticized for not being very extensible hardware-wise. A community effort now starts to challenge this by shipping the ...
01:05 pm - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot OpenID Warns of Serious Remote Bug, Urges Upgrade
Trailrunner7 writes "The OpenID Foundation is warning users about a weakness in the software that could enable an attacker to change some of the data exchanged between parties that use OpenID. The gro...
11:05 am - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot JavaScript Creator Talks About the Future
mikejuk writes "JavaScript is currently an important language — possibly the most important of all the languages at this point in time. So an impromptu talk at JSConf given by the creator of Jav...
09:05 am - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot Metasploit 3.7 Hacks Apple iOS
An anonymous reader writes "HD Moore is at it again, this time the famous open source security researcher has set his sites on exploiting Apple iOS. The Metaploit 3.7 release includes 35 new attack mo...
06:05 am - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot May 16 Now Earliest Date For Endeavour Launch
Bad news for anyone camped out in Florida waiting to get a glimpse of the long-expected, oft-delayed launch of the shuttle Endeavour: NASA has pushed the date of the launch back, to no earlier than Ma...
03:05 am - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot LastPass: Users Don't Have To Reset Master PWDs
CWmike writes "LastPass on Friday rescinded its day-old order that all users of its online password management system reset their master passwords due to a database breach. In a blog post this morning...
01:05 am - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot A New Human-Seeking Drone, Much Cheaper Than a Predator
An anonymous reader writes with this envy-inspiring bit from Gizmodo on the Aeryon Scout Quadrotor: "The drone, packing a camera that can ID a human from almost two miles away (using a standard digita...
12:05 am - Sat, May 7, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Moving From *nix To Windows Automation?
Zubinix writes "I have a background in doing automation in a Unix/Linux environment using scripting languages such as perl and bash shell, as well as ssh for remote scripting. My next project will be ...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot How Far and Fast Can the Commercial Space World Grow?
coondoggie writes "The development of the commercial space industry has in the past been slow and deliberate, but that seems like it's about to change with a whirlwind of developments that could shape...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Smithsonian Unveils 'Art of Games' Voting Results
AndrewGOO9 writes "The Smithsonian American Art Museum, in recognizing that electronic games are a part of our artistic history has now unveiled the 80 games out of a proposed pool of 240 that will be...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Simulating Societies At the Global Scale
An anonymous reader writes "Teams of European researchers are vying to create a distributed supercomputer of unprecedented scale to analyze the data that streams in from hundreds of devices and feeds ...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot White House Explains Transport-Energy Future
blair1q writes "Today on the White House Blog, the President (ok, his staff) released an infographic showing various facts about transportation energy, and how current gas prices need not be so worris...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Writing Linux Kernel Functions In CUDA With KGPU
An anonymous reader writes "Until today, GPGPU computing was a userspace privilege because of NVIDIA's closed-source policy and AMD's semi-open state. KGPU is a workaround to enable Linux kernel funct...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot NoScript Anywhere In Development For Android
CaffeineAddiction writes "NoScript Anywhere (NSA) is the nickname for the next major iteration of the NoScript security add-on (NoScript 3), whose guts are being turned upside down in order to match M...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot KDE 4.6.3 Released
jrepin writes "KDE has released a series of updates to the Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Frameworks. This update is the second in a series of monthly stabiliz...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Does Microsoft Need Bug Bounties?
Gunkerty Jeb writes "The threats and attacks may have changed in the last decade, but one thing has remained constant: software giant Microsoft doesn't pay for vulnerabilities. Never has. Never will. ...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot One-Way Sound Walls Proven Possible
disco_tracy writes "Imagine a room where a band is playing. Neighbors can't hear the music, but if someone outside the room is talking, the musicians can hear it. The concept — a kind of one-way...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot CNET Sued Over LimeWire Client Downloads
suraj.sun writes with this quote from Ars Technica:"Alki David, the wealthy film producer and entrepreneur behind sites like FilmOn, has sued CNET and its owner, CBS, for providing hundreds of million...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Afflict Computers With Schizophrenia
An anonymous reader writes "Computer networks that can't forget fast enough can show symptoms of of virtual schizophrenia, giving researchers new clues to the inner workings of schizophrenic brains, s...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Crashed Helicopter Sparks Concern Over Stealth Secrets
Hugh Pickens writes "The crash of a helicopter involved in the raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistani hideout has prompted intense speculation about whether the aircraft was specially modified to fly ste...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot A Court's Weak Argument For Blocking IP Subpoenas
Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes to point out some unfortunate holes in a judge's recent ruling that was largely welcomed 'round these parts:"A federal judge has ruled that a Cana...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Signs of Dark Matter From Minnesota Mine
thomst writes "Juan Collar, team leader of COGENT, an experimental effort to detect WIMPs (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles), recently presented a paper detailing 15 months of data collected via a...
02:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Tech Experts Look To Help Save the Postal Service
An anonymous reader writes "Some of the folks responsible for developing and promoting e-mail, e-commerce and social media are banding together in an attempt to save the US Postal Service, the institu...
02:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot A $25 PC On a USB Stick
KPexEA writes with this excerpt from geek.com:"[Game developer David] Braben has developed a tiny USB stick PC that has an HDMI port on one end and a USB port on the other. You plug it into an HDMI so...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Sony To Offer Free Identity Theft Monitoring
olsmeister writes "Several weeks after having the PlayStation Network hacked, and apologizing to users for the breach, Sony is offering $1 million in identity theft protection for users who sign up be...
11:05 am - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Star Wars MMO Estimated To Cost $100M
donniebaseball23 writes "EA's BioWare is developing its first-ever MMORPG in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and the publisher is betting big that the project will be a huge success. Wedbush analyst Mich...
10:05 am - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Oracle's Android Claims Cut By 98%
tomhudson writes "Groklaw is reporting that Oracle was ordered to reduce its claims against Google from 132 to 3. In a further ruling, the judge has ordered that 129 of those claims will be permanentl...
08:05 am - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot id Software's RAGE To Ship With Mod Tools
id Software's creative director, Tim Willits, revealed to PCGamer that upcoming shooter RAGE will launch with support for modding and level editing."As for what you’ll be creating, that’s ...
07:05 am - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Canadian Researchers Create Thin-Film Flexible Paperphone
fergus07 writes "Researchers from the Human Media Lab at Canada's Queen's University have created a fully-functioning floppy E-Ink smartphone, which they also refer to as a paper computer. Like its th...
04:05 am - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot TEPCO Readies Plan To Bring Reactor Under Control
Kyusaku Natsume writes "TEPCO has released details of their plan to bring Unit 1 of Fukushima Daiichi under control, to improve the working conditions inside the reactor building of this unit and inst...
01:05 am - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Multiplatform Java Botnet Spotted In the Wild
It's fun sometimes to be smug because you are ("one is") using an operating system less susceptible to malware, or at least less targeted by malware creators, than is Microsoft Windows. Now, reader Or...
12:05 am - Fri, May 6, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Denies Sony Claims of Disruption, Credit Info Theft
An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday, in a letter to Congress, Sony detailed the steps they were taking to resolve the issues that have been plaguing them since the PlayStation Network and SOE online...
11:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot DHS Wants Mozilla To Disable Mafiaafire Plugin, Mozilla Resists
Davis Freeberg writes "The Department of Homeland Security is hard at work again, protecting the industry from websites that the big studios don't want you to see. This time they're targeting the Mafi...
11:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Hewlett Packard's Cult Calculator Turns 30
Hugh Pickens writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that Hewlett Packard's HP-12C financial calculator has remained outwardly unchanged since its introduction in 1981. 'Once you learned it on the 12C...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Red Hat CEO On Patent Trolls: Just Pay Them Off
jbrodkin writes "Although Red Hat fights patent lawsuits when it deems it necessary, CEO Jim Whitehurst says it's often just better to pay the trolls to make them go away. 'When it's so little money, ...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Linus on Linux, 20 Years In
Radium_ writes "Along with the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Linux kernel, Linuxfr — a French-language Linux website — published an interview with Linus Torvalds. [Interview...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Network Administrator?
J. L. Tympanum writes "After many years as a star programmer, I have taken a position which involves maintaining and rebuilding the in-house network of a small company. There are maybe 100 machines, a...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot LastPass Password Service Hacked
Trailrunner7 writes "LastPass, a popular Web based password management firm, advised its customers to change the password they use to access the service following what the company said are signs that ...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile
theodp writes "The Hill reports that the Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based ...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Court Clears Novell To Sue Microsoft Over WordPerfect
An anonymous reader writes "15 years after Novell sold the software to Corel, a court has given Novell the right to sue Microsoft over WordPerfect, which had a 50 percent market share in the early '90...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot New Feather In SpaceShipTwo's Cap
Phoghat writes "Early on 4th May 2011, in the skies above Mojave Air and Spaceport CA, SpaceShipTwo, the world's first commercial spaceship, demonstrated its unique reentry 'feather' configuration for...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot JavaScript Gets Visual With Waterbear
mikejuk writes "Waterbear, a new 'Scratch- like' visual programming language, made its debut at a JavaScript conference this week. Basically you can put together a JavaScript program by putting blocks...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Do Gadgets Degrade Our Common Sense?
