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11:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Working On Kinect 2
itwbennett writes "Eurogamer published a piece on a rumored Kinect 2 system that will most likely launch with the next iteration of the Xbox line, which might be sometime between late 2012 and 2014. E...
11:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Physicist Uses Laser Light As Fast, True-Random Number Generator
MrKevvy writes"An Ottawa physicist is using laser light to create truly random numbers much faster than other methods do, with obvious potential benefits to cryptography: 'Sussman's Ottawa lab uses a ...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Settles With FTC, Admits Privacy Violations
Animats writes"Facebook has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allo...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot RIM To Offer Multiplatform Device Management
Aryden sends this quote from an IDG News report:"Research In Motion is taking on mobile device management for Android and Apple iOS devices as well as its own products, introducing the BlackBerry Mobi...
09:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot 'Alternative Medicine' Clinic Attempts To Silence Critics
Asmodae writes "Stanislaw Burzynski runs a clinic specializing in an alternative cancer treatment called 'antineoplaston therapy,' and charges thousands of dollars for the privilege. Unfortunately, th...
08:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot A Floating Home For Tech Start-ups
JoeMerchant writes "Max Marty, founder of Blueseed, thinks immigration laws in the U.S. make it too difficult for entrepreneurs from other countries to come to the U.S. and develop new technologies. I...
07:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Printers Could Be the Next Attack Vector
New submitter rcoxdav writes "Researchers have found that the upgradeable firmware on some laser printers can be easily updated and compromised. The updated firmware could then be used to do anything ...
07:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Does Telecommuting Make You Invisible?
jfruhlinger writes "Telecommuting provides many joys, including the ability to stay in your pajamas all day and the chance to work with a cat on your lap. But it does have some major drawbacks, perhap...
06:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot EU Court Adviser Says Software Ideas Can't Be Copyrighted
bhagwad writes "The EU continues to ooze common sense as a court insists that software functions themselves cannot be copyrighted. Drawing a box or moving cursor are examples. To quote: 'If it were ac...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Networked Back-UpWipe Process?
An anonymous reader writes "I am required to back up and wipe several hundred computers. Currently, this involves booting up each machine, running a backup script, turning the machine off, booting off...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Denies Disputed Page To Both Mercks
itwbennett writes "In follow-up to yesterday's story about how Merck in Germany is threatening legal action to take its vanity Facebook URL back from Merck U.S., Facebook apologized for its 'administr...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot iPhone Auto-Combusts On Australian Airplane
First time accepted submitter thegreymonkey writes "Last Friday, an iPhone caught fire on flight ZL319 operating from Lismore to Sydney. This incident is under investigation from Australian Transport ...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Study Hints That Wi-Fi Near Testes Could Decrease Male Fertility
Pierre Bezukhov submits news of a report that "a laptop connected wirelessly to the internet on the lap near the testes may result in decreased male fertility," writing"'[The scientists who conducted ...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Releases Kindle Source Code
MackieChan writes with a piece of news that slipped past earlier this month: "Although Barnes & Noble receives a lot of credit from the slashdot community for standing up to Microsoft and for allo...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Thierry Breton, CEO of Atos, Europe's Largest IT Company, wants a 'zero email' policy to be in place in 18 months, arguing that only 10 per cent of the 200 electronic messa...
11:05 am - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot A 3D Display You Can Touch
mikejuk writes "Are we getting closer to really effective volumetric 3D display technology? A new display, designed in Russia, uses cold fog and a laser projector to create a volumetric 3D image that ...
09:05 am - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Tower To Be Built By Flying Robots
Zothecula writes with an excerpt from an article in Gizmag: "The FRAC Centre in Orléans, France will for the first time host an exhibition to be built entirely by flying robots. Titled 'Flight As...
06:05 am - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Cryo-Freeze Coral Reef
An anonymous reader writes "Due to rising ocean temperatures, scientists from the United States and Australia are attempting to freeze coral eggs and sperm in cryogenic suspension so that the endanger...
05:05 am - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Legend: Tabletop Gaming For a Good Cause
danaris writes "On Friday, Rule of Cool gaming released Legend, a d20-derived tabletop roleplaying game system designed to be easy to learn, easy to play, and just really fun. As the names suggest, th...
04:05 am - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Reading, Writing, Ruby?
itwbennett writes "A BBC article outlines a push to make software programming a basic course of study for British schoolchildren in hopes that Britain could become a major programming center for video...
02:05 am - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Paper On Super Flu Strain May Be Banned From Publication
Pierre Bezukhov writes with this excerpt from an article at Doctor Tipster: "A Dutch researcher has created a virus with the potential to kill half of the planet's population. Now, researchers and exp...
01:05 am - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot CyanogenMod 9 Working On the Nexus S
MrSeb writes with an article in Extreme Tech about progress toward getting an AOSP build working on the Nexus S. From the article: "Over the past week, ROM Manager extraordinaire Koush has been franti...
01:05 am - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Merck Threatens Merck With Legal Action Over Facebook URL
angry tapir writes with an excerpt from a Techworld article: "Germany's Merck KGaA has threatened legal action after it said it lost its Facebook page apparently to rival Merck & Co. in the U.S., ...
12:05 am - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Battlefield 3 Banned In Iran
dotarray writes "Iranian gamers hoping to get their hands on Battlefield 3 will be sorely disappointed, as the country has officially banned EA's latest shooter. Why? The game features an American war...
12:05 am - Tue, November 29, 2011
Slashdot Free Software Activists Take On Google Search
alphadogg writes "Free software activists have released a peer-to-peer search engine to take on Google, Yahoo, Bing and others. The free, distributed search engine, YaCy, takes a new approach to searc...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Responsive Web Design
Michael J. Ross writes "With more people accessing the Internet using mobile devices than computers, web designers and developers are challenged to make sites that work well on both categories of hard...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Does Open Source Software Cost Jobs?
jfruhlinger writes "John Spencer, a British blogger and tech educator, is convinced that free and open source software, which he's promoted for years, is costing IT jobs, as UK schools cut support sta...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Twitter Buys Moxie Marlinspike's Crypto Startup
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Twitter has confirmed that it's acquiring Whisper Systems, the mobile encryption startup founded by hacker and security researcher Moxie Marlinspike. Marlinspike has built ...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot More On Why It Stinks To Work At Zynga
bdking writes "If a recent internal survey and reviews left on glassdoor.com are to be believed, working at social games company Zynga isn't much fun. Zynga's competitive, metrics-driven culture may b...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot EU Targets Facebook's Ad System
redletterdave writes "The European Commission plans to put a stop to the way Facebook gathers information about its users, including their political opinions, religious beliefs, whereabouts and sexual...
07:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Internet Monitoring: Who Watches the Watchers?
wiredmikey writes "Here's an interesting take on the IT security industry and tools being sold and used by to monitor internet users. It's no secret that many states and nations are censoring and moni...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot New Jersey DMV Employees Caught Selling Identities
phaedrus5001 writes "Ars has an article about two New Jersey DMV employees who have been accused of selling personal information they routinely had access to. The NJ prosecutor's office claims (PDF) t...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Will NASA Ever Recover Apollo 13's Plutonium From the Ocean
An anonymous reader writes "'Houston, we've had a problem,' said astronaut Jack Swigert on April 13, 1970. But the problem wasn't as simple as three astronauts potentially trapped in the void of space...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Terahertz Wireless Chip Will Bring 30Gbps Networks
MrSeb writes "Rohm, a Japanese semiconductor company, has created a silicon chip and antenna that's currently capable of transmitting 1.5Gbps, with the potential to scale up to 30Gbps in the future. W...
04:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Earthscraper Takes Sustainable Design Underground
Hugh Pickens writes"The 'Earthscraper,' a 65-story, 82,000-square-foot inverted pyramid beneath Mexico City takes a new approach to escalating megacity problems like population growth, urban sprawl, p...
03:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Making a Privacy Monitor From an Old LCD
ryzvonusef writes "Instructables Member 'Dimovi' utilized a spare LCD monitor and converted it into a 'privacy' monitor. He took apart the monitor's plastic frame, cutting out the polarized film with ...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Australian ISP's To Crack Down On Piracy
xav_jones writes "The ABC is reporting that 'Australia's five major ISPs have revealed their plans to crack down on online piracy by sending warning notices to suspected illegal downloaders while assi...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot How Does a Self-Taught Computer Geek Get Hired?
An anonymous reader writes "I'm essentially a self-taught computer geek who started learning BASIC at age 12, but decided NOT to do the traditional computer-nerd thing (comp sci or physics, computer d...
11:05 am - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Apache Flaw Allows Internal Network Access
angry tapir writes "A yet-to-be-patched flaw discovered in the Apache HTTP server allows attackers to access protected resources on the internal network if some rewrite rules are not defined properly....
08:05 am - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures
First time accepted submitter Readycharged writes "The Daily Mail reports on a piece from The Sunday Times revealing that University College London have seen an increasing number of Muslim students bo...
05:05 am - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot UK ISP Disconnecting Filesharers
bs0d3 writes "A small VPN service, Koppla, has had its service terminated by its host, Santrex Hosting Solutions. Despite actively advertising their services to be oriented toward file-sharing includi...
02:05 am - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Next Apple iPhone To Have a 4 Inch Display?
dkd903 writes "According to reports from Macotakara, Hitachi Displays Ltd and Sony Mobile Display Corporation has started shipping the screens for the iPad 3 and a 4-inch LCD screen for an unnamed iOS...
12:05 am - Mon, November 28, 2011
Slashdot Restaurants Plan DNA-Certified Seafood Program
Restaurants across the globe will soon use DNA technology to reassure customers that they are getting what they pay for. In recent years getting "counterfeit" seafood has become a big problem. In 2007...
11:05 pm - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot Huge Tesla Coils Will Recreate Natural Lightning
jjp9999 writes "In order to study the nature of lighting, the team at Lightning on Demand (LOD) plans to build two, ten-story-tall Tesla coils—the largest ever—that will blast arcs of ligh...
09:05 pm - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot The Problem With Carbon-Cutting Programs
Med-trump writes "Alberta's $60 million carbon-cutting program is failing, according to the latest report from the Canadian province's auditor-general, Merwan Saher. A news article in Nature adds: 'th...
08:05 pm - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot Good Disk Library Solutions?
First time submitter fikx writes "How do slashdotters manage large collections of disks? I'm hoping for a way to manage a large collection of movies that would give me menu type access to the content ...
07:05 pm - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot Can Maintenance Make Data Centers Less Reliable?
miller60 writes "Is preventive maintenance on data center equipment not really that preventive after all? With human error cited as a leading cause of downtime, a vigorous maintenance schedule can act...
06:05 pm - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot China Probes US Renewable Energy Policy
PolygamousRanchKid writes "China's Commerce Ministry on Friday announced an investigation into U.S. government policy and subsidy support for renewable energy, after a U.S. decision earlier this month...
04:05 pm - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot Harvard Licenses Technology For Tiny Swarming Robot
Zothecula writes "Do you think that you'll never be able to afford a robot of your own that isn't a toy? Well, if you can get Swiss robot-maker K-Team Corporation to sell you one, chances are you can ...
03:05 pm - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot AT&T Customer Phone Hacking Tied To Terrorists
theodp writes "Have you ever hacked into AT&T customer accounts and diverted money to terrorism-financing groups? You will. In 2003, the NY Times reported that AT&T contended U.S. victims of a...
02:05 pm - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot The Science of Humor
Hugh Pickens writes "The sense of humor is a ubiquitous human trait, yet rare or non-existent in the rest of the animal kingdom. But why do humans have a sense of humor in the first place? Cognitive s...
11:05 am - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot London Wires Up For 2012 Olympic Games
alphadogg writes "While London's massive Olympic park is still very much a frenetic construction site, IT engineers are fine-tuning the equipment that will be used to transmit scores, let athletes sen...
08:05 am - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot Hacker Tries To Land IT Job At Marriott Via Extortion
wiredmikey writes "A tough global economy has certainly created challenges for many people looking for jobs, but one Hungarian man took things to another level in an effort to gain employment at hotel...
05:05 am - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot California Going Ahead With Bullet Train
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from the NY Times:"[California state leaders] have rallied around a plan to build a 520-mile high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco, cutting the ...
02:05 am - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot Linux Mint 12 Released Today
An anonymous reader writes "Linux Mint 12 was released today. It includes the new 'MGSE' (Mint Gnome Shell Extensions), a desktop layer on top of Gnome 3 that makes it possible for you to use Gnome 3 ...
12:05 am - Sun, November 27, 2011
Slashdot 15 Years In Jail For Clicking 'Like'
patiwat writes "Thailand has warned Facebook users that they could face 3 to 15 years in jail if they press 'share' or 'like' on images or articles considered unflattering to the Thai monarchy. And it...
11:05 pm - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot Why Everyone Hates the IT Department
Barence writes "Why are IT staff treated with near universal contempt? This article discusses why everyone hates the IT department. From cultivating a culture of 'them and us,' to unrealistic demands ...
10:05 pm - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot China To Cancel College Majors That Don't Pay
theodp writes "The WSJ reports that China's Ministry of Education plans to phase out majors producing unemployable graduates. The government will soon start evaluating college majors by their employme...
09:05 pm - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot 'Amateur' Astronomer Snaps Pic of Planet-Forming Disk
The Bad Astronomer writes "Rolf Olsen, an 'amateur' astronomer in New Zealand, took an amazing photo of a disk of material around the star Beta Pictoris, the first time this has been seen outside of p...
08:05 pm - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot Palantir, the War On Terror's Secret Weapon
hessian tips a story in BusinessWeek about Palantir, a system designed to aggregate disparate data points gathered by intelligence agencies and weave them into a more useful narrative. The article sum...
07:05 pm - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot Philippines Call Centers Overtake India
New submitter ajitk writes "This year, call centers in the Philippines employed 50,000 more people than those in India. From the New York Times article: 'More Filipinos — about 400,000 — t...
05:05 pm - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot How Even a Failed AT&TT-Mobile Deal Hurts Rivals
An anonymous reader writes "The attempted merger between AT&T and T-Mobile has fallen on hard times amid antitrust concerns, but there's a potential silver lining for T-Mobile — one that wou...
04:05 pm - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot US Gov't Seizes 130+ More Domains In Crackdown
An anonymous reader writes "The DoJ and ICE have once again taken up the banner of anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting by seizing over 130 domains allegedly involved in those activities. TorrentFreak ...
03:05 pm - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot Airport Security: Thermal Lie-Detectors, Cloned Sniffer Dogs
PolygamousRanchKid writes with this quote from CNN about the future of airport security:"Earlier this year, the International Air Transport Association demonstrated its vision for the 'checkpoint of t...
02:05 pm - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot Wounded Copyright Troll Still Alive and Kicking
Hugh Pickens writes "Steve Green writes that even as defendants who defeated Righthaven in court and won their attorney's fees complain they haven't been paid a total of $216,000 and try to seize Righ...
11:05 am - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot QT 5 Will Be Available For Raspberry Pi
New submitter sirjohn writes with the good news that "A small group of ICS and Nokia engineers have started working on a minimal bootstrap to bring fully functional Qt 5" to the Raspberry Pi, writing ...
10:05 am - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot Spider Spins Ant-Repellent Silk
bazzalunatic writes "The common golden orb web spider wards of ants from attacking it on its web by spinning an ant repellent (pyrrolidine alkaloid) into its silk. It could be used to develop a new in...
08:05 am - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot UK University Creates First Inkjet-Printed Graphene Circuit
MrSeb writes with this ExtremeTech excerpt aimed at the graphene enthusiasts out there: "You can add another crazy characteristic to graphene's ever-expanding list of 'wonder material' properties: It ...
05:05 am - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot NASA's Next Mission: Deep Space
gManZboy writes "NASA's Mars Science Lab and Curiosity rover are the next steps in a long-term plan to travel farther and faster into space. Check out the future spacecrafts and tools that will get th...
02:05 am - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot Toy Story Meets Google Street View
theodp writes "The Atlantic talks to creative director Tom Jenkins about his short film Address Is Approximate, which tells the whimsical story of a toy's journey to the California coast. Jenkins' per...
01:05 am - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot Linaro Releases Ice Cream Sandwich Builds For iMX53 and Other Boards
New submitter b0101101001010000 writes with some news for developers who'd like to work with the newest version of Android: "We've just released preview ICS builds of Freescale's iMX53, ST Ericsson's ...
12:05 am - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot Valve's Gabe Newell On Piracy: It's Not a Pricing Problem
New submitter silentbrad writes with a followup to our discussion this morning about Ubisoft's claims of overwhelming game piracy. An article at IGN quotes a different point of view from Gabe Newell, ...
12:05 am - Sat, November 26, 2011
Slashdot IPCom Trying To Ban HTC's 3G Phone Sales In Germany
An anonymous reader writes "Patent firm IPCom announced today that it wants a ban on sales of HTC's 3G smartphones in Germany, after HTC dropped its appeal to a patent ruling IPCom won. HTC says the a...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Hard Drive Prices Up 150% In Less Than Two Months
zyzko writes "The Register reports that hard drive prices (lowest average unit prices) have rocketed 151% from October 1 to November 14th. The worst days have seen over 5% daily price increases. This ...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Camera For Getting Into Photography?
An anonymous reader writes "I've managed to go my entire adult life without owning an actual camera. I've owned photosensors that were shoehorned into various other gadgets, but I've gotten to the poi...
09:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot 155 MPH Biofuel Truck Breaks Speed Record
An anonymous reader writes "A team of students from Boise University recently shattered the world land speed record for biofuel vehicles by traveling 155 mph in a vegetable oil-powered pick-up truck d...
09:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot In Australia, Immunize Or Lose Benefits
An anonymous reader writes with news of a plan from the Australian government to cut down on the number of kids who aren't vaccinated. The new scheme will deny family tax benefits to parents whose chi...
08:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot $350 Hardware Cracks HDMI Copy Protection
New submitter LBeee writes "German Researchers at the Ruhr University Bochum built an FPGA board-based man-in-the-middle attack against the HDCP copy protection used in HDMI connections. After the lea...
07:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Senator Wants 'Terrorist' Label On Blogs
itwbennett writes "Terrorist suspect Jose Pimentel had a blog on Google-owned Blogger. And so it follows that Senator Joe Lieberman sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page taking him to task because 'B...
06:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Worldwide Support For Nuclear Power Drops
ProbablyJoe writes "A poll for the BBC shows that worldwide support for nuclear power has dropped significantly in the past 6 years. However, while support has dropped in most countries, the UK has de...
06:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot NASA Rover 'Curiosity' Set For Saturday Launch
arcite writes "The Mars Science Laboratory Rover 'Curiosity,' an SUV-sized rover packed to the gills with the latest scientific instruments and an innovative landing system, is set to launch tomorrow....
05:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Climate May Be Less Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought
a_hanso writes "A new study suggests that the effects of rising levels of carbon dioxide on temperature may be less significant than previously thought. 'The new models predict that given a doubling i...
04:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Rethinking Rail Travel: Boarding a Moving Train
PolygamousRanchKid tips this article about an idea for revolutionizing the rail system in the long-term:"The idea is to have a city-wide network of trams that travel in a loop and connect with a high-...
03:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Ubisoft Blames Piracy For Non-Release of PC Game
New submitter Azmodan sends this excerpt from TorrentFreak:"Ubisoft is known for laying the blame for many problems on the unauthorized downloading of its games. Stanislas Mettra, creative director of...
03:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot iTunes Flaw Allowed Spying On Dissidents
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Democracy and free speech activists worldwide have something new to worry about — cyberwarfare via iTunes. The Telegraph reports that Gamma International sells comput...
02:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Paul Allen Lends Personal ROV To Study Coelacanths
crudmonkey writes "It took a custom-made submarine, billionaire Paul Allen, and a tenacious desire lasting well beyond two decades to unveil enigmatic details about the life of the coelacanth—th...
02:05 pm - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Tiny Insect Cyborgs Could Act As First Responders
Zothecula writes "Insects have served as the inspiration for a number of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) that could be deployed to monitor hazardous situations without putting humans in harm's way. Now rese...
11:05 am - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot FBI Scolds NASDAQ Over Out of Date Patches
DMandPenfold writes "NASDAQ's aging software and out of date security patches played a key part in the stock exchange being hacked last year, according to the reported preliminary results of an FBI in...
09:05 am - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Intel Breathes New Life Into Pentium
angry tapir writes "Intel is giving new life to its Pentium processor for servers, and has started shipping the new Pentium 350 chip for low-end servers. The dual-core processor operates at a clock sp...
06:05 am - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Just Can't Quit Yahoo
itwbennett writes "Back in October, rumors surfaced (and then quickly subsided) that Microsoft was considering another bid to purchase Yahoo. Now the rumors are back, and this time Microsoft is said t...
03:05 am - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot AT&T Stops T-Mobile Merger Bid With the FCC
An anonymous reader writes Relationships are tough and it looks like AT&T and T-Mobile's has stopped before it even started. From the article: 'AT&T and T-Mobile have announced that they will ...
01:05 am - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Robots To Patrol South Korean Prisons
bukharin writes "As reported by various sites, South Korea is planning a trial of robotic prison guards in Pohang. The idea is that the robots will roll around the prison monitoring conditions inside ...
12:05 am - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot Stanford Researchers Invent Everlasting Battery Material
judgecorp writes "Researchers at Stanford University have invented a battery material that could allow batteries to go through 400,000 charging cycles instead of the 400 or so which today's Li-ion bat...
12:05 am - Fri, November 25, 2011
Slashdot The Sports Footage You Won't See Today On TV
Hugh Pickens writes "As sports nerds settle in today after Thanksgiving dinner for NFL and college football Reed Albergotti writes that there is some footage you will never see as he argues that the m...
11:05 pm - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot The Sketchbook of Susan Kare
theodp writes "The Mac wasn't the first computer to present the user with a virtual desktop of files and folders instead of a command line and a blinking cursor, but it was the sketchbook of Susan Kar...
10:05 pm - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot Dutch Government Officially Trusts OpenVPN-NL
First time accepted submitter joost.bijl writes "Yesterday the Dutch government took a step to further improve the adoption of Open Source in its ranks. It has officialy approved a modified version of...
09:05 pm - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot Carrier IQ Relents, Apologizes
symbolset writes "Update from an earlier story here, where Carrier IQ was pursuing a security researcher for pointing out privacy issues in an application alleged to track and record the activities of...
08:05 pm - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot Lego Bible Too Racy For Sam's Club
localman writes with this excerpt from CNET: "Through his hit Web site and three popular books, [author Brendan] Smith has spread the gospel of 'The Brick Testament.' But now, because of what it says ...
07:05 pm - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot 3-Way Price War On Black Friday: iPad, Nook, and Kindle
destinyland writes "Black Friday has touched off a three-way price war between Apple, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Kobo readers dropped their price to just $99 to compete with the Nook, only to disco...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot Min7 Micromouse Robot Solves Maze In 3.921 Seconds
An anonymous reader writes with this note about the winner of an annual Micromouse Robot Competition, writing"The current champion is one Ng Bent Kiat, who works at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic focusing o...
05:05 pm - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot The Myth of Renewable Energy
Harperdog writes to this "Excellent piece by Dawn Stover about what renewables can and can't do. The sun and wind may be practically inexhaustible, but 'renewable' energy isn't. Solar, wind, and geoth...
04:05 pm - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot EU Court: ISPs Can't Be Forced To Monitor All Traffic
mmcuh writes "Back in 2004, Belgian copyright group Sabam managed to get a court order forcing the ISP Scarlet to filter out filesharing traffic. Scarlet took the case to a national appeals court, whi...
03:05 pm - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot Electronic Contact Lens Displays Pixels On the Eye
An anonymous reader writes "The future of augmented-reality technology is here — as long as you're a rabbit. Bioengineers have placed the first contact lenses containing electronic displays into...
02:05 pm - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Science Sights To See?
First time accepted submitter steevven1 writes "My girlfriend and I are planning a long trip across the United States for this summer, and we'd like to see the usual sights, but we both have a bit of ...
11:05 am - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot Smart Meters Wreaking Havoc With Home Electronics
wiredmikey writes "About 200 customers of the Central Maine Power Company recently noticed something odd after the utility installed smart meters in their homes: household electronics including wirele...
08:05 am - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot Dell's Misleading Graphics Card Buying Advice
Barence writes "Dell's website includes a guide to graphics cards for PC novices which contains a dangerous chunk of misinformation. The monitor on the left, labelled as a PC that uses a "standard gra...
05:05 am - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot Nature Publishes a "Post-Gutenberg" Electronic Text
lpress writes "Most of today's electronic textbooks are re-purposed versions of print books. Nature has published an e-text that departs from the traditional book format and business model. Their Intr...
03:05 am - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot System Recognizes Emotions In People's Voices
cylonlover writes "Automated telephone services may get slightly less annoying thanks to research being carried out at Spain's Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Universidad de Granada. A team of sc...
01:05 am - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot Bionic Implants and Spectrum Clash
angry tapir writes "The battle over scarce radio spectrum that has embroiled the mobile broadband world even extends to a little-known type of wireless network that promises to reconnect the human ner...
12:05 am - Thu, November 24, 2011
Slashdot Stanford's Free Computer Science Courses
mikejuk writes "Stanford University is offering the online world more of its undergraduate level CS courses. These free courses consist of You Tube videos with computer-marked quizzes and programming ...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot 4.74 Degrees of Separation on Facebook
First time accepted submitter perryizgr8 writes "Facebook Data Team has taken all the friends data of everyone on Facebook and analyzed it, finding out the shortest distance between every two persons....
11:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot OSHA App Costs Gov't $200k
itwbennett writes "How much does it cost to make a phone app to tell local temperature and suggest how not to get heatstroke, such as drink water and avoid alcohol? If you're the U.S. Government, it'l...
10:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot The Physics of Wine Swirling
sciencehabit writes "Meet the new flavor of wine: fruity with a hint of fluid dynamics. Oenophiles have long gotten the best out of their reds by giving their glasses a swirl before sipping. A new stu...
10:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Malls Track Shoppers' Cell Phones On Black Friday
antdude writes in with a story about two U.S. malls that plan on tracking shoppers' movements by monitoring the signals from their cell phones this Friday. "The management company of both malls, Fores...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Secure Syslog Replacement Proposed
LinuxScribe writes with this bit from IT World: "In an effort to foil crackers' attempts to cover their tracks by altering text-based syslogs, and improve the syslog process as a whole, developers Len...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Police Encrypt Radios To Tune Out Public
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Police departments around the country are moving to shield their radio communications from the public as cheap, user-friendly technology has made it easy for anyone to use ...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Evolution Of Debian Package Dependencies Resemble Predator-Prey Relationships
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists have performed an ecological analysis of software packages in the Debian GNU/Linux distribution over time; they found that dependencies can be successfully model...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Data Remanence Solutions?
MightyMartian writes "The company I work for has just had their government contract renewed, which is good news, giving me several more years of near-guaranteed employment! However, in going through a...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Lost Russian Mars Probe Phones Home
astroengine writes "The lost Russian Mars mission Phobos-Grunt has made a surprise announcement: she's alive. According to the European Space Agency (ESA) in the early hours of Wednesday morning, a tr...
07:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Ask Hacker and Security Gadfly Moxie Marlinspike
As a security researcher, Moxie Marlinspike has played a big role in explaining what can go wrong in using Certificate Authorities to authenticate SSL traffic, an issue that's been top of mind this ye...
06:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Nokia-Siemens Axing 17,000 Positions
alphadogg writes with troubling news for the network hardware joint-venture between Nokia and Siemens. Quoting the article: "Struggling network infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks is planning...
05:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Water Pump Destruction Not Due To SCADA Hack
knifeyspooney writes "According to the Springfield State Journal-Register, the city's recent public water system failure was not caused by malicious activity. One water district trustee spoke this gem...
05:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot MIT Researchers Make Advance Toward Photonic Circuits
MrSeb writes with this excerpt from an article in Extreme Tech: "Light-emitting diodes are a cornerstone of consumer tech. They make thin-and-light TVs and smartphones possible, provide efficient hous...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Netflix Expects To Be Unprofitable In 2012
PolygamousRanchKid writes with an article in CNN Money about Netflix's prospects in 2012. From the article: "Netflix warned in its last earnings report that it expects to be unprofitable 'for a few qu...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot US Government Probes Huawei and ZTE
judgecorp writes "Two leading Chinese telecoms companies, Huawei and ZTE, are under investigation for possible spying in the U.S. A government committee says the companies may be stealing U.S. economi...
03:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot US Government Probes Huawei and ZTE On Spying Char
judgecorp writes "Two leading Chinese telecoms companies, Huawei and ZTE, are under investigation for possible spying in the U.S. A government committee says the companies may be stealing U.S. economi...
03:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot HP's Strange Obsession With WebOS For Printers
ryzvonusef writes "VentureBeat's (typically unnamed) sources identifies Intel and Qualcomm as being involved in talks for acquiring the Palm asset portfolio. However, citing sources intimate with HP's...
02:05 pm - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Bill Gates Takes the Stand In WordPerfect Trial
Hugh Pickens writes "Remember WorldPerfect? Bill Gates took the witness stand to defend his company against a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit that claims Microsoft duped Novell into thinking he would inc...
11:05 am - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Cosmic Antimatter Excess Confirmed
sciencehabit writes "In 2008, the Italian satellite PAMELA picked up an unusual signal: a spike in antimatter particles whizzing through space. The discovery, controversial at the time, hinted that ph...
08:05 am - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot A New Class of Inflatable Robots By OtherLab
HizookRobotics writes "Inflatable robots have the potential to be low-cost, lightweight, extremely powerful, and yet 'human safe' — in other words, perfect for many robotics applications. Here a...
07:05 am - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Anne McCaffrey Passes Away At 85
JSC writes "Anne McCaffrey died Monday at her home after suffering a stroke. 'In the late 1960s she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for a work of fiction and the first woman to win a Nebula...
06:05 am - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot 88-Year-Old Inventor Hassled By the DEA
New submitter Calibax writes "30 years ago, Bob Wallace and his partner came up with a product to help hikers, flood victims and others purify water. Wallace, now 88 years old, packs his product by ha...
05:05 am - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot South Korea Blocks Late-Night Online Gaming for Adolescents
PolygamousRanchKid writes "In its effort to curb game addiction among adolescents, South Korea pulled the plug this weekend on young gamers after midnight by blocking access to game websites, putting ...
04:05 am - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Internet Water Army On the March
New submitter kermidge sends in an article at the Physics arXiv blog about what's called the "Internet Water Army," large groups of people in China who are paid to "flood" internet sites with comments...
02:05 am - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Google To Shutter Knol, Wave, Gears
An anonymous reader writes "Google announced today on its official blog the impending closure of a number of its less successful services. In addition to retiring minor features like Bookmarks List an...
01:05 am - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot CarrierIQ Tries To Silence Security Researcher
phaedrus5001 sends this quote from a story at Wired:"A data-logging software company is seeking to squash an Android developer's critical research into its software that is secretly installed on milli...
01:05 am - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Small OSS Library Project Battles US Corporation
New submitter abesottedphoenix writes "The rural library responsible for the first open source library catalogue is under attack from defence contractor PTFS. More than a decade after rolling out Koha...
12:05 am - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot Doom 3 Source Released
An anonymous reader writes "Just like Quake 3 before it, the Doom 3 source code has been released to the public (minus rendering of stencil shadows via the 'depth fail' method, a functionality commonl...
12:05 am - Wed, November 23, 2011
Slashdot AT&TT-Mobile Merger 'Not In the Public Interest'
jfruhlinger writes "AT&T's plan to merge with T-Mobile just hit a pretty big snag. The FCC declared the merger would be anti-competitive and not in the public interest."According to the NY Times, ...
11:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Tool Kills Hidden Linux Bugs, Vulnerabilities
mask.of.sanity writes with this excerpt from SC Magazine:"Australian researcher Silvio Cesare has released a tool capable of automatically detecting bugs and vulnerabilities in embedded Linux librarie...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot The Future of Protest In Panopticon Nation
Hugh Pickens writes "James Fallows writes that you don't have to idealize everything about the Occupy movement to recognize the stoic resolve of the protesters at UC Davis being pepper sprayed as a mo...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot New Batch of Leaked Climate Emails
New submitter kenboldt writes "Someone going by the alias 'foia' has dropped a link to a zip file containing thousands more emails similar to those released in 2009. There are apparently many more whi...
09:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot AMD Cancels 28nm APUs, Starts From Scratch At TSMC
MrSeb writes "According to multiple independent sources, AMD has canned its 28nm Brazos-based Krishna and Wichita designs that were meant to replace Ontario and Zacate in the second half of 2012. The ...
08:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Hosting Services May Be Breaking Syrian Sanctions
judgecorp writes "Many Syrian government sites and services are hosted outside the country, in the U.S., Canada and Germany. A recent report suggests the hosting services may be breaking international...
08:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Lying Is More Common When We Email
An anonymous reader writes "A new study by University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers finds that using computers for instant messaging and e-mail increases lying compared to face-to-face conversa...
07:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot South Africa Passes Secrecy Bill, Makes Whistleblowing a Dangerous Act
New submitter Hermanas writes with the story that South Africa's parliament has passed a Protection of Information Bill which could land whistle blowers and journalists who print classified informatio...
06:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Canonical Drops CouchDB From Ubuntu One
rsk writes "Since the Ubuntu One desktop synchronization service was launched by Canonical it has always been powered by CouchDB, a popular document-oriented NoSQL data store with a powerful master-ma...
06:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Ph.D For Work In Applied Statistics C.S.?
New submitter soramimo writes "I'm currently a Ph.D student in Machine Learning and Biology at a pretty good European university. As my lab is moving to the U.S., I have the chance to get my Ph.D from...
06:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers
Rachel Brown, owner of the small Need a Cake bakery, became a victim of the old adage, "Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it." More than 8,500 people took Rachel up on her Groupon offer...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Users' Data Target Of 'Targeted Attack' on AT&T
New submitter fran6gagne writes "AT&T [Monday] notified customers of an effort by hackers to collect online account information. It is not not believed that the perpetrators of this attack obtaine...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot 4 Wave Gliders Begin Their Autonomous Pacific Crossing Attempt
In 2009, an autonomous ocean glider bobbed and dipped its way across the Atlantic; now, reader cylonlover writes with word that "Four small autonomous aquatic robots have embarked on a 60,000-kilomete...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Ham Radio Licenses Top 700,000, An All-Time High
Velcroman1 writes "The newest trend in American communication isn't another smartphone from Apple or Google but one of the elder statesmen of communication: Ham radio licenses are at an all time high,...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Tablet With Root Access By Default?
hweimer writes "I am looking for a small (7") tablet that comes with root access out of the box. I know, I could get one of the usual suspects and root it myself, but I don't want to waste my time in ...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Said To Be Developing Phone With HTC
ProbablyJoe writes "AllThingsD is running a series of stories this week about a possible new Facebook phone, codenamed 'Buffy.' The phone is said to be in development by HTC, who collaborated with Fac...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Viacom's SOPAPIPA Pitch Video, Annotated
Lauren Weinstein writes "Viacom has just released a video calling for support of global Internet censorship via SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). A truth annotated version of th...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot The Many Names of Linux Kernels
dartttt writes "Not many people know that Kernel releases have their codenames. Most of the Linux 2.6 and 3.x kernels include a name in the Makefile of their source trees, which can be found in the gi...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Debt Reduction Super Committee Fails To Agree
Hugh Pickens writes writes "VOA reports that the latest effort to cut the US government's debt apparently has ended in failure as leaders of the special 12-member debt reduction committee plan to anno...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Bulldozer Server Benchmarks Not Promising
New submitter RobinEggs writes "Some reviews of Bulldozer's server performance have arrived. Ars Technica has the breakdown, and the results are pretty ugly. Apparently Bulldozer fares just as poorly ...
11:05 am - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot OpenPGP Implemented In JavaScript
angry tapir writes with this excerpt from Tech World: "Researchers from German security firm Recurity Labs have released a JavaScript implementation of the OpenPGP specification that allows users to e...
09:05 am - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot ITC Rules Apple Does Not Infringe S3 Graphics Patents
First time accepted submitter boley1 writes "According to Cnet — S3 Graphics's case collapsed in their ITC suit, with the ITC ruling that Apple does not infringe on any of S3's patents. A big bl...
06:05 am - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Australian Copyright Troll Rumored To Have Shut Down
An anonymous reader writes "Remember how a shadowy group arose a few months back with the promise of suing thousands of Australians for allegedly pirating movies? ... Well, it looks like the effort ha...
04:05 am - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Is HP Paying Intel To Keep Itanium Alive?
itwbennett writes "In a court filing, Oracle accused HP of secretly contracting with Intel to keep making Itanium processors so that it can continue to make money from its locked-in Itanium customers ...
02:05 am - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Are There Any Smartphones That Respect Privacy?
An anonymous reader writes "After many years I am finally considering entering the smartphone era. Within the mainstream, there seem to be four OS choices: Windows, Android, Blackberry, or iOS: Androi...
01:05 am - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Penguin Yanking Kindle Books From Libraries
New submitter moniker writes "Penguin Group is removing Kindle ebooks from libraries using Overdrive citing 'security concerns' as a weak excuse, while most likely taking a shot at Amazon. One more ex...
12:05 am - Tue, November 22, 2011
Slashdot Separating Fact From Hype On Mobile Malware
wiredmikey writes with this quote from an article about determining whether the recent doom-and-gloom reports about malware on mobile devices are justified:"As twilight approaches for 2011, security v...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot Fox-IT Completes the Picture On the Factored RSA-512 Keys
An anonymous reader sends in this excerpt from the Fox-IT blog:"During recent weeks we have observed several interesting publications which have a direct relation to an investigation we worked on rece...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot How Much Tech Can Kids Take?
