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11:05 pm - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Teachers Write an Open Textbook In a Weekend Hackathon
linjaaho writes "A group of Finnish mathematics researchers, teachers and students write an upper secondary mathematics textbook in a three-day booksprint. The event started on Friday 28th September a...
09:05 pm - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Blender Debuts Fourth Open Source Movie: Tears of Steel
An anonymous reader writes "On September 26th the Blender Foundation released their fourth open source short movie called Tears of Steel. This time around, Blender, the fantastic open source 3d modeli...
08:05 pm - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot A Black Hole's Spinning Heart of Darkness
sciencehabit writes "Like all invisible things that are only partly understood, black holes evoke a sense of mystery. Astronomers know that the tremendous gravitational pull of a black hole sucks matt...
07:05 pm - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Computer History Museum Gets the Attention It Deserves
mcpublic writes "For years the Computer History Museum has been quietly collecting and displaying the computational relics of yesteryear. Now, finally the New York Times Arts Section shines the spotli...
06:05 pm - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot A Suicide Goes Viral On the Internet
Hugh Pickens writes "Will Oremus reports that Fox News showed a grisly spectacle Friday afternoon during a live car chase when the suspect got out of his car, stumbled down a hillside, pulled a gun, a...
05:05 pm - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Hacking Urban Noise?
b1tbkt writes "I live at the corner of one of the busiest intersections in my city (pop. 350k). Although I've replaced all windows, insulated, and caulked every square inch of the place, the fire truc...
04:05 pm - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Python 3.3.0 Released
An anonymous reader writes "After just over a month of release candidates, the final version of Python 3.3 launched today. This version includes new syntax, including the yield from expression for gen...
03:05 pm - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Aircraft Carriers In Space
An anonymous reader writes "Real-world military conventions have had obvious effects on many sci-fi books, movies, and TV shows. But how does their fictional representation stack up against the evolvi...
02:05 pm - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot HP Releases Open webOS 1.0
An anonymous reader writes "Hewlett-Packard has announced the release Open webOS version 1.0: 'We now have an OpenEmbedded build that allows a full webOS experience running inside an OE emulator. We h...
01:05 pm - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Notch Won't Certify Minecraft For Windows 8
MojoKid writes "The backlash against Windows 8 from various developers continues, but this time a game's creator isn't just expressing discontent. Notch, the developer behind smash hit Minecraft, has ...
11:05 am - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot US Court Says Motorola Can't Enforce Microsoft Injunction In Germany
First time accepted submitter Chris453 writes "A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled that Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit cannot enforce a patent injunction that it obtained against Microsoft Corp ...
08:05 am - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Free Font Helps People With Dyslexia
Thornburg writes "There is a free font available which has been designed to make it easier for people with dyslexia to read. DailyTech has a piece which pulls together a BBC interview and blog posting...
08:05 am - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Iran's News Agency Picks Up Onion Story
J053 writes "FARS, the Iranian news agency, ran a story about a Gallup poll which showed that 'the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahm...
05:05 am - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Newly Spotted Comet May Shine Among Brightest In History
Reader intellitech points to an article at National Geographic, from which he excerpts: "If astronomers' early predictions hold true, the holidays next year may hold a glowing gift for stargazers&mdas...
04:05 am - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Illinois Prof Calls for a Federal Law To Safeguard Digital Afterlives
An anonymous reader writes "A new paper from Professor Jason Mazzone at the University of Illinois calls for federal laws to regulate what happens to digital accounts after the account holder's death....
01:05 am - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Slackware 14.0 Arrives
First time accepted submitter SgtKeeling writes "After 5 release candidates, a new version of Slackware has been released. From the website: 'Yes, it is that time again! After well over a year of plan...
12:05 am - Sat, September 29, 2012
Slashdot Sugar Batteries Could Store 20% More Energy Than Li-Ions
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at the Tokyo University of Science have developed a way to create sugar batteries that store 20% more energy than lithium-ion cells. Before it can be used as the...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot EA Makes Minor Tweaks To FIFA 12 For the Wii, Releases It As FIFA 13
An article at Nintendo Gamer highlights how Electronic Arts put almost no work into the latest Wii release of their FIFA soccer game franchise, but didn't hesitate to push it out the door anyway. Side...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Brown Signs California Bill For Free Textbooks
bcrowell writes "California Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 1052 and 1053, authored by state senator Darrell Steinberg, to create free textbooks for 50 core lower-division college courses. SB 1052 ...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Google Blocks Author's Ads For Offering Torrent Of His Own Book
An anonymous reader points out the recent trouble of author Cody Jackson, who wrote a book called Learning to Program with Python. He offers the book for sale, but also gives it away for free, and he ...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Reminder: Slashdot Anniversary Meetups, Free T-Shirts
As you may have heard, Slashdot will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in October. As part of that celebration, we've set up a page to organize meetups for Slashdot users to hang out and shoot the b...
09:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Nebraska Sheriff Wardriving, Sending Letters About Unsecured Wi-Fi
An anonymous reader sends this quote from JournalStar.com:"The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in scammers using unsecured Wi-Fi connections to steal identities and mask t...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot IPv6 Must Be Enabled On All US Government Sites By Sunday
darthcamaro writes "Agencies of the U.S. Federal Government are racing to comply with a September 30th deadline to offer web, email and DNS for all public facing websites over IPv6. While not all gove...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Privacy Watchdogs Want Facebook, Datalogix Deal Probed
Nerval's Lobster writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) want the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to examine the new alliance between Faceboo...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Air Force Foresaw Fatal F-22 Problems; Rejected $100,000 Fix As Too Expensive
McGruber writes "The Associated Press is reporting that years before F-22 stealth fighter pilots began getting dizzy in the cockpit, before one struggled to breathe as he tried to pull out of a fatal ...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Sexism In Science
An anonymous reader writes with news of a recent paper about the bias among science faculty against female students. The study, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot FFmpeg 1.0 MultiMedia Library Released
An anonymous reader writes "The free software FFmpeg multi-media library that's used by VLC, MPlayer, Chrome, and many other software projects has reached version 1.0 after being in development since ...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Innocence of Muslims Filmmaker Arrested, Jailed
sycodon writes "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the film Innocence of Muslims, has been arrested and jailed in Los Angeles for probation violations. The situation is a win-win for the Obama a...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot NASA Orion Splashdown Safety Tests Completed
DevotedSkeptic sends this news from NASA:"The 18,000-pound test article that mimics the size and weight of NASA's Orion spacecraft crew module recently completed a final series of water impact tests i...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot The Rage For MOOCs
An anonymous reader writes "Ever since Stanford's Sebastian Thrun and Google's Peter Norvig signed up 160,000 people for their online artificial intelligence course last year, educators and entreprene...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot The Whirlydoodle Project Makes Fun, Spinning Things (Video)
There you were, one evening in Ann Arbor, MI, looking at a bunch of crazy spinning pinwheel-type things on light poles that seemed to change speed, colors, and light patterns with each minor wind shif...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot United States Navy Names Ship After Neil Armstrong
SchrodingerZ writes "In the wake of Neil Armstrong's death, the United States Navy has announced this week that a new research vessel will be named in his honor. This ship will be the first Armstrong-...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Astronomy Portfolio Review Recommends Defunding US's Biggest Telescope
derekmead writes "Data from the enormous Green Bank Telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory has been used to test some of Einstein's theories, discover new molecules in space, and find e...
03:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot California Employers Can't Ask For Your Facebook Password
J053 sends word that California has passed legislation making it illegal for both colleges and employers to request social media account access from students, employees, and prospective hires."Assembl...
03:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Calls For $5B Investment In U.S. Education
Dupple sends this quote from ComputerWorld:"Congress should invest $5 billion in the country's education system — particularly in math, science and technology education — over the next 10 ...
02:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes For Maps App, Recommends Alternatives
TheBoat writes "Tim Cook has apologized for the company's Maps app in iOS 6. 'We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps b...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Electronic Surveillance By US Law Enforcement Agencies Rising Steeply
hypnosec writes "According to data obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), surveillance of emails and other forms of Internet communications without warrants has increased substantially...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot The Text Message Typo That Landed a Man In Jail
Barence writes "A British man was jailed for 18 months for accidentally sending an explicit text message to his entire address book. 24-year-old swimming coach Craig Evans intended to send a text mess...
10:05 am - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot ASIC Seeks Power To Read Your Emails
nemesisrocks writes "ASIC, Australia's version of the SEC, has called for phone call and internet data to be stored by Australian ISPs, in a submission to the Parliamentary Inquity into mandatory data...
08:05 am - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot EU Set To Charge Microsoft Over Ruling Breach
First time accepted submitter quippe writes in with some bad news for Microsoft. "Microsoft Corp will be charged for failing to comply with a 2009 ruling ordering it to offer a choice of web browsers,...
06:05 am - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot First Mammals Observed Regenerating Tissue
ananyo writes "Two species of African spiny mouse have been caught at something no other mammal is known to do — completely regenerating damaged tissue. The work could help improve wound healing...
05:05 am - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Google Gets Into Politics With Civic Info API
mikejuk writes "The new Google Civic Information API can be used to look up comprehensive voting information for particular addresses in the U.S. such as the polling place, early vote sites, contests,...
03:05 am - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot US Department of Homeland Security Looking For a Few Good Drones
coondoggie writes "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security this week issued a call for unmanned systems makers to participate in a program that will ultimately determine their safety and performance ...
01:05 am - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Valve Blog Announces Dates For Steam Linux External Beta
An anonymous reader writes "In the third post to the new Valve Linux Blog, the linux team have announced that starting next week they will begin their internal beta, with an external beta of 1000 user...
01:05 am - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Adobe Revoking Code Signing Certificate Used To Sign Malware
wiredmikey writes "Adobe said Thursday that will be revoking a code signing certificate next week after discovering two pieces of malware that had been digitally signed with Adobe's credentials.Two ma...
12:05 am - Fri, September 28, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Invent Electronics That Dissolve In the Body
An anonymous reader writes in with a story about some new electronics that are designed to melt in your body not in your hand. "Scientists have created ultra-thin electronic devices that can 'melt awa...
11:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Rover Finds Ancient Streambed On Martian Surface
sighted writes "NASA reports that its Curiosity rover mission has found evidence that a stream once ran vigorously — and for a sustained amount of time — across the area on Mars where the ...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Smart-Grid Control Software Maker Hacked
tsu doh nimh writes "Telvent, a multinational company whose software and services are used to remotely administer and monitor large sections of the energy and gas industries began warning customers la...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Intel Debuts Clover Trail For Tablets, Launches New Atom Inside
An anonymous reader writes "Today, Intel is launching its next-generation Clover Trail platform. The new Intel Z2760 is a dual-core, quad-threaded device clocked at up to 1.8GHz, with support for up t...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot AMD Partners With BlueStacks To Bring Android Apps To PCs
eldavojohn writes "News outlets are reporting that AMD has partnered with BlueStacks to bring Android apps to AppZone Player, something that will apparently allow the more than 500,000 mobile apps to ...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot KDE Multi-Monitor Control Getting An Overhaul
Multi-monitor support on Free systems has always been a pain (even after RANDR made it a lot less of a pain). GNOME2 had a great feature: you only had to configure a given pair of displays once and it...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Game Review: Torchlight 2
CowboyNeal writes: "Last week was a big week for gamers, with the release of bothBorderlands 2 as well as Torchlight 2. I already shared my thoughtson the former last week, so I got to playing the lat...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Did Metro UX Elements Come From a 2009 Demo?
First time accepted submitter oso2k writes "In 2009, as reported by gizmag, Robert Clayton Miller proposed a UI that borrowed from familiar iPhone gestures and translated them to a multi-tasking data-...
06:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps
tlhIngan writes "So why did Apple decide to ditch the (working) iOS maps app with one based on their own data (despite having one more year to the contract)? It turns out to be turn-by-turn voice navi...
06:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot What Should Start-Ups Do With the Brilliant Jerk?
First time accepted submitter glowend writes "Cliff Oxford writes in the New York Times 'I define Brilliant Jerks as specialized, high-producing performers. They are not, however, brilliant business p...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot File-Sharing For Personal Use Declared Legal In Portugal
First time accepted submitter M0j0_j0j0 writes "After receiving 2000 complaints regarding "illegal file sharing" from ACAPOR on P2P network the Portuguese justice refused to take the case into court o...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Bitcoin Exchange BitFloor Says It Will Replace Stolen Coins
angry tapir writes "Bitcoin exchanges generally don't seem to recover that easily after security breaches. However, BitFloor, which was hacked and had 24,000 Bitcoins stolen in early September, is com...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot AMD Trinity APUs Stack Up Well To Intel's Core 3
Barence writes "AMD's APUs combine processor and graphics core in the same chip. Its latest Trinity chips are more powerful than ever, thanks to current-generation Radeon graphics and the same process...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot NZ Broke the Law Spying On Kim Dotcom, PM Apologizes
Mad Hamster writes "In the latest installment of the megaupload saga, an official study has determined that New Zealand's Government Communications and Security Bureau broke NZ law by spying on Megaup...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Even Windows 8 Users Prefer Windows 7
judgecorp writes "Windows 8 is not proving an instant hit amongst the early adopters who have got their hands on it. More than half of them prefer Windows 7, according to a survey by a Windows 8 forum...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Why It's Bad That Smartphones Have Banished Boredom
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Doug Gross writes that thanks to technology, there's been a recent sea change in how people today kill time. 'Those dog-eared magazines in your doctor's office are going un...
11:05 am - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Terabit Ethernet Is Dead, For Now
Nerval's Lobster writes "Sorry, everybody: terabit Ethernet looks like it will have to wait a while longer. The IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus group met this week in G...
10:05 am - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Denies Leak of Users' Private Messages
silentbrad writes "The CBC (among others) reports: "A Facebook spokesperson is denying reports that private messages sent by users on the social networking site have become public. The purported glitc...
08:05 am - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Air Force Sets First Post In Ambitious Space Fence Project
coondoggie writes "The US Air Force this week said it will base the first Space Fence radar post on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands with the site planned to be operational by ...
05:05 am - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot .xxx Registrar To Launch Pr0n Search Engine
angry tapir writes "The company behind the .xxx top-level domain plans to launch a search engine in an effort to drive more traffic to .xxx websites and give pornography fans a more satisfying search ...
04:05 am - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Can Foursquare Data Predict Where You Live?
chicksdaddy writes "File this one under 'proof of the obvious,' but researchers at the recent 4th International Workshop on Location Based Social Networks presented a paper proving that your activity ...
04:05 am - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot US Military Designates Julian Assange an "Enemy of State"
First time accepted submitter Cute and Cuddly writes in with some new Julian Assange news. "The U.S. military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States — the sa...
01:05 am - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot iPad App Offers Detailed Images of Einstein's Brain
puddingebola writes in with news of a new app that might be of interest to those studying Einstein's brain, or just looking for something neat for Halloween. "Albert Einstein's brain, that revolutioni...
12:05 am - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks
netbuzz writes "Last night Linux creator Linus Torvalds took to his Google+ page and called Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney 'a f***ing moron.' Torvalds' stated reason? Romney's much-r...
12:05 am - Thu, September 27, 2012
Slashdot GNOME 3.6 Released
kthreadd writes "Gnome 3.6 is out. The announcement reads: 'The GNOME Project is proud to present GNOME 3.6, the third update to the 3.x series. This latest version of GNOME 3 includes a number of new...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot DNC Salute to Vets Featured Backdrop Of Russian Warships
An anonymous reader writes "Our politicians, and their henchmen, at their finest! In an apparent error, the Democratic National Convention's primary backdrop for its salute to veterans, by a 4-star ad...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Google Brazil Exec "Detained" For Refusing YouTube Takedown Order
h00manist writes that, as promised, "The police executed an order to detain Google's top executive in Brazil (Original in Portuguese), Fábio José Silva Coelho. Google refused an order to rem...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Suitable Technology's Telepresence Robot Lets You Roll Remotely
DeviceGuru writes "Suitable Technologies today unveiled a telepresence robot based on technology from Willow Garage, a robotics research lab. Beam (as in 'Beam me up, Scotty' — no, really!) impl...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Japanese Scientists Produce Element 113
Third Position writes "The most unambiguous data to date on the elusive 113th atomic element has been obtained by researchers at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-based Science (RNC). A chain o...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Google Docs Ditching Old Microsoft Export Formats On Oct. 1
An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced a huge change for Google Apps, including its Business, Education, and Government editions. As of October 1, users will no longer have the ability to ...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Sean 'Vile Rat' Smith Fundraiser Campaign Reaches $100,000
First time accepted submitter jansaell writes "When Sean 'Vile Rat' Smith was killed in the attack on U.S. Consulate in Libya, the EVE Online MMO and Something Awful communities banded together to hel...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot WhatsApp Threatens Developers of PC Gateway With Legal Action
An anonymous reader writes "In an apparent reaction to the security vulnerabilities demonstrated by The H's associates at heise Security, the company behind WhatsApp Messenger is taking action against...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Promoting Arithmetic and Algebra By Example
Capt.Albatross writes "A couple of months ago, the New York Times published political scientist Andrew Hacker's opinion that teaching algebra is harmful. Today, it has followed up with an article that...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?
colinneagle writes "Linux dude Bryan Lunduke blogged here about the top three approaches he thinks are the easiest for new users to pick up Linux. Lunduke's, for example, went Ubuntu -> Arch -> ...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8 Has Scaling Issues On High-PPI Displays
crookedvulture writes "High-PPI displays are becoming increasingly popular on tablets and notebooks, but Windows 8 may not be ready for them. On a 13" notebook display with a 1080p resolution, the RTM...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Appeals Court Caves To TSA Over Nude Body Scanners
OverTheGeicoE writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) recently filed a petition to force the Department of Homeland Security to start its public comment period on body scanners within...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Barnes & Noble's Nook HD Tablets Face iPad, Kindle Fire HD
Nerval's Lobster writes "It's proven a busy month for mobile-device releases. First Nokia whipped back the curtain from the Lumia 820 and 920, its first Windows Phone 8 devices. The very next day, Ama...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot 300 Million Year Old Insects Pictured In 3D
New mareacaspica writes with this snippet from Nature: "Researchers have constructed 3D models of two different insects, in their nymph stage by scanning their fossils with a novel technique called X-...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot California Legalizes Self Driving Cars
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Seattle PI reports that California has become the third state to explicitly legalize driverless vehicles, setting the stage for computers to take the wheel along the st...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Cybersecurity Laws Would Do More Harm Than Good
Trailrunner7 writes with one perspective on the inability of the Congress to pass 'cybersecurity' legislation before recessing. From the article: "They've taken innumerable swings at it, and struck ou...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Design Principles Behind Firefox OS Explained
At MozCamp Warsaw, a presentation was given on the design principles behind the core Firefox OS experience. Layering of applications (if you're wondering why the Firefox mobile interface has that weir...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot SceneTap Patents Using Cameras To Determine Bar Goers' Weight, Height, Gender
nonprofiteer writes with news on what SceneTap has been up to for the last few months since. From the article: "SceneTap uses facial recognition technology to help bar-hoppers decide which night spot ...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Supermassive Black Hole Destroying Proto Star System
astroengine writes "A new analysis of recent observations finds evidence for a protoplanetary disk around a red dwarf star plunging in the direction of the supermassive black hole at the center of our...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Malicious PhpMyAdmin Served From SourceForge Mirror
An anonymous reader writes with a bit of news about the compromised download of phpMyAdmin discovered on an sf.net mirror yesterday: "A malicious version of the open source Web-based MySQL database ad...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Prime Minister to French Government: Favor FOSS Wherever Possible
concertina226 writes with interesting news from France. From the article: "French government agencies could become more active participants in Free Software projects, under an action plan sent by Prim...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Google Captures 'Street View' of Underwater Habitats
hypnosec writes "Google has released the first-ever underwater 'street view' images of some of the world's most famous undersea locations — the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii's Hanauma Bay, and Apo ...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Intel CEO Tells Staff Windows 8 Is Being Released Prematurely
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Geek.com: "Intel CEO Paul Otellini may be getting an angry phone call from Steve Ballmer today after it was revealed he told staff in Taiwan Windows 8...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Linux Forcibly Installed On Congressman's Computer In Act of Terrorism
fermion writes with news of Windows computers being forcefully liberated: "The campaign headquarters of Michael Grimm, a U.S. House of Representatives member from New York, were vandalized. What has n...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Steve Jobs Joins House of Wax
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The LA Times reports that Steve Jobs is about to join Barack Obama, Jackie Chan, Nicole Kidman, and Mozart at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, the tourist attraction famous for c...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot FTC And PC Rental Companies Settle In Spying On Users Case
SternisheFan writes with news of a settlement in a case of Rent-to-Own firms grossly violating the privacy of their customers. From the article: "Seven rent-to-own companies and a software developer h...
