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11:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Doctorow: the Coming War On General-Purpose Computing
GuerillaRadio writes "Cory Doctorow's keynote at 28C3 was about the upcoming war on general-purpose computing driven by increasingly futile regulation to appease big content. 'The last 20 years of Int...
10:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Backtracks On $2 Convenience Fee
Velcroman1 writes with a followup to yesterday's news that Verizon would be implementing a $2 'convenience fee' for certain online and phone-based bill payments. In addition to dealing with outrage fr...
10:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot HP Wanted $1.2B For WebOS and Palm
PolygamousRanchKid passes along this quote:"As baffling as it may seem, HP was trying to rid itself of Palm without taking a loss on its purchase, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told [Ven...
09:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Orangutans To Skype Between Zoos With iPads
MrSeb writes "For the last six months, orangutans — those great, hairy, orange apes that go 'ook' a lot — at Milwaukee Zoo have been playing games and watching videos on Apple's iPad, but ...
08:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Where Would Earth-Like Planets Find Water?
astroengine writes "The term 'Earth-like worlds' is a vastly overused and hopelessly incorrect term that is popularly bandied about to explain some recent exoplanet discoveries. Although some of the d...
07:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Samoa and Tokelau Are Skipping December 30th
ocean_soul writes "Starting January 1, 2012 Samoa and Tokelau will be in time zone +13 instead of -11. This means there will be no December 30, 2011 in these countries. The decision to switch tim...
07:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Malicious QR Code Use On the Rise
New submitter EliSowash writes "Malware developers are increasingly using QR Codes as an attack vector. 'The big problem is that the QR code to a human being is nothing more than "that little square w...
06:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot 2011: Record Year For Airline Safety
smitty777 writes "Unless something bad happens in the next two days, we are on track for having a new record for airline safety. The new record of one death for every 7.1 million passengers beats the ...
05:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot New Group Paves Way For 2012 Online Primary
DJRumpy sends this excerpt from CNN:"Americans Elect, which has raised $22 million so far, is harnessing the power of the Internet to conduct an unprecedented national online primary next spring. If a...
05:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Warrantless Wiretapping Decisions Issued By Ninth Circuit Court
sunbird writes "The Ninth Circuit yesterday issued two decisions in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuits against the National Security Agency (Jewel v. NSA) and the telecommunications compani...
04:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Does 'Supersizing' Supershrink Your Brain?
Rambo Tribble writes "As reported by the BBC, the journal Neurology is set to release the findings of a study in Oregon on diet and brain shrinkage in Alzheimer's victims. The upshot is: a diet rich i...
03:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Copyright Claim Sets Back Cognitive Impairment Testing
Kilrah_il writes "A recent New England Journal of Medicine editorial talks about the mini-mental state examination — a standardized screening test for cognitive impairment. After years of being ...
02:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Open Source Increasingly Replaced By Open APIs
SharkLaser writes "Open APIs might be the way to get rich in 2012. At the same time, it can also be what ultimately hinders open source development. A wide range of companies, including Google, Facebo...
02:05 pm - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Occupy Protesters Are Building a Facebook for the 99%
hypnosec writes "In 2011, social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook helped protesters to spread their cause and garner support across the world. What started out as a minor protest comprised of...
11:05 am - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Attack Tool Released For WPS Setup Flaw
Trailrunner7 writes "Just a day after security researcher Stefan Viehbock released details of a vulnerability in the WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) standard that enables attackers to recover the router PI...
08:05 am - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Transistor Made From Cotton Yarn
MrSeb writes "Altering the very fabric of technophilic society, a multinational team of material scientists have created electric circuits and transistors out of cotton fibers (abstract). Two kinds of...
05:05 am - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot UK Ministry of Defense Improves War Games For Console Generation
hypnosec writes "The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) has begun updating its Battlespace2 and other simulations to bring them in line with commercial wargames like Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. Andr...
03:05 am - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot China Reveals Its Space Plans Up To 2016
PolygamousRanchKid writes "China plans to launch space labs and manned ships and prepare to build space stations over the next five years, according to a plan released Thursday that shows the country'...
01:05 am - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Court Rules Website Immune From Suit For Defamatory Posting
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "RipoffReport.com contained an admittedly defamatory posting, by one of its users, about a person who operated a Florida corporation providing addiction treatment services....
01:05 am - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot What's Wrong With the US Defense R&D Budget?
Harperdog writes "Here's an in-depth analysis of what constitutes defense R&D spending and how some of those projects are classified. From the article: 'But much of what transpires in the name of ...
12:05 am - Fri, December 30, 2011
Slashdot Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping
schwit1 writes in with a link to Roger Ebert's webpage where he gives his opinion on the decline of movie industry revenues."According to Ebert movie piracy isn't the problem. He contends that the ind...
11:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Stephen Hawking Looking For Personal Techie
kaptink writes "One of the great grandmasters of space, time and the history of our existence is seeking an assistant to help develop and maintain the electronic speech system that allows him to commu...
10:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot TSA Got Everything It Wanted For Christmas
OverTheGeicoE writes "It looks like Congress' recent jabs at TSA were just posturing after all. Last Friday, President Obama signed a spending act passed by both houses of Congress. The act gives TSA ...
10:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Wikipedia To Dump GoDaddy Over SOPA
Reader jampola points out that Wikimedia's Jimmy Wales last week said clearly what was only hinted at earlier in the month; now "It's not only imgur (among many others) who are giving GoDaddy the flic...
09:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot How Doctors Die
Hugh Pickens writes "Dr. Ken Murray, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at USC, writes that doctors don't die like the rest of us. What's unusual about doctors is not how much treatment...
08:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Android Tablet For Travel?
PerlJedi writes "I am planing a long trip (to Ireland), and want to buy an Android tablet to take along for the trip. I am a software engineer (I actually work for Slashdot), a Linux geek, and an Andr...
07:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Russia Building World's Largest Li-Ion Battery Plant
MikeChino writes "Russia and China are gearing up to dominate the lithium battery battery industry by launching the world's largest Li-ion plant (press release). Planned for Novobirsk, Russia, the fac...
07:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Intel Ships New Atom Processors To PC Makers
randomErr writes "Intel began shipping the new mobile Atom, formerly codenamed 'Cedar Trail', processors to manufacturers. As with most new chips it has more features and longer battery life. Intel sa...
07:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot No IPv6 Doomsday In 2012
itwbennett writes "Yes, IPv4 addresses are running out, but a Y2K-style disaster/frenzy won't be coming in 2012. Instead, businesses are likely to spend the coming year preparing to upgrade to IPv6, e...
06:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Demo New GSM Attacks at Chaos Communications Congress
First time accepted submitter aeturnus writes "A new attack on the GSM mobile communications protocol has been demonstrated by Karsten Nohl and Luca Melette of Security Research Labs, based off their ...
05:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot HTC Unlocks Bootloader For All of Its Devices
An anonymous reader writes "HTCDEV annouced today "HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. We plan on releasing the updates that will allow you to unlock your boot...
05:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot World's Worst PR Guy Gives His Side
First time accepted submitter Narnie writes "Follow up to Tuesday's story of a PR rep's lack of professionalism. Kyle Orland provides a follow up interview with Paul Christoforo after a simple email c...
04:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot How a Gesture Could Get Your Google+ Profile Picture Yanked
SharkLaser writes "It turns out that Google has started to remove Google+ pictures that have persons giving the middle finger in it. 'Our policy page states, "Your Profile Picture cannot include ...
04:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot New Record High Temperature At South Pole
New submitter Titus Andronicus writes "The South Pole experienced its highest-ever recorded temperature of -12.3C (+9.9F) on December 25, 2011, according to preliminary reporting from the Antarct...
04:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Sun Storms May Affect Radios, Cell Phones Today
ABC News is one of various news outlets reporting that "Intense solar activity may affect Earth today, potentially disrupting radio and cell phone frequencies." (The Space Weather Prediction Center ca...
03:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Issuing Unusual Out-of-Band Security Update
wiredmikey writes "In a rare move, Microsoft is breaking its normal procedures and will issue an emergency out-of-band security update on Thursday to address a hash collision attack vulnerability that...
02:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from geek.com (based on a report at Droid Life) that makes me consider quitting or at least suspending the very expensive service 3G data service I get fro...
02:05 pm - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot FDA Backtracks On Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Proposal
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The FDA recognized, 35 years ago, that feeding animals low-doses of certain antibiotics used in human medicine — namely, penicillin and tetracyclines — could p...
11:05 am - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Imgur.com: Why We Dumped GoDaddy
Velcroman1 writes "On the eve of what has been dubbed "Dump Go Daddy Day," imgur.com — the massive image hosting sites is responsible for an astonishing 28 terabytes of bandwidth and nearly 200 ...
08:05 am - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Insects Rapidly Becoming Resistant To GM Corn
DrHeasley writes "BT corn, which contains the DNA for Bacillus thuringensis toxin, was once hailed as the final solution for insect predators on this valuable crop. Now it turns out that insects, and ...
05:05 am - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Free Wi-Fi Coming To Japanese Vending Machines
cylonlover writes "Free Wi-Fi is on its way to some Japanese vending machines. Working much like a mobile hotspot at your local coffee shop, people located near the machines would be able to connect t...
03:05 am - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot HP TouchPad Go: $99?
redletterdave writes "The HP TouchPad Go, which is a smaller version of the company's signature TouchPad, may go on sale for $99 like its predecessor. The tablet features a 1023 x 768 resolution displ...
01:05 am - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot IT Managers Are Aloof Says Psychologist and Your Co-Workers
dcblogs writes "IT managers see themselves as 'reigning supreme,' in an organization, and are seen by non-IT workers as difficult to get along with, says organizational psychologist Billie Blair. If I...
12:05 am - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Apocalypse Tourism: Where To Celebrate Doomsday?
PolygamousRanchKid writes "December 21, 2012 marks the end of the current cycle of the Mayan 'Long Count' calendar. And while this has had some fearful types preparing for the end of the world, others...
12:05 am - Thu, December 29, 2011
Slashdot Did Microsoft Make Google Pay Triple Rate To Mozilla?
SharkLaser writes "Last week it was announced that Google has renewed their search deal with Mozilla. The amount Google paid to Mozilla was surprising: $300 million per year, despite the slightly fall...
11:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"
hypnosec writes "Cloud based hosting service provider Rackspace has joined the ever expanding list of companies that are opposed to the US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). In a blog post, Rackspace CEO ...
10:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Why We Agonize Over Buying $1 Apps
theodp writes "When it comes to explaining decision making and behavioral economics, Dan Ariely is the man. In his latest blog post, Ariely tackles the irrationality of app buying, explaining why the ...
09:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Progressive Era Hacker Griefed Marconi Demonstration
nbauman writes "In June 1903, Gugliemo Marconi and his partner Ambrose Flemming were about to give the first demonstration of long-range wireless communication at the Royal Institution in London, whic...
08:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot New York Times Hacked?
First time accepted submitter porsche911 writes "It looks like the NYTimes have been hacked and a large number of subscribers spammed with messages about cancellation of their service. The phone syste...
08:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Summary of the M-Edge Vs. Amazon Lawsuit
An anonymous reader writes "According to a lawsuit filed by Kindle accessory maker M-Edge, Amazon is a threatening, deceitful, and interfering big brother figure. M-Edge accuses the Kindle maker of pa...
07:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Data Exposed In Stratfor Compromise Analyzed
wiredmikey writes with an excerpt from an article in Security Week: "Following news that security and intelligence firm Stratfor is downplaying the recent hack of its systems, Identity Finder today sh...
06:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Recent Discovery Contains Oldest Depiction of the Tower of Babel
smitty777 writes "The recent discovery of the Tower of Babel stele by a team of scholars shows what might be the earliest depiction of the ancient Tower of Babel. The stele belongs to Martin Schø...
05:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Reconsidering Android 4.0 On the Galaxy S
ghostoftiber writes "The original Galaxy S was the redheaded step child of the Samsung device line. ... Samsung announced over Christmas that the original Galaxy S was done, leaving its faithful fans ...
05:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Apple Fined By Italy For Misleading Customers About Warranty Terms
beaverdownunder writes "An Italian watchdog has fined Apple 900,000 euros ($1.2m, £750,000) for failing to inform Italian shoppers of their legal right to two years of technical support, recogni...
04:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Justifications For Creating an IT Department?
jjoelc writes "This may sound like an odd request, so first some background. I work at a broadcast television station, and I have found it to be very common for IT to be lumped in with the engineering...
03:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot PandaBoard ES Benchmarked
An anonymous reader writes "Phoronix has benchmarked the Texas Instruments PandaBoard ES and compared its performance against Intel Atom N270, Atom Z530, Pentium M, and Core Duo T2400 processors. The ...
02:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot IBM Granted Your-Paychecks-Are-What-You-Eat Patent
theodp writes "On IBM's Smarter Planet, at least as envisioned in Big Blue's recently-granted patent for 'providing consumers with incentives for healthy eating habits', the FDA will team up with empl...
02:05 pm - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Prospects Darken For Solar Energy Companies
Hugh Pickens writes "Although global demand for solar power is still growing — about 8% more solar panels will be installed this year compared with 2010 — bankruptcies, plummeting stock pr...
11:05 am - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Auction of Copyright Troll Righthaven's Website Underway
Tootech sends this quote from Vegas Inc:"The online auction of the righthaven.com website domain name got underway Monday, with bidders having until Jan. 6 to submit offers. A judge has authorized a r...
08:05 am - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Passive Optical Diode Created At Purdue University
wbr1 writes "Researchers at Purdue University have managed to create a silicon device that acts as a passive diode for infrared optical signals. From the Purdue news release: 'The diode is capable of ...
06:05 am - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Melting Glaciers Cutting Peru Water Supply
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In a story that may repeat itself in all mountainous areas dependent on glaciers for their water supply, the glaciers in Peru's Cordillera Blanca mountain range are meltin...
04:05 am - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Intel Medfield SoC Specs Leak
MrSeb writes "Specifications and benchmarks of Intel's 32nm Medfield platform — Chipzilla's latest iteration of Atom and first real system-on-a-chip oriented for smartphones and tablets — ...
02:05 am - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Handing Over Personal Work Without Compensation?
rsmith84 writes "I'm the Senior Systems administrator for a small trade college. When I was hired on, it was strictly for L3 related tasks such as advanced server administration, Exchange design and i...
01:05 am - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Experimenting With Robotic Movement
kodiaktau writes "Roboticists with EPFL are playing with new methods of locomotion for robots, modeled after grasshoppers, bats and other non-traditional forms of movement, including leaping and glidi...
12:05 am - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot New WiFi Setup Flaw Allows Easy Router PIN Guessing
Trailrunner7 writes "There is a newly discovered vulnerability in the WiFi Protected Setup standard that reduces the number of attempts it would take an attacker to brute-force the PIN for a wireless ...
12:05 am - Wed, December 28, 2011
Slashdot Christmas Always On Sunday? Researchers Propose New Calendar
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered a way to make time stand still — at least when it comes to the yearly calendar. Using computer programs and ma...
11:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot SETI To Scour the Moon For Alien Footprints?
astroengine writes "Although we have an entire universe to seek out the proverbial alien needle in a haystack, perhaps looking in our own backyard would be a good place to start. That's the conclusion...
10:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade
New submitter FSWKU writes "Courtesy of Penny-Arcade, Paul Christoforo of Ocean Marketing provides a perfect example of what not to do when interacting with customers, especially if you are doing so o...
09:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot Why American Corporate Software Can No Longer Be Trusted
jrepin writes "There is a problem with proprietary, closed software, which makes Rick Falkvinge, the founder of the first Pirate Party, a bit uneasy: 'We get a serious democratic deficit when the citi...
09:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot Charlie Kindel On Why Windows Phone Still Hasn't Taken Off
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft's weak share in the mobile phone market can be attributed to its mishandling of industry politics, not inferior technology or features, according to ex-Windows Ph...
08:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot America's Turn From Science, a Danger For Democracy
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Here's a good article about how playing politics with science puts our country at risk — a review of Shawn Otto's book Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science...
07:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot Twin GRAIL Probes To Map Lunar Gravity Field
smitty777 writes "The two washing machine sized satellites from the GRAIL program (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) launched in September are set to enter lunar orbit this weekend. As can be ...
07:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot 2012 and the Technology Blahs
Velcroman1 writes "Generally, at the end of the year, predictions stream forth as to how this or that new technology will transform the world in the next 12 months. Just before Christmas, IBM announce...
06:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot DigiTimes Lends Credence To Apple-Branded TVs For 2012
It's a rumor that goes back years (here's one example from this summer) that Apple is planning to produce dedicated TV sets branded with its own name; the main question seems to be when. DigiTimes (ha...
05:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Tools For Teaching High School Kids How To Make Games?
First time accepted submitter nzyank writes "The other day I bravely (foolishly?) volunteered to conduct a video game development workshop at my boys' HS. This in Smallsville, Vermont with an average ...
04:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot China Begins Using New Global Positioning Satellites
cswilly writes with the news that China's satellite navigation system, called Beidou, has been successfully activated. "With ten satellites now, 16 in 2012, and 35 in 2020, China is making damn sure t...
04:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot Weird Fossils Show Ancient Organism Reproducing
ananyo writes "Strange fossils from Doushantuo in China, have turned out to be 570-million-year-old snapshots of an organism caught in the act of reproducing. Researchers have used three-dimensional X...
04:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot More Details On Drug Cartel's Clandestine Communications Network
K7DAN writes "The AP reports that Mexico's drug cartels have built their own sophisticated two-way radio communications system using computer-controlled linked and local repeaters on mountain tops, wa...
03:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Geek-Centric Magazines Still Published On Paper?
QwkHyenA writes "I've recently cancelled my Linux Magazine subscription because they went paperless. I know, I'm a heartless geek and should be 'shunned,' but I enjoy the unplugged sensation of readin...
03:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot What Life Was Like Inside the Hexagon Project
As new submitter kulnor writes, "Hexagon, a cold war secret project around spy satellites to monitor USSR was declassified last September." kulnor excerpts from the AP story as carried by Yahoo, outli...
02:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot The GoDaddy Saga Continues
First time accepted submitter wbr1 writes "Domain registrar Namecheap is accusing GoDaddy of violating ICANN rules and hindering domain owners from moving their domains to another registrar. They are ...
02:05 pm - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot Will Hackers Try To Disrupt the Iowa Caucuses?
Hugh Pickens writes "The Iowa Republican Party is boosting the security of the electronic systems it will use to count the first votes of the 2012 presidential campaign after receiving a mysterious th...
11:05 am - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot Do E-Readers Spell the Demise Of Traditional Schooling?
Attila Dimedici writes "I came across a an article this morning that suggests that the Nook and the Kindle have changed things in such a way that schools are becoming obsolete. His premise is that the...
09:05 am - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott
walterbyrd writes with a quote from an article at Techrights: "Given the latest actions from Apple we cannot help recommending that people buy nothing from Apple. Boycott the company for being a threa...
05:05 am - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot GnuPG Short ID Collision Has Occurred.
kfogel writes "Asheesh Laroia now has two GPG different keys with the same short ID (70096AD1) circulating on keyservers. One of them is an older 1024-bit DSA key, the other is a newer 4096-bit RSA ke...
02:05 am - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot Boxee 1.5 Will Be the Last Supported Desktop Version
DeviceGuru writes with excerpts from the article: "Boxee released [a beta of] version 1.5 of its free multimedia streaming software for Mac, Windows, and Linux desktops today, but simultaneously annou...
01:05 am - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot Why Can't We Put a BASIC On the Phone?
theodp writes "In the Sixties, we could put a man on the moon. Nowadays, laments jocastette, America's tech giants can't even put a BASIC on the phone. Woz managed to crank out a BASIC interpreter for...
