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11:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot How To Sneak In To a Security Conference
jfruh writes "You'd think that, of all events, security conferences would have tight security. But one anonymous human pen tester managed to sneak into the RSA conference without credentials, using tr...
11:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot AT&T Should Be Investigated For 'Fraudulent' Data Policies, Says PK
zacharye writes "AT&T on Monday announced a new plan that will let developers pay for the data used by their apps and services. The data consumed by apps that make use of this new feature would no...
10:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Schematics and Circuit Simulation In the Browser
compumike writes "CircuitLab today released a browser-based schematic editor and circuit simulator for the online electronics community. SPICE-like device models and mixed-mode simulation support allo...
10:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Paypal Forces E-Book Publisher To Censor Erotic Content
hey! writes "On February 18 of this year, global giant payment processor PayPal sent eBook publisher Smashwords an ultimatum: if Smashwords didn't remove all eBooks with certain erotic content from it...
09:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot US Wants Natural Gas As Major Auto Fuel Option
coondoggie writes "Natural gas has never been much of an option for U.S. car drivers, and it's going to take a lot of effort by the government and auto manufacturers to make it a viable alternative to...
09:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Users Spend More Time On Myspace Than Google+
pigrabbitbear writes "Google is boasting that more than 90 million people have signed up for its Google+. Those are pretty impressive numbers. I mean, if you had 90 million people at your disposa...
08:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Mars Mission Back In the Cards After Budget Cuts
ananyo writes "NASA has said it will re-design its Mars exploration program, and that the new architecture would include input — and money — from the human program as well as the space tec...
07:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Google Offers $1 Million For Chrome Exploits
PatPending writes with news that Google will be offering up to $1 million for the discovery of new exploits in their Chrome browser. This comes as part of the CanSecWest security conference, and the r...
07:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Master Engineer: Apple's "Mastered For iTunes" No Better Than AAC-Encoded Music
New submitter Stowie101 writes "British master engineer Ian Shepherd is ripping Apple's Mastered for iTunes service, saying it is pure marketing hype and isn't different than a standard AAC file in iT...
06:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Those Sleeping Pills May Be Killing You
dstates writes "A recent article in in BMJ Open reports a strong association between the use of prescription sleeping pills and mortality. The study used electronic health records for 2.5 million peop...
06:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Santorum Defends Robocalls To Democrats
Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that Rick Santorum defended his robocalls urging Democrats in Michigan to vote in today's critical primary, a tactic that has come under withering criticism f...
05:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Play Angry Birds With a USB Slingshot
An anonymous reader writes "If you're sick of playing Angry Birds, or don't like touchscreen controls, there is now an alternative if you don't mind some construction. mbed have posted full instructio...
05:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Slashdot Visits the Seattle Pinball Museum (Video)
People who hear about the Seattle Pinball Museum tend to say things like, "Seems like a must-visit destination in Seattle," and, "Why did no one tell me about this place!??!" Timothy Lord, Slashdot Ed...
05:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Harris Exits Cloud Hosting, Citing Fed Server Hugging
miller60 writes "Despite the publicity around the U.S. Government's 'Cloud First' approach to IT, many agencies are reluctant to shift mission critical assets to third-party facilities. That's the ana...
04:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo Unfriends Facebook With Aggressive Patent Demands
theodp writes " Hate to see something happen to that multi-billion IPO of yours,' is essentially the IPO-threatening message Yahoo sent to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook investors on the eve of the soci...
04:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot US Prosecutors Have a Sealed Indictment On Assange, Say Leaked Files
beaverdownunder writes with news from The Age that "Leaked e-mails from private U.S. intelligence agency Stratfor indicate that American prosecutors have had a sealed, secret indictment drawn up again...
03:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Geohashing Conquers the South Pole
New submitter Kjellander writes "Randall, of xkcd fame, and inventor of Geohashing, has commented on the recent successful expedition of a Globalhash less than 1 km from the Amundsen-Scott research st...
03:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Nokia Puts 41MPixel Camera In a (Symbian) Phone
judgecorp writes "We aren't sure what's the strangest thing about Nokia's new offering, the fact that it's got a 41 Megapixel camera or the fact that it runs Symbian. It has a very high resolution sen...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot IBM Touts Quantum Computing Breakthrough
Lucas123 writes "IBM today claimed to have been able to reduce error rates and retain the integrity of quantum mechanical properties in quantum bits or quibits long enough to perform a gate operation,...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Tests 'Safe' User Tag For Disasters
aesoteric writes "Facebook has embarked on a nationwide test of a new disaster message board for users across Japan. The feature allows users to mark themselves as being 'safe' in the event of a disas...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Advertisers Co-Opting The Lorax With Half-Truths About Conservation
pigrabbitbear writes with an interesting opinion on the "green" marketing surrounding The Lorax movie adaptation. From the article: "There may be all kinds of reasons to defend the Lorax — Dr. S...
11:05 am - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Asus Transformer Drops Quad-core In Favor of Dual-core
MrSeb writes with this news from Extreme Tech: "In a move that will shock and disgust bleeding-edge technophiles everywhere, Asus has announced at Mobile World Congress 2012 that its new Transformer P...
09:05 am - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Apple Threatens To Pull Siri Clone From App Store
daria42 writes "Steve Jobs might not be around any more to enforce some of Apple's stricter policies, but that doesn't mean the company is letting it all hang loose. Overnight the U.K. company which p...
06:05 am - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Flatworms Defy Aging Through Cell Division Tricks
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from The University of Nottingham have demonstrated how a species of flatworm overcomes the ageing process to be potentially immortal. The discovery, published ...
04:05 am - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Spanish Company Tests 'Right To Be Forgotten' Against Google
suraj.sun writes with an excerpt from an article over at Ars Technica: "Los Alfaques, a bucolic campground near the Spanish town of Tarragona, isn't happy with Google. That's because searches for 'cam...
02:05 am - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Suggestions For Music Hosting?
First time accepted submitter achbed writes "In conjunction with a friend of mine, I'm operating a small(ish) site that contains a large quantity of music (mp3/ogg) that we pay streaming licenses for....
01:05 am - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Publisher Pulls Supports; 'Research Works Act' Killed
crabel writes "It appears the dreaded Research Works Act is dead. The bill would have prevented agencies of the federal government from requiring public access to federally subsidized research. After ...
12:05 am - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh
MojoKid writes about some interesting news from AMD. From the article: "Advanced Micro Devices plans to use resonant clock mesh (PDF) technology developed by Cyclos Semiconductor to push its Piledrive...
12:05 am - Tue, February 28, 2012
Slashdot Siri To Power Mercedes-Benz Car Systems
redletterdave writes "Mercedes-Benz unveiled plans on Monday to use Siri, Apple's AI personal assistant exclusive to the iPhone 4S, to power its electronics system called 'Drive Kit Plus,' which will ...
11:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Need To Find a Hackerspace In Africa? Check This Map
pigrabbitbear writes "These days you can crowd-map just about anything, from Hurricane Irene to what you eat for breakfast, as long as you either have a phone or a basic internet hook-up. One of the l...
11:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Are Rich People Less Moral?
sciencehabit writes "New research suggests that the upper classes are more likely to behave dishonorably than those lower on the economic spectrum. The rich are more likely to cheat, steal, and even d...
11:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Will Tablet Price War Mean a Larger Amazon Tablet?
An anonymous reader writes "PC Magazine reports that even while Amazon was building their Kindle Fire tablet, it was already planning on a much larger model that 'will be its marquee product and the h...
10:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Ship Anchor Damages African Undersea Cables
New submitter Bastian227 writes "A ship anchoring in a restricted area disrupted an East African high-speed Internet connection. The damaged fiber optic cable is one of three new undersea cables in th...
10:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Reasons Behind the Demise of Kodak
pbahra tips a story that goes into the reasons behind Kodak's decline and fall. Quoting:"With digital, a significant shift in mind-set occurred in the meanings associated with cameras. Rather than bei...
09:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Asus PadFone Combines Smartphone, Tablet, Keyboard
crookedvulture writes "Asus is showing off a bunch of new devices at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, including a budget Transformer model and an Infinity Series graced with a 10", 1920x1200 displa...
08:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot US Military Working On 'Optionally-Manned' Bomber
An anonymous reader writes "Despite massive budget deficits, the U.S. military is working towards a stealthy and 'optionally-manned' bomber capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The craft is intended t...
08:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation - Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer
Zothecula writes "It is a great irony that alcohol should be legislated into becoming man's most commonly used recreational drug, as it's the only drug that causes more harm to others than to the user...
07:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Vatican Attack Provides Insight Into Anonymous
Hugh Pickens writes "John Markoff writes that an unsuccessful campaign against the Vatican by Anonymous, which did not receive wide attention at the time, provides a rare glimpse into the recruiting, ...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot World's First Quadruple Limb Transplant Fails
New submitter smoothjazz writes "The world's first quadruple limb transplant failed, according to Hacettepe University. Doctors had to remove the arms and legs that had been transplanted last Friday o...
05:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Police Find Apple Branded Stoves In China
An anonymous reader writes "Just when you thought the Apple knockoff trade in China couldn't get any more ridiculous, Chinese Police recently seized 681 "Apple iPhone" branded gas stoves in the city o...
05:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Active Video Games Don't Make Kids Exercise More
redletterdave writes "Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, designed every kid's dream study: they passed out Wii consoles to 78 kids who didn't already have one, and gave hal...
04:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Lawyers For Mining Companies Threaten Scientific Journals
An anonymous reader writes "ScienceInsider got hold of a threatening letter that lawyers for the mining industry sent to various scientific journals concerning data from the US 'Diesel Exhaust in Mine...
03:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Denies Accessing Users' Text Messages
quantr writes "Facebook is being accused of snooping on its users' text messages, but the social network says the accusations are inaccurate and misleading. The company is among a wide-ranging group o...
03:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Open Letter By Eric S. Raymond To Chris Dodd
An anonymous reader writes "ESR, one of the finest engineers behind the open source movement and much of the software we use everyday, writes an open letter to U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd. ESR points out the...
02:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot What Beer Can Teach Us About Emerging Technologies
cold fjord writes that Assistant Professor and lecturer Dave Conz has an interesting article at Slate, from which: "I believe beer is the perfect lens through which to examine innovation, which is why...
12:05 pm - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot UK To Dim Highway Lights To Save Money
Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports that street lights on thousands of miles of major roads in England will be dimmed during quiet periods to save money and reduce carbon emissions. The Highway...
09:05 am - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?
An anonymous reader writes "My university only provides access to the web, via a restrictive content filter and proxy service. There is no access to the wider internet. I was wondering if this is comm...
08:05 am - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot IBM Researchers Image Electrical Charge Distribution In a Single Molecule
alphadogg writes with this selection from Network World:"IBM researchers for the first time have succeeded in imaging how charge is distributed inside a single molecule, which is a fundamental researc...
06:05 am - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Australia's Telstra Requires Fibre Customers To Use Copper Telephone
daria42 writes "Progress is happening rapidly in Australia, with the country's government continuing to roll out a nation-wide fibre network. However, the country's major telco Telstra doesn't appear ...
04:05 am - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot WikiLeaks Begins Releasing Stratfor Internal Emails
owenferguson writes "WikiLeaks has begun leaking a cache of over 5 million internal emails from the the Texas-headquartered 'global intelligence' company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 20...
12:05 am - Mon, February 27, 2012
Slashdot Stem Cells That May Make Eggs Found In Women
sciencehabit writes "Men typically produce working sperm as long as they live, but most textbooks say female mammals are born with all the egg cells, or oocytes, they will ever have. Since 2004, howev...
11:05 pm - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot Intel Joins LibreOffice
New submitter dgharmon writes "The month of February is a month to remember for the LibreOffice project. They formally incorporated the foundation in Berlin, released 3.5 with major changes and now In...
10:05 pm - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music
New submitter eeplox writes "I make nature videos for my YouTube channel, generally in remote wilderness away from any possible source of music. And I purposely avoid using a soundtrack in my videos b...
09:05 pm - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot Optical Memory Could Speed Up the Internet
ananyo writes "Bits of data travelling the internet have a tough commute — they bounce back and forth between optical signal lines for efficient transmission and electrical signal lines for proc...
08:05 pm - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot Study Suggests Climate Change-Induced Drought Caused the Mayan Collapse
pigrabbitbear writes "The collapse of the Mayan empire has already caused plenty of consternation for scientists and average Joes alike, and we haven't even made it a quarter of the way through 2012 y...
07:05 pm - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot Google+ Unblocked In China; President Obama's Page Flooded With Comments
An anonymous reader writes "Google+ has recently been unblocked in China and Chinese netizens have found their way to President Obama's G+ page. The result is that topic after topic has hit ...
06:05 pm - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Install Ubuntu On 30 Laptops and Keep Them In Sync?
New submitter spadadot writes "I am setting up a new event in France (Open du Web), where between 15 and 30 laptops running Ubuntu Linux will be available. They came with Windows preinstalled and it m...
05:05 pm - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot Dharun Ravi Trial: Hate Crime Or Stupidity?
theodp writes "After a 17-month wait, 20-year-old Dharun Ravi went on trial Friday for using a remote webcam to spy on an encounter between his roommate and another man in their Rutgers dorm room. The...
04:05 pm - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot 2 Science Publishers Delve Into Science Fiction
braindrainbahrain writes "Coincidence or conspiracy? Two new science fiction magazines have just been announced and they are both being published by more serious science publications. New Scientist ma...
03:05 pm - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot After US v. Jones, FBI Turns Off 3,000 GPS Tracking Devices
suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from the Wall Street Journal: "The Supreme Court's recent ruling overturning the warrantless use of GPS tracking devices has caused a 'sea change' inside the U.S. Ju...
02:05 pm - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot Apple Has Too Much Money
Hugh Pickens writes "AP reports that last week during a question-and-answer session at the company's annual shareholders' meeting CEO Tim Cook said he believes Apple has more money than it needs and h...
12:05 pm - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot DragonFly BSD 3.0 Released
An anonymous reader writes with word of the release earlier this week, after eight months of development, of DragonFly BSD 3.0. The release includes improved scalability through finer-grained locking,...
09:05 am - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot 4 UK Urban Explorers Face Orders Not To Talk With Each Other For 10 Years
First time accepted submitter Trapezium Artist writes "Four friends apprehended exploring the disused Aldwych station in London's Underground are faced with an 'anti-social behaviour order' (ASBO) whi...
07:05 am - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot Microgravity Coffee Cup
BuzzSkyline writes "Despite the fact that astronauts have been eating and drinking out of tubes for decades, it's actually possible to drink from an open-top cup in space. Astronaut Don Pettit recentl...
04:05 am - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot New Version of Flashback Trojan Targets Mac Users
wiredmikey writes with this extract from Security Week: "On Friday, researchers from security firm Intego reported that a new variant of Flashback is targeting passwords and as a byproduct of infectio...
01:05 am - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot Cambridge's Capsicum Framework Promises Efficient Security For UNIXChromeOS
An anonymous reader writes "Communications of the ACM is carrying two articles promoting the Capsicum security model developed by Robert Watson (FreeBSD — Cambridge) and Ben Laurie (Apache/OpenS...
12:05 am - Sun, February 26, 2012
Slashdot QuickTime Creator Brings Flash and Office To the iPad, By Subscription
New submitter adycarter writes "Steve Perlman, the man responsilbe for QuickTime and WebTV, has recently launched OnLive Desktop which now offers a 'plus' service enabling iPad users to use Flash, Mic...
11:05 pm - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Chinese iPad Trademark Battle Hits California Court
judgecorp writes "The Chinese company Proview is taking its trademark case against Apple's iPad to the Californian Courts. The company acknowledges it sold the IPAD name to Apple, but denies Apple has...
10:05 pm - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Canada's Conservatives Misled Voters With Massive Robocall Operation
choongiri writes "Elections Canada has just traced thousands of illegal phone calls made during the 2011 federal election to a company that worked for the Conservative Party across the country. The au...
09:05 pm - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Fraunhofer IIS Demos Full-HD Voice Over LTE On Android
MojoKid writes "Fraunhofer IIS has chosen Mobile World Congress as the place to present the world's first Full-HD Voice mobile phone calls over an LTE network. Verizon Wireless has toyed with VoLTE (V...
08:05 pm - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Too Many Connections Weaken Networks
itwbennett writes "Conventional wisdom holds that more connections make networks more resilient, but a team of mathematicians at UC Davis have found that that is only true up to a point. The team buil...
07:05 pm - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Freedom From DRM, In the Social Gaming Arena?
An anonymous reader writes "My wife and just successfully funded the production of our board game on Kickstarter, and are putting the over-funding toward the development of an electronic version of th...
06:05 pm - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Your Next TV Interface Will Be a Tablet
waderoush writes "You can forget all the talk about 'smart' and 'connected' TVs: nobody, not even Apple, has come up with an interface that's easy to use from 10 feet away. And you can drastically cur...
05:05 pm - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Is Hypertext Literature Dead?
First time accepted submitter dylan_k writes "In the 1990s and early 2000s, there was a lot of buzz about ideas like 'hypertext literature' and 'electronic literature.' Nowadays, it's easier to create...
04:05 pm - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot T-Mobile Announces LTE Network
MrSeb writes "In a beautiful twist of fate, T-Mobile USA has announced that it will be launching an LTE network in 2013 using the money and AWS spectrum that it obtained from AT&T after its failed...
03:05 pm - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot New ZeuS Botnet No Longer Needs Central Command Servers
c0mpliant writes "Researchers at Symantec have identified a new variant of the ZeuS botnet which no longer requires a Command and Control server. The new variant uses a P2P system, which means that ea...
02:05 pm - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Women More Likely To Unfriend Than Men
Hugh Pickens writes writes "AFP reports that a study by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project shows that women are more likely than men to delete friends from their online socia...
12:05 pm - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Foxconn Hires Top Spinners To Defend Its Image
An anonymous reader writes "Foxconn is insisting that it has done no wrong. But it has hired Burson-Marsteller to deal with the press failout from recent child labour allegations. Burson-Masteller is ...
09:05 am - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Push Email Suspended On iPhones In Germany
New submitter elashish14 tips this news, snipped from Ars Technica: "Apple has been forced to disable push e-mail delivery for iCloud and MobileMe users in Germany this week. The move is thanks to a r...
06:05 am - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot A Small Glimmer of Hope For Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos
sciencehabit writes "The CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva has confirmed Wednesday's report that a loose fiber-optic cable may be behind measurements that seemed to show neutrinos outpacing t...
05:05 am - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Cars Emit More Black Carbon Than Previously Thought
First time accepted submitter LilaG writes "Gasoline-burning engines put out twice as much black carbon as was previously measured, according to new field methods tested in Toronto. The tiny particles...
03:05 am - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Hard Drive Shortage Relief Coming In Q1 2012
MojoKid writes "According to new reports [note: source article at DigiTimes], global HDD production capacity is getting ready to increase to 140-145 million units in the first quarter of 2012, or abou...
01:05 am - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot Inventor of the Modern Pinball Machine Dies At 100
porsche911 writes with this excerpt from the New York Times: "Steve Kordek, who revolutionized the game of pinball in the 1940s by designing what became the standard two-flipper machine found in bars ...
01:05 am - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot RIM Trying To Woo Customers With Porn, Gambling Apps?
AZA43 writes "Everybody knows that BlackBerry-maker RIM is hurting these days. But is it hurting enough to try to attract new customers with the promise of porn and/or gambling apps? A new rating syst...
12:05 am - Sat, February 25, 2012
Slashdot New Avenue For MRSA 'Superbug': Pigs
smitty777 writes with news that researchers have discovered another way methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria are developing resistance to antibiotics. According to the study (ab...
11:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Pakistan Looking For Homegrown URL Blocking System
chicksdaddy writes "Tech-enabled filtering and blocking of Web sites and Internet addresses that are deemed hostile to repressive regimes has been a major political and human rights issue in the last ...
11:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot 'Culturomics' Spreads From Google Books To Scientific Preprints
ananyo writes "Cultural Observatory at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts is to index the whole of the ArXiv pre-print database of papers from the physical sciences, breaking down the full...
10:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Has 25 People Dedicated To Handling Gov't Info Requests
nonprofiteer writes "A profile of Facebook's CSO reveals that his 70-person security team includes 25 people dedicated solely to handling information requests from law enforcement. They get thousands ...
10:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot User Successfully Sues AT&T For Throttling iPhone Data
An anonymous reader writes "Matt Spaccarelli has won a judgement of $850 from AT&T for data throttling. From the article: 'Nadel's ruling could pave the way for others to follow suit. AT&T has...
09:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Stroustrup Reveals What's New In C++ 11
snydeq writes "Bjarne Stroustrup discusses the latest version of C++, which, although not a major overhaul, offers many small upgrades to appeal to different areas of development. From the i...
09:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot North Korea's High-Tech Counterfeit $100 Bills
ESRB writes "North Korea is apparently able to produce high-quality counterfeits of U.S. dollars — specifically $100 and $50 bills. It's suspected that they possess similar printing technologies...
08:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Killing Off Zune, Windows Live Brands?
suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from The Verge:"Microsoft appears to be killing off two of its key user-facing brands with the upcoming Consumer Preview release of Windows 8. Windows Live applicati...
07:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Wirelessly Powered Medical Implant Propels Itself Through the Bloodstream
cylonlover writes "With the wait still on for a miniaturization ray to allow some Fantastic Voyage-style medical procedures by doctors in submarines, tiny electronic implants capable of traveling in t...
07:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot The Dark Side of Digital Distribution
An anonymous reader writes "Game journalist Stuart Campbell has written an incisive piece on how the digital distribution model users have grown to know and love over the past several years still has ...
06:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot RapidShare Fighting Piracy By Slowing Download Speeds
An anonymous reader writes "File hosting sites have been under increased pressure since the shutdown of Megaupload — both from law enforcement and from the sudden influx of new users. RapidShare...
05:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Physics Is (NP-)Hard
An anonymous reader writes "New research at the boundary of physics and computer science shows that determining the dynamical equations of a system from observations of its behavior is NP-hard. From t...
05:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot NYC To Release Teacher Evaluation Data Over Union Protests
langelgjm writes "Bringing a lengthy legal battle to a close, New York City's Department of Education will today release detailed evaluation reports on individual English and math teachers as a result...
04:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Partners Up With LG To Combat Apple and Google
MrSeb writes "At Mobile World Congress, which begins in three days, Mozilla will finally take the wraps off the Mozilla Marketplace and allow developers to submit their open web technology (HTML5, Jav...
03:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Vaccine Could Cut Heroin Addiction
JumperCable writes "Scientists at Mexico's National Institute of Psychiatry are working on a vaccine that makes the body resistant to the effects of heroin, so users would no longer get a rush of plea...
02:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot US Appeals Court Upholds Suspect's Right To Refuse Decryption
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has found that forcing a suspect to decrypt his hard drive when the government did not already know what it contained would violate h...
02:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot The Best Streaming Media Player
DeviceGuru writes "It's looking like 2012 will be a watershed year for cord-cutters wanting to replace expensive cable TV services with low-cost gadgets that stream movies and TV shows from the Intern...
12:05 pm - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Should There Be a Sci-Fi Category At the Oscars?
An anonymous reader writes "In this chat with the originator of the light-saber in Star Wars and the Nostromo in Alien, director Roger Christian argues that the Academy Awards needs a special category...
11:05 am - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Nordic Nations Pitch For US Data Centers
judgecorp writes "Nordic nations are all pitching for business from data centre owners, based on their countries' excellent network provision, plentiful electricity from renewable sources, and a clima...
09:05 am - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Australian Govt Re-Kindles Office File Format War
An anonymous reader writes "The Australian Government's peak IT strategy group has issued a cautious updated appraisal of currently available office productivity suite file formats, in what appears to...
07:05 am - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Comparing Today's Computers To 1995's
An anonymous reader writes "A look back at two articles from 1995, touting high end computers and 'must haves.' How times have changed... ...'Memory (RAM): We seem to have convinced most manufacturers...
06:05 am - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Children Used To Steal Parents' Data
Barence writes "PC Pro's Davey Winder has revealed how pre-school children are being targeted by data thieves. Security vendors have uncovered a bunch of Flash-based games, colorful and attractive to ...
04:05 am - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot "Open Source" Drug Development Company Launched
First time accepted submitter awjourn writes "During his years working in pharma R&D, Tomasz Sablinski was frustrated by the industry's need for secrecy and it's utter inability to design patient-...
02:05 am - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Submitting "Nuking the Fridge" To Scientific Peer Review
An anonymous reader writes "George Lucas claims there was 'a 50/50 chance' Indiana Jones could survive the atomic blast in Legend of the Crystal Skull by hiding inside a refrigerator. Dr. David Shechn...
02:05 am - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Remote-Controlled Planes Used For Wildlife Conservation
Damien1972 writes "Conservationists have converted a remote-controlled plane into a potent tool for conservation. The drone — an HK Bixler equipped with cameras, sensors and GPS — has been...
01:05 am - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot Brain Scan Can Detect Autism In Infants
kkleiner writes "A new study shows that brain scans can detect autism in children as young as 6 months old. Researchers at University of North Carolina's Institute for Developmental Disabilities image...
12:05 am - Fri, February 24, 2012
Slashdot MIT Lecturer Defends His Standing As Email Inventor
hapworth writes "IT professionals were recently outraged to hear that the Smithsonian acquired some code from MIT lecturer VA Shiva Ayyadurai who has convinced no less august pubs than Time Magazine a...
11:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Mobile Phone Solution With No Data Plan?
New submitter clorkster writes "I am looking to upgrade my mobile phone. I have always bought the cheapest possible phone with the least features since I only use it to make calls and text. Further, I...
11:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Obama's Privacy Bill of Rights: Just a Beginning
jfruh writes "Last night the White House hastily arranged a phone conference at which a 'Privacy Bill of Rights' was announced. It's an important document, not least because it affirms the idea that o...
10:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Carrier Ethernet 2 Aims For Global Connectivity
alphadogg provides this extract from Network World: "The Metro Ethernet Forum has updated its Carrier Ethernet specification, hoping to standardize the use of Ethernet for global multicarrier services...
09:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Proposed Video Copy Protection Scheme For HTML5 Raises W3C Ire
suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica: "A new Web standard proposal authored by Google, Microsoft, and Netflix seeks to bring copy protection mechanisms to the Web. The Encrypted Media ...
09:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Nigerian Scam Artists Taken For $33,000
smitty777 writes "An Australian woman who was being used by a group of Nigerian scam artists stole over $33,000 from the group who employed her. Her bank account was being used to funnel the cash from...
08:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Are Smartphones Starting a Boom In DIY Medicine?
An anonymous reader writes "How are you using smartphones and other portable devices to take charge of your medical care? The NY Times has an article about attachments to the iPhone for tracking blood...
07:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Developer's View: Real Life Inspirations Or Abstract Ideas?
StormDriver writes "According to writer Marc Prensky, most of us come from a generation of digital immigrants. It basically means the modern web developed during our lifetime, it is a place we migrate...
06:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Where Next-Generation Rare Earth Metals May Come From
retroworks writes "Great piece in The Atlantic by Kyle Wiens of IFIXIT.org, who visited and photographed the Molycorp Mountain Pass rare earth facility in California's Mojave Desert. The mine is the o...
05:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot State Legislatures Attempt To Limit TSA Searches
OverTheGeicoE writes "Here's a familiar story: a breast cancer survivor's mastectomy scars showed up on a TSA scan, which forced a horrifying pat-down ('feel-up' in her words) of the affected area. Th...
05:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Interrupted Sleep Might Be the Best Kind
Hugh Pickens writes writes "BBC reports that a growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that eight-hours of uninterrupted sleep may be unnatural as a wealth of historical eviden...
04:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Internet Giants To Honor the 'No' In 'No Tracking'
theodp writes "The WSJ reports that a coalition of Internet giants including Google has agreed to support a do-not-track button to be embedded in most Web browsers — a move that the industry had...
03:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Why Canada Does Not Belong On the US Piracy Watchlist
An anonymous reader writes "Each year, the U.S. government places Canada on its piracy watch list,claiming that it is a pirate country similar to China or Russia. Thisyear, Professor Michael Geist and...
02:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Academics Not Productive Enough? Sack 'em
ananyo writes "One hundred academics at the University of Sydney, Australia, have this week been told they will lose their jobs for not publishing frequently enough. The move is part of a wider cost-c...
02:05 pm - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot EFF Wins Protection For Time Zone Database
First time accepted submitter TempestRose writes "The trials and tribulations of the time zone database sued by an astrology software company are finally over. From the article: 'The Electronic Fronti...
11:05 am - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Why Tesla Cars Aren't Bricked By Failing Batteries
itwbennett writes "Don't believe recent claims made by a blogger that non-functioning batteries in the Tesla Roadster cause the electric cars to be bricked, says IDC analyst Sam Jaffe. 'Here's the pri...
09:05 am - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Secret UK Network Hunts GPS Jammers
garymortimer writes "A secret network of 20 roadside listening stations across the UK has confirmed that criminals are attempting to jam GPS signals on a regular basis. From the article: 'Government-f...
07:05 am - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Gates Foundation Makes Progress On Reinvented Toilets
Julie188 writes "Last summer the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to spend millions to reinvent the toilet. That investment has born fruit with teams from around the world coming up with many...
06:05 am - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Almost a Million UK Homes Will Suffer 4G TV interference
First time accepted submitter Nick Fel writes "As the UK nears the end of a lengthy digital TV switch-over, the sale of the analogue TV spectrum for 4G mobile phones will disrupt digital TV in almost ...
04:05 am - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot FCC Chair Calls On ISPs To Adopt New Security Measures
alphadogg writes "U.S. Internet service providers should take new steps to protect subscribers against cyber attacks, including notifying customers when their computers are compromised, the chairman o...
02:05 am - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Biologists Debunk the "Rotting Y Chromosome" Theory
An anonymous reader writes "Biologists have previously predicted that that the male sex-determining Y chromosome, which once carried around 800 genes, like the X, has lost hundreds of them over the pa...
02:05 am - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot NRC Releases Audio of Fukushima Disaster
mdsolar writes "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today released transcripts and audio recordings made at the NRC Operations Center during last year's meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power P...
01:05 am - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot LinkedIn Buys Rapportive
redletterdave writes "Business networking site LinkedIn acquired Rapportive on Wednesday, which is a Gmail add-on that provides information about your social contacts as you e-mail them. The deal was ...
12:05 am - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's Anti-Google Video Campaign
eldavojohn writes "As the presidential race heats up, the smear ads on TV are also increasing. But Microsoft isn't going to site idly by and let the politicians engage in all that song and dance &mdas...
12:05 am - Thu, February 23, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Maintaining IT Policy In K-12 Public Education?
First time accepted submitter El Fantasmo writes "I work in public education, K-12, for a small, economically shaky, low performing school district. What are some good or effective tactics for getting...
11:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Faulty Cable To Blame For Superluminal Neutrino Results
smolloy writes "It would appear that the hotly debated faster-than-light neutrino observation at CERN is the result of a fault in the connection between a GPS unit and a computer. This connection was ...
10:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Liars and Outliers
First time accepted submitter benrothke writes "It is said that the song Wipe Out launched a generation of drummers. In the world of information security, the classic Applied Cryptography: Protocols, ...
09:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Disconnection of Millions of DNSChanger-Infected PCs Delayed
tsu doh nimh writes "Millions of computers infected with the stealthy and tenacious DNSChanger Trojan may be spared a planned disconnection from the Internet early next month if a New York court appro...
09:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Last Day To Tell Google To Forget You
itwbennett writes "Google's new privacy policy will consolidate all your data at google.com — unless you erase it first. And today is your last day to do it. The change goes into effect tomorrow...
08:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot FDA To Review Inhalable Caffeine
First time accepted submitter RenderSeven writes "Manufacturing .NET reports that U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized cani...
07:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot PSVita Released In the USA and Europe
YokimaSun writes "Sony have today released the PSVita in the USA and Europe, the console comes with features such as dual touch pads at the front and rear, dual cameras at the front and rear, dual ana...
07:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Is It Time For NoSQL 2.0?
New submitter rescrv writes "Key-value stores (like Cassandra, Redis and DynamoDB) have been replacing traditional databases in many demanding web applications (e.g. Twitter, Google, Facebook, LinkedI...
07:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Files EU Antitrust Complaint Against Motorola Mobility
judgecorp writes "Microsoft has filed a complaint with the European Commission complaining that Motorola Mobility is charging too much for use of its patented technology in phones and tablets. The com...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Solid Buckeyballs Detected In Space
astroengine writes with an excerpt from an article at Discovery: "For the first time, 'buckyballs' have been discovered in the cosmos in a solid form. Until now, the only evidence in space for the biz...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot UN Pushes Plan To Assume Internet Governance Role
no0b writes with an Op-Ed by the FCC Commisioner on a UN plan to gain more control over Internet regulation. From the article: "On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result ...
05:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot The Recycling of the Tevatron
ananyo writes with an excerpt from an article in Nature about the decomissioning of the Tevatron: "It is a 4,000-tonne edifice that stands three stories high, chock full of particle detectors, power s...
05:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot KDE KWin May Drop Support For AMD Catalyst Drivers
An anonymous reader writes "The KWin window manager maintainer for KDE is looking at removing the legacy OpenGL 1.0 renderer from the KWin code-base due to the costs of supporting legacy hardware. Thi...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Playbook OS 2.0 Released
Alt-kun writes "On February 21st, The Blackberry Playbook finally received its long-promised overhaul. Called Playbook OS 2.0, this major upgrade provides native email and calendaring apps, limited su...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Man Ordered To Apologize To Wife On Facebook
New submitter Marillion writes "Photographer Mark Byron was so bothered by his pending divorce and child visitation issues that he blasted his soon-to-be ex-wife on his personal Facebook page. That to...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Intel Opening Foundry To Third Parties
angry tapir writes "Intel is exploring whether it can branch out as a foundry by opening its chip manufacturing facilities to more third-party customers. Intel has expanded its chip-to-order business ...
03:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot ACTA Referred To Europe's Top Court For Analysis
superglaze writes "The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is to get an extra level of scrutiny in the EU after the European Commission said it would refer it to the European Court of Justice, to chec...
03:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Adobe Makes Flash on GNULinux Chrome-Only
ekimd writes "Adobe has anounced their plans to abandon future updates of their Flash player for Linux. Partnering with Google, after the release of 11.2, 'the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux wi...
02:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Have Bad Cars Gone Extinct?
Hugh Pickens writes "AP reports that global competition is squeezing lemons out of the market and forcing automakers to improve the quality and reliability of their vehicles. With few exceptions, cars...
12:05 pm - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Astronomers Confirm a Hot and Steamy Exoplanet
The Bad Astronomer writes "The extrasolar planet GJ 1214b was discovered in 2009 orbiting a nearby (40 light year distant) red dwarf star. The planet was quickly found to have a thick atmosphere, but ...
11:05 am - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Google Heads Up Display Coming By the End of the Year
kodiaktau writes "Google is working to deliver a heads-up display allowing users access to email, maps and other tools through a wearable interface. According to the NY Times' sources, the device will...
08:05 am - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Obayashi To Build Space Elevator By 2050
mattr writes "Japan's Obayashi Corp. has announced plans to build a space elevator by 2050. They are famous for wrecking skylines with the over-sized bullet train station in Kyoto, the world's tallest...
07:05 am - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Europe Plans Exascale Funding Above U.S. Levels
dcblogs writes "The European Commission last week said it is doubling its multi-year investment in the push for exascale computing from €630 million to €1.2 billion (or the equivalent of $1....
06:05 am - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Privacy-Centric Search Engine Scroogle Shuts Down
An anonymous reader writes "Daniel Brandt started his 'Scroogle' search engine because he wanted to provide increased privacy to people who searched online through Google. Unfortunately, while Google ...
04:05 am - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot The webOS Features Other OSes Should Steal
New submitter egparedes points out a post dissecting webOS and highlighting the things it did right, in the hopes that developers for other mobile operating systems will use them as inspiration. Quoti...
03:05 am - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Why Corporate Cloud Storage Doesn't Add Up
snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia sees few business IT situations that could make good use of full cloud storage services, outside of startups. 'As IT continues in a zigzag path of figuring out w...
02:05 am - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Unconstitutional Video Game Law Costs California $2 Million
An anonymous reader writes "In hopes of protecting the children of California from the ravages of violent video games, then governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attempted to push through a law that would fi...
01:05 am - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot How Google Is Remapping Public Transportation
waderoush writes "Google wants to 'organize the world's information,' but there isn't a marketplace or a category of knowledge it can organize without remaking it in the process. A case in point: publ...
01:05 am - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Pico Projector Adapts To New Surfaces, Uses Random Objects As Input Devices
jpwilliams writes "This tiny projector can use any surface you have on hand to project an image. Using a webcam, it adapts to the surface, not just by adjusting keystone, but also following that surfa...
12:05 am - Wed, February 22, 2012
Slashdot Santorum Calls Democrats 'Anti-Science'
ndogg writes with news that Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has counterattacked those critical of conservative views on science, saying that they're 'anti-science' themselves. From a C...
11:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot How Mailinator Compresses Its Email Stream By 90%
An anonymous reader writes "Paul Tyma, creator of Mailinator, writes about a greedy algorithm to analyze the huge amount of email Mailinator receives and finds ways to reduce its memory footprint by 9...
11:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot DHS Budget Includes No New Airport Body Scanners
OverTheGeicoE writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center has been examining the White House's proposed budget for Department of Homeland Security for 2013, and they point out that it doesn't in...
10:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot New Opa S4 Release Puts Forward New 'ORM' For MongoDB
phy_si_kal writes "The new, open source, Opa web programming language just hit version 0.9.0 'S4,' six months after its last major release. Apart from a new syntax more similar to JavaScript, the new ...
10:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Transparency Grenade Collects and Leaks Sensitive Data
Zothecula writes "If you thought WikiLeaks was a disruptive idea, the transparency grenade is going to blow you away. This tiny bit of hardware hidden under the shell shaped like a classic Soviet F1 h...
09:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Electric Rockets Set To Transform Space Flight
An anonymous reader sends this quote from an article at Txchnologist:"The spectacle of a booster rocket lifting off a launch pad atop a mass of brilliant flames and billowing smoke is an iconic image ...
09:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Mathematical Parrot Reveals His Genius With Posthumous Paper
ananyo writes "Even in death, the world's most accomplished parrot continues to amaze. The final experiments involving Alex – a grey parrot trained to count objects – have just been publis...
09:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Damaged US Passport Chip Strands Travelers
caseih writes "Damaging the embedded chip in your passport is now grounds for denying you the ability to travel in at least one airport in the U.S. Though the airport can slide the passport through th...
08:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Heartland Institute Document Leaker Comes Forward, Maintains Documents Are Real
The Bad Astronomer writes "Last week, an anonymous source leaked several internal documents from the Heartland Institute, a non-profit think tank known for anti-global-warming rhetoric. The leaker has...
07:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Slashdot Visits Metrix Create:Space in Seattle (Video)
Metrix Create:Space is full of people busily making electronics gadgets. And hats. And everything in between. Some of them saw the street-level sign and stopped in out of curiosity, while others are l...
07:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Canonical Puts Ubuntu On Android Smartphones
nk497 writes "Canonical has revealed Ubuntu running on a smartphone — but the open source developer hasn't squashed the full desktop onto a tiny screen. Instead, the Ubuntu for Android system ru...
06:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Aging Eyes Blamed For Seniors' Health Woes
Hugh Pickens writes "Scientists have looked for explanations as to why certain conditions occur with age, among them memory loss, slower reaction time, insomnia and even depression looking at such sus...
05:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Apache 2.4 Takes Direct Aim At Nginx
darthcamaro writes "The world's most popular web server is out with a major new release today that has one key goal — deliver more performance than ever before. Improved caching, proxy modules a...
05:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Moon May Not Be As Dead As We Thought
rivin2e writes "It would seem our neighbor, the moon, has something hidden below the surface. 'Images collected by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter hints the moon has probably seen tectonic activity w...
04:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Oracle's Java Claims Now Down To $230 Million
jfruh writes "Hey, remember when Oracle decided to sue Google over claims that Android violated Oracle's Java patents and copyrights? How's that working out? Not so well, it seems! Oracle has been for...
04:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Google: IE Privacy Policy Is Impractical
itwbennett writes "In response to Microsoft's claim that Google circumvented Internet Explorer privacy protections (following the discovery that Google also worked around Safari's privacy settings), G...
04:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Copy Protection Advice For ~$10k Software?
An anonymous reader writes I'm part owner of a relatively small video editing software company. We're not yet profitable, and our stuff turned up on thePirateBay recently. Some of our potential paying...
03:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Tech Billionaire-Backed Charter School Under Fire In Chicago
theodp writes " As a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm,' boasts the billionaire-backed NewSchools Venture Fund, 'we raise philanthropic capital from both individual and institutional investors, and ...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot With Push for OS X Focus, CUPS Printing May Suffer On Other Platforms
CUPS is the popular open-source printing standard that many projects have used successfully as a core, for desktop printing and as the basis of dedicated print servers. Reader donadony writes with wor...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Get a Glimpse At the Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix
TheNextCorner writes "What software runs on the Raspberry Pi $25 computer? This video shows some of the preparation of the software package, run from a SD card using the open source Fedora OS." ...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous Cowards, Deanonymized
mbstone writes "Arvind Narayana writes: What if authors can be identified based on nothing but a comparison of the content they publish to other web content they have previously authored? Naryanan has...
11:05 am - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group
Required Snark writes "A remote control drone operated by an animal rights group was shot down in South Carolina by a group of thwarted hunters. Steve Hindi, the group president said 'his group was pr...
09:05 am - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Hackers In Space: Designing A Ground Station
An anonymous reader writes with some new information on the happenings of the Hacker Space Program. From the article: "At the Chaos Communication Camp 2011 Jens Ohlig, Lars Weiler, and Nick Farr propo...
06:05 am - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot The Pirate Bay On Track To Be Banned In the UK?
redletterdave writes with this excerpt fromthe International Business Times about the fate of the Pirate Bay in the UK: "Swedish filesharing website The Pirate Bay may soon be blocked in the UK after ...
04:05 am - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Best Language For Experimental GUI Demo Projects?
New submitter GrantRobertson writes with a question about quickly developing prototypes for new interface design concepts "My research/tinkering will be along two main lines: (1) Devising entirely new...
02:05 am - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot European Parliament To Exclude Free Software With FRAND
First time submitter jan.van.gent writes "The European Parliament is on the verge of adopting a directive reforming standards, reform which would introduce FRAND patent licensing terms, an undefined t...
01:05 am - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot LIDAR Map Shows Height of Earth's Forests
Hkibtimes writes about a recently released map of the Earth's forests. From the article: "A group of scientists from NASA and the University of Maryland have created a unique map that shows the height...
12:05 am - Tue, February 21, 2012
Slashdot Russian Scientists Revive Plant From 30,000-Year-Old Seeds
An anonymous reader writes "It was an Ice Age squirrel's treasure chamber, a burrow containing fruit and seeds that had been stuck in the Siberian permafrost for over 30,000 years. From the fruit tiss...
11:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Carbohydrate-Based Synthesis To Replace Petroleum Derived Hydrocarbons?
someWebGeek writes "From PhysOrg's 'Taking biofuel from forest to highway,' University of British Columbia biofuel expert Jack Saddler says, 'we will become less dependent on fossil fuels and will bec...
11:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Accuses Google of Violating Internet Explorer's Privacy Settings
New submitter Dupple writes with a followup to Friday's news that Google was bypassing Safari's privacy settings. Now, Microsoft's Internet Explorer blog has a post accusing Google of doing the same t...
10:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Commercial, USB-Powered DNA Sequencer Coming This Year
Zothecula writes "Oxford Nanopore has been developing a disruptive nanopore-based technology for sequencing DNA, RNA, proteins, and other long-chain molecules since its birth in 2005. The company has ...
09:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?
c0mpliant writes "Two friends and I were up until the wee hours of the morning over the weekend debating what real space combat would look like. I've spent some time looking it up online, and there do...
09:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Eternal Copyright: a Modest Proposal
New submitter SpockLogic writes "The Telegraphs has a tongue in cheek essay in praise of eternal copyright by the founder of an online games company. Quoting: 'Imagine you're a new parent at 30 years ...
09:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Spins Off Its Display Business
redletterdave writes "Samsung Electronics announced Monday that it will spin off its LCD business division to launch a new entity, provisionally called Samsung Display Co., set to go live on April 1, ...
08:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot A Rant Against Splash Screens
An anonymous reader writes "This controversial post by Adobe's Kas Thomas asks if splash screens are just a sign of program bloat and callous disregard for users. It suggests that big programs should ...
07:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Break Video CAPTCHAs
Orome1 writes "After creating the 'Decaptcha' software to solve audio CAPTCHAs, Standford University's researchers modified it and turned it against text and, quite recently, video CAPTCHAs with consi...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Test-Tube Burgers Coming Soon
ananyo writes "A burger made entirely from lab-grown meat is expected to be unveiled by October this year. But costing in excess of $250,000, it's not going to be flying off supermarket shelves quite ...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Google Seeks To Plant Antenna Farm In Iowa
1sockchuck writes "Google is seeking permission to place satellite antennas on land near its data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The 4.5 meter antennas could be used to receive content feeds from bro...
05:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Priorities Inflation In IT Projects?
NetDanzr writes "I work for an IT company that has a steady stream of projects, new features to our existing products and technical support issues. As it is customary, though, our development resource...
04:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Court Orders Ban On Apple's iPad
zacharye writes "A lawyer representing Proview International on Monday announced that the Intermediate People's Court in Huizhou, a city in southern China, ruled that distributors should stop selling ...
03:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot UK Government To Demand Data On Every Call, Email, and Tweet
judgecorp writes "The UK government is proposing a law that would require phone and Internet companies to store information on all communications, and hand it to the security services when required. T...
03:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Study Says E-prescription Systems Would Save At Least 50k Lives a Year
First time accepted submitter shirleylopez1177 writes "Approximately 50,000–100,000 people die in America because of preventable adverse events (PAE). These PAEs or medical errors are among the ...
02:05 pm - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot LightSquared Hires Lawyers To Prep For GPS Battle
itwbennett writes "Following Tuesday's FCC ruling saying that the company's LTE network interferes with GPS, LightSquared's primary investor Philip Falcone is looking to sue the FCC and the GPS indust...
11:05 am - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Nuclear Truckers Haul Warheads Across US
Hugh Pickens writes "As you weave through interstate traffic, you're unlikely to notice a plain-looking Peterbilt tractor-trailer or have any idea that inside the cab an armed federal agent operates a...
08:05 am - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Georgia Tech iPhone App Could Help Blind Users Text
MojoKid writes "Researchers at Georgia Tech university have built a prototype app for touch-screen mobile devices that is vying to be a complete solution for texting without the need to look at a mobi...
05:05 am - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Leaky Cellphone Nets Can Give Attackers Your Location
alphadogg writes "GSM cellular networks leak enough location data to give third-parties secret access to cellphone users' whereabouts, according to new University of Minnesota research. 'We have shown...
02:05 am - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Intel Gets Serious With Solar-powered CPU Tech
angry tapir writes "Intel's experimental solar-powered processor may have started off as a fun project, but the chip maker is now looking to extend the technology to hardware such as graphics processo...
12:05 am - Mon, February 20, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Companies That Force Employees To Join Social Networks?
First time accepted submitter rubeon writes "Companies can get a lot of mileage out of social networking services from the likes of Google or Facebook. Chat, document collaboration, and video conferen...
11:05 pm - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Physicists Create a Working Transistor From a Single Atom
stupendou writes "Australian and American physicists have built a working transistor from a single phosphorus atom embedded in a silicon crystal. The group of physicists, based at the University of Ne...
10:05 pm - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Google Chrome: the New Web Platform?
snydeq writes "The Chrome dev team is working toward a vision of Web apps that offers a clean break from traditional websites, writes Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister, in response to Google's new Fie...
09:05 pm - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Canada's Online Surveillance Bill: Section 34 "Opens Door To Big Brother"
Saint Aardvark writes "Canada's proposed online surveillance bill looked bad enough when it was introduced, but it gets worse: Section 34 allows access to any telco place or equipment, and to any info...
08:05 pm - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Space Team Reunites For John Glenn's Friendship 7
Hugh Pickens writes "An era begins to pass as only about 25 percent of today's American population were at least 5 years old when John Glenn climbed into the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule on Feb. 20, 1...
06:05 pm - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Security Tool HijackThis Goes Open Source
wiredmikey writes "The popular free security tool HijackThis has been open sourced by its owner, Trend Micro. The tool scans systems to find settings that may have been modified by spyware, malware or...
05:05 pm - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Heartland Institute Threatens To Sue Anyone Who Comments On Leaked Documents
Layzej writes "Bloggers around the world have been commenting on recently leaked Heartland Institute documents that reveal their internal strategies to discredit climate science. These posters are now...
04:05 pm - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Tetris In 140 Bytes
mikejuk writes "Is it possible to write a JavaScript program in no more than a tweet's length? A website called 140byt.es says it is and has an implementation of Tetris to prove it. Ok, it only has tw...
03:05 pm - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Human Rights Groups Push To Save Condemned Programmer In Iran
First time accepted submitter debiangruven writes "Human rights Groups are making one final plea to save the life of Canadian programmer, Saeed Malekpour, who was sentenced to death for writing a prog...
02:05 pm - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Should Microsoft Put Office On the iPad?
theodp writes "Microsoft is working on a touch-friendly version of Office for Windows 8, writes GeekWire's Todd Bishop. But what about Microsoft Office on the iPad? 'The decision,' Bishop says, 'will ...
11:05 am - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Successful Test Flight and Landing for Xombie Rocket Lander and GENIE
An anonymous reader sends word that Masten Space Systems' Xombie rocket has successfully demonstrated vertical takeoff and landing for NASA's Flight Opportunities Program. It was guided autonomously b...
08:05 am - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot UK Plans More Spying On Internet Users Under 'Terrorism' Pretext
Wowsers writes "In vogue with other countries cracking down on freedom and democracy on the internet as discussed in Slashdot recently, the UK is joining in with plans to track all phone calls, text m...
05:05 am - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Google Working On Password Generator For Chrome
Trailrunner7 writes "Google is in the process of developing a tool to help users generate strong passwords for the various and sundry Web sites for which they need to register and authenticate. The pa...
02:05 am - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot VLC 2.0 'Twoflower' Released For Windows & Mac
Titus Andronicus writes "Years in the making, the major new release of VideoLAN's media player has better support for multicore processors, GPUs, and much, much more. From the announcement: 'Twoflower...
01:05 am - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Flash Memory, Not Networks, Hamper Smartphones Most
Lucas123 writes "New research shows that far more than wireless network or CPUs, the NAND flash memory in cell phones, and in particular smartphones, affects the device's performance when it comes to ...
12:05 am - Sun, February 19, 2012
Slashdot Avoiding Red Lights By Booking Ahead
RedEaredSlider writes "Peter Stone, associate professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Austin, has presented an idea at the AAAS meeting today for managing intersections: a computer...
11:05 pm - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot Universities Agree To Email Monitoring For Copyright Agency
New submitter fish waffle writes "The universities of Western Ontario and Toronto have signed a deal with Access Copyright that allows for surveillance of faculty correspondence, defines e-mailing hyp...
10:05 pm - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot Kenyan Chief Foils Robbery Via Twitter
PolygamousRanchKid writes with this quote from CNN:"A Kenyan chief in a town far from the bustling capital foiled a predawn robbery recently using Twitter, highlighting the far-reaching effects of soc...
09:05 pm - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot UK Student Jailed For Facebook Hack Despite 'Ethical Hacking' Defense
Diamonddavej writes "The BBC reports that software development student Glenn Mangham, a 26-year-old from the UK, was jailed 17 February 2012 for eight months for computer misuse, after he discovered s...
08:05 pm - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot Commercial Drones Taking To the Skies
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from the NY Times:"A new federal law, signed by the president on Tuesday, compels the Federal Aviation Administration to allow drones to be used for all sorts of...
07:05 pm - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot AMD: What Went Wrong?
Barence writes "In 2006, AMD could seemingly do no wrong. Its processors were the fastest in the PC market, annual revenue was up a record 91%, expansion into the graphics game had begun with the high...
06:05 pm - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot John Nash's Declassified 1955 Letter To the NSA
An anonymous reader writes "In 1955, John Nash sent an amazing letter (PDF) to the NSA in order to support an encryption design that he suggested. In it, he anticipates computational complexity theory...
05:05 pm - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot Apple Settles Antennagate Class-Action Lawsuit
An anonymous reader writes "A preliminary settlement has been reached in the class-action lawsuit brought against Apple in June 2010 over the 'Antennagate' fiasco. Ira Rothken, co-lead counsel for the...
04:05 pm - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot Australian Police Spying On Web, Phone Usage With No Warrants
New submitter i-reek writes "Australian police, along with government agencies, are accessing phone and internet account information, outward and inward call details, phone and internet access locatio...
03:05 pm - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot Is the Government Scaring Web Businesses Out of the US?
suraj.sun sends this quote from an article at Techdirt:"The federal government has been paying lip service to the idea that it wants to encourage new businesses and startups in the U.S. And this is tr...
02:05 pm - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot FOIA Request Shows Which Printer Companies Cooperated With US Government
New submitter Dave_Minsky writes "The U.S. Secret Service responded to a FOIA request on Monday that reveals the names of the printer companies that cooperate with the government to identify and track...
12:05 pm - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot Arizona Ponders FCC Decency Standards For the Classroom
einhverfr writes "Eugene Volokh has posted an interesting discussion of a bill that has been introduced in Arizona, which would tie public school educator conduct to the FCC standards for decency for ...
09:05 am - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot Fair Labor Association Finds Foxconn Factory "First Class," Says Labor Watchdog Group
Richard.Tao writes "The Fair Labor Association found that Apple's plant where iPhones and iPads are far better than those at garment factories or other facilities elsewhere in the country. A quote: 'T...
06:05 am - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot $6 Trillion In Fake US Treasury Bonds Seized In Switzerland
ackthpt writes "If you're going to steal, steal big, right? Italian anti-mafia prosecutors have announced the seizure of $6 trillion of allegedly fake U.S. Treasury bonds, an amount that's almost half...
03:05 am - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot iPad 3 Confirmed To Have 2048x1536 Screen Resolution
bonch writes "After months of reporting on photos of iPad 3 screen parts, MacRumors finally obtained one for themselves and examined it under a microscope, confirming that the new screens will have tw...
01:05 am - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot Stealing Laptops For Class Credit
First time accepted submitter core_tripper writes "Students at the University of Twente have stolen thirty laptops from various members of the university's staff. They were not prosecuted for this, so...
01:05 am - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot Canadians #TellVicEverything In Response To Bill C-30
First time accepted submitter beerdragoon writes "In order to protest the government's new Internet snooping legislation, some Canadians have started a somewhat unorthodox protest. Vic Toews, the mini...
12:05 am - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot Kentucky Telephone Companies Pushing For Option To End Basic Service
An anonymous reader writes "There is a bill pending in the Kentucky State Senate that would eliminate almost all Public Service Commission oversight over local phone companies. Written by AT&T lob...
12:05 am - Sat, February 18, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Life After Software Development?
An anonymous reader writes "I've been writing database apps for various industries as the senior developer or tech lead on a given project for most of the past 20 years. The last few years have become...
11:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Deadly H5N1 Flu Studies To Stay Secret... For Now
Edsj writes "A spokesman for the World Health Organization announced that an agreement had been reached, after a debate, to keep details secret of the controversial work about the highly pathogenic H5...
11:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Ford and Bug Labs Shipping OpenXC Beta Kits
MojoKid writes "OpenXC is an open source connectivity platform developed in tandem by Ford and open source hardware maker Bug Labs. Announced this fall, the platform is designed to allow developers th...
10:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Java Performance
jkauzlar writes "The standard Oracle JVM has about sixty 'developer' (-XX) options which are directly related to performance monitoring or tuning. With names such as 'UseMPSS' or 'AllocatePrefetchStyl...
09:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot How Companies Learn Your Secrets
Hugh Pickens writes "For decades, Target has collected vast amounts of data on every person who regularly walks into one of its stores. Now the NY Times Magazine reports on how companies like Target i...
09:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot EU Court Rules Social Networks Cannot Be Forced To Police Downloads
arnodf writes "According to EU Observer, 'The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has struck the latest blow in the debate over internet policing, ruling on Thursday (16 February) that online social netwo...
08:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot DARPA Researches Avatar Surrogates
kgeiger writes "Feeling blue? DARPA is funding a program to investigate the feasibility of battlefield cyborg-surrogates: 'In its 2012 budget, DARPA has decided to pour US $7 million into the 'Avatar ...
07:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Making a Better Solar Cooker
New submitter jank1887 writes "Back in 2010, the aid organization Climate Healers gave a number of solar-powered cookstoves to rural Indian villages. The stoves were rejected by the communities, mainl...
07:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Former Goldman Programmer's Conviction Overturned
i_want_you_to_throw_ writes "The legal woes will soon be over for Sergey Aleynikov, a former Goldman Sachs Group computer programmer who had been convicted of stealing part of the Wall Street bank's h...
06:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot A Look At Microsoft's 'Mini Internet' For Testing IE
MrSeb writes "With the grandiose bluster that only an aging juggernaut can pull off, Microsoft has detailed the Internet Explorer Performance Lab and its extraordinary efforts to ensure IE9 is competi...
05:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot SCO vs. IBM Trial Back On Again
D___Breath writes "The lawsuit SCO started years ago against IBM (but really against Linux) is back on again. SCO first filed this clue-challenged lawsuit in March 2003. SCO claimed Linux was contamin...
04:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Google Accused of Bypassing Safari's Privacy Controls
DJRumpy points out an article (based on a possibly paywalled WSJ report) describing how Google and other ad networks wrote code that would bypass the privacy settings of Apple's Safari web browser. 'T...
04:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Small, Modular Nuclear Reactors — the Future of Energy?
cylonlover writes "This year is a historic one for nuclear power, with the first reactors winning U.S. government approval for construction since 1978. Some have seen the green lighting of two Westing...
03:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot DNA Nanorobot Halts Growth of Cancer Cells
ananyo writes "DNA origami, a technique for making structures from DNA, has been used to build devices that can seek out and potentially destroy cancer cells. The nanorobots use a similar system to ce...
02:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Nevada Approves Rules For Self-Driving Cars
Griller_GT writes with news that Nevada has become the first U.S. state to approve regulations for allowing self-driving cars on its roads. "Autonomous test vehicles will display a red license plate, ...