11:05 am - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot NASA Mulling Earth-Moon L2 Point for Mars Staging Station
jamstar7 writes "From the article: 'NASA is reportedly mulling the construction of a floating Moon base that would serve as a launching site for manned missions to Mars and other destinations more dis...
10:05 am - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Brazilian Judge Orders 24-hour Shutdown of Google and Youtube
_Sharp'r_ writes "Judge Flavio Peren of Mato Grosso do Sul state in Brazil has ordered the arrest of the President of Google Brazil, as well as the 24-hour shutdown of Google and Youtube for not remov...
08:05 am - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot MIT Researchers Show Dash Font Choice Affects Distraction
bdking writes "A typeface family commonly found on the devices installed in many modern cars is more likely to cause drivers to spend more time looking away from the road than an alternative typeface ...
06:05 am - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Fast-Food Logos Burned Into Pleasure Center of Children's Brains
bbianca127 writes "A study has found that fast-food logos are branded into the minds of children at an early age, perhaps fueling the U.S.'s obesity epidemic. The study showed children 60 logos from p...
04:05 am - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Creeping Government Surveillance Now Without Warrants
CuteSteveJobs writes "The Age reports on creeping Australian government surveillance, beginning with the first operation launched on a baseless rumor. Six decades later the still-unaware victim read f...
03:05 am - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot EU Court Asked To Rule On Private Copying
Techmeology writes "The Dutch Supreme Court has asked the European Court of Justice to decide whether downloading copyrighted material for personal use — even from illegal sources — is leg...
02:05 am - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Explaining Version Control To Non-Technical People?
New submitter billius writes "I was recently hired (along with another guy) as a web developer at a large university. Our job is to build tools to support the social science researchers on our team. W...
01:05 am - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Austrian Skydiver Prepared to Leap From Edge of Space
Cutting_Crew writes "Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner will attempt a supersonic free fall on October 8th as the worlds highest skydive. According to the Christian Science Monitor 'The current recor...
12:05 am - Wed, September 26, 2012
Slashdot Stanford-NYU Report: Drone Attacks Illegal, Counterproductive
trbdavies writes "In 'Living Under Drones,' investigators from Stanford and NYU Law Schools report on interviews with 130 people in Pakistan about U.S.-led drone attacks there, including 69 survivors ...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot iPhone 5 A6 SoC Teardown: ARM Cores Appear To Be Laid Out By Hand
MrSeb writes "Reverse engineering company Chipworks has completed its initial microscopic analysis of Apple's new A6 SoC (found in the iPhone 5), and there are some rather interesting findings. First,...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Pollutes To Avoid Fines
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft's Quincy data center, physical home of Bing and Hotmail, was fined $210,000 last year because the data center used too little electricity. To avoid similar penalt...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Why American Internet Service Is Slow and Expensive
An anonymous reader writes "Reporter David Cay Johnston was interviewed recently for his new book, which touches on why America's Internet access is slow, expensive, and retarding economic growth. The...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Adobe Releases New Openly Licensed Coding Font
tqft writes "From the sourceforge page: 'Source Sans is a set of monospaced OpenType fonts that have been designed to work well coding environments. This family of fonts is a complementary design to t...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Why One Person Thinks Raspberry Pi Is Unsuitable For Education
An anonymous reader writes "Raspberry Pi was designed for education. As any popular product is bound to, Raspberry Pi has been criticized a lot for things like lack of a box, absence of supplied charg...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Nabi Tablet-Maker, Fuhu Inc., Suing Toys R Us
Penurious Penguin writes "Fuhu Inc., maker of the $199 children-tailored Nabi tablet, is suing Toys R Us. The lawsuit arises after a legal agreement (ended in January) between Fuhu and Toys R Us went ...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Global Bacon Shortage 'Unavoidable'
New submitter The name is Dave. Ja debuts on the front page with the most dismal news of our time: "This is truly 'Stuff That Matters'. Where would civilization be today without bacon? I don't mean to...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot The Deepest Picture of the Universe Ever Taken: the Hubble Extreme Deep Field
The Bad Astronomer writes "Astronomers have unveiled what may be the deepest image of the Universe ever created: the Hubble Extreme Deep Field, a 2 million second exposure that reveals galaxies over 1...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Ideas and Tools To Get Around the Great Firewall?
New submitter J0n45 writes "I will soon be traveling to mainland China. While I'm only a tourist, I will still be working freelance for a company back home. I know for a fact that a large amount of th...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot New Java Vulnerability Found Affecting Java 5, 6, and 7 SE
jcatcw writes "Just as Oracle is ramping up for the September 30 start of JavaOne 2012 in San Francisco, researchers from the Polish firm Security Explorations disclosed yet another critical Java vuln...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Hitachi Creates Quartz Glass Archival Medium
guttentag writes "Hitachi has announced (original press release in Japanese, translated to English) a new storage medium that uses a laser to imprint dots on a piece of quartz glass that correspond to...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Beer Is Cheaper In the US Than Anywhere Else In the World
derekmead writes "It's frustrating to drop $7 on a pint of beer in New York City, as it turns out, Americans have the cheapest beer on Earth. International bank UBS gathered data about the median wage...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Nearly All Particle Physics Research To Be Open Access
ananyo writes with great news for particle physicists and those interested in the field everywhere: "The entire field of particle physics is set to switch to open-access publishing, a milestone in the...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot NRC Issues License For Laser Uranium Enrichment Plant
Six years after being conceived, and after three years of regulatory review, the NRC has issued the operating license for the first commercial SILEX facility. This is just the final step in the multi-...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Man Arrested In Greece For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page
An anonymous reader writes "A 27-year old man was arrested yesterday in Greece (Greek-language original) by the electronic crime police, for creating a Facebook page "Geron Pastitsios" which made fun ...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Lab-Grown Leather Could Be a Reality In 5 Years
fangmcgee writes "Lab-grown leather apparel could hit the runways in as little as five years—all without harming a hair on a single animal's head, according to Andras Forgacs, co-founder and CEO...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Smartphones Vulnerable To Remote Wipe Hack
DavidGilbert99 writes "Security researchers have discovered a single line of code embedded in websites which could wipe all data from your Samsung Galaxy S3 and other smartphones. Samsung smartphones ...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Teardown Finds iPhone 5 Costs Apple About the Same As Did 4S
Nerval's Lobster writes "A physical teardown of the iPhone 5 by IHS iSuppli reveals that Apple has managed to keep its materials and manufacturing costs roughly in line with that of the iPhone 4S. The...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Data Breach Reveals 100k IEEE.org Members' Plaintext Passwords
First time accepted submitter radudragusin writes "IEEE suffered a data breach which I discovered on September 18. For a few days I was uncertain what to do with the information and the data. Yesterda...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Light Bulb Ban Produces Hoarding In EU, FUD In U.S.
Lucas123 writes "The very thought of losing that pear-shaped giver of warm, yellow light drove Europeans to hoard Edison's invention [Note: Or possibly Joseph Swan's invention; HT to eldavojohn.] as t...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Tesla Reveals Charging Station Sites In 3 US States
locallyunscene writes "Tesla has created the first solar charging stations for its Model S and plans to offer free charging. Is free fuel enough to for the electric car to finally gain traction? 'The ...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Curiosity Rover Being Upgraded With Autonomous Sensor Program
DevotedSkeptic writes "Curiosity will be getting a software upgrade called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) which will allow it to take on the go photos to save precious ...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Minister Mined Data To Target Email To Gay Voters
An anonymous reader writes "Has Immigration Minister Jason Kenney been emailing you? Maybe it's because you're gay. The minister sent out an email on Sept 24 lauding the government's efforts to protec...
10:05 am - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Schneier: We Don't Need SHA-3
Trailrunner7 writes with this excerpt from Threatpost: "For the last five years, NIST, the government body charged with developing new standards for computer security, among other things, has been sea...
08:05 am - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Robot Snakes To Fight Cancer Via Natural Orifice Surgery
Hugh Pickens writes writes "BBC reports that on a robot snake that, guided by a skilled surgeon and designed to get to places doctors are unable to reach without opening a patient up, could help spot ...
05:05 am - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Woz Applying For Australian Citizenship Because of the NBN
An anonymous reader writes "It's a well known fact that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is a fan of Australia and now we know why. He supports a national broadband network — a scheme being rolled...
03:05 am - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Plans For Widespread Monitoring of Communication In Europe Revealed
TrueSatan writes "A leak from the Clean IT project reveals how it has been subverted from its original, much more innocuous, goals into a surveillance horror story with democratic freedoms and persona...
02:05 am - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Goodyear's 'On TheGo' Self Inflating Tire
SternisheFan writes with a bit of maintenance saving tech for drivers. From the article: "When was the last time you checked your tire pressure? If you're scratching your head, you might want to put a...
01:05 am - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Ask College To Change Intro To Computing?
First time accepted submitter taz346 writes "I got a Bachelor's degree 30 years ago, but I recently started back to college to get an Associate's degree. Most of the core courses are already covered b...
12:05 am - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Russian Opposition Figure Thinks Anti-Putin Movement Has Faltered
New submitter FilatovEV writes "Interview with Russian liberal opposition politician Vladimir Milov taken by Los Angeles Times reveals a different side of the Western narrative about Russia."From the ...
12:05 am - Tue, September 25, 2012
Slashdot Milky Way Is Surrounded By Halo of Hot Gas
New submitter kelk1 writes "If the size and mass of this gas halo is confirmed, it also could be an explanation for what is known as the 'missing baryon' problem for the galaxy [...] a census of the b...
11:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Romney-Ryan Release Space Policy Paper
RocketAcademy writes "The Romney-Ryan campaign has released a white paper on space policy, which observers find to be long on criticisms of the Obama Administration but short on specific recommendatio...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Intellectual Ventures Settles Lawsuits With Asian Memory Companies
curtwoodward writes "Intellectual Ventures, the controversial patent middleman company headed by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, has settled one of the first lawsuits it ever filed. This legal s...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Toyota Unveils Helpful Human Support Robot
cylonlover writes "Toyota has unveiled a new assistant robot designed to help the disabled live more independently. Called the Human Support Robot (HSR), it represents the latest initiative in Toyota'...
09:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Accelerator Driven Treatment of Nuclear Waste
quax writes "In the wake of the Fukushima disaster the nuclear industry again faces massive opposition. Germany even decided to abandon nuclear energy altogether and the future of the industry is unde...
09:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Digital Forensics For Handheld Devices
benrothke writes "Today's handheld device is the mainframe of years past. An iPhone 5 with 64 GB of storage and the Apple A6 system-on-a-chip processor has more raw computing power entire data centers...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?
First time accepted submitter paperclipman writes "I'm on the college student budget and want to make sure that my recent investment in an Acer laptop will last me a good long while. I like to think o...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Digital Forensics For Handheld Devices
benrothke writes "Today's handheld device is the mainframe of years past. An iPhone 5 with 64 GB of storage and the Apple A6 system-on-a-chip processor has more raw computing power entire data centers...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Iran Blocks Google, Moves Forward With Domestic Network Plans
hlovy writes "Iran moved forward with their previously discussed plans for a domestic version of the Internet over the weekend, as government officials announced that Google would be one of the first ...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Cheap, Portable Ultrasound Could a Be Lifesaver .
ericjones12398 writes "Every year, around 250,000 women die due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth. New research developing cheap, portable ultrasounds could help reduce that number. From ...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Did Microsoft Know About the IE Zero-Day Flaw In Advance?
judgecorp writes "Microsoft issued an emergency patch for a flaw in the Internet Explorer browser on Friday, but there are hints that the firm may have known about the flaw two months ago. the notes t...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot New York Times Takes Aim At Data Center
Nerval's Lobster writes "The New York Times' latest expose takes on data centers, but the Gray Lady's investigation has prompted its own criticism. While the paper correctly noted that there's a backe...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Sweet Times For Cows As Gummy Worms Replace Corn Feed
PolygamousRanchKid writes "As the worst drought in half a century has ravaged this year's U.S. corn crop and driven corn prices sky high, the market for alternative feed rations for beef and dairy cow...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better
An anonymous reader writes "In a blog post responding to the latest controversy over Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth says 'integrating online scope results' are 'not putting ads in Ubuntu' because the shopp...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Install Their Software Themselves?
Paul Carver writes "Should developers be responsible for installing the software they develop into production environments? What about System Test environments? I'm not a developer and I'm not all tha...
03:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Toyota Abandons Plans For All-Electric Vehicle Rollout
Soultest writes "Toyota has given up on plans to sell any significant number of all-electric vehicles. Citing 'many difficulties' with the project, the company says it will only sell about 100 of the ...
03:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Pakistan's PM Demands International Blasphemy Laws From UN
eldavojohn writes "An article published in Pakistan's Daily Times contains several quotes from Pakistan's Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf indicating his intent to push for international blasphemy la...
02:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Will Apple Vs Samsung Verdict Be Overturned?
An anonymous reader writes "While there's much talk of Apple asking for more money from Samsung, there's less talk of the likelihood that the verdict will be overturned completely. Based on voir dire,...
01:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot US Patent Office Seeks Aid To Spot Bogus Patent Claims
First time accepted submitter startling writes "Members of the public are being asked by the US Patent Office to help weed out bogus patent applications. It wants the public to contribute to a website...
01:05 pm - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Flatlining User Base May Spell End of RIM
Meshach writes "There is an article in the Globe and Mail that says that the user base for Blackberry has stopped growing for the first time in the company's history, and speculates that this is the b...
10:05 am - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Apple Wants Another $707 Million From Samsung
angry tapir writes "A California jury may have awarded Apple more than US$1 billion in damages in late August when it triumphed over Samsung in a hard-fought case over smartphone and tablet patents, b...
08:05 am - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot NZ To Investigate Illegally Intercepted Data In Dotcom Case
First time accepted submitter karit writes with this excerpt from Scoop News: "Prime Minister John Key today announced he has requested an inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security...
04:05 am - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn
Presto Vivace writes with news (as reported by Engadget) of a riot at Foxconn's Taiyuan plant, reportedly over guards beating up a worker, and writes "Something is going on at Foxconn. Do any Slashdot...
12:05 am - Mon, September 24, 2012
Slashdot Iran Set To Block Access To Google
legolas writes "The official state online censorship body in Iran has reported that Google and Gmail are going to be blocked effective immediately, ostensibly in response to the contentious videos tha...
11:05 pm - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot Presentation Scales In Massive Online Courses; Does Interaction?
lpress writes "Coursera has demonstrated that they can scale presentations in massive, open, online courses — they have reached over 1.3 million students in 195 countries since they were funded ...
11:05 pm - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot Apple Reportedly Luring Ex-Google Mappers With Jobs
TechCrunch reports that Apple, facing a substantial backlash (and some snarky competitive advertising) over goofs in the mapping software included in iOS 6, is going after the problem with a hiring sp...
09:05 pm - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot Google Could Face Heavy Antitrust Fines In the EU
SquarePixel writes "Europe's competition watchdog is considering formal proceedings against Google over antitrust complaints about the way it promotes its own services in search results, potentially e...
08:05 pm - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Fight Copyright Violations With DMCA?
szyzyg writes "I've created some popular science videos showing how asteroid discoveries have happened over the last few decades. However I've run into a problem with a religious organization which bo...
06:05 pm - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot When Kickstarter Projects Go Missing
On Friday, we posted about Kickstarter's new rules of engagement, including some new rules under which some of the most popular Kickstarter projects to date might never have surfaced. But what about o...
06:05 pm - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot Swiss Railway: Apple's Using Its Clock Design Without Permission
An anonymous reader writes "Apple received a lot of criticism during the Apple/Samsung litigation this past Summer as folks deemed it absurd that Apple was able to patent things such as icon design an...
05:05 pm - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot The Swiss Pirate Party Has Its First Mayor
bs0d3 writes "Alex Arnold from the Pirate Party Switzerland has been elected mayor of Eichberg. This is the first mayoral win for the pirates in Switzerland, and hopefully just the begining of things ...
04:05 pm - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot How Internet Data Centers Waste Power
Rick Zeman writes "The New York Times has extensively surveyed and analyzed data center power usage and patterns. At their behest, the consulting firm McKinsey & Company analyzed energy use by dat...
03:05 pm - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot Chattanooga's Municipal Network Doubles Down On Fiber Speeds
tetrahedrassface writes "The first city in the U.S. to offer a screaming fast fiber network has now announced customers will get a free 60% boost in speed. If you had the 30 MB/sec service you now wil...
02:05 pm - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot Advertisers Never Intended To Honor DNT
First time accepted submitter oldlurker writes "After much discussion where many hoped a voluntary Do Not Track standard was agreed with advertisers, it turns out the advertisers already had a very di...
01:05 pm - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons
Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that Tom Welton, a professor of sustainable chemistry at Imperial College, London, believes that a global shortage of helium means it should be used more carefully, &m...
11:05 am - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot NTT and Partners Show 1 PetabitSec Transfer Over 50km of Fiber
symbolset writes "NTT and some partners, in a late paper to the ECOC 2012, show a successful transmission of 1 petabit per second data transfer over a 12-core optical fiber 52.4 km long." How long tha...
09:05 am - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot Gates and Others Offer $150k For Open Source School Software
WebMink writes "With an impending deadline for America's schools to satisfy new federal reporting requirements on academic achievement, a new alliance of state educators is creating a system of open s...
06:05 am - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot XBian's Koenkk Replies To the XBianRaspBMC Flap
New submitter juenger1701 writes "Xbian's developer Koenkk has posted a reply to the code stealing accusations mentioned here Friday." In response, Sam Nazarko of Raspbmc has replaced his earlier comp...
04:05 am - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot iOS 6 Adoption Tops 25% After Just 48 Hours
An anonymous reader writes "iOS 6 has seen rapid adoption among iPhone and iPad users, reports developer David Smith. Smith's applications like Audiobooks get around 100k downloads weekly and he's tak...
01:05 am - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot W3C Group Proposed To Safeguard User Agent State Privacy
First time accepted submitter FredAndrews writes "A Private User Agent W3C Community Group has been proposed to tackle the privacy of the web browser by developing technical solutions to close the lea...
12:05 am - Sun, September 23, 2012
Slashdot Australian Smart Meter Data Shared Far and Wide
New submitter ferrisoxide.com writes "In Victoria (Australia), detailed information about electricity customers' power usage, which gives insights into when a house is occupied, is being shared with t...
11:05 pm - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot New Twitter Policies Put the Kibosh On Mashup Services
dburr writes "If This Then That (IFTTT) is a web mashup service that lets you connect together multiple services in unique and powerful ways. For example, you can automatically bookmark Favorited twee...
09:05 pm - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Has Plant Life Reached Its Limits?
hessian writes with this news from the New York Times: "Since 2000, Dr. [Steven] Running and his colleagues have monitored how much plant growth covers terra firma, using two NASA satellites in the ag...
08:05 pm - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Medicare Bills Rise As Records Turn Electronic
theodp writes "As part of the economic stimulus program, the Obama administration put into effect a Bush-era incentive program that provides tens of billions of dollars for physicians and hospitals th...
07:05 pm - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Gaming With Only One Hand?
Hork_Monkey writes "I recently sustained a severe injury to one of my arms, and am lucky not to be an amputee. I'm an avid gamer (primarily PC, but also XBox) and looking for advice one how to adapt t...
06:05 pm - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Google Stops Offering Free Music Service In China
SquarePixel writes "Google has yanked its free music service in China after being unable to make it popular enough. The service offered Chinese people free licensed music downloads and was launched in...
05:05 pm - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Can Microsoft Really Convince People To Subscribe To Software?
curtwoodward writes "For most consumers, monthly subscriptions are still something for magazines and cable TV. With Office 365, Microsoft is about to embark on a huge social experiment to see if they'...
04:05 pm - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Verizon-Branded iPhone 5 Ships Unlocked, Works With Other Networks
An anonymous reader writes with this news from Geek.com: "you're planning to get a new Verizon iPhone 5, there might be a little bonus feature included that neither Apple nor Verizon are keen to admit...
