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11:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Irked By Cyberspying, Georgia Outs Russia-based Hacker
coondoggie writes "In one of the photos, the dark-haired, bearded hacker is peering into his computer's screen, perhaps puzzled at what's happening. Minutes later, he cuts his computer's connection, r...
11:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Glow-In-The-Dark Smart Highways Coming To the Netherlands In 2013
An anonymous reader writes "The Netherlands is moving forward with plans to build 'smart' highways that can become more easily visible in the dark or communicate weather conditions to drivers. Work wi...
10:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot EFF Wants Ubuntu To Disable Online Search By Default
sfcrazy writes "Ubuntu 12.10 met with some controversy before and after its launch about the inclusion of Amazon product listings alongside local search results. Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundatio...
09:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015
Jason Levine writes "Disney will acquire Lucasfilm, including the Star Wars trilogy. Additionally, Star Wars: Episode 7 is due to be released in 2015, with more feature films on the way. George Lucas ...
09:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Stands In the Way of a Truly Solar-Powered Airliner?
centre21 writes "I've been reading about solar-powered aircraft all over the Internet, as well as solar power in general. But I'm wondering: is it more than just solar cell efficiency that's preventin...
08:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot New York Data Centers Battle Floods, Utility Outages
miller60 writes "At least three data center buildings in lower Manhattan are struggling with power problems amid widespread flooding and utility outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. Flooded basements at...
07:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Windows Phone 8 Having Trouble Attracting Developers
colinneagle writes "Microsoft has promised that cross-platform development across the 8s – from Windows 8 on a desktop to Windows Phone 8 – will be a simple matter, but that's still not en...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Google's Nexus 4, 7, 10 Strategy: Openness At All Costs
MrSeb writes "There have been plenty of rumors about how the Nexus program was going to grow and change with this year's announcement. Now that we have all the details, it looks like almost none of th...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Using Magnets To Interact With Your Tablet
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from MAKE's blog: "Tangible interface designer and inventor Andrea Bianchi, along with his colleague, Ian Oakley (University of Madeira / Carnegie Mellon E...
05:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot 48-Core Chips Could Redefine Mobile Devices
CWmike writes "Intel researchers are working on a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets, but it could be five to 10 years before it hits the market. Having a 48-core chip in a small mobile dev...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot France Applies Tax Pressure To Google For Republishing News Snippets
Qedward writes "France may introduce a law to make Google pay to republish news snippets if it doesn't strike a deal with French news publishers before the end of the year, the office of French Presid...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot ITER Fusion Project Struggles To Put the Pieces Together
ananyo writes "The world's largest scientific project is threatened with further delays, as agencies struggle to complete the design and sign contracts worth hundred of millions of euros with industri...
03:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot NewsCorpNDS Sets Up Operation To Expose Canadian Pirates; What Could Go Wrong?
Presto Vivace writes "Murdoch's Pirates is a business book that reads like a thriller. The chapter excerpted in the Sydney Morning Herald explains how Operation Duck, an effort to discover the identif...
02:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Sandy Sinks HMS Bounty, Knocks Off Gawker Websites
Black Parrot writes "Several news sites are reporting that the 1962 replica of the HMS bounty was lost at sea due to hurricane Sandy, about 90 miles off North Carolina. The latest news I find says 14 ...
02:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Telling the Truth In Today's China
eldavojohn writes "Inside the land of the Great Firewall censorship is rampant although rarely transparent. Foreign Policy has a lengthy but eyeopening recounting of what it's like being an editor for...
01:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot An Open Standard For Wireless Charging?
Charging portable devices without needing to carry a power adapter sounds handy, and it's slowly getting closer to widespread use. IPAQ2000 writes that AT&T, Google and Starbucks announced yesterd...
01:05 pm - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Sweden Imports European Garbage To Power the Nation
Hugh Pickens writes "NPR reports that Sweden's program of generating energy from garbage is wildly successful, but recently its success has also generated a surprising issue: There is simply not enoug...
10:05 am - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot The IDE As a Bad Programming Language Enabler
theodp writes "When it comes to monolithic IDEs, Wille Faler has lost that loving feeling. In IDEs Are a Language Smell, Faler blogs about a Eureka! moment he had after years of using Eclipse for Java...
07:05 am - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot CodeWeavers Announces Flock the Vote Software Giveaway
ywlke writes "This election year, CodeWeavers is repeating its 'Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge' from 2008, and will be giving away free one-year subscriptions to Crossover Linux and M...
05:05 am - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot AMD Licenses 64-bit Processor Design From ARM
angry tapir writes "AMD has announced it will sell ARM-based server processors in 2014, ending its exclusive commitment to the x86 architecture and adding a new dimension to its decades-old battle wit...
03:05 am - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Shake-up at Apple: Forstall Out; iOS Executive Fired For Maps Debacle?
New submitter noh8rz10 writes "Apple's Scott Forstall, who grew iOS from its inception, is departing the company. Rumors say it's because of the Maps debacle, and problems with Siri as well. Jony Ive ...
01:05 am - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?
concealment sends this quote from a post about how the goals of many tech companies are at odds with what's good of consumers: "Since I've been out of the Silicon-Valley-centered tech industry, I've b...
12:05 am - Tue, October 30, 2012
Slashdot Intel 335 Series SSD Equipped With 20-nm NAND
crookedvulture writes "The next generation of NAND has arrived. Intel's latest 335 Series SSD sports 20-nm flash chips that are 29% smaller than the previous, 25-nm generation. The NAND features a new...
11:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Want a Security Pro? Get Politically Incorrect and Learn Geek Culture
coondoggie writes "While complaints can be heard far and wide that it's hard to find the right IT security experts to defend the nation's cyberspace, the real problem in hiring security professionals ...
10:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Brain Scans Show the Impact of Neglect On a Child's Brain Size
An anonymous reader writes "A shocking comparison of brain scans from two three-year-old children reveals new evidence of the remarkable impact a mother's love has on a child's brain development. The ...
10:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Camera Technique Captures New View of Space & Time
kkleiner writes "What if you could compress a video clip into a single image? That's what Jay Mark Johnson, an artist and visual effects director, has accomplished through the use of a special camera ...
09:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot FBI Says They're Now Working 247 To Investigate Hackers and Network Attacks
An anonymous reader writes "The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is finally stepping up its game when it comes to hackers. Maybe it was Anonymous that did it or maybe it was statements from the U...
08:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot 26 Nuclear Power Plants In Hurricane Sandy's Path
pigrabbitbear writes "Hurricane Sandy is about to ruin a bunch of people's Mondays. In New York City alone, the storm has already shut down public transportation, forced tens of thousands to relocate ...
07:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Ancient Tsunami Devastated Lake Geneva Shoreline
ananyo writes "In ad 563, more than a century after the Romans gave up control of what is now Geneva, Switzerland, a deadly tsunami on Lake Geneva poured over the city walls. Originating from a rock f...
07:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot RIAA Failed To Disclose Expert's Lobbying History To "Six-Strikes" Partners
concealment writes "A month before the controversial 'six strikes' anti-piracy plan goes live in the U.S., the responsible Center of Copyright Information (CCI) is dealing with a small crisis. As it t...
06:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Over 500 Used DIMMs?
An anonymous reader writes "My company is pursuing a RAM upgrade, resulting in 500+ used DDR3 4GB DIMMs. What could this be used for? Are there any cheap products on the market which can take a h...
06:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Google Announces New Nexus Smartphone and Tablets
TheBoat writes In with news that not even a hurricane can keep the Google product announcements away. "Surprise, surprise. It looks like Hurricane Sandy can't hold Google down, as the company has just...
05:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Forget the iPad, Surface Is the Tablet People Want
zacharye writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer undoubtedly knows that Apple has sold more than 100 million iPad tablets at this point, but according to the outspoken executive, that's not the tablet peo...
05:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Titan Supercomputer Debuts for Open Scientific Research
hypnosec writes "The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has unveiled a new supercomputer – Titan, which it claims is the world's most powerful supercomputer capable of 20 petaflops of performance. Th...
04:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming
dartttt writes "In a presentation at Ubuntu Developer Summit currently going on in Denmark, Drew Bliss from Valve said that Linux is more viable than Windows 8 for gaming. Windows 8 ships with its own...
03:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting
In part 2 of this video interview (with transcript), Dr. Richard Dawkins explains the function of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, headlined by his website. They're holding it up...
03:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Showdown Set On Bid To Give UN Control of Internet
wiredmikey writes "When delegates gather in Dubai in December for an obscure UN agency meeting, the mother of all cyber diplomatic battles is expected, with an intense debate over proposals to rewrite...
02:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Are Teachers Headed For Obsolescence?
dstates writes "One Laptop Per Child reports encouraging results of a bold experiment to reach the millions of students worldwide who have no access to primary school. OLPC delivered tablets to two Et...
01:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Designing DNA Specific Bio-Weapons
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Atlantic reports that experts in genetics and microbiology are convinced we may be only a few years away from the development of advanced, genetic bio-weapons able to t...
01:05 pm - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Hurricane Sandy Nears East Coast
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists have been following and projecting Sandy's path with all the tools at their disposal: ocean buoys, radar and satellite imagery, and computer modeling. The Nation...
10:05 am - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot IBM Reports Carbon Nanotube Chip Breakthrough
First time accepted submitter yawaramin writes "IBM has apparently made a breakthrough in arranging carbon nanotubes into the logic gates necessary to make a chip. This should help miniaturize and spe...
07:05 am - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Funding Models For a Free E-book?
danspalding writes "I'm an adult education teacher in SF who wrote an e-book about how to teach adults. It will be available to download for free in January 2013. I Kickstarted enough money for editin...
03:05 am - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Steve Jobs' Yacht Revealed
schwit1 writes "Venus, the incredible luxury yacht Steve Jobs had been designing up until his death a little over a year ago, seems to have made its first appearance as a finished product in the city ...
01:05 am - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot Terrestrial Hermit Crabs Learning Social Tricks
An anonymous reader writes "When it comes to abandoned snail shells that hermit crabs expropriate as mobile homes, size matters, for room to grow, room for eggs, and protection from predators. UC Berk...
12:05 am - Mon, October 29, 2012
Slashdot The Past, Present, and Future of OSS
CowboyNeal writes "The nature of the open source movement and its software over the years has changed considerably. From its humble beginnings in the early 80s to mainstream Android adoption, open sou...
11:05 pm - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot Journalist Arrested In Greece For Publishing List of Possible Tax-Evaders
kyriacos writes "The Greek government is charging journalist Kostas Vaxevanis with violation of the data privacy law for publishing a list of about 2,000 Greeks who hold accounts with the HSBC bank in...
09:05 pm - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's SmartGlass For Android Reviewed
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has released their much anticipated SmartGlass application for Android, allowing the Linux-based mobile OS to act as an input device for their Xbox 360 game conso...
08:05 pm - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot US and Canada Launch Joint Cybersecurity Plan
wiredmikey writes "Canada and the United States announced Friday they were launching a joint cybsersecurity plan that aims to better protect critical digital infrastructure and improve the response to...
07:05 pm - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot Dragon Capsule Heads Home From ISS
An Anonymous Coward send word that the SpaceX Dragon capsule is heading home from the International Space Station. From the article: "The unmanned Dragon space capsule set off from the International S...
06:05 pm - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot Pakastani Politician Detained By US Customs Over Opposition To Drone Strikes
First time accepted submitter Serious Callers Only writes "According to reports, Imran Khan was detained yesterday by US officials for questioning on his views on United States drone strikes in Pakist...
05:05 pm - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Develop Surveillance System That Can Watch & Predict
hypnosec writes "Carnegie Mellon university researchers have developed a surveillance system that can not only recognize human activities but can also predict what might happen next. Scientists, throu...
04:05 pm - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Researchers Create Wireless Charger For Electric Cars
An anonymous reader writes "University of British Columbia researchers have developed a wireless charging system for electric cars. It involves a spinning magnet beneath the parked vehicle which turns...
03:05 pm - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Ideas For a Geek Remodel?
An anonymous reader writes "What would you do to 'go geek' if you had a major remodel on your hands? My wife and I are re-modeling my in-law's 3000 sq foot single-level house, and we're both very wire...
02:05 pm - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot To Google Friends Or Not To Google, That Is the Question
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Henry Alford writes that in an ideal world, we would all use Google to be better friends by having better recall and to research our new friends and acquaintances to get to...
01:05 pm - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot 7.7 Magnitude Quake Hits British Columbia
schwit1 writes "A magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit Canada's Pacific coast province of British Columbia on Saturday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake was centered 123 miles south-southw...
01:05 pm - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Police Want New Internet Surveillance Tools
danomac writes "Police agencies in Canada want to have better tools to do online surveillance. Bill C-30 was to include new legislation (specifically Section 34) that would give police access to infor...
10:05 am - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar
theodp writes "A little over a year ago, an iPhone 4s prototype walked into a San Francisco bar, prompting a controversial manhunt by a now-deceased Apple investigator and the SFPD. Now, Wired reports...
07:05 am - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot Cash-Strapped States Burdened By Expensive Data Security Breaches
CowboyRobot writes "As budgets are pinched by reduced tax collection, many U.S. states are facing a possibility of not being able to handle the ever-increasing number of data breaches. 70% of state ch...
04:05 am - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot The Internet Archive Has Saved Over 10,000,000,000,000,000 Bytes of the Web
An anonymous reader writes "Last night, the Internet Archive threw a party; hundreds of Internet Archive supporters, volunteers, and staff celebrated that the site had passed the 10,000,000,000,000,00...
01:05 am - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot Industrial Control Software Easily Hackable
jfruh writes "CoDeSys, a piece of software running on industrial control systems from hundreds of vendors, has been revealed to be easily hackable by security researchers, giving rise to a scenario wh...
12:05 am - Sun, October 28, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Teenager Arrested For Photographing Mall Takedown
blackfrancis75 writes "An aspiring teenage journalist in B.C., Canada who witnessed a mall takedown and decided to photograph it (using a real-film camera), was told to 'delete' the photo by security ...
10:05 pm - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Paintball Pellets As a Tool To Deflect Asteroids
SternisheFan sends this quote from an article at MIT's Technology Review:"In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you’d better hope that it’s blindingly white. A pale as...
09:05 pm - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Cisco Pricing Undercut By $100M In Big Cal State University Network Project
alphadogg writes "The $100 million price differential between the Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco proposals to refresh California State University's 23-campus network revealed earlier this week was based on ...
08:05 pm - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Finding a Security Breach On Shared Hosting?
An anonymous reader writes "A few months ago I stumbled across an interesting security hole with my webhost. I was able access any file on the server, including those of other users. When I called the...
07:05 pm - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Does Coding Style Matter?
theodp writes "Over at Smashing Magazine, Nicholas C. Zakas makes the case for Why Coding Style Matters. 'Coding style guides are an important part of writing code as a professional,' Zakas concludes....
06:05 pm - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Rare Photos: Gnu Crashing a Windows 8 Launch Event
New submitter Atticus Rex writes "Reporters and security guards at the Windows 8 launch event weren't sure how to react when they were greeted by a real, live gnu. The gnu — which, on closer ins...
05:05 pm - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Our Weather Satellites Are Dying
Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that some experts say it is almost certain that the U.S. will soon face a year or more without crucial weather satellites that provide invaluable data for pre...
04:05 pm - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Secret Stingray Warrantless Cellphone Tracking
Penurious Penguin writes "Last year a Slashdot story mentioned the case of Daniel David Rigmaiden, or 'the Hacker.' With the help of an IMSI-catcher device, law enforcement had been able to locate and...
03:05 pm - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Supreme Court To Hear First Sale Doctrine Case
Registered Coward v2 writes "The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case to determine how copyright law and the doctrine of first sale applies to copyrighted works bought overseas, then imported to t...
02:05 pm - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console
SternisheFan points out an article at Wired arguing that game consoles and the business model that sustained them are now "obsolete." Quoting:"Years from now, 225 million devices will almost certainly...
01:05 pm - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Craig Mundie Blames Microsoft's Product Delays On Cybercrime
whoever57 writes "In an interview in Der Spiegel, Craig Mundie blames Microsoft's failure in mobile on cyber criminals. Noting that Microsoft had a music player before the iPod and a touch device befo...
11:05 am - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot AMD Rumored To Announce Layoffs, New Hardware, ARM Servers On Monday
MojoKid writes "After its conference call last week, AMD is jonesing for some positive news to toss investors and is planning a major announcement on Monday to that effect. Rumor suggests that a numbe...
09:05 am - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot China Blocks NYT Over Critical Article
Taco Cowboy writes "The New York Times has become the latest target of Chinese censorship. Censors of the People's Republic of China, in an almost unheard of, truly remarkable feat of neck-breaking sp...
06:05 am - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Yahoo Will Ignore IE 10's "Do Not Track"
dsinc writes "And so it begins... Yahoo has made it official: it won't honor the Do Not Track request issued by Internet Explorer 10. Their justification? '[T]he DNT signal from IE10 doesn't express u...
03:05 am - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot How To Hug a Chicken Via the Internet
the_newsbeagle writes "Adrian Cheok, a professor of electrical engineering in Japan, wants to invent a "multisensory Internet" that will transmit not just information, but also experiences. To usher i...
02:05 am - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Gut Bacteria Cocktail May End Need for Fecal Transplants
sciencehabit writes "A tonic of gut microbes may be the secret recipe for treating a common hospital scourge. Researchers have pinpointed the exact mix of microbes required to cure mice of chronic inf...
01:05 am - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot China Telco Replaces Cisco Devices Over Security Concerns
hackingbear writes "China Unicom, the country's second largest telecom operator, has replaced Cisco Systems routers in one of the country's most important backbone networks, citing security reasons [d...
12:05 am - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu Now Available On the Nexus 7
An anonymous reader writes "Ubuntu for the Nexus 7 was released today and Ubuntu Member Benjamin Kerensa has provided photos and video of it in action." I wish the Nexus 7 had what most Android tablet...
12:05 am - Sat, October 27, 2012
Slashdot Slashdot Asks: Are You Preparing For Hurricane Sandy?
Forecasters are tossing around words like "unprecedented" and "bizarre" (see this Washington Post blog entry) for the intensity and timing of Hurricane Sandy, which is threatening to hit the east coas...
11:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Why Can't Industry Design an Affordable Hearing Aid?
Hugh Pickens writes "Tricia Romano writes in the NY Times that over the last 10 years, purchasing a hearing aid had become even more difficult and confusing than buying a new car — and almost as...
11:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Green Grid Argues That Data Centers Can Lose the Chillers
Nerval's Lobster writes "The Green Grid, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making IT infrastructures and data centers more energy-efficient, is making the case that data center operators are opera...
10:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Regulator Orders Telecoms To Tell Us What It Costs To Run Their Service
bshell writes "Canada's CRTC (like the FCC) has finally asked telecoms to provide information about how much their services actually cost. Quoting a Montreal Gazette story: 'In a report I wrote last y...
10:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Reverses 'Mature' Game Ban On Windows 8
another random user writes with news that Microsoft has sorted out the Windows Store guidelines such that games rated 'Mature' in the U.S. will be allowed. An earlier version of the guidelines took cu...
10:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot HTC Losing Ground Faster Than RIM or Nokia
zacharye writes "How bad is HTC's current tailspin? So bad it makes Nokia look like a growth company. HTC's handset volume declined by -43% in the autumn quarter vs. Nokia's -23% volume decline. This ...
09:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot The Periodic Table of Tech
itwbennett writes "From calcium in cameras and germanium in CPUs to selenium in solar cells. Here's a look at how every single element in the periodic table is used in common tech products. For exampl...
09:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Paul Ceglia Arrested and Charged With Fraud Over Facebook Ownership Claims
whoever57 writes "The main who claimed ownership of 50% of Facebook has been arrested and charged with fraud in connection with his claims. The United States attorney in Manhattan said, 'Ceglia's alle...
09:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot South Carolina Department of Revenue Hacked, 3.6 Million SSNs Taken
New submitter Escape From NY writes "3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were stolen from the SC Department of Revenue. Most of the credit and debit card numb...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Cringley: H-1B Visa Abuse Limits Wages and Steals US Jobs
walterbyrd sends this snippet from an article by Robert X. Cringely:"Big tech employers are constantly lobbying for increases in H-1B quotas citing their inability to find qualified US job applicants....
07:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Living Computer Museum Opens To Public In Seattle
New submitter seawall writes "Paul Allen just opened the Living Computer Museum in Seattle. The 'Living' means many of the computers are actually running. There's a Xerox Sigma 9, which was introduced...
07:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Iran's High Tech Copycat War Against the West: Drones and Cyberwar
An anonymous reader writes "Iran and its nuclear program seem to be getting all the headlines. Yet, Iran has found a way to respond to western cyber attacks such as Stuxnet, drone surveillance and tar...
06:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Inside Social Media's Fake Fan Industry
jfruh writes "It's an open secret that many high-profile users of social media networks pay to pad their fan counts. But what you do you get for your money? One blogger decided to shell out some cash ...
06:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot TechCrunch Launches CrunchGov, a Tech Policy Platform
An anonymous reader writes "TechCrunch has launched a project called CrunchGov, which aims to bring educated people together to work on tech-related government policy. 'It includes a political leaderb...
05:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Algal Biofuels Not Ready For Scale-Up
Tator Tot writes with this quote from Chemical & Engineering News:"Using today's technologies and knowledge, a scale-up of fledgling algal biofuel production sufficient to meet even 5% of U.S. tra...
04:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Wikipedia Is Nearing "Completion"
Hugh Pickens writes "According to Rebecca J. Rosen, it may seem impossible for an encyclopedia of everything to ever near completion, but at least for the major articles on topics like big wars, impor...
04:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Apple Posts Non-Apology To Samsung
We recently discussed news of a UK court ruling in which the judge decided Apple must publicly acknowledge that Samsung's Galaxy Tab did not infringe upon the iPad's design, both on the Apple website ...
04:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Nintendo's Wii U Will Be Sold At a Loss
another random user tips news that Nintendo will be selling its upcoming Wii U console at a loss in the hopes that spurring earlier adoption will work out for the company in the long run. This differs...
02:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Fukushima Fish Still Radioactive
the_newsbeagle writes "Bottom-dwelling fish that live near the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant still show elevated radiation levels 19 months after the accident — and those radiat...
01:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Are We Getting Smarter? Rising IQ Scores In the Twenty-First Century
hessian sends this excerpt from The New Republic:"[A] person who scored 100 a century ago would score 70 today; a person who tested as average a century ago would today be declared mentally retarded. ...
01:05 pm - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Apple CEO Likens Surface To Car That Flies, Floats
theodp writes "Conceding that he hadn't actually played with one, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Wall Street that Microsoft's Surface tablet is 'a fairly compromised, confusing product' in the company's 4Q e...
10:05 am - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter
Penurious Penguin writes "In 2011, en route to Baltimore, Tennessee mother Andrea Abbott was arrested after squabbling with the TSA over their pat-down and "naked" body-scan process. Initially Abbott ...
08:05 am - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot LG's 84-inch 3840 x 2160 Television Doesn't Come Cheap: $17,000
An anonymous reader writes "LG held a big launch party today for its highly anticipated 84-inch Ultra HD TV. The launch was held at Video & Audio Center in the L.A. area, which sold six sets withi...
05:05 am - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Trouble For Microsoft Developers With the Windows Store
An anonymous reader writes "This blog post from an un-happy Microsoft developer highlights many of the problems that developers are having with submitting to the new Windows store. His app, that won 2...
03:05 am - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Crashed X-51A Test Results Released
cylonlover writes "The United States Air Force (USAF) has released the results of last August's third test of the X-51a Waverider, which resulted in the crash of the unmanned scramjet demonstrator. At...
01:05 am - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot A Proposal To Fix the Full-Screen X11 Window Mess
jones_supa writes "The SDL developers Ryan Gordon and Sam Lantinga have proposed a window manager change to work out the full-screen X11 window mess, primarily for games. The proposal is to come up wi...
12:05 am - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Virginia Tech's RoMeLa Answers DARPA Robotics Challenge With THOR
smackay writes "Virginia Tech's Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory is building a humanoid robot designed for dangerous rescue missions as part of the new DARPA Robotics Challenge. Lab founder/director...
12:05 am - Fri, October 26, 2012
Slashdot Feds Continue To Consider Linux Users Criminals For Watching DVDs
An anonymous reader sent in a link to an article in Wired about the latest DMCA loophole hearing. Bad news: the federal government rejected requests that would make console modding and breaking DRM on...
11:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Red Hat Devs Working On ARM64 OpenJDK Port
hypnosec writes "Developers over at Red Hat are busy porting OpenJDK to ARM's latest 64bit architecture — the ARMv8, also known as the AArch64. The current OpenJDK ARM situation is rather unsati...
10:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot New Trusted HW Standard For Windows 8 To Support Chinese Crypto
An anonymous reader writes "A new version of the Trusted Platform Module, called TPM2 or TPM 2.0 by Microsoft, has apparently been designed specifically for the release of Windows 8 this week. The det...
10:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot What an Anti-Google Antitrust Case By the FTC May Look Like
hessian writes "It's not certain that Google will face a federal antitrust lawsuit by year's end. But if that happens, it seems likely to follow an outline sketched by Thomas Barnett, a Washington, D....
09:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot SSL Holes Found In Critical Non-Browser Software
Gunkerty Jeb writes "The death knell for SSL is getting louder. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Stanford University have discovered that poorly designed APIs used in SSL implement...
08:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Developer Gets OpenSUSE Running On $249 Google Chromebook
sfcrazy writes "Andrew Wafaa an ARM developer who is responsible for porting openSUSE to ARM just got his hands on the Chromebook and he managed to run openSUSE on it." Hopefully that means other dist...
08:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot How Do You Eat a Triceratops? Start By Ripping the Head Off
scibri writes "Once a Tyrannosaurus took down a Triceratops, how did it go about eating it? By looking at the bite marks on Triceratops fossils, a group of paleontologists have pieced together the ste...
07:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Android Will Surpass Windows By 2016, Say Gartner Stats
An anonymous reader writes "Google's Android operating system will be used on more computing devices than Microsoft's Windows within four years, data from research firm Gartner showed on Wednesday, un...
07:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Dell Strays Further From Intel Chips, Donates ARM Server to ASF
Says a story at Slash Datacenter: "Dell announced Oct. 24 that it had taken the next step into the low-power server market through the development of a second ARM-based server platform, which it will ...
07:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous' WikiLeaks-Like Project Tyler To Launch In December
hypnosec writes "A hacker who claims to be a member of the hacking collective Anonymous has revealed that the hacktivist group is working on a Wikileaks-like service dubbed Tyler and that it will be l...
06:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Windows 8
Orome1 writes "Microsoft today announced the global availability of Windows 8. Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer,...
05:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Chinese Rare Earths Producer Suspends Output
concealment writes "State-owned Baotou Steel Rare Earth (Group) Hi-tech Co. said in a statement released through the Shanghai Stock Exchange that it suspended production Tuesday to promote 'healthy de...
05:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?
An anonymous reader writes "Like some Slashdot users, I began attending university last month for computer science. The experience represents my first time away from home and I'm almost constantly wit...
04:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Dr. Richard Dawkins On Education, 'Innocence of Muslims,' and Rep. Paul Broun
In this video interview (with transcript), Dr. Richard Dawkins discusses religious exceptionalism with regard to the teaching of evolution, and the chilling effect of fundamentalism on the production ...
04:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Magellan Telescope First Mega-Mirror Polished and Ready
coondoggie writes "One of the six giant — 27 feet across, 20 ton — circular mirrors that will be part of the 4,000 sq. ft., Giant Magellan Telescope that ultimately look for stars, galaxie...
03:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot 72% of Xbox 360 Gamers Approve of "More Military Drone Strikes"
An anonymous reader writes "During the latest presidential debate, Xbox 360 owners were being polled live, as the debate was progressing, on a number of different questions, and asked to answer 'Yes,'...
03:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot UK Gov't Official Advises Using Fake Details On Social Networks
another random user writes "A senior government official has sparked anger by advising internet users to give fake details to websites to protect their security. Andy Smith, an internet security chief...
02:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Open Compute Hardware Adapted For Colo Centers
1sockchuck writes "Facebook has now adapted its Open Compute servers to work in leased data center space a step that could make the highly-efficient 'open hardware' designs accessible to a broader ran...
01:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Texas Attorney General Warns International Election Observers
First time accepted submitter mescobal writes "Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott warned international election observers not to come closer than 100 feet from a polling place; otherwise, they could b...
01:05 pm - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Ballmer Tells the BBC There's More MS Hardware On the Way
Microsoft has made hardware for quite a while, but not much of it as visible as the Surface; now, it looks like there's more where that came from. Dupple writes: "Steve Ballmer told the BBC: 'Is it fa...
10:05 am - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Australians Urged To Spoof IP Addresses For Better Prices
angry tapir writes "Choice, a prominent Australian consumer advocacy group, has urged Australians to obfuscate their IP address to avoid geo-blocking and use US forwarding addresses to beat high IT pr...
08:05 am - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Does OpenStack Need a Linus Torvalds?
BButlerNWW writes in with a story that speculates about the need for a marquee name to head OpenStack. "OpenStack has been dubbed by some enthusiasts as the Linux of the cloud — an open source o...
05:05 am - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Experts Warn About Security Flaws In Airline Boarding Passes
concealment writes in with a story about a newly found security issue with the bar codes on boarding passes. "Flight enthusiasts, however, recently discovered that the bar codes printed on all boardin...
03:05 am - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Using Winemaking Waste For Making Fuel
Tator Tot writes "Grape pomace, the mashed up skins and stems left over from making wine and grape juice, could serve as a good starting point for ethanol production, according to a new study (from th...
01:05 am - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Analytics Company Settles Charges For User Tracking
An anonymous reader writes "A web analytics company has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated federal law by using its web-tracking software that collected personal data w...
12:05 am - Thu, October 25, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is Going To a Technical College Worth It?
First time accepted submitter blandcramration writes "I have recently decided to further my education with a technical school associates degree. I am a first quarter student in my third week as an IT ...
11:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Patents Pokes-Per-Minute Limits
theodp writes "The USPTO lowered the bar again on Tuesday, granting U.S. Patent No. 8,296,373 to four Facebook inventors for Automatically Managing Objectionable Behavior in a Web-based Social Network...
11:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Now That It's Here, Is There a Place For Windows RT?
concealment sends this quote from Ars: "The argument back then was this: Windows on ARM would mean discarding the thing that makes Windows entrenched and important: Windows applications. Tablets need ...
10:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Huawei Offers 'Complete and Unrestricted' Source Code Access
An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports that 'Huawei has offered to give Australia unrestricted access to its software source code and equipment, as it looks to ease fears that it is a security th...
10:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Mathematical Fiction?
An anonymous reader writes "Neal Stephenson's 1999 Cryptonomicon was a great yarn. It was also a thoroughly enjoyable (and too short) romp through some mathematics. Where can I find more of that? I sh...
09:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot DoJ Investigating Samsung For Patent Abuse
sl4shd0rk writes "Good news for Apple, bad news for Samsung. Yesterday, Apple filed legal papers with the International Trade Commission citing a Department of Justice investigation into whether Samsu...
09:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Google Street View Heads Into the Grand Canyon
Nerval's Lobster writes "Google is taking Street View down — into the Grand Canyon, that is. 'On its first official outing, the Street View team is using the Trekker — a wearable backpack ...
09:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Michael E. Mann Sues For Defamation Over Comparison To Jerry Sandusky
eldavojohn writes "The global warming debate has left much to be desired in the realm of logic and rationale. One particular researcher, Michael E. Mann, has been repeatedly attacked for his now infam...
08:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot EXT4 Data Corruption Bug Hits Linux Kernel
An anonymous reader writes "An EXT4 file-system data corruption issue has reached the stable Linux kernel. The latest Linux 3.4, 3.5, 3.6 stable kernels have an EXT4 file-system bug described as an ap...
07:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Would You Put a Tracking Device On Your Child?
Hugh Pickens writes "In 2007 businessman Russell Thornton lost his 3-year-old son at an amusement park. After a frantic 45-minute search, Thornton found the boy hiding in a play structure, but he was ...
07:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot A Look At Competitors to the Surface and iPad
"Asus and other Microsoft OEM partners have also launched their own versions of Windows RT tablets that will compete with Microsoft's Surface. It's interesting to see the different design approaches b...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot One Screen, Multiple Views
First time accepted submitter e-sas writes "Researchers from the University of Bristol have built a new type of display which allows both a shared view and a personalised view to users at the same tim...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot How a Google Headhunter's E-Mail Revealed Massive Misuse of DKIM
concealment writes with a tale of how an email sent to a mathematician led to him discovering that dozens of high profile companies were using easily crackable keys to authenticate mail sent from thei...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot NBC Erases SNL Sketch From Digital Archive For Fear of Copyright Lawsuit
M.Nunez writes with a tale of copyright woes. From the article: "The digital 'Saturday Night Live' archive does not feature a recent Bruno Mars sketch because it includes impersonations of pop singers...
05:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Windows 7 Not Getting A Second Service Pack
An anonymous reader writes "Windows 7 was expected to have Service Pack 2 issued roughly 3 years from its introduction (late 2009). People, including myself, have been asking 'Where is it?' and the an...
05:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot The Greatest Battle of the Personal Computing Revolution Lies Ahead
As tablets and computer-phones flood the market, the headlines read:"The Personal Computer is Dying." But they are only half true: anartifact of the PC is dying, but the essence of the PC revolution i...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Criminals Crack and Steal Customer Data From Barnes & Noble Keypads
helix2301 writes with an excerpt from CNet "Hackers broke into keypads at more than 60 Barnes & Noble bookstores and made off with the credit card information for customers who shopped at the stor...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot FSFE Interview With 'Terms of Service: Didn't Read' Founder
An anonymous reader writes with an interesting interview "Hugo's project Terms of Service: Didn't Read has recently won international attention in publications such as TIME, Le Monde, and ZEIT, in its...
03:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Boeing's CHAMP Missile Uses Radio Waves To Remotely Disable PCs
Dupple writes "During last week's test, a CHAMP (Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project) missile successfully disabled its target by firing high power microwaves into a bu...
03:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot NASA Engineers Building Mockup of Deep Space Station
MarkWhittington writes "NASA engineers at the Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are building a mockup of what appears to be a deep space habitat, though it could also be part of an inte...
02:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot OpenGL Becoming a Requirement For the Linux Desktop
An anonymous reader writes "Modern Linux desktops like Ubuntu's Unity and the GNOME Shell have placed a requirement on OpenGL 2.0+ support for handling their compositing window managers and deskt...
02:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot EC Sends Statement of Objections To Microsoft For Violating Anti-Trust Agreement
dkleinsc writes "Three years ago, Microsoft came to an agreement with EU regulators that required them to provide users with a choice of web browsers. Last July, they found Microsoft in breach of that...
01:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot ARM Code for Raspberry Pi Goes Open Source (Video)
"The Raspberry Pi project relies heavily on Open Source and Free Software — heck, it's targeted by more than one Linux distro. But some of the hardware stack that makes up the Pi itself needs cl...
01:05 pm - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Surface Review: a Tale of Two Tablets
zacharye points out an early review of the Microsoft Surface tablet. Here are some relevant snippets:"When you get over the shocking realization that, yes, Windows is now different, you begin to reali...
11:05 am - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot AMD Tightens Bonds With Game Developers
J. Dzhugashvili writes "Nvidia 'The Way It's Meant To Be Played' splash screens are all over major PC games. AMD's developer relations program used to be a much lower-profile affair, but that's change...
10:05 am - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot CyanogenMod Android ROMs Accidentally Logged Screen Unlock Patterns
tlhIngan writes "Heads up CyanogenMod users — you will want to update to the latest nightly build as it turns out that your unlock patterns were accidentally logged. The fix has been committed a...
09:05 am - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot UK ISPs Asked To Block More File-sharing Websites
another random user writes with this news from the BBC:"The UK's major internet service providers have been asked to block three more file-sharing websites. The BPI (British Phonographic Industry), wh...
08:05 am - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot BBC Turns Off CEEFAX Service After 38 Years
Kittenman writes "After 38 years (1974 - 2012) the BBC's CEEFAX service has ceased transmission. The service gave on-line up-to-date textual information (albeit in condensed form) to TV viewers in the...
06:05 am - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Building Babbage's Analytical Engine
An anonymous reader writes "Anybody think 3-D printing technology will have enough moxie to pull off a construction of Babbage's analytical engine by 2021, the 150th anniversary of Babbage's passing? ...
04:05 am - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot The Struggles of Getting Into the App Store
itwbennett writes "You've heard the horror stories about the App Store approval process driving developers away, but what really makes it so bad isn't the 6-8 day waiting period or even rejection. Wha...
03:05 am - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Team Fortress 2 Beta Patch Adds Files Referring To Linux Support
New submitter spacenet writes "Valve has quietly released an update to the beta version of its popular online FPS Team Fortress 2. Among the modified files are some Linux-related files including a har...
02:05 am - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Working With Awful Legacy Code?
kramer2718 writes "I have worked for about a decade as a software engineer. I am almost never hired to build new software from scratch, so my work satisfaction tends to be proportionate to quality of ...
01:05 am - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Third Party Debates Moderated by Larry King: Discuss
Since the two big guys got their three debates covered, and the last third party debate kind of fizzled due to technical difficulties, we invite you to discuss the third party debate happening at 9 p....
12:05 am - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot Website Pitches Scientific Solutions In Search of Problems
ananyo writes "In this age of social media, innovators eager to develop high-tech products are tapping into the wisdom of crowds to solve problems, with crowdsourcing sites such as Innocentive and Kag...
12:05 am - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot All Five Star Trek Captains Share a Stage
An anonymous reader writes "Just after half past seven on the evening of Friday 19th October, history was made at the Destination Star Trek London event at the capital's ExCel centre; when Captains Ar...
12:05 am - Wed, October 24, 2012
Slashdot PS3 Encryption Keys Leaked
An anonymous reader writes "PS3 security has been compromised again. The holy grail of the PS3 security encryption keys — LV0 keys — have been found and leaked into the wild. For the homeb...
11:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Researcher Develops Patch For Java Zero Day In 30 Minutes
Trailrunner7 writes "A security researcher has submitted to Oracle a patch he said took him 30 minutes to produce that would repair a zero-day vulnerability currently exposed in Java SE. He hopes his ...
10:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot New Quantum Computing Record Set By Recycled Photons
CelestialScience writes "A recycling technique has enabled a quantum computer to carry out a quantum calculation known as Shor's algorithm on a larger number than ever before. The benchmark algorithm ...
10:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot The Virtues of the Virtual Autopsy
Hugh Pickens writes "Maryn McKenna writes in Scientific American that the standard autopsy is becoming increasingly rare for cost reasons, religious objections, and because autopsies reveal medical mi...
09:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot NASA Satellite Sees Black Hole Belching Out Hundred-Million-Degree X-rays
The Bad Astronomer writes "NASA's NuSTAR satellite, designed to detect cosmic X-rays, detected a flare of high-energy emission coming from the Milky Way galaxy's central supermassive black hole. The X...
09:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Increasing Wireless Network Speed By 1000% By Replacing Packets With Algebra
MrSeb writes "A team of researchers from MIT, Caltech, Harvard, and other universities in Europe, have devised a way of boosting the performance of wireless networks by up to 10 times — without ...
08:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Interviews: Director Daniel Knight On Troll Bridge, Color Correction, and He-man
You asked Daniel Knight, director of the crowd-funded filmed version of Terry Pratchett's Troll Bridge, about cameras, Kickstarter, and his source material. Daniel's answered now with details on the p...
08:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Crowdsourcing Concerts — the Future of Live Music?
New submitter roryed writes "Performer Jonathan Coulton, famous among some geeks for 'Code Monkey' and writing Portal's 'Still Alive' wrote on his blog, 'Salt Lake City, the last ticket link for the N...
07:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot AMD FX-8350 Review: Does Piledriver Fix Bulldozer's Flaws?
An anonymous reader writes "AMD just officially took the wraps off Vishera, its next generation of FX processors. Vishera is Piledriver-based like the recently-released Trinity APUs, and the successor...
07:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Prepares To Push Kinect Everywhere Windows Is
An anonymous reader writes "Technology Review has an update on Microsoft's effort to push Kinect gesture control technology beyond the Xbox console and make it a standard Windows computer accessory. M...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Can Nokia Save Itself?
Nerval's Lobster writes "When ex-Microsoft executive Stephen Elop took the reins of Nokia back in 2011, he memorably compared the Finnish phone-maker to a burning old platform in the North Sea. 'I hav...
05:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Seamonkey vs. Firefox — Any Takers?
Rexdude writes "Firefox continues to be criticized for their new versioning system and being a memory hog. People talk about Chrome, IE9, Opera as alternatives — but do Slashdotters ever use Sea...
05:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Apple To Stream a Product Launch Live For the First Time
redletterdave writes "In the biggest surprise since the original iPhone, Apple has decided to live stream its product announcement for the very first time on Tuesday. This means that the company's med...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot US Patent Office Invalidates Apple's "Rubber Banding" Patent
bhagwad writes "The patent that was the cause of so much grief to Samsung in the recently concluded trial with Apple has been tentatively invalidated by the USPTO. The challenge was filed anonymously,...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot The UK's 5-Minute 4G Data Cap
Barence writes "The tariffs have been announced for Britain's first 4G network and they include a data cap that customers will break within five minutes. EE's high-speed data service will start from &...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Bill Gates Talks Windows Future, Touch Interfaces
Nerval's Lobster writes "In a YouTube interview released by Microsoft, co-founder Bill Gates offered a few hints of where Microsoft plans on taking Windows in coming years. 'It's evolving literally to...
01:05 pm - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Are Windows XP7 Users Smarter Than a 3-Year-Old?
theodp writes "Those sounding the alarm about the difficulty in making the transition to Windows 8, especially on traditional computers, should check out Adam Desrosiers' son Julian, a 3-year-old kid ...
10:05 am - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Dominion Announces Plans To Close Kewaunee Nuclear Power Station In 2013
An anonymous reader writes "Due to low electricity prices in the Midwest, and an inability to find a buyer for the power station, Dominion will be shutting down and decomissioning Kewaunee Nuclear Pow...
