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06:05 pm - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot Cisco To Buy Meraki For $1.2 Billion
UnanimousCoward writes "Several outlets are reporting Cisco's intent to acquire Meraki for $1.2 billion. From the article: 'Cisco Systems of San Jose, California, says it is buying Meraki Networks of ...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot GIF Becomes Word of the Year 2012
mikejuk writes "GIF started out as a humble acronym 25 years ago, entered common parlance as the format used for web graphics and now achieves fame as a verb by becoming Oxford Dictionaries USA Word o...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot Legalizing Online Futures Betting
Bennett Haselton writes: "Online political futures betting is in a legal limbo in the United States. But with the lifting of legal sanctions, and with the addition of one simple new feature, online fu...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot John McAfee Launches Blog, Offers $25K Reward For "Real Killers"
An anonymous reader writes "The IT security pioneer John McAfee has launched a blog to document his life on the lam, as Belize police chase him down for suspicion of killing a neighbor. McAfee is usin...
04:05 pm - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA
sciencewatcher writes "A 1999 cold case rape and murder in The Netherlands has been solved. Dutch police asked 8000+ men living within 5 kilometers of the crime scene to volunteer their DNA so th...
03:05 pm - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot Nanoparticles Stop Multiple Sclerosis In Mice
HangingChad writes "Scientists have used nanoparticles covered in proteins to trick the immune system to stop attacking myelin and halt the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice. The nanoparticles...
03:05 pm - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot EU Working On Most Powerful Laser Ever Built
kkleiner writes "On the coattails of CERN's success with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), Europeans and the world at large have another grand science project to be excited about: the Extreme Light Inf...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot You Can't Say That On the Internet
hessian writes in with a story about the arbitrary and often outdated online decency standards being imposed by companies."A bastion of openness and counterculture, Silicon Valley imagines itself as t...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot Ariane 5 Has No Chance, Says Elon Musk
Dupple writes with some remarks by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, as reported by the BBC, on the Ariane 5 launch vehicle: Musk is anything but a disinterested party, but he has some especially harsh words ...
11:05 am - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot A Better Thought-Controlled Computer Cursor
An anonymous reader writes "Stanford researchers have developed a new algorithm (Abstract only) that significantly improves the control and performance of neural prosthetics — brain-controlled c...
09:05 am - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which International Online Music Stores Are Legit?
rjnagle writes "I'm an American lover of music who is interested in buying legally music from other countries. How do I know which CD/online music stores are legit and actually benefit the artist? I'm...
06:05 am - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot Windows Phone 8 Users Hit Some Snags
symbolset writes "As reported on The Verge, many people are experiencing freezing, rebooting and battery problems on their new Windows Phone 8 devices. This WP8Central thread shows many of the issues....
03:05 am - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot Coffee and Intellectual Property
cervesaebraciator writes "A 'Coffee Branding Workshop,' sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization, was held recently in Arusha City, at which the Director General of the Tanzania Coffe...
12:05 am - Mon, November 19, 2012
Slashdot Dual-Booting PengPod Tablet Can Run LinuxAndroid
New submitter garbagechuteflyboy writes "The PengPod is the first dual-booting tablet; It's able to run both Linux and Android. Pengpod is now running the latest Plasma Active which gives this powerfu...
11:05 pm - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot Nintendo Wii U Teardown Reveals Simple Design
Vigile writes "Nintendo has never been known to be very aggressive with its gaming console hardware and with today's release (in the U.S.) of the Wii U we are seeing a continuation of that business mo...
10:05 pm - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot Hounded By Recruiters, Coders Put Themselves Up For Auction
An anonymous reader writes "When Pete London posted a resume on LinkedIn in December 2009, the JavaScript specialist stumbled into a trap of sorts. Shortly after creating a profile he received a messa...
09:05 pm - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot Just In Time for the Holidays, Nintendo Wii U Gets Its US Release
YokimaSun writes "Nintendo has today fired the first salvo in the next-gen console wars with the U.S. release of their Wii U console, which is massively more powerful than the Nintendo Wii and also th...
09:05 pm - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot Linux On the TI-Nspire Graphing Calculator
An anonymous reader writes "Developers been working hard for the past few months to get Linux ported to the TI-Nspire calculator. The port is not yet fully stabilized nor quite ready for broad consump...
08:05 pm - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot Hacker vs. Counter-Hacker — a Legal Debate
Freddybear writes "If your computer has been cracked and subverted for use by a botnet or other remote-access attack, is it legal for you to hack back into the system from which the attack originated?...
07:05 pm - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot Reading and Calculating With Your Unconscious
lee1 writes "Using special techniques that present information to one eye while hiding the information from the conscious mind (by masking it with more distracting imagery presented to the other eye),...
06:05 pm - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot How Free Speech Died On Campus
theodp writes "The WSJ catches up with FIRE's Greg Lukianoff and his crusade to expose how universities have become the most authoritarian institutions in America. In Unlearning Liberty, Lukianoff not...
05:05 pm - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?
smi.james.th writes "Here on Slashdot, the concept that older models of business need to be updated to keep with the times is often mentioned. A friend of mine owns a DVD rental store, and he often li...
04:05 pm - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Complains That WebKit Breaks Web Standards
Billly Gates writes "In a bizarre, yet funny and ironic move, Microsoft warned web developers that using WebKit stagnates open standards and innovation on the Web. According to the call to action in i...
03:05 pm - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot It's Hard For Techies Over 40 To Stay Relevant, Says SAP Lab Director
New submitter NewYork writes with this chestnut from an article about the role of age in the high-tech workplace: 'The shelf life of a software engineer today is no more than that of a cricketer &mdas...
02:05 pm - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot GOP Study Committee Director Disowns Brief Attacking Current IP Law
cervesaebraciator writes "Saturday an article was featured on Slashdot which expressed some hope, if just a fool's hope, that a recent Republican Study Committee Brief could be a sign of broader natio...
11:05 am - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot NASA Discovers Most Distant Galaxy In Known Universe
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from cbc.ca: "'NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes (not to be outdone by the Kepler Space Telescope) have discovered the most distant galaxy identif...
08:05 am - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot New Malware Variant Uses Google Docs As a Proxy To Phone Home
An anonymous reader writes "Windows 8 may block most malware out of the box, but there is still malware out there that thwarts Microsoft's latest and greatest. A new Trojan variant, detected as Backdo...
05:05 am - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot Just In Time for the Holidays, Nintendo WiiU Gets Its US Release
YokimaSun writes "Nintendo have today fired the first salvo in the Next-Gen Console Wars with the U.S. release of their WiiU console, which is massively more powerful than the Nintendo Wii and also th...
02:05 am - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot Valve's Big Picture Could Be a Linux Game Console
Penurious Penguin writes that "a hopeful article at The Verge persuasively suggests that through Valve, Linux could soon become a formidable contender in the gaming arena, capable of holding its own a...
12:05 am - Sun, November 18, 2012
Slashdot Teaching Robots New Tricks Without Programming
cylonlover writes "Maya Cakmak, a researcher from Georgia Tech, spent the summer at Willow Garage creating a user-friendly system that teaches the PR2 robot simple tasks. The kicker is that it doesn't...
11:05 pm - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Data Storage Highway Robbery?
An anonymous reader writes "I just learned that Salesforce charges $3000 per year for 1GB of extra data storage. That puts it in line with hardware storage costs from about 1993. We've all heard of te...
10:05 pm - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot Man Arrested At Oakland Airport For Ornate Watch
First time accepted submitter mbeckman writes "A man was arrested at Oakland airport for having bomb-making materials. The materials? An ornate watch and extra insoles in his boots. Despite the bomb s...
09:05 pm - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot Computer Science vs. Software Engineering
theodp writes "Microsoft's promotion of Julie Larson-Green to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering in the wake of Steven Sinofsky's resignation is reopening the question of what is the d...
08:05 pm - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot How Can Wikipedia's Visual Editor Top Other Word Processors?
First time accepted submitter azadnama writes "Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind Wikipedia, is aware of the fact the MediaWiki formatting syntax is a major obstacle for people's participat...
07:05 pm - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot Newly Released Einstein Brain Photos Hint At the Anatomy of Genius
scibri writes "Photographs of Einstein's brain taken shortly after his death, but never before analysed in detail, have now revealed that it had several unusual features, providing tantalizing clues a...
06:05 pm - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot Star Citizen Takes the Crowdfunding Crown, Raising More Than $4M
Zocalo writes " Star Citizen , Chris Robert's attempt to reboot the Space Sim genre, hit a major funding milestone earlier today, exceeding the previous record of $4,163,208 secured by the game Projec...
05:05 pm - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot David Cameron 'Orders New Curbs On Internet Porn'
First time accepted submitter fustakrakich writes with news reported in The Telegraph of new anti-pornography regulations ordered by UK Prime Minister David Cameron: "The new measures will mean that i...
04:05 pm - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot Anonymous Attacks Israeli Websites In Response To IDF Operation In Gaza
An anonymous reader writes "On Thursday, Anonymous reported that it took down close to 40 Israeli government and security establishment websites, although the single website that they presented as hav...
03:05 pm - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot FreeBSD Project Discloses Security Breach Via Stolen SSH Key
An anonymous reader writes "Following recent compromises of the Linux kernel.org and Sourceforge, the FreeBSD Project is now reporting that several machines have been broken into. After a brief outage...
02:05 pm - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot Old Electric-Car Batteries Put Into Service For Home Energy Storage
Hugh Pickens writes "Josie Garthwaite writes that old electric car batteries degraded below acceptable performance levels for autos still have enough life to serve the grid for at least ten years with...
12:05 pm - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot Just Days After Release, Google's Nexus 4 Has Already Been Rooted
An anonymous reader writes "Google's Nexus 4 sold out around the world very quickly this week, and while there was talk of very limited supply, apparently some key people managed to get their hands on...
09:05 am - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot German Police Stop Man With Mobile Office In Car
PolygamousRanchKid writes "Forget texting while driving. German police say they nabbed a driver who had wired his Ford station wagon with an entire mobile office. Saarland state police said Friday the...