03:05 pm - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Federal Judge Says No Right To Secret Ballot, OKs Barcoded Ballots
doug141 writes "A Colorado county put bar codes on printed ballots in a last minute effort to comply with a rule about eliminating identifying markings. Citizens sued, because the bar codes can still ...
02:05 pm - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed
An anonymous reader writes "Scheduled to be released next month, Ubuntu 12.10 now includes both Amazon ads in the user's dash and by default an amazon store in the user's launcher. The reason for thes...
01:05 pm - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Space Shuttle Items For Sale Soon VIa GSA Auction
shortyadamk writes "According to the Government Services Administration auction page: 'Attention GSA Auctions bidders and interested participants. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) ...
11:05 am - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla OS Looking Grown Up On Its Own Developer Phone
An anonymous reader writes "It's no secret that Mozilla has been working on a mobile OS. Previously codenamed Boot2Gecko, the project focused on a purely HTML5 based system that worked in many ways li...
08:05 am - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Spectacular Fireball Lights Up UK Sky
The Bad Astronomer writes "An extremely bright meteor burned up over Ireland and the northern UK around 22:00 UTC on Friday night, and was apparently witnessed by thousands of people. It traveled east...
05:05 am - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot All Over But the Funding: Open Hardware Spectrometer Kit
New submitter mybluevan writes "The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science is putting together an open hardware spectrometer kiton Kickstarter. The kits are built using an HD webcam, discar...
03:05 am - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot GPL Kerfuffle Takes Xbian For Raspberry Pi Offline
tetrahedrassface writes "Rasbmc developer Sam Nazarko is reporting that Xbian had violated the GPL and stolen his installer code without providing attribution and not releasing their source. His break...
12:05 am - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft doesn't like long passwords. In fact, the software giant not only won't let you use a really long one in Hotmail, but the company recently started prompting users...
12:05 am - Sat, September 22, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Wants You To Snitch On Friends Not Using Their Real Name
Qedward writes "Freedom to go under a pseudonym is, miraculously, one freedom to survive the security lock-down of the previous decade. Now Facebook wants to change this. James Firth shows Facebook is...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Space Shuttle Endeavor Lands In Los Angeles After Final Flight
Today the space shuttle Endeavor completed its final ferry flight, landing in Los Angeles, California after leaving Edwards Air Force Base earlier today. The shuttle will now undergo preparations for ...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Chemist Jailed In Russia For Giving Expert Opinion In Court
scibri writes "Think the imprisonment of Pussy Riot is a miscarriage of justice? Check out the story of their cellmate: Chemist Olga Nikolaevna Zelenina heads a laboratory at the Penza Agricultural In...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Torque3D Engine Goes Open-Source
New submitter DangerOnTheRanger writes "Torque3D, the game engine behind games such as Blockland and Tribes 2, has gone open-source. The engine itself — in addition to four game templates &mdash...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Walmart Abandons Amazon's Kindle Lineup
New submitter kiriath writes "Walmart has followed Target in ceasing to sell the Amazon Kindle product line. This is not terribly surprising, since Amazon and Walmart are major competitors. From the a...
09:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Iran Behind Cyber Attacks On U.S. Banks
New submitter who_stole_my_kidneys writes "Evidence suggests the Iranian government is behind cyberattacks this week that have targeted the websites of JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America. The attacks ...
09:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot 180k-Year-Old Mutation Allowed Humans To Become Vegetarians, Move Out of Africa
An anonymous reader writes "Early humans were able to move from Africa after a single genetic mutation allowed them to become vegetarians, scientists claim. The switch, which allowed humans to process...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Wonderful Life With the Elements
MassDosage writes "I've always found Chemistry interesting, particularly in high school when I had the good fortune of having a Chemistry teacher who was not only really good looking, but a great teac...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Disables Face Recognition In EU
SquarePixel writes "Facebook has disabled face recognition features on its site for all new European users. The move follows privacy recommendations made by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. Tag...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Kickstarter Introduces New Hardware and Product Design Project Guidelines
OakDragon writes "Kickstarter has introduced some more stringent guidelines and requirements specifically for the Hardware and Product Design categories. These new requirements are laid out in a blog ...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot NVIDIA To Publicly Release Some Tegra GPU Documentation
An anonymous reader writes "It was revealed today during the annual X.Org Developers' Conference in Germany that NVIDIA will be publicly releasing Tegra graphics programming documentation. Initially t...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot How Microsoft Is Wooing College Kids To Write Apps For Windows 8
SquarePixel writes "Bloomberg has an interesting story about Microsoft's efforts to simultaneously woo younger workers and to get more apps into its Windows Store. Quoting: 'Microsoft, the world's lar...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot The Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link Sold To Its Members
New submitter nadaou sends this quote from the NY Times:"One of the earliest online communities, The WELL, has a new owner: its members. On Thursday evening, Salon Media Group, the previous owner of T...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Dawn Spacecraft Finds Signs of Water On Vesta
ananyo writes "Vesta, the second-most-massive body in the asteroid belt, was thought to be bone dry. But NASA's Dawn spacecraft has found evidence that smaller, water-rich asteroids once implanted the...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Get Your 15 Years of Slashdot Shirt (For free, Depending)
We'll be sending a passel of shirts to the crowd-sourced partiesthat we hope you'll get to, and to any artists whose Slashdot logo suggestions we end up selecting. (There are nearly 30 parties planned...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot iPhone 5 Teardown Shows Boost To Repairability
iFixit has posted a detailed teardown of the new iPhone 5. While the casing still uses Apple's proprietary pentalobe fasteners, the good news is that Apple has made the screen much easier to remove. O...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot When the Hiring Boss Is an Algorithm
Hugh Pickens writes "Joseph Walker writes at the WSJ that although personality tests have a long history in hiring, sophisticated software has now made it possible to evaluate more candidates, amass m...
03:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Meet Two Security Researchers Apple Hates (Video)
This video is a half-hour speech given by Dino Dai Zovi and Charlie Miller, two people Apple corporately hates because of their success in finding security holes in Apple operating systems and softwar...
03:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Copenhagen Suborbitals Seeking $10k In Crowdfunding For New Space Capsule
Plammox writes "As Copenhagen Suborbitals continue to develop their donation-based, garage-level technology solution to manned suborbital spaceflight, they're looking to crowdfund the next space capsu...
02:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Rapid Arctic Melt Called 'Planetary Emergency'
Freshly Exhumed writes "Drawing on new data released Wednesday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center that the Arctic ice pack has melted to an all time low within the satellite record (video), NASA...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Your Moral Compass Is Reversible
scibri writes "Your moral positions may be more flexible than you think. Researchers in Sweden have tricked people into reversing their opinions on moral issues, even to the point of constructing good...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot W3C Announces Plan To Deliver HTML 5 by 2014
The World Wide Web Consortium has proposed "a new plan that would see the HTML 5 spec positioned as a Recommendation—which in W3C's lingo represents a complete, finished standard—by the en...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot US House STEM Visa Bill Fails
dcblogs writes "A Republican-led effort to issue up to 55,000 STEM visas a year to students who earn advanced degrees at U.S. universities was defeated in a House vote. It needed a two-thirds vote, or...
10:05 am - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Ig Nobels Feature Exploding Colonoscopies, Left Leaning Views of Eiffel Tower
alphadogg writes "The Ig Nobel Prize ceremony has honored a wide array of strange research and advancement over the years, from exploding pants to woodpecker headaches to aggressive parking enforcemen...
08:05 am - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Largest Moon Rock Ever Auctioned Expected To Sell For $380,000
First time accepted submitter amkkhan writes "One lucky space-lover with some extra cash could become the proud new owner of the largest moon rock ever to be auctioned, according to the auction house ...
05:05 am - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Three Mile Island Shuts Down After Pump Failure
SchrodingerZ writes "The nuclear power station on Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania shut down abruptly this afternoon. Its shutdown was caused when one of four coolant pumps for a reactor failed to wo...
03:05 am - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Urging Safari Users To Use Bing
First time accepted submitter SquarePixel writes "Microsoft is urging Safari users to switch to Bing after Google was fined $22.5 million for violating Safari privacy settings. "Microsoft is keen to m...
01:05 am - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot Notification UI Overhauled in KDE 4.10 (And a Plan For Modernized Notifications)
Via Planet KDE, some good news for people who hate the KDE 4 notifications applet (coming in KDE 4.10): "So, it seems it's that time of the year again... the plasmoid used in KDE Plasma Desktop to dis...
12:05 am - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot US Military Tested the Effects of a Nuclear Holocaust On Beer
pigrabbitbear writes "Is bottled beer nuclear bombproof? The United States government conducted a couple tests in the 1950s to find out—it exploded nuclear bombs with 'packaged commercial bevera...
12:05 am - Fri, September 21, 2012
Slashdot The Case For Targeted Ads
Nofsck Ingcloo writes "CNet has published a guest column by Eric Wheeler warning the world of the evil consequences of Do Not Track. In it he makes strong (I would claim exaggerated) arguments in favo...
11:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Another EUSecWest NFC Trick: Ride the Subway For Free
itwbennett writes "At the EUSecWest security conference in Amsterdam, researchers showed how their 'UltraReset' Android app can read the data from a subway fare card, store that information, and reset...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi For the Rest of Us
mikejuk writes "The Raspberry Pi might be a cheap and reasonably powerful but it has a tough learning curve due to the Linux OS it uses. Adafruit, better known for their hardware, are working on a Web...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Why Non-Coders Shouldn't Write Code
jfruh writes "Software firm FreeCause made a bit of a splash with a policy that requires all its employees — including marketers, finance, etc. — to write JavaScript code. And not just "co...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot SpaceShip Two, XCOR Lynx Prepare For Powered Flights
RocketAcademy writes "Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two is in the final stages of preparation for powered flight. The suborbital spacecraft, built by Scaled Composites, has successfully completed airspe...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot 6 Million Virgin Mobile Users Vulnerable To Brute-Force Attacks
An anonymous reader writes "'If you are one of the six million Virgin subscribers, you are at the whim of anyone who doesn't like you.' The Hacker News describes how the username and password system u...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot No Smiles At NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
Reader Presto Vivace blesses us with news that the state of New Jersey "has banned motorists from making big smiles [for their license pictures] because such expressions don't work with facial recogni...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Taming a Wild, One-Man Codebase?
New submitter tavi.g writes "Working for an ISP, along with my main job (networking) I get to create some useful code (Bash and Python) that's running on various internal machines. Among them: glue sc...
06:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot The Man Who Hacked the Bank of France
First time accepted submitter David Off writes "In 2008 a Skype user looking for cheap rate gateway numbers found himself connected to the Bank of France where he was asked for a password. He typed 1 ...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Sophos Anti-Virus Update Identifies Sophos Code As Malware
An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday afternoon anti-virus company Sophos Inc. released a normal anti-virus definition update that managed to detect parts of their own software as malicious code and d...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Salesforce CEO Benioff: Future Software Will Look Like Facebook
Nerval's Lobster writes "Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is unapologetic about his love for Facebook. 'I think all software is going to look like Facebook,' he told media and analysts at the Dreamforce co...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Neil Young Pushes Pono, Says Piracy Is the New Radio
Hugh Pickens writes "Kia Makarechi reports that Neil Young isn't particularly concerned with the effects of piracy on artists but is more concerned that the files that are being shared are of such low...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?
First time accepted submitter jaymz666 writes "Can a court really order you to delete a Facebook account? When Asher initially appeared in court after the July 20 accident, the judge told her to delet...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Wi-Fi Illness Claim Doesn't Impress New Mexico Court
McGruber writes "Arthur Firstenberg, the Santa Fe, New Mexico man who sued his neighbors, claiming their Wi-Fi made him sick, has lost what might have been his final round in court. According to the S...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Android Hacked Via NFC On the Samsung Galaxy S 3
An anonymous reader writes with an item from The Next Web: "Security researchers participating in the Mobile Pwn2Own contest at the EuSecWest Conference in Amsterdam [Wednesday] demonstrated how to ha...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Stubborn Intel Graphics Bug Haunts Ubuntu 12.04
jones_supa writes "The current long-term support version of Ubuntu (12.04) has been experiencing a remarkably tough-to-crack and widely affecting bug related to laptops using an Intel graphics solutio...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Ultra-Powerful Laser To Be Built In Romania
cripkd writes "The 3rd pillar from the ELI program was given the go ahead Tuesday: 'In Romania, Magurele, the ELI pillar will focus on laser-based nuclear physics. For this purpose, an intense gamma-r...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot MakerBot Going Closed Source?
An anonymous reader writes "A year after a windfall $10 million in venture capital, and after a community stir over one man's attempt to Kickstarter a project to manufacture the open source Replicator...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Calif. Man Arrested For ESPN Post On Killing Kids
SternisheFan writes with an AP story as carried by Yahoo that illustrates one of the boundaries of free speech online: "A California man accused of posting comments on ESPN's website saying he was wat...
10:05 am - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Create Silicon-Based Quantum Bit
angry tapir writes "Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia have created the world's first working quantum bit based on a single atom in silicon. The research team was able to bo...
09:05 am - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Nestle's GPS Tracking Candy Campaign
colinneagle writes "In a cool yet creepy marketing campaign, Nestle plans to stalk UK consumers. The company kicked off a unique promotion called 'We will find you' that involves GPS trackers embedded...
08:05 am - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Hearing Aids That Directly Connect To Smart Phones?
First time accepted submitter mtcups writes "I am a musician/IT guy whose hearing has suffered from VERY LOUD guitar players, (yes I do use earplugs now, but too late), and am faced with the outrageou...
05:05 am - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Art School's Expensive Art History Textbook Contains No Actual Art
Dr Herbert West writes "Students at Ontario College of Art and Design were forced to buy a $180 textbook filled with blank squares. Instead of images of paintings and sculpture throughout history (tha...
04:05 am - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Man Pays For Cross-Country Trip Using Bacon As Currency
An anonymous reader writes in with a story about the power of bacon."Travel can be expensive. One man is using a unique way to pay for a trip as a challenge. Pennsylvania comedian Josh Sankey is on a ...
03:05 am - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot The Rise of Paid Wikipedia Consulting
jfruh writes "Roger Bamkin is a director at Wikimedia UK; he also is on retainer for the government of the British territory of Gibraltar, and has nominated and approved Gibraltar-related articles for...
01:05 am - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Mikko Hypponen's Malware Odyssey
CowboyRobot writes "Security expert Mikko Hypponen talks about his experience at F-Secure, including adventures such as flying to Lahore to interview the creators of 'Brain,' one of the early computer...
12:05 am - Thu, September 20, 2012
Slashdot Apple's Secret Plan To Join iPhones With Airport Security
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Currently — as most of us know — TSA agents briefly examine government ID and boarding passes as each passenger presents their documents at a checkpoint at the ...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Material Breaks Record For Turning Heat Into Electricity
ananyo writes "A new material has broken the record for converting heat into electricity. The material had a conversion efficiency of about 15% — double that of one of the most well-known thermo...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Is the Can Worse Than the Soda?
DevotedSkeptic sends this excerpt about research that found a correlation between the use of a common food-packaging chemical and obesity rates. "Since the 1960s, manufacturers have widely used the ch...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Open Compute Project Publishes Final Open Rack Spec
Nerval's Lobster writes "The Open Compute Project has published the final specification of the Open Rack Specification, which widens the traditional server rack to more than 23 inches. Specifically, t...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'
RocketAcademy writes "British billionaire Richard Branson, whose Virgin Galactic company is backing the development of SpaceShip Two, has told CBS News he is 'determined to start a population on Mars....
09:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Hits 1GHz With Official 'Turbo Mode'
hypnosec writes "The Raspberry Pi, which was recently used to build a cluster, has officially been given a 'Turbo Mode' by The Raspberry Pi Foundation, thus enabling overclocking. It will bump the fre...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot xkcd's 13-Gigapixel Webcomic
New submitter Nomen writes "Today's xkcd: Click and Drag (Google Maps version) is probably the world's biggest web comic at an RSI-inducing resolution of 165,888x79,872 pixels. It's made up of 225 dif...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot New Hobbit Trailer Debuts
New submitter madmarcel tips news that a new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released."The new piece (seen above) is about the same length -- 2 1/2 minutes -- as the December tr...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot All the TV News Since 2009, Now Available At the Internet Archive
6 writes with news that the Internet Archive has launched an online archive of TV news content. According to the NY Times, it will "include every morsel of news produced in the last three years by 20 ...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones
bonch writes "Google-owned Motorola is asking the International Trade Commission to ban every Apple device that uses iMessage, based on a patent issued in 2006 for 'a system for providing continuity b...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Ask Director Daniel Knight About Filming Terry Pratchett's "Troll Bridge"
Daniel Knight, besides being an actor, D&D fanatic, and collector of He-Man figurines, is the director of a film version of Terry Pratchett's Discworld story Troll Bridge that's been enabled by a ...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Game Review: Borderlands 2
CowboyNeal writes: "This week sees the release of Borderlands 2, the sequel toGearbox Software's 2009 role-playing shooter Borderlands. Pandora isready to be explored yet again, with a cast of new her...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Hacking the D-Link DPH-128MS VOIP Phone
An anonymous reader writes "I've been working on reverse engineering the D-Link DPH-128MS VOIP phone. It's an end of life product for D-Link but a neat little desktop phone that runs Linux. I've figur...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot DARPA Unveils System Using Human Brains For Computer Vision
MrSeb writes with news about our coming cybernetic overlords. From the article: "After more than four years of research, DARPA has created a system that successfully combines soldiers, EEG brainwave s...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Rooted
An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday, XDA Developers forum users kinfaus and pokey9000 were discussing how the latest devices from Amazon (the second-generation 7 Kindle Fire and the 7 Kindle Fire HD...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Slashdot Turns 15, What Are You Doing Later?
October marks Slashdot's 15th birthday. That's right, we're almost old enough to drive the PT Cruiser. Throughout October we'll be running a number of meta news articles about our history, plans for t...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Major Backlash Looms For Apple's New Maps App
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Michael DeGusta writes that Apple's new Maps app is the very first item on their list of major new features in iOS 6, but for many iPhone and iPad users around the world Ap...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Roundup Tolerant GM Maize Linked To Tumor Development
New submitter spirito writes with this snippet about rats fed Roundup laced water: "The first animal feeding trial studying the lifetime effects of exposure to Roundup tolerant GM maize, and Roundup, ...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Cinnamon 1.6 Brings New Features and Applets
An anonymous reader wrote in with news that the GNOME Shell fork, CInnamon, released version 1.6 yesterday. The release features persistent (and nameable) workspaces, a window list applet, greatly imp...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Seaweed is Good for You and Can Be Tasty, Too (Video)
When you think of garage-based tech start-ups, hardware makers like Apple or data-manipulators like Google probably spring to mind before biotech, and way before farming. Lewis Weil, though, has for t...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot TSA Spending $245 Million On "Second Generation" Body Scanners
McGruber writes "Continuing its standard practice of wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, the TSA has awarded an indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, worth up to $24...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot A $20 Software Defined Radio For GNU Radio
An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Dobb's shows how to take a $20 USB TV dongle and use it as a wide-range software defined radio using GNU Radio."See also the OscomSDR project, and SDR#, an MIT licensed...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Inside Look At Eastern European Vs. East Asian Hackers
wiredmikey writes with a snippet from Security Week: "Much of the talk about cybercrime remains focused on East Asia. But according to a new report, it is hackers in Eastern Europe that have actually ...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot UK's 'Unallocated' IPv4 Block Actually In Use, Not For Sale
jimboh2k writes "The UK may have 16.9 million 'unused' IPv4 addresses but according to the department that owns them, they're not for sale. The Department of Work and Pensions says it would be too exp...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface For OS X and iOS
Hugh Pickens writes "Austin Carr notes that a number of user interface designers have become increasingly critical of Apple's approach to software user interface design. Much of their censure is direc...
10:05 am - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Maybe With Help From Google and Adobe, Microsoft Can Kill Windows XP
colinneagle sends this excerpt from Network World:"Google announced last Friday that, in accordance to its policy of supporting a current browser and the immediate predecessor, its Google Apps product...
08:05 am - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Sony Announces 'Superslim' PS3
Sony kicked off the Tokyo Game Show today by announcing a new, even smaller version of the PlayStation 3. It's 25% smaller than the PS3 Slim and half the size of the original PS3. It will be available...
