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11:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot NASA Funded Commercial Space Projects Heating Up
coondoggie writes "NASA's role as commercial space entrepreneur is going well and the four companies it is funding to build future spacecraft that could take astronauts to and from the International S...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Ubuntu 11.10 & 11.04 To Support Apple AirPrint
kai_hiwatari writes "According to an email in the Ubuntu-Devel mailing list, AirPrint support is now available for Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" and Ubutnu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" as well — althou...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Tries To Ban Import of iDevices To US
tekgoblin writes "The battle between Apple and Samsung has just heated up again, Samsung has filed a complaint to the International Trade Commission to ban import of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod product...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Releases IE10 Platform Preview 2
BogenDorpher writes "Microsoft today has announced the availability of the second platform preview for its upcoming browser, Internet Explorer 10. The first platform preview was released in April. Thi...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot How Long Will Oracle Stick With Open Source?
snydeq writes "The fact that Oracle has handed over the keys to two major open source projects in recent weeks has some questioning the fate of other prominent open source projects Oracle took on in t...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot World of Warcraft Goes Free With Starter Edition
Stoobalou writes "Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its enormously popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft will be free to play for characters up to level 20. WoW has always offered...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Specific Media To Buy MySpace
tripleevenfall writes "Ad-targeting firm Specific Media has agreed to buy News Corp.'s struggling social-media site Myspace. The deal for $35 million is well below the $100 million News Corp. was seek...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Monty Python Members Reunite For Chapman Film
gregg writes "Monty Python members have reunited to voice a 3D animated film based on the memoirs of the late Graham Chapman. A Liar's Autobiography will feature recordings that Chapman made of his bo...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Google's New Design
smitty777 writes "You may have already noticed some of the changes in Google as part of their multi-month design slam. These design changes include information architecture focus, seamless device inte...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 5
supersloshy writes "Mozilla has released the latest version of Thunderbird, their popular email client, now in sync with their new rapid-release versioning system. Among the new features are the new a...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot World's Best Chess Engine Outlawed and Disqualified
An anonymous reader writes "Rybka, the winner of the last four World Computer Chess Championships, has been found guilty by a panel of 34 chess engine programmers of plagiarizing two open-source chess...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Software Build Systems
MassDosage writes "Software Build Systems by Peter Smith is a well written, albeit rather lengthy book that covers the intricacies of systems used to build software. It tries to do this in a technolog...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Google Patents Censorship of "Annoying" Content
An anonymous reader writes "Google has been granted a patent for a rating engine that reserves the right to approve or reject content that is published on the Internet. The patent especially refers to...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Groupon Deal of the Day: 300,000 Customer Accounts
itwbennett writes "The customer database of Groupon's Indian subsidiary was published, unsecured and unencrypted, on the company's site for long enough to indexed by Google. Australian security consul...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Can Ubuntu Linux Consume Less Power Than Windows?
An anonymous reader writes "Now that the big Linux kernel power regression has been solved it looks like Ubuntu 11.04 can compete with Microsoft Windows 7 in terms of overall power usage. New tests re...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Yet Another "People Plug In Strange USB Sticks" Story
Bruce Schneier's blog has a bit about a subject that gets my blood boiling too. He says "I'm really getting tired of stories like this: Computer disks and USB sticks were dropped in parking lots of go...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Silver Pen Allows For Hand-Written Circuits
Zothecula writes "People have been using pens to jot down their thoughts for thousands of years but now engineers at the University of Illinois have developed a silver-inked rollerball pen that allows...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Using Facial Recognition To Find the Best Bar
nonprofiteer writes "Soon bars will be using facial recognition technology to tell you who's there and their gender breakdown. A start-up called SceneTap is rolling out a new service next month for ba...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot 7 Hackers Who Got Legit Jobs From Their Misdeeds
adeelarshad82 writes "Just like in Stephen Glass' fabricated feature where a lonely teenage hacker gets hired by a major software company, the 21 year old PlayStation 3 hacker, George "Geohot" Hotz, w...
02:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Google Takeout Lets You Easily Export From Circles
An anonymous reader writes "If you ever wanted proof that Google's recently-launched Circles social network is angled as the antithesis of Facebook, check out Google Takeout. Produced by the Data Libe...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Locks Down Social Gift Giving Patent
bizwriter writes "Facebook has been on a roll of late, nailing a number of patent grants that will help it retain dominance in social networking by creating barriers for competitors. Yesterday came pa...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Survey Shows Support For New Privacy Laws
GovTechGuy writes "Two-thirds of consumers want the government to safeguard their privacy online and 81 percent want to add their names to a Do Not Track list, according to a May poll released Tuesday...
11:05 am - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Video Game Free Speech Ruling Aftermath
On Monday we discussed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that a California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors was in violation of the First Amendment's free speech protect...
10:05 am - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Oracle Shuts Older Servers Out of Solaris 11
PCM2 writes "The Register is reporting that Oracle has decided not to allow Solaris 11 to install on older Sparc hardware, including UltraSparc-I, UltraSparc-II, UltraSparc-IIe, UltraSparc-III, UltraS...
08:05 am - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot ISS Nearly Clobbered By Space Debris
erice writes "A chuck of space debris came within 335 meters of the space station, forcing the crews to head to their escape capsules and prepare for emergency evacuation to Earth. '[NASA's] Associate...
07:05 am - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot The Dark Side of Making L.A. Noire
JameskPratt writes "Long-time readers have no illusions of how awful the video game industry can treat its workers. Eleven ex-employee of Team Bondi, who made LA Noire, have now cited 60- to 110-hour ...
05:05 am - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot The Lesson of Recent Hacktivism
itwbennett writes "LulzSec says they're retired, which may or may not be true. But one thing the world has learned from their 'frightening yet funny escapades is that 'the state of online security sti...
04:05 am - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot ESA Opens To Open Source Code Development
An anonymous reader writes "The European Space Agency just announced its SOCIS (Summer Of Code In Space) pilot project. The project is modeled after Google's Summer of Code (GSoC) initiative but is ta...
03:05 am - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot 2nd Edition of Learn Python the Hard Way Released
theodp writes "Are you or your kid intrigued by Python, but not quite ready to purchase an in-depth O'Reilly book? Zed A. Shaw's 2nd edition of Learn Python The Hard Way may be a friendlier option...
01:05 am - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Another Android Device Maker Signs Patent Agreement With Microsoft
doperative writes with this quote from El Reg:"Microsoft has nailed a second Android device maker to a patent licensing agreement. The Redmond software giant announced on Monday that General Dynamics ...
12:05 am - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Supreme Court To Weigh In On Warrantless GPS Tracking
CWmike writes "In a move with far-reaching privacy implications, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case involving the government's authority to conduct prolonged GPS tracking of suspects in...
12:05 am - Wed, June 29, 2011
Slashdot Fusion Thrusters For Space Travel
kgeiger writes "John J. Chapman, a physicist and electronics engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center, envisions a laser-pumped fusion drive. Chapman estimates the drive can produce thrust 40 times ...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Office 365 Cloud Suite
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft took its cloud suite Office 365 out of beta today and the opinion mongers are in overdrive. Is Office 365 missing features, is it too complex, or should it be tak...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot How Printed Circuit Boards Are Made
An anonymous reader writes "Ever wanted to see how printed circuit boards are made en masse at a professional production house? Well, here you go. The folks over at Base2 Electronics recently got ...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot British NHS Patient Records Go To the Cloud
smitty777 writes "The Telegraph is reporting on an effort by the NHS to put a London hospital's patient records in the cloud. One of the more interesting aspects of this is the suggestion that patient...
09:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Google Launches Google+ Social Network
Randyll writes "Today, Google announced its decisive entry into the world of social networks by introducing Google+, a social network tied around Google services. Its aim is to be different from ...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot A Solar-Powered 3D Printer Prints Glass From Sand
Tx-0 writes in with a story in Colossal Art & Design. From the article: "Industrial designer and tinkerer Markus Kayser spent the better part of a year building and experimenting with two fantasti...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Opera 11.50 Released
An anonymous reader writes "With a shiny new version of Presto that's apparently up to 20% faster, cool tweaks to Speed Dial, and a bunch of other features and bug fixes, the crazy Norwegians have jus...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot France To Invest One Billion Euros In Nuclear Power
An anonymous reader writes "France will invest one billion euros in future nuclear power development while boosting research into security, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday."The Guardian has a...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot 30 Creative 404 Error Pages
An anonymous reader writes "It's frustrating when you explore the web and encounter the famous message: 404 Error – Page Not Found. What could make it a little better is a customized 404 message...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Google Pulls Paid Apps From Taiwanese Android Market
tlhIngan writes "Taiwan recently mandated that online download sites (like Apple's App Store and Google's Marketplace) must comply with a law stating consumers have 7 days to return goods bought sight...
06:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Mathematics Museum To Open In Manhattan
eldavojohn writes "If math gives you a raging brainer prepare yourself for MoMath opening next year to 'expose the breadth and the beauty of mathematics' in New York City. After raising $22 million fr...
06:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Passcodes Prove Predictable
mikejuk writes "Research reveals something we all suspected but couldn't prove — in a four digit pin the most popular first digit is one, the most popular second digit is two. Entropy only reall...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot San Francisco Considers Ban On All Pet Sales
Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that the Humane Pet Acquisition Proposal is on its way to the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco. It would ban the sale of any animal that walks, flies, sw...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot The Future of Time: UTC and the Leap Second
rlseaman writes "UTC ("Coordinated Universal Time") is very close to being redefined to no longer track Earth rotation. Clocks everywhere — on your wall, wrist, phone or computer — would s...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot The Enterprise Is Wrong, Not Mozilla
There's been a lot of noise about Mozilla's new rapid release leading toconflict with Enterprise users.Kethinov found an Ars article that points out that "Now that Mozilla has released Firefox 5, vers...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Happy Tau Day
Forget about Pi Day, today we celebrate something twice as good: Tau Day. For far too long, Pi has been the bride and Tau has been the bridesmaid. As Michael Hartl points out in The Tau Manifesto, "Pi...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot US Congress To Use Skype For Video Teleconference
dkd903 writes "The US House of Representatives Committee on Administration has announced that Skype will be made available to the Members of Congress and their staff to improve efficiency and cut down...
02:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Among the Costs of War: $20B In Air Conditioning
TechkNighT_1337 submitted one of the most well spun little news nuggets I've read it awhile: "The amount the U.S. military spends annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan: $20.2 billion. T...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot 'Digital Universe' To Add 1.8 Zettabyte In 2011
1sockchuck writes "More than 1.8 zettabytes of information will be created and stored in 2011, according to the fifth IDC Digital Universe study. A key challenge is managing this data deluge (typified...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Star Wars Books Released As Ebooks
An anonymous reader writes "Tomorrow all of the Star Wars books that have not previously been released as ebooks are being released. This includes the Zahn books that started the Star Wars book explos...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Capcom Announces Unreplayable Game
Hatta writes "Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS will be an experience that can be completed once per customer. Using a single, unwipable save slot Capcom ensures that a second hand cu...
10:05 am - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot White Space Radio To Be Tested In Cambridge
judgecorp writes "White space radio, the technology which could provide broadband networks by using TV spectrum more efficiently, will be tested in Cambridge. A consortium including Microsoft, BT and ...
07:05 am - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Blocks KDE Photo App, Deletes Users' Pics
Znarl writes with a report from Joe Brockmeier, who writes that: "KDE users have gotten a rather unpleasant surprise from Facebook: Not only is the site blocking KDE apps like Gwenview from uploading,...
06:05 am - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot LSD Alleviates 'Suicide Headaches'
sciencehabit writes "Patients suffering from the agony of cluster headaches will take anything to dull the pain, even LSD, it turns out. Results from a pilot study reveal that six patients treated wit...
04:05 am - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Rootkit Infection Requires Windows Reinstall
CWmike writes "Microsoft is telling Windows users that they'll have to reinstall the OS if they get infected with a new rootkit. A new variant of a Trojan Microsoft calls Popureb digs so deeply into t...
02:05 am - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Wildfire Threatens Los Alamos Labs
1sockchuck writes "A fast-moving wildfire has closed the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a Department of Energy facility responsible for weapons design and a vast array of research, as well as ...
12:05 am - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Mobile Data In Canada For a US Citizen?
macwhizkid writes "I'm traveling to Canada for a week in July with youth group, and need a way to post blog updates on the trip and send back photos. I'll be staying on an island accessible only by bo...
12:05 am - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot Finally, an Ad Campaign Aimed At Monkeys
TaeKwonDood writes "Does sex sell for monkeys the way it does humans? Apparently so. And researchers are now hoping sexy billboards can cause monkeys to prefer a flavor of Jell-O they otherwise do...
12:05 am - Tue, June 28, 2011
Slashdot One Week: No Mouse, Just Keyboard
jfruhlinger writes "Anyone in tech has heard from grousing old-timers who believe the GUI was the beginning of the end of civilization and that EMacs keyboard shortcuts are all the interface anyone sh...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Linux-Based Gaming Handheld To Rely On Low Material Cost, Indie Apps
dartttt writes "Robert Pelloni and his team are working to develop an indie handheld gaming console, the 'nD,' which will run a number of indie games. The device will support 2D games only, and will r...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Native Apps Are Dead, Long Live Native Apps
cardoni writes "Dan Yoder, CTO at Border Stylo, offers insights on the current state of simultaneous iPhone / Android development using PhoneGap and his thoughts on the debate over native apps versus ...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot First Photos of Asteroid 2011 MD
astroengine writes "At around 1 p.m. EDT on Monday, asteroid 2011 MD narrowly missed Earth's atmosphere, passing well within the orbits of our GPS satellites. Scientists worked hard to track the space...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Are Fake Geeks Dooming Real Ones?
mattnyc99 writes "In the wake of the Best Buy 'geek' trademarking and Miss USA calling herself 'a huge history geek,' writer (and self-proclaimed geek) Eryn Green has an interesting piece for Esquire ...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Developers Defecting From BlackBerry
jfruhlinger writes "Mobile app developers who build for multiple platforms need to figure out how to conserve their resources somehow, and many are choosing to do so by not bothering to build apps for...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Video Games Expected To Drive 3D Mobile Phone Sales
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Forbes:"Nintendo started the mainstream push into glasses free (autostereoscopic) 3D gaming with its Nintendo 3DS system earlier this year. While sale...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Cancer Cluster Possibly Found Among TSA Workers
OverTheGeicoE writes "TSA employees at Logan International Airport believe they have identified a cancer cluster in their ranks, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act an...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Eight Major 3G & 4G Networks Tested Nationwide
adeelarshad82 writes "Building on last year's efforts, PCMag once again hit the road on a 6,000 mile trip to test out eight 3G and 4G networks to determine which ones were the fastest (and slowest) in...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot New Top Tier Science Journal Announced
Shipud writes "The Max Planck society, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Wellcome Trust have announced their plans for a new journal for biomedical and life science research to be launched summer 20...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Where Jules Verne Meets Star Wars: GE's Walking Truck
An anonymous reader writes "This July 4th weekend, millions of Americans will head to the air-conditioned confines of their local multiplex to take in Harry Potter, Captain America and other summer bl...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Forty-Five Mile Wireless Tech For the Smart Grid
holy_calamity writes "San Diego startup On-Ramp Wireless has put together a proprietary protocol that sends data over 2.4GHz (like WiFi) but over distances of up to forty-five miles. Links using the t...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Acoustic Stealth Technology Finally Created
smitty777 writes "An idea for acoustic stealth technology proposed in 2008 was finally put into practice. The abstract describes taking advantage of the 'transformation acoustics and linear coordinate...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Hackers To School Next Generation At DEFCON Kids
fangmcgee writes "DEFCON hackers will share their skills with the next generation at a first-ever children's version of the infamous gathering of software renegades, lock pickers and social engineers....
05:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft May Add Eavesdropping To Skype
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a Microsoft patent application that reaches back to December 2009 and describes 'recording agents' to legally intercept VoIP ...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot US Supreme Court: Video Games Qualify For First Amendment
Wrath0fb0b writes "The United States Supreme Court threw out a California law prohibiting the sale of violent video games to minors. Notable in the opinion is a historical review of the condemnation o...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Firefox Is For "Regular" Users, Not Businesses
nk497 writes "Some have argued that Mozilla's switch to a faster release cycle has made it more difficult for companies to use Firefox, but the open-source browser maker isn't too bothered, according ...
03:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Apple Has Stopped iOS Downgrading
An anonymous reader noted a forum post that looks to be confirming that Apple will befighting downgrading in iOS 5 quoting"This will only affect restores starting at iOS5 and onward, and Apple will be...
03:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot TSA Has 95-Year-Old Remove Her Diaper For Screening
wjcofkc writes "The Transportation Security Administration stood by its security officers Sunday after a Florida woman complained that her cancer-stricken, 95-year-old mother was patted down and force...
02:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot New Technology Turns Windows Into Solar Panels
An anonymous reader writes "A start-up in Northern California is working on creating 'solar windows' that could act as solar panels at the same time as blocking sunlight from entering office buildings...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Wikipedia Adds "WikiLove" For Newbie Editors
mikejuk writes "Wikipedia has a cunning plan to make wikipedians nicer to each other — its all about WikiLove. They can click on the Love button to make each other feel good about contributing a...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Announcing Ozma: Extending Scala With Oz Concurrency
setori88 writes "Programming for concurrency makes sense in developing for both largescales (cloud computing) and small (multicore CPUs). Some languageswere designed for concurrency and distribution; ...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot DVRs, Cable Boxes Top List of Home Energy Hogs
Hugh Pickens writes "Elisabeth Rosenthal writes that cable setup boxes and DVRs have become the single largest electricity drain in many American homes, causing an increase of over $10/month for a hom...
10:05 am - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Nailing the Cause of Recent Linux Power Issues
An anonymous reader writes "For the Linux kernel power regressions that were found a few months ago, and hit in Ubuntu 11.04, Phoronix has found the regression that's still present in the Linux 3.0 ke...
07:05 am - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Gray Whale, Southern-Hemisphere Algae Seen In N. Atlantic
oxide7 writes "The gray whale hasn't strayed to the Northern Atlantic since the 18th century. The Neodenticula seminae, a species of algae, hasn't been there in 800,000 years. Now, members of both spe...
04:05 am - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Geohot Joins Facebook As Product Developer
Numerous sources are reporting that famed iPhone and PlayStation hacker George Hotz, better known as Geohot, has taken a job at Facebook in product development; Make Magazine and others report that he...
02:05 am - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot AMD Gains In the TOP500 List
MojoKid writes "AMD recently announced its share of the TOP500 supercomputer list has grown 15 percent in the past six months. The company credits industry trends, upgrade paths, and competitive prici...
12:05 am - Mon, June 27, 2011
Slashdot Is Google Playing Fair With Groupon, et al?
An anonymous reader writes with the claim (illustrated with what seems like damning screen-shot evidence) that "Google is using Gmail's priority inbox to give special treatment to its own daily deal e...
11:05 pm - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot Google Boots Transdroid From Android Market
fysdt writes with a TorrentFreak story that starts: "Google has pulled one of the most popular torrent download managers from the Android Market because of policy violations. Before Google booted the ...
10:05 pm - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot Flood Berm Collapses At Nebraska Nuclear Plant
mdsolar writes "A berm holding the flooded Missouri River back from a Nebraska nuclear power station collapsed early Sunday, but federal regulators said they were monitoring the situation and there wa...
09:05 pm - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot Black Market Database Access To Scholarly Journals
An anonymous reader writes "University libraries offer access to a vast array of valuable materials — if you have a login and password. Now people are buying and selling university credentials o...
07:05 pm - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot Twitter As Realtime Sports Reporter
mikejuk writes that a "group of researchers at Rice University think that '[t]he global human population can be regarded as geographically distributed, multimodal sensors.' When it comes to sporting e...
07:05 pm - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot If You're Working For Stock, Read the Fine Print
cratermoon writes with a story of interest to anyone interested in working at a start-up, or compensated even partly in company stock: "Former Skype guy Yee Lee finds out that for people working at co...
05:05 pm - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Stepping Sideways Into Programming?
thundertron writes "I'm a 28-year-old, non-technical, UX-focused Product Manager at a startup. Overall I'm very happy with my work, but I'm endlessly frustrated that I'm not committing code. I love th...
04:05 pm - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot KDE 4.7 RC Is Here: GRUB2 Integration, KWin Mobile
dkd903 writes "KDE 4.7 is almost here and brings along with it a number of features and performance improvements such as a better Dolphin with a faster file search, ability of KWin to run on Mobile de...