12:05 am - Tue, December 27, 2011
Slashdot China's Parallel Online Universe
An anonymous reader writes "China is increasingly operating an online parallel universe where social media clones 'mimic the functions of the most popular, internationally recognized social media appl...
11:05 pm - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot Report Condemns Japan's Response To Nuclear Accident
mdsolar sends this quote from an article at the NY Times:"From inspectors who abandoned the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as it succumbed to disaster to a delay in disclosing radiation leaks, ...
10:05 pm - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot A Right To Bear Virtual Arms?
theodp writes "In the world of virtual goods, reports GeekWire's Todd Bishop, it looks like there's no such thing as a Second Amendment. According to a forum post by an Epic Games community manager, a...
10:05 pm - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot What If Babbage Had Succeeded?
mikejuk writes "It was on this day 220 years ago (December 26 1791) that Charles Babbage was born. The calculating machines he invented in the 19th century, although never fully realized in his lifeti...
09:05 pm - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot Warner Bros Sued For Pirating Louis Vuitton Trademark
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "You have to love a case where Warner Brothers, copyright maximalist extraordinaire, gets sued for 'piracy,' in this case for using a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag in a recen...
08:05 pm - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot Israeli Spyware Sold To Iran
Hugh Pickens writes "Bloomberg reports that Israeli trade, customs and defense officials say they didn't know that systems for performing 'deep- packet inspection' into Internet traffic, sold under th...
07:05 pm - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Build TCP-Based Spam Detection
itwbennett writes "In a presentation at the Usenix LISA conference in Boston, researchers from the Naval Academy showed that signal analysis of factors such as timing, packet reordering, congestion an...
06:05 pm - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is E-Learning a Viable Option?
An anonymous reader writes "My spouse, who is an elementary school science teacher, has had some experience in e-learning, since her school gave iPads to all the students. She found that students used...
05:05 pm - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot i-Device Manufacturing Unprofitable To China
N!NJA writes "One of my favorite facts of this past year was the proof that China makes almost nothing out of assembling Apple's iPads and iPhones. From the article: 'If you want lots of jobs and lots...
04:05 pm - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot LAPD Surveillance Cameras Go Unused
First time accepted submitter Ethanol-fueled writes "Most of the surveillance cameras installed downtown and operated by the LAPD have not been working for two years, according to interviews and recor...
03:05 pm - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot Customers Gleefully Mock Best Buy's $1,095.99 HDMI
First time accepted submitter Forthan Red writes "It may be a pricing bot run amok, or a ridiculously over-inflated sense of worth, but Best Buy has been offering an HDMI cable for a whopping $1,095.9...
03:05 pm - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot Samsung Buys Sony's Stake In LCD Joint Venture
First time accepted submitter rtoz writes "Samsung Electronics has decided to buy out Sony's entire stake in their Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) joint venture S-LCD Samsung will pay Sony 1.08 trillion ...
02:05 pm - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot New Car Anti-Theft Device Profiles Your Rear End
Hugh Pickens writes "A car-seat identifier developed at Japan's Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology by Associate Professor Shigeomi Koshimizu can recognize a person by his or her rear end with...
11:05 am - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot Anti-Whaling Group Using Drones To Find Whalers
FatLittleMonkey writes "Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd is using aerial drones to find and the track factory ships used by Japanese whalers. The group claims the tactic shortened the Japanese whaling ...
08:05 am - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot The Chinese Town Where Old Christmas Lights Go
retroworks writes "Shanghai based reporter Adam Minter visits where recycled Christmas Tree lighting goes in China. Visiting Shijao, the town known as the Mecca for Christmas tree light recycling, he ...
05:05 am - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Kit For a Home Media Server?
First time accepted submitter parkejr writes "I started off building a media library a few years ago with an old PC running Ubuntu. Folders for photos, ogg vorbis music from my CD collection, and x264...
02:05 am - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot Satellite Piece Crashes Through Man's Roof
PolygamousRanchKid writes "A Siberian resident miraculously escaped serious injury or even death when a fragment of a Russian communication satellite crashed through the roof of his house. A Meridian ...
12:05 am - Mon, December 26, 2011
Slashdot The Looming Library Lending Battle
smitty777 writes "The NY Times is running a piece on the tug of war between publishers and libraries for e-book lending. With the In one corner are the publishers, who claim that unlimited lending of ...
10:05 pm - Sun, December 25, 2011
Slashdot Android Approved By Pentagon
sfcrazy writes "The Pentagon has approved a version of Android running on Dell hardware to be used by DoD officials, along with the BlackBerry. The approval of Android by the DoD is a major setback fo...
08:05 pm - Sun, December 25, 2011
Slashdot Go Daddy Loses Over 21,000 Domains In One Day
First time accepted submitter expo53d writes "CNET reports that yesterday 21,054 domains where pulled off Domaincontrol.com, a subsidiary of GoDady. While this maybe a coincidence, it is likely to be ...
06:05 pm - Sun, December 25, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor
Frankie70 writes "At 11:45 PST on Christmas Eve, hacking collective Anonymous disclosed that not only has it hacked the Stratfor website (since confirmed by Friedman himself), but has also obtained th...
05:05 pm - Sun, December 25, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Patents Deducing Religion From Gift Wrap
theodp writes "If you're the giver or recipient of presents gift-wrapped by Amazon, you may want to take a gander at U.S. Patent No. 8,060,463, granted to Amazon last month for Mining of User Event Da...
04:05 pm - Sun, December 25, 2011
Slashdot The Science of Santa
Hugh Pickens writes writes "For decades, mystified scientists have chalked up Santa's power to the inexplicable wonder of magic, but North Carolina State University aerospace engineer Larry Silverberg...
02:05 pm - Sun, December 25, 2011
Slashdot Google and Mozilla: Partners, Not Competitors
Much has been said about the (perceived) rivalry between Chrome and Firefox, but Google engineer Peter Kasting had enough when he read an article trying to discern Google's true motives for signing a ...
11:05 am - Sun, December 25, 2011
Slashdot Television White Space Spectrum Approved For Use By FCC
New submitter ptmartin01 writes "The unused spectrum now assigned to television broadcast has been made available for public use by the FCC. This is going to be used for wireless applications (PDF) wi...
08:05 am - Sun, December 25, 2011
Slashdot NASA To Investigate Mysterious 'Space Ball'
redletterdave writes "In mid-November, a hollow space ball fell from the sky and crashed into the earth in Namibia, the African nation situated above South Africa and west of Botswana and Zimbabwe. Au...
05:05 am - Sun, December 25, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Best To Deal With a GPLv2 License Infringement?
cultiv8 writes "I am a developer and released some code at one point under GPLv2. It's nothing huge — a small Drupal module that integrates a Drupal e-commerce system (i.e. Ubercart) with multip...
02:05 am - Sun, December 25, 2011
Slashdot Russia, Europe Seek Divorce From U.S. Tech Vendors
dcblogs writes "The Russians are building a 10-petaflop supercomputer as part of a goal to build an exascale system by 2018-20, in the same timeframe as the US. The Russians, as well as Europe and Chi...
01:05 am - Sun, December 25, 2011
Slashdot Linux-Powered Christmas Display Puts Rudolph To Shame
xmas2003 writes "Over at Linux.com, Zonker writes about Alek's Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease.This annual Internet tradition uses a hi/low-tech combo of LAMP'ed Redhat Web Servers, a...
12:05 am - Sun, December 25, 2011
Slashdot The Bitcoin Strikes Back
smitty777 writes "Slashdot readers are no doubt informed of the infamous crash of Bitcoin. In fact, its demise was followed closely here. Wired has a recent article tracking Bitcoin's climb out of cha...
10:05 pm - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot Study Finds Online Cheating Is Infectious
Freddybear writes "A study of online gamers in the Steam community finds that those who are friends with cheaters are more likely to begin cheating themselves. From the article: 'First up, cheats stic...
09:05 pm - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot US Federal Reserve Data On Loans During Crisis Released
oDDmON oUT writes "Pursuant to a FOIA request, Bloomberg has acquired numbers from the Fed on loans made to banks and businesses during the financial crisis between 2007 and 2009. They also posted a d...
07:05 pm - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot Sorry, IT: These 5 Technologies Belong To Users
GMGruman writes "The BYOD (bring your own device) phenomenon hasn't been easy on IT, which has seen its control slip. But for these five technologies — mobile devices, cloud computing services, ...
06:05 pm - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot What Do We Do When the Internet Mob Is Wrong?
New submitter cornicefire writes "By now most people have heard the news and seen the picture of the boy who was killed over the new Nike sneakers. There are Facebook pages devoted to fist-shaking pro...
05:05 pm - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot Cyber Insurance Industry Expected To Boom
An anonymous reader writes "The high profile hacks to Sony's systems this year were quite costly — Sony estimated losses at around $200 million. Their insurance company was quick to point out th...
03:05 pm - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot Why the Occupy Movement Skipped Silicon Valley
An anonymous reader writes "Eric Schmidt says what we all suspected: Silicon Valley has largely been immune to the Great Recession. He said, 'Occupy Wall Street isn’t really something that comes...
02:05 pm - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot Crowdsourced List of SOPA Supporters
Fraser Cain writes "GoDaddy listened to reason, and reversed their position on SOPA. Here's a crowdsourced list of every other company supporting SOPA with web address, Twitter feed, contact emails an...
02:05 pm - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot East Coast vs. West Coast In the Quest For Young Programming Talent
McGruber writes "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that tech interns are in high demand in the Bay area. According to the author, 'Technology giants like Google Inc. have been expanding their summe...
12:05 pm - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot Face-Scanning Vending Machine Denies Children Access To Pudding
smitty777 writes "What do you do when you spend over a billion dollars on products targeted specifically for adults? Simple, just put a device on your pudding dispensing vending machines that scans fa...
10:05 am - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot ISO Updates C Standard
An anonymous reader writes "The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published the new specifications for the C programming language. The standard is known unofficially as C1X and ...
07:05 am - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot Dell and Baidu Introduce a Smartphone With Forked Version of Android
cortex writes "XDA developers is reporting on a the release of a new smart phone which runs a forked version of Google's Android operating system: 'Dell and Baidu, the Chinese search giant with over 8...
04:05 am - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot Taliban Seizes and Burns PCs, Cell Phones To Stop Obscenity
retroworks writes "As translated from Central Asia Online, Cellular News reports that militants from South Waziristan set ablaze about 300 cellular phones and a number of computers in Wana because the...
01:05 am - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Inexpensive VPS Provider?
David Greene writes "After many years of waiting for my provider to upgrade DSL service from the measly 1.5 Mbps I have now, I've decided to go another route. Unfortunately, no other provider in the a...
12:05 am - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla's 3 Big Bets To Keep the Web Open
GMGruman writes "Savio Rodrigues writes that Google's latest agreement with Mozilla will ironically fund three new areas of competition between Google and Mozilla — areas that users and open sou...
12:05 am - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot Volkswagen Turns Off E-mail After Work-Hours
wired_parrot writes "Responding to complaints from employees that email outside of working hours was disrupting their lives, Volkswagen has taken the step of shutting their email servers outside work-...
12:05 am - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot The Curious Case of Increasing Misspelling Rates On Wikipedia
An anonymous reader writes "The crowd-sourced nature of Wikipedia might imply that its content should be more 'correct' than other sources. As the saying goes, the more eyes the better. One particular...
12:05 am - Sat, December 24, 2011
Slashdot Game Developers Eyeballing Kindle Fire
donniebaseball23 writes "Amazon's entry into the tablets market has gone probably even better than they expected. And now the Kindle Fire is quickly becoming a viable games platform. Developers have c...
11:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Won't Get Android 4.0
bonch writes "Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S smartphone, which sold 10 million last year, and the Galaxy Tab tablet won't be receiving the Android 4.0 update, known as 'Ice Cream Sandwich.' S...
10:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot The Large Hadron Collider Has Been Recreated In Lego
An anonymous reader writes "The Large Hadron Collider has many fans, and one of its biggest is Sasha Mehlhase, a physicist from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. Mehlhase has d...
10:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Russia Botches Another Rocket Launch
astroengine writes "Three hours before a new crew arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, bringing the outpost back up to full staff for the first time in months, Russia racked up its fi...
09:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot U.S. Congress Authorizes Offensive Use of Cyberwarfare
smitty777 writes "Congress has recently authorized the use of offensive military action in cyberspace. From the December 12th conference on the National Defense Authorization Act, it states, 'Congress...
09:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Apple Increases Dominance of Mobile Shopping
bdking writes "If you purchased something online from a mobile device in December, there's a 92% chance you used an iPad or iPhone. And if so, you probably spent more money than someone making an onli...
08:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Go Daddy Reverses Course On SOPA
An anonymous reader writes "Go Daddy has relented in the face of public pressure and will no longer support SOPA. 'Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been wo...
07:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Inside Obama's Twitter Blitz On the Payroll Tax
Hugh Pickens writes "Brandon Rittiman reports that White House officials launched a Twitter campaign Tuesday to put pressure on Congress to reach a deal extending the payroll-tax cut. Using the Twitte...
07:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Trion Worlds' Rift Account Database Compromised
New submitter Etrahkad writes "Trion Worlds, publisher of MMORPG Rift, has announced that somebody broke into one of their databases and gained access to user information. First Sony and now Rift... m...
06:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot FCC Approves AT&T's $1.9 Billion Qualcomm Spectrum Purchase
An anonymous reader writes "Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has granted approval for AT&T to buy Qualcomm's wireless spectrum licenses for $1.925 billion. The FCC...
06:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Vanity Fair On the TSA and Security Theater
OverTheGeicoE writes "Perhaps it's now officially cool to criticize the TSA. Vanity Fair has a story questioning the true value of TSA security. The story features Bruce Schneier, inventor of the term...
05:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Volkwasgen Turns Off E-mail After Work-Hours
wired_parrot writes "Responding to complaints from employees that email outside of working hours was disrupting their lives, Volkswagen has taken the step of shutting their email servers outside work-...
04:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot How the Tevatron Influenced Computing
New submitter SciComGeek writes "Few laypeople think of computing innovation in connection with the Tevatron particle accelerator, which shut down earlier this year. Mention of the Tevatron inspires i...
03:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot New Study Confirms Safety of GM Crops
New submitter ChromeAeonium writes "Much like vaccines and evolution, there exists a great disparity between the scientific consensus and the public perceptions of the safety of genetically engineered...
02:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the Android Tablet
lseltzer writes "The iPad has dominated the high-end tablet market so far, but that is about to change. At CES in Las Vegas in a couple weeks you will see tablets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwi...
02:05 pm - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot EFF Reverse Engineers Carrier IQ
MrSeb writes "At this point we have a fairly good idea of what Carrier IQ is, and which manufacturers and carriers see fit to install it on their phones, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation —...
11:05 am - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Apple Files Patent For Fuel Cell Laptops
An anonymous reader writes "Apple Insider reports that Apple recently filed two patents for a new breed of fuel cell-powered laptop computers. The devices would eschew lithium ion batteries in favor o...
09:05 am - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Major Australian Retailer Accused of Selling Infected Hard Drives
skegg writes "Dick Smith, a major Australian electronics retailer, is being accused of regularly selling used hard drives as new. Particularly disturbing is the claim that at least one drive contained...
06:05 am - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot GoDaddy Backs SOPA
redletterdave writes "Website hosting company GoDaddy has officially voiced its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Bill in 2012, which is designed to thwart movie and music piracy on the In...
04:05 am - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Beta Boards Unveiled
First time accepted submitter anwe79 writes "Those of you who have been wishing for a Raspberry Pi this Christmas will sadly not get your wish granted. However, you may be happy to hear that populated...
02:05 am - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot NRC Approves New Nuclear Reactor Design
hrvatska writes "The NY Times has an article about the U.S. NRC commission approval of the design of Westinghouse's AP1000 reactor for the U.S., clearing the way for two American utilities to continue...
01:05 am - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Do You Have the Right Stuff To Be an Astronaut?
Hugh Pickens writes "Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut? NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is now hiring outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professiona...
12:05 am - Fri, December 23, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Ideal High School Computer Lab?
First time accepted submitter dmiller1984 writes "I am a high school computer teacher and I've been put in the unique situation of designing my ideal computer lab since our high school will be undergo...
11:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot The Problem With Windows 8's Picture Password
alphadogg writes "The Windows 8 feature that logs users in if they touch certain points in a photo in the right order might be fun, but it's not very good security, according to the inventor of RSA's ...
10:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot KDE 4.8 RC 1 Now Available
jrepin writes "Just in time for some holiday testing, the KDE SC 4.8 Release Candidate is now available. The final release of KDE 4.8 is about one month away, but now the release candidate is availabl...
10:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot USTR Publishes Rogue Sites List
bs0d3 writes "The U.S. Government has classified some of the largest websites on the Internet as examples of sites which sustain global piracy. The list released by the United States Trade Representat...
10:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Solar Cells Made From a Spreadable Nanoparticle Paste
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Notre Dame have created a nanoparticle paste, which acts as the main ingredient in solar cells that are very easy to construct. In a short video clip, they c...
09:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Average Web Page Approaches 1MB
MrSeb writes "According to new research from HTTP Archive, which regularly scans the internet's most popular destinations, the average size of a single web page is now 965 kilobytes, up more than 30% ...
08:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Astronaut Photographs Comet Lovejoy ... From Space
astroengine writes "The sungrazing comet that survived the plunge deep into the solar corona, only to escape after swinging behind the sun last week, has posed for an extraordinary photograph. Space s...
08:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot ORNL's Newest Petaflop Climate Computer To Come Online For NOAA
bricko writes with a description of NOAA's Gaea supercomputer, being assembled at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It's some big iron: 1.1 petaflops, based on 16-core Interlagos chips from AMD, and ...
07:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?
Roblimo writes "My phone is as stupid as a phone can be, but you can drop it or get it wet and it will still work. My cellular cost per month is about $4, on average. I've had a cellular phone longer ...
07:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Tesla Motors Announces Prices For Their Upcoming Models
Shivetya writes with a list of prices for upcoming models from Tesla, noting that "they aren't cheap and the prices are listed assuming the $7500 tax credit. A 160-mile range S will set you back $49,9...
06:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot AMD Radeon HD 7970 Launched, Fastest GPU Tested
MojoKid writes "Rumors of AMD's Southern Island family of graphics processors have circulated for some time, though today AMD is officially announcing their latest flagship single-GPU graphics card, t...
05:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Assembling a Linux Desktop Environment From Parts?
paxcoder writes "Gnome Shell ... is different. Very much so. The fallback was inadequate. I suspect that many people, like me, turned to the alternatives. My choice was LXDE, which worked ok, until (l...
05:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Developer Forum Leaks 6 Million User Credentials
gzipped_tar writes "The 'Chinese Software Developer Network' (CSDN), operated by Bailian Midami Digital Technology Co., Ltd., is one of the largest networks of software developers in China. A text fil...
04:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot New Particle Identified At LHC
First time accepted submitter m4ktub writes "A team of researchers working with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC have published an article in arXiv where they describe what is believed to be the first ...
03:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Reinventing Xerox PARC As a Money Maker
bonch writes "After a historical reputation for not monetizing breakthrough technologies (including the mouse and desktop GUI), Xerox PARC is now focused on making money from its inventions. CEO Anne ...
02:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Democratic Super PAC Buys Newtgingrich.com
netbuzz writes "The purchase of newtgingrich.com by a Democratic Super PAC — and the use of it to highlight Newt Gingrich's political weaknesses — is either amusing or a dirty trick, depen...
02:05 pm - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Twitter To Open Source Android Security Tech
itwbennett writes "Following last month's acquisition of Whisper Systems, Twitter is open sourcing 'some' of the company's Android security products. First up: TextSecure, a text messaging client that...
11:05 am - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Is Overclocking Over?