Barence writes "Are today's children facing technology overload, or simply gearing themselves up for life in a digital world? This article examines the effects of exposing children to technology at a ...
10:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot Toyota To Let People Ride In Self-Driving Prius
fergus07 writes "Toyota is to show an autonomous Prius at Tokyo Motor Show. Dubbed the Toyota AVOS (Automatic Vehicle Operation System), the car will be available for members of the public to take 'ba...
09:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot Bradley Manning's Court Date Finally Set
bs0d3 writes "Bradley Manning has finally been scheduled for a day in court. On December 16, he will have an Article 32 hearing (military pre-trial). Private Manning has been in jail for one and half ...
09:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot Are Maker Spaces the Future of Public Libraries?
misterbarnacles writes "Shareable has an interview with librarian Lauren Britton Smedley from the Fayetteville Free Library, which is adding a Fab Lab to its community offerings. She said, 'I think th...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot How Technology Is Shaping Language
An anonymous reader writes "This is an interesting article about how technology is shaping the English language, which touches on the fate of the current crop of (sometimes silly) tech-inspired words,...
07:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot MS To Build Antivirus Into Win8: Boon Or Monopoly?
jfruhlinger writes "Microsoft has quietly announced that it's planning on baking anti-virus protection right into the Windows 8 OS. Users have been criticizing Windows' insecurity for years — bu...
07:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot 11 Amazing Things NASA's Huge Mars Rover Can Do
TheNextCorner writes "NASA is getting set to launch its next Mars rover this week. The car-size Curiosity rover is the centerpiece of NASA's $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, slated ...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Denies Reports That Airport Scanners Ruin Kindle's e-Ink
judgecorp writes "Amazon has poured cold water on the story, but reports insist that Kindles are sometimes rendered useless by airport baggage handling and security checks. Many people report no probl...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot How To Get Into an Elite Comp-Sci Program
alphadogg writes "With early applications to elite colleges at an all-time high, the nation's highest-rated undergraduate computer science programs are bracing for an uptick in applications between no...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot DARPA Requests Replacement To Antibiotics
eldavojohn writes "In the grand scheme of things, antibiotics are a very temporary solution to aid humans in combating bacteria. Bacterial resistance to said antibiotics is an increasing fear and DARP...
04:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot Recycled Medical Records Used As Scrap Paper At Elementary School
Parents with students at Hale Elementary School in Minneapolis have found something interesting on the back of their children's pictures hanging on the fridge, detailed medical information. From the a...
04:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot SCADA Hacker: Water District Used 3-Character Password
Trailrunner7 writes "In an e-mail interview with Threatpost, a hacker who compromised software used to manage water infrastructure for South Houston, Texas, said the district had HMI (human machine in...
03:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot Afghanistan Biometric Data Given To US
wisebabo writes "I just noticed that not only are all Afghans going to have their biometric data (fingerprints and iris scans) recorded but the government plans to share it with the U.S. From the arti...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot Petition Calls For Making Net Access Inalienable Right
CelticWhisper writes "Targeted at stopping SOPA, a petition has been started at the White House's 'We The People' page calling for a Constitutional amendment that would render internet access an inali...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot Plate Readers Abound in DC Area, With Little Regard For Privacy
schwit1 writes "More than 250 cameras in Washington D.C. and its suburbs scan license plates in real time. It's a program that's quietly expanded beyond what anyone had imagined even a few years ago. ...
12:05 pm - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot A Drone Helicopter That Can Land On a Moving Truck
garymortimer writes with a story (the accompanying video is worth watching) of an unmanned helicopter than can automatically land on a moving surface. Though it's shown landing on a bed of a moving tr...
09:05 am - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot Swedish Pirate Party Member To Be EU's Youngest MP
First time accepted submitter genjix writes "In a few weeks Amelia Andersdotter will be the second Pirate Party member to take a seat at the European Parliament in Brussels. The 24-year-old Swede was ...
06:05 am - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot JavaScript JVM Runs Java
mikejuk writes "The world of software is made slightly crazy because of the huge flexibility within any computer language. Once you have absorbed the idea of a compiler written in the language it comp...
04:05 am - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot DNA Test To Determine Kids' Sports Futures
bs0d3 writes "Parents are being sold on the idea of buying DNA tests for their kids, to find out which sports they will be better at. The company called Atlas is based in Boulder, Colorado; and is sel...
12:05 am - Mon, November 21, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft To Back Kinect-Based Startups
angry tapir writes "Microsoft has announced a program designed to help 10 developers or startups launch businesses around products for Kinect, the controller that senses motion and voice. Developers w...
11:05 pm - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot Exoplanet Count Tops 700
astroengine writes "On Friday, the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia registered more than 700 confirmed exoplanets. Although this is an amazing milestone, it won't be long until the 'first thousand' are...
10:05 pm - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot The Convoluted Life Cycle of a News Story
ideonexus writes "Once upon a time, newspapers were considered the "first draft of history." Today, rather than the daily episodic updates of major news stories developing a narrative over time, we ha...
09:05 pm - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot Pakistan Bans 1600 Words and Phrases For Texting
Hugh Pickens writes writes "In a move reminiscent of George Carlin's Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has handed down a ban on about 1,600 terms and phrase...
08:05 pm - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot Sources Say Apple Originally Planned AMD Chip For MacBook Air
Several media sources (here's PC Magazine's version), all seemingly based on an account at SemiAccurate citing (but not naming) "muliple sources," report that Apple originally planned an AMD-chip base...
06:05 pm - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Updating a Difficult Campground Wi-Fi Design?
MahlonS writes "I am a retired network hack wintering in my RV in a campground in southern GA. 3 years ago I reconfigured the Wi-Fi system to a marginal working ability; It's now ready for a serious u...
05:05 pm - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot Open Source Tool Lets Anyone Redistrict New York
First time accepted submitter Micah_Altman writes "As the next redistricting battle shapes up in New York, members of the public have an opportunity to create viable alternatives. Unlike the previousl...
04:05 pm - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google Chase 'Got Milk?' Patents
theodp writes "Among the new iOS 5 features is Reminders, which Apple explains this way: 'Say you need to remember to pick up milk during your next grocery trip. Since Reminders can be location based,...
03:05 pm - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot Andrew Tanenbaum On Minix, Linux, BSD, and Licensing
An anonymous reader points out an interesting, detailed interview with Andrew Tanenbaum at Linuxfr.org; Tanenbaum holds forth on the current state of MINIX, licensing decisions, and the real reason he...
02:05 pm - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Hybrid vehicles are safer than their conventional counterparts when it comes to shielding their occupants from injuries in crashes with the odds of being injured in a crash...
12:05 pm - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot The Top 10 Supercomputers, Illustrated
1sockchuck writes "The twice-a-year list of the Top 500 supercomputers documents the most powerful systems on the planet. Many of these supercomputers are striking not just for their processing power,...
09:05 am - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot Copyright Isn't Working, Says EU Technology Chief Neelie Kroes
superglaze writes "Against the backdrop of governments and courts around the world ordering ISPs to block file-sharing sites, European commissioner Neelie Kroes has said people have started to see cop...
06:05 am - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot A Kindle Fire Review For Those Who Plan To Void the Warranty
The mixed reviews so far available for the new Amazon Fire tablet mostly address the Fire in its intended role as a locked-down portal through which to buy and consume ready-made content from Amazon. ...
03:05 am - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot In the EU, Water Doesn't (Officially) Prevent Dehydration
New Kohath writes with this news from The Guardian: "Bottled water producers applied to the EU for the right to claim that 'regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of d...
12:05 am - Sun, November 20, 2011
Slashdot Whither the Portable Optical Drive?
"The MacBook Air and the Ultrabook come without a piece of hardware that's been a mainstay in laptops for a long time — the optical drive," says a piece at CNET. "Maybe because they really aren'...
11:05 pm - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot Human Survival Depends On Space Exploration, Says Hawking
thomst writes "The Winnipeg Free Press posts a story by Cassandra Szklarski of the Canadian Press about an email interview with Stephen Hawking in which the astrophysicist and geek hero opines, 'Our o...
10:05 pm - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot France To Tax the Internet To Pay For Music
bs0d3 writes "A new tax in France is aimed at ISPs. The new government tax on ISPs is to help pay for the CNM (Centre National de la Musique). Already in France there is a tax on TV, to pay for public...
09:05 pm - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot Full Disk Encryption Hard For Law Enforcement To Crack
If you'd rather keep your data private, take heart: disk encryption is a lot harder to break than techno-thriller movies and TV shows make it out to be, to the chagrin of some branches of law enforcem...
08:05 pm - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot 2-Year Study Shows Mac Users Downloading More Open Source Software
AmyVernon writes "We combed through about two years' worth of data on SourceForge, looking at the platforms of the users who downloaded projects, and millions more Mac users are downloading open sourc...
06:05 pm - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Inexpensive Anti-Theft Vehicle Tracking System?
New submitter Chuckles08 writes "I'm about to complete the purchase of an electric scooter that is worth over $5,000. Since I'll be parking it on a college campus, it will be vulnerable to theft. I'd ...
05:05 pm - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot 'Arrested Development' Comes Exclusively To Netflix
First time accepted submitter Xondak writes "The cult series 'Arrested Development' is being resurrected and brought exclusively to Netflix streaming subscribers. This marks the first time a major stu...
04:05 pm - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot Higgs Range Narrowed; Hunt Enters Final Stage
gbrumfiel writes "For forty years, the Higgs boson has remained a theoretical construct, but by Christmas, scientists may have a pretty good idea of whether it's real or not. Nature News reports that ...
03:05 pm - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot Are SOPA Sponsors Violating SOPA Rules? Not So Fast, Says Ars Technica
TheNextCorner writes "Remember how the Stop Online Piracy Act would make streaming of copyrighted material a felony? Many of these lawmakers actually stream copyrighted videos on their websites." Howe...
02:05 pm - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot How Ford Will Upgrade Owners' Display Screens
gManZboy writes "'Sometime early next year, Ford will mail USB sticks to about 250,000 owners of vehicles with its advanced touchscreen control panel. The stick will contain a major upgrade to the sof...
12:05 pm - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot Controlling a Robot From a Smartphone's Headphone Jack
RedEaredSlider passes along this excerpt about what looks like a smart advance in controlling hobbyist robots:"The concept is quite simple: put a wheeled chassis on a smart phone or iPod Touch that al...
09:05 am - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot Climate Panel Says To Prepare For Weird Weather
Layzej writes "Extreme weather, such as the 2010 Russian heat wave or the drought in the horn of Africa, will become more frequent and severe as the planet warms, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climat...
04:05 am - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot US Gives Raytheon $10.5M For 'Serious Games'
coondoggie writes "These aren't your basic video gaming systems here. The U.S. government gave Raytheon BBN Technologies $10.5 million today to develop what it called 'serious games' that feature an i...
03:05 am - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Good, Useful Free Software For Gifts?
First time accepted submitter Jeng writes "I'm planning on sending flash drives to friends and family as stocking stuffers. Rather than just send a blank drive, I'm looking for what good useful free s...
01:05 am - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot Two Porn Companies Take ICANN and .xxx Registrar To Court
SharkLaser writes "Two of the largest porn companies on the internet, Manwin and Digital Playground, yesterday sued both ICANN and ICM Registry, which runs the .xxx TLD, over extorting defensive regis...
12:05 am - Sat, November 19, 2011
Slashdot LHC Research May Help Explain the Universe's MatterAntimatter Imbalance
suraj.sun sends this excerpt from the BBC:"Particles called D-mesons seem to decay slightly differently from their antiparticles, LHCb physicist Matthew Charles told the HCP 2011 meeting on Monday. Th...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Nintendo Releases The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
mayberry42 writes "Finally, the wait is over — for European fans, anyway. After months (well, over a year) of delays, the latest adventure of Link is finally out. Reviews for the game are consis...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Inside Newegg's East Coast Distribution Center
MrSeb writes "Did you know that Newegg is the second largest e-tailer in the U.S., after Amazon? Perhaps building your own computer isn't dead yet! Matthew Murray was recently invited to take a tour o...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Sand Dunes On Mars In Motion
TheNextCorner writes with news that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has detected ripples and shifts in the sand dunes on Mars, which means the surface of the planet is more dynamic than previously ...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Dual-Core Android PC Now Comes On a USB Stick
absolut.evil writes "FXI Technologies has taken a dual core smartphone-esque computer and put it into a little USB stick. Neat. This allows you to plug into anything with a screen, USB port, and input...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Of Mice and Cancer
Maximum Prophet points out a series of articles in Slate about the role of mice and rats in the fight against cancer. The first article discusses the problem of using the same type of animal for many ...
09:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Messaging Apps, VoIP Already Eating Into Carrier Revenue
An anonymous reader writes "A new breed of messaging services and mobile Voice over IP clients like Skype are already eating into carrier revenues according to a new study. '... one-third of carriers ...
08:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Feds Investigating Water Utility Pump Failure As Possible Cyberattack
SpuriousLogic writes with this quote from CNN:"Federal officials confirmed they are investigating whether a cyber attack may have been responsible for the failure of a water pump at a public water dis...
07:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot B&N Pummels Microsoft Patent Claims With Prior Art
itwbennett writes "As Slashdot readers will recall, Barnes & Noble is being particularly noisy about the patents Microsoft is leveraging against the Nook. Now the bookseller has filed a supplement...
07:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Study Says Quantum Wavefunction Is a Real Physical Object
cekerr writes with this excerpt from an article in Nature"The wavefunction is a real physical object after all, say researchers. ... the new paper, by a trio of physicists led by Matthew Pusey at Impe...
06:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Google Upgrades WebP To Challenge PNG Image Format
New submitter more writes with news that Google has added to its WebP image format the ability to losslessly compress images, and to do so with a substantial reduction in file size compared to the PNG...
05:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Engineers Create World's Lightest Material
ackthpt writes "A team of engineers claims to have created the world's lightest material. Made from a lattice of hollow metallic tubes, the material is less dense than aerogels and metallic foams, yet...
05:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot China Using Net Censorship As a Trade Weapon?
angry tapir writes "The Chinese government is using Internet censorship as a trade weapon against U.S. tech companies trying to do business there. China's ongoing censorship of the Internet is applied...
04:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot US Army Completes First Test Flight of Mach 6 Weapon
Stirling Newberry writes "In a terse press release, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the first test of the the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, which launches on a staged rocket and then glides to ...
03:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Patent Aims To Curb Obnoxious Employee Behavior
theodp writes "GeekWire reports that a pending Microsoft patent for monitoring workplace behavior would do Dwight Schrute proud. Three Microsoft inventors propose curbing obnoxious workplace habits in...
02:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot OPERA Group Repeats Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results
gbrumfiel writes "Earlier this year, the OPERA experiment made the extraordinary claim that they had seen neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light. The experiment, located at Gran Sasso in I...
02:05 pm - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot High Resolution Global Topographic Map of Moon
stuckinarut writes "NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has released the highest resolution near-global topographic map of the moon ever created. From the article: '"Our new topographic view of the mo...
11:05 am - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Drug-Resistant Superbugs Sweeping Across Europe
Pierre Bezukhov writes "K. pneumoniae is a common cause of pneumonia, urinary tract, and bloodstream infections in hospital patients. The superbug form is resistant even to a class of medicines called...
09:05 am - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Why Do Companies Backup So Infrequently?
Orome1 writes "Businesses are on average backing up to tape once a month, with one alarming statistic showing 10 percent were only backing up to tape once per year, according to a survey by Vanson Bou...
07:05 am - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot All French Nuclear Reactors Deemed Unsafe
hweimer writes "A new study by a French government agency, commissioned in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, found that all French nuclear power plants do not offer adequate safety when it comes to ...
04:05 am - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot New Media Giants Take Out Print Ad Against SOPA
itwbennett writes "Slashdot readers will recall that the SOPA hearings earlier this week 'excluded any witnesses who advocate for civil rights. Google's Katherine Oyama was the only witness to object ...
02:05 am - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot New Study Finds People Remember More Than They Think
An anonymous reader writes "A new study has shown that people subconsciously retain information about things they've seen even if they can't consciously remember. From the article: 'Luis Martinez of C...
01:05 am - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Designers Build 35-Foot Robot Snake
An anonymous reader writes "Canadian robotic design house eatArt has released a video of its latest project: the Titanoboa, a robotic snake based on a 50-foot long prehistoric serpent. The video pits ...
01:05 am - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot PayPal Launches Facebook App For Sending Money
angry tapir writes "PayPal has launched a Facebook application designed to let users of the social networking site send money to each other. The application, named Send Money, features a greeting card...
12:05 am - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot Giant Chinese Desert Mystery Structure Solved
Velcroman1 writes "Slashdotters read Monday about strange symbols in the Gobi Desert recently imaged and indexed by Google Maps. Alien landing zones? Some military thingy? Bizarre art project? Nope. T...
12:05 am - Fri, November 18, 2011
Slashdot The $443 Million Smallpox Vaccine That Nobody Needs
Hugh Pickens writes "Once feared for its grotesque pustules and 30% death rate, smallpox was eradicated worldwide as of 1978 and is known to exist only in the locked freezers of a Russian scientific i...
11:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Tools To Aid When "On Call"?
An anonymous reader writes "Since most readers of slashdot are IT'ers, I assume this is a familiar story: when working in IT, it often happens you need to be standby or 'on call' during a certain peri...
11:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Toronto School Bans Hard Balls
In an attempt to finally "think of the children," Earl Beatty Publid school has prohibited students from playing with balls after a "few serious incidents" in which students and staff were hit or almo...
11:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot EU Speaks Out Against US Censorship
bs0d3 writes "The EU Parliament has adopted, 'by a large majority,' a statement warning the US to refrain 'from unilateral measures to revoke IP addresses or domain names' due to the 'need to protect ...
10:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Computing Pioneers Share Their First Tech Memories
An anonymous reader writes "Major names from the world of computing and technology such as Vint Cerf, William Gibson, Richard Stallman, Michael Dell and Hermann Hauser have shared their memories on th...
10:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Microturbines Power, Cool Servers Simultaneously
jfruhlinger writes "The infrastructure of a large data center poses two main problems: You need to find a way to reliably power all those servers, and you need to figure out a way to deal with the hea...
09:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 Secure Boot Defeated
jhigh writes "An Austrian security researcher is scheduled to release the first 'bootkit' for Windows 8 at the upcoming MalCon in Mumbai. This exploit loads in the MBR and stays memory resident until ...
09:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Apple Addresses Factory Pollution In China
redletterdave writes "Apple reportedly sent five employees to meet with five different Chinese environmental groups on Nov. 15, only to learn about several troubling environmental issues at as many as...
08:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot The Futility of Developer Productivity Metrics
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses why code analysis and similar metrics provide little insight into what really makes an effective software development team, in the wake of a ...
07:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot EULAs Don't Have To Suck
jfruhlinger writes "The ubiquitous EULA — reams of baffling text imposing draconian terms on software users — infuriate most Slashdot users and are routinely ignored by everyone else (unti...
07:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Energy Firm Wants To Be First To Mine the Moon
coondoggie writes "By 2020, the Shackleton Energy Company says it intends to be operating the world's first lunar base and propellant depot for all manner of spacecraft. Shackleton stated that after a...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Recreating a Mysterious, 2,100-Year-Old Clock
fergus07 writes "Swiss watchmaker Hublot has created a scaled-down working replica of the ancient Antikythera mechanism. The question is — why on Earth would you want to strap one of these to yo...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Desura Game Distribution Service Releases On Linux
An anonymous reader writes "Desura is a digital distribution platform for video games, focusing on releases from indie developers and mods rather than AAA titles. After a two-month beta period, Desura...
05:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Occupy Flash?
mcgrew writes "CNN is reporting another Occupy movement — Occupy Flash. Their aim: get rid of Flash completely. They explain: 'Why does it matter when HTML5 has clearly won the fight for the fut...
05:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Working On Man Made Lightning
New submitter PerlJedi writes "There is a very cool write up on the Make blog about an effort to build the world's largest tesla coils. Quoting: '"Somehow lightning can generate huge discharges with o...
05:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Net Neutrality and Carrier Incentives To Invest
An anonymous reader writes "In policy debates before Congress and the FCC, the big ISPs and wireless carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Sprint) argued that net neutrality rules would give them...
04:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Boeing Delivers Massive Ordnance Penetrator
Hugh Pickens writes "In an age of drones and lightweight weaponry, the U.S. Air Force's purchase of the first batch of 30,000-pound bombs designed to pulverize underground enemy hide-outs highlights t...
03:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Potential 0-Day Vulnerability For BIND 9
Morty writes "BIND, the popular DNS server software, has been crashing all over the Internet. The root cause is believed to be a 0-day vulnerability in BIND's resolver. The ISC has issued an alert. Qu...
03:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Apple's New Patent Weapon — Location Services
DaveyJJ writes "Once again, it seems Apple is about to take intellectual property claims to a new level. Apple has been reissued a patent they acquired from Xerox that pretty much wraps up what we kno...
02:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Intel's Plans For X86 Android, Smartphones, and Tablets
MrSeb writes "'Last week, Intel announced that it had added x86 optimizations to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, but the text of the announcement and included quotes were vague and a bit contradictor...
12:05 pm - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Identifying Nuclear Scientists Willing To Sell Their Knowledge
Harperdog writes "This is an interesting piece on U.S. programs most people don't know about: programs to identify and win over nuclear scientists who might be willing to sell their know-how to non-nu...
10:05 am - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Has Apple Made Programmers Cool?
An anonymous reader writes "CNET suggests that Apple has totally changed the general public's perception of programmers: It's now suddenly cool to code. No matter what platform you're on. They argue t...
07:05 am - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot BT Fiber Infrastructure Plans 'Fatal' To Competition
twoheadedboy writes "BT today revealed it is to start selling its Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) for fiber broadband product to other providers later this month, but the announcement was met wit...
04:05 am - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Teenager Builds $300 Open Source Eye-Tracking System
fergus07 writes "Developed by a 17-year-old electronics and programming whiz from Honduras, the Eyeboard system is a low-tech eyeball-tracking device that allows users with motor disabilities to enter...
02:05 am - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Google Music Goes Live With Google+ Integration
angry tapir writes "Google Music, the company's cloud-based online music service, is now available to all users in the US and includes song and album sales, as well as an integration with the Google&p...
01:05 am - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot $50,000 To Solve the Most Complicated Puzzle Ever
An anonymous reader writes "A team from UC San Diego is using crowd-sourcing as a tool to solve the most complicated puzzle ever attempted, which involves piecing together roughly 10,000 pieces of dif...
01:05 am - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Hiding Messages In VoIP Packets
Orome1 writes "A group of researchers from the Warsaw University of Technology have devised a relatively simple way of hiding information within VoIP packets exchanged during a phone conversation. The...
01:05 am - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Study Finds Frequent Gaming Changes Your Brain
Coolhand2120 writes "Gamers always felt they had more grey matter. The LA Times reports there is now proof: 'Fourteen-year-olds who were frequent video gamers had more gray matter in the rewards cente...
12:05 am - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot Rambus Loses $4B Antitrust Case
UnknowingFool writes "In a vote of 9-3, a jury found that Micron and Hynix did not collude to manipulate DRAM prices in a violation of California anti-trust law against Rambus. The jury also ruled tha...
12:05 am - Thu, November 17, 2011
Slashdot AFL-CIO and Big Content Advocate For SOPA
Weezul writes "Today's House Judiciary Committee meeting on the Stop Online Piracy Act excluded any witnesses who advocate for civil rights. Google's Katherine Oyama was the only witness to object to ...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot TSA Puts Off Safety Study of X-ray Body Scanners
zokuga writes "ProPublica reports that the TSA is backing off a previous promise to conduct a new independent study of X-ray body scanners used at airport security lanes around the country. Earlier th...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Syrian Protesters Roll Out New iPhone Apps
An anonymous reader writes "Protesters in Syria, dealing with a strict media blackout, have rolled out new iPhone and iPad apps to share news, stories, and even jokes. Amid a brutal crackdown, rebels ...
10:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Intel and DreamWorks Working On Rendering Animation In Real-Time
PolygamousRanchKid writes "This week while speaking at the Techonomy conference, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told audience members that they'd formulated the solution for real-time ren...
10:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Life-Bearing Lake Possible On Icy Jupiter Moon
astroengine writes "New research shows the jumbled ice blocks crowning the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa are signs of large liquid lakes below, a key finding in the search for places where life...
10:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot First Look: Oracle NoSQL Database
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a first look at Oracle NoSQL Database, the company's take on the distributed key-value data store for the enterprise. 'There are dozens of small ways in w...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Mongolia Wants To Use Artificial Glaciers To Cool Capital
phaedrus5001 wrote in with a story about an unusual plan to regulate the temperature of Ulan Bator, the capital city of Mongolia. The article reads: "The city of Ulan Bator will attempt to capture som...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Feds Helped Coordinate Occupy X Crackdowns
Lawrence_Bird writes "The Feds helped break up the Occupy protests by providing advice and assistance from the FBI and DHS. From the article: 'Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said on Monday that her city and ...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Statistical Analysis Packages For Libraries?
HolyLime writes "I'm a librarian in a small academic library. Increasingly the administration is asking our department to collect data on various aspects of our activities, class taught, students help...
07:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Experts 'Convinced' Duqu Work of Stuxnet Authors
Trailrunner7 writes "Researchers are fairly confident now that whoever wrote the Duqu malware was also involved in developing the Stuxnet worm. They're also confident that they have not yet identified...
07:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot OpenSUSE 12.1 Released
MasterPatricko writes "The openSUSE project is proud to present the release of openSUSE 12.1! This release represents more than eight months of work by our international community and brings you the b...
07:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Intel Announces Xeon E5 and Knights Corner HPC Chip
MojoKid writes "At the supercomputing conference SC2011 yesterday, Intel announced its new Xeon E5 processors and demoed their new Knights Corner many integrated core (MIC) solution. The new Xeons won...
06:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Robot Controls Person's Arm To Manipulate Objects
An anonymous reader writes "French researchers have demonstrated a robot that controls its own arm as well as a person's arm to manipulate objects in a collaborative manner, IEEE reports. Electrodes a...
05:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Research Promises Drastically Increased LiOn Capacity
daem0n1x writes "Could this be the breakthrough we've all been expecting that will finally make the electric car a reality? Researchers of Northwestern University USA discovered a new way to build lit...
05:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot CarrierIQ: Most Phones Ship With "Rootkit"
First time accepted submitter Kompressor writes "According to a developer on the XDA forums, TrevE, many Android, Nokia, and BlackBerry smartphones have software called Carrier IQ that allows your car...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Romanian Accused of Breaking Into NASA
alphadogg writes "Romanian authorities have arrested a 26-year old hacker who is accused of breaking into multiple NASA servers and causing $500,000 in damages to the U.S. space agency's systems. Robe...
03:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Patent Issue Delays Doom 3 Source Code Release
An anonymous reader writes "id Software is still planning to release the Doom 3 source this year, but it's been delayed by a patent issue that's causing John Carmack to personally rewrite some of the ...
02:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Apple Names New Chairman
angry tapir writes "Arthur Levinson, former CEO of biotech company Genentech, is taking on the chairmanship of Apple's board, filling the role that Apple founder Steve Jobs vacated when he died last m...
02:05 pm - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot SOPA Hearings Stacked In Favor of Pro-SOPA Lobby
Adrian Lopez writes "Techdirt reports that 'apparently, the folks behind SOPA are really scared to hear from the opposition. We all expected that the Judiciary Committee hearings wouldn't be a fair fi...
11:05 am - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot MIT Creates Chip to Model Synapses
MrSeb writes with this excerpt from an Extreme Tech article: "With 400 transistors and standard CMOS manufacturing techniques, a group of MIT researchers have created the first computer chip that mimi...
09:05 am - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Universal Music Demands Insurer Pay For Infringement Damages
An anonymous reader writes with a new twist in the recently resolved Canadian music label infringement lawsuit. From the article: "Earlier this year, the four primary members of the Canadian Recording...
06:05 am - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Holding Back Personal Data
itwbennett writes "Facebook has reduced the amount of personal data it releases to users as required by European Union law. Due to the volume of requests since Europe v. Facebook began its campaign, F...
04:05 am - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot W3C Proposes Unified "Do Not Track" Privacy Standard
In his first submission, kierny writes "A W3C working group is crafting two standards, due out by summer 2012, to enable consumers to opt out of online tracking. Numerous big players are involved, inc...
02:05 am - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Shareholders Unhappy After Annual Meeting
Kozar_The_Malignant writes "Microsoft shareholders left today's annual meeting grumbling about the 15 minute Q&A period with Bill Gates and Steve Balmer and the lack of any real specifics about co...
01:05 am - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Qualcomm's Butterfly Wing Display Gets Nearer
holy_calamity writes "Technology Review has an update on a screen technology from Qualcomm called Mirasol that delivers LCD-like colors and video but sips power like e-ink. Demonstration Android table...
12:05 am - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Canada CRTC Rules Against Usage Based Billing
iONiUM writes "In a somewhat surprising end to the ongoing fight between large ISPs (a duopoly in Canada), and independent ISPs, the CRTC has ruled in favor of the small ISPs. This means that independ...
12:05 am - Wed, November 16, 2011
Slashdot Steve Jobs Wanted an iPhone-Only Wireless Network
jfruhlinger writes "One of the more profound ways that the iPhone changed the mobile industry was the fact that it upended the relationship between the handset maker and the wireless carrier: Apple se...
11:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Raspberry Pi PCB Layout Revealed
An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday, the final Raspberry Pi printed circuit board (PCB) layout was revealed. The word 'packed/ comes to mind as this is one very complicated looking board. The reason...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Mario's Raccoon Suit Enrages PETA
redletterdave writes "PETA believes Nintendo's iconic plumber Mario takes a 'pro fur' stance" because he 'wears the skin of a raccoon dog to give him special powers' in the new handheld game released ...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot New Malware Signed With Stolen Government Certificate
Trailrunner7 writes "Security researchers claim that malware spreading via malicious PDF files is signed with a valid certificate stolen from the Government of Malaysia, in just the latest evidence th...
09:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Skilled Readers Recognize Words By Shape
hessian writes "Skilled readers can recognize words at lightning fast speed when they read because the word has been placed in a visual dictionary of sorts, say Georgetown University Medical Center (G...
09:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot RIAA Doesn't Like the "Used Digital Music" Business
An anonymous reader writes "Ars Technica reports on the developing story between the RIAA and music reseller ReDigi, 'the world's first online marketplace for used digital music,' who first came onlin...
08:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot DOJ: Violating a Site's ToS Is a Crime
ideonexus writes "CNET has obtained a statement to be released by the Department of Justice tomorrow defending its broad interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) that defines violatio...
07:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Barnes & Noble Names Microsoft's Disputed Android Patents
Julie188 writes "B&N is really blowing the lid off of what Microsoft is doing and how they are forcing money from Android. It has accused Microsoft of requiring overly restricted NDA agreements fr...
07:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Doctor Who To Become Hollywood Feature Film
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Variety reports that David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, is teaming up with the BBC to turn its iconic sci-fi TV series Doctor Who into a Hollywood ...
06:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Russia's MiG Aircraft Company Develops 3D Flight Simulator
Zothecula writes "Russian aircraft company MiG is best known for its fighter planes which have been used by the USSR, China, North Korea and North Vietnam since the beginning of WWII. These days, the ...
06:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Tor-Enabled Browser For the iPad, and Easy Tor Nodes on EC2
An anonymous reader writes "While there has been a port of Tor for jailbroken iOS devices for a long time, there was no way to use it if you did not want to lose your warranty. Now it looks like Apple...
06:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Now's Your Chance To Apply As an Astronaut
From reader Leebert comes this notice: NASA will hold a conference this afternoon to explain the process the agency will use to select the next class of astronauts. According to the announcement, "NAS...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's a Good TabletApp Combination For Note-Taking?
EmagGeek writes "My wife recently started back to school to finish her 4-year degree, and one of the things that we've been considering is procuring for her some kind of tablet that would enable her t...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Adobe To Donate Flex SDK To Open Source Community
New submitter ProbablyJoe writes "InfoQ reports that Adobe is to donate its web application SDK, Flex, to an 'an established open source foundation' — suspected to either be the Open Spoon Found...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Fukushima Soil Contamination Probed
AmiMoJo writes "New research has found that radioactive material in parts of north-eastern Japan exceeds levels considered safe for farming. The findings provide the first comprehensive estimates of c...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Intel's 4004 Microprocessor Turns 40
harrymcc writes "On November 15th 1971, Intel introduced the 4004 — the first single-chip microprocessor. Its offspring, needless to say, went on to change the world. But first, Intel tried usin...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Google To Allow Location Service Opt-out
TripleP writes "In a kind gesture from Google, they're allowing wireless AP owners to opt out of their location service. You only have to change your SSID to include '_nomap' as a suffix. Is it just m...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Minecraft Is Finished
SharkLaser writes "Minecraft, the most widely known and best selling indie game in the history, is now finished. Minecraft creator Notch tweeted yesterday that Minecraft has gone gold and will be rele...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Aussie Bank Wants To Trade Social Network Data For Better Deals
natecochrane writes "An Australian bank has raised the possibility of offering better deals to customers who share its social network activities with it. But at the same security conference at which C...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot GAO Criticizes IRS Over Serious IT Deficiencies
wiredmikey writes with an analysis of a GAO report on the dismal failure of the IRS to implement secure IT practices. From the article: "The Government Accountability Office has blasted the Internal R...
11:05 am - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Locate Flaw In Bitcoin Protocol
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Microsoft Research and Cornell identified a potential flaw in Bitcoin's transaction propagation. In a recent paper they show how miner nodes in the Bitcoin n...
09:05 am - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot EU Approves Unified Full Body Scanner Regulations
OverTheGeicoE writes "The European Union has adopted a proposal to regulate airport body scanners at Member State airports. No Member State or airport is obligated to use scanners, but if they do, the...
09:05 am - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot NYPD Dismantling Occupy Wall Street Encampment
First time accepted submitter Red_Chaos1 was the first to write with news that, as of around 06:30 UTC, the NYPD appears to have begun removing the encampment of Occupy Wall Street. At 06:34 UTC the M...
06:05 am - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Oxford City Council Mandates CCTV Cameras In Taxies by 2015
First time accepted submitter Beowulf878 writes "In yet another data-collection feast by the government in the UK, a local council has proposed fitting at least one CCTV camera per taxi to record ever...
04:05 am - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Siri Protocol Cracked
First time accepted submitter jisom writes with something that will probably not be working come morning. Quoting the source: "Today, we managed to crack open Siri's protocol. As a result, we are able...
02:05 am - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Common Crawl Foundation Providing Data For Search Researchers
mikejuk writes with an excerpt from an article in I Programmer: "If you have ever thought that you could do a better job than Google but were intimidated by the hardware needed to build a web index, t...
01:05 am - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Android Ice Cream Sandwich Source Released
grcumb writes "Looks like the folks at Google have made good on their promise to release the Android 4.0 source code. Android software engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru writes: 'Hi! We just released a bit ...
12:05 am - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Building an Assistive Reading Device?
RulerOf writes "A few years ago, my girlfriend's grandfather was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. Ever since, he has had progressively more trouble with daily activities. While his wife and family...
12:05 am - Tue, November 15, 2011
Slashdot China Building Gigantic Structures In the Desert
vbraga writes "New photos have appeared in Google Maps showing unidentified titanic structures in the middle of the Chinese desert. The first one is an intricate network of what appears to be huge met...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Tech Site Sues Ex-Employee, Claiming Rights To His Twitter Account
nonprofiteer writes "Noah Kravitz worked as a mobile phone reviewer for a tech website called Phonedog for four and a half years. While there, he started a Twitter account (of his own volition) with t...
10:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Deep-sea Camouflage Tactics Revealed
Honken writes "A recent study by scientists at Duke University has found that transparent deep-sea octopuses turn red when exposed to blue light similar to what predators emit, allowing them to hide u...
10:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Google Makes Its Search System Slightly More Transparent
Meshach writes "The New York Times has an interesting article about how Google has revealed some of the inner workings of the Google Search service. The main change is that sites that are not in Engli...
09:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Via Launches a New Mini-ITX System
primesuspect writes "Coming in close to the 10th anniversary of the format and billed as a 'motherboard for digital home media DIY enthusiasts,' VIA have paired their Nano X2 1.4ghz dual-core CPU with...
09:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Pirate Party Gains Another Seat In EU
bs0d3 writes "Amelia Andersdotter is a member of the Swedish Pirate Party elected in 2009. Originally her votes were not enough to beat fellow pirate Christian Engstrom for a seat on the European Parl...
09:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Did Fracking Cause Recent Oklahoma Earthquakes?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Oklahoma is typically seismically stable, with about 50 small quakes a year — but in 2009, that number jumped up to more than 1,000 and on November 5 a 5.6-magnitude ...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Secret BBC Documents Reveal Flimsy Case For DRM
mouthbeef writes "The Guardian just published my investigative story on the BBC and Ofcom's abuse of secrecy laws to hide the reasons for granting permission for DRM on UK public broadcasts. The UK pu...
07:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot First 16-Core Opteron Chips Arrive From AMD
angry tapir writes "After a brief delay and more than a year of chatter, Advanced Micro Devices has announced the availability of its first 16-core Opteron server chips, which pack the largest number ...
07:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Bad Astronomer Phil Plait Responds
You asked Phil Plait, aka The Bad Astronomer, questions on topics ranging from debunking superstition to extraterrestrial life to funding space exploration; read on below for his answers. Thanks for t...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Reviews of Kindle Fire Are a Mixed Bag
MrSeb writes "Ahead of tomorrow's full-scale launch of Amazon's new wunderkind, panacea, and lynch-pin of its continuing distribution domination, initial reviews of the Kindle Fire are starting to tri...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Report on Web-Surfing Speeds Finds Pervasive Throttling
Stirling Newberry writes "New York Times has a report on web-surfing speed tests that their reporter ran using Glasnost, a tool that mimics the bittorrent protocol and measures the results. BT in the ...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot 2011 Geek IQ Test
snydeq writes "Active Directory object catalogs, quad-core processors, Debian default configurations, Star Trek TNG guest appearances — find out how much you know where it really counts by takin...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Plasma-Filled Bags Could Replace the Petri Dish
Zothecula writes "The humble Petri dish may soon be a thing of the past. A team of researchers in Germany have developed a new technique for treating plastic bags with plasmas to turn them into sealed...
04:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot French Power Company Fined For Hacking Greenpeace
judgecorp writes "Electricite de France (EDF) which uses nuclear reactors to generate the majority of France's electricity, has been found guilty of hacking into Greenpeace computers in 2006. EDF has ...
03:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Cray Replaces IBM To Build $188M Supercomputer
wiredmikey writes "Supercomputer maker Cray today said that the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) awarded the company a contract to build a supercomputer f...
03:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Intel Launches Sandy Bridge-E Series Processors
MojoKid writes "Today marks the release of Intel's Sandy Bridge-E processor family and its companion X79 Express chipset. The first processor to arrive is the Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition, a six-core...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Develop Super-Slippery Material
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Anyone who is partial to ketchup with their food will know how difficult it is to get the final dregs from the bottle but now the Telegraph reports that scientists have cre...
11:05 am - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot German Copyright Group To Collect From Creative Commons Event
bs0d3 writes "In Leipzig, Germany, an 8 hour music/dance party event was organized to play nothing but creative commons music the entire time. A German copyright group called GEMA told the organizers ...
08:05 am - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Diaspora Co-founder Dies At 22
phaedrus5001 writes "Tech Crunch is reporting that one of the co-founders of Diaspora, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, has passed away. He was only 22. At the moment, the cause of his death is unknown." Re...
06:05 am - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Man Calls 911 To Fix Broken iPhone
tekgoblin writes "For some reason Michael Skopec of Illinois thought that calling 911 would get his broken iPhone fixed. It got him arrested instead. From the article: 'After the five calls were made ...
05:05 am - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Inside the Duqu Worm's Source Code
angry tapir writes "Wrapped in the code the Duqu worm uses to infect computers is the message: 'Copyright (c) 2003 Showtime Inc. All rights reserved. DexterRegularDexter.' An analysis of the worm has ...
02:05 am - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Schools Buy .xxx Domains In Trademark Panic
bs0d3 writes "Schools nationwide, including The University of Missouri and Washington University, are snapping up .xxx domain names to avoid people making porn sites with their names in the url. The n...
12:05 am - Mon, November 14, 2011
Slashdot Mac OS X Sandbox Security Hole Uncovered
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Researchers at Core Security Technologies have uncovered a security hole that could allow someone to circumvent the application sandbox restrictions of Mac OS X. The report of the...
10:05 pm - Sun, November 13, 2011
Slashdot Army Plots Its Smartphone Strategy
gManZboy writes "What kind of smartphone should a soldier have? Ahead of the impending expiration of two communications contracts, the Army's 5th Signal Command is prepping for the possibility of buyi...
09:05 pm - Sun, November 13, 2011
Slashdot iOS App Acoustically Measures Distances Up To 25 Meters
n01 writes "A recently published app for the iOS platform uses the propagation of sound waves to measure distances of up to 25 meters in a dual device mode. The technique works through repeatedly send...
07:05 pm - Sun, November 13, 2011
Slashdot The IOCCC Competition Is Back
Rui Lopes writes "After a 5 year hiatus, the IOCCC (International Obfuscated C Code Contest) is back! This marks the 20th edition of the contest. Submissions are open between 12-Nov-2011 11:00 UTC and...
05:05 pm - Sun, November 13, 2011
Slashdot Is American Innovation Losing Its Shine?
kenekaplan writes "American ingenuity and innovation, the twin engine of the country's economy since World War II, is in danger of losing steam and job growth potential if federal legislators allow 'a...
04:05 pm - Sun, November 13, 2011
Slashdot In-Vitro Muscle Cells, It's What's For Dinner
wanzeo writes "Within the last decade, many of us have experienced the encroachment of ethics into our mealtime. Phrases such as vegetarian, vegan, organic, bST, GMO, etc. have become part of common g...
02:05 pm - Sun, November 13, 2011
Slashdot Canary Islands Eruption Could Create New Land
wanzeo writes "An undersea volcano is erupting off the coast of the Canary Islands, bringing the potential for new land formation. The lava peak has grown 100 meters from the ocean floor, and is now j...
11:05 am - Sun, November 13, 2011
Slashdot The Privatization of Copyright Lawmaking
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from TorrentFreak:"The biggest misperception about [the Stop Online Piracy Act] is that it is somehow unprecedented or extraordinary. It is not. SOPA repre...
08:05 am - Sun, November 13, 2011
Slashdot Workshops Begin In Australia On WikiLeaks Opera
Hugh Pickens writes "Betrayal, lust, secrecy, power: there's no shortage of dramatic intrigue in the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Perhaps that's why work has begun on an opera based on the l...
05:05 am - Sun, November 13, 2011
Slashdot Startup Testing Mobile Farmbots
An anonymous reader writes "Wired reports on Harvest Automation, a Massachusetts company developing small robots that can perform basic agricultural labor. The ones currently being tested in greenhous...
01:05 am - Sun, November 13, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Crowdfunding For Science — Can It Succeed?
jearbear writes "Can crowdfunding work for science? Having raised nearly $40,000 for scientific research in 10 days for projects as diverse as biofuel catalyst design to the study of cellular cilia to...
12:05 am - Sun, November 13, 2011
Slashdot Is There an Institutional Bias Against Black Tech Entrepreneurs?
An anonymous reader writes sends this excerpt from CNN:"The vast majority of top executives at the leading Silicon Valley tech firms are white men. Women and Asians have made some inroads, but African...
11:05 pm - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot Commercial Space: Spirit of Apollo Or Spirit of Solyndra?
MarkWhittington writes "Andrew Chaikin, the author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, believes that the spirit of Apollo no longer resides at NASA, but rather in the nascent c...
10:05 pm - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot Google Music Downloads To Go Ahead Without Sony Or Warner
An anonymous reader writes "Google has sent out press invitations to an event on Wednesday where it's expected they'll unveil their long-rumored Google Music download service. CNET reports that while ...
09:05 pm - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot Predicting US Supreme Court Justice Votes
New submitter Pierre Bezukhov writes "Researchers Roger Guimera and Marta Sales-Pardo of Spain set out to ask whether one of the nine Supreme Court justices could be plucked from the bench and replace...
08:05 pm - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot Motorola Reinvents the RAZR
zacharye writes with news that Motorola has reinvented their popular RAZR clam-shell phone as an Android smartphone. The new device is 4G LTE-capable and 7.1mm thick, and it contains "a 1.2GHz dual-co...
06:05 pm - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot Judge Makes Divorcing Couple Swap Facebook Passwords
PolygamousRanchKid writes with news of a recent court order during divorce proceedings: both parties must give their social networking passwords to the other, so that each side can snoop for evidence....
05:05 pm - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot X-ray Facility To Simulate Conditions At Earth's Core
Diggester sends this quote from an article at the BBC:"The ID24 beam line at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility will use X-ray beams to subject iron and other materials to extraordinary tempe...
04:05 pm - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot Icelandic MP To Challenge US Court Ruling On Twitter Privacy
JabrTheHut writes "The Guardian has a story of how Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, a former WikiLeaks volunteer, is challenging the U.S.'s acquisition of Twitter account information, IP addresses, m...
03:05 pm - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot Chevy Volt Fire Prompts Safety Investigation For EV Batteries
Three weeks after undergoing a crash test, a Chevy Volt caught fire. The car's battery was determined as the cause of the fire, though GM said its protocols for deactivating the battery following a cr...
02:05 pm - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot A Job Fair For Jobs In India — In California
dcblogs writes "Indian and U.S. companies are holding a job fair at the San Jose Convention Center this weekend for jobs in India. The job fair is aimed at Indian workers in the U.S., but anyone with ...
12:05 pm - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot How Litigation Only Spurred On P2P File Sharing
littlekorea writes "The growth in peer-to-peer file sharing surged in response to efforts by the content industry to litigate over the past decade, according to a new study by a researcher at Melbourn...
09:05 am - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot Rise of the Ping Pong Robots
mikejuk writes with this excerpt: "Meet Wu and Kong — the latest in ping pong playing robots. They may not achieve exciting matches at the moment, but the fact that they can do the job at all is...
06:05 am - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot Warner Brothers: Automated Takedown Notices Hit Files That Weren't Ours
itwbennett writes "In a court case between Hotfile.com and Hollywood studios, Warner Brothers admitted they sent takedown orders for thousands of files they didn't own or control. Using an automated t...
03:05 am - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Physical Input Devices For Developers?
First time accepted submitter paysonwelch writes "I am a developer and entrepreneur and I am considering developing a very graphically rich and custom interface for my latest application which does ch...
01:05 am - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot Mexican Cartel Beheads Another Blogger
sanzibar writes "The Zeta's killed and beheaded an Internet blogger Wednesday in Nuevo Laredo, the fourth slaying in the city involving people associated with social media sites since early September....
12:05 am - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot The Transistor Wars
An anonymous reader writes "This article has an interesting round-up of how chipmakers are handling the dwindling returns of pursuing Moore's Law. Intel's about four years ahead of the rest of the sem...
12:05 am - Sat, November 12, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 9.0 Beta Available
An anonymous reader tips news that, right on schedule after Tuesday's Firefox 8.0 launch, Mozilla has rolled out the beta of Firefox 9.0. This update brings a significant boost to JavaScript performan...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot 60 Years of Business Computing Started With Tea Shops
theshowmecanuck writes "The Telegraph has an article talking about the 60th anniversary of The Lyons Electronic Office I (LEO I), complete with an old video from the mid 50s about LEO II. The LEO I wa...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Star Trek Online Going Free-To-Play In January
tekgoblin writes "Cryptic Studios, the developer of the Star Trek Online MMO, announced that they are switching to a Free-to-Play model on January 17th. Free subscribers to the game will be able to pl...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Brits Rejecting Superfast Broadband
Barence writes "Britain's biggest ISPs are struggling to convince customers to upgrade to superfast broadband. Of the six million customers who can get fiber broadband from BT, Britain's biggest ISP, ...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Linux Kernel Power Bug Is Fixed
An anonymous reader writes "The Linux kernel power bug that caused high power usage for many Intel Linux systems has finally been addressed. Matthew Garrett of Red Hat has devised a solution for the A...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot So You Want To Be a Zero Day Exploit Millionaire?
gManZboy writes "There's a thriving trade in zero-day vulnerabilities, predicated on keeping knowledge of these vulnerabilities out of the public domain. For security researchers with knowledge of a b...
09:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Russians Can't Make Contact With Busted Space Probe
New submitter benfrog writes "Despite repeated attempts over the past few days, Russia is unable to make contact with Phobos-Grunt, the probe that was supposed to make it to Mars and never left Earth'...
09:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Heavy Duty Electric Unicycle Maker Takes On Segway
formaggio writes "Designer Chris Hoffmann developed the Ryno, a heavy duty electric unicycle with a top speed of 25 mph, a range of up to 30 miles and an impressive 25-inch thick tire. The cost for a ...
08:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Helium White Dwarf Stars Bear New Quasiparticle
eldavojohn writes "Helium white dwarf stars are now theorized to produce a new kind of quasiparticle that would explain a known temperature anomaly between helium white dwarfs and vanilla white dwarfs...
08:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Logitech Calls Google TV a 'Big Mistake'
An anonymous reader writes "Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca spoke bluntly about Google TV yesterday, referring to it as a 'beta' product and saying that relying on it for the Revue set-top boxes was a m...
07:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?
MrSeb writes "In the Linux world, a war has been raging for a couple years. At stake are the hearts and minds of its user base. The combatants: the various distributions of Linux itself. For some time...
06:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Pristine Big Bang Gas Found
New submitter cekerr sends this quote from Discovery News:"U.S. scientists have found two interstellar clouds of original gas, which contain only original elements created moments after the universe's...
06:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Universal Buys EMI's Recorded Music Unit For $1.9 Billion
An anonymous reader writes "The 'Big Four' music labels are about to become the 'Big Three.' Universal Music Group is buying the recorded music unit of EMI for $1.9 billion. It's expected that a conso...
05:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Universal Buys EMI's Recorded Music Unit For $1.9
An anonymous reader writes "The 'Big Four' music labels are about to become the 'Big Three.' Universal Music Group is buying the recorded music unit of EMI for $1.9 billion. It's expected that a conso...
05:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot The Elder Scrolls Return With Skyrim
Today marks the release of Skyrim, the fifth installment of Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls series. The game is set about 200 years after the events of Oblivion, at which point the province of Skyrim is ...
04:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot How Is Technology Changing the Brain?
An anonymous reader writes "An article at silicon.com explores how the use of technology might be changing the brain — including interviews with Nicholas Carr and Susan Greenfield. 'The research...
03:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Will Adobe's HTML5 Strategy Help Developers?
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister sees Adobe's shift toward HTML5 as a boon for developers only if the company secures its place in the Web developer tools market — but initial si...
03:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Sony Racing Apple To Develop 'a New Kind of TV'
PolygamousRanchKid writes with an excerpt from SlashGear about Sony's efforts to reinvent the television set — a task many suspect Apple is focused on as well. Quoting:"'There's a tremendous amo...
02:05 pm - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot What's Keeping You On Windows?
tearmeapart writes "It may be time again for another discussion/flamewar on the reasons why a lot of us are (still) using Microsoft. The last big discussion on Slashdot was close to 10 years ago, and ...
11:05 am - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Device Detects Drug Use Via Fingerprints
cylonlover writes "Fingerprints have been used to confirm or determine peoples' identities for over one hundred years now, but new technology is allowing them to be put to another use — drug tes...
09:05 am - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Agrees To Make New Privacy Changes Opt-In
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook has reached an agreement with the FTC to make all future changes to privacy settings opt-in, presumably including new features with their own privacy controls. The...
08:05 am - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot LEGO Universe To Shut Down
CmdrStone writes "The Universe is ending in the eyes of LEGO. (Cheap pun, I know.) From the announcement: 'We are very sad to announce that LEGO Universe will be closing on January 31, 2012. This was ...
06:05 am - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot DARPA Wants To Get Rid of Password Protection
coondoggie writes "Researchers from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will next week detail a new program it hopes will develop technology to dramatically change computer system security a...
04:05 am - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Kindle Fire Will Be Hotter Than iPad This Holiday
zacharye writes "Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire could be the hottest tablet on the market this holiday season, with demand that may even surpass Apple's blockbuster slate, the iPad 2. Results from a re...
02:05 am - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Zynga To Employees: Surrender Pre-IPO Shares Or You're Fired
ardmhacha writes "Zynga seem to think they were overly generous handing out stock to early employees. Fearing a 'Google Chef' situation they are leaning on some employees to hand back their unvested s...
01:05 am - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Valve Announces Massive Steam Server Intrusion
SKYMTL writes "Valve has revealed that hackers have gained access to the Steam database and have pulled a variety of information. A statement from Gabe Newell reads in part: 'Dear Steam Users and Stea...
12:05 am - Fri, November 11, 2011
Slashdot Google Pulls the Plug On BlackBerry Gmail App
hypnosec writes "From later this month, Google has decided to stop providing its popular Gmail app for BlackBerry. This can be viewed as a shock for RIM as they are putting in strong efforts to preven...
11:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Hamburg To Fine Facebook Over Facial Recognition Feature
An anonymous reader writes "Johannes Caspar, data protection commissioner for the German state of Hamburg, today declared he will soon fine Facebook over its use of biometric facial recognition techno...
10:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot How Cell Phone Money Laundering Works
Orome1 writes "In Russia, most cell phone SIM cards are prepaid. One of the major Russian operators offers a legal service that allows anyone to transfer the prepaid amount of money from a SIM card to...
10:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Judge Rules Twitter Data Fair Game In Wikileaks Investigation
Wired reports that "The Justice Department is entitled to records of the Twitter accounts used by three current and former WikiLeaks associates, a federal judge ruled Thursday, dealing a victory to pr...
09:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot China Telecom Mulls Entry Into US Telecoms Market
hackingbear excerpts from a story at Engadget: "Instead of resting on its laurels as China's third-largest wireless provider, China Telecom is now looking to branch out into relatively uncharted water...
08:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Failures Mark First National Test of Emergency Alert System
An anonymous reader writes "The first full-scale test of the National Emergency Alert System failed on Tuesday at 2 PM. Some radio and television networks did not air any alert, while the performance ...
07:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Lawyer Continues Android v. GPL Crusade
jfruhlinger writes "Edward Naughton has been insisting for months that Android violates the GPL because Google created a new set of Linux kernel headers that it hasn't released the source code for, de...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Post-Quantum Asymmetric Key Exchange?
First time accepted submitter LeDopore writes "Quantum computers might be coming. I'd estimate that there's a 10% chance RSA will be useless within 20 years. Whatever the odds, some of the data we sen...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot With Troop Drawdown, IT Looks To Hire More Vets
Lucas123 writes "The military's a great place to learn how to kill people and break things, but many also consider it one of the best training grounds for high-tech skills. 'If you're working on a shi...
05:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Teaching Programming Now Emphasizes Sharing
An anonymous reader writes "The NY Times explores some of the best ways to teach kids and finds that some of the new tools are encouraging the kids share their work with each other. One teacher first ...
04:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot ARM Claims PS3-Like Graphics On Upcoming Mobile GPU
l_bratch writes, quoting from the BBC, "'British computer chip designer ARM has unveiled its latest graphics processing unit (GPU) for mobile devices. The Mali-T658 offers up to ten times the performa...
03:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Programming Cells, With CellOS
First time accepted submitter JoeMerchant writes "An international team of synthetic biologists, led by professor of computer science Natalio Krasnogor at the University of Nottingham, hopes to revolu...
03:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Shanghai Government Proposes 100 Community Hackerspaces
taweili writes "A tweet from Shanghai Morning Newspaper's Weibo account, Shanghai Government Technology committee has issued a call for proposal to build 100 community hackerspaces with government fun...
02:05 pm - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Senate Set To Vote On the Repeal of Net Neutrality
An anonymous reader writes "The United States Senate will vote sometime today on the bill that would repeal the net neutrality laws that the FCC has put into place. The bill passed the US House back i...
