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11:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot New Mac Virus Discovered, Making the Rounds
sl4shd0rk writes "A new Mac OS X exploit was discovered Friday morning by Kaspersky Labs which propogates through a zipfile attachment. The attachment tricks the Mac user into installing a variant of ...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Space Tourist Trips To the Moon May Fly On Recycled Spaceships
thomst writes "Rob Coppinger of Space.com reports that UK-based private company Excalibur Almaz plans to offer commercial lunar-orbital tourist missions based on recycled Soviet-era Soyuz vehicle and ...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot How Red Hat Decides Which Open Source Companies To Buy
darthcamaro writes "You don't really buy an open source company — since the tech is all open. But then again, Red Hat 'buys' open source companies all the time, they just bought one this week. S...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Is There a Subsurface Water Ocean On Titan?
Stirling Newberry writes "Luciano Iess and team have hypothesized that Titan joins Earth, Europa, and Ganymede as ocean worlds. They measured the size of the tidal bulges and found that the moon is li...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot HP Kills ARM-based Windows Tablet, Likely Thanks To Microsoft Surface
MojoKid writes "That didn't take long. HP has publicly confirmed that it has cancelled plans to bring a Windows RT (aka Windows on ARM) tablet to market in time for the Windows 8 debut. The company ha...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Delaware To Permit In-state Online Gambling
schwit1 writes "Delaware became the first state to enter the realm of legal online casino gambling Thursday with the governor's approval of legislation that allows for full-service betting websites of...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot On the iPhone and Apple's Meteoric Rise To the Top
zacharye writes "Friday marks five years since the world first got its hands on a smartphone that would turn the industry on its head. In five short years, Apple went from the ground floor to being th...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Defines Good Developer Culture?
An anonymous reader writes "I'm part of a team of six people developing applications for mobile devices (Android & iOS). In our company, which consists of many teams responsible for 'classic' soft...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Spray-Paint Batteries Onto Almost Any Surface
Warmlight writes "Rice University researchers have created a type of lithium-ion battery that can be spray-painted onto most surfaces. 'Their batteries, outlined in Scientific Reports (abstract), are ...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot The PHP Singularity
An anonymous reader writes "Jeff Atwood at Coding Horror has a post about the awfulness of PHP — or, rather, a post about posts about the awfulness of PHP. He points out that PHP has been the wh...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot A Cashless, High-Value, Anonymous Currency: How?
jfruh writes "The cashless future is one of those concepts that always seems to be just around the corner, but never quite gets here. There's been a lot of hype around Sweden going almost cashless, bu...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Cisco Pushing 'Cloud Connect' Router Firmware, Allows Web History Tracking
Myrv writes "Reports have started popping up that Cisco is pushing out and automatically (without permission) installing their new Cloud Connect firmware on consumer routers. The new firmware removes ...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot 7,000 Irish e-Voting Machines To Be Scrapped
lampsie writes "You may recall from back in January 2012 that the Irish government had deemed their stock of 7,000 e-voting machines 'worthless.' Turns out they are not — after spending upwards ...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot GPS Spoofing Attack Hacks Drones
Rambo Tribble writes "The BBC is reporting that researchers from the University of Texas at Austin managed to hack an experimental drone by spoofing GPS signals. Theoretically, this would allow the ha...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Google On-shores Manufacturing of the Nexus Q
An anonymous reader sends this quote from the NY Times:"Etched into the base of Google's new wireless home media player that was introduced on Wednesday is its most intriguing feature. On the undersid...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Adobe Stops Flash Player Support For Android
New submitter Craefter writes "Adobe has finally seen the same light Steve Jobs did in 2010 and is now committed to putting mobile Flash player in the history books as soon as possible. Adobe will not...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Sergey Brin Shows Project Glass Glasses to Journalists (Video)
Not too many years ago, people who carried on conversations with folks the rest of us couldn't hear were considered demented (or drunk). Then came the cellular phone headset, which meant normal people...
10:05 am - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Add New Tech To Old Van?
First time accepted submitter Dslice_allstar writes "I have a '77 GMC Van that I would like to take into the 21st century with some good tech. I have several large LCD monitors, and I want to hook at ...
07:05 am - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot US Navy's High-Resolution Radar Can See Individual Raindrops In a Storm
coondoggie writes "The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) researchers said recently that a Navy very high-resolution Doppler radar can actually spot individual raindrops in a cloudburst, possibly pavi...
05:05 am - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Does RIM's "Huge Loss" Signal Wider Handset Market Deterioration?
zacharye writes "RIM was expected to deliver a nightmarish, -30% year-on-year revenue decline into the May quarter — the company issued its latest profit warning just four weeks ago. Yet it ende...
03:05 am - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Two Space Missions Planned To Look For Killer Asteroids
The Bad Astronomer writes "Today, the B612 Foundation announced it's seeking private funds to build Sentinel, a space mission to find Earth-threatening asteroids. Placed in a Venus-like orbit, it shou...
01:05 am - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Julian Assange Served With Extradition Notice By British Police
An anonymous reader writes "London's Metropolitan Police have delivered an 'Extradition Notice' to Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, who sought refuge and political asylum in the Ecuadorian embas...
12:05 am - Fri, June 29, 2012
Slashdot Exxon CEO: Warming Happening, But Fears Overblown
Freshly Exhumed writes "In a speech Wednesday, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson acknowledged that burning of fossil fuels is warming the planet, but said society will be able to adapt. The risks of oil an...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Drug-Sniffing Drones Take Flight Over Bolivia
pigrabbitbear writes "Anti-drug squads are now using Brazilian spy drones to sniff out drug labs that dot Bolivia in increasing numbers. Felipe Caceras, Bolivia's top anti-drug official, claims that s...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Texas GOP Educational Platform Opposes Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
An anonymous reader writes "Texas Republican delegates met earlier this month to put together their 2012 platform. Much of this focused on the educational system. Alarmingly, they openly state that th...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Targeted TV Ads: Silver Bullet Or Privacy Nightmare?
ericjones12398 writes "The effectiveness of television, as an advertising medium and as a return on investment (ROI), has been constantly questioned since the arrival of the 'digital marketing age.' N...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Permanent Emergency
OverTheGeicoE writes "Former TSA Administrator Kip Hawley has been in the news in recent months, talking about how the Transportation Security Administration is broken and how it can be fixed. Some of...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot A Maker Space Favorite: Using a Laser Cutter (Video)
Slashdot editor Jeff Boehm visted Maker Works in Ann Arbor, MI, where they not only have an Epilog Helix Laser Cutter/Engraver, but let him use it. Which, of course, he happily did, just as you or I w...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Stellar Blast Boils Away Some of a Planet's Atmosphere
The Bad Astronomer writes "Using a combination of Hubble and Swift observations, astronomers have apparently witnessed some of a planet's atmosphere being peeled away by a powerful stellar blast. HD 1...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot GRUB 2.00 Bootloader Officially Released
An anonymous reader writes "After being in development for more than a decade, GRUB2 was released today as stable. The mailing list announcement covers new features including a standard theme, support...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot The Long Death of Fat Clients
snydeq writes "With Adobe's divestment of Flex and mobile Flash and Microsoft's move from Silverlight to Metro, Oracle now seems all alone in believing that a fat client framework — in the form ...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Facebook iOS App Ditching HTML5 For ObjectiveC
Wrath0fb0b writes "The New York Times reports that Facebook is overhauling their iOS App to ditch their HTML5 based UI for a native ObjectiveC one. This is an about face from their position a few mont...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Why Microsoft Killed the Windows Start Button
Barence writes "Microsoft claims it took the controversial decision to remove the Start button from the traditional Windows desktop because people had stopped using it. The lack of a Start button on t...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Google IO Day Two
Yesterday Timothy was at Google I/O watching the keynote but there is still plenty of announcements on day two. Today's first big theme: Chrome. Tim reports: "Brian Rakowski VP for (and inventor of) C...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot UK Considering Automatic Web Filtering For Adult Content
Dupple writes with news that the British government is considering restrictions for ISPs that would block by default anything considered "adult content." From the article:"Ministers are suggesting tha...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional
This morning the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. The health insurance mandate, also known as "Obamacare" was found to be "permissible under Congress's taxi...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Guild Wars 2 Release Date Announced
New submitter Woldry writes "After five years in development, Guild Wars 2 has been given a launch date: August 28, 2012. ArenaNet's aim is to provide 'a living, breathing online world that challenges...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Has a Biochem Undergrad Solved a Cosmic Radiation Mystery?
scibri writes "A few weeks ago, reports of a mysterious spike in carbon-14 levels in Japanese tree rings corresponding to the year 775 intrigued astronomers. Such a spike could only have been caused b...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot France Ending Minitel Service
New submitter pays-vert writes "On Saturday, France will turn off the Minitel service. A forerunner of the world wide web, Minitel provided news, online banking and, yes, porn via a chic plug'n'play t...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Dotcom Search Warrants Ruled Illegal
New submitter StueyNZ writes "Justice Helen Winkelmann of New Zealand's High Court (non-appellate court) has ruled that the search warrants used to search and seize property from Kim Dotcom's Coatsvil...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Firm Threatens To Sue Consumer Websites For Harrassment
An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports that RLP, a legal firm that sues shoplifters on behalf of retail groups, has shown its ignorance of the Streisand Effect by attempting to censor The Citizen...
10:05 am - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot UK Universities Caught With Weak SSL Security
judgecorp writes "UK Universities have been found using weak SSL security implementations on their websites. An investigation by TechWeekEurope found 17 of the top 50 British universities scored C or ...
08:05 am - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Senator Pushes For Tougher H-1B Enforcement
mk1004 writes "Computerworld says that the industry lobbying group TechNet is calling on Congress to eliminate the per-country cap on H-1B workers. Last year a bill was passed in the house, 389-to-15,...
06:05 am - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Army Creates a Directed Lightning Bolt Weapon
Sparticus789 writes "Army researchers at Picatinny Labs in New Jersey have developed a prototype weapon which uses a directed lightning bolt to destroy vehicles and unexploded ordinance. The weapon wo...
05:05 am - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Comcast Pays $800,000 To U.S. For Hiding Stand-Alone Broadband
First time accepted submitter vu1986 writes "The Federal Communications Commission has settled with Comcast over charges that the cable company made it hard for consumers to find stand-alone broadband...
03:05 am - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Keep Rabbits Alive With Oxygen Microparticle Injections
ananyo writes "Rabbits with blocked windpipes have been kept alive for up to 15 minutes without a single breath, after researchers injected oxygen-filled microparticles into the animals' blood. Oxygen...
01:05 am - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Atari Turns 40 Today
harrymcc writes "On June 27, 1972, a startup called Atari filed its papers of incorporation. A few months later, it released its first game, Pong. The rest is video game history. I celebrated the anni...
12:05 am - Thu, June 28, 2012
Slashdot Majority of Americans Think Obama Is Better Suited To Handle an Alien Invasion
Geoffrey.landis writes "At last, a public opinion poll that gets the opinions of ordinary Americans on the issues that matter! Apparently, two thirds of Americans polled think that Barrack Obama is be...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot HP Releases More WebOS Components for the TouchPad
About two months ago, HP made the first source releases of webOS components. Conspicuously absent, however, were the sources to the Luna system manager, and it was not possible to build an image for t...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Trying To Woo Businesses To Windows 8
jfruh writes "Windows 8 is the most radical rewrite of Microsoft's operating system in decades — and most of the changes are aimed at consumers and new tablet form-factors. Meanwhile, corporate ...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot More Details On Google Glass
Earlier today we discussed Google's I/O conference keynote presentation, which gave updates on Android 4.1, Google+, the Nexus 7 tablet, and the Nexus Q streaming device. We also got a rather dra...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot HP Asks Judge To Enforce Itanium Contract Vs. Oracle
Dupple writes with this quote from a Reuters report:"Hewlett-Packard Co told a judge on Tuesday that Oracle Corp should be ordered to make its software available on HP's Itanium-based servers for as l...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Probing an 'Invisible' Exoplanet's Atmosphere
astroengine writes "To study the atmospheres of planets beyond the solar system, astronomers have had two choices: pick one that flies across the face of its parent star relative to Earth's perspectiv...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Berkeley Law Releases Its First Web Privacy Census
New submitter DeeEff writes "The first report in the University of California, Berkeley Law School's quarterly Web Privacy Census was released on Tuesday, and it shows that popular Web sites are far m...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot New Manufacturing Technology Enables Vertical 3D Transistors
MrSeb writes "Applied Materials has taken the wraps off a new etching system meant to turn vertically stacked, three-dimensional transistors from lab experiments into commercial reality. The new Centu...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Oil Exploration Ramps Up In US Arctic
ananyo writes "A new round of exploratory oil drilling is due to begin in the Arctic this July. The oil giant Shell was granted permission some months ago by the U.S. government to drill two explorato...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects DUI Challenges Based On Buggy Software
bzzfzz writes "In a case with parallels to the Diebold Voting Machine fiasco, Minnesota's Supreme Court upheld the reliability of the Intoxilyzer 5000EN breath testing machine on a narrow 4-3 vote. So...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Seth MacFarlane Helps LOC Acquire Carl Sagan Papers
dsinc writes with news of a but of altruism on the part Family Guy's creator. From the article: "Seth MacFarlane once included a gag on his animated TV comedy 'Family Guy' about an 'edited for redneck...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Game of Thrones: Bush's Head Gets a Makeover
mahiskali writes "After apologizing for using a likeness of former President George W. Bush's head in the season finale of the first season of 'Game of Thrones,' HBO has digitally altered the offendin...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Google Unveils Nexus 7 Tablet, Nexus Q 'Social Streaming Device'
Through some stroke of fortune, your friendly editor Timothy Lord is at Google I/O watching the keynote. We'll be updating the story live (below the fold) with his updates as they stream in. Starting ...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Bay Founder Fined For 'Continued Involvement'
tekgoblin writes with an excerpt from TekGoblin: "The founders of The Pirate Bay have been hit with a bunch of punishments and other measures to prevent them from continuing. However Fredrik Neij was ...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot FishPi: Raspberry Pi Powered Autonomous Boat To Cross the Ocean
lukehopewell1 writes "The Raspberry Pi is a triumph in computing, and it's now set to become a triumph in robotics as one developer plans to build a model boat around it and sail it across the Atlanti...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot FTC Files Complaint Against Wyndham For Hotel Data Breaches
coondoggie writes "A little over a month after the FBI warned travelers of an uptick in data being stolen via hotel Internet connections, the Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against Wyn...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Silicon Valley Values Shift To Customersploitation
theodp writes "Bill Davidow is the real Silicon Valley deal. Commenting on how Silicon Valley has changed over the decades, Davidow is not impressed, dishing out harsh words for Facebook, Apple, Googl...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Carderprofit.cc Was FBI Carding Sting, Nets 26 Arrests
tsu doh nimh writes in with news of a major sting operation against carders. From the article: "The U.S. Justice Department today unveiled the results of a two-year international cybercrime sting that...
02:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Pentagon's In-Orbit Satellite Recycling Program Moving Forward
An anonymous reader writes with an update on DARPA's plans to rebuild satellites in orbit. "A year old DARPA program which aims to recycle satellites in orbit has started it's next phase by looking fo...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot EU Court Upholds Microsoft Antitrust Fines
a_n_d_e_r_s writes "The ongoing saga of Microsoft's misuse of their dominant position in the EU marketplace to block competitors may be finally over, with the fine set to 860 million euros (just over ...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot US Patent Trolling Costs $29 Billion a Year
New submitter Bismillah writes "This piece of research from Boston University seems to put an end to claims that patent trolling is 'socially valuable,' and instead is a social loss. 'We estimate that...
11:05 am - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Dr. Dobb's 2012 Salary Survey
CowboyRobot writes "It's that time of year again, and Dr. Dobb's has posted the results of their survey of salaries of 3,500 developers and managers. 'While many salaries are flat, they are increasing...
10:05 am - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Lying Online No Longer a Crime In Rhode Island
stevegee58 writes "In a sudden outbreak of common sense, Rhode Island repealed an obscure law enacted in 1989 that made it a crime to lie in online postings. Violations of this law carried a maximum p...
08:05 am - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Robot Hand Beats You At Rock, Paper, Scissors 100% of the Time
wasimkadak writes "This robot hand will play a game of rock, paper, scissors with you. Sounds like fun, right? Not so much, because this particular robot wins every. Single. Time. It only takes a sing...
07:05 am - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Australian Telco Causes Minor Panic While Preparing Web Filter
Twisted64 writes "Australia's largest telco, Telstra, has been frightening users of its mobile data services for the last week. Logging revealed that HTTP requests from a mobile device on Telstra's ne...
05:05 am - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot U.S. Judge Grants Apple Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Tab
Bill Dimm writes "Apple scores a win against Samsung over a design patent. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling granting Apple's request for a preliminary injunction preventing Samsung from se...
04:05 am - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot New Mineral Found In Meteorite
Virtucon writes "The new mineral was found embedded in the Allende meteorite, which fell to Earth in 1969. Since 2007, geologist Chi Ma of Caltech has been probing the meteorite with a scanning electr...
03:05 am - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot High-Frequency Traders Are the Ultimate Hackers, Says Mark Cuban
An anonymous reader writes "Billionaire Mark Cuban talks in an interview with the Wall Street Journal about how he thinks high-frequency trading can be quite damaging to stock markets. He goes so far ...
01:05 am - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot ADA May Force Netflix To Provide Closed Captioning On Content
Shivetya writes "Last year Netflix was sued by the National Association for the Deaf for failing to provide closed captioned text through its on-demand streaming service. Now, a judge has denied Netfl...
12:05 am - Wed, June 27, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?
zaba writes "Once again, I can hear the tell-tale signs of a hard drive dying. This time, it's in the DVR for one of our TVs. In the U.S., are we at a point where, with a little technical savvy, 'cutt...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Chatbot Eugene Wins Biggest Turing Test Ever
An anonymous reader writes "Eugene Goostman, a chatbot imbued with the personality of a 13-year-old boy, won the biggest Turing test ever staged on 23 June, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan ...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot While the U.S. and Iran Negotiate, War Commences In Cyberspace
An anonymous reader writes "A series of reports shows that the U.S. and Israel are engaged in a cyber war with Iran to stop it from developing nuclear weapons. Oddly enough, at the same time, the Unit...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Ignore Any Rejection of ACTA
Dupple tips a story at Techdirt about comments from EU commissioner Karel De Gucht, who made some discouraging remarks to the EU International Trade committee about the opposition to ACTA: "If you dec...
09:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Bill Gates Says Tablets Aren't Much Help In Education
An anonymous reader writes "In a detailed interview on the future of education, Bill Gates was surprisingly down on tablets in education — considering that Microsoft just released Surface. He sa...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Are Open-Source Desktops Losing Competitiveness?
An anonymous reader writes "Peter Penz has been a user of KDE since version 1.2, and he led the development of the Dolphin file manager for the past six years. Now, he's quitting KDE development and h...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Injected Proteins Protect Mice From Lethal Radiation Dose
ananyo writes "Two anti-clotting compounds already approved for use in humans may have a surprising role in treating radiation sickness. Last year's nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan renewed anxiet...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Immigrants Crucial To Innovation
gollum123 sends this excerpt from the NY Times:"Arguing against immigration policies that force foreign-born innovators to leave the United States, a new study (PDF) to be released on Tuesday shows th...
06:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Eben Moglen: Time To Apply Asimov's First Law of Robotics To Smartphones
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Free software lawyer and activist Eben Moglen plans to give a talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York next month on the need to apply Isaac Asimov's laws...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot UK's 'Three Strikes' Piracy Measures Published
judgecorp writes "The UK regulator Ofcom, has published details of plans to disconnect illegal file-sharers. It is the "three strikes" policy which ISPs unsuccessfully appealed against, and requires I...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot U.S. East Coast a Hotspot of Sea-Level Rise
Harperdog writes "Nature just published this study of sea-level rise (SLR) and how global warming does not force SLR to rise everywhere at the same rate. Interesting stuff about what, exactly, contrib...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Ask Bas Lansdorp About Going to Mars, One Way
NASA's been solicited ideas for exploring Mars, but Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp is already planning a different kind of trip than is likely to come from the U.S. government. Lansdorp's Mars One pr...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot The Google Transparency Project Transparency Project
Regular contributor Bennett Haselton writes "As Google releases more data about their compliance with requests from foreign governments, they should clarify their stance on exactly when they will comp...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Hip Hop Artists Developing Open Source Beat Making Software
First time accepted submitter caseyb89 writes "Beat making software is incredibly expensive, and the high price limits usage to those who can afford it. Two professors at UNC have a dream of allowing ...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Transplant Surgeon Called Dibs On Steve Jobs' Home
theodp writes "The Commercial Appeal reports that Dr. James Eason, the surgeon who performed Steve Jobs' liver transplant, found himself grilled at length Monday by Shelby County Commission members. T...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot On Orbitz, Mac Users Offered Pricier Hotels First
An anonymous reader writes "Travel site Orbitz found out that Mac users tend to select pricer rooms and swanky hotels. So, from now on, they will show more expensive hotel options to Mac users than to...
02:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Allen Institute Data Enables Hackathon For the Human Brain
Nerval's Lobster writes "Hackathons are not exactly uncommon things, whether the programmers are assembled to improve a company product or simply to tackle a particular challenge. Few of them, however...
02:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Buys Yammer For $1.2 Billion
itwbennett writes "Confirming the rumor that emerged earlier this month, Microsoft has bought enterprise social networking software maker Yammer for $1.2 billion. Yammer will become part of Microsoft'...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Says Your Email Is @Facebook
beaverdownunder writes "Facebook has been silently changing users' default e-mail addresses to their @facebook.com address in a move that Facebook claims was 'to protect users' and to create 'consiste...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Robots To Search for Amelia Earhart's Lost Plane
raque writes "Following up on an earlier story. A group of aviation archaeologists will use underwater robots along with submersibles and sonar to search for Amelia Earhart's plane. The International ...
10:05 am - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot State Media Rushing Into Coverage Void Left By Dying Newspapers
derekmead writes "As newspaper budgets shrink, state-sponsored media outlets like RT, China Daily, and Al Jazeera have grown, hired more writers and offered more (free) coverage. Mark Mackinnon, writi...
08:05 am - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Two UK Lulzsec Suspects Plead Guilty To DDoS Charges
judgecorp writes "Two teens have pleaded guilty to taking part in Lulzsec attacks on the U.S.'s CIA and Britain's SOCA. Ryan Cleary and Jake Davis, aged 19 and 18 respectively admit to denial of servi...
05:05 am - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Lonesome George Is Dead At 100
New submitter camperdave writes "Lonesome George, the last remaining tortoise of his kind and a conservation icon, died on Sunday of unknown causes, the Galapagos National Park said. He was thought to...
03:05 am - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Quiet Victories Won In the Loudness Wars
Stowie101 writes with a few pieces from an article on what's been happening in the fight against over-compressed radio music and deafening tv commercials: "The first major step towards the elimination...
01:05 am - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot AutoCAD Worm Medre.A Stealing Designs, Blueprints
Trailrunner7 writes, quoting Threat Post: "Security researchers have come across a worm that is meant specifically to steal blueprints, design documents and other files created with the AutoCAD softwa...
12:05 am - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Does Jupiter Have More Water Than NASA's Galileo Detected?
astroengine writes "Launched in August of last year, NASA's Juno probe is on a Kamikaze mission to go prospecting for water on Jupiter. Although its predecessor, NASA's Galileo spacecraft, took a deat...
12:05 am - Tue, June 26, 2012
Slashdot Asus Joins High Density Display Club With New Transformer Tablet
crookedvulture writes "The new iPad has received a lot of attention for its high-density display, but it's not the only tablet with extra pixels. Enter Asus' Transformer Prime Infinity, which has a 10...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Arizona H-1B Workers Advised to Carry Papers At All Times
dcblogs writes "In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on Arizona's immigration enforcement law, H-1B workers are being advised to keep their papers on them. About half of all H-1B visa h...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot New iPhone Prototypes Have Integrated NFC chips and Antenna
zacharye writes "Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature an integrated NFC chip according to a new report, suggesting the Cupertino, California-based company may soon make its entrance into the mo...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot A New C Standard Is On the Way
Esther Schindler writes "Last year, Danny Kalev — a former member of the C++ standards committed — explained the new features in C++. Now, in C11: A New C Standard Aimi...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Are Patent Wars Worth the Price Tag?
ericjones12398 writes "It's beginning to feel like a TV series, a weekly patent war drama. Apple and Samsung have consistently been going back and forth with claims of IP infringement, to the point wh...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Google Vs. Microsoft: a Tale of Two Interviews
jfruh writes "You might be a bit jealous of Andrew Weiss: fresh out of college, he got interviews with both Microsoft and Google. He discusses (to the extent NDAs allow) the differences between the tw...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Canadian DOJ Warned About Unconstitutionality of Copyright Digital Lock Rules
An anonymous reader writes "The Canadian House of Commons may have passed the Canadian DMCA, butthe constitutionalconcerns with the copyright bill and its digital lock rules will likelylinger for year...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Fundamentalist Schools Using "Nessie" To Disprove Evolution
The debate between creationists and proponents of evolution isn't ending any time soon, but now some creationists have a secret weapon, "Nessie!"Certain fundamentalist schools in Louisiana plan to tea...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Low Cost Way To Maximize SQL Server Uptime?
jdray writes "My wife and I own a mid-sized restaurant with a couple of Point of Sale (POS) terminals. The software, which runs on Windows and .NET, uses SQL Server on the back end. With an upgrade to...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Sandia's Floating, Dust-Free, Spinning Heatsink
An anonymous reader writes "Sandia Research Laboratory believes it has come up with a much more efficient solution than heatsink-fan cooling a CPU that simply combines the heatsink and fan components ...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Apple Yanks Mac Virus Immunity Claims From Website
redletterdave writes "Apple quietly switched out a statement that claimed its Mac computers were completely immune to viruses with a less-forward statement: 'It's built to be safe.' The PR shift comes...
05:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Voice Algorithms Spot Parkinson's Disease
another random user writes "Mathematician Max Little discovered that Parkinson's symptoms can be detected by computer algorithms that analyze voice recordings. Now he is looking for volunteers to cont...
05:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot How the Militarization of the Internet is Changing Warfare
puddingebola writes in with a link to a New York Times article about how the militarization of the internet is changing contemporary warfare. "The decision by the United States and Israel to develop a...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Gamera II Team Smashes Previous Best Human-Powered Helicopter Flight Time
Zothecula writes "For over 30 years, the $250,000 for the American Helicopter Society's Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition prize has looked decidedly secure, but Gamera II has chang...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Jimmy Wales Calls UK Government To Halt O'Dwyer Extradition
judgecorp writes "Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has called on the UK government to stop the extradition of Richard O'Dwyer. O'Dwyer was accused of infringing copyright with his site TVShack, but charg...
03:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Space Command Creator Launches Real Life Space Command
An anonymous reader writes "Space Command creator Marc Scott Zicree just launched the Space Cadet Program. In the Cadet Program fans can sign up to be a part of a real life Space Command, be able to j...
03:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Are We Failing To Prepare Children For Leadership In the US?
Vulcan195 writes "Would you let your 3-yr play with a real saw? You would if you were a parent in Switzerland. Suzanne Lucas (a US mom residing in Switzerland) writes about the contrasts between the U...
02:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot "Twisted" OAM Beams Carry 2.5 Terabits Per Second
MrSeb writes "American and Israeli researchers have used twisted, vortex beams to transmit data at 2.5 terabits per second. As far as I can discern, this is the fastest wireless network ever created &...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Google's Own Nexus Tablet Leaks Into the Wild
lukehopewell1 writes "Days out from Google's I/O conference, training documents have been issued to resellers all over the world detailing Google's new Nexus tablet. It's a 7-inch device with an optim...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Tech Manufacturing Is a Disaster Waiting To Happen
Hugh Pickens writes "Peter Cochrane writes that since globalization took hold, geographic diversity has become distorted along with the resilience of supply so we now have a concentration of limited s...
11:05 am - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Sonic.net's CEO On Why ISPs Should Only Keep User Logs Two Weeks
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Dane Jasper's tiny Internet service provider Sonic.net briefly took the national spotlight last October, when it contested a Department of Justice order that it secretly ha...
08:05 am - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Jobs For Geeks In the BusinessFinancial World?
First time accepted submitter menphix writes "Hi there! I'm a software engineer in the bay area. I will be moving to Hong Kong where my wife works shortly. I understand that there will be a lot less o...
06:05 am - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot Nintendo's Big-Screen 3DS XL Meets Lukewarm Reception
MojoKid writes "Nintendo took the wraps off its new, super-sized 3DS XL handheld on Friday, but reactions have been anything but enthusiastic. The new DS offers a larger set of screens (4.88 inches to...
03:05 am - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot A Look At the "Information Superhighway," As It Looked In 1985
jfruh writes "AT&T's video library is a treasure trove of future-looking films from the past, and this one is no exception. Combining what might be the first on-film use of the phrase 'information...
12:05 am - Mon, June 25, 2012
Slashdot MemSQL Makers Say They've Created the Fastest Database On the Planet
mikejuk writes "Two former Facebook developers have created a new database that they say is the world's fastest and it is MySQL compatible. According to Eric Frenkiel and Nikita Shamgunov, MemSQL, the...
11:05 pm - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot Teaching Natural Sciences To Social Science Students?
An anonymous reader writes "As a calculus professor for a small undergraduate institution, I normally lecture students who are majoring in the natural (or 'hard') sciences, such as mathematics, physic...
10:05 pm - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot Georgia Apple Store Refuses To Sell iPad To Iranian-American Teen
pdclarry writes "An Iranian-American teenager was told by an Apple store employee that they could not sell her an iPad because it would violate U.S. trade restrictions. She returned to the store with ...
09:05 pm - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot Witness Ridicules 'Hands-On' Reviews of Surface
Freshly Exhumed writes "Danny Sullivan over at Marketing Land has been tipped over the edge by various colleagues: 'After seeing yet another "hands-on" review of the Microsoft Surface tablet, I though...
08:05 pm - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot IP Lawfirm Sues Typosquatting Security Researcher
First time accepted submitter scottbee writes "A major New York intellectual property lawfirm has filed a $1m lawsuit against domain squatter/security researcher Wesley Kenzie (aka Securikai). Kenzie ...
07:05 pm - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot Turing Archive Director Questions Alan Turing Suicide Report
That Alan Turing committed suicide is widely accepted as fact. Now, an anonymous reader writes, "According to Professor Jack Copeland, director of the The Turing Archive for the History of Computing, ...
06:05 pm - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot RIM Considers Spinning Off Handset Business From Messaging
According to this Reuters report, RIM is considering separating its messaging network business from its manufacture of handsets, and either listing the resulting new company separately, or selling it ...
04:05 pm - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot More Hot Weather For Southern California, Says UCLA Study
The L.A. Times reports on a study by UCLA climate researchers who conclude, based on supercomputer analysis of a model "2,500 times more precise than previous climate models for the region" that the a...
03:05 pm - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot Biotech Report Says IP Spurs Innovation
ananyo writes "A report presented at the 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston, Massachusetts suggests that patents do not stifle progress when they occur at early phases of research, as some ha...
02:05 pm - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Blocks FSF Donation Website As a 'Gambling Site'
An anonymous reader writes "The FSF slammed Microsoft for categorizing donate.fsf.org website as a 'Gambling Site.' Corporate systems that use a Microsoft 'network security' program cannot access FSF ...
01:05 pm - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot Fires Sparked By Utah Target Shooters Prompt Evacuations
Hugh Pickens writes "The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that more than 9,000 people have been driven from their homes by a wind-whipped wildfire started by two shooters at landfill popular with target...
10:05 am - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Crew Completes Manual Docking With Orbiting Module
A few days back, the crew of the Shenzhou 9 were along for the ride as their craft docked to — or rather, was docked to — an orbiting module. On Sunday, the docking procedure was repeated,...
07:05 am - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot Ethiopian Government Denies Banning Skype
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, we read that Ethiopia banned using VoIP. According to the head of Communication Affairs the draft bill aims to discourage illegal use of internet telephony, not ...
04:05 am - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot Nvidia Engineer Asks How the Company Can Improve Linux Support
sfcrazy writes "It seems that recent comments made by Linus Torvalds have made the people at NVIDIA take Linux more seriously. Recently Nvidia employee Stephen Warren asked in the Kernel Summit mailin...
02:05 am - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot U.S. Gas Prices Continue To Fall
First time accepted submitter nmpost writes "Earlier this year, as gas prices hit record highs in the winter and spring for that time of year, experts warned we were headed for all time records this s...
01:05 am - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot Vulnerable SAP Deployments Make Prime Attack Targets
wiredmikey writes "Using a combination of TCP scans and Google, security researchers found that nearly a quarter of the organizations running vulnerable versions of SAP are tempting fate by leaving th...
12:05 am - Sun, June 24, 2012
Slashdot Apple Store Employees Soak Up the Atmosphere, But Not Much Cash
raque writes "The NYTimes is reporting on just how badly Apple Retail employees are being paid. Apple is exploiting its fan base for cheap labor. This is one reason I don't go to Apple Stores if I can...
11:05 pm - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Cyanide-Producing GM Grass Linked To Texas Cattle Deaths
Peristaltic writes "Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are trying to determine if an unexpected mutation in a popular GM grass, Tifton 85, is responsible for the sudden deaths of a small...
10:05 pm - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Wikipedia As a "War Zone," Rather Than a Collaboration
horselight writes "A new study by sociologists studying social networking have determined that Wikipedia is not an intellectual project based on mutual collaboration, but a war zone. The study finds t...
09:05 pm - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: No-Install Programming At Work?
An anonymous reader writes "Hello! Every summer (and other holidays) the work load at my job becomes minimal. I like scripting (HTML, CSS etc.) and would like to get into programming just to tinker a ...
08:05 pm - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Sexy Female Scientist Video Draws Fire
sciencehabit writes "A new video released by the The European Commission — ostensibly aimed at getting girls interested in science — is drawing widespred condemnation from around the web f...
07:05 pm - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Intel Releases Ivy Bridge Programming Docs Under CC License
An anonymous reader writes "The Ivy Bridge graphics processor from Intel is now fully documented under the Creative Commons. Intel released four volumes of documents (2400+ pages) covering their ...
06:05 pm - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot PadMapper Gets C&D From Craigslist Over Apartment Listing Maps
First time accepted submitter Autumnmist writes "Craigslist has sent a Cease and Desist to PadMapper, a site that does a mashup of Craigslist (as well as Rent.com, Apartments.com) apartment listings a...
05:05 pm - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Laser Treatment For Earth-Bound Asteroids
arisvega writes "A recent publication (for the math-versed) proposing the deployment of a Solar-powered, space-borne fleet of LASER cannons that would deflect Earth-bound asteroids caught the attentio...
04:05 pm - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Google CEO Larry Page Says "Nothing Seriously Wrong"
After Larry Page bowed out from some public appearances, reader Pigskin-Referee writes with the news that "Google Inc Chief Executive Larry Page has reassured employees about his health, but the compa...
03:05 pm - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Tesla Delivers First Batch of Model S Electric Sedans
After years of tantalizing pictures and promises, on Friday the first 10 Model S sedans left Tesla's Fremont, California factory. This first handful of the new S has long been spoken for, and the cars...
02:05 pm - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot How Satnav Maps Are Made
Barence writes "PC Pro has a feature revealing how the world's biggest satnav firms create their maps. Nokia's Navteq, for example, has a huge database of almost 24 million miles of road across the gl...
01:05 pm - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot SOPA Protests 'Poisoned the Well,' Says Congressional Staffer
Techdirt has a story about statements from Congressional staffer Stephanie Moore, who had some interesting — and somewhat insulting — things to say about the 'net-wide protests against the...
10:05 am - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Strong AI and the Imminent Revolution In Robotics
An anonymous reader writes "Google director of research Peter Norvig and AI pioneer Judea Pearl give their view on the prospects of developing a strong AI and how progress in the field is about to ush...
07:05 am - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Posner Dismisses AppleMotorola Case, With Prejudice
whisper_jeff writes "Judge Posner has dismissed the patent case between Apple and Motorola, with prejudice (meaning they can't refile), putting an end to this patent dispute between the two companies....
05:05 am - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Phasing Out Office Starter Edition
nk497 writes "Microsoft has started phasing out its Office 2010 Starter edition, ahead of the arrival of Windows 8. Office Starter was included in the OEM pre-installation kit (OPK) of software sent t...
03:05 am - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Erasing Details Of Bad Memories
An anonymous reader writes "People can be trained to forget specific details associated with bad memories, according to breakthrough findings that may lead the way for the development of new depressio...
12:05 am - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot Bryson Crash Reveals Threat of Headless Government
Hugh Pickens writes "According to Business Week, the traffic accident that left U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson unconscious and alone in his bashed-up Lexus on June 9 raises questions about why th...
12:05 am - Sat, June 23, 2012
Slashdot ICANN Names New CEO, Will Pay Him $800,000 To Run the Internet
darthcamaro writes "ICANN has officially hired a new CEO to replace the Rob Beckstom. ICANN industry unknown Fadi Chehade is taking the top job — but there is a catch. He can't start for another...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot India Unblocks File-Sharing Sites
An anonymous reader writes with an update to news from last month that many popular file-sharing sites, including the Pirate Bay, had been blocked in India. Now, India's Madras High Court has amended ...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition: Taking Back the Crown
An anonymous reader writes "The benchmarks are in for the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. Starting at $500, AMD's new single-GPU flagship boosts the original 7970's clock speed from 925 MHz to 1 GHz (1050...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot How Madefire Is Changing the Visual Grammar of Comics
waderoush writes "When you read a comic book or graphic novel on your tablet device, you're usually looking at a static reproduction of a print page, not a 'born digital' creation with serious interac...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Older Means Wiser To Computer Security
An anonymous reader writes "Growing up in the digital age, 18 – 25s may appear to be a more tech-savvy generation, but that does not translate into safer computing and online practices. A new st...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot MIT Research Amplifies Invisible Detail In Video
An anonymous reader writes "MIT researchers have invented an algorithm which is able to amplify motion in video that is invisible to the naked eye — such as the motion of blood pulsing through a...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Google Touts Worker Tracking As Own CEO Goes MIA
theodp writes "On Thursday, Google announced a product that enables a business to see where all its workers are at all times. Called Maps Coordinate, it combines a paid-for business version of Google'...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot The Death of an HTML5 Game Breeds an Open Source Project
colinneagle writes "German social gaming company Wooga has thrown in the towel on its HTML5 project after seeing little return on the increasing amount of effort put into its Magic Land Island game. S...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Will Dolby's New Atmos 62.2 Format Redefine Surround Sound?
CIStud writes "Anyone who goes to see Pixar's new animated Brave film might come home with their ears ringing. Why? because Brave is the debut of Dolby Lab's new 62.2 surround sound format called Atmo...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot XBMC Developers Criticize AMD's Linux Driver
An anonymous reader writes "It's not only the NVIDIA Linux driver that has been publicly slammed over lacking support; the AMD Catalyst driver is now facing scrutiny from developers of the XBMC media ...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot 'Nuclear Free' Maryland City Grants Waiver For HP
dcblogs writes "The City of Takoma Park, Md. this week granted a waiver to its public library to allow it to use some new HP hardware, whose products are otherwise banned under its 'nuclear free zone'...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Faulty Patch Freezes Millions of UK Bank Accounts
frisket writes with news from The Register about ongoing problems for some UK banks: "'RBS and Natwest have failed to register inbound payments for up to three days, customers have reported, leaving p...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Kepler-36's 'Odd Couple' Defy Planet Formation Theories
astroengine writes "The two planets circling Kepler-36, a sun-like star in its senior years, are as different as Earth and Neptune. But unlike the hundreds of millions of miles that separate our solar...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot A Universal Turing Machine In 100 Punchcards
New submitter theclockworkcomputer writes "Tomorrow 100 years ago, Alan Turing was born. To celebrate, I wrote a Universal Turing Machine in 100 Punchcards. I've uploaded a video to explain a small pa...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's Surface Caught Windows OEMs By Surprise
MojoKid writes "Microsoft's Surface isn't just an attempt to take on the iPad or an articulation of MS's independent design philosophy — it's a fundamental threat against the OEMs who've spent d...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Iran Claims New Cyber Attack On Its Nuclear Plants, Blames US and Allies
judgecorp writes "Iran has reported that its nuclear facilities are under a sustained cyber attack which it blames on the U.S., UK and Israel. America and Israel created Stuxnet, and have been accused...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu Lays Plans For Getting Past UEFI SecureBoot
An anonymous reader writes "Canonical has laid out their plans for handling UEFI SecureBoot on Ubuntu Linux. Similar to Red Hat paying Microsoft to get past UEFI restrictions, Canonical does have a pr...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot PayPal Starts Bug Bounty Program
Trailrunner7 writes "PayPal is the latest company to join the ranks of software vendors and Web properties that offer bounties to security researchers who privately disclose new bugs to them. The comp...
10:05 am - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Interview With Mozilla's Ryan Merkley: Tracking the Trackers
colinneagle writes "Among the eye-opening statements in his recent TED talk, Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs said, 'Privacy is not an option, and it shouldn't be the price we accept for just getting on the In...
08:05 am - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Judge Suggests Apple, Motorola Should Play Nice
sl4shd0rk writes "Federal Judge Richard Posner seems to be a man who gets the screwed up patent system in the U.S.. As Apple pressed for more injunctions against Motorola regarding alleged patent infr...
07:05 am - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot China Pirates Austrian Village
First time accepted submitter thecoolstacks writes "Knockoff Apple Stores are one thing...but a knockoff Austrian village? That's some hardcore piracy right there, but we guess leave it China to do wh...
05:05 am - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Good Low Cost Free Software For Protecting Kids Online?
