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11:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Sinclair ZX81 Made Out of Lego
An anonymous reader writes "I used Lego's Digital Designer software to build a model of a Sinclair ZX81 — the computer that kicked me off on my interest in such matters way back in 1981. Until v...
11:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot 10-Year Gary McKinnon Case To End This Year
judgecorp writes "The ten-year legal quagmire surrounding Gary McKinnon, who hacked into U.S. military and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002, must end this year, a British High Court Judge has ordered. ...
11:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Assembling Your Own 3D Printer
adeelarshad82 writes "Following a tour of a 3D printer factory, analysts at PCMag wanted to explore the option of building a 3D printer themselves. With the help of a 3D printer manufacturer, Buildatr...
11:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Nokia CEO Blames Salesmen For Windows Phone Struggles
An anonymous reader writes "Steven Elop of Nokia has placed some of the blame for the struggles of Windows Phone on mobile phone shops — for not pushing it. As The Register points out, sales sta...
10:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot NTT DoCoMo Asks Google To Limit Android Data Use
An anonymous reader writes "NTT DoCoMo has had enough of Android's effects on its mobile network in Japan. Following a service disruption due to Google's Android VoIP app, the company is now asking Go...
09:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Megaupload User Data Could Be Destroyed Soon
New submitter advid.net writes "According to the Associated Press, user data from the recently-closed file-hosting site Megaupload could be destroyed as soon as Thursday. Apparently Megaupload paid an...
08:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Jailbreaking the Internet For Freedom's Sake
snydeq writes "With so many threats to a free and open Internet, sooner or later, people will need to arm themselves for the fight, writes Deep End's Paul Venezia. 'If the baboons succeed in constrain...
07:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot What If the Apollo Program Never Happened?
astroengine writes "In a recent debate, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said he would like to beat the Chinese back to the moon. He has even been so bold as to propose setting up a man...
07:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Ian Bogost Replies: Deep Thoughts On Gaming
A few weeks back, you asked gaming-world academic and game designer Ian Bogost questions from the business, philosophical, and aesthetic sides of gaming; below, find his responses. Thanks, Ian!Read mo...
06:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Shmoocon Demo Shows Easy, Wireless Credit Card Fraud
Sparrowvsrevolution writes with this excerpt from a Forbes piece recounting a scary demo at the just-ended Shmoocon: "[Security researcher Kristin] Paget aimed to indisputably prove what hackers have ...
05:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Big Internet Players Propose DMARC Anti-Phishing Protocol
judgecorp writes "Google, Microsoft, PayPal, Facebook and others have proposed DMARC, or Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance, an email authentication protocol to combat phis...
05:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Maine Senator Wants Independent Study of TSA's Body Scanners
OverTheGeicoE writes "U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the top Republican on the homeland security committee, plans to introduce a bill that would require a new health study of the X-ray body scanners used...
04:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Thai Gov't Welcomes Twitter's Censorship Plans
patiwat writes "The Thai government has called Twitter's tweet censorship move a 'welcome development.' Tweets may now be blocked at the request of the Thai government; the system will be used to disc...
03:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions
Hugh Pickens writes "The Guardian reports that Apple's image is taking a dive after revelations in the NY Times about working conditions in the factories of some of its network of Chinese suppliers an...
02:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Interactive Games and Concept Cars (Video)
So far, Timothy Lord has showed you the Tesla Model S, a CODA electric car, both gas and electric Smarts, and the Chevy Segway. Now, in his final wrapup video from the North American International Aut...
02:05 pm - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot SEC Takes Action Against Latvian Hacker
wiredmikey writes "The SEC has filed charges against a trader in Latvia for conducting a widespread online account intrusion scheme in which he manipulated the prices of more than 100 NYSE and Nasdaq ...
11:05 am - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Rockbox Developers Talk Open Source Firmware
angry tapir writes "I recently caught up with some of the key developers of Rockbox: An open source firmware replacement for the stock firmware shipped on MP3 players. The project, which has been acti...
08:05 am - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Hijacked Web Traffic For Sale
mask.of.sanity writes "If you can't create valuable content to attract users to your site, Russian cyber criminals will sell them to you. A web store has been discovered that sells hacked traffic that...
06:05 am - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Anger With Game Content Lock Spurs Reaction From Studio Head Curt Shilling
MojoKid writes "Studios and publishers are fighting back hard against the used game market, with the upcoming title Kingdoms of Amular, the latest to declare it will use a content lock. In this case, ...
03:05 am - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Siri Competitor Evi Arrives, But Already Overloaded
mikejuk writes "Evi, a new rival to Siri, Apple's voice-driven personal assistant, has made its debut on both the iPhone and the Android. And people are so keen to that Evi's servers are overloaded &m...
01:05 am - Mon, January 30, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Wireless Proximity Detection?
New submitter Cinnamon Whirl writes "As a chemist, I work in a both lab and office enviroments, and need access to data in both, without causing undue clutter in either. My company has recently purcha...
11:05 pm - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot UCLA Professor Says Conventional Wisdom on Study Habits Is All Washed Up
An anonymous reader writes "Taking notes during class? Topic-focused study? A consistent learning environment? According to Robert Bjork, director of the UCLA Learning and Forgetting Lab, distinguishe...
10:05 pm - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot Defending Your Cellphone Against Malware
Hugh Pickens writes "Kate Murphy writes that as cellphones have gotten smarter, they have become less like phones and more like computers, and that with more than a million phones worldwide already ha...
09:05 pm - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot Romney Invokes Fair Use In Dispute With NBC Over Campaign Ad
An anonymous reader writes "Mitt Romney's campaign is airing an ad that is basically 30 seconds lifted from an NBC News broadcast and NBC is trying to stop them from using the ad. I found it interesti...
08:05 pm - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot Thousands Take To the Streets To Protest ACTA
An anonymous reader writes "The protestsagainst the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement continueto spread in cities across Europe. The protests began in Poland, where thousandshave taken to the street...
07:05 pm - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot DARPA Targets Computing's Achilles Heel: Power
coondoggie writes "The power required to increase computing performance, especially in embedded or sensor systems has become a serious constraint and is restricting the potential of future systems. Te...
06:05 pm - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot Indian Site Offers Reward For Googler Vandal
An anonymous reader writes "Indian website Techgoss, which offered a reward of Rs. 10,000 to get photos of Facebook founder in India, did manage to get photos of Zuckerberg attired in Indian clothes a...
05:05 pm - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot How Will You React To Twitter's Regional Censorship Plan?
Despite (and probably partly because of) its much-touted role as a communications link in the Arab Spring protest movements of the last year, Twitter announced a few days ago that it could be (which I...
04:05 pm - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot Gates Paying Murdoch For System To Track U.S. Kids' School Progress
theodp writes "Discussing U.S. education in his 2012 Annual Letter, Bill Gates notes the importance of 'tools and services [that] have the added benefit of providing amazing visibility into how each i...
03:05 pm - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot New Spark Tablet To Come Loaded With KDE's Active Plasma Interface
mpol writes "KDE's Plasma Active introduced last Saturday its own 7" tablet. According to Aaron J. Seigo, 'It's the first tablet computer that comes with Plasma Active pre-installed.' The Spark, with ...
02:05 pm - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Expected To Go Public Next Week
First time accepted submitter foozie writes "Many credible sources, including Forbes and CBS, say that Facebook will finally IPO next week, raising about $10 billion and valuating at $75 billion, almo...
11:05 am - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot Copyright Industry Calls For Broad Search Engine Controls
The copyright battles going on right now are not all about SOPA, PIPA, or even the wider-reaching ACTA: suraj.sun snips thus from TorrentFreak: "At a behind-closed-doors meeting facilitated by the UK ...
08:05 am - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Does Europe Have Better Magazines Than the US?
An anonymous reader writes "Now that all the large chain book stores have disappeared from the landscape, I visited my local independent book store. In the basement I found a dazzling array of amazing...
05:05 am - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot Lunar Base Foe Romney Endorsed By Lunar Base Supporters
MarkWhittington writes "Mitt Romney has infamously suggested that the idea of lunar colonies is 'zany' and has ridiculed Newt Gingrich's idea of building a lunar base by 2020. However Romney has been ...
02:05 am - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot Facebook, Washington State Sue Firm Over Clickjacking
Trailrunner7 writes "Facebook and the state of Washington are suing an ad network they accuse of encouraging people to spread spam through clickjacking schemes and other tactics. The company at the ce...
12:05 am - Sun, January 29, 2012
Slashdot Some Windows 8 Laptops May Come With Built-In Kinect Sensors
An anonymous reader writes to point out reports that Asus is "working on a new laptop that will include Kinect gestures and will be compatible with Windows 8," and adds, "What does this mean for the c...
11:05 pm - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ
An anonymous reader writes "According to an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, there's 'no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to 'decarbonize' the world's economy'. From the arti...
10:05 pm - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Study Finds Growing Up WIth Gadgets Has a Downside: Social Skill Impairment
PolygamousRanchKid writes with this excerpt from a CNN story:"Tween girls who spend much of their waking hours switching frantically between YouTube, Facebook, television and text messaging are more l...
09:05 pm - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Aging U-2 Will Fight On Into the Next Decade
Hugh Pickens writes "For more than half a century, the CIA and US military have relied on a skinny, sinister-looking black jet, first designed during the Eisenhower administration at Lockheed's famed ...
08:05 pm - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Righthaven Redux — With a Difference
First time accepted submitter Capt.Albatross writes "At Boing Boing, Rob Beschizza reports that, in an act of delicious irony, Swiss ISP Ort Cloud [sic] has acquired Righthaven's domain name and has r...
07:05 pm - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Friday's Solar Flare Twice As Energetic As Monday's; Earth Safe
The Bad Astronomer writes "The sunspot cluster that erupted in a solar flare and coronal mass ejection last Monday burst into life again on Friday, blasting out an X2 class solar flare, twice as energ...
06:05 pm - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Super Wi-Fi Isn't Really Wi-Fi
adeelarshad82 writes "As reported yesterday lucky residents of Wilmington, N.C., will be the first in the nation to have access to a 'Super Wi-Fi' network. However, the only issue is that Super Wi-Fi ...
05:05 pm - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Money-Making Home-Based Tech Skills?
New submitter ThatGamerChick writes "I'm a stay-at-home mom, but I'd like to be a work-at-home mom. I've done a few writing gigs, but I'm not a really good writer and cannot charge the fees needed for...
04:05 pm - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Stealing Smartphone Crypto Keys Using Radio Waves
coondoggie writes "Encryption keys on smartphones can be stolen via a technique using radio waves, says one of the world's foremost crypto experts, Paul Kocher, whose firm Cryptography Research will d...
03:05 pm - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Monty Python Crew To Reunite For Movie
dutchwhizzman writes "The surviving members of Monty Python have announced they will make a new movie. It will be titled Absolutely Anything. Graham Chapman won't be there to join them anymore, but th...
03:05 pm - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Google+ Officially Open To Teens
hypnosec writes "Google+ made a landmark move and opened itself to users who are over the age of 13. Google+ did not initially target the younger crowd and kept itself available only for use...
02:05 pm - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Deathmatch On Mars: an Interview With Warren Ellis
pigrabbitbear writes "Iconic comic book writer (Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Red), cult novelist (Crooked Little Vein), futurist intellectual, and beloved Internet curmudgeon, Warren Ellis, known for...
11:05 am - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot New Privacy Laws Could Boost EU Cloud Industry
sweetpea86 writes "Cloud providers based in the European market could turn the fear, uncertainty and doubt around data protection and the U.S. Patriot Act to their advantage, according to Andy Burton,...
09:05 am - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot iPhone 4S's Siri Is a Bandwidth Guzzler
Frankie70 writes "'Siri's dirty little secret is that she's a bandwidth guzzler, the digital equivalent of a 10-miles-per-gallon Hummer H1.' A study by Arieso shows that users of the iPhone 4S demand ...
06:05 am - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Android Malware May Have Infected 5 Million Users
bonch writes "A massive Android malware campaign may be responsible for duping as many as 5 million users into downloading the Android.Counterclan infection from the Google Android Market. The trojan ...
05:05 am - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Sea Water Could Cause Uranium Pollution From Nuclear Fuel Rods
New submitter Required Snark writes "UC Davis researchers have found a mechanism where the sodium in sea water can cause uranium nano-particles to be released from nuclear reactor fuel rods. Normally ...
03:05 am - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot How Allan Scherr Hacked Around the First Computer Password
New submitter MikeatWired writes "If you're like most people, you're annoyed by passwords. So who's to blame? Who invented the computer password? They probably arrived at MIT in the mid-1960s, when re...
02:05 am - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot January 28 is Data Privacy Day
An anonymous reader writes "A bit early, but just a reminder that January 28 is international Data Privacy Day in the U.S., Canada, and many European countries. Various events are being held around th...
01:05 am - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot Mars-Bound Probe Serves As Radiation Guinea Pig
sighted writes "This week's huge solar storm will benefit future astronauts, thanks to the rover Curiosity, now on its way to Mars. The rover is equipped with an instrument that measures the radiation...
12:05 am - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot White House Chief Technology Officer Steps Down
New submitter Krazy Kanuck writes "The White House is running a story on their OSTP blog that Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra is stepping down after being appointed to the post by President Oba...
12:05 am - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot DARPA Funding a $50 Drone-Droppable Spy Computer
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "At the Shmoocon security conference, researcher Brendan O'Connor plans to present the F-BOMB, or Falling or Ballistically-launched Object that Makes Backdoors. Built from j...
12:05 am - Sat, January 28, 2012
Slashdot USPTO Declares Invalid Third of Three Critical Rambus Patents
slew writes "This is a followup to this earlier story about 2 of 3 of Rambus's 'critical' patents being invalidated. Apparently now it's a hat-trick."There's something that seems unsavory and wasteful...
11:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot North Star May Be Wasting Away
sciencehabit writes "The North Star, a celestial beacon to navigators for centuries, may be slowly shrinking, according to a new analysis of more than 160 years of observations. The data suggest that ...
11:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Flaw In YouTube Takedown Process Exposed
New submitter BraveThumb writes "One independent rap group found it impossible to post their song on YouTube. When they tried to put up their video, they were informed that the copyright belonged to U...
10:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot When Viruses Infect Worms
An anonymous reader writes "Bitdefender reports that there exist viruses which, when they encounter other viruses, will merge and combine effects so that they create a new virus. 'A virus infects exec...
09:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot The ACTA Fight Returns: What Is At Stake & What You Can Do
An anonymous reader writes "The reverberations from the SOPA fight continue to be felt in the U.S. and elsewhere, but it is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that has captured increasing attenti...
09:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Bill Gates Gives $750M To AIDS Fund
redletterdave writes "Microsoft chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates pledged $750 million to the troubled global AIDS fund on Thursday and urged governments to continue their support to save lives. ...
09:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot FBI Building App To Scrape Social Media
Trailrunner7 writes "The FBI is in the early stages of developing an application that would monitor sites such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as various news feeds, in order to find information on e...
08:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Russian Rocket Fleet Grounded Again
Velcroman1 writes "Failed pressure chamber tests have forced Russia to postpone two manned launches to the International Space Station — echoing a 2011 situation that left the country's space tr...
08:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Mars Rover Opportunity Turns 8
New submitter el borak writes"Never mind all the talk about the revival of the American auto industry. What may be the greatest car the U.S. has ever built is currently a tidy 78 million miles (125m k...
07:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot ReDigi Defends Used Digital Music Market
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "ReDigi has fired back, opposing Capitol Records's motion for a preliminary injunction. In his opposition declaration, ReDigi's CTO Larry Rudolph explains in detail (PDF) h...
07:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Man Who Downloaded Bomb Recipes Jailed For 2 Years
chrb writes "Asim Kauser, a 25-year-old British man, has been jailed for two years and three months for downloading recipes on how to make bombs and the toxin ricin. Police discovered the materials on...
06:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot AT&T Threatening To Raise Rates After Merger Failure
An anonymous reader writes "In the quarterly earnings call following the defeat of his attempted acquisition of T-Mobile, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson was quick to lash out at the FCC, claiming t...
05:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware
New submitter tcjr2006 writes "Obama's State of the Union focused on the return of manufacturing jobs to America. This New Yorker story makes the case that the manufacturing jobs aren't going to come ...
04:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Iwata Confirms Nintendo Network, New Wii U Controller Functions
New submitter DeanCubed writes "In a Nintendo investor meeting, CEO Satoru Iwata confirmed a new Nintendo Network for the company's 3DS and upcoming Wii U game systems. This includes multiple user acc...
04:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Close Approach By Asteroid 2012 BX34
An anonymous reader writes with news that asteroid 2012 BX34, 11 meters wide, is in the process of passing within 60,000km of Earth — about a fifth of the distance between the Earth and the Moon...
04:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Graphene Membranes Superpermeable to Water
Dr Max writes "Not only is graphene the strongest, thinnest and best conducting material known to man, it is now shown to have superpermeability with respect to water as well. This allows a membrane m...
03:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case
theodp writes "Testifying before Congress in 2007, Google's HR chief stated: 'We make great efforts to uncover the most talented employees we can find.' But according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Goo...
02:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Organize Elsevier Boycott
An anonymous reader writes "The academic publisher Elsevier has attracted controversy for its high prices, the practice of bundling journals for sale to libraries and its support for legislation such ...
02:05 pm - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Pentagon Drafts Kids To Build Drones and Robots
MrSeb writes "In a world where warfare is fast becoming fielded by remote controlled and autonomous robots, innovation is the key to victory. The most technologically advanced superpower can see more,...
11:05 am - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Techie Wedding Invitation Ideas?
Qa32 writes "I am getting married in a few months and being a hardcore techie I wanted to come up with some novel way of making my wedding invite that will truly have even my mom say, 'wow, that was c...
10:05 am - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Team Creates Footwear Recognition System
Zothecula writes "Facial recognition might be all the rage in giving computer systems the ability to ascertain the identity of individuals — what with most people having different facial feature...
09:05 am - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot EU ACTA Chief Resigns
bs0d3 writes "The EU ACTA chief has resigned, saying, 'This agreement might have major consequences on citizens' lives, and still, everything is being done to prevent the European Parliament from havi...
06:05 am - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot 1st 'Super Wi-Fi' Net Goes Live In North Carolina
alphadogg writes "Lucky residents of Wilmington, N.C., will be the first in the nation to have access to a 'Super Wi-Fi' network. Officials from New Hanover County, N.C., announced Thursday that they ...
04:05 am - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Can Now Block Tweets In Specific Countries
itwbennett writes "In a blog post on Thursday, Twitter announced that it can now block individual Tweets in specific countries, while leaving them visible in other countries. 'We try to keep content u...
02:05 am - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Create World's First Atomic X-Ray Laser
First time accepted submitter newmission33 writes "Government researchers have created the fastest, purest X-ray laser pulses ever achieved, and have fulfilled a 1967 prediction that an atomic scale x...
01:05 am - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot US Plummets On World Press Freedom Ranking
Jeremiah Cornelius writes "Reporters Without Borders released its 2011 — 2012 global Press Freedom Index. The indicators for press freedom in the U.S. are dramatic, with a downward movement from...
