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11:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Company Claims 80% of Facebook Ad Clicks Are From Bots
pitchpipe writes "A start-up company, Limited Run, claims that 80% of its ad clicks on Facebook have been coming from bots and will be deleting their page. Their Facebook page reads: 'Hey everyone, we...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Peter Jackson Announces Third Hobbit Movie
eldavojohn writes "Unless his Facebook account has been hacked, Peter Jackson has announced a third movie for The Hobbit series: 'So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros....
09:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Images Show Apollo Moon Flags Still Standing
TheNextCorner writes "Images taken by a NASA spacecraft show that the American flags planted in the Moon's soil by Apollo astronauts are mostly still standing. Each of the Apollo missions planted an A...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Core Python Applications Programming, 3rd Ed.
thatpythonguy writes "Core Python Application Programming is the latest addition to a growing corpus of literature serving a growing number of Python programmers and engineers. This Prentice Hall book...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Mexican Hotel Chain Outsources IT To US
cweditor writes "Grupo Posadas has five data centers supporting more than 100 hotels and other lines of business, but it's moving almost all of those operations to a service provider in Texas. Could c...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are The Days of Homebrew Gaming Over?
Croakyvoice writes "A few years ago the Homebrew community went from one console to another releasing some excellent software, from the Days of the Dreamcast the first breakthrough homebrew console, t...
07:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot US Census Bureau Offers Public API For Data Apps
Nerval's Lobster writes "For any software developers with an urge to play around with demographic or socio-economic data: the U.S. Census Bureau has launched an API for Web and mobile apps that can sl...
07:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Mac OS X Mountain Lion Gets Three Million Downloads In 4 Days
hypnosec writes "Apple has announced that its latest Mac OS X version, Mountain Lion, has had three million downloads in just four days thereby making it the most successful OS in Cupertino's history....
06:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot New Moxie Marlinspike Tool Cracks Crypto Passwords
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Moxie Marlinspike, the security and privacy researcher known for his SSLStrip, Convergence and RedPhone tools, has released a new tool that can crack passwords used for some VPNs ...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Electronic Sensor Rivals Sensitivity of Human Skin
ananyo writes "A flexible electronic sensor made from interlocking hairs can detect the gentle steps of a ladybird and distinguish between shear and twisting forces.The sensor consists of two interloc...
05:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot RIAA Admits SOPA Wouldn't Have Stopped Piracy
jfruh writes "One of the arguments against the now-dormant SOPA legislation was that, in addition to eroding Internet freedom, it would also be ineffective in stopping music piracy. Well, according to...
05:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Legend of Zelda NES Nintendo Prototype On Sale For $150K
YokimaSun writes "Following on from Last months Mega auction of rare games that went for a staggering 1.2 Million dollars, comes another auction. This time its of the only Legend of Zelda Nes Prototyp...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Taiwan University Sues Apple Over Siri Patents
Rambo Tribble writes "Reuters is reporting that Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University has filed a suit against Apple claiming patent infringement by the Siri voice-recognition software. At issue are...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot FDA Wins Right To Regulate Adult Stem-Cell Treatments
ananyo writes "A court decision on 23 July could help to tame the largely unregulated field of adult stem-cell treatments. The US District Court in Washington DC affirmed the right of the Food and Dru...
03:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Surface Release Date Confirmed
twoheadedboy writes "Microsoft is going to release its Surface tablet on the same day Windows 8 goes on general availability, Oct. 26. The news was disclosed in a filing made with the US Securities an...
02:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Ubisoft Uplay DRM Found To Include a Rootkit
An anonymous reader writes "It has been discovered that the Uplay system Ubisoft uses to both check a game is legal and offer up gaming achievements, multiplayer, and additional content, actually cont...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Is China's Space Race An Opportunity For the US?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Lieutenant General Frank Klotz (ret.), the former vice commander of Air Force Space Command, writes that it's worth considering whether aspects of the U.S.-Russian experien...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot NSA Official Disputes Chief's Claim That Agency Doesn't Collect American Data
NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander was playing a "word game" when he said the agency does not collect files on Americans according to William Binney, a former technical director at the NSA. Binney says...
10:05 am - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Two Arrested For Hacking Personal Data of 8.7 Million Phone Users
An anonymous reader writes "South Korea's second largest wireless service provider, has apologized after personal data of 8.7 millions of its mobile phone subscribers was stolen by hackers. The detail...
07:05 am - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot The Increasing Role of Predictive Analysis In Police Work
elucido writes "A growing number of law enforcement agencies, in the US and elsewhere, have been adopting software tools with predictive analytics, based on algorithms that aim to predict crimes befor...
04:05 am - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Study Finds New Pop Music Does All Sound the Same
whoever57 writes "A study of music from the '50 to the present using the Million Song Dataset has concluded that modern music has less variation than older music and songs today are, on average, 9dB l...
02:05 am - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot Nintendo 3DS XL Is Out Now
Busshy writes "A few months after the rather subdued release of the PSVita comes the release of the Larger screened 3DS XL, improvements are the obvious larger screens and much improved battery life, ...
01:05 am - Mon, July 30, 2012
Slashdot JavaScript Botnet Sheds Light On Criminal Activity
CowboyRobot writes "Informatica64, a security research group, demonstrated the use of cached JavaScript to control computers connecting to a malicious proxy. 'The researchers found a variety of low-le...
11:05 pm - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot How Will Steam on GNULinux Affect Software Freedom?
rms has published this thoughts on Steam coming to GNU/Linux. He notes that the availability of proprietary games may very well help spread GNU/Linux (but the FSF prioritizes spreading software freedo...
10:05 pm - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot Author Claims Apple Won't Carry Her ebook Because It Mentions Amazon
martiniturbide writes "Author Holly Lisle tried to publish her guide How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How To Discover (Or Create) Your Story's Market at Apple's iBooks store. She says it was reject fir...
09:05 pm - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot Political Science Prof Asks: Is Algebra Necessary?
Capt.Albatross writes "Andrew Hacker, a professor of Political Science at the City University of New York and author of Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids &mdash...
08:05 pm - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot Will Real Name Policies Improve Comments?
TechCrunch has a story about the recent trend of websites wanting users to use their real names in an attempt to make comments better. The story points out that the practice didn't work in South Korea...
07:05 pm - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot Berkeley Lab Develops Technology To Make Photovoltaics Out of Any Semiconductor
First time accepted submitter bigvibes writes "A technology that would enable low-cost, high efficiency solar cells to be made from virtually any semiconductor material has been developed by researche...
06:05 pm - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Abstainers Could Be Labeled Suspicious
bs0d3 writes "According to this article printed in tagesspiegel.de, not having a Facebook account could be the first sign that you are a mass murderer.(German) As examples they use Norwegian shooter A...
05:05 pm - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot The Future of Project Glass
An anonymous reader writes "Project Glass made a big splash not too long ago at Google's annual developer conference when they showed several users falling on to the Moscone West in San Francisco. Goo...
04:05 pm - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot GM Working On Wi-Fi Direct-Equipped Cars To Detect Pedestrians and Cyclists
cylonlover writes "General Motors is working to expand upon its vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication systems that allow information to be shared between vehicles ...
03:05 pm - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot The Surprises In the Latest Apple V. Samsung Court Documents
Nerdfest writes " The lawyers behind the upcoming Apple v. Samsung trial have been hard at work filing docket after docket as their court battle looms closer, and many of those dockets have just been ...
02:05 pm - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot Koch Bros Study Finds Global Warming Is Real And Man-Made
bledri writes "The results of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature are in and Richard Muller, the study's director (formerly an AGW skeptic) declares, 'Call me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I...
01:05 pm - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot IFPI Won't Share Pirate Bay Damages With Musicians
An anonymous reader tips this news from TorrentFreak:Earlier this year the sentences against the Pirate Bay defendants were made final. Aside from prison sentences, they will have to pay damages to th...
10:05 am - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot The Fall of 38 Studios
An anonymous reader writes "Boston magazine provides the first reasonably satisfying account of the final year of Curt Schilling's video game company 38 Studios, which was heavily subsidized by a huge...
07:05 am - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot GameStop Wants To Sell Secondhand Digital Download Video Games
MojoKid writes "GameStop makes a killing selling used videogames, but what happens to that business model when digital distribution platforms run physical media out of town? That's not anything to wor...
04:05 am - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot Why You Should Be More Interested In Mars Than the Olympics
New submitter hugeinc sends this quote from an article by author Andrew Kessler: "Next week, while we're all watching NBC, a nuclear-powered, MINI-Cooper-sized super rover will land on Mars. We accura...
01:05 am - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot NASA Considers Apollo-Era F1 Engine For Space Launch System
MarkWhittington writes "A company named Dynetics, in partnership with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, will perform a study contract for NASA to explore whether a modern version of the Saturn V F1 boos...
12:05 am - Sun, July 29, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous Dumps Australian Telco Data Online
lukehopewell1 writes "After the threats, admissions and delays, hacktivists protesting a data retention scheme proposed by the Australian Government's National Security Inquiry have begun dumping data...
10:05 pm - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot John Romero's Doomy View On Android and Ouya
An anonymous reader writes "Romero is willing to give Ouya the benefit of the doubt, but he sees it filling a niche for neither gamers nor developers. 'I think it's cool that they're making a platform...
09:05 pm - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot Space Fish: ISS Aquatic Habitat Delivered By HTV-3
astroengine writes "Yes, it's the moment we've all (secretly) been waiting for: Fish In Space! But before you go getting too excited and start asking the big questions — like: if there's a bubbl...
08:05 pm - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot Ebola Outbreak Kills 13 In Uganda
The BBC reports that an outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 13 in Uganda, and infected seven more."The health ministry says emergency measures are in place to deal with the outbreak, which began in...
07:05 pm - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot Controlling Monkey Brains and Behavior With Light
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers reporting online on July 26 in Current Biology have for the first time shown that they can control the behavior of monkeys by using pulses of blue light to very...
06:05 pm - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot Fighting the iCrime Wave
theodp writes "'What's the point of a mobile device,' asks WSJ reporter and iPad-beatdown-victim Rolfe Winkler, 'if people don't feel safe using it while they're mobile?' A lucrative secondhand market...
05:05 pm - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot OAuth 2.0 Standard Editor Quits, Takes Name Off Spec
New submitter tramp writes"The Register reports, 'Eran Hammer, who helped create the OAuth 1.0 spec, has been editing the evolving 2.0 spec for the last three years. He resigned from his role in June ...
04:05 pm - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot Can a Regular Person Repair a Damaged Hard Drive?
MrSeb writes "There's a lot of FUD when it comes to self-repairing a broken hard drive. Does sticking it in the freezer help? The oven? Hitting it with a hammer? Does replacing the PCB actually work? ...
03:05 pm - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Invites Hackers To Attack Its Network
An anonymous reader writes "Nearly a year ago, Facebook introduced its bug bounty program, inviting security researchers to poke around the site, discover vulnerabilities that could compromise the int...
02:05 pm - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot Did Apple Buy Fingerprint Security Firm For Mobile Wallet?
Hugh Pickens writes "Reuters reports that Apple will buy fingerprint sensor technology developer AuthenTec for about $356 million, striking a deal that could help Apple bring fingerprint technology, a...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's Lost Decade
Kurt Eichenwald has written a lengthy article about Microsoft's slow decline over the past 10 years, cataloging their missteps and showing how consistent, poor decision-making from management crippled...
10:05 am - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot 6 IT Projects, $8 Billion Over Budget At Dept. of Defense
McGruber writes "The Federal Times has the stunning (but not surprising) news that a new audit found six Defense Department modernization projects to be a combined $8 billion — or 110 percent &m...
07:05 am - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot Apple Reportedly Considering Huge Investment In Twitter
The NY Times reports that Apple has internally discussed an investment into Twitter to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. From the article:"There is no guarantee that the two companies, whic...
05:05 am - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot US Gov't Says They Can Still Freeze Megaupload Assets If the Case Is Dismissed
The Megaupload case continues, and on Friday attorneys for the U.S. government made some interesting claims. They were in court to argue against a request to dismiss the indictment against Megaupload ...
02:05 am - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot Predicting Color Blindness, ADD, or Learning Disorders From Game Data
An anonymous reader tips a story at VentureBeat about a company that helps game developers analyze data gathered from their games to detect cheaters. But now, the company says this data can also be us...
12:05 am - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot GNOME: Staring Into the Abyss
New submitter zixxt writes "GTK+ Developer Benjamin Otte talks about the stagnation and decline of the Gnome Project. He describes how core developers are leaving GNOME development, how GNOME is ...
12:05 am - Sat, July 28, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft: Surface Tablet May Alienate OEM Partners
HangingChad sends this excerpt from PCMag:"Microsoft this week admitted that its upcoming Surface tablet might hurt its relationships with PC maker partners. As first noted by the New York Times, Redm...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Is TV Over the 'Net Really Cheaper Than Cable?
jfruh writes "More and more people are joining the ranks of 'cord-cutters' — those who cancel their cable TV subscriptions and get their televisied entertainment either for free over the airwave...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Apple In Trouble With Developers
geek writes "According to Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper, Apple may be in trouble with developers. According to Arment, the new sandboxing guidelines from Apple are pushing developers away in...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot KWin Adds Support for QML Decorations
As part of a KDE-wide effort to prepare for Qt 5/QtQuick2, and a push to improve the window manager, KWin now sports QML decoration support. Currently, the C++ API for decorators is "...not ...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Slashdot's Rob Rozeboom Interviews D&D Designer Mike Mearls - Part 2 (video)
On July 18 we ran Part One of a video conversation (really audio with slides) between Slashdot editor Rob "samzenpus" Rozeboom and Mike Mearls, Senior Manager for the Dungeons and Dragons Design Team....
09:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Should Microsoft's Amdocs Deal Worry Data Center Operators?
On Tuesday, Microsoft signed a patent cross-license agreement with Amdocs Software Systems. They specifically noted in their press release that the agreement covered Amdocs' use of 'Linux-based server...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot OnLive Coming To Ouya Android Console
Earlier this month, we discussed a Kickstarter project for Ouya, and Android-based gaming console in development by a company of the same name. Their fundraising campaign was wildly successful, and no...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Two More HIV Patients Now Virus-Free Thanks To Bone Marrow Transplant
Diggester tips this quote from NBC News: "Two men unlucky enough to get both HIV and cancer have been seemingly cleared of the virus, raising hope that science may yet find a way to cure the infection...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Mark Zuckerberg's Big Facebook Mistake
Hugh Pickens writes "Nathan Vardi writes in Forbes that in the last two months, Mark Zuckerberg has had a rude introduction to the capital markets. With Facebook's stock in free-fall, down more than 4...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot CowboyNeal Reviews Oracle Linux
CowboyNeal writes "Last week, Oracle announced that they were making Oracle Linux available free of charge,and also provided a script that makes switching to Oracle Linux nearly painlessfor existing C...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Google Didn't Delete All Street View Wi-Fi Data
nk497 writes "Google is in more trouble over the Street View Wi-Fi data slurping incident. Two years ago Google admitted it had collected snippets of personal data while sniffing for Wi-Fi connections...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe
New submitter bupbin writes "We are providing a detailed report and analysis of eleven different popular gun safes produced by Stack-On, GunVault, and Bulldog to warn the public of the dangers inheren...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Beat Google's Bouncer
An anonymous reader writes "When earlier this year Google introduced Bouncer — an automated app scanning service that analyzes apps by running them on Google's cloud infrastructure and simulatin...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Clean Up My Work Computer Before I Leave?
An anonymous reader writes "I'm leaving my current job for a new one. I've been at this job for 10+ years so I'm sure there is tons of personal stuff stored on my machine. Since I can't take it w...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Man Claims Cell Phone Taken By DC Police For Taking Photos
First time accepted submitter hawkinspeter writes "Just one day after Chief Cathy Lanier made it illegal for MPD cops to take recording equipment, a 26-year-old local man had his phone taken as he was...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Defcon Researchers Build Tool To Track the Planes of the Rich and Famous
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "At the Defcon security conference later this week, two security researchers will release a tool that aims to expose a little-seen list of hidden private aircraft flight pla...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Google Warned Samsung Galaxy Tab Was "Too Similar"
tlhIngan writes "Some interesting news has come out of Apple's filings against Samsung. First, Google warned Samsung that their 'P1' (Galaxy Tab) and 'P3' (Galaxy Tab 10.1) tablets were 'too similar' ...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Face To Face With the 'Human Barcode'
silentbrad writes with this excerpt from the Financial Post: "Fast-evolving biometric technologies are promising to deliver the most convenient, secure connection possible between you and your bank ac...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: the Best Linux Setup To Transition Windows Users?
First time accepted submitter Quantus347 writes "I am trying to convince a number of people to give Linux a chance, arguing that it has come a long way on the road of consumer usability. Can you, oh W...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Researcher Finds Security Holes In FAA's New Flight Control System
gManZboy writes "A key component of the FAA's emerging 'Next Gen' air traffic control system is fundamentally insecure and ripe for manipulation and attack, security researcher Andrei Costin said in a...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot "Bomb Threat" Tweet Conviction Overturned By UK Appeals Court
New submitter Kupfernigk writes "Paul Chambers was the man who was convicted (in England) of a terrorist offense based on a tweet threatening to 'blow up' Robin Hood Airport because they couldn't get ...
10:05 am - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Hackers Release AAPT Data To Protest Aussie Policies
An anonymous reader writes "Anonymous is releasing some of the 40GB of data it claims to have stolen from Australian internet service provider AAPT. The hack is reportedly in protest against Australia...
09:05 am - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Cray XK6 Supercomputer Used To Simulate Ice Cream
An anonymous reader writes "The processing power available inside modern supercomputers isn't just able to help us better understand the universe we live in, develop better medicines, and model comple...
08:05 am - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Web Giants Form US Internet Lobby Group
judgecorp writes "Google, Facebook, eBay and Amazon have apparently set up the Internet Association to lobby the US government on issues relating to online business. From the article: 'The Internet As...
05:05 am - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot NASA's First New Spacesuit In 20 Years Is Its Own Airlock
Zothecula writes "The current U.S. space suit used by NASA is a dinosaur. Designed in 1992, it was only ever intended to be used by crews aboard the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (...
02:05 am - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Google Outs 3D Maps For iOS Ahead of Apple
hypnosec writes "Apple announced during WWDC 2012 that it is going to ditch Google maps and bring out its own under iOS 6. So, Google started working and in fact raced ahead of Apple in providing 3D m...
01:05 am - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot "Exploding" Termite Species Discovered
ananyo writes "A species of termite found in the rainforests of French Guiana takes altruism seriously: aged workers grow sacks of toxic blue liquid that they explode onto their enemies in an act of s...
12:05 am - Fri, July 27, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Makes Skype Easier To Monitor
In a follow-up to a story earlier this week, derekmead writes "Skype has gone under a number of updates and upgrades since it was bought by Microsoft last year, mostly in a bid to improve reliability....
11:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Researcher Wows Black Hat With NFC-based Smartphone Hacking Demo
alphadogg writes "At the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas Wednesday, Accuvant Labs researcher Charlie Miller showed how he figured out a way to break into both the Google/Samsung Nexus S and Nokia N9...
11:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot OpenBSD's De Raadt Slams Red Hat, Canonical Over 'Secure' Boot
An anonymous reader writes "OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has slammed Red Hat and Canonical for the way they have reacted to Microsoft's introduction of 'secure' boot along with Windows 8, describing ...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Flight 4590 Didn't Kill the Concorde; Costs Did
pigrabbitbear writes "If the plane were around today — which some still fantasize about — it'd be like powering a stretch Hummer with dolphin blood. The airlines couldn't sell enough ticke...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Champions Declared In AI Poker Tournament
the_newsbeagle writes "The annual computer poker competition has just wrapped up, in which artificial intelligences battled each other over the (virtual) Texas Hold 'Em table. A researcher who worked ...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot HP Offers Free Access To OpenStack
krow writes "HP Cloud is offering free access to Open Stack via its public cloud. Adoption of the Open Stack APIs is growing, and we [note: "krow" is also known as Brian Aker, once Slashdot's "databas...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot World's Most Powerful x86 Supercomputer Boots Up in Germany
Nerval's Lobster writes "Europe's most powerful supercomputer — and the fourth most powerful in the world — has been officially inaugurated. The SuperMUC, ranked fourth in the June TOP500 ...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network
Kiyyik writes "Google just announced the details behind their inaugural fiber optic service in Kansas City. They're doing a set of packages including $120/month for tv plus internet, $75/month for int...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Resurrect Your Old Code With a DIY Punch Card Reader
First time accepted submitter mchnz writes "Need to read in some old punch cards? Have a hankering to return to yesteryear? I've combined an Arduino, the CHDK enhanced firmware for Canon cameras, and ...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?
zwei2stein writes "My team of about 10 men (IT guys) is expecting a new colleague: a female one. It is guaranteed that there will be remarks, double entendres and innuendos with huge potential of gett...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Nokia Aborts Meltemi Linux-Based Feature Phone
judgecorp writes "Nokia has closed down the Meltemi low-end Linux phone which was supposed to replace its System 40 devices. The platform had never been officially announced and now, apparently, will ...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot The World's First 3D-Printed Gun
MrSeb writes "An American gunsmith has become the first person to construct and shoot a pistol partly made out of plastic, 3D-printed parts. The creator, who goes by the name HaveBlue and is an AR-15/...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Google Scrambles To Restore Google Talk From Outage
alphadogg writes "Google Talk, a desktop and mobile text and voice chat service used by many Google Gmail customers, suffered a widespread outage Thursday morning that the company said was affecting '...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot New Mac Trojan Installs Silently, No Password Required
An anonymous reader writes "A new Mac OS X Trojan referred to as OSX/Crisis silently infects OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and OS X 10.7 Lion. The backdoor component calls home to the IP address 176.58.100.3...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Ex-Sun Employees Are Taking Java To iOS
An anonymous reader writes "Ex-Sun employees did what Sun/Oracle failed to do since the iPhone launched. They brought Java to iOS and other mobile devices. They are getting major coverage from Forbes,...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Comcast Launches Superfast Internet To Fight FiOS
jfruh writes "Comcast customers who dream of superfast download speeds drooled when they heard the company would be offering 305 Mbps service. There's only one catch: the high speeds are only availabl...
02:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Spanish Superjudge To Represent Assange
First time accepted submitter ccguy writes "Spanish ex-judge Balsazar Garzón will represent wikileak's Julian Assange in his extradiction case. In the past 30 years Garzón has led the most i...
02:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Open Source Employee Vacation-Day Tracking Software?
First time accepted submitter sprior writes "I'm looking for preferably open source software that a business would use to track vacation/sick days for employees and so far have come up empty. I found ...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Why Valve Wants To Port Games To Linux: Because Windows 8 Is a Catastrophe
An anonymous reader writes "Gabe Newell wants to support Linux because he think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in PC space. He wants to move away from a closed ecosystem of Microsoft Windows ...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot The Rise of the Junkweb and Why It's So Awesome
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Have you noticed your Facebook stream or looked at reddit lately? A huge chunk of what goes by lately are photos with text over them, usually quotes about this or that. 'It...
10:05 am - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Kepler Spots "Perfectly Aligned" Alien Worlds
astroengine writes "When NASA's Kepler space telescope started finding planets at odd angles to their parent stars, scientists wondered if our solar system's tidy geometry, with the planets neatly orb...
08:05 am - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot City Council Ordered To Stop CCTV In Taxi Cabs
judgecorp writes "Southampton Council in the UK has been ordered to stop snooping on every taxi cab in the city. Privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office has said it is "disproportionat...
05:05 am - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot The Nuclear Approach To Climate Change
Harperdog writes "A new roundtable at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists explores the question of whether nuclear energy is the answer to climate change, particularly in developing countries where ...
03:05 am - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Skydiver Leaps From 18 Miles Up In 'Space Jump' Practice
wooferhound writes "A daredevil leapt from a balloon more than 18 miles above the Earth today, moving one step closer to a so-called 'space jump' that would set the record for the world's highest skyd...
01:05 am - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Should Journalists Embrace Jargon?
ananyo writes "In an opinion piece for Nature, science writer Trevor Quirk argues that researchers use jargon to 'capture the complexity and specificity of scientific concepts.' Avoiding jargon might ...
12:05 am - Thu, July 26, 2012
Slashdot Are Indian High Schoolers Manning Your IBM Help Desk?
theodp writes "IBM CEO Virginia M. Rometty's Big Blue bio boasts that she led the development of IBM Global Delivery Centers in India. In his latest column, Robert X. Cringely wonders if customers of ...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot The HP Memristor Debate
New submitter AaronLS writes "There has been a debate about whether HP has or has not developed a memristor. Since it's something fairly different from existing technologies, and similar in many ways ...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Feds Ban 'Buckyballs' Magnets
SicariusMan writes "Looks like warnings and other precautions were not enough to save Buckyballs Magnets. According to this report, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is concerned about the increa...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Cyber Attacks On Activists Traced To Gamma Group's FinFisher Spyware
Sherloqq sends this quote from a Bloomberg report:"FinFisher, a spyware sold by U.K.- based Gamma Group, can secretly take remote control of a computer, copying files, intercepting Skype calls and log...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot 'Seeds' of Supermassive Black Holes Discovered
astroengine writes "The very existence of intermediate black holes (IBMHs) is in dispute, but a group of astronomers of Keio University, Japan, have found the potential locations of three IMBH candida...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Is There Still a Ray of Hope On Climate Change?
Hugh Pickens writes "David Leonhardt writes in the NY Times that even as the U.S. endures its warmest year on record (the 13 warmest years for the entire planet have all occurred since 1998), the coun...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Budget 27" IPS Displays From Korea Are For Real
crookedvulture writes "Giant, high-resolution LCD monitors have been around for years, but they've always been prohibitively expensive. Good displays based on IPS panel technology command upwards of $...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Wireless Car Charger Test Starts In London
judgecorp writes "A test of wireless chargers for electric vehicles has started in London. The Halo system owned by Qualcomm is one of several competing technologies designed to deliver power to charg...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy S3 Stripped of Local Search
DavidGilbert99 writes "Ahead of a legal battle with Apple, Samsung has begun disabling the local Google search functionality on the international version of the Galaxy S3. This mean S3 owners will no ...
07:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Reverse-Engineered Irises Fool Eye-Scanners
Maximum Prophet writes "If you've ever had your eyes scanned, be sure to install new ones every 90 days. Wired reports on research being released at Black Hat: 'The replica images, they say, can trick...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot OS X Mountain Lion Review
John Siracusa at Ars Technica has published a lengthy and detailed review of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. (Lengthy enough that the review garnered a review of its own.) Siracusa methodically goes through ...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Leaked IFPI Report Details Anti-Piracy Strategy
hypnosec writes "IFPI has inadvertently made available its own confidential internal report, penned by none other than IFPI's chief anti-piracy officer, which details its strategy against online pirac...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Father of SSH Says Security Is 'Getting Worse'
alphadogg writes with an excerpt from an interview with the designer of SSH-1: "Tatu Ylönen has garnered fame in technology circles as the inventor of Secure Shell (SSH), the widely used protocol...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Latest Netflix Earnings Report Mixed
nmpost writes with one interpretation of Netflix's Q2 results (PDF). From the article: "The beginning of the end may be at hand for Netflix. On Tuesday, the movie rental company posted its second quar...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Malware Strikes Apple iOS App Store Again
tlhIngan writes "Well, it's happened again. Malware has slipped past Apple again and appeared in the iOS App Store. This time though, an iOS application came bundled with two Windows executables conta...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot New Reality Series: Be the Next Microsoft Employee
theodp writes "No, Steve Ballmer doesn't swap spit with contestants in a hot tub. Nor does he present a rose to each contestant he wishes to keep at the end of each episode. But the contestants in Mic...
03:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot US Army Developing Armor Tailored For Females
cylonlover writes, quoting Gizmag: "Body armor is a blessing and a curse for soldiers. Modern tactical armor has saved thousands of lives from bullets and bombs, but it can also be a major problem if ...
03:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Launches On September 25
New submitter JestersGrind writes "Blizzard has announced that Mists of Pandaria, the latest expansion of the popular World of Warcraft MMO, will be launched on September 25, 2012 and can be pre-order...
03:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Open Millions of Hotel Rooms With Arduino
MrSeb writes with an excerpt from Extreme Tech about a presentation at Black Hat: "Bad news: With an Arduino microcontroller and a little bit of programming, it's possible for a hacker to gain instant...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Senate Bill Raises Possibility of Withdrawl From ITER As Science Cuts Loom
ananyo writes "Are the knives coming out for ITER? A Senate Department of Energy spending bill, yet to be voted on, would cut domestic research for fusion and directs the DOE to explore the impact of ...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Apple Blames Earnings Miss On iPhone 5 Anticipation
Hugh Pickens writes "Reuters reports that Apple shed more than five percent of its stock price value in after-hours trading after the company reported its second quarterly miss on results in less than...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Tor Project Experiments With Funding Fast Exit Nodes
mask.of.sanity writes "The Tor Project is considering paying exit relay hosts to make the network faster and more secure. The project has called for discussion on the idea, notably from relay hosts. I...
10:05 am - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Contest To Sequence Centenarians Kicks Off
ananyo writes "The first competitor has swaggered up to the starting line for a contest that aims to push the limits of genome-sequencing technology. The X Prize Foundation of Playa Vista, California,...
07:05 am - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8 Graphics: Microsoft Has Hardware-Accelerated Everything
MrSeb writes "Microsoft has detailed the extensive changes made to the Windows 8 graphics subsystem and DirectX 11.1. In short, everything in Windows 8 is hardware accelerated, and as a result its tex...
05:05 am - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot UK ISP and Mobile Networks Snub Net Neutrality Pledge
nk497 writes "UK ISP Virgin Media and two of the largest mobile networks, Everything Everywhere and Vodafone, are among the high-profile absentees from a new voluntary code of conduct on net neutralit...
03:05 am - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Offers To Help Train Workers For Other Jobs
itwbennett writes "Amazon, which has come under attack for harsh warehouse working conditions, on Monday announced a new training benefit program for fulfillment center employees. The program will cov...
01:05 am - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot NASA Satellite Measurements Show Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Melt
NASA reports that measurements taken from orbiting satellites indicate the Greenland ice sheet underwent melting over a larger area than they've seen in 30 years of observations. On July 8, the satell...
12:05 am - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot Washington, D.C. Police Affirm Citizens' Right To Record Police Officers
dcsmith writes "Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier says, 'A bystander has the same right to take photographs or make recordings as a member of the media,' and backs it u...
12:05 am - Wed, July 25, 2012
Slashdot iRobot's Robot Doc Is Ready To Heal You
SkinnyGuy tips news that patients may soon be getting diagnosed with the help of a 5'4", 140lb assistant going by the name of RP-VITA. The 'Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assi...
11:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Would You Trust an 80-Year-Old Nuclear Reactor?
the_newsbeagle writes "The worst nuclear near-disaster that you've never heard of came to light in 2002, when inspectors at Ohio's Davis-Besse nuclear power station discovered that a slow leak had bee...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot App Developer: Android Designed For Piracy
Following news this week of a game developer who turned the Android version of a game free because of piracy concerns, software developer Matt Gemmell has written a lengthy post explaining why he thin...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Khan Academy: the Teachers Strike Back
theodp writes "With his Khan Academy: The Hype and the Reality screed in the Washington Post, Mathalicious founder Karim Kai Ani — a former middle school teacher and math coach — throws so...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot OS X Mountain Lion Out Tomorrow
Apple revealed in its third quarter earnings release today that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be released tomorrow, July 25th. "As a quick recap, the $19.99 software update brings a handful of iOS feat...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Gadget Addiction or Work Intrusion?
Yesterday the NY Times ran a story about the worry in Silicon Valley of addiction to gadgets, and how it might affect stress levels and people's ability to focus. But today an article in the Atlantic ...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?
An anonymous reader writes "Like most web users these days, I have enough accounts on enough websites – most of which have *inconsistent* password syntax restrictions — that when I need to...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Interviews: Giovanni Organtini Answers About the Higgs and LHC
You asked questions about the LHC (and in particular, the believed discovery of the Higgs Boson) of physicist Giovanni Organtini. Organtini has responded (answers below), and written a brief introduct...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot What's Next For Superhero Movies?
New submitter Faizdog writes "The Atlantic has a very interesting article on what's next for superhero movies after The Dark Knight Rises leaves theaters. DC in particular doesn't seem to have a good ...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Apple Wins EU Ban of Smaller Samsung Tablet, Demands $2.5 Billion In Damages
walterbyrd writes with news that Apple has won a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 across the European Union, thanks to a decision in a German regional court today. At the same...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot San Francisco Poaching Tech Talent From Silicon Valley
jfruh writes "Silicon Valley, including San Jose and the chain of suburbs running north from it along the San Francisco Peninsula, has long been the epicenter of the tech business and startup scene. S...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Apple Joins 'Em, With Black Hat Presentation on iOS Security Model
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Network World: "For the first time, Apple will officially be in attendance at the annual Black Hat security conference which is scheduled to run throu...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot The Decline of Google's (and Everybody's) Ad Business
Hugh Pickens writes "Rebecca Greenfield writes that during their recent earnings call, Google reported a 16 percent decline in Cost-per-Click (CPC), meaning the value of each advertisement clicked has...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Reports Say Apple Is Shrinking Its Docking Connector With iPhone 5
jones_supa writes "Two sources have told Reuters that Apple's new iPhone will drop the classic wide dock connector used in the company's gadgets for the best part of a decade in favor of a smaller one...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot F-Secure Report: Another SCADA Attack in Iran — This Time With ACDC
An anonymous reader writes "F-Secure antivirus company of Finland has reported receiving e-mails from an Iranian nuclear scientist, who says Persian uranium-235 isotope refining efforts have just been...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Value of Website Design Tools vs. Hand Coding?
An anonymous reader writes "I am pretty computer literate, and have a son who is extremely computer savvy. He taught himself C#, Javascript, built his own desktop with his Christmas and birthday money...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Spooky: How NSA's Surveillance Algorithms See Into Your Life
SmartAboutThings writes "A quite scary talk show with former NSA employees — now whistle blowers — Thomas Drake, Kirk Wiebe, and William Binney reveals that the NSA has algorithms that go ...
02:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Correcting the Record: the Government's Role In the Internet
TwobyTwo writes "Yesterday, Slashdot posted a piece titled Who Really Invented the Internet?. It quoted a Wall Street Journal article with the same title by Gordon Crovitz. Crovitz makes the claim tha...
02:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Aussie Judge Declares Apple-Samsung Patent Battles "Ridiculous"
New submitter Ahab's compliments writes "Score another point for sensible judges — the judge in point wants to know why this dispute over the wireless technologies developed by Samsung and used ...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Gartner Analyst Retracts "Windows 8 Is Bad" Claim
nk497 writes "A Gartner analyst made headlines after describing Windows 8 desktop as: 'in a word: bad.' After web reaction, including one story asking why anyone bothers to listen to the consultancy f...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot NSA Declassifies Memo About Failed TRAILBLAZER Project
decora writes "Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post reports that the NSA has just declassified one of the 5 documents NSA whistleblower Thomas Andrews Drake was charged under the Espionage Act for r...
12:05 pm - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot The Nation Is Losing Its Toolbox
Hugh Pickens writes "Louis Uchitelle writes that in Aisle 34 of Home Depot is precut vinyl flooring, the glue already in place. In Aisle 26 are prefab windows, and if you don't want to be your own han...
10:05 am - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot USB 3.0 100W Power Standard Seeks To End Proprietary Chargers
judgecorp writes "The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has published a Power Delivery standard which will deliver up to 100W. The specification (press release with link to full details) includes new bi-directio...
08:05 am - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Neuroscience May Cure Videogames Industry's Obsession With Guns
An anonymous reader writes "Leading developer Chris Stevens tells Edge magazine that neuroscience researchers will soon find 'non-violent triggers to mimic the rush of pleasure gamers feel when firing...
05:05 am - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Won't Say If Skype Is Secure Or Not. Time To Change?
jetcityorange writes "When asked repeatedly a Microsoft spokesperson refused to confirm or deny that Skype conversations [could be monitored]. Microsoft was granted a patent a month after purchasing S...
02:05 am - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot NSA Chief To Address Hackers At DEF CON
wiredmikey writes "Later this week, theNSA's organizational leader and head of the U.S. Cyber Command – General Keith Alexander — will address an audience of hackers at DEF CON. News of Ge...
01:05 am - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Being Honest In Exit Interviews Is Pointless
Esther Schindler writes "Say that you're leaving a job, either on your own volition or because they decided it was time for you to 'pursue other opportunities.' Before you leave, the HR department wan...
12:05 am - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Prime Ministerial Plagiarism Farce Continues In Romania
ananyo writes "Two investigations into the case of alleged plagiarism by Romania's prime minister, Victor Ponta, have reached opposite conclusions, ramping up the tension in a fierce struggle over pol...
12:05 am - Tue, July 24, 2012
Slashdot Sally Ride Takes Her Final Flight
fructose writes "Sally Ride, America's first woman in space died today at age 61. She succumbed to pancreatic cancer according to her office in San Diego. Here's to wishing her a safe trip on her fina...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Discovery Channel Telescope Snaps Inaugural Pictures
eldavojohn writes "Two decades ago ... Discovery Channel teamed up with Lowell Observatory and embarked upon a $53 million adventure: the fifth largest telescope in the United States funded entirely w...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot DNI Admits FISA Surveillance Violated the 4th Amendment
colinneagle writes, quoting Ms. Smith: "It's official; the government's spying efforts exceeded the legal limits at least once (PDF), meaning it is also officially 'unreasonable under the Fourth Amend...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Developer Drops Game Price To $0 Citing Android Piracy
hypnosec writes with news of a curious way of fighting piracy. From the article: "Android based devices are being activated at the rate of million a day and users are downloading apps and games at a r...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot UK Government Faces Lawsuit Over Surveillance Exports
judgecorp writes "The UK government has been threatened with legal action, over its failure to block exports of espionage technology to oppressive regimes. British firms have sold covert surveillance ...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Lays Out Money-Making Options For Windows Store Developers
tsamsoniw writes "With the release of Windows 8 just around the corner, Microsoft is eager to see its Windows Store well stocked with third-party, Metro-friendly apps. Hoping to get developers on boar...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot World Population Grows Beyond 7 Billion
First time accepted submitter assertation writes in with a LA Times feature about the booming world population and the strain it puts on the environment and governments. "After remaining stable for mo...
07:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Who Really Invented the Internet?
jaymzter writes "The Wall Street Journal is running an article that it claims seeks to dispel an urban legend about the internet: 'The creation of the Arpanet was not motivated by considerations of wa...
07:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot US Regaining Manufacturing Might With Robots and 3D Printing
For years, the U.S. has been hemorrhaging manufacturing jobs to China because of the vastly cheaper labor pool. But now, several different technologies have ripened to the point where U.S. companies a...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot New Coating Technology Promises Self-Cleaning Cars
Zothecula writes "Nissan's "Scratch Guard Coat" has been healing fine scratches on the company's cars for a few years now, and the technology has also made its way into an iPhone case. More recent dev...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Dr. Faragher Answers Your Questions About the Future of Navigation Technology
Earlier this month you asked Principal Scientist at the BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre, Dr. Ramsey Faragher, about his NAVSOP navigation system and the future of positioning systems in general...
05:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Google Wants You to Use Your Real Name on YouTube
Google has launched a pop-up dialogue box on YouTube that urges you to use your real name when trying to make a comment. From the article: "When you try to comment on a YouTube video, a box will pop u...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot UCLA Develops Transparent, Electricity-Generating, Solar Cell Windows
Elliot Chang writes "A team from UCLA has developed a new transparent solar cell that has the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. In short, they've created a so...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot "G-Prize" To Recognize Innovation In Synthetic Biology
An anonymous reader writes "The inaugural G-Prize contest, conceived and exclusively sponsored by Gen9, was launched to foster creative and innovative approaches for using synthetic DNA libraries to c...
03:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Economists: US Poverty On Track To Hit Highest Level Since 1960s
First time accepted submitter eentory writes "According to economists and other experts surveyed by the Associated Press, the U.S. poverty rate is on track to hit its highest level since the 1960s. Th...
03:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Staples Executive Outs Six New Kindle Fire Tablets
zacharye writes "Staples (SPLS) president Demos Parneros has gone on record in stating that Amazon (AMZN) has plans to introduce as many as six new Kindle Fire tablets. A new report on Monday says tha...
02:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Jack Daniels Shows How To Write a Cease and Desist Letter
NormalVisual writes "When the Jack Daniels distillery recently became aware of a book whose cover they felt substantially infringed their trademark, they didn't go into instant 'Terminator mode' &mdas...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot 16GB Nexus 7 Sold Out On Google Play Store
hypnosec writes "Just days after it was officially made available on Google Play, Google's Nexus 7 16GB version has been sold out and is not available for order. Google's probable answer to Amazon's K...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot The 21st IOCCC Has Been Announced
leob writes "As promised at the end of the 20th IOCCC earlier this year, the 21st International Obfuscated C Code Contest will accept entries from 2012-Aug-15 03:14:15 UTC to 2012-Sep-14 09:26:53 UTC....
01:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot EU Parliament Debates a DMCA Equivalent
bs0d3 writes "Right now what is lacking across Europe is a standard law to handle notice-and-take-downs of illegal sites like the U.S.'s DMCA. Right now illegal content across Europe is subject to non...
