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11:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Do Headphones Help Or Hurt Productivity?
Hugh Pickens writes "Derek Thompson writes that there is an excellent chance you are wearing, or within arm's reach of, a pair of headphones or earbuds. To visit a modern office place is to walk into ...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Technicolor Takes Aim At Apple, Samsung, Others for Patent Infringement
Master Moose sends this quote from a Bloomberg report:"When Apple's next iPhone hits store shelves, Technicolor's engineers will rush to get the handset — not to make calls or play games, but to...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot VA Governor Wants Military Drones For Police
New submitter Screen404-O writes "During radio interview, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell suggested that using unmanned drones to assist police would be 'great' and 'the right thing to do.' 'Increased...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's Office 365 For Government Heralds New Google Fight
Nerval's Lobster writes "In a bid to expand the reach of its cloud services, Microsoft has introduced Office 365 for Government, which features the same cloud-based productivity tools as Office 365 bu...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Milky Way's Black Hole Wasn't Always Such a Wimp
scibri writes "Sagittarius A*, the dormant supermassive black hole that lies at the center of our galaxy, was much more active not that long ago. Astronomers using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope ...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot The Poor Waste More Time On Digital Entertainment
New submitter polyphydont writes "Children of parents with low social status are less able to resist the temptations of technological entertainment, a fact that impedes their education and adds to the...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Everything You Need To Know About the June 56 Venus Transit
The Bad Astronomer writes "Next week, on June 5/6, there will be the last Venus transit across the face of the Sun until the year 2117. There are dozens of sites issuing press releases about it &mdash...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Ask Candidate Jeremy Hansen About Direct Democracy in Vermont
We mentioned yesterday Jeremy Hansen's run for the Vermont Senate. There are a lot of political races currently active in the U.S.; what makes Hansen's interesting (besides his background in computer ...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Dot-Word Bidders In Last Minute Dash
benfrog writes "Dot-word bidders are in a last-minute dash for domain names as ICANN has revealed its timetable for the controversial new TLDs. The organization will close its TLD Application System (...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot IT Positions Some of the Toughest Jobs To Fill In US
coondoggie writes "Forty-nine percent of U.S. companies are having a hard time filling what workforce management firm ManpowerGroup calls mission-critical positions within their organizations. IT staf...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Mathematicians Show Why Bubbles Sink in Nitrogen-Infused Stouts
SicariusMan writes "The age old question: do Guinness and other stouts' bubbles really sink, or is it an optical illusion? Well, some mathematicians have figured it out."Full paper via arXiv; From the...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot GRAIL Probes Complete Primary Mission Ahead of Schedule
Zothecula writes with an update on NASA's lunar mapping probes. From the article: "After entering orbit around the Moon at the start of the year, NASA's twin GRAIL probes, Ebb and Flow, have completed...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot All Researchers To Be Allocated Unique IDs
ananyo writes with information on a new scheme to help uniquely identify authors in the face of ambiguous names. From the article: "In 2011, Y. Wang was the world's most prolific author of scientific ...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Radiation Detecting Android Phone Coming To Japan
itwbennett writes "Softbank, Japan's third largest carrier, has teamed up with Sharp to create a radiation detector chip for the latest model in the company's popular, bare-bones Pantone line of smart...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8: More EULA, Fewer Rights.
sl4shd0rk writes "Microsoft has adopted a brand new licensing scheme for Windows 8 which effectively removes your right to file a class-action lawsuit against them should you feel the need. '...Many o...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Cost of Pre-Screening All YouTube Content: US$37 Billion
Fluffeh writes "The folks that push 'Anti-Piracy' and 'Copying is Stealing' seem to often request that Google pre-screens content going up on YouTube and of course expect Google to cover the costs. No...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Researcher Develops Chemical Circuit Using Ion Transistors
cylonlover writes news of ion based logic gates. From the article: "While the silicon chips found in the electronic devices that we rely on every day are built around the flow of electrons through cir...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot SFC Expands GPL Compliance Efforts To Samba, Linux, and Other Projects
An anonymous reader tipped us to news that the Software Freedom Conservancy is expanding its GPL compliance efforts. Quoting Bradley Kuhn: "This new program is an outgrowth of the debate that happened...
02:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot SFLC Expands GPL Compliance Efforts To Samba, Linux, and Other Projects
An anonymous reader tipped us to news that the Software Freedom Conservancy is expanding its GPL compliance efforts. Quoting Bradley Kuhn: "This new program is an outgrowth of the debate that happened...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Supreme Court Rules Julian Assange May Be Extradited
sirlark writes with an update on the protracted legal proceedings regarding Julian Assange's extradition to Sweden: "Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has lost his Supreme Court fight against extraditi...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Statisticians Investigate Political Bias On Wikipedia
Hugh Pickens writes "The Global Economic Intersection reports on a project to statistically measure political bias on Wikipedia. The team first identified 1,000 political phrases based on the number o...
10:05 am - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Intelsat Signs Launch Contract With SpaceX
New submitter jamstar7 writes "Following the success of the Falcon9/Dragon resupply test to the ISS comes the following announcement: 'Intelsat, the world's leading provider of satellite services, and...
08:05 am - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot US Ordered To Hand Over Megaupload Documents
An anonymous reader writes "A judge in New Zealand has ordered the U.S. government to hand over evidence seized in the Megaupload raid so Kim Dotcom and his co-defendants can use it to prepare a defen...
06:05 am - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot NASA, ASU Team Finds a New Test For Osteoporosis
An anonymous reader writes "The BBC has an article about scientists at NASA who believe that they have found a new test that can detect osteoporosis earlier than existing tests. Their test involved ha...
03:05 am - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Sprint To Shut Down Nextel iDEN Network Next Year
Stephenmg writes "Sprint will be shutting down their iDEN network from its merger with Nextel and will migrate users to Push to Talk over CDMA. It will then use the 800mhz frequency to build out its L...
01:05 am - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Bomb Joke Case Rolls Back Into UK Courts
judgecorp writes "Paul Chambers, the Briton whose joke on Twitter backfired, will be back in court following a legal stalemate, after more than two years. Chambers joked about blowing up South Yorkshi...
12:05 am - Wed, May 30, 2012
Slashdot Political Campaigns Mining Online Data To Target Voters
New submitter nicoles writes with this quote from an AP report:"The Romney and Obama campaigns are spending heavily on television ads and other traditional tools to convey their messages. But strategi...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot LG Aims To Beat Apple's Retina Display
angry tapir writes "LG Display has introduced a 5-inch full HD LCD panel for smartphone displays — the highest resolution mobile panel to date. The widescreen panel is based on AH-IPS (Advanced ...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot What Would a Post-Email World Look Like?
jfruh writes "Pundits have been gleefully predicting the death of email for years, but nobody has really been able to explain what will replace email, especially for the medium's archiving capabilitie...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot EU Commissioner: I Will End Net Neutrality Waiting Game
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from ZDNet:"Europeans are a step closer to seeing new net neutrality rules put in place, after the release of an EU regulators' report on how often ISPs and oper...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot RIM May Need To Write Off $1 Billion In Inventory
benfrog writes "Blackberry maker Research in Motion may need to write off more than $1 billion in inventory, according to Bloomberg. The potential 'writedown' comes after RIM took a $485 million preta...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot CS Professor Announces Run For VT State Senate On a Platform of Internet Polling
Cynic writes "Having read pretty heavily on the topic, weighed the pros and cons, and seen a few relevant slashdot articles, I wondered why an elected representative couldn't use online and in-person ...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Scientific Literacy vs. Concern Over Climate Change
New submitter gmfeier writes "An interesting study reported in Nature Climate Change indicates that concern over climate change did not correlate with scientific literacy nearly as much as with cultur...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Another Afghan School Poisoned — 160 Girls Hospitalized
An anonymous reader writes "Back in April, we discussed news of an anti-education attack on an Afghani school, which poisoned 150 Afghan schoolgirls. Now, a hospital in the same province has admitted ...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Mono Abandons Open Source Silverlight
mikejuk writes "The Mono project is about the only group of people actively talking up .NET and developing it, but in an interview Miguel de Icaza has admitted that Moonlight, the Mono version of Silv...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Find a Job In China For Non-native Speaker?
An anonymous reader writes "My fiancée has recently been accepted into a Chinese university into their Ph.D. program, and I've been looking at jobs in China (specifically the Beijing area) and no...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot The Netherlands Rejects ACTA, and Does One Better
First time accepted submitter Peetke writes "The Dutch House of Representatives unanimously accepted a motion to urge the Cabinet to reject ACTA [Dutch original] (if they ever get the change to do so;...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Can Windows 8 Succeed In a Cloud-Based World?
New submitter Nerval's Lobster writes "To say that Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 8 is a bit of an understatement. The upcoming OS needs to prove that Windows can stay relevant in a world where...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Audio Surveillance, Intended to Detect Gunshots, Can Pick Up Much More
New submitter groovethefish writes "This NYT article highlights the use of electronic listening devices installed on utility poles, buildings, and other structures, then centrally monitored for gunsho...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey
Hugh Pickens writes writes "According to noted paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey, sometime in the next 15 to 30 years scientific discoveries about evolution will have accelerated to the point that 'e...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Fedora 17 Released
ekimd writes "Fedora 17 aka "Beefy Miracle" is released. Some of the major features include: ext4 with >16TB filesystems, dynamic firewall configuration, automatic multi-seat, and more. Major softw...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Digging Into the Electrical Cost of PC Gaming
submitter MBAFK writes "My coworker Geoff and I have been taking power meters home to see what the true cost of PC gaming is. Not just the outlay for hardware and software, but what the day-to-day cos...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Hundreds of IP Addresses Make Pirate Bay a Hard Target
jones_supa writes "Last week The Pirate Bay added a new IP address which allows users to circumvent the many court-ordered blockades against the site. While this proved to be quite effective, the Holl...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot 64 Complaints Received On UK Cookie Law
judgecorp writes "Privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office, has already received 64 complaints under the UK's Cookie Law, which requires sites to get permission to track users with cook...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot "Open Source Bach" Project Completed; Score and Recording Now Online
rDouglass writes "MuseScore, the open source music notation editor, and pianist Kimiko Ishizaka have released a new recording and digital edition of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The works are released ...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Startup Skips IE Support, Claims $100,000 Savings
darthcamaro writes "Guess what — you don't have to support Microsoft's IE web browser any more to build a successful website. In fact, you might just be able to save yourself a pile of cash if y...
09:05 am - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Oz Govt Pushes Ahead With ISP Customer Data Retention
angry tapir writes "The Australian federal government is pushing ahead with reforms that could see consumers' information kept on file for up to two years by ISPs. This could include the data retentio...
08:05 am - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot TomTom Flames OpenStreetMap
An anonymous reader writes "TomTom Navigation has a recently launched article on what they call the 'negative aspects' of open data projects such as OpenStreetMap. As there are no hard facts and detai...
04:05 am - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Autralian Mining Companies Increasing Use of UAVs
aesoteric writes "Australia's top miners have opened a new front in their march to automation, flying unmanned aerial vehicles in increasing numbers at remote sites across the country. They've been us...
03:05 am - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot Landmark Calculation Clears the Way To Answering How Matter Is Formed
First time accepted submitter smazsyr writes "An international collaboration of scientists is reporting in landmark detail the decay process of a subatomic particle called a kaon – information t...
12:05 am - Tue, May 29, 2012
Slashdot World Cup Memo Written By Steve Jobs Going Up For Auction
New submitter Dega704 writes with an excerpt from El Reg: "Before Steve Jobs came up with the iPhone or even the Apple II, he designed paddles for ball-flipping games at Atari where the scruffy 19-yea...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot 'Eco-Anarchists' Targeting Nuclear and Nanotech Workers
scibri writes, quoting Nature: "A loose coalition of eco-anarchist groups is increasingly launching violent attacks on scientists. A group calling itself the Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federa...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot Autonomous Road Train Project Completes First Public Road Test
theodp writes "Covered earlier on Slashdot, but lost in the buzz over the Google driverless car is Project Sartre (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), Europe's experiment with 'vehicle platooning,'...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot The Race To $1,000 Human Genome Sequencing
ericjones12398 writes "Just one decade ago, sequencing an entire human genome cost upwards of $10 million and took about three years to complete. Now, several companies are racing to provide technolog...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot Flame: The Massive Stuxnet-Level Malware Sweeping the Middle East
An anonymous reader writes "Wired is reporting on a massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coo...
07:05 pm - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot Is Facebook Working On a Smartphone?
An anonymous reader writes "The New York Times reports that Facebook has resumed its stealthy efforts to create a smartphone, apparently to assert its position in an Internet increasingly accessed via...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot Backdoor Found In China-Made US Military Chip?
Hugh Pickens writes "Information Age reports that the Cambridge University researchers have discovered that a microprocessor used by the US military but made in China contains secret remote access cap...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Wrongly Gives Britain the Day Off
Barence writes "An error in Outlook's public holidays calendar has incorrectly given Britons the day off work. Today was originally meant to be a Bank Holiday in Britain, but the holiday was postponed...
03:05 pm - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot Grilling For Geeks
A lot of us are going to be standing over a grill today cooking for friends and family. Here's an article that lists some of the best gadgets to help you grill like a geek. Whether you want some high-...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot Chemists Make Olympic Rings On a Molecular Scale
ananyo writes "Chemists in the UK have made a five-ring polyaromatic hydrocarbon and dubbed it 'olympicene'. The molecule is just a couple of nanometers wide and can be regarded as a little fragment o...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot Remembering America's Fresh Water Submarines
Hugh Pickens writes "As we move into Memorial Day and Americans remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, I wanted to share the story of my Uncle Donald Cres...
10:05 am - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot UK "No Tracking Law" Now In Effect
Fluffeh writes "The British Gov might have more cameras up on street corners than just about anywhere else in the world, but it seems that the Gov doesn't want anyone else stepping on the privacy of t...
06:05 am - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot Japan Readies Robot For Work At Crippled Nuclear Reactor
angry tapir writes "A Japanese robotics lab has developed a new emergency response prototype that will soon be put to work at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northern Japan. The robot,...
03:05 am - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot The Shortage of Women In IT
CIStud writes "The IT industry is hurting for women. Currently only 11% of IT companies are owned by women. The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program requires 5% of all IT jobs to...
12:05 am - Mon, May 28, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo Kills Flipboard Competitor Six Months After Debut
redletterdave writes "It seemed like a step in the right direction for Yahoo back in November, when the company announced a family of new mobile products that would enrich the way users experience and...
11:05 pm - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot Key Gene Found Responsible For Accelerated Aging and Cancer
First time accepted submitter gbrennan123 writes "Researchers at NYU School of Medicine have identified a single gene that simultaneously controls inflammation, accelerated aging and cancer. From the ...
09:05 pm - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot Patent Troll Now Armed With Thousands of Nortel Patents
dgharmon writes in with a story about the final outcome of thousands of Nortel patents that were bought last July. "You may recall last summer that Apple, Microsoft, EMC, RIM, Ericsson and Sony all te...
08:05 pm - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot New Cyberbullying Evidence Rules May Go Too Far
An anonymous reader writes "The Malaysian Government has recently passed an amendment to their Evidence Act that has been designed to hold cyber bullies accountable for their malicious tirades on blog...
07:05 pm - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot Apple Fires Back At DoJ Over eBook Price Fixing
An anonymous reader writes "CNN takes a look at Apple's response to the Department of Justice's investigation into eBook price fixing. The filing 'cuts the government's case to shreds' while at the sa...
05:05 pm - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot Internet Defense League: A Bat Signal For the Internet
mikejuk writes "Following the successful defense of the Internet against SOPA, website owners are being invited to sign up to a project that will enable them to participate in future protest campaign,...
04:05 pm - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot The Gamification of Hiring
First time accepted submitter funge writes "The Economist has an article on Work and play: The gamification of hiring about a start-up that lets you play games to show off your talents to prospective ...
03:05 pm - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot Star Trek Luminaries Behind the Fastest Funded Film Project On Kickstarter
An anonymous reader writes "Legendary sci-fi writer Marc Zicree (Star Trek, Babylon 5, Sliders) and special effects wizard Doug Drexler (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica) are behind the fastest funded ...
02:05 pm - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot 350-Year-Old Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old
First time accepted submitter johnsnails writes "A German 16-year-old, Shouryya Ra, solved two fundamental particle dynamic theories posed by Sir Isaac Newton, which until recently required the use of...
01:05 pm - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot Pollution From Asia Affects US Climate
sciencehabit writes "China and India are some of the world's top polluters, with countless cars, factories, and households belching more than 2 million metric tons of carbon soot and other dark pollut...
10:05 am - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot Coming Your Way... Less Intrusive Facebook Data Policies?
ainandil writes "Facebook may have to alter its data use policy now that grassrooters have driven enough complaints about the company's proposed data usage policy to trigger a user vote on the matter....
07:05 am - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot Groupon Testing Merchant Payment System
An anonymous reader writes with news that Groupon is testing out a service for letting merchants accept credit cards that could put it into competition with PayPal and Square. "Groupon's nascent payme...
04:05 am - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot Dungeons & Dragons Next Playtest Released
New submitter thuf1rhawat writes "For a certain type of geek, nothing is more important than Dungeons & Dragons. In January, Wizards of the Coast announced that the next iteration of the game (ref...
12:05 am - Sun, May 27, 2012
Slashdot Iran Reverse Engineers Cobra Attack Helicopter
Hugh Pickens writes "Continuing its tradition of reverse engineering and fabricating its stockpile of 40-year old American weaponry, Iran announced that it is about to unveil its first ever domestical...
11:05 pm - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?
jakooistra writes "My sister recently asked me for a laptop recommendation. I said, 'Sure, what are techie brothers for,' and diligently started my search for her perfect laptop. Two days later, I fee...
10:05 pm - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Cisco All But Kills Cius Tablet
alphadogg writes "Cisco is slowly killing off its Cius business tablet less than a year after it started shipping. The Android-based collaboration tool, which featured a 7-inch touchscreen and was not...
09:05 pm - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Germany Sets New Solar Power Record
An anonymous reader sends this quote from a Reuters report: "German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour — equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full c...
08:05 pm - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Certain 'Personality Genes' Correlate With Longevity, Says Study
An anonymous reader writes "People who are outgoing, optimistic, easygoing, and have a good sense of humor and a large social network are likely to live longer than others who don't possess these pers...
07:05 pm - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot US CIOCTO: Idea of Hiring COBOL Coders Laughable
theodp writes "If you're a COBOL programmer, you're apparently persona non grata in the eyes of the nation's Chief Information and Chief Technology Officers. Discussing new government technology initi...
06:05 pm - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Barter-Based School Catching On Globally
sethopia writes "In 2010, three people had the crazy idea to start a school where the teachers teach whatever they want and the students pay for classes with whatever teachers need — cutlery, ar...
05:05 pm - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Can You Buy Tech With a Clean Conscience?
Barence writes "Is it even possible to buy technology with a clean conscience? With the vast majority of gadgets and components manufactured using low-paid labor in Asia, manufacturers unable to accur...
04:05 pm - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Van Jacobson Denies Averting Internet Meltdown In 1980s
New submitter strangebush sends this quote from Wired about Van Jacobson's work on the TCP/IP protocol in the '80s, which helped stabilize early computer networks enough for them to eventually grow in...
03:05 pm - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot 19-Year-Old Squatted At AOL For 2 Months
New submitter mrnick writes "Eric Simons, 19 years old, was working at incubator Imagine K2 in Silicon Valley, which was hosted at AOL's Palo Alto campus. His grant money eventually ran out, but his a...
02:05 pm - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Astronauts Open Dragon Capsule Hatch
Hexydes writes "Early in the morning (5:53 am EST) on May 26th, 2012, NASA gave the go-ahead for the Expedition 31 crew to begin the procedure to open the hatch on the Dragon capsule, now directly att...
01:05 pm - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Hacked Bitcoin Financial Site Had No Backups
An anonymous reader writes "A fortnight ago the Bitcoin financial website Bitcoinica was hacked and the hacker stole $87,000 worth of Bitcoins. At the time the owner promised that all users would have...
11:05 am - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Is Facebook Going To Buy Opera?
New submitter x0d writes with this excerpt from the L.A. Times: "The Facebook spending spree may be continuing as a new report says the social networking giant might be looking to buy Norwegian compan...
