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11:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Put On Your 3D Glasses — Class Is About To Start
First time accepted submitter sydneyhype writes "Seven schools across Europe have been testing the effectiveness of 3D learning tools — specifically 3D projections of body organs in biology clas...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Outlining a World Where Software Makers Are Liable For Flaws
CowboyRobot writes with this piece at the ACM Queue, in which "Poul-Henning Kamp makes the argument for software liability laws. 'We have to do something that actually works, as opposed to accepting a...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Mercury Turns Out To Be a Weird Little World
sighted writes "The robotic spacecraft MESSENGER, now orbiting the first planet, has found new findings odd features on its surface, including unexplained, blueish 'hollows' that may be actively formi...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox
CWmike writes "Google's Chrome is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser, says the Web statistics firm StatCounter, which shows that Chrome will pass Firefox to take the ...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Why Chilies Are Hot and Yogurt Puts Out the Fire
bazzalunatic writes "The hottest chili in the world was made by Australians earlier this year, but how did they get the chilies so hot? Seems that worm juice is the key to revving up the capsaicin. An...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Patent Trolls In Biotechnology
GNUman writes "A news story in this week's Nature Journal talks about patent trolls attacking biotech companies. They cite a case in which the U.S. federal court of appeals upheld 'a patent that cover...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Long-Term VideoPicture Storage?
First time accepted submitter (and first-time parent — congratulations!) SoylentRed writes "I recently have had my first kid, a wonderful healthy daughter who is now just over 6 months old. As o...
06:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot China Launches Space Station Laboratory Module
wisebabo writes with news from CNN that "China's first space laboratory module launched Thursday, according to state-run media, an important milestone in China's plan to build a space station." The mo...
06:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Panasonic To Unveil New Helper Robots
cylonlover writes "With the aging of populations in many countries around the world, particularly Japan, there are ever increasing numbers of elderly to care for, but relatively fewer younger people t...
06:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot A Third of Sun-Like Stars May Have Warm Earth Analogs
The Bad Astronomer writes "An astronomer studying data from the first 136 days of the Kepler observatory missions has calculated that as many as 34% of all Sun-like stars (abstract) may have Earth-siz...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Congress May Permit Robot Calls To Cell Phones
TCPALaw writes "While many hoaxes have circulated in the past about cell phone numbers being opened up to telemarketers, it now may actually happen. A bill, HR 3035 (PDF), has been introduced in Congr...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Righthaven Loses In Colorado; Abused the Copyright Act
First time accepted submitter djl4570 writes "Federal Judge John Kane ruled that Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas lacked standing to file copyright infringement lawsuits in Colorado under its lawsuit contr...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Rob Malda Casts a Jaded Eye at Amazon's Silk
m.ducharme writes "Slashdot's recently departed editor and Fearless Leader muses about the security implications of Amazon's Silk, which uses Amazon's massive cloud computing services to provide 'pre-...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Tevatron Has Come To the End of Its Run
Med-trump writes "The U.S. government's Chicago-area Fermilab has been at the forefront of high-energy physics. That's in large part thanks to the Tevatron, the machine that first reached the energies...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot NASA To Demonstrate Largest-Ever Solar Sail in Space
Zothecula writes "NASA's upcoming Technology Demonstration Missions are intended to 'transform its space communications, deep space navigation and in-space propulsion capabilities.' Three project prop...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Graphene and Quantum Hall Effect Could Help Redefine Metrics
eldavojohn writes "The National Physical Laboratory has published research in Nature that could lead to redefining two of our most commonly used metrics. There's been a lot of trouble stemming from de...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot To Stop BEAST, Mozilla Developer Proposes Blocking Java Framework
rastos1 writes with this news from The Register: "In a demonstration last Friday, it took less than two minutes for researchers Thai Duong and Juliano Rizzo to wield the exploit to recover an encrypte...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot HP Touch Pad Still Popular ... With HP Employees
Earl The Squirrel joins the army of Slashdot submitters, with a story that dampens my hopes to get one of the last (cheap) HP Touch Pads. He writes: "Today HP made available to their employees (via th...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Science Manual For US Judges
An anonymous reader writes "American court judges need to learn science. That's the message from the National Academies and the National Research Council, which today released the first new edition in...
08:05 am - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot London Needs 70,000 Cells For 4G
judgecorp writes "How many cells does it take to cover a city? In London's case, it will take 70,000 cells by 2015 for the next-generation LTE network needed for 4G mobile broadband, according to a ca...
05:05 am - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Science and Religion Can and Do Mix, Mostly
coondoggie writes "An interesting study by Rice University recently found that in one of the one of the more voracious social (and increasingly political) battlegrounds, science v. religion there is m...
05:05 am - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot 150th Anniversary of Greenhouse Climate Theory
An anonymous reader writes "It was 150 years ago that John Tyndall, one of history's truly great physicists, published a scientific paper with the far-from-snappy title On the Absorption and Radiation...
03:05 am - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Amazon's New Silk Redefines Browser Tech
angry tapir writes "While the Kindle Fire tablet consumed much of the focus at Amazon's launch event Wednesday in New York, the company also showed off a bit of potentially radical software technology...
01:05 am - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Man Charged in Model Airplane Plot To Bomb Pentagon
garymortimer writes "A 26-year-old Massachusetts man with a physics degree was arrested and charged Wednesday with plotting an attack on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with remote-controlled model ...
12:05 am - Thu, September 29, 2011
Slashdot Teach Your Router New Tricks With DD-WRT
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Serdar Yegulalp offers an in-depth look at DD-WRT, open source router firmware that can 'breath new life — and advanced features — into your old wired or wireles...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Scalability Rules
eldavojohn writes "As a web developer in the 'Agile' era, I find myself making (or recognizing) more and more important decisions being made in developing for the web. Scalability Rules cemented and c...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Open Product Review Website?
First time accepted submitter MastaBaba writes "I want to move my personal reviews (of books, games, music and films) from my website to an online product review website. However, I would like to be a...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Encoding Messages In Bacteria
sciencehabit writes "Researchers have invented a new form of secret messaging using bacteria that make glowing proteins only under certain conditions. In addition to being useful to spies, the new tec...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot GNOME 3.2 Released
supersloshy writes "Today marks the release of the latest edition of the GNOME Desktop for Linux-based operating systems. There are numerous fixes and improvements in this release such as smaller titl...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot IBM Launches Parking Meter Analytics System
itwbennett writes "It's not just a parking spot, think of it as a 'revenue-producing asset,' says Vinodh Swaminathan, IBM's director of intelligent transportation systems. Working with San Francisco-b...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot HIV Vaccine Trial Shows 90% Immune Response
fergus07 writes "Researchers at the Spanish Superior Scientific Research Council (CSIC) have successfully completed Phase I human clinical trials of a HIV vaccine in which 90% of volunteers developed ...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Zotac Releases GeForce GT 520 With Classic PCI Connector
jones_supa writes "It turns out that you can still get a legacy PCI graphics card with a modern GPU. In this case it's a Nvidia Geforce GT 520 card provided by Zotac. Both the PCI and PCIe x1 variants...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot FBI Leaves Cleared Names On Terrorist Watch List
x_IamSpartacus_x writes "According to a recent FOIA request the FBI doesn't always take names off of the Terrorist Watch List even when those people have been cleared of charges or had charges dropped...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Is the Sparc T4 Too Little Too Late?
packetrat writes "Ars Technica reports on Monday's launch of the Sparc T4, and how it finally (nearly 20 years after everyone else) brings out-of-order execution to Sun Sparc...er, Oracle Sparc. But t...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Begins Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) Rollout
MojoKid writes "While the news of late has focused on Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 launch, Microsoft has some news of their own on the mobile OS front. Windows Phone 7.5 is the first major overhaul of th...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Healthcare Law Appealed To Supreme Court
26 states and a small business group have filed separate appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court asking them to strike down Obama's 2010 healthcare law. In August an appeals court in Atlanta ruled that the ...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot US Military Seeks Non-Cooperative Biometric Tracking Technology
An anonymous reader writes "Interesting article on the upcoming efforts of the Department of Defense biometric capabilities and the ability to non-cooperatively tag, track, and locate individuals from...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot The Cable Industry's a La Carte Bait and Switch
jfruhlinger writes "For years, cable operators have insisted that a la carte pricing, in which users could chose the channels they want, would undermine the both their own business models and the exis...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Kindle Fire Surfaces
MrCrassic was the first of several submitters to write in about the Kindle Fire: "It looks like another competitor has joined the fight for tablet market share. Amazon released specs and pics of its n...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Joins Ranks of Android Vendors Licensing Microsoft Patents
theodp writes "GeekWire reports that Microsoft and Samsung just announced a patent licensing agreement that gives Samsung legal coverage for its use of Google's Android OS in its smartphones. Under th...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Tokyo Subway Gets Lightsaber Handrails
jafo writes "I can't imagine that even the most steadfast haters of Lucas' meddling in the series won't warm their cold, cold hearts a little when the new release brings the awesomeness of light saber...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot European Users Overwhelm Facebook With Data Requests
An anonymous reader writes "If you've ever wondered how much personal data Facebook holds about you then prepare to be surprised. Using European data privacy laws, it's possible to request the data Fa...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Australian Users Petitioning Against Windows 8 Secure Boot
In his first accepted submission, lukemartinez sends in an excerpt from a ZDNet article on continuing developments about Microsoft's UEFI secure boot requirements: "The Linux Australia community began...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Intel Drops MeeGo
PolygamousRanchKid writes with an article in CNet about yet more dismal news for MeeGo. Quoting the article: "Like the Moblin operating system before it, Linux-based MeeGo will will be merged out of e...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Google Drops Cloud Lawsuit Against US Government
jfruhlinger writes "A year ago, Google sued the U.S. government because the government's request for proposals for a cloud project mandated Microsoft Office; Google felt, for obvious reasons, that thi...
11:05 am - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot SlideShare Ditches Flash, Rebuilds Site In HTML5
Frankie70 writes "SlideShare has ditched Adobe Flash technology entirely, and rebuilt its website using the HTML5 markup language. This means that SlideShare is now viewable on every kind of mobile de...
10:05 am - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Man-In-the-Middle Remote Attack On Diebold Voting Machines
An anonymous reader tips news of a vulnerability discovered in the Diebold Accuvote voting system, which could be used to alter voting results without leaving evidence of tampering. Quoting Salon:"[T]...
08:05 am - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot New Supercomputer Boosts Aussie SKA Telescope Bid
angry tapir writes "Australian academic supercomputing consortium iVEC has acquired another major supercomputer, Fornax, to be based at the University of Western Australia, to further the country's ab...
07:05 am - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Libraries Release Most-Censored Books List
destinyland writes "The American Library Association released this year's list of the most-frequently censored books. (Included in the top 10 are two best-selling novels — Twilight and The Hunge...
05:05 am - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot ACTA To Be Signed This Weekend
We've been following the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement for over three years, from its secretive beginnings, to the controversy and debate that followed, and to the document it eventually evolved...
04:05 am - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Bethesda's 'Scrolls' Lawsuit Going Ahead
New submitter person46 writes "Bethesda's lawsuit against Mojang, developers of Minecraft, is going to court. As you may recall, Bethesda is claiming copyright infringement over the title of Mojang's ...
03:05 am - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Global Internet Governance Fight Looms
QuietLagoon writes "The global fight among governments over control of the Internet is heating up amid a flurry of documents, the opening of the United Nations' General Assembly (GA) and next week's I...
02:05 am - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Square Enix Admits Final Fantasy XIV Damaged Brand
_xeno_ writes "It's taken a year since Final Fantasy XIV launched to what can at best be called unfavorable reviews, but Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada is finally willing to admit that the (still subscri...
01:05 am - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Cold-War Missile Launches Military Satellite
Velcroman1 writes "At 11:49 a.m. EDT, a Minotaur IV+ rocket — essentially a decommissioned Peacekeeper missile built decades ago during the Cold War — launched the TacSat-4 satellite ...
12:05 am - Wed, September 28, 2011
Slashdot Sesame Street Begins Teaching Math and Science
An anonymous reader sends in this excerpt from ABC News:"This season of 'Sesame Street,' which premiered today, has added a few new things to its usual mix of song, dance and educational lessons. In i...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Restore Lost Brain Function In Rat With Synthetic Device
V!NCENT writes with news that researchers at Tel Aviv University have replaced a synaptic microcircuit inside a rat's cerebellum with a fully synthetic version, while maintaining proper functioning. T...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Canadian Government Says DRM Circumvention Not Related To Copyright
An anonymous reader writes "Michael Geist has followed up a recentrelease of internal government talking points on copyright with the full, internal clause-by-clause analysis of Bill C-32. A new copyr...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Foundation Releases Firefox 7
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla has released Firefox 7.0. It hasn't actually reduced my memory footprint at first glance, but let's hope that the memory usage doesn't keep growing like it used to....
10:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Social Media Bubble Pops Before It Fully Inflates
bdking writes "Groupon's IPO plans are melting down. Facebook has pushed back its IPO to next September. And now Zynga reports a 95% reduction in sequential quarterly profits. So much for the social m...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot MRI Magnets Cause Nystagmus
Hitting the main page for the first time, tibit writes "In an interesting twist on 'it's so old it's new again', Johns Hopkins researchers led by Dale Roberts found what must have been causing much co...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot OnStar Reverses ToS Changes
First time accepted submitter BlackWind writes "It seems that even Government Motors is smart enough to figure out when they've gone too far. GM announced that the OnStar service will revert to their ...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Disables Kelihos Botnet
Trailrunner7 writes with an excerpt from an article in Threatpost: "Continuing its legal assault on botnet operators and the hosting companies that the criminals use for their activities, Microsoft ha...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating
phx_zs writes "Today marks the tenth consecutive day that thousands of protesters have flooded the streets of Manhattan, specifically the financial district. ... Sunday marked a change of events as hi...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Drunken Parrot Season Starts in Australia
bazzalunatic writes "Each wet season in northern Australia dozens of colorful lorikeets have to be rescued because they appear drunk, fall out of trees and even get a hangover-like sickness. No one kn...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Apple Says Samsung 3G Patents Violate RAND Requirements
judgecorp writes "The patent dispute between Samsung and Apple has finally boiled down to clear understandable terms. Samsung says Apple has not been paying it royalties for use of patented 3G technol...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Fixes Post Log-Out Cookie Behavior
An anonymous reader writes "Over the weekend, self-proclaimed hacker Nik Cubrilovic accused Facebook of tracking its users even if they log out of the social network. The company responded by denying ...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Can Newegg Survive the Post-PC Future?
jfruhlinger writes "Upgrading your desktop PC's video card was once a rite of passage for many Slashdot readers — and could also be a gateway to building your own computer from the motherboard u...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Spotify Defends Facebook Sign-Up Requirement
An anonymous reader writes "Music service Spotify has got music lovers' tutus in a twist by insisting that new users have a Facebook account in order to sign up. The company has now defended the polic...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Successful Software From Academia?
An anonymous reader writes "A lot of masters and PhD theses are about development of software targeting the solution or the automation of a specific problem. Bioinformatics, for example, has a lot of ...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Purdue Researchers Demonstrate Low-Power, Fast FeTRAM Memory
eldavojohn writes "Researchers at Purdue University's Birck Nanotechnology Center have released news of a proof of concept new ferroelectric transistor random access memory or 'FeTRAM.' This new techn...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot NASA Warns of Magnetic Storm After Huge Solar Flare
coondoggie writes "NASA today said a strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm is in progress following a massive solar flare and coronal mass ejection (CME). CMEs are a solar phenomenon that can send solar ...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Returning Power From Electric Cars To the Grid
First time accepted submitter icensnow writes "NRG is patenting a means of returning electric power from charged but inactive electric cars to the grid, essentially turning parked electric cars into a...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot The NSA Wants Its Own Smartphone
Art Vanderlay writes "Troy Lange might work for one of the more secretive spy agencies in the United States, but he is happy to talk about his work. He is the NSA's mobility mission manager and he has...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Will Google TV Owe Royalties For Universal Search?
An anonymous reader writes "Google TV, TiVo, iTunes and virtually every big consumer electronics maker have promised 'universal search' engines that enable users to quickly find and play movies, music...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Oracle Demos New SPARC T4 Processor
MojoKid writes "Oracle is publicly demonstrating its new T4 processor today and is shipping beta test systems to selected partners. The new T4 chip is a major departure from previous designs. The T4 o...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Oracle May 'Fork Itself' With MySQL Moves
New submitter packetrat writes "Ars Technica analyzes the recent commercial additions by Oracle to MySQL Enterprise and the additional unrest it's added to the community. Oracle may be throwing itself...
11:05 am - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Developer Seeks FDA Approval For Therapeutic Game
dotarray writes "In what's believed to be an industry first, a developer has begun talks with the American Food and Drug Administration to get its game recognized as a therapeutic drug. 'Brain Plastic...
10:05 am - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Behind the Parting of IBM and Blue Waters
An anonymous reader writes "The News-Gazette has an article about the troubled Blue Waters supercomputer project, providing some new information about why IBM and the University of Illinois parted way...
09:05 am - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Detailed Analysis of the SK Communications Hack
An anonymous reader writes "An Australian IT security company, Command Five Pty Ltd, has just released a detailed analysis (PDF) of the recent SK Communications hack in which the personal details of u...
07:05 am - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Rite Aid Drug Stores Offer Virtual Doc Visits
Lucas123 writes "Rite Aid today announced it is offering virtual face-to-face physician consultations through an in-store kiosk. The virtual consultation services are currently being tested in the Det...
06:05 am - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Learn About Game Theory and AI?
xmojox writes "I would like to learn more about Artificial Intelligence and Game Theory. I know these are both large areas of study; however, my main interest is in how these affect decisions in the w...
05:05 am - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Apple Denied Trademark For 'Multi-Touch'
suraj.sun sends this excerpt from MacRumors:"In a decision handed down by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple has been denied an applic...
03:05 am - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Should College Go Online?
An anonymous reader writes "The Atlantic has a story about the slow pace of technological innovation in higher education, highlighting the reluctance of many universities to take parts of their curric...
01:05 am - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot The Dead Sea Scrolls and Information Paranoia
jfruhlinger writes "Today Google and the Israel Museum have made the famed Dead Sea Scrolls available for online viewing. This is a great step forward for scholars and those curious about the oldest k...
12:05 am - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Senator Goes After 'Brazen' OnStar Privacy Shift
coondoggie writes "U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission to get the agency to investigate recent changes navigation and emergency services company OnStar ma...
12:05 am - Tue, September 27, 2011
Slashdot Mysql.com Hacked, Made To Serve Malware
Orome1 writes "Mysql.com was compromised today, redirecting visitors to a page serving malware. Security firm Armorize detected the compromise through its website malware monitoring platform HackAlert...
11:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Robot Workforce Threatens Education-Intensive Jobs
An anonymous reader writes "For years, robots have been replacing workers in factories as technology has come to grips with high-volume, unskilled labor. An article in Slate makes the case that the ro...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Does Famous Exoplanet 'Fomalhaut b' Really Exist?
astroengine writes "The first exoplanet ever to be directly imaged by the Hubble space telescope may not exist. In 2008, the world was in awe of the famous 'Eye of Sauron' image of the star Fomalhaut'...
09:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot SCADA Problems Too Big To Call 'Bugs,' Says DHS
chicksdaddy writes "With the one year anniversary of Stuxnet upon us, a senior cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security says the agency is reevaluating whether it makes sense to w...
09:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Doritos Creator Art West Dead at 97
The creator of Doritos has died in Dallas at age 97. Despite being the bane of keyboards and mouse wheels, Art West's famous snacks have become a staple in the geek diet. Doritos officially arrived in...
09:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot VLC Player For Android Is Almost a Reality
An anonymous reader writes "Android, as a platform, has always fallen a little short when it comes to media playback. The native apps that come with every Android device don't make it easy to watch mo...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Linus' Lessons On Software Dev Management
Esther Schindler writes "In this interview with Steven Vaughan-Nichols, Linus Torvalds shares hard-won wisdom about managing software development projects, including encouraging community involvement,...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Will Quantum Computing Make It Out of the Lab?
alphadogg writes "Researchers have been working on quantum systems for more than a decade, in the hopes of developing super-tiny, super-powerful computers. And while there is still plenty of excitemen...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Coffee-Powered Car Breaks World Record
MrSeb writes "A bunch of tea-drinking northern Brits have set a new land speed record for a gasification-powered vehicle, fueled only by coffee beans. The car is called The Coffee Car, and it was crea...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Groupon Loses COO, Drastically Cuts Reported Revenue
itwbennett writes "Groupon COO Margo Georgiadis has quit after just 5 months on the job and is returning to Google to be the company's president for the Americas. Groupon's founder, Andrew Mason, wrot...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Is Apple Moving iPad Production to Brazil?
zacharye writes "According to JP Morgan analysts Mark Moskowitz and Gokul Hariharan, Apple lowered fourth-quarter iPad orders 25%, the first time there has been a production decrease. This decrease ha...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot HP Spent Over $80M To Get Rid of Its CEOs
hapworth writes "Analysis published today shows that Hewlett-Packard has shelled out over $80 million to get rid of three CEOs since 2005. The first CEO to take her expensive exit, Carly Fiorina, rece...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Boeing To Deliver First 787 Today
mosb1000 writes "The era of the plastic jumbo jet has finally arrived. Boeing is delivering their first Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways today. From the article: '"Comfort and cost are concerns of the...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Ask Jonathan Koomey About 'Koomey's Law'
A few weeks back, we posted a story here that described Koomey's Law, which (in the spirit of Moore's Law) identifies a long-standing trend in computer technology. While Moore's prediction centers on ...
03:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Faster-Than-Light Particle Results To Be Re-Tested
surewouldoutlaw writes "After the astonishing news from CERN that the OPERA experiment had detected neutrinos traveling faster than light speed, challenging Einstein's theory of special relativity, th...
02:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Netflix Signs Exclusive Deal With Dreamworks
tekgoblin writes "Netflix has signed an exclusive deal with Dreamworks Animation which will allow them to stream content from the studio to Netflix. The deal will allow Netflix to stream content from ...
01:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Aussie Researcher Cracks OS X Lion Passwords
daria42 writes "Thought your Mac was secure running Apple's latest operating system? Think again. Turns out that in some respects Lion is actually less secure than previous version of Mac OS X, due to...
01:05 pm - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot SpaceX's Grasshopper to Fly in the Skies of Texas
MarkWhittington writes "SpaceX, the commercial space company that is a participant in President Barack Obama's commercial crew program, has acquired an experimental permit to test fly a vertical take ...
09:05 am - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: CS Grads Taking IT Jobs?
An anonymous reader writes "I'm a soon-to-be Master's graduate from a public university majoring in computer science — with all that CS entails. Of course, it's come time to start job hunting, a...
07:05 am - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Irish Man's Death Ruled Spontaneous Combustion
chrb writes "BBC News is reporting that an Irish coroner has ruled that a dead man was killed by spontaneous human combustion The controversial finding is a first in Irish history. From the article: '...
06:05 am - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Patents Module-Based Smartphone
edumacator writes "It seems Microsoft is working on an interesting concept for smartphones, or maybe they are just adding to their patent war chest. From the article: 'A recent Microsoft patent descri...
04:05 am - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot A Few Million Virtual Monkeys Randomly Recreate Shakespeare
First time accepted submitter allege6a writes "On September 23 at 2:30 PST the A Million Amazonian Monkeys project successfully recreated A Lover's Complaint. This is the first time a work of Shakespe...
03:05 am - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot The Mythical Tunnel Between CERN and Central Italy
fph il quozientatore writes "Mariastella Gelmini the Italian minister of Public Education and Scientific Research complimented the researchers for the recent (supposed) discovery of faster-than-light ...
01:05 am - Mon, September 26, 2011
Slashdot Accent Monitoring: Innovation Or Rights Violation?
theodp writes "After almost a decade of sending monitors to classrooms across the state to check on teachers' articulation, the NY Times' Marc Lacey reports that a federal investigation of possible ci...
11:05 pm - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Cookies Track Users Even After Logging Out
First time accepted submitter Core Condor writes "According to Australian technologist Nik Cubrilovic: 'Logging out of Facebook is not enough.' He added, Even after you are logged out, Facebook is abl...
10:05 pm - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot Using a Supercomputer To Predict Revolutions
bLanark writes "A fascinating article from Singularity Hub describes software which, when fed news, makes predictions about forthcoming events. When given information on recent events, it spiked befor...
09:05 pm - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot Amazon To Launch Kindle Tablet?
Rumors abound that Amazon wants a taste of the tablet market and will unveil a Kindle Tablet later this week. The prevailing thought is Amazon will offer a device that will cost under $300 and will te...
07:05 pm - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Create Renewable Carbon Dioxide Sponge
First time accepted submitter Babu V Bassa writes "Concerned about adding too much carbon dioxide to the atmosphere? Consider a roof top coating on your car with this new material. A multinational tea...
06:05 pm - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Launches SSD 830 Drive
MojoKid writes "Although they haven't been big hits with enthusiasts, Samsung's solid state drives have been successful due to strong relationships with a number of OEMs, including Apple. With the rel...
04:05 pm - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot Superior Anode For Lithium-Ion Batteries Developed
RogerRoast writes "The anode is a critical component for storing energy in lithium-ion batteries. The Berkeley Lab (D.O.E) has designed a new kind of anode that can absorb eight times the lithium of c...
03:05 pm - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot Newb-Friendly Linux Flavor For LAMP Server?
First time accepted submitter bhcompy writes "I need to setup a system to serve 2500 users and I've been looking at a LAMP setup. This is not commercial, more of a personal side project for some frien...
02:05 pm - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot AIDS Vaccine Breakthrough
Doc Ruby writes "Scientists at Johns Hopkins University in MD, USA announced they've disrupted the means by which HIV stops the immune system from attacking it. From the article: 'Scientists say they ...
01:05 pm - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot Why the BEAST Doesn't Threaten Tor Users
Earlier in the week, we posted news of a vulnerability discovered in virtually all websites secured with theoretically outdated (but widespread) versions of SSL and TLS encryption. Luckily for all non...
11:05 am - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot HideMyAss.com Doesn't Hide Logs From the FBI
An anonymous reader writes "People use VPN services to hide their identities online, right? And a UK-based service called HideMyAss would seem to fit that bill perfectly. Not so, unfortunately: they h...
08:05 am - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot NASA: Satellite Debris Probably Hit Pacific, But Room For Doubt
An earlier report that debris from the recently deorbited UARS satellite had landed in Canada may have been premature. Apparently, the picture of when (and therefore where) the satellite deorbited is ...
05:05 am - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot Are Folding Containers the Future of Shipping?
swellconvivialguy writes "Earlier this year Maersk ordered 20 super-size container ships—each to have '16 percent larger capacity than today's largest container vessel, Emma Maersk.' But instead...
02:05 am - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot Low-Latency Network Shaves Milliseconds from UK-Asia Traffic
New York's had its turn; now, an anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from eWeek Europe: "Financial traders and law firms are set to benefit from a new low-latency network between London and Hong...
12:05 am - Sun, September 25, 2011
Slashdot IBM Seeks Patent On Retailer-Rigged Driving Routes
theodp writes "On IBM's Smarter Planet, you may drive further than need be to get to your destination. Big Blue's pending patent for Determining Travel Routes by Using Fee-Based Location Preferences c...
11:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Wi-Fi Cards Can Now Detect Microwave Ovens
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at UW Madison have used regular WiFi cards to detect non-WiFi interference sources like microwave ovens, Bluetooth devices, cordless phones, Xbox controllers an...
10:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Steam Translation Community Slaving Away
An anonymous reader writes "Steam has decided to build a community effort to get its Steam platform and game files translated by the community, but here is the catch: Translators do not get paid. Mill...
09:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Timeline Shows Who Has Unfriended You
An anonymous reader writes "Currently, Facebook does not notify you when someone unfriends you on the social network. That may soon change with the upcoming Facebook Timeline feature, which will soon ...
08:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot New Mac OS X Trojan Hides Inside PDFs
Trailrunner7 contributes this snippet from ThreatPost: "Malware that targets Mac OS X isn't anywhere near catching up to Windows-based malware in terms of volume and variety, but it seems that OS X ma...
07:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Amendment: Violation of ToS Should Not Be a Crime
Khyber writes "Three data and security breach notification bills have been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, one of which includes an amendment that adds clarity with regards to the Computer...
06:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Calculators With 1-2-3 Number Pads?
dotancohen writes "Although the telephone has the 1-2-3 key on the top row, most calculators and keyboards have 7-8-9 on the top row. Switching between the two destroys muscle- and spatial- memory. Do...
06:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Star Wars: The Old Republic Launch Date Announced
BioWare announced today that their upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic, will launch on December 20 in North America, and December 22 in Europe. They've released a new trailer for the game, and r...
05:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot High School Student Launches a Trash Bag Aircraft
An anonymous reader writes with a great write-up of a project completed last month by Manuja Gunaratne: "A high school student at Advanced Technologies Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada managed to launch a...
04:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot TOSAmend Automates Counteroffer Terms For Service Agreements
First time accepted submitter BigSlowTarget writes "Are we simply subject to whatever a software provider demands of us in their clickthrough TOS agreement or are they real contracts where we can coun...
04:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Swedish Daycare Tracks Kids With GPS Devices
An anonymous reader writes "A daycare center in Sweden is testing a new system for that will prevent missing children by placing GPS tracking devices on kids while they are outside of the confines of ...
03:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Work Underway To Finally Build Babbage's Analytical Engine
mikejuk writes "Last year John Graham-Cumming launched a project to create a fully-functional implementation of Babbage's original design for a computer — the Analytical Engine. Now it looks as ...
03:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Is ARM Ever Coming To the Desktop?
First time accepted submitter bingbangboom writes "Where are the ARM powered desktops? I finally see some desktop models however they are relegated to "developer" models with USD200+ price tags (...
02:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot NASA Satellite Falls Back To Earth; Landfall in Canada
CNET, among many other sources, reports that the declining orbit of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite has declined all the way; the satellite reentered and broke up in Earth's atmosphere last ni...
01:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot EA's New User Agreement Bans Lawsuits
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet: "Electronic Arts has updated its Terms of Service Agreement for the Origin platform. Following Sony's steps, and taking it even further, EA has added a ne...
12:05 pm - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Crowdsourcing Speeds Evolution of 3D Printable Objects
First time accepted submitter JimmyQS writes "The Cornell Creative Machines Lab, which brought us chatbots debating God and unicorns, has developed Endlessforms.com, a site using evolutionary algorith...
09:05 am - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot PLAYterm: a New Way To Improve Command Line Skills
chrb writes "Linux Journal points out PLAYterm, an interesting project that offers up recordings of Linux command line sessions, with the aim of helping viewers to improve their skills by watching gur...
06:05 am - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Australian Aboriginal DNA Suggests 70,000-Year History
brindafella writes with a link to an abstract at the journal Science that says "Scientists have obtained a DNA genomic sequence from a 100-year-old, voluntarily donated hair sample from a full-blood A...
03:05 am - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 Introduces a New Cross-App Data-Sharing System
There's been a lot of attention to the way Windows 8 looks; reader aabelro writes with an interesting look at one way it behaves. The article begins thus: "Microsoft has created a new mechanism for sh...
01:05 am - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Copyright Terms For a Thesis?
plopez gets in his first Slashdot submission with this question, writing: "I am wrapping up an MS. In the past I have had problems getting copies of others' work, due to lack of copyright notices on t...
12:05 am - Sat, September 24, 2011
Slashdot Missouri Removes Teacher-Student Social Media Ban
bs0d3 writes "The law that would have banned teachers from friending students on Twitter and Facebook was overturned late Friday. Now that a preliminary injunction has been issued to block the law in ...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot EPA Bans CFC-Based Asthma Inhalers
bonch writes "The EPA has banned over-the-counter asthma inhalers as part of an agreement with other nations to avoid using chlorofluorocarbons, a substance once used in aerosol sprays. Alternative al...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot The Looming Video Codec Fight
itwbennett writes "With both Apple and Microsoft promoting HTML5 standards, you'd think that there would be joy in software freedom land. But instead there's another fight brewing. 'While it is true t...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Could Open Source Investment Save HP?
deadeyefred writes "HP's new CEO, Meg Whitman, has a number of issues to deal with to right the ship and put the company on a growth track again. Instead of massive changes to its organization and pro...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot The Great JavaScript Debate: Improve It Or Kill It
snydeq writes "Recent announcements from Google and Intel appear to have JavaScript headed toward a crossroads, as Google seeks to replace the lingua franca of the client-side Web with Dart and Intel ...
09:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot DISH Network Unveils Movie Streaming Service
New submitter therealobsideus tips news that DISH Network has seized upon the uncertainty surrounding Netflix by taking the opportunity to roll out a Blockbuster-branded service for streaming movies a...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot NASA Rolls Out Space Exploration Roadmap
MarkWhittington writes "NASA and the space agencies of a variety of countries, including members of the European Union, Canada, Japan, Russia, India, the Ukraine, and South Korea, have rolled out the ...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot MIT Working On Industrial-Scale Graphene Printing Press
surewouldoutlaw writes "Hot on the heels of news that research into graphene is being funded by the NSF, MIT says it is working on an industrial-size graphene printing press for synthesizing sheets as...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot World's Oldest Running Car Up For Sale
cylonlover writes "A very special car will cross the auctioneers block next month — it's the world's oldest running motor car, a historic 1884 de Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabo...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot US Gov't Pays IT Contractors Twice As Much As Its Own IT Workers
bdcny7927 writes "The U.S. federal government pays outside IT contractors nearly twice as much for computer engineering services as it pays its own computer engineers, and 1.5 times more for IT manage...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot OCZ Wants To Cache Your HDD With an SSD
sl4shd0rk writes "OCZ is coming out with Synapse Cache; an SSD cache for your hard drive. The SSD runs software that copies data into the cache from your hard drive as you work with it. The data sits ...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot 10-Petaflops Supercomputer Being Built For Open Science Community
An anonymous reader tips news that Dell, Intel, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center will be working together to build "Stampede," a supercomputer project aiming for peak performance of 10 petaflop...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot FCC Finalizes US Net Neutrality Rules
milbournosphere writes "The FCC has finalized its proposed rules regarding net neutrality. The rules go into effect on 20 November, nearly a year after they passed in a 3-2 vote. The FCC's statement (...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Smarter Robot Arms
RogerRoast sends this quote from the MIT News Office:"As intuitive as it seems to a human being, spontaneously planning a trajectory around obstacles in free space is a monstrously complex computation...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Vision Problems For Some Returning Astronauts
astroengine writes "A newly discovered affliction has some doctors wondering if astronauts traveling to Mars could have problems with their eyesight by the time they got there. About one-third of U.S....
03:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Discovery Brings Us One Step Closer To "Milking" Pigeons
Are you tired of boring old milk in your cereal? Is the half and half in your coffee leaving you flat? If so, the recent discovery of the gene responsible for pigeon crop "lactation" might be the good...
03:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Your State University Doesn't Want You
theodp writes "According to a new survey of college admissions directors by Inside Higher Ed, the admissions strategy judged most important is the recruitment of more out-of-state and international st...
02:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Brain Imaging Reveals the Movies In Our Mind
wisebabo sends word that scientists from UC Berkeley have developed a method for scanning brain activity and then constructing video clips that represent what took place in a person's visual cortex (a...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Responds To Linux Concerns Over Windows 8 and UEFI Secure Boot
CSHARP123 writes "A few days ago, Red Hat employee Matthew Garrett speculated that OEM machines shipping with copies of Windows 8 may lock out support for Linux installations. Garrett highlighted Micr...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Neil Armstrong To NASA: You're Embarrassing
astroengine writes "Neil Armstrong, Apollo legend and outspoken critic of NASA's current direction for human spaceflight, was joined by three other space experts to address Congress on Thursday. It wa...
10:05 am - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Why We Love Things We Build Ourselves
RichDiesal writes "The IKEA Effect refers to the tendency for people to value things they have created/built themselves more than if made by someone else – in fact, nearly as much as if an exper...
08:05 am - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot One Third of UK Kids Under 10 Own a Mobile Phone
hypnosec writes "Nearly everyone is aware of the influence of technology, specifically that of the new-generation telephonic devices on our society. But, when one in every 3 under-ten kids start havin...
06:05 am - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Australian Court Rules Google's Search Ads OK
daria42 writes "A long-running Australian court case debating whether Google has done enough to differentiate paid advertisements from normal organic search results has come to an end, with the search...
03:05 am - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Italy Prepares '"One Strike" Anti-Piracy Law
angry tapir writes "The Italian government is preparing an anti-piracy law that could ban Internet users from access after one alleged copyright infringement, a lawyer and an analyst warned. ISPs woul...
01:05 am - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Via Files Suit Against Apple
crookedvulture writes "Add chipmaker Via to the list of companies filing legal suit against Apple. Via owns a number of fundamental technology patents inherited from Centaur, and it's already forced I...
12:05 am - Fri, September 23, 2011
Slashdot Physicists Devise Magnetic Shield
sciencehabit writes "The sneaky science of 'cloaking' just keeps getting richer. Physicists and engineers had already demonstrated rudimentary invisibility cloaks that can hide objects from light, sou...
11:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot FBI Arrests LulzSec and Anonymous Hackers
Velcroman1 writes "The FBI arrested two alleged members of the hacking collectives LulzSec and Anonymous on Thursday morning in San Francisco and Phoenix. Search warrants were also being executed in N...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Canberra Police Want Drones To Track Cars
garymortimer tips this story at the Canberra Times, which starts: "Police have suggested that Canberra's new point-to-point speed cameras be linked to unmanned aerial surveillance drones and used to t...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Sprint Customers Face 5GB Hotspot Data Cap, As of Oct. 2
zacharye writes "Sprint on Thursday confirmed that it will soon introduce a data cap tied to its mobile hotspot add-on for smartphone users. Currently, Sprint subscribers with compatible smartphones c...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Unveils Timeline, Updated Open Graph
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook today announced a new Timeline feature and a new type of social app under its Open Graph. They're not available yet, but almost all the details are finally officia...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Surveillance Case May Reveal FBI Cellphone Tracking Techniques
glittermage writes "The WSJ reports on an ongoing case about alleged 'Hacker' Daniel David Rigmaiden, regarding the government's tools used to track mobile devices with or without a warrant. The judge...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos
intellitech writes "Puzzling results from Cern, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists — because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light. Neutrinos sent through the ...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Opportunities From the Twilight of Moore's Law
saccade.com writes "Andrew 'bunnie' Huang just posted an excellent essay, Why the Best Days of Open Hardware are Yet to Come. He shows how the gradually slowing pace of semiconductor density actually ...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Opportunties From the Twilight of Moore's Law
saccade.com writes "Andrew "bunnie" Huang just posted an excellent essay, Why the Best Days of Open Hardware are Yet to Come. He shows how the gradually slowing pace of semiconductor density actually ...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot New Images of Tumbling US Satellite From Theirry Legaullt
The BBC reports that "An amateur astronomer has recorded images of the out-of-control US satellite as it tumbles back to Earth. Theirry Legault, from Paris, captured the video as the satellite passed ...
06:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Borders Bust Means B&N May Get Your Shopping History
coondoggie writes "To perhaps no one's surprise, Borders bookstore collected a ton of consumer information — such as personal data, including records of particular book and video sales — d...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Sources Say Meg Whitman To Become HP CEO
MrCrassic writes "Looks like HP needed yet another remodeling, as they are tapping Meg Whitman to take Leo Apothaker's chair by this afternoon. From the All Things D article: 'Former eBay CEO Meg Whit...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Electric Tron Lightcycle Hits the Streets
cylonlover writes "Practicality tends to take a back seat when you combine sci-fi cult status with custom chopper building — and there's no room for a pillion passenger on the Lightcycle. We fir...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best ccTLD To Avoid Confiscation?
First time accepted submitter Pete McCann writes "Given the recent spate of domain seizures by the U.S. government, it seems that registrations in any U.S.-hosted registry (like the gTLDs .com, .net, ...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Chief Defends AT&T-T-Mobile Merger
The proposed merger of AT&T with T-Mobile doesn't impress everyone as a good idea; in particular, Sprint has filed suit to stop the merger, and while hardly a disinterested party, they're not alon...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot SUA Deprecated In Windows 8?
An anonymous reader writes "I just tried to install Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA) on Windows 8 Preview and found that it's marked as DEPRECATED: 'Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (S...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Demystifying UEFI, the Overdue BIOS Replacement
An anonymous reader writes "After more than 30 years of unerring and yet surprising supremacy, BIOS is taking its final bows. Taking its place is UEFI, a specification that begun its life as the Intel...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot UK's NHS Will Drop Delayed E-Records Project
Centralized, electronic medical records are touted as a means of increasing efficiency and patient safety. The "centralizing" and "turning electronic" phases, though, have some very rough edges. An an...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Alcatel-Lucent Boosts Copper Broadband To 100Mbps
Mark.JUK writes "Telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent has today become the first-to-market with VDSL2 Vectoring technology which, it claims, will push the top broadband internet access speeds of ex...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Oracle Removes Java Signatures, Breaking Webstart
sproketboy writes "It seems Oracle has decided in their infinite wisdom to remove digital signatures from the Java projects that they put into the open source community. Of course this breaks any appl...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot First Billion Dollar Open Source Software Vendor
head_dunce writes "Red Hat is doing very well in this economy. Total revenue and subscription revenue for this quarter is up 28% year-over-year. Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer o...
12:05 pm - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Game Devs Predict Death of Flash, Installed Games
New submitter rescendent writes "In an interview with Massively, Illyriad Games developers Ben Adams and James Niesewand predict the death of Flash, the rise of HTML5, and a long-term shift away from ...
10:05 am - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Google Prepares Fix To Stop SSLTLS Attacks
OverTheGeicoE writes "It was reported Tuesday that researchers had found a way to break the most commonly used SSL/TLS encryption in browsers. According to the Register, Google is pushing out a patch ...
09:05 am - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot An FPS Minus the Shooting
phaedrus5001 writes "Ars has a story about a first person shooter under development that involves no shooting on the part of the player; at least, no shooting bullets. The game, Warco, has the player ...
08:05 am - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Tax Loopholes No Longer Patentable
Knowzy writes "A section of the America Invents Act disallows issuing a patent 'on a strategy for reducing, avoiding or postponing taxes,' according to Forbes. The article describes one such strategy ...
06:05 am - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Brain Power Boosted With Electrical Stimulation
Zothecula writes "With the possible exception of those affected by hyperthylmesia — a rare condition where a person has an extraordinary capability to recall events from their past — most ...
03:05 am - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Google Accused of "Cooking" Search Results and Charging MSFT Too Much
cozzbp writes "Google is being scrutinized by the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee for supposedly "cooking" their search results. In an independent study comparing search result for products, Google Shop...
01:05 am - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot What You Eat Affects Your Genes
purkinje writes "Tiny bits of genetic material, called microRNAs, can make their way from the food you eat into your blood stream, and change how your genes are expressed, according to a new study. A ...
12:05 am - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Walmart Goes Solar In California
tekgoblin writes "Walmart today has announced that it plans to install solar panels on more than 75 percent of its stores in the state. From the article: 'When completed, Walmart’s solar commitm...
12:05 am - Thu, September 22, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Dumps Partner For Fake Support Call Scam
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has broken its relationship with one of its Gold Partners, after it discovered that the partner was involved in a scam involving bogus tech support calls. India-b...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Fukushima: Myth of Safety, Reality of Geoscience
An anonymous reader writes "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' has published a special Fukushima issue with interesting/deep/new pieces written by leading experts on the nuclear disaster in Japan....
11:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Apple Too Big For the Dow Jones Industrial Average
An anonymous reader writes "Apple is clearly the hottest tech stock on the market right now and the company is clearly at the vanguard of technological innovation. Consequently, many have wondered why...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Storing Hydrogen At Room Temperature
cylonlover writes "Hydrogen storage, along with hydrogen production and the lack of infrastructure, remains a major stumbling block in efforts to usher in hydrogen as a replacement for hydrocarbon-bas...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Digital Evidence and Computer Crime
brothke writes "When it comes to a physical crime scene and the resulting forensics, investigators can ascertain that a crime took place and gather the necessary evidence. When it comes to digital cri...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Adobe Pushes Emergency Flash Player Security Fix
wiredmikey writes "As expected, Adobe today released a security update for its Flash Player. The out of cycle update addresses critical security issues in flash player as well as an important universa...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Massachusetts Attorney General, Victim of iTunes Fraud
chicksdaddy writes "Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said on Tuesday that her office would be inquiring into long-standing complaints about fraudulent purchases that leverage Apple's popu...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot EFF System To Warn of Certificate Breaches
snydeq writes "With its distributed SSL Observatory, the Electronic Frontier Foundation hopes to detect compromised certificate authorities and warn users about attacks, InfoWorld reports. 'The EEF, a...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Designer Creates "Euthanasia Roller Coaster"
disco_tracy writes "Lithuanian amusement park worker and current PhD candidate in London's Royal College of Art's Design Interactions department, Julijonas Urbonas, has made a design for a hypothetica...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Julian Assange's Unauthorized Autobiography
macwhizkid writes "After signing a major book deal for his autobiography, Julian Assange backed out (allegedly worrying about self-incrimination) but failed to return his £500,000 advance paymen...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Pakistan Seeks To Block Facebook Again
Mightee writes "Pakistan, which was in the news last year for blocking Facebook over a 'Draw Mohammad Day' competition, is seeking to ban the social network again due to the second round of the same c...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Amazon To Offer Kindle ebooks Via Public Libraries
destinyland writes "Amazon announced this morning that they're making Kindle ebooks available for free in America through 11,000 local public libraries. 'We're thrilled that Amazon is offering such a ...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Comcast Launches Program For Low-Income Families
wasimkadak writes "Comcast rolled out its Internet Essentials program nationwide today, offering low-income families in its service territory $10/month Internet connections and access to $150 computer...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Yahoo Blocked Emails About Wall Street Protests
itwbennett writes "People trying to email information about the Wall Street protests on Monday using Yahoo mail, found themselves on the receiving end of messages from Yahoo claiming 'suspicious activ...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot NASA Announces Space Apps Challenge
coondoggie writes with an article in Network World about a development challenge put forth by NASA. From the article: "NASA said it would host an open source-based application competition that it hope...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Adobe Releases Flash 11 and AIR 3
iamrmani writes "Software maker Adobe Systems has launched Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3 even as the industry is shifting to HTML 5 on the Web that lessens the reliance of developers on Flash."The R...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot HP Begins Laying Off WebOS Developers, Potentially Firing CEO
MrCrassic writes "Looks like it might be the beginning of the end for webOS presence at HP, as The Register announced that they laid off 525 webOS developers." From the article: "HP is laying off up t...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Deep-Sea Squid Mate and Run
sciencehabit writes with a piece about deep sea squid in Science. Quoting the article: "Like actors in a scene from a bawdy farce, many squid don't know whom to woo when the lights go down. Deep in Ca...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Patent Attorney Breaks Down Impact of the America Invents Act
msmoriarty writes "As you probably heard, on Friday the Obama administration signed the America Invents Act, which changed our system to 'first to file.' Support for the bill itself was split in the t...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Justification For Canadian Copyright Reform Revealed
An anonymous reader writes "Michael Geist has used the Canadian freedom of information act toobtain a secretministerial document on Canadian copyright reform that provides thegovernment position on vi...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Ousts IE Mobile Manager For Revealing Nokia Phone Details
suraj.sun writes with an article in CNet concerning the axing of a Microsoft employee for revealing a few too many details about the upcoming Nokia Windows Phone. From the article: "...Joe Marini, who...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Samsung May Try To Block Next iPhone In Europe Too
phonewebcam writes with a report in The Register about the ongoing spat between Samsung and Apple. From the article: "Samsung could try to get the iPhone 5 delayed or banned in Europe, a source has to...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot How Microsoft Can Lock Linux Off Windows 8 PCs
Julie188 writes "Windows 8 PCs will use the next-generation booting specification known as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). In fact, Windows 8 logo devices will be required to use the sec...
11:05 am - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Gears of War 3 Released
The third installment of Gears of War was released yesterday, ending the story arc that began almost five years ago. Early response to the game has been favorable, and most reviews agree that it's the...
10:05 am - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot NASA Looking To Power Spacecraft With Lasers
msmoriarty writes "NASA has decided to develop methods for using lasers and/or microwave energy to 'provide external power on demand for aerospace vehicles' as part of its 'Game-Changing' technology d...
08:05 am - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Wikimedia Foundation Releases Their Server Config
An anonymous reader writes "The Wikimedia Foundation has released their Puppet configuration in a public git repository. They describe this as the first step in a project called Wikimedia Test/Dev Lab...
07:05 am - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Gang Used 3D Printers To Make ATM Skimmers
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from a post by security researcher Brian Krebs:"An ATM skimmer gang stole more than $400,000 using skimming devices built with the help of high-tech 3D printers,...
06:05 am - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Diablo III Beta Begins
dotarray writes "Diablo III really can't be that far off now. Blizzard has just announced that the closed beta test for the game has kicked off – meaning you can start checking your inboxes for ...
05:05 am - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot US Military Moving Closer To Automated Killing
Doofus writes "A recent article in the Washington Post, A future for drones: Automated killing, describes the steady progress the military is making toward fully autonomous networks of targeting and k...
03:05 am - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot OnStar Terms and Conditions Update Raises Privacy Concerns
PainMeds writes "An article by author Jonathan Zdziarski reveals that OnStar has recently updated their terms and conditions to allow the company to sell customer GPS coordinates, vehicle speed, and o...
02:05 am - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Self-Powered Microbial Fuel Cell Produces Hydrogen
donberryman writes "Researchers from Penn State have shown how microbial fuel cells can produce hydrogen without the need for an external source of electricity to power the process. It uses reverse-el...
01:05 am - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Augmented Reality's Disruptive Potential
pbahra writes "A company called Layar, based in Amsterdam, is working on products that take augmented reality in a slightly different direction. They provide a platform that allows anyone to build an ...
12:05 am - Wed, September 21, 2011
Slashdot Feds Call Full-Tilt Poker a 'Global Ponzi Scheme'
blair1q writes "Popular (and heavily advertised) poker website Full-Tilt Poker was sued today by the US government, following an investigation that revealed it to be a massive Ponzi Scheme. The princi...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Casio Paying Microsoft To Use Linux
theodp writes "Will Tux be a rainmaker for Microsoft? GeekWire reports that Microsoft has struck a deal with Casio to provide Casio's customers with coverage for their use of Linux in Casio devices. T...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Client-side Web REPL For 15+ Languages
In his first accepted submission, MaxShaw writes "repl.it is an online REPL that supports running code in 15+ languages, from Ruby to Scheme to QBasic, in the browser. It is intended as a tool fo...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot New Transistor Could Let Chips Interface With Living Systems
An anonymous reader writes with a UW news item about a really neat new transistor design. From the release: "Human [sic, probably meant Electronic] devices, from light bulbs to iPods, send information...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Contemplating Five Week Release Cycle
MrSeb writes with an article in Extreme Tech about the ever quickening pace of Firefox development. Quoting the article: "Mozilla, not content with its monumental shift from four major builds in five ...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Spectrophotometer Analysis of Crayons
Volhav writes "Like many as a child, the photographer Mark Meyer wondered what the difference between Yellow-Green and Green-Yellow was in that Crayola box of crayons. Using a monitor calibration tool...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Nvidia's Kal-El Tegra Will Have Fifth "Companion Core"
Blacklaw writes with an article in Thinq about the upcoming quad core Tegra chipset. Quoting the article: "Nvidia has released a few technical details of its upcoming 'Kal-El' Tegra processor, includi...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Smart Meters Reveal What You're Watching
xororand writes "H-Online reports that 'researchers at the Münster University of Applied Sciences have discovered that it is possible to use electricity usage data from smart electricity meters t...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Has Lost $5.5 Billion On Bing Since 2009
Landing on slashdot for the first time, MightyMartian writes "According to CNN Money, Microsoft has lost $5.5 billion on Bing since its launch in 2009. But it gets even better. If you include Microsof...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot A Fifth of Telecommuters Work Less Than An Hour Per Day
MrCrassic writes "Working at home isn't vacation...or is it?" Quoting an article in The Register: "Almost one in five Americans who work from home only clock in for an hour or less a day, according to...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Hackers Break Browser SSLTLS Encryption
First time accepted submitter CaVp writes with an article in The Register about an exploit that appears to affect all browsers and can decrypt an active TLS session. From the article: "Researchers hav...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot 30,000-Core Cluster On Amazon EC2
Joining the ranks of accepted submitters, hooligun writes with an article in Ars Technica about a rather large cluster built on EC2. From the article: "The details are impressive: 3,809 compute instan...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Google+ Enters Open Beta
First time accepted submitter morgosmaci sends us a Google Blog post about the transitioning of Google+ from a closed "field trial" to an open beta. As part of the update, Google threw in a numbe...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Recovering Data From 20-Year-Old Diskettes?
First time accepted submitter Zilog writes "The end of the 3.5-inch floppy and the disappearance of associated drives showed to me the need to backup the tens of diskettes that accompanied my youth. C...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Neal Stephenson Says Video Games Are the Metaverse
An anonymous reader writes "In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Neal Stephenson says the 'Metaverse' he created in his seminal novel Snow Crash missed the point — and that video games like Wor...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Intel Shows RealVNC Embedded In the BIOS
LWATCDR writes "At Intel Developer Forum, Intel and RealVNC demoed RealVNC integrated at the BIOS level. Using VNC, one can now power down, power up, reboot, go into the BIOS, and even mount disk imag...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Ask Jennifer Granick About Computer Crime Defense
Attorney Jennifer Granick has defended many high profile hackers, including researcher Christopher Soghoian, creator of a fake boarding pass generator (2006); Michael Lynn versus Cisco/ISS (2005); Jer...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot How Bug Bounties Are Like Rat Farming
Gunkerty Jeb writes "In a keynote speech at the United Security Summit, Stephen Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics, drew parallels between the increasingly popular (and successful) practice of software...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot British Govt Debates Swapping Printers For iPads
An anonymous reader writes "The British government is examining whether it could save money by getting rid of its printers and giving civil servants free iPads instead. The head of the UK government s...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot SMK Toughens Up Those Tiny Micro-USB Connections
An anonymous reader writes "If a gadget ships with a micro-USB port, I see it as a plus because it isn't proprietary — meaning I can easily and cheaply buy replacement cables. But the micro-USB ...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot 28-Way Radeon GPU Comparison Under Linux
An anonymous reader writes "Phoronix has conducted a 28-way Radeon graphics card comparison under Linux that illustrates the differences among the open-source and closed-source graphics drivers." ...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot DigiNotar Goes Bankrupt After Hack
twoheadedboy writes "DigiNotar, the Dutch certificate authority which was recently at the centre of a significant hacking case, has been declared bankrupt. The CA discovered it was compromised on 19 J...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot When Does Signing Up Become 'Opting In?'
AmyVernon writes "This piece from RWW got me thinking about whether, when you sign up for access to a site, you're actually signing up to get a slew of email spam from them. The single opt-in is still...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Google Preps Devs For One-Size-Fits-All Android
alphadogg writes "Google is preparing Android developers for the latest edition of its Android mobile operating platform that will work the same on both tablets and smartphones. Scott Main, the lead t...
10:05 am - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Why You Shouldn't Panic About Closed Source MySQL Extensions
jfruhlinger writes "Oracle has released proprietary extensions to the open source MySQL database, seeming to reinforce the worst fears of those in the open source community who opposed Oracle's acquis...
07:05 am - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot MIT's $1,000 House Challenge Yields Results
An anonymous reader writes "MIT's $1k House Project is an extraordinary challenge to provide safe and healthy homes for the world's burgeoning population. The Pinwheel House (PDF), a student project w...
05:05 am - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot AT&T and Verizon LTE Networks Compared
adeelarshad82 writes "AT&T launched a speedy 4G LTE network in five cities on Sunday, and the question that comes to mind is how it compares to Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE system. Well, according to ...
04:05 am - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot DC Universe Online Goes F2P
mlauzon writes "It seems a lot of companies are seeing the light and turning their subscription based games into the F2P model, or 'freemium,' as it's now being called; for those of us who lack Batman...
03:05 am - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot When Does Signing Up Becoming 'Opting In?'
AmyVernon writes "This piece from RWW got me thinking about whether, when you sign up for access to a site, you're actually signing up to get a slew of email spam from them. The single opt-in is still...
01:05 am - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Gene Therapy May Thwart HIV
sciencehabit writes "Over the past few years, man living in Berlin, Timothy Brown, has become world famous as the first — and thus far only — person to apparently have been cured of his HI...
12:05 am - Tue, September 20, 2011
Slashdot Google Wallet Launches With $10 Credit
Following up on our digital wallet discussion yesterday, CWmike writes "Google officially launched its Google Wallet application today for NFC-ready Sprint Nexus S 4G phone users. The application laun...
11:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Intel's RISC-y Business
Esther Schindler writes "With the Xeon 7600 line, Intel is finally using the 'R' word: RISC. With the new chips, Intel is targeting the mission-critical market dominated by Sun SPARC and IBM Power, a ...
11:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Senators Slam Firm For Online Background Check
GovTechGuy writes "Social Intelligence Corp's online employment screening service, which preserves users' social media profiles and other data for use by potential employers, infringes on consumers' p...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Taking Apple's Walled Garden Approach For Metro Apps
New submitter gauauu writes "Microsoft will be taking a walled-garden approach to Metro apps, only allowing enterprises and developers to side-load Metro apps in Windows 8, while everyone else will ha...
09:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Atlanta's Growing Video Surveillance System
McGruber writes "An Atlanta newspaper reports on the city's 'Video Integration Center,' which allows Atlanta's Police Department to control more than 100 public and private cameras. 'Officials say hun...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Atlas Takes Heat For Melting Glacier Claim
dtjohnson writes "The 'Times Atlas of the World' claims, while publicizing its newest edition, that global warming has turned 15 percent of Greenland's former ice-covered land 'green and ice-free.' No...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Arduino Goes ARM
mikejuk writes "The whole world seems to be going in ARM's direction. The latest version of Windows 8 will run on ARM processors, Raspberry Pi is a $25 ARM based machine and now the open source Arduin...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot PETA To Launch Pornography Website
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are planning on launching an adult oriented website to help protect animals through a mix of animal suffering footage and porn. I'm not sure how mixing ...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot RMS: 'Is Android Really Free Software?'