ShelleyPortet writes "In a world where gadgets are growing more sophisticated, human behaviour is changing — and not in a good way. That is what Robert Vamosi, author of When Gadgets Betray Us a...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Sony Running Unpatched Servers With No Firewall
ewhenn writes "Security experts monitoring open Internet forums learned months ago that Sony was using outdated versions of the Apache Web server software, which "was unpatched and had no firewall ins...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Oracle Subpoenas Apache Foundation In Google Suit
angry tapir writes "Oracle has subpoenaed the Apache Software Foundation in connection with its ongoing intellectual property suit against Google. Oracle filed suit against Google in August, alleging ...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Prison Guard Dog Gets Titanium Teeth
It's not quite sharks with laser beams attached to their heads, but an Australian prison just got a guard dog with titanium teeth. Axel got his new metal chompers after he bit into a board, breaking m...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot New Rechargeable Battery Uses Water
fergus07 writes "Scientists at Stanford have developed a battery that uses nanotechnology to create electricity from the difference in salt content between fresh water and sea water. The researchers h...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Apple To Distribute OS X Lion via the Mac App Store
An anonymous reader writes "Apple this Summer is expected to release Mac OS X Lion. As opposed to other OS X releases, however, Lion will also be available for purchase via the Mac App Store, further ...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Wants To Buy Skype
An anonymous reader writes "Remember when we learned that Facebook had resumed talks with Skype? Well, it turns out that Facebook is considering buying Skype outright. 'Skype is reportedly talking...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Oracle Plans To Hand Hudson To Eclipse
jfruhlinger writes "When Oracle took over Sun, its hamhanded treatment of the open source Hudson continuous integration project, which resulted in a fork, became symbolic of the company's awkward rela...
11:05 am - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Gitbrew Releases OtherOS++ PS3 Linux Dual Boot
An anonymous reader writes "Gitbrew has proudly released otherOS++ Linux Dual Boot v1.0b1, enabling PS3 users to install an alternative OS to their console with full access to all system har...
09:05 am - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot NASA Gravity Probe Confirms Two Einstein Predictions
sanzibar writes "After 52 years of conceiving, testing and waiting, marked by scientific advances and disappointments, one of Stanford's and NASA's longest-running projects comes to a close with a gre...
08:05 am - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Magicka Sequel Planned, Console Version a Possibility
Indie action-adventure game Magicka has been an unqualified success since its launch in January. While work is still underway on the original game, the CEO of publisher Paradox told Joystiq that a seq...
06:05 am - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Former Senator Wants to Mine The Moon
MarkWhittington writes "Harrison Schmitt, Apollo Moonwalker, geologist, and former United States Senator, recently presented a plan to solve the world's long term energy problems by developing fusion ...
04:05 am - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Real Life Farmville
arkenian writes "The BBC reports on a farm in the UK to be run by online subscribers to the MyFarm website voting on which crops to grow and livestock to rear. For a £30 annual fee, 10,000 farm ...
04:05 am - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Did Some Black Holes Survive the Big Bang?
astroengine writes "Could anything survive from one universe to the next, through a Big Crunch and resulting Big Bang? According to two researchers, a special class of pre-Big Bang black hole may ...
01:05 am - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot AMD Launches Fastest Phenom Yet, Phenom II X4 980
MojoKid writes "Although much of the buzz lately has revolved around AMD's upcoming Llano and Bulldozer-based APUs, AMD isn't done pushing the envelope with their existing processor designs. Over the ...
12:05 am - Thu, May 5, 2011
Slashdot Vendors Say Data Protection Software Too Complicated To Use
jfruhlinger writes "With a series of major data breaches over the past few months, you'd think more and more companies would be investing in data protection software, which can help keep data secure e...
11:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Startup Wants To Put 64-Cores In Your Smartphone
angry tapir writes "Startup chip design company Adapteva has announced the multicore Epiphany processor, which is designed to accelerate applications in servers and low-power devices such as smartphon...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Apple Releases iOS 4.3.3 To Fix Location Tracking
An anonymous reader writes "Apple has released a software update (iOS 4.3.3) to fix the much-talked-about iPhone Location Tracking bug. Apple faced a lot of criticism over the issue — iPhone and...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Chinese iPad Factory Staff Forced To Sign 'No Suicide' Pledge
An anonymous reader writes "Employees at Foxconn facilities in China, used to manufacture the iPhone and iPad, were forced to sign a pledge not to commit suicide after over a dozen staff killed themse...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot FAA Wants Your Opinion On Commercial Space Rules
coondoggie writes "If you have an opinion about how you think the commercial space flight world should be regulated, the FAA wants to hear from you. On Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the DoubleTree by Hilt...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Intel Designs Faster, 3D Transistor
lee1 writes "Intel has found a way to keep on the Moore's Law track by making smaller, faster and lower-power computer chips by building 3D transistors. They are already manufacturing microprocessors ...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Apache JMeter
MassDosage writes "Apache JMeter written by Emily H. Halili is very much an introductory guide to using Apache's open source JMeter testing tool. Unfortunately a book that should have been good fodder...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack
H_Fisher writes "In a letter to Congress, Kazuo Hirai, chairman of Sony's board of directors, blames hacker group Anonymous for making possible the theft of gamers' personal information. 'What is beco...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Robots 'Evolve' Altruism
sciencehabit writes "Computer simulations of tiny robots with rudimentary nervous systems show that, over hundreds of generations, these virtual machines evolve altruistic behaviors. They begin to sha...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Chrome, IE To Allow Users To Delete Flash Cookies
Trailrunner7 writes "The upcoming release of Adobe Flash Player 10.3 will give users of most of the major browsers the ability to delete Flash cookies in much the same way that they're able to erase n...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Face-Mounted Nose Stylus Created For Phones
Lanxon writes "Designer Dominic Wilcox has come up with a Pinocchio-style 'finger-nose stylus' that lets you use your phone hands free, reports Wired. He came up with the design after he found that he...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot DARPA Building Futuristic Space Exploration Group
coondoggie writes "What started out as an idea about how to further explore the outer reaches of space is now beginning to take more serious shape as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DAR...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Forty Years of P=NP?
An anonymous reader writes "In the afternoon of May 4, 1971, in the Stouffer's Somerset Inn in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Steve Cook presented his STOC paper proving that Satisfiability is NP-complete and ...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Tech That Failed To Fail
itwbennett writes "There are tech fads that flare up quickly and then, pouf, they're gone (Tamagotchi, anyone?). And then there are technologies that industry bigwigs predict will follow that fami...
02:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Woz and the RCA Character-generator Patent
doperative writes "A lot of patents are pretty much not worth that much .. In other words, any fifth-grader could come up with the same approach .. And then we find out RCA has a patent on a character...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Spotify Challenges iTunes With iPod Support, Playlist Synching
Stoobalou writes with this excerpt from thinq.co.uk: "Spotify has made a surprise announcement, and while it's still not the long-awaited US launch, it will be making a splash over the pond: the strea...
12:05 pm - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot The World's Smallest Video Camera
fergus07 writes "Medigus has developed what it claims is the world's smallest video camera at just 0.039-inches (0.99 mm) in diameter. The Israeli company's the second-gen model (a 0.047-inch diameter...
10:05 am - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Triple Monitor Gaming: Dual GPU GeForce Vs. Radeon
An anonymous reader writes "With the release of the dual-GPU AMD Radeon HD 6990, closely followed by the competing Nvidia GeForce GTX 590, we saw graphics card performance reach new heights. With band...
09:05 am - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Marlinspike's Droid Firewall Kills Tracking
mask.of.sanity writes "The first dynamic Android firewall, dubbed WhisperMonitor, has been released by respected security researcher Moxie Marlinspike. The firewall will allow users to stop location-t...
08:05 am - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot What Developers Want From the Wii's Successor
donniebaseball23 writes "Wii 2 rumors are flying in advance of Nintendo's official reveal at E3 in June, but what would game developers like to see in a Wii successor? 'Without a doubt, my first r...
06:05 am - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Mickos Says MySQL Code Better Than Ever Under Oracle
jbrodkin writes "Oracle hasn't done much to foster a community around open source projects, but the former CEO of MySQL said Oracle's expertise has helped boost the database to new heights from a tech...
03:05 am - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Aaron Computer Rental Firm Spies On Users
An anonymous reader writes with word from Yahoo news of a lawsuit "filed on behalf of a Wyoming couple who said they learned about the PC Rental Agent 'device and/or software' inside the computer they...
01:05 am - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Google Allows Carriers To Ban Tethering Apps
iluvcapra writes "Google, in its continuing struggle to provide phone carriers (if not its end users) with an open platform, is now banning tethering apps from the Android market. These apps haven't d...
