Your Web News in One Place

Articles by Slashdot from April 2012

< Return to Slashdot details.
11:05 pm - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot Not Just Apple, How Microsoft Sidestepped Billions In State Taxes
reifman writes "Apple's not the only company to save billions in taxes through Nevada as The New York Times reported yesterday. Here's how Microsoft's saved $4.37 billion in tax payments to Washington...
10:05 pm - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot NVIDIA Unveils Dual-GPU Powered GeForce GTX 690
MojoKid writes "Today at the GeForce LAN taking place in Shanghai, NVIDIA's CEO Jen Hsun Huang unveiled the company's upcoming dual-GPU powered, flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 690. The GeForc...
09:05 pm - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot The Science of Handedness
Hugh Pickens writes "Representing only 10 percent of the general human population, scientists have long wondered why left-handed people are a rarity. Now a new study suggests lefties are rare because ...
08:05 pm - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot Doctors Transplant Same Kidney Twice In Two Weeks
kkleiner writes "Twenty-seven-year-old Ray Fearing suffered from focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a common type of kidney disease, and needed a new kidney. His 24-year-old sister, Cera Feari...
07:05 pm - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot Apple Patent Reveals Gift-Giving Platform For NFC-Based iDevices
redletterdave writes "While downloading and storing digital media with online service providers has become commonplace — more so than purchasing DVDs and CDs at physical retail stores — it...
06:05 pm - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot Is GPL Licensing In Decline?
GMGruman writes "Simon Phipps writes, "As Apache licenses proliferate, two warring camps have formed over whether the GPL is or isn't falling out of favor in favor of the Apache License." But as he ex...
05:05 pm - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot NASA's Interactive Flood Maps
First time accepted submitter jackandtoby writes "Whether you buy into global warming or not, you can have a go at being Charlton Heston and raise sea levels on a biblical scale thanks to NASA's onlin...
04:05 pm - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot The Greatest Machine Never Built
mikejuk writes "John Graham-Cumming is the leading light behind a project to actually build the analytical engine dreamed of by Charles Babbage. There is a tendency to think that everything that Babba...
04:05 pm - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot Mistreated Foxconn Brazil Workers Threaten Strike
An anonymous reader writes "More bad news comes from Apple's iDevice manufacturing partner Foxconn that is sure to ruffle the feathers of Apple fans. From the story: 'Factory workers at a Foxconn plan...
03:05 pm - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot Electronics Prototyping Plate Kit Board For Raspberry Pi Coming Soon
An anonymous reader writes "Outside of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, it seems work is being done to support the tiny PC with add-ons. One of the companies set to launch such a product is Adafruit, whic...
02:05 pm - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot Navy To Auction Stealth Ship
First time accepted submitter Sparticus789 writes "Looks like the Navy is doing some housecleaning and selling off failed experiments, 'Yup, the Lockheed Martin-built Sea Shadow is being auctioned off...
01:05 pm - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot Fly-By-Wire Contributed To Air France 447 Disaster
Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports that although fly-by-wire technology has huge advantages, Airbus's 'brilliant' aircraft design may have contributed to one of the world's worst aviation disa...
10:05 am - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot FCC To Require TV Stations To Post Rates For Campaign Ads
bs0d3 writes "The FCC has voted to require broadcast TV stations to post online advertising rates they charge political candidates and advocacy groups. The vote came despite strong opposition from man...
07:05 am - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot Bill Banning Employer Facebook Snooping Introduced In Congress
suraj.sun writes "According to The Hill, 'The Social Networking Online Protection Act, introduced by Democratic Reps. Eliot Engel (N.Y.) and Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), would prohibit current or potential ...
04:05 am - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot Aussie Parliamentary Inquiry Into Software Pricing Announced
New submitter elphie007 writes "Australian consumers may finally see the end of being overcharged for software simply because they live outside the U.S. Minister for Communications Senator Stephen Con...
01:05 am - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot How Apple Sidesteps Billions In Global Taxes
An anonymous reader writes "An article at the NY Times explains the how the most profitable tech company in the world becomes even more profitable by finding ways to avoid or minimize taxes. Quoting: ...
12:05 am - Sun, April 29, 2012
Slashdot Facebook 'Likes' Aren't Protected Speech
An anonymous reader writes "In what may win awards for the silliest-sounding lawsuit of the year, a case about whether Facebook 'likes' qualify for free speech protection under the First Amendment has...
11:05 pm - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot Google Releases FCC Report On Street View Probe
An anonymous reader writes with news that Google has released the full report of the FCC investigation into the incident in which its Street View cars collected personal data while mapping Wi-Fi netwo...
10:05 pm - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot Face Recognition Maps History Via Art
mikejuk writes "Face recognition techniques usually come with a certain amount of controversy. A new application, however, is unlikely to trigger any privacy concerns — because all of the subjec...
09:05 pm - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot Kindle Fire Grabs Over Half of the U.S. Android Tablet Market
New submitter DillyTonto writes "Amazon got shelled by analysts and the press after releasing a buggy first iteration of the Fire edition of the Kindle e-reader. Three weeks later the Kindle Fire owne...
07:05 pm - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot RIM's Future Hangs On Developer Support For 'New BlackBerry'
alphadogg writes "With its future up for grabs, Research in Motion at its annual BlackBerry World conference next week will focus on simplifying development for its soon-to-be-unveiled BlackBerry 10 o...
06:05 pm - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot Optus Loses Second Battle In Aussie TV-Timeshifting Battle
beaverdownunder writes "After winning an initial legal battle to continue its mobile 'TV Now' terrestrial-television re-broadcasting service, Optus has lost a second battle in Australian Federal court...
05:05 pm - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Backs Away From CISPA Support, Citing Privacy
suraj.sun writes "CISPA, the hotly-contested cybersecurity bill making its way through Congress, has been supported by Microsoft since it was introduced. However, the company now tells CNET that any s...
04:05 pm - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot Ivy Bridge Running Hotter Than Intel's Last-gen CPU
crookedvulture writes "The launch of Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs made headlines earlier this week, but the next-gen processor's story is still being told. When overclocked, Ivy Bridge runs as much as 20C ...
03:05 pm - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot The Math Formula That Lead To the Financial Crash
New submitter jools33 writes "The BBC has a fascinating story about how a mathematical formula revolutionized the world of finance — and ultimately could have been responsible for its downfall. ...
02:05 pm - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot New Particle Discovered At CERN
New submitter ph4cr writes with news that a new particle has been discovered at CERN that confirms theoretical predictions. A pre-print of the academic paper is available at the arXiv (PDF). From the ...
01:05 pm - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot Monkeypox Scare Grounds Flight In Chicago
Hugh Pickens writes "AP reports that when a Delta Airlines flight touched down at Midway International Airport in Chicago, the passengers looked out the window to see the jet surrounded by fire trucks...
10:05 am - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot Squadron of Lost WWII Spitfires To Be Exhumed In Burma
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt that sounds like a good Neal Stephenson plot point: "Like a treasure chest stuffed with priceless booty, as many as 20 World War II-era Spitfire planes are...
07:05 am - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot Graphene Helps a Robot Creep Like an Inchworm
LilaG writes "To develop new materials for robotics, scientists have developed graphene-based actuators that convert electricity into motion. In robots, actuators act like muscles, driving the movemen...
04:05 am - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot SSL Pulse Project Finds Just 10% of SSL Sites Actually Secure
Trailrunner7 writes "A new project that was setup to monitor the quality and strength of the SSL implementations on top sites across the Internet found that 75 percent of them are vulnerable to the BE...
12:05 am - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot Slackware: I'm Not Dead Yet!
New submitter xclr8r writes "The longtime tinkering and learning distro of Linux Slackware found itself at the center of rumors and speculation when its website was down for a few days. Caitlyn Martin...
12:05 am - Sat, April 28, 2012
Slashdot VeriSign Could Add 220 New Top Level Domains
darthcamaro writes "At the end of this month, the first round of applications for ICANN's expansion of the generic Top Level Domains will close. While we still don't how many applications in total the...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Sun's Twin Discovered — the Perfect SETI Target?
astroengine writes "There are 10 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy that are the same size as our sun. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that astronomers have identified a clone to our sun l...
10:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second
bonch writes "Warner Bros. aired ten minutes of footage from The Hobbit at CinemaCon, and reactions have been mixed. The problem? Peter Jackson is filming the movie at 48 frames per second, twice the ...
10:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Engineers Ponder Easier Fix To Internet Problem
itwbennett writes "The problem: Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) enables routers to communicate about the best path to other networks, but routers don't verify the route 'announcements.' When routing pro...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Pigeons May 'Hear' Magnetic Fields
ananyo writes "Individual neurons in birds' brains can relay crucial information about Earth's magnetic field, possibly providing the animals with an 'internal GPS.' Pigeons' remarkable navigational f...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Amazon To Pay Texas Sales Tax
An anonymous reader writes "The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Amazon.com will soon start collecting sales tax from buyers in state of Texas. 'Seattle-based Amazon, which had $34 billion in sales...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Passes Nokia As Biggest Handset Manufacturer
rtfa-troll writes "Tomi Ahonen reports that Samsung has become the largest manufacturer of smartphones (overtaking Apple) and of mobile phones (overtaking Nokia). During the first quarter of 2012 Sams...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Gaming Clichés That Need To Die
MojoKid writes "The PC and console game industry is in desperate need of an overhaul. With skyrocketing costs to develop games, consumers aren't going to accept $80-$100 game titles, especially not wi...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Why Apple's Next Revolution Should Be In Your Car
New submitter eetc writes "This article surveys the sorry state of car makers' stereo and navigation systems: 'It's clear that most of the auto companies that offer more than a car stereo want to lock...
07:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot DARPA Aims To Reuse Space Junk
CowboyRobot writes "Space junk has increased to the point where pieces of it are colliding and breaking into smaller pieces. The problem is now so bad that NASA has had to modify the design of satelli...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Apache OpenOffice Lagging Behind LibreOffice In Features
An anonymous reader writes "If you are looking for small niche features such as interactive word count, bundled report designer, or command line filtering etc – LibreOffice beats OpenOffice hand...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Good News For US Fusion Research
zrbyte writes "Fusion research would get a major boost in a Department of Energy (DOE) spending bill approved today by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. The panel rejected...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Who Needs CISPA? FBI Has a Non-Profit Workaround
nonprofiteer writes "What has been left out of the CISPA debate thus far is the FBI's long time workaround for information sharing with private industry: 'In 1997, long-time FBI agent Dan Larkin helpe...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot WW2 Vet Sent 300,000 Pirated DVDs To Troops In Iraq, Afghanistan
nbauman writes "WW2 veteran 'Big Hy' Strachman, 92, pirated 300,000 DVD movies and sent them to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, where they were widely distributed and deeply appreciated. Soldiers wo...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Key Test For Skylon Spaceplane Engine Technology
Ogi_UnixNut writes "The Skylon spaceplane is an ambitious project to develop a single-stage-to-orbit craft that can take off and land like a normal airplane. Part of this project requires an engine th...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot China Plans National, Unified CPU Architecture
MrSeb writes "According to reports from various industry sources, the Chinese government has begun the process of picking a national computer chip instruction set architecture (ISA). This ISA would ha...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Patches Major Hotmail 0-day Flaw After Widespread Exploitation
suraj.sun writes "Microsoft quietly fixed a flaw in Hotmail's password reset system that allowed anyone to reset the password of any Hotmail account last Friday. The company was notified of the flaw b...
02:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Conflict of Interest Derails UK Government Open Source Consultation
judgecorp writes "The UK government's consultation about the use of open source in public sector IT has been sent back to square one, with discussion results scrapped because the facilitator, Andy Hop...
01:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief
Freshly Exhumed writes "A new University of British Columbia study finds that analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, even in devout believers. The study, which will appear in tomorrow's issu...
12:05 pm - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Bionic Eye Patient Tests Planned For 2013
angry tapir writes "Australian researchers are getting ready to test a bionic eye on patients in 2013. The eye consists of 98 electrodes that stimulate nerve cells in the retina, which is a tissue lin...
10:05 am - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot BOLD Plan To Find Mars Life On the Cheap
techfun89 writes "There is a BOLD new plan for detecting signs of microbial life on Mars. The nickname is BOLD, which stands for Biological Oxidant and Life Detection Initiative, would be a follow-up ...
09:05 am - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot 'Mein Kampf' To Be Republished In Germany
Hugh Pickens writes "Jacob Heilbrunn reports in The Atlantic that Germany is taking a new step toward what is often called 'normalization' as the state of Bavaria has announced that in 2015 it will pu...
08:05 am - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot UK Digital Economy Act Delayed Till 2014
judgecorp writes "Although ISPs protests failed to stop Britain's Digital Economy Act — which applies measures against illegal file sharing — they have succeeded in delaying it till 2014. ...
05:05 am - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot NY Times: Microsoft Tried To Unload Bing On Facebook
benfrog writes "According to a blog posting on the New York Times site, Microsoft tried to sell the perpetual money-losing Bing to Facebook 'over a year ago' (the article cites 'several people with kn...
03:05 am - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Will IBM Watson Be Your Next Mayor?
MrSeb writes "When we think of computer networks, we think of routers and servers and fiber optic cables and laptops and smartphones — we think of the internet. In actuality, though, the visible...
01:05 am - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Apple Planning To Build Private Restaurant
First time accepted submitter a90Tj2P7 writes "Apple is building a 21,468 square foot private restaurant in Cupertino so employees can talk shop over lunch without being overheard. Apple's director of...
12:05 am - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Dangerous Lines of Scientific Inquiry?
gbrumfiel writes "The battle over whether to publish research into mutant bird flu got editors over at Nature News thinking about other potentially dangerous lines of scientific inquiry. They came up ...
12:05 am - Fri, April 27, 2012
Slashdot House Passes CISPA
wiedzmin writes "The House approved Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act with a 248 to 168 vote today. CISPA allows internet service providers to share Internet 'threat' information with gove...
11:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Study Finds 1 in 10 Used Hard Drives Contains Old Personal Data
Lucas123 writes "A newly published study by Britain's data protection regulatory agency found that more than one in 10 second-hand hard drives being sold online contain recoverable personal informatio...
11:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot MIT Researchers Invent 'Super Glass'
redletterdave writes "On Thursday, researchers at MIT announced a breakthrough in glass-making technology, which basically involves a new way to create surface textures on glass to eliminate all of th...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Organics Can't Match Conventional Farm Yields
scibri writes "A comprehensive analysis published in Nature (abstract) suggests that organic farming could supply needs in some circumstances. But yields are lower than in conventional farming, so pro...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Terminal Mixup Implicates TSA Agents In LAX Smuggling Plot
First time accepted submitter ian_po writes "The U.S. Attorney's office has filed indictments against 7 people, including two Transportation Security Administration Screeners and two former TSA employ...
09:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot CISPA Bill Obliterates Privacy Laws With Blank Check of Privacy Invasion
MojoKid writes "At present, the government's ability to share data on its citizens is fairly restricted, insomuch as the various agencies must demonstrate cause and need. This has created a somewhat b...
09:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Is Extraterrestrial Life More Whimsical Than Plausible?
coondoggie writes "Princeton University researchers are throwing some cold water on the hot notion that astrobiologists and other scientists expect to one day find life on other planets. Recent discov...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Trimble To Acquire Google SketchUp
yoink! writes "It looks like Google is selling off SketchUp or, conversely, Trimble is acquiring it. Despite several indications there will continue to be a free version of the 3D modelling software, ...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Sources For Firmware and Hardware Books?
First time accepted submitter cos(0) writes "Between O'Reilly, Wrox, Addison-Wesley, The Pragmatic Bookshelf, and many others, software developers have a wide variety of literature about languages, pa...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Steve Jobs' Idea For an Ad-Supported OS
milbournosphere writes "It looks like Steve drew up an idea for an ad-supported OS. A patent was filed back in 2009 detailing how it was done. From the article: 'Rather than charge the normal upgrade ...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Considers H264 After WebM Fails To Gain Traction
HerculesMO writes with word that "Looks as though Mozilla is considering using H264, one step closer to unification of a single protocol for video encoding. It's a big deal for HTML5 traction, but it ...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Opus Dei To Hunt Down Vatican Whistle-Blowers
First time accepted submitter Aguazul2 writes "In a familiar story relocated into the bizarre world of the Vatican, a whistle-blower who brought to light excessive overpayments on contracts to friendl...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Out; Unity Gets a Second Chance
An anonymous reader writes with this enthusiastic review of the latest from Canonical: "So how does Ubuntu Precise Pangolin (12.04) fare ? I will say exceptionally well. Unity is not the same ugly duc...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Privacy Advocates Slam Google Drive's Privacy Policies
DJRumpy writes "Privacy advocates voiced strong concerns this week over how data stored on Google Drive may be used during and after customers are actively engaged in using the cloud service. While th...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Cybercriminals Exploit Björk's Biophilia App To Compromise Androids
An anonymous reader writes "The Russians who put out fake versions of Angry Bird Space and Instagram for Android last week have competition. Biophilia, a musical experiment by Bjork into the world of ...
03:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Backdoor Found In Arcadyan-based Wi-Fi Routers
Mojo66 writes "A recently reported flaw that allowed an attacker to drastically reduce the number of attempts needed to guess the WPS PIN of a wireless router isn't necessary for some Arcadyan based r...
02:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Sci-Fi Publisher Tor Ditches DRM For E-Books
First time accepted submitter FBeans writes "'Science fiction publisher Tor UK is dropping digital rights management from its e-books alongside a similar move by its U.S. partners. ... Tor UK, Tor Boo...
01:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Univ. of Florida Announces Plan To Save CS Department
New submitter WIGFIELD7458 writes "This appears to be a major change in plans that will save the Computer Science Department. Thanks to everyone in the Gator Nation and beyond for speaking out! The ba...
01:05 pm - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl
cosm writes "With public outcry against the TSA continuing to spread, the TSA is defending a recent episode in which a four-year-old was patted down while kicking and screaming at Wichita Airport in K...
09:05 am - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot German Court Rules That Clients Responsible For Phishing Losses
benfrog writes "A German court has ruled that clients, not banks, are responsible for losses in phishing scams. The German Federal Court of Justice (the country's highest civil court) ruled in the cas...
06:05 am - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot White Space Wireless Broadband Trial In UK Is a Success
Mark.JUK writes "A major multinational ten month long trial of new 'White Space' technology (IEEE 802.22) in the United Kingdom, which uses the spare radio spectrum that exists between Digital Terrest...
03:05 am - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Study Suggests the Number-Line Concept Is Not Intuitive
An anonymous reader writes "The Yupno people of New Guinea have provide clues to the origins of the number-line concept, and suggest that the familiar concept of time may be cultural as well. From the...
01:05 am - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Insects Develop Pesticide Resistance Through Symbiosis With Gut Flora
First time accepted submitter blinkin247 writes "The indiscriminate spraying of pesticides has probably caused as many problems as it has solved, but here's one that was not expected: some bacteria ha...
12:05 am - Thu, April 26, 2012
Slashdot Is Siri Smarter Than Google?
storagedude writes "Google could go the way of the dodo if ultra intelligent electronic agents (UIEA) make their way into the mainstream, according to technology prognosticator Daniel Burrus. Siri is ...
11:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot VMware Confirms Source Code Leak
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Purloined data and documents, including source code belonging to the U.S. software firm VMWare, continue to bubble up from the networks of a variety of compromised Chinese firms, ...
11:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Bug Bounty Hunters Weigh In On Google's Vulnerability Reporting Program
An anonymous reader writes "InfoWorld reached out to three security researchers who participate in Google's vulnerability reporting program, through which the company now offers as much as $20,000 for...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's Hotmail Challenge Backfires
Barence writes "Microsoft challenged the editor of PC Pro to return to Hotmail after six years of using Gmail, to prove that its webmail service had vastly improved — but the challenge backfired...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Congress Considering CISPA Amendments
First time accepted submitter casac8 writes "As Friday's House vote on CISPA nears, it appears Congress members are getting nervous. Literally millions of people around the world have signed petitions...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Solar Cells That Emit Light Break Efficiency Record
benfrog writes "Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley say they have come up with a counter-intuitive way of making solar cells more efficient--making them emit light. In a press release...
08:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot World's Largest Digital Camera Project Passes Critical Milestone
An anonymous reader writes in with a link about the progress of one of the coolest astronomy projects around. "A 3.2 billion-pixel digital camera designed by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is no...
08:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Says Two Basic Security Steps Might Have Stopped Conficker
coondoggie writes "If businesses and consumers stuck to security basics, they could have avoided all cases of Conficker worm infection detected on 1.7 million systems by Microsoft researchers in the l...
07:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Tim Cook Prefers Settling To Suing and Has a Huge Quarter
An anonymous reader writes "Apple's current legal battles with Samsung encapsulate a large number of patents, innumerable suits and counter-suits, and have resulted in legal motions across 11 jurisdic...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Google Set To Meld Google Drive With Chrome OS
MikeatWired writes "Google will tightly integrate its new Google Drive online storage service with an upcoming version of its Chrome OS operating system, says Sundar Pichai, who oversees development o...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Valve's Steam & Games Coming To Linux
An anonymous reader writes "Valve's Steam and Source Engine-based games are coming to Linux. Michael from well known site Phoronix.com has been invited to Valve's office and was able to spend a day wi...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Travelling Salesman, Thriller Set In a World Where P=NP
mikejuk writes with this excerpt from I Programmer: "A movie that features science and technology is always welcome, but is it not often we have one that focuses on computer science. Travelling Salesm...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $500k In Venture Capital
Sabbetus writes "Seattle based Bitcoin startup CoinLab secured a $500,000 investment from various investors such as Silicon Valley firm Draper Associates and angel investor Geoff Entress. CoinLab is a...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot NASA and Astrobotic Investigating Ice Hunting Mission to the Moon
Zothecula writes, quoting Gizmodo "While the Moon may or may not contain life forms, precious metals or even green cheese, recent satellite missions have indicated that it does nonetheless contain som...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Backdoor In RuggedOS Systems: Infrastructure, Military Systems Vulnerable
FhnuZoag writes "A backdoor has been found in Canadian based RuggedCom's 'Rugged Operating System', providing easy access to anyone with the devices's MAC address — something often publically di...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Avian Flu Researcher Backs Down On Plan To Defy Publishing Ban
ananyo writes "Ron Fouchier, a researcher at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, whose work on the H5N1 avian flu virus has been embroiled in controversy, has now agreed to apply...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot FBI Compromises Another Remailer
betterunixthanunix writes "Another remailer has been compromised by the FBI, who made a forensic image of the hard disk of a remailer located in Austria. The remailer operator has reissued the remaile...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Review of the First Medfield Phone
Google85 writes "Beginning April 23rd, Intel, through Lava International, began selling the Xolo X900 smartphone in India for $420, Anandtech has just published a review of the smartphone which runs A...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot 'Gaia' Scientist Admits Mispredicting Rate of Climate Change
DesScorp writes "James Lovelock, the scientist that came up with the 'Gaia Theory' and a prominent herald of climate change, once predicted utter disaster for the planet from climate change, writing '...
02:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Phoronix Confirms GNULinux Steam and Source Engine Clients
nukem996 writes "After initially reporting in 2010 that Valve was working on a native GNU/Linux client, one has finally been confirmed. Michael Larabel recently visited Valve's Bellvue, WA based offic...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Video: Paul "Froggy" Schneider's Hard-Won Wisdom For Conference Organizers
Cleveland-based programmer Paul Schneider, better known both online and in person as Froggy, first organized Notacon after trips to HOPE and other hacker cons gave him the idea; there weren't any gath...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Why eBook DRM Has To Go
Sci-Fi author Charlie Stross was recently put in the position of offering his thoughts to book publisher Macmillan on why eBook DRM is a terrible thing — not just for consumers, but for publishe...
10:05 am - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Hacking the Law
New submitter sethopia writes "Brooklyn Law School's Incubator and Policy Clinic (BLIP) hosted its first 'Legal Hackathon.' Instead of hacking computer code, attendees — mostly lawyers, law stud...
07:05 am - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Google and the Future of Travel
An anonymous reader writes "It's been one year since Google's $700 million acquisition of ITA Software was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice after an antitrust review. So what does the search...
06:05 am - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Inside the PlayStation Suite SDK
New submitter Serapth writes "Sony recently released the PlayStation Suite SDK to open beta. Using PSS, people are able to write games for various PlayStation certified devices in a C#/Mono based envi...
05:05 am - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Is Stanford Too Close To Silicon Valley?
nicholast writes "The New Yorker has a story by Ken Auletta about the connections between Stanford and Silicon Valley. The piece explains how important the university is to tech companies and venture ...
03:05 am - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Schmidt Testifies Android Did Not Use Sun's IP
CWmike writes "Google built a 'clean room' version of Java and did not use Sun's intellectual property, Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, testified in court Tuesday. Schmidt said its use of J...
02:05 am - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California
New submitter wave9x writes "The United States Department of Agriculture confirmed today that the nation's fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, sometimes referred to as 'mad cow disease' w...
12:05 am - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Clone Sheep With 'Good' Fat
redletterdave writes "Chinese scientists have cloned a genetically modified sheep containing a 'good' type of fat found naturally in nuts, seeds, fish and leafy greens that helps reduce the risk of he...
12:05 am - Wed, April 25, 2012
Slashdot Code Name, Theming Update Announced For Ubuntu 12.10
benfrog writes "In a blog post, Mark Shuttleworth announced some changes for Ubuntu 12.10 (due in October), including the code name (Quantal Quetzal — no, really) and a theme update. He said, 'T...
11:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Childhood Stress Leaves Genetic Scars
sciencehabit writes "Traumatic experiences in early life can leave emotional scars. But a new study suggests that violence in childhood may leave a genetic mark as well. Researchers have found that ch...
10:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot How Nearby Supernovae Affected Life On Earth
sycodon writes with news of research into how nearby supernovae affected the development of life on Earth. "[Professor Henrik Svensmark] found that the changing frequency of nearby supernovae seems to...
10:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Motorola Scores Patent Wins Over Microsoft, Apple
tlhIngan writes "This week is Motorola's lucky week; they've won twice in two separate patent suits. First, an ITC judge has ruled that Microsoft's Xbox 360 has violated 4 of 5 patents related to h.26...
09:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Quantum Experiment Shows Effect Before Cause
steveb3210 writes "Physicists have demonstrated that making a decision about whether or not to entangle two photons can be made after you've already measured the states of the photons."Here's the arti...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Should the FDA Assess Medical Device Defenses Against Hackers?
gManZboy writes "The vulnerability of wireless medical devices to hacking has now attracted attention in Washington. Although there has not yet been a high-profile case of such an attack, a proposal h...
07:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Massive Methane Release In the Arctic Region
Taco Cowboy writes "Arctic methane release is a well recorded phenomenon. Methane stored in both permafrost (which is melting) and methane hydrates (methane trapped in marine reservoirs) are vulnerabl...
07:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Firefox 12 Released — Introduces Silent, Chrome-like Updater
MrSeb writes "Firefox 12 has been officially released, with only one major new feature: A silent, background updater. Now you will have to approve the Firefox Software Updater when you first install F...
07:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Harvard: Journals Too Expensive, Switch To Open Access
New submitter microcars writes "Harvard recently sent a memo to faculty saying, 'We write to communicate an untenable situation facing the Harvard Library. Many large journal publishers have made the ...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Google Drive Goes Live
lemmen writes "As widely expected, Google Drive has launched officially today. Google Drive is free for the first 5GB, while you can get an upgrade to 25GB for $2.50 a month. They say the service is a...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Samsung TVs Can Be Hacked Into Endless Restart Loop
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Italian security researcher Luigi Auriemma was trying to play a trick on his brother when he accidentally discovered two vulnerabilities in all current versions of Samsung TVs and...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot One In Five Macs Holds Malware — For Windows
judgecorp writes "One in five Apple Macs is infected with malware, according to Sophos. But most of that is harmless to the Mac... it is Windows malware ready to be transmitted to the Windows populati...
04:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Planetary Resources Confirms Plan To Mine Asteroids
Matching widespread predictions, The Bad Astronomer writes with word that "The private company Planetary Resources has announced that it plans to mine asteroids for water, air, and even precious metal...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot CC++ Back On Top of the Programming Heap?
Drethon writes "On this day in 2008, a submission was posted that C/C++ was losing ground so I decided to check out its current state. It seems that C has returned to the top while Java has ...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot North Carolina Threatens To Shut Down Nutrition Blogger
vvaduva writes "The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is threatening to send a blogger to jail for recounting publicly his battle against diabetes and encouraging others to follow his lifest...
02:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Australia's Largest Police Force Accused of Widespread Piracy
beaverdownunder writes "UK software giant Micro Focus is demanding at least $10 million dollars in damages from the New South Wales police for widespread use of unlicensed copies of its ViewNow softwa...
02:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Chasing Federal Government IT Stories the Old-Fashioned Way (Video)
Wayne Rash is a crusty old IT reporter who lives near Washington D.C. and covers a lot of Federal Government actions, especially those that have to do with technology, for several well-known publicati...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot SpaceX Launch To International Space Station Delayed For Code Tweaks
RogerRoast writes "The first private spaceship launch to the International Space Station has been delayed, possibly by at least a week, the vehicle's makers announced Monday. The commercial spacefligh...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Telcos Oppose Bill To Respect 4th Amendment
Fluffeh writes "CTIA (The mobile operators' industry association) is opposing a California law proposing that a court order be required prior to disclosing personal information. The law seems to be in...
09:05 am - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot University of Minnesota Launches Review Project For Open Textbooks
New submitter Durinia writes "Minnesota Public Radio is running a story about the University of Minnesota's Open Textbooks project. The goal of the project is to solicit reviews of college-level open ...
07:05 am - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Iran's Oil Industry Hit By Cyber Attacks
wiredmikey writes "Iran disconnected computer systems at a number of its oil facilities in response to a cyber attack that hit multiple industry targets during the weekend. A source at the National Ir...
05:05 am - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Asteroid the 'Size of a Minivan' Exploded Over California
astroengine writes, quoting Discovery: "The source of loud 'booms' accompanied by a bright object traveling through the skies of Nevada and California on Sunday morning has been confirmed: it was a me...
03:05 am - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Dot-Word TLDs Further Delayed
benfrog writes "The security bug that has been stalling the 'dot-word TLD land grab' might be fixed, but ICANN says it needs another week 'to sift through its mountains of TAS logs, in order to figure...
01:05 am - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Google Ups Bug Bounty To $20,000
Trailrunner7 writes. quoting Threat Post: "Search giant Google said it is quintupling the top bounty it will pay for information on security holes in its products to $20,000. Google said it was updati...
12:05 am - Tue, April 24, 2012
Slashdot Company Accidentally Fires Entire Staff Via Email
redletterdave writes with an amusing tale of missent email. From the article: "On Friday, more than 1,300 employees of London-based Aviva Investors walked into their offices, strolled over to their de...
11:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot U.S. Suspends JEEP Aid
gManZboy writes "As noted last week, the USAID's JEEP (Job Enabling English Proficiency) program has been using U.S. taxpayer dollars to train students in the Philippines to work at outsourcing call c...
11:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Startup Claims C-code To SoC In 8-16 Weeks
eldavojohn writes "Details are really thin, but the EE Times is reporting that Algotochip claims to be sitting on the 'Holy Grail' of SoC design. From the article: '"We can move your designs from algo...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Volcano Near Mexico City Becomes More Active
benfrog writes "Popocatépetl, a volcano that sits 34 miles east of Mexico City, has begun a series of small eruptions. It's feared that larger eruptions would not only endanger people within rang...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Satellite System Will Speed Up Tsunami Warnings
ananyo writes "NASA and a group of universities known as the READI network have begun testing an earthquake-warning system based on satellite data from the Global Positioning System. The method could ...
09:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Patent Suit Targets Every Touch-based Apple Product
suraj.sun writes with news that a new patent suit has been filed against Apple over all of the company's touch-based products. From the article:"According to the complaint (PDF), Professor Slavoljub M...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg
An anonymous reader sends this quote from an opinion piece at Bloomberg: "Many programmers find that their employability starts to decline at about age 35. Employers dismiss them as either lacking in ...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot 20th IOCCC Source Code Released
An anonymous reader writes "The 20th International Obfuscated C Code Contest apparently has the turbo button pressed, as the source code has been published in only two months, versus almost four years...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Proof-of-Concept Android Trojan Uses Motion Sensors To Steal Passwords
judgecorp writes "TapLogger, a proof-of-concept Trojan for Android developed by resarchers at Pennsylvania State University and IBM, uses infrormation from the phone's motion sensor to deduce what key...
07:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Purchases 650 AOL Patents From Microsoft
eldavojohn writes "Not two weeks after Microsoft purchased 925 patents and patent applications plus licenses to AOL's portfolio for $1 billion, Facebook has now acquired 650 of said patents and patent...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot The Scientific Method Versus Scientific Evidence In the Courtroom
An anonymous reader writes "A few months back, the National Research Council and the Federal Judicial Center published the Third Edition of the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, the primary gui...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Intel Officially Lifts the Veil On Ivy Bridge
New submitter zackmerles writes "Tom's Hardware takes the newly-released, top-of-the-line Ivy Bridge Core i7-3770K for a spin. All Core i7 Ivy Bridge CPUs come with Intel HD Graphics 4000, which despi...
05:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Brain Scan Can Predict Math Mistakes
itwbennett writes "Computer Science Ph.D. candidate Federico Cirett says that he can predict with 80 percent accuracy when someone is about to make a mistake on a math question. Using an EEG machine, ...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot New Sanctions To Target Syrian and Iranian Tech Capacity
vivIsel writes "This morning, President Obama is set to unveil a new executive order that will allow the U.S. to specifically target sanctions against individuals, companies or countries who use techn...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot In Nothing We Trust
Hugh Pickens writes "Ron Fournier and Sophie Quinton write in the National Journal that seven in 10 Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track; eight in 10 are dissatisfied with the way ...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Skype Finally Arrives On Microsoft Phones
judgecorp writes "Skype has finally delivered version 1.0 of Skype for Windows Phone, bringing support for its parent Microsoft's mobile platform up to the level of that enjoyed by rivals Android and ...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot How Good Are Robo-Graders?
stoolpigeon writes "With a large study showing software grades essays as well as humans, but much faster, it might seem that soon humans will be completely out of the loop when it comes to evaluating ...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot The Crisis of Government-Funded Science
eldavojohn writes "The New York Review of Books has an article penned by Steven Weinberg lamenting the future of physics, cosmology and this era of 'big science' in which we find ourselves. A quote fr...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Robots Go Wild at the USFIRST.org Robotics Competition (Video)
The Robots Rock. They Sock. They Rebound. And they *SCORE* at the USFIRST.org Robotics Competition, which is open to high school teams all over the U.S. -- including the Michigan competition where Rob...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department
DustyShadow writes "The University of Florida announced this past week that it was dropping its computer science department, which will allow it to save about $1.7 million. The school is eliminating a...
11:05 am - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Geologists Say UK Shale Deposits Hold Vast Energy Reserves
fishmike writes with this news snipped from a Reuters story: "Britain may have enough offshore shale gas to catapult it into the top ranks of global producers, energy experts now believe, and while pr...
08:05 am - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Mac Flashback Attack Began With Wordpress Blogs
With more on the Flashback malware plaguing many Macs, beaverdownunder writes with some explanation of how the infection grew so quickly: "Alexander Gostev, head of the global research and analysis te...
05:05 am - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Sinclair ZX Spectrum 30th Anniversary
It's not just the TRS-80; new submitter sebt writes "ZX Spectrum, the microcomputer launched in 1982 by Sinclair Research (Cambridge, UK) turns 30 today. The launch of the machine is seen by many toda...
02:05 am - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot Ph.D Webcomic Gets Adapted Into Feature Film
Technically Inept writes with the lead paragraph from a report at Comics Alliance: "To the best of my knowledge, Jorge Cham's Piled Higher and Deeper (better known as PhD Comics) is the first webcomic...
12:05 am - Mon, April 23, 2012
Slashdot TSA Tests Automated ID Authentication
CowboyRobot writes "Last year, a Nigerian man boarded a plane from N.Y. to L.A. using an invalid ID and a boarding pass issued to another person. A week later he was caught again with 10 expired board...
11:05 pm - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot First Full Observable-Universe Simulation
First time accepted submitter slashmatteo writes "The goal of the DEUS project (Dark Energy Universe Simulation) is to investigate the imprints of dark energy on cosmic structure formation through hig...
10:05 pm - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot French Elections Could Affect HADOPI, ACTA
bs0d3 writes "From having a position in the development and support of ACTA, to implementation of HADOPI, to imposing an internet tax to pay for music; France has been at the forefront of anti-piracy ...
09:05 pm - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot The Artificial Life of the App Store
mikejuk writes "How does the Apple App Store actually work? What is the best strategy to employ if you want to get some users and make some money? There are some pointers on how it all works from an u...
08:05 pm - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot MIT Hack Turns the Green Building Into a Giant Game of Tetris
An anonymous reader writes "MIT hackers have turned the Green Building, the tallest building in Cambridge, into a giant, playable, full color game of Tetris. According to the IHTFP Hack Gallery, "MIT ...
07:05 pm - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot Did Microsoft Simply Run Out of Time On Windows RT?
CWmike writes "Microsoft may have simply run out of time with Windows RT, Directions on Microsoft analyst Michael Cherry said on Friday. Windows RT, the name Microsoft slapped on the OS earlier this w...
06:05 pm - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot US Journalists Targeted By Pentagon Propaganda Contractors
Jeremiah Cornelius writes "While conducting investigative reporting on civilian contractors in the Pentagon's "InfoOps" Internet propaganda operations, two reporters found themselves the subject of a ...
05:05 pm - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot Iranian Military Says It's Copying US Drone
New submitter skipkent writes "Iran's military has started to build a copy of a U.S. surveillance drone captured last year after breaking the software encryption, Iranian media reported on Sunday. Gen...
04:05 pm - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot Apple and Google Face Salary-Fixing Lawsuit
beaverdownunder writes "Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel have been accused of maintaining an agreement not to poach each other's staff, thus restricting increases in salary and restricting career develo...
03:05 pm - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot Most Game Console Power Draw Comes From Time Spent Idling
hypnosec writes "Springer Science and Business Media has discovered that during 2010, almost 70 per cent of the overall power draw of the world's consoles was thanks to idling. This total came to over...
02:05 pm - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous, People's Liberation Front Build Anonymous Data-Sharing Site
suraj.sun writes with these snippets from an article at Ars Technica: "Hacker group Anonymous and the People's Liberation Front have created a data-sharing site called AnonPaste.tk, meant to host past...
01:05 pm - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot Open Source Project Licenses Trending Toward Open Rather than Free
bonch writes "An analysis of software licenses shows usage of GPL and other copyleft licenses declining at an accelerating rate. In their place, developers are choosing permissive licenses such as BSD...
11:05 am - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot Eating Meat Helped Early Humans Reproduce
PolygamousRanchKid writes "If early humans had been vegans we might all still be living in caves, Swedish researchers suggested in an article Thursday. When a mother eats meat, her breast-fed child's ...
10:05 am - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot US Charges English Twins Over $1.2m 'Stock Robot' Fraud
peetm writes "Twin brothers from England face US civil charges for allegedly defrauding investors out of $1.2m (£745,000) through a bogus stock-picking robot. The twins; Alexander and Thomas Hun...
07:05 am - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot Beneath Africa, Survey Finds 'Huge' Water Reserves
gambit3 writes with this news, carried by the BBC: "Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater. They argue that the total volume of water in a...
04:05 am - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot Elephants Dream Director Readies Blender-Animated Tube
TheSilentNumber writes "Bassam Kurdali's free culture 3D animation, Tube, is nearing the final stages of production. Tube is a collaborative effort between 56 artists from 22 countries — some of...
01:05 am - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot 30 Years of the TRS-80 Model 100
An anonymous reader writes with this "interview with John R Hogerhuis, one of the key players in the still suprisingly active community for the TRS-80 Model 100 portable computer. As the Model 100 app...
12:05 am - Sun, April 22, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Patent Hints At Search Results Tailored To User's Mood, Intelligence
theodp writes "A newly surfaced Microsoft patent application, reports GeekWire, describes a 'user-following engine' that analyzes your posts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to deduce...
11:05 pm - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Billionaires and Polymaths Expected To Unveil a Plan To Mine Asteroids
dumuzi writes "A team including Larry Page, Ram Shriram and Eric Schmidt of Google, director James Cameron, Charles Simonyi (Microsoft executive and astronaut), Ross Perot Jr. (son of Ross Perot), Chr...
10:05 pm - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Frogger Synchronized To Real-Life Traffic
Cerlyn writes "In order to celebrate 30 years of Frogger, Tyler DeAngelo and his friends created a version of Frogger synchronized to actual vehicles on 5th Avenue in New York City. Unlike a previous ...