An anonymous reader points out an article by Richard Stallman in The Guardian which questions whether Android should be described as 'free' or 'open.' Quoting:"Google has complied with the requirement...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Plans To Block the iPhone 5 In Korea
c0lo writes "In apparent retaliation to its U.S. rival's continual patent challenges in global markets, Samsung Electronics is seeking a complete ban on the sales of the upcoming Apple iPhone 5 in Kor...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot The Search For Apollo 10's "Snoopy"
astroengine writes "A UK-led team of astronomers are going to use their comet and asteroid-hunting skills to track down a piece of Apollo history. In 1969, Apollo 10 did everything the first moon land...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Breath Detector To Help Find Earthquake Survivors
bazzalunatic writes "With all the recent earthquakes, this 'human-sniffing' device couldn't be more timely. Developed in the UK, the new machine detects the breath and sweat of survivors trapped in ru...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Essential Open Source Tools For Windows Admins
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's J. Peter Bruzzese provides a list of 15 open source tools for enhancing your Windows server-side experience. 'You might imagine that the best place to go for improving your ...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Japan's Largest Defense Contractor Hacked
wiredmikey writes "Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Japan's largest defense contractor, has been a victim of a cyber attack, according to a report from the company. The company said attackers had gain...
03:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"
President Obama is proposing a new tax rate for people making over $1m a year. The new rate is part of a larger plan which seeks to bring in $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue and is sure to meet opposi...
02:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot William Shatner On Star Trek Vs. Star Wars
tekgoblin writes "Star Trek Vs Star Wars has always been a hot topic of debate in the nerd world, I honestly don't think there is any comparison between the two. William Shatner voices his opinion on ...
02:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Netflix Creates Qwikster For DVD Only Business
Frankie70 writes "Netflix CEO Reed Hastings just dropped a bombshell. In the wake of a rapid decline in Netflix's stock price last week, Hastings is taking a bold step by separating the DVD and video ...
01:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Wealthy Americans Turning To Europe For Medical Treatment
theodp writes "Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports that prior to undergoing recent neck surgery, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning flew to Europe for stem-cell therapy that's used overseas but ...
12:05 pm - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Why Star Wars Should be Left o the Fans
Aguazul writes "The BBC has an interesting take on George Lucas's meddling with our memories: 'Fans of Star Wars are not happy. Someone has been tampering with their movie history.' They speculate on ...
09:05 am - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot "Subconscious Mode" Could Boost Phone Battery Life
cylonlover writes "University of Michigan researchers have proposed a new power management system for smartphones that could dramatically improve battery life. The system, known as E-MiLi, or Energy-M...
06:05 am - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?
nukem996 writes "This week I will be moving into a new apartment with a very fast Internet connection(100M with the possibility of 200M in the future). I'm used to running OpenWRT on my Linksys WRT54G...
03:05 am - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Gamers Piece Together Retrovirus Enzyme Structure
An anonymous reader writes "Gamers have solved the structure of a retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stumped scientists for more than a decade. The gamers achieved their discovery by playing Fo...
01:05 am - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Siemens To Exit Nuclear Power Business
jones_supa wrote in with a link about the future of nuclear power in Germany. The story reads: "German industrial giant Siemens is turning the page on nuclear energy, the group's CEO Peter Lösche...
12:05 am - Mon, September 19, 2011
Slashdot Seagulls Spreading Resistant Bacteria On Beaches
bs0d3 writes "Dr. Patrice Nordmann has disclosed the results of a small study that looked for resistant bacteria in seagull poop landing on Miami Beach in Florida. During April 2010, they collected 52...
10:05 pm - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot Why Star Wars Should be Left to the Fans
Aguazul writes "The BBC has an interesting take on George Lucus' meddling with our memories: 'Fans of Star Wars are not happy. Someone has been tampering with their movie history.' They speculate on w...
09:05 pm - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot Pirate Party Wins Seat In Berlin
An anonymous reader writes "The Pirate Party won its first seat in the Berlin state elections with almost 9% of the vote. From the article: '"We will get right to work," top Pirate candidate, Andreas ...
08:05 pm - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot Stunning Time Lapse of the Earth From the ISS
The Bad Astronomer writes "Science educator James Drake took 600 still photos from the International Space Station as it orbited the Earth, and created a fantastic time-lapse animation out of them. It...
07:05 pm - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot Thin Film Transforms Any Surface Into Touchscreen
kkleiner writes "Open up a cardboard tube, roll out a transparent film just millimeters thick, apply it on a flat object and *tada* you've got an interactive touch surface. Cambridge-based Visual Plan...
06:05 pm - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot The Saga of the Virtual Wallet
theodp writes "Fourteen years ago, Microsoft Wallet promised 'secure, convenient purchasing on the Internet.' That was then, this is now. TechCrunch reports that the first commercial for Google Wallet...
04:05 pm - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot The Letter That Started AMD's Open-Source Strategy
An anonymous reader writes "In marking the fourth anniversary of AMD's open-source strategy for their Radeon graphics, Phoronix has published the letter that launched this open-source effort. It was a...
03:05 pm - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot Artificial Blood Vessels Created On a 3D Printer
rallymatte writes "A team at Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has managed to create artificial blood vessels with a 3D printer that may come to be used for transplants of lab-created organs. From the a...
02:05 pm - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot Israel To Join CERN As First Non-European Member
First time accepted submitter WorldPiece writes "More accurately, first non-European full member. This comes with some opposition from groups pushing to boycott Israel academia in response to the Isra...
01:05 pm - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot The (Big) Problem With RIM
An anonymous reader writes "Research in Motion, by all accounts, had a terrible week. But things might get even worse. The Canadian technology company posted dismal quarterly earnings numbers, missing...
10:05 am - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Clever Cable Management?
sooth... writes "What clever ways have network administrators found to cleanly sort varying length patch cables within IDFs, BDFs, and MDFs or simply wiring closets? Pictures or examples are welcome."...
07:05 am - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot Xbox TV Launch Planned Before End of Year
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has confirmed plans to launch its TV service over Xbox Live by this holiday season. Negotiations with content partners are still underway, but options for live TV...
04:05 am - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot Making Facebook Self Healing
New submitter djeps writes "I used to achieve some degree of automated problem resolution with Nagios Event Handler scripts and RabbitMQ, but Facebook has done it on a far larger scale than my old day...
01:05 am - Sun, September 18, 2011
Slashdot Evaluating the 'Doofus Factor' In Corporate Governance
PolygamousRanchKid writes with this quote from an article in the Economist:"The directors of Yahoo! were 'so spooked by being cast as the worst board in the country' that they fired Carol Bartz as chi...
11:05 pm - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot Are Small Rocky Worlds Naked Gas Giants?
astroengine writes "The 'core accretion' model for planetary creation has been challenged (or, at least, modified) by a new theory from University of Leicester astrophysicists Seung-Hoon Cha and Serge...
10:05 pm - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot Inferno OS Running On Android Phones
New submitter Digi-John writes "Employees at Sandia National Labs have put the Inferno OS on Android-based phones, replacing the default Java UI. Applications are written in Limbo rather than Java. Th...
09:05 pm - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot Maine School District Gives iPad To Every Kindergartner
An anonymous reader writes "'An Auburn, ME school district spent more than $200,000 to outfit every one of its 250 kindergartners with [iPads], along with sturdy cases to protect them. School official...
08:05 pm - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot Mashing Up Multiple Web Services
GMGruman writes "Ted Samson reports on a new Web application dubbed ifttt.com that mashes up all those Web services we routinely use. Today's Web is brimming with a staggering number of services where...
07:05 pm - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot SpyEye Botnet Nets Fraudster $3.2M In Six Months
wiredmikey writes "The SpyEye Trojan has a well-earned place of respect in the cyber-underground as an adaptable and effective piece of malware. Those same traits have also made it a bane for countles...
06:05 pm - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot NRO Declassifies KH-9 Satellite
schwit1 writes "The Big Bird, formally known as the KH-9 Hexagon satellite, was first placed in orbit in 1971 after its development by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), making it one of the mo...
04:05 pm - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot Inspector General Investigated For Muzzling Inconvenient Science
Layzej writes "Federal biologist Charles Monnett was placed on administrative leave July 18 pending final results of an inspector general's investigation into integrity issues. The investigation origi...
03:05 pm - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot Pledge Asks Chinese Hackers To Reject Cybertheft
angry tapir writes "Two prominent Chinese hackers have released a convention calling for the rejection of cybertheft and are asking their peers to support it, as China is increasingly seen as the sour...
02:05 pm - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot Court Reinstates $675k File Sharing Verdict
FunPika writes with this excerpt from Wired:"A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a whopping $675,000 file sharing verdict that a jury levied against a Boston college student for making 30 tra...
02:05 pm - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot An Easy Recipe For Quantum Dots
An anonymous reader writes "Semiconductor nanocrystals, better known as quantum dots, might find their way into solar cells, cancer tests, and all sorts of other products. Making them is surprisingly ...
01:05 pm - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot Celebrate Software Freedom Today
An anonymous reader writes "It's that time of the year again: when we all unite regardless of the (free) licenses we cherish and go out into the streets to let people know how Free Software has change...
11:05 am - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot IT Could Have Caught $2 Billion Rogue Trader
superapecommando writes "With the benefit of hindsight, IT experts are claiming that technical countermeasures at Swiss bank UBS could have stopped rogue trader Kweku Adoboli running up a $2 billion l...
08:05 am - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot Pumping Fluid With No Moving Parts
RogerRoast writes "In a study published in Physical Review B (abstract; full version is paywalled), researchers demonstrate for the first time an approach that allows ferrofluids to be pumped by magne...
05:05 am - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot James Gosling Report of Reno Air Crash
Earlier today, a tragic crash at the Reno National Championship Air Races killed at least 12 spectators, and left at least 75 injured. Reader xmas2003 writes with a link to Java creator James Gosling'...
02:05 am - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot CRTC Tells Rogers To Stop Throttling Online Gamers
Meshach writes "Recently Canada's telecommunications regulator revealed that net neutrality was failing and that throttling was taking place. Apparently several months later things have not improved a...
12:05 am - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: 802.11n Bake-Off Test Plans?
First time accepted submitter Richard_13 writes "I am seeking a bake-off test plan for an enterprise size deployment of 802.11n wireless. We are about to go to tender for a large scale deployment of 8...
12:05 am - Sat, September 17, 2011
Slashdot Startup Flees To Seattle Amid Amazon's Tax Fight
An anonymous reader writes "SF-based comparison shopping startup Shopobot was caught in the fight between Amazon, big-box retailers, and politicians over collecting of sales tax for online purchases. ...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Ballmer Hints At 'Metro-ization' of Office
CWmike writes "Microsoft's CEO strongly hinted this week that the company will craft a Metro-style version of the next Office suite. 'You ought to expect that we are rethinking and working hard on wha...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Seven States Pile On To Block AT&TT-Mobile Deal
An anonymous reader writes "New York, California, and five other U.S. states have joined a lawsuit initiated by the Department of Justice that would block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile. 'The revised...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot 6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Coast of Japan
tekgoblin writes "Japan shook with yet another earthquake today. Its magnitude was 6.6 and its epicenter was about 60 miles off shore. Initially Japan had warned citizens of a possible tsunami, but th...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot GPS Tracking of State Worker Raises Privacy Issues
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from a Times Union article: "How far can state government go in keeping tabs on its employees? That's the question a mid-level appeals court will consider ...
09:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Purdue Students Building Moon Lander Rocket
tekgoblin sends words that a team of students at Purdue University are working on a project to build a rocket engine that could be used on a future Moon lander. Quoting:"Graduate students Thomas Feldm...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot River Trail — Intel's Parallel JavaScript
mikejuk writes "Intel has just announced River Trail, an extension of JavaScript that brings parallel programming into the browser. The code looks like JavaScript and it works with HTML5, including Ca...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Modern Humans Bred With Evolutionary Predecessors In Africa
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Based on a new analysis of old skulls, it now appears that modern humans may have interbred with some earlier hominid species, suggesting that human evolution took a more ...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Did HP Bilk Its Shareholders?
jfruhlinger writes "About a month ago, HP announced that it was getting out of the PC, tablet, and mobile phone business to focus on software services, at which point, rather predictably, HP's stock p...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Seismologist Manslaughter Trial Begins Next Week
El Puerco Loco writes with a followup to a story we discussed in May about the manslaughter charges facing six seismologists and one government official in Italy after an earthquake there killed 309 p...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Printing a Building
RedEaredSlider writes "Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are trying to push 3-D printing technology even further. Their goals: create whole working machines and perhaps even bui...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Soyuz Capsule Return Marred By Mystery Communications Blackout
astroengine writes "An unexplained communications loss left flight controllers unable to speak with three space station crew returning to Earth over Kazakhstan during the last 15 minutes of their desc...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot ToS Violations No Longer a Crime (On Their Own)
nonprofiteer writes "The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act previously made 'unauthorized access to a computer system' a crime — meant to apply to hackers, it also criminalized violations of a website...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Obama To Sign 'America Invents Act of 2011' Today
ideonexus writes "President Obama will be signing the 'America Invents Act of 2011' into law today at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. The bill will transitio...
03:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot British Schoolkids To Be Taught Computer Coding
An anonymous reader writes "The UK government has finally decided to do something about the dire state of IT and computer science teaching in the country: it will create a new 'IT-centric' General Cer...
02:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft: No Windows 8 ARM Support For x86 Apps
jcombel writes "It turns out Microsoft's app compatibility will be limited to one architecture or another. Yes, Windows 8 will run on your ARM tablet, but your x86 Office 2003 will not. In his explana...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Kills Websites, Cartels Kill Bloggers
An anonymous reader writes "While drug cartels in Mexico are disemboweling people they accuse of blogging about drug violence, Anonymous busies itself taking down Mexican government websites. With all...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Intel's Thunderbolt With Fiber Optics Years Away
CWmike writes "Intel's Thunderbolt high-speed interconnect technology could be years away from getting optical technology, an Intel executive said this week at IDF. Originally introduced in February o...
11:05 am - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Don't Study the Video Game, Study the Gamer
rrossman2 writes with this quote from a USA Today article about research recently presented to the American Psychological Association: "Video games — especially violent ones — are constant...
09:05 am - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Previews Compiler-as-a-Service Software
angry tapir writes "Microsoft will release a Community Technology Preview of a new type of compiler its researchers have been building — code-named Project Roslyn — a company executive ann...
07:05 am - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Famous Wildlife Photographer Busted For Using Stock Images
Nobody knows better than Award-winning wildlife photographer Terje Helleso how hard it can be to get that perfect shot in an out-of-the-way location. That's why he used stock photos. The 47-year-old a...
06:05 am - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Smartphones Becoming Computer of Choice in Developing Countries
An anonymous reader writes "The build-out of 3G networks in developing countries, plus ultra-low prices from the likes of Samsung, will make the smartphone the sole computer of millions of citizens wo...
03:05 am - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers
tekgoblin writes "In light of the recent price increase at Netflix, it made quite a few subscribers mad. Netflix expects to lose around 1 million total subscribers in the short term after the price ch...
01:05 am - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Intel Experimental Processor Runs On Solar Power
An anonymous reader writes "For the IDF keynote, Intel showed an experimental processor that is solar powered (incandescent light shining on solar panel). The whole computer itself still runs on regul...
12:05 am - Fri, September 16, 2011
Slashdot Dinosaur Feathers Found In Amber
An anonymous reader writes "A stunning array of prehistoric feathers, including dinosaur protofeathers, has been discovered in Late Cretaceous amber from Canada. 'Protofeathers aren't known from any m...
11:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot NASA's Big Telescope Avoids Death-by-Budget-Cut
coondoggie writes "NASA's most ambitious and highly over-budget space projects, the James Webb Space Telescope has apparently been spared the budgetary axe. The US Senate Committee on Appropriations h...
11:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Senate Lets Teachers, Students Be Facebook Friends
An anonymous reader writes "The Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) has managed to secure another win in its battle against a new law regarding social networking with students. A repeal of the ...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Robot To Slowly Run Ironman Triathlon Course
itwbennett writes "A robot designed by Panasonic will be running the course of this year's Ironman World Championship triathlon next month. But don't expect it to win. The diminutive robot won't even ...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Certificate Blunders May Mean the End For DigiNotar
Certificate Authority DigiNotar is having a rough time of it. dinscott writes with these words from Help Net Security: "After having its SSL and EVSSL certificates deemed untrustworthy by the most pop...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot US House 'Creator' of TSA Wants To Kill It
U.S. Representative John Mica (R-Florida), the sponsor of the original House bill that helped create the TSA, has become an outspoken opponent of the agency. In a recent interview, "Mica said screener...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot The Google+ API Is Released
An anonymous reader writes "Developers have been waiting since late June for Google to release their API to the public. Well, today is that day. Just a few minute ago Chris Chabot, from Google+ D...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot First Exoplanet Discovered Orbiting Two Stars
astroengine writes "For the first time, astronomers have discovered an exoplanet orbiting binary stars. Kepler-16b, a Saturn-sized world approximately 200 light-years away, orbits Kepler-16, two stars...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Wolfenstein Ray Traced and Anti-Aliased, At 1080p
An anonymous reader writes "After Intel displayed their research demo Wolfenstein: Ray Traced on Tablets, the latest progress at IDF focuses on high(est)-end gaming now running at 1080p. Besides image...
06:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot UBS Rogue Trader Loses $2 Billion In Unauthorized Trades
PolygamousRanchKid writes with this snippet from Reuters that sounds like a ready-made movie script: "Switzerland's UBS said on Thursday it had discovered unauthorized trading by a trader in its inves...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot New Sony PSN ToS: Class Action Waiver Included
rwven writes "Yesterday Sony sent an email to PlayStation Network members regarding a change in the Terms of Service for PSN. When agreeing to this new terms of service, you must waive your rights to ...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Low-Cost Tools To Track Employees' Web Use?
First time accepted submitter red-nz writes "I come from New Zealand where new anti-piracy laws have come into effect that prosecute the owner of the internet connection for copyright violations. This...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Wild Parrots Learning To Talk From Escaped Pet Birds
bazzalunatic writes "Be careful what you teach a parrot. Some chatty pet parrots that have escaped back into the wild have taught wild parrots to talk. Seems the phenomenon could be integrated into th...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot NRO To Declassify Cold-War Spy-Sat Tech
Muad'Dave writes "The National Reconnaissance Office is set to reveal details of two of the cold war's most capable spy satellite programs on September 17th — the GAMBIT and HEXAGON projects, ak...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Italian Hacker Publishes 0day SCADA Hacks
mask.of.sanity writes "An Italian security researcher, Luigi Auriemma, has disclosed a laundry list of unpatched vulnerabilities and detailed proof-of-concept exploits that allow hackers to completely...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 Won't Support Plug-Ins; the End of Flash?
An anonymous reader writes "The Microsoft Windows Engineering Team has announced that the Metro interface web browser in Windows 8 will not support plug-ins — Adobe Flash included. Users will st...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Ziff Davis Secretly Paying Sites To Track Users
First time accepted submitter jonez450 writes "Times are tough in the advertising business. But PCMag publisher Ziff Davis has come up with a new plan to gain a competitive edge: Paying other tech sit...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot MIT Researchers Create New Tiny Energy Harvester
RogerRoast writes "Researchers at MIT have designed a device the size of a U.S. quarter that harvests energy from low-frequency vibrations, such as those that might be felt along a pipeline or bridge....
10:05 am - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Facebook To Put Off IPO Until Late 2012
jfruhlinger writes "Facebook's whispered about IPO is one of the most anticipated in the industry — but it looks like we'll have to anticipate it for a bit longer. The Financial Times, quoting a...