03:05 pm - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot Citi Hackers Got Away With $2.7 Million
angry tapir writes "Citigroup suffered about US$2.7 million in losses after hackers found a way to steal credit card numbers from its website and post fraudulent charges. Citi acknowledged the breach ...
02:05 pm - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot Sony Develops Technology To Hack Your Hand
An anonymous reader writes "A device created by the University of Tokyo and Sony Laboratories called PossessedHand allows researchers to control a subject's hand via electrical stimulation. While curr...
01:05 pm - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot The Intentional Flooding of America's Heartland
Hugh Pickens writes "Joe Herring writes that sixty years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began the process of taming the Missouri by constructing massive dams at the top to moderate flow to the ...
10:05 am - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot UK Hacker Ryan Cleary Has Asperger's Syndrome, Court Told
An anonymous reader writes "Ryan Cleary, the British teenager accused of launching DDoS attacks at the likes of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a...
07:05 am - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot Afghans Build Open Source Internet From Trash
An anonymous reader writes "Residents of Jalalabad have built the FabFi network: an open-source system that uses common building materials and off-the-shelf electronics to transmit wireless ethernet s...
04:05 am - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot Head of ChronoPay Arrested In Moscow
Trailrunner7 writes "Pavel Vrublevsky, the head of a prominent Russian payment-processing company, ChronoPay, was arrested in Russia on suspicion of hiring someone to launch a denial-of-service attack...
01:05 am - Sun, June 26, 2011
Slashdot LulzSec Announces That It Is Done
MaxBooger writes "LulzSec, the notorious hacker group that's been on a rampage, just announced that it's disbanding. This follows 50 days chaos during which time it took down several websites (includi...
11:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Asteroid To Pass Near Earth On Monday
TigerNut writes "Asteroid 2011 MD was discovered on June 22 by LINEAR, and its flight path will take it within 8000 miles (12000 km) of Earth. Orbital predictions indicate that its flight path will be...
11:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Off-Duty Police Officer Steals iPad From TSA Checkpoint
SpaceCadetTrav writes "A recent arrest report shows that an off-duty police officer from Fullerton, CA was arrested on felony grand theft charges for stealing an iPad at a TSA checkpoint in the Miami ...
10:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Is Final Cut Pro X Apple's Biggest Mistake In Years?
Hugh Pickens writes "It isn't like Apple to stumble but the latest version of Final Cut Pro, the widely used tool in the professional video editing world was getting the reputation as the app that lau...
09:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot EVE Online Players Rage, Protest Over Microtransactions
Several readers have written with news of a controversy that's been slowly building in space-based MMO EVE Online. "It all began with the Incarna update, which added an item shop to the long-running s...
08:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Could Wikipedia Become a Supercomputer?
An anonymous reader writes "Large websites represent an enormous resource of untapped computational power. This short post explains how a large website like Wikipedia could give a tremendous contribut...
07:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Proposing a Model For Locally Imposed Net Neutrality
newscloud writes "Envision Seattle has posted a model legal ordinance (pdf) for communities wishing to enshrine status quo net neutrality as law. The ordinance is co-authored by the legal group that h...
06:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Long Now Clock Advances With Bezos Cash
heptapod writes "Wired has an in-depth article about the 10,000 Year Clock and The Long Now Foundation which has begun moving forward with Jeff Bezos's investment of $42 million. Recently he put up a ...
05:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Two More Google Software Dogs Go To Heaven
theodp writes "Two more software products will be going to Google Software Heaven shortly. On Friday, Google issued a death certificate for Google Health (date of death = Jan. 1, 2012), and added that...
04:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Record-Seeking Bloodhound SSC Goes Partially Open Source
jd writes "I've been monitoring the progress of Bloodhound SSC (the car aiming for the 1,000 MPH record) and it looks like they're opting for some interesting tactics. In April, the car itself went pa...
03:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot New Process Allows Fuel Cells To Run On Coal
Zothecula writes "Lately we're hearing a lot about the green energy potential of fuel cells, particularly hydrogen fuel cells. Unfortunately, although various methods of hydrogen production are being ...
03:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?
davidjbeveridge writes "I'm interested in getting a CS degree. I've been programming since I was 13, and like many of us, taught myself. I am familiar with a number of languages, understand procedural...
02:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Winklevoss Twins To Continue Fighting Facebook
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook's longest legal saga, which has lasted seven years so far, looked like it was finally closed, but that was just a false alarm. In a filing earlier this week with t...
01:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Moon Dust Back In NASA's Hands
gabbo529 writes with this excerpt: "It's only a speck but some moon dust from the original Apollo 11 mission is back in NASA's hands. The speck of moon dust was only one-eighth of an inch (3 millimete...
01:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Conficker Blamed In $72M Scareware Ring
tsu doh nimh writes with an update on the previously mentioned crackdown on scammers peddling fake antivirus products, who were apparently taking advantage of the worm that just won't go away: "Police...
12:05 pm - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot WIPO Talks May Portend Sweeping Broacast-Based Copyright
An anonymous reader writes "It seems the nasty 'Broadcast Treaty' is rearing its head again in the WIPO talks. This would give a new copyright to what is uncopyrighted or out of copyright material to ...
10:05 am - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot UK Sticks With Nuclear Power
Coisiche writes "Despite recent events in Japan and the certain public outcry that it will generate, the UK government proposes to build new nuclear power stations. Well, earthquakes and tsunamis are ...
06:05 am - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Telstra Fears LulzSec Attacks, Hesitates On Internet Filter
After the earlier report that some of Australia's largest telcos (and ISPs) were to start censoring internet traffic based on a blacklist, rdnetto writes with the news that "Telstra is now hesitating ...
04:05 am - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Google and MIT Enable Task Transfer Among Devices
An anonymous reader writes "A new software app by Google, developed in cooperation with MIT, enables one-step task transfers between Android Smartphones and PCs. If you are like me, you transfer tasks...
01:05 am - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Apple Releases iOS 5 Beta 2 For Developers
BogenDorpher writes "Apple has just put up the second beta version of its new operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. iOS 5 Beta 2 build 9A5248d is now available for registered ...
01:05 am - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot E-Voting Reform In an Out Year?
An anonymous reader writes "Most of us know the many problems with electronic voting systems. They are closed source and hackable, some have a default candidate checked, and many are unauditable (doin...
12:05 am - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Power Grid Change May Disrupt Clocks
hawguy writes with an AP story about upcoming tests of greater allowed variation in the frequency of the current carried on the U.S. electric grid: "A yearlong experiment with the nation's electric gr...
12:05 am - Sat, June 25, 2011
Slashdot Linux 3.0 Will Be Faster Than 2.6.39
sfcrazy writes "While we were thinking that the announcement of 3.x branch was nothing more than Linus' mood swing, it seems there is more to it. Linus wrote on the Linux Kernel Mailing List, '3.0 wil...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Fingertip Mouse Fits On a Ring
Eric Smalley writes "The MicroPointing touchpad works by detecting the force your fingertip produces as it drags across the tiny device's three sensors, according to the company's patent application. ...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Sony Shutting Down Star Wars Galaxies MMO and TCG
flibbidyfloo writes "Sony has sent an email to current and former subscribers to its long-running MMO Star Wars Galaxies explaining that the service will be shut down in December. Here's an excerpt fr...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum
CWmike writes "A Microsoft executive late Thursday used the furor over Mozilla's decision to curtail support for Firefox 4 to plead the case for Internet Explorer in the enterprise. 'I think I speak f...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Why Classic Video Game Revamps Must Disappoint
An anonymous reader writes "Somehow my brain, so addled by pop-culture and videogames, drew a link between the alteration of the game-play mechanics in a 20-year-old series, and growing up. I want thi...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot LulzSec Document Dump Shows Cops' Fear of iPhones
jfruhlinger writes "People are starting to comb through the details of the law enforcement documents made public by LulzSec. Blogger Kevin Fogarty noticed one interesting trend: The cops seem very anx...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Nebraska Nuclear Plant Flood Defenses Tested
mdsolar tips an article at the NY Times which begins:"Pictures of the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant north of Omaha, Neb., show it encircled by the swollen waters of the Missouri River, which reache...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Opera Founder Jon S. von Tetzchner Resigns
fysdt writes with this excerpt from TechCrunch:"Opera founder Jon S. von Tetzchner has resigned from the company. In an email to Opera employees, von Tetzchner said that 'It has become clear that The ...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Trust Is For Suckers: Lessons From the RSA Breach
wiredmikey writes "Andrew Jaquith has written a great analysis of lessons learned from the recent RSA Cyber Attack, from a customer's perspective. According to Jaquith, in the security industry, 'trus...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Caltech Scientists Measure Dinosaur Body Temp
damn_registrars writes "Using rare isotope ratios, a geology team at CalTech has determined body temperatures of sauropod dinosaurs. Their work finds temperatures that are roughly in line with modern ...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Lawsuit Claims Sony Canned Security Staff Just Before Data Breach
Stoobalou writes "A lawsuit filed this week suggests that Sony sacked a group of employees from its network security division just two weeks before the company's servers were hacked and its customers'...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot "Do Not Eat iPod Shuffle": 30 Dumb Warning Labels
jfruhlinger writes "You'd think that people would know electronic equipment isn't for eating, but apparently you'd be wrong. Find out what dumb things companies felt compelled to warn their customers ...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot US Government Releases DoD Report Critical of NSA
decora writes "Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project has posted a summary of the newly released DoD Inspector General report (PDF) on the NSA's Thinthread and Trailblazer programs. ...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Dying Star Betelgeuse Spews Fiery Nebula
astroengine writes "Betelgeuse is dying a nasty death. The star is in the final, violent stages of its life, shedding vast amounts of stellar material into space as it quickly approaches a supernova d...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Hulu For Sale: Is There Good News For Users?
itwbennett writes "The LA Times reports that Hulu, which is jointly owned by Comcast, News Corp., Disney, and Providence Equity, has retained investment banks Guggenheim Partners and Morgan Stanley to...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot BioWare's Neverwinter Nights Forum Server Hacked
garatheus writes "The folks at EA/BioWare sent out an email this morning (GMT +2) outlining that their older Neverwinter Nights forums had been hacked, with a fair amount of user information stol...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Learning Programming In a Post-BASIC World
ErichTheRed writes "This Computerworld piece actually got me thinking — it basically says that there are few good 'starter languages' to get students interested in programming. I remember hackin...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot +Pool Would Let New Yorkers Go River Swimming
cylonlover writes "Three young entrepreneurs have proposed a way of getting New Yorkers into the Hudson, East and/or Bronx Rivers. It's called the +Pool (Plus Pool) — a public swimming pool...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Android Phones More Prone To Hardware Problems
adeelarshad82 writes "A nearly year-long study conducted by WDS on 600,000 support calls has found that Android phones are more susceptible to hardware faults than other types of devices. '14 percent ...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Volkswagon Shows Off Self-Driving Auto-Pilot For Cars
thecarchik writes "The future of driving, in major cities at least, is looking more and more likely to be done by high-tech computers rather than actual people, at least if the latest breakthroughs in...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Valve's Team Fortress 2 Goes Free-To-Play
heptapod writes "Valve has announced that Team Fortress 2 is now free to play. 'We've been toying with the idea of making Team Fortress free-to-play ever since the Mann-conomy update [in September 201...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot US ISPs, Big Content Reaching Antipiracy Agreement
Chaonici writes "The word from CNet is that an antipiracy agreement between a number of ISPs (including Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast) and the RIAA & MPAA is nearing completion. Under the agreeme...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Data-Mining Ban Struck Down By US Supreme Court
smitty777 writes "The Supreme Court struck down in Sorrell vs IMS Health a Vermont law banning data mining which has been in place since 2007. The court ruled that the data on medications prescribed b...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Australian ISPs To Start Filtering the Internet
daria42 writes "Australia's controversial mandatory internet filtering scheme may be on the backburner for now, but that doesn't mean it's gone entirely. In the next month, the country's two largest I...
12:05 pm - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Who Killed the Netbook?
itwbennett writes "Netbooks died the death of a thousand cuts and there were conspirators aplenty with motive, weapons and opportunity. Was the unpopularity of Linux to blame? What about Microsoft...
10:05 am - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Homemade 'Mars In a Bottle' Tortures Bacteria
astroengine writes "The only time we've ever directly looked for life on Mars was during the 1970s, when NASA's Viking landers attempted to make direct measurements of Martian microbes metabolizing. E...
06:05 am - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Landmark Steps Forward For Australia's NBN
angry tapir writes "After two years of protracted negotiations Telstra, the Australian Federal Government and the NBN Co have come to definitive agreements on the structural separation of Telstra and ...
03:05 am - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot Nokia Windows Phone Revealed
DMiax writes "Nokia's controversial CEO Stephen Elop just revealed the prototype of the next WP7 handset. The CEO asked the journalists present to turn off the cameras because the new phone was 'super...
12:05 am - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump
Dangerous_Minds writes "LulzSec has been vowing to expose government secrets for the last few days. Now they have delivered. According to ZeroPaid, LulzSec has posted secret documents about Arizona La...
12:05 am - Fri, June 24, 2011
Slashdot iPad Account Hacker Pleads Guilty
WrongSizeGlass writes "Daniel Spitler, a member of Goatse Security, pleaded guilty today to writing the code used to steal email addresses and personal information belonging to 120,000 Apple iPad subs...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot The Longhorn Dream Reborn
gbjbaanb writes "Early this month, Microsoft dropped something of a bombshell on Windows developers: the new Windows 8 touch-friendly immersive style would use a developer platform not based on .NET. ...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Nevada Authorizes Development of Driverless Car Rules
DrEldarion writes "Via Forbes: 'The State of Nevada just passed Assembly Bill No. 511 which, among other things, authorizes the Department of Transportation to develop rules and regulations governing ...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Synaptic Dropped From Ubuntu 11.10
An anonymous reader links to a story at Techie Buzz according to which (quoting): "When Canonical started developing the Ubuntu Software Center, I knew that a time will come when it will completely re...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot FTC To Open Antitrust Investigation Against Google
itwbennett writes "According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is preparing to serve subpoenas to Google as a first step in a broad antitrust investigation foc...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Removal of Photo Credit Qualifies As DMCA Violation
mattgoldey writes with this excerpt: "A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has reinstated a photographer's copyright lawsuit against a New Jersey radio station owner, after finding that a lower cou...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft's Virtual Skywriting Patent App Features the Real Thing
theodp writes "GeekWire reports that Microsoft this week was awarded a patent on something it calls 'virtual skywriting', an augmented reality service that adds fake skywriting to scenes captured on a...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Politics: Paul-Barney Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Federally
shafty023 writes "It would appear Ron Paul (R-TX) and Barney Frank (D-MA) are going to be presenting a bill to legalize marijuana and thus end the failed war on drugs finally if it gets passed. What c...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Thinking of Publishing Your Own $0.99 Kindle Book?
An anonymous reader writes "There's been a lot of talk recently about $0.99 Kindle eBooks, after publishers were accused of spamming the market with low-quality titles. Author Keir Thomas published tw...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Human Genome Contaminated With Mycoplasma DNA
KentuckyFC writes "The published human genome is contaminated with DNA sequences from mycoplasma bacteria, according to bioinformatics researchers who blame an epidemic of mycoplasma contamination in ...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot 11-Year-Old Pilots 1,325 MPG Concept Car
MikeChino writes "Hypermiling vehicles depend on ultra-efficient engines and low weight to go the distance, so Cambridge Design Partnership selected 11-year-old Cambreshire student Kitty Foster as the...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot A Generation of Software Patents Examined
pieterh writes "Boston University's James Bessen has published a landmark study [abstract; full paper available at the link, free of charge] on a generation of software patents. Looking at almost 20 y...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot StartSSL Suspends Services After Security Breach
An anonymous reader writes "StartSSL has suspended issuance of digital certificates and related services following a security breach on 15 June. A trademark of Eddy Nigg's StartCom, the StartSSL certi...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot There Oughta Be a Standard: Laptop Power Supplies
Esther Schindler writes "Every mobile device you own has its own power supply and its own proprietary plug. There oughta be a better way, says Alfred Poor. Fortunately, he reports, the IEEE is coming ...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot FCC Ups Penalties For Caller ID Spoofing
GovTechGuy writes "The FCC adopted new rules on Thursday that would significantly increase the penalties for individuals or organizations that alter their caller ID information to commit fraud or with...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Expense and Uncertainty Plague 'Fair Use' Defense
Andy Baio of Waxy.org recently organized a chiptune tribute project for Miles Davis' acclaimed Kind of Blue album. What was intended as a creative labor of love turned into a nightmare for Baio when a...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot FBI Shuts Down Major Scareware Gang
Trailrunner7 writes "The FBI has made a major dent in the huge scareware and rogue antivirus problem, arresting two people and seizing dozens of computers, servers and bank accounts as part of a large...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot The History of the Videophone In Sci-Fi
bejiitas_wrath writes "Ars Technica has an interesting story about the history of the videophone in Science Fiction. Star Trek has always depicted the video calling when hailing ships and planets, but...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Tesla Will Discontinue the Roadster
Attila Dimedici writes "Tesla has announced that their business model has failed. Their basic idea was to sell a boutique electric car to fund the development of a regular consumer electric car. With ...
04:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Why Johnny Can't Code and How That Can Change
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses why schools are having a hard time engaging young minds in computer science — and what the Scalable Game Design program in Colorado is ...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot USPTO Rejects Many of Oracle's Android Claims
sfcrazy writes "In yet another setback for Oracle, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected 17 of 21 claims associated with one of the patents in Java that Oracle asserted Google had violated...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Vint Cerf Says Fix the Net With More Pipe
CWmike writes "While ISPs may fret about Netflix, Hulu and other streaming media services saturating their bandwidth, Internet forefather Vint Cerf has a simple answer for this potential problem: Incr...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Remembering Alan Turing On His 99th Birthday
Blacklaw writes "Today marks the 99th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, a noted polymath and cryptanalyst who is regarded by many as being the grandfather of modern computing." Read mor...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Fonolo Lets You Bypass Company Phone Menus
An anonymous reader writes "Fonolo, a Toronto based voice 2.0 company, helps you avoid those annoying company phone menus, by letting you skip ahead in the company phone system, using a process they c...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Apple To Start Making TVs?
timothy writes "Apple might want to sell you your next TV,' says this CNN report. Which makes a lot of sense, considering that Apple's razors-and-blades, vertical-marketplace model for iTunes (and the...
11:05 am - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Google Eyeballing Games
An anonymous reader tips news of a Google job listing indicating the company's interest in building a gaming division. "The broad job posting requires someone to lead the new venture from designing th...
10:05 am - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Australia's 2 Largest ISP's Start Censorsing the Web
unreadepitaph writes "Looks like after Stephen Conroy's web filter went down in flames he went quietly behind the backs of Australians and struck a deal with Telstra and Optus to start filtering an un...
09:05 am - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Violent Games Credited With Reducing Crime Levels
maroberts writes "According to a research paper produced from a collaboration between the University of Texas and the Centre for European Economic Research, violent video games may induce aggressive b...
08:05 am - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Google's Bangalore Streetview Project Stalled
GillBates0 writes "The Bangalore Police have objected to the collection of data by Google's cars, which were criss-crossing Bangalore city taking high definition images to give users 360 degree views ...
05:05 am - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot OKCon11 Opens In Berlin
teleyinex writes "The annual conference of the Open Knowledge Foundation will be held in Berlin. There will be different lectures about open data, open science, open access, etc. and different free wo...
03:05 am - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot "Expert Body" To Decide Which Sites To Block For Copyright Infringement
Barence writes "Rights holders in the UK are proposing to appoint a 'council' and an 'expert body' to decide which websites should be blocked by ISPs for infringing copyright. The controversial Digita...
01:05 am - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Winklevoss Twins Finally Give Up Fighting Facebook
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's former Harvard classmates Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss, who accuse him of stealing their idea for the social network, have decided...
12:05 am - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot New Find Boosts Prospects For Life On Distant Moons
sciencehabit writes "Imagine life on an Earth-like moon, one so close to its gas giant host that its landscape is bathed in a dusklike planetary glow. Such places are not only possible but also probab...
