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11:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Pakistan Bans Encryption
An anonymous reader writes "After some rumors of this last month, Pakistan has now officially told all of the country's ISPs that they need to block all encrypted VPNs since content running over such ...
11:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Novell Wins Against SCO Again
duh P3rf3ss3r writes "The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has just affirmed the District Court ruling in SCO v Novell (PDF) in its entirety. The decision is quite a good read and lays out the reasons w...
10:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot A Look Back At the Career of Steve Jobs
Zothecula writes with a rather extensive piece in Gizmag about Steve Jobs's various business endeavors. From the article: "Revered by many, hated by some, but respected by most, the indisputable fact ...
09:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Publicly Shaming Laptop Thieves Catches Bystanders in the Crossfire
nonprofiteer writes "Embarrassing thieves by exposing them using laptop recovery software makes for fun tech stories, but what about a case of a person being literally exposed after cops and a softwar...
09:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Baby Red Dwarf Found Just 27 Light Years Away
bazzalunatic writes "Astronomers have found an infant red dwarf star 27 light years away from Earth, and it's just 40 million years old. 'The star has been known about and studied for the past 15 year...
08:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot One Final Manufacturing Run of Touchpads
Accepted on the first attempt, lochnessie writes "HP has announced a limited manufacturing run of Touchpads to be available in the next few weeks. The HP employee making the announcement posted 'I thi...
08:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot EPIC Files For Rehearing In Body Scanner Case
OverTheGeicoE writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed for a rehearing in their case against DHS regarding airport body scanners. In their latest court filing (PDF), EPIC argues tha...
07:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Only Idiots Don't Give Back To Free Software
Julie188 writes "Taking without contributing back to the upstream project defeats the benefit of open source and sooner or later, all open source users realize this, contends Jim Zemlin, executive dir...
06:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Spammers Bribe Russian Officials
hellkyng writes with a transcript of interesting chat logs in Krebs on Security. From the article: "Leaked online chats between the co-owners of the world's largest pharmacy spam operation reveal the ...
06:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Google and OpenDNS Work On Global Internet Speedup
Many users have written in with news of Google and OpenDNS working together on The Global Internet Speedup Initiative. They've reworked their DNS servers so that they forward the first three octets of...
05:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Sequence Black Death Bacteria
First time accepted submitter Quince alPillan writes "The bacteria behind the Black Death has a very unusual history. Its ancestor is an unassuming soil bacterium and the current strains of Yersinia p...
04:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Diginotar Responds To Rogue Certificate Problem
An anonymous reader writes "Vasco, the owner of the DigiNotar CA implicated in the MITM attacks on Iranian Google users has responded to their fraudulently issued certificate problems. The press relea...
04:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 To Natively Support ISO and VHD Mounting
MrSeb writes "With a masterful nail in the optical disc coffin, Microsoft has announced that its new operating system will natively mount ISO disc images. On the slightly more enterprisesque side of t...
03:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Cornell's Creative Machines Lab Lets Chatbots Interact
mikejuk writes "When Cornell's Creative Machines Lab got two chatbots to settle down for a short interaction the result was surreal, to say the least. Is one of them the future winner of the $100,000 ...
03:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot The Pirate Bay Founders Go Legit With BayFiles
An anonymous reader writes "The founders of The Pirate Bay, possibly the best-known BitTorrent tracking service in existence, are going legit with a new file-sharing site which they claim will adhere ...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot New USB 3.0 Flash Drive Has 2 TB of Storage
First time accepted submitter Dr Max writes "During Display Taiwan, Transcend and Taiwan's ITRI displayed a finger-long USB stick that reportedly offers 2 TB of storage. That's no typo. It somehow hol...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Google Explores Re-Ranking Search Results Using +1 Button Data
tekgoblin writes "Google plans to use data from its +1 button to re-order search results and keep spammers at bay. While this would bring Google’s search engine into the social networking e...
01:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Kills Free FTP Access
First time accepted submitter JP205 writes "Verizon recently disabled FTP access for its Internet customers who use its proprietary service to build their personal websites. It turns out that if you w...
01:05 pm - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Wants Your Feedback On Its New Python IDE
First time accepted submitter phoolishcyrus writes "Dear Slashdot: would you kindly take a look at our little project, PTVS — Python Tools for Visual Studio? It helps you develop Python (using a...
10:05 am - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot US Gov't Lobbied EU To Approve Oracle-Sun Merger
littlekorea writes "Cables leaked by Wikileaks have revealed that the U.S. Government actively pressured the EU Competition Commissioner to approve Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The cable ...
07:05 am - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot A Talk With Syllable OS Lead Developer Kaj de Vos
angry tapir writes "I recently had a chance to interview Kaj de Vos, the lead developer of Syllable: An open source desktop operating system that's not based on Linux nor one of the BSDs. There's a wr...
06:05 am - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot When Did Irene Stop Being a Hurricane?
jamesl writes "Cliff Mass, a climate researcher at the University of Washington and popular Seattle blogger, asks, 'When did Irene stop being a hurricane? ... there is really no reliable evidence of h...
06:05 am - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Mario Gets a Portal Gun In New Indie Game
jjp9999 sends word of a game in development that mashes up Super Mario Bros. and Portal. Dubbed Mari0 by its developer, the game is being built on the Löve framework and will be released for free...
04:05 am - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Another CA Issues False Certificates To Iran
arglebargle_xiv writes "Following on from Comodogate, we have another public CA issuing genuine false certificates to Iran, this time for Google. There's speculation that it's a MITM by the Iranian go...
01:05 am - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Turning Chinese Piracy Into Revenue
itwbennett writes "Weak penalties and a lack of enforcement have made China a hotspot for software piracy, but it is possible to turn some pirated software into sales, says Vic DeMarines, vice preside...
12:05 am - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot Crowdsourcing Makes an API For Human Intelligence
holy_calamity writes "A startup called MobileWorks claims to offer human-level intelligence to any piece of software, with APIs for image, text or speech processing that crowdsource tasks to workers i...
12:05 am - Tue, August 30, 2011
Slashdot When Did Irene Stop Being a Hurricane?
jamesl writes "Cliff Mass, a climate researcher at the University of Washington and popular Seattle blogger, asks, 'When did Irene stop being a hurricane? ... there is really no reliable evidence ...
11:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot CyanogenMod Shows Off Android On the HP TouchPad
adeelarshad82 writes "While a $99 TouchPad running webOS is a pretty good deal on its own, most of us got it hoping developers would eventually figure out how to run Android on it. And though we were ...
10:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager
CWmike writes "Microsoft said today it will 'ribbonize' the file manager in next year's Windows 8, adding Explorer to the short list of integrated applications that already sport the interface in Wind...
09:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Gut Bacteria Exert Mind Control
sciencehabit writes "Hundreds of species of bacteria call the human gut their home. This gut 'microbiome' influences our physiology and health in ways that scientists are only beginning to understand....
09:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Mac OS X Lion LDAP Vulnerability Emerges
hypnosec tips a bit of Apple news from late last week that got overshadowed by the headlines about Steve Jobs. According to El Reg, "People logging in to Macs running OS X 10.7, aka Lion, can access r...
08:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot There's Been a Leak At WikiLeaks
adeelarshad82 writes "German paper Der Freitag claims it has uncovered a batch of online unredacted diplomatic cables that came from WikiLeaks. Editor Steffen Kraft said he found a 'password protected...
08:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Updated: Mozilla Community Contributor Departs Over Bug Handling
An anonymous reader writes "A blog post published by Mozilla community contributor Tyler Downer claims the Mozilla Triage QA process is broken, and he believes that the rapid release implementation do...
07:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Ask Kevin Mitnick
The hacker with perhaps the most famous first name around, Kevin Mitnick, has gone from computer hacking of the sort that gets one on the FBI's Most Wanted list (and into years of solitary confinement...
06:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot The Copyright Nightmare of 'I Have a Dream'
CoveredTrax writes "If you weren't alive to witness Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech on the Washington Mall 48 years ago this week, you might try to switch on the old YouTube and dial it u...
06:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot CloudStack Goes Open Source
Hitting the front page for the first time, ke4qqq writes "CloudStack has dropped the open core model and gone completely open source. The latest merge of formerly-proprietary features include VMware a...
06:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Facebook's New Privacy Controls: Still Broken
itwbennett writes "Blogger Dan Tynan was one of the recipients of the new privacy controls that Facebook promised last week. The bad news: They still don't work, and may even be worse than before. 'Us...
05:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Environmental Enforcement Agents Targeting Guitars
tetrahedrassface writes "According to the Wall Street Journal, Federal agents again raided guitar maker Gibson this past week, seizing several pallets of wood and computer documents. At heart of the i...
05:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Joining Blood Vessels Without Sutures
Med-trump writes "Stanford microsurgeons have used a poloxamer gel and bioadhesive, rather than a needle and thread, to join together blood vessels. The technique, published in the recent issue of Nat...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Community Lead Departs Over Bug Handling
An anonymous reader writes "A blog post published by Mozilla's recently-departed Community Lead, Tyler Downer, claims the Mozilla Triage QA process is broken, and he believes that the rapid release im...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile Bet Big On Mobile Payments
An anonymous reader writes "Bloomberg reports that AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA will be dumping over $100 million into developing their mobile payment system, Isis, in an effort to battle back ...
03:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Delivering Medicine By UAV
Buffaloaf writes "The brilliant minds at Singularity University are developing an internet of things they dub the Matternet which plans to deliver drugs and other small necessities to people in extrem...
03:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Developing Nuclear Power Plant Tech For the Moon and Mars
With his first accepted Slashdot submission, Zandamesh sends this excerpt from ZDNet: "On earth, nuclear reactors are under attack because of concerns over damage caused by natural disasters. In space...
02:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot The Quest For an EV Fast-Charge Standard
An anonymous reader writes "This article explores one of the stumbling blocks currently facing EV adoption: 'Sure, there are already public charging stations in service, and new ones are coming online...
02:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot The Latest Web Browser Grand Prix
An anonymous reader writes "The latest browser benchmarks are in... again. This is one of the better 'browser battle' articles, though. Chrome 13, Firefox 6, IE9, Opera 11.50, and Safari 5.1 are put t...
01:05 pm - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Ex-Board Member Says HP Is Committing 'Corporate Suicide'
theodp writes "If Apple's looking for a seamless transition, advises the NYT's James B. Stewart, it definitely shouldn't look to Hewlett Packard. In the year after HP CEO Mark Hurd was told to hit-the...
10:05 am - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot SignalGuru Helps Drivers Avoid Red Lights
cylonlover writes "Researchers at MIT and Princeton have now devised a system, dubbed SignalGuru (PDF), that gathers visual data from the cameras of a network of dashboard-mounted smartphones and tell...
07:05 am - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Like a Redstone Cowboy
neonsignal writes "Machine creations in Minecraft are becoming increasingly complex as people build on each other's ideas. Some notable examples include a Rubik's cube simulator, a 5 channel music seq...
04:05 am - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Mandriva 2011 Out
shibashaba writes "Mandriva 2011 is out. Look around for ISOs or click here if you already have Mandriva installed. [Or use the 32-bit torrent.] Mandriva may not be as popular as Ubuntu, but they came...
01:05 am - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot 'Superpoke' To Be No More, Thanks To Google
angry tapir writes "Apparently the age of 'superpoking' social network friends and throwing sheep at them is coming to a close. Google plans to shut down the social applications developed by Slide, a ...
12:05 am - Mon, August 29, 2011
Slashdot Automatic Spelling Corrections On Github
An anonymous reader writes "Github projects may be seeing a different kind of contributor than normal: a small bot is now crawling through projects, contributing spelling corrections. It builds on top...
11:05 pm - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot Python Fiddle, an IDE That Runs In Your Browser
An anonymous reader writes "The site Python Fiddle, like the similarly named jsFiddle, allows users to post code and share it with others. However, unlike jsfiddle, pythonfiddle brings a major advance...
10:05 pm - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot Mass. Court Says Constitution Protects Filming On-Duty Police
Even in a country and a world where copyright can be claimed as an excuse to prevent you from taking a photo of a giant sculpture in a public, tax-paid park, and openly recording visiting police on yo...
09:05 pm - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot Google Is Grooming Chrome As a Game Platform
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from Conceivably Tech: "On Friday I noticed that Google is heavily pushing New Game, a game developer conference that is focused on HTML5-based gaming cont...
08:05 pm - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Math Curriculum To Understand General Relativity?
First time accepted submitter sjwaste writes "Slashdot posts a fair number of physics stories. Many of us, myself included, don't have the background to understand them. So I'd like to ask the Slashdo...
06:05 pm - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot New Worm Morto Using RDP To Infect Windows PCs
Trailrunner7 writes "A new worm called Morto has begun making the rounds on the Internet, infecting machines via Remote Desktop Protocol. The worm is generating a large amount of outbound RDP traffic ...
05:05 pm - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot Antenna-Clothing Outperforms Regular Antennas
Zothecula writes with a snippet from Gizmag: "In the recent past, we've seen outfits that incorporate bio-sensors and batteries, and even a bikini with integrated solar cells. One of the latest innova...
04:05 pm - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot Schmidt: G+ 'Identity Service,' Not Social Network
David Gerard writes "Eric Schmidt has revealed that Google+ is an identity service, and the 'social network' bit is just bait. Schmidt says 'G+ is completely optional,' not mentioning that G...
03:05 pm - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot Russian Resupply Crash Could Mean Leaving ISS Empty
astroengine writes "In the wake of the Russian Progress vehicle crash shortly after launch on Aug. 24, a chain of events has been set into motion that could result in the decision not to fly astronaut...
02:05 pm - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Running Quake 3
First time accepted submitter phonewebcam writes "Here's something to liven up your weekend: a video of the Raspberry Pi running Quake 3. We're still working on ironing a few kinks out (specifically, ...
01:05 pm - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot A Custom Objectionable Word List Ate My Homework
theodp writes "Among the first three schools using Chromebooks for Education is the Merton Community School District, which decided to go Chromebook after the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction (WD...
11:05 am - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot Deus Ex Eyeborg Documentary Shows Today's Cyborgs
jjp9999 writes "A documentary commissioned by Eidos Montreal explores the possibilities of cyborg technology found in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, comparing it to technology found today. The 12-minute f...
08:05 am - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot Apple's A6 Details and Timeline Emerge
MojoKid writes "For a CPU that hasn't seen the light of day, there's a great deal of debate surrounding Apple's A6 and the suggestion that it may not appear until later in 2012. The A6 is a complex bi...
05:05 am - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot LHC Data Continues To Disagree With Supersymmetry
decora writes "Pallab Ghosh of the BBC reports on another piece of evidence hitting the beleaguered Supersymmetry community. Scientists at the Lepton Photon conference in Mumbai, India confirmed that ...
02:05 am - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot Low-Cost DIY Cell Network Runs On Solar
Shareable writes with word of the intriguing work of a Berkeley professor who has developed a "low-cost, low-power cell base station featuring easy, off-the grid deployment with solar or wind power; l...
12:05 am - Sun, August 28, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Kills Places, Deals Products
An anonymous reader writes "Following the announcement about its major privacy revamp this week, Facebook has announced it is killing two of its products. The company has axed Facebook Places, althoug...
11:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Announcing Opa: Making Web Programming Transparent
phy_si_kal writes "Opa, a new open source programming language aiming to make web development transparent, has been publicly launched. Opa automatically generates client-side JavaScript, and handles c...
10:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Notch Shows Minecraft Adventure Update
jjp9999 writes "Markus 'Notch' Persson, the creator of Minecraft, showed off some features of the upcoming v1.8 at PAX, which includes the long-awaited adventure update. The video shows off villages, ...
09:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Neanderthal Sex Boosted Immunity In Modern Humans
NotSanguine writes "Sexual relations between ancient humans and their evolutionary cousins were critical for our modern immune systems, researchers report (paper itself is subscription only) in the jo...
08:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Could We Deal With the End of Time Zones?
First time accepted submitter hairyfish writes "Do we still need time zones? Time zones are a relic of the past, when different parts of the world were isolated, and 12 p.m. was whenever the sun w...
07:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Tribute To Steve Jobs: a 21km Apple Logo in Tokyo
An anonymous reader writes "To pay his tribute to Steve Jobs, Joseph Tame, a media producer and a marathon runner from Tokyo, ran 21 kms in 2 hours — starting from the western side of the Imperi...
07:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Open Source Simulator FlightGear Releases v2.4
mikejuk writes "The latest version of FlightGear, 2.4, has just been released — and it has some significant improvements. Now it simulates weather so that you can ride the up draft from a range ...
06:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Emergent Gravity Disproved
kdawson writes "A paper up on the ArXiv claims to disprove the gravity-from-entropy theory of Erik Verlinde, which we discussed soon after he introduced the idea in a symposium late in 2009. Archil Ko...
04:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Linux Support Fades For 3Dfx Voodoo, Rage 128, VIA
An anonymous reader writes "The developers behind the Mesa 3D graphics library, which provides the default graphics driver support for most hardware on Linux (and BSD/Solaris), has ended their support...
03:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Amazon's Android Tablet Expected This Fall
According to the New York Post — among many others — Amazon is expected to launch its long-anticipated color tablet in late September or October, and the device is slated to sell for 'hund...
02:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Fix For Apache DoS Bug In the Pipes
Trailrunner7 writes with the report that "The Apache Software Foundation plans to have a fix available in the next day or so [Note: that means today, now. --Ed.] for the denial-of-service problem in A...
01:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Evidence Points To Huge Underground River Beneath Amazon
chill writes "Researchers at the department of geophysics of the Brazil National Observatory have showed evidence of the existence of an underground river that flows 13,000 feet beneath the Amazon. Th...
01:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Apple Puts $383 Million Handcuffs On CEO Tim Cook
theodp writes "There are bonuses. And then there are bonuses. Apple's board, led by sadly frail-looking chairman Steve Jobs, signaled its long-term confidence in Tim Cook as the company's new leader, ...
12:05 pm - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Celebrities Flock To Reserve .xxx Domains
hypnosec writes "Celebrities have moved swiftly to block their names from the .xxx domain, which is meant for websites that offer pornographic content. Thousands of celebrities have contacted ICM Regi...
09:05 am - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot X.Org Server 1.11 Released
An anonymous reader writes "Phoronix is reporting that X.Org Server 1.11 has been officially released to users of Linux and other operating systems. This time around their reporting is more detailed t...
06:05 am - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Tesla CEO Wrong About Model S Timeline? $1,000,000 Says Yes
thecarchik writes with the snarky-sounding claim that Elon Musk, CEO of electric-car startup Tesla Motors, sometimes says "things that later prove not to be quite true." thecarchik coontinues: In that...
03:05 am - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Hurricane Irene Prompts Unprecedented Evacuation of NYC
oxide7 links this bit of sobering news, as reported by the International Business Times: "For the first time, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered a mandatory evacuation of 300,000 reside...
01:05 am - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot Adrenaline May Damage DNA
Thelasko writes "Ever wonder why heads of state tend to age twice as fast as the rest of us? New research shows that adrenaline may damage DNA, potentially accelerating aging." Read more o...
12:05 am - Sat, August 27, 2011
Slashdot GameStop Offers $50 Certificate For Coupon Fiasco
First time accepted submitter milbournosphere writes "It appears that GameStop has a guilty conscience. They are offering a $50 gift certificate to any person who bought the new Deus Ex at GameStop. Y...
11:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Injunction Blocks "Don't Be Friends" Law For Missouri Teachers
Mr.Intel writes "A Missouri Circuit Court granted an injunction today, blocking the state law (PDF) that would ban all electronic communication between teachers and students, including their own child...
11:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot New Oil Slick In Gulf Waters Linked To BP Well
An anonymous reader writes "A new oil sheen appeared in the Gulf of Mexico last week, and now scientists have confirmed that the oil bubbling up to the surface matches the type released by BP's Deepwa...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Map Spiraling Light For Faster Net
Mark.JUK writes "Scientists working at New York's Institute of Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers have discovered a new way of mapping the multiple higher channels / more complex light in an optical fi...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Protecting a Laptop From Sophisticated Attacks
mike_cardwell sends in a detailed writeup of how he went about protecting a Ubuntu laptop from attacks of varying levels of sophistication, covering disk encryption, defense against cold boot attacks,...
09:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot CERN Studies Connection Between Cosmic Rays and Climate Change
Layzej writes with this quote from Nature:"For a century, scientists have known that charged particles from space constantly bombard Earth. Known as cosmic rays, the particles are mostly protons blast...
09:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Razer Announces Dedicated Gaming Laptop
An anonymous reader writes "After recently running a full-page ad in the WSJ saying, 'PC gaming is not dead,' Razer has now announced a new laptop, the Blade, for the express purpose of playing video ...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Ugandan Seeks To Build Backyard Space Shuttle
An anonymous reader writes "Who says that only big, militaristic states are capable of manned space flight? The BBC reports on an attempt by Chris Nsamba to build what he hopes would be the first ...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Coordinated, Global ATM Heist Nets $13 Million
An anonymous reader writes "An international cybercrime gang stole $13 million from a Florida-based financial institution earlier this year, by executing a highly-coordinated heist in which thieves us...
07:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Ghost In the Wires
brothke writes "During the 1990's when Kevin Mitnick was on the run, a cadre of people were employed to find him and track him down. Anyone who could have an angle on Mitnick was sought after by the m...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Using GPS To Detect Secret Nuclear Tests
Harperdog writes "This article details how GPS can help detect secret nuclear tests, giving the US more reason to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Here's a quote about the 2009 North Korea te...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Mobile Carriers Impose Handicaps On Smartphones
Nrbelex writes "A team at the University of Michigan and Microsoft Research has uncovered, for the first time, the frequently suboptimal network practices of more than 100 cellular carriers. By recrui...
05:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot VMware vSphere 5 Released
Hitting the front page for the first time, earlytime writes "VMware released vSphere 5 yesterday. After much publicity about its new licensing scheme, techies worldwide get to take the new release for...
05:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot PS3 Counter-Strike To Support Keyboard and Mouse
RogueyWon writes "Eurogamer reports some encouraging news for console-bound fans of online shooters. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the new stand-alone version of the wildly successful Half-Life mo...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot China Removes Cyberwar Video, Denies Everything
jjp9999 writes "Anyone looking for the video clip showing the Chinese regime launching cyberattacks using script kiddie tactics was greeted with a message stating 'Error Page — This page does no...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Theoretical Shoe Inserts Could Power Your Gadgets
In his first accepted submission, Anon8---) writes "As published on nature.com, a process called electrowetting, 'in which a conductive liquid droplet, placed on an electrode, is physically deformed b...
03:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot IBM Building 120PB Cluster Out of 200,000 Hard Disks
MrSeb writes "Smashing all known records by some margin, IBM Research Almaden, California, has developed hardware and software technologies that will allow it to strap together 200,000 hard drives to ...
02:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Was This the Phishing E-mail That Took Down RSA?
alphadogg tips this IDG News report: "'I forward this file to you for review. Please open and view it.' As a ploy to get a hapless EMC recruiter to open up a booby-trapped Excel spreadsheet, it may no...
02:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot 'Instant Cosmic Classic' Supernova Discovered
chill sends this quote from a news release by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:"A supernova discovered yesterday is closer to Earth — approximately 21 million light-years away—tha...
01:05 pm - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot The EFF Reflects On ICE Seizing a Tor Exit Node
An anonymous reader writes "Marcia Hofmann, senior staff attorney at the EFF, gives more information on the first known seizure of equipment in the U.S. due to a warrant executed against a private ind...
11:05 am - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Social Media a Threat To Undercover Cops
angry tapir writes "Facebook has proven to be one of the biggest dangers in keeping undercover police officers safe, due to applications such as facial recognition and photo tagging, according to a ad...
07:05 am - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot RealNetworks Sues Dutch Webmaster Over Hyperlink To Freeware
An anonymous reader writes "In the ever lasting contest for the most idiotic lawsuit, RealNetworks has sued a Dutch man for posting a link to a competing freeware program that allegedly infringes on R...
04:05 am - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot The Press Reacts To Steve Jobs' Departure — in 1985
harrymcc writes "After reading a ton of stories about Steve Jobs' decision to step down as Apple's CEO, I turned the clock back and read a bunch about the first time he did so — unwillingly &mda...
01:05 am - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot Acer CEO Declares a Tablets Bubble
retroworks writes "According to a story in Digitimes, Acer chairman JT Wang is predicting the end of 'tablet fever.' 'Commenting on tablet PC's impact on the notebook industry, [Acer chairman JT Wang]...
12:05 am - Fri, August 26, 2011
Slashdot MIT Researchers Defend Against Wireless Attacks
alphadogg writes "MIT researchers have devised a protocol to flummox man-in-the-middle attacks against wireless networks. The all-software solution lets wireless radios automatically pair without the ...
11:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Aaron Seigo On KDE SC 5.0 — and What Getting There Means
An anonymous reader writes "After years of focusing on further improving KDE4 two weeks ago the developers of the free desktop announced the next big step for their project: KDE Frameworks 5.0. But as...
10:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Cybercrime Treaty Pushes Surveillance Worldwide
bs0d3 writes "As part of an emerging international trend to try to 'civilize the Internet', one of the world's worst Internet law treaties — the highly controversial Council of Europe (CoE) Conv...
10:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Scientific Linux's Troy Dawson Leaves FermiLabs For Red Hat
First time accepted submitter EponymousCustard writes "On a day of big resignations, we also hear that Troy Dawson of the Scientific Linux project is joining Red Hat, and will no longer be working on ...
10:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Massive Diamond Found Orbiting Pulsar
HairyNevus writes "A recent survey of pulsars has revealed a fascinating discovery of a millisecond pulsar in system PSR J17191438 that has stripped a nearby white dwarf star down to its very core. Al...
09:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Do You Want Best Buy Opening Your New Laptop?
An anonymous reader writes "I went to Best Buy the other day to get a new laptop for a client. I didn't realize till I got it home that they had broken the seal and opened the box. They put a sticker ...
09:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Twitter Turns On SSL Encryption For Some Users
JohnBert writes with this news from ComputerWorld, which reports that "Twitter is slowly turning on automatic encryption on its website, a move following other major providers of web-based services to...
08:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Imaging the Molecular Orbitals of Pentacene
eparker05 writes "Researchers at University of Liverpool have used a scanning tunneling microscope to image the aromatic molecule pentacene (Abstract). Not unexpectedly, the resulting images showed an...
08:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Hurricane Irene Threatens US Northeast; Cover Your Assets
jfruhlinger writes "Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the heavily populated U.S. Northeast Corridor. If you work in IT, you know that there are few things that are worse for electronics than water; s...
07:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot So Long, CmdrTaco, and Thanks For All The Posts
With CmdrTaco moving on to his temporary retirement home, the Slashdot editors who will continue to poke and prod at reader submissions (the heart and soul of this site: without readers, there'd be no...
06:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Kickstarter-Like Service For Charities?
First time accepted submitter chefmayhem writes "I'm one of a number of volunteer alumni trying to revive a high school summer science enrichment program, PGSS, cut unceremoniously by Pennsylvania in ...
06:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Michael Mann Vindicated (Again) Over Climategate
An anonymous reader writes "Michael Mann, a climatologist at Pennsylvania State University, was one of the central figures involved in the 'Climategate' controversy, which saw many private email conve...
05:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Linus' First Linux Post, 20 Years Ago Today
jrepin writes "One midsummer's night, a student at the University of Helsinki posted a query to the newsgroup comp.os.minix asking, 'What would you like to see most in minix?' The student's name w...
04:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot SEC Hit With Data Destruction Complaint
DMandPenfold writes "The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US financial regulator, has been accused of destroying thousands of data files on high profile inquiries including an early-stage...
03:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot EFF Takes On Cisco's Role In China
decora writes "Several years ago, writer Du Daobin posted several essays on the internet, protesting such things as unfair taxes and the corruption of the media. He was then charged with 'inciting sub...
03:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Is the Quick Death of Failed Tech Products a Good Thing?
Joining the ranks of accepted submitters, HumanEmulator writes "The NY Times reports on how the Hollywood summer-movie business model is being applied to tech products: 'Every release needs to be a bl...
02:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot
After 14 years and over 15,000 stories posted, it's finally time for me to say Good-Bye to Slashdot. I createdthis place with my best friends in a run down house while still in college. Since then it ...
01:05 pm - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Why Nobody Wants You On OKCupid
Hugh Pickens writes "Social awkwardness has the most opportunity to shine in your very first message to a potential sweetheart, write Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich at CNN. Bartz and Ehrlich enumerat...
10:05 am - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Dutch Court Says Android 2.3 Violates Apple Patents
jfruhlinger writes "A Dutch court came to some interesting conclusions in the Apple-Samsung patent case raging there. The court rejected claims that Samsung stole intellectual copyrights, or that it s...
10:05 am - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot PlayStation Home Transforming Into Social Platform
donniebaseball23 writes "Sony's virtual world, PlayStation Home, has seen over 23 million users since launching in December 2008, and now the service is about to undergo its biggest change yet. Jack B...
08:05 am - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Controversial Cybercrime Bill Introduced In Australia
An anonymous reader writes "The Australian government instructed a committee to investigate required changes to cybercrime legislation. Having received the report, the government decide to ignore it a...
07:05 am - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Entrepreneur Makes Millions Selling Virtual Land
kkleiner writes "How much would you pay for a piece of imaginary real estate? Anshe Chung has made millions renting it. Today, Anshe Chung Studios has 80+ employees managing thousands of rent...
06:05 am - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Data Collection Under Fire Again
JohnBert writes "A German privacy protection authority is calling on organizations there to close their Facebook fan pages and remove the social networking site's 'Like' button from their websites, ar...
04:05 am - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Java 7: What's In It For Developers
GMGruman writes "After five years of a torturous political process and now under the new ownership of Oracle, Java SE 7 is finally out (and its initial bugs patched in the Update 1 release). So what d...
01:05 am - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Can Google Save Us From Slow Internet
First time accepted submitter CoveredTrax writes "As part of the beta test of their new gigabit fiber network, Google has provided Stanford University with mouthwateringly high-speed Internet. Since t...
12:05 am - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Apache Warns Web Server Admins of DoS Attack Tool
CWmike writes "Developers of the Apache open-source project warned users of the Web server software on Wednesday that a denial-of-service (DoS) tool is circulating that exploits a bug in the program. ...
12:05 am - Thu, August 25, 2011
Slashdot Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO
An anonymous reader writes "The title says it all, really; Steve Jobs has resigned as the CEO of Apple, and would like to become Chairman of the Board. Reasons are not specified, but his declining hea...
11:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot NASA Creating Laser Communication System For Mars
First time accepted submitter techtribune writes "NASA is in the process of developing a new technology under project Laser Communications Relay Demonstration or LCRD which will allow them to provide ...
11:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot NYC Mayor Wants Traffic Camera On Every Corner
Mr_Blank writes "New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made it clear that he wants to see more traffic light cameras in the Big Apple, saying that he'd have the devices on every street corner if p...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot GameStop Opening Deus Ex Boxes, Removing Free Game Coupon
DisKurzion writes "A leaked GameStop memo indicates that employees are to open the regular PC release of Dues Ex: Human Revolution and discard the included OnLive coupon. From the article: 'GameStop s...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot What HP's TouchPad Fire Sale Teaches iPad Rivals
Hugh Pickens writes "Christopher Williams writes that the success of HP's fire sale in unloading hundreds of thousands of TouchPads at heavily discounted prices may provide clues to other Apple compet...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot The Least Amount of Exercise Needed To Extend Life
Toe, The writes "Of particular concern to couch potatoes, gamers, and anyone who spends an inordinate amount of time sitting and staring at a screen is how little exercise can I do and still receive a...
09:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Ticketmaster Lets You Sit With Facebook Friends
An anonymous reader writes "Ticketmaster has added Facebook integration to its interactive seat maps. The new feature allows you to share your live event plans by tagging yourself into your seat, and ...
09:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?
clm1970 writes "Researcher Simon Barone-Cohen has put forth the theory that 'how we mate and marry' could explain the increase in rates of Autism Spectrum Disorders particularly Asperger's. When two t...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot When Algorithms Control the World
MTCicero writes "The BBC has an interesting if not apocalyptic take on the spread of algorithms into everyday life. Perhaps the author should have spent a little more time discussing how algorithms in...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot United Pilots To Use iPads For Navigation
bonch writes "Pilots of United and Continental will ditch flight manuals and charts in favor of 11,000 iPads containing the same data in app form. Replacing 38 pounds of paper materials, the iPads wil...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Estimated Transfer Time Is No More In Windows 8
MrSeb writes "Ahh, the Windows Explorer progress dialog. For years it has been struggling to figure out how to calculate how long our copy and delete operations would take, sliding the progress bar ba...
07:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Russian Supply Vehicle To ISS Burns
First time accepted submitter Oxford_Comma_Lover writes "The Russian cargo spacecraft 'Progress' developed problems and burned up in the atmosphere shortly after its launch at 1300 GMT. From the artic...
06:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Google Reaches $500 Million Settlement With Feds
bonch writes "As expected, Google will pay the government $500 million to settle a criminal probe into whether or not they profited from the display of ads from illegal online pharmacies. Google had v...
05:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot NASA Discovers 7th Closest Star
Thorfinn.au says "Scientists using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have discovered the coldest class of star-like bodies, with temperatures as cool as the human body. Astro...
05:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Sports Bars Changing Channels For Video Gamers
dtmos wrote in to say that "This summer, StarCraft II has become the newest bar room spectator sport. Fans organize so-called Barcraft events, taking over pubs and bistros from Honolulu to Florida and...
04:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Report Spike In Boot Time Malware
wiredmikey writes "In its most recent intelligence report, Symantec researchers reported a massive increase in the amount of boot time malware striking users, noting there have already been as many ne...
03:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot MakerBot Gets $10 Million Investment
First time accepted submitter chrisl456 writes "MakerBot Industries, makers (hah!) of 3D printers / personal fabrication devices, just got a big boost in the form of $10 million from an 'all-star line...
02:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Humanoid Robot Wakes In Space, Tweets
DeviceGuru writes to note that "Robonaut 2 (aka R2), the first humanoid robot to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station (ISS), was awakened from stasis this week after six mont...
02:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Interview With 'Idiot' Behind Key Software Patent
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, an appeals court ruling opened the door to making it easier to kill software patents. It turns out that the guy whose name was on the actual patent didn't even r...
01:05 pm - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot More Schools Go To 4-Day Week To Cut Costs
Hugh Pickens writes "As schools return to session in South Dakota, more than one-fourth of students in the state will only be in class from Monday through Thursday as budget constraints lead school di...
11:05 am - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot New Video Brings Portal To Life
NaklsonofNakkl writes "The Portal series was an amazing blend of gameplay, storytelling and puzzles, which left players wishing there was a portal gun they could use in real life. A recent YouTube vid...
10:05 am - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Makes It Easy To Go Over Your Data Cap
jfruhlinger writes "Verizon Wireless has revamped its video service; many Android phones can now stream full episodes from a number of current TV shows. You can even choose to just buy access for a da...
07:05 am - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Fukushima Robot Operator Tells His Story
An anonymous reader writes "An anonymous robot operator at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has kept a blog describing in candid detail his day-to-day life at the crippled facility, including robot tra...
06:05 am - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Sony: Emotion-Reading Games Possible In Ten Years
Calidreth writes "At Gamescom last week two of Sony's executives stated their belief that in merely ten years' time, video games will have the ability to read more than just movement on the part of th...
05:05 am - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Does Religion Influence Epidemics?
sciencehabit writes "Whether or not they believe in God, evolutionary biologists may need to pay closer mind to religion. That's because religious beliefs can shape key behaviors in ways that evolutio...
04:05 am - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Smartphones: the New Home of Crapware
Barence writes "Smartphones are replacing PCs as the new breeding ground for pre-installed crapware, argues Mike Jennings. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro, for example, comes pre-loaded with McAfee ...
03:05 am - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot NASA Tries To Save Hubble's Successor
Last month we discussed news that the James Webb Space Telescope, the planned successor to the HST, is on the budgetary chopping block. Now, an anonymous reader points out hopeful news from TPM's Idea...
01:05 am - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Cites 2001: A Space Odyssey In Apple Patent Case
suraj.sun and several other readers sent word that Samsung is using a clip from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey as an example of prior art in its defense against Apple's patent infringement cl...
12:05 am - Wed, August 24, 2011
Slashdot Judge Nixes Warrantless Cell Phone Location Data
Front page first-timer poena.dare writes"The government sought warrantless access to 113 days of location data for a Verizon Wireless customer. On Monday, a judge refused the request (PDF), ruling tha...
11:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Russia Approves Siberia-Alaska Railway
An anonymous reader writes "In what could easily be one of the boldest infrastructure developments ever announced, the Russian Government has given the go-ahead to build a transcontinental railway lin...
11:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Makes Privacy Settings More Obvious
CWmike writes "Facebook is making a series of design changes to the site to make it clearer to users who can see the content that they post, an issue Google has been criticizing Facebook about since i...
10:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Canadian Firm Gave Libyan Rebels Surveillance Drone
Joining the posted submitter club, suasfan22 writes with a bit in Wired about the use of a drone by Libyan Rebels. From the article: "The Libyan revolutionaries are more of a band of enthusiastic amat...
09:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Fedora 16 Alpha Released
AdamWill writes "Fedora 16 Alpha is released today, featuring GNOME 3.1.4 with a unified input indicator for keyboard layouts and input methods, KDE 4.7, GRUB 2 on new installations (with GPT disk lab...
09:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Oracle vs Google: Copyright Claims Must Remain
swandives writes "More in the Oracle/Google patent infringement saga. Oracle says no court has ever found that APIs for software like Java are ineligible for copyright protection. The claims were made...
09:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot P2P Alarm Clock Service
bs0d3 writes "Instead of waking up to a regular alarm clock, TalkO'Clock will let others help you get out of bed. The service allows you to choose whether you want to be called by a male or a female s...
08:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Propaganda Accidentally Reveals Cyberwar
An anonymous reader writes "A Chinese military propaganda video aired in mid-July inadvertently showed a Chinese military university launching cyberattacks against U.S. websites. The Epoch Times repor...
08:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Victory For Music Locker Services?
Joining the ranks of accepted submitters, Gaygirlie writes "Michael Robertson, the owner and founder of the MP3Tunes music locker service, has been locked in a copyright infringement case with EMI Rec...
07:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot 5.8 Earthquake Hits East Coast of the US
At 1:51 p.m. EDT a 5.8 magnitude earth quake hit Northern Virginia. Initial reports indicate it was felt from Virginia to Massachusetts. The USGS has confirmed the quake and has a nifty map of reporte...
06:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Origins of Lager Found In Argentina
utkonos writes "After decades of pondering, scientists have found the secret to the creation of lager. An elusive species of yeast isolated in the forests of Argentina was key to the invention of the ...
06:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Inside Oregon State University's Open Source Lab
In his main page debut, ramereth writes with a look at the infrastructure of OSUOSL from Linux.com. From the article: "Many people use Linux in many ways, often totally unaware that they're depending ...
06:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot WebAPI: Mozilla Proposes Open App Interface For Smartphones
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla has an idea how it can bridge the gap between native apps and web applications: WebAPI will developed as a set of HTML5 APIs and deliver consistent, web-based appli...
05:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Using Tablets Becoming Popular Bathroom Activity
alphadogg says "With the market flush with hot-selling tablet computers, it shouldn't bowl anyone over to learn that many users are taking the plunge and bringing their devices to the bathroom. Accord...
05:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot The Syrian Government's Internet Strategy
decora writes "In a recent article on Al-Jazeera, Jillian York of the EFF speculates about the true nature of the Syrian 'hackers' who defaced AnonPlus. She references a University of Toronto analysis...
04:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Deus Ex: Human Revolution Released
Over 11 years ago, Deus Ex became one of the most celebrated games of its time, tightly weaving FPS and RPG gameplay together with a rich cyberpunk story. Today, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix launche...
04:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Taken Over By Aliens? Google Has It Covered
swandives writes "Imagine what would happen if all the Google engineers turned rogue and held the world's Gmail accounts to ransom. Or if aliens attacked earth and wiped California off the map. Seems ...
03:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot The GIMP Now Has a Working Single-Window Mode
An anonymous reader writes "Phoronix is reporting that The GIMP now has a working single-window mode, a long desired feature by the open-source graphics community to be more competitive with Adobe Pho...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Zombie Cookies Just Won't Die
GMGruman wrote in to say "Microsoft embarrassed itself last week when it got caught using 'zombie cookies' — a form of tracking cookies that users can't delete, as they come back to life after y...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Motorola's Most Important 18 Patents
quarterbuck writes "Bloomberg has a story on Google's acquisition of Motorola and quotes IP lawyers who claim that 18 patents dating to 1994 are probably what Google is after. These patents cover tech...
01:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot MK-1 Robotic Arm Capable of Near-Human Dexterity, Dancing
An anonymous reader writes "The MK-1 Robotic Arm from HDT Global comes from a DARPA sponsored project to create a highly advanced prosthetic limb. The disco dance moves shown at the beginning of this ...
01:05 pm - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Evangelical Scientists Debate Creation Story
Hugh Pickens writes "Polls by Gallup and the Pew Research Center find that four out of 10 Americans believe humanity descend from Adam and Eve, but NPR reports that evangelical scientists are now sayi...
10:05 am - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Android On HP TouchPad
NicknamesAreStupid writes "As fast as you can say '$99 blowout sale,' PC World reports an Android port to the now defunct HP TouchPad. 'Of course, it will turn out to be the best Android pad ever, mak...
07:05 am - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Google Street View Gets Israeli Government's Nod
hypnosec writes "Israel's Justice Ministry has decided to give its approval to Google's Street View services to feature 360 degree images of the country's streets, according to a new, confirmed report...
04:05 am - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Internet Restored In Tripoli As Rebels Take Control
angry tapir writes "Internet connectivity was restored in Tripoli late Sunday local time, as rebel forces took control of many parts of the capital city of Libya. A new mobile network set up by the re...
01:05 am - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot GA Tech: Internet's Mid-Layers Vulnerable To Attack
An anonymous reader writes "Evolution has ossified the middle layers of the Internet, leaving it vulnerable but security breaches could be countered by diversification of protocols, according to Georg...
12:05 am - Tue, August 23, 2011
Slashdot Serious Crypto Bug Found In PHP 5.3.7
Trailrunner7 writes "The maintainers of the PHP scripting language are warning users about a serious crypto problem in the latest release and advising them not to upgrade to PHP 5.3.7 until the bug is...
11:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Twitter To Meet With UK Government About Riots
conner_bw writes "Twitter has confirmed that it will meet with the UK Home Secretary on Thursday, after being called in for discussions over the role it played in the recent UK riots. Twitter will sen...
11:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot EU Central Court Could Validate Software Patents
protoshell writes "'Software patents in Europe could be validated with a central patent court,' warns Richard Stallman in an article published in the Guardian. After the rejection of the software pate...
10:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Symbolic Violence Beats Lava Lamps All To Pieces
cdance writes "Traditional Lava Lamps, and of course email, are the tools of choice to notify your dev team that the build in your continuous integration system is broken. However, lava lamps, just li...
09:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot After Rick Perry's Stem Cell Treatment, Misplaced Enthusiasm?
oxide7 writes "Presidential candidate Rick Perry underwent a controversial stem-cell treatment this past month, prompting some doctors to fear the high-profile event would send the wrong signal to des...
09:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot No Higgs Just Yet
gbrumfiel writes "Last month, scientists reported a number of 'excess events' that could be caused by the appearance of the long-sought Higgs boson inside the LHC. But it looks like they'll have to pu...
09:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Atari Targets Retro Community With Cease & Desist
svenski writes "Atari User reports that Atari Inc. have begun to target the retro community and have now turned their attentions to atari2600.org, a website first registered in 2000, demanding the dom...
08:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Pursues WebOS Devs, Offers Free Phones
CWmike writes "Taking advantage of Hewlett-Packard's departure from the tablet and smartphone market, Microsoft has offered webOS developers free phones, tools and training to create apps for Windows ...
08:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot When Schools Are the Police
First time accepted submitter Is Any Nickname Left writes "The Washington Post has an article on school systems with their own police forces. It focuses on Texas, which has the highest number of 'Scho...
07:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Download.com Now Wraps Downloads In Bloatware
MrSeb writes "At Download.com, page designs have been repeatedly tweaked over the years to push its updater software (now called TechTracker), TrialPay offers, and the site's mailing list. Bothersome,...
06:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot FSF Uses Android FUD To Push GPLv3
jfruhlinger writes "We've already seen claims from Edward Naughton and Florian Mueller that most Android distributors are in violation of the GPL — claims that the open source community has, for...
05:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot World's Oldest Fossils Found On Australian Beach
sciencehabit writes "Researchers say they have discovered the fossils of 3.4-billion-year-old cells in between the cemented sand grains of an ancient beach in Western Australia, possibly the oldest fo...
05:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Web Surfing At Work Can Boost Productivity
An anonymous reader writes "The Wall Street Journal reports on a study into productivity and efficiency in the workplace, which found that people who are given a break to surf the web return to their ...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Google's Amazon River Street View Project
Thanks to Google and the Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon (FAS), your days of paddling up and down the Amazon basin looking for a fishing camp are over. Google is expanding its Street View service ...
03:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Motorola's Identity Crisis
An anonymous reader writes "An article at the NY Times discusses the awkwardness of Google's recent purchase of Motorola Mobility, an acquisition widely thought to be motivated by Android patent conce...
03:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Breaches Another US Defense Contractor
JohnBert sends this excerpt from and IDG report:"The politically oriented hacking group Anonymous has released 1GB of what it says are private e-mails and documents from an executive of a U.S. defense...
02:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Earth Ejecta Could Seed Life On Europa
KentuckyFC writes "Various astronomers have studied how far rocks can travel through space after being ejected from Earth. Their conclusion is that it's relatively easy for bits of Earth to end up on ...
01:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Early Earthquake Warning System In iOS 5
tekgoblin writes "A very important and functional feature has been added to Apple's iOS 5 for Japanese users: an earthquake warning system. This new feature may allow the people of Japan to be warned ...
01:05 pm - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Why Amazon Can't Manufacture a Kindle In the US
theodp writes "Ever wonder why all those job listings for Amazon subsidiary Lab126 — the internal group behind the Kindle and, by all accounts, an upcoming Android tablet — have travel req...
10:05 am - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Teachers, Students Fight To Be Facebook Friends
An anonymous reader writes "State Governor Jay Nixon recently signed Senate Bill 54, making it illegal for students and teachers to be friends online as of later this month. Now, a Missouri teachers g...
07:05 am - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Antarctica's Ice Flow Fully Mapped For the First Time
tvlinux writes "Antarctica is a big continent, so mapping all of its ice flow isn't exactly a piece of cake. But for the first time scientists have been able to get the complete picture of the souther...
04:05 am - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot Hand-Mounted Sonar For the Blind
GeekTech.in writes "The Tacit, a wrist mounted sonar device with haptic feedback, is like strapping a bat to your wrist to help you see. It makes use of two sonar ping sensors to measure the distance ...
01:05 am - Mon, August 22, 2011
Slashdot GE's World War II Era "Copper Man" Gets His Due
An anonymous reader writes "GE's 'Copper Man' is a quarter-inch-thick, electroplated copper mannequin from the early '40s that the Army used to evaluate the thermal-insulating quality of protective cl...
11:05 pm - Sun, August 21, 2011
Slashdot The 2011 Hugo Awards
An anonymous reader writes "The Hugo Award is the leading prize for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy writing. Named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of Amazing Stories magazine,...
09:05 pm - Sun, August 21, 2011
Slashdot More Stanford Computing Courses Go Free
mikejuk writes "Following on the recent Slashdot item on the availability of a free Stanford AI course there is news that two other Stanford Computer Science courses are also joining in this 'bold exp...
07:05 pm - Sun, August 21, 2011
Slashdot Former Wikileaks Spokesman Destroyed Documents
bs0d3 writes "Former Wikileaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg claims to have destroyed more than 3,500 unpublished files that had been sent from unknown informants and are now apparently lost irrevoc...
05:05 pm - Sun, August 21, 2011
Slashdot Google Launches Identity Verification Badge Scheme
theodp writes "CNET reports that rather than backing down after complaints about its insistence that Google+ user accounts be opened under a real name, Google has upped the ante and will pin 'ver...
03:05 pm - Sun, August 21, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Employees End Strike
An anonymous reader writes "Verizon today announced that the approximately 45,000 wireline employees represented by the CWA and IBEW that have been on strike will return to work beginning Monday night...
01:05 pm - Sun, August 21, 2011
Slashdot IBM Chief: All CEOs Reluctant To Invest In R&D
theodp writes "In his Centennial Conversation at the Computer History Museum, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano emphasized the importance of investing in R&D, even in a down economy. 'Shareholder expectations...
10:05 am - Sun, August 21, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Will IT Look Like In 10 Years?
An anonymous reader writes "The IT industry is a lot different than it was 10 years ago; it underwent a huge boom in terms of labor and services required to keep up with the times. Now, we are enterin...
07:05 am - Sun, August 21, 2011
Slashdot 25,000 Danish Hospital Staff Moving To LibreOffice
An anonymous reader writes with news that 25,000 staff across 13 hospitals in Denmark will be switching to LibreOffice over the course of the next year."The group of hospitals is phasing out a proprie...
04:05 am - Sun, August 21, 2011
Slashdot Sequencing the Weed Genome
GNUman writes "Maybe soon we'll be able to genetically modify humans so that a specific action (e.g., tapping your nose, pinching your ear) triggers the release of THC directly from your own cells. Fr...
01:05 am - Sun, August 21, 2011
Slashdot New RIM Streaming Music: $5 For 50 Songs?
jfruhlinger writes with news that Research In Motion will soon jump into the music service market. The service will be available through BlackBerry Messenger, and will offer users 50 songs for $5/mont...
12:05 am - Sun, August 21, 2011
Slashdot PS Vita Specs Announced
An anonymous reader writes "Sony has announced the hardware specs for the PS Vita and the details have confirmed most fans' hopes instead of their fears. The heart of the system is an ARM-developed Co...
11:05 pm - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot Argentina Censors Over a Million Blogs
In his first accepted submission, bs0d3 writes "A judge in Argentina ordered ISPs to block two websites — leakymails.com and leakymails.blogspot.com. According to Google, many ISPs have simply b...
10:05 pm - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot Genome Researchers Wants Your Genes
An anonymous reader writes "The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) is looking for smart volunteers to donate their genes for analysis. They are seeking subjects with high intelligence; you can only qual...
09:05 pm - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot Jailbroken Devices Compromised By Charging Stations
mask.of.sanity writes "Data can be stolen from Windows, Android and Apple devices by unassuming power charging towers. In an attack demonstrated at the Defcon hacking conference, mobile phone charging...
07:05 pm - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot Bookstores May Boycott New Amazon-Published Books
destinyland writes "Amazon has begun signing their own authors and then publishing the books themselves, leaving booksellers 'wary' as Amazon 'tries to have it all,' according to a Boston newspaper. T...
06:05 pm - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot HP TouchPad To Be Liquidated At Fire Sale Prices
Hugh Pickens writes "According to an article by Tony Bradley, news is spreading quickly online that HP is going to clear out its vast TouchPad inventory by dropping the price to an offer you can't ref...
05:05 pm - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Wi-Fi Solution For a Hotel?
dynamo52 writes "I have been tasked with replacing a managed Wi-Fi system for a mid-sized hotel. They have already selected Comcast to provide a 100mbps connection, which unfortunately must come in at...
04:05 pm - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot Why Software Is Eating the World
An anonymous reader writes "Web browser pioneer Marc Andreessen writes in the Wall Street Journal that software is 'eating the world.' He argues that software's importance to the economy is being unde...
03:05 pm - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot Teacher Cannot Be Sued For Denying Creationism
gzipped_tar writes "A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that a public high school teacher in Mission Viejo, California may not be sued for making hostile remarks about religion in his classroom. T...
02:05 pm - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot Sluggish Android Tablet Growth May Give Microsoft an Opening
theodp writes "In NASCAR, you can finish a race in the Top 3 by leading the whole way or by having spectacular crashes take out those ahead of you. The same may hold true for the tablet race, where Ap...
01:05 pm - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Drops Use of 'Supercookies' On MSN
Trailrunner7 writes "In response to work by Stanford University researchers who found that Microsoft and several other high-profile companies were using a controversial technique to keep persistent co...
01:05 pm - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot Most People Have Never Heard of CTRL+F
Hugh Pickens writes "Google search anthropologist Dan Russell says that 90 percent of people in his studies don't know how to use CTRL/Command + F to find a word in a document or web page. 'I do ...
10:05 am - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot A Decade of Haiku OS
CharlyFoxtrot writes "Haiku OS, the open source reimplementation of BeOS celebrated its tenth birthday this week. 'Ten years ago today, the first post appeared on the mailing list of our project &mdas...
07:05 am - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot New Mexico Spaceport Nearly Ready For Business
Cutting_Crew writes "I am sure many of us have heard about this story, but it looks like Spaceport America is finally ready to take off (no pun intended). The latest construction pictures [Note: datab...
04:05 am - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot More Photoshopped Evidence In Apple v. Samsung
jfruhlinger writes "It seems that Apple can't stop Photoshopping evidence in its EU lawsuit against Samsung. We already saw that the company used trickery in its side-by-side comparison of the iPad an...
01:05 am - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot Linux Journal Goes — Surprise! — Digital
Mr_Perl writes "Linux Journal sent out an email to subscribers today announcing that they are going 100% digital. Subscribers signed on for a paper version of the journal, and now have been switched t...
12:05 am - Sat, August 20, 2011
Slashdot Rare Earth Restrictions To Raise Hard Drive Cost
MojoKid writes "Multiple manufacturers in the IT industry have been keeping a wary eye on China's decision to cut back on rare earth exports and the impact it may have on component prices. There have ...
11:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot HP's Shift On PCs Could Boost Acer, Dell and Lenovo
CWmike writes "With HP spinning off its PC business, rivals will be looking for a way to get a bigger piece of the hardware pie. HP's PC unit news, among other industry-rattling announcements, includi...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Study Shows Dogs Can Sniff Out Lung Cancer
cylonlover writes "Last year, researchers developed a cancer-detecting electronic nose inspired by dogs' ability to sniff out different types of ovarian cancer. Now a new study has found that sniffer ...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Ubisoft Scales Back Driver DRM
We recently discussed Ubisoft's plans to bring back their controversial always-connected DRM for their upcoming racing game Driver: San Francisco. Gamers raised their voices in protest, and it seems U...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Car Makers Explore EEG Headrests
mrtr writes "A number of car makers are looking at whether EEG devices built into headrests could prevent accidents by sensing when a driver is in danger of drifting off. The technology comes from Neu...
09:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Alaskan Village's Orange Goo Was Fungal Spores
olsmeister writes "In a follow-up to a report that was mentioned on Slashdot a week ago, the NOAA has determined that the orange 'goo' that washed up on the beaches at the remote Alaska village of Kiv...
09:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot HTC Unlocks Its Own Phones
itwbennett writes "Having just announced that it would continue to run Android on its best phones, HTC is now 'needling' Google by making good on 'promises it made earlier in the year to deliver bootl...
09:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Sun May Disrupt Spacecraft and Satellites In Coming Decades
dtjohnson writes "A newly published study (abstract) predicts that solar storms are going to become increasingly disruptive to satellites and communications in the coming decades as the sun cycles tow...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Linus Thinks Virtualization Is 'Evil'
Front page first-timer crdotson writes "Linus said in an interview that he thinks virtualization is 'evil' because he prefers to deal with the real hardware. Hardware virtualization allows for better ...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: The Python Standard Library By Example
thatpythonguy writes "Addison-Wesley publishers has released The Python Standard Library By Example, another Python book that strategically fits in between programming cookbooks and library reference ...
07:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot How Volunteers Rebuilt WW2 Computers
nk497 writes "A single photograph, scraps of circuit diagrams drawn from memory and a pile of disused components – it isn't much to go on, but from such meager beginnings, engineers rebuilt one ...
07:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot A TV That Knows and Shares What You're Watching
holy_calamity writes "A technology will be appearing soon in TVs that fingerprints what is onscreen and sends that information to an internet server able to identify the content, whether it's live TV ...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 To Fight Piracy With the Cloud
MrSeb writes "With the latest Windows 8 build (8064) that has been delivered to Intel, it's clear that the company is taking strides to make sure that its upcoming OS isn't quit so easy to pirate. For...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 7.0 Beta Released
An anonymous reader sends word that the first Firefox 7.0 beta has been released. One of the big areas of focus for this version will be performance enhancements. One optimization "Reduces memory use ...
05:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot American Grant Writing: Race Matters
PHPNerd writes "You might expect that science, particularly American science, would be color-blind. Though fewer people from some of the country's ethnic minorities are scientists than the proportions...
05:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot AT&T Kills $10 Texting Plan, Pushes $20 Plan
Hugh Pickens writes "AT&T is scrapping its 1,000-texts-for-ten-bucks plan and replacing it with a plan that offers unlimited texts for $20. Users who don't want the unlimited plan can opt to pay 2...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot The Dark Side of the Tech Patent Wars
GMGruman writes "Bill Snyder warns that the tech patent wars are going nuclear, and could vaporize tech jobs in the process. He likens the situation to medicine, where so much money now goes to pay fo...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Canadian Library to Loan Out People
Wouldn't it be easier to learn Chinese from a native speaker than from a book, or explore a religion from an actual practitioner rather than words on a page? A library in Surrey, B.C. thinks so an...
03:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Researchers Propose Asteroid Deflection Mission
wisebabo writes "Researchers in China have proposed sending a solar sail-driven probe to hit the asteroid Apophis to make sure it has no chance of going through a 'keyhole' near earth in 2029. If it g...
03:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Google Highlights Trouble In Detecting Malware
JohnBert writes "Google issued a new study (PDF) on Wednesday detailing how it is becoming more difficult to identify malicious websites and attacks, with antivirus software proving to be an ineffecti...
02:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Wikipedia May Censor Images
KiloByte joins the ranks of accepted submitters, writing "To appease 'morality' watchdogs, Wikipedia is contemplating the introduction of a censorship feature, where images would be flagged for contai...
01:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot 13-Year-Old Uses Fibonacci Sequence For Solar Power Breakthrough
An anonymous reader tips news of 7th grader Aidan Dwyer, who used phyllotaxis — the way leaves are arranged on plant stems in nature — as inspiration to arrange an array of solar panels in...
01:05 pm - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot RKK Energia Confirms Private Trip To the Moon
Teancum writes "RKK Energia, the prime contractor for the Russian space program and the company who builds the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, recently confirmed negotiations are underway with space tourism...
11:05 am - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot What If Aliens Came To Save the Galaxy From Mankind?
astroengine writes with an amusing piece in Discovery. From the article: "In a study carried out by NASA and Pennsylvania State University scientists, several intelligent extraterrestrial encounter sc...
10:05 am - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot A Chat With Zavilia, a Tool For Identifying Rioters
HansonMB writes with an interview in Motherboard.tv. From the article: "Social media isn't just great for starting 'social unrest,' it's proving to be quite helpful for quashing it too. Not long after...
07:05 am - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Pricing: Apple Defies Australian Government
daria42 writes "This week it was revealed that Apple has still not responded to Australia's Federal Parliament on the issue of why the prices of its products are significantly higher in Australia than...
06:05 am - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot PS3 Enjoys Retail-Wide Sales Spike After Price Cut
donniebaseball23 writes "Sony, after nearly two years on standing firm on PS3's price, dropped the console to $249, and it's been having an immediate impact. GameStop has already noted a 'significant'...
04:05 am - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Ridley Scott To Direct New Blade Runner Movie
In his first accepted submission, fwarren writes "Alcon Entertainment, best known for the movie The Blind Side purchased the rights to Blade Runner earlier this year. The next order of business? H...
02:05 am - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot New Research Cracks AES Keys 3-5x Faster
Landing his first accepted submission, qpgmr writes "AES, generally thought to be the gold standard for encryption, is showing weaknesses. From Computerworld: 'Researchers from Microsoft and the Dutch...
01:05 am - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot "Woot" Becomes an Official Word
tekgoblin writes with a quick bit about new words in the COED. From the article: "Concise Oxford English Dictionary is the smaller but most widely recognized derivative of the official Oxford English ...
12:05 am - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot DARPA Hypersonic Vehicle Splash Down Confirmed
dtmos writes "DARPA has announced that its Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 flight on Thursday, 11 August, 'experienced a flight anomaly post perigee and into the vehicle's climb. The anomaly pr...
12:05 am - Fri, August 19, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Ebook Reader for Scientific Papers?
An anonymous reader writes "I love the idea of getting an ebook reader primarily for reading research journal papers. However I've heard bad things about the handling of pdf's on the major ones. I don...
11:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot DHS Tries To Hide Mobile Scanner Details
OverTheGeicoE writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a Freedom of Information Act request last year (PDF) with the US Department of Homeland Security, whose Transportation Security Ad...
10:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Computer Prediction Used to Design Better Organic Semiconductors
An anonymous reader writes "Creating a flexible display requires finding an organic material that's both durable and capable of carrying an electric signal fast enough. To create such a material requi...
09:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Canadian Government Seeking New Net Snooping Powers
An anonymous reader writes "A bill being considered by the Canadian federal parliament includes two clauses specifically to reduce the 'due process' imposed when the police need information from ISPs....
09:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot HP Spinning Off WebOS and Exiting Hardware Business
A number of readers submitted rumors about a few announcements HP was to make today. Now that has actually happened and the news looks grim. For starters they are exiting the tablet and phone market a...
08:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Former Popemobile Going Up For Auction
Zothecula writes with an amusing article in Gizmag. From the article: "The greater share of the value of any significant collector car is in the provenance — who sat in the seat before you, and ...
08:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Appeals Court Makes It Easier To Dump Software Patents
An anonymous reader writes "While software patents are still legal, it appears that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sometimes known as the nation's 'patent court' has just made a decisio...
07:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Apple Patents Cutting 3.5mm Jack in Half
An anonymous reader writes with an article on a recent patent application by Apple. From the article: "Apple likes thin devices and considers the depth of the iPod, iPhone and iPad as critical compone...
07:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot C++ 2011 and the Return of Native Code
snydeq writes with an editorial in Networld World about the resurgence of native code. From the article: "Modern programmers have increasingly turned away from native compilation in favor of managed-c...
06:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot ARM Is a Promising Platform But Needs To Learn From the PC
jbrodkin writes "Linux and ARM developers have clashed over what's been described as a 'United Nations-level complexity of the forks in the ARM section of the Linux kernel.' Linus Torvalds addressed t...
06:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot iPhone Reportedly Coming To China This Fall
An anonymous reader writes "Executives from China Mobile have reportedly met with Apple CEO Steve Jobs a number of times to discuss introducing an iPhone model compliant with China Mobile's proprietar...
05:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot DARPA To Sponsor R&D For Interstellar Travel
Apocryphos writes "The government agency that helped invent the Internet now wants to do the same for travel to the stars. In what is perhaps the ultimate startup opportunity, DARPA, the Defense Advan...
04:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Company Wants You to Visit Near-Space In Their "Bloon"
cylonlover writes "While space tourism efforts by the likes of Space Adventures and Virgin Galactic are relying on the tried and true technology of rockets to launch paying customers into space, Barce...
04:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot IBM Shows Off Brain-Inspired Microchips
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at IBM have created microchips inspired by the basic functioning of the human brain. They believe the chips could perform task that humans excel at but computer...
03:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot New Twitter-Based Hedge Fund Beats the Stock Market
nonprofiteer writes "Derwent Capital, a new hedge fund that makes trades and investments based on Twitter sentiment, beat the market--and other hedge funds--in its first full month of trading. From th...
02:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Coming Soon, Shorter Video Games
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Blake Snow writes that according to one expert, 90% of players who start a game will never see the end of it and it's not just dull games that go unfinished. Only 10% of av...
02:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Can Google Fix the Cable Box?
theodp writes "In purchasing Motorola Mobility, Slate's Farhad Manjoo reports that Google will also come into possession of one the nation's biggest suppliers of set-top boxes. So, can Google work som...
01:05 pm - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Canada To Adopt On-Line Voting?
belmolis writes "Here in Canada we have an old-fashioned paper ballot voting system that by all accounts works very well. We get results quickly and without fraud. Nonetheless, Elections Canada wants ...
10:05 am - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Tablet Ban Lifted For Most of EU
jkcity writes "The ban on sales of Samsung 10.1 tablet in the EU has been lifted everywhere except Germany. The new ruling is in effect until August 25th while it is decided if the original court had ...
07:05 am - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot UK Men Get 4 Years For Trying to Incite Riots Via Facebook
An anonymous reader writes "In addition to the 12 arrest from last week, a judge has sentenced 20-year-old Jordan Blackshaw and 22-year-old Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan to four years in prison for their fai...
04:05 am - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Why PCs Trump iPads For User Innovation
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Bob Lewis argues that while the iPad may be opening IT's eyes to a new way to encourage end-users to innovate new solutions for their organizations, that work will better be...
01:05 am - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Super Scrabble Players Have Unusual Brains
An anonymous reader writes "Being a competitive Scrabble player apparently warps your brain, in a good way, according to researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada. At the high level of the ga...
12:05 am - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot UCLA Engineers Create Energy-Generating LCD Screen
An anonymous reader writes "Engineers at UCLA have developed technology that allows gadgets like smartphones and laptops to convert sunlight, ambient light, and their own backlight into energy. Equipp...
12:05 am - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Moon Younger Than Previously Thought
TaeKwonDood writes "Analysis of a piece of lunar rock brought back to Earth by the Apollo 16 mission in 1972 has shown that the Moon may be much younger than previously believed. Researchers say that ...
12:05 am - Thu, August 18, 2011
Slashdot Judge Dismisses Google's Complaint Over Android Code Viewing
CWmike writes "A U.S. trade judge has rejected Google's move to block the testimony of a Microsoft expert witness in the dispute with Motorola over patents allegedly used by Android. Last week, Google...
11:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot The Computer Labs That Created the Digital World
MrSeb writes "In the time of Socrates, Plato and Cicero, great minds came together in local forums or sophist schools. The Enlightenment of the 18th century was triggered by homely gatherings at salon...
11:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Virtual Lab Rat Saves Human Lives
An anonymous reader writes "There is already a Virtual Physiological Human project going on in Europe, to program a simulated human that can serve as a guinea pig, but this National Institute of Healt...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Graphene In Space Offers Clues To Life On Earth
Zothecula writes "Human beings may have only discovered how to create the one-atom-thick sheets of carbon atoms known as graphene in 2004 but it appears the universe could have been churning out the s...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot MABEL Robot Runs Like a Human
MrSeb writes "Researchers at the University of Michigan have created a running, obstacle-scaling robot. This robot, which is called MABEL (not an acronym), is capable of running at speeds of up to 3.0...
09:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Notch Asks For Trial By Combat
Vrallis writes "As reported recently, Mojang AB, the creators of Minecraft, have been sued by Bethesda over the name of their latest project, Scrolls, citing a trademark infringement with their Elder ...
09:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Interview With GNOME 3 Designer Jon McCann
An anonymous reader writes "In an extensive interview, GNOME 3 designer Jon McCann talks about the future of GNOME 3 — why it's all about the apps and why he is convinced that KDE and Ubuntu are...
09:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Accused Teen Bomber Finds FBI Surveillance Team's Wireless Network
roccomaglio writes "The suspect who is accused of planning to bomb his high school in Tampa updated his Facebook status with the following: 'The weirdest thing happened today...when my homie Nic Peezy...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot 27,000 South Koreans Sue Apple
jfruhlinger writes "You may have already forgotten the iPhone location-tracking furor, but 27,000 South Koreans haven't! They (or the lawyers recruiting them) have launched a class action suit against...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Rage and the Tech Behind id Tech 5
MojoKid writes "id Software's long-awaited FPS, Rage, is set to ship in October. When it launches, Rage will be the first game to feature id's newest graphics engine, dubbed id Tech 5. id Tech 5 has e...
07:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot LinuxCon 2011 Keynotes Streamed Free
DeviceGuru writes "All keynote sessions from the LinuxCon North America 2011 conference held in Vancouver this week are being made available for free public streaming today through Friday (August 17-1...
07:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Malicious Spam Spikes To 'Epic' Level
Trailrunner7 writes "There has been a huge spike in spam volume in the last few days, including a massive amount of malicious spam with infected attachments, and researchers say that levels of junk ma...
06:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Says That Google+ Has No Users
dkd903 noticed another amusing shot in the battle between G+ and Facebook. CNN is running a story where Facebook's director of game partnership Sean Ryan basically says Google+ has no users....
05:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot NASA Shoots Down Comet Elenin Doomsday Predictions
coondoggie writes "The comet Elenin, which will pass by Earth October 16, has generated such an inordinate amount of doomsday reports from a number of different sources that NASA today issued a releas...
05:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Hackers Get Their Own Scoreboard and Rankings
wiredmikey writes "Sometimes hacking is about money; other times, it's about competition, and when that happens, it is also about getting a little credit. Enter RankMyHack.com. The site is described a...
04:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot How To Steal ATM PINs With a Thermal Camera
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from UCSD have demonstrated how thermal imagery cameras can be used tosteal customers' PINs (PDF) when you withdraw cash from ATMs. Their paper, entitled 'Heat ...
03:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Paul Ceglia: Facebook Is Doing the Forgery, Not Me
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, Facebook said it found the original 'authentic contract' between Mark Zuckerberg and Paul Ceglia, a man that claims he owns half of the company over a 2003 contr...
03:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot USPTO Issues 8,000,000th Patent
toybuilder writes "It took nearly 80 years for the first 1 million patents to issue in the U.S. On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued its eighth-million patent. This most recent 1 mi...
02:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot GPGPU Bitcoin Mining Trojan
An anonymous reader writes "Security researchers have unearthed a piece of malware that mints a digital currency known as Bitcoins by harnessing the immense power of an infected machine's graphical pr...
01:05 pm - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Collar-Bomber Tracked By Gmail Accesses
RockDoctor writes "Reports indicate that a suspect has been arrested in the Australian 'collar bomb' hostage/extortion case. The allegation is that the suspect had set up a Gmail account, through whic...
10:05 am - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Fired Techie Created Virtual Chaos At Pharma Co.
itwbennett writes "Using a secret vSphere console, Jason Cornish, formerly an IT staffer at the U.S. subsidiary of drug-maker Shionogi, wiped out most of the company's computer infrastructure earlier ...
09:05 am - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot World of Warcraft Finally Loses Subscribers
bonch writes "After seven years and a highpoint of 12 million subscribers, World of Warcraft has seen a loss of nearly one million subscribers in the last six months for the first time in its history,...
07:05 am - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot $80 Android Phone Sells Like Hotcakes In Kenya
kkleiner writes "Earlier this year, the Chinese firm Huawei unveiled IDEOS through Kenya's telecom titan, Safaricom. So far, this $80 smartphone has found its way into the hands of 350,000+ Kenya...
06:05 am - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Australian 'Electronic Pigeon Hole' Could Replace Gov't Snail Mail
angry tapir writes "Australia's federal Opposition will look to create a national government-funded 'electronic pigeon hole' for all Australians in an effort to cut the costs of 'snail mail' communica...
05:05 am - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot SpaceX Given Approval For ISS Mission
An anonymous reader sends this snippet from an AFP report:"California-based rocket maker SpaceX said that it will make a test flight in late November to the International Space Station, now that NASA ...
04:05 am - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Crysis 2 Update a Perfect Case of Wasted Polygons
crookedvulture writes "Crytek made news earlier this summer by releasing a big DirectX 11 update for the PC version of its latest game, Crysis 2. Among other things, the update added extensive tessell...
03:05 am - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Anti-Piracy Lawyers Accuse Blind Man of Downloading Films
souravzzz writes "As the mass-lawsuits against BitTorrent users in the United States drag on, detail on the collateral damage this extortion-like scheme is costing becomes clear. It is likely that tho...
02:05 am - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Launches 'AWS GovCloud'
wiredmikey writes "Amazon Web Services today announced 'AWS GovCloud,' a new AWS Region designed to allow U.S. government agencies and contractors to move IT applications and systems into the cloud by...
01:05 am - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition
bonch writes "Pundits have been analyzing Google's Motorola acquisition since its announcement. Dan Lyons, formerly known as Fake Steve Jobs, says Google never cared for the Nortel patents, and that t...
12:05 am - Wed, August 17, 2011
Slashdot Santa Cruz Tests Predictive Policing Program
The police department of Santa Cruz, California is testing a new method for apprehending criminals: beating them to the crime scene. No, they haven't harnessed a group of pre-cogs; they're relying on ...
11:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Navy Bomb Squads Get a Solar Power Upgrade
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from TPM's Idea Lab:"The U.S. Navy's bomb squads have a weight problem. To keep their field gear powered up, the typical explosive ordnance disposal unit has to ...
11:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot A Linux Kernel More Stable Than -stable
jfruhlinger writes '-stable' is the term for the current Linux release most suitable for general use; but as Linux moves into more and more niches, there's a need for a kernel more stable than -stable...
10:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Paypal Founder Helping Build Artificial Island Nations
MadMartigan2001 writes with a pretty crazy article on a project involving floating libertarian paradises. From the article: "PayPal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has given $1.25 mill...
10:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot App Inventor Continues Life at MIT
An anonymous reader writes with a press release on the App Inventor Weblog. From the release: "MIT announced the launch of the new Center for Mobile Learning, with a first activity being to take over ...
09:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot IE 9 Beats Other Browsers at Blocking Malicious Content
Orome1 writes with an article in Net Security. From the article: "Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 has proved once again to be the best choice when it comes to catching attacks aimed at making the user...
09:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot BART Keeps Cell Service Despite Protests
Okian Warrior writes "After taking heat from the ACLU and being hacked by Anonymous for shutting down cellphone service to four stations last week, BART kept cell service on during Monday's protests. ...
08:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Floating Nuclear Power Plant Seized By Court
An anonymous reader writes "The world's first nuclear barge has been impounded while still under construction — but not because of looming safety or environmental concerns. The shipyard's parent...
08:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Can We Fix SSL Certification?
Em Adespoton writes "At DEFCON this year, Moxie Marlinspike gave an excellent presentation ... showing how broken the current SSL certification model is and proposing a replacement. Naked Security add...
07:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Righthaven Loses Again
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Steve Green writes that ... Righthaven, the Las Vegas copyright troll, won't be collecting any damages from a man it once branded as a copyright infringer but instead must ...
06:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot C++0x Finally Becomes a Standard
Samfer writes "On Friday August 12th 2011, the results for the final ISO ballot on C++0x came in, and the ISO C++ Standards Committee were unanimous in favor of approving the new C...
06:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot 1 in 8 Take Fake Phone Calls to Avoid Talking to Others
A survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that people are lying 13% of the time when they say they have to take a cell phone call around you. That number jumps to an inc...
05:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Exec Responds To the Google-Motorola Deal
adeelarshad82 writes "In a statement released yesterday, Microsoft's Windows Phone Division President Andy Lees said 'Investing in a broad and truly open mobile ecosystem is important for the industry...
05:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Digital Tech and the Re-Birth of Product Placement
pbahra writes "When you think of product placement on television you tend to think of cumbersome 1950s examples where the actor would cheesily turn to camera and hold up, say, a bar of soap—wher...
04:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot JooJoo Maker Is Back With a New Tablet
itwbennett writes "I bet you forgot all about the JooJoo, the tablet that started life as CrunchPad and sparked a bitter fight between Michael Arrington and Fusion Garage. Well, Fusion hasn't forgotte...
03:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Yahoo, Facebook Test "Six Degrees of Separation"
An anonymous reader writes "Yahoo has partnered with Facebook to test the iconic social experiment known as 'six degrees of separation' (everyone is on average approximately six steps away from any ot...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Hires Steve 'Cyanogen' Kondik
Some nameless reader noted a surprising twist in the tale of Cyanogen, an android modder once cease and desisted by Google. "Samsung Mobile has hired one of the homebrew market's most notorious and su...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Aaron Barr Talks About DEFCON, Anonymous Attacks
Trailrunner7 writes "Finding Aaron Barr at this year's DEFCON hacker conference in Las Vegas was like a giant game of "Where's Waldo." Given the events of the past year, you can hardly blame him for k...
01:05 pm - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot The Post-Idea World
An anonymous reader sends this quote from an opinion piece in the NY Times:"If our ideas seem smaller nowadays, it's not because we are dumber than our forebears but because we just don't care as much...
10:05 am - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Hard Truths About HTML5
snydeq writes "Peter Wayner discusses a number of hard truths Web developers must accept in making the most of HTML5 — especially those who are looking to leverage HTML5 in hopes of unseating na...
08:05 am - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot 3DS and Vita Face Tough Battle Against Smartphones
An article at the Opposable Thumbs blog looks at the struggle between portable gaming devices and smartphones with access to a plethora of inexpensive games."...most games simply have to be 'good enou...
07:05 am - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot China Praises UK Internet Censorship Plan
mormop writes "The Chinese government has praised UK Prime Minister David Cameron's plan for censoring social networking sites at times when the government feels threatened, believing it legitimizes C...
05:05 am - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Do Spoilers Ruin a Good Story? No, Say Researchers
Hugh Pickens writes "According to a recent study at the University of California San Diego, knowing how a book ends does not ruin its story and can actually enhance enjoyment. It suggests people may e...
03:05 am - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Driver Using Two Cell Phones Gets Year-Long Driving Ban
coondoggie writes "This guy is the poster-child for why cell phone use in cars should be banned in more places. According to press out of the United Kingdom, a man who was driving at 70MPH while texti...
01:05 am - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot Cop Seeks Wiretapping Charges For Woman Who Videotaped Beating
An anonymous reader writes "A police officer who was disciplined for his role in the beating of a Massachusetts man (many broken bones in his face and permanent partial blindness) is looking to bring ...
12:05 am - Tue, August 16, 2011
Slashdot How Linux Mastered Wall Street
itwbennett writes "Linux has become a dominant player in finance thanks to its ability to pass messages very quickly, said Linux kernel contributor Christoph Lameter. 'The trading shops saw that the l...
11:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot NASA Opens New Office For Space Missions
An anonymous reader writes "NASA has been tasked with landing astronauts on a space rock by 2025, and on the Red Planet by the mid 2030s. To reach those goals, the United States must develop a new hea...
11:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot SpyEye Trojan Source Code Leaked
wiredmikey writes "The SpyEye malware kit has long been both the bane of unsuspecting victims and a boon for cyber-criminals. Now, according to security researchers, the situation may have taken a tur...
10:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot EVE Online Ponzi Scheme Nets $50k Worth of In-Game Currency
Calidreth writes "EVE Online is famous for its stories of theft, underhanded dealings, criminal empires and general unscrupulous play. For EVE players, this is generally an accepted part of the game a...
10:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Pakistan Lets China View US Stealth Technology
Oswald McWeany writes "Tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have moved up a notch in light of news that Pakistan allowed China to examine the downed stealth helicopter used in the operation to kill ...
09:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Does Android Violate the GPL? Not So Fast
jfruhlinger writes "Patent gadfly Florian Mueller's latest post has made a fairly bold claim: that virtually all Android licensees are violating the GPL because of their failure to redistribute the co...
09:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Essex Police Arrest Man Over Blackberry Water Fight Plan
An anonymous reader writes "Under the banner headline 'Police reassure residents they are working to keep county safe,' Essex police proudly proclaimed that they arrested a 20-year-old man from Colche...
09:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Music Copyright War Looming
quarterbuck writes with this excerpt from the NY Times:"When copyright law was revised in the mid-1970s, musicians, like creators of other works of art, were granted 'termination rights,' which allow ...
08:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Flawed Evidence In EU Apple vs. Samsung Case
An anonymous reader writes "The Dutch site webwereld.nl has found incorrect evidence submitted by Apple (Google translation of Dutch original) in the EU design-right case against Samsung. In the ex-pa...
08:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Mussels With Hydrogen Fuel Cells Found
greenrainbow writes "According to scientists, there are mussels at the bottom of the ocean that are efficiently converting hydrogen into energy in their very own, nature-made hydrogen fuel cells (abst...
07:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Getting Started With Audacity 1.3
MassDosage writes "Getting Started with Audacity 1.3 by Bethany Hiitola covers the basics of using the Audacity software package for recording and editing audio. This book is written in a tutorial sty...
07:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla To Remove User-Facing Firefox Version Numbers
MrSeb writes "A great collective gasp issued from tuned-in Firefox fans when Mozilla announced that it was switching to a Chrome-like release schedule for its browser. Now Mozilla wants to take things...
06:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Fluidinfo, Wikipedia For Databases
Slags writes "The idea behind Fluidinfo is that read-only information is just not as useful on the Web as openly writable information. Metadata is used routinely in the real world from name tags to po...
05:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot WPAWPA2 Cracking With CPUs, GPUs, and the Cloud
wintertargeter writes "Yeah, it's another article on security, but this time we finally get a complete picture. Tom's Hardware looks at WPA/WPA2 brute-force cracking with CPUs, GPUs, and Amazon's Nvid...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Laptop + DSLR Backpacks
I typically travel with a laptop and camera, but usually with a bag for each: abackpack for the laptop and a lowepro top loader for the camera. I'd really prefer a singlebackpack for both a 17" macboo...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Star Wars Coins Issued By Pacific Island Nation
19061969 wrote in with a link about how the Pacific Island of Niue is issuing a set of commemorative Star Wars coins. While the $2 coins can be used as legal tender on the island, the government hopes...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot US and UK Zombies Demand Top Dollar
coondoggie writes "Denizens of the malware underworld who sell access to compromised computers do so at varying rates depending on where the machines are located, researchers told the Usenix Security ...
03:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot The FCC Says ISPs Aren't Hitting Advertised Speeds
MojoKid writes "The Federal Communications Commission has released the results of a year-long scientific study it conducted with regard to the upload and download speeds of thirteen American Internet ...
02:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Sandy Bridge-E CPUs Too Hot For Intel?
MrSeb writes "Intel's next consumer CPUs — the Sandy Bridge-E — will ship without a heatsink and fan. These new chips, which will feature up to 15MB of L3 cache and integrated four-channel...
01:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Bill
zacharye writes "Google and Motorola Mobility have announced an agreement whereby Google will acquire Motorola for $12.5 billion. The acquisition price equates to $40 per share of Motorola stock, or a...
01:05 pm - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Drug Companies Lose Special Protection On Facebook
Hugh Pickens writes "Christian Torres writes that Facebook and the pharmaceutical industry have had an uneasy partnership in recent years and many drug companies didn't join the site until Facebook ga...
10:05 am - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Jupiter-Sized Alien Planet Is Darkest Ever (Barely) Seen
thebchuckster writes "The darkest alien world ever spotted by astronomers has been discovered in the outskirts of our galaxy. 'It's darker than the blackest lump of coal, than dark acrylic paint you m...
07:05 am - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Egyptian Charged For Threatening Facebook Post
An anonymous reader writes "The Egyptian Military Prosecution has charged 26-year-old activist and blogger Asmaa Mahfouz for allegedly defaming the country's ruling generals and calling for armed oper...
03:05 am - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot China Cracks Down On Fake Apple Stores
angry tapir writes "The Chinese city of Kunming has stopped 22 fake Apple stores from illegally using the company's iconic trademarks after Apple lodged a complaint with authorities. Kunming authoriti...
12:05 am - Mon, August 15, 2011
Slashdot Linux Kernel 3.1 RC 2 Released
sfcrazy writes "Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux kernel 3.1 rc2. He said '300+ commits for -rc2 is good, but please make me even happier for -rc3 by ONLY sending me real fixes. T...
11:05 pm - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot UN Climate Report Fails To Capture Arctic Ice: MIT
An anonymous reader writes "The United Nations' most recent global climate report 'fails to capture trends in Arctic sea-ice thinning and drift, and in some cases substantially underestimates these tr...
10:05 pm - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot Astronaut Photographs Perseid Meteor — From Space
astroengine writes "As the Perseid meteor shower begins to subside, there is one observer who was perfectly positioned to take a photograph where the skies are guaranteed to be clear from cloud. NASA ...
09:05 pm - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot Cutting Edge Tech Slated For Next Mars Rover
oxide7 writes "NASA is pushing the boundaries of technology as it readies its next mission to Mars, loading up its 4th Mars Rover with nearly a dozen instruments and deploying an innovative but risky ...
08:05 pm - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot Hamstersoft Ebook App Rips Off GPL3 Code, Say Calibre Devs
Nate the greatest submits news of a claim that a recently released ebook application from Hamstersoft is actually built from code lifted from calibre, the ebook library app. He writes "It turns out th...
06:05 pm - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot Which Company Is the Largest?
Fudge Factor 3000 writes "Apple and Exxon are fighting it out to be the company with the largest market cap. Tuesday, Apple pulled ahead. It is hard to believe a tech company can beat out an oil giant...
05:05 pm - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Firefox 6 Released Ahead of Schedule
BogenDorpher writes "Mozilla is currently on schedule to release Firefox 6 on August 16th but it looks like the final version has already been signed off and is unofficially available on Mozilla's ser...
04:05 pm - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot Intel To Offer CPU Upgrades Via Software
derGoldstein writes "Intel will again offer CPU upgrades through software. In the past, the upgrades gave you HyperThreading and more L3 cache. This time upgrades will actually increase CPU frequency:...
03:05 pm - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot Search the World's Smartphone Photos
mikejuk writes "Researchers have devised and tested a system called Theia that can perform an efficient parallel search of mobile phones to track down a target photo. It could be used to perform a rea...
02:05 pm - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot What's the Carbon Footprint of Bicycling?
Hugh Pickens writes "Brian Palmer writes that although none of the major manufacturers has released data on their energy consumption and how much greenhouse gas making a bicycle requires, Shreya Dave,...
01:05 pm - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot The Death of Booting Up
theodp writes " Booting up was a bear,' recalls Slate's Farhad Manjoo, 'something to be avoided at all costs.' But now, he adds, 'It's time to rejoice, because all that's in the past. Computers these ...
10:05 am - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot Bing More Effective Than Google?
Xiph1980 writes "Experian Hitwise claims Bing and Bing-powered search to be more effective than Google. The success rate for Bing searches in the U.S. in July was 80.04%, compared to 67.56% for Google...
07:05 am - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot After Cell-Phone Switch-Off, Anonymous Promises BART Protest
According to the San Francisco Appeal, the cellphone service shut-down that the BART system imposed Thursday (by disabling transponders which allow cellphone communications in the underground portion ...
04:05 am - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot Space Elevator Conference Prompts Lofty Questions
itwbennett writes "Even the most ardent enthusiasts gathered at the annual Space Elevator Conference on Friday don't expect it to be built anytime soon, but that doesn't stop them from dreaming, plann...
01:05 am - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot CERN Physicist Says Dark Matter May Be an Illusion
anonymousNR writes "A CERN physicist has a new theory explaining the rotational curves of galaxies. 'The key message of my paper is that dark matter may not exist and that phenomena attributed to dark...
12:05 am - Sun, August 14, 2011
Slashdot See the PyPy JIT In Action
derGoldstein writes "Project PyPy is an alternative implementation of Python, with the main advantage being a Just In Time (JIT) compiler which speeds up your code considerably. They've announced the ...
11:05 pm - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot Patent Applications Hint Apple Wants To Eliminate Printer Drivers
An anonymous reader writes "Apple has filed two patent applications that describe an approach as well as file formats and APIs to eliminate the printer driver as a requirement for users to access a pr...
10:05 pm - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot BlackBerry Server Can Be Hacked With Image File
Trailrunner7 writes "There are remotely and easily exploitable vulnerabilities in the BlackBerry Enterprise Server that could allow an attacker to gain access to the server by simply sending a malicio...
09:05 pm - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot The Five Levels of ISP Evil
schwit1 writes "Recently a number of ISPs have been caught improperly redirecting end-user traffic in order to generate affiliate payments, using a system from Paxfire. A class action lawsuit has been...
07:05 pm - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot US Pumps $175M Into Advanced Auto Fuel Research
coondoggie writes "In the wake of new fuel efficiency standards, the Energy Department this week spotted 40 new research projects $175 million to develop everything from light-weight building material...
06:05 pm - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot NAND Flash Can Verify a Device's Identity
itwbennett writes "Researchers at UC San Diego and Cornell University have developed software that they say can detect variations in flash behavior that are unique to each chip. The system uses 'physi...
05:05 pm - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot Google Takes a Small Step in Lodsys Patent-Troll Case
The Lodsys saga continues; reader WyzrdX writes with this excerpt from Wired: "Google has intervened in an ongoing intellectual property dispute between smartphone application developers and a patent-...
04:05 pm - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot Installing Linux On a 386 Laptop
An anonymous reader writes with a link to Hack A Day's step-by-step guide to installing Linux on a 386 laptop, which looks like a nice rainy-day project, as long as you are a stubborn hardware collect...
03:05 pm - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot Canadian Judge Rules Domain Names Are Property
farrellj writes "A recent decision in the Ontario Appeals court has ruled in favour of Tucows, saying that domain names are considered property, rather than being a license. This has major ramificatio...
02:05 pm - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot In Rural UK, Old 2G Phones Beat 3G Smarphones For Connectivity
hypnosec writes "A new research has showed that Smartphones are worse in connectivity than 2G enabled mobile phones in remote areas in the United Kingdom. The research conducted by telecom watchdog Of...
01:05 pm - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot Motorola To Collect Royalties For Android
tlhIngan writes "It looks like Motorola wants to join in on the Android patent licensing fun enjoyed by Microsoft and others. (Yes, the same Motorola that makes Android phones.) Motorola CEO Sanjay Jh...
10:05 am - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use
An anonymous reader writes "The Netherlands is testing a new car use tax system that will tax drivers based upon how much they drive rather than just taxing the vehicle itself. The trials utilize a li...
07:05 am - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot Faint Praise From WSJ For a Linux Touchscreen PC For Seniors
quarterbuck writes "The Wall Street Journal has a review of the Telikin, an all-in-one desktop, with a touch screen, that starts at $699 and comes from a small Philadelphia-area start-up called Ventur...
04:05 am - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight
oxide7 writes "August's Perseid meteor shower has historically been providing the best opportunity for enthusiasts to catch meteor shows, but this year the Internet will let casual observers enjoy the...
01:05 am - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot BART Disables Cell Service To Disrupt Protests
1729 writes "Yesterday, in an effort to disrupt rumored protests at Bay Area Rapid Transit stations, BART officials disabled cell phone and internet access within most of the BART system by shutting d...
12:05 am - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot Fossil 'Suggests Plesiosaurs Did Not Lay Eggs'
thebchuckster writes "Scientists say they have found the first evidence that giant sea reptiles — which lived at the same time as dinosaurs — gave birth to live young rather than laying eg...
12:05 am - Sat, August 13, 2011
Slashdot What If Tim Berners-Lee Had Patented the Web?
An anonymous reader writes "Last week Slashdot had the story that the web had turned 20 years old. Of course, patents also last 20 years, which has resulted in some asking what would have happened if ...
11:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Airline Pilots Allowed To Dodge Security Screening
OverTheGeicoE writes "Wired has a story about TSA's known crewmember program, which allows airline pilots to bypass traditional airport security on their way to the cockpit. Pilots will be verified us...
11:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Valve Announces Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Today Valve announced a new team-based shooter called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It's due out in early 2012, and will be available on Windows and OS X through Steam, as well as the PS3 and Xbox...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 6 Ships Next Week, 8 Blocks Sneaky Add-Ons
CWmike writes "Mozilla is on track to release Firefox 6 next week, according to notes posted on the company's website. 'On track with a few bugs still remaining. No concerns for Tuesday,' the notes st...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Leaked AT&T Letter Damages Case For T-Mobile Merger
An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday a partially-redacted document briefly appeared on the FCC website, accidentally posted by a law firm working for AT&T on the $39 billion T-Mobile deal (somewh...
09:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Open Source For Lawyers?
An anonymous reader writes "Law Technology News is reporting that FOSS for large law firms and corporate counsel is starting to gain traction. There's a project called FreeEed, for the electronic disc...
09:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Chrome 14 Beta Integrates Native Client
derGoldstein writes "This year Microsoft kept signaling that it's going back to lower-level code with a C++ renaissance. It would give C++ programmers the same priority that was, u...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Jeff Bezos Wants To Put an Airbag In Your iPhone
theodp writes "Don't want to pay Apple $199 to repair the cracked screen of the $199 iPhone you dropped? Neither, apparently, does Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. A patent application made public Thursday ...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Carmack On 'Infinite Detail,' Integrated GPUs, and Future Gaming Tech
Vigile writes "John Carmack sat down for an interview during Quakecon 2011 to talk about the future of technology for gaming. He shared his thoughts on the GPU hardware race (hardware doesn't matter b...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Popularity Trumps Privacy For Many On Facebook
Hugh Pickens writes "A recent study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that adults have almost as much need for being popular on Facebook as teenagers do, and ...
07:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Apple's Unlikely Security Mentor: Microsoft
snydeq writes "Apple has much to learn about securing an operating system, and it could learn how from Microsoft, Roger Grimes writes in the wake of further evidence that Macs are more vulnerable to a...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot 8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars
An anonymous reader writes "Thorium, an abundant and radioactive rare earth mineral, could be used in conjunction with a laser and mini turbines to easily produce enough electricity to power a vehicle...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot 'Electronic Skin' Grafts Gadgets To Body
sciencehabit writes "Researchers have developed ultrathin electronics that can be placed on the skin as easily as a temporary tattoo (abstract). The scientists hope the new devices will pave the way f...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot FTC Probes Android and Google Search
bonch writes "The FTC is investigating claims that Google prevented Android smartphone vendors from using competing services (covered previously), whether Google preferentially places its own services...
05:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Review of IBM's Original Personal Computer
illiteratehack was one of several readers to point out that today is the 30th anniversary of the introduction of IBM's first popular PC, writing,"V3 managed to dig up the original review of IBM's Pers...
05:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Artificial Skin Made From Spider Silk
Tissue engineer Hanna Wendt has released a study about using spider silk to create artificial skin. The study found that "spider silks display excellent mechanical features that even rival man-made, h...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Why Companies Knowingly Ship Insecure Devices
wiredmikey writes "A recent survey which included responses from 800 engineers and developers that work on embedded devices revealed that 24% of respondents knew of security problems in their company'...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Learn New Programming Languages?
ProgramadorPerdido writes "I have been a developer for 25 years. I learned Basic, VB, C, FoxPro, Cobol, and Assembler, but the languages I used the most were Pascal and Delphi. I then concentrated on ...
03:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Scotland Yard Confirms It's Using Facial Recognition Tech
nonprofiteer writes "Scotland Yard confirms that it's using facial recognition technology to identify rioters in London. 'A law enforcement official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of ...
02:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot LinkedIn Hurries To Address Privacy Stumble
swandives writes "LinkedIn will make changes to a 'social advertising' feature that has been criticized for using members' names and photographs in advertisements on its website. Amid mounting critici...
02:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Why Google Needs Firefox
MrSeb writes "Almost the entirety of Mozilla's income — 97% of $104 million — arrives in the form of royalties from the Firefox search box, and the lion's share (86%, $85 million) of those...
01:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Make Graphene From Girl Scout Cookies
An anonymous reader writes "Last year we learned that the miracle material graphene could be made from common table sugar, and now researchers at Rice University have taken the discovery one step furt...
01:05 pm - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot US Energy Panel Cautiously Endorses Fracking
Hugh Pickens writes "The Christian Science Monitor reports that a U.S. Energy Department advisory panel has endorsed fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, a promising technology that injects a mixture of...
10:05 am - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot 3D Hacking Environment Links Kinect, Blender, and Metasploit
baxpace writes with a link describing a way to test your own security systems for vulnerabilities using Kinect-interpreted natural gestures in tandem with the Metasploit Framework and the Blender game...
08:05 am - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Google Adds Games To Google+
derGoldstein writes with this quote from the official Google blog:"Today we're adding games to Google+. ... We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in...
07:05 am - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot BitTorrent Trial Makes Australia's High Court
daria42 writes "Australia's highest court has agreed to hear the long-running BitTorrent case between one of the country's largest ISPs, iiNet, and a group of film and TV studios represented by a copy...
04:05 am - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot How Does GPS Change Us?
ATKeiper writes "People have talked for a while about the effects of GPS on our driving ability and our sense of direction; one researcher at McGill has even been developing an exercise regimen to com...
01:05 am - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Modify Organism With Artificial Amino Acid
IndigoDarkwolf writes "The Beeb reports that biologists Sebastian Greiss and Jason Chin have genetically modified a multicellular organism (Caenorhabditis elegans, a tiny worm) to combine an amino aci...
12:05 am - Fri, August 12, 2011
Slashdot Google's 'ID Validation' Is a Joke, But Not Funny
An anonymous reader writes "I was curious about the whole profile reporting and ID validation process on Google+ so I decided to do a little experimental work to find out just what is involved. A...
11:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot China Catches Up With Google's Driverless Car
mikejuk writes "While Google makes headlines with its driverless car and even manages to lobby Nevada to legalize driverless cars on the public road — China quietly pushes ahead on its own. A dr...
10:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Info On Upcoming Handhelds?
FullBandwidth writes "Seems like some intrepid Slashdotters are always getting scoops on the soon-to-be-released handhelds (phones, tablets). What's the best way to get technical information and relea...
10:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Human Brain Is Sensitive To Light In Ears
vuo writes "Finnish researchers have shown that the human brain contains photoreceptors that react to intracranial illumination. Light is provided through the ear canal with bright-light headsets by V...
10:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot UK Police Arrest 12 Over Facebook Use Inciting Riots
An anonymous reader writes "Scotland Yard vowed to track down and arrest protesters who posted 'really inflammatory, inaccurate' messages on Facebook, but it didn't stop at just two people. While two ...
09:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot New Serial ATA Standards Target SSDs, Tablets
crookedvulture writes "SATA-IO has devised a couple of new storage interfaces optimized for solid-state drives. To serve high-performance SSDs that are fast approaching the 6Gbps ceiling imposed by th...
09:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot GPRS Can Be Hacked Easily, Claims German Researcher
hypnosec writes "A German technology researcher on Wednesday showed global mobile makers and technology firms how General Packet Radio Service can easily be tapped, intercepted, and decrypted with an ...
08:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Obama Administration Closing Recently Opened Datacenters
An anonymous reader writes "After quadrupling the number of government datacenters over his first three years, Obama's Administration is reversing course and closing the most recently opened datacente...
08:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Google Patents Telling Time
theodp writes "Will Google's battle against Microsoft and Apple over their use of 'bogus' patents result in greater scrutiny of its own IP holdings? Take Google's new patent on 'Electronic Shippin...
07:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Browser Wars Redux: This Time It's the Apps
itwbennett writes "Yesterday's release of the Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader brought to mind the bad old days of the browser wars, but with a new twist: while the app works on any iOS device, it only work...
06:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot DARPA Loses Contact With Hypersonic Glider
x_IamSpartacus_x writes "DARPA says contact with its experimental hypersonic glider was lost after launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast. The agency says in Twitter pos...
06:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot How Apple Is Beating Nintendo At Its Own Game
Zothecula writes "In an industry obsessed with polygon counts and frame rates, Nintendo's Wii console and DS handheld were the proverbial knives at a gunfight. They were grossly underpowered compared ...
05:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Iron Man-like Exoskeleton Nears Production
fangmcgee writes "By now, with films like Iron Man, its sequel, and Avatar, Hollywood has made us thoroughly familiar with the idea of the robotic exoskeleton. Less well known, however, is that resear...
04:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Can Analytics Help Fix Your Love Life?
d2ncal wrote in to tell us about a new service that takes all the guess work out of a relationship by providing you with timely feedback, and charts to see how your affection is trending. TheIcebreak ...
04:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Cancer Cured By HIV
bluefoxlucid writes "Apparently cancer has been cured, by injecting people with HIV. From the article, "As the white cells killed the cancer cells, the patients experienced the fevers and aches and pa...
03:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Fake Names On Social Networks, a Fake Problem
disco_tracy writes "The leading social networks demand that members use their real names, and they're not afraid to evict violators. Many Facebook users have quietly complied, despite the problems tha...
02:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot UK To Shut Down Social Networks?
Stoobalou writes "In a move worthy of China's communist regime, UK PM David Cameron wants to shut down social networks whenever civil unrest rears its head in Britain's towns and cities. Speaking in t...
02:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Portable, Super-high-resolution 3-D Imaging
An anonymous reader writes "At SIGGRAPH 2011, a team of researchers from MIT presented a clever method for measuring microscopic surface structure using a rubber sensor, a camera, and a set of lights....
01:05 pm - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot PC Designer Says PC "Going the Way of the Vacuum Tube"
jbrodkin writes "One of the original engineers of IBM's first PC says PCs are 'going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs.' With the 30th anniversary...
11:05 am - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Reaction To Diablo 3's Always-Online Requirement
Last week we discussed news that Diablo 3 will include a real-money auction house for items and require a permanent connection to the internet even for single-player games. Fan reaction has been loud ...
10:05 am - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Apple Files Suit Against Motorola Xoom In EU
CWmike writes "Apple isn't just going after the Samsung Galaxy Tab in Europe, it's also attacking the Motorola Xoom. Apple's lawsuit, which was filed in Germany and led to Tuesday's injunction barring...