11:05 am - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot The Political Assault On Los Alamos National Laboratory
Harperdog writes "Hugh Gusterson has a great article on the troubles at Los Alamos over the last decade. Since the late 1990s, nuclear weapons scientists at the US Department of Energy's Los Alamos Na...
09:05 am - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Upcoming EU Data Law Will Make Europe Tricky For Social Networks
Thorfinn.au writes "EU politicians are mulling new data protection laws that could make Europe a hostile place for social networks. The EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and the German Federal Mi...
06:05 am - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot IEA Warns of Irreversible Climate Change In 5 Years
iONiUM writes "As a follow up to the previous slashdot story, there has been a new release by the IEA indicating that within 5 years we will have irreversible climate change. According to the IEA, 'Th...
04:05 am - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot NASA Successfully Test Fires J-2X Engine.
tetrahedrassface writes "NASA successfully test fired the J-2X engine Wednesday for 500 seconds at Stennis Space Center. The J2-X is derived from the J2 engine from the Apollo Era, and will power the ...
02:05 am - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Solaris 11 Released
angry tapir writes "Oracle has updated its Unix-based operating system Solaris, adding some features that would make the OS more suitable for running cloud deployments, as well as integrating it more ...
01:05 am - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Bipartisan Internet Sales Tax Bill Introduced
jfruhlinger writes "Four senators, including both Democrats and Republicans, have introduced a bill that would allow (but not require) states to collect sales tax on items purchased by residents onlin...
12:05 am - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Mapping a World of Human Activity
misterbarnacles writes "A Cartography of the Anthropocene maps the various ways that global humanity connects and is interdependent. From the article: 'Using data gathered from US government agencies,...
12:05 am - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot Biofuel Thieves Steal Restaurant Grease
TMB writes "In a move that The Simpson's foretold, thieves have begun stealing inedible kitchen grease for use in biofuels. From the article: 'It's known as inedible kitchen grease, or IKG, which was ...
12:05 am - Thu, November 10, 2011
Slashdot NASA Creates Super-Black Carbon Nanotube Coating
An anonymous reader writes "NASA has just revealed a new, super-black material, claiming it is the most light absorbent material ever developed, and capable of absorbing 99% of ultraviolet, infrared, ...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot FBI Takes Out $14M DNS Malware Operation
coondoggie writes "U.S. law enforcement today said it had smashed what it called a massive, sophisticated Internet fraud scheme that injected malware in more than four million computers in over 100 co...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot One-Molecule Nanocar Takes a Test Drive
MrSeb writes "Just a couple of months after nanoengineers at Tufts University developed an 18-atom single-molecule electric motor, researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands have gon...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot HP Delays WebOS Decision
itwbennett writes "Following Tuesday's report that HP is looking to sell WebOS, CEO Meg Whitman and HP employees gathered for a late-afternoon meeting. According to The Verge, Whitman told those gathe...
10:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot IT's Next Hot Job: Hadoop Guru
gManZboy writes "JPMorgan Chase and other companies at this year's Hadoop World conference came begging for job applicants: They say they can't find enough IT pros with certain skills, including Hadoo...
10:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot How Do I Get Back a Passion For Programming?
bigsexyjoe writes "I am a somewhat experienced software developer who is pretty much an office drone. I used to enjoy writing code. I even enjoyed writing routine code before it became routine. But no...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Tying Molecules In Knots
Med-trump writes "Scientists report that they have made a non-DNA molecular knot. They created a 160-atom-loop with five crossing points, a molecular pentafoil knot. The researchers used a technique k...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Killing Silverlight?
SharkLaser writes "Silverlight 5 might be last version released by Microsoft. Several industry insiders and partners for the last few weeks have heard from their own Microsoft sources that there won't...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot End Bonuses For Bankers
theodp writes "NYU risk engineering prof Nassim Nicholas Taleb has a suggestion that won't sit too well with the banksters. In his NY Times op-ed, Taleb writes: 'I have a solution for the problem of b...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Ballistic Clipboard Holds Papers, Stops Bullets
Zothecula writes "Although police officers in most countries are issued bulletproof vests, they don't necessarily wear them at all times — would you want to heave one of those things around for ...
07:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot A Cognitive Teardown of Angry Birds
Hugh Pickens writes "The 50 million individuals who have downloaded 'Angry Birds' play roughly 200 million minutes of the game a day, which translates into 1.2 billion hours a year, more than ten time...
06:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Comcast Begins Native IPv6 Deployment To End Users
First time accepted submitter Daaelarius writes "Comcast has begun deployment of Native IPv6 access to end users. The deployment is starting out small with a single market, but is expected to expand r...
05:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Asus Unveils Quad-Core Transformer Prime Tablet
MojoKid writes with an article in Hot Hardware about the fancy new Asus tablet/laptop hybrid. Quoting thearticle: "Asus and nVidia have collectively taken the wraps off the next-generation version of ...
05:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Adobe Ends Development of Flash On Mobile Browsers
larry bagina writes "Jason Perlow of ZDNet is reporting that Adobe will stop developing Flash for mobile browsers and focus on AIR and HTML5 tools. I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if 750 v...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot ICANN Begins "Land Rush" For .XXX Web Domains
Velcroman1 writes "The World Wide Web red-light district is poised to explode. After more than a decade of debate, rejections and legal challenges, the Internet's governing body began accepting applic...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Gadget Allows You to Keep Bees In Your Apartment
greenrainbow writes "Philips just unveiled a new concept for an urban beehive that would allow anyone to become an amateur bee keeper – even those who live in apartments with no backyards. Best ...
03:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Faster Algorithm for Sphere Packing Discovered
sciencehabit writes with an article in Science about a new way to pack spheres into a cylinder. From the article: "One day, physicist Ho-Kei Chan of Trinity College Dublin was playing with steel ball ...
03:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Film Studios Seeking Complete Block of Newzbin2 in the UK
superglaze writes "Having got BT, one of the biggest ISPs in the UK, to block the Newzbin2 Usenet site, the Motion Picture Association is now trying to get the same result from all the other major ser...
02:05 pm - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Obama To Veto Anti-Net-Neutrality Legislation
An anonymous reader writes "In a statement of policy on Tuesday, the White House announced that President Obama will veto upcoming legislation that would undermine the FCC's net neutrality rules. Acco...
11:05 am - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot B&N Sought DoJ Inquiry Over Microsoft Patents
Meshach writes "There's an interesting story at the WSJ about how Barnes & Noble lobbied the Justice Department to open a new antitrust probe against Microsoft regarding their abuse of the patent ...
09:05 am - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Modern Warfare 3 Released
Activision released the latest iteration of their blockbuster first-person shooter franchise yesterday, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, narrowly avoiding a whole year-long gap between this one and the...
08:05 am - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Phobos-Grunt Launches To Retrieve a Sample of Phobos
An anonymous reader writes with news that Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft has launched, taking the first step on its mission to travel to Phobos, the larger of Mars' two moons. When (and if — s...
06:05 am - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Stop Online Piracy Act Supports Blacklisting, Says EFF
hessian writes with this quote from the Electronic Frontier Foundation about the Stop Online Piracy Act:"Of course the word 'blacklist' does not appear in the bill's text — the folks who wrote i...
04:05 am - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot US Military Trying To Weed Out Counterfeit Parts
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from an AP report:"'Sprinkling' sounds like a fairly harmless practice, but in the hands of sophisticated counterfeiters it could deceive a major weapons manufac...
02:05 am - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: UnityGnome 3Win8iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?
Brad1138 writes "You see complaints about the 'next gen' GUI's all over the place, but do we really all hate them? Personally, I don't like them — I tried very hard to like Unity in Ubuntu 11.04...
01:05 am - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Polaroid: This Time It's Digital
MrSeb writes "Long before Facebook and Twitpic, photos were shared by simply handing someone a print. No camera made this easier than the once-ubiquitous Polaroid. Nothing represented instant gratific...
12:05 am - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot The Stroke of Genius Strikes Later In Life Than It Used To
InfiniteZero writes with this quote from MSNBC:"Einstein once said, 'A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so.' That peak age has shifted consi...
12:05 am - Wed, November 9, 2011
Slashdot Technical Glitch Lets Reporters Eavesdrop On Obama, Sarkozy
Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that a technical glitch allowed reporters to listen in on a private conversation between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama, made in a back...
11:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Banshee, Mono May Be Dropped From Ubuntu Default
itwbennett writes "The Banshee music application, and Mono, the open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET framework, on which Banshee is dependent, may be excluded from the next release of Ubuntu...
11:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot New, More Autonomous Asimo Robot Unveiled By Honda
An anonymous reader writes "Honda has just unveiled a new, upgraded version of its famous humanoid robot, Asimo. Its appearance didn't change much, but the new robot is lighter, faster, and stronger. ...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot HP Pondering Sale of WebOS
Rambo Tribble writes "Reuters reports HP is seeking to sell WebOS, at the bidding of its financial advisers. Sounds like open sourcing it is off the table. From the article: 'HP is trying to figure ou...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 8.0 Released
Today Mozilla announced the launch of Firefox 8.0. The headline features this time around include adding Twitter as a search bar option, tab loading tweaks, and the default disabling of addons install...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Image Analysis and Verification To Track Pictures
kodiaktau writes "Computer scientist Landon Cox and students at Duke University are working in conjunction with researchers at Microsoft and Technicolor Research to design and develop image analysis t...
09:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found On SUV
jcombel writes with this excerpt:"As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear oral arguments in a case Tuesday that could determine if authorities can track U.S. citizens with GPS vehicle trackers without...
08:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Airline to Offer In-Flight Adult Movies
Soon the loud passenger who's had too much to drink on your red-eye flight will be the least of your travel worries. Ryanair Airlines chief Michael O'Leary plans to launch an app that will allow passe...
08:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Scott Adams Proposes a Fourth Branch of Government
LoLobey writes "Dilbert creator Scott Adams is proposing a fourth branch of government in the WSJ. He describes it as 'smallish and economical, operating independently, with a mission to build and mai...
08:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Tesla To Build a Rapid-Charging Station Between LA and SF
thecarchik writes "Earlier this year at the official launch of the 2012 Model S Sedan, Musk said that Tesla was planning on installing ultra-rapid charging stations along major arterial freeways such ...
07:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Ask The Yes Men
Agit-prop? Absurdist pranksterism? Unsubtly subversive PowerPoint-based performance art? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Specifically, The Yes Men, whose brand of straight-faced media manipulation has raised eyebr...
06:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Answers.com Now Only With Facebook and Own Login
CptnHarlock writes "Today the registered users of Answers.com received an email informing them that the site has ended support for Yahoo, Twitter, Google, or LinkedIn as a way to sign into their site....
05:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Spammers You Know?
courteaudotbiz writes "For years, a business named Compu-Finder has been sending spam all around the province of Quebec, Canada. In their emails, there is a phone number where we can reach them, and a...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Windows OS Coming To the Mainframe
msmoriarty writes "Following up on its May announcement, IBM has now confirmed that by December 16 it will support Microsoft Windows on zEnterprise via its zBX component." Read more of this st...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Fake Raspberry Pi Shops Pop Up
An anonymous reader writes "It seems that there are the first fake Raspberry-Pi sites out there: 'It's just been drawn to our attention that there's a Russian site (www.raspberrypi.ru) purporting to b...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot NASA Snaps New Photo of Incoming Asteroid
astroengine writes "Wider than an aircraft carrier and darker than coal, asteroid 2005 YU55 is soaring at over 11 miles a second straight towards Earth and moon on its latest path through the inner so...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot In Favor of FreeBSD On the Desktop
snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia wonders why more folks aren't using FreeBSD on the desktop. 'There used to be a saying — at least I've said it many times — that my workstations run ...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Bill Gates Advocates Tax On Financial Transactions
First time accepted submitter wanzeo writes "With the current G-20 summit dominated by global financial uncertainty, previously unsuccessful tax strategies are getting new attention. In a short interv...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot DARPA Seeks Input On Securing Networks Against Attackers
hessian writes with an article in Wired about the problems facing the U.S. Government's network in an increasingly hostile world. From the article: "The Pentagon's far-out research agency and its bran...
11:05 am - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Spotted Horses May Have Roamed Europe 25,000 Years Ago
sciencehabit writes with an excerpt from Science: "About 25,000 years ago, humans began painting a curious creature on the walls of European caves. Among the rhinos, wild cattle, and other animals, th...
09:05 am - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Hacks Finland
First time accepted submitter spuguli writes with more exploits of Anonymous. "From Helsingin Sanomat: 'A data leak was uncovered in Finland on Saturday, in which personal details ... of around 16,000...
06:05 am - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Experimental Virtual Graphics Port Support For Linux
With his first accepted submission, billakay writes "A recently open-sourced experimental Linux infrastructure created by Bell Labs researchers allows 3D rendering to be performed on a GPU and display...
04:05 am - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Vulnerabilities Discovered In Prison SCADA Systems
phaedrus5001 writes with an excerpt from an Ars Technica article: "Researchers have demonstrated a vulnerability in the computer systems used to control facilities at federal prisons that could allow ...
02:05 am - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot World Emissions of Carbon Dioxide Outpace Worst-Case Scenario
Layzej writes "The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record in 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated. A chart accompanying the study shows the brea...
01:05 am - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Could Crowd-Sourced Direct Democracy Work?
maccallr writes "The Occupy movement is getting everyone talking about how to fix the world's economic (and social, environmental, ...) problems. It is even trialling new forms of 'open' democracy. Tr...
12:05 am - Tue, November 8, 2011
Slashdot Strange Places To Find Open Source
itwbennett writes "Open source is about more than code: It's also about tractors, prosthetics, Christmas lights, and the poor old U.S. Postal Service. If you don't believe that open source changes eve...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Survey Finds Cheating Among Students At All GPA Levels
An anonymous reader writes "Over a third of undergraduate students admitted to some form of cheating at one of America's top research universities, according to a survey published November in the jour...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Brazilian ISPs Hit With Massive DNS Attack
wiredmikey writes "Millions of people in Brazil have potentially been exposed to malware, as a result of a nationwide DNS attack. Additionally, several organizations in Brazil are reporting that netwo...
10:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Windows Phone Unlock Tool Goes Official
judgecorp writes "A tool to unlock (or 'jailbreak' if you like) Windows Phone devices is now available with Microsoft's blessing. ChevronWP7 Labs was withdrawn at Microsoft's request a year ago, but i...
10:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Charlie Miller Circumvents Code Signing For iOS Apps
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "At the SysCan conference in Taiwan next week, Charlie Miller plans to present a method that exploits a flaw in Apple's restrictions on code signing on iOS devices, the secu...
10:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Pirate Party Invited To, Then Banned From Gaming Exhibition
esocid writes with this excerpt from TorrentFreak:"Despite having booked and paid for their booth at Gamex, Sweden's largest gaming exhibition, the Pirate Party have been excluded from the action this...
09:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Whom Do You Want To Ask About 2012's U.S. Elections?
For the next year, it will be hard to escape the political season already in full swing in the U.S., as candidates aim for the American presidency (and many other elected positions). There will be ple...
09:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Google+ Opens To Businesses With 'Pages'
karthikmns writes with news that Google is rolling out Google+ Pages, integrating businesses and brands into its social network. When Google+ launched, it asked businesses not to create user...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot The F-35 Story
New submitter phyzz writes "The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program aimed to replace several aircraft from three major military services with a fifth-generation model capable of short-takeoff and vertic...
07:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Derek Deville Answers Your Questions on Rocketry
After his amateur rocket flight in the desert (to 121,000 feet!), you asked rocket enthusiast Derek Deville about the project. Derek's responded to a selection of the best of those questions; read on ...
07:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot B&N Releases Nook Tablet To Rival Amazon Fire
jfruhlinger writes "It looks like there's competition in the low-cost media tablet space — and that Barnes & Noble is determined not to go the way of Borders. Barnes & Noble today announ...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Gecko-Inspired Tape Can Be Reused Thousands of Times
Zothecula writes "As is so often the case these days for those searching for a better way to stick stuff together, researchers from the Zoological Institute at the University of Kiel in Germany have t...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot One Tenth of China's Farmland Polluted With Heavy Metals
eldavojohn writes "A report form China's Environmental Ministry reveals that one tenth of China's 1.22 million square kilometers of farmland are polluted with heavy metals and other toxins. The AFP li...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot White House Responds to ETUFO Petitions
An anonymous reader writes "The White House has responded to two more We the People petitions. These new inquiries ask the government to acknowledge formally that aliens have visited Earth. The respon...
04:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Help Rename the Department of Homeland Security
Hugh Pickens writes "James Fallows writes tongue in cheek that U.S. Department of Fear, led by Secretary of Fear Malcolm P. Stag III, is running a poll. What should we re-name the Department of Homela...
04:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot RIAA Lawyer Complains DMCA May Need Revamp
the simurgh writes "The DMCA is just not providing the kind of protection against online piracy that Congress intended, RIAA lawyer Jennifer Pariser says. The judge in Universal Music Group's copyrigh...
03:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Computer-Controlled Cyborg Yeast
MrSeb writes "With a slightly weird world first, scientists have formed a feedback loop between common, baking and brewing yeast, and a computer. The computer can trigger the yeast to produce a protei...
03:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Linux Mint 12 to Blend GNOMEs 2 & 3
dartttt writes "Linux Mint 12 'Lisa' will come with its own customized desktop and it will be based on Gnome 3. The core desktop will be based on a series of Gnome Shell extensions called 'MGSE' (Mint...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Apple Faces Temporary iPhone, iPad Ban In Germany
An anonymous reader writes "A regional court has temporarily banned Apple from marketing or supplying iPhones and iPads in Germany, following a suit brought about by Motorola. However, Apple said that...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot FEMA, FCC Hope To Forestall Panic Over National Emergency Alert
Ars Technica has a piece on the "first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS)," slated for this Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST. An excerpt:"This national system will look and sound much lik...
12:05 pm - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Fujitsu Announces 16-core SPARC64 IXfx (and the Supercomputer It Powers)
First time accepted submitter A12m0v writes with a link to Fujitsu's announcement of its next generation of supercomputer, from which he pastes: "PRIMEHPC FX10 runs on the newly-developed SPARC64 IXfx...
09:05 am - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Cringely's Lost Jobs Interview: Coming To a Theater Near You
A few weeks ago, Robert X. Cringely revealed that a long-lost, hour-long interview he conducted of Steve Jobs in 1995 had been found. Now, it seems the lost tape has found its calling: the movies. Say...
06:05 am - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Bell Labs Builds Cheap Telepresence 'Robots'
schliz writes "Alcatel-Lucent's research arm, Bell Labs, is building low-cost robots that represent remote participants in meeting rooms. Researchers hope it will address the issue of the natural, non...
03:05 am - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Google's Patent Lawyer On Why the Patent System Is Broken
The San Francisco Chronicle features an interview with Google's patent counsel, Tim Porter, who argues that "... what many people can agree on is the current system is broken and there are a large num...