12:05 am - Fri, January 27, 2012
Slashdot Pac-Man Is NP-Hard
MrSeb writes "An Italian researcher with a penchant for retro games — or perhaps just looking for an excuse to play games in the name of science! — has used computational complexity theory...
11:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot 11 New Multi-Planet Star Systems Discovered
astroengine writes "The number of known multi-planetary star systems has just tripled. What's more, the Kepler space telescope science team has just announced that they have doubled the number of conf...
11:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Railroad Association Says TSA's Hacking Memo Was Wrong
McGruber writes "Wired reports that the American Association of Railroads is refuting the U.S. Transportation Security Administration memorandum that said hackers had disrupted railroad signals. In fa...
10:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Jailbreaking Could Soon Become Illegal Again
Diggester writes "Back in July 2010, the United Stated government approved few exemptions in a federal law which made jailbreaking/rooting of electronic devices(iPhones and Android devices) legal. The...
09:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo's Project To Disrupt Mobile Publishing
waderoush writes "Right now, content publishers who want to reach readers through dedicated mobile apps have to hire a separate engineering team to build each app — one for iOS (based on Objecti...
09:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot For Sinclair Fans, The ZX81 Lives On
An anonymous reader writes "The ZX81 Museum was set-up to preserve and showcase a private collection of original Sinclair branded ZX81 hardware, software and literature. The museum has since expanded ...
08:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Object Lesson in Non-Transparency At Energy.gov
Harperdog writes "Dawn Stover recounts her attempts to access information at energy.gov, the U.S. Energy Department's 'cutting-edge, interactive information platform,' which apparently isn't any of th...
07:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Xbox 720 Might Reject Used Games
silentbrad writes "Online passes are a recent staple in staving off used sales. Limiting what used buyers can access is a protective measure for publishers, much to the chagrin of parts of the gaming ...
06:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot ACTA Signed By 22 EU Countries
First time accepted submitter azrael29a writes "22 EU members signed the controversial ACTA treaty today in Tokyo. However, the signatures of the EU member states and the EU itself will count for noth...
06:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Top Google Executives Approved Illegal Drug Ads
Hugh Pickens writes "PC Magazine reports that the U.S. government used convicted con artist David Whitaker, owner of an online business selling steroids and human growth hormone to U.S. consumers, to ...
05:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot WikiLeaks Cable: NASDAQ Folded To Chinese Pressure
jjp9999 writes "A WikiLeaks cable reveals that the NASDAQ folded to pressure from the Chinese regime and kicked out a U.S.-based Chinese TV network, NTD TV. The Chinese Communist Party has been trying...
05:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot O2 Fixes 'Accidental' Leak of Phone Numbers
judgecorp writes "British mobile operator O2 says it has stopped sharing users phone numbers with all websites, and says the breach was an accident. Yesterday, users found that the operator was automa...
04:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Hawaiian Bill Would Force ISPs to Track Users' Web Histories For 2 Years
New submitter mazinger writes "In Hawaii, a bill has been proposed to retain data on Internet users and the sites they visit. Apparently, there is also no requirement for a warrant to obtain the infor...
04:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot NASA Releases New High-Definition Image of Earth
New submitter klchoward writes "Working for NOAA, I have been really pleased to see the weather data from the new Suomi NPP satellite coming into our computer models already but have been blown away b...
03:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Stanford Online Courses Delayed; More Time To Sign Up
mikejuk writes "Online Computer Science classes that have attracted tens of thousands of students have been put back for a couple of weeks. Is this on account of Sebastian Thrun's resignation from Sta...
03:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Symantec Tells Customers To Stop Using pcAnywhere
Orome1 writes "In a perhaps not wholly unexpected move, Symantec has advised the customers of its pcAnywhere remote control application to stop using it until patches for a slew of vulnerabilities are...
02:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Candidate Gingrich Pushes a Moon Base, Other Space Initiatives
New thomas.kane writes "Newt Gingrich announced yesterday, while visiting Florida's Space Coast, a visionary plan for the future of space travel. He suggested a combination of the current private ince...
02:05 pm - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Foreign Data Unsafe From US Patriot Act, Says American Law Firm
natecochrane writes "A prestigious law firm warns non-U.S. businesses their data is unsafe from costly and invasive raids by American law enforcement even if they host their data in their own countrie...
11:05 am - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Zynga Accused of Cloning Hit Indie iPhone Game Tiny Tower
FrankPoole writes "Indie iPhone game developer Nimblebit is accusing social games giant Zynga of ripping off its popular mobile title Tiny Tower. Nimblebit's Ian Marsh got word out about the similarit...
09:05 am - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot OzLog: Unlimited Private Data Retention For Australia?
AHuxley writes "Australia would like to follow the EU down the 'European Directive on Data Retention' path. Law enforcement agencies may have the option to request a log of all a users of interest tel...
06:05 am - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Non-Copied Photo Is Ruled Copyright Infringement
An anonymous reader writes "A UK judge ruled that a photograph inspired by another photograph, but clearly different from it, infringes the original photo's copyright. The two photographs were shot in...
03:05 am - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Chromium-Based Spinoffs Worth Trying
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Serdar Yegulalp takes an in-depth look at six Chromium-based spinoffs that bring privacy, security, social networking, and other interesting twists to Google's Chrome browse...
02:05 am - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Revolutionary Wants Technology To Transform Libya
pbahra writes in with the story of Khaled el Mufti, the network-security engineer who was in charge of providing telecommunications for the Libyan revolution. "It isn't often you get the chance to mee...
01:05 am - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot Autonomous Vehicles and the Law
Hugh Pickens writes "Google's autonomous cars have demonstrated that self-driving vehicles are now largely workable and could greatly limit human error, but questions of legal liability, privacy and i...
12:05 am - Thu, January 26, 2012
Slashdot HP To Open Source WebOS
First time accepted submitter pscottdv writes "This year the artists formerly known as Palm had quite a rough few months with HP dumping the hardware side of their own webOS mobile computing platform ...
11:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Exploits Emerge For Linux Privilege Escalation Flaw
angry tapir writes "Linux vendors are rushing to patch a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel that can be exploited by local attackers to gain root access on the system. The vulnerab...
11:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot The Web's Worst Privacy Policy
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "With much of the web upset over about Google's latest privacy policy changes, it's helpful to remember it could be much worse: A search engine called Skipity offers the wor...
10:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: The Tangled Web
brothke writes "In the classic poem Inferno, Dante passes through the gates of Hell, which has the inscription abandon all hope, ye who enter here above the entrance. After reading The Tangled Web: A ...
09:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Turning the Hayden Planetarium Into a Giant Videogame
pigrabbitbear writes "Remember your first visit to the planetarium? Neil DeGrasse Tyson does — it was what inspired him to become an astrophysicist in the first place. That same planetarium, now...
09:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Canadian SOPA Could Target YouTube
bs0d3 writes "The music industry is seeking over a dozen changes to Canadian anti-piracy bill C-11, including website blocking, Internet termination for alleged repeat infringers, and an expansion of ...
08:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Android Kinect Projector Interface
An anonymous reader writes "A guy who goes by the online handle DDRBoxman decided it would be fun to blow up his Samsung Galaxy Nexus display onto the wall by connecting his phone to a projector. He t...
08:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Federal Judges Wary of Facebook, Twitter Impact On Juries
coondoggie writes "The impact of social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and others on federal juries is a concern that judges are frequently taking steps to curb. According to a study...
07:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Firefox Javascript Engine Becomes Single Threaded
An anonymous reader writes with news about work on Mozilla's Javascript engine. Quoting Mozilla engineer Luke Wagner's blog: "With web workers in separate runtimes, there were no significant multi-thr...
07:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot MIT Media Lab Rolls Out Folding Car
kkleiner writes "You think European cars are small now, wait till the Hiriko takes to the roads in Spain's northern Basque country. The two-seater is about the size of a SmartCar, but when parked, the...
06:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot States Using Cloud Based Voting System For Overseas Citizens
gManZboy writes "If a ballot was lost in the cloud, would anyone know? Several states are using an online balloting website based on Microsoft's Azure cloud-computing platform to allow U.S. voters liv...
06:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot KDE 4.8 Released
jrepin writes "The KDE community has released version 4.8 of their Free and open source software bundle. The new version provides many new features, improved stability, and increased performance. High...
06:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot 2012 Japan Prize Honors Magnet Creator and Cancer Researchers
alphadogg writes with an excerpt from a Network World article: "The 2012 Japan Prize, one of the world's most prestigious science and technology honors, has been awarded to three American medical expe...
05:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot XBMC Running On Raspberry Pi
jones_supa writes "The Raspberry Pi Foundation has a news release about Raspberry Pi running XBMC smoothly, turning the board into a media center the size of deck of cards. Looking at Pi's low price, ...
05:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Cinnamon Gnome-Shell Fork Releases Version 1.2
New submitter Novin writes with exciting news from the Cinnamon project. Quoting the release announcements: "Cinnamon 1.2 is out! All APIs and the desktop itself are now fully stable! I hope you'll en...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Piratbyran Co-Founder Says Stop DDoSing Polish Sites
bs0d3 writes "Since the news was released that Poland will sign ACTA later this month, activists have taken to the streets in protest. Also, Anonymous has aimed their DDoS cannons at Polish websites. ...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot New EU Legal Privacy Framework: We're Not Kidding
An anonymous reader writes "Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission announced today a new regulation for data privacy in Europe (PDF) in replacement of a 1995 Directive. Recently, pr...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Corporate Boardrooms Open To Eavesdropping
cweditor writes "One afternoon this month, a hacker toured a dozen corporate conference rooms via equipment that most every company has in those rooms: videoconferencing. Rapid7 says they could 'easil...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Google Consolidates Privacy Policies Across Services
parallel_prankster writes "The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Google will require users to allow the company to follow their activities across e-mail, search, YouTube, and other services; a rad...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot The Chevy Segway Keeps On Rolling (Video)
Back in 2009 G.M. and Segway talked about the P.U.M.A., or Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility vehicle. Now it's the EN-V, which stands for Electric Network Vehicle. G.M. (along with partner Sha...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot The High-Radiation Lives and Risks of Nuclear-Nomad Subcontractors
Harperdog writes "Gabrielle Hecht has an interesting piece on the subcontracted workers of the nuclear energy industry, in Japan and elsewhere. These workers face far more exposure to radiation than s...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Australia Likely To Get 18+ Game Rating
hypnosec writes "Australia is set to update the age rating system for video games, adding a new 18+ category which should allow for the more violent games to be sold in the country. The current m...
05:05 am - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Google's SPDY Could Be Incorporated Into Next-Gen HTTP
MojoKid writes "Google's efforts to improve Internet efficiency through the development of the SPDY (pronounced 'speedy') protocol got a major boost today when the chairman of the HTTP Working Group (...
02:05 am - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot US Embassy Sanctioned Lawsuit Against Aussie ISP iiNet
New submitter Elenor writes with this story (excerpted) from TorrentFreak, another nugget gleaned from the cables made public by WikiLeaks: "The Canberra Wikileaks cables have revealed that the U.S. E...
01:05 am - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Amateur UAV Pilot Exposes Texas River of Blood
Presto Vivace writes "Carlton Purvis of Security Management News reports that a tip from an amateur UAV enthusiast 'is what led Texas authorities to open a major criminal investigation into the waste ...
12:05 am - Wed, January 25, 2012
Slashdot Apple Announces Most Profitable Quarter in History
zacharye writes with an except from an article over at BGR about Apple's quarterly results: " Disappointing' though it may have been to some, the iPhone 4S propelled what is now confirmed to have been...
11:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Julian Assange To Host Talk Show
An anonymous reader writes "Julian Assange has announced he will host a talk show: 'Through this series I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it,'...
11:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Apple's iBooks EULA Drawing Ire
An anonymous reader writes in with one of many articles about the iBooks EULA, this time questioning whether it is even enforceable. Quoting: "The iBooks Author EULA plainly tries to create an exclusi...
11:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Psychics Say Apollo 16 Astronauts Found Alien Ship
astroengine writes "A group called Transception Incorporated, self-described as an Austin, Texas-based psychic R&D operation, sent a letter (PDF) to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden that nominate...
10:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot The Google+ Name Game Continues
theodp writes "'Sticks and stones will break my bones,' the old nursery rhyme goes, 'but names will never hurt me.' Unless, of course, you're on Google+. While touting what it calls a move toward...
10:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Apple Has Spent More Than $100 Million Suing Android Manufacturers
Diggester writes with an excerpt from an article at Gizmocrazed about the absurd amount of money Apple has spent suing HTC et al: "The never-ending war on Android has cost Apple more than $100 million...
09:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot CRTC Says Rogers Violating Federal Net Neutrality Rules
beaverdownunder writes "A Canadian CRTC investigation in partnership with Cisco has found that Rogers Communications has violated federal net-neutrality rules by throttling connections related to P2P ...
09:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Party Releases Book of Pirate Politics
ktetch-pirate writes "If the SOPA/PIPA blackouts were a wakeup call to many people, then the U.S. Pirate Party has released a book that might help explain some of the issues. The book covers issues su...
08:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot MPAA-Dodd Investigation Petition Reaches Goal
An anonymous reader writes "The petition on 'We the People' website petitioning the administration to investigate Chris Dodd for corruption has reached the required 25,000 votes in two days: now the g...
08:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Names Reputed Head of Kelihos Botnet
wiredmikey writes with an update on Microsoft's takedown of the Kelihos botnet. From the article: "Microsoft is not just taking down botnets; it is taking them down and naming names. In an amended com...
07:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Georgia Bill Would Prohibit Subsidies For Municpal Broadband
McGruber writes "The Associated Press has the news that Georgia State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers is sponsoring a bill that 'would prevent public broadband providers from paying for communicati...
07:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Choosing Anonymous Proxies?
bradley13 writes "There are lots of anonymous proxies out there, and anyone concerned about their privacy probably uses one for at least some of their web browsing. The Megaupload story highlights the...
06:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Embryonic Stem Cell Retinal Implants Seem Safe, So Far
An anonymous reader writes "A biotechnology company said Monday that results from the world's first human trial using embryonic stem cells to treat eye diseases suggested that the new procedure appear...
06:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Fighting Rogue Access Points At linux.conf.au
An anonymous reader writes "Last week's linux.conf.au saw the return of the rogue access points. These are Wi-Fi access points which bear the same SSID as official conference hotspots. Often it might ...
06:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Releases Rust 0.1
MrSeb writes "After more than five years in the pipeline, Mozilla Labs and the Rust community have released the first alpha of the Rust programming language compiler. The Rust language emphasizes conc...
05:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Bay To Offer Physical Item Downloads
lukehopewell1 writes "The Pirate Bay is offering users the chance to download and print out real objects using 3D printers in what the pirate site is hailing as 'the future.'" Amir Taaki mentions that...
05:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot VirtualBSD 9.0 Released
ReeceTarbert writes "VirtualBSD 9.0 is a desktop-ready FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE built around the XFCE Desktop Environment for good aesthetics and usability, and is distributed as a VMware appliance (that c...
05:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Princeton Team Casts More Doubt On Arsenic DNA Claims
An anonymous reader writes "A team of researchers reports they can't reproduce the most important claim from 2010's controversial 'arsenic bacteria' paper — they find no arsenic in the bug's DNA...
04:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Tips On 2D To Stereo 3D Conversion?
An anonymous reader writes "I'm interested in converting 2D video to Stereoscopic 3D video — the Red/Cyan Anaglyph type in particular (to ensure compatibility with cardboard Anaglyph glasses). H...
04:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Solar Eruption Triggers Strongest Radiation Storm
ForgedArtificer writes "A recent eruption on the sun will be exposing Earth to the strongest radiation storm seen since 2005. [The storm] will potentially disrupt communications and put high-flyers at...
03:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu 12.04 To Include Head-Up Display Menus
For the first few years of its existence, it would have been fair to say that Canonical was essentially polishing, packaging and publishing Debian Linux (and Gnome) to create the base Ubuntu desktop, ...
02:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot AT&T Caps Netflix Streaming Costs At $68KYr
theodp writes "What would you say if you went to join a gym and were told that it could cost you anywhere from $360 a year to $68,000 a year for the exact same usage? Don't be ridiculous, right? Well,...
02:05 pm - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Timothy Lord Looks at Gas and Electric Smart Cars (Video)
While he was at the International Auto Show in Detroit, Timothy Lord looked at the Tesla Model S, then the CODA electric car. Now he shows us the latest Smart (brand) gas and electric vehicles, includ...
11:05 am - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Why We Should Teach Our Kids To Code
An anonymous reader writes "An article by Andy Young in The Kernel makes the case that lessons in programming should be compulsory learning for modern school kids. He says, 'Computers help us automate...
09:05 am - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Spanish Extremadura Moving 40,000 Desktops To Linux
jrepin writes with this quote from a post at the European Commission's JoinUp site:"The administration of Spain's autonomous region of Extremadura is moving to a complete open source desktop, replacin...
08:05 am - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Pwn2Own 2012 Set To Reveal More Browser Vulnerabilities Than In the Past
darthcamaro writes "In any given year, Slashdot always has stories about how a researcher hacked a browser in only a few minutes at the Pwn2own hacking challenge. This year the rules are a bit differe...
06:05 am - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot US Judge Rules Defendant Can Be Forced To Decrypt Hard Drive
A Commentor writes "Perhaps to balance the good news with the Supreme Court ruling on GPS, a judge in Colorado has ordered a defendant to decrypt her hard drive. The government doesn't have the capabi...
05:05 am - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Sun Blasts Another CME At Earth and Mars
astroengine writes "On Friday, the sun hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) at our planet that sparked a strong geomagnetic storm and beautiful aurorae at high latitudes. Late on Sunday (EST), the sun...
04:05 am - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Hackers Manipulated Railway Computers, TSA Memo Says
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from Nextgov:"Hackers, possibly from abroad, executed an attack on a Northwest rail company's computers that disrupted railway signals for two days in December, ...
02:05 am - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Huge Freshwater Bulge In Arctic Ocean
New submitter turkeyfish writes "UK scientists are reporting today in the journal Nature Geoscience that a huge bulge of freshwater is forming in the Western Arctic Ocean caused by a large gyre of fre...
01:05 am - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Alternative Android Market To House Banned Apps
sl4shd0rk writes "In contrast to the Apple's iron-fisted control over their App store, the Android Market is much more open. Google does, on occasion, remove apps it deems inappropriate, such as emula...
12:05 am - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Russia Talks Moon Base With NASA, ESA
milbournosphere writes "Russia and NASA are reportedly in talks to create a base on the Moon. They're looking to create either a facility on the Moon itself or a permanent space station in orbit aroun...
12:05 am - Tue, January 24, 2012
Slashdot Apple Nets 350K Textbook Downloads In 3 Days
redletterdave writes "On Jan. 19, Apple introduced iBooks 2, its digital solution to the physical textbook. In the first three days of release, users have downloaded more than 350,000 e-textbooks from...
11:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace To Google: Don't Be Evil
An anonymous reader writes "Over the weekend, Blake Ross, Facebook's product director and co-founder of Firefox, worked with Facebook engineers Tom Occhino and Marshall Roch to demonstrate how evil th...
10:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Professor Resigns From Stanford To Launch Online Education Project
mikejuk writes "Professor Sebastian Thrun has given up his Stanford position to start Udacity — an online educational venture. Udacity's first two free courses are Building a Search Engine and P...
09:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot The Behind-the-Scenes Campaign To Bring SOPA To Canada
An anonymous reader writes "SOPA may be dead (for now) in the U.S., but lobby groups are likely to intensify their efforts to export SOPA-like rules to other countries. With the Canadian DMCA back on ...
09:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Star Wars Uncut Project Complete
An anonymous reader writes "In 2009 we discussed the Star Wars Uncut Project, a crowd-sourced effort to re-create the entirety of Episode IV as series of 15-second clips filmed and submitted by fans. ...
08:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Carl Malamud Answers: Goading the Government To Make Public Data Public
You asked Carl Malamud about his experiences and hopes in the gargantuan project he's undertaken to prod the U.S. government into scanning archived documents, and to make public access (rather than av...
07:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot MediaFire CEO: We Don't Depend On Piracy
New submitter libertyernie writes "Although FileSonic has disabled sharing and Uploaded.to has blocked access to the U.S., the CEO of Texas-based MediaFire is not concerned about government action aga...
07:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Supreme Court Rules Warrants Needed for GPS Monitoring
gambit3 writes "The Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the case of Washington, D.C. nightclub owner Antoine Jones, saying police must get a search warrant before using GPS technology to track crim...
06:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Senator Rand Paul Detained By the TSA
cervesaebraciator writes "Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has been detained by the TSA in Tennessee for refusing a pat-down. Apparently an anomaly appeared when he received the full body scan. While he offer...
06:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Tales of IT Idiocy
snydeq writes "IT fight club, dirty dev data, meatball sandwiches — InfoWorld offers nine more tales of brain fail beyond belief. 'You'd think we'd run out of them, but technology simply hasn't ...
05:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot How Much LTE Spectrum Do Big Carriers Have?
alphadogg writes "The top U.S. carriers over the past year have stepped up their efforts to grab more spectrum for 4G wireless data services needed to accommodate a seemingly insatiable and exploding ...
05:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Outgoing CRTC Head Says Technology Is Eroding Canadian Culture
Patchw0rk F0g writes "Canada's outgoing CRTC head, Konrad von Finckenstein has some choice words for his successor: Internet and wireless technology has disarmed federal regulators of their weapons to...
04:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Russian Scientist Claims Signs of Life Spotted On Venus
flergum writes "Leonid Ksanfomaliti, an astronomer based at the Space Research Institute of Russia's Academy of Sciences, analyzed photographs taken by a Russian landing probe during 1982 and claims t...
03:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Nano-Scale Terahertz Antenna May Make Tricorders Real
MrSeb writes "Researchers from Imperial College London and A*STAR in Singapore have shown off a terahertz antenna that's just 100 nanometers across — about 30,000 times smaller than existing ter...
02:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot The Coda Electric Car at the Detroit International Auto Show (Video)
Last week Timothy Lord looked at the Tesla Model S. He also took a quick look at the CODA electric car. Like Tesla, CODA is based in California. Like Tesla, CODA is building purely electric, "plug-in"...
02:05 pm - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Google Updates Algorithm To Punish Websites With Excessive Ads
hypnosec writes "Google has decided to take punitive actions against those websites that flood the top of their web pages with ads due to which the visitors have to scroll down to finally view the rel...
11:05 am - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Startup Combines CPU and DRAM
MojoKid writes "CPU design firm Venray Technology announced a new product design this week that it claims can deliver enormous performance benefits by combining CPU and DRAM on to a single piece of si...
08:05 am - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot CEOs of RIM Step Down
An anonymous reader writes "After two decades of leading the BlackBerry maker, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balisillie are stepping down from their roles as Co-CEOs at Canada's Research In Motion Limited. T...
06:05 am - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Filesonic Removes Ability To Share Files
Ihmhi writes "In the wake of the Megaupload takedown, Filesonic has elected to take preventative measures against a similar fate. The front page and all files now carry the following message: 'All sha...
03:05 am - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot NinjaVideo.net Founder Gets 14 Months
angry tapir writes "A Virginia judge has sentenced Matthew David Howard Smith, a founder of the NinjaVideo.net website, to 14 months in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. Smith w...
01:05 am - Mon, January 23, 2012
Slashdot Air Force Says Iran Didn't Down Drone
First time accepted submitter QQBoss writes "The Air Force is not saying what caused the RQ-170 UAV to crash in Iran, but that Iran's claim to have forced it down is erroneous. The drone didn't come d...
11:05 pm - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music
bs0d3 writes "Not so long ago, a legal video was taken down by repetitive DMCA requests to YouTube. In response, Megaupload filed a lawsuit against Universal Music. This past week, Megaupload was raid...
10:05 pm - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery
Walkingshark writes "Chris Dodd's recent statements complaining that congressmen who receive donations from the RIAA and MPAA should toe the line has spawned a firestorm of anger on the internet. Amon...
08:05 pm - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot Banks Using Mobile Phone Usage To Gauge Credit Risk
Hugh Pickens writes "A new startup is revolutionizing the way financial service companies meet the needs of an estimated 2.7 billion people worldwide with a mobile phone but no access to formal financ...
07:05 pm - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot Indonesian Man Faces Five Years For Atheist Facebook Post
An anonymous reader writes "31-year-old Alexander Aan faces a maximum prison sentence of five years for posting 'God does not exist' on Facebook. The civil servant was attacked and beaten by an angry ...
06:05 pm - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot A Data Center That Looks Like a Mansion
1sockchuck writes "A luxury homebuilder in Minnesota wants to build a data center that looks like a mansion, allowing the commercial building to fit into a residential neighborhood. The 'community-bas...
05:05 pm - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot International Organization To Assess Earth Defense From Space Dangers
arisvega writes in with a story about an international organization that is trying to come up with options to save the planet from a large asteroid or comet collision. "NEOShield is a new internationa...
03:05 pm - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot Engineered Stomach Microbe Converts Seaweed Into Ethanol
PolygamousRanchKid writes "Seaweed may well be an ideal plant to turn into biofuel. It grows in much of the two thirds of the planet that is underwater, so it wouldn't crowd out food crops the way cor...
02:05 pm - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work
Hugh Pickens writes "Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last yea...
11:05 am - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot Web Developer Sentenced To Death In Iran
An anonymous reader points out the case of Saeed Malekpour, an Iranian-born permanent resident of Canada who worked as a web developer. In 2008, during a visit to Iran, Malekpour was arrested and deta...
08:05 am - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot Intel Relying On Ice Cream Sandwich For Tablet Push
An anonymous reader writes "Intel thinks tablets live and die by their software, not their hardware. So as they get ready for a big push into the mobile device market, they're relying on Ice Cream San...
06:05 am - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot Desura Linux Game Client Goes Open Source
An anonymous reader writes "The Desura game distribution client for Windows and Linux and developed by ModDB is now open source software. The open source version of the client is called Desurium and i...
05:05 am - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot Chevy Volt Passes Safety Investigation
An anonymous reader writes "A few months ago, reports of battery fires from crash-tested Chevy Volts caused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open an investigation into the type of...
02:05 am - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Find Slew of Flaws In SCADA Hardware, Software
Trailrunner7 writes "At the S4 security conference this week, 'Project Basecamp,' a volunteer-led security audit of leading programmable logic controllers (PLCs), performed by a team of top researcher...
01:05 am - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot Jailbreak For A5 iOS Devices Released
tlhIngan writes "It certainly took long enough, but the untethered jailbreak for Apple's A5 based iOS devices (iPad 2, iPhone 4s) has been released (official site, struggling due to traffic). It's cur...
12:05 am - Sun, January 22, 2012
Slashdot 'Blind' Quantum Computing Proposed For the Cloud
judgecorp writes "Researchers at Vienna's Quantum Science and Technology Center have proposed that 'blind' quantum computing could be carried out securely in the cloud. When (if?) quantum computers ar...
11:05 pm - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Dreamhost FTPShell Password Database Breached
New submitter Ccmods writes "Below is a snippet from an email Dreamhost sent to subscribers early Saturday morning, describing an intrusion into the database storing FTP and SSH usernames and password...
09:05 pm - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot 'Electric Earth' Could Explain Planet's Rotation
sciencehabit writes "When it comes to Earth's rotation, you might think geophysicists have pretty much everything figured out. Not quite. In order to explain some variations in the way our planet spin...
08:05 pm - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Megaupload Shutdown: Should RapidShare and Dropbox Worry?
An anonymous reader sends in an article discussing whether other commonly used file storage sites are in danger of being shut down now that Megaupload has been closed. Quoting: "In the wake of the cra...
07:05 pm - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot News Corp. Pays Out For Voicemail Hacking Victims
New submitter SandmanWAIX sends this excerpt from ABC.net.au: "Rupert Murdoch's media empire has made huge payouts to 37 phone-hacking victims, including actor Jude Law, singer Danii Minogue, and form...
06:05 pm - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Google Kills More Services, Open Sources Sky Map
alphadogg writes "Google is continuing to weed out its services and on Friday announced it will shut down Picnik, Google Message Continuity and Needlebase and make changes to some other services. Goog...
05:05 pm - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Y Combinator Wants To Kill Hollywood
An anonymous reader writes "Y Combinator, a firm that invests in startups, has put out a call to kill Hollywood. In a post on their site, the firm said attempts at legislation similar to SOPA wouldn't...
04:05 pm - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Study Analyzes Recent Grads' Unemployment By Major
Hugh Pickens writes "A new report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce called 'Hard Times: College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings: Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal' an...
03:05 pm - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Lawyer Demands Pacemaker Vendor Supply Source Code
oztiks writes "Lawyer Karen Sandler's heart condition means she needs a pacemaker to ward off sudden death. Instead of trusting that the vendor will create a flawless platform for the device to operat...
02:05 pm - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Offers Alternative To OpenID
Orome1 writes "Mozilla has been working for a while now on a new browser-based system for identifying and authenticating users it calls BrowserID, but it's only this month that all of its sites have f...
01:05 pm - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Coming Soon: An Open-Source, Reverse-Engineered Mali GPU Driver
An anonymous reader writes "Next month at FOSDEM there will be an announcement of a fully open-source and reverse-engineered ARM Mali graphics driver for Android / Linux. This driver, according to Pho...
10:05 am - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Project Bifrost: (Fission) Rockets of the Future?
astroengine writes "Researchers from Icarus Interstellar Inc. and General Propulsion Science have announced their intention to pursue the development of Nuclear Thermal Rockets and other fission-based...
06:05 am - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Endoscopic Exam of Fukushima Reactor
mdsolar writes with this excerpt from the Sydney Morning Herald: "Radiation-blurred images taken inside one of Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear reactors show steam, unidentified parts and rusty metal surfa...
03:05 am - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Downloads of DoS Attack Tool LOIC Spike
wiredmikey writes "As Anonymous initiated what it said will be the 'largest attack ever on government and music industry sites' in response to actions taken by the Justice Department against operators...
01:05 am - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Is Facebook Becoming a Central Bank?
wasimkadak sends this quote from an article at Forbes:"Facebook's 27-year-old founder, Mark Zuckerberg, isn't usually mentioned in the same breath as Ben Bernanke, the 58-year-old head of the Federal ...
12:05 am - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot Adafruit's Open-source Wearable Platform, Flora
ptorrone writes "Limor "Ladyada" Fried's NYC based Open-source electronic's studio, Adafruit, today announced their new open wearable platform called the FLORA (blog post & video). The FLORA is Ar...
12:05 am - Sat, January 21, 2012
Slashdot 2011 Was the 9th Hottest Year On Record
The Bad Astronomer writes "Last year was the 9th hottest year out of the past 130, according to NASA and the NOAA. That's no coincidence: nine out of the ten hottest years on record have been since th...
11:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot DoD Using Plant DNA To Combat Counterfeit Parts
smitty777 writes "Highlighting another unique way to use cutting edge DNA technology, the U.S. Department of Defense has a new weapon in its efforts to combat counterfeit parts: plant DNA. This articl...
11:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: OpenCL Programming Guide
asgard4 writes "In recent years GPUs have become powerful computing devices whose power is not only used to generate pretty graphics on screen but also to perform heavy computation jobs that were excl...
10:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Pushes For Gay Marriage In Washington State
New submitter plsenjy writes "An article in the Atlantic outlines how Microsoft Corp. has submitted its support for a Washington State provision allowing gay couples to marry. Citing the company's ina...
10:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot See the Tesla S at the Detroit International Auto Show (Video)
The weather in Detroit was frightful and Slashdot editor Timothy Lord was nine hours away. No problem! He loaded his camcorder and a bunch of other stuff in his car and drove to Detroit for the 2012 I...
09:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Sunspot Tosses Plasma Cloud Toward Earth
parallel_prankster writes "The Washington Post reports that a huge sunspot unleashed a blob of charged plasma Thursday that space weather watchers predict will blast past the Earth on Sunday. Satellit...
09:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot SOPA Goes Back To the Drawing Board, PIPA Postponed
New submitter rivin2e writes "SOPA has been sent back to the drawing board. 'The move came shortly after the Senate postponed a key vote on the companion PIPA bill scheduled for next week and amid cal...
08:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Shady Methods From Online Reputation Managers
Velcroman1 writes "Worried about your online reputation? Let the Online Reputation Management buyer beware: The company that helps protect your reputation may have its own issues. Consider the case of...
07:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Mutant Flu Researchers Declare a Time Out
New submitter scibri writes "Researchers working on highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza have said they will stop work on the virus for 60 days, to allow them to explain the importance of their work...
07:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot What Happens To Your Files When a Cloud Service Shuts Down?
MrSeb writes "Megaupload's shutdown poses an interesting question: What happens to all the files that were stored on the servers? XDA-Developers, for example, has more than 200,000 links to Megaupload...
06:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Former Dell Execs Involved In Massive Insider Trading Probe
DMandPenfold writes "Two former Dell employees, including a former investor relations manager, were part of a $62 million record-breaking insider trading scam, involving the company's shares as well a...
05:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years
angry tapir writes "Legacy VGA and DVI display ports are likely to be phased out in PCs over the next five years, according to a study by NPD In-Stat. Intel and Advanced Micro Devices are ending chips...
05:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot DARPA + Makers + School = the Future of Innovation
PerlJedi writes "The future of innovation in America is the Maker movement. A new project being announced on the Makezine blog aims to bring low cost innovation and alternative manufacturing processes...
04:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot DOJ Investigates Google, Apple, and Others For 'No Poaching' Agreement
CSHARP123 writes "The Department of Justice launched an investigation into the 'No Poaching' agreement between Apple and Google in 2010, but details of the case were only made public for the first tim...
03:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot The Problem With Personalized Medicine
gManZboy writes "Talk of individually tailored medical treatment isn't pie in the sky. This approach eventually will help us address risk factors even before a disease can invade our cells, and detect...
02:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name
An anonymous reader writes "Police in Teaneck, New Jersey, with apparently too much time on their hands, are investigating an offensive wireless network name. Although the police didn't reveal the nam...
02:05 pm - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot What To Do With a 1,000 Foot Wrecked Cruise Ship?
Hugh Pickens writes "What do you do with a 1,000-foot wreck that's full of fuel and half-submerged on a rocky ledge in the middle of an Italian marine sanctuary? Remove it. Very carefully. Stuck on a ...
11:05 am - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Walmart Holds Invention Contest
An anonymous reader writes "Walmart is holding the inventor's equivalent to 'American Idol' calling for product submissions that will be offered for sale in Walmart stores. Feel that the back scratche...
10:05 am - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Faster-Than-Fast Fourier Transform
First time accepted submitter CanEHdian writes "MIT news reports on research done resulting in a Faster-than-fast Fourier Transform algorithm. 'At the Association for Computing Machinery's Symposium o...
08:05 am - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot EU To Sign ACTA Later This Month
rysiek writes "At a meeting of Polish Government officials with Polish NGOs and business representatives it was confirmed that the European Union is poised to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreem...
05:05 am - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Launch Your Own Nanosatellite Into Space
First time accepted submitter Rozine writes "Ever wanted to launch your own satellite into space? Thanks to a project at the Cornell Space Science Lab, now you can. In the words of the grad student le...
03:05 am - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot The Headaches of Cross-Platform Mobile Development
snydeq writes "Increased emphasis on distinctive smartphone UIs means even more headaches for cross-platform mobile developers, writes Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister, especially as users continue t...
01:05 am - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Man Charged With Stealing Code From Federal Reserve Bank
wiredmikey writes "A Chinese computer programmer was arrested by U.S. authorities in New York on Wednesday, on charges that he stole proprietary source code while working on a project at the Federal R...
01:05 am - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Post-911 DOJ Tech Project Dying After 10 Years?
gManZboy writes "A secure, interoperable radio network that the Department of Justice has been working on for more than a decade and that has cost the agency $356 million may be headed for failure, ac...
12:05 am - Fri, January 20, 2012
Slashdot Do Data Center Audits Mean Anything?
1sockchuck writes "Data center service providers often tout certifications such as SAS 70, SSAE 16 and SOC 2 as evidence that they meet lofty operational standards. But some of these certifications ar...
11:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous Takes Down DOJ, RIAA, MPA and Universal Music
First time accepted submitter EW87 writes "Shortly after a federal raid today brought down the file sharing service Megaupload, hackers aligned with the online collective Anonymous have shut down site...
11:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot US Losing R&D Dominance To Asia?
bednarz writes "U.S. companies are locating more of their R&D operations overseas, and Asian countries are rapidly increasing investments in their own science and technology economies, the Nationa...
10:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Megaupload.com Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy
zacharye writes "Federal prosecutors in Virginia have shut down notorious file-sharing site Megaupload.com and charged the service's founder with violating piracy laws. The Associated Press broke the ...
09:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Genes About a Quarter of the Secret To Staying Smart
ananyo writes "A Scottish intelligence study that began 80 years ago has borne new fruit. Researchers have tracked down the study's surviving participants — who joined the study when they were 1...
09:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Pentagon To Crowdsource Weapons Software Testing
An anonymous reader writes "The Pentagon plans to fork over $32 million to develop 'fun to play' computer games that can refine the way weapons systems are tested to ensure they are free from software...
08:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Sir Tim Berners-Lee Speaks Out On SOPA
natecochrane writes "Father of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee called for Americans to protest SOPA and PIPA, laws he says violate human rights and unfit for a democratic country. Sir Tim's condemnation c...
07:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot A Planet Literally Boils Under the Heat of Its Star
The Bad Astronomer writes "Astronomers have found what appears to be a planet so hot it's literally vaporizing, boiling away from the heat of its star. KIC 12557548b was found using the transit method...
07:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot NYPD Developing Portable Body Scanner For Detecting Guns
Zothecula writes "You have to feel sorry for the police officers who are required to frisk people for guns or knives — after all, if someone who doesn't want to be arrested is carrying a lethal ...
06:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Teens Share Passwords As a Form of Intimacy
nonprofiteer writes "The New York Times claims that the hot new trend among teenagers in love is to share passwords to their email and Facebook accounts, as the ultimate form of trust. According to Pe...
05:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Apple Unveils Software To Reinvent the Textbook
redletterdave writes "At the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Apple announced on Thursday it would update its iBooks platform to include textbook capabilities and also added a new platform called iBooks...
04:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Symantec Admits Its Networks Were Hacked in 2006
Orome1 writes "After having first claimed that the source code leaked by Indian hacking group Dharmaraja was not stolen through a breach of its networks, but possibly by compromising the networks of a...
04:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot LightSquared Says GPS Tests Were Rigged
itwbennett writes "Would-be cellular carrier LightSquared claims that the company's LTE network was set up to fail in GPS interference tests. 'Makers of GPS (Global Positioning System) equipment put o...
03:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Visual Studio Gets Achievements, Badges, Leaderboards
bonch writes "Microsoft has introduced a gamification plugin for Visual Studio that lets users win achievements and badges as they compete on leaderboards by writing code. The full list of achievement...
02:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Kodak Files For Bankruptcy Protection
Snirt writes "Following up on a story previously discussed here, it now appears Eastman Kodak, the company that invented the hand-held camera, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The move, according ...
02:05 pm - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Town Turns Off the Lights To See the Stars
Hugh Pickens writes "Stargazing skies all over the world are disappearing, as the sky above New York City is Class 9 on the Bortle ranking and American suburban skies are typically Class 5, 6, or 7. B...
11:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot US Finally Backs International Space "Code of Conduct"
coondoggie writes "Perhaps it was the concern that the nearly 14 ton Russian Mars probe would land smack-dab on the White House or maybe they just come to their senses, but the U.S. State Department t...
10:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Spider Silk Cape Goes On Display
fangmcgee writes "Before anyone asks, no, it's not bulletproof. But that doesn't mean that the glistening yellow cape—the world's largest garment made entirely from spider silk—isn't a mas...
09:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Supercomputer Cools Off Using Groundwater
gManZboy writes "The Department of Energy is no stranger to supercomputers, and its Pacific Northwest National Lab has proven that it can continue to be an innovator in the field by using what the lab...
07:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Google Fiber Work Hung Up In Kansas City
alphadogg writes "When Google announced last spring that Kansas City, Kan., had landed the tech company's much-pursued super-speed Internet project, the company gushed about the local utility poles. N...
05:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot BBC Show Stargazing Live Leads To Exoplanet Discovery
arnodf writes "Tonight BBC's show stargazing live ended after three days of live astronomy with comedian Dara Ó Briain and professor Brian Cox.Throughout the show they were trying to make the vie...
05:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Intel Offers Protection Plan For Overclockers
MojoKid writes "Intel today unveiled a pilot program that provides warranty protection to overclockers in the event they get a little bit overzealous with pushing the pedal to the metal. For a fee, In...
03:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Fake IPad 2s Made of Clay Sold At Canadian Stores
SpuriousLogic writes in with a link to a story about some Canadian consumers who thought they were getting and iPad 2 but instead got the makings of the world's oldest tablets. "As many as 10 fake iPa...
03:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Site Aims To Be the "Google" of the Underweb
tsu doh nimh writes "A new service in the cyber underground aims to be the Google search of underground Web sites, connecting buyers to a vast sea of shops that offer an array of dodgy goods and servi...
02:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Printing a Home: The Case For Contour Crafting
ambermichelle wrote in with a link to a story about the possibility that the home of the future might be printed instead of built. "It can take anywhere from six weeks to six months to build a 2,800-s...
01:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Silver Solution Ink Makes Faster Flexible Circuits
judgecorp writes "Silver-based compounds dissolved in ammonia, could make finer and more flexible circuits, according to researchers at the University of Illinois. Existing inkjet based circuit printi...
01:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot US Supreme Court Upholds Removal of Works From Public Domain
langelgjm writes "While much of the web is focused on the SOPA and PIPA blackout, supporters of the public domain today quietly lost a protracted struggle that began back in 2001. The Supreme Court, i...
01:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Astronomers Planning To Image Milky Way's Central Black Hole
99luftballon writes "Astronomers are planning the Event Horizon Telescope project in Arizona on Wednesday — and say in three or four years they should be able to image the ring of matter around ...
12:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Jerry Yang Resigns From Yahoo
PattonPending writes "It seems that the long tenure of Jerry Yang at Yahoo has ended. Yahoo's board released a letter that Yang wrote announcing his retirement, saying, in part: 'My time at Yahoo!, fr...
12:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot Will Secure Boot Cripple Linux Compatibility?
MojoMax writes "The advent of Windows 8 is drawing ever nearer and recently we have learned that ARM devices installed with Windows 8 will not be able to disable the UEFI secure boot feature that many...
12:05 am - Thu, January 19, 2012
Slashdot CES Recap: Gadgets and Blisters
I was in Las Vegas last week to see the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. (Officially, it's the International Consumer Electronics Show, but no one calls it "ICES.") I've been to CES just a few times be...
03:05 pm - Wed, January 18, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?
Wednesday is here, and with it sites around the internet are going under temporary blackout to protest two pieces of legislation currently making their way through the U.S. Congress: the Stop Online P...
02:05 pm - Wed, January 18, 2012
Slashdot SOPA and PIPA So Far
Since their inception SOPA and PIPA have raised concerns about blacklisting from online freedom advocates, and tech industry giants. Law professors worry that they could stifle growth and innovation. ...
02:05 pm - Wed, January 18, 2012
Slashdot Research In Motion To Be Sold, Possibly To Samsung
New submitter ve6ay writes "The talk of the tech world over the past day is that RIM, struggling mightily in these last months, was in talks to be bought either partially or wholly by Samsung. Sources...
11:05 am - Wed, January 18, 2012
Slashdot Cloud Computing Democratizes Digital Animation
kenekaplan writes "John McNeil is the chief creative officer and founder of a digital arts and communication company based in Berkeley, CA. After turning to Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing service fo...
08:05 am - Wed, January 18, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Reinvents Windows (Not the OS) With Touchscreen Display
An anonymous reader writes "If you want a large, interactive display on your wall, typically you have to make space for it by moving any pictures out of the way, and finding room next to any shelves o...
06:05 am - Wed, January 18, 2012
Slashdot June 6 Is World IPv6 Day 2012: This Time For Keeps
An anonymous reader writes "On 8 June 2011 many companies (big and small) enabled IPv6 to their main web sites by published AAAA records; 24 hours later, almost all of them disabled it after the test ...
04:05 am - Wed, January 18, 2012
Slashdot Multicellular Life Evolves In Months, In a Lab
ananyo writes "The origin of multicellular life, one of the most important developments in Earth's history, could have occurred with surprising speed, U.S. researchers have shown. In the lab, a single...
02:05 am - Wed, January 18, 2012
Slashdot New Mexico Is Stretching, GPS Reveals
Velcroman1 writes "New Mexico's borders are gradually gaining girth, according to the Albuquerque Journal. It's not much, and it's not happening very fast — the state is getting about an inch wi...
01:05 am - Wed, January 18, 2012
Slashdot PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do
donniebaseball23 writes "As a follow-up to his piece on Xbox 720, veteran games journalist Chris Morris has put together some thoughtful advice on what Sony needs to do (and needs to avoid) to ensure ...
01:05 am - Wed, January 18, 2012
Slashdot Hackers Steal $6.7M In Bank Cyber Heist
Orome1 writes "A perfectly planned and coordinated bank robbery was executed during the first three days of the new year in Johannesburg, and left the targeted South African Postbank — part of t...
12:05 am - Wed, January 18, 2012
Slashdot Martian Rocks Land In Morocco
Hugh Pickens writes "Scientists have confirmed chemically a recent and rare invasion from Mars with 15 pounds of fresh Martian rocks falling in Morocco last July. A special committee of meteorite expe...
11:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Is Climate Change the New Evolution?
sciencehabit writes "Is climate change education the new evolution, threatened in U.S. school districts and state education standards by well-organized interest groups? A growing number of education a...
11:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Apple Intends To 'Digitally Destroy' Textbook Publishing
bonch writes "Apple is expected to announce e-book creation and social interaction tools at their January 19 media event taking place in New York, the heart of the publishing industry. Along with expa...
10:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot A Copyright Nightmare
New submitter forkfail writes "If further proof were needed that copyright law was out of control in the U.S., it can be found in the fact that it costs 10 dollars to view Martin Luther King's famous ...
09:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Forget Space Beer, Order Meteorite Wine Instead
astroengine writes "Chances are, when you pop open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, you expect to savor certain aromatic flavors, or 'notes,' depending on the wine: fruit forward, perhaps, with hints o...
09:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Tackling Open Source's Gender Issues
angry tapir writes "Women's participation in open source development is at a far lower level than women's participation in proprietary software development. One of the groups that aims to change this ...
08:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Israel Faces Escalating Cyberwar
New submitter 9re9 writes "The NY Times describes what may be the beginning of an actual cyberwar between a pro-Palestinian group and Israeli companies, specifically El Al and the Tel Aviv stock excha...
08:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Tizen Gets Boost From Bada Merger
LinuxScribe writes "As predicted last September, Samsung has announced plans to merge Tizen with its own Bada platform to create a new mobile OS that will fit well on low- and high-end smartphones. La...
08:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Ubisoft Has Windows-Style Hardware-Based DRM For Games
New submitter Man Eating Duck writes "Guru3D describes how the activation system in Ubisoft's RTS game Anno 2070 also tracks hardware changes: 'So yesterday I started working on a performance review. ...
07:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Apple Sues Samsung In Germany Again
New submitter tguyton writes "Apple is going after Samsung again in Germany, this time over 10 phones including the Galaxy S II. It should come before the courts in August, a month before their tablet...
06:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot NYC To Open 1st High School Dedicated To Software
stephencrane writes "NYC is to open The Academy for Software Engineering, with a focus on software design and college preparation. It'll be a 'limited, unscreened' high school, which means admission w...
06:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Serious Oracle Flaw Revealed; Patch Coming
GMGruman writes "A bug in Oracle Database that could take down large databases — or let a hacker do so — has been found, and Oracle promises a patch later today. When InfoWorld first heard...
05:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Flu + La Nina = Pandemic?
New submitter MrEricSir writes with some scary speculation from a BBC article about the confluence of climate and disease: "A correlation between illness and cold weather is nothing new but this one i...
05:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Koobface Malware Traced To 5 Russians
New submitter theonlyholle writes "Naked Security, the Sophos IT security blog, has published an article about the authors of the Koobface malware that plagued Facebook users in 2008 and the investiga...
04:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot iTunes Match Expands To Latin America, Netherlands, Baltics
Sir Mal Fet writes "iTunes Match, Apple's service that allows re-downloading all your music, ripped CDs, and other music files across all your libraries using the iCloud service, has been made availab...
04:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Announces ReFS, a New Filesystem For Windows 8
bonch writes "Microsoft has shared details about its new filesystem called ReFS, which stands for Resilient File System. Codenamed 'Protogon,' ReFS will first appear as the storage system for Windows ...
04:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Package Signing Comes To Pacman and Arch Linux
fwarren writes "One of the main complaints heard around here on why some Slashdotters don't run Arch Linux is that the packages are not signed. Fear no more: Arch Linux and Pacman now allow for packag...
03:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot OpenStreetMap Reports Data Vandalism From Google-Owned IPs
An anonymous reader writes "Following reports of misconduct by Google employees in Kenya and India, It has been found that Google IP addresses have been responsible for deliberate vandalism of OpenStr...
03:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Answer to Dreamweaver?
An anonymous reader writes "I've been looking for an open source alternative to Dreamweaver, and haven't stumbled upon anything that works the way I need. Aptana and Bluefish are fantastic tools, but ...
03:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Notes On Reducing Firefox's Memory Consumption
Skuto writes "At yesterdays linux.conf.au Browser miniconference in Ballarat, Australia, Mozilla engineer Nicholas Nethercote gave a detailed presentation about the history of Firefox's memory consump...
02:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Wikipedia Still Set For Full Blackout Wednesday
symbolset writes "Jimmy Wales confirms that the entire English language Wikipedia will be on blackout January 18th from midnight to midnight, Eastern Standard Time. The site's 25 million daily users w...
01:05 pm - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi $25 Linux Computer Now In Production (Video)
Timothy Lord caught up with Raspberry Pi product leader Eben Upton at CES. The long-awaited $25 Linux single-board computers are finally being shipped from the Chinese factory where they're being asse...
11:05 am - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Copyright Lobby Wants Canada Out of TPP Until Stronger Copyright Laws Passed
An anonymous reader writes "'The U.S. government just concluded a consultationon whether it should support Canada's entry into the Trans PacificPartnership negotiations.' The TPP raises significant co...
09:05 am - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Statisticians Uncover the Mathematics of a Serial Killer
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Andrei Chikatilo, 'The Butcher of Rostov,' was one of the most prolific serial killers in modern history committing at least 52 murders between 1978 and 1990 before he was ...
06:05 am - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Facebook, Google Argue Against Web Censorship In India
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook and Google told the Delhi High Court today they cannot block offensive content that appears on their services. The two Internet giants are among 21 companies that ...
04:05 am - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Google Ports Box2D Demo To Dart
mikejuk writes with an excerpt from an article at i-programmer about a neat graphics demo written in Dart: "One of the difficulties in getting a new computer language accepted by a wider audience is t...
02:05 am - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?
New submitter rnmartinez writes "As the Project Manager for a non-profit looking to implement a tech project, I am running into a few dilemmas, and as a casual Slashdotter I could really use some help...
01:05 am - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Preliminary ITC Ruling: Motorola Not In Violation of Apple's Patents
SpuriousLogic writes with a preliminary ruling in the ITC case between Apple and Motorola. Quoting eWeek: "Motorola is celebrating an initial triumph over Apple, after a U.S. International Trade Commi...
12:05 am - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot Drone Guides Fuel Shipment to Alaskan Town
pigrabbitbear writes with an excerpt from an article at Motherboard.tv about a non-evil use for unmanned aircraft: "Ask anyone in Nome, Alaska right now how they feel about surveillance drones and you...
12:05 am - Tue, January 17, 2012
Slashdot China Internet Users Hit Half a Billion
angry tapir writes "China's Internet population passed the half billion mark at the end of 2011 after the country added 28 million new users during the second half of the year. At the end of December,...
11:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot RSA Chief: Last Year's Breach Has Silver Lining
alphadogg writes "Last year's industry-shaking RSA Security breach has resulted in customers' CEOs and CIOs engaging much more closely with the vendor to improve their organizations' security, accordi...
10:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot BASF Moves GM Plant Research From Europe To US
ananyo writes "The German chemical giant BASF is moving its transgenic plant operations from Europe to the U.S., it says, because of widespread opposition to the technology. The company on 16 January ...
09:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot The Iraq War, the Next War, and the Future of the Fat Man
An anonymous reader writes "The Stanford Law Review Online has just published an Essay by Yale's Stephen L. Carter entitled 'The Iraq War, the Next War, and the Future of the Fat Man.' He provides a r...
09:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Pixel Qi Screens are for Laptops and Tablets, Not Just OLPC (Video)
While at CES, Timothy Lord talked with Pixel Qi Chief Operating Officer John Ryan about how the company, which was originally founded to make screens for the One Laptop Per Child project, is now movin...
09:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Is E85 Dead Now?
twdorris writes "With a stoichiometric ratio far lower than that of gasoline (much lower than the price difference), buying the E85 ethanol fuel blend instead of gasoline was already hard to justify. ...
08:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Predicting Life 100 Years From Now
New submitter Simon321 writes "BBC News has an interesting article about the top predictions for life 100 years from now. The highlights include extensive farming of the ocean, wiring all sorts of com...
07:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Facebook To Share Private Data With Politico
tomhudson writes "AllThingsDd is reporting that Facebook has agreed to share users' private data with Politico. Quoting: 'Most notably, the Facebook-Politico data set will include Facebook users' priv...
06:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Oracle and the Java Ecosystem
First time accepted submitter twofishy writes "After an undeniably rocky start, which saw high profile resignations from the JCP, including Doug Lea (who remains active in the OpenJDK), and the Apache...
06:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Putting Medical Records Into Patients' Hands
Hugh Pickens writes "Roni Caryn Rabin says patients have a legal right to their medical records, though access can prove difficult. But what would happen if patients were encouraged not just to see th...
05:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Construction
mdsolar writes "The Japanese government is investigating how radioactive concrete ended up in a new apartment complex in the Fukushima Prefecture, housing evacuees from a town near the crippled nuclea...
04:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Google Patents Caching MLK Day Search Results
theodp writes "Google remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. not only with its Doodles, but also with its patents. 'Right around the Martin Luther King Holiday,' explained Google in its application for...
04:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot House Kills SOPA
An anonymous reader writes "In a surprise move, Representative Eric Cantor(R-VA) announced that he will stop all action on SOPA, effectively killing the bill. This move was most likely due to the huge...
03:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Automated Machines To Recycle Phones For Money
judgecorp writes "EcoATM is going to install machines which give money for old phones across the US. The system, shown at the CES show, takes a photo of any phone or other gadget put in its tray, and ...
02:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu TV: Coming Soon To a Living Room Near You (Video)
Apple TV is a little device you hook to your television. Ubuntu TV (motto: "TV for human beings") is going to be inside your TV, says Peter Goodall, Canonical's Product Manage for Ubuntu TV. At CES, h...
02:05 pm - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Google TV 2.0 Review, Tweaks, and Screenshots
DeviceGuru writes "Google and its Google TV 2.0 partners made quite a splash at CES this week. As a followup, this detailed blog post at DeviceGuru reviews Google TV 2.0's features, specs, apps, and f...
10:05 am - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a Wireless Catch-and-Release
First time accepted submitter SSG Booraem writes "I'm on the IT committee at my church. We've recently added wireless access points to our Family Life Center, but the committee chair isn't comfortable...
07:05 am - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot Zappos Hacked: Internal Systems Breached
wiredmikey writes "Zappos appears to be the latest victim of a cyber attack resulting in a data breach. In an email to Zappos employees on Sunday, CEO Tony Hsieh asked employees to set aside 20 minute...
04:05 am - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot New Cable Designed To Deter Copper Thieves
Hugh Pickens writes "Pervasive thefts of copper wire from under the streets of Fresno, California have prompted the city to seal thousands of its manhole covers with concrete and in Picher, Oklahoma, ...
01:05 am - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot MRI Powered Pill-Sized Robot Swims Through Intestines
kkleiner writes "Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel and Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston have collaborated to create a robot that can swim through the intestines. The size of a lar...
12:05 am - Mon, January 16, 2012
Slashdot DHS X-ray Car Scanners Now At Border Crossings
OverTheGeicoE writes "CNET has a story on DHS' whole car X-ray scanners and their potential cancer risks. The story focuses on the Z Portal scanner, which appears to be a stationary version of the old...
11:05 pm - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot White House Opposes Key SOPA Provisions
twdorris writes "Is this an example of our 3-part government actually working as intended? It seems the executive branch doesn't agree with the legislative on a key piece of SOPA. From the article: '"...
10:05 pm - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot Programming Prodigy Arfa Karim Passes Away At 16
quantr writes "Arfa Karim, child prodigy, youngest certified Microsoft Professional in the world and winner of the president’s Pride of Performance, breathed her last on Saturday night at the Co...