12:05 am - Thu, June 23, 2011
Slashdot Google Hits One Billion Unique Visits In a Month
BogenDorpher writes "According to statistics from ComScore, for the first time ever, a website drew one billion visitors worldwide in just one month. Guess what website came out on top? Google of ...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Decoding the Inscrutable Logos On Your Electronics
jfruhlinger writes "If you've bought a piece of electronic equipment — a computer, a printer, even a lowly power supply — you've no doubt noticed a host of inscrutable logos festooned all ...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Bill Would Make Carriers Publish 4G Data Speeds
GovTechGuy writes "A new bill from Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) would force wireless carriers to provide consumers with information on the minimum data speeds for their 4G networks at both the point of ...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Fired IT Worker Replaces CEO's Presentation With Porn
An anonymous reader writes "52-year-old Walter Powell wanted revenge when he was fired from his position as an IT manager at Baltimore Substance Abuse System Inc. So, he hacked into their systems &mda...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Mobile Browsers Alternatives Compared
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner provides a look at 10-plus mobile browsing alternatives, from Firefox, to Opera, to SkyFire, to Mercury, and more — a rapidly evolving area fraught with c...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Camera Lets You Shift Focus After Shooting
Zothecula writes "For those of us who grew up with film cameras, even the most basic digital cameras can still seem a little bit magical. The ability to instantly see how your shots turned out, then d...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot US House Takes Up Major Overhaul of Patent System
Bookworm09 writes "The House took up the most far-reaching overhaul of the patent system in 60 years today, with a bill both parties say will make it easier for inventors to get their innovations to m...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Weird Al Says "Twitter Saved My Album"
nudnik72 writes "Weird Al's latest album, Alpocalypse, was released today, but might not have if his fans hadn't taken his cause to twitter Al says. Yankovic had a well publicized disagreement with La...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Air Force Drones Hit 1 Million Combat Hours
coondoggie writes "If you needed any more evidence as to how important unmanned aircraft have become to the US military operations, the US Air Force today said drones have amassed over one million com...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Human Eye Protein Senses Earth's Magnetism
chrb pointed out a story at BBC News about the discovery of a light-sensitive protein in the human eye that acts like a "compass" in a magnetic field. The molecule at the center of the study is called...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Amir Taaki Answers Your Questions About Bitcoin
Last week, you asked questions (many rather pointed!) of Amir Taaki, co-founder of Bitcoin Consultancy, which develops Bitcoin related services, exchanges and Bitcoin itself. (They also own Britcoin.c...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Graphing Internet Interaction To Spot Spammers
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Spammers, it turns out, aren't like everyone else: they have fewer friends. 'Social Graphs for Online Service Security,' a study done by researchers Yinglian Xie and Fang Yu, uses...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot USB Foot Controls
MojoKid writes "When it comes to controlling your favorite PC title, you've got a few options. There's a mouse. There's a keyboard. There's a control pad and the joystick. Now, there's one more option...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Man Updates His Facebook Status During Hostage Stand-Off
36-year-old Jason Valdez wouldn't let a little thing like a SWAT team keep him from updating his Facebook status. During a 16 hour hostage stand-off in an Utah motel, Valdez made sure to update his Fa...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot No Additional Firefox 4 Security Updates
CWmike writes "Unnoticed in the Tuesday release of Firefox 5 was Mozilla's decision to retire Firefox 4, shipped just three months ago. Mozilla spelled out vulnerabilities it had patched in that editi...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Practical "Smell-o-Vision" System Being Developed
cylonlover writes "Researchers have managed to create a proof of concept Smell-o-Vision device potentially capable of pumping out thousands of different odors, yet small enough to fit behind a TV. The...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot New Apple Multi-Touch Patent Is Too Broad
adeelarshad82 writes "Nearly three and a half years later, Apple has finally been awarded the U.S. patent number 7,966,578, which according to the patent experts should worry rivals. According to excl...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Tracking Bracelets for Autistic Kids and Senior Citizens
The Rocky River Police Department in Cuyahoga County, Ohio has started a pilot program to help find missing autistic children and senior citizens with tracking bracelets. For a monthly fee citizens ca...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?
An anonymous reader writes "I tried out Google Music, and I liked it. Google made me swear that I won't uploading any "illegal" tracks, and apparently people fear Apple's iCloud turning into a honeypo...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Android App Quality Pathetically Low Says Developer
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Christopher Mims writes at MIT Technology Review that Mika Mobile, developer of Battleheart, a big hit on both the iOS and Android platforms, says that "a polished, high qu...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Android App Quality Pathetically Low SaysDeveloper
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Christopher Mims writes at MIT Technology Review that Mika Mobile, developer of Battleheart, a big hit on both the iOS and Android platforms, says that "a polished, high qu...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Google's Browser Interception Plugin For Chrome
An anonymous reader writes "Google has released a passive in-the-browser reconnaissance plugin, called the 'DOM Snitch'. By intercepting JavaScript calls to the browser infrastructure, it detects comm...
02:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot WordPress.org Hacked, Plugin Repository Compromised
An anonymous reader writes "Back in April hackers gained access to the WordPress.com servers and exposed passwords/API keys for Twitter and Facebook accounts. Now, hackers gained access to Wordpress.o...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Authorities Closing On LulzSec
mask.of.sanity writes "The noose is tightening on hacker group LulzSec, according to a coordinated group of like-minded users, some from LulzSec-Exposed that claim to have uncovered the identity of Lu...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot How the Web's Relationship With Anonymity Has Changed
A story at the NY Times explores how the internet's involvement with anonymity has evolved over the past two decades. Quoting:"Not too long ago, theorists fretted that the Internet was a place where a...
11:05 am - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Women Remain the Ignored Audience In Gaming
donniebaseball23 writes "Research firm Interpret has released its new report, 'Games and Girls: Video Gaming's Ignored Audience,' which finds that while the female audience in gaming has grown, games ...
10:05 am - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot An Entirely New Class of Aircraft Arrives
fergus07 writes "Austrian research company IAT21 has presented a new type of aircraft at the Paris Air Show, which has the potential to become aviation's first disruptive technology since the jet engi...
09:05 am - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Intel Aims For Exaflops Supercomputer By 2018
siliconbits writes "Intel has laid down its roadmap in terms of computing performance for the next seven years in a press release; in addition, it revealed its expectations until 2027 in one deck of s...
07:05 am - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Dutch Legislature Accidentally Votes For Internet Filtering
tulcod writes "The Dutch government has accidentally passed an exception to a law on net neutrality, (Google translation of original in Dutch) enabling ISPs to filter internet traffic based on 'ideolo...
06:05 am - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot City of Heroes Moving To Hybrid Payment Model
KingSkippus writes "The superhero-themed MMORPG City of Heroes announced this morning that it is rebranding the game as City of Heroes Freedom ('freedom to pay and play as you choose'), and moving to ...
05:05 am - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot FBI Seizes Servers In Virginia
Axolotl_Rose writes "The FBI has seized servers belonging to several clients of a hosting company in Reston, VA, disrupting service for many other clients. 'In an e-mail to one of its clients on Tuesd...
03:05 am - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Best Buy Releases Their Own Music Cloud
thewebblogger writes "In a move that more resembles 'me too' behavior rather than a well planned release, Best Buy has announced their own music cloud service, called simply Best Buy Music Cloud. The ...
02:05 am - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Europe Set To Build Experimental Transport Spacecraft
coondoggie writes "Looking to take a giant step toward taking part in low Earth orbit transportation, exploration and servicing of orbiting space structures, the European Space Agency today said it wo...
01:05 am - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Is the Rise of Wearable Electronics Finally Here?
ptorrone writes "MAKE Magazine takes a look at the last ten years or so of 'wearable electronics.' From wireless watches to LCD goggles, MAKE predicts we are collectively entering a new era of wearabl...
12:05 am - Wed, June 22, 2011
Slashdot Nokia Introduces MeeGo-Powered N9 Phone
An anonymous reader writes with news that Nokia has unveiled its first MeeGo-powered smartphone, the N9. "[T]he smartphone doesn't have any buttons on the front, with only the volume controls and a lo...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Canada Rolls Out Plastic Money
markian writes "Canada is set to switch to new banknotes that last 2.5 times longer than paper money. High-tech features include metallic imagery in a transparent area, raised ink, transparent text, a...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Kurzweil: Human-Level Machine Translation By 2029
An anonymous reader writes "In a video interview with the Huffington Post, noted futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts that machines will reach human levels of translation quality by the year 2029. However, ...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Boeing's Enormous Navy Laser Cannon
An anonymous reader writes "Boeing is working to build a huge, incredibly powerful, soon-to-be-seafaring laser for the US Navy. This free electron laser can produce light of any wavelength (ie, color)...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot AMD Rejects SYSmark Benchmark
Deathspawner writes "In an unusual move, Advanced Micro Devices has issued a press release rejecting its endorsement for the industry recognized benchmark SYSmark 2012. Developed by BAPCo and backed b...
09:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Paying Hacker Extortion
An anonymous reader writes "A friend works as CIO at a medium sized publicly traded company. The company was contacted by a hacking group and told to pay $100,000 to prevent their company from being h...
09:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Google Chrome To Have Real-Time Communications
kai_hiwatari writes "Last month, Google released an open-source project called WebRTC which aims to enables Real-Time Communications capabilities in the web browsers through simple JavaScript APIs. No...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft's SkyDrive Drops Silverlight
mikejuk writes "Microsoft's SkyDrive, a web service that provides cloud storage for end user files, has just acquired a revamped user interface — and it is HTML5 based. Yes, another Microsoft we...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Might iCloud Be a Musical Honeypot?
An anonymous reader writes "Between watermarked MP3 files and matching identical files, iCloud Music Match might wind up being a giant trap for finding owners of illegally copied files should the RIAA...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Man Mines Midtown New York Sidewalks
43-year-old Raffi Stepanian makes money searching New York City streets, but it's not loose change or soda cans he's looking for, it's gold. Stepanian says he can make almost $1000 a week scouring the...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Ships Firefox 5, Meets Rapid-Release Plan
CWmike writes "Mozilla delivered on Tuesday the final version of Firefox 5, the first edition under the new faster-release regime it kicked off earlier this year. The company also patched 10 bugs in F...
06:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Amazon's Cloud Is Full of Holes
itwbennett writes "Amazon's Web Services is so easy to use that customers create virtual machines without following Amazon's 'very detailed' security guidelines, says Thomas Schneider, a postdoctoral ...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Give The Onion a Pulitzer Campaign Gaining Steam
Long before Stewart or Colbert were on TV you could count on The Onion to bring you your daily dose of fake or funny news. After the recent publication of their 1000th issue, a small but growing movem...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot LulzSec Debunks UK Census Hack
Earlier this morning we reported that an arrest had been made relating to the hacker group LulzSec.mask.of.sanity notes "Hacking group LulzSec has poured cloud water on claims that it had stolen UK Ce...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot EFF Stops Accepting Bitcoin, Regifts All Donations
Gendou writes "The EFF issued a statement that it will no longer accept Bitcoin donations, has not used any of the donations, and will transfer all past donations to The Bitcoin Faucet. See also addit...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail
f1vlad writes "A 59-year-old man has been jailed in Gastonia, N.C., on charges of larceny after allegedly robbing an RBC Bank for $1 so he could get health care in prison. Richard James Verone handed ...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Verizon To Drop Unlimited Data Plans In Two Weeks
itwbennett writes "The rumors have converged and now it appears that Verizon will be dropping its unlimited data plans on July 7, says blogger Peter Smith. Droid-Life lists pricing, starting at 2 GB f...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot More Users Are Shunning Facebook
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Blake Snow writes that evidence suggests that a small but increasing number of users — at least in North America, where Facebook use is especially saturated — m...
02:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot ICANN Domain Expansion Could Increase Phishing
Orome1 writes "The ICANN board gave final approval to what some are calling "the most dramatic change to the Internet in four decades" allowing the expansion of new TLDs. Some argue this ICANN initiat...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot LulzSec Suspect Arrested By UK Police
An anonymous reader writes "The UK's Police Computer e-Crime Unit (PCeU) has arrested a 19-year-old man in Wickford, Essex, in connection with the series of LulzSec attacks against organizations inclu...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Biggest Changes In C++11 (and Why You Should Care)
Esther Schindler writes "It's been 13 years since the first iteration of the C++ language. Danny Kalev, a former member of the C++ standards committee, explains how the programming...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Dropbox Password Goof Let Any Password Work For 4 Hours
tekgoblin writes "Dropbox confirmed today that for some time yesterday, any user's account was accessible without a password. The glitch was a programming error related to a code update and accounts w...
10:05 am - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Google To Digitize, Make Available British Library's Historical Holdings
pbahra writes with part of an excellent story at the WSJ: "The British Library today announced its first partnership with Google, under which Google will digitize 250,000 items from the library's vast...
07:05 am - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot 18 Months In Prison For Making iPad 2 Cases
decora writes "Loretta Chao of the The Wall Street Journal reports on three people in China who were sentenced to between 12 and 18 months in prison for a plot to make iPad 2 protective cases before t...
05:05 am - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot PlanetLab Creates a More Advanced Sudo
angry tapir writes "Researchers at the PlanetLab global research network have developed a potential replacement for the widely used Unix sudo tool, called Vsys, that will offer administrators far grea...
02:05 am - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Sound-Based System Promises Chipless Phone Payment
CWmike writes "While near-field communication gradually emerges to turn mobile phones into payment devices, startup Naratte is introducing a system it claims can do roughly the same thing without addi...
01:05 am - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Analog Designer Bob Pease Dies In Car Crash
EdwinFreed writes "It's being widely reported that Bob Pease, well known analog circuit designer and author of Pease Porridge, has died in a car accident. He reportedly was driving alone in his 1969 B...
12:05 am - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot 13-Year-Old Password Security Bug Fixed
arglebargle_xiv writes "In a sign that many eyes don't really make (security) bugs shallow, a thirteen-year-old password-hashing bug that affects (at least) PHP, some Linux distros (Owl, ALT Linux, SU...
12:05 am - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Skype Forcing Mac Users To Upgrade Client
mijkal writes "Nevermind a huge outcry over the iTunes-like behemoth of Skype v5 for Mac. Users with v2.8 are being pushed an update to v5 regardless of update preferences. I even restored v2.8 from T...
12:05 am - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Where Is Firefox OS?
adeelarshad82 writes "Microsoft's very simple yet graceful concept raises a very big question. The way Microsoft is planning out Windows 8, developers will be able to write one HTML 5 app which will r...
12:05 am - Tue, June 21, 2011
Slashdot Robots Draw Faces and Doodle For London Gallery Goers
ptresset writes with a snippet from Wired: "Pop along to the Tenderpixel art space in Soho this month, and you could grab a drawing of your mug, sketched by one of Patrick Tresset's robotic arms. The ...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot FCC Plans To Stop Cell Phone Bill Mystery Fees
GovTechGuy writes "FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said Monday that his agency is going to make it harder for mobile carriers to hit customers with mystery fees on their monthly bills. The practice, k...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Defiance Combines TV Show and MMO
In 2008 we discussed news of an MMO in an early phase of development that sought to merge two different forms of media: TV shows and video games. Now, reader querbeet points out that work on the game ...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot The Ugly State of ARM Support On Linux
jfruhlinger writes "Power-efficient ARM processors are moving up the food chain, to the extent that even Windows will soon see an ARM port. Linux, which has long been cross-platform, should have a lon...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot The Iceman's Last Meal
sciencehabit writes "Less than two hours before he hiked his last steps in the Tyrolean Alps 5000 years ago, Ötzi the Iceman fueled up on a last meal of ibex meat, according to a new study. Armed...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot SCOTUS: Clean Air Act Trumps Emissions Lawsuits
schwit1 writes "The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a global warming lawsuit against five big power companies, its most important environmental ruling since 2007 and a victory for the utilities and t...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot SSLTLS Vulnerability Widely Unpatched
kaiengert writes "In November 2009 a Man-In-the-Middle vulnerability for SSL/TLS/https was made public (CVE-2009-3555), and shortly afterwards demonstrated to be exploitable. In February 2010 research...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Court Case To Test GNU GPL
ciaran_o_riordan writes "Tomorrow, a German court will hear the case of AVM, a distributor of Linux-based routers, which seeks to block Cybits from distributing software that modifies the routers' sof...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Codemasters Shuts Down GRID Online Multiplayer
crookedvulture writes "This is why gamers make such a fuss about being able to host their own dedicated servers. Codemasters has shut down the online multiplayer component of three-year-old racing gam...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Brute-Force Password Cracking With GPUs
An anonymous reader writes "We all know that brute-force attacks with a CPU are slow, but GPUs are another story. Tom's Hardware has an interesting article up on WinZip and WinRAR encryption strength,...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Oracle Thinks Google Owes $6.1 Billion In Damages
An anonymous reader writes "When Oracle acquired Sun in 2009, the company got its hands on a lot of desirable technology. While OpenOffice may have fallen by the wayside, Oracle isn't about to let the...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Soldier Re-Grows Leg Muscle After Experimental Procedure
Marine Isaias Hernandez has been able to grow back most of the missing muscle from his leg, including skeletal muscle, thanks to an experimental treatment involving an injection of a a growth promotin...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Review: Green Lantern
In summers past we've seen big guns like Superman and Spider-man andBatman make big screen appearances, but this summer it's lesser knownheroes like Thor and Green Lantern taking to the big screen wit...
05:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot AP Investigation Concludes US Nuke Regulators Weakening Safety Rules
Raenex writes "An investigation by the Associated Press has found a pattern of safety regulations being relaxed in order to keep aging nuclear power plants running. According to their investigation, w...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Skype Execs Purged On Eve of MS Takeover
jfruhlinger writes "You might think that the executive team that engineered a lucrative buyout for their company would be rewarded. But eight execs from Skype instead found themselves fired just befor...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Best Buy Flexes Legal Muscles Over "Geek"
siliconbits writes "US Electronics retailer Best Buy has been slow but steady in the fight to protect its Geek Squad trademark but some are wondering whether the 800-lbs gorilla of tech retailing sect...
03:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot LulzSec Teams With Anonymous, In Operation AntiSec
c0lo writes "After a brief spat where the notorious Anonymous hacking collective sniped at Lulzsec, the 'upstart' hacking collective, for crowing about low-rent Denial of Service attacks on the CIA an...
02:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Japan's 8-petaflop K Computer Is Fastest On Earth
Stoobalou writes "An eight-petaflop Japanese supercomputer has grabbed the title of fastest computer on earth in the new Top 500 Supercomputing List to be officially unveiled at the International Supe...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot FTC Approves Microsoft's Takeover of Skype
BigCorona writes "The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said that it has approved Microsoft's $8.5 billion cash takeover of voice and video-over-IP provider Skype. Microsoft officially announced its inten...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Bittorrent and uTorrent Sued For Patent Violations
dutchwhizzman writes "Bittorrent and uTorrent are sued for using techniques in their clients and the bittorrent protocol. From the article it appears that technologies are used that were submitted in ...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Turning Memories OnOff With the Flip of a Switch
cylonlover writes "Using electrical probes embedded into the brains of rats, scientists have managed to replicate the brain function associated with long-term behavior and found a way to literally tur...
10:05 am - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Aussie Climate Scientists Receiving Death Threats
An anonymous reader writes "With the Australian parliament beginning the debate on setting a carbon price, climate scientists are reporting an increase in threatening phone calls and even death threat...
07:05 am - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot SpaceX Sues Valador For Defamation
An anonymous reader writes "Looks like aerospace consulting firm Valador tried to bite of more than it can chew. After already having bagged lucrative 'safety review' contracts with SpaceX' competitor...
04:05 am - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot The End of Paper Books
Hugh Pickens writes "Books are on their way to extinction writes Kevin Kelly, adding that we are in a special moment when paper books are plentiful and cheap that will not last beyond the end of this ...
02:05 am - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot Building a Gary Gygax Memorial
An anonymous reader writes "It looks like approval to build a memorial to E. Gary Gygax has been granted in Lake Geneva City. The Gygax Memorial Fund is still taking donations for the memorial that ma...
01:05 am - Mon, June 20, 2011
Slashdot The End of Cheap Labor In China
hackingbear writes "In the past decade, real wages for manufacturing workers in China have grown nearly 12% per year. The hourly cost advantage, while still significant [comparing to the West], is shr...
11:05 pm - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot Bitcoin Price Crashes
Beardydog writes "Bitcoin trading site MtGox.com has suspended operations for the rest of the day after illicit access to at least one account resulted in a steep drop in the price of Bitcoins on the ...
10:05 pm - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot LulzSec Offers to Take Revenge On Sega Hackers
An anonymous reader writes "Sega Corp joins the ranks of video game companies to be hacked in recent time with one small twist, it seems LulzSec was not behind this one. They reached to Sega's officia...
09:05 pm - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot Life As a Bug Hunter
An anonymous reader writes "Bug Hunter Aaron Portnoy claims to have earned $60K in 3 months as a bug hunter when he was 19-years-old. Pretty impressive. Tighter company budgets and increased pressure ...