02:05 pm - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Obama Pushes For Cheaper Pennies
Hugh Pickens writes "Time Magazine reports that hidden deep inside in the White House's $3.8 trillion, 2,000-page budget that was sent to Congress this week is a proposal to make pennies and nickels c...
11:05 am - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot New Technique For Mass-Producing Microbots Inspired By Origami
Zothecula writes "Inspired by origami and children's pop-up books, Harvard engineers have pioneered a means of mass-producing bee-sized flying microrobots. The breakthrough mechanizes the already stat...
10:05 am - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot James Randi's Latest Debunking Operation
An anonymous reader writes "The pair of documentarians behind An Honest Man — The Story of the Amazing James Randi will not only talk to the likes of like Adam Savage, Bill Nye, Richard Dawkins,...
09:05 am - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Are UK Police Hacking File-Sharers' Computers?
superglaze writes "Following its takedown earlier this week of the music blog RnBXclusive, the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has claimed that "a number of site users have deleted their do...
06:05 am - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Pharmacy On-a-chip Dispenses Drugs Automatically
An anonymous reader writes "The idea is simple--load up a microchip with a whole pharmacy of drugs that are dispensed as needed automatically. The devil has been in the details, since mistakes could k...
05:05 am - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Man Digs Out Basement Using Radio Controlled Toy Tractors
Phurge pointed out a story about a man with a fleet of remote control toys and a lot of patience. "Excavating a basement using professional machinery is nothing new but doing it with radio controlled ...
04:05 am - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Optimizing Your Caffeine Intake With an App
MrSeb writes "Two doctors at Penn State University have developed Caffeine Zone, a free iOS app that tells you the perfect time to take a coffee break to maintain an optimal amount of caffeine in your...
02:05 am - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot Study Says Fracking is Safe In Theory But Often Not In Practice
First time accepted submitter chadenright writes "A university study asserts that the problems caused by the gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' arise because drilling...
01:05 am - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot School Sends Child's Lunch Home After Determining it Unhealthy
halfEvilTech writes "A North Carolina mom is irate after her four-year-old daughter returned home late last month with an uneaten lunch the mother had packed for the girl earlier that day. But she was...
01:05 am - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot FCC Cracks Down on Robocalls
Cara_Latham writes "If you want to receive annoying robocalls from telemarketers you will have to opt in. Federal Communications Commission rules now require that telemarketers get your consent before...
12:05 am - Fri, February 17, 2012
Slashdot JotForm.com Gets Shut Down SOPA-Style
itwbennett writes "In a post on the company blog, JotForm.com cofounder Aytekin Tank alerts users that 'a US government agency has temporarily suspended' the jotform.com domain. He explains that it is...
11:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot A Memory of Light To Be Released January 8, 2013
First time accepted submitter Hotawa Hawk-eye writes "Tor Books has announced that the release date for the final volume in the Wheel of Time series of books, A Memory Of Light, will be January 8, 201...
10:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot US Seismologist Testifies Against Scientists In Quake-Prediction Case
ananyo writes with this snippet from Nature (for which this earlier Nature article is also background): "'The courthouse in L'Aquila, Italy, yesterday hosted a highly anticipated hearing in the trial ...
10:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot SSD Latency, Error Rates May Spell Bleak Future
Lucas123 writes "A new study by the University of California and Microsoft shows that NAND flash memory experiences significant performance degradation as die sizes shrink in size. Over the next dozen...
09:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Dividing Digital Assets In Divorce?
An anonymous reader writes "I am a long time Slashdotter and currently find myself in the beginning of a divorce process. How have you dealt with dispersing of shared data, accounts and things online ...
08:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Double Fine Adventure Will Be Available DRM Free For IOS, Android
New submitter Garth Smith writes "Tim Schafer has a video update for his crowdsourced project, Double Fine Adventure. Because of the nearly $2 million in funding, the budget is now large enough for la...
08:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Oracle Claims Dramatic MySQL Performance Improvements
New submitter simula67 writes "Oracle wins back some karma from the open source community be releasing MySQL cluster 7.2 with ambitious claims of 70x performance gains. The new release is GPL and clai...
07:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Aderall Or Nothing: Anatomy of the Great Amphetamine Drought
pigrabbitbear writes "To prevent hoarding of materials and their potential for theft and illicit use, the Drug Enforcement Agency sets quotas for the chemical precursors to drugs like Adderall. The DE...
07:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Yet Another European Government Drops ACTA
An anonymous reader writes "The government of Bulgaria, which had already signed ACTA, yesterday reversed itself, and announced that it would not seek ratification of the treaty. This comes after simi...
06:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot WindowMaker Development Resumes, Has First Release Since 2006
First time accepted submitter brad-x writes "A new team of developers have recently picked up development of WindowMaker, and they've added many new features, including improved support for the freede...
05:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Booktype: An Open Source, Cross-Platform Approach To E-Book Publishing
Despite Apple's protestation that the iBooks Author EULA was misinterpreted, the idea of a book publishing system that could be used to grab copyright of the prepared text is annoying — like the...
04:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Library.nu and Ifile.it Shut Down
Ralph Spoilsport writes "A coalition of 17 publishing companies has shut down library.nu and ifile.it, charging them with pirating ebooks. This comes less than a month after megaupload was shut down, ...
04:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Antibiotics Are Useless In Treating Most Sinus Infections
An anonymous reader writes "While doctors routinely prescribe antibiotics to treat sinus infections, researchers on Tuesday revealed that amoxicillin, the most commonly prescribed medication for nasal...
04:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Indian Government To Track Locations of All Cell Phone Users
asto21 writes with this excerpt from The Indian Express: "As per amendments made to operators' licences, beginning May 31, operators would have to provide the Department of Telecommunications real-tim...
03:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot An Early Look At Mac OS X 10.8
adeelarshad82 writes "Earlier today Apple announced their next OS, Mountain Lion. According to an early look, OS X 10.8 does more to integrate social networking and file-synching into a personal compu...
02:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Why People Don't Live Past 114
kkleiner writes "Average life expectancy has nearly doubled in developed countries over the 20th century. But a puzzling part to the equation has emerged. While humans are in fact living longer lives ...
02:05 pm - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot HP CEO Says Google-Motorola Deal Could Close-Source Android
swandives writes "WebOS could be an important player in the long run as an open-source mobile OS, because Android could become closed source with Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility, Hewlett-Packar...
11:05 am - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's Killer Tablet Opportunity
snydeq writes "Advice Line's Bob Lewis sees ripe opportunity for Microsoft in the tablet market: Forget about outdoing Apple's iPad and give us the features that finally improve the way we work. 'The ...
09:05 am - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Decision Time For SKA Telescope Bids
angry tapir writes "An independent scientific committee will this week make a recommendation to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project's board of directors in London about whether th...
06:05 am - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot SEC Decides Telcos Must Give Shareholders a Vote On Net Neutrality
suraj.sun writes with a link about a SEC decision that telecommunications companies must give shareholders an annual vote on wireless net-neutrality resolutions. "The U.S. Securities and Exchange Comm...
04:05 am - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Tech Manufacturers With Better Labor Practices?
First time accepted submitter srs5694 writes "In light of the recent flood of stories about abysmal labor practices at Foxconn and other Chinese factories that produce most of the tech products we con...
02:05 am - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Study How Little Exercise You Need
Hugh Pickens writes "Millions of Americans don't engage in much exercise, if they complete any at all and asked why, a majority of respondents, in survey after survey, say, 'I don't have time.' Now Gr...
02:05 am - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death
First time accepted submitter M.Nunez writes "Just 30 minutes after Whitney Houston died, Sony Music raised the price of Houston's greatest hits album, 'Ultimate Collection,' on iTunes and Amazon. Man...
01:05 am - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Why Open APIs Fall Far Short of Open Source
itwbennett writes "451 Group analyst Jay Lyman opined in a LinuxInsider column that because of open APIs, 'non-open source software is often open enough.' Not so, says ITworld blogger Brian Proffitt. ...
12:05 am - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot EFF Launching 'Patent Fail' Campaign
netbuzz writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has long been at the forefront of fighting software patent abuse with its Patent Busting Project, is launching a new initiative called 'Patent...
12:05 am - Thu, February 16, 2012
Slashdot Brain Implants Can Detect What Patients Hear
kkleiner writes "A group of 15 patients suffering from either epileptic seizures or brain tumors volunteered to allow scientists to insert electrodes into their brains. After neurosurgeons cut a hole ...
11:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Hotmail's Spam Filter: The Best In the Business?
Barence writes "Microsoft claims an "independent" report proves it has the best spam protection in the industry — an argument deconstructed by PC Pro. 'Our own internal metrics, customer feedbac...
11:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Buy an Elite HP PC, Get Your Own Support Staffer
jfruh writes "HP reversed its decision to spin off its PC business, but it's still left with the question of how to make money in a commodity business selling standard-issue machines manufactured over...
10:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot 300k Organic Farmers To Sue Monsanto For Seed Patent Claims
microphage writes "Monsanto went after hundreds of farmers for infringing on their patented seed after audits revealed that their farms had contained their product — as a result of routine polli...
10:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Jeff Grubb On the Life of a Game Designer
First time accepted submitter Synchis writes "Fantasy Author Thomas A. Knight continues his 29-day blogfest today by posting a special interview with Author and Game Designer Jeff Grubb. Jeff has been...
09:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot The Unspoken Rules of Open Source Hardware
ptorrone writes "MAKE Magazine's article talks about some of the {unspoken} rules most/all the open-source hardware community seems to follow. Why? Because the core group of people who've been doing w...
09:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Apple Seeks Court Permission To Sue Kodak For Patent Infringement
First time accepted submitter yankexpat writes "The patent battles in the mobile communications space has taken another turn as Apple has asked a court for permission to sue the bankrupt Kodak for pat...
08:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers
phantomfive writes "In a study of Connecticut pediatricians published last year, some 30% of 133 doctors said they had asked a family to leave their practice for vaccine refusal. Pediatricians are get...
08:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Foxconn's Other Dirty Secret: the World's Largest "Internship" Program
pigrabbitbear writes "In light of a series of reports that have emerged over the years, one of many dark stories of suicide now points at one of the lesser-known but more unsavory aspects of Foxconn's...
07:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves
zacharye writes in with a story about Senior EVP of AT&T technology and network operations John Donovan's blog post detailing why customers with unlimited smartphone plans are getting throttled. "...
07:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Swiss To Build Orbital Cleaning Satellite
garyebickford writes " As The ETH Lausanne says: 'The proliferation of debris orbiting the Earth – primarily jettisoned rocket and satellite components – is an increasingly pressing proble...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot In Hot Water: The Effects of Even Modern Nuke Plants On Water
Harperdog writes "Dawn Stover has a fascinating article on the newest nuclear power plant to get approval: the Blue Castle Project on the Green River in Utah. Stover details the enormous damage done b...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Major Bitcoin Exchange Ceases Operation
First time accepted submitter Sabbetus writes "On Monday the CEO of prominent Bitcoin exchange Tradehill announced that they are shutting down. Ars Technica ran a story on this stating that 'After Mon...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Steve Jobs Awarded Posthumous Grammy
An anonymous reader writes "Recognizing Steve Jobs's immense contribution to music, he was the recipient of the Grammy Trustees Award at the Grammy's this past Sunday. The award is handed out annually...
05:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Factorable Keys: Twice As Many, But Half As Bad
J. Alex Halderman and Nadia Heninger write in with an update to yesterday's story on RSA key security: "Yesterday Slashdot posted that RSA keys are 99.8% secure in the real world. We've been working o...
05:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot NASDAQ and BATS DDoSed
DMandPenfold writes with a quote from an article in Computer World: NASDAQ and BATS saw their sites disrupted during the day on Monday and Tuesday respectively. The sites host company news and share p...
05:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Leaked Heartland Institute Documents Reveal Opposition To Science
New submitter bheerssen writes with an excerpt from an article by The Bad Astronomer: "The Heartland Institute — a self-described 'think tank' that actually serves in part as a way for climate c...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Did Life Emerge In Ponds Rather Than Ocean Vents?
ananyo writes "The prevailing scientific view holds that life began in hydrothermal vents in the deep sea. But a controversial study (abstract) suggests that inland pools of condensed and cooled geoth...
03:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Megaupload Co-Founder Allowed Bail
New submitter masterfpt writes "TorrentFreak is running the following article: 'The co-founder of Megaupload has been freed on bail by a judge in New Zealand. Mathias Ortmann will be the subject of st...
03:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot FCC Bars Lightsquared From Using Airwaves
New submitter mc6809e writes with news that Lightsquared might have just been killed. From the article: "A proposed wireless broadband network that would provide voice and Internet service using airwa...
02:05 pm - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Female Passengers Say They Were Targeted For TSA Body Scanners
wiedzmin writes "TSA agents in Dallas singled out female passengers to undergo screening in a body scanner, according to complaints filed by several women who said they felt the screeners intentionall...
11:05 am - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Is Agriculture Sucking Fresh Water Dry?
sciencehabit writes "The average American uses enough water each year to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and global agriculture consumes a whopping 92% of all fresh water used annually. Those are...
09:05 am - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's Antivirus Briefly Flags Google.com As Malicious
tsu doh nimh writes "Computers running Microsoft's antivirus and security software may be flagging google.com — the world's most-visited Web site — as malicious, apparently due to a faulty...
08:05 am - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Legislation For 18+ Games Hits Australian Parliament
angry tapir writes "Legislation to pave the way for an R18+ (adults only) classification of video games has just been introduced into the Australian parliament by the minister for home affairs. T...
06:05 am - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Unauthorized iOS Apps Leak Private Data Less Than Approved Ones
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "In the wake of news that the iPhone app Path uploads users' entire contact lists without permission, Forbes dug up a study from a group of researchers at the University of ...
05:05 am - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Zynga Sues Brazilian Dev For Copying Its Games
An anonymous reader writes "In what can only be described as a case of the pot calling the kettle black, Zynga has launched and settled a lawsuit against Brazilian game developer Vostu after accusing ...
04:05 am - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Data Sharing Aids the Fight Against Malaria
ananyo writes "Two years ago, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that it would release details of about 13,500 molecules that had already been shown to inhibit the malaria-causing Plasmodium falciparum p...
02:05 am - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot A Paper Alloy To Replace Plastic Cases
xwwt writes "In response to a paper by Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics, PEGA Design & Engineering has developed a new product that is intended to replace plastic shell material in comput...
01:05 am - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot Erasing Neuronal Memories May Help Control Chronic Pain
An anonymous reader writes "A team of researchers led by McGill neuroscientist Terence Coderre, who is also affiliated with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, has found the...
01:05 am - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot 99.8% Security For Real-World Public Keys
An anonymous reader writes "If you grab all the public keys you can find on the net, then you might expect to uncover a few duds — but would you believe that 2 out of every 1000 RSA keys is bad?...
12:05 am - Wed, February 15, 2012
Slashdot UK Law Enforcement Starts Seizing Music Blogs
Grumbleduke writes "From Dajaz1 (a site that is no stranger to unjustified copyright takedowns) we learn that the popular R&B website rnbxclusive.com (warning: threatening message on site) has all...
11:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Television Next In Line For Industry-Wide Shakeup?
New submitter pjlehtim writes "In a recent interview. Samsung's AV product manager, Chris Moseley, said, 'TVs are ultimately about picture quality. ... and there is no way that anyone, new or old, can...
11:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Sony Outlets Control Electricity Through Authentication
itwbennett writes "Sony on Tuesday demonstrated new 'smart sockets' that 'perform authentication whenever a device is plugged in,' said Taro Tadano, a general manager in Sony's technology development ...
10:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Xbox 360 Game Patching Costs $40,000
hypnosec writes "It costs developers a total of $40,000 to release a single patch on Xbox Live, making it a difficult platform for smaller developers to grow on. This revelation was made by Tim Schafe...
10:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot ESA's Vega Launcher Has Successful Maiden Flight
Zothecula writes "The European Space Agency's new Vettore Europeo di Generazione Avanzata — or Vega — launch vehicle lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 10 a.m....
09:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Hackers Had Unfettered Access To Nortel Networks For a Decade
An anonymous reader sends this quote from CBC News:"Hackers based in China enjoyed widespread access to Nortel's computer network for nearly a decade, according to ... Brian Shields, a former Nortel e...
09:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Congress Warns NASA About Shortchanging SLSOrion For Commercial Crew
FleaPlus writes "NASA and the White House have officially released their FY2013 budget proposal, the first step of the Congressional budget process. As mentioned previously on Slashdot, the proposal d...
08:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Blocks Video Streaming On BlackBerry Tablet, Blames Apple
AZA43 writes "Amazon.com has blocked its Instant Video streaming service on BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, in an apparent effort to make its Kindle Fire device more attractive to tablet buyers. And it s...
07:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Against Online Surveillance? You Must Be 'For' Child Porn, Says Legislator
An anonymous reader writes "Following up on yesterday's story about the Canadian government's internet surveillance legislation, one of the bill's proponents is now accusing those who oppose it of sta...
07:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Smartest Way To Transfer an Old DomainSite?
An anonymous reader writes "Back in early 95 I registered a domain name and built a website for a hobby of mine. Over time the website (and domain) name have built a small but steady stream of traffic...
06:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot "Cyberwar" As a Carrot For Those Selling the Stick
New submitter sackbut writes with a story at Wired about the often-discussed concept of "cyberwarfare," and the worst-case scenarios that are sometimes presented as possible outcomes of concerted mali...
05:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Followup: Ultraviolet Vision After Cataract Surgery
xmas2003 writes "Several months ago, I posted to Slashdot about being able to see ultraviolet light after cataract surgery. While a lot of the discussion whimsically discussed the best way for 'Captai...
05:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot LibreOffice 3.5 Released
First time accepted submitter wrldwzrd89 writes "The Document Foundation, the team behind the free and open-source office suite called LibreOffice, has released their latest and greatest version. As i...
04:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Did Anonymous Take Down CIA.gov?
jfruh writes "The CIA's website has been down intermittently since Friday, apparently the victim of a DDOS attack. One of the more interesting questions of the story is whether elements of Anonymous a...
04:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Stanford's Francis Fukuyama Builds Personal Surveillance Drone
HerbieTMac writes "Political science professor Francis Fukuyama builds and flies his own personal surveillance drones. His current model requires ground visibility but he is working on the HAM license...
03:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Linux Of the Future May Be About Which Environment, Not Which Distribution
itwbennett writes "In its 2012 roadmap, the Mozilla Foundation highlights plans to create its own soup-to-nuts mobile platform, known as Boot to Gecko. With this move, the Mozilla Foundation 'is final...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Laser Scanner May Allow Passengers To Take Bottled Drinks On Planes Again
cylonlover writes "Besides having to remove our shoes, the volume limitations regarding liquids and gels in carry-on baggage has become a major hassle in the world of post 9-11 airport security. Hopef...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot White House Wants Devastating Cuts To NASA's Mars Exploration
The Bad Astronomer writes "The White House released its proposed NASA budget for FY13, and while much of it remains the same from last year, one particular program got devastating news: Mars explorati...
10:05 am - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Mozart and Bach Handel Subway Station Crime
Hugh Pickens writes "The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that transit officials have started to get a handel on subway crime when they started playing Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and Strauss at the Lake...
09:05 am - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot ESA Discovers Unexpected 'Haze' of Microwave Transmissions
astroengine writes "The European space observatory Planck has discovered something peculiar about our galaxy: it's humming in microwaves and, for the moment, the source of the 'hard' radiation surroun...
06:05 am - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Apple-Approved Fair Labor Inspections Begin At Foxconn
redletterdave writes "Apple announced on Monday that the Fair Labor Association has begun inspecting Foxconn's Chinese factories, upon Apple's request. Apple said that Auret van Heerden, the president...
