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11:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Aviation Security Debate: Bruce Schneier V. Kip Hawley (Former TSA Boss)
Fluffeh writes "A nice summary at TechDirt brings word that Bruce Schneier has been debating Kip Hawley, former boss of the TSA, over at the Economist. Bruce has been providing facts, analysis and som...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: A Cheap, DIY Home Security and Surveillance System?
scubamage writes "Six weeks ago, my home was broken into while my fiance and I were at work. Two laptops were stolen, an iPad, a power brick, a safe (complete with several years worth of taxes, my bir...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Bringing Auto-Graders To Student Essays
fishmike writes with this excerpt from a Reuters report:"American high school students are terrible writers, and one education reform group thinks it has an answer: robots. Or, more accurately, robo-r...
09:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Tegra 4 Likely To Include Kepler DNA
MrSeb writes "Late last week, Jen-Hsun Huang sent a letter to Nvidia employees congratulating them on successfully launching the highly acclaimed GeForce GTX 680. After discussing how Nvidia changed i...
08:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?
kodiaktau writes "An interesting article from the BBC News Magazine explores the reasons why most fantasy worlds use British as their primary accent. Citing specific examples from recent and upcoming ...
08:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Best Buy Closing 50 Stores
An anonymous reader tips news that electronics retailer Best Buy will be closing 50 of its big-box stores across the U.S. this year, and laying off hundreds of corporate workers besides. The company p...
07:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot PlayStation 4 'Orbis' Rumors: AMD Hardware, Hostile To Used Games
silentbrad writes "Kotaku reports some 'details' about Sony's next console given to them by a 'reliable source.' They say that the console's codename is Orbis, and it is planned for release by the 201...
07:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Canada To Stop Making Pennies
New submitter butilikethecookie writes with news that the 2012 federal budget for Canada calls for the Royal Canadian Mint to stop producing pennies. "The budget calls the lowly penny a 'burden to the...
06:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Global Online Freedom Act Approved By House Committee
Fluffeh writes "While it is a bit disappointing that companies might need a law to avoid providing tools that censor free speech to overseas regimes, an updated version of a bill that's been floating ...
06:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Scientist Who Oversaw OPERA's Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Study Resigns
New submitter Big Hairy Ian writes with this news from the BBC:"The head of an experiment that appeared to show subatomic particles traveling faster than the speed of light has resigned from his post....
05:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot CBS Uses Copyright To Scuttle Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II Episode
McGruber writes "The NY Times ('Cookies Set to Cleared, Captain!') is reporting that CBS is blocking fan-generated internet series 'Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II' from making an episode using an unp...
05:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Studies Link Pesticides To Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
T Murphy writes "Neonicotinoid pesticides, designed to attack insects such as beetles and aphids, have been shown to harm bees' ability to navigate back to the hive. While initially assumed safe in lo...
04:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Generating Alcohol Fuels From Electrical Current and CO2
New submitter AcMNPV writes "A news release from UCLA describes a new process for producing biofuels using microorganisms, electrical current and carbon dioxide (abstract). Quoting: 'Liao and his team...
04:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot VISA, MasterCard Warn of 'Massive' Breach At Credit Card Processor
concealment writes with news that VISA and MasterCard have been warning banks of an incident at a U.S. card processor that may have compromised as many as 10 million credit card numbers. From the arti...
03:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Army Reviews Controversial Drug After Afghan Massacre
Hugh Pickens writes "Time Magazine reports that after the massacre in which Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly killed 17 civilians in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has ordered an urgent review of the use o...
03:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Australian Federal Court Awards Damages To Artist For False Copyright Claim
New submitter BarryHaworth writes "In a decision handed down earlier this month, the Australian Federal Court awarded damages to Aboriginal artist Richard Bell over a false claim of copyright infringe...
02:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Michigan State Professor Helps Bring Broadband Internet To Rural Africa (Video)
Roblimo writes "Assistant Professor Kurt DeMaagd, of Michigan State's Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, runs a program that brings broadband Internet to villages in Tanz...
01:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Climate Change To Drive Weather Disasters, Say UN Experts
mdsolar writes "Climate change is amplifying risks from drought, floods, storms and rising seas, threatening all countries, but small island states, poor nations and arid regions in particular, UN exp...
01:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Why Hubble Broke and How It Was Fixed
angry tapir writes "I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Charles (Charlie) Pellerin, who was NASA's director of astrophysics when the Hubble Space Telescope launched with its seemingly fata...
01:05 pm - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot RIM Firing (Nearly) Everybody
itwbennett writes "Research in Motion (RIM) reported grim Q4 results Thursday and announced sweeping personnel changes. Leading the parade of departing execs is Jim Balsillie, former co-CEO of the com...
10:05 am - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Australian National Broadband Network Releases 3-Year Plan
New submitter pcritter writes "The Australian Government has just announced the 3-year roll-out plan for its ambitious National Broadband Network. The plan details 3.5 million premises (30%) across th...
08:05 am - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot RoboBonobo: A Project To Outfit Apes With Tablets and Telepresence Bots
MrSeb writes "Ken Schweller, a computer scientist and psychologist, and also the chairman of the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, has a vision: He wants to put wireless Android tablets in the hand...
08:05 am - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Swedish Teleco Firms Looking Into Block VoIP Claiming Losses In Earnings
An anonymous reader writes "Telia, a Swedish telecommunications company, is now looking into possible solutions to block free VoIP services like Skype and Vibr, claiming the losses are beginning to ta...
05:05 am - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot YouTube Partially Unblocked In China
hackingbear writes "After China unblocked certain sensitive keywords in search engine baidy.com last week, YouTube is now partially, quietly unblocked. Users inside China can, without bypassing the Gr...
03:05 am - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Judge Allows Bradley Manning Supporter To Sue Government Over Border Search
Fluffeh writes "David Maurice House, an MIT researcher and Bradley Manning supporter, was granted the right to pursue a case against the government on Wednesday after a federal judge denied the govern...
01:05 am - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Independent Audit Finds Foxconn Violates Chinese Work Rules
doston writes "The first independent audit of Apple's supply chain found excessive working hours and health and safety issues at its largest manufacturer, piling more pressure on the technology giant....
01:05 am - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Have You Handled Illegal Interview Topics?
kodiaktau writes "Salary.com profiles 14 questions that interviewers may or may not ask during the interview process such as the standards of age, gender and sexual orientation. They also profile seve...
12:05 am - Fri, March 30, 2012
Slashdot CDC Reports 1 In 88 Children Now Affected With Autism In the US
An anonymous reader writes "A new government health report indicated that about one in 88 children in the United State has autism or a related disorder, the highest estimate to date, which represented...
11:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Obama Administration Places $200 Million Bet On Big Data
wiredmikey writes "As the Federal Government aims to make use of the massive volume of digital data being generated on a daily basis, the Obama Administration today announced a 'Big Data Research and ...
10:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot LG Begins Mass Production of First Flexible E-ink Displays
MrSeb writes "LG has just announced that it has begun mass production of the world's first flexible, plastic e-ink display, with finished devices expected to hit Europe next month. LG says that these ...
10:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Home Testing For Solar Roof Coverage?
DudeTheMath writes "Here in the Sunshine State (Florida), solar should be a no-brainer. However, large oaks that require permits to trim partially shade my roof. I'd like to (inexpensively) 'pre-quali...
10:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Google Using ReCAPTCHA To Decode Street Addresses
smolloy writes "Apparently some users of reCAPTCHA have recently begun seeing photographs appear in their CAPTCHA puzzles — photos that look very much like zoomed in house numbers taken from Goo...
09:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot After 60 Years, Tape Reinserts Itself
Lucas123 writes "While magnetic tape is about as boring as technology gets, it's still the cheapest storage medium and among the fastest in sequential reads and writes. And, with the release of LTO-6 ...
08:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Firefox: In With the New, Out With the Compatibility
snydeq writes "Mozilla's 'endless parade' of Firefox updates adds no visible benefit to users but breaks common functions, as numerous add-ons, including the popular open source TinyMCE editor, contin...
08:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Selling Kindle Fire Refurbs For $139
Amazon's Kindle Fire has been out long enough to build up a hefty stock of returned units; reader DeviceGuru writes "If you're quick, you might be able to snag a refurbished unit for $139 at Amazon. T...
08:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Qualcomm Calls To 'Kill All Proprietary Drivers For Good'
An anonymous reader writes "Next week at the sixth Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, two Qualcomm Atheros engineers will be making a stand for killing all proprietary drivers for good — acr...
07:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Gawker Media To Require Commenters' Facebook, Twitter, Or Google Logins
First time accepted submitter wynterwynd writes "In a move that seems to be in line with Gawker Media founder Nick Denton's opinion of his sites' commenters, some Gawker Media sites are now instructin...
06:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where?
gambit3 writes "My wife and I are expecting our first child in 3 months, and one of the decisions we still have to make is whether to store our baby's cord blood. Even if we decide the upfront cost is...
06:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot European Parliament Takes Step Toward Burying ACTA
An anonymous reader writes "The European Parliament's INTA Committee yesterday soundlyrejected a proposal to refer the Anti-Counterfeiting TradeAgreement to the European Court of Justice for review. A...
05:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Monster Solar Tornadoes Discovered
astroengine writes "For the first time, huge solar tornadoes have been filmed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) swirling deep inside the solar corona — the sun's superheated atmosphere....
05:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Gets a Red-Tape Delay; Awaits CE Certificate
judgecorp writes "After many delays, the Raspberry Pi computer has arrived in Britain, but has been stopped by the need for a CE approval sticker to say it meets European regulations. The Raspberry Pi...
05:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Apple May Need To Rethink 4G Claims (and Pay Refunds) In More Countries
redletterdave writes "After the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) won a battle with Apple after alleging the Cupertino-based company was misleading customers about its third-genera...
04:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Student Expelled From Indiana High School For Tweeting Profanity
First time accepted submitter OopsIDied writes with the story that high-school senior Austin Carroll of Garrett, Indiana was recently expelled after tweeting profanity from his own home, writing "Supp...
04:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Two Florida Judges Quash Copyright Fishing Lawsuits
Fluffeh writes with a piece of good news on the privacy front: "Two rulings in related cases this week have dealt a serious blow to the plaintiffs and their dodgy legal strategy. Ordinarily, copyright...
03:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot IETF Attendees Reengineer Their Hotel's Wi-Fi Net
alphadogg writes "What happens when a bunch of IETF super nerds show up in Paris for a major conference and discover their hotel's Wi-Fi network has imploded? They give it an Extreme Wi-Fi Makeover. M...
03:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s
An anonymous reader writes "While trust in science remained stable among people who self-identified as moderates and liberals in the United States between 1974 and 2010, trust in science fell among se...
02:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Maryland Team Completes Most Extensive Face Transplant Yet
An anonymous reader writes "A 37-YEAR-OLD man injured in a 1997 gun incident has been given a new face, teeth, tongue and jaw in what doctors say is the most extensive face transplant ever performed. ...
02:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Needed: A LAMP Stack For Robotics
waderoush writes "If you visit Menlo Park, CA-based Willow Garage, you'll meet a $400,000 humanoid robot called PR2 that has stereo vision, a pair of dextrous arms, and enough smarts to roam the build...
02:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot House Kills Effort To Stop Workplace Requests For Facebook Passwords
An anonymous reader writes "House Republicans today defeated an amendment introduced yesterday that would have banned employers demanding access to Facebook accounts. While the practice isn't widespre...
01:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot In Your Face, Critics! Red Hat Passes $1 Billion In Revenue
head_dunce writes "Now that Red Hat has officially posted more than a billion dollars in revenue, ($1.13 billion to be exact), the company's PR department sent this funny list of quotes predicting doo...
01:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Create Living Human Gut-On-a-Chip
cylonlover writes "In an effort to provide a more accurate alternative to conventional cell culture and animal models, researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvar...
01:05 pm - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Jeff Bezos To Retrieve Apollo 11 Rocket Engines
Hugh Pickens writes "AFP reports that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to retrieve the F-1 engines that rocketed astronaut Neil Armstrong and his crew toward the moon in 1969. 'We're making plans t...
11:05 am - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Blind Man Test Drives Google's Autonomous Car
Velcroman1 writes "'This is some of the best driving I've ever done,' Steve Mahan said the other day. Mahan was behind the wheel of a Toyota Prius tooling the small California town of Morgan Hill in l...
10:05 am - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot How Linus Torvalds Helped Bust a Microsoft Patent
New submitter inhuman_4 passes along this quote from an article at Wired:"Last December, Microsoft scored a victory when the ITC Administrative Law Judge Theodore R. Essex found that Motorola had viol...
08:05 am - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot S+M Vs. SPDY: Microsoft and Google Battle Over HTTP 2.0
MrSeb writes "HTTP, the protocol that underpins almost every inch of the world wide web, is about to make the jump from version 1.1 to 2.0 after some 13 years of stagnation. For a long time it looked ...
07:05 am - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Feed Africa?
gbrumfiel writes "Africa has some of the poorest soil of anywhere on the earth, and over farming is only making matters worse. As the population grows, governments and NGOs must decide whether to subs...
06:05 am - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot See-Through 3D Computer With Gesture Controls Gives Us a Glimpse of the Future
silentbrad writes with this excerpt from Boy Genius Report:"Some believe a future full of massive, gesture-controlled computer displays like the ones seen in Twentieth Century Fox's Minority Report ar...
05:05 am - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot GAO Sting Finds More Fake Military Parts From China
Nidi62 writes "The Government Accountability Office, through a fictitious company, recently requisitioned parts from China in order to determine if the Chinese government was living up to its promises...
03:05 am - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Virginia Approves First Offshore Wind-Energy Turbine For US Waters
New submitter mike2400 writes "According to the Virginian Pilot, the U.S. is closer to having offshore wind turbines. Gamesa, a Spanish manufacturer, has partnered with Newport News Energy, a subsidia...
02:05 am - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Munich Has Saved €4M So Far After Switch To Linux
New submitter Mojo66 writes "Mayor Ude reported today that the city of Munich has saved €4 million so far (Google translation of German original) by switching its IT infrastructure from Windows N...
01:05 am - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Man Releases Open Source Star Trek Tricorder
New submitter upontheturtlesback writes "Another example of Star Trek technology becoming a reality. In light of the recent Tricorder X-Prize announcement, Dr. Peter Jansen has openly released the des...
12:05 am - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot European Law Could Give Hackers Mimimum Two-Year Sentence
judgecorp writes "A proposed European law would apply a minimum two-year prison sentence for hacking across the region. This is a step up for nations including Britain, whose Computer Misuse Act curre...
12:05 am - Thu, March 29, 2012
Slashdot NYC Bans Mention of Dinosaurs, Dancing, Birthdays On Student Tests
New submitter SchroedingersCat writes "New York educators banned references to 'dinosaurs,' 'birthdays,' 'Halloween' and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests. That is because they fear such top...
11:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot MacControl Trojan Being Used In Targeted Attacks Against OS X Users
Trailrunner7 writes "Welcome to the age of targeted attacks, Mac users. Perhaps having grown tired of owning Windows machines around the world for the last few years, attackers have now taken up the c...
10:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot 11-lb Robot Can Jump 30 Feet Into the Air
Ruvim writes "Boston Dynamics has developed a 'Sand Flea' 11-lb robot that drives like an RC car, but when it needs to, it can jump 30 feet into the air. An onboard stabilization system keeps it orien...
10:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Solar Power Is Booming — Why Do We Want To Kill It?
TaeKwonDood writes with a followup to the news we discussed over the weekend about tariffs being places on Chinese solar panels. He writes,"According to Forbes, 'Solar power is booming. Imports from C...
09:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot FBI's Top Cyber-cop Says We're Losing the War Against Hackers
New submitter sienrak writes "Shawn Henry, who is preparing to leave the FBI after more than two decades with the bureau, said in an interview that the current public and private approach to fending o...
09:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot New SimCity To Require Constant Internet Connection
eldavojohn writes "According to Lead designer Stone Librande, it has been confirmed that the next installment of SimCity will require a constant internet connection. Perhaps as a form of DRM, the 2013...
08:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot What Book Publishers Should Learn From Harry Potter
New submitter Volanin writes "The e-book versions of the Harry Potter series are being released through Pottermore, and J.K. Rowling has chosen to do a number of interesting things with them, includin...
08:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Go Version 1 Released
New submitter smwny writes "Google's system programming language, Go, has just reached the 1.0 milestone. From the announcement: 'Go 1 is the first release of Go that is available in supported binary ...
07:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Parlez-vous Python?
Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that the market for night classes and online instruction in programming and Web construction is booming, as those jumping on board say they are preparing for ...
07:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Google 'Account Activity' Jumps Into Personal Analytics
An anonymous reader tips news of a new feature announced by Google today: Account Activity. Writing on their official blog, Google's Andreas Tuerk said, "If you sign up, each month we’ll send yo...
07:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Counterterrorism Agents Were Told They Could Suspend the Law
politkal writes "According to the FBI's internal inquiry on counterterrorism training, the FBI taught agents that the Bureau 'has the ability to bend or suspend the law to impinge on the freedoms of o...
06:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot GNOME 3.4 Released
supersloshy writes "The popular GNOME desktop environment has just announced the release of version 3.4. User-facing updates include, among others, a new look for many GNOME applications, smooth scrol...
05:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Taking Down DNSChanger: A First Person Account
penciling_in writes "Paul Vixie shares his personal account of the DNSChanger takedown operation, working with the FBI and a worldwide team. He also explains the delay issues in identifying and notify...
05:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Poo-Powered Rickshaw Unveiled At the Denver Zoo
novenator writes "Today the Denver Zoo has unveiled the world's first poo/trash-powered motorized tuk tuk. The vehicle also boast a gasification system designed by the zoo itself. From the article: 'T...
05:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from Science World Report: "Astronomers hunting for rocky planets with the right temperature to support life estimate there may be tens of billions of them i...
04:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Linux 3.3: Making a Dent In Bufferbloat?
mtaht writes "Has anyone, besides those that worked on byte queue limits, and sfqred, had a chance to benchmark networking using these tools on the Linux 3.3 kernel in the real world? A dent, at least...
04:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Engineers Working On Swarm Of Laser Wielding Satellites To Deflect Asteroids
Zothecula writes with news involving space and lasers. From the article: "A collision between Earth and an asteroid a few kilometers in diameter would release as much energy as the simultaneous detona...
03:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Releases ASP.NET MVC Under the Apache License
mikejuk writes "Microsoft has announced that they are being even more open with their new approach to ASP.NET MVC. It is making ASP.NET MVC, Web API, and Razor open source under an Apache 2 license. T...
02:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Sony Taking Down PSP Titles In Response To Vita Hackers
Carlos Rodriguez writes "The hacker community has found a way to make the Vita run unsigned code by exploiting weaknesses in PSP games available for download in the PSN store. In response, Sony has ma...
02:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to SlashdotTV! (Video)
You may have noticed that we've posted quite a few original videos on Slashdot in the past few months. Rather than being the work of a few rogue editors with newly-acquired Christmas cameras, this was...
01:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Comcast Not Counting Their Video Service Against Bandwidth Cap
tekgoblin writes something not quite worth rejoicing over. From the article: "Comcast Internet subscribers can rejoice. Comcast has recently announced that they will not be counting content streamed v...
01:05 pm - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot The Fall of Data Haven Sealand
Fluffeh writes "Ars has a great article about the history of Sealand, a data haven — a place where you can host almost anything, as long as it follows the very bare laws of Sealand Government. Q...
10:05 am - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Graphics Rendering Patent Suits Target Apple, Samsung, HTC, RIM, LG and Sony
angry tapir writes "Formerly known as Silicon Graphics, Graphics Properties Holdings has filed six separate patent cases against Apple, Samsung, Research In Motion, HTC, Sony and LG with the U.S. Dist...
07:05 am - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot UK's Largest Specialist Video Games Retailer Enters Administration
RogueyWon writes "The GAME Group, owners of high street chains GAME and Gamestation, which between them account for a large majority of the UK's specialist games retail market, have entered into admin...
06:05 am - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Particle-Wave Duality Demonstrated With Largest Molecules Yet
An anonymous reader tips news that researchers have successfully demonstrated particle-wave duality in molecules that have masses of 514 and 1,298 atomic mass units.The academic paper can be found in ...
05:05 am - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Japan's Damaged Reactor Has High Radiation, No Water
mdsolar passes along this quote from an Associated Press report:"One of Japan's crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool it, according to an inter...
03:05 am - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Australian Consumer Watchdog Sues Apple Over iPad Marketing
Fluffeh writes "Australia's competition regulator will today take iconic technology giant Apple to court for advertising its new iPad tablet as featuring '4G' speeds — which are not supported on...
01:05 am - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot 13-Billion-Year-Old Alien Worlds Discovered
astroengine writes "Two exoplanets have been discovered by scientists at the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy orbiting the star HIP 11952. But according to conventional thinking, these worlds should...
12:05 am - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot A Hybrid Car With Detachable Engine Proposed
thecarchik writes "The SCI hyMod five-door minicar concept is the brainchild of a Romanian team made up of an engineer, a designer, and an automotive journalist. It uses what its designers call a 'ded...
12:05 am - Wed, March 28, 2012
Slashdot Boston Pays Out $170,000 To Man Arrested For Recording Police
Ian Lamont writes "The City of Boston has reached a $170,000 settlement with Simon Glik, who was arrested by Boston Police in 2007 after using his mobile phone to record police arresting another man o...
11:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot FTC Privacy Framework Pushes For Regulation of Data Brokers
Trailrunner7 writes "The Federal Trade Commission has issued a new report (PDF) on consumer privacy and online tracking. Among the recommendations the commission makes is that data brokers make themse...
10:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Cops Can Crack an iPhone In Under Two Minutes
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Micro Systemation, a Stockholm-based company, has released a video showing that its software can easily bypass the iPhone's four-digit passcode in a matter of seconds. It c...
10:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: How To Best Record Remote Video Interviews?