07:05 pm - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Tests a Home-Delivery Service For Groceries
destinyland writes "Amazon.com is quietly trying to resurrect the failed business models of WebVan and HomeGrocer — two dotcoms which had offered home delivery of fresh groceries — with a ...
06:05 pm - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot NY Post Goes App-Only For iPad Users
bfwebster writes "Browsing the web this morning, I discovered that the New York Post is blocking iPad users from reading its website via Safari. Instead, iPad users must download and use the NY Post A...
05:05 pm - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot Will Capped Data Plans Kill the Cloud?
theodp writes "With the introduction of its Chromebook, Google is betting big on the Cloud. As is Apple, with its iCloud initiative. So too are Netflix and Skype. Unfortunately, their very existence i...
03:05 pm - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot Feds Recruiting ISPs To Combat Cyber Threats
ygslash writes "The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have established a pilot program with leading private defense contractors and ISPs called DIB Cyber Pilot...
02:05 pm - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot FTC Approves Microsofts Takeover of Skype
BigCorona writes "The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said that it has approved Microsoft's $8.5 billion cash takeover of voice and video-over-IP provider Skype. Microsoft officially announced its inten...
01:05 pm - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot High Tech Elder Care May Be Mixed Blessing
Hugh Pickens writes "Gerontologists say 'aging in place' vastly improves the quality of life for seniors, and is a lot cheaper for society than group homes and institutions. The trick is to do so with...
10:05 am - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot Electronic Health Records Now In All US Military Hospitals
smitty777 writes "Information Week is reporting on the inclusion of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in all US military hospitals. This is significant in that it allows the sharing of patient informat...
07:05 am - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot Xiph.org Comments For the FTC's Patents Workshop
Freddybear writes "Xiph.org, makers of ogg audio and theora video codecs, submitted a detailed proposal to the FTC for the patents workshop. Their proposal recommends changes which would help to elimi...
04:05 am - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot Infertile Daughter To Receive Uterus From Mother
kkleiner writes "Led by Dr. Mats Brännström, a team of surgeons at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden are giving Sara Ottosson, now 25 years old, hope that she may one day fulfill her dr...
01:05 am - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot Military Drone Attacks Are Not 'Hostile'
sanzibar writes "Not satisfied with the legal conclusion of the DOJ, the Obama administration found other in-house lawyers willing to declare a bomb dropped from a drone is not 'hostile'. The strange ...
12:05 am - Sun, June 19, 2011
Slashdot Online Poker Legalization Bill Coming Next Week
GovTechGuy writes "Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) could introduce his bill to legalize online poker as soon as next week. The bill would legalize the game in all 50 states, but sites could only be set up i...
11:05 pm - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot Weather Satellites Lose Funding
ianare writes "Federal budget cuts are threatening to leave the US without some critical satellites, and that could mean less accurate warnings about events like tornadoes and blizzards. In particular...
10:05 pm - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot Kilobots — Cheap Swarm Robots Out of Harvard
An anonymous reader writes with news of a research project at Harvard into controlling large swarms of small robots. This article describes what they call Kilobots. (Which, for clarity's sake, have no...
08:05 pm - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot New Imaging Technique Helps Explain Unconsciousness
smitty777 writes "A new imaging technique called fEITER (for functional Electrical Impedance Tomography by Evoked Response) attempts to explain the process of slipping into unconsciousness. The fEITER...
07:05 pm - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot US Warns of Problems In Chinese SCADA Software
alphadogg writes "Two vulnerabilities found in industrial control system software made in China but used worldwide could be remotely exploited by attackers, according to a warning issued on Thursday (...
06:05 pm - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot NanoNote Goes Wireless
dvdkhlng writes "Even though completely copyleft, the NanoNote hand-held platform failed to get the attention of many due to its low specs and the lack of wireless connectivity. The objective to keep ...
05:05 pm - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot First Exploit On Quantum Cryptography Confirmed
Vadim Makarov writes "Physics World reports on researchers demonstrating a full eavesdropper on a quantum key distribution link. Unlike conventional exploits for security vulnerabilities that are ofte...
03:05 pm - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot Judges Berate Spammer For 'Incompetent' Litigation
An anonymous reader writes "Joseph Kish, attorney for alleged serial spamming firm e360, must have known he was in trouble when Judge Richard A. Posner interrupted him seconds into his opening stateme...
02:05 pm - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot US Pressing Its Crackdown Against Leaks
NotSanguine writes with this quote from a NY Times article: "The Justice Department shows no sign of rethinking its campaign to punish unauthorized disclosures to the news media, with five criminal ca...
02:05 pm - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot Huawei Calls Charge of Unfair Government Help 'Hogwash'
itwbennett writes "Huawei's $30 billion credit line from the Chinese Development Bank gives it an unfair advantage over rivals, said U.S. Export-Import Bank Chairman and President Fred Hochberg in a s...
01:05 pm - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot Osage Oppose Wind Power At Tallgrass Prairie
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Tulsa World reports that Principal Chief John D. Red Eagle of the Osage Nation says the tribe, although not opposed to alternative energy development in general, has fo...
12:05 pm - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot After 7 Years, MyDoom Worm Is Still Spreading
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Sophos have revealed that the MyDoom worm, which spread via email and launched denial-of-service attacks against websites belonging to SCO and Microsoft, is ...
09:05 am - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot Teen Builds Nuclear Bomb Detector
DaneM writes "An enterprising teenage boy named Taylor Wilson, 17, has created a homemade, hand-held nuclear bomb detector. It utilizes a small fusion reactor that he made when he was 14, and detects ...
08:05 am - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot Iran Plans To Put a Monkey Into Space
arisvega writes "Iran plans to send a live monkey into space in the summer, the country's top space official said after the launch of the Rassad-1 satellite, state television reported on its website o...
06:05 am - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot United Airlines Passengers Stranded By Computer Outage
From reader Peter McDermott comes word of a computer outage with effects to dwarf those of the one that stranded thousands of US Airways passengers last week. This time, it's United Airlines' systems ...
03:05 am - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot History of Software Forks Favors LibreOffice
jfruhlinger writes "The forking of LibreOffice from the OpenOffice.org project, followed by Oracle's donation of OpenOffice.org to the Apache Software Foundation, has been something of a bumpy road. B...
02:05 am - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot Galaxy Tab 10.1 Judged 'No Match For iPad'
tripleevenfall writes "Clayton Morris reviews the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and finds it lacking, especially at the $400 price point, saying 'I can't in good conscience tell you to go out and spend $400 on thi...
01:05 am - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot Software Patent Reform Happening Now
Jim Hall writes "Many of us in IT recognize that software patents are a bad idea — you can patent just about anything if you put "on a computer" at the end of it. But now we can finally do somet...
12:05 am - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot Political Robocallers Indicted In Maryland
sanzibar writes with a llnk to Politico with an object lesson for modern political campaigners: don't harass the electorate with unwanted robocalls. "Ehrlich campaign manager Paul Schurick and Baltimo...
12:05 am - Sat, June 18, 2011
Slashdot IBM Did Not Invent the Personal Computer
theodp writes "As IBM gives itself a self-congratulatory pat on the back as it celebrates its 100th anniversary, Robert X. Cringely wants to set the record straight: 'IBM didn't invent the personal co...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot The 8-Bit Computer That's Been Built By Hand
nk497 writes "Forget snapping a few components into a motherboard — programming enthusiast Jack Eisenmann has made his own PC from scratch. His Duo Adept, as he's named it, features 64KB of main...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot RIM Struggles Continue
dave562 writes with news of continued difficulties for Research in Motion, who yesterday announced a drop in profits, product delays and layoffs, causing their stock to plunge over 20%. "Why did RIM e...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Redbox Brings Video Game Rentals To Vending Machines
For several years, Redbox has been in the business of renting movies through vending machines. Now, they've expanded the service to include video games for the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3."Redbox...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Design Memory-Strengthening Implant
Antipater writes "Researchers at Wake Forest University have created a brain implant that can imitate signals through the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory retention. Rats impl...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot ICANN To Allow .brandname Top-Level Domains
AndyAndyAndyAndy sends in this excerpt from a Reuters report: "Brand owners will soon be able to operate their own parts of the Web — such as .apple, .coke or .marlboro — if the biggest sh...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Massive Black Hole Devours Star
H3xx writes "Astronomers have observed a black hole shredding a star and sending a powerful beam of energy toward Earth. When it was first observed on March 28th by the Swift spacecraft, it was though...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Are 'Nudging Technologies' Ethical?
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers are debating the ethics of so-called 'nudging technologies' — ambient technology systems designed to shape or influence human behavior, such as an install...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft, Google, Twitter Debate HTML5
jbrodkin writes "The annual USENIX conference featured an all-star lineup of engineers from Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Flipboard debating whether HTML5 is the 'holy grail' for building next-genera...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot JavaScript Decoder Plays MP3s Without Flash
An anonymous reader writes "The introduction of HTML5 and super-fast JavaScript engines to the latest web browsers has brought with it a wealth of new functionality. The focus seems to have been put o...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot GM Patents Data Mining Method For Refining the Chevy Volt
An anonymous reader writes "A patent application published yesterday may show an important tool that GM is using to refine future models of the Volt and especially the future size of the Volt's batter...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot The Government's Gadget Habit
sanzibar writes "The Federal procurement database reveals millions of dollars are being spent on gadgets. Over the past 10 years, the US government has spent $117 million on BlackBerries (including se...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot No, We're Not Headed For a New Ice Age
purkinje writes "Unusual calm in the solar cycle — called a solar activity minimum — has sparked claims that the Sun will cool the Earth, leading us into a new ice age. While Europe did ex...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot 'Dead Media' Never Really Die
joabj writes "A streaming music service was available 100 years ago by telephone, through the Teleharmonium. A primitive version of Photoshopping was possible with Black Mirrors in the 18th century. W...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot The Average Human Has 60 New Genetic Mutations
mcgrew pointed out a story about a new study that found the average person is born with 60 genetic mutations, very few of which involve weather manipulation or an amazing healing factor. This number w...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Spammers Discover Kindle Self-Publishing
innocent_white_lamb writes "Make it easy to self-publish books and the spammers will be right along too. Amazon's Kindle marketplace has been deluged by low-quality 'books' selling for 99 cents each. ...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Trojan Goes After Bitcoins
Orome1 writes "Bitcoin has definitely caught the attention of criminals. Even though it has been calculated that the use of botnets for Bitcoin mining is still not quite as lucrative as renting them o...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT
jfruhlinger writes "Cloud services can be unreliable and pricey, and they often duplicate capabilities larger companies already have in-house. So why do many managers within organizations use them?...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Old Worm Digs New Dirt At Pentagon
ColdWetDog writes "Remember the Agent.BTZ worm that caused significant problems at military installations back in 2008? Now, three years after what the Pentagon called the most significant breach ...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Brands WebGL a 'Harmful' Technology
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has announced that it has no plans to support WebGL — a cross-platform low-level 3D graphics API designed for web use — in its future browsers, citing...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot US Senate Votes For Repeal of Ethanol Subsidies
T Murphy writes "Although the measure is not expected to become law, a Senate vote 73-27 in favor of repealing ethanol subsidies and tariffs means a lot for future legislation. The White House stands ...
11:05 am - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Japan Criminalizes Virus Creation
camperslo writes with this excerpt from mainichi.jp: "Japan's parliament enacted legislation Friday criminalizing the creation or distribution of computer viruses to crack down on the growing problem ...
09:05 am - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot AMD Fusion System Architecture Detailed
Vigile writes "At the first AMD Fusion Developer Summit near Seattle this week, AMD revealed quite a bit of information about its next-generation GPU architecture and the eventual goals it has for the...
07:05 am - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Idle: New Species Named For SpongeBob SquarePants
An anonymous reader writes "Sing it with us: What lives in the rainforest, under a tree? Spongiforma squarepantsii, a new species of mushroom almost as strange as its cartoon namesake. Scientists ...
06:05 am - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Indication of Neutrino Transformation Observed
AmiMoJo writes "A Japanese research group says it has observed for the first time an indication that a type of neutrino can change into another type. The group generated a large amount of neutrinos at...
03:05 am - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Legislature Conducts Large Online Vote
hackingbear writes "In a bid to reform the tax law and raise person tax exemption to 3000 Yuan per month (or about US$5000 per year,) from 2000 Yuan per month, the Chinese legislature has conducted a ...
01:05 am - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Using Crowdsourcing To Identify Vancouver Rioters
Fudge Factor 3000 writes "The Canucks' loss of the final game of the Stanley Cup resulted in complete mayhem in downtown Vancouver. Everything from upturned cars set alight to looting was common place...
12:05 am - Fri, June 17, 2011
Slashdot Iowa Rejects Video Privacy Protection For Cows
Hugh Pickens writes "The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that an effort to outlaw the undercover recording of animal abuse in livestock operations appears to have stalled in Iowa after previously f...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Vivek Kundra Quits As Federal CIO
CWmike writes "The first person ever appointed as the CIO of the federal government, Vivek Kundra, is resigning after two and a half years on the job, the White House said Thursday. There was no hint ...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot New Android Malware Attacks Custom ROMs
drmacinyasha writes "Today Lookout disclosed a new form of Android malware found in Chinese markets which attacks third-party firmwares (ROMs). By using permissions granted to apps which are signed wi...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot British Student Faces Extradition To US Over Copyright
An anonymous reader writes "A 23-year-old British computer student faces possible extradition to the U.S. for linking to copyrighted content on his website. The student, Richard O'Dwyer, was accused o...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Tools For Linux Disk Encryption and Integrity?
An anonymous reader writes "I have been using Gentoo Linux for a long time now and have always been satisfied with one of its many disk encryption tools: cryptsetup (dm-crypt and LUKS). However, I rec...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot What LulzSec Logins Reveal About Bookworms, and Passwords
Barence writes "Today the hacking group LulzSec posted 62,000 hacked email usernames and passwords online. PC Pro's Darien Graham-Smith has analysed the passwords stolen — which are believed to ...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Sunlight Foundation Announces 'Sarah's Inbox'
Eponymous Hero writes "In a sequel to elenasinbox.com, the publicly released emails of Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan, Sunlight Foundation has unveiled sarahsinbox.com to offer you easy access and ...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Kinect SDK For Windows
soricon writes "Microsoft made good on its promise to release an official Kinect SDK for Windows, opening the door for multiple educational, research and enthusiasts groups to create new and innovativ...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot 11 Pathogens Pose Big Security Risk For Research
sciencehabit writes "A United States federal panel of scientists and security experts has identified 11 microorganisms that it wants designated as Tier 1 select agents, a new category of biological ag...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Following the Money In Cybercrime
jbrodkin writes "Five dollars for control over 1,000 compromised email accounts. Eight dollars for a distributed denial-of-service attack that takes down a website for an hour. And just a buck to solv...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?
garry_g writes "While 'the cloud' may be one of the major buzzwords of the Internet industry, anybody concerned with security and privacy will most likely not touch it with a 10-foot pole. While I am ...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Apple Patents Tech to Stop iPhones Filming in Venues
An anonymous reader writes "A patent application filed by Apple, and obtained by the Times, reveals how the software would work. If a person were to hold up their iPhone, the device would trigger the ...
04:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot China Building World's Biggest Radio Telescope
Zothecula writes "Since its completion in 1963, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, with a diameter of 305 m (1,000 ft) and a collecting area of 73,000 square meters (790,000 sq ft), has been the ...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Taking On Apple?
oDDmON oUT writes "Techcrunch has a piece about Facebook's Project Spartan, which aims to deliver app store functionality through the use of HTML5 in the iOS Safari browser. Given Facebook's shifting ...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Treasure Hunter Wants To Find Bin Laden's Body With ROV
Kittenman writes "Slate is carrying some details of how eccentric treasure hunter Bill Warren is proposing looking for the body of Osama Bin Laden in the Arabian sea. He plans on using sonar, and a re...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot IBM Turns 100
adeelarshad82 writes "On this day in 1911, IBM started as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (C-T-R). It wasn't until 1924 that the company changed their name to IBM. Needless to say that a 10...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Linus' Other Gift to the World
Glyn Moody writes "Linus is widely recognised for initiating two major developments: Linux and Git (it's an interesting discussion which of the two in the long term will be regarded as more important)...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot $500,000 Worth of Bitcoins Stolen
olsmeister writes "A Bitcoin user allegedly has had $500,000 worth of Bitcoins stolen from him. A hacker supposedly gained access to the user's home computer and managed to get the user's wallet.dat f...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot ADP Experiences Security Breach
wiredmikey writes "HR and Payroll outsourcing giant Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) experienced a system intrusion, the company announced Wednesday. ADP said it was investigating and taking meas...
10:05 am - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot HP Sues Oracle For Dropping Itanium Support
Fudge Factor 3000 writes "HP is suing Oracle for a breach of contract, claiming that Oracle was contractually obliged to continue supporting the Itanium architecture, which they recently nixed support...
09:05 am - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Wii U Faster Than 360 Or PS3, No Blu-ray Or DVD Support
jdkramar was one of several readers to write with news of the Wii U hardware information that's been trickling out since E3. The new console will run a multicore IBM processor based on 45nm architectu...
08:05 am - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Iceland Taps Facebook To Rewrite Its Constitution
An anonymous reader writes "Iceland is finally overhauling its constitution, and it has turned to the Internet to get input from citizens. More specifically, the 25-member council drafting the new con...
07:05 am - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot New Technique To Help Develop MMORPG Content?
ShipLives writes "Researchers have developed a new method that can predict MMORPG player behavior. The tool could be used by the game industry to develop new game content, or to help steer players to ...
05:05 am - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot British Tax System Uses Web Robots To Find Cheats
judgecorp writes "HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is extending its campaign against tax cheats with the news that it will use web robots to trawl cyberspace. The system will check eBay and Google to i...
03:05 am - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Demos C++ AMP At AMD Developers Summit
MojoKid writes "The second day of the AMD Fusion Developer Summit began with a keynote from Microsoft's Herb Sutter, Principal Architect, Native Languages and resident C++ guru. The gist of ...
01:05 am - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot Adobe Patches Second Flash Zero-Day In 9 Days
CWmike writes "For the second time in nine days, Adobe has patched a critical vulnerability in Flash Player that hackers were already exploiting, Computerworld's Gregg Keizer reports. Adobe also updat...
12:05 am - Thu, June 16, 2011
Slashdot China Begins To Extend High Speed Rail Across Asia
MikeChino writes "Last year we learned that China planned to expand its high-speed rail network all the way to Europe and now the nation has launched the first step of the project with plans to extend...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Japanese Scientist Creates Meat Substitute From Sewage
An anonymous reader writes "Hold on to your hamburgers — Japanese scientist Mitsyuki Ikeda at the Environmental Assessment Center in Okayama has invented an artificial meat substitute made from ...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Organized Crime Cleaning Up With Nuclear Waste
mdsolar writes "The Mafia has been involved with waste disposal for forever but they seem to be getting very interested in nuclear waste disposal these days. In Europe they scuttle ships containing nu...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot LulzSec Phone-Bombs FBI and Blizzard
Revotron writes "Anonymous hacker group LulzSec has begun to harness the power of the crowd in their latest griefing attempts. After a day of numerous DDoS attacks on a handful of famous MMOs, LulzSec...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot FTC Okays Social Media Background Check Company
nonprofiteer writes "The FTC has dropped its investigation of a new company that runs social media background checks and ongoing Internet/social media monitoring of employees, determining its complian...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot US Pays $2B To Develop Concentrating Solar Power Projects
coondoggie writes "The US Department of Energy today said it was conditionally committing $2 billion to develop two concentrating solar power projects that it says will offer 500 megawatts of power co...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Franken Bill Would Protect Consumers Location Data
GovTechGuy writes "Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) unveiled a new bill on Wednesday that would require firms like Apple and Google to obtain consent from consumers before collecting or sharing their smartph...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Senate Bill Could Make It Illegal To Upload Lip-Synced Videos
An anonymous reader writes "According to Copyright lawyer Ben Sidbury, Senate bill 978 could make it a criminal act for someone to lip sync to a song and post the said video on Youtube, even if credit...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot More Malware-Infected Apps Found In Android Market
Trailrunner7 writes "For the third time in the last few months, Google has had to remove a slew of malware-infected apps from the Android Market and suspend some publishers. Ten Android apps in the Of...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Drupal Web Services
Michael J. Ross writes "In the evolution of the Web, one of the most significant improvements was the general transition from static websites based only upon HTML, to dynamic websites based upon scrip...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Senator Releases First Senate Mobile App
GovTechGuy writes "Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) released an official application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, making him the first Senator to offer an official mobile application. The Chamblis...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Google and Slooh To Broadcast Lunar Eclipse
An anonymous reader writes "Today Google and Slooh, the online Space Camera, are broadcasting a live online feed of the total lunar eclipse starting at 2:00 PM EDT. The live feed can be accessed at Sl...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Righthaven Loses
A month ago we noted that the legal system had put Righthaven on hold, but nowredwolfe7707 noted that "A federal judge in Nevada says a Las Vegas law firm targeting unauthorized content on the Interne...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Libyan Rebels Weaponize Power Wheels Toys
Danny Rathjens pointed out a story about the DIY weapons created by Libyan rebels. One of the more interesting is a machine gun drone created from a Power Wheels-style ATV. Rebels outfit the toys with...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot EU Ministers Seek To Ban Creation of Hacking Tools
alphadogg writes "Justice Ministers across Europe want to make the creation of 'hacking tools' a criminal offense, but critics have hit back at the plans, saying that they are unworkable. Ministers fr...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Is This the Golden Age of Hacking?