09:05 am - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Google Now Searches JavaScript
mikejuk writes "Google has been improving the way that its Googlebot searches dynamic web pages for some time — but it seems to be causing some added interest just at the moment. In the past Goo...
08:05 am - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot A Wrinkle For Biometric Systems: Irises Change Over Time
scibri writes "The iris scanners that are used to police immigration in some countries, like the UK, are based on the premise that your irises don't change over your lifetime. But it seems that assump...
06:05 am - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Australian IT Price Hike Inquiry Kicks Off: Submissions Wanted
New submitter wirelessduck writes "After some recent complaints from a Labor MP about price markups on software and technology devices in Australia, Federal Government agencies decided to look in to t...
04:05 am - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Sound Increases the Efficiency of Boiling
hessian writes "Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology achieved a 17-percent increase in boiling efficiency by using an acoustic field to enhance heat transfer. The acoustic field does this...
03:05 am - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Free Desktop Software Development Dead In Windows 8
benfrog writes "Microsoft has decided to restrict Visual Studio 11 Express, the free-to-use version of its integrated development environment, to producing only Metro-style applications. Those who wou...
01:05 am - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Not Linux For Security?
An anonymous reader writes "In Friday's story about IBM's ban on Cloud storage there was much agreement, such as: 'My company deals with financial services. We are not allowed to access Dropbox either...
12:05 am - Sat, May 26, 2012
Slashdot BitTorrent Traffic Falls In the U.S.
First time accepted submitter CAKAS writes "After legal actions taken by several industry outfits, BitTorrent traffic has fallen in the United States to the all time low of 12.7 percent of internet tr...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Battle Brewing Over Labeling of Genetically Modified Food
gollum123 writes with this excerpt from the NY Times:"For more than a decade, almost all processed foods in the United States — cereals, snack foods, salad dressings — have contained ingre...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Dark Days Ahead For Facebook and Google?
An anonymous reader writes "Dallas Mavericks owner and media entrepreneur Mark Cuban thinks he knows the reason for Facebook's disappointing IPO; smart money has realized that 'mobile is going to crus...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Texter Not Responsible For Textee's Car Accident, Rules Judge
linuxwrangler writes "After mowing down a motorcycling couple while distracted by texting, Kyle Best received a slap on the wrist. The couple's attorney then sued Best's girlfriend, Shannon Colonna, f...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Free News Unsustainable, Says Warren Buffett
Koreantoast writes "Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway recently purchased 63 newspapers and plans to purchase more over the next few years, noted during an interview that the current free conten...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Curt Schilling Fires Entire Staff At 38 Studios
redletterdave writes "On Thursday, former Boston Red Sox pitcher and tech entrepreneur Curt Schilling fired his entire staff at 38 Studios, his Rhode Island-based video game company, leaving more than...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Bessel Beam 'Tractor Beam' Concept Theoretically Demonstrated
cylonlover writes "Last year, NASA revealed it was evaluating three potential 'tractor beam' technologies to deliver planetary or atmospheric particles to a robotic rover or orbiting spacecraft. At th...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Are Porn and Video Games Ruining a Generation?
silentbrad writes "An editorial published at CNN is titled 'The Demise of Guys: How Videogames and Porn are Ruining a Generation.' It makes the sensationalized case that not only do game addiction and...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Court Ruling Shuts Down Australian Cloud TV Recorders
joshgnosis writes "In the wake of an Australian Federal Court ruling last month that free-to-air TV recording app Optus TV Now was infringing on the copyright of some of the country's biggest sports b...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Where's HAL 9000?
An anonymous reader writes "With entrants to this year's Loebner Prize, the annual Turing Test designed to identify a thinking machine, demonstrating that chatbots are still a long way from passing as...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright
New submitter JamieKitson writes "Photographer Jay Lee got more than he bargained for after sending some DMCA takedown notifications out to hosts of sites using one of his pictures. One Candice Shwagg...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Higher Hard Drive Prices Are the New Normal
An anonymous reader tips an article looking at the state of HDD pricing now that the market has had time to recover after the flood waters in Thailand receded, and also after a round of consolidation ...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot IBM's Ban on Dropbox and iCloud Highlights Cloud Security Issues
IBM has forbidden its employees from using cloud-based services such as Siri, Dropbox and iCloud, according to reports. These products (along with many others) are presenting a challenge to IT adminis...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Fire May Leave US Nuclear Sub Damaged Beyond Repair
Hugh Pickens writes "AP reports that a fire that swept through a nuclear-powered submarine in dry dock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has caused such extensive damage to its forward compartments that th...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot HP's Core WebOS Enyo Team Going To Google
benfrog writes "The core of HP's Enyo team (responsible for webOS's HTML5-based app framework) is heading to Google. What they will be doing at Google is unclear right now, but everyone is speculating...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Australia and South Africa To Share the Square Kilometer Array
ananyo writes "The battle for the world's largest radio telescope has ended in a draw. As an earlier Slashdot story suggested, South Africa and Australia are to split the Square Kilometre Array, a &eu...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot ISS Captures SpaceX Dragon Capsule
Today at 9:56AM EDT (13:56 GMT) the robotic arm on the International Space Station successfully captured SpaceX's Dragon capsule. It's the first time a commercial craft has connected with the ISS, and...
02:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Faculty Votes For Open Access Policy At UC San Francisco
Marian the Librarian writes "UCSF is among the first public institutions to adopt an open access policy, and is the largest scientific institution to have such a policy. The policy, voted unanimously ...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Who Sends Google the Most Takedown Notices? Microsoft
nk497 writes "Google has released details on the copyright takedown notices it's received over the past year, and the most requests by far have been from Microsoft. Over the past year, Google has rece...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Call For DOJ To Reopen Google Wi-Fi Spying Investigation
angry tapir writes "Two U.S. lawmakers have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into Google's snooping on Wi-Fi networks in 2010 after recent questions about the compa...
10:05 am - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Releases Instagram Clone, Two Months After Acquisition
redletterdave writes "Six days after the company's IPO and two months after it acquired photo-sharing app company Instagram for $1 billion, Facebook debuted a photo app of its own on Thursday, called ...
07:05 am - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Volunteers Use Annular Eclipse To Measure Sun More Accurately
Anonymous Squonk writes "The measurement of the sun currently in use was actually calculated over 120 years ago, and is off by hundreds of kilometers. Thousands of ordinary Japanese citizens worked to...
04:05 am - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Neil Armstrong Gives Rare Interview
pcritter writes "In a rare coup for accountants' association CPA Australia, CEO Alex Malley interviews Neil Armstrong, whose dad worked as an Auditor, bringing him back 4 decades to the pinnacle of th...
02:05 am - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature
therealobsideus writes "Dish recently announced Auto Hop, giving its customers with the Hopper DVR the ability to 'hop' past commercial break on recordings. In response, Fox has filed suit against Dis...
12:05 am - Fri, May 25, 2012
Slashdot Why Open Compute Is a Win For Rackspace
1sockchuck writes "Cloud provider Rackspace is looking to the emerging open source hardware ecosystem to transform its data centers. The cloud provider spends $200 million a year on servers and storag...
11:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot FBI Quietly Forms Secretive Net-Surveillance Unit
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from CNET: "CNET has learned that the FBI has formed a Domestic Communications Assistance Center, which is tasked with developing new electronic surveillan...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot When Antivirus Scammers Call the Wrong Guy
ancientribe writes "Phony AV scammers posing as Microsoft dialed the wrong number when they inadvertently phoned a security researcher at home. He lured them into a honeypot to study their actions, an...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Mobile Workers Work Longer Hours
Qedward writes "Last month it was reported on slashdot that a third of workers at a British telecoms company were 'more productive' working from home during a telecommuting experiment to prepare for t...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot New Jersey Mayor and Son Arrested For Nuking Recall Website
phaedrus5001 writes "The mayor of West New York, New Jersey was arrested by the FBI after he and his son illegally took down a website that was calling for the recall of mayor Felix Roque (the site is...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot NASA To Future Lunar Explorers: Don't Mess With Our Moon Stuff
coondoggie writes "NASA today gently reminded any future Moon explorers that any relics of its Apollo missions or other U.S. lunar artifacts should be off limits and are considered historic sites. NAS...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Hobbyist-Ready LCD Touch Panel For Embedded Projects?
michael_cain writes "I've been asked (by family, friends) to consider several small embedded controller projects. A good starting point for all of them would be a backlit LCD graphics module with touc...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot New Music Boss, Worse Than Old Music Boss
frank_adrian314159 writes "David Lowery, musician (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven), producer (Sparklehorse, Counting Crows), recording engineer (Archers of Loaf, Lamb of God), and geek (programmer, pac...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo Includes Private Key In Source File For Axis Chrome Extension
Trailrunner7 writes "Yahoo on Wednesday launched a new browser called Axis and researchers immediately discovered that the company had mistakenly included its private signing key in the source file, a...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot US State Department Hacks Al-Qaeda Websites In Yemen
shuttah writes "In the growing Al-Qaeda activity in Yemen, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton revealed today that "cyber experts" had recently hacked into web sites being used by an Al-Qaeda affiliate,...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Sales of Unused IPv4 Addresses Gaining Steam
netbuzz writes "A growing number of U.S. carriers and enterprises are hedging their bets on IPv6 by purchasing blocks of unused IPv4 addresses through official channels or behind-the-scenes deals. The...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Moxie Marlinspike Proposes New TACK Extension To TLS For Key Pinning
Trailrunner7 writes "Two independent researchers are proposing an extension for TLS to provide greater trust in certificate authorities, which have become a weak link in the entire public key infrastr...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Supreme Court Orders Do-Over On Key Software Patents
Fluffeh writes "It seems that the US Supreme Court has an itch it just can't scratch. A patent granted to the Ultramercial company covers the concept of allowing users to watch a pre-roll advertisemen...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Obama To Agencies: Optimize Web Content For Mobile
CWmike writes "President Barack Obama has ordered all major government agencies to make two key services available on mobile phones within a year, in an effort to embrace a growing trend toward Web su...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Bioethicist Jonathan Moreno Talks Jacked-In Soldiers And Military Neuroscience
pigrabbitbear writes "Who's driving a lot of neuro research? The military. Much of it is health related, like figuring out how to make prosthetics work more seamlessly and helping diagnose brain injur...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Google Funds Raspberry Pi And CS Teachers For UK Schools
nk497 writes "Last year, Eric Schmidt slammed British computer science teaching, saying the UK was wasting its computing heritage — since then, the Government has agreed to re-examine how the su...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Groups Launch $200M Gigabit-per-second Broadband Project
alphadogg writes "An Ohio startup company has raised $200 million to fund gigabit-per-second broadband projects in six university communities across the U.S., the company announced Wednesday. Gigabit ...
12:05 pm - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Four Years Jail For Bredolab Botnet Author
angry tapir writes "The creator of the Bredolab malware has received a four-year prison sentence in Armenia for using his botnet to launch DDoS attacks that damaged multiple computer systems owned by ...
10:05 am - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Four Years' Jail For Bredolab Botnet Author
angry tapir writes "The creator of the Bredolab malware has received a four-year prison sentence in Armenia for using his botnet to launch DDoS attacks that damaged multiple computer systems owned by ...
08:05 am - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot SETI Pioneer Jill Tarter Retires
ananyo writes "After 35 years, astronomer Jill Tarter is retiring from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) — a field she helped pioneer and popularize, most recently at the SETI ...
08:05 am - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot "Part-Time" Scientists Aim To Build Autonomous Moon Rover
First time accepted submitter ziegenberg writes "The lunar rover 'Asimov' developed by the Part-Time Scientists, and due to land in 2014, will be the first autonomously navigated rover on the Moon. It...
05:05 am - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Axis, Yahoo's New Browser
markjhood2003 writes "Fresh on the heels of Slashdot's discussion of the lack of browser choice on mobile devices comes the announcement of Yahoo's new web browser Axis. According to VentureBeat, the ...
03:05 am - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Apple and Samsung Ordered Talks Fail - Trial Date Set
Fluffeh writes "Apple and Samsung just can't come to an agreement, even when the two CEO's are court ordered to hash it out over a two day period. US Judge Judy Koh had ordered the sit down prior to c...
01:05 am - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot MIT Creates Superhydrophobic Condiment Bottles
An anonymous reader writes "First we had a superhydrophobic spray that meant no dirt or sweat could stick to your clothes. Then a hydrophobic nanocoating was created for circuit boards to make them wa...
01:05 am - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Turn Skin Cells Into Beating Heart Muscle
An anonymous reader writes "By taking skin cells and turning them into stem cells, a technique that is already well known, researchers at Technion Israel Institute of Technology were able to generate ...
12:05 am - Thu, May 24, 2012
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Demands Access To Seized Property To Defend Himself
redletterdave writes "On Wednesday, Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz and his legal team visited the High Court in Auckland, New Zealand, to demand access to the data stored on his computers and hard drives that w...
11:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Nanotech Solar Cell Minimizes Cost, Toxic Impact
bonch writes "Researches at Northwestern University have developed an inexpensive solar cell intended to solve the problems of current solar cell designs, such as high cost, low efficiency, and toxic ...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Ten Cops Can't Recover Police Chief's Son's iPhone
Hugh Pickens writes "The Oakland Tribune reports that when Berkeley police Chief Michael Meehan's son's cell phone was stolen from a school locker in January, ten police officers were sent to track do...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Minecraft Mod Adds Emulated 6502 Processor
New submitter Direwolf20 writes "The Red Power 2 mod for Minecraft has recently been updated, and it adds a fully emulated 6502 processor that can be programmed in assembly, but comes with a Forth int...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Return of the Vacuum Tube
sciencehabit writes "Peer inside an antique radio and you'll find what look like small light bulbs. They're actually vacuum tubes — the predecessors of the silicon transistor. Vacuum tubes went ...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Linux Mint 13 (Maya) Has Arrived
New submitter OceanMan7 writes "Linux Mint 13 (Maya) has just been released. DVDs come in four flavors — MATE (with and without codecs) and Cinnamon (with and without codecs) — in both 32-...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot DARPA Pays $3.5 Million For New TechShops and Secret Reconfigurable Factories
pacopico writes "Businessweek reports that DARPA will pay for the creation of two new TechShops in Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh. The $3.5 million deal includes 2,000 TechShop memberships for militar...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Comparing R, Octave, and Python for Data Analysis
Here is a breakdown of R, Octave and Python, and how analysts can rely on open-source software and online learning resources to bring data-mining capabilities into their companies. The article breaks ...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Little Health Risk Seen From Fukushima's Radioactivity
gbrumfiel writes "Two independent reports show that the public and most workers received only low doses of radiation following last year's meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Jap...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot No Patent Infringement Found In Oracle vs. Google
sl4shd0rk writes "Today, the jury in the Oracle vs. Google trial found no infringement of patents by Google. The jury deliberated about 30 minutes to reach the verdict, bringing an end to the second p...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot The Future of Browser Choice
New submitter plawson writes "CNET offers an in-depth discussion of the browser's future, making the case that 'new mobile devices threaten to stifle the competitive vigor of the market for Web browse...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot ITC Judge Calls For US Xbox Import Ban
symbolset writes "In the long running dispute between Motorola and Microsoft, Judge David Shaw of the ITC recommended Monday an import ban on Xbox 360 S consoles, as they are found to infringe Motorol...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Stanford Bioengineers Create Rewritable Digital Data Storage In DNA
An anonymous reader writes "You don't hear too much about biological computing but in research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists reveal they have d...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Florida VoIP Provider Files Net Neutrality Complaint With FCC
New submitter himilean writes with this snippet from PC World: "A Florida VoIP carrier has filed a net neutrality complaint against a Georgia utility and broadband provider, after the utility accused ...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Research Introduces Record-Beating MinuteSort Tech
mikejuk writes "A team from Microsoft Research has taken the lead in the MinuteSort data sorting test using a specially-devised technology, Flat DataCenter Storage. The figures are impressive — ...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Know What Time It Is? Your Medical Device Doesn't
An anonymous reader writes "A man with one clock knows what time it is, goes the old saw, a man with two is never sure. Imagine the confusion, then, experienced by a doctor with dozens. Julian Goldman...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued Over IPO
mrquagmire writes with this snippet from CNET: "Facebook shareholders have sued the social network, CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and a number of banks, alleging that crucial information was concealed ahead of...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot KDE Announces Partner Network
jrepin writes "In the wake of the announcement of the first ever KDE powered tablet, quite a few interesting things are happening in the background. One of them is the formation of a professional Part...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Worried About Information Leaks, IBM Bans Siri
squiggleslash writes "CNN reports that IBM CEO Jeanette Horan has banned Siri, the iPhone voice recognition system. Why? According to Horan '(IBM) worries that the spoken queries might be stored somew...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Options For Good (Not Expensive) Office Backbone For a Small Startup
An anonymous reader writes "I recently joined a startup, we have about 10 people altogether in various roles / responsibilities, and I handle most of the system / IT responsibilities (when I'm not in ...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Chrome Browser Usage Artificially Boosted, Says Microsoft
bonch writes "Chrome was recently called the world's no.1 browser, but Microsoft is accusing the source, StatCounter, of using flawed methodology. When a user enters a search in Chrome, the browser pr...
02:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot SAP VP Arrested In False Barcode Scheme
redletterdave writes "With barcode scanning being so commonplace, nothing seemed out of the ordinary when Thomas Langenbach, the vice president of SAP, was found scanning boxes upon boxes of Lego toys...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Russia To Establish Bases On the Moon
ananyo writes "Vladimir Popovkin, the head of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, has said that Russia will pursue extensive, long-lived operations at the Moon's surface. "We're not talking about rep...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Legislation In New York To Ban Anonymous Speech Online
Fluffeh writes "Republican Assemblyman Jim Conte said, '[this] turns the spotlight on cyberbullies by forcing them to reveal their identity.' Republican Senator Thomas O'Mara added, '[this will] help ...
10:05 am - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot FCC Boss Backs Metering the Internet
An anonymous reader writes "FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has publicly backed usage-based pricing for wired internet access at the cable industry's annual NCTA Show. He makes the claim that it would...
08:05 am - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Announces Web Development Learning Initiative
bonch writes "Mozilla has announced Webmaker, a web development initiative aimed at teaching the average user the building blocks of the web. Users can join a 'code party' and learn web development wi...
07:05 am - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot EU Blocks France's Ban of Monsanto's GM Maize
redletterdave writes with an update to news from a few months ago that France had banned the growing of Monsanto's genetically modified corn. After reviewing the evidence France submitted in support o...
06:05 am - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot SEC Calls For Review of Facebook IPO
beaverdownunder writes "After losing another 8.9% of its IPO value in its third day of trading, SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro has called for a review of the circumstances surrounding Facebook's IPO on th...
05:05 am - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Machine-Guided Learning Matches Teachers In Study
New submitter dougled writes "A study at six universities found that students taught statistics mainly through software learned as much as peers taught primarily by humans. And the robots got the job ...
04:05 am - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Sci-fi Writer Elizabeth Moon Believes Everyone Should Be Chipped
Bob the Super Hamste writes "The BBC has an opinion piece from science fiction writer Elizabeth Moon who believes that everyone should be chipped or barcoded at birth. Her reasoning is that it would p...
03:05 am - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot The Price of Military Tech Assistance In Movies
derekmead writes "Last week at Camp David, President Obama met up with fellow NATO leaders to discuss the road ahead in Afghanistan. Although no one there used the language of defeat, the implicit mes...
01:05 am - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Inventor of the TV Remote Control Dies
An anonymous reader writes "Yes, kids, you used to have to walk across the room to change the TV channel. That changed with the introduction of the 'Flash-Matic,' a revolutionary device that was 'Abso...