04:05 am - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot GNOME 3: Beauty To the Bone?
someWebGeek writes "According to the GNOME design crew, as reported by Allan over at As Far as I Know, GNOME 3 will represent a new approach to GNOME application design. The design patterns being deve...
02:05 am - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot EU and US Approve Google-Motorola Deal
angry tapir writes "European regulators have given Google the green light to take over Motorola Mobility. The U.S. $12.5 billion deal faced strong opposition from open source and consumer rights advoc...
01:05 am - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Making a Tablet Run Only One Application?
An anonymous reader asks "I'm working for a medical centre who want to make a tablet with various videos and webpages about smoking cessation available in their waiting room. The tablet can't access t...
12:05 am - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot Cryptome Hit By Blackhole Exploit Kit
wiredmikey writes with an excerpt from Security Week:"Whistleblower site has been hacked and infected by the Blackhole exploit kit. ... Cryptome co-founder John Young however told SecurityWeek that th...
12:05 am - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot MIT's Online Education Prototype Opens For Enrollment
OldHawk777 writes with news that MITx, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's online learning initiative, has opened free enrollment for its first course: 6.002x: Circuits and Electronics."Modele...
12:05 am - Tue, February 14, 2012
Slashdot How To Pull Location Data From Encrypted Google Maps Sessions
Trailrunner7 writes "In the last couple of years, Google and some other Web giants have moved to make many of their services accessible over SSL, and in many cases, made HTTPS connections the default....
11:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Europe's 'Right To Be Forgotten' Threatens Online Free Speech
An anonymous reader writes "Jeffrey Rosen, Legal Affairs Editor for The New Republic, explains why the E.U.'s proposed data protection regulation known as the right to be forgotten is actually 'the bi...
11:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Despite Media Confusion, Raspberry Pi Boards Still On Schedule
Last Friday, an article in Eurogamer about the Raspberry Pi's upcoming release threw a wrench in the mental gears of anyone hoping to soon order one of the long-awaited (and much anticipated) boards, ...
10:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Ontario Teachers' Union Calls For Health-Related Classroom Wi-Fi Ban
New submitter KJE writes "The CBC is reporting that an Ontario teachers' union is calling for an end to new Wi-Fi setups in the province's 1,400-plus Catholic schools. The Ontario English Catholic Tea...
10:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Twisted Metal Designer Rails Against Storytelling Games
eldavojohn writes "Twisted Metal designer David Jaffe gave a DICE Summit presentation in which he argued against 'games that have been intentionally made from the ground up with the intent and purpose...
09:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Obama Budget Asks For 1% Boost In Research
sciencehabit sends this excerpt from ScienceInsider:"One of the big three research agencies appears to be lagging behind its doubling peers in the president's 2013 budget request released this morning...
09:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot New Horizons: One Billion Miles From Pluto
astroengine writes "On Feb. 10, NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons probe entered the homestretch of its mission. When you are sprinting across the solar system, 'homestretch' is the final 1 billion miles...
08:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Venture Capital in Detroit, Among Other Places (Video)
If you have a startup idea kicking around in your head, you don't necessarily need to head for California, New York or Massachusetts to find venture capital. In today's video, Timothy Lord visits a ve...
07:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot LHC Powers Up To 4 TeV
An anonymous reader writes "Due to a decision made at Chamonix, the LHC will operate with a 4 TeV beam energy in 2012. This will allow them to collect as much data as possible (15 inverse femtobarns f...
07:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Will "Do Not Track" Kill the Free Internet?
jfruh writes "Dan Tynan is a privacy blogger and longtime proponent of the use of browser plug-ins and other technologies that block advertisers from tracking your web browsing habits. He's also a pro...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot What the iPad 3 Looks Like
redletterdave writes "If you were expecting a radically different-looking tablet from the iPad 2, prepare for a minor letdown. In the same way Apple upgraded the iPhone 4 into the iPhone 4S, the exter...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Hungary's Needy Given Money to Burn
Knowing that ideas are a dime a dozen and eager to think outside the box, Hungary's central bank is burning old currency to help the needy. The bank has found that the 40-50 tons of currency that need...
05:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Govt To Introduce Massive Internet Surveillance Law
An anonymous reader writes "The Canadian government will introducenew Internet surveillance legislation tomorrow that will mandate amassive new surveillance infrastructure at all Canadian ISPs and rem...
05:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Sony's New CEO To Look Beyond Hardware
angry tapir writes "Sony's new CEO says the company needs to move on from its hardware roots. From its inception, the company has defined itself through its gadget lines — Walkman, Vaio, Cyber-s...
04:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Apple Launches New Legal Attack On Samsung
walterbyrd writes "Apple Inc has asked a federal court in California to block Samsung Electronics Co Ltd from selling its new Galaxy Nexus smartphones, alleging patent violations. In a suit filed last...
03:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot "Liberated" Tunisia Still Censoring Websites
Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes "Tunisia's high court will decide on Wednesday whether to allow censoring of websitescontaining pornography or 'calls to violence.' It's disappoin...
03:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Is Santorum's "Google Problem" a Google Problem?
theodp writes "Fortune contributor Dan Mitchell argues that GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's 'Google problem' isn't Google's problem at all. 'The fact that searching for 'santorum' puts the ...
02:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Best Practice: Travel Light To China
Hugh Pickens writes "What may once have sounded like the behavior of a raving paranoid is now considered standard operating procedure for officials at American government agencies, research groups and...
12:05 pm - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot NASA Considers Privatizing GALEX Astrophysics Satellite
hogghogg writes "The GALEX spacecraft (surveying the Universe in ultraviolet wavelengths at which the atmosphere is close to opaque) is coming to the end of its budget life, but it hasn't finished ima...
09:05 am - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Gets Satellite Access
jimboh2k writes "Satellite operators Iridium and Thuraya have signed on to provide access for Twitter users outside of normal mobile coverage. The service acts like the SMS function already available ...
06:05 am - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Australian Govt Holding Secretive Anti-Piracy Talks
daria42 writes "Looks like Australia's Government prefers to keep its ongoing anti-piracy discussions behind closed doors. It held an initial meeting in September last year to try to get the content a...
04:05 am - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot Reddit: No More Suggestive Content Featuring Minors
First time accepted submitter say_hwat writes "Today Reddit announced that it has banned subreddits dedicated to posting sexualized imagery of people under the age of 18. Last year, the site came unde...
12:05 am - Mon, February 13, 2012
Slashdot An Open Alternative To Kickstarter
angry tapir writes "Crowd-funding website Crowdtilt officially launched last week, expanding upon the collective fundraising model pioneered by Kickstarter to enable raising money for any project &mda...
11:05 pm - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot Why Microsoft Developers Need a Style Guide
snydeq writes "What your interface communicates to users can be just as important as what your software does, writes Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister in discussing the latest edition of the 'Microsof...
10:05 pm - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot Dealing With an Overly-Restrictive Intellectual Property Policy?
An anonymous reader writes "I am very happy with my current job, but there have always been a few ideas for things I've wanted to develop on the side. Ideally I'd keep my day job, reserving mornings, ...
09:05 pm - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot Rethinking the Social Media-Centric Classroom
An anonymous reader writes "Michael Wesch has been on the lecture circuit for years touting new models of active teaching with technology. The associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas St...
08:05 pm - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot NASA Unplugs Its Last Mainframe
coondoggie writes "It's somewhat hard to imagine that NASA doesn't need the computing power of an IBM mainframe any more, but NASA's CIO posted on her blog today that at the end of the month, the Big ...
07:05 pm - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot Journalist Arrested For Tweet Deported to Saudi Arabia
New submitter cosmicaug writes with an update to yesterday's report that journalist Hamza Kashgari had been arrested by Malaysian police acting on a request conveyed from the Saudi government via Inte...
06:05 pm - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot From the Nuremberg Toy Fair, a New Linux System For RC Cars
An anonymous reader writes "Last weekend, during the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2012, I spotted a really cool new system for 'professional' RC models based on Embedded Linux. The WiRC allows you to control an...
05:05 pm - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot Southwest Airlines iPhone App Unencrypted, Vulnerable To Eavesdroppers
New submitter davidstites writes "I am a masters computer science student at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and in November I performed a security audit of 230+ popular iOS applicati...
04:05 pm - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot A Defense of Process Patents
An anonymous reader writes "In light of the ruling against the University of California patent trolls seeking to claim ownership of the 'Interactive Web,' founding attorney of Beacon Hill Law Joe Stan...
03:05 pm - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot It's Not All Waste: The Complicated Life of Surplus Electronics In Africa
retroworks writes "Today's Science Daily reports on 5 new UN studies of used computer and electronics management in Africa. The studies find that about 85% of surplus electronics imports are reused, n...
02:05 pm - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot All-IP Network Produces $100B Real Estate Windfall
Hugh Pickens writes "Daniel Berniger writes that one of the unexpected consequences of AT&T's transition to HD voice and all-IP networks is that the footprint of required network equipment will sh...
12:05 pm - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot Texas Supercomputer Upgrading the Hurricane Forecast
aarondubrow writes "Researchers used the Ranger supercomputer to test a new, high-resolution hurricane forecasting system that incorporates Doppler radar data from planes flying into the storm. The fo...
09:05 am - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot Boiling Down the Meaning of Life
Shipud writes "A recent article in Journal of Biomolecular structure and Dynamics proposes to define life by semantic voting [Note: open-access article]: 'The definitions of life are more than often i...
06:05 am - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot Tools, Techniques, Procedures of the RSA Hackers Revealed
An anonymous reader writes "Details of the tools, techniques and procedures used by the hackers behind the RSA security breach have been revealed in a research paper (PDF) published by Australian IT s...
03:05 am - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot Looking For Love; Finding Privacy Violations
itwbennett writes "When you sign up for online dating, there's a certain amount of information you expect to give up, like whether or not your weight is proportional to your height. But you probably d...
01:05 am - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Details Executive Salaries, Bonuses
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook has detailed the pay of 27-year-old Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg as well as four other executives. These are people who are set to be billionaires a...
12:05 am - Sun, February 12, 2012
Slashdot Canada ISPs Not Subject To Content Rules, Court Says
silentbrad writes "Upholding a 2010 decision from the Federal Court of Appeal, the country's highest court said ISPs cannot be subject to the Broadcasting Act of 1991 because they have no control over...
10:05 pm - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot Sergey: In Soviet Russia, Rocket Detonates You!
theodp writes " We were all foolish enough to go on this adventure,' Google co-founder Sergey Brin told the assembled Brainiacs at Google's Solve for X event last week, recalling the time he and Googl...
09:05 pm - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot TMS9918A Retro Video Chip Reimplemented In FPGA, With VGA Out
acadiel writes "Matthew H from the AtariAge.com TI-99/4A forum has finalized a design of a TMS 9918A replacement (with VGA out) for classic computer systems such as the ColecoVision, TI-99/4A, Spectra...
08:05 pm - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet
New submitter StarWreck writes "Police in Kuala Lumpur detained Hamza Kashgari, 23, 'following a request made to us by Interpol' on behalf of the Saudi authorities. Kashgari, a newspaper columnist, fl...
07:05 pm - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Print Cheap RFID Tags On Paper
judgecorp writes "French scientists have found a way to make RFID tags cheaper by printing them on paper. [Abstract] This could allow wider tagging, and combine with technologies such as printed memor...
06:05 pm - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Go Paperless At Home?
THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes "Over the years, I've had numerous scanners equipped with automatic document feeders — and all of them jam or grab multiple pages at a time (thereby missing pages). L...
05:05 pm - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot Bad Guys Use Open Source, Too
First time accepted submitter colinneagle writes "Open source has been so successful in giving us software like Linux, Apache, Hadoop, etc., why wouldn't the open source method work with other types o...
04:05 pm - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot San Francisco Enlists Bus Cameras For Traffic Law Enforcement
Lashat writes with news that San Francisco's Muni bus system has outfitted 30 buses so far with "cameras capable of snapping photos of vehicles illegally traveling or parking in The City's transit-onl...
04:05 pm - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot Battery Turns Saltwater Into Drinking Water
An anonymous reader writes "German researchers have developed a battery that can remove sodium and chloride ions from seawater. In theory, their invention could be far more energy efficient than therm...
03:05 pm - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot NASA To Drastically Cut Mars Mission Funding
DesScorp writes "Faced with budget cuts, and forced to choose between deep space observation or a mission to Mars, CBS reports that NASA will kill most of its Mars exploration programs. Sources in NAS...
02:05 pm - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot Global Christianity and the Rise of the Cellphone
Hugh Pickens writes "Alan Jacobs writes in the Atlantic about Every Tribe Every Nation, an organization whose mission is to produce and disseminate Bibles in readable mobile-ready texts for hundreds o...
12:05 pm - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot How Pre-Paid Energy Services Aid In Rural Electrification
First time accepted submitter superfast-scooter writes "I wanted to let the community know of a research project I've been fortunate to be part of — it's a rural electrification project called S...
09:05 am - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot Golden Delicious Now Shipping Hackable Openmoko GTA04
An anonymous reader writes with an update to the updated Openmoko phone that's long been in the works. From the story at Linux For Devices: "German manufacturer Golden Delicious has begun shipping a h...
06:05 am - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot Wikipedia Hasn't Forgiven GoDaddy
netbuzz writes "The fact that a month and a half has gone by and Wikipedia still hasn't followed through on Jimmy Wales public threat to remove its domain name registrations from GoDaddy over the latt...
03:05 am - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot FDA Unveils Biosimilars Guidance
ananyo writes "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released its long-anticipated draft guidance for drug makers interested in making generic forms of biological drugs such as enzymes and antibod...
01:05 am - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot IRS Employee Stole Data To Forge $8M In Fraudulent Returns
coondoggie writes "A former Internal Revenue Service employee this week got 105 months in prison for pleading guilty to theft of government property and aggravated identity theft in a case where the g...
12:05 am - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot Researchers, Biosecurity Board Debate How Open Virus Research Should Be
New submitter rackeer writes "Exchanging research results is at the heart of the scientific method. However, there are concerns about whether investigations of pandemics, which possibly constitute a t...
12:05 am - Sat, February 11, 2012
Slashdot Smart Camera Tells Tobacco From Marijuana
An anonymous reader writes "A new smart camera technology not only takes a picture but also assays chemical composition, allowing photographers to tell whether that hand-rolled cigarette contains toba...
11:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot FCC Maps the 3G Wasteland Of the Western US
alphadogg writes "The Federal Communications Commission has released a map showing which counties across the U.S. lacked coverage from either 3G or 4G networks and found that wide swaths of the wester...
11:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot What Does a Software Tester's Job Constitute?
First time accepted submitter rolakyng writes "I got a call from a recruiter looking for software test engineer. I'm a software engineer and my job is development and testing. I know I mentioned testi...
10:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Famous For Fifteen People: Is Everyone a 'Facebook Celebrity'?
An anonymous reader writes "In the Stanford Law Review Online, authors Frankel, Brookover & Satterfield discuss an ongoing lawsuit against Facebook where plaintiffs claimed the social network's 'S...
10:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Skin Cancer Drug Reverses Alzheimer's Symptoms In Mice
An anonymous reader writes "A skin cancer drug may rapidly reverse pathological, cognitive and memory deterioration associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to new research published on Thursday...
10:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Allow Test Takers Internet Access, But Minimize Cheating?
New submitter linjaaho writes "I work as lecturer in a polytechnic. I think traditional exams are not measuring the problem-solving skills of engineering students, because in normal job you can access...
09:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Tesla Reveals Its Model X Gullwing SUV
thecarchik writes "The new, all-electric Tesla Model X crossover, which was introduced on stage by Tesla CEO Elon Musk (also the man behind SpaceX), isn't exactly a step toward the mass market. But it...
08:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Tor Tests Undetectably Encrypted Connections In Iran
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Ahead of the anniversary of Iran's revolution, the country's government has locked down its already-censored Internet, blocking access to many services and in some cases cu...
08:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8 Features With Linux Antecedents
itwbennett writes "As details about new features in Windows 8 started to be discussed in the Building 8 blog and bandied about in Linux/Windows forums, Linux users were quick to chime in with a hearty...
07:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Germany Delays ACTA Signature, Wants More Discussion
First time accepted submitter willodotcom writes "Germany has joined Latvia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in delaying their signing of ACTA, citing 'time to carry out further discussions' a...
07:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Replacing the World's Largest IMAX Screen
lukehopewell1 writes "IMAX Sydney has replaced its screen — the largest in the world — at a cost of $250,000. Weighing over 800 kilograms, painting the screen took over 12 days and 350 kil...
06:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot After Rewrites, Google Wallet Still Has Holes
itwbennett writes "A report from viaForensics makes clear that, despite efforts by Google to tighten up security after a poor evaluation in December, Google Wallet still stores data in too many places...
05:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Power Plant Converts Fruit and Veggie Waste Into Natural Gas For Cars
Zothecula writes "Some readers might remember the Mr. Fusion unit in Back to the Future that Doc Brown fills with household garbage, including a banana peel and some beer, to power the iconic time-tra...
05:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Why the Number of O's In LOL Matter On YouTube
karthikmns writes "It turns out that Google uses the number of o's in a lol to weigh how funny a video is. In a blog post Google explains how they came up with an algorithm to gauge a video's comedic ...
04:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Alan Moore on V For Vendetta and the Rise of Anonymous
First time accepted submitter tmcb writes in with a piece by Alan Moore about the influence his comic has had on the hacker group Anonymous. "On Saturday protests are planned across the world against ...
03:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Texas Jury Strikes Down Man's Claim to Own the Interactive Web
ackthpt writes "Sir Tim Berners-Lee traveled to a courtroom in East Texas to give his testimony on how, if upheld, the Eolas Technologies & University of California patent on Web Interactivity cou...
02:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Details Windows 8 for ARM
MrSeb writes "In an 8,000-word treatise, Steven Sinofksy himself has taken up pen and paper to describe Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) in great detail. There's a lot of good stuff in there, but one point is p...
02:05 pm - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Sale Or License? Sister Sledge Sues Over ITunes
Hugh Pickens writes "The Hollywood Reporter reports that members of the iconic disco-era musical group Sister Sledge have filed a major class action lawsuit against Warner Music Group claiming that th...
11:05 am - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Google's First Employee Departs
redletterdave writes "Craig Silverstein, the first employee hired by Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, will leave the search giant for Khan Academy, an online education portal based in Mo...
09:05 am - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot NASA Wants Green Rocket Fuel
coondoggie writes "NASA is looking for technology that could offer green rocket fuel alternatives to the highly toxic fuel hydrazine used to fire up most rockets today. According to NASA: 'Hydrazine i...
07:05 am - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Google Offering Cash For Your Cache
pigrabbitbear writes "The gradual transformation of the web into an ultra-personalized, corporate-owned social space in the cloud has raised more than a few legitimate concerns about data privacy. Goo...
04:05 am - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Hacked Syrian Officials Used '12345' As Email Password
Nominei writes "The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the Syrian President, aides and staffers had their email hacked by Anonymous, who leaked hundreds of emails online. Reportedly, many of the a...
02:05 am - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Intel Settles NY Antitrust Case
clustermonkey writes "Intel Corporation and the New York Attorney General have agreed to terminate the lawsuit alleging violation of U.S. and state antitrust laws that was filed by the New York Attorn...
01:05 am - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot The Gradual Death of the Brick and Mortar Tech Store
Cutting_Crew writes "As we all know brick and mortar stores have been closing left and right recently. We had CompUSA, Borders and Circuit City all close their doors within the last 4 years. According...