An anonymous reader writes "I have two kids, 7 and 8. I would love to allow them internet access on a regular basis. The problem is whats out there, I really don't want them to deal with porn ads and ...
02:05 am - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Details of the Second Controversial Mutant Bird Flu Study Finally Published
An anonymous reader writes "The second of the two controversial bird flu studies once considered too risky to publish in fears that they would trigger a potentially devastating global influenza epidem...
01:05 am - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Free Speech For Computers?
snydeq writes "Law professor Tim Wu sheds light on a growing legal concern: the extent to which computers have a constitutional right to free speech. 'This may sound like a fanciful question, a matter...
12:05 am - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Fedora Introduces Offline Updates
itwbennett writes "Thanks to a new feature approved this week by the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee, you won't hear Fedora 18 users bragging about systems that have been running continuously fo...
12:05 am - Fri, June 22, 2012
Slashdot Kaspersky Says Lack of Digital Voting Will Be Democracy's Downfall
hapworth writes "Eugene Kaspersky, founder and CEO of cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, has warned that one of the greatest cyber threats facing the world is the lack of effective online voting system...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot RIAA Goes After CNET For Media-Conversion Software
First time accepted submitter moj0joj0 writes "Two days after YouTube-MP3.org, a site that converts songs from music videos into MP3 files, was blocked from accessing YouTube, the RIAA has asked CNET ...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Reddit Cofounder Says Site Was Built By a Horde of Fake Accounts
derekmead writes "How, exactly, did Reddit get so big? Well, according to Reddit cofounder Steve Huffman, in the early days the Reddit crew just faked it 'til they made it.' In a video for Udacity, Hu...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Google Launches Endangered Languages Project
redletterdave writes "About half of all of the languages in the world — more than 3,000 of them — are currently on the verge of extinction. Google hopes to stem the tide with its latest ef...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Fastest Growing US Export To China: Education
hackingbear writes "While we are importing billions of 'cheap' products labeled 'Made in China,' the fastest growing export from U.S. to China does not even need a label. Chinese parents are acutely a...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Will Microsoft Extend Surface Model And Manufacture Windows Phones?
Nerval's Lobster writes "A day after Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8, a company executive explained why the company never implemented native code in Windows Phone 7, declined to say whether Windows...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot The World's First Supercavitating Boat?
An anonymous reader writes "For decades, researchers have been trying to build boats, submarines, and torpedoes that make use of supercavitation — a bubble layer around the hull that drastically...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot SSD Prices Down 46% Since 2011
crookedvulture writes "Hard drive prices have yet to return to normal after last year's Thailand flooding. There's good news on the solid-state front, though. The current generation of SSDs has steadi...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot The NTP Pool Needs More Servers — Yours, If Available
Do you have a static IP or two? If so, you might be able to spread some Internet infrastructure well-being with very little effort. An anonymous reader writes "The NTP Pool project is turning 10 soon,...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Have Your Fingerprints Read From 6 Meters Away
First time accepted submitter Burdell writes "A new startup has technology to read fingerprints from up to 6 meters away. IDair currently sells to the military, but they are beta testing it with a cha...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Valve Unveils Steam For Schools, Portal In the Classroom
tekgoblin writes "Well this is pretty awesome, Valve has made an entrance into the education sector. They plan to release a new version of Steam for education uses in schools. Valve will call this ser...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What To Do Before College?
First time accepted submitter MtownNaylor writes "I graduated high school two days ago and am currently enrolled to attend college for studying Computer Science. I spent last summer working as a contr...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Bev Harris of Black Box Voting Releases Accenture's Voting Software
Gottesser writes with this excerpt from Bev Harris's Black Box Voting: "I have found and posted the actual voter list software used widely throughout the USA (TN, WI, PA, CO, KS...) for Accenture vote...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Opa 1.0 Released
phy_si_kal writes "The open source Opa project just released its 1.0 version. Opa appeared last year and was discussed a few times. Throughout the year, Opa adopted a JavaScript-like syntax, gained su...
04:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Why Bad Jobs (or No Jobs) Happen To Good Workers
sean_nestor writes "Back in October, an article appeared in The Wall Street Journal with the headline 'Why Companies Aren't Getting the Employees They Need.' It noted that even with millions of highly...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot FDA: Software Failure Behind 24% of Last Year's Medical Device Recalls
chicksdaddy writes "Software failures were behind 24 percent of all the medical device recalls in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Office of Science and Eng...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot DarwinTunes Iterates, Mixes And Culls To Create Listenable Music From Noise
Shipud writes "A collaboration between a group in Imperial College and Media Interaction group in Japan yielded a really cool website: darwintunes.org. The idea is to apply Darwinian-like selection to...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot RIM Drops Playbook Price By 66%
YokimaSun writes "Following on from the news that RIM's partner was pulling the plug on its BlackBerry phones, RIM announced it was discontinuing the 16GB version of its playbook, PC Gaming News are r...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Android App Lets You Steal Contactless Credit Card Data
mask.of.sanity writes "An Android application capable of siphoning credit card data from contactless bank cards has appeared on the Google Play store.The app was developed by a security penetration te...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot US District Court: Game Elements In Tetris Clone Infringe Tetris Co.'s Copyright
elegie writes "In the US, a District Court has ruled that the Tetris clone "Mino" infringes the Tetris Company's copyrights with regard to elements of the Tetris game design and gameplay. On one hand,...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Reject ACTA, European Parliament Trade Committee Recommends
Qedward writes "The European Parliament's trade committee, INTA, voted on Thursday not to postpone a crucial parliamentary vote on the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The committee ...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Larry Ellison Buys His Own Hawaiian Island
First time accepted submitter nrozema writes "Oracle co-founder and billionaire Larry Ellison is buying the Hawaiian island of Lana'i, the sixth-largest island in the U.S. archipelago. Hawaii Gov. Nei...
10:05 am - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Astronomers Catch Asteroid In Near-Miss Video
ananyo writes in with a story about an asteroid near miss and a neat video taken by researchers. "It may look like a blurry blob, but researchers using the InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF) in Hawaii...
09:05 am - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot New Film Renders Screen Reflection Almost Non-Existent
An anonymous reader writes "Sony has used the SID 2012 conference to demonstrate a brand new combination of conductive film and low-reflection film that promises to render screen reflection almost non...
08:05 am - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Hacker Group Demands "Idiot Tax" From Payday Lender
snydeq writes "Hacker group Rex Mundi has made good on its promise to publish thousands of loan-applicant records it swiped from AmeriCash Advance after the payday lender refused to fork over between ...
05:05 am - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot BT Starts Blocking the Pirate Bay
judgecorp writes "The UK's largest ISP, BT, has obeyed a court order to block The Pirate Bay, following similar moves by five other service providers, after complaints by music trade body BPI. The Pir...
04:05 am - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Patch Makes Certain Skin Cancers Disappear
kkleiner writes "What if treating skin cancer was just a matter of wearing a patch for a few hours? At this year's Society of Nuclear Medicine's Annual Meeting one group of researchers presented such ...
03:05 am - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Google To Pay $0 To Oracle In Copyright Case
An anonymous reader writes "In a hearing in the US District Court today, it was determined that Google will pay a net total of nothing for Oracle's patent claims against them. In fact, Google is given...
01:05 am - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce Someone To Star Trek?
First time accepted submitter red$hirt writes "I have a few friends, plus my girlfriend, who I would like to introduce to Star Trek. They do have a general interest to watch it, but I'm not sure what'...
01:05 am - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot The Ineffectiveness of TSA Body Scanners - Now With Surveillance Camera Footage
McGruber writes "Jonathan Corbett, the subject of the earlier Slashdot Story: 'The Ineffectiveness of TSA Body Scanners,' has an update for us. His video showing him wandering through a nude body scan...
12:05 am - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Time Warner Cable Patents Method For Disabling Fast-Forward Function On DVRs
antdude writes in with a story about a patent that won't have DVR users skipping for joy. "Time Warner Cable has won a U.S. patent for a method for disabling fast-forward and other trick mode function...
12:05 am - Thu, June 21, 2012
Slashdot Creating Budget Space Suits For the Private Space Industry
Zothecula writes "Although the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft was unmanned during its recent first flight to the International Space Station, the success of that mission marked a huge step toward future cre...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Syrian Dissidents Hit By Another Wave of Targeted State-Sponsored Attacks
Trailrunner7 writes "One of the attackers who has been targeting Syrian anti-government activists with malware and surveillance tools has returned and upped the ante with the use of the BlackShades RA...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot The Physics of the Knuckleball
snoop.daub writes "R.A. Dickey, pitcher for the New York Mets, has been in the news this week after two dominant pitching performances in a row, holding opponents to one hit in each of the games for t...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Gigapixel Camera Catches the Small Details
An anonymous reader sends this quote from Nature:"David Brady, an engineer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and his colleagues are developing the AWARE-2 camera with funding from the Unit...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot AMD To Open-Source Its Linux Execution & Compilation Stack
An anonymous reader writes "According to Phoronix, AMD will be open-sourcing its Linux execution and compiler stack as part of jump-starting the Heterogeneous System Architecture Foundation. The HSA F...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot University Students Become Superheroes To Teach STEM Education
New submitter sjdupont writes "A trio of University of South Florida (USF) engineering graduate students have decided to make a change in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educa...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Government Backs Down On Airport Recording
New submitter ryanakca writes "In a followup to a story we discussed on Sunday, Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has ordered a halt to the installation of eavesdropping equipment at Ottawa Ma...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Debate Simmers Over Science of Food Pairing
carmendrahl writes "Why do foods taste good together? Scientists aren't anywhere near figuring it out, but that hasn't stopped one popular idea from spawning a company dedicated to discovering avant-g...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot NASA Finds Major Ice Source In Moon Crater
coondoggie writes with news that a NASA survey of the moon's Shackleton crater by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided data indicating as much as 22% of the crater's surface may be covered in...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Science-FictionFantasy For Kids?
Jason Levine writes "My son is 8 years old. I'd love to get him interested in science-fiction, but most of the books I can think of seem to be targeted to older kids/adults. Thinking that the length o...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Windows Phone 8 Officially Unveiled
BogenDorpher writes with news that Microsoft has officially introduced Windows Phone 8. The new version of their mobile operating system will bring support for processors with up to 64 cores, as well ...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Rudimentary Liver Grown In a Dish
ananyo writes "Japanese scientists have coaxed stem cells into forming a 5-millimeter-long, three-dimensional tissue that the researchers labelled a liver bud — an early stage of liver developme...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Google Detects 9500 Malicious Sites Per Day
An anonymous reader writes "Five years after it was first introduced, Google's Safe Browsing program continues to provide a service to the 600 million Chrome, Firefox, and Safari users, as well as tho...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot EFF Announces New Patent Reform Project
olsmeister writes "On Tuesday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced its 'Defend Innovation' project, which includes seven proposals for software patent reform. These proposals include things l...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Chuck Schumer Tells Apple and Google To "Curb Your Spy Planes"
mk1004 writes with news from The Register that U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York has written to Apple and Google regarding their use of 'military-grade spy planes.' The Senator claims concerns ...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Locked-Down Tablets Endanger FLOSS For End Users
itwbennett writes "If you buy into the idea that tablets (and ultrabooks, and smartphones) in the enterprise are nothing more than glorified thin clients, then Microsoft's Surface presentation seemed ...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Another YouTube Conversion Site Clipped
Hodejo1 writes "[Tuesday] morning we learned that Google fired the first volley against YouTube conversion sites by blocking YouTube-MP3.org's servers from accessing its service and sending a letter t...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot 2 New Social Networks With Very Different Political Twists
judgecorp writes "Frustrated at the off-topic chatter on Twitter, British MP Louise Mensch has launched a supposedly rival service. Despite the name, Menshn, this is apparently not a hoax, but a site ...
02:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot NVIDIA Responds To Linus Torvalds
jones_supa writes "NVIDIA's PR department has issued a statement following the harsh comments by Linus Torvalds last week where he referred to the graphics company as the single worst company he's eve...
02:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: a Good Geek Project For My Arthritic Grandfather?
An anonymous reader writes "My grandfather is a retired electrician whom I've been trying to keep mentally busy. Together we've gotten an Arduino kit and have been working on some simple projects. He ...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Wins Congressional Backing For Do-Not-Track Default In IE10
An anonymous reader writes "Thought Do Not Track was strictly a geeks' issue? Think again. After Microsoft was slapped down for enabling DNT by default in Internet Explorer 10, the co-chairs of the US...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot CNET, IDC Find Rapid Increase In Behavioral Data Tracking
retroworks writes "According to columnist Elinor Mills at CNET, efforts to track consumer browsing behavior are 'rising dramatically.' In an interview with Gordon McLeod, CEO of data mining company Kr...
11:05 am - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy S III Launched, Hands-On Testing
MojoKid writes "One of the most highly anticipated Android phones of the year is the Samsung Galaxy S III and its official launch is today. This smartphone comes with a number of new features we haven...
10:05 am - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft To PC and Tablet Makers: You're Not Our Future
snydeq writes "Microsoft's plan to build its own Windows 8 tablets puts longtime allies in peril — and it may be the right thing to do. 'In announcing the Surface tablets, due to be released thi...
08:05 am - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Why 'Nigerian Scammers' Say They're From Nigeria
angry tapir writes "'Nigerian scams' (also known as '419 scams' but more accurately called 'advance fee fraud') continue to clog up inboxes with tales of fantastic wealth for the recipient. The raises...
07:05 am - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Shenzhou 9 Sparks Renewed Debate On Space Race With China
MarkWhittington writes "With the flight of the Shenzhou 9, which includes the first docking between a Chinese spacecraft and a prototype space station module, a renewed debate has arisen over the impl...
05:05 am - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot The Dry Ice 'Snowflakes' of Mars
astroengine writes "After collecting the vast quantities of data gathered by orbiting Mars spacecraft, MIT scientists have uncovered some rather interesting facts about Martian snow. For starters, as ...
03:05 am - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot US, Israel Behind Flame Malware
The Washington Post is reporting that the sophisticated 'Flame' malware was created by the United States and Israel in order to collect intelligence on Iranian computer networks. The intel was to be u...
01:05 am - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Google's Nexus Tablet To Be Unveiled Next Week
zacharye writes "Google chairman Eric Schmidt revealed in December that the company was working on its first own-brand tablet, and the 'Nexus 7' slate will finally be unveiled next week during the Goo...
12:05 am - Wed, June 20, 2012
Slashdot Belief In Hell Predicts a Country's Crime Rates Better Than Other Factors
An anonymous reader writes "Religion is often thought of as psychological defense against bad behavior, but researchers have recently found that the effect of religion on pro-social behaviors may actu...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Capitalists Who Fear Change
bill_mcgonigle writes "In his essay 'Capitalists Who Fear Change,' author Jeffrey Tucker takes on 'wimps who don't want to improve.' From DMCA take-downs on 3D printing files to the constant refrain t...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Is Oracle Really Offering 100+ Cloud Applications?
Nerval's Lobster writes "Oracle CEO Larry Ellison claimed during a June 6 presentation that the upcoming Oracle Cloud would offer more than 100 enterprise-grade applications. While Oracle certainly in...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot NYC's Trash-Sucking Tubes May Be Upgraded, Expanded
derekmead writes "When urban planners were trying to turn New York's Roosevelt Island from a haven for the disabled and the mentally ill into a liveable city, they got utopian. Lying beneath their pla...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Missing Matter, Parallel Universes?
Phoghat writes "Could mirror universes or parallel worlds account for dark matter — the 'missing' matter in the Universe? In what seems to be mixing of science and science fiction, a new paper b...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Women's Enrollment In Computer Science Correlates Negatively With Net Access
New submitter MoriT sends this excerpt from a post examining the correlation between women's enrollment in computer science programs at college and their access to the internet. "There is currently a ...
09:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Bloomberg, WSJ: Student Aid Increases Tuition
retroworks writes "Bloomberg News makes the case that when the federal government offers tuition assistance, students apply to more expensive colleges, giving the institutions an incentive to raise tu...
09:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Assange Requests Asylum In Ecuador
david.emery writes "Julian Assange, his appeals in the United Kingdom having run out, today went to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to request asylum from his pending extradition to Sweden to face qu...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot StatCounter Blasts Microsoft's Claim About IE Still Being the Number 1 Browser
An anonymous reader writes "Do you remember when Microsoft tried to claim that Internet Explorer was still the most-used browser by accusing StatCounter of using a flawed methodology? Well, StatCounte...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot NSA Claims It Would Violate Americans' Privacy To Say How Many of Us It Spied On
colinneagle writes "Would you believe the Inspector General from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said it would violate the privacy of Americans for the IG office to tell us how man...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot David Lowery On the Ethics of Music Piracy
New submitter Mystakaphoros writes "Musician David Lowery (of Cracker fame) takes NPR intern Emily White to task for her stance on paying for (or failing to pay for) music. Quoting: 'By allowing the a...
06:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot U.S. Students Struggle With Reasoning Skills
sciencehabit writes "The first-ever use of interactive computer tasks on a national science assessment suggests that most U.S. students struggle with the reasoning skills needed to investigate multipl...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot A Turing Machine Built With Lego, And a Place To Put It
New submitter Otis_INF writes "To honor Alan Turing, two researchers at the CWI built a simple LEGO Turing Machine, to show everyone how simple a computer actually is. Primary goals were to make every...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Romanian Prime Minister Accused of Plagiarism
ananyo writes "In a revelation that could bring down the country's government, Romania's Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, stands accused of copying large sections of his 2003 PhD thesis in law from previ...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot How Would You Redesign the TLD Hierarchy?
First time accepted submitter at.drinian writes "Last week, we heard about the many applications for new top-level domains that have been put forth by various businesses and organizations. ICANN, of c...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Google Bars Site That Converts YouTube Songs Into MP3s
An anonymous reader writes "Google is apparently cracking down on a popular site that converts the music from YouTube videos into MP3s. YouTube-MP3.org has received a letter from Google, YouTube's par...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Young Listeners Opt For Streaming Over Owning
An anonymous reader writes "CNN reports that younger listeners are increasingly opting to stream music rather than own it. If their music is constantly available anywhere on any device, then 'what's t...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot How Icaros Desktop Brings the Amiga Experience To x86 PCs
angry tapir writes "Icaros Desktop is an effort to build a modern Amiga-compatible operating system to standard x86 hardware. It's a distribution built atop AROS, which is an open source effort to cre...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot US Consumer Bureau Opens Online Credit Card Complaint DB
chiguy writes "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau begins releasing detailed information on Americans' complaints about their credit cards online. From The Washington Post: 'The CFPB said it will...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Apple Patents Polluting Facebook, Google Profiles
theodp writes "On Tuesday, the USPTO granted Apple an odd patent on Techniques to Pollute Electronic Profiling, which presumably might concern the targeted ad revenue-hungry folks at Google, Facebook,...
02:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Schneier Calls US Stuxnet Cyberattack a 'Destabilizing and Dangerous' Action
alphadogg writes "Revelations by The New York Times that President Barack Obama in his role as commander in chief ordered the Stuxnet cyberattack against Iran's uranium-enrichment facility two years a...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Fujitsu Cracks Next-Gen Cryptography Standard
judgecorp writes "Fujitsu and partners have cracked a cryptogram which used 278-digit (923 bit) pairing-based cryptography. The technology was proposed as a next-generation standard, but Fujitsu crack...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet
MrSeb was one of several submitters to write in about Microsoft's foray into the tablet hardware market. From the article: "At its much-discussed 'big unveil' this evening, Microsoft did indeed launch...
10:05 am - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Firms Claims It Can Build World's Tallest Tower in 90 Days
An anonymous reader writes "Even since the current world's tallest builing — the Burj Khalifa in Dubai — was completed, there has been a constant battle to build the world's next tallest b...
08:05 am - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot A Faster Jigsaw Solving Algorithm
mikejuk writes "Andrew Gallagher at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York has improved the standard approach to automated jigsaw solving by copying what humans do in finding groups of pieces that bes...
05:05 am - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Motorola To Buy PDA-Inventor Psion For $200 Million
judgecorp writes "Psion, the company which made the first handheld computers in the 1980s, invented the PDA, and launched the once-unstoppable Symbian OS,is to be bought by Motorola Solutions for $200...
03:05 am - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Testing for Many Designer Drugs At Once
LilaG writes "Drug tests spot banned substances based on their chemical structures, but a new breed of narcotics is designed to evade such tests. These synthetic marijuana drugs, found in 'herbal ince...
01:05 am - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Solution For an Email Discussion Forum?
John3 writes "For the past 15+ years I've maintained The Hardlines Digest (URL omitted to reduce the /. effect), an email discussion list for members of the retail hardware and lumber business. S...
12:05 am - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Intel To Ship Xeon Phi For "Exascale" Computing This Year
MojoKid writes "At the International Supercomputing Conference today, Intel announced that Knights corner, the company's first commercial Many Integrated Core product will ship commercially in 2012. T...