12:05 am - Wed, May 23, 2012
Slashdot Researchers 'Map' Android Malware Genome
yahoi writes "Researchers at NC State are sharing their analysis and classification of Android malware samples under a new project that they hope will help shape a new way of fighting malware, learnin...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot At Long Last, a Private Cargo Spaceship Takes Off (Video)
Tuesday morning at 0344, right on schedule (and it had to be right on schedule), Elon Musk's baby finally left the launch pad on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). Two babies, actually:...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Microbots Made of Bubbles Are Controlled By Lasers
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Hawaii have turned bubbles of gas into non-mechanical 'microbots' that they propel and steer with a laser. The laser heats up specific area...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot 60TB Disk Drives Could Be a Reality In 2016
CWmike writes "The maximum areal densities of hard disk drives are expected to more than double by 2016, according to IHS iSuppli. Hard drive company Seagate has also predicted a doubling of drive den...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Depressed People Surf the Web Differently
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from Medical Daily:"Researchers led by Sriram Chellappan from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, collected internet usage data from 216 college s...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Telcos Secretly Supporting Internet Surveillance Legislation
An anonymous reader writes "Canada's proposed Internet surveillance was back in the news last week after speculation grew that government intends to keep the bill in legislative limbo until it dies on...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Another Raspberry Pi? $49 ARM Single-Board Computer With Android
n7ytd writes "Announced today and running on an 800 MHz VIA core, the 170 x 85mm 'APC' is expected to ship this July. It has 2GB of flash storage and 512MB of DDR3 memory. 'A modified version of Googl...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Can Generate RSA SecurID Random Numbers Flawlessly
Fluffeh writes "A researcher has found and published a way to tune into an RSA SecurID Token. Once a few easy steps are followed, anyone can generate the exact numbers shown on the token. The method r...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Tests Social Search Waters With 'so.cl' Network
benfrog writes "Microsoft just quietly launched so.cl in an experiment to more closely unite web searches and social networking. It's not intended as a stand-alone social network — users can log...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Moon Methone Meets Cassini
MistrX writes with a tidbit about what the Cassini probe is up to nowadays. From the article: "NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its closest approach to Saturn's tiny moon Methone as part of a trajectory...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Designing the World's Tiniest Manned Suborbital Vehicle
cylonlover writes, quoting Gizmag: "Generally speaking, companies developing suborbital manned vehicles brag about how much elbow room their spacecraft will provide passengers. They say there will be ...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot MPAA Agent Poses As Homebuyer To Catch Pirates
bonch writes "The MPAA used an undercover agent posing as a potential homebuyer to gain access to the home of a British couple charged with running a streaming links site. UK authorities decided not t...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Kaspersky Calls For Cyber Weapons Convention
judgecorp writes with a synopsis of talk given by Kaspersky at CeBit "Cyber weapons are so dangerous, they should be limited by a treaty like those restricting chemical and nuclear arms, Russian secur...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot UK Draft Energy Bill Avoids Banning Coal Or Gas Power
Bob the Super Hamste writes "The BBC is reporting that the UK's new Draft Energy Bill (PDF) avoids banning coal or gas powered plants. The bill would guarantee profits for new nuclear and offshore win...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Nmap 6 Released Featuring Improved Scripting, Full IPv6 Support
First time accepted submitter Chankey Pathak writes "The Nmap Project is pleased to announce the immediate, free availability of the Nmap Security Scanner version 6.00 from https://nmap.org/. It is th...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Google Finalizes Acquisition of Motorola Mobility
zacharye writes with news of the end of the regulatory saga that was Google acquiring Motorola Mobility. From the article: "In line with earlier reports, Google on Tuesday finalized its acquisition of...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Human Water Use Accounts For 42% of Recent Sea Level Rise
scibri writes "During the latter half of the twentieth century, global sea level rose by about 1.8 millimeters per year. The combined contribution from heating of the oceans, which makes the water exp...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot WHMCS Data Compromised By Good Old Social Engineering
howhardcanitbetocrea writes "WHMCS has had 500,000 records leaked, credit cards included, by hackers calling themselves UGNazis. Apparently UGNazis succeeded in obtaining login details from the billin...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot SpaceX's Falcon 9 Successfully Reaches Orbit
terrymaster69 writes "After an aborted launch attempt last week, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon9 rocket Tuesday at 3:44 am EST. SpaceX's founder Elon Musk tweeted: 'Falcon flew perfectly!! Dr...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot US ISPs Delay Rollout of "Six Strikes" Copyright Enforcement Framework
zacharye writes with an excerpt from BGR: "The new 'six strikes' anti-piracy policy soon to be implemented by a number of major Internet service providers in the United States will reportedly stumble ...
09:05 am - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot EU Offers Google Chance To Settle Prior To Anti-Trust Enquiry
Fluffeh writes "The EU has accused Google of abusing its dominant position in advertising to benefit its own advertising services at the expense of competitors. In a twist however, rather than initiat...
08:05 am - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Judge Orders Verizon Subscriber Identities Sealed
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In one of the mass 'John Doe' cases based on single BitTorrent downloads of films, Malibu Media v. Does 1-13, a pro se litigant made a motion to quash the subpoena. The Co...
05:05 am - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot DEA Wants To Install License Plate Scanners and Retain Data for Two Years
An anonymous reader writes with news that might make privacy advocates a bit uneasy. From the article: "Everyone driving on Interstate 15 in southwest Utah may soon have their license plate scanned by...
03:05 am - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot BSA Claims Half of PC Users Are Pirates
judgecorp writes "Despite continued pressure on business users to buy legitimate software, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) reports that the campaign seems to be failing. Well over half (57%) of u...
12:05 am - Tue, May 22, 2012
Slashdot Emacsy: An Embeddable Toolkit of Emacs-like Functionality
An anonymous reader writes "Emacsy is 'a Guile library that provides Emacs-like facilities — keymaps, minibuffer, tab completion, recordable macros, and major/minor modes — for application...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot NRC Chairman Resigns
After years of accusations of creating a 'chilled work environment,' NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko resigned this morning (PDF). His largest achievement was perhaps killing the Yucca Mountain waste repos...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Foxconn Invests $210 Million To Build New Production Line For Apple
redletterdave writes "On Monday, Foxconn agreed to invest $210 million to help Apple build out a new production line for 'unspecified components.' The 40,000-square-meter plant plans to hire roughly 3...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Rutger's Student Dharun Ravi Sentenced To 30-Day Jail Time
parallel_prankster writes "New York Times reports that a judge in New Jersey has sentenced Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail Monday for using a webcam to spy on his Rutgers University roommate having sex...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Perl 5.16.0 Released
An anonymous reader writes "Perl 5.16.0 is now available with plenty of improvements all around. You can view a summary and all the change details here. With Perl on an annual release schedule, and pr...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Mega-Uploads: The Cloud's Unspoken Hurdle
First time accepted submitter n7ytd writes "The Register has a piece today about overcoming one of the biggest challenges to migrating to cloud-based storage: how to get all that data onto the service...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot SCOTUS Refuses To Hear Tenenbaum Appeal
quantr writes "The Supreme Court has declined to hear Joel Tenenbaum's appeal. A jury in 2009 ordered Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs. A ...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot White House Petition For Open Access To Research
dstates writes "You paid for it, you should be able to read the results of publicly funded research. The National Institutes of Health have had a very successful open access mandate requiring that the...
07:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Maryland Teen Wins World's Largest Science Fair
Velcroman1 writes "A Maryland student was awarded the top prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair on Friday for developing a urine and blood test that detects pancreatic cancer w...
07:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Allowing the Mind To Wander Aids Creative Problem Solving
ananyo writes "From the Nature story: 'Scientists from Archimedes to Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein are said to have had flashes of inspiration while thinking about other things. But the mechanisms ...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Google Chrome Becomes World's No. 1 Browser
redletterdave writes "Just six months after Google Chrome eclipsed Mozilla's Firefox to become the world's second most popular Web browser, Chrome finally surpassed Microsoft's Internet Explorer on Su...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot The Leap: Gesture Control Like Kinect, But Cheaper and Higher Resolution
MrSeb writes "It seems Minority Report-style computer interfaces might arrive a whole lot sooner than we expected: A new USB device, called The Leap, creates an 8-cubic-feet bubble of 'interaction spa...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Shares Retreat Below IPO Price
First time accepted submitter gtirloni writes "Just days after wrapping up the biggest initial public offering in Silicon Valley history, shares of Facebook slumped 6% and tumbled below their issue pr...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot The State of Linux Accessibility
Dog's_Breakfast writes "This week's edition of DistroWatch Weekly News features a unique story entitled 'Linux Accessibility — What is it and Why Does It Matter?' The article was written by Robe...
03:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Monitor Traffic?
First time accepted submitter Shalmendo writes "My client needs to monitor traffic on his LAN, particularly going out to the internet. This will include websites like Facebook, Myspace, and similar, i...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot White House Hires a New Cybersecurity Boss
TheGift73 writes "Last week, longtime chief Howard Schmidt stepped down. He's been replaced by Michael Daniel, who's been in the Office of Management and Budget's national security division for 17 yea...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally For a More Kosher Internet
Hugh Pickens writes "Michael Grynbaum writes that 40,000 ultra-Orthodox Jewish men filed through the gates of Citi Field to discuss the dangers of the Internet. For the attendees, many of whom said th...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Employee "Disciplined" For Installing Bitcoin Software On Federal Webservers
Fluffeh writes "Around a year ago, a person working for the ABC in Australia with the highest levels of access to systems got caught caught with his fingers on the CPU cycles. The staffer had installe...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Poised To Get Cut of CA Sales Taxes
theodp writes "Eager to host Amazon warehouses and receive a cut of the tax on sales to customers statewide, the LA Times reports that two California cities are offering Amazon most of the tax money t...
09:05 am - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Disentangling Facts From Fantasy In the World of Edison and Tesla
dsinc writes "Forbes' Alex Knapp writes about the Tesla idolatry and confusing his genius for godhood: 'Tesla wasn't an ignored god-hero. Thomas Edison wasn't the devil. They were both brilliant, stro...
06:05 am - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Temporary Backup Pouch?
An anonymous reader writes "It looks simple. I've got a laptop and a USB HDD for backups. With rsync, I only move changes to the USB HDD for subsequent backups. I'd like to move these changes to a mor...
03:05 am - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Linux 3.4 Released
jrepin writes with news of today's release (here's Linus's announcement) of Linux 3.4: "This release includes several Btrfs updates: metadata blocks bigger than 4KB, much better metadata performance, ...
12:05 am - Mon, May 21, 2012
Slashdot Facial Recognition Cameras Peering Into Some SF Nightspots
Fluffeh writes "On Friday, a company called SceneTap flipped the on switch enabling cameras installed in around 20 bars to monitor how full the venues are, the mix of men and women, their ages —...
11:05 pm - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?
TheGift73 writes "In a few hours a new episode of Game of Thrones will appear on BitTorrent, and a few days later between 3 and 4 million people will download this unofficial release. Statistics gathe...
10:05 pm - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot Rare 'Annular Solar Eclipse' Tonight
First time accepted submitter Trubacca writes "The Northern-Pacific "Ring of Fire" has an opportunity tonight to observe an entirely different "ring of fire": an annular solar eclipse where the moon, ...
09:05 pm - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot Turning Soap Film Into a Projector Screen
An anonymous reader writes "3 graduate students from University of Tokyo, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Tsukuba have developed a colloidal display — a clear projector screen ...
07:05 pm - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot Programming — Now Starting In Elementary School
the agent man writes "The idea of getting kids interested in programming in spite of their common perception of programming to be 'hard and boring' is an ongoing Slashdot discussion. With support of t...
06:05 pm - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot Assange Stands 'Real Chance' of Election In Australia
Okian Warrior writes "Various new sources are reporting the results of a recent Labor Party poll, indicating that Julian Assange would be elected to the Australian senate, should he choose to run. Fro...
05:05 pm - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot Apple Lifts Ban On the Word "Jailbreak"
Gunkerty Jeb writes "After banning the word 'jailbreak' from its app store and music library, Apple [Friday] reversed course and again permits the term — slang for hacking into a device to downl...
04:05 pm - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot Pakistan Blocks Twitter Over 'Blasphemous' Images
Diggester writes with this news from the Times of India: "Pakistani authorities on Friday further widened the crackdown on websites with blasphemous contents by restricting access to popular social ne...
03:05 pm - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot ARM, Intel Battle Heats Up
An anonymous reader writes "Low-power processor maker ARM Holdings is stepping up rhetoric against chip rival Intel, saying it expects to take more of Intel's market share than Intel can take from the...
02:05 pm - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot Protecting State Secrets Through Copyright
An anonymous reader writes "The United States has pursued Bradley Manning with full force for his role in supplying classified documents to WikiLeaks, in part because of the substantial difficulty in ...
01:05 pm - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot Zuckerberg Updates Relationship Status To "Married"
theodp writes "A day after taking Facebook public, CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed his Facebook status to 'married' after wedding longtime girlfriend and recent med school grad Priscilla Chan on Saturday....
12:05 pm - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot Quantifying the Risk of Texting Drivers
An anonymous reader writes "More than 5000 people die each year as a result of being distracted while driving, and a new study indicates that teens and cell phones make for the most volatile combinati...
09:05 am - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot 'First Base' In Greek Courts For ISP-Level Blocking
arisvega writes "At a first level (the lowest court level in the Greek judiciary system) an order has been issued (article in Greek, Google translation is fair enough) for a 'plan on behalf of Interne...
06:05 am - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot China Approves Google Motorola Mobility Merger
symbolset writes "CNET is reporting that China has approved Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Previously approved by regulatory authorities in the U.S. and Europe, China was the last holdout....
03:05 am - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot California Considers DNA Privacy Law
ananyo writes "California lawmakers are weighing a bill aimed at protecting their state's citizens from surreptitious genetic testing but scientists are voicing their growing concerns that, if passed,...
12:05 am - Sun, May 20, 2012
Slashdot On Hand for the SpaceX Launch That Almost Was (Video)
This morning's nixed launch of SpaceX's Dragon capsule to the ISS with the company's Falcon booster was an exciting thing to be on hand for, despite the (literally) last-second halt. Shuttle launches ...
11:05 pm - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Confirms Support For Do Not Track
oyenamit writes "In a significant boost to online privacy, Twitter has announced that they will officially support the Do Not Track feature in browsers. While this is a good news for privacy advocates...
10:05 pm - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Software Patents Good For Open Source?
schliz writes "The Australian software patent system could be used by open source developers to ensure their inventions remain available to the community, a conference organized by intellectual proper...
09:05 pm - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot MS Will Remove OEM 'Crapware' For $99
walterbyrd writes about a program from Microsoft to clean up bloated base installs, for a price. From the article: "Microsoft even offers up numbers to show how detrimental this OEM-installed crapware...
08:05 pm - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Northrop Grumman Sues US Postal Service Over Automated Snail-mail Sort Contract
McGruber writes "The Federal Times is reporting that Northrup Grumman has filed suit against the US Postal Service, accusing the USPS of violating the terms of the 2007 fixed-price ($875 million) cont...
08:05 pm - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Kinect In the Operating Room
colinneagle writes with an excerpt from Network World: "Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in London began trials of a Kinect-driven camera last week that would sense body position, and by waving his or he...
07:05 pm - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Sidestepping Tactical Nuclear Weapons Limits With Strategic Bombs
Lasrick writes "Benjamin Loehrke describes the rather odd definitions of what is a 'tactical' nuclear weapon and what isn't. 'There is enough ambiguity surrounding the capabilities of tactical and str...
06:05 pm - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For a Laptop With a Keypad That Doesn't Suck
PhunkySchtuff writes "I'm seeking the collective's recommendations on a laptop with a numeric keypad that doesn't suck. For practicality reasons, an external USB keypad is less convenient than a built...
05:05 pm - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Patents Pitching As-Seen-On-TV Products
theodp writes "Q. What do you get when you surround the image of Men in Black star Will Smith trying on sunglasses with a pitch for 'MIB Bill Smith Dark Shades'? A. U.S. Patent No. 8,180,688. 'Many pe...
04:05 pm - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Apple Commits To 100% Renewable Energy Sources for NC Data Center
judgecorp writes "Stung by continued criticism from Greenpeace and protests at Apple's headquarters over its use of electricity from non-renewable sources, Apple has promised that its data center in M...
03:05 pm - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Aero Glass UI No More On Windows 8
New submitter closer2it writes with news of interface changes in Windows 8. From the article: "Microsoft has revealed that it has made some big changes to its desktop UI for Windows 8, which includes ...
02:05 pm - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Falcon 9 Launch Aborted At Last Minute
ClockEndGooner writes "Sadly, SpaceX had to abort its launch of the Falcon 9 to the International Space Station this morning due to higher than expected pressure levels in one of its engine chambers. ...
01:05 pm - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Golden Age of Silicon Valley Is Over With Facebook IPO
Hugh Pickens writes "Steve Blank, a professor at Berkeley and Stanford and serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, says that the the Facebook IPO is the beginning of the end for Silicon Valley as we ...
10:05 am - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot UK Gov't Reneges On Open Source Promise For Cloudstore 2.0
DerekduPreez writes "The UK government has finally unveiled the second iteration of its Cloudstore after a number of delays, and has reneged on its pledge to make version 2.0 open source. Cloudstore i...
07:05 am - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Jaguar and Land Rover Angle For Production In China
First time accepted submitter ourlovecanlastforeve writes "Those of you still hanging on to Jaguar and Land Rover as the last vestiges of the truly British automobile in the States may find yourselves...
04:05 am - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot MIT Unveils Robotic Manipulator Filled With Coffee Grounds
An anonymous reader writes "MIT researchers have developed a highly articulated robotic manipulator based on soft materials that can harden to reposition the device. The technique is known as jamming,...
02:05 am - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot With Mountain Lion's iCloud Integration, Apple Strengthens the Garden Wall
snydeq writes "With WWDC around the corner, iOS 6 rumors are taking center stage, but the real action for developers may be around iCloud. Forthcoming OS X Mountain Lion will integrate iCloud into the...
01:05 am - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot India Lurches Toward Internet Censorship
First time accepted submitter ixarux writes "India is at a crucial crossroad at the moment. Internet censorship laws are getting stricter as it begins to ban file-sharing and video-sharing websites. I...
12:05 am - Sat, May 19, 2012
Slashdot Your Passwords Don't Suck — It's Your Policies
First time accepted submitter eGuy writes "ZDNet sparked a debate about password policies when John Fontana wrote about my open source (LGPL) password policy project that rewards XKCD-like passwords. ...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Flashback Click Fraud Campaign Was a Bust
zarmanto writes "It seems the Flashback botnet has netted their creators nothing but frustration. Flashback was tagged early on by anti-virus vendors, who promptly sink-holed many of the command &...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Wins US Import Ban On Motorola's Android Devices
jbrodkin writes "The U.S. International Trade Commission today ordered an import ban on Motorola Mobility Android products, agreeing with Microsoft that the devices infringe a Microsoft patent on 'gen...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Privacy Suit Seeks $15 Billion
An anonymous reader writes "The folks at Facebook may be focusing on their IPO today, but a complaint filed in federal court has given them something else to think about. The filing consolidates 21 se...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Supervolcano Drilling Plan Gets Go-Ahead
sciencehabit writes "A project to drill deep into the heart of a 'supervolcano' in southern Italy has finally received the green light, despite claims that the drilling would put the population of Nap...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot EA To Provide Free Distribution To Kickstarter Games
New submitter The God of Code writes "EA has announced that they will be waiving all Origin distribution fees for crowd-funded games — like those from Kickstarter — for the first 90 days. ...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Curt Schilling's 38 Studios Struggling Financially
medv4380 writes "38 Studios, run by Curt Schilling, is having a hard time paying its bills and employees. The gaming community hasn't been happy with the company since the issue with an Online Pass fo...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Wozniak's Original System Description of the Apple ][
CowboyRobot writes "Opening with the line, 'To me, a personal computer should be small, reliable, convenient to use and inexpensive,' Steve Wozniak gave his system description of the Apple-II in the M...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Elementary Information Security
benrothke writes "Elementary Information Security, based on its title, weight and page length, I assumed was filled with mindless screen shots of elementary information security topics, written with a...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot How NASA and SpaceX Get Along Together
mblase writes "SpaceX and NASA have been working hard to make this weekend's launch happen — and that has meant navigating the cultural differences between this small, young startup and the huge...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot The Nearest Supernova Candidate To Earth: IK Pegasi
The Bad Astronomer writes "What's the nearest star to Earth that can explode as a supernova? Spica, at 260 light years away, is the nearest massive star that can explode, but IK Pegasi — a Siriu...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Curt Shilling's 38 Studios Struggling Financially
medv4380 writes "38 Studios, run by Curt Shilling, is having a hard time paying its bills and employees. The gaming community hasn't been happy with the company since the issue with an Online Pass for...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Facebook IPO Stumbles Out of the Gate
Facebook's much-hyped IPO kicked off today, but an anonymous reader points out that things didn't go quite as smoothly as investors hoped. "Public trading didn't get underway until about 11:30 a.m. ET...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Cops' Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking Now Better Than GPS
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss a proposed bill to limit location tracking of electronic devices without a warrant — what it's ca...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Diesel-Like Engine Could Boost Fuel Economy By 50%
bonch writes "Autoparts manufacturer Delphi has developed a diesel-like ignition engine running on gasoline, providing a potential 50 percent efficiency improvement over existing gas-powered engines. ...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Slo-mo Microbes Extend the Frontiers of Life
ananyo writes "A newly-discovered microbial community living tens of meters beneath the Pacific Ocean floor uses so little oxygen that researchers believe they may be living at the absolute minimum en...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot HP To Cut 30,000 Jobs
Axolotl_Rose writes with news that Hewlett-Packard is preparing to cut around 30,000 jobs, close to 10% of its total workforce. CEO Meg Whitman reportedly wants to use that money instead for new produ...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Geeks In the Public Forum?
cedarhillbilly writes "In his new book The Geek Manifesto, Mark Henderson 'pleads for citizens who value science to force it onto the mainstream political agenda and other main walks of life.' There a...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot 'Inexact' Chips Save Power By Fudging the Math
Barence writes "Computer scientists have unveiled a computer chip that turns traditional thinking about mathematical accuracy on its head by fudging calculations. The concept works by allowing process...
02:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot U.S. Imposes Tariffs On Chinese Solar Cells
New submitter kimtysirt sends this excerpt from a Bloomberg report about U.S. tariffs for Chinese solar panels:"The U.S. yesterday imposed tariffs of as much as 250 percent on Chinese-made solar cells...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Mandriva SA Cedes Control To Mandriva Community
jfruh writes "Mandriva SA, one of the oldest pure Linux companies still out there, was on the verge of shutting down earlier this year, but escaped by the skin of its teeth. Now, however, the company ...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot America's Cybersecurity Czar, Howard Schmidt, Steps Down
wiredmikey writes "In December of 2009, after months of waiting, the Obama Administration named Howard Schmidt as the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. After more than forty years in the IT commu...
10:05 am - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Use Google's Search Algorithms To Fight Cancer
MatthewVD writes "German scientists have modified Google's PageRank algorithm to scan tumors and learn more about how cancers progress. PageRank orders results based on how other web pages are connect...
08:05 am - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot UK Government Staff Caught Snooping On Citizen Data
An anonymous reader writes "More than 1,000 UK government staff have been caught snooping on citizen data — including criminal records, social security, and medical records. From the article: 'T...
06:05 am - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Social Networking: The New Workplace Smoke Break
snydeq writes "J. Peter Bruzzese sees a solution for organizations seeking to cut down employee time spent on social networks at work: treat social networking like a smoke break. 'Try as you might to ...
05:05 am - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Wrist Watch For the Tech Minded
NNUfergs writes "Sure my Smart Phone can deliver just about any piece of information I could want in under 30 Seconds, but I miss being able to just look at my wrist to get the time, date etc. I've be...
02:05 am - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Android Hackers Honing Skills In Russia
MikeatWired writes "The malware business growing around Google Android — now the leading smartphone operating system — is still in its infancy. Today, many of the apps built to steal money...
01:05 am - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot US Justice Dept Defends Right To Record Police
Fluffeh writes "In recent times, it seems that many Police Departments believe that recording them doing their work is an act of war with police officers destroying the tapes, phones or cameras while ...
12:05 am - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Dolby's TrueHD 96K Upsampling To Improve Sound On Blu-Rays
Stowie101 writes in with a story about your Blu-ray audio getting better. "The audio on most Blu-ray discs is sampled at 48kHz. Even the original movie tracks are usually only recorded at 48kHz, so on...
12:05 am - Fri, May 18, 2012
Slashdot Paralyzed Woman Uses Mind-Controlled Robot Arm
MrSeb writes "Using BrainGate, the world's most advanced brain-computer interface, a woman with quadriplegia has used a mind-controlled robot arm to serve herself coffee — an act she hasn't been...
11:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Vermont Bans Fracking
eldavojohn writes "Vermont is the first state to ban fracking (hydraulic fracturing), a process that was to revolutionize the United States' position into a major producer of natural gas. New York cur...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Tenenbaum To SCOTUS: Let's Get This Debate Rolling
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Joel Tenenbaum has filed a reply brief in support of his petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, in SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, trying to get the...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Comcast To Remove Data Cap, Implement Tiered Pricing
StikyPad writes "Comcast is reportedly removing its oft-maligned 250GB data cap, but don't get too excited. In what appears to be an effort to capitalize on Nielsen's Law, the Internet's version of Mo...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot From MIT Inventor To Tea Party Leader
An anonymous reader writes "In the midst of Congressional races around the country, one stands out to techies. Thomas Massie, an MIT whiz kid who pioneered touch-based interfaces and founded SensAble ...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Paul Vixie: 100,000 DSL Modems May Lose Their DNS On July 9
Dante_J writes "Up to 100,000 DSL modems may lose access to DNS come July the 9th, due to scripted web interface changes made to them by DNSChanger. This and other disturbing details were raised by re...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Iran Threatens Legal Action Against Google For Not Labeling Gulf 'Persian'
New submitter PantherSE writes with an article at CNN about the geopolitical importance of labeling, excerpting thus: "Iran has threatened legal action against Google for not labeling the Persian Gulf...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot The Pirate Bay Returns, Anonymous Hater Takes Credit For DDoS
An anonymous reader writes "After being the victim of a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack by an unknown party, The Pirate Bay has returned. An Anonymous traitor who goes by the name ...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Senators To Unveil the 'Ex-Patriot Act' To Respond To Facebook's Saverin
An anonymous reader writes "Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has a status update for Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin: Stop attempting to dodge your taxes by renouncing your U.S. citizenship or never co...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is Outsourcing Development a Good Idea?
New submitter penmanglewood writes "I am a developer at a small IT company, and we primarily make software and games for the education market. I used to work with a team of developers, but for reasons...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot NIH Study Finds That Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Risk of Death
parallel_prankster writes "Older adults who drank coffee — caffeinated or decaffeinated — had a lower risk of death [full paper is paywalled, at the New England Journal of Medicine] overal...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Who Is Still Using IE6? the UK Government
strawberryshakes writes "The death knell for IE6 was sounded a couple of years ago, but seems like some people just can't let go. Many UK government departments are still using IE6, which is so old &m...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot DreamHammer Wants To Corner the Drone OS Market
nonprofiteer writes "The Pentagon is increasingly transforming the military into an unmanned force, taking soldiers out of harm's way and replacing them with drones and robots. In 2011, it spent $6 bi...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Online Loneliness At Google+
An anonymous reader writes "Google+ is a lonely place. At least according to a new study that paints the social networking site as a virtual tumbleweed town. Using information culled from the pub...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot RunCore Introduces Self-Destructable SSD
jones_supa writes "RunCore announces the global launch of its InVincible solid state drive, designed for mission-critical fields such as aerospace or military. The device improves upon a normal SSD by...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Federal Court Rejects NDAA's Indefinite Detention, Issues Injunction
First time accepted submitter Arker writes "A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction late Wednesday to block provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the mili...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Inside the 2012 Loebner Prize
An anonymous reader writes "Not a single judge was fooled by the chatbots in the 2012 Loebner Prize, which was won by the bot Chip Vivant. According to a journalist who was a human decoy in this year'...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Most CCTV Systems Come With Trivial Exploits
An anonymous reader writes "The use of CCTV cameras for physical surveillance of all kinds of environments has become so pervasive that most of us don't give the devices a second thought anymore. But,...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot GMU Prof Teaches How To Falsify Wikipedia — and Get Caught
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Yoni Appelbaum reports in the Atlantic that as part of their coursework in a class that studies historical hoaxes, undergraduates at George Mason University successfully fo...
12:05 pm - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Americans Happy To Pay More For Clean Energy, But Only a Little More
Fluffeh writes "A recent study of over 1,000 folks for a paper published in Nature Climate Change has found that the average US citizen is inclined to pay a premium to ensure that by 2035, 80% of US p...
10:05 am - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot NASA Counts 4,700 Potentially Hazardous Near-Earth Asteroids
coondoggie writes "NASA continues to get a better handle on the asteroids buzzing around in space saying today that there are roughly 4,700 potentially hazardous asteroids, or as NASA calls them PHAs....
07:05 am - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot World's Subways Share Common Mathematical Structure
Hugh Pickens writes "No two subway systems have the same design. New York City's haphazard rail system differs markedly from the highly organized Moscow Metro, or the tangled spaghetti of Tokyo's subw...
05:05 am - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot UK Police Roll Out On-the-Spot Mobile Data Extraction System
Qedward writes "The Metropolitan Police has rolled out a mobile device data extraction system to allow officers to extract data 'within minutes' from suspects' phones while they are in custody. 'Osten...
03:05 am - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot India's Proposal For Government Control of Internet To Be Discussed In Geneva
First time accepted submitter cvenky writes "The Indian Government is proposing to create an intergovernmental body 'to develop internet policies, oversee all internet standards bodies and policy orga...
01:05 am - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Holding ISPs Accountable For Contracted DSL Bandwidth
mcleland writes "I'm not getting the bandwidth I paid for from my DSL connection. My '3mbps' fluctuates between about 2.7 during the day down to 0.1 or 0.2 in the evening according to speedtest.net. L...
12:05 am - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Superflares Found On Sun-Like Stars
astroengine writes "Scientists have found superflares more than 1 million times more powerful than flares generated by the sun occurring on sun-like stars being studied by NASA's Kepler space telescop...
12:05 am - Thu, May 17, 2012
Slashdot Wil Wheaton: BitTorrent Isn't Only For Piracy
itwbennett writes "Geek advocate Wil Wheaton has written a blog post on the (legal) usefulness of BitTorrent, saying that the speed of his recent download of Ubuntu 12.04 should serve as a reminder th...
11:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Broadcast Industry Wades In On Dish Network's Hopper
gollum123 writes "As with past technological threats, network executives are closing ranks against a Dish Network device that undermines the broadcast business model. The disruptive technology at hand...
11:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Canada's Internet Surveillance Bill: Not Dead After All
First time accepted submitter Maow writes "Despite a recent story claiming that Canada's Bill C-30, covering internet surveillance, has died a 'lonely' death, the minister responsible claims otherwise...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot FDA Panel Backs First Rapid, Take Home HIV Test
TheGift73 writes in with news about an over-the-counter HIV test getting the backing of a panel of FDA experts. "American consumers may soon be able to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS i...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Verizon To Kill All Unlimited Data Plans
afabbro writes "Verizon mentioned in an investor conference that it will be eliminating unlimited data plans, even for those it grandfathered in. From the article: 'Speaking at the J.P Morgan Technolo...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: The Logic of Chance
eldavojohn writes "The Logic of Chance: The Nature and Origin of Biological Evolution is a comprehensive snapshot of the latest research of biological evolution. The text is written by Eugene V. Kooni...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Star City and the Baikonur Cosmodrome
First time accepted submitter zyborg writes "Here's 44 photographs of the Baikonour Cosmodrome used by the ISS program. The pictures range from training, launch vehicle transport and assembly, launch,...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Adds 96 Million Shares, Will Privacy Get Worse After IPO?
AlistairCharlton writes "Facebook has made yet another amendment to its S-1 filing, adding a further 96 million shares, pushing its initial public offering up to a potential maximum of $18.4bn (£...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Japanese Researchers Transmit 3Gbps Using Terahertz Frequencies
MrSeb writes "Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a new wireless transmission system that works above all currently regulated spectrum frequencies. The new system works at ...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot LinuxMint13 RC Is Available For Testing
donadony writes "LinuxMint13 RC is available for testing, this release comes with 2 versions in a separated dvd`s: Mate and Cinnamon. LinuxMint13 Cinnamon is very light and offers some customization, ...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Apple Tells Siri To Stop Recommending Nokia
judgecorp writes "Apple has changed the answer Siri gives to the question 'what is the best smartphone ever?' to prevent the voice-driven assistant from promoting the Nokia Lumia 900. Originally Siri ...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Kevin Bacon Meets Wikipedia With New Pathfinding Program
New submitter BLT2112 writes "Inspired by the Oracle of Bacon, the Oracle of Wikipedia finds the shortest path between two Wikipedia articles, as in Wikipedia Golf. As explained in the site, 'One sele...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot The Pirate Bay Suffering Global Outage From Massive DDoS Attack
MoldySpore writes "If anyone has tried to get to The Pirate Bay in the last 24 hours, they have most likely been met with a timeout. As an article on TorrentFreak notes, only a week ago The Pirate Bay...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Judge to Oracle: A High Schooler Could Write rangeCheck
mikejuk writes with an update on the Oracle vs Google Trial. From the article: "One month into the Oracle v Google trial, Judge William Alsup has revealed that he has, and still does, write code. Will...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Interview With Ward Cunningham
CowboyRobot writes "Ward Cunningham developed the first wiki, wrote the Fit test framework, is the co-inventor of CRC cards, and is now promoting the concept of technical debt. He recently won the Dr....
04:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot HTC One X Phone Held by Customs Due to ITC Ruling
zacharye writes, quoting BGR: "The launch of Sprint's flagship EVO 4G LTE has been delayed indefinitely and supply of AT&T's flagship HTC One X will be constrained as a result of ongoing patent di...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Calculating Total Network Capacity
New submitter slashbill writes "MIT's working on a way to measure network capacity. Seems no one really knows how much data their network can handle. Makes you wonder about how then do you calculate e...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot General Motors: "Facebook Ads Aren't Worth It"
Fluffeh writes "General Motors spends around $40 million per year on maintaining a Facebook profile and around a quarter of that goes into paid advertising. However, in a statement, they just announce...
02:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Moving From CouchDB To MySQL
itwbennett writes "Sauce Labs had outgrown CouchDB and too much unplanned downtime made them switch to MySQL. With 20-20 hindsight they wrote about their CouchDB experience. But Sauce certainly isn't ...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot CPU Competition Heating Up In 2012?
jd writes "2012 promises to be a fun year for hardware geeks, with three new 'Aptiv-class' MIPS64 cores being circulated in soft form, a quad-core ARM A15, a Samsung ARM A9 variant, a seriously beefed...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Google's Grand Android Plan
CWmike writes with news of a significant change in Google's strategy for Android. According to a Wall Street Journal report, "Google plans to give multiple mobile-device makers early access to new rel...
11:05 am - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What If Intellectual Property Expired After Five Years?
New submitter ancientt writes "As a thought experiment, what if the constitution of the U.S. was amended so that no idea (with exceptions only for government use, like currency) could be protected fro...
10:05 am - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot The Mathematics of Obesity
Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that Carson C. Chow, an MIT-trained mathematician and physicist, has taken a new look at America's obesity epidemic and found that a food glut is behind Ameri...
07:05 am - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Big Media and Big Telcos Getting Nasty In Landmark Australian Law Case
Fluffeh writes "In Australia, we have the right to record TV and play it back at a later date; we also have the right to transcode from one format to another, so anyone with a media server can legally...
05:05 am - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Paralyzed Man Regains Hand Function After Breakthrough Nerve Rewiring Procedure
An anonymous reader writes "A 71-year-old man who became paralyzed from the waist down and lost all use of both hands in a 2008 car accident has regained motor function in his fingers after doctors re...
03:05 am - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot DDR4 May Replace Mobile Memory For Less
Lucas123 writes "The upcoming shift from Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) RAM to its successor, DDR4, will herald a significant boost in both memory performance and capacity for data center hardware and cons...
02:05 am - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot NVIDIA GeForce GRID Cloud Gaming Acceleration
Vigile writes "NVIDIA today announced a new technology partnership with Gaikai, an on-demand gaming company that competes with OnLive, to bring GeForce GRID to the cloud gaming ecosystem. GRID aims to...
01:05 am - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Gene Therapy Extends Mouse Lifespan
Grond writes "ScienceDaily reports, 'Researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre have demonstrated that the mouse lifespan can be extended by the application in adult life of a single t...
12:05 am - Wed, May 16, 2012
Slashdot Americans More Worried About Cybersecurity Than Terrorism
TheGift73 tips an article discussing a new study (PDF) which found Americans are now more worried about cybersecurity threats than they are about terrorism. Here's Techdirt's acerbic take:"Well, it lo...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Internet Surveillance Dies a Quiet, Lonely Death
Dr Caleb writes "According to the Globe and Mail, 'The Internet surveillance legislation sponsored by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has disappeared down a dark legislative hole. For all intents and...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot New Firefox For Android Beta Released
Mozilla has announced the availability of a new beta version of Firefox for Android. The release notes list many of the new features and fixes, which include Flash support, improvements to panning and...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot MIT Study: Prolonged Low-level Radiation Exposure Poses Little Risk
JSBiff sends this quote from MITnews:"A new study from MIT scientists suggests that the guidelines governments use to determine when to evacuate people following a nuclear accident may be too conserva...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Police Charge News of the World Editor Over Voicemail Hacking
New submitter HarryatRock writes with news that former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and five others have been charged by police for their involvement in intercepting voicemail messages left...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Iranian Physics Student From UT Gets 10 Years In Jail For Spying
scibri writes "Omid Kokabee, a laser physics graduate student from the University of Texas who has been imprisoned in Tehran for the past 15 months, was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Sunday for all...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot AMD Trinity A10-4600M Processor Launched, Tested
MojoKid writes "AMD lifted the veil on their new Trinity A-Series mobile processor architecture today. Trinity has been reported as offering much-needed CPU performance enhancements in IPC (Instructio...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot 'G20 Geek' Byron Sonne Cleared of Explosives Charges
New submitter davegravy writes "Byron Sonne, the Toronto-based security consultant, chemistry hobbyist, and geek who was arrested leading up to the Toronto G-20 for alleged plans to bomb the event, ha...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Diablo III Released
Almost 12 years after the launch of its predecessor, Diablo III has now been released. The game went live last night with over 8,000 midnight launch parties across the world. 2,000,000 players showed ...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Mac Clone Maker Saga Ends As SCOTUS Denies Appeal
CWmike writes "The four-year-old saga of Psystar, a Florida Mac clone maker that was crushed by Apple, ended Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal of a lower court ruling. The ...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot ZeroTouch Sensor: Ready For Large Televisions and Gaming
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers Jon Moeller, Andruid Kerne, and a team from the Interface Ecology Lab at Texas A&M University showcased the latest ZeroTouch multi-finger sensing technology...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Skype Setup For Toddler's Room?
New submitter mmmmdave writes "My parents love to Skype with my kid. My kid loves to mash laptop buttons and drool on the screen. And because we don't want to spend forty minutes every night holding t...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Photographers, You're Being Replaced By Software
Mrs. Grundy writes "CGI software, even open-source software like Blender, continues to improve in quality, speed and easy-of-use. Photographer Mark Meyer wonders how long it will be before large segme...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Student Makes Real-Life Portal Turret
lukehopewell1 writes "A Penn State robotics student has gone to the effort of building a working, automated turret from the video game series, Portal. Powered by a webcam, Arduino boards and hacked up...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Avira Premium Anti-Virus Bug Disables Windows Machines
New submitter Adesso writes "Seem [anti-virus vendor] Avira is having difficulty with a update of all their Premium customers. A update that has been downloaded over 70 million times is causing the 32...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Modeling People and Places With Internet Photo Collections
CowboyRobot writes "Two researchers have created a system that aggregates thousands of photos from around the Web and integrates them into single images. One application is creating maps by taking the...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Leaves Out Linux For Initial Web App Support
darthcamaro writes "Guess What? Linux is not a primary platform for Mozilla. For Mozilla's upcoming Web Apps marketplace, Linux support is not part of the initial release. Some Mozilla developers simp...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Forbes Names Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Worst CEO
New submitter _0x783czar writes "Microsoft haters gleefully have latched on to the latest scoop that a Forbes columnist has named Steve Ballmer the worst CEO. It seems that the article has leveled som...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Publishers Win On Only Five Claims In Copyright Case Against Georgia State
McGruber writes with news of a ruling in a copyright case brought against Georgia State by several publishers over the university's electronic reserve system: "The Atlanta Journal Constitution is repo...
10:05 am - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot An 8,000 Ton Giant Made the Jet Age Possible
Hugh Pickens writes "Tim Heffernan writes that when 'The Fifty,' as it's known in company circles, broke down three years ago, there was talk of retiring it for good. Instead, Alcoa decided to overhau...