12:05 am - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Hackers Hit Apple Supplier Foxconn
wiredmikey writes "Protests against Apple and Foxconn due to furor over reports about working conditions have gone digital. A group known as SwaggSec has successfully hacked computers at Foxconn, and ...
12:05 am - Fri, February 10, 2012
Slashdot Engelbart's Keyboard Available For Touchscreens
An anonymous reader writes "Doug Engelbart should be known to everyone on Slashdot — he did invent the mouse after all, among many other inventions all of us rely on today. There was one more ob...
11:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot The Himalayas and Nearby Peaks Have Lost No Ice In Past 10 Years, Study Shows
DesScorp writes "A story from UK's Guardian reports on a study of ice levels from the Himalayas area, and finds that no significant melting has occurred, despite earlier predictions of losses of up to...
10:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot Hacked Emails Reveal Russian Astroturfing Program
gotfork writes "Quoting The Guardian: 'A pro-Kremlin group runs a network of internet trolls, seeks to buy flattering coverage of Vladimir Putin and hatches plans to discredit opposition activists and...
10:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot How Much Stuff Can Timothy Jam Into His New Hoodie's Pockets? (Video)
Timothy Lord is exactly the kind of person for whom the SCOTTEVEST Ultimate Hoodie Microfleece was designed; He's on the go all the time, needs to travel light, and wants to carry lots of stuff on his...
09:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot Mild Electric Shock To Brain May Boost Spatial Memory
An anonymous reader writes "A mild electrical shock to the brain before learning a new task may enhance memory, researchers reported on Wednesday. A team of neuroscientists demonstrated that electrica...
09:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot Pink Floyd Engineer Alan Parsons Rips Audiophiles, YouTube and Jonas Brothers
First time accepted submitter CIStud writes "Famed 'Dark Side of the Moon' engineer Alan Parsons, who also worked on the Beatles 'Abbey Road,' says audiophiles spend too much money on equipment and ig...
08:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot Online Privacy Worth Less Than Marshmallow Fluff Six Pack
nonprofiteer writes "With a program called Screenwise, Google is offering a total of $25 in Amazon gift cards to anyone willing to install a Chrome browser extension that will let the search giant tra...
07:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot US Approves Two New Nuclear Reactors
JoeRobe writes "For the first time in 30 years, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved licenses to build two new nuclear reactors in Georgia. These are the first licenses to be issued since...
07:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot Double Fine Raises $700,000 In 24 Hours With Crowdfunding
redletterdave writes "San Francisco-based game developer Double Fine took to Kickstarter to fund its next game project, and so far, the studio has enjoyed unprecedented success through crowdsourcing. ...
07:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot FBI File Notes Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field
Hugh Pickens writes "Bloomberg reports that the FBI has released a decades-old file it kept on Steve Jobs, the deceased Apple co-founder, after a background check for a possible appointment by former ...
06:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Open Source Jobs?
stry_cat writes "My company has bought into the FUD and is going 100% Microsoft. Rather than work in this environment and be continuously at odds with upper management, I have decided to seek employme...
06:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot Sponsor a Valve On Colossus
mikejuk writes "The UK's National Museum of Computing has come up with a novel idea to raise funds for its new gallery for its rebuilt Colossus computer — you can sponsor a valve. All you have t...
05:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot IBM Seeks Patent On Judging Programmers By Commits
theodp writes "How'd you like to be deemed unworthy of a job based upon a scan of your GitHub updates? That's what proposed in a newly-published IBM patent application for Automated Analysis of Code D...
05:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot Therapy Over IP Draws the Young, Isolated
Lucas123 writes "Psychiatrists say VoIP technology is more popular with patients than even in-person therapy when it comes to counseling — especially for their younger patients who are less inti...
04:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With Refurbed Drives With Customer Data?
An anonymous reader writes "I just received 3 'refurbished' SATA drives from Newegg. All 3 had some sort of existing partition. Most appeared to be factory diagnostic partitions, but one had a full De...
04:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot Three Unexpected Data Points Describe Elementary School Quality
garthsundem writes with a link to his story in Wired, according to which "Test scores and student/teacher ratio are nearly meaningless. But three new numbers do describe school quality: 1. (Test Score...
03:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot WSJ Says Pro-ACTA Forces Helped Drive Anti-ACTA Reactions
pbahra writes with commentary from the Wall Street Journal: "Europeans will take to the streets this weekend in protest at the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, an international agreement that has ...
02:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot Google Close To Launching Cloud Storage 'Google Drive'
MrSeb writes with this selection from ExtremeTech: "Why doesn't Google offer a cloud storage service to rival Dropbox, Box.net, or Microsoft's SkyDrive? Google has the most internet-connected servers ...
02:05 pm - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot FAA Bill Authorizes Surveillance Drones Over US
fyngyrz writes "Congress passed a bill this week that makes it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace. From the article: 'The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Ob...
09:05 am - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot The Lack of Scientific Philanthropy In Japan
ananyo writes "The University of Tokyo this week unveils the Japan's first institute named after a foreign donor: the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe. The announcement ...
06:05 am - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot TomTom Satnavs To Set Insurance Prices
nk497 writes "TomTom has signed a deal with an insurance firm that will see its satnavs used to monitor drivers. Fair Pay Insurance, part of Motaquote, will use monitoring systems built into the TomTo...
05:05 am - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot EPIC Sues FTC Over Google's Planned Privacy Changes
angry tapir writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, asking a court to force the agency to take action against Google over plann...
04:05 am - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot What Scorpions Have To Teach Aircraft Designers
First time accepted submitter elloGov writes "The north African desert scorpion, Androctonus australis, is a hardy creature. Most animals that live in deserts dig burrows to protect themselves from th...
02:05 am - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot The Science Fiction Effect
Harperdog writes "Laura Kahn has a lovely essay about the history of science fiction, and how science fiction can help explain concepts that are otherwise difficult for many...or perhaps, don't hold t...
01:05 am - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot The Zuckerberg Tax
Hugh Pickens writes "David S. Miller writes that when Facebook goes public later this year, Mark Zuckerberg plans to exercise stock options worth $5 billion of the $28 billion that his ownership stake...
12:05 am - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot Jedi Master's Hand-Made Lightsaber Stolen
First time accepted submitter psiogen writes "Flynn Michael, an instructor at New York Jedi, an organization that teaches 'practical knowledge of how to use a lightsaber, left his custom-crafted blade...
12:05 am - Thu, February 9, 2012
Slashdot US Air Force Buys iPads To Replace Flight Bags
redletterdave writes "Following the precedent set by commercial airliners, the U.S. Air Force plans to buy up to 18,000 iPads for its Air Mobility Command (AMC), replacing heavy flight bags with light...
11:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Selling Used MP3s Found Legal In America
bs0d3 writes "After some litigation; ReDigi, a site where people can sell used MP3's has been found legal in America. One of the key decisions the judge had to make was whether MP3's were material obj...
11:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot If You're Fat, Broke, and Smoking, Blame Language
First time accepted submitter derekmead writes "A Yale researcher says that culture differences how much money we save, how well we take care of ourselves, and other behavior indicative of taking the ...
11:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Labor Activist: Apple May Be Terrible, But All Others Are Worse
CheerfulMacFanboy writes "Labor Activist Li Qiang wants you to know that the iPhone 4 in his pocket is not an endorsement of Apple's policies, just an acknowledgment that the company is doing a better...
10:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Man Claiming He Invented the Internet Sues
wiedzmin writes "A low-profile Chicago biologist, Michael Doyle, and his company Eola Technologies, who has once won a $521m patent lawsuit against Microsoft, claim that it was actually he and two co-...
09:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot File Sharing In the Post MegaUpload Era
An anonymous reader writes "This report looks at file sharing in the post MegaUpload era. The main finding — file sharing did not go away. It did not even decrease much in North America. Mainly,...
09:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot BigDog Robot Gets Much Bigger
savuporo writes "Well known Boston Dynamics BigDog prototype now has a bigger brother named 'LS3' or Legged Squad Support System. It's intended to carry heavy loads for long treks and have enough auto...
08:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Virtual Reality Helmet Designed For Deep Space Surgery
pigrabbitbear writes in with a link about a virtual reality helmet designed to help people deal with medical emergencies in space. "Humans are pretty fragile. A bad break in your hip can mean surgery ...
07:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Accidental Empires To See Reboot In Blog Format
New submitter shuttah writes "Robert X. Cringely, author of the 1992 influential book Accidental Empires , will be republishing and updating (including pictures and new chapters) the now twenty year-o...
07:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot The iPhone Is a Nightmare For Carriers
New submitter HungryMonkey writes "According to the latest EBITDA numbers from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, the subsidies they have to pay Apple in order to carry the iPhone are drastically reducing...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo Replaces Half Its Board of Directors
itwbennett writes "Yahoo's restructuring continued Tuesday with the ouster of 4 board members, including chairman Roy Bostock, according to an IDG News Service report. The move follows the resignation...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot RIAA Chief Whines That SOPA Opponents Were "Unfair"
First time submitter shoutingloudly writes "In a NY Times op-ed today, RIAA chief Cary H. Sherman accuses the opponents of SOPA of having engaged in shady rhetorical tactics. He (wrongly) accuses oppo...
05:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot NRC Emails Reveal Confusion In Aftermath of Fukushima
mdsolar writes "The Washington Post is reporting on the NRC response to the Fukushima disaster. Aspects include an abusive relationship with Steven Chu, a secret database on fuel pool fires that was n...
05:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot U.S. Navy Receives First Industry Built Railgun Prototype
Zothecula writes "Two years after BAE Systems was awarded a US$21 million contract from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop an advanced Electromagnetic Railgun for the U.S. Navy, the company...
05:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Superpoke Players Sue Google
mikejuk writes "SuperPoke Pets is another casualty of Google's aggressive spring cleanup... But unlike other users of Google's trashed software, Superpoke users have decided to fight back with a class...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot ReactOS 0.3.14 Released With Improved Networking Stack
An anonymous reader wrote in with news of the latest release of ReactOS, a project to create a complete reimplementation of Windows. The highlights of this release are the integration of a new network...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Former Google Exec: Traditional Search Market Shrinking
An anonymous reader writes "Former Google executive Stafford Masie believes that traditional search is dying because users are choosing to query their friends and followers on services like Facebook, ...
03:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot New Technique Promises Much Faster Hard Drive Write Speeds
MrSeb writes "Hold onto your hats: Scientists at the University of York, England have completely rewritten the rules of magnetic storage (abstract; full paper paywalled). Instead of switching a magnet...
02:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Study: Online Dating Makes People "Picky" and "Unrealistic"
New submitter garthsundem writes with this tale of digital love: "A newly published meta-analysis of over 400 studies of online dating (PDF) shows both its popularity (second only to meeting through f...
02:05 pm - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Robert Boisjoly Dies At 73, the Engineer Who Tried To Stop the Challenger Launch
demachina writes "Robert Boisjoly has died at the age of 73. Boisjoly, Allan J. McDonald and three others argued through the night of 27 January, 1986 to stop the following day's Challenger launch, bu...
11:05 am - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Capitol Records Motion To Enjoin ReDigi Denied
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The motion by Capitol Records for a preliminary injunction against used digital music marketplace ReDigi has been denied. After hearing almost two hours of oral argument b...
08:05 am - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot HDD Price Update: How the Thai Floods Have Affected Prices, 3 Months Later
New submitter jjslash writes "The hard disk drive supply chain was hit hard late last year when a series of floods struck Thailand. The Asian country accounts for about a quarter of the world's hard d...
06:05 am - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Pasadena Police Encrypt, Deny Access To Police Radio
An anonymous reader writes "There is media (but not public?) outcry over the Pasadena, CA police switch from analog radio that can be picked up by scanners to encrypted digital radio that cannot. 'On ...
04:05 am - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot 4G Phones Are Really Fast — At Draining Batteries
Hugh Pickens writes "With Verizon's 4G network covering a good chunk of the country and AT&T gaining ground, more smartphone users have access to the fastest wireless service available. But becaus...
02:05 am - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Making JavaScript Tolerable For a Dyed-in-the-Wool CC++Java Guy?
DocDyson writes "I'm a dyed-in-the-wool C/C++/Java developer with over 20 years of experience. I'm making a good living and having fun doing back-end Java work right now, but I strongly beli...
01:05 am - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Should Next-Gen Game Consoles Be Upgradeable?
MojoKid writes "Historically, console add-ons that boosted the performance of the primary unit haven't done well. Any attempt to upgrade a system's core performance risks bifurcating the user base and...
12:05 am - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot History Repeats Itself: KDP Select Is Amazon.com's 'Payback For Playback'
New submitter brennanw writes "Anyone who was active on mp3.com during the late 90s/early 2000's will find Amazon.com's KDP Select awfully familiar: authors who make their works exclusive to Amazon co...
12:05 am - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot Higgs Signal Gains Strength
ananyo writes "Today the two main experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, submitted the results of their latest analyses. The new papers (here here an...
12:05 am - Wed, February 8, 2012
Slashdot MIT Crowdsources and Gamifies Brain Analysis
MrSeb writes "There are around 100 billion neurons in a human brain, forming up to 100 trillion synaptic interconnections. Neuroscientists believe that these synapses are the key to almost every one o...
11:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Saylor Foundation Awards Prizes To Free College Textbooks
Brad Lucier writes "The Saylor Foundation has a vision: Free and open materials for a complete undergraduate university education. To that end, they've announced the first winners in their Open Textbo...
10:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Fracture Putty Can Heal a Broken Bone In Days
An anonymous reader writes "If we break a bone it can take weeks or even month to heal depending on the type and severity of the break. In some extreme cases the complexity of the fracture can make it...
09:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Apple Could Lose $1.6 Billion In iPad Lawsuit
redletterdave writes "Proview Technology, which currently uses the 'iPad' name on several of its products including computer monitors, stands to win up to $1.6 billion and an apology from Apple for al...
09:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Google Releases Chrome For Android Beta
An anonymous reader writes "Today Google announced the availability of a beta version of its Chrome browser for Android. Unfortunately, it's limited to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) devices. Google...
08:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot The 20th IOCCC Winners Announced
An anonymous reader writes "The 20th International Obfuscated C Code Contest ended on February 5th, 2012, and the list of winners has been announced. According to the page, the source code for all the...
08:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Programming Error Doomed Russian Mars Probe
astroengine writes "So it turns out U.S. radars weren't to blame for the unfortunate demise of Russia's Phobos-Grunt Mars sample return mission — it was a computer programming error that doomed ...
07:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Honeywell Vs Nest: When the Establishment Sues Silicon Valley
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from an article at TechCrunch:"Honeywell filed a multi-patent infringement lawsuit against Nest Labs and Best Buy yesterday. The suit alleges that Nest Labs ...
07:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot DARPA Investing In Electric Brain Stimulation To Train Snipers Quickly
New submitter Morganth writes "According to New Scientist, researchers at DARPA are investing efforts in transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) machines to cut the time it takes to train snipe...
07:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Delayed Outrage Over A Censored Site; What's a Better Way To Spread News?
Bennett Haselton is back with a thought provoking essay about not just an incident of Internet censorship on an American university campus, but a proposed method of propagating news, so that relevant ...
06:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Nouveau Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Achieves OpenCL Support
An anonymous reader writes "The Nouveau driver project that's been writing an open-source NVIDIA graphics driver via reverse-engineering has moved forward in their support. The Nouveau driver now has ...
06:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Proposed Law Would Give DHS Power Over Privately Owned IT Infrastructure
CelticWhisper writes "H.R. 3674, the Promoting and Enhancing Cybersecurity and Information Sharing Effectiveness Act (PRECISE Act), would allow the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to require impr...
05:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Australian Scientists Discover 'Oldest Living Thing On Earth'
New submitter offsafely writes "Scientists in Australia have discovered the oldest living life-form to date: a small patch of Ancient Seagrass, dated through DNA sequencing at 200,000 years old."Says ...
05:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot No More SSL Revocation Checking For Chrome
New submitter mwehle writes with this bit from Ars Technica: "Google's Chrome browser will stop relying on a decades-old method for ensuring secure sockets layer certificates are valid after one of th...
05:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Red Hat Appoints Robyn Bergeron First Female Fedora Project Leader
darthcamaro writes "Red Hat is changing the leadership at the Fedora Project. Jared Smith is out after having been the Fedora Project Leader since June of 2010. In is Robyn Bergeron — who will b...
05:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Sanctions Or Not, Iranian Competition Yields Successful UAVs
garymortimer writes with word of the result from a high-tech student competition that doesn't come with sponsorship from DARPA or Mobil — far from it. Instead, the sponsors include "military and...
04:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Cops Set Up Extortion Sting On Symantec's Source Code Thieves
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Hackers linked with Anonymous leaked another 1.26 gigabytes of Symantec's data Monday night, what they say is the source code company's PCAnywhere program. More interesting...
03:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Apple Intern Spent 12 Weeks Porting Mac OS X To ARM
An anonymous reader writes "Apple hasn't released a Mac OS X device running on ARM yet, but a recently discovered thesis from a former Apple intern going by the name of Tristan Schapp details a 12-wee...
03:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot KDE Publishes a Book For Beginner Developers
jrepin writes "During a recent 5 day sprint, four KDE contributors planned and produced a handbook for beginning KDE developers. The guide is recommended for every new contributor to KDE development. ...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot First Run of Raspberry Pi Boards To Be Completed Feb 20th
An anonymous reader writes "Raspberry Pi has confirmed the first batch of $35 PCs will be constructed on February 20. They've also coaxed Broadcom into releasing the datasheet for the board. Apparentl...
02:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Halliburton To Dump Blackberry For iOS
grub writes "Halliburton has decided to drop Research In Motion's Blackberry platform in favor of Apple's iOS for its workforce. 'An internal newsletter outlined the plan for the nearly 70,000 employe...
01:05 pm - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Water Droplets In Orbit On the International Space Station
BuzzSkyline writes "Astronaut Don Pettit, who is aboard the International Space Station right now, puts charged water droplets into wild orbits around a knitting needle in the microgravity environment...
11:05 am - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding
LinuxScribe writes "An announcement on the Kubuntu-devel mailing list tells the sad story: Canonical is pulling funding for in-house developers to work on the KDE-based Kubuntu flavor. Canonical now s...
09:05 am - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password
wiedzmin writes "A Colorado woman that was ordered by a federal judge to decrypt her laptop hard-drive for police last month, appears to have forgotten her password. If she does not remember the passw...
06:05 am - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Tapeheads and the Quiet Return of VHS
Hugh Pickens writes "Joshua Phillips writes that something was lost when videos went from magnetic tape and plastic, to plastic discs, and now to digital streams as browsing isles is no more and the o...
04:05 am - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Little Ice Age: It Was Not the Sun
vikingpower writes "The Little Ice Age, lasting from the end of the Middle Age into the 17th century, may very likely have been caused by the combined effects of four major volcanic eruptions and incr...
03:05 am - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Hacking the NES With Lisp
Andy Hefner has a detailed blog post covering his quest to program an NES with the assistance of Common Lisp. He developed a new 6502 assembler, a mini-language for composing musical sequences, and a ...
02:05 am - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Orders Banks To Stop Leaking IPO Details
redletterdave writes "In the weeks leading up to Facebook's massive $100 billion initial public offering, Mark Zuckerberg reportedly told JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and the other ba...
01:05 am - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Lenovo Ordered To Refund 'Microsoft Tax'
angry tapir writes with an excerpt from an article over at TechWorld: "A French laptop buyer has won a refund from Lenovo after a four-year legal battle over the cost of a Windows license he didn't wa...
12:05 am - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Google 'Solve For X' Website Goes Live
alphadogg writes "Google on Monday released a website and video regarding its Solve for X project, which the company says is 'a place where the curious can go to hear and discuss radical technology id...