09:05 pm - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Pixel Qi Says Next-Gen Displays Meet or Beat iPad 3 Screen Quality
New submitter seb42 writes "Pixel Qi announces new screens that can match or exceed the image quality of the screen in the iPad3, with a very low power mode that runs at a full 100X power reduction fr...
08:05 pm - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Newspapers Pollute Less On E-Readers and Tablets
bobwyman writes "It seems counter-intuitive but a RAND full lifecycle analysis (PDF) shows that reading news electronically produces fewer GHG emissions than reading news on paper: 'Adopting e-readers...
07:05 pm - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Google Shutting Out Rivals, Claims Russian Search Engine Yandex
suraj.sun writes "Ilya Segalovich, co-founder of Russia's leading search engine, Yandex, has accused Google of abusing its dominance to shut out competitors in cyberspace. Responding to comments made ...
06:05 pm - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can I Get Through To a Politician By E-mail?
wytcld writes "Sending an individually-written e-mail to my state senator resulted in an automated response saying that since she receives hundreds of e-mails a day, there might be no personal respons...
05:05 pm - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot US Judge Say Kim Dotcom May Never Be Tried or Extradited
vik writes "As Megaupload's Kim Dotcom's megafarce trial continues, the New Zealand Herald reports that his alleged offense not only falls below the threshold for extradition, but also that the warran...
04:05 pm - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Is Middle Age Evolution's Crowning Achievement?
Hugh Pickens writes "Reproductive biologist David Bainbridge writes that with the onset of wrinkles, love handles, and failing eyesight we are used to dismissing our fifth and sixth decades as a negat...
03:05 pm - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot The Physical Travelling Salesman Challenge
mikejuk writes "You probably know that the traveling salesman problem is one of the classics of computer science theory. Now we have a new challenge — the Physical Travelling Salesman Problem an...
02:05 pm - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Accountability, Not Code Quality, Makes iOS Safer Than Android
chicksdaddy writes "Threatpost is reporting on a new study of mobile malware that finds accountability, not superior technology, has kept Apple's iOS ecosystem free of viruses, even as the competing A...
01:05 pm - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Whistleblower: NSA Has All of Your Email
mspohr writes with this excerpt from Democracy Now!: "National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reveals he believes domestic surveillance has become more expansive under President Obama th...
10:05 am - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot UK Web Snooping Plan Invades Privacy, Despite Claims To the Contrary
sweetpea86 writes with a snippet from this story at TechWorld:"The UK government's proposal to separate communications data from content, as part of new plans to allow intelligence services to monitor...
07:05 am - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Weekend Lyrid Meteor Shower Visible From Earth
jamaicaplain writes "The annual Lyrid meteor shower will hit its peak this weekend and promises to put on an eye-catching display. NASA scientists plan to track the Lyrid meteor shower using a network...
04:05 am - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Computer Game Designed To Treat Depression As Effective As Traditional Treatment
New submitter sirlark writes "'Researchers at the University of Auckland tested an interactive 3D fantasy game called Sparx on a 94 youngsters diagnosed with depression whose average age was 15 and a ...
01:05 am - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Google Developer Testifies That Java Memo Was Misinterpreted
benfrog writes with a piece that appeared in yesterday's Wall Street Journal about the in-progress legal battle between Oracle and Google over Java: "Ex-Sun and current Google employee Tim Lindholm te...
12:05 am - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot A Week After Apple's Fix, Flashback Still Infects Half a Million Macs
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Security firm Dr. Web released new statistics Friday showing that the process of eliminating Flashback from Macs is proceeding far slower than expected: On Friday the secur...
12:05 am - Sat, April 21, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Bureacracy Can't Answer Simple Question: What's This Study With NASA?
Saint Aardvark writes "It seemed like a pretty simple question about a pretty cool topic: an Ottawa newspaper wanted to ask Canada's National Research Council about a joint study with NASA on tracking...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Studies Suggest Massive Increase In Scientific Fraud
Titus Andronicus writes "Scientific fraud has always been with us. But as stated or suggested by some scientists, journal editors, and a few studies, the amount of scientific 'cheating' has far outpac...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot If You Resell Your Used Games, the Terrorists Win
MojoKid writes "Game designer Richard Browne has come out swinging in favor of the rumored antipiracy features in the next-gen PlayStation Orbis and Xbox Durango. 'The real cost of used games is the d...
10:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Hypersonic Test Aircraft Peeled Apart After 3 Minutes of Sustained Mach 20 Speed
coondoggie writes "DARPA's experimental Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2), lost significant portions of its outer skin and became uncontrollable after three minutes of sustained Mach 20 speed last...
10:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Facebook, Instagram, Ben Bernanke: Thank You For the New Tech Bubble
pigrabbitbear writes "Those who continue to inflate the tech bubble will be quick to remind us all of how they've learned from the past. That this time, it's simply different. They do have a point. Si...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Survey Finds No Hint of Dark Matter Near Solar System
Eponymous Hero writes "Does dark matter exist or doesn't it? It seems these results don't shed as much light as we'd hoped. 'Moni Bidin says he's not sure whether dark matter exists or not. But he say...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Technology Makes It Harder To Save Money
Hugh Pickens writes "LiveScience reports that a survey conducted for the American Institute of CPAs reveals that while more than half of U.S. adults believe technology has made it easier to spend mone...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Pay Less If You're a Nice Person: Valve's Freemium Model For DOTA 2
Canazza writes "In a podcast interview with Seven Day Cooldown, summarized by Develop, Valve Boss Gabe Newell discusses the payment model for upcoming strategy game DOTA 2. 'The issue that we're strug...
07:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot US Small-Scale Nuclear Reactor Industry Gains Traction In Missouri
trichard writes with this quote from an AP report:"Ameren Missouri is vying to be the first utility in the country to seek a construction and operating license for a small-scale nuclear reactor, a tec...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Coursera: Dozens of Free, Massive, and Open Online Courses
Titus Andronicus writes "Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng of Stanford University announced a major expansion in the catalog of free, massive, open online courses being offered by the company the...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Berners-Lee: You've Got Our Data, Show Restraint
itwbennett writes "Your browsing behavior may reveal more personal information than you'd tell your own mother. Which is why Tim Berners-Lee is urging technology companies to 'show more restraint' in ...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot YouTube Ordered To Remove Videos, Filter Future Uploads By German Court
suraj.sun sends this excerpt from Deutsche Welle:"YouTube was told by a regional court in Hamburg on Friday not to display seven out of 12 contested clips without permission from the German copyright ...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Game Theory, Antivirus Improvements Explain Rise In Mac Malware
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Four years ago, security researcher Adam J. O'Donnell used game theory to predict in a paper for IEEE Security and Privacy when malware authors would start targeting Macs. ...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Artificial DNA Replicates and 'Evolves'
ananyo writes "Scientists have demonstrated that several lab-made variants of DNA can store and transmit information much like the genuine article. DNA is made up of nucleic acid bases — labelle...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot IBM Creates 'Breathing' High-Density Lithium-Air Battery
MrSeb writes "As part of IBM's Battery 500 project — an initiative started in 2009 to produce a battery capable of powering a car for 500 miles — Big Blue has successfully demonstrated a l...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot EU Commissioner: We Cannot Allow ISP Disconnects
Fluffeh writes "The EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, has been making some interesting comments about privacy, copyright and many aspects of the digital age. Going so far as to quo...
02:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot India Test Fires Long-Range, Nuke-Capable Missile
An anonymous reader writes "India has successfully test fired a long-range, nuke-capable missile. Named after Hindu God of fire 'Agni', the ICBM is capable of hitting targets in China, East Africa and...
01:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Electronic Glitch Artwork Made by 'Weirdos Within the Weirdos' (Video)
Jake Elliott and Jon (not Elwood) Cates are the ones who describe Glitch Art people as 'weirdos within the weirdos' in the context of Notacon 9, which was recently held in Cleveland. It's 'an annual e...
12:05 pm - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Court Rules Workers Did Not Overstep On Stealing Data
MikeatWired writes "In a somewhat startling decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that several employees at an executive recruitment firm did not exceed their authorized ...
10:05 am - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot NASA Unveils Greenest Federal Building In the Nation
An anonymous reader writes "NASA just unveiled its new Sustainability Base — an exceptionally efficient building that harnesses technology developed for the International Space Station. The high...
07:05 am - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Europe Agrees To Send Airline Passenger Data To US
Qedward writes "The European Parliament has approved the controversial data transfer agreement, the bilateral PNR (passenger name register), with the US which requires European airlines to pass on pas...
04:05 am - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Hacker Posts Details of 3 Million Iranian Bank Accounts
Jeremiah Cornelius writes "Khosrow Zarefarid warned of a security flaw in Iran's banking system providing affected institutions the details, including 1,000 captured bank accounts. When the affected b...
02:05 am - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Australian ISP Wins Case Against Movie Studios
trawg writes "The Australian High Court has just dismissed an appeal by Australian and American media companies against ISP iiNet, in what will hopefully be the final step in an ongoing copyright laws...
01:05 am - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Neal Stephenson Takes Blame For Innovation Failure
itwbennett writes "Neal Stephenson is shouldering some of the blame for discouraging budding scientists and engineers, saying in a interview that perhaps the dark turn science fiction has taken is 'di...
12:05 am - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Linus Shares the Millennium Technology Prize
udas writes "The Millennium Technology Prize is awarded ever two years for a technological innovation that significantly improves the quality of human life, today and in the future. This year, Linus T...
12:05 am - Fri, April 20, 2012
Slashdot Alan Turing Papers On Code Breaking Released By GCHQ
peetm writes "Two 70-year-old papers by Alan Turing on the theory of code breaking have been released by the government's communications headquarters, GCHQ. It is believed Turing wrote the papers whil...
11:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Pioneer Anomaly Solved
First time accepted submitter gstrickler writes "After years of work recovering and analyzing old mission data and vehicle schematics, a just published analysis(Pdf) provides strong evidence for aniso...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot FBI Seizes Server Providing Anonymous Remailer Service
sunbird writes "At 16:00 ET on April 18, federal agents seized a server located in a New York colocation facility shared by May First / People Link and Riseup.net. The server was operated by the Europ...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Posting Photos of Olympics Could Land You In Court
hypnosec writes "With London's summer 2012 games due to take place in the very near future, you'd think that organizers would make more of an effort and persuade people to show more of an interest &md...
09:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Power-Saving Web Pages: Real Or Myth?
An anonymous reader writes "Are dark webdesigns an energy saving alternative to a snow white Google? The theory is websites with black backgrounds save energy, based on the assumption that a monitor r...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot In Google's Moon Race, Teams Face a Reckoning
waderoush writes "The Google Lunar X Prize, announced in 2007, challenges private teams to send remote-controlled landers and robot rovers to the Moon by December 31, 2015. At the moment, 26 teams are...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Expect Mandatory 'Big Brother' Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015
New submitter Kraftwerk writes "A bill already passed by the Senate and set to be rubber stamped by the House would make it mandatory for all new cars in the United States to be fitted with black box ...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Finding the Obamas In the 2000 Census
An anonymous reader writes "This 'how-to' example of accessing demographic data from the U.S. Census 'American FactFinder' zooms down to the block level in Chicago to (possibly) find the Obama family ...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot UT Dallas Professor Captures the Mobile Interactions of 175 Texas Teens
nonprofiteer writes "A University of Texas-Dallas developmental psychology professor has used a $3.4 million NIH grant to purchase Blackberries for 175 Texas teens, capturing every text message, email...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot 12 Ways LibreOffice Writer Tops MS Word
Open source office software is has gotten pretty good over the past decade or so; I got through grad school with OpenOffice (now known as LibreOfifice), and in my estimation was no worse off when it c...
05:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Share a SharePoint Site?
New submitter grzzld writes "I am a systems analyst for a County in New York. Last year I made a SharePoint site that manages grants and it was well received. So much so that it won a NACo award. Sinc...
05:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Cringely Predicts IBM Will Shed 78% of US Employees By 2015
Third Position writes "Cringely with more predictions about IBM: 'The direct impetus for this column is IBM's internal plan to grow earnings-per-share (EPS) to $20 by 2015. The primary method for acco...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Leisure Suit Larry Comes Again (Video)
In this exclusive video interview, Slashdot chats with Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe, who is working with Replay Games and Kickstarter to bring Larry Laffer to a whole new generation of computers...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Fark Founder Drew Curtis Explains How Fark Beat a Patent Troll
Velcroman1 links to this coverage of Drew Curtis's explanation of how his company, Fark, managed to beat a patent troll's lawsuit alleging infringement of a patent on distribution of news releases by ...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot In Calif. Study, Most Kids With Whooping Cough Were Fully Vaccinated
An anonymous reader writes with this extract from a Reuters article: "In early 2010, a spike in cases appeared at Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael, and it was soon determined to be an outbreak of whoop...
03:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Google Earth Incorporates Crowdsourced Balloon Images
garymortimer writes with this excerpt from sUAS News: "The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science announced today that community-generated open source maps — captured from kites and b...
03:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot HP To Certify Ubuntu 12.04 LTS For Its Proliant Servers
An anonymous reader writes with this dose of nice news (untranslated from the PR-ese) on the Linux-in-business front: "Mark Shuttleworth has announced at the OpenStack conference that Canonical has re...
03:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Florian Mueller Outs Himself As Oracle Employee
eldavojohn writes "So you're commenting on your highly visible blog about patent case after patent case that deal with corporations battling over open source stuff, what does it matter if you're takin...
02:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Major OpenSSL Security Issue Found (and Fixed)
tearmeapart writes "A major security issue has been found in all OpenSSL packages. You probably want to download your preferred OpenSSL package as soon as possible. Changes to the CVS repository are d...
02:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Open Source Electric Cars — Good Idea Or Not?
thecarchik submits this interesting bit of flame: "Many are keen on the concept of open source electric cars — that is, electric cars where the built-in software can be tweaked, parameters can b...
01:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Sun Advice Columnist Advised MPs On UK Porn-Block Plans
nk497 writes "The first official expert witness in an inquiry into network-level filtering of porn was a Sun advice columnist called Dear Deidre. A group of MPs has been pushing to censor the UK web t...
01:05 pm - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Judge Grudgingly Awards $3.6 Million In DRM Circumvention Case
Fluffeh writes "The case involves an online game, MapleStory, and some people who set up an alternate server, UMaple, allowing users to play the game with the official game client, but without logging...
10:05 am - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Surgery-Simulating Dummy Allows Doctors To Develop Skills
techgeek0279 writes "The Cybram 001 Cybernetic Brain Artery Model simulates the functioning of the cerebral blood vessels, so doctors can practice performing actual operations on the brain. Developed ...
08:05 am - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Millions of Brits Lose Ceefax News Service
judgecorp writes "Millions of Britons have lost access to Ceefax, the real time information service that has piggy-backed on blank lines of the analogue TV signal since the 1970s. Analogue TV is being...
06:05 am - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Physicists Detect Elusive Orbiton By "Splitting" Electron
ananyo writes "Condensed-matter physicists have managed to detect the third constituent of an electron — its 'orbiton'. Isolated electrons cannot be split into smaller components, earning them t...
05:05 am - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot System For Applications For New gTLDs Still Down
itwbennett writes "After almost a week the ICANN system for applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) is still down, and it is unclear when it will reopen, although ICANN said it would pr...
02:05 am - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot ICO Warns Toshiba Over Data Breach
hypnosec writes "Toshiba Information Systems has been given a slap on the wrist by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), following a data spillage. This happened during an on-line competition t...
01:05 am - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Brain Implants Help Paralyzed Monkeys Get a Grip
sciencehabit writes "Spinal cord injuries cause paralysis because they sever crucial communication links between the brain and the muscles that move limbs. A new study with monkeys demonstrates a way ...
12:05 am - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot GSA Emails Recount Inside Story of Exploding Toilets
First time accepted submitter v3rgEz writes "Six months ago, the toilets of the General Services Administration started exploding, injuring two employees and beginning the agency's spiral down the dra...
12:05 am - Thu, April 19, 2012
Slashdot Was Earth a Migratory Planet?
astroengine writes "Why our planet isn't a "snowball Earth" — a dilemma called the 'faint young sun paradox' — has foxed solar and planetary scientists for decades. Since the Earth's forma...
11:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Zuckerberg Made Instagram Deal Alone
benfrog writes "According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook's Board of Directors was all but out of the picture when Mark Zuckerberg struck the $1 billion deal to purchase Instagram, the yet-profit...
11:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Man Builds 737 Simulator In a Garage
linuxwrangler writes "It started with a dream of building a full-sized jet flight simulator. Now, 20-years, $150,000 and one divorce later, James Price can walk to his garage and fly the 737 simulator...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Federal Court Allows Class-Action Suit Against Apple Over In-App Purchases
suraj.sun writes "An iPhone-owner whose daughter downloaded $200 worth of 'Zombie Toxin' and 'Gems' through in-app purchases on his iPhone has been allowed to pursue a class action suit against Apple ...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Asian Call Center Workers Trained With US Tax Dollars
gManZboy writes in with a troubling story about tax dollars being used for overseas call center training. "Despite President Obama's recent call for companies to 'insource' jobs sent overseas, it turn...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: The CERT Guide To Insider Threats
benrothke writes "While Julius Caesar likely never said 'Et tu, Brute?' the saying associated with his final minutes has come to symbolize the ultimate insider betrayal. In The CERT Guide to Insider T...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot 15-Year-Old Arrested For Hacking 259 Companies
An anonymous reader writes "Austrian police have arrested a 15-year-old student suspected of hacking into 259 companies across the span of three months. Authorities allege the suspect scanned the Inte...
08:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Wind Turbine Extracts Water From Air
An anonymous reader writes "Getting access to enough water to drink in a desert environment is a pretty tough proposition, but Eole Water may have solved the problem. It has created a wind turbine tha...
08:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Magician Suing For Copyright Over Magic Trick
Fluffeh writes "Teller, the silent half of the well-known magic duo Penn and Teller, has sued a rival magician for copying one of his most famous illusions. The case promises to test the boundaries of...
07:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Apple: Greenpeace's Cloud Critique Driven By Bogus Numbers
miller60 writes "Apple says Greenpeace has wildly overestimated the amount of power it uses in its data center in North Carolina, and used that bad math to give the company a low grade on sustainabili...
07:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Happy World Amateur Radio Day
An anonymous reader writes "There are over 700,000 ham radio licensees in the USA and about 2 ½ million worldwide. Today, this international community of wireless communications devotees are cele...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot CIOs Dismissed As Techies Without Business Savvy By CEOs
Qedward writes in with a link about the gap between the tech side of business and the bean counters. "CIOs are being dismissed by CEOs as too techie and not aligned with business activities. According...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Man Protests TSA With Nudity
New submitter blindbat writes "John E. Brennon 'said he was fed up with being harassed by airport security stripped to his birthday suit while in an airport screening lane Tuesday evening and was arre...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Macbook Owner With Defective GPU Beats Apple In Court
New submitter RockoW writes "A few years ago, Apple sold defective computers of the MacBook Pro line. They had the defective NVidia 8600M GT GPU . In this case Apple refused to take the computer back ...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Amazon's Cloud Now 1% of Internet Traffic
An anonymous reader writes "A Wired story claims Amazon's cloud now hosts enough companies and traffic to generate 1% of all Internet traffic (and visits from 1/3 of daily Internet users). An amazing ...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Avian Flu Researcher Plans to Defy Dutch Ban On Publishing Paper
scibri writes "Ron Fouchier, one of the researchers involved in the controversy over whether to publish research on mutant versions of H5N1 bird flu, has said he plans to submit his paper to Science w...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot British MPs Propose Censoring Internet By Default
judgecorp writes "An all-party inquiry by British MPs has proposed the Internet should be censored to prevent children seeing 'adult' content. Users would have to opt in to see adult content. The prop...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Julia Language Seeks To Be the C For Numerical Computing
concealment writes in with an interview with a creator of the (fairly) new language Julia designed for number crunching. Quoting Infoworld: "InfoWorld: When you say technical computing, to what type o...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Apple and Samsung Agree To Settlement Talks
tlhIngan writes "It looks like the Apple v. Samsung war might be over soon. Both parties have agreed to meet to attempt to reach a settlement. While they are not required to settle (Google and Oracle ...
02:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Egg-laying, Not Environment, May Explain the Size and Downfall of Dinosaurs
ananyo writes "Paleontologists have argued that dinosaurs were able to grow quickly and fuel large bodies when temperatures were warm, oxygen levels were high, and land masses such as the supercontine...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Judge Rules Takedown of Pirate Party General Proxy Illegal
CAPSLOCK2000 writes "The Dutch Pirate Party (PPNL) just won a court-case against BREIN. Last week BREIN got a court to issue an emergency order to take down a reverse-proxy to The Pirate Bay. The next...