12:05 pm - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Nanoparticle Completely Eradicates Hepatitis C Virus
Diggester writes "While Americans worry every year about getting a flu shot or preventing HIV/AIDS, the deadlier silent killer is actually Hepatitis C, killing over 15,000 people yearly in the U.S. si...
09:05 am - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Australians Receive SMS Death Threats
beaverdownunder writes "Many Aussies across New South Wales and South Australia had a bit of a shock this morning when they received an SMS threatening them with assassination. Although somewhat varie...
06:05 am - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Fake Password Reset E-mail Hits 7,500 Black Hat Registrants
An anonymous reader writes "7,500 Black Hat USA 2012 attendees may have been surprised to get a fake password reset e-mail sent to accounts they used to register for the conference. Black Hat has apol...
03:05 am - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Scripting-Friendly Smartphones?
An anonymous reader writes "I am choosing a smartphone for work, moving up from a long history of just-a-phone phones. This coincides with moving into an environment where I will have a desktop machin...
12:05 am - Mon, July 23, 2012
Slashdot Finding Fault With Anti-Fracking Science Claims
A widely carried Associated Press article (here, as run by the Wall Street Journal) reports that some of the convincingly scientific-sounding claims of opponents of fracking don't seem to hold up to s...
11:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Three-Strikes Copyright Law In NZ Halves Infringement
Bismillah writes "The 'Skynet' copyright act has been in effect for six months in New Zealand and rights holders reckon it halved the number of infringements in the first month. Even so, they're not h...
10:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Apple Plans Hearing Aid Social Networking
theodp writes "Apple may have killed off Ping, its attempt at a music social network, but the USPTO on Thursday disclosed that Apple has patent-pending plans for a hearing aid-based social network. So...
09:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Artificial Jellyfish Built From Silicone and Rat Cells
ananyo writes "Bioengineers have made an artificial jellyfish using silicone and muscle cells from a rat's heart. The synthetic creature, dubbed a medusoid, looks like a flower with eight petals. When...
08:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Just $10M Keeping "Red Neck Rocket Scientist" From Reaching Space
McGruber writes "The Arizona Republic has an update on Morris Jarvis, a Project Manager at Intel who also happens to Space Transport and Recovery (STAR) Systems, a commercial space-travel company, out...
07:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Subcontractor Tells Fukushima Workers To Hide Radiation Exposure
First time accepted submitter fredprado writes "Apparently at least one subcontractor hired to clean up the Fukushima site has been urging their workers to put their radiation detectors lined under le...
06:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Yale-Led Team Solves Half-Century Carbon-Crystal Mystery
slew writes "Unlike its more famous carbon cousins: diamonds and fullerenes, you've probably never heard of M-Carbon, but this form of compressed graphite which is as hard as diamonds has baffled rese...
05:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot If You Lived In Riga, You Wouldn't Bother To Cut the Cord
lpress writes "If you lived in Riga, Latvia, you would not have to 'cut the cord' to see video entertainment at a reasonable cost. You would simply get a triple play subscription with 20 Mbps up and 5...
03:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Stepping Down From an Office Server To NAS-Only?
First time accepted submitter rawket.scientist writes "I'm a full time lawyer and part time nerd doing most of the IT support for my small (~10 person) firm. We make heavy use of our old Windows Serve...
02:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Poison Attacks Against Machine Learning
mikejuk writes "Support Vector Machines (SVMs) are fairly simple but powerful machine learning systems. They learn from data and are usually trained before being deployed. SVMs are used in security to...
01:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Japan: Police Arrest Journalists For Selling DVD-Backup Tools
Modellismo writes "Last week four journalists from Sansai Books were arrested for selling, through the company website, a copy of a magazine published last year (with a free cover mounted disc) focuse...
12:05 pm - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Open Source Smart Meter Hacking Framework Released
wiredmikey writes "A researcher specializing in smart grids has released an open-source tool designed to assess the security of smart meters. Dubbed 'Termineter,' the framework would allow users, such...
09:05 am - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Europe Gets Pay-As-You-Go Satellite Broadband
judgecorp writes "Europe is set to get pay-as-you-go high speed satellite broadband from Avanti's Ka-band HYLAS1 satellite in the 26.5 — 40GHz range. Avanti says satellite broadband services hav...
06:05 am - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot The DARPA-Funded Power Strip That Will Hack Your Network
An anonymous reader writes "The Power Pwn may look like a power strip, but it's actually a DARPA-funded hacking tool for launching remotely-activated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet attacks. If you see...
05:05 am - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Ox Bow Lake Formation, As Seen By the Google Earth Time Machine
djl4570 writes with a link to this "excellent study in the gradual change of geographic features as a river meander becomes an ox bow lake when the river current cuts through the meander. The same Goo...
03:05 am - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Patent Troll Claims Minecraft Infringement
First time accepted submitter ubrgeek writes "Popular game Minecraft has hit the big time: It's being sued for infringement by patent troll Uniloc who claims the game infringes a patent it holds on co...
12:05 am - Sun, July 22, 2012
Slashdot Linux 3.5 Released
diegocg writes "Linux 3.5 has been released. New features include support for metadata checksums in Ext4, userspace probes for performance profiling with systemtap/perf, a simple sandboxing mechanism ...
11:05 pm - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot Harvard Study Suggests Drone Strikes Can Disrupt Terror Groups
An anonymous reader writes "Can drone strikes rid the world of terror groups? Many have argued that drones/UAVs seem to be a logical weapon of war: ground troops are not needed and strikes can be spec...
10:05 pm - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot US Charges Russian With Launching 2008 Amazon DoS Attack
The Seattle Times reports that Dmitry Olegovick Zubakha, "A Russian man believed to be behind cyberattacks on Seattle-based Amazon.com and other online retailers in June, 2008 has been arrested in Cyp...
09:05 pm - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot HTML5 Splits Into Two Standards
mikejuk writes "Until now the two standards bodies working on HTML5 (WHATWG and W3C ) have cooperated. An announcement by WHATWG makes it clear that this is no longer true. WHATWG is going to work on ...
08:05 pm - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot Startup Turns Fixing Your Grandma's PC Into a Game
First time accepted submitter thecrazyivan writes "As companies like Reddit and Foursquare have shown, Internet users enjoy earning points in arbitrary social games. So why not apply that competitive ...
07:05 pm - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot Kids Still Playing Pokemon Like It's 1999
theodp writes "In 1999, TIME's cover warned readers to Beware of Pokemon ('For many kids it's now an addiction: cards, video games, toys, a new movie. Is it bad for them?'). But Pokemon wasn't as easi...
06:05 pm - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot FCC Tariff Changes Mean No More Free Conference Calls
kgeiger writes "The FCC is changing the call termination tariffs that subsidized rural wireline service and coincidentally free conference calls. Free conference call services had located their dial-i...
05:05 pm - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Storing Items In a Sealed Chest For 25 Years?
New submitter accet87 writes "We are celebrating the Silver Jubilee of our graduation next month and have come up with an idea where we will build an air-tight chest in which each of us will deposit s...
04:05 pm - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot First iOS, Now Mac OS X In-App Purchases Hacked
An anonymous reader writes "Last week Russian developer Alexey Borodin hacked Apple's In-App Purchase program for all devices running iOS 3.0 or later, allowing iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users to c...
03:05 pm - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot Google Releases Jelly Bean Updates For the Nexus S
dell623 writes "Google has begun updating the Google Nexus S, which was released in December 2010 to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update comes with all the new features of JB, including Google Now. The...
02:05 pm - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot Asus Delivers Speed Boost With USB Attached SCSI Protocol
MojoKid writes "When USB debuted in 1999, it offered maximum throughput of 12Mb/s. Today, USB 3.0 offers 4.8Gb/s. Interestingly, modern USB 3 controllers use the same Bulk-Only Transport (BOT) protoco...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot Google Says Some Apple Inventions Are So Great They Should Be Shared
An anonymous reader writes "In attempting to fend off Apple's suit against Motorola Mobility and advancing its own patent litigation against Apple, Google, which is facing a lot of regulatory scrutiny...
12:05 pm - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot Analyzing Tweets To Identify Psychopaths
nonprofiteer writes "Researchers presenting at Defcon next week have developed a psychopathy prediction model for Twitter. It analyzes linguistic tells to rate users' levels of narcissism, machiavelli...
09:05 am - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot Aussie Network Engineers Form Members-Only ISP
schliz writes "A group of Australian network engineers is planning to launch a not-for-profit internet service provider that will provide access to the nation's high-speed NBN fibre network for like-m...
06:05 am - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot Australian Sex Party May Sue Google Over Ad Refusal
New submitter niftydude writes "Australian newspaper The Age is carrying the story: The Australian Sex Party has threatened Google with legal action after the search engine refused to run its ads on t...
03:05 am - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot Gooseberry Launches Android-based Raspberry Pi Rival
New submitter masternerdguy writes with this snippet from Tom's Hardware about yet another tiny, Linux-capable single-board computer: "The manufacturer claims that the Gooseberry is 'roughly 3 x more ...
12:05 am - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot In Advance of Ramadan, Indonesian Gov't Starts Massive Censorship Push
An anonymous reader writes "The Indonesian government has blocked access to 1 million pornographic websites in advance of Ramadan, the country's holy month. Internet censorship is nothing new in Indon...
12:05 am - Sat, July 21, 2012
Slashdot Why You Shouldn't Write Off Google+ Just Yet
TheNextCorner writes "Cmdr Taco writes for The Washington Post on why you shouldn't write off Google+ just yet: "Google+ is technically better than its rivals in a number of key ways. The us...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Software Emulates Organism's Entire Lifespan
An anonymous reader "Scientists have developed a software simulation, running on 128 computers, of an entire organism, a step toward carrying out full experiments without traditional instruments (abst...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Canadians To Get Unbundled Cable TV Channels
Jerry Rivers writes "The CRTC, Canada's communications regulator, has approved changes to the way cable companies bundle programming to allow the purchase of selected channels while dropping others th...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises
Unless you've managed to not watch anything in the past three weeks, you're aware that Chris Nolan's final Batman movie is out. With Christian Bale as the low-talking caped crusader, The Dark Knight R...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Federal Agencies Lagging Behind In Data Center Plans
Nerval's Lobster writes with news that U.S. federal agencies are falling behind in their efforts to consolidate government data centers. Current plans call for a savings of $2.4 billion and the closin...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Judge: Cops Can Impersonate Owner Of Seized Cell Phones
Aryden writes with news of a recent court decision in which a judge ruled it was acceptable for police to impersonate the owner of a cell phone they had seized, in order to extract information from th...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Lenovo CEO Gives His $3M Bonus To 10k Workers
ndogg writes "Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing has decided to give his $3,000,000USD bonus to his workers instead of keeping it. Those 10,000 employees include receptionists, production line workers, and assi...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: UP and To the RIGHT
benrothke writes "Anyone who has worked in information technology knows of Gartner. They are one of the leading information technology research and advisory firms. Most of their clients are CIOs and s...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Valve & Intel Collaborating On Open-Source Drivers
An anonymous reader writes "It looks like Valve's Linux team that's still growing has found much interest in open-source graphics drivers. Intel Linux graphics driver developers and Valve's Linux team...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Can Anyone Catch Khan Academy?
waderoush writes "Even as name-brand universities like MIT and Harvard rush to put more courses on the Web, they're vying with an explosion of new online learning resources like Coursera, Udacity, Ude...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Gene Therapy Could Soon Be Approved In Europe
another random user writes"According to the BBC, 'Europe is on the cusp of approving a gene therapy for the first time, in what would be a landmark moment for the field. ... The European Medicines Age...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Obama's Portrait of Cyberwar Isn't Complete Hyperbole
pigrabbitbear writes "It's hard to imagine what cyberwarfare actually looks like. Is it like regular warfare, where two sides armed with arsenals of deadly weapons open fire on each other and hope for...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot 2.4 Million Ontario Voters' Private Info Compromised
An anonymous reader writes "Elections Ontario, an agency tasked with the organization and conduct of general elections and by-elections in Canada's Ontario region, is warning voters about the loss and...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Viacom and DirecTV Reach New Agreement
An anonymous reader writes "About 10 days after Viacom pulled 26 channels from DirecTV over a contract dispute, the two companies have finally come to an agreement that should have DirecTV fans in nee...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Taking Heat For Five-Figure Xbox 360 'Patch Fee'
wasimkadak sends this quote from Ars:"Developer Phil Fish knows there's a problem preventing some people from enjoying his Xbox 360 puzzle platformer Fez as intended. But he's not going to fix it, tha...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!
New submitter Steve Max writes "Editor Paul Ockenden wonders, 'Has anyone else noticed what's been happening to top-end smartphones recently? They've started to get big – really big. But do peop...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot New Type of Chemical Bond Predicted To Exist In White Dwarfs
ananyo writes "A previously unknown type of powerful chemical bond should be induced by the ferocious magnetic fields of white dwarfs and neutron stars, according to computer simulations. If the effec...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot EFF Challenges National Security Letter
sunbird writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in San Francisco on behalf of an anonymous petitioner seeking to challenge a National Security Le...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Facebook and Wal-Mart Join Forces
Jeremiah Cornelius writes "Wal-Mart — the retail king of Big Data analytics — will be meeting Mark Zuckerberg for two days in Bentonville, to 'deepen' their relationship with Facebook. The...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Resources For Identifying Telecom Right-of-Way Locations?
An anonymous reader writes "With threats to network neutrality, such as Verizon's recent lawsuit, I've been thinking of creating a map plotting all the locations where telecommunications companies cur...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot 12 Dead, 50 Injured at The Dark Knight Rises Showing In Colorado
beaverdownunder sends the sad news that a gunman opened fire on an audience watching the new Batman movie early this morning, killing 12 and wounding 50 others. The shooting took place in Aurora, Colo...
11:05 am - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Great Open Source Map Tools For Web Developers
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner surveys the rich ecosystem of free maps, free data, and free libraries that give developers excellent alternatives to Google Maps. 'The options are expanding qu...
10:05 am - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Unbreakable Crypto: Store a 30-character Password In Your Subconscious Mind
MrSeb writes "A cross-disciplinary team of US neuroscientists and cryptographers have developed a password/passkey system that removes the weakest link in any security system: the human user. It's ing...
08:05 am - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Twitter To Appeal Turning Over Protester's Messages
angry tapir writes "Twitter plans to appeal a ruling to turn over the once-public tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protester charged with disorderly conduct, a case the company says threatens the First...
06:05 am - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Medieval "Lingerie" From 15th Century Castle Could Rewrite Fashion History
fangmcgee writes "Archaeologists have unearthed several 500-year-old bras that some experts say could rewrite fashion history. While they'll hardly send pulses racing by today's standards, the lace-an...
05:05 am - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Plan to Slow Global Warming By Dumping Iron Sulphate into Oceans
ananyo writes "In the search for methods of geoengineering to limit global warming, it seems that stimulating the growth of algae in the oceans might be an efficient way of removing excess carbon diox...
03:05 am - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot EFF: Americans May Not Know It, But Many Are In a Face Recognition Database Now
colinneagle writes "People are not going to, nor should they have to, start walking around outside with a bag over their head to avoid security cameras capturing images of them. Yet 'face recognition ...
01:05 am - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot ESA Summer of Code In Space 2012
phyr writes "The European Space Agency is looking for student coders to join the Summer of Code in Space. ESA will pay 4000 Euros to each student for contributing to a space related open source projec...
01:05 am - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Higgs Data Offers Joy and Pain For Particle Physicists
scibri writes "So now that we've pretty much found the Higgs Boson, what's next? Well: 'There's going to be a huge massacre of theoretical ideas in the next couple of years,' predicts Joe Lykken, a th...
12:05 am - Fri, July 20, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Posts First Quarterly Loss Ever
HangingChad writes "Microsoft's announcement of a late October release date for Windows 8 was eclipsed by its earnings report, in which the computer giant posted its first-ever quarterly loss since go...
11:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Man Who Protested TSA By Stripping Is Acquitted By Judge
AbrasiveCat writes "In an update to an earlier Slashdot story, the Portland Oregon man who was arrested after stripping naked at a TSA checkpoint at Portland Airport was acquitted of indecent exposure...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Apple Yanks Privacy App From the App Store
wiredmikey writes "Back in May of this year, Internet security firm Bitdefender launched 'Clueful,' an iOS App that helps identify potentially intrusive applications and show users what they do behind...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Patents On Genes: Round Two
dstates writes "An industry has grown up around patents guaranteeing exclusive access to testing of mutations in specific genes, but recently the Supreme Court rejected a biotechnology patent saying l...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Political Ideology Shapes How People Perceive Temperature
benfrog writes "In what likely isn't that much of a surprise, a study has shown that political ideology shapes how we perceive temperature changes (but not drought/flooding conditions). (An abstract o...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Google Releases Android 4.1 SDK
hypnosec writes "Google has released the full SDK for its latest edition of Android, Jelly Bean, which was unveiled during Google I/O. Google has already released the source code of Jelly Bean earlier...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Apologizes For Inserting Naughty Phrase Into Linux Kernel
netbuzz writes "Microsoft has apologized and promised to rectify the fact that one of its developers slipped a sexist phrase into Linux kernel code supporting Microsoft's HyperV virtualization environ...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Joseph Palaia Answers Your Questions About Building Lunar Machines and Mars
Last week you asked Joseph Palaia, Chief Operating Officer & Director of research laboratory Earthrise Space, Inc. about living on Mars one day and building moon machines with students. Below you'...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Apple Expanding NC Green Data Center
The North Carolina data center that Apple has touted as especially earth-friendly (for having biogas-fueled generators, for one thing) will soon have a smaller companion; Apple is expanding its presen...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Canonical Unveils WebApps For Ubuntu
nk497 writes "Canonical has revealed a system to make web apps behave more like native applications in Ubuntu. The Ubuntu WebApps feature will 'allow applications that normally run in the web browser ...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Meet the Robisons and Their Low-Cost RepRap Kit (Video)
It seems like less than an hour since Slashdot ran a Report From HOPE: The State of Community Fabrication. Now we have a video about a Massachusetts mother and son team we met at HOPE that had so much...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Report From HOPE: The State of Community Fabrication
Four years ago, there were around ten hackerspaces across America;today, Hackerspaces (Techshops, Makerspaces) are within drivingdistance of a good chunk of the population. The RepRap can be assembled...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot EPIC Files Motion About Ignored Body Scanner Ruling
OverTheGeicoE writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a motion in court yesterday regarding the court's ignored year-old ruling on EPIC vs. DHS. EPIC is asking the court to require DHS...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Asking Slashdot: Converting an SUV Into an Hybrid Diesel-Electric?
joaommp writes "So, my team has started a project to convert an SUV into an hybrid diesel-electric vehicle — basically, an electric vehicle with a diesel engine working as a range extender. We'v...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu Unity Ported To Fedora Using OpenSUSE
sfcrazy writes "The general tendency within the open source community is to a whole new wheel to push your own cart. A majority of open source projects are suffering from duplication. Luckily, we just...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Al Franken Calls for Tight Rules on Facial Recognition Software
angry tapir writes "The U.S. Congress may need to pass legislation that limits the way government agencies and private companies use facial recognition technology to identify people, according to U.S....
03:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?
Hugh Pickens writes "Rebecca Greenfield writes that Google's Nexus tablet with its taped sides and fussy plastic takes effort to open, eliciting what some would call 'wrap rage,' the linguist-approved...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot New Round of Server Take-Downs Fells Grum Botnet
judgecorp writes "The Grum botnet has been finally put out of action by a co-ordinated international effort. After Dutch servers were taken out, the remaining C&C servers in Russia and Panama were...
02:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Australian Consumer Group Wants Geo-IP Blocking Banned
daria42 writes "Live outside the US? Then you're probably used to being blocked from watching Hulu, frustrated by not being able to buy the eBooks you want from Amazon and most of all, annoyed about p...
02:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot JavaScript For the Rest of Us
First time accepted submitter my2iu writes "The JavaScript programming language is both widely available and very powerful. Unfortunately, since only 6% of the world's population are native English sp...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot An Olympic Games For Enhanced Athletes?
ananyo writes "With the Olympics due to kick off on 27 July in London, Nature has taken a look at how far science would be able to push human athletic abilities if all restrictions on doping were lift...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Obama Wants $1 Billion For "Master Teachers Corps"
theodp writes "The White House has unveiled a proposal to create a national elite teachers corps to reward the nation's best educators in science, technology, engineering and math. In the first year, ...
10:05 am - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot High-Performance Monolithic Graphene Transistors Created
MrSeb writes "Hardly a day goes by without a top-level research group announcing some kind of graphene-related breakthrough, but this one's a biggy: Researchers at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg...
08:05 am - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Small, Big-Brained Animals Dodge Extinction
ananyo writes "Large-brained animals may be less likely to go extinct in a changing world, perhaps because they can use their greater intelligence to adapt their behavior to new conditions, according ...