08:05 am - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot UK In Danger From Electromagnetic Bomb, Says Defense Secretary
judgecorp writes "Britain must build defenses against an EMP bomb, the UK Secretary of Defense Phillip Hammond told a conference today. Electromagnetic Pulse devices mimic the result of a solar flare ...
04:05 am - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Finland: Open WiFi Access Point Owner Not Liable For Infringement
New submitter mjrauhal writes "In Finland, the operator of an open WiFi access point was found not guilty for copyright infringement allegedly committed over said access point. The operation of such a...
03:05 am - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Global Payments Breach Led To Prepaid Card Fraud
tsu doh nimh writes "Global Payments, the Atlanta-based credit card processor that disclosed a major breach of its systems last month, has said that less than 1.5 million card numbers were stolen, and...
01:05 am - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot Solyndra's High-tech Plant To Be Sold
Velcroman1 writes, quoting Fox News: "For sale: manufacturing and office facility with 411,618 square feet, state of the art electrical, air, and power distribution systems — and a troubled past...
12:05 am - Tue, May 15, 2012
Slashdot LulzSec Member Pleads Not Guilty In Stratfor Leak Case
TheGift73 writes with an update on of the many LulzSec court cases. From the article: "A former LulzSec member has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he hacked into the servers of global intel...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Wireless Implants Promise Superior Vision Restoration
ananyo writes, quoting Nature: "The development of retinal implants has been dogged by problems of unwieldiness since the first implantable stimulator for vision restoration was developed in 1968. Now...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot UK To Give Peer-Reviewed Science Libel Protection
scibri writes "England is finally getting around to updating its notoriously plaintiff-friendly libel laws, which have been extensively criticized for stifling scientific debate in the past few years,...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Plastic Logic Shows Off a Color ePaper Screen
Nate the greatest writes "I'm sure you've heard about the color E-ink screen which was rumored to be used on the next Kindle. As of today, E-ink no longer has that market niche to themselves. Plastic ...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign
New submitter Dainsanefh sends this quote from the LA Times:"Ron Paul, Mitt Romney's lone remaining rival for the Republican presidential nomination, announced Monday that he would stop spending money...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot GAME Australia Now Also In Administration
Fluffeh writes "Yesterday the Australian Division of GAME saw an email from their Marketing Manager confirming that the 95-store chain has gone into voluntary administration. PriceWaterhouseCoopers pa...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Kodak Basement Lab Housed Small Nuclear Reactor
McGruber writes "The Rochester (NY) Democrat-Chronicle has the interesting story of the Eastman Kodak Co.'s Californium Neutron Flux Multiplier, which was housed in Building 82 of Kodak Park in Roches...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot LightSquared Files For Bankruptcy
fallen1 writes "Wireless broadband company LightSquared has filed for bankruptcy. In filings with U.S. Bankruptcy court, it was revealed that LightSquared had assets and debts of over $1 billion each....
08:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Report Highlights 10 Sites Unfairly Blocked By UK Mobile Internet Censorship
Mark.JUK writes "The Open Rights Group (ORG), which works to raise awareness of digital rights and civil liberties issues, has published a new report that examines the impact of internet censorship on...
07:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Windows RT Browser Restrictions Draw Antitrust Attention
An anonymous reader writes "Last week we heard complaints from Mozilla that Windows RT would restrict users' choice in web browsers, unfairly favoring Internet Explorer over alternatives like Firefox ...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Kickstarter Leaves Project Ideas Exposed
netbuzz writes "Crowd-funding startup Kickstarter is taking a public-relations hit today after it was reported that some 70,000 not-yet-public project ideas were left exposed on the company's Web site...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Minneapolis Airport Gets $20 Million Hi-Tech Security Upgrade
New submitter bzzfzz writes "The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is beginning a $20 million upgrade of its surveillance system. The upgrade will include 1800 high-definition cameras, facial rec...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Geekbench Confirms Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro and iMac
An anonymous reader writes "It was inevitable that Intel launching the 22nm Ivy Bridge processors would lead to Apple using them in its laptops and desktop machines. While Apple never leaks details ea...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot "Brainput" Boosts Your Brain Power By Offloading Multitasking To a Computer
MrSeb writes "A group of American researchers from MIT, Indiana University, and Tufts University, led by Erin Treacy Solovey, have developed Brainput — a system that can detect when your brain i...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Russian Satellite Takes Most Detailed 121-Megapixel Image of Earth Yet
Diggester writes "The satellite, known as Elektro-L No.1, took an image from its stationary point over 35,000 kilometers above the Indian Ocean. This is the most detailed image of the Earth yet availa...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Wozniak Calls For Open Apple
aesoteric writes "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has voiced a renewed desire to see the company open its architecture to the masses, allowing savvy users to expand and add to their products at will. H...
03:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Subdermal Magnets Allow You To Wear an IPod Like a Watch
Okian Warrior writes "Tattoo artist Jersey from Dynasty Tattoo (in New Jersey) implanted sub-dermal magnets in his arm to wear his iPod touch like a watch. From the article: '“Those magnets are ...
03:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Member Claims Anonymous "Might Well Be the Most Powerful Organization On Earth"
wasimkadak writes in with an interview with Anonymous member "Commander X" in which he talks about how the hacktivists are the most powerful group on the planet. "Christopher Doyon, a.k.a. Commander X...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Foxconn CEO Fuels iTV Rumors
An anonymous reader writes "Apple may soon begin production of a full-blown HDTV, dubbed iTV by Apple watchers, according to the Terry Gou, CEO of Apple's main hardware supplier Foxconn, in a brief in...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Generate Electricity From Viruses
First time accepted submitter toomuchtogrok writes "Imagine charging your phone as you walk, thanks to a paper-thin generator embedded in the sole of your shoe. This futuristic scenario is now a littl...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot High School Students Sue Federal Gov't Over Global Warming
Hugh Pickens writes "Katherine Ellison reports in the Atlantic that a group of high school students is suing the federal government in U.S. District Court claiming the risks of climate change — ...
11:05 am - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Federal Patents Judge Thinks Software Patents Are Good
New submitter Drishmung writes "Retired Judge Paul Michel, who served on the Federal Circuit 1988-2010 — the court that opened the floodgates for software patents with a series of permissive dec...
08:05 am - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Ridley Scott Loves Hugh Howey's Wool
Sasayaki writes "Hugh Howey's Wool, the self-published sci-fi story that's made him the best selling Indie sci-fi author of 2012 and currently the best selling sci-fi author on Amazon.com, has found i...
02:05 am - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Tests the Waters With Paid Perks
CNET reports that Facebook has experimented lately with a small group of users by offering people the chance to promote their own account status messages the old-fashioned way: by paying for them. The...
12:05 am - Mon, May 14, 2012
Slashdot The 30 Best Features of Windows
Barence writes "PC Pro has picked out its 30 best features of Windows 8. Its countdown includes features such as the revamped Task Manager, the option to run ISOs and VHDs natively, and Windows To Go,...
11:05 pm - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot Goldbach Conjecture: Closer To Solved?
mikejuk writes "The Goldbach conjecture is not the sort of thing that relates to practical applications, but they used to say the same thing about electricity. The Goldbach conjecture is reasonably we...
10:05 pm - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot 'Goofing Off' To Get Ahead?
theodp writes "His old day job at Gawker entailed calling BS on tech's high-and-mighty, but Ryan Tate still found things to like about Silicon Valley. In The 20% Doctrine, Tate explores how tinkering,...
09:05 pm - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot Resumegate Continues At Yahoo: Thompson Out As CEO, Levinsohn In
Google85 writes with this news from All Things D: "Yahoo's embattled CEO Scott Thompson is set to step down from his job at the Silicon Valley Internet giant, in what will be dramatic end to a controv...
08:05 pm - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft-Funded Startup Aims To Kill BitTorrent Traffic
TheGift73 writes "The Russian based 'Pirate Pay' startup is promising the entertainment industry a pirate-free future. With help from Microsoft, the developers have built a system that claims to track...
07:05 pm - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Secure My Life-In-A-Briefcase?
An anonymous reader writes "I used to travel with a book and some clothes in a backpack, and now my entire life fits into my briefcase. I have a laptop, a tablet, and a cell phone with access to all o...
06:05 pm - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot FreeBSD 10 To Use Clang Compiler, Deprecate GCC
An anonymous reader writes "Shared in last quarter's FreeBSD status report are developer plans to have LLVM/Clang become the default compiler and to deprecate GCC. Clang can now build most packages an...
05:05 pm - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot Aussie Police Consider Using Automated Spy Drones
beaverdownunder writes "Police in the Australian state of Victoria have confirmed that they are investigating employing unmanned drones in the war against crime, following the lead of law enforcement ...
04:05 pm - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot Researcher Runs IP Network Over Xylophones
joabj writes "Following up on experiments of running Internet Protocol(IP)-based networks with carrier pigeons or bongos, UofC grad student R. Stuart Geiger has demonstrated that it is possible to tra...
03:05 pm - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot London Hacked Its Own Traffic Lights To Make Sure It Got the Olympics
bmsleight writes "Does it count as a hack if you change your own system? Vanity Fair report that during the bidding process for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Streets Traffic Contro...
02:05 pm - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Is Killing Text Messaging
An anonymous reader writes "We've heard many times and from multiple sources that text messaging is declining. There are multiple reasons for this (BlackBerry Messenger, Apple's iMessage, and even Wha...
01:05 pm - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot Location Selected For $1 Billion Ghost Town
Hugh Pickens writes "Although a fully operation city with no people sounds like the setup for a dystopian sci-fi novel, the Boston Globe reports that the Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation ...
10:05 am - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot Connecticut Resident Stopped By State Police For Radioactivity
Okian Warrior writes "A Milford, CT man was pulled over when a state police car radioactivity scanner flagged his car as being radioactive. The man had been given a cardiac exam using radioactive dye,...
07:05 am - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot Icons That Don't Make Sense Anymore
theodp writes "The Floppy Disk Icon, observes Scott Hanselman, means 'save' for a whole generation of people who have never seen one. That, and other old people icons that don't make sense anymore &md...
04:05 am - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot Apple Gives In, Drops iPad '4G' Tag To Avoid Lawsuits
Back in March, Apple was sued in Australia and criticized in Europe over its marketing of the iPad as supporting 4G speeds when it only did so in the U.S. and Canada. Now, reader TheGift73 writes with...
01:05 am - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot The FIBIAC — a 3D-Printed Electromechanical Computer
Brietech writes "'Behold the FIBIAC! It's loud! It computes! It uses actual punch cards!' The FIBIAC is a simple, stepper-motor based, (mostly) 3D-printed electromechanical computer. The program is st...
12:05 am - Sun, May 13, 2012
Slashdot Google Talks About Its Ubuntu Experience
dartttt writes "There was a very interesting session at the Ubuntu Developer Summit by Google developer Thomas Bushnell. He talked about how Ubuntu, its derivatives and Goobuntu (Google's customized U...
11:05 pm - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Degree For a Late Career Boost?
Qbertino writes "I'm in my early 40s, and after a little more than 10 years of web, scripting and software development as a freelancer and some gigs as a regular, full-time employee, I'm seriously con...
10:05 pm - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Bitcoinica Breach Nets Hackers $87,000 In Bitcoins
dynamo52 sends this quote from Ars about a breach involving a Bitcoin exchange:"More than $87,000 worth of the virtual currency known as Bitcoin was stolen after online bandits penetrated servers belo...
09:05 pm - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Redesigns chkdsk For Windows 8, Improves NTFS Health Model
MojoKid writes "Microsoft can't do anything to magically make hard drives stop failing when parts go bad, but Redmond is rolling out a new NTFS health model for Windows 8 with a redesigned chkdsk tool...
07:05 pm - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Privacy Advocates Protest FBI Warning of 'Going Dark' In Online Era
CWmike writes "CNET's Declan McCullagh reported last week on the FBI's argument that the massive shift of communications from the telephone system to the Internet 'has made it far more difficult for t...
06:05 pm - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Adobe Changes Its Tune On Forcing Paid Upgrade To Fix Security Flaws
wiredmikey writes with a followup to Thursday's news that Adobe was recommending paid software upgrades in lieu of fixing security holes in some of its applications. After receiving criticism for the ...
05:05 pm - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Britain Bringing Out 'Sonic Gun' For Olympics Security
skipkent writes with news that Britain is planning to use high-tech, non-lethal sonic weapons to provide security at the Olympics this summer. The Ministry of Defense says they intend to use the devic...
04:05 pm - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise In 20 Years
Nancy_A writes "An engineer has proposed — and outlined in meticulous detail — building a full-sized, ion-powered version of the starship Enterprise. The ship would be based on current tec...
03:05 pm - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Judge Who Ordered Pirate Bay Censorship Found To Be Corrupt
TheGift73 writes "TorrentFreak reports that 'This week yet another court order was handed down in Europe with the aim of censoring The Pirate Bay. The ruling forbids the Dutch Pirate Party from not on...
02:05 pm - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Could a Computer Write This Story?
An anonymous reader tips an article at CNN about the development of technology that automates the process of writing news articles. It started with simple sports reporting, but now at least one compan...
01:05 pm - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot NASA's Hansen Calls Out Obama On Climate Change
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, writes in the NY Times that he was troubled...
10:05 am - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot American Cellular Companies Clamor For Fresh Spectrum
alphadogg writes "No one will ever say that America's wireless carriers are too proud to beg. This year's Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association Wireless trade show in New Orleans seemed les...
07:05 am - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Online Music Storage Firm MP3tunes Files For Bankruptcy
fishmike writes "Online music storage firm MP3tunes, Inc filed for bankruptcy in a U.S. court, following its prolonged run-in with music publishing giant EMI Group over copyright issues, court filings...
04:05 am - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Open Source Multi-User Password Management?
An anonymous reader writes "I work in a network environment that requiring multiple people have access to numerous Wireless Access Keys, iTunes/iCloud accounts/passwords, hardware appliance logins, et...
02:05 am - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO
parallel_prankster writes "Bloomberg reports that Eduardo Saverin, the billionaire co- founder of Facebook, has renounced his U.S. citizenship before an initial public offering that values the social ...
12:05 am - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Nicholas Carr Foresees Brains Optimized For Browsing
An anonymous reader writes "In the next decade, our brains are going to become optimized for information browsing, says best-selling author Nicholas Carr. According to Carr, while the genetic nature o...
12:05 am - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot US Grabs More Domain Names, $1.4M From Online Counterfeit Operations
coondoggie writes "According to court documents, investigation by federal law enforcement agents revealed that subjects whose domain names had been seized in a November 2010 operation continued to sel...
12:05 am - Sat, May 12, 2012
Slashdot Open Source Driver For Microsoft Surface 2.0
dartttt writes "Florian Echtler has developed an open-source driver for the Microsoft Surface 2.0 touch screen. According to him, the open source implementation works surprisingly well on Ubuntu 11.10...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Senator Seeks More Info On DOJ Location Tracking Practices
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Senator Al Franken (D-MN) is demanding answers to questions about the U.S. Department of Justice practice of gathering data from wireless providers in order to monitor individuals...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Inexpensive Nanosheet Catalyst Splits Hydrogen From Water
An anonymous reader writes "Traditional methods of producing pure hydrogen are either extremely expensive or release lots of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Now, scientists at Brookhaven National ...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Oracle Not Satisfied With Potential $150,000; Goes Against Judge's Warning
bobwrit writes with news about how the monetary damages in the Google v. Oracle case might shake out. On Thursday, Judge Alsup told Oracle the most it could expect for statutory damages was a flat $15...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Vesta Is a Baby Planet, Not an Asteroid
astroengine writes "Vesta, the second largest object in the main asteroid belt, has an iron core, a varied surface, layers of rock and possibly a magnetic field — all signs of a planet in the ma...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot First Culture Freedom Day Underway In Lisbon, Others Next Saturday
New submitter Blug_fred writes "The first ever Culture Freedom Day is happening right now over a two-day period in Lisbon, Portugal. Organized by Flausina with the participation of Creative Commons Po...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Court Rules NSA Doesn't Have To Confirm Or Deny Secret Relationship With Google
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "A DC appeals court has ruled that the National Security Agency doesn't need to either confirm or deny its secret relationship with Google in response to a Freedom of Inform...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot New .secure Internet Domain On Tap
CowboyRobot writes "A new top-level domain (TLD) in the works for the Internet will bake security in from the outset: The .secure domain will require fully encrypted HTTPS sessions and a comprehensive...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Physicists Achieve Quantum Teleportation Over 60 Miles
MrSeb writes "Chinese physicists are reporting that they've successfully teleported photonic qubits (quantum bits) over a distance of 97 kilometers (60mi). This means that quantum data has been transm...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot West Virginia Buys $22K Routers With Stimulus, Puts Them In Small Schools
DesScorp writes "The Charleston Gazette is reporting that the state of West Virginia has purchased hundred of enterprise class routers from Cisco at over $22,000 dollars apiece via federal stimulus mo...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot First Amendment Protection For Search Results?
An anonymous reader writes "A legal paper (PDF), commissioned by Google and written by Eugene Volokh and Donald Falk, makes the case that search results should be protected under the First Amendment, ...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Wear a Mask During a Protest In Canada: 10 Years In Jail
Phrogman writes "The Conservative government of Steven Harper in Canada has proposed a new bill that would impose a jail term of 10 years for anyone wearing a mask while 'participating in a riot or un...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Objective-C Comes of Age
New submitter IdleThoughts writes "Sometimes it takes a long time to spark a revolution. Long the ugly duckling of programming languages, iOS' Objective-C passed C# in the 'TIOBE Programming Community...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot USPS To Ban International Shipping On Lithium Ion Powered Gadgetry
sl4shd0rk writes "Apparently the USPS is enacting a ban on the international shipment of all devices containing Lithium Ion batteries. The ban is expected to lift in January of 2013. It seems like thi...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot How Would Driver-less Cars Change Motoring?
Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that as Nevada licenses Google to test its prototype driver-less car on public roads, futurists are postulating what a world of driver-less would cars look like. First...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot ESA Declares Flagship Envisat Observing Satellite Lost
An anonymous reader writes with news that the European Space Agency has lost contact with its Envisat environmental satellite mere weeks after celebrating a full decade in orbit. Engineers have spent ...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Only 22% of California 8th Graders Pass National Science Test
bonch writes "22 percent of California eighth-graders passed a national science test, ranking California among the worst in the U.S. according to the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress. ...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace Team Up For Trips To Private Space Habitats
Zothecula writes "SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace have joined forces in an attempt to woo international customers looking to enjoy some extended periods of microgravity. The joint marketing effort will p...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Willow Garage Announces New Open Source Robotics Foundation
An anonymous reader writes "Willow Garage has announced the launch of the Open Source Robotics Foundation. 'It's always been the intention of Willow Garage to create an independent body that can take ...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot The Dutch Repair Cafe Versus the Throwaway Society
circletimessquare writes "Everyone in the modern world has thrown away at least one thing that was perfectly good except for an easily fixed defect, because it's just easier to buy a new one. In the N...
02:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot With BB10, RIM Tries To Break Out of the 'Mobile Ecosystem' Model
Alt-kun writes "This past week has seen a couple of interesting articles about Research In Motion's strategic plans for BlackBerry 10. The Globe and Mail thinks that by pushing HTML5 for app developme...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Positive Bias Could Erode Public Trust In Science
ananyo writes "Evidence is mounting that research is riddled with positive bias. Left unchecked, the problem could erode public trust, argues Dan Sarewitz, a science policy expert, in a comment piece ...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Xbox 360 Kinect Said To Add Internet Explorer Browsing
TheGift73 writes in with this link about IE 9 coming to an Xbox 360 near you. "Microsoft is currently testing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 on its Xbox 360 console, according to our source...
10:05 am - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Is Gamification a Good Motivator?
CowboyRobot writes "Growing up, many of our teachers used gamification techniques such as a gold star sticker on a test (essentially a badge) or a public display of which students had completed a set ...
09:05 am - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Univ. of Minnesota Compiles Database of Peer-Reviewed, Open-Access Textbooks
First time accepted submitter BigVig209 writes "Univ. of MN is cataloging open-access textbooks and enticing faculty to review the texts by offering $500 per review. From the article: 'The project is ...