09:05 am - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot The Case For Surrealism In Games
An editorial at PikiGeek takes the position that gaming's trend toward realism can be detrimental in many situations, with the quest for graphical precision supplanting creativity and uniqueness. Quot...
07:05 am - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Australian Research Network Plans For 100Gbps
angry tapir writes "The Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet) has announced a wide range of initiatives around network upgrades, collaboration, and mobility as part of a new five-year plan...
06:05 am - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Right-Wing German Extremists Tricked By Trojan Shirts
gzipped_tar writes "Fans at a recent right-wing extremist rock festival in Germany thought they were getting free T-shirts that reflected their nationalistic worldview. But after the garment's first w...
05:05 am - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Researcher Predicts Your Next Facebook Friend
itwbennett writes "Stanford professor Jure Leskovec knows who your friends will be before you've even met them and has won a Microsoft fellowship for his analysis. 'Data shows that who will be our nex...
02:05 am - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Terrorist Target Mexican Nanotechnology Professors
An anonymous reader writes "A Mexican terrorist organization sent an explosive device to an ITESM professor due to his research in nanotechnology. ITS or Individuals with Wild Tendencies in english, i...
12:05 am - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot The Biggest Dangers to Your Fiber
ffejie writes "Fred Lawler, SVP of Global Field Services at Level 3 has an amusing look at some strange fiber cuts that he's seen in his days maintaining a large fiber network across the US. Whether i...
12:05 am - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Feds' Radios Have Significant Security Flaws
OverTheGeicoE writes "The Wall Street Journal has a story describing how the portable radios used by many federal law enforcement agents have major security flaws that allow for easy eavesdropping and...
12:05 am - Thu, August 11, 2011
Slashdot Copycat "hiPhone 5" Surfaces In China
hypnosec writes "A fake iPhone 5, inspired by the leaked images of the device, has been discovered to be on sale in China. The quality of the hiPhone 5 varies with the price, with the most premium ver...
11:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Six Python Web Frameworks Compared
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Rick Grehan provides an in-depth comparison of six Python Web frameworks, including CubicWeb, Django, Pyramid, Web.py, Web2py, and Zope 2. 'No matter what your needs or lean...
11:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Gizmodo Off the Hook In iPhone 4 Investigation
An anonymous reader writes "When Gizmodo ran photos of Apple's iPhone 4 months before Apple even officially acknowledged it existed, the blogosphere exploded with excitement. But when details leaked e...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Walmart To Close Online Music Store
UnknowingFool writes "Beginning August 28, 2011 Walmart will close its online downloadable music store. After eight years, Walmart will no longer offer music for download but will still sell physical ...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Military Working On Laser Powered Drones
disco_tracy writes "Modern militaries depend on fuel. Nearly 80 percent of the supplies delivered to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan consist of fuel, and it's no surprise that those military convoy...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Wall Street: Software More Valuable Than Oil
CWmike writes "The tech industry's answer to this week's stock market roller coaster was delivered on Tuesday by the mighty Apple Inc. Apple saw its stock price rise enough — gaining more than 5...
09:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot NASA Taps 7 Commercial Firms For Suborbital Flights
coondoggie writes "NASA this week picked seven commercial space companies to fly a manner of experiments on their suborbital aircraft. According to NASA the companies will split $10 million and get a ...
09:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot New Drug Could Cure Nearly Any Viral Infection
HardYakka writes "A team of researchers at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory have designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the in...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Apple Now Offering Free Recycling For PCs
MrSeb writes "Do you have a few old, dusty beige-box computers kicking around that you'd like to turn into money? Or perhaps you'd just like to get rid of them, but you lack the means to dispose o...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot New Type of e-Paper Can Be Used Up To 260 Times
joaommp writes "Taiwanese scientists developed a new type of film that can be printed on a thermal printer and erased up to 260 times. The boffins at the Industrial Technology Research Institute claim...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Court Rules Sending Too Many Emails Is "Hacking"
An anonymous reader writes "An appeals court has ruled that having people send a company a lot of emails (in this case, a union protesting a company's business practices) qualifies as hacking under th...
07:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Dashboard Avatar To Replace Car Owner's Manuals
cylonlover writes "At one time not all that long ago, cars had a warning light on the dashboard that simply said 'ENGINE.' That's pretty vague. Really, it might just as well have said 'CAR.' Some newe...
06:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot CERN To Tap Unused Desktop Power To Help Find Higgs Boson
hypnosec writes "Research institute CERN has launched a new project to tap into the extra computing power from the public for its Large Hadron Collider atom smashing project. According to the organiza...
05:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Google Pulls Plug On Programming For the Masses
theodp writes "Google has decided to pull the plug on Android App Inventor, which was once touted as a game-changer for introductory computer science. In an odd post, Google encourages folks to 'Get S...
05:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop
itwbennett writes "The old Linux arguments that pit one tool against another — Evolution vs. Thunderbird, LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice, and GNOME3 vs. Unity vs. KDE vs. everything else — may...
04:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Orange Goo Invades Alaskan Village
s31523 writes "When the residents of the Alaskan village of Kivalina woke up last week, the unexpected sight of an orange goo covering the surface of the water was quite alarming. Suspecting a oil spi...
04:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Wireless Charging On the Droid Bionic?
mahiskali writes "New documents pertaining to the ever-hyped and much-delayed Motorola Droid Bionic have surfaced on the FCC website. Perusing through the documents, I noticed a very interesting featu...
03:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot 4G and CDMA Reportedly Hacked At DEFCON
An anonymous reader writes "At the DEFCON 19 hacking conference it seems that a full man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack was successfully launched against all 4G and CDMA transmissions in and around the v...
02:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Why The US Will Lose a Cyber War
An anonymous reader writes "There's not another nation in the world that can wage kinetic warfare as effectively as the United States, and that's probably at the heart of the reason why the United Sta...
02:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot New USB Specification Promises 100W of Power
Blacklaw writes "The group behind the USB 3.0 specification has announced a tweak which could lead to impressive new devices, including large-format displays, printers, and even laptops that are power...
01:05 pm - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot IBM Plays SimCity With Portland, Oregon
Hugh Pickens writes "Portland, Oregon will be the first city to use IBM's new software called Systems Dynamics for Smarter Cities, containing 3,000 equations which collectively seek to model cities' e...
11:05 am - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot A Quest For the Perfect SNES Emulator
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from the Opposable Thumbs blog:"It doesn't take much raw power to play Nintendo or SNES games on a modern PC; emulators could do it in the 1990s with a mere 25MH...
10:05 am - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What OS For a Donated Computer?
chefwear writes "I am thinking of donating retired computers to a local charity for kids. What OS do you think would be best for this? From reading tips regarding the donation of computers, it's w...
08:05 am - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Perseid Meteor Shower To Be Hampered By Full Moon
An anonymous reader writes "The annual Perseid meteor shower, which is caused by debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle and has been observed for about 2000 years, will be hampered this year by the full moon....
07:05 am - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot The London Riots and Facial Recognition Technology
nonprofiteer writes "A bunch of vigilantes are organizing a Google Group dedicated to using recently revealed facial recognition tools to identify looters in the London riots. While Vancouver discusse...
06:05 am - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Smartphone-Style Touch Sensing On an 82-Inch Screen
An anonymous reader writes "Those giant touch screens used by CNN anchors look slick, but have to be several feet thick to make room for the cameras that track the touches. Perceptive Pixel, which mak...
05:05 am - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Patches 1990s-Era 'Ping of Death'
CWmike writes "Microsoft on Tuesday issued 13 security updates that patched 22 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Windows, Office and other software, including one that harked back two decades to s...
03:05 am - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Gamification — Valid Term or Marketing-Speak?
Trepidity writes "Controversy continues over the seemingly unstoppable trend of 'gamification' (something we've discussed previously). The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business held ...
02:05 am - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot GameFly To Jump Into Digital Game Rentals
An anonymous reader writes "GameFly apparently wants to follow in the footsteps of Netflix, announcing plans to launch a new online client that allows users to download and install their rentals over ...
01:05 am - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Vows To Destroy Facebook
DarkOx sends this snippet from BusinessInsider:"Anonymous has vowed to destroy Facebook on November 5th (which should ring a bell). Citing privacy concerns and the difficulty involved in deleting a Fa...
12:05 am - Wed, August 10, 2011
Slashdot DHS Creating Database of Secret Watchlists
schwit1 writes "Homeland Security plans to operate a massive new database of names, photos, birthdays and biometrics called Watchlist Service, duplicated from the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database, w...
11:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Compromised WordPress Blogs Poison Google Image Searches
Orome1 writes "Google Image Search has for some time been littered with images that lure users to compromised sites that serve as doorway pages to other malicious sites. Part of the problem is that th...
11:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Apple Sued Over OS X Quick Boot
An anonymous reader writes "With a patent originally owned by LG in tow, a Florida based company called Operating Systems Solutions LLC recently filed suit against Apple claiming that OS X's use of qu...
10:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot California DNA Collection Law Struck Down
wiedzmin writes with an article in Wired about DNA collection from criminals in California. From the article: "A California appeals court is striking down a voter-approved measure requiring every adul...
09:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Nokia Killing Symbian and S40 In North America
In an interview with AllthingsD, the head of Nokia's US operations declared that Nokia will be focusing exclusively on Windows Phone devices in North America. Reasons cited include the low profit marg...
09:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Samba 3.6 Released With SMB2 Support
Jeremy Allison - Sam wrote in to let us know the Samba project has made a major new release. The main highlight is support for SMB 2.0 which was released as part of Windows Vista. There are a number o...
08:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Breaking Motion Capture Out of the Studio
Fnord666 writes with a CMU press release. From the article: "Traditional motion capture techniques use cameras to meticulously record the movements of actors inside studios, enabling those movements t...
08:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Sun Unleashes Most Powerful Flare Since 2006
astroengine writes "Early Tuesday morning, the Sun unleashed a powerful X-class flare. The X7 flare is the most energetic explosion to come from the Sun since December 2006. Although the flare was dir...
08:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab Blocked in the EU
bizwriter writes with a news piece in bnet about the continuing battle between Samsung and Apple. From the article: "In a stunning and painful decision for Samsung, Apple got a German court to issue a...
07:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot ARM Sees Mobile As the Future Gaming Platform of Choice
Stoobalou writes with an interview in Thinq with a few folks from ARM on their plans for the future of embedded graphics. From the article:"'If you're looking at the visual experience that we can deli...
06:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla's Nightingale: Why Firefox Still Matters
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla could be heading into an open confrontation with its rivals Google, Apple and Microsoft as browsers evolve into platforms. Mozilla's director of Firefox engineering...
05:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot DARPA Set To Blast Falcon Mach 20 Test Flight
coondoggie writes "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is taking to the sky again, this time to run what it say will be the second and final test of its hypersonic Falcon aircraft which is c...
04:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Patent Troll Lawyer Sanctioned Over Extortion Tactics
An anonymous reader writes "For all the stories of patent trolls and copyright trolls, there haven't been too many stories of either being sanctioned for abusive or extortion-like practices... until n...
04:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Technology Blamed For Helping UK Rioters
Hugh Pickens writes "The WSJ reports that following three nights of rioting and looting in London, Blackberry's messaging network and social networking sites are being blamed by police, politicians an...
03:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot $1.5 Billion Star Trek Theme Park Coming To Jordan
MikeChino writes "King Abdullah of Jordan (who was once an extra in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager) has given the green light to a $1.5 billion Star Trek theme park that will boldly take Jordan wher...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Macs More Vulnerable Than Windows For Enterprise
sl4shd0rk writes "At a Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, researchers presented exploits on Apple's DHX authentication scheme which can compromise all connected Macs on the LAN within minutes...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Building Blocks of DNA Confirmed In Meteorites
MistrX writes "Researchers announced that the components of DNA have now been confirmed to exist in extraterrestrial meteorites. A different team of scientists also discovered a number of molecules li...
01:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Demonstrates Practical Homomorphic Computing
holy_calamity writes "Homomorphic computing makes it possible to compute with encrypted data and get an encrypted result, something that could make cloud services more secure. Such systems have so far...
12:05 pm - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot World's First Cybernetic Athlete To Compete
Tufriast writes "The world's first mechanically augmented athlete, Oscar Pistorius, will now compete against unaugmented peers on behalf of South Africa. He'll be running in the 400m and 4x400m relay ...
09:05 am - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot External Thunderbolt Graphics Card On Its Way
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, as the result of a straw poll on Facebook, Village Instruments agreed to begin development of an external Thunderbolt-connected graphics card enclosure. Village ...
06:05 am - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot India Wants To Monitor Twitter, Facebook
swandives writes "India's home ministry has asked its communications ministry to monitor social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook amid fears that the services are being used by terroris...
03:05 am - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Cracks Down On Jailbreak Tethering
tekgoblin writes "Verizon, like AT&T has now started blocking jailbroken phones from using un-sanctioned tethering apps. Verizon will now require users to be subscribed to a mobile tethering plan ...
02:05 am - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Law School Amplifies Critics Through SLAPP Suit
An anonymous reader writes "Michigan's Thomas M. Cooley Law School recently filed a lawsuit that appears to be boomeranging in the worst possible way. A little-noticed pseudonymous blogger respectfull...
01:05 am - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Now Using Natural Language Processing
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook has added a new type of story to its News Feed today: if more than one of your friends post about the same topic, and it has a Page on the social network, the post...
12:05 am - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot NCSA and IBM Part Ways Over Blue Waters
An anonymous reader writes "IBM has terminated its contract with NCSA for the petascale Blue Waters system that was expected to go online in the next year. The reason stated was that NCSA found IBM's ...
12:05 am - Tue, August 9, 2011
Slashdot Start-Up Claims Immortality For Data With 'Stone-Like' Disc
CWmike writes "Start-up Millenniata and LG plan to soon release a new optical disc and read/write player that will store movies, photos or any other data forever. The data can be accessed using any cu...
11:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot The Fate of the First Known Black Hole
sciencehabit writes "Cygnus X-1 bears its name because it was the first source of x-rays found in the constellation Cygnus. In 1971, astronomers discovered that the x-rays came from the direction of a...
11:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Syrian Hackers Deface Anonymous' Social Network
CWmike writes "After the hacking gang Anonymous took credit for defacing Syria's Ministry of Defense website, a Syrian group retaliated on Monday by posting gruesome photos on Anonymous' embryonic soc...
11:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot North Korea Accused of Hacking Online Games For Profit
According to South Korean authorities, North Korean computer experts were tasked with raising money by attacking the servers of popular online games and using automated software to accumulate in-game ...
10:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Science Fair Entry Shuts Down Airport Terminal
OverTheGeicoE writes "A graduate student was returning home from a science fair in Omaha with his handmade entry in his carry-on luggage. When the TSA discovered it, they shut down the airport termina...
10:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Khronos Releases OpenGL 4.2 Specification
jrepin tips news that the Khronos Group has announced the release of the OpenGL 4.2 specification. Some of the new functionality includes:"Enabling shaders with atomic counters and load/store/atomic r...
10:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Analyzing Culture With Google Books
Harperdog writes with this excerpt from Miller-McCune:"I would not call myself a Luddite — I use digital resources all the time, in my research and my teaching. I have hundreds of PDFs of books ...
08:46 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Combat IP-Based Censorship?
An anonymous reader writes "For a while now there has been a lot of buzz on a new proposed censorship scheme in Turkey. The government wants to crack down on freedom of speech and other rights by prev...
08:46 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Game Publisher Following Pirates To Find a Market
RossR writes "A Chinese multiplayer online game company is taking note of the success of 'private servers' running pirated and altered versions. In moves that show some common sense, when a pirate ser...
08:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot RIM Helping UK Police Track Down Rioters
jfruhlinger writes "Protests against a police shooting in the poor London neighborhood of Tottenham escalated into rioting and looting this past weekend. Initial reports have it that the activity was ...
08:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Mars Rover Opportunity Set To Roll Into Its Ultimate Crater
coondoggie writes "NASA's Mars rover Opportunity will likely peer over the rim of its ultimate destination this week, the huge Endeavour crater. According to a NASA post late last week, Opportunity wa...
07:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot AMD Enters Desktop Memory Market
siliconbits writes "AMD has quietly released a new range of memory products and recycled the Radeon brand, which moves from graphics processing units to memory modules. According to the product page, ...
07:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot What If Android Lost the Patent War?
adeelarshad82 writes "The patent system is certainly complex, especially when it comes to smartphones. The Financial Times estimates that as many as 250,000 patents are at stake in a smartphone. Indus...
06:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Cisco, US DOJ Fire Another Salvo At Peter Adekeye
theodp writes "Citing the widespread practice of sharing passwords for expediency's sake, Cisco's Chief Security Officer proclaimed in 2007 that people 'need to be held accountable for their risk-taki...
06:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The original Planet of the Apes had a lot going for it: a compelling lead, an interesting story,a convincing world, a couple of good quotable catch phrases, and of course the not-really-all-that-surpr...
05:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Bletchley Park Finds a Saviour In Google
hypnosec noted that Google has stepped up to try to help fundraising for Bletchley Park. From TFA ‘The point is that all of us have heroes. At Google our heroes are Alan Turing and the people wh...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Drought-Stricken Texas Town Taps Urine For Water
An anonymous reader writes "Texas is in the midst of a drought so severe that local water management teams have decided to distribute reclaimed wastewater (aka urine). The Colorado River Municipal Wat...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Building a Better 'Anonymous?'
An anonymous reader writes "A hacktivism panel at the DefCon hacker convention conspicuously missing its star member Aaron Barr, who dropped out under legal pressure from his former company HBGary Fed...
03:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Are Google's Best Days Behind It?
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Neil McAllister questions whether slowing product development, legal woes, and rising bureaucracy will signal trying times ahead for Google. 'With Google's rapid growth have...
02:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Intel Details New Ultrabook Reference Designs
MojoKid writes "Earlier this year, Intel unveiled its plan to redefine the concept of a PC around an ultra thin-and-light chassis reminiscent of the Macbook Air and with a standard CPU TDP of just 15W...
02:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot S&P's $2 Trillion Math Mistake
Last friday Moody's S&P announced that they had downgraded the US's credit rating (leading to a pretty huge discussion on Slashdot I might add). Since then more interesting news has come out, sura...
01:05 pm - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Power Companies Brace For Solar Storms
Hugh Pickens writes "Three large explosions from the sun over the past few days have prompted U.S. government scientists to caution users of satellite, telecommunications and electric equipment to pre...
10:05 am - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Guide To Building a Cable That Improves iOS Exploits
mask.of.sanity writes "An Aussie network engineer has published a guide to building a serial cable connector that allows access to a secret kernel debugger hidden within Apple iOS. The debugger was a ...
07:05 am - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Build Your Own Camera, Launch It Like a Grenade
angry tapir writes "Meet the Firefly. Israeli defense contractor Rafael Armament Development Authority calls it a 'revolutionary concept in tactical intelligence,' but really it's a wireless camera th...
04:05 am - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot Lightning Strike KOs Amazon, Microsoft EuroClouds
1sockchuck writes "A lightning strike has caused power outages at the major cloud computing data hubs for Amazon and Microsoft in Dublin, Ireland. The incident has caused downtime for many sites using...
01:05 am - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot PlayStation 3 Controller On Android Devices
An anonymous reader writes "You can now use the PS3 Sixaxis Controller on Android phones and devices. This requires your phone to be rooted, however it is incompatible with most HTC devices and some n...
12:05 am - Mon, August 8, 2011
Slashdot 8 Ways To Circumvent the PROTECT-IP Act
Dangerous_Minds writes "One of the things that the PROTECT-IP act is said to do is make DNS servers censor websites that have been accused of copyright infringement. Drew Wilson of ZeroPaid decided to...
10:05 pm - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot KDE Frameworks 5.0 In Development
An anonymous reader writes "In addition to bringing up the plans for KDE on Wayland, Aaron Siego just announced at the 2011 Desktop Summit that the KDE 5.0 Frameworks libraries are being planned for d...
09:05 pm - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot Facebook: We Have Proof Ceglia's Contract Is Fake
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook says it has found the proof that shows Paul Ceglia, a man that claims he owns half of the company over a 2003 contract, is a fraud. Facebook says it has found the ...
08:05 pm - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot Making Microelectronics Out of Nanodiamond
Science_afficionado writes "Electrical engineers at Vanderbilt have created the basic components for computer chips out of thin films of nanodiamond. These combine the properties of vacuum tubes and s...
07:05 pm - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot 45,000 Verizon Workers On Strike Over New Contract
Trouble with your landline? If you have Verizon, especially on the east coast, it might not be the best time to have it fixed; The Daily Mail reports that "Forty-five thousand Verizon workers from...