08:05 am - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot One Tablet Per Child Program Begins In Thailand
societyofrobots writes "Thailand has now put the first 50,000 of a planned 800,000 tablets into the hands of elementary students. Each tablet costs only $80/unit, runs Android ICS, and was manufacture...
05:05 am - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Office 2013 Not Compatible With Windows XP, Vista
hypnosec writes "The newly unveiled productivity suite from Microsoft, Office 2013, won't be running on older operating systems like Windows XP and Vista it has been revealed. Office 2013 is said to b...
03:05 am - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Up Close With the Enterprise Shuttle At the Intrepid Museum
An anonymous reader writes "As you probably remember, the Space Shuttle Enterprise was flown on the back of a 747 to New York City where it was then delivered to the USS Intrepid. As sad as it was to ...
01:05 am - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot McDonald's Denies Prof's Claim Staff Attacked Him For Wearing Digital Glasses
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "In an update to a story posted on Slashdot earlier this week, McDonald's has responded to the claims of Steve Mann, a University of Toronto professor and augmented reality ...
12:05 am - Thu, July 19, 2012
Slashdot Could Google Fiber Save Network Neutrality?
nmpost writes "Could Google Fiber, set to launch next week, be the savior of network neutrality? Some speculate that the program is Google's answer to attacks on network neutrality by the big internet...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot The Decline of Fiction In Video Games
Speaking to Eurogamer, art maestro (and visual design director of upcoming stealth/action game Dishonored) Victor Antonov put into words what many gamers have been feeling about the gaming industry of...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Details of Chinese Moon Rocket Emerge
MarkWhittington writes "AmericaSpace has published the results of a study of Chinese rocket development by Charles Vick, a noted expert on the Russian and Chinese space programs who works for GlobalSe...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot iOS 6 Beta 3 Jailbroken Already
hypnosec writes "Apple launched the iOS 6 Beta 3 just a couple of days back, and the redsn0w team has given out a jailbreak for the latest version of iOS 6 already. The only downside is that this is a...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Trolling Al Qaeda... For Peace?
The Mister Purple writes "There is a small initiative underway to combat Islamic militant recruiting on the Internet... by trolling them. Quoting the article: 'The program, called Viral Peace, seeks t...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8 Release Date: October 26th
Several readers sent word that Microsoft has selected a release date for Windows 8: October 26th. Steven Sinofsky made the announcement today at the company's annual sales meeting. The new version of ...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Loses Users, Satisfaction Higher at Google+
benfrog writes "Facebook has lost what (by the standards of their userbase) is a modest number of users over the last six months, which is perhaps one of the causes of a fall in their stock price. In ...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Introduces 'Napa' Toolset For Cloud App Model
Nerval's Lobster writes "In keeping with Microsoft's 'all-in' strategy with regard to the cloud, Office 2013 incorporates a good deal of cloud functionality: SkyDrive is now the default storage select...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Sale of IPv4 Addresses Hindering IPv6 Adoption
hal9000(jr) writes "While IPv6 day was a successful marketing campaign, is anyone really moving to IPv6? On World Launch Day, Arbor Networks noted a peak of only .2% of IPv6 network traffic. It appear...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Apple Must Publicly Post That Samsung Did Not Copy iPad
microcars writes "A judge in the U.K. has ordered Apple to post a notice on its website and in British newspapers alerting people to a ruling that Samsung Electronics Co. didn't copy designs for the i...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot CowboyNeal Reviews Alien Arena: Reloaded
CowboyNeal writes: "Last week I wrote about the fluid nature of modern game development and how that often impacts bothgame reviews and purchases. Given the recent announcement of the release of Alien...
07:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Police Close Climategate Investigation
ananyo writes "The Norfolk Constabulary has closed its investigation into the November 2009 release of private emails between researchers at the Climatic Research Centre at the University of East Angl...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Dell To Offer Ubuntu Laptops Again
An anonymous reader writes "TechCrunch reports that Dell will be officially re-entering the Linux laptop market. Beginning this fall, it will sell a 'developer edition' of one of its Ultrabooks that c...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Files Patents for Virtual Game Controller
SmartAboutThings writes "A newly discovered patent shows that Microsoft might be interested in developing virtual controllers for tablets and smartphones. A while ago, it didn't quite make sense why M...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Jolla Confirms MeeGo App Store Is Coming
DavidGilbert99 writes "Jolla Mobile's MD, Jussi Hurmola has confirmed that its first smartphone will be backed up by an app store at launch later this year — pointing out that a version of Angry...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Debian Derivative Optimized for the Raspbery Pi Released
sfcrazy writes "The Raspberry Pi foundation has announced the release of the first SD card image based on the Raspbian distribution. The image will make it easier for Raspberry Pi users to switch from...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Slashdot's Rob Rozeboom Interviews D&D Designer Mike Mearls (video)
Mike Mearls is the Senior Manager for the Dungeons and Dragons Design Team. He's been with D&D publishers Wizards of the Coast (a subsidiary of Hasbro) since 2005, Before that he was a free-lance ...
03:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Thomas Drake: You're Automatically Suspicious Until Proven Otherwise
colinneagle writes "RT had a very interesting interview with former NSA official turned whistleblower Thomas A. Drake, who said, 'Security has effectively become the State religion; you don't question...
03:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot MIPS Technologies Porting Android 4.1 to MIPS Architecture
angry tapir writes with news on Android getting support for a third architecture. From the article: "ARM rival MIPS is continuing its push to make a mark in low-cost tablets and quickly trying to brin...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot AT&T Introducing Verizon-Style Shared Data Plans
zacharye writes with news of some exciting rate changes for folks on ATTWS. From the article: "AT&T on Wednesday announced the upcoming availability of new shared data plans. Following Verizon's l...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Judge In Kim Dotcom Extradition Case Steps Down
First time accepted submitter Kalriath writes "After calling the United States 'the enemy' at the NetHui conference last week (reported on Slashdot), Judge David Harvey has stepped down from the Dotco...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot NSA Mimics Google, Angers Senate
An anonymous reader writes "In a bizarre turn of events, the Senate would prefer that the DoD use software not written by the government for the government. Quoting: 'Like Google, the agency needed a ...
11:05 am - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Washington State To Allow Voter Registration Over Facebook
An anonymous reader writes "The Associated Press reports that the state of Washington will soon have an application available on its Facebook page that will let residents register to vote. Washington ...
10:05 am - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Why Junk Electronics Should Be Big Business
An anonymous reader writes "We've heard before about the problem of e-waste — computers and other high-tech gadgets that are tossed into landfills or shipped off to third-world countries when th...
08:05 am - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot The Problem With Metacritic
Metacritic has risen to a position of prominence in the gaming community — but is it given more credit than it's due? This article delves into some of the problems with using Metacritic as a mea...
07:05 am - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Another Elon Musk Bet: Half of All Cars Built In 2032 Will Be Electric
New submitter cartechboy writes "Ears perked up when Elon Musk made another bold statement he'd be 'willing to bet on.' This time he says that in 20 years, half of all new cars sold would be plug-in e...
06:05 am - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Contiki 2.6: IPv6 For Everything, Everywhere
An anonymous reader writes "The Contiki project just released version 2.6 of its open source operating system for the Internet of Things, used to track city sound pollution, control street lights, rea...
05:05 am - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Apple Wins Mobile Patent On Displaying Lists, Documents
walterbyrd writes "Apple yesterday was granted Patent no. 8,223,134 for 'Portable electronic device, method, and graphical user interface for displaying electronic lists and documents.' According to t...
02:05 am - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Richard Stallman Speaks About UEFI
An anonymous reader writes "Despite weaknesses in the Linux-hostile 'secure boot' mechanism, both Fedora and Ubuntu decided to facilitate it, by essentially adopting two different approaches. Richard ...
02:05 am - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Open Compute Project Driving Open-Source Hardware Development
The Open Compute Project was launched by Facebook early last year to facilitate collaborative development of highly-efficient computing infrastructure. They wanted to make datacenters cheaper and less...
12:05 am - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Asimov's Psychohistory Becoming a Reality?
northernboy writes "Today's LA Times has an article describing how a Wikileaks data dump from Afghanistan plus some advanced algorithms are allowing accurate predictions about the behavior of large gr...
12:05 am - Wed, July 18, 2012
Slashdot Google Joining Fight Against Drug Cartels
Several readers sent word that Google has announced its intention to start fighting drug cartels and other 'illicit networks.' According to a post on the official blog, the company thinks modern techn...
11:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Supreme Court Entrenches Tech Neutrality In Copyright Law
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, a Canadian Supreme Court decision attractedattention for reduced copyright fees for music andvideo. Michael Geist has a detailed analysis that concludesthere are...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Implant Gives Grayscale Vision To the Blind Using Lasers
MrSeb writes with a bit from Extreme Tech: "After a lot of theorizing, posturing, and non-human trials, it looks like bionic eye implants are finally hitting the market — first in Europe, and ho...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Firefox OS Will Win Big With Developers - Mozilla
judgecorp writes "Mozilla's mobile operating system Firefox OS will win overwhelming support from developers because it dropped XUL in favour of HTML5, says the head of Mozilla Europe in an interview....
09:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Anti-piracy Group Fined For Using Song Without Permission
zacharye writes "Oh, the irony. A musicians' rights group in the Netherlands was fined this week for stealing music from a client, using it without his permission and failing to pay royalties. Music r...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot EU Investigating Microsoft Over IE Bundling Again
vu1986 writes, quoting GigOm: "Microsoft has confessed to violating its browser choice agreement with European antitrust regulators, after they opened up a fresh investigation into the company's behav...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Rob CmdrTaco Malda AMA On Reddit
TheNextCorner writes with news on where CmdrTaco has been hiding. Quoting Malda's IamA blurb over at that Reddit thing: "In 1997 I started Slashdot.org. For several years, we pioneered news aggregatio...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Security Camp Is Not Space Camp, Just Based On It (Video)
The idea behind the United States Space Camp is to give kids (and some adults) a chance to do astronaut training-type things that will get them jazzed on science and technology, in addition to getting...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot How NY Gov. Cuomo Sidesteps Freedom of Information Requests With His Blackberry
New submitter wrekkuh writes "The Daily News is reporting that if aides of New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo cannot speak in person or by telephone with the Governor, they are told to use BlackBerry's ...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot 'Madi' Cyber Espionage Malware Hits Middle East Targets
DavidGilbert99 writes "Following the discovery of the highly-complex Flame virus in May, two security companies (Seculert and Kaspersky Lab) have uncovered a new cyber-espionage threat against the Mid...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Modest Proposal For Stopping Hackers: Get Them Girlfriends
kierny writes "Hackers/crackers who get arrested are typically male and young adults — if not minors. Why is that? According to research by online psychology expert Grainne Kirwan, it's because ...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot The Web Is Not the Internet
pigrabbitbear writes with this rant from Motherboard.com: "The Internet and the World Wide Web are not the same thing. They're not synonyms. They don't even serve the same function. And, just like how...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Dutch Police Takedown C&Cs Used By Grum Botnet
wiredmikey writes "Dutch authorities have pulled the plug on two secondary servers used by the Grum botnet, a large botnet said to produce about 17% of the world's spam. According to researchers from ...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Sony's Thermal Sheet Good As Paste For CPU Cooling
An anonymous reader writes "Sony has demonstrated a thermal sheet that it claims matches thermal paste in terms of cooling ability while beating it on life span. The key to the sheet is a combination ...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot AT&T Sponsors Zero-Day Hacking Contest For Kids
yahoi writes "AT&T has teamed up with an 11-year-old hacker and DefCon Kids to host a hacking contest during the second annual conference that runs in conjunction with the adult Def Con hacker sho...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot China Third Country To Be Hit By 'Brown Tide'
ananyo writes "The species of alga that causes 'brown tides' in the United States and South Africa is also to blame for massive blooms along China's east coast on the Bohai Sea, researchers have found...
02:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot GM Car Owners With OnStar Now Can Be Their Own Rental Agencies
The Los Angeles Times reports that the world of micro-rentals just got a whole lot more crowded, with the introduction of a nationwide partnership between GM and ride-sharing company RelayRides. Relay...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot UK Research Funders: Publicly Funded Research Must Be Publicly Available
scibri writes "The UK's research councils have put in place an open access policy similar to the one used by the US NIH. From April 2013, science papers must be made free to access within six months o...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot How Google Is Becoming an Extension of Your Mind
An anonymous reader writes "An article at CNET discusses Google's ever-expanding role in search, and where it's heading over the next several years. The author argues it's becoming less of a discrete ...
11:05 am - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Wins WordPerfect Antitrust Battle With Novell
New submitter Psychotic_Wrath writes "After a long, drawn-out legal battle and a hung jury, a federal judge has dismissed Novell's antitrust case against Microsoft. The case involved allegations from ...
10:05 am - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Man Physically Assaulted At McDonald's For Wearing Digital Eye Glasses
RockoW writes "Steve Mann, a long-time researcher of computer vision systems, (i.e. Augmented reality, Digital Eyeglass) had an incident at a McDonald's in Paris, France. He was assaulted by three men...
08:05 am - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Why We Should Remain Skeptical of the Ouya Android Console
An anonymous reader writes "We recently talked about the 'Ouya' console — a conceptual Android-based gaming device that's had a massively successful Kickstarter campaign. While most people are e...
07:05 am - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot The Hivemind Singularity
An anonymous reader writes "Alan Jacobs at The Atlantic writes about a book called New Model Army (NMA), which takes the idea of Anonymous — a loose, self-organizing collective with a purpose &m...
05:05 am - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot It Costs $450 In Marketing To Make Someone Buy a $49 Nokia Lumia
benfrog writes "According to market-share estimations compared to marketing dollars, it costs nearly ten times as much to sell the Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia as it does to buy one. Other analysts...
04:05 am - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Valve Software Launches Linux Blog, Confirms Work On Steam Client for Linux
New submitter oakgrove writes "Valve Software confirmed today in a new blog devoted specifically to Steam on Linux (called Steam'd Penguins) that for more than a year, a Steam client has been in the w...
03:05 am - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Android Jelly Bean Much Harder To Hack
New submitter SternisheFan tips this quote from an article at Ars:"The latest release of Google's Android mobile operating system has finally been properly fortified with an industry-standard defense....
02:05 am - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot MeeGo Startup Jolla Signs Phone Deal
chill writes "Mobile company Jolla, which is continuing development of Linux-based mobile OS Meego, signed its first sales deal today, with D.Phone, China's largest smartphone retail chain. Jolla has ...
01:05 am - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot High Security Handcuffs Opened With 3D-Printed and Laser-Cut Keys
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "In a workshop Friday at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York, a German hacker and security consultant who goes by the name 'Ray' showed that he could open hig...
12:05 am - Tue, July 17, 2012
Slashdot Sprint Finally Joins 4G LTE Wireless Race
alphadogg writes "Sprint, which has been building up its LTE smartphone lineup this year, Monday finally turned on a 4G LTE network in 15 cities to support those devices. Sprint, which is entering the...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Google's Marissa Mayer Becomes Yahoo! CEO
D H NG writes "Marissa Mayer, Google's employee #20 and Vice President of Local, has been appointed CEO of Yahoo. She was Google's public face for years, famously being responsible for the look and fe...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot First Look: Microsoft Office 2013
snydeq writes "Ever since the first beta editions of Windows 8 appeared, rumors have circulated over how Microsoft would revamp its other flagship consumer product, Office, to be all the more useful i...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Drupal 7 Multi Sites Configuration
Michael Ross writes "All the leading content management systems (CMSs), including Drupal, use a combination of source code, in files, and user/configuration data, in a database. There may be some mixi...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Apple Releases iOS 6 Beta 3 For Developers
hypnosec writes "Developers of iOS apps have been blessed with another update to iOS 6 around 21 days after an update of the iOS 5 successor was doled out and it contains quite a few new features. The...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Torvalds Bemoans Size of RC7 For Linux Kernel 3.5
alphadogg writes "A host of small modifications and a large number of system-on-a-chip and PowerPC fixes inflated the size of release candidate No. 7 for Version 3.5 of the Linux kernel, according to ...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Even Silicon Valley's Prison Inmates Have Their Own Startup Incubator
pigrabbitbear writes "There's a specific and stereotypical set of activities that spring to mind when you imagine what prison inmates do with their spare time. If there's a yard, they probably hang ou...
07:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Thirty Years of Clamshell Computing
harrymcc writes "2012 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Grid Compass 1101, the first portable computer with a briefcase-like case with a keyboard on one side of the interior, a flat screen on the...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Skype Bug Sends Messages To Random Contacts
An anonymous reader writes "A bug has been discovered in Skype that sends users' private instant messages to other contacts whom the messages were never intended for. Skype has confirmed the issue and...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Record Setting 500 Trillion-Watt Laser Shot Achieved
cylonlover writes "Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF) have achieved a laser shot which boggles the mind: 192 beams delivered an excess of 500 ...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Hollywood Acts Warily At Comic-Con
gollum123 writes "Peter Jackson wowed the crowd with 13 minutes of highly anticipated footage from the first of his two ultra-expensive 'Hobbit' movies. But he also played it safe — very safe &m...
05:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot SQL Vs. NoSQL: Which Is Better?
Nerval's Lobster writes "For the past 40-some years, relational databases have ruled the data world. Relational models first appeared in the early 1970s thanks to the research of computer science pion...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo! Closes Security Hole That Led To Breach
An anonymous reader writes "Yahoo! has patched the security hole that allowed hackers to access some 450,000 email addresses and passwords associated with Yahoo! Contributor Network and ultimately pub...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Bad Weather Brings Down Lawn Chair Balloonists
Kent Couch and Fareed Lafta had their dreams of setting a world's record for the longest two-man cluster balloon flight dashed by bad weather and not kids with bb guns as you might expect. The men tie...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Chicago Tribune Stops the Journatic Presses
theodp writes "In April, the Chicago Tribune touted its investment in and use of news outsourcer Journatic. 'We're excited to partner with Journatic, both as an investor and as a customer,' said Dan K...
03:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot US "the Enemy" Says Dotcom Judge
First time accepted submitter Flere Imsaho writes "During the NutHui Internet conference last week, the NZ judge to hear the Dotcom extradition case was speaking on the Trans Pacific Partnership agree...
02:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Order Limit On Raspberry Pi Lifted
hypnosec writes "Raspberry Pi, the small $35 ARM based computer system capable of running on Linux that took the world of technology by storm just a few months back, has its order limit shackles remov...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Witness In Secret WikiLeaks Grand Jury Hearing Posts Transcript of Questioning
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "A year ago, free information advocate and Bradley Manning supporter David House was subpoenaed to testify in the grand jury investigation of WikiLeaks that's taking place i...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Earth, Night Glow, Aurora and Atmosphere (Video)
Alex Rivest has created one of the most visually riveting videos we've seen. Alex says, "In looking at the pictures taken from the International Space Station of the earth at night, I find my attentio...
10:05 am - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot NBC Purchases MSNBC Rights From Microsoft
flatt writes "Ending a sixteen year partnership between the now Comcast-owned NBCUniversal and Microsoft, the MSNBC.com website has been immediately renamed to NBCNews.com. Both parties note that the ...
07:05 am - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Tasmanian Cops Decline To "Censor Internet"
aesoteric writes "Tasmania's police force has taken the unusual step of asking the public to stop alerting it to every 'abusive or harassing' comment posted to Facebook or other social media sites. Th...
04:05 am - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot DARPA Creates Machine Which Extinguishes Fires With Sound
SchrodingerZ writes "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is known for making odd scientific advances ranging from hypersonic unnamed rockets to bionic prosthetic limbs to insect-size...
04:05 am - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Chemical That Affects Biological Clock Offers New Diabetes Treatment
First time accepted submitter rosy rohangi writes "Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered a chemical that provides a completely new direction and promise for the development of drugs to treat meta...
01:05 am - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Discovery of Chemical That Affects Biological Clock Offers New Diabetes Treatment
First time accepted submitter rosy rohangi writes "Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered a chemical that provides a completely new direction and promise for the development of drugs to treat meta...
12:05 am - Mon, July 16, 2012
Slashdot Georgie: Smartphone For the Blind and Visually Impaired
hypnosec writes "Specially designed smartphone for the visually impaired or partially sighted has been launched in the UK. The device, dubbed Georgie, has a lot many special features including voice-a...
11:05 pm - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot Is Pluto a Binary Planet?
astroengine writes "If the Pluto-Charon system were viewed in a similar way to binary stars and binary asteroids, Pluto would become a Pluto-Charon binary planet. After all, Charon is 12% the mass of ...
09:05 pm - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot The Fate of Newspapers: Farm It, Milk It, Or Feed It
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Alan D. Mutter writes that with a 50% drop in newspaper advertising since 2005, the old ways of running a newspaper can no longer succeed so most publishers are faced with ...