12:05 am - Tue, June 19, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Focusing On Phone Software
itwbennett writes "With the much-acclaimed Galaxy SIII in its pocket, don't think that Samsung is looking at Amazon's success with the Kindle and Apple's success with its iOS devices and saying to the...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot IBM Deploys Hot-Water Cooled Supercomputer
MrSeb writes "With the ISC (International Supercomputer Conference) kicking off this week, there's been a flurry of announcements around new supercomputer buildouts. One of the more interesting system...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot NASA and FAA Team To Streamline, Regulate Commercial Space Access
coondoggie writes "The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA today said they signed an agreement to coordinate standards for commercial space travel of government and non-government astronaut...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot National "Do Not Kill Registry" Launched In Response To Drone Kill List
First time accepted submitter crtitheories writes "In response to the national kill list revealed by the New York Times a few weeks ago, an online "Do Not Kill" Registry has been launched where users ...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Digital Vertigo
benrothke writes "In Digital Vertigo: How Todays Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us, author Andrew Keen, who describes himself as the Anti-Christ of Silicon Valley ...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy S3 Face Unlock Tricked By Photograph
AlistairCharlton writes with a story about an Android Face unlock security system that could use some tweaking. "Android's Face Unlock security on the Samsung Galaxy S3 can be tricked into unlocking t...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot Unity 4 Adds Linux Support
dartttt writes "After more than 14,000 votes by Linux users and efforts by Brian Fargo, Unity has added Linux support to their popular 3D game engine. Starting with Unity 4.0, Linux will be supported ...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot SourceForge Allura Submitted To the Apache Software Foundation Incubator
rbowen writes "The software that powers the SourceForge developer tools (SourceForge is owned by the same corporate overlords as Slashdot) has been submitted to the Apache Software Foundation Incubato...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot Six Arrested Over Japanese Android Porn Virus
AZA43 writes "Tokyo police have arrested six men, including two IT executives and one former tech exec, in connection with an Android malware campaign that netted $265,000. The men created a piece of ...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot Do It Yourself Biology Research, Past and Present
Harperdog writes "Laura Kahn has a great article about the long and fascinating history of do-it-yourself research, from Darwin and Mendel to present day. From the article: 'Welcome to the new millenn...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators
kodiaktau writes "Film makers keep touting increased frame per second rate as improving viewing and cinema experience, however the number of theaters who actually have the equipment that can play the ...
05:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot Australian Gamers Finally Get an R-18+ Category
Dexter Herbivore writes "A lot of Australian gamers are saying, 'finally' as legislation passed parliament to support the introduction of a R-18+ category for games. From the article: 'Jason Clar...
05:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot RIM Manufacturing Partner Pulls the Plug On BlackBerry Phones
zacharye writes "Toronto-based original device manufacturer Celestica on Monday announced that it will stop producing hardware for struggling mobile device vendor Research In Motion. Celestica stated ...
05:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot The U.N.'s Push for Power Over the Internet
Omnifarious writes "China (along with other member nations) is trying to push a proposal through a little known UN agency called the International Telecommunications Union (aka ITU). This proposal con...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot Google Reveals "Terrorism Video" Removals
jones_supa writes "Google has revealed it removed about 640 videos from YouTube that allegedly promoted terrorism over the second half of 2011 after complaints from the UK's Association of Chief Polic...
03:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot The $45 Windows Laptop
YokimaSun writes "The search for a cheap laptop has brought us news from India of a 10$ laptop which later turned out to be a hundred dollars, today PC Gaming News has details of a laptop which is sel...
03:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot The Canadian DMCA Battle Concludes: How Thousands of Canadians Changed Copyright
An anonymous reader writes "Nearly 15 years of debate over digital copyright reform will come to anend today as Bill C-11, the fourth legislative attempt at Canadiancopyright reform, passes in the Hou...
02:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot US Regains Supercomputing Crown, Besting China and Japan
dcblogs writes "The U.S., once again, is home to the world's most powerful supercomputer after being knocked off the list by China two years ago and Japan last year. The top computer, an IBM system at...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot FunnyJunk Sues the Oatmeal Over TM and "Incitement To Cyber-Vandalism"
eldavojohn writes "You may recall from last week the news item concerning FunnyJunk's extortion ... er ... threat of defamation lawsuit against The Oatmeal highlighting a fairly pervasive problem of r...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot US Gov't Demands For Google Data Up 37% Over the Last Year
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Governments are sticking their noses into Google's servers more than ever before. In the second half of 2011, Google received 6,321 requests that it hand over its users' pr...
10:05 am - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot China Completes Its First Manned Space Docking
This AP story, as carried by the Houston Chronicle, says that the Chinese Shenzhou 9 spacecraft (carrying a crew that includes the country's first female astronaut) has successfully docked with an orb...
07:05 am - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Shows Off Junior, a Simple Browser Built for iPad
The Verge reports that Mozilla last week showed off an prototype browser built for the iPad called Junior, based on a simplified interface and gesture-based controls. Junior — remember, not a sh...
04:05 am - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot Erlang and OpenFlow Together At Last
New submitter SIGSTOP writes " The LINC [OpenFlow 1.2 software-based] switch has now been released as commercial friendly open source through the FlowForwarding.org community website, encouraging user...
01:05 am - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot Hacked Companies Fight Back With Controversial Steps
PatPending writes with this report on companies taking aggressive steps to deal with electronic attacks: "Known in the cyber security industry as "active defense" or "strike-back" technology, the repr...
12:05 am - Mon, June 18, 2012
Slashdot How Steve Jobs Changed Google Plus
Anthony_Cargile writes "Everyone thinks of Google Plus as a social networking website competing with Facebook, but that is no longer the case — even Google recognizes its failure in that regard....
10:05 pm - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Wearable Device Generates Electricity From Walking Knee Movements
Zothecula writes "If you've ever worn a knee brace, then you may have noticed what a large change in angle your knee goes through with every step you take, and how quickly it does so. A team of scient...
10:05 pm - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Evacuate a Network
First time accepted submitter gpowers writes "I am the IT Manager for Shambhala Mountain Center, near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. We are in the pre-evacuation area for the High Park Fire. What is the...
09:05 pm - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Settles 'Sponsored Stories' Suit For $10M To Charity
Reuters reports that Facebook has taken the face-saving move (and a cheap one, considering the company's market cap) of settling for $10 million — plus lawyers' fees — the lawsuit brought ...
08:05 pm - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Proposed UK Communications Law Could Be Used To Spy On Physical Mail
An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports that the UK's Draft Communications Bill includes a provision which could be used to force the Royal Mail and other mail carriers to retain data on all physi...
07:05 pm - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Instead of a Laptop, a Tiny Computer and Projector?
rover42 writes "I travel a lot, usually on a tight budget and often on airlines with tight luggage weight restrictions and high fees for going over, so traveling light is very important to me. So is c...
06:05 pm - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Phil Zimmermann's New Venture Will Offer Strong Privacy By Subscription
New submitter quantic_oscillation7 writes with this excerpt from the Register: "Phil Zimmermann and some of the original PGP team have joined up with former U.S. Navy SEALs to build an encrypted commu...
05:05 pm - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot PowerVR To Make Mobile Graphics, GPU Compute a Three-Way Race Again
MojoKid writes "For over 10 years, the desktop and mobile graphics space has been dominated by two players: Nvidia and AMD/ATI. After 3dfx collapsed, there was a brief period of time when it looked as...
04:05 pm - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Ruby, Clojure, Ceylon: Same Goal, Different Results
snydeq writes "Charles Nutter, Rich Hickey, and Gavin King each discovered that 'simplicity' doesn't mean the same thing as they developed Ruby, Clojure, and Ceylon, respectively. 'Languages that are ...
04:05 pm - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Torvalds Slams NVIDIA's Linux Support
New submitter jppiiroinen writes "Linus Torvalds received the Millennium prize last week for his work on Linux operating system. He was already in Finland, so Aalto University arranged a talk session ...
03:05 pm - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot SPDY Not As Speedy As Hyped?
Freshly Exhumed writes "Akamai's Guy Podjarny reveals after testing: SPDY is different than HTTP in many ways, but its primary value comes from being able to multiplex many requests/responses from cli...
01:05 pm - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot At Canadian Airports, Your Conversation May Be Remotely Recorded
New Jazari writes "Careful what you say when traveling, since the authorities will soon be able to zoom in on your conversations and record them for an indefinite amount of time. The story is about Ca...
10:05 am - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Leaked Document Hints At Augmented Reality Glasses For Future Xbox
An anonymous reader writes "A 56-page leaked document details Microsoft's plans to build a Project Glass competitor. Kinect Glasses is marked as a 2014 project designed to connect to a future Xbox 720...
07:05 am - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8: .NET Versus HTML5 Metro App Development
An anonymous reader writes "Will Microsoft take advantage of .NET's Java-like CIL and allow .NET code to run on Windows 8, or force developers to switch to HTML5 Metro apps instead for porting apps to...
06:05 am - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Did Neandertals Paint Early Cave Art?
sciencehabit writes "Dating experts working in Spain, using a technique relatively new to archaeology, have pushed dates for the earliest cave art back some 4000 years to at least 41,000 years ago, ra...
04:05 am - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Liu Yang Becomes China's First Female Astronaut
China launched Saturday a rocket bearing three astronauts and an experimental orbiting module intended to presage a full-fledged space station at the end of this decade. While that's big news in itsel...
01:05 am - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Banking On Your Personal Online Data
snydeq writes "While privacy groups are working to lock away your personal data, a better — or perhaps supplementary — option may be to let you sell it for what it's really worth. 'Whether...
12:05 am - Sun, June 17, 2012
Slashdot Android 4.0 Upgrade For Sony Xperia Smartphones Opens a Pandora Box
First time accepted submitter ctrl-alt-canc writes "The udpdate to Android ICS offered for free by Sony to the Xperia smarphone users has caused plenty of troubles. Not only the decision by Sony of no...
11:05 pm - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?
First time accepted submitter jez9999 writes "I recently worked for a relatively large company that imposed so-called transparent HTTPS proxying on their network. In practice, what this means is that ...
10:05 pm - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot Computers May Be As Good As (Or Better Than) Human Biocurators
Shipud writes "Sequencing the genome of an organism is not the end of a discovery process; rather, it is a beginning. It's the equivalent of discovering a book whose words (genes) are there, but their...
09:05 pm - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot Japan Restarts Two of Its 50 Nuclear Reactors
Darth_brooks writes "Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ordered the restart of two idle nuclear reactors Saturday, amid split public response. The Japanese government is trying to fill a summer po...
08:05 pm - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot Black Death Discovered In Oregon
redletterdave writes "The Black Death, a strain of bubonic plague that destroyed nearly a third of Europe's entire population between 1347 and 1369, has been found in Oregon. Health officials in Portl...
07:05 pm - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot Why VCs Really Reject Startups
itwbennett writes "Instead of simply not following up with startup proposals that he doesn't intend to pursue, venture capitalist Josh Breinlinger decided to change things up and not only hear every p...
06:05 pm - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot Nokia Seeks More Leverage In the Forever Mobile Patent War
ericjones12398 writes "Struggling cell phone manufacturer Nokia launched a recent attack in both German and U.S. courts, filing lawsuits against HTC, RIM, and ViewSonic, alleging a laundry list of inf...
05:05 pm - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot It's Baaack! XB-37B Finally Lands
ColdWetDog writes "The US Air Force / DARPA 'baby shuttle,' the Boeing-built XB-37B has just landed after 469 days in orbit. No official explanation of why controllers kept the mission going past the ...
04:05 pm - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot 12-Core ARM Cluster Beats Intel Atom, AMD Fusion
An anonymous reader writes "Phoronix constructed a low-cost, low-power 12-core ARM cluster running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and made out of six PandaBoard ES OMAP4460 dual-core ARMv7 Cortex A9 chips. Their re...
03:05 pm - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft To Sell Its Own Windows RT Tablet
Glasswire writes "ComputerWorld reports that Microsoft will announce a Microsoft-branded tablet on Monday running the Win RT (ARM-based ) subset version of Win 8. MSFT choose not to offer a x86 Win 8 ...
02:05 pm - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot The $100 Masters Degree From Udacity
mikejuk writes "In an interview with Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun, it was revealed that he hopes to offer a Masters degree for only $100, and is close to offering a full computer science degree. 'T...
02:05 pm - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot US-CERT Discloses Security Flaw In 64-Bit Intel Chips
Fnord666 writes "The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has disclosed a flaw in Intel chips that could allow hackers to gain control of Windows and other operating systems, security expe...
12:05 pm - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot Looking Back At Australia's First Digital Computer
An anonymous reader writes "Sometimes, it's the oldest machines that are the most fascinating. PC & Tech Authority has posted this gallery of photos of the first automatic electronic stored-progra...
09:05 am - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot Display Makers To Use Quantum Dots For Efficiency and Color Depth
ArmageddonLord writes with this news from the IEEE Spectrum, reporting on display industry gathering Display Week: "Liquid crystal displays dominate today's big, bright world of color TVs. But they're...
06:05 am - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot "Muthuball": How To Build an NBA Championship Team
First time accepted submitter Quillem writes "Muthu Alagappan, a 5'9" biomechanical engineering undergraduate at Stanford, made a presentation at this year's MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference whic...
03:05 am - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot Too Many Biomedical Graduate Students, Not Enough Jobs
stillnotelf writes "ScienceInsider is covering a National Institutes of Health advisory committee report that details problems in the U.S. biomedical research workforce. Current policies encourage the...
01:05 am - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot Fly Your Own Experiment In Space
An anonymous reader writes "Want to fly your own experiment in space? dvice are reporting on a project called Ardusat — a satellite based (unsurprisingly perhaps, given the name) on Arduinos. Fo...
12:05 am - Sat, June 16, 2012
Slashdot Hybrid Drives Struggling In Face of SSDs
Lucas123 writes "New numbers show hybrid drives, which combine NAND flash with spinning disk, will double in sales from 1 million to 2 million units this year. Unfortunately for Seagate — the on...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Security Digests For the Home Network Admin?
New submitter halcyon1234 writes "I'm currently cutting the webhost cord, and setting up a simple webserver at home to host a couple hobby websites and a blog. The usual LAMP stuff. I have just enough...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Rare Operating Apple 1 Rakes In $374,500 At Sotheby's Auction
coondoggie writes "It's not one-of-a-kind, but it's pretty darn close. Sotheby's this week auctioned off a rare, working Apple 1 computer for $374,500 to an unnamed bidder. The price was more than dou...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Support Site For Hospital Respirators Found Riddled With Malware
chicksdaddy writes "A web site used to distribute software updates for a wide range medical equipment, including ventilators has been blocked by Google after it was found to be riddled with malware an...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Researcher's Wikipedia Big Data Project Shows Globalization Rate
Nerval's Lobster writes "Wikipedia, which features nearly 4 million articles in English alone, is widely considered a godsend for high school students on a tight paper deadline. But for University of ...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Sen. Rand Paul Introduces TSA Reform Legislation
OverTheGeicoE writes "Over a month after Sen. Rand Paul announced his desire to pull the plug on TSA, he has finally released his legislation that he tweets will 'abolish the #TSA & establish a pa...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot FCC Revisiting Mobile Device Radiation Standards
MojoKid writes "Did you know that the FCC hasn't updated its guidelines regarding maximum radiation levels in mobile devices since 1996? FCC chairman Julius Genachowski is apparently aware of this, be...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Pentagon Contractors Openly Post Job Listings For Offensive Hackers
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "In the wake of confirmation that the U.S. government was involved in the creation of Stuxnet and likely Flame, a look over job listings on defense contractor sites shows ju...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Canonical Announces Ubuntu App Showdown
alphadogg writes "Linux developers will soon have a chance to compete for prizes of laptops and smartphones, thanks to Canonical's announcement this week of the Ubuntu App Showdown contest. Developers...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot MPAA's Dodd Secretly Lobbied For a Canadian DMCA
An anonymous reader writes "The Canadian government is expected to pass copyright reform next week. The bill's anti-circumvention rules are a mirror image of the DMCA, leading many to conclude that th...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Joe Cornish To Write and Direct Snow Crash Movie
SomePgmr tips this quote from Geek.com:"Fans of the cyberpunk novel Snow Crash have reason to rejoice today, as it's been announced that the film adaptation of Neal Stephenson's classic has been reviv...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Monsanto May Have To Repay 10 Years of GM Soya Royalties In Brazil
scibri writes "Biotech giant Monsanto is one step closer to losing billions of dollars in revenues from its genetically-modified Roundup Ready soya beans, after the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled the c...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Move Over, Quantum Cryptography: Classical Physics Can Be Unbreakable Too
MrSeb writes "Researchers from Texas A&M University claim to have pioneered unbreakable cryptography based on the laws of thermodynamics; classical physics, rather than quantum. In theory, quantum...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot US Security Services May 'Have Moles Within Microsoft,' Says Researcher
Barence writes "U.S. government officials could be working under cover at Microsoft to help the country's cyber-espionage programme, according to one leading security expert. According to Mikko Hyppon...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Australian Gov't Asks eBay To Name Big Sellers
beaverdownunder writes "In an effort to combat fraudulent claims lodged within its Centrelink welfare-payment agency, the Australian Government has asked auction-site eBay to name all Aussies who sold...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Ethiopia Criminalizes VoIP Services
An anonymous reader writes "The Ethiopian government has passed legislation criminalizing the use of VoIP services like Skype and Google Talk. Anyone using these services within the country now faces ...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Online Pharmacy Pioneer Arrested In Florida
FeatherBoa writes "A Manitoba man who was one of the first entrepreneurs in the cross-border online pharmacy industry has been arrested in Florida and is facing charges related to the sale of foreign ...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Why Intel Needs Smartphones More Than They Need Intel
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from ZDNet:"The launch of the Orange San Diego, the first handset using an Intel Atom processor, marks a big milestone for the chipmaker: it's finally in t...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Primary School Girl Told To Stop Photographing and Blogging School Meals
JamieKitson writes "British primary school (elementary to those of you in the U.S.) pupil Martha/'Veg' has been taking photographs of her school dinners and writing about them at her blog Never Second...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot ICANN Mistakenly Publishes Applicant Addresses
angry tapir writes "ICANN's program to expand the number of domains on the internet has suffered another embarrassing setback. The organization has been forced to temporarily take down details of doma...
10:05 am - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Aussie Telco Lays New Fiber For Microsecond Trading Boost
schliz writes "Australian data center and telecommunications provider Vocus has installed two new underwater fiber links across the Sydney Harbor in a bid for the lowest connection latency between the...
08:05 am - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Analyzing Climate Change On Carbon Rich Peat Bogs
eldavojohn writes "A new report (PDF) from Climate Central shows that climate change has been affecting some states more than others for the past 100 years. As you can see from a video released by NAS...
07:05 am - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Hawking Is First User of "Big Brain" Supercomputer
miller60 writes "Calling your product the 'Big Brain Computer' is a heady claim. It helps if you have Dr. Stephen Hawking say that the product can help unlock the secrets of the universe. SGI says its...
05:05 am - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot New Signs Voyager Is Nearing Interstellar Space
sighted writes "Yesterday, someone tweeting for the Voyager 2 spacecraft posted: 'Interesting. Compare my data 4 high-energy nucleons w V1's That increase is attracting attention!' Today, NASA says th...
03:05 am - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Intel Dismisses 'x86 Tax', Sees No Future For ARM
MrSeb writes "In an interview with ExtremeTech, Mike Bell — Intel's new mobile chief, previously of Apple and Palm — has completely dismissed the decades-old theory that x86 is less power ...
01:05 am - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft To Buy Yammer?
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft seems to have a pocketful of billions sitting around. First Skype, now Yammer – an enterprise social network service launched back in September 2008 that lo...
12:05 am - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Vein Grown From Her Own Stem Cells Saves 10-Year-Old
An anonymous reader writes in with a story about a milestone in stem cell medicine. "A ten year old girl became the first person in the world to get a major blood vessel replaced by one grown using he...
12:05 am - Fri, June 15, 2012
Slashdot Antibody Cocktail Cures Monkeys of Ebola
ananyo writes "From the Nature story:Monkeys infected with Ebola have been cured by a cocktail of three antibodies first administered 24 hours or more after exposure. The result raises hopes that a fu...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Skype 4.0 For Linux Now Available
An anonymous reader writes "Anyone who uses Skype on Linux will be happy to hear that a new version has been made available today, bringing with it a host of essential updates and new features. Skype ...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Time Inc. Signs Magazine Deal With Apple
redletterdave writes "Time Inc., the largest magazine publisher in the U.S., has decided to embrace digital distribution. On Thursday, Time Inc. announced that it will make all of its magazines availa...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Elon Musk Shows off the Dragon Capsule, Back From Space (Video)
Elon Musk appeared Wednesday at SpaceX's testing facility in McGregor, Texas — not far from Waco — along with NASA administrator Charles Bolden, to show off the recovered Dragon capsule th...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Online Activities To Be Recorded By UK ISPs
SmartAboutThings writes "The United Kingdom online monitoring law just got published, showcasing some disturbing facts. The paper is 123 pages long and is actually a draft of the Communications Data B...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Rockstar Creates 'Cheaters Pool' For Game Hackers
itwbennett writes "Rockstar Games announced yesterday in a newswire post that the company has created a 'cheater's pool' (sort of like the populating of Australia with criminals) where players who hav...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from PC Tech Talk, which features screenshots of what is said to be something very close to what users will see in Windows 8: "One of the biggest changes M...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Bonobos Join Chimps As Closest Human Relatives
sciencehabit writes "Chimpanzees now have to share the distinction of being our closest living relative in the animal kingdom. An international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of the bono...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Study Shows Teen Gamers Like Tech, But Don't All Crave IT Jobs
CIStud writes "If you think playing endless hours of Dungeons & Dragons will create a desire to get into the information technology, think again. A new study by CompTIA of teens and young adults s...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Bank Robbing a Terrible Business, Statistically
isoloisti writes "Three UK economists got access to national data on bank robberies. The conclusion is that robbing banks pays, but not very much. Average take is about $19k per person per robbery. Bu...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?