12:05 am - Tue, February 7, 2012
Slashdot Indian Engineers Modify Kinect To Help the Blind Walk With Confidence
New submitter albinobee writes "The Kinect for Xbox 360 isn't only about gaming; it can also be used to help compensate for impaired vision, as a team of Indian engineers is working to prove. A device...
11:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot New Intel 520 Series SSD Taps SandForce Controller
crookedvulture writes "Intel continues to partner with third-party controller makers for high-end SSDs. Its new 520 Series drives pair the latest SandForce controller with Intel's own firmware and 25-...
11:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot A5 Mystery Solved (Why Siri Won't Run On iPhone 4)
Hugh Pickens writes "Anna Leach reports that Siri support has been a contentious issue for owners of earlier iPhones, but a recent filing from Audience shows that Siri won't run on the iPhone 4 becaus...
11:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Sandboxed Flash Player Coming To Firefox
Trailrunner7 writes "Adobe, which has spent the last few years trying to dig out of a deep hole of vulnerabilities and buggy code, is making a major change to Flash, adding a sandbox to the version of...
10:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Embed Electronic Components Into Optical Fibers
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at the Universities of Southampton and Penn State have found a way to embed electronic components into optical fibers, in a breakthrough that could lead to the c...
09:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: The Windup Girl
New submitter Hector's House writes "'Nothing is certain. Nothing is secure,' reflects one of the characters in Paolo Bacigalupi's novel The Windup Girl. In 23rd century Bangkok, life for many hangs b...
09:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Nascent Graphene Institute Makes Steps Toward Transistors
judgecorp writes "A research team at Manchester has taken a big step toward building transistors with graphene. So far graphene's marvelous conductivity has actually proved a drawback, but the team ha...
08:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot NASA Pulling Out of ESA-led ExoMars Mission?
astroengine writes "It's a strange irony that to afford the expense of space exploration, international collaboration is often sought after — spreading the cost across several international part...
07:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Moglen: Facebook Is a Man-In-The-Middle Attack
jfruh writes "In an email exchange with privacy blogger Dan Tynan, Columbia law professor Eben Moglen referred to Facebook as a 'man in the middle attack' — that is, a service that intercepts co...
07:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Google Starts Running Fiber In Kansas City
New submitter Kiyyik writes "After weeks of wrangling over shared space on utility poles, Google and the KC Board of Public Utilities have gotten their act together and Google is starting to wire Kans...
06:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Central Europe Countries Continue to Oppose ACTA
tykev writes "The Czech government suspended the ratification process of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ACTA, said Prime Minister Petr Necas today. The government wants to further analyze th...
05:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot MIT Envisions DIY Solar Cells Made From Grass Clippings
Zothecula writes "Research scientist Andreas Mershin has a dream to bring inexpensive solar power to the masses, especially those in developing countries. After years of research, he and his team at M...
04:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Indian Court Orders Google To Remove Content
itwbennett writes "A Court in Delhi, India has ordered Google to remove content that 'is said to mock gods worshipped in India,' according to an IDG News Service report. Mufti Ajiaz Arshad Qasmi, a pr...
04:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Perl Data Language 2.4.10 released
First time accepted submitter tonique writes "Perl Data Language (PDL) 2.4.10 has been released. Highlights of the new release are automatic multi-thread support, support for data structures larger th...
04:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Full-Body Scans Rolled Out At All Australian International Airports
suraj.sun writes in with a story about the spread of full body scanners it reads in part:"Passengers at airports across Australia will be forced to undergo full-body scans or be banned from flying und...
03:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Lake Vostok Reached
First time accepted submitter Cyberax writes "After 30 years of drilling and weeks of media attention the Antarctic underground lake Vostok has been reached by Russian scientists (translated article)....
02:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot No Pardon For Turing
mikejuk writes "A petition signed by over 21,000 people asked the UK Government to grant a pardon to Alan Turing. That request has now been declined. A statement in the House of Lords explained the re...
02:05 pm - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Symantec Identifies Android Trojans That Mutate With Every Download
angry tapir writes "Symantec researchers have identified a new premium-rate SMS Android Trojan that modifies its code every time it gets downloaded in order to bypass antivirus detection. his techniqu...
11:05 am - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Details Emerge About Spark Linux-Based Tablet
MojoKid writes "There's a new tablet in town called the Spark. The Linux-driven tablet, based on the Zenithink C71 and KDE was unveiled by developer Aaron Seigo recently. The tablet will be available ...
09:05 am - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot The Engineer Who Stopped Airplanes From Flying Into Mountains
First time accepted submitter gmrobbins writes "The Seattle Times profiles avionics engineer Don Bateman, whose Honeywell lab in Redmond, Washington has for decades pioneered ground proximity warning ...
06:05 am - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Malware Goes Viral
itwbennett writes "Just a few hours after a fake CNN news report appeared on Facebook Friday, more than 60,000 users had gone to the spoofed, malware bearing page according to Sophos Senior Security A...
05:05 am - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot BTJunkie No More?
First time accepted submitter AWESOM-O 4k writes "It seems like the popular file sharing site BTJunkie.org is gone. On btjunkie.org you are greeted with the following: '2005 — 2012 This is the e...
03:05 am - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Study Finds Social Media Harder To Resist Than Cigarettes, Alcohol
An anonymous reader writes "Checking a Twitter, Facebook or email account for updates may be more tempting than alcohol and cigarettes, according to researchers who tried to measure how well people re...
01:05 am - Mon, February 6, 2012
Slashdot Philatelists Push Petition For Pluto Probe Postage
Hugh Pickens writes "Space.com reports that an online petition directed at the USPS and its Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) hopes to collect 100,000 signatures or more by March 13, the 82nd an...
11:05 pm - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Remembering Sealab
An anonymous reader writes "'Some people remember Sealab as being a classified program, but it was trying not to be,' says Ben Hellwarth, author of the new book Sealab: America's Forgotten Quest to Li...
10:05 pm - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Google In Battle With Its Own Lawyers
An anonymous reader writes "Google is at daggers end with a law firm it's been using since 2008, after discovering that lawyers in the law firm, named Pepper Hamilton LLP, were representing a patent l...
09:05 pm - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Using Crowdsourcing To Design More Accessible Elections
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is sponsoring an online, open innovation challenge to search for creative answers to the question: 'How might we design an accessibl...
07:05 pm - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Is Online Engineering Coursework Viewed By Employers?
New submitter KA.7210 writes "I am an employed mechanical engineer, having worked with the same company since graduation from college 5 years ago. I am looking to increase my credentials by taking mor...
06:05 pm - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Job Seeking Hacker Gets 30 Months In Prison
wiredmikey writes "A hacker who tried to land an IT job at Marriott by hacking into the company's computer systems and then unwisely extorting the company into hiring him, has been sentenced to 30 mon...
05:05 pm - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Air Guns Shake Up Earthquake Monitoring
sciencehabit writes "Petroleum geologists have long used air guns in their search for oil and gas deposits. Sudden blasts from the devices generate seismic waves that they use to map underground rock ...
05:05 pm - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Half of Fortune 500s, US Agencies Still Infected With DNSChanger Trojan
tsu doh nimh writes "Two months after authorities shut down a massive Internet traffic hijacking scheme, the malicious software that powered the criminal network is still running on computers at half ...
04:05 pm - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Ex-FCC Chair: Spectrum Plan "Single Worst Telecom Bill I've Seen"
alphadogg writes "Former FCC chairman Reed Hundt made waves when he called the House spectrum auction legislation 'the single worst telecom bill' he's seen. The legislation, which would severely restr...
03:05 pm - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot iOS Vs. Android: Which Has the Crashiest Apps?
First time accepted submitter creativeHavoc writes "Forbes author Tomio Geron takes a look at data accrued by mobile app monitoring startup Crittercism. After looking at normalized data of crashes ove...
02:05 pm - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Simulators Take the Humans Out of Hiring
Hugh Pickens writes "Ken Gaebler discusses a new way of hiring called 'employment simulations,' which are gaining popularity among high-tech firms that are seeking data from prospective employees that...
11:05 am - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Google Pulls Support For CDMA Devices
An anonymous reader writes "Google has just made some interesting changes to their developer pages. As of today, all of the documentation, source code, and firmware images pertaining to CDMA Android d...
08:05 am - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Finding Lost Recording From the 1880s
An anonymous reader writes "The NY Times recently ran a story on the discovery of a cache of wax cylinder records, recorded in Europe in the 1880s, of Otto von Bismarck, Helmuth von Moltke, and variou...
05:05 am - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot India Turns Down American Fighter Jets, Buys From France
An anonymous reader writes "While America had offered the F-16, F-18 and now the stealth F-35 fighter, India picked for its new multi-role attack jet a low cost, older French plane. Why? For one, it's...
02:05 am - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot New Hampshire Passes 'Open Source Bill'
Plugh writes "In a victory for transparency and openness in government, and saving tax dollars, New Hampshire has passed HB418. State agencies are now required by law to consider open source software ...
01:05 am - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Text Message Brands Quebec Man a Terror Suspect
An anonymous reader writes "Saad Allami likely never expected that a simple text message of encouragement would have turned his life upside down. But as seen in a similar case of absurd overreaction b...
12:05 am - Sun, February 5, 2012
Slashdot Apple Overturns Motorola's German iPad and iPhone Sales Bans
SpuriousLogic sends this excerpt from a BBC article detailing the suspension of a sales ban on certain Apple products in Germany:"Motorola Mobility had forced Apple to remove several iPad and iPhone m...
11:05 pm - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot LibreOffice Developer Community Increasingly Robust
New submitter someWebGeek writes "LibreOffice, the community-driven fork of OpenOffice, appears to have a very healthy and growing group of code contributors. The Document Foundation has published new...
10:05 pm - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot Canada's Massive Public Traffic Surveillance System
New submitter cqwww writes "A small magazine in Victoria, BC just uncovered a massive public traffic surveillance system deployed in Canada. Here's a quote from the article: 'Normally, area police man...
09:05 pm - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot German Government Endorses Chrome As Most Secure Browser
New submitter beta2 writes "Several articles are noting that the German IT security agency BSI is endorsing Google Chrome browser: 'BSI ticked off Chrome's anti-exploit sandbox technology, which isola...
07:05 pm - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot Milky Way Magnetic Fields Charted
eldavojohn writes "Using radio telescope data, scientists from around the world have plotted the Milky Way Galaxy's magnetic field in the form of Faraday Depth. From the article, 'For 150 years, scien...
06:05 pm - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot New Book Helps You Start Contributing To Open Source
jrepin writes "This new book Open Advice is the answer to: 'What would you have liked to know when you started contributing?' 42 prominent free and open source software contributors give insights into...
05:05 pm - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot $100,000 Prize: Prove Quantum Computers Impossible
mikejuk writes "Quantum computing is currently a major area of research — but is this all a waste of effort? Now Scott Aaronson, a well-known MIT computer scientist, has offered a prize of $100,...
04:05 pm - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot President By Day, High-Tech Headhunter By Night
theodp writes "The White House is following up on an offer made by President Barack Obama this week to help find a job for an unemployed semiconductor engineer in Texas. The offer was made during a li...
03:05 pm - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot You Will Never Kill Piracy
scottbomb writes "This is perhaps the best op-ed I've read about the whole SOPA/PIPA controversy. The author challenges Hollywood to re-think their entire business model. It will undoubtedly fall on d...
02:05 pm - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot New Mobile Plan Pools Data On Unlimited Devices
Hugh Pickens writes "PC Magazine reports that Ting, a new reseller of Sprint's voice, 3G and WiMax services, has a new approach to mobile pricing that lets customers buy minutes, messages, and data se...
11:05 am - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot The Destruction of Iraq's Once-Great Universities
Harperdog writes "Hugh Gusterson has written a devastating article about what has happened to Iraq's once great university system, and puts most of the blame for its total collapse on the U.S. Quoting...
09:05 am - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot World's Largest Virtual Optical Telescope Created
erice writes "Astronomers in Chile linked four telescopes together to form a single virtual mirror 130 meters in diameter. Previous efforts had linked two telescopes but this is the first time that al...
08:05 am - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot Facebook On Collision Course With New EU Privacy Laws
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook and other U.S. internet companies are faced with a new EU data protection regime, the Christian Science Monitor reports. U.S. concepts of free expression and comme...
06:05 am - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Feel Pressure To Cite Superfluous Papers
ananyo writes "One in five academics in a variety of social science and business fields say they have been asked to pad their papers with superfluous references in order to get published. The figures,...
04:05 am - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are Daily Stand-Up Meetings More Productive?
__roo writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that an increasing number of companies are replacing traditional meetings with daily stand-ups. The article points out that stand-up meetings date back to...
02:05 am - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot Doctors 'Cheating' On Board Certifications
Maximum Prophet writes "After taking board exams, doctors have been routinely getting together to remember and reproduce as much of the exam as they can. These notes are then bound and reproduced. Acc...
01:05 am - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot Yes We Can (Profile You): a Brief Primer On Campaigns and Political Data
An anonymous reader writes "In the Stanford Law Review Online, Professor Daniel Kreiss discusses 'the history of political data, focusing on the recent proliferation in voter data and development of n...
01:05 am - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot Apple Clarifies iBooks Author Licensing
bonch writes "After drawing criticism over iBooks Author's licensing language, Apple has modified it in a software update to make clear that Apple is claiming rights to the .ibook format itself and no...
12:05 am - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot Satellite Phone Encryption Cracked
New submitter The Mister Purple writes "A team of German researchers appears to have cracked the GMR-1 and GMR-2 encryption algorithms used by many (though not all) satellite phones. Anyone fancy putt...
12:05 am - Sat, February 4, 2012
Slashdot Canada's Internet Among Best, Report Says
silentbrad writes "Canadians enjoy among the fastest, most widely available and least expensive broadband Internet in the developed world, says a report released Thursday. The report, based on the res...
11:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot 83-Year-Old Woman Gets New 3D-Printed Titanium Jaw
arnodf writes "The University of Hasselt (in Belgium) announced today (Google translation of Dutch original) that Belgian and Dutch scientists have successfully replaced an 83-year-old woman's lower j...
11:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Seattle Library Lets Man Watch Porn On Computers Despite Complaints
The Lake City library is making news for their staunch position on the First Amendment, censorship, and the right to watch porn in the library. The problem started when library patron Julie Howe found...
10:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Steve Appleton, Micron CEO, Dies In Plane Crash
CR0WTR0B0T writes "Micron CEO Steve Appleton was killed in a plane crash around 9AM on Friday, February 3rd. He was flying an experimental fixed-wing single engine Lancair, which crashed in between tw...
10:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Web Guru To the Blind
the_newsbeagle writes "Chieko Asakawa went blind at age 14, learned to program mainframe computers by sense of touch, and has spent her 27 years at IBM-Tokyo bringing personal computing and the Intern...
09:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot ACTA's EU Future In Doubt As Poland Suspends Ratification
superglaze writes "Poland has suspended its ratification process for ACTA, throwing the copyright crackdown into doubt for the whole European Union. ACTA is being handled as a 'mixed agreement' in the...
09:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Firefox's Web Push Notification System Announced
eldavojohn writes "Describing Notifications as 'somewhere between email and IM,' Mozilla has announced this push technology as a way to receive notifications from websites without having to keep them ...
08:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Did North Korea Conduct Secret Nuclear Tests?
gbrumfiel writes "In May of 2010, North Korea made the bizarre claim that it had achieved nuclear fusion. Many, many commentators (including faithful Slashdot readers) mocked the dear leader for his o...
07:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Windows Phone 8 Detailed, Uses Windows 8 Kernel
MrSeb writes "Thanks to a leaked video — a video that Microsoft made for Nokia — we now have lots of details about Windows Phone 8 (WP8). From deep Windows 8, Skype, and SkyDrive integrati...
07:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot RIAA Wants To Scrap Anti-Piracy OPEN Act
silentbrad writes with these selections from an article at Ars Technica: "The Recording Industry Association of America found itself in an unusual position this week: opposing an anti-piracy bill that...
06:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot What's the Damage? Measuring fsck Under XFS and Ext4 On Big Storage
An anonymous reader writes "Enterprise Storage Forum's long-awaited Linux file system Fsck testing is finally complete. Find out just how bad the Linux file system scaling problem really is." ...
06:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous Posts Audio of Intercepted FBI Conference Call
DrDevil writes "A member of the computer hacking group Anonymous has hacked into a telephone conference between the FBI and Scotland Yard (London Police) and posted it on the internet. The Daily Teleg...
06:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Boy Claims To Have Cat-Like Night Vision
Oswald McWeany writes "Reports swirling around the Internet are that a boy in China may have cat-like night vision. The boy with eerie blue-eyes was able to fill out a questionnaire in the dark and hi...
05:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Thanks to DRM, Some Ubisoft Games Won't Work Next Week
hypnosec writes "Several of Ubisoft's biggest titles won't be playable as of next week thanks to a server move by the publisher and the restrictive DRM that was used in their development. This isn't j...
04:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Alzheimer's Transmission Pathway Discovered
smitty777 writes "Two separate studies by the Taub Institute and Harvard have discovered the pathway used by Alzheimer's Disease to spread through the brain. The studies indicate it's not a virus, but...
04:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Credit Suisse Traders Manipulated IT Systems To Hide $500m Losses
New submitter Qedward writes with a snippet from ComputerWorld UK: "Two traders at Credit Suisse have pleaded guilty to wire fraud and falsifying data after authorities said they had manipulated the b...
03:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Google Starts Scanning Android Apps
eldavojohn writes "A recent blog post has Android developers talking about Google finally scanning third party applications for malware. Oddly enough, Google claims this service (codenamed 'Bouncer') ...
03:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Create Glass Just 3 Atoms Thick
sciencehabit writes "Researchers have created the world's thinnest pane of glass. The glass, made of silicon and oxygen, formed accidentally when the scientists were making graphene, an atom-thick she...
02:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot How the GOP (and the Tea Party) Helped Kill SOPA
Hugh Pickens writes "Strengthening intellectual property enforcement has been a bipartisan issue for the past 25 years, but Stewart Baker writes in the Hollywood Reporter that when the fight went from...
02:05 pm - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Craigslist Donates $100,000 To the Perl Foundation
mikejuk writes "The craigslist Charitable Fund has donated $100,000 to the Perl community for Perl5 maintenance and general use by the Perl Foundation. Craigslist gets more than 30 billion views per m...
11:05 am - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Apple Loses German Court Bid To Ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N, Nexus Phone
chrb writes "Apple has failed to get a patent ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1N and the Nexus phone in Germany. Presiding Judge Andreas Mueller stated, 'Samsung has shown that it is more likely than n...
09:05 am - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Norway Brings DNA Sequencing To National Healthcare
ananyo writes "Norway is set to become the first country to incorporate genome sequencing into its national health-care system. The Scandinavian nation, which has a population of 4.8 million, will use...
06:05 am - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot New Exoplanet Is Best Yet Candidate For Supporting Life
First time accepted submitter uigrad_2000 writes "With all the new exoplanets discovered recently with Kepler, it seemed a sure thing that the first exoplanet in the habitable zone of a star would be ...
04:05 am - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot The IT Certs That No Longer Pay Extra
snydeq writes "Overall employment in tech is improving, but the certs you could once count on for a job or extra pay are losing their value, InfoWorld reports. 'Businesses no longer value what are inc...
02:05 am - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Flying Robots Flip, Swarm and Move In Formation At UPenn
techgeek0279 writes "The University of Pennsylvania's General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory has released a video of flying nano quadrotor robots. Inspired by swarming...
01:05 am - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Next-Gen Spacesuits
ambermichelle writes "Outer space is a hostile environment for humans, characterized by an airless vacuum, thermal extremes, ionizing radiation and speeding micro meteoroids. Less well-known are the d...