08:05 am - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Researcher Builds Life-Like Cells Made of Metal
Sven-Erik writes "Could living things that evolved from metals be clunking about somewhere in the universe? In a lab in Glasgow, UK, one man is intent on proving that metal-based life is possible. He ...
05:05 am - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Clusters On the Cheap?
First time accepted submitter serviscope_minor writes "A friend of mine has recently started a research group. As usual with these things, she is on a shoestring budget and has computational demands. ...
02:05 am - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Google Enlarges Warchest With 1023 IBM Patents
First time accepted submitter ElBeano writes "Google has continued to beef up its patent portfolio in the face of the onslaught from Apple and Microsoft. The best defense is a good offense. 'Google is...
01:05 am - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Anti-Rootkit Security Beyond the OS
Orome1 writes "Cybercriminals know how to evade current operating systems-based security, demanding a new paradigm – security beyond the operating system. On that note, McAfee demonstrated the w...
12:05 am - Thu, September 15, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 Roundup
There has been no shortage of Windows 8 news today. "MrSeb writes: Earlier this morning, at the Build Windows conference in Anaheim, California, Microsoft made it patently clear that 'To the cloud!' i...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Metasploit The Penetration Tester's Guide
eldavojohn writes "The Metasploit Framework has come a long way and currently allows just about anyone to configure and execute exploits effortlessly. Metasploit: The Penetration Tester's Guide takes ...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Algorithm Predicts New Superhard Materials
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers in New York have developed an algorithm that can predict new superhard materials — a relatively small class of compounds of which diamond is the most famo...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Synaptics Working On Advanced Touchscreen For Phones
angry tapir writes "Touch specialist Synaptics is working on technologies that will allow touchscreens to mimic the feel of a physical keypad, in order to make smartphones easier to use, according to ...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Star Rips Exoplanet To Shreds With X-Rays
astroengine writes "Some relationships are doomed from the beginning, and the same can be said of some planetary systems. In the case of the star CoRoT-2a, some 880 light-years from Earth, it is quite...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Apache Fixes Range Header Flaw, Again
Trailrunner7 writes "Two weeks after releasing a fix for the range-header denial-of-service flaw that was much-discussed on security forums and mailing lists, the Apache Software Foundation has pushed...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot The Rise of Robotic Labor
kkleiner wrote in with a link to a singularityhub story about the increase of automated manufacturing world-wide. The article reads: "The accelerating rise in robot labor of the past decade, and its e...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Bejeweled Yields Cognitive Benefit In Older Adults
donniebaseball23 writes "PopCap Games and University of Massachusetts Amherst psychology researcher Susan K. Whitbourne, Ph.D. have released the results of a survey targeting the habits of older and y...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot FCC To Test Opening White Spaces Up To Public
GovTechGuy writes "The FCC will begin a test on Monday that will give the public access to 'white spaces,' the unused spectrum between TV and radio stations. The Commission is in the process of openin...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Neal Gafter On Java Under Oracle
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft's Neal Gafter, who was primary designer and implementer of the Java SE 4 and 5 language enhancements and now works for Microsoft on .NET platform languages, discu...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Plan "Artificial Volcano" Climate Experiment
First time accepted submitter tonyt3 writes "Scientist plan on conducting an unusual climate experiment at a Norfolk airfield next month. They plan to spray water into the air about 1,000 km high to m...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Google To Honor "Don't-Track-Me-Bro" Requests
theodp writes "Someday soon, Google will allow owners of Wi-Fi access points to opt out of a Google service that uses their data to determine the location of others' smartphones. The opt-out service w...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Eben Upton Answers Your Questions
Last week you asked the Director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Eben Upton, about developing an ultra-low-cost computer and running a charitable organization. Below you'll find his answers. Thanks go...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Windows Server 8 Is A Radical Departure From Previous Releases
Julie188 writes "While the world is distracted with the Window 8 client, Microsoft is simultaneously working on Windows Server 8. At BUILD, Microsoft unveiled its next-generation server OS under heavy...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot New BIOS Exploiting Rootkit Discovered
First time accepted submitter mtemar writes with a Symantec analysis of an interesting new trojan/virus. From the article:" There are more and more known viruses that infect the MBR. Symantec Security...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Nokia Announces Qt Open Governance Model
chill writes "Over the past year the Qt Developers have been working to sort out how they can make development of Qt even more inclusive and open. After exploring various options, they are now almost ...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Medical Billing Codes For Injury Via Turtle Among Thousands Created by New Law
A new government law has created an unusually precise list of injury codes for billing purposes. Currently there are 18,000 standard billing codes; the new law would expand that list to around 140,000...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot NASA Unveils Design for New Space Launch System
wooferhound writes with an article in the Orlando Sentinel about NASA's Deep Space Exploration project. From the article: "After months of debate, NASA has settled on plans for its next spaceship &mda...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Russian President Interested In Funding ReactOS
An anonymous reader writes "When Russian President Dmitri Medvedev recently visited a high school where ReactOS developer Marat Karatov happens to study, Karatov took the opportunity to present the op...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Cisco Emerges From Restructuring 13,000 Employees Lighter
Joining the ranks of accepted submitters, Zibodiz writes with an article in PC World about Cisco restructuring. From the article: " Cisco Systems emerged from 150 days of restructuring on Tuesday ... ...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot More Info On Google's Alternative To JavaScript
I'm Not There (1956) writes "Last week the news came in that Google is supposed to unveil 'Dart,' a new programming language for browser-based apps. Now an internal email from late last year describes...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot US Launches Criminal Probe in eBay-Craigslist Trade Secrets Case
angry tapir writes with an article in Tech World about the longstanding spat between eBay and Craigslist expanding from a civil into criminal case. From the article: "The U.S. Department of Justice ha...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Fixing the Final Steps In the Recycling Chain
itwbennett writes "The only way to rapidly and cost-effectively devolve computer products is to know the composition of the products. But we don't, says blogger Tom Henderson. This industry — la...
11:05 am - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Indie Devs Upload Their Own Game To The Pirate Bay
dartttt writes "Indie game company tinyBuild Games, who released a platformer called No Time To Explain recently, uploaded their own game to the Pirate Bay. However, there's a key difference between t...
10:05 am - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Intel, Google Team To Optimize Android For Smartphones
angry tapir writes "Intel and Google announced on Tuesday that they would partner to optimize future versions of the Android OS for smartphones and other mobile devices using Intel chips. Intel CEO Pa...
08:05 am - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot An $80 Open Source Chemical Analyzer
An anonymous reader writes "A group of electrical engineering students at UCSB teamed up with some chemists and built an $80 gadget that can check water for arsenic, measure the level of vitamin C in ...
07:05 am - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot UK Man Jailed For Being a Jerk On the Internet
Xest writes "A man in the UK has been jailed for 18 weeks for 'trolling,' and has also been given an order banning him from using social networking sites for five years. 25-year-old Sean Duffy mocked ...
06:05 am - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Apple Bans Game App That Criticizes Smartphone Production
An anonymous reader sends word that Apple has removed from the App Store a game called Phone Story, which walks players through the creation of a smartphone, highlighting many of the negative aspects....
05:05 am - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Developer Preview
New submitter Tonyd0311 writes "Microsoft has just released the Windows 8 Developer Preview in both x86 and x64 formats. The download includes an SDK for Metro-style apps, and 28 example apps. It also...
04:05 am - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot GE Unveils Fridge-Recycling Behemoth
An anonymous reader writes "It wouldn't be out of place at a monster truck rally. Forty feet tall and capable of eating up and breaking down 150,000 used refrigerators annually, the new UNTHA Recyclin...
03:05 am - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Training an Immune System To Kill Cancer
NotSanguine sends in a story about William Ludwig, a 65-year-old leukemia patient who underwent a new, experimental treatment that draws upon two decades of advances in molecular biology. Quoting:"Doc...
01:05 am - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Jobs Bill Funds Safety Network With Spectrum Sale
CWmike writes "President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act would allow the FCC to conduct so-called incentive auctions, in which the agency would share the proceeds of a spectrum auction with televisio...
12:05 am - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Thermal Imaging Lie Detector In Development
beaverdownunder writes with this quote from the BBC:"A sophisticated new camera system can detect lies just by watching our faces as we talk, experts say. The computerized system uses a simple video c...
12:05 am - Wed, September 14, 2011
Slashdot Google Unveils Flight Search
Google announced today the availability of Flight Search, the product of their acquisition of ITA Software last year. "Starting today, when you search for flight information on Google, for example 'fl...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Whither Moore's Law; Introducing Koomey's Law
Joining the ranks of accepted submitters, Beorytis writes "MIT Technology review reports on a recent paper by Stanford professor Dr. Jon Koomey, which claims to show that the energy efficiency of comp...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Use For a New Supercomputing Cluster?
Supp0rtLinux writes "In about 2 weeks time I will be receiving everything necessary to build the largest x86_64-based supercomputer on the east coast of the U.S. (at least until someone takes the titl...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot The Rise of Software Security
Gunkerty Jeb writes with an article in Threatpost. From the article: "Perhaps no segment of the security industry has evolved more in the last decade than the discipline of software security. At the s...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Intel Mandates Universities Receiving Funds Not File Patents
sproketboy writes "Since January, four U.S. universities have agreed to host Intel Science and Technology Centers that will be funded at the rate of $2.5 million a year for five years. But wait, there...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Skein Hash... In Bash
First time accepted submitter Matt16060936 writes "...Last night (err.. 3am this morning) I finished an implementation of the Skein 512-512 hash algorithm (version 1.3). I'm a fan of Skein and hope it...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Court Denies EPIC's Rehearing Request, Awards Fees
OverTheGeicoE writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center posted a news release about the DC Circuit Court awarding them attorney's fees yesterday. They are to receive $21,482 in attorneys fees ...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Hotfile Sues Warner Bros Over Abuse of Takedown Tool
schwit1 writes with a piece in Torrent Freak about ongoing litigation between Hotlocker and a few movie studios. From the article: "Hotfile has sued Warner Bros. for fraud and abuse. Hotfile accuses t...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Reveals More Windows 8 Details
Barence writes "Microsoft has released the first full details of Windows 8, with an all-or-nothing approach to touchscreen technology. All versions of Windows 8 — whether used on a touchscreen d...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Amazon's Bezos Seeks Spacecraft Patents
An anonymous reader writes "Design News reports that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is seeking patents related to his 'Blue Origin' commercial space venture. Blue Origin was recently in the news when B...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Happy Programmer Day!
netbuzz writes "As made-up holidays go, today's event – Programmer Day – doesn't get the attention or respect of, say, SysAdmin Day or Talk Like a Pirate Day. (One exception appears to be ...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Purported FBI Report Calls Anonymous a National Security Threat
itwbennett writes "According to what purports to be a leaked psychological assessment of the leaders of LulzSec and Anonymous by the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, Anonymous is not only not a collecti...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot "Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains
The 13,000 sq mile U.S. Radio Quiet Zone is an area in West Virginia where all wireless transmissions are banned because of the large number of radio telescopes located there. (This official page show...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot UK Government Wants Google To Police Copyright
judgecorp writes "the UK's culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt will this week ask Google to stifle sites deemed to be pirates, pushing them down the listing and cutting off their advertising revenues. The U...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Two Rambus Patents Invalidated By USPTO
First time accepted submitter rnswebx writes "Two patents that chip designer Rambus used to win patent lawsuits against Nvidia, HP, and others have been declared invalid by the USPTO."The Inquirer has...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot AMD Breaks Overclocking Record With Bulldozer
MojoKid writes "AMD recently held a press event at their Austin headquarters, offering hands on time with the company's upcoming Bulldozer-based FX-line of processors. Many of the details disclosed ar...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot NASA Sells Space Food, Shuttle Tiles To Schools
iamrmani writes with word that NASA"is offering processed space shuttle tiles and astronaut food to eligible schools and universities to preserve history. The lightweight space shuttle tiles protected...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Of Diamond Planets, Climate Change, and the Scientific Method
A few weeks ago, we discussed the discovery of a diamond planet in orbit around a pulsar. One of the researchers behind the discovery has now written a followup article about reaction to the news from...
10:05 am - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot $300M To Save 6 Milliseconds
whoever57 writes "A new transatlantic cable (the first in 10 years) is going to be laid at the cost of $300M. The reason? To shave 6ms off the time to transmit packets from London to New York. The Hib...
08:05 am - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Syndicate Reboot Coming Next Year
Electronic Arts has announced that the popular 1993 cyberpunk game Syndicate is getting a remake. This time, instead of being a tactical action game, it'll be a first-person shooter, and co-op play is...
07:05 am - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot theSkyNet Wants Your Spare CPU Cycles
An anonymous reader writes "Thousands of PC users are being called on to donate their spare CPU cycles to help create a massive grid computing engine to process terabytes of radio astronomy data as pa...
05:05 am - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot GameStop's Upcoming Android Tablet
An anonymous reader writes "GameStop has confirmed rumors that it is planning to jump into the tablet market with a device dedicated to gaming. '[GameStop President Tony Bartel said] this week that An...
03:05 am - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Why Aren't There More Civilians In Military Video Games?
Jeremy Erwin writes "A columnist for Slate asks why there aren't any civilians in today's military shooting games. Quoting: 'Mostly, they don't want to face the consequences of players' bad behavior. ...
01:05 am - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Authors' Guild Goes After University Book Digitization Projects
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from Ars Technica:"With the planned settlement between Google and book publishers still on indefinite hold, a legal battle by proxy has started. Google partnered...
12:05 am - Tue, September 13, 2011
Slashdot Boosting Battery Storage With Seaweed
New submitter cartman writes "A substance found in brown algae, 'including the type which forms forests of giant kelp,' could be used to increase the storage capacity of batteries, according to scient...
11:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Broadcom To Buy NetLogic For $3.7 Billion
An anonymous reader writes "Bloomberg reports that chip-maker Broadcom will be spending $3.7 billion to acquire NetLogic Microsystems in an effort to shore up their wireless infrastructure business. '...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot IBM's Watson To Help Diagnose, Treat Cancer
Lucas123 writes "IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer, Watson, will be turning its data compiling engine toward helping oncologists diagnose and treat cancer. According to IBM, the computer is being a...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Japan's Richest Man Outlines Renewable Energy Plan
itwbennett writes "Speaking at the launch of his Japan Renewable Energy Foundation, Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of Softbank, outlined a plan to rebuild Japan's energy infrastructure. Son said the c...
09:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Demand For Custom Datacenter Servers Rising
With his first posted submission, SpaceCracker writes "According to this Bloomberg article, hardware giants like HP and Dell are losing out to Intel and others who've adapted more quickly to the trend...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot 50 New Exoplanets Found, Billions More Await
The Bad Astronomer writes "Astronomers using a sensitive spectrograph have just announced the existence of 50 more planets orbiting nearby Sun-like stars. The important things to note: 1) Sixteen of t...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot PostgreSQL 9.1 Released
With his first posted submission, sega_sai writes "The new version of open source database PostgreSQL was released. This version provides many important and interesting features such as synchronous re...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Fusion Garage Going After Lower-Price Tablet Market
nk497 writes "Fusion Garage has dropped the price of its follow-up to the JooJoo tablet, cutting the Grid10's price by $200 to $299 in the US and £259 in the UK. Outspoken CEO Chandrasekar Ratha...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Appropriations Bill Threatens Future Space Science Missions
ColdWetDog writes "A brief story in the Atlantic notes that the U.S. Senate's energy appropriations bill has failed to supply funds to continue Plutonium-238 production, needed for radioisotope genera...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Network Backup Solution Out of the Box?
First time accepted submitter file terminator writes "I want to buy a network drive for home usage, and am looking for something that would allow for secure and encrypted remote backups over the Inter...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot EU Extends Music Copyright to 70 Years
MrSteveSD writes "The copyright on sound recordings by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and other famous bands was due to expire in the next few years. However, the EU Council has now scuttled any such hop...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot The Covenant - a New Open Source Strategy
Bruce Perens writes "Lexis Nexis has Open Sourced HPCC, the parallel software that they use for handling extremely large data. Databases that, for example, hold records for every consumer in the U.S. ...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Explosion At French Nuclear Site Kills One
syngularyx writes "An explosion took place in an oven Monday at the Marcoule nuclear site near the city of Nimes in the south of France. From the article: 'One person was killed and three were injured...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Glowing Cats a New Tool in AIDS Research
sciencehabit writes "Scientists have developed a strain of green-glowing cat by infecting their eggs with a virus containing a foreign gene—the first time this method has worked in a carnivore. ...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Kevin Mitnick Answers
Last week, you asked Kevin Mitnick questions about his past, his thoughts on ethics and disclosure, and his computer set-up. He's graciously responded; read on for his answers. (No dice on the compute...
03:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Amazon To Launch Digital Book Rental Service
First time accepted submitter ni5dotcom writes "Amazon is soon going to launch an e-book rental service soon for US customers according to The Wall Street Journal. Publishers however have show mixed r...
02:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Leak Risk At French Nuclear Site
syngularyx writes "There is a risk of a radioactive leak after an explosion in an oven Monday at the Marcoule nuclear site near the city of Nimes in the south of France. From the article: 'One person ...
02:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot HTC Considering Buying Own OS
An anonymous reader writes "HTC Corp chairwoman Cher Wang announced that the company is interested in buying an operating system. From the article: 'After the global PC heavyweight Hewlett-Packard Co....
01:05 pm - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot UK: Open Standards Must Be Restriction Free
Glyn Moody writes "There has been a big battle in the UK over whether open standards should be Restriction/Royalty-Free (RF) or Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND). That matters, because o...
10:05 am - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot YouTube Disables Comments and User Uploads For Korean Users
Craig Mundie may want a driver's license for the Internet, but Korea has actually implemented something of that kind. And, as first-time accepted submitter Pseudonym Authority writes, in the form of a...
07:05 am - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Polymer Gel Shows Promise For Smaller, Cheaper Batteries
TENxOXR writes "The BBC News website is reporting that a team of researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a polymer jelly that could replace the volatile and hazardous liquid electrolyte ...
04:05 am - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot 5 Years In Prison For Selling Fake Cisco Gear
angry tapir writes "A Virginia woman was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for leading a 'sophisticated' conspiracy to import and sell counterfeit Cisco Systems networking equipment. In additio...
01:05 am - Mon, September 12, 2011
Slashdot Gut-Check Time For Windows 8, Microsoft
theodp writes "GeekWire reports that, for better or worse, the upcoming week is shaping up as one of the most pivotal in Microsoft's history, as the software giant makes its pitch for Windows 8 at two...
11:05 pm - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot Type Safety Coming To DB Queries
An anonymous reader writes "A new type-safe query language for the popular full-text search platform Solr, called Slashem (a Rogue-like), has just been released. Slashem is implemented as a domain-spe...
10:05 pm - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot Has Cleverbot Passed the Turing Test?
kruhft writes "It seems that Cleverbot, the chatbot so ready to admit that it was a unicorn during a discussion with itself, has passed the Turing test. This past Sunday, the 1334 votes from a Turing ...
09:05 pm - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot Why We Don't Need Gigabit Networks (Yet)
AmyVernon writes "Most computers today can't support gigabit connections and current Wi-Fi networks can't offer those speeds either. The first trial of Sonic.Net's gigabit network was a speed test on ...
08:05 pm - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot Code Hero: Play and Learn
mikejuk writes with a bit from I Programmer on what sounds like an intriguing new game: "If you're bored with games where you run around shooting soldiers or monsters, how about a game where you shoot...