12:05 am - Wed, May 4, 2011
Slashdot Attachmate Fires Mono Developers
darthcamaro writes "Love it or hate it, Novell's open source Mono project has inspired a lot of debate over the last 7 years. Mono brings .NET to Linux, with some interesting patent connections. The p...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Leaked Doc May Have Forced US To Speed Up Bin Laden Raid
cf18 writes "Wikileaks released a set of leaked Guantanamo prisoner files to the public last week. Among them a document dated from 2008 mentioned both Osama's trusted courier's name and Abbottabad, t...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Osama's Hideout Gets 3 Out of 5 Stars on Google Maps
Many submitters have pointed out that Osama bin Laden's hideout is getting a lot of reviews on Google Maps. Some of my favorites of the 600+ so far include: "The hotel is obviously doing quite we...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot The Insidious Creep of Latency Hell
Twinbee writes "Gamers often find 'input lag' annoying, but over the years, delay has crept into many other gadgets with equally painful results. Something as simple as mobile communication or changin...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot An IP Address Does Not Point To a Person, Judge Rules
AffidavitDonda writes with this excerpt from Torrentfreak:"A possible landmark ruling in one of the mass-BitTorrent lawsuits in the US may spell the end of the 'pay-up-or-else-schemes' that have targe...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Air Force Wants Commercial Spacecraft
coondoggie writes "The US Air Force is preparing to take a long look at how commercial space technology can help it better operate in the cosmos. The Air Force today said it will host a space test pro...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot AppleCrate II: Apple II-Based Parallel Computer
sproketboy noted that many years agoMichael J. Mahon built the Applecrate: a parallel stack of Apple IIs for no good reason. Recently he came back with the AppleCrate II which more than doubles the nu...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot 'Motherlode' of Data Seized At Bin Laden Compound
itwbennett writes "The raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan Sunday also turned up an 'intelligence harvest' of computer-based data that was described by an anonymous government source as 'the ...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Google's South Korean Offices Raided
lee1 writes "The Seoul police raided Google's office in Seoul, S. Korea today on suspicion that they have illegally collected users' location data, without consent, for advertising purposes. Google cl...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Robotic "Tongue" Lets You French Kiss Over The Internet
If you think the idea of french kissing someone over the internet with a robotic tongue is kind of gross, go outside and enjoy your afternoon. For those of you still sitting here, The University of El...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Ubuntu Unity: The Great Divider
Barence writes "Canonical's decision to impose the new Unity interface on Ubuntu 11.04 users appears to have split the Linux distro's users, according to PC Pro. Features such as a moving Launcher bar...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot iMac Gets Thunderbolt IO, Quad-core
fergus07 writes "Apple's desktop lineup has typically pushed users requiring plenty of fast I/O towards the Mac Pro — but the latest iMac refresh has broken the tradition. Quad-core Sandy Bridge...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Murder Trial May Turn On Missing Router
bgood writes "The outcome of a murder trial taking place in Charlotte, NC, may turn on a missing router. State prosecutors believe that Brad Cooper may have used the router (never recovered by investi...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Intel To Build Next Gen Processor For iOS Devices
BogenDorpher writes "It looks like Apple will be using Intel as a main processor manufacturer to power the iPad, iPod touch, and the iPhone. Apple, who currently uses Samsung, will focus on making a s...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Google Wants Your Voice Data
00_NOP writes "Peter Norvig, Google's director of research, has told New Scientist that one of the reasons the search engine launched Google Voice is that it needs more human voice data to perfect the...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Bin Laden's Death Causes Twitter Record
gabbo529 writes "Twitter has been a source of breaking news since its inception five years ago, and the social network was used at a high rate last night with the death of Osama Bin Laden. [Sunday nig...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Sony Breach Gets Worse: 24.6 Million Compromised Accounts At SOE
An anonymous reader writes with an update to yesterday morning's news that Sony Online Entertainment's game service was taken offline to investigate a potential data breach related to the PSN intrusio...
10:05 am - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot The Internet's New Alternate Reality
Hugh Pickens writes "Tim Rutten writes in the LA Times that when President Obama released his long form birth certificate last week, one of the striking things about the reaction to the president's ca...
08:05 am - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Gaming On the iPad 2 and What It Means For Apple
The Digital Foundry blog took a detailed look at gaming on Apple's recently released iPad 2. While most reviews of the device focus on the tablet's size, accessories and software features, this one pu...
07:05 am - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Comet Hale-Bopp 'Frozen To Death'
astroengine writes "In 1997, comet Hale-Bopp became the most spectacular space event of the past few decades. But where's the huge lump of ice now? Astronomers have decided to check in on the inte...
06:05 am - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Ubisoft Launches Movie Studio To Make Movies of Its Games
Variety reports that Ubisoft, the game studio behind Assassin's Creed, the Tom Clancy games and the recent Prince of Persia titles, has launched Ubisoft Motion Pictures for the purpose of turning its ...
05:05 am - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Cracker-Size Satellites To Launch With Endeavour
Obfiscator writes with news of the upcoming deployment of satellite-on-a-chip devices measuring just 3.8cm x 3.8cm x 0.2cm. The satellites are set to launch with Endeavour on its final flight."These t...
03:05 am - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot First Ever Pulitzer For Non-Print Series
decora writes "Last year ProPublica won the first Pulitzer for an online news site. This year, they have been awarded the first Pulitzer for a series that did not appear in print. The series was Eisin...