06:05 am - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot Housewives On Trial In China For Smuggling In iPhones
Quillem writes "Last year, Hong Kong residents were finding it hard to get their hands on the latest Apple iGadget even though supply was plentiful. An investigation revealed that most of the iPhones ...
03:05 am - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot US Justice Dept. Sues eBay For Anti-Competitive Hiring Practices
McGruber writes "The Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. Justice Department is suing eBay for allegedly agreeing with Intuit not to hire each other's employees. According to the article, 'eBay...
01:05 am - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot GOP Brief Attacks Current Copyright Law
cervesaebraciator writes "Regardless of how one feels about the GOP generally, it is always heartening to see current copyright and IP law questioned on a national stage. A Republican study committee,...
12:05 am - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot NASA: Mission Accomplished, Kepler – Now Look Harder Still
cylonlover writes "It's been more than three and a half years since the Kepler Space Telescope began its mission as humanity's watcher for Earth-like planets outside of the Solar System. In that time,...
12:05 am - Sat, November 17, 2012
Slashdot Indian School Textbook Says Meat-Eaters Lie and Commit Sex Crimes
another random user writes with bad news from the BBC for anybody who enjoys a hamburger now and again:"Meat-eaters 'easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes,' according to a controver...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot Apple Patents Page Turn Animation
An anonymous reader sends this quote from the NY Times Bits blog:"If you want to know just how broken the patent system is, just look at patent D670,713, filed by Apple and approved this week by the U...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot The New Series of Doctor Who: Fleeing From Format?
An anonymous reader sends in this thoughtful article about the format of Doctor Who:"The New Series has given itself two basic tasks. One, to put back and keep on our screens a program by the name of ...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot Brain Scans of Rappers and Jazz Musicians Shed Light On Creativity
ananyo writes "Rappers making up rhymes on the fly while in a brain scanner have provided an insight into the creative process. Freestyle rapping — in which a performer improvises a song by stri...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot Running Netflix On Linux
ndogg writes "Netflix now works on Linux... sort of. The folks at iheartubuntu have figured out a way to get Netflix to run on the Windows version of Firefox using Wine (with a number of custom patche...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It
Kethinov writes "My Congresswoman, Zoe Lofgren, a prominent opponent of the infamous Stop Online Piracy Act, has introduced two bills to the U.S. House of Representatives designed to protect the free ...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot USPS Reports $15.9 Billion Loss, Asks Congress For Help
New submitter Gaildew2 writes with news that the embattled United States Postal Service has posted a $15.9 billion loss over the past fiscal year, more than three times the amount it lost the previous...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot Lenovo UEFI Bug Only Likes Windows and RHEL
New submitter Nagilum23 writes "It looks like Lenovo only knows of Windows and RHEL where their Thinkcentre M92p desktop is concerned. While investigating UEFI boot issues, Matthew Garrett found the P...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot Valve's Steam License Causes Linux Packaging Concerns
New submitter skade88 writes "With the Linux Steam beta giving Ubuntu and its large userbase all the love, other Linux gamers understandably want to be let in on the fun. For the beta, Valve has provi...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot Gentoo Developers Fork udev
In October, Linus Torvalds expressed concerns that udev was making "...changesthat were known to be problematic, and are pure and utter stupidity." Several Gentoo developers were also concerned about ...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot iOS 6 Streaming Bug Sends Data Usage Skyrocketing
MojoKid writes "iOS 6, by all appearances, has a streaming problem. This is separate from the network issues that led Verizon to state that it wouldn't bill people for overages that were caused by spo...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot Judge Accepts $22.5M Google Fine In Privacy Case
itwbennett writes "Judge Susan Illston has said she will approve a $22.5 million settlement deal between Google and the FTC over the company's practice of circumventing privacy protections in Apple's ...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot German City Says OpenOffice Shortcomings Are Forcing It Back To Microsoft
The city of Freiburg, Germany adopted OpenOffice back in 2007, mostly replacing the Microsoft Office software it had been using previously. Now, an anonymous reader tips news that the city council is ...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot The Downside of Warp Drives: Annihilating Whole Star Systems When You Arrive
MrSeb writes "The dream of faster-than-light travel has been on the mind of humanity for generations. Until recently, though, it was restricted to the realm of pure science fiction. Theoretical mechan...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot Hostess To Close; No More Twinkies
RenderSeven writes "In a press release issued today, baker Hostess Brands asked a bankruptcy court for permission to close all of its plants and sell off their assets, immediately laying off 18,500 wo...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot Website Calls Out Authors of Racist Anti-Obama Posts
stevegee58 writes "A tumblr blog entitled 'HelloThereRacists' is publicly identifying other online posters who make racist/assassination comments about President Obama. Beyond merely identifying onlin...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot Verizon To Throttle Pirates' Bandwidth
another random user sends this excerpt from the BBC:"U.S. net firm Verizon has declared war on illegal downloaders, or pirates, who use technologies such as BitTorrent to steal copyrighted material. V...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot Will It Take a 'Cyber Pearl Harbor' To Break Congressional Deadlock?
Hugh Pickens writes "For years lawmakers had heard warnings about holes in corporate and government systems that imperil U.S. economic and national security. Now Ward Carroll writes that in the face o...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 16, 2012
Slashdot How Robots Saved an Artist's Sanity
New submitter lebijoutier writes "According to Slate, '[Patrick] Tresset, for one, discovered a novel way to stay mentally healthy with the help of drugs and still pursue what was once his life's work...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot Review: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (video)
In this video (with transcript) we review the newest expansion to World of Warcraft, titled Mists of Pandaria. This is the fourth expansion to Blizzard's successful MMORPG, and while the quality of th...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?
First time accepted submitter justthinkit writes "I have a number of applications that will not run on 64-bit Windows, but I would like to gain the benefits (most better caching) of having more than 4...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot Acer C7 Chromebooks Expand Chrome OS Market
Nerval's Lobster writes "Google is following up last month's Samsung Chromebooks with a new, lower-priced one developed by Acer. Retailing for $199, the 11.6-inch Acer C7 Chromebook features an Intel ...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot Wayback Machine Trumps FOI Tribunal
First time accepted submitter calder123 writes "Last week, the BBC won an FOIA tribunal ruling that they didn't have to reveal the names of attendees at a seminar in 2006, designed to shape the BBC's ...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft
CWmike writes with this excerpt from Computerworld: "Steven Sinofsky, the executive in charge of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and the driving force behind the new OS, is leaving the company ...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot Tapping Shale Reserves, US Would Become World's Top Oil Producer By 2017
Hugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that according to a report by the International Energy Agency, the U.S. will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's leading oil producer by about 2017, will bec...
11:05 am - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot UW Imposes 20-Tweet Limit On Live Events
theodp writes "GeekWire's Taylor Soper reports that the University of Washington has capped live sports coverage at 20 Tweets per basketball game (45 for football) and threatens to revoke the credenti...
09:05 am - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot Evidence for Unconscious Math, Language Processing Abilities
the_newsbeagle writes "It's hard to determine what the unconscious brain is doing since, after all, we're not aware of it. But in a neat set of experiments, researchers from the Hebrew University of J...
06:05 am - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot NVIDIA and AMD Launch New High-End Workstation, Virtualization, and HPC GPUs
MojoKid writes "Nvidia is taking the wraps off a new GPU targeted at HPC and as expected, it's a monster. The Nvidia K20, based on the GK110 GPU, weighs in at 7.1B transistors, double the previous gen...
05:05 am - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot Australia's Biggest Telco Sold Routers With Hardcoded Passwords
mask.of.sanity writes "Hardcoded usernames and passwords have been discovered in a recent line of Telstra broadband routers that allow attackers access to customer networks. The flaws meant customer u...
03:05 am - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot The Shumway Open SWF Runtime Project
theweatherelectric writes "Mozilla is looking for contributors interested in working on Shumway. Mozilla's Jet Villegas writes, 'Shumway is an experimental web-native (Javascript) runtime implementati...
02:05 am - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Makes Direct X 11.1 a Windows 8 Exclusive
BluPhenix316 writes "Microsoft has made Direct X 11.1 a Windows 8 Exclusive. I think this is merely an update to make Direct X more integrated with Windows 8. Is this going to be the trend? To lock yo...
01:05 am - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot Emscripten Compiler Gets Optimizations, Now Self-Hosting
Emscripten is an LLVM-based compiler from dozens of languages to Javascript (previously demoed as a repl and used to port Doom to the browser), and some recent changes have made it a bit faster, and a...
01:05 am - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot $200,000 Judgement Against Google In Mokbel Shots Case
niftydude writes with news of damages awarded in a case over Google image search results "Should Google be held liable for images that appear in its search results? An Australian court has said yes.'A...
12:05 am - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot BeOS Clone Haiku Releases R1 Alpha 4
New submitter kallisti5 writes "The Haiku project released their 4th alpha release today. A year and four months have passed since the 3rd alpha release. Haiku R1A4 includes several enhancements such ...
12:05 am - Tue, November 13, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Donates 2,000 Kindles To Wounded Veterans
destinyland writes "Amazon's just announced that they're donating 2,000 Kindles to a charity for wounded soldiers and their families. They're also promising to hire at least 1,200 more veterans within...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Supersymmetry Theory Dealt a Blow
Dupple writes in with some news from the team at the Large Hadron Collider. "Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider have detected one of the rarest particle decays seen in Nature. The finding deals ...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Secession Petitions Flood White House Website
First time accepted submitter RNLockwood writes "Political.com reports that several petitions to secede from the Union have been created at the White House site, We The People, for many states; all si...
10:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Artificial Self-Healing Skin Can Sense Touch
thomst writes "Tim Wogan reports that chemical engineer Zhenan Bao of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and her team have increased the conductivity of a self-healing polymer by incorporat...
10:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot John McAfee Accused of Murder, Wanted By Belize Police
New submitter thn writes "John McAfee, who started the antivirus software giant named after him, has been accused of murder in Belize and is wanted. McAfee had taken to 'posting on a drug-focused Russ...
09:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Reverse Deception
benrothke writes "Advanced persistent threat (APT) is one of the most common information security terms used today and it is an undeniably real and dangerous menace. Wikipedia notes that APT's usually...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Little Miss Sunshine Screenwriter Gets Nod For Star Wars: Episode VII
The screenwriter of Toy Story 3, and Little Miss Sunshine, Michael Arndt is writing the script for Star Wars: Episode VII according to Lucasfilm. From the article: "...The new movie has just entered p...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Gabe Newell Confirms Source 2 Engine
dotarray writes "Valve's Gabe Newell has confirmed that they are building the Source 2 engine, but haven't yet had the game to roll it out with. From the article: 'If you're not smiling yet, you'll de...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Titan Tops Top500 Supercomputing List
miller60 writes "The new Top500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers is out, and the new champion is Titan, the new and improved system that previously ruled the Top500 as Jaguar. Oak Ridg...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot World's First 3D Printing Photo Booth
Zothecula writes "Ever wanted a life-like miniature of yourself or loved ones? Now's your chance, thanks to Omote 3D, which will soon be opening what's described as the world's first 3D printing photo...
07:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot PSP Emulator For Android Released
YokimaSun writes "This may be one of those projects that will get trounced on soon enough like the great Bleemcast Project, but a group of developers calling themselves the PPSSPP Project have release...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot How Red Teams Hack Your Site To Save It
Nerval's Lobster writes "The use of a Red Team and penetration testing can strengthen an organization's security posture. But how does a Red Team member actually think like an attacker, and use that m...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Mega Finds New Home, Dotcom Says
hypnosec writes "Kim Dotcom has revealed that Megaupload's successor Mega, which is reportedly launching on January 20, 2012, will be operating through a new domain name Mega.co.nz. Through a tweet Do...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Google Outage Shows Risk of Doing Business In China
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The WSJ reports that widespread disruptions to Google in China over the weekend halting use of everything from Google's search engine to its Gmail email service to its Goog...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Samsung Hits Apple With 20% Price Increase
EthanV2 writes "The Wall Street Journal cites a report which quotes a 'person familiar with negotiations between the two tech giants,' apparently confirming this special price hike for Apple. The sour...
04:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Man Arrested For Photo of Burning Poppy On Facebook
Barence writes "A British man has been arrested for posting a picture of a burning poppy on Facebook. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance for those who died in war, and the arrest was made on Remembr...
03:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Duke University Creates Perfect, Centimeter-scale Invisibility Cloak
MrSeb writes "Scientists at Duke University have created the first invisibility cloak that perfectly hides centimeter-scale objects. While invisibility cloaks have been created before, they have all r...
03:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Meet the Lawyer Suing Anyone Who Uses SSL
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Since 2008, Dallas, Texas attorney Erich Spangenberg and his company TQP have been launching suits against hundreds of firms, claiming that merely by using SSL, they've vio...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Homeland Security Mining Social Media For Signs of Bio Attacks
jjp9999 writes "Nextgov reports 'The Homeland Security Department has commissioned Accenture to test technology that mines open social networks for indications of pandemics, according to the vendor.' ...
11:05 am - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Global Warming Felt By Space Junk and Satellites
An anonymous reader writes in with a story about another side effect of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. "Rising carbon dioxide levels at the edge of space are apparently reducing the pull ...
08:05 am - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot X-Ray Laser For Creating Supercharged Particles
William Robinson writes "Scientists have found way to use X-Ray Lasers to create supercharged particles. The specific tuning of the laser's properties can cause atoms and molecules to resonate. The re...
04:05 am - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Ivan Sutherland Wins Kyoto Prize
cstacy writes "The Inamori Foundation has awarded the Kyoto Prize to graphics pioneer Ivan Sutherland, for developing Sketchpad in 1963. The award recognizes significant technical, scientific and arti...
02:05 am - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot The Cyber Threat To the Global Oil Supply
Lasrick writes "Blake Clayton with an excellent piece on the cyber threat to the global oil supply. His description of the August attack on Saudi Aramco, which rendered thirty thousand of its computer...
01:05 am - Mon, November 12, 2012
Slashdot Better Brain Implants With Ultrathin Carbon Fiber Electrodes
An anonymous reader writes "New neural interface delicate enough not to damage nerve tissue, but resilient enough to last decades has been made. Made from a single carbon fiber and coated with chemica...
11:05 pm - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Amid Fiscal Uncertainty Venture Capital Is Way Down In Silicon Valley
Hugh Pickens writes writes "With the 'fiscal cliff' just weeks away, Chris O'Brien writes that venture capital fundraising in silicon valley is down, the amount invested is down, the number of folks i...
10:05 pm - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out
First time accepted submitter Type44Q writes "Well, the latest edition of Mint is finally here (the release candidate, anyway); according to The Linux Mint Blog, 'For the first time since Linux Mint 1...
09:05 pm - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Support Forums Reveal SCADA Infections
chicksdaddy writes "We hear a lot about vulnerabilities in industrial control system (ICS) software. But what about real evidence of compromised SCADA and industrial control systems? According to secu...
08:05 pm - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Color-Screen TI-84 Plus Calculator Leaked
KermMartian writes "It has been nearly two decades since Texas Instruments released the TI-82 graphing calculator, and as the TI-83, TI-83+, and TI-84+ were created in the intervening years,...
07:05 pm - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Director General of BBC Resigns Over "Poor Journalism"
dryriver writes "George Entwistle, the new Director General of the BBC who had been on the job for a mere 54 days, has voluntarily resigned over a BBC program that featured 'poor journalism'. The prog...
06:05 pm - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Apple and HTC Settle Patent Dispute
An anonymous reader writes "HTC and Apple have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. The license extends to current and futu...
05:05 pm - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot NASA DTN Protocol: How Interplanetary Internet Works
First time accepted submitter GinaSmith888 writes "This is a deep dive in the BP protocol Vint Cerf developed that is the heart of NASA's Delay-Tolerant Networking, better known as DTN. From the artic...
04:05 pm - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Add Forums To a Website?
First time accepted submitter DustyMurray writes "I am considering adding forums to my website, and am just getting confused by all the options. My first reaction is always DIY. You get better website...
03:05 pm - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Geomapping Racism With Twitter
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Megan Garber writes that in the age of the quantified self, biases are just one more thing that can be measured, analyzed, and publicized. The day after Barack Obama won a ...
02:05 pm - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Project To Build Dual-Booting Linux, Android Tablet For $100
SternisheFan sends this quote from Ars:"It likely won’t be as sleek or fast as a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10, but a new tablet running both Android and Linux is in the works for open source enthusiasts ...
11:05 am - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Surface Touch Cover 'Splits Within Days'
An anonymous reader points out a report at the Guardian of a potential problem for early adopters of the Microsoft Surface tablet. The Touch Cover is one of the available protective covers for the dev...
08:05 am - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Sony DVR Useless After Rovi Stops TV Guide OnScreen
New submitter speedlaw writes "Rovi has just announced that they are stopping the TV Guide OnScreen service as of April 13th, 2013. This was announced via the service itself. This is an on-air listing...
05:05 am - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Nike+ FuelBand: Possibly a Big Security Hole For Your Life
MojoKid writes "Nike+ FuelBand is a $149 wristband with LED display that tracks your daily activity, tells you how many calories you've burned, lets you know how much fuel you have left in the ta...
02:05 am - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot 'Treasure Trove' In Oceans May Bring Revolutions In Medicine and Industry
dryriver sends this excerpt from the Guardian:"Scientists have pinpointed a new treasure trove in our oceans: micro-organisms that contain millions of previously unknown genes and thousands of new fam...
01:05 am - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Critical Vulnerabilities In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, CryEngine 3
hypnosec writes with news that two security consultants have found vulnerabilities in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the CryEngine 3 graphics engine that could harm game makers and players alike. ...
12:05 am - Sun, November 11, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Developer Or Software Engineer? Can It Influence Your Work?
ctrahey writes "Many of us disregard the impact of our titles on various aspects of our lives, both professional and otherwise. Perhaps it's appropriate to ask two questions about the difference betwe...
11:05 pm - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Cockatoo Manufactures, Uses Tools
grrlscientist writes with news of a cockatoo named Figaro, who was observed to construct and use his own tools to retrieve objects that were outside of his cage. Quoting:"One day, a student caregiver ...
10:05 pm - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Blizzard Sued Over Battle.net Authentication
An anonymous reader writes "A man has initiated a class-action suit against Blizzard over a product used to shore up Battle.net security. Benjamin Bell alleges that Blizzard's sale of Authenticators &...
09:05 pm - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Stuxnet Infected (But Didn't Affect) Chevron Network In 2010
Penurious Penguin writes "The Wall Street Journal, in correspondence with Chevron representatives, reveals that back in 2010, Stuxnet reached Chevron, where it managed to infect — but not signif...
08:05 pm - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Brainstorming Ways To Protect NYC From Real Storms
SternisheFan writes with this excerpt from NBC News:"The killer storm that hit the East Coast last month and left the nation's largest city with a crippled transit system, widespread power outages and...
07:05 pm - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot NRC Report Links Climate Change To National Security
WOOFYGOOFY writes "The NY Times and Voice Of America are reporting on a study by the U.S. National Research Council (PDF) which was released Friday linking global climate change to national security. ...
06:05 pm - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot MOOC Mania
theodp writes "Online education has had a fifty-year road to 'overnight' success. MIT Technology Review calls the emergence of free online education, particularly massive open online courses (MOOCs), ...
05:05 pm - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Tesla Motors Sued By Car Dealers
An anonymous reader writes "Car dealers in New York and Massachusetts have filed a lawsuit that seeks to block Tesla from selling its pricey electric vehicles in those states. The dealers say they are...
04:05 pm - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance
drinkypoo writes "We've been following the story that Apple was ordered by a UK court to post an apology to Samsung both in newspapers and on Apple's UK website. After originally posting a non-apology...