You've probably noticed that Slashdot's been running some video lately. There are a lot of interesting people and projects in the world we'd like to present in video form, but some of them are too far...
09:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Political Party's Leadership Election Hit By DDoS Attack
New submitter lyran74 writes "Saturday's electronic leadership vote for Canada's New Democratic Party was plagued by delays caused by a botnet DDoS attack, coming from over 10,000 machines. Details ar...
08:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Releases HTML5 MMO BrowserQuest
New submitter rasmuswikman sends this quote from an announcement at hacks.mozilla.org:"BrowserQuest is a tribute to classic video-games with a multiplayer twist. You play as a young warrior driven by ...
08:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Defines Success In an Open Source Project?
rbowen writes "Nine years ago, Slashdot readers discussed what makes an Open Source project successful. The answers were varied, of course. An academic paper summarized the results, agreeing (albeit w...
07:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Inside the Mummification of Space Shuttle Discovery
longacre writes "When Space Shuttle Discovery goes on display at the Smithsonian next month, it will be a shell of its former self, with most of its critical systems removed. This article has a behind...
07:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Richard Clarke: All Major U.S. Firms Hacked By China
bdking writes "Former White House cybersecurity advisor Richard Clarke says state-sanctioned Chinese hackers are stealing R&D from U.S. companies, threatening the long-term competitiveness of the ...
06:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Google IO Sells Out In 20 Minutes
netbuzz writes "Last year it took almost an hour, but this morning Google's enormously popular conference for developers sold out in about 20 minutes, Vic Gundotra, Google's senior vice president of e...
06:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Mobile OS?
Lexta writes "So I'm contemplating my next smartphone purchase, and I've been a little put off by all of the security exploits posted on Slashdot over the last few months, particularly for Android. So...
05:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Dysfunction In Modern Science?
eldavojohn writes "The editors of Infection and Immunity are sending a warning signal about modern science. Two editorials (1 and 2) published in the journal have given other biomedical researchers pa...
05:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot MIT Solar Towers Beat Solar Panels By Up To 20x
An anonymous reader writes "A team of MIT researchers has come up with a very different approach to solar collectors: building cubes and towers that extend solar cells upward in three-dimensional conf...
05:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'
Motor writes "A UK judge has jailed a man for 56 days after he posted offensive comments on twitter about a footballer who had a heart attack during a game. He's also been thrown out of his university...
04:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Hoover Dams For Lilliput: Does Small Hydroelectric Power Have a Future?
New submitter MatthewVD writes "Boing Boing's Maggie Koerth-Baker, author of Before The Lights Go Out, writes that the era of giant hydroelectric projects like the Hoover Dam has passed. But the Depar...
04:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot 'Frothy Gunk' From Deepwater Horizon Spill Harming Coral
sciencehabit writes "The massive oil spill that inundated the Gulf of Mexico in the spring and summer of 2010 severely damaged deep-sea corals more than 11 kilometers from the well site, a sea-floor s...
03:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Blackboard Buys Moodlerooms and Netspot
crumley writes "Blackboard, the proprietary giant in the learning management software market, has purchased two companies, Moodlerooms and Netspot, that sell support for their open source competitor M...
03:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot What Does Google Get Out of Voice?
itwbennett writes "Assuming Google isn't offering Voice out of the goodness of their hearts, what's the payoff? One likely, if cynical, possibility is that Google Voice is 'just another feeder for the...
02:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Why Gay Men Are Worth So Much To Facebook
Barence writes "PC Pro has a feature on how social networks sold your privacy, which includes some interesting comparisons on the value of different demographics to Facebook. For example, an advert th...
01:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Alleges Studios Wanted to Work With Megaupload
Fluffeh writes "In a recent story that is beating around the nets, Kim Doctcom has fired back at studios with emails that make for some interesting reading: 'A Disney executive e-mailed Megaupload in ...
01:05 pm - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot UK MPs Threaten New Laws If Google Won't Censor Search
It's not just Japan that wants to regulate how Google displays search results: judgecorp writes "A committee of British MPs and peers has asked Google to censor search results to protect privacy and t...
10:05 am - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Blocking Pirate Bay Links In Messenger
RemyBR writes with an excerpt from an article at El Reg: "Microsoft has confirmed that users of its instant messaging app will not be able to send each other links to popular torrent site The Pirate B...
08:05 am - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Drug Turns Immune System Against All Tumor Types
sciencehabit writes, quoting an article in Science: "A single drug can shrink or cure human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver, and prostate tumors that have been transplanted into mice, rese...
05:05 am - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Murdoch Faces Allegations of Sabotage
Presto Vivace writes "Neil Chenoweth, of the Australian Financial Review, reports that the BBC program Panorama is making new allegations against News Corp of serious misconduct. This time it involves...
03:05 am - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot German Pirate Party Enters 2nd State Parliament
An anonymous reader writes "After its recent success in the Berlin elections, the German Pirate Party scores 7.4% of votes for the state pariament of Saarland, earning them 4 seats out of 51. While th...
01:05 am - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Censorship of Chinese Social Media Is Real, Comprehensive
chicksdaddy writes "Threatpost has a write-up of a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that provides the first conclusive evidence that Chinese government censorship extends to social m...
12:05 am - Tue, March 27, 2012
Slashdot Congress Capitulates To TSA; Refuses To Let Bruce Schneier Testify
McGruber writes "Following up on an earlier Slashdot story, earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infras...
11:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Akamai To Offer IPv6 To All In April
netbuzz writes "Akamai says that it will offer IPv6 services to its entire customer base beginning next month – a long-awaited move that is expected to be a major boon to the adoption rate of th...
11:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot 16-Year-Old Creates ScientificGraphing Calculator In Minecraft
New submitter petval tips another amazing Minecraft project: a functioning scientific/graphing calculator. "On a virtual scale, the functional device is enormous — enough so that anyone in the r...
11:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Your Privacy Is a Sci-Fi Fantasy
snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia discusses the 'sci-fi fantasy' that is privacy in the digital era. 'The assault on personal privacy has ramped up significantly in the past few years. From warra...
10:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Supreme Court Throws Out Human Gene Patents
thomst sends this quote from an Associated Press report:"The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling allowing human genes to be patented, a topic of enormous interest to cancer research...
10:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Wing Commander: Darkest Dawn — Fan-Made Goodness Reborn
MojoKid writes "Last week marked the launch of Wing Commander Saga: Darkest Dawn, a fan-built companion to Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger that's been in the making for the past ten years. It's...
09:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: HTML5 Developer's Cookbook
stoolpigeon writes "HTML5 is the latest version of HTML. In fact, it is still under development — but HTML5 brings so many highly-desired capabilities that browsers have begun to implement it an...
09:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Righthaven Stops Showing Up In Court
Fluffeh writes "This story has gone from funny to sad. Following copyright-troll Righthaven's recent whipping by a judge, it now appears the company has just given up altogether. CEO Steve Gibson is w...
08:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Japanese Court Orders Google To Turn Off Auto-Complete Function
An anonymous reader writes with news that a Tokyo District Court has granted its approval to a petition seeking to force Google to turn off the auto-complete feature for its search engine. "The petiti...
07:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Why Microsoft's Keeping the Next Xbox Under Wraps
donniebaseball23 writes "Microsoft recently confirmed that it's not going to be talking at all about its next Xbox, codenamed Durango, at this year's E3, instead keeping the focus on Xbox 360. Forbes ...
07:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Apple Offers Nano-SIM Design Royalty-Free
judgecorp writes "Apple is reportedly offering its nano-SIM design free of royalties, hoping to swing the standards decision its way, for the next generation of even tinier SIM cards for phones and ta...
06:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Getting the Most Out of SSH
jfruh writes "If you have to administer a *nix computer remotely, you hopefully ditched Telnet for SSH years ago. But you might not know that this tool does a lot more than offer you a secured command...
06:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Findings Cast Doubt On Moon Origins
sciencehabit writes "A new analysis of isotopes found in lunar minerals challenges the prevailing view of how Earth's nearest neighbor formed. Geochemists looked at titanium isotopes in 24 separate sa...
05:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot The TAG Challenge: $5k Global Manhunt Using Social Media
An anonymous reader writes "CNET just published an article about a new challenge to photograph 5 target individuals in 5 different cities on March 31st. The TAG challenge will pay the winner $5k. Targ...
04:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot MIT Prof Predicts the End of Disabilities In Next 50 Years
judgecorp writes "MIT professor Hugh Herr, describes how technology can end disability in 50 years — with a big incentive from the need to support injured war veterans. A champion climber, Herr ...
04:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Science Reveals Why Airplane Food Tastes So Bad
Hugh Pickens writes "Jad Mouawad writes that at low elevations, the 10,000 or so taste buds in the human mouth work pretty much as nature intended but step aboard a modern airliner, and the sense of t...
03:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Senators Ask Feds To Probe Facebook Log-in Requests
thomst writes "Cnet's Michelle Meyers reports that democratic senators Richard Blumenthal and Charles Schumer have asked the Justice Department to investigate what they call a 'new disturbing trend' o...
02:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Leads Sting Operation Against Zeus Botnets
wiredmikey writes "Today, Microsoft announced in what it called its 'most complex effort to disrupt botnets to date,' the company in collaboration with partners from the financial services industry, h...
01:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot HDTV Expert Alfred Poor Tells You What to Buy and What Not to Buy (Video)
Alfred Poor's website is called HDTV Almanac. That's where he talks about the latest HDTV industry news and changes. He also writes about HDTVs and monitors for a variety of industry publications and ...
01:05 pm - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Judge Orders Oracle and Google To Talk, Again
Reader Fluffeh snips from and links to Ars Technica with the latest chapter in the ongoing Google vs. Oracle fight involving patents, Java, and Android, writing that executives at both companies were ...
10:05 am - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Magician Marco Tempest Talks 'Open Sorcery'
bLanark writes "The BBC have a piece about illusionist Marco Tempest who uses technology to generate magical illusions. As he says in the interview unlike most magicians and illusionists he shares his...
07:05 am - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Firm Helps Iran Spy On Citizens
New submitter politkal excerpts from a report at Reuters: "A Chinese telecommunications equipment company has sold Iran's largest telecom firm a powerful surveillance system capable of monitoring land...
04:05 am - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Huawei Claims 30Gbps Wireless 'Beyond LTE'
shreshtha writes "Huawei says it has 'recently introduced ... Beyond LTE technology, which significantly increases peak rates to 30Gbps — over 20 times faster than existing commercial LTE networ...
01:05 am - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot Maybe the FAA Gadget Ban On Liftoff and Landing Isn't So Bad
First time accepted submitter oyenamit writes "Ars Technica reported a while back that FAA is going to reconsider the ban on use of electronic gadgets during take-off and landing. If this ban is revok...
12:05 am - Mon, March 26, 2012
Slashdot SKA Telescope Site Debate Not Over Yet
angry tapir writes "Although earlier reports claimed that a scientific panel recommended South Africa over Australia as the best site for the proposed Square Kilometre Array, the SKA board of director...
11:05 pm - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot James Cameron Begins His Deep-Sea Dive
James Cameron is on his way down. The director's long-planned trip to the deepest spot on Earth — the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep — is in progress; by the time you read this, if all g...
10:05 pm - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA
antdude writes "This MSNBC Bottom Line story/article says that 'If you're a conscientious motorist who still does everything the way your driver's-ed instructor told you to, you're doing it all wrong....
08:05 pm - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot Software Patents Not So Abstract When the Lawsuits Hit Home
no_such_user writes "It's easy to ignore the controversy surrounding software patents, especially if you don't have the passion for technology which Slashdot readers do. But as Dana Nieder discovered,...
06:05 pm - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Personal Data?
New submitter multimediavt writes "Ok, here's my problem. I have a lot of personal data! (And, no, it's not pr0n, warez, or anything the MPAA or RIAA would be concerned about.) I am realizing that I n...
05:05 pm - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot What's Not To Like About New iPad?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "With 3 million sold over the last week what's not to like about the new iPad? Michelle Maltais at the LA Times does a good job of putting together a compendium of gripes ab...
05:05 pm - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot Javascript Game of Tron In 226 Bytes
Have you upgraded your hardware to play something beefier than 140-byte Tetris?New submitter alokmenghrajani writes with "a detailed view of how we size-optimized a game of Tron to just 226 bytes." It...
04:05 pm - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot China Plans To End Executed Prisoner Organ Donations Within 5 Years
An anonymous reader writes "China said that it planned to end the practice of taking organs from executed prisoners within five years, according to the state media report on Friday. Instead, China's v...
04:05 pm - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot Amateur Astronomer Spots Strange Cloud Formations On Mars
techfun89 writes "Mars has returned to our evening skies as it does every two years. This time it is getting even more attention and buzz than it normally would. Amateur astronomer Wayne Jaeschke of W...
03:05 pm - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot UT-Dallas Professor Adds 'Enemies' Feature To Facebook
An anonymous reader writes "Many people have called for a 'dislike' button on Facebook, but the service has not allowed it. A professor's app lets users add 'enemies,' in what he says is critique of t...
02:05 pm - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot Animating From Markup Code To Rendered Result
New submitter lulalala writes "Writing documents using markup languages isn't always easy. Take Wikipedia, for example: one often needs time to relocate the current focus when they switch between prev...
01:05 pm - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays
bricko writes "The recently issued National Highway Transportation Safety Agency guidelines for automakers to minimize distraction for in-vehicle electronics included a proposal to freeze maps on navi...
12:05 pm - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would Room-Temp Superconductors Affect Us?
Bananatree3 writes "While we have sci-fi visions of room temperature superconductors like in the movie Avatar, the question still remains: How would the discovery of a such a material impact our every...
09:05 am - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot Open Source Payday
itwbennett writes "The recent Slashdot discussion on the open source community's attitude on profits neglected an important point: 'no profits' doesn't mean 'no money.' There are plenty of open source...
06:05 am - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot US Congress Probes iOS App Developers On Privacy
hypnosec writes with the arguably welcome news that "[The U.S.] Congress is gathering further information on iOS developers and how they deal with and implement privacy policies. The Next Web got hold...
04:05 am - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot Space Junk Forced Astronauts Into ISS Escape Capsules
According to a story from CNN, "A piece of a debris from a Russian Cosmos satellite passed close enough to the International Space Station on Saturday that its crew was ordered into escape capsules as...
03:05 am - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released
New submitter themib writes "After only two release candidates XBMC v11.0 Eden has been released. The latest version contains many updates and new features, including: Addon Rollbacks, Confluence impr...
12:05 am - Sun, March 25, 2012
Slashdot NASA's Kepler Discovers 11 Systems Hosting 26 Planets
An anonymous reader writes "NASA's Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 confirmed planets. These discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and triple the nu...
11:05 pm - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot Brazilian Schoolchildren Tagged By Computer Chips
New submitter smi.james.th writes with an AP story, and extracts from it: "'Grade-school students in a northeastern Brazilian city are using uniforms embedded with computer chips that alert parents if...
10:05 pm - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot Red Wine and the Secret of Superconductivity
cold fjord writes "Red wine is a popular marinade for meat, but it turns out that it may become a popular treatment for creating iron based superconductors as well (Link to academic paper): 'Last year...
09:05 pm - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot China Unblocks Sensitive Keywords
hackingbear writes "Reports from overseas (in Chinese) [Google translation] and Hong Kong-based Chinese media report that China appears to have unblocked several sensitive political keywords. Using Ba...
08:05 pm - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot Japanese CCTV Camera Can Scan 36 Million FacesSecond
An of-course anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the always-fun Infowars.com: "A new camera technology from Hitachi Hokusai Electric can scan days of camera footage instantly, and find any ...
07:05 pm - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot Militarizing Your Backyard With Python and AI
mikejuk writes "Kurt Grandis took some cutting edge and open source AI tools, Python, an Arduino and a SuperSoaker and built the (almost) perfect squirrel hosing machine. The project involved Open Com...
06:05 pm - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8 and Screen Resolution: WXGA Still Most Popular
jones_supa writes "The Building Windows 8 blog comes up with a detailed post explaining the improved support of Windows 8 regarding different screen sizes, resolutions and pixel densities. Early on, t...
05:05 pm - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot New Cyber Security Bills Open Door To Gov't, Corporate Abuse
Gunkerty Jeb writes with a selection from Threatpost about upcoming legislation to watch out for: "EFF looked at two bills making their way through Congress: The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S. 2105), s...
04:05 pm - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot 'Space Freighter' On Its Way to Resupply International Space Station
SchrodingerZ writes "An ATV 'Space truck' [launched Friday] from Kourou base in French Guiana to the International Space Station. 'The robotic truck is heading to the International Space Station (ISS)...
03:05 pm - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot US Puts Tariff On Chinese Solar Panels
retroworks writes "Two stories in Digitimes make a puzzle of economic policy. USA and European tax incentives and stimulus increase steady demand for solar panels. The Chinese government subsidizes pr...
02:05 pm - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot Giant Paper Airplane Takes (Brief) Flight Over Arizona
The L.A. Times reports that 12-year-old Arturo Valdenegro's winning entry in a paper-airplane contest gotupscaled to slightly larger dimensions, courtesy of Pima Air & Space Museum's Giant Paper A...
01:05 pm - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Asserts Trademark On "Book" In New User Agreement
jbrodkin writes "Facebook is trying to expand its trademark rights over the word 'book' by adding the claim to a newly revised version of its 'Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,' the agreement ...
11:05 am - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot Massive Construction Effort Begins For World's Largest Telescope
An anonymous reader writes with this selection from a press release issued by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics: "Astronomers have begun to blast 3 million cubic feet of rock from a moun...
09:05 am - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot Can Translucency Save Privacy In the Cloud?
MikeatWired writes "Jon Udell writes that when it was recently discovered that some iPhone apps were uploading users' contacts to the cloud, one proposed remedy was to modify iOS to require explicit u...
06:05 am - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot Australian Gov't Bans Huawei From National Network Bids
An anonymous reader writes "It looks like paranoia regarding Chinese cyber-espionage is riding sky-high within the Australian Government. It was confirmed today that the country's Attorney-General's D...
03:05 am - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot T-Mobile's Optional Censorship Falls Down
An anonymous reader writes "T-Mobile USA offers a 'feature' to restrict access to certain kinds of content. This is called Web Guard. Supposedly Web Guard is supposed to inhibit access to content that...
01:05 am - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot ISOC Hires MPAA Executive Paul Beringer
First time accepted submitter imwilder writes "The Internet Society has hired Paul Beringer to head up its operations in North America. Beringer was formerly Chief Technology Policy Officer for the MP...
12:05 am - Sat, March 24, 2012
Slashdot Congress Wants Your TSA Stories
McGruber writes "Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program challenges and failures will be the focus of a joint hearing of the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Governm...
11:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Early Exposure To Germs Has Lasting Benefits
ananyo writes "Exposure to germs in childhood is thought to help strengthen the immune system and protect children from developing allergies and asthma, but the pathways by which this occurs have been...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Notch Wants To Make a Firefly-Inspired Sandbox Space Game
silentbrad sends this snippet from PCGamer:"After stepping back as lead designer of Minecraft earlier this year, Notch has been considering what to do next. ... While he's still deciding exactly what ...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Buys 750 IBM Patents
eldavojohn writes "Considering IBM's portfolio gained 6,180 last year alone, it's not a huge number. But after a dispute with Yahoo a couple weeks ago, Facebook has purchased 750 patents from IBM. Tha...
09:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Kazakh Gold Medalist Is Played Borat Anthem
Wo-wo-wee-wah! It looks like the Kuwaiti officials at an international shooting event never got the memo that the film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhst...
09:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot US Mobile Carriers Won't Brick Stolen Phones
WheezyJoe writes "NBC News has some disturbing security video of people getting assaulted for their smartphones. Such offenses are on the rise. Police chiefs like D.C.'s Cathy Lanier are asking U.S. m...
08:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot ISPs Sign On To FCC Anti-Botnet Code of Conduct
Trailrunner7 writes "The U.S.'s leading Internet Service Providers signed on to a new FCC code of conduct to limit the impact of major cyber security threats, including botnets, attacks on the Domain ...
08:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Record-Setting 100+ T Magnetic Field Achieved At Los Alamos
New submitter schrodingersGato writes "Researchers at the Los Alamos campus of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory achieved a record-setting 100.75 Tesla magnetic field. To do this, scientists...
08:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot The Spanish Link In Cracking the Enigma Code
peetm sends this quote from the BBC:"When the Spanish Civil War began in 1936, both Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy sent troops to help the nationalists under Franco. But with the conflict disp...
07:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Battling Fish Fraud With DNA Testing
itwbennett writes "High demand, high prices, and nearly identical cheaper alternatives is a recipe for fraud. Eel fraud, that is. This has led Japanese researchers to develop a method to cheaply and q...
07:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Tweak Mouse Neurons To Activate Specific Memories
An anonymous reader writes "According to new study published in Nature (abstract), MIT researchers have figured out how to trigger specific memories in rats by hitting certain neurons with a pulse of ...
06:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Facebook: Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Your Password
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook today weighed in on the issue of employers asking current and prospective employees for their Facebook passwords. The company noted that doing so undermines the pr...
06:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot AT&T Charged US Taxpayers $16 Million For Nigerian Fraud Calls
McGruber writes "Bloomberg News is reporting that AT&T got more than $16 million from the U.S. government to run Telecommunications Relay Services, intended to help the hearing- and speech-impaire...
05:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot U.S. Gov't To Keep Data On Non-Terrorist Citizens For 5 Years
arnott writes with this excerpt from the Washington Post:"The Obama administration has approved guidelines that allow counterterrorism officials to lengthen the period of time they retain information ...
04:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Do Women Make Better Bosses?
Hugh Pickens writes "David Mielach reports on a new study which finds that women in management positions lead in a more democratic way, allowing employees to participate in decision-making and establi...
04:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot 'Antimagnet' Cloak Hides Objects From Magnetic Fields
ananyo writes "Researchers have made a cloak that can hide objects from static magnetic fields, realizing a theoretical prediction they made last year. This 'antimagnet' could have medical application...
03:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot With Cinavia DRM, Is Blu-ray On a Path To Self-Destruction?
suraj.sun tips an article at AnandTech about a Blu-ray DRM scheme called Cinavia. The author makes the case that software like Cinavia is hastening the death of a Blu-ray industry already struggling t...
02:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot French President Proposes Jail For Terrorist Website Visitors
howardd21 writes "French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is only a month away from an election, argued that it is time to treat those who browse extremist websites the same way as those who consume chi...
01:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Steve Jackson Games Shows Off Their Latest Tabletop Games at SXSW (Video)
Steve Jackson Games occupies a special place in the history of gaming, not only for publishing some of the best-known tabletop games ever published, especially their distinctive microgames, but the co...
01:05 pm - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Domestic Drilling Doesn't Decrease Gasoline Prices
eldavojohn writes "As the political rhetoric heats up, there's something puzzling about drilling inside the United States. Essentially, it doesn't reduce what we pay at the pump. From the article, 'A ...
10:05 am - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Megaupload Host Wants Out
angry tapir writes "Carpathia Hosting, a US company hosting the frozen data of millions of users of the file sharing site Megaupload, has gone to court to argue it should not keep the files if it is n...
08:05 am - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Queensland Police to Look For Unsecured WiFi Spots
OzPeter writes "As a part of National Consumer Fraud week, the Queensland Police are going war driving in order to identify insecure WiFi setups. from the press release 'The War Driving Project involv...
05:05 am - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Hobbit Pub Saved By Actors Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen
Fluffeh writes "Recently the Hobbit Pub in England was sued for rights infringement, but it seems that Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen are going to repony up the cash to keep the pub alive . Landlady...
03:05 am - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot As Nuclear Reactors Age, the Money To Close Them Lags
Harperdog writes "A worrying bit of news about nuclear reactors in the U.S. from the NYT: 'The operators of 20 of the nation's aging nuclear reactors, including some whose licenses expire soon, have n...
01:05 am - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Discover Link Between Trees and Electricity
An anonymous reader writes "Everyone knows that trees give us all oxygen so we can breathe, but according to an Australian scientists they also affect the concentration of positive and negative ions i...
12:05 am - Fri, March 23, 2012
Slashdot Elementary School Kids Explore the Moon At Close Range
sighted writes "The twin robotic spacecraft that make up the new GRAIL mission to map the moon's gravity include small cameras in addition to their primary scientific instruments. The first images fro...
11:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Dutch Artist Admits Faking Viral 'Human Bird Wing' Video
Velcroman1 writes "Dutch filmmaker and animator Floris Kaayk in collaboration with media production company Revolver fessed up to creating a 'media art project' that took the world by storm in recent ...
11:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot GCC Turns 25
eldavojohn writes "With the release of GCC 4.7.0, the venerable and stalwart constant that is the GNU Compiler Collection turns twenty five. More ISO standards and architectures supported with this re...
10:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot How Big US Firms Use Open Source Software
Diomidis Spinellis writes "We hear a lot about the adoption of open source software, but when I was asked to provide hard evidence there was little I could find. In a recently article we tried to fill...
10:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Researchers May Have Discovered How Memories Are Encoded In the Brain
Zothecula writes "While it's generally accepted that memories are stored somewhere, somehow in our brains, the exact process has never been entirely understood. Strengthened synaptic connections betwe...
09:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Multiple Desktop Tool For Windows 7?
First time accepted submitter asadsalm writes "MacOS has spaces. Windows had no out-of-the-box utility for multiple virtual desktops. Which Multiple Desktop Tool should one use on Windows 7? Sysintern...
09:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot DoD Networks Completely Compromised, Experts Say
AZA43 writes "A group of U.S. federal cybersecurity experts recently said the Defense Department's network is totally compromised by foreign spies. The experts suggest the agency simply accept that it...
08:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Blackjack Player Breaks the Bank At Atlantic City
Hugh Pickens writes with a link to Atlantic writer Mark Bowden's account of how one gambler has cleaned up against casinos: "[B]lackjack player Don Johnson won nearly $6 million playing blackjack in o...
07:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Entrepreneurs Watch As Crowdvesting Bill Stalls In Senate
cayenne8 writes "The JOBS Act bill, passed in the house, has stalled in the senate. One section of this bill, which would legalize 'Crowdsourcing' in the U.S., as it is in other countries, allowing co...
06:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Aspirin Helps Prevent Cancer, New Studies Show
kkleiner writes "For years, research has shown that aspirin is beneficial in preventing heart attacks. Now new studies support its ability to prevent cancer as well. The studies, involving tens of tho...
06:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Nvidia's Fermi Architecture Debuts; Nouveau Driver Already Working
crookedvulture writes Nvidia has lifted the curtain on reviews of its latest GPU architecture, which will be available first in the high-end GeForce GTX 680 graphics card. The underlying GK104 process...
05:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Judge Rules Pi-Based Music Is Non-Copyrightable
New submitter AnalogDiehard writes "A copyright case alleging infringement of a 1992 Lars Erickson song 'The Pi Symphony' by Michael John Blake's 'What Pi Sounds Like' was dismissed by U.S. District C...
04:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Verizon Says Hactivists Now Biggest Corporate Net Threat
alphadogg writes "Hactivists — not cybercriminals — were responsible for the majority of personal data stolen from corporate and government networks during 2011, according to a new report ...
04:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot The Sounds of Tech Past
itwbennett writes "If you're of a certain generation, the screech of a modem, the stuttering song of the dot matrix printer, and the wet slap of a mimeograph machine can transport you to simpler (or a...
04:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Ask MIT Researchers About Fusion Power
Nuclear fusion power is the process of fusing light nuclei together to release energy, and ultimately, to put electricity on the grid. Today, we have six researchers from MIT's Plasma Science and Fusi...
03:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Apple vs. Nokia, RIM and Motorola On Nano-SIM Standard
angry tapir writes "Next week, two proposals for a new, smaller SIM card, dubbed nano-SIM — one backed by Apple and the other by Nokia, Research In Motion and Motorola Mobility — will go h...
02:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot When Social Media Meets TV, Are the Results Worth Watching?
blackbearnh writes "Forums and chat groups are letting fans organize and discuss their favorite shows with increasing ease, but what happens when the writers and producers of TV shows start paying att...
01:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Amiga Returns With Lackluster Linux-Powered Mini PC
crookedvulture writes "Commodore has revealed the Amiga mini, a small-form-factor system that runs a custom Linux distro dubbed Commodore OS Vision. A trailer for the OS hardly inspires confidence, an...
01:05 pm - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Millions In China Live In Energy Efficient Caves
Hugh Pickens writes "Barbara Demick reports in the LA Times that more than 30 million Chinese people live in caves, many of them in Shaanxi province, where the Loess plateau, with its distinctive clif...
10:05 am - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Australian Greens Demand Public Access To Cloak and Dagger Anti-Piracy Meetings
Fluffeh writes "Continuing the recent stories on the secret, closed door, FOI blocked talks, the Australian Greens have filed a motion in the Senate requesting that the Government release documents re...
08:05 am - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Disaster Strikes Norwegian Government Web Portal
An anonymous reader writes "Altinn.no is a web service run by the Norwegian government, on which citizens can find, fill out and deliver forms electronically. Every year Norwegian citizens can also lo...
05:05 am - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Mystery Rising Within Mercury
astroengine writes "Something besides volcanic eruptions and asteroid and comet impacts has sculpted the surface of Mercury — an unknown process, possibly still going on today, that causes the g...
03:05 am - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot New Doctor Who Companion Announced
eternaldoctorwho writes "Jenna-Louise Coleman will be the newest companion to the Doctor (Matt Smith) on the hit series Doctor Who. The announcement came earlier today on the BBC's Twitter page devote...
03:05 am - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Sprint CEO Defends Company's Decision To Bet It All On the iPhone
zacharye writes "Sprint chief executive Dan Hesse is being watched closely by the company's board of directors, but the CEO has to answer to investors and subscribers as well. Last year in October, He...
01:05 am - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer
An anonymous reader writes "A huge, lingering ridge of high pressure over the eastern half of the United States brought summer-like temperatures to North America in March 2012. The warm weather shatte...
12:05 am - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot ModMyPi Raspberry Pi Case Offers 5% Back To the Foundation
An anonymous reader writes "The Raspberry Pi Model B is now available to purchase, but most people are still waiting for new stock to be manufactured and delivered. In the meantime you can prepare for...
12:05 am - Thu, March 22, 2012
Slashdot Surviving the Cashless Cataclysm
MrSeb writes "There's been a lot of noise about Sweden becoming a cashless economy, and the potential repercussions that it might cause, most notably the (apparent) annihilation of privacy. Really, th...
11:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Garden Gnome Tests Earth's Gravity
sciencehabit writes "Researchers have long hypothesized that objects weigh less at Earth's equator because the planet's spin and shape lessen gravity's pull here versus at the poles. Satellite acceler...
11:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot New Samsung TV Watches You Watching It
CanHasDIY writes "Straight out of 1984, Samsung has unveiled a new series of televisions with integrated cameras and microphones, complete with facial and voice recognition software. Best of all, ther...
10:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot University Makes 80,000 Einstein Documents Publicly Available
orgelspieler writes "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has scanned in some 80,000 of Albert Einstein's documents. According to the university's press release, the documents cover more than just scien...
09:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot ICANN Ethical Conflicts Are Worse Than They Seem
hapworth writes "In light of outgoing ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom's admission that the board is mired in conflicts of interest, another ICANN insider has spoken up to say the ethical issues go way deeper ...
09:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Meet the Hackers Who Get Rich Selling Spies Zero-Day Exploits
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Forbes profiles Vupen, a French security firm that openly sells secret software exploits to spies and government agencies. Its customers pay a $100,000 annual fee simply fo...
08:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Killing Cancer With Engineered Viruses
techfun89 writes "Viruses can make us all sick, but one day could be engineered to defeat cancer. Cancer cells have one trait that may leave them open to attack. They aren't good at killing off viral ...
08:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Camera Can See Around Corners
ananyo writes "Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge have created a camera that is able to record images of objects hidden behind walls. They fire a pulse of laser light...
07:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Barring Certain Staff From Buying Macs, iPads?
mr100percent writes "Microsoft has reportedly moved to prohibit employees in its Sales, Marketing, Services, IT, and Operations Group (SMSG) from using company funds to purchase any products produced ...
06:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Tennessee Passes Bill That Allows "Teaching the Controversy" of Evolution
Layzej writes "The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that allows teachers to 'teach the controversy' on evolution, global warming and other scientific subjects. Critics have called it a 'monkey bill'...
06:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Supreme Court Limits Patents Based On Laws of Nature
New submitter sed quid in infernos writes "The Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion yesterday holding that 'to transform an unpatentable law of nature into a patent-eligible application of such a ...
06:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Demos Metro UI For Enterprise Apps
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has demoed a working prototype of Microsoft Dynamics GP (an ERP package) running on Windows 8, with a full Metro UI. This is the first example of an enterprise ap...
05:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Former Nokia Exec: Windows Phone Strategy Doomed
itwbennett writes "Slashdot readers will recall that back in January, Nokia CEO Steven Elop blamed the company's Windows Phone woes on commission-minded salespeople, who pushed phones they thought wou...
05:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Create Chemically Powered Robotic Jellyfish
pigrabbitbear writes with an excerpt from an article at Motherboard: "Earlier last week we heard about the strange blob-bot, an amoeba-mimicking, pulsating, little horror of a robot. But that's nothin...
04:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Nokia Applies For Vibrating Tattoo Patent
New submitter CanHasDIY writes "Tired of waiting for the Pip-Boy or Omni-Tool to be invented? Never fear! Nokia is developing the basic technology needed to make your dreams a reality: haptic-feedback...
04:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot NSA Chief Denies Claims of Domestic Spying
AstroPhilosopher writes "Recently Wired, USA Today and other news outlets reported on a new spy center being built to store intercepted communications (even American citizens'). Tuesday, Gen. Keith Al...
03:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Austin Case Modders Take Their Exotic PCs and a Giant LAN Party to SXSW (Video)
As a nexus of both computer programmers and other creative builder and maker types, SXSW (and Austin generally) is a great place to witness the overlap. John Zitterkopf and his pal Red, while helping ...
03:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot New York Times Halves Monthly Free Article Views To Ten
An anonymous reader writes "The New York Times has announced that, starting in April, visitors to NYTimes.com will only be able to access 10 free articles a month, down from 20 articles currently. The...
02:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot 3D Printer Models For Universal Construction Toy Connectors
dangle writes "F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab have officially released their Free Universal Construction Kit, allowing builders to freely interconnect parts from Lego, K'Nex, Fischertechnik, and other common b...
02:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Senator Wyden Demands ACTA Goes Before Congress
Fluffeh writes "As recently covered here, EU countries are starting to drop ACTA support, now long-time opponent of the secretly negotiated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, Sen. Ron Wyden introduc...
01:05 pm - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot HP To Combine PC, Printer Divisions
itwbennett writes "Apotheker wanted to sell off HP's PC division, Whitman vowed not to, and now HP is combining the PC division with the printer division in an effort to cut costs, unnamed sources tol...
11:05 am - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop
New submitter VoyagerRadio writes "Recently I found myself struggling with a question I should easily have been able to answer: Why would anyone want to use Linux as their everyday desktop (or laptop)...
10:05 am - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Clever Clues Clobber Crossword Computer
Hugh Pickens writes "Steve Lohr reports that an impressive crossword-solving computer program called Dr. Fill matched its digital wits against 600 of the nation's best human crossword-solvers, finishi...
08:05 am - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Humble Bundle For Android 2 Goes Live
spidweb writes "The latest Humble Bundle has gone live, with five new games for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Android. It consists of Zen Bound 2, Avadon: The Black Fortress, Canabalt, and Cogs, with...
07:05 am - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot The Numbers Behind the Copyright Math
TheUnknownCoder writes "The MPAA claims $58 billion in actual U.S. economic losses and 373,000 lost jobs due to piracy. Where are these numbers coming from? Rob Reid puts these numbers into perspectiv...
06:05 am - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot AMD Releases Open-Source Radeon HD 7000 Driver
An anonymous reader writes "AMD has publicly released the open-source code to the Radeon HD 7000 series 'Southern Islands' graphics cards for Linux users. This allows users of AMD's latest-generation ...
05:05 am - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot $1.5 Billion: the Cost of Cutting London-Tokyo Latency By 60ms
MrSeb writes "Starting this summer, and thanks to the continuing withdrawal of Arctic sea ice, a convoy of ice breakers and specially-adapted polar ice-rated cable laying ships will begin to lay the f...
04:05 am - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Possible Supernova In Nearby Spiral Galaxy
New submitter Zburatorul writes "In an electronic telegram to the IAU, an Italian astronomer reports his discovery of a possible supernova (magnitude R = 15) near spiral galaxy M95 on images taken Mar...
03:05 am - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Will Mobile Wallets Replace Their Traditional Counterparts?
Cara_Latham writes "Mobile wallets are all the rage. But legitimate questions remain as to whether they will ever truly replace their leathery counterparts. Mobile wallets, which use NFC-based technol...
01:05 am - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens
Nidi62 writes "We all know that Michael Bay loves to put 86 minutes of explosions into a 90-minute movie. But it appears that he has found a new way to screw up a movie. He is directing a Teenage Muta...
12:05 am - Wed, March 21, 2012
Slashdot Using Mech Combat To Hone Engineering Skills
jjp9999 writes "Mech Warfare is a mix between Battlebots and MechWarrior, only without the fanfare. The teams around the competitions include engineers and professionals in robotics, and the games are...
11:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot All Video Games Cause Aggressive Behavior, Say Two US Congressmen
Fluffeh writes with news that U.S. Congressmen Baca (D-CA) and Wolf (R-VA) have proposed a bill that would require most video games to have a warning label decrying their "potential damaging" long-ter...
11:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Optimize Offshore Wind Farms Using Weather Modeling
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from a Stanford news release:"Politics aside, most energy experts agree that cheap, clean, renewable wind energy holds great potential to help the world satisfy ...
10:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot A Hacked WiFi Router, an API, and a Toy Bus: It's the Ambient Bus Arrival Monitor
JohnGrahamCumming writes "In this simple project, a hacked Linksys WRT54GL talks to a public API to get real-time bus information, and displays the times of the next buses on a model bus. Never miss t...
10:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot U.S. Missile Defense Against Iran Makes ChinaRussia Mad, Might Not Even Work
An anonymous reader writes "The United States, since the 1980s, has been trying to make missile defense work. Billions of dollars spent, tons of political capital spent, and not a lot to show. The U.S...
09:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Elon Musk: Future Round-Trip To Mars Could Cost Under $500,000
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from the BBC:"Rocket entrepreneur Elon Musk believes he can get the cost of a round trip to Mars down to about half a million dollars. The SpaceX CEO says he...
08:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Liberating the Laws You Must Pay To Read
Writing for Boing Boing, Carl Malamud describes the campaign he's been waging to let U.S. citizens read the public safety standards that have become part of federal law — without needing to pay ...
08:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Is It Time For the US Government To Back Fusion At NIF Over ITER?
ananyo writes "Laser beams at the National Ignition Facility have fired a record 1.875 megajoule shot into its target chamber, surpassing their design specification. The achievement is a milepost on t...
07:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students
An anonymous reader writes "Forbes reports that a middle school teacher in South Carolina has been placed on administrative leave for reading sci-fi classic Ender's Game to his students. According to ...
06:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla To Support H.264
suraj.sun writes with a followup to last week's news that Mozilla was thinking about reversing their stance on H.264 support. Mozilla chairman Mitchell Baker and CTO Brendan Eich have now both written...
06:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Detecting Chess Cheats Taxes Computers
First time accepted submitter jeffrlamb writes "Cheating in live chess matches — fueled by powerful computer programs that play better than people do, as well as sophisticated communication tech...
06:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Tom's Hardware Tests and Reviews Fedora 16 and Gnome 3
New submitter LordDCLXVI writes with a review at Tom's Hardware that starts out with some loaded questions about GNOME 3, as included in the newest version of Red Hat's Fedora: "While most other distr...
05:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Mobile Ads May Serve As a Malware Conduit
alphadogg writes with this excerpt from Network World: "Many mobile apps include ads that can threaten users' privacy and network security, according to North Carolina State University researchers. Th...
05:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Satellites Expose 8,000 Years of Civilization
ananyo writes "By combining spy-satellite photos obtained in the 1960s with modern multispectral images and digital maps of Earth's surface, researchers have created a new method for mapping large-sca...
04:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Sweden Moving Towards Cashless Economy
cold fjord writes "Sweden is rapidly moving towards a cashless economy. How will Sweden, and other countries in the future, balance efficiency, privacy, government control, and civil liberties? Or wil...
04:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot The Risk of a Meltdown In the Cloud
zrbyte writes "A growing number of complexity theorists are beginning to recognize some potential problems with cloud computing. The growing consensus is that bizarre and unpredictable behavior often ...
03:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot SpaceX Gets Astronauts To Try Out Its Dragon Crew Cabin
Zothecula writes "With the space shuttle program now officially over, the United States needs a new reusable vehicle for getting supplies to and from the International Space Station. NASA is consideri...
02:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Seagate Hits 1 Terabit Per Square Inch
MrSeb was one of several readers to submit news that drive manufacturer Seagate has announced (and demoed) the first hard drive to squeeze a terabit into each square inch of platter. "'Initially this ...
02:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Any Smart Phones Made Under Worker-Friendly Conditions?
New submitter unimacs writes "So Apple has been under fire recently for the conditions at the factories of their Chinese suppliers. I listened to 'This American Life's' recent retraction of the Michae...
01:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot D-Wave Announces Commercially Available Quantum Computer
New submitter peetm writes "Computing company D-Wave has announced that they're selling a quantum computing system commerically, which they're calling the D-Wave One. The D-Wave system comes equipped ...
01:05 pm - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Google Files Amicus Brief in Hotfile Case; MPAA Requests It Be Rejected
An anonymous reader writes "Google has once again stood up in court for the rights of users and services online, this time defending Hotfile from copyright infringement accusations. [Quoting the artic...
10:05 am - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot CEO of TuCloud Dares Microsoft To Sue His New Company
Fluffeh writes "Word from Ars Technica is that OnLive, a service provided that seems to totally flout Microsoft licensing and offers iPad users a Microsoft Desktop for free (or a beefier one for $5) i...
08:05 am - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot DIY Augmented Reality Heads-Up Display
mkwan writes "A PhD student in Melbourne, Australia, has built an augmented reality head-up display using a baseball cap, an Android smartphone, and off-the-shelf optics. It won't win any awards for s...
05:05 am - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Apple Sued By Belgian Consumer Association For Not Applying EU Warranty Laws
An anonymous reader writes "Following the recent Italian case. Apple is now being sued by the Belgian consumer association 'Test-Achats' (french/dutch website) for not applying the EU consumer protect...
03:05 am - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot iFixit's Kyle Wiens On the War On DIY Electronics
pigrabbitbear writes with an excerpt from an article at Motherboardv: "Anyone planning on buying a new iPad should know what they're getting themselves into by now. In recent years, Apple and other ha...
01:05 am - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Express-AM4 Satellite Salvage Plan For Antarctic Internet In Jeopardy
First time accepted submitter amcenwest writes with news on the fate of the mis-launched Ekspress-AM4. From the article: "A modern, state of the art communications satellite stranded last August in a ...
12:05 am - Tue, March 20, 2012
Slashdot Woman Wants To Replace Her Non-functioning Hand With a Bionic Prosthesis
erice writes about the case of Nicola Wilding: "Injured in crash which damaged the nerves in her arm, she has reached the limits that can what be accomplished with nerve transplants. She can move her ...
11:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Boycott of Elsevier Exceeds 8000 Researchers
kkleiner writes with an update on the boycott of Elsevier started in January. From the article: "Academic research is behind bars and an online boycott by 8,209 researchers (and counting) is seeking t...
11:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?
ichard writes "In a couple of months I'm going to start working from home full-time. I've been thinking about the obvious things like workspace ergonomics, but I'm sure there are more subtle considera...
10:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Wil Wheaton's New Show: Tabletop
xwwt writes "Wil Wheaton is working with Felicia Day on a new show called Tabletop, which will air on the YouTube Channel Geek and Sundry. The show will be about board games and gaming in general. Thi...
10:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Microsoft Manual of Style
benrothke writes "The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), now in its 16th edition, is the de facto style guide for American writers. It deals with aspects of editorial practice, grammar, usage, document pr...
10:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Geologic Map of Jupiter's Moon Io Details an Otherworldly Volcanic Surface
An anonymous reader writes "More than 400 years after Galileo's discovery of Io, the innermost of Jupiter's largest moons, a team of scientists led by Arizona State University has produced the first c...
09:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Patent Troll Targets Samsung and RIM With Emoticon Button Patent
eldavojohn writes "Apparently the Samsung and Apple patent hoedown has received some uninvited guests that wish to troll with the big trolls — all over a built-in button for an emoticon. Accordi...
09:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Java Web Attack Installs Malware In RAM
snydeq writes "A hard-to-detect piece of malware that doesn't create any files on the affected systems was dropped onto the computers of visitors to popular news sites in Russia in a drive-by download...
08:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot A Look At One of Blizzard's Retired World of Warcraft Servers
MojoKid writes "At last count, Activision Blizzard pegged the number of World of Warcraft subscribers at 10.2 million. It takes a massive amount of gear to host all the different game worlds, or realm...
08:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Futuristic Biplane Design Eliminates Sonic Boom
Zothecula writes "A throwback to early 20th century aviation may hold the key to eliminating the sonic boom — at least according to researchers at MIT and Stanford University. Strongly reminisce...
07:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Free Apps Eat Your Smartphone Battery
judgecorp writes "Here's a reason to pay for smartphone apps: the free versions can spend three times as much energy finding and serving ads as they do serving their actual purpose. Research from a Pu...
06:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Why the 'Six Strikes' Copyright Alert System Needs Antitrust Scrutiny
suraj.sun sends this quote from an op-ed at Ars Technica:"Eight months ago, content owners and Internet service providers agreed to the Copyright Alert System, a 'six-strike' plan to reduce copyright ...
06:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Peoples' Immune Systems Can Now Be Duplicated In Mice
cylonlover writes "Because everyone's immune system is different, it's impossible to predict with absolute certainty how any given person will react to a specific medication. In the not-too-distant fu...
05:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot The Pirate Bay Plans Servers In the Sky
1sockchuck writes "The Pirate Bay says it plans to deploy servers on airborne drones several kilometers above international waters. The site said it was experimenting with servers using Raspberry Pi, ...
04:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Mystery of Duqu Programming Language Solved
wiredmikey writes "Earlier this month, researchers from Kaspersky Lab reached out to the security and programming community in an effort to help solve a mystery related to 'Duqu,' the Trojan often ref...
04:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Apple to Buy Back $10bn of Its Shares and Pay Dividend
floydman writes "Apple has said it will use its cash to start paying a dividend to shareholders and to buy back some of its shares. The technology giant said it would pay a quarterly dividend of $2.65...
03:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot PR Expert Andy Marken Has Some Advice for Startups and FOSS Projects (Video)
This is a 15 minute video conversation with Andy Marken of Marken Communications, who has been working in technology public relations long enough to know what's what -- and then some. We had a pleasan...
03:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot LibreOffice 3.5.1 Released With Fixes
Thinkcloud writes "The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 3.5.1. Some of the core fixes include: don't crash for empty input data in charts, UI fix on PDF export dialog, don't copy page styl...
02:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Foxconn "Glad That Mike Daisey's Lies Were Exposed"
theodp writes "Foxconn Technology Group, Apple's largest supplier and the target of allegations of poor work conditions, welcomed a retraction of a This American Life radio program episode it said was...
01:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Google Cools Data Center With Bathroom Water
judgecorp writes "Google is cooling its data center in Douglas County, Georgia, using 'recycled' water that has been through the bathtubs and toilets of the surrounding community. So called 'grey' wat...
01:05 pm - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Physicists Discover Evolutionary Laws of Language
Hugh Pickens writes "Christopher Shea writes in the WSJ that physicists studying Google's massive collection of scanned books claim to have identified universal laws governing the birth, life course a...
10:05 am - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Windows Remote Desktop Exploit In the Wild
angry tapir writes "Luigi Auriemma, the researcher who discovered a recently patched critical vulnerability in Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), published a proof-of-concept exploit for it af...
07:05 am - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Australian Govt Censors Notes From Secret Anti-Piracy Talks
An anonymous reader writes "It looks as if the Australian Government *really* doesn't want the public to know what's going on in its closed doors talks with ISPs and the content industry. The Attorney...
04:05 am - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Linux 3.3 Released
diegocg writes "Linux 3.3 has been released. The changes include the merge of kernel code from the Android project. There is also support for a new architecture (TI C6X), much improved balancing and t...
01:05 am - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Time to Review FAA Gadget Policies
Nick Bilton, Lead Technology writer for The New York Times Bits Blog, called the FAA to complain about its gadget policies on flights and got an unexpected reply. Laura J. Brown, deputy assistant admi...
01:05 am - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Writers Sue Apple Over IP Violations
hackingbear writes "A group of 22 Chinese authors have filed a claim against Apple, alleging its App Store sells unlicensed copies of their books.The Writers Rights Alliance, founded by Han Han a youn...
12:05 am - Mon, March 19, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Writers Sues Apple Over IP Violations
hackingbear writes "A group of 22 Chinese authors have filed a claim against Apple, alleging its App Store sells unlicensed copies of their books.The Writers Rights Alliance, founded by Han Han a youn...
10:05 pm - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot Indian Government To Tax Angel Funding
kousik writes "The Indian Government proposes to tax Angel Investment as income and is asking start-ups to pay a 30% tax on the funding. From the article: 'Ravi Kiran, co-founder of middle-India advis...
09:05 pm - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot Google Is Planning To Penalize Overly Optimized Sites
tekgoblin writes "This is an interesting move by Google but not completely off the rocker for them. Last year they blocked search results from the co.cc domain because they believed they polluted the ...
08:05 pm - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot Mammoth "Metal Moles" Tunnel Deep Beneath London
Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that the first of eight highly specialized Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM), each weighing nearly 1,000 tonnes, is being positioned at Royal Oak in west London where it wi...
07:05 pm - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot Connecticut Considers Digital Download Tax
SonicSpike writes in with a story about the latest state contemplating raising revenues by taxing the net. "Downloading music, movies, e-books and Apps could soon cost Connecticut residents more as la...
06:05 pm - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot Kim Dotcom's Assets Seizure Order Ruled "Null and Void"
thomst writes "Cnet's Greg Sandoval reports that New Zealand police filed for the wrong kind of restraining order--the kind that didn't allow for DotCom to have a court hearing prior to the seizure--a...
04:05 pm - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Finding an IT Job Without a Computer-Oriented Undergraduate Degree?
An anonymous reader writes "Contrary to what many individuals think, not everybody on Slashdot went to college for a computer-related degree. Graduating in May of this year, my undergraduate degree wi...
03:05 pm - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot New iPad Jailbroken Already
An anonymous reader writes "Just hours after the new Apple iPad was released, it was jailbroken in three (how appropriate!) separate ways. This means that hackers have already found and exploited secu...
02:05 pm - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot Using Apps To 'Soft Control' People's Movements
pinguin-geek writes "Computer science researchers at Northwestern University have developed a way to exert limited control one how people move, pushing them out of their regular travel patterns. The k...
01:05 pm - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot TED Education — Video Lessons For Students
New submitter EuNao writes "TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), the organization based on 'ideas worth sharing,' launched a new initiative this past week. It is called TED-Ed, and it aims to enga...
10:05 am - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot Should Snatching an iPhone Be a Felony?
theodp writes "English comedian Russell Brand could be facing a felony conviction for snatching an iPhone from a would-be paparazzi and tossing it through a window. Singer/parolee Chris Brown also fou...
07:05 am - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot Julian Assange To Run For Australian Senate
New submitter bozman8 writes "Announced recently on social networking platform Twitter, Julian Assange has found a way to run for the Upper House of the Australian Senate, despite being detained under...
04:05 am - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot 'IMAX Movie of Body' Allows Stanford Geneticist To Stop Diabetes In Its Tracks
sciencehabit writes "Michael Snyder has taken 'know thyself' to the next level. Over a 14-month period, the molecular geneticist analyzed his blood 20 different times to pluck out a wide variety of bi...
01:05 am - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Build Graphene From Scratch, Atom By Atom
MrSeb writes "You've heard of 'designer babies,' the idea that you can customize a baby by altering its DNA, but now a team of researchers from Stanford University and the Department of Energy have me...
12:05 am - Sun, March 18, 2012
Slashdot One Sci-Fi Author Wrote 29 of the Kindle's 100 Most-Highlighted Passages
An anonymous reader writes "Today Amazon announced that a science fiction writer has become the Kindle's all-time best-selling author. Last June Suzanne Collins, who wrote the Hunger Games trilogy, wa...
11:05 pm - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Getting Feedback On Programming?
jm223 writes "I'm currently a student at a major university, where I do IT work for a fairly large student group. Most of my job involves programming, and so far everyone has been happy with my work. ...
10:05 pm - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Baumgartner Completes 13.5-Mile Free-Fall Jump, Aims For Record
An anonymous reader writes "On Thursday Felix Baumgartner climbed into a capsule carried by a balloon, floated up to 71,500 feet, and jumped out. He free-fell through the atmosphere for almost four mi...
09:05 pm - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Atari Wants To Reinvent Pong
mikejuk writes "Atari is offering up to $100,000 in a contest for a new version of Pong, the classic game that launched video games 40 years ago, for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. The judges for the con...
08:05 pm - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Belgian Rightsholders Group Wants To Charge Libraries For Reading Books To Kids
New submitter BSAtHome writes "People with a healthy interest in fundamental freedoms and basic human rights have probably heard about SABAM, the Belgian collecting society for music royalties, which ...
06:05 pm - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's Lifebrowser Is a Prosthetic For Memory
holy_calamity writes "This article talks about software from Microsoft Research that looks like a smarter, more private version of Facebook's timeline. Lifebrowser uses machine learning techniques to ...
05:05 pm - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot DARPA Director Leaves Pentagon For Google
New submitter srussia writes with this quote from Wired:"DARPA director Regina Dugan will soon be stepping down from her position atop the Pentagon's premiere research shop to take a job with Google. ...
04:05 pm - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Police Recommend Online Spying Tax For Internet Bills
An anonymous reader writes "One of the major unanswered questions about Bill C-30, Canada's lawful access/online surveillance bill, is who will pay for the costs associated with responding to law enfo...
03:05 pm - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Business Cards the Latest Internet Casualty
Hugh Pickens writes "Chalk up another looming casualty of the Internet age: business cards. Ubiquitous as pinstripes, the 2-by-3.5-inch pieces of card stock have long been a staple in executive briefc...
02:05 pm - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Patent Monetizes Your TV Remote
theodp writes "Microsoft, reports GeekWire, is seeking a patent on monetizing the buttons of your TV remote. In its application for a patent on 'Control-based Content Pricing,' Microsoft explains how ...
01:05 pm - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Netflix Terms of Service Invalidates Your Right To Sue
New submitter ebombme writes "Netflix has decided to go the route of AT&T and others by trying to take away the rights of their users to form class action lawsuits against them. A copy of the new ...
01:05 pm - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Psychic Ability Claim Doesn't Hold Up In New Scientific Experiments
cold fjord writes with some stunning news from the world of science, excerpting:"A new study has failed to find evidence that psychic ability is real. Skeptics may scoff at the finding as obvious, but...
12:05 pm - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Misleading Robocalls Went To Voters ID'd As Non-Tories
silentbrad writes "An investigation by CBC News has turned up voters all over Canada who say the reason they got robocalls sending them to fictitious polling stations was that they'd revealed they wou...
08:05 am - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Websites Can Detect What Chrome Extensions You've Installed
dsinc writes "A Polish security researcher, Krzysztof Kotowicz, makes an worrisome entry in his blog: with a few lines of Javascript,any web site could list the extensions installed in Chrome (and the...
06:05 am - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot South Korean Scientists Prepare To Clone Wooly Mammoth
An anonymous reader writes "Last year Russian researchers discovered a well-preserved mammoth thigh bone and announced plans to clone a mammoth from the bone marrow within — and they just signed...
03:05 am - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Throwing Light On Elcomsoft's Analysis of Smartphone Password Managers
An anonymous reader writes "Security firm Elcomsoft analyzed 17 iOS and BlackBerry password-keeping apps and found their actual security levels well below their claimed level of protection. With addit...
01:05 am - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Mastering Engineer Explains Types of Compression, Effects On Today's Music
Stowie101 writes "Today is Dynamic Range Day, which is an event to educate the public about the 'Loudness Wars' that are compressing and harming the quality of today's music. Ian Shepherd, a mastering...
12:05 am - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Xbox 720 a No-show At This Year's E3
itwbennett writes "Microsoft dropped a bomb yesterday: they won't be showing new hardware this year or 'anytime soon.' Microsoft told Kotaku that '2012 is all about Xbox 360.' Meanwhile, Bloomberg's m...
12:05 am - Sat, March 17, 2012
Slashdot Changing the Texture of Plastics On Demand
cylonlover writes "Imagine a pair of rubber gloves whose surface texture could be altered on demand to provide more grip for climbing. Or maybe gloves with "fingerprints" that can be changed in the bl...
11:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Give IT Presentations That Aren't Boring?
Dmitri Baughman writes "I'm the IT guy at a small software development company of about 100 employees. Everyone is technically inclined, with disciplines in development, QA, and PM areas. As part of a...
11:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Checking the Positional Invariance of Planck's Consant Using GPS
gzipped_tar writes "Whether the fundamental constants really stay the same is always a question worth asking. In particular, the constancy of Planck's Constant is something that cannot be simply ignor...
11:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Browsing the Broken Web: a Software Developer Behind the Great Firewall of China
troyhunt writes "While we've long known that China takes a fairly aggressive stance on internet censorship, I thought a visit to Shanghai this week would pose a good opportunity to look at just how im...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Avast Drops iYogi Support Over Pushy Scare Tactics
An anonymous reader writes "Antivirus maker Avast is suspending its relationship with iYogi, a company it has relied upon for the past two years to provide live customer support for its products. The ...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot 'The Art of Video Games' Exhibition Opens
bednarz writes "The Smithsonian's 'Art of Video Games' exhibition opens today. To kick it off, they're holding a three-day festival with panel discussions, live action gaming, and crafting activities....
09:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Van Rossum: Python Not Too Slow
snydeq writes "Python creator Guido van Rossum discusses the prospects and criticisms of Python, noting that critics of Python performance should supplement with C/C++ rather than re-enginee...
09:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Space Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis Meet One Last Time
longacre writes "One dull morning last week, two teams of NASA technicians simultaneously gathered at two iconic buildings — the 525-foot Vehicle Assembly Building and the shorter, but equally i...
08:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot This American Life Retracts Episode On Apple Factories In China
New submitter Hartree writes "This American Life aired an episode in January about visiting Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen China that supplies Apple with iPhones and iPads. It was the most downloaded o...
08:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Neutrinos Travel No Faster Than Light, Says ICARUS
ananyo writes "Neutrinos obey nature's speed limit, according to new results from an Italian experiment. The finding, posted to the preprint server arXiv.org, contradicts a rival claim from the OPERA ...
07:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Rutgers Student Ravi Convicted of Bias Intimidation and Spying
In 2010, Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi used his computer's webcam to spy on the activities of his gay roommate, Tyler Clementi, and commented about it publicly on Twitter. Days later, Clement...
06:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot From Anonymous To Shuttered Websites, the Evolution of Online Protest
silentbrad sends this excerpt from the CBC:"The days of screaming activists marching with signs in hand to voice their displeasure at a particular politician are changing rapidly – just ask Vic ...
06:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot NSA Building US's Biggest Spy Center
New submitter AstroPhilosopher writes "The National Security Agency is building a complex to monitor and store 'all' communications in a million-square-foot facility. One of its secret roles? Code-bre...
05:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Google Facing New Privacy Probe Over Safari Incident
An anonymous reader writes "Last month we discussed news of a controversial method Google was using to bypass Safari's privacy settings in order to enable certain features for users who were logged in...
04:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot New York State Passes DNA Requirement For Almost All Convicted Criminals
New submitter greatgreygreengreasy writes "According to NPR, 'Lawmakers in New York approved a bill that will make the state the first to require DNA samples from almost all convicted criminals. Most ...
04:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot RDP Proof-of-Concept Exploit Triggers Blue Screen of Death
mask.of.sanity writes "A working proof of concept has been developed for a dangerous vulnerability in Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). The hole stands out because many organizations use RDP ...
03:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week
Barbara, not Barbie writes with this quote from an article at AlterNet about how the average work week is becoming longer, and why that's not a good thing:"... overtime is only effective over very sho...
02:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Iran Deleted From the World's Banking Computers
dtjohnson writes "Iran is being deleted from the world banking system Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) computers as of Saturday at 1600 UTC. Once the SWIFT codes for...
01:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot PayPal Unveils Mobile Payment System
angry tapir writes "PayPal is targeting small businesses, service providers, and casual sellers on the move with its new PayPal Here service, which allows vendors to process a variety of payments incl...
01:05 pm - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Why New Programming Languages Succeed Or Fail
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses the proliferation of programming languages and what separates the successful ones from obscurity. 'Some people say we don't need any more pro...
10:05 am - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot SAIC Settles CityTime Case For $500.4 Million
First time accepted submitter arnott writes "Science Applications International Corp. said that it will pay $500.4 million in restitution and penalties under a settlement over its CityTime program wit...
09:05 am - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Danish Research Center To Explore Mysteries of Earth's Interior
An anonymous reader writes "The DanSeis Centre at the University of Copenhagen has just received a grant of more than €3 million from the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Educati...
08:05 am - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot European Parliament Blocks Copyright Reform With 113% Voter Turnout
First time accepted submitter mcmadman writes "In a bizarre turn of events, the legal affairs committee of the European Parliament (JURI), voted to weaken a reform of the copyright monopoly for allowi...
05:05 am - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Turkey Bans Pastebin and Tinyurl
First time accepted submitter anonimim writes "Pastebin and Tinyurl have been blocked in Turkey. Pastebin was blocked last week by a court after the hacking of Turkish Information and Communications T...
03:05 am - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Russia Has Sights Set On Manned Moon Landing By 2030
New submitter techfun89 writes "Russia plans on sending cosmonauts to the moon as well as unmanned spacecraft to Mars, Jupiter and Venus by 2030. Considering the recent launch failures in Russia, thes...
01:05 am - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security
An anonymous reader writes "Catching a flight in the U.S. isn't a great experience anymore due to the security checks involved. You have to remove your shoes, your belt, get your laptop out, be scanne...
12:05 am - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot Sexually Rejected Flies Turn To Booze
sciencehabit writes "Offer a male fruit fly a choice between food soaked in alcohol and its nonalcoholic equivalent, and his decision will depend on whether he's mated recently or been rejected by a f...
12:05 am - Fri, March 16, 2012
Slashdot US ISPs Become 'Copyright Cops' July 12th
An anonymous reader writes "Comcast, Time Warner and Verizon are among the ISPs preparing to implement a graduated response to piracy by July, says the music industry's chief lobbyist. ISPs, including...
11:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Judea Pearl Wins Turing Award
alphadogg writes "Judea Pearl, a longtime UCLA professor whose work on artificial intelligence laid the foundation for such inventions as the iPhone's Siri speech recognition technology and Google's d...
11:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot New Service Lets Users Try Apple's New IPad For 30 Days Before Buying
zacharye writes "A new subscription service allows potential gadget owners to test out new devices like Apple's new iPad tablet before committing to a purchase. YBUY, which bills itself as a try-befor...
10:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Crying Foul At the BSA's "Nauseating" Anti-Piracy Tactics
Barence writes "The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has been accused of heavy-handed tactics that could drive small companies to incriminate themselves. The Microsoft-backed piracy watchdog generates...
09:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Charges Against US Manga Reader Dropped
tverbeek writes "The US-based Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Canada-based Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund have announced that the Canadian government has withdrawn all criminal charges in R. v...
08:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot LightSquared Satellite Disabled By Last Week's Solar Storm
volts writes "Troubled LightSquared's primary Skyterra 1 satellite has been out of service since the solar storm on March 7. The company says it is 'working through the rebuild of the satellite tappin...
08:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Do You Find Self Tracking Useful Like Stephen Wolfram Does?
New submitter Manzanita writes "The domain of personal analytics, or 'Quantified Self,' is rich with interesting things to measure and many hackers have started projects. But they will only take off i...
07:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Gamestar Mechanic Teaches Kids to Write Their Own Computer Games (Video)
In this video, Brian Alspach tells you how Gamestar Mechanic helps turn kids from game players into game authors, which helps them learn a lot about programming and how computers work in easy steps wh...
06:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot George "geohot" Hotz Arrested In Texas For Posession of Marijuana
n1ywb writes "Goerge 'geohot' Hotz, famous for being the first to jailbreak and iPhone and for his spat with Sony over PS3 jailbreaking, was busted for possession of a small amount of marijuana at a U...
06:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Campaign Urges People To Send MPAA and RIAA Copied Currency
An anonymous reader writes "In response to the still-raging MPAA & RIAA, a kind of reverse piracy campaign has arisen. The "Send Them Your Money" campaign urges pirates and landlubbers alike to se...
05:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Wikipedia Didn't Kill Brittanica — Encarta Did
rudy_wayne writes "The end of Encyclopedia Brittanica has been widely reported and its demise has been blamed on Wikipedia. However, this article at Wired points out that the real reason is something ...
05:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot VisiCalc's Dan Bricklin On the Tablet Revolution
snydeq writes "Dan Bricklin, the co-creator of the PC revolution's killer app, weighs in on the opportunities and oversights of the tablet revolution. 'In some sense, for tablets the browser is a kill...
04:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Stolen iPad's Reported Location Not Enough To Warrant Search, Say Dutch Police
lbalbalba writes "A location message send from a stolen iPad by an anti-theft application, turns out to be insufficient evidence to issue a search warrant for the Dutch authorities. A Dutch man report...
03:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Berkeley HTML5 Timeline Tool Can Show a Day, Or the Lifetime of the Universe
An anonymous reader writes "UC Berkeley Professor Walter Alvarez, most widely known for his theory that dinosaurs were killed by an asteroid impact, is developing an open source HTML5 timeline tool fo...
03:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Work Towards Naturally Caffeine-Free Coffee
First time accepted submitter eternaldoctorwho writes "Research has been underway to produce a coffee bean plant that naturally has no or little caffeine content. Now, it looks like that might become ...
03:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot UK Plan Would Use CCTV To Stop Uninsured Drivers From Refueling
Mr_Blank writes "Cameras at UK petrol stations will automatically stop uninsured or untaxed vehicles from being filled with fuel, under new government plans. Downing Street officials hope the hi-tech ...
02:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot New Frog Species Found In NYC
interval1066 writes "Ars Technica reports that a paper by biologists Catherine E. Newmana, Jeremy A. Feinbergb, Leslie J. Risslerc, Joanna Burgerb, and H. Bradley Shaffer, Molecular Phylogenetics and ...
02:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Diablo 3 To Be Released On May 15th
Blizzard announced today that Diablo 3 has finally gotten a release date: May 15th. "After many years of hard work by our development team and months of beta testing by hundreds of thousands of dedica...
02:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Report: Amazon Cloud Backed By 450,000 Servers
1sockchuck writes "How many servers does it take to power Amazon's huge cloud computing operation? A researcher estimates that Amazon Web Services is using at least 454,400 servers in seven data cente...
01:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Google Introduces Programming Challenge In Advance Of GoogleIO
First time accepted submitter X10 writes "Google announced some time ago that they want only developers to attend their Google IO conference. They hinted at developing a 'programming test' that you ha...
01:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Pentagon Wants Disposable War Satellites
Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has invited manufacturers to propose squads of disposable mini-satellites costing about $500,000 ...
12:05 pm - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Playing With Friends Makes You a Better Gamer
An anonymous reader writes "Computer scientists at the University of Colorado and the Stevens Institute of Technology have shown that gamers that play with friends play better. The study used the bloc...
10:05 am - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Algorithm Finds Thousands of Unknown Drug Interaction Side Effects
ananyo writes "An algorithm designed by U.S. scientists to trawl through a plethora of drug interactions has yielded thousands of previously unknown side effects caused by taking drugs in combination ...
08:05 am - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Internet Crime Focus of Black Hat Europe
kierny writes "'The Internet needs crime,' said renowned cryptographer Whitfield Diffie, kicking off the Black Hat Europe conference in Amsterdam. His analysis — that there can't be good guys wi...
07:05 am - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Minefold Launches Minecraft Game Hosting Service
itwbennett writes "If you drew the short straw among your Minecraft-playing friends and ended up running the game server, this news is for you. A YCombinator-funded startup called Minefold will handle...
06:05 am - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Instant Messaging With Neutrinos
An anonymous reader writes "A group of scientists has for the first time sent a message using a beam of neutrinos – nearly massless particles that travel at almost the speed of light. The messag...
03:05 am - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot 51% of Internet Traffic Is "Non-Human"
hypnosec writes "Cloud-based service Incapsula, has revealed research indicating that 51 per cent of website traffic is through automated software programs; with many programmed for malicious activity...
01:05 am - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot FBI Tries To Force Google To Unlock User's Android Phone
Trailrunner7 writes "Those multi-gesture passcode locks on Android phones that give users (and their spouses) fits apparently present quite a challenge for the FBI as well. Frustrated by a swipe passc...
12:05 am - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Jawless Creature Had the World's Sharpest Teeth
ananyo writes "An extinct primitive marine vertebrate had the sharpest dental structures ever known — with tips just one-twentieth of the width of a human hair, but able to apply pressures that ...
12:05 am - Thu, March 15, 2012
Slashdot Reversing the Loss of Science and Engineering Careers
walterbyrd writes "In response to the alleged shortages of qualified American engineers and technology professionals, numerous initiatives have been launched to boost interest in STEM (Science, Techno...
11:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Possible New Human Species Discovered In China
BayaWeaver writes "These are exciting times in anthropology. Recent analysis of fossils first discovered in China in 1979 indicate that a human-like species may have co-existed with modern humans as l...
11:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Watch How the Moon Was Formed
itwbennett writes "A pair of NASA videos released today show the moon as you've never seen it before. In one video, you get an up-close tour of the moon's craters, thanks to video and images from the ...
10:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot The Laser Unprinter
MrSeb writes "You've heard of laser printers — and now a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge in England have created a laser unprinter that can remove ink without damaging the p...
10:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo's Own Lash Out At Company Over "Weaponized" Patents
Velcroman1 writes "Yahoo is suing Facebook for patent infringement — and the people responsible for Yahoo's patents are outraged. Andy Baio sold Upcoming.org to Yahoo in 2005 for an undisclosed ...
09:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot AC and DC Battle For Data Center Efficiency Crown
jfruh writes "AC beat DC in the War of the Currents that raged in the late 19th century, which means that most modern data centers today run on AC power. But as cloud computing demands and rising ener...
08:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Google+: the Missing Manual
Michael J. Ross writes "Prior to Google+, the company's previous attempts at social networking — Orkut, Dodgeball, Jaiku, Wave, and Buzz — were largely failures, and tended to frustra...
08:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot The Average Consumer Thinks Data Privacy Is Worth Around 65 Cents
chicksdaddy writes "Threatpost is reporting today on the findings of an ENISA study that looked at whether consumers would pay more for goods in exchange for more privacy. The answer — 'Sure...j...
07:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Iran Blamed For Major Cyberattack On BBC
Qedward writes "Iran is privately being blamed for a major cyberattack on the BBC that blocked access to its popular Persian TV service and disrupted the Corporation's IT using a denial-of-service att...
07:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot 10 Ways To Celebrate Pi Day
alphadogg writes "There are holidays, and then there are holidays for nerds, and March 14 (3.14) is one of those. Based on the mathematical constant number that represents the ratio between the circum...
06:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Study Confirms the Government Produces the Buggiest Software
Sparrowvsrevolution writes in with a link to Forbes story about the lackluster code produced by government agencies."Humans aren't very good at writing secure code. But they're worst at it when they'r...
05:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot SOPA-style Amendments Dropped From C-11; DRM Provisions Not
New submitter Ashenkase writes "Michal Geist reviews what stayed and what was rejected by the Bill C-11 Committee Review. Looks like SOPA-style amendments are dropped except Digital Locks. There is st...
05:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Interview With Suren Ter From 'You Have Downloaded'
An anonymous reader writes "Suren Ter discusses privacy, piracy, and the future of filesharing. Suren produced the virally popular YouHaveDownloaded.com, which displays all downloads on the public Bit...
05:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot AT&T Threatens To Shut Off Service of Customer Who Won Throttling Case
suraj.sun writes in about the recent small claims case against AT&T's throttling of 'unlimited' plans. From the article: "AT&T has about 17 million smartphone customers on 'unlimited' plans, a...
04:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Details of Initial "Disc to Digital" Program Emerge
MojoKid writes with an excerpt from an article at Hot Hardware: "Walmart's burgeoning partnership with the Ultraviolet DRM system backed by major Hollywood studios and their plans to 'assist' customer...
04:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Looking For iPad, Police Find 750 Pounds of Meth
An anonymous reader writes "Hot on the trail of a stolen iPad using the 'Find my iPad' feature in iOS, Police in San Jose tracked the stolen device back to an apartment complex where they then stumble...
03:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot It's New. It's a League. It's for Gamers. It's the League for Gamers! (Video)
Intrepid correspondent Timothy Lord writes, "I talked at SXSW with Kari Hale of League For Gamers, an organization started just a few months ago by Red 5 Studios founder CEO Mark Kern. (Kern was also ...
03:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Huge Triangle-shaped Spot Over the Sun
jojo_it writes "NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed a gigantic spot on the sun's corona, that takes the shape of a black triangle. The spot is visible on the AIA 193 channel [of NASA's solar ...
03:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Multiword Passwords Secure Or Not?
Gaygirlie writes "An article over at Gizmag says: 'It's a meme that's been doing the rounds on the internet in recent years: multi-word pass-phrases are as secure as long strings of gibberish but with...
02:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Beta Version of AIDE Enables Application Building On Android
sl4shd0rk writes "Hackers can now build applications directly on their Android devices with the beta release of AIDE. The Android IDE ... is at beta version 7, and already allows editing and compiling...
02:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot James Whittaker: Focus on Ads and 'Social' Destroying Google
theodp writes "In June 2009, Google welcomed James Whittaker as its newest Test Director. In February 2012, Whittaker rejoined Microsoft. On Tuesday, Whittaker explained why he left Google: 'The Googl...
01:05 pm - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Righthaven Ordered To Forfeit Its Intellectual Property
New submitter BenJCarter writes with an update on Righthaven, the company that tried to make a business model out of copyright trolling. According to Wired,"[Righthaven] was dealt a death blow on Tues...
10:05 am - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot The Blistering Hot Exoplanet Where It Snows
cylonlover writes "Today's weather on HD 189733b: It will be hazy with high wispy clouds. The wind will be steady from the east at speeds approaching 6,000 miles per hour (9,656 km/h). Daytime tempera...
08:05 am - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot The Consoles Are Dying, Says Developer
hypnosec writes "While you might have often heard that PC gaming is dying — detractors have been claiming this for over a decade — one developer has a different take: that consoles are the...
07:05 am - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft: RDP Vulnerability Should Be Patched Immediately
wiredmikey writes "Microsoft is urging organizations to apply the sole critical update in this month's Patch Tuesday release as soon as possible. The critical bulletin – one of six security bull...
05:05 am - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot White House CIO Describes His 'Worst Day' Ever
dcblogs writes "In the first 40 days of President Barack Obama's administration, the White House email system was down 23% of time, according to White House CIO Brook Colangelo, the person who also de...
03:05 am - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Can $60 Games Survive?
donniebaseball23 writes "Game budgets continue to rise with each successive console generation, and with the Wii U launching later this year, the industry is on the cusp of yet another costly transiti...
02:05 am - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot 'The Hobbit' Pub Threatened With Lawsuit
An anonymous reader writes "'The Hobbit,' a small pub in Southampton, England, has been threatened with a lawsuit by lawyers representing the Saul Zaentz Company in California. The pub, which has trad...
01:05 am - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot After 244 Years, the End For the Dead Tree Encyclopedia Britannica
Rick Zeman writes "According to the New York Times, it's the end of the road for the printed Encyclopedia Brittanica, saying, '...in recent years, print reference books have been almost completely wip...
12:05 am - Wed, March 14, 2012
Slashdot Nomad Planets: Stepping Stones To Interstellar Space?
An anonymous reader writes "Ian O'Neill suggests in an opinion piece at Al Jazeera that brown dwarves and nomad planets (planets not orbiting any star) could be a much needed stepping stone on our way...
11:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot US, EU, Japan Complain To WTO Over China's Rare Earth Ban
eldavojohn writes "China's rare earth monopoly has resulted in a shortage as China blocks their export and the rest of the world resumes their operations. Now, in a first-ever joint filing from three ...
11:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Interplay Ex-CEO Brian Fargo Kickstarts Wasteland II
New submitter 0111 1110 writes "Attempting to emulate Double Fine's success to fund another currently dead genre of computer game, Brian Fargo of Interplay fame has started a kickstarter project for a...
10:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Companies More Likely To Outsource Than Train IT Employees
snydeq writes "IT pros feeling the pressure to boost tech skills should expect little support from their current employers, according to a recent report on IT skills. '9 in 10 business managers see ga...
10:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Debates Supporting H.264 In Firefox Via System Codecs
An anonymous reader writes "Adoption of the HTML5 video element has been hampered by the lack of a universal video format that is supported in all browsers. Mozilla previously rejected the popular H.2...
09:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Camera Gun Would Let Hunters Get Killer Wildlife Shots
Zothecula writes "Not too long ago, brothers Randy and Michael Gregg were out on a hunting expedition. It was the day after deer season had ended, yet they spied a handsome animal bedded down in the s...
09:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot TVShack Creator's US Extradition Approved
chrb writes "British student Richard O'Dwyer, creator of the TVShack website, has had his extradition to the United States approved by Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May. Mr. O'Dwyer now has 14 d...
09:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Dell Announces Intent To Acquire SonicWALL
New submitter iroc_eater writes with news of an announcement from Dell that it plans to acquire SonicWall, a security services provider."SonicWall’s technology detects and protects networks from...
08:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot New 'Enemies of the Internet' Listed In Reporters Without Borders Study
New submitter Warmlight writes "The BBC reports that 'Bahrain and Belarus have been added to Reporters Without Borders' annual list of "enemies of the internet." They join 10 other nations on the camp...
08:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Cheap Solar Panels Made With An Ion Cannon
MrSeb writes "Twin Creeks, a solar power startup that emerged from hiding today, has developed a way of creating photovoltaic cells that are half the price of today's cheapest cells, and thus within r...
07:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%
suraj.sun sends this quote from the Times of India:"In a landmark decision that could set a precedent on how life-saving drugs under patents can be made affordable, the government has allowed a domest...
06:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Astroturfing For Speed Cameras
New submitter dalosla writes "Chicago's mayor is pushing to change red light cameras near schools and parks into speed cameras. Just about everybody sees it as a cash grab by the city. Today's Chicago...
06:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Who Has the Best 3G Coverage In California and Nevada?
New submitter derchris writes "We will be on vacation in the U.S. next month for about 3 weeks. We are going to do a road trip between San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. To not use roaming for ...
05:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Google 'Wasting' $16 Billion On Projects Headed Nowhere
hapworth writes "Google's engineering culture is 'wasting profits,' according to a new report published today that refers to $16 billion worth of Google projects that are going nowhere. According to t...
04:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Lego Mindstorms Used To Make Artificial Bones
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at Cambridge University have used Lego Mindstorms robots to create an artificial bone-like substance. The toy robots proved to be much easier to set up and vastl...
04:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Swiss Voters Reject Book Price Controls
New submitter hinterwaeldler writes "In 2007 Switzerland abandoned book price control (which requires publishers to fix prices for their books and forbids any dealer to sell at another price), reducin...
04:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot German Law To Make Google Pay For Snippets
judgecorp writes "The German government has announced plans for a copyright law which would require Google, other search engines and aggregators to pay for small snippets of text displayed on their pa...
03:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot San Jose Plan Reintroduces Large-Scale Municipal Wi-Fi Coverage
alphadogg writes "San Jose is casting a vote of confidence in municipal Wi-Fi from the heart of Silicon Valley, planning a new, free network just a few years after such networks were declared all but ...
03:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot DOJ Asks Court To Keep Secret Google NSA Partnership
SonicSpike writes "The Justice Department is defending the government's refusal to discuss — or even acknowledge the existence of — any cooperative research and development agreement betwe...
02:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Single-Ion Clock 100 Times More Accurate Than Atomic Clock
New submitter labnet writes with this excerpt from news.com.au: "University of New South Wales School of Physics professor Victor Flambaum has found a method of timekeeping nearly 100 times more accur...
01:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Using Graph Theory To Predict NCAA Tournament Outcomes
New submitter SocratesJedi writes "Like many technically-minded people, I don't have a lot of time to keep up with sports. Nevertheless, trying to predict the outcome of the NCAA men's basketball tour...
01:05 pm - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Can Microsoft Afford To Lose With Windows 8?
snydeq writes with the opinion that Microsoft can afford Windows 8 failing on the desktop. From the article: "Windows 8 is an experiment that may well fail, but Microsoft will cull invaluable feedback...
10:05 am - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Rogers Joins Telus In Seeking National Regulation
silentbrad writes "Canada's largest mobile service provider is urging the federal telecom regulator to implement a mandatory national consumer protection code (PDF; actual filing with the CRTC) in ord...
08:05 am - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Evidence of Lost Da Vinci Fresco Behind Florentine Wall
Lev13than writes "Art historians working in Florence's city hall claim to have found evidence of Leonardo da Vinci's lost Battle of Anghiari fresco. Painted in 1505, the fresco was covered over by a l...
05:05 am - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Jimmy Wales To Become UK Government Adviser
judgecorp writes "Wikipedia founder Jimmy wales is to become a U.K. government adviser on open government. The unpaid post, announced at SXSW, will see him contributing ideas on issues including the s...
03:05 am - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Shows Off Adaptive, Multilingual Text to Speech System
MrSeb writes about a really cool project from Microsoft's speech research group. From the article: "Microsoft Research has shown off software that translates your spoken words into another language wh...
01:05 am - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot 'Honey Stick' Project Tracks Fate of Lost Smartphones
wiredmikey writes with a quote from an article at Secury Week: "In order to get a look at what happens when a smartphone is lost, Symantec conducted an experiment, called the Honey Stick Project, wher...
12:05 am - Tue, March 13, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Facebook
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from an article over at ZD Net: "As expected, Yahoo today filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook. The online giant is claiming the social netwo...
11:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Brewing Beer With Free Software
An anonymous reader tipped us to an interview with Phillip Lee, author of Brewtarget, one of the best pieces of Free brewing software available (it's even in Debian). The interview discusses some of t...
11:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial
Hugh Pickens writes "The U.S. Bill of Rights guarantees the accused basic safeguards, including a fair and speedy jury trial, but in this era of mass incarceration — when our nation's prison pop...
10:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Open Source Advocates' Attitudes Toward Profit
jfruh writes "Marten Mickos, ex-head of MySQL, was discussing his new open source cloud initiative with the New York Times when he mentioned in passing that 'Some people in open source think it is imm...
10:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Gamers Outdo Computers At DNA Sequence Alignments
ananyo writes "In another victory for crowdsourcing, gamers playing Phylo have beaten a state-of-the-art program at aligning regions of 521 disease-associated genes form different species. The 'multip...
10:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Solving Climate Change By Bioengineering Humans?
derekmead writes "Forget CFLs, hybrid cars, and organic jeans. Buying our way out of climate change — even if it's green consumption — won't get us far.A new paper (PDF), published in Ethi...
09:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot ESL — a CRT-Based Replacement For CFL Lights Without the Mercury
New submitter An dochasac writes "Everyone knows incandescent lights are inefficient little space heaters which happen to convert 5% of their incoming energy to light. Compact Fluorescents (CFLs) are ...
09:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Algorithm Brings Speedier, Safer CT Scans
kenekaplan writes "Standard CT scanners can generate images of patient's body in less than five minutes today, but the radiation dose can be equal to about 70 chest X-rays. Lower-powered CT scans can ...
08:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Ruling Prohibits Kaleidescape From Selling, Supporting Movie Servers
Stowie101 writes "Kaleidescape has lost its drawn-out legal battle with the DVD CCA. A judge has issued a permanent injunction that prohibits the sale and support, including product updates, of existi...
08:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Nanoscale Race Car Gets 3D Printed With a Laser
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have managed to perfect 3D printing at the nanoscale. What may look like a grain of sand to the human eye could in fact b...
08:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous Hacks Tunisian Islamist Sites
eldavojohn writes "The hacktivist group Anonymous has claimed another victim by taking down Islamist sites in Tunisia. Similar to an earlier attack on Turkish government sites, #optunisia has resulted...
07:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot How To Contribute To Open Source Without Being a Programming Rock Star
Esther Schindler writes "Plenty of people want to get involved in open source, but don't know where to start. In this article, Andy Lester lists several ways to help out even if you lack confidence in...
07:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Pi Day Is Coming — But Tau Day Is Better
PerlJedi writes "A few months ago, a Tweet from Randal Schwartz pointed me to a YouTube video about 'Triangle Parties' made by Vi Hart. My nerdiness and my love of math made it my new favorite thing o...
06:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Journalist Gets Blasted By the Pentagon's Pain Ray — Twice
dsinc writes "Wired's Spencer Ackerman voluntarily subjected himself to what the U.S. military calls the Active Denial System, an energy weapon commonly known as the 'Pain Ray' that turns electricity ...
06:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Lawsuit Claims NASA Specialist Was Fired Over Intelligent Design Belief
New submitter period3 writes "The latest mission of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is defending itself in a workplace lawsuit filed by a former computer specialist. The man claims he was demoted and...
05:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Have Online Comment Sections Become Specious?
christoofar writes "Gawker founder Nick Denton says online comments have proven themselves to be not worth the trouble, a waste of resources, and contribute nothing to online conversation or even capt...
04:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Spies Used Fake Facebook Profile To Friend NATO Officials
An anonymous reader writes "Late last year, senior British military officers, Defense Ministry officials, and other government officials were tricked into becoming Facebook friends with someone masque...
04:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Marketing Agency Uses Homeless As Wi-Fi Hotspots
An anonymous reader writes "Marketing agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) has launched a controversial charity scheme at this year's South by Southwest festival, in which homeless people are being used ...
03:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Meteorite Crashes Through Cottage In Oslo
An anonymous reader writes "Famous (in Norway) Norwegian astrophycisist Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard is ecstatic after a meteorite was found in an urban cottage in Oslo this weekend. This ...
02:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot MIT Fiber Points To Woven Glasses-Free 3D Displays
MrSeb writes "Electrical engineers and material scientists at MIT have created a fiber-borne laser that could be woven to form a flexible display that could project different 3D images in any number o...
01:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Prof. J. Alex Halderman Tells Us Why Internet-Based Voting Is a Bad Idea (Video)
On March 2, 2012, Timothy wrote about University of Michigan Professor J. Alex Halderman and his contention that there is no way to have secure voting over the Internet using current technology. In th...