12:05 am - Mon, November 7, 2011
Slashdot Hacked MIT Server Used To Stage Attacks
wiredmikey writes "A compromised server at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been identified as being used as a vulnerability scanner and attack tool, probing the Web for unprotected...
11:05 pm - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Mixed-Reality 3D Volumetric Projector
First time accepted submitter Gortu writes "We are describing and demonstrating a 3D Volumetric Projector (YouTube video); in short words: a device that enables mixed reality. The 3D projector has ver...
10:05 pm - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Apple Security Chief Steps Down After iPhone Gaffe
Trailrunner7 writes "Apple's vice president of global security has reportedly stepped down, roughly two months after the surfacing of news reports that an iPhone prototype had gone missing for the sec...
09:05 pm - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla Developers Testing Mobile OS
MojoKid writes "Mozilla has been experimenting with an interesting idea called Boot 2 Gecko. Essentially, B2G (as it's called) is a mobile operating system based on the Web, as opposed to what the pro...
08:05 pm - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot GNOME Shell No Longer Requires GPU Acceleration
An anonymous reader writes "The GNOME 3.0 Shell with the Mutter window manager no longer requires GPU acceleration to work, while still retaining the compositing window manager and OpenGL support. GNO...
07:05 pm - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Spoof an Email Bounce With Windows?
An anonymous reader writes "One cool feature I used on KMail years ago was the ability to generate a spoofed email bounce for any given message I had received, which claimed delivery failed because of...
06:05 pm - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?
Hugh Pickens writes "Christopher Drew writes that President Obama and industry groups have called on colleges to graduate 10,000 more engineers a year and 100,000 new teachers with majors in science, ...
05:05 pm - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot How Android Phone Makers Are Missing the Marketing Boat
An anonymous reader writes "Why are Android device commercials showing giant robots and lightning bolts and not advertising features? Here is an interesting blog post of things Android device manufact...
04:05 pm - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Analyzing StackOverflow Users' Programming Language Leanings
AlexDomo writes to point out this statistical breakdown of the programming languages represented at StackOverflow. "Suprisingly, JavaScript turned out to be the most 'over-represented' language on Sta...
04:05 pm - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Oklahoma Hit By Its Strongest-Ever Recorded Quake
First time accepted submitter Wheelie_boy writes "No word yet on hell freezing over, but Oklahoma experienced a 5.6 magnitude earthquake early Sunday morning. This is the largest quake ever recorded i...
03:05 pm - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Grant To Allow Khan Academy To Expand, Build a Physical School
mayberry42 writes with this news snipped from Hack Education: "Khan Academy announced this morning that it has raised $5 million from the O'Sullivan Foundation (a foundation created by Irish engineer ...
02:05 pm - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Copyright Demands Push Largest European Usenet Provider Permanently Offline
First time accepted submitter jonathan1979 writes "Dutch anti-piracy authority BREIN has caused the largest European usenet provider, News-Service.com, to immediately terminate its services as they fe...
12:05 pm - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Cracks Signal Massive Iceberg Forming In Antarctica
Several readers have submitted news (as covered by an AFP article carried by the Sydney Morning Herald) that a massive iceberg is forming in the Antarctic. The rift in the PIne Island Glacier "is wide...
09:05 am - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Open Source Tool Scans For Duqu Drivers
wiredmikey writes "A new open source scanning tool has been released by engineers at independent security testing firm NSS Labs that can be used to detect Duqu drivers installed on a system. The tool ...
06:05 am - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Oxford Professor Taken To Task For Linking Internet Use To Autism
esocid writes with excerpts from a piece written by Ben Goldacre of The Guardian: "Baroness Susan Greenfield, Professor of pharmacology at Oxford, apparently announced that computer games are causing ...
03:05 am - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot Google Maps, Disease Risk, and Migration
First time accepted submitter ecorona writes "This Google Maps mashup was published in Science (paywall warning) this week. It shows genetic risk for multiple diseases distributed across the globe. It...
01:05 am - Sun, November 6, 2011
Slashdot SSL Certificate Authorities vs. Convergence, Perspectives
alphadogg writes "With all the publicity about breaches of SSL certificate authorities and a hack that exploits a vulnerability in the supposedly secure protocol, it's time to consider something else ...
11:05 pm - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot Dropbox Pursues Business Accounts, But Falls Short On Privacy Laws
deadeyefred writes "Dropbox last month launched its Teams service, targeted at small and mid-sized businesses — but acknowledges it's not PCI-, HIPAA- or Sarbanes-Oxley compliant. Company execut...
10:05 pm - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot Exploiting Network Captures For Truer Randomness
First time accepted submitter ronaldm writes "As a composer who uses computers for anything and everything from engraving to live performance projects, it's periodically of some concern that computers...
09:05 pm - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube
theodp writes "Federal prosecutors will not charge a Texas judge seen lashing his teenage daughter with a belt on a YouTube video taken seven years ago and posted online last week, closing the door on...
08:05 pm - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot Japanese Supercomputer K Hits 10.51 Petaflops
coondoggie writes "The Japanese supercomputer ranked #1 on the Top 500 fastest supercomputers broke its own record this week by hitting 10 quadrillion calculations per second (10.51 petaflops), accord...
07:05 pm - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot A Brief History of Failed Digital Rights Management Schemes
antdude points out this article at opensource.com on the "graveyard" of digital rights management schemes — the death of each of which has left customers out in the cold. An excerpt: "There are ...
06:05 pm - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot Eclipse Launches New Programming Language
An anonymous reader writes "Eclipse has launched a website for a new JVM language, called Xtend. It's built with Eclipse's Xtext and compiles directly to Java code, similar to what CoffeeScript does t...
05:05 pm - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot Did Feds' Use of Fake Cell Tower Constitute a Search?
hessian writes with this story in Wired: "Federal authorities used a fake Verizon cellphone tower to zero in on a suspect's wireless card, and say they were perfectly within their rights to do so, eve...
04:05 pm - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Touchscreen Device For the Elderly?
Lord Byron II writes "My grandma is in her 80s, is bed-ridden, in a nursing home, and is basically reaching the end of her life. Her legs are weak, meaning that she is confined to her bed, and her hea...
03:05 pm - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot SCO Zombie Creaks Into Motion Again
phands writes "SCO has moved to partially reopen their 10 year old lawsuit against IBM. Unbelievable! Details at Groklaw."From the article, quoting SCO's filing: "SCO respectfully requests that the Co...
02:05 pm - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot B&N Nook Tablet vs. Amazon Kindle Fire
DeviceGuru writes with this excerpt: "Barnes & Noble is expected to announce a 7-inch color tablet on November 7th, positioning it head-to-head with Amazon's recently announced Kindle Fire. B&...
01:05 pm - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot Apple's Secret Weapon To Influence Industry Pricing
Hugh Pickens writes "Nick Wingfield writes in the NY Times that Apple's present pricing strategy is a big change from the 1990s, when consumers regarded Apple as a producer of overpriced tech baubles,...
12:05 pm - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot MS Traces Duqu Zero-Day To Font Parsing In Win32k
yuhong writes "MS has traced the Duqu zero-day to a vulnerability in font parsing in win32k. Many file formats like HTML, Office, and PDF support embedded fonts, and in NT4 and later fonts are parsed ...
09:05 am - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot Music Industry Pushing For BT To Block Pirate Bay
First time accepted submitter mariocki writes "British music industry body BPI has requested BT block access to Pirate Bay. In response, BT say they will only do so if they receive a court order. But ...
06:05 am - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot StreetScooter: The $7000 Open-Source Modular Electric Vehicle
bill_mcgonigle writes "A consortium of eighty companies and developers have developed the StreetScooter, a modular electric vehicle developed in a year using open-source methodologies. With a top spee...
05:05 am - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD
gbl08ma writes "According to various sources, the ISO image size for the upcoming Long-Term Support Ubuntu version 'Precise Pangolin' will not fit on a regular CD, since the image size is expected to ...
03:05 am - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Announces Pay-Per-Use 'Turbo Boost' For Smartphones
renek writes "In one of the most brazen attacks on net neutrality to date, Verizon has announced it will offer a so called 'Turbo Boost' for smart phones that run on its wireless network. 'Verizon wil...
01:05 am - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'
suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from CNN Money: "Customers are dumping their banks in droves ahead of the nationwide 'Move Your Money' and 'Bank Transfer Day' movements this Saturday. Given the rec...
12:05 am - Sat, November 5, 2011
Slashdot AMD Layoffs Maul Marketing, PR Departments
MojoKid writes "AMD's initial layoff announcement yesterday implied that the dismissals would occur across the company's global sales force. While that may still be true, it has become clear that AMD ...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot AT&T Pushes 'Connected' Clothing For Healthcare
gManZboy writes "Babies, athletes, first responders, the elderly — a growing list of people could benefit from connected clothing, says AT&T, which claims 'the stars have aligned' for this t...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: When and How To Deal With GPL Violations?
jd writes "There are many pieces of software out there, such as seL4 (kindly brought to my attention by another reader), where the vendor has indeed engineered something that they're entitled to Close...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Australia Approves Final R18+ Gaming Guidelines
dotarray writes "Despite stories suggesting that a change to the Australian ratings system may be as far as two years away, the Federal Minister for Home Affairs has announced that each Australian sta...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Hubble Directly Images Disc Around a Black Hole
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from the HST site:"A team of scientists has used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to observe a quasar accretion disc — a brightly glowing disc of matter...
09:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Mathematically Pattern-Free Music
gary.flake writes "'Scott Rickard set out to do what no musician has ever tried — to make the world's ugliest piece of music [video]. At TEDxMIA, he discusses the math and science behind creatin...
09:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Securing the Clicks
brothke writes:"The book Digital Assassination: Protecting Your Reputation, Brand, or Business Against Online Attacks says businesses that take days to respond to social media issues are way behind th...
08:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Hardware Running Android Fails More Than iPhone, BlackBerry Hardware
hazytodd writes "Repairs to Android smartphones cost wireless carriers $2 billion per year according to a new year-long WDS study that tracked 600,000 support calls around the globe. Android's popular...
07:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Apache Harmony Moves To Apache Attic
think_nix writes "After the resignation of Apache from the Java SE/EE Executive Committee, the time has now come for Harmony to be added to the Apache Attic. Harmony was 'the project to produce an ope...
07:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Mobile App Search: So Broken AltaVista Could Do It
waderoush writes "First-generation search engines such as AltaVista — built when the Web had only a few hundred thousand sites — produced notoriously goofy and spam-prone results. Well, wh...
06:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot VMware, a Falling Giant?
New submitter Lashat writes "According to Ars Technica, 'A new survey seems to show that VMware's iron grip on the enterprise virtualization market is loosening, with 38 percent of businesses planning...
05:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Iranian Police Tracking Dissidents Using Tech From Western Companies
chrb writes "A recent article at Bloomberg discusses Western companies supplying monitoring equipment to Iran. There are few regulations restricting the sale of intelligence monitoring systems to the ...
04:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft, Mozilla and Google Ban Malaysian Intermediate CA
Orome1 writes "Microsoft, Mozilla and Google have announced that they are revoking trust in Malaysia-based DigiCert, an intermediate certificate authority authorized by well-known CA Entrust, followin...
04:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Is SaaS Killing Native Linux App Development?
jfruhlinger writes "In a world where 'app' is the new buzzword, the development of native Linux apps is lagging. Some of this can be attributed to the usual community infighting (the latest version of...
03:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Pancake Flipping Is Hard — NP Hard
mikejuk writes "French computer scientists have finally proved that sorting pancakes is hard — NP hard. No really — this isn't a joke. Well, it is slightly amusing but that's just because ...
03:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot The CIA's Social Mining Department
bsquizzato writes "The Associated Press is running a story about the CIA's Open Source Center: 'a team known affectionately as the "vengeful librarians,"' who work out of 'an anonymous industrial park...
02:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Simulated Mars Mission 'Returns' After 520 Days
On June 3, 2010, a team of six volunteers began the Mars500 experiment: they were locked into a cluster of hermetically sealed habitat modules for the duration of a simulated mission to Mars lasting 5...
02:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot AOL To Discontinue LISTSERV
alphadogg writes "On December 1, AOL will shut down its free LISTSERV-based mailing-list hosting operations, the company has told mailing list administrators. 'If your list is still actively used, ple...
01:05 pm - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Google Tweaks Algorithm As Concern Over Bing Grows
SharkLaser writes "As Bing gets closer to capturing almost 33% of the market share in the US, Google has again made a large tweak to its algorithms to provide more up-to-the-minute search results. The...
10:05 am - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Hotmail Mobile Usage Spikes Thanks To Apple iOS 5
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft is proud to announce that mobile usage of its Hotmail service has exploded in the past few weeks, and guess who is to thank? Apple! More than 2 million Apple user...
08:05 am - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Spanish Firm Wins Tablet Case Against Apple
pmontra writes "A Spanish company has won a legal case against Apple and will be able to sell an Android tablet that Apple had claimed infringes on the iPad patent. It is now seeking damages from Appl...
05:05 am - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot DOJ Drops FOIA Rule To Permit Lying
schwit1 writes "The Department of Justice has canceled a controversial revision to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rules that opponents said would have allowed federal agencies to lie about the exis...
02:05 am - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot EU Scientists Working On Laser To Rip a Hole In Spacetime
astroengine writes "Those pesky physicists are at it again; they want to build a laser so powerful that it will literally rip spacetime apart. Why? To prove the existence of virtual particles in the q...
01:05 am - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Meet the Saber-Toothed Squirrel
sciencehabit writes "Researchers have discovered the fossil remains of a 94-million-year-old squirrel-like critter with a long, narrow snout and a pair of curved saber-fangs that it would have likely ...
12:05 am - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot Godfather of Xen On Why Virtualization Means Everything
coondoggie writes "While conventional wisdom says virtualized environments and public clouds create massive security headaches, the godfather of Xen, Simon Crosb, says virtualization actually holds a ...
12:05 am - Fri, November 4, 2011
Slashdot AMD To Lay Off 10% of Global Workforce
Luyseyal writes "Advanced Micro Devices Inc. slashed its global employment by 1,400 jobs Thursday as the company seeks to boost profits and re-balance its work force to pursue new product areas. This ...
11:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Tough Tests Flunk Good Programming Job Candidates
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses the use of quizzes and brain-teasers in evaluating potential software development hires, a practice that seems to be on the rise. 'The compan...
10:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Apple Threatens Bistro Over "AppleADay" Name
itwbennett writes "In today's edition of David v. Goliath, Apple lawyers have sent cease and desist letters to a tiny health food restaurant in Luxembourg named AppleADay. For their part, the owners o...
09:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot NASA Plans App Store For Scientists
gManZboy writes "The space agency is widely known as a cloud computing success story in the government for its Nebula cloud computing platform. Now NASA will develop an app store for its scientists. T...
09:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Honolulu Tops 2011 Digital Cities Survey
First time accepted submitter folsomfella writes "The 11th annual survey spotlights the municipalities that best show how information and communication technology are used to enhance public service. T...
08:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Apple Acknowledges iPhone 4S Battery Problems
bdking writes "After more than two weeks of complaints from frustrated iPhone 4S owners, Apple finally has admitted problems with fast-draining batteries in the new devices. The company blames it on b...
07:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot HP Slate 2: Brilliant or Bust?
First time accepted submitter redletterdave writes "After being introduced in September, HP's new CEO Meg Whitman announced Oct. 27 that the company 'needs to be in the tablet business.' However, by c...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot China Completes First Space Docking Test
MrSeb writes "China has joined two space vehicles together in orbit for the first time. The unmanned Shenzhou 8 craft, launched earlier this week, made contact with the Tiangong-1 space lab at 1729 GM...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Watch the Fiery Re-entry of Progress Module
astroengine writes "On Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:04 a.m. EDT, a Progress Cargo Module undocked from the ISS and drifted away with a full haul of space station trash. It gradually slowed, deorbiting and d...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Spontaneous Fission In Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2
Kyusaku Natsume writes "Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that some of the melted fuel in reactor 2 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant may have triggered a brief criticality event. Tsuyoshi Mi...
05:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Why Microsoft Embraced Gaming
wjousts writes "A interesting take on the birth of the Xbox from Technology Review: 'When the original Xbox video-game console went on sale in 2001, it wasn't clear why Microsoft, known for staid work...
05:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps
mario_grgic writes "And so it begins: Apple will require that all Mac apps submitted to the Mac App store stick to strict sandboxing requirements. This means you must ask Apple for read or read/write ...
04:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Fine Structure Constant May Not Be So Constant
BuzzSkyline writes "According to a post at Physics Buzz, 'Just weeks after speeding neutrinos seem to have broken the speed of light, another universal law, the fine structure constant might be about ...
04:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot 3D Printed Bone Models Cut Cost of Surgery Operations
Tasha26 writes "A trainee surgeon, Mark Frame, has figured out how to save U.K.'s NHS thousands of pounds by taking advantage of 3D-printer technology. Success in orthopedic operations relies on surge...
04:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Minor Quakes In the UK Likely Caused By Fracking
Stirling Newberry writes "Non-conventional extraction of hydrocarbons is the next wave of production, including natural gas and oil – at least according to its advocates. One of the most controv...
03:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Launching eBook Lending Program, Publishers Unenthusiastic
An anonymous reader writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is starting a program to lend ebooks to Kindle users. It will allow users to borrow just one title at a time, but readers will b...
02:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot When Geeks Meet, Are They More Likely To Have Autistic Kids?
An anonymous reader writes "Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen thinks scientists and engineers could be more likely to have a child with autism, an idea that is fairly common currency in Silicon Valley. B...
01:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot OLPC Project To Air-Drop Laptops
sl4shd0rk writes "Nicholas Negroponte and the OLPC project are still going and have a new plan in the works: a laptop air-drop to help facilitate 'self-education' in areas with large poor populations....
01:05 pm - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Siri Gives Apple Two Year Advantage Over Android
Hugh Pickens writes "Gary Morgenthaler, a recognized expert in artificial intelligence and a Siri board member, says that Apple now has at least a two-year advantage over Google in the war for best sm...
10:05 am - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Gecko-Inspired Robot Rolls Up Walls
RedEaredSlider writes "A group of researchers in Canada has decided to combine the mechanism geckos use to stick to walls with the simplicity of a tank tread. The result is a 'bot that can roll up smo...
08:05 am - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Light Barrier Repels Mosquitoes
kodiaktau writes "Dr. Szabolcs Marka has received one of five $1M grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to continue his experiments with using light beams to create mosquito barriers. T...
07:05 am - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Censored Religious Debate Video Released After Public Outrage
First time accepted submitter tkel writes "On October 12, 2011 Theologian John Haught publicly debated prominent evolutionary scientist and atheist Jerry Coyne at the University of Kentucky. Although ...
05:05 am - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot NASA: If There Was Life On Mars, It Was Likely Underground
coondoggie writes "NASA issued a study today that said if life ever existed on Mars, the longest lasting environments were most likely below the planet's surface. The hypothesis comes from analyzing t...
