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11:05 pm - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot What's Needed For Freedom In the Cloud?
jrepin writes "Georg Greve from Free Software Foundation Europe has often been asked to explain what he considers necessary prerequisites for an open, free, sustainable approach toward what is often c...
10:05 pm - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot 29 Universities Seek High-Speed Networks
An anonymous reader sends this quote from USA Today:"The University of Missouri announced Wednesday it is joining an effort by some of the country's top colleges to build 'ultra' high-speed data netwo...
09:05 pm - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Dealing With the Business Software Alliance?
Kagetsuki writes "We've just gotten a letter from an attorney representing the Business Software Alliance stating someone (we're certain it's a disgruntled former employee) submitted information we ar...
08:05 pm - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot Aircraft Made From 3D Printing
countertrolling tips news of a project undertaken at the University of Southampton, where engineers designed and created a functioning UAV using unusual methods. Quoting:"It was printed on an EOS EOSI...
07:05 pm - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot Why Public Email Needs a Police Force
jfruhlinger writes "Those of us who had email addresses in the early days of the Internet age remember sending notes to webmaster email addresses to report malicious email behavior — and actuall...
06:05 pm - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Expose Tracking Service That Can't Be Dodged
Worf Maugg writes with this excerpt from Wired:"Researchers at U.C. Berkeley have discovered that some of the net's most popular sites are using a tracking service that can't be evaded — even wh...
04:05 pm - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot Seigniorage Hack Could Resolve Debt Limit Crisis
UltraOne writes "With the US Senate voting to table the Boehner debt limit bill, the US is only a few days away from running out of cash to pay for all its obligations. Slate is reporting on a fascina...
03:05 pm - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot Movie Studios Want Automated BitTorrent Warnings
daria42 writes "The lawsuit filed by movie and TV studios against Australian Internet service provider iiNet appears to have taken a new twist, with the studios using early judgments in the case to at...
02:05 pm - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Releases 400 MB of FBI Contractor Data
An anonymous reader writes "Anonymous, as they have claimed they would, finally released 400 megabytes of files (NSFW language) allegedly stolen from ManTech, a cyber security firm contracted by the F...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot Unified NoSQL Query Language Launched
splitenz writes "Hoping to unify the growing but disparate market of NoSQL databases, the creators behind CouchDB and SQLite have introduced a new query language for the format, called UnQL (Unstructu...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot Ruling Upholds Gene Patent In Cancer Test
diewlasing writes with a report in the New York Times which begins: "In a closely watched case, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that genes can be patented, overturning a lower court decision t...
10:05 am - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot Tens of Thousands Flee From BT and Virgin
twoheadedboy writes "The two biggest ISPs in the UK are losing thousands of customers. Earlier this week Virgin reported it had lost 36,000 cable broadband customers. BT, meanwhile, has seen around 12...
07:05 am - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot No Set-Top TV Device Market Domination For Google
itwbennett writes "According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, returns of the Logitech Revue (Google's set-top box) exceeded sales in the first quarter. Explaining why sales were so poor, Logite...
04:05 am - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot WD's Terabyte Scorpio Notebook Drive Tested
MojoKid writes "Recently, Western Digital stepped out and announced their new 1TB 9.5mm Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch notebook drive. The announcement was significant in that it's the first drive of this capa...
01:05 am - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot Facebook To Pay Hackers For Bugs
alphadogg writes "Facebook is going to pay hackers to find problems with its website — just so long as they report them to Facebook's security team first. The company is following Google and Moz...
12:05 am - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot Pakistan Tries To Ban Encryption
An anonymous reader writes "Pakistan has a new Telecoms Law going into effect, which requires widespread monitoring of internet usage. In response, new reports are saying that the country is banning e...
12:05 am - Sat, July 30, 2011
Slashdot AT&T To Start Data Throttling Heaviest Users
greymond writes "AT&T has announced that starting on Oct. 1 it will throttle the data speeds of users with unlimited data plans who exceed bandwidth thresholds on its 3G network. AT&T is follo...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Firm Launches Cloud-Based Mobile OS
An anonymous reader writes "China-based company Alibaba looks to take on the might of Apple and Google with a cloud-based operating system. According to the company, its Aliyun OS will be based on the...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot MPEG LA Says 12 Parties Have Essential WebM Patents
suraj.sun tips this report from the H Online:"The hopes that the VP8 codec at the heart of Google's open source WebM video standard would remain unchallenged in the patent arena are diminishing after ...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Dice Age — Indie Gaming Project vs. Hollywood
ArrowBay writes "Dice Age, a independent game project that raised nearly $35K through Kickstarter, is apparently facing some scrutiny from a certain movie studio that has produced movies with a simila...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Circuit Flaws Blamed For China Train Crash
hackingbear writes "The Xinhua news agency reports that a signaling equipment circuit design flaw and lack of safety alertness in railway management caused a high-speed train to ram into a stalled tra...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Beyond HDTV
The Hub writes "The Economist writes a thoughtful article about the next generation of HDTVs and how they will provide resolutions beyond 1080p. The drive for higher resolution is driven in part by th...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Ubisoft Considers Always-Connected DRM "A Success"
Ubisoft made headlines a couple days ago for bringing back their restrictive DRM for an upcoming racing game. Speaking with PCGamer in response to the overwhelmingly negative feedback to this news, a ...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot House Panel Approves Bill Forcing ISPs To Log Users
skids writes "Under the guise of fighting child pornography, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would require internet service providers to collect and retain records ...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Followup: Anti-Global Warming Story Itself Flawed
The Bad Astronomer writes "As posted earlier on Slashdot, a Forbes Op/Ed claims there is a 'gaping hole in global warming' theories, based on a recent paper. However, both the Forbes article and the p...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot MIT Unveils Sun-Free Photovoltaics
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at MIT just unveiled a new solar power generator that doesn't need sunlight to function. The button-sized power generator can tap energy from heat, the sun's ra...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Do We Need Pseudonymous Social Networking?
An anonymous reader writes "While the idea of anonymous social networking sounds like an oxymoron, the use of pseudonyms to mask a user's online identity has a long history that stretches back to the ...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Exposes Locations of PCs and Phones
suraj.sun sends this excerpt from CNET:"Microsoft has collected the locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other Wi-Fi devices around the world and makes them available on the Web without ...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Evaluating the Capabilities of Chip-Sized Spacecraft
kgeiger writes "The Sprite project is testing the feasibility of chip-sized spacecraft. 'Rather than hand building one-of-a-kind spacecraft, we envision constructing spacecraft on wafers in much the s...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Java 7 Ships With Severe Bug
Lisandro writes "Lucid Imagination just posted an announcement about a severe bug in the recently released Java 7. Apparently some loops are mis-compiled due to errors in the HotSpot compiler optimiza...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot GAO Report: DoD Incompetent At Cybersecurity
itwbennett writes "According to a scathing report from the GAO (PDF) released July 25, the Department of Defense only started to take cyberwar seriously during the past two or three years, after ignor...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot The End of the Gas Guzzler
Hugh Pickens writes "Michael Grunwald reports that President Obama will announce today a near-doubling of fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, and the Big Three automakers — GM, ...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Raspberry Pi $25 PC Goes Into Alpha Production
An anonymous reader writes "Game developer David Braben caused geeks to get excited back in May when he announced plans to develop and release a $25 PC. It is called the Raspberry Pi and takes the for...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Emacs Has Been Violating the GPL Since 2009
Digana writes "Emacs, one of GNU's flagship products and the most famous software creation of Richard Stallman, has been discovered to be violating the GPL since 2009-09-28 by distributing binaries th...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Hackers' Flying Drone Now Eavesdrops On GSM Phones
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "At the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences in Las Vegas next week, Mike Tassey and Richard Perkins plan to show the crowd of hackers a year's worth of progress on the...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day
alphadogg writes "It's the last Friday in July. Have you hugged your system administrators today? Bought a cake? Picked up the tab for lunch? There's still time to show your thanks for the...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Google Buys IBM Patents
pbahra writes "Google said Friday that it has purchased technology patents from IBM as the Web-search giant stocks up on intellectual property to defend itself against lawsuits. 'Like many tech compan...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Analyzing Long-Term SSD Failure Rates
wintertargeter writes "It looks like Tom's Hardware has posted the first long-term study of SSD failure rates. The chart on the last page is interesting — based on numbers, it seems SSDs aren't ...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot How Google Killing Accounts Can Leave Androids Orphaned
jfruhlinger writes "As we've heard in cases of pseudonym-users in Google+, or in the case of Dylan Marcheschi that went viral last week, Google can kill your account at any time — and since...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Nintendo Slashes Profit Forecast and 3DS Price
Daetrin writes "Nintendo has announced a large loss for the first quarter of the year and lowered its annual profit forecast. In the three months prior to June 30th Nintendo lost 25.5 billion yen ($32...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot TN BlueCross Encrypts All Data After 57 Disks Stolen
Lucas123 writes "After dozens of hard disk drives were stolen from a leased facility in Chattanooga, potentially exposing the personal data of more than 1 million customers, BlueCross decided to go th...
11:05 am - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot UK Taxpayers' Money Getting Wasted On IT Spending
hypnosec writes "A report combined by MPs has claimed the UK government is spending 'obscene' amounts of taxpayers' money on IT. The Public Administration Select Committee revealed in its report that ...
09:05 am - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Australian ALDIs Sell Conficker-Infected Hard Drives
mukimu writes "Supermarket ALDI has been selling malware-infected hard drives in Australian stores, prompting the country's Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) to issue a security alert to user...
06:05 am - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Spotify Sued For Patent Infringement
An anonymous reader writes "Celebrated online music player Spotify just entered the US market a few weeks ago, and already it's being sued for patent infringement. Welcome to America! The patent in qu...
03:05 am - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Dilutes Open Source, Coins 'Open Surface'
sfcrazy writes "Now, Microsoft is coining yet another term to further confuse users — 'Open Surface.' Senior Director for Open Source Communities at Microsoft, Gianugo Rabellino, said at Oscon 2...
12:05 am - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models
bonch writes "Satellite data from NASA covering 2000 through 2011 cast doubt on current computer models predicting global warming, according to a new study. The data shows that much less heat is retai...
12:05 am - Fri, July 29, 2011
Slashdot Linguists Out Men Impersonating Women On Twitter
Hugh Pickens writes "Remember when the Gay Girl in Damascus revealed himself as a middle-aged man from Georgia? On a platform like Twitter, which doesn't ask for much biographical information, it'...
11:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Data On Android?
Gibbs-Duhem writes "It makes me very nervous that my Android phone has access to my email/AIM/G-talk/Facebook, protected only by a presumably fairly easily hacked geometric password protection scheme....
10:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Senators Want Secret Warrantless Wiretap Renewal
An anonymous reader writes "A group of Senators are meeting in secret today, while most people are focused on the 'debt ceiling' issue, in order to try to rush through a renewal of the FISA Amendments...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Debian Wheezy To Have Multi-Architecture Support
dkd903 writes "Debian has announced that they are introducing support for multiarch in Debian Wheezy. Multiarch support means that that a Debian system will be able to install and run applications bui...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot 3D Nausea Solved By Eye-Tracking
An anonymous reader writes "If you are like me, then the slightest disparity in those 3D movies causes nausea — and I know it does with thousands of others too. LG claims to have solved the prob...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Girls Go Geek Again
nessus42 writes "Computer science has always been a male-dominated field, right? Wrong. In 1987, 42% of the software developers in America were women. And 34% of the systems analysts in America we...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Another Cell Phone-Cancer Study Emerges
oxide7 writes "Since the advent of cellular phones, researchers have pondered whether a connection exists between cell phone usage and brain cancer. New evidence always seems to emerge to support or r...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot 35 Million SK Telecom Accounts Stolen By Chinese Hackers
eldavojohn writes "South Korea's SK Telecom has revealed that earlier this week hackers stole 35 million account details from two sites. A portal called Nate Portal that provided e-mail services and a...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Oracle Announces Java SE 7
vivin writes "Oracle has announced the release of Java SE 7. This is the first release of Java under the stewardship of Oracle." Read more of this story at Slashdot....
06:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot War Texting Lets Hackers Unlock Car Doors Via SMS
alphadogg writes "Software that lets drivers unlock car doors and even start their vehicles using a mobile phone could let car thieves do the very same things, according to computer security researche...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours
asto21 writes "Cnet's Steve Guttenberg sheds light on this interesting development that over the years, actual sound quality became a secondary selling point since most people started buying their equ...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Sniffer Hijacks SSL Traffic From Unpatched IPhones
CWmike writes "Almost anyone can snoop the secure data traffic of unpatched iPhones and iPads using a recently-revised nine-year-old tool, a researcher said as he urged owners to apply Apple's latest ...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot GE Bets On Holographic Optical Storage
Lucas123 writes "Years after announcing they had developed holographic optical disc technology that could store 500GB of data, GE this week said they're preparing to license the technology to manufact...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot McCain Decries "Hobbits," Accused of Ringbearing
Oxford_Comma_Lover writes "Senator McCain decried Tea Party 'Hobbits' on Wednesday for their failure to support the GOP's debt deal, at times reading from a WSJ editorial that began the analogy. The T...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?
mattnyc99 writes "In the wake of a not-that-exciting Comic-Con come some (perhaps premature) reports on the so-called "Death of Superheroes" — what one financial group calls "the top of the (com...
02:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot British ISP Ordered To Block Links to Pirate Site
An anonymous reader writes "A UK High Court judge has ruled that BT must block access to a website which provides links to pirated movies. Justice Arnold ruled that BT must use its blocking technology...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Google Announces Google CDN
leetrout writes "Google has introduced their Page Speed Service which 'is the latest tool in Google's arsenal to help speed up the web. When you sign up and point your site's DNS entry to Google, they...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Solar Energy Is the Fastest Growing Industry In the US
Hugh Pickens writes "According to Rhone Resch, the last three years have seen the U.S. solar industry go from a start-up to a major industry that is creating well-paying jobs and growing the economy i...
11:05 am - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Ubisoft Brings Back Always-Connected DRM For Driver: San Francisco
Last year Ubisoft introduced DRM for their PC games that required a constant internet connection, going so far as to terminate single-player games if the connection was interrupted. After facing outra...
10:05 am - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot South Korean Scientists Create Glowing Dog
cultiv8 writes "A research team from Seoul National University (SNU) said the genetically modified female beagle has been found to glow fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a doxycycline...
09:05 am - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Study: 5% of Mobile Gamers Willing To Spend $50+
derGoldstein tips a story at AllThingsD about a study into mobile gamers' spending habits:"[The study] provides a fairly compelling argument as to why a developer should continue to give away his or h...
07:05 am - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot How Do You Keep Up With Science Developments?
malraid writes "As a nerd who used to love science back in high school (specially physics), I now find myself completely disconnected from any and all scientific developments and news. How do you try ...
05:05 am - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Better Copyright Through Fair Use and Ponies
Balinares writes "With even harmless parody sites like Peanutweeter now getting shut down by twitchy lawyers in the name of brand dilution concerns, the situation with fair use has become bleak. Yet s...
03:05 am - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot KDE 4.7.0 Released
jrepin writes "KDE 4.7 releases provide many new features and improved stability and performance. Lots of visual polishing took place with an update to the Oxygen icons, and improved consistency betwe...
03:05 am - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Most Enterprises Plan To Be On IPv6 By 2013
Julie188 writes "More than 70% of IT departments plan to upgrade their websites to support IPv6 within the next 24 months, according to a recent survey of more than 200 IT professionals conducted by N...
01:05 am - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Climate Unit Releases Virtually All Remaining Data
mutube writes "The BBC is reporting that the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit, target of 'ClimateGate,' has released nearly all its remaining data on temperature measurements following...
12:05 am - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Say Dark Winters Led To Bigger Human Brains
Brad1138 writes "Humans living at high latitude have bigger eyes and bigger brains to cope with poor light during long winters and cloudy days, UK scientists have said. from the article: 'The scientis...
12:05 am - Thu, July 28, 2011
Slashdot Fighting Crime With Facebook
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Demond Fernandez writes that Facebook has become a hot, new crime fighting tool for police in Conroe, Texas. Sergeant Joe Smart says Conroe police have been using its Faceb...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot HBGary Federal Forces Aaron Barr Out of DEFCON
Trailrunner7 writes "Former HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr says he will withdraw from a planned appearance at the DEFCON conference in the face of threatened legal action over his plans to take part in...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot New Type Of Artificial Lung Created
cylonlover writes "Researchers have created an artificial lung that uses air as a ventilating gas instead of pure oxygen — as is the case with current man-made lungs, which require heavy tanks o...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot Android Market Upgraded, Buy eBooks and Rent Movies
hypnosec writes "Search engine giant Google has quietly dished out an update for its Android Market mobile application store. The update, which bumps the Android Market version to 3.0.27, brings a new...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot Transparent Lithium-Ion Battery Created
Med-trump writes "Stanford researchers say they have developed a transparent battery. Transparent futuristic gadgets have been a topic of science fiction and dream of engineers. The paper "Transparent...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot First Earth Trojan Asteroid Discovered
The Bad Astronomer writes "Astronomers have found the very first Earth Trojan asteroid, a rock that more-or-less shares Earth's orbit around the Sun. Seen in data by NASA's WISE mission, 2010 TK7 is a...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot OK Go Goes HTML5
edumacator writes "The YouTube sensation OK Go has just released their latest video using HTML5. The video is pretty cool itself, but the interactive feature is great." It looks like the interactive s...
07:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot Car Window Touchscreens
An anonymous reader writes "As if we need more proof that touchscreens are all the rage, designers are dreaming up ways to put them in cars. In the video, a child gazes wistfully out the window at a d...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot Lawsuit Against Sony Highlights Cyber Insurance Shortcomings
CWmike writes "A brewing legal dispute between Sony and one of its insurers over data breach liability claims highlights the challenges that companies can sometimes face in getting insurance providers...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot LulzSec Calls For PayPal Boycott, Spokesman Arrested
An anonymous reader writes "British police have arrested a 19-year-old man believed to be 'Topiary', the official spokesperson of the LulzSec hactivist group. The man was arrested at his home in the S...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot The Net (According To Akamai)
The Installer quotes a gizmag story saying "Akamai might not be a household name but between 15 to 30 percent of the world's Web traffic is carried on the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company's inte...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Couple Sells Kids To Fund Online Gaming
A Chinese couple who really like to game are under arrest for selling their kids and converting the money into game currency. From the article: "In 2009, Li Lin and Li Juan welcomed their second child...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot MS-DOS Is 30 Years Old Today
An anonymous reader writes "Thirty years ago, on July 27 1981, Microsoft bought the rights for QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) from Seattle Computer Products (SCP) for $25,000. QDOS, otherwise...
03:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot Space Station To Be Deorbited After 2020
astroengine writes "Russia and its partners plan to plunge the International Space Station (ISS) into the ocean at the end of its life cycle after 2020 so as not to leave space junk, the space agency ...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot Lucas Loses Star Wars Stormtrooper Copyright Case
An anonymous reader writes "A prop designer who made the original Stormtrooper helmets for Star Wars has won his copyright battle with director George Lucas over his right to sell replicas. The five-y...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot Security Expert Slams Google+ Pseudonym Policy
An anonymous reader writes "A security expert has panned Google's "real name" policy on Google+, claiming that the hard line will damage privacy. Sophos's Chester Wisniewski says that closing acc...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot House Websites Jammed After Obama Debt Speech
Hugh Pickens writes "CNN reports that House switchboards have been flooded by phone calls — nearly twice the normal average — and hit with an unusual volume of constituent e-mails as voter...
11:05 am - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot DIY Dropbox Alternatives
jfruhlinger writes "Dropbox was a service that many techies fell in love with, only to be disappointed when they found out about its dodgy security and dubious copyright claims. The company's tried to...
10:05 am - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot Google Grabbed Locations of Phones, PCs
1800maxim writes "As it turns out, Google didn't only grab the hotspot SSIDs and MAC addresses with its Street View cars. As this article at CNET notes, Google also recorded location data of computers...
08:05 am - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Avatar Kinect
mikejuk writes "Is Avatar Kinect a world-changing innovation or is it just silly? The idea is simple enough. It uses Kinect to determine body position and facial expression and maps these in real-...
07:05 am - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot Canadian Government Muzzling Scientists
Meshach writes "Scientists in Canada researching why salmon stocks are depleting face being muzzled by the Canadian Conservative government. Quoting: 'Science told Miller to "please feel free to speak...
06:05 am - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot New Soyuz Launch Facility Near the Equator
tcd004 writes "Russian and French teams are currently hard at work in French Guiana on the northern coast of South America, building the first Soyuz launch facility in the Western Hemisphere. Soyuz ro...
05:05 am - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot The Rise of Git
snydeq writes "InfoWorld takes a look at the rise of Git, the use of which has increased sixfold in the past three years. Buoyed in large part by interest among the Ruby community and younger develope...
03:05 am - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot The Uncanny Valley Explained
ColdWetDog writes "Scientists now believe they've figured out what causes the uncanny valley response. They compared functional MRI scans of volunteers watching two different types of videos: those sh...