12:05 am - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Kelihos Botnet Comes Back To Life
angry tapir writes "A botnet that was crippled by Microsoft and Kaspersky Lab last September is spamming once again and experts have no recourse to stop it. The Kelihos botnet only infected 45,000 or ...
12:05 am - Fri, February 3, 2012
Slashdot Super Bowl Bust: Feds Grab 307 NFL Websites; $4.8M
coondoggie writes "Speaking at a National Football League press conference ahead of this weekend's Super Bowl, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said special agents this week seized ...
11:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot How Far Should GPL Enforcement Go?
itwbennett writes "The debate over enforcement of the GPL flared up again this week when Red Hat kernel developer Matthew Garrett wrote in a blog post that Sony is looking to rewrite BusyBox to sidest...
10:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot DC Comics Prevails In Batmobile Copyright Dispute
think_nix writes "Wired reports of U.S. District Judge Ronald S. W. Lew siding with DC Comics in the federal copyright court case against Gotham Garage owner Mark Towle. DC accused Towle of selling 'u...
10:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot FDA Regulating Your Stem Cells As Interstate Commerce
First time accepted submitter dcbrianw writes "A non-surgical procedure that treats joint pain involves removing stem cells from a patient's blood and reinserting them into the joint. The facility con...
09:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot AMD Says It's 'Ambidextrous,' Hints It May Offer ARM Chips
J. Dzhugashvili writes "Today at its Financial Analyst Day, AMD made statements that strongly suggest it plans to offer ARM-based chips alongside its x86 CPUs and APUs. According to coverage of the ev...
09:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Is the Earth Gaining Or Losing Mass?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "BBC recently asked physicist and Cambridge University professor Dave Ansell to draw up a balance sheet of the mass that's coming in to the earth, and the mass going out to ...
08:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Oklahoma Politician Wants To Tax Violent Video Games
dotarray writes "According to an Oklahoma politician, video games help cause many problems affecting the youth of today, but they can also help solve those same problems. Representative William Fourki...
07:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot In Xhengzhou, Thousands Vie For Foxconn Jobs
hypnosec writes "Foxconn is supposedly looking to enhance its workforce in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou and despite the less-than-satisfactory working conditions in the company, thousands of aspirant...
07:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot SpaceX Tries Out Its New SuperDraco Rocket Engine
cylonlover writes "SpaceX, the California company that is developing the reusable Dragon spacecraft, recently test-fired its new SuperDraco engine. Presently, the Dragon capsule is equipped with less-...
07:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist
schwit1 passes on this snippet from Public Intelligence: "A flyer designed by the FBI and the Department of Justice to promote suspicious activity reporting in internet cafes lists basic tools used fo...
06:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot French Court Calls Free Google Maps Unfair Competition
jfruh writes "A French court has ruled that Google is unfairly subsidizing its free mapping products, making for unfair competition with paid services. This might seem ridiculous, but keep in mind tha...
06:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Slovenian Ambassador Regrets Signing ACTA Agreement
metacell writes "Slovenia's ambassador to Japan, Helena Drnovek Zorko, writes: 'I signed ACTA out of civic carelessness, because I did not pay enough attention. Quite simply, I did not clearly connect...
06:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Verisign Admits Company Was Hacked In 2010, Not Sure What Was Stolen
mask.of.sanity writes "Verisign admitted it was hacked repeatedly last year and cannot pin down what data was stolen. It says it doesn't believe the Domain Name System servers were hacked but it canno...
05:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Versign Admits Company Was Hacked In 2010, Not Sure What Was Stolen
mask.of.sanity writes "Verisign admitted it was hacked repeatedly last year and cannot pin down what data was stolen.It says it doesn't believe the Domain Name System servers were hacked but it cannot...
05:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot 1st Video of Moon's Far Side
chill writes "A gravity-mapping spacecraft orbiting the moon has beamed home its first video of the lunar far side — a view people on Earth never see. Because the moon is tidally locked with Ear...
05:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot OpenStack Ditches Microsoft Hyper-V
judgecorp writes "The OpenStack open source cloud project has removed Hyper-V from its infrastructure as a service (IaaS) framework, saying Microsoft's support for its hypervisor technology is 'broken...
04:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Leaked Zynga Memo Justifies Copycat Strategy
bonch writes "After taking heat over allegations of copying hit indie game Tiny Tower, Zynga founder Mark Pincus wrote an internal memo justifying the company's strategy of cloning competing titles, c...
04:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot In Small WV Town, Monsanto Faces Class-Action Suit Over Agent Orange Chemical
eldavojohn writes "Agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto is now at the receiving end of a lawsuit from representatives of anyone who lived in the small town of Nitro, WV from 1949 on. This suit ...
03:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Estonian Tech University Bans Notebooks and Smartphones
J-Georg writes "In Estonia's Tallinn University of Technology, all electronic devices — like notebooks, tablets and smartphones — are now banned in lectures held by the Institute of Public...
03:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot 3,500 Year Old Florida Tree Dies of Natural Causes
hondo77 writes with an excerpt from The Daily "'Mother Nature claimed one of her oldest living specimens (Monday) in a freak fire that destroyed a 3,500-year-old bald cypress tree towering over centra...
02:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Google Asks Court Not To Enjoin ReDigi
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Google has sought leave to submit an amicus curiae brief against Capitol Records' preliminary injunction motion in Capitol Records v. ReDigi. In their letter seeking pre-m...
02:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot The Gang Behind the World's Largest Spam Botnet
tsu doh nimh writes "A Wikileaks-style war of attrition between two competing rogue Internet pharmacy gangs has exposed some of the biggest spammers on the planet. Brian Krebs uncovers fascinating inf...
12:05 pm - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Aussies Could Use Elephants To Fight Invasive Species
A type of invasive African grass is a major cause of wildfires in Australia. The giant gamba grass is too large for cattle and the native marsupial grazers to eat, but David Bowman, a professor of env...
10:05 am - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Berkeley Scientists Develop Self-Assembling Nanorods
First time accepted submitter techgeek0279 writes "Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a relatively fast, easy an...
07:05 am - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot DARPA Works On Virtual Reality Contact Lenses
gManZboy writes "Binoculars and night-vision goggles have their limits. So DARPA is doing work at Washington-based Innovega iOptiks to create wearable eye lenses with tiny, full-color displays onto wh...
05:05 am - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot What Makes Spider Webs Tough As Steel
sciencehabit writes "A new analysis reveals the intricacies of spider web design, showing how the unique properties of its silk turn webs into flexible yet strong traps. Computer simulations reveal th...
04:05 am - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Apple TV Operation Nabbed In Australia
littlekorea writes "New South Wales Police have arrested a man selling USB keys bearing the Apple logo, which offered access to over a thousand Pay TV channels, another thousand movies on demand and s...
02:05 am - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Sensor Networks In San Francisco Finds Parking Spots
MrSeb writes "You've heard of smart cars, and now, rolling out in San Francisco, is a smart parking system that promises to eliminate the arduous process of finding a parking spot. SFpark is a network...
01:05 am - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot The Hi-Tech Security at the Super Bowl
Hugh Pickens writes "As millions of fans sit glued to their sets next Sunday, one part of the game they will not see is the massive deployment of federal and local law enforcement resources to achieve...
12:05 am - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Japan Plans To Merge Major Science Bodies
ananyo writes "In its battle against a sluggish economy, Japan's government is gearing up to make cost savings through a root-and-branch reform of the country's science system, merging some of its mos...
12:05 am - Thu, February 2, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Bay Founders Lose Final Appeal
therufus writes "Sweden's Supreme Court announced its decision not to grant leave to appeal in the long-running Pirate Bay criminal trial. This means that the previously determined jail sentences and ...
11:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Crab Robot Helps Remove Stomach Cancer
redletterdave writes "Singaporean researchers have created a miniature robot with a pincer and a hook that can remove early-stage stomach cancers without leaving any scars. Mounted on an endoscope, it...
10:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Google Begins Country-Specific Blog Censorship
bonch writes "Google will begin redirecting blogs to country-specific URLs. Blog visitors will be redirected to a URL specific to their location, with content subject to their country's censorship law...
10:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot NASA Studying Solar Powered "Space Tugboat"
Zothecula writes "Last year, NASA announced it was seeking proposals for mission concept studies of a high-power solar electric propulsion (SEP) system that could be used in a "space tugboat." Such a ...
09:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Firefox 10 Released
Taco Cowboy writes "It's time to upgrade again. Firefox 10 is out and here's a list of bugs fixed in the new version."Read more of this story at Slashdot....
09:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Kinect For Windows
nk497 writes "Microsoft has released Kinect for Windows, featuring a new "near mode" that lets the gesture control tech be used as close as 40cm. The Kinect for Windows hardware will retail at $249 &m...
08:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Reportedly Filing $5 Billion IPO Today
hypnosec writes "Today is the day when Facebook may be submitting all required paperwork to regulators for its $5 billion initial public offering. According to the source close to the deal, Facebook h...
08:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot DC Comics Announces "Before Watchmen"
eldavojohn writes "Currently DC Comics' site has a banner announcing a new series called "Before Watchmen." Unfortunately the blog pages for this new series appear to be experiencing high traffic and ...
07:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Early Plants May Have Caused Massive Glaciation
sciencehabit writes with this excerpt from Science: "The first plants to colonize land didn't merely supply a dash of green to a drab landscape. They dramatically accelerated the natural breakdown of ...
07:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot New BBC Sports Website Makes Heavy Use of RDF
New submitter whyloginwhysubscribe writes "A technical blog post describes how the BBC has rolled out the latest changes to it's sports website in anticipation of the Summer Olympics in London. The in...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot EFF Seeking Information of Legal Users of Megaupload
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, with the assistance of Carpathia Hosting, has issued a a call for information on users who lost legitimate data as part of the Megaupload takedown. No promises are ...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Linux Game Publishing CEO Resigns
An anonymous reader writes "The CEO of the once fledging Linux Game Publishing, Michael Simms, has announced his resignation. Simms attributes his resignation from the Linux game porting company he fo...
05:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Cystic Fibrosis Gene Correction Drug Approved by the FDA
tguyton writes "The good news: the FDA just approved the distribution of the first drug to treat the underlying cause of Cystic Fibrosis, called Kalydeco by Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The bad news: this ...
05:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Unicode 6.1 Released
An anonymous reader writes "The latest version of the Unicode standard (v. 6.1.0) was officially released January 31. The latest version includes 732 new characters, including seven brand new scripts....
05:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot ITC Throws Out B&N Antitrust Claims Against MS
N!NJA writes with an excerpt from a post by Florian Mueller: "Barnes & Noble's primary line of defense against Microsoft's allegations of patent infringement by the bookseller's Android-based devi...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Wikipedia Chooses Lua As Its New Template Language
bonch writes "In an attempt to tackle the inefficient complexity of its current template system, Wikipedia will be adopting the Lua scripting language. Known most for its use in videogame scripting, p...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Kazuo Hirai To Assume CEO Position At Sony
thomst writes "Cnet's Stephen Shankland breaks the news that Sony will replace the lamentable Howard Stringer with Kazuo Hirai, the (now former) head of its electronics division. Better yet, the chang...
03:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Greg KH Leaves SUSE For Linux Foundation
New submitter udas writes "Greg Kroah-Hartman, maintainer of the Linux kernel's stable branch, has left his job with SUSE Linux. He is now a fellow at the Linux Foundation. 'There were no direct confl...
02:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Swedish Supreme Court Refuses Appeal In Pirate Bay Case
concertina226 writes with sad news for Swedish pirates. Quoting the article: "The Swedish Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from the founders of The Pirate Bay against prison sentences and fines i...
02:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Mitt Romney, Robotics, and the Uncanny Valley
Hugh Pickens writes "Brian Fung writes in the Atlantic that one of Romney's electoral problems is that he occupies a kind of uncanny valley for politicians, inexplicably turning voters off despite loo...
12:05 pm - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot NASA Finds Interstellar Matter From Beyond Our Solar System
An anonymous reader writes "For the very first time, a NASA spacecraft has detected matter from outside our solar system — material that came from elsewhere in the galaxy. This so-called interst...
11:05 am - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Science Panel Recommends Censoring Bird Flu Papers
Morty writes "The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) has recommended that details of two research papers involving Avian Flu not be published because of security concerns. At leas...
08:05 am - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Angry Birds Boss Credits Piracy For Popularity Boost
An anonymous reader writes "Mikael Hed is the CEO of Rovio Mobile, the company behind popular mobile puzzle game Angry Birds. At the Midem conference Monday, Hed had some interesting things to say abo...
06:05 am - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From 'Hacker' To 'Engineer'?
antifoidulus writes "I'm about to get my masters in Computer Science and start out (again) in the 'real world.' I already have a job lined up, but there is one thing that is really nagging me. Since m...
04:05 am - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot White House Refuses To Comment On Petition To Investigate Chris Dodd
malraid writes "The White House has issued a statement in which they refuse to comment on the petition to investigate Chris Dodd for bribery from the MPAA to pass legislation. The reason given: 'becau...
03:05 am - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot AMD's New Radeon HD 7950 Tested
MojoKid writes "When AMD announced the high-end Radeon HD 7970, a lower cost Radeon HD 7950 based on the same GPU was planned to arrive a few weeks later. The GPU, which is based on AMD's new architec...
02:05 am - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Computer Program Reconstructs Heard Words From Brain Scans
sciencehabit writes "In a new study, neuroscientists connected a network of electrodes to the hearing centers of 15 patients' brains and recorded the brain activity while they listened to words like '...
01:05 am - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Apple Forcing IT Shops To 'Adapt Or Die'
alphadogg writes "Many IT departments are struggling with Apple's 'take it or leave it' attitude, based on discussions last week at MacIT, which is Macworld|iWorld's companion conference for IT profes...
12:05 am - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Self-Guided Bullet Can Hit Targets a Mile Away
New submitter jpwilliams writes "Gizmag reports that researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have tested a 10-inch bullet that can be fired from a smooth-bore rifle to hit a laser-marked target on...
12:05 am - Wed, February 1, 2012
Slashdot Why Linux Vendors Need To Sell More Than Linux
jfruh writes "Mandriva, a venerable Linux distro, is on the verge of shutting down. One of its main problems is that it never grew into more than just an OS vendor. The big players in the commercial L...
11:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Trials and Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us
Lanxon writes "An in-depth feature in Wired explores the reason science may be failing us. Quoting: 'For too long, we've pretended that the old problem of causality can be cured by our shiny new knowl...
10:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Dutch Supreme Court Sees Game Objects As Goods
thrill12 writes "The Dutch Supreme Court ruled on January 31st that the taking away of possessions in the game Runescape from a 13-year-old boy was in fact theft because the possessions could be seen ...
09:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Why the Raspberry Pi Won't Ship In Kit Form
An anonymous reader writes "A post at the Raspberry Pi blog shows an image containing the device's SoC and memory chip to help explain why the tiny PC won't ship in kit form. Clearly, the chips are so...
09:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Ongoing Attacks Target Defense, Aerospace Industries
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Researchers have identified a strain of malware that's being used in a string of targeted attacks against defense contractors, government agencies and other organizations by lever...
08:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Pentagon: 30,000 Pound Bomb Too Small
smitty777 writes "According to the Pentagon, the 30,000-pound, precision-guided Massive Ordnance Penetrator GBU-57 bomb is just too small. Concerns around Iran's fortification of their nuclear program...
07:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot German Appeals Court Confirms Galaxy Tab 10.1 Ban
New submitter Killer Panda sends word that a German Appeals Court has upheld the injunction prohibiting sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany. Apple convinced lower courts to issue and uphold ...
07:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Surveillance Cameras Used To Study Customer Behavior
An anonymous reader writes "Technology Review reports on a startup with software used by stores to track, count and log people captured by security cameras. Prism Skylab's technology can produce heatm...
06:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot WikiLeaks To Ship Servers To Micronation of Sealand?
Velcroman1 writes "Julian Assange's investors are in the process of purchasing a boat to move WikiLeaks servers offshore in an attempt to evade prosecution from U.S. law enforcement, FoxNews.com has l...
05:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Apple Versus Google Innovation Strategies
porsche911 writes "The NY Times has a great story comparing the top-down versus bottom-up innovation approaches of Apple and Google. From the article: '"There is nothing democratic about innovation," ...
05:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Eye of Tiger Composer Sues Gingrich To Stop Campaign From Using Song
First time accepted submitter Joe_Dragon writes "The composer of the Survivor hit Eye of the Tiger has sued Newt Gingrich to stop the Republican presidential candidate from using the Rocky III anthem ...
05:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot SmartCap Reads Brain Waves to Monitor Workers' Fatigue Levels
Zothecula writes "You don't need to be an expert in occupational safety to know that worker fatigue is one of the leading causes of workplace accidents — this particularly applies to people who ...
04:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Building the Bionic Man
nk497 writes "Will we soon be upgrading body parts like the components inside our PCs? 'Human enhancement' technologies are quickly evolving, making it easier to treat health conditions — and ma...
03:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Inside the Museum of Nonsense
coondoggie writes "Some call it the museum of failed inventions and others might just call it the stupidity museum, either way it is officially known as the Museum of Nonsense and it opened in Austria...
03:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Inform a Non-Techie About Proposed Copyright Laws
First time accepted submitter skywiseguy writes "I know someone who continues to argue that the takedown of MegaUpload shows that the existing laws are not adequate and that we *need* SOPA/PIPA to pro...
02:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Megaupload Lawyer Says User Data Will Be Held For Two Weeks
First time accepted submitter AlistairCharlton writes "Users' data on the seized Megaupload website will be saved for two further weeks, according to the website's lawyer, despite being shut down by U...
02:05 pm - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Mechanic's Mistake Trashes $244 Million Aircraft
Hugh Pickens writes "An accident report is finally out for the Air Force E-8C Joint Surveillance Targeting and Attack Radar System that had started refueling with a KC-135 on on March 13, 2009 when th...
11:05 am - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Facebook's Oregon Data Center Uses As Much Power As Entire County
1sockchuck writes "The first phase of the Facebook data center in Oregon uses 28 megawatts of utility power, local officials said this week. That's not extraordinary for a facility of that size in mos...
09:05 am - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot UCSD Researchers Create Artificial Cell Membrane
cylonlover writes with an excerpt from a Gizmag article: "The cell membrane is one of the most important components of a cell because it separates the interior from the environment and controls the mo...
06:05 am - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Dutch ISPs Refuse To Block Pirate Bay
judgecorp writes "Two Dutch ISPs have complied with a demand to block the Pirate Bay, but KPN and T-Mobile are refusing to block the site."Torrent Freak has a bit more info. T-Mobile at least seems to...
04:05 am - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Tenative Ruling Against Kaleidescape in DVD CCA Case
An anonymous reader wrote in with an update in the long drawn out legal proceedings between the DVD CCA and Kaleidescape, a manufacturer of a video jukeboxes. Despite a victory by Kaleidescape in 2007...
02:05 am - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot DHS Sends Tourists Home Over Twitter Jokes
itwbennett writes "In a classic case of 'we say destroy, you say party hard,' the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security detained a pair of British twenty-somethings for 12 hours and then sent them packing b...
01:05 am - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Installation of Blue Waters Petaflop Supercomputer Begins
An anonymous reader writes "The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois is finally getting the troubled Blue Waters supercomputer installed. After IBM walked away...
12:05 am - Tue, January 31, 2012
Slashdot Retail Chains To Strike Back Against Online Vendors
Hugh Pickens writes "Marissa Taylor says the retail chains' worst nightmare are consumers who come in to take a look at merchandise in-store, but use smartphone apps to shop for cheaper prices online....