Barence writes "With a seemingly continuous wave of attacks hitting the public and commercial sectors, there has never been a more prodigious period for hackers, argues PC Pro. What has led to the sud...
02:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot McAfee CSO Issues Warning On the 'New Cold War'
angry tapir writes "The Cold War between the USA and the USSR may have ended in 1991, but a new conflict involving the same enemies has emerged on the digital frontier, according to McAfee's US chief ...
02:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness
An anonymous reader writes "Lots of people have suggested there's a loophole in Apple's new iCloud that will allow people who illegally download music to somehow 'launder' their dirty music files, get...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Reason Seen More As a Weapon Than a Path To Truth
mdsolar writes with this excerpt from the NY Times:"For centuries thinkers have assumed that the uniquely human capacity for reasoning has existed to let people reach beyond mere perception and reflex...
11:05 am - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot PC Gaming's 10 Commandments
An anonymous reader tips a Tech Report article laying out ten sacred conventions of PC gaming. Quoting:"VI. Keep thine configurations options exposed. PC gamers are used to being able to configure thi...
10:05 am - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Obama: 'We Don't Have Enough Engineers'
dcblogs writes "President Obama wants to boost engineering graduation rates by 10,000 a year. In 2009, the US produced 126,194 engineering graduates for bachelor's and master's degrees and for Ph.D.s....
08:05 am - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Steam Now Offering Free-To-Play Games
donniebaseball23 writes "Valve's digital Steam service is going strong with 30 million active accounts, and now the developer has further boosted its offerings by adding free-to-play titles. Steam is ...
07:05 am - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot C++ the Clear Winner In Google's Language Performance Tests
Paul Dubuc writes "Google has released a research paper (PDF) that suggests C++ is the best-performing language on the market. It's not for everyone, though. They write, '...it also required...
05:05 am - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot Phishers Hone Skills, Craft More Impressive Attacks
CWmike writes "Recent break-ins at high-profile targets like the International Monetary Fund demonstrate just how proficient hackers have become at so-called spear phishing, researchers said on Tuesda...
03:05 am - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot 15-Year-Old Sells Startup To ActiveState
jcasman writes "Some entrepreneurs wait a lifetime to experience the thrill of selling their startup companies. Daniil Kulchenko, a Seattle area high school student, accomplished that milestone at the...
01:05 am - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot The Most Common iPhone Passcodes
Orome1 writes "The problem of poor passwords is not confined to computer use, and that fact was illustrated by an app developer who has added code to capture user passcodes to one of its applications....
12:05 am - Wed, June 15, 2011
Slashdot China Blocks Web Searches About Protests
itwbennett writes "China is blocking searches on Google and microblogs for Zengcheng, a city in the country's Guangdong province, where protests have erupted against local authorities. The move is par...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Programming Is Heading Back To School
the agent man writes "Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are exploring what it takes to systematically get programming back to public schools. They have created a game-design-based c...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot How Citigroup Hackers Easily Gained Access
Endoflow2010 writes "Hackers who stole the personal details of more than 200,000 Citigroup customers 'broke in through the front door' using an extremely simple technique. It has been called 'one of t...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Big Drop In Solar Activity Could Cool Earth
coondoggie writes "Scientists say the Sun, which roils with flares and electromagnetic energy every 11 years or so, could go into virtual hibernation after the current cycle of high activity, reducing...
09:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Google Launches Search By Image
kai_hiwatari writes "At the Inside Search event being held at San Francisco, Google has announced a new addition to its search features — Search by Image. The Search by Image feature is somethin...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Terry Pratchett Considers Assisted Suicide
cHALiTO writes "Beloved science fiction and fantasy writer Terry Pratchett has terminal early-onset Alzheimer's. He's determined to have the option of choosing the time and place of his death, rather ...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Unlocked iPhones in US For $649
Endoflow2010 writes "Apple on Tuesday started selling an unlocked version of its iPhone 4, starting at $649. A 16GB unlocked iPhone 4 will set you back $649, while a 32GB version is selling for $749. ...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot EVE Online Targeted By LulzSec
lordsilence writes "It seems LulzSec is now targeting CCP Games Eve Online with a denial of service attack. The extent of this attack is yet not known but the game cluster and EVEOnline.com website ar...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Metasploit Launches Exploit Bounty Program
Trailrunner7 writes "The team behind the Metasploit Project is launching its own version of a bug bounty program: cash payouts for working exploits. The group is hoping to get exploit code for as many...
06:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Steve Jobs: the Comic Book
An anonymous reader writes "Steve Jobs' life and career is to be imortalised in a comic book biography. "Steve Jobs: Co-Founder of Apple" appears to describe his life from birth to the current day. Jo...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Google Should Be Logging In To Facebook
Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes"Facebook indirectly accused Google of creating dummy accounts to log in and spider information from their site, and Google denied the charge. But ...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Malaysian Gov't Spends $600,000 On 6 Facebook Pages
gizmodolt writes "The entrenched Malaysian governing party, Barisan Nasional, has spent almost $600,000 on six Facebook pages promoting tourism in the country. This has sparked criticism from oppositi...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin
"Bitcoin," says the project's website, "is a peer-to-peer currency. Peer-to-peer means that no central authority issues new money or tracks transactions." Wikipedia offers a readable explanation of th...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Gran Turismo Gamer Takes Second In Class In World-Renowned Race
dotarray writes "If your parents tell you that playing video games will never get you anywhere, point them in the direction of Lucas Ordoñez. Three years ago, Lucas heard about a competition for ...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Italy Votes To Abandon Nuclear Power
ElementOfDestruction writes "Italy has joined Germany in halting the production of energy from atomic power generation. This differs from Germany in that the Italian decision was made by a public vote...
02:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever
Kethinov writes "Ars Technica writes one of their most negative reviews of a game in a long time referring to Duke Nukem Forever as "barely playable" and "one of the worst games from a major studio in...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Apple Agrees To Pay Licensing Fees To Nokia
dkd903 writes "After almost two years of litigation of Nokia and Apple suing and counter suing each other, the patent war between the two companies has come to an end. The winner out of this settlemen...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Federally-Mandated Medical Coding Gums Up IT Ops
Lucas123 writes "The change over from a medical coding system in use since the 1970s to an updated version that adds more than 50,000 new 7-character codes is being compared to Y2K as an IT project th...
10:05 am - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Adobe's CTO Pitches 'Apps Near You' Concept
angry tapir writes "Next-generation applications will be location-specific, offering users information and features related to where they are at any given moment, Adobe Systems CTO Kevin Lynch, said a...
08:05 am - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot JavaScript Gameboy Color Emulator
Prosthetic_Lips writes "A programmer named Grant Galitz has released a GameBoy Color emulator written in HTML5/JavaScript, and it will run ROM images stored locally. What's amazing is that it runs the...
07:05 am - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Spying Devices Installed On Hong Kong Cars
jjp9999 writes "Spying devices disguised as electronic border cards have been secretly installed on thousands of Hong Kong vehicles by Chinese authorities, according to a Hong Kong newspaper. A transl...
04:05 am - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot WSJ and Al-Jazeera Lure Whistleblowers
jjoelc writes "The success of Wikileaks in obtaining and releasing information has inspired mainstream media outlets to develop proprietary copycat sites. Al-Jazeera got into the act first, launching ...
01:05 am - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?
MouseR writes "It seems we can't rely on software, in particular Web site editing software, to exist for the long haul. Every time I rely on something, it takes only a couple of years before it gets t...
12:05 am - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Mac OS X Lion Has a Browser-Only Mode
dkd903 writes "It turns out that there is a feature in OS X Lion which no one expected and was never announced at WWDC. The feature we are talking about is 'Restart to Safari.' As you might have guess...
12:05 am - Tue, June 14, 2011
Slashdot Shuttleworth: Chrome Nearly Replaced FF In Ubuntu
jbrodkin writes "Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth is a big fan of Google Chrome, and says the browser could replace the standard Firefox in future versions of Ubuntu Linux. 'We looked at it closely...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot LulzSec Hacks the US Senate
jfruhlinger writes "LulzSec might not be as famous as Anonymous — they're really best known for hacking sites they like, to prove a point about security — but they may have just raised the...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Nissan LEAF Leaks Speed & Location To RSS Feed
thecarchik writes "An intrepid tinkerer has discovered yet another security issue with the Nissan Leaf: it could be revealing your location and speed to websites around the globe. The issue stems from...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Notch Announces Minecraft 'Adventure Update'
jjp9999 writes "Notch announced that Minecraft 1.7 will include the long-awaited 'Adventure Update.' In an E3 roundup on his blog, Notch wrote, 'The idea with this update is to flesh out the game a bi...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot First Challenge To US Domain Seizures Filed
An anonymous reader writes "You may recall that the US government, mainly through Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division (ICE) has been seizing domain names over the past yea...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Google's Android Ambitions Go Beyond Mobile
PolygamousRanchKid writes "Android has become the top smartphone operating system in the United States, but Google's ambitions for it go well beyond tablet computers and smartphones, even beyond the m...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Legislation In the Works To Require Companies To Report Privacy Breaches
An anonymous reader writes with news that a bill is being drafted by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Cal) that would make it mandatory for companies to notify the government within 48 hours of discovering a da...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Devs Worried Microsoft Will Dump .NET
joelholdsworth passes along a story summing up concerns from developers that "Microsoft seems to be set on adopting HTML5 and JavaScript as its main application development tools for Windows 8," and a...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Studying the Impact of Lost Shipping Containers
swellconvivialguy writes "Looking at a picture of the world's largest container ship, it's easy to visualize how 10,000 containers fall overboard from these vessels every year. Scientists from the Mon...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: The Clean Coder
CoryFoy writes "As someone who has been closely involved in both the 'agile software' movement as well as the 'Software Craftsmanship' movement, I have been following the work of Robert Martin for som...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Ubiquitous Computing Gadget To Teach Coding
An anonymous reader writes "A distance learning university in the UK has revamped its IT curriculum to attract more students — the biggest change is that budding coders will get a chunk of hardw...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Wisconsin Public Internet Struggles Against Telecom, Legislature
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from Ars Technica:"The University of Wisconsin's Internet technology division and a crucial provider of 'Net access for Wisconsin's educational system are ...
05:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot New FBI Operations Manual Increases Surveillance
betterunixthanunix writes "The New York Times is reporting that the new FBI operations manual suggests a broad increase in surveillance. Denoted the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, the m...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot EG8 Publishes Report In Noninteractive, Nonquotable Format
pbahra writes "You could not come up with a better illustration of the clash of cultures that was the eG8 than the post-forum report. Was the output of the two-day gathering in Paris published on a we...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Inside Amazon's Data Centers
1sockchuck writes "Amazon Web Services usually doesn't say much about the data centers powering its cloud computing platform. But last week the company held a technology open house to discuss the comp...
03:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot John Linnell of They Might Be Giants Talks Tech
harrymcc writes "We've published Benj Edwards' wide-ranging interview with John Linnell, one half of the 30-year musical partnership known as They Might Be Giants. He talks about his life as a technol...
02:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Biological Lasers
MancunianMaskMan writes "Sharks in the seas all around the world are interested in this story,though the less scientifically-minded will read the summary on the beeb web site about laser light produce...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot AI Takes On Pac-Man
mikejuk writes "AI takes on Pac-Man — well in fact it plays both sides! An annual competition challenges participants to write Java programs to control Pac-Man or the ghosts! It might not be che...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Fermi Lab's New Particle Discovery in Question
"Back in April physicists at Fermi Labs speculated that they may have discovered a new force or particle. But now another team has analyzed data from the collider and come to the exact opposite conclu...
10:05 am - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Hackers Expose 26,000 Sex Website Passwords
An anonymous reader writes "Passwords and email addresses of almost 26,000 members of adult website Pron.com have been released on the internet by the notorious hacking group LulzSec. To add to the vi...
07:05 am - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Turkish Police Nab 32 Suspects Tied To Anonymous
wiredmikey writes "Following the arrest of three alleged 'Anonymous' members by Spanish authorities on Friday, Turkey's state-run news agency has reported that police have detained 32 individuals alle...
04:05 am - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot How Journalists Data-Mined the Wikileaks Docs
meckdevil writes "Associated Press developer-journalist extraordinaire Jonathan Stray gives a brilliant explanation of the use of data-mining strategies to winnow and wring journalistic sense out of m...
01:05 am - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot White House To Announce IT-Powered Smart Grid
FizzaNawaz writes "On Monday, the Obama administration is preparing announce the next steps that the US will take to build its 21st century electric grid, and IT is expected to play a big part in the ...
12:05 am - Mon, June 13, 2011
Slashdot Apple Store Employee Attempts To Form Union
An anonymous reader writes "Cory Moll, a part-time employee at an Apple store in San Francisco, is attempting unionize Apple store employees. The Apple Retail Workers Union is an attempt to fight for ...
10:05 pm - Sun, June 12, 2011
Slashdot Comcast Offering Home Security Bundle
vaporland writes "Bloomberg reports that media giant Comcast has begun offering home security bundles with cable or phone service in selected markets. From the article: 'The Philadelphia-based company...
09:05 pm - Sun, June 12, 2011
Slashdot France To Launch a National Patent Troll
zoobab writes "France is creating a state sponsored patent fund, FranceBrevets, which primary focus will be to sponsor, acquire and license patents in the ICT (read software patents) sector. The paten...
07:05 pm - Sun, June 12, 2011
Slashdot Apple Sued Over Use of iCloud Name
tekgoblin writes "iCloud Communications is suing Apple for the use of the iCloud name which they have the rights to. According to the lawsuit: 'The goods and services with which Apple intends to use t...
06:05 pm - Sun, June 12, 2011
Slashdot US Funding Stealth Internets to Circumvent Repressive Regimes
snydeq writes "The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy 'shadow' Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence...
04:05 pm - Sun, June 12, 2011
Slashdot Why Doesn't 'Google Kids' Exist?
theodp writes "Slate's Michael Agger wishes there was a website his 6-year-old son could visit on his own to watch amateur Star Wars Lego movies and other stuff he's curious about. 'But I don't leave ...
03:05 pm - Sun, June 12, 2011
Slashdot Could PayPal Be an In-Store Option?
daria42 writes "PayPal has long been one of the most-used payments option on the Internet; its history serving eBay's millions of users has now expanded into a wider remit across many e-commerce sites...
01:05 pm - Sun, June 12, 2011
Slashdot The Internet Is Killing Local News, Says the FCC
Art3x writes "The rise of the Internet has led to a 'shortage of local, professional, accountability reporting' (Here's the AP's version) says a a 475-page report by the FCC, and the consequences coul...
11:05 am - Sun, June 12, 2011
Slashdot NASA's Aquarius Launched To Help Map the Oceans' Salt
oxide7 writes "NASA launched a satellite featuring an brand-new instrument which will be able to measure the saltiness of Earth's oceans. Data from the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft will help scientists u...
08:05 am - Sun, June 12, 2011
Slashdot International Monetary Fund Hit By Cyber Attack
DotNM writes "CityNews and other media outlets are reporting that the International Monetary Fund has been hit by a 'cyber attack.' They are withholding most of the details; however, it is known that ...
06:05 am - Sun, June 12, 2011
Slashdot Tom's Hardware Dissects Ubuntu 11.4's Interface and Performance
An anonymous reader links to an exhaustive look at the latest Ubuntu, running at Tom's Hardware. "The new Unity interface is broken down into its individual elements and explained ad nauseam. Overall ...
03:05 am - Sun, June 12, 2011
Slashdot Now You Can Use the Nook Touch ... As a Kindle
An anonymous reader writes "Barnes & Nobles latest e-reader has already been hacked. In a couple of surprise videos this morning, the hacker zoryl showed the Nook Touch running the Kindle app and ...
12:05 am - Sun, June 12, 2011
Slashdot How One Man Helps Keep Game Controllers Accessible
capedgirardeau writes with a clipping from the AP about engineer Ken Yankelevitz: "[W]ith the retired Bozeman engineer's 70th birthday approaching, disabled gamers say they fear there will be no one t...
11:05 pm - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Netflix's New Web Interface Gets Thumbs Down From Users
Verdatum writes "Entertainment Weekly is one of many sites reporting the strong negative reaction from users of the new Netflix web interface. The new interface presents larger title images at the cos...
10:05 pm - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot FitBot Lets You Try Clothes Before You Buy
mikejuk writes "There is one big problem with online shopping. You can't actually try out the goods until they arrive. Now Fits.me has a sort of solution in the form of a 'FitBot.' This is described a...
09:05 pm - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Austin's Alamo Drafthouse Theater Gives Texters the Boot
Hugh Pickens writes "Ever been annoyed during that nail-biting darkened hallway scene by someone turning on their phone to send a text? Well, don't mess with Texas or you may end up on the screen ...
09:05 pm - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Find Wood-Digesting Enzyme In Bacteria
AffidavitDonda writes with news that University of Warwick and University of British Columbia researchers have "identified the gene for breaking down lignin in a soil-living bacterium called Rhodococc...
08:05 pm - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Takes Down Turkish Government Site
arisvega writes with word that the group of hackers known as Anonymous "has taken down a Turkish government website in a protest against recently introduced Internet filters that many consider to be c...
07:05 pm - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot A Deep-Dive Look At Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1
MojoKid writes "Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 was announced way back in February this year just prior to Apple's iPad 2 launch. Shortly after, a Samsung VP noted the company was re-evaluating their Galaxy...
06:05 pm - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Lodsys Expands Patent Lawsuit to 10 More Companies
An anonymous reader writes "A day after Apple filed a motion to intervene in Lodsys's lawsuit against seven app developers (EFF comments), Lodsys has filed its third lawsuit this year. The latest comp...
05:05 pm - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Computer Glitch Friday Grounded US Airways Flights
mschaffer writes "A computer glitch Friday night snarled the travel plans of US Airways customers, as reports flooded in of flights grounded around the country." As someone stranded for several hours ...
04:05 pm - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Crowdsourcing Analysis of the Palin Email Trove
itwbennett writes "Surely you've got better things to do this weekend than read 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin's email. But just in case you don't, the NY Times is looking for volunteers to help 'identif...
03:05 pm - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Friday's Big Swings, Mostly Down, Illustrate Bitcoin Value Volatility
An anonymous reader writes "As cool as Bitcoin is, it looks like it lost 1/3 of its value in the last 24 hours. Lots of big sells, complaints of liquidity, and pissed off nerds." The article linked ar...
02:05 pm - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Apple Now World's Largest Semiconductor Buyer
Lucas123 writes "Apple has leaped two spots to become the world's largest consumer of semiconductor technology, including NAND flash, NOR flash and microprocessors. Apple spent $17.5 billion on semico...
01:05 pm - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Mexican Cartels Build Mad Max Narco Tanks
Hugh Pickens writes "Not content with building their own submarines, using bazookas, rocket-propelled grenades or land mines, drug cartels are now building armored assault vehicles, complete with gun ...
10:05 am - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Russian Lie Detector ATM
smitty777 writes "Apparently the Russians are starting to add lie detectors to their ATMs in an attempt to prevent identity theft and bad withdraws. 'Consumers with no previous relationship with the b...
08:05 am - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Codemasters' Website Hacked
skybon writes "After similar attacks on Sony and Square Enix, Codemasters' website has now been hacked as well. The intrusion took place on 3 June, and is believed to have compromised members' names, ...
07:05 am - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot CERN Lends a Hand To the Origin of Life
SpaceKangaroo writes "In May, a small group of chemists and biologists gathered at CERN to get advice from high-energy physics experts on how to 'organize a scientific community from disparate researc...