08:05 pm - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot How the Inventors of Dragon Speech Recognition Technology Lost Everything
First time accepted submitter cjsm writes "James and Janet Baker were the inventors of Dragon Systems speech recognition software, and after years of work, they created a multimillion dollar company. ...
07:05 pm - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot East Texas Getting Compressed Air Energy Storage Plant
First time accepted submitter transporter_ii writes "A compressed air energy storage (CAES) plant was first built in Germany in 1978, but East Texas will be the site of one of the world's first modern...
07:05 pm - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot Entangled Histories: Climate Science and Nuclear Weapons Research
Harperdog writes "Paul N. Edwards has a great paper about the links between nuclear weapons testing and climate science. From the abstract: 'Tracing radioactive carbon as it cycles through the atmosph...
06:05 pm - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot Asteroid Crashes Likely Gave Earth Its Water
Diggester writes "Asteroids from the inner solar system are the most likely source of the majority of Earth's water, a new study suggests. The results contradict prevailing theories, which hold that m...
05:05 pm - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot Report from HOPE: Cryptocat And Encryption in the Cloud
In a world increasingly dominated by the cloud, privacy is often sacrificed for convenience. Imagine a world where you could use cloud services without allowing the provider to read your data. Author ...
04:05 pm - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot When Art, Apple and the Secret Service Collide
theodp writes "Last July, Slashdot reported on Kyle McDonald, the artist who had the Secret Service raid his home at the behest of Apple, who was miffed with Kyle's surreptitious capture of people's e...
03:05 pm - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot FBI To Review Use of Forensic Evidence In Thousands of Cases
NotSanguine writes in with a story about a review of the forensic evidence in thousands of criminal cases to see if any defendants were wrongly convicted. "The Justice Department and the FBI have laun...
03:05 pm - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot Star Wars Fans Fix Up Luke Skywalker's Home
An anonymous reader writes "How far would a Star Wars fan go to preserve a relic from the iconic film series? One devoted fan traveled to Tunisia to rescue Luke Skywalker's boyhood home, also known as...
02:05 pm - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot MIT Creates Car Co-Pilot That Only Interferes If You're About To Crash
MrSeb writes "Mechanical engineers and roboticists working at MIT have developed an intelligent automobile co-pilot that sits in the background and only interferes if you're about to have an accident....
01:05 pm - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot Defense Expert: Hire Hackers and Wage War
Phoghat writes "A top defense and cybersecurity expert says the U.S. should stop trying to take aim at expert hackers and start doing a better job of recruiting them. 'Let's just say that in some plac...
10:05 am - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot What Is an Astronaut's Life Worth?
An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Robert Zubrin has some interesting ideas about what it costs to have an astronaut on the payroll. He says if you’re going to 'give up four billion dollars to avoi...
08:05 am - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot EA Outs Battlefield 4, Plans To Charge $70 For New Games
Justus writes "Posts at NeoGAF and IGN show that a quickly-removed Origin advertisement for Medal of Honor: Warfighter reveals plans for Battlefield 4 and a new-game cost of $70. With Battlefield 3 DL...
07:05 am - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot The FDA Spied On Its Own Scientists
retroworks writes "The New York Times has an interesting article about efforts by the Food and Drug Administration to locate a source of 'leaks' within the agency. The search became a slippery slope i...
04:05 am - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot A Build-It-Yourself Electric Vehicle
Taco Cowboy writes "Here's yet another exciting project for DIY geeks. Modi-Corp, a Japanese company, has just unveiled a new electric car that you can actually build yourself. Not to be confused with...
02:05 am - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot New 'Reloaded Edition' of Alien Arena Open Source FPS Released
An anonymous reader tips this news from IndieDB:"Alien Arena: Reloaded Edition has been released. This is a major release of this game, with many new features, and a veritable truckload of new high qu...
01:05 am - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot Former Pentagon Analyst: China Has Backdoors To 80% of Telecoms
An anonymous reader writes "A former Pentagon analyst reports the Chinese government has 'pervasive access' to about 80 percent of the world's communications, and it is looking currently to nail down ...
12:05 am - Sun, July 15, 2012
Slashdot Cell Phones: Tracking Devices That Happen To Make Calls
An anonymous reader writes "An article in the NY Times argues that the devices we call 'cell phones' should instead be called 'trackers.' It would help remind the average user that whole industries ha...
10:05 pm - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot Valve Continues Recruiting Top Linux Talent
An anonymous reader writes "Valve Software, in their Linux Steam / Source Engine effort, plus the rumored Steam Box, is continuing to hire top Linux developers. So far they have poached the lead devel...
10:05 pm - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot RMS Responds To NPR File-Sharer's Blog
New submitter UtucXul points out that Richard Stallman has penned a lengthy response to NPR intern Emily White for her post on the organization's site about how she failed to pay for a significant amo...
08:05 pm - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot NVIDIA Kills Online Store In Response To Hacker Claims
wiredmikey writes "Following a shutdown of its 'NVIDIA Developer Zone,' earlier this week after the online community for developers had been hacked, the graphics chip maker on Friday also shut down it...
07:05 pm - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot Chicken Vaccines Combine To Produce Deadly Virus
stoilis sends this quote from an article at Science:"Vaccines aren't supposed to cause disease. But that appears to be what's happening on Australian farms. Scientists have found that two virus strain...
06:05 pm - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot RIM Facing $147.2 Million Patent Verdict
An anonymous reader writes "Reuters reports that beleaguered wireless device maker Research In Motion is on the losing end of a patent suit that will cost them $147.2 million. The jury arrived at that...
05:05 pm - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot Has the 3-D Hype Bubble Finally Popped?
An anonymous reader writes "An article at Time speculates that the recent hype surrounding 3-D display technology has finally peaked and begun to subside. As evidence, they point to comments from Nint...
04:05 pm - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot XBMC Ported To Android
New submitter TheUni writes with news that XBMC has been announced for Android. Quoting:"Not a remote, not a thin client; the real deal. No root or jailbreak required. XBMC can be launched as an appli...
03:05 pm - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says It's An Easy Out For Lazy Devs
msmoriarty writes "We recently got a copy of a new Voke analyst report on Agile, and the firm basically blasts the movement from top to bottom. Some highlights: 'The Agile movement is designed to sell...
02:05 pm - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot Apple Tells Retailers To Stop Selling Certain Samsung Devices
walterbyrd writes with news that Apple has been sending out letters to carriers and retailers who sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus, informing them of a court-mandated ban on sales...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot Judge Rules iDevice Speaker Docks Don't Infringe On Bose Patent
CIStud writes "A U.S. District Court in Massachusetts has ruled that iPod, iPad and iPhone speakers docks do not infringe on a patent owned by Bose Corp. for digital audio conversion. The ruling in th...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot Why Is Wikipedia So Ugly?
Hugh Pickens writes "Megan Garber writes in the Atlantic that aesthetically, Wikipedia is remarkably unattractive. 'The gridded layout! The disregard for mind-calming images! The vaguely Geocities-esq...
12:05 pm - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot Facebook "Like" System Devalued By Fake Users
New submitter k(wi)r(kipedia) writes "A BBC investigation has found evidence of fake users skewing the results of Facebook's 'Like' recommendation system. The BBC set up a Facebook page for a fake bus...
09:05 am - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot O2's UK Network Crash Hits Offender Monitoring System
judgecorp writes "Mobile operator O2's network crashed on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. In the aftermath it has emerged how other services rely on mobile networks. Law enforcement agencies were...
06:05 am - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Building a Personal FOSS Cloud?
An anonymous reader writes "Cloud-based personal data management is pretty cool... if you don't mind entrusting the entirety of your personal data to a gigantic corporation. Apart from the risks of th...
03:05 am - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot Solar X-Flare Blasts Directly Toward Earth
Freshly Exhumed writes with this excerpt from Space Weather: "Big sunspot AR1520 unleashed an X1.4-class solar flare on July 12th at 1653 UT. Because this sunspot is directly facing Earth, everything ...
01:05 am - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot Natural Fluorine Does Exist ... In Smelly Rocks
scibri writes "Chemists have proved that a smelly rock is the only known place on Earth where fluorine exists in its elemental form, F2 (Abstract).The rock is antozonite, a calcium fluoride (fluorite)...
12:05 am - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot Putting the Raspberry Pi Into Orbit
Jack Spine writes "The Raspberry Pi is likely to be blasted into space, according to project founder Eben Upton. The $35/$25 credit-card-sized single-board educational computer could be used in soundi...
12:05 am - Sat, July 14, 2012
Slashdot Niagra Framework Leaves Government, Private Infrastructure Open To Hacks
benfrog writes "Tridium's Niagra framework is a 'marvel of connectivity,' allowing everything from power plants to gas pumps to be monitored online. Many installations are frighteningly insecure, thou...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8 Mail Leaves Users Pining For the Desktop — or Even Their Phones
jbrodkin writes "The e-mail client in Windows 8 is the shell of a potentially good application — but Microsoft hasn't given it the proper care it deserves. With less than a month before Windows ...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Highlights From Comic-Con 2012
Comic-Con 2012 got underway yesterday, and some interesting bits of news have been filtering out. Digital comic sales boomed over the past year — something to be expected given the trend with eb...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot City's IT Infrastructure Brought To Its Knees By Data Center Outage
An anonymous reader writes "On July 11th in Calgary, Canada, a fire and explosion was reported at the Shaw Communications headquarters. This took down a large swath of IT infrastructure, including Sha...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot US ISPs Continue To Support DNSChanger Redirection Servers
darthcamaro writes "On Monday of this week, the primary servers that kept those infected with the DNSChanger malware were taken offline. It's a story that sparked lots of media hype with people claimi...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot The Ugly, Profitable Details About Xbox Live Advertising
An anonymous reader writes "In an editorial at Penny Arcade, Ben Kuchera writes about how Microsoft's subscription-based Xbox Live platform has become an advertising cash cow — to the detriment ...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Apple Goes Back To EPEAT
An anonymous reader writes with a followup to news from last weekend that Apple had turned its back on the EPEAT hardware certification standard. After hearing criticism from customers, the media, and...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Bas Lansdorp Answers Your Questions About Going to Mars
You asked questions of Bas Lansdorp, who's behind a project to send a quartet of astronauts to Mars — on a one-way trip. Lansdorp provides below his answers to inquiries about food, fuel, suicid...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot jQuery 2.0 Will Drop Support For IE 6, 7, 8
benfrog writes "The developers of jQuery recently announced in a blog entry that jQuery 2.0 will drop support for legacy versions of Internet Explorer. The release will come in parallel with version 1...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Will Speed Limits Inhibit Autonomous Car Adoption?
Maximum Prophet writes "Here's a thought: at the start, only rich people will be able to pay for a completely autonomous car. Auto-autos will only go the speed limit. Rich people don't like to go slow...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot ISP 'Six Strikes' Plan Delayed
MrSeb sends this excerpt from DailyDot:"Shortly, a new system in the U.S. will allow your ISP to give you gradually sterner warnings and possible punishment if you download copyrighted material. The C...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Virgin Galactic Announces New Satellite Launch Vehicle
An anonymous reader writes "Virgin Galactic has announced a new craft called LauncherOne, which it will use to put satellites into orbit. 'It appears to leverage some of the hardware already developed...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Russian Hacker Sidesteps Apple iOS In-App Purchases
An anonymous reader tips news that a Russian developer has posted a video showing how in-app purchases for some iOS software can be acquired without payment. The hack does't require the device to be j...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Ask Joseph Palaia About Building Lunar Machines and Living On Mars
Joseph Palaia is an entrepreneur, engineer and technologist who is working on creating the first permanent settlement on Mars. In 2009, he served as executive officer and chief engineer for a one-mont...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Banks Rushing To Offer Virtual Wallets
silentbrad writes with this quote from the Globe and Mail:"Canada's big banks are preparing to launch 'virtual wallets' as early as this fall that will allow consumers to digitally consolidate their c...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Resurrect 500-Million-Year-Old Gene Inside Modern Organism
An anonymous reader writes with news that researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have taken a gene from 500-million-year-old bacteria and inserted it into modern E. coli bacteria. They the...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Varnish Author Suggests SPDY Should Be Viewed As a Prototype
An anonymous reader writes "The author of Varnish, Poul-Henning Kamp, has written an interesting critique of SPDY and the other draft protocols trying to become HTTP 2.0. He suggests none of the candi...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Scans Chats and Posts For Criminal Activity
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook has added sleuthing to its array of data-mining capabilities, scanning your posts and chats for criminal activity. If the social-networking giant detects suspiciou...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Feds: We Need Priority Access To Cloud Resources
New submitter BButlerNWW writes "Federal agencies must be assured priority and uninterrupted access to public cloud resources before fully embracing the technology for national security and emergency ...
11:05 am - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Mysterious Sprite Photographed By ISS Astronaut
astroengine writes "A very rare and beautiful view of a red sprite has been photographed by Expedition 31 astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) hovering just above a bright flash of ...
10:05 am - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Google Maps Adds UK Cycling Directions
judgecorp writes "Google Maps has added cycling directions for the UK. The directions aim for safety rather than speed — for instance advising me to take a gentle route through the Park instead ...
07:05 am - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot UK Government To Offer Free TV Filters For 4G Interference
judgecorp writes "4G services could interfere with terrestrial TV in the UK, so the government plans to offer one free filter for every household affected by the issue. The analysis suggests that 2.3 ...
05:05 am - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Rethinking How Congress Pushes Copyright Laws
pigrabbitbear writes "Lamar Smith just can't get a break. The Texas congressman and widely despised author of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) ruffled the Internet's feathers once again this week wit...
03:05 am - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Man Tries To Live an Open Source Life For a Year
jfruh writes "Sam Muirhead, a New Zealand filmmaker living Berlin, will, on the 1st of August, begin an experiment in living an open source life for a year. But this is going way beyond just trading i...
03:05 am - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Appeals Court Upholds Sanction Against BitTorrent Download Attorney
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has upheld sanctions awarded by a District Court against one of the lawyers bringing copyright infringement cases ...
01:05 am - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot MIT Develops Holographic, Glasses-Free 3D TV
MrSeb writes "Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are busy working on a type of 3D display capable of presenting a 3D image without eye gear. What you've been presented with a...
12:05 am - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot A Million-Year Hard Disk
sciencehabit writes "Pity the builders of nuclear waste repositories. They have to preserve records of what they've buried and where, not for a few years but for tens of thousands of years, perhaps ev...
12:05 am - Fri, July 13, 2012
Slashdot Digg.com Sold To Betaworks For $500,000
First time accepted submitter MyFirstNameIsPaul writes "The once popular social news website Digg.com which received $45 million in funding, is being sold to to Betaworks for $500,000. From the articl...
11:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Why Amazon Wants To Pay Sales Tax
Maximum Prophet writes "A while ago, Amazon caved on paying individual states sales taxes. Now we know why. Amazon is setting up same-day delivery warehouses everywhere. They will put most normal reta...
11:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Android Forums Hacked: 1 Million User Credentials Stolen
An anonymous reader writes "Phandroid's AndroidForums.com has been hacked. The database that powers the site was compromised and more than 1 million user account details were stolen. If you use the fo...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Why There Are Too Many Patents In America
whitroth writes "The judge who just dismissed the lawsuit between Apple and Motorola writes a column explaining what he considers to be reasonable uses sof patents, and unreasonable ones. One of his t...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot How Exploit Kits Have Changed Spammers' M.O.
An anonymous reader writes "Spammers used to depend on email recipients to tie the noose around their own necks by inputing their personal and financial information in credible spoofs of legitimate we...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Live Pictures From Inside Your Stomach
Dupple writes "Our own stomachs may be something of a dark mystery to most of us, but new research is revealing the surprising ways in which our guts exert control over our mood and appetite. Not many...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot PC Sales Are Flat-Lining
DavidGilbert99 writes "Gartner has released figures showing that PC shipments globally declined 0.1 percent in the last three months, making it the seventh consecutive month of little-to-no growth in ...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Canada's Supreme Court Strikes Down Copyright Fees On Music, Video
An anonymous reader writes "Quick submission for all us Canadians: looks like the Supreme Court finally decided to rule on various copyright issues. No more fees to 'preview' a song. Another of these ...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Managing Encrypted Android Devices In State and Local Gov't?
An anonymous reader writes "I am a systems administrator for a mid size state agency. We currently offer Blackberries to our staff, but we are migrating to Android devices in the near future. Since ph...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Physicist Giovanni Organtini About the Possible Higgs Boson Discovery
Giovanni Organtini of Italy's National Institute of Nuclear Physics (well, Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) has agreed to answer questions about the recent observations of a particle consistent...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot New York Experiments With Wi-Fi From Payphones
Payphones have been famously disappearing from public life; cell phones and other means of communication have made them ever less important in many contexts (and for most people).Some places, it's har...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Kills Windows Gadgets Via Security Update
benfrog writes "Microsoft has taken the unusual step of killing the Windows Gadgets feature completely via a security update. According to an advisory issued Tuesday, an attacker could take over a use...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Track Bugs For Personal Software Projects?
An anonymous reader writes "One of my personal software projects grows bigger than I thought and the bugs becomes too many to just remember. I looked around for an open source bugs tracking system but...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Icelandic Court Rules: Wikileaks Will Get Contributed Credit Card Money
First time accepted submitter mordur writes "An Icelandic District Court has ordered the payment processing company Valitor to immediately reopen the merchant account (Icelandic original) of DataCell ...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot The Secret of Cornstarch Physics
sciencehabit writes "Filling a small swimming pool with cornstarch and water has long been a physicist's party trick. Step onto it slowly and you'll sink, but run across quickly and the oozy mixture w...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot What's Wrong With American Ninja Warrior?
Reader Thom Stark (thomst) writes with a pointed review of this year's Americanized version of (awesome) Japanese TV show "Sasuke." "I've been a fan of the program the G4 channel calls "Ninja Warrior"...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Apple Hacker Charlie Miller To Demo Dangers of Near-Field Communications
An anonymous reader writes "Apple's hacker nemesis Charlie Miller, who the company banned from its app store developer program, apparently hasn't been waiting around for his suspension to be lifted. H...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Google Nexus 7 Parts Cost $18 More Than Kindle Fire
judgecorp writes "The parts for a Google Nexus 7 tablet cost only $18 more than the materials for an Amazon Kindle Fire, according to a teardown by IHS. This means while Amazon initially took a loss o...
02:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Entrepreneur Offers Crowdfunding For Health Startups, Including His Own
awjourn writes "As the SEC hashes out the final rules for crowdfunding equity investments in startups, one NYC entrepreneur is jumping into an industry that popular crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Nearly Half a Million Yahoo Passwords Leaked
An anonymous reader writes "Some 450,000 email addresses and associated unencrypted passwords have been dumped online by the hacking collective "D33Ds Company" following the compromise of a Yahoo subd...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Aereo Wins Preliminary Injunction Hearing
bs0d3 writes "Aereo, a company that offers live broadcast TV via the internet to New York City residents, has won a preliminary injunction hearing. A federal judge has rejected a bid by major U.S. bro...
10:05 am - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot 2 Year Data Retention For Australian ISPs
freddienumber13 writes "Following similar acts passed by foreign governments, the Australian government is now seeking feedback on its plans to bring into law the requirement for ISPs to retain user d...
08:05 am - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Melinda Gates Pledges $560 Million For Contraception
theodp writes "Melinda Gates has pledged $560 million as part of a campaign to expand access to contraception for women. From the article: 'The funding commitment was unveiled on Wednesday at the Lond...
07:05 am - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot EU Commission: CETA 'Totally Different From ACTA'
itwbennett writes "Slashdot readers will remember the hullaballoo that arose yesterday over a leaked version of CETA containing key clauses that were 'nearly identical to ones found in ACTA.' Now the ...
05:05 am - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Laser Powers Lockheed Martin's Stalker Drone For 48 Hours
garymortimer writes "Lockheed Martin (LMT) and LaserMotive, Inc., recently demonstrated the capabilities of an innovative laser power system to extend the Stalker Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flight t...
03:05 am - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot New Nanodevice Creates a Near Perfect Electron Stream
SchrodingerZ writes "Scientists from the National Physics Laboratory of the United Kingdom have teamed up with the University of Cambridge to create a new electron pump that creates a single electron ...
01:05 am - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Bloodsucking Parasite Named After Bob Marley
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Christian Science Monitor reports that Gnathia marleyi, a tiny crustacean that feeds off the blood of reef-dwelling Caribbean fish, has been named in honor – for ...
01:05 am - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot Earliest Americans Arrived In Waves, DNA Study Finds
NotSanguine writes "Nicholas Wade of the New York Times has written an article about a new DNA study that suggests the earliest Americans arrived in 3 waves not 1. 'North and South America were first ...
12:05 am - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot How a 1960s Discovery In Neuroscience Spawned a Military Project
Harperdog writes "This is pretty fascinating: The Chronicle of Higher Ed has an article about a DARPA project that allows researchers to scan satellite photos, video, etc., and have a computer pick up...