12:05 pm - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot The Space Shuttle Discovery's Last Mile (Video)
Timothy Lord was in the closest civilian parking lot to where the Space Shuttle Discovery touched down from her last flight -- as a passenger on top of a 747, but it was still a space shuttle flying.....
10:05 am - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Spoiler Alert: Your TV Will Be Hacked
snydeq writes "With rising popularity of Internet-enabled TVs, the usual array of attacks and exploits will soon be coming to a screen near you. 'Will Internet TVs will be hacked as successfully as pr...
08:05 am - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot IEEE Vet: Carriers Capping LTE Services To Avoid Fixed-line Cannibalization
alphadogg writes "Roberto Saracco isn't buying carriers' claims that they need to put data caps on their LTE services due to excessive traffic causing massive engineering challenges. Saracco, a senior...
07:05 am - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot CISPA Sponsor Says Protests Are Mere 'Turbulence'
SolKeshNaranek writes with news that Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI), sponsor of CISPA, has decided to tempt fate by referring to the protests that are springing up as 'turbulence on the way down to...
06:05 am - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Wikimedia Treats Their Operations Like Their Projects
An anonymous reader writes "Wikimedia Foundation is now treating their infrastructure like one of their projects, in that volunteers can edit it. Thanks to Wikimedia Labs, the volunteers can make chan...
05:05 am - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Ellison Doesn't Know If Java Is Free
New submitter Emacs.Cmode sends this excerpt from CNet:"Among the highlights emanating from U.S. District Court in San Francisco courtroom 8 today was Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's response to a question...
03:05 am - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Twitter: 'We Promise To Not Be a Patent Troll'
Fluffeh writes "Twitter today unveiled a bold new commitment that will be made in writing to its employees — the company will not use any patents derived from employee inventions in offensive la...
01:05 am - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Snoozing Pilot Mistakes Venus For Aircraft; Panic, Injuries Ensue
Cazekiel writes "In January 2011, an Air Canada Boeing 767 carrying 95 passengers and eight crew members was on route to Zurich from Toronto when its First Officer, fatigued and disoriented from a lon...
12:05 am - Wed, April 18, 2012
Slashdot Using Shadows To Measure the Geysers of Enceladus
The Bad Astronomer writes "A lot of folks are posting about the amazing new pictures of the icy moon Enceladus returned from the Cassini spacecraft. However, one of them shows the shadow of the moon a...
11:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot IBM Sells Point-Of-Sale Business To Toshiba
ErichTheRed writes "Yet another move by IBM out of end-user hardware, Toshiba will be buying IBM's retail point-of-sale systems business for $850M. Is it really a good idea for a company defined by go...
10:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Will Write Code, Won't Sign NDA
itwbennett writes "John Larson hears a lot of 'ideas' from a lot of entrepreneurs who want his programming expertise, but says he 'will almost never sign an NDA.' He has plenty of reasons for refusing...
10:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Prince of Persia Source Code Released On Github
rbarreira writes "The source code for the original Prince of Persia game has been released on github by its author, Jordan Mechner. This release comes three weeks after Jordan announced the find of a ...
09:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Operators: Nokia Would Sell Better With Android
nk497 writes "Mobile operators are complaining that Nokia's Lumia line of handsets would sell better if it ran a different OS — or if Microsoft was more willing to put marketing money behind Win...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot GIMP Core Mostly Ported to GEGL
A longstanding task for the GIMP has been porting the core graphics code from the ancient implementation (dating back to version 1.2) to GEGL. Progress has been hampered by the amount of code relying ...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Say Spread of Schmallenberg Virus Is 'Warning To Europe'
redletterdave writes "The outbreak of a new livestock disease in western Europe last year, particularly harmful to offspring, could move further into areas surrounding the worst affected countries in ...
07:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Congress' Gulf Oil Spill Response Given a 'D' By Commissioners
ananyo writes "Many of the problems that led to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill have not been addressed, say the members of a commission set up by U.S. President Barack Obama to study the disa...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot $60 Light Bulb Debuts On Earth Day
theodp writes "How much would you pay for an amazing light bulb? On Sunday — Earth Day — Philips' $60 LED light bulb goes on sale at Home Depot and other outlets. The bulb, which lasts 20 ...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Anti-Education Attack Poisons 150 Afghan Schoolgirls
An anonymous reader writes "The water at a high school in Afghanistan was contaminated today, poisoning roughly 150 girls in attendance. Afghan officials say this was a deliberate attack: 'We are 100 ...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot NOAA Releases New Views of Earth's Ocean Floor
fishmike writes "NOAA has made sea floor maps and other data on the world's coasts, continental shelves and deep ocean available for easy viewing online. Anyone with Internet access can now explore un...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Japan To Be Without Nuclear Power After May 5
mdsolar writes in with a Reuters article about the continued fallout of Fukushima on the nuclear industry in Japan. "Japan will within weeks have no nuclear power for the first time in more than 40 ye...
04:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Feds Shut Down Tor-Using Narcotics Store
Fluffeh writes "Federal authorities have arrested eight men accused of distributing more than $1 million worth of LSD, ecstasy, and other narcotics with an online storefront called 'The Farmer's Marke...
04:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot iTunes' Windows Problem
Hugh Pickens writes "Jean-Louis Gassée writes that iTunes is the best thing that has happened to Apple because without iTunes' innovative micropayment system and its new way of selling songs one ...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot US and China Held Secret Cyber Wargames
judgecorp writes "Despite the accusations that have flown both ways between the countries, the US and China have co-operated in wargames, held in secret in Beijing and Washington, designed to head off...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot MacBook Pro Fragrance Created
First time accepted submitter GreenPages writes "There's a new signature scent for Apple fans — 'the scent of an Apple product being opened for the very first time.' Created for an art exhibitio...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot The Three Flavors of Windows 8
First time accepted submitter Kelerei writes "Windows 8 has been confirmed as the official name for the next x86/x64 version of Windows, which will be released in two editions: a home edition (simply ...
02:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Try To Identify the Intelligence Gene
An anonymous reader writes "The world's largest brain study to date, with a team of more than 200 scientists from 100 institutions worldwide collaborated to map the human genes that boost or sabotage ...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot IKEA Announces Furniture With Integrated TV, Speakers, and Blu-ray
MrSeb writes "If you long for those balmy days when TVs looked like pieces of furniture, good news: This fall, IKEA will release Uppleva, a range of home entertainment systems that integrate a flat-sc...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Feds Shut Down Tor Using Narcotics Store
Fluffeh writes "Federal authorities have arrested eight men accused of distributing more than $1 million worth of LSD, ecstasy, and other narcotics with an online storefront called 'The Farmer's Marke...
09:05 am - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot SpaceX Dragon Launch To ISS Set For April 30th
Spy Handler writes "NASA announced today a tentative April 30th date for SpaceX launch to the International Space Station on an unmanned cargo mission. 'Everything looks good as we head toward the Apr...
08:05 am - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Drugged Honeybees Do the Time Warp
sciencehabit writes "Waking up from surgery can be disorienting. One minute you're in an operating room counting backwards from 10, the next you're in the recovery ward sans appendix, tonsils, or wisd...
04:05 am - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Scientific Cruise Meets Perfect Storm, Inspires Extreme Wave Research
An anonymous reader writes "The oceanographers aboard RRS Discovery were expecting the winter weather on their North Atlantic research cruise to be bad, but they didn't expect to have to negotiate the...
03:05 am - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Aussie Case Unlikely To Solve Piracy Riddle In Fast Broadband World
An anonymous reader writes "When some of Hollywood's biggest movie and TV studios took Australian ISP iiNet to court in 2008 — accusing it of facilitating piracy — it focused the eyes of t...
01:05 am - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Gold Nanoparticles Help Red Blood Cells Deliver Drugs
New submitter MTorrice writes "Scientists decorated red blood cells with gold nanoparticles so they could trigger the cells to dump their contents with a zap from a laser. The laser pulses heated the ...
12:05 am - Tue, April 17, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Media Companies Target CBC's Free Music Site
silentbrad writes, with bits and pieces from the Globe and Mail: "A number of Canadian media companies have joined forces to try to shut down a free music website recently launched by the Canadian Bro...
11:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Florida Thinks Their Students Are Too Stupid To Know the Right Answers
gurps_npc writes "Robert Krampf, who runs the web site 'The Happy Scientist,' recently wrote in his blog about problems with Florida's Science FCAT. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is an att...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Google Drive Launching Next Week With 5GB Free Space
An anonymous reader writes "The Next Web is reporting that Google Drive, the search giant's long anticipated cloud storage service, is set to launch next week. From the article: 'What's interesting th...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot The Apple II Turns 35 Today
harrymcc writes "35 years ago this week, at San Francisco's first West Coast Computer Faire, a tiny startup named Apple demonstrated its new personal computer, the Apple II. It was the company's first...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot All-Optical Networks: the Last Piece of the Puzzle
Esther Schindler writes "An MIT professor explains why "simple" ideas require hard science and how a gemstone might be the key to an optical network. As the story begins: 'For years, the dream of an a...
09:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Why Drones Could Be the Future of Missile Defense
An anonymous reader writes "With North Korea's failed missile launch Friday, it is clear many nations around the globe are attempting to acquire missiles that can carry larger payloads and go further....
09:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot CryENGINE 3 Updated, Crysis 3 Announced
zacharye writes "The next-generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles currently being developed by Microsoft and Sony will make the disparity between console and mobile gaming even more vast, adding more...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot 30 Blu-ray Discs In a 1.5TB MiniDisc-Like Cassette
MrSeb writes "Hot on the heels of the most successful storage mediums of all time — MiniDisc and Zip disks — Sony has announced the Optical Disc Archive, a system that seems to cram up to ...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Mechanical CPU Clock
An anonymous reader writes "I designed this CPU clock to help people learn about how a CPU works. The Mechanical CPU Clock shows the basic building blocks of a CPU (ALU, buses ,RAM ,registers, and a C...
07:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Student Charged For Re-selling Textbooks
AstroPhilosopher writes "The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal from a Thai student who was fined $600,000 for re-selling textbooks. Trying to make ends meet, the student had family members in Tha...
07:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Iraq Emerges From Isolation As Telecommunications Hub
New submitter jamaicaplain sends this quote from an article in the NY Times:"Iraq, cut off from decades of technological progress because of dictatorship, sanctions and wars, recently took a big step ...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Netflix CEO Accuses Comcast of Not Practicing Net Neutrality
braindrainbahrain writes "Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, has a Facebook page in which he posts a short gripe about Comcast. It seems watching video through the Xfinity app on an Xbox does not counting...
05:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot VA Court To Review "Official" Email Rules
imac.usr writes "The Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments today on a case brought by a Fairfax County resident alleging that the county's school board members violated the state's Freedom of Inf...
05:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot MATE Desktop 1.2 Released
An anonymous reader writes "For those of you that still feel that GNOME 2 is the best desktop environment, but don't want stick to old distros. MATE is a fork of GNOME 2, with all the names changed to...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Paramount Claims Louis CK "Didn't Monetize"
Weezul writes "Paramount's "Worldwide VP of Content Protection and Outreach" Al Perry has insinuated that Louis CK making $1 million in 12 days means he isn't monetizing. Al Perry asserted that 'copyr...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Research To "Reveal the Unseen World of Cookies"
An anonymous reader writes "The Guardian newspaper has teamed up with Mozilla to research the monitoring of online behavior through cookies and other web trackers. After downloading the Collusion add-...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Print Your Own Labware, Catalysts Included
scibri writes "Chemists have found a way to make reaction vessels perfectly suited to their needs, with 3D printers. From the article: 'Armed with a three-dimensional printer and the type of silicone-...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Dutch Pirate Party Dragging BREIN To Court
An anonymous reader writes "Last week the Dutch Pirate Party refused to take down their proxy. Then, avoiding the Pirate Party in court, the entertainment industry organization BREIN obtained an injun...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Light Table: A New Spin on the IDE
New submitter omar.sahal writes "Bret Victor demoed the idea of instant feedback on your code. ... Allowing the programmer to instantly see what his program is doing. Chris Granger has turned this nov...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot All Hands Active in Ann Arbor is a Makerspace for All Ages (Video)
This is an interview with All Hands Active's Josh Williams. He shows us a project the group is doing in conjunction with Eastern Michigan University's Bright Futures Institute for the Study of Childre...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot The Cybercrime Wave That Wasn't
retroworks writes "Dinei Florencio and Cormac Herley write that cybercrime depleted gullible and unprotected users, producing diminishing returns (over-phishing). They argue that the statistics on the...
10:05 am - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Sixty Years On, B-52s Are Still Going Strong
Hugh Pickens writes "Those who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s knew the B-52 Stratofortress as a central figure in the anxiety that flowed from the protracted staring match between the U.S. and the Sov...
08:05 am - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot National Planetary Exploration Car Wash and Bake Sale
An anonymous reader writes "To attract media and Congressional attention to the deep NASA planetary exploration cuts proposed to take place October 1, and the need to restore the planetary budget to p...
05:05 am - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Oracle and Google To Finally Enter Courtroom
Fluffeh writes "After around 900 motions and filings, not to mention a timeline of two years, Google and Oracle are finally putting their case before a jury which will be selected on Monday. While Ora...
02:05 am - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot AMD Launches Partnership With CAD Developer PTC
MojoKid writes "AMD is kicking off its weekend with news of a partnership between itself and CAD software developer PTC (Parametric Technology Corporation). PTC owns and develops the Creo software fam...
12:05 am - Mon, April 16, 2012
Slashdot Sergey Brin Says Facebook, Apple and Gov't Biggest Threats To Internet Freedom
An anonymous reader writes "Google co-founder Sergey Brin has listed three threats to Internet freedom: Facebook, Apple, and governments that censor their citizens. Brin's comments were made to The Gu...
11:05 pm - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot NASA Looking For Ideas To Explore Mars
ZeroExistenZ writes "NASA plans to make another trip to Mars in 2018 for which they want to devise a plan by this summer. To come to idea's for this mission, they turn to the public to tackle a few ch...
10:05 pm - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot Restoring China's Forbidden City With 3-D Printing
First time accepted submitter jcho5 writes "China's 600-year-old Forbidden City is looking less forbidding these days. As part of a major restoration, the Chinese Palace museum will use 3D-Printers to...
09:05 pm - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot When Big Brother Watches IT
bdking writes "In an effort to protect sensitive data from internal security threats, some organizations are 'using new technology to look at the language of their IT staff's emails to determine wheth...
08:05 pm - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot Engineered Stem Cells Seek Out and Kill HIV In Mice
An anonymous reader writes "Expanding on previous research providing proof-of-principle that human stem cells can be genetically engineered into HIV-fighting cells, a team of UCLA researchers have now...
07:05 pm - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot FCC Wants To Fine Google $25K For WiFi Investigation
An anonymous reader writes "It's good and bad news for Google. The FCC has ruled that Google did nothing wrong when it accidentally collected WIFI data with its Street View cars: '[The FCC] concluded ...
06:05 pm - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot The Digital Differences In Americans
antdude writes "When the Pew Internet Project first studied the role of the internet in American life, there were big differences between those who were using the internet and those who were't. Today,...
05:05 pm - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot Boeing Preparing an Ultra-Secure Smartphone
bobwrit writes in with a story about Boeing's new secure government phones project. "Earlier this week, it was revealed that aerospace firm Boeing was working on a high security mobile device for the ...
04:05 pm - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot Japanese Researchers Create A Crab-Based Computer
mikejuk writes "You can build a computer out of all sorts of things — mechanical components, vacuum tubes, transistors, fluids and ... crabs. Researchers at Kobe University in Japan have discove...
04:05 pm - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot Apple Under Fire For Backing Off IPv6 Support
alphadogg writes "Apple Computer came under fire for back-pedaling on its support for IPv6, the next-generation Internet Protocol, at a gathering of experts held in Denver this week. Presenters at the...
03:05 pm - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Passed On iPhone-Like Device In 1991
theodp writes "Microsoft apparently could have been a contender in the smartphone market, instead of what WP7 is today. Former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold says he tried to convince Microsoft to make...
02:05 pm - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot Microryza Brings Crowd-Funding To Scientific Research
Zothecula writes "Crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter have proven popular for groups and individuals looking to get a consumer product, movie, music or video game project off the ground. Now a group ...
01:05 pm - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot Treating Depression With Electrodes Inside the Brain
cowtamer writes "CNN has a writeup on a method of treating depression with implanted electrodes. If this works, we may be seeing a lot more of this type of technology in the future. '[The patients] we...
10:05 am - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: MovieVideo Search Aggregation?
raolin writes "I have been running without television service for the last few years, relying instead on Netflix Streaming, Hulu Plus, Amazon, and my personal video library. I have the latter indexed ...
07:05 am - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot Documentation As a Bug-Finding Tool
New submitter Sekrimo writes "This article discusses an interesting advantage to writing documentation. While the author acknowledges that developers often write documentation so that others may bette...
04:05 am - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot The Laws of Physics Trump Traffic Laws
New submitter HeLLFiRe1151 sends this quote from Physics Central:"Here's a practical application for your physics education: using math to successfully beat a traffic ticket in court. Dmitri Krioukov,...
12:05 am - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot Emperor Penguins Counted From Space
HairyNevus writes "An international team of scientists used satellite technology to conduct a census of emperor penguin populations from outer space. Honing in on their colonies by looking for the bro...
12:05 am - Sun, April 15, 2012
Slashdot Open-Source Qualcomm GPU Driver Published
An anonymous reader writes "Not being content with the state of open source graphics drivers for Linux, a developer working for Texas Instruments has reverse-engineered his competitor's (Qualcomm) dri...
11:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot TI Developer Publishes Open-Source Qualcomm GPU Driver
An anonymous reader writes "Not being content with the state of open source graphics drivers for Linux, a developer working for Texas Instruments has reverse-engineered his competitor's (Qualcomm) dri...
10:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot New Targeted Mac OS X Trojan Requires No User Interaction
An anonymous reader writes "Another Mac OS X Trojan has been spotted in the wild; this one exploits Java vulnerabilities just like the Flashback Trojan. Also just like Flashback, this new Trojan requi...
09:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot World Bank Embraces Open Access and Makes All of Its Research Freely Available
Fluffeh writes "The World Bank is taking steps toward greater transparency. It announced recently that it would be instituting a new 'Open Access policy for its research outputs and knowledge products...
08:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot More Malicious Apps Found On Google Play
suraj.sun writes "We've seen quite a few Android malware discoveries in the recent past, mostly on unofficial Android markets. There was a premium-rate SMS Trojan that not only sent costly SMS message...
08:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot The Ugly Underbelly of Coder Culture
snydeq writes "Today's developers are overwhelmingly young and male, and they're barring the door from a more diverse workforce, writes Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister. 'Software development isn't j...
07:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot Canada Post Files Copyright Lawsuit Over Crowd-sourced Postal Code Database
An anonymous reader writes "Canada Post has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Geolytica, which operates GeoCoder.ca,a website that provides several geocoding services including free acces...
06:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot Software Engineers Remain Top US Job
D H NG writes "In a study by Careercast.com, software engineers retain their position as having the top jobs in 2012. The #1 and #2 positions remain the same from last year. One surprise entry was hum...
05:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming
Hugh Pickens writes "Dr. James Hansen, director of the NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who first made warnings about climate change in the 1980s, says that public skepticism about the thre...
04:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot Former TSA Administrator Speaks
phantomfive writes "Former TSA head Kip Hawley talks about how the agency is broken and how it can be fixed:'The crux of the problem, as I learned in my years at the helm, is our wrongheaded approach ...
03:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot Judge: Megaupload, Host, DOJ Must Work Out Server Maintenance
itwbennett writes "Slashdot readers will recall that Carpathia Hosting, which is hosting the frozen data of 'up to 66 million users', would like to be released from that expense. But Judge Liam O'Grad...
02:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot Banned From Kickstarter For Being Cyberstalked
An anonymous reader writes "Rachel Marone has been a victim of cyberstalking for over 10 years. In 2011, she had a project on Kickstarter shut down because of the high volume of spam posted by the sta...
01:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Says It Has 'No Intention' To Abuse CISPA
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook is supporting the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), despite opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). SOPA and...
12:05 pm - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Arrives, With a School Debut In Leeds
hypnosec writes "It seems fitting that the first batch of Raspberry Pi computers landed in the UK in the hands of school children based in Leeds as what many consider as another wave of grass-root com...