03:05 pm - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Toshiba Pursues Copyright Claim Against Laptop Manual Site
An anonymous reader writes "I'm sure most Slashdot readers have had occasion to suffer through a hardware manufacturer's terrible website in search of product documentation. It's often hidden away in ...
02:05 pm - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Climate Change Could Drive Coffee To Extinction By 2080
Hugh Pickens writes "Coffee is the world's favorite beverage and the second-most traded commodity after oil. Now Nick Collins reports that rising global temperatures and subtle changes in seasonal con...
12:05 pm - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Why You Can't Build Your Own Smartphone: Patents
jfruh writes "In the mid-00s, more and more people started learning about Android, a Linux-based smartphone OS. Open source advocates in particular thought they could be seeing the mobile equivalent o...
08:05 am - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode
An anonymous reader writes "Via LXer, an article at Phoronix tells of GNOME's plans to eliminate 'fallback mode' (GNOME classic) in the 3.8 release." ...
06:05 am - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Amazon To Launch Sydney Data Center
schliz writes "Amazon Web Services will unveil its first Australian data centers on Tuesday, ending more than a year of speculation. The move is expected to address enterprises' data soverignty and la...
03:05 am - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Foxconn Denies Plans For New US Operations
pigrabbitbear writes with an update to the story, based on a DigiTimes report, that iPhone maker Foxconn would be opening a new factory in the U.S."Foxconn makes a lot of stuff, but as it's one of App...
02:05 am - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Windows 8 Defeats 85% of Malware Detected In the Past 6 Months
An anonymous reader writes "Now that Windows 8 is on sale and has already been purchased by millions, expect very close scrutiny of Microsoft's latest and greatest security features. 0-day vulnerabili...
01:05 am - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Affair
Penurious Penguin writes "After serving as Director of the CIA since September 2011, David Petraeus resigned from his position today, November 9. The retired four-star Army general has cited an extram...
12:05 am - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Virtual Machine Software For a Beginner?
An anonymous reader writes "I am getting ready to start learning the use of virtual machines. What VM software would you recommend? This is for personal use. It would be good to run both Windows VMs a...
12:05 am - Sat, November 10, 2012
Slashdot Would Charles Darwin Have Made a Good Congressman?
sciencehabit writes "It's a good 130 years too late to answer that question empirically, but at least symbolically Charles Darwin has won support from more than 4000 voters in the 10th congressional d...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot NASA Pondering L2 Outpost, Return To Moon
New submitter Joiseybill writes "Now that the election is over, any voters that may have been influenced can rest easy. Space.com reports that the agency has been 'thinking about setting up a manned o...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Patent System Not Broken, Argues IBM's Chief Patent Counsel
New submitter TurinX writes "Unsurprisingly, IBM's Chief Patent Counsel, Manny Schecter, thinks the patent system isn't broken. He says, 'Patent disputes like [the Apple-Samsung case] are a natural ch...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Project Orca: How an IT Disaster Destroyed Republicans' Get-Out-The-Vote Effort
cheesecake23 writes "Many talking heads have attributed Obama's success to an unmatched 'ground game.' Now, inside reports from campaign volunteers suggest that Project Orca, a Republican, tech-based ...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Moore's Law Is Becoming Irrelevant, Says ARM's Boss
holy_calamity writes "PCs will inevitably shift over to ARM-based chips because efficiency now matters more than gains in raw performance, the CEO of chip designer ARM tells MIT Technology Review. He ...
09:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Book Review: Presentation Patterns
MassDosage writes "In a remarkable show of good timing Presentation Patterns turned up on my desk for review within days of me having been asked to give a presentation at a large tech conference. So I...
09:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Mike Storey and His Plate Reverb (Video)
"Reverberation is the persistence of sound in a particular space after the original sound is produced," says Wikipedia. More often than not, in studio recordings reverb is added digitally; virtually e...
08:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Sony Entertainment Head Steps Down
New submitter Mephistophocles writes "Japan Times reports today that Sony Entertainment Chief Tim Schaaf has stepped down. Schaaf's division has recently drawn the ire of users and governments alike a...
08:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Ear-Powered Medical Devices In Development
cylonlover writes "Our ears work by converting the vibrations of the eardrum into electrochemical signals that can be interpreted by the brain. The current for those signals is supplied by an ion-fill...
07:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot China Blocks Google.com, Gmail, Maps and More During 18th Party Congress
DavidGilbert99 writes "In an extraordinary move, the Chinese authorities have blocked access to Google.com, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Docs, and many more Google services as the Communist Party of Chi...
07:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot A Year After Thailand Flooding, Hard Drive Prices Remain High
crookedvulture writes "Last October, Thailand was hit by massive flooding that put much of the world's hard drive industry under water. Production slowed to a crawl as drive makers and their suppliers...
06:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Facebook's Corona: When Hadoop MapReduce Wasn't Enough
Nerval's Lobster writes "Facebook's engineers face a considerable challenge when it comes to managing the tidal wave of data flowing through the company's infrastructure. Its data warehouse, which han...
06:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Bungled Mobile Bet Will Be Ballmer's Swan Song
snydeq writes "'If Windows 8 and the Surface tablet flop, you'll see a shareholder revolt that will send Steve Ballmer packing by this time next year,' writes InfoWorld's Bill Snyder. 'First it was th...
06:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Intel Details Eight-Core Poulson Itanium Processor
MojoKid writes "Intel has unveiled details of their new Itanium 9500 family, codenamed Poulson, and the new CPU appears to be the most significant refresh Intel has ever done to the Itanium architectu...
05:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Judge To Review Whether Foreman In Apple v. Samsung Hid Info
thomst writes "Cnet's Greg Sandoval is reporting that Lucy Koh the Federal judge in the Apple v. Samsung patent infringement case is reviewing whether jury foreman Velvin Hogan failed to disclose his ...
04:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Germany Exports More Electricity Than Ever Despite Phasing Out Nuclear Energy
An anonymous reader writes "Der Spiegel reports that Germany has exported more electricity this year than ever before, despite beginning to phase out nuclear power. In the first three quarters of 2012...
04:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Google Patents Guilt-By-Association
theodp writes "Guilt by association is defined as the attribution of guilt (without proof) to individuals because the people they associate with are guilty. It's also at the heart of U.S. Patent No. 8...
03:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot The Information Age: North Korean Style
An anonymous reader writes "It seems cell phones and the internet have come to the reclusive nation of North Korea — albeit in a manner that you might not expect. North Korea now sports over a m...
03:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Staff Emails Are Not Owned By Firms, UK Judge Rules
Qedward writes "A high court judge has ruled that companies do not have a general claim of ownership of the content contained in staff emails. The decision creates a potential legal minefield for the ...
02:05 pm - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Navy Seals Disciplined For Revealing Secrets As Consultants On Video Game
Hugh Pickens writes "CBS reports that seven active duty members of SEAL Team Six, best known for killing Osama bin Laden, have been disciplined for revealing secrets working as paid consultants on a v...
11:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot New Credit Card Includes Display and Keypad
First time accepted submitter pev writes "A new credit card released in Singapore includes a screen and keyboard in order to generate one time passwords for your online banking. From the article: 'The...
10:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot The Island of Lost Apple Products
concealment writes "most of Apple's products are so popular that it seems everything the company does is destined to succeed. But it doesn't take much digging to find a trail of failures and false sta...
09:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Proteins Made To Order
ananyo writes "Proteins are an enormous molecular achievement: chains of amino acids that fold spontaneously into a precise conformation, time after time, optimized by evolution for their particular f...
06:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot What To Do After You Fire a Bad Sysadmin Or Developer
Esther Schindler writes "The job of dealing with an under-performing employee doesn't end when the culprit is shown the door. Everyone focuses on security tasks, after you fire the idiot, such as chan...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Foxconn Sees New Source of Cheap Labor: The United States
hackingbear writes "Foxconn is planning to build manufacturing plants in the U.S., probably in cites such as Detroit and Los Angeles. 'Since the manufacturing of Apple's products is rather complicated...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Canada's Supreme Court Tosses Viagra Patent For Vagueness
Freshly Exhumed writes "In a 7-to-0 decision, the Supreme Court Of Canada has ruled that Pfizer Canada Inc.'s patent on well-known erectile dysfunction remedy Viagra is now invalid due to insufficient...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Why Would a Mouse Need To Connect To the Internet?
jbrodkin writes "In this hyper-connected, networked world, many more of our devices are getting linked to the cloud, whether we want them to or not. That's sometimes good, and sometimes bad, so when a...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Fox's Attempt To Block Ad-skipping TV Recorder Autohop Fails
another random user writes that Fox's preliminary attempt to stop Dish Network's Autohop feature has failed in court. "A bid to block a TV service that allows viewers to automatically skip adverts on ...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Bank Puts a Billion Transaction Records Behind Analytics Site
schliz writes "Australia's UBank has put a billion real-world transaction records behind a website that allows users to compare their spending habits with others of the same gender, in the same age/in...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Romney Campaign Accidentally Launches Transition Web Site
stevegee58 writes "The Mitt Romney presidential campaign accidentally launched a transition website the day after the election. Sporting a 'President Elect' seal and a catchy new tagline ('Smaller, Si...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot NY Attorney General Subpoena's Craigslist For Post-Sandy Price Gougers
TheSync writes "In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New York State Attorney General has subpoenaed Craigslist, demanding that the site identify more than 100 sellers whose prices on post-Sandy gas, ge...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Cisco VP To Memo Leaker: Finding You Now 'My Hobby'
netbuzz writes "A Cisco vice president, who happens to have been a CIA operations officer in the 1980s, believes that the employee who recently leaked an internal company memo to a blogger committed c...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Australian Telcos Declare SMS Unsafe For Bank Transactions
littlekorea writes "Australia's telcos have declared that SMS technology should not be used by banks to verify identities for online banking transactions, in a bid to wash their hands of culpability f...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Cray Unveils XC30 Supercomputer
Nerval's Lobster writes "Cray has unveiled a XC30 supercomputer capable of high-performance computing workloads of more than 100 petaflops. Originally code-named 'Cascade,' the system relies on Intel ...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot NASA Fires Up Experimental Space Internet For Robot Control
coondoggie writes "NASA said today it had teamed with the European Space Agency to successfully test an experimental version of an 'interplanetary Internet' to control a robot on the ground in Germany...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Open Compute Wants To Make Biodegradable Servers
1sockchuck writes "The Open Compute Project has challenged students at Purdue University to develop a biodegradable server chassis. Although the steel used in most server chassis can be recycled, the ...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True
kkleiner writes "For the last few months, the political pundit class has been at war with NYT/FiveThirtyEight blogger Nate Silver. Joe Scarborough of MSNBC called him a "joke," while an op-ed in the L...