06:05 pm - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot Coming Soon to EA's Origin Store: Third-Party Titles
First time accepted submitter RGDfleet writes with news snipped from Gamer Gaia, based on a report in GameSpot UK: "For around three months now EA's Origin store, previously known as the EA Store, has...
05:05 pm - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Buy Legal Game ROMs?
PktLoss writes "I'm interested in building an arcade machine, following the footsteps of Cmdr Taco among many others. Not being all that interested in piracy, I need to find somewhere to buy games. St...
04:05 pm - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot How Game Makers Like EA Mine for Tax Breaks
Sometimes it seems like the U.S. government's relationship to commercial video games is mostly adversarial, as when public officials vilify or move to censor games (even when the results are mixed). A...
03:05 pm - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot Linux Foundation, Linux.com Sites Down To Fix Security Breach
An anonymous reader writes "All Linux Foundation sites seem to be down due to a security breach, which occured on 8 sep. (according to a notice displayed on the site)." From the email I received this ...
02:05 pm - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot Marking 10 Years Since 9112001
10 years ago today, coordinated terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. killed nearly 3,000 people. It wasn't the first terrorist attack directed against the U.S., or even on U.S. soil...
01:05 pm - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot Critic Pans Apple's New Campus As a Retrograde Cocoon
theodp writes "LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne isn't exactly bullish on Apple's proposed new headquarters, which will hold 12,000 Apple employees in its 2.8 million sq ft. Described...
10:05 am - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot HD Transfer of Star Trek: TNG To Arrive This Year
psychonaut writes "Digital Bits have confirmed through sources at CBS Paramount that CBS are working on a high-definition transfer of Star Trek: The Next Generation. A four-episode Blu-Ray sampler dis...
07:05 am - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot North Korea Forced US Reconnaissance Plane To Land
First time accepted submitter ToBeDecided writes "A U.S. military reconnaissance plane was reportedly forced to perform an emergency landing during a major military exercise near the North Korean bord...
04:05 am - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot Global Mall Operator Starts Reading License Plates
First time accepted submitter skegg writes "Westfield Group, one of the largest shopping centre (mall) operators in the world, has launched a find-my-car iPhone app. The system uses a series of licens...
12:05 am - Sun, September 11, 2011
Slashdot Turnitin's Different Messages To Students, Teachers
Economist David Harrington (spotted via Tyler Cowan's Marginal Revolution) charges anti-plagiarism service Turnitin with "playing both sides of the fence, helping instructors identify plagiarists whil...
11:05 pm - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot Hurt Locker Lawsuits May Reach Canadians, Too
First time accepted submitter so.dan writes "Canadian copyright guru Michael Geist reports that the 'File sharing lawsuits involving the movie the Hurt Locker [that] have been big news in the United S...
10:05 pm - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot GlobalSign Web Server Hacked, But Not CA
Trailrunner7 writes "GlobalSign has found evidence that its main Web server was compromised recently, but has not discovered any indications that its certificate authority infrastructure was hacked, c...
09:05 pm - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot How the Webb Space Telescope Got So Expensive
First time accepted submitter IICV writes "Ethan Siegel of Starts with a Bang has done some research on how and why the James Webb Space Telescope's price tag ballooned. Quoting: 'Something wasn't add...
08:05 pm - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot NASA's Twin GRAIL Craft On Their Way To the Moon
sighted writes "The twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral this morning. GRAIL-A is scheduled to reach the moon on New Year's Eve 2011, w...
07:05 pm - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: P2P Liability On a Shared Connection?
An anonymous reader writes "I have a roommate that insists on using BitTorrent without taking any kind of precautions. He has an affinity for downloading material that is extremely popular and high-ri...
06:05 pm - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot Kepler Discovers 'Phantom' Exoplanet
astroengine writes "The Kepler space telescope has spotted an extra-solar planet with a very odd orbit. Sometimes Kepler-19b slows down by five minutes during its 9-day orbit. Other times it speeds up...
05:05 pm - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot Mystery of Vanishing iTunes Credit Shows No Sign of Fading
E IS mC(Square) writes "Back on November 28, 2010, somebody started a thread on Apple's support forums about someone spending more than $50 of his iTunes Store credit on iPhone apps. That discussion t...
04:05 pm - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot Security Researchers Crack APCO P25 Encryption
An anonymous reader writes "Two Australia Security researchers, Stephen Glass and Matt Robert have published a paper that details flaws in the encryption implementation (PDF) in the APCO Project 25 di...
03:05 pm - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot Power Demand From US Homes Expected To Fall For a Decade
We hear all the time that household energy consumption is rising, both in the U.S. and around the world. That's been true in the big picture for several decades at least, but reader captainkoloth, wit...
02:05 pm - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot The Linux Counter Relaunches
psychonaut writes "Long-term readers of Slashdot may be familiar with The Linux Counter, which attempts to measure (through surveys and statistics) the number of people using GNU/Linux operating syste...
02:05 pm - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot Inside Netflix's WebKit-Based UI For TV Devices
DeviceGuru writes with this interesting snippet on a modern approach to GUI design: "Netflix uses WebKit, JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3 to build user interfaces that are delivered to millions of game co...
01:05 pm - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot SAP To Plead Guilty For Downloading Oracle Software
itwbennett writes "Slashdot readers will remember that on Sept. 1, a federal judge overturned a $1.3 billion judgment and approved SAP's request that Oracle accept a lower award of $272 million. Now, ...
10:05 am - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal Using Only a Beer Can
First time accepted submitter AmyVernon writes with a small hack that "is supposed to boost signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars," and which requires little more than a can of beer (or Orangina). S...
07:05 am - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot Aussie Blogger Hit With DDoS Death Threats
mask.of.sanity writes "An Australian blogger who blew the lid on emerging domain-name fraud campaigns has received death threats from the scammers. His blog and domain parking company are still being ...
04:05 am - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot Adobe Brings Flash-Free Flash To iOS Devices
CWmike writes "At long last Adobe Flash has come to an iPad or iPhone, writes Jonny Evans. Adobe appeared at Europe's NAB equivalent, IBC, this week to introduce Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 and Adobe...
01:05 am - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot Is There a Hearing Aid Price Bubble?
An anonymous reader writes "The price of a pair of hearing aids in the U.S. ranges from $3,000 to $8,000. To the average American household, this is equivalent to 2-3 months of income! While the price...
12:05 am - Sat, September 10, 2011
Slashdot New Skeleton Finds May Revamp History of Human Evolution
brindafella links to a series of articles published yesterday in the journal Science "on Australopithecus sediba, explaining that skeletons found in the Malapa cave in the World Heritage listed 'Cradl...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot The Coming Energy Turnaround In Germany
An anonymous reader writes "Germany has decided to close all of its nuclear power plants by 2022 and embark on an energy turnaround that focuses on large increases in sustainable energy production. Wh...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot AT&T Responds To DoJ Lawsuit
An anonymous reader writes "Last week the Department of Justice filed an antitrust complaint to stop the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA. Now, AT&T has responded, arguing that the merger ...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot How Killing the Internet Helped Revolutionaries
An anonymous reader writes "In a widely circulated American Political Science Association conference paper, Yale scholar Navid Hassanpour argues that shutting down the internet made things difficult f...
09:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Apple Finally Removes DigiNotar Certs In Safari
Trailrunner7 writes "Apple has finally released a fix for the certificate trust issue caused by the attack on DigiNotar, more than a week after the fraudulent certificates were identified and other br...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Is This the End of Righthaven?
New submitter Serpents writes "The new management of MediaNews Group (owner of the Denver Post) decided to terminate their contract with Righthaven. So far, the infamous copyright troll has lost all t...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Defunct Satellite To Fall From the Sky
Front page first-timer EmLomBeeNo sends word of a 6.5-ton satellite that will soon be making a quick and fiery return to Earth. From Space.com:"The huge Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) is e...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot New Legislation Would Punish Mishandling of Private Data
An anonymous reader writes "A bill introduced Thursday by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) would regulate the handling of consumers' private data and punish companies who screw it up (e.g. Sony). 'Th...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Are Games Worth Complaining About?
A few days ago, the Opposable Thumbs blog ran a piece titled, "In gaming, everything is amazing, but no one is happy." The thrust of the article is that discussion about modern games focuses almost en...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot German Court Upholds Ban On Samsung Galaxy Tab
With his first posted submission, ctusch writes "It seems Samsung has finally lost the battle against Apple in Germany. Today the district court in Düsseldorf ruled that Samsung must not sell its...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot DoT Grants $15M To Test Car-To-Car Communication
itwbennett writes "Car-to-car communications is about to get its first large-scale, real-world test in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute will be pu...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Algorithmic Trading Rapidly Replacing Need For Humans
DMandPenfold writes "Algorithmic trading, also known as high frequency trading (HFT), is rapidly replacing human decision making, according to a UK government panel which warned that the right regulat...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Researchers' Typosquatting Stole 20 GB of E-Mail
NeverVotedBush writes "Two researchers who set up doppelganger domains to mimic legitimate domains belonging to Fortune 500 companies say they managed to vacuum up 20 gigabytes of misaddressed e-mail ...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot UK Joins Laser Nuclear Fusion Project
arisvega writes with this quote from the BBC:"The UK company AWE and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory have now joined with [the National Ignition Facility in the U.S.] to help make laser fusion a vi...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Google To Introduce New Programming Language — Dart
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from El Reg:"Google has built a brand-new programming language for 'structured web programming,' one that appears to be suited to browser-based apps. Two of the ...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Study Suggests Magnets Can Force You to Tell the Truth
Estonian researchers claim that magnets can either force you to lie or make it impossible. Subjects in the study had magnets placed at either the left or the right side of the dorsolateral prefrontal ...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot App Enables Surfing Over SMSMMS Through T-Mobile
MrSeb writes "An ingenious browsing hack has emerged: if you have an Android smartphone and a T-Mobile (US) unlimited messaging plan, you can now use an app called Smozzy to surf the web... for free. ...
03:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot FPS Benchmarks No More? New Methods Reveal Deeper GPU Issues
crookedvulture writes "Graphics hardware reviews have long used frames per second to measure performance. The thing is, an awful lot of frames are generated in a single second. Calculating the FPS can...
02:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 To Feature 'Fast Startup Mode'
New story submitter CSHARP123 writes "Microsoft has posted details about a Windows 8 feature that is a hybrid between cold booting and waking up from a hibernated state. This feature is called fast st...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Google Details and Defends Its Use of Electricity
theodp writes "On Thursday, Google finally provided information on its energy usage, revealing that it continuously uses enough electricity to power 200,000 homes. Still, the search giant contends tha...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Issues Do-Not-Track Guide For Advertisers
angry tapir writes "Mozilla has issued a do not track field guide to encourage advertisers and publishers to implement do-not-track (DNT) functionality. The guide contains tutorials, case studies and ...
10:05 am - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Monthly Ubuntu Releases Proposed
An anonymous reader writes "Scott James Remnant, the former Ubuntu Developer Manager at Canonical and current Ubuntu Technical Board leader, has proposed a new monthly release process for Ubuntu Linux...
07:05 am - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Apple Criticized For Not Blocking Stolen Certs
CWmike writes "A security researcher is criticizing Apple for lagging with its response to the DigiNotar certificate fiasco. He is urging the company to quickly update Mac OS X to protect users. 'We'r...
05:05 am - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Patent Reform Bill Passes Senate
First time accepted submitter nephorm writes " The Senate passed the first major overhaul of the nation's patent law in more than a half century by passing the America Invents Act. The legislation won...
03:05 am - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Booktrack Adds Music and Sound Effects To Ebooks
Zothecula writes "There's no doubt that a soundtrack can significantly enhance the immersiveness and emotional impact of films and TV programs. But can some audio accompaniment do the same thing for b...
01:05 am - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Russian Space Agency Determines Cause of Soyuz Crash
An anonymous reader writes "The online version of the San Francisco Chronicle sfgate reports the cause of the loss of a Soyuz rocket in August. The Russian Space Agency, ROSCOSMOS says a manufacturing...
12:05 am - Fri, September 9, 2011
Slashdot Judge Wants Ellison, Page To Settle Differences
itwbennett writes "Apparently, Oracle's president, Safra Catz, and Google's head of mobile, Andy Rubin, aren't senior enough to attend a court mediation session. Judge William Alsup, who is overseeing...
11:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Passively Cooled Hardware For Game Emulation?
akutz writes "I recently sold a 2011 Mac mini on Craigslist because after using it to rip my Blu-ray collection I tried to use it as a emulation station connected to my TV. However, emulators like Dol...
11:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard
twoallbeefpatties writes "Prominent Keynesian economist Paul Krugman has left a note on his blog at NYTimes about his view of Bitcoin, discussing its similarity to the gold standard and suggesting a d...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Smartphones Can't Cure Acne, FTC Rules
jfruhlinger writes "Your smartphone can send texts, surf the Web, and update your Facebook page, so it stands to reason that it can cure acne too, right? Well, maybe not. Two companies that marketed a...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Asks All CAs To Audit Security Systems
Trailrunner7 writes "Already having revoked trust in all of the root certificates issued by DigiNotar, Mozilla is taking steps to avoid having to repeat that process with any other certificate authori...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Icelandic Rocks Suggest Meteorites Brought Gold To Earth
sciencehabit writes "Gold, platinum, and other precioius metals were sucked into Earth's molten iron core soon after our planet formed. So where did all of the material for our fancy jewelry come from...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Carnegie Mellon Introduces RoboBowl To Spur Robotics Advances
coondoggie writes "With the goal of taking ideas for new robots off the drawing board and moving them into real-life situations, Carnegie Mellon University will host a series of competitions aimed at ...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Heathkit DIY Kits Are Coming Back
donberryman writes "IEEE Times reports that Heathkit, the fabled electronics kits company, is going back into that business after a two-decade hiatus. The Heathkit website says that they will be relea...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot IP Addresses Not Enough To ID Users
phaedrus5001, with his first accepted story, points out an article at Ars Technica from which he's excerpted a chunk relevant to nearly anyone with an internet connection: "A file-sharing lawyer admit...
06:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Folds In California Sales Tax Deal
theodp writes "In a deal indicating all sides appear ready to call a truce, the San Jose Mercury News reports that Amazon.com is offering to back down from its referendum drive to repeal an online sal...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Nike to Unveil Self Lacing Shoes?
xTK-421x writes "Looks like Nike is announcing tonight (8:30PM PST) that they've finally been able to create the self lacing shoes from Back to the Future 2. TechCrunch reported on receiving an invita...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Google Acquires Zagat
quantr writes "Google has acquired Zagat, one of the most well-known names in restaurant reviews. Zagat is best known for its small guidebooks (the dead-tree sort) that offer reviews and recommendatio...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Programs To Learn From?
First time accepted submitter camServo writes "I took C++ classes in college and I have played around with some scripting languages. We learned the basics of how to make C++ work w...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot 1970s Polaroid SX-70 Cameras Make a Comeback
cylonlover writes "When it was released in 1972, the Polaroid SX-70, with its foldable SLR design, was the world's first instant SLR. It was also the first camera to use Polaroid's then-new integral i...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Moxie Marlinspike's Solution To the SSL CA Problem
Trevelyan writes "In his Blackhat talk on the past and future of SSL (YouTube video) Moxie Marlinspike explains the problems of SSL today, and the history of how it came to be so. He then goes on to n...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot $5M In Torrented Files Presented As Art
ideonexus snips thus from Wired: "The Art 404 gallery is currently exhibiting a piece by Manuel Palou called '5 Million Dollars, 1 Terabyte' which is a 'sculpture' consisting of a 1 TB external hard d...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Fukushima and Chernobyl Side-by-Side
gbrumfiel writes "It's now been six months since an earthquake and tsunami sparked a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. New data from the Japanese government is now allowing a clo...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Missouri Hedges On 'Teachers Can't Friend Students' Law
bs0d3 writes with an excerpt from an AP story, as carried by NECN.com: "Missouri senators took a step Wednesday toward repealing a contentious new law limiting online conversations between teachers an...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Nintendo Faces Patent Suit Over the Wii
An anonymous reader writes "A company named Thinkoptics has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nintendo over the motion controller used with the Wii. Apparently they make a similar product na...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot After Firing CEO, Yahoo Puts Itself Up For Sale
Reeses writes "Fare thee well, Yahoo: In addition to firing CEO Carol Bartz, Yahoo's board has now put the company up for sale. From the article: 'It was once the world's leading search engine, its fo...
11:05 am - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Linux 3D Games Run Faster On PC-BSD
koinu writes "Phoronix has published benchmarks comparing 3D game performance on Ubuntu Linux 11.04 with the FreeBSD Linux ABI emulation on the 8.2 release of PC-BSD, which is a desktop variant of Fre...
10:05 am - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot P2P Traffic Drops 10% After New NZ Law
harryjohnston writes "Following the introduction of New Zealand's new copyright legislation, which we discussed last week, major ISP Orcon reports that international peer-to-peer traffic has dropped 1...
09:05 am - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Michael Hart, Inventor of the E-book, Dead At 64
FeatherBoa writes "Michael Hart, the founder and long time driving force behind Project Gutenberg and 1971 inventor of the electronic book has died at his home in Urbana Ill, on Sept. 6th 2011. Projec...
08:05 am - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Hidden Wi-Fi Diagnostics Application In OS X Lion
WankerWeasel writes "The latest version of Apple's operating system, OS X 10.7 Lion, has a hidden Wi-Fi Diagnostics application that allows the user to view information about their wireless network pe...
06:05 am - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot British CS Majors Doing Badly In the Jobs Market
An anonymous reader writes "British CS majors do badly in the job market — with, four years after graduation, a higher than average (for college graduates) unemployment rate and fewer returning ...
05:05 am - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Microbes Produce Power As They Clean Nuclear Waste
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have isolated and explained the phenomenon that causes microbes to generate electricity while cleaning up nuclear waste. The ...
02:05 am - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Obama Admin Wants Hackers Charged As Mobsters
GovTechGuy writes "The Obama administration wants hackers to be prosecuted under the same laws used to target organized crime syndicates, according to two officials appearing in front of the Senate Ju...
01:05 am - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot HTC Sues Apple Using Google Patents
AlienIntelligence writes "Apparently to stay viable in the IP wars, HTC secured some patents from Google (who purchased them originally from Palm Inc., Motorola Inc. and Openwave Systems Inc.) on the ...
12:05 am - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Create New Type of Superconductor Wires
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists in Israel have used technology created at a US-funded national research lab to created a new kind of wire spun from sapphire crystals, that is a vastly better co...
12:05 am - Thu, September 8, 2011
Slashdot IBM, 3M Team To Glue Together Silicon "Bricks"
coondoggie writes "IBM and 3M today said they will jointly develop a new line of adhesives they hope will let them make it possible to build commercial microprocessors composed of layers of up to 100 ...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Dark Matter Hinted at Again at Cresst Experiment
physburn writes "The BBC is reporting recent results from the Cresst dark matter search in Italy. Between 2009 and 2011, Cresst have seen 67 events, a 4 sigma detection of dark matter particles with a...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: JIRA 4 Essentials
frisket writes "The JIRA issue-tracking system has been around for seven years and has proved popular in commercial as well as open-source environments owing to its licensing arrangements (free of cha...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Find My IPhone Used To Locate Plane Crash In Chile
spagiola writes "Late last week, a military transport aircraft with 17 people on -board went missing near Robinson Crusoe, Chile. The relatives of one of the crash victims logged into Find My iPhone a...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot The State of Open Source Software
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner provides an in-depth look at the state of open source software and an overview of the best open source software of the year. 'It's easy to find hundreds of othe...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Airship Company Gets First Civilian Customer
Zothecula writes "Hybrid Air Vehicles has recently achieved two massive commercial wins that seem to indicate that the airship has a very rosy future indeed. The aircraft's versatility plus an ability...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Single-Chip DIMM To Replace Big Sticks of RAM
MrSeb writes "Invensas, a subsidiary of chip microelectronics company Tessera, has discovered a way of stacking multiple DRAM chips on top of each other. This process, called multi-die face-down packa...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Could New Rover's Wheels Deliver Germs To Mars?
astroengine writes "Although the idea of "infecting" the Red Planet with our germs is nothing new, one microbiologist believes the next Mars rover may have a higher chance of becoming a microbe lifebo...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Are Some CAs Too Big To Fail?