07:05 am - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Netherlands Cements Net Neutrality In Law
Fluffeh writes "A while back, Dutch Telcos started to sing the 'We are losing money due to internet services!' song and floated new plans that would make consumers pay extra for data used by apps that...
05:05 am - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Dish Network Announces Prime Time TV With No Ads
Hugh Pickens writes "Forbes reports that Dish Network has announced a new feature called called Auto Hop for its satellite TV subscribers that will let you automatically skip all commercials for prime...
02:05 am - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot Archaeologists Find Oldest Known Mayan Calendar
sciencehabit writes "A team of American researchers has discovered a small trove of ancient Maya texts in a surprising place. In a paper published online today in Science, researchers report finding M...
01:05 am - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot English Translation of Debian Administrator's Handbook Available
After a successful campaign to liberate the English translation of the French Debian Administrator's Handbook, Roland Mas and Raphaël Hertzog announced its availability under the Creative Commons...
12:05 am - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot DVDs, Blu-Rays To Show 20-Second Unskippable Govt. Warnings
bonch writes "DVDs and Blu-Rays will begin displaying two unskippable anti-piracy screens, each 10 seconds long, shown back-to-back. Six studios have agreed to begin using the new notices. Of course, ...
12:05 am - Fri, May 11, 2012
Slashdot FDA Cracking Down On X-ray Exposure For Kids
ericjones12398 writes "The Food and Drug Administration is proposing that manufacturers of X-ray machines and CT scanners do more to protect children from radiation exposure. If companies don't take s...
11:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Richard Stallman Falls Ill At Conference
itwbennett writes "Stallman, 59, was speaking at the North Campus of the Polytechnic University of Cataluna when he started to feel ill and called for a doctor. It was originally reported in the Spani...
11:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Wolfenstein 3-D Celebrates 20 Years With Free Browser-Based Version
Dr Herbert West writes "20 years ago today, ID software released 'Wolfenstein 3D', a remake of a classic Apple II game, 'Return to Castle Wolfenstein.' To celebrate, Bethesda Softworks on Wednesday re...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Adobe Introduces the Paid Security Fix
Nimey writes "Adobe has posted a security bulletin for Photoshop CS5 for Windows and OSX. It seems there is a critical security hole that will allow attackers to execute arbitrary code in the context ...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot New York City Pushes Plan To Prevent Cyberattacks On Elevators, Boilers
coondoggie writes "Imagine what would happen if an attacker broke into the network for the industrial control systems for New York City's elevators and boiler systems and decided to disrupt them, impe...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot NY Times Apple Tax Article Flawed
bonch writes "Forbes contributer Tim Worstall points out that the NY Times article claiming Apple pays less than 10 percent of its profit in taxes was based on a flawed assumption of the corporate tax...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot U. Chicago's Epic Scavenger Hunt Is Back For 2012
gotfork writes "The world's largest scavenger hunt, covered in previous years on Slashdot, is now taking place at the University of Chicago. The competition is fierce: in 1999 one team build a working...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Apple To Help Foxconn Improve Factories
An anonymous reader writes "in a welcome move, Apple has agreed to help share initial costs with Foxconn in improving the factories being used to manufacture iDevices. From the article: 'Foxconn chief...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot 'Social Jetlag' May Be Making You Fat
sciencehabit writes "A new study suggests that, by disrupting your body's normal rhythms, your alarm clock could be making you overweight. The study concerns a phenomenon called 'social jetlag.' That'...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Disney Research Can Turn Nearly Any Surface Into a Touch Screen
surewouldoutlaw writes "Remember that scene in Fantasia where Mickey turns all the brooms into an army of workers? Well, Disney isn't quite there, yet. But scientists with the company's research lab a...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Apple Auto-Disables Old Flash Players In Mac OS X 10.7.4
wiredmikey writes "Just released, and coming in at 370 MB in size, the Mac OS X 10.7.4 update includes general OS fixes, and addresses more than 30 security vulnerabilities. But aside from typical sec...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Why Forbes Says Immigrants Make Better Entrepreneurs
An anonymous reader writes "Romanian emigre Christian Gheorghe is running a Silicon Valley software company now (Tidemark Systems) after getting started in the U.S. hauling plywood on a construction s...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Complaint Challenges Univ. of Hawaii Email Partnership Wth Google
An anonymous reader writes "A recent move by the University of Hawaii forcing all students and faculty to migrate their independent university email accounts to Google has raised serious questions, pr...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Heathkit Educational Systems Closes Shop For Good
scharkalvin writes with this excerpt from the American Radio Relay League's site: "'For the second time since 1992, Heathkit Educational Services (HES) has shuttered its doors. Rumors of the legendary...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Stone-Throwing Chimp Back In the News With Better Plan
sciencehabit writes "Three years ago, a stone-throwing chimpanzee named Santino jolted the research community by providing some of the strongest evidence yet that non-humans could plan ahead. Santino,...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Iran's Web Censorship Filters Supreme Leader's Own Statement
halfEvilTech writes "Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's own words have now become a victim of Iran's massive online censorship infrastructure. Khamenei, according to a translation by RFE,...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot HP Shows Off Power Over Ethernet Thin Client
angry tapir writes "HP has unveiled an all-in-one thin client capable of being powered by an Ethernet cable. The t410 AiO supports the Type 1 Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard, which means it is capa...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Russian Superjet 100 Crashes During Demo Flight, Killing All Aboard
First time accepted submitter Prokur writes "A brand new Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner on a demonstration flight with 37 passengers (mostly future clients and journalists) and 8 Russian crew me...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot NY Ruling Distinguishes Downloading, Viewing Child Pornography
bs0d3 writes "According to a recent ruling in New York state, from Senior Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, 'Merely viewing Web images of child pornography does not, absent other proof, constitute eith...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Bay Criticizes Anonymous' Attack On Virgin
judgecorp writes "Anonymous launched a DDoS attack on Virgin Media, apparently in protest at Virgin's decision to block the Pirate Bay. Now the Pirate Bay has criticized Anonymous, saying it doesn't s...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Blocks 3d-Party Browsers In Windows RT, Says Mozilla Counsel
nk497 writes "Mozilla has accused Microsoft of trying to go back to the 'digital dark ages' by limiting rival browsers in the ARM version of Windows 8. Third-party browsers won't work in the desktop m...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot MakerBot Industries Brings Manufacturing Back To Brooklyn
pacopico writes "A few decades ago, Brooklyn was filled with manufacturing companies. Today? Er, not so much. It's mostly restaurants and condos. That is Except for MakerBot Industries, which is assem...
10:05 am - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot North Korea Jamming GPS Signals In South Korea
Fluffeh writes "North Korea has been looking for new and inventive ways to mess with South Korea. It seems that their missile launch fizzled a bit though, so those wacky folks from the North have boug...
08:05 am - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot UK Government Backtracks On Black Box Snooping
judgecorp writes "On the day the so-called snooper's charter was included in proposed UK legislation, as part of the Queen's Speech, it has emerged that the government is already backtracking on the c...
06:05 am - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot UK Home Secretary Bans US Martial Arts Expert
Big Hairy Ian writes "An American expert in violent self-defense has been excluded from entering the UK by the Home Office. From the article: 'Tim Larkin tried to board a plane from his home in Las Ve...
05:05 am - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Living Fossils: Old Tech That Just Won't Die
jfruh writes "You might think that flat files, VAXen, and punch card readers are things of the past — and you're right, for the most part. But here and there, these fossilized technologies have ...
03:05 am - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Overheated Voting Machine Cast Its Own Votes
longacre writes in with the results of a report on voting machines that malfunctioned in NY during the 2010 mid-term elections. "Tests of a number of electronic voting machines that recorded shockingl...
01:05 am - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Announces App Center
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook today announced the App Center. Whether you're a Facebook user or a third-party developer, think of it like the Apple App Store or the Google Play store, but for F...
12:05 am - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot 55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, Passwords Leaked
MojoKid writes "Tens of thousands of Twitter accounts have been compromised in a recent hack attack in which more than 55,000 passwords were leaked and posted to Pastebin by anonymous hackers. Most of...
12:05 am - Thu, May 10, 2012
Slashdot The Bouncing Sands of Mars
astroengine writes "New analysis of high-resolution images of Mars, taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, show sand dunes i...
11:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Password Protection Act: Bans Bosses Asking For Facebook Passwords
An anonymous reader writes "On the heels of a similar bill introduced last month. A group of Democrats today introduced legislation in both the House and Senate to prevent employers from forcing emplo...
11:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Conquer "LED Droop"
sciencehabit writes "Tiny and efficient, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are supposed to be the bright future of illumination. But they perform best at only low power, enough for a flashlight or the scre...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Warmest 12-Month Period Recorded In US
First time accepted submitter seanzig writes "Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground provides a good overview of the State of the Climate Report from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). May ...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Congress: The TSA Is Wasting Hundreds of Millions In Taxpayer Dollars
TheGift73 writes with a Techdirt story about a House Oversight Committee report that is very critical of the TSA's handling of money. "The House Oversight Committee has come out with a report slamming...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Fitness For Geeks
jsuda writes "You would think that geeks would be as interested in fitness as dogs are of TV. After all, geeks already put in hours of finger dancing on keyboards, assembling hefty code fragments, and...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot The Encyclopedia of Life Passes the 1 Million Page Mark
Chuckles08 writes "The Encyclopedia of Life project, an online resource aggregating information about all life on Earth, now has over 1 million taxon pages with content. All content is licensed under ...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Israel Passes Photoshop Law To Combat Anorexia
Hugh Pickens writes "The Atlantic reports that the Israeli parliament has passed legislation that prohibits fashion media and advertising with models who fall below the World Health Organization's sta...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot US Metaphor-Recognizing Software System Starts Humming
coondoggie writes "An innovative project, called Autonomous Dynamic Analysis of Metaphor and Analogy, or ADAMA, aims to build a software system that can automatically analyze metaphorical speech in fi...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Mini Mammoth Once Roamed Crete
ananyo writes "Scientists can now add a 'dwarf mammoth' to the list of biological oxymorons that includes the jumbo shrimp and pygmy whale. Studies of fossils discovered last year on the island of Cre...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Heavy-Duty, Full-Home Surge Protection?
First time accepted submitter kmoser writes "Like most people, I have a couple of surge protectors for sensitive/important electronics, and even a UPS for a couple of items like computers. But I don't...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot The Rise of Chemophobia In the News
eldavojohn writes "American news outlets like The New York Times seem to thrive on chemophobia — consumer fear of the ambiguous concept of 'chemicals.' As a result, Pulitzer-prize winning scienc...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo Board Director Patti Hart Stepping Down Over Thompson Scandal
concertina226 writes "Yahoo has announced that board member Patti Hart, who led the committee that hired CEO Scott Thompson, will be stepping down. Hart has been under fire for overseeing the hiring o...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Anti-WiFi Wallpaper Available Next Year
hypnosec writes with good news for folks who want to live in a Faraday cage. From the article: "A new type of wallpaper, which has been developed by scientists from the institut polytechnique Grenoble...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Google Patents Using iPhones To Kill 'Free Bird'
theodp writes "At Chicago's Billy Goat Tavern, construction workers found physical threats an effective way to discourage smart-ass Whitney Young High School students from playing annoying jukebox son...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot US Air Force Can 'Accidentally' Spy On American Citizens For 90 Days
AstroPhilosopher writes "Researchers at the Federation of American Scientists have discovered documentation (PDF) that allows the military to keep footage from drones for up to 90 days to determine wh...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot US Airforce Can 'Accidently' Spy On American Citizens For 90 Days
AstroPhilosopher writes "Researchers at the Federation of American Scientists have discovered documentation (PDF) that allows the military to keep footage from drones for up to 90 days to determine wh...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Jars of Irradiated Russian Animals Find a New Purpose
scibri writes with bits and pieces from the article: "From the early 1950s to the end of the cold war, nearly 250,000 animals were systematically irradiated in the Russian town of Ozersk. Fearful of a...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Dell Designing Developer Oriented Laptop
jones_supa writes "Barton George, director of marketing for Dell's Web vertical reveals information about 'Project Sputnik', a laptop tailored for developer needs in web companies. 'We want to find wa...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot More Plans For UK Internet Snooping Bill Revealed In Queen's Speech
TheGift73 writes "By far the most controversial bill discussed in the Queen's speech today has to be the 'Draft Communications Bill' which '...will allow the police and intelligence agencies to collec...
02:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot W3C Member Proposes "Fix" For CSS Prefix Problem
Pieroxy writes "The W3C is proposing a set of new rules for CSS prefixing by browser vendors. This would greatly mitigate the problem caused today where vendor specific prefixing is seeing its way thr...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot CarrierIQ Hires Former Verizon Counsel As Chief Privacy Officer
Trailrunner7 writes, quoting Threat Post: "Carrier IQ, a startup heavily bruised last fall by harsh criticism of its handset diagnostic software, today announced it's hired a high-profile lawyer as it...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Homeland Security: New Body Scanners Have Issues
Fluffeh writes "Although the DHS has spent around $90 million upgrading magnetometers to the new body scanners, federal investigators 'identified vulnerabilities in the screening process' at domestic ...
10:05 am - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot GOP Blocks Senate Debate On Dem Student Loan Bill
TheGift73 writes with this quote from an AP report:"Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic bill Tuesday to preserve low interest rates for millions of college students' loans, as the two parties enga...
08:05 am - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Gamma-Ray Bending Opens New Door For Optics
sciencehabit writes "Lenses are a part of everyday life—they help us focus on words on a page, the light from stars, and the tiniest details of microorganisms. But making a lens for highly energ...
07:05 am - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Australian Government Backs OLPC
angry tapir writes "One Laptop Per Child Australia had a win in the recent Australian budget, receiving federal government funding for the first time. OLPC Australia will benefit from $11.7 million of...
06:05 am - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot A Boost For Quantum Reality
Eponymous Hero sends this excerpt from Nature:"The philosophical status of the wavefunction — the entity that determines the probability of different outcomes of measurements on quantum-mechanic...
05:05 am - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Controlling Bufferbloat With Queue Delay
CowboyRobot writes "We all can see that the Internet is getting slower. According to researchers, the cause is persistently full buffers, and the problem is only made worse by the increasing availabil...
04:05 am - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot SciRuby: Science and Matrix Libraries For Ruby
Aciel writes "Ruby has long been popular in the web/business community, while Python dominates the scientific community. One new project seeks to bring balance to the force: SciRuby. We've already int...
03:05 am - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Astronomers See the Glow of a Boiling Planet
The Bad Astronomer writes "For the first time, astronomers have detected the light from a 'super-Earth' exoplanet. The planet 55 Cancri e (with twice the radius and 8 times the mass of Earth) circles ...
01:05 am - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Why You Can't Dump Java (Even Though You Want To)
snydeq writes "Since so many recent exploits have used Java as their attack vector, you might conclude Java should be shown the exit, but the reality is that Java is not the problem, writes Security A...
12:05 am - Wed, May 9, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Rejects Prosecutors' Subpoena For a User's Data Without Warrant
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "In defense of user privacy, Twitter filed a motion yesterday in a New York state court asking a judge to block a subpoena that would force the company to turn over the data...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot The Wretched State of GPU Transcoding
MrSeb writes "This story began as an investigation into why Cyberlink's Media Espresso software produced video files of wildly varying quality and size depending on which GPU was used for the task. It...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot The Patent Mafia and What You Can Do To Break It Up
colinneagle sends this quote from an article about the ever-growing patent racket in the tech industry:"The lawsuits are raging all across the tech world. Oracle sues Google, Yahoo sues Facebook, they...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Makes Ambitious Carbon Neutral Pledge
Qedward writes "Chief operating officer Kevin Turner says Microsoft will be 'carbon neutral across all our direct operations including data centers, software development labs, air travel, and office b...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Apache OpenOffice Releases Version 3.4
An anonymous reader sends word that Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has been released (download). This is the first release since OpenOffice became a project at the Apache Software Foundation. The release notes...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Government Asks When It Can Shut Down Wireless Communications
Fluffeh writes "Around nine months ago, BART Police asked to have wireless communications disabled (PDF) between Trans Bay Tube Portal and the Balboa Park Station. That was because they knew a public ...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot TSA's mm-Wave Body Scanner Breaks Diabetic Teen's $10K Insulin Pump
OverTheGeicoE writes "Savannah Barry, a Colorado teenager, was returning home from a conference in Salt Lake City. She is a diabetic and wears an insulin pump to control her insulin levels 24/7. She c...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Tidal Heating Shrinks Goldilocks Zone Around Red Dwarfs
scibri writes "An overlooked factor could shrink the habitable zone for planets around M-class dwarf stars by as much as 50%. For these smaller, cooler stars, the habitable zone was thought to extend ...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent a Box Office Record
TheGift73 sends this excerpt from TorrentFreak:"Despite the widespread availability of pirated releases, The Avengers just scored a record-breaking $200 million opening weekend at the box office. Whil...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?
rrossman2 writes "With the birth of our son (who is now just over two), we have snapped and accumulated a ton of pictures — on Panoramio, Picasa, Facebook, etc. What is the best option for bulk ...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot FDA May Let Patients Buy More Drugs Without Prescriptions
Hugh Pickens writes "The Washington Times reports that the Food and Drug Administration may soon permit Americans to obtain some drugs used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot DDR4 RAM To Hit Devices Next Year
angry tapir writes "Micron has said that DDR4 memory — the successor to DDR3 DRAM — will reach computers next year, and that the company has started shipping samples of the upcoming DDR me...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Spammers Make $20M, Get $100K Fine
jfruh writes "Adscend Media, which has been making up to $20M a year from so-called 'likejacking' spam on Facebook, has reached an agreement with the Attorney General of Washington to stop those activ...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Why You Don't Want a $99 Xbox 360
itwbennett writes "Peter Smith has done the math on Microsoft's $99 Xbox 360 — 4GB model (no hard drive) and a Kinect sensor. Here's why it's a bad deal: 'You'll be paying $99 + $359.76 in ...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Undergrad Project Offers Site Privacy Information At a Glance
An anonymous reader writes "Not everyone can read legalese. Websites ought to have clearer, more transparent, and simpler privacy policies. One important step in this direction is a simple way of summ...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Nearly 150 Companies Show Interest in the Tech Love Boat
New submitter dandv writes with an story from VentureBeat about another entry in the race to escape national jurisdiction by offshoring work — literally offshoring, that is : "Blueseed is a Sili...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot 20 Years of GSM and SMS
udas writes "Two thirds of the world's population, 4 billion people, use cell phones today, and all of them have access to SMS. Groupe Spécial Mobile (GSM), set up in 1982, created the GSM standa...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Heartland Institute Learning To Troll On Billboards
Fluffeh writes "The Heartland Institute is a lovely group of folks who take issue with mainstream climate science. They organize an annual get-together of like minded folk and talk trash about environ...
10:05 am - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Solve Mystery of Ireland's Moving Boulders
Hugh Pickens writes "How has a 78-ton boulder traveled 130 meters inland from the sea since 1991? Live Science reports that geologists have puzzled for years over the mysterious boulders that litter t...
08:05 am - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Exposure to Wide Variety of Microbes May Reduce Allergies
sciencehabit writes "A new study reveals that people who grow up in more rural environments are less likely to develop allergies. The reason may be that environments rich with species harbor more frie...
05:05 am - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Dealing With the Eventual Collapse of Social Networks
taskforce writes "There are good reasons to think a web services like Facebook won't be around forever. If Facebook ever were to go down there would be potentially huge costs to its users. We can all ...
03:05 am - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Low Oxygen Cellular Protein Synthesis Mechanism Discovered
New submitter _prime writes "Until recently the mechanism by which cells make proteins in low-oxygen environments has been unknown. As published in Nature (paywall) this week, the discovery of the mec...
01:05 am - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu Will Soon Ship On 5% of New PCs
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from Phoronix: "Chris Kenyon, the VP of sales and business development for Canonical, just spoke this afternoon at the Ubuntu 12.10 Developer Summit about wh...
12:05 am - Tue, May 8, 2012
Slashdot America's Next Bomber: Unmanned, Unlimited Range, Aimed At China
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. military is developing its next generation bomber with Chinese anti-access strategy — the ability to stop any enemy force from coming to fight with things li...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Google Gets Driverless License For Nevada Roads
Fluffeh writes "On Monday, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles approved Google's license application to test autonomous vehicles on the state's roads. The state had approved such laws back in Febr...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot How Long Before the Kickstarter Bubble Bursts?