MrSeb writes "Earlier this week, an ExtremeTech writer received a press release from a Romanian overclocking team that smashed a few overclocking records, including pushing Kingston's HyperX DDR3 memo...
09:05 am - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot EU Shipping Sector Cyber Security Awareness "Non-Existent"
twoheadedboy writes "The European maritime sector has next to no idea about cyber security, according to a report released by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). The shipping...
06:05 am - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Spanish Court Rules In Favor of P2P Engineer
Sir Mal Fet writes "In line with previous rulings discussed here, a judge in Spain has ruled that P2P technologies are "completely neutral" (original in Spanish ; Google translation ), thus dismissing...
04:05 am - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot The Fjord-Cooled Data Center
1sockchuck writes "A new data center project in Norway plans to use a fjord-powered cooling system, drawing cold water from an adjacent fjord to cool data halls. The fjord provides a ready supply of w...
02:05 am - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot ITC Judge: Motorola Mobility Infringed Microsoft Patent
chrb writes "An International Trade Commission judge has issued a preliminary ruling that Motorola Mobility infringed one of Microsoft's patents. The disputed patent covers storing a meeting request o...
01:05 am - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Bell Canada To Stop Internet Throttling
inject_hotmail.com writes "I just caught wind of a story over at the Huff. Bell Canada has written a letter to the CRTC indicating that it will end traffic shaping on March 1, 2012. Although Bell says...
01:05 am - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Hack Your Holiday Decorations
jfruhlinger writes "Tired of your code only executing in digital space? Why not hack your smiling snowman? OK, this crash course only shows you how to make pretty LED lights blink in a sequence of you...
12:05 am - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot China Now Top Patent Filer
smitty777 writes "China has passed the US as the number one filer of patents this year, according to a report by Thompson Reuters. With an average annual increase of 16.7%, China has filed 314,000 pat...
12:05 am - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Linux Mint Developer Forks Gnome 3
An anonymous reader writes "Clement Lefebvre, the Linux Mint founder, has forked Gnome 3 and named it Cinnamon. Mint has experimented with extensions to gnome in the latest release of their operating ...
12:05 am - Thu, December 22, 2011
Slashdot Researcher Claims Siemens Lied About Security Bugs
chicksdaddy writes "A month after an unknown gray hat hacker calling himself 'pr0f' used a three character password to hack his way onto Siemens software used to manage water treatment equipment in So...
11:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Inductive Charging For EVs To Be Tested In Berlin
cylonlover writes "The increasing availability of more practical electric vehicles has seen inductive charging technology attract the attention of those looking for for a cable-free way to charge EV b...
11:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Defense Against the Black Arts
brothke writes "If there ever was a book that should not be judged by its title, Defense against the Black Arts: How Hackers Do What They Do and How to Protect against It, is that book. Even if one us...
10:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Exoplanets Spotted Orbiting Dead Star
astroengine writes "Scientists have found a system of planets that appears to have survived being engulfed by their dying parent star. The discovery raises questions about the ultimate fate of our sol...
10:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Troops In Afghanistan Supplied By Robot Helicopter
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Pakistan is still blockading NATO war supplies passing through the port of Karachi in response to last month's killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers by an alliance air strike. B...
10:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Domestic Surveillance Drones On the Rise
Toe, The writes "Predator drones have now racked up over 10,000 hours of airtime in the U.S., largely for immigration enforcement. Homeland Security reports that drone operations lead to the apprehens...
09:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source License For Guitar?
First time accepted submitter PraxisGuitars writes "I am working on developing an open source electric guitar. I wish to make the basic structural system completely open and free, with a standardized ...
09:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot New Remote Flaw In 64-Bit Windows 7
Trailrunner7 writes "Researchers are warning about a new remotely exploitable vulnerability in 64-bit Windows 7 that can be used by an attacker to run arbitrary code on a vulnerable machine. The bug w...
09:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Says Goodbye To CES
theodp writes "Microsoft has traditionally delivered the pre-show keynote and put up a mammoth booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas each January. No more. GeekWire reports that Mi...
08:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Hobbit Film Trailer Posted Online
bonch writes "The trailer for the film adaptation of The Hobbit by Peter Jackson has been posted online by ComingSoon. The film, due December 14, 2012, is subtitled There And Back Again and will be fo...
08:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Liquid Metal Capsules Used To Make Self-Healing Electronics
MrSeb writes "A crack team of engineers at the University of Illinois has developed an electronic circuit that autonomously self-heals when its metal wires are broken. This self-healing system restore...
07:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Ask Gaming [Designer, Professor, Gadfly] Ian Bogost
Ian Bogost is a professor of game theory at Georgia Tech, a game designer, a prolific writer, an entrepreneur, and a bit of a prankster. These roles which sometimes overlap, notably in his surprise su...
07:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Intel Demos Phone and Tablet In New Mobile Chip Push
holy_calamity writes "Intel is making another assault on the mobile processor market, showing off a prototype phone and a tablet using its newest mobile processor Medfield. The company claims that pro...
06:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Project To Mainline Android Kernel Changes Formed
ghostoftiber writes "From the article: 'Tim Bird, a Sony engineering veteran and the chair of the Architecture Group of the Linux Foundation's CE Workgroup, has announced a new concerted effort to get...
06:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft, Nokia, and Amazon Contemplated RIM Takeover
CSHARP123 writes "WSJ's anonymous sources indicates that MS and Nokia casually considered bidding on Research in Motion Ltd. The outcome of the talks are not clear. The Journal suggests that this wasn...
05:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot ASF Lays Out Its Plan For OpenOffice.org
Thinkcloud writes "In an open letter, the Apache Software Foundation has made its plans for OpenOffice clear, including an Apache-branded OpenOffice suite targeted at developers coming next year."From...
05:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Apple Buys Israeli Flash Manufacturer
Lucas123 writes "According to published reports Apple is plunking down up to $500 million to purchase solid-state drive start-up Anobit Technologies. Even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu twe...
04:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Kindle Fire and Nook Upgrades Kill Root Access
jfruhlinger writes "The Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook tablets are similar enough and close enough together in price that they ought to be fighting market share and one-upping each other in ter...
04:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot QuakeForge 0.6.0 Released In Time For Christmas
Bill Currie writes "After many years, QuakeForge 0.6.0 has finally been released, just in time for the 12th anniversary of the release of the Quake source code. Happy birthday, GPL Quake. Merry Christ...
03:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Senators Recommend FTC Perform Antitrust Investigation Of Google
SharkLaser writes "U.S. Senators have written to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission about their concerns over Google's Internet monopoly. Google executives did themselves no favors when the Senators lo...
03:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot US Chamber of Commerce Infiltrated By Chinese Hackers
SpzToid writes "The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that a group of hackers in China breached the computer defenses of the United States Chamber of Commerce. The intrusion was quietly shut down i...
02:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Coders Develop Ways To Defeat SOPA Censorship
Hugh Pickens writes "The Atlantic reports that one developer who doesn't have much faith in Congress making the right decision on anti-piracy legislation has already built a workaround for the impendi...
12:05 pm - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot New Kind of Metal Theorized To Be In the Earth's Lower Mantle
slew writes "This article talks about a study accepted to Physical Review Letters which theorizes that iron oxide goes through an insulator/metal phase change with high temperature and pressure. Origi...
11:05 am - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot US Asks Scientists To Censor Reports To Prevent Terrorism
Following up on a disturbing story we discussed in November, Meshach writes "The United States is asking scientific journals publishing details about biomedical research to censor articles out of fear...
09:05 am - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Australian Government Bans New Syndicate Game
An anonymous reader writes "It looks like the Australian Government's move to introduce a new R18+ classification for adult video games hasn't yet taken force, with video game maker EA confirming...
08:05 am - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Hard Drive Prices Slide As Thai Flood Aftermath Subsides
New submitter yeszomgpony writes "For the first time since the Thailand flooding, hard drive prices are finally starting to decrease. The price jump was kicked off in October when drive inventory leve...
06:05 am - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot In-Car Video Chat and 4G Streaming From OnStar
thecarchik writes "At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, OnStar will reveal the latest on their system. This time, the system will be equipped in a Chevy Volt research vehicle, which seems to be a mo...
05:05 am - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Music Player Amarok 2.5 Released
jrepin writes with this quote from an article at The H:"The Amarok development team has released version 2.5 of its open source music player and organizer, code-named 'Earth Moving.' Among the changes...
04:05 am - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Do You Like To Read?
badeMan writes "I will be traveling a third of the way around the world this Christmas, and that means a lot of time on a plane. I have decided I am not going to do any coding or technical reading dur...
02:05 am - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Gaining a Remote Shell On Android
SharkLaser writes "The security of Android devices has come under scrutiny in recent months. Android Market has been plagued with a number of trojaned apps, and researchers have identified various roo...
01:05 am - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Apple Patents Using Apps During Calls
bizwriter writes "Apple has had quite a week in patents for the iPhone, and it's only Tuesday. First was the victory at the International Trade Commission over HTC. And now there's a shiny new patent ...
12:05 am - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Undersea Neutrino Observatory To Be Second-Largest Human Structure
cylonlover writes "An audacious project to construct a vast infrastructure housing a neutrino observatory at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea is being undertaken by a consortium of 40 institutes an...
12:05 am - Wed, December 21, 2011
Slashdot Sony Sued Over PSN 'No Suing' Provision
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the Examiner:"In a grand dose of irony today, Sony was sued over a term in the PlayStation Network's End User Agreement that states that users cannot ...
11:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot HIV Vaccine Approval For Human Trials
An anonymous reader writes with news that researchers from the University of Western Ontario have been given approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin testing an HIV vaccine in huma...
10:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot October, November the Worst Months For Writing Buggy Code
chicksdaddy writes "Data from application testing firm Veracode suggests that the quality of application code submitted for auditing is pretty much constant throughout the year — except for the ...
09:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Fatal Problems Continue To Plague F-22 Raptor
Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that even though the Air Force has used its F-22 Raptor planes only in test missions, pilots have experienced seven major crashes with two deaths, a grim remi...
09:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Mozilla and Google Sign New Agreement For Default Search
An anonymous reader writes "It appears Google will not cut their default search arrangement with Mozilla. From the official blog post: 'We're pleased to announce that we have negotiated a significant ...
09:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Star Wars: the Old Republic Launches
Today marks the official launch of Star Wars: the Old Republic, a new MMOG from BioWare, EA, and LucasArts. The game's population has been building throughout the week as players who pre-ordered were ...
08:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot MIT To Expand Online Learning and Offer Certificates
mikejuk writes "MIT has announced an online learning initiative that will offer its courses through a new interactive learning platform that will enable students to participate in simulated labs, inte...
07:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Kepler Discovers First Earth-Sized Exoplanets
ananyo writes "NASA's Kepler telescope has reached one of its major mission milestones: finding an Earth-sized planet outside the Solar System. What's more, it has done it twice in the same star syste...
07:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot X-Men Origins Pirate Draws a 1-Year Sentence
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from geek.com: "In 2009, a copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine found its way on to Megaupload a month before it was due to appear in movie theaters. The so-ca...
06:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Google Working On Siri Competitor Majel
judgecorp writes "Google is working on a competitor to Apple's Siri voice input system. It's an extension to its existing Voice Actions offering with a name that should ring bells. Majel is named afte...
06:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot India To Cut Out Animal Dissection
ananyo writes "Squeamish science students in India might not have to grapple with cutting up rats or frogs for much longer. The University Grants Commission (UGC), the national body in New Delhi that ...
05:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Will Toys-R-Us Carry Spy Drones?
First time accepted submitter TomOfAmalfi writes "People are concerned about government use of domestic surveillance drones, but how is that different than what happens when people make their own dron...
04:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Superannuated Scientists Still Productive
An anonymous reader writes "Modern corporations seem to have devalued older scientists. They are all to happy to have their veteran employees, scientists included, take an early retirement so that the...
04:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot IBM's Five Predictions For the Next Five Years
PolygamousRanchKid writes "In each of the past five years, IBM has come up with a list of five innovations it believes will become popular within five years. In this, the sixth year, IBM has come up w...
03:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Kim Jong-Il Was an "Internet Expert"
pigrabbitbear writes "The late Kim Jong Il made many bizarre claims and bestowed upon himself many extravagant titles during his iron-clad rule over North Korea. But here's one that's particularly int...
03:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Denver Must Prove Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety
An anonymous reader writes "An audit of accidents at Denver intersections where red light cameras were installed versus increasing the length of the yellow light shows little difference in the results...
02:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot High School Reunions — Facebook's Newest Victim?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "For sheer social awkwardness, it's hard to beat finally seeing those people in person that you never liked in high school but are 'friends' with on Facebook. The NY Times r...
02:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Ready For Your Payroll Software Update?
SEWilco writes "A federal payroll tax reduction for two months is being pushed by the President. Paying less money to the government seems good, but if the law is changed it will change the payroll ta...
02:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot New Qt Based Desktop Environment
aglider writes "Phoronix has an interesting piece of news about a new emerging desktop environment. And it's Qt based! From the project home page: 'Razor-Qt is an advanced, easy-to-use, and fast deskt...
02:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Tech Forensics Take Center Stage in Manning Pre-Trial
smitty777 writes with some updates from Bradley Manning's Article 32 hearing: "Wired has been reporting all [yester]day on the prosecution's technological evidence against Bradley Manning. The first i...
12:05 pm - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Firefox 9 Released, JavaScript Performance Greatly Improved
MrSeb writes "Firefox 9 is now available — but unlike its previous rapid release forebears where not a lot changed, a huge feature has landed with the new version: the JavaScript engine now has ...
11:05 am - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot NASA Considers Sending Telescope To the Outer Solar System
Nancy_A writes "A mission that astronomers and cosmologists have only dreamed about — until now. A team at JPL and Caltech has been looking into the possibility of hitching an optical telescope ...
09:05 am - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Victory For Irish File Sharers Dashed By Government Report
2phar writes "The Irish Government is 'to publish an order early in the new year to allow music publishers, film producers and other parties to go to court to prevent ISPs from allowing their customer...
06:05 am - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Software Bug Caused Qantas Airbus A330 To Nose-Dive
pdcull writes "According to Stuff.co.nz, the Australian Transport Safety Board found that a software bug was responsible for a Qantas Airbus A330 nose-diving twice while at cruising altitude, injuring...
04:05 am - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Do Slashdotters Encrypt Their Email?
An anonymous reader writes "Many years ago when I first heard of PGP, I found an add-on that made it fairly simple to use PGP to encrypt my email. Despite the fact that these days most people know tha...
02:05 am - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot FBI Cybercrime Director Comments On Hacktivism
bdcny7927 writes "In an exclusive interview with CIO.com, the FBI official in charge of cybercrime speaks for the first time with the media specifically about hacktivism. Here, Assistant Executive Dir...
01:05 am - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot Apple Wins Injunction Banning Import of HTC Devices
Newly accepted submitter squish18 writes "All Things D reports that Apple has won an injunction banning the import of some HTC phones starting in April 2012. The ruling by the ITC stems from two claim...
12:05 am - Tue, December 20, 2011
Slashdot NFL: National Football Luddites?
theodp writes "The National Football League has been brainstorming with tech and communications companies on how to bring the NFL into the 21st century. Major-league sports are famously technophobic &...
11:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot AT&T Officially Ends Plans To Acquire T-Mobile USA
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T has officially announced that it no longer plans to purchase T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom. In a press release, the company said, 'The actions by the Federal ...
11:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot MIT Software Allows Queries On Encrypted Databases
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "CryptDB, a piece of database software that MIT researchers presented at the Symposium on Operating System Principles in October, allows users to send queries to an encrypte...
10:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Law Professors On SOPA and PIPA: Don't Break the Internet
An anonymous reader writes "Law professors Mark Lemley, David S. Levine, and David G. Post have just published a piece on the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. In Don't Break the Internet...
09:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Inside a Last-Ditch Effort To Save the Space Shuttle
SkinnyGuy writes "NASA's Space Shuttle could have flown again as early as 2014 if a secret effort to repurpose them for commercial flight had succeeded. From the article: 'Though secret, the plan quic...
08:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Domestic Surveillance Drones Could Spur Tougher Privacy Laws
An anonymous reader writes "Have you ever been spied on by a surveillance drone? No? Are you sure? Maybe it looked like a hummingbird. Or an insect. Or maybe it was just really high up. Maybe there's ...
08:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Is Jupiter Dissolving Its Rocky Core?
sciencehabit writes "Jupiter is the victim of its own success. Sophisticated new calculations indicate that our solar system's largest planet, which weighs more than twice as much as all of the others...
07:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot IBM Tracks Pork Chops From Pig To Plate
dcblogs writes "IBM is deploying technology in China that allows meat suppliers to track a single pig all the way from farm animal to pork chop. Pigs are initially identified with a barcoded ear tag. ...
06:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Moxie Marlinspike Answers Your Questions
A few weeks ago you asked security guru Moxie Marlinspike about all manner of security issues, being searched at the border, and how to come up with a good online name. He's graciously answered a numb...
05:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Hard Drive Makers Slash Warranties
Lucas123 writes "Both Seagate and Western Digital have reduced their hard drive warranties, in some cases from five years to one year. While Western Digital wouldn't explain why, it did say it has not...
05:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Businesses Now Driving "Bring Your Own Device" Trend
snydeq writes "Companies are no longer waiting for users to bring in their own smartphones and tablets into business environments, they're encouraging it, InfoWorld reports. 'Two of the most highly re...
04:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Man Changes Name to "Mark Zuckerberg" After Facebook Sues Him
An anonymous reader writes "This has to be the funniest Facebook name story in a while. Facebook disabled the account of Israeli entrepreneur Rotem Guez because he runs a business called the Like Stor...
04:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Create "Mighty Mouse" With Gene Tweak
cylonlover writes "He can't fly just yet, but a team of scientists have made a big step towards creating a real-life Mighty Mouse. By tweaking a gene that normally inhibits muscle growth the researche...
03:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Fermilab's New Commercial Research Center
PolygamousRanchKid writes "When completed in 2013, the new research center will wrap around the Collider Detector at Fermilab and provide a state-of-the-art facility for research, development and indu...
02:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot BT Sues Google Over Android
phonewebcam writes "British Telecom is claiming billions of dollars of damages from Google in a lawsuit filed in the US which says that the Android mobile operating system infringes a number of the te...
02:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Using WikiLeaks As a Tool In Investigative Journalism
Hugh Pickens writes writes "It took a team of ten reporters working two months to sift through 250,000 confidential American diplomatic cables at the NY Times, but when a story idea recently came up t...
12:05 pm - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From Developer To Executive?
First time accepted submitter fivevibe writes "I'm about to switch from a position where I did hands on development to one where I will be building and managing technical team. I will be responsible f...
09:05 am - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot In Australia, Even Private Facebook Photos Are Public
littlekorea writes "Australia's telecommunications regulator has ruled that one of the country's largest broadcasters, Channel 7, did not breach the industry code of conduct by lifting photos of decea...
06:05 am - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il Dead at 70
As reported by numerous sources, Kim Jong Il has died at the age of 70 (69 by some tallies), after 17 years as the brutal head of North Korea. While the cause of death is uncertain, Bloomberg News say...
03:05 am - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot MapReduce For the Masses With Common Crawl Data
New submitter happyscientist writes "This is a nice 'Hello World' for using Hadoop MapReduce on Common Crawl data. I was interested when Common Crawl announced themselves a few weeks ago, but I was he...
01:05 am - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Dell Ditches Netbooks
angry tapir writes "Dell has ceased production of Inspiron Mini netbooks; in effect ending its pursuit of the receding netbook market, at least for consumer sales. When Dell ran through its stock of t...