05:05 am - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Siemens Fixes SCADA Flaws
itwbennett writes "Siemens has fixed a pair of bugs in its S7-1200 controller, which is used to control machines on factory floors, power stations and chemical plants. The bugs were discovered earlier...
03:05 am - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot English City Council "Not Ready" for Zombie Attack
Unlike the CDC, a freedom of information request submitted to the Leicester City Council has revealed that the council is not prepared for an unexpected zombie invasion. From the article: "'We've had ...
03:05 am - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Why Groupon Not As Rosy As It Appears
Rambo Tribble writes "CNN is running an article detailing the dubious history of Eric Lefkofsky, Groupon's chairman and largest shareholder. It would seem Mr. Lefkofsky has an extensive history of tak...
12:05 am - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Canadian IP Lobbyists Caught Faking Counterfeit Data
An anonymous reader writes "The Canadian IP Council, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's IP lobby arm, has been caught floating false claims about the scope of counterfeiting in Canada. Recent claims i...
12:05 am - Sat, June 11, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla MemShrink Set To Fix Firefox Memory
darthcamaro writes "If you're like a lot of Firefox 4 users out there, you've probably noticed that Firefox has a serious memory problem — it uses more than it really should. At long last, Mozil...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot IBM Builds First Graphene Integrated Circuit
AffidavitDonda writes "IBM researchers have built the first integrated circuit (IC) based on a graphene transistor. The circuit, built on a wafer of silicon carbide, consists of field-effect transisto...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Research Suggests Tobacco Companies Add Weight Loss Drugs
smitty777 writes "According to an article from the European Journal of Public Health, the tobacco companies have been implicated in adding a number of drugs to tobacco products (PDF) to enhance their ...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Windows Phones Getting Buried At Carriers' Stores
tripleevenfall sends in a PCMag story about how Microsoft's problems in driving Windows Phone 7 adoption stem in part from how the phones are represented to customers in carriers' stores. Quoting:"At ...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Google Guitar Doodle Song Gallery
itwbennett writes "Now in its second day of productivity destruction, Google's Guitar Doodle is still making music, beautiful music. Here's a roundup of some of YouTube's best, from beginner favorite ...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Australian-Built Hoverbike Prepares For Takeoff
Zothecula writes "Adventurous motorcyclists might be familiar with the thrill of getting airborne at the top of a rise, but the Hoverbike is set to take catching some air to a whole new level. With a ...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Underwater Spider Spins Itself an Aqualung
sciencehabit writes "In the ponds of northern Europe lives a tiny brown spider with a bubble on its back. The 10-millimeter-long Argyroneta aquatica is the only spider in the world that spends its ent...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Tianhe-1A Supercomputer Starts Churning Out the Science
gupg writes "When China built the world's fastest supercomputer based on NVIDIA GPUs last year, a lot of naysayers said this was just a stunt machine. Well, guess what — here comes the science! ...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Court Case To Test Legality of Recording the Police With Your Cell Phone
suraj.sun sends this excerpt from Ars Technica:"If you pull out your cell phone to make a video of police officers arresting a suspect, are you 'secretly recording' them? 'No' seems like the obvio...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Coder Preps 3DS Browser Homebrew Game Library
An anonymous reader writes "Nintendo's recent update for the 3DS brought some interesting new features, including something the company may not have intended: the capacity for homebrew coders to creat...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot The Modern Day Renaissance Man
Kilrah_il writes "The Not Exactly Rocket Science blog has an interesting piece about Erez Lieberman Aiden, a scientist that is frequently hopping from one field to another, including 'molecular biolog...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Three Arrested For SonyEgypt Hacks
jimmij0770 writes "Three people accused of being behind cyberattacks on the Sony PlayStation store, the Egyptian government and other targets have been arrested in Spain. Quoting: 'Spanish National Po...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Apple Eases Rules For Subscription Apps
pjfontillas writes "Apple has quietly reversed their decision that required publishers who sell content and subscriptions in their iPhone and iPad apps to go through iTunes, with Apple taking a 30% cu...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Data Review Brings Major Setback In Higgs Boson Hunt
Velcroman1 writes "The quest for the elusive Higgs boson seemed over in April, when an unexpected result from an atom smasher seemed to herald the discovery of the famous particle — the last unp...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Dozens of Tech Bigwigs Friend Facebook Spambot
jfruhlinger writes "If you've used Facebook or Twitter, you're almost certainly familiar with 'bimbots' — accounts that have profile pics of attractive women, but seem to exist only to send send...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot UK Government Seeking To Expand Scope of 'Voluntary' Website Blocking
An anonymous reader writes "The UK Internet Watch Foundation, which already works with most consumer broadband ISPs to block websites that contain child sexual abuse content, could soon see its 'volun...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Google Sued Over Chromebook Name
nk497 writes "A PC maker is suing Google over the Chromebook name, saying the brand infringes on its own computer, the ChromiumPC — which was originally intended to run the open-source Chrome OS...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'
ZipK writes "Three years after numerous citizens and news organizations requested the release of Sarah Palin's gubernatorial e-mails, the State of Alaska is finally making ready to make them available...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?
An anonymous reader writes "I study Computer Science at a university in Melbourne, Australia. I recently went to a 'Directions of IT' seminar run by our central IT department, where students were invi...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot SCOTUS Rules Incumbent Telcos Must Share Network Access At Cost
schwit1 writes with news, as reported by Bloomberg, which will likely have bearing on (like it or not) regulation of peering among Internet carriers: "Established local telephone companies including A...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Java SE 7 Finally Approved By JCP, 13 To 1
medv4380 writes with news from InfoWorld about the near-term future of Java: "Java Platform, SE (Standard Edition) 7 has been passed this week by the JCP Executive Committee for SE/EE (Enterprise Edit...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Los Angeles To Turn Off Traffic-Light Cameras
Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that the Los Angeles Police Commission has voted to kill the city's controversial red-light camera program, rejecting claims that the system makes streets saf...
11:05 am - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Explaining The Business of Spam
ATMAvatar writes "The IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy hosted in Oakland nearly three weeks ago featured a study on the economics of spam. It attempts to identify and analyze the chain of busine...
10:05 am - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot A Plea For Game Devs To Aim Higher
A recent article written by Mike Acton of Insomniac Games challenges video game developers to broaden their ambitions and fight to get back to their rebellious roots. Quoting:"[W]hy is it that game de...
08:05 am - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot What Can't You Say On China's Social Networks?
An anonymous reader writes "China's 450 million Internet users have taken to social networks in a big way. But these social networking sites, founded on the promise of free expression, have an uneasy ...
07:05 am - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Carmack On the Wii U and PS Vita
Gamespot spoke at length with id Software's John Carmack at E3 about upcoming FPS RAGE (which is now only a few months away from release), as well as his thoughts on the new console offerings revealed...
05:05 am - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Apple Rips Off Rejected App, Says Wireless Sync Developer
Haedrian writes "Apple is famous for going to absurd lengths to enforce its patents and trademarks. It recently sued Amazon for calling its app store Appstore. And it has publicly lectured competitors...
02:05 am - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Thomas Drake Innocent of All Ten Original Charges
decora writes "NPR, and dozens of other media sources, are reporting that NSA IT whistleblower Thomas Andrews Drake is innocent of all 10 original charges against him; including the 5 Espionage Act ch...
12:05 am - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Google Asks 'Who Cares Where Your Data Is?'
mask.of.sanity writes "Chief security officer for Google Apps, Eran Feigenbaum, said popular concerns over data sovereignty in outsourced environments are unwarranted. He said businesses should worry ...
12:05 am - Fri, June 10, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Reducing Software Patent Life-Spans?
seattle_coder writes "Many have advocated for the elimination of software patents. The arguments generally are that software patents are handed out to easily, and that they're too difficult and expens...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Why Apple's DUI Checkpoint App Ban Is Stupid
hookskat writes "Reason.tv Editor in Chief Nick Gillespie reacts to Apple's decision to ban DUI Checkpoint Apps from the App Store, writing: 'Let me add something even more damning of this latest deve...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot German Police Train Vultures To Find Bodies
abhatt writes "German authorities have found vultures as very valuable creatures and as such have trained some of them to be detectives. The work of the vultures is well defined — as you might h...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Arduino Music Controllers With Horns, Finally
An anonymous reader writes "Patrick Flanagan serves as the token human in robot percussion group Jazari. In this video Flanagan controls his bots with a Wiimote and a custom Arduino controller made fr...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Ex-Google Engineer Blasts Google's Technology
lee1 writes "Dhanji R. Prasanna, an engineer who recently resigned from Google, describes Google's famous back-end infrastructure as a collection of obsolete technologies, designed 10 years ago for bu...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Tennessee Bans Posting 'Offensive' Images Online
Chaonici writes "Last Monday, Tennessee's Governer Bill Haslam signed a law prohibiting the transmission or display of an image that is likely to 'frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress to' ...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Making a Real Batcopter, With Parts From the Hardware Store
garymortimer writes with an excerpt from a story loaded with eye-popping pictures and video on how to create — with some bamboo and mesh lashed on — a UAV to fly through and learn from swa...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot What Cybercrime Stats Have In Common With Sexual Braggadocio
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft researchers have rubbished figures from cybercrime surveys, deeming them subject to the types of distortions that have long bedeviled sex surveys. All it takes is...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Moon Probe Ventures Into Deep Space
hackingbear writes "After completing its 6-month moon survey mission, China's second moon orbiter, Chang'e-2, was found to be in excellent condition and has abundant fuel left, and so it set off from ...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Stack Exchange Website Profiler Now Open Source
ScuttleMonkey writes "Joel Spolsky sent out smoke signals this morning about the recent release of the Stack Exchange Website Profiler as open source. Sam Saffron expounds on why this profiler is perh...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot The Ongoing Case of Rakofsky vs. Internet
Chmcginn writes "Joseph Rakofsky, a New Jersey lawyer whose claim to internet fame is filing a lawsuit against the Washington Post and the American Bar Association for criticizing his performance at a...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Personal Electronics May Indeed Disrupt Avionics
mattrwilliams writes "There is a growing body of anecdotal evidence that points to personal electronics being a real issue on board planes. Dave Carson of Boeing, the co-chair of a federal advisory co...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Homeland Security Running NBC-Owned PSAs
An anonymous reader writes "A few months ago, Homeland Security's ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) group started placing an anti-piracy video PSA on various domains that it had seized. What...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft In i4i Case
CWmike writes "The US Supreme Court has let stand a $300 million patent infringement ruling against Microsoft, granting a victory Thursday to i4i (PDF), which filed the lawsuit back in 2007. The legal...
04:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps
An anonymous reader writes "In late March, four US senators banded together and wrote a letter to Apple asking that they remove apps that alert users as to the whereabouts of DUI checkpoints. Now, App...
04:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Want iCloud With Windows? Ditch the XP
halfEvilTech writes "Microsoft isn't the only company denying equal online footing to Windows XP users. Apple will not give PC users access to iCloud – its great digital locker in the sky &ndash...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Citi Bank Reveals Attack... One Month Late
An anonymous reader writes "Is account security a thing of the past? Quote: 'We're talking a fairly serious hack, too. The personal and account information of some 200,000 Citibank card holders in...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Fedora 16 To Use Btrfs Filesystem By Default
dkd903 writes "According to proposals for Fedora 16, Btrfs will be the default filesystem used in that release. The proposal has been approved by the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee. In Fedora 1...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Police Say Mac Tech Installed Spyware To Photo Women
CWmike writes "He was hired to fix their computers, but police say that Trevor Harwell instead installed spyware software that took candid photos of his clients in various states of undress. Harwell h...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot GUI Revolutions: From Flashing Bulbs To Windows 8
StormDriver writes "GUI has been with us for years and it went a long, long way since the early days. There were some fairly interesting developments along the way, so we took the time to line them up...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Google Releases Chrome 12
An anonymous reader noted something that will be of interest to the 26% of Slashdot readers who have switched to Chrome: "Google has released Chrome 12, adding plenty of new features to its minimalist...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Google Tags Content Creators
bizwriter writes "Google announced that it will support authorship HTML tags, a way to associate Web content with the individuals who create it. Suddenly, search engines know when one person was respo...
09:05 am - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot European Pirates Arrested in Massive Police Operation
freedumb2000 writes "Europe just witnessed one of the largest piracy-related busts in history with the raid of the popular movie streaming portal Kino.to. More than a dozen people connected to the sit...
06:05 am - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Silverlight Developers Rally Against Windows 8
aesoteric writes "A legion of Silverlight developers have threatened revolt after Microsoft made no mention of Silverlight or .Net in the vendor's brief video preview for its upcoming Windows 8 operat...
04:05 am - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Why the US Govt Should Be Happy About Wikileaks
angry tapir writes "WikiLeaks' leaking of classified information should be considered a blessing for the US government, and other governments should take heed of the lessons when it comes to informati...
01:05 am - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Court Rules Passwords+Secret Questions=Secure eBanking
An anonymous reader writes "A closely-watched court battle over how far commercial banks need to go to protect their customers from cyber theft is nearing an end. Experts said the decision recommended...
12:05 am - Thu, June 9, 2011
Slashdot Twitter Helps Astronomers Zero-In On M51 Supernova
astroengine writes "A tweet about last week's M51 (the 'Whirlpool Galaxy') 14-magnitude bright stellar explosion was picked up by University of California, Berkeley, astronomers... who just so happene...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Google Redirects Traffic To Avoid Kazakh Demands
pbahra writes "Google has rejected attempts by the Kazakh government 'to create borders on the web' and has refused a demand to house servers in the country after an official decree that all Internet ...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Have We Reached Maximum Sustainable Population Size?
Hugh Pickens writes "Pulitzer prize winning writer Thomas Friedman writes that in few years we may be looking back at the first decade of the 21st century — when food prices spiked, energy price...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot School District Hit With New Mac Spying Lawsuit
CWmike writes "A former student at a suburban Philadelphia high school has sued his school district for allegedly spying on him and his family using a school-issued Mac laptop, according to court docu...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Pursues Botnet Herders Via Newspaper Ads
itwbennett writes "Although it is extremely unlikely that anyone associated with Rustock will step forward, Microsoft has taken out ads in two Russian newspapers to notify unnamed defendants in the le...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Cybersecurity and the Internet Economy
Orome1 writes "Global online transactions are currently estimated by industry analysts at $10 trillion annually. As Internet business grows, so has the threat of cybersecurity attacks. The U.S. Depart...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Dutch To Introduce Net Neutrality By Law
An anonymous reader writes "Big news out of the Netherlands this week, where a government minister announced plans to guarantee network neutrality by law. If Parliament approves the amendment to Dutch...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Federal Courts To Begin First Digital Video Pilot
coondoggie writes "Federal district courts have been prohibited from allowing any sort of electronic dissemination of trials since 1946, but that is about to change. Fourteen federal trial courts and ...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Could the US Phase Out Nuclear Power?
mdsolar writes "In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, [German Chancellor] Merkel announced that her country would close all of its 17 existing reactors by 2022. Other nations, includ...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Will Microsoft Release Its Own Windows 8 Tablet?
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft isn't exactly known for its hardware prowess. Sure, it's churned out plenty of nice mice, keyboards, and game controllers over the years, but success with actual ...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?
vrimj writes "I have a common enough first name / last name combination that I sometimes get other people's email at my [email protected] account. It isn't a big deal if it is a person; I l...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Most Vulns Exploited By Stuxnet Worm Remain Unpatched
chicksdaddy writes with this excerpt from ThreatPost: "The media storm over the Stuxnet worm may have passed, but many of the software holes that were used by the worm remain unpatched and leave Sieme...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Cloud-Based, Ray-Traced Games On Intel Tablets
An anonymous reader writes "After Intel showed a ray traced version of Wolfenstein last year running cloud-based streamed to a laptop the company that has just recently announced its shift to the mobi...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Judge Prevents 23,322 Filesharing Does From Being Sued For Now
An anonymous reader writes "The Judge overseeing the US Copyright Group's lawsuit against 23,000 individuals sharing 'The Expendables' has shut the door on progress. In a ruling made yesterday, the ju...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Apple Plans New Spaceship-like Campus
itwbennett has a story that might answer the question of what Apple is doing with the billions they have in the bank. "Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Tuesday presented plans for a new Apple campus to the Cup...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Man Tries to Patent His "Godly Powers"
KWInt1601 writes "A man who believes he is Christ files a patent application — and the formal dance of responding to office actions from the USPTO begins. Invoking the 1998 State Street decision...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Facial Recognition Raises New Privacy Concerns
c0lo writes "Now might be a good time to check your Facebook privacy settings as many Facebook users are reporting that the site has enabled the face recognition in the last few days without giving us...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot World IPv6 Day: Most-watched Tech Event Since Y2K
alphadogg wrote in with a fairly extreme bit of hyperbole saying "The nation's largest telecom carriers, content providers, hardware suppliers and software vendors will be on the edge of their seats t...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Stallman: eBooks Are Attacking Our Freedoms
Barence submitted note of a paper written by RMS called The Danger of eBooks saying "Free software guru Richard Stallman claims consumers should reject eBooks until they "respect our freedoms". He hig...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Officials Agree On Global Nuclear Stress Tests
Hugh Pickens writes "Government ministers and officials from the European Union countries who met to discuss atomic energy safety have agreed to carry out stress tests on nuclear reactors to test thei...
11:05 am - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Sony's Solution To Split-Screen Multiplayer
We discussed Sony's E3 announcement of the pricing and details of the Vita portable console (hands-on report), but they also made a stronger push into the 3D space, revealing a 24" display specificall...
10:05 am - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot CSS 2.1 Becomes W3C Recommendation
yuhong writes "After about a decade of development, CSS 2.1 has become a W3C recommendation. From the announcement: 'The current interoperability makes it easier than ever for developers and designers...
07:05 am - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Supreme Court Takes Up Scholars' Rights
schwit1 writes with this quote from the Chronicle of Higher Education:"For 10 years, Lawrence Golan has been quietly waging a legal campaign to overturn a statute which makes it impossibly expensive f...
06:05 am - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Average Gamer Is 37 Years Old
kolbe writes "A new study from the Entertainment Software Association suggests that the average age of today's gamers is between the 37 and 41 years old. If true, does this mean that game studios shou...
05:05 am - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Security Service Accidentally Makes Websites 60% Faster
EastDakota writes "CloudFlare was originally conceived by the team behind the open source community Project Honey Pot as an easy way to protect any website from hackers and spammers. The concern from ...
03:05 am - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Just Months After Jeopardy!, Watson Wows Doctors
kkleiner writes "Following its resounding victory on Jeopardy!, IBM's Watson has been working hard to learn as much about medicine as it can with a steady diet of medical textbooks and healthcare jour...
01:05 am - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Physical Pain and Emotional Pain Use Same Brain Networks
Antipater writes "To the brain, heartbreak and emotional torment are no different from having hot coffee spilled on your hand, reports CNN. They cite a recent study from Proceedings of the National Ac...
12:05 am - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Malware Gangs Run Ads To Hire New Coders
An anonymous reader writes "Think crime doesn't pay? Think again: an increasingly common sight on underground cybercrime forums are ads paid for by malware writers who are looking to hire talented...
12:05 am - Wed, June 8, 2011
Slashdot Massive Explosion On the Sun
Endoflow2010 sends word of an enormous eruption that occurred on the Sun this morning. Phil Plait describes it thus:"What you’re seeing here is a solar flare (an enormous explosion of pent-up ma...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot What Cities Want Your IT Skills?
itwbennett writes "Are you a SQL expert? Check out apartments in Jacksonville, Florida. Oracle more your speed? Head down to Dallas, Texas. Looking for a job that uses your Windows skills?...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Japan Doubles Fukushima Radiation Leak Estimate
DrBoumBoum writes "The severity of the Fukishima disaster continues to go up, from incident level 4 to level 5 to level 7, and now to 20% of total Chernobyl radioactive spill. The story is not over ye...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Dispute Damages Would Exceed Android Revenues
CWmike writes "A new document in a year-old patent lawsuit filed by Oracle against Google over Android intellectual property suggests Oracle could be seeking huge damages from Google. The damages owed...
09:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Historic Pairing: Shuttle Docked To the ISS
astroengine writes "It's been imaged in artists' renderings, but never before in actual photos: the sight of a space shuttle berthed at the International Space Station. This view of shuttle Endeavour,...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?