09:05 am - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot German Court Upholds Ban On Push Email In Apple's iCloud, MobileMe
suraj.sun writes "A German regional court Friday backed an earlier court decision that banned Apple from offering push emails in Apple's iCloud and MobileMe services in Germany, granting Motorola Mobi...
06:05 am - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot Russian City Ever Watchful Against Being Sucked Into Earth
Jeremiah Cornelius writes "Dmitry Rybolovlev bought the most expensive apartment ever sold in New York City — the $88 million penthouse at 15 Central Park West — and did much for local rea...
04:05 am - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot Voyager and the Coming Great Hiatus In Deep Space
MatthewVD writes "Some time in the next decade, the Voyager probes will run out of juice and finally go silent after almost a half century of exploration. John Rennie writes that the lack of any meani...
01:05 am - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Goes Stable On Linux
An anonymous reader writes "The open source Nouveau driver, a reverse-engineered incarnation of NVIDIA's official proprietary driver for Linux, has reached its biggest milestone. The Nouveau driver is...
12:05 am - Sat, April 14, 2012
Slashdot Why Your IT Spending Is About To Hit the Wall
CowboyRobot writes "For decades, rapid increases in storage, processor speed, and bandwidth have kept up with the enormous increases in computer usage. That could change however, as consumption finall...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Magical Thinking Is Good For You
Hugh Pickens writes "Natalie Wolchover says even the most die-hard skeptics among us believe in magic. Humans can't help it: though we try to be logical, irrational beliefs — many of which we ar...
10:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Fomalhaut's Exoplanets Have Orbits That Defy Theory
astroengine writes "Astronomers believe they have found a second distant planet around Fomalhaut, a bright young neighbor star, and that the far-out world — like its sister planet — is she...
10:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Activision Blizzard Sued For Patent Infringement Over WoW, CoD
New submitter thunderdanp writes with news that a company called Worlds Inc. has filed a patent suit against Activision Blizzard, targeting World of Warcraft and the Call of Duty series. The patents i...
10:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot iPhone Users Sue AT&T For Letting Thieves Re-Activate Their Stolen Devices
An anonymous reader writes "Following on the heels of the FCC and U.S. mobile carriers finally announcing plans to create a national database for stolen phones, a group of iPhone users filed a class a...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Pentagon Orders Dual-Focus Contact Lens Prototypes
New submitter cb_is_cool writes "From the Beeb: 'The Pentagon has put in an order for prototype contact lenses that give users a much wider field of vision. The lenses are designed to be paired with c...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Whistleblower In Limbo After Reporting H-1B Visa Fraud At Infosys
McGruber writes "The New York Times has the sad story of Jack B. Palmer, an employee of Infosys, the giant Indian outsourcing firm. 17 months ago, Mr. Palmer made a quiet internal complaint that Infos...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Skyrim Is Getting Kinect Support, Dragon Shouts Included
jjp9999 writes "Bethesda announced they're bringing Kinect support to Skyrim. It doesn't sound like this will include motion detection. Rather, it will be around voice commands — tons of voice c...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot China Erases New Internet Rumors, Shuts Down Sites
itwbennett writes "Chinese officials said Thursday that 210,000 online posts and 42 websites have been taken down since mid-March in a government crackdown on rumors. In addition, 6 people were detain...
07:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Oracle and Google Spar Over Whether Programming Languages Can Be Copyrighted
pcritter writes "With the Oracle v. Google trial date set for next Monday, the Judge has asked Google and Oracle to take a position on whether a programming language is copyrightable. This presumably ...
07:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Valve Hiring Hardware Developers
New submitter Canazza writes "According to Develop, 'PC games giant Valve wants to "invent whole new gaming experiences" and is looking for people to help create new hardware, the Washington studio ha...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Canada: Police Do Not Have Power To Wiretap Without Warrant
omega6 sends this excerpt from The Star:"The Supreme Court of Canada struck down Friday warrantless wiretap powers that police have in cases of emergency. ... Ruling in a 2006 British Columbia kidnapp...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Find Long-Sought Majorana Particle
New submitter boner writes "In a follow-up to an earlier Slashdot story, scientists at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands yesterday published their findings that they have indeed fou...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Testing Click-to-Play Option For Plugin Content
Trailrunner7 writes "Mozilla is developing a feature in Firefox that would require some user interaction in order for Flash ads, Java scripts and other content that uses plugins to play. In addition t...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Major Networks Suing To Stop Free Streaming
AstroPhilosopher writes "In a move similar to Hollywood's attempt to have the Supreme Court ban VCRs back in the 80's, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and Univision are set to appear in court next month to urge a ...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Experts Warn Of Possible North Korean Nuclear Test
After the recent failure of North Korea's rocket launch test, experts are warning that the country's leadership will likely try to save face by following it up with a nuclear weapons test. According t...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Mandatory Brake-Override Proposed For All Cars
Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to require automakers to include a brake-throttle override system in all their cars and light tr...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Quantum Random Numbers
tqft writes "What the world needs is more truly random sources of numbers. Researchers from Australian National University have found a brilliant way to make one: 'We do this by splitting a beam of li...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Police Forensics Team Salvage Blind Authors' Inkless Novel Pages
Blind author Trish Vickers wrote 26 pages of her novel's first chapter when her son noticed she was writing without ink. Her manuscript was saved however after they took it to the Dorset Police depart...
03:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot US Unhappy With Australians Storing Data On Australian Shores
Fluffeh writes "The United States' global trade representative has strongly criticized a perceived preference on the part of large Australian organizations for hosting their data on-shore in Australia...
02:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Baboons Learn To Identify Words
thomst writes "Seth Borenstein of the AP reports on a story in the April 13 edition of Science (abstract here, full article paywalled) about a study of baboons at Aix-Marseille University in France th...
01:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Hanging Out at Sun Studio, Where Rock and Roll Was Born (Video)
Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and other greats recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. It's still there (after a spotty history, including resale and re-opening in the late '80s) -- and it's still analog...
01:05 pm - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot New Study Suggests Mars Viking Robots Found Life
techfun89 writes "New analysis of data, now 36 years old, from the Viking robots, suggests that NASA had found life on Mars. This conclusion was published by an international team of mathematicians an...
10:05 am - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Portugal Is Considering a "Terabyte Tax"
An anonymous reader writes "As a proposal to avoid becoming the 'next Greece', a Portuguese opposition party has proposed a tax on storage. The party claims that the tax will not effect the average ci...
07:05 am - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot ICANN Extends New Domain Deadline Because of Bug
judgecorp writes "ICANN has extended the deadline for applications for new generic top level domains until Friday 20th April. ICANN says it observed 'unusual behavior' in the system, which has now bee...
05:05 am - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Indian Man Charged With Blasphemy For Exposing "Miracle"
bhagwad writes "When a statue in Mumbai began to miraculously drip tears, huge crowds began to gather, pray, and collect the water in vials. Sanal Edamaruku has exposed such bogus miracles before, and...
03:05 am - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot FBI Wants To "Advance the Science of Interrogation"
coondoggie writes "From deep in the Department of Creepy today I give this item: The FBI this week put out a call for new research 'to advance the science and practice of intelligence interviewing and...
01:05 am - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot North Korea Shows Off Space Center and Launches Missile
Hugh Pickens writes writes "BBC reports that nobody would describe North Korea's mission control as imposing. It is a small, unremarkable, two-story building, tiny compared to Nasa's Houston home in A...
12:05 am - Fri, April 13, 2012
Slashdot Apple Updates Java To Include Flashback Removal
Fluffeh writes "In the third update to Java that Apple has released this week, the update now identifies and removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware that has infected over half a mil...
11:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Stuxnet Allegedly Loaded By Iranian Double Agents
First time accepted submitter rainbo writes "According to a report from ISSSource, a saboteur who was likely a member of an Iranian dissident group loaded the Stuxnet virus on to a flash drive and inf...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot University of Pittsburgh Deluged With Internet Bomb Threats
An anonymous reader writes "The University of Pittsburgh has been plagued with 78 bomb threats (and counting) since February 14. It started low-tech, with handwritten notes, but has progressed to anon...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Firms Ignore Licensing Mandate For Stem Cell Therapy
scibri writes "Three months ago, China started to crack down on unlicensed stem cell treatments in the country. But it doesn't seem to have had much effect. Not one clinic has registered as required, ...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot The Dead Past: the Biggest Threat To Privacy Is Us
An anonymous reader writes "Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals candidly discusses the future of privacy law in an essay published today in the Stanford Law Review Online. ...
09:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Audi Gives Silent Electric Car Synthetic Sound
itwbennett writes "Audi's electric cars are quiet, maybe too quiet, which is why Audi spent 3 years creating replicated engine noise for its electric car models. We're so conditioned to the noise of a...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Nest Labs Calls Honeywell Lawsuit 'Worse Than Patent Troll'
UnknowingFool writes "Over a year ago, Nest Labs launched the Learning Thermostat. The brainchild of Tony Fadell, former head of Apple's iPod and iPhone division, the Learning Thermostat promised a se...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Book For 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Teach Himself To Program?
New submitter waferthinmint asks "What is the best book for my son to use to teach himself to program? He wants to study on his own but everything seems to assume an instructor or a working theoretica...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot 1366x768 Monitors Top 1024x768 For the First Time
mpol writes "Statcounter released new statistics today and 1366x768 is now the most used screen resolution on the internet. These screens are available in most cheap laptops, and therefore probably so...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot KOffice Descendent Calligra Office and Creativity Suite Hits Release
jrepin writes "The Calligra team has announced the first release of the Calligra suite of office and creativity applications. This marks the end of a long development period lasting almost one and a h...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Ex-NASA Employees Accuse Agency of 'Extreme Position' On Climate Change
grumpyman writes "A coalition of 49 ex-NASA employees, including seven Apollo astronauts, have accused the U.S. space agency of sullying its reputation by taking the 'extreme position' of concluding t...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Reddit Subpoenaed In Wrongful Death Lawsuit
redletterdave writes "In March, a 51-year-old Reddit user named 'Black Visions' wrote his last post on Reddit. He had been writing frequently about depression and suicide, but in his last post where h...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Court Rules Code Not Physical Property
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Wired: "Former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov, who downloaded source code for the investment firm's high-speed trading system from the comp...
05:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Expect Hundreds of Thunderbolt Devices, Says Intel
An anonymous reader writes "Thunderbolt ports have been spotted on a PC motherboard, but the reality is that the technology is far from mainstream outside of Apple products. Which is why it is interes...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot ICANN's Brand-Named Internet Suffix Application Deadline Looms
AIFEX writes with a snippet from the BBC: "'Organisations wishing to buy web addresses ending in their brand names have until the end of Thursday to submit applications. For example, drinks giant Peps...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital
First time accepted submitter dmr001 writes "In its fortnightly Communicable Disease newsletter (PDF), Oregon Public Health officials note increasing cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in infants, wi...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot How Windows FreeCell Gave Rise To Online Crowdsourcing
TPIRman writes "In 1994, a physics doctoral student named Dave Ring assembled more than 100 math and puzzle enthusiasts on Usenet for what became one of the earliest online 'crowdsourcing' projects. T...
03:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot The First Universal Quantum Network
MrSeb writes "German scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics have created the first 'universal quantum network' that could be feasibly scaled up to become a quantum internet. So far t...
02:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Data Center Staff Will Sleep Among the Racks For London Olympics
1sockchuck writes "Staff at Interxion's London data center are ready to hunker down during the Olympic Games this summer, nestled in snug sleeping pods adjacent to the racks. The arrangement will ensu...
02:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Why the Middle East Is a Good Place For Women Tech Entrepreneurs
pbahra writes "Conferences for start-ups and entrepreneurs often feature 'pitch contests,' slots in which aspiring entrepreneurs take to the stage to sell their ideas to the audience. Last month's Ara...
01:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot The Fixes That Google Chrome OS Still Needs To Make
CowboyRobot writes "Thomas Claburn at Information Week opines that Google's Chrome OS is actually morphing into the Windows-style os that it intended to make obsolete. There's still room to grow, and ...
01:05 pm - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Study Trajectories of Life-Bearing Earth Meteorites
Hugh Pickens writes "About 65 million years ago, Earth was struck by an asteroid some 10 km in diameter with a mass of well over a trillion tonnes that created megatsunamis, global wildfires ignited b...
10:05 am - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot US Judge Rules Against German Microsoft Injunction
angry tapir writes "In an unusual case, a U.S. judge has ruled that Motorola cannot enforce an injunction that would prevent Microsoft from selling Windows products in Germany, should a German court i...
07:05 am - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot End of Windows XP Support Era Signals Beginning of Security Nightmare
colinneagle writes "Microsoft's recent announcement that it will end support for the Windows XP operating system in two years signals the end of an era for the company, and potentially the beginning o...
04:05 am - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot How the Sinking of the Titanic Sparked a Century of Radio Improvements
joshuarrrr writes "When the RMS Titanic scraped an iceberg on the night of 14 April 1912, its wireless operators began sending distress calls on one of the world's most advanced radios: a 5-kilowatt r...
02:05 am - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Mint To Create Digital Currency
Oldcynic writes "The Canadian mint has allowed 500 developers to enter a contest to create a new digital currency. The currency would allow micro payments using electronic devices. From the article: '...
12:05 am - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Critical Flaw Found In Backtrack Linux
chicksdaddy writes "Threatpost is reporting on a critical security flaw in the latest version of Backtrack Linux, a popular distribution that is used by security professionals for penetration testing....
12:05 am - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Japanese ATMs To Use Palm Readers In Place of Cash Cards
alphadogg writes "A Japanese bank this week said it will introduce ATMs that use palm scanners in place of cash cards. Ogaki Kyoristu Bank said the new machines will allow customers to withdraw or dep...
12:05 am - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Etsy Hacker Grants Support Female Programmers
samazon writes "Online retail shop Etsy announced a living-expenses grant program for women interested in attending the free Hacker School 3-month programming course. The program is hosted in various ...
12:05 am - Thu, April 12, 2012
Slashdot Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin, was charged with second-degree murder. He faces up to life in prison if convicted in the shooting. From the article: "Specia...
11:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Assessing Media Bias: Microsoft Vs. Everyone Else
snydeq writes "J. Peter Bruzzese questions whether Microsoft receives unfair criticism in the media, while Apple, Facebook, and Google seem to get away from missteps unscathed. 'I've noticed an unfair...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Super-Privacy-Protecting ISP In the Planning
h00manist writes "Nicholas Merrill ran a New York based ISP and got tired of federal 'information requests'. He is now planning an ISP which would be built from the ground up for privacy. Everything e...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Using Non-Newtonian Fluids To Fill Potholes
sciencehabit writes in with a link about a group of student who have come up with an interesting idea about how to fill potholes. "Non-Newtonian fluids are the stars of high school science demonstrati...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot HP Ships Switches With Malware Infected Flash Cards
wiredmikey writes "HP has warned of a security vulnerability associated with its ProCurve 5400 zl switches that contain compact flash cards that the company says may be infected with malware. The comp...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: The Information Diet
stoolpigeon writes "It is a well known fact that the United States has an obesity problem.. There are numerous causes that ultimately lead to an imbalance in the ratio between the number of calories t...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Fully Functional Nintendo Controller Coffee Table
techfun89 writes "Ever wished that you could defeat Bowser literally right from your coffee table with giant built in buttons? Well, your dreams have come true with the fully-functional Nintendo Contr...
08:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: My Company Wants Me To Astroturf, Should I?
An anonymous reader writes "Posting as AC for obvious reasons. The company I work for put an app in an app store. The marketing people think it isn't selling very well, so they sent out an email askin...
08:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Nokia 900 Being Given Away Due To Software Glitch
joemite writes "On early Wednesday, Nokia said it had found a software bug in the new Lumia 900 smartphone, its big hope to take on Apple's iPhone, and was effectively giving the model away until it i...
07:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Matt Groening Reveals Springfield Is In His Home State of Oregon
First time accepted submitter TheSeventh writes "Simpsons creator Matt Groening has revealed the location of the real Springfield: It's in Oregon. In an interview with Smithsonian magazine, Groening c...
07:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Expect a Flood of Competitions As US Tries To Spur Public Inventions
coondoggie writes "When it comes to stirring the brains of genius, a good competition can bring forward some really great ideas. That's the driving notion behind myriad public competitions, or challen...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot The Liberated Pixel Cup: a Game Making Contest From the CC, FSF, and OpenGameArt
Lendrick writes "OpenGameArt.org, the Free Software Foundation, and the Creative Commons are teaming up to bring the Liberated Pixel Cup, a free-as-in-freedom game making contest starting on June 1st ...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Coming to an Ice Cream Shop Near You: Soft Serve Beer
Cazekiel writes "Sticking a mug in your freezer to ensure a cold beer may be made obsolete, if the Japanese brewing giant Kirin has anything to do about it. How? Kirin came up with a ... way to create...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Artificial Neural Networks Demonstrate the Evolution of Human Intelligence
samazon writes "Ph.D. students at Trinity College in Dublin have constructed an artificial neural network model to demonstrate the Machiavellian intelligence theory — that human intelligence evo...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law
MrKevvy writes "The Tennessee 'Teaching the Controversy' bill was passed into law today. 'A law to allow public school teachers to challenge the scientific consensus on issues like climate change and ...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot DoJ Files Suit Against Apple, Ebook Publishers
forkfail writes "The Department of Justice has filed suit against Apple and a number of book publishers, including Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster, claiming tha...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Mosh: Modernizing SSH With IP Roaming, Instant Local Echo
An anonymous reader writes "Launched in 1995, SSH quickly became the king of network login tools, supplanting the old insecure mainstays TELNET and RLOGIN. But 17 years later, a group of MIT hackers h...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot MIT Fusion Researchers Answer Your Questions
You recently got the chance to ask a group of MIT researchers questions about fusion power, and they've now finished writing some incredibly detailed answers. They discuss the things we've learned abo...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Sony Projects Record Losses of $6.4 Billion
redletterdave writes "Not 24 hours after Sony announced it would slash about 10,000 jobs by the end of the year, the Japanese electronics maker announced on Tuesday that it has again doubled its annua...
02:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Apple Developing Tool To Remove Flashback
Trailrunner7 writes, quoting Threatpost: "Apple is planning to release a software fix that will find and remove the Flashback malware that has been haunting Mac users for several months now. ... Apple...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot SKA Might Be Split Between South Africa and Australia
gbrumfiel writes "The Square Kilometre Array will be the world's most powerful telescope, assuming the nations involved can agree on where to build it. A scientific panel recently backed South Africa ...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Interview With TSA Screener Reveals 'Fatal Flaws'
OverTheGeicoE writes "Jonathan Corbett, creator of the video showing that TSA's body scanners can't see metal objects on our sides, has a new video out. This time he's interviewing an experienced TSA ...
11:05 am - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Statistical Analysis Raises Civil War Death Count By 20%
Hugh Pickens writes "For more than a century, it has been accepted that about 620,000 Americans died in the the bloodiest, most devastating conflict in American history. But now, BBC reports that hist...
10:05 am - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: At What Point Has a Kickstarter Project Failed?
skywiseguy writes "I have only used Kickstarter to back a single project so far, but one of the backers of that project pointed us to a project promising video capable glasses which was once one of th...
08:05 am - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot OLPC Australia Pushes Boundaries of Education
angry tapir writes "Slashdot recently discussed some of the problems with the One Laptop Per Child program in Peru, where, in general, teachers did not make creative use of the technology by just rega...
07:05 am - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot SpaceX Is Studying Site For 'Commercial Cape Canaveral' Near Brownsville, Texas
New submitter RealTime writes "SpaceX filed a notice with the FAA (PDF) that it is preparing an environmental impact study in consideration of a site in Texas for use as a commercial spaceport. 'The s...
06:05 am - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot US Government Licenses Unreal Game Engine To Train FBI Agents and Army Medics
cylonlover writes "While games like Batman: Arkham City and Gears of War are certainly entertaining, virtually beating up thugs and fighting subterranean creatures doesn't exactly translate into real ...
05:05 am - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot New Zealand Developers Building Open Source Code For Electric Cars
MatthewVD writes "New Zealand electric racecar developer Greenstage is close to finishing an open source project called 'Tumanako,' which would allow owners of electric cars and motorcycles to tweak t...
04:05 am - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Multicore Chips As 'Mini-Internets'
An anonymous reader writes "Today, a typical chip might have six or eight cores, all communicating with each other over a single bundle of wires, called a bus. With a bus, only one pair of cores can t...
03:05 am - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Maryland Bans Employers From Asking For Facebook Passwords
Freddybear writes with news that yesterday Maryland passed a bill through both houses of the state legislature that would forbid employers from requiring job applicants or employees to provide access ...