12:05 am - Mon, December 19, 2011
Slashdot Hello World On PS Vita, Thanks to Buffer Overflow
YokimaSun writes "Mamosuke, a PSP Homebrewer from Japan, has posted the first Hello World on the PS Vita which comes from the PSP Emulator in the console. Using a buffer overflow, he has found a way i...
10:05 pm - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot How To Thwart the High Priests In IT
GMGruman writes "You know the type: They want to control and restrict any technology in your office, maybe for job security, maybe as a power trip. As the 'consumerization of IT' phenomenon grows, suc...
09:05 pm - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot Why Google Is Disabling Kids' Gmail Accounts
theodp writes "The Washington Post's Elizabeth Flock managed to hold Google's feet to the fire and get an explanation of sorts for why it's making kids cry by disabling their Gmail accounts after year...
08:05 pm - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot Examining the Usability of Gnome, Unity and KDE
gbjbaanb writes "TechRadar has gathered a few users and subjected the 3 main Linux desktops to some usability testing for both experienced users and some new to the whole concept." I'm glad to see suc...
07:05 pm - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot SOPA Creator In TVFilmMusic Industry's Pocket
First time accepted submitter en4bz writes "Representative Lamar Smith, the creator of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), has been consistently receiving donations averaging $50 000 from the TV/Film/M...
06:05 pm - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Entry-Level Robotics Kits For Young Teenagers?
An anonymous reader writes "So, it's that wonderful time of year again. Instead of buying the latest, greatest whiz-bang, overpriced fad toy of the year, I thought I might try my hand at corrupting my...
05:05 pm - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot Google Outlines AI-Based Number Reading For Street View Photos
mikejuk writes "A recent Google research paper outlines how it might use AI to read digits in natural images — specifically Street View photos. The idea is to automatically extract the number of...
04:05 pm - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot Philosopher Patrick Lin On the Ethics of Military Robotics
Runaway1956 writes "Last month, philosopher Patrick Lin delivered this briefing about the ethics of drones at an event hosted by In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture-capital arm. It's a thorough and unnerving ...
03:05 pm - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot Canonical To Remove Sun Java From Repositories, Users' Machines
New submitter an_orphan writes "Apparently, Oracle's 'Operating System Distributor License for Java' is expired, causing Ubuntu to not only remove sun-java from the partner repository, but from user's...
02:05 pm - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot The Painkiller That Saves Money But Costs Lives
Hugh Pickens writes "Over 2,000 patients have died since 2003 in Washington State alone by accidentally overdosing on a commonly prescribed narcotic painkiller that costs less than a dollar a dose and...
12:05 pm - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot Sony's Next-Generation Portable Is Out, In Japan
A few months before it's due to arrive in the U.S., Sony's PlayStation Vita, successor to the PlayStation Portable, has been released in Japan. Says the linked Associated Press article: "For the Tokyo...
09:05 am - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot Munich's Move To Linux Exceeds Target
jrepin writes "In May 2003, Munich's city council resolved to migrate municipal workstations from Windows to Linux and open source. Munich's LiMux project has announced that it has exceeded its annual...
07:05 am - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot Comet Lovejoy Plunges Into the Sun and Survives
boldie writes with a link to NASA's account of comet Lovejoy's close encounter with the sun. Excerpting: "This morning, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible...
03:05 am - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot Kazakhstan Disables the Internet , Telecomix Restores
bs0d3 writes "In the face of oil protests on their 20th independence day, Kazakhstan has blocked the internet and disabled cellphone towers in the city of Zhanaozen. As with previous internet blackout...
12:05 am - Sun, December 18, 2011
Slashdot Chrome 15 Overtakes IE 8 For Top Browser Spot
An anonymous reader writes "If you're reading this on Chrome, you're part of a wave that has ditched Internet Explorer or Firefox and helped vault Google's browser to the top Web browser spot worldwid...
11:05 pm - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot Spectrum Fragmentation Means Pricier Mobile Networking
alphadogg writes "The plethora of spectrum bands used for LTE will result in more expensive devices, and also make the ability to roam globally using the technology less likely, according to industry ...
10:05 pm - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot Apple Outsources A5 Chip Manufacture ... To Texas
Lindan9 writes "In a 9 billion dollar investment, Apple's A5 chips will now be produced in Austin, TX, in a new Samsung factory that is apparently 'the largest-ever foreign investment in Texas.'" Acco...
09:05 pm - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot Innovative Use of Plastics Could Cheaply Double Solar Cell Output
doug141 writes "In standard solar cells, much energy is lost (as heat) from photons mismatched to the capability of silicon to capture them. A new technique uses a pentacene layer to down-convert each...
08:05 pm - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot How Does the CIA Keep Its IT Staff Honest?
Tootech points out this story for anyone who's been curious about getting that top-secret clearance and the promise of a cushy pension from the CIA, as a reward for decades of blood-curdling, heart-po...
07:05 pm - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot GPL, Copyleft Use Declining Fast
itwbennett writes "Use of the GPL, LGPL, and AGPL set of licenses is declining at an accelerating rate, according to new analysis by the 451 Group's Matthew Aslett. In fact, the 451 Group projects tha...
06:05 pm - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?
New submitter yanom writes "I'm thinking about making a holiday donation to a charity, but I'm not sure where to give it. I've looked at organizations such as the Red Cross and Village Reach that prom...
05:05 pm - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot YouTube Says UMG Had No 'Right' To Take Down Megaupload Video
An anonymous reader writes "Contrary to a previous story, Google played no part in the Megaupload takedown. From Wired: 'YouTube said Friday that Universal Music abused the video-sharing site's piracy...
04:05 pm - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot Smallest Known Black Hole Found
smitty777 writes "Adding to the recent black hole discoveries of gas clouds and a quasar accretion disc, Forbes is reporting on a recent discovery by NASA's Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) on the s...
03:05 pm - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot PCMCIA Computer Project Aims Even Higher (and Cheaper) Than Raspberry Pi
lkcl writes "An initiative by a Community Interest Company Rhombus Tech aims to provide Software (Libre) Developers with a PCMCIA-sized modular computer that could end up in mass-volume products. The ...
02:05 pm - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot Rare Earth Magnets Pose Threat To Children
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Many of today's toys contain rare-earth magnets which are much more powerful than the magnets of yesteryear and the magnets pose a serious threat to children when more than...
12:05 pm - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot Self-Contained PC Liquid Coolers Explored
MojoKid writes "Over the last few years an increasing number of liquid coolers have been positioned as high-end alternatives to traditional heatsink and fan combinations. This has been particularly tr...
09:05 am - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot Belgium Anti-Piracy Group Expands Attack On Access To the Pirate Bay
bs0d3 writes "The Belgian Anti-Piracy Federation (BAF), has been threatening ISPs into expanding their blockade of thepiratebay. Recently they have been sending threatening letters to various other IS...
07:05 am - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot Google Rolls Out Official Android 4.0 ICS Update
dell623 writes "Google is rolling out an OTA upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich for the Nexus S. GSM versions can already be updated manually. An early review is largely positive and comments on the signif...
04:05 am - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot DynDNS Cuts Back Free DNS Options
First time accepted submitter LazyBoyWrangler writes "Just noticed the 'free' non-commercial service from DynDNS has been deprecated. Not my place to argue with their business model changes, but the h...
01:05 am - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot No SOPA Vote Until 2012
jfruhlinger writes "A victory, or a just a breather? The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has postponed further debate on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) until after C...
01:05 am - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Technical Advice For a (Fictional) Space Mission?
An anonymous reader writes "I'm just starting to put together the pieces for a fictional story about a space mission. To put it briefly, I would like to give believability to the story: probably set a...
12:05 am - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Technical Advice For a (Fictional) Space Mision?
An anonymous reader writes "I'm just starting to put together the pieces for a fictional story about a space mission. To put it briefly, I would like to give believability to the story: probably set a...
12:05 am - Sat, December 17, 2011
Slashdot FCC Pays $100K To Open Source Apps Challenge Winner
coondoggie writes "The challenge: develop useful, localized open source apps that make local public information more personalized and usable. With that idea as the backdrop, the Federal Communications...
11:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Technical Details Behind the LAN-Party Optimized House
New submitter Temporal writes "Yesterday, Slashdot reported on my LAN-party optimized house. But, lacking from the internet at that time were key technical details: How do I boot 12 machines off a sin...
11:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot New Standard For Issuance of SSLTLS Certificates
wiredmikey writes "In light of the many security breaches and incidents that have undermined the faith the IT industry has in Certificate Authorities (CAs) and their wares, the CA/Browser Forum, an or...
10:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Aging Consoles Find New Life As Video Streamers
MojoKid writes "Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is six years old. The Nintendo Wii is five years old, and so is the Sony PlayStation 3. All three are due for an overhaul (can you imagine gaming on a PC t...
09:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Sprint Orders All OEMs To Strip Carrier IQ From Their Phones
An anonymous reader writes with a report that Sprint, in an attempt to extricate itself from the Carrier IQ drama, has "ordered that all of their hardware partners remove the Carrier IQ software from ...
08:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Android Update Alliance Already Struggling
adeelarshad82 writes "Earlier this year many Android phone vendors and U.S. wireless carriers made a long-awaited promise, which was to push timely OS updates to all new Android phones. Seven months i...
08:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Congress's Techno-Ignorance No Longer Funny
pigrabbitbear writes "Since its introduction, the Stop Online Piracy Act (and its Senate twin PROTECT-IP) has been staunchly condemned by countless engineers, technologists and lawyers intimately fami...
07:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot The Future of Battle Tech
PolygamousRanchKid tips a story about research into futuristic military technology currently being funded by DARPA. The Disc-Rotor Compound Helicopter 'is propelled by rotor blades that extend from a ...
06:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Coming Soon: Ubiquitous Long-Term Surveillance From Big Brother
alphadogg writes "As the price of digital storage drops and the technology to tap electronic communication improves, authoritarian governments will soon be able to perform retroactive surveillance on ...
06:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Google Deal Allegedly Lets UMG Wipe YouTube Videos It Doesn't Own
Sockatume writes "Ars Technica is reporting that Google has given music conglomerate UMG the right to arbitrarily eliminate YouTube videos. When UMG had Megaupload's 'Mega Song' removed from the site,...
05:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot US Watchdog Bans Photoshop Use In Cosmetics Ads
MrSeb writes "In an interesting move that should finally bring the United States' fast-and-loose advertising rules and regulations into line with the UK and EU, the National Advertising Division (NAD)...
04:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Judge Dismisses Twitter Stalking Case
itwbennett writes "Saying that Twitter and blogs are today's equivalent of a bulletin board that one is free to disregard (as compared to e-mails or phone calls directed to a victim), Maryland Judge R...
03:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Fukushima Finally Reaches Cold Shutdown
mvdwege writes "The BBC reports that the reactors at Fukushima have reached cold shutdown, meaning they no longer need active cooling to stay at safe temperatures. Plans can now be made to start the c...
03:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Christopher Hitchens Dies At 62
An anonymous reader sends this quote from the NY Times:"Christopher Hitchens, a slashing polemicist in the tradition of Thomas Paine and George Orwell who trained his sights on targets as various as H...
02:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot NIH Restricts Use of Chimpanzees in Labs
vikingpower writes "The U.S. National Institutes of Health on Thursday suspended all new grants for biomedical and behavioral research on chimpanzees and accepted the first uniform criteria for assess...
02:05 pm - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot How HP and Open Source Can Save WebOS
snydeq writes "If HP wants a future for struggling WebOS, it must invest in the platform, not abandon it, writes Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister. 'It seems HP may only be truly committed to the plat...
11:05 am - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Russian Scientist Discovers Giant Arctic Methane Plumes
thomst writes "Russian scientist Igor Semiletov of the International Arctic Research Centre at the University of Alaska Fairbanks revealed in an interview with The Independent that his team discovered...
10:05 am - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Challenges of Setting Up a Security Conference
Orome1 writes "The founder of the SecurityByte conference talks about his motivations for organizing such an event in his native country and what he hopes it will achieve. He shares knowledge regardin...
07:05 am - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Google Wallet Stores Card Data In Plain Text
nut writes "The much-hyped payment application from Google on Android has been examined by viaForensics and appears to store some cardholder data in plaintext. Google wallet is the first real payment ...
05:05 am - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Czech Nationwide Census Shows Jump In Jedi Knights
First time accepted submitter il_genio writes "The Czech Statistical Office (SÚ) unveiled the first results of its regular 10-year census on Thursday. While almost half the population, 4.8 millio...
02:05 am - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Good Metrics For a Small IT Team?
First time accepted submitter shibbyj writes "I'm a member of a small 3 person IT team for a medium sized business (approximately 300-350 employees) that has multiple locations internationally. I have...
01:05 am - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot The Most Dangerous Toys of 2011
theodp writes "If you've procrastinated on your Xmas shopping this year, fear not: Gawker's just published its tongue-in-cheek 2011 Top Picks for Gifts That Maim or Poison Children. Until President Ni...
01:05 am - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Nightingale Media Player Preview Released
First time accepted submitter ilikenwf writes "You may or may not remember the Mozilla-based Songbird media player, which dropped official Linux support in April, 2010. Since then, the Nightingale com...
12:05 am - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot JPMorgan Rolls Out (Another) FPGA Supercomputer
An anonymous reader writes "JP Morgan is expanding its use of dataflow supercomputers to speed up more of its fixed income trading operations. Earlier this year, the bank revealed how it reduced the t...
12:05 am - Fri, December 16, 2011
Slashdot Running Tor On Your TV
jaromil writes "TorTV is an early effort to embed Tor in household computing: run it on your TV at home. So far only WDTV installed with the homebrew WDLXTV firmware is supported. What other platforms...
11:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Hubble Captures the Violent Birth of a Star
The Bad Astronomer writes "In what is one of the most staggeringly beautiful Hubble pictures ever taken, a newly-born massive star is blasting four separate jets of material into its surrounding cocoo...
11:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android
An anonymous reader writes "Google Chariman Eric Schmidt recently addressed an Android user lamenting the fact that that mobile apps are often released on Apple's iOS platform well before they finally...
10:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot US Sentinel Drone Fooled Into Landing With GPS Spoofing
McGruber writes "Following up on the earlier Slashdot story, the Christian Science Monitor now reports that GPS spoofing was used to get the RQ-170 Sentinel Drone to land in Iraq. According to an Iran...
09:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones
YIAAL writes "After a multi-car pileup involving two school buses, the NTSB is urging states to ban all cellphones and personal electronic devices in cars, even hands-free phones. But on looking at th...
08:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Satellite Spots China's First Aircraft Carrier
Hugh Pickens writes "Commercial satellite company DigitalGlobe Inc. has announced that it has an image of the People's Republic of China's first functional aircraft carrier, taken during the carrier's...
07:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Upgrading Windows Users To Latest Version of MSIE
helix2301 writes "Microsoft will be upgrading all Windows XP, Vista and 7 users to the latest IE silently. They are doing this because they have found a large number of non-patched systems. Microsoft ...
07:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot How 3D Printing Could Help Keep the ISS In Orbit
Despite all the best intentions and meticulous overengineering, some of the equipment on spacecraft like the ISS inevitably breaks. An anonymous reader poses the question "Why carry out a very expensi...
06:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Protecting Tech Gear From Smash-and-Grab Theft?
rstory writes "I seem to be hearing about more smash and grab thefts lately, from low-tech purse snatching to thieves after laptops and cameras. Bold thieves are even snatching stuff in church/day-car...
05:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Meet the Strange Bedfellows Who Could Stop SOPA
jfruhlinger writes "In a political environment that's become very strongly defined by partisan lines, the SOPA debate has offered an unexpected ray of hope: the two main Congressional opponents of the...
05:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Hotel ISP iBahn Denies Breach By Chinese Hackers
alphadogg writes "iBahn, a provider of internet services to some 3,000 hotels worldwide, denied on Thursday a news report that its network was breached by hackers. Bloomberg wrote that a highly skille...
04:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Google Engineer Builds Ultimate LAN Party House
Zothecula writes "Anyone who has a attended a LAN party — where people connect their computers on one network in one location to play multiplayer games together — can tell you that they ca...
04:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot At Universal's Request, YouTube Yanks News Podcast Over Music Snippet
Snaller writes "Tech News Today does what the name says — it's a podcast reporting on Tech news, Monday to Friday. They, like Slashdot, reported on the Megaupload vs. Universal copyright dispute...
03:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Taking a Look At Kindle Format 8
Nate the greatest writes "Got a Kindle Fire? Here's your chance to try the new Kindle Format 8. The new format is in beta testing right now with a limited number of publishers, and a few days ago one ...
03:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Qt 4.8.0 Released
jrepin duly "notes the release of Qt 4.8.0, and extracts from the announcement some of the key changes for developers: Qt Platform Abstraction (QPA) restructures the GUI stack to enable easier porting...
02:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Oracle Sued For 'Extortion, Lies' By Montclair State University
angry tapir writes "Montclair State University is suing Oracle in connection with a troubled ERP (enterprise resource planning) project. Montclair's complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for...
02:05 pm - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Should Social Media Affect Your Creditworthiness?
theodp writes "Betabeat's Adrianne Jeffries takes a look at the questionable young science of using social media to evaluate creditworthiness. As banks start nosing around Facebook and Twitter, Jeffri...
11:05 am - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot E-Crime Police Raid Melbourne Newspaper
beaverdownunder writes "Police from the 'E-Crime Squad' have raided The Age's offices in Melbourne today, executing a warrant in relation to an investigation following allegations of illegal access to...
09:05 am - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot A Quarter of the EU Has Never Used the Web
smitty777 writes "Reuters reports that a quarter of the EU has yet to use the internet. Further, half of those in some of the southern and western states do not even have internet access at home. From...
06:05 am - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Japanese Use Wild Monkeys To Track Radiation
PolygamousRanchKid writes "Scientists in Japan are taking a novel approach to measuring the impact of radiation in a forest affected by the Fukushima nuclear crisis: enlisting the help of local wild m...
04:05 am - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Astronomers Find Gas Cloud About To Fall Into Black Hole
First time accepted submitter pigrabbitbear writes "Black holes are basically celestial Cookie Monsters, gobbling anything and everything in sight. But because that appetite includes light itself, it'...
02:05 am - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot The Four Fallacies of IT Metrics
snydeq writes "Advice Line's Bob Lewis discusses an all-too-familiar IT mistake: the use of incidents resolved per analyst per week as a metric for assessing help-desk performance. 'If you managed the...
01:05 am - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Feds Arrest GeneSimmons.Com Attacker
gManZboy writes "Federal authorities have arrested an alleged member of Anonymous in connection with an "Operation Payback" attack against the website of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons. The charges stem fr...
01:05 am - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Picture Blocking Beer Cooler Keeps Your Face Out of Embarrassing Photos
cylonlover writes "It may sound like something dreamed up by a cheesy men's magazine as a joke, but apparently this is a real thing that actually exists. Ostensibly, the Norte Photoblocker is a functi...
12:05 am - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot Google Awarded Driverless Vehicle Patent
theodp writes "On Tuesday, Google was awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,078,349 for methods and devices for Transitioning a Mixed-mode Autonomous Vehicle from a Human Driven Mode to an Autonomously Driven Mod...
12:05 am - Thu, December 15, 2011
Slashdot US Bans Loud Commercials
bs0d3 writes "On Tuesday, the FCC passed the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM. It's a law that states all commercials must run at the same volume as network newscasts. The sam...
11:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Verizon's Galaxy Nexus To Launch Tomorrow
zacharye writes "Verizon Wireless on Wednesday finally announced the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The world's first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone with 4G LTE support will become...
11:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Louis CK's Internet Experiment Pays Off
redletterdave writes "Comedian Louis C.K., real name Louis Szekely, took a major risk by openly selling his latest stand-up special, 'Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater,' for only $5 on his website...
11:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot The Kindle Skews Amazon's 2011 Best-Seller List
destinyland writes "Amazon's released their list of 2011's best-selling books, revealing that 40% of the best-selling ebooks didn't even make it onto their list of the best-selling print books. The #1...
10:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: The Economics of Software Quality
First time accepted submitter BenLinders writes "The Economics of Software Quality provides solutions to quantify software quality, helping you to manage software development and maintenance. It conta...
09:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot The Undeclared "Cyber Cold War" With China
First time accepted submitter lacaprup writes "Chinese-based hacking of 760 different corporations reflects a growing, undeclared cyber war. From giants like Intel and Google to unknowns like iBahn, t...
08:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Time's Person of the Year Is "The Protester"
Hugh Pickens writes "Time's editor Rick Stengel announced on The Today Show that 'The Protester' is Time Magazine's Person of the Year: From the Arab Spring to Athens, from Occupy Wall Street to Mosco...
08:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Google Donating $11.5M To Fight Modern Slavery
walterbyrd writes "Google announced today that it will donate $11.5M to groups dedicated to ending modern day slavery. 'In what is believed to be the largest-ever corporate grant devoted to the advoca...
07:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot In Nuclear Power, Size Matters
PerlJedi writes "Most nations with nuclear power capabilities have been re-assessing the risk/benefit of nuclear power reactors following the Fukushima plant melt down, a newly released study suggests...
06:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Firefox Too Big To Link On 32-bit Windows
An anonymous reader writes "Firefox has gotten so large that it cannot be compiled with PGO on a 32-bit linker anymore, due to the virtual memory limitation of 3 GB. This problem had happened last yea...
06:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Atlantic Crossing By Amateur Radio High Altitude Balloon
First time submitter StatureOfLiberty writes "The California Near Space Project launched a high altitude weather balloon from San Jose, California 4:00 PM local time Sunday afternoon (Dec 11). Over th...
06:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot KDE Releases Plasma Active Two
jrepin writes with a snippet from the release announcement of Plasma Active Two: "Mobile devices that adapt to who you are, reflecting what you are doing when you are doing it. This concept is at the ...
05:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Nokia Exec: Young People Fed Up With iPhone and Android
jfruhlinger writes "Nokia's Windows Phones haven't hit the U.S., but at least one company executive thinks they'll be a slam dunk, since young people have soured on the iPhone and find Android bafflin...
05:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot NVIDIA Releases Source To CUDA Compiler
An anonymous reader writes "NVIDIA has announced they have 'open-sourced' their new CUDA compiler so that their GPGPU platform can be brought to new architectures. NVIDIA's CUDA compiler is based upon...
04:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Fracking Disclosure Rules Approved In CO
ExE122 writes "Colorado has approved new measures taking a tough stance on the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking. The new law is 'requiring companies to disclose the concentrations of chemicals...
03:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Granted Location Tracking Patent
bizwriter writes "A new patent for Amazon just put the company squarely in the location tracking controversy. It covers a system to not only track, through mobile devices, where individuals or aggrega...
03:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Retina Implant Company Seeks FDA Trial Approval
cyachallenge writes with an excerpt from an article in Scientific American: "Several technologies to restore sight to retina-damaged eyes are making headway — one seeks to begin human trials in ...
02:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Sony, Universal and Fox Caught Pirating Through BitTorrent
New submitter Bad_Feeling sends in a followup to the story we discussed on Monday about a new site that scanned a few popular torrent trackers and linked torrents to IP addresses. The folks at Torrent...
12:05 pm - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot What Microsoft Should and Shouldn't Do For the Xbox 720
donniebaseball23 writes "Xbox 360 just came off a record November, with more than 1.7 million units sold in the U.S., but behind closed doors Microsoft is planning its next move for the successor to t...
11:05 am - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Wikipedia Debates Strike Over SOPA
An anonymous reader writes "Jimbo Wales has suggested that English Wikipedia restrict its services for a period to protest against the anti-piracy SOPA bill in the United States. This follows a simila...
09:05 am - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot New Humble Indie Bundle Goes Live
Physicser writes "The latest Humble Indie Bundle has gone live, consisting of Super Meat Boy, Shank, Jamestown, Bit.Trip Runner, and NightSky. Also, if you beat the average price, you receive Cave Sto...
08:05 am - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot NASA Developing Comet Harpoon For Sample Return
An anonymous reader writes "NASA appears to have decided that the best way to grab a sample of a rotating comet that is racing through the inner solar system at up to 150,000 miles per hour while spew...
06:05 am - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Judge Orders Man To Delete Revenge Blog
nonprofiteer writes "A Minnesota man violated a restraining order obtained by his ex-girlfriend by blogging about her mental health and sexual issues, and sending links to posts on the blog to her fam...
04:05 am - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Get Non-Developers To Send Meaningful Bug Reports?
DemonGenius writes "I'm in the midst of a major rollout of one of our primary internal applications at work and we have a beta version available for all the staff to use. The problem here is most of t...
02:05 am - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Carrier IQ Responds To FBI Drama, EFF Wants More Information
New submitter realized writes "Yesterday Carrier IQ released a report (PDF) which tries to answer some questions about how their system operates. Also, after reports of the FBI using Carrier IQ data, ...
01:05 am - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot 24-Year-Old Asks Facebook For His Data, Gets 1,200 PDFs
chicksdaddy writes "Be careful of what you ask for. That's a lesson Max Schrems of Vienna, Austria learned the hard way when he sent a formal request to Facebook for a copy of every piece of personal ...
12:05 am - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Chinese Government Ramps Up Weather Control Efforts
formaggio writes "China's government is intervening with nature by rolling out four regional programs to artificially increase precipitation across the country by 10 percent before 2015. The program i...
12:05 am - Wed, December 14, 2011
Slashdot Paul Allen Launches Commercial Spaceship Project
smitty777 writes "The phrase 'Where do you want to go today?' takes on a whole new meaning as Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and the world's 57th richest man in the world, looks to create a new spac...
11:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Out of Sight, Out of Mind
PerlJedi writes "Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have conducted a very simple study, with some surprising (or at least amusing) results about how our short term memory works. Quoting: 'Som...
10:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Judge Dismisses 'Other OS' Class-Action Suit Against Sony
An anonymous reader writes "You may recall that in early 2010, Sony decided to roll out an update that would remove the ability for PlayStation 3 owners to install a different operating system on the ...
10:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot UK Police Test 'Temporarily Blinding' LASER
esocid writes "Called the SMU 100 it costs £25,000 and sends out a three-meter 'wall of light' that leaves anyone caught in it briefly unable to see. Designed by a former Royal Marine Commando, ...
09:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Russia Set To Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors Past Engineered Life Span
Harperdog writes "Yikes! Russia is extending the lifetime of nuclear power reactors beyond their engineered life span of 30 years, including the nation's oldest reactors: first-generation VVERs and RB...
08:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban For Drivers
ducomputergeek writes "According to this AP report, the National Transportation Safety Board says 'States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emer...
07:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Iran Wants To Clone Downed US Drone
PolygamousRanchKid sends this quote from the LA Times:"The Obama administration has sent a formal diplomatic request asking Iran to return the radar-evading drone aircraft that crashed on a CIA spying...
07:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Launches Suicide-Prevention Effort
adeelarshad82 writes "Facebook launched an initiative that gives users who have expressed suicidal thoughts the option to connect directly with a crisis counselor via Facebook chat. Facebook doesn't t...
06:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot New Study Concludes Math Gender Gap Is Cultural, Not Biological
New submitter germansausage writes "A new study was published today in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, looking at data from 86 countries, to test the 'greater male variability hypothesis...
05:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Working As an IT Contractor In a War Zone?
First time accepted submitter Capt. Picklepants writes "I have been feeling malaise about the IT and technical job market in the United States. I'm interested in doing some IT work for our government ...
05:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot LHC Homes In On Possible Higgs Boson Around 126GeV
New submitter Ginger Unicorn writes "In a seminar held at CERN today, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson. Their results are based o...
04:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Publicly Available Russian Election Results Hint At Fraud
gotfork writes "As some Russians protest the results of the recent election, several commentators (Russian), have started looking at the results which are posted to the election commission web site an...
03:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Adblock Plus Developers To Allow 'Acceptable' Ads
First time accepted submitter Roman Grazhdan writes "Developers of Adblock Plus, an award-winning add-on for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome boasting over 12,000,000 users, announced that starting f...
03:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot EU Regulators Delay Google's Motorola Buy, Seeking More Info
judgecorp writes "The European Commission is delaying Google's proposed purchase of Motorola Mobility, saying it wants 'more infromation.' Europe may be nervous of the power the purchase will give Goo...
02:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot MIT's New Camera Can Take 1 Trillion Frames Per Second
First time accepted submitter probain writes "MIT has made a camera that can take trillion frames per second! With this high speed capability, they can actually see the movement of photons of light ac...
02:05 pm - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot House Panel Moving Forward With SOPA
itwbennett writes "The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a debate and vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act for later this week. Representative Lamar Smith, the committee chairman and main sponsor ...
11:05 am - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Canada First Nation To Pull Out of Kyoto Accord
Hugh Pickens writes "Canada will become the first country to formally withdraw from the Kyoto protocol on climate change, dealing a symbolic blow to the troubled global treaty. 'Kyoto, for Canada, is ...
09:05 am - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Million Dollar Crowdturfing Industry Dupes Social Networks
New submitter bowlinearl writes "Three weeks ago Slashdot featured a story on the Chinese Water Army. A new study from researchers at UCSB delves even deeper into the problem of crowdturfing (full dis...
06:05 am - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Internet Explorer Users Have Low Risk Intelligence
First time accepted submitter benne2011 writes "A hoax report earlier this year claimed that people who used Internet Explorer had a lower IQ than those using other browsers. Inspired by this bit of f...
04:05 am - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Quantum Dots Will Make Flexible Displays
judgecorp writes "Quantum dots are small semiconductors, whose properties are defined by their size and shape. British nanotechnology firm Nanoco has found they are ideal for displays, allowing the po...
02:05 am - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot In Favor of Homegrown IT Solutions
snydeq writes "Today's IT organizations turn too readily to vendors, eschewing homegrown solutions to their detriment, writes Deep End's Paul Venezia. 'Back when IT was "simple," several good programm...
01:05 am - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Releases JIT PHP Compiler
angry tapir writes, quoting a Techworld article: "In its continuing endeavor to serve its 800 million users as quickly as possible, Facebook is once again revamping the way it handles its PHP-based We...
01:05 am - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Isaac Newton's Notes Digitized
First time accepted submitter nhstar writes with an excerpt from an article in the Register: "If you're looking for a bit of light reading this holiday season, Cambridge University is here to help: th...
12:05 am - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot FBI Rejects Freedom of Information Act Request About Carrier IQ
bonch writes with news that website Muckrock recently sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI asking for "manuals, documents or other written guidance used to access or analyze data gathe...
12:05 am - Tue, December 13, 2011
Slashdot Adblock Plus To Offer 'Acceptable Ads' Option
Many readers have submitted news of a week-old announcement from Wladimir Palant, creator of Adblock Plus, about a change to the addon that will allow unobtrusive ads to be displayed. The change has b...
11:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Considering Purchase of Netflix
schwit1 writes "Shares of Netflix soared more than 6% Monday on a report that Verizon Communications is considering buying the troubled movie renter. Verizon is reportedly evaluating whether a purchas...
11:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Predator Drone Helps Nab Cattle Rustlers
riverat1 writes "KTLA reports police in North Dakota arrested three men accused of cattle rustling with the help of a Predator B drone from nearby Grand Forks AFB. The sheriff of Nelson Country was ch...
11:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Many Early Adopters of the Amazon Fire Are Unhappy
Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that the Kindle Fire, Amazon's heavily promoted tablet, is less than a blazing success, with many of its early users packing the device up and firing it back ...
10:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Tizen, webOS, & the Future of Mobile Open Source
jfruhlinger writes "When HP announced it would release webOS as open source, it added a competitor to a narrow niche: there's already Tizen, the descendant of MeeGo, which is, like webOS, an open sour...
09:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot The Encyclopedia of Sci-fi Goes Live Online
arcite writes "After twenty years of hard work, the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction website has recently gone live. It's an online database containing thousands of entries for all things Sci-fi, and a...
09:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Corporate Claims On Public Domain YouTube Videos
esocid writes "Corey Doctorow has written a Guardian column, 'The pirates of YouTube,' about how multinational copyright-holding companies have laid false claim to public domain videos on YouTube. The...
08:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Windows 8 Store Will Allow Open Source Apps
MrSeb writes "Some interesting legalese found in the recent publication of the Windows Store Application Developer Agreement could signify a very big win for the open source community. The section in ...
08:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Site Offers History of Torrent Downloads By IP
tsu doh nimh writes "You may have never heard of youhavedownloaded.com, but if you recently grabbed movies, music or software from online file-trading networks, chances are decent that the site has he...
07:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Intel Revenue Dives $1bn On Hard Disk Shortage
nk497 writes "The hard disk shortage caused by the flooding in Thailand will cost Intel $1 billion in lost revenue, the company said. It had initially predicted revenue of $14.7bn this quarter, but th...
06:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Two Lost Doctor Who Episodes Found
First time accepted submitter crow writes "Two episodes of Doctor Who from the 1960s, thought to have been destroyed in the 1970s, have been found. Both were in the hands of a private collector who di...
06:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Scientists Create World's Smallest Steam Engine
First time accepted submitter Virtucon writes "German physicists say they've built a heat engine measuring only a few micrometers across which works as well as a normal-sized version — although ...
05:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot The Mexican Cartel's Hi-Tech Drug Tunnels
In the past 5 years more than 100 drug tunnels between Mexico and the U.S. have been discovered. This is double the number found over the previous 15 years. Not only are they growing in number, but th...
04:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Does Mega Media Control 90% of Content?
smitty777 writes "FastCo has an intriguing article on the vast control of our media by the mega corporations. In the article, Cliff Kuang disputes such claims by the the Fugal Dad that the revenue for...
03:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Linux Mint Diverting Banshee Revenue
LinuxScribe writes "According Linux Mint founder Clement Lefebvre, the popular Linux Mint distribution has changed the Amazon.com affiliate code for the Banshee music player so that Mint, not Canonica...
03:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights
K7DAN writes "North Korea warned South Korea on Sunday of 'unexpected consequences' if Seoul displays Christmas lights near the tense border, and vowed to retaliate for what it called 'psychological w...
03:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Life Possible On 'Large Regions' of Mars
astroengine writes "Australian scientists who modeled conditions on Mars to examine how much of the Red Planet was habitable have said that 'large regions' could sustain life. Using decades of global ...
02:05 pm - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad
PolygamousRanchKid writes "Students and teachers in grade school through higher education are using the iPad to augment their lessons or to replace textbooks. Jennifer Kohn's third grade class at Mill...
11:05 am - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Verizon Tech Charged In $4.5M Equipment Scam
McGruber writes "Michael Baker, a 62-year-old man from Ball Ground, Georgia, was recently arrested and charged with multiple counts of fraud for allegedly placing false equipment orders. As a network ...
09:05 am - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Google Founder Offer $33M For Use of NASA Airship Hangar
theodp writes "The Mercury News reports that NASA is considering an offer from Google's billionaire founders to provide '100 percent' funding to save Hangar One. Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmi...
06:05 am - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Teach Subliminally; Matrix Learning One Step Closer
An anonymous reader writes "For the first time ever, scientists from Boston University and ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan have managed to use functional Magnetic Resonance...
03:05 am - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot German Court Issues Injunction Against iPhone & iPad
angry tapir writes "A German court has ruled that Apple's iPhone and iPad devices infringe a Motorola patent and issued an injunction against sales of the products in Germany, in the latest move in a ...
01:05 am - Mon, December 12, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Open Vs. Closed-Source For a Start-Up
atamagabakkaomae writes "Together with a friend, I am starting up a company in Japan that develops sensors used in motion capture. For these sensors we develop hardware and software. Part of the softw...
11:05 pm - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot World's First Programmable Quantum Photonic Chip
MrSeb writes "A team of engineering geniuses from the University of Bristol, England has developed the world's first re-programmable, multi-purpose quantum photonic computer chip that relies on quantu...
09:05 pm - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Create a Statistical Guide To Gambling
First time accepted submitter yukiloo writes "An early Christmas treat for the ordinary Joe who is stuck with a Christmas list that he cannot afford and is running out of time, comes from two mathemat...
08:05 pm - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot The Ups and Downs of Being a Twitter Fraudster
Barence writes "PC Pro has a feature examining the psychology and motivation of people who create fake or parody Twitter accounts. The feature reveals how people behind some of the most popular parodi...
06:05 pm - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot Virginia May Help People Pay For Space Burials
PolygamousRanchKid writes "Want to be buried in space? Virginia would help pay for it under proposed legislation that aims to boost the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The bill, which the General Ass...
05:05 pm - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Could Spawn Thousands of Milionaires
Hugh Pickens writes "Retuers reports that the world's No. 1 online social network is preparing for a blockbuster initial public offering that could create thousands of millionaires as Facebook employe...
03:05 pm - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot Google Deploys IPv6 For Internal Network
itwbennett writes "Google is four years into a project to roll out IPv6 to its entire internal employee network. At the Usenix Large Installation System Administration (LISA) conference in Boston last...
02:05 pm - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot The Condescending UI
theodp writes "Paul Miller has some advice for user interface designers: Don't be condescending. 'The Ribbon in Microsoft Office products,' complains Miller, 'is constantly talking down to me, assumin...
11:05 am - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Tablet For Running a Real GNULinux Distribution?
bmsleight writes "Android is nice, but I do not want to pay to print or be beholden to the cloud to do everything or chroot. I just want a tablet that can run a MythTv-client, OpenOffice.org and good ...
08:05 am - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot Was Russia Behind Stuxnet?
An anonymous reader writes "Despite the U.S. and Israel being widely assumed to be responsible for Stuxnet, Russia is the more likely culprit, says U.S. Air Force cyber analyst. The nuclear gangsteris...
05:05 am - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot LightSquared Disrupts 75% of GPS Connections In Government Test
Freddybear writes with this quote from BusinessWeek:"Philip Falcone's proposed LightSquared Inc. wireless service caused interference to 75 percent of global-positioning system receivers examined in a...
02:05 am - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot Aerospace Corp Pays $2.5m To Settle Rogue Software Dev Case
chrb writes "U.S. company Aerospace Corp. has paid $2.5 million to settle a case that they defrauded the U.S. Air Force by knowingly billing for the services of a rogue software developer. The rogue d...
01:05 am - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot Renault Opens Up the 'Car As a Platform'
pbahra writes "Renault has launched what it describes as a 'tablet,' an integrated Android device built into its next range of cars, effectively opening the way to the car-as-a-platform. At the Le Web...
12:05 am - Sun, December 11, 2011
Slashdot Two SOPA Writers Become Entertainment Lobbyists
schwit1 writes "According to Politico, 'A pair of senior Hill aides at the center of a brewing battle between Hollywood and Silicon Valley are packing their bags for K Street, where they’ll work...
11:05 pm - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Computer Virus Forces Hospital To Divert Ambulances
McGruber writes "The Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper is reporting that a hospital with campuses in Lawrenceville and Duluth, Georgia turned ambulances away after the discovery of 'a system-wide...
10:05 pm - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Kindle Touch Gets World's Simplest Jailbreak
Nate the greatest writes "Can you play an MP3 file? Then you can jailbreak the new Kindle Touch. A new hack was posted this morning that roots the Kindle Touch/K5 and opens the way for future hacks. T...
09:05 pm - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Apple Transfers Patents Through Shell Company To Sue All Phone Makers
New submitter dell623 writes "A patent lawsuit (PDF) by patent licensing firm Digitude Innovations curiously targeted all mobile manufacturers except Apple. A TechCrunch story has revealed that the pa...