An opinion piece at Gamasutra takes a look at the recent success of Kickstarter campaigns for video game projects — Double Fine's adventure game and a sequel to Wasteland each raised around $3 m...
11:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Universities Hold Transcripts Hostage Over Loans
Hugh Pickens writes "Dave Lindorff writes in the LA Times that growing numbers of students are discovering their old school is actively blocking them from getting a job or going on to a higher degree ...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Hubble To Use the Moon To View Transit of Venus
astroengine writes "As we recently discussed, on June 5 or 6 this year — the exact time and date depends on where you are in the world — Venus will be visible as a small black circle cross...
10:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot DHS Asked Gas Pipeline Firms To Let Attackers Lurk Inside Networks
wiredmikey writes "According to reports, which were confirmed Friday by ICS-CERT (PDF), there has been an active cyber attack campaign targeting the natural gas industry. However, it's the advice from...
09:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Philips Releases 100W-Equivalent LED Bulb, Runs On Just 23 Watts
MrSeb writes "The Light Fair convention kicks off in Las Vegas this week, so there will be any number of related announcements coming soon. Lighting giant Philips is starting things off early with the...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Jury Rules Google Violated Java Copyright, Google Moves For Mistrial
eldavojohn writes "Details are thin, but the long-covered Oracle v. Google trial has at least partially been decided in favor of Oracle. The jury says Google violated copyrights with Android when it u...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot IEEE Approves Revision of Wireless LAN Standard
An anonymous reader writes "IEEE announced the publication of IEEE 802.11-2012, which defines the technology for the world's premier wireless LAN products. The new IEEE 802.11-2012 revision has been e...
08:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tool To Detect Corrupted Files?
Volanin writes "Currently I use a triple boot system on my Macbook, including MacOS Lion, Windows 7, and Ubuntu Precise (on which I spend the great majority of my time). To share files between these s...
07:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Astronomers Find Most Distant Protocluster of Galaxies
The Bad Astronomer writes "Using the monster 8.2-meter Subaru telescope, astronomers have identified the most distant cluster of galaxies ever found: a collection of galaxies at a staggering distance ...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot U.S. In Danger of Losing Earth-Observing Satellite Capability
New submitter crazyjj writes "As reported in Wired, a recent National Research Council report indicates a growing concern for NASA, the NOAA, and USGS. While there are currently 22 Earth-observing sat...
06:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Scientists 'Switch Off' Brain Cell Death In Mice
fishmike sends this excerpt from a Reuters report:"Scientists have figured out how to stop brain cell death in mice with brain disease and say their discovery deepens understanding of the mechanisms o...
05:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Methane Producing Dinosaurs May Have Changed Climate
Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports that huge plant-eating dinosaurs called sauropods may have produced enough greenhouse gas by breaking wind to alter the Earth's climate. Scientists believe t...
04:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Verizon To Begin Offering "Text To 911" Service
An anonymous reader writes "In a move that will likely elicit a 'why didn't they implement that sooner?' response, Verizon in the next 12 months will begin implementing a 'text to 911' feature that, a...
03:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Creates Kinect-Like System Using Laptop Speaker & Microphone
MrSeb writes "Microsoft Research, working with the University of Washington, has developed a Kinect-like system that uses your computer's built-in microphone and speakers to provide object detection a...
03:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot How the Syrian Games Industry Crumbled Under Sanctions and Violence
Fluffeh writes "Syria's games industry now looks like just another collateral casualty of dictator Bashar Al-Assad's struggle to hold power. 'Life for Syrian game developers has never been better,' jo...
02:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Aussie Politician Threatens To Contact Employers of Satirical Article "Likers"
Chuq writes "Tasmanian Liberal candidate for Bass, Andrew Nikolic, was the subject of a satirical article by NewExaminer on Facebook. Nikolic didn't like it, which is understandable. However he then w...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot South Korea Plans Hashtag-Inspired Skyscraper
cylonlover writes "The hashtag or "#" symbol has taken on a lot more use in recent years, especially with the rise of social media tools like Twitter, where it's used to highlight popular topics. So i...
01:05 pm - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Did a Genome Copying Mistake Lead To Human Intelligence?
A new study suggest that the sophistication of the human brain may be due to a mistake in cell division long ago. From the article: "A copyediting error appears to be responsible for critical features...
09:05 am - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Brazil Retailer Using Facebook Likes On Its Clothing Hangers
TheGift73 writes "Retailer, C&A, is putting 'real-time Likes' counters on its hangers in locations around Brazil. The Like data is taken from C&A's Facebook page, where the company has listed ...
06:05 am - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot What Various Studies Really Reveal About File-Sharing
Dangerous_Minds writes "Drew Wilson of ZeroPaid has an interesting look at file-sharing. It all started with a review of a Phoenix study that was used to promote SOPA. Wilson says that the study was l...
03:05 am - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Party Gaining Strength In Germany
bs0d3 writes "For the third consecutive regional election, The German Pirate Party has breached the five-percent mark needed to enter the state parliament, winning 8.2 percent of the vote in state of ...
12:05 am - Mon, May 7, 2012
Slashdot Unblocking The Pirate Bay the Hard Way Is Fun
TheGift73 writes in with a link for those of you who like to do things the hard way. "Now that The Pirate Bay is being blocked by ISPs in the UK, millions of people have a new interest in accessing th...
11:05 pm - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Language Should a Former Coder Dig Into?
An anonymous reader writes "I was a consultant for nearly 20 years and I got into projects where I had to work with a huge variety of software, operating systems, hardware, programming languages, and ...
10:05 pm - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot Some USAF Pilots Refuse To Fly F-22 Raptor
Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that some of the nation's top aviators are refusing to fly the radar-evading F-22 Raptor, a fighter jet with ongoing problems with the oxygen systems that hav...
09:05 pm - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot Biochemist Creates CO2-Eating Light That Runs On Algae
An anonymous reader writes "Biochemist Pierre Calleja has a solution to reducing carbon emissions that doesn't require us to cut back on our use of carbon-producing devices. Calleja has developed a li...
08:05 pm - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot How Accurate Were Leonardo Da Vinci's Anatomy Drawings?
antdude writes "BBC News answers how accurate were Leonardo da Vinci's anatomy drawings — 'During his lifetime, Leonardo made thousands of pages of notes and drawings on the human body. He wante...
07:05 pm - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot Apple Security Blunder Exposes Lion Login Passwords In Clear Text
An anonymous reader writes "An Apple programmer, apparently by accident, left a debug flag open in the most recent version of its Mac OS X operating system. In specific configurations, applying the OS...
05:05 pm - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot Study Aims To Read Dogs' Thoughts
jjp9999 writes "A new study at Emory University is trying to figure out what dogs think. The study uses functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to scan the dogs' brains while they're shown differ...
05:05 pm - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot Is Google the New Microsoft?
ericjones12398 writes "Google's come up with its solution for Dropbox: If you can't buy 'em, copy 'em. The search engine and online advertising giant replaced its popular Google Docs service with Goog...
04:05 pm - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot Crowdsourcing and Scientific Truth
ygslash writes "In anopinion piece in the New York Times Sunday Review,Jack Hitt states that comments posted to on-line articles, and elsewhere on line,have de facto become an important factorin what ...
03:05 pm - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot 3D-Printed Circuit Boards, For Solder-Free Printable Electronics
An anonymous reader writes "Check out the latest success of the OpenSCAD 3d-printed electronics library. To use it, you just need a 3D printer and some conductive thread. OpenSCAD generates a componen...
02:05 pm - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot Low-Cost Indian Tablet Project Falls To Corruption
symbolset writes "The first Aakash tablet proposed for India schools has failed. Datawind managed to deliver the $45 Android tablet as reported here previously, but suffering a breach in faith by both...
01:05 pm - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot Leave Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson Alone!
theodp writes "Over at The Daily Beast, Dan Lyons says Resumegate is overblown and says it's time to stop picking on Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson. Even without the circa-1979 CS degree some incorrectly th...
10:05 am - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Says It's Filtering Comments For Spam, Not Censoring Them
bhagwad writes "Apparently Robert Scoble tried to post a long comment on Facebook only to have a message pop up saying 'This comment seems irrelevant or inappropriate and can't be posted. To avoid hav...
07:05 am - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot How Romanian Fortune Tellers Used Google To Fleece Victims
Hentes writes "The internet has made many things easier, but unfortunately this also includes crime: it seems that nowadays not even people wanting to know their future are safe from fraud. Two fortun...
04:05 am - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot US-Australia Agreements Create Opportunities for Privacy Violation, Extradition
TheGift73 writes with a link to (and this excerpt from the beginning of) a brief description at TorrentFreak of recently signed agreements between the U.S. and Australia: "Figures.... File-sharing was...
01:05 am - Sun, May 6, 2012
Slashdot Swiss Solar Powered Catamaran Finishes 'Round the World Tour
First time accepted submitter wokie78 writes "The PlanetSolar, a Swiss solar powered catamaran, has just arrived to Monaco (French original), its initial port of departure, after finishing its voyage ...
11:05 pm - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Diamonds Used To Increase Density, Performance of Phase-Change Memory
Lucas123 writes "Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have shown they can increase the density, performance and the durability of phase-change memory (PSM) by using diamonds to change the base allo...
10:05 pm - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Running Apps From Your Car's Dashboard
An anonymous reader writes "I guess is was inevitable, now that BMW is letting you view and make tweets from behind the wheel, but is it really a good idea to let people run smartphone apps from their...
09:05 pm - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: All-In-One PC For Kitchen?
New submitter brabq writes "Now that I have a couple of CableCard tuner devices in the house (including the network-based HDHomeRun Prime), I'm thinking of buying one of those all-in-one touchscreen P...
08:05 pm - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Missouri High School Principal Resigns After Posing As Student On Facebook
longacre writes "Suzy Harriston wanted to be friends on Facebook. The profile said she was from Clayton [Missouri] and had more than 300 friends, many of them from Clayton High School. No one seemed t...
07:05 pm - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Japan's Last Nuclear Reactor Shuts Down
AmiMoJo writes "Japan's last active reactor is shutting down today, leaving the country without nuclear energy for the first time since 1970. All 50 commercial reactors in the country are now offline....
06:05 pm - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Database and IP Records Tie Election Fraud To Canada's Ruling Conservatives
choongiri writes "Canada's election fraud scandal continues to unfold. Elections Canada just matched the IP address used to set up thousands of voter suppression robocalls to one used by a Conservativ...
05:05 pm - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Why Verizon Doesn't Want You To Buy an iPhone
Hugh Pickens writes "Sascha Segan writes that although Verizon adamantly denies steering customers away from Apple's iPhones in favor of 4G LTE-enabled Android devices, he is convinced that Verizon ha...
04:05 pm - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Panetta Labels Climate Change a National Security Threat
skipkent writes "Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared global warming a national security threat [Wednesday] during a speech before an environmentalist group in Washington, D.C. 'The area of climate...
03:05 pm - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective
wiredmikey writes "On Wednesday, a remote code execution vulnerability in PHP was accidentally exposed to the Web, prompting fears that it may be used to target vulnerable websites on a massive scale....
02:05 pm - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Create Life-sized 3D Hologram For Videoconferencing
yyzmcleod writes with this excerpt: "A research team at Queen's University has created a human-scale 3D hologram pod that allows people in different locations to videoconference as if they are standin...
01:05 pm - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft: Macs 'Not Safe From Malware, Attacks Will Increase'
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft researchers have analyzed a new piece of Mac malware that uses a multi-stage attack similar to typical Windows malware infection routines. In a post titled 'An in...
11:05 am - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Push Implanted User Interfaces
MatthewVD writes "A new, user interface-enabled generation of electronics that you wear under your skin could be used for convenience, or even pleasure, rather than medical reasons. Scientists at Auto...
08:05 am - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Bay, IsoHunt Blocked In India
First time accepted submitter unmole writes "It seems that India's Department of Telecom has instructed ISP's to block popular torrent trackers like the Pirate Bay and IsoHunt. Visitors now see a page...
06:05 am - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot In Australia, Google Pays Just $74k Tax On Claimed Revenues of $200 Million
daria42 writes "Looks like Apple isn't the only company with interesting offshore taxation practices. The financial statements for Google's Australian subsidiary show the company told the Australian G...
03:05 am - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Reviewed, With an Initial Setup Guide
jjslash writes "It has been six years in the making, with the original goal of the project intending to reignite computer programming in schools across the country. Despite those honorable intentions,...
12:05 am - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Auto Makers Announce Electric Car Charging Standard
Overly Critical Guy writes "Auto makers are launching a universal EV charger that charges an electric vehicle in 15 to 20 minutes. The standard, called Combined Charging System, has been approved by t...
12:05 am - Sat, May 5, 2012
Slashdot Apple Quietly Updates iPad 2's Processor
bonch writes "Apple has quietly replaced the iPad 2's A5 with a smaller 32nm die that increases battery life by 15 to 30%. It's theorized that Apple is using the iPad 2 as a test bed for the new hardw...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Google Facing FTC Fine Over Safari Privacy Breach
suraj.sun writes "Bloomberg is reporting on Google's negotiation with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over 'how big a fine, which could amount to more than $10 million, it will have to pay for its b...
11:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot British Prime Minister To Announce Porn Blocking Plans
Overly Critical Guy writes "British Prime Minister David Cameron will announce network-filtering plans targeted at porn websites, possibly requiring users to 'opt-in' with their ISP to access such con...
10:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Feds Seized Website For a Year Without Piracy Proof
bonch writes "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized a hip-hop website based on RIAA claims of copyright infringement for prerelease music tracks. They held it for a year before giving it bac...
09:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Arrested CERN Physicist Gets 5 Years For Terror Plot
An anonymous reader sends this followup to news we discussed in 2009 of a CERN physicist who was arrested for allegedly being in contact with al-Qaeda. The physicist, Adlene Hicheur, has now been sent...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot FBI: We Need Wiretap-Ready Web Sites — Now
TheGift73 writes with news that the FBI is pushing a proposal to update old wiretap legislation so that modern web firms would be forced to build in backdoors to facilitate government surveillance. Qu...
08:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Jury May Be Deadlocked In Oracle-Google Trial
angry tapir writes "The jury may have reached a deadlock in the copyright phase of Oracle's intellectual property lawsuit against Google, although the judge cautioned against jumping to any conclusion...
07:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Rand Paul Has a Quick Fix For TSA: Pull the Plug
suraj.sun quotes from Politico:"Rand Paul has a reform plan for the Transportation Security Administration: Scrap the whole thing. A personal message from Paul (R-Ky.) came atop emails this week from ...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Nanoparticles Heated By Radio Waves Switch On Genes In Mice
ananyo writes "Researchers have used radio waves to remotely activate engineered insulin-producing genes in mice. In the long term, the work could lead to medical procedures in which patients' genes a...
06:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Syrian Government Uses Skype To Push Malware To Activists
judgecorp writes "The Syrian government is using Skype as a channel to infect activists' systems with malware, installing Trojans and backdoors, according to security firm F-Secure. The evidence comes...
05:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8 Won't Play DVDs Unless You Pay For the Media Center Pack
An anonymous reader writes "You may already know that Microsoft plans to sell Windows Media Center as a separate, paid pack, but now the company has revealed that Windows 8 will also stop default supp...
04:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Botched Repair Likely Cause of Combusting iPhone After Flight
aesoteric writes "The combustion of an Apple iPhone 4 after a regional flight in Australia was likely caused by a botched repair of the handset by an unauthorized repairer, according to air safety inv...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Nokia Faces Class-Action Suit Over Windows Phone Deal
nk497 writes "Nokia has been hit with a class-action suit, with the claimant accusing the company of making 'false and misleading' statements about the ability of its deal with Microsoft to revive the...
03:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Crowdsourcing Game Helps Diagnose Infectious Diseases
Lucas123 writes "Researchers at UCLA have created an online crowdsourcing game designed to let players help doctors in key areas of the world speed the lengthy process of distinguishing malaria-infect...
02:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Mars Rover Turns Up Evidence Of Water
New submitter horselight writes "Recent data obtained from Mars indicates the environment is not as hostile to life as once thought. 'An examination of data gathered by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover O...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Russia Threatens Pre-emptive, Destructive Force On US Missile Defense
suraj.sun sends this quote from an article at the BBC:"Russia says it is prepared to use 'destructive force pre-emptively' if the U.S. goes ahead with controversial plans for a missile defense system ...
01:05 pm - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot European e-ID Announced
gbjbaanb writes in with a story about plans to introduce an electronic identity system in Europe. "On Wednesday, the European Commission published a strategy document aimed at setting up systems to pr...
10:05 am - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot British Broadband Needs £1bn More Funding
judgecorp writes "A report from the London School of Economics says that funding for superfast broadband in Britain faces a £1.1 billion shortfall. It's a government priority, but rural areas ar...
09:05 am - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Verifying a User By Following the Movements of Their Mouse
Harperdog writes "Tom Jacobs has a very cool little story about an Israeli research team introducing a novel way of verifying a computer is being operated by its rightful user. Its method, described i...
07:05 am - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Symantec: Religious Sites "Riskier Than Porn For Viruses"
First time accepted submitter kongshem writes "According to Symantec's annual Internet Security Threat Report, religious and ideological websites have far more security threats per infected site than ...
05:05 am - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee Arrested In Belize
First time accepted submitter rebelwarlock writes "McAfee lives in Belize and he says that he has become a target of the Gang Suppression Unit. He says the GSU came busting into his research facility ...
03:05 am - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo CEO Wrongly Claimed To Have Degree In Computer Science
jmcbain writes "Scott Thompson, Yahoo!'s CEO who was hired on January 4 of this year, was found to have lied about his CS degree from Stone Hill College. Investigation from an activist shareholder rev...
01:05 am - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Benchmarked
MojoKid writes "NVIDIA has lifted the embargo on benchmarks and additional details of their GeForce GTX 690 card today. According to a few folks at NVIDIA, company CEO Jen Hsun Huang told the team to ...
12:05 am - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Using Linux To Optimize Skype Traffic
An anonymous reader writes "A security researcher believes that Microsoft has overhauled Skype, with thousands of Linux boxes serving as the 'supernodes' that route calls between users of the voice-ov...
12:05 am - Fri, May 4, 2012
Slashdot Oracle Vs. Google and the Right To Use APIs
jfruh writes "Even as an EU court rules that APIs can't be copyrighted, tech observers are waiting for the Oracle v. Google trial jury to rule on the same question under U.S. law. Blogger Brian Proffi...
11:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot Osama Bin Laden Didn't Encrypt His Files
An anonymous reader writes "If you're running a terrorist organization, it might make sense to encrypt your files. Clearly Osama Bin Laden didn't realize that — as some of the documents seized d...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot NY Judge Rules IP Addresses Insufficient To Identify Pirates
milbournosphere writes "New York Judge Gary Brown has found that IP addresses don't provide enough evidence to identify pirates, and wrote an extensive argument explaining his reasoning. A quote from ...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: DIY NAS For a Variety of Legacy Drives?