Trailrunner7 writes "In the wake of this weekend's revelations of the seriousness of the attack on certificate authority DigiNotar, security experts have renewed criticism of the Internet's digital ce...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot .XXX Domain Registrations Begins
alphadogg writes "Registrar ICM Registry announced that the .XXX sponsored top-level domain for the adult entertainment industry is open for registration. The domain was approved by the board of the I...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot TSA Groper Files Suit Against Blogger
An anonymous reader writes "TSA employee Theldala Magee has filed a lawsuit against a blogger demanding $500k in damages for alleging a particularly invasive search involving multiple incursions of a ...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Court Orders Gov't To Disclose GPS Tracking Data
First time accepted submitter concealment sent in this link which reads: "United States law enforcement officials have been utilizing data provided by global positioning satellite systems to track dow...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Satellite Captures Burning Man From Space
MikeCapone writes "A European Space Agency satellite has captured what has become one of modern society's most hedonistic adventures: Burning Man. Taken about 400 miles up, the picture shows Black Roc...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Ask Director Eben Upton About the Raspberry Pi Foundation
When Eben Upton isn't working as an ASIC architect for Broadcom, he is the Director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The foundation is a UK registered charity which exists to promote the study of compu...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Samsung and VMWare Bringing Virtualization to Android
jbrodkin writes with an interesting article in Ars Technica about virtualization and phones. From the article: "VMware's mission to bring virtualization to the mobile market gained a major supporter l...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot 3TB Hard Drive Round Up
MojoKid writes "When 3TB hard drives first arrived compatible motherboards with newer UEFI setup utilities weren't quite ready for prime time. However, with the latest Intel and AMD chipsets hitting t...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot GlobalSign Suspends Issuance of SSL Certificates
Joining the ranks of accepted submitters, realxmp writes "The BBC is reporting that GlobalSign has stopped issuing certificates because of yet another suspected CA security breach. This was in respons...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Interview With the Creator of Ruby
snydeq writes "Ruby creator Yukihiro Matsumoto discusses the past, present, and future of the popular programming language, calling mobile the next target for Ruby: 'I'm currently working on an altern...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Leaked Cable Shows Heavy US Influence On Swedish Copyright Policy
Debuting on Slashdot, seezer writes with a piece by Rick Falkvinge about a recently release diplomatic cable. From the article: "Among the treasure troves of recently released WikiLeaks cables, we fin...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Marx May Have Had a Point
Hitting the mainpage for the first time, Black Sabbath writes "While communism has been declared dead and buried (with a few stubborn exceptions), Karl Marx's diagnosis of capitalism's ills seem quite...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Bill Gates Patents 'Virtual Entertainment'
theodp writes "In the '80s, Bill Gates and his then-girlfriend went on 'Virtual Dates' by viewing the same movie at the same time in different cities and discussing it on their cell phones. On Tuesday...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot AMD Starts Shipping First Bulldozer CPU
MrSeb writes "After an awfully long wait, AMD has finally begun shipment of its Bulldozer-based Interlagos (Opteron 6200) server-oriented CPU. If you believe AMD's PR bots, it is the world's first 16-...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Full Duplex Wireless Tech Could Double Bandwidth
CWmike writes "Rice University researchers announced on Tuesday that they have successfully demonstrated full-duplex wireless tech that would allow a doubling of network traffic without the need for m...
10:05 am - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Tech Company To Build Science Ghost Town In New Mexico
Charliemopps sends this excerpt from an AP report:"New Mexico, home to several of the nation’s premier scientific, nuclear and military institutions, is planning to take part in an unprecedented...
09:05 am - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot AMD Accidentally Leaks 1.7 Million DiRT 3 Keys
An anonymous reader writes "The free game with every graphics card deal has finally backfired for AMD and Codemasters. Due to a lack of .htaccess, 1.7 million keys for a free copy of DiRT 3 on Steam h...
07:05 am - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot South Korea Censors Its Own Censor
decora writes "The EFF reports on an internet censorship case in South Korea. The blog of Professor K.S. Park was recently brought up for consideration by the Korean Communication Standards Commission...
05:05 am - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Why the Fax Machine Refuses To Die
snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia waxes befuddled on the ongoing existence of the fax machine. 'Consider what a fax machine actually is: a little device with a sheet feeder, a terrible scanning e...
03:05 am - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Carol Bartz Is Out As Yahoo's CEO
itwbennett sends word that Carol Bartz is no longer the CEO of Yahoo. Company CFO Tim Morse will take up the job's responsibilities temporarily. In an email to Yahoo staff, Bartz said she had been fir...
01:05 am - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Groupon Puts IPO On Hold
With his first accepted submission, quantr tips news that Groupon's IPO plans, which triggered skepticism about its high valuation and furthered claims of a new dot-com bubble, have been put on hold a...
12:05 am - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Costly SSDs Worth It, Users Say
Lucas123 writes "When you're paying $30,000 for a PCIe flash card, it had better demonstrate an ROI. While users are still struggling with why solid state storage cost so much, when they target the te...
12:05 am - Wed, September 7, 2011
Slashdot Why Patent Reform Won't Happen Anytime Soon
jfruhlinger writes "'If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today.' S...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Sony Hires Former Homeland Security Infrastructure Protection Chief
jmobley6030 writes with a bit in Gamer Gaia about Sony pulling out the big guns for their security infrastructure. Quoting: "Months after the great PlayStation network attack things are starting to ge...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Russia Wanted To Shut YouTube Down For Piracy
ge7 writes "A recently leaked confidential diplomatic cable reveals Russia's growing interest in shutting down copyright infringing websites. 'Russia's Deputy Minister of Economic Development said tha...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Google Kills Desktop Search and Gadgets
CWmike writes with an article in Computerworld about the Google axing yet another product. From the article:"Google has decided to retire Desktop, an application it first launched in 2004 that is desi...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Rent Your Own Botnet
An anonymous reader writes "New research shows that the TDSS/TDL-4 botnet, widely considered one of the largest and most sophisticated, can be rented via a Web storefront available to all comers. Rese...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot NASA Reveals New Images of Apollo Landing Sites
sighted writes "Sharp new images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites in amazing detail, including the last foot trails left by astronauts on the lunar sur...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Kinect Based Whole Building Breakout
mikejuk writes with a light piece in I Programmer about a neat Kinect and gigantic projector hack. From the article: "If you remember Breakout — rows of blocks a the top of the screen and a padd...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Paralyzed Patients Control Robot With Brain Waves
sciencehabit writes with a writeup of a French research paper in Science. From the article: "They're not quite psychic yet, but machines are getting better at reading your mind. Researchers have inven...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Sprint Files Suit Against AT&T T-Mobile Merger
zacharye writes with a news post in BGR. From the article: "Sprint ... announced that it has filed a lawsuit with a federal court in the U.S. District of Columbia in an effort to block AT&T's plan...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Wicked Lasers Introduces Handheld One-Watt Green Laser
First time accepted submitter (and Slashdot coder) cogent writes "Wicked Lasers, famous for last year's 1000mW handheld blue laser, and infamous for its handling of six-month-long backorders, is now s...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot World Population Expected To Hit 7 Billion In Late October
kkleiner writes "A new report documents the prodigious rate at which the world's population is growing. It was just 1999 when we reached 6 billion. And now within the next month or two we will have su...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot BMW Working On Laser Headlamps
MrSeb writes "LED headlamps are only just trickling onto the market — mostly on high-end cars — but now it seems a certain German automaker has plans for laser headlamps. 'Laser light is t...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Kevin Kelly Answers Your Questions
Kevin Kelly ("Senior Maverick for Wired Magazine," among many other things) is back with answers to a selection of the questions posed to him by Slashdot readers. Read on below for his take on travel,...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Classroom Eco-Projects Suited To Alaska?
First time accepted submitter shortyadamk writes "I just started a new job where I will have to visit many high school science classes and have the students participate in 1-3 day projects regarding s...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Stanford AI Class 'Beta' For Commercial Launch?
First time accepted submitter Lyrdor writes "The Terms of Service for the Stanford Artificial Intelligence class points to how the free class this fall will be used for 'developing and evaluating the ...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot (Possible) Diginotar Hacker Comes Forward
arglebargle_xiv writes "At the risk of burning people out on the topic of PKI fail, someone claiming to be the Diginotar hacker has come forward to claim responsibility: It's the ComodoGate hacker. He...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot UK Government Breaks Open Source Promises
judgecorp writes "The UK government has promised to favour open source systems in its procurement (and made those promises repeatedly). However, freedom of information requests have shown it is doing ...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot USPS Losing Battle Against the E-mail Age
An anonymous reader writes "An article in the NY Times explains how the United States Postal Service is in dire financial straits, and will need emergency action from Congress to forestall a shutdown ...
10:05 am - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Hair Growth Signal Dictated By Fat Cells
RogerRoast writes "According to an article published in the journal Cell, molecular signals from fat cell (adipocyte) precursors under the skin are necessary to spur hair growth in mice. Yale research...
08:05 am - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Stuffing a PS3 and an Xbox 360 Into a PC Case
An anonymous reader writes "A man identifying himself as 'Timofiend' has posted a detailed walkthrough of how he built an impressive case mod that fits both a PlayStation 3 and an Xbox 360 into a mid-...
07:05 am - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot E Ink Demos New Displays, Gadgets At IFA 2011
An anonymous reader writes "E Ink turned up at IFA 2011 with its Triton color e-paper, which has exactly the same properties as the monochrome version found in the Kindle (two-month battery life, no p...
05:05 am - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Cloud Gaming Service OnLive Unofficially On Linux
An anonymous reader writes "Through some clever patching, OnLive community members have found a way to run OnLive on Linux using Wine. While the fix isn't perfect, this is a giant leap for Linux users...
04:05 am - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Tanks Test Infrared Camouflage Cloak
LibRT writes with this excerpt from the BBC:"Tanks could soon get night-time invisibility thanks to a cloaking device that masks their infrared signature. Developed by BAE Systems, the Adaptiv technol...
01:05 am - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Evaluating Patent Troll Myths
An anonymous reader writes "In a guest post on the Patently-O blog, Villanova University professor Michael Risch summarizes his detailed study into the methods and efficacy of patent trolls. He writes...
12:05 am - Tue, September 6, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Training May Have Helped Tunisian Regime To Spy On Citizens
An anonymous reader writes "A document released in the recent Cablegate leak reveals that Microsoft provided training to the Tunisian Ministries of Justice and the Interior in exchange for exemption f...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot HP Moves WebOS From PC Group: What Next?
GMGruman writes "Over the weekend, HP execs posted statements announcing the transfer of WebOS from the PC group that produced the now-killed TouchPad tablet and other mobile devices to HP's Office of...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot Porn-Industry Outsiders Fear 'Shakedown' In .XXX TLD
The long-debated .XXX top-level domain opens this week; reader SonicSpike sends a snippet from the Washington Times about what may turn into a hornet's nest of anger at how the new domain is being use...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot Do Celebrity Endorsements on Google+ Require Disclosure?
theodp writes "According to the FTC, 'celebrities have a duty to disclose their relationships with advertisers when making endorsements outside the context of traditional ads, such as on talk shows or...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot 'Cosmo' — a C#-Based Operating System
Billly Gates writes "A new operating system called Cosmo has been developed, written entirely in C#. It shows the naysayers you can write a full OS kernel without C. So far, you need Visual Studio to ...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot First Fully Electric Manned Helicopter Flight
cylonlover writes "On August 12, electrical/aerospace engineer and helicopter pilot, Pascal Chretien, took to the sky in the world's first untethered, fully electric manned helicopter flight in a prot...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot Rogue SSL Certs Issued For CIA, MI6, Mossad
Orome1 writes wtih this excerpt from Help Net Security: "The number of rogue SSL certificates issued by Dutch CA DigiNotar has balooned from one to a couple dozen to over 250 to 531 in just a few days...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot See a Supernova From Your Backyard
hasanabbas1987 writes "Want to catch a glimpse of the closest supernova astronomers have discovered in the last 25 years? All you need to do is get yourself a small telescope or a pair of binoculars (...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot Electric Motor Made From a Single Molecule
An anonymous reader writes "For the first time, an electric motor has been made from a single molecule. At 1 nanometre long, it's the smallest electric motor ever. Its creators plan to submit their de...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot .UK Registrar Offers To Let Police Close Domain
judgecorp writes "The .uk registrar, Nominet, has proposed rules that would give the police powers to demand Internet domains be shut down without a court order, in certain circumstances. The powers w...
03:05 pm - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot Google's Real Name Policy, Why You Are the Product
bs0d3 writes "Google tells their investors: 'Who are our customers? Our customers are over one million advertisers, from small businesses targeting local customers to many of the world's largest globa...
02:05 pm - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot Linux Kernel Moves To Github
An anonymous reader writes "Linus Torvalds has announced that he will be distributing the Linux kernel via Github until kernel.org servers are fully operational following the recent server compromise....
01:05 pm - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot Window Shopping With Gesture Recognition
angry tapir writes "German researchers have given a new meaning to window shopping. At the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute showed a prototype that lets ...
09:05 am - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Halts Galaxy Tablet Promotion In Germany
An anonymous reader writes "Samsung Electronics said Sunday it has pulled its latest Galaxy tablet from the IFA trade show in Berlin, after a German court approved an Apple-requested injunction &mdash...
06:05 am - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot Using Stem Cells to Save Endangered Species
RogerRoast writes "Starting with normal skin cells, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have produced the first stem cells from endangered species. Such cells could eventually make it possi...
03:05 am - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot Floating Houses Designed For Low-Lying Countries
Zothecula writes "Venice may soon be sharing its 'Floating City' moniker thanks to a research project developing 'amphibian houses' that are designed to float in the event of a flood. The FLOATEC proj...
12:05 am - Mon, September 5, 2011
Slashdot What Is the Most Influential Programming Book?
First time accepted submitter AlexDomo writes "If you could go back in time and tell yourself to read a specific book at the beginning of your career as a developer, which book would it be? Since it w...
11:05 pm - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot Cryogenic Truck Services Remote Telescopes
coondoggie writes "Moving a 115-ton telescope down a mountain and 40 miles on the back of a humongous truck to a servicing facility is no task for the timid. It's a job the caretakers of the Atacama L...
09:05 pm - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot The Register Hacked
First time accepted submitter rjmx writes "Looks like The Register has been hacked. It's front page has been replaced with a page in tasteful red and black, apparently by a Turkish hacker." Re...
08:05 pm - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot NSA Makes Contribution To Apache Hadoop Project
An anonymous reader writes "The National Security Agency has submitted a new database, Accumulo, to the Apache Foundation for incubation. Accumulo is based on the original BigTable paper with some ext...
07:05 pm - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot Laptops In the Classroom Don't Increase Grades
blitzkrieg3 writes "Classrooms all around the country are being fitted with one to one laptop programs, networking hardware, digital projectors, and other technology in order to stay competitive in th...
05:05 pm - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot Lucasfilm Unveils "Sandcrawler" Singapore Office
An anonymous reader writes "The massive, slow moving Sandcrawlers from George Lucas' Star Wars films inspired the form of Lucasfilm's new regional headquarters in Singapore. Designed by Aedas, the San...
04:05 pm - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot Lenovo To Offer $200 Budget Tablet
First time accepted submitter khellendros1984 writes "Amazon's not the only big-name company planning on a budget-level tablet release; Lenovo recently announced their Ideapad A1 tablet as competition...
03:05 pm - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Testing Translate Feature For Comments?
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook may be testing a translation feature that could overcome the language barrier many users experience on the social network. If a comment posted on a Page is in a la...
02:05 pm - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot Google Patents Glove For "Seeing With Your Hand"
theodp writes "Is Google Couch Search about to go Beta? GeekWire reports that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is among the inventors listed on a patent issued to the search giant this week for 'Seeing W...
01:05 pm - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot 18-Year-Old Student Discovers Comet Break-Up
astroengine writes "It's an event that any professional astronomer would consider to be a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. But for one 18-year-old British student, witnessing the fragmentation of a comet...
10:05 am - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot The UK Government's Struggle With Digital Rights
With his first accepted submission, Ajehals sends this excerpt from a post by the UK Pirate Party:"... at every turn, the coalition has been exposed as having no coherent policy on digital rights. Not...
07:05 am - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot Apple's iCloud Runs On Microsoft Azure
Front page first-timer ge7 writes "Apple's recently announced cloud storage and cloud service platform, iCloud, runs on their main competitor Microsoft's Azure platform and Amazon services. According ...
04:05 am - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot Tapping Subway Trains For Energy
An anonymous reader writes "Industrial flywheel manufacturer Vycon Energy believes that they can tap the immense amount of kinetic energy carried by moving subway trains to subsidize city power system...
12:05 am - Sun, September 4, 2011
Slashdot Weak Typing — the Lost Art of the Keyboard
mikejuk writes "How do you type? Hunt and peck? Two thumbs? Touch type? Two thumbs touch type? For the first time since the computer was invented, the standard QWERTY keyboard is challenged by new way...
11:05 pm - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Intel and AMD May Both Delay Next-Generation CPUs
MojoKid writes "AMD and Intel are both preparing to launch new CPU architectures between now and the end of the year, but rumors have surfaced that suggest the two companies may delay their product in...
10:05 pm - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Sony Attacks Microsoft's Publishing Policies
winston18 writes "Sony's vice president of publisher relations has gone on record as saying that Microsoft is protecting an inferior technology with their policies regarding content on Xbox Live Arcad...
09:05 pm - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot The iPhone's Role In Crippling T-Mobile
GMGruman writes "The feds may be blocking AT&T's buyout of T-Mobile, but T-Mobile is in poor shape to continue as is. Parent company Deutsche Telekom's decision not to invest in U.S. spectrum a de...
08:05 pm - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Kernel.org Attackers Didn't Know What They Had
Trailrunner7 writes "The attack that compromised some high-value servers belonging to kernel.org — but not the Linux kernel source code — may have been the work of hackers who simply got l...
07:05 pm - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Second Major For a Mechanical Engineer?
Scarred Intellect writes "After attending DigiPen Institute of Technology and deciding that I liked the idea of programming more than programming itself (I still do enjoy it a bit); after getting my A...
06:05 pm - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Google To Shut Down 10 Products
Google announced yesterday that it is closing a number of its current products and merging others into similar services. Many of them will continue to be available in the near future to facilitate the...
04:05 pm - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Court Renders $3 Judgment Against Spamhaus
www.sorehands.com writes "Back in 2006, e360Insight and David Linhardt obtained an $11.7M judgment against Spamhaus, an international anti-spam organization. The judgment was subsequently appealed and...
03:05 pm - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Canada Encouraged US To Place It On Piracy List
An anonymous reader writes "Copyright, U.S. lobbying, and the stunning backroom Canadian response gets frontpage news treatment today in Canada as the Toronto Star covers new revelations on copyright ...