07:05 pm - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot NASA May Send Landers To Europa In 2020
wisebabo writes "So here's a proposal by NASA to send landers to Europa to look for life. They are sending two landers because of the risks in landing on Europa. They got that right! First is the 500 ...
06:05 pm - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Juror's Tweets Overturn Trial Verdict
D H NG writes "The Arkansas Supreme Court had overturned a murder conviction due to a juror tweeting during the trial. Erickson Dimas-Martinez was convicted in 2010 of killing a teenager and was sente...
05:05 pm - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Google-Funded Study Knocks Firefox Security
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Researchers at the security firm Accuvant released a study Friday that gauges the security features of the top three web browsers. Accuvant admits the study was funded by G...
04:05 pm - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Is the Earth Special?
Hugh Pickens writes "Planetary scientists say there are aspects to our planet and its evolution that are remarkably strange. In the first place there is Earth's strong magnetic field. No one is exactl...
03:05 pm - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Pop Artists Support Megaupload; Universal Censors
New submitter TheSHAD0W writes "Several well-known artists, including P. Diddy, Will.I.Am, Snoop Dogg and Kanye West produced a song in support of the site Megaupload, recently targeted by law enforce...
02:05 pm - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot 'Vocal Fry' Creeping Into US Speech
sciencehabit writes "A curious vocal pattern has crept into the speech of young adult women who speak American English: low, creaky vibrations, also called vocal fry. Pop singers, such as Britney Spea...
02:05 pm - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Royalty-Free MPEG Video Proposals Announced
theweatherelectric writes "Rob Glidden notes on his blog that MPEG has recently 'announced it has received proposals for a royalty-free MPEG standard and has settled on a deliberation process to consi...
12:05 pm - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?
New submitter newslash.formatblows points to this Washington Post blog post, which "discusses the National Assessment of Educational Progress test (specifically, the math part). One of the school boar...
10:05 am - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Massive Radio Telescope Starts Observing the Skies
New submitter cyachallenge writes with this excerpt from New Scientist: "RadioAstron, effectively the largest radio telescope ever built, is up and running. The telescope's main component, a 10-metre ...
07:05 am - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot 2nd SpaceX Demo Flight Slated For Feb. 7
TheNextCorner writes with the news that "Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)'s second Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) demonstration flight will be Feb. 7, 2012. Pending completio...
04:05 am - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot PC Makers Run Short of Popular Drives
Lucas123 writes "The impact from the monsoonal flooding in Thailand over the past three months is now being felt by users as computer system manufacturer's are unable to meet supply needs. Lenovo told...
02:05 am - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot GNOME 3 Wins Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Award
msevior writes "Although Linus Torvalds and some Slashdot commentators may disagree, GNOME 3 has many admirers. GNOME 3 was awarded the Linux Journal Readers' Choice award for 2011." Though I'm one of...
01:05 am - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Malaysia Mulls Compulsory Registration of Tech Workers
Viceice writes "Hot on the heels of recently passed legislation further restricting Freedom of Assembly, the National Front-led Malaysian Government is now working to make the registration of all tech...
12:05 am - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Print From an Android Tablet?
KowboyKrash writes "Does any Slashdotter know how to print from an Android tablet? I have read about Google Cloud Print, but will it work from all (or at least most) apps? Is there a better solution? ...
12:05 am - Sat, December 10, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft and GE Partner On Healthcare
theodp writes "Microsoft and General Electric are forming an as-yet-unnamed new health-care technology company. Based near Microsoft's Redmond headquarters, the company will be established next year w...
11:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Google Demonstrates Chrome Native Client With Bastion
Multiple readers sent word that Bastion, an action RPG from indie developer Supergiant Games originally made for Xbox Live Arcade, has shown up in the Chrome Web Store. The purpose of the move is to s...
11:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot You Really Are What You Know
jd writes "There has been research for some time showing that London cab driver brains differ from other people's, with considerable enlargement of those areas dealing with spacial relationships and n...
11:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Silverlight 5 Released
New submitter CaptSlaq sends word that Silverlight 5 has been released. Microsoft has not revealed whether it will be the last version."New features in Silverlight 5 include Hardware Decode of H.264 m...
10:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot TSA Facing Death By a Thousand Cuts
OverTheGeicoE writes "The Transportation Security Administration is getting a lot of negative attention, much of it from the U.S. government itself. A recent congressional report blasted the TSA for b...
10:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot LHC To Narrow Search For Higgs Boson
New submitter mraudigy sends this quote from Physorg:"CERN scientists say their data from two main experiments using CERN's $10-billion Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border will be made...
10:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Why We Need More Programming Languages
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes in favor of new programming languages, given the difficulty of upgrading existing, popular languages. 'Whenever a new programming language is an...
09:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot NASA Missing Hundreds of Moon Rocks
New submitter Minion of Eris writes "It seems NASA can't keep track of its goodies. A recent audit discovered that moon rocks have been missing for 30 years, loaned displays have gone unreturned, and ...
08:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot HP Making webOS Open Source
Several readers sent word of HP's announcement that the company will be contributing webOS to the open source community. According to HP's press release, they will continue to be active in webOS's dev...
07:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Why Android Upgrades Take So Long
adeelarshad82 writes "Last month Google released the Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' code base to the general public and manufacturers but it may be a while yet before it's actually rolled out to exi...
07:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Tycho Deep Space: a DIY, Open Source, Manned Spacecraft
misterbarnacles writes "Can space travel be democratized? Kristian von Bengtson and Copenhagen Suborbitals think so, and they're building a DIY manned suborbital spacecraft to prove it. 'Bengtson desc...
06:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Google, Facebook Upset By Ad-Injecting Apps
An anonymous reader writes "Emily Steel at the Wall Street Journal writes about an unexpected twist for Google and Facebook, two companies that make their money selling ads next to content created by ...
05:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Java Apps Have the Most Flaws, Cobol the Least
dcblogs writes "An analysis of 745 applications for violations of good architectural and coding practices found that Java applications had the most problems and Cobol-built systems, the least. Some 36...
05:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Forget an Essay; Earn a Scholarship With a Tweet
PolygamousRanchKid writes with this quote from a CNN article:"The Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation is asking eligible high school seniors to tweet a photo that illustrates their commitment to educati...
04:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Rats Feel Each Other's Pain
sciencehabit writes "Empathy lets us feel another person's pain and drives us to help ease it. But is empathy a uniquely human trait? For decades researchers have debated whether nonhuman animals poss...
03:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Android Market Hits 10 Billion Downloads, Games Dominate
New submitter sandeepabhat tips news that Android Market recently saw its 10 billionth app download, reaching the milestone less than a year after the App Store accomplished the same feat. New downloa...
03:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Clothier Slammed For Using 'Perfect' Virtual Model
Hugh Pickens writes "Swedish Clothing Giant H&M recently disclosed that the images from the company's website, showing models wearing the latest swimsuit and lingerie in generic, stock-form, are n...
02:05 pm - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Amazon Is Recruiting Authors For Its eBook Library
Nate the greatest writes "Amazon just announced a $6 million pool of money that it plans to pay authors. All you have to do to get a share of the loot is commit to sell your ebook exclusively through ...
11:05 am - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Apple Loses Tablet Battle In Australia
New submitter harmic writes "The Australian Federal High Court has denied Apple's appeal against the earlier decision that overturned the ban on sales of the Galaxy Tab. The Samsung Android based tabl...
09:05 am - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot EU Moves To End Surveillance Tech Sales To Repressive Regimes
superglaze writes "The European Union is asking companies that sell surveillance and law enforcement tech to repressive regimes to stop doing so. The EU is not taking concrete action yet, but has warn...
06:05 am - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot 17-Year-Old Wins $100K For Creating Cancer Killing Nanoparticle
An anonymous reader writes "17-year-old Angeloa Zhang was recently awarded the $100,000 Grand Prize in the Individual category of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Her project...
04:05 am - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Microsoft Can Remotely Kill Purchased Apps
Meshach writes "The terms of service for Microsoft's newly launched Windows Store allows the seller to remotely kill or remove access to a user's apps for security or legal reasons. The story also not...
02:05 am - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Geodesic Gingerbread House Template For the Holidays
An anonymous reader writes "Buckminster Fuller eat your heart out — LA-based design firm Scout Regalia has created a mail-order template for a geodesic gingerbread house that you can make at hom...
02:05 am - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Draft Alternative To SOPA Released
angry tapir writes "Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, and Representative Darrell Issa, a California Republican, have released a draft version of the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital T...
01:05 am - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Earliest Human Beds Found In South Africa
sciencehabit writes "A team working in South Africa claims to have found the earliest known sleeping mats, made of plant material and dated up to 77,000 years ago—50,000 years earlier than previ...
01:05 am - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot IBM Watson To Battle Patent Trolls
MrSeb writes "IBM's Watson is made of many parts: speech recognition, natural language processing, machine learning, and data mining. All of these factors were perfectly combined to beat Ken Jennings ...
12:05 am - Fri, December 9, 2011
Slashdot Cnet Apologizes For Nmap Adware Mess
Trailrunner7 writes "Officials at Cnet's Download.com site have issued a statement apologizing for bundling the popular open source Nmap security audit application with adware that installed a toolbar...
11:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot NASA's Gypsum Find Clear Evidence There Was Water On Mars
First time accepted submitter RCC42 writes "The Opportunity rover has found evidence that liquid water once flowed on Mars, through the discovery of gypsum — a mineral that can only be formed in...
11:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot IBM Releases Open Source EGL Development Tools
New submitter dd1968 writes "Today IBM announced the release of a new set of Open Source development tools based on their EGL programming language. The announcement describes the tools as being built ...
10:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Twitter Bots Drown Out Anti-Kremlin Tweets
tsu doh nimh writes "It appears that thousands of Twitter accounts created in advance to blast automated messages are being used to drown out Tweets sent by bloggers and activists this week who are pr...
10:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Feds Return Mistakenly Seized Domain
bs0d3 writes "Just over a year ago, Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized dozens of domain names as part of Operation in Our Sites. Among them was DaJaz1.com, a site fro...
09:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot GM, NHTSA Delayed Volt Warnings To Prop Up Sales
Lauren Weinstein excerpts the most interesting part of a BBC story about the safety hazards associated with the Chevy Volt — specifically, the risk that its battery pack could catch fire after e...
08:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Iranian TV Shows Downed US Drone
First time accepted submitter loic_2003 writes "Iranian TV has broadcast footage of an advanced U.S. drone aircraft that Tehran says it brought down using electronic methods to override its controls. ...
07:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Expanding Diff, Grep Unix Tools
itwbennett writes "At the Usenix Large Installation System Administration (LISA) conference being held this week in Boston, two Dartmouth computer scientists presented variants of the grep and diff Un...
07:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Big Brother In the Home Office
hessian writes with this excerpt from the New York Times' "Bits" column: "Tens of thousands of programmers, writers, accountants and other workers labor at home doing contract work for companies like ...
06:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Miyamoto Steps Down As Nintendo Game Design Head
RobinEggs writes "Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator and producer of the Zelda and Mario franchises among other works, is stepping down at Nintendo. After personally managing Nintendo's blockbus...
05:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Bloggers Not Journalists, Federal Judge Rules
New submitter squideatingdough writes "On InfoWorld, Robert X. Cringely covers a recent case of a blogger accused of libel and defamation. The federal judge ruled that journalists warrant more protect...
05:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot HP Reviving the $99 Touch Pad On December 11th
Frankie70 writes "Starting Sunday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. Central time, 16GB and 32GB Touchpads will be available on HP's ebay store. A $79 accessory bundle will also be available, which includes ...
05:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Genome of Controversial Arsenic Bacterium Sequenced
Med-trump writes "One year ago a media controversy was ignited when Felisa Wolfe-Simon and her colleagues held a press conference to announce the discovery of a bacterium that not only survived high l...
04:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is Your Data Safe In the Cloud? - Sponsored by SourceForge
With so much personal data being kept on the cloud, including government and health records or your source code, do you have any concerns about it falling into the wrong hands? Do you think the cloud'...
03:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot OpenDNS Releases DNS Encryption Tool
wiredmikey writes "It's not news that some of the underlying foundations of the DNS protocol are inherently weak, especially what they call the "last mile" — or the part of the internet connecti...
03:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Another Dutch CA Hacked
An anonymous reader writes "After the fiasco involving DigiNotar, another Dutch CA (Gemnet, a daughter of KPN-Telecom) has been hacked and databases were accessed, webwereld.nl reports (Dutch original...
03:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Wielding Supercomputers To Make High-Stakes Predictions
aarondubrow writes "The emergence of the uncertainty quantification field was initially spurred in the mid-1990s by the federal government's desire to use computer models to predict the reliability of...
02:05 pm - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Supreme Court Legitimizing Medical Patents?
RobinEggs writes "A case before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday addressed the legality of medical patents. From the article: 'The case focuses on a patent that covers the concept of adjusting the dos...
11:05 am - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Red Cross Debates If Virtual Killing Violates International Humanitarian Law
Ron2K writes in with a story about a Red Cross committee that is debating if people playing war video games should be subject to the same humanitarian laws as people in a real war. Seriously. "With 62...
09:05 am - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot DoJ Investigates eBook Price Fixing
dave562 writes "The U.S. Justice Department's antitrust arm said it was looking into potentially unfair pricing practices by electronic booksellers, joining European regulators and state attorneys gen...
06:05 am - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Bill Gates To Help China Build Traveling Wave Nuclear Reactor
First time accepted submitter BabaChazz writes "Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates says he is in discussions with China to jointly develop a new kind of nuclear reactor. During a talk at China's Mi...
04:05 am - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Iran Shuts Down US Virtual Embassy
bonch writes "Less than 12 hours after the U.S. launched a virtual embassy for Iran, the Iranian government blocked access to the website, directing visitors to a government page proclaiming the site ...
02:05 am - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot DARPA Seeks App Developers For War App Store
MrSeb writes "DARPA has a problem on its hands: Satellites, unmanned drones (UAVs), and myriad other worldwide sensors are now so ubiquitous and omnipotent that the Department of Defense (DOD) doesn't...
01:05 am - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Bluetooth Keyboards With a 10-Year Charge Promised
angry tapir writes "Broadcom is working on a Bluetooth chipset that will give wireless keyboards a battery life of up to 10 years. If they had a battery life of as long as 10 years, that Bluetooth-bas...
12:05 am - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot The Unique Candidates of the New Hampshire Primary
30 Republicans and 14 Democrats are running for president in the New Hampshire primary this year, the largest number since 1992 when 62 candidates ran. Among other factors, the meager $1,000 fee to ge...
12:05 am - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Ubuntu Lockdown Options?
First time accepted submitter clava writes "We have a desktop Java testing application that is going to be administering tests to students on lab computers running Ubuntu 10.x. These computers are use...
12:05 am - Thu, December 8, 2011
Slashdot Original Star Wars Camera Sells For $625,000
An anonymous reader writes "A Panavision PSR 35 mm motion picture camera used by George Lucas to film Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hopewas was sold for $625,000 surpassing all expectations and ...
11:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Voyager 1 Exits Our Solar System
eldavojohn writes "The first man-made craft to do so is now entering a 'cosmic purgatory' between solar systems and entering an interstellar space of the Milky Way Galaxy. With much anticipation, Voya...
11:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Two-Thirds of Lost USB Drives Carry Malware
itwbennett writes "Antivirus firm Sophos acquired a passel of USB sticks lost by commuters on trains in the Greater Sydney metro area at an auction organized by the Rail Corporation New South Wales. T...
10:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Library of Congress To Receive Entire Twitter Archive
An anonymous reader writes "The Library of Congress and Twitter have signed an agreement that will see an archive of every public Tweet ever sent handed over to the library's repository of historical ...
10:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot EFF Asks To Make Jailbreaking Legal For All Devices
Diggester writes "Jailbreaking is a way to break off from the limitations imposed by the mobile vendor to download additional applications and themes etc. which aren't available otherwise. It provides...
09:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Quantum Coherence Found Fueling Photosynthesis
Gaygirlie writes "Ars Technica has posted an interesting article about new findings regarding quantum physics and photosynthesis. Their excerpt for the article: 'Physicists have found the strongest ev...
08:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Tells India It Won't Help Censor the Web
An anonymous reader writes "Indian Communications and IT minister Kapil Sibal yesterday announced a proposal to have technology companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Twitter pre-screen user ...
07:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot New All-Sky Map Shows the Magnetic Fields of the Milky Way
An anonymous reader writes "With a unique new all-sky map, scientists at MPA have made significant progress toward measuring the magnetic field structure of the Milky Way in unprecedented detail. Spec...
07:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Will Windows 8 Be Ready For Release In 2012?
MrSeb writes with an excerpt from an Extreme Tech article on the Windows 8 release timeline: "...A Microsoft vice president announced that the Windows 8 beta would begin in late February 2012. The bet...
06:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Intel and Micron Unveil 128Gb NAND Chip
ScuttleMonkey writes "A joint venture between Intel and Micron has given rise to a new 128 Gigabit die. While production wont start until next year, this little beauty sets new bars for capacity, spee...
05:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Study Shows Many Sites Still Failing Basic Security Measures
Orome1 writes with a summary of a large survey of web applications by Veracode. From the article: "Considered 'low hanging fruit' because of their prevalence in software applications, XSS and SQL Inje...
05:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Webhosting For A Large Art Project?
First time accepted submitter heleneleh writes "I'm in a class at school on Electronic Writing and for my final project I'm trying to upload the entire contents of my computer to a webserver that will...
05:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot RIM Gives Up After Losing Initial Battle Over BBX Trademark
First time accepted submitter Mastadex writes "RIM's brand new BlackBerry mobile OS, due in early 2012, was expected to be called BBX. But due to a recent court ruling against it, RIM has dropped BBX ...
04:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Earth's Core Made In Miniature
ananyo writes "A 3-meter-tall metal sphere full of molten sodium is about to start work modeling the Earth's core. The gigantic dynamo, which has taken researchers ten years to build, 'will generate a...
03:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Build First Molybdenite Microchip
An anonymous reader writes "A Swiss team may have found an alternative to silicon microchips which could result in smaller, more flexible and less energy hungry processors. The Swiss team's chip does ...
03:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot MythBusters Bust House
ewhac writes "The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the MythBusters accidentally sent a cannon ball hurtling through Dublin this afternoon, punching through a home, bouncing across a six-lane ...
03:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Netflix CEO Comments On Recent Decisions
ExE122 writes "Netflix CEO Reed Hastings makes several comments about mistakes that were made over the past year. Hastings claimed, 'We moved too fast with it', [trying to exit the DVD-by-mail busines...
02:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Upcoming Changes To 'Ask Slashdot'
We're pleased to announce that changes are coming to the Ask Slashdot section. Ask Slashdot is a place to get your technical questions answered, show off your big brain by helping others, debate produ...
12:05 pm - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Video Gamers Advancing Genetic Research
An anonymous reader writes "From McGill's news site: 'Thousands of video game players have helped significantly advance our understanding of the genetic basis of diseases such as Alzheimer's, diabetes...
11:05 am - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot 'Merging Tsunami' Amplified Destruction In Japan
Hugh Pickens writes "The magnitude-9.0 Tohoku-Oki temblor, the fifth-most powerful quake ever recorded, triggered a tsunami that doubled in intensity over rugged ocean ridges, amplifying its destructi...
08:05 am - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot US Air Force Pays SETI To Check Kepler-22b For Alien Life
New submitter iComp writes with this quote from El Reg:"The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has announced that it is back in business checking out the new [potentially] habitable exop...
07:05 am - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Vaccine Developed Against Ebola
New submitter Lurching writes "Scientists have developed a vaccine that protects mice against a deadly form of the Ebola virus. First identified in 1976, Ebola fever kills more than 90% of the people ...