Larry Sanger writes "Geeks are supposed to be, if anything, intellectual. But it recently occurred to me that a lot of Internet geeks and digerati have sounded many puzzlingly anti-intellectual notes ...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Nintendo Announces New Console: Wii U
_xeno_ writes "Nintendo has announced the official name for what had been known as 'Project Cafe:' the Wii U. It is an HD console, it remains backwards compatibility with the Wii (it's unclear if this...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot How Apple's iOS Went From Insecure To Most Secure
GMGruman writes "There's no such thing as a perfectly secure operating system, but security experts agree — somewhat grudgingly in some cases — that iOS, Apple's mobile operating system, i...
06:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Software To Organise a Heterogeneous Mix of Files?
BertieBaggio writes "I am a medical student at the end of an academic year trying to get my notes organised. I'm looking for a software document organisation system to organise a mix of text notes, jo...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Checkpoint of the Future Coming Soon To Airports
cultiv8 writes with this excerpt from an AP story as carried by Yahoo: "Eye scanners and futuristic security tunnels may be standard in airports soon as the airline industry seeks to maintain safety w...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?
Barence writes "When Steve Jobs announced last night that he was 'going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device,' it was the clearest indication yet that Apple is phasing out Mac OS X, argues...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Advocacy Group Files FCC Complaint Over Verizon Tethering Ban
Hugh Pickens writes "Cnet reports that the advocacy group Free Press has filed a complaint with the FCC that argues Verizon Wireless shouldn't be allowed to block tethering apps that let people connec...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Man Creates Open Source Flashlight
DeviceGuru writes "Not content with revealing the source code to his mom's banana bread, two-time BattleBots champion Christian Carlberg has developed an open source flashlight. Carlberg first achieve...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Foxconn International Removed From Hang Seng Index
Tasha26 writes "After the suicides and fatal explosion, the Taiwanese company Foxconn now faces losing its blue-chip status. Falling prices for smartphones, laptops, tablets and other gadgets and risi...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Patented Gestures Detailed
An anonymous reader writes "Annalee Newitz wrote a fresh/interesting/informative piece on the io9 site about 10 Gestures that are already patented; unsurprisingly by the likes of Apple, Microsoft and ...
02:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot iOS 5 Jailbroken
Mightee writes "MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has posted some pictures on his twitter account, confirming the jailbreak works fine on iOS 5, but of course it is limited to tethered boot only, whic...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot RSA Admits SecurID Tokens Have Been Compromised
A few months ago, RSA Servers were hacked, and a few weeks ago Duped tokens were used to hack Lockheed-Martin. Well todayOrome1 writes "RSA has finally admitted publicly that the March breach into its...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Siemens SCADA Flaws To Be Disclosed At Black Hat
itwbennett writes "In May, NSS Labs Researcher Dillon Beresford pulled out of a Dallas hacking conference at the last minute when Siemens was unable to fix problems he'd found in the firmware of its S...
11:05 am - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Russian President: Time To Reform Copyright
An anonymous reader writes "While most of the rest of the world keeps ratcheting up copyright laws by increasing enforcement and terms, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev appears to be going in the oth...
09:05 am - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot GPL'd Driver and Linux Support For New H.264 Capture Card
azop writes "Almost a year ago Slashdot covered the story of a MPEG-4 multiple input capture card with a GPL Video4Linux licensed driver. Earlier this year, Ben Collins added H.264 support into the so...
06:05 am - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot New Tool Shows Would-Be Emailers If You're Swamped
alphadogg writes "A Georgia Tech researcher is taking aim at email overload with a new tool that shows people thinking about messaging you just how swamped your Gmail account is, in real time. Assista...
03:05 am - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Has iTunes Been Hacked?
An anonymous reader writes "Betanews has a series of articles talking about an apparent hack in iTunes that has resulted in fraudulent charges for some users involving Sega's Kingdom Conquest game. Th...
01:05 am - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Schema.org — Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! Agree On Markup Vocabulary
aabelro writes "Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! have decided to propose a common markup vocabulary, Schema.org, based on the Microdata format, simplifying the job of webmasters who want to give meaning t...
12:05 am - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Adventure Game To Start With?
canolecaptain writes "One of my daughters (10 years old) has become interested in adventure games, and started playing Fate. It's been awhile since I've had time to play this type of game (since the D...
12:05 am - Tue, June 7, 2011
Slashdot How To Succeed In IT Without Really Trying
snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia discusses the two ways to succeed in IT: through proficiency and hard work, a road that often leads to unending servitude, or the other way; with little effort o...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 Launch Dates Announced
Electronic Arts used their E3 press conference to show off a number of upcoming games and provide release dates for a few of them. BioWare's Mass Effect 3 is due out March 6th, 2012, at which time Com...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot MIT Develops Fast Charging Liquid Flow Batteries
An anonymous reader sends this from the MIT News office:"A radically new approach to the design of batteries, developed by researchers at MIT, could provide a lightweight and inexpensive alternative t...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot 25% of US Hackers Are FBICIA Informers
An anonymous reader writes "The Guardian reports that the FBI and CIA have 'persuaded' up to 25% of US hackers to 'work' for them. 'In some cases, popular illegal forums used by cyber criminals as mar...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Daily Sony Hacking Occurs On Schedule
jjp9999 writes "LulzSec was compromised and a member of the group, Robert Cavanaugh, was arrested by the FBI on June 6. Meanwhile, LulzSec hacked Sony again, this time leaking the Sony Developer Netwo...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Paper Warns Google May Pay Price For Hacking Claims
suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from a Reuters report:"Google has become a 'political tool' vilifying the Chinese government, an official Beijing newspaper said on Monday, warning that the US inter...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Halo 4, TV For Xbox Live, Kinect Star Wars
Today Microsoft held their E3 press conference, announcing a number of major new games and services for the Xbox 360 platform. Halo 4 was briefly revealed, and is currently planned for a holiday 2012 ...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Apple WWDC: iOS 5, Lion, iCloud
Steve Jobs was on hand today to kick off Apple's WWDC Keynote. Lion took the lead with no surprises except a $29.99 pricetag and a July ship date.iOS is getting a new "Notification Center", twitter is...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot New Projects Use Phone Data To Track Big Cities' Mass Transit Use
An anonymous reader points out a New York Times article about a traffic analysis program that"'works by taking note of which cellphone tower a phone is communicating with. It then looks for disruption...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot X-Men: First Class
I wasn't sure what to expect from the new X-Men: First Class movie. The previous 3 films have been riddled with ups and downs. What I didn't realize is that this film was going to really be a Prequel....
06:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Two Elements Added To Periodic Table
smitty777 writes "Two new elements have been added to the periodic table of the elements. Elements 114 and 116 are the weightiest known, with atomic weights of 289 and 292 respectively. The discoverer...
05:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Why There's No Nobel Prize In Computing
alphadogg writes "When Nobel Prizes are dished out each fall, the most accomplished professionals in computing, telecom and IT have usually been left out in the cold. That's because there is no Nobel ...
05:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Bitcoin Used For the Narcotics Trade
An anonymous reader writes "A story on Aljazeera tells how bitcoin is being used to pay for cocaine, marijuana and other drugs at various eBay style drug websites. From the article: 'Two US senators a...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot How To Write Like Mark Zuckerberg
newguy77 found a story talking about the results of a linguistics expert being brought in on the Facebook ownership case. They claim the emails are faked since he uses Apostrophes correctly and opens ...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Usenet With a 30 Year Lag
joey writes "The early A-News days of Usenet are being played out on olduse.net in realtime with a 30 year time delay. You can catch up on what rms and Postel are doing, Keep informed of the latest pr...
03:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Palin Fans Deface Paul Revere Wikipedia Page
An anonymous reader writes "Fans of Sarah Palin were found to be changing the article on Paul Revere to make it fit their idol's view that Paul Revere was not warning the American colonists that the B...
02:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot A Brief Sony Password Analysis
troyhunt writes "With all this [Sony] customer data now unfortunately out there for public viewing, I thought it would be interesting to do some analysis on password practices. There are some rather a...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot IPv6-only Hosting Won't Make Sense For Years
rawagajah writes "World IPv6 Day this Wednesday will shake out any bugs for websites running on IPv4 and IPv6 in parallel. However, cloud server provider ElasticHosts points out that IPv6-only website...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Labs Introduces the Webian Shell
kai_hiwatari writes "Mozilla Labs has introduced its concept of a desktop replacement called Webian Shell. The Webian Shell basically consists of a browser which will replace the traditional desktop, ...
10:05 am - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot UK Launches 'Peer To Patent' Pilot Project
An anonymous reader writes "Inspired by a proposal by Beth Noveck, professor of law at New York Law School, the Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Wilcox, launched a UK 'Peer To Patent' pilo...
08:05 am - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Kogan Beats Samsung and Acer With World's First Chrome OS Laptop
cylonlover writes "Australian manufacturer Kogan will ship the world's first notebook featuring Google's open source Chrome OS from June 7. The release date for the 11.6'' Agora Chromium Laptop means ...
07:05 am - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Ars Looks At In-Flight Internet — State of the Art vs. Things To Come
Ars Technica has posted an absorbing article about the short history of Internet and cell-phone access for passengers aboard commercial airplanes, which does a lot to sate my curiosity about the facto...
04:05 am - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot English Teenager Invents a Better Doorbell
Several readers have written with word of a new doorbell, invented by 13-year-old Laurence Rook. What's so special about a doorbell? This one lets you answer the door from wherever you can receive...
01:05 am - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Pranksters Post Giant Windows Logo On Hamburg Apple Store
theodp writes "Working calmly in broad daylight and filming their efforts for YouTube posterity, a fake construction crew attached a large Microsoft Windows logo to the black facade of a soon-to-open ...
12:05 am - Mon, June 6, 2011
Slashdot Syria Reportedly Back On the Internet
angry tapir writes "The Internet in Syria was back on Saturday, a day after it was reported that two-thirds of Syrian networks had been cut off from the rest of the world in the wake of civil unrest i...
11:05 pm - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot CERN Ups Antimatter Confinement Record to 15+ Minutes
A team at CERN has vastly increased its ability to confine antimatter, says an article published today at Scientific American. Last year, the same researchers managed to trap atoms of antihydrogen. "B...
10:05 pm - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot Cheap GPUs Rendering Strong Passwords Useless
StrongGlad writes with a story at ZDNet describing how it's getting easier to use GPU processing against passwords once considered quite strong."Take a cheap GPU (like the Radeon HD 5770) and the free...
08:05 pm - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot Hackers Attack Nintendo, But Company Claims Data Safe
Dr Herbert West writes with this from the Wall Street Journal: "Nintendo said Sunday that a server for its US unit's website had been hacked into but that no company or customer information was compro...
07:05 pm - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot Compressed Time at the Australia Telescope Compact Array
epaell writes "I've been playing a little bit with time-lapse and video editing over the last week while Duty Astronomer at the CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) near Narrabri in countr...
06:05 pm - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Compensating Technical People For Contributing to Sales?
cloud-yay writes "I work for an IT consulting firm and recently I've been tasked with heading up our engineering consulting team — which without the fancy corporate speak means that we're trying...
05:05 pm - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot Wikileaks Cables Say No Bloodshed Inside Tiananmen Square
netchaos writes "Secret cables from the United States embassy in Beijing have shown there was no bloodshed inside Tiananmen Square when China put down student pro-democracy demonstrations 22 years ago...
04:05 pm - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot Collatz Proof Proposed: Hailstone Sequences End In 1
mikejuk writes "A proof [preprint PDF] has been proposed for the Collatz conjecture about hailstone sequences. A hailstone sequence starts from any positive integer n the next number in the sequence i...
03:05 pm - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot NSA Trial Evidence 'Riddled With Boxes and Arrows'
decora writes "In the Espionage Act trial of NSA IT Whistleblower Thomas Drake, the main evidence against him are five documents he allegedly 'willfully retained' in his basement. The government, for ...
02:05 pm - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot India's Schooling Experiment Tests Rich and Poor
theodp writes "Passed in 2009, India's Right to Education Act mandates that private schools set aside 25% of admissions for low-income, underprivileged and disabled students. Many of the world's top p...
01:05 pm - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot Integrating Capacitors Into Car Frames
necro81 writes "It has long been recognized that adding capacitors in parallel with batteries can improve the performance of hybrid and electric vehicles by accepting and supplying spikes of power, wh...
10:05 am - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot Student Suspended For Posting On YouTube
An anonymous reader writes "A Canadian student has been suspended from school and had the police called on him due to satirical animations that he posted to YouTube. Jack Christie, a 12th-grade studen...
07:05 am - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot France Bans Facebook and Twitter From Radio and TV
An anonymous reader writes "In France, radio and television news anchors are no longer allowed to say the words 'Facebook' and 'Twitter' on air, unless the terms are specifically part of a news story....
04:05 am - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is SHA-512 the Way To Go?
crutchy writes "When I was setting up my secure website I got really paranoid about SSL encryption, so I created a certificate using OpenSLL for SHA-512 encryption. I don't know much about SHA (except...
01:05 am - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot Solar Powered Laptops
smitty777 writes "Greentech is running a story on a solar powered laptop concept. The device was created by industrial designer Andrea Ponti, and includes a solar panel on the outside of the case as w...
12:05 am - Sun, June 5, 2011
Slashdot New Superbug Strain Found In Cows and People
sciencehabit writes "A novel form of deadly drug-resistant bacteria that hides from a standard test has turned up in Europe. Researchers found the so-called MRSA strain in both dairy cows and humans i...
11:05 pm - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Man Ordered At Gunpoint To Hand Over Phone For Recording Cops
HungryHobo writes with this excerpt from a story at Pixiq:"Miami Beach police did their best to destroy a citizen video that shows them shooting a man to death in a hail of bullets on Memorial Day. Fi...
09:05 pm - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot National Academies Release Over 4,000 Free Science Books
Shipud writes "The National Academies Press are offering all their books for free in PDF format. These are all the publications of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, In...
08:05 pm - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Using Averages To Bend the Uncertainty Principle
summerbreeze writes "Researchers at the University of Toronto have conducted a two-slit experiment, published in Science, that uses 'weak measurement' on photons to push back the boundaries of what ca...
07:05 pm - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Students Win NASA Moon Robot Competition
Mikkeles writes "After a grueling five-day test of material-collecting ability, the team from Laurentian University returned home to Sudbury, Canada with the win in NASA's second annual Lunabotics com...
06:05 pm - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot WikiLeaks In New Legal Battle
geegel writes "The US Justice Department is now fighting in court demands from three WikiLeaks associates to disclose the names of several electronic service platforms that received requests to hand o...
05:05 pm - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Skype Is Working To Defeat the Reverse Engineering
ndogg writes "Michael Larabel of Phoronix was emailed a response to the reverse engineering of the Skype protocol from the VP of Skype's PR company, who said that the reverse engineering was done for ...
03:05 pm - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Mars Rover Opportunity Surpasses 30km Driving
Phoghat sends this quote from Universe Today:"With her most recent drive of 482 feet on June 1, 2011 (Sol 2614), NASA's Opportunity Mars Rover has zoomed past the unimaginable 30 kilometer mark in tot...
02:05 pm - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Hacker Group LulzSec Challenges FBI
Tiek00n writes "Hacker Group 'LulzSec' has gained some attention recently for their hacks of PBS and Sony. Their most recent target: FBI affiliate Infragard. The group claims, 'It has come to our unfo...
12:05 pm - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Jack Kevorkian Dead at 83
theodp writes "Jack Kevorkian, the pathologist said to have had a role in more than 130 assisted suicides, has died from kidney-related complications on the eve of the 21st anniversary of his first as...
10:05 am - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Rare Midnight Solar Eclipse Caught In the Arctic
Tyketto writes "Wired Magazine has an article posted about a solar eclipse occurring overnight in the Arctic and Scandinavian regions over the night of June 1st and 2nd. They explain: 'During the Arct...
07:05 am - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Brain Cancer Worries? Look Up Your Phone's SAR
CWmike writes "With recent news of a possible link between cell phone radiation and risk of brain cancer, you may have a new-found interest in knowing how much radiation your mobile handset is giving ...
04:05 am - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Court Demands American Airlines List Its Flights On Orbitz
schwit1 writes "American Airlines, which removed its flights from Orbitz.com late last year, was ordered by a Chicago court on Thursday to allow the travel site access to its flight and fare informati...
01:05 am - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Uses For a Small Office Server?
ragnvaldr writes "I'm the 'IT guy' for an office of about a dozen people. And when I say IT guy, I mean I'm the only one here who can use google well enough to figure out how to make things work. We h...
12:05 am - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Harnessing the Energy of Galloping Gertie
FatLittleMonkey writes "You've all seen the footage of Galloping Gertie, the infamous Tacoma Narrows bridge. This is due to a type of turbulence called Wake Galloping, caused by airflow creating lift ...
12:05 am - Sat, June 4, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft and Nvidia Have Acquisition Pact
An anonymous reader writes "Infoweek is reporting that Microsoft has obtained the exclusive right to match any buyout offers for Nvidia. The obscure pact was uncovered in SEC documents, and apparently...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Tornado Risk Seen For Social Security Data Center
1sockchuck writes "Despite the recent outbreak of powerful tornadoes, the Social Security Administration has decided to engineer its new data center to withstand winds of just 90 miles per hour. Data ...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Duke Nukem Forever Demo Released
uslinux.net writes "Gearbox Software released the demo for Duke Nukem Forever today, though it's only available to preorders and other promotions for the time being. After more than a decade, it looks...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot The Future of OpenOffice.org
snydeq writes "Oracle's decision to spin OpenOffice.org into an Apache incubation podling raises several questions regarding the future of the code, not the least of which is how it will co-exist with...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot China Calls US Culprit In Global 'Internet War'
On Wednesday we discussed news of Google's accusation that sources originating in China were interfering with Gmail using malware and phishing techniques, targeting Chinese political activists, US gov...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot What Makes a Photograph Memorable?
Hugh Pickens writes "Researchers have developed a computer algorithm that can rank images based on memorability. They found that in general, images with people in them are the most memorable, followed...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Syria Drops Off the Internet As Turmoil Spikes
CWmike writes "In what appears to be the latest bid by a government to throttle access to news and information amid growing civil unrest, the Syrian government Friday shut down all Internet services. ...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Asus To Ship Ubuntu 10.10 On Three Eee PC Netbooks
An anonymous reader writes "Asus has announced that three Eee PCs will ship with Ubuntu Linux. Three 2011 models — the 1001PXD, 1011PX, and 1015PX — are immediately available, though no re...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Steals 10,000 Iranian Government Emails
Several readers have sent word that Anonymous has hacked servers belonging to Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, making off with over 10,000 emails."The Ministry’s website is still down as of t...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Google Files First Solar Patent, Builds R&D Team
bizwriter writes "Google has moved beyond investing and using solar power and has started on serious R&D work in the field. Its first patent application in solar energy technology just became publ...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Spain To Clamp Down On File Sharers
pbahra writes "A bill that would allow Spain's authorities to close down illegal websites with limited judicial oversight has caused anger among the country's Internet users. The law, known as Sinde's...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Is Identity Theft Overwhelming the IRS?
coondoggie writes "The number of tax-related identity theft incidents is exploding, and nowhere is that more obvious than at the Internal Revenue Service, which has seen reports rise from 51,702 in 20...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot MI6 Swaps Bomb Making Info With Cupcake Recipe On al-Qaeda Website
The British Intelligence agency has unveiled its latest weapon in the war on terror, cupcake recipes published by the Ellen DeGeneres show. MI6 hacked an online al-Queda magazine replacing instruction...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Internet Explorer Use Slips Below 55%
rfc1394 writes with this snippet from an Infoworld report:"Internet Explorer's market share continues to drop like a rock. Net Applications published its numbers for May, and Internet Explorer's total...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Danish Amateur Rocket Test Was a Success
Svippy writes "At 16:32 CEST, the amateur-built Danish rocket 'Tycho Brahe' successfully made it up and down again (Danish link)."Here's an English translation via Google Translate. The article includ...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Sophisticated Voice Commands the Next Big Step For Smartphones, Says Woz
splitenz writes "Sophisticated voice commands will be the next big step for the development of smartphones, according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. 'We have gotten down to such tiny devices with ...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Phase Change Memory Points To Future of Storage
An anonymous reader writes"A UC San Diego team is about to demonstrate a solid state storage device that it says provides performance thousands of times faster than a conventional hard drive and up to...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Boy Sells Kidney For iPad2
aquabat writes "According to Shanghai Daily, a boy from the Anhui Province desperately wanted to buy Apple's flagship tablet but didn't have enough cash. Rather than waiting to save up the money for t...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot YouTube Introduces Creative Commons Option
geegel writes "YouTube has announced that it will introduce a Creative Commons license option and also provide remixing capabilities in its video editor. 'You can now access an ever-expanding library ...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Beta For Thunderbird 5.0 Released
scdeimos writes "Mozilla has announced the release of Thunderbird 5.0b1, the first in their new rapid release cycles. According to the Thunderbird Beta FAQ, Thunderbird 4 was skipped, as the program's...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Apple Camera Patent Lets External Transmitters Disable Features
sticks_us writes with news of an Apple patent application, recently published by the USPTO, for an on-board camera system that would include circuitry for processing external infrared signals. The dat...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot EFF Publishes Study On Browser Fingerprinting
Rubinstien writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation investigated the degree to which modern web browsers are susceptible to 'device fingerprinting' via version and configuration information transmit...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Judge Finds Cisco, US Authorities Deceived Canadian Courts
djmurdoch writes "The Vancouver Sun reports that 'The giant computer company Cisco and US prosecutors deceived Canadian authorities and courts in a massive abuse of process to have a former executive ...