02:05 am - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot The Humble Indie Bundle 3 Released
JimWise writes "The fourth Humble Bundle has been released (the third to be released was the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle). Included in this bundle are: Crayon Physics Deluxe by Klooniegames; Cogs by Lazy...
01:05 am - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot The Rain On Saturn Falls Mainly From Space
The Bad Astronomer writes "Astronomers have discovered that the source of water in Saturn's upper atmosphere is none other than the geysers erupting from its moon Enceladus. The geysers spew water int...
12:05 am - Wed, July 27, 2011
Slashdot Cornell Software Fingers Fake Online Reviews
Eric Smalley writes "If you're like most people, you give yourself high ratings when it comes to figuring out when someone's trying to con you. Problem is, most people aren't actually good at it &mdas...
11:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Wal-Mart Jumps Into Video Streaming
Endoflow2010 writes "Today Wal-Mart has added streaming video to their website. What better time to compete with Netflix, now that they have raised their prices? On Wal-Mart's website, the movies ...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot PS3 "Strong Contender" To Overtake Xbox 360
donniebaseball23 writes "Xbox 360 has been having an incredible year so far in 2011, but on a global scale Sony's PS3 is still gaining ground. In fact, this year PS3 has outpaced Xbox 360 by 10% world...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Kepler to Investigate Newly Discovered Nebula
derGoldstein writes with an article in DigitalTrends: "An amateur astronomer recently discovered what has been confirmed to be one of the best looks yet at a planetary nebula, the last, gassy breath o...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Chief NSA Lawyer Hints That NSA May Be Tracking US Citizens
itwbennett writes "Responding to questions from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday, Matthew Olsen, the NSA's general counsel, said that the NSA 'may', under 'certain circumstances' ...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Technologist Kevin Kelly About Everything
Kevin Kelly has for decades been involved in some of the most interesting projects I know about, and in his roles as founding editor (and now editor at large) of Wired Magazine and editor of The Whole...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot The Electric Airplane Is Coming
An anonymous reader writes "The electric car is so yesterday; electric airplanes are coming. A battery electric-powered ultralight aircraft has been flying for the last year. A series-hybrid motor gli...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot X-rays For Stargazing Turn Into Cancer Treatment
derGoldstein writes "Discovery posted an interesting story of how X-rays that are used by astronomers for determining the various chemical abundances inside stars could also potentially be used for mo...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Sharing Electronic Schematics
derGoldstein writes with a blurb in Make about Circuit Bee. From the article: "CircuitBee is like YouTube for your circuit schematics. You upload your Eagle or Kicad schematics, we crunch the numbers ...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Betting on Bing for Mobile Search
msmoriarty writes "Bing is a still a money loser for Microsoft, and the calls for the company to sell it off are growing. But according to long-time Microsoft watcher Mary-Jo Foley, dumping Bing is ju...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot China Mandates Wi-Fi Hotspot Traffic Monitoring
hypnosec writes with an article on tightening censorship in China. From the article: "Officials in China warned businesses in the capital city to install web surveillance technology to monitor their t...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot The Rise of Polymorphic Malware
twoheadedboy writes "The level of aggressive, polymorphic malware intercepted by Symantec doubled in July, when compared to figures from six months ago. This kind of malware has been typically found i...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Trade of Google+1 "Likes" as a Business
siliconbits writes "Selling Google+1 "likes" is gradually becoming a rather lucrative business, helped by cheap labour and ever-falling internet access worldwide; the trend is not unlike what we ...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Crowdsourcing Ancient Egyptian Scrolls
An anonymous reader writes "Dons at Oxford University were on the BBC Radio 4 'Today' program this morning asking for help from listeners to transcribe unearthed ancient Egyptian texts and scrolls via...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Building Android Based Mobile OS
karthikmns writes "The Firefox Mozilla has taken a step to develop an all new OS for mobile platforms. This internet browser giant has launched a Boot 2 Gecko(B2G) project. Similar to Firefox B2G is a...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot 35% Consumers Want iPhone 5... Sight Unseen
judgecorp writes "Apple's iPhone 5 is not announced yet, but 35 percent of consumers say they will buy it, when it comes out, even though they know nothing about it. The figure comes from an online su...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot HTC Ready For Apple Patent War
chrb writes "The BBC have an interview with HTC CEO Peter Chou. Last week, a judge at the International Trade Commission found that HTC had violated two of Apple's patents. HTC shares fell 7% on the n...
02:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Suggests Heating Homes With "Data Furnaces"
Some anonymous masochist submitted a story that makes me cringe from inside a heatwave. "With a temperature of around 40-50C (104-122F), the exhaust from a rack of cloud servers could be a very cost-e...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Court Filing On How 2004 Ohio Election Hacked
chimpo13 writes "A new filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell case includes a copy of the Ohio Secretary of State election production system configuration that was in use in Ohio's 2004 p...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Dragon Capsule Could Be 1st Private Craft To Dock With ISS
thomst writes "Space News reports that NASA has given tentative approval for SpaceX to combine the two remaining flights designed to prove the Hawthorne, Calif., company can deliver cargo to the inter...
11:05 am - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Sun CEO Explicitly Endorsed Java's Use In Android
An anonymous reader writes "ZDNet writes: 'If you believe Oracle's patent lawsuits against Google for its use of Java in Android, Google has stolen not just patented ideas but directly copied Java cod...
08:05 am - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot 8GB of Data Stolen From Italian Cybercrime Unit
Orome1 writes "Evidence servers of the Italian National Anti-Cybercrime Center for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure (CNAIPIC) have been breached and some of their contents published by a grou...
05:05 am - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Heat 'Most Likely Cause' of Pioneer Anomaly
astroengine writes "Everything from clouds of dark matter, weird gravitational effects, alien tampering and exotic new physics have all been blamed for the 'Pioneer Anomaly' — the tiny, inexplic...
02:05 am - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Is Twitter Rendered Obsolete By Google+?
suraj.sun writes with a ComputerWorld piece predicting the end of Twitter, at least in its current form. From the article: "It's only a matter of time before Twitter becomes a ghost town. While Google...
02:05 am - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Boot To Gecko – Mozilla's Web-Based OS
kai_hiwatari writes "Mozilla has launched a new project called 'Boot to Gecko.' The aim of this project is to develop a complete operating system for the open web. Unlike Google's version of a web-bas...
12:05 am - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Former Google CIO Suggests 'Do Dumb Things'
itwbennett writes "Speaking at the CA Expo in Sydney, Australia, former Google CIO Douglas Merrill shared some management tips he learned during his tenure at the search giant. At the top of the list:...
12:05 am - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Rise of the Low-Power Servers
1sockchuck writes "Low-power many-core processors are gaining traction st some of the largest web sites. Facebook recently test-drove servers using Tilera processors, which provided three times the pe...
12:05 am - Tue, July 26, 2011
Slashdot Amazon, Google Cave To Apple, Drop In-App Buttons
CWmike writes "Amazon bowed on Monday to Apple's newest App Store rules, and removed a link in its iPhone and iPad Kindle apps that took customers directly to its online store. The move was required t...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Hotspot Found On Moon's Far Side
derGoldstein tips this news from Discovery.com: "Scientists have found evidence of volcanoes on the far side of the moon. The new discovery, reported in the journal Nature Geoscience (abstract) is a r...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot The Internet's Age of Rage
RackNine sends this excerpt from an editorial at the Guardian:"The worldwide web has made critics of us all. But with commenters able to hide behind a cloak of anonymity, the blog and chatroom have be...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot The Oslo Massacre and Violent Video Games: the Facts
An anonymous reader writes "Media hysteria is once again blaming a real life massacre on violent video games. But looking at every single gaming reference in the Oslo killer's manifesto shows that suc...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Ubuntu 11.10 Down To 12-Second Boot
deadeyefred writes "Even though it's still only in alpha, it appears as though the forthcoming version of Ubuntu, version 11.10, will be much faster than earlier versions, according to this story. Quo...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Single Photons Do Not Exceed the Speed of Light
GhigoRenzulli writes "A group of physicists at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) led by Prof Shengwang Du reported the direct observation of optical precursor of a single phot...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Blockbuster Trying To Woo Disgruntled Netflix Customers
jfruhlinger writes "'Netflix Customers, Say Hello to Blockbuster' is the subject line of an email making the rounds trying to convince customers to switch services in the wake of Netflix's contentious...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Japanese Man Arrested For Storing Malware
Orome1 writes "38-year-old Yasuhiro Kawaguchi is the first person in Japan to get arrested for storing malware on his computer after the upper house's Judicial Affairs Committee has confirmed the new ...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Is the Master's Degree the New Bachelor's?
Hugh Pickens writes "Laura Pappano writes that the master's degree, once derided as the consolation prize for failing to finish a Ph.D., or as a way to kill time waiting out economic downturns, is now...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Extending Linux Patent Deal With SUSE
darthcamaro writes "No big surprise, but Microsoft has now officially extended their patent, interoperability and Linux resale deal with SUSE. This was the deal that Novell had originally signed. Now,...
07:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Massive Solar Tower Planned For Arizona
inkscapee writes "It's simple, clean, low-maintenance, and cost-effective: using hot air on a large scale to generate electricity. No, this not a plan to use Congress to generate power, though that wo...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Iran Forced To Replace Centrifuges To Stop Stuxnet
Trailrunner7 writes "Reports that Iran had recovered from the infection of the Stuxnet worm may have been overblown, as a new report suggests the country is being forced to replace thousands of expens...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Why IT Won't Like Mac OS X Lion Server
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's John Rizzo sees Mac OS X Lion Server as a downgrade that may prompt a move to Windows Server. 'Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server adds innovative features and a new low price tag, bu...
05:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Geeky Volunteer Work?
An anonymous reader writes "I plan to be in-between jobs for 1-2 months later this year and use part of this time to do some volunteer work in Africa. My naive question: what to do and where to go?...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Cast-off Gadgets Spy on Owners (on Purpose for a Change)
Eric Smalley writes "For the project, dubbed Backtalk, researchers sent refurbished Netbooks to developing countries via nonprofit organizations. They set up the computers to record location and pictu...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Review: Captain America
If you have been living under a rock, you might not be aware that the next in the ongoing series of Avengers prequel movies came out this weekend: Captain America follows Steve Rogers origin, and sets...
03:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Gates: Not Much To Show For $5B Spent On Education
theodp writes "Since 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has poured some $5 billion into education grants and scholarships. Ten years into his record-breaking philanthropic push for school ref...
02:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Could the KGB Infiltrate LulzSec?
Barence writes "Foreign powers could try to infiltrate hacktivist networks in order to manipulate their actions, according to a security expert who advises governments and businesses on internet issue...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from University College Dublin have conducted an analysis of anonymity on Bitcoin, and found it is not inherently anonymous, and that in many cases, users and t...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot IBM's Morphing Touchscreen Keyboard Interface
cylonlover writes "While most people prefer using physical keyboards and only tolerate virtual keyboards on their mobile devices for the sake of portability, onscreen keyboards do potentially offer a ...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot James Murdoch's Defense Crumbles
Hugh Pickens writes "Brian Cathcart writes that whatever happens to News Corp., it will surely happen without James Murdoch, the clever, dashing heir apparent to his buccaneer father, Rupert, who has ...
10:05 am - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot A Congressman and an Astronaut Propose a New Plan For NASA
MarkWhittington writes "Reflecting a rising discontent with the state of the U.S. space program in the wake of the last space shuttle mission, Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and Apollo astronaut Walt Cunni...
07:05 am - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Getting the Latest Rover To Mars
derGoldstein writes "New Scientist has a great video up detailing every step of how the latest Mars rover will reach its target and get deployed. It's drastically different than the bouncing air-bag d...
04:05 am - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Can AI Games Create Super-Intelligent Humans?
destinyland writes "A technology CEO sees game artificial intelligence as the key to a revolution in education, predicting a synergy where games create smarter humans who then create smarter games. Ci...
01:05 am - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Intel Details Handling Anti-Aliasing On CPUs
MojoKid writes "When AMD launched their Barts GPU that powers the Radeon 6850 and 6870, they added support for a new type of anti-aliasing called Morphological AA (MLAA). However, Intel originally dev...
12:05 am - Mon, July 25, 2011
Slashdot Public AAC Listening Test @ ~96 Kbps [July 2011].
The folks at the Hydrogen Audio Forums have for years been benefiting the world with their patience, technical skills, and hyper-focus on sound quality, by comparing the real-world sound of various co...
11:05 pm - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot 675k Stolen Credit Cards = Ten Years In Jail
wiredmikey writes "A hacker who had been found with more than 675,000 stolen credit card numbers that reportedly led to losses totaling more than $36 million, was sentenced on Friday to 120 months in ...
09:05 pm - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot For Texas Textbooks, a Victory For Evolution
An anonymous reader writes "The Texas Board of Education has unanimously come down on the side of evolution. In an 8-0 vote, the board today approved scientifically accurate high school biology textbo...
08:05 pm - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot 'The Code Has Already Been Written'
theodp writes "John D. Cook points out there's a major divide between the way scientists and programmers view the software they write. Scientists see their software as a kind of exoskeleton, an extens...
07:05 pm - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot Android Password Data Stored In Plain Text
jampola writes "The Hacker News is reporting that Android password data is being stored as plain text in its SQlite database. Hackers News says that 'The password for email accounts is stored into the...
06:05 pm - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot FDA To Scrutinize Mobile Medical Apps
mikejuk writes "It looks like 'first do no harm' is coming to an app near you. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking input on its proposed oversight of some health-related mobile phone ...
05:05 pm - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot Suggesting Innovative Uses For Retired Space Shuttles
coondoggie writes "It was a sad event when the iconic NASA Space Shuttle program ended last week with the landing of Atlantis. After the last mission the flying shuttles will all be assigned to museum...
04:05 pm - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot Android User Spends 60 Days In WebOS Land
An anonymous reader writes "About six months ago, however, I began to wonder about how the other mobile products had grown. When the HTC HD7 crossed my path a little while ago, I decided to abandon my...
03:05 pm - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot New Blood Test Can Detect Alzheimers
kkleiner writes "Samantha Burnham and her colleagues from the Australian national research organization CSIRO caused quite a buzz at the latest Alzheimer's Association International Conference when th...
02:05 pm - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot Internet-Based Political Party Opens Doors
AlamedaStone writes "New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Thomas L. Friedman writes (edited for brevity): 'If [...] idiocy by elected officials [...] leaves you wishing that we had more options today [...] ...
01:05 pm - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot Online Call To Shoot President Ruled Free Speech
Hugh Pickens writes "USA Today reports that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a man who threatened to shoot President Obama, saying his Internet message board commen...
10:05 am - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot Heathrow To Install Facial Recognition Scanners
itwbennett writes "Slashdot readers will recall that back in February, Heathrow airport required full body scanning for select individuals. Now we learn that the airport is installing facial recogniti...
07:05 am - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot Google+ Account Suspensions Over ToS Drawing Fire
ideonexus writes "Reports of Google+ deleting user accounts are all over, including Limor Fried — AKA Lady Ada / Adafruit Industries (recently featured in Wired Magazine) and former Google ...
04:05 am - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot Get Your Own Action Figure (In Japan)
derGoldstein writes "Makezine points to a very interesting shop in Akihabara that will make miniature clones of your face. This page contains photos of the process and the results. After the miniature...
12:05 am - Sun, July 24, 2011
Slashdot Personal DNA Sequencing Machine One Step Closer
oxide7 writes "A new, low cost semiconductor-based gene sequencing machine has been developed and may unlock the door to advanced medicines and life itself. A team led by Jonathan Rothberg of Ion Torr...
11:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot Oracle Ordered To Lower Damages Claim On Google
CWmike writes "Oracle has been ordered to lower its multibillion-dollar claim for damages in its patent infringement lawsuit against Google and its Android operating system, court papers show. Oracle'...
10:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot Today's Lighter TVs Mean Much Less E-Waste
MojoKid writes "We all know that today's flat-screen TVs weigh far less than old-style CRTs, or they wouldn't be able to hang on the wall. New research from the Consumer Electronics Association finds ...
10:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot Registration Opens For Software Freedom Day 2011
An anonymous reader writes "For those of you who think technology and more importantly software should be open and shareable, the annual celebration of Software Freedom Day has opened its registration...
09:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Chromeless Cross-Platform Browser?
blakieto writes "Mozilla has the Prism project, which turned into Chromeless, which seems to have died [Note: last update was May 31]. I'm seeking a no-interface-what-so-ever cross-platform browser fo...
08:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot Team Sonia Takes Prize at RoboSub 2011
An anonymous reader writes "The RoboSub 2011 competition final was held on July 17. Each year, teams from around the world gather to see who has the best autonomous underwater vehicle. The goal of the...
07:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot When Patents Attack — the NPR Version
fermion writes "This American Life is running a story this week on Intellectual Ventures, a firm some consider the leader of the patent trolls. The story delves into the origins of the term patent tro...
06:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot GNOME and KDE Devs Wrangle Over 'System Settings' Name
An anonymous reader writes "The developer of the KDE System Settings application has launched a formal complaint against GNOME for renaming 'Control Center' to 'System Settings' in GNOME 3.0. This dev...
05:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot Bullet Train Derails In China
chrb writes "Xinhua is reporting that a Chinese bullet train has derailed, resulting in two of the train's coaches falling off a bridge. This comes only a few months after officials at the Railways Mi...
04:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot Astronomers Find Largest Known Extraterrestrial Water Reserve
gerddie writes "Two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. The water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the wor...
03:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot 3D Hurts Your Eyes
sajjadG writes "After experimenting on 24 adults, a research team at the University of California, Berkeley has determined that viewing content on a stereo 3D displayhurts your eyes and your brain. Th...
02:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot Why Waste Servers' Heat?
mikejuk writes "A new paper from Microsoft Research (PDF) suggests a radical but slightly mad scheme for dealing with some of the more basic problems of the data centre. Rather than build server farms...
02:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot CEO Confirms Chevy To Sell Diesel Cruze In US
s122604 writes "For the first time in almost 30 years, a U.S. carmaker is planning to market a non-truck diesel vehicle in the U.S. — the Chevy Cruze. Estimated MPG for the automatic transmissio...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot Blocked Fuel Line Botched Military Satellite Orbit
Hugh Pickens writes "Dan Elliott reports that a piece of cloth inadvertently left in the fuel line during the manufacturing process may be the reason for the botched delivery to orbit of a military co...
11:05 am - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot PayPal Joins London Police Effort
derGoldstein writes this excerpt from Ars Technica: "PayPal has joined a music copyright association and the City of London police department's bid to financially starve websites deemed 'illegal.' Whe...
08:05 am - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot IBM Speeds Storage With Flash: 10B Files In 43 Min
CWmike writes "With an eye toward helping tomorrow's data-deluged organizations, IBM researchers have created a super-fast storage system capable of scanning in 10 billion files in 43 minutes. This sy...
06:05 am - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot Google Music Adds Linux, Ogg Vorbis Support
luceth writes "According to Android Police, the Google Music library manager now supports Linux! Also available in the Linux upload manager is new support for Ogg Vorbis, though they transcode it to 3...
03:05 am - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot BlackBerry PlayBook First Tablet To Gain NIST Approval
An anonymous reader writes "Despite its current struggles to win over consumers, RIM has always been strong in the enterprise. The company remained steadfast in its support for corporate environments ...
02:05 am - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot iPhones Can Read Tattoo Ink For Medical Info
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Northeastern University have modified an iPhone to take readings from a special fluorescing nanoparticle tattoo ink, which can then measure sodium and glouco...
12:05 am - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot First NetHack Cross-Variant Summer Tournament
bhaak1 writes "The first — and hopefully annual — NetHack Cross-Variant Summer Tournament called Junethack started last Sunday and runs until the end of August 14th.This tournament feature...