01:05 pm - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Stratfor Breach Leads To Over $700k In Fraud
wiredmikey writes "It isn't often that after a data breach involving credit cards, the public is given information on the exact amount money lost by consumers as a result. Thanks to the FBI, however, ...
10:05 am - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Amoeboid Robot Moves Autonomously Without Centralized Brain
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from MIT's Technology Review:"A new blob-like robot described in the journal Advanced Robotics uses springs, feet, 'protoplasm' and a distributed nervous system ...
07:05 am - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Sony's Plan To Tighten Security and Fight Hacktivism
mask.of.sanity writes "Sony Entertainment Network is rebuilding its information security posture to defend against hacktivism. It includes a security operations center that serves as a nerve center co...
05:05 am - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Sci-FiFantasy Artist Jean 'Moebius' Giraud Dies At 73
Dr Herbert West writes:"According to io9, 'Today is an incredibly sad day for fans of comic books, concept art, and downright anything science fiction. Artist Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, who provided some ...
04:05 am - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s
adeelarshad82 writes "The 1980s were huge for RPGs. This genre was one of the most defining game forms in the computer gaming world. A recently published article strolls down the memory lane to look b...
01:05 am - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot Did Benjamin Franklin Invent Daylight Saving Time?
An anonymous reader writes "While living in Paris, Ben Franklin was struck by how many hours of daylight were being wasted to sleep during the summer months. He wrote an open letter to a Parisian jour...
12:05 am - Mon, March 12, 2012
Slashdot X-Prize Founder Wants Ideas For Fixing Education
An anonymous reader writes "X-Prize Founder Peter Diamandis, speaking at SXSW, says he wants to set up a $10 million prize for fixing education — but he needs help figuring out how to target the...
11:05 pm - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot When Are You Dead?
Hugh Pickens writes "Dick Teresi writes in the WSJ that becoming an organ donor seems like a noble act, but what doctors won't tell you is that checking yourself off as an organ donor when you renew y...
10:05 pm - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot Accused LulzSec Members Left Trail of Clues Online
Trailrunner7 writes "When the long arm of the law reached in to arrest members of Anonymous's senior leadership on Tuesday, speculation immediately turned to the identities of the six men behind the G...
08:05 pm - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot A Better Way To Program
mikejuk writes "This video will change the way you think about programming. The argument is clear and impressive — it suggest that we really are building programs with one hand tied behind our b...
07:05 pm - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot USS Enterprise Takes Its Final Voyage
westlake writes "The AP is reporting that the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Enterprise, is to be retired after fifty years of active service — the longest of any warship...
06:05 pm - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot NVIDIA Challenges Apple's iPad Benchmarks
MojoKid writes "At the iPad unveiling last week, Apple flashed up a slide claiming that the iPad 2 was 2x as fast as Nvidia's Tegra 3, while the new iPad would be 4x more powerful than Team Green's be...
05:05 pm - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot Double Fine Adventure Crosses $2.5 Million In Kickstarter Funding
An anonymous reader writes "Double Fine Adventure, the crowd-funded adventure game from Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert (of Monkey Island fame), just crossed the $2.5 million mark in funding on Kickstarte...
04:05 pm - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot MIME Attachments Are 20 Years Old Today
judgecorp writes "MIME email attachments have been around for 20 years, and we now send a trillion every day. The mountains of emails in corporate archives now contain vital information, says MIME inv...
02:05 pm - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot Online Learning Becomes Court-Ordered Community Service
An anonymous reader writes "Yahoo Finance reports that convicted criminal offenders can serve their court-ordered community service hours online by taking educational courses through Community Service...
01:05 pm - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot Nuclear Disaster In Japan Could Have Been Mitigated, Say Industry Insiders
Hugh Pickens writes "Some insiders from Japan's tightly knit nuclear industry have stepped forward to say that Tepco and regulators had for years ignored warnings of the possibility of a larger-than-e...
12:05 pm - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot Profile of a Real-Life Jedi Academy
dkleinsc writes "The NYTimes ran a profile of the New York Jedi Club, an organization dedicated to teaching the ways of the Force. Jedi Grandmaster Flynn Michael, a sound engineer and (by his own proc...
09:05 am - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot IBM Scientists Measure the Heat Emitted From Erasing a Single Bit
ananyo writes "In 1961, IBM physicist Rolf Landauer argued that to reset one bit of information — say, to set a binary digit to zero in a computer memory regardless of whether it is initially 1 ...
06:05 am - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot NATO Awards Largest Cyber-Security Contract To Date
Sara Chan writes "NATO has awarded its largest cyber-security contract to date, in a move that is expected to prompt member states to augment their own cyber-security capabilities. The contract, for &...
03:05 am - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot Pinkie Pie Earns $60K At Pwn2Own With Three Chromium 0-Day Exploits
Tackhead writes "Hot on the hooves of Sergey Glazunov's hack 5-minutes into Pwn2Own, an image of an axe-wielding pink pony was the mark of success for a hacker with the handle of Pinkie Pie. Pinkie Pi...
12:05 am - Sun, March 11, 2012
Slashdot Reinventing the Clapper With a Knock-Based Home Automation Controller
An anonymous reader writes with a snippet from Hack a Day: "Clap On! Clap Off! was super awesome when The Clapper came out in the mid-eighties. Now [Mathieu Stephan] is trying to make the concept much...
11:05 pm - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'
mr100percent writes with this excerpt from Electronista: "Battleheart's creator Mika Mobile in an update explained that it was dropping Android support. Google's platform was losing money for the comp...
10:05 pm - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot US Government Withdraws IANA Contract From ICANN
mbone writes "The 'no cost' contract between the U.S. Department of Commerce and ICANN over hosting the Internet Assigned Names and Number Authority (IANA) was supposed to be re-let this March. Now, i...
09:05 pm - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot Meet The Man Who Designed a Tablet Computer 15 Years Before the iPad
Doofus writes "The Washington Post has a profile of Roger Fidler, who 'invented' the tablet computer in the 1990s, while working as a visionary for newspaper firm Knight-Ridder. He is now embroiled in...
09:05 pm - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot Apple To Add 3600 Jobs At New $304 Million Campus In Austin
An anonymous reader links to a short note at Tech Newest, according to which "Apple Inc. plans to create a $304 million campus in Austin, Texas, which will add 3,600 jobs over the next decade, more th...
08:05 pm - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot When a Robot Becomes the Life of the Party
theodp writes "The rich are different; the geek rich are different-er. The WSJ's Emily Glazer reports that when Richard Garriott de Cayeux threw a costume party the night before his wedding in Paris, ...
07:05 pm - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot LastCalc Is Open Sourced
Sanity writes "LastCalc is a cross between Google Calculator, a spreadsheet, and a powerful functional programming language, all with a robust and flexible heuristic parser. It even let's you write fu...
06:05 pm - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot Bing Now Nearly As Good As Google — Says Microsoft
An anonymous reader writes "Harry Shum, who oversees research and development for Microsoft's Bing search engine, believes his company has now matched Google's ability to build software platforms that...
05:05 pm - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot Measuring China's Cyberwar Threat
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Network World: "A lengthy report prepared for the U.S. government about China's high-tech buildup to prepare for cyberwar includes speculation about h...
04:05 pm - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies
MojoKid writes "T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman has an interesting idea for revamping the mobile industry, and it involves killing the subsidy plans that have driven smartphone adoptio...
03:05 pm - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot Employers Need Wind Power Technicians
Hugh Pickens writes "NPR reports that Oklahoma is one state benefitting from the energy boom. With a wind power rush underway, companies are competing to secure the windiest spots, while breathing lif...
02:05 pm - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot Drones, Dogs and the Future of Privacy
An anonymous reader writes "Stanford's Ryan Calo has previously told us that 'that there is very little in American privacy law that would prohibit drone surveillance within our borders.' But will UAV...
12:05 pm - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot 7-inch Google Tablet Coming From ASUS
First time accepted submitter Sez Zero writes "Google and ASUS have been collaborating on a co-branded 7-inch Android tablet, with a launch as early as May, according to sources, challenging low-cost ...
10:05 am - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot Third-Generation Apple TV Lands With a Thud
DeviceGuru writes "Although generally overshadowed by the iPad 3 debut, Apple also introduced the third incarnation of its Apple TV streaming media players this week. Sporting a revamped icon-based UI...
07:05 am - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot South Africa Wins Science Panel's Backing To Host SKA Telescope
ananyo writes "A scientific panel has narrowly recommended South Africa over Australia as the best site for the proposed Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an enormous US$2.1-billion radio telescope. While...
04:05 am - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot The Lytro Camera: Impressive Technology and Some Big Drawbacks
waderoush writes "The venture backers behind Lytro, the Silicon Valley startup that just released its new light field camera, say the device will upend consumer photography the way the iPhone upended ...
03:05 am - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot Hong Kong Dentist Crafts Robotic Tools To Explore Egyptian Pyramids
asavin writes "Ng Tze-chuen, a 59-year-old dentist, is teaming up with Egypt's former antiquities minister to explore the Pyramids of Giza. To do this, he's invented a tiny insect-sized robot with den...
02:05 am - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot California To Join Nevada With Rules For Autonomous Cars
thecarchik writes "As of now, the only state where self-driving cars are legal on public roads is Nevada, thanks to its vast expanses of open space and lightly traveled byways. California, recognizing...
01:05 am - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Find Expertise For Amateur Game Development?
New submitter es330td writes "I'd like to write a program that takes the old cannon game to another level, but instead of the path being a simple parabolic arc, the projectile will move through a fiel...
12:05 am - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot The Windows 8 Power Struggle: Metro Vs Desktop
MojoKid writes "Metro, Microsoft's new UI, is bold; a dramatic departure from anything the company has previously done in the desktop/laptop space, and absolutely great. It's tangible proof that Redmo...
12:05 am - Sat, March 10, 2012
Slashdot Nanowire Forests Use Sunlight To Split Water
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from IEEE Spectrum's Nanoclast blog:"One of the fundamental problems with fuel cells has been the cost of producing hydrogen. While hydrogen is, of course, the m...
11:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Prototype Space Fence Now Tracking Actual Orbital Debris
coondoggie writes "Lockheed Martin says the prototype system it is developing to track all manner of space debris is now tracking actual orbiting space objects. The Space Fence prototype includes new ...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Todd Park Appointed Second U.S. CTO
redletterdave writes "On Friday, President Barack Obama appointed Todd Park, a 39-year-old former entrepreneur and data scientist, to be the new Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Park tak...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Coca-Cola and Pepsi Change Recipe To Avoid Cancer Warning
jones_supa writes "California has added 4-methylimidazole (a caramel coloring) to the list of carcinogenic compounds that require an explicit warning when added to foodstuffs. Incidentally, this has e...
09:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot For Sale: Internet Spying Business Developed For Gaddafi
itwbennett writes "French computer company Bull Group is looking to sell off the Internet spying software business of its subsidiary Amesys. The Eagle system, which was 'designed to build databases su...
09:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Topher Grace Screens Star Wars Prequel Re-edit
silentbrad writes "/Film (as well as IGN and A.V. Club) reports about Topher Grace's fan re-edit of the Star Wars prequel trilogy into a single, 85-minute film titled Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Edi...
08:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot LSD Can Treat Alcoholism
ananyo writes "LSD has potential as a treatment for alcoholism, according to a comprehensive retrospective analysis of studies published in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The researchers sifted throu...
08:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Iran War Clock Set At Ten Minutes To Midnight
Hugh Pickens writes "The Atlantic has assembled a high-profile panel of experts, including a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran, a Senior Vice President at the Council on Foreign Rela...
07:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Teaching Robot Learners To Ask Good Questions
garthsundem writes "I disagree with this article's opening line: 'Within a decade, personal robots could become as common in U.S. homes as any other major appliance.' Haven't we been promised this sin...
07:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Last Chance To Stop SOPA From Coming To Canada
An anonymous reader writes "This weekend may be the last chance for Canadians to fight back against SOPA-style laws being added to Canadian copyright law, with the final hearing scheduled for Monday. ...
07:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Startram — Maglev Train To Low Earth Orbit
Zothecula writes "Getting into space is one of the harder tasks to be taken on by humanity. The present cost of inserting a kilogram of cargo by rocket into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) is about US$10,000. A...
06:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot SFPD Breathalyzer Mistake Puts Hundreds of DUI Convictions In Doubt
Mr. Shotgun writes "According to CBS, 'Hundreds, or even thousands, of drunk driving convictions could be overturned because the San Francisco Police Department has not tested its breathalyzers, offic...
05:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Classic Nintendo Games Are NP-Hard
mikejuk writes "You may have have thought games like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and so on were hard at the time you were playing them, but you probably didn't guess they were NP-hard. Now we have...
05:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Police Planning New Raid On The Pirate Bay
An anonymous reader writes "TorrentFreak reports that Swedish authorities are gearing up for another raid on the servers of The Pirate Bay. The site was raided once before, in 2006, and the evidence g...
04:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Google Works On Kinect-Like Interface For Android
bizwriter writes "A patent filing made public last week suggests that Google may be trying to implement a motion-detection interface, like Microsoft Kinect, for portable electronic gadgets. The patent...
03:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot The Numbers of a Life
porsche911 points out a recent post by Stephen Wolfram in which he plots out data on his communication habits collected over a period of years — or in some cases, decades. He presents visualizat...
02:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft To Shut Down App Store For Windows Mobile
angry tapir writes "Microsoft will soon shut down the app store for Windows Mobile, the phone platform it is phasing out. Starting May 9, users of Windows Mobile phones won't be able to browse, buy or...
02:05 pm - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Japan's Nuclear Energy Industry Nears Shutdown
mdsolar sends this quote from an article at the NY Times:"All but two of Japan's 54 commercial reactors have gone offline since the nuclear disaster a year ago, after the earthquake and tsunami, and i...
11:05 am - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Humans Are Nicer Than We Think
derekmead writes "While everyone's always waxing like Lord Tennyson about nature being 'red in tooth and claw,' neuroscience and psychology are quietly telling us that we may be innately nicer than we...
09:05 am - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Google To Devs: Use Our Payment System Or Be Dropped
Meshach writes "Google has been pressuring applications and mobile game developers to use its costlier in-house payment service, Google Wallet for quite some time. Now Google warned several developers...
06:05 am - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot NASA Boss Says Mars Colonization Will Be Corporate Only
99luftballon writes "The head of NASA Ames Research Center has said that he expects any colonization of Mars, the Moon or asteroids to be done by private companies rather than by NASA. There's some in...
04:05 am - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Is Onlive Pirating Windows and Will It Cost Them?
An anonymous reader writes "When Onlive, the network gaming company, started offering not just Microsoft Windows but Microsoft Office for free on the iPad, and now on Android, it certainly seemed too ...
01:05 am - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix Ready For Download
TheNextCorner writes "The Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix is ready for download! The recommended distro to run on the Raspberry Pi is a Remix of the Fedora open source software. The Remix is a distribution ...
01:05 am - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot TSA 'Warning' Media About Reporting On Body Scanner Failures?
OverTheGeicoE writes "When anti-TSA activist Jonathan Corbett exposed a severe weakness in TSA's body scanners, one would expect the story to attract a lot of media attention. Apparently TSA is attemp...
12:05 am - Fri, March 9, 2012
Slashdot The Tech Behind James Cameron's Trench-Bound Submarine
MrSeb writes "Yesterday, James Cameron completed a five-mile-deep test dive in the Pacific Ocean, in preparation for a seven-mile (36,000ft, 11,000m) dive to Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench; th...
11:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Valve Switching Team Fortress 2 To Free-To-Play Increased Revenue Twelvefold
An anonymous reader writes "We've frequently discussed the growing trend among video game publishers to adopt a business model in which downloading and playing the game is free, but part of the gamepl...
11:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Drug-Free Organ Transplants From Unrelated Donors
ananyo writes "Researchers have for the first time managed to give patients a complete bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. The recipients were also able to accept kidneys from the same don...
11:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot 'Of Course We Are In a Post-PC World,' Says Ray Ozzie
An anonymous reader writes "Speaking at a tech conference in Seattle this week, former Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie had some interesting things to say about the state of the computing ...
10:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Ford Tests DIY Firmware Updates
wiredmikey writes "This month, Ford is borrowing something from the software industry: updates. With a fleet of new cars using the sophisticated infotainment system they developed with Microsoft calle...
09:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Robot Firefighter To Throw Extinguisher Grenades
S810 writes "Discovery News is running an article about the U.S. Navy developing a robot capable of 'throwing extinguisher grenades.' From the article: 'SAFFiR would need finger and hand coordination ...
09:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot FBI Warns Congress of Terrorist Hacking
An anonymous reader writes "Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), yesterday warned Congress of terrorist hacking. He believes that while terrorists haven't hack...
08:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot 2000x GPU Performance Needed To Reach Anatomical Graphics Limits For Gaming?
Vigile writes "In a talk earlier this year at DICE, Epic Games' Tim Sweeney discussed the state of computing hardware as it relates to gaming. While there is a rising sentiment in the gaming world tha...
07:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot LED's Efficiency Exceeds 100%
New submitter Paul Fernhout writes "Physicists from MIT claim to have demonstrated that an LED can emit more optical power than the electrical power it consumes. Researchers suggest this LED acts like...
06:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Publishers Warned On Ebook Prices
An anonymous reader writes "The DoJ says Simon and Schuster, Hachette, Penguin, Macmillan and HarperCollins conspired to raise the prices of ebooks. The report originates from the WSJ, but the BBC add...
06:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot IBM Optical Chip Moves Data At 1Tbps
snydeq writes "IBM researchers have developed a prototype optical chip that can transfer data at 1Tbps, the equivalent of downloading 500 high-definition movies, using light pulses, the company said T...
05:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Chief Replicant Dev On Building a Truly Free Android
angry tapir writes "While Android is open source, it won't work on a phone without software that generally isn't open source. The Replicant project is an attempt to build a version of Android that doe...
04:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Data Breach Flaw Found In Gnome-terminal, Xfce Terminal and Terminator
suso writes "A design flaw in the VTE library was published this week. The VTE library provides the terminal widget and manages the scrollback buffer in many popular terminal emulators including gnome...
04:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Apple Switches (Mostly) To OpenStreetMap
beelsebob writes "In the recent release of iPhoto for iOS it appears that Apple has started using OpenStreetMap's data. Unfortunately, there are still some problems. Apple is currently not applying th...
03:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot For Windows 8 Users, Stardock Revives the Start Menu
jones_supa writes "By reinventing the Start Menu in Windows 8, Microsoft has caused some resistance to the new Start Screen. For those longing for the classic way of doing things, Stardock comes to re...
03:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Production Delayed By Factory's Assembly Flub
nk497 writes "The first shipment of Raspberry Pi devices has been delayed, after the factory manufacturing the cheap educational computer used non-magnetic jacks instead of ones with integrated magnet...
03:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Rep. Darrell Issa Requests Public Comments On ACTA
langelgjm writes "After repeated dismissals by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Congressman Darrell Issa has taken matters into his own hands by posting a copy of ACTA online and asking fo...
02:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Amateur Rocketeer Derek Deville's Qu8k Rocket Flies to 120,000+ Feet (Video)
Derek Deville is a rocket hobbyist. A lot of us have messed with Estes Model Rockets, which start at about $13 for a pre-assembled rocket that can go 800 feet straight up. Derek's rockets are on a who...
02:05 pm - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You
itwbennett writes "Facebook's privacy settings, such as they are, don't hold up in the face of prospective employers who demand to see applicants' profiles. In an MSNBC report, Bob Sullivan found that...
11:05 am - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot The Privacy Richter Scale
Hugh Pickens writes "Jay Cline writes that not all privacy issues are created equal and proposes a privacy Richter scale to rank the bad things that could happen to our privacy. A privacy Richter 1 or...
09:05 am - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot School District Sued By ACLU Over Student's Free Speech Rights
An anonymous reader writes "The ACLU is suing Minnewaska Area Schools and Pope County, according to this article in the StarTribune. At issue: school administrators and a sheriff's deputy forced a gir...
07:05 am - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Server Names For a New Generation
itwbennett writes "Server naming is well-trod ground on Slashdot. But as new generations enter the workforce, they're relearning the fundamentals of what makes a good scheme. Can servers named after c...
06:05 am - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Edward Teller: Father of the Hydrogen Bomb
pigrabbitbear writes "Edward Teller, the father of the hydrogen bomb, had a thing for nuclear bombs. He wanted them bigger, smaller, faster, used in ways that no one had thought of before or since, an...
04:05 am - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?
First time accepted submitter blackfrancis75 writes "We keep hearing different figures quoting the thousands of people who've been sued by RIAA for illegally downloading online music, but I don't know...
02:05 am - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Chrome Hacked In 5 Minutes At Pwn2Own
Skuto writes "After offering a total prize fund of up to $1M for a successful Chrome hack, it seems Google got what it wanted (or not!). No more than 5 minutes into the Pwn2Own cracking contest team V...
01:05 am - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot Apple Wins Patent For "iWallet"
redletterdave writes "Apple won a major patent for its 'iWallet' technology, which is a digital system that uses near-field communication (NFC) technology to complete credit card transactions and mana...
12:05 am - Thu, March 8, 2012
Slashdot George Takei Helps Facebook Troubleshoot MySQL
miller60 writes "Actor George Takei recently helped the Facebook infrastructure team troubleshoot issues with its MySQL databases. Takei, a veteran of the original Star Trek series, now has more than ...
11:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot NVIDIA Is Joining the Linux Foundation
Norsefire writes "NVIDIA is joining the Linux Foundation, along with three other to-be-announced companies. From the article: 'As one of the three big makers of graphics chips for PCs--the other two a...
11:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Occupy World Street
jsuda writes "For those billions of people for whom the current political-economic system doesn't work–the Occupy Wall Street people, the Tea Partiers, the 99%-ers and have-nots, the middle and ...
10:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Sheffield Scientists Have Revolutionized the Electron Microscope
An anonymous reader writes "For over 70 years, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which 'looks through' an object to see atomic features within it, has been constrained by the relatively poor len...
10:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Linux From Scratch 7.1 Published
Thinkcloud writes "The Linux From Scratch (LFS) project has published version 7.1 of its manual for building a custom Linux installation. The new release of the step-by-step instructions is 345 pages ...
09:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Seek Help In Solving DuQu Mystery Language
An anonymous reader writes "DuQu, the malicious code that followed in the wake of the infamous Stuxnet code, has been analyzed nearly as much as its predecessor. But one part of the code remains a mys...
09:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Large Solar Flare To Glance Off Earth
JoeRobe writes "According to spaceweather.com, a major X5 solar flare is on its way to deliver a glancing blow to the Earth's magnetic field. This is the second x-class flare to be released by the sam...
08:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Apple Unveils New iPad
adeelarshad82 writes "As expected, Apple announced the new iPad complete with a Retina Display, quad-core processor, 4G LTE, and an improved camera. The new iPad will run the rumored A5X processor, wh...
07:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Man Barred From Being Alone With Daughter After Informing Police of Porn On PC
First time accepted submitter robably writes "A man who informed police when he found child abuse images on his computer has not been allowed to be alone with his daughter for four months. Nigel Robin...
07:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Details Of FBI Surveillance In Lulzsec Takedown Emerge
uigrad_2000 writes "Yesterday, we learned that one of the top members of LulzSec (Sabu) had been an FBI informant for almost 6 months, and that this confidant of the LulzSec leader 'anarchaos' had giv...
06:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Wine 1.4 Released
vinn writes "Wine 1.4 was released today and includes support for a wide range of applications, including Office 2010. There are some major architectural changes, including a built-in DIB engine for b...
06:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Try Your Programming Skills In Space: DARPA Satellite Programming Challenge
First time accepted submitter null action writes "Want to have your code run on a satellite in space? Take a look at this. MIT Space Systems Laboratory and TopCoder are hosting a DARPA competition to ...
05:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Early Ivy Bridge Benchmark: Graphics Performance Greatly Improved
The folks over at Anandtech managed to spend some time with early Ivy bridge production samples and perform a few benchmarks. The skinny: CPU performance is mildly increased as expected, but the GPU i...
05:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous Defaces Panda Security Site
An anonymous reader writes "Surviving members of anonymous and/or lulzsec have hacked Panda Security's systems and defaced their site. Looks like revenge is coming back."El Reg has screenshots of the ...
05:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot 30K WordPress Blogs Infected With the Latest Malware Scam
alphadogg writes with an excerpt from an article over at Network World: "Almost 30,000 WordPress blogs have been infected in a new wave of attacks orchestrated by a cybercriminal gang whose primary go...
04:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Patents Annotating Books, Digital Works
theodp writes "On Tuesday, the USPTO granted Amazon a patent on its Method and System for Providing Annotations of a Digital Work, which covers 'receiving an annotation of the digital work, storing th...
03:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Open Invention Network Expands Patent Protection
Thinkcloud writes "More than 700 new software packages including popular packages such as KVM, Git, OpenJDK, and WebKit will now receive royalty-free shelter under by Open Invention Network. This coul...
03:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Final Analysis Suggests Tevatron Saw Hint of the Higgs Boson
ananyo writes with exciting news from the world of particle physics: "A hint of the Higgs boson, the missing piece in the standard model of particle physics, has been found in data collected by the Te...
02:05 pm - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Training an Immune System To Kill Cancer: a Universal Strategy
New submitter Guppy writes "A previous story reported widely in the media, and appearing both on Slashdot and XKCD, described a novel cancer treatment, in which a patient's own T-cells were modified u...
11:05 am - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot New Programming Languages Come From Designers
eldavojohn writes "A very lengthy and somewhat meandering essay from Crista Videira Lopes has sparked off some discussion of where new programming languages come from. She's writing from the viewpoint...
09:05 am - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot NASA Rocket Barrage Will Light Up Mid-Atlantic Coast
coondoggie writes "NASA will this week detail a mission where it will launch five rockets in five minutes from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia that will light up the night sky for millions of ...
08:05 am - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Open Source Robotic Surgeon
GlobalEcho writes "Researchers have created a second version of the Raven robotic surgeon, with open-source control code. 'UW researchers also created software to work with the Robot Operating System,...
06:05 am - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot The Ineffectiveness of TSA Body Scanners
TheNextCorner points out a video that lays bare a glaring flaw in the TSA body scanners used in airports to detect weapons and explosives. In such scans, citizens are depicted in light colors, while m...
05:05 am - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot The Mercedes-Benz 'Cloaking Device'
cold fjord writes "As part of its marketing campaign for the new hydrogen fuel cell powered F-Cell, Mercedes-Benz has equipped one with a cloaking device. They covered one side of an F-Cell with LEDs ...
04:05 am - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot UK Anti-Piracy Law Survives Court Challenge
Grumbleduke writes "The UK's controversial Digital Economy Act survived its second court challenge today. Two ISPs had appealed last year's ruling that the measures included did not breach EU law and,...
02:05 am - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?
jjp9999 writes "I've been looking for some good reading material, and have been delving into the realms of some great, but nearly forgotten authors — finding the likes of Lord Dunsany (The King ...
01:05 am - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Google, Motorola Ordered To Provide Android Info To Apple
snydeq writes "A U.S. judge has ordered Motorola Mobility and Google to turn over information to Apple on Google's acquisition in 2005 of Android, its development of the Android OS and the proposed ac...
12:05 am - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot What To Do About an Asteroid That Has a 1 In 625 Chance of Hitting Us In 2040?
The Bad Astronomer writes "The asteroid 2011 AG5 is 140 meters across: football-stadium-sized. Its orbit isn't nailed down well enough to say yet, but using what's currently known, there's a 1 in 625 ...
12:05 am - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Timberwolf (Firefox) Beta For AmigaOS
An anonymous reader writes "News from the world of AmigaOS that the Beta version of Timberwolf (a.k.a. Firefox) was made available last month."Timberwolf is a port of Firefox to the AmigaOS (the name ...
12:05 am - Wed, March 7, 2012
Slashdot Exercise and Caffeine May Activate Metabolic Genes
ananyo writes "A trip to the gym could mean not just losing pounds — but also chemical modifications from DNA in the form of methyl groups. The presence (or absence) of methyl groups at certain ...
11:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot X-37B Space Plane Marks One Year In Space
S810 writes with an excerpt from an article on the X-37B in at Discovery News: "The military won't say what it has been doing with its experimental miniature space shuttle, but the pilotless spaceship...
10:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Western Digital's Hitachi Storage Takeover Approved With Restrictions
angry tapir writes "Western Digital's plan to buy Hitachi Global Storage has run into US FTC resistance: The U.S. FTC will require Western Digital to sell off assets used to manufacture desktop hard d...
10:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Google Unifies Media, Apps Into Google Play
eldavojohn writes "Google has just announced Google Play to merge their existing solutions for music, movies, books and apps in the new cloud based storage system promising that you will never have to...
09:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Warner Bros: New Program To Digitize Your DVDs
shoutingloudly writes "Warner Brothers has just announced a new 'Disc-to-Digital' program to convert your DVDs into digital files that you can play on your internet-connected computers. As the helpful...
08:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Intel Releases Sandy Bridge-based Xeon E5 Series
crookedvulture writes "Desktop and notebook users have been enjoying chips based on Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture for more than a year. Now, workstations and servers can get in on the action with ...
08:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot X Server Now Available For Android
New submitter mkwan writes "The open-source X Server for Android has hit beta and is now available for download through the Android Market. On Australian networks at least, smartphones are assigned pu...
07:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Gate One Brings Text-mode Surfing To the Web, Quake-Style
Riskable writes "As a follow-up to my previous Slashdot story, Gate One is now out of beta. Packages can be downloaded here. There's also a live demo: press the ESC key on this page to have a terminal...
07:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot US Asserts Super-Jurisdiction Over Dot-Com, Dot-Net, and Dot-Org Domains
An anonymous reader writes "Michael Geist reports that last week State of Maryland prosecutors were able toobtain a warrant ordering Verisign, the company that manages the dot-com domain name registry...
06:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is an Acceptable Broadband Latency?
holmedog writes "A simple question with a lot of answers (I hope). I recently had issues with my DSL broadband at home, and after a month of no resolution, I was told 300ms latency (to their test serv...
05:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Cell Phone Jamming Devices Enjoy an Increase In Popularity
rullywowr writes "A story run by local new NBC10 of Philadelphia last Friday illuminated the fact that this particular rider of the pubilc bus system is packing a cell phone jammer and is not afraid t...
05:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Magnetic Levitation Detects Proteins, Could Diagnose Disease
LilaG writes "Not just a way to transport trains at high speed, magnetic levitation could find use in diagnosing disease. Researchers at Harvard have shown that they can detect proteins in blood using...
05:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot 20th Anniversary of Michelangelo Virus Scare
An anonymous reader writes "It's twenty years since the first big virus scare. According to security blogger Graham Cluley, who has written up his memories of the hard disk wiping virus, John McAfee p...
04:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Kinect Grocery Cart Follows Shoppers Around the Store
cylonlover writes "When Chaotic Moon Labs debuted the Kinect-powered Board of Awesomeness — and its mind-reading offspring, the Board of Imagination — that was apparently just a preview of...
03:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot LulzSec Leader Sabu Unmasked, Arrested and Caught Collaborating
Velcroman1 writes "Law enforcement agents on two continents swooped in on top members of the infamous computer hacking group LulzSec early this morning, and acting largely on evidence gathered by the ...
03:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot After Legal Fight, NCI Researchers Publish Study Linking Diesel Exhaust, Cancer
ananyo writes "A landmark study involving U.S. miners that links cancer rates to diesel fume exposure has been published after a seventeen-year legal battle with an industry group. A February 27 Slash...
02:05 pm - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot The Worst Job In the Digital World
Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports on one of the worst jobs in the digital world — moderating photos and posts on Facebook and other social networking sites flagged as unsuitable by othe...
11:05 am - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Do Kids Still Take Interest In Programming For Its Own Sake?
nirgle writes "I have been wondering lately if there are any kids interested in programming for its own sake anymore. When I was my nephew's age, computers were still fascinating: There wasn't a lapto...
08:05 am - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot MIT App Inventor Back Online
mikejuk writes "If you have been missing App Inventor, you'll be relieved to learn that it is now available again — albeit still in beta. After two months, MIT has managed to open the beta progr...
06:05 am - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot AMD Confirms CPU Bug Found By DragonFly BSD's Matt Dillon
An anonymous reader writes "Matt Dillon of DragonFly BSD just announced that AMD confirmed a CPU bug he found. Matt quotes part of the mail exchange and it looks like 'consecutive back-to-back pops an...
05:05 am - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Redheads Feel Pain Differently Than the Rest of Us
schwit1 writes "If you think redheads are inherently different, well, you'd be right; they're better than you. In fact, they have a higher pain threshold than most of us, and can handle spicier food, ...
04:05 am - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Why Distributing Music As 24-bit192kHz Downloads Is Pointless
An anonymous reader writes "A recent post at Xiph.org provides a long and incredibly detailed explanation of why 24-bit/192kHz music downloads — touted as being of 'uncompromised studio quality'...
03:05 am - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot App Turns Tablet Into Math Aid For Visually Impaired Students
Science_afficionado writes "An engineering grad student at Vanderbilt has developed an app for Android tablets equipped with haptic feedback that turns them into a valuable tool for teaching mathemati...
02:05 am - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Google's Rules of Acquisition
waderoush writes "For many startup entrepreneurs, getting acquired by Google is the dream exit. But these days Google is getting a lot more discriminating about what kinds of companies it buys —...
01:05 am - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Spider Silk Spun Into Violin Strings
jones_supa writes "A Japanese researcher wanted to see how spider silk would convert to strings of a violin. Dr. Shigeyoshi Osaki of Nara Medical University used 300 female Nephila maculata spiders to...
01:05 am - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot Building a Case For Telecommuting
Esther Schindler writes "Many of us geeks prefer to work at home without distractions, but a lot of bosses still believe that if they don't see you, you must be lolling about, eating bon-bons and play...
12:05 am - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot AMD Gives Up Its Share In GlobalFoundries
MrSeb writes "Three years ago today, AMD spun off its fab division, in a move the company claimed would allow it to more effectively leverage its assets, inject new capital into the foundry side of th...
12:05 am - Tue, March 6, 2012
Slashdot DARPA-Funded 'Cheetah' Breaks Speed Record For Legged Robots
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Boston Dynamics, a Waltham, Massachusetts technology firm and DARPA contractor, announced Monday that it's broken the speed record for running, legged robots. Its new four-...
11:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot The Fallout From a Flickr DMCA Takedown
Maddog Batty writes "Dave Gorman, UK comic and Flickr user, recently received a DMCA takedown notice for one of his own pictures which had become rather popular — 160,000 views + lots of co...
10:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Next-gen Game Controllers Tug At Thumb Tips
An anonymous reader writes "Engineers at the University of Utah have designed a new kind of video game controller that not only vibrates like existing devices, but pulls and stretches the thumb tips i...
10:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Cloud To Create 14 Million Jobs? Not So Much
jfruh writes "Did you hear about the study from Microsoft and IDC (PDF), declaring that adoption of cloud technologies would create 14 million jobs? Well, don't believe the hype. The study posts that,...
09:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Precise W Boson Mass Measurement Helps Lead the Way To the Higgs Boson
New submitter SchrodingerZ writes "'The world's most precise measurement of the mass of the W Boson, one of nature's elementary particles, has been achieved by scientists from the CDF and DZero collab...
09:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Rob Malda (CmdrTaco) Joins the Washington Post
kodiaktau writes "Slashdot founder and long time cat herder Rob Malda joins the Washington Post per an announcement today. According to the press release, he will be the Chief Strategist and Editor-at...
09:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Music Industry Wants Subscriber Disclosure Without Court Oversight
An anonymous reader writes "The incredible demands of the Canadian music industry as it seeks a massive overhaul of Canadian copyright law continues. It is seeking increased liability for social netwo...
08:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Smartphones More Dangerous Than Alcohol, When Driving
judgecorp writes "The Institute of Advanced Motorists in the UK has carried out live tests which prove that using smartphones impairs driving ability more than drug or alcohol use, making reaction tim...
07:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Growth of Pseudoscience Harming Australian Universities
wired_parrot writes "The international credibility of Australia's universities is being undermined by the increase in the 'pseudoscientific' health courses they offer, two academics write in a recent ...
07:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Free Program Predicts How Troublesome a Genetic Mutation Is
smoothjazz writes "Researchers describe a new, freely available Web-based program called Spliceman for predicting whether genetic mutations are likely to disrupt the splicing of messenger RNA, potenti...
06:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot New Interface Could Wire Prosthetics Directly Into Amputees' Nervous Systems
cylonlover writes "Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have announced a breakthrough in prosthetics that may one day allow artificial limbs to be controlled by their wearers as naturally as org...
05:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot The eBook Backlash
Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that people who read ebooks on tablets like the iPad are beginning to realize that while a book in print is straightforward and immersive, a tablet is more li...
04:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Hackers Nab Unreleased Michael Jackson Tracks From Sony
wiredmikey writes "Sony once again has found itself in the news surrounding another hacking-related incident. This time around, the breach doesn't appear to be in regard any lost user data or customer...
04:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish
cold fjord writes "The inability of the incompetent to recognize their own limitations is a story that has been covered before on Slashdot. But, what happens when you apply that finding to politics? F...
03:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot GitHub Hacked
MrSeb writes "Over the weekend, developer Egor Homakov exploited a gaping vulnerability in GitHub that allowed him (or anyone else with basic hacker know-how) to gain administrator access to projects ...
02:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Video Captchas are Hard for Computers to Understand but Easy for Humans (Video)
A new company called NuCaptcha provides animated video captchas it says are much harder for OCR-based programs to crack than static captchas, but lots easier for humans to figure out. While at the 201...
02:05 pm - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Seeks Patent For "Search By Sketch"
theodp writes "So, how does one search for images that aren't tagged with keywords? Google does offer its sometimes-spotty search by image, but what if you don't have an image handy that looks like wh...
11:05 am - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot AT&T Clarifies Data Limitations On "Unlimited" Data Plans
MojoKid writes "Several months ago, AT&T notified customers that it would begin throttling network speeds for users who exceeded a certain threshold, with the definitive throttle point defined as ...
09:05 am - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Man Convicted For Helping Thousands Steal Internet Access
angry tapir writes "An Oregon man has been convicted of seven courts of wire fraud for helping thousands of people steal Internet service. Ryan Harris, 26, of Redmond, Oregon, was convicted by a jury ...
05:05 am - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Iran's Smart Concrete Can Cope With Earthquakes and Bombs
PolygamousRanchKid writes "Iran is an earthquake zone, so its engineers have developed some of the toughest building materials in the world. Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) could also be used t...
02:05 am - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot FTC Attorney Joins Microsoft
inode_buddha writes "Randall Long a senior attorney who led several antitrust investigations against Google has been hired by Microsoft. From the article: 'The software giant told the Wall Street Jour...
01:05 am - Mon, March 5, 2012
Slashdot Nearly Half of American Adults Are Smartphone Owners
First time accepted submitter saiful76 writes "Nearly half (46%) of American adults are smartphone owners as of February 2012, an increase of 11 percentage points over the 35% of Americans who owned a...
11:05 pm - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot Have We Lost Our Privacy To the Internet?
An anonymous reader writes "An article in the Guardian, penned by Joss Wright and Tom Chatfield, discusses whether we — as in Internet users in general — are, or indeed are not, giving awa...
10:05 pm - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot Asteroid Will Make Close Pass To Earth
The Bad Astronomer writes "News is starting to spread about a small 45-meter-wide asteroid called 2012 DA14 that will make a close pass to Earth on February 15, 2013. However, some of these articles a...
09:05 pm - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot Did the Titanic Sink Due To an Optical Illusion?
Hugh Pickens writes "According to new research by British historian Tim Maltin, records by several ships in the area where the Titanic sank show atmospheric conditions were ripe for super refraction, ...
08:05 pm - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot Star Wars Conceptual Artist Ralph McQuarrie Dies at 82
First time accepted submitter puddingebola writes "Ralph McQuarrie, the conceptual designer that created the look of characters such as Darth Vader, Chewbacca and R2-D2, and helped design sets and sce...
07:05 pm - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot Museum of Engineered Organisms Opens In Pittsburgh
qeorqe writes "The Center for PostNatural History is a museum and research library about organisms that have been created either by genetic engineering or selective breeding. Included in the collectio...
06:05 pm - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use
An anonymous reader writes "I'm starting a new job soon, and I will be issued a work laptop. For obvious reasons I cannot name any names, but I can state that I do expect my employer to have tracking ...
05:05 pm - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot The Vortex Gun Coming Soon To a Protest Near You
An anonymous reader writes "Vortex technology has been used in everything from rocket-powered fire extinguishers to Nerf guns, but neither of those things are capable of giving the beat-down to haples...
04:05 pm - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot $10,000 Prize For Connecting Businesses With Government Data
First time accepted submitter InsertCleverUsername writes "The Department of Commerce has announced a $10,000 contest for developers making apps to utilize Commerce and other publicly available data a...
03:05 pm - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot Math Textbooks a Textbook Example of Bad Textbooks
theodp writes "Over at Salon, Annie Keeghan does an Upton Sinclair number on the math textbook industry. In recent years, Keeghan explains, math has become the subject du jour due to government initia...
02:05 pm - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot Patent Attorneys Sued For Copyright Infringement
Zordak writes "Patent blogger Dennis Crouch writes on Patently-O of a catch-22 for attorneys. Patent attorneys are required to submit all prior art that they know of to the patent office. Failing to d...
11:05 am - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous, Decentralized and Uncensored File-Sharing Is Booming
PatPending writes with this excerpt from TorrentFreak:"The RetroShare network allows people to create a private and encrypted file-sharing network. Users add friends by exchanging PGP certificates wit...
08:05 am - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot Why Did It Take So Long To Invent the Wheel?
Hugh Pickens writes "Wheels are the archetype of a primitive, caveman-level technology, and we tend to think that inventing the wheel was the number one item on man's to-do list after learning to walk...
05:05 am - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?
Mooga writes "I am a hard-core user of Firefox 3.6.x who has chosen to stick with the older, yet supported version of Firefox for many years now. However, 3.6.x will soon hit end-of-life, making my li...
02:05 am - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot PHP 5.4 Released
mikejuk writes "PHP 5.4 has been released, along with a new version of Zend Framework. It has a number of optimizations that make it faster and smaller (early estimates say 10-20% faster), a built-in ...
01:05 am - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot How Steve Jobs Patent-Trolled Bill Gates
theodp writes "Apple, which is currently waging IP war on Android vendors, is no stranger to patent trolling. Citing the Steve Jobs bio, Forbes' Eric Jackson recalls how Steve Jobs used patents to get...
12:05 am - Sun, March 4, 2012
Slashdot Mysterious Dark Matter Blob Confounds Experts
mayberry42 writes "Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope are mystified by a merging galaxy cluster known as Abell 520 in which concentrations of visible matter and dark matter have apparently c...
10:05 pm - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot Chrome Users Are Best With Numbers, IE Users Worst
New submitter dr_blurb writes "After reading about last year's hoax report 'Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Browser Usage' I realized I was in fact already running a real live experiment measuring numb...
09:05 pm - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous Supporters Tricked Into Installing Trojan
dsinc sends this quote from a Symantec report:"In 2011, dozens of Anonymous members who participated in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in support of Anonymous hacktivism causes were arre...
08:05 pm - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot UK Plans Private Police Force
An anonymous reader writes "'Private companies could take responsibility for investigating crimes, patrolling neighborhoods and even detaining suspects under a radical privatization plan,' The Guardia...