09:05 pm - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Changing Career From OLTP To OLAP Dev
First time accepted submitter xby2_arch writes "After spending over 12 years writing OLTP applications (Java EE/JDBC/ORMs), I decided to dabble in the OLAP world. I had decent DB skills, considering m...
07:05 pm - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot Apple To Release List of Companies That Build Its Products Around the World
mathfeel writes "Indulge me in some post hoc reasoning here: After last week's episode of This American Life "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory", a very interesting show, Apple announced that 'For the ...
06:05 pm - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot NASA Open Sources Aircraft Design Software
First time accepted submitter sabre86 writes "At the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Nashville, NASA engineers unveiled the newly open sourced OpenVSP...
05:05 pm - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Create World's Tiniest "Ear"
sciencehabit writes "If you've ever wondered what a virus sounds like, or what noise a bacterium makes when it moves between hosts, you may soon get your chance to find out. Scientists have created th...
03:05 pm - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot Pouring Water Into a Volcano To Generate Power
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Until recently, geothermal power systems have exploited only resources where naturally occurring heat, water, and rock permeability are sufficient to allow energy extractio...
02:05 pm - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot Can NASA Warm Cold Fusion?
TomOfAmalfi writes "Andrea Rossi says he can provide domestic energy sources (about 10 kW) based on his E-Cat system (a Low Energy Nuclear Reaction or Cold Fusion energy source) for between 100 and 15...
11:05 am - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot Navy May Use Mine-Detecting Dolphins In the Straight of Hormuz
New submitter cervesaebraciator writes "The Atlantic Wire reports that the Navy has a tested solution to the possible mining of the Straight of Hormuz. The Navy has 80 dolphins in San Diego Bay traine...
08:05 am - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot Sweden Experiments With Public Twitter Takeover
revealingheart writes "BBC reports that Sweden is allowing one citizen per week to take control of its official Twitter feed, in what's been described as 'the world's most democratic Twitter experimen...
05:05 am - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot The Pirate Bay To Stop Serving Torrent Files
An anonymous reader tips news that The Pirate Bay is making a move away from .torrent files in favor of 'magnet links.' On Thursday the site made magnet links the default, and TorrentFreak reports tha...
04:05 am - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot PC-BSD 9.0 Release
PuceBaboon writes "It's worth noting that, in addition to the main FreeBSD release covered here recently, PC-BSD has also released their 'Isotope' edition, based on FreeBSD 9.0. Why would you be inter...
02:05 am - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot DHS Monitors Social Media For 'Political Dissent'
OverTheGeicoE writes "Recently, TSA's 'Blogger Bob' Burns posted a rant against a cupcake on the TSA blog. Perhaps it made you wonder if TSA and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security,...
01:05 am - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot Dropbox Founder Wants To Build the Next Google
ColdWetDog writes "The Dropbox file storage and synchronization service has managed to attract 50 million users and $250 million in venture capital. The founder of Dropbox, Drew Houston, says he is de...
12:05 am - Sun, January 15, 2012
Slashdot Multiple Sclerosis Damage Washed Away By Stream of Young Blood
FatLittleMonkey writes "A new study on mice suggests damage caused by diseases like Multiple sclerosis, as well as natural aging, can be reversed by an infusion of stem cell rich blood from younger mi...
11:05 pm - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot Introversion and Solitude Increase Productivity
bonch writes "Author Susan Cain argues that modern society's focus on charisma and group brainstorming has harmed creativity and productivity by removing the quiet, creative process. 'Research strongl...
09:05 pm - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot FTC Expands Its Google Antitrust Investigations
New submitter smithz writes "Bloomberg is reporting that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is expanding its antitrust probe of Google Inc. to include scrutiny of its new Google+ social networking...
08:05 pm - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot White House Responds To SOPA, PIPA, and OPEN
eefsee writes "The White House today responded to two petitions with a statement titled 'Combating Online Piracy while Protecting an Open and Innovative Internet.' They note that 'We must avoid creati...
07:05 pm - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot Viruses Stole City College of S.F. Data For Years
An anonymous reader sends this quote from an article at the San Francisco Chronicle:"Personal banking information and other data from perhaps tens of thousands of students, faculty and administrators ...
06:05 pm - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot The New Transparency of War and Lethality of Hatred
Hugh Pickens writes "Robert Wright says that if you had asked him a few days ago — before news broke that American soldiers had urinated on Taliban corpses — if such a thing were possible,...
05:05 pm - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot Righthaven's Lawyers Target of State Bar Investigation
New submitter nwf writes "Ars Technica reports that three of copyright troll Righthaven's company lawyers, including CEO Steve Gibson, are the subject of a Nevada State Bar investigation. Details of t...
04:05 pm - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot Workers In Brazil Can Claim Overtime For Answering Email After Hours
New submitter zzyvits writes "With smartphones becoming more and more common, the push for employees to work after hours is becoming greater. Would the push be as hard if the employers had to pay for ...
03:05 pm - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot India OKs Censoring Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo
An anonymous reader writes "An Indian court given the green light for the prosecution of '21 social networking sites.' The list features 10 foreign-based companies, and could affect websites provided ...
02:05 pm - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Taking Aggressive Steps Against Linux On ARM
New submitter Microlith writes "Microsoft has updated their WHQL certification requirements for Windows 8, and placed specific restrictions on ARM platforms that will make it impossible to install non...
01:05 pm - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot How SOPA & PIPA Could Hurt Scientific Debate
mwolfam writes with this pointed excerpt from a piece at the Huffington Post by Los Alamos National Laboratories post-doc researcher Michael Ham, who makes a slightly different case than most for the ...
09:05 am - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot Internet Systems Consortium Seeks Wider Input For BIND 10
joabj writes "The ISC is seeking some open source magic for the next version of the widely used BIND. Although the BIND is already open source, most of the work thus far done on the DNS server softwar...
06:05 am - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot A DNA Sequencer Cheap Enough For (Some) Doctors' Offices
cylonlover writes "Until recently, DNA decoding machines — fitting in the US$500,000 to $750,000 price range — would take weeks or even months to sequence a human genome, and the whole pro...
03:05 am - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot Code Cleanup Culls LibreOffice Cruft
mikejuk writes with an interesting look at what coders can get around to after a few years of creating a free office suite: dealing with many thousands of lines of deprecated code: "Thanks to the effo...
03:05 am - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot NSA Releases Security-Enhanced Android
An anonymous reader writes with the recent news that, in line with its goal to provide secure phones to government employees in various domains, "The NSA has released a set of security enhancements to...
01:05 am - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot IPv6-Only Is Becoming Viable
An anonymous reader writes "With the success of worldIPv6 day in 2011, there is a lot of speculationabout IPv6 in 2012. But simply turning on IPv6 does notmake the problems of IPv4exhaustion go away. ...
12:05 am - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot Homeless Student Is Intel Talent Search Semifinalist
An anonymous reader writes "Samantha Garvey, a senior at Brentwood High School, has managed to become one of the remaining 300 semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search this year. Her research ...
12:05 am - Sat, January 14, 2012
Slashdot DNS Provision Pulled From SOPA
New submitter crvtec sends this excerpt from CNet:"Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), one of the biggest backers of the Stop Online Piracy Act, today said he plans to remove the Domain Name System blocki...
11:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Sykipot Trojan Variant Stealing DoD Smartcard Credentials
Trailrunner7 writes "A new research report says variants of the Sykipot Trojan have been found that can steal Dept. of Defense smartcard credentials. The research, published in a blog post Thursday, i...
10:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Astronomers Release Enormous Database of Variable-Luminosity Celestial Objects
wisebabo writes "According to a Caltech news release, 'Astronomers from the California Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona have released the largest data set ever collected that docu...
10:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot 2011's Fastest Growing Language: Objective-C
mikejuk writes "Every January, it is traditional to compare the state of programming language usage as indicated by the TIOBE index. So what's up and what's down this year? The top language is still J...
09:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft 'Trustworthy Computing' Turns 10
gManZboy writes "Bill Gates fired off his famous Trustworthy Computing memo to Microsoft employees on Jan. 15, 2002, amid a series of high-profile attacks on Windows computers and browsers in the form...
09:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Oracle v. Google Trial On Indefinite Hold
symbolset writes "The trial in which Oracle is suing Google over Android has been put on indefinite hold by the trial judge, until Oracle comes up with a credible methodology for figuring alleged dama...
08:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Advancing a Programming Career?
AuMatar writes "I've been a professional programmer for 10 years. The startup I work for was recently bought, and while I was offered a full-time job, I opted to accept only a six-month contract. At m...
07:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Totally Drug-Resistant TB Emerges In India
ananyo writes "Physicians in India have identified a form of incurable tuberculosis there, raising further concerns over increasing drug resistance to the disease (abstract). Although reports call thi...
07:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Carmakers Prepare For Augmented Reality Driving
An anonymous reader writes "Car manufacturers at CES are showing off their future integration of mobile computing technologies and automobiles. Quoting CNN: 'As digital tech — and our expectatio...
06:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Passwords Not Going Away Any Time Soon
New submitter isoloisti writes "Hot on the heels of IBM's 'no more passwords' prediction, Wired has an article about provocative research saying that passwords are here to stay. Researchers from Micro...
05:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot TSA Makes $400K Annually In Loose Change
Hugh Pickens writes "NBC reports that airport travelers left behind $409,085.56 in loose change at security checkpoints in 2010, providing an additional source of funding for the Transportation Securi...
05:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot US Government Seeks Extradition of UK Student For File-Sharing
Gimble writes "The BBC reports that UK student Richard O'Dwyer has lost a legal battle to block his extradition to the U.S., where he faces copyright infringement charges for running a file sharing si...
04:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Windows Admins Need To Prepare For GUI-Less Server
msmoriarty writes "We knew Windows Server 8 was going to be a departure for Microsoft, including an 'optional' GUI, but in a blog post made earlier this week, the Windows Server team said that working...
03:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Google Caught Misbehaving By Kenyan Startup
An anonymous reader sends in an interesting story from Mocality, a company that painstakingly built a business directory in Kenya. When they discovered that somebody was systematically harvesting the ...
02:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Geek Tool: Slashdot Video of Award Winning 3D Printer From CES
The Makerbot Replicator is a personal 3D printer, which can create three-dimensional objects through connecting and layering successive cross sections of material. The new version is bigger, better, a...
02:05 pm - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot How To Get Developers To Document Code
snydeq writes "Poorly documented code? Chances are the problem lies not in your programmers, but in your process, writes Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister. 'Unfortunately, too few developers seem to d...
11:05 am - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Protect IP Act May Be Amended
angry tapir writes "The controversial US copyright enforcement bill the Protect IP Act may be amended on the Senate floor later this month in response to ongoing concerns about its provisions affectin...
09:05 am - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Researcher's Tool Maps Malware In Elegant 3D Model
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "At the Shmoocon security conference later this month, Danny Quist plans to demo a new three-dimensional version of a tool he's created called Visualization of Executables f...
06:05 am - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot 7000 e-Voting Machines Now Deemed Worthless By Irish Government
First time accepted submitter lampsie writes "Despite spending at least 51 million euro over the last decade buying and storing 7000 e-voting machines from Dutch firm Nedap, the Irish Finance minister...
04:05 am - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Nanocoating Waterproofs Any Gadget
An anonymous reader writes "Water has always been the bane of electronics, however American company Liquipel just announced that they have developed a way to completely waterproof any device against t...
04:05 am - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot "Learn To Code, Get a Job" According To CNN
An anonymous reader writes "CNN is running an opinion article that talks about Michael Bloomberg's taking part in CodeAdacemy's CodeYear program, which aims to teach average people to learn enough to ...
02:05 am - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot "Lean To Code, Get a Job" According To CNN
An anonymous reader writes "CNN is running an opinion article that talks about Michael Bloomberg's taking part in CodeAdacemy's CodeYear program, which aims to teach average people to learn enough to ...
01:05 am - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Google Launches Style Guide For Android Developers
mspohr writes "On Thursday, Google launched Android Design, a website created specifically to help aid developers in the creation of applications for ICS. The site offers a comprehensive visual to thi...
01:05 am - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot US Navy Developing App-Summoned Robotic Helicopter
Zothecula writes "We may be closer to the day when United States Marines will, within a matter of minutes, use a handheld app to summon robotic helicopters to deliver battlefield supplies. On Tuesday,...
12:05 am - Fri, January 13, 2012
Slashdot Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?
Hugh Pickens writes "Chad Brooks reports that a steady stream of research over the past year reveals that Americans aren't taking vacations and it's because they are afraid to take time off from work ...
11:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot FreeBSD 9.0 Released
An anonymous reader writes "FreeBSD 9.0 has been released. A few highlights include: A new installer, bsdinstall(8) has been added and is the installer used by the ISO images provided as part of this ...
10:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Google Science Fair Back For 2nd Year
alphadogg writes "Google, joining forces with CERN, The LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American, has announced the 2012 Google Science Fair, an online competition open to 13-to-18-year...
09:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot IBM Shrinks Bit Size To 12 Atoms
Lucas123 writes "IBM researchers say they've been able to shrink the number of iron atoms it takes to store a bit of data from about one million to 12, which could pave the way for storage devices wit...
09:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Who Goes To CES?
itwbennett writes "The Consumer Electronics Association stopped letting actual consumers attend the gadget extravaganza years ago, but even so, plenty of attendees can't exactly be described 'industry...
08:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot The Future of Hi-Tech Auto Theft
NicknamesAreStupid writes "Over the past twenty years, car theft has declined as new models incorporated electronic security methods that thwarted simple hot-wiring. The tide may now be turning, as ca...
07:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Eric Schmidt Doesn't Think Android Is Fragmented
adeelarshad82 writes "Eric Schmidt took issue with the idea that the Android mobile operating system is fragmented, arguing that it's a differentiation between devices rather than a fragmentation. The...
07:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Three Tiny Exoplanets Suggest Solar System Not So Special
ananyo writes "Adding to its already long roster of firsts, NASA's Kepler spacecraft has found the three smallest extrasolar planets ever detected — all of them smaller than Earth, and the most ...
06:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu Tablet OS To Take On Android, iOS
snydeq writes "Canonical CEO Jane Silber discusses the Ubuntu maker's ambitions in the mobile market, saying there is plenty of room for a new player in tablets, TVs, and maybe even smartphones. 'Ther...
06:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot $10M Tricorder X PRIZE Kicks off
Back in May, we heard about Qualcomm's plans to hammer out details for an X PRIZE competition to invent a Star Trek-style tricorder. Now, reader Sven-Erik sends word that the requirements have been fi...
05:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android
PerlJedi writes "InformationWeek reports that LG is the latest in a string of companies who have been bullied into paying 'license fees' to Microsoft for the use of Android on their products. 'Microso...
04:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Russian Official Implies Foul Play In Mars Probe Failure
Back in November, Russia launched the Phobos-Grunt probe on a mission to return a soil sample from Mars' largest moon. Sadly, the probe malfunctioned, and never left orbit. It's due to crash into the ...
04:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot The Coming Tech Battle Over 'Smart TVs'
An anonymous reader writes "One persistent theme from this year's CES is that television manufacturers are racing to establish the concept of 'Smart TVs,' sets that integrate modern browsing features,...
03:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Major Financial Groups Share Data To Fight Online Theft
smitty777 writes "The Wall Street Journal is reporting on some unprecedented steps being taken by major financial institutions to combat online theft. The initiatives include a new type of data center...
02:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Timothy Lord Checks Out Keyboards & Tech At CES
Slashdot's Timothy Lord is at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. There is no way any one person can take in the whole show. It's just too big for that. But on Timothy's fi...
02:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Symantec Sued For Running Fake "Scareware" Scans
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "James Gross, a resident of Washington State, filed what he intends to be a class action lawsuit against Symantec in a Northern District California court Tuesday, claiming t...
01:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Bing Search Overtakes Yahoo
SharkLaser writes "Microsoft's Bing search engine has overtaken Yahoo for the first time. While both Bing, Yahoo and a bunch of meta-search engines like the privacy-oriented DuckDuckGo use Bing's back...
01:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line
An anonymous reader writes "The United Kingdom has given the green light to the first phase of its proposed High Speed Two train line. In response to environmental concerns, the route for HS2 will now...
01:05 pm - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Music Industry Sues Irish Government For Piracy
bs0d3 writes "The music industry has initiated a lawsuit against the Irish government for not having blocking laws on the books; on the theory that if blocking laws were in place then filesharing woul...
04:05 am - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot India Mobile Handset Backdoor Memo Probably a Fake
daveschroeder writes "In the wake of previous coverage alleging that Apple, Nokia, RIM, and others have provided Indian government with backdoors into their mobile handsets — which itself spawne...
02:05 am - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Astronomers Estimate Milky Way May Have 100 Billion Alien Worlds
astroengine writes "Last year, using the exoplanets discovered by the Kepler space telescope as a guide, astronomers took a statistical stab at estimating the number of exoplanets that exist in our ga...
01:05 am - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Is AT&T Building the Ultimate Walled Garden?
itwbennett writes "The announcement earlier this week that AT&T joined OpenStack, was greeted with much fanfare (of the 'woo hoo for open source' variety). But dig into why AT&T decided to sig...
01:05 am - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Paul Ceglia Fined $5,000 In Facebook Case
An anonymous reader writes "U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Foschio has sanctioned Paul Ceglia, a man that claims he owns half Facebook, and ordered him to pay $5,000 to the court. The judge also ordered...
12:05 am - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot Should Science Rethink the Definition of "Life"?
ambermichelle pointed out a story about the search for life on other planets, and the likelihood that it would be much different than what we find on Earth. With the increase of extremophile discovery...
12:05 am - Thu, January 12, 2012
Slashdot IBM Tops "Most Patents List" For 19th Straight Year
bednarz writes "IBM retained its patent crown for 2011, topping the list of patent winners for the 19th year in a row. The only other U.S. company to make the top 10, Microsoft fell from third place t...
11:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Victorinox Makes 1TB Swiss Army Knife
judgecorp writes "The Swiss Army knife has been available with storage for some time — now there is a 1 terabyte version. It comes with two bodies, so the storage can be swapped out into a fligh...
11:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Sams Teach Yourself HTML5 Mobile Application Development
Michael J. Ross writes "The last few years have seen the emergence of several significant advances in web technologies, including HTML5 and CSS3 — all impacting the development of traditional an...
10:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Readying Massive Real Time Threat Intelligence Feed
chicksdaddy wrote in with a link to a story about a Microsoft project that will share security information in real time with customers and law enforcement. The article reads "Microsoft has proven that...
09:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Reddit Turning SOPA "Blackout" Into a "Learn-In"
bdking writes "Reddit's planned 12-hour 'blackout' on January 18 sounds like an ineffectual, if not self-defeating, strategy for opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act. But the social news site actually ...
09:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Nanosensors Could Help Reduce Laboratory Animal Testing
cylonlover writes "Animal testing is an area that elicits strong feelings on both sides of the argument for and against the practice. Supporters like the British Royal Society argue that virtually eve...
08:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Doctor Warns of the Hidden Danger of Touchscreens
snydeq writes "Dr. Franklin Tessler discusses the hidden stress-related injuries of touchscreen use, and how best to use smartphones, tablets, and touch PCs to avoid them. 'Touchscreen-oriented health...
07:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Tracking Down the First Oxygen Users
sciencehabit writes "None of us would be here today if, billions of years ago, a tiny, single-celled organism hadn't started using oxygen to make a living. Researchers don't know exactly when this hap...
07:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Who's Flying Those Drones? FAA Won't Say
netbuzz writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation nine months ago filed a Freedom of Information Act request to prompt the FAA to release the names of government agencies and private entities that ha...
06:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Intel-Powered Smartphones Arriving Soon
adeelarshad82 writes "After years of promises to enter the smartphone market, Intel has finally done so. During his keynote at CES, Intel's Chief executive Paul Otellini said that Intel has signed Len...
05:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Dutch Court Forces ISPs To Block the Pirate Bay
New submitter swinferno writes "After recent successes in Finland, Italy and Belgium, the Dutch Copyright protection organization BREIN has obtained a verdict that forces two major ISP to block access...
05:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Kodak Sues HTC and Apple
alphadogg writes "Here we go again with mobile industry patent lawsuits: 'Struggling Eastman Kodak is alleging that Apple's and HTC's smartphones and tablets infringe on its digital imaging technology...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Adds Ads To News Feed
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from an article at ZDNet: "As expected, Facebook has started displaying ads in users' News Feeds. You may not be seeing them yet as the company is rolling th...
03:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot British Schoolchildren To Get Programming Lessons
judgecorp writes "The British Education Secretary Michael Gove has said that the school ICT curriculum will be scrapped and replaced with programming and real computer science. Britain's schoolchildre...
02:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Announces Long Term Support Version of Firefox
mvar writes "After a meeting held last Monday regarding Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release, the new version was announced yesterday in a post on Mozilla's official blog: 'We are pleased to annou...
02:05 pm - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Helps Give Hacking a Good Name Again
Hugh Pickens writes "Ira Winkler says whenever he sees another 'cyberchallenge' getting play in the press, he think our priorities are screwed up. 'People seem to think that organizing teams of people...
11:05 am - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot The Bosses Do Everything Better (or So They Think)
theodp writes "Some people, writes Dave Winer, make the mistake of thinking that if the result of someone's work is easy to use, the work itself must be easy. Like the boss — or boss's boss's bo...
08:05 am - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Kinect For Windows Releasing On February 1
clinko writes "Microsoft has announced that the new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1st, 2012 in 12 countries, at a suggested retail price of US $24...
06:05 am - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Comes Out Swinging Against Google's Personalized Search
Meshach writes "Google's release of the new 'Search Plus Your World' feature has elicited harsh words from Twitter's general counsel (who used to work with Google). He claims that the changes will mak...
04:05 am - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Qualcomm Wants a Piece of the PC Market
jfruhlinger writes "Much of Intel's story of the past few years has involved its so far fruitless attempts to break into the smartphone and tablet market. But as it keeps trying, it may find competiti...
02:05 am - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Has Gone To Manufacturing
alecclews writes "After weeks of waiting, the Raspberry Pi foundation, who are creating a $25 computer to bootstrap computing education, has flipped the switch on manufacturing. They had wanted to bui...
01:05 am - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot Amazon To Collect Indiana Sales Tax In 2014
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from an Associated Press report:"Amazon.com will begin collecting Indiana's 7 percent sales tax from customers in the state in 2014, under an agreement annou...
12:05 am - Wed, January 11, 2012
Slashdot US Research Open Access In Peril
luceth writes "Several years ago, the U.S. National Institutes of Health instituted a policy whereby publications whose research was supported by federal funds were to be made freely accessible a year...
11:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Comcast DNSSEC Goes Live
An anonymous reader writes "In a blog post, Comcast's Jason Livingood has announced that Comcast has signed all of its (5000+) domains in addition to having all of its customers using DNSSEC-vali...
11:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot The Doomsday Clock Is Moved Closer To Midnight
Harperdog writes "The Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock from 6 minutes to midnight to 5 minutes to midnight. The Board delib...
10:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Tizen Source Code Released
sfcrazy writes with news that developers for the Tizen project, an open source mobile OS based on MeeGo (itself a child of Moblin and Maemo), have posted a preview of their source code and SDK. They w...
09:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot New CO2 Harvester Could Help Scrub the Air
sciencehabit sends this excerpt from ScienceNOW: "Researchers in California have produced a cheap plastic capable of removing large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air. Down the road, the new...
09:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Oracle's Latest Java Moves Draw Industry Ire
snydeq writes "Two years later, Oracle's stewardship of Java continues to raise user and vendor ire, this time due to modularization, licensing, and security concerns. 'Plans for version 8 of Java Pla...
08:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot US Congressmen: Facebook Evading Privacy Questions
An anonymous reader writes "Two U.S. congressmen have accused Facebook of evading questions about whether it tracks users in order to deliver targeted ads. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, and Edward M...
07:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Diablo 3 Coming To Consoles
RobinEggs writes "After long speculation and a few affirmative hints, Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo 3 will have a console version. Responding to a fan who asked him to 'confirm or deny' a console...
07:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Protecting Your Tablet From a Fall From Space
First time accepted submitter xwwt writes "G-Form has a nice video of an iPad launched into the stratosphere via weather balloon and protected using its new protective gear 'Extreme Edge' to see how w...
06:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Gut Bacteria Can Control Diabetes
Shipud writes "Insulin resistance is the harbinger of metabolic syndrome. Insulin resistance is when the body cannot use insulin effectively. As a result, blood sugar and fat levels rise. Therein lies...
06:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Google Merges Google+ Into Search
SharkLaser writes "Google is today launching an update to their search engine. This update is intended to bring you personalized search results based on your Google+ friends, sharing, pictures an...
05:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Tech Industry Reps To Speak Before Congress About SOPA
Nemesisghost writes "Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), a major opponent of the Stop Online Piracy Act has announced he plans to call a hearing where Tech industry representatives will get to speak out...
04:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot IBM Snags Patent On Half-Day Off of Work Notifications
theodp writes "The USPTO appears to have lowered the bar on obviousness, awarding a patent to IBM Tuesday for its System for Portion of a Day Out of Office Notification. 'Out of office features in exi...
04:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Oracle, Cloudera Team Up On Hadoop Appliance
LinuxScribe writes "Oracle has announced a new Big Data Appliance, which will feature Cloudera's Hadoop, shiny hardware, and a price tag that could be more affordable than commodity servers. But Oracl...
03:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Almost 1 In 3 US Warplanes Is a Drone
parallel_prankster writes "A recent Congressional Research Service report,titled U.S. Unmanned Aerial Systems, looks at the more-prominent role being played by drones. In 2005, drones made up just 5 p...
02:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Are Programmers Ruining the Design of eBooks?
An anonymous reader writes "The Toronto Review of Books claims that the majority of digital books are awful because major publishers are handing over the design work to programmers, not artists and ed...
02:05 pm - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Google Giving Google TV Another Shot
MrSeb writes with a piece on Google's renewed push for Google TV adoption. From the article: "In spite of a mediocre launch caused by an overpriced device and low consumer adoption, Mountain View is a...
11:05 am - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Glimpse of Stephen Hawking's Computer
kenekaplan writes "Intel application engineer Travis Bonifield has been working closely with Hawking to communicate with the world for a decade. He's traveled from the United States to England every f...
09:05 am - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Newspaper Articles Not Copyrightable In Slovakia
Yenya writes "In Slovakia, newspaper articles can be freely aggregated and archived, and are not worth copyright protection. The district court in Bratislava, Slovakia, stated in the case between news...
06:05 am - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot London Installing Largest Free Wifi Network
aesoteric writes "London's Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea districts will be delivered the largest free wi-fi zone in Europe. The plan is to provide the service in time for the 2012 London Olympic...
04:05 am - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Cambridge Scientists Create Huge Quantum Particles
judgecorp writes "Researchers at Cambridge University have produced a quantum fluid thousands of times larger than previously, leading to the possibility of polaritons produced at lower power and at a...
04:05 am - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Eben Moglen: Social Networking "Creating Systems of Comprehensive Surveillance"
An anonymous reader writes "Eben Moglen, founder of the Freedombox project, has taken to yelling at journalists reporting about social networks. One wonders if this messaging will work to end propriet...
02:05 am - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Party Leader: Copyright Laws Ridiculous
smitty777 writes "Rick Falkvinge, better known as the leader for Sweden's Pirate Party, recommends doing away with copyright laws since no one is following them anyway. FTA: '...he uses examples from ...
01:05 am - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Michael Dell Dismisses Tablet Threat To the PC Market
alphadogg writes with an excerpt from a Network World article: "The PC is not likely to be challenged by the tablet or the smartphone, and many users of the Internet on these devices will turn to the ...
01:05 am - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot FBI's Troubled Sentinel Project Delayed Again
gManZboy writes "The FBI's Sentinel project, a digital case-management system meant to replace outdated, paper-based processes, has been delayed again. The FBI's CIO and CTO bet big on using agile dev...
01:05 am - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Inside the Great Firewall of China's Tor Blocking
Trailrunner7 writes with an article at Threat Post about China's ability to block Tor. From the article: "The much-discussed Great Firewall of China is meant to prevent Chinese citizens from getting t...
12:05 am - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Candidates For Geek Issues?
Okian Warrior writes "An oft-repeated sentiment on Slashdot is that we should change the situation by voting in better officials. An opinion that appears in nearly every political thread is: 'we're to...
12:05 am - Tue, January 10, 2012
Slashdot Vast Web of Dark Matter Mapped
astroengine writes "Astronomers from the University of British Columbia and University of Edinburgh have created a vast cosmic map revealing an intricate web of dark matter and galaxies spanning a dis...
11:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Could Soon Start To Twist Google's Arm
Hugh Pickens writes "For the past three years, Android has experienced a kind of free space expansion, but as we enter 2012, it seems the game may be changing. Instead of the old 'there's more than en...
11:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot JRR Tolkien Denied Nobel Due To Low Quality Prose
Morty writes "In 1961, C.S. Lewis nominated JRR Tolkien for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tolkien did not receive the prize. 50 years later, the archives for that year have been made available, so no...
10:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Data Hogs: the Monsters Carriers Created
jfruhlinger writes "A recent study claimed that the top 1 percent of mobile data users eat up half of the available bandwidth. But assuming it's true, who's at fault? Stats show data usage has increas...
10:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Salmon DNA Used In Data Storage Device
Zothecula writes "Scientists from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have created a 'write-once-read-many-times' (WORM) memory device that com...
10:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Video Games As Propaganda
SharkLaser writes "A video game developer working for Kuma Reality Games has admitted that the company has been receiving money from the CIA to design and freely distribute special movies and games wi...
09:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Carbon Emissions 'Will Defer Ice Age'
Sven-Erik writes "Due to subtle variations in the Earth's orbit, researchers have calculated that the next Ice Age is due within 1,500 years. However, a new study suggests greenhouse gas emissions mea...
09:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot What Does Sunset On an Alien World Look Like?
The Bad Astronomer writes "Using real data from Hubble Space Telescope of a planet orbiting another star, exoplanetary scientist Frédéric Pont created a lovely image of what sunset would loo...
08:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons Announced
New submitter lrsach01 writes "Wizards of the Coast has announced a 'new iteration' of their Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. Early information says the game will be more inclusive, with a ba...
08:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Could a Dirty Rag Take Out a $2 Billion Satellite?
An anonymous reader writes "The alleged rescue of a U.S. military communications satellite underscores some of the weaknesses in U.S. space efforts. Quoting: 'The seven-ton “AEHF-1,” part ...
07:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot The Challenges of Building a Mars Base
ambermichelle writes with an excerpt from an article in Txchnologist: "Going to Mars? Expect to stay a while. Because of the relative motions of Earth and Mars, the pioneering astronauts who touch dow...
06:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Show How Cellular Complexity Can Evolve
ananyo writes with an excerpt from a Nature news release: "By bringing long-dead proteins back to life, researchers have worked out the process by which evolution added a component to a cellular machi...
06:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Google Accused of Interfering With South Korean FTC Investigation
New submitter DCTech writes "South Korea's Fair Trade Commission is accusing Google of methodically interfering with an anti-competition investigation into Android. 'Google deleted files and made its ...
05:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot WURFL Founders Fire Off DMCA Takedown Against Fork
An anonymous reader writes "ScientiaMobile, the company formed behind the open source library WURFL, an API used to do mobile device detection for web applications, has issued a DMCA takedown notice a...
05:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot New Research Shows Cognitive Decline Begins At 45
An anonymous reader writes "New research shows people might start to suffer from cognitive decline as early as age 45. The research, which looked at over 7000 people between the ages of 45 and 70 when...
04:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Develop Insect Powered Energy Source
cylonlover writes with this excerpt from an article at Gizmag: "Research into developing insect cyborgs for use as first responders or super stealthy spies has been going on for a while now. Most rese...
04:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Finnish ISP Forced To Block the Pirate Bay
Apotekaren writes "The Finnish ISP Elisa has been forced to block several domains leading to the infamous torrent-tracker site The Pirate Bay following a court case initiated by IFPI Finland... The He...
03:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Gertboard In Action
An anonymous reader writes with news from Geek.com on an expansion board for the Raspberry Pi. Quoting: "In the middle of December last year the Raspberry Pi Foundation made a surprising announcement ...
02:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Responds to EPIC FTC Timeline Complaint
An anonymous reader writes with a snippet from a ZDNet article: "The Electronic Privacy Information Center is unhappy with the way Facebook launched its new Timeline profile. Last month, the privacy o...
02:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot How Stephen Hawking Has Defied the Odds For 50 Years
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Now aged 70, Prof Stephen Hawking, winner of 12 honorary degrees, a CBE and in 2009 awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is an extraordinary man — but what is p...
12:05 pm - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu TV Finally Gets a Close-Up
Barence writes "Canonical has unveiled the first screenshots and details of Ubuntu TV. Plans for versions of the Linux distro for tablets, smartphones and TVs were unveiled last year, and now the tele...
09:05 am - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Kenya Seeks Nuclear Power Infrastructure
First time accepted submitter Snirt writes "Kenya is seeking to develop a viable nuclear energy program within the next 15 years to meet its growing energy demands. A government commission formed last...
06:05 am - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Kodak Failing, But Camera Phones Not To Blame
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from The Conversation: "According to the Wall Street Journal, camera manufacturer Kodak is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, following a long st...
03:05 am - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot ViaSat Delivers 12 Mbps+ Via Satellite
An anonymous reader writes "Last Thursday, ViaSat announced pricing for its new home broadband service, which is set to deliver 12 Mbps+ download speeds (3 Mbps+ up) beginning next week for ...
01:05 am - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot Vizio Plans To Undercut The Market For All-In-One PCs
TV maker Vizio is famous for undercutting competitors' prices on LCD TVs; now, the company has released word that it will introduce a new line of budget computers, and next week will be showing them o...
12:05 am - Mon, January 9, 2012
Slashdot World's Largest Passenger Plane May Be Unsafe, Some Say
CNET reports (citing this BBC video account) that some aircraft engineers in Australia are concerned about small cracks that have appeared on the wing ribs of some Airbus A380 airplanes, a report says...
11:05 pm - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot Do Online Educational Badges Threaten Conventional Education Models?
An anonymous reader writes "Educational badges, which seem like a playful riff on Boy Scout skill patches, pose an existential crisis for colleges and universities. If students can collect credentials...
09:05 pm - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Lab Speeds Through Genome Processing With GPUs
Eric Smalley writes "The world's largest genome sequencing center once needed four days to analyze data describing a human genome. Now it needs just six hours. The trick is servers built with graphics...
08:05 pm - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot Employee-Owned Devices Muddy Data Privacy Rights
snydeq writes "As companies increasingly enable employees to bring their own devices into business environments, significant legal questions remain regarding the data consumed and created on these emp...
07:05 pm - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot Lower Limit Found For Sudoku Puzzle Clues
ananyo writes "An Irish mathematician has used a complex algorithm and millions of hours of supercomputing time to solve an important open problem in the mathematics of Sudoku, the game popularized in...
06:05 pm - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Documenting Scattered Sites and Systems?
First time accepted submitter capriguy84 writes "Six months ago I joined a small firm(~30) where I am pretty much the IT systems guy. I was immediately asked to work on couple of projects without much...
05:05 pm - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Patents Bad Neighborhood Detection
PolygamousRanchKid writes with these lines culled from InformationWeek: "With the grant of their US Patent #8090532 Microsoft may be attempting to corner the market on GPS systems for use by pedestria...
04:05 pm - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot SOPA Makes Strange Bedfellows
davide marney writes "What do 1-800-Contacts, Adidas, Americans for Tax Reform, Comcast, the Country Music Association, Estee Lauder, Ford, Nike and Xerox all have in common? According to OpenCongress...
03:05 pm - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot Where Were the Robots In Fukushima Crisis?
mdsolar writes "When the huge Fukushima nuclear disaster first started, many on Slashdot were calling for robots to come to the rescue. This is the story of why our overlords were caught napping. Not ...
02:05 pm - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot Chance To Snap Up Your Own Observatory
Hugh Pickens writes "Like to own your own five-story observatory equipped with a 12" Meade Schmidt Cassegrain catadioptric telescope and a 20-inch Shafer-Maksutov telescope — the second-largest ...
01:05 pm - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot Leaked Memo Says Apple Provides Backdoor To Governments
Voline writes "In a tweet early this morning, cybersecurity researcher Christopher Soghoian pointed to an internal memo of India's Military Intelligence that has been liberated by hackers and posted o...
10:05 am - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot North Korean Nuclear Facilities, From 30,000 Feet
Harperdog writes "Niko Milonopoulos, Siegfried S. Hecker, and Robert Carlin analyze terrific overhead photos of North Korea's nuclear facilities, discussing the rate of building and what the photos sh...
07:05 am - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Scraps 'Where's My Phone Update?' Site
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft disappointed some Windows Phone users on Friday by saying it would stop providing specifics about who will get software updates and when, and announcing vaguely t...
04:05 am - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot China To Begin Submitting Air Pollution Reports
smitty777 writes "China will start to publish air pollution reports, possibly in response to reports from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing which has been publishing its own data. This report is significant...
01:05 am - Sun, January 8, 2012
Slashdot OLPC XO-3 To Debut At CES, Starting Under $100 (But Not For You)
Computerworld is one of many publications heralding the expected arrival next week of the long-awaited OLPC tablet, and making much of one very cool feature: the price. The initial XO laptops from OLP...
11:05 pm - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot Japan Plans To Scrap Nuclear Plants After 40 Years
An anonymous reader writes "After the nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima plant "Japan says it will soon require atomic reactors to be shut down after 40 years of use to improve safety." If, however, a ...
10:05 pm - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot EPA Crowdsources Massive Photo Project
coondoggie writes "Challenges from U.S. government agencies are all the rage these days and the Environmental Protection Agency today became the latest group to issue one: Take cool pictures of your s...
09:05 pm - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Tech-Related Summer Camps For Teenagers?
First time accepted submitter jcreus writes "I am a teenager (aged 14, though turning 15 before summer), and I've recently been looking for summer camps in the USA. My interests include physics, mathe...
08:05 pm - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot NYC Mayor Bloomberg Vows To Learn To Code In 2012
theodp writes "New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced his intention to take a coding class in 2012 via Twitter ('My New Year's resolution is to learn to code with Codecademy in 2012! Join...