12:05 am - Sat, July 23, 2011
Slashdot Release of 33GiB of Scientific Publications
An anonymous reader writes "A Wikipedian, Greg Maxwell, has released 33GiB of scientific publications [note: torrent] from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society in response to the arrest...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Obama Administration Tests the Waters With Ocean Power Startups
Stirfry192 sends this excerpt from an article discussing the Obama Administration's funding of renewable energy projects that are experimenting with hydrokinetics:"Currently, the Department of Energy ...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot The Brilliance of Dwarf Fortress
The NY Times is running a story about Dwarf Fortress, an independently produced, ASCII-rendered fantasy game that thrives on its own uniqueness and has influenced countless other game developers (and ...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot The Code War Arms Race
pacopico writes "A story in Bloomberg Businessweek gives the first in-depth look at a wave of new start-ups selling cyber weaponry. The story describes this as the evolution of the defense industry in...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Lodsys Now Suing EA, Atari, Rovio and More
An anonymous reader writes "Patent troll Lodsys has now amended its original complaint against iOS and Android developers to include some big name defendants of infringing upon its patent that alleged...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Apple Laptops Vulnerable To Battery Firmware Hack
Trailrunner7 writes "Security researcher Charlie Miller, widely known for his work on Mac OS X and Apple's iOS, has discovered an interesting method that enables him to completely disable the batterie...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Google+ Growing As a Social Backbone
OverTheGeicoE writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that Google+ has added 20 million users in just 3 weeks. According to the article, no other site has recorded such high growth in such a shor...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Has LHC Seen a Hint of the Higgs?
gbrumfiel writes "Researchers at two detectors at the Large Hadron Collider are seeing something unusual. The signal is faint, but it could be from the long-sought Higgs particle. The Higgs is part of...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot The Loudness Wars May Be Ending
Hugh Pickens writes "Mike Barthel reports on a technique called brick-wall limiting, where songs are engineered to seem louder by bringing the quiet parts to the same level as the loud parts and pushi...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Indie RPG Struggles On Xbox, Yet Thrives On Steam
derGoldstein writes "Two weeks ago Robert Boyd started offering his two RPGs Breath of Death VII and Cthulhu Saves the World on Steam, for $2.99 (for both games combined). It fared far better than it ...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Netflix Killing DVDs Like Apple Killed Floppies?
cheezitmike writes "While there has been lots of outcry about Netflix separating their DVD service from their streaming service, media expert Eric Garland says they're just doing to the DVD what Apple...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Atlantis' Final Reentry Over Cancun, Mexico
astroengine writes "Once again, videographer Noe Castillo has captured space shuttle history through his camera lens. On June 1, 2011, he witnessed the final reentry of space shuttle Endeavour. Now he...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Malware Is a Disease; Let's Treat It Like One
jfruhlinger writes "The most common metaphor we have for computer malware — 'virus' — emphasizes that in many ways malicious computer code mimics biological pathogens. And yet, while the U...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Massachusetts Plans To Keep Track of Where Your Car Has Been
Attila Dimedici writes "Massachusetts wants to establish a database with the information gathered by license plate scanners installed in police cars. The scanners will scan license plates of every car...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Spotify To Bait and Switch?
hype7 writes "The Harvard Business Review, of all places, is running a story suggesting that Spotify may have to rely on a bait & switch strategy — or might have one forced upon it by the re...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Android Catching Up In the Tablet Market
TyFoN writes "Year to year, the iPad market share is down from 94.3 percent to 61.3 percent while Android is up about the same, going from 2.9 percent to 30.1 percent in the same period. 'Some 4.6 mil...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Terror Attack On Norwegian Government
techtech sends this quote from the BBC:"A large bomb blast has hit near government headquarters in the Norwegian capital Oslo, killing at least one person. The offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Advertising Network Caught History Stealing
jonathanmayer writes "Last week the Stanford Security Lab reported some surprising results on how advertising networks respond to opt outs and Do Not Track. This week we made a new discovery in the on...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Share Links, Become Extradited To the US
castrox writes with an in-depth followup to a story we discussed in June:"Sharing links online, particularly links to copyrighted material, may render you extradited to the United States of America. '...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Will Apple's Lion Roar For Business?
An anonymous reader writes "Apple has long had a troubled relationship with IT departments. Any creative professional will testify just how hard it can be to convince IT managers to allow the use of M...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Hybrid Human-Animal DNA Experiments Raise Concerns
Kevin Fishburne writes"British scientists are calling for a new agency to oversee the mixing of human and animal DNA, which is progressing at a rate most may not be aware of: 'Among experimentation th...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Google: Sun Offered To License Java For $100M
alphadogg writes "Sun Microsystems offered to license its Java technology to Google for $100 million, a Google attorney said Thursday, attempting to show that Oracle is out of touch as it seeks billio...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Is Most Hated Social Media Company
Hugh Pickens writes "Inc. reports that Facebook, the most visited site on the Internet, is also among the most hated, scoring 64 on a 100-point scale, which puts the company in the bottom five percent...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Sony Insurer Suing To Deny Data Breach Coverage
idontgno writes "It keeps getting better and better for Sony and its business units. Reuters reports that Sony's insurer, Zurich American, is suing to avoid paying out on Sony's legal liability which ...
12:05 pm - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Releases Restricted NATO Document
angry tapir writes "Anonymous has released a document marked 'restricted' from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The 36-page document, which is dated Aug. 27, 2007, appears to be budget a...
09:05 am - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Australian Attys General Agree in Principle on R18+
dotarray writes "In Adelaide today, the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General was again unable to reach a unanimous decision on the topic of whether or not Australia should have an R18+ rating ...
06:05 am - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Linux Kernel 3.0 Released
Suchetha writes "In a posting on his Google+ page Linus Torvalds announced the launch of Linux kernel 3.0. This follows the kernel missing the planned release date of the 19th because of 'a subtl...
03:05 am - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Peter Adekeye Freed, Judge Outraged At Cisco's Involvement
puppetman writes "Ars Technica has an article relating the recent release of Peter Adekeye, a former Cisco employee who was arrested in Canada on trumped-up charges that appear to have been fabricated...
01:05 am - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot A Linux Distro From the US Department of Defense
donadony writes "The Lightweight Portable Security distribution was created by the Software Protection Initiative under the direction of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. Department Of De...
12:05 am - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot A Linux Disto From the US Department of Defense
donadony writes "The Lightweight Portable Security distribution was created by the Software Protection Initiative under the direction of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. Department Of De...
12:05 am - Fri, July 22, 2011
Slashdot Fond Memories of Nerd Camp
Slate's "Summer Camp" issue has revived a piece from a few years back recounting author Meghan O'Rourke's experience as a student at "nerd camp." O'Rourke was a student at Johns Hopkin's CTY program (...
11:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Oracle Acquires K-splice For an Undisclosed Amount
drspliff writes "Oracle today announced it's completed the acquisition of K-Splice, dropping support for Redhat, CentOS, and SUSE, and closing doors to new customers. Unless of course you want to beco...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Why Netflix Had To Raise Its Prices
sperlingreich writes "Last week, after movie streaming service Netflix raised its prices by 60%, the company's customers took to blogs and social networks in revolt, threatening to cancel their subscr...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Activision Trying To 'Reinvent' Guitar Hero
In an interview with Forbes, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick spoke about the rise and fall of the Guitar Hero franchise, saying "it became unsuccessful because it didn't have any nourishment and care." He...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot GE To Sample 500GB DVD-Size Discs Soon
siliconbits writes "GE Global Research announced earlier today that it has managed to cram up to 500GB worth of data on a standard DVD-size disc, an increase in storage density of roughly 100x. What's...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Fed Audit's Initial Report Reveals Trillions in Secret Loans
An anonymous reader writes "The first top-to-bottom audit of the Federal Reserve uncovered eye-popping new details about how the U.S. provided a whopping $16 trillion in secret loans to bail out Ameri...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Can a Playground Be Too Safe?
Hugh Pickens writes "John Tierney writes that the old 10-foot-high jungle gyms and slides disappeared from most American playgrounds across the country in recent decades because of parental concerns, ...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Making Sense of the NoSQL Standouts
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner provides an overview of the more compelling NoSQL data stores on offer today in hopes of helping IT pros get started experimenting with these powerful tools. Fr...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot FPGA Bitstream Security Broken
NumberField writes "Researchers in Germany released a pair of papers documenting severe power analysis vulnerabilities in the bitstream encryption of multiple Xilinx FPGAs. The problem exposes product...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Apple Adopts Bluetooth 4.0. Could It Reject NFC?
siliconbits writes "Two months after Apple joined the Bluetooth special interest group board, the company launched the world's first truly mainstream Bluetooth 4.0 devices, namely the new Macbook Air ...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Windows XP In a Browser
An anonymous reader writes "JPC — the pure java PC emulator — has now been upgraded to JPC2, and can run WindowsXP inside the Java Applet sandbox." Read more of this story at Slash...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Wolfram Launches Computational Document Format
Barence writes "Wolfram Research has launched its own document format, which it claims is 'as everyday as a document, but as interactive as an app.' The Computational Document Format (CDF) allows auth...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Announces Enterprise User Working Group
Lennie sends this quote from an announcement at the Mozilla blog: "Recently there has been a lot of discussion about enterprises and rapid releases. Online life is evolving faster than ever and it's i...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot UK Government To Share Restricted Files In the Cloud
twoheadedboy writes "The UK Government wants to use the cloud to share restricted files. Given the concerns around cloud and security, this will worry some. Nevertheless, a deal between the services a...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Why Any Competing Whois Registry Model Is Doomed
CowboyRobot writes "In Paul Vixie's latest essay, he argues that the alternative to the Whois registry model is flawed and that we should be learning from the mistakes of the history of proposed alter...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Build Your Own 135TB RAID6 Storage Pod For $7,384
An anonymous reader writes "Backblaze, the cloud-based backup provider, has revealed how it continues to undercut its competitors: by building its own 135TB Storage Pods which cost just $7,384 in part...
02:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Hack One Gigabyte of Data From NATO
GeekTech.in writes "The AnonymousIRC hacking organisation have claimed this afternoon that they have hacked into NATO servers. As one of there tweets says: ' Yes, #NATO was breached. And we have lots ...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Atlantis Lands, Ending the Shuttle Era
Early this morning Atlantis landed at KSC in Florida. I've been following the trip intently ever since my trip to Florida to see the launch of the very last Shuttle. This really is the end of an era. ...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Senators Taking Sides In AT&TT Mobile Merger
Sniper98G writes "US senators have no official power to block the AT&T/T Mobile merger. But that has not stopped them from making strong recommendations to the FCC and the department of justice. T...
11:05 am - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot EA Considers Service-Based Business Model For Sports Games
Andrew Wilson, head of development for EA Sports, spoke at the Develop 2011 conference about an unusual business plan the company is considering for future games:"[Wilson] raised the subject of Amazon...
09:05 am - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Predictions of the Future...From the 1960s
kkleiner writes "Jetpacks, flying cars, death rays — the future isn't quite what the past hoped it would be. Of course, when predictions do come true it can be really shocking. Check out some of...
08:05 am - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Don't Go 3D For 3D's Sake, Says Sony
Sony is determined to push 3D graphics into the realm of gaming, but the company seems to be aware that quality, not quantity, is what can win over gamers. They've been telling game developers to take...
06:05 am - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Make Biochem "Brain" From DNA Strands
thebchuckster writes "Scientists from the California Institute of Technology have created an artificial neural network (or a "tiny brain," in the words of the lead scientist) from DNA strands that int...
04:05 am - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot TSA Body Scanners To Show Less Revealing Images
tgtanman writes "The Washington Post reports that the TSA will begin installing new software on millimeter wave body scanners at 41 airports that will replace the controversial body images with generi...
02:05 am - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot 8% of Android Apps Are Leaking Private Information
kai_hiwatari writes "Neil Daswani, who is also the CTO of security firm Dasient, says that they have studied around 10,000 Android apps and have found that 800 of them are leaking private information ...
12:05 am - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Police To Begin iPhone Iris Scans
cultiv8 writes "Dozens of police departments nationwide are gearing up to use a tech company's already controversial iris- and facial-scanning device that slides over an iPhone and helps identify a pe...
12:05 am - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Jury Acquits Citizens of Illegally Filming Police
sexybomber writes "The Springfield (MA) Republican reports two men accused of illegally filming the process as they bailed friends out of jail that last summer, were acquitted of all charges Tuesday. ...
12:05 am - Thu, July 21, 2011
Slashdot Google Trying to Lure Celebs to Google+
alphadogg writes "Part of the buzz this week about Google+ is that Google is reportedly working to lure celebrities such as Lady Gaga to its new social network service with verified accounts. Not...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Airport Queuing Time Measured With Bluetooth
jones_supa writes "Helsinki-Vantaa airport has established a new method of monitoring security control queue times, utilizing phones with Bluetooth enabled. When a passenger passes through security co...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Suppressed Report Shows Pirates Are Good Customers
An anonymous reader writes "The movie and music industry think pirates are criminals and parasites who cost both industries billions of dollars in lost sales. In order to prove this fact a number of s...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot World's Largest Visualization Analytics Display
An anonymous reader writes "An 80-foot wide visualization screen at California ISO graphically displays sensor readings from thousands of smart meters as well as provides predictive analytics. By anal...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Top General: Defense Department IT In "Stone Age"
CWmike writes "U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James 'Hoss' Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was sharply critical Tuesday of the the department is pretty much in the Stone Age as far as ...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Study Impact of Wearing Medieval Armor
FoolishOwl writes "Scientists at the University of Leeds tested the effects of wearing heavy medieval armor by monitoring volunteers, who were experienced medieval reenactors, as they walked and ran o...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Google To Discontinue Google Labs
kai_hiwatari writes "Today, Google has announced that they are closing down Google Labs. They say that this will help them prioritize their product effort. Google says that closing Google Labs means e...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Fermilab Scientists Discover New Particle
An anonymous reader writes "Fermilab today announced that scientists working at the CDF (Collision Detector at Fermilab) experiment confirmed the observation of a new particle, the Xi-sub-b. The Xi-su...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Cyber Warfare
raceBannon writes "The authors, Steve Winterfield and Jason Andress, cover everything you will want to consider when thinking about how to usecyberspace to conduct warfare operations. The primary conc...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Sheikh Carves His Name In Desert So It's Visible From Space
While it isn't as cool as carving his name on the surface of the moon with a giant heat ray, Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Ahyan's enormous signature is quite an accomplishment nonetheless. Measuring 1,000 mete...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Space Shuttle Atlantis Last Night In Space Orbit
techtribune writes "Tomorrow will be a bittersweet day for the crew aboard the NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis as they begin their return home to Earth. This will be the last space shuttle re-entry, the l...
07:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Lenovo Unveils Android ThinkPad and IdeaPad Slates
MojoKid writes "While many tablets are slimming down (and losing valuable ports), Lenovo's new ThinkPad Tablet is on the bulky side with the hope that business professionals appreciate it. The Tablet ...
07:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Second Life Mine Simulation Receives an Emmy Nomination
An anonymous reader writes "The Virtual Mine, an interactive simulation set in the virtual world of Second Life designed to examine the effects of mountaintop coal mining, has been nominated for an Em...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Fake Apple Stores Mushrooming In China
siliconbits writes "A new worrying phenomenon has cropped up in China and Apple has been its first victim; meet the first fake Apple Stores, entire buildings that have been designed to look like the r...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot NASA's Hubble Discovers Another Moon Around Pluto
thebchuckster writes "Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope discovered a fourth moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The tiny, new satellite – temporarily designated P4 — was u...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Linux Receives 20th Birthday Video From Microsoft
moonbender writes "The Linux kernel has received birthday wishes from an unexpected direction — a video animation from Microsoft. Quoting The H: 'The video picks up on the strained relationship ...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Google Plugs Hole That Lets You Remove Any Website
blowdart writes "Google today disabled their webmaster tools after it was discovered that anyone could use the tool to remove any site from the google index. The exploit was pretty simple, all anyone ...
03:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Apple Releases Mac OS X Lion, Updates Air
steffann was one of several readers to note that Apple has released OS X Lion for $30 available only through the Mac App Store. It's a 4 gig download so you better not be in a hurry. Lots of new stuff...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Google Warns Users About Active Malware Infection
dinscott writes "Google has begun notifying its users that a particular piece of malware is installed on their computers by showing a big yellow notification above their search results. The warning be...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Hillary Clinton Takes Data.gov Overseas
theodp writes "ZDNet reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's office issued a fact sheet during her visit to India confirming that the U.S. and India will be working together to develop an op...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Do Two-Screen Laptops Make Sense?
An anonymous reader writes "With two 17" HD LED displays, the SpaceBook goes against every trend in laptop design I can think of (well, apart from the Core i7 and Core i5 processors). It's more than 1...
11:05 am - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Developer Panel Asks Whether AAA Games Are Too Long
Gamespot reports on a discussion at the Develop 2011 conference in which a panel of game designers debated whether recent big-budget releases like Heavy Rain and L.A. Noire were too long for a typical...
10:05 am - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Court Allows Webcam Spying On Rental Laptops
tekgoblin writes "Back in May there was a class action lawsuit filed against the rental company Aaron's, which had secretly installed spying software that would turn on a laptop's webcam, take picture...
07:05 am - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot BiPod Flying Car Makes (Short) Test Flights
Zothecula writes "The team at Scaled Composites pulled out all the stops to realize the final design of the company's founder and former CTO, Burt Rutan, ahead of his retirement in April earlier this ...
06:05 am - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot NAND Flash Better Than DRAM For PC Performance
Lucas123 writes "Adding NAND flash memory to a PC does more for performance than DRAM and costs less, according to a new study. As the price difference between the two memory types widens, NAND flash ...
05:05 am - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Offline Storage Method For Large Archives?
An anonymous reader writes "I have a collection of large projects (Indesign files with associated images), which are typically 40GB to 60GB each. In this current climate, what is the 'best' method of ...
04:05 am - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Carmack Addresses FPS Creativity Concerns
donniebaseball23 writes "id Software co-founder John Carmack defended the creativity of first-person shooter games in a recent interview. The legendary programmer, who was a pioneer in the shooter gen...
03:05 am - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Dismantling a Nuclear Reactor
AmiMoJo sends in a BBC story about the hardware used to decommission a nuclear reactor:"The device cost £20m to design and build and will operate in highly radioactive conditions inside Dounreay...
02:05 am - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Computer Science Tools Flood Astronomers With Data
purkinje writes "Astronomy is getting a major data-gathering boost from computer science, as new tools like real-time telescopic observations and digital sky surveys provide astronomers with an unprec...
01:05 am - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot NH Man Arrested For Videotaping Police.. Again
OhPlz writes "Back in 2006, a resident of New Hampshire's second largest city was arrested while at the police station attempting to file a complaint against officers. His crime? He had video tape...
12:05 am - Wed, July 20, 2011
Slashdot Gov't Funded Electric Car Company Goes Out of Business
thecarchik writes "Consider yesterday's collapse of electric car company Green Vehicles an object lesson in why it's a bad idea for cities to invest in the risky business of start-up car companies &md...
11:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Frustrated Judge Pushes For Solution In Google Books Case
SpuriousLogic writes with this excerpt from a Reuters report:"A Manhattan federal judge set a Sept. 15 deadline for Google, authors and publishers to come up with a legal plan to create the world's la...
11:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Apple Finally Approves Google+ App For iPhone
CWmike writes "Apple approved the Google+ app for the iPhone on Tuesday, and posted it to the App Store. It's unclear whether Google has created an iPad-specific app. Two weeks ago, a Google empl...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot SEC Filing Reveals Details of Zynga's Relationship With Facebook
bizwriter writes with an article in bnet. From the article "An amended S-1 filing for Zynga's eventual IPO offers details of its relationship to Facebook. There's plenty of interesting stuff there in ...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Tae Bo Workout Sent Skyscraper Shaking
MiniMike writes "According to CNN: 'Seventeen people performing a vigorous Tae Bo workout caused tremors that forced the evacuation of a South Korean skyscraper earlier this month, the building's owne...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Bitcoin Trademark Troll Now Sending Bogus DMCA Takedowns
An anonymous reader writes "A couple weeks ago, Slashdot wrote about a lawyer named Michael Pascazi who was trying to trademark Bitcoin. Techdirt picked up on the story including Pascazi's evidence of...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Dawn Takes First Pictures of Vesta From Orbit
thebchuckster writes with a photo gallery in International Business Times. From the article "NASA's Dawn, locked in orbit around Vesta, has sent back the first ever close-up image of the asteroid 'So ...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Can Long Term Research Survive the Coming Age of Austerity?
Hugh Pickens writes "Alexis Madrigal writes that everyone agrees you need science and technology R&D, but when budgets get tight, research into quantum dots or the fundamental forces that cause ea...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot OpenBSD Marches Toward 5.0 Release
badger.foo writes "OpenBSD-current just turned 5.0-beta, providing us a preview of what the upcoming release (slated for November 1st) will look like. Peter Hansteen takes us through the main new feat...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Aaron Swartz Indicted in Attempted Piracy of Four Million Documents
An anonymous reader writes "New York Times has reported that Internet activist Aaron Swartz has been indicted for stealing more than 4 million documents from JSTOR."The indictment contains an exciting...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot FBI Executes Nationwide Raid of Anonymous Members
Nominei and suraj.sun write in with news about a nationwide raid of Anonymous members. CBS reports that raids occurred in California, New Jersey, Florida, and New York. At least 12 arrests were made w...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Dumpster Drive: File-Sharing For Your Digital Trash
An anonymous reader writes "Dumpster Drive is a file-sharing application that recycles digital files. Using dumpster diving as a model for recirculating unwanted objects, Dumpster Drive allows others ...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Russia Launches Delayed Radiotelescope
An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday the Radioastron Spektr-R satellite was successfully launched from Baikonur cosmodrome. It became first launch of an astronomical satellite in 25 years for Russia....
06:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Qt For the Console
An anonymous reader writes "Girish Ramakrishnan has written a Lighthouse plugin that lets one run Qt applications on the console. Old timers would recall the April Fool's story. Except it's for real t...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Wall-E Robot Made With LEGO Mindstorms
An anonymous reader writes "Montreal-based maker Marc-André Bazergui has created a real-life Wall-E robot using a set of motors and a LEGO Mindstorms NXT kit. The 20cm tall Wall-E uses 5 RCX moto...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Napkins and the History of Ethernet, Compaq, Facebook
alphadogg writes "Napkins don't really stack up well against hard drives or even floppy disks for preserving data over time. But some of the technology and business world's most enduring ideas are sai...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous To Release Sun, News of the World Emails
siliconbits writes "After having hacked Rupert Murdoch's flagship news website, thesun.co.uk, and redirecting its readers to a spoof front page and pilfering its email servers, Anonymous' unofficial m...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot NoScript Awarded $10,000
An anonymous reader noted an interesting bit of information about a tool a ton of Slashdot users make use of every day: "NoScript has been chosen as the recipient of the DRG Security Innovation Grant....
03:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot iPhone 4 Survives Fall From Skydiver's Pocket
tripleevenfall sent in a link with a story that is sure to be the basis for the next iPhone 4 commercial. From the article: "Jarrod McKinney's iPhone 4 — a notoriously fragile device — cra...
02:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Google Acquires G.co Domain
dkd903 writes "Google has announced that they have acquired a new domain – g.co. They said, 'We’ll only use g.co to send you to webpages that are owned by Google, and only we can create g....
02:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Chrome Extension Adds Facebook, Twitter To Google+
An anonymous readersubmitted a story about Start G+, a really sweet Chrome plug-in that I've been using for several days to blend Facebook and Twitter into my Google+ Page. It's worth a look...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Earth's Population To Hit 7 Billion This Year
MikeChino writes "The UN Population Division just announced that the world's human population will hit 7 billion by Halloween 2011. The increase of one billion people in the past 12 years is worrying,...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Borders Books, Dead At 40
theodp writes "There will be no storybook ending for Borders. The 40-year-old book seller could start shuttering its 399 remaining stores as early as Friday (store closing map). The Ann Arbor, MI-base...
10:05 am - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot BBC Crowdsources 3G Coverage Map
judgecorp writes "The BBC is asking Android users to install an app which will upload information about 3G and 2G coverage, in order to build up a map showing where Britain has signal. The company beh...
07:05 am - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot IE6 Still Going Strong In China
RackNine writes "Net Applications estimates that IE6 has a share of 33.8% in China, StatCounter estimates about 40.2%. Consider the fact that there are currently about 477 million Internet users in Ch...
04:05 am - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot Linux 3.0 Release Delayed
JustinRLynn writes "A recent Google+ Post by Linus Torvalds indicates that version 3.0 of the Linux kernel will have to wait due to the discovery of a 'subtle pathname lookup bug.' Linus indicate...
02:05 am - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot How To Jailbreak and Upgrade Old Android Phones
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Serdar Yegulalp provides an in-depth tutorial on how he rooted and upgraded his Motorola Cliq XT, one of many Android phones made infamous for not receiving further Android ...
12:05 am - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot The Science of Password Selection
troyhunt writes "We all know by now that most people do a pretty poor job of choosing passwords, but what's behind the selection process? What's the inspiration for choosing those short, simple pa...
12:05 am - Tue, July 19, 2011
Slashdot LulzSec Target the Sun After Phone Hacking Scandal
nk497 writes "LulzSec have come out of retirement to target Rupert Murdoch's News International, hacking the website of The Sun, redirecting it first to a spoofed page reporting his death and then to ...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Inside Las Vegas' Biggest Data Centre
twoheadedboy writes "Las Vegas data centres are just as opulent as the casinos which litter the vibrant city. SuperNAP is the biggest in all Las Vegas, with 400,000 square feet of servers using around...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot A Tale of Two Countries
theodp writes "Over at TechCrunch, Jon Bischke is troubled by the growing divide between Silicon Valley and unemployed America. While people who spend most of their days within a few blocks of tech st...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Neanderthal Genes Found In All Non-African Populations
Med-trump writes "Neanderthals, whose ancestors left Africa about 400,000 to 800,000 years ago, evolved in what is now mainly France, Spain, Germany and Russia, and are thought to have lived until abo...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Chain World — Innovative Game Design Sparks Debate
A story at Wired charts the course of Chain World, a video game designed by Jason Rohrer to be different from any game that came before it. Quoting:"It would exist on [a USB flash drive] and nowhere e...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot 7 Days With a Google Chromebook
jfruhlinger writes "Now that Chromebook laptops are finally here, the question is: can you really do serious work with them? The only way to find out is to dive on in, and so Steven Vaughn-Nichols...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Australian R18+ Rating For Games? Not Yet; NSW Refuses To Vote
UgLyPuNk writes "Just a few hours after the Australian gaming public was confused by the stance taken by the South Australian Attorney-General, they're now getting angry over his New South Wales count...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Bill Clinton Says 'Paint Your Roofs White'
Hugh Pickens writes "Former President Bill Clinton thinks 'every black roof in New York should be white; every roof in Chicago should be white; every roof in Little Rock should be white. Every flat ta...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Breakthrough Toward Quantum Computing
redwolfe7707 writes "Qubit registers have been a hard thing to construct; this looks to be a substantial advance in the multiple entanglements required for their use. Quoting: 'Olivier Pfister, a prof...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot How the New Spectrum Bill Would Harm the Tech Community
An anonymous reader writes "One version of new spectrum legislation poses a threat to unlicensed wireless, which is where technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth operate. Your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth tec...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Test Driving GNU Hurd, With Benchmarks Against Linux
An anonymous reader writes "After last week's news that GNU Hurd is coming, Phoronix set out to install Debian GNU Hurd and to provide GNU Hurd vs. Linux benchmarks. Linux was mostly faster than The H...
07:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Offers $250,000 Reward For Botnet Info
Orome1 writes "Microsoft decided to extend their efforts to establish the identity of those responsible for controlling the Rustock botnet by issuing a $250,000 reward for new information that results...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Outgoing Federal CIO Warns of 'IT Cartel' In DC
CWmike writes "In a wide-ranging discussion Friday with President Barack Obama's top science advisors, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra warned of the dangers of open data access and was sharply critical of go...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Lets Students Rent Digital Textbooks
nk497 writes "Amazon has unveiled a new digital textbook rental service, allowing students to choose how long they'd like access to an eBook-version of a textbook via their Kindle or app — with ...
05:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Attachmate Does the Right Thing For Mono
mikejuk writes "Attachmate, who recently decided to dump the Mono development team, has done the right thing in allowing Miguel de Icaza's new company, Xamarin, a perpetual license to all the intellec...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Debut Proxy-Less Anonymity Service
Trailrunner7 writes "As state-level censorship continues to grow in various countries around the globe in response to political dissent and social change, researchers have begun looking for news ways ...
03:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Stanford Students Build "JediBot"
An anonymous reader writes "By combining a dexterous robotic arm, a foam-padded lightsaber, the movement tracking capabilities of Microsoft's Kinect sensor, and some clever software, students at Stanf...
03:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Do 'Ultracool' Brown Dwarfs Surround Us?
astroengine writes "The recent discovery of two very cool "T-class" brown dwarfs in our cosmic neighborhood has prompted speculation that there may be many more ultracool "failed stars" nearby. Not on...
02:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Apple IOS 4.3.4 Jailbroken Hours After Update
Stoobalou writes "The cat and mouse game between Apple and the jailbreaking community continues unabated as an updated version of PwnageTool hits the web just hours after apple updated its iOS mobile ...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot ISP Refuses To Block the Pirate Bay
asto21 writes "Previously, representatives from the Finnish music industry filed a lawsuit against Elisa, one of the country's largest ISPs, demanding that it should block subscriber access to The Pir...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Facial Recognition Gone Wrong
An anonymous reader writes "John H. Gass hadn't had a traffic ticket in years, so the Natick resident was surprised this spring when he received a letter from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehic...
10:05 am - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Sydney Has 10,000 Unsecured Wi-Fi Points
daria42 writes "A bunch of researchers have been driving around Sydney, Australia, and scanning for unsecured Wi-Fi networks. You'd think that in this day and age, with all that we've learned about se...
07:05 am - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Queen Elizabeth Sets a Code-Breaking Challenge
mikejuk writes "Queen Elizabeth II has made her first ever visit to Bletchley Park, the home of the UK's World War II code-breaking efforts and now a museum. To mark the occasion The Queen has issued ...
04:05 am - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Security Consultants Warn About PROTECT-IP Act
epee1221 writes "Several security professionals released a paper raising objections to the DNS filtering(PDF) mandated by the proposed PROTECT-IP Act. The measure allows courts to require Internet ser...
02:05 am - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot iOS 4.3.4 Prevents Hacking and Jailbreaking
Mightee writes "Apple has released a software update to iOS, version 4.3.4, for the iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 2, 1, and iPod Touch. The main objective of this version is to prevent the hacking in Apple iOS ...
12:05 am - Mon, July 18, 2011
Slashdot Company Claims Ownership of Digital Messaging
An anonymous reader writes "Kootol, yet another patent troll, is going after everyone who make messaging software for violating their soon-to-be-granted patent, which claims they invented one and two ...
10:05 pm - Sun, July 17, 2011
Slashdot Climate Scientists Ask For Help Fighting Somali Pirates
thebchuckster writes "Scientists are seeking the help of the Australian and US navies to repel Somali pirates who are threatening one of the world's key climate monitoring programs. They hope to deplo...
08:05 pm - Sun, July 17, 2011
Slashdot NCAA to Tighten Twitter Rules
theodp writes "Facebook and Twitter have made student athletes more accessible than ever, but Tweets that catch the watchful eye of the NCAA could be all that's needed to bring down a successful colle...
06:05 pm - Sun, July 17, 2011
Slashdot NASA Probe Orbiting Asteroid Vesta
astroengine writes "Mission managers of NASA's Dawn asteroid probe had a long Saturday, waiting for news from the asteroid belt. Eventually they got the news they were hoping for: Dawn had entered Ves...
04:05 pm - Sun, July 17, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Bans Google+ Ads
Barbara, not Barbie writes "Not content with making it hard for people to export their Facebook contacts to Google+, Facebook has now banned all ads from app developer Michael Lee Johnson, who ra...
03:05 pm - Sun, July 17, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Creates Its Own Social Network
An anonymous reader writes "Google has reportedly banned a handful of Anonymous members from Google+ (it's not exactly clear how many accounts were shut down). The hacktivist group likened Google...
01:05 pm - Sun, July 17, 2011
Slashdot Court Approves TSA Body Scans, But Calls For Public Comment
OverTheGeicoE writes "The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals has finally issued a ruling (PDF) on EPIC v. DHS, a lawsuit seeking suspension of the use of body scanners for primary screening...
10:05 am - Sun, July 17, 2011
Slashdot EU Considers Strict Data Breach Notification Rules
JohnBert writes "The European Commission is examining whether additional rules are needed on personal data breach notification in the European Union. Telecoms operators and Internet service providers ...
07:05 am - Sun, July 17, 2011
Slashdot Understanding the Payoffs From Investing In Space Flight
A story at MSNBC.com explains how the technological benefits reaped from investing in the US space program are numerous, but often indirect or difficult to explain. Quoting:"NASA has recorded about 1,...
04:05 am - Sun, July 17, 2011
Slashdot Aluminum-Celmet Could Increase EV Range By 300%
LesterMoore writes "Japanese company Sumitomo Electric Industries have developed a new material that they believe can significantly improve the capacity of EV batteries. The material is a form of poro...
01:05 am - Sun, July 17, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Developer Made the Most Changes To Linux 3.0 Code
sfcrazy sends this quote from the H:"The 343 changes made by Microsoft developer K. Y. Srinivasan put him at the top of a list, created by LWN.net, of developers who made the most changes in the curre...
01:05 am - Sun, July 17, 2011
Slashdot Customer Asks For Itemized Bill, Verizon Tells Her To Get a Subpoena
suraj.sun writes with this quote from an article at Techdirt:"A woman, who called Verizon to try to find out about the $4.19 she was being charged for six local calls, was told by Verizon reps that th...
12:05 am - Sun, July 17, 2011
Slashdot Robot Helps Quadriplegic Scratch an Itch
An anonymous reader writes "Georgia Tech's Healthcare Robotics Lab and Willow Garage have been collaborating with Henry Evans, who became a mute quadriplegic after suffering a stroke 10 years ago, to ...
11:05 pm - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Customer Asks For Itemized Bill, Verizon Tells Her To Get a Subpeona
suraj.sun writes with this quote from an article at Techdirt:"A woman, who called Verizon to try to find out about the $4.19 she was being charged for six local calls, was told by Verizon reps that th...
10:05 pm - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Online Collaboration Helps Mumbai Attack Victims
GillBates0 writes "CNN has a nice story about how online collaboration swiftly helped form a centrally organized online disaster effort during Wednesday's Mumbai attacks. India accounts for almost one...
09:05 pm - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Study Shows Programmers Get Better With Age
mikejuk writes "It's a prejudice the young and old both share, but with opposite conclusions, of course. Young is best or old is best — most have an opinion. Now we have some interesting statist...
08:05 pm - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Google Launches News Badges
theodp writes "Does it make you sad that you're too grown up to earn Scouting Merit Badges? Well, thanks to the PhDs at Google, you can now start earning Google News badges as you read articles ab...
06:05 pm - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Firefox Is Going 64-Bit: What You Need To Know
An anonymous reader writes "Firefox product manager Asa Dotzler determined that figuring out the 64-bit confusion surrounding Firefox it will be 'near the top' of his to-do list this summer and fall. ...
05:05 pm - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Japanese Military Invents Tumbling, Flying Sphere
thebchuckster writes "A Japanese developer has released a cool, new sphere that is billed as being able to go where humans can't. The sphere is 17-inches, features eight movable rudders, and can hover...
04:05 pm - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Police Increasingly Looking To Smartphones For Evidence
Barence writes "Your smartphone could place you at the scene of a crime, destroy an alibi or maybe even provide one – which is why one of the first things police now do at the scene of a crime i...
03:05 pm - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot UK Developers Quit US App Store Over Patent Fears
iamflimflam1 writes "The Guardian is running a story on how app developers in the UK are withdrawing from the US app store over patent fears. 'The growth of patent lawsuits over apps raises serious is...
02:05 pm - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot How Education Is Changing Thanks To Khan Academy
An anonymous reader writes "Wired reports on how freely-available lectures from Khan Academy are affecting both teaching methods and learning methods in classrooms across the country. From the article...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot A High-Bandwidth Interplanetary Connection
sciencehabit writes "A new study suggests that by twisting laser light, scientists could pack enough information into interplanetary beams to speed up extraterrestrial communications to the multi-giga...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Mass Psychosis In the USA?
Hugh Pickens writes "James Ridgeway writes in Al Jazeera that with over $14 billion in sales in 2008, antipsychotics have become the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the U...
11:05 am - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Judge Says You Can't Know If Google Spies For NSA
witherstaff writes "A federal judge has ordered that whether Google is spying for National Security Agency or not, you have no right to know. EPIC, which brought the lawsuit, says the NSA can neither ...
08:05 am - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Belgian Newspapers Delisted On Google
D H NG writes "After being ordered by the Belgian courts to 'remove from its Google.be and Google.com sites, and in particular, cached links visible on Google Web and the Google News service, all arti...
06:05 am - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot HTC Infringed Apple Patents, Says ITC's Initial Determination
CWmike writes "A judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission has made an initial determination that HTC infringed two Apple patents, HTC said late Friday. If the judgment is made final, HTC could...
03:05 am - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Lennart Poettering: BSD Isn't Relevant Anymore
halfaperson writes "In an interview with LinuxFr.org, Lennart Poettering speaks freely about his creations, PulseAudio, Avahi and systemd among other things. Naturally, what has stirred up most of the...
01:05 am - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Derive Gelatin From Human Tissue
An anonymous reader writes "Conventional gelatin is made from collagen inside animals' skin and bones, however a group of researchers has managed to replace that animal base with a human one. The proc...
12:05 am - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Visual Hash Turns Text Or Data Into Abstract Art
Makoss writes "Normal cryptographic hash functions turn any input text or data into a compact set of bits; useful for computers, not useful for humans. Visual hash functions turn data into graphical r...
12:05 am - Sat, July 16, 2011
Slashdot Green Card Lottery Judgment Favors Mathematical Randomness
guusbosman writes "Yesterday a district court in Washington, D.C. issued its ruling in a case that boiled down to the definition of 'strictly random.' In the 2011 drawing of the U.S. 'Green Card Lotte...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot How Analytics Are Shaping Social Games
Data mining and customer tracking are familiar concepts from online advertising, but an article at the Guardian examines how metrics and analytics are becoming a big part of the social games people pl...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft's Looming 'Single Windows Ecosystem'
jfruhlinger writes "Xbox on Windows 8? A shared PC-tablet OS? Hints have been coming fast and furious from Microsoft about what their next-generation OS strategy will look like. It may be that...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Ubisoft Hops On the Online Pass Bandwagon
Joining the likes of THQ, Electonic Arts, and Sony, Ubisoft has now announced plans to launch the "Uplay Passport," a $10 fee charged to buyers of used games if they want to play them online. They say...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Apple Hopes To Drop Samsung As Chip Supplier
danomac writes "Apple is testing out new chip suppliers, trying to find a supplier other than Samsung. Apple is currently suing Android phone manufacturers, and Samsung is included in the lawsuit. 'Ap...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Banks' Big Upgrade: Meet Real-Time Processing
CWmike writes "It has been years since the banking industry made any large investments in core IT systems, but some of the largest financial services firms in the U.S. are now in the midst of rolling ...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Ford Demonstrates Networked Cars
An anonymous reader writes "Ford is touring U.S. cities demonstrating a technology that appears to closely resemble a private dynamic network among multiple cars. The cars connect to each other via sh...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Man Builds Turbine Powered Batmobile
hasanabbas1987 writes "Casey Putsch, the famous car restorer, puts a new meaning to the word 'Fanboy' as he builds a Batmobile and powers it with a Boeing turboshaft engine taken from a drone helicopt...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Marooned Off Vesta
mcgrew writes with this quote from an AP report:"After four years sailing through space, the Dawn spacecraft was expected to slip into orbit late Friday around a giant asteroid to begin a yearlong inv...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Researcher Finds Dangerous Vulnerability In Skype
alphadogg writes "A security consultant has notified Skype of a cross-site scripting flaw that could be used to change the password on someone's account, according to details posted online. The consul...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Internet Use Found To Affect Memory
An anonymous reader writes "The rise of Internet search engines has changed the way our brain remembers information, according to a new study out of Columbia University (abstract). 'We are reorganizin...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Hotmail To Ban Common Passwords
Time and again, when security breaches reveal large numbers of user passwords, analysis shows there are particular passwords commonly used by a significant percentage of the userbase. Now, an anonymou...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Cut Down On Nukes To Shave the Deficit
Hugh Pickens writes "Joe Cirincione writes in the Atlantic that the US government is set to spend almost $700 billion on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years, roughly as much as it spent on the war ...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Study: Ad Networks Not Honoring Do-Not-Track
itwbennett writes "According to a new study from Stanford University's Center for Internet Society, almost half of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) members that Stanford studied left tracking ...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot TSA Announces Pilot of Trusted Traveler Program
Bob the Super Hamste writes "CNN reports that the TSA has announced the pilot of their trusted traveler program. This is the program where an individual gives up additional information to the governme...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot New Virus Jumps From Monkeys To Lab Workers
sciencehabit writes "It started with a single monkey coming down with pneumonia at the California National Primate Research Center in Davis. Within weeks, 19 monkeys were dead and three humans were si...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot SpaceX Dragon As Mars Science Lander?
FleaPlus writes "Besides using the SpaceX Dragon capsule to deliver supplies to the ISS this year and astronauts in following years, the company wants to use Dragon as a platform for propulsively land...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot The History of Ethernet
Z34107 tips an article at Ars about the history of ethernet, from its humble beginnings at Xerox PARC in the mid-'70s, to its standardization and broad adoption, to the never-ending quest for higher t...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot The Science Behind Fanboyism
crookedvulture writes "We've all encountered fanboys. They lurk on messageboards and in comment threads, ready to trumpet the benefits of their product or brand of choice with Cheeto-stained fingertip...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Social Media Site Accidentally Revealed
BogenDorpher writes "Looks like Microsoft is trying to steal the spotlight from Google — a new social media site from the company was accidentally revealed. The site, branded 'Tulalip,' was not ...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla BrowserID: Decentralized, Federated Login
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla Labs has just launched the prototype of its BrowserID project and the accompanying Verified Email Protocol standard. Basically, BrowserID is a browser-based federat...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Open Radeon 3D Driver Runs At 60~70% of Proprietary Driver Speed
An anonymous reader writes "AMD's Radeon HD 6000 series open-source Gallium3D driver for Linux is now working and running at 60~70% (in some cases, 80%) of the speed of the official proprietary 'Catal...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Wired Releases Full ManningLamo Chat Logs
bill_mcgonigle writes "After more than a year, Wired has finally released the (nearly) full chat logs between Adrian Lamo and Bradley Manning. Glen Greenwald provides analysis of what Wired previously...
11:05 am - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Can Minecraft Change the Gaming Industry?