06:05 pm - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot Anti-Matter Belt Discovered Around Earth
hydrofix writes "A thin band of antiprotons enveloping the Earth has been spotted for the first time. The find, described in Astrophysical Journal Letters [arXiv] (Note: abstract free, full text paywa...
05:05 pm - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot Computers Could Grade Essay Tests Better Than Profs
An anonymous reader writes "Robot essay graders could be the answer to grade inflation. New software being tested turns over the task of grading to computers — this article has an interactive de...
04:05 pm - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?
linkedlinked writes "I'm tired of building my sandcastles on Google's beachfront. I've moved off Docs, Plus, and Analytics, so now it's time to host my own email servers. What are the best self-host o...
03:05 pm - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot HP Drops Price Again For Its WebOS-Based iPad Challenger
oxide7 writes with this selection from IBT: "Hewlett Packard reduced the price of its TouchPad tablet computer again, highlighting the uphill battle manufacturers will need to overcome as they go head...
02:05 pm - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot KDE Plans To Support Wayland In 2012
An anonymous reader writes "During the 2011 Desktop Summit plans were brought up by a KDE developer to support KDE on the Wayland Display Server, which is dubbed the successor to X11. The KDE Wayland ...
01:05 pm - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot DARPA Commits To Funding Useful Hacking Projects
Hugh Pickens writes "Fahmida Y. Rashid reports that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will fund new cyber-security proposals under the new Cyber-Fast Track project intended to cut red tape...
10:05 am - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot Comcast Launching $9.95 Low Income Broadband Plan
MojoKid writes "Comcast is launching 'Internet Essentials,' a new initiative offering discounted Internet access and home computers to families that meet low income requirements. The program was manda...
07:05 am - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot SETI Finds Funds For the Allen Telescope Array (For Now)
Ransak writes "It looks as if SETI has met its short term funding goal to restart the Allen Telescope Array. Is crowdsourcing the long term future of pure research projects?" Read more of ...
04:05 am - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot Breaking the Codes In Oslo Terrorist's Manifesto
repvik writes "The 1500 page manifest of terrorist that killed 77 people in Oslo and on Utøya two weeks ago, contains a series of seemingly encrypted URLs. There are 46 of them, and the initial p...
01:05 am - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot L.A. Artist Contemplates Future Traffic Flow, With Hot Wheels
John3 writes "American artist Chris Burden is finishing up his latest work titled Metropolis II for display this fall in Los Angeles. There's a fascinating five minute documentary on YouTube about his...
12:05 am - Sun, August 7, 2011
Slashdot ISPs Will Now Be Copyright Cops
An anonymous reader writes "Wendy Seltzer, Fellow at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy, talks about the new plan by ISPs and content providers to 'crack down on what user...
11:05 pm - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot Office 15 Development To Go JavaScript, HTML5 For Extensibility
mikejuk writes "Programmers have had to put up with Microsoft dithering over Office development for a long while. The macro language VBA has been on its way out ever since .NET was introduced and yet ...
09:05 pm - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot Army Gives Robo Jeeps a Go
jamesl writes with an excerpt from Defense Tech, which says the U.S. Army is sending "four [of] Lockheed's Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) robot jeeps to Afghanistan where they'll haul supplies fo...
08:05 pm - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot Black Hat Talk Demonstrates New Document Exploits
darthcamaro writes "Remember the days of the viruses embedded in email attachments? They're coming back, according to a pair of researcher talking at Black Hat this week: '"If you have installed a...
07:05 pm - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Does SSL Validation Matter?
An anonymous reader writes "Right now, in an email list excluded from the public eye, some bright people are discussing the future of SSL. Under debate is (a) do they allow DV (domain only validation)...
06:05 pm - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot World Wide Web Turns 20 Today
girlmad writes "On 6 August 1991, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, then a humble scientist at CERN, made the first page on the World Wide Web publicly available in a move that, unbeknown to him at the time, would...
05:05 pm - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot Philly Answers Youth Flash Mobs With Curfew Enforcement
Not that it's the first city to enforce a youth curfew, and not that kids on a crime-spree is the only variety of moral panic offered as a rationale, but Philadelphia is cracking down through increase...
04:05 pm - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot Boeing Employees To Man CST-100 Crew Capsule
The BBC reports that Boeing has a source of human passengers to populate its manned crew transport vehicle, the CST-100: Boeing employees. The CST-100 is Boeing's bid to replace more expensive options...
03:05 pm - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot Eben Upton Talks About the Raspberry Pi USB Computer
An anonymous reader writes "I contacted the Director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Eben Upton, and he graciously gave an interview pertaining to his foundation, the Raspberry Pi device, and how the ...
03:05 pm - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot After Complaints, VMware Revises VSphere 5 Licensing
msmoriarty writes "Three weeks after IT shops began complaining loudly that the licensing changes with vSphere 5 would cost them significantly more, VMware has revised the requirements (although not a...
02:05 pm - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot McAfee Disclaims Claims of Chinese Involvement in 'Shady RAT'
hackingbear writes "In an interview with Chinese official Xinhua news agency, McAfee said no direct evidence suggests a particular nation such as China is behind Operation Shady RAT, a five-year cyber...
01:05 pm - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot The Mathematics of Lawn Mowing
Hugh Pickens writes "I enjoy mowing my six-acre lawn with my John Deere 757 zero-turn every week, and over the course of the last five years of mowing I have come up with my own most efficient method ...
10:05 am - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot In German Trials, Airport Body Scanners Easily Confused
OverTheGeicoE writes "The German government just finished a 10-month test of millimeter-wave body scanners made by L3 Communications. It appears they are not happy with the results. The devices raise ...
07:05 am - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot United States Loses S&P AAA Credit Rating
oxide7 writes with this excerpt from the International Business Times: "The United States lost its top-notch AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's on Friday in an unprecedented reversal of fort...
04:05 am - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot Autodesk + Instructables: For Makers?
ptorrone writes "MAKE magazine has published an in-depth look at what the recent acquisition of Instructables by Autodesk means for makers and the DIY movement. MAKE suggests it wasn't about getting t...
02:05 am - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot Defcon Hacks Defeat Card-And-Code Locks In Seconds
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "At the Defcon security conference in Las Vegas, Marc Weber Tobias and Toby Bluzmanis plan to demonstrate simple hardware hacks that expose critical security problems in Swi...
01:05 am - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot FOX To Host New Cosmos
twocows writes "FOX is set to make a new season of Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,' hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson and written by none other than Ann Druyam (Carl Sagan's widow). Let's hope th...
12:05 am - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Overcoming Convention Hall Wi-Fi Interference?
bbowman writes "One of my job responsibilities is to set up the small network for our company's exhibit at the trade shows we attend. The mobile demo devices we use depend upon a reliable Wi-Fi connec...
12:05 am - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot Twitter To Open Source Streaming Data Analyzer
splitenz writes "Expanding the field of complex event process software with another offering, Twitter will release as open source its software for analysing live large-scale data streams, called Storm...
12:05 am - Sat, August 6, 2011
Slashdot Google's Self Driving Car Crashes
datapharmer writes "We've all read previous stories on slashdot about Google's driverless car, and some have even pondered if a crash would bring the end to robotic cars. For better or for worse, we w...
11:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot What Today's Coders Don't Know and Why It Matters
jfruhlinger writes "Today's programmers have much more advanced languages and more forgiving hardware to play with — but it seems many have forgotten some of the lessons their predecessors picke...
11:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Bethesda Tells Minecraft Creator: Cease and Desist
dotarray writes with news that Notch, creator of Minecraft, has received a letter from Zenimax, parent company of Bethesda, demanding that he rename his company's new game, which is called Scrolls. Th...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Saving Gas Via Underpowered Death Traps
Harperdog writes with this excerpt from a story at Miller-McCune:"Yes, it's true that the fuel-economy standards the U.S. has been using cost lives. Economist Mark Jacobson has estimated that for ever...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot DOE Announces Philips As L Prize Winner
JStyle writes "The DOE has officially announced a winner of the L Prize, giving the award to Philips in the 60 W Incandescent Bulb replacement category. The goal of the L Prize competition is to 'deve...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla's Vision of an 'Internet Life' Platform
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla chairperson Mitchell Baker has been saying the company may be changing and thinking beyond Firefox in the future. Her ideas have become clearer: she is formulating ...
09:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Video Game-Like Programs Could Treat Schizophrenia
derGoldstein writes "Discovery is pointing to an ongoing study by Sophia Vinogradov, professor of psychiatry at UC-San Francisco, who is 'trying to determine whether computer-based cognitive remediati...
09:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Court: Domain Seizures Don't Violate Free Speech
Since last year we've been following the story of how domains are being seized by the US government for allegedly facilitating online piracy. The seizures received a legal challenge back in June from ...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot The History of Invisible Ink
As a kid I had a minor obsession with invisible ink after learning about it in a science club. An impressive stack of vinegar and lemon scented papers filled my desk, but the history of invisible ink ...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Sony Wins 'Epic Fail' Honors At Pwnie Awards
hypnosec writes "Hackers' favorite recent target, Sony, has won an award at the Black Hat conference held in Las Vegas this week. However, much to the embarrassment of the company, the award it nailed...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Are 'Real Names' Policies an Abuse of Power?
telekon writes "Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd argues in this article that 'The people who most heavily rely on pseudonyms in online spaces are those who are most marginalized by systems of power.' T...
07:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Build Mobile Websites and Apps For Smart Devices
Michael J. Ross writes "With the proliferation of handheld devices that allow access to the Web, more business owners and other technology decision-makers are demanding that their organizations' websi...
07:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Why Some People Don't Have Fingerprints
sciencehabit writes "A small number of people in the world don't have fingerprints. The condition is known as adermatoglyphia, and one scientist has dubbed it the 'immigration delay disease' because s...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot NASA's Juno Blasts Off To Investigate Jupiter
coondoggie writes "NASA shot its 4-ton Juno spacecraft into the cosmos today with the ultimate goal of learning everything we can about the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. Juno, once desc...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Wikipedia Losing Contributors, Says Wales
derGoldstein writes"According to an AP report, 'Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said the nonprofit company that runs the site is scrambling to simplify editing procedures in an attempt to retain volunte...
05:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Measuring Openness In Open Source Projects
suy writes "Several open source projects exist under a variety of licenses, and we qualify them as free/open source depending on the license under which the final product is released. But there are ot...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Probing Insulin Pumps For Vulnerabilities
Several readers have sent in news of a presentation at the Black Hat security conference from a diabetic security researcher, Jerome Radcliffe, who is looking into the security of automated insulin pu...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot China's 5-Year Cyberwar Met With Western Silence
jfruhlinger writes "McAfee yesterday outlined what it calls Operation Shady RAT, a five-year campaign of cyberespionage launched by a national government against international organizations and privat...
03:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Google Developing Master API — Web Intents
GeneralSecretary writes "Google is developing an API to allow web apps to easily share information with various services. Quoting: 'Android OS addresses this problem with Intents, a facility for late ...
02:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Internet Eats Into Time-Warner Cable Porn Profits
Hugh Pickens writes "Big cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable keep saying they don't see Web video cutting into their business, but there's at least one big, dirty exception. Time Warner...
01:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Widespread Hijacking of Search Traffic In the US
Peter Eckersley writes "The Netalyzr research project from the ICSI networking group has discovered that on a number of US ISPs' networks, search traffic for Bing, Yahoo! and sometimes Google is being...
01:05 pm - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Spam King Wallace Indicted For Facebook Spam
itwbennett writes "Notorious spam king Sanford Wallace is facing federal fraud charges for allegedly breaking into the Facebook accounts of 500,000 victims in 2008 and 2009 and using the stolen creden...
11:05 am - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Early Look At The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Bethesda plans to launch their newest Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim, in November, and they've finally started to take the wraps off the game. A preview at Eurogamer provides some information about the ga...
10:05 am - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Hundreds of Bank Account Details Left In London Pub
twoheadedboy writes "Another day, yet another data security failure. Two companies have been found in breach of the Data Protection Act after tens of thousands of tenants' details were left at a Londo...
07:05 am - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Belarus Cracks Down On VKontakte
decora writes "On several recent Wednesdays, Russian language social networking site Vkontakte has been blocked by the government of Belarus. The blocks are partly to prevent the organization of 'Sile...
04:05 am - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot First PS3 Jailbreaker Arrested In South Africa
GusGous writes "South African newspaper Beeld reports that the first person known to be arrested for jailbreaking the Playstation 3 was arrested in Parktown, Johannesburg today. This raid was conducte...
03:05 am - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Update Brings Android USB Mounting To Chromebooks
sfcrazy writes "Google has updated its stable channel for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, and Cr-48). The latest version of Google chrome running on these devices is Chrome 13. The feature ...
02:05 am - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Do Macs Have an Edge Against APTs?
itwbennett writes "Macs aren't being hit with advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks, but that doesn't mean they're invulnerable, say researchers at iSec Partners. Speaking at the Black Hat conferen...
01:05 am - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Online Parody Cartoon Targeted For Prosecution
SeattleGameboy writes "It seems that the Renton (suburb of Seattle) police need a remedial course on the U.S. Constitution," linking to a story at Seattle TV station KIRO which says "The Renton City P...
12:05 am - Fri, August 5, 2011
Slashdot Villains & Vigilantes Creators Sue Publisher
rcade writes "Jeff Dee and Jack Herman, the creators of the super-hero roleplaying game Villains & Vigilantes, have filed a federal copyright lawsuit against the game's longtime publisher Scott Bi...
11:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Doom 3 Source Code To Be Released This Year
An anonymous reader writes "John Carmack just confirmed during his QuakeCon 2011 keynote that the source code to Doom 3 will be released this year. The source drop will follow the release of their Rag...
11:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Finding Fault With the Low, Low Price of Android
bonch writes "Google's accusation of patent abuse toward its competitors has generated many responses, some of which has asked whether Android's free price is anti-competitive. Drawing comparisons to ...
11:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot New Chip Can Identify Liquids, Encode Messages
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists have developed a porous chip that can identify liquids instantaneously. Each liquid's distinct surface tension determines how much it seeps into the pores of the...
10:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot OS X Lion Ships With Faulty NVidia Drivers
TeaCurran writes with this mildly ranty objection to the most recent Mac OS X update; several friends who have made the leap on their MacBook Pros have various other complaints, too, including system ...
10:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Harnessing Interference For Faster Wireless Data
holy_calamity writes "Inventor of the Quicktime codec Steve Perlman has unveiled a new wireless technology he claims can deliver thousands of times more bandwidth to mobile devices than existing techn...
10:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Open Source Gesture Recognition For Kinect SDK
Rymix writes "I have been working with a new internet-friend of mine to produce an open source gesture recording and recognition engine for Kinect SDK. It's based on the Dynamic Time Warping technique...
09:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot New Federal CIO Is Former Microsoft, FCC Exec
msmoriarty writes "The second-ever federal CIO (the first, Vivek Kundra, resigned in June) will be Steven VanRoekel, who worked with Microsoft for 15 years, running the company's Web Services and Plat...
09:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Xamarin's First Mono Release - Proof of Life!
mikejuk writes "After striking out on their own the former Mono team, now reconstituted as Xamarin, has just issued its first release of Mono. This is essentially a minor release with lots of bug fixe...
08:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot NASA Announces Discovery of Salty Water On Mars ... Maybe
Today's promised mystery announcement from NASA has finally been made: dotancohen writes "A NASA orbiter has found possible evidence for water on the surface of Mars that flows seasonally. The water l...
08:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Rare Earth Deposit Discovered In US
s31523 writes "With China having 97% of the market share of rare earth elements, many countries are nervous about being able to get supplies of key elements needed for high tech gear. Quantum Rare Ear...
07:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Saudi Arabia Constructing World's Tallest Building
kkleiner writes "1,000 meters, or 3,280 feet. That's two-thirds of a mile. When the Kingdom Tower is built on the outskirts of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia it will not only become the tallest building in the ...
07:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot The Story Behind Recent Patent Reform
rmstar writes "In an article titled 'The Spoilsmen: How Congress Corrupted Patent Reform,' Huffington Post reporter Zach Carter takes a look at the story behind the recent patent reform effort. It is ...
06:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot NASA Sends Lego Figures to Jupiter
bLanark writes "NASA have teamed up with Lego and will send three specially crafted, minifigures towards Jupiter in a probe to be launched on an Atlas V rocket on Friday. The figures, representing Rom...
06:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Stanford 'Intro To AI' Course Offered Free Online
An anonymous reader writes "IEEE Spectrum reports that Stanford's CS221 course 'Introduction to Artificial Intelligence' will be offered online for free. Anyone can sign up and take the course, along ...
05:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Smart Power Grid Could Wreak Havoc On Itself
MrSeb writes "Smart power grid monitoring that lets you pick the exact cheapest time to run the dishwasher or recharge your electric car may put too much power (so to speak) in the hands of the consum...
04:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot DOS, Backdoor, and Easter Egg Found In Siemens S7
chicksdaddy writes with a post in Threat Post. From the article: "Dillon Beresford used a presentation at the Black Hat Briefings on Wednesday to detail more software vulnerabilities affecting industr...
04:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Oracle's Java Policies Are Destroying the Community
snydeq writes "Neil McAllister sees Oracle's buggy Java SE 7 release as only the latest misstep in a mounting litany of bad behavior. 'Who was the first to alert the Java community? The Apache Fou...
03:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot NASA Briefing on New Mars Finding This Afternoon
ipsender writes with a NASA announcement:"NASA will host a news briefing on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) about a significant new Mars science finding. The briefing will be held at NAS...
03:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Former Nokia Engineers Fueling Finnish Startups
pbahra writes with an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. From the article: "A few weeks ago Microsoft's European chairman told TechEurope that the average amount of venture capital per head across ...
02:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Is Free Software Ready For E-publishing?
johanneswilm writes "Over more than 3 years I have been writing my PhD thesis on the politics of Nicaragua. Being the most professional system for PDF generation, I went with LaTeX, and, to make the t...
01:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Google Accuses Competitors of Abusing Patents Against Android
Hugh Pickens writes "Bloomberg reports that Google has accused Microsoft, Apple, and Oracle of waging a 'hostile, organized campaign' against Android by purchasing patents to keep them out of Google's...
01:05 pm - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Researcher's Tool Catches Net Neutrality Cheaters
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas Wednesday, researcher Dan Kaminsky announced he will release a free software tool for detecting when an Internet service p...
11:05 am - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Study Links Game Piracy To Critics' Review Scores
An anonymous reader writes "A new study (abstract) published at the annual ACM Foundations of Digital Games conference by researchers from Copenhagen Business School and the University of Waterloo exp...
09:05 am - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot UK Health Service Fears Huge Legal Fight Over Unwanted Contracts
DMandPenfold writes "The Department of Health is concerned that Fujitsu, CSC and BT would team up against it in a multibillion pound legal fight, should it decide to scrap the disastrous NHS National ...
07:05 am - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot London Could Soon Get Free Wi-Fi Everywhere
fangmcgee writes "London could soon be covered with a free public WiFi network as Virgin Media moves to challenge BT's Openzone network. Virgin Media's network would be freely available to anyone at 0...
05:05 am - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Low Violence Red Orchestra 2 For Australia
dotarray writes "Even though an adult rating for video games has been approved in theory for Australia, it's still a little ways off – and will not come soon enough for Red Orchestra 2: Heroes o...
04:05 am - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Germany Says Facebook's Facial Recognition Is Illegal
fysdt writes "Although we think it's generally a pretty nifty feature, valid concerns over the misuse of Facebook's auto-recognition tagging have lead Germany to ban it entirely. That's right—Fa...
03:05 am - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Ditches GNOME 3 For Xfce
kai_hiwatari writes "In Google+, Torvalds criticized the direction that GNOME has taken with GNOME 3. He called GNOME 3 an 'unholy mess' and said that the user experience is unacceptable. Adding ...
01:05 am - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot FAA Taking a Look At News Corp's Use of Drone
nonprofiteer writes "The News Corp iPad newspaper has a drone they've been using for news gathering — mainly flying it over disaster zones in N. Dakota and Alabama. However, FAA regulations on d...
01:05 am - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Building Material Absorbs and Releases Heat
Zothecula writes "Researchers at the Ningpo, China campus of the University of Nottingham (UNNC) have created a new heat-regulating material that could be used to cut the heating and cooling costs of ...