08:05 am - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot 17th Century Microscope Book Is Now Freely Readable
menno_h writes "In January 1665, Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary that he stayed up till two in the morning reading a best-selling page-turner, a work that he called 'the most ingenious book I read in ...
05:05 am - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Is Non-Prescription ADHD Medication Use Ever Ethical?
derekmead writes "College students' voracious appetite for study drugs like Adderall is widespread enough that it was one of the main topics of a marquee lecture on neuroethics at Society for Neurosci...
04:05 am - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot What To Do With Those First Generation Photo Frames?
First time accepted submitter icepick3000 writes "There are probably many digital photoframes unused these days laying around. Mine is from the first generation meaning you can only insert a compact f...
02:05 am - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Wayland 1.0 Released, Not Yet Ready To Replace X11
An anonymous reader writes "After being talked about for four years, Wayland 1.0 was released today. The Wayland 1.0 release doesn't mark it yet as being ready for Linux desktop usage but just being A...
01:05 am - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot Third 2012 US Presidential Debate Tonight: Discuss Here
Tonight marks the third and final U.S. Presidential debate in the lead-up to the election on November 6th. It starts at 9PM ET (6PM PT, 0100 UTC), and it's taking place at Lynn University in Florida. ...
01:05 am - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot The Most Detailed Images of Uranus' Atmosphere Ever
New submitter monkeyhybrid writes "The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla reports on the most detailed images of Uranus ever taken. The infrared sensitivity of the ground based Keck II telescope's N...
12:05 am - Tue, October 23, 2012
Slashdot System Admins Should Know How To Code
snydeq writes "You don't need to be a programmer, but you'll solve harder problems faster if you can write your own code, writes Paul Venezia. 'The fact is, while we may know several programming langu...
11:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Apple, ARM, and Intel
Hugh Pickens writes "Jean-Louis Gassée says Apple and Samsung are engaged in a knives-out smartphone war. But when it comes to chips, the two companies must pretend to be civil because Samsung is...
11:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Captive Beluga Was Able To Mimic Speech
ananyo writes "'Who told me to get out?' asked a diver, surfacing from a tank in which a whale named NOC lived. The beluga's caretakers had heard what sounded like garbled phrases emanating from the e...
10:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Pirate Bay Co-Founder In Solitary Confinement
pigrabbitbear writes "Things aren't looking awesome for Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm, who's currently under lock and key in a newly built jail about 15 minutes north of Stockholm. Svartholm's...
09:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot DIY Laser Cutter Raises Capital, Concerns
An anonymous reader sends this quote from Wired:"Affordable 3-D printers and CNC mills are popping up everywhere, opening up new worlds of production to wide ranges of designers. However, one major to...
09:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Amazon EBS Failure Brings Down Reddit, Imgur, Others
Several readers have sent word of a significant Amazon EBS outage. Quoting:"Amazon Web Services has confirmed that its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) service is experiencing degraded service, leading sit...
08:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot NASA Achieves Data Goals For Mars Rover With Open Source Software
caseyb89 writes "Open source projects Nginx, Railo CMS, and GlusterFS are powering Mars Curiosity's big data crunching. 'Taken together, the combination of cloud and open source enabled the Curiosity ...
07:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Terminates LCD Contract With Apple
An anonymous reader writes "Samsung has decided to terminate an ongoing contract with Apple to supply LCD panels for use in its growing range of devices. That means, come next year, there will be no S...
06:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot 3-D Model Support Comes To MediaGoblin
paroneayea writes "MediaGoblin and LulzBot have teamed up to bring 3-D model support to MediaGoblin! The announcement shows off a live demo of the new feature... it uses Blender on the backend to rend...
05:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Can I Protect My Android Devices From Hackers?
SternisheFan writes "My Android phone (an unrooted OptimusV running 2.2.2) and my Android tablet (Arnova 7g3 running 4.1) have been subjected to hacking via either 'forced Bluetooth attack' or through...
05:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Who Failed to Warn of Quake Found Guilty of Manslaughter
An anonymous reader notes that the BBC reports "Six Italian scientists and an ex-government official have been sentenced to six years in prison over the 2009 deadly earthquake in L'Aquila. A regional ...
04:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Urges Businesses To Get Off XP
An anonymous reader writes "It's approximately 11 years since Windows XP was unveiled, and this week Microsoft was still at it trying to convince users that it's time to upgrade. A post on the Windows...
04:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot iPad Mini Could Retail For $250, Delete iPad 2
Nerval's Lobster writes "If the Apple rumor mill proves correct, the unveiling of the iPad Mini this week could mean sayonara for the iPad 2. At least, that's the prediction of Evercore Partners analy...
03:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Motorola HC1: Head-Worn Computing For Workplaces With Deep Pockets
alphadogg writes "Motorola Solutions has unveiled a head-mounted, voice-controlled computer that's targeted at the military and other industries where workers need hands-free access to information. Ca...
03:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot NASA Working On Refueling Satellites
cylonlover writes "Geostationary satellites cost a fortune and, despite their sophistication, they break down or eventually run out of propellant to keep them oriented. This is unfortunate when the ne...
02:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Overcharging Publishers For Tax
00_NOP writes "Amazon is taking fire in the UK for insisting that publishers pay them for 20% VAT (sales tax) when in fact the online retailer is only paying 3% VAT. 'The firm is able to wield such po...
02:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot 5000 fps Camera Reveals the Physics of Baseball
concealment sends this quote from an article at The Physics of Baseball "This clip from Game 4 shows Marco Scutaro hitting the ball right near the tip of the barrel. The amplitude of the resulting vib...
01:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Japan Getting Real-Time Phone Call Translator App
another random user writes with news that NTT Docomo, Japan's largest wireless carrier, will be rolling out a real-time translation app for phone calls on November 1. At launch, the app will translate...
01:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Black Sheep Blackberry Blackballed By Business
Hugh Pickens writes "Nicole Perlroth writes that the BlackBerry, once proudly carried by the high-powered and the elite, has become a magnet for mockery and derision from those with iPhones and the la...
12:05 pm - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot DARPA Funds a $300 Software-Defined Radio For Hackers
Sparrowvsrevolution writes with this story from Forbes: "Over the weekend at the ToorCon hacker conference in San Diego, Michael Ossmann of Great Scott Gadgets revealed a beta version of the HackRF Ja...
09:05 am - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Aussie Researchers Crack Transport Crypto, Get Free Rides
mask.of.sanity writes "Shoddy customised cryptography by a state rail outfit has been busted by a group of Australian researchers who were able to replicate cards to get free rides. The flaws in the d...
06:05 am - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Both Mirror and Protect Crowdsourced Data?
New submitter cellurl writes "I run wikispeedia, a database of speed limit signs. People approach us to mirror our data, but I am quite certain it will become a one-way street. So my question is: How ...
03:05 am - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Link Deep Wells To Deadly Spanish Quake
Meshach writes "Research has suggested that human activity triggered an earthquake in Span that killed nine and injured over three hundred. Drilling deeper and deeper wells to water crops over the pas...
12:05 am - Mon, October 22, 2012
Slashdot At $250, New Chromebook Means Competition For Tablets, Netbooks, Ultrabooks
Google's new ARM-powered Chromebook isn't a lot of things: it isn't a full-fledged laptop, it's not a tablet (doesn't even have a touch screen); and by design it's not very good as a stand-alone devic...
11:05 pm - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot Pols Blur Line Between Data Mining, Cyberstalking
theodp writes "Mother Jones reports on Obama's Digital Gurus, the top-secret team of analytics engineers and scientists led by hipster CTO Harper Reed who work on text analytics, social network/media ...
10:05 pm - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot States Face Huge Task In Tracking Meningitis-Tainted Drugs
An anonymous reader writes "Confronted with a growing meningitis scare, states are coming under enormous pressure to meet federal requests that they contact more than 1,000 hospitals and clinics that ...
09:05 pm - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot How Patent Trolls Harm the Economy
WebMink writes "It used to just be speculation, but the numbers are now in — patent trolls are costing America jobs and economic growth. Newly-published research using data commissioned by Congr...
07:05 pm - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Does Wireless Gear Degrade Over Time?
acer123 writes "Lately I have replaced several home wireless routers because the signal strength has been found to be degraded. These devices, when new (2+ years ago) would cover an entire house....
07:05 pm - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot New Arduino Due Brings More Power To the Table
mikejuk writes "After six years in the making, the Arduino Due is finally becoming available and, with a price tag of $49, is bound to give a boost to the platform.The Due, which means 2 in Italian an...
05:05 pm - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot 3-D Printing Enables UVA Student-Built Unmanned Plane
In an effort that took four months and $2000, instead of the quarter million dollars and two years they estimate it would have using conventional design methods, a group of University of Virginia engi...
05:05 pm - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot Huston Huddleston Wants You To Help Save the Star Trek TNG Set
First time accepted submitter ShadoCat points out this interesting project to restore the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation, writing: "This isn't the original set unfortunately (which was destroye...
05:05 pm - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot NetFlix Caught Stealing DivX Subtitles From Finnish Pirates
An anonymous reader writes with word that NetFlix recently opened its streaming service in Finland and was promptly caught stealing movie subtitles from a local DivX community site. How were they caug...
03:05 pm - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot NetFlix Caught Stealing DivX Subtiles From Finnish Pirates
An anonymous reader writes with word that NetFlix recently opened its streaming service in Finland and was promptly caught stealing movie subtitles from a local DivX community site. How were they caug...
02:05 pm - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot Salesforce.com's Benioff Disses Windows 8, Oracle
An anonymous reader writes "Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is the latest to predict Windows 8 will be a disaster for Microsoft, but for a different reason than some others: he says that Windows is si...
01:05 pm - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot Righthaven Ordered To Turn Over Hard Drives To Creditors
Hugh Pickens writes "Remember Righthaven? Steve Green writes that the copyright troll who partnered with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Denver Post to file 275 no-warning copyright infringement ...
11:05 am - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot Spammers Using Shortened .gov URLs
hypnosec writes "Cyber-scammers have started using '1.usa.gov' links in their spam campaigns in a bid to fool gullible users into thinking that the links they see on a website or have received in thei...
09:05 am - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot Italian Supreme Court Accepts Mobile Phone-Tumor Link
An anonymous reader writes with a link to this Reuters story, from which he excerpts: "Italy's supreme court has upheld a ruling that said there was a link between a business executive's brain tumor a...
06:05 am - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot Internet Providers To Begin Warning Customers Who Pirate Content
beltsbear writes "Welcome to the future that you warned us about. Starting soon, Verizon, Comcast and others will work with the Center for Copyright Information to reduce piracy. Customers thought to ...
01:05 am - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot Smartphone Mugging More Popular Than Ever
SternisheFan writes with this snippet from gizmodo: "The Associated Press reports that smartphone robberies now account for nearly half of all robberies in San Francisco, as well as an impressive 40 p...
12:05 am - Sun, October 21, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Won't Take Down Undercover Cop Page In Australia
First time accepted submitter jaa101 writes "Facebook has refused a request from Australian police to take down a page with details of undercover police vehicles saying saying it cannot stop people ta...
10:05 pm - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot Is Qualcomm the New AMD?
colinneagle writes "It's a darned shame, but the writing is on the wall for AMD. The ATI graphics business is the only thing keeping it afloat right now as sales shrivel up and the company faces yet a...
09:05 pm - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot Visa and MasterCard Take Fight To Scammers
An anonymous reader writes "In his latest story, Brian Krebs reports on a collaboration between brand holders and credit card companies to shut down payment processing for rogue online pharmacies, pir...
08:05 pm - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot Zimmermann's Silent Circle Now Live
e065c8515d206cb0e190 writes "Several websites have announced the launch of Silent Circle, PGP's founder Phil Zimmermann''s new suite of tools for the paranoid. After a first day glitch with a late app...
07:05 pm - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot Judge Rules Defense Can Use Trayvon Martin Tweets
theodp writes "The NY Times reports a judge in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman has ruled that Trayvon Martin's school and social media records should be provided to the defense....
06:05 pm - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot How Google Cools Its 1 Million Servers
1sockchuck writes "As Google showed the world its data centers this week, it disclosed one of its best-kept secrets: how it cools its custom servers in high-density racks. All the magic happens in enc...
05:05 pm - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Securing a Windows Laptop, For the Windows Newbie?
madsdyd writes "I am a long-time user of Linux (since 1997) and have not been using Windows since 1998. All PCs at home (mine, wife's, kids') run Linux. I work professionally as a software developer w...
04:05 pm - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot Craig Venter Wants To Rebuild Martian Life In Earth Lab
Hugh Pickens writes "Karen Kaplan reports in the LA Times that Craig Venter is making plans to send a DNA sequencer to Mars. Assuming there is DNA to be found on the Red Planet – a big assumptio...
03:05 pm - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot ACM Queue Interviews Robert Watson On Open Source Hardware and Research
An anonymous reader writes "ACM Queue interviews Cambridge researcher (and FreeBSD developer) Robert Watson on why processor designs need to change in order to better support security features like Ca...
02:05 pm - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot Trade Show Video Features Iranian Tech, Talk of Stuxnet Retaliation
dcblogs writes "Iran recently held a security trade show and conference, attended by high-ranking police and military officials. A video by an Iranian news outlet shows some of the products, from cros...
01:05 pm - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot Poor SSL Implementations Leave Many Android Apps Vulnerable
Trailrunner7 writes "There are thousands of apps in the Google Play mobile market that contain serious mistakes in the way that SSL/TLS is implemented, leaving them vulnerable to man-in-the-middle att...
11:05 am - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Space Agency Shows Off Prototype Rovers
An anonymous reader writes "At its headquarters in Longueuil, Que. Friday, the Canadian Space Agency rolled out a fleet of about a half-dozen prototype rovers that are the forerunners of vehicles that...
08:05 am - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot First Three-Strikes Copyright Court Case In NZ Falls Over
Bismillah writes "The 'Skynet' anti-filesharing aw introduced last year in New Zealand is starting to bite, with people being hauled in front of the Copyright Tribunal by the music industry after rece...
07:05 am - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot Stanford Ovshinsky, Hybrid Car Battery Inventor, Has Died
another random user writes "Stanford Ovshinsky, a self-taught American physicist who designed the battery now used in hybrid cars, has died aged 89 from prostate cancer . The electronics field of ovon...
06:05 am - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot The Long Reach of US Extradition
CuteSteveJobs writes "The New Matilda reports how the U.S. is now able to extradite people for minor offences, and asks why foreign governments so willingly give up their nationals to the U.S. to 'fac...
03:05 am - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot China's Yearly Budget For High-Speed Rail: $100 Billion
An anonymous reader writes "For all of those wondering about China's massive high speed rail network, it costs some serious cash. Running high speed lines across the nation is expensive — to the...
01:05 am - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot 21st IOCCC Source Code Released
First time accepted submitter johntromp writes "Source code for the 21st International Obfuscated C Code Contest was released last weekend, following announcement of the winners on Sep 30, and just ov...
12:05 am - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot Real-Time Cyber-Attack Map
First time accepted submitter anavictoriasaavedra writes "In October, two German computer security researchers created a map that allows you to see a picture of online cyber-attacks as they happen. Th...
12:05 am - Sat, October 20, 2012
Slashdot Kaspersky's Exploit-Proof OS Leaves Security Experts Skeptical
CWmike writes "Eugene Kaspersky, the $800-million Russian cybersecurity tycoon, is, by his own account, out to 'save the world' with an exploit-proof operating system. Given the recent declarations fr...
11:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu Isn't Becoming Less Open, Says Shuttleworth
sfcrazy writes "While the larger Ubuntu community was busy downloading, installing and enjoying the latest edition of Ubuntu yesterday, a post by Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth ruffled some feathers...
10:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot How Do You Spot a Genius?
Hugh Pickens writes "Ingrid Wickelgren reports in Scientific American that people have long-equated genius with intelligence, but it is more aptly characterized by creative productivity which depends ...
10:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Match Dream Images To Photos
scibri writes "Scientists have learned how to discover what you are dreaming about while you sleep. A team of Japanese researchers scanned the brains of three people as they slept, and compared the sc...
10:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Windows RT vs. Windows 8 Could Burn Consumers
Nerval's Lobster writes "The Surface currently available for pre-order runs Windows RT, a version of the operating system designed to run on ARM architecture. Windows RT looks virtually identical to W...
09:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Electronic Tweezers Grab Nanoparticles
MTorrice writes "A beam of electrons can pick up and carry nanoparticles, according to a new study (abstract). The so-called electronic tweezers could help scientists in diverse tasks, such as buildin...
09:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Dutch Ministry Proposes Powers For Police To Hack Computers, Install Spyware
hypnosec writes "The Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security has proposed some rather over the line measures and wants to extend such powers to the police that would allow them to break into computers ...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot The Group That Makes Tech Work For the Disabled
jfruh writes "When the iPhone was first released in 2007, the blind community assessed it and determined it was essentially useless for them. Today it's the number one phone used by blind people, larg...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Opens the Firefox App Store To Early Testers
SternisheFan sends this quote from ZDNet:"Mozilla has opened its Firefox Marketplace, with Android device owners and developers getting the first access to the browser's app store. The access arrived ...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot TSA Moving X-ray Body Scanners To Smaller Airports
OverTheGeicoE writes "If you're concerned about possible health effects from TSA's X-ray body scanners, you might be pleased to learn that TSA is making changes. TSA is removing X-ray body scanners fr...
07:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Eben Moglen Talks About Free Software in the Second of Two Video Interviews
Yesterday we ran a video interview with Eben Moglen, who according to Wikipedia, "is a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University, and is the founder, Director-Counsel and Chairman of [...
06:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Brazilian Newspapers Leave Google News En Masse
Dupple writes "In light of the recent story regarding Google threatening a French media ban after France proposed that search engines should pay for content, it seems a similar thing is happening in B...
05:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Making a Slashdot Omelet
It's been said that the mix of stories on Slashdot is like an omelet: linux and tech, mixed with science and Legos, and a few reviews and sci-fi folded in. It's not just the stories that are a good mi...
05:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Good Old Games Adds Mac OS X Support
SquarePixel writes "The nostalgic games seller Good Old Games has added Mac OS X support to its platform and a catalog of games to go with it. 'During its much-ballyhooed news-a-thon, GOG drew back th...
04:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Standard For Electric Car Charging Announced
SchrodingerZ writes "The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), an international syndicate, has unveiled what is to become the standard for electric car charging. In today's market there are hundreds ...
03:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot No Microbes In First Sample From Lake Vostok
ananyo writes "A first analysis of the ice that froze onto the drillbit used in last February's landmark drilling to a pristine Antarctic lake shows no native microbes came up with the lake water, acc...
03:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Randomly Generated Math Article Accepted By 'Open-Access' Journal
call -151 writes "Many years ago, a human-generated intentionally nonsense paper was accepted by the (prominent) literary culture journal Social Text. In August, a randomly-generated nonsense mathemat...
02:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Free Online Education Unwelcome In Minnesota
An anonymous reader sends this quote from the Chronicle of Higher Education:"[Minnesota's] Office of Higher Education has informed the popular provider of massive open online courses, or MOOC's, that ...
01:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol
rippeltippel writes "The Independent reports on a scientific breakthrough which would allow us to synthesize petrol from thin air. Quoting from the article: 'Air Fuel Synthesis in Stockton-on-Tees has...
01:05 pm - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot FTC Offers $50,000 For Best Way To Stop Robocalls
coondoggie writes "It's not clear if the Federal Trade Commission is throwing up its hands at the problem or just wants some new ideas about how to combat it, but the agency is now offering $50,000 to...
10:05 am - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Privacy Advocates Oppose Aussie Data Breach Laws
schliz writes "This week, Australia's Attorney-General released a discussion paper about introducing laws that would force companies to notify members of the public any time personal information about...
08:05 am - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Google Threatens French Media Ban
another random user writes in with a BBC story about Google's displeasure with proposed French plans to make search engines pay for content. "Google has threatened to exclude French media sites from s...
07:05 am - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Nintendo Investigating Underage Workers At Foxconn
itwbennett writes "Earlier this week, Foxconn revealed that an internal investigation had turned up workers as young as 14 toiling at its factory in Yantai, China. Now Nintendo, whose products are man...
05:05 am - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Carbon Dating Gets an Update
ananyo writes "Climate records from a Japanese lake are set to improve the accuracy of carbon dating, which could help to shed light on archaeological mysteries such as why Neanderthals became extinct...
03:05 am - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot New HAL Exoskeleton: A Brain-Controlled Full Body Suit To Be Used In Fukushima
An anonymous reader writes "Cyberdyne announced today an improved version of the HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) robotic exoskeleton at the Japan Robot Show. From the article: 'he latest version of the HA...
12:05 am - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot FSF Opens Nominations For Free Software Awards 2012
jrepin writes "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project today announced the opening of nominations for the 15th annual Free Software Awards. The Free Software Awards include the Award fo...
12:05 am - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Dolphins Can Sleep One-half of Their Brain At a Time Say Researchers
An anonymous reader writes "Looks like the evolution in multi-core computing is something nature has already figured out. Dolphins will sleep one core while the other remains vigilant, running backgro...
12:05 am - Fri, October 19, 2012
Slashdot Jill Stein and Gary Johnson Debate Online Tonight
Starting at 7 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. PDT), the Green and Libertarian candidates for President are debating on the Independent Voter Network. You can catch it via a Google+ hangout or Youtube both live ...
11:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Mars Rover Solves Metallic Object Mystery, Unearths Another
SchrodingerZ writes "Last week the Mars Curiosity Rover spotted a shiny metallic-looking object in the martian soil. This week scientists have confirmed that it is plastic that has fallen off the 1-to...
10:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot ARM-Based Chromebooks Ready To Battle Windows 8, Tablets
Nerval's Lobster writes "Google is whipping the proverbial curtain back from its new Chromebook, which will retail for $249 and up. The Samsung-built device weighs 2.5 pounds and features an 11.6-inch...
10:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot AOL's New Alto Client Is Visual Email, and You Don't Need a New Address
pigrabbitbear writes "AOL, still looking to reboot itself from the dialup days, is shooting to actually change the way we deal with email. The company's new service, called Alto, isn't a new email cli...
09:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Newsweek To Go Digital-Only In 2013
Tony Isaac writes "Newsweek has announced that it will cease print publication at the end of the year, going all-digital. The new digital edition will still be based on a subscription model. Who will ...
08:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Below-Expected Earnings For Google Posted Early, Trading Halted
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from the BBC: "Trading in Google shares has been suspended after the internet giant released its third-quarter results early by mistake. Google blames fina...
07:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Eben Moglen Explains Freedom and Free Software in Two Video Interviews
Eben Moglen, says Wikipedia, "is a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University, and is the founder, Director-Counsel and Chairman of [the] Software Freedom Law Center, whose client list ...
07:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Out Now; Raring Ringtail In the Works
An anonymous reader writes "The six month cycle that Canonical adheres to for Ubuntu releases has come around again today. Ubuntu 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal' has been released. There's a whole range of ne...
06:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot User Tracking Back On iOS 6
First time accepted submitter connor4312 writes "Apple got caught with its hand in the cookie jar when privacy experts protested the use of a universal device identifier, or UDID, to track the online ...
05:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Paypal Slips 'No Class Action' Clause Into Policy Update
First time accepted submitter Guru80 writes "PayPal recently posted a new Policy Update which includes changes to the PayPal User Agreement. The update to the User Agreement is effective November 1, 2...
05:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison
First time accepted submitter thetechblock writes "On Tuesday, with the release of pricing and pre-orders for the new Surface RT tablets, Twitter exploded with comparisons to the iPad. So, I decided t...
05:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education
Richard Dawkins is an author and an evolutionary biologist. For 13 years, he held the Simonyi Professorship at the University of Oxford. His 1976 book The Selfish Gene helped popularize the gene-centr...
04:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Trans-Atlantic 8KUHDTV Streaming With UltraGrid and Commodity PCs
An anonymous reader writes "During 12th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop in Chicago, researchers have demonstrated interactive multi-point streaming of 8K/UHDTV (i.e., 16x Full HD resolution) using c...
03:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Vast Bulk of BitCoins Are Hoarded, Not Used
another random user writes with this news from Ars Technica:"More than three-quarters of the digital coins in the Bitcoin digital currency scheme aren't circulating because they remain dormant in user...
03:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Censors German Neo-Nazi Group, Within Germany
judgecorp writes "Twitter has censored a neo-Nazi group, blocking Besseres Hannover (Better Hannover), a group accused of promoting race hate. This is the first time Twitter has used its power of bloc...
02:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Google's Engineers Are Well Paid, Not Just Well Fed
D H NG writes "According to a study by the career site Glassdoor, Google tops the list of tech companies in the salaries it pays to software engineers. Google paid its engineers an average base salary...
02:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot In UK, Apple Must Run Ad Apologizing to Samsung
sfcrazy writes "Apple has lost is appeal in a UK court against Samsung's Galaxy Tab. The court of appeals has upheld its previous judgment that Samsung did not infringe on any Apple design. According ...
02:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot OpenOffice Is Now, Officially, Apache OpenOffice
rbowen writes "Apache OpenOffice has graduated from the Incubator, and now is officially a top-level project at the Apache Software Foundation." ...
01:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot "New Statesman" Pirates Its Own Magazine
WebMink writes "Knowing that its explosive special edition on China this week will be blocked by censorship, UK political magazine 'New Statesmen' has taken the unusual step of posting its own torrent...
01:05 pm - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Verizon Draws Fire For Monitoring App Usage, Browsing Habits
An anonymous reader writes "'We're able to view just everything that they do,' Bill Diggins, U.S. chief for the Verizon Wireless marketing initiative, told an industry conference earlier this year. 'A...
10:05 am - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Man Finds Roman Gold Coin Hoard Worth £100,000 With Metal Detector
An anonymous reader writes "A novice metal detector has found one of the largest roman gold coin hoards ever unearthed in the UK. From the article: 'National newspapers reported on Wednesday that the ...
07:05 am - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot NASA Exploring $1.5 Million Unmanned Aircraft Competition
coondoggie writes "NASA today said it wants to gauge industry interest in the agency holding one of its patented Centennial Challenges to build the next cool unmanned aircraft. NASA said it is plannin...
03:05 am - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot How Hair Can be Used To Track Where You've Been
First time accepted submitter kandelar writes "PBS recently ran a story about how some scientists are using human hair to trace where a person has been. The combinations of different isotopes in water...
01:05 am - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Nissan Develops Emergency Auto-Steering System
AmiMoJo writes "Japanese automaker Nissan Motor says it has developed a new technology to help drivers avoid collisions. A new computer system automatically steers the car to avoid colliding with obje...
12:05 am - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Foxconn Thinks the iPhone 5 Is a Pain
pigrabbitbear writes "China's largest electronics manufacturer, the already-loathed Foxconn, is now taking the fall for the iPhone 5 shortage that's annoyed consumers and worried investors in recent w...
12:05 am - Thu, October 18, 2012
Slashdot Explosive Detecting Devices Face Off With Bomb Dogs
First time accepted submitter titan1070 writes "French scientist Dr. Spitzer and his colleagues have been working on a device that can sense faint traces of TNT and other explosives being smuggled int...
11:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Apple Patents Alternative To NFC
another random user sends word that a set of newly-granted Apple patents published by the USPTO includes an alternative to the near field communication (NFC) technology that has begun to pop up in mob...
10:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Is Microsoft's Price Model For the Surface Justifiable?
colinneagle writes "A blog post contending that Microsoft's decision to match Apple's iPad pricing on its Surface tablet will hurt its chances in the market has brought out some negative comments from...
10:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot NetBSD 6.0 Has Shipped
New submitter Madwand sends this quote from the NetBSD Project's announcement that NetBSD 6.0 has been released:"Changes from the previous release include scalability improvements on multi-core system...
09:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot New Evidence That the Moon Was Created In a Massive Collision
derekmead writes "New evidence that the giant impact hypothesis is correct: A paper published today in Nature shares findings of a chemical analysis of Moon rocks that shows fractional differences bet...
08:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Former Australian Cop Wants Jail For Internet Trolls
beaverdownunder writes "A former police officer in the Australian state of Victoria has called on law enforcement to prosecute creators of hate pages on social media following Facebook's decision to c...
08:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Zero Errors? Spamhaus Flubs Causing Domain Deletions
Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes: After I sent 10 new proxy sites to my (confirmed-opt-in) mailing list, two of them ended up on one of Spamhaus's blacklists, and as a result, all 10 domai...
08:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Democracy Now Asks Third Party Candidates Questions From Last Night's Debate
As they did with the first debate, Democracy Now has published the debate questions answered by third party candidates. Jill Stein (Green), Virgil Goode (Constitution), and Rocky Anderson (Justice) we...
07:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Calls For Governments To End Patent Wars
concealment writes with news that Amazon's Jeff Bezos has called for new legislation from governments to end abuse of the patent system. He said, 'Patents are supposed to encourage innovation and we'r...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Malware Is 'Rampant' On Medical Devices In Hospitals
Dupple sends this quote from MIT's Technology Review:"Computerized hospital equipment is increasingly vulnerable to malware infections, according to participants in a recent government panel. These in...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Beware the Rings of Pluto
Hugh Pickens writes "The Christian Science Monitor reports that scientists are planning a new route for NASA's New Horizons space probe as it approaches a potentially perilous path toward Pluto throug...
05:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot The Growth of Google Summer of Code
I recently sat down with Chris DiBona to talk about the 15th anniversary of Slashdot. In addition to discussing the joys of heading an email campaign against spamming politicians, and the perils of th...
05:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Steam Protocol Opens PCs to Remote Code Execution
Via the H comes news of a possible remote attack vector using the protocol handler installed by Valve's Steam platform: "During installation, it registers the steam:// URL protocol which is capable of...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Parent Questions Mandatory High School Chemistry
Ollabelle writes "David Bernstein, a nonprofit executive who lives in Gaithersburg, Md., has two sons, ages 7 and 15. He has previously written about how schools fail students with Attention Deficit H...
03:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Sony Files Patent For Temperature Feedback Move Controller
Zothecula writes "Video game developers are always looking for new ways to give players a more immersive experience. But with several motion-controlled systems widely available and a viable virtual re...
03:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Photo Tour of Google's Data Centers
For anyone curious about how Google's data centers look on the insidie, NMajik writes with word that Google published a photo tour of their secretive data centers. They look like the future, with a so...
03:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Boxee TV's Unlimited Cloud-based DVR Holds Users Hostage To Monthly Fees
An anonymous reader writes "Boxee has announced the game-changing Boxee TV, offering live streaming TV via two on-board tuners and an industry-first 'No Limit' DVR service that allows users to record ...
02:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Iran Running Out of Physical Currency, Satellite Broadcasts Dropped in Europe
iONiUM writes "In an interesting problem with physical currency, Iran is now running out of hard currency, due to a combination of inflation, and 'Koenig & Bauer AG of Würzburg, Germany, also...
01:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot The Pirate Bay Starts Using Virtualized Servers
concealment writes with news of those Swedish pirates improving their infrastructure. From the article: "The Pirate Bay has made an important change to its infrastructure. The world's most famous BitT...
01:05 pm - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Researcher Reverse-Engineers Pacemaker Transmitter To Deliver Deadly Shocks
Bismillah writes "Pacemakers seem to be hackable now too, if researcher Barnaby Jack is to be believed. And the consequences of that are deadly. Anonymous assassinations within 30 feet of the pacemake...
10:05 am - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Hackers' 'Zero-Day' Exploits Stay Secret For Ten Months On Average
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Maybe instead of zero-day vulnerabilities, we should call them -312-day vulnerabilities. That's how long it takes, on average, for software vendors to become aware of new v...
07:05 am - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Get Paid For Open-Sourcing Your Work?
kc600 writes "Say you're a freelancer, using mainly open source solutions. You notice that customers, although they don't object to the whole open source idea, don't see the point in paying you for th...
05:05 am - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot UK Police Fined For Using Unencrypted Memory Sticks
An anonymous reader writes "The Information Commissioner's Office has filed a suit for £120,000 against the Greater Manchester Police because officers regularly used memory sticks without passwo...
04:05 am - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot The FSF Adopts the Kickstarter Approach To Fund-raising
New submitter ChronoEngineer writes "Recently the Free Software foundation launched a new fund-raising system starting with the GNU MediaGoblin project. Rewards from its new tiered donation reward sys...
03:05 am - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Magic Finger Turns Any Surface Into a Touch Interface
cylonlover writes "A trip on public transport or to the local coffee shop might give the impression that touchscreens are everywhere, but scientists at Autodesk Research of the University of Alberta a...
01:05 am - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot US Presidential Debate #2 Tonight: Discuss Here
The second U.S. Presidential debate kicks off in about a half-hour (9PM ET, 6PM PT, 0100 UTC) from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will tak...
12:05 am - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Alpha Centauri Has an Earth-Sized Planet
The Bad Astronomer writes "Astronomers have announced that the nearest star system in the sky — Alpha Centauri — has an Earth-sized planet orbiting one of its stars. Alpha Cen is technical...
12:05 am - Wed, October 17, 2012
Slashdot Uber Gives Up On New York Taxi Service
An anonymous reader writes "Uber, the startup behind a mobile app for connecting transportation services with people who need rides, has halted its efforts to partner with New York cab drivers. They'v...
11:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Why Microsoft Shouldn't Copy Apple's iOS Walled Garden
Kethinov writes "Will the computers of the future be tools for freedom or for censorship? An insightful Ars editorial examines this question in depth, concluding that Apple's walled garden approach to...
10:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Teen Suicide Tormentor Outed By Anonymous
MightyMartian writes "From the CBC: 'The tragic story of B.C. teen suicide victim Amanda Todd has taken another bizarre twist as the internet hacking and activist group Anonymous has named a man the g...
10:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Huge Geoengineering Project Violates UN Rules
Baldrson writes "The Guardian reports that a massive geoengineering project has been detected off the west coast of Canada that violates UN regulations. An Amerindian tribe in the Pacific NW that depe...
09:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Faculty To Grad Students: Go Work 80-Hour Weeks!
New submitter Ian Paul Freeley writes "Controversy has erupted after a departmental email from faculty to astrophysics graduate students was leaked. Key tips for success in grad school include: 'Howev...
08:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Jonathan Coulton Re-records 'Code Monkey' For Us
Back in 2006, we discussed Jonathan Coulton's 'Code Monkey,' a song about the plight of under-appreciated developers. In the years since, Coulton's efforts to produce geek-oriented songs have propelle...
08:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Climate Change Research Gets Petascale Supercomputer
dcblogs writes "The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has begun has begun using a 1.5 petaflop IBM system, called Yellowstone. For NCAR researchers it is an enormous leap in compute capa...
07:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Kaspersky To Build Secure OS For SCADA Systems
Trailrunner7 writes "Attacks against SCADA and industrial-control systems have become a major concern for private companies as well as government agencies, with executives and officials worried about ...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Surface Pricing Goes Toe-to-Toe With Apple iPad
Nerval's Lobster writes "Microsoft has finally revealed the pricing of its upcoming Surface tablet to a small group of journalists, including Time's Harry McCracken, who wrote in an Oct. 16 posting th...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Freeside Internet Services: Doing Well With Purely Free Software (Video)
While attending ITEXPO West in Austin, TX, Slashdot editor Timothy Lord met Ivan Kohler, the "President, Founder and Head Geek" of a company called Freeside Internet Services that is 100% open source ...
05:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?
First time accepted submitter kfsone writes "I've experienced, first-hand, some of the ways in which spindle disks die, but either I've yet to see an SSD die or I'm not looking in the right places. Mo...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Texas Schools Using Electronic Chips To Track Students; Parents In Uproar
An anonymous reader writes "Two Schools in San Antonio are using electronic chips to help administrators count and track students' whereabouts. Students at Anson Jones Middle School and John Jay High ...
03:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Millions of Blogs Knocked Offline By Legal Row
another random user writes with this excerpt from the BBC: "A row over a web article posted five years ago has led to 1.5 million educational blogs going offline. The Edublogs site went dark for about...
03:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Congressman Warns FTC: Leave Google Alone
concealment writes with this selection from Ars Technica: "A Democratic congressman who played a leading role in the fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act earlier this year has taken up a new cause...
02:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Japan's Softbank Buying Sprint, Creating Third-Largest Global Carrier
First time accepted submitter metallurge writes "Japan's third-largest wireless carrier intends to acquire Sprint, the third-largest U.S. carrier for 20.1 Billion U.S. dollars, creating the third-larg...
01:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Reiser4 File System Still In Development
An anonymous reader writes "Reiser4 still hasn't been merged into the mainline Linux kernel, but it's still being worked on by a small group of developers following Hans Reiser being convicted for mur...
01:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot MacKinnon Extradition Blocked By UK Home Secretary
RockDoctor writes "BBC radio news (2012-10-16 GMT 13:00) is reporting that the Home Secretary has blocked the extradition of Gary MacKinnon to the U.S. for (alleged) computer hacking crimes. Paraphras...
01:05 pm - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Commercial Amphibious Vehicle Is Part ATV Part Jet Ski
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Washington Post reports that a new vehicle could soon be zooming out of James Bond's garage — or pond — as the Quadski, a one-person all-terrain vehicle tha...
10:05 am - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Will EU Regulations Effectively Ban High-End Video Cards?
New submitter arun84h writes "An update to an energy law, which will apply in the European Union, has the power to limit sale of discrete components deemed 'energy inefficient.' GPU maker AMD is worri...
08:05 am - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot From a NAND Gate To Tetris
mikejuk writes "Long before the current crop of MOOCs (Massive Online Open Course) there was a course that taught you all you needed to know about computers by starting from the NAND gate and working ...
05:05 am - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot EU Authorities To Demand Reversal of Google Privacy Policy
judgecorp writes "Google's privacy mechanism, which combines personal data from around 60 products, and gives users only one opportunity to opt out, was rolled out in March against requests from priva...
02:05 am - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Book Or Game To Introduce Kids To Programming?
New submitter connorblack writes "My very gifted nephew is about to turn nine this month and I would love to get him some sort of fun, engaging book or game to introduce him to the basic concepts of p...
01:05 am - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Post-ACTA Agreement CETA Moving Forward With Similar Provisions
rrohbeck writes "From eff.org: 'The shadow of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is back in Europe. It is disguised as CETA, the Canada-European Union and Trade Agreement. A comparison of ...
12:05 am - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot Physicists Propose "Perpetual Motion" Time Crystals
First time accepted submitter b30w0lf writes "It is commonly understood that crystals exist in a state of matter that is periodic in space. Meanwhile, relativistic physics tells us that we should thin...
12:05 am - Tue, October 16, 2012
Slashdot These 19th Century Postcards Predicted Our Future
kkleiner writes "Starting in 1899, a commercial artist named Jean-Marc Côté and other artists were hired to create a series of picture cards to depict how life in France would look in a cent...
11:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot FBI Issues Android Virus Warning
Dupple writes "The IC3 has been made aware of various malware attacking Android operating systems for mobile devices. Some of the latest known versions of this type of malware are Loozfon and FinFishe...
10:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot "Dance Your Ph.D." Winner Announced
sciencehabit writes "Science Magazine has crowned the winner of its annual 'Dance Your Ph.D.' contest. Scientists from around the globe are invited to submit videos of themselves interpreting their gr...
09:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels
alen writes "The FCC is now allowing cable companies to encrypt free OTA channels that they also rebroadcast over their networks. 'The days of plugging a TV into the wall and getting cable are coming ...
09:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot CIA: Flying Skyhook Wasn't Just For James Bond, It Actually Rescued Agents
coondoggie writes "This had to be one hell of a ride. The CIA today said it added a pretty cool item to its museum archives — the instruction card for officers being plucked off the ground by a ...
08:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Cancer-Detecting Bra Could One Day Surpass Mammograms In Accuracy
fangmcgee writes "Reno-based First Warning Systems is working on a new bra that could detect if you are developing breast cancer. Integrated sensors and a data controller regularly monitor your breast...
08:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Is a Wireless Data Center Possible?
Nerval's Lobster writes "A team of researchers from Microsoft and Cornell University has concluded that, in some cases, a totally wireless data center makes logistical sense. In a new paper, a team of...
07:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Everyday Cryptography
benrothke writes "When Bruce Schneier first published Applied Cryptography in 1994, it was a watershed event, given that is was one of the first comprehensive texts on the topic that existed outside o...
07:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot The UAE Claims To Hold the Worlds Largest Biometric Database
another random user writes "The United Arab Emirates holds the largest biometric database in the world, the Emirates Identity Authority has announced. The population register of Emirates ID has over 1...
06:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot $3,000 Tata Nano Car Coming To US
walterbyrd writes "The Nano is currently powered by a 37 hp two-cylinder engine and lacks common safety features such as power steering, traction control and airbags. It was originally designed to com...
06:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Amateur Planet Hunters Find First Planet In a Four-Star System
The Bad Astronomer writes "For the first time, a planet has been found in a stellar system composed of four stars. The planet, called PH-1, orbits a binary star made of two sun-like stars in a tight o...
05:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Bruce Perens To Answer Your Questions
In the summer of 1999, Bruce Perens became our very first interview subject, answering questions about open source licensing. 15 years later, Bruce is still one of the most influential programmers and...
04:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Precision Espionage MiniFlame Malware Tied To Flame
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Initially thought to be merely a module of the now-infamous Flame malware, MiniFlame, or SPE is, in reality, a secondary surveillance tool deployed against specially identified ta...
04:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot KDE Plasma Active 3 Improves Performance, Brings New Apps
jrepin writes "KDE has released the 3rd stable version of Plasma Active, KDE's device-independent user experience. The Plasma Active user interface is touch-friendly and works well across a range of d...
03:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Considering Buying Texas Instrument's Chip Business
puddingebola writes "From the article, "Amazon is reportedly in 'advanced negotiations' to acquire Texas Instruments' OMAP chip division, bringing chip design for its Kindle tablets in-house, and help...
03:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World Is Limiting Free Speech
concealment writes "In the face of the violence that frequently results from anti-religious expression, some world leaders seem to be losing their patience with free speech. After a video called 'Inno...
02:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Raspberry Pi Gets 512MB Filling
sfcrazy writes "Good (and bad) news for Raspberry Pi lovers, the Model B has been upgraded to 512MB RAM from 256MB. Bad news is for those who already got their Model B shipments because all those who ...
01:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Chuck Yeager Re-Enacts the Historic Flight That Broke the Sound Barrier
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Seattle Times reports that exactly 65 years to the minute after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeage...
01:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Thousands of Muslims Protest 'Age of Mockery' At Google's London Headquarters
cold fjord writes "A large protest planned by as many as 800 imams was held today at Google's London headquarters to protest the video, 'The Innocence of Muslims,' which is available on Google's subsi...
01:05 pm - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Making Biodegradable Computer Chips Out of Spider Silk
An anonymous reader writes in a story about a neat potential use for spider silk. "Many people have heard that spider silk is a sort of supermaterial: stronger than steel, tougher than Kevlar, and yet...
10:05 am - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Pedagogical Bundle Lets You Pay What You Want For Educational Software
First time accepted submitter rycks writes "Following on the success of the various Humble Bundles for DRM-free video games and eBooks, there is now a pedagogical offer . It includes Mulot for mouse t...
07:05 am - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Einstein Letter Critical of Religion To Be Auctioned On EBay
cheesecake23 writes "In an admirably concise piece in The Atlantic, Rebecca J. Rosen summarizes Einstein's subtle views on religion and profound respect for the inexplicable, along with the news that ...
03:05 am - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot US Suspects Iran Was Behind a Wave of Cyberattacks
SternisheFan writes in with this Times article about more trouble brewing between the U.S. and Iran. "American intelligence officials are increasingly convinced that Iran was the origin of a serious w...
01:05 am - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Game For Young Kids?
First time accepted submitter pseudorand writes "I have a 3 year old that I've so far kept away from TV and computers. I met a gamer who has a 1 year old that plays xbox (probably better than I do). I...
12:05 am - Mon, October 15, 2012
Slashdot The Tech Behind Felix Baumgartner's Stratospheric Skydive
MrSeb writes "Felix Baumgartner has successfully completed his stratospheric skydive from 128,000 feet (39km), breaking a record that was set 52 years ago by Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger — th...
11:05 pm - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot Endeavour Arrives At California Science Center
The final mission of the Endeavour has been completed. The shuttle has arrived at it's final home, the California Science Center. From the article: "After a dramatic three-day parade through city stre...
10:05 pm - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot How Facebook Can Out Your Most Personal Secrets
McGruber writes "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Facebook revealed the sexual preferences of users despite those users have chosen 'privacy lock-down' settings on Facebook. The article descr...
09:05 pm - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot Proposed Posting of Clients List In Prostitution Case Raises Privacy Concerns
An anonymous reader writes "An interesting case touching on privacy in the Internet age has erupted in Kennebunk, Maine, the coastal town where the Bush family has a vacation home. When a fitness inst...
08:05 pm - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Kindle EBook Users To Get Refunds After Settlement
hypnosec writes "Amazon, in an email to Kindle owners, has a revealed that following the settlement in the eBook price fixing lawsuit customers will be entitled to refunds between 30 cents and $1.32 o...
07:05 pm - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot A Supercomputer On the Moon To Direct Deep Space Traffic
Hugh Pickens writes writes "NASA currently controls its deep space missions through a network of 13 giant antennas in California, Spain and Australia known as the Deep Space Network (DSN) but the netw...
06:05 pm - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot Complex Logic Circuit Made From Bacterial Genes
another random user writes "Just as electronic circuits are made from resistors, capacitors and transistors, biological circuits can be made from genes and regulatory proteins. Engineer Tae Seok Moon'...
05:05 pm - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Skydive Attempt
First time accepted submitter madcarrots writes "The Red Bull Stratos space jump is about to take place. The balloon is filling up and launch is expected around 10 AM MDT. Check out the live feed of t...
04:05 pm - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot Black Hole's "Point of No Return" Found
dsinc writes "Using a continent-spanning telescope, an international team of astronomers has peered to the edge of a black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. For the first time, they have measure...
04:05 pm - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot The Surprising Truth About Internet Censorship In the Middle East
An anonymous reader writes "Internet censorship is common in conservative majority-Muslim countries, but it may have more to do with politics and technology than with religion. I.e., Iran is not so di...
04:05 pm - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Dedicating Code?
First time accepted submitter The_Buse writes "This week I lost my grandmother and after returning to work (as a web developer) I find myself looking for some way to dedicate something to her memory. ...
02:05 pm - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot Flip This App: Secondary Mobile App Market Quietly Taking Off
alphadogg writes "The practice of flipping is probably most familiar to the general public from reality TV shows like 'Flip This House' on A&E. The idea is to buy a house for a lowish price, fix i...
01:05 pm - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot As Gas Prices Soar So Does City Biking
Hugh Pickens writes "As California's gas prices hit record highs, the millions of dollars spent in recent years on commuter bike lanes and public transportation projects in Los Angeles, San Francisco ...
10:05 am - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot Pennsylvania Fracking Law Opens Up Drilling On College Campuses
PolygamousRanchKid writes with this news from MotherJones: "Last year, when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett suggested offsetting college tuition fees by leasing parts of state-owned college campuses to ...
07:05 am - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot US Navy Cruiser and Submarine Collide
An anonymous reader writes "Despite billions of dollars in advanced electronics, radar, and sonar it seems the Navy needs to install backup cameras on their boats. 'The Pentagon said late Saturday tha...
04:05 am - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot Galileo: Europe's Version of GPS Reaches Key Phase
another random user sends this quote from the BBC:"The third and fourth spacecraft in Europe's satellite navigation system have gone into orbit. The pair were launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket from F...
01:05 am - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot The History of Lying With Images
An article at The Verge discusses a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which traces the history of photo manipulation, starting in the mid-1800s. Early photographers used simple techniques ...
01:05 am - Sun, October 14, 2012
Slashdot Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' Urges Letters To Obama To Restore NASA Budget Cuts
MarkWhittington writes "Bill Nye, once known as 'The Science Guy' for his 1990s PBS educational television show, has cut a YouTube video in his current capacity of CEO of the Planetary Society urging ...
11:05 pm - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot Google May Soon Scan Your Android Apps For Malware
An anonymous reader writes "Is Google planning on integrating an antivirus scanner into Android? A just-released Google Play store app update, as well as the company's recent acquisition of VirusTotal...
09:05 pm - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot Lawsuit Challenges New York Sugary Drink Ban
An anonymous reader writes "Soda makers, along with other trade organizations, filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the New York soda ban that is about to be implemented in the city. 'Last month, the bo...
09:05 pm - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot The Three Pillars of Nokia Strategy Have All Failed
An anonymous reader writes "'When all 3 legs of your 3-legged strategy fail, what do you do? You rush — run run run — to change your total strategy. But what would a madman do?' Ex-Nokia e...
07:05 pm - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot Physicists Devise Test For Whether the Universe Is a Simulation
olsmeister writes "Ever wonder if the universe is really a simulation? Well, physicists do too. Recently, a group of physicists have devised a way that could conceivably figure out one way or the othe...
06:05 pm - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot Stallman On Unity Dash: Canonical Will Have To Give Users' Data To Governments
Giorgio Maone writes "Ubuntu developer and fellow Mozillian Benjamin Kerensa chatted with various people about the new Amazon Product Results in the Ubuntu 12.10 Unity Dash. Among them, Richard Stallm...
05:05 pm - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot Tesla Motors Getting $10 Million From California For Model X Production
The California Energy Commission has awarded a $10 million grant to Tesla Motors for the company to buy equipment necessary for the production of its Model X electric SUV. Tesla will have to match the...
04:05 pm - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8: Do I Really Need a Single OS?
gManZboy writes "If you skip Windows 8, you lose the appealing opportunity to synchronize all of your devices on a single platform — or so goes the argument. If you're skeptical, you're not alon...
03:05 pm - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot U.S. Defense Secretary Warns of a Possible 'Cyber-Pearl Harbor'
SpzToid writes "U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta has warned that the country is 'facing the possibility of a "cyber-Pearl Harbor" and [is] increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers ...
02:05 pm - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot FTC To Recommend Antitrust Case Against Google
NeutronCowboy writes with news that a majority of top staff members from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have become convinced that Google "illegally used its dominance of the search market to hurt ...
01:05 pm - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot The New School Nurse Is Nurse Ratched
theodp writes "In Ken Kesey's 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Nurse Ratched maintained order in the mental institution by dispensing antipsychotic and anticonvulsant drugs to the patients....
11:05 am - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot Report: Apple To Switch From Samsung to TSMC For ARM CPU Production
another random user writes "Apple is planning to shift production of its ARM-based microprocessors from Samsung to the Taiwanese chip-baking giant TSMC as early as next year, according to a report by ...
09:05 am - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot Remote Admin Tools May Not Be Clever Enough For Their Own Good
ancientribe writes "A couple of college interns have discovered that remote administration tools (RATs) often used for cyberspying and targeted cyberattacks contain common flaws that ultimately could ...
06:05 am - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot AMD Reportedly Preparing Massive Layoff
An anonymous reader writes "AMD is preparing to lay off 20 to 30 percent of its workforce after warning of a 10 percent decline in Q3 revenues driven by the weak global economy and PC sales, according...
04:05 am - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot Lulzsec Member Raynaldo Rivera Pleads Guilty To Sony Pictures Breach
hypnosec writes "Raynaldo Rivera has pleaded guilty at the US District Court for the Central District of California to hacking the Sony Pictures Entertainment website in May 2011. The 20-year-old in h...
12:05 am - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot ICANN To Replace 'Digital Archery' Program With Raffle
itwbennett writes "As Slashdot readers will recall, ICANN has been struggling to find a way to decide which applications to evaluate first. At the end of June, ICANN announced it had abandoned plans t...
12:05 am - Sat, October 13, 2012
Slashdot Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Journey
daveschroeder writes "After over 296 days in space, nearly 123 million miles traveled, Space Shuttle Endeavour (OV-105) is making its final journey — on the streets of Los Angeles. The last Spac...
11:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Making Driverless Cars Safer
colinneagle writes "Several autonomous cars have been developed elsewhere, most famously by Google, and they are generally capable of identifying objects in the road directly ahead of or behind them. ...
11:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Seattle Police Want More Drones, Even While Two Sit Unused
v3rgEz writes "The Seattle Police Department is seeking to buy more unmanned aerial vehicles (a.k.a. drones) even as the two it currently owns site warehoused until the city develops a policy for thei...
11:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Rejected Papers Get More Citations When Eventually Published
scibri writes "In a study of more than 80,000 bioscience papers, researchers have illuminated the usually hidden flows of papers from journal to journal before publication. Surprisingly, they found th...
10:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot The Great Meteor Grab
RocketAcademy writes "New regulations by the Federal government define asteroidal material to be an antiquity, like arrowheads and pottery, rather than a mineral — and, therefore, not subject to...
09:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot An Overview of the Do Not Track Debate
jonathanmayer writes "The Verge is carrying an accurate and accessible overview of the Do Not Track debate. Quoting: 'With the fate of our beloved internet economy allegedly at stake, perhaps it's a g...
09:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?
gspec writes "A little background about me: 36-year-old computer engineer working in the Bay Area. While I bring in a comfortable salary, I consider myself an underachiever, and my career is stagnant ...
09:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations
fishdan writes "I'm a long time Slashdot member with excellent karma. I am also the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in the Massachusetts 6th District. I am on the ballot. I polled 7% in the on...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla Details How Old Plugins Will Be Blocked In Firefox 17
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, Mozilla announced it will prompt Firefox users on Windows with old versions of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Microsoft Silverlight to update their plugins, but ...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Free Software Legal Giant Eben Moglen
At this summer's HOPE, Eben Moglen was one of the most incisive and entertaining speakers. But since only a small fraction of the Earth's population can fit into an aging hotel meeting room, you can w...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot The Story of Nokia MeeGo
An anonymous reader writes "TaskuMuro, a Finnish tech news site, has anonymously interviewed various Nokia employees and pieced together an interesting timeline of the events which led to the abandonm...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot S. Carolina Supreme Court: Leaving Email In the Cloud Isn't Electronic Storage
New submitter Ibhuk writes "I leave my email stored online, as do many modern email users, particularly for services like Gmail with its ever-expanding storage limit. I don't bother downloading every ...
06:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Prefab Greenhouse + Ardunio Controls = Automated Agriculture (Video)
Sam Bagot and Will Bratton operate Horto Domi (hortodomi.com), an agricultural project they describe as "beyond organic." They're working with small prefab greenhouses, adding sensors and Arduino-actu...
05:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot WikiLeaks Losing Support From Anonymous
Hugh Pickens writes "The Guardian reports that members of computer hacker collective Anonymous have distanced themselves from WikiLeaks, claiming the whistleblowers' site has become too focused on the...
05:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy Nexus Ban Overturned
Maow writes with word that the U.S. Federal Appeals Court has reversed a sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phone. According to the decision (PDF), "Regardless of the extent to which Apple may be inj...
04:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot DRM Could Come To 3D Printers
another random user sends this excerpt from TorrentFreak:"Downloading a car – or a pair of sneakers – will be entirely possible, although Ford and Nike won't be particularly happy if peopl...
03:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot EFF To Ask Judge To Rule That Universal Abused the DMCA
xSander writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge a federal judge in San Jose, CA to rule that Universal abused the DMCA to take down a video of a toddler dancing to a Prince song. Th...
03:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Lone Packet Crashes Telco Networks
mask.of.sanity writes "A penetration tester has shown that GSM communications systems can be taken down with a handful of malformed packets. The weakness was in the lack of security around the Home Lo...
02:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Linux Foundation Offers Solution for UEFI Secure Boot
Ever since news broke last year that Microsoft would require Windows 8 machines to have UEFI secure boot enabled, there were concerns that it would be used to block the installation of other operating...
01:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Saudi Arabia Calls For Global Internet Censorship Body
Onymous Hero writes "Following the recent YouTube video 'The Innocence of Muslims' and the subsequent Muslim violence, Saudi Arabia has stated that there is a 'crying need for international collaborat...
01:05 pm - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot New NASA Robot Could Help Paraplegics Walk
coondoggie writes "NASA said today it has helped develop a 57-lb robotic exoskeleton that a person could wear over his or her body either to assist or inhibit movement in leg joints. The X1 was derive...
10:05 am - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot 19,000 Emails Against and 0 In Favor of UK Draft Communications Bill
Qedward writes "Open source writer Glyn Moody discusses the Draft Communications Bill (aka Snooper's Charter) in the UK and how the Joint Parliamentary Committee that had been considering the bill rec...
08:05 am - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Spy Gadgets: A Visit With the Real-Life Q
AlistairCharlton writes in a neat article about night vision watches, video recording glasses, and other real-life spy gadgets. "Q (real name Jeremy Marks) has run SpyMaster for 20 years and has three...
06:05 am - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Seafood Raised on Animal Feces Approved for Consumers
If you are a seafood lover and wish that you could eat more fish raised on pig feces, your dreams are coming true. Due to fierce competition in the Chinese tilapia industry, farmers are increasingly s...
05:05 am - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?
StonyCreekBare writes "I stared out programming in Z80 assembler in the 1970's. Then I programmed in Pascal. Then x86 Assembler in the early 90's. Over time I did a smattering of C, Basic, Visual C&pl...
03:05 am - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Arctic Investigation Underway Into Solar Storm Sat-Nav Disruption
another random user writes "Scientists in the Arctic have launched an urgent investigation into how solar storms can disrupt sat-nav. Studies have revealed how space weather can cut the accuracy of GP...
01:05 am - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot US Election's Only VP Debate Tonight: Weigh In With Your Reactions
Tonight's debate between the two largest American political parties' candidates for vice president of the United States takes place at Danville, Kentucky's Centre College, starting at 9 p.m. Joe Biden...
01:05 am - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Stem Cell Treatment Found Effective For Rare Brain Disorder
sciencehabit writes "Four young boys with a rare, fatal brain condition have made it through a dangerous ordeal. Scientists have safely transplanted human neural stem cells into their brains. Twelve m...
12:05 am - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Small Telescopes Make Big Discoveries
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Hakeem Oluseyi, an astronomer at the Florida Institute of Technology and president of the African Astronomical Society, says his goal is to put one research telescope in ev...
12:05 am - Fri, October 12, 2012
Slashdot Court Rules Book Scanning Is Fair Use, Suggesting Google Books Victory
concealment writes "A judge has ruled that the libraries who have provided Google with their books to scan are protected by copyright's fair use doctrine. While the decision doesn't guarantee that Goo...
11:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Why Eric Schmidt Is Wrong About Microsoft Not Mattering Anymore
First time accepted submitter Gumbercules!! writes "Eric Schmidt said he believes there is a 'Gang of Four' technology platform leaders — Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook — Microsoft isn...
10:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Google Maps Gets Massive Street View Update
SternisheFan writes "Google Maps has been updated with what's described as the 'biggest ever" increase in Street View photography, with more than 250,000 miles of road around the world gaining street-...
10:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Has Lenovo Taken the Top PC Manufacturer Spot From HP?
angry tapir writes "Lenovo has taken the crown from Hewlett-Packard to become the world's top seller of PCs, research firm Gartner said in a study released this week. Lenovo took the top spot during a...
09:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Air Force Lab Test Out "Aircraft Surfing" Technique To Save Fuel
coondoggie writes "It's not a totally new concept, but the Air Force is testing the idea of flying gas-guzzling cargo aircraft inline allowing the trailing aircraft to utilize the cyclonic energy comi...
09:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Drush User's Guide
Michael Ross writes "With the advent of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) decades ago, most of the commercially-available software transitioned from command-line usage to point-and-click interfaces, wi...
08:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Sues Motorola Over Mapping Patents
jfruh writes "The mobile patent wars continue, with two of the world's biggest tech companies about to blunder into direct conflict. Microsoft holds a number of patents that it claims give it rights o...
08:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Alan Cox to NVIDIA: You Can't Use DMA-BUF
DMA-BUF is a recent kernel feature that allows multiple GPUs to quickly copy data into each others' framebuffers. A use case would be the NVIDIA Optimus that pairs a fast GPU with an Intel integrated ...
07:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Why Do So Many Liberals "Like" Mitt Romney On Facebook?
pigrabbitbear writes "Mother Jones reports that, 'In recent weeks, a host of liberal types have complained that their Facebook accounts have erroneously "liked" Romney's page, and some are floating th...
07:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?
First time accepted submitter Stiletto writes "I work for a traditional 'old school' software company that is trying to move into web services, now competing with smaller, nimbler 'Web 2.0' companies....
06:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot The Quiet Death of the Canadian Internet Survellance Bill
mykepredko writes "C-30, Canada's version of SOPA, would grant the federal government and law enforcement agencies the power to obtain information about individuals who are online without having to ap...
06:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Dotcom's New Site "Megabox" Almost Ready
concealment writes "Dotcom confirmed to the Associated Press in a telephone interview that he has completed 90% the work on "new Mega" and "Megabox", a music site that he announced in June. Megabox wi...
05:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Prince of Sealand Dies At 91
jdavidb writes "46 years ago, occupying an abandoned WWII platform off the coast of Britain, Paddy Roy Bates declared independence, naming himself Prince of the Principality of Sealand. Today, Bates h...
05:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Answers Your Questions
Monday you had a chance to ask Linus Torvalds any question you wanted. We sent him a dozen of the highest rated and below you'll see what he has to say about computers, programming, books, and copyrig...
04:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Court Finds In Favor of Libraries In Google Books Affair
First time accepted submitter cpt kangarooski writes "While it's not a final victory in the long-running Google Books matter, the related case by the Authors' Guild against the universities working wi...
04:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot New Zealand Turning Hobbits Into Actual Cash
Curseyoukhan writes "With its economy struggling, New Zealand hopes to cash in on 'The Hobbit' by turning it into actual cash. The nation is releasing special commemorative coins depicting characters ...
03:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot WikiLeaks Tests Donation Pop-Ups For Leaked Material
WikiLeaks has for years relied on donated time and money to publish the scoops that it has; now, concealment writes "As of Wednesday night, the secret-spilling site now shows a 'paywall' to any visito...
03:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Spying Case Proves Floppy Drive Isn't Dead Yet
An anonymous reader writes "The details of a Canadian spying case are coming to light, including the method of copying the sensitive data from the 'secured' computer linking five countries and the Rus...
03:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Google Wades Further Into Hardware With "Nexus Call Center"
An anonymous reader writes with this bit from geek.com: "One of the big complaints surrounding the Nexus 7 launch was the lack of customer support when dealing with the device. Google was not initiall...
02:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Firefox 16 Pulled To Address Security Vulnerability
Shortly after the release of the newest major version of Firefox, an anonymous reader writes with word that "Mozilla has removed Firefox 16 from its installer page due to security vulnerabilities that...
02:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Confirms Data Breach
another random user writes "A researcher by the name of Suriya Prakash has claimed that the majority of phone numbers on Facebook are not safe. It's not clear where he got his numbers from (he says 98...
01:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Where Has All the Xenon Gone?
LucidBeast writes "Xenon, the second heaviest of the noble gasses, is only found in trace amounts in the atmosphere. Atmosphere contains less xenon than other lighter noble gasses. Missing xenon has p...
01:05 pm - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Intelligence Agencies Turn To Crowdsourcing
An anonymous reader writes "IARPA — the sister agency to DARPA — is sponsoring researchers to examine crowdsourcing as a method to derive better intelligence predictions. This research wil...