05:05 am - Fri, November 9, 2012
Slashdot Apple Stops Hiding Samsung Apology On Its UK Site
An anonymous reader writes "Apple has quietly decided that it probably shouldn't be using JavaScript code on its UK site to hide its second Samsung apology. While you still have to scroll down in almo...
07:05 pm - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?
First time accepted submitter Hatfield56 writes "I've been in IT since the mid-1980s, mainly working for financial institutions. After 16 years at a company, as a programmer (Java, C#, PL/SQL, some Un...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?
jfruh writes "Among the winners of last night's election: marijuana users. Voters in both Washington and Colorado approved referenda that legalized marijuana for recreational use, though the drug rema...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Cloud Version of OpenOffice In the Works
An anonymous reader writes "The Apache Foundation revealed in Sinsheim, Germany their plans for a cloud version of OpenOffice.org based on HTML5. Chinese and German engineers use OpenOffice in 'headle...
05:05 pm - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Buckyballs Throws In the Towel
RenderSeven writes "As previously reported the immensely popular Buckyballs office toys have been targeted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Last week Maxfield and Oberton, the maker of Bucky...
05:05 pm - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Samsung's Galaxy S III Steals Smartphone Crown From iPhone
zacharye writes "The best-selling smartphone in the world is no longer an iPhone. New data released on Thursday by market research firm Strategy Analytics finds that Samsung's Galaxy S III was the wor...
05:05 pm - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft's Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Ads
MojoKid writes "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads clutterin...
04:05 pm - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Australia Scales Back Internet Blacklist, Nixes Full-Scale Censorship
littlekorea writes "The Australian Government has officially abandoned plans to legislate a mandatory internet filter. The news ends a four-year campaign by the ruling party to implement legislation t...
03:05 pm - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot $50,000 Zero-Day Exploit Evades Adobe's Sandbox, Say Russian Analysts
tsu doh nimh writes with this excerpt from Krebs on Security: "Software vendor Adobe says it is investigating claims that instructions for exploiting a previously unknown critical security hole in the...
02:05 pm - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Bradley Manning Offers Partial Guilty Plea To Military Court
concealment writes "During a pre-trial hearing in military court today, [alleged Wikileaks source Bradley] Manning's attorney, David Coombs, proposed a partial guilty plea covering a subset of the sle...
02:05 pm - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot New Dinosaur Named After the Eye of Sauron
SchrodingerZ writes "95 million years ago, the dinosaur Sauroniops pachytholus roamed northern Africa. Fossils, originally found in southern Morocco, only consisted of the upper skull, which included ...
11:05 am - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Motorcycle App Helps You Ride Faster, Turn Sharper, Brake Harder
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Alexander George writes about a new app that takes the data from a smartphone's accelerometers, GPS, and inclinometer to plot information for braking force, lean angles, sp...
08:05 am - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Samsung May Start Making ARM Server Chips
angry tapir writes "Samsung's recent licensing of 64-bit processor designs from ARM suggests that the chip maker may expand from smartphones and tablets into the server market, analysts believe. Samsu...
06:05 am - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Discovery of Early Human Tools Hint at Earlier Start
SternisheFan writes in with a story about early humans passing down their tool making skills. "Sophisticated bladelets suggest that humans passed on their technological skill down the generations. A h...
04:05 am - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Super-Earth Discovered In Stars' Habitable Zone
astroengine writes "The family of planets circling a relatively close dwarf star has grown to six, including a potential rocky world at least seven times more massive than Earth that is properly locat...
02:05 am - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot EFF Sues to Block New Internet Sex-Offender Law
Bobfrankly1 writes "The EFF sued to block portions of the approved Prop 35 today. Prop 35 requires sex offenders (including indecent exposure and non-internet offenses) to provide all of their online ...
01:05 am - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Would You Convince Someone To Give Up an Old System?
First time accepted submitter Vanderhoth writes "I'm currently serving as a new member of a board for a not for profit organization. The board currently has a few other members, and a couple of vacant...
12:05 am - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Google Chrome Introduces Do Not Track
sfcrazy writes "Google has started rolling out the latest update to its Chrome browser which brings the 'do not track' option to users. With this move Google has joined major browsers who support this...
12:05 am - Thu, November 8, 2012
Slashdot Elon Musk Will Usher In the Era of Electric Cars
pigrabbitbear writes "There's a reason why Elon Musk is being called the next Steve Jobs. Like Jobs, he's a visionary, a super successful serial entrepreneur, having made his initial fortune with a co...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot The Data Crunchers Who Helped Win The Election
concealment sends in a story at Time that goes behind the scenes with the team of data crunchers that powered many of the Obama campaign's decisions in the lead-up to the election. From the article:"F...
11:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Study: the Universe Has Almost Stopped Making New Stars
SternisheFan sends this quote from Wired:"An international team of astronomers used three telescopes — the UK Infrared Telescope and the Subaru Telescope, both in Hawaii, and Chile's Very Large ...
10:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Man Charged £2,000 For Medical Records Stored On Obsolete System
An anonymous reader writes "In Britain, where it is custom and practice to charge around £10 for a copy of your medical results, a patient has discovered that his copy will cost him £2,000...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot The Web Won't Be Safe Or Secure Until We Break It
CowboyRobot writes "Jeremiah Grossman of Whitehat Security has an article at the ACM in which he outlines the current state of browser security, specifically drive-by downloads. 'These attacks are pri...
09:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Apple Loses Patent Case For FaceTime Tech, Owes $368 Million
beeudoublez writes "Apple was ordered to pay $368 million today to a software company named VirnetX over patents related to Apple's FaceTime technology. Apple engineers testified they didn't pay atten...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot How CoreSite Survived Sandy
Nerval's Lobster writes "When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, the combination of high winds, rain, and storm surges wreaked havoc on homes and businesses alike. With a data center on the Avenue of...
08:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot James Bond Film Skyfall Inspired By Stuxnet Virus
Velcroman1 writes "No smartphones. No exploding pens. No ejector seats. No rocket-powered submarines. 'It's a brave new world,' gadget-maker Q tells James Bond in the new film Skyfall. The new film, r...
07:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Tuition Should Be Lower For Science Majors, Says Florida Task Force
Hugh Pickens writes "Jordan Weissmann writes that a task force commissioned by Florida Governor Rick Scott is putting the finishing touches on a proposal that would allow the state's public universiti...
07:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot 'World of Warcraft' Candidate For Maine State Senate Wins Election
Teancum writes "Colleen Lachowicz, candidate for the State Senate District 25 of Maine, won the election yesterday against her opponent Thomas Martin. This race was notable in part because her World o...
06:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Pixar Names Main Studio Building For Steve Jobs
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Jordan Kahn reports that the main building on Pixar's campus has been named in memory of Steve Jobs who actually played a big role in designing the building itself as CEO o...
06:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot AMD Closes OSRC, Lays Off Several Linux Kernel Developers
From the H reporting on LinuxCon Europe comes news that several Linux kernel developers have been laid off by AMD as part of its workforce reduction. From the article: "OSRC staff primarily worked to ...
05:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot MIT Slows Down Speed of Light In New Game
New submitter schirra writes "Researchers at MIT Game Lab have created a free video game that accurately simulates the effects of Einstein's relativity. 'A Slower Speed of Light' challenges players to...
05:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Create Working Nano Laser
Zothecula writes "Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a laser the size of a virus particle that can operate at room temperature. The 'nanolaser,' which uses gold nanoparticles instea...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Copyright Reform Takes Effect
An anonymous reader writes "This morning, the majority of BillC-11, Canada's copyright reform bill, tookeffect, marking the most significant changes to Canadiancopyright law in decades. Michael Geist ...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot FreeBSD Throws the ClangLLVM Switch: Future Releases Use LLVM
An anonymous reader writes "Brooks Davis has announced that the FreeBSD Project has now officially switched to Clang/LLVM as C/C++ compiler. This follows several years of preparation, feedin...
04:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Imagination Technology Buys MIPS
New submitter HalWasRight writes "After years of struggle, MIPS Technologies — the original RISC processor company — is being sold to Imagination Technologies, best known for its popular m...
03:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Tuition Should Be Lower For Science Majors Says Florida Task Force
Hugh Pickens writes "Jordan Weissmann writes that a task force commissioned by Florida Governor Rick Scott is putting the finishing touches on a proposal that would allow the state's public universiti...
02:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot AT&T To Pay $700,000 For Overcharging Consumers
An anonymous reader writes "CNet reports on an agreement between AT&T and the FCC which will require the telecom company to pay $700,000 to the federal government to resolve overcharging complaint...
02:05 pm - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Gabon Suspends Me.ga Domain, Dotcom Says "We Have Alternative Domain"
hypnosec writes "Kim Dotcom's plan to launch a 'bigger, better, faster, stronger, safer' Megaupload successor, Mega, is already in peril as Gabon's government has suspended the domain me.ga . Announci...
11:05 am - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Become a Rural ISP?
hawkeyeMI writes "I live in a small, rural town nestled in some low hills. Our town has access to only one DSL provider, and it's pretty terrible. However, a regional fiber project is just being compl...
09:05 am - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot The Privacy Illusion
LoLobey writes "Scott Adams has an entertaining entry on his Dilbert Blog about the perception of privacy. He writes, 'It has come to my attention that many of my readers in the United States believe ...
05:05 am - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Barack Obama Retains US Presidency
Fox News, NBC, and CNN have called the U.S. election for incumbent Barack Obama. Of the so-called 'battleground states,' Obama carried Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire, which, along with all o...