12:05 am - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Computer Scientist Calls For Web Search Shake-Up
alphadogg writes "Given the seemingly non-stop battle between Google, Microsoft and others in Web search, you might think this is a pretty fertile area for new ideas. But a University of Washington co...
12:05 am - Thu, August 4, 2011
Slashdot Giant African Rat Kills With Poisonous Mohawk
thebchuckster writes "The African crested rat has been known to kill local dogs, but researchers have just figured out how. After eating the 'poison-arrow plant,' the over-sized rodent stores its pois...
11:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Wall Street Predicts Merge of OS X and iOS
gumbi west writes "One Wall Street analyst predicts what slashdot commenters have predicted for years, that iOS and OS X will merge into a single OS. However the analyst sees this happening because th...
11:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot First Observational Test of the "Multiverse"
An anonymous reader writes "The theory that our universe is contained inside a bubble, and that multiple alternative universes exist inside their own bubbles – making up the 'multiverse' –...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Federal IT Will Survive the Budget Deal
jfruhlinger writes "Like most people in America — and like most government workers in particular — federal IT staffers are wondering how the recent budget deal will affect them. It seems t...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Monitor Household Energy From Your Smartphone
kkleiner writes "People Power 1.0 is an open and extensible cloud-based platform that allows you to monitor up-to-the-minute household energy usage from an iPhone or Android smartphone. Part of the gr...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Was .NET All a Mistake?
mikejuk writes "The recent unsettling behavior at Microsoft concerning .NET makes it a good time to re-evaluate what the technology is all about. It may have been good technology but with the systems ...
09:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Borderlands 2 Announced
Today, after Eurogamer spilled the beans earlier than Randy Pitchford would have liked, Gearbox and 2K Games officially announced Borderlands 2, the sequel to 2009's well-received shooter/RPG. It's pl...
09:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot US Wants Cybersecurity Protection Plan For Cars
coondoggie writes "As cars and other forms of transportation increasingly rely on online systems for everything from safety to onboard entertainment, the cybersecurity threat from those who would expl...
09:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Earth May Once Have Had Two Moons
AaronW writes "According to a story at space.com, Earth may once have had two moons. The smaller moon, estimated to be 750 miles (1200km) wide and only 4% of the mass of the larger moon, crashed into ...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Spiderman's Politically Correct Replacement
jbarr writes "In the latest Marvel Comic series 'Ultimate Fallout,' Miles Morales replaces Peter Parker who has been killed off by the Green Goblin. Morales is a half-black, half-Latino teen, and the ...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Earth May Once Had Two Moons
AaronW writes "According to a story at space.com, Earth may once have had two moons. The smaller moon, estimated to be 750 miles (1200km) wide and only 4% of the mass of the larger moon, crashed into ...
07:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft To Pay $200k Prize For New Security Tech
Trailrunner7 writes "In the face of mounting external pressure to begin paying bug bounties, Microsoft is instead launching a new program that will pay a $200,000 top prize to a security researcher wh...
07:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot The Epidemic of Digital Distraction
asto21 writes "Almost no one does just one thing anymore. The screens won't let us. And in an incredible burst of human evolution, our minds have grown accustomed to monitoring multiple inputs at once...
06:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Get Cyber-Mercenaries Suggests Ex NSA, CIA Director
siliconbits writes "One of the architects of US foreign policy under George W. Bush, General Michael Hayden, suggested that the US Government should consider creating a "Digital Blackwater" during a c...
05:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot IBM To Unveil Secure Open Wireless At Black Hat
Trailrunner7 writes "Researchers from IBM's ISS X-Force plan to unveil a new system for running an open wireless network in a secure mode at the Black Hat conference here this week. The system mimics ...
05:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Google Patches 30 Chrome Bugs, Adds Instant Pages
JohnBert writes "Google patched 30 vulnerabilities in Chrome, paying out the third-highest bounty total ever for the bugs that outsiders filed with its security team. The company packaged the patches ...
04:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Google+ Registers 25 Million Visitors
hypnosec writes "Google Inc.'s new social networking platform Google+ is one of the first to boast of more than 25 million users in less than one month of the launch. Market research firm comScor...
03:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot AptiQuant BrowserIQ Study Was Likely a Hoax
A steady stream of people have submitted notes this morning saying that the story that we (and the entire internet, and even NPRs Marketplace) mentioned recently talking about browser platform correla...
02:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Governments, IOC and UN Hit By Massive Cyber Attack
fysdt writes "IT security firm McAfee claims to have uncovered one of the largest ever series of cyber attacks. It lists 72 different organisations that were targeted over five years, including the In...
02:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Apple Removes MySQL From Lion Server
sfcrazy also noticed that Apple has officiallyremoved MySQL from Lion Server, opting instead to include PostgreSQL, albeit in command line only form. The article speculates that the change is because ...
01:05 pm - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Exec: Online Anonymity Must Go Away
Chaonici writes "The EFF has a blog post about what appears to be Facebook's stance on anonymity on the Internet. Speaking last week at a social media conference hosted by Marie Claire magazine, Faceb...
11:05 am - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Preview of id Software's Rage
id Software's upcoming shooter Rage is nearing its Oct. 4 release, and the company recently provided some hands-on time with the game in its current state. GiantBomb described it thus: "In those three...
10:05 am - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Ripping CDs Set To Be Legalized In UK
nk497 writes "The UK is finally set to legalize format shifting, making it legal for the first time to rip songs or films from CDs and DVDs. Ripping is technically illegal under copyright protection l...
08:05 am - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot eBay Deploys 100TB of SSDs, Cuts Rackspace By Half
Lucas123 writes "eBay's QA division was facing mounting performance issues related to its exponential growth of virtual servers, so instead of purchasing more 15k rpm Fibre Channel drives, the company...
07:05 am - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Mug-Shot Industry Digs Up Your Past, Charges You To Bury It
An anonymous reader writes "Exploiting Florida's liberal public-records laws and Google's search algorithms, a handful of entrepreneurs are making real money by publicly shaming people who've run afou...
05:05 am - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake
An anonymous reader writes "Poul-Henning Kamp looks back at some of the bad decisions made in language design, specifically the C/Unix/Posix use of NUL-terminated text strings. 'The choice was really ...
03:05 am - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Living In an Unsecured World
GhostX9 writes "Charlie Miller, Accuvant Principal Research Consultant and keynote speaker at NATO's recent International Conference on Cyber Conflict, speaks with Alan Dang of Tom's Hardware about li...
02:05 am - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot .NET Gadgeteer — Microsoft's Arduino Killer?
mikejuk writes ".NET Gadgeteer is a new open source platform, from Microsoft Research, based on the use of the .NET Micro Framework. It brings with it lots of hardware modules that are backed by objec...
01:05 am - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot Limits On Growth of Energy Use and Economies
snoop.daub writes "Dr. Tom Murphy, professor of astrophysics at UCSD, has a new blog called 'Do The Math,' and the first few posts are doozies. In the first, he shows the impossibility of continued ex...
12:05 am - Wed, August 3, 2011
Slashdot What 'Consumerization of IT' Really Means For IT
snydeq writes "Nathan Clevenger examines the impact that the 'consumerization' of information technology will have on IT organizations, a trend fueled in large part by employee interest in the latest ...
11:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Amazon App Store 'Rotten To the Core,' Says Dev
suraj.sun sends an excerpt from this post made by a developer who decided to try out Amazon's App Store, only to be disappointed with the experience:"Amazon's biggest feature by far, has been their Fr...
10:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot DARPA Developing Video Parser
coondoggie writes with an article in Networkworld about a disconcerting DARPA project. From the article: "If a picture is worth a thousand words, the scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projec...
10:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot NSA Hiring At Black Hat
jfruhlinger writes "It may seem strange that the US government would be recruiting tech talent at Black Hat, a security conference whose participants have a notorious ambivalence about keeping within ...
10:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Escaping Infinite Loops
twocentplain writes in with an MIT news release about Jolt, a research project designed to unfreeze software stuck in an infinite loop (for a subset of infinite loops). It uses a combination of static...
09:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot US Patent Regime Is Absurd
An anonymous reader writes in with an opinion piece in the Economistabout the the effectsof patent trolling on the US economy. The author argues that theUS patent regime is causing the US essentially ...
08:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Zediva Shut Down By Federal Judge, MPAA Parties!
AlienIntelligence writes "Looks like the loophole that Zediva founded their business model on evaporated. Zediva's biggest problem was getting over a 1991 ruling against a similar method of transmitti...
07:33 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Mysterious Object Found In Seabed
iONiUM writes "Scientists have found a strange object in the seabed between Sweden and Finland. While claims are flying around that its a UFO that strangely resembles the Millennium Falcon, it is prob...
07:33 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Measuring Broadband America Report Released
AzTechGuy writes "Early this year I received one of the 'Whitebox' routers to test the speed of my ISP and compare it to the advertised speed. Today I received an email that they have released the fir...
07:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Are Bad Economic Times Good for Free Software?
Dog's_Breakfast writes "In a declining economy, software licenses become a luxury. Linux and the BSDs offer free alternatives. As the USA toys with the possibility of defaulting on its national debt (...
06:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Is Google+ a Cathedral Or a Bazaar?
An anonymous reader writes "With its recent mass suspension of accounts, Google has highlighted its desire to create a social network that is very different to the way many (including those whose acco...
05:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Telex Would Work, But Is It Overkill?
Slashdot regular contributor Bennett Haselton wrote in this week to say that "The proposed "Telex" anti-censorship system could technically work, but unless I'm missing something, it would more cost-e...
05:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Missouri Law Says Students, Teachers Can't Be Facebook Friends
An anonymous reader writes "Teachers can be friendly with their students, but they can't be their friends, at least when it comes to social networks such as Facebook. State Governor Jay Nixon has sign...
04:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Curbs Wi-Fi Location Database
suraj.sun writes "Microsoft has ceased publishing the estimated locations of millions of laptops, cell phones, and other devices with Wi-Fi connections around the world after a CNET article on Friday ...
03:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Use Your Car To Power Your House
itwbennett writes "Nissan has developed a system that allows a vehicle to supply electricity to power a house during a power outage or shortage. A prototype of the charging system running on a Nissan ...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot 800Mbps Wireless Network Made With LED Light Bulbs
Mark.JUK writes "German scientists working at Berlin's Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications have set a new world record for Visible Light Communication (VLC) technology after they succeeded in ...
02:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Swede Arrested For Building Nuclear Reactor
An anonymous reader writes "A 31 year old Swedish male was arrested for trying to build a nuclear reactor in his apartment. He got hold of radioactive material thru mail-order purchases and from smoke...
01:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Are We Seeing the End of Big Oil?
Hugh Pickens writes "Cyrus Sanati writes in Fortune Magazine that up until now, it has been widely accepted that being bigger was better for oil companies, but the announcement that ConocoPhillips pla...
12:05 pm - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Email In Oracle-Google Case Will Remain Public
itwbennett writes "When last we left the Oracle/Google patent infringement saga, Oracle had been ordered by Judge William Alsup to lower its claim for damages to $100 million, give or take. Today Judg...
11:05 am - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot How To Ruin Your Game's PC Port
An anonymous reader writes "An article at Ars goes through some of the biggest sins game publishers commit when porting a console game to the PC. At the top of the list, predictably, are annoying DRM ...
09:05 am - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Middleboxes vs. the Internet's End-to-End Principle
arglebargle_xiv writes "The Internet was designed around the end-to-end principle, which says that functionality should be provided by end hosts rather than in the network itself. A new study of the e...
08:05 am - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Making Graphics In Games '100,000 Times' Better?
trawg writes "A small Australian software company — backed by almost AUD$2 million in government assistance — is claiming they've developed a new technology which is '100,000 times better'...
06:05 am - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Apple Blocks Sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 In Australia
lukehopewell1 writes "Apple has obtained an injunction from an Australian court effectively blocking the sale of the new Android Honeycomb-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v. Apple Australia claims that...
03:05 am - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Ground-Based GPS Mimic Is Inch Perfect
holy_calamity writes "For several years the U.S. Air Force has used WiFi-router-sized boxes on a New Mexico missile range to create a GPS-like service to track munitions to the nearest inch. Now the A...
01:05 am - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Windows XP Market Share Finally Falls Below 50%
An anonymous reader writes "At the end of July 2011, Microsoft can say that Windows XP finally fell below the 50 percent mark. In other words, Redmond's decade-old operating system is now used by less...
12:05 am - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Using Brain Waves Can Shorten Braking Distance
cheros writes "A BBC article reports on work at the Berlin Institute of technology where brainwaves are used to trigger brakes. Apparently this cuts braking distance by more than 3m (10ft), but I have...
12:05 am - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Using Code With an Expired Patent?
kruhft writes "I was recently doing some research into Genetic Programming and found a library through a blog post that looks to be useful. After looking over the code and license, I found that this w...
12:05 am - Tue, August 2, 2011
Slashdot Android Trojan Records Phone Calls
jbrodkin writes "A new Android Trojan is capable of recording phone conversations, according to a CA security researcher. While a previous Trojan found by CA logged the details of incoming and outgoin...
11:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Judge Blasts Prosecution of Alleged NSA Leaker
Hugh Pickens writes "The Washington Post reports that Judge Richard D. Bennett harshly criticized US prosecutor William M. Welch III for his treatment of a former spy agency official Thomas Drake, who...
11:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Adobe's New HTML5 Design Tool No Threat To Flash
pbahra writes "It is a reflection of the huge interest in HTML5 as a possible alternative to Flash that Adobe's launch of a very early preview of a toolkit for professional web developers immediately ...
10:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot NRC Study Lowers Hazard Estimate For Nuke Plants
JSBiff writes "With the incident at Fukushima causing much renewed concern about the risks of nuclear power this year, the NY Times brings news that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has released...
09:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot NASA's Plan To Clean Up Space Program Launch Site Contamination
Elliot Chang tips a story about plans from NASA and the US Air Force to clean up the areas around the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which have been contaminated with decad...
09:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot The Next Firefox UI
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla has been constructing a new user interface for Firefox, and the layout seems to be revealed in new mockups that show the integrated Home Tab app and the streamlinin...
08:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Massachusetts Lottery Broken
wiredog sends in a story about how knowledge of lottery rules and statistics has allowed opportunistic players in Massachusetts to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on tickets while being assured...
07:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Prosecuted For Critical Twittering
lee1 writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is trying to urge a federal court (PDF) to block what they claim is the unconstitutional use of the federal anti-stalking law to prosecute a man for pos...
06:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot 3D Printing and the Replicator Economy
An anonymous reader writes "'Tea. Earl Grey. Hot,' is a command familiar to every Trek fan as representing everyday use of replicator technology. While its use on the show is simply sci-fi wizardry, t...
06:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot WiFi 802.22 Can Cover 12,000 Square Miles
tekgoblin writes "IEEE has just announced a new Wireless standard, 802.22, that can cover up to 12,000 square miles. The standard is actually for Wireless Regional Area Networks (or WRAN) which uses t...
05:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Review: Cowboys & Aliens
The name pretty much sums it up: There are cowboys. There are aliens. And Iron ManDirector Jon Favreau has blown a pretty penny trying to make the whole thing work, gettingthe sexiest woman alive from...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Archaeologist May Have Found the First Protractor
If physicist Amelia Sparavigna is correct, in addition to frogs, lice, and locusts, Egyptian schoolchildren were also plagued with useless geometry instruments in their new notebooks at the beginning ...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot How Face Recognition Can Uncover SSNs
nonprofiteer writes "Building on previous work showing that social security numbers are not random, CMU researchers ran experiments in which they predicted students' social security numbers after taki...
04:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Google Running 900,000 Servers
1sockchuck writes "How many servers is Google using? The company won't say, but a new report places the number at about 900,000. The estimate is based on data Google shared with researcher Jonatha...
03:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House
trawg writes "At a special event at Blizzard HQ in California, gaming press were treated to the first look at the Diablo 3 auction house — featuring real-world money transactions across differen...
02:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Chrome Extension Helps Find Noisy Tabs
mutetab writes "I recently wrote a Chrome extension called MuteTab that helps you narrow down which tab is making a sound by detecting which tabs contain plugins, HTML5 audio/video, and Java applets. ...
02:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Detroit Maker Faire Was Kinda Awesome
I was excited to have a chance to go to the Detroit Maker Faire this year. I've always wanted toattend such a thing, but the stars never aligned. I saw an entire tent filled with DIY 3D Printersmaking...
01:05 pm - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Debt Deal Reached
Global markets are on the rise in response to a deal between President Obama and congressional Republicans on the debt. The deal would cut more than $2 trillion from federal spending over a decade. Ho...
10:05 am - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot What Do I Do About My Ex-Employer Stealing My Free Code?
An anonymous reader writes "I recently found out that the company I used to work for is removing all the open source licenses (GPL and MIT) from my work, distributing it as proprietary software and ta...
07:05 am - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Computer Marries Texas Couple
cultiv8 writes "When Miguel Hanson and his fiancee, Diana Wesley, got married on Saturday, a computer program Hanson wrote served as the minister. During the wedding, held in the Houston home of Hanso...
04:05 am - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot UK Police Charge Suspected Anonymous Spokesman
An anonymous reader writes "Scotland Yard has tonight charged 18-year-old Jake Davis, who was arrested in the Shetland Islands last week, with five offenses including unauthorized computer access and ...
01:05 am - Mon, August 1, 2011
Slashdot Radio Energy Harvested With Inkjet-Printed Antenna
judgecorp writes "Everlasting green energy for RF tags and other low-power devices could be possible as scientists have harvested energy from ambient radio waves using cheap antennas printed by an ord...
11:05 pm - Sun, July 31, 2011
Slashdot Volunteer Towns Sought For Nuclear Waste
Hugh Pickens writes "Brian Wingfield writes in Bloomberg that the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future has sent a draft report to Energy Secretary Steven Chu recommending that US communi...
09:05 pm - Sun, July 31, 2011
Slashdot Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs. iPad 2 Review
DeviceGuru writes "DeviceGuru's 10-inch tablet smackdown pits Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 against Apple's iPad 2. At price parity the iPad 2 is probably a better bet for the average user since it's a mo...
08:05 pm - Sun, July 31, 2011
Slashdot Ubuntu One Hits the Million Users Mark
dkd903 writes "Roberta Nilerud of Canonical has announced that their cloud storage service – Ubuntu One – has hit the one million users mark. Ubuntu One is a cloud storage service from Can...
06:05 pm - Sun, July 31, 2011
Slashdot Study Compares IQ With Browser Choice
rennerik writes "A recent study of 100,000 people taking IQ tests compared the scores with which browser the person uses on a regular basis. On average, Internet Explorer users fared the worst, with I...
04:05 pm - Sun, July 31, 2011
Slashdot Windows XP PCs Breed Rootkit Infections
CWmike writes "Machines running the decade-old Windows XP make up a huge reservoir of infected PCs that can spread malware to other systems, a Czech antivirus company said. Windows XP computers are in...
03:05 pm - Sun, July 31, 2011
Slashdot PayPal Hands Over 1,000 IP Addresses To the FBI
tekgoblin writes "PayPal was attacked by Anonymous last year when they had blocked the Wikileaks accounts transactions. Now PayPal has finally come up with enough evidence to strike back at Anonymous ...
01:05 pm - Sun, July 31, 2011
Slashdot Hackers Could Open Convicts' Cells In Prisons
Hugh Pickens writes "Some of the same vulnerabilities that the Stuxnet superworm used to sabotage centrifuges at a nuclear plant in Iran exist in the country's top high-security prisons where programm...
10:05 am - Sun, July 31, 2011
Slashdot SFPD Arrests Suspect In Airbnb Rental Trashing
theodp writes "Just days after it was reported that apartment sharing startup Airbnb had raised $112MM at a $1B+ valuation from investors that included Marc Andreessen and Jeff Bezos, Airbnb user...
07:05 am - Sun, July 31, 2011
Slashdot Foxconn To Employ 1 Million Robots
hackingbear writes "Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn will replace some of its workers with 1 million robots in three years to cut rising labor expenses and improve efficiency. Foxconn, the world's l...
04:05 am - Sun, July 31, 2011
Slashdot How and Why Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries
msmoriarty writes "Given the level of interest in the recent highest-paid programmers discussion, our reporter decided to do a follow-up looking into the languages and skills needed to work on high-fr...
01:05 am - Sun, July 31, 2011
Slashdot Nortel Patent Sale Gets DoJ Review
gavron writes "The US Department of Justice will review the Nortel patent sale to the entity formed by Apple, Microsoft, and others. This is the same sale that the Canadian authorities declined to rev...