An anonymous reader writes "Is Minecraft really changing the gaming industry fundamentally? This author certainly thinks so, and even goes so far as to consider Minecraft's world manipulation a pa...
10:05 am - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Vodafone Femtocells Rooted, Secret Keys Exposed
AmiMoJo writes "Hackers have discovered the root password for Vodafone femtocells, devices that provide the user with a mobile phone signal piggybacked onto their home broadband. The root password was...
07:05 am - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot AMD Bulldozer Information and Benchmarks Leaked
MojoKid writes "With Bobcat and Llano launched, AMD has one more major product overhaul set for this year. The company's Bulldozer CPU will launch in the next few months, and after years of waiting, e...
04:05 am - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Exploiting the iPad's Glowing Keyboard
nonprofiteer writes "Earlier this week, a South African security researcher released shoulderPad, an app that's designed to auto-snoop on iPad users' passwords by watching their touchscreen keyboards....
01:05 am - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Apple Patents Portrait-Landscape Flipping
theodp writes "On Tuesday, the USPTO granted a patent to Apple for Portrait-landscape rotation heuristics for a portable multifunction device (USPTO), which covers 'displaying information on the touch...
12:05 am - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot IT Night Shift Workers: Fat and Undersexed
wiredmikey writes "The results of a recent survey released today by Men's Health Network, found that shift workers, people who work non-traditional hours including IT professionals working overnight s...
12:05 am - Fri, July 15, 2011
Slashdot Watch Out Linux, GNU Hurd Coming
sfcrazy writes "Debian now has concrete plans to bring GNU Hurd to the larger community. GNU Hurd is expected to be released with the release of Debian 7.0 Wheezy towards the end of 2012 or beginning ...
11:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot DoD Lost 24k Files In Attack On Contractor
Trailrunner7 writes with this news from ThreatPost: "A targeted attack on a defense contractor in March of this year resulted in the theft of 24,000 files by an unknown attacker, according to Defense ...
11:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot App Uses Facial Profiling To Identify Perps
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Emily Steel writes that a new iPhone accessory that uses a picture of the person's face or iris to identify them will help police units identify suspects and look up their ...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot After a Decade, Mac Sales Again Top 10%
GMGruman writes "The last time Apple's Mac sales account for more than 10 percent of the U.S. PC market was 1991. This spring, Apple finally returned to that market share high, with 10.7 percent of al...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot IBM Donates Symphony Code To Apache Software Foundation
CWmike writes "Hoping to further sharpen OpenOffice's competitive viability against Microsoft Office, IBM is donating the code of its Symphony open source office suite to the nonprofit Apache Software...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Plans iPad Competitor (and 2 New Kindles)
destinyland writes "Some time in the next 10 weeks, Amazon will release a new Android tablet device, which will compete directly with Apple's iPad, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon hopes t...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Acoustic Superlens Built From Soda Cans
Freddybear writes "Researchers in France have assembled an acoustic superlens from an array of soda cans. The cans act as resonators, and by exciting the array with tailored sound waves, the sound vol...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Where China's Weibo Beats Facebook and Twitter
HansonMB writes with this excerpt: "Launched in 2009, the micro-blogging service is owned by Chinese interweb behemoth Sina Corp, which happens to be the same company that partnered with Google before...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Undersea Cable Map Shows Where The Data Pipes Are
overThruster writes with a report from TechCentral that "Greg Mahlknecht has built a free map showing the world's submarine telecommunications cable systems. The map, which took Mahlknecht several mon...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Connect Scheme For a 2-ISP Household?
c_petras writes "I just had DSL installed (a 19,000 ft run — Woo Hoo!) to act as a backup to my regional WiFi connection. How should I configure my home network so I don't have to swap the cable...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase
oxide7 writes "Netflix provoked an unprecedented outpouring of backlash across the Internet as the company unveiled plans to raise prices on its movie-rental services. The company said it would Netfli...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot 34% of iPhone Owners Think the 4 Is 4G
tekgoblin writes "An interesting study was just released by Retrevo which indicates that a startling 34% of iPhone 4 owners are confused to what '4' actually means. iPhone owners who had an iPhone 3G ...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Sub-Centimeter Positioning Coming To Mobile Phones
Oooskar writes "SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), a technique invented by NASA, defines the concept of building a 3D-map of the environment and simultaneously computing the position within...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Build Your Own Time Capsule Work-Alike For $200
An anonymous reader writes "If you're a Windows or Linux user, or simply an Apple user that can't justify the $500 price tag on those beautiful 3TB Time Capsules, why not build your own? With a wi...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot The Best Unknown Open Source Projects
itwbennett writes "Carla Schroder points to an interesting trend in open source: 'The growth of large distributed projects.' OpenTox, which uses computer modeling instead of animal testing for chemica...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot McCain Asks For Committee On Wikileaks, Anonymous
Trailrunner7 writes "In the face of continued attacks on federal agencies and contractors such as Booz Allen Hamilton and IRC Federal that do highly sensitive security work for the U.S. government, Se...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Build "Squishy" Memory Device
ShipLives writes "Researchers have developed a memory device that is soft and functions well in wet environments, which could lead to new biocompatible electronic devices. 'We’ve created a memor...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot James Webb Space Telescope Closer To the Axe
astroengine writes "This could be considered "strike two" for the deeply troubled James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Last week, the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee mad...
02:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot NSF Funds Mind-machine Interface Center
An anonymous reader writes "The National Science Foundation today announced an $18.5 million grant to establish an Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering based at the Universi...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot 41% of Chinese Websites Shut Down In 2010
BinaryMage found a pretty shocking bit- apparently the Chinese government has shut down 1.3 million websites in 2010, an incredible 41% of all sites behind the great firewall. The usual reasons (porno...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Phone Customers Pay $2B Yearly In Bogus Fees
Hugh Pickens writes writes "CNN reports that a one-year study by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee shows about $2 billion a year in 'mystery fees' show up on the landline phone bills ...
10:05 am - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Apple Slashes Australian App Store Prices To Match US
An anonymous reader writes "It's been a long time coming, but Apple has finally readjusted the price of apps in Australia to match pricing in the US. While they remain more expensive than in the US, p...
08:05 am - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot The Hidden Evil of the Microtransaction
An anonymous reader tips an opinion piece at #AltDevBlogADay written by Claire Blackshaw, lead designer at Jagex Games Studio, about where companies go wrong with microtransactions. While microtransac...
07:05 am - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo
gregmon writes "An Austrian follower of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has finally won the right to don the religious headgear of his choosing (a spaghetti strainer) in his driving license photo. After ...
05:05 am - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Adobe Released 64-bit Flash For Linux
kai_hiwatari writes "Adobe has been taking quite a bashing from Linux supporters of late. First, there was the issue of them dropping AIR for Linux and then came the bashing because of the lack of upd...
02:05 am - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot New Scottish Wave Energy Generator Unveiled
MikeChino writes "We've learned about Scotland's wave energy initiatives in the past, and just this morning the nation unveiled Aquamarine Power's next-generation Oyster 800 wave power plant. The new ...
12:05 am - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Chromebook Series 5 Review
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Neil McAllister takes an in-depth look at the Samsung Chromebook Series 5 3G and finds the device comparatively lackluster. 'The Chromebook is lightweight and inexpensive, a...
12:05 am - Thu, July 14, 2011
Slashdot Women Arrested For Refusing TSA Search of Children
CelticWhisper writes "A Tennessee mother was arrested for refusing to allow TSA screening clerks to subject her child to a body scan or patdown. This comes in the wake of a promise by the TSA Administ...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Bitcoin Mining Tests On 16 NVIDIA and AMD GPUs
Vigile writes "For users that have known about the process of bitcoin mining the obvious tool for the job has been the GPU. Miners have been buying up graphics cards during sales across the web but wh...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Lizards Beat Birds In Intelligence Test
rhettb writes "Reptiles have long been thought to be dim-witted, but a new study in Biology Letters finds that the Puerto Rican anole, a type of lizard, can match birds in intelligence. Using cognitiv...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Open Source Software Hijacked To Push Malware
jfruhlinger writes "VLC Media Player is a popular, useful, and free-as-in-beer piece of software. Unfortunately, its open source nature makes it easier for people with bad intentions to repackage it i...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot The Stanford Prisoner Experiment - 40 Years On
cheros writes "It's now 40 years ago that the Stanford prisoner experiment went ugly so quickly it had to be aborted. Stanford has an interesting piece called The Menace Within that looks back on this...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Texas and Taxes: Is a Server a Business Presence?
1sockchuck writes "Does having a server in a data center give you an official business presence in the state where the data center is located – invoking the requirement to collect state taxes...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Bruce Campbell Confirms New Evil Dead Movie
blackstone2020 writes "Dread Central reported last night that a fourth Evil Dead film is up for production in Detroit, and editor Bob Murawski, who worked with Sam Raimi on all three 'Spider-Man' film...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot The Cost Of Broadband In Every Rural Home
dave562 writes "In an analysis of the effectiveness of the the 2009 stimulus program (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or ARRA), one of the programs that was investigated was the project...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction
An anonymous reader writes "A new fossil discovery has suggested that dinosaurs were alive right up until the asteroid impact, and did not go extinct gradually due to climate change or changes in sea ...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Breeding Super Bees
Elliot Chang writes "Over the last five years the world's honey bee population has been steadily dwindling, with many beekeepers citing 2010 as the worst year yet. In order to save these extremely imp...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot The Dangers Of Amateur Astronomy In Afghanistan
Nancy_A writes "Most amateur astronomers take for granted that they can just go outside and enjoy viewing the night sky without encountering many problems. But in order for amateur astronomers in Afgh...
07:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot US Wants Drivers To Test Wireless Auto Safety Tech
coondoggie writes "Can new wireless auto safety systems work in the real world and how will drivers respond? That's what the US Department of Transportation hopes to find out in the next few month...
07:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Apple Spin-Off Hosts Enterprise App Stores
An anonymous reader writes "Last year Apple quietly authorized private-label app stores with its OTA (over-the-air) protocol, and now an Apple spin-off is offering the first hosting service to uses OT...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Computer Learns Language By Playing Games
Frans Faase writes "By basing its strategies on the text of a manual, a computer infers the meanings of words without human supervision. The paper Learning to Win by Reading Manuals in a Monte-Carlo F...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot An Inside Look At the Rise and Fall of RIM
zacharye writes with this excerpt from BGR:"Research In Motion is in the midst of a major transition in every sense of the word. Publicly, the company is portraying a very defensive image — one ...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Bill Gates Looks to Reinvent the Toilet
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the German government are working on a $10 million project to provide innovative sanitation facilities to 800,000 Kenyans over the next five years. From the...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot MIT Researchers Printing Solar Cells On Fold-able Sheets
An anonymous reader writes "Following up on earlier work in the field, researchers at MIT are developing a process to print solar cells directly onto many common forms of paper. 'The technique represe...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Slate: Amazon's Tax Stance Unfair and Unethical
theodp writes "We've talked before about Amazon's reluctance to collect sales tax, with Jeff Bezos going so far as to say it's unconstitutional. So it's not too surprising to see Amazon support a Cali...
03:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot W3C Chastises Apple On HTML5 Patenting
angry tapir writes "The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is seeking to invalidate a pair of Apple patents so the underlying technologies can be used as part of a royalty-free HTML5 stack. The patented ...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Zuckerberg Quits Google+ Over Privacy Concerns
ianpm writes "Mark Zuckerberg has decided to leave Google's new social network because he 'doesn't want to be tracked.' In other news, the Internet's irony meter has just exploded. Robert Scoble is no...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Last NASA Spacewalk Marks End of Era
An anonymous reader writes "Astronauts embarked on the final space walk of the US shuttle era at the International Space Station, where Atlantis is docked on the final mission of the 30-year US progra...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot The Wi-Fi Hacking Neighbor From Hell
Hugh Pickens writes "Barry Ardolf, a Minnesota hacker prosecutors described as a 'depraved criminal,' has been handed an 18-year prison term for unleashing a vendetta of cyberterror that turned his ne...
11:05 am - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot PuTTY 0.61 Released
drmacinyasha writes "Simon Tatham announced Tuesday the official release of PuTTY 0.61 after four years of development. It brings a number of bug fixes and improvements, such as GSSAPI SSH-2 authentic...
10:05 am - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Patched MS Bluetooth Flaw Exposes Even Disconnected PCs
An anonymous reader writes "Among the 22 security holes Microsoft issued updates to fix yesterday is a critical kernel-level Bluetooth flaw that could let nearby attackers break into vulnerable system...
08:05 am - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Watch Ben Heck Hack a 360 and a Sega CDX
We've previously discussed a few projects by game system hacker Ben Heck, including his PS3 laptop and Xbox 360 laptop. Now, GameSetWatch points out two videos produced by Ben showing and explaining n...
07:05 am - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Is the Military Prepared For Cyberwarfare?
pbahra writes "If you think that combating cyber criminals is hard in your organization, imagine doing it in an enterprise with some 18 or so layers of management between the top man (and it is always...
05:05 am - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot How Increasing Cloud Reliance Affects IT Jobs
snydeq writes "Kevin Fogarty takes a look at how the rise of cloud computing will impact IT jobs, outlining which roles stand to gain prominence in the years to come, and which roles will suffer as or...
04:05 am - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Six-Drive SATA III SSD Round-Up Shows Big Gains
MojoKid writes "Solid state drives have gone from essentially non-existent on the desktop to the preferred storage medium of enthusiasts and workstation professionals in less than three years. Three o...
03:05 am - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Can a Monkey Get a Copyright & Issue a Takedown?
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, the Daily Mail published a story about some monkeys in Indonesia who happened upon a camera and took some photos of themselves. The photos are quite cute. Howeve...
01:05 am - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Did Google Knowingly Violate Java Patents?
jfruhlinger writes "Opponents of software patenting have been rather heartened by recent developments in the Oracle-Google lawsuit, which have seemed to indicate that Oracle's patent case is weakening...
01:05 am - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot EA Buys Bejeweled-Maker PopCap In Deal Worth Up To $1.3 Billion
donniebaseball23 writes "Weeks ago, rumors were that Electronic Arts had stepped up to the plate to buy mobile/casual gaming publisher PopCap, developer of titles such as Bejeweled and Plants vs Zombi...
12:05 am - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Robotic Refueling Experiment Set Up On Space Station
coondoggie writes "The idea that the International Space Station could be used as a port-of-call for passing satellites that need fuel or repairs took one step closer to reality as NASA astronauts set...
12:05 am - Wed, July 13, 2011
Slashdot Law Enforcement Still Wants Mandatory ISP Log Retention
schwit1 writes with this snippet from CNet: "Law enforcement representatives are planning to endorse a proposed federal law that would require Internet service providers to store logs about their cust...
11:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Google eBooks-Integrated E-reader Out On Sunday
minutetraders sends word of an announcement from Google. Quoting: "Starting this coming Sunday, July 17, the iriver Story HD e-reader will be available for sale in Target stores nationwide and on Targ...
11:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Robot Film Festival Hits New York
An anonymous reader writes "Ever wonder what life will be like when the robots take over? On Saturday, some of us might get a glimpse, when the first robot film festival kicks off in New York. Bot...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot China Launching First Space Station Module In September
arisvega writes "The Chinese Space Station's first module has been moved to its final testing location, and will soon be launched into orbit. Two manned missions are scheduled to follow after an unman...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?
Vrtigo1 writes "I keep a Pentium Pro CPU on my desk underneath my monitor because it reminds me of simpler times. Every once in a while I want to revisit the old days of the original Doom, the phonebo...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Google+: Tools, Names, and Facebook
Several readers submitted stories about Google+ today. CWMike writes in with an articleabout the lack of developer APIs from Computerworld"Currently, external developers don't have any Google&plu...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Pulling the Plug On Windows XP In Three Years
An anonymous reader wrote in with an article from myce. Microsoft will be discontinuing all support for Windows XP in Spring 2014. Coinciding with the announcement Microsoft released a 1000 day countd...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs
micsaund writes "While Netflix has continued to drop fees and still maintain a good services, today, they take three steps in the other direction by doubling the cost of the plan you probably already ...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot BlackBerry Code Signing Server Outage
ThirdNormal writes "In a really painful move for most third party developers RIM's code signing servers have been down and having issues since the weekend started. This has caused a furor in the Black...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot AMD Releases Fastest Mobile GPU
Stoobalou writes "AMD has scored another point over its graphics rival Nvidia with what it claims is the world's fastest single-GPU mobile graphics processor, the Radeon HD 6990M. While the red team i...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Interview With the Editors of Libre Graphics Magazine
TheSilentNumber writes "I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the editors of Libre Graphics, a magazine made entirely using free software (even using version control so you can see every change ...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Wearable Computers and Portable Power
An anonymous reader writes "Last weekend, Silicon Valley VC Marc Andreessen called out 'wearable computing' as a Next Big Thing. Now MC10, a three-year-old company making flexible electronics, is taki...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Snail Discovered That Can Survive Digestion By Birds
smitty777 writes "A recent article in the Journal of Biogeography describes research showing that 15% of the snails devoured by birds on a Japanese island can survive the digestive process. This is th...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Apple Chief Patent Lawyer Leaves After Android Loss
Hugh Pickens writes "PC Magazine reports that Richard Lutton, Apple's current chief patent lawyer, is reportedly leaving the company after failing to block Android manufacturers from using iPhone-like...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Chris Dibona On Free Software and Google
dkd903 wrote in with an interview with Chris Dibona in Der Standard. Within, he declares Android as "... the dream come true. It's your Linux desktop, it's tthe ultimate success story of Linux that I'...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban
Bob the Super Hamste writes "CNN Money is running as story about a bill Congress is going to vote today to repeal the 'incandescent light bulb ban' that was put into place during the Bush administrati...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 Will Run On All Current PC Hardware
Stoobalou writes "Microsoft exec Tami Reller told attendees at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 taking place in Los Angeles yesterday that any PC capable of running Windows 7 today woul...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Spammers Prefer Compromised Accounts To Botnets
Orome1 writes "Spammers today favor compromised accounts for sending spam, gradually shifting distribution away from botnets, according to Commtouch. The changed tactic has emerged as spam levels drop...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Assange Back In Court For Sex Crimes Appeal
kaptink writes "Julian Assange is back in court today to appeal his extradition to Sweden. So far the court has heard more on the incompatibility between UK and Sweden sex crime laws and that the arre...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Man With 10 Million Air Miles Gets Plane Named After Him
Chicago car salesman Thomas Stuker has set a record by accumulating an astonishing 10 million air miles on United Airlines. In the past 29 years Thomas has flown almost 6,000 times - racking up a tota...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot The Fanless Spinning Heatsink
An anonymous reader writes "There's a fundamental flaw with fan-and-heatsink cooling systems: no matter how hard the fan blows, a boundary layer of motionless, highly-insulating air remains on the hea...
02:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Court Rules "Locker" Site Is Not Direct Copyright
suraj.sun writes "A federal judge in Miami has dismissed direct copyright infringement charges against Hotfile, a popular online "locker" service that the major Hollywood studios allege is responsible...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Google+ Already At 10 Million Users
An anonymous reader writes "I project that Google will easily pass 10 million users tomorrow and could reach 20 million user by this coming weekend if they keep the Invite Button available. As one G&p...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Exercise Your Thumbs and Eyeballs With a Tiny Space Invaders Cabinet
dotarray writes with this piece on GamePron with a piece of game pr0n: "If you're big on nostalgia, but small on space, we might just have the solution for you. A clever gentleman has created a teeny-...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Study: Fair Use Drives Large Part of US Economy
angry tapir writes "Industries that rely on fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright law have weathered the recent slow economy better than other businesses, according to a new study released by a tech t...
11:05 am - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot GPU-Powered Planetarium Renders 64MP Projection
MojoKid writes "The Adler Planetarium has finished a major two-year upgrade project that's replaced the facility's forty year-old Zeiss Mark VI projector with a 'Digital Starball' system designed by G...
08:05 am - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Belgrade Hosts First Public Solar-Powered Cell Charging Station
arisvega writes "Dead battery in Belgrade, Serbia? Head to the city's Obrenovac district, where a group of students has developed the world's first public charging station powered entirely by sola...
05:05 am - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Few Contribute To Aussie Classification Review
dopeywan.kenobi writes "The Australian Law Reform Commission are conducting a review of the Australian Classification laws, the outcome of which will influence Australian internet filtering and/or the...
03:05 am - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Apple Wants To Block Some HTC Products From US Under Tariff Act of 1930
An anonymous reader writes "Days after filing another suit against Samsung, Apple took aim at smaller rival HTC, filling a claim with the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the sales of the c...
02:05 am - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: An Open Handheld Terminal For Retail Stores?
Evil Al writes "From the ubiquitous Verifone card card terminals to the fancy Apple Store terminals, point-of-sale devices are everywhere. But does anyone know of an open terminal (with printer +...
12:05 am - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot Banks Find Way To Sell Consumers' Shopping Data
nonprofiteer writes "Banks plan to compete with Groupon and LivingSocial by targeting coupons and deals at credit card holders based on their shopping habits. They found a way to do it without violati...