02:05 pm - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Lenovo Claims Samsung Galaxy Tab Sold Just 20,000
An anonymous reader writes "Andrew Barrow, director of consumer products for Lenovo Western Europe, claims that the original Galaxy Tab only sold 20,000 out of one million shipped. He goes on to say S...
01:05 pm - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Dutch Government Revokes Diginotar Certificates
An anonymous reader writes "After previously claiming that the Iranian hack of CA Diginotar did not compromise certificates of the Dutch government, it has now been decided that there is too much risk...
12:05 pm - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Toshiba Adds Two-Way Wi-Fi To SD Card
judgecorp writes "Toshiba has announced an SD card with Wi-Fi. This is an advance on previous products such as the Eye-Fi Pro X2, as it allows two-way transfers over Wi-Fi. This will be a very conveni...
10:05 am - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Newly Digitized Film Shows Ed Catmull's 3D Graphics From 1972
AlejoHausner writes "In 1972, Ed Catmull, then at the University of Utah, put together a film showcasing many of the 3D computer graphics techniques he and others had developed while working as studen...
08:05 am - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Hands-On Account of Amazon's Upcoming Color Kindle
jcgam69 writes with a description at TechCrunch of what's claimed to be an all-but-finished version of the upcoming color Kindle. "It's called simply the 'Amazon Kindle.' But it's not like any Kindle ...
05:05 am - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Heise's 'Two Clicks For More Privacy' vs. Facebook
First time accepted submitter FlameWise writes "Yesterday, German technology news site Heise changed their social 'like' buttons to a two-click format (Original in German). This will effectively disab...
02:05 am - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Building 2011's Sub-$200 Computer
adeelarshad82 links to PC Magazine's recent account (updating a similar quest detailed last year) "to see if a decent PC could put together for less than $200. Turns out that between some great deals,...
01:05 am - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot JavaScript Toolkit V1.1.0 Released
First time accepted submitter Mensa Babe writes "Oliver Morgan, the original author of the JavaScript Toolkit, or just 'The Toolkit' as it is known in the JavaScript community, has just announced the ...
12:05 am - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Bezos Discloses Failure of Blue Origin Rocket Test Flight
astroengine writes "An experimental suborbital space vehicle developed by Blue Origin, a space startup founded by Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos, was lost during a test flight last week. During the secre...
12:05 am - Sat, September 3, 2011
Slashdot Android Tricorder Killed By CBS
First time accepted submitter josn writes "Today I found out that Moonlight's Tricorder app, which I always install on Android devices, is gone. Google received a DMCA letter from CBS. I think it is a...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot The Guardian and the Wikileaks Encryption Key
rtfa-troll writes "Bruce Schneier has a good article explaining how the Guardian released the encryption key for the Wikileaks cables and destroyed the main protection against release of informer's pe...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot What Google+ Games Needs To Beat Facebook
donniebaseball23 writes "Google's new games offering on Google+ has only been around a few weeks, and it's been getting mixed reactions. According to veteran game designer Ed Del Castillo, the po...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Report Warns of Space Junk Reaching a Tipping Point
intellitech sends this excerpt from a Reuters report:"The amount of debris orbiting the Earth has reached a tipping point for collisions, which would in turn generate more of the debris that threatens...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Hubble Shoots Movies of Stellar Jets
With his first accepted submission, aglider writes "A number of different science publications are reporting on a recent announcement made by NASA and Hubblesite.org. Quoting: 'A team of scientists [h...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Journal Editor Resigns Over Flawed Global Warming Paper
Layzej writes "Remote Sensing Editor-in-Chief Wolfgang Wagner resigned earlier today (PDF) over a global warming study published in his journal that was said to cast doubt on global warming models but...
09:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Did Apple Impersonate Police To Recover the Lost iPhone 5?
zacharye writes "This whole lost iPhone 5 prototype story just got whole lot more interesting. According to SF Weekly, six investigators claiming to be members of the San Francisco police department d...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Mining Browsing History With Google Cookie Data
mikejuk writes "Recent research reveals details on how Google's SID cookie can be used to discover what websites a user has visited. In principle, the cookie is a low security risk because it doesn't ...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot China Calls For Even Firmer Internet Control
eldavojohn writes "Chinese state media has published a long article detailing why China needs to take even firmer stances on sites like Twitter and the internet as a whole, or risk backlash to the Com...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Atari C&Ds Emulators, Site About Asteroids
An anonymous reader writes "Atari Inc. has launched another round of cease-and-desist letters targeted at what remains of its fan community. Having threatened homebrewers for the Atari 2600 and 8-bit ...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Biological 'Logic Circuit' Destroys Cancer Cells
intellitech writes "Researchers led by ETH professor Yaakov Benenson and MIT professor Ron Weiss have successfully incorporated diagnostic biological information processing in human cells. In a study ...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Canadian Court Sides With Online Anonymity
bs0d3 writes "Michael Geist said of a recent Canadian court ruling, 'Anonymous speech can be empowering — whistleblowers depend upon it to safeguard their identity and political participants in ...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Mr. President, There Is No (US) Engineer Shortage
McGruber writes "Vivek Wadhwa has written an article in the Washington Post titled, 'Mr. President, there is no engineer shortage,' which addresses the perceived national shortage of engineers. Wadhwa...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Man Becomes Artist When He Sleeps
During the day 37-year-old Lee Hadwin is a nurse with no particular love or talent for art, but when he sleeps it's a different story. Lee has been sleep-drawing since he was 4 and is now quite good. ...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot WikiLeaks Publishes Cable Archive In Full
We recently discussed news that WikiLeaks had complained of a password leak which threatened the encryption of unredacted documents contained in the Cablegate archive. Now, reader solanum writes with ...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Why Microtransactions In Games Are Amoral
Sludge writes "Graham Jans, a founder of the Vancouver Design Dojo and designer of Zombie Minesweeper, provides well-thought-out reasons why microtransactions in games are an amoral concept that can b...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Submersible Planning For Record Dive
An anonymous reader writes "You may have heard that China sent a manned research sub down to the ocean deep this summer, marking a personal depth record of 5,000 meters (next year it will aim for a wo...
03:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot NYT Working On 'Magic Mirror' For Bathroom Surfing
MrSeb writes "If the New York Times Research & Development Lab has its wicked way, you will soon be able to stop taking your mobile computer of choice into the bathroom — and use a 'magic mi...
02:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Retaliates, Leaks Texas Police Emails
An anonymous reader sends word that hacking group Anonymous has breached servers and accounts belonging to "dozens" of Texas police departments, leaking emails, documents and personal information. The...
02:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Age Bias In IT: the Reality Behind the Rumors
CWmike writes "Is high tech really that tough on older workers, or are they simply not pulling their weight in an industry that never stops innovating? Age bias: Some consider it IT's dirty little sec...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Starz To Pull Content From Netflix
tekgoblin writes "Starz plans to remove all of its movies and TV shows from the Netflix streaming library after negotiations failed. Starz, which is owned by John Malone's Liberty Media, said they hav...
10:05 am - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Details About Raspberry Pi Foundation's $25 PC
First time accepted submitter salcan writes "There is growing interest surrounding the Raspberry Pi Foundation and their promise of a PC that will cost just $25. We've seen how the OLPC has struggled ...
08:05 am - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot UK To Get Whitespace Radio
judgecorp writes "The UK's telecom regulator Ofcom will approve whitespace radio, allowing systems that use vacant spaces in the TV broadcast spectrum, on the same 'license' exempt basis as Wi-Fi. It ...
06:05 am - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Astronomers Find Unusual Star
First time accepted submitter JoshuaZ writes "Astronomers have found an unusual small star. SDSS J102915+172927 is a small faint star with very little of any elements other than hydrogen or heliu...
05:05 am - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot How Do You Explain Software Development To 2nd Graders?
First time accepted submitter zimania writes "Being the start of the school year, my kids' teachers invariably ask if any parents have any special skills that they can present to the students. As a so...
04:05 am - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot "Apache Killer" Web Server Hole Plugged
CWmike writes "The Apache open-source project has patched its Web server software to quash a bug that a denial-of-service (DoS) tool has been exploiting. Apache 2.2.20, released Tuesday, plugs the hol...
03:05 am - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Portable Microscope Uses Holograms Instead of Lens
Zothecula writes "While financial contributions are certainly a great help to health care practitioners in developing nations, one of the things that they really need is rugged, portable, low-cost med...
01:05 am - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Lawsuit Claims Windows Phone 7 Spies On Users
jfruhlinger writes "Microsoft wants to emulate the success of the iPhone, but they probably didn't want to follow in Apple's footsteps this way: a class action lawsuit claims that Windows Phone 7 is c...
12:05 am - Fri, September 2, 2011
Slashdot Mars Rover Begins "Whole New Mission"
sighted writes "NASA reports that the seemingly-unstoppable robotic geologist Opportunity is finding things at Endeavour crater that it has never seen before, adding new life to a mission that has alr...
11:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot New Prices For Google Apps Engine
First time accepted submitter oker writes "Yesterday Google announced Apps Engine would soon become a fully supported product. Unfortunately it also means a new pricing model, which is less appealing ...
11:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Can You Identify This UAV?
garymortimer writes "It's not as sexy as the Beast of Kandahar RQ 170 Sentinel, or as well known as a Predator. But we think the bird-shaped drone that crashed in Pakistan last week might be a U.S. sp...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot First Von Neumann Architecture Quantum Computer
holy_calamity writes "The first computers with a von Neumann architecture, where a processor has access to RAM, appeared in the 1940s. Now the first quantum computing system with a von Neumann design ...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Judge Nixes, Lowers Oracle's $1.3B Award Against SAP
itwbennett writes "Federal judge Phyllis Hamilton has overturned the $1.3 billion judgment Oracle won against SAP and has approved SAP's request that Oracle accept a lower award, which would negate th...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot EPIC Uncovers: Mobile Scanners Not 'Certified People Scanners'
OverTheGeicoE writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center received more FOIA documents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding mobile x-ray scanners (a.k.a. Z Backscatter Vans). ...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Battle of the SATA 3.0 Controllers
Deathspawner writes "Think that all SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) controllers are alike? As Techgage explores, that's not the case. While most SATA 3.0 controllers do deliver the performance promised, the most pop...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Steve Jobs, Before the iPad, On Why Tablets Suck
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Edible Apple: "Apple didn't release the first tablet computer or even come up with the idea for tablet computing itself. If anything, Microsoft, and B...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Solar Company Folds After $0.5B In Subsidies
First time accepted submitter dusanv writes "Solyndra, a Silicon Valley solar energy firm, subsidized to the tune of $500 million and held as a 'gleaming example of green technology,' announced bankru...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 Desktop 'Just Another App'?
CWmike writes "Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live division, said this week that Windows 8 will let users treat the traditional desktop as 'just another app' that loads ...
06:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Is Tablet Success Bound To Their Crackability?
Hitting the front page for the first time, rippeltippel writes "The Economist recently published an article about HP quitting the tablet market. Nothing new I said, until I read 'the announcement show...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Domino's Plans Pizza On the Moon
It may be more PR stunt than a viable expansion plan, but the Japanese arm of Domino's Pizza is making plans for a lunar store. Construction firm Maeda Corp has drawn-up the plans for the dome shaped ...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Warrantless Wiretapping Cases At the 9th Circuit
sunbird writes "The EFF argued several critical cases yesterday before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Both Hepting v. AT&T and Jewel v. National Security Agency raise important questions rega...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Apple Claims Samsung and Motorola Patent Monopoly
esocid writes with a bit in Daily Tech about the ongoing spat between Apple and the rest of the mobile world. From the article: "Apple lawyers are crying foul about Samsung, and ... Motorola's alleged...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Drunkeness and Sexual Harassment Alleged At Microsoft UK
rtfa-troll writes "A picture of vodka fountains, indefinite amounts of Jaegermeister, and sexual harassment is emerging from Microsoft. The former second in command at Microsoft UK was accused of sexu...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot European Firms Assisted Gaddafi's Internet Monitoring Regime
riverat1 writes "The Next Web has a story on Muammar Gaddafi's monitoring of the internet and other telecommunications. As you might expect, the monitoring was intense. The story names companies that ...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Claims Responsibility For WikiLeaks Attack
mask.of.sanity writes "Anonymous members have taken responsibility for launching a denial of service attack against WikiLeaks this week using a custom-built tool that exploits an SQL server flaw. Fiel...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot First Complete Lizard Genome Sequenced
iamrmani writes with an article in the International Business Times about the recent gene sequencing of a lizard. From the article: "Researchers have managed to sequence the genes of the green anole l...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Sony To Sell 3D Head-Mounted Display
angry tapir writes "Sony says it will start selling a head mounted display that provides a 3D theater for music videos, movies and games, targeting people who prefer solitary entertainment rather than...
10:05 am - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Swiss Researchers Try to Make it Rain With Lasers
formaggio writes "Last year a team of researchers at Switzerland's University of Geneva had come up with an interesting way of making it rain– by shooting lasers high up into the sky. At the tim...
08:05 am - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot NZ Illegal Downloading Crackdown Law In Effect
First time accepted submitter sfranklin writes "As of Sept 1 at midnight, 'anyone caught downloading copyrighted content illegally could face fines of up to $15,000 and have their internet cut off' in...
05:05 am - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot WikiLeaks Sues the Guardian Over Leak
An anonymous reader writes "WikiLeaks complaining of a leak is hard to get one's head around. That it's suing The Guardian — its great ally — is even harder. That The Guardian did such a r...
04:05 am - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Xbox 360 Reset Hack Yields Unsigned Code Execution
walshy007 writes "A new exploit has been shown which allows unsigned code execution on the Xbox 360 for all current models. It functions by pulsing the reset pin at a critical time during the checksum...
03:05 am - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Generating Text From Functional Brain Images
Med-trump writes "Can you get a text output of your thoughts? Princeton scientists show that it is possible to generate text about the mental content reflected in brain images. The paper published in ...
01:05 am - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Kernel.org Compromised
First time accepted submitter JoeF writes "There is a note posted on the main kernel.org page, that kernel.org has been compromised earlier this month: 'Earlier this month, a number of servers in the ...
12:05 am - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Chemical Cocktail Turns Mice Clear
sciencehabit writes "Researchers have serendipitously discovered that a mixture of urea, glycerol, and soap makes membranes transparent. When they tried the mixture on a developing mouse fetus, they f...
12:05 am - Thu, September 1, 2011
Slashdot Hackers May Have Nabbed Over 200 SSL Certificates
CWmike writes "Hackers may have obtained more than 200 digital certificates from a Dutch company after breaking into its network, including ones for Mozilla, Yahoo and the Tor project — a consid...
11:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot German Ban On Doom Finally Lifted
An anonymous reader writes "18 years after its debut, Doom, the game that almost single-handedly popularized the FPS genre (remember when we just called them Doom clones?) is finally seeing the light ...
11:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Another Unreleased iPhone Lost by Employee In a Bar
First time accepted submitter MightyMait writes "Looks like another Apple employee left an iPhone prototype in a bar. From the article: 'The errant iPhone, which went missing in San Francisco's Missio...
10:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot UCLA Develops Stretchable OLED Display
cylonlover writes "While there have been some intriguing developments recently in the field of stretchable electronics and flexible OLED displays, one thing we haven't heard much about is stretchable ...
09:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Record-Low Error Rate For Qubit Processor
An anonymous reader writes "Thanks to advances in experimental design, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have achieved a record-low probability of error in quantum infor...
09:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: CoffeeScript: Accelerated JavaScript Development
Michael J. Ross writes "For decades, programmers have written computer code in one language, and then programmatically translated that code into another, lower-level form (typically machine code that ...
08:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Russia Close To Findings On Soyuz and Proton
First time accepted submitter neBelcnU writes "It's still early, but there are findings for the recent losses of a Proton and Soyuz rockets. There was a procedural error in the Proton's flight plannin...
07:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Will Climate Engineering Ever Go Prime Time?
coondoggie writes "You may or may not be old enough to remember the TV commercial for margarine that had the tag line: 'It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.' But that commercial came to mind as I was ...
06:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid
geekmansworld writes "The Chinese want to capture an asteroid into earth's orbit and mine it. From the article: 'At first glance, nudging an asteroid closer to Earth seems like one of those "what coul...
05:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Apple's Chinese Suppliers Accused of Causing Significant Environmental Damage
itwbennett writes "Environmental watchdog groups in China on Wednesday released a report detailing a 5-month investigation on electronic suppliers that they believe are used by Apple. According to the...
05:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Justice Dept. Files Antitrust Complaint Against AT&T and T-Mobile Merger
Hitting the front page for the first time, AngryDeuce writes with a piece of exciting news hot off the news wire. From the article: "The Justice Department is blocking AT&T's $39 billion deal to b...
04:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Sixteen Years Later: GNU Still Needs An Extension Language
Fresh from the 2011 GNU Hackers Meeting, Andy Wingo has written a long piece on the status of Guile Scheme, the woefully underutilized official user extension language of GNU. Wingo argues that Guile ...
04:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Panda Poo Yields Key To Cheaper Biofuels
An anonymous reader writes "A new study unveiled at the American Chemical Society points to panda poop as a source of remarkably efficient enzyme-producing bacteria that are able to break down plant m...
03:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Large Improvement in Graphene Photosensitivity Realized
alphadogg sends in a writeup in NetworkWorld about promising new research with graphene. From the article: "Two Nobel Prize winning scientists out of the U.K. have come up with a new way to use graphe...
02:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Localizing Language In the Brain
RogerRoast writes "A new study by MIT scientists pinpoints areas of the brain used exclusively for language (PDF), providing a partial answer to a longstanding debate in cognitive science. According t...
02:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Wikileaks Reveals BitTorrent Lawsuit Background
daria42 writes "A US diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks has revealed much of the previously hidden background behind the BitTorrent court case currently playing out in Australia's High Court, inc...
01:05 pm - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Measles Resurgent Due To Fear of Vaccination
florescent_beige writes "In the September Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Gregory Poland, M.D. writes that 'More than 150 cases of measles have been reported in the United States already this year and there ...
10:05 am - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Swarmanoid 'Bots Rule Air, Land, Bookshelves
An anonymous reader writes "The notion of distributed processing isn't new, and its application to robotics leads naturally to the idea of a swarm of robots. However, most swarm-oriented robots are co...
08:05 am - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Juno Looks Back, Photographs Earth-Moon System
astroengine writes "Looking back as it zooms through interplanetary space, less than a month into its 445-million mile, five-year journey to the gas giant Jupiter, NASA's spacecraft Juno captured a po...
07:05 am - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot The Crypto Project Revives Cypherpunk Ethic
Trailrunner7 writes "When a small group of activists announced the debut of The Crypto Project earlier this year, for many, ahem, mature, security and privacy advocates it brought to mind memories of ...
05:05 am - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Alloy Could Produce Hydrogen Fuel Using Sunlight
intellitech writes "Using state-of-the-art theoretical computations, a University of Kentucky-University of Louisville team demonstrated that an alloy formed by a 2 percent substitution of antimony (S...
03:05 am - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Akamai Employee Tried To Sell Secrets To Israel
CWmike writes "A 43-year-old former Akamai employee has pleaded guilty to espionage charges after offering to hand over confidential information about the Web acceleration company to an agent posing a...
01:05 am - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot James Gosling Leaves Google
scottbomb writes "Well, that didn't take long: 'After only a few months at Google, Java founder James Gosling has left the search engine giant to go to a small startup company specializing in ocean-ba...
12:05 am - Wed, August 31, 2011
Slashdot Making Fuel With Newspapers and Bacteria
Debuting on the front page, Lifyre writes "Scientists at Tulane have found a natural bacteria (dubbed TU-103) that produces butanol. While butanol-producing bacteria aren't new, there are a few import...