First time accepted submitter occasional_dabbler writes "Reviews by 'commentators' such as this one predict certain doom for both Nokia and Microsoft on the basis of the OS being a failure, yet whenev...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot ESA Announces the Summer of Code In Space 2012
New submitter juli1 writes "The European Space Agency announced the second edition of the Summer Of Code In Space (SOCIS2012), a similar initiative to the Google Summer of Code but more related to spa...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Vermont Senate Hopeful Jeremy Hansen Responds On (Mostly) Direct Democracy
Last week, you asked questions of Vermont Senate candidate Jeremy Hansen, running on an unusual platform: Hansen pledges to take advantage of modern communications if elected, and (with exceptions he ...
04:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Adjusting Your PC Set-Up To Cope With Sudden Sight Loss
Barence writes "PC Pro's Davey Winder has written a first-hand account of how he overhauled his PC workstation to cope with a sudden deterioration of his eyesight. Winder contracted wet macular degene...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Assange Loses Latest Round In Extradition Fight
Richard_at_work writes "After losing his appeal to the UK Supreme Court a couple of weeks ago, Assange's lawyer was given leave to seek a reopening of the case on particular grounds — the UK Sup...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Listen to the RIAA's Appeal In Jammie Thomas Case
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The RIAA doesn't really like free mp3 files floating around but here's one you can access legally — the audio file of the June 12, 2012 oral argument of the RIAA's a...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot OpenSUSE Team Reworking Dev Model, Delays 12.2 Release
LinuxScribe writes "The upcoming 12.2 RC1 release of openSUSE has been delayed, and the final 12.2 release 'won't see the light of day on July 11th,' as developers within the openSUSE community strugg...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu 12.04 Ported To the Allwinner A10 MK802 Mini PC
New submitter beefsack writes "Thanks to the strong ARM support in the Ubuntu repositories, Ubuntu, along with Lubuntu and others have been ported to work on the new MK802 mini PC. Performance is very...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Nokia To Cut 10,000 Jobs and Close 3 Facilities
parallel_prankster writes "NY Times reports that Nokia said on Thursday that it would slash 10,000 jobs, or 19 percent of its work force, by the end of 2013 as part of an emergency overhaul that inclu...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot 64 Drone Bases Located On American Soil
MikeatWired writes "We like to think of the drone war as something far away, fought in the deserts of Yemen or the mountains of Afghanistan. But we now know it's closer than we thought, writes Lorenzo...
10:05 am - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Aussie Online Retailer Impose IE7 Tax
First time accepted submitter Techy77 writes "Online retailer Kogan will impose a new tax on its customers that visit its website using Microsoft's outdated Internet Explorer 7 web browser, which mean...
07:05 am - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Tropical Lakes On Saturn Moon Could Expand Options For Life
ananyo writes "Nestling among the dunes in the dry equatorial region of Saturn's moon Titan is what appears to be a hydrocarbon lake. The observation, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, suggests that oases...
05:05 am - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Choice of Linux Laptops For Elementary School?
An anonymous reader writes "I work in the tech department of an elementary school and I am trying to show the tech director the world of Linux. I will be installing edubuntu but I am not sure which la...
04:05 am - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Chords To 1300 Songs Analyzed Statistically For Patterns
First time accepted submitter hooktheory writes "We looked at the statistics gathered from 1300 choruses, verses, etc. of popular songs to discover the answer to a few basic questions about pop music....
03:05 am - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Inside Facebook Data Mining Research Group
holy_calamity writes "Technology Review has an in depth profile of the team at Facebook tasked with figuring out what can be learned from all our data. The Data Science Team mine that information trov...
01:05 am - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot Employees Admit They'd Walk Out With Stolen Data If Fired
Gunkerty Jeb writes "In a recent survey of IT managers and executives, nearly half of respondents admitted that if they were fired tomorrow they would walk out with proprietary data such as privileged...
12:05 am - Thu, June 14, 2012
Slashdot The History of the CompSci Degree
Esther Schindler writes "Young whippersnappers might imagine that Computer Science degrees — and the term "computer science" — have been around forever. But they were invented, after all, ...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot MIT Creates Glucose Fuel Cell To Power Implanted Brain-Computer Interfaces
MrSeb writes "Neuroengineers at MIT have created an implantable fuel cell that generates electricity from the glucose present in the cerebrospinal fluid that flows around your brain and spinal cord. T...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Blocking Gun Laws With Patents
New submitter robkeeney writes "Legislators in several states are working on laws that would require certain gun manufacturers to implement 'microstamping' to help law enforcement solve gun crimes. 'L...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Skype To Feature Giant Ads
benfrog writes "Skype will be introducing a new 'feature' into calls for users don't have subscriptions or credit. Giant ads. They are actually calling them 'Conversation ads' because they hope the ad...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Verizon Wireless Goes Ahead With 'Bucket' Data Plans
CanHasDIY writes "Previously, it was reported that Verizon was considering eliminating their current data plan scheme, as well as the grandfathered unlimited plans, in favor of a new 'bucket' plan in ...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Comcast Refusing To Comply With Piracy Subpoenas
New submitter nbacon writes with news that Comcast, apparently tired of the endless BitTorrent-related piracy lawsuits, has stopped complying with subpoena requests, much to the chagrin of rightsholde...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?
solune writes "You can get a tablet these days for a few hundred dollars, and laptops for a few hundred more. Gaming consoles, TVs, and smartphones are all available for under a thousand bucks. Yet, a...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot AMD and ARM Team Up
Vigile writes "Today AMD is making an announcement that is the first step in a drastic transition for the company by integrating an ARM Cortex A5 processor on the same die with upcoming Fusion APUs. S...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot VMware's Serengeti Brings Hadoop To Virtual, Cloud Environments
Nerval's Lobster writes "VMware's Serengeti is a new open-source project for deploying Apache Hadoop in virtual and cloud environments. Serengeti 0.5 is available as a free download under the Apache 2...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Why Groundwater Use May Not Explain Half of Sea-Level Rise
New submitter Sir Realist writes "A recent Slashdot scoop pointed us at a scientific study that claimed 42% of global sea-level rises could be due to groundwater use. It was a good story. But as is of...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot OpenBSD Fork Bitrig Announced
With the goal of bringing more experimental development to the OpenBSDcode base, a few developers have announced a fork namedBitrig. According to their FAQ, Bitrig aims to build a small systemtargetin...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot US Defense Contractors and Universities Targeted In Cyberattacks
Trailrunner7 writes, quoting Threatpost: "Researchers have identified an ongoing series of attacks, possibly emanating from China, that are targeting a number of high-profile organizations, including ...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Drug Company Disguised Advertising As Science
ananyo writes "A former pharmaceutical company employee has blown the whistle on drug promotion disguised as science. Drug companies occasionally conduct post-marketing studies to collect data on the ...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot The "Defensive Patent License" an Open Defensive Patent Pool
capedgirardeau writes "Via Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing:: 'Ars Technica's Jon Brodkin has an in-depth look at the "Defensive Patent License," a kind of judo for the patent system created by ... EFF's J...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Analyzing the New MacBook Pro
MrSeb writes "Late yesterday, Apple released a next-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. It has a 2880×1800 220 PPI display. The normal 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros and MacBook Air...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot U.S. Govt. Appears To Have Nabbed Kurupt.su Carding Kingpin
tsu doh nimh writes "The Justice Department on Monday announced the arrest of a Dutch man wanted for coordinating the theft of roughly 44,000 credit card numbers. The government hasn't released many d...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Awarded the Millenial Technology Prize
Karrde712 writes "In a first for the Millenial Technology Prize, both Laureates were awarded the prize. Linus Torvalds was recognized for the creation of the Linux kernel and its continuing impact on ...
02:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Windows RT Will Cost OEMs Over Twice As Much as Windows 7
MrSeb writes with this excerpt from Extreme Tech: "Good news: Last month's unbelievable rumors that a Windows RT (Windows 8 ARM) licenses would cost OEMs $90-100 were off the mark — in actual fa...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot ICANN Reveals New TLD Application List
Eighteen months after first announcing expansion of the TLD space, ICANN has published the list of new gTLDs that have been applied for. A cursory glance reveals that.app was pretty popular with 13 ap...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Apple Yanks Toddler's Speech-Enabling App
theodp writes "TIME reports that four-year-old Maya Nieder's speech-enabling 'Speak for Yourself' app was yanked from the App Store by Apple due to an unresolved patent dispute at the behest of Prentk...
10:05 am - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot US Gov't Wants Megaupload Users To Pay For Their Data
angry tapir writes "U.S. federal prosecutors are fine with Megaupload users recovering their data — as long as they pay for it. The government's position was explained in a court filing on Frida...
07:05 am - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot A Digital Citizen's Bill of Rights
New submitter matt.a.f writes "Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has published a first-draft Internet Bill of Rights, and it's open for feedback. He wrote, 'While I do not have all the answers, the remarkable ...
05:05 am - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot With Euro Zone Problems, Bitcoin Experiencing Boost In Legitimacy
derekmead writes "Despite being used for drugs and beef jerky, Bitcoin is finding legitimate purposes. Bitcoin's decentralized convenience means international efficiency, in areas where local restrict...
04:05 am - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Journal Offers Flat Fee For 'All You Can Publish'
ananyo writes "In what publishing experts say is a radical experiment, a new open-access venture is asking its authors for only a one-off fee to secure a lifetime membership that will allow them to pu...
03:05 am - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?
alexbgreat writes "What do you think is the best set of head-mounted loudspeakers for the money, with a cost of less than $50? Here are some featuresthat would be stupendous to have (in descending ord...
01:05 am - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot How Technology Promotes World Peace
Hugh Pickens writes "Ayesha & Parag Khanna write in the Atlantic that there are many important differences between the U.S.-China relationship of today and the U.S.-Soviet relationship before the ...
12:05 am - Wed, June 13, 2012
Slashdot Why Smart People Are Stupid
nicholast writes "There's a good piece by Jonah Lehrer at the New Yorker about why smart people are often more likely to make cognitive errors than stupid people. The article examines research about t...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot HSA Foundation Formed By AMD, ARM, Ti, Imagination, and MediaTek
New submitter Phopojijo writes "To wrap up his 'Programmers Guide to a Universe of Possibility' keynote during the 2012 AMD Fusion Developer Summit, Phil Rogers of AMD announced the establishment of t...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Pro-ACTA Site Says 'Get the Facts'
Glyn Moody writes "We hear a lot about politicians and countries rejecting ACTA, but not so much from the treaty's supporters. Here's a new site, called 'ACTA Facts,' which invites Europeans to 'get t...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot iOS Tops Android For Number of New App Projects From Developers
Analytics firm Flurry recently posted a report comparing the new projects being undertaken by developers for mobile apps on Android and iOS. According to their data, significantly more projects are st...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Police Using YouTube To Tell Their Own Stories
stevegee58 writes "Posting videos to YouTube allegedly showing police misconduct has become commonplace these days. Now police themselves are posting their own videos to refute misconduct claims. 'Aft...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Diablo 3 Banhammer Dropped Just Before RMAH Goes Live
eldavojohn writes "One thing Diablo 3 has that many other games do not is a 'Real Money Auction House' (RMAH), which went live today for players with two factor authentication. Of course, mere hours b...
09:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot TSMC To Spend $10B Building Factory for 450mm Wafers
An anonymous reader writes "With demand for processors growing and costs rising, using larger wafers for manufacturing is highly desirable, but a very expensive transition to make. TSMC just announced...
09:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Thunderbolt On Windows: Hardware and Performance Explored
MojoKid writes "Intel's Light Peak technology eventually matured into what now is known in the market as Thunderbolt, which debuted initially as an Apple I/O exclusive last year. Light Peak was being ...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Spokeo Fined $800K By FTC For Marketing Its Services To Employers
nonprofiteer writes "Spokeo was one of the first public-facing person-profiling companies to attract the ire of those profiled. Taglined 'not your grandmother's phonebook,' it offers up profiles pulle...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot NASA Rover May Contaminate Its Samples of Mars
sciencehabit writes "The Curiosity rover will definitely find evidence of an advanced civilization if it lands safely on Mars. That's because rock samples the rover drills are likely to be contaminate...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Google Blockly — a Language With a Difference
mikejuk writes "There are aspects of Google that increasingly don't make sense. First they dump App Inventor — a graphical language for Android apps — in a fit of spring cleaning and closu...
06:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot 'Inventor of Email' Gets Support of Noam Chomsky
Ian Lamont writes "Shiva Ayyadurai, who famously claims to have invented email as a teenager in the 1970s, is back. A statement attributed to Noam Chomsky offers support for Ayyadurai's claim while at...
06:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Hungarian Sequencing Company Vets DNA For 'Gypsy Or Jew' Genes
ananyo writes "Hungary's Medical Research Council (ETT), which advises the government on health policy, has asked public prosecutors to investigate a genetic-diagnostic company that certified that a m...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Gamer Keeps Civilization II Game Going for 10 Years
Have you ever wondered what a game of Civilization 2 would look like after running for 10 years? According to one gamer it's a "hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation." "Lycerius" says that he...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot NewEgg: Installing Linux Breaks Laptop
Rick Zeman writes "According to the normally geek-friendly online store Newegg , installing Linux Mint is tantamount to breaking your new Lenovo laptop. Is it the purchaser's fault for not restoring t...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot The Space Command Team Answers Your Questions
Last week you got a chance to ask the team behind Space Command about their project and all things sci-fi. Marc Zicree, Doug Drexler, David Raiklen, and Neil Johnson were nice enough to put down the b...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot House of Commons Could Force Social Networks To Identify Trolls
concertina226 writes with this news snipped from Techworld UK: "Websites such as Facebook and Twitter could be forced to unmask so-called internet trolls, under new government proposals in the Defamat...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Famous 'Uncanny Valley' Essay Translated, Published In Full
An anonymous reader writes "IEEE has published an English translation of the 1970 essay in which Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori introduced the now-famous concept of the Uncanny Valley. The original...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Search Tracking Purports To Show Effect of Racism On '08 Election
Hugh Pickens writes "Garance Franke-Ruta writes about a new study of racially charged search terms on Google that aims to predict the effects of the Bradley effect, a theory proposed to explain observ...
02:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot FunnyJunk v. the Oatmeal: Copyright Infringement Complaints As Defamation
An anonymous reader writes "Funny as it might sound, FunnyJunk's threat of litigation against The Oatmeal raises a very important issue: the extent to which artists can complain in public about percei...
02:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Stroke Risk Spikes In Healthy Adults Who Don't Get Enough Sleep
hessian writes "Attention, busy middle-aged folks. You may be healthy and thin, but if you habitually sleep less than six hours a night, you still could be boosting your risk of a stroke. That's the s...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Russian Programmers Dominate At Google Code Jam
New submitter Migala77 writes "Now that the third round for Google Code Jam is finished and only 25 contestants are left, we can look at which nationalities performed well and which didn't. Code Jam c...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot 2013 H-1B Visa Supply Nearly Exhausted
CowboyRobot writes with news on the FY2013 allocation of H-1B visas. From the article: "As of June 1, the government had issued 55,600 standard H-1B visas out of the annual allotment of 65,000, accord...
10:05 am - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot ICANN Draws Ire Over Batching For Dot.word Domains
angry tapir writes "ICANN has been subjected to more criticism over the process of creating new 'dot.word' generic top-level domains. Registry services companies have criticised ICANN for processing t...
08:05 am - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot DNA Modifications Change As We Age
sciencehabit writes "As we age, the core of our biological being — the sequence of our DNA, which makes up our genes — remains the same. Yet recent research suggests that more subtle chemi...
05:05 am - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot European ISPs Ask ITU To Limit Net Neutrality
judgecorp writes "The UN telecoms body, the ITU is busy writing new regulations for international telecoms — and European service providers, through their body ETNO have urged ITU to enshrine a ...
03:05 am - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot FBI Hunt For Child Porn Thwarted By Tor
v3rgEz writes "Documents released by the FBI provide an unusual inside look at how the agency is struggling to penetrate 'darknet' Onion sites routed through Tor, the online privacy tool funded in par...
02:05 am - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Patent Granted on Mandatory Digital Keys to Prevent Textbook Piracy
First time accepted submitter discussM tipped us to a story about a recently granted patent in which "a system and method preventing unauthorized access to copyrighted academic texts is provided in wh...
12:05 am - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot Meebo Discontinuing All Services Except for Meebo Bar
An anonymous reader writes with news of Meebo's fate, a mere six days after being acquired by Google. From the article: "Meebo, which began in 2005 as a browser based instant messaging program, will n...
12:05 am - Tue, June 12, 2012
Slashdot New Curiosity Rover Landing Target May Save Months Travel to Prime Destination
coondoggie writes with an update on the Mars Science Laboratory. From the article: "Even as it hurtles towards an August 5 rendezvous with the red planet, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is being...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot US Senators Concerned With Surveillance Bill "Loophole"
zer0point writes "The law lets U.S. agencies monitor the communications of foreigners outside the U.S. But two senators are questioning whether a loophole allows the storage and search of messages fro...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Google and Facebook Top Biggest Web Tracker List
itwbennett writes "A new report from Evidon, whose browser plug in Ghostery tracks Web trackers, makes it plain that 'if you want to worry about somebody tracking you across the Web, worry about Googl...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Honoring Alan Turing, "Father of Computer Science"
alphadogg writes "Google's Vint Cerf and others are spearheading celebrations in Silicon Valley and the UK this month to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth. 'The man challenged eve...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot NuStar Observatory To Launch On Wednesday
First time accepted submitter TWToxicity writes " NuSTAR is to be launched from a Pegasus XL rocket carried by an Orbital Science Corp. L-1011 "Stargazer" plane. It will orbit at 550 km above Earth's ...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Committee Lowers Nobel Prize Award
Snirt writes "The Nobel Committee has chosen to lower this year's Nobel prize winnings by two million kronor ($283,030) due to turbulence in the current economic climate.The prize now stands at 8 mill...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Adopt the Cloud, Kill Your IT Career
snydeq writes "IT professionals jumping into the cloud with both feet beware: It's irresponsible to think that just because you push a problem outside your office, it ceases to be your problem. 't's n...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Apple News From WWDC and iPhone 5 Rumors
First time accepted submitter zer0point writes "Apple has just announced the next-generation Macbook Pro with a retina display. Starting today you can also order a MacBook Pro upgraded with Ivy Bridge...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Why Your IT Department Needs To Staff a Hacker
First time accepted submitter anaphora writes "In this TED Talk, Rory Sutherland discusses the need for every company to have a staff member with the power to do big things but no budget to spend: the...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Company Creates a Self-Making Bed
MarkWhittington writes "A Spanish company has created a bed that will make itself. Ordinarily I am excited about just about any technological advance, but this one leaves me wondering what it's good f...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot MariaDB and MySQL Authentication Bypass Exploit
JohnBert writes "A security bug in MariaDB and MySQL has been revealed, allowing a known username and password to access the master user table of a MySQL server and dump it into a locally-stored file....
05:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot The Billions In Mobile Ad Money Nobody Can Grab
jfruh writes "Here's a pressing mystery: despite users spending an increasing amount on their mobile phones, mobiile advertising only produces 20% of the revenues per page that web advertising does. T...
05:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Invasive Species Ride Tsunami Debris To US Shore
An anonymous reader writes "When a floating dock the size of a boxcar washed up on a sandy beach in Oregon, beachcombers got excited because it was the largest piece of debris from last year's tsunami...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Say Flame and Stuxnet Share Common Authors
Trailrunner7 writes "Researchers digging through the code of the recently discovered Flame worm say they have come across a wealth of evidence that suggests Flame and the now-famous Stuxnet worm share...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?
First time accepted submitter mike_toscano writes "At least some of us have recently seen Linus' most recent comments on his experience with Gnome 3 — he didn't have many nice things to say abou...
03:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Lessons Learned From Cracking 2M LinkedIn Passwords
An anonymous reader writes "Qualys researcher Francois Pesce used open source password cracker John the Ripper to try to crack SHA-1 hashes of leaked LinkedIn passwords. He ran the John the Ripper def...
02:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Raunchy Dance Routine a PR Nightmare For Microsoft
theodp writes "GeekWire reports on the techno-dance routine that preceded Microsoft's Windows Azure presentation at the Norwegian Developers Conference this week, which featured a group of women jumpi...
02:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Emacs 24.1 Released
First time accepted submitter JOrgePeixoto writes "Emacs 24.1 has been released. New features include a new packaging system and interface (M-x list-packages), support for displaying and editing bidir...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Splashtop Drops Windows 8 Metro Testbed Onto Android
MojoKid writes "Want to try out the Windows 8 Metro interface on your Android tablet? Splashtop apparently has a solution. The company previously released a Windows 8 Metro testbed for the iPad back i...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot No Tech Panacea For Tech-Distracted Driving
The Washington Post features an article on the continuing problem of drivers distracted by technology, specifically by texting or even talking on the phone while at the wheel. The piece mentions a few...
10:05 am - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Universal Android Laptop Dock: Microsoft Nightmare, Or Toy?
ozmanjusri writes with this story from PC World: "A company that makes keyboard docks has announced a laptop-like peripheral that uses smartphones for processing and storage.Since many Android and App...
07:05 am - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Ambitious Yet Ethical Software Jobs?
First time accepted submitter hwaccaly writes "I'm a mid-career developer with a fair amount of experience working on data-intensive, mathematically ambitious software projects for fun — things ...
04:05 am - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot Publicly Funded GMO Research Facing Destruction In Italy
ChromeAeonium writes "Shortly after the events in Rothamsted Research in the UK, where a publicly funded trial of wheat genetically engineered to repel aphids was threatened by activists with destruct...
01:05 am - Mon, June 11, 2012
Slashdot European Scientists Make a Case For a Return To the Moon
MarkWhittington writes "While the official target of NASA's space exploration program remains exploring Earth approaching asteroids, the case for a return to the moon has been made from a variety of q...
11:05 pm - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot Earth's Own Mars, the Atacama Desert Yields Amazing Extremophile Microbes
A University of Colorado-Boulder team has uncovered extremophile microbes in the rocky, high-altitude Atacama desert on the Chile-Argentina border "which seem to have a different way of converting ene...
10:05 pm - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot Patent Troll Sues Google, AOL Over Search 'Snippets' and Ad Serving Tech
First time accepted submitter WindyWonka writes "Google and AOL were sued for patent infringement Thursday, accused of violating two former British Telecom patents via Google's search 'snippets' and b...
09:05 pm - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot MorphOS 3.0 Released: Refusing To Let the PPC Desktop OS Die Gracefully
An anonymous reader writes "Version 3.0 of MorphOS has been released. It's the independent PPC OS designed for outdated Apple systems like G4 PowerBooks (5,6; 5,7; 5,8; or 5,9) and eMacs (1.25 GHz/1.4...
08:05 pm - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot Kinect: You Are the Controlled
theodp writes "GeekWire reports on a newly-surfaced Microsoft patent application for 'Targeting Advertisements Based on Emotion', which describes how information gleaned from Kinects, webcams, online ...
07:05 pm - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Training To Rekindle a Long Tech Career?
New submitter SouthSeaDragon writes "I'm a computer professional who has performed most of the functions that could be expected over a 39 year career, including hardware maintenance and repair, sittin...
06:05 pm - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot Neal Stephenson Reinventing Computer Swordfighting, Via Kickstarter
New submitter toxygen01 writes "Neal Stephenson, sci-fi writer mostly known for his books Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon, takes on revolutionizing virtual sword fighting with help of crowdfunding. Inspir...
05:05 pm - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland
jones_supa writes with this news, straight from The Irish Times: "Rovio, the Finnish company behind Angry Birds, is considering moving its headquarters to Ireland, chief executive Mikael Hed has said....
04:05 pm - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot Linaro Tweaks Speed Up Android, By Up To 100 Percent
Argon writes with an excerpt from Liliputing of interest to Android users: "'The folks behind the Linaro open source software project have put a little time into tweaking Google Android to use the gcc...
03:05 pm - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot X11 7.7 Released, Brings Multi-Touch Input
First time accepted submitter Jizzbug writes "The X Window System made release X11 7.7 last night (June 9th): 'This release incorporates both new features and stability and correctness fixes, includin...
02:05 pm - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Advice On Child-Friendly Microscopes?
OceanMan7 writes "My 7-year-old son is getting very interested in microscopic things — from bacteria to parameciums (paramecia?) Not being a biologist, I would appreciate advice on what type of ...
02:05 pm - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot RMS Robbed of Passport and Other Belongings In Argentina
New submitter Progman3K writes "Richard Stallman, father of the FSF, had his bag containing his laptop, medicine, money and passport stolen after his talk at the University of Buenos Aires on Friday, ...
01:05 pm - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot History Will Revere Bill Gates and Forget Steve Jobs, Says Author
Hugh Pickens writes "PC Magazine reports that journalist Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and Outliers, has stirred up quite a controversy in tech circles with his off-the-cuff remarks th...
10:05 am - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot Audacious Visions For Future Spaceflight
New submitter nagalman writes "There is a very powerful video out that takes the audio of words from Neil deGrasse Tyson, receiver of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, and meshes it with po...
07:05 am - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot Evaluating the Harmful Effects of Closed Source Software
New submitter Drinking Bleach writes "Eric Raymond, coiner of the term 'open source' and co-founder of the Open Source Initiative, writes in detail about how to evaluate the effects of running any par...
04:05 am - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot Researcher: Interdependencies Could Lead To Cloud 'Meltdowns'
alphadogg writes "As the use of cloud computing becomes more and more mainstream, serious operational 'meltdowns' could arise as end-users and vendors mix, match and bundle services for various means,...
01:05 am - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Comparing the Value of Skilled Admins vs. Contributing Supervisors
HappyDude writes "I've been asked to manage a department in our IT group. It's comprised of UNIX, VMWare, Citrix, EMC and HP SAN Admins, Technicians and Help Desk personnel. The group covers the spect...
12:05 am - Sun, June 10, 2012
Slashdot China Plans Manned Space Mission This Month
jamstar7 writes "From an Associated Press report: 'China will launch three astronauts this month to dock with an orbiting experimental module, and the crew might include its first female space travele...
11:05 pm - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot An HTTP Status Code For Censorship?
New submitter Tryfen writes "UK ISPs are being forced to block The Pirate Bay. One is using 'HTTP 403 Forbidden' to tell users that they cannot access the site. From the article: 'However, chief among...
09:05 pm - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot JEDEC Fiddles With DDR4 While LRDIMM Burns
An anonymous reader writes "JEDEC hasn't finalized the upcoming DDR4 standard yet, but it seems they left out licensing some crucial IP for (the already finalized and shipping) LRDIMMs (for use on dat...
08:05 pm - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot Which Fading Smartphone Company Is More Valuable To Microsoft, RIM Or Nokia?
colinneagle writes "Nokia and RIM, the two former leaders in the early smartphone market, are now basically at the end stage of their downward spirals. This is an opportunity for Microsoft, which want...
07:05 pm - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot After Modifications, Google Street View Approved For Switzerland
An anonymous reader writes "Since Google began collecting Street View data in Europe a few years ago, many countries have taken it the company to court in order to settle privacy concerns. The NY Time...
06:05 pm - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot The Venus Transit and Hunting For Alien Worlds
astroengine writes "Forget simply detecting a slight 'dip' in brightness as an exoplanet transits in front of its star; soon we'll be able to image the event. What's more, by doing this we'll see that...
05:05 pm - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot Drones, Computer Viruses and Blowback
Hugh Pickens writes "Michael Crowley writes that using drones rather than soldiers to kill bad guys is appealing for many reasons, including cost, relative precision and reduction of risk to American ...
04:05 pm - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot Materials From Tough-as-Nails Crustacean Could Inspire Better Body Armor
carmendrahl writes "The peacock mantis shrimp, a crustacean which is neither a mantis nor a shrimp, has hammer-like clubs for smashing the shells of its prey. They're so strong that regular glass aqua...
03:05 pm - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot Netflix and Google Make Land Grab On Edge of Internet
An anonymous reader writes "In an end-run around slow Internet backbone providers, Netflix and Google (plus a dozen more large content giants) are in a bitter fight to deploy servers and dominate the ...
02:05 pm - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot X-ray Generator Fits In the Palm of Your Hand
ananyo writes "Scientists have reported the first tabletop source of ultra-short, laser-like pulses of low energy, or 'soft,' X-rays. The light, capable of probing the structure and dynamics of molecu...
01:05 pm - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot Why Visual Basic 6 Still Thrives
theodp writes "Microsoft recently extended 'It Just Works' compatibility for Visual Basic 6 applications through the full lifetime of Windows 8, so VB6 apps will have at least 24 years of supported li...
12:05 pm - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot Subject To a "Stop and Frisk"? There's an App For That
lightbox32 writes "The New York Civil Liberties Union released a free smartphone application on Wednesday that allows people to record videos of and report police 'stop and frisk' activity, a practice...
12:05 pm - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot IPMI: Hack a Server That Is Turned Off
UnderAttack writes "A common joke in infosec is that you can't hack a server that is turned off. You better make sure that the power cord is unplugged, too. Otherwise, you may be exposed via IPMI, a c...
09:05 am - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot New Modeling Algorithms Bring More Detail to Google Earth's 3-D World
An anonymous reader writes "Google Earth has featured (some) textured 3D buildings and 3D terrain since 2006. New image-based modeling algorithms that process 45-degree Aerial Images automatically, ho...
07:05 am - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot OpenRelief Project Launches Disaster Drone Project at LinuxCon Japan
An anonymous reader writes "We'll never forget last year's LinuxCon Japan conference, which took place shortly after the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in March. As the country still reeled...
04:05 am - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot Where Are All the High-Resolution Desktop Displays?
MrSeb writes "Ever since the release of the iPhone 4 with its 326 pixels-per-inch (PPI) Retina display, people have wondered about the lack of high-PPI desktop displays. The fact is, high-resolution d...
01:05 am - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot Intel To Launch TV Service With Facial Recognition By End of the Year
MojoKid writes "Despite television being a rather tough nut to crack, Intel is apparently hoping that its upcoming set-top box and subscription service will be its golden ticket to delivering more Int...
12:05 am - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot In Australia, Apple Fined $2.5 Million For '4G' Advertising Claims
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes "Apple has agreed to pay a $2.25 million (AUD) fine (along with 300k legal costs) to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission for misleading advertising. Apple mis...
12:05 am - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot NPR's "Car Talk" Glides To a Halt
stevegee58 writes "After 25 years on the air, Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack, The Tappet Brothers) are calling it quits in September. With their nerdy humor, explosive laughter and geek cr...
12:05 am - Sat, June 9, 2012
Slashdot Judge Posner To Apple & Motorola: Go Home
reebmmm writes "Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, voluntarily sitting as a district court judge, in the patent infringement dispute between Apple and Motorola has, tentatively, di...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Why Young Males Are No Longer the Most Important Tech Demographic
An anonymous reader writes "The Atlantic has an article discussing how 18- to 35-year-old males are losing their place as the most important demographic for tech adoption. 'Let me break out the catego...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot How the Moon Affects LHC Operations
New submitter NervousWreck writes "Physicists report that tidal conditions are affecting the hardware at the LHC. 'This effect has been known since the LEP days, the Large Electron Positron collider, ...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Getting a Tech Job With Skills But No Formal Degree?
fmatthew5876 writes "I have a friend who graduated with a degree in philosophy and sociology. He has been spending a lot of his spare time for the last couple years learning system administration and ...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Apple To Unveil iOS 6 At WWDC 2012
redletterdave writes "At next week's WWDC 2012 in San Francisco, Apple is expected to unveil new laptops, desktops, accessories, and software features for its Mac OS X platform. But on Friday afternoo...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Game of Thrones The Most Pirated TV Show of the Season
TheGift73 sends this excerpt from TorrentFreak:"With nearly 4 million downloads per episode, the HBO hit series Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV-show of the season. Worldwide hype combined with ...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Relents On Metro-Only Visual Studio Express
snydeq writes "After hearing objections from developers, Microsoft will offer a version of its Visual Studio Express 2012 package for desktop application development after all. The company had previou...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Adobe Releases Sandboxed Flash Player For Firefox
Trailrunner7 writes "Adobe has released a new version of their Flash player that now gives Firefox users the additional security of a sandbox and also includes a background update mechanism for Mac us...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot MIT's Self-Assembling 3D Nanostructures — the Future of Computer Chips?
MrSeb writes "MIT has devised a way of creating complex, self-assembling 3D nanostructures of wires and junctions. While self-assembling structures have been made from polymers before, this is the fir...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot The Next Arms Race: Cyberweapons
Harperdog writes "Scott Kemp writes about the similarities between the nuclear arms race and the use of cyberweaponry for offensive purposes. As the article points out, offensive cyberwarfare leaves a...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Sprint Moves To Eliminate 'Blood Minerals' From Cell Phones
Velcroman1 writes "So-called 'blood diamonds' or conflict diamonds are the well-publicized face of the decades-long human rights challenge in Africa. But the mining and sale of a lesser-known but more...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Apple Granted Broad Patent On Wedge-Shaped Laptops
Nick Fel writes "Apple has been granted a broad patent (PDF) on the wedge-shaped design of the MacBook Air. The design has been copied by most ultrabooks, and their manufacturers are likely starting t...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot LinkedIn Password Leak: Salt Their Hide
CowboyRobot writes "Following yesterday's post about Poul-Henning Kamp no longer supporting md5crypt, the author has a new column at the ACM where he details all the ways that LinkedIn failed, specifi...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Odd Laptop-Tablet Hybrids Show PC Makers' Panic
jfruh writes "Taipei's Computex trade show has seen an array of strange devices on sale that are somewhere between PCs and tablets: laptops with screens you can twist in every direction, tablets with ...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Will IBM's Watson Kill Your Career?
Nerval's Lobster writes "IBM's Watson made major headlines last year when it trounced its human rivals on Jeopardy. But Watson isn't just sitting around spinning trivia questions to stump the champs: ...
04:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Launches App Center With Over 600 Apps
Mattygfunk1 writes "Facebook is following the leader and launching its own app store. The move is intended to encourage longer browsing sessions from users and attract attention from software develope...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Canadian IP Lobby Calls For ACTA, SOPA & Warrantless Search
An anonymous reader writes "The Canadian intellectual property's lead lobby group, the Canadian IP Council (which represent the music, movie, software and pharma industries) released a new policy docu...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot California City May Tax Sugary Drinks Like Cigarettes
Hugh Pickens writes "Voters in Richmond, California are set to decide in November whether to make the Bay Area city the nation's first municipality to tax soda and other sugary beverages to help fight...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot CERN: Neutrinos Respect Cosmic Speed Limit
An anonymous reader writes with news of a presentation from CERN Research Director Sergio Bertolucci about follow-up experiments trying to repeat the faster-than-light neutrino results from last year....
01:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot UN To Debate Taxing Internet Data
Wowsers writes "In an effort to get ever more taxes for doing absolutely nothing, the United Nations will consider a European proposal to tax the internet based on data that gets sent. The proposal is...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot How Many Seconds Would It Take To Crack Your Password?
DillyTonto writes "Want to know how strong your password is? Count the number of characters and the type and calculate it yourself. Steve Gibson's Interactive Brute Force Password Search Space Calcula...
12:05 pm - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Best To Teach Programming To Salespeople?
First time accepted submitter greglaw writes "Our company makes development tools, meaning that all our customers are programmers. If you'll forgive the sweeping generalization, on the whole good prog...
10:05 am - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Sues Aussie Patent Office In Apple Suit, Apple Sues Back
schliz writes "Samsung has sued the Australian patent commissioner — and by extension the Australian Government — in an attempt to force a review of patents key to its global battle with s...
08:05 am - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot London Tube Stations Finally Get Wi-Fi
judgecorp writes "After trials, Wi-Fi in the London Underground has gone live in two stations (Warren Street and King's Cross) , with plans to fit 80 stations out before the Olympics, which are now on...
06:05 am - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Linux For Navy Drone Ground Stations
garymortimer writes "Raytheon will help the U.S. Navy transition to using Linux software at ground control stations for unmanned air vehicles, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. The company's...
05:05 am - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashshot: How Best To Teach Programming To Salespeople?
First time accepted submitter greglaw writes "Our company makes development tools, meaning that all our customers are programmers. If you'll forgive the sweeping generalization, on the whole good prog...
03:05 am - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Flame Malware Authors Hit Self-Destruct
angry tapir writes "The creators of the Flame cyber-espionage threat ordered infected computers still under their control to download and execute a component designed to remove all traces of the malwa...
01:05 am - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Earth Approaching Tipping Point Say Scientists
Hugh Pickens writes "The UC Berkeley News Center reports that a prestigious group of 22 internationally known scientists from around the world is warning that population growth, widespread destruction...
12:05 am - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Trained Rats Map Minefields With GPS
An anonymous reader writes "Believe it or not, but the Department of Defense is paying psychologists to train rats to find mines and circle around them. By attaching little GPS backpacks and supplying...
12:05 am - Fri, June 8, 2012
Slashdot Could Insurance Coverage Hobble Commercial Space Flights?
coondoggie writes "Should the government continue to share the monetary risk of a catastrophic spacecraft accident even as the United States depends ever-more on commercial space technology? The quest...
11:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot OpenLogic Backs Linux On Windows Azure With SLA
MikeatWired writes "OpenLogic announced on Thursday that it will provide CentOS Linux — and service-level agreement (SLA) support — through Microsoft's new Windows Azure gallery. Yesterday...
10:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Huge Phytoplankton Bloom Found Under Arctic Ice
ananyo writes "Researchers have been shocked to find a record-breaking phytoplankton bloom hidden under Arctic ice. The finding is a big surprise — few scientists thought blooms of this size cou...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot The Art of Elections Forecasting
ideonexus writes "Years ago Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com, a blog seeking to educate the public about elections forecasting, established his model as one of the most accurate in existence, rising...
09:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Teaching Chemistry To Home-Schooled Kids?
First time accepted submitter mikewilsonuk writes "I have a 10-year-old grandson who has shown an interest in chemistry. He is home educated and doesn't read as well as schooled kids of his age. He ha...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot LinuxQuestions Interviews Slackware Founder Patrick Volkerding
An anonymous reader writes "In this in-depth interview with LinuxQuestions.org, Patrick Volkerding discusses how he got involved with Linux and Open Source, the succession plan for Slackware, the Slac...
08:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Best Buy Chairman and Founder Resigns Ahead of Schedule
lightbox32 writes with the news as carried by MSNBC that "Best Buy's chairman and founder Richard Schulze has announced his resignation from the board of directors Thursday a year ahead of the planned...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Is OpenStack the New Linux?
snydeq writes "As the self-proclaimed 'cloud OS for the datacenter,' OpenStack is fast becoming one of the more intriguing movements in open source — complete with lofty ambitions, community in-...
07:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot After Launch Day: Taking Stock of IPv6 Adoption
darthcamaro writes "So how did World IPv6 Launch go? Surprisingly well, according to a participants at the event. Google said that it has seen a 150% growth in IPv6 traffic, Facebook now has 27 millio...
06:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Intel Builds On Top of Android, But Hedges On Open-Sourcing Improvements
Barence writes with this news as carried by PC Pro: "Intel claims it is making significant improvements to the multicore performance of Android — but isn't sure if it's willing to share them wit...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot AMDATI Video Drivers: Unsafe At Any Speed
An anonymous reader writes "CERT/CC has called out AMD for having insecure video drivers. AMD/ATI video drivers are incompatible with system-wide ASLR. 'Always On' DEP combined with 'Always On' ASLR a...
05:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Cognitive Software Identifies America's Brainiest Cities
Hugh Pickens writes "We are often told that the smartest cities and nations do the best and economists typically measure smart cities by education level, calculating the cities or metros with the larg...
04:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot MD5crypt Password Scrambler Is No Longer Considered Safe
As reported here recently, millions of LinkedIn password hashes have been leaked online. An anonymous reader writes "Now, Poul-Henning Kamp a developer known for work on various projects and the autho...
04:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Germany Readying Offensive Cyberwarfare Unit, Parliament Told
concertina226 writes to note that it's not just the U.S. that's increasingly open about using malware as an offensive tool of state security: From the TechWorld story: "According to German reports, th...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Ignores Usability With All-Caps Menu in Visual Studio
mikejuk writes "The recent release of Visual Studio 2012 contained a UI element that few believed could make it into the final version — ALL-CAPS menus. After lots of user criticism and disbelie...
03:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Could Cops Use Google As Pre-Cogs?
theodp writes "Remember the Pre-Cogs in Minority Report? Slate's Will Oremus does, and wonders if Google could similarly help the police apprehend criminals based on foreknowledge collected from searc...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Enterprise-Grade Linux Networking Hardware?