06:05 am - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot AT&T Repeats As Lowest-Rated Wireless Carrier
redletterdave writes "Consumer Reports' latest ratings survey of cell phone carriers revealed that Verizon Wireless scored the highest satisfaction score out of the four major U.S. service providers, ...
04:05 am - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Ocean Energy Tech To Be Tested Off Australian Coast
cylonlover writes "The researchers at Australia's BioPower Systems evidently looked at kelp, and thought, 'what if we could use that swaying action to generate power?' The result was their envisioned ...
02:05 am - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Adobe Warns of Critical Zero Day Vulnerability
wiredmikey writes "Adobe issued an advisory today on a zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2011-2462) that has come under attack in the wild. According to Adobe, the issue is a U3D memory corruption vulnerabi...
01:05 am - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Lawmaker Proposes Cyberthreat Sharing Group
alphadogg writes "A proposal in the House of Representatives would set up a new semi-independent organization allowing the U.S. government and private companies to share information about cyberthreats...
01:05 am - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot India Moves To Censor Social Media
An anonymous reader writes "India's Telecoms minister has prompted an uproar after it was revealed he met with executives from Google and Facebook to pressure them into screening 'objectionable' conte...
12:05 am - Wed, December 7, 2011
Slashdot Gas Powered Fuel Cell Could Help EV Range Anxiety
thecarchik writes "While electric-car advocates may avoid the issue, some buyers simply won't choose a plug-in car that can't travel unlimited distances. That's where the Chevy Volt-style range extend...
11:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Hybrid Storage Solutions Compared
Vigile writes "While few would argue with the performance advantages of solid state drives, the relative cost compared to spindle-based disks still make them a luxury item. The promise of hybrid stora...
11:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Reverse Robocall Turns Tables On Politicians
jfruhlinger writes "One of the great banes of election season is that any politician can shell out a few pennies per voter and phone-spam thousands of people who'd rather not hear a recorded pitch. Bu...
10:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Graphene Spun Into Meter-Long Fibers
ananyo writes "Nano-sized flakes of graphene oxide can be spun into graphene fibers several meters long, researchers in China have shown. The strong, flexible fibers, which can be tied in knots or wov...
10:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot US Launches Virtual Embassy For Iran
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from a report at Al Jazeera "The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has launched a virtual embassy for Iran in what it said was a bid to promote dialo...
09:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Flaw Exposed Private Photos
Velcroman1 writes "A security hole in Facebook allowed almost anyone to see pictures marked as private, an online forum revealed late Monday. Even pictures supposedly kept hidden from uninvited eyes b...
08:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot The Rise of Developeronomics
New submitter Geist3 writes "Forbes has an article by Venkatesh Rao asserting that the safest investment for both corporations and individuals is in software developers. Throwing money at talented cod...
08:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Russian Scientists Say They'll Clone a Mammoth Within 5 Years
Many scientists (mainly Japanese and Russian) have dreamed of cloning a mammoth over the years. When the mammoth genome was partially reconstructed in 2008, that dream seemed a bit closer. Besides the...
07:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Physical Models In an Age of Computers
Harperdog points out this article "about the Bay Model in Sausalito, California, which was built in 1959 to study a (terrible) plan to dam up San Francisco Bay. The model was at the forefront of resea...
07:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot PlayBook Jailbreak Tool Released
Trailrunner7 notes that some dedicated hackers who've been working on jailbreaking RIM's PlayBook tablet have now "posted a detailed walkthrough of how users can accomplish the same task on their own....
06:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Research Data: Share Early, Share Often
Shipud writes "Holland was recently in the news when a psychology professor in Tilburg University was found to have committed large-scale fraud over several years. Now, another Dutch psychologist is s...
05:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Getting a Grip On an Inherited IT Mess?
First time accepted submitter bushx writes "A little over a month ago, I assumed the position of programmer and sole IT personnel at a thriving e-commerce company. All the documentation I have is of m...
05:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Dell Kills Streak 7, Bails On Android Tablets
An anonymous reader writes with this news from Network World: "Dell has yanked the Dell Streak 7 tablet computer from its online stores, quietly acknowledging the failure of the Android device to catc...
05:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot An iPad Keyboard You Can Type On and Swipe Through
TechCrunch features an article (the first of three, actually) outlining the development of a clever hardware keyboard for the iPad. It's hard to write about Kickstarter projects, because there are so ...
04:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot EU Targets Apple In Ebook Investigation
nk497 writes "The European Commission is investigating Apple and five publishers regarding ebook pricing, after raiding ebook firms earlier this year. 'The Commission will in particular investigate wh...
04:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Opera 11.60 'Tunny' Released With Ragnarök HT
First time accepted submitter iZarKe writes "Version 11.60 of Opera Browser for Desktop was released today. Significant changes: the inclusion of their new HTML5 rendering engine "Ragnarök", a re...
03:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?
itwbennett writes "In a blog post titled 'Why I Will Never Feel Threatened by Cheap Overseas Programming', John Larson tells the story of a startup that shipped its initial programming to India, payin...
03:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Osteoporosis Drug Makes Lengthy Space Trips More Tolerable
An anonymous reader writes "Japanese researchers have discovered that by taking drugs normally targeted at osteoporosis sufferers they can mitigate the long term effects of weightlessness. This makes ...
02:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Indian Minister Seeks To Censor User-Generated Content Online
First time accepted submitter punit_r writes "Indian minister for Communications & Information Technology Kapil Sibal met officials from Facebook, Google, YouTube and Yahoo on Monday, 5 December 2...
02:05 pm - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Sub-$100 Android 4.0 Tablet Coming Soon
jfruhlinger writes "One of the reasons the iPad has stayed at the top of the tablet heap for so long is that — in contrast with the story of the Mac and PC 25 years ago — the iPad has rema...
11:05 am - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Download.com Bundling Adware With Free Software
Zocalo writes "In a post to the Nmap Hackers list Nmap author Fyodor accuses Download.com of wrapping a trojan installer (as detected by various AV applications when submitted to VirusTotal) around so...
09:05 am - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Kaspersky Quits BSA Over SOPA Support
First time accepted submitter Cmdrm writes with an article about Kaspersky Lab quitting the BSA over their (now lukewarm) support of SOPA. From the press release: "Kaspersky Lab would like to clarify ...
06:05 am - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Scammers Work Around Two-Factor Authentication With Social Engineering
mask.of.sanity writes "Thieves have made off with $45k after they intercepted a victim's two factor online banking codes used to verify large transactions. The scammers got the Australian executive's ...
04:05 am - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Proteins Build "Cages" Around Bacteria
ananyo writes "Research in human cells shows that proteins called septins are able to build cages around pathogens to prevent them from infecting other cells. According to the researchers, the newly d...
02:05 am - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot The Rise and Fall of Kodak
H_Fisher writes "Michael Hiltzik of the L.A. Times writes with a frank look at the decisions and changes that have led to Kodak's decline from top U.S. photography company to a company whose product i...
01:05 am - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Google To Seek Dismissal of Suit Against Google Books
angry tapir writes with an update on the drawn out legal battle between Google and everyone else over their Books service. From the article: "After a so-far fruitless three-year effort to settle the c...
12:05 am - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Say Carrier IQ Isn't Logging Data, Texts
Trailrunner7 writes "Security researchers who have investigated the inner workings of the Carrier IQ software and its capabilities say the application has some powerful, and potentially worrisome capa...
12:05 am - Tue, December 6, 2011
Slashdot Greenpeace Breaks Into French Nuclear Plant
dotancohen writes "Greenpeace activists secretly entered a French nuclear site before dawn and draped a banner reading 'Hey' and 'Easy' on its reactor containment building, to expose the vulnerability...
11:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot How To Avoid Infringing On Apple's Patents
bdking writes "In a public legal brief (PDF), Apple offers numerous design alternatives that Samsung could have used for its smartphones and tablets to avoid infringing on Apple's patents. Basically, ...
11:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: Head First HTML5 Programming
Michael J. Ross writes "Web designers and developers alike are increasingly enthused about the capabilities offered by HTML5, which is generally considered the combination of the latest version of the...
10:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Discouraging Playstation Vita Details
itwbennett writes "Sony's new handheld gaming system, the Playstation Vita, launches in Japan in two weeks, and the latest report from Andriasang has some interesting details, including Sony's decisio...
10:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot New Theory Challenges Need For Dark Matter
New submitter elsurexiste writes "An Italian Physicist came up with a strange way to explain anomalous galactic rotations without dark matter, instead relying on the gravitational effects of faraway m...
10:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Digital Face-Swapping Getting Cheaper
Zothecula writes "If you've seen the film The Social Network, then you might have wondered about the identical Winklevoss twins — were a real-life pair of twins cast for the roles, or was it a b...
09:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot IBM Makes First Racetrack Memory Chip
holy_calamity writes "For several years, we've followed the progress of IBM's revolutionary 'racetrack' memory, which stores data inside nanowires for several years. Now Big Blue has made the first pr...
08:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?
PolygamousRanchKid sends this quote from a contentious article at CNN that questions the need for further development of TVs and the entire TV-viewing experience."The technology industry is absolutely...
07:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Kepler Confirms Exoplanet Inside Star's Habitable Zone
astroengine writes "Plenty of 'candidate' exoplanets exist, but for the first time, Kepler has confirmed the existence of an exoplanet orbiting its Sun-like star right in the middle of its 'habitable ...
07:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Will Firefox Lose Google Funding?
SharkLaser writes "Mozilla's future looks uncertain. Last week Chrome overtook Firefox's position as the second most popular browser, the new versioning scheme is alienating some Firefox users, and no...
06:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Ask Greg Leyh of The Lightning Foundry What Charges Him Up?
Greg Leyh is an electrical engineer who has spent most of his career working around particle accelerators and high-voltage machinery. Recently Leyh has been working on The Lightning Foundry, a project...
05:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot IT Pros Can't Resist Peeking At Privileged Info
Orome1 writes "IT security staff will be some of the most informed people at the office Christmas party this year. A full 26 per cent of them admit to using their privileged log in rights to look at c...
05:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot New US Government Project To Monitor Electronic Communication
An anonymous reader writes "PRODIGAL (Proactive Discovery of Insider Threats Using Graph Analysis and Learning) is a recently uncovered US government program created in partnership with the Georgia Te...
04:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Filmmakers Reviving Sci-fi By Going Old School
jjp9999 writes "The special effects arms race sci-fi films get stuck in has pulled the genre further and further from its roots of good storytelling and forward-thinking. The problem is that 'When you...
03:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Assange Wins Right To Submit Appeal
beaverdownunder writes "Julian Assange has won the right to submit an appeal of his extradition to Sweden on 'public interest' grounds. He now has two weeks to come up with a convincing argument for B...
02:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Using a Tablet As Your Primary Computer
harrymcc writes "Three months ago, I started using an iPad 2 (with a Zagg keyboard) as my primary computing device--the one I blog on, write articles for TIME magazine on, and use to prepare photos an...
02:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: One Framework To Rule Them All?
New submitter ittybad writes "I work with a small web-based company, and, for some new web applications, we are looking to possibly change frameworks if it will be a benefit to our developers and our ...
02:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Senator Uses FCC Nomination Process To Question National Wireless Network
K7DAN contributes this excerpt from the intersection of politics, regulation, and high technology: "Sen. Charles Grassley is standing by his threat to place a hold on two nominees to the Federal Commu...
12:05 pm - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Ticketmaster Customers, Get Ready For Your (Tiny) Class-Action Payout
An anonymous reader writes "If you used Ticketmaster's website to buy tickets between October 21, 1999 and October 19, 2011, you're in for a windfall. Well, a $1.50 per ticket order windfall. Because ...
09:05 am - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Google Employees Are Receiving Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade
Android Police reports that Google employees have begun receiving the newest version of Android for their Nexus S phones in the form of over-the-air updates. CNET adds a note for the impatient that "t...
06:05 am - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot USPS Ending Overnight First-Class Letter Service
New submitter cstacy writes "The United States Postal Service will be closing half of its processing centers this spring. Currently, 42% of first-class mail is delivered the following day for nearby r...
03:05 am - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot China Telecom Companies Pledge To Stop Monopolistic Practices
hackingbear writes "China's two telecommunications giants, China Telecom and China Unicom, announced Friday they will substantially raise their broadband speeds while further lowering broadband costs ...
12:05 am - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot Browser History Sniffing Is Back
An anonymous reader writes "Remember CSS history sniffing? The leak is plugged in all major browsers today, but there is some bad news: in a post to the Full Disclosure mailing list, security research...
12:05 am - Mon, December 5, 2011
Slashdot AMD Downgrades Bulldozer Transistor Count By 800 Million
Robadob writes "It has come to light that AMD PR had originally reported that the new Bulldozer processor's transistor count was 2 billion. AMD PR are now asking reviewers to correct this count to 1.2...
11:05 pm - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot Feds Seize Korean Movie Download Portals
SharkLaser writes "Homeland Security's ICE unit has just started another phase of Operation In Our Sites. Last week the seized sites were selling counterfeit goods, but this time the list consists sol...
11:05 pm - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot World's Fastest Cells Raced On Petri Dish
ananyo writes "In a tongue-in-cheek contest of microscopic mobility, a line of bone marrow stem cells from Singapore beat out dozens of competitors to claim the title of the world's fastest cells. The...
10:05 pm - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot Email Offline At the Home of Sendmail
BobJacobsen writes "The UC Berkeley email system has been either offline, or only providing limited access, for more than a week. How can the place where sendmail originated fall so far? The campus CI...
09:05 pm - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot Russian Websites Critical of Elections Targeted In DDoS Attack
theshowmecanuck submits this news from Russia, where "Websites which exposed violations in Russia's parliamentary elections were inaccessible Sunday in a hacking attack they said was aimed at preventi...
08:05 pm - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Handling and Cleaning Up a Large Personal Email Archive?
First time accepted submitter txoof writes "I have a personal email archive that goes back to 2003. The early archives are around 2 megabytes. Every year the archives have grown significantly in size ...
07:05 pm - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot Institutional Memory and Reverse Smuggling
An anonymous reader writes "Anyone who's worked in a large engineering firm is familiar with institutional amnesia. Things get built, and then forgotten. Documentation is supposed to help, but rots, i...
06:05 pm - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot GCHQ Challenge Solution Explained
First time accepted submitter DrDevil writes "The British spy agency GCHQ recently published a puzzle at canyoucrackit.co.uk (as featured on Slashdot), now just a few days later an academic at the Uni...
05:05 pm - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot Iran's Military Claims To Have Downed US Surveillance Drone
mrquagmire submits a link to the Jerusalem Post's report that an American reconnaissance UAV has been captured by the Iranian military. "'Iran's military has downed an intruding RQ-170 American drone ...
04:05 pm - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot Have Walled Gardens Killed the Personal Computer?
theodp writes "Harvard Law School Prof Jonathan Zittrain explains in The Personal Computer is Dead why you should be afraid — very afraid — of the snowballing replicability of the App Stor...
03:05 pm - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot Toxic Montana Lake's Extremophiles Might Be a Medical Treasure Trove
EagleHasLanded writes "The Berkeley Pit, an abandoned open pit copper mine in Butte, Montana — part of the largest Superfund site in the U.S. — is filled with 40 billion gallons of acidic,...
02:05 pm - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot Syria Bans iPhone, Protest App
Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that with 4,000 people killed in Syria since March, the government has banned the iPhone and threatened confiscation and prosecution for anyone found with an iPhone as...
01:05 pm - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot What Silicon-Based Life Might Be Like
Nancy_A writes "While the world as we know it runs on carbon, science fiction's long flirtation with silicon-based life has spawned a familiar catchphrase: 'It's life, but not as we know it.' Although...
10:05 am - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot First Quad-Core Android Tablet Reviewed
adeelarshad82 writes "The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime happens to the first Quad-Core Android Tablet, which also makes it the fastest and most powerful tablet. The secret ingredient is Nvidia's five...
07:05 am - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot Apple May Build Oregon Data Center Next To Facebook's
1sockchuck writes "Apple may build a huge new data center next door to the Facebook server farm in rural Prineville, Oregon. Slashdot has previously noted the potential that Prineville could become a ...
03:05 am - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot An Easy Way To Curb Smart-Phone Thieves, In Australia
First time accepted submitter xx_chris writes "Cell carriers can and do brick jail broken cell phones but they won't brick stolen cell phones. Except in Australia. The Australians apparently have been...
12:05 am - Sun, December 4, 2011
Slashdot Apple Can't Block US Sales of Samsung Devices
An anonymous reader snips this good news (for Samsung fans) from Edible Apple "In April of 2011, Apple kicked off what would soon become a global and complex series of litigation disputes when it sued...
11:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Mexican Gov't Shuts Down Zetas' Secret Cell Network
Miniaturized stealth submarines purpose-built for smuggling are an impressive example of how much technological ingenuity is poured into evading the edicts of contemporary drug prohibition. Even more ...
11:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot On December 10, the Last Lunar Eclipse Until 2014
New submitter althanas has this entry, snipped from NASA's Science News, for next weekend's social calendar (if you're lucky enough to live in the viewing range): "The action begins around 4:45 am Pac...
10:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Carrier IQ Drama Continues
alphadogg writes "A Cornell University professor is calling the controversial Carrier IQ smartphone software revelations a privacy disaster. 'This is my worst nightmare,' says Stephen Wicker, a profes...
09:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Facebook Prepping For Massive Hiring Spree
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook plans to nearly double in size in the next year. The social network announced plans on Friday to dramatically expand its NYC operations, adding a wealth of new eng...
08:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Repurposing Anti-Spam Tools For Detecting Mutations In HIV
chicksdaddy writes "Security researchers often use language and metaphors from the natural world to describe problems in the virtual world. (Consider 'virus,' and 'worm.') Now it turns out that the li...
07:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Fed Gave Banks Eye-Popping Emergency Loans, Without Telling Congress
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt: "The Fed didn't tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers...
06:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Parallel Cluster In a Box?
QuantumMist writes "I'm helping someone with accelerating an embarrassingly parallel application. What's the best way to spend $10K to $15K to receive the maximum number of simultaneous threads of exe...
05:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Half Life of a Tech Worker: 15 Years
Hugh Pickens writes "Matt Heusser writes that when he went to work for Google all the people he met had a sort of early-twenties look to them. 'Like the characters in Microserfs, these were "firstees,...
04:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Interpreting the Constitution In the Digital Era
oik writes "NPR's Fresh Air this week had an interesting interview with Jeffrey Rosen, one of the authors of Constitution 3.0 , which addresses a number of issues to do with interpreting the US Consti...
04:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot 3D Video of Asteroid Vesta
TheNextCorner writes "Glide over the giant asteroid Vesta with NASA's Dawn spacecraft in a new 3-D video. Dawn has been orbiting Vesta since July 15, obtaining high-resolution images of its bumpy, cra...
03:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Apple, Android Devices Swamp NYC Schools' ActiveSync Server
longacre writes "Just a few months after the New York City Dept. of Education shelled out over $1 million on iPads for teachers, the agency has stopped accepting new users on its Microsoft Exchange Ac...
02:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot After 6 Years, Aptera Motors Is No More
After years of beautiful concept cars, envy-inspiring demos, and missed production targets starting in 2008, high-efficiency car startup Aptera is liquidating its assets. A pointed excerpt from Wired'...
12:05 pm - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Yeti Crab Cultivates Bacteria On Claw, Then Eats Them
Pierre Bezukhov writes with some interesting news from the deep as reported in Nature: "In the deep ocean off the coast of Costa Rica, scientists have found a species of crab that cultivates gardens o...
11:05 am - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Europe Accuses Google of Monopoly Abuse
bonch writes "European antitrust regulators are set to issue a 400-page statement of objections accusing Google of 'abuse of dominance' next month, the result of an investigation launched last year af...