07:05 pm - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot World's Tallest Free-Standing Broadcast Tower Completed
dtmos writes "The world's tallest free-standing broadcast tower has been completed, in Tokyo (video). Rising to 634.0 metres (2,080 ft), it is the second-tallest structure in the world, after the Burj...
06:05 pm - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot Bringing Online Shopping Into the Future With the 3D Web
An anonymous reader writes "While there is now the possibility of using 3D in the browser over WebGL, it is still hard for regular web developers to get 3D content into websites without being hardcore...
05:05 pm - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot GPL, Copyleft On the Rise
paxcoder writes "Contrary to earlier analyses that predicted a decline of copyleft software share to as little as 50% this year, John Sullivan, the executive director of the Free Software Foundation, ...
04:05 pm - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot Valve Reportedly Working On 'Steam Box' Gaming Console
An anonymous reader writes "This article at the Verge claims that Valve is currently working on a way to bring Steam to the living room with its own gaming console. Quoting: 'According to sources, the...
03:05 pm - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot Virginia High Court Rejects Case Against Climatologist Michael Mann
ananyo writes "The Virgina Supreme Court on Friday tossed out an investigation by the state's conservative attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, into Michael Mann, the former University of Virginia climat...
02:05 pm - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot Chevy Volt Meets High Resistance, GM Suspends Sales
Hugh Pickens writes "The Hill reports that GM has announced to employees at one of its facilities that it is suspending production of the Chevy Volt for five weeks and temporarily laying off 1,300 emp...
12:05 pm - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot Cook County Judge Says Law Banning Recording Police Is Unconstitutional
schwit1 writes "A Cook County judge Friday ruled the state's controversial eavesdropping law unconstitutional. The law makes it a felony offense to make audio recordings of police officers without the...
11:05 am - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot Now in English: VALO-CD Open Source Software Collection
spuguli writes "VALO-CD is an open source software collection similar to The Open CD. Version 8 is now available in English. The open source collection has been available in Finnish for several years,...
09:05 am - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot With 8 Cards, Wolfenstein Ray Traced 7.7x Faster
An anonymous reader writes "As Slashdot readers know Intel's research project on ray tracing for games has recently been shown at 1080p, using eight Knights Ferry cards with Intel's 'Many Integrated C...
06:05 am - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot Could Curiosity Rover Moonlight As Part of a Sample Return Mission?
pigrabbitbear writes "After recent budget cuts to NASA's Mars program, the agency's dream of a sample return mission within the next decade is dead in the water. But the $2.5 billion dollar rover Curi...
05:05 am - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot A Taxonomy of Visualization Techniques
CowboyRobot writes "The ACM's Queue magazine has a new, comprehensive taxonomy of visualization techniques, drawing from the theories of Edward Tufte and citing examples from academia, government, and...
04:05 am - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot FCC Inquires Into Its Own Authority To Regulate Communication Service Shutdowns
New submitter DnaK writes "The Federal Communications Commission is reviewing whether or when the police and other government officials can intentionally interrupt cellphone and Internet service to pr...
01:05 am - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot How Publishers Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Zite's Aggregator
waderoush writes "In March 2011, personalized-magazine startup Zite got a cease-and-desist letter from a group of 11 media giants outraged by the way Zite's popular iPad app 'misappropriated' their ne...
12:05 am - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot Government Should Ban Skinny Models To Curb Anorexia, Say Researchers
smoothjazz writes "Governments are justified to prevent very skinny models from walking the catwalk and ban photographs and advertisements suggesting that extreme thinness is attractive, according to ...
12:05 am - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot Is It Time For Hacker Scouts?
ptorrone writes "MAKE Magazine asks: is it 'Time For Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts 2.0?' What might the future of education be like if it were based on online & earned skill badges, and what could th...
12:05 am - Sat, March 3, 2012
Slashdot Leaked Assassin's Creed 3 Screenshots Show American Revolution
An anonymous reader writes "After three years, Ubisoft is finally finishing the newest installment of their Templars vs. Assassins series, set during the American Revolution. PC Magazine reports that ...
11:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Car Hacking Concerns On the Rise
Pat Attack writes "I think most of the people who read Slashdot know that if it has circuitry, it can be hacked. Well, the good folks over at CNN have an article about the potential for your car to be...
11:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Distro For Linux Lessons?
MBtronics writes "I work at an embedded hardware/software company and we are currently moving all our products for Windows CE to Linux. Our core development team already uses their favorite distro for...
10:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Sony To Delete Virtual Goods
New submitter dommer2029 writes "A few years back, Sony bought up a small company running an online collectible card game called Star Chamber: The Harbinger Saga. Two days ago, they announced that the...
09:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot In Theory And Practice, Why Internet-Based Voting Is a Bad Idea
A few countries, like Estonia, have gone for internet-based voting in national elections in a big way, and many others (like Ireland and Canada) have experimented with it. For Americans, with a presid...
09:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Startup Wants To Peek Through Your Home's Wired Cameras
alphadogg writes "The little cameras in your home are multiplying. There are the ones you bought, perhaps your SLR or digital camera, but also those that just kind of show up in your current phone, yo...
08:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Oxygen Found Around Saturn's Moon Dione
New submitter S810 writes "According to an article in Discovery News, oxygen was found by the Cassini spacecraft around Dione, one of Saturn's large moons. 'It is thought the oxygen is being produced ...
08:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Is Poor Numeracy Ruining Lives?
Hugh Pickens writes "The BBC reports on how millions of people struggle to understand a payslip or a train timetable, or pay a household bill. Government figures show that almost half the working popu...
07:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Warp Drives May Come With a Killer Downside
An anonymous reader writes "Alcubierre warp-drives (theoretically) allow rocket ships to travel faster than the speed of light, while staying within the rules of Einstein's general theory of relativit...
07:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Video Games: Goods Or Services?
silentbrad points out an article about the gradual shift of video games from being 'goods' to being 'services.' They spoke with games lawyer Jas Purewal, who says the legal interpretation is murky: "I...
06:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Computer Programmers Only the 5th Most Sleep Deprived Profession
garthsundem writes "As described in the NY Times Economix blog, the mattress chain Sleepy's analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey to find the ten most sleep deprived professions. In ...
06:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Science and Engineering Workforce Has Stalled In the US
dcblogs writes "The science and engineering workforce in the U.S. has flatlined, according to the Population Reference Bureau. As a percentage of the total labor force, S&E workers accounted for 4...
05:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Voting System Test Hack Elects Futurama's Bender To School Board
mr crypto writes with this quote from El Reg:"In 2010 the Washington DC election board announced it had set up an e-voting system for absentee ballots and was planning to use it in an election. Howeve...
04:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot One In Eight Chance of a Financially Catastrophic Solar Storm By 2020
An anonymous reader writes "A privately employed solar scientist named Pete Riley estimates there's a 12 percent chance of a massive solar storm comparable to the Carrington Event in 1859 which result...
04:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot After Complaints, AT&T Solidifies, Increases Data Limit
New submitter rullywowr writes "After many users expressed anger, AT&T has moved the slowdown throttling bottleneck from 3GB of data to 5GB of data for users of 4G LTE smart phones. 'Previously, A...
03:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Google: Best Adaptation of a Novel To a Patent?
theodp writes "The USPTO's Thursday publication of Google's patent application for Inferring User Interests was nicely-timed, coinciding with what ZDNet called Google's privacy policy doomsday. The in...
02:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot 'Twisted' Waves Could Boost Capacity of Wireless Spectrum
New submitter Ogi_UnixNut writes "In Venice, Italy, physicists have shown that it is possible to use two beams of incoherent radio waves, transmitted on the same frequency but encoded in two different...
02:05 pm - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Why is the EFF at the RSA Security Conference? (Video)
Timothy asked Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) International Outreach Coordinator Maira Sutton that very question. Watch the video for her answer. It turns out that the EFF has lots of friends amo...
11:05 am - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot World's First Biodegradable Joint Implant Grows New Joints
cylonlover writes "Joint implants should always be made of materials like titanium, so they can last the lifetime of the patient ... right? Well, not according to researchers at Finland's Tampere Univ...
09:05 am - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Open Ministry Crowdsources Laws In Finland
First time accepted submitter emakinen writes "The new Citizens' Initiative service started today in Finland. On the Open Ministry website, anyone can present an idea for a law or initiative. If the i...
06:05 am - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Why Didn't the Internet Take Off In 1983?
jfruh writes "An amazing pair of videos from the AT&T archives tout a service called Viewtron that brought much of what we expect from the modern Internet to customers' homes in 1983. Online news,...
04:05 am - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Linode Exploit Caused Theft of Thousands of Bitcoins
Sabbetus writes "Popular web hosting service Linode had a serious exploit earlier today. Apparently the super admin password for their server management panel was leaked and allowed a malicious attack...
02:05 am - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot Big Data's Invisible Open Source Community
itwbennett writes "Hadoop, Hive, Lucene, and Solr are all open source projects, but if you were expecting the floors of the Strata Conference to be packed with intense, boostrapping hackers you'd be s...
01:05 am - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot NSA Publishes Blueprint For Top Secret Android Phone
mask.of.sanity writes "The National Security Agency has designed a super-secure Android phone from commercial parts, and released the blueprints(Pdf) to the public. The doubly-encrypted phone, dubbed ...
12:05 am - Fri, March 2, 2012
Slashdot LinkedIn Profiles Contain Fewer Lies Than Resumes
RichDiesal writes "New research reveals that personal information provided on LinkedIn may contain fewer deceptions about prior work experience and prior work responsibilities than traditional resumes...
11:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot RIAA CEO Hopes SOPA Protests Were a "One-Time Thing"
hapworth writes "After posting a controversial op-ed in The New York Times saying Wikipedia and Google 'misinformed' the public about SOPA and PIPA, Cary Sherman, CEO of the RIAA said in an interview ...
11:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot NASA Squandering Technology Commercialization Opportunities
coondoggie writes "The commercialization of all manner of space technologies has always been a forte of NASA, but the space agency faces a number of economic and internal challenges if that success is...
10:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released
donadony writes with news about what will become the next LTS release of Ubuntu. From the article: "It's time to take another look at what is happening with the development of Ubuntu 12.04. As it stan...
09:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Is Stratfor a "Joke"?
daveschroeder writes with an opinion piece that seems to differ from the usual thinking on the Wikileaks release of Stratfor emails: "Max Fisher writes in The Atlantic: 'The corporate research firm ha...
09:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Majorana Fermion May Have Been Spotted At TU Delft
vikingpower writes "A research group at Technical University Delft around prof. Kouwenhoven, has probably not only spotted pairs of so-called Majorana Fermions for the first time (these had been predi...
08:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Controversial Bioethicist Resigns From Celltex
ananyo writes "Bioethicist Glenn McGee has resigned his position as president of ethics and strategic initiatives at the stem-cell firm Celltex Therapeutics in Houston, Texas. Yesterday, slashdot post...
07:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot US, China Face Mutually Assured Destruction In Cyberwar
chicksdaddy writes with a tidbit from the RSA conference. From the article: "A panel of security and policy experts speaking at the RSA Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday said that, despite dire...
07:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Photographing Police: Deletion Is Not Forever
Geoffrey.landis writes "The courts have now ruled that the public has the right to videotape the police in the performance of their duties. Of course, that doesn't stop the police from harassing peopl...
06:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Sony Ditching Cell Architecture For Next PlayStation?
RogueyWon writes "According to reports in Kotaku and Forbes, Sony is planning to ditch the Cell processor that powered the PlayStation 3 and may be planning to power the console's successor using a mo...
06:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Stolen NASA Laptop Had Space Station Control Code
astroengine writes "NASA had 5,408 computer security lapses in 2010 and 2011, including the March 2011 loss of a laptop computer that contained algorithms used to command and control the International...
05:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Khan Academy Chooses JavaScript As Intro Language
jfruh writes "Slashdotters (many of whom cut their teeth on much-maligned BASIC) have long debated what language kids should learn programming in. Khan Academy, the wildly popular producer of educatio...
05:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Speech-Jamming Gun Silences From 30 Meters
MrSeb writes "Japanese researchers have created a hand-held gun that can jam the words of speakers who are more than 30 meters (100ft) away. The gun has two purposes, according to the researchers: At ...
04:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Azure Failure Was a Leap Year Glitch
judgecorp writes "Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud service was down much of yesterday, and the cause was a leap year bug as the service failed to handle the 29th day of February. Faults propagated maki...
04:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Ann Arbor Schools Want $45M For Tech, Partly For Computers To Run Google Docs
An anonymous reader writes "The Ann Arbor Public Schools defended their request for a $45 million bond for new computers by claiming that Apple eMacs aren't good enough for their Advanced Journalism c...
03:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Stealthy Pen Test Unit Plugs Directly Into 110 VAC Socket (Video)
Pwnie Express is a cute name for this tiny (and easily hidden) group of Pen Test devices. Their website says, 'Our initial hardware offering, the Pwn Plug, is the first-to-market commercial penetratio...
02:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon
Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that gas prices are already at record highs for the winter months — averaging $4.32 in California and $3.73 a gallon nationally and as summer approaches...
02:05 pm - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot US Shuts Down Canadian Gambling Site With Verisign's Help
First time accepted submitter ausrob writes "Domain seizures are nothing new, but this particular case is interesting. The Department of Homeland Security has seized a domain name registered outside o...
11:05 am - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Google Privacy Policy Could Violate EU Law
judgecorp writes "Google's new unified privacy policy could violate EU law, according to objections. The French data regulator warns that the policy will infringe users' privacy by building a single o...
09:05 am - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot "Irish SOPA" Signed Into Law Despite Resistance
First time accepted submitter cupantae writes "Despite the protests of over 80,000 Irish people, Junior Minister Seán Sherlock has confirmed that the controversial statutory instrument that reinf...
07:05 am - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Flesh-eating Bacteria Inspires Highly Selective Instant Adhesive
cylonlover writes "A strong and highly selective instant adhesive inspired by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes has been developed by Oxford University researchers. S. pyogenes is a common resident...
06:05 am - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Japan Creates Earthquake-Proof Levitating House System
An anonymous reader writes "Japanese company Air Danshin Systems Inc. has developed an innovative system that levitates houses in the in the event of an earthquake to protect them from structural dama...
04:05 am - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Stem Cell Firm May Have Administered Unproven Treatments
ananyo writes "With Texas pouring millions of dollars into developing adult stem-cell treatments, doctors there are already injecting paying customers with unproven preparations, supplied by an ambiti...
02:05 am - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Commercial Suborbital Balloon Flight Facility Takes Shape
coondoggie writes "The Near Space Corporation this week said it would begin developing a $6.9 million phase of what it says is the first commercial high altitude balloon flight facility in the country...
01:05 am - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot China May Restrict Genetically Engineered Rice
An anonymous reader writes "China's State Council has released a proposal for a grain law that establishes legislation restricting research, field trials, production, sale, import and export of geneti...
12:05 am - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Seti Live Website To Crowdsource the Search For Alien Life
bs0d3 writes "Scientists need your help in the search for life beyond Earth. The SETI Institute is asking the public to join in its hunt for signals from intelligent civilizations out there in the uni...
12:05 am - Thu, March 1, 2012
Slashdot Wikileaks and Anonymous Join Forces Against US Intelligence Community
pigrabbitbear writes "The most recent bombshell of confidential documents dropped by infamous watchdog organization Wikileaks is already looking to have an enormous impact on our understanding of gove...
11:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot The Inside Story of Virgin Oceanic's Mission To the Mariana Trench
the_newsbeagle writes "Millionaire adventurer Chris Welsh, the driving force behind Virgin Oceanic, wants to name his sub "Scarlett" after Scarlett Johansson—that's how sexy this vehicle is. Wel...
11:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Huge Jurassic Fleas May Have Fed On Dinosaurs
ananyo writes "Primitive fleas were built to sup on dinosaur blood in the Jurassic period, more than 150 million years ago. The potential host–parasite relationship has been uncovered thanks to ...
10:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot EFF's HTTPS Everywhere Detects and Warns About Cryptographic Vulnerabilities
Peter Eckersley writes "EFF has released version 2 of the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension for Firefox, and a beta version for Chrome. The Firefox release has a major new feature called the Decentra...
09:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Vendors Take Blame For Most Data Center Incidents
dcblogs writes "External forces who work on the customer's data center or supply equipment to it, including manufacturers, vendors, factory representatives, installers, integrators, and other third pa...
09:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot The Math of Leap Days
The Bad Astronomer writes "We have leap days every four years because the Earth's day and year don't divide evenly. But there's more to it than that... a lot more. A year isn't exactly 365.25 days lon...
09:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Evidence For Antimatter Anomaly Mounts
sciencehabit writes "The big bang created a lot of matter—along with the same amount of antimatter, which wiped out everything and brought the universe to an untimely end. That's what accepted t...
08:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Eric Schmidt: UN Treaty a 'Disaster' For the Internet
An anonymous reader writes "Internet freedom and innovation are at risk of being stifled by a new United Nations treaty that aims to bring in more regulation, Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt ...
07:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview
suraj.sun writes "Microsoft on Wednesday made the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 available for download to the general public. Built with touch computing and apps in mind, Windows 8 is crucial to Micro...
07:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Iran's Cardboard Khomeini: Now Available As Malware
An anonymous reader writes "Symantec has identified a Malware embedded into a Iranian recipe app for Android that destroys images stored on a camera by stamping the cardboard image of Khomeini on it. ...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot North Korea Agrees To Suspend Nuclear Activities
Hugh Pickens writes writes "In a breakthrough in negotiations with the secretive communist nation the Guardian reports that North Korea has agreed to suspend nuclear activities and to a moratorium on ...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Torvalds Calls OpenSUSE Security 'Too Intrusive'
jfruh writes "The balance between security and ease of use is always a tricky one to strike, and Linux distros tend to err on the side of caution. But no less a luminary than Linus Torvalds thinks ope...
06:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Megaupload Founder Dodges Jail Again; Wife Under Investigation
New submitter xenn writes "The linked article, titled by TVNZ as 'Kim Dotcom bail appeal dismissed, funds released,' somehow doesn't quite capture the drama the lies within... 'Meanwhile, it emerged t...
05:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot LightSquared CEO Resigns Amid Appearance of Bribery
New submitter msauve writes "LightSquared, the company who's request to use make use of spectrum in a way likely to interfere with GPS was recently denied, has suffered another setback. CEO Sanjiv Ahu...
05:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot GNOME 3.4 Preview
A couple of days ago, GNOME released the first beta of version 3.4. Designer Allan Day has posted a tour of the major interface changes. Some of them seem good (everything looks shiny and clean), but ...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's Azure Cloud Suffers Major Downtime
New submitter dcraid writes with a quote from El Reg: "Microsoft's cloudy platform, Windows Azure, is experiencing a major outage: at the time of writing, its service management system had been down f...
04:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot MINIX 3.2 Released With Some Major Changes
An anonymous reader writes "MINIX 3.2.0 was released today (alternative announcement). Lots of code has been pulled in from NetBSD, replacing libc, much of the userspace and the bootloader. This shoul...
03:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot What The DHS Is Looking For In Your Posts
New submitter lister king of smeg writes "As we all know The Department of Homeland Security monitors social networks,in an attempt to expose 'Items Of Interest.' As it turns out many terms including ...
02:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot HP Cuts Staff As WebOS Transitions To Opensource
alphadogg writes "Hewlett-Packard has cut 275 jobs in its webOS group, as part of its strategy to turn the operating system over to the open-source community, according to IDG News Service. HP said la...
02:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Now Has Distributors -- and Will Soon Have Boards for All (Video)
In an exclusive Transatlantic Skype conversation with Slashdot editor Timothy Lord recorded on Feb. 22, Raspberry Pi project leader Eben Upton talks about the state of Raspberry Pi, and tells us that ...
12:05 pm - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Leaving an IT Admin Position?
An anonymous reader writes "I've been the server admin at a university for the past five years. Recently, I was given the chance to move from servers to networking, and I jumped at it. I now find myse...
11:05 am - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot 25 Alleged Anonymous Hackers Arrested By Interpol
PatPending sends this quote from an AFP report:"Interpol has arrested 25 suspected members of the Anonymous hackers group in a swoop covering more than a dozen cities in Europe and Latin America, the ...
08:05 am - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot The Internet Blueprint Wants You To Crowdsource Digital Laws
will_edit_for_food writes "Are you fed up with anti-piracy acts that use scorched-earth tactics, like SOPA and PIPA — or secretly negotiated agreements like ACTA? Do you wonder why we the people...
06:05 am - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Schmidt: Google Once Considered Issuing Currency
itwbennett writes "In his keynote speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said the company once 'had various proposals to have [its] own currency [it was] going to c...
05:05 am - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Bacteria-Killing Viruses Wield an Iron Spike
sciencehabit writes "Scientists have long known that a group of viruses called bacteriophages have a knack for infiltrating bacteria and that some begin their attack with a protein spike. But the tip ...
04:05 am - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Candidates Sued By Patent Troll For Using Facebook
WrongSizeGlass writes "Ars is reporting that the 'inventor' of the concept of 'providing individual online presences for each of a plurality of members of a group of members,' claims that four million...
02:05 am - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014
Hugh Pickens writes "Every year around 17,000 people are injured and over 200 die in backover accidents involving cars, trucks and SUVs. Now the Chicago Tribune reports that the National Highway Traff...
01:05 am - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Smithsonian Aims To Make Objects In Museum Collection 3D-Printable
PatPending writes with this excerpt from CNet:"With just 2 percent of the Smithsonian's archive of 137 million items available to the public at any one time, an effort is under way at the world's larg...
12:05 am - Wed, February 29, 2012
Slashdot Remastered Star Trek: the Next Generation Blu-ray a Huge Leap Forward
MojoKid writes "There's been no new Star Trek TV series since Enterprise limped off screens in 2005, but the huge success of the 2009 Star Trek movie and the gradual growth of Blu-ray has caught CBS' ...