An anonymous reader writes "I have at least 10 assorted hard drives ranging from 100 GB to 3 TB, and including external drives, IDE desktop drives, laptop drives, etc. What's the best way to setup a h...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot Bethesda Announces Elder Scrolls MMO
An anonymous reader writes "Today Bethesda announced that their popular Elder Scrolls series of video games will be getting its own MMORPG. It's planned for 2013, and will be available for PCs and Mac...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot Growing Evidence of Football Causing Brain Damage
ideonexus writes "NFL Linebacker Junior Seau's suicide this week bares a striking similarity to NFL Safety Dave Duerson's suicide last year, who shot himself in the chest so that doctors could study h...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot FBI Caught On Camera Returning Seized Server
sunbird writes "As previously covered on Slashdot, on April 18th the FBI seized a server located in a New York colocation facility shared by May First / People Link and Riseup.net. The server, which w...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot NASA Boss Accused of Breaking Arms Trade Laws
ananyo writes "The head of NASA Ames Research Center may have fallen victim to restrictive arms regulations — just as a US government report recommends changing them to help the space industry. ...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot JavaFX Runs On Raspberry Pi
mikejuk writes "Oracle seem to be concerned that the Raspberry Pi manages to run Java properly and they are actively working on the problem. To prove that it more than just works, what better than to ...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot B&N Pulls Linux Format Magazine Over Feature On 'Hacking'
New accepted submitter super_rancid writes that issue 154 of the "UK-based Linux Format magazine was pulled from Barnes and Noble bookstores in the U.S. after featuring an article called 'Learn to Hac...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot Open Compute Developing Wider Rack Standard
1sockchuck writes "Are you ready for wider servers? The Open Compute Project today shared details on Open Rack, a new standard for hyperscale data centers, which will feature 21-inch server slots, rat...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot Gimp 2.8 Finally Released
Cryophallion writes "After many years of development, GIMP 2.8 is finally released. Among its features: the oft-desired single-window mode, layer groups, and many other massive improvements, including...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot British Ban Spikes Pirate Bay Traffic
New submitter sleiper writes "Today sees UK ISPs begin to block access for their subscribers to the Pirate Bay URL. Sky, Talk Talk, Virgin Media and O2 have already blocked access and the UK's biggest...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Raises UK Prices By a Third and Can't Rule Out Future Hikes
New submitter DerekduPreez writes "Microsoft has revealed that it will increase volume licencing prices in the UK by an average of 29 percent to adjust for the 'sustained currency differences between ...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Ponders Major Firefox UI Refresh
CWmike writes "Mozilla is working on a revamp of Firefox to synchronize its various versions — desktop, tablet, phone and Windows 8 Metro — into a single visual style, according to documen...
10:05 am - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot Jimmy Wales Backs UK Government Bid To Free Academic Data
judgecorp writes "Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is helping a UK government bid to make the results of Government funded research available freely online. The move taps into a popular protest at the re...
07:05 am - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot German Science Minister Faces Plagiarism Scandal
An anonymous reader writes "Germany's minister for science and education, Annette Schavan, faces allegations that substantial parts of her PhD thesis have been copied without proper attribution. Accor...
05:05 am - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot 1Gbps Wireless Network Made With Red and Green Laser Pointers
MrSeb writes "Back in the olden days, when WiFi and Bluetooth were just a glimmer in the eye of IEEE, another short-range wireless communications technology ruled supreme: Infrared Data Association, o...
03:05 am - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot Nokia Sues HTC, RIM and Viewsonic
angry tapir writes "Nokia has filed claims in the U.S. and Germany saying that products from HTC, Research In Motion (RIM) and ViewSonic infringe a number of the company's patents. Nokia has filed act...
01:05 am - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot EU Court Rules APIs, Programming Languages Not Copyrightable
itwbennett writes "The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that the functionality of a computer program and the programming language it is written in cannot be protected by copyright. In its ...
12:05 am - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot Silkworms Inspire Smart Materials
nachiketas writes "Oxford University researchers David Porter and Fujia Chen examine the structure of silkworm cocoons, which are extremely light and tough, with properties that could inspire advanced...
12:05 am - Thu, May 3, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Comic Books To Start My 3-Year-Old With?
First time accepted submitter JeepFanatic writes "I've never been one to read comic books however I've always enjoyed superheros. My 3 yr old son is really into superheros (especially Spider-man) and ...
11:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Astronomers See Another Star Torn Apart By a Black Hole
The Bad Astronomer writes "A star in a galaxy 2.7 billion light years away wandered too close to a supermassive black hole and suffered the ultimate fate: it was literally torn apart by the black hole...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot NYC Teachers Forbidden To "Friend" Students
betterunixthanunix writes "The New York City Department of Education has issued rules covering student-teacher interactions on social networking websites. Following numerous inappropriate relationship...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Automated Dorm Room Causes a School Inquiry
First time accepted submitter ElectronicHouseGrant writes "Freshman Derek Low rigged up his Berkeley dorm room with something he calls B.R.A.D., which is short for 'Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dor...
10:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Calls CISPA an "Alarming" Threat to Privacy
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Mozilla has taken a public stand against the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, saying that it has a 'broad and alarming reach' that 'infringes on...
09:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot One of Two Hotly Debated Avian Flu Papers Finally Published
daveschroeder writes "After a marathon debate over a pair of studies that show how the avian H5N1 influenza virus could become transmissible in mammals, and an unprecedented recommendation by the Nati...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Facebook To Go Public On Friday, May 18
redletterdave writes "The IPO on everyone's minds for the past few years — and possibly the biggest one in history — is upon us: Facebook will finally make its Wall Street debut on Friday,...
08:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Finally, a Shark With a Laser Attached To Its Head
Freshly Exhumed writes in with a Wired story about a nerd/super-villian dream come true. "Marine biologist-cum-TV personality Luke Tipple attached a 50-milliwatt green laser to a lemon shark off the c...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot IBM Offers Retirement With Job Guarantee Through 2013
dcblogs writes "IBM is offering employees who are nearing retirement — and may be worried about a layoff — a one-time voluntary program that would ensure their employment through Dec. 31, ...
07:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Leaked Obama's Visit To Afghanistan
hypnosec writes "When you're the President of the United States, sometimes certain activities you're involved in can be hard to keep secret — and yesterday was no exception, after Twitter let it...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot MA Hackerspace Building Rideable Hexapod
New submitter schlesingerj writes in with news about a six legged robot "The Artisans Asylum hackerspace in Somerville, MA is building a monster rideable hexapod named 'Stompy', with fully articulated...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot GNU Media Goblin 0.3.0 Released
A mere year since the Mediagoblin photo/video sharing project was started, the project has hit version 0.3.0. Release highlights include: a rewrite of the database from MongoDB to SQL (via SQLAlchemy,...
06:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Sigrok: An Open Source Logic Analyzer
Uwe Hermann today announced the availability of sigrok, one of the first Open Source logic analyzers. Tired of being tied to Windows and proprietary software with limited features, in late 2010 he beg...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot MIT And Harvard Start New Online Education Partnership
New submitter Lluc writes "MIT and Harvard have started a new online education partnership called edX, an 'open-source technology platform to deliver online courses.' They plan to offer classes starti...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Sigrock: An Open Source Logic Analyzer
Uwe Hermann today announced the availability of sigrock, one of the first Open Source logic analyzers. Tired of being tied to Windows and proprietary software with limited features, in late 2010 he be...
05:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Oldest Intact Red Blood Cells Found on Iceman
sciencehabit writes "A team of researchers has zoomed in on two spots on the body of the Iceman, a mummified, 5300-year-old hunter found frozen in the Alps in 1991: a shoulder wound found with an embe...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Sony Put Video Service on Hold Due to Comcast Data Caps
suraj.sun writes with more fallout from Comcast's bandwidth caps that give preference to their own video services. From the article: "An executive from Sony said Monday that concerns about Comcast's d...
04:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Apple Blocks iOS Apps Using Dropbox SDK
Barence writes with an excerpt from PC Pro: "Dropbox's latest SDK has incurred the wrath of Apple, because users who don't have the Dropbox app installed on their iPhone/iPad are instead pushed to Dro...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot German Court Grants Motorola Xbox and Windows 7 Sales Ban
First time accepted submitter Celexi writes "In a surprising move, Motorola Mobility (which is to be taken over by Google), has won an injunction preventing the distribution of Windows 7 and the Xbox ...
03:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Pakistani Court Rules On Internet Censorship: Unconstitutional
Fluffeh writes "It looks like some Pakistanis are taking on 'the man.' With plans laid by the Pakistani Government that could sink up to fifty million websites that it isn't a fan of, Pakistanis took ...
02:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Electric Airplane Ready For Production
MrSeb writes with news about a production ready electric-hybrid airplane. From the article: "... The four-passenger carbon fiber aircraft isn't really an electric plane but more of a plug-in hybrid pl...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Mandriva Not Shuttering Its Doors, Yet
An anonymous reader writes, quoting OS News: "In his usual man-of-a-few-words manner today, Jean-Manuel Croset, Mandriva COO, announced that enough funds have been secured to allow Mandriva to keep it...
01:05 pm - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Last Bastion For Climate Dissenters Crumbling
Layzej writes "The New York Times reports: 'For decades, a small group of scientific dissenters has been trying to shoot holes in the prevailing science of climate change, offering one reason after an...
11:05 am - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Google Releases Key Part of Street View Pipeline
New submitter drom writes "Google released a key part of their Street View pipeline as open source on Tuesday: Ceres Solver. It's a large-scale nonlinear least squares minimizer. What does that mean? ...
09:05 am - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Why Intel Leads the World In Semiconductor Manufacturing
MrSeb writes "When Intel launched Ivy Bridge last week, it didn't just release a new CPU — it set a new record. By launching 22nm parts at a time when its competitors (TSMC and GlobalFoundries) ...
06:05 am - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Google Apps Beats Office 365 For US Dept. of the Interior Contract
angry tapir writes "The U.S. Department of the Interior has picked Google Apps to provide cloud-based email and collaboration applications to about 90,000 staffers, choosing Google's services over Mic...
05:05 am - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Open Research Computation Closes Before Opening
New submitter wagdav writes " Open Research Computation, a peer-reviewed journal on software designed for use by researchers closes on 8th May 2012. It just started to accept manuscripts sometime last...
04:05 am - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot BART Defends Mobile Service Shutdown
itwbennett writes "In a filing to the FCC, Bay Area Rapid Transit general manager Grace Crunican defended last August's mobile shutdown, saying that 'a temporary disruption of cell phone service, unde...
02:05 am - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Venus To Transit the Sun In June, Not Again Until 2117
revealingheart writes with this quote from ScienceDaily:"On 5 and 6 June this year, millions of people around the world will be able to see Venus pass across the face of the Sun in what will be a once...
12:05 am - Wed, May 2, 2012
Slashdot Bug Busters! OpenBSD 5.1 Released
An anonymous reader writes "Today the 5.1 release of OpenBSD has surfaced. As usual, it includes improved hardware support, but also OpenSSH 6.0 and over 7000 ports, with major performance and stabili...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot NY Times: 'FBI Foils Its Own Terrorist Plots'
Fluffeh writes "Breaking up terrorist plots is one of the main goals of the FBI these days. If it can't do that, well, it seems making plots up and then valiantly stopping them is okay too — but...
11:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Android Ported To C#
New submitter Eirenarch writes "Xamarin has just announced that they got the Java part of Android ported to C# via machine translation. The resulting OS, called XobotOS, is available on Github. They c...
10:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot British Government Prepares For Solar Storms
judgecorp writes "The British Government has announced its plans to handle solar storms. The idea is to improve the resilience of infrastructure, including satellite communications — which the g...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot MIT Tetris Hack: Source Code Released
An anonymous reader writes "MIT's The Tech published an article with technical details behind the Tetris hack they did on the Green Building earlier this year. The article includes photographs of the ...
09:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Tizen Reaches 1.0
Earlier today, Tizen, Intel's post-MeeGo mobile OS, announced the availability of their first stable release. The H has a summary of the new features: "The source code for Tizen's Larkspur release has...
08:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot BlackBerry 10 Unveiled
arcite writes "Research in Motion Ltd's new CEO, Thorsten Heins, unveiled BlackBerry 10 in Florida today. Will new features such as a virtual keyboard that learns from typing behavior and a camera tha...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Oracle and the End of Programming As We Know It
An anonymous reader writes "An article at Dr. Dobb's looks into the consequences of a dangerous idea from Oracle during their legal battle with Google: 'that Google had violated Oracle's Java copyrigh...
07:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Stop Being Poor: U.S. Piracy Watch List Hits a New Low With 2012 Report
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. Trade Representative released its annual Special 301 Report yesterday, unsurprisingly including Canada on the Priority Watch list. While inclusion on the list is d...
06:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Identify Genetic Systems Disrupted In Autistic Brain
hessian sends this excerpt from Medical Xpress "Autism has a strong genetic basis, but so far efforts to identify the responsible genes have had mixed results. The reason for this is that autism is in...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Hacked Skype IP Address Search Shows Who's Speaking From Where
mask.of.sanity writes "An online search portal has been launched that reveals the IP addresses of any Skype user. The portal needs only a Skype username entered in a search bar for it to produce the I...
05:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Overhauling an Amusement Park's Multi-Zone Audio Player?
mcmadman writes "The multi-zone audio player I'm working with uses an almost decade old card/software combo that is prone to crashes and other anomalies. I would like to know if there are open source ...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Scientific Jigsaw Puzzle: Fitting the Pieces of the Low-Level Radiation Debate
New submitter Lasrick writes "Skip past the dry abstract to Jan Beyea's main article for a thorough exploration of what's wrong with current 'safe' levels of low-level radiation exposure. The Bulletin...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Model Pluto's Atmosphere, Find 225 Mph Winds
MatthewVD writes "Pluto may have been downgraded to a dwarf planet, but researchers modeling its wisp of an atmosphere continue to find that it is a surprisingly complex world, particularly when it co...
04:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot German Authorities Find Al Qaeda Plans Disguised In Porn
According to CNN, which credits Hamburg-based newspaper Die Zeit, German investigators have uncovered a trove of more than 100 Al Qaeda documents recovered from a "digital storage device" (and memory ...
03:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Wozniak Praises 'Beautiful' Windows Phone
judgecorp writes "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has praised the user interface of Microsoft's Windows Phone, saying that aspects of its user interface are more 'beautiful' than comparable sides to th...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Global Broadband Speeds Dropped At the End of 2011
darthcamaro writes "A strange thing happened at the end of 2011. For the first time in years, global broadband adoption and speeds dropped. According to Akamai, broadband adoption declined by 4.6 perc...
02:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Data Engineer In Google Case Is Identified
theodp writes "Meet Engineer Doe. A NY Times report hasidentified Marius Milner as the software engineer at the center of the uproar over a Google project that used Wi-Fi sniffing Google Street View c...
01:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Introducing SlashBI
By now you’ve noticed that Slashdot is growing. We recently introduced Slashdot TV, which offers up everything from “amateur” rocket launches to the return of Leisure Suit Larry. We ...
12:05 pm - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot "Cyber War" Is Just the Latest Grab for Defense Money
New submitter Curseyoukhan writes "The phrase 'cyber war' is being used to scare us into coughing up money and liberties, just like 'anarchist' once was, and 'terror' still is. To quote H.L. Mencken, ...
10:05 am - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Star Wars Exhibition Explores Human Identity
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Telegraph reports that a new exhibition has opened at the Montreal Science Center that explores human identity through the Star Wars saga and its quirky characters comb...
08:05 am - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Apple's North Carolina Data Center Will Feature Biogas Generators
1sockchuck writes "Apple's North Carolina data center will tap landfills for biogas, which will then be converted into electricity using fuel cells from Bloom Energy. The 24 'Bloom boxes' will have a ...
04:05 am - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Tor Researchers' Tool Aims To Map Out Internet Censorship
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Tor developers Arturo Filasto and Jacob Appelbaum have released OONI-probe, an open-source software tool designed to be installed on any PC and run to collect data about lo...
03:05 am - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot KegDroid: Combining Arduino, Android, and NFC to Dispense Beer
mikejuk writes, quoting I Programmer: "If you are looking for an exciting hardware project, KegDroid deserves a look. It is a sophisticated system that involves Android, Arduino, NFC, plumbing and &md...
02:05 am - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Cash For Tweets and Facebook Posts? Aussie Startup Pays You to Astroturf
An anonymous reader writes "While the celebs are already charging big money for their Tweets, an Aussie startup is ranking everyday people and turning them into product salespeople. After a successful...
12:05 am - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Building A Server Rack Into a New Home?
jawtheshark writes "I'm building a house, and obviously I want a modest network built-in. Nothing fancy, two RJ-45 per room, four in the living room, and that's basically it. I already got myself a ra...
12:05 am - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot Congress Wants To Resurrect Laser-Wielding 747
Harperdog writes "Noah Schactman has a great piece on the Airborne Laser, the ray gun-equipped 747 that became a symbol of wasteful Pentagon weaponeering. Despite sixteen years and billions of dollars...
12:05 am - Tue, May 1, 2012
Slashdot How Lasers Could Help Fingerprint Conflict Minerals
New submitter carmendrahl writes "Diamonds might get most of the media's attention, but they're not the only minerals being sold to underwrite militias. Two chemistry teams are developing portable ins...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Is Humanity Still Evolving?
sciencehabit writes "In a world where we've tamed our environment and largely protected ourselves from the vagaries of nature, we may think we're immune to the forces of natural selection. But a new s...
10:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Hulu To Require Viewers To Have Cable Subscriptions
The NY Post reports that Hulu, the video streaming service with over 30 million users, has plans to force those users to prove they have a subscription to cable or satellite TV if they want to keep wa...
09:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Drupal Intranets With Open Atrium
New submitter nuvoleweb writes "Drupal Intranets with Open Atrium, by Tracy Charles Smith is a comprehensive guide to Open Atrium, the popular open source Intranet system. Open Atrium is a derivative ...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot How Online Black Markets Work
CWmike writes "The internet is no stranger to crime, writes corporate investigator Brandon Gregg. From counterfeit and stolen products, to illegal drugs, stolen identities and weapons, nearly anything...
08:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot 1 World Trade Center Becomes the Tallest Building In NYC
darthcamaro writes "On 9/11, terrorists took the lives of thousands of Americans — and removed a pair of icons from the New York City skyline. For the last 10+ years, The Empire State Build...
07:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Silicene Discovered: Single-layer Silicon That Could Beat Graphene To Market
MrSeb writes "Numerous research groups around the world are reporting that they have created silicene, a one-atom-thick hexagonal mesh of silicon atoms — the silicon equivalent of graphene. You ...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Australian Billionaire Plans To Build Titanic II
SchrodingerZ writes "Just in time to miss the 100-year anniversary of the fatal voyage of the Titanic, Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer announced he has plans to recreate the Titanic, callin...
06:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Why Desktop Linux Hasn't Taken Off
alphadogg writes "It's free, easier to use than ever, IT staffers know it and love it, and it has fewer viruses and Trojans than Windows. So, why hasn't Linux on the desktop taken off? When it comes t...
05:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot UK ISPs Ordered To Block Pirate Bay
Barence writes "Five of Britain's biggest ISPs have been ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media have been told to block access to the site...
04:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Dr. Who's Sonic Screwdriver a Step Closer To Reality
cylonlover writes "A University of Dundee research team led by Prof. Mike MacDonald has demonstrated that both levitation and twisting forces can be applied to an object by application of ultrasonic b...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Intel Unveils Tiny Next Unit of Computing To Match Raspberry Pi
MrSeb writes "Details of a new, ultra-compact computer form factor from Intel, called the Next Unit of Computing (NUC) are starting to emerge. First demonstrated at PAX East at the beginning of April,...
03:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Invests $300 Million In Nook e-Readers
First time accepted submitter NGTechnoRobot writes "In a turn for the books the BBC reports that Microsoft's have invested £300 million in Barnes and Nobles Nook e-reader. The new Nook reader wi...
02:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Forges Ahead With New Home-Automation OS
suraj.sun writes "More than a decade ago, Microsoft execs, led by Chairman Bill Gates, were touting a future where .Net coffee pots, bulletin boards, and refrigerator magnets would be part of homes wh...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot New Study Suggests Wind Farms Can Cause Climate Change
nachiketas writes "A study led by Liming Zhou, Research Associate Professor at the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University of New York concludes that large wind farms co...
01:05 pm - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Congress Asks Patent Office To Consider Secret Patents
Fluffeh writes "The USPTO is considering a rather interesting request straight from lobbyists via congress. That certain 'Economically Significant' patents should be kept secret during the process (PD...
09:05 am - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Organism Closest To Original "Tree of Life" Discovered
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists have discovered a benign algae eating protozoan in a lake near Oslo, Norway whose gene sequence does not match any known organism living on earth today, and this...
06:05 am - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Discovery Channel Crashes a Boeing 727 For Science Documentary
conner_bw writes "A Boeing 727 passenger jet has been deliberately crash-landed. The pilot ejected just minutes before the collision. The plane was packed with scientific experiments, including crash ...
04:05 am - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Surface-To-Air Missiles At London Olympics
First time accepted submitter TheGift73 writes "I have to admit, when I first read about this I thought it was a hoax, but unfortunately it's true. The UK government is considering placing surface-to-...
01:05 am - Mon, April 30, 2012
Slashdot Report Finds Google Supervisors Knew About Wi-Fi Data Harvesting
bonch writes "According to the FCC report, Google's collection of Street View data was not the unauthorized act of a rogue engineer, as Google had portrayed it, but an authorized program known to supe...