03:05 am - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot No Windows 8 Plot To Lock Out Linux
First time accepted submitter Bucky24 writes "ZDNet's Ed Bott decided to contact major PC makers to find out the truth about Windows 8 SecureBoot. The responses are encouraging for those of us who run...
01:05 am - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Asteroid Passes Closer To Earth Than the Moon on Nov 8
First time accepted submitter TheNextCorner writes "NASA scientists will be tracking asteroid 2005 YU55 with antennas of the agency's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif., as the space rock safely ...
12:05 am - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Consumer Tech: an IT Nightmare
snydeq writes "Advice Line's Bob Lewis discusses the difficulties IT faces in embracing the kinds of consumer technologies business users are demanding they support. 'Let's assume the consumerization ...
12:05 am - Thu, November 3, 2011
Slashdot Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem
jfruhlinger writes "Even Linux's most passionate partisans will admit that its filesystem, which stashes vital files in a variety of arcane directories, can be baffling to users. The developers at the...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot The Physics of Jump Rope
sciencehabit writes "Last year, Jeffrey Aristoff and Howard Stone, mechanical engineers at Princeton University, were at the gym waiting for a pickup game of basketball. To warm up, Stone started jump...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Nokia Hints At Windows 8 Tablets
MrSeb writes "When the Microsoft-Nokia strategic alliance was first announced in February, there was absolutely no mention of money: Nokia, seemingly on its own accord, had decided that Windows Phone ...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Vim Turns 20
quanticle writes "20 years ago today, Bram Moolenaar released vim to the public. From the article:'The Vim text editor was first released to the public on November 2, 1991—exactly 20 years ago t...
10:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Google's iOS Gmail App Pulled
olsmeister writes "Google removed their new GMail app from the App Store due to a programming error that caused an error message related to the aps-environment entitlement string when the app was star...
10:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Court To Prisoner: No Xbox 360 For You
jonklinger writes "An Israeli Court rejected the appeal of a prisoner who requested to have an Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 because there is no possibility to remove the internet connectivity apparatus f...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Carbonite Privacy Breach Leads To Spam
richi writes "It looks like Carbonite, Inc. has been giving out customers' personal information. The company's admitted giving customer email address to a third party, in direct contravention of its p...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Angry Birds Downloads Pass Half-Billion Mark
bdking writes "The most popular mobile game in history now has been downloaded more than 500,000,000 times, according to maker Rovio Mobile. Good thing the 300 million minutes of Angry Birds daily pla...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Intelligent Absorbent Removes Radioactive Material
Zothecula writes "Nuclear power plants are located close to sources of water, which is used as a coolant to handle the waste heat discharged by the plants. This means that water contaminated with radi...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Open Source Eclipse Celebrates 10th Birthday
msmoriarty writes "10 years ago this month, IBM open sourced an internal project focused on creating a common component framework for developers: Eclipse. In an interview with ADTmag.com, Eclipse Foun...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot KDE 3.5 Fork Trinity Releases First Major Update
First time accepted submitter Z_God writes "Disappointed with KDE 4's performance and other shortcomings, Timothy Pearson continued KDE 3.5 development under the name Trinity. Tuesday the first major ...
07:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Google Starts Indexing Facebook Comments
First time accepted submitter SharkLaser writes "Users of Facebook Connect have previously enjoyed extra privacy as it was harder for Google to index comments made on the platform. Google, which also ...
06:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Is the Apple App Store a Casino?
An anonymous reader writes "Fast Company takes a look at the Apple App Store and concludes that it's a casino where most developers are making tragic losses and a tiny few are striking it filthy rich....
06:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot 10k Raspberry Pi Units Available In December
An anonymous reader writes "A tweet appeared from Raspberry Pi stating the launch of the $25 wasn't happening in November as expected. So I decided to investigate further and contacted Raspberry Pi to...
05:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Libya Elects Engineer To Acting Prime Minister Post
PolygamousRanchKid writes in with this quote from CNN: "Libya's transitional government picked an engineering professor and longtime exile as its acting prime minister Monday, with the new leader pled...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot US Marshals Ordered To Seize Righthaven Property
An anonymous reader writes "Troubled times ahead for Righthaven as Ars Technica reports that the US Marshals have been instructed 'to use "reasonable force" to seize $63,720.80 in cash and/or assets f...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Duqu Installer Exploits Windows Kernel Zero Day
Trailrunner7 writes with an excerpt from Threatpost: "A newly discovered installer for the Duqu malware includes an exploit for a previously unknown vulnerability in the Windows kernel that allows rem...
03:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Dutch Psychologist Faked Data In At Least 30 Scientific Papers
Attila Dimedici writes "A professor at Tilburg University has been caught using fake data in over 30 scientific papers. Diederik Stapel's latest paper claimed that eating meat made people anto-social ...
03:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot The Story Behind the Demise of the Microsoft Courier Tablet
UnknowingFool writes "When the Courier project was leaked out, it was a bold look at how MS would design new tablets. Microsoft was currently selling tablets but they didn't make a dent in the market....
02:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot India To Build A Thorium Reactor
In their first story, slowLearner writes "India will build a working Thorium reactor. [Quoting the Guardian] 'Officials are currently selecting a site for the reactor, which would be the first of its ...
01:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Julian Assange Loses Extradition Appeal
judgecorp writes "Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has lost his appeal in the British High Court against extradition to Sweden on charges of rape. His team has 14 days to appeal to the Supreme Co...
01:05 pm - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot How X-Ray Scanners Became Mandatory In US Airports
OverTheGeicoE writes "ProPublica has a story on how x-ray scanners became the controversial yet mandatory security fixtures we in the US must now endure. The story title, 'U.S. Government Glossed Over...
10:05 am - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot HP Announces ARM-Based Server Line
sammcj writes with news that HP is developing servers based on 32-bit ARM processors from Calxeda. Their current model is only a test setup, but they plan to roll out a finalized design by the middle ...
08:05 am - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot 'Free' Games Dominate Top-Grossing Game List On App Store
An anonymous reader writes "Why are there so many free games listed in the top 10 grossing games over in Apple's App Store? Because some feature exorbitant in-app purchase fees for virtual items. Quot...
07:05 am - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Theologian Attempts Censorship After Losing Public Debate
RockDoctor writes "Theologian John Haught publicly debated prominent evolutionary scientist and atheist Jerry Coyne at the University of Kentucky back in October. Before the debate, both parties agree...
05:05 am - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot 1st Strikes Issued Under New Zealand Anti-Piracy Laws
Master Moose writes "New Zealand's largest ISPs confirmed yesterday that they had received their first notices under the government's new copyright regime, which came into effect on September 1. All t...
03:05 am - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Belgium To Give Up Nuclear Power
AmiMoJo writes "Belgium's political parties have reached a conditional agreement to shut down the country's two remaining nuclear power stations. Older reactors will be decommissioned by 2015, with th...
01:05 am - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot Is the Maker Movement Making It Cool For Kids To Be Nerds?
blackbearnh writes "For many adults into technology, childhood was an alienating experience, pigeon-holed as a nerd and relegated to the A/V, Computer or Gaming club in high school. But according to a...
12:05 am - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot PROTECT-IP Makes Its Way To the Floors of Congress
New submitter trunicated writes "Everyone on Slashdot seems to know about PROTECT-IP Act — how it will push responsibility for the contents of the internet onto the search engines that index it,...
12:05 am - Wed, November 2, 2011
Slashdot New Algorithm Could Substantially Speed Up MRI Scans
An anonymous reader writes "In a paper to be published in the journal Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, researchers detail an algorithm they have developed to dramatically speed up the process of produc...
11:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Rare-Earth Mineral Supply Getting Boost From California, Australia
An anonymous reader writes "In recent times, the world's supply of rare-earth minerals has suffered from both increased demand, due to their use in modern technological devices, and uncertain supply, ...
11:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot China's Cyber-Warfare Capabilities Overstated
An anonymous reader writes "A new paper argues that China's cyber-warfare capability is actually pretty poor. '[China has] evinced little proficiency with more sophisticated hacking techniques. The vi...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot NASA Wants To Make Tractor Beams a Reality
intellitech sends this quote from a NASA news release:"Tractor beams — the ability to trap and move objects using light — are the stuff of science fiction, but a team of NASA scientists ha...
09:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot US Defunds UNESCO After Palestine Vote
gzipped_tar writes "The U.S. withdrew funding after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Palestine membership vote yesterday. The decision was triggered by a 1994 US ...
09:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Cancels Drug-Ring Attack
snydeq writes "Anonymous supporters have backed off threats to expose Zeta drug gang collaborators, an operation launched in early October as a retaliation for an alleged kidnapping of an Anonymous fo...
08:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Blow-By-Blow Account of the Fukushima Accident
An anonymous reader writes "In the first few days of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, no one outside the power station knew what the hell was happening. In the 9 months since, information has c...
07:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot White House Responds To Software Patents Petition
New submitter obliv!on writes "As previously discussed, the White House has started to reply to petitions on their 'We the People' website. They've now replied to the petition asking for an end to sof...
06:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Ask Florian Kaps of the Impossible Project
The Impossible Project, first mentioned here in 2009, has a goal that might be quixotic, but (despite the name) is looking ever more possible, after all: to bring back film for the millions of Polaroi...
06:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Securely Share Passwords?
THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes "My tech-savvy father died suddenly and unexpectedly. He did everything online: bill-pay, banking, eBay sales (and other auction sites), PayPal, investing, etc. When he die...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Hobby Inspired Electric Multicopter Makes Manned Flight
garymortimer writes "A German team has managed to fly its super-sized hobby inspired platform with a man on-board! A one-hour flight would cost something near to 6 Euro for electricity. In addition, t...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot OpenBSD 5.0 Unleashed On the World
First time accepted submitter tearmeapart writes "A new version of the operating system that most of us would love to love, but probably hardly ever directly use, has been released. As scheduled, rele...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Spear Phishing Campaign Hits Dozens of Chemical, Defense Firms
Orome1 writes "Nearly 50 (and quite possibly more) companies in the chemical, defense, and other sectors have been hit with a spear phishing campaign carrying a backdoor Trojan with the ultimate goal ...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot DHS Stonewalls On Public Comment About Body Scanners
OverTheGeicoE writes "On Saturday, the Electronic Privacy Information Center announced that they filed papers in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to get the Department of Homeland Security...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Google Maps To Charge For API Usage
RdeCourtney writes "The BBC is reporting that from 1 January 2012, Google will charge for the Google Maps API service when more than the limit of 25,000 map "hits" are made in a day. Google is rumoure...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Things That Turbo Pascal Is Smaller Than
theodp writes "James Hague has compiled a short list of things that the circa-1986 Turbo Pascal 3 for MS-DOS is smaller than (chart). For starters, at 39,731 bytes, the entire Turbo Pascal 3.02 execut...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Learning Dart Development?
First time accepted submitter gmikeska07 writes "I have no computer science degree, but I took a Java class in college and greatly enjoyed it. I have some experience with Javascript and have done some...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Rethinking the Nature of Files
An anonymous reader writes "Two recent papers, one from Microsoft Research and one from University of Wisconsin (PDF), are providing a refreshing take on rethinking 'what a file is.' This could have m...
01:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot ASUS Running Out of Hard Disks
The hard drive crunch continues; reader Thorfinn.au writes "ASUS has said it only has hard disk drive (HDD) inventory until the end of November. 'Substitutes for HDD are very few, so if the situation ...
01:05 pm - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot The Software Patent Debate Is Incorrectly Framed
An anonymous reader writes "It doesn't matter whether a true invention is implemented in hardware or software, it should still be patentable, argues Marty Goetz — the man who was granted the fir...
10:05 am - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Is RIM's Centralized Network Model Broken?
wiredmikey writes "Is RIM's centralized network model broken? Andrew Jaquith thinks so, and provides an interesting analysis on why RIM should move to a decentralized model. After two long outages thi...
08:05 am - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot EU Parliment To Vote On ACTA Soon; Take Action Now
sTeF writes "Laquadrature du Net releases 3 videos on ACTA: Every citizen can help defeat ACTA by spreading this video across the Internet, urging their fellow citizens to mobilize, and contacting the...
05:05 am - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot New Mac OS Trojan Produces BitCoins
angry tapir writes about an interesting use for malware. From the Techworld article: "A newly identified Mac OS X Trojan bundles a component that leverages the processing power of video cards to gener...
03:05 am - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Which OSS Clustered Filesystem Should I Use?
Dishwasha writes "For over a decade I have had arrays of 10-20 disks providing larger than normal storage at home. I have suffered twice through complete loss of data once due to accidentally not re-e...
02:05 am - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?
darthcamaro writes "There are a lot of us that really don't like Unity. Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth defended Unity today, arguing that even 'cool' power users should like usability and ease of us...
12:05 am - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot HTC Becomes Highest Shipping Smartphone Vendor In the US
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from an article in BGR: "Samsung blew past Apple and Nokia in the third quarter to become the No. 1 smartphone vendor in the world, but another emerging smar...
12:05 am - Tue, November 1, 2011
Slashdot Open Hardware Journal
Bruce Perens writes "Open Hardware Journal is a new technical journal on designs for physical or electronic objects that are shared as if they were Open Source software. It's an open journal under a C...
11:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Human Blood Protein (HSA) From GMO Rice
eldavojohn writes "Wuhan University researchers working with the National Research Council of Canada and the Center for Functional Genomics at the University at Albany announced that they have genetic...
11:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Kinect For PCs Early Next Year, Microsoft Eyeing Business Apps
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has announced that its Kinect motion-control system will be available for PCs in early 2012, and that they're planning to take it into the business world as well....
10:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Who 'Owns' the Google Driverless Car IP?
theodp writes "Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently revealed that he is now leading Google's efforts to ready a driverless car for the consumer market, but one big, publicly-unanswered question is: ...
10:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Minecraft Wins Gaming Arts Award
An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports that Minecraft has won a new arts award for games, beating the likes of Portal 2 and Ilomilo. The prize was announced at the finale of the GameCity videogam...
10:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Proposes Fix For E-Voting Attack
Trailrunner7 writes "Microsoft Research has proposed mitigation for a known potential attack against verifiable electronic voting machines that could help prevent insiders from being able to alter vot...
09:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot First Android Device Certified For DoD Personnel
aneroid writes "The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has certified its first secure mobile device running Android 2.2 — the Dell Streak 5. It is certified for use in the Defense Departm...
09:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Why Fingernails On a Chalkboard Sound Painful
sciencehabit writes "Some sounds are excruciating. Take fingernails squeaking on a chalkboard. The noise makes many people shudder, but researchers never knew exactly why. A new study finds that there...
08:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Boston Dynamics' PETMAN Humanoid On Video
An anonymous reader writes "IEEE reports that Boston Dynamics has unveiled video footage showing its biped humanoid robot PETMAN walking, kneeling, and doing push-ups. Boston Dynamics is building the ...
08:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Multi-Target Photo-Radar System To Make Speeding Riskier
mrquagmire writes with this excerpt from Engadget:"Go easy on the gas, Speed Racer, because Cordon is on its way. Developed by Simicon, this new speed sensor promises to take highway surveillance to n...
07:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Re-evaluating the Benefits of Cancer Screening
uncleO writes "An article in the NY Times describes two studies that weigh the harm caused by cancer screenings against the benefits they provide. From the article, 'Two recent clinical trials of pros...
07:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Military Labs Develop Caffeinated Jerky and "Zapplesauce"
A military research facility outside Boston has come up two new super foods for MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat). Soon soldiers will able to stay awake during guard duty thanks to caffeinated meat sticks. Th...
06:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot They Might Be Giants Answers Your Questions
Earlier this month you got a chance to ask They Might Be Giants about DIY albums, nerd culture, and science songs. Below you'll find their responses. Thanks to the band for taking time to answer quest...
06:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Progress Spacecraft Launch Successful
Zothecula writes "The future of the International Space Station (ISS) became more secure on Sunday, October 30, 2011 when the Russian space agency Rosocosmos carried out a successful launch of an unma...
05:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot China Builds 1-Petaflop Homegrown Supercomputer
MrSeb writes "Drawing yet another battle line between the incumbent oligarchs of the West and the developing hordes of the East, China has unveiled a new supercomputer that uses entirely-homegrown pro...
04:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Federal Contractors Are $600 Screwdrivers
ideonexus writes "Last month an article appeared on Slashdot about how the Government pays IT contractors twice what it pays its own workers. Missing from the article was how much the IT Contractor pa...
03:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Ubuntu Heads To Smartphones, and Tablets
First time accepted submitter GuerillaRadio writes "Mark Shuttleworth is to announce that Canonical will be taking Ubuntu Linux to smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in...
03:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Authorities Seize Duqu's C&C Servers In Mumbai
wiredmikey writes "In Mumbai, Indian authorities seized components from servers in a data center after Symantec informed them that they were communicating with the command and control (C&C) infras...
03:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Climate Change Skeptic Results Released Today
Irishman writes "A leading climate change skeptic, Richard Muller, will release results today showing that global warming is indeed happening. He has shown that two items skeptics look to, urban heat ...
02:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Climate Change Skeptic Report Released Today
Irishman writes "A leading climate change skeptic, Richard Muller, will release results today showing that global warming is indeed happening. He has shown that two items skeptics look to, urban heat ...
01:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Paper-Based Explosives Sensor Made Using an Inkjet
cylonlover writes "Detecting explosives is a vital task both on the battlefield and off, but it requires equipment that, if sensitive enough to detect explosives traces in small quantities, is often e...
01:05 pm - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Another Step Towards Graphene Semiconductors
derGoldstein writes "Ars has an article up about the two latest 'papers demonstrating that, if you change the way the graphene stacks, you obtain a voltage-controlled bandgap ... Between these two pap...
10:05 am - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot UK Police Buy Covert Cellphone Surveillance System
digitig writes "UK Metropolitan Police have purchased a 'covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network, transmitting a signal that allows authorities to shut off phones ...
07:05 am - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot The Weight of an e-Book
whoever57 writes "According to Prof Kubiatowicz from Berkeley, each time an additional book is downloaded to an e-reader, the mass of the e-reader increases. The effect doesn't really make the devices...
04:05 am - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot The White House Responds To We the People Petition
First time accepted submitter Nysul writes "The White House, aiming to gather the opinion (or marketing data) of the internet nation, asked for our thoughts by creating the We the People site and now ...
01:05 am - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot Student Loans In America: the Next Big Credit Bubble
PolygamousRanchKid writes "In late 1965, President Lyndon Johnson stood in the modest gymnasium of what had once been the tiny teaching college he attended and announced a program to promote education...
12:05 am - Mon, October 31, 2011
Slashdot iPhone 4S Has Been Jailbroken, Hack Enables Siri on iPhone 4
Diggester writes "Unless their chipset has already been exploited and jailbroken on a previous device, it takes a lot of time for the iOS jailbreaking community to come with a jailbreak for a new iOS ...