01:05 am - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Chrome OS Introduces Aura Window Manager
An anonymous reader writes "Don't look now, but Google has officially revealed their intentions to go after Windows and OS X. Chrome OS 19 has arrived for Samsung Series 5 and Acer AC700 Chromebooks r...
12:05 am - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Why CISPA Is a Really Bad Bill
We've heard recently of CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a bill currently making its way through Congress that many are calling the latest incarnation of SOPA. Reader SolKeshN...
12:05 am - Wed, April 11, 2012
Slashdot Evolving Sun Cells
An anonymous reader sends this quote from a NASA report:"One day in the fall of 2011, Neil Sheeley, a solar scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., did what he always does &mda...
11:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign
bobwrit writes with this excerpt from CNN:"Conservative challenger Rick Santorum announced Tuesday that he is suspending his Republican presidential campaign after a weekend of 'prayer and thought,' e...
11:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: The Very Best Paper Airplane?
An anonymous reader writes "'The Harrier' (or 'Eastern star,' as it is also called), is very well known, and is considered to be one of the best paper airplane designs. After much searching and trying...
11:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot McAfee Claims Successful Insulin Pump Attack
judgecorp writes "Intel security subsidiary McAfee has claimed a successful wireless attack on insulin pumps that diabetics rely on to control blood sugar. While previous attempts to attack insulin pu...
10:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Best Buy Scans Drivers License For Returns — No More Allowed For 90 Days
rullywowr writes "A customer with a defective Blu-Ray disc returns to the Best Buy store where he purchased it. After having his driver's license scanned into the system, he is now banned from returni...
09:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Copper-Graphene Nanocomposite Cools Electronics Faster & Cheaper
samazon writes "North Carolina State University researcher Jag Kasichainula has developed a 'heat spreader' to cool electronics more efficiently using a copper-graphene composite, which is attached us...
09:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Embraces FOSS, Publishes On Github
New submitter gchaix writes "The U.S. Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has publicly embraced open source software and has begun posting its code to GitHub. From the article: 'Until recentl...
09:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Appeals Court Rules TOS Violations Aren't Criminal
Trepidity writes "In a decision today (PDF), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act 'does not extend to violations of use restrictions,' and therefore violating...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Intelligence Map Made From Brain Injury Data
An anonymous reader writes with this news out of the University of Illinois:"Scientists report that they have mapped the physical architecture of intelligence in the brain. Theirs is one of the larges...
07:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Official Details For the DARPA Robotics Challenge
An anonymous reader writes "The DARPA Robotics Challenge is offering tens of million of dollars in funding to teams from anywhere in the world to build robots capable of performing complex mobility an...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Apple Snubs Security Firm That Spotted Mac Botnet
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Now that it's being increasingly targeted by botnet herders, Apple has a thing or two to learn about cooperating with friendly security researchers. Boris Sharov, the CEO o...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Kubuntu To Be Sponsored By Blue Systems, Rather Than Canonical
JRiddell writes "Kubuntu, the KDE flavour from Ubuntu, has found a new sponsor in Blue Systems. They will be providing more resources than were available by previous sponsor Canonical. The project wil...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot US Carriers Finally Doing Something About Cellphone Theft
New submitter zarmanto writes "In a move that is so long overdue that it boggles the mind, the FCC and the four largest cellular providers in the U.S. state that they will be joining forces to combat ...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot MythTV 0.25 Released, New HW Acceleration and Audio Standards Support
unts writes "The highly configurable Linux PVR, MythTV, has reached the 0.25 release, over 500 days after the previous full release. New features include VAAPI support, E-AC3, TrueHD, and DTS-HD audio...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Open Source Tax Software?
An anonymous reader writes "I finally started looking at my taxes and instead of handing over my personal information and money to TurboTax I was wondering if there were any recommendations for freely...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Iran Plans To Unplug the Internet, Launch Its Own 'Clean' Alternative
suraj.sun writes "Iran topped a recent list of repressive regimes that most aggressively restrict Internet freedom. The list, published by Reporters Without Borders, is a part of the 2012 edition of t...
04:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn Resigns After $1.7 Billion Loss
An anonymous reader writes "Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn has resigned amid the big-box retailer's major financial problems. The announcement comes two weeks after Best Buy announced a $1.7 billion loss for...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot AOL Patent Deal Means Microsoft Now Holds Vestiges of Netscape
inode_buddha writes "It's part of the $1 billion AOL patent deal, and it's something that would have made many minds explode back in the 1990s. It still makes my mind explode today. Marc Andreesen poi...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Dental X-Rays Linked To Common Brain Tumor
redletterdave writes "A new study suggests people who had certain kinds of dental X-rays in the past may be at an increased risk for meningioma, the most commonly diagnosed brain tumor in the U.S. Dr....
03:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot US CompSci Enrollment Up For 4th Year Running
dcblogs writes "Interest in computer science continues to grow among undergrad students, who pushed enrollments up nearly 10% in the 2011-12 academic year, according to the Computing Research Associat...
02:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Medicaid Hack Update: 500,000 Records and 280,000 SSNs Stolen
An anonymous reader writes "Utah's Medicaid hack estimate has grown a second time. This time we have gone from over 180,000 Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) recipients having their...
02:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Finding a Trustworthy VPN Service?
New submitter Cheeze ball writes "I've recently moved to Europe and I'd like to setup a VPN so I can get Hulu, Netflix, and a few other services. I've found plenty of sites offering cheap VPN services...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot NASA Shuttle Discovery Set To Buzz Washington, DC
coondoggie writes "Barring bad weather, NASA said the space shuttle Discovery mounted atop the space agency's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft will make a series of low passes — 1,500 ft. — ar...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Demoscene: 64k Intros At Revision Demoparty
An anonymous reader writes "Last week-end at Revision demoparty, demosceners have pushed further the limits of what can be done in a single 64kb executable file. Using extensive procedural techniques ...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Everything Everywhere To Sell UK 4G Spectrum
judgecorp writes "UK operator Everything Everywhere is opening up the market for 4G services by selling some 1800MHz spectrum. Real 4G is slow to arrive in Britain as the big spectrum auction is still...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Heartland Security Breach Class Action: Victims $1925, Lawyers $600,000
Fluffeh writes "Back in 2007, Heartland had a security breach that resulted in a 130 million credit card details being lifted. A class action suit followed and many thought it would send a direct mess...
10:05 am - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot FBI Says American Universities Infiltrated by Spies
An anonymous reader writes, using various bits of the article: "While most international students, researchers and professors come to the U.S. for legitimate reasons, universities are an 'ideal place'...
08:05 am - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8 Metro Theme Created For Rooted Android Tablets
MikeatWired writes "Now here's a cool one for you tablet users that like to tweak the appearance of your UI! XDA member BroBot175 has created a Metro UI theme for all tablets running Honeycomb or ICS!...
05:05 am - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Woz Fears Stifling of Startups Due to Patent Wars
An anonymous reader writes "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that Apple and other tech companies' patent hoarding could prevent entrepreneurs doing the same thing that he and Steve Jobs did in star...
03:05 am - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Pockets In Graphene Layers Allow Viewing of Liquids With an Electron Microscope
slew writes "Looking at liquids with a transmission electron microscope to observe things like crystal growth has been difficult to do. This is because liquids need to be confined to a capsule to view...
01:05 am - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Experience Handling DDoS Attacks On a Mid-Tier Site?
New submitter caboosesw writes "A customer of mine recently was hit by a quick and massive DDoS attack. As we were in the middle of things, we learned that there are proxy services of varying maturity...
12:05 am - Tue, April 10, 2012
Slashdot BOSS: The Universe's Most Precise Measurement
Cazekiel writes "Observing the primordial sound waves created 30,000 years after the Big Bang, physicists on the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey have determined our universe's most precise mea...
11:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid
An anonymous reader writes "A new study has found that people who purchased a hybrid car in the past are not likely to buy a hybrid for their next car purchase. 'Only 35% of hybrid vehicle owners chos...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot New Tech Makes Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Verifiable
Harperdog writes "In 1999, Senate Republicans rejected the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty on the grounds that it wasn't verifiable. The National Academy of Sciences feels this is no longer true...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Jack Tramiel, Founder of Commodore Business Machines, Dies At Age 83
LoTonah writes "Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore Business Machines and later, the owner of Atari, died Easter Sunday. He was 83. He undoubtedly changed the computing landscape by bringing low cost c...
09:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Search For Earth-Like Worlds Focuses On Sun's Siblings
astroengine writes "The search for 'Earth-like' worlds just became even more Earth-like. Researchers from the University of Turku, Finland, have begun the search for the Sun's siblings in the hope tha...
09:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot IBM Patent: Smart Floors Detect Heart Attacks, Intruders
An anonymous reader writes "An IBM patent issued in March describes multitouch floors that detect who is in the home and what they're doing – perfect for detecting intruders and falls, notes MSN...
09:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Internet Responds To Racist Article, Gets Author Fired
In the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy in February, many publications posted articles about "the talk" — a phrase denoting the conversation many black parents have at some point with their ch...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Heavyweights Clash Over Policing Repeat Copyright Infringers
SolKeshNaranek tips a story at TorrentFreak about an ongoing copyright case that revolves around how much effort websites need to expend to block repeat infringers after responding to DMCA requests. I...
07:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Giant Touchscreens Coming To NYC Phone Booths
An anonymous reader writes "New York City is planning an upgrade to its aging pay-phone infrastructure. A pilot program will next month install 32-inch touchscreens in 250 phone booths throughout the ...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot FBI Says Smart Meter Hacks Are Likely To Spread
tsu doh nimh writes "A series of hacks perpetrated against so-called 'smart meter' installations over the past several years may have cost a single U.S. electric utility hundreds of millions of dollar...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Facebook To Buy Instagram For $1 Billion
Dorduan writes with news that Facebook is buying Instagram, the company who makes the popular mobile photo-sharing app of the same name, for approximately $1 billion. Mark Zuckerberg wrote,"... in ord...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Sony Slashes 10,000 Jobs
redletterdave writes "Sony will cut about 10,000 jobs, which equates to about six percent of its global workforce, by the end of the year. The move comes after the Tokyo-based electronics firm more th...
05:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot IT Calls of Shame
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's JR Raphael offers up six memorable tales of trouble and triumph from the tech support desk. 'Working in tech support is a bit like teaching preschool: You're an educator who...
05:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot SMS-Controlled Malware Hijacking Android Phones
wiredmikey writes "Security researchers have discovered new Android malware controlled via SMS that can do a number of things on the compromised device including recording calls and surrounding noise....
05:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot 200,000 Titanic-Related Documents Published Online
With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking coming up, ancestry.com has released 200,000 documents online relating to the ill-fated ship. The documents provide information about survivors and ...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Major Textbook Publishers Sue Open-Education Textbook Start-Up
linjaaho writes "Three major textbook publishers have sued a startup company making free and open textbooks, citing 'copyright infringement,' as the company is making similar textbooks using open mate...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot High School Juniors Create 'Flavor Strips' For Astronauts
Cazekiel writes "The sense of taste for astronauts is dulled by microgravity, but four high schoolers participating in the Spirit of Innovation Challenge have come up with a solution: Flavor Strips. T...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot America's Secret Underground Ice Fortresses
Hugh Pickens writes "With the advent of long-range bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles in the 1950s, it was inevitable that military attention would be drawn to remote but strategic arctic...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Buys 800 AOL Patents For $1 Billion
netbuzz writes "Marking the latest escalation in the technology industry's intellectual-property arms race, Microsoft is paying AOL a shade over $1 billion for 800 patents, the cream of which AOL CEO ...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Intel Launches Z77 Motherboards, Preparing For Ivy Bridge
MojoKid writes "In preparation for the arrival of their 3rd Generation Core processor products based on their Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, Intel has readied a new chipset dubbed the Z77 Express. New ...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Technology For the Masses: Churches Going Hi-Tech
theodp writes "More and more, reports the Chicago Tribune, churches are embracing the use of tablets and smartphones during services. At Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's South Side, the Re...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Company Designs "Big Brother Chip"
Taco Cowboy writes "Here comes a chip that can pinpoint you in-door and out, it can even tell others on which floor of a building you are located. It's the Broadcom 4752 chip. It takes signals from gl...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Survey Says Bosses Fear Being Filmed By Employees
New submitter Cazekiel writes "If you think your boss is a fearless, miserable beast whose only worries lie in how well his company or business competes, think again. The 'Business Video Behavior Proj...
10:05 am - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Mercedes Can Now Update Car Software Remotely
MatthewVD writes "Our cars run millions of lines of code that need constant and, often, critical updates. Jim Motavalli writes that Mercedes-Benz's new mbrace2 'cloud infotainment system' has a secret...
07:05 am - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Photoacoustic Imaging Uses Sight, Sound For Cancer Detection
An anonymous reader writes "A new imaging technique combines light and sound to create detailed, color pictures of tumors deep inside the body. It's hoped the technology, called photoacoustic tomograp...
04:05 am - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot How James Cameron Pumped Volume Into Titanic
MrSeb writes with ExtremeTech's account of how director (and deep sea explorer) James Cameron spent a reported $18 million converting his blockbuster movie, Titantic, to 3D. The article "looks at the ...
01:05 am - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Medicaid Hacked: Over 181,000 Records and 25,000 SSNs Stolen
An anonymous reader writes "The Utah Department of Health has been hacked. 181,604 Medicaid and CHIP recipients have had their personal information stolen. 25,096 had their Social Security numbers (SS...
12:05 am - Mon, April 9, 2012
Slashdot Windows Vista Enters Extended Support
yuhong writes "On April 10, the second Tuesday of April, Windows Vista will exit Mainstream Support and enter Extended Support. This means that no-charge (free) support will end, no further service pa...
11:05 pm - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Viable Open Source Models For Early Startups?
New submitter rchoetzlein writes "I am a software developer working independently for five years on various projects, and preparing to go public with my first product. Everyone is telling me I should ...
10:05 pm - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot How Las Vegas Missed Out on a Life-Sized Starship Enterprise
T-Kir writes "Apparently 20 years ago, instead of the Fremont Experience, downtown Las Vegas was actually close to building a life sized version of the refit USS Enterprise, and would have — had...
09:05 pm - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot News CorpNDS Forces DocumentCloud To Take Down Emails
Presto Vivace writes "When the Australian Financial Review published its series on News Corp's pay TV pirates, it asked DocumentCloud to host the internal NDS emails which documented the allegations. ...
07:05 pm - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot Innocent Or Not, the NSA Is Watching You
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Wired: "Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agen...
06:05 pm - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot Will Kickstarter Launch a Gaming Renaissance?
jfruh writes "Most gamers probably know that legendary game designer Tim Schafer turned to Kickstarter to help raise money a new adventure game; aiming for $400,000, he managed to raise more than $3 m...
05:05 pm - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot Intel Aims 'One Tablet Per Child' Program at Developing Countries
retroworks writes "Digitimes Reports that 'Intel is set to push a tablet PC product codenamed StudyBook to target emerging markets. ... The StudyBook tablet PC will feature a 10-inch panel with Intel'...
04:05 pm - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot U.S. Government Hires Company To Hack Into Video Game Consoles
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. Navy is paying a company six figures to hack into used video game consoles and extract sensitive information. The tasks to be completed are for both offline and on...
03:05 pm - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot Wikipedia Mobile Apps Switch To OpenStreetMap
Techdirt reports that the latest versions of Wikipedia's mobile apps have switched to OpenStreetMap from Google Maps. Says Techdirt's commentary: "One wonders how Google didn't see this coming —...
02:05 pm - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot Project Basecamp Adds Stuxnet-Like Attacks To Metasploit
Trailrunner7 writes "Project Basecamp, a volunteer effort to expose security holes in industrial control system software, unveiled new modules on Thursday to exploit holes in common programmable logic...
01:05 pm - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot Google Earns $2 Per Handset; Apple, $575
Hugh Pickens writes "While Apple generates more than $575 in profit for every iOS device, and according to estimates in 2007 Apple earned more than $800 on every iPhone sold through ATT, Horace Dediu ...
11:05 am - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot Next Kindle Expected To Have a Front-Lit Display
An anonymous reader writes "Amazon doesn't show off prototypes unless it is pretty confident about the tech, so you may be surprised to find the next Kindle is probably going to have a front-lit displ...
08:05 am - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot CSIRO Develops 10 Gbps Microwave Backhaul
theweatherelectric writes "James Hutchinson of iTnews writes, 'CSIRO has begun talks with global manufacturers to commercialise microwave technology it says can provide at least 10 Gbps symmetric back...
05:05 am - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous Hacks UK Government Sites Over 'Draconian Surveillance'
Krystalo writes "The hacktivist group Anonymous today hacked multiple UK government websites over the country's 'draconian surveillance proposals' and 'derogation of civil rights.' At the time of writ...
03:05 am - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot AT&T To Unlock Out-of-Contract iPhones
NicknamesAreStupid writes "Many outlets are reporting that AT&T will allow owners of iPhones whose contracts have expired to unlock their devices. One might think that a call or a quick trip to th...
12:05 am - Sun, April 8, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Release Working Prototype Of CAPTCHA-Based Password Assistant
An anonymous reader writes "Last year Slashdot ran a story on scientists from the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany developing a novel method to improve password ...
11:05 pm - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot Here's What Facebook Sends the Cops In Response To a Subpoena
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook already shares its Law Enforcement Guidelines publicly, but we've never actually seen the data Menlo Park sends over to the cops when it gets a formal subpoena for...
10:05 pm - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Make My Own Hardware Multimedia Player?
An anonymous reader writes "I was looking at multimedia players from brands such as SumVision, Noontec and Western Digital. They all seem to be some device which accepts a USB hard-drive and commands ...
09:05 pm - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot 42% of Worldwide Households Expected To Have Wi-Fi By 2016
retroworks writes " Wi-Fi network use will nearly double in homes around the world come 2016, according to new Strategy Analytics research. Already used in some 439 million households worldwide, equiv...
08:05 pm - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot New CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Even Worse Than SOPA
An anonymous reader writes "As congressmen in Washington consider how to handle the ongoing issue of cyberattacks, some legislators have lent their support to a new act that, if passed, would let the ...
07:05 pm - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot Proposed Chinese Copyright Changes Would Encourage Re-Use
New submitter BBCS writes "The National Copyright Administration of the People's Republic of China ('NCAC') is seeking public comments on a controversial draft amendment to China's copyright law. A nu...
06:05 pm - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot Some Hotspot Operators Secretly Intercept, Insert Ads In Web Pages
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the NYT's "Bits" column: "Justin Watt, a Web engineer, was browsing the Web in his room at the Courtyard Marriott in Midtown Manhattan this week when ...
05:05 pm - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot Colony Collapse Disorder Linked To Pesticide, High-Fructose Corn Syrup
hondo77 writes "Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health '...have re-created the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder in several honeybee hives simply by giving them small doses of a popular ...
04:05 pm - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot CPU DB: Looking At 40 Years of Processor Improvements
CowboyRobot writes "Stanford's CPU DB project (cpudb.stanford.edu) is like an open IMDB for microprocessors. Processors have come a long way from the Intel 4004 in 1971, with a clock speed of 740KHz, ...
03:05 pm - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot Robot Helicopters To Single Out Pirate Ships
Hugh Pickens writes "Innovation News reports that the U.S. Navy plans to upgrade its robotic Fire Scouts with electronic 'brains' that are able to automatically recognize small pirate boats spotted th...
02:05 pm - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot OLPC Project Disappoints In Peru
00_NOP writes "The One Laptop Per Child project has disappointed in Peru, reports the Economist, apparently because in general teachers did not make creative use of the technology. As in other cases t...
01:05 pm - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot Should Failure Be Rewarded To Spur Innovation?
Lucas123 writes "Paper products maker Kimberly-Clark drove the morale of its IT infrastructure group into the ground after massive firings and outsourcing. When they hired a new VP of Infrastructure f...
10:05 am - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Advice For Budding Scientist?
New submitter everithe writes "Dear Slashdot, I am nearing the end of my undergraduate years and hoping to continue on in academia, probably focusing on condensed matter physics. Recently I've noticed...
08:05 am - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot Data Safety In a Time of Natural Disasters
CowboyRobot writes "The National Weather Service has begun testing the way it labels natural disasters. It's hoping that the new warnings, which include words like 'catastrophic,' 'complete devastatio...
06:05 am - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot USGS Suggests Connection Between Seismic Activity and Fracking
First time accepted submitter samazon writes "According to a recently proposed abstract by the United States Geological Survey, hydraulic fracturing, or more specifically the disposal of fracking wast...