12:05 am - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot UN Names N. Korea Chair of Disarmament Committee
LibRT writes "The irony-challenged folks at the UN have named North Korea chair of the Conference on Disarmament, which is heavily focused on the prevention of a nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmam...
12:05 am - Tue, July 12, 2011
Slashdot JPMorgan Rolls Out FPGA Supercomputer
An anonymous reader writes "As heterogeneous computing starts to take off, JP Morgan have revealed they are using an FPGA based supercomputer to process risk on their credit portfolio. 'Prior to the i...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Why SOE Decided To Cancel Star Wars Galaxies
Last month we discussed news that Sony Online Entertainment will be shutting down Star Wars Galaxies, which has been running since 2003. Sony officials recently spoke at Fan Faire to explain the busin...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Releases 90,000 Military E-Mail Accounts
jjp9999 writes "Anonymous Operations posted 90,000 military email addresses and passwords to the Pirate Bay on July 11, in what they're calling 'Military Meltdown Monday.' They obtained the emails whi...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot How Investigators Deciphered Stuxnet
suraj.sun tips a story at Wired that takes an in-depth look into how security researchers tracked down and worked to understand the infamous Stuxnet worm. The article begins:"It was January 2010, and ...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Red Wine Counters Some Negative Health Effects of Microgravity
astroengine writes "Great news for astronaut red wine aficionados: the alcoholic beverage can counteract some of the most troublesome physiological effects of microgravity. Unfortunately (or fortunate...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Yanks Security Site Poisoned With Porn
CWmike writes "Microsoft disabled the search tool on its Safety & Security Center on Saturday after attackers poisoned results with links to pornographic URLs. The company restored the website's s...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot 30th Anniversary of Donkey Kong
An anonymous reader writes "30 years ago this month, Nintendo released Donkey Kong — an iconic arcade machine that put the company on the video game map and introduced Mario. Technologizer's Ben...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Congressmen Pushing To Reopen Yucca Mountain
Bob the Super Hamste writes "CNN is reporting that a group of congressmen backed by the nuclear industry are pushing to reopen the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. The site has sat closed and uncomp...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Turn Your iPad Into a Star Trek PADD
A new app from CBS interactive can help you figure out the trouble with tribbles once and for all. Star Trek PADD for iPad includes all the official data on ships, aliens, technologies, an episode gui...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Why No War Over MS's Android Patent Shakedown?
jfruhlinger writes "When challenged directly by Oracle over Android intellectually property, Google has proven itself a feisty opponent. So why is it sitting back and letting Microsoft shake down OEMs...
07:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Stanford CS101 Adopts JavaScript
mikejuk writes "In case further proof were needed that JavaScript shall indeed inherit the earth, we have the news that Stanford has adopted JavaScript to teach CS101 — Introduction to Computing...
07:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Why Yahoo Should Abandon Email Scanning
twoheadedboy writes "Yahoo has come under fire for updating its terms and conditions so it can scan user emails. The move has attracted the attention of notable privacy group Big Brother Watch, which ...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Court to Decide If Man Can Keep His Moon Rock
Joe Gutheinz, a former senior investigator for NASA's Office of Inspector General, has made it his goal to collect all 230 moon rocks presented by the US to governments around the world, and put them ...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot CmdrTaco Watches Atlantis Liftoff
When someone offers you the once in a lifetime chance to see something as historic as the finalSpace Shuttle Flight: You go. As a child I assembled a puzzle of the Challenger illuminated bythose brigh...
05:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot New SMS Trojan Found In Android Markets
Trailrunner7 writes "The Android platform seems to have become the playground of choice for attackers and malware authors looking to make a quick buck. The latest example is a premium-rate SMS Trojan ...
05:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot When Software Offends
ndogg writes "The open source Python projects Pantyshot and Upskirt have caused quite a stir within the Python community, and catalyzed the leaving of one of their developers (a woman whose native lan...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot DOJ: We Can Force You To Decrypt That Laptop
betterunixthanunix writes "A mortgage-fraud case may have widespread implications for criminals who use cryptography to hide evidence. The US Department of Justice is pushing for the defendant to be f...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot News of the World Investigation Expanded to 911 Victims
DMandPenfold writes "Police are questioning whether a change in News International's email retention policy was part of an effort to conceal widespread phone hacking by the News of the World, a scanda...
03:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Technology and Moral Panic
pbahra writes "Why do some technologies cause moral panic and others don't? Why was the introduction of electricity seen as a terrible thing, while nobody cared much about the fountain pen? Ac...
02:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot 25% of Car Accidents Linked to Gadget Use
BogenDorpher writes "In a recent study by the Governors Highway Safety Association,(Pdf) driving distractions such as cell phones and other electronic devices, cause as much as 25% of all US car accid...
02:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 8 20% Faster Than Firefox 5
An anonymous reader writes "Thanks to continued improvements to start-up and first paint performance, tweaks to memory footprint and garbage collection, and the addition of a new 2D graphics backend c...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Apple Ordered To Pay $8M For Playlist Patents
An anonymous reader writes "A federal jury in Texas has decided against Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit and ordered it to pay $8 million to Personal Audio LLC, a patent licensing company (aka t...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot How Google+ Measures Up On Privacy
itwbennett writes "The slow rollout of Google+ has led some to wonder whether Google was trying to create demand through scarcity, but it might just be that the company learned its lesson from th...
10:05 am - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Large-Scale DIY Outdoor Cooling of Cairo's Tahrir Square?
ClimateHacker writes "The struggle for freedom is still ongoing in Egypt and one of the many challenges that face the demonstrators in Tahrir Square is the sweltering heat. Skies are mostly clear and ...
06:05 am - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Apollo 11 Flag Swatch Goes Unsold At L.A. Auction
According to an Associated Press story as run by the Connecticut Post, a "strip of fabric shorn from the flag planted on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts pulled in a top bid of $60000 at a Los Ang...
04:05 am - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot Harvard's Privacy Meltdown
An anonymous reader writes "A team of Harvard researchers has been accused of breaching students' privacy in a project that involved downloading information from some 1,700 Facebook profiles. The case...
01:05 am - Mon, July 11, 2011
Slashdot DisplayPort-To-HDMI Cables May Be Recalled Over Licensing
Hugh Pickens writes writes "PC Magazine reports that the licensing company overseeing the HDMI specification has confirmed that existing Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapters which are designed by several...
11:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot Zeroing In On the Internet's 'Evil Cities'
We've sometimes seen malware sources broken down by country; now a Dutch study attempts to increase the resolution of that information, An anonymous reader writes with some bits gleaned from the recen...
11:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot CentOS Linux 6.0 Released
dkd903 writes "The CentOS team just announced the availability of CentOS Linux version 6.0 for both i386 and x86_64 architectures. CentOS 6.0 is based on the upstream release of RHEL 6.0 (Red Hat Ente...
10:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot Google Blocks co.cc From Search Results
tekgoblin writes "Google has taken the attack on malware into its own hands today as it blocks the entire co.cc subdomain. The block removed about 11 million results from the Google search index which...
09:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot LG Cinema 3D TV Get Full HD Certification From VDE
i4u writes "LG announced today that the German VDE, one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe, has certified the LG Cinema 3D TVs to be full HD in 3D-mode. LG's Film Patterned...
08:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot New IMF Head Says US Must Raise Debt Limit, or Face 'Nasty Consequences'
fysdt writes with this from an article on ABC News: "The International Monetary Fund's new chief foresees 'real nasty consequences' for the U.S. and global economies if the U.S. fails to raise its bor...
07:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot Shuttle Atlantis Docks With International Space Station For the Last Time
The BBC reports, with video, that the shuttle Atlantis "has docked with the International Space Station for the final time. The shuttle has brought a year's supply of food and around two tonnes of oth...
06:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot In Robot Soccer, US Team RoMeLa Dominates Robocup 2011
Narmacil writes "U.S. Team RoMeLa has swept Robocup 2011, winning first place in both the kid size and teen size divisions. (Video) CHARLI, America's first full size autonomous humanoid, managed to al...
05:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot IT Crises vs. Vacation: Sometimes It Isn't Pretty
CWmike writes "It's true that IT systems have become essential to business operations, but the successful functioning of the IT department shouldn't rest on any one person's shoulders. All told, vacat...
04:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space, Swamps Users With Notifications
dkd903 writes "Yesterday, many users of Google+ noticed Google spamming their inbox with multiple email notifications in very quick succession. Earlier today, Vic Gundotra, Head of Social at Goog...
04:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot Diver Snaps First Photo of Fish Using Tools
sciencehabit writes with this excerpt from Science: "While exploring Australia's Great Barrier Reef, professional diver Scott Gardner heard an odd cracking sound and swam over to investigate. What he ...
03:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot Standards Make Rapid Software Releases Workable
jfruhlinger writes "There was a bit of a kerfuffle when the Mozilla Foundation's community coordinator brushed aside concerns from enterprises that Mozilla's rapid release schedule clashed with organi...
02:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot Have American Businesses Been Stranded By the MBAs?
theodp writes "In his new book, Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business, legendary car-guy Bob Lutz says to get the U.S. economy growing again, we need to fire the MBA...
01:05 pm - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot Panetta Says Defeat of Al Qaeda 'Within Reach'
Hugh Pickens writes "Newly installed Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, on an unannounced trip to Afghanistan, says the United States was "within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda" and that th...
10:05 am - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Helps Israel Blacklist Air Travellers
Jeremiah Cornelius writes "According to a report by the Associated Press, protesters have been stopped in their tracks after Facebook aided Israel in cracking down on the group of activists from the U...
07:05 am - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot Debian, SFLC Publish Patent Advice For Community Distros
An anonymous reader writes "The Debian Project is pleased to announce the availability of the Community Distribution Patent Policy FAQ, a document meant to educate Free Software developers, and especi...
04:05 am - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot Millions of Jellyfish Invade Nuclear Reactors
oxide7 writes "A nuclear reactor in Japan was forced to shut down due to infiltration of enormous swarms of jellyfish near the power plant. A similar incident was also reported recently in Israel, whe...
01:05 am - Sun, July 10, 2011
Slashdot 5 Concerns About Australia's New Net Filter
daria42 writes "As you might have heard, this month Australia gets a new Internet filter, using Interpol's blacklist of 'worst of the worst' child pornography sites. In general, it seems like most peo...
11:05 pm - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Playdough For Fun and Profit
morgan_greywolf writes "You're never too young (or too old) to start learning the joys of electronics. You don't need to know how to solder, or even how to plug circuit components into a breadboard. A...
10:05 pm - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Idle: File-Sharing Is Not a Religion, Says Swedish Government
Dangerous_Minds writes "ZeroPaid is reporting on an attempt in Sweden to recognize filesharing as a religion. The religion's website calls this 'Kopimism' and says that sharing of knowledge is sacred....
09:05 pm - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Google: Orkut Will Co-Exist With Google+
splitenz writes "Google's other social networking site, Orkut, which has been around for about seven years and has tens of millions of users worldwide, will continue to operate alongside the new Googl...
08:05 pm - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Space Invaders: The Movie
rainmouse writes "Hollywood, clearly after witnessing the staggering success and endless critical acclaim of other computer game adaptations with their typically engrossing story line and deep, believ...
07:05 pm - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Google Chairman To Testify At Antitrust Hearing
bonch writes "Following a threat of subpoena, Google chairman Eric Schmidt will be testifying at a Senate antitrust subcommittee in September. Google has denied acting anticompetitively and cites its ...
06:05 pm - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Living Without Internet At-Home Access?
An anonymous reader writes "I've decided that the internet is no longer a positive influence on my life, and am interested in canceling my service. In the interest of not forgoing all digital convenie...
05:05 pm - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Ex-NSA Chief Supports Separate Secure Internet
Hugh Pickens writes "Nextgove reports that Michael Hayden, former director of both the NSA and the CIA, says the United States may seriously want to consider creating a new Internet infrastructure to ...
04:05 pm - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Sony Announces End For MiniDisc Walkman
Beloved of concert tapers for their small size, shock resistance, and long battery life, MiniDisc recorders never much caught on with the general public. I remember playing with one in the early '90s ...
03:05 pm - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Trapped In MySQL a 'Fate Worse Than Death'
wasimkadak writes with this excerpt from GigaOM: "According to database pioneer Michael Stonebraker, Facebook is operating a huge, complex MySQL implementation equivalent to 'a fate worse than death,'...
02:05 pm - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot UCLA Hospital Hit With HIPAA Fine On Celeb Records
Trailrunner7 writes "The University of California at Los Angeles Health Services has agreed to pay a $865,000 fine and pledged to tweak their infrastructure after potentially violating the HIPAA regul...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Army's Huge SAP Project 'At High Risk'
itwbennett writes "The Army's $2.4 billion SAP project is delayed, over budget, and, once implemented may not even meet its original objectives, according to a recent auditors' report. For its part, t...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Apple Store Artist Raided By Secret Service
An anonymous reader writes "Artist Kyle McDonald wanted to create something that captured people's expressions as they stared at computers. So the 25-year-old artist installed a program on computers i...
09:05 am - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Why UK FM Needn't Be Killed For Broadband
superglaze writes "Alarmed by rumours of the UK telecoms regulator Ofcom considering a shut-down of FM radio in order to give more spectrum over to broadband, ZDNet UK's Rupert Goodwins has proposed a...
06:05 am - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Novel Drive Wheel System Based On Spinning Sphere
An anonymous reader writes "A Bradley University student has built a mobile robot that uses a hemispherical omnidirectional gimbaledl, or HOG, drive wheel. It consists of a black rubber hemisphere tha...
03:05 am - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Safely Saw Up Motherboards?
James-NSC writes "I like to do arts and crafts. I've been saving up motherboards for a while as a new medium and I started working on it last night. I wore the same gear I wear while painting – ...
01:05 am - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Online Social Security Statement In Limbo
coondoggie writes "While the debate over Social Security benefits is heating up in Congress, one of the most basic ways everyone interacts with the agency — the yearly Social Security Statement ...
01:05 am - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot Comet-Sun Impact Caught On Video
jomegat writes "NASA has released footage captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) showing a comet slamming into the surface of the sun. The impact created a huge splash as seen on the video, ...
12:05 am - Sat, July 9, 2011
Slashdot TSA Employee Stole $50k Worth of Electronics
mrquagmire writes "A Continental Airlines employee Monday caught Nelson Santiago-Serrano, 30, stealing an iPad from a suitcase in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to the Brow...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot PayPal Predicts the End of the Wallet By 2015
BogenDorpher writes "As new technology emerges, one can safely assume that the days of carrying a wallet will soon end. In fact, PayPal believes that by the year 2015, no one will be carrying a wallet...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot EA's Origin Service To Go Mobile
Electronic Arts recently launched their own digital distribution platform named Origin, a merging of various similar services they've operated in the past and a direct competitor to Steam. The two riv...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Harmony Project Pushes Lawyers Off FOSS's Back
Julie188 writes "Harmony is an effort that was begun and shepherded by Amanda Brock, the general counsel at Canonical. The intent was to create a small collection of consistently-worded contribution a...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot DHS Admits Knowledge of Infected Import Tech
smitty777 writes "Deputy Undersecretary Schaffer of the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate confessed to being aware of foreign technology that had been imported with spyware, malware, an...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Nexus S To Serve As Brain For 3 Robots Aboard the ISS
An anonymous reader writes "Given the NFC capabilities in Nexus S, NASA researchers are about to deploy them on the International Space Station. Two Nexus S phones will be installed in robotic floatin...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Law Enforcement Wants To Try 'Predictive Policing'
Harperdog with this excerpt from a story about using statistics to fight crime: "It’s great when cops catch criminals after they've done their dirty work. But what if police could stop a crime b...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Surveillance Or Security?
brothke writes "Surveillance or Security?: The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies is a hard book to categorize. It is not about security, but it deals extensively with it. It is not a law...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot The Birth of Optogenetics
Dr. Tom writes "Scientists at MIT and other labs have created transgenic neurons that fire when exposed to light. The technique targets specific cell types in live primates. They are already talking a...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Gov't Docs Reveal Canada's Net Neutrality Enforcement Failure
An anonymous reader writes "An investigation into the enforcement of Canada's net neutrality rules reveals that virtually all major Canadian ISPs have been the target of complaints, but there have bee...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot CERN Launches Open Hardware Initiative
sfcrazy writes "CERN has launched version 1.1 of the Open Hardware License (OHL), a legal framework to facilitate knowledge exchange across the electronic design community. The alpha version was launc...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot NJ Judge Rules GPS Tracking of Spouse Legal
Endoflow2010 writes "The use of a GPS device to track your whereabouts is not an invasion of privacy in New Jersey, a state appellate court panel ruled today. Based on the battle of a divorcing Glouce...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot German Parliament Backs Nuclear Exit By 2022
fysdt sends this quote from an AFP report:"The German parliament sealed plans Friday to phase out nuclear energy by 2022, making the country the first major industrial power to take the step in the wa...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Space Shuttle Atlantis Launches On Final Flight
Space Shuttle Atlantis has just launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. STS-135 marks the final flight for the shuttle program, 30 years after Columbia touched the sky during STS-1. The mis...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Are You Too Good For Code Reviews?
theodp writes "Why do some programmers,' asks Chris Hemedinger, 'place little value on code reviews?' This apparently includes even Programming Greats like Ken 'C' Thompson, who quipped, 'we were ...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot UK Police Database Abuse 'Hugely Intrusive'
twoheadedboy writes "Police database abuse has been branded as 'hugely intrusive' after a report showed over 900 officers and staff had breached the Data Protection Act over the last three years. Furt...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Fitness Site Accidentally Shows Sexual Activity
smitty777 writes "FitBit is a wearable device created to track calorie usage based on activities. Unfortunately for some users, one of those is sexual activities. The information gained from the devic...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot RIAA Math: Sell 1 Million Albums, Still Owe $500k
An anonymous reader writes "For all the complaints from the RIAA about 'pirates,' who are the real pirates in this scenario? Through a variety of contractual tricks, it's nearly impossible for art...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Visualizing Behavior-Tracking Cookies With Firefox
An anonymous reader writes "Using Firefox, and a new (open source) add-on called Collusion, you can see for yourself just how extensive the third-party behavior-tracking system is. Simply leave the Co...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Could PSTN Go Away By 2018?
An anonymous reader writes "If current rates hold, only 6% of the U.S. population will still be served by the public switched telephone network by the end of 2018. Tom Evslin reports that the 'Technic...
11:05 am - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Sony Introduces 'PSN Pass' To Fight Used Game Sales
Gamasutra reports that Sony has introduced "PSN Pass" — one-time codes that will unlock complete online access for certain games. "The company didn't offer details on how used and rental players...
10:05 am - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Hacker Exposes Florida's Voting Database — Again
Dangerous_Minds writes "A hacker that goes by the name of Abhaxas exposed parts of the Florida voting database. That apparently didn't sit well with election officials. Reportedly, officials said that...
07:05 am - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft: No Botnet Is Indestructible
CWmike writes "No botnet is invulnerable, a Microsoft lawyer involved with the Rustock take-down said Tuesday, countering claims that another botnet was 'practically indestructible.' Richard Boscovich...
05:05 am - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Carmack: Mobile Gaming To Surpass Current Consoles
donniebaseball23 writes "The rate at which hardware iterates in the smartphone and tablet space has allowed the technology to nearly catch up with consoles. It won't be long before we're all carrying ...
05:05 am - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Apple Hits 15b App Store Downloads, But Loses "App Store" Name Skirmish
Coldeagle writes "Apple has been dealt a blow in its 'App Store' trademark case, with a federal judge denying its request for an injunction to stop Amazon from using the term." Apple probably wouldn't...
03:05 am - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot CmdrTaco at Kennedy Space Center
Matthew Travis from theAres Institute Inc helped me get a press pass for the STS-135 Launch. so I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for no scrub. I'm tweeting as @cmdrtaco from the launch if you are in...
12:05 am - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot Why People Who Make Things Should Learn Chinese
ptorrone writes "MAKE Magazine is making that case that any 'maker' who builds, buys or creates electronics should learn (Mandarin) Chinese. MAKE outlines the resources for anyone wishing to learn the...
12:05 am - Fri, July 8, 2011
Slashdot SKA Telescope Set To Generate More Data Than Current Net
angry tapir writes "The forthcoming $2.1 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope could generate more data per day than the entire internet when it comes online in 2020, according to the d...
11:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Voicemail Hack Scandal Leads To Closure of UK Tabloid
Some Bitch writes "Britain's biggest selling Sunday tabloid will close after this Sunday's issue. The tabloid has been embroiled in a voicemail hacking controversy for some time now and the news that ...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Mobile Data Collection Source Code
mikejuk writes "To avoid the problems that Google and Apple have had with collecting WiFi data and privacy issues Microsoft has just released [some of] the source code used in its mobile data collecti...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Digital Generation Rediscovers Analog Wristwatches
Hugh Pickens writes "As recently as a half-decade ago, time seemed to be running out for the wristwatch; the mechanical device was declared to be going the way of the abacus. But now the NY Times repo...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Real-Time Text Over JabberXMPPGoogle Talk
mdrejhon writes "Geeks who miss the UNIX 'talk' days, have a new modern savior: XMPP.org has published the new XEP-0301 Real-Time Text standard, which allows streaming text that is continuously transm...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Dropbox Releases Revised TOS
vanstinator writes "Today Dropbox has released a revised Terms of Service agreement due to the controversy caused by their recent update. This new version clarifies their position on data ownership an...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Creating a Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Bootable Flash Drive
WankerWeasel writes "With the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion this month, Apple will no longer offer a bootable installer DVD and is making 10.7 Lion available only through the App Store. This guide pro...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot The View From the Ground At an Indian Call Center
A feature story in Mother Jones gives a fascinating inside look at what it's like to work in a Delhi call center. In this area alone, says the author, "100,000 call-center agents make their living sel...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Open Patent Licenses?
felipe13 writes "We are working on a new piece of code that will be protected under a GPL license, this is fine for the code itself, but what about our 'innovations'? Are there any 'Open Patent Li...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot NASA's New Bag Turns Urine Into Sports Drink
An anonymous reader writes "NASA's Atlantis shuttle is set to launch this Friday, and its crew will be testing an innovative device that can recycle human urine into a sugary sports drink. The bag use...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot IETF Mulls Working Group For IPv6 Home Networking
alphadogg writes "The Internet Engineering Task Force is considering establishing a working group to smooth some of the impending issues around setting up and maintaining IPv6-based Internet connectio...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Chicago Mercantile Exchange Secrets Leaked To China
chicksdaddy writes with this excerpt from Threat Post: "A 10 year employee of CME Group in Chicago is alleged to have stolen trade secrets and proprietary source code used to run trading systems for t...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Spanish Surgeon Performs First Synthetic Organ Transplant
Bob the Super Hamste writes "The BBC is reporting that surgeons in Sweden have transplanted a synthetic windpipe into a patient. The synthetic windpipe was grown from a scaffolding and coated with the...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Media Companies Create Copyright Enforcement Framework
An anonymous reader writes with an article in Ars Technica. From the article: "American Internet users, get ready for three strikes^W^W 'six strikes.' Major US Internet providers — including AT&...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot HTC To Buy S3 Graphics From VIA
jones_supa writes "The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has bought the graphics department of VIA Technologies, S3 Graphics. This $300 million dollar deal brings HTC the ownership of new patents ...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Illegal Film Downloading Up 33% In the UK
moderators_are_w*nke writes "The BBC have picked up a report from 'internet intelligence' company Envisional showing illegal film downloading is up 33% in the UK since 2006. The solution is apparently...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot A Million Node Supercomputer
An anonymous reader writes "Veteran of microcomputing Steve Furber, in his role as ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, has called u...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Thunderbird Unseats Evolution In Ubuntu 11.10
An anonymous reader writes "Coinciding with the recent release of Mozilla Thunderbird 5 and its 400 performance and stability fixes, Canonical has decided that it's now fit for adoption in Ubuntu &mda...
02:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Bill Gates On Energy
Sam the Nemesissubmitted an interview in Wired with Bill Gates on the futureof energy. Gates sees nuclear as the onlyfeasible option for base load generation. His views on the currentdirection of ener...
02:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Using Old Linksys Routers to Control BBQ Smokers
mache writes "It's scary when you find two completely unrelated areas that you are passionate about merged. It happened to me with BBQ and hacking home network infrastructure. People have taken old Li...
02:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot EU Proposal: Shift Farming Subsidies To Science
smitty777 writes "There is a proposal in the EU budget which would provide a 45% increase in technology and innovation spending for the 2014-2020 time period. Interestingly, some of the increase from ...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Cassini Captures Audio of Storm On Saturn
Sooner Boomer writes "The Cassini space probe has been monitoring an enormous storm on Saturn since it was detected last December. The storm, dubbed 'The Great White Spot', now 500 times larger than a...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Lawyer Attempts To Trademark Bitcoin
An anonymous reader writes "A NY based lawyer has submitted an application to the US Patent and Trademark Office claiming first use of the term bitcoin on June 22nd, 2011. The evidence of first use in...
09:05 am - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Google Deleting Private Profiles
An anonymous reader writes "Google announced that it will no longer support private Google Profiles after July 31. The move comes as Google is rolling out its latest social experiment, Google+. T...
06:05 am - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Geocaching Shuts Down British Town
DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly writes "Many geocachers will be thinking twice when planting their treasure in an urban space as one geocacher found out in England after the police cordoned off the center of a s...
06:05 am - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Spanish Copyright Society Raided For Embezzlement
esocid writes "Senior officials in Spain's Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE), the country's leading collection society for songwriters and composers, face embezzlement charges in the wake of a ...
04:05 am - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Germany Considers Banning Wild Facebook Parties
An anonymous reader writes "Wild Facebook parties tend to occur when a Facebook Event invitation to a typical small gathering is mistakenly posted publicly, and then goes viral. This results in injuri...
03:05 am - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot 7 Days In Email Hell
jfruhlinger writes "If you first went on line in the '90s, you probably remember a time when every e-mail you received was exciting, or at least relevant, and was worthy of your personal attention. On...
01:05 am - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Congress Dumps James Webb Space Telescope
Teancum writes "On the list of items on the upcoming federal budget for 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives has announced they are going to cancel the continued development of the James Webb Space...
12:05 am - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro For a Newbie
anymooseposter writes "My mom is taking a computer class at the local Community College. she asks: 'I need to download a Linux OS and try it out for class. The assignment is to use an OS different fro...
12:05 am - Thu, July 7, 2011
Slashdot Patent Troll Goes After Notebook Cooling
An anonymous reader writes "If you are manufacturing notebooks and you are using hardware that needs to be cooled down occasionally, you may be in the crosshairs of IPventure, which claims patent righ...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot IBM Watson To Replace Salespeople and Cold-Callers
An anonymous reader writes "After conquering Jeopardy! and making inroads into the diagnosis of medical maladies, IBM's next application for Watson is improving sales and customer support. Companies w...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Put an End To Smelly Socks
athe!st writes "A new anti-microbial treatment that can make clothing — including smelly socks — permanently germ-free has been developed by US scientists. In a paper published in the Amer...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Dell Sets Stage To Take On Apple's iCloud
adeelarshad82 writes "Dell has quietly created a cloud-based service offering that could offer consumers a compelling reason to keep investing in Dell devices. The new release, which began shipping la...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Twitter Testing Facebook-Like Profile Wall
Mightee writes "Twitter is experimenting with a Facebook-Like message wall to its users' profile pages, that will allow twitter users to send '@ replies or mentions' directly from their profile. The c...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Google Wrestles With Privacy Bugs In Google+
CWmike writes "Google's new social networking site, Google+ — built to beat Facebook primarily on privacy features — has several privacy bugs the company is working to fix. While some...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Play World's Oldest Commercial Recording
sciencehabit writes "The scratchy, 12-second audio clip of a woman reciting the first verse of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star doesn't sound like much. But the faint, 123-year-old recording—etched...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Banks Faulted For Fake Antivirus Scourge
krebsonsecurity writes "Merchant banks that process credit card payments for fake antivirus or 'scareware' exhibit a distinctive pattern of card processing that could be used by Visa and MasterCard to...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Pays University $250K To Use Office 365
BogenDorpher writes "Microsoft has offered to give the University of Nebraska $250,000 dollars to make the switch from IBM Lotus Notes to Office 365, which they say offers newer technology, greater fl...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Announces Video Calling With Skype
An anonymous reader writes "As rumored and anticipated, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg today announced video calling, powered by Skype. The company also revealed other chat improvements, ...
07:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Wants $15 Per Android Smartphone
sfcrazy writes "Microsoft Corp has demanded that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd pay $15 for each smartphone handset it makes based on Google Inc's Android operating system. The software giant claims to ow...
07:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Jailbreakme 3.0 Released
Beardydog writes "Jailbreakme.com has been officially updated, providing the first public method for jailbreaking the iPad 2, and the easiest method for jailbreaking most other iOS devices. The jailbr...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Construction of ESA Galaxy Mapping Satellite Completed
coondoggie writes with an article in Network World. From the article: "The European Space Agency says it has completed what it calls the largest digital camera ever built for a space mission — a...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Don't Fly If You Just Had Surgery!
mcgrew writes "The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the TSA is now worried about surgically implanted bombs. Are they trying to get everyone to stop flying entirely? I know there's no way they'd ...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Australian Firm Targets Apple and Google Cloud Music Services
littlekorea writes "The online music services of Apple and Google are likely to be challenged by a Sydney-based company that has been granted three new patents around file hashing and deduplication. ....
05:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Star Wars Landspeeders Are Here
smitty777 writes "All you Jedis can stop building fake landspeeders in your driveway now — the real deal is finally here. Wired is reporting on an Israeli company that has been testing one for u...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Hubble Makes Millionth Observation
sfcrazy wrote in with an article about the Hubble telescope. From the article: "NASA's Hubble Space Telescope crossed another milestone in its space odyssey of exploration and discovery. On Monday, Ju...
03:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot How Apple Came To Control the Component Market
An anonymous reader writes "Phillip Elmer-Dewitt draws on several sources to argue that 'Apple has become not a monopoly (a single seller), but a monopsony — the one buyer that can control an en...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Nanomagnets Could Replace Transistors in Microprocessors
redwolfe7707 writes "Computers today move electrons, using lots of energy in the process. A new report out of UC Berkely shows that doing computing with nano magnetic domains could reduce the energy c...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot 3D Chocolate Printer
BoxRec writes "Scientists in England have developed a 3D chocolate printer that prints layers of chocolate instead of ink or plastic. 'Now we have an opportunity to combine chocolate with digital tech...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Defendant Says Righthaven Should Pay Legal Fees
Hugh Pickens writes "On June 20 District Court Judge Philip Pro found that Kentucky resident Wayne Hoehn was protected by fair use in posting a Las Vegas Review-Journal column on a sports website. Now...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot DOT Exempts Maker of 'Flying Car' From Road Vehicle Safety Rules
Stirfry192 writes with news that Terrafugia, makers of a vehicle alternately called a 'flying car' or 'roadable aircraft,' have been granted a three-year exemption to federal motor vehicle safety rule...
10:05 am - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Tilting Bike Uses Google Maps To Simulate Routes
cylonlover writes "One of the differences between real cycling and indoor training is the fact that when riders are on the road, the topography of the area determines the pedaling effort required. By ...
08:05 am - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot The Uzebox: an Open Source Hardware Games Console
angry tapir writes "Lots of people are familiar with open source software. Open source hardware, however, is still more of niche category. The Uzebox is an open source, 'retro minimalist' 8-bit games ...
07:05 am - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot @Whitehouse Hosting Twitter Town Hall On Wednesday
CWmike writes "In another milestone, the White House will hold its first Twitter town hall forum on Wednesday. President Barack Obama, known for using technology and Web 2.0 tools since his presidenti...
05:05 am - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Bionic Eyeglasses May Boost Impaired Vision
fangmcgee writes with this excerpt from a University of Oxford news release:"Technology developed for mobile phones and computer gaming – such as video cameras, position detectors, face recognit...
03:05 am - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Renewable Energy Production Surpasses Nuclear In the US
mdsolar writes "Renewable energy production has surpassed nuclear energy production in the U.S. according to the latest issue of Monthly Energy Review (PDF) published by the Energy Information Adminis...
02:05 am - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot Xbox Live Indie Games Struggle For Profitability
An article at the Opposable Thumbs blog examines the Xbox Live Indie Games economy, finding that developers are having trouble making enough money to justify continued work with the platform. Quoting:...
01:05 am - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot How America Can Get Its Tech Mojo Back
jfruhlinger writes "The American tech industry is hobbled by a poor education system, misguided spending priorities, and a byzantine patent system. But America can still come out on top, not least bec...
12:05 am - Wed, July 6, 2011
Slashdot WebOS Chief: Don't Fret Over TouchPad Reviews
Fudge Factor 3000 writes "HP released their much trumpeted enterprise tablet, TouchPad, last week. This device was also the first to showcase WebOS in a tablet. The tablet received several harsh revie...
11:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Military and Government E-mails Compromised
Dangerous_Minds writes "ZeroPaid is reporting that 16,959 e-mail accounts were recently exposed by Connexion Hack Team. Included in the data dump are usernames and passwords for military and governmen...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot News Corp. Subsidiary Under Fire For Hacking Dead Girl's Voicemail
Hugh Pickens writes "Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. came under pressure from UK Prime Minister David Cameron to respond to 'really appalling' allegations that its News of the World tabloid hacked into th...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Eyeglasses Made of Human Hair
Mightee writes "Graduates from Royal College of Art have discovered a way to turn hair cuttings that parlors throw away as waste into sustainable eyewear named Hair Glasses. The idea behind this is to...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot New Approach For Laser Weapons
An anonymous reader writes "Laser guns and other 'directed energy weapons' have remained in sci-fi lore because of their inefficiency, bulkiness, and poor beam quality. Now an MIT Lincoln Lab spinoff ...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft's Hottest New Profit Center: Android
jbrodkin writes "One of Microsoft's hottest new profit centers is a smartphone platform you've definitely heard of: Android. Google's Linux-based mobile operating system is a favorite target for Micro...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Google To Rebrand Blogger & Picasa For Google+ Integration
dkd903 writes "Google plans to rebrand its photo-sharing platform Picasa and the blogging platform Blogger and will re-introduce them as Google Photos and Google Blogs. All this forms part of a massiv...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Patriot Act vs. the EU's Data Protection Directive
itwbennett writes "Last week, Microsoft warned that under the Patriot Act the company may be compelled to hand over European customers' data on its new cloud service to U.S. authorities — and al...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Company Fined €25,000 For Altering Wikipedia
hcs_$reboot writes "A French court ordered a company to pay 25,000 Euros to a competitor about which she had removed the name of a Wikipedia entry dedicated to her field. Hi-Media, the defendant, was ...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot US Army Spent $2.7 Billion On Crashing Computer
An anonymous reader writes "According to two former US Army intelligence officers, the multi-billion-dollar DCGS-A military computer system that was designed to help the US Army in Iraq and Afghanista...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Cisco Helps China Keep an Eye On Its Citizens
doperative writes "Western companies including Cisco Systems Inc. are poised to help build an ambitious new surveillance project in China — a citywide network of as many as 500,000 cameras that ...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Anti-PowerPoint Party Formed In Switzerland
angry tapir writes "Many people dislike sitting through a meeting being driven with presentation software. Microsoft's PowerPoint is perhaps the best known and most hated of the slide presentation pro...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Italian Anonymous Hacker Cell Arrested
jojo_it writes "Three hackers, part of Anonymous Hacker Group, have been identified and arrested after an Italian-Swiss investigation. The cell performed several attacks against Italian government web...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Drawing the Line Between Android and Linux
jfruhlinger writes "The relationship between Linux and Android is on a technical level not hard to grasp — there's a shared kernel, but the application and interface layers are quite different. ...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot First WebCL Demos Arrive From Nokia and AMD
An anonymous reader writes "Samsung and Nokia have released initial implementations of WebCL for web browsers. Nokia's version works with Firefox 4 and AMD's App SDK on Windows Vista/7 32-bit and Sams...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot NYT Update Breaks iPad App, Annoys Subscribers
jbrodkin writes "The New York Times, which recently started charging iPad readers $20 a month, has a lot of angry digital subscribers after an update broke the NYTimes for iPad application. The update...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Realistic Robot Designed For Dental Students
Zothecula writes "Tokyo's Showa University has unveiled its latest robotic dental patient. The University engaged robotics company Tmsuk to manufacture the realistic bot which is designed to simulate ...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Space Station To Get HD Streaming Video Camera
superglaze writes "A high-definition streaming video camera is to be installed on the International Space Station within a year. Built in the UK, the camera will hopefully provide a Google Earth-quali...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot NHS Moving To Cloud For Security
twoheadedboy writes "The NHS, one of the biggest public sector organisations in Europe, is to use a cloud-based security model to protect its 1.3 million users. This comes amidst a big move to the clo...
02:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Blocks Google+ App, Google Removes Twitter From Real Time Search
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook has blocked access to Friend Exporter, a Google Chrome application that helps users import their Facebook contacts into Google's new social network — Google ...
02:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Retailer Calls Rivals' Bluff On "HDMI Scam"
nk497 writes "Retailer Kogan is offering customers of rival stores free HDMI cables to highlight the 'scam' of selling the cables for £100, saying its own £4 cable works just as well. 'An ...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot China's Coal Power Plants Mask Climate Change
Hugh Pickens writes "The Guardian reports on new research revealing that the huge increase in coal-fired power stations in China, up from just over 10 gigawatts (GW) in 2002 to over 80GW in 2006, has ...
10:05 am - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'
An anonymous reader writes "The developer of the current #2 Top App on Android Market has written a very interesting article giving six reasons why they decided to pull their game from Amazon Appstore...
07:05 am - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Partners With Baidu, China's Top Search Engine
countertrolling writes with news that Microsoft has struck an agreement with Baidu.com, the most popular search engine in mainland China, to provide results for English-language queries. From the NY T...
05:05 am - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal?
Fudge Factor 3000 writes "Earlier this year both Google and Amazon introduced cloud music storage where users could upload their music and listen to it wherever they had an internet connection. The mu...
03:05 am - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot More Oracle Patents Declared Invalid
sfcrazy writes "The validity of another Oracle patent has become doubtful in the dispute with Google about the infringement of Java patents and copyrights on Android devices. The US Patent Office and ...
01:05 am - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot Law Professors vs the PROTECT IP Act
Freddybear writes "Along with 90 (and still counting) other Internet law and IP law professors, David Post of the Volokh Conspiracy law blog has drafted and signed a letter in opposition to Senator Le...
12:05 am - Tue, July 5, 2011
Slashdot NASA's Next Mars Rover
An anonymous reader writes "In August 2012, the NASA rover Curiosity is scheduled to touch down on the surface of Mars. The size of a small car, it's four times as heavy as predecessors Spirit and Opp...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot In Australia, Censorship vs. DNS, and Porn As Network Driver
daria42 writes "Remember how Australia's planning to censor its Internet? Well, it looks as though the country's second-largest ISP, Optus, has made a stumble right out of the gate. Optus today co...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot Japanese Team Finds New Source of Rare Earth Elements
gyaku_zuki writes "As reported in the BBC, a Japanese survey team has discovered 'vast' quantities of rare earths in international waters in the Pacific Ocean. The search for alternative sources of th...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot Indie Film Premieres On BitTorrent Before Cinema
An anonymous reader writes "The first part of A Lonely Place For Dying is available on VODO while the filmmakers are getting ready for a theatrical run in early 2012. Viewers are asked to donate if th...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Registrars Support DNSSEC?
baerm writes "With GoDaddy being purchased by private equity firms (i.e. it will be sucked dry with service reduction and price increases until it dies) what other Registrars support DNSSEC? GoDad...
07:05 pm - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot America: Like It Or Unfriend It
Hugh Pickens writes "As we celebrate America's birthday today, head over the to the NY Times and take a look at a very clever 'op-art' creation, 'Like it or Unfriend It' by Teddy Wayne, Mike Sacks, an...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot US, UK Targeting Piracy Websites Outside Their Borders
nk497 writes "The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is going after piracy websites even if they aren't hosted in the U.S., by targeting those with .net and .com domain names, which...
05:05 pm - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot Kinect-Based AI System Watches What You're Up To
mikejuk writes "Researchers from Cornell have used AI to create a system based on the Kinect that can recognize what you are doing — cleaning your teeth, cooking, writing on a whiteboard etc. In...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US
chrb writes "BBC News reports that U.S. cities are installing more roundabouts than ever before. The first British-style roundabout appeared in the U.S. in 1990, and now some cities — such as Ca...
03:05 pm - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot Pdf.js Reaches First Milestone
theweatherelectric writes "The pdf.js project aims to implement a PDF viewer using standards-compliant Web technologies. The project has reached its first milestone: it renders the sample PDF (a paper...
02:05 pm - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot Hijacked Fox News Twitter Account Falsely Claims Obama Shot Dead
Frankie70 writes with word of a Twitter-account hijacking that's raised eyebrows today, supplying a link to the account in question. From the Telegraph's account: "'The Twitter account of the American...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot Bionic Body Parts For the Disabled
DeviceGuru writes "An interesting 11-minute PBS News Hour video demonstrates several bionics projects that use high-tech robotics technology to create artificial body parts capable of assisting people...
10:05 am - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot South Korean Textbooks to Go Digital by 2015
South Korea plans to spend $2.4 billion buying tablets for students and digitizing materials in an effort to go completely digital in the classroom by 2015. From the article: "This move also re-ignite...
07:05 am - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot Why Are There So Few Honeycomb Apps?
Fudge Factor 3000 writes "PC World's Brent Rose investigates the reason behind the dearth of Honeycomb apps even though the OS was released in February with the release of the Xoom. One would have exp...