09:05 am - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot ESA Ends Attempts To Pick Up Phobos-Grunt Signals
Spaceflight Now reports that hope has faded in the attempts to hear from the troubled Phobos-Grunt probe, and the listening project has been shuttered. After the craft's launch, says the article, "ESA...
05:05 am - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Swiss Gov't: Downloading Movies and Music Will Stay Legal
wasimkadak writes "One in three people in Switzerland download unauthorized music, movies and games from the Internet, and — since last year — the government has been wondering what to do ...
03:05 am - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Bufferbloat: Dark Buffers In the Internet
Expanding on earlier work from Jim Gettys of Bell Labs with a new article in the ACM Queue, CowboyRobot writes that Gettys "makes the case that the Internet is in danger of collapse due to 'bufferbloa...
01:05 am - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Domain Theft-for-Ransom Hits css-tricks.com and Others
An anonymous reader writes "Chris Coyer at css-tricks.com has had his domain transferred from GoDaddy.com to a registrar in Australia where it's being held for ransom. Several other domains have exper...
12:05 am - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot San Francisco Team Wins DARPA's De-Shredding Contest
New submitter karlnyberg writes with an update to the recently announced de-shredding challenge posted by DARPA: "The team 'All Your Shreds Are Belong To U.S.' has correctly solved all five puzzles, a...
12:05 am - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Video Game Consoles Are 'Fundamentally Doomed,' Says Lord British
zacharye writes "Microsoft sold nearly one million Xbox 360s last week alone, but we're nearing the end of the road for video game consoles according to one industry visionary. Richard Garriott, known...
12:05 am - Sat, December 3, 2011
Slashdot Was Conficker Stuxnet's Trojan?
Rambo Tribble writes "Reuters has published a provocative article describing the findings of cyberwarfare expert John Bumgarner, a former Army intelligence officer. His contention is that Conficker id...
11:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot GNOME Shell Extensions Are Live
DrXym writes "GNOME Shell has been criticized for certain shortcomings when compared to GNOME 2.x. Chief amongst them was that 2.x offered panel applets whereas 3.x is seemingly lacking any such funct...
11:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot How Tech Vendors Help Governments Spy On Their Citizens
jfruhlinger writes "Most Slashdotters — even those living in democratic countries — would probably be unsurprised to know that their governments are spying on them. But most people are not...
11:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot How a Computer Game Is Reinventing the Science of Expertise
An anonymous reader writes "Cognitive scientists at Simon Fraser University and UCSD are beginning to use StarCraft 2 replays to study the development of expertise and the cognitive mechanisms of mult...
10:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: To Hack Or Not To Hack?
seeread writes "I discovered how to hack into and secure user accounts of a rising mobile payment start-up. Account info includes credit card details and usage. The company has big name financial back...
10:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Quantum Entanglement of Macroscopic Diamonds
New submitter ananyo writes "A pair of diamond crystals has been linked by quantum entanglement — one of the first times that objects visible to the naked eye have been placed in a connected qua...
09:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Periodic Table To Welcome Two New Elements
adeelarshad82 writes "Chemistry's periodic table can soon welcome livermorium and flerovium, two newly named elements, which were announced Thursday (Dec. 1) by the International Union of Pure and App...
09:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Patriot Act Clouds Picture For Tech
Harperdog writes "Politico has a piece on how the Patriot Act is interfering with U.S. firms trying to do business overseas in the area of cloud computing. Here's a quote: 'The Sept. 11-era law was su...
08:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Genome Researchers Have Too Much Data
An anonymous reader writes "The NY Times reports, 'The field of genomics is caught in a data deluge. DNA sequencing is becoming faster and cheaper at a pace far outstripping Moore's law. The result is...
07:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix
riverat1 writes "After AT&T dropped the Multics project in March of 1969, Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie of Bell Labs continued to work on the project, through a combination of discarded equipmen...
07:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Researchers Find Big Leaks In Pre-installed Android Apps
An anonymous reader sends this quote from an article at Ars Technica:"Researchers at North Carolina State University have uncovered a variety of vulnerabilities in the standard configurations of popul...
06:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Napster Being Shut Down
helix2301 writes "Napster was one of the earliest and most popular P2P music-sharing services. After a long legal battle that saw Napster slowly gutted in the face of infringement lawsuits, it was rei...
05:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Kyoto Protocol Renewal Efforts Struggling
Hugh Pickens writes "Economics trumps the environment. The emission targets set by the Kyoto Protocol will expire next year, and negotiators are fighting to keep UN climate talks on track while effort...
05:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Chrome Becoming World's Second Most Popular Web Browser
redletterdave writes with news that Google Chrome is in the process of surpassing Firefox to become the second most popular web browser. Pinpointing the exact time of the change is difficult, of cours...
04:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Gene Therapy Approach 'Completely' Protects Mice From HIV Infection
Pierre Bezukhov writes "Scientists from the California Institute of Technology have come up with a gene therapy approach that has proven effective in protecting mice (with humanized immune systems) ag...
03:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers
New submitter Talisman writes "Kay Hagan (D) from North Carolina has introduced a bill to the Senate that would eliminate overtime pay for IT workers."The bill is targeted at salaried IT employees and...
02:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Web Usage-Based Billing On Its Way
tripleevenfall writes with this excerpt from SFGate:"The days of watching movies on the cheap via the Web may soon be over. Time Warner Cable and U.S. pay-TV companies are on the verge of instituting ...
02:05 pm - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot FCC OKs On-Body Medical Networks
itwbennett writes "On Wednesday the FCC approved the use of medical micropower networks (MMNs) in four blocks of the 400MHz spectrum band despite opposition from broadcast engineers who say they are c...
11:05 am - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot UK Recruiting Codebreakers Via Social Networks
Demerara writes in with a story about an unique codebreaking competition sponsored by the UK government. "UK intelligence agency GCHQ has launched a code-cracking competition to help attract new talen...
08:05 am - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Voyager Probes Give Us ET's View
astroengine writes "For the first time, scientists have been able to measure a type of radiation streaming out from the Milky Way that in other galaxies has been linked to the birthplaces of young, ho...
06:05 am - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Using Toads to Predict Earthquakes
ClockEndGooner writes "The BBC is reporting that a team led by Dr. Friedemann Freund from NASA and Dr. Rachel Grant from the UK's Open University have found that 'animals may sense chemical changes in...
05:05 am - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Ice Cream Sandwich Ported To X86
angry tapir writes "Google's open-source Android 4.0 operating system for smartphones and tablets has been ported to work with x86 processors. The port means that tablets with Android 4.0 based on x86...
02:05 am - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot AT&T Issues Scathing Response To FCC Report
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T has issued a scathing letter in response to the FCC's decision to release a staff report on its findings surrounding AT&T's planned $39 billion acquisition of ...
01:05 am - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot World of Commodore 2011 December 3rd In Toronto
Leif_Bloomquist writes "The Toronto PET Users Group (TPUG) is pleased to announce the World of Commodore 2011. TPUG would like to invite everyone to join us for a weekend of all things Commodore. Ther...
01:05 am - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot TV Ownership Declines For Second Time Since 1970
bs0d3 writes "Almost every year, the estimated number of U.S. households owning TV sets goes up. Until now. This year, for the second time since 1970, TV ownership has gone down; by about 1%. TV owner...
12:05 am - Fri, December 2, 2011
Slashdot Bank Accounts Vulnerable For Victims of ZeuS Trojan Variant 'Gameover'
tsu doh nimh writes "Organized crooks have begun launching debilitating cyber attacks against banks and their customers as part of a smoke screen to prevent victims from noticing simultaneous high-dol...
11:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot RIM PlayBook Tablet Jailbroken
Trailrunner7 writes "A group of researchers is claiming that they've found a root exploit that enables them to jailbreak the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet made by Research In Motion. In a video demonstra...
11:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot OpenMoko's FreeRunner Rises From the Ashes
ChristW writes "Remember OpenMoko's first free and open source phones, the GTA-01 and GTA-02 (also called FreeRunner)? There is a new project called Phoenux. The German company Golden Delicous is buil...
10:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Aleph One 1.0 Released
First time accepted submitter treellama writes "Nearly 12 year since Bungie released the source code for Marathon 2, the Aleph One team is thrilled to release version 1.0 of the Aleph One game engine....
09:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot New 'Rubber Robot' Crawls Through Small Spaces With Inflatable Limbs
JoeRobe writes "Researchers at Harvard have developed a pneumatically-controlled rubber robot that combines undulation and quadrupedal 'crawling,' allowing it to maintain a low profile while moving. I...
08:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Tracking Censorship Through Copyright Proposals Worldwide
jrepin writes "Global Chokepoints is an online resource created to document and monitor global proposals to turn Internet intermediaries into copyright police. These proposals harm Internet users' rig...
08:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Red Hat's Linux Changes Raise New Questions
itwbennett writes "Last month two Red Hat developers proposed to replace the 30-year-old syslog system with a new Journal daemon. Initial reaction was mostly negative and 'focused on the Journal's use...
07:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Flash-Friendly Router To Replace Aging WRT54GS?
New submitter Juggler00 writes "I have been running DD-WRT (v24-sp2) on my Linksys WRT54GS for a couple of years now. I'm now finding that the box cannot keep up with the requests/requirements I have ...
07:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot How Photoshopped Is That Picture?
Freddybear writes "Digital forensics experts at Dartmouth have developed software that can analyze digital photos to rate how drastically they have been altered by digital editing techniques. 'The Dar...
06:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot MIT Algorithm Predicts Red Light Runners
adeelarshad82 writes "Researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm that determines which drivers will run a red light, within one to two seconds before a potential collision. The research, based on ...
05:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Should Composting Be Mandatory In US Cities?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "After San Francisco enacted the nation's strictest regulations on composting in 2009, the city has increased the amount of food scraps and plant cuttings it composts to mor...
05:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot WikiLeaks Launches New Platform, Privacy Study
itwbennett writes "WikiLeaks has launched a new submissions platform, along with a study of the global trade in surveillance products. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told press conference attendees ...
04:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Outruns Apple's A5 In First Benchmarks
MojoKid writes "NVIDIA's new Tegra 3 SoC (System on a Chip) has recently been released for performance reviews in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Android tablet. Tegra 3 is comprised of a quad-core...
04:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Fire Burns Differently In Space
New submitter black6host writes with this interesting snippet from Space.com: "NASA is playing with fire on the International Space Station — literally. Since March 2009, the space agency's Flam...
03:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Carrier IQ Software May Be in iOS, Too
New submitter Howard Beale writes with this excerpt from The Verge: "To date, the user tracking controversy surrounding Carrier IQ has focused primarily on Android, but today details are surfacing tha...
02:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot 30 Years of the BBC Micro
Alioth writes "The BBC has an article on the BBC Microcomputer, designed and manufactured by Acorn Computers for the BBC's Computer Literacy project. It is now 30 years since the first BBC Micro came ...
02:05 pm - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Ruby Clouds: Engine Yard Vs. Heroku
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Andrew Glover provides an in-depth comparison of Engine Yard and Heroku, two cloud-based, platform-as-a-service offerings for Ruby development. 'To put it simply, Heroku wil...
11:05 am - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Fate Saves Workprint of Manos: The Hands of Fate
SEWilco writes "One of the worst horror movies, Manos: The Hands of Fate, has come back from the grave. The work print was rediscovered during a move, and an attempt has begun to transfer it to digita...
10:05 am - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Italian Court Rules Web Editors Not Responsible For Comments
itwbennett writes "Internet freedom got a boost Wednesday when Italy's highest court ruled that the editors of online publications can't be held legally responsible for defamatory comments posted by t...
08:05 am - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Mobile Industry Rolls Out Game Rating System
alphadogg writes "Mobile telecom trade group CTIA and the Entertainment Software Rating Board will roll out a rating system for mobile applications similar to ratings on other electronic games, the gr...
07:05 am - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot UK Plans Space Based Radar System
First time accepted submitter peepster84 writes "The UK government is to kick-start an innovative project to fly radar satellites around the Earth, with an initial investment of £21m. NovaSar-S ...
04:05 am - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Anonymous Threatens Robin Hood Attacks Against Banks
gManZboy writes "Just in time for the holidays, hacktivist collective Anonymous has announced that it has teamed up with like-minded group TeaMp0isoN to donate to charity. The catch: they're using sto...
03:05 am - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Permafrost Loss Greater Threat Than Deforestation
Pierre Bezukhov writes "Emissions from thawing permafrost may contribute more to global warming than deforestation this century, according to commentary in the journal Nature. Arctic warming of 7.5 de...
02:05 am - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Inside the World's Largest LAN Party
MrSeb writes "Last weekend, over 12,000 LAN party goers turned up at DreamHack Winter 2011 in Jonkoping, Sweden with a PC under the arm, on their back, or packed carefully in the trunk of their car. E...
01:05 am - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Patent Expires On Best Selling Drug of All Time
Hugh Pickens writes "The US patent has just expired on Lipitor, the best-selling drug of all time, as the first generic versions go on sale, marking the end of a brand that has dominated the drug indu...
12:05 am - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot GamePro Shutting Down After 22 Years
redletterdave writes "Popular gaming magazine GamePro has shut down its U.S. operations after 22 years of publications by its parent company IDG. GamePro's website, which has been online for about 13 ...
12:05 am - Thu, December 1, 2011
Slashdot Book Review: The CERT Oracle Secure Coding Standard For Java
brothke writes "It has been a decade since Oracle started their unbreakable campaign touting the security robustness of their products. Aside from the fact that unbreakable only refers to the enterpri...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot China Wants Cyber Crisis Hotline
An anonymous reader writes "China should look at establishing a cyber crisis hotline with the United States, according to a Chinese newspaper seen as a window into official thinking. Discussions about...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot How Tiny Worms Could Help Humans Colonize Mars
Pierre Bezukhov writes "The roundworm has about 20,000 protein-coding genes — nearly as many as humans, who have about 23,000. Furthermore, there is a lot of overlap between our genome and their...
10:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Are Data Centers Finally Ready For DC Power?
1sockchuck writes "It's been five years since a landmark study outlined the potential benefits of DC power distribution in data centers. But adoption of DC in data centers remains limited, even as the...
10:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Fighting Mosquitoes With GM Mosquitoes
doug141 writes "Scientists are releasing genetically modified male mosquitoes that produce flightless female offspring. The male offspring go on to wipe out another generation of females. This is simi...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Jetman Yves Rossy Flies In Formation With Jets
smitty777 writes "Slashdot has been following Yves Rossy in his previous exploits across the Grand Canyon and his attempts at international flight. He is now flying in formations with real jets. He ev...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Stephen Wolfram Joins The Life Boat Foundation and Bets On Singularity
kodiaktau writes "This week The Lifeboat Foundation announced that Stephen Wolfram would be joining its organization. The purpose of the group is to think through scientific solutions to existential p...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot E-Mail Can Reveal Your Friend Hierarchy
sciencehabit writes "It's not surprising that someone could guess your friends simply by peeking at your e-mail. But a more detailed look at your electronic communications could reveal which friends a...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot News Corp. Hacking Scandal Spreads To Government
wiredmikey writes "The scandal revolving around the News Corporation's now defunct British tabloid, News of the World, has entered a new phase with news that the hacking extended into areas of nationa...
07:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Attackers Leak UN Usernames and Passwords
Orome1 writes "A group of hackers that go by the name of 'Teamp0ison' has apparently compromised one (or more) of UN's servers and dumped over 1000 email addresses, usernames, and passwords of their s...
07:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Why Was Hypercard Killed?
theodp writes "Steve Jobs took the secret to his grave, but Stanislav Datskovskiy offers some interesting and illustrated speculation on why HyperCard had to die. 'Jobs was almost certainly familiar w...
06:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448-Core GPU
MojoKid writes "NVIDIA has just launched the GeForce GTX 560 Ti with 448 cores. Though perhaps a bit unimaginative in terms of branding, the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti with 448 cores is outfitted with the...
05:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Duqu Attackers Managed to Wipe C&C Servers
Trailrunner7 writes with an update in the saga of Duqu and Stuxnet. From the article: "Shortly after the first public reports about Duqu emerged in early autumn, the crew behind Duqu wiped out all of ...
05:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot AMD Confirms Commitment To x86
MrSeb writes with an excerpt from an Extreme Tech story on the recent wild speculation about AMD abandoning x86: "Recent subpar CPU launches and product cancellations have left AMD in an ugly position...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot UK Announces "Cyber Strategy"
concealment writes "The UK government has announced a "cyber strategy" outlining its plans to make the UK a safe place to do business online. Not limited to merely defending against attacks, the strat...
03:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Groupon Not Doing So Well On Wall Street
bdking writes "Shares of the daily-deals site were up Tuesday, but Groupon's ride on Wall Street since going public in early November has been almost all downhill. And there's no evident catalyst to r...
03:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Google Throws . Under Bus To Snag Patent
theodp writes "Before Danny Hillis and Bran Ferren invented Google's newly-patented system for 'Delegating Authority to Evaluate Content', Google says users looking for content evaluation websites wer...
02:05 pm - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Why America Doesn't Need More Tech Giants Like Apple
Hugh Pickens writes "Optimists says that if only America produced more companies like Apple and Amazon and Google and Facebook, the country's economic problems would be fixed — America could ret...
11:05 am - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Android Dev Demonstrates CarrierIQ Phone Logging Software On Video
Token_Internet_Girl writes with a followup to last week's news about Android developer Trevor Eckhart, who was researching software from CarrierIQ, installed on millions of cellphones, that secretly l...
08:05 am - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Is the Time Finally Right For Hybrid Hard Drives?
a_hanso writes "Hard drives that combine a traditional spinning platter for mass storage and solid state flash memory for frequently accessed data have always been an interesting concept. They may be ...
07:05 am - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Latest Humble Bundle Comes With Uplink Source Code
SharkLaser writes "The latest Humble Bundle comes with four great indie games from Introversion. Included in the pack are Uplink, Darwinia, DEFCON and Multiwinia. Bonus games include Aquaria, Crayon P...
06:05 am - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Australian Federal Court Ends Ban On Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales
New submitter Dedokta writes "The Australian Federal Court has overturned the injunction placed on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and ordered Apple to pay court costs. Apple has applied for an appeal wit...
04:05 am - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Obama Orders Federal Agencies To Digitize All Records
Lucas123 writes "President Obama this week issued a directive to all federal agencies to upgrade records management processes from paper-based systems that have been around since President Truman's ad...
03:05 am - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Lightning-made Waves In Earth's Atmosphere Leak Into Space
TheNextCorner sends this quote from NASA:"At any given moment about 2,000 thunderstorms roll over Earth, producing some 50 flashes of lightning every second. Each lightning burst creates electromagnet...
02:05 am - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot How Publishers Are Cutting Their Own Throats With eBook DRM
An anonymous reader writes "Sci-fi author Charlie Stross has written a post about how the Big Six book publishing companies have painted themselves into a corner in the rapidly growing ebook industry....
01:05 am - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Civilian Use of Drone Aircraft May Soon Fly In the US
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from the Seattle Times:"Drone aircraft, best known for their role in hunting and destroying terrorist hideouts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, may be coming soon to...
12:05 am - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Behind the Government's Rules of Cyber War
wiredmikey writes "Deciding when malware becomes a weapon of war that warrants a response in the physical world – for example, a missile – has become a necessary part of the discussion of ...
12:05 am - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Google Researchers Propose Plan To Fix CA System
Trailrunner7 writes "The security industry has no shortage of hard problems to solve, but the one getting the most attention right now is finding a way to improve, or ideally, replace, the CA infrastr...
12:05 am - Wed, November 30, 2011
Slashdot Judge Orders Hundreds of Websites Delisted From Search Engines, Social Networks
An anonymous reader writes "A federal judge has ruled that a number of a websites trafficking in counterfeit Chanel goods can have their domains seized and transferred to a new registrar. Astonishingl...