03:05 am - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot How To Share a Cake Over the Internet
mikejuk writes "The problem to be solved sounds trivial — cut up a cake so that each person thinks they get a fair share. This classical problem gets even more difficult if the 'players' can't a...
01:05 am - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot Bogus Takedown Notice Lands $150k Settlement In Australian Court
Fluffeh writes "Richard Bell, an Australian Film Maker, on a fellowship in New York, produced and directed approximately 18 hours of raw footage for a film with the help of an assistant called Tanya S...
12:05 am - Sat, April 7, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Passes EU Electromagnetic Compatibility Testing
A week ago, we posted news of the delay that the Raspberry Pi Foundation faced because of a requirement that their boards be tested to comply with EU regulations. Now, the word is in, and the Raspberr...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot F-18 Fighter Jet Crashes Into Virginia Apartment Complex
New submitter atomatica writes "A Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet crashed shortly after takeoff into an apartment complex near Virginia Beach, Virginia. Both pilots and multiple civilians have been transport...
11:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Nearby Star May Have More Planets Than Our Solar System
The Bad Astronomer writes "HD 10180 is a near-twin of the Sun about 130 light years away. It's known to have at least six planets orbiting it, but a new analysis of the data shows clear indications of...
10:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Google Actually Patenting Its April Fools' Joke
theodp writes "On April Fools' Day, Google joked it was partnering with NASCAR on self-driving cars. Google Racing, the search giant joshed, had its roots in Project Caddy, which demonstrated the viab...
10:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Mutt Fork Adds Features From Notmuch
Karel Zak started a fork of Mutt back in January to integrate features the upstream authors deemed too radical, and today released the first status update. So far implemented is native notmuch support...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot China Admits Anonymous Hacks Occured
New submitter SolKeshNaranek writes "After Anonymous hacked hundreds of Chinese government, company, and other general websites, China has acknowledged the attacks. Meanwhile, Anonymous China has not ...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Arrays of "Topological Insulators": a Step Towards Exotic Electronics
LilaG writes with a paragraph from Chemical & Engineering news: "Chemists in China have precisely grown arrays of ultrathin flakes of bismuth selenide and bismuth telluride on a surface. The bismu...
09:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings
An anonymous reader writes "The battle between angry fans and BioWare has been raging since the game's release over several issues, with the biggest being the disappointing ending. BioWare have stuck ...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Minecraft Creator's New Game Called 0x10c
silentbrad writes "As announced last month, Notch — creator of Minecraft — is working on a sandbox space game (no, not the Mars Effect April Fools joke, though it's similar). "The game [0x...
08:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Pays No UK Income Tax, Under Investigation
New submitter artciousc writes with news that Amazon is dodging taxes in the UK. From the article: "Regulatory filings by parent company Amazon.com with the U.S. securities and exchange commission sho...
07:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Twitter FIles Suit Against Spam Software Authors
An anonymous reader writes, quoting Network World: "As with any platform that sees a meteoric rise in popularity, it's only a matter of time before spammers throw their hats in the ring and try and ex...
07:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot The Optimum Attack Rate For SSH Bruteforce? Once Every Ten Seconds
badger.foo writes "Remember the glacially slow Hail Mary Cloud SSH bruteforcers? They're doing speedup tweaks and are preparing a comeback, some preliminary data reported by Peter Hansteen appear to i...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot California Judge Denies Discovery In Bittorrent Case
New submitter PhxBeau writes with news of a particular sane judge in a copyright case. Quoting Torrentfreak: "In yet another mass lawsuit against alleged file-sharers, a California court has said that...
06:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Telcos Lobby Against Pick-and-Pay TV
silentbrad writes with an excerpt from the Financial Post: "BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., and Shaw Communications Inc. which together control two-thirds of the $8.3-billion broadcast distribut...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Using Nanoparticles To Improve Chemotherapy
sciencehabit writes with good news involving cancer research. From the article: "Chemotherapy drugs are like a shotgun. Even though doctors are just aiming for tumors, the compounds hit a variety of o...
05:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Waterboarding Whistleblower Indicted Under Espionage Act
wiredmikey writes "A former CIA officer was indicted on Thursday for allegedly disclosing classified information to journalists. The restricted disclosure included the name of a covert officer and inf...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Animated Presentations Using SVG
Inspired by work on work on non-traditional presentations in KDE's Karbon (part of Calligra), Aditya Bhatt set out to create a purely client-side tool for creating animated presentations in the browse...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot 1981 Paper's Predictions for Global Temperatures Spot-On
Layzej writes "The Register reports on a paper published in Science in 1981 projecting global mean temperatures up to the year 2100. 'When the 1981 paper was written, temperatures in the northern hemi...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Update On Wayland and X11 Support
Phoronix was at the Linux Foundation CollaborationSummit and has two articles on the status of Wayland and X11integration. The second talk was about the currentstatus of Wayland, and its impending rel...
04:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Larry Page Issues Public Update On Google Changes
itwbennett writes "Larry Page just wants to be loved. Well, he wants 'Google to be a company that is deserving of great love,' Page wrote in a public letter. But he also wants to offer the kind of per...
02:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Majority of Landmark Cancer Studies Cannot Be Replicated
New submitter Beeftopia writes with perhaps distressing news about cancer research. From the article: "During a decade as head of global cancer research at Amgen, C. Glenn Begley identified 53 'landma...
01:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot State Department CIO Interviewed About Post-Wikileaks Changes
CowboyRobot writes, quoting Information Week: "Eighteen months after its diplomatic cables were exposed in the WikiLeaks breach, the State Department continues to lock down its confidential informatio...
01:05 pm - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Slashdot Coming Attractions
We've been busy at Slashdot. As you have probably noticed, we've addeda couple of new Slashboxes recently: Most Discussed: Highlighting recent stories with the mostactive discussions This Day on Slash...
10:05 am - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Belfast Plots 1Gbps Ultra-Fast Broadband Network
twoheadedboy writes "Belfast is going to get ultra-fast broadband, as plans for a 1Gbps network get going. Belfast's City Council has been guaranteed £6m of the UK government's £100m Urban...
08:05 am - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot UK Bill Again Demands Web Pornography Ban
nk497 writes "A new bill presented to the House of Lords demands both ISPs and device makers filter adult content. The Online Safety Bill, raised in the Lords by Baroness Howe of Ildicote, asks for IS...
06:05 am - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Humanoid Robots For the Next DARPA Grand Challenge?
HizookRobotics writes "The official announcement should be out very soon, but for now here's the unofficial, preliminary details based on notes from Dr. Gill Pratt's talk at DTRA Industry Day: The new...
05:05 am - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Misleading Ads: ACCC Wins Appeal Against Google
theweatherelectric writes "As previously noted on Slashdot, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has been involved in a long-running legal battle with Google. Vijith Vazhayil of Delimite...
04:05 am - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Battery-Powered Plasma Flashlight Makes Short Work of Bacteria
cylonlover writes "An international team of scientists has created a handheld, battery powered device that has been shown to effectively rid skin of bacteria in an instant by blasting it with plasma. ...
02:05 am - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Online Services: The Internet Before the Internet
jfruh writes "The Slashdot readership is probably split pretty evenly into two groups. There are those for whom full-on Internet access has been available for their entire computer-using lives, and th...
12:05 am - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot MPAA Chief Dodd Hints At Talks To Revive SOPA
suraj.sun writes "Christopher Dodd, the former Connecticut senator who now leads the MPAA, hasn't given up on his dream of censoring the Internet. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, he said that...
12:05 am - Fri, April 6, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Bay Promotion Attracts Over 5000 Artists
redletterdave writes "While the movie and music industries would have you think that torrents are a threat to their business, thousands of independent artists heartily disagree. That's why more than 5...
11:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Coming To a War Near You: Nuclear Powered Drones
An anonymous reader writes "American scientists and engineers are researching a new generation of UAV's that would be nuclear-powered. Why do this? They would have the capacity to stay over a target a...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot World Is Ignoring Most Important Lesson From Fukushima
mdsolar writes "Kenichi Ohmae, an MIT-trained nuclear engineer also widely regarded as Japan's top management guru, is dean of Business Breakthrough University. In the CSM he writes: 'Fukushima's most...
10:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot The Story Behind Australia's CSIRO Wi-Fi Claims
An anonymous reader writes "U.S. consumers will be making a multimillion dollar donation to an Australian government agency in the near future, whether they like it or not. After the resolution of a r...
09:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Employees Conspired To Sell AMOLED Tech; 11 Arrested
zacharye writes with this snippet from BGR: "Nearly a dozen suspects have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the theft and sale of AMOLED display technology under development at Samsung....
08:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Egypt Banned Porn, But How Much of the Internet Is That?
pigrabbitbear writes "The recent web pornography ban in Egypt has raised questions about the evils of censorship (and porn) and the changing tide of popular attitude of Egyptians. It perhaps reflects ...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Good News: A Sustained Drop In Spam Levels
Orome1 writes "Industry and government efforts have dealt a significant blow to spam, according to a Commtouch report that is compiled based on an analysis of more than 10 billion transactions handled...
08:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Linux Telecommuting Tools?
First time accepted submitter rodrix79 writes "Hi all. I am trying to move from Windows to Linux (Ubuntu, but maybe to Mint). The problem is I telecommute full time and I am having a hard time trying ...
07:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot On Slashdot Video, We Hear You Loud and Clear
You complained; we heard you. We're making some adjustments to ourongoing experiment with video on Slashdot, and are trying to get itright. Some of the videos just haven't gelled, to put it lightly, a...
06:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Browser Emulation of 1975 Computer Runs First 16-Bit Home Game
An anonymous reader writes "Following up on the 2009 story about the first graphics game written for a 16-Bit Home PC, I thought Slashdot readers might be interested in seeing the game in question run...
05:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Why Tech Vendors Fund Patent Trolls
Lucas123 writes "Major tech vendors are funding patent trolls, companies that derive the bulk of their income, if not all of it, from licensing huge libraries of patents they hold as well as by suing ...
05:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot EA Defends Itself Against Thousands of Anti-Gay Letters
donniebaseball23 writes "Video game publisher Electronic Arts has not only had to defend itself against 'worst company in America' labels, but GamesIndustry International has revealed that EA's been r...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot RIP, Electric Amplifier Inventor Jim Marshall, 'Father of Loud'
asavin writes "The founder of Marshall Amplification, Jim Marshall OBE, has died at the age of 88. A tribute to the man known as the Father of Loud was posted on his official website, praising the man...
04:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Spaceman-Turned-Politician Can Call Himself 'Astronaut' On Ballot
New submitter si622test1 writes "A judge has determined that the ex-astronaut-turned-politician who was sued by California Republicans for putting 'astronaut' as his occupation while running for Congr...
03:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft: 'Unlikely' Credit Card Details Lifted From Xbox 360s
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from ZDNet: "Security researchers from two universities say they found how hackers can retrieve credit card data and other personal information from used M...
03:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030
suraj.sun writes "A new study from researchers at Jay W. Forrester's institute at MIT says that the world could suffer from 'global economic collapse' and 'precipitous population decline' if people co...
02:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Flashback Trojan Hits 600,000 Macs and Counting
twoheadedboy writes "A Flashback variant dubbed Backdoor.Flashback.39 has infected over 600,000 Macs, according to Russian security firm Dr Web. The virulent Flashback trojan infecting Apple machines ...
01:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Chrome Beats Internet Explorer On Any Given Sunday
tsamsoniw writes "Over the past three weeks, Chrome has beaten out Internet Explorer as the No. 1 browser in the world — but only on Sundays. In fact, according to data from StatCounter, Chrome ...
01:05 pm - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot SJVN Tells How Reporting on Linux Has Changed in the Last 10 Years (Video)
SJVN is, of course, the well-known nickname and abbreviation for Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, who has been covering technology as a journalist since... since longer than he cares to admit... and has been...
10:05 am - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Millions of Subscribers Leaving Cable TV for Streaming Services
suraj.sun writes "Netflix and Hulu are convincing millions of cable, satellite and telco subscribers to cut the cord and dive into video streaming. That's the conclusion of a new report released this ...
08:05 am - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Robotic Squirrels Battle It Out With Rattlesnakes
Hugh Pickens writes "Alasdair Wilkins writes that when a squirrel encounters a rattlesnake in the wild, it does something very peculiar to survive its brush with the predator — something is so p...
06:05 am - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot The Supreme Court To Rule On Monsanto Seed Patents
Fluffeh writes "Can a farmer commit patent infringement just by planting soybeans he bought on the open market? This week, the Supreme Court asked the Obama administration to weigh in on the question....
03:05 am - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video)
If you're working at home or from a coffee shop or, really, anyplace outside your company's offices, they need to hear you when you talk, and you need to hear them. The same goes for dealing with clie...
01:05 am - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Toronto Police Use Facebook Picture in Online Lineup
An anonymous reader writes "A 28-year-old woman was recently accused of assault and arrested based on a thumbnail photo from her profile pic on Facebook. Artist Lizz Aston was identified in a lineup a...
12:05 am - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot MIT Wants You To Print Your Own Paper Robots
MrSeb writes "According to researchers at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania, one day in the not too distant future you'll be able to design, print and build your own robot. 'Our vision is to deve...
12:05 am - Thu, April 5, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Unearth Largest Feathered Dinosaur
sciencehabit writes "Paleontologists have unearthed fossils of the largest feathered creature yet known, a 1.4-metric ton dinosaur that was an early cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex. The long, filament-lik...
11:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Self-Sustaining Solar Reactor Creates Clean Hydrogen
An anonymous reader writes "A mechanical engineer working out of the University of Delaware has come up with a way to produce hydrogen without any undesirable emissions such as carbon dioxide. The sol...
11:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot One Third of Telcom Staff More Productive Working From Home
Qedward writes "British telecoms operator O2 has found that 88% of its staff are just as productive working remotely, while one-third claimed that they actually got more work done when they worked fro...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Young Butchered Mammoth Discovered In Siberia
Velcroman1 writes "A juvenile mammoth, nicknamed 'Yuka,' was found entombed in Siberian ice near the shores of the Arctic Ocean and shows signs of being cut open by ancient people. The remarkably well...
10:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Chevy Volt To Resume Production One Week Early Following Record Sales
surewouldoutlaw writes "On the heels of the news that the Chevy Volt had a record month, selling 2,289 units in March, the Detroit-Hamtramck plant where the car is made will be resuming production of ...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: My Host Gave a Stranger Access To My Cloud Server, What Can I Do?
zzzreyes writes "I got an email from my cloud server to reset the admin password, first dismissed it as phishing, but a few emails later I found one from an admin telling me that they had given a pers...
09:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo Layoffs Begin, CEO Sends Employees Apologetic Letter
redletterdave writes "As expected, Yahoo began laying off more than 2,000 employees on Wednesday morning — roughly 14 percent of the company's total workforce — in its effort to slim down ...
08:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call
Hugh Pickens writes "The Washington Post reports that NBC has completed its investigation into the Today show's mishandling of the police dispatcher's conversation with George Zimmerman in the Trayvon...
07:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Canadians Protest Wind Turbines
NIK282000 writes "Ontario farmers rallied in downtown Toronto to protest the subsidization of wind turbines. Several of the protesters stated that they fear for the the health of their families and th...
07:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Google Glasses Announced
Eponymous Hero writes "The Geordi La Forge in all of us rejoices as Google announces Google Glasses, the augmented reality glasses that will no doubt spy on everything you look at and target you with ...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Viewfinity CEO Says Many Computer Users Are Overprivileged (Video)
This isn't about your place in society, but about user privileges on your computers and computer networks. The more privileges, the more risk of getting hacked and having Bad People do Bad Things to y...
06:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Arizona Attempts To Make Trolling Illegal
LordofEntropy writes "Though unlikely to pass any First Amendment test. Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer has a bill on her desk that would in essence make 'trolling' illegal. The law states 'It is unlawful f...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Controlling GNOME 3 With Skeltrack
dartttt writes with an excerpt from Ubuntu Vibes: "Skeltrack is a Free Software (GPL3) library by Igalia for tracking the human skeleton joints from depth images. It is implemented with GLib and uses ...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous Claims To Have Defaced Hundreds of Chinese Government Sites
Hkibtimes writes, quoting the International Business Times: "The Anonymous hacking collective has landed in China, home of some of the most tightly controlled Internet access in the world, and defaced...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot AT&T Microcell Disassembly; Security Flaws Exposed
CharlyFoxtrot writes "The geeks over on the fail0verflow blog took apart an AT&T Microcell device which is 'essentially a small cell-tower in a box, which shuttles your calls and data back to the ...
05:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Google Strikes Deal With Paramount
redletterdave writes about more movies being made available on Youtube's rental service. From the article: "Google announced a new deal with Paramount Pictures on Tuesday, which will make more than 50...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Nokia Lumia 900 Reviews
MrSeb, zachareye, and others wrote in with several reviews of the Nokia Lumia 900. Starting things off, Extreme Tech asks if the Lumia redefines the smartphone; BGR chimes in declaring the phone "terr...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot 150 Gigapixel Sky Image Contains 1 Billion Stars
The Bad Astronomer writes "Astronomers have used two big telescopes to create an infrared survey of the Milky Way that is the largest of its kind: the resulting image has an incredible 150,000 megapix...
04:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Dutch Pirateparty Refuses Order To Take Down Proxy
New submitter CAPSLOCK2000 writes "The Dutch Pirateparty has refused an order from BREIN to take down a proxy to The Pirate Bay. Last month BREIN (the distribution-industries paralegal outfit) forced ...
03:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Dysfunctional Console Industry Struggles For New Profit Centers
MojoKid writes "The rumor mill is still churning out quite a bit of information on new consoles this week, including new data on Nintendo's upcoming Wii U. According to unnamed developers, the Wii U a...
02:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Federal Court Tosses Colorado's Amazon Tax
suraj.sun writes, quoting the Denver Post: "A federal court has thrown out a 2010 Colorado law, which had already been temporarily blocked in federal court last year, meant to spur online retailers li...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot US Government: There's Child Porn On the Megaupload Servers Judge!
Fluffeh writes "In the ongoing Megaupload saga, Carpathia, the company that hosted Megaupload, is in a tough pickle. The EFF wants the data to remain on the servers so that users can get legitimate da...
01:05 pm - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot The State of the Diablo 3 Beta (Two Videos)
It's been almost four years since Diablo 3 was announced, and its development began years earlier. Its predecessors helped define the action RPG genre, so anticipation is high among fans of the franch...
10:05 am - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot EU Targets Motorola In Antitrust Investigation Over Standards-Essential Patents
Fluffeh writes "Motorola Mobility has found itself on the receiving end of an antitrust investigation by the European Commission due to its alleged abuse of standards-essential patents related to WiFi...
08:05 am - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Polish Government To Deliver Free Textbooks For All Kids Grades 4-6
rekrutacja writes "Today the Polish government started a Digital School pilot program, which includes distributing e-textbooks. This came after a years-long effort by the Open Education Coalition and ...
07:05 am - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot UK Surgeons Are the First To Operate In 3D
MrSeb writes "A team at Manchester Royal Infirmary hospital, England, claim to be the first surgeons to perform keyhole surgery using 3D cameras and monitors — and embarrassingly clunky spectacl...
05:05 am - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is a Home Drone Feasible?
dargaud writes "I live in an alpine setting and I'd like to be able to remotely view various remote valleys to check for ice formations for winter climbing. I wonder if there are cheap drones that cou...
02:05 am - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Countersues Yahoo Over 10 Patents
An anonymous reader writes "As expected, Facebook today filed its own patent infringement lawsuit against Yahoo. The social networking giant is claiming the online giant infringes on 10 of its patents...
12:05 am - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot NASA's Kepler Mission Extended For Two Years
An anonymous reader writes "A report just released from NASA's senior review panel recommends extending the Kepler mission(Pdf), initially for two years. 'Kepler is not only a unique source of exoplan...
12:05 am - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Healthcare Reform Act Prediction Market
An anonymous reader writes "The Wisconsin School of Business is running a prediction market study on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Healthcare Reform Act. By participating you will not only ...
12:05 am - Wed, April 4, 2012
Slashdot Do Tablets Help Children Learn?
hypnosec writes "With the wide array of electronic devices available in our everyday lives, it appears that children have formed an attachment to a different kind of toy. According to the latest surve...
11:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot FTC Fines RockYou $250,000 For Storing User Data In Plain Text
An anonymous reader writes "You probably don't remember the RockYou fiasco as it happened in late 2009. In case you don't, social game developer RockYou suffered a serious SQL injection flaw on its fl...
11:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Citrix Moves Away From OpenStack For Apache
netbuzz writes "Citrix today announced that is turning its development attention away from the OpenStack project started two years ago by NASA and Rackspace in favor of its own CloudStack platform, Ap...
10:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Smearing Toddler Reputations Via Internet: Free Speech Or Extortion?
retroworks writes "Crystal Cox, a Montana woman who calls herself an 'investigative journalis' was slapped with a $2.5-million judgment last year for defaming an investment firm and one of its lead pa...
10:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot TSA Shuts Down Airport, Detains 11 After "Science Project" Found
OverTheGeicoE writes "A group of students and a professor were detained by TSA at Dallas' Love Field. Several of them were led away in handcuffs. What did they do wrong? One of them left a robotic sci...
09:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Tensions Between Archivists and 'Occupy' Protesters Over Preserving the Movement
An anonymous reader writes "At one point an NYU librarian literally got into a shouting match with a protester at an Occupy protest, trying to make the case for why a digital record should be kept of ...
09:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Counted As Key Linux Contributor
alphadogg writes "For the first time ever, Microsoft can be counted as a key contributor to Linux. The company, which once portrayed the open-source OS kernel as a form of cancer, has been ranked 17th...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Qt 5 Alpha Released
After ninemonths of effort, Nokia's Qt Lab has announced the availability ofthe alpharelease of Qt 5. Goals achieved for this release include a new platformabstraction layer, a re-architected graphics...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Instagram Debuts On Android
redletterdave writes "Popular photo-sharing app Instagram, which has been one of the most popular social start-ups despite only being housed on a single platform (iOS), was finally released onto the A...
08:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Competition To Identify Sexual Predators In Chat Logs
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from the University of Lugano, Switzerland, and other universities from the US and Europe organize a competition to automatically identify sexual predators in c...
07:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot The Politics of the F.D.A.
A fight over posting calorie counts for popcorn is just one example of the clash between the White House and the agency charged with protecting public health. Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, the F.D.A. commi...
07:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Mitch Altman Parts Ways With Maker Fair Over DARPA Grant
SWroclawski writes "Well known hacker and hackerspace advocate, Mitch Altman has decided to temporarily part ways with Maker Faire over their involvement with DARPA (as reported on Twitter and Faceboo...
06:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Test Storage Media?
First time accepted submitter g7a writes "I've been given the task of testing new hardware for the use in our servers. For memory, I can run it through things such as memtest for a few days to ascerta...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Neil deGrasse Tyson Outlines a Plan For Saving Earth From Asteroids
dsinc contributes a link to Neil deGrasse Tyson's short piece in Wired on how we could deal with the very real threat of killer asteroids, writing "In 2029 we'll be able to know whether, seven years l...
05:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Testing AI Methods With FlightGear
mikejuk writes "The open source flight simulator Flight Gear is great fun but it can also be used for serious research. Suppose you want to develop a drone that can roam the seas and spot debris so th...
04:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Swedish Researchers Expose China's Tor-Blocking Tricks
An anonymous reader writes "A pair of researchers at Karlstad University have been able to establish how the Great Firewall of China sets about blocking unpublished Tor bridges. The GFC inspects web t...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot NOAA Study: Radiation From Fukushima Very Dilluted, Seafood Safe
JSBiff writes "Ars Technica is reporting on a study by NOAA scientists who surveyed the ocean near Fukushima, which concludes that while a lot of radioactivity was released into the water, as would be...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Dell To Acquire Wyse
New submitter alancronin writes "Computer and IT giant Dell said today it will acquire privately held Wyse Technology, a company that specializes in what it calls 'cloud client computing.'" ...
03:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Blocks Vulnerable Java Versions In Firefox
Trailrunner7 writes with this excerpt from Threatpost: "Mozilla has made a change in Firefox that will block all of the older versions of Java that contain a critical vulnerability that's being active...
02:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Supreme Court Approves Strip Searches For Any Arrestable Offense
sl4shd0rk writes "Taking a page out of the TSA handbook, the Supreme Court has voted to allow strip searches for any offense, no matter how minimal. The article cites these two tidbits from Justice An...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Biosecurity Board Recommends Full Publication of Bird Flu Studies
An anonymous reader writes "Two controversial scientific papers on a mutant form of the H5N1 avian flu virus should be published in uncensored form after a review determined there would be no immediat...
01:05 pm - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Blue Gecko is an 11 Year Old Remote Database Administration Startup (Video)
A company that has been going since 2001 is not exactly a startup, but Blue Gecko co-founder Sarah Novotny says that maintaining a startup mindset has helped her company keep going this long, with no ...
10:05 am - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Confidentiality Expires For 1940 Census Records
Hugh Pickens writes writes "In spring of 1940, the Census Bureau sent out more than 120,000 fact-gatherers, known as 'enumerators,' to survey the nation's 33 million homes and 7 million farms. Now as ...
09:05 am - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot UK Proposing Real-Time Monitoring of All Communications
An anonymous reader writes "In response to a plans to introduce real time monitoring of all UK Internet communications, a petition has been set up in opposition."Previously covered here, El Reg chimes...
07:05 am - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot UK Police Investigate Alleged Phorm Lunch With Officer
twoheadedboy writes "City of London Police are looking into claims one of its officers was given hospitality by Phorm months before the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided to not take the company ...
05:05 am - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Bill Introduced To Ban Sale of MA15+ Games To Anyone Under 18 in SA
dotarray writes "The introduction of an R18+ rating for video games into Australia has been designed to bring game classification in line with the current system in place for films and other medi...
03:05 am - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Oracle and Google Settlement Talks Falter; Trial Set for April 16
Fluffeh writes "Recently, a Judge ordered Oracle and Google to have yet another sit down and chat, but these talks have come to an impasse: 'Despite their diligent efforts and those of their able coun...
01:05 am - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot Japanese Tsunami Ghost Ship Spotted Off Canadian Coast
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from an article in Inhabitat: "After Japan was hit with a devastating earthquake in March 2011, the Pacific nation was rocked by a massive tsunami that destr...
12:05 am - Tue, April 3, 2012
Slashdot More Fuel For Facebook Censorship Advocates In India
thodelu writes "Close on the heels of Friday's communal clashes in a town in India that were triggered by a Facebook post which contained morphed images apparently deriding a religious place of worshi...
11:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Firefox Demos Prototype Metro Interface
In order to provide an alternative to IE on Windows 8, Firefox needs a Metro UI. Luckily, development of a Metro interface for Firefox is well underway. The current build reuses the Android interface ...
11:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't Schools Connected?
rtobyr writes "We use the Internet — E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs to communicate with colleagues, friends, and family. When I was in Iraq with the Marine Corps, we used e-mail (secured w...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Despite Drop In Piracy, French Music Industry Still In Decline
New submitter Hentes writes "France has one of the strictest anti-piracy laws. After 17 months of operation, Hadopi has released a report, claiming that illegal P2P downloads have been reduced signifi...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Rybka Solves the King's Gambit Chess Opening
New submitter smarq2 writes "Chessbase reports that chess programmer IM Vasik Rajlich has solved the King's Gambit chess opening with technical means. 3000 processor cores, running for over four month...
09:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Many Police Departments Engage in Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking
alphadogg writes with a distressing bit of analysis of the training materials acquired by the ACLU last week. From the article: "Many law enforcement agencies across the U.S. track mobile phones as pa...
09:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot GNULinux Running On An 8-Bit Processor
dartttt writes, quoting Ubuntu Vibe: "Dmitry Grinberg has successfully booted Ubuntu 9.04 on an 8 bit micro machine with 6.5 KHz CPU and 16 MB RAM. Grinberg did this experiment on a ATmega1284p, 8-bit...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Guile Scheme Emacs-Lisp Compatibility Matures
In a posting to the Guile developers listtoday, it was announced that the Emacs-Lispcompiler for Guile has matured enough to run actual elispprograms. The author included a screencast demoingthe new c...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Mobile Operators: Creating Artificial Demand For Capacity?
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from Broadband Convergent: "We all have been taught the basics of supply and demand since high school. If demand is high, prices rise. If demand is low, pric...
07:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Double-Helix Model of DNA Paper Published 59 Years Ago
pigrabbitbear writes with musings on the anniversary of the groundbreaking paper on DNA structure by Watson and Crick. From the article: "Consider every organism that's ever lived on Earth. From dinos...
07:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot South Pole Telescope Data Places Better Limit on Neutrino Mass
An anonymous reader writes an excerpt from a press release by the University of Chicago: "Analysis of data from the 10-meter South Pole Telescope is providing new support for the most widely accepted ...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Sawfish 1.9 RC1 Released
Last Thursday, the Sawfish window manager project announced the availability of 1.8.92. The release brings several new features. Highlights include: support for MATE and Razor-Qt (along with better GN...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Self-Sculpting "Sand" Can Allow Spontaneous Formation of Tools
parallel_prankster writes "Researchers at MIT are developing tiny robots that can assemble themselves into products and then disassemble when no longer needed. 'A heap of smart sand would be analogous...
05:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Does Higher Health Care Spending Lead To Better Patient Outcomes?
First time accepted submitter ericjones12398 writes "If you haven't seen the words 'health care' in news headlines lately, you must be living under a rock. What seems most controversial among the late...
05:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Annual Airline Achievement Report Released
According to an annual report by Dean Headley, a business professor at Wichita State University, flying is getting slowly better. Lost bag reports, delayed flights, service complaints and cases of get...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot World's Creepiest iPhone App Pulled After Outcry
Hugh Pickens writes "Ben Grubb reports that an iPhone app that essentially allowed users to stalk women nearby using a location-based social networking service has been pulled from the iTunes app stor...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Flying Car Makes Successful Maiden Flight
MistrX writes "The Dutch company PAL-V completed it's first series of test flights with it's flying car, the PAL-V One, successfully. The PAL-V One flies like a gyrocopter, with a minimal runway lengt...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Up To 1.5 Million Visa, MasterCard Credit Card Numbers Stolen
An anonymous reader writes "Global Payments, the U.S.-based credit card processor company that experienced a security breach affecting Visa and MasterCard, confirmed that the breached portion of its p...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot 25 Years of IBM's OS2
harrymcc writes "On April 2nd, 1987 — 25 years ago today — IBM announced OS/2. It was supposed to be the next-generation operating system that would replace DOS. It never did. But for a fa...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Apple Is Forced By EU To Give 2 Years Warranty On All Its Products
dsmalle writes "Apple has adapted its warranty to cover 2 years, under pressure of the European Union and after European consumer organizations sued Apple. From the article: 'The warranty conditions h...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot GreenSQL is a Database Security Solution, says CTO David Maman (Video)
'GreenSQL is an Open Source database firewall used to protect databases from SQL injection attacks,' says the GreenSQL.net website, which also says, 'GreenSQL works as a proxy and has built-in support...
10:05 am - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Build World's Most Sensitive Scale
Adrian Bachtold at the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology in Barcelona has created the world's most sensitive scale. The new subatomic weight scale can measure masses as tiny as one yoctogram, less t...
07:05 am - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Ashton Kutcher To Play Steve Jobs In Upcoming Film
An anonymous reader writes "Variety is reporting that Ashton Kutcher – who you likely recognize from That 70s Show, Punked, and Two and a Half Men – has been tapped to play Apple co-founde...
06:05 am - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Mike Smith (Bubbles) Leading the Race For Space
First time accepted submitter reovirus1 writes "Mike Smith, the character Bubbles on the Canadian TV show Trailer Park Boys is leading the Race for Space contest that will send one lucky reader into s...
05:05 am - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Federal Judge Rules P2P Users Aren't In a Conspiracy
Fluffeh writes "Judge Holderman ruled against copyright holders who were trying to paint a rather distorted picture. They sue just one Internet user, but use that lawsuit as a pretext to subpoena othe...
02:05 am - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Taliban Offer Question-and-Answer Service Online
First time accepted submitter nachiketas points out this story about a new online service offered by the Taliban. "Worried about whether Islamic verses on Facebook are allowed? Or that suicide bombers...
12:05 am - Mon, April 2, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Note-Taking Device For Conferences?
First time accepted submitter Duncan J Murray writes "I will be attending a 3-day science conference soon, consisting mainly of lectures, and was wondering what people thought would be the ultimate ha...
11:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Say Kelihos Gang Is Building New Botnet
alphadogg writes "The cyber-criminal gang that operated the recently disabled Kelihos botnet has already begun building a new botnet with the help of a Facebook worm, according to security researchers...
11:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Australian WiFi Inventors Win US Legal Battle
First time accepted submitter Kangburra writes "Australian government science body CSIRO said Sunday it had won a multi-million-dollar legal settlement in the United States to license its patented tec...
10:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Google, Amazon, Microsoft Go East For Network Gear
theodp writes "Wired's Cade Metz has the scoop on the move away from U.S. network equipment stalwarts, calling it of the best-kept secrets in Silicon Valley. 'Cloud computing is an arms race,' writes ...
09:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot EFF Files Brief To Allow Users Access To Their MegaUpload Files
Fluffeh writes "The EFF has filed a brief in Federal Court on behalf of Kyle Goodwin (and potentially millions of other users) so that he can access his legally sound backup files. 'Goodwin is a local...
08:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot ACLU Obtains Cell Phone Tracking Training Materials
guttentag writes "The New York Times has published a large collection of law enforcement training documents obtained by the ACLU. The documents describe in detail what kind of information can be obtai...
08:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Using Pulsars For Spacecraft Navigation
Jimme Blue writes "The use of pulsars as a GPS analogue holds the promise of fixing a spacecraft's location to within 5 km, anywhere in the galaxy. While not ready for immediate use, it may be ready f...
07:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's
Hugh Pickens writes "As the Trayvon Martin controversy splinters into a debate about self-defense, a central question remains: Who was heard crying for help on a 911 call in the moments before the tee...
06:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Exclusive Look at FBI's New Sentinel System
gManZboy writes "Six years and $450 million into the project, the FBI's Sentinel case-management system appears to be almost ready for deployment. Sentinel aims to replace a hodge-podge of digital and...
05:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Navy Planning To Build Laser Cannon In Four Years
CowboyRobot writes "The US Navy is months away from requesting bids from contractors to construct a laser weapon for its ships, now that the technology is feasible. 'The key point came last April, whe...
05:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Teacher's Aide Fired For Refusing To Hand Over Facebook Password
An anonymous reader writes "You can add this one to the short but growing list of employers demanding access to Facebook accounts. After refusing to give her Facebook password to her supervisors, Kimb...
04:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot British Government To Grant Warrantless Trawl of Communications Data
First time accepted submitter cardpuncher writes "Having opposed the previous government's attempts to introduce mass surveillance of Internet communications, the Conservatives are planning to introdu...
03:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo To Implement Do Not Track
Trailrunner7 writes "Yahoo has decided that it's now time to start implementing a Do Not Track system across its various Web properties. The company is one of the last large Web content providers to o...
03:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Google Maps Introduces 8-Bit Quest Maps
AbsoluteXyro writes "Today users of Google Maps will notice a new mapping option — 'Quest' — alongside the usual 'Map' and 'Satellite' views. Quest view renders the planet in a retro 8-bit...
02:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Shortcuts To a High Tech House
First time accepted submitter phaedrus9779 writes "I'm a recently married man about to take on the next big adventure: home ownership! I came across a great house in a great community but I need a lit...
01:05 pm - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Obama Campaign Deploys New Cellular Weapon
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Michael Scherer writes that the Obama fundraising machine has deployed a new cellular campaign weapon designed 'to trigger the campaign finance equivalent of an impulse buy...
10:05 am - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot A 'Radical Manifesto' For Computer Teaching In English Schools
00_NOP writes "Everybody (or almost everybody) in England agrees that computing teaching to kids in high school is broken. In response the government promised a radical overhaul and a new curriculum. ...
07:05 am - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot After Megaupload, MPAA Targets Other File Sharing Services
An anonymous reader writes "It is no secret that the MPAA was a main facilitator of the criminal investigation against Megaupload. While the movie studios have praised the actions of the U.S. Governme...
04:05 am - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot Why Onagawa Nuclear Power Station Survived the Tsunami
Kyusaku Natsume writes "While the town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, was hit hard by the March 2011 tsunami, the nuclear plant it shares with the equally devastated city of Ishinomaki survived. The r...
01:05 am - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot DHS Will Now Vet UK Air Passengers To Mexico, Canada, Cuba
First time accepted submitter illtud writes "From April, UK passengers flying to Mexico, Eastern Canada or Cuba will have to submit their details at least 72 hours before boarding to the U.S. Departme...
12:05 am - Sun, April 1, 2012
Slashdot NY District Judge Dismisses Blogger Suit Against Huffington Post
The Chicago Tribute reports on a ruling announced Friday that the Huffington Post violated no law in profiting enormously from the unpaid contributions of bloggers who wrote much of the content that h...
11:05 pm - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot Minecraft Creator Announces Space Sandbox Game Mars Effect
An anonymous reader writes "Notch posted the official page of Mars Effect today, saying through Twitter, 'it's a completely different game! Our takes place in space, and focuses on characters, and let...
10:05 pm - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Says Their TVs Aren't Really Spying On You
lightbox32 writes "Samsung has finally responded to an article recently published by HD Guru titled 'Is your TV watching you?' [See this related Slashdot post] which discussed the fact that new featur...
09:05 pm - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot Nano-SIM Decision Delayed
judgecorp writes "The decision on the next generation of even-smaller SIM cards for phones and other devices has been delayed by standards body ETSI, and the issue (which should have been settled this...
08:05 pm - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot Software-Defined Radio For $11
Malvineous writes "Don't have $1500 to drop on a USRP? A Linux kernel developer has discovered that a Realtek digital TV tuner chip has an undocumented mode that turns it into a software-defined radio...
07:05 pm - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot New Engine Raises Possibility of Cheap Travel To the Moon
shreshtha writes with this intriguing bit from The Daily Mail: "A tiny satellite thruster which can journey to the Moon on just a tenth of a litre of fuel could usher in a new low-cost space age, its ...
06:05 pm - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot The Phantoms of Google+
theodp writes "Engadget reports that Google wants a patent on its System and Method for Generating a Ghost Profile for a Social Network. The brainchild of five Googlers, the invention is designed to c...
04:05 pm - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: It's World Backup Day; How Do You Back Up?
MrSeb writes "Today is World Backup Day! The premise is that you back up your computers on March 31, so that you're not an April Fool if your hard drive crashes tomorrow. How do Slashdot users back up...
03:05 pm - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot Adobe Releases Last Linux Version of Flash Player
dartttt writes "Adobe has released Flash Player version 11.2 with many new features. This is the final Flash Player release for Linux platform and now onward there will be only security and bug fix up...
02:05 pm - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot Glibc Steering Committee Dissolves; Switches To Co-Operative Development Model
First time accepted submitter bheading writes "Following years under controversial leadership which, among other things, led to a fork (which was in turn adopted by some of the major distributions) th...
01:05 pm - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot Wind Map of US Will Blow You Away
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Talk about visualizations. Ever wondered what the wind would look like if you could see it in action from above? A new project posted online by a pair of Google computer sc...
11:05 am - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot Google Maps Directions Adds Real-Time Traffic Estimates
First time accepted submitter constpointertoconst writes "If you use Google Maps to calculate directions, you may now notice (if your route is covered by their traffic data) an "in current traffic" tr...
09:05 am - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Internet Firms Punished For Permitting Spread Of Political Rumors
First time accepted submitter rover42 writes "Major Chinese sites Sina and Webo 'have been legally punished for permitting the spread of unfounded rumors. Specifically, the report cites unfounded rumo...
08:05 am - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot JAXA Creates Camera That Can See Radiation
New submitter Ben_R_R writes "The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has created a camera that can 'see' radioactive contamination by detecting gamma rays emitted by radioactive cesium and other subst...
06:05 am - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot German Court Rules Rapidshare Is Legal, But Must Adjust Content Policies
New submitter loosescrews writes "Online file locker Rapidshare is legal in Germany, but has to adjust its policy regarding infringing content, the Higher Regional Court in Hamburg has ruled. Rapidsha...
03:05 am - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot Smartphones Invade the Prepaid Market
jfruh writes "When tech geeks debate the state of the smartphone world, they usually focus on the iPhone and its high-end Android rivals from the major carriers. But Android is rapidly entering the lo...
12:05 am - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot Hackers Can Easily Lift Credit Card Info From a Used Xbox
zacharye writes "Using nothing more than a few common tools, hackers can reportedly recover credit card numbers and other personal information from used Xbox 360 consoles even after they have been res...
12:05 am - Sat, March 31, 2012
Slashdot 1.9 Billion Digits: Brazil's Bid For Biometric Voting
MatthewVD writes "Brazil is on a massive fingerprinting spree, with the goal of collecting biometric information from each of its 190 million citizens and identifying all voters by their biological si...