12:05 am - Thu, July 12, 2012
Slashdot In Face of Flame Malware, Microsoft Will Revamp Windows Encryption Keys
coondoggie writes "Starting next month, updated Windows operating systems will reject encryption keys smaller than 1024 bits, which could cause problems for customer applications accessing Web sites a...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot DHS Still Stonewalling On Body Scanning Ruling One Year Later
OverTheGeicoE writes "About a year ago, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on EPIC v. DHS, a lawsuit that sought to end TSA's use of body scanners. The Court found that DHS violat...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Holy iPad Slayer! Company Releases World's First Christian Tablet
Velcroman1 writes "Steve Jobs worshippers need not apply. But if you're looking to get in God's good graces, or you're simply in the market for a family-friendly tablet, you may want to check out Fami...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Study Finds Alcohol, Not Marijuana, Is the Biggest Gateway Drug For Teens
An anonymous reader writes with news of a study out of the University of Florida which found that alcohol is the biggest "gateway" drug, the use of which increases the likelihood of other drug use. Qu...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) Won't Support Some 64-bit Macs With Older GPUs
MojoKid writes "Apple is pitching Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) as the cat's meow, with over 200 new features 'that add up to an amazing Mac experience' — but that only applies if you're rocking...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Why Ultra-Efficient 4,000 mph Vacuum-Tube Trains Aren't Being Built
cylonlover writes "In the 1800s, when pneumatic tubes shot telegrams and small items all around buildings and sometimes small cities, the future of mass transit seemed clear: we'd be firing people aro...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot The DHS's Latest Investment: Terahertz Laser Scanners
MrSeb writes "It seems like every time I set foot in an airport, there is some new machine I need to stand in, walk through, or put my shoes on. The argument can be made that much of this is security ...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot DirecTV Drops Viacom Channels
An anonymous reader writes "DirecTV has dropped all of Viacom's channels. This includes channels such as MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. The drop is reported to be over a carrier fee dispute. It...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Hubble Discovers 5th Moon of Pluto
Stirling Newberry writes "This image shows 'P5,' the placeholder name for a fifth natural moon of Pluto, a tiny sliver that orbits ~29,000 miles from its primary in a circular orbit. Other than Charon...
07:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot UK ISP Asks Religious Groups To Set Parental Controls
Barence writes "A British ISP is inviting religious groups to help set parental controls for its customers. Claranet says it is recruiting volunteer 'Guardians' from a number of different organization...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot CowboyNeal On Dota 2, Modern Games, and Software Development
CowboyNeal writes "Unless you don't care about PC gaming at all, by now you're aware of Valve's entry into the MOBA/ARTS genre, Dota 2. Despite still being in a closed beta, it's currently the number ...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Gloves Translate Sign Language Into Auditory Speech
Zothecula writes about some pretty cool sensor gloves. From the article: "Since beginning in 2003, the Microsoft Imagine Cup has tasked students the world over with developing technology aimed at solv...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Nature: Global Temperatures Are a Falling Trend
New submitter sosume writes "An article in Nature shows that the temperature in the Roman times were actually higher than current temperatures. A team lead by dr Esper of the University of Mainz has r...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Contest To Crack William Gibson Poem Agrippa
An anonymous reader writes "A new cracking contest to cryptanalyse a William Gibson poem. The electronic poem ('Agrippa') was written back in 1992 and self-encrypts after being displayed once. The per...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Ouya Android Console Blows Past Kickstarter Goal
mikejuk writes with a winner for quickest follow-up in a while as the Ouya console managed to raise over $2 million in a mere eight hours. From the article: "On the surface it all sounds like a really...
03:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot FTC Reportedly Fining Google $22.5 Million Over Safari Privacy Abuse
New submitter Slashbots writes "Google will settle with the FTC for nearly $22.5 million over its bypassing of Apple's Safari browser privacy settings. Google, the largest settlement with FTC over pri...
03:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Formspring Hacked - 420,000 Password Hashes Leaked
wiredmikey writes with news of yet another business suffering a data breach. From the article: "Formspring, the Social Q&A portal ..., admitted to being breached on Tuesday. The compromise led to ...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Firefox 15 Coming With Souped-Up, Faster Debugger
StormDriver writes "Firefox 15 has hit the Mozilla pre-beta Aurora channel, and it features a redesigned, built-in debugger."The original weblog post has more. Thanks to improved debugger internals in...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot RIM CEO On What Went Wrong
AZA43 writes "After releasing some very ugly financial numbers in late June, BlackBerry-maker RIM went on a media blitz to downplay the significance of its latest earnings and counter increasingly neg...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Is It Time To End Our Love Affair With the QWERTY Keyboard?
Master Moose writes "Brisbane-based entrepreneur John Lambie currently has in beta an alternative to what he calls the 'dysfunctional' QWERTY keyboard. Given the way the world is abandoning their keyb...
10:05 am - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot An Android Tablet Victory May Be Problematic For Free Software
An anonymous reader writes "Glyn Moody writes at The H that Google's Nexus 7 tablet seems to be in a good position to shake up the market and pave the way for serious Android competition to the iPad. ...
07:05 am - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot San Francisco To Stop Buying Apple Computers
New submitter djnanite writes "Following on from the story that Apple has exited the 'Green Hardware' certification program, the BBC reports that City officials in San Francisco plan to block local go...
06:05 am - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Intel Invests In ASML To Boost Extreme UV Lithography, 450mm Wafers
MrSeb writes "When Intel goes looking for new chip manufacturing technology to invest in, the company doesn't play for pennies. Chipzilla has announced a major investment and partial purchase of litho...
05:05 am - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Florida Accused of Concealing Worst Tuberculosis Outbreak In 20 Years
NotSanguine writes "The state of Florida has been struggling for months with what the Centers for Disease Control describe as the worst tuberculosis outbreak in the United States in twenty years. Alth...
03:05 am - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot A Fresh Look At Multi-Screen PC Gaming
crookedvulture writes "It has been quite a while since Slashdot last covered multi-monitor gaming. A lot has changed in the interim. Monitors prices continue to fall, and improved AMD Eyefinity and Nv...
01:05 am - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Offers the DoJ a Deal
Master Moose sends this quote from Stuff.co.nz:"Kim Dotcom claims the United States criminal case against him is collapsing but he is offering to go there without extradition provided federal authorit...
12:05 am - Wed, July 11, 2012
Slashdot Is Our Infrastructure Ready For Rising Temperatures?
Hugh Pickens writes "Megan Garber writes that last weekend, a US Airways flight taxiing for takeoff from Washington's Reagan National Airport got stuck on the tarmac for three hours because the tarmac...
11:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Censors Are Being Watched
Rambo Tribble writes "The Economist is reporting on two research teams, one at Harvard and another at the University of Hong Kong, who have developed software to detect what posts to Chinese social me...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Revokes Trust In 28 of Its Own Certificates
Trailrunner7 writes "In the wake of the Flame malware attack, which involved the use of a fraudulent Microsoft digital certificate, the software giant has reviewed its certificates, found nearly 30 th...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot The Swirling Vortex of Titan
sighted writes "New images from the robotic spacecraft Cassini show the ongoing formation of a massive vortex in the atmosphere of Saturn's planet-sized moon Titan. (See also this animation.) The same...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot No, You Can't Claim 'Negligence' In a Copyright Case
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In one of the myriad BitTorrent downloading cases against individuals, one plaintiff's law firm thought they'd be clever and insert a 'negligence' claim, saying that the d...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot SOPA Provisions Being Introduced Piecemeal From Lamar Smith
bricko sends this disappointing but not unexpected news from Techdirt:"While it didn't get nearly as much attention as other parts of SOPA, one section in the bill that greatly concerned us was the ma...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Linux.org Quietly Comes Back To Life
jfruh writes "The venerable Linux.org site quietly relaunched some weeks ago, offering much of the original useful content on Linux as well as some new articles. The site is still associated with Mich...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Steve Ballmer: We Won't Be Out-Innovated By Apple Anymore
An anonymous reader tips an article about comments from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer regarding Microsoft's attitude toward Apple. It seems Microsoft is tired of being behind the curve in most areas of ...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Valve Will Let Gamers Pick Games To Appear On Steam
Valve has announced a new system called Greenlight, which will allow the gaming community to select which games get chosen for distribution via Steam. Developers will post information about their game...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Web Exploit Found That Customizes Attack For Windows, Mac, and Linux
phaedrus5001 writes with this quote from Ars:"Security researchers have found a live Web exploit that detects if the target is running Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux and drops a different trojan for each...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Startup Aims For $99, Android-Powered TV Game Console
rodrigoandrade writes "Ouya is a new Android-based home console that aims to bring to the living room the $0.99 games business model that has worked so well for Apple. The device 'will allow developer...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes
An anonymous reader writes with this bit from ZDNet: "It's cool to have a keyless BMW, until you no longer have a keyless BMW. Hackers have figured out how to break into such cars with ease. BMW has a...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot FTC To Revisit Robocall Menace
coondoggie writes "While there are legal measures in place to stop most robocalls, the use of the annoying automated calling process seems to be on the rise. The Federal Trade Commission, which define...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Executive Order Grants US Gov't New Powers Over Communication Systems
An anonymous reader writes "President Obama has issued a new executive order: 'Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions.' EPIC reports: 'The Executive Order ...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Trying to Untangle Anarchist Attacks On Scientists
bricko writes with an analysis at New Scientist of recent violence by self-described anarchists against scientist or scientific establishments, including the non-fatal shooting in Genoa in May of the ...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Why Were So Many "Crazy" Higgs Boson Stories Published?
The presumed discovery of the Higgs boson may be one of the most important scientific discoveries ever, but it did bring out quite a bit of "strange" science reporting. In addition to blogs, many main...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Algorithmic Pricing On Amazon 'Could Spark Flash Crash'
DerekduPreez writes "Sellers on Amazon's retail site are increasingly using high-speed algorithmic trading tools to automatically set prices, which could lead to a malfunction similar to the 2010 flas...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Cloned Horses Ok To Compete In Olympics
wisebabo writes with the news of a forward-thinking decision handed down by the Federation Equestre Internationale (reversing an earlier ban, so it's been on their minds) to not prohibit cloned horses...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu Still Aims For Wayland in Quantal Quetzal
jones_supa writes "While there's still more than one month until the Ubuntu 12.10 feature freeze, Ubuntu developers continue to work towards their tight schedule of having Wayland serve as the composi...
02:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Paul Vixie On DNS Changer: We're Dealing With Malware the Wrong Way
AlistairCharlton writes with this snippet: "Victims of the DNS Changer malware think they have better things to do than check their internet security, and as a digital society we're dealing with malwa...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Buys Multi-Touch Pioneer Perceptive Pixel
theodp writes "Back in 2006, a post on Jeff Han's multi-touch screen technology — a real TED crowd-pleaser — gave Slashdot readers a taste of the iPhone and iPad future. Han spun off his N...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Weak Solar Convection 100 Times Slower Than Predicted
An anonymous reader writes about an observation that convection in the outer layer of the Sun seems not to behave how it ought to: "These new findings based on SDO imagery, if verified, would upend ou...
10:05 am - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Bye ACTA, Hello CETA
New submitter xSander writes "Is anyone really surprised by this? ACTA may have been rejected by the European Parliment, but it is far from dead yet. Apparently, the EU is trying to revive ACTA throug...
08:05 am - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Hans Reiser Sued By Own Kids For $15 Million
New submitter haruchai writes "The Reiser kids, now aged 12 and 11, have had a lawsuit filed against the former Linux developer, inventor of ReiserFS and convicted murderer of the mother of his childr...
05:05 am - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Russian Wikipedia Shutters In Protest of Internet Blacklist Plans
decora writes "If you visit Russian Wikipedia today you will be forgiven for thinking the entire site has crashed. It is not a crash, but a protest of the Russian State Duma's Bill 89417-6 According t...
03:05 am - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Google Releases Android 4.1 Source Code
Unlike previous releases, where months passed between Google announcing a new version and the code being released, Google has made good on their promise to release the source code to Jelly Bean in rec...
01:05 am - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Criminals Distribute Infected USB Sticks In Parking Lot
New submitter sabri writes "The Dutch news-site Elsevier is reporting that cybercriminals attempted to steal data from a multinational chemicals company by 'losing' spyware-infected USB sticks on the ...
12:05 am - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot Author Kills DarkComet Spyware After Syria Uses It
judgecorp writes "DarkcoderSc (Jean-Pierre Lesueur) has ended the DarkComet Remote Access Tool (RAT) project, after it emerged that the Syrian government had used the software to spy on its opponents....
12:05 am - Tue, July 10, 2012
Slashdot "Magnetic Cells" Isolated For First Time
sciencehabit writes "For the first time, researchers have isolated magnetic cells in an animal. The cells--found in this case in rainbow trout--may help the fish respond to Earth's magnetic fields, al...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Space Worms Live Long and Prosper
astroengine writes "A microscopic worm used in experiments on the space station not only seems to enjoy living in a microgravity environment, it also appears to get a lifespan boost. This intriguing d...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot General Motors To Slash Outsourcing In IT Overhaul
gManZboy writes "GM's new CIO Randy Mott plans to bring nearly all IT work in-house as one piece of a sweeping IT overhaul. It's a high-risk strategy that's similar to what Mott drove at Hewlett-Packa...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Student Creates World's Fastest Shoe With a Printer
An anonymous reader writes "Engineer and designer Luc Fusaro from the Royal College of Art in London has developed a prototype running shoe that can be uniquely sculpted to any athlete's foot. It's as...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Indoor Navigation On Your Smartphone, Using the Earth's Magnetic Field
MrSeb writes "Researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland has created an indoor navigation system (IPS) that uses the Earth's innate magnetic field to ascertain your position — just like ...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Nobel Laureate Wiped From Pakistan's Textbooks As Heretic
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Alexander Abad-Santos writes that in any other country, the late Dr. Abdus Salam would be a national hero: he's the Nobel laureate in physics who laid the groundwork for th...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot The 300 kmh Superbus
pigrabbitbear writes "Have you heard of the Superbus? You could have already, as it has been in prototype production for years, and has recently been gaining more attention at auto shows and through p...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Cloud Security: What You Need To Know To Lock It Down
Nerval's Lobster writes "IT security writer Steve Ragan writes: 'The word "cloud" is sometimes overused in IT—and lately, it's been tossed around more than a football during a tailgating party. ...
07:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Florida GoogleX Team Offers To Send Your DNA To the Moon For a Price
First time accepted submitter Udigs writes "You might have heard of the Google LunarX Prize. It's a competition where private, often non-profit organizations race to build a vehicle capable of complet...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Mandriva Juggles Multiple Codebases
jfruh writes "In the wake of its decision to cede control of its Linux distro to its community, Mandriva is trying a tricky balancing act: offering Linux products based on two different code bases. De...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot 50th Anniversary of the Starfish Prime Nuclear Weapon Test Today
The Bad Astronomer writes "50 years ago today, the US detonated a nuclear weapon 240 miles above the Pacific Ocean. Called Starfish Prime, it was supposed to help US scientists and the military unders...
05:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot $1.2 Million Ultimate Games Collection
An anonymous reader writes "If you're a collector of video games, counting the complete back catalog of titles for one system as part of your collection is a commendable achievement, but what about ha...
05:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot UK Judge: Galaxy Tab "Not Cool" Enough To Infringe iPad
zacharye writes "U.K. Judge Colin Birss has ruled that Samsung can continue selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the region because the Android tablet is 'not as cool' as the iPad and therefore is unlikely ...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft: Windows 8 To RTM In August
nk497 writes "Microsoft has confirmed Windows 8 will RTM the first week of August, with general availability in late October. Steve Ballmer suggested Microsoft expected Surface to sell "millions" of t...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Review: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Is Game Music Nostalgia At Its Best
Jon Brodkin writes "Few game series other than Final Fantasy have consistently provided epic adventures for 25 years—and perhaps no company outside of Nintendo capitalizes on its history like Sq...
03:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot UCLA Develops World's Fastest Camera To Hunt Down Cancer In Real Time
MrSeb writes "Engineers at UCLA, led by Bahram Jalali and Dino Di Carlo, have developed a camera that can take 36.7 million frames per second, with a shutter speed of 27 picoseconds. By far the fastes...
02:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Company Sues Apple Over Siri
judgecorp writes "Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology is suing Apple in China, claiming Siri infringes its voice technology patent. Zhizhen claims to have 100 million users for its Xiao iRobot softwar...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Does Grammar Matter Anymore?
theodp writes "A lighthearted 4th of July post pointing out how Microsoft Word could help Google CEO Larry Page catch typos in his Google+ posts turned out to be fighting words for GeekWire reade...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot How Huffington Post's Clever Traffic-Generation Machine Works
Hugh Pickens writes "Frédéric Filloux writes that traditional newspapers that move online are losing the war against pure players and aggregators because original stories are getting very li...
09:05 am - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Blames Galaxy SIII Burn On "External Energy Source"
MojoKid writes "Samsung has some great news for Galaxy SIII smartphone owners. As it turns out, your mobile device isn't at risk of overheating to the point where it catches on fire and burns through ...
06:05 am - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Arsenic-Friendly Microbe Now Seems Unlikely
The Associated Press (as carried by the Washington Post) reports that the controversial report of arsenic-based life-forms in a California lake (much hyped by NASA) look suddenly less controversial, b...
03:05 am - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Cell Carriers Responded Last Year To 1.3M Law Enforcement Data Requests
Stirling Newberry writes "The New York Times reports: 'In the first public accounting of its kind, cellphone carriers reported that they responded to a daunting 1.3 million demands for subscriber data...
12:05 am - Mon, July 9, 2012
Slashdot Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%
glitch0 writes "Internet Explorer used to be the most prevalent browser with a market share that peaked at 88% in March of 2003. Now they're down to almost 15% due to stiff competition from Google, Mo...
11:05 pm - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot Objective-C Overtakes C++, But C Is Number One
mikejuk writes "Although the TIOBE Index has its shortcomings, the finding that Objective-C has overtaken C++ is reiterated in the open source Transparent Language Popularity Index. The reas...
10:05 pm - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot Private Space Firm XCOR May Establish HQ In Midland, Texas
MarkWhittington writes "A deal is in the works to establish a corporate headquarters in Midland, Texas for XCOR, a commercial space company that is developing a suborbital space tourism vehicle, the L...
10:05 pm - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot Cat Parasite May Increase Risk of Suicide In Humans
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Maryland analyzing meticulous data collected by Danish authorities have identified a positive correlation between suicides among women with...
09:05 pm - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot Will ISPs Be Driven To Spy On Their Customers?
bs0d3 writes "In regards to the new 'voluntary' graduated response deal (where no one really knows how ISPs will track and accuse customers of copyright infringement), according to CNN, it may be the ...
08:05 pm - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot Google Launches International Campaign For Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage
Apple and many other tech companies have offered benefits to same-sex couples (and sometimes made them a sticking point) for quite some time now, but Google is taking its position of inclusion for sex...
06:05 pm - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot NY Couple On "Wanted" Poster For Filming Police
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Ben Fractenberg and Jeff Mays write that the NYPD has created a 'wanted' poster for a Harlem couple who film cops conducting stop-and-frisks and post the videos on YouTube ...
05:05 pm - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot South Korea Will Revisit Plan To Nix Evolution References in Textbooks
After reports that South Korean had "surrendered to creationists" by removing references to evolution in several textbooks, openfrog writes with this excerpt from Science Insider that indicates that f...
04:05 pm - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Documenting a Tangle of Network Devices?
LoudMusic writes "One of the many tasks of a network administrator is documenting the network so that other members of the administration and support teams can find devices on the network. Currently m...
03:05 pm - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot Nanotech Surprise: Shooting Lasers at Buckyballs Makes Them Bigger
SchrodingerZ writes "Since 1985, scientists have been trying to determine how Buckyballs (scientifically named Buckminsterfullerene ) are created. They are molecules with the formula C60 (a fullerene ...
02:05 pm - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot Preparing For Life After the PC
New submitter Doctor_Jest links to a recent I, Cringely column, in which Cringely "is speculating how the world will look when the 'Post-PC' era is in full swing." He makes the case that in just a few...
01:05 pm - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot IT Salaries and Hiring Are Up — But Just To 2008 Levels
tsamsoniw writes "A mid-year salary survey has a mix of good and bad news for IT professionals: The good news, hiring is slowly increasing as companies bring more IT operations back in house and salar...
11:05 am - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot South Pole Neutron Detectors Given New Role in Predicting Space Weather
sciencehabit writes "A team of researchers has found a way to forecast the intensity of solar storms by monitoring neutron sensors at the South Pole. The approach could help give advanced warning to a...
10:05 am - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot UN Wades Into Patent War Mess
Rambo Tribble writes "The BBC is reporting that the worldwide, tangled mess of IP litigation has come to the attention of the UN's International Telecommunication Union. The agency has announced it wi...