07:05 pm - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot Israel Says It Will Treat Online Credit Card Theft As It Would Terrorism
In the wake of the online theft of at least 6,000 credit card numbers belonging to Israelis, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that "Israel has active capabilities for striking at tho...
06:05 pm - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality
Attila Dimedici writes "Eric Peters makes the case that hybrids have been over-hyped. His argument is that in order to sell people on hybrid cars, automakers have emphasized the energy efficiency of h...
05:05 pm - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot DARPA Chooses Leader For 100-Year Starship Project
Hugh Pickens writes "With Nasa scaling back its manned space programs, the idea of a manned trip to the stars may sound audacious, but the 100 Year Starship (100YSS) study is an effort seeded by DARPA...
04:05 pm - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot Lawmakers Intent On Approving SOPA, PIPA
snydeq writes "U.S. Congress appears likely to move forward with SOPA and PIPA, despite widespread opposition, IDGNS reports. The U.S. Senate is expected to begin floor debate on PIPA shortly after se...
03:05 pm - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot Want To Get Kids Interested In Programming? Teach Them Computer History
An anonymous reader writes "With poor IT teaching putting kids off pursuing a career in the computing it is time to look for a new approach. Taking kids back to the time of computing pioneers like Joh...
02:05 pm - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot TSA Interested In Purchasing Dosimeters
OverTheGeicoE writes "TSA recently announced that it is looking for vendors of 'radiation measurement devices'. According to the agency's Request for Information, these devices 'will assist the TSA in...
12:05 pm - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot NetApp, Lenovo Raise Prices, Citing Thailand Flooding Effects
Lucas123 writes "First HP, then EMC, and now NetApp has hiked up the price of its hard disk drives by 5% to 15%. The vendors sent letters to users stating that the flooding in Thailand had caused majo...
09:05 am - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Party UK Looks Forward To 2012
Ajehals writes "The UK Pirate Party New Years message suggests a new sense of direction for the party, with a focus on policy and politics beyond what was seen as the party's norm, single issue positi...
06:05 am - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot Shareholder Fight Threatens Mandriva SA
LinuxScribe writes "A shareholder fight (French [Google translation]) has put one of the oldest commercial Linux vendors at risk of shuttering on January 16. If Mandriva can't raise 4 million euro in ...
03:05 am - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot IT Salaries Edge Up Back To 2008 Levels
tsamsoniw writes "A soon-to-be released salary survey finds that the average salary for IT professionals in the U.S. is $78,299, putting overall compensation back at January 2008 levels. More hearteni...
12:05 am - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot French Court Frowns On Autocomplete, Tells Google To Remove Searches
New submitter Lexx Greatrex writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica: "Google had been sued by insurance company Lyonnaise de Garantie, which was offended by search results including the word 'escro...
12:05 am - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot A Whale's Virtual Reality
sciencehabit writes "A surfacing whale is a sight to see, but it would be even more dramatic to watch one ply the ocean depths. Researchers have taken a step closer to doing just that with sophisticat...
12:05 am - Sat, January 7, 2012
Slashdot Why Fuel Efficiency Advances Haven't Translated To Better Gas Mileage
greenrainbow tips an article about a research paper from an MIT economist that attempts to explain why technological advances in fuel efficiency haven't led to substantially better gas mileage for the...
11:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Deal With Roving TSA Teams?
An anonymous reader writes "I live in Boston, and I have noticed the TSA performs random security checks at the Copley T (subway station) and other locations. I routinely travel with a laptop, iPhone,...
11:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Ants Turned Into 'Supersoldiers'
New submitter jmcdougald.esq sends word that a team of researchers from McGill University has tinkered with the development of a type of ant to produce what they call a 'supersoldier' subcaste —...
10:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Negative Irreproducible Tweets For Science Publishing
New submitter mwolfam writes "Every scientist has at least one paper or graph tucked in a folder that lies in a dusty corner of the hard drive next to that dancing baby that used to be all the rage. T...
10:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Solo Explorer Begins Bicycle Journey To South Pole
Hugh Pickens writes "Helen Skelton, the first person to solo kayak the length of the Amazon, has set for herself another difficult task — to travel up to 14 hours a day battling 80mph winds and ...
09:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Drones Within a Drone Riding a Balloon
smitty777 writes "Given the U.S.'s recent drone issues, what is the new recipe for sending a drone over another country of interest? Simple, just take a balloon and attach a Tempest drone to the botto...
09:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot NASA Launches Open Source Portal
sproketboy writes "NASA has launched code.nasa.gov, which will become a portal for NASA's open source software development activities. In its current form, it hosts a directory of the organization's o...
08:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot No, SETI Has Not Detected Alien Signals From Space
The Bad Astronomer writes "Rumors are going around that SETI astronomers have detected possible alien signals from space. Bottom line: signals were detected when the Green Bank Telescope was pointed a...
07:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Gov't Considers Plan To Block Public Domain
An anonymous reader writes "Canada celebrated New Year's Day this year by welcoming the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Carl Jung into the public domain just as European countries were celebrating the a...
07:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot US Report Sees Perils To America's Tech Future
dcblogs sends this excerpt from ComputerWorld:"The ability of the U.S. to compete globally is eroding, according to an Obama administration report released Friday. It described itself as a 'call to ar...
07:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Public License 2.0 Released
revealingheart writes "Mozilla has announced the release of the Mozilla Public License 2.0. The new version provides for compatibility with the Apache and GPL licenses, improved patent protections and...
06:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot What a Black Box Data Dump Looks Like
An anonymous reader writes "Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray recently crashed his Ford Crown Victoria while reportedly traveling 108 mph. The car was pretty much shredded, but Murray walked away ...
05:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Apple Patents Power Adapter That Recovers Lost Passwords
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Apple has patented a power charger that also serves as a password recovery backup. If a user forgets his Macbook's password, for instance, he simply plugs in the cord, and ...
04:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot US 'Space Warplane' Spying On Chinese Spacelab
PolygamousRanchKid sends this excerpt from El Reg:"The U.S. Air Force's second mysterious mini-space shuttle, the X-37B, could be spying on China's space laboratory and the first piece of its space st...
04:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Create First Genetically Modified Monkeys
Several readers tipped news that U.S. scientists have created 'chimeric' monkeys, made with genetic material from as many as six different genomes (abstract). This is significant because it's the firs...
03:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Are Brain Teasers Good Hiring Criteria?
theodp writes "Your brain teaser prowess may win you a job at Google, but the folks at 37signals don't hire programmers based on puzzles, API quizzes, math riddles, or other parlor tricks. 'The only r...
02:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Iran Developing 'Halal' Domestic Intranet
An anonymous reader writes "The WSJ reports that Iran is beginning a crackdown on Internet use by its citizens, creating new blocks against foreign content and stepping up surveillance of browsing hab...
02:05 pm - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Ohm's Law Survives To the Atomic Level
Hugh Pickens writes "Moore's Law, the cornerstone of the semiconductor industry, may get a reprieve from its predicted demise. As wires shrink to just nanometers in diameter, their resistivity tends t...
11:05 am - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Is the Canadian Arctic the Future of Astronomy?
sciencehabit writes "Frigid temperatures, dry air, and endless nights should, in theory, make the polar regions top spots for ground-based optical astronomy. So far, Antarctica has been getting all th...
09:05 am - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Shopping Center Tracking System Condemned by Civil Rights Campaigners
hypnosec writes "Civil rights campaigners have spoken out against a technology used by several shopping centers in the UK to track consumers using their mobile signals. The shopping centers claim that...
06:05 am - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Symantec Looks Into Claims of Stolen Source Code
wiredmikey writes "A group of hackers claim to have stolen source code for Symantec's Norton Antivirus software. The group is operating under the name Dharmaraja, and claims it found the data after co...
04:05 am - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Apple Threatens Steve Jobs Doll Maker With Lawsuit
redletterdave writes "Apple has allegedly threatened to sue Chinese company 'In Icons' over its eerily realistic 12-inch action figure of Steve Jobs, the company's late founder and CEO. The 1:6 scale ...
02:05 am - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot AP and 28 News Groups To Collect Fees From Aggregators
jjp9999 writes "The Associated Press is launching the NewsRight project to make aggregators pay for content. Some of the top names in the news industry are currently on board, including New York Times...
01:05 am - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft In Talks To Buy Nokia's Smartphone Division?
lightbox32 writes "Analyst Eldar Murtazin, announced today that Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer was soon to meet his Nokia counterpart Stephen Elop to finalize the purchase of Nokia's smartpho...
12:05 am - Fri, January 6, 2012
Slashdot Thick Dust Alters NASA Mars Rover Plans
coondoggie writes "NASA's long-running Mars rover Opportunity is getting ready for the harsh Martian winter, but this year for the first time in its nearly eight-year history it needs a sunnier locati...
11:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Mouse Sperm Cells Grown In Vitro
smitty777 writes "In what is being hailed as a breakthrough in male infertility, researchers from Muenster and Ben Gurion Universities were able to actually grow mouse sperm cells in a petri dish. Res...
10:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Australian Deported From Bahrain Over Facebook Posts
An anonymous reader writes "Australian English instructor Tony Mitchell recently moved to Bahrain where he was offered a job at the state-run Polytechnic University. He described himself as a witness ...
10:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Controlled Quantum Levitation Used To Build Wipeout Track
First time accepted submitter gentryx writes "Researchers at the Japan Institute of Science and Technology have build a miniature Wipeout track (YouTube video) using high temperature superconductors a...
09:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Mirrorless, Interchangeable Lens Camera Advice?
jehan60188 writes "I want a camera that's better than my phone, but I don't have the technical knowledge to fully appreciate a DSLR. I think the MILC style will be a happy compromise, but I'm concerne...
08:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Vint Cerf On Human Rights: Internet Access Isn't On the List
Gallenod writes "In an op-ed for the New York Times, Vint Cerf writes that civil protests around the world, sparked by Internet communications, 'have raised questions about whether Internet access is ...
08:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Makers Keep Flogging 3D TV, Viewers Keep Shrugging
A Wired article (as carried by CNN) attempts to answer the question of why 3D television hasn't caught on. The reasons listed there (high price, paltry content, the need for 3D glasses for typical set...
07:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot UK Executive 'Forced Out of Job' For Posting CV Online
First time accepted submitter sweetpea86 writes "An executive who uploaded his CV to LinkedIn was forced to quit his job because he ticked a box stating he was interested in 'career opportunities'. Jo...
07:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Firefox 3.6 Support Ends April 2012
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla for some time after switching to the rapid release process talked about releasing Extended Support Releases that would give companies and organizations some breathi...
06:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8 To Include Built-in Reset, Refresh
MrSeb writes "Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, will provide push-button Reset and Refresh in Windows 8. Reset will restore a Windows 8 PC to its stock, fresh-from-the-factory state; Refresh will rei...
05:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot California State Senator Proposes Funding Open-Source Textbooks
bcrowell writes "Although former Governor Schwarzenegger's free digital textbook initiative for K-12 education was a failure,state senator Darrell Steinberg has anew idea for the state-subsidizedpubli...
05:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Germans Increase Office Efficiency With "Cloud Ceiling"
Griller_GT writes "According to the top researchers of the Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organization (IAO) in Stuttgart, the human mind is set up to work at its best under the op...
04:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot US Threatens Spain For Not Implementing SOPA-Like Law
SharkLaser writes "In a leaked letter sent to Spain's outgoing President, the US ambassador warned that if Spain didn't pass SOPA-like file-sharing site blocking law, Spain would risk being put into U...
04:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft To Offer Flight For Free This Spring
hypnosec writes "Microsoft's Flight Simulator series, which was in dormant state until now, will see a re-launch this spring and that too for free. The name of this series will be simply Flight, and p...
03:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Leap Second Coming In June, 2012
Zoxed writes "IERS have just announced a leap second due at midnight, June 30th this year. Are your systems ready?" The last leap second added was at the end of 2008. Read more of this story a...
03:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Mathematics Says Romney and Santorum Tied In Iowa
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Presidential candidate Mitt Romney received eight more votes than candidate Rick Santorum or 0.007 percent of the total number of caucus votes in the Iowa caucus, 'eking ou...
03:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot EU Moves To Ban Iran Crude Oil
rtoz writes with this snippet from the BBC: "EU member states have agreed in principle to ban imports of Iranian crude oil to put pressure on the country over its nuclear programme. ... The US, which ...
02:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Looking Back At the Commodore 64
An anonymous reader writes "It's the 30th anniversary of the Commodore 64 this week — news that has made more than a few gaming enthusiasts feel their age. This story looks back at some of the p...
02:05 pm - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Why Freemium Doesn't Work
itwbennett writes "Tyler Nichols learned an obvious but important lesson with his freemium Letter from Santa site: 'most people who want something for free will never, ever think of paying you, no mat...
11:05 am - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Tech For Small Library Automation?
Kozz writes "I've recently been tapped as 'the tech guy' at my church where a group familiar with library automation wants to get digital with the relatively small catalog. Right now all the materials...
09:05 am - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Thumbdrive-Sized Streaming Media Players Coming Soon
DeviceGuru writes "Roku is building its streaming media player technology into a thumbdrive-style device that will plug directly into a TV's HDMI port. The Roku Streaming Stick, to be priced in the $5...
08:05 am - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot China Cuts 'Excessive Entertainment' From TV
An anonymous reader writes "Chinese broadcasters have axed two-thirds of popular TV shows in line with a government directive to curb 'excessive entertainment.' From the article: 'The rule, first anno...
06:05 am - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot FDA Approves Self-Sanitizing Keyboard
jfruhlinger writes "Deep down, most people ,now that the germiest thing they touch all day is the thing they're touching all day: their keyboard. But what, if anything, can be done about it? A couple ...
04:05 am - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Nginx Overtakes Microsoft As No. 2 Web Server
tsamsoniw writes "With financial backing from the likes of Michael Dell and other venture capitalists, open source upstart Nginx has edged out Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Server) to hold the t...
03:05 am - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Linux 3.2 Has Been Released
diegocg writes "Linux 3.2 has been released. New features include support for Ext4 block size bigger than 4KB and up to 1MB, btrfs has added faster scrubbing, automatic backup of critical metadata and...
02:05 am - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Linux Foundation Sites Restored
LinuxScribe writes "The Linux Foundation has quietly restored all of the websites it took down following the September 2011 breach that affected Linux.com and all other Foundation websites--an attack ...
01:05 am - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Teachers Resist High-tech Push In Idaho Schools
First time accepted submitter Jack W writes "This morning's NY Times highlights the issue of learning in our public schools and the proper role of technology. The Idaho governor and his state school s...
12:05 am - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Feds Now Plans To Close 1,200 Data Centers
1sockchuck writes "The U.S. government now expects to shutter at least 1,200 data centers by the end of 2015 in its data center consolidation project. That's about 40 percent of the IT facilities iden...
12:05 am - Thu, January 5, 2012
Slashdot Latest From Second Life Creator: Crowdsourcing Small Jobs
waderoush writes "At Linden Lab, Philip Rosedale led the creation of Second Life, a virtual world with a complex internal economy. Now he's applying some of the same ideas to the real world at Coffee ...
11:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Diebold Marries VMs with ATMs to Secure Banking Data
gManZboy writes "Automatic teller machine maker Diebold has taken a novel approach to protecting bank customer data: virtualization. Virtualized ATMs store all customer data on central servers, rather...
10:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Hadoop 1.0 Released
darthcamaro writes "There has been a tonne of hype about Big Data and specifically Hadoop in recent years. But until today, Hadoop was not a 1.0 release product. Does it matter? Not really, but it's s...
10:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Avoiding Facial Recognition of the Future
hypnosec writes "A New York-based designer has created a camouflage technique that makes it much harder for computer based facial recognition. Along with the growth of closed circuit television (CCTV)...
09:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: FreeOpen Deduplication Software?
First time accepted submitter ltjohhed writes "We've been using deduplication products, for backup purposes, at my company for a couple of years now (DataDomain, NetApp etc). Although they've fully sa...
09:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot First Four Exoplanets of 2012 Discovered
astroengine writes "Only four days into the New Year and the first four exoplanets of 2012 have been spotted orbiting four distant stars. All four alien worlds are known as 'hot Jupiters' — larg...
08:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask Carl Malamud About Shedding Light On Government Data
If you've ever tried to look up public records online, you may have run into byzantine sign-up procedures, proprietary formats, charges just to view what are ostensibly public documents, and generally...
07:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Filesharing Now an Official Religion In Sweden
bs0d3 writes "Kopimism is now an official religion in Sweden. Kopimi beliefs originated with the Swedish group called Piratbyran who believed that everything should be shared freely online without res...
07:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Holo Theme Is Now Mandatory For Android Devices
tripleevenfall writes in about the new theme changes in Android 4.0. From the article: "Starting with Android 4.0, support for the 'Holo' theme will be mandatory for phones and tablets that have the A...
06:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot FreeDOS 1.1 Released
MrSeb writes with this excerpt from an Extreme Tech article about the latest FreeDOS release and a bit of project history: "Some 17 years after its first release in 1994, and more than five years sinc...
06:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo Names PayPal Executive New CEO
Diggester writes "Yahoo Inc said on Wednesday it has appointed Scott Thompson as its chief executive, effective from January 9, replacing interim CEO Tim Morse who will resume his role as chief financ...
05:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot One Million Web Pages Attacked By Lilupophilupop
hankwang writes "The Internet Storm Center reported that one million web pages have been attacked by a the Lilupophilupop SQL injection and contain a malicious Javascript link. Affected sites can be f...
05:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Paypal Orders Buyer of Violin To Destroy It For a Refund
An anonymous reader writes "Erica was once the owner of an old violin that had survived through WWII, and decided to sell it on Ebay for $2500. The person who bought it decided it was a counterfeit an...
05:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Google Punishing Chrome Results For 60 Days
djl4570 writes "'Google is pushing its own Chrome browser down in search rankings for 60 days following reports that the company was involved in an ad campaign that paid for links to bolster search tr...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Filtering By License Should Be Possible in App Markets
tonymercmobily writes "With the latest news from Microsoft, which will allow open source apps in their store, we will see more and more an abundance of per-pay applications mixed with license-free one...
04:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Tivo Gets $215 Million Patent Settlement From AT&T
symbolset writes "Slashgear is reporting that Tivo has achieved a settlement in their patent lawsuit with AT&T. Tivo will receive the minimum sum of $215 million over six years — more if AT&...
03:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot IE6 Almost Dead In the US
SharkLaser writes "Microsoft, and the whole tech world, is celebrating the fact that use of Internet Explorer 6 has dropped below one percent in the US. 'Time to pop open the champagne because, based ...
02:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Google Acquires 222 More IBM Patents
itwbennett writes "The newly acquired patents include email management, server backup, tuning and recovery, e-commerce, advertising, mobile web page display, instant messaging, online calendaring, and...
02:05 pm - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Cleaning Up the Mess After a Major Hack Attack
Hugh Pickens writes "Kevin Mandia has spent his entire career cleaning up problems much like the recent breach at Stratfor where Anonymous defaced Stratfor's Web site, published over 50,000 of its cus...