07:05 am - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Where Should a Geek's Charitable Donations Go?
An anonymous reader writes "I'm in the position to direct (or at least suggest the direction of) a fairly large amount of charitable donation on behalf of a foundation interested in promoting educatio...
06:05 am - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot BioWare Founders Announce Retirement
hypnosec writes "BioWare founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk announced their retirement from the gaming company as well as the video game industry. In two separate blog posts, the founders announced ...
05:05 am - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Wikipedia Scandal: High Profile Users Allegedly Involved In Paid-Editing
An anonymous reader writes "A new Wikipedia scandal: two high profile users, one of them board member of Wikimedia UK seem to have been caught doing edits for personal profit. It was also discovered t...
03:05 am - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Patent Troll Goes After Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Others
zaba writes "A company named PersonalWeb Technologies has decided to sue a host of heavy players in the tech industry, including Apple, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and Yahoo! for patents it holds related...
01:05 am - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot Feds Add 9 Felony Charges Against Swartz For JSTOR Hack
Last year Aaron Swartz was indicted on four felony counts for allegedly stealing millions of academic journal articles from JSTOR. Today, Federal prosecutors piled on nine additional felony charges. T...
12:05 am - Wed, September 19, 2012
Slashdot MS Office 2013 Pushing Home Users Toward Subscriptions
An anonymous reader writes "Ars reports that Microsoft has announced pricing plans for Office 2013 that include a subscription-based model for home users. There will be a $100/year Home version that c...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot AT&T Facing Net Neutrality Complaint Over FaceTime Restrictions
Today several public interest groups, including Public Knowledge, announced plans to file a net neutrality complaint with the FCC over AT&T's restriction of FaceTime on iPads and iPhones. Free Pre...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot How Big Pharma Hooked America On Legal Heroin
pigrabbitbear writes "The active ingredient in OxyContin, oxycodone, isn't a new compound. It was originally synthesized in Germany in 1916. The patent on the medication had expired well before Purdue...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot More Evidence That Multitasking Reduces Productivity
bdking writes "A recent study by a Louisiana State University psychology professor adds more evidence to the argument that the human brain is incapable of performing numerous tasks without memory and ...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Why Aircraft Carriers Still Rule the Oceans
An anonymous reader writes "Despite being created during World War I, the modern carrier has evolved to be the pinnacle of modern warfare's best and most visible symbols of power. Nothing says 'show t...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Fusion Power Breakthrough Near At Sandia Labs?
An anonymous reader writes "An achievement that would have extraordinary energy and defense implications might be near at Sandia National Laboratories. The lab is testing a concept called MagLIF (Magn...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Google Bans Online Anonymity While Patenting It
theodp writes "'It's important to use your common name,' Google explains in its Google+ ground rules, 'so that the people you want to connect with can find you.' Using a 'secondary online identit...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Programming a Wearable Android Device
CowboyRobot writes "Dr. Dobb's reviews an alternative to Google Glass and goes through the steps of coding your own Android-based Heads-Up Display. 'By tucking their 428x240 pixel WQVGA heads-up displ...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Teaching Typing With Limited Electricity, Computers?
An anonymous reader writes "I am tasked with developing a service project to teach students in a Bangladeshi village how to type. The school has about 500 students, 12 computers donated to them in 200...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Leak Hints Windows 8 Tablets May Be Dearer Than Makes Sense
MrSeb writes "If, like me, you thought Microsoft would price Windows RT competitively, you were wrong: A leaked slide from Asus says that its Vivo Tab RT, due to be released alongside Windows RT at th...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Verizon Offers Free Tethering Because It Has To
jfruh writes "Most U.S. wireless carriers are trying to have it both ways on tethering or smartphones-as-hotspots — moving people from unlimited data plans to plans where they pay by the gigabyt...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot W3C Releases First Working Draft of Web Crypto API
From David Dahl's weblog: "Good news! With a lot of hard work – I want to tip my hat to Ryan Sleevi at Google – the W3C Web Crypto API First Public Working Draft has been published.If you ...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot How Sensors and Software Turn Farms Into Data Mines
Nerval's Lobster writes that business intelligence tools have come to agribusiness, with farmers and cattle ranchers using many of the same tools found in numerous corporate cubicles, but fed by senso...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Dice Buys Geeknet's Media Business, Including Slashdot, In $20M Deal
wiredmikey writes with the press-release version of news that we'll probably be updating as more details trickle down to the editors: "Dice Holdings (Owner of job sites including Dice.com) reported th...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Motorola's First Intel-Based Handset Launches In UK
New submitter lookatmyhorse writes "As promised, Google's Motorola unit has released its first Intel-powered smartphone. The Razr i is based on a mid-range model sold in the U.S. that features an ARM-...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Meet iRobot Founder Rodney Brooks's New Industrial Bot, Baxter
First time accepted submitter moon_unit2 writes "Technology Review has the scoop on a new industrial robot created by famed robotics researcher Rodney Brooks. The robot, Baxter, is completely safe, ex...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Issues Workaround For IE 0-Day
Orome1 writes "Microsoft has issued a security advisory with advice on how to patch a Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability recently spotted being exploited in the wild by attackers that might be t...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Wireless Analysis With Monitor Mode On Android
An anonymous reader writes "We are a group of three researches, and in the last few weeks, we have been working on Wi-Fi monitor mode for Android devices, based on Broadcom BCM4329 and BCM4330 chipset...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Judge Preserves Privacy of Climate Scientist's Emails
ananyo writes "Climate scientist Michael Mann reported Monday that he and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville have prevailed in a court case against the conservative American Tradition Insti...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Google Spanner: First Globally Scalable Database With External Consistency
vu1986 writes with this bit from GigaOm: "Google has made public the details of its Spanner database technology, which allows a database to store data across multiple data centers, millions of machine...
10:05 am - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot First Word On Results From GRAIL, NASA's Moon Gravity Mission
An anonymous reader writes "Nature has advance word on the first science results from GRAIL, NASA's twin probes launched a year ago which are mapping the gravity of the Moon from lunar orbit. This is ...
08:05 am - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Paypal Users In Argentina Can No Longer Make Domestic Transactions
another random user writes with this excerpt from the BBC: "The online payment service said that from 9 October: 'Argentina resident Paypal-users may only send and receive international payments.'Last...
05:05 am - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses
hypnosec writes "The Department of Work and Pensions, UK has a /8 block of IPv4 addresses that is unused. An e-petition was created asking the DWP to sell off the block to ease the IPv4 address scarci...
03:05 am - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Switching Tasks Changes Worker Bee DNA
`puddingebola writes "A report in the journal Nature Neuroscience (paywalled) says scientists have observed epigenetic markers in bees that correspond to their roles in the society. From the article, ...
01:05 am - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot A Glimpse At Piracy In the UK and Beyond
Zocalo writes "The BBC has a fascinating look into the music download habits of the UK population based on stats compiled by Musicmetric. The stats, gathered through the monitoring of BitTorrent swarm...
12:05 am - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Intel Details Power Management Advancements in Haswell
MojoKid writes "Intel's next-generation CPU architecture, codenamed Haswell, puts heavy emphasis on reducing power consumption. Pushing Haswell down to a 10W TDP is an achievement, but hitting these t...
12:05 am - Tue, September 18, 2012
Slashdot Warp Drive Might Be Less Impossible Than Previously Thought
runner_one writes "Harold 'Sonny' White of NASA's Johnson Space Center said Friday (Sept. 14) at the 100 Year Starship Symposium that warp drive might be easier to achieve than earlier thought. The fi...
11:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot New IE Zero-Day Being Exploited In the Wild
wiredmikey writes "A new zero-day vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer is being exploited in the wild affecting IE 9 and earlier. The vulnerability, if exploited, would allow full remote code exe...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is
First time accepted submitter ze_jua writes "In this article, Jay Goldberg, a financial analyst who travels to Shenzhen several times a year, analyses the potential consequences of the very low cost o...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Huge Diamond Deposits Revealed In Russia
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the Christian Science Monitor: "'Russia has just declassified news that will shake world gem markets to their core: the discovery of a vast new diamon...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Apple iPad 2 As Fast As the Cray-2 Supercomputer
An anonymous reader writes "Presenting at the IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing conference, a researcher from the University of Tennessee presented evidence that the iPad 2 is as fast as the ori...
09:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Wants To Nix Data Center Backup Generators
1sockchuck writes "Data centers operators often tout their diesel backup generators as a symbol of their reliability. So why does Microsoft want to get rid of them? Microsoft says diesel generators ar...
09:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot "Out of Africa" Theory Called Into Question By Originator
Amiga Trombone writes "Christopher Stringer is one of the world's foremost paleoanthropologists. He is a founder and most powerful advocate of the leading theory concerning our evolution: Recent Afric...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot The Perils of Developers Hooking Up
jammag writes "Who better for a developer to love than another developer? Yet as a veteran coder describes, it's not always a good idea for a programmer to fall for another programmer. He describes hi...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot OpenStack Board Member Says Adding VMware Was a Mistake
BButlerNWW writes "VMware is in OpenStack now, but not everyone thinks that's such a good idea. One member of the newly created OpenStack Board of Directors says allowing VMware into the open source c...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Study Attempts To Predict Scientists' Career Success
First time accepted submitter nerdyalien writes "In the academic world, it's publish or perish; getting papers accepted by the right journals can make or break a researcher's career. But beyond a cush...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Roomba Celebrates 10 Years of Cleaning Up After You
SkinnyGuy writes "Roomba, the world’s first multi-million unit-selling home-helper robot, turns 10 today. iRobot has cooked up a self-congratulatory infographic filled with a collection of inter...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Are SSDs Finally Worth the Money?
Lucas123 writes "The price of 2.5-in solid state drives have dropped by 3X in three years, making many of the most popular models less than $1 per gigabyte or about .74 cents per gig. Hybrid drives, w...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Australian Study Backs Major Assumption of Cosmology
cylonlover writes "In mankind's attempts to gain some understanding of this marvelous place in which we live, we have slowly come to accept some principles to help guide our search. One such principle...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot India Plans To Build Fastest Supercomputer By 2017
First time accepted submitter darkstar019 writes "India is planning to build a computer that is going to be at least 61 times faster than the current fastest super computer, IBM Sequoia. Right now the...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot China Unveils Yet Another Stealth Fighter
An anonymous reader writes "Pictures of a new Chinese stealth fighter prototype started showing up recently on the web. The airplane prototype was photographed at a Shenyang aircraft facility and seem...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo Excludes BlackBerry From Employee Smartphone List
Nerval's Lobster writes "Freshly minted Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is promising the company's U.S. employees a new smartphone of their choice. There's just one catch: it can't be a BlackBerry. According ...
03:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Spoken Commands Crash Bank Phone Lines
mask.of.sanity writes "A security researcher has demonstrated a series of attacks that are capable of disabling touch tone and voice activated phone systems, forcing them to disclose sensitive informa...
02:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Apple Confirms iPhone 5 Preorders Top 2 Million In 24 Hours
TheBoat writes "Apple announced on Monday that iPhone 5 preorders topped 2 million units in the smartphone's first 24 hours of pre-sale availability. That figure doubles Apple's first-day iPhone 4S sa...
02:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Curiosity Rover Sees Solar Eclipse On Mars
SchrodingerZ writes "Though solar eclipses are fairly common on Earth (much more in the southern hemisphere), yesterday the Mars Curiosity Rover caught sight of a partial solar eclipse in Gale Crater ...
01:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Radioactive Tool Goes Missing In Texas
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Oil-field service companies lower radioactive units into wells to let workers identify places to break apart rock for a drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or f...
01:05 pm - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Protection Plan For Your Phone?
First time accepted submitter nastav writes "Now that I'm eagerly awaiting the delivery of my new shiny iPhone 5, I'm faced with a dilemma — SquareTrade, Applecare Plus, or some other insurance ...
10:05 am - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Google Blocks 'Innocence of Muslim' Video In Indonesia and India
hypnosec writes "Google has blocked the anti-Islamic video, which was posted on YouTube, in Indonesia as well as India. YouTube has already denied a complete removal of the clip 'Innocence of Muslims'...
07:05 am - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot How the Critics of the Apollo Program Were Proven Wrong
MarkWhittington writes "A recent story in The Atlantic reminds us that the Apollo program, so fondly remembered in the 21st Century, was opposed by a great many people while it was ongoing, on the the...
04:05 am - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Study Urges CIOs To Choose Open Source First
littlekorea writes "A new study has urged CIOs to consider open source over proprietary software or public cloud services when replacing legacy gear. But the study's author, Professor Jim Norton, warn...
01:05 am - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot Shuttle Endeavour Embarking to Los Angeles Museum
Endeavour will be the second of NASA's space shuttles to leave the Kennedy Space Center. The ship will piggyback on top of a specially modified 747 and head to a Los Angeles museum this week. From the...
12:05 am - Mon, September 17, 2012
Slashdot iPhone 5 GeekBench Results
EGSonikku writes "The iPhone 5 has been benchmarked using the GeekBench tool. According to the results, Apple's claim of 2x higher performance over the iPhone 4S seem accurate. The results show the iP...
11:05 pm - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot 50 Years of Research and Still No Microwave Weapons
DevotedSkeptic writes in with a story about the lack of usable microwave technology to come from 50 years of military research. "For some Pentagon officials, the demonstration in October 2007 must hav...
09:05 pm - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot Quantum Key Exchange With an Airplane
submeta writes "Researchers in Munich have successfully performed a quantum key exchange between a moving aircraft and a ground station. Quantum key distribution, which exploits the phenomenon of enta...
09:05 pm - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot Why America's School "Lag" Has Never Mattered
The Organization for Economic and Cooperation and Development (OECD), a forum of the top 34 developed economies, has released an annual education report, and guess what? The U.S. has once again ranked...
08:05 pm - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot Can Anyone Become a Programmer?
another random user writes "A Q&A on Ars Technica asks about an old adage that many programmers stick to: 'It takes a certain type of mind to learn programming, and not everyone can do it.' Users ...
06:05 pm - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot NASA To Face $1.3 Billion Cut Next Year Under Sequestration
littlesparkvt writes "A budget forecast that was released on Friday shows that the defense department isn't the only department getting hammered, NASA is as well if the automatic budget cuts happen. A...
05:05 pm - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot BitInstant CEO Says World Operates "On an Inferior Monetary System"
hypnosec writes "BitInstant's CEO Charlie Shrem and Erik Voorhees were invited to speak about virtual currency at the NACHA (the North American Payments Association) Annual Global Payments Forum held ...
04:05 pm - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot The Passing of the Personal Computer Era
An anonymous reader writes "AllThingsD columnist Arik Hesseldahl noticed another milestone marking the passing of the personal computer era: for the first time since the early '80s, the share of world...
03:05 pm - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot The Linux-Proof Processor That Nobody Wants
Bruce Perens writes "Clover Trail, Intel's newly announced 'Linux proof' processor, is already a dead end for technical and business reasons. Clover Trail is said to include power-management that will...
02:05 pm - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: When Does Time Tracking at Work Go Too Far?
An anonymous reader writes "I work in a call center, full time, for a large mail order pharmacy. Recently, as part of their campaign to better track time spent both at and away from our desks, they ha...
01:05 pm - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot Chicago Teachers Rip 'Big Money Interest Groups'
theodp writes "The striking Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is holding a massive 'Wisconsin-style rally' Saturday as ongoing negotiations try to bring an end to the strike that has put education on hold ...
10:05 am - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot The Implications of Google Restricting Access To Anti-Islam Film
ideonexus writes "While the decision has been a footnote in most news stories, the Washington Post is raising the question of what it means that Google can shutdown access to the anti-Islam film in co...
07:05 am - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Patents Whacking Your Phone To Silence It
another random user writes with news of a patent application from Microsoft that details a method for silencing your phone by giving it a whack. "There are a variety of circumstances under which it ma...
04:05 am - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot Two Teams Win the BotPrize
An anonymous reader writes "For the past five years, the 2K BotPrize has challenged artificial intelligence researchers and programmers to create a computer-game-playing bot that plays like a person. ...
02:05 am - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot How Indie Devs Made an 1,800-Player Action Game Mod In Their Spare Time
An anonymous reader writes "Just Cause 2 Multiplayer has been getting a lot of press lately, but this making-of feature points out how the mod raises serious questions about the games industry: if 1,8...
01:05 am - Sun, September 16, 2012
Slashdot AMD's Hondo Chip 'A Windows 8 Product'
dgharmon points out comments from AMD's Steve Belt, who was asked about the company's upcoming Hondo APU. Hondo is their biggest attempt to date to break into the tablet market, and they're doing so w...
11:05 pm - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Are Commercial Games Finally Going To Make It To Linux?
colinneagle writes "Those of us who actively promote Linux as a viable desktop alternative to Windows are often greeted with the following refrain: 'Nobody will use Linux because there are no good gam...
10:05 pm - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Bay Co-Founder Detained In Sweden
wiredmikey writes "The co-founder of The Pirate Bay filesharing website was detained in Sweden on Friday, days after his deportation from Cambodia, officials said. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 27, faces a...
09:05 pm - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Bringing Free Software To a Street Near You
Blug_fred writes "It's that time of year again; the nights are drawing in, the leaves are beginning to turn, and literally hundreds of teams of dedicated F/OSS enthusiasts from around the world are pr...
08:05 pm - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Chrome To Get 'Do Not Track'
puddingebola tips news that support for the 'do-not-track' privacy setting will soon be coming to Google Chrome. The feature was implemented for Chromium v23.0.1266.0 in a recent revision. Google has ...
07:05 pm - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Can Nintendo Court the Casuals Again?
An anonymous reader sends this quote from Eurogamer:"Do you remember the last time? When the Wii launched at the tail end of 2006, it was to an air of excited curiosity that went well beyond the borde...
06:05 pm - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Detailed Images Show Intra-Molecular Bonds
Techmeology writes "A team from IBM in Zurich has published images of molecules that are detailed enough to show the lengths of atomic bonds. 'The IBM team's innovation to create the first single mole...
05:05 pm - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Zynga Sues EA For 'Anti-competitive' Practices
An anonymous reader writes "In early August, Electronic Arts sued Zynga for allegedly copying EA's Sims Social game. Zynga has now launched a counterattack, suing EA for 'anticompetitive and unlawful ...
05:05 pm - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot X11 Window System Turns 25 Years Old
An anonymous reader writes "The widely used X11 Window System has turned 25 years old today. Version 11 of the X Window System is likely to remain in use for many years to come for backwards compatibi...
04:05 pm - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Ultrasound Waves For Transdermal Drug Delivery
An anonymous reader writes with news of research from MIT, where engineers have found a better way to use ultrasound waves to boost the permeability of skin for the delivery of drugs."Ultrasound &mdas...
03:05 pm - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Google Pressured AcerAlibaba Because of Android Compatibility Issues
An anonymous reader writes "On Thursday we discussed news that Google pressured Acer and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to cancel the launch of a phone running the Aliyun OS. Google has now addresse...
02:05 pm - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Apple Wins Again — ITC Rules They Didn't Violate Samsung Patents
An anonymous reader writes "A preliminary ruling from the International Trade Commission found that Apple did not violate four of Samsung's patents in the design of the iPhone. 'The patents in the com...
01:05 pm - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Report Hints At Privacy Problem of Drones That Can Recognize Faces
New submitter inotrollyou writes "Drones are getting more sophisticated, and will soon carry 'soft' biometrics and facial recognition software. In other news, sales of hats, tinfoil, and laser pointer...
11:05 am - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Wrong Number: Why Phone Companies Overcharge For Data
MrSeb writes "A recent study conducted by UCLA professor Chunyi Peng shows that carriers generally count data usage correctly, but those customers who commonly use their device in areas with weak sign...
08:05 am - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Intel Demos 7Gpbs Wireless Docking
Lucas123 writes "Intel for the first time demonstrated the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) docking specification using an Ultrabook, which was able to achieve 7Gbps performance, ten times the fastest Wi-Fi n...
05:05 am - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Google Kills Apps Support For Internet Explorer 8
An anonymous reader writes "Google today [Friday] announced it is discontinuing support for Internet Explorer 8 in Google Apps, including its Business, Education, and Government editions. The kill dat...
04:05 am - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Prove IT Knowledge Without Expensive Certificates?