08:05 am - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot Australian Gov't Loses Privacy Alert Subscription Information In the Mail
First time accepted submitter darinfp writes "As an Australian, I'd like to announce a new definition of the word 'Irony.' A government contractor put a list of users and details in the mail and it wa...
07:05 am - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot Controlling Linux Using an Android Phone As Mouse, Keyboard, and Gamepad
beefsack writes "Miniand have demonstrated how to control Linux using a Samsung Galaxy S2. Using an MK802 with the ARM build of Droidmote server bundled into an MK802 Lubuntu image with uinput enabled...
07:05 am - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot DNSChanger Shut-Down Means Internet Blackout Coming For Hundreds of Thousands
Since you're reading this here, you're probably already aware that in the early hours of Monday, lots of DNS calls are going to fail as the FBI turns off servers from which Windows machines infected w...
04:05 am - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot DSNChanger Shut-Down Means Internet Blackout Coming For Hundreds of Thousands
Since you're reading this here, you're probably already aware that in the early hours of Monday, lots of DNS calls are going to fail as the FBI turns off servers from which Windows machines infected w...
01:05 am - Sun, July 8, 2012
Slashdot TIME DotCom and Facebook Invest In Massive Undersea Internet Cable Project
MojoKid writes "This week, TIME dotCom (out of Malaysia) has entered into a construction and maintenance agreement of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable system connecting Malaysia to Korea...
11:05 pm - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot fMRI Lets Israeli Student Control Robot In France With His Mind
MrSeb writes "An Israeli student has become the first person to meld his mind and movements with a robot surrogate, or avatar. Situated inside an fMRI scanner in Israel, Tirosh Shapira has controlled ...
10:05 pm - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot Apple Exits "Green Hardware" Certification Program
westlake writes "CNET reports that Apple is turning its back on the EPA supported EPEAT hardware certification program. One of the problems EPEAT sees are barriers to recycling. Batteries and screens ...
09:05 pm - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot Ex-Nokia Staff To Build MeeGo-based Smartphones
Snirt writes "A group of ex-Nokia staff and MeeGo enthusiasts has formed Jolla (Finnish for 'dinghy'), a mobile startup with the aim of bringing new MeeGo devices to the market. According to its Linke...
08:05 pm - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot Forensic Investigator Outlines BitTorrent Detection Technology
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In one of the many BitTorrent download cases brought by pornographic film makers, the plaintiff — faced with a motion to quash brought by a "John Doe" defendant &mda...
07:05 pm - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot Apple Forces Google To Degrade Android Features
walterbyrd writes "The latest in the ridiculous saga of the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung, which has resulted in Samsung phones and tablets being banned from sale in the U.S. is that Samsun...
06:05 pm - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Securely Store Private Information For Posterity?
An anonymous reader writes "In the event of my untimely demise, my wife and family will need access to all of my private data (email, phone, laptop password, SSN, etc) and financial accounts and passw...
05:05 pm - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot AOL: Outdoor Server Huts Are the Future
1sockchuck writes "While Facebook and Apple are investing in huge data cathedrals, AOL has decided to go in a different direction: a distributed network of rack-sized server huts that live outdoors. A...
04:05 pm - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot Firefox Notably Improved In Tom's Hardware's Latest Browser Showdown
Billly Gates writes "Tom's Hardware did another benchmark showdown, since several releases of both Firefox and Chrome came out since their last one. Did Mozilla clean up its act and listen to its user...
03:05 pm - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot School's In For Summer At Udacity
theodp writes "Forget about his self-driving cars. CNN reports that Sebastian Thrun's Udacity — where you and 159,999 fellow classmates can take a free, Stanford-caliber online course together a...
03:05 pm - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous Lists Sites. and VoIP Services, Blocked In the UAE
another random user writes "A group of Anonymous-affiliated hackers claims to have gained access to the servers in charge of filtering Internet traffic in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to ...
02:05 pm - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot US Appeals Court Says Bank Liable For Losses From Poor Online Security
An anonymous reader writes with this extract: "Threatpost reports that a judge on the United States Court of Appeals this week ruled that People's United Bank's processes and systems for protecting cu...
01:05 pm - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot British Airways Plans To Google Passengers
itwbennett writes "British Airways wants to be the airline where everybody knows your name. The idea behind the 'Know Me' program is that by using Google Images to ID passengers, they'll be able to re...
11:05 am - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot Social Networks, Suicide and Statistics
mikejuk writes "The data that is available in social networks is often used to detect the opinion of the crowd — but can it reveal the state of mind of the individual. New research suggests that...
08:05 am - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot ARM Publishes 64-bit "AArch64" Linux Kernel Support
An anonymous reader writes "ARM Holdings has made available Linux kernel support for AArch64, the ARMv8 64-bit architecture. No 64-bit ARMv8 hardware is yet shipping until later this year, but ARM has...
06:05 am - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot WHO Says Afghan School "Poison Attacks" Probably Mass Hysteria
New submitter smugfunt writes "A number of incidents at schools in Afghanistan, especially girls' schools, have been attributed to poisoning by the Taliban. The World Health Organization has investiga...
04:05 am - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Capture Shadow Cast By 1 Atom
slew writes "Scientist at Griffith University have shown the first absorption image of a single atom isolated in a vacuum. A single atomic ion was confined in an RF Paul trap and the absorption imaged...
03:05 am - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot After Android Trial, Google Demands $4M From Oracle
MikeatWired writes "Google is seeking $4 million from Oracle to cover the costs it incurred during this spring's epic legal battle over the Android mobile operating system, reports Caleb Garling. In a...
02:05 am - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot Activision Turning The Walking Dead Into a First-Person Shooter
An anonymous reader writes "Activision, along with developer Terminal Reality, is turning The Walking Dead into a first-person shooter. For those of you who aren't familiar, The Walking Dead is a stor...
12:05 am - Sat, July 7, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla will be announcing next week that they will effectively be taking away resources from Thunderbird's development. Mozilla believes it's better for the developers beh...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Model A Makes First Appearance
An anonymous reader writes "It's easy to forget that the Raspberry Pi currently shipping is the more expensive model of the board. It is actually called the Model B as it sports more features than the...
11:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Church of Scientology Enlisting Followers In Censorship
DrEnter writes "Apparently, the recent very public divorce of Katie Holmes and devout believer Tom Cruise is reflecting negatively on the Church of Scientology. Adding to this are other recent issues ...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo and Facebook Resolve Patent Dispute
benfrog writes "Yahoo and Facebook have resolved their patent dispute. The two companies have struck a deal which brings Yahoo's lawsuit against Facebook to an end and expands their existing ad and co...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Old Dogs vs. New Technology?
xTrashcat writes "I am 22 years of age and have been working in the IT field for over a year. I try to learn as much about technology as my cranium can handle; I even earned the nickname 'Google' beca...
10:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Best Buy Cuts 650 Geek Squad Techies
tripleevenfall writes "Best Buy has cut approximately 650 jobs from its Geek Squad division, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The cut represents about 4% of Geek Squad's total workforce. The...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Software-Defined Radio: the Apple I of Broadcast?
benfrog writes "A company called Per Vices has introduced software-defined radio gear that Ars Technica is comparing to the Apple I. Why? Because software radio can broadcast and receive nearly any ra...
09:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Early Look at Steampunk Action-Adventure Game Dishonored
Dishonored is an upcoming first-person action-adventure game in a steampunk setting. It's being developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. As the game nears its October 9th relea...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Head First Python
Michael J. Ross writes "Veteran computer programmers — adept with languages such as PHP, Perl, and JavaScript — typically have no trouble learning an additional language, often just by rea...
08:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot UN Declares Internet Freedom a Basic Right
The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a landmark resolution (PDF) declaring that internet freedom is a basic human right. They wrote: "...the same rights that people have offline must als...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Is Python a Legitimate Data Analysis Tool?
Back in May we discussed using Python, R, and Octave as data analysis tools, and compared the relative strength of each. One point of contention was whether Python could be considered a legitimate too...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot University Sues Student For Graduating Early
"A student who attended a private German economics and business university is being sued by the school because he finished his degree too quickly. Marcel Pohl finished 60 exams in 20 months, completin...
07:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Nukes Are "The Only Peacekeeping Weapons the World Has Ever Known," Says Waltz
An anonymous reader writes "Famed academic Kenneth Waltz for years has argued that more nukes around the world create peace. Why? Because the more nukes are around, the more people are afraid to start...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Nukes Are "The Only Peacekeeping Weapons the World Has Even Known," Says Waltz
An anonymous reader writes "Famed academic Kenneth Waltz for years has argued that more nukes around the world create peace. Why? Because the more nukes are around, the more people are afraid to start...
06:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot US Election Year, Still No Voting Reform
An anonymous reader writes "A year ago, we discussed this on Slashdot: E-Voting Reform In an Out Year?. The point was that due to the hoard of problems with electronic (and mechanical) voting, it is b...
05:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Telefonica Shows Prototype Firefox OS Phone
judgecorp writes "Telefonica has added some detail to the Firefox OS picture, following the announcement of phones by two manufacturers earlier this week. The Qualcomm-built handset shown by Telefonic...
04:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu Can't Trust FSF's Secure Boot Solution
sfcrazy writes "The Free Software Foundation recently published a whitepaper criticizing Ubuntu's move to drop Grub 2 in order to support Microsoft's UEFI Secure Boot. The FSF also recommended that Ub...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Ask Dr. Ramsey Faragher About NavigationPositioning Technology
Dr. Ramsey Faragher graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2004 with a first-class degree in Experimental and Theoretical Physics. He then completed a PhD in 2007 at Cambridge in Opportunistic ...
03:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Dreaming of Digital Glory At Hacker Hostels
An anonymous reader writes "The NY Times has a story about a small chain of managed residences that has sprung up in the Bay Area to provide a cheap place where programmers, designers, and scientists ...
02:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Apple-Motorola Judge Questions Need For Software Patents
imamac sends this quote from a Reuters report:"The U.S. judge who tossed out one of the biggest court cases in Apple's smartphone technology battle is questioning whether patents should cover software...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Reportedly Plans Smartphone
AlistairCharlton writes "Online retailer Amazon is developing its own smartphone to take on the Apple iPhone and handsets that run the Google Android operating system, according to media reports 'Foxc...
01:05 pm - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Former Microsoft Exec: Microsoft Has "Become the Thing They Despised"
zacharye writes "Microsoft has a long and storied history of leadership in the tech industry, and the company has driven innovation for decades. In recent years, however, Microsoft has fallen behind t...
10:05 am - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot BitTorrent Usage Increases In Europe, Following the Pirate Bay Blockade
MrSeb writes "In a twist that will surprise no one except the RIAA, MPAA, BREIN, and other anti-piracy lobbies, the amount of BitTorrent traffic has stayed the same or increased in Europe following th...
09:05 am - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Crowd Sourced Malware Reverse Engineering Platform Launched
wiredmikey writes "Security startup CrowdStrike has launched CrowdRE, a free platform that allows security researchers and analysts to collaborate on malware reverse engineering. CrowdRE is adapting t...
08:05 am - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Get Old Commercial Software To Be Open-Sourced?
First time accepted submitter Optic7 writes "Many gamers have probably dreamed about the idea of an old favorite game or other no longer supported or developed commercial software being converted to a...
05:05 am - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Implants May Improve Therapy For Neurological Disorders
ericjones12398 writes "Breakthrough new research out of Massachusetts General Hospital shows that the use of magnetic field stimulation from microscopic devices implanted into the brain may be able to...
03:05 am - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Ron Paul's New Primary Goal Is "internet Freedom"
Charliemopps writes "Ron and Rand Paul are shifting the central focus of their family's libertarian crusade to a new cause: Internet Freedom. From the article: 'Kentucky senator Rand and his father Ro...
01:05 am - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Dark Matter Filament Finally Found
An anonymous reader writes "Everyone is talking about the recent Higgs boson announcement by the scientists at CERN, but another significant scientific discovery was revealed this week as well. In a s...
12:05 am - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Apple Wins Patent For Head-Mounted Display Tech
redletterdave writes "It appears that Google is no longer alone in exploring the realm of wearable tech solutions. Apple was granted a patent on Thursday in relation to 'peripheral treatment for head-...
12:05 am - Fri, July 6, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Engineer Discovers Android Spam Botnet, Google Denies Claim
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft engineer Terry Zink has discovered Android devices are being used to send spam. He has identified an international Android botnet and outlined the details on his ...
11:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Japanese Parliament: Fukushima a Man-Made Disaster
Bootsy Collins writes "The predominant narrative of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster has been that the accident was caused by a one-in-a-million tsunami, an event so unlikely that TEPCO could no...
11:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot New Version of the MaControl Trojan Spotted In the Wild
EliSowash writes "A new version of the MaControl malware has been reported in the wild. More information on the malware, its behavior, and the attack campaign is available from Kaspersky Labs, who dis...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Dutch ISP Discovers 140,000 Customers With Default Password
bs0d3 writes "In Holland, a major ISP (KPN) has found a major security flaw for their customers. It seems that all customers have had the same default password of 'welkom01'. Up to 140,000 customers h...
10:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Japanese 13-Year-Old Arrested For Virus Creation
An anonymous reader writes "Last year, Japan criminalized virus creation and just saving a virus on [one's] own computer. According to Yomiuri Shimbun, Kyoto police have arrested a 13-year-old (Japane...
09:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Feds Plan 'Fog of Disinformation' To Track Information Leaks
skipkent tips a story at Wired's Danger Room, according to which "Pentagon-funded researchers have come up with a new plan for busting leakers: Spot them by how they search, and then entice the secret...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Another Death in the Cloud As Apple Kills Off iWork
Google is retiring the iGoogle page, but on a much shorter time scale, Apple is shutting down an iService of its own: the cloud-storage site iWork.com (linked to Apple's office apps suite iWork) is sl...
08:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Linux Played a Vital Role In Discovery of Higgs Boson
An anonymous reader writes "Scientific Linux and Ubuntu had a vital role in the discovery of the new boson at CERN. Linux systems are used every day in their analysis, together with hosts of open soft...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Seagoing Servers Hit the Rocks
1sockchuck writes "A plan to build data centers on ships is now defunct. Startup IDS, whose ambitions to convert cargo ships into server farms prompted debate on Slashdot in 2008 and 2010, is in bankr...
07:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot First iOS Malware Discovered In Apple's App Store
New submitter DavidGilbert99 writes "Security experts have discovered what is claimed to be the first ever piece of malware to be found in the Apple App Store. While Android is well known for malware,...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are the Implications of Finding the Higgs Boson?
PhunkySchtuff writes "OK, so we're all hearing the news that they've found the Higgs boson. What are some of the more practical implications that are likely to come out of this discovery? I realize it...
06:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot SNESDev-RPi: a SNES Adapter For the Raspberry Pi
New submitter Blinky0815 writes "I just found what's quite possibly the world's very first SNES-Adapter for the Raspberry Pi. Florian's design helps create what he calls the 'universal console.' His b...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot San Diego's Fireworks Show Over In 15 Seconds
First time accepted submitter fotoguzzi writes "Garden State Fireworks is investigating how the entire Fourth of July show was launched after a signal was sent to the barges that would set the timing ...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Credible Reports of a 7.85 Inch iPad Mini Emerge
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Network World: "For months now, rumors of an iPad with a 7.85-inch screen have been circulating through the blogosphere. And though Steve Jobs once sa...
05:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Nexus Q Stretches "Made in USA" Label
sl4shd0rk writes "Among the much ballyhooed tech at Google I/O last week was the Google Nexus Q. Google made an effort to proudly point out the device was "Made in the USA" and even had it stamped on ...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot China Begins Stockpiling Rare Earths, Draws WTO Attention
eldavojohn writes "A report by China Securities Journal claims that China is now stockpiling rare earths although it has not indicated when this stockpiling started. Many WTO members have complained a...
04:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot YouTube-MP3 Ripper Creator Takes On Google
judgecorp writes "21-year old computer science student Philip Matesanz is ignoring a 'cease and desist' order from Google over his site YouTube-mp3.org, which rips audio tracks from videos hosted on Y...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot App Store Bug Corrupts Binaries; Angry Birds Crash
First time accepted submitter bargainsale writes "Many recent updates from Apple's App store are crashing immediately, including Instapaper. Instapaper's creator, Marco Arment, thinks this is due to c...
03:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot In UK, HTC Defeats Apple's "Obvious" Slide Unlock Patent
An anonymous reader writes "In a move that is likely to have wide-ranging implications for Patent Rulings around the world, a High Court Judge in the UK has ruled that HTC did not infringe on a number...
02:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot WikiLeaks Begins Release of 2.5m Syrian Emails
judgecorp writes "WikiLeaks has started publishing 2.5 million emails from Syrian political figures and other bodies. The material will embarrass Syria, as well as other governments according to Julia...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Type With Your Brain — Like Stephen Hawking
Diggester writes that a group of researchers from Universiteit Maastricht's Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience Department of Neurocognition"have invented a system that translates thoughts into l...
01:05 pm - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot A Critical Examination of Bill Gates' Philanthropic Record
sam_handelman writes "The common perception among Slashdotters is that while Bill Gates may cause us some professional difficulties, he makes up for it with an exemplary philanthropic record. His phil...
09:05 am - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Does Your Company Evaluate Your Performance?
jmcbain writes "I'm a former Microsoftie, and one thing I really despised about the company is the 'stack ranking' employee evaluation system that was succinctly captured in a recent Vanity Fair artic...
06:05 am - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot UAV Cameras an Eye In the Sky For Adventurous Filmmakers
First time accepted submitter NRI-Digital writes "Could the use of unmanned aerial vehicles open up a whole new world of filmmaking? UAV manufacturer Schiebel and media company Snaproll Media recently...
03:05 am - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Copyrights To Reach Deep Space
bs0d3 writes "Voyager 1 is expected to reach interstellar space soon. It will be the first made made object to cross the heliosphere, which is the final stop in our solar system. Voyager 1, famously c...
01:05 am - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot FDA Approves HIV Home-Use Test Kit
Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter HIV test kit, allowing people to test themselves in private at home and get prel...
12:05 am - Thu, July 5, 2012
Slashdot Texas Scientists Regret Loss of Higgs Boson Quest
MarkWhittington writes "The probable discovery of the Higgs Boson particle is greeted as bittersweet news in Texas. Had the Superconducting Super Collider, at one time under construction in Waxahachie...
11:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Icelandic MP Claims US Vendetta Against WikiLeaks
Stirling Newberry writes "Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir details more of the evidence for what she calls a 'judicial vendetta' against WikiLeaks and its volunteers, including attempts to g...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's 'Cannibalistic Culture'
theodp writes "In the provocatively titled Microsoft's Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant, Vanity Fair offers a teaser for a story that will appe...
10:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review
New submitter codysleiman points out a review of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) at The Verge. They say the look and feel of Google's mobile operating system has improved in a few different ways. Aesthetical...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot John the Ripper Cracks Slow Hashes On GPU
solardiz writes "A new community-enhanced version of John the Ripper adds support for GPUs via CUDA and OpenCL, currently focusing on slow-to-compute hashes and ciphers such as Fedora's and Ubuntu's s...
09:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot FBI To Shut Down DNSChanger Servers Monday -- But Should It Cut Off 300k PCs?
nk497 writes "The FBI is set to pull the plug on DNSChanger servers on Monday, leaving as many as 300,000 PCs with the wrong DNS settings, unable to easily connect to websites — although that's ...
08:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Beating the Summer Heat?
July is always one of the hottest months in the U.S., but this year the heat got an early start. Sustained hot weather has slammed huge parts of the country, and led to some serious consequences. All ...
07:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Valve Hands Over Its Own Movie-Making Tools To Gamers
cylonlover writes "Valve has gained a reputation over the years not just for consistently putting out great games, but also for the slick trailers and promo videos that go along with them. But now the...
07:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot HTC Defeats Apple In Slide-To-Unlock Patent Dispute
another random user sends this quote from the BBC:"HTC is claiming victory in a patent dispute with Apple after a ruling by the High Court in London. The judge ruled that HTC had not infringed four te...
06:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Cyberoam Packet Inspection Devices Open Traffic To Third Parties
New submitter jetcityorange tipped us to a nasty security flaw in Cyberoam packet inspection devices. The devices are used by employers and despotic governments alike to intercept communications; in t...
05:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Verizon Claims Net Neutrality Violates Their Free Speech Rights
New submitter WickedLilMonkies writes "In a stretch of the meaning of 'free speech' that defies the most liberal interpretation, Verizon defends throttling your data speed."In its continuing case to s...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Qubits Stored at Room Temp For Two Seconds
nmpost writes with news of another step toward practical quantum computers. From the article: "Scientists have successfully overcome one of the obstacles in quantum computation by storing data on quan...
04:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Liberated Pixel Cup: Art Entries Closed; Code Competition Begins
Nushio writes "Continuing with the Liberted Pixel Cup coverage: The Art Competition recently finished, and the code portion of the Liberated Pixel Cup has begun. There are some pretty awesome tilesets...
03:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Charles Carreon Drops Case Against the Oatmeal
Dynamoo writes "Charles Carreon has reportedly dropped his lawsuit against the creator of The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman. This bizarre lawsuit (dubbed a SLAPP suit by the EFF) kicked off after a dispute b...
02:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot ACTA Rejected By European Parliament
Grumbleduke writes "Today the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Despite attempts by the EPP Group to delay the vote until after ...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot LHC Discovers New Particle That Looks Like the Higgs Boson
The wait is over: new submitter Roger W Moore (among many, many other submitters) writes "The ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN have just announced the discovery of a new particle which is consistent ...
01:05 pm - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Thomas Jefferson: Scientist, Inventor, Gadgeteer
Hugh Pickens writes "Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, whose signing we celebrate today, was considered an expert in architecture, civil engineering, geography, mathemat...
11:05 am - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot How Open Source Hardware Is Driving the 3D-Printing Industry
TheNextCorner sends this quote from ReadWriteWeb:"Open source software has been a key player in all kinds of disruptive technologies — from the Web to big data. Now the nascent and growing open ...
09:05 am - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot World's Hardest Sudoku
jones_supa writes "A Finnish PhD in mathematics, Arto Inkala, has allegedly created the world's toughest sudoku puzzle. 'There's no straightforward way to define the difficulty level of a sudoku. I my...
08:05 am - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Headlights That See Through Rain and Snow
wisebabo writes "I think it was Newton who said if you knew the position and velocity of every particle in the universe, you could predict the future down to the effect the flutter of a sparrow's wing...
05:05 am - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot EU Parliament Adopts eCall Resolution
arisvega writes with news that the European Parliament has pass a resolution in support of eCall, an initiative to install devices in vehicles that automatically contact emergency services in the even...
04:05 am - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Open Source Morrowind Version 0.16.0 Released
An anonymous reader writes "The OpenMW team recently released a new version of their open source engine. While the project is not fully playable yet, the goal is to preserve Morrowind, provide modders...
03:05 am - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle
New submitter Trashcan Romeo writes "Three years ago, it accounted for 20% of all visits to Google's home page. Two years ago, Lifehacker readers voted it the best start-page service. Today it was ann...
12:05 am - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot Bill Gates: the Traditional PC Is Changing
Billly Gates writes "Bill Gates, in an interview with Charlie Rose last night, defended the move to Metro-ize Windows 8 and focus solely on the tablet experience (here's the video — tablet talk ...
12:05 am - Wed, July 4, 2012
Slashdot SETI Running Out of Money
New submitter opusman writes "According to an Australian space analyst, SETI is running out of money. Despite needing only $2 million a year, a relatively small amount in space industry terms, they ar...
11:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Google Proposes Fighting Piracy By Blocking Ad Money
judgecorp writes "Google has published a report, written by the Performing Rights Society and BAE Detica, which says the way to fight piracy is not to chase the sharers, but to cut off the money in th...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Facebook API Bug Deletes Contact Info On Phones
An anonymous reader writes "If you thought that Facebook's recent unannounced change of its users' email address tied with their account to Facebook ones was bad, you'll be livid if you check your mob...
10:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot RIM CEO: 'There's Nothing Wrong With the Company'
redletterdave writes "Research In Motion is in trouble. The BlackBerry maker has been suffering from an identity crisis for the last six months, which has resulted in mass layoffs, lots of job shuffli...
09:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Sea Level Rise Can't Be Stopped
riverat1 writes "Sea level rise won't stop for several hundred years even if we reverse global warming, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. As warmer water is mixed do...
08:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Ford Predicts Self-Driving, Traffic-Reducing Cars By 2017
An anonymous reader tips a story about comments from Ford Motor Company showing how confident they are in the autonomous car technology currently in development. They say self-driving cars will be her...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Writes Off $6.2 Billion From aQuantive Acquisition
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft had high hopes for aQuantive when it paid $6.3 billion to acquire the combo online marketing services vendor/advertising agency in 2007, evidently in response to ...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Choosing the Right Security Tools To Protect VMs
Nerval's Lobster writes "Tech writer David Strom starts a discussion about how you should go about securing virtual machines for your organization. 'The need to protect physical infrastructure is well...
07:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot 'Rubber-Band Electronics' Can Stretch To 200 Percent Their Original Size
Zothecula writes "In the quest to develop implantable electronics to monitor the human body from within, flexibility and stretchability have been major hurdles. We've seen numerous developments includ...
06:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot VLC 's Beta For Android Is Ready — Unless You're North American
MrSeb writes "The VideoLAN Project has pushed a beta version of VLC for Android to the Google Play Store. The beta brings most of the functionality of VLC for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X to Android i...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Why Mark Zuckerberg Is a Bad Role Model For Aspiring Tech Execs
coondoggie writes "Want to run a successful high-tech company? Don't drop out of college. The myth of the brilliant Ivy League student who starts a business in his dorm room, drops out of school, and ...
05:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are Smart Meters Safe?
An anonymous reader writes "There is a lot of controversy and a big hullabaloo about Southern California Edison and various other utilities around the country installing smart meters at residential ho...
04:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Nokia: Google's Nexus 7 Tablet Infringes Our Patents
walterbyrd writes with a story at The Inquirer outlining the latest volley in the patent wars surrounding mobile hardware, this time aimed at the new Aus-built Nexus 7 tablet from Google by Nokia, in ...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Linux Users Banned From Diablo III Servers
dartttt writes with word that"Blizzard has banned all Linux users who are playing Diablo III on Linux using Wine." Reader caranha adds that these users have been flagged as "using cheating programs," ...
03:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot After Recent US Storms, Why Are Millions Still Without Power?
Hugh Pickens writes points out a report from Jamie Smith Hopkins that "The unusual nature of the 'derecho' is complicating efforts to get everyone's much-needed air conditioning up and running again a...
02:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot A New Record For Scientific Retractions?
sciencehabit writes "An investigating committee in Japan has concluded that a Japanese anesthesiologist, Yoshitaka Fujii, fabricated a whopping 172 papers over the past 19 years. Among other problems,...
02:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Blackhole Exploit Kit Gets an Upgrade
wiredmikey writes "The popular Blackhole exploit kit, assumed to be created and maintained by an individual going by the online moniker of 'Paunch,' who continuously updates the browser exploit softwa...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Used Software Can Be Sold, Says EU Court of Justice
Sique writes "An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his 'used' licenses allowing theuse of his programs downloaded from the internet. The exclusive right of distribution of a copy of a com...
01:05 pm - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Can't Keep Protestor's Data From Cops
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "On Monday, Twitter published its first-ever Transparency Report, detailing how many times governments around the world demanded its users' information and asked it to remov...
10:05 am - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Apple Loses Bid For Emergency Ban On HTC Phone Imports
New submitter tukang writes "The US International Trade Commission has rejected an emergency request by Apple to detain some HTC phones (including the One X and EVO 4G) at the border while the agency ...
08:05 am - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Home Office To Ignore Wikipedia Founder's Petition Against O'Dwyer Extradition
An anonymous reader writes "The Home Office has confirmed home secretary Theresa May will not block TVShack founder Richard O'Dwyer's U.S. extradition, despite widespread calls for her to do so."It wo...
05:05 am - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do I Stay Employable?
First time accepted submitter illcar writes "Hi, I am 40 year old working as a senior developer for one of the biggest investment banks. I have always worked as full time employee in my career. Howeve...
03:05 am - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Full-Body Airport Scanners Downsizing For DoctorsDentists
An anonymous reader writes "Cheap handheld terahertz scanners that do the same thing as those big bulky full-body scanners at the airport could be in your doctor's and dentist's office soon+. The...
01:05 am - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Australia To Review Copyright Fair Use
New submitter freddienumber13 writes "The Australian Government has announced a review of the copyright act to look at the provisions of fair use and exceptions with a view towards considering whether...
12:05 am - Tue, July 3, 2012
Slashdot Insects As Weapons
An anonymous reader writes "Timothy Paine, an entomologist at the University of California-Riverside, recently 'committed to the scientific record the idea that California's eucalyptus trees may have ...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Caffeine Linked To Lower Skin Cancer Risk
THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes "The curative effects of coffee continue to be discovered as the Harvard School of Public Health and Boston's Brigham & Women's Hospital published a new study today tha...
11:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Prototype Clickjacking Rootkit Developed For Android
ShipLives writes "Mobile security researchers have identified an aspect of Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and earlier models that clickjacking rootkits could exploit. As part of an effort to ident...
10:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Testing the Want Button
redletterdave writes "Facebook already knows what you 'Like.' Soon, it may ask you what you 'Want'. Tom Waddington, a Web developer for the craft website Cut Out + Keep, discovered that Facebook ...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot NASA'S Orion Arrives At Kennedy, Work Underway For First Launch
An anonymous reader writes in with news about the arrival of the Orion spacecraft at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center today. "More than 450 guests at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida welc...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Candy Coating Inspires Lab-Grown Blood Vessels
sciencehabit writes "Scientists have developed a water-soluble carbohydrate glass based on a decoration used on cakes and lollipops. The material can be cast into a variety of shapes, is completely no...
09:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot US Energy Transportation Network Gets Multibillion-Dollar Revamp
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Simone Sebastian writes in the Houston Chronicle that the nation's energy transportation network is undergoing a multibillion-dollar overhaul, as oil and natural gas produc...
08:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Cisco's Cloud Vision: Mandatory, and Killed At Their Discretion
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, a number of Cisco customers began reporting problems with three specific Linksys-branded routers. When owners of the E2700, E3500, are E4500 attempted to log in ...
07:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Intellectual Property Rights: The Quiet Killer of Rio+20
ericjones12398 writes "Richard Phillips, president of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, sent a powerful message to Washington the day before the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable De...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Is the Google Nexus Q Subtraction by Subtraction?
Once upon a time, it was easy to characterize Google’s domain and business model: they provided well-organized internet search results through a simple, friendly interface, and made money throug...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot What's To Love About C?
First time accepted submitter edA-qa writes "Antiquated, clunky, and unsafe. Though beloved to some, C is a language that many choose to hate. The mass opinion is indeed so negative it's hard to belie...
06:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot First Firefox Mobile OS Phones Announced
judgecorp writes "The first devices running Firefox Mobile OS, originally known as Boot to Gecko, have been announced. TCL and ZTE are making the phones, which will show up on Brazil's Telefonica Vivo...
05:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Sony To Acquire Cloud Gaming Company Gaikai for $380 Million
Sony announced today that they've entered into an agreement to acquire Gaikai, Dave Perry's cloud gaming company, for $380 million. Sony said they will use the company to "establish a new cloud servic...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot FSF Criticises Ubuntu For Dropping Grub 2 For Secure Boot
sfcrazy writes "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has published a whitepaper recommending free operating systems how to deal with UEFI secure boot. In the whitepaper, the foundation has criticized th...
04:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Apple To Pay $60 Million Over iPad Trademark Dispute
tekgoblin writes "Today a Chinese court has stated Apple, Inc. has agreed to pay a Chinese company $60 Million dollars to settle their infamous iPad name dispute. In 2006 Apple purchased the Taiwanese...
03:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Keeping Your Cloud Costs Under Control
Tech writer David Strom offer this in-depth article on keeping your cloud costs suppressed. He writes: "Some cloud providers don’t make pricing available until you sign up for their service. Oth...
03:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot CERN Announcing New LHC Results July 4th
An anonymous reader writes "The Higgs boson is regarded as the key to understanding the universe. Physicists say its job is to give the particles that make up atoms their mass. Without this mass, thes...
02:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Cubify 3D Printers Aren't Just for Squares (Video)
There are other 3D printers out there, but Cubify claims theirs is easier to use, has easier cartridge changes, and is all-around nicer and cooler than their competition. And Timothy Lord found them a...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot UK Universities Launch Cloud Supercomputer For Hire
judgecorp writes "Cambridge University and Imperial College London have combined forces to make a cloud-based supercomputer service. Supercomputers have traditionally not been shared this way, but COR...
01:05 pm - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Appeals Apple's Injunction Against Galaxy Nexus
It will come as no surprise that Samsung has filed an appeal in response to the injunction granted to Apple against the Galaxy Nexus phone in the U.S.. From the article: "The motion, filed with the Co...
09:05 am - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Oldest DNA Recovered From 7,000-Year-Old Skeletons In Spain
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers published a paper in the current issue of Current Biology detailing their analysis of DNA from 7,000-year old cavemen in northern Spain. From the article: 'The ...
07:05 am - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Soyuz Capsule Lands Safely
An anonymous reader writes in with news that the astronauts who helped dock the first privately owned spacecraft with the ISS have returned safely to earth in a Russian Soyuz capsule. "A Russian Soyuz...
03:05 am - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot NAVSOP Navigation System Rivals GPS
dangle writes "BAE Systems has developed a positioning solution that it claims will work even when GPS is unavailable. Its strategy is to use the collection of radio frequency signals from TV, radio a...
12:05 am - Mon, July 2, 2012
Slashdot Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?
dgharmon writes "The Command Line Interface has its uses, acknowledged Mobile Raptor blogger Roberto Lim, but no piece of technology targeted at the consumer market should ever require that something ...
11:05 pm - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Clampdown Could Impede Anonymous Tweets
judgecorp writes "Twitter is going to clamp down on abuse and 'trolling' according to its CEO Dick Costolo. Actions could include hiding replies from users who do not have any followers or biographica...
10:05 pm - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot Boston Using IBM Engineers To Solve Traffic Problems
vu1986 writes "Boston won the opportunity to pick the brains of six IBM engineers — including one from Tokyo — who flew in to check out its traffic situation and figure out a way to consol...
09:05 pm - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot Leap Second Bug Causes Crashes
An anonymous reader writes in with a Wired story about the problems caused by the leap second last night. "Reddit, Mozilla, and possibly many other web outfits experienced brief technical problems on ...
07:05 pm - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft To Bring Windows 8 Marketplace In 180 Countries
First time accepted submitter mugi writes "The Microsoft Windows Marketplace was so far only available in 63 countries, and only 38 of those were allowed to submit apps. But now, Microsoft is planning...
06:05 pm - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot "Mini-Factories" To Make Medicine Inside the Body
Diggester writes "A group of scientists from MIT and the University of British Columbia have created 'mini-factories' that can be programmed to produce different types of proteins, and when implanted ...
05:05 pm - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot Insights Into Google Compute Engine
snydeq writes "The Compute Engine announcement at Google I/O made it clear that Google intends to take Amazon EC2 head on. Michael Crandell, who has been testing out Compute Engine for some time now, ...
04:05 pm - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot Making Saltwater Drinkable With Graphene
An anonymous reader writes "Graphene once again proves that it is quite possibly the most miraculous material known to man, this time by making saltwater drinkable. The process was developed by a grou...
03:05 pm - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot Wiretap Requests From Federal and State Authorities Fell 14% In 2011
coondoggie writes "Federal and state court orders approving the interception of wire, oral or electronic communications dropped 14% in 2011, compared to the number reported in 2010. According to a rep...
02:05 pm - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot Google Trying New Strategy to Fix Fragmentation
CWmike writes "Google announced a new version of Android this week with some impressive new features, but it's unclear if it's done enough to solve a problem that has dogged its mobile OS: fragmentati...
01:05 pm - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot The Boy Who Loved Batman
theodp writes "As a young boy, Batman producer Michael Uslan — a self-described 'ultimate comic book geek' — was traumatized to see the Caped Crusader being 'murdered' in front of his very...
11:05 am - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot GLIBC 2.16 Brings X32 Support, ISO C11 Compliance, Better Performance
An anonymous reader writes "The GNU C Library version 2.16 was released with many new features over the weekend. The announcement cites support for the Linux x32 ABI, ISO C11 compliance, performance i...
10:05 am - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot 'Wearable Computing Will Be the Norm,' Says Google Glass Team
An anonymous reader writes "In an interview with Wired, Google's Steve Lee and Babak Parviz spoke about how they've come to use Project Glass in their lives, and where they expect the mobile computing...
07:05 am - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot Human Stem Cell Transplants Successfully Reversed Diabetes In Mice
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists successfully reversed diabetes in mice by transplanting mice human stem cells into mice in a discovery that may lead to way to finding a cure for a disease that ...
04:05 am - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot Quake 3 Source Code Review
An anonymous reader writes "id Software has a history of releasing the source code for their older games under the GPL. Coder Fabien Sanglard has been taking it upon himself to go through each of thes...
12:05 am - Sun, July 1, 2012
Slashdot ICANN Cancels 'Digital Archery' Program
itwbennett writes "ICANN announced today that it has canceled the Digital Archery contest it had planned to use to decide which gTLD applications would be evaluated first. The organization gave no ind...
11:05 pm - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?
Tmack writes "The last time we had a leap second, sysadmins were taken a bit by surprise when a random smattering of systems locked up (including Slashdot itself) due to a kernel bug causing a race co...
10:05 pm - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot Android-Controlled Battle Robots Go To War (Video)
Let's pretend for a moment that your name is Google. You want to have lots of developers working with your stuff. So you hold a Google Input|Output 2012 event. You have Sergey Brin showing off Google ...
09:05 pm - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot The 'Everyone Gets the Source Code, Donations Get You Binaries' Software Model
TroysBucket writes "One developer who is trying to fund his development work via donations has taken on an 'Everyone gets the source code, donations get you binaries' business model, where he provides...
08:05 pm - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot Serious Web Vulnerabilities Dropped In 2011
wiredmikey writes "It's refreshing to see a security report from a security vendor that isn't all doom-and-gloom and loaded with FUD. Web Application Security firm WhiteHat Security released a report ...
07:05 pm - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot Apple Transitions Hardware Leadership
redletterdave writes "Apple will begin transitioning the leadership role within its hardware engineering department, now that Bob Mansfield, who led the engineering of many of Apple's most successful ...
06:05 pm - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot More Uptime Problems For Amazon Cloud
1sockchuck writes "An Amazon Web Services data center in northern Virginia lost power Friday night during an electrical storm, causing downtime for numerous customers — including Netflix, which ...
05:05 pm - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?
shinjikun34 writes "I am currently stationed on a U.S. Navy ship deployed in a country with restrictive internet policies. We are currently in the process of setting up an entertainment internet conne...
04:05 pm - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot How a Lone Grad Student Scooped the FTC On Privacy Issue
Pigskin-Referee sends this excerpt from an article at ProPublica:"Jonathan Mayer had a hunch. A gifted computer scientist, Mayer suspected that online advertisers might be getting around browser setti...
03:05 pm - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot Full Upgrades To Windows 8 Only From Windows 7?
CWmike writes "Microsoft will support full upgrades to Windows 8 only from the three-year old Windows 7, according to a report Thursday by ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley. Citing unnamed sources, Foley sa...
02:05 pm - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot When Your e-Books Read You
theodp writes "'Perhaps nothing will have as large an impact on advanced analytics in the coming year as the ongoing explosion of new and powerful data sources,' writes Bill Franks in Taming The Big D...
01:05 pm - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend
Dr. Eggman writes "If you don't recall, then Broadband/DSL Reports is here to remind us that ISPs around the U.S. will begin adhering to the RIAA/MPAA-fueled 'Six Strikes' agreement on July 1st. Or is...
10:05 am - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot Sale of Galaxy Nexus Banned in the US
New submitter busyqth writes "After the injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 earlier in the week, A U.S. district court judge has now also granted an injunction against the sale of Google's flagship...
08:05 am - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot UK Company Demos Color Video Animation On Electronic Paper
sweetpea86 writes with an update on color eink screens. From the article: "Plastic electronics company Plastic Logic has demonstrated color video animation on a flexible plastic display, which it clai...
05:05 am - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot Gmail Takes Largest Webmail Service Crown
redletterdave writes "After several years of dominance, Microsoft's Web-based email service, Hotmail, has been unseated by Google's significantly younger webmail service, Gmail. Google announced it ha...
03:05 am - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot A Program Learns Oriental Ink Painting
mikejuk writes about a neat use of machine learning. From the article: "Using reinforcement learning to make a computer paint like an oriental Sumi-e artist isn't just a matter of shouting 'well done'...
01:05 am - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot Is Being In the Same BitTorrent "Swarm" Equal To "Interacting"?
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In the new wave of bittorrent downloading cases, the plaintiffs' lawyers like to lump a number of "John Does" together in the same case in order to avoid filing fees ($350...
12:05 am - Sat, June 30, 2012
Slashdot China Slowing Nuclear Buildout In Response To Fukushima
Lasrick writes "Yun Zhou writes about the end result of China's long reconsideration of nuclear power safety in the wake of Fukushima. Important details about the decision to adopt designs created in ...