11:05 am - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Genetically Modifying Silk Worms For Super Silk
New submitter davidshenba sends this quote from the BBC:"U.S. researchers have created silkworms that are genetically modified to spin much stronger silk (abstract). In weight-for-weight terms, spider...
08:05 am - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Securing Android For the Enterprise
Orome1 writes "While many companies use IPsec for secure remote access to their networks, no integrated IPsec VPN client is available on Android. Apple has already fixed this shortcoming in iOS, in pa...
06:05 am - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot US Survey Shows Piracy Common and Accepted
bs0d3 writes "A new U.S. survey sponsored by the American Assembly has revealed that piracy is both common and accepted. The surveys findings show that 46% of adults and 75% of young people have bough...
04:05 am - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Transformer Prime To Get ICS On January 12, Boot Unlocker Coming
symbolset writes "ASUS, maker of the popular Transformer Prime Tegra 3 tablet, announced via their Facebook page that Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be available January 12th. In addition they ...
02:05 am - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Nokia: the Sun Can't Charge Your Phone
itwbennett writes "Nokia's research into solar-powered cell phones ended with a (barely audible) thud. Under the best of conditions researchers were able 'to harvest enough energy to keep the phone on...
01:05 am - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Medical Imaging With a Hacked LCD Projector
An anonymous reader writes "Grad students at UC Irvine have built a spatial frequency domain imaging system using parts from a cheap LCD projector and a digital camera. The system can be used to check...
12:05 am - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Why Do All Movie Tickets Cost the Same?
gambit3 sends this quote from The Atlantic:"Like tens of millions of Americans, I have paid money to see Mission: Impossible, which made $130 million in the last two weeks, and I have not paid any mon...
12:05 am - Wed, January 4, 2012
Slashdot Rare Moon Mineral Found On Earth
sciencehabit writes "A mineral previously known only from moon rocks and lunar meteorites has now been found on Earth. Researchers discovered the substance — dubbed tranquillityite after the Sea...
11:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Why Politicians Should Never Make Laws About Technology
snydeq writes "As the world gets more and more technical, we can't let Luddites decide the fate of dangerous legislation like SOPA, writes Deep End's Paul Venezia. 'Very few politicians get technology...
11:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Judge Doesn't Care About Supreme Court GPS Case
nonprofiteer writes "The Supreme Court is currently deciding whether or not law enforcement needs a warrant before they put a GPS tracker on a person's car. A judge in St. Louis doesn't seem to care a...
10:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot When Getting Rid of College Lectures Makes Sense
timothy writes "NPR reports that Harvard physicist and professor Eric Mazur has largely gotten rid of the lecture in his classes, after finding that in lecture-based classes, students tend to commit t...
10:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Remotely Pat Your Pet With Kinect and a Wiimote
MrSeb writes "Taylor Valtrop, an enterprising roboticist with a penchant for kitties, has crafted the mother of all Kinect (and Wiimote!) hacks: The teleoperation of a robot to groom a cat. Using a Na...
09:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot What's Keeping You On XP?
Hugh Pickens writes "PC World reports that Windows XP lost more than 11 percent of its share from September to December 2011, to post a December average of 46.5 percent, a new low for the aged OS as u...
09:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Are Engineers Natural Libertarians Or Technocrats?
uctpjac writes "This openDemocracy article uses Scott Adams' presidential bid to argue that however much engineers — especially Silicon Valley types — like to think that they're libertaria...
08:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Fujitsu To Develop Vigilante Computer Virus For Japan
wiedzmin writes "Japanese Defense Ministry has awarded Fujitsu a contract to develop a vigilante computer virus, which will track down and eliminate other viruses, or rather — their sources of o...
07:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Online Clearinghouse Offers To Defend Privacy
jfruhlinger writes "Privacy may have become a hot-button issue in the Internet age, but the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has been fighting against corporate privacy violations for 20 years now. Today,...
07:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot German Hackers Propose Uncensorable Global Grid — With Satellites
braindrainbahrain writes "The members of the Stuttgart Hackerspace have taken it upon themselves to launch their own space program. The immediate goal of the Hacker Space Program is to create an uncen...
06:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Instead of a Wheel Chair, How About an Exoskeleton?
New submitter the_newsbeagle writes "This year, Ekso Bionics will roll out its most sophisticated exoskeleton ever. The company's robotic walking suit, called the Ekso, allows paraplegics to get back ...
05:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Chile Forbids Carriers From Selling Network-Locked Phones
An anonymous reader writes "As from today, network operators in Chile are no longer allowed to sell carrier-locked phones, and must unlock free of charge all devices already sold to costumers through ...
04:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot China Trials Its First 3D TV Channel
rtoz writes with the news that Chinese viewers will soon be able to watch a 3D TV channel service, to be opened in late January. Excerpting: "The first stations for the 3D trial are China Central Tele...
04:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Feature Phones Make Java ME, Not Android, the #2 Mobile Internet OS
bonch writes "According to a report from NetApplications, which has measured browser usage data since 2004, Oracle's Java Mobile Edition has surpassed Android as the #2 mobile OS on the internet at 26...
03:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?
New submitter datavirtue writes "I'm about to embark on developing active content (database driven, and web services) for the first time for my website and I have grown to love PHP. Knowing that there...
03:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot EU Proposal Would Encourage Web Users To Flag Suspicious Web Pages
littlekorea writes "Web surfers in Europe might soon be asked to 'flag' for law enforcement follow-up any web content they suspect incites terrorism, under an plan a group of EU governments has put to...
03:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Bob Anderson, the Man Behind Vader's Lightsaber, Dies at 89
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Australia's ABC News: "Bob Anderson, an Olympic swordsman who staged fights for films including the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings trilogy, has died ...
02:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot RIM's Playbook On Clearance
symbolset writes "Engadget reports that the much-maligned RIM Playbook tablet has hit the clearance skids. I've confirmed that all three models (16GB, 32GB, 64GB) are for sale on RIM's website for the...
02:05 pm - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Chaos Communication Congress Releases Talks
First time accepted submitter jehan60188 writes with this excerpt from an article from Hack a Day: "The 28th Annual Chaos Communication Congress just wrapped things up on December 31st and they've alr...
11:05 am - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Iran Tests Naval Cruise Missile During War Games
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The NY Times reports that Iran says that it has successfully test fired a cruise missile during naval exercises near the Strait of Hormuz ..., and the surface-to-sea missil...
09:05 am - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Spanish Website Blocking Law Implemented
Sir Mal Fet writes "In a very polemic move by the Spanish parliament, the infamous 'Sinde' law, already discussed here, was implemented on December 31st. Albeit modified from their original version, t...
06:05 am - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Facebook a Factor in a Third of UK Divorces
hypnosec writes with an excerpt from an IT Pro Portal article: "A recent survey conducted by a UK based divorce website disclosed that 33 percent of behavior divorce petitions filed cite Facebook as a...
05:05 am - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Testing the MongoDB Global Write Lock Improvements
rick446 writes "I took some time to benchmark the global write lock improvements in MongoDB 2.0. From the article: 'MongoDB, as some of you may know, has a process-wide write lock... Per-database and ...
04:05 am - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Gigabyte Board Sets Intel X79 Overclocking Record
MojoKid writes "Renowned overclocker 'Hicookie' achieved a new high clock speed on the Intel Core i7 3930K processor by cranking the chip past 5.6GHz using a Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 motherboard, the first...
01:05 am - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot The Semantic Line Interface
First time accepted submitter yuriyg_ua writes "[The] semantic line interface may combine features of both command line and graphical interface, which would allow even more complex applications than w...
01:05 am - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Writing Hardened Web Applications?
rhartness writes "I am a long time Software Engineer, however, almost all of my work has been developing server-side, intranet applications or applications for the Windows desktop environment. With th...
12:05 am - Tue, January 3, 2012
Slashdot Why Richard Stallman Was Right All Along
jrepin sends this excerpt from an opinion piece at OSNews:"Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or du...
11:05 pm - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot Slow Start For Mobile In 2012 Presidential Campaign
An anonymous reader writes "Social networks played an important role in the last U.S. presidential election, but the explosive growth in smartphone usage and the introduction of tablets since 2008 cou...
10:05 pm - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot Brief But Intense Meteor Shower On January 4th
PolygamousRanchKid writes with this quote:"Sky watchers are in for their first treat of 2012, as the short but intense Quadrantid meteor shower will light up the northern sky in the early morning of J...
09:05 pm - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot Leaked Online Chats Expose Author of Largest Spam Botnet
An anonymous reader writes "New analysis of financial records and online chat logs retrieved from the operators of Spamdot.biz — until recently the most notorious spam affiliate program — ...
09:05 pm - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot Belarus Bans Use of Foreign Websites
bs0d3 writes "A new law in Belarus prohibits people from using 'foreign' websites. The law requires that all companies and individuals who are registered as entrepreneurs in Belarus use only domestic ...
08:05 pm - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot Windows Phone Homebrew Hits a Snag
symbolset writes "TheNextWeb is reporting that the first official jailbreak for Windows Phone 7, ChevronWP7, has 'sold out' of tokens to enable homebrew application support. Only 10,000 tokens to jail...
07:05 pm - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot Google Testing Completely Revamped Look
SharkLaser writes "Google's search engine has always looked pretty much the same since it was introduced in 1998. However, Google is now testing a revamped look that is the largest change the search e...
06:05 pm - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot The Second Moons of Earth
Hugh Pickens writes "Despite a large body of work on satellite capture by the gas giants, mainly Jupiter and Saturn, there has been little published about the Earth's natural satellites other than the...
05:05 pm - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot Google Leaves App Inventor In Limbo
theodp writes "Google took some heat for pulling the plug on App Inventor for Android, but all was good with the announcement that App Inventor would live on at MIT. But try to run the App Inventor Ja...
04:05 pm - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot Net Companies Consider the "Nuclear Option" To Combat SOPA
Atypical Geek writes "Alec Liu of Fox News reports that Amazon, Facebook and Google are considering a coordinated a coordinated blackout of the internet to protest SOPA, the Stop Online Privacy Act be...
03:05 pm - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot Earthquakes That May Be Related To Fracking Close Ohio Oil Well
Frosty P writes "State leaders have ordered that four fluid-injection wells ('fracking') in eastern Ohio will be indefinitely prohibited from opening in the aftermath of heightened seismic activity in...
02:05 pm - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot Could Ancient Pottery Improve Spacecraft Tiles?
astroengine writes "Earlier this year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded nearly $500,000 to scientists from the Getty Conservation Institute, Stanford's National Accelerator Laboratory (SL...
01:05 pm - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot Insiders Call HP's WebOS Software Fatally Flawed
Hugh Pickens writes "Some of the people involved in creating WebOS, the HP TouchPad's core software now say the product never had a fighting chance because it relied on WebKit, an open-source software...
10:05 am - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot NYT: IBM PC Division Sold To Advance China's Goals
theodp writes "Back in 2005, Wharton's Michael Useem speculated that IBM's sale of its PC Division to Lenovo was more about ingratiating Big Blue with the Chinese government than getting top dollar fo...
07:05 am - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot China's Green Data Center Plans
itwbennett writes "It's no surprise that China's internet-using population is growing fast. And so it's also no surprise that the country is planning to build new data centers by the dozen. What is su...
04:05 am - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot In New Zealand, a System To Watch for Disabled Parking Violators
cylonlover writes "What does it mean when a parking spot is marked with a wheelchair symbol? If you answered, 'It means I can park there as long as I'm going to be quick,' you're wrong — yet you...
12:05 am - Mon, January 2, 2012
Slashdot Floyd Landis Sentenced For Hacking Test Lab
McGruber writes with some news that slipped by in December: "Floyd Landis won the 2006 Tour de France, but was later stripped of his title after testing 'positive for an unusually high ratio of the ho...
11:05 pm - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Re-Entering the Job Market As a Software Engineer?
First time accepted submitter martypantsROK writes "It's been over 15 years since my main job was a software engineer. Since then I have held positions as a Sales Engineer, then spent a few years actu...
10:05 pm - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot Fake Antivirus Scams Spread To Android
SharkLaser writes "Fake antivirus scams have plagued Windows and Mac OSX during the last couple of years. Now it seems like such scams have spread to Android. Fake antivirus scams on Android work the ...
09:05 pm - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot Google Health's Lifeline Runs Out
turing0 writes "As a former bioinformatics researcher and CTO I have some sad news to start 2012 with. Though I am sure not a surprise to the Slashdot crowd, it appears we — or our demographic &...
08:05 pm - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot The Un-Internet and War On General Purpose Computers
theodp writes " Apple,' writes Dave Winer in The Un-Internet, 'is providing a bad example for younger, smaller companies like Twitter and Tumblr, who apparently want to control the 'user experience' o...
07:05 pm - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot New Online Dictionaries Automate Away the Linguistic Middleman
An article in The New York Times highlights two growing collections of words online that effectively bypass the traditional dictionary publishing system of slow aggregation and curation. Wordnik is a ...
06:05 pm - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot The 'Cable Guy' Now a Network Specialist
Hugh Pickens writes "Amy Chozick reports that cable guys, long depicted as slovenly cranks who dodged growling dogs and tracked mud on the living room carpet, often have backgrounds in engineering and...
05:05 pm - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot Optical Furnace Bakes Better Solar Cells
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory just announced that they have found a way to create more efficient photovoltaic cells using 50% less energy. The tec...
04:05 pm - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn't
SgtChaireBourne writes "Many works published in 1955 would have entered the public domain this year. Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain has an overview of the movies, books, s...
03:05 pm - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot Crysis 2 Most Pirated Game of 2011
MojoKid writes "When an advance copy of Crysis 2 leaked to the Internet a full month before the game's scheduled release, Crytek and Electronic Arts (EA) were understandably miffed and, as it turns ou...
02:05 pm - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot Lax Security At Russian Rocket Plant
theshowmecanuck writes "Reuters reports that there is little or no security at one of the main factories in Russia responsible for military and Soyuz rocket manufacture. Blogger Lana Sator was able to...
12:05 pm - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot MAME Running In Chrome
An anonymous reader writes to point out this interesting outgrowth of Google's Native Client: a Google engineer has ported MAME 0.143 to the browser-based platform, and written about the process in de...
09:05 am - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot SCADA Vulnerabilities In Prisons Could Open Cell Doors
Orome1 writes "Many prisons and jails use SCADA systems with PLCs to open and close doors. Using original and publicly available exploits along with evaluating vulnerabilities in electronic and physic...
06:05 am - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot Same Platform Made Stuxnet, Duqu; Others Lurk
wiredmikey writes "New research from Kaspersky Labs has revealed that the platform dubbed 'tilded' (~d), which was used to develop Stuxnet and Duqu, has been around for years. The researchers say that...
02:05 am - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot GRAIL-A Enters Lunar Orbit
NASA's twin-craft GRAIL mission, launched way back in September (more information here), has successfully reached its destination. Grail-A has now entered lunar orbit; GRAIL-B is expected to enter lun...
01:05 am - Sun, January 1, 2012
Slashdot How the Year Looked On Slashdot
Happy New Year! It's that time (as of now!) for the UK, and since the Slashdot backend operates in Greenwich Mean Time, that seems as good a reason as any to welcome 2012 now instead of local midnight...
11:05 pm - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Edison Would Have Loved New Light Bulb Law, Says His Great-Grandson
New submitter futuristic writes with a link to Thomas Edison's great-grandson's take on Thomas Edison and the alleged demise of the incandescent light bulb. From the article: "My great grandfather's 1...
10:05 pm - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Ford System Will Warn, Correct Lane-Drifting Drivers
PolygamousRanchKid writes "Ford says its new Fusion, which will debut at the North American International Auto Show in a couple weeks, will be the first mainstream midsize sedan in North America to of...
09:05 pm - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Best Software For Putting Lectures Online?
An anonymous reader writes "I'm trying to help a school put their classes online in the way most minimally invasive to the teachers. A few environmental considerations: They don't always have live int...
08:05 pm - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Speculating On What a Microsoft Superphone Might Mean
smitty777 writes "Forbes is running an intriguing story on a new 'Superphone' under development by the folks at Microsoft. According to this leaked MS roadmap document, the plan is to build the Apollo...
07:05 pm - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Vision and Sound From the Ideally Bare Numeric Impression giZmo
jones_supa writes "Ville 'viznut' Heikkilä presents us with an interesting project. 'As demonstrated by the video, IBNIZ (Ideally Bare Numeric Impression giZmo) is a virtual machine and a program...
06:05 pm - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Actual Damages For 1 Download = Cost of a 1 License
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In Real View v 20-20 Technologies, it was held that the actual copyright infringement damages for a single unauthorized download of a computer program was the lost license...
05:05 pm - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Open Source IDE GAMBAS Reaches 3.0
Kevin Fishburne writes "After years of work, creator Benoît Minisini and friends are just in time for New Year's celebrations with the first stable release of GAMBAS 3. Per their web site, 'Gamba...
04:05 pm - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot EA, Nintendo, Sony Quietly Withdraw SOPA Support
wbr1 writes "Electronista reports that Sony, Nintendo, and Electronic Arts have all pulled their support for SOPA, but have not issued any statements as to why. The house.gov list of SOPA supporters i...
03:05 pm - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Transforming Any Flat Surface Into a Control Panel With Sound
New submitter brunozamborlin writes "I just published a short video that shows how a very cheap contact microphone can be used to recognize different types of fingers touch and transform any surface i...
02:05 pm - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Tensions Over Hormuz Raise Ugly Possibilities For War
Hugh Pickens writes "The high stakes standoff between Iran and the U.S. over the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world's oil, escalated this week as Iran's navy claimed to have r...
01:05 pm - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Arise SIR Jonathan Ive
mariocki writes "Steve Jobs' go-to design man Jonathan Ive, the creator of modern computer design classics such as the iMac, MacBook Pro and iPod/iPhone/iPad, has been awarded a knighthood in the New ...
10:05 am - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Soyuz Lifts Off Again, Delivers Globalstar Satellites
First time accepted submitter ZoCool writes "No doubt to the deep relief of the Russian and Arianespace engineers, and the investors buying their services, Anatoly Zac's RussianSpaceWeb reports that o...
07:05 am - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Before the iPhone, Apple's Stunning Phone From 1983
Several readers pointed out the story of the Apple phone that never was, from 1983. Pictures of the concept phone are impressive, as you'd expect from Hartmut Esslinger, later founder of Frog Design. ...
04:05 am - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Is Twitter Aiding and Abetting Terrorism?
wiredmikey writes with word (and the following extract from a CNN report) that "Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center, sent a letter to Twitter on Thursday asserting ...
01:05 am - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Running Great Britain? There's an App For That!
judgecorp writes "Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron will get a personalised iPad app to help him run the country. The 'government dashboard' will include health waiting list figures, crime statis...
12:05 am - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Changing Passwords For the New Year?
New submitter windcask asks "Every New Year's Day, I assemble and memorize a random collection of seven to ten mixed-case alphanumeric characters and proceed to change every password I have on the int...
12:05 am - Sat, December 31, 2011
Slashdot Creating the World's Cheapest Tablet
Back in October, we discussed news that India had launched a $35 tablet. Now, JohnWiney writes with a story in the Globe and Mail about the device's development. Quoting:"Part of the difficulty in eng...