An anonymous reader writes "I'm starting my Ph.D in psychology this year and plan to finance this period with IT freelance work, mostly building websites with Drupal and setting up Linux networks, ser...
03:05 am - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Google Glass: Future of Movies Or Monkey Cam 2.0?
theodp writes "When it comes to Google's futuristic Glass goggles, people seem to fall into two camps. On the one hand, you have people like NY Times Arts critic Mike Hale, who goes gaga over how fash...
12:05 am - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Firefox OS: Disruptive By Aiming Low
judgecorp writes "As Apple launches a new slightly-improved iPhone 5, Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich says if you want a really disruptive phone you should look to Firefox OS. It's a low-cost low-end device ...
12:05 am - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Mammoth Tooth Found In Downtown San Francisco
DevotedSkeptic writes with this excerpt pulled from the San Francisco Chronicle:"A seemingly ordinary day at the Transbay Transit Center construction site became a mammoth day of discovery Monday when...
12:05 am - Sat, September 15, 2012
Slashdot Towards a 50% Efficient Solar Cell
necro81 writes "IEEE Spectrum magazine has a feature article describing DARPA-funded work towards developing a solar cell that's 50% efficient, for a finished module that's 40% efficient — suita...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Monkeys Made Smarter With Prosthetic Device
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists have successfully restored and, in some cases, enhanced decision-making ability in brain-damaged monkeys on cocaine by connecting a prosthetic device to their br...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot iPhone 5 Scorns Standards Promise To European Commission
WebMink writes "Back in 2009, Apple signed an agreement aimed at reducing electronic waste resulting from mobile phone accessories. But this week's launch of the iPhone 5 shows them reneging on that c...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Rewiring the Autistic Brain
sciencehabit writes "Signs of autism — such as impaired social skills and repetitive, ritualistic movements — usually begin to appear when a child is about 18 months old. Autism is thought...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous' Barrett Brown Raided By FBI During Online Chat
SternisheFan sends this excerpt from Wired:"For the second time this year, self-proclaimed Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown was raided by the FBI. The latest dramatic incident occurred late Wednesday...
09:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Patent Troll Sues X-Plane
symbolset writes "X-plane is a cross-platform flight simulator app, notably the only serious one that supports Mac OSX and Linux. It was the first to include NASA data in their terrain modelling. It's...
09:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot YouTube Refuses To Remove Anti-Islamic Film Clip
Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that Google officials have rejected the notion of removing a video that depicts the prophet as a fraud and philanderer and has been blamed for sparking violence at U.S...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Preventing Another Carrier IQ: Introducing the Mobile Device Privacy Act
MrSeb writes "Lawmakers in Washington have turned their sights on mobile device tracking, proposing legislation aimed at making it much harder for companies to track you without consent. The Mobile De...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Smooth, High Definition Video of Curiosity's Landing On Mars
_0x783czar writes "Filmmaker Brad Canning has released a hi-def video of Curiosity's landing. This video was captured in low res, and then extrapolated and re-rendered by Canning to produce some of th...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Red Hat Fights Patent Troll With GPL
jfruh writes "Red Hat is in the middle of a patent lawsuit with Twin Peaks Software, which claims that a Red Hat subsidiary is abusing a Twin Peaks filesystem lawsuit. Now, Red Hat is launching an int...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Hands Over Messages At Heart of Occupy Case
another random user sends this excerpt from a BBC report:"Legal pressure has forced Twitter to handed over messages sent by an Occupy Wall Street protester. Twitter spent months resisting the call to ...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot What Windows Phone 8 Needs To Do To Succeed
As Microsoft prepares for the launch of Windows Phone 8 devices, its most important push into the smartphone industry to date, speculation is rampant about whether or not consumers will continue to ig...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Elon Musk, an Industrialist For the 21st Century
pacopico writes "Elon Musk has just come off a pretty amazing run. SpaceX docked with the ISS. Tesla has started selling its all-electric luxury sedan, and SolarCity just filed to go public. Bloomberg...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Astronomers Fix the Astronomical Unit
gbrumfiel writes "The Astronomical Unit (AU) is known to most as the distance between the Earth and the Sun. In fact, the official definition was a much more complex mathematical calculation involving...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Motorola Ordered To Recall Android Phones and Tablets In Germany
puddingebola sends word of a German court decision yesterday which found that Google's Motorola Mobility must recall all of its Android tablets and phones that infringe on Apple's patent for "rubber-b...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Black Mesa Released
ProbablyJoe writes "The long awaited Source engine remake of the Valve's original Half Life has finally been released. The initial release only includes the story up until Xen, but the developers say ...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot The Futility of the Ongoing Piracy War
CowboyNeal writes: "It seems like the news on everyone's favorite most resilient BitTorrent site neverends, as we approach its ninth birthday in just a couple days. Google has evenrecently wipedTPB re...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Cameras To Watch Cameras In Maryland
Cornwallis writes in with a story reminding cameras everywhere that just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't watching you. "Many people find speed cameras frustrating, and some in the reg...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot RIPE Region Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses
New submitter 8-Track writes "The RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, distributed the last blocks of IPv4 address space from the available p...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Easy Fix For Software Patents Found In US Patent Act
WebMink writes "What if there was an easy, inexpensive way to bring software patents under control, that did not involve Congress, which applied retrospectively to all patents and which was already pa...
03:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Why WikiLeaks' Spinoff OpenLeaks Failed
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Wired has published an excerpt of the new WikiLeaks-related book This Machine Kills Secrets, which delves into the launch of the WikiLeaks spinoff OpenLeaks at the Chaos Co...
02:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Japan Aims To Abandon Nuclear Power By 2030s
mdsolar writes "Reuters reports that the Japanese government said it 'intends to stop using nuclear power by the 2030s, marking a major shift from policy goals set before last year's Fukushima disaste...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Intel Says Clover Trail Atom CPU Won't Work With Linux
girlmad tips this news from the Inquirer:"Intel's Clover Trail Atom processor can be seen in various non-descript laptops around IDF and the firm provided a lot of architectural details on the chip, c...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot How Viable Is Large Scale Wind Energy?
New submitter notscientific writes "Renewable sources of energy are obviously a hit but they have as yet failed to live up to the hype. A new study in Nature Climate Change shows however that there is...
10:05 am - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Dutch Court Rules Hyperlinks Can Constitute Infringement
Ubi_NL writes "In yesterday's ruling of Playboy (via publisher Sanoma) vs Dutch blog Geenstijl, the court ruled that hyperlinking to copyrighted material was itself infringement of copyright. The cour...
07:05 am - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Curiosity Gearing Up for Drive to Next Study Location
Curiosity has spent most of the past 5 weeks running instrument and system checks, but on Friday that is all scheduled to change. The plan is to "drive, drive, drive" until a suitable rock for the rov...
05:05 am - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Unusual Discovery of New African Monkey Species
rhettb writes "In a remote and largely unexplored rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, researchers have made an astounding discovery: a new monkey species. The new primate, which is nam...
04:05 am - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Ancient Egyptian Tech May Be Key To Printing 3D Ceramics
Zothecula writes "We like to think of technology as always being forward looking. It's supposed to be about nanoparticles and the Cloud, not steam engines and the telephone exchange. But every now and...
01:05 am - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Is IPhone Battery Usefulness On the Decline?
jfruh writes "Every time a company rolls out a new version of a product, it extols how much better it is than the previous version. Thus, Apple spent a part of its iPhone 5 rollout touting the staying...
12:05 am - Fri, September 14, 2012
Slashdot Wozniak On the Samsung Patent Verdict
dgharmon writes "'I hate it,' Wozniak told Bloomberg in Shanghai today, referring to the patent battle. He thinks the ruling will be overruled. Samsung will of course appeal, and this case will go bac...
11:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Fragmentation Comes To iOS
dell623 writes "While the fragmentation issues in iOS are nowhere near as bad as Android, it can no longer be considered non existent. I have prepared a chart showing which features will be available ...
11:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Intel Predicts Ubiquitous, Almost-Zero-Energy Computing By 2020
MrSeb writes "Intel often uses the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) as a platform to discuss its long-term vision for computing as well as more practical business initiatives. This year, the company has di...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot BBC Radiophonic Workshop Revived Online
New submitter ratbag writes with this snippet from BBC News: "The BBC's Radiophonic Workshop, which created theme tunes and sound effects for programmes including Doctor Who and Blake's 7, is to reope...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs
Lucas123 writes "Western Digital subsidiary HGST today announced that after 10 years of development it is preparing to release 3.5-in data center-class HDDs that are hermetically sealed with helium in...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot French Court Levies First Fine Under 3-Strikes Piracy Law
itwbennett writes "In the first trial resulting from the controversial three-strikes copyright law, a French court on Thursday fined a man €150 for failing to secure his Internet connection. His ...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Alibaba Says Google Threatened Acer With Banishment From Android
Spy Handler writes "In a Microsoft-esque move, Google threatened Acer with banishment from Android if it went ahead with its new cellphone project with Alibaba (China's version of Amazon), using an OS...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Tech For a Sailing Ship?
Razgorov Prikazka writes "There is a lot of technology involved in sailing these day's. EPIRB, FHV-DSC, GPS, NAVTEX, Inmarsat, fishfinders/depth sounders, different kinds of radar (with MARPA or ATA) ...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Eolas Sues Again: This Time, Facebook, Disney and Wal-Mart
judgecorp writes "Eolas, which claims to have patented key aspects to web browsers, is suing again, this time targeting Facebook, Disney and Wal-Mart for infringing hypertext patents. Eolas settled wi...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot DHS Gets Public Comment, Whether It Wants It Or Not
OverTheGeicoE writes "The motion to force DHS to start its public comment period is still working its way through the court (DHS: 'We're not stonewalling!', EPIC: 'Yes, you are!'). While we wait for t...
06:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu NVIDIA Graphics Driver: Windows Competitive, But Only With KDE
An anonymous reader writes "The NVIDIA Linux driver across multiple GeForce graphics cards can compete with Microsoft Windows 7 on Ubuntu, but only when using the KDE desktop and not the default Unity...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot George Albercook Teaches Kids About Space with High-Altitude Balloons (Video)
George Albercook says he got carried away talking with some third and fourth graders about space and asked them, "Would you like to go?" Except, of course, he couldn't send them beyond the atmosphere ...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Scientists Bind High-Temp Superconductor Components With Scotch Tape
First time accepted submitter halightw writes "Scotch tape really can fix anything according to a new study where it was used to induce super conductivity by taping two pieces of material together. A ...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Disrupts Nitol Botnet
hypnosec writes "Having procured permission from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit managed to disrupt more than 500 different strains of mal...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: When Is It a Good Idea To Incorporate?
First time accepted submitter stairmaster writes "A couple of months ago I came across an opportunity to supplement my income by doing some consulting work (read mobile app development) on the side. I...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot BMW Cars Vulnerable To Blank Key Attack
Techmeology writes "Thieves have discovered how to steal BMW cars produced since 2006 by using the onboard computer that is able to program blank keys. The device used — originally intended for ...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Nintendo WiiU Price and Release Date Announced
YokimaSun writes "Nintendo have revealed the release date of the WiiU, in Japan it will launch on the 8th December. The console will ship in 2 versions a Basic version with 8GB of internal memory and ...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot World's First Color Moving Pictures Discovered
BoxRec writes "The BBC is reporting newly-discovered films made by pioneer Edward Raymond Turner from London, who patented his colour process on 22 March 1899." When Turner invented his process, thoug...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot QR Codes As Anti-Forgery On Currency Could Infect Banks
First time accepted submitter planetzuda writes "Invisible nano QR codes have been proposed as a way to stop forgery of U.S currency by students of Michigan University. Unfortunately QR codes are easy...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Themselves Play Large Role In Bad Reporting
Hugh Pickens writes "A lot of science reporting is sensationalized nonsense but are are journalists, as a whole, really that bad at their jobs? Christie Wilcox reports that a team of French scientists...
10:05 am - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Australia Attorney General Proposes New Laws To Stop Twitter Trolls
CuteSteveJobs writes "Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has flagged new laws to end anonymous trolling via Twitter: 'Twitter should reveal the identities of the anonymous trolls who are breakin...
07:05 am - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot TACC "Stampede" Supercomputer To Go Live In January
Nerval's Lobster writes "The Texas Advanced Computing Center plans to go live on January 7 with "Stampede," a ten-petaflop supercomputer predicted to be the most powerful Intel supercomputer in the wo...
05:05 am - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot MP Seeking To Outlaw Written Accounts of Child Abuse
First time accepted submitter Anduril1986 writes "A UK Conservative MP is seeking to expand censorship in another 'think of the children' debate. The plan this time is to make it illegal to possess wr...
04:05 am - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Chip and Pin "Weakness" Exposed By Cambridge Researchers
another random user writes "A vulnerability in the widely used chip and pin payment system has been exposed by Cambridge University researchers. Cards were found to be open to a form of cloning, despi...
01:05 am - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Study: Online Social Influence Has the Strongest Effect On Voting Behavior
sciencehabit writes "Brace yourself for a tidal wave of Facebook campaigning before November's U.S. presidential election. A study of 61 million Facebook users finds that using online social networks ...
12:05 am - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot Intel Demos McAfee Social Protection
MojoKid writes "During the Day Two keynote address at Intel Developer's Forum, Renee James, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Software & Services Group, talked about software de...
12:05 am - Thu, September 13, 2012
Slashdot House Approves Extending the Warrantless Wiretapping Act
wiedzmin writes "The U.S. House of Representatives voted 301-118 today, in favor of extending the FISA Amendments Act until December 31st, 2017, effectively reauthorizing the broad electronic eavesdro...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Much Is a Fun Job Worth?
Nicros writes "I have the good fortune to be a lead software engineer in a really fun company. The culture and people are great, and while the position has some down sides (distance from home, future ...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot What's Next For iRobot?
An anonymous reader writes "Ten years since the debut of the Roomba vacuum cleaner and military PackBot, robots are mainstream but still not in every home. Meanwhile, a new generation of robotics comp...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Star Trek Tech That Exists Today
Esther Schindler writes "When Star Trek hit the air waves, talking computers were just a pipe dream. While teleportation remains elusive, several once-fictional technologies are changing the way peopl...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Stem Cells Turn Hearing Back On
puddingebola sends this excerpt from an article at ScienceNow:"Scientists have enabled deaf gerbils to hear again — with the help of transplanted cells that develop into nerves that can transmit...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Intel Confirms Decline of Server Giants
An anonymous reader writes "A Wired article discusses the relative decline of Dell, HP, and IBM in the server market over the past few years. Whereas those three companies once provided 75% of Intel's...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Turning Data Science Into a Spectator 'Sport'
vu1986 writes "Kaggle has a 'predictive-modeling competition platform that makes public the competitors in invite-only private competitions. Think of it like watching a major tournament in golf or ten...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Europe Sets Sights On Asteroid Tracking Radars
coondoggie writes "The European Space Agency today said it would develop a radar system that will be capable of tracking space hazards such as asteroids and orbital debris. ESA and France's Office Nat...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Patent Details Whole-Room Projection Game Environment
Mackadoodledoo writes "Details of an immersive video games display system that projects images of the title's environment around a player's room have been revealed in a U.S. patent belonging to Micros...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Apple Announces iPhone 5
Today Phil Schiller took to the stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where he announced the long-expected iPhone 5. The casing is made entirely of glass and aluminum, and it'...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot EVE Online CSM and Diplomat Killed in Libyan Consulate Attacks
New submitter overmoderated writes first with news of an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. From the article: "The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket at...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Confusion and Criticism Over ENCODE's Claims
As_I_Please writes "In response to the previous report of the ENCODE project discovering 'biochemical functions for 80 percent of the genome,' many scientists have questioned what was meant by 'functi...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Mesa Finally An OpenGL Implementation (On Intel Hardware)
Mesa 3D has famously always not been technically OpenGL (lacking certification), but times are changing: "This is a great day for Mesa and open-source graphics drivers. Just a tad over a month ago, I ...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Foxconn Says Vocational Students Aren't Being 'Forced' To Work
jones_supa writes "Foxconn has responded to the criticism regarding Chinese internship students being forced to work for them. In a statement to Washington Post, Foxconn said that its 'short-term inte...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Augmented HDR Vision For Welders (And Others)
jehan60188 writes about a research project (involving Steve Mann) that combines a welding helmet and realtime HDR image processing to give welders a clear view of what they're working on. From the art...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Malware Used in Aramco Attack Likely Work of Amateurs
wiredmikey writes with this excerpt from Security Week: "The Disttrack/Shamoon malware, while destructive, appears to be the work of amateurs and not elite and sophisticated developers, according to t...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot University Team Builds Lego and Raspberry Pi Cluster
hypnosec writes about a neat little hack using Lego, Raspberry Pis, and Scratch to construct a "supercomputer." From the article: "A team of computational engineers over at the University of Southampt...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Injured Bald Eagle Gets New 3-D Printed Beak
An anonymous reader writes "A bald eagle that lost its beak to a poacher's gun receives a 3-D printed beak prosthetic like a dental implant."More (with pictures): "Mr Calvin, a founder of the Boise-ba...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Around 200,000 Tons of Deep Water Horizon Oil and Gas Consumed By Bacteria
SchrodingerZ writes "The University of Rochester and Texas A&M University have determined that in the five months following the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, bacteria have cons...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Discworld Fan Film Possibly the Largest Scale Fan Film Ever
An anonymous reader writes "After clocking in at $82,000 on their Kickstarter campaign, two Troll Bridge trailers have been released online showing helicopter shots in New Zealand and a large scale br...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot GAO Slams DHS Over BioWatch Biological Defense System
Mansing writes "Citizens need to evaluate if they are indeed safer for all the 'security precautions' put into place. 'The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rushed to acquire a new, multibillio...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Zuckerberg: Betting On HTML5 Was Facebook's Biggest Mistake
An anonymous reader writes "Speaking yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that the company's stock performance was disappointing. He also made an interesting rema...
10:05 am - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Author Threatens To Sue Book Reviewers Over Trademark Infringement
Nate the greatest writes "Do you know what is crazier than sending DMCA notices to a site like Lendink which doesn't host any content? It's when an author threatens to sue book reviewers over trademar...
08:05 am - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Playing At the World: a Huge New History of Gaming
New submitter disconj writes "Over at Wired, Ethan Gilsdorf interviews Jon Peterson, author of the new book Playing at the World. Gilsdorf calls it 'a must read,' though he cautions it 'is not intende...
07:05 am - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Russia Builds World's Largest Nuclear Powered Ice-Breaker
Hugh Pickens writes "Eve Conant reports that Russia's dream to dominate the Arctic will soon get a boost with a $1.1 billion nuclear-powered icebreaker 170 meters long and 34 meters wide. It's designe...
06:05 am - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Exposing the Machinery of the Resistome
aarondubrow writes "2011 Nobel Prize Winner, Bruce Beutler, is using the Ranger supercomputer at The University of Texas at Austin for an ambitious new project to discover all of the genes involved in...
05:05 am - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot China's Alibaba To Outsell Amazon, eBay Combined
hackingbear writes "China's largest e-commerce firm, Alibaba Group, expects to sell merchandise this year worth more than that sold by Amazon Inc and eBay combined. The company is aiming for 3 trillio...
04:05 am - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Synthetic Materials Set New World Record For Greatest Amount of Surface Area
Zothecula writes "Researchers at Northwestern University, Illinois, have broken a world record in the creation of two synthetic materials, named NU-109 and NU-110, which have the greatest amount of su...
03:05 am - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?
snydeq writes "Self-taught technologists are almost always better hires than those with a bachelor's degree in computer science and a huge student loan, writes Andrew Oliver. 'A recruiter recently ask...
02:05 am - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Magic: the Gathering Is Turing Complete
TsukiKage writes "A 50-card M:tG combo for four players is demonstrated that is used to construct a simple Turing machine, performing arbitrary computations just by following the rules of Magic and ca...
01:05 am - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Converting RSS Feeds To a Dynamic 3D Scene In 120 Lines of Code
descubes writes "Tao Presentations is a 3D presentation tool based on a 3D dynamic document description language. This makes it very easy for developers to create their own 3D shows, illustrate talks ...
12:05 am - Wed, September 12, 2012
Slashdot Intel Unveils 10-Watt Haswell Chip
adeelarshad82 writes "At IDF, Intel announced the company's fourth-generation Core processor code-named Haswell. The chip is based off of the same 22nm process used in the current third-generation Cor...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot How Does the Tiny Waterbear Survive In Outer Space?