An anonymous reader writes "In spite of Linux's great networking capabilities, there seems to be a shortage of suitable hardware for building an enterprise-grade networking platform. I've had success ...
02:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Why Do Programming Languages Succeed Or Fail?
magicmat writes "UC Berkeley EECS graduate researchers Leo Meyerovich and Ari Rabkin have compiled an interesting data set on the sociological aspects of programming language usage and adoption. 'Soci...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot CryptoCat Developer Questioned At US-Canadian Border
Dangerous_Minds writes "ZeroPaid is documenting some comments made by an encrypted chat developer who was interrogated at the U.S. border recently. According to the CryptoCat developer, border guards ...
01:05 pm - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Oracle's Ellison Vows "Most Comprehensive Cloud On Earth"
CWmike writes "Oracle CEO Larry Ellison declared the company is ready to offer 'the most comprehensive cloud on the planet Earth,' during a webcast event on Wednesday. 'It's been a long time coming,' ...
10:05 am - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot "Oil Strider" Device Mimics Water Strider Insects
LilaG writes "Who hasn't marveled at the ability of water bugs to skate along the surface of lakes and ponds? Now materials scientists in China have taken a cue from water striders and created a devic...
09:05 am - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot A Day In the Life of a "Booth Babe"
jfruh writes "Booth babes," promotional models paid to showcase products, are ubiquitous figures at tech trade shows. Ever wonder what they think of their jobs? Well, it may not surprise you to learn ...
08:05 am - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Dept. of Homeland Security To Build Better Cyber Workforce
coondoggie writes "Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today said the agency will form a cybersecurity workforce task group that will consider strategies such as expanding DHS involvement ...
05:05 am - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot EU "Clean IT" Project Considers Terrorist Content Database
schliz writes "Internet users could contribute to an official blacklist of suspected terrorist content under a budding 'Clean IT' project, backed by the European Commission. Participating governments ...
04:05 am - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot New Analysis Shows Dinosaurs Not As Heavy As Previously Believed.
Cognitive Dissident writes "Discovery.com has an article on a new study using computer modeling to estimate the actual amount of flesh needed to cover the skeletons of dinosaurs. Based on a comparison...
03:05 am - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot Online Courses and the $100 Graduate Degree
First time accepted submitter GCA10 writes "Forbes reports on the latest project of Google Fellow Sebastian Thrun (the proponent of self-driving cars.) He's moved on to education now, believing that c...
01:05 am - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot US Labor Board: It's OK To Discuss Work and Pay with Coworkers On Social Sites
itwbennett writes "Your employer won't like it, but they can't stop you from discussing working conditions and compensation with your coworkers on social media. In his most recent social media memo, N...
12:05 am - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot An Asian Origin For Human Ancestors?
InfiniteZero writes "Researchers agree that our immediate ancestors, the upright walking apes, arose in Africa. But the discovery of a new primate that lived about 37 million years ago in the ancient ...
12:05 am - Thu, June 7, 2012
Slashdot FBI Used FedEx To Sneak Dotcom's Hard Drives Out of NZ
First time accepted submitter bpkiwi writes "FBI agents, working with New Zealand police on the Megaupload case, took a copy of Kim Dotcom's hard drives and then immediately sneaked out of the police ...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft To Run Linux On Azure
snydeq writes "After years of battling Linux as a competitive threat, Microsoft is now offering Linux-based operating systems on its Windows Azure cloud service. The Linux services will go live on Azu...
11:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Long Should Devs Support Software Written For Clients?
lucky4udanny writes "My client says any software/website we develop for them should be supported with bug fixes forever, with no further compensation. We have generally supported our work for two mont...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Carmageddon: Reincarnation Linux Version Confirmed
An anonymous reader writes "Stainless Games has been fundraising for Carmageddon: Reincarnation, a modern day remake of the classic Carmageddon racing games, on Kickstarter for weeks. Stainless said t...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Sequencing the Unborn
sciencehabit writes "What if you could read much of your child's medical future while it was still in the womb? Taking a major step toward that goal, one fraught with therapeutic potential and ethical...
10:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Is Microsoft's Kinect a Gaming Failure?
MojoKid writes "E3 is well underway in Los Angeles, and Microsoft has already made a major splash with its 'SmartGlass' technology, game demos, and its announcement that a Kinect-powered version of In...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: How Google Tests Software
MassDosage writes "Having developed software for nearly fifteen years, I remember the dark days before testing was all the rage and the large number of bugs that had to be arduously found and fixed ma...
09:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Grad Student Wins Alan Alda's Flame Challenge
eldavojohn writes "Scientists have long been criticized of their inability to communicate complex ideas adequately to the rest of society. Similar to his questions on PBS' Scientific American Frontier...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Solar Impulse Completes First Intercontinental Solar Flight
An anonymous reader writes "Slashdotters may remember the Solar Impulse — the world's first 100% solar-powered airplane — from last year when it made its public debut. Today the airplane m...
08:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot John Carmack Is Building a Virtual Reality Headset
An anonymous reader writes "John Carmack, co-founder of id Software, is using his spare time to develop a modern virtual reality headset. After purchasing such a device last year, Carmack became frust...
07:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Inside the Death of Palm and WebOS
SomePgmr writes with this excerpt from an article at The Verge:"Thirty-one. That's the number of months it took Palm, Inc. to go from the darling of International CES 2009 to a mere shadow of itself, ...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot World's Largest Biometric Database
An anonymous reader writes "In the last two years, over 200 million Indian nationals have had their fingerprints and photographs taken and irises scanned, and given a unique 12-digit number that shoul...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot More Court Trouble For Oracle: Now HP Is Suing Them
New submitter another random user writes "Oracle violated its contract with Hewlett-Packard (HP) after it decided that future versions of its database software would not support a line of HP servers, ...
06:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Coffee Consumption Strongly Linked To Preventing Alzheimer's
An anonymous reader writes "Those cups of coffee that you drink every day to keep alert appear to have an extra perk — especially if you're an older adult. A recent study monitoring the memory a...
05:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Richard Feynman's FBI Files Released
v3rgEz writes "The FBI files of noted physicist, esteemed author and all-around geek Richard Feynman have been released. Feynman and the FBI had an extended encounter after the Bureau discovered he ha...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot World IPv6 Launch Day Underway
A number of readers have written in with stories related to today's permanent rollout of IPv6 by several major organizations. From the looks of it, for the 1% or so of end users with IPv6 support, eve...
04:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Ray Bradbury Has Died
dsinc was the first to note, but an anonymous reader writes "Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, the dystopian novel about the logical conclusion of many trends in modern society, and many other w...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Canada No Pirate Nation: Global Leader In Music Download Sales
An anonymous reader writes "The IFPI, the global recording industry association, recently releasedits RecordingIndustry in Numbers 2012,which provides detailed sales data from countries around the wor...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot StuxnetFlameDuqu Uses GPL Code
David Gerard writes "It seems the authors of Stuxnet/Duqu/Flame used the LZO library, which is straight-up GPL. And so, someone has asked the U.S. government to release the code under the GPL. (Other ...
03:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot LinkedIn Password Hashes Leaked Online
jones_supa writes "A user in a Russian forum is claiming to have hacked LinkedIn to the tune of almost 6.5 million account details. The user uploaded 6,458,020 SHA-1 hashed passwords, but no usernames...
02:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Committee Offers Scenarios for Japan's Energy Future
ananyo writes with a story about more concrete plans for a reduced or nuclear-free energy future for Japan. From the article: "It's official: nuclear power will have a much smaller role in Japan's ene...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Red Hat Clarifies Doubts Over UEFI Secure Boot Solution
sfcrazy writes "Red Hat's Tim Burke has clarified Fedora/Red Hat's solution to Microsoft's secure boot implementation. He attacks conspiracy theorist as — Some conspiracy theorists bristle at th...
01:05 pm - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot US Courts Approve 30,000 Secret Surveillance Orders Each Year
An anonymous reader writes "U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith estimates in a new paper (PDF) that 30,000 secret surveillance orders are approved each year in U.S. courts. 'Though such orders have ju...
11:05 am - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Google's Quickoffice Purchase Takes Aim At Windows 8
alphadogg writes "Google announced Tuesday it has acquired Quickoffice, whose software could bolster Google Apps on tablets and smartphones. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Google's second buyout...
10:05 am - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Buttons That Morph Out of Your Touchscreen
kkleiner writes "Wouldn't it be awesome if our tablets and smartphones could have buttons that morphed out of the touchscreen, and then went away again when we didn't need them? It sounds like magic, ...
08:05 am - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Samba 4 Enters Beta
rayk_sland writes "Progress is being made on the long awaited Samba 4 release. On Tuesday the Samba 4 team announced their first beta. Those of us who refuse to have a closed-source server at the core...
07:05 am - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot A 'Small Claims Court' For the Internet
angry tapir writes "It's not unusual for a freelance Web designer or developer to be burnt when a client refuses to pay up, citing one excuse or another. And what can you do about it? If a contract on...
05:05 am - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot NASA, Congress Reach Accord On Commercial Crew Program
MarkWhittington writes "NASA and Congress have reached a deal on how to proceed with the commercial crew program that provides government subsidies to pay for the development of private spacecraft. NA...
04:05 am - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Star Wars: 1313, a 'Darker, Grittier' Star Wars Game
MojoKid writes "When it comes to Star Wars, the gaming industry has a long history of cranking out titles of uncertain quality. For every brilliant title like Knights of the Old Republic, we've seen s...
03:05 am - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Netflix Launches Its Own Content Delivery Network
1sockchuck writes "Netflix has launched its own content delivery network to manage data delivery for its streaming video service. ISPs can choose to host caching appliances in their data centers, or p...
12:05 am - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot China Secretly Clones Austrian Village
Hugh Pickens writes "A scenic mountain village in Austria called Hallstatt has been copied, down to the statues, by a Chinese developer. Residents of the original Hallstatt attended Saturday's opening...
12:05 am - Wed, June 6, 2012
Slashdot Classroom Clashes Over Science Education
cheezitmike writes "In a two-part series, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science examines two hot-button topics that create clashes in the classroom between science teachers and conservat...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Startup Applies For 307 GTLDs
itwbennett writes "Startup Donuts has set its sights on being a domain-name registry. With $100 million in venture capital in its pocket, Donuts has applied for 307 of the most generic of generic top-...
11:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Google Warning Gmail Users About State-Sponsored Attacks
Trailrunner7 writes "Google, whose users have been frequent targets of suspected attacks by foreign governments, is deploying a new warning system for users who may be victims of those kinds of attack...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Fourth European Committee Rejects ACTA
Dangerous_Minds writes "Last month, ACTA was rejected by three European committees (the industry committee, the civil liberties committee, and the legal affairs committee). Now, a fourth European comm...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Do Solo Black Holes Roam the Universe?
sciencehabit writes "Two mysterious bright spots in a disheveled, distant galaxy suggest that astronomers have found the best evidence yet for a supermassive black hole being shoved out of its home. I...
10:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Reasonable Immigration Policy For Highly-Trained Workers?
davidwr writes "What are a reasonable temporary-worker or immigration-visa rules to apply to workers whose skills would quickly net them a 'top 20th percentile wages' job (about $100,000) in the Ameri...
09:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Fighting Counterfeiters With Quantum Money
the_newsbeagle writes "This article discusses a proposal to create cash that can't be counterfeited by embedding quantum particles in banknotes. A counterfeiter trying to copy a real bill would have t...
08:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Why Kids Should Be Building Rockets Instead of Taking Tests
An anonymous reader writes "MAKE Magazine founder Dale Dougherty has an article in Slate about how educators are missing the punchline when it comes to getting kids interested in learning. He describe...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Oracle Sues Lodsys For Patent Trolling
RWarrior(fobw) writes "PJ reports at Groklaw that Oracle has sued well-known patent troll Lodsys, asking for declaratory judgement in the Eastern District of Texas that Oracle and its customers don't ...
07:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Firefox 13 Released, Debuts Brand New Tab Page and Homepage
MrSeb writes "Mozilla has officially released Firefox 13. Unlike Firefox 12 (or 11, or 10, or indeed many of the recent Firefox versions), Firefox 13 is an important release with a handful of much-nee...
06:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Flame Malware Hijacks Windows Update
wiredmikey writes "As more research unfolds about the recently discovered Flame malware, researchers have found three modules – named Snack, Gadget and Munch – that are used to launch what...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Finding the Downside In San Francisco's Tech Boom
snydeq writes "The NYTimes reports on the San Francisco's shifting socio-economic landscape thanks to a massive influx of tech workers and tax and regulation breaks to big-name startups. 'In a city of...
05:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Taking Issue With Claims That American Science Education is 'Dismal'
TaeKwonDood writes "We've all seen the stories about how 'dismal' science education in America is. It turns out that it's kind of a straw man. America has long led the world in science but the 'averag...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of StandingWalking Workstations?
secretrobotron writes "As a developer who spends most of each day at the same desk in the same chair, I'm concerned about ergonomics and what I can do to keep my body from wasting away while I program...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Minecraft Map of Northwestern Campus Printed In 3D
erich666 writes "Ben Rothman has created a five-foot-wide scale model of most of Northwestern University, where he was a sophomore this past year. This campus model is unique: it is the first modeled ...
04:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Space Shuttle Collides With Bridge In New York
First time accepted submitter AbrasiveCat writes "While transporting the space shuttle Enterprise to its new home at the Intrepid Museum, a gust of wind caught the shuttle and pushed a wing tip into t...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Australian Company Promises Switching Hardware With Sub-130ns Latency
snowdon writes "The race for low-latency in finance and HPC has taken a major turn. A bunch of engineers from Australia have 'thrown away the air conditioning' in a traditional switch, to get a 10G fi...
03:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot After a Year In Orbit, US Air Force's X37-B Will Conclude Its Secret Mission
SomePgmr writes "The U.S Air Force's highly secret unmanned space plane will land in June — ending a year-long mission in orbit. The experimental Boeing X37-B has been circling Earth at 17,000 m...
02:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot South Korea Surrenders To Creationist Demands On Evolution Textbooks
Med-trump writes "A petition to remove references to evolution from high-school textbooks claimed victory in South Korea last month after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) revea...
02:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla's Open Source Project Shumway To Translate SWF To HTML5
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla currently has an experimental project on github called Shumway to try to interpret SWF (aka Flash files) using browser-standard technologies like HTML5 and JavaScri...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Steam For Linux Will Launch In 2012
An anonymous reader writes "Gabe Newell has responded to an email asking if Steam for Linux will be released this year with the simple answer 'Yes.' That means at some point in the next 7 months anyon...
01:05 pm - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot DHS Best-and-Brightest STEM Program Under Fire
theodp writes "In mid-May, the Department of Homeland Security quietly expanded a program that allows foreign science, technology, engineering and math grads to work in the U.S. for 29 months without ...
10:05 am - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Quest To Measure the Venus Transit "Aureole Effect"
astroengine writes "On Tuesday, Venus will race across the sun — the last Venus transit until 2117 — so the world's astronomers are primed to view this enigmatic event. But it's not just f...
08:05 am - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Asus Announces x86 Transformer
MrSeb writes with the scoop on Asus's new Transformer tablet/laptop devices: "If you've ever looked at an Asus Transformer and wished that it was slightly bigger, had an x86 processor, and ran Windows...
05:05 am - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Mosquitos Have Little Trouble Flying in the Rain
sciencehabit writes with an interesting article about the (surprisingly not well studied) effects of rain on flying insects. From the article: "When a raindrop hits a mosquito, it's the equivalent of ...
02:05 am - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Aussie Government Brings Back Piracy Talks
joshgnosis writes "The Australian Attorney-General's department is set to hold a closed-door meeting with internet service providers, film lobby groups and consumer groups over proposals to reduce pir...
01:05 am - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Boeing Hydrogen Powered Drone First Flight
garymortimer writes with news of the test flight of a hydrogen powered UAV. From the article: "Phantom Eye's innovative and environmentally responsible liquid-hydrogen propulsion system will allow the...
12:05 am - Tue, June 5, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Censors Accidentally Block Shanghai Index
New submitter Vulcan195 writes "Now this is amusing in so many ways ... Today (June 4, 1989 ... i.e. 6/4/89) is the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Naturally, the Chinese Censors w...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot KDE Announces 4.9 Beta1 and Testing Initiative
jrepin writes "KDE released the first beta for its version 4.9 of Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the KDE team's focus is now on ...
11:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot The Link Between Genius and Insanity
An anonymous reader writes in a story about the link between certain mental illnesses and high intelligence. "Genius and insanity may actually go together, according to scientists who found that menta...
10:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot MIT Professor Pushes the Envelope of 3D Art and Manufacturing
kkleiner writes "Professor at MIT Neri Oxman's creations are demonstrating the powerful combination of 3D printing and new design algorithms inspired from nature. Just as a computer printer makes copi...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Find Methods For Bypassing Google's Bouncer Android Security
Trailrunner7 writes "Google's Android platform has become the most popular mobile operating system both among consumers and malware writers, and the company earlier this year introduced the Bouncer sy...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot NoSQL Document Storage Benefits and Drawbacks
Nerval's Lobster writes "NoSQL databases sometimes feature a concept called document storage, a way of storing data that differs in radical ways from the means available to traditional relational SQL ...
09:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot NASA Gets Two Military Spy Telescopes For Astronomy
First time accepted submitter SomePgmr writes "The U.S. government's secret space program has decided to give NASA two telescopes as big as, and even more powerful than, the Hubble Space Telescope. De...
08:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Elemental Design Patterns
jkauzlar writes "Believe it or not, it's been 18 years since Design Patterns by Gamma, et al, first began to hit the desks of programmers world-wide. This was a work of undeniable influence and useful...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Artist's Catcopter Causes a Stir
derekmead writes "I'm not sure that Dutch artist Bart Jansen had political commentary in mind when he created the Orvillecopter — combining a stuffed cat with a quadrotor, and naming it after Or...
07:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Xbox Second Screen Announced
kodiaktau writes "Microsoft has announced a feature called SmartGlass that provides a new set of features when viewing media on mobile or PC devices. Sources say that it will provide context focused a...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Online Social Networks Can Be Tipped By Less Than 1% of Their Population
An anonymous reader writes "A new algorithm developed by researchers at West Point seems to break new ground for viral marketing practices in online social networks. Assuming a trend or behavior that ...
06:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Report Says Schools Need 100Mbps Per 1,000 Users
alphadogg writes "American schools need mega-broadband networks — and they need them soon, a new report says. Specifically, U.S. educational institutions will need networks that deliver broadban...
05:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot. Best Online Science Course?
First time accepted submitter blubadger writes "Having slept through chemistry at school, I'm looking to fill in the gaps in my science education by following a short online course or two. I've been s...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot The Real-Life Doogie Howser
An anonymous reader writes "Sho Yano this week will become the youngest student to get an M.D. from University of Chicago. He was reading at age 2, writing by 3, and composing music by his 5th birthda...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Redesigned Cooler Reinvents Tuberculosis Treatment
First time accepted submitter sarfralogy writes with this news about a cooler redesigned by MIT that is saving lives. "It started with a basic soft drink cooler, a need for easier management of tuberc...
04:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask the Space Command Team About All Things Sci-Fi
Marc Zicree, Doug Drexler, David Raiklen, and Neil Johnson are the guys behind the fastest funded film project ever on Kickstarter, Space Command. The project will feature a number of Star Trek vets b...
03:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot ARM Expects 20-Nanometer Processors By Late 2013
angry tapir writes "ARM chips made with an advanced, 20-nanometer manufacturing process could appear in smartphones and tablets by as soon as the end of next year, the head of ARM's processor division...
02:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot When Continental Drift Was Considered Pseudoscience
Lasrick writes "I Love this article in Smithsonian by Richard Conniff. One of my geology professors was in grad school when the theories for plate tectonics, seafloor spreading, etc., were introduced;...
02:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Certificate Was Used To Sign Flame Malware
wiredmikey writes "Microsoft disclosed that 'unauthorized digital certificates derived from a Microsoft Certificate Authority' were used to sign components of the recently discovered Flame malware. 'W...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot What Struck Earth in 775?
ananyo writes "Just over 1,200 years ago, the planet was hit by an extremely intense burst of high-energy radiation of unknown cause, scientists studying tree-ring data have found. The radiation burst...
01:05 pm - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Antivirus Firms Out of Their League With Stuxnet, Flame
Hugh Pickens writes "Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer of software security company F-Secure, writes that when his company heard about Flame, they went digging through their archive for related s...
10:05 am - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Why Facebook's Network Effects Are Overrated
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from a contrarian take on the power of Facebook from hacker Benjamin Mako-Hill: "A lot of people interested in free software, and user autonomy and network...
07:05 am - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Provisioning Internet For Condo Association?
An anonymous reader writes "I am on a committee to evaluate internet options for a medium sized condo association (80 units — 20 stories) in a major metropolitan area (Chicago). What options are...
04:05 am - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot Nintendo Reveals Wii U's Miiverse Social Network
chrb writes "Nintendo has announced that its new Wii U console will feature a social network called the Miiverse in which users can video chat, see what others are playing, share game content and swap...