04:05 am - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Google Security Engineer Issues Sophos Warning
angry tapir writes "Google security engineer Tavis Ormandy discovered several flaws in Sophos antivirus and says the product should be kept away from high value information systems unless the company ...
01:05 am - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot HIV Vaccine Safe Enough To Pass Phase 1 Human Trials
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from Western University in Canada:"The first human applied clinical study (SAV CT 01) using a genetically modified killed whole-virus vaccine (SAV001-H) to evalu...
01:05 am - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Neil deGrasse Tyson Pinpoints Superman's Home Star System
kmoser writes "Everybody's favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, makes an appearance in upcoming Superman #14, in which Superman visits the Hayden Planetarium to view his original planet. Mean...
12:05 am - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot Voting Machine Problem Reports Already Rolling In
Several readers have submitted news of the inevitable problems involved with trying to securely collect information from tens of millions of people on the same day. A video is making the rounds of a t...
12:05 am - Wed, November 7, 2012
Slashdot A Trail of Clicks, Culminating In Conflict
NotSanguine writes "Technology companies are up in arms about the FTC's pending rules change which would require explicit parental permission to allow websites to gather a wide range of data on childr...
11:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Retiring Messenger, Replacing It With Skype
Entropy98 writes "Windows Live Messenger will be shut down by March 2013, after nearly 13 years of service, so Microsoft can focus its efforts on Skype, its recent $8.5bn acquisition. No word on wheth...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Apple Considering Switch Away From Intel For Macs
concealment sends this quote from Bloomberg:"Apple Inc. is exploring ways to replace Intel processors in its Mac personal computers with a version of the chip technology it uses in the iPhone and iPad...
10:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Cloud Computing Needs To Embrace the Linux Model, Says Rackspace CTO
Nerval's Lobster writes "Companies are rushing to lock customer data into their specific walled gardens, Rackspace CTO John Engates argued in an interview after a Cloud Expo keynote in Silicon Valley....
09:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Why Google Went Offline Today
New submitter mc10 points out a post on the CloudFlare blog about the circumstances behind Google's services being inaccessible for a brief time earlier today. Quoting:"To understand what went wrong y...
09:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Nvidia Doubles Linux Driver Performance, Slips Steam Release Date
leppi writes "Nvidia has announced a huge increase in Linux gaming performance for their GeForce R310 drivers after almost a year of development alongside Valve and other game developer partners. Nvid...
08:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Extreme Cable Management?
An anonymous reader writes "I am not a fan of wireless except for Wi-Fi to a notebook, but have gotten frustrated by the vast amounts of tangled cables around my computers: I have two machines, four m...
08:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Neuromorphic Algorithms Allow MAVs To Avoid Obstacles With Single Camera
First time accepted submitter aurtherdent2000 writes "IEEE Spectrum magazine says that Cornell University has developed neuromorphic algorithms that enable MAVs to avoid obstacles using just a single ...
07:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?
Today is Election Day in the U.S., and polls are open even in Hawaii now. The current Slashdot poll gives a snapshot of how many readers have voted or plan to vote; more rigorous and wide-based polls ...
07:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Gate One 1.1 Released: Run Vim In Your Browser
Riskable writes "Version 1.1 of Gate One (HTML5 terminal emulator/SSH client) was just released (download). New features include security enhancements, major performance improvements, mobile browser s...
06:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Should a Teenage Entrepreneur Sell Out To Facebook?
colinneagle writes "Andrew Mayhall is 19 years old and is running a server company, called Evtron, whose product has reportedly set the world record for data density (4.6 petabytes per server rack) an...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Pull Lever, Don't Snap Shutter: It May Be Illegal To Post Your Ballot
An anonymous reader writes "Proud voters are already posting their ballots on Instagram but ProPublica's Lois Beckett reports that you may want to check your state laws first since showing your marked...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Sponsors Linux Foundation Event
darthcamaro writes "There was a time when the Linux Foundation wouldn't take money from Microsoft. That time is not today — Microsoft is listed as a Gold Sponsor of the LinuxCon Europe event, pa...
05:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Welsh Scientists Radically Increase Fiber Broadband Speeds With COTS Parts
Mark.JUK writes "Scientists working under an EU funded (3 Million Euros) project out of Bangor University in Wales (United Kingdom) have developed a commercially-exploitable way of boosting broadband ...
04:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot iPad Mini Costs $24 More To Make Than Kindle Fire HD
sweetpea86 writes "... but retails for $130 more. Teardowns of the Apple iPad Mini and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD have revealed that the two devices cost almost the same amount to manufacture, despite ...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Verizon To Shut Down App Store By January
alphadogg writes "Verizon Wireless is closing down its app store by January next year, it said in a notice on its developer community portal. The operator said it will start removing in January the Ve...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot David Braben Kickstarts an Elite Reboot
An anonymous reader writes "The BBC report that David Braben has launched a Kickstarter for a remake of Elite, the classic space trading game that he co-wrote in the 1980s. It has already received &po...
03:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Become Informed In Judicial Elections?
First time accepted submitter yincrash writes "Today I've been looking up information on local elections and have found it virtually impossible to determine information on judicial elections, both wit...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot GM Brings IT Dev Back In House; Self-Driving Caddy In the Works
dstates writes "Want a good job in IT? Detroit of all places may be the place to be. GM is bringing IT development back in house to speed innovation. Among other initiatives, a self driving Cadillac i...
02:05 pm - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot New Technology May Cut Risk of Giving Syrian Rebels Stinger Missiles
Hugh Pickens writes writes "PBS reports on a proposal of arming Syrian rebels with a force equalizer to make a decisive blow against Bashar al-Assad's ruling regime — an idea that has so far fai...
11:05 am - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Attack Steals Crypto Key From Co-Located Virtual Machines
Gunkerty Jeb writes "Side-channel attacks against cryptography keys have, until now, been limited to physical machines. Researchers have long made accurate determinations about crypto keys by studying...
09:05 am - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Skype Hand's Teenager's Information To Private Firm
New submitter andrew3 writes "Skype has allegedly handed the information of a 16-year-old boy to a security firm. The information was later handed over to Dutch law enforcement. No court order was ser...
06:05 am - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Google Doubts Apple Will Approve Its New Maps Application
redletterdave writes "Even though Apple's App Store has also been friendly enough to offer alternative mapping applications to ameliorate customers upset with Apple's new default Maps app, the Cuperti...
04:05 am - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Self-Assembling Robots Using Flying Drones
mikejuk writes with an excerpt from I Programmer on a neat swarm of robots that use flying drones to build a map of their environment: "How can a swarm of robots get a global picture of its environmen...
02:05 am - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Nokia "Suspends" Its Free Developer Program
jbernardo writes "Nokia has put in deep freeze its free developer program, the launchpad. Now, in the Developer Programs page, one can only see a pitch for a paid 'Nokia Premium Developer Program,' an...
02:05 am - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Actual Final Third Party Debate Tonight
Separate from the debate moderated by Ralph Nader last night, Free and Equal is hosting a final third party debate tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST (pre-debate coverage began at 8:00 p.m. EST). As a follow up...
01:05 am - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Apple Suit Against Motorola Over FRAND Licensing Rates Dismissed
chill writes "A suit by Apple claiming that Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, is seeking unreasonably high license fees for the use of patents on wireless technology has been thrown out by a jud...
01:05 am - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Some Smart Meters Broadcast Readings in the Clear
alphadogg writes "University of South Carolina have discovered that some types of electricity meter are broadcasting unencrypted information that, with the right software, would enable eavesdroppers t...
12:05 am - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft-Built Smartphone Could Irritate Hardware Partners, Harm Nokia
Nerval's Lobster writes "Rumors have circulated for weeks that Microsoft intends to release a smartphone of its own design and manufacture, embracing the strategy that drove Apple's iPhone to such eno...
12:05 am - Tue, November 6, 2012
Slashdot A Piezoelectric Pacemaker That Is Powered By Your Heartbeat
MrSeb writes "Engineers at the University of Michigan have created a pacemaker that is powered by the beating of your heart — no batteries required. The technology behind this new infinite-durat...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot What's the Shelf Life of a Programmer?
Esther Schindler writes "Why is it that young developers imagine that older programmers can't program in a modern environment? Too many of us of a 'certain age' are facing an IT work environment that ...
11:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Singapore Builds First Vertical Vegetable Farm
kkleiner writes "Short on arable land? One solution would be to plan up. Singapore, a small country that imports most of its food, has now begun selling vegetables from its first vertical farm. And ev...
10:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Software Uses Almost 12 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet
First time accepted submitter jigamo writes "Microsoft's newly released Surface tablets are available in 32 and 64 GB capacities. The company has disclosed how much of that space is available to the u...
10:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot HP Becomes a Platinum Member of the Linux Foundation
who_stole_my_kidneys writes in about how HP has gained a seat on the Linux Foundation's board of directors. "Snagging a first-class upgrade might empty out the contents of your wallet, but be glad you...
09:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Phil Shapiro: Slashdot Reader, FOSS Activist, and Library Computer Guy (Video)
Phil Shapiro isn't famous, but he's a pretty good writer whose work appears regularly at opensource.com. He makes his living as the tech support person (he calls it "public nerd") at the Takoma Park M...
09:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Intel DC S3700 SSD Features New Proprietary Controller
crookedvulture writes "For the first time in more than four years, Intel is rolling out a new SSD controller. The chip is featured in the DC S3700 solid-state drive, an enterprise-oriented offering th...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Massachusetts "Right To Repair" Initiative On Ballot, May Override Compromise
skids writes "MA voters face a complex technical and economic question Tuesday about just how open automobile makers should be with their repair and diagnostic interfaces. A legislative compromise str...
08:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Should Hacked Companies Disclose Their Losses?
derekmead writes "By law, US companies don't have to say a word about hacker attacks, regardless of how much it might've cost their bottom line. Comment, the group of Chinese hackers suspected in the ...
07:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot The Survival Machine Farm
pacopico writes "There's a 30-acre plot of land in Maysville, MO where about two dozen people have gathered to build a Civilization Starter Kit. As Businessweek reports, they're working on open-source...
07:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Twitter Starts Withholding Rather Than Deleting Copyright-Infringing Tweets
SternisheFan writes "Twitter is now withholding tweets when people complain they contain or link to copyright-infringing material, rather than deleting them. The company's legal policy manager, Jeremy...
06:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Is It Time To Commit To Ongoing Payphone Availability?
jenningsthecat writes "Public payphones seem headed the way of the dinosaur, as noted here on Slashdot 10 years ago, and again by the CBC earlier this year. Reasons typically cited for their demise ar...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For Developers To Start Their Own Union?
juicegg writes "TechCrunch contributor Klint Finley writes that developers have shunned unions because traditional workplace demands like higher pay are not important to us while traditional unions ar...
05:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions
A while ago you had the chance to ask Bruce Perens about how open source has changed in the past 15 years, what's happening now, and what's to come. Bruce has been busy traveling, but he's found some ...
04:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees
An anonymous reader writes "The state-by-state election outcome probabilities today on Nate Silver's 538 imply a 97.7% probability for Obama to win 270 or more electoral college votes this coming Tues...
04:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Killer Asteroids Are Good For Life
Hugh Pickens writes writes "NASA reports that according to a study by Rebecca Martin and Mario Livio asteroid collisions may have provided a boost to the birth and evolution of complex life on earth d...
03:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot PayPal, Symantec Hacked In Anonymous November 5 Hacking Spree
First time accepted submitter Journe writes "Anonymous claims to have begun a hacking spree for the 5th of November. In their spree, they've laid waste to several Australian Government sites, and, for...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Will Microsoft Dis-Kinect Freeloading TV Viewers?
theodp writes "Just when you think the cable TV viewing experience couldn't get any worse, GeekWire reports on the Microsoft Xbox Incubation team's patent-pending Consumer Detector, which uses cameras...
02:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Climbing 103 Floors On a 'Bionic' Leg
An anonymous reader writes "4 years ago I read about experimental targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) surgery on Slashdot. 3 years ago I crashed my motorcycle and had my leg amputated — at which...
12:05 pm - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot AMD Launches Piledriver-Based 12 and 16-Core Opteron 6300 Family
MojoKid writes "AMD's new Piledriver-based Opterons are launching today, completing a product refresh that the company began last spring with its Trinity APUs. The new 12 & 16-core Piledriver part...
10:05 am - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Publisher of Free Textbooks Says It Will Now Charge For Them, Instead
An anonymous reader writes "In a surprising blow to the movement to create free textbooks online, an upstart company called Flat World Knowledge is dumping its freemium model. The upstart publisher ha...
07:05 am - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Kim Dotcom's Next Venture: Free Broadband To New Zealand
First time accepted submitter damagedbits writes "So it turns out that Me.ga is only part of Kim Dotcom's resolution for 2013. Even though he's still facing extradition to the U.S. for alleged piracy,...
04:05 am - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Sharp Warns That It Might Collapse
angry tapir writes "Japan's Sharp, a major supplier of LCD displays to Apple and other manufacturers, has warned that it may not survive if it can't turn around its business. The Osaka-based manufactu...
01:05 am - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Ralph Nader Moderates One Last 3rd-Party Debate for 2012
Late tomorrow, both the 2012 U.S. election (the popular vote at least) and the 2012 campaign season should be over. Tonight, though, whatever your ability or plans to vote are (see the current poll fo...
12:05 am - Mon, November 5, 2012
Slashdot Amazon Charges Sales Tax On "Shipping and Handling"
You may have noticed that retailers like Amazon are charging tax, in compliance with state laws, on not just the price of goods, but on the "shipping and handling" fees they charge. An anonymous reade...
11:05 pm - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot Apple Pays Only 2% Corporate Tax Outside US
New submitter dryriver writes with this snippet from the BBC: "Apple paid only $713m (£445m) Tax in the year to 29 September on foreign pre-tax profits of $36.8bn (£23.0bn), a remarkably l...
10:05 pm - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot Facebook Joins Linaro Linux-on-ARM Effort
dgharmon writes "It has been more than two years since Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments formed a non-profit software company called Linaro to help focus the di...
09:05 pm - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot MIT Research Tweaks Smartphone Amplifier Voltage To Gain Battery Life
hypnosec writes "Two MIT electrical engineering professors, Joel Dawson and David Perreault, have claimed that they have cracked the age old efficiency problem related to the power amplifier in smartp...
08:05 pm - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?
First time accepted submitter BluPhenix316 writes "I'm currently in school for Network Administration. I was discussing Linux with my instructor and he said the problem he has with Linux is he doesn't...
07:05 pm - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot Will the Star Citizen Project Fund Linux and Mac Ports For CryENGINE 3?
Mr. Jaggers writes "Chris Roberts, game designer of Wing Commander fame, has had great success with his new crowd-funded Star Citizen project — so much that the $2m base goal has been smashed wi...
05:05 pm - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot Google Wallet May End Up Inside Your Actual Wallet
Several outlets are reporting, based on screenshots posted by Android Police that Google is (or "may be" — CNet calls the report "loosely sourced") about to introduce a lower-tech variant on its...
04:05 pm - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot Boeing 787 Makes US Debut
thomas.kane writes "After years of delays, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is set to take off from Bush Intercontinental Airport this morning bound for O'Hare. Designed to make the flying experience 'revolu...
03:05 pm - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot Hyundai Overstated MPG On Over 1 Million Cars
Hugh Pickens writes "Reuters reports that Hyundai and its affiliate Kia Motors conceded that they overstated the fuel economy on more than 1 million recently sold vehicles, and agreed to compensate ow...
02:05 pm - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot New Jersey Residents Displaced By Storm Can Vote By Email
First time accepted submitter danbuter writes "In probably the most poorly thought-out reaction to allowing people displaced by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey [to take part in the 2012 presidential ele...
01:05 pm - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot Why Coding At Fifty May Be Nifty
theodp writes "Enough with the dadgum naysayers. Google's Vivek Haldar lists some good reasons for why you would want to program at fifty (or any other age). Haldar's list would probably get a thumbs-...
11:05 am - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot Shanghai Hosts Its First Maker Carnival
First time accepted submitter spanner888 writes "The first Shanghai Maker Carnival was held this weekend in conjunction with a Creation Exhibition, an arts and crafts expo with about 200 exhibitors. M...
08:05 am - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot How To Build a Supercomputer In 24 Hours
An anonymous reader writes with a link to this "time lapse video of students and postdocs at the University of Zurich constructing the zBox4 supercomputer. The machine has a theoretical compute capaci...
05:05 am - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot Electric Velomobiles: Urban Transportation For the Future, Available Now
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Low-Tech Magazine: "Both the velomobile and the electric bicycle increase the limited range of the cyclist — the former optimises aerodynamics a...
02:05 am - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot Dragonfly BSD 3.2 Released
An anonymous reader writes "Dragonfly BSD recently announced the release of version 3.2 of their operating system. Improvements include: USB4BSD, a second-generation USB stack; merging of a GSoC proje...
12:05 am - Sun, November 4, 2012
Slashdot Apple Hides Samsung Apology So It Can't Be Seen Without Scrolling
An anonymous reader writes "Apple today posted its second Samsung apology to its UK website, complying with requests by the UK Court of Appeal to say its original apology was inaccurate and link to a ...
11:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Facebook's Prism, Soon To Be Open Sourced, Gives Hadoop Delay Tolerance
snydeq writes "Facebook has said that it will soon open source Prism, an internal project that supports geographically distributed Hadoop data stores, thereby removing the limits on Hadoop's capacity ...
10:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Constant Technology Use May Hamper Kids' Ability To Learn
hessian writes "Scholars who study the role of media in society say no long-term studies have been done that adequately show how and if student attention span has changed because of the use of digital...
09:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Solar Panel Breaks "Third of a Sun" Efficiency Barrier
Zothecula writes "Embattled photovoltaic solar power manufacturer Amonix announced on Tuesday that it has broken the solar module efficiency record, becoming the first manufacturer to convert more tha...
08:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With a DDoS Attack?
First time accepted submitter TheUnFounded writes "A site that I administer was recently 'held hostage' for the vast sum of $800. We were contacted by a guy (who was, it turns out, in Lebanon), who to...
07:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Verizon Worker Arrested For Copying Customer's Nude Pictures
An anonymous reader writes "El Reg reports that two employees at a Verizon store in Florida are facing charges after making copies of a woman's naked pictures while helping her transfer data from an o...
06:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot European Central Bank Casts Wary Eye Toward Bitcoin
An anonymous reader writes "Erik Voorhees blogs for bitinstant.com: 'On Oct 29, 2012, the European Central Bank (ECB) released an official (and very nicely prepared) report called "Virtual Currency Sc...
05:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot JPL Employee's Firing Wasn't Due To Intelligent Design Advocacy, Says Judge
SternisheFan writes with an update to a story from earlier this year about a lawsuit in which David Coppedge alleged he was fired from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for his advocacy of Intelligent ...
04:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Escapes Kaspersky's Top 10 Vulnerabilities List
An anonymous reader writes "Security firm Kaspersky has released its latest IT Threat Evolution report. There were some interesting findings in the report, as always, but the most interesting thing th...
03:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Navigating the Vast Ocean of Open Source
Nerval's Lobster writes "Open source is no longer relegated to the discount software vendor that serves cash-strapped startups. In enterprise software development these days, open source is not only i...
03:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Tries KDE, Likes It So Far
sfcrazy writes "Linus Torvalds has never been a big fan of Gnome owing its extreme simplicity. Even Gnome 3.x failed to impress the father of the Linux kernel. He has now given KDE a try after a long ...
03:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Canadian Island's Historic Hot Springs Dry Up After Earthquake
theshowmecanuck writes with this snippet from Canada's National Post: "Days after the remote B.C. archipelago of Haida Gwaii emerged virtually unscathed from Canada's second-strongest earthquake, loca...
02:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot China's Stealth Fighter Flight Test Successful
New submitter vencs writes "China has successfully tested its second stealth fighter, a smaller, twin-engine je that military analysts said could potentially allow it to one day fly missions from an a...
01:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Building the Ultimate Safe House
Hugh Pickens writes "Candace Jackson writes that an increasing number of home builders and buyers are looking for a new kind of security: homes equipped to handle everything from hurricanes, tornadoes...
12:05 pm - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot iPhone Interface For Ham Radio Mates Old With New
jjp9999 writes "By using the same technology found in older modems, Thomas Tumino, vice president of the Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club, has invented an iPhone interface for ham radios. He told Th...
09:05 am - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Curiosity Snaps 'Arm's Length' Self Portrait
astroengine writes "Using its robotic arm-mounted MAHLI camera, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has snapped, quite possibly, the most iconic image to come from the mission so far. By stitching together 55...
06:05 am - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot OpenSUSE ARM Final Less Than a Week Away; RC2 Out Now
Andy Prough writes "Jos Poortvliet of the openSUSE team has announced that openSUSE ARM RC2 is available for download and needs testing. The final version is due out on November 6th, and support has b...
03:05 am - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Most US Drones Still Beam Video Unencrypted
An anonymous reader writes "Four years after discovering that militants were tapping into drone video feeds, the U.S. military still hasn't secured the transmissions of more than half of its fleet of ...
02:05 am - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Finding Legacy UnixWare Installation Media?
First time accepted submitter lukpac writes "We have an old (ancient) Unisys server in production that hosts a legacy system and are attempting to virtualize it. Unfortunately we don't have a generic ...
12:05 am - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Why Does a Voting Machine Need Calibration?
New submitter Shotgun writes "I heard on the radio that there were some issues with voting machines in Greensboro, NC (my hometown), and the story said the machines just needed "recalibration". Which ...
12:05 am - Sat, November 3, 2012
Slashdot Con Ed Says NYC Datacenters Should Get Power Saturday
Nerval's Lobster writes "The local utility serving most of the New York City area, Con Edison, reported that it should begin supplying utility power to midtown and lower Manhattan by Saturday evening,...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Microsoft Reportedly Working On Its Own Smartphone
According to a (paywalled) report in the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is experimenting with its own smartphone design. "Officials at some of Microsoft's parts suppliers, who declined to be named, sa...
11:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest
eldavojohn writes "On September 14th a report titled 'Taxes and the Economy: An Economic Analysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945' (PDF) penned by the Library of Congress' nonpartisan Congressional Re...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Thousands of Lab Mice Lost In Sandy Flooding
An anonymous reader writes "While New York University's Langone Medical Center in lower Manhattan was the site of heroism as 260 patients were evacuated from flooded floors and a nearly complete loss ...
10:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot UK Takes Huge Step Forward On Open Standards
jrepin sends this news from the FSF Europe site:"The UK government is certainly taking a long and winding road towards Free Software and Open Standards. The UK's public sector doesn't use a lot of Fre...
09:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot VR Tech Lets People Interact With Rats
cylonlover writes "The EU Commission's Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) is working on a 'beaming' telepresence system that is designed to allow users to virtually experi...
08:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies
Hugh Pickens writes "Lewis M. Cohen reports that this Election Day, Massachusetts is poised to approve the Death With Dignity Act, a modernized, sanitized, politically palatable term that replaces the...
08:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Tesla Model S Named 'Car of the Year'
SternisheFan writes with news that Automobile Magazine has named the all-electric Tesla Model S its Car of the Year. Quoting:"We weren't expecting much from the Tesla other than some interesting dinne...
08:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot ARM, Microsoft Collaborating On 64-bit Windows Version
angry tapir writes "ARM is working with Microsoft to tune the Windows OS to work on processors based on ARM's 64-bit architecture. Ian Forsyth, program manager at ARM, could not comment on a specific ...
07:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Crushed Silicon Triples Life of Li-Ion Batteries In the Lab
derekmead writes "Batteries rule everything around us, which makes breakthroughs a big deal. A research team at Rice says they have produced a nice jump: by using a crushed silicon anode in a lithium-...
07:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot WW2 Carrier Pigeon and Undecoded Message Found In Chimney
BigBadBus writes "The BBC is reporting that the remains of a World War 2 carrier pigeon were found during renovation of a chimney in England. What is interesting is that the pigeon's remains still had...
06:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot US Government: You Don't Own Your Cloud Data So We Can Access It At Any Time
New submitter jest3r writes "On Tuesday the EFF filed a brief proposing a process for the Court in the Megaupload case to hold the government accountable for the actions it took (and failed to take) w...
05:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot The Evolution of the Computer Keyboard
Lucas123 writes "As anyone who's typed on a virtual keyboard — or yelled at a voice-control app like Siri — can attest, no current text input holds a candle to a traditional computer keybo...
05:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Atlantic Hurricane Season 30 Percent Stronger Than Normal
MatthewVD writes "The National Hurricane Center reported today that the combined energy and duration of all the storms in the Atlantic basin hurricane season was 30 percent above the average from 1981...
04:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot PayPal Security Holes Expose Customer Card Data, Personal Details
mask.of.sanity writes "Dangerous website flaws have been discovered in PayPal that grant attackers access to customer credit card data, account balances and purchase histories. The holes still exist. ...
04:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Hurricane Sandy Fails To Stop Line For iPad Mini Launch
Nerval's Lobster writes "Hurricane Sandy may have plunged part of New York City into darkness, drowned its basements and subway tunnels in saltwater, and even set part of a neighborhood on fire, but i...
03:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Richard Stallman: Limit the Effect of Software Patents
An anonymous reader writes "We can't get rid of software patents, says Richard Stallman, but we could change how they apply to creating and using software and hardware. In an editorial at Wired, he ad...
03:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot More Than 25% of Android Apps Know Too Much About You
CowboyRobot writes "A pair of reports by Juniper and Bit9 confirm the suspicion that many apps are spying on users. '26 percent of Android apps in Google Play can access personal data, such as contact...
02:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Apple Loses Trademark Claim Against iFone in Mexico
sfcrazy writes "Apple is having trouble in Mexico right before the holiday season. The company has lost rights to the name iPhone in the country, as it was already owned by a Mexican telecom company c...
01:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot $1,500,000 Fine For Sharing 10 Movies On BitTorrent
another random user writes with news that a Virginia man, Kywan Fisher, has been ordered to pay $1,500,000 to porn-maker Flava Works for sharing ten of the company's films over BitTorrent. "The huge t...
01:05 pm - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Volcano Power Plan Gets US Go-Ahead
cylonlover writes "Having successfully negotiated the challenging regulatory slopes of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, and a host of Oregon ...
11:05 am - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Artificial Misting System Allows Reintroduction of Extinct Toad
terrancem writes "The Kihansi Spray Toad went extinct in the wild in 2005 when its habitat in Tanzania was destroyed by a dam. However conservationists at the Bronx Zoo managed to maintain a captive p...
10:05 am - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Has the Mars Rover Sniffed Methane?
First time accepted submitter GrimAndBearIt writes "NASA's Curiosity rover is poised to settle years of debate on the question of atmospheric methane on Mars, which would be a sign of microbial life. ...
08:05 am - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Vanderbilt University Steps Into the Exoskeleton Market
Zothecula writes "For people who are unable to walk under their own power, exoskeletons offer what is perhaps the next-best thing. The devices not only let their users stand, but they also move their ...
05:05 am - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Behind the Scenes At NASA's Mission Control Center
willith writes "I was recently given the opportunity to spend several hours on the floor of Historic Mission Operations Control Room #2, at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. MOCR2 was used to contr...
04:05 am - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot 80,000lbs of Walnuts Purloined In Northern California
Penurious Penguin writes "While not quite as epic or bitter as losing 600 barrels of maple syrup — in two separate heists, 80,000lbs of walnuts have been stolen in Northern California since last...
03:05 am - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot IEEE Standards For Voting Machines
kgeiger writes "Voting machine designs and data formats are a free-for-all. The result is poor validation and hence opportunity for fraud. An IEEE standards group wants all election computer systems t...
01:05 am - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Department of Homeland Security Wants Nerds For a New "Cyber Reserve'"
pigrabbitbear writes "Just three weeks after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told an audience at the Sea, Air and Space Museum that the U.S. is on the brink of a 'cyber Pearl Harbor,' the government ha...
12:05 am - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot OpenBSD 5.2 Released
An anonymous reader writes "OpenBSD 5.2 has been released and is available for download. One of the most significant changes in this release is the replacement of the user-level uthreads by kernel-lev...
12:05 am - Fri, November 2, 2012
Slashdot Security Firm VUPEN Claims To Have Hacked Windows 8 and IE10
An anonymous reader writes "Windows 8 was released late last week, and already this week French security firm VUPEN says it has broken Microsoft's latest and greatest security features. The company cl...
11:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Little Boxes Around the Edge of the Data Center?
First time accepted submitter spaceyhackerlady writes "We're looking at some new development, and a big question mark is the little boxes around the edge of the data center — the NTP servers, th...
11:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Presidential Campaigns Leak Supporters' Info To Tracking Firms
Peter Eckersley writes "Stanford privacy researcher Jonathan Mayer has published new research showing that websites of both the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns, which are used to communicate w...
10:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Seattle's Creepy Cameraman Pushes Public Surveillance Buttons
theodp writes "People seem to be okay with constant corporate or government video surveillance in public. Let a lone individual point a video camera their way, however, and tempers flare. GeekWire tak...
09:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot US Offers New Plans 1 Month Before UN Meeting To Regulate Web
Velcroman1 writes "Slashdotters have been reading for months about the upcoming ITU conference next month in Dubai, which will propose new regulations and restrictions for the Internet that critics sa...
09:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot NYC Data Center Needs Focus On Fuel
Nerval's Lobster writes "Who knew that the most critical element of operating a data center in New York City was ensuring a steady supply of diesel fuel? In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the challenges...
09:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Fisker Hybrids Get Bad Karma From Superstorm Sandy
New submitter slas6654 writes with this excerpt from