DevotedSkeptic sends this excerpt from SmithsonianMag:"The humble tardigrade, also known as a 'waterbear' or 'moss piglet,' is an aquatic eight-legged animal that typically grows no longer than one mi...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Opus — the Codec To End All Codecs
New submitter jmv writes "It's official. The Opus audio codec is now standardized by the IETF as RFC 6716. Opus is the first state-of-the-art, fully Free and Open audio codec ratified by a major stand...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot School Regrets Swapping Laptops For iPads
Barence writes "A school swapped all its staff laptops for iPads — and now wants to switch them back. 'Most staff are IT illiterate and jumped at the chance of exchanging their laptop for an iPa...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot The Linux Desktop and ISVsOEMs
olau writes "Michael Meeks, who's worked on GNOME and LibreOffice integration for many years, now for SuSE, has some really interesting thoughts on the recent Linux desktop debate and suggestions for ...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Built the 'Hubble Telescope For the Ocean' Using the Cloud
New submitter stacey7165 writes "VMware shared the application architecture story of how they worked with the Ocean Observatory Initiative to build a 'Hubble Telescope' of the ocean. It's comprised of...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Cutting the Power Cable: How Advantageous Is Wireless Charging?
Lucas123 writes "Furniture and auto makers are already ramping up production of wireless charging for mobile devices that will also allow I/O for music and data synchronization. Thanks to the widely a...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Arma III Developers Arrested In Greece For 'Spying'
An anonymous reader writes "Kotaku reports that two employees of Bohemia Interactive have been arrested while on a photo-tour of the Greek island of Limnos, on charges of spying. The developers were t...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Go Daddy: Network Issues, Not Hacks Or DDoS, Caused Downtime
miller60 writes "GoDaddy says yesterday's downtime was caused by internal network problems that corrupted data in router tables. 'The service outage was not caused by external influences,' said Scott ...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Amateur Astronomers Spot Jovian Blast
RocketAcademy writes "Spaceweather.com reports an explosion on Jupiter, which was detected by two amateur astronomers. According to Spaceweather.com, the event occurred at 11:35 Universal Time on Sept...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Why Are Operating System Version Names So Absurd?
jfruh writes "Apple's spent more than a decade on version 10 — or, rather, X — of its flagship operating system, with .x versions named after big cats (and many of them, it turns out, afte...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot 8th Circuit Upholds $220,000 Verdict In Jammie Thomas Case
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit has upheld the initial jury verdict in the case against Jammie Thomas, Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas-Rasset. This case was...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Intel Encodes Data In Flickering LEDs (and Shows Off Other Bright Ideas)
darien writes "On the day before the Intel Developer Forum opens in San Francisco, Intel has been showing off some of its current research projects, including a system for encoding data in apparently ...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Expected To Sue Apple Over iPhone 5 LTE Networking
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Geek.com: "The courtroom battle between Apple and Samsung seems to be far from over, and come tomorrow Apple is in for a major headache as soon as it ...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot FAA Permits American Airlines To Use iPads In Cockpit "In All Phases of Flight"
hypnosec writes "American Airlines has announced that it has received the permission from FAA to allow its pilots to use iPads in the cockpit during 'all phases of flight.' According to the airlines, ...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot A Look Inside Oak Ridge Lab's Supercomputing Facility
1sockchuck writes "Three of the world's most powerful supercomputers live in adjacent aisles within a single data center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Inside this facility, technician...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Found Calculators?
First time accepted submitter Covalent writes "I'm a science teacher and have, over the years, accumulated a number of lost graphing calculators (mostly TI-83s). After trying to locate the owners, I h...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Activision Blizzard Secretly Watermarking World of Warcraft Users
First time accepted submitter kgkoutzis writes "A few days ago I noticed some weird artifacts covering the screenshots I captured using the WoW game client application. I sharpened the images and foun...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Torque 3D To Be Released On Github Under the MIT License
First time accepted submitter iamnothing writes "Eric Preisz, CEO of GarageGames announces: 'Eleven years ago, The GarageGames founders did an incredibly innovative thing when they sold a full source ...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot UK Finally Gets 4G Networking
judgecorp writes "The UK has finally got its first 4G network, provided by EE, a new brand from Everything Everywhere, the company formed by the merger of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK. The network wi...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot More Warnings About High-Frequency Trading
bfwebster writes "From The Big Picture (a great finance/econ blog) comes a link to this New York Times article on some of the risks and problems of high-frequency trading on financial markets and a co...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Now Discounting HarperCollins EBooks
Nate the greatest writes "Late last week 3 publishers and the Dept of Justice finalized an agreement to settle the claims that the publishers conspired to raise ebook prices. One of the terms of the a...
10:05 am - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot MediaFire Restores Virus Researcher's Account But Not Individual Files
chicksdaddy writes "The cloud-based hosting firm MediaFire has reversed a decision to suspend the account of virus researcher Mila Parkour after Naked Security raised questions about copyright violati...
08:05 am - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Nature Lover Vladimir Putin Flies With the Cranes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Russian President Vladimir Putin is a nature lover. In 2007, the bare-chested president rode a horse through Siberia. In 2008, he fired a tranquilizer gun at a rare Siberia...
05:05 am - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Collecting and Storing User Information?
New submitter isaaccs writes "I'm a mobile developer at a startup. My experience is in building user-facing applications, but in this case, a component of an app I'm building involves observing and co...
03:05 am - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Create Short-term Memories In Rat Brains
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers say they've found a way to store artificial short-term memories in isolated brain tissue. 'This is the first time anyone has found a way to store information ov...
01:05 am - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Blocks Arch Linux Handbook Author From Releasing Kindle Version
An anonymous reader writes "We've all heard the horror stories of Amazon swindling the user out of their content on the Kindle, but this time they've managed to do it preemptively: by blocking the GFD...
12:05 am - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot Complex Systems Theorists Predict We're About One Year From Global Food Riots
pigrabbitbear writes with conjecture on what triggers global unrest. Quoting the article: "In a 2011 paper, researchers at the Complex Systems Institute unveiled a model that accurately explained why ...
12:05 am - Tue, September 11, 2012
Slashdot PostgreSQL 9.2 Out with Greatly Improved Scalability
The PostgreSQL project announced the release of PostgreSQL 9.2 today. The headliner: "With the addition of linear scalability to 64 cores, index-only scans and reductions in CPU power consumption, Pos...
11:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Possible Proof of ABC Conjecture
submeta writes "Shinichi Mochizuki of Kyoto University has released a paper which claims to prove the decades-old ABC conjecture, which involves the relationship between prime numbers, addition, and m...
11:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot The Fight To Reform Forensic Science
carmendrahl writes "Despite a 2009 report from the National Academy of Sciences that found the science in crime labs wanting, very little reform of forensic science has taken place. At a session about...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Creating a Better Chatbot Through Crowdsourcing
An anonymous reader writes "MIT Technology Review reports on a chatbot built at the University of Rochester that is capable of high quality, human-level conversation — thanks to software called ...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Fujitsu Building Robot To Pass Math Exams
itwbennett writes "Pity those poor Japanese students who attend cram schools, either full time or in addition to their regular schooling, to have a shot at passing the grueling math entrance exams for...
09:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Aramco Says Networks Back Online, No Results From Investigation Yet
Trailrunner7 writes "Saudi Aramco says that the virus attack that compromised tens of thousands of the company's workstations last month never endangered the company's oil production capabilities and ...
09:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Look-Alike Web Sites Hoodwink Republican Donors
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Shane Goldmacher writes that a network of look-alike campaign websites have netted hundreds of thousands of dollars this year in what some are calling a sophisticated polit...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot GoDaddy Goes Down, Anonymous Claims Responsibility
An anonymous reader writes "A member of the Anonymous hacktivist group appears to have taken down GoDaddy with a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS). The widespread issue seems to be affectin...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Recurly's Backup Mess Takes Days to Clean Up
A cascading hardware outage struck subscription payment provider Recurly last week, and that started a long example in how not to manage critical infrastructure. From the article: "Last Monday, the pa...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Toys R Us Unveils Android Tablet For Kids
puddingebola writes "Can Toys R Us provide the iPad killer? The 'Tabeo' s a 7 inch Android tablet running ICS with a micro-SD card slot. From the article, 'Powered by a 1GHz processor, the multitouch ...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot App Developer Says Stolen UDIDs Came From Them, Not FBI
pdabbadabba writes "A Florida iPhone and iPad app developer, Blue Toad, has come forward claiming that it is the source of the Apple UDIDs previously released by Anonymous. Their dataset, they say, is...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot CERN's Higgs Boson Discovery Passes Peer Review Publication Hurdle
MrSeb writes "CERN's announcement on July 4 — that experiments performed by the Large Hadron Collider had discovered a particle that was consistent with the Higgs boson — has passed a key ...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Bill Moggridge, GRiD Compass Designer, Dies
judgecorp writes "Bill Moggridge, the British-born designer of the first laptop computer has died aged 69. The GRiD Compass was a computing landmark, designed to meet a US government request for a bri...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Space Vs. Poverty Debate In India
MarkWhittington writes "Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was obliged recently to defend his country's space program, which involves the spending of billions of rupees when India still has a large ...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot The Problems With Online Math Classes
dcollins writes "As a college instructor specializing in statistics, I felt compelled to survey one of the massive-enrollment online education courses that are all the rage these days. This summer, it...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot QR Codes For Memorials
mikejuk writes "Companies in America, Denmark and the UK are adding QR codes to gravestones that can be used to view online memorials via smartphones.The idea is that these living headstones can inclu...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Germany's Former First Lady Sues Google
quax writes "Bettina Wulff faces an uphill battle for her reputation. Her husband had to resign as Germany's president due to corruption allegations and has many detractors. Apparently some of them st...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Google Reinvents Micropayments — As Surveywall
Hugh Pickens writes "Frédéric Filloux writes that eighteen months ago — under non disclosure — Google showed publishers a new transaction system for inexpensive products such as ...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Majority of Mobile Malware Now Reliant On Toll Fraud
CowboyRobot writes "Spyware is no longer the primary concern with unwanted software on mobile devices. According to mobile security firm Lookout, most mobile malware performs 'toll fraud' — bill...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot 100GbE To Slash the Cost of Producing Live Television
New submitter danversj writes "I'm a Television Outside Broadcast Engineer who wants to use more IT and Computer Science-based approaches to make my job easier. Today, live-produced TV is still largel...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot How Spyware Reaches Oppressive Governments
New submitter blando writes "Between February and March of 2011, at the height of Egypt's tumultuous revolution, protesters stormed the offices of their feared State Security Investigations Service in...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Valve Reveals Gaming Headset, Teases Big Picture
dotarray writes with a bit from Player Attack: "Gaming is big business, says Valve, as the developer takes the time to show off its brand new gaming headset and TV-based Big Picture. Rather than invit...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft: As of October, 1024-Bit Certs Are the New Minimum
way2trivial writes with this snippet from Information Week about a warning from Microsoft reminding Windows administrators that an update scheduled for October 9th will require a higher standard for d...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot One Company's Week-Long Interview Process
jfruh writes "What's the longest tech interview you've had to sit through — two hours? Eight? Ruby on Rails devs who want to work for Hashrocket need to travel to Florida and do pair-programming...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Want to Change the Slashdot Logo? For 1 Day in October, You Can
The Slashdot logo has been around for a long time now; the truth is, we're rather fond of it, and have only rarely introduced substantial changes. But for the month of October, as a way of celebrating...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot Following FEMA's Zombie Preparedness Plan Could Land You On Terrorist List
colinneagle writes "As if warning a zombie apocalypse is imminent, FEMA hosted a webinar for its Citizen Corps encouraging emergency planners 'to use the threat of zombies — the flesh-hungry, wa...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 10, 2012
Slashdot 90 Percent of Eligible Kansas City Neighborhoods Sign Up For Google Fiber
puddingebola writes in with a story about how popular Google Fiber is in Kansas City. "The company wrote in a blog post yesterday that at least 180 out of 202 'fiberhoods' have already qualified for t...
07:05 am - Sun, September 9, 2012
Slashdot It's Easy To Steal Identities (Of Corporations)
jfruh writes "Two lawyers in Houston were able to exploit business filing systems to seize control of dormant publicly traded corporations — and then profit by pushing their worthless stock. In ...
04:05 am - Sun, September 9, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Ready To Address EU Antitrust Concerns
An anonymous reader sends this quote from a Reuters report:"Software giant Microsoft is ready to introduce measures that would address the European Union's antitrust concerns about users' ability to c...
01:05 am - Sun, September 9, 2012
Slashdot NYC Taxi Commission Nixes Cab-Hailing Apps
An anonymous reader writes "Uber is a company that creates apps to connect taxi and limo drivers with potential passengers. They've been rapidly expanding their service to cities across the country, b...
12:05 am - Sun, September 9, 2012
Slashdot WhatsApp Is Using IMEI Numbers As Passwords
mpol writes "In the past, WhatsApp has been criticized over their insecure use of XMPP. Recently, new versions of their app have incorporated encryption. It seems the trouble isn't over yet for WhatsA...
11:05 pm - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot White House Circulating Draft of Executive Order On Cybersecurity
New submitter InPursuitOfTruth writes with news that the Obama administration has been circulating a draft of an executive order focused on cybersecurity. This follows the recent collapse of an attemp...
09:05 pm - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot China's Yangtze River Turns Red
redletterdave writes "The Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world traditionally known as the 'golden watercourse,' mysteriously blushed for the first time on Sept. 6. Residents in the surr...
08:05 pm - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot No Opt-Out For Ads On New Kindle Fires
An anonymous reader writes "Lost amid the announcements for Amazon's new tablets and e-readers was the news that their latest Kindle Fire tablets would include advertisements. So-called 'Special Offer...
07:05 pm - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Create First All Optical Nanowire NAND Gate
mhore writes "Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created the first all optical, nanowire-based NAND gate, which paves the way towards photonic devices that manipulate light to perform ...
06:05 pm - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot How the Pirate Bay Can Be an Asset To Game Developers
Underholdning writes "It's been five years since Radiohead brought the pay what you want model to the public with their successful sale of their 'In Rainbows' album. Now, here's a fresh example of how...
05:05 pm - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot When a Primary Source Isn't Good Enough: Wikipedia
unixluv writes "Evidently, Wikipedia doesn't believe an author on his own motivations when trying to correct an article on his own book. A Wikipedia administrator claimed they need 'secondary sources....
04:05 pm - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot Judge Rules Sniffing Open Wi-Fi Networks Is Not Wiretapping
An anonymous reader writes "Ars reports on a decision from a district judge in Illinois, who ruled that sniffing traffic on an unencrypted Wi-Fi network is not wiretapping. In the ruling, the judge po...
03:05 pm - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot The Struggles of Developing StarCraft
An anonymous reader writes "Patrick Wyatt led production efforts for several of Blizzard Entertainment's early games, including Warcraft 1 & 2 and StarCraft. Wyatt has just published an in-depth l...
02:05 pm - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot Violation of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle
mbone writes "A very interesting paper (PDF) has just hit the streets (or, at least, Physics Review Letters) about the Heisenberg uncertainty relationship as it was originally formulated about measure...
01:05 pm - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot Apache Patch To Override IE 10's Do Not Track Setting
hypnosec writes "A new patch for Apache by Roy Fielding, one of the authors of the Do Not Track (DNT) standard, is set to override the DNT option if the browser reaching the server is Internet Explore...
11:05 am - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot Finnish Bureaucracy Takes Issue With Crowdfunded Textbook
linjaaho writes "Senja Larsen, who runs popular Facebook study group Senja teaches you Swedish, collected $14,161 via Kickstarter's crowd funding service. The project caught much media attention in Fi...
08:05 am - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Hackable Portable Music Player For Helicopters?
First time accepted submitter mrhelio writes "I work for a medium-sized helicopter company; we mainly fly tourists around on sightseeing flights. My company needs help finding a hacker-friendly portab...
05:05 am - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot For Android Users, 2012 Is Still the Year of Gingerbread
First time accepted submitter brocket66 writes with this excerpt from BGR: "Three major revisions of Google's Android operating system have launched since the company released Android 2.3 more than 21...
03:05 am - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot Rhombus Tech A10 EOMA-68 CPU Card Schematics Completed
lkcl writes "Rhombus Tech's first CPU Card is nearing completion and availability: the schematics have been completed by Wits-Tech. Although it appears strange to be using a 1ghz Cortex A8 for the fir...
12:05 am - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot Poll-Based System Predicts U.S. Election Results For President, Senate
An anonymous reader writes "Election Analytics is a website developed by Dr. Sheldon Jacobson at the University of Illinois designed to predict the outcomes of the U.S. presidential and senatorial ele...
12:05 am - Sat, September 8, 2012
Slashdot Samsung: Android's Multitouch Not As Good As Apple's
itwbennett writes "Hoping to avoid a sales ban in the Netherlands, Samsung has said that Android's multitouch software doesn't work as well as Apple's. Samsung lawyer Bas Berghuis van Woortman said th...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot California's Unspoken Health Problem: Brain Parasites
An anonymous reader writes "Sunnyvale, California is a town 40 miles outside of San Francisco, in the Bay Area. As in most of California, the weather is mild, and the winters are short, even sometimes...
11:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot PSVita Hacked, Native Homebrew Loader Coming Soon
Busshy writes "Since the release of the PSVita, sales for the portable console have struggled, particularly in Japan. There, the PSP was selling more units until this week, with the release of Hatsune...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Group Behind 'Aurora' Attack on Google Still Active
New submitter trokez writes "Symantec has monitored the activities of a group using a specific trojan (Hydraq/Aurora) since 2009. The particular group has been connected (by Symantec) to the attack on...
10:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot FBI Launches $1 Billion Nationwide Face Recognition System
MrSeb writes "The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun rolling out its new $1 billion biometric Next Generation Identification (NGI) system. In essence, NGI is a nationwide database of mugsh...
09:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Internet Brands Sues People For Forking Under CC BY-SA
David Gerard writes "Internet Brands bought Wikitravel.org in 2006, plastered it with ads and neglected it. After years, the Wikitravel community finally decided to fork under CC by-sa and move to Wik...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot The Galileo Thermometer Was Not Invented By Galileo
New submitter GregLaden writes "The object known as the Galileo Thermometer is a vertical glass tube filled with a liquid in which are suspended a number of weighted glass balls. As the temperature of...
08:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot The Lies Disks and Their Drivers Tell
davecb writes "Pity the poor filesystem designer: they just want to know when their data is safe, but the disks and drivers try so hard to make I/O 'easy' that it ends up being stupidly hard. Marshall...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Cloud Firm MediaFire Flags Malware Samples For DMCA Violation, Bans Researcher
chicksdaddy writes "A malicious software researcher finds herself in company with First Lady Michelle Obama and science fiction author Neil Gaiman: booted from the Web by hard-headed copyright protect...
07:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?
itwbennett writes "Slashdot readers are familiar with the Torvalds/de Icaza slugfest over 'the lack of development in Linux desktop initiatives.' The problem with the Linux desktop boils down to this:...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Apple Reportedly Planning Streaming Music Service
Nerval's Lobster writes "Apple plans on taking a big bite of the streaming-music market, according to unnamed sources speaking to The New York Times. Those sources suggested that an Apple streaming-mu...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot The Motivated Rejection of Science
Layzej writes "New research (PDF) to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science has found that those who subscribed to one or more conspiracy theories or who strongly supported a fre...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Mt. Fuji May Be Close To Erupting
SpuriousLogic points out an article at Wired discussing research into pressure levels inside Mt. Fuji's magma chamber, which scientists claim is higher than it was in 1707, the last time it erupted. "...
06:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Unconventional Adversaries vs. Conventional Wisdom (Video)
This presentation was given by Joshua Corman at CodenomiCON 2012 in Las Vegas, an invitation-only security mini-conference sponsored by the pen-testing company Codenomicon that ran concurrently with B...
05:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit
Hugh Pickens writes "Most highways in the U.S. top out at 75 mph, while some highways in rural West Texas and Utah have 80 mph speed limits. All that is about to change as Texas opens a stretch of hig...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Windows Phone 8 SDK — By Appointment Only
mikejuk writes "Developers worried about the changes that might be waiting for them in the new Windows Phone 8 API are going to have to wait even longer to find out. Microsoft has just announced that ...
04:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot NASA's Giant Crawler-Transporter Is Getting an Upgrade
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from Transportation Nation:"Retired space shuttles are being readied for museums, but there's one piece of equipment at the Kennedy Space Center that dates back ...
03:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Judge Approves Settlement In eBook Price-Fixing Case
An anonymous reader writes "On Thursday a U.S. District Judge approved a settlement between the Department of Justice and three publishers accused to colluding to inflate ebook prices (order). 'The Ju...
02:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Comments On Code Comments?
theodp writes "It seems like comments are on programmers' minds these days. The problem with comments, as Zachary Voase sees it, is that our editors display comments in such a way as to be ignored by ...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Science Wins Over Creationism In South Korea
ananyo writes "South Korea's government has urged textbook publishers to ignore calls to remove two examples of evolution from high-school textbooks. The move marks a change of heart for the governmen...
01:05 pm - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot DARPA's Robo-Cheetah Is Now Faster Than Usain Bolt
pigrabbitbear writes "The Boston Dynamics Cheetah just clocked a 28.3 miles per hour sprint on a treadmill, and it's heading outdoors soon. At that speed, it could edge out the world's fastest man, Us...
10:05 am - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Open Source Beer Served Cold, With a Heated Licensing Discussion
sethopia writes "Sam Muirhead enjoys a couple of open source beers and delves into their licenses (Creative Commons BY-NC-SA) and the recent CC Non Commercial license controversy. As Sam writes, 'Depe...
08:05 am - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Sir Tim Berners-Lee Accuses UK Government of "Draconian Internet Snooping"
An anonymous reader writes "According to British daily The Telegraph, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned that plans to monitor individuals' use of the internet would result in Britain losing its reputatio...
05:05 am - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low
Titus Andronicus writes "Angela Fritz and Jeff Masters of Weather Underground analyze this year's record ongoing Arctic ice melt. Arctic sea ice extent, area, and volume are all at record lows for the...
03:05 am - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Rare Form of Autism Could Be Curable With Protein Supplements
ananyo writes "A rare, hereditary form of autism has been found — and it may be treatable with protein supplements. Genome sequencing of six children with autism has revealed mutations in a gene...
12:05 am - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot The Algorithmic Copyright Cops: Streaming Video's Robotic Overlords
thomst writes "Geeta Dayal of Wired's Threat Level blog posts an interesting report about bot-mediated automatic takedowns of streaming video. He mentions the interruption of Michelle Obama's speech a...
12:05 am - Fri, September 7, 2012
Slashdot Recent Apple Java Update Doesn't Fix Critical Java Flaw Claims Researcher
hypnosec writes "Just yesterday Apple released updates to fix Java vulnerabilities but, it seems that the patch doesn't actually target the recently discovered high-profile Java bug that have been tha...
11:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Students Say They Are Being Forced To Build Your Next iPhone
pigrabbitbear writes "Now that Apple is putting the finishing touches on the most anticipated smartphone in history, Chinese students are again being pressed into service on the factory line inside th...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Florida Researchers Create Shortest Light Pulse Ever Recorded
SchrodingerZ writes "Researchers at the University of Central Florida have created the shortest laser pulse ever recorded, lasting only 67 attoseconds. An attosecond is a mere quintillionith of a sing...
10:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot GNOME 3.6 To Include Major Revisions
supersloshy writes "The launch of the GNOME 3 desktop environment sparked heated debate and criticism. GNOME developers have been listening to the concerns of its users and it is rolling out several s...
09:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Norton '12 Cybercrime Numbers Lower Than Last Year's — But Just As Bad
Curseyoukhan writes "Norton released its annual cybercrime report on Wednesday, and the company put the 'direct costs associated with global consumer cybercrime at US $110 billion over the past twelve...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot UPEK Fingerprint Reader Software Puts Windows Passwords At Risk
colinneagle writes with this excerpt from Network World: "If your password management system is to use your 'fingerprint as your master password,' and if your laptop uses UPEK software, then you'll no...
08:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Debuts Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD In 2 Sizes
Nerval's Lobster writes "Amazon used a Sept. 6 event in California to debut a range of products, including a backlit Kindle e-reader with a higher-resolution screen, an updated Kindle Fire, and the ne...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Google Announces Its First Latin-American Data Center
1sockchuck writes "Google continues to expand the global reach of its infrastructure. Today the company announced plans to build its first data center in Latin America, investing $150 million in a fac...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Google Patents Profit-Maximizing Dynamic Pricing
theodp writes "A newly-granted Google patent on Dynamic Pricing of Electronic Content describes how information gleaned from your search history and social networking activity can be used against you ...
07:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Dutch Police Ask 8000+ Citizens To Provide Their DNA
sciencewatcher writes "In an attempt to solve a rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl, the Dutch police have asked 8080 men to provide their DNA. All these people lived 5 km or less from the crime sce...
06:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Do Tech Entrepreneurs Need To Know How To Code?
An anonymous reader writes "Learning to write code has become something of a trendy thing to do. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he intends to learn code this year. Estonia has recently...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot AT&T Promises To Expand LTE To More US Markets
WIn5t0n writes "Even though AT&T has now promoted itself to the 'Largest 4G Network' (HSPA+), it is still lagging far behind in advancing its LTE Coverage. AT&T's largest competitor, Veri...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?
An anonymous reader writes "I work at a non-profit that doesn't have the resources to automatically bend to each and every whim. However, I've been told that I can't use a cardboard box to put my comp...
05:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Cash-Poor Sharp Mortgages Display Factories
Sharp is one of the small handful of companies that actually make the LCDs that go into products badged with many other companies' names. Now, itwbennett writes "The company was asked by one of its ma...
04:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Bring On the Decentralized Social Networking
Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes: "The distributed-social-networkingDiaspora Project recently announced that their software will bereleased as open source. I don't know if Diaspora specifi...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Jimmy Wales Threatens To Obstruct UK Government Snooping
judgecorp writes "Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has threatened to encrypt communications between Wikipedia and UK users in order to frustrate the proposed Communications Bill, known as the Snooper's C...
03:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Revision 2.0 Board Announced
An anonymous reader writes "The Raspberry Pi finally saw a release on February 29 this year and is thought to have sold 200,000 units, with a million expected to ship before the year is over. That's a...
02:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Quantum Teleportation Sends Information 143 Kilometers
SchrodingerZ writes "Scientists from around the world have collaborated to achieve quantum teleportation over 143 kilometers in free space . Quantum information was sent between the Canary Islands of ...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Nokia Apologizes For Misleading Lumia 920 Ad
hypnosec writes "During Nokia's press event for the launch of its flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone — the Lumia 920 — the Finnish company made available some promotional materials wherei...
01:05 pm - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Secret Service Investigating Romney Tax Hack Claim
A federal investigation has been launched after hackers claimed to have stolen Mitt Romney’s tax returns. The hackers have given Romney until September 28th to pay $1 million in bitcoins or they...
10:05 am - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot NASA Working on Mars Menu
DevotedSkeptic writes in with a story about the work going into feeding astronauts on a mission to Mars. "The menu must sustain a group of six to eight astronauts, keep them healthy and happy and also...
08:05 am - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Apple Says "No" To Releasing New Dock Connector Specs
sl4shd0rk writes "According to sources Apple hasn't offered any specs to developers for the new "9-pin Connector" to be used on the next version of the iphone. Apple has also said it may use 'licensin...
05:05 am - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Did Sweden Pay Cambodia For the Pirate Bay Co-founder?
An anonymous reader writes "At the start of this month, news broke that The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm had been arrested in Cambodia. A bunch of updates followed, including that Svarthol...
04:05 am - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot TSA Says Screening Drinks Purchased Inside Airport Terminal Is Nothing New
First time accepted submitter lcam writes in with a story about a video that has started a new round of condemnation against the TSA over the testing of drinks. "The video, posted on YouTube on Monday...
03:05 am - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Space Station Saved By a Toothbrush?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Denise Chow reports that two spacewalking astronauts successfully replaced a vital power unit on the International Space Station today, defeating a stubborn bolt that preve...
01:05 am - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Nokia Claims a Memory Card Slot Would Have "Defiled" New Phone
nk497 writes "Nokia unveiled its flagship Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset today, but it doesn't feature an SD card slot. There's a reason why: Nokia's designers didn't want to 'defile' the design. '...
12:05 am - Thu, September 6, 2012
Slashdot Apple Denies FBI Had Access To UDIDs
First time accepted submitter WIn5t0n writes "Just a day after the alleged leak of 12million Apple UDID's, both Apple and FBI have denied the story that Anonymous, a global hacking community, gained a...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Impending CA Sales Tax Sparks Amazon Buying Frenzy
New submitter payola writes "On September 15, Amazon will begin adding in sales tax for purchases made in California. This is sparking a buying frenzy among California residents who are rushing to buy...
11:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot EA Exec Won't Green Light Any Single Player-Only Games
An anonymous reader sends this quote from Geek.com:"Frank Gibeau, the president of EA Labels, has shown that business truly does come before gameplay with comments he made as part of a preview documen...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Why Apple Should Stop Censoring Apps
An anonymous reader writes "ReadWriteWeb makes the case that Apple should stop censoring submissions to the App Store. The company made headlines last week for banning an app showing the locations of ...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot The UK's New Minister For Magic
An anonymous reader sends this depressing excerpt from New Scientist:"A serious blow to science-based medical practices has been dealt in the UK with the appointment of Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary...
10:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Bill Clinton Backs 100 Year Starship
astroengine writes "The light-years between the stars is vast — a seemingly insurmountable quarantine that cuts our solar system off from the rest of the galaxy. But to a growing number of inter...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Function of 80% of the Human Genome Charted
ananyo writes "In what is likely to be a historic moment in science, ENCODE, the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements, has published 30 papers in Nature, Genome Research and Genome Biology today, assigning so...
09:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Gamers May Get a Charge Out of the Gauss Rifle
Zothecula writes "Well, Patrick Priebe might have outdone himself with this one. In the past, the German cyberpunk weapons-maker has brought us such creations as a wrist-mounted mini-crossbow, a laser...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Google Awarded Face-To-Unlock Patent
An anonymous reader writes "CNet reports that Google was awarded a patent yesterday for logging into a computing device using face recognition (8,261,090). 'In order for the technology to work, Google...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot NASA Voyage To Explore Link Between Sea Saltiness and Climate
DevotedSkeptic sends this excerpt from NASA:"A NASA-sponsored expedition is set to sail to the North Atlantic's saltiest spot to get a detailed, 3-D picture of how salt content fluctuates in the ocean...
08:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot 'Magic Carpet' Could Help Prevent Falls Among the Elderly
Hugh Pickens writes "Falls are a major cause of injury and death among over-70s, and account for more than 50% of hospital admissions for accidental injury. Thus, being able to identify changes in peo...
07:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Ubisoft Ditches Always-Online DRM Requirement From PC Games
RogueyWon writes "In an interview with gaming site Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Ubisoft has announced that it will no longer use always-online DRM for its PC games. The much-maligned DRM required players to ...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot OpenSUSE 12.2 Is Out
First time accepted submitter jospoortvliet writes with news of a new openSUSE release. From the release announcement: "Two months of extra stabilization work have resulted into a stellar release, cho...
06:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot ICS-CERT Warns That Infrastructure Switches Have Hard-Coded Account Holes
Trailrunner7 writes with news of more critical infrastructure not being well secured. From the article: "The Department of Homeland Security is warning users of some of GarrettCom's switches that ther...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Oracle To Pay Google $1 Million For Lawyer Fees In Failed Patent Case
eldavojohn writes "You may recall the news that Google would not be paying Oracle for Oracle's intellectual property claims against the search giant. Instead, Google requested $4.03 million for lawyer...
05:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Should We Print Guns? Cody R. Wilson Says "Yes" (Video)
The Wiki Weapon Project and its idea of making guns with 3D printers has already been mentioned on Slashdot. It has also been written up on Forbes.com and a lot of other geek and non-geek sites. Note ...
04:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot First Impressions of Windows 8 Powered Nokia Lumia 920 and 820
Nerval's Lobster writes "Nokia CEO Stephen Elop first took to the stage at Center548 on New York City's West Side, where Microsoft had first unveiled Windows Phone 7 in late 2010, to claim that Nokia ...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Mass Production of 450mm Wafers Bumped Back Again: 2018
Taco Cowboy writes with news on the slipping schedules in the move toward both larger wafers and 3D integrated circuits in the semiconductor fab world. From the articles: "TSMC, ... said it planned to...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot AMD64 Surpasses i386 As Debian's Most Popular Architecture
An anonymous reader writes with a quick note about the changing tides of computer architecture. From the article: "Bill Allombert announced today [now yesterday] via the Debian-devel mailing list that...
03:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot BitFloor Joins List of Compromised BitCoin Exchanges
hypnosec writes "An attacker managed to access an unencrypted backup of wallet keys and steal 24,000 BTC ( worth more than a quarter million USD) following which Bitcoin exchange Bitfloor has been shu...
02:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Government Lawyer Says Patent Trolls Are a 'Concern'
New submitter gale the simple writes "While it is fairly common for the jaded and cynical to ride on the lawyers these days (often including Henry VI's famous line about them), every now and then we c...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot FBI Denies It Held iPhone UDIDs Stolen By AntiSec
judgecorp writes "The FBI has denied the UDID codes released yesterday came from an agent's laptop, as claimed by the AntiSec hacker group. The FBI says it does not hold such data, and the attack neve...
01:05 pm - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot 35 Years Later, Voyager 1 Is Heading For the Stars
DevotedSkeptic writes with news that today is the 35th anniversary of Voyager 1's launch. (Voyager 2 reached the same anniversary on August 20.) Voyager 1 is roughly 18 billion kilometers from the sun...
10:05 am - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Sprint Allows LTE Service Over Mobile Virtual Network
Hugh Pickens writes "In the past, carriers like Sprint have placed restrictions on their Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) to prevent them from competing directly against the carriers. The MVNOs...
08:05 am - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Battlestar Galactica Community Game Diaspora Has Arrived
New submitter funtapaz writes "Diaspora: Shattered Armistice, the Battlestar Galactica game based on the FreeSpace 2 Open engine, has launched! This cross-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac) release includ...
07:05 am - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Leaked Photo Shows Touch-Screen BlackBerry 10 Phone
alancronin tips this quote from CNet:"A new leaked photo of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone, or the 'London,' promises a completely different looking BlackBerry than the world is used to. According to th...
05:05 am - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Behind the Scenes With Samsung's Factory Workers
itwbennett writes "The young women working at Samsung's factory in Tianjin, China like their jobs about as much as factory workers anywhere. The work is boring and tiring, but it pays ok and there are...
03:05 am - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Networked Cars: Good For Safety, Bad For Privacy
jfruh writes "Networked cars — cars that can identify each other's location and prevent collisions — are coming soon, and will be a boon for safety, with one estimate having them cut accid...
01:05 am - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot Intel Embraces Oil Immersion Cooling For Servers
1sockchuck writes "Intel has just concluded a year-long test in which it immersed servers in an oil bath, and has affirmed that the technology is highly efficient and safe for servers. The chipmaker i...
12:05 am - Wed, September 5, 2012
Slashdot The Gates Foundation Engages Its Critics
sam_handelman writes "The Gates Foundation responded to the critiques of its policies (previously discussed here) by inviting its critics at Education Week Teacher to a dialog on its own site. Edweek ...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Partisan Food Fight Erupts Over NASA, Commercial Space
RocketAcademy writes "Until recently, space policy has been a non-partisan issue. Even when politicians disagreed on space-policy issues, that disagreement rarely aligned with party lines. That has ch...
11:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Estonia To Teach Programming In Schools From Age 6
An anonymous reader writes "With the launch of the Raspberry Pi, computers are becoming affordable again for the younger generations. Now what we need is kids learning about computers in greater detai...
10:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2012
Barence writes "Microsoft has released Windows Server 2012, letting businesses test it for 90 days on the Azure cloud platform for free. There are two versions of the main edition of Windows Server 20...
09:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Social Robots May Gain Legal Rights, Says MIT Researcher
dcblogs writes "Social robots — machines with the ability to do grocery shopping, fix dinner and discuss the day's news — may gain limited rights, similar to those granted to pets. Kate Da...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Obama and Romney Respond To ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire
rhsanborn writes "President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney have both responded to a questionnaire on the 'most important science policy questions facing the United States...
08:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot UK Paraplegic Woman First To Take Robotic Suit Home
An anonymous reader writes "It might be a ways off, but every day we get closer to the possibility of William Gibson's short story The Winter Market becoming a plausible reality. Viable consumer exosk...
07:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Australian Attorney General Pushes Ahead With Gov't Web Snooping
CuteSteveJobs writes "Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon now fully backs a controversial plan to capture the online data of all Australians, despite only six weeks ago saying 'the case had yet t...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Valve Job Posting Confirms Hardware Plans
redletterdave writes "Valve is reportedly interested in building hardware. The Bellevue, Wash.-based software developer added a job posting to its site on Tuesday morning for an industrial designer. W...
06:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Leave Your Cellphone At Home, Says Jacob Appelbaum
An anonymous reader writes "N+1 has an interview with Jacob Appelbaum (who is part of the Tor project) titled 'Leave Your Cellphone at Home.'" Jacob has a lot to say about privacy, data security,...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Wood Pulp Extract Stronger Than Carbon Fiber Or Kevlar
Zothecula writes "The Forest Products Laboratory of the US Forest Service has opened a US$1.7 million pilot plant for the production of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) from wood by-products materials suc...
05:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Disabilities In the Workplace?
mpol writes "The job market can be hard right now, depending on your background and location. Having a disability makes things even more interesting. Seven years ago I suffered from a psychosis, and I...
04:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Most Torrent Downloaders Are Monitored, Study Finds
derekmead writes "A new study from Birmingham University in the U.K. found that people will likely be monitored within hours of downloading popular torrents by at least one of ten or more major monito...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Cambodia To Extradite Gottfrid Svartholm
judgecorp writes "The Cambodian authorities have said they will extradite Gottfrid Svartholm who is wanted in Sweden for his part in founding file sharing site The Pirate Bay. As there is no extraditi...
03:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Business Tier For Australia's NBN Brings Big Possibilities For VoIP
An anonymous reader writes "Despite the cost blowing out to $37 billion and ongoing political debate, Australia's rollout of fibre optic cable to 93% of the country's homes, schools and businesses hit...
02:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot With 'Access Codes,' Textbook Pricing More Complicated Than Ever
jyosim writes "Some see it as the latest ploy by textbook publishers to kill the used book market: 'access codes' for online supplements for course work. In some cases professors require students to p...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous Leaks 1M Apple Device UDIDs
Orome1 writes "A file containing a million and one record sets containing Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) and some other general information about the devices has been made available online by...
01:05 pm - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Khan Academy Pilot Educators On Khan Academy
theodp writes "In what may surprise Khan Academy backers Google and Bill Gates, educators from the Los Altos School District where KA was initially piloted and implemented have responded to some recen...
10:05 am - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Nuclear Powered LEDs For Space Farming
DevotedSkeptic writes with an interesting article on possible lighting sources for growing food on the moon and other off-world locations. From the article: "... Agriculture remains the key to living ...
08:05 am - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Firefox, Opera Allow Phishing By Data URI Claims New Paper
hypnosec writes "A student at the University of Oslo, Norway has claimed that Phishing attacks can be carried out through the use of URI and users of Firefox and Opera are vulnerable to such attacks. ...
05:05 am - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot EU Calls for Unified Approach to Allocating "White Space" Spectrum
judgecorp writes "The European Union has proposed that operators should share their spectrum, to make better use of it. The European authorities want to go beyond the 'white space' re-use of geographi...
03:05 am - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Iran and North Korea Team Up To Fight State-Sponsored Malware
An anonymous reader writes, quoting the article: "At the start of this month, news broke that Iran and North Korea have strengthened their ties, specifically by signing a number of cooperation agreeme...
01:05 am - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Google Pulls Access To Unsupported But Popular Weather API
New submitter drsmack1 writes with news of some bummed out programmers losing access to an undocumented Google API. From the article: "The curious popularity of the Google Weather API appears to be co...
12:05 am - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Xen-Based Secure OS Qubes Hits 1.0
Orome1 writes "Joanna Rutkowska, CEO of Invisible Things Lab, today released version 1.0 of Qubes, a stable and reasonably secure desktop OS. It is the most secure option among the existing desktop op...