11:05 am - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot OnLive To Launch In UK This Autumn
arcticstoat writes "Cloud-based gaming platform OnLive has announced plans to launch in the UK this Autumn, with Onlive.co.uk opening for OnLive player tag registration on 7 June. OnLive runs games on...
08:05 am - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Linux 3.0 Will Have Full Xen Support
GPLHost-Thomas writes "The very last components that were needed to run Xen as a dom0 have finally reached kernel.org. The Xen block backend was one major feature missing from 2.6.39 dom0 support, and...
05:05 am - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Largest DNA-Based Computational Circuit Created
angry tapir writes "Researchers from the California Institute of Technology have built [abstract] what they claim is the world's largest computational circuit based on DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), usi...
02:05 am - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Motorola CEO Blames Open Android Store For Phone Performance Ills
angry tapir writes "Motorola's CEO blamed the open Android app store for performance issues on some phones. Of all the Motorola Android devices that are returned, 70 percent come back because applicat...
12:05 am - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Sony Compromised, Again
Konsalik writes "The hacker group LulzSec on Thursday posted information it took from Sony Entertainment and Sony BMG on its site, called the LulzBoat. Lulz Security said it broke into servers that ru...
12:05 am - Fri, June 3, 2011
Slashdot Too Much Data? Then 'Good Enough' Is Good Enough
ChelleChelle writes "While classic systems could offer crisp answers due to the relatively small amount of data they contained, today's systems hold humongous amounts of data content — thus, the...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Simulations Show Quantum Error Not As Bad As Believed
aarondubrow writes "Because quantum systems become unstable quickly, their error threshold is an important factor. How many bits can 'break' before the system stops working? An international team ...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Verifying Security of a Hosted Site?
edi_guy writes "I'm getting ready to launch a small commercial website that will contain customer information in a MySQL database that will be run by a web-hosting service. While I have good experienc...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Google Incrementally Dropping Support For Older Browsers
AmiMoJo writes "Google announced on its blog that it is dropping support for Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7 and Safari 3 from the 1st of August. In these older browsers you may have trouble using ce...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot World IPv6 Day On June 8
dkd903 writes "On June 8, 2011, around 300 websites will test the IPv6 readiness of the internet. The participating websites includes Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Bing. In preparation for the day, Goog...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Lack of Technology Puts Star Wars Series On Hold
adeelarshad82 writes "It was back in 2007 when we first heard about George Lucas making a live-action TV series focusing on characters from Star Wars. Almost four years later, it seems the idea of eve...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Skype Protocol Has Been Reverse Engineered
An anonymous reader writes "One researcher has decided he wants to make Skype open source by reverse engineering the protocol the service uses. In fact, he claims to have already achieved that feat on...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Inside the DOJ's Domain Name Graveyard
hugheseyau writes "Between November 2010 and May 2011, the US Department of Justice (DoJ), under many banners including the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Inves...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Researcher Claims Magnets Can Affect Blood Viscosity
BuzzSkyline writes "A few minutes in a high magnetic field (1.3 Tesla) is enough to thin blood by 30%, potentially leading to a new drug-free therapy to prevent heart attacks. The powerful field cause...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Lodsys Sues 7 iPhone Devs Over Patent Infringement Claims
Dachannien writes "Patently-O and Ars Technica report that Lodsys has filed suit [here's the complaint] in the Eastern District of Texas against seven iPhone developers, asserting that the defendants ...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot AMD Opens Israeli R&D Center, Hints At ARM Link
siliconbits writes "We've learnt that AMD will open a new research and development center in Israel in the Tel-Aviv area, one which will be built around Graphic Remedy, the small startup they purchase...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Linux Video Tutorials From 1995
An anonymous reader writes "Given that this year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Linux kernel, it is hardly surprising that anyone digging into their media collection might pull out something intere...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot ACDC Music Attracts Great White Sharks
bazzalunatic writes "It turns out great white sharks can be lured underwater to cages by playing hits from AC/DC — specifically 'Shook me all night long'. Matt Waller, a shark diving tour operat...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Google WebRTC: Can It Replace Skype?
mikejuk writes "Google WebRTC, all open source, is part of the web revolution that allows one browser to talk directly to another without the need for a server getting involved. WebRTC is an API that ...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Anatomy of a Privacy Nightmare
itwbennett writes "Gennette Cordova knows first-hand how impossible it is to erase yourself from the Internet. The 21-year-old college student was the hapless recipient of a photo of a Congressman Ant...
04:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Book Review -- JavaScript: the Definitive Guide, 6th Edition
coder4hire writes "Released during the early days of the Web, in 1995, JavaScript has come a long way: Initially a client-side scripting language typically (mis)used for decorative effects, it is now ...
04:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot UK Government Ditches Cloud Concept, Consolidates Data Centers
twoheadedboy writes "HP's UK managing director says the Government has ditched its cloud computing project. A brainchild of the Labour Government and announced last year, the G-Cloud (Government Cloud...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot 'Worms From Hell' Unearth Possibilities For Extraterrestrial Life
an anonymously submitted article says, "For the first time, scientists have found complex,multi-celled creatures living a mile and more below the planet’s surface, raising new possibilities abou...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Embed a Video, Go To Jail?
An anonymous reader writes "A few weeks ago, Slashdot had a post about the new bill in Congress to make streaming infringing videos a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in jail if just 10 people watc...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Man Ordered To Tweet 100 Times For Defamation
durianwool writes "To avoid a defamation suit, a man in Malaysia has settled with lawyers saying he will tweet 100 times over the next 3 days that he's sorry for defaming a magazine company. Realizing...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot School Super Asks Governor To Make His School District a Prison
quipalicious writes "A Michigan school super asks the state governor to make his school district a prison, highlighting the various rights and privileges that prisoners get and public schooling studen...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 Previewed At D9
theodp writes "Mum's still the word on a shipping date for its new OS for laptops, desktops, and tablets ('touch slates' in MS-speak), but Microsoft on Wednesday gave the world a first look at the tou...
10:05 am - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Tennessee Makes it Illegal To Share Your Netflix Password
An anonymous reader writes "State lawmakers in Tennessee have passed a groundbreaking measure that would make it a crime to use a friend's login — even with permission — to listen to songs...
09:05 am - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Bubble Bursting On the MMO Market?
An anonymous reader writes "An article at Ten Ton Hammer has an interesting take on the current state of the MMO genre; not too doom-and-gloomy, but it makes some good points. Ultimately, it's about h...
08:05 am - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot UK Plans Cyber Weapons Program
An anonymous reader writes "The Ministry of Defence says they are working on a range of offensive cyber weapons to increase the country's defensive capabilities. The armed forces minister, Nick Harvey...
07:05 am - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot GNOME Shell Hurts Gaming Performance
An anonymous reader writes "According to recent benchmarks by Phoronix, using the GNOME Shell will cause a large performance hit when running OpenGL games on Linux. Using Unity and GNOME Shell are als...
05:05 am - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Experimental "Smart Town" To Be Built In Japan
StormDriver writes "Basically, Fujisawa SST is envisioned as a bottom-up approach to energy efficiency — a green village built from scratch with modern green technologies rather than less-effici...
04:05 am - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Project Icarus: the Gas Mines of Uranus
astroengine writes "When considering the fuel source for a fusion-powered interstellar probe, wouldn't it be a good idea to set up a colony on the moon and start pillaging the lunar surface for its he...
03:05 am - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot North Korea Training "Cyberwarriors" Abroad
jfruhlinger writes "A North Korean defector claims that the secretive totalitarian state is nurturing a team of "cyberwarriors," identifying young people with computer skills and sending them abroad t...
01:05 am - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Canada Seeking Cyberspace Security Input
inflamed writes "The Canadian government has announced a consultation period concerning its secretive plans to "integrate" the US-Canada border systems. Last on the list of topics for consultation, bu...
12:05 am - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Apple Nixes iPad Giveaways
KingSkippus writes "According to a story at CNN, Apple has begun enforcing third party promotion guidelines (PDF) that, among other things, restricts organizations from giving away iPads, using the wo...
12:05 am - Thu, June 2, 2011
Slashdot Google Uncovers China-Based Password Collection Campaign
D H NG writes "Google announced that it recently uncovered a campaign to collect users' passwords. The campaign, apparently originating from China, affected what seem to be the personal Gmail accounts...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot California Assembly Approves Internet Tax
ClientNine writes "California could collect more than $1 billion a year by taxing Amazon and other online retailers if a bill approved by the Assembly becomes law. Assemblyman Charles Calderon, a Demo...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Why We Have So Much "Duh" Science
Hugh Pickens writes "Eryn Brown writes in the LA Times that accounts of 'duh' research abound as studies show that driving ability worsens in people with early Alzheimer's disease, that women who get ...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot New MacDefender Defeats Apple Security Update
XxtraLarGe writes "Apple released a security update yesterday designed to rid Macs of the menacing MacDefender malware that has plagued users for nearly a month. But mere hours after the update, cyber...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot 2011 World Science Festival Begins In NYC
Velcroman1 writes "For the next five days, New Yorkers will be learning about science not from a PowerPoint presentation but by watching it firsthand. The World Science Festival is taking over New Yor...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Fetus Don't Fail Me Now: How Scientists Raise Children
An anonymous reader writes "In the latest column from scientist, humor columnist, and stand-up comedian Adam Ruben, he examines his own umbilicus and considers how being a scientist will affect his ap...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot 30+ Infected Apps Pulled From Android Market
Trailrunner7 writes "Researchers have identified a second large batch of apps in the Android Market that have been infected with the DroidDream malware, estimating that upwards of 30,000 users have do...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot DC Reboots Universe
An anonymous reader writes "Bob Wayne, Senior Vice President of Sales at DC Comics, has written to comic book retailers saying: 'Many of you have heard rumors that DC Comics has been working on a big ...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: CERT Resilience Management Model (RMM)
brothke writes "If Gartner were to have created the CERT-RMM framework like what is detailed in the book CERT Resilience Management Model (RMM): A Maturity Model for Managing Operational Resilience; i...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Oracle To Give OpenOffice.org To Apache Incubator
Julie188 writes "Oracle has finally officially spilled the beans: It's proposing OpenOffice.org as an Apache Incubator project — and not handing it to The Document Foundation. Oracle had announc...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot NATO Report Threatens To 'Persecute' Anonymous
Stoobalou writes "NATO leaders have been warned that Wikileaks-loving 'hacktivist' collective Anonymous could pose a threat to member states' security, following recent attacks on the US Chamber of Co...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Using Flywheels to Meet Peak Power Grid Demands
hackertourist writes "A novel type of electricity storage was recently added to the New York power grid. The unit, supplied by Beacon Power, uses flywheels to store energy. This system is intended to ...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Modeling Security Software To Mimic Ant Behavior
wiredmikey writes "Researchers from universities and national laboratories in the United States are developing software that mimics ant behavior, as a new approach to network security."The concept has...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot World Internet Traffic To Top 966 Exabytes In 2015
Mark.JUK writes "Networking giant Cisco has released its latest annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) today, which forecasts that world internet traffic will quadruple by 2015 to reach 965.5 ExaBytes p...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Said To Limit Device Makers' Partners
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has asked chipmakers that want to use the next version of Windows for tablets to work with no more than one computer manufacturer"." The article also...
02:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Google's Schmidt Says He 'Screwed Up' On Social Networking
"Google chairman Eric Schmidt took responsibility for the search titan's failure to counter Facebook’s explosive growth, saying he saw the threat coming but failed to counter it." The same story...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot World Health Organization Says Mobile Phones May Cause Cancer
Schiphol writes "A new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) concludes that mobile phone radiation presents a carcinogenic hazard.' Are cell phones going to be the new tobacco, then?"This s...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Taking a Look At High-End Programmer Salaries
msmoriarty writes "Our reporter decided to try to document the high end of programmer salaries (at least in the US). It seems that $300,000 to $400,000 and up is not unheard of in the financial indust...
12:05 pm - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Stamping Out Low-Cost Nanodevices
RogerRoast writes "Vanderbilt University scientists report that they have developed a simple technique for stamping patterns invisible to the human eye onto a special class of nanomaterials. According...
11:05 am - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Daleks To Be Given 'A Rest' From Dr. Who
donberryman writes "Steven Moffat told the BBC 'There's a problem with the Daleks. They are the most famous of the Doctor's adversaries and the most frequent, which means they are the most reliably de...
08:05 am - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot A Piece of Internet History Lost: IO.com Sold, Services To Shut Down
An anonymous reader writes "The former Illuminati Online domain, IO.com, has been sold, and all existing customers will lose all services associated with the domain. A 1990 Secret Service raid on Stev...
05:05 am - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot OCZ Couples SSD, Mechanical Storage On a PCIe Card
J. Dzhugashvili writes "We've seen some solid-state drives on PCI Express cards before, but OCZ's RevoDrive Hybrid may very well be the first solution to combine solid-state storage and a mechanical h...
02:05 am - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Mac OS Update Detects, Kills MacDefender Scareware
CWmike writes "Apple released an update for Snow Leopard on Tuesday that warns users that they've downloaded fake Mac security software and scrubs already-infected machines. Chet Wisniewski, a securit...
01:05 am - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Pixel Qi Demos 10" 1280x800 Pixel Screens
Compared to their dumber e-ink cousins, tablets with LCD screens suffer at least two notable disadvantages: their batteries last hours or days, rather than weeks (or months), and they're notoriously h...
01:05 am - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Good Homeschool Curriculum For CS??
dingo_kinznerhook writes "I grew up in a homeschooling family, and was homeschooled through high school. ( I went on to get a B.S. and M.S. in computer science; my mom has programming experience and h...
12:05 am - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Note To Cheaters: Next Time Hire the Brains
An anonymous reader writes "A man and his accomplice are accused of cheating on a Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) by using a wireless pinhole camera and cellphone to send realtime images of the...
12:05 am - Wed, June 1, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: GoodHomeschool Curriculum For CS??
dingo_kinznerhook writes "I grew up in a homeschooling family, and was homeschooled through high school. ( I went on to get a B.S. and M.S. in computer science; my mom has programming experience and h...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Nokia Issues Profit Warning
jones_supa submitted an article in the Guardian. From the article "Shares in the Finnish phone maker Nokia plunged by 15% on Tuesday as the company warned that it may make no profit on phone sales in ...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Rapid Browser Development Challenges Web Developers
Esther Schindler writes "Feeling a little overwhelmed by changing web standards and new browser choices? You aren't the only one. Mozilla is launching development tracks for the next two editions ...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Free Software Faces a Test With Qt
An anonymous reader writes with an article in TechRadar. From the article: "Thanks to Nokia's jump to Windows Phone 7, from the frying pan into the fire, its Free Software darling, the Qt toolkit, has...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Apple Announces iCloud and iWork For iOS
iONiUM writes "Through a press release ahead of WWDC, Apple has revealed that it will be releasing its own cloud service to rival Google and Amazon's. In addition, they will unveil the new iOS, and th...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Doom Ported To the Web
kripkenstein writes "Ever since Id Software released the Doom source code under the GPL, it's been ported to platform after platform. Now, you can play Doom compiled to JavaScript on the web, using st...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot AMD Betting Future On the GPGPU
arcticstoat writes with an interview in bit-tech "AMD's manager of Fusion software marketing Terry Makedon revealed that 'AMD as a company made a very, very big bet when it purchased ATI: that things ...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Capturing Femtosecond Snapshots of Molecular Processes
umarkalim writes "Staff Scientist Apurva Mehta says, 'For 40 years at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, we have been taking very high-resolution photographs-photographs of atoms in molecules...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Canadian Music Industry Copyright Class Action Settled
limber writes "The largest Canadian copyright class action suit has been settled for $50 million. The offenders? The four labels comprising the Canadian Recording Industry Association — EMI,...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Jonathan Coulton Answers Your Questions
Last week you asked some questions of musician and programmer Jonathan Coulton. He's answered your inquiries about the music industry, video games, and being an ex-code monkey. Read below to see what ...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Bringing Old Arcade Machines Into the Internet Age
An anonymous reader writes "To celebrate the opening of their hackerspace, Sprite_tm of SpritesMods hacked an old 1943 arcade machine to record its high scores, as well as post them on Twitter, via a ...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot 'Fee-Deduction' Malware On Android Spotted In the Wild
wiredmikey writes "New malware has been discovered embedded in more than 20 Android applications circulating via various forums on the Internet which auto-dials phone numbers to incur high user fees. ...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Senior Citizens Lining Up to Tackle Fukushima
Some have compared them to kamikazes, but the more than 200 elderly volunteers who want clean up the Fukushima power station say they are just being practical. 72-year-old retired engineer Yasuteru Ya...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot No Moon Needed For Extraterrestrial Life
sciencehabit writes "Given the generally accepted idea of how Earth got its big moon — through a dramatic collision with a Mars-sized body that knocked a huge chunk of Earth loose — astron...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Details Released
trawg writes "Blizzard has lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm at a recent media event held at Blizzard HQ in California, where press were treated to a hands-on prev...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot ECS Shows Universal PadFone-Like Tablet
siliconbits writes with this excerpt from ITProPortal:"Just 24 hours after Asus unveiled its padfone, ECS is toying with an idea that resembles the Asus PadFone — in a nutshell, a tablet that be...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Pentagon Says Cyberattacks Can Count As Act of War
suraj.sun tips news that the Pentagon has decided computer sabotage originating from another country can be classified as an act of war. "The Pentagon's first formal cyber strategy, unclassified porti...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Carbon Emissions Reached Record High In 2010
iONiUM writes "Last year, greenhouse gas emissions rose to a record amount of 30.6 gigatons, according to estimates from the International Energy Agency. From an article at the Guardian: 'Professor Lo...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot World's Largest Amateur Rocket Prepares For Second Attempt
Plammox writes "Last year, non-profit, volunteer-based Copenhagen Suborbitals failed at launching what they call the world's largest amateur rocket, because of a frozen LOX-valve. This year, the sea l...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot In Censorship Move, Iran Plans Its Own Internet
An anonymous reader writes "Iran is taking steps toward an aggressive new form of censorship: a so-called national Internet that could, in effect, disconnect Iranian cyberspace from the rest of the wo...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Is Bill Gates the Cure For What Ails Microsoft?
theodp writes "After reading the recent call for Steve Ballmer to step down, gdgt's Ryan Block concludes that it's time for Bill Gates to come back to Microsoft. 'I've long seen it as a foregone concl...
11:05 am - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Activision Reveals Call of Duty Subscription Plans
dotarray writes "Activision has denied it and denied it, but now it's been revealed – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will feature an online service (that's what Call of Duty Elite is), complete ...
10:05 am - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Green Crystal 'Rain' Discovered Near Infant Star
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from a NASA press release:"Tiny crystals of a green mineral called olivine are falling down like rain on a burgeoning star, according to observations from NA...
09:05 am - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Patch For The Witcher 2 Removes DRM Shortly After Release
cozzbp writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica:"A little over a week after its release, The Witcher 2 is getting its first patch, and with it all versions of the game will now be DRM free. 'Our app...
07:05 am - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Human Brain Places Limit On Twitter Friends
Hugh Pickens writes "Back in early '90s, British anthropologist Robin Dunbar began studying human social groups, measuring the number of people an individual can maintain regular contact with, and cam...
05:05 am - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Certifications To Get?
Hardhead_7 writes "Our recent discussion about how much your degree is worth got me thinking. I've been working in the IT field for several years now, but I don't have anything to my name other than a...
12:05 am - Tue, May 31, 2011
Slashdot PBS Web Sites and Databases Hacked
wiredmikey writes "Late Sunday night, hackers gained access to several areas of PBS Web servers and were able publish a fake news story on a PBS news blog. The group also published PBS internal user l...