12:05 am - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot VMware Causes Second Outage While Recovering From First
jbrodkin writes "VMware's new Cloud Foundry service was online for just two weeks when it suffered its first outage, caused by a power failure. Things got really interesting the next day, when a VMwar...
12:05 am - Tue, May 3, 2011
Slashdot Assange: Facebook 'the Most Appalling Spy Machine' Ever
i4u points out an interview with Julian Assange in which the controversial WikiLeaks spokesman calls Facebook "the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented." He continues,"Here we have t...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot OS X Crimeware Kit Emerges
Trailrunner7 writes "Crimeware kits have become a ubiquitous part of the malware scene in the last few years, but they have mainly been confined to the Windows platform. Now, reports are surfacing tha...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot NVIDIA Gets Away With Bait-and-Switch
racquetballguy writes "As part of a December 2010 settlement agreement, NVIDIA agreed to provide all owners of laptops containing a defective NVIDIA GPU with a laptop of similar kind and value. In Feb...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Court Approves Google's Bid For Nortel's IP
Meshach writes "A court had approved Google's bid to take ownership of Nortel's arsenal of $900 million worth of patents and patent applications. Other bidders will have until June 13 to submit compet...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Better Brain Wiring Linked To Family Genes
Third Position sends this excerpt from PhysOrg:"How well our brain functions is largely based on our family's genetic makeup, according to a University of Melbourne led study. The study ... provides t...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Google Sued For Tracking Users' Locations
RedEaredSlider writes "Two Android phone users are suing Google for $50 million in the wake of revelations that their phones might be tracking their locations. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Co...
07:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot RIM Announces BlackBerry 7 OS
adeelarshad82 writes "RIM announced two new BlackBerry phones with high-res touchscreens, 1.2GHz processors and a new OS that offers better graphics than BlackBerries had before. The new BlackBerry 7 ...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Tom Tom Sells GPS Info To Dutch Cops
jfruhlinger writes "As smartphones with GPS capabilities wear away at the dedicated GPS market, vendors like Tom Tom need to find new revenue streams. Tom Tom decided it would be a good idea to 'share...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Monitor Your Own Bandwidth Usage?
Vrtigo1 writes "With many ISPs either already using bandwidth caps or talking about them, I was wondering how other Slashdot readers are keeping tabs on how much data is being transferred through thei...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot MIT Blackjack King Takes SMTP Public
An anonymous reader writes "Semyon Dukach is at it again. Thumbing his nose at the establishment, that is. Dukach, a former leader of the MIT blackjack team, has taken his small company, SMTP, public ...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot The Features That Make Each Web Browser Unique
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner offers a look at 13 promising features unique to one browser. From Chrome's support for SPDY, to IE9's emphasis on energy efficiency, to Firefox Sync, browser v...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Man Unknowingly Tweets the Osama Raid
Sohaib Athar, a.k.a. @ReallyVirtual, had no idea the helicopters he was complaining about on twitter were part of the top secret mission that killed Osama bin Laden Sunday night. 10 hours before bin L...
03:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Sony Online Entertainment Services Follow PSN Down
nam37 writes "Sony Online Entertainment's various services seem to be down and a message on the official site does not give much information on the particulars. According to a short post on the site, ...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Inside Mozilla's New JavaScript JIT Compiler
An anonymous reader writes "IonMonkey is the name of Mozilla's new JavaScript JIT compiler, which aims to enable many new optimizations in the SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine. InfoQ had a small Q&A...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Bin Laden's Death Being Used To Spread Malware
wiredmikey writes "Following the successful operation by U.S. forces to kill Osama bin Laden, Internet users are searching in the masses for any details about the incident they can find. Cyber-crimina...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Your Location 'Extremely Valuable' To Google
An anonymous reader writes "Google recently wrote off concerns about its mobile devices sending precise user location data back to its servers, but recently uncovered emails illustrate that user locat...
10:05 am - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Tasmanian Dept. of Education Wants Anti-Virus for Linux, OS X
An anonymous reader writes "One of Australia's largest government technology buyers, the Tasmanian Department of Education, has gone to market for a security vendor to supply anti-virus software for i...
07:05 am - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot More Data Centers Using On-Site Solar Power
1sockchuck writes "Solar power hasn't been widely used in data centers because it takes a very large installation of photovoltaic solar panels to generate the levels of energy required by these facili...
04:05 am - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands
Reader Tom Hudson, and now several others, have submitted the news that Osama Bin Laden is reportedly dead, and that his body is in the hands of the US military. A statement from President Obama is ex...