12:05 am - Tue, September 4, 2012
Slashdot Hugo Awards Live Stream Cut By Copyright Enforcement Bot
New submitter Penmanpro writes news of the Hugo Awards stream being unintentionally cut off by some AI gone awry: "Quotes from the linked article 'UStream's incorrectly programmed copyright enforcemen...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Do We Need a Longer School Year?
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Jennifer Davis writes that while summer holds a special place in our hearts: lazy afternoons, camping at the lake, warm evenings gazing at the moon, languid summers can be ...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Fans Bring Back Half Life Game Series: Black Mesa Mod Launches 914
MojoKid writes "In a little less than two weeks, Half Life fans will have an opportunity to relive Valve's original 1998 title Half Life, albeit reborn and modified using the company's Source engine. ...
10:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Why Does the World Exist?
eldavojohn writes "For quite some time humans have struggled to answer the question why there is anything rather than nothing. Jim Holt's Why Does the World Exist? tackles such questions in the form o...
08:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot 3D Printing On a Microscopic Scale
cylonlover writes "Three-dimensional printers are popping up everywhere these days. Some are small enough to fit in a briefcase and others are large enough to print houses, but scientists at the Vienn...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Knocking Infected PCs Off the Internet
nk497 writes "Malware could block your access to the internet – but in some cases by those on the right side of the security fence, who are deploying tactics such as blocked ports, letters in th...
07:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Birthplace of Indoeuropean Languages Found
phantomfive writes "Language geeks might be interested in a recent study that suggests Turkey as the birthplace of the Indo-European language family. The Indo-European family is the largest, and inclu...
06:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot University of Cambridge Offers Free Online Raspberry Pi Course
Barence writes "The University of Cambridge has released a free 12-step online course on building a basic operating system for the Raspberry Pi. The course, Baking Pi — Operating Systems Develop...
05:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Bruce Willis Considering Legal Action Against Apple Over iTunes Collection
First time accepted submitter oobayly writes "It appears that Bruce 'Die Hard' Willis isn't too impressed that he can't include his iTunes collection in his estate when he dies. According to the artic...
04:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Google Extends Patent Search To Prior Art
mikejuk writes "As well as buying up patents to defend itself against the coming Apple attack on Android, Google is also readying its own technology. It has extended its Patent Search facility to incl...
03:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot MIT Works On Mars Space Suit
An anonymous reader writes in with a story about MIT's work on space suits to be used by Mars astronauts. "When we send the first humans to Mars we will need to get the most scientific data in the sma...
03:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Windows 7 Overtakes XP, OSX Struggles To Beat Vista
judgecorp writes "Latest market share figures show the difference between perception and reality. Windows 7 just nudged past Windows XP with both around the the 43 percent mark. OS X and Windows Vista...
02:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Engineer Light-Activated Skeletal Muscle
submeta writes "Researchers at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania have genetically engineered skeletal muscle cells to respond to light. The hope is that this 'bio-integrated' approach may lead to...
01:05 pm - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Taking Telecommuting To the Next Level - the RV
An anonymous reader writes "I have been telecommuting as a software architect for a major corporation since 2007. It has allowed me to live a quality rural lifestyle. Never content, am now considering...
10:05 am - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Calculating the Cost of Full Disk Encryption
CowboyRobot writes "Is full disk encryption (FDE) worth it? A recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute shows that the expected benefits of FDE exceed cost by a factor ranging from 4 to 20, base...
07:05 am - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Among Others Wins Hugo For Best Novel
The 2012 Hugo Award ceremony has completed at Chicon 7, and Among Others by Jo Walton has been given the award for Best Novel. The Man Who Bridged the Mist by Kij Johnson won for Best Novella, and The...
07:05 am - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10 Arrives For Testing
sfcrazy writes "The first ISO (alpha) images of Gnome Shell edition of Ubuntu is now available for download and testing. The Gnome edition of Ubuntu will bring back a lot of hard-core Gnome Shell fans...
04:05 am - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot How Apple's Story Is Like Breaking Bad
theodp writes "Over at CNN, Omar L. Gallaga explains how Apple's story is like Breaking Bad , the TV drama whose protagonist — high school chemistry teacher Walter White — decides to use h...
01:05 am - Mon, September 3, 2012
Slashdot Are App.net's Crowdfunders Being Taken For a Ride?
snydeq writes "At least 10,000 people believe in App.net's vision of a messaging platform for Web apps — but it's unclear whether those people will be peers or sharecroppers, writes Simon Phipps...
11:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot NASA Craft To Leave Vesta Heads For Dwarf Planet Ceres
DevotedSkeptic writes "NASA's Dawn probe is gearing up to depart the giant asteroid Vesta next week and begin the long trek to the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt. The Dawn...
10:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Based "Ted" System Warns of Earthquakes Earlier
hypnosec writes "Twitter based system has managed to detect the earthquake off the Philippines before any other advanced spotting systems being used by Seismologists. US Geological Survey uses the mic...
09:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot The Danger In Exempting Wireless From Net Neutrality
nmpost writes "Nearly two years ago, the FCC outlined its rules for net neutrality. Notably absent were rules for wireless networks. There are several legitimate reasons that the same rules applied to...
08:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot Will Developers Finally Start Coding On the iPad?
An anonymous reader writes "It's not so long since Apple silently dropped the restriction about iOS apps for programming — iPad owners can now code in Lua with Codea or with Python for iOS. Yest...
07:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot CDC Says 10,000 At Risk of Hantavirus In Yosemite Outbreak
An anonymous reader writes "Some 10,000 people who stayed in tent cabins at Yosemite National Park this summer may be at risk for the deadly rodent-borne hantavirus according to the U.S. Centers for D...
07:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot Space Station Spacewalkers Stymied By Stubborn Bolt
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Reuters reports that astronauts at the International Space Station ran into problems after removing the station's 100-kg power-switching unit, one of four used in a system ...
06:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot Torvalds Takes Issue With De Icaza's Linux Desktop Claims
An anonymous reader writes "Linux creator Linus Torvalds has poured scorn on claims made by the co-founder of the GNOME Desktop project, Miguel de Icaza, that he (Torvalds) was in any way to blame for...
04:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot California To License Self-Driving Cars
DevotedSkeptic writes "Californian senators have passed a bill that looks set to make the state the second in the US to approve self-driving cars on its roads. The bill was passed unanimously by state...
03:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot FCC To Review the Relative Value of Low, High, and Super-high Spectrum Licenses
MrSeb writes "The FCC is reviewing the rules it has for spectrum license ownership, particularly on how much spectrum any one company can hold. The FCC is considering this rework because the rules do ...
02:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?
First time accepted submitter jamiedolan writes "I've managed to consolidate most of my old data from the last decade onto drives attached to my main Windows 7 PC. Lots of files of all types from digi...
01:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot High Tech Companies Becoming Fools For the City
theodp writes "Drawn by amenities and talent, the WSJ reports that tech firms are saying goodbye to office parks and opting for cities. Pinterest, Zynga, Yelp, Square, Twitter, and Salesforce.com are ...
12:05 pm - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot Space Sugar Discovered In Binary System Star
SchrodingerZ writes "Sweet tooths rejoice! 400 light years from Earth in the constellation Ophiuchus, sugar molecules have been confirmed in a gas cloud surrounding a young star. The star, IRAS 16293-...
09:05 am - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot Google Patents Software To Identify Real-World Objects In Videos
hypnosec writes "Google has been recently granted a patent that could not only improve online search but, also will possibly give the search engine giant an awful lot of information about the world. G...
06:05 am - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot PAX Prime: An Extra Day In 2013, and Plans For Australia
PAX Prime, probably by far the largest ongoing event spawned by a web comic, is in progress right now in Seattle, with an attendance of 70,000 gamers (and a smaller number of dancing stormtroopers). T...
03:05 am - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot Frankenstein Code Stitches Code Bodies Together To Hide Malware
mikejuk writes "A recent research technique manages to hide malware by stitching together bits of program that are already installed in the system to create the functionality required. Although the Fr...
01:05 am - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot Final Chapter of Pink Five To Be Released On January 2013
An anonymous reader writes "After a successful funding run at Kickstarter, the final chapter of the Star Wars fan film Pink Five is committed to a release date of January 1, 2013. Great news for the f...
12:05 am - Sun, September 2, 2012
Slashdot Ale To the Chief: White House Releases Beer Recipe
wiredmikey writes "Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and the Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives, after much buzz, today released the recipe for White House Honey Ale and White House...
11:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot DARPA's 'Phoenix' Program To Bring Satellites Back From the Dead
coondoggie writes "Scientists at DARPA say there are some 1,300 satellites worth over $300B sitting out in Earth's geostationary orbit (GEO) that could be retrofitted or harvested for new communicatio...
10:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Ad-Hoc Wireless Mesh Network For Emergency Vehicles?
First time accepted submitter Texaskilt writes "I am looking to put together a mobile mesh network for my volunteer fire department and would like some recommendations from the Slashdot crowd. Ideally...
09:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Apple Adds Samsung Galaxy SIII To Its Ban List
After its big win against Samsung, Apple named 8 Samsung products it wanted an injunction to ban from sale in the U.S. Apple wasn't contect ; USA Today reports on the state of the expanded list: "The ...
08:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Appeals Court: You Can Infringe a Patent Even If You Didn't Do All the Steps
reebmmm writes "In a much anticipated patent law case, an en banc panel of the Federal Circuit overturned existing law and came out in favor a new rule for indirect infringement: you can still be liab...
07:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Promiscuity Alters DNA and Boosts Immunity In Mice
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley found that promiscuous mice have significantly stronger immune systems than monogamous mice, suggesting that promiscu...
07:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Radioactive Decay Apparently Influenced By the Sun
quax writes "In school you probably learned that the decay rate of radioactive matter is solely determined by the halftime specific to the element. There is no environmental factor that can somehow tw...
06:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Human-Powered Helicopter Team Sets New Records For Altitude and Flight Duration
First time accepted submitter daltec writes "The $250,000 American Helicopter Society Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition prize, unclaimed since 1980, is now within Gamera II's reach...
05:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Download With Caution: Romney, Obama Campaign Apps Have Privacy Flaws
puddingebola writes "Apps released by both the Obama and Romney campaigns have been found to have 'privacy issues.' From the article: "Experts at GFI Software looked at the Android versions of both ap...
05:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Drinking Too Much? Blame Your Glass
sciencehabit writes "Before you down that pint, check the shape of your glass—you might be drinking more beer than you realize. According to a new study of British beer drinkers, an optical illu...
04:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Windows Has a Future In RAM: AgigaTech Samples DDR3+Flash DIMM
An anonymous reader writes "AgigaTech appears to be the first company to produce a non-volatile SDRAM DIMM — an SDRAM memory module that retains its contents even without power supply. The modul...
03:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Gottfrid Svartholm Warg Arrested In Cambodia
An anonymous reader writes "The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, alias "anakata,"was arrested two days ago (Original, Swedish) in Pnohm Pehn, Cambodia and may soon be facing extradition ...
02:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot 4K UHDTV Hardware On Display in Berlin, And On Sale In Korea
First the spec, and now the hardware: MrSeb writes "After five years of trying to convince us that 3D TVs are the future, it seems TV makers are finally ready to move on — to 4K UHDTV. At the IF...
01:05 pm - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot US Army To Train Rats To Save Soldiers' Lives
Hugh Pickens writes "The Department of Defense currently relies on dogs as the animal of choice for explosives detection but training dogs is expensive and takes a long time. Now the US Army is sponso...
10:05 am - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot BBC Keeps Android Flash Alive In the UK
judgecorp writes "Although Adobe wants to can mobile Flash, the Android Flash app has returned to the Google Play store in the UK after disappearing earlier this month. It has come back because of pre...
08:05 am - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Russia's New Secure Android Tablet Keeps Data From Google
wiredmikey writes "It seems Russia's defense ministry doesn't trust Google's tablet computers: a new Android device presented to a top Russian government official boasts encryption and works with soft...
05:05 am - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Data-Mine Your Own Facebook Data With Wolfram Alpha
Nerval's Lobster writes "Ever wanted to mine your own Facebook data? Wolfram Alpha is offering you the chance. Wolfram Alpha bills itself as a 'computational knowledge engine.' In contrast to other se...
04:05 am - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Steve Jobs Reincarnated As a Warrior-Philosopher, Thai Group Says
Velcroman1 writes "When Apple founder Steve Jobs died after a long fight with cancer last year, software engineer Tony Tseung sent an email to a Buddhist group in Thailand to find out what happened to...
03:05 am - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Keeping Personal Tech Cool In Extreme Heat?
An anonymous reader writes "I live in the Middle East. Summer temperatures occasionally reach 60C/140F, well over the operating specs for most consumer tech. Quite a number of work and residential com...
12:05 am - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot The True Challenges of Desktop Linux
olau writes "Hot on the heels on the opinion piece on how Mac OS X killed Linux on the desktop is a more levelheaded analysis by another GNOME old-timer Christian Schaller who doesn't think Mac OS X k...
12:05 am - Sat, September 1, 2012
Slashdot Java Exploit Patched? Not So Fast
PCM2 writes "The Register reports that Security Explorations' Adam Gowdiak says there is still an exploitable vulnerability in the Java SE 7 Update 7 that Oracle shipped as an emergency patch yesterda...
11:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Going All-Google To Replace Your PC and TV Service
GMGruman writes "James Curnow writes 'Google's vision of computing involves tossing your PC or Mac and moving to a cloud-centric, all-Google ecosystem. Call it the Googleplex: a mix of the Chrome OS-b...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot DNA Analysis Suggests Humans Interbred With Denisovans
ananyo writes "Tens of thousands of years ago modern humans crossed paths with the group of hominins known as the Neandertals. Researchers now think they also met another, less-known group called the ...
10:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot NCSoft Closes "City of Heroes" Publisher Paragon Studios
samazon writes "Earlier today, City of Heroes community manager Andy Belford announced that NCSoft is shutting down Paragon Studios. Over 7,500 individuals were viewing the official CoH forums as of 3...
09:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot LG Builds Working Flexible Cable Battery
MrSeb writes with news on work toward flexible batteries good enough for Real World use (you have to power this flexible electrionics somehow). From the article: "LG Chem ... has devised a cable-type ...
09:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot HP Launches Beta of Open webOS
puddingebola writes "HP done gone and released the open source version of webOS. From the article: 'Gone are the days of HP's TouchPad and Palm ambitions, but HP is moving ahead with its plans to make...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Think Like a Programmer
MassDosage writes "After nearly 15 years or of writing code professionally it was refreshing to take a figurative step back and read a book aimed at people getting started with computer programming. A...
08:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot ArenaNet Suspends Digital Sales of Guild Wars 2
kungfugleek writes "Throughout the launch of subscription-free MMO Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet has stated that the player-experience is their top priority and, if necessary, they would suspend digital sale...
07:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Police Probing Theft of Millions of Pounds of Maple Syrup From Strategic Reserve
An anonymous reader writes with this bit from the Globe and Mail: "Quebec police are on the hunt for a sticky-fingered thief after millions of dollars of maple syrup vanished from a Quebec warehouse. ...
07:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Universal Turing Machine In Penrose Tile Cellular Automata
New submitter submeta writes "Katsunobu Imai at Hiroshima University has figured out a way to construct a universal Turing machine using cellular automata in a Penrose tile universe. 'Tiles in the fir...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Gamma-Ray Photon Observations Indicate Space-Time Is Smooth
eldavojohn writes "Seven billion light years away (seven billion years ago), a gamma-ray burst occurred. The observation of four Fermi-detected gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) has led physicists to speculate ...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Torchlight 2 Release Date: 20 September
Cheeze ball writes "Due to the level of support provided by their forums community, Runic Games has released the Torchlight 2 release date early. Torchlight 2 will be available on 20 September 2012. T...
06:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot The Case Against DNA
Hugh Pickens writes "Thanks to fast-paced television crime shows such as CSI, we have come to regard DNA evidence as incontestable. But BBC reports that David Butler has every right to be cynical abou...
05:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Valve Finds Open Source Drivers To Be Great
An anonymous reader writes "Intel's Open-Source Technology Center was given source-code access to Valve's Left 4 Dead 2 game in order to help them fix Linux bugs and to better optimize their graphics ...
05:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Jokes: Free Speech On Trial
An anonymous reader writes "On 6 January 2010, Paul Chambers typed a flippant tweet that would turn his life upside-down for the next two and a half years. As the courts repeatedly showed a lack of co...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Funky Flying Wing Rotates 90 Degrees To Go Supersonic
Big Hairy Ian writes "An aircraft that resembles a four-point ninja star could go into supersonic mode by simply turning 90 degrees in midair. The unusual 'flying wing' concept has won $100,000 in NAS...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Leak Shows What Could Be Nokia's New Windows Phone 8 Devices
Nerval's Lobster writes "Did images of Nokia's upcoming Windows Phone 8 smartphones leak a few days early? That's the question after a Twitter feed, @evleaks, posted a set of images early on Aug. 31. ...
04:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot FinSpy Commercial Spyware Abused By Governments
plover writes "The NY Times has a story about FinSpy, a commercial spyware package sold 'only for law enforcement purposes,' being used by governments to spy on dissidents, journalists, and others. Tw...
03:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Bethesda: We Can't Make Dawnguard Work On the PS3
An anonymous reader sends this quote from Geek.com:"PS3 gamers may now never get access to the content in Skyrim's Dawnguard DLC. That's the news coming out of Bethesda via their forums. Administrator...
02:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Beats Apple In Tokyo, Itching To Sue Over LTE Patents
AmiMoJo writes "A court in Tokyo has ruled that Samsung Electronics did not infringe on a patent relating to transferring media content between devices. Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji dismissed th...
01:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Promising New Drug May Cure Malaria
Diggester writes "Researchers at the University of Cape Town in South Africa have developed a pill that can wipe out malaria with a single dose. It's a development that could save millions of lives in...
01:05 pm - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot US Particle Colliders In Need of Funding
DevotedSkeptic writes "When the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland seized the world record for the highest-energy collisions in 2010, it also sealed the fate of the leading US particle collide...
10:05 am - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot The Truth About Hiring "Rock Star" Developers
snydeq writes "You want the best and the brightest money can buy. Or do you? Andrew Oliver offers six hard truths about 'rock-star' developers, arguing in favor of mixed skill levels with a focus on g...
09:05 am - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot What The Apollo 11 Crew Did For Life Insurance
Back in 1969 insurance companies weren't very optimistic about the odds of an astronaut making it back to earth after being launched in a rocket to the moon. The cost of life insurance for the Apollo ...
07:05 am - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot If Extinct Species Can Be Brought Back... Should We?
retroworks writes "Rebecca J. Rosen interviews experts in this edition of The Atlantic, to ask about the ethics and wisdom of using cloning, backbreeding, or genome editing. Over 90% of species ever t...
06:05 am - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Biodiesel From Sewage Sludge
MTorrice writes "Scientists have developed a way to convert lipids from sewage sludge into biodiesel. The low cost and high yield of the sludge process may make it economically feasible as a source of...
05:05 am - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Bionic Eye Lets Blind Woman Experience Vision
An anonymous reader writes "Australian researchers implanted a bionic eye with 24 electrodes in Ms Dianne Ashworth, a 54-year-old who had limited vision due to a inherited condition called retinitis p...
03:05 am - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Makerplane Aims To Create the First Open Source Aircraft
cylonlover writes "MakerPlane plans to do for the aviation industry what Firefox and Linux did for computers. By adopting open source design and digital manufacturing, MakerPlane's founder John Nicol ...
01:05 am - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Message In Bottle Found After 98 Years Near Shetland
An anonymous reader writes "A drift bottle released in June 1914 by Captain CH Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation has been found. Part of a project to help map currents, 1,890 scientific resear...
01:05 am - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Pinch-to-Zoom and Rounded Rectangles: What the Jury Didn't Say
CharlyFoxtrot writes "Steve Wildstrom at Tech.Pinions takes on some of the what he calls folklore surrounding Apple v Samsung, investigating what was and wasn't part of the case and how the media got ...
12:05 am - Fri, August 31, 2012
Slashdot Oracle Patches Java 7 Vulnerability
First time accepted submitter JavaBear writes "Oracle have just released the u7 release of their Java 7. From the article: 'In response to the findings of a recent vulnerability in Java 7 that was bei...