11:05 am - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot 520-Million-Year-Old Arthropod May Have Had the First Modern Brain
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists say that the recently discovered 520 million year old insect brain, the oldest brain ever discovered in an arthropod, is surprisingly complex for its age, and ma...
10:05 am - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Australian Government Censors Draft Snooping Laws
coolstoryhansel writes "Stating that release of the draft legislation is not in the public interest [PDF] because it would prejudice decision making processes already in train, the Attorney General's ...
08:05 am - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Pressure Rises On German Science Minister In Plagiarism Scandal
An anonymous reader writes "Germany's minister for science and education, who is currently under investigation by her alma mater for plagiarizing parts of her PhD thesis, is facing new accusations: a ...
05:05 am - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot US Looks For Input On "The Next Big Things"
coondoggie writes "What are the next big things in science and technology? Teleportation? Unlimited clean Energy? The scientists and researchers at DARPA and the White House Office of Science and Tech...
04:05 am - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Kurzweil: The Cloud Will Expand Human Brain Capacity
Nerval's Lobster writes "Futurist and author Ray Kurzweil predicts the cloud will eventually do more than store our emails or feed us streaming movies on demand: it's going to help expand our brain ca...
03:05 am - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Stress-Testing Software For Deep Space
kenekaplan writes "NASA has used VxWorks for several deep space missions, including Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. When the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laborator...
01:05 am - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Mathematicians Extend Einstein's Special Relativity Beyond Speed of Light
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Christian Science Monitor reports that despite an apparent prohibition on faster-than-light travel by Einstein's theory of special relativity, applied mathematician Jam...
12:05 am - Thu, October 11, 2012
Slashdot Tech Firms and Regulators Meet At UN About Patents
another random user writes "Apple. Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and others tech firms met with regulators and patent officials in Geneva to discuss changes to intellectual property laws The event...
11:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot US Navy Funds 'MacGyver' Robot
another random user writes "A US team aims to build a robot that can work out how to use nearby objects to solve problems or escape threats. The machine has been dubbed a 'MacGyver Bot,' after the TV ...
11:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot In Under 10 Hours, Google Patches Chrome To Plug Hole Found At Its Pwnium Event
An anonymous reader writes "Last night, Google held its Pwnium 2 competition at Hack in the Box 2012, offering up a total of $2 million for security holes found in Chrome. Only one was discovered; a y...
10:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot American Scientists Win Nobel Prize In Chemistry
SchrodingerZ writes "Two Americans have won the 2012 Nobel prize in Chemistry for their work in cell research. Their work involves the discovery and manipulation of the G-protein-coupled receptors, wh...
10:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot US Supreme Court Says Wiretapping Immunity Will Stand
wiredmikey writes "The U.S. Supreme Court said this week it will let stand an immunity law on wiretapping viewed by government as a useful anti-terror tool but criticized by privacy advocates. The top...
10:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot US and EU Clash Over Whois Data
itwbennett writes "ICANN wants to store more data (including credit card information) about domain name registrations in its Whois database, wants to hold on to that data for two years after registrat...
09:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Apple Maps Accidentally Reveals Secret Military Base In Taiwan
redletterdave writes "After one Taiwanese newspaper snapped and printed a satellite photo of a top-secret military base from the new Maps application running on an iPhone 5, the defense ministry of Ta...
09:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Ubuntu Asks Users To Pay What They Want
New submitter major_lima sends this excerpt from Ars:"When a typical user downloads Ubuntu for free and installs it on a computer with a Windows license that the user did pay for, Canonical gets nothi...
09:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Is Mobile Broadband a Luxury Or a Human Right?
concealment sends this quote from an article at CNN:"Moderating a discussion on the future of broadband, Mashable editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff tossed a provocative question to the audience: 'By quick...
08:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Dying Star Weaves a Trillion-Mile-Wide Spiral In the Sky
The Bad Astronomer writes "Using the newly-commissioned ALMA radio observatory, astronomers have taken detailed images of one of the most amazing objects in the sky: the red giant R Sculptoris (abstra...
07:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Counterfeit Air Bag Racket Blows Up
Hugh Pickens writes "According to Joan Lowy of the Associated Press, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has alerted the auto repair industry that tens of thousands of car owners may be...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Half-Life of DNA is 521 Years, Jurassic Park Impossible After All
another random user writes with this quote from Nature News:"Few researchers have given credence to claims that samples of dinosaur DNA have survived to the present day, but no one knew just how long ...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Geneticists And Economists Clash Over "Genoeconomics" Paper
scibri writes "One side is accused of supporting ethnic cleansing; the other of being intellectually naive. Geneticists and economists are struggling to collaborate on research that explores how our g...
05:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Soon to Be Released CKEditor 4 Features New Skin And Inline Editing
PsxMeUP writes "CKEditor, one of the world's most popular WYSIWYG HTML editors, is getting a new default skin. The winner, Rafal Bromirski, will also receive $1000. The new design is going with the tr...
05:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Once Valued at $1.8B, OnLive Was Sold For Only $5M
gabebear writes with details of what happened to OnLive back in August: "In a firesale, OnLive, which was once valued at $1.8bn, was sold for practically nothing. Workers are mostly losing their jobs ...
05:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Expenditure Report Reveals Germany Monitors Skype, Google Mail, Facebook Chat
hypnosec writes "The German Government has gone a bit too far trying to be transparent, inadvertently revealing that German police monitor Skype, Google Mail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, and Facebook cha...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Steve Ballmer: We're a Devices and Services Company
Nerval's Lobster writes "According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's latest shareholder letter (not exactly a gripping read), Microsoft sees itself as a 'devices and services company.' The subsequent 1...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot FSF Certifies First Device in "Respects Your Freedom" Program
Earlier this year, the Free Software Foundation announced a hardware endorsement campaign for hardware that respects the rights of its owner (no DRM, runs Free Software, support for open formats, no o...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot A Day in Your Life, Fifteen Years From Now
Fifteen years from now, your alarm goes off at 7:30 AM, pulling you out of a dead sleep. You roll over, grumbling a command, and the alarm obediently shuts up. You drift off again, but ten minutes lat...
03:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Following Huawei Report, US Rejects UN Telecom Proposals
jjp9999 writes "The Epoch Times reports that on Monday, the same day the Intelligence Committee released its report cautioning against Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE, the U.S. said it will r...
02:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot RSA Boss Angers Privacy Advocates
judgecorp writes "RSA boss Art Covielo trod on the toes of privacy proponents' toes at London's RSA 2012 show, by accusing them of faulty reasoning and over-stating their fears of Big Brother. By tryi...
01:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot ISS Robotic Arm Captures Dragon Capsule
puddingebola writes "From the aricle, 'The SpaceX Dragon capsule has been successfully grabbed by the International Space Station, marking the first time a private American space flight has run a supp...
01:05 pm - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot HTC Profits Drop By 79%
An anonymous reader writes "HTC is the world's fifth largest phone maker, but it's starting to feel some serious pressure from giants like Samsung and Apple. HTC's third quarter net income dropped 79%...
10:05 am - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Mysterious Algorithm Was 4% of Trading Activity Last Week
concealment sends this excerpt from CNBC:"A single mysterious computer program that placed orders — and then subsequently canceled them — made up 4 percent of all quote traffic in the U.S....
07:05 am - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Equipment and Furniture For an Electronics Hardware Lab?
bartoku writes "Slashdot, what would you put in your dream electronics hardware lab? I am putting one together, and I'm looking for suggestions on everything from equipment to furniture. My aim is for...
05:05 am - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Phil Zimmermann's New App Protects Smartphones From Prying Ears
Hugh Pickens writes "Neal Ungerleider notes that cryptography pioneer and Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) creator Phil Zimmermann has launched a new startup that provides industrial-strength encryption for ...
03:05 am - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Judge Orders Piracy Trial To Test IP Address Evidence
another random user sends word of a case in Pennsylvania District Court in which Judge Michael Baylson has ordered a trial to resolve the issue of whether an IP address can identify a particular perso...
01:05 am - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Tests 'Want' Button To Hoard User Data, Save Its Stock Price
colinneagle writes with news that Facebook is beginning to roll out tests of "want" and "collect" buttons in an attempt to bring users and retailers closer together."The company is working with Victor...
12:05 am - Wed, October 10, 2012
Slashdot Pandora Shares Artist Payment Figures
An anonymous reader writes "Today in a blog post, Pandora has shared some details of the fees they pay to musical artists for playing songs over their music streaming service. Over 2,000 different art...
11:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Study: Kids Under 3 Should Be Banned From Watching TV
An anonymous reader sends this quote from The Guardian:"Doctors and government health officials should set limits, as they do for alcohol, on the amount of time children spend watching screens –...
11:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Patents 1826 Choropleth Map Technique
theodp writes "A newly-granted Microsoft patent for Variable Formatting of Cells covers the use of 'variable formatting for cells in computer spreadsheets, tables, and other documents', such as using ...
10:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot VMware: Hey, Other Cloud Services Exist
Nerval's Lobster writes "VMware has updated its cloud-management portfolio to support alternative tools, including Amazon's platform. That's a big step for the company, which for some time seemed to s...
10:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Water-Prospecting Lunar Rover Prototype Built
Zothecula writes "Astrobotic Technology Inc., a spin-off company of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), has debuted its full-size flight prototype of its Polaris lunar water-prospecting robot. Polaris i...
09:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot KDE Publishes Manifesto
Several readers sent word that KDE has published a manifesto. According to its official announcement, the KDE community's growth over the past 15 years has "created a need for clarity about what pulls...
09:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Will the Desktop PC Live Forever?
concealment points out a rebuttal from PCWorld of the increasingly common claims that we live in a post-PC world."It's an intriguing proposition, but don't count on mobile devices killing off your des...
08:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's Hand-Gesture Sensor Bracelet
another random user tips this quote from the BBC:"A wrist-worn sensor that creates 3D-models of the user's hand movements in real-time has been built by Microsoft. The Digits prototype is part of an e...
08:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Humble eBook Bundle Lets You Pay What You Want For eBooks
Following on the success of the various Humble Bundles for DRM-free video games, the organization has just launched its first Humble eBook Bundle. It includes Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow, Pump Six ...
07:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars
MrSeb writes "A few hundred million miles away on the surface of the Red Planet, Mars rover Curiosity has photographed an unidentified, shiny, metallic object. Now, before you get too excited, the mos...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Russian Officials Consider Ban On Wi-Fi Use For Kids
dsinc writes that Russia's "Communications and Press Ministry has proposed banning children from using Wi-Fi networks in public, potentially making cafes, restaurants and other locations providing the...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Firefox 16 Released: More HTML5 Support
Today Mozilla released the final version of Firefox 16, which includes a number of new tools for developers. "A number of HTML5 code has been 'unprefixed,' which means that Mozilla has decided it has ...
05:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot OS Upgrades Powered By Git
JamieKitson writes "The latest Webconverger 15 release is the first Linux distribution to be automagically updatable from a Github repository. The chroot of the OS is kept natively in git's format and...
05:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Insurance For Cybercriminals, or Giant Sting?
tsu doh nimh writes "Brian Krebs follows up on a recent Slashdot discussion about a cybercrime gang that is recruiting botmasters to help with concerted heists against U.S. financial institutions. The...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Video Monitors For Areas That Are Off the Grid?
An anonymous reader writes "I have a cottage at the end of a long dirt road, no electricity nor internet, and recently some (insert expletive here) wads are using the area as a trash dump: countertops...
03:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot How To Add 5.5 Petabytes and Get Banned From Costco
concealment writes with this extract from GigaOm: " We buy lots and lots of hard drives . . . . [They] are the single biggest cost in the entire company.' Those are the words of Backblaze Founder and ...
03:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Can Google Base Ads On E-mails Sent To Gmail Accounts?
concealment writes "A new lawsuit targets Google for reading e-mails to target ads, according to TechCrunch. But the issue isn't that Google is reading e-mails from registered users; rather, the compa...
02:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Halliburton's Missing Radioactive Cylinder Found
First time accepted submitter Tator Tot writes "A small radioactive cylinder that went missing from a Halliburton Co. truck last month was found on a Texas road late Thursday, the company said, ending...
02:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot The Case That Apple Should Buy Nokia
Hugh Pickens writes "Nokia has seen better days. The Finnish phone maker continues to struggle to gain traction in a marketplace dominated by Apple and Android, and its new flagship device, the Window...
01:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Quantum Particle Work Wins Nobel For French, US Scientists
thomst writes "Reuters is reporting that French scientist Serge Haroche and American David Wineland will share the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on measuring quantum particles. (The arti...
01:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Supreme Court To Decide Whether Or Not You Own What You Own
Jafafa Hots writes "The Supreme Court is set to decide, in the case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, whether or not First Sale Doctrine applies to products made with parts sourced from outside t...
12:05 pm - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Mesa 9.0 Released With Open Source OpenGL 3.1 Drivers
An anonymous reader writes "The Mesa developers released Mesa 9.0 with open-source OpenGL 3.1 driver support. This de facto OpenGL Linux implementation now supports the several year old OpenGL 3.1 spe...
10:05 am - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Flaws Allow Every 3G Device To Be Tracked
mask.of.sanity writes "New privacy threats have been uncovered by security researchers that could allow every device operating on 3G networks to be tracked. The vulnerabilities could be exploited with...
08:05 am - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Greenhouse Emissions Drop Less During Economic Downturn Than Expected
An anonymous reader writes with a quick bite from Nature World News: "The contribution of economic decline in reducing greenhouse gas emissions is very low, reveals a new study. Researcher Richard Yor...
05:05 am - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot UK Broadband Plan Set To Clear EU Approval
judgecorp writes "The British government's plan to subsidize rural broadband in the UK is about to get approval from the European Union, even though every contract so far has been awarded to BT, accor...
03:05 am - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Post Mortem of GunnAllen IT Meltdown
CowboyRobot writes "The story begins when GunnAllen, a financial company, outsourced all of its IT to The Revere Group. Before long, it was discovered that 'A senior network engineer had disabled the ...
01:05 am - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot PETA Condemns Pokemon For Promoting Animal Abuse
SchrodingerZ writes "PETA, the same group that last November protested Mario for 'wearing fur,' has condemned the Pokémon media franchise and video game series. In light of the recent release of ...
12:05 am - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot Study Shows Tech Execs Slightly Prefer Romney Over Obama
redletterdave writes with an excerpt from IB Times that should be met with a bit of skepticism: "A new study released by international law firm DLA Piper Monday morning shows that among technology com...
12:05 am - Tue, October 9, 2012
Slashdot First Community Release of Diaspora
New submitter Jalfro writes "Following premature rumors of it's demise, the Diaspora core team announce the release of 0.0.1.0. 'It's been a couple of exciting months for us as we've shifted over to a...
11:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Adventures In Rooting: Running Jelly Bean On Last Year's Kindle Fire
concealment writes "Luckily, the Fire's low price and popularity relative to other Android tablets has made it a common target for Android's bustling open-source community, which has automated most of...
11:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Sprint Now Offering Vanity Phone Numbers Aliases With **Me Service
MojoKid writes "Sprint has announced a new vanity phone number alias service called **Me. In a nutshell, **Me lets you create a custom name that people can use to call you if they don't have your actu...
10:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Start-Up Wants To Open Up Science Journals and Eliminate Paywalls
First time accepted submitter ryanferrell writes "Not even Harvard can afford to subscribe to every academic journal. For scientists at small institutions, lack of access to journals specific to one's...
09:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Apple, Microsoft, Google, Others Join Hands To Form WebPlatform.org
hypnosec writes "Apple, Adobe, Google, HP, Microsoft and many others have joined forces and launched a new resource – the Web Platform in a bid to create a 'definitive resource' for all open Web...
09:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot SpaceX Launch Not So Perfect After All
First time accepted submitter drichan writes "Those of us who watched the live feed of last night's Falcon 9 launch could be forgiven for assuming that everything went according to plan. All the repor...
08:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Supersonic Skydive Attempt Delayed 24 Hours
First time accepted submitter poofmeisterp writes "Felix Baumgarner's planned record jump from 120,000 feet has been delayed due to bad wind.' Humor aside, it's good that careful thought is going into...
08:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Motorola's Whacked Lapdock Can Make Raspberry Pi Base
Nerval's Lobster writes "Poor sales have driven Motorola Mobility to whack the Webtop, its attempt to make Android into an all-in-one operating system for both smartphones and traditional PCs. Motorol...
07:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Google and Apple Spent More On Patents Than R&D Last Year
parallel_prankster writes "NYTimes has an interesting article about how patents are really stifling innovation in the tech industry. Today, almost every major technology company is involved in ongoing...
07:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Meet The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (Video)
Discussions about ethics and technology are perennial Slashdot staples. But if you want to frequent a site that is about ethics and technology and almost nothing else, with a strong science fiction be...
06:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Galaxy Note II Source Code Released
An anonymous reader writes "Samsung has released the source code for the Samsung GALAXY Note II. This clears the way for custom ROM's for the smartphone. From the article: 'It's now been posted for th...
06:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot US Air Force's 1950s Supersonic Flying Saucer Declassified
MrSeb writes "Tighten the strap on your tinfoil hat: Recently declassified documents show that the US Air Force was working on, and perhaps had already built, a supersonic flying saucer in 1956. The a...
05:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Will Answer Your Questions
Linus Torvalds was (and still is) the primary force behind the development of the Linux kernel, and since you are reading Slashdot, you already knew that. Mr. Torvalds has agreed to answer any questio...
05:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Unredacted Documents In AppleSamsung Case, No Evidence of 'Copy' Instruction
another random user writes "Previously redacted documents presented in the Apple-Samsung case seem not to offer actual evidence that Samsung told its designers to copy the iPhone. Documents that have ...
04:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Apple Now Shipping Lightning To 30-Pin Adapters
hcs_$reboot writes "Apple has started shipping the iPhone 5 Lightning connector to 30-pin adapters. Some iPhone 5 owners complained about its new connector being incompatible with the previously well ...
04:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025
concealment writes "At the end of August this year, the US Department of Transport's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced n...
03:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Student Publishes Extensive Statistics On the Population of Middle-Earth
First time accepted submitter dsjodin writes "There are only 19% females in Tolkien's works and the life expectancy of a Hobbit is 96.24 years. In January 2012 chemical engineering student Emil Johans...
02:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Replacing Windows 8's Missing Start Menu
jfruh writes "The Start Button, which has offered Windows users quick access to important programs, folders, and configuration options since 1995 and has looked more or less the same for all that time...
02:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Learning HTML Through a Board Game
An anonymous reader writes "cHTeMeLe is a board game about writing HTML5 code. In cHTeMeLe, players endorse their favorite web browser (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera, or IE) and then score points by ...
02:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot National Ignition Facility Fails To Ignite Support In Congress
Hugh Pickens writes writes "For more than 50 years, physicists have been eager to achieve controlled fusion, an elusive goal that could potentially offer a boundless and inexpensive source of energy. ...
01:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot The Case For the Blue Collar Coder
theodp writes "U.S. tech talent shortage discussions tend to focus on getting more young people to go to college to become CS grads. Nothing wrong with that, writes Anil Dash, but let's not forget abo...
12:05 pm - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot US Congress Rules Huawei a 'Security Threat'
dgharmon writes with the lead from a story in the Brisbane Time: "Chinese telecom company Huawei poses a security threat to the United States and should be barred from US contracts and acquisitions, a...
09:05 am - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot UK Man Arrested For Offensive Joke Posted On Facebook
An anonymous reader writes "A tasteless joke posted on Facebook saw a man arrested in the UK under section 127 of the Communications Act, for sending a public electronic communication which is 'grossl...
07:05 am - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Supreme Court To Decide If Monsanto GMO Patents Are Valid
tomhath writes with this exerpt from a Reuters story: "The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear an Indiana farmer's appeal that challenges the scope of Monsanto Co.'s patent rights on its Roundup ...
03:05 am - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot Automated DMCA Takedown Notices Request Censorship of Legitimate Sites
Techmeology writes "Microsoft has sent automated DMCA notices to Google demanding the removal of several legitimate URLs from its search results that Microsoft claims were facilitating the distributio...
12:05 am - Mon, October 8, 2012
Slashdot SpaceX Dragon Set To Launch
SpaceX's first regular launch to the International Space Station is set to go off Sunday evening; the first launch to successfully reach the ISS was more of a test, though it did bring some goodies to...
11:05 pm - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?
An anonymous reader writes "What /was/ taught to you about computers in High School? Computer use and computer science in schools are regular headlines, but what 'normal' do we compare it to? It's not...
10:05 pm - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot Entire Cities In World of Warcraft Dead, Hack Suspected
hypnosec writes "Entire cities in the World of Warcraft have been destroyed with no one spared, not even the NPCs. About 13:00 GMT, forums on WOW started getting the first comments from users regardin...
09:05 pm - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot Assange Seeks To Sue Prime Minister Gillard For Defamation
First time accepted submitter menno_h writes "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he has hired lawyers to investigate how to sue Prime Minister Julia Gillard for defamation."Assange "says comments m...
08:05 pm - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot Parallella: an Open Multi-Core CPU Architecture
First time accepted submitter thrae writes "Adapteva has just released the architecture and software reference manuals for their many-core Epiphany processors. Adapteva's goal is to bring massively pa...