05:05 am - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Connect Exposes Hulu User Data
An anonymous reader writes "Over the weekend, Hulu rolled out Facebook Connect integration. Almost immediately after launch, Hulu had to pull the feature as the company discovered a technical issue af...
02:05 am - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot US Wiretap Report Released
sTeF writes "According to the 2010 Wiretap Report (Pdf), released today by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) federal and state requests for court permission to intercept or...
12:05 am - Mon, July 4, 2011
Slashdot Google's Six-Front War
wasimkadak writes "While the tech world is buzzing about the launch and implications of Google's new social network, Google+, it's worth noting that Google isn't just in a war with Facebook, it's...
10:05 pm - Sun, July 3, 2011
Slashdot Hacker Exposes Parts of Florida's Voting Database
Dangerous_Minds writes "Some people feel that elections can be rigged and votes tampered with. One hacker, who goes by the name of Abhaxas, decided to prove that votes aren't secure by exposing parts ...
08:05 pm - Sun, July 3, 2011
Slashdot Toyota Scion IQ Electric Car To Launch In 2012
Mightee writes "Toyota officially announced at an annual dealer meeting in Las Vegas that the all-electric Scion iQ will be launched next year in the United States. According to Toyota, Scion iQ can o...
06:05 pm - Sun, July 3, 2011
Slashdot Can the US Still Lead In Space Despite Shuttle's End?
Hugh Pickens writes "NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden says that the future is bright and promises that one day humans will land on Mars. 'American leadership in space will continue for at least th...
05:05 pm - Sun, July 3, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Withdraws Counter-Suit Against Apple
tekgoblin writes "Samsung has withdrawn a counter-suit against Apple in their ongoing legal battle which concerns similarities in the iOS device lineup against the Galaxy S lineup from Samsung. The co...
03:05 pm - Sun, July 3, 2011
Slashdot Man Claiming Half of Facebook Suffers Setbacks
itwbennett writes "Slashdot readers will remember Paul Ceglia, the man who says Mark Zuckerberg agreed to split Facebook with him and has the email to prove it. Well, his case took a turn for the wors...
01:05 pm - Sun, July 3, 2011
Slashdot Calling Out GE's Misleading Data Visualizations
theodp writes "Stephen Few never did suffer data visualization fools gladly. After seeing an oil exec (mis)use data viz to put a positive spin on Gulf Oil Spill cleanup efforts, Few felt compelled to ...
10:05 am - Sun, July 3, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Launches a WikiLeaks For Hackers
siliconbits writes "Despite countless WikiLeaks copycats popping up since the secret-spilling site first dumped its cache of State Department cables last year, the new generation of leaking sites has ...
07:05 am - Sun, July 3, 2011
Slashdot Apple Ships OS X 10.7 Lion 'Gold Master' For July Push
An anonymous reader writes "Apple released to developers the 'gold master' version of Mac OS 10.7, known as Lion, in a move that positions the company for a July roll-out. 'With Snow Leopard, Apple's ...
04:05 am - Sun, July 3, 2011
Slashdot FacebookTwitter Banned In Thailand For Election
societyofrobots writes "In the run up to the July 3rd election in Thailand, use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media are banned for campaigning and other election related purposes. Offenders f...
01:05 am - Sun, July 3, 2011
Slashdot China Grows Its Own Twitter
Stirfry192 writes "Twitter is banned in China, and the authorities are trying to foster a censored version of the service, but the speed and nature of such services calls into question China's ability...
12:05 am - Sun, July 3, 2011
Slashdot Dangerous Prototypes: Open Source Hardware Seeding
MojoKid writes "Dangerous Prototypes is a two-year old organization with the stated mission of producing 'one new open source project every month.' In its nearly two years of existence, DP has created...
11:05 pm - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot Natural Interaction With Flying Robots Via Kinect
garymortimer writes "Researchers at The Flying Machine Arena in the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control ETH Zurich control a multicopter drone with gesture based commands. The designers say they...
10:05 pm - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot FBI Wiretapped Hemingway
Hugh Pickens writes "On the fiftieth anniversary of the death by suicide of author Ernest Hemingway, his friend and biographer A. E. Hotchner writes in the NY Times that the man who 'had stood his gro...
08:05 pm - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot Calling BS On Unpaid Internships
theodp writes "Getting an intern is so hot right now,' writes Stewart Curry. 'It's also bull**** 99% of the time.' IrishStu also provides his list of Interning's Big Lies: 1. 'You'll get training.' 2....
07:05 pm - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot GoDaddy Sells To Investor Group
wiredmikey writes "Domain name registrar and Web hosting provider GoDaddy, announced it has agreed to receive a strategic investment from private equity firms KKR, Silver Lake and Technology Crossover...
06:05 pm - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot BitTorrent Turns 10
ktetch-pirate writes "On this day, 10 years ago, Bram Cohen released the first bittorrent client to the public. Most P2P protocols have had a rapid rise and then a drop-off as the subsequent 'best thi...
05:05 pm - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot Evolution Machine Accelerates Genetic Engineering
chrb writes "New Scientist has an article about the Evolution Machine — a device which can accelerate directed artificial evolution to discover desirable DNA changes in days rather than years. O...
03:05 pm - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot Google Bid Pi Billion Dollars For Nortel Patents
mikejuk writes "Google mystified other participants in an auction for patents last week by their choice of bids. They weren't the round regular numbers that are normally expected. After first bidding ...
02:05 pm - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot WikiLeaks To Sue VisaMasterCard
An anonymous reader writes "After six months of financial blockade by Visa and MasterCard, during which they claim to have lost over $15,000,000 in donations, WikiLeaks and Datacell are filing a compl...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Track Cell Phones Indoors By Listening In
starzia writes "Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan have developed a technique which aims to extend the reach of mobile phone location tracking. Their free iPhone app...
12:05 pm - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot Dropbox TOS Includes Broad Copyright License
mrtwice99 writes "Dropbox recently updated their TOS, Privacy Policy, and Security Overview. Included in the TOS is the following statement: 'By submitting your stuff to the Services, you grant us (an...
09:05 am - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot Chrome Hits 20% Share As IE Continues Slide
jbrodkin writes "Google Chrome's rise in popularity has been remarkably fast and it's just hit a new milestone: more than 20% of all browser usage, according to StatCounter. Chrome rose from only 2.8%...
06:05 am - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot VoIP Data and Google Maps Mashup Shows Live Calls
damianwayne writes "OnSIP, a provider of hosted Voice over IP business communications, announced today the latest addition to their website: a visualization of live calls made using the OnSIP service,...
03:05 am - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot Telstra Starts Implementing Australian Censorship Scheme
daria42 writes "After four long years of debate about whether Australia will receive a mandatory Internet filter, finally some action has been taken. Yesterday the country's largest ISP, Telstra, star...
03:05 am - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot Linaro 11.06 Release Brings Unity 3D Port To ARM
An anonymous reader writes "For a long time what x86 users took for granted was just 'the future' for ARM devices. Now that time is over. Linaro — a non-profit engineering organization funded by...
01:05 am - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot Airplanes Cause Accidental Cloud Seeding
An anonymous reader writes "A new study by a team of U.S. researchers found that commercial and private jetliners may be contributing to a form of accidental cloud seeding. When an airplane flies thro...
12:05 am - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot RightHaven Lawyer Says Browser Ate His Homework
J053 writes "Wired Magazine reports that Righthaven attorney Shawn Mangano's excuse for being a day late with his explanation as to why the litigation factory made 'dishonest statements to the court' ...
12:05 am - Sat, July 2, 2011
Slashdot Does Creative Commons Work With Pseudonymity?
kale77in writes "I was going to direct this question to the Australian Arts Law Centre, and probably still will, but I'm sure they're very busy and I'm sure that someone here must have bumped up again...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Games for Windows Marketplace Merging With Xbox.com
Microsoft announced today that on July 11th, their Games for Windows marketplace will be merging with its console equivalent. According to a spokesman,"All of the same content from GamesForWindows.com...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Magnetic Nanoparticles Fry Tumors
sciencehabit writes "In a new study, a team found that injecting mice with tiny magnets and cranking up the heat eliminated tumors from the animals' bodies with no apparent side effects. The nanoparti...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Facebook To Launch In-Browser Video Chat With Skype
tekgoblin writes "Facebook will be launching a new in-browser video chat application. 'The product has been built on Skype and will include a desktop component. It’s not clear to me whether that...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Controlling Wi-Fi Radio 'Nap-Time' Saves Power
alphadogg writes "A Duke University grad student has come up with a way to double (or more) battery life in Wi-Fi devices, without any changes needed on the device itself. Essentially, the technique r...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Bug With "Singing Penis" Is World's Loudest
sciencehabit writes "The world's loudest animal relative to its size has been revealed to be a tiny bug with a big organ. The water boatman, Micronecta scholtzi, rattles its penis along grooves in its...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot How To Get Websites To Ban Sign-ups From Gmail.com Accounts
An anonymous reader writes "Paul Tyma describes a simple, elegant, and hilarious method that Mailinator (hypothetically, of course) used to mess around with people who scraped its webpages in order to...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Zynga Seeks $1 Billion In IPO
bizwriter writes "Zynga finally filed its IPO paperwork today, as it wants to raise $1 billion. And while the reports of how well it did were significantly overstated, this is a company that still mak...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Copyright Common Sense From Telecom Ericsson
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from a story at Torrentfreak:"Entertainment industry lobby groups often describe file-sharers as thieves who refuse to pay for any type of digital content. But n...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot 17% Smaller DES S-box Circuits Found
solardiz writes "DES is still in use, brute-force key search remains the most effective attack on it, and it is an attractive building block for certain applications (the key size may be increased e.g...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Moodle 2.0 First Look
melbenson writes "The open-source software Moodle has become one of the most popular Learning Management Systems around the world. The release of Moodle 2.0 came with hundreds of changes, new features...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot How Japan's Data Centers Survived the Earthquake
jfruhlinger writes "A lot of Japan's infrastructure was knocked offline by this year's massive earthquake and tsunami, but its data centers by and large stayed running. How'd they pull it off? Goo...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Judge OKs Wiretap Lawsuit Over Google Wi-Fi Sniffing
An anonymous reader writes "Last year Google found itself in hot water after admitting to accidentally collecting payload data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Their admission led to a number of investi...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Court on Video Games: Less Cleavage, More Carnage
On Monday we discussed news of a Supreme Court ruling which held that violent video games deserved free speech protection under the First Amendment. Now, frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot RIM Responds To an Employee's Open Letter
An anonymous reader writes "An executive at Research In Motion has written an open letter to the company's leadership, begging them to focus more on user experience, developers, and accountability. 'W...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Officials Need a Better Photoshopper
A clearly photoshopped picture of three Chinese officials inspecting a newly laid road is becoming an internet sensation. The picture posted on a local council's website, shows the men hovering a few ...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Time To Close the Security Theater
An anonymous reader writes "An editorial at Forbes calls for the dismantling of the TSA, pointing to recent headlines as the latest examples of 'security theater' at its worst. From the article:'The p...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Nortel Patents Go To Apple, Microsoft, Sony and Others
tcr writes "A consortium that includes Apple, Microsoft, RIM and Sony has been successful in its bid for the Nortel patent portfolio. The winning bid was $4.5 billion. TechCrunch predicts this could r...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot The Most Dangerous Programming Mistakes
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses the most dangerous programming mistakes, and what can be done to avoid them. 'Even more than input validation errors, this year's list is rif...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Is There a Formula For a Hit Song?
moveoverrover writes "What happens when two Rutgers grad students analyze 50 years of Billboard Top 10 hits with MIT offshoot Echo Nest's API and turn the data into visualizations for an assignment...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Censorship Gets Blasted By NTD TV
jjp9999 writes "Despite years of pressure from the Chinese regime, independent television station NTD TV will resume its broadcast throughout China with a Taiwanese satellite. Chinese residents throug...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot It's Not a New Ballmer Microsoft Needs; It's a New Gates
theodp writes "Over at GeekWire, Todd Bishop posits that Microsoft doesn't need to replace Steve Ballmer as much as it needs to replace Bill Gates. 'The perennial push to oust Ballmer is back,' Bishop...
11:05 am - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Current Social Games Aren't Fun, Says MUD Co-Creator
Speaking at Gamerlab 2011 in Barcelona, MUD1 developer Richard Bartle had harsh words for the current state of social gaming:"The big thing about social games that they don't like to tell you, is they...
09:05 am - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot 40GB of Data That Costs the Same As a House
Barence writes "PC Pro has an infographic that reveals the extortionate cost of roaming data. They compared the cost of data typically bundled with a fixed-line broadband package (40GB) costing £...
08:05 am - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Source Engine SDK To Be Free
Following up on news from earlier this week that Valve made Team Fortress 2 free-to-play, we now get word that the Source engine SDK will be free to all as well. Quoting Rock, Paper, Shotgun:"The Sour...
06:05 am - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot First Thunderbolt Peripherals Arrive To Market
MojoKid writes "Promise Technology recently launched the first Thunderbolt-compatible devices; the company's Pegasus RAID R4 and R6 storage solutions can now be ordered from the Apple Store. There's a...
04:05 am - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Police Vulture Training Not a Success
rbrausse writes "Some time ago Slashdot covered the German police vulture training scheme, now it is time for a follow-up. BBC reports that the project has failed to take off, the trained vulture hasn...
03:05 am - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Despite Controversy, Federal Wiretaps On the Rise
coondoggie writes with a report that "Federal and state requests for court permission to intercept or wiretap electronic communications increased 34% in 2010 over 2009 with California, New York, and N...
12:05 am - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Hard Drive Overclocking Competition From Secau
Blittzed writes "We were reminiscing about the good old days of overclocking CPUs and memory, and the subject of hard drive overcloking came up. The discussion / argument we were having in the researc...
12:05 am - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot BitTorrent Chat Demystified
An anonymous reader writes "Can you really do group chat with no central server? BitTorrent's Patrick Williams has developed a new app that leverages a distributed architecture to eliminate the ne...
12:05 am - Fri, July 1, 2011
Slashdot Algorithm Solves Rubik's Cubes of Any Size
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from New Scientist: "Only the most hardcore puzzle-solvers ever go beyond the standard 3x3x3 Rubik's cube, attempting much larger ones. Now an algorithm ha...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Solar Impulse Airplane Makes Public Debut In Paris
dsmendes writes "The Solar Impulse airplane made its debut at the Paris Air Show with a 20 minute public voyage powered by nothing but solar cells, with 12,000 cells on the wings powering 4 10-horsepo...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot LulzSec, Anonymous Reason For PROTECT IP Act, Says RIAA
Dangerous_Minds writes "ZeroPaid is reporting that the RIAA is using the latest activities of hacktivists to bolster its claim that America needs the PROTECT IP Act, the act that would place a layer o...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Leaks New Batch of Data
Orome1 writes "Anonymous has made available for download another batch of data, including those belonging to the Zimbabwean government, Mosman Municipal Council, Universal Music Group Partners (umusic...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Says Reinstall Overkill In Removing Rootkit
CWmike writes "Microsoft has clarified the advice it gave users whose Windows PCs are infected with a new, sophisticated rootkit dubbed Popereb that buries itself on the hard drive's boot sector, noti...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Bizarre Expanding Light Halo Seen By Hawaii Webcam
The Bad Astronomer writes "A webcam mounted at the CFHT observatory in Hawaii caught a strange, expanding halo of light on the night of June 22. Announced on the Starship Asterisk forum, readers quick...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot NYC Mayor Demands $600M Refund On Software Project
alphadogg writes "New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is demanding that systems integrator Science Applications International Corporation reimburse more than $600 million it was paid in connection with t...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Future Actions Predicted From Brain Activity
An anonymous reader writes "Bringing the real world into the brain scanner, researchers say they can now determine the action a person was planning, mere moments before that action is actually execute...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Early UNIX Contributor Robert Morris Dead at 78
dtmos writes "Robert Morris, a major contributor to the Unix password and security features while at Bell Labs, has passed at the age of 78. His interesting life was made even more interesting by his ...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Office 365: Suffer 18 Days' Outage, Still Pay Half Price
rtfa-troll writes "Microsoft is preparing its customers for plenty of outage time according to the Register, with a scheme for Office 365 which will give customers some money back. The offer seems to ...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot UAV Hoisted Tower Powered By Laser Over Fiberoptic
carstene writes "LaserMotive, winners of the 2009 NASA power beaming contest, has a new invention , a virtual comm or surveillance tower. It's a quadcotper that can run indefinitely, powered by laser ...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Cisco's Tablet Act Like a Desktop
holy_calamity writes "Cisco's Cius tablet, due next month, is bulkier than the iPad 2 and has a smaller screen but it alsobrings tricks other tablets don't have. It can be connected to a keyboard, mon...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Climate Skeptic Funded By Oil and Coal Companies
Honken writes with a report from The Guardian that "'One of the world's most prominent scientific figures to be sceptical about climate change has admitted to being paid more than $1m in the past deca...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot AT&T: Meet the New US GSM Monopoly
itwbennett writes "Why should consumers care about the AT&T/T-mobile merger? Already, Verizon has dropped unlimited data plans and the US trails Japan, South Korea, and others in variety and p...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot The Science of Human-Robot Love
An anonymous reader writes "By harnessing a new sphere of science called 'lovotics', Hooman Samani, an artificial intelligence researcher at the Social Robotics Lab at the National University of Singa...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot IBM Creates Multi-Bit Phase Change Memory
Lucas123 writes "In what is likely to be a strong rival to NAND flash memory, IBM today announced it has been able to successfully store more than one bit of data per cell in a more stable non-volatil...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Spamming Becoming Financially Infeasible
itwbennett writes "Making money in spam isn't as easy as it used to be. 'It's not something financially feasible for anyone to even consider,' said Robert Soloway, who in his heyday made $20,000/day a...
04:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Lawsuit Claims LegalZoom Is Practicing Law Without a License
Bob the Super Hamste writes "Fortune has an interesting piece about a federal class action law suit against LegalZoom claiming that its software is illegally practicing law without a license. The law ...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Electronic Skin Gives Robots a Sense of Touch
Zothecula writes "Providing robots with sensory inputs is one of the keys to the development of more capable and useful machines. Sight and hearing are the most common senses bestowed upon our mechani...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Facebook More Hated Than Banks, Utilities
jfruhlinger writes "According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Facebook raises a lot of ire among its customers — more than Bank of America or AT&T Mobility. This bodes ill for t...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot AMD Llano APU Review - Slow CPU, Fast GPU
Vigile writes "Though we did see the fruits of AMD's Fusion labor in the form of the Brazos platform late in 2010, Llano is the first mainstream part to be released that combines traditional x86 CPU c...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Los Alamos Fire Idles NSA Supercomputer
ygslash writes "Among the many facilities shut down since Monday at Los Alamos National Laboratory due to the approaching wildfire is Cielo, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. The N...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Drops California Associates to Avoid Sales Tax
PCM2 writes "Residents of California who participate in the Amazon Associates Program received an email warning them that the program will be terminated as soon as a new California law goes into effec...
10:05 am - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Chinese City Wants To Build a Censorship-Free Hub
itwbennett writes "The city of Chongqing's proposed Cloud Computing Special Zone would be home to 'a handful of state-of-the-art data centers and is designed to attract investment from multinational c...
09:05 am - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Nintendo Trying To Win Back Core Gamers With Wii U
Speaking at a shareholder meeting yesterday, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata discussed the company's goals for the Wii's successor, which aims to pick up the subset of gamers turned off by imprecise m...
08:05 am - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Movie Industry Files Injunction Against UK ISP
daedae writes "The Motion Picture Association (MPA), which represents studios including Twentieth Century Fox and Walt Disney, have filed suit in the UK against BT, Britain's largest ISP. The studios ...
05:05 am - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Irish Judge Orders 13-Year-Old To Surrender Xbox
An anonymous reader writes "In Belfast a High Court judge has ordered a 13 year old to surrender his Xbox to the authorities. The boy was charged with a series of robberies and in the bail application...
03:05 am - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot The Patriot Act and the EU Cloud
ISoldat53 writes "Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK said that the Patriot Act allows government access to data in it's cloud services even in Europe. Though he said that “customer...
01:05 am - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Massive Botnet "Indestructible," Say Researchers
CWmike writes "A new and improved botnet that has infected more than four million PCs is 'practically indestructible,' security researchers say. TDL-4, the name for both the bot Trojan that infects ma...
12:05 am - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Inkjet Printing Solar Cells
cylonlover writes "Traditional solar cell production techniques are usually time consuming and require expensive vacuum systems or toxic chemicals. Depositing chemical compounds such as CIGS on a subs...
12:05 am - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Could Amazon Reviews Be Corrupt?
adeelarshad82 writes "In the first academic study of its kind, Trevor Pinch, Cornell University professor of sociology and of science and technology studies, independently surveyed 166 of Amazon's top...
12:05 am - Thu, June 30, 2011
Slashdot Cool-Factor Predicted To Spur Energy Conservation
An anonymous reader writes "Panelists at a recent technology expo argued about how to motivate people to conserve energy, dragging out all the usual suspects, from financial incentives to emotion appe...