04:05 am - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Electrical Problem Pushes Back Endeavour Launch
oxide7 writes "The final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour hit yet another snag as engineers battle to resolve an electrical problem that scuttled Friday's launch attempt." The upshot, for anyone ...
02:05 am - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot NSA Advises Upgrade To Windows 7
An anonymous reader writes "In a document available from the NSA (warning, PDF file), that organisation advises users to upgrade to Windows 7 as part of their Best Practice for Securing a Home Network...
12:05 am - Mon, May 2, 2011
Slashdot Sony: 10 Million Credit Cards May Have Been Exposed
WrongSizeGlass writes "The LA Times is reporting that Sony has revealed that 10 million credit card accounts may have been exposed two weeks ago when a hacker broke into the company's computers in San...
10:05 pm - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot OpenBSD 4.9 Released
An anonymous reader writes "The release of OpenBSD 4.9 has been announced. New highlights include since 4.8 — enabled NTFS by default (read-only), the vmt(4) driver by default for VMWare tools, ...
10:05 pm - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot European Commission Paints Itself Into ACTA Corner
Halo1 writes "Last week, the European Commission published a rebuttal to an extensive and strongly condemning opinion document about ACTA by prominent European academics. Ante Wessels from the FFII we...
09:05 pm - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot AF 447 Flight Recorder Found In the Atlantic
romiz writes "The memory of the flight recorder for the Air France 447 flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, crashed on June 1st 2009, has been found on the seabed of the Atlantic Ocean, and brought ba...
07:05 pm - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Patent 5,893,120 Reduced To Pure Math
An anonymous reader writes "US Patent #5,893,120 has been reduced to mathematical formulae as a demonstration of the oft-ignored fact that there is an equivalence relation between programs and mathema...
06:05 pm - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Google Talk Enables Video Chat On Android Phones
MojoKid writes "Google recently launched Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones. With the service, users will be able to video or voice chat with their friends and family directly fr...
05:05 pm - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You File Paper Documents At Home?
swamp boy writes "How do you file paper documents at home? I'm mostly asking about things like monthly paper-based statements that get mailed to you (credit cards, gas cards, medical bills, health...
04:05 pm - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Share Your iPhone Location Data Like You Mean It
An anonymous reader writes "The crazy guys over at crowdflow.net are begging you for the location data that your iPhone collected without you being aware of it. All your data will be anonymized, and t...
03:05 pm - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Playstation To Restore Services This Week
iSimon19 writes with word that after last week's unscheduled service disruption and security breach, "On their blog last night, Playstation representatives announced they were restoring services throu...
02:05 pm - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot US Offered To Draft NZ 3-Strikes Law, Fund Copyright Initiative
An anonymous reader writes "Wikileaks has just postedhundreds of cables from US personnel in New Zealand that revealregular government lobbying on copyright, offers to draft New Zealandthree-strikes-a...
02:05 pm - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Kdenlive 0.8 Adds Advanced Features for NLV Editing
dmbkiwi writes "For a long time I've been a big fan of Kdenlive. I've written two articles about it. One is a general overview of video editing on Linux and the other is more specific to Kdenlive. For...
01:05 pm - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Forging a Head: The Upside of Scientific Hoaxes
An anonymous reader writes "In a very funny piece over at Science Careers (published by the journal Science), scientist-comedian Adam Ruben suggests that a lot of good can come from a well-intentioned...
10:05 am - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Kdenlive 0.8 Adds Advanced Features for NLV Ediiting
dmbkiwi writes "For a long time I've been a big fan of Kdenlive. I've written two articles about it. One is a general overview of video editing on Linux and the other is more specific to Kdenlive. For...
07:05 am - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Sweden May Mandate Opt-in For Cookie Transfer
Vitdom writes "The present government in Sweden has published a proposition regarding 'Better rules for electronic communication.' Amongst other proposed amendments, it suggests that websites must inf...
04:05 am - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Amar Bose To Donate Company To M.I.T.
MBC1977 writes with this eyebrow-raising news from CNN: "'The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Friday that [Amar] Bose, the 81-year-old founder of the sound system company that bears hi...
03:05 am - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Idle: Fairytale Character Map Raises Ire In Russia and Ukraine
The downside of not having ones base of children's stories crafted and maintained by trained storytime engineers from the Disney Corporation has reared its warty head in Russia and Ukraine. A map of p...
01:05 am - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Blue GeneP Reaches Sixty-Trillionth of Pi Squared
Reader Dr.Who notes that an Australian research team using IBM's Blue Gene/P supercomputer has calculated the sixty-trillionth binary digit of Pi-squared, a task which took several months of processin...