07:05 pm - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot Take a Free Networking Class From Stanford
New submitter philip.levis writes "Nick McKeown and I are offering a free, online class on computer networking. We're professors of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford and are also...
06:05 pm - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot They Work Long Hours, But What About Results?
theodp writes "HBS lecturer Robert C. Pozen says it's high time for management to stop emphasizing hours over results. By viewing those employees who come in over the weekend or stay late in the eveni...
06:05 pm - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot Felix Baumgartner Prepares for Supersonic Skydive Attempt in New Mexico
Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner has tempted fate with quite a few spectacular skydiving feats; now, he is preparing to be the first man to intentionally exceed the speed of sound by jumping from ...
04:05 pm - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot DNA Analysis Probes the End of Human-Neanderthal Sex
An anonymous reader writes "Modern Europeans may have interbred with Neanderthals as recently as 37,000 years ago, after modern humans with advanced stone tools expanded out of Africa, according to a ...
02:05 pm - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot NASA Prepares For Space Surgery and Zero Gravity Blood
Hugh Pickens writes "Draining an infected abscess is a straightforward procedure on Earth but on a spaceship travelling to the moon or Mars, it could kill everyone on board. Now Rebecca Rosen writes t...
01:05 pm - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot Oatmeal Fundraiser a Success; Non-Profit Buys Land For Tesla Museum
Ars Technica reports that The Oatmeal's successful fund-raiser has borne fruit; on Friday the non-profit to which Oatmeal founder Matthew Inman's Indiegogo campaign's money was directed completed part...
10:05 am - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla To Bug Firefox Users With Old Adobe Reader, Flash, Silverlight
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla today announced it will soon start prompting Firefox users to upgrade select old plugins. This will only affect Windows users, and three plugins: Adobe Reader, Adob...
07:05 am - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot Sweden Returns Passport To Pirate Bay Co-Founder
An anonymous reader writes "In August, Piratebay co-founder Fredrik Neij had his Swedish passport revoked by the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok. After an appeal the revocation was dismissed [Saturday], ...
04:05 am - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot Space Junk May Require ISS Maneuver In Advance of SpaceX's Dragon
SpaceX's Dragon capsule, loaded with food and scientific gear, is scheduled to launch toward the ISS tomorrow evening (with backup launch slots on each of the following two days). There's a last-minut...
01:05 am - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot Nokia Keeps Quietly Mapping The World
LucidBeast writes "Mapping the world isn't easy as our friends in Cupertino have found out. Google's maps seem ubiquitous, but there is a less known real heavyweight still mapping the world. Nokia acq...
12:05 am - Sun, October 7, 2012
Slashdot Adam Dunkels On the Internet of Things
An anonymous reader writes "Techworld is running an interview with Adam Dunkels, author of the open source Contiki operating system for the Internet of Things. The interview touches on the Internet of...
11:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Laser Strikes On Aircraft Becoming Epidemic
First time accepted submitter AlphaWolf_HK writes "Ars Technica has a story about a 52 year old man who was arrested and sentenced to three years in jail for shining a high powered green laser at a he...
10:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot US House Science Committee Member: Evolution Is a Lie From Hell
First time accepted submitter badford writes "Representative Paul Broun (Georgia Republican) said that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are 'lies straight from the pit of hell' meant to c...
09:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Virgin Galactic's Quiet News: Virgin Now Owns The SpaceShip Company
RocketAcademy writes "While all eyes were focused on SpaceX, which is preparing for another launch to the International Space Station, Virgin Galactic quietly put out a press release. Virgin Galactic ...
08:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Apparently Spied On For Longer Than Admitted
another random user writes "Kim Dotcom's internet connection was being diverted inside New Zealand weeks before the Government Communications Security Bureau says it started spying on him. The New Zea...
07:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Transporting Computers By Cargo Ship?
JabrTheHut writes "I'll be packing up and moving to another continent soon. Everything I own will be packed up into boxes and loaded onto a cargo container, which in turn will be loaded onto a ship an...
06:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Ad Agency's Bizarre Steve Jobs Tribute Flash Mob Hits Seattle
theodp writes "File this one under it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time. The Filter digital agency decided to show off their Steve Jobs spirit on the first anniversary of Jobs' death by declaring Fr...
06:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Ad Group Says Internet Accounts For 5.1M US Jobs, 3.7% of GDP
lpress writes "A Harvard Business School study sponsored by the Interactive Advertising Bureau shows that the ad-supported Internet is responsible for 5.1 million jobs in the U.S. — two million ...
05:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot French Bees Produce Blue and Green Honey
jones_supa writes "Since August, beekeepers around the town of Ribeauville in the region of Alsace, France have seen their bees starting to produce honey in an odd blue or green color. Mystified, the ...
05:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Spreadsheet Blamed For UK Rail Bid Fiasco
First time accepted submitter Bruce66423 writes "As a sometime computer programmer who was always very sniffy about the quality of the stuff being knocked up by amateurs aka power users, the current c...
04:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Your Facebook Likes Conveyed As Simulated Hugs
mikejuk writes "Next time you're dreaming up ways to make the users of your apps feel loved and wanted, think a little more wildly. How about giving them an actual hug? That's what MIT researchers Mel...
04:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Gas Prices Jump; California Hardest Hit
New submitter jefery23 writes with this excerpt from an Associated Press article (as carried by the Denver Post): "Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much...
03:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Hiring Smokers Banned In South Florida City
Penurious Penguin writes "On October 2, City Commissioners of Delray Beach finalized a policy which prohibits agencies from hiring employees who use tobacco products. Delray Beach isn't alone though; ...
02:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Jailbroken
hypnosec writes "Amazon's latest Kindle Paperwhite is now officially jailbroken, giving users the ability to do things like turn their eReaders into weather station displays, or connect serially to a ...
01:05 pm - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot We Don't Need More Highways
Hugh Pickens writes "When it comes to infrastructure, politicians usually prefer shiny new projects over humdrum repairs. A brand-new highway is exciting: There's a ribbon-cutting, and there's less ne...
11:05 am - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Google Puts Souped-Up Neural Networks To Work
holy_calamity writes "A machine learning breakthrough from Google researchers that grabbed headlines this summer is now being put to work improving the company's products. The company revealed in June...
08:05 am - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Unusual New Species of Dinosaur Identified
cervesaebraciator writes "A new species of heterodontosaur, called Pegomastax, has been identified. Paul Sereno, a University of Chicago paleontologist, published a description of this species in a re...
05:05 am - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Wanted: Hackers For Large-Scale Attacks On American Banks
Trailrunner7 writes "RSA's FraudAction research team has been monitoring underground chatter and has put together various clues to deduce that a cybercrime gang is actively recruiting up to 100 botmas...
02:05 am - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder Goes Live
First time accepted submitter Random Data writes "Australia's initial part of the Square Kilometre Array has officially opened . 36 dishes out of the eventual 96 are now on line, with a data output of...
01:05 am - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot 802.11ad Will Knock Your Socks Off, Says Interop Panel
alphadogg writes "While the Wi-Fi world is rightly abuzz over the rapidly approaching large-scale deployment of the new 802.11ac standard, experts at an Interop NY panel said this week that the 802.11...
12:05 am - Sat, October 6, 2012
Slashdot The Computer Science Behind Facebook's 1 Billion Users
pacopico writes "Much has been made about Facebook hitting 1 billion users. But Businessweek has the inside story detailing how the site actually copes with this many people and the software Facebook ...
11:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Why Worms In the Toilet Might Be a Good Idea
derekmead writes "Billions worldwide still don't have access to proper sanitation, and those of that do still require a ton of water and electricity to keep waste flowing. A French company is offering...
11:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Foxconn Workers On Strike Over iPhone 5 Production
itwbennett writes "That army of robotic assembly line workers we mentioned yesterday apparently can't get started soon enough. As many as 3,000-4,000 workers are on strike at Foxconn's Zhengzhou facto...
11:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Most SSDs Now Under a Dollar Per Gigabyte
crookedvulture writes "SSD prices continue plummeting. In just the past quarter, street prices have fallen by double-digit percentages for most models, with some slashed by 30% or more. We've reached ...
11:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot The Coming Internet Video Crash
snydeq writes "First, it was data caps on cellular, and now caps on wired broadband — welcome to the end of the rich Internet, writes Galen Gruman. 'People are still getting used to the notion t...
10:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Open Source Raspberry Pi WebIDE Alpha Released
ptorrone writes "Adafruit, the NYC based open-source hardware company led by Ladyada released their open-source Raspberry Pi WebIDE alpha today. Its goal is to be 'The easiest way to develop code on y...
10:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Over 60% of Android Malware Hides In Fake Versions of Popular Apps
An anonymous reader writes "Like any popular platform, Android has malware. Google's mobile operating system is relatively new, however, so the problem is still taking form. In fact, it turns out that...
09:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Retrain?
Talcyon writes "I'm a 40-year-old developer, and it's become apparent that my .NET skillset is woefully out of date after five years of doing various bits of support. I tried the 'Management' thing la...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Creates New File System F2Fs For Linux & Android
sfcrazy writes "Samsung has created a new Linux file system called F2FS. Jaegeuk Kim of Samsung writes on the Linux Kernel Mailing List: F2FS is a new file system carefully designed for the NAND flash...
08:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot How To Steal a Space Shuttle
An anonymous reader tips a piece by Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik, who attended the California Science Center's press conference about moving Space Shuttle Endeavour through Los Angeles to its final re...
07:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Boeing Proposes Using Gas Clouds To Bring Down Orbital Debris
cylonlover writes "Boeing has filed a patent application for a method of disposing of dead satellites and other debris orbiting the earth by hitting them with a puff of gas. The method, which is still...
06:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Boston Airport Replacing X-ray Body Scanners
OverTheGeicoE writes "Boston's Logan International Airport is in the process of replacing its X-ray body scanners with millimeter-wave ones. According to the article, nine of the new scanners have bee...
05:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot FCC Chief: 300MHz More Spectrum By 2015
itwbennett writes "On Thursday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski laid out plans to make 300MHz more spectrum available by 2015. Among the blocks that will be auctioned in the AWS (Advanced Wireless Ser...
04:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Decentralized Social Networking — Why It Could Work
Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes with "a response to some of the objections raised to my last article, about a design for a distributed social networking protocol, which would allow for de...
04:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Astronomers Search For Dyson Spheres of Alien Civilizations
Hugh Pickens writes "An article by Ross Andersen makes note of Freeman Dyson's prediction in 1960 that every civilization in the Universe eventually runs out of energy on its home planet, a major hurd...
03:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Lab-Made Eggs Produce Healthy Mice
ananyo writes "Japanese researchers have coaxed mouse stem cells into becoming viable eggs that produce healthy offspring. Last year, the same team successfully used mouse stem cells to make functiona...
02:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Electric Car Environmental Impact: Power Source Matters
another random user writes with news of a study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which looked into the environmental impact of electric vehicles — not just how they do wh...
02:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Google Gives Up Fair-Use Defense, Settles Book-Scanning Lawsuit With Publishers
thomst writes "David Kravets of Wired's Threat Level blog reports that McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education, Penguin Group, John Wiley & Sons and Simon & Shuster have struck a deal to end those comp...
01:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Curiosity Rover Makes First Foursquare Check-In On Another Planet
cylonlover writes "NASA launched a strategic partnership with location-based social networking site foursquare in 2010 with the first-ever check-in from the International Space Station (ISS) by astron...
01:05 pm - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot How Steve Jobs' Legacy Has Changed
On the anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, reader SternisheFan sends in a story from CNN about how the Apple co-founder's legacy has changed since then."... in the 12 months since, as high-profile books...
10:05 am - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Hitachi Develops Boarding Gate With Built-In Explosives Detector
An anonymous reader writes "Hitachi in collaboration with Nippon Signal and the University of Yamanashi, have successfully prototyped a boarding gate with built-in explosives detection equipment as pa...
09:05 am - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Stolen Maple Syrup Found and Returned To Strategic Reserve
First time accepted submitter bmxeroh writes "Remember the tragic maple syrup heist? Police have seized more than 600 barrels of maple syrup they say are related to the missing syrup. It was transport...
08:05 am - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Europe Joins Forces In Massive Simulated Cyber Attack
An anonymous reader writes "Hundreds of cyber security experts from across the EU are testing their readiness to combat cyber-attacks in a day-long simulation across Europe today. In Cyber Europe 2012...
05:05 am - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Scottish Scientists Create World's Smallest Smart Antenna
judgecorp writes "Each generation of smartphones actually has more dropped calls and worse battery life than the last, because antenna design has fallen behind. says Edinburgh-based Sofant Technologie...
04:05 am - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Stanford Study Flawed: Organic Produce May Be More Nutritious After All
assertation writes "A few weeks ago an article was posted to Slashdot referring to a Stanford Study stating that organic produce, contrary to popular belief is not more nutritious. According to Mark B...
03:05 am - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot FTC Releases Google Privacy Audit, Blacks Out the Details
chicksdaddy writes "Google could tell you about its privacy practices except, well....they're private. That's the conclusion privacy advocates are drawing after the Federal Trade Commission took a bla...
01:05 am - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot The CIA and Jeff Bezos Bet $30 Million On Quantum Computing Company
An anonymous reader writes "The CIA's investment fund, In-Q-Tel, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos have invested $30 million in a Canadian company that claims to build quantum computers, reports Technolog...
12:05 am - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot Television Network Embeds Android Device In Magazine Ads
Revotron writes "Readers of Entertainment Weekly might be shocked to find their magazine is a good bit heavier than normal this week. US-based broadcaster CW placed an ad in Entertainment Weekly which...
12:05 am - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot World of Warcraft Character Becomes Campaign Issue
Dr. Gamera writes "Maine state senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz plays World of Warcraft. The opposing party in Maine has issued a press release attacking her for her Level 85 Orc Assassination Rogue...
12:05 am - Fri, October 5, 2012
Slashdot New Study Shows Universe Still Expanding On Schedule
The Bad Astronomer writes "A century ago, astronomers (including Edwin Hubble) discovered the Universe was expanding. Using the same methods — but this time with observations from an orbiting in...
11:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Will Your Next iPhone Be Built By Robots?
itwbennett writes "Foxconn has ambitious plans to deploy a million-robot army on its assembly lines. But while robots already perform some basic tasks, when it comes to the more delicate assembly work...
10:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Oracle's Sparc T5 Chip Evidently Pushed Back to 2013
Mark Hachman writes in Slash Datacenter that the Sparc T5 chip Oracle announced earlier this year apparently won't be ready until sometime in 2013. John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Orac...
10:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot YouTube Alters Copyright Algorithms, Will 'Manually' Review Some Claims
thomst writes "David Kravets of Wired's Threat Level blog reports that Google's Thabet Alfishawi has announced YouTube will alter its algorithms 'that identify potentially invalid claims. We stop thes...
09:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Linux 3.7 Kernel To Support Multiple ARM Platforms
hypnosec writes with news that the Linux 3.7 kernel will support multiple ARM-based System on Chip platforms (Git commit page), writing "Up until now there has been a separate Linux kernel build for e...
09:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Recording of Recently Shut-Down Telemarketers In Action
An anonymous reader writes "Just yesterday, the FTC, in conjunction with other government agencies, shut down an international telemarketing scam. A recent video has surfaced showing them in action, t...
08:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Verizon Tech Given 4-year Federal Prison Sentence For $4.5M Equipment Scam
McGruber writes "Michael Baxter, the network engineer at the southeastern regional headquarters of Verizon Wireless who submitted hundreds of fraudulent service requests to Cisco, has been sentenced t...
07:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Open Communications Set-Up For Small Office?
New submitter earthwormgaz writes "I've started at a small company and our phone system is crusty, old, and awful. We've got email hosted elsewhere on POP/IMAP, and we've got no groupware. The server ...
06:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot After 7 Years In Court, Google Settles With Publishers On Book Scanning
redletterdave writes "After seven long years of litigation, Google Inc. and the Association of American Publishers have reached an agreement to settle over the search giant's book-scanning project, wh...
06:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Philippines' Cybercrime Law Makes SOPA Look Reasonable
silentbrad writes with this report from Forbes: "The dark days of SOPA and PIPA are behind the U.S., at least temporarily, as copyright tycoons reground and restrategize, attempting to come up with me...
05:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Pictures From an Exhibition: World Makerfaire 2012 NYC
New submitter SirTicksAlot writes "I attended World Makerfaire 2012 NYC this past weekend and wanted to share some of the highlights of the faire. Makerfaire is a gathering of smart and talented group...
05:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Successful Engine Test in UK For Planned 1000 mph Car
amkkhan writes with this excerpt from International Science Times: "Scientists aiming to create a car that can break 1,000 mph cleared a large hurdle yesterday when they successfully tested their rock...
04:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Privacy Boosted As Private Message 'Leak' Is Dismissed
judgecorp writes "Claims that old private Facebook messages have been leaking onto people's Timelines have been dismissed by the French privacy watchdog, CNIL. Apparently, as many concluded early on, ...
04:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot New Study Links Caffeinated Coffee To Vision Loss
dsinc writes "A new study suggests caffeinated coffee drinkers should limit their intake to reduce their chances of developing vision loss or blindness. According to a scientific paper in Investigativ...
04:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot 15 Years of Stuff That Matters
15 years is a long time on the internet. Many websites have come and gone over that time, and many that stuck around haven't had any interest in preserving their older content. Fortunately, as Slashdo...
03:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot UK 'Virtual ID Card' Scheme Set For Launch
First time accepted submitter evrybodygonsurfin writes "The UK Government will announce details this month of a controversial national identity scheme which will allow people to use their mobile phone...
02:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot For Obama, Jobs, and Zuckerberg, Boring Is Productive
Hugh Pickens writes "Robert C. Pozen writes in the Harvard Business Review that while researching a behind-the-scenes article of President Obama's daily life, Michael Lewis asked President Obama about...
01:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Russian High-Tech Export Scandal Produces 8 Arrests in Houston
Penurious Penguin writes "Millionaire Alexander Fishenko, owner of US-based Arc Electronics Inc, and seven others have been arrested in Houston Texas, with a total of 11 indicted in a conspiracy to sm...
01:05 pm - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Advertisers Blast Microsoft Over IE Default Privacy Settings
theodp writes "GeekWire reports that Microsoft is sticking to its decision to implement 'Do-Not-Track' as the default for IE 10, despite drawing the ire of corporate America, the Apache Software Found...
10:05 am - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Shakedowns To Fix Negative Online Reviews
First time accepted submitter unjedai writes "A company is putting horrible reviews of small business online, and then offering to improve the company's reputation and take the reviews off for a fract...
08:05 am - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Gold Artifact To Orbit Earth In Hope of Alien Retrieval
Lucas123 writes "The problem: What do you leave behind that billions of years from now, and without context, would give aliens an some kind of accurate depiction of mankind. The answer: A gold-plated ...
05:05 am - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Quantum Measurements Leave Schrödinger's Cat Alive
First time accepted submitter Walking The Walk writes "Your co-workers who keep using Schrödinger's cat metaphor may need to find a new one. New Scientist reports that "by making constant but wea...
03:05 am - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot IETF Starts Work On Next-Generation HTTP Standards
alphadogg writes "With an eye towards updating the Web to better accommodate complex and bandwidth-hungry applications, the Internet Engineering Task Force has started work on the next generation of H...
01:05 am - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Giving Your Computer Interface the Finger
moon_unit2 writes "Tech Review has a story about a startup that's developed software capable of tracking not just hand movements but precise finger gestures. The setupm from 3Gear, requires two depth-...
12:05 am - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Singer Reportedly Outbids NASA for Space Tourist's Seat
RocketAcademy writes "ABC News is reporting that Phantom of the Opera singer/actress Sarah Brightman outbid NASA for a seat on a Soyuz flight to the International Space Station. Brightman reportedly p...
12:05 am - Thu, October 4, 2012
Slashdot Bruce Perens: The Day I Blundered Into the Nuclear Facility
Bruce Perens writes "I found myself alone in a room, in front of a deep square or rectangular pool of impressively clear, still water. There was a pile of material at the bottom of the pool, and a blu...
11:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Starting Next Year, Brazil Wants To Track All Cars Electronically
New submitter juliohm writes "As of January, Brazil intends to put into action a new system that will track vehicles of all kinds via radio frequency chips. It will take a few years to accomplish, but...
11:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Regulators Smash Global Phone Tech Support Scam Operation
SternisheFan sends this excerpt from ZDNet:"Regulators from five countries joined together in an operation to crack down on a series of companies orchestrating one of the most widespread Internet scam...
10:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot The Sci-fi Films To Look Forward To In 2013
brumgrunt writes "Not every sci-fi film released in 2013 will be a sequel or franchise movie. Den Of Geek has highlighted the ten sci-fi movies that might just offer something a little different from ...
10:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Google Glass, Augmented Reality Spells Data Headaches
Nerval's Lobster writes "Google seems determined to press forward with Google Glass technology, filing a patent for a Google Glass wristwatch. As pointed out by CNET, the timepiece includes a camera a...
09:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot HP Plans To Cut Product Lines; Company Turnaround In 2016
dcblogs writes "Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman told financial analysts today that it will take until 2016 to turn the company around. Surprisingly, Whitman put some of the blame for the company's woe...
09:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Kepler Sees Partial Exoplanetary Eclipse
New submitter CelestialScience writes "The heavens have aligned in a way never seen before, with two exoplanets overlapping as they cross their star. Teruyuki Hirano of the University of Tokyo, Japan,...
09:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot MPAA Boss Admits SOPA and PIPA Are Dead, Not Coming Back
concealment points out comments from MPAA CEO Chris Dodd, who has acknowledged that SOPA and PIPA were soundly — and perhaps permanently — defeated. Quoting Ars Technica:"Dodd sounded chas...
08:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Earthquakes Correlated With Texan Fracking Sites
eldavojohn writes "A recent peer reviewed paper and survey by Cliff Frohlich of the University of Texas' Institute for Geophysics reveals a correlation between an increase in earthquakes and the emerg...
07:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Why Klout's Social Influence Scores Are Nonsense
jfruh writes "Klout is a new social media service that attempts to quantify how much 'influence' you have, based on your social media profile. Their metrics are bizarre — privacy blogger Dan Tyn...
07:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Lenovo Building Manufacturing Plant in North Carolina
An anonymous reader writes "One of the major themes of the ongoing presidential election in the United States has been the perceived need to bring product manufacturing back to the United States. A re...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot ROSALIND: An Addictive Bioinformatics Learning Site
Shipud writes "Bioinformatics science which deals with the study of methods for storing, retrieving, and analyzing molecular biology data. Byte Size Biology writes about ROSALIND, a cool concept in le...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Reportedly Launching Its Own Windows Phone Smartphone
zacharye writes "When Microsoft announced earlier this year that it will launch an own-brand tablet to compete directly with its various vendor partners working on Windows 8-based tablet PCs of their ...
05:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot CmdrTaco Looks Back on Fifteen Years of Slashdot
CmdrTaco sent in a link to his weblog post looking back on his experience running Slashdot for fifteen years: "For me the story of Slashdot utterly inseparable from my own life. I built it while still...
05:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot NASA Ponders What To Do With a Pair of Free Space Telescopes
scibri writes "A few months ago, the secretive National Reconnaissance Office gave NASA two Hubble-sized space telescopes that it didn't want anymore. Now the space agency has to figure out what to do...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Jolla Founds Alliance Based On MeeGo Distribution "Sailfish"
jones_supa writes "The Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has revealed the next chapter in their roadmap. The company announced that it is setting up an alliance to license a MeeGo-based OS called Sailf...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot T-Mobile Merging With MetroPCS
Daetrin writes "Last year T-Mobile tried to merge with AT&T but the deal was blocked by the FCC. Now T-Mobile and MetroPCS have agreed to merge in a $1.5 billion deal. There doesn't seem to be muc...
03:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot French Science and Higher Education Programs Avoid Austerity
ananyo writes "Bucking a trend of cutting science seen elsewhere, the French government has committed to increasing spending on research and development in its draft austerity budget for 2013. France'...
03:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Intel CPU Prices Stagnate As AMD Sales Decline
crookedvulture writes "Over the past few years, AMD's desktop processors have struggled to keep up with Intel's. AMD has slashed prices to make its chips more appealing, but Intel has largely held fir...
02:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Unredacted Filings Reveal Claims of Juror Misconduct in Apple vs Samsung Trial
zaphod777 writes with this bit from Groklaw on more Jury related intrigue in the Apple-Samsung trial: "Samsung has now filed an unredacted version [PDF] of its motion for judgment as a matter of law, ...
01:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Report Slams DHS Fusion Centers: No Terrorists Nabbed, Civil Rights Violated
PolygamousRanchKid writes with news of a Senate report on just how ineffective those DHS "Fusion centers" have proven to be. From the article: "The lengthy, bipartisan report is a scathing evaluation ...
01:05 pm - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Apple Acknowledges iPhone 5 Camera Flaw
An anonymous reader writes "Many iPhone 5 users are complaining that its camera is adding a purple flare to their photos. Speculation is that it's caused by the new sapphire lens cover that Apple tout...
10:05 am - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Why Are We So Rude Online?
kodiaktau writes "An article in the WSJ discusses why internet users are more rude online than they are in person. The story discusses some of the possible reasons. For example, a study found that bro...
08:05 am - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Mind Maps: the Poor Man's Design Tool
CowboyRobot writes "'UML too complex? Flowcharts too old school? Mind maps offer a simple way to capture designs and weave them together elegantly.' The quickest way to begin designing a program is to...
07:05 am - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Co-founder Dings Windows 8 As 'Puzzling, Confusing'
CWmike writes "Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has called Windows 8 'puzzling' and 'confusing initially,' but assured users that they would eventually learn to like the new OS. Allen, who co-founded M...
05:05 am - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot How Cosmological Supercomputers Evolve the Universe All Over Again
the_newsbeagle writes "To study the mysterious phenomena of dark matter and dark energy, astronomers are turning to supercomputers that can simulate the entire evolution of the universe. One such simu...
03:05 am - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Cell Phone Carrier In the US?
martypantsROK writes "After nearly seven years of living abroad, I'm planning to return to the U.S. in early 2013. Last time I lived there, smart phones weren't out yet. Dropped calls were common, and...
12:05 am - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets
nk497 writes "When Paul Otellini announced Ultrabooks last year, he predicted they would grab 40% of the laptop market by this year. One analyst firm has said Ultrabooks will only make up 5% of the ma...
12:05 am - Wed, October 3, 2012
Slashdot Sandia Lab Fires Up 300,000 Virtual Android Devices To Test Out Security
coondoggie writes "Researchers with the Sandia National Laboratory have tied together 300,000 virtual Android-based devices in an effort to study the security and reliability of large smartphone netwo...
11:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot SHA-3 Winner Announced
An anonymous reader writes "The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has just announced the winner of the SHA-3 competition: Keccak, created by Guido Bertoni, Joan Daemen and Gilles V...
11:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Super Bacteria Create Gold
SchrodingerZ writes "With the price of gold skyrocketing in today's market, Michigan State University researchers have discovered a bacterium that can withstand high toxicity levels that are necessary...
10:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot What Happened To Diaspora, the Facebook Killer? It's Complicated
pigrabbitbear writes "Created by four New York University students, Diaspora tried to destroy the notion that one social network could completely dominate the web. Diaspora – 'the privacy aware,...
09:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Graphics Cards: the Future of Online Authentication?
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Researchers working on the 'physically unclonable functions found in standard PC components (PUFFIN) project' announced last week that widely used graphics processors could be the...
09:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Apple iPad Mini Could Complicate Things For Windows 8 Tablets
Nerval's Lobster writes "Current rumor suggests that Apple is gearing up to unveil its iPad Mini Oct. 17, with invitations to media arriving Oct. 10. That's according to Fortune, which obtained the in...
09:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot 82-Year-Old Nun Breaks Into Nuclear Facility, Contractors Blamed
Lasrick writes "Private security contractors strike again, this time at the Y-12 National Security Complex. A nun, a gardener, and a housepainter cut through three security fences to find themselves 2...
08:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot The History of 'Correlation Does Not Imply Causation'
Dr Herbert West writes "The phrase 'correlation does not imply causation' goes back to 1880 (according to Google Books). However, use of the phrase took off in the 1990s and 2000s, and is becoming a q...
07:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Galaxy Tab Sales Ban Lifted, Samsung Sues Apple Over iPhone 5
another random user sends this quote from the BBC:"A temporary sales ban on Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer in the U.S. has been lifted by a U.S. court. District Judge Lucy Koh ga...
07:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Misconduct, Not Error, Is the Main Cause of Scientific Retractions
ananyo writes "One of the largest-ever studies of retractions has found that two-thirds of retracted life-sciences papers were stricken from the scientific record because of misconduct such as fraud o...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot A Honda Civic With no Gas Tank (Video)
It took Dr. Adam Blankespoor two years and $14,000 to convert his 1996 Honda Civic into an all-electric plug-in vehicle. He's an automotive engineer and researcher, but if he can do it, you can probab...
06:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot $1 Billion Mission To Reach the Earth's Mantle
black6host writes "Humans have reached the moon and are planning to return samples from Mars, but when it comes to exploring the land deep beneath our feet, we have only scratched the surface of our p...
05:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Jeff Bates On Niche Communities and Why Partisan News Is Normal
I recently sat down with one of our co-founders, Jeff "hemos" Bates, to talk about Slashdot's 15th anniversary and the world of niche news. Because history was involved, Jeff had a lot to say about th...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Want To Keep Their Research Work Out of Court
concealment writes "How much privacy is the scientific process entitled to? During the course of their work, researchers produce e-mails, preliminary results, and peer reviews, all of which might be m...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Iran Lifts Block On Gmail
redletterdave writes "After blocking Google's Gmail service for a little more than a week, the Iranian government has decided to remove the digital barrier after a barrage of complaints, some of which...
04:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot $1 Billiion Mission To Reach the Earth's Mantle
black6host writes "Humans have reached the moon and are planning to return samples from Mars, but when it comes to exploring the land deep beneath our feet, we have only scratched the surface of our p...
03:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot You Can't Print a Gun If You Have No 3D Printer
FatLittleMonkey writes "You may recall Cody Wilson's project to create a 3D printed gun, mentioned previously on Slashdot. Well, the Defense Distributed project has suffered a decidedly non-technical ...
02:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot $1 Billiion Dollar Mission To Reach the Earth's Mantle
black6host writes "Humans have reached the moon and are planning to return samples from Mars, but when it comes to exploring the land deep beneath our feet, we have only scratched the surface of our p...
01:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot The Most Important Meeting You've Never Heard of
An anonymous reader writes "In December the nations of the world will gather in Dubai for the UN-convened World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT – pronounced 'wicket'). The t...
01:05 pm - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Judge Posner Muses on Excessively Strong Patent and Copyright Laws
Ars Technica reports on Judge Posner's weblog, and in particular a recent post on the excessive strength of U.S. copyright and patent law: "The problem of excessive patent protection is at present bes...
10:05 am - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets
Hugh Pickens writes in about the detrimental effects of mandatory helmet laws (at least as applied to adults): "Elisabeth Rosenthal writes that in the United States the notion that bike helmets promot...
08:05 am - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Nokia Bets Big On Mapping
angry tapir writes "Nokia and Oracle have joined forces on mapping, with details of the deal to be announced at the Oracle OpenWorld conference. To differentiate its smartphones from the competition, ...
05:05 am - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot "Secure" Shorter .uk Internet Domain Proposed
another random user writes with an excerpt from the BBC about a new proposal to issue top level .uk domains, for a price: "The scheme would give businesses the chance to register www.name.uk as their ...
03:05 am - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot BrewPi: Raspberry Pi and Arduino Powered Fermentation Chamber
For the homebrew hardware nerds out there who also homebrew beer: "BrewPi is an open source fermentation controller that runs on an Arduino (for now) and a Raspberry Pi. It can control your beer tempe...
02:05 am - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Save the Web From Software Patents
TheNextCorner writes "PersonalWeb's software patent suit against Github and others threatens the freedom of the Web. In order to make sure that the Web can remain a free and accessible space for every...
01:05 am - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Statistical Tools For Detecting Electoral Fraud
RockDoctor writes "A recent paper published in PNAS describes statistical techniques for clearly displaying the presence of two types of electoral fraud (PDF) — 'incremental fraud' (stuffing of ...
12:05 am - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Simulation Using LRO Data Shows More Locations With Ice on the Moon
ananyo writes "Water ice on the Moon may be more widespread than previously thought. Permanent shadows have been spotted far from the lunar poles, expanding the number of sites that would be good cand...
12:05 am - Tue, October 2, 2012
Slashdot Glenn Beck Reports CIA Plot Between Embassy Killing and Something Awful
An anonymous reader writes "Here's one that even The Onion would reject as too blatantly ridiculous: American right-wing radio and TV clown Glenn Beck believes that Sean Smith aka Vile Rat, the EVE On...
11:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot Colocation Provider PRQ Raided; Wikileaks and Many Torrent Sites Offline
An anonymous reader writes with some chilling news about PRQ, the infamous colo founded by two Pirate Bay founders. From the article: "Stockholm police raided the free-speech focused firm (PRQ) Monday...
11:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Using AI To Build Robotic Bees
An anonymous reader writes "British researchers at the Universities of Sussex and Sheffield are developing a computer model of a bee's brain that they hope can help scientists better understand the br...
10:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot TypeScript: Microsoft's Replacement For JavaScript
mikejuk writes "Everyone seems to have a replacement for JavaScript — Google even has two. Now Microsoft has revealed that Anders Hejlsberg, the father of C# among other languages, has been work...
09:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot RightScale, Scalr, EnStratus: Comparing the APIs
Nerval's Lobster writes "Back in May, I took a look at three cloud management platforms: RightScale, Scalr, and enStratus. Perhaps the biggest surprise was that people from two of those companies&mdas...
09:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot EU Says Apple's Warranty Advertisements Are Unacceptable
An anonymous reader writes "The European Union believes that Apple should be investigated for the way that it advertises warranties on their products. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding wrote to t...
08:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot The Fastest ISPs In the US
adeelarshad82 writes "For a second year in a row PCMag partnered with Speedtest to find out the fastest ISPs in the U.S. The results were a product of 110,000 tests ran between January 1, 2012 and Sep...
07:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot White House Confirms Chinese Cyberattack
First time accepted submitter clam666 writes "White House sources partly confirmed that U.S. government computers — reportedly including systems used by the military for nuclear commands —...
07:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot New York Plans World's Largest Ferris Wheel
justelite writes "It is an old trend to build "The World's largest..." something. One of the latest somethings is a 630-foot tall Ferris wheel planned for Staten Island. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said '...
06:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot New Cell-To-Cell Communication Process Could Revolutionize Bioengineering
Zothecula writes "The internet has revolutionized global communications and now researchers at Standford University are looking to provide a similar boost to bioengineering with a new process dubbed "...
06:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot Supreme Court Won't Hear Body-Scanner Appeal
stevegee58 writes "After a long string of legal setbacks, the case brought by Jonathan Corbett challenging TSA's use of full body scanners and enhanced pat-downs has come to and end. Today the Supreme...
05:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Steve Wozniak Anything
He co-founded Apple Computer, he's a programmer and engineer who invented the Apple I and Apple II computers, he's one of our most influential readers, he is known simply as Woz. To kick-off our 15th ...
05:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot Oracle Open World: Ellison Preaches Cloud Religion
Nerval's Lobster writes "Oracle CEO Larry Ellison used his opening keynote at Oracle Open World (OOW) to unveil several initiatives to accelerate the cloud, including its own private cloud, Infrastruc...
04:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Would You Include In a New Building?
First time accepted submitter weiserfireman writes "For the first time in our company's 60 year history, we are going to be building a new facility from scratch. We are a CNC Machine shop with 40 empl...
04:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot Linux 3.6 Released
diegocg writes "Linux 3.6 has been released. It includes new features in Btrfs: subvolume quotas, quota groups and snapshot diffs (aka "send/receive"). It also includes support for suspending to disk ...
03:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot The Explosive Growth of 3D Printing
MojoKid writes "If you've ever attended a World Maker Faire, the first thing that strikes you is how organic the whole scene is. Inventors, creators, and engineers from all walks of life have their ga...
02:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot US Agricultural Economists Say Bacon Shortage Is Hogwash
PolygamousRanchKid writes "The economics of the current drought are likely to nose up prices for bacon and other pork products next year, by as much as 10 percent. But U.S. agricultural economists are...
02:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot Obama Blocks Chinese Wind Farms In Oregon Over National Security
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Reuters reports that President Barack Obama has invoked a little-used law to block a privately owned Chinese company from building wind turbines close to a Navy military si...
01:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot Illegal Downloading Now a Crime In Japan With Increased Penalties
eldavojohn writes "Although downloading songs without paying for them in Japan used to be a civil offense starting in 2010, it is now a crime with new penalties of up to two years in prison or fines o...
12:05 pm - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds
Slashdot turns 15 this month! You may have noticed that we’ve swapped out the usual logo for the first of the reader-contributed designs we'll be featuring this month. (If you think you have a b...
09:05 am - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot ForestWatchers Lets Anyone Monitor A Patch of Forest
teleyinex writes "ForestWatchers.net is a citizen project with the goal of making it possible for anyone (locals, volunteers, NGOs, governments, etc), anywhere in the world, to monitor selected patche...
07:05 am - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot RockBox + Refurbished MP3 Players = Crowdsourced Audio Capture
An anonymous reader writes "Looking for an inexpensive means to capture audio from a dynamically moving crowd, I sampled many MP3 players' recording capabilities. Ultimately the best bang-for-the-buck...
03:05 am - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot How Noah Kagan Got Fired From Facebook and Lost $100 Million
First time accepted submitter abhi2012 writes "Noah Kagan, a former Facebook product manager, has written a brutally honest article about how and why he got fired from Facebook in 2006 and what he lea...
01:05 am - Mon, October 1, 2012
Slashdot BitCoin Gets a Futures Market
fireballrus writes "There is one more way to use your BitCoins rather than buying weed or socks. Recently, a Bitcoin Exchange called ICBIT quietly introduced a futures market, obviously using Bitcoins...
11:05 pm - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot CyanogenMod Drops ROM Manager In Favor of OTA Updates
sfcrazy writes "There's some great news for CyanogenMod fans. The CM team has decided to drop ROM manager, which was the de facto standard of getting CyanogenMod updates." Instead, the CM team is buil...
10:05 pm - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot WTFM: Write the Freaking Manual
theodp writes "Blogger Floopsy complains that he would love to RTFM, but can't do so if no one will WTFM. 'You spend hours, days, months, perhaps years refining your masterpiece,' Floopsy laments to c...
09:05 pm - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot LightSquared Wants To Share Weather-Balloon Frequencies for LTE
IDG News Service reports (as carried by PC World) that LightSquared, having lost some of the spectrum they'd hoped to use for a nationwide LTE network because of worries it would interfere with GPS se...
08:05 pm - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Incentives For IT Workers?
New submitter Guru Jim writes "Our company is currently looking at our incentives program and are wondering what is out there that helps motivate IT workers. We have engineers/sys admins as well as de...
07:05 pm - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot African Robotics Network Challenge Spurs Rash of $10 Robots
An anonymous reader writes with this story from Wired: "When the African Robotics Network announced their $10 robot design challenge this summer, co-founder Ken Goldberg was careful not to share too m...
06:05 pm - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot EU Privacy Watchdog To ICANN: Law Enforcement WHOIS Demands "Unlawful"
First time accepted submitter benyacrick writes "WHOIS was invented as an address book for sysadmins. These days, it's more likely to be used by Law Enforcement to identify a perpetrator or victim of ...
04:05 pm - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot Indian Minister Says Telecom Companies Should Only Charge For Data
bhagwad writes "In the US, telecom carriers are trying their best to hold on to depleting voice revenues. Over in India, the telecom minister urged carriers to stop charging for voice calls and derive...
03:05 pm - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot Think Tank's Website Rejects Browser Do-Not-Track Requests
alphadogg writes "The website for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) now tells visitors it will not honor their browsers' do-not-track requests as a form of protest against th...
03:05 pm - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot UK Ministers' Private Communications Subject To Freedom of Information Act
Techmeology writes "Emails and texts sent from UK ministers' private accounts could be subject to the Freedom of Information Act, which means copies could be requested by members of the public. New gu...
02:05 pm - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot PlaceRaider Builds a Model of Your World With Smartphone Photos
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Neal Ungerleider writes about PlaceRaider, a trojan that can run in the background of any phone running Android 2.3 or above, and is hidden in a photography app that gives ...
01:05 pm - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot Does Crowdfunding Work?
Barence writes "Is it really practical to fund a business from hundreds of small donations harvested over the internet? With Kickstarter grabbing the headlines with some high-profile projects, it's al...
10:05 am - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot Woman Successfully Grows Ear From Arm
An anonymous reader writes "In 2008, Sherrie Walters, now 42 years old, discovered that she had rapidly spreading basal cell cancer in her ear. The disease is a type of skin cancer. The doctors pursue...
07:05 am - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot The Day Leo Traynor Confronted His Troll
McGruber writes "Dublin-based writer Leo Traynor has written a piece about confronting the troll who drove him off Twitter, hacked his Facebook, and abused and terrified his family. Quoting: 'I blocke...
04:05 am - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot Another Call For Abolishing Patents, This One From the St. Louis Fed
New submitter WOOFYGOOFY writes "The most recent call for curtailing patents comes not just from an unexpected source, the St. Louis Fed, but also in its most basic form: total abolition of all patent...
01:05 am - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot Lingering Questions On the Extent of the Adobe Hack
chicksdaddy writes "In the wake of Adobe's warning on Thursday about a high profile compromise on its network, security experts say the incident raises troubling questions about the extent of the brea...
12:05 am - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot New Content-Delivery Tech Should Be Presumed Illegal, Says Former Copyright Boss
TrueSatan writes "Reminiscent of buggy whip manufacturers taking legal action against auto makers, the former U.S. Register of Copyrights, Ralph Oman, has given an amicus brief in the Aereo case (PDF)...
12:05 am - Sun, September 30, 2012
Slashdot Concept Aquatic Rover May Explore a Lake On Titan
cylonlover writes "Titan is Saturn's largest moon, and it's said to be one of the most Earth-like celestial bodies in the Solar System. It has a thick atmosphere, and is covered with a network of seas...