01:05 am - Mon, June 4, 2012
Slashdot First Steps With the Raspberry Pi
An anonymous reader writes "The Raspberry Pi received an extraordinary amount of pre-launch coverage. It truly went viral with major news corporations such as the BBC giving extensive coverage. Not wi...
11:05 pm - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot The Nice Guy At the World's Largest Weapons Expo
pigrabbitbear writes "It was the second day of the Special Operation Forces Exhibition in Amman, Jordan, and the temperature outside the convention center was around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with a typi...
10:05 pm - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot Worst Companies At Protecting User Privacy: Skype, Verizon, Yahoo
First time accepted submitter SmartAboutThings writes "Apple and Microsoft are one of the worst companies at protecting our privacy, according to EFF's privacy report. Dropbox, Twitter and Sonic have ...
09:05 pm - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot New Evidence Indicates Amelia Earhart Survived For a Time on Pacific Atoll
In light of new evidence publicly released Friday showing artifacts believed to have been Amelia Earhart's, the U.S. Navy is prepping a mission to investigate the area where they were found. Next mont...
08:05 pm - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Syncing Files With Remote Server While On the Road?
An anonymous reader writes "Here's a scenario: you are on a vacation trip for a couple of weeks — on the road. Lots of pictures — 2-300 per day. Maybe some text files with short notes etc....
07:05 pm - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot Another Step Forward In Small Scale Electrical Generators
NicknamesAreStupid writes "Product Design & Development reports another breakthrough in small scale solid oxide fuel cells. This methane-fueled cell achieves about 50% efficiency at around 2kW, en...
06:05 pm - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot Students Looking For Easy A Target Online Courses, Where Cheating Is Easier
An anonymous reader writes "As online courses become mainstream, some students are finding they are often easy to game. A group of clever students at one public university describe how they used a Goo...
05:05 pm - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot DirecTV CEO Scoffs At Competition From Apple TV
theodp writes "In a move that evokes memories of Steve Ballmer's initial pooh-poohing of the iPhone threat, DirecTV Chairman Michael White downplayed the Apple TV hype, expressing doubts that 'Apple's...
04:05 pm - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot Despite Game-Related Glitches, AMD Discontinues Monthly Driver Updates
MojoKid writes "Recently AMD announced that it would cease offering monthly graphics driver updates, and instead issue Catalyst versions only 'when it makes sense.' That statement would be a good deal...
03:05 pm - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot Why the GPL Licensing Cops Are the Good Guys
Reader rtfa-troll writes: "'GPL enforcement by Software Freedom Conservancy puts electronics makers on notice, leaves business users untouched,' says Infoworld, going on to explain 'You are several or...
02:05 pm - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot How Chemistry Stymies Attempts To Regulate Synthetic Drugs
Hugh Pickens writes "Brandon Keim reports that the war on drugs has a new front with chemists fabricating synthetic mimics of marijuana, dissociative drugs and stimulants, and so far lawmakers appear ...
01:05 pm - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Smartphone a Dumb Idea, Says Farhad Manjoo
beaverdownunder writes "Farhad Manjoo examines Facebook's rumoured entry into the smartphone market, concluding, 'So what would be the point in using the Facebook phone? Well, remember, it will be che...
11:05 am - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Agency Investigates US Air Crash
knorthern knight writes "When 2 light civilian planes collide in U.S. airspace in Virginia, the usual response includes calling in the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and NTSB (National Transpor...
08:05 am - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot US Warns Users of Child-Porn Blackmail Ransomware
coondoggie writes "The nasty Trojan known as Citadel malware, which is based on Zeus, has typically been used to extort money from online banking users, but a new variant is making the rounds that tri...
06:05 am - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot NASA Tool Shows Where Forest Is Being Cut Down
terrancem writes "A new tool developed by NASA and other researchers shows where forest is being chopped down on a quarterly basis. The global forest disturbance alert system (GloF-DAS) is based on co...
03:05 am - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot Copyright Infringer Tries To Shut Down Reporting On Her Infringement
An anonymous reader writes "Further to the previous story on Slashdot where attorney Candice Schwager threw threats to sue a photographer who reported a DMCA violation against her for infringing use o...
12:05 am - Sun, June 3, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Tips For Designing a Modern Web Application?
New submitter sdoca writes "I am a Java developer and for the past number of years I have mainly been working on server side code. I have an idea for a webpage/application that I would like to develop...
11:05 pm - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?
NormalVisual writes "License-plate reading cameras are popping up on utility poles all over St. Lawrence County in upstate New York, but no one is willing to say who they belong to. One camera was fou...
10:05 pm - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot No Intelligent Aliens Detected In Gliese 581
astroengine writes "Using an Australian very long baseline array (VLBA) of three radio antennae, the first very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) campaign has been carried out on a SETI target star:...
09:05 pm - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot SpaceX Brownsville Space Port Opposed By Texas Environmentalists
MarkWhittington writes "The proposed SpaceX space port in Brownsville, Texas, has run into opposition from an environmental group. Environment Texas is conducting a petition drive to stop the project....
08:05 pm - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot New Rules Bring a "Credit Rating" For Users of Chinese Social Network
An anonymous reader links this article describing a newly installed set of rules affecting the already put-upon Internet users of China, specifically affecting users of social network Sina Weibo: "Sin...
07:05 pm - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot Light Table IDE Finds Funding Success
omar.sahal writes "Chris Granger's Light Table IDE, covered here previously on Slashdot, has been successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign. 7,317 backers brought in $316,720, obliging Chris to su...
06:05 pm - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot Geezers Pick Stronger Passwords Than Young'uns
McGruber writes "Joseph Bonneau, a computer scientist at the University of Cambridge, calculated the password strengths of nearly 70 million Yahoo! users. He compared the strengths of passwords chosen...
05:05 pm - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot Google Applies For Dot-LOL Domain
judgecorp writes "Google has applied for the .lol domain in ICANN's sale of generic top level domains (gTLDs). Google also asked for .google, .docs, and .youtube at a cost of $185,000 each, in the rou...
04:05 pm - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot CIPS Chimes In On Internet Predators Act
alphabet26 writes "The Canadian Information Processing Society has formally responded to the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act introduced in February of this year. Bill C-30 would grant ...
03:05 pm - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot Speech Recognition Using the Raspberry Pi
aonsquared writes "In a previous Slashdot story, I demonstrated a voice-controlled robotic arm using the open-source speech decoder Julius. This time, I have managed to port the system to a Raspberry ...
02:05 pm - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot SSID As the New Community Bulletin Board and Yard Sign
Hugh Pickens writes "Megan Garber writes that wireless routers have become the lawn signs of the digital age, particularly in large apartment buildings, where almost every unit has a unique Wi-Fi netw...
01:05 pm - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot 'Legitimized' Cyberwar Opens Pandora's Box of Dirty Tricks
DillyTonto writes "U.S. officials have acknowledged playing a role in the development and deployment of Stuxnet, Duqu and other cyberweapons against Iran. The acknowledgement makes cyberattacks more l...
11:05 am - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot Basque Country Gov't Decrees State-Produced Software Should Be Open Sourced
New submitter lsatenstein writes with this snippet from The H:"The regional government of Spain's Basque Country has decreed that all software produced for Basque government agencies and public bodies...
08:05 am - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot Is Australia's CSIRO a Patent Troll?
schliz writes "Australian tech publication iTnews is defining 'patent trolls' as those who claim rights to an invention without commercializing it, and notes that government research organization CSIR...
06:05 am - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot Liberated Pixel Cup Art Contest Launches
Liberated Pixel Cup is an ambitious project backed by the FSF, Creative Commons. the Mozilla Foundation, and OpenGameArt to "program a bunch of free software games"; before the programming can get pro...
03:05 am - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot Apple, Google: Battle of the Cloud Maps
Nerval's Lobster writes "Google has sent invitations for a June 6 event in which it will apparently unveil 'The Next Dimension of Google Maps.' Meanwhile, rumor suggests Apple is preparing its own map...
01:05 am - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot Rights Holders See Little Point Creating Legal Content Sources
aesoteric writes "Six weeks after Hollywood lost a landmark internet piracy case in Australia, it appears the film studios have gone cold on the idea of helping develop legal avenues to access copyrig...
12:05 am - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot Making ZFS and DTrace Work On Ubuntu Linux
New submitter Liberum Vir writes "Many of the people that I talk with who use Solaris-like systems mention ZFS and DTrace as the reasons they simply cannot move to Linux. So, I set out to discover how...
12:05 am - Sat, June 2, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What To Do With a Math Degree?
First time accepted submitter badmojo17 writes "After achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a public school math teacher, my wife has found the profession to be much more frustrating than she ever ...
11:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Hollywood Agent Ari Emanuel Wants a Magic 'Stop Piracy' Button
closer2it writes "At this week's All Things D conference, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher invited Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel. He spoke about things like TV not dying, cord-cutting being some kind of m...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot AT&T Expects Data-Only Phone Plans Within 2 Years
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said today that he expects wireless carriers to start offering data-only cellphone plans within the next 24 months. 'Analysts see such plans...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Fox News Ties 'Flame' Malware To Angry Birds
eldavojohn writes "The title of this hard-hitting piece of journalism reads 'Powerful 'Flame' cyberweapon tied to popular Angry Birds game,' and opens with, 'The most sophisticated and powerful cyberw...
10:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot What Should We Do About Wikipedia's Porn Problem?
Larry Sanger writes "In 2011, the Wikimedia Board committed to installing a 'controversial content' filter even weaker than Google's SafeSearch, as proposed by the '2010 Wikimedia Study of Controversi...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Google To Require Retailers To Pay To Be In Google Shopping Results
gambit3 writes "In a move to squeeze more cash out of its lucrative Web-search engine, Google is converting its free product-search service into a paid one. Online retailers will now have to bid to di...
09:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Venezuela Bans the Commercial Sale of Firearms and Ammunition
Bob the Super Hamste writes "The BBC is reporting on a new law in Venezuela that effectively bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition to private citizens. Previously anyone with a permit co...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot The Cost of Crappy Security In Software Infrastructure
blackbearnh writes "Everyone these days knows that you have to double- and triple-check your code for security vulnerabilities, and make sure your servers are locked down as tight as you can. But why?...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Smaller SIM Format Standardized
New submitter mk1004 writes "ETSI members have approved a new, smaller SIM format. 'The fourth form factor (4FF) card will be 40% smaller than the current smallest SIM card design, at 12.3mm wide by 8...
08:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins
An anonymous reader writes "The latest Gallup poll is out, and it finds that 46% of Americans hold the view that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years. According to Gal...
07:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot War and Nookd — eBook Regex Gone Haywire
PerlJedi tips a story that highlights one of the downsides to ebooks. A blogger who recently read Tolstoy's War and Peace on his Nook stumbled upon some odd phases, such as: "It was as if a light had ...
06:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Worst Design Ever? Plastic Clamshell Packaging
Hugh Pickens writes "Rebecca Rosen writes that if you've recently opened up — or, more specifically, tried to open up — a CFL light bulb, you can sympathize with the question posted on Quo...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Google Highlights Censored Search Terms In China
itwbennett writes "Responding to complaints from Chinese Googlers that the search engine is 'inconsistent and unreliable,' Google has updated its service to help users steer clear of search queries th...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Copyright Board To Charge For Music At Weddings, Parades
silentbrad writes "The CBC reports, 'Money can't buy love — but if you want some great tunes playing at your wedding, it's going to cost you. The Copyright Board of Canada has certified new tari...
05:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot IE10 Will Have 'Do Not Track' On By Default
An anonymous reader writes "As Microsoft released the preview of the next version of its Internet Explorer browser, news that in Windows 8 the browser will be sending a 'Do Not Track' signal to Web si...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Humble Indie Bundle V Released
New submitter Splintercat writes "The Humble Indie Bundle V has just been released, featuring Psychonauts, LIMBO, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, and Bastion for Win...
03:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Solar Geoengineering Could Lead To Whiter, Brighter Skies
cylonlover writes "We've heard reports that placing small, reflective particles into the upper atmosphere could actually improve crop yields, but would also significantly reduce the amount of electric...
02:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Google Files Antitrust Complaint Against Microsoft, Nokia
x0d writes with news that Google filed an EU antitrust complaint against Microsoft and Nokia on Thursday, claiming they are using proxy companies to make smartphone-related patent claims in an attack ...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran
diewlasing sends this excerpt from the NY Times:"From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran's main nucle...
01:05 pm - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot House Appropriators May Limit Public Availability of Pending Bills
Attila Dimedici writes "The House Appropriations Committee is considering a draft report that would forbid the Library of Congress to allow bulk downloads of bills pending before Congress. The Library...
10:05 am - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Five EU Countries Taken To Court For Failing To Implement Cookie Law
concertina226 writes "The European Commission announced on Thursday that it has asked the European Court of Justice to impose fines on Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia for not t...
08:05 am - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Using QR Codes To Save Lives
itwbennett writes "Paramedics in Marin County, California, may soon be putting QR codes to lifesaving use. According to an IDG News Service report, 'Lifesquare, a Silicon Valley start-up, has partnere...
06:05 am - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Andromeda On Collision Course With the Milky Way
ananyo writes "From the Nature story: 'The Andromeda galaxy will collide with the Milky Way about 4 billion years from now, astronomers announced today. Although the Sun and other stars will remain in...
05:05 am - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot UN Takeover of Internet Must Be Stopped, US Warns
benfrog writes "In a rare show of bipartisan agreement, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle warned this morning that a United Nations summit in December will lead to a virtual takeover of the Inter...
03:05 am - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Apple Releases IOS Security Guide
Trailrunner7 writes in with a story about a iOS security guide released by Apple. "Apple has released a detailed security guide for its iOS operating system, an unprecedented move for a company known ...
12:05 am - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Type of Asset Would You Not Virtualize?
An anonymous reader writes "With IT and Data Center consolidation seemingly happening everywhere our small shop is about to receive a corporate mandate to follow suit and preferably accomplish this vi...
12:05 am - Fri, June 1, 2012
Slashdot Judge Rules API's Can Not Be Copyrighted
Asmodae writes "Judge Alsup in the Google vs Oracle case has finally issued his ruling on the issue of whether or not API's can be copyrighted. That ruling is resounding no. In some fairly clear langu...
11:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Can Machine Learning Replace Focus Groups?
itwbennett writes "In a blog post, Steve Hanov explains how 20 lines of code can outperform A/B testing. Using an example from one of his own sites, Hanov reports a green button outperformed orange an...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot How Hackers Listened Their Way Around Google's Recaptcha
An anonymous reader writes with this story at Ars Technica: "Three self-taught hackers from the DC949 hacker collective managed to use a combination of techniques to beat ReCaptcha with 99.1% accuracy...
10:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8 Release Preview Now Available To Download
MrSeb writes "Microsoft has announced the immediate availability of Windows 8 Release Preview. Unfortunately there isn't a Consumer Preview > Release Preview upgrade path — you'll have to for...
09:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Intel Ivy Bridge Processor Hits 7GHz Overclock Record
MojoKid writes "Renowned Overclocker HiCookie used a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard to achieve a fully validated 7.03GHz clock speed on an Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge processor. As it stands, that'...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Comptroller Accuses HP of Overcharging NYC $163m On 911 System
benfrog writes "New York City comptroller John Liu has accused HP of overcharging New York City $163 million on upgrades to its 911 system. According to a statement put out by Liu, an audit of the pro...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot MusOpen Releases Open Source Classical Music As Pro Tools Files
VVrath writes "Following Tuesday's story about MuseScore releasing its open source recording of the Goldberg Variations, the Musopen project has released ProTools files from its open source recording ...
08:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Red Hat Will Pay Microsoft To Get Past UEFI Restrictions
ToriaUru writes "Fedora is going to pay Microsoft to let them distribute a PC operating system. Microsoft is about to move from effectively owning the PC hardware platform to literally owning it. Once...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Equipping a Company With Secure Android Phones?
An anonymous reader writes "I'm in charge of getting some phones for my company to give to our mobile reps. Security is a major consideration for us, so I'm looking for the most secure off-the-shelf s...
07:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot NC Planners May Be Barred From Using Speculative Sea Level Rise Predictions
ideonexus writes "Republicans in North Carolina are floating a bill that would force planners to only consider historical data in predicting the sea-level rise (SLR) for the state as opposed to consid...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Next Generation Xbox and Playstation Consoles Will Have Optical Drives
First time accepted submitter dintech writes "The Wall Street Journal reports that while Sony conisidered online only content distribution for its next generation Playstation, the manufacturer has dec...
06:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Industry Groups Bid To Control New Business-Specific TLDs
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Two financial industry groups, the American Bankers Association (ABA) and the Financial Services Roundtable, announced on Thursday thatthey have applied to the Internet Corporatio...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Backdoor Found In Hacked Version of Anti-Censorship Tool Simurgh
wiredmikey writes "Simurgh, a privacy tool used in Iran and Syria to bypass Internet censorship and governmental monitoring, is being circulated with a backdoor. The compromised version has been offer...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot BT Fibre Pulls Out of Chelsea Over Ugly Equipment Cabinets
judgecorp writes "The up-market London borough of Kensington and Chelsea has lost its chance for BT fast fibre. After residents objected to the ugly fibre cabinets, and the council repeatedly refused ...
05:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot After Trip to ISS, SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Returns Safely To Earth
thomas.kane writes "SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft has successfully reentered and is now safely in the waters of the Pacific Ocean after more than 9 days in space. The Dragon capsule became the first comm...
04:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot IEEE Spectrum Digs Into the Future of Money
First time accepted submitter ArmageddonLord writes " Small, out-of-pocket cash exchanges are still the stuff of everyday life. In 2010, cash transactions in the United States totaled US $1.2 trillion...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Programmer Admits Stealing US Gov't Accounting Software Source Code
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from NetSecurity.org: "A Chinese computer programmer that was charged with stealing the source code of software developed by the U.S. Treasury Department p...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Soda Ban May Hit the Big Apple
An anonymous reader writes "NYC residents may soon be unable to buy big gulps. In an effort to curb obesity, New York City's Mayor Bloomberg is seeking a ban on oversized sodas in restaurants, movie t...
03:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot European Parliament Committees Reject ACTA As IP Backlash Grows
An anonymous reader writes "Earlier today [Thursday, May 31st], three European Parliament committees studying theAnti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement — the Legal Affairs Committee(JURI), the Comm...
02:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Backyard Brains Can Help Satisfy Your Inner Frankenstein (Video)
Did you know that cockroaches have such large nerves in their legs that you can poke into their legs almost at random and hit a nerve with an electrode so you can stimulate that leg with hip-hop music...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Patents Electronic Gifting
theodp writes "Simply giving your mother an e-book for her birthday could constitute patent infringement now that the USPTO's gone and awarded Amazon.com a patent on the 'Electronic Gifting' of items ...
01:05 pm - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot German Cable ISP First To Deliver 4700Mbps Internet Connection
Mark.JUK writes "It's enough to make grown IT workers cry. German cable operator Kabel Deutschland claims to have become the first provider to successfully achieve a real-world internet connection spe...
10:05 am - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot IT Desktop Support To Be Wiped Out Thanks To Cloud Computing
An anonymous reader writes "Tech industry experts are saying that desktop support jobs will be declining sharply thanks to cloud computing. Why is this happening? A large majority of companies and gov...
08:05 am - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Australia Drops Second Google Investigation
joshgnosis writes "The Australian Privacy Commissioner has decided against investigating Google a second time over the collection of Wi-Fi payload data in Google's Street View cars. Despite a damning ...
07:05 am - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Open-Source Mini Sub Can Be Made On the Cheap
An anonymous reader writes "Eric Stackpole is a NASA engineer and avid outdoorsman. He is the chief designer of a cheap, portable underwater ROV that could change the way we explore our oceans. And he...
05:05 am - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Is a "Net Zero" Data Center Possible?
miller60 writes "HP Labs is developing a concept for a "net zero" data center — a facility that combines on-site solar power, fresh air cooling and advanced workload scheduling to operate with n...
03:05 am - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Virgin Galactic's Suborbital Spacecraft Gets FAA Blessing
coondoggie writes "Space tourism company Virgin Galactic today said its spacecraft developer has been granted an experimental launch permit from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin rocket-pow...
01:05 am - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Ore-Sniffing Dogs Rediscovered By Mining Industry
An anonymous reader writes "In the 60s and 70s Sweden, Russia and Finland were the foremost players in the game of ore dogs, using dogs to sniff out ore deposits for mining. The technique was forgotte...
12:05 am - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot White House Announces Initiative To Fight Botnets
benfrog writes "ISPs and financial-services companies would share data about computers made into botnets under a pilot program announced today by the Obama administration. From the article: 'The volun...
12:05 am - Thu, May 31, 2012
Slashdot Sergey Brin Demos Google Glasses Prototype
MojoKid writes "Folks have been clamoring for more on Google's Project Glass and Sergey Brin--one of the co-founders of Google is now burying himself in the R&D department associated with its deve...