12:05 am - Sun, May 1, 2011
Slashdot Firefox On Linux Gets Faster Builds — To Be Fast As Windows
dkd903 writes "Mozilla's Mike Hommey has announced on his blog that his team at Mozilla has finally managed to get the Linux builds of Firefox to use GCC 4.5 with aggressive optimization and profile g...
11:05 pm - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot Developing Android Apps Visually, In 3 parts
An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Dobb's has a three-part blog (all three parts are up; this is part 1) about using App Inventor. The focus isn't so much on the technology but rather the discussion of '...
09:05 pm - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot The Future of SiLo's Language Library
i4u writes "Early this morning I had a chance to speak with Ase (pronounced 'Ace') Deliri, curator of SiLo, the world's first digital language library. At its core, SiLo is a mash of Wikipedia and Bab...
08:05 pm - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot Using Googlemaps To Simulate Tsunamis
flemster writes "Tsunami mapper is a new site which uses the googlemaps elevation service and the flood fill algorithm to predict which areas near a coast are likely to be affected by a tsunami. You c...
07:05 pm - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Small-Footprint Modern Browser?
Annirak writes "I've recently started a paid internship at a company which is expanding faster than their IT department can supply new hardware. As a consequence, I've been issued a P4 2.4GHz with 512...
06:05 pm - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot Help Build the World's First Community-Funded CPU ASIC
An anonymous reader writes "The 32-bit OpenRISC CPU has been available for many FPGAs and was turned into a commercial ASIC in 2003. Now, the OpenCores community is asking for donations to create a ne...
05:05 pm - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot Developers: MS Hopes To Lure iOS Apps With API Mapping Tool
Microsoft isn't standing idly by while Appple's app store fills with software; fysdt writes "A newly-announced service called the iOS to Windows Phone 7 API mapping tool acts as an interchange for dev...
04:05 pm - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot On Monday, AT&T Customers Enter Era of Broadband Caps
theodp writes "The Age of Broadband Caps begins Monday, with AT&T imposing a 150 GB cap on DSL subscribers and 250 GB for UVerse users, and keeping the meter running after that. The move comes as ...
03:05 pm - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot On-Screen Keyboard Maliit Demoed With Gnome 3
Developer Jon Nordby has posted a video demo of the on-screen keyboard Maliit — intended "to be the input method project for MeeGo and other GNU/Linux-based embedded/mobile platforms" — wo...
02:05 pm - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot German Aerospace Robot Plays Catch With Two Balls
HizookRobotics writes "German Aerospace Center (DLR) designed "Rollin' Justin" to fix satellites in space. But robotics work isn't all work and no play ... In the past, DLR engineers had Justin 'danci...
01:05 pm - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot NASA Satellite Shows Southern Tornadoes From Space
gabbo529 writes "Like it has done previously with earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis, a NASA satellite has captured a devastating natural disaster from a space satellite. An image acquired by the Mo...
01:05 pm - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot More Windows Phone Update Problems
angry tapir writes "Yet another problem has cropped up preventing some Windows Phone 7 users from getting two software updates, adding a new chapter to the update saga that started in February." ...
10:05 am - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot Robo-Gunsight System Makes Sniper's Life Easier
An anonymous reader writes "Military and police marksmen could see their rifle sights catch up with the 21st century with a fiber-optic laser-based sensor system that automatically corrects for even t...
07:05 am - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot Oracle, Google Move To Streamline Java Suit
itwbennett writes "Google and Oracle each submitted proposals on Friday to reduce the number of claims in their Java patent infringement lawsuit, which could help bring the case to a speedier conclusi...
04:05 am - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot The Fight Against Dark Silicon
An anonymous reader writes "What do you do when chips get too hot to take advantage of all of those transistors that Moore's Law provides? You turn them off, and end up with a lot of dark silicon ...
04:05 am - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot YouTube, Gaming and Social Networking Busting TV's Chops
splitenz writes "A TV executive told a major Australian broadband conference that television audiences are slipping away into social media, gaming and other online subscription spaces. YouTube and onl...
02:05 am - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot Adobe Ships Flash Player 10.2 For Android 3.x
MojoKid writes "Adobe last night announced the release of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets and it is available for download in the Android Market. Eventually, this could prove to ...
01:05 am - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot Figuring Out Why Android Wins On Phones, But Not Tablets
GMGruman writes "Android smartphones have overpowered the iPhone in market share, yet Android tablets barely register in sales versus the iPad. Android tablets are as competitive in most respects agai...
12:05 am - Sat, April 30, 2011
Slashdot AMD Gives ARM License a Miss, Will Stick To x86
CWmike writes "Advanced Micro Devices has shot down rumors that it is pursuing an ARM license, saying it will stick to developing chips for tablets around the x86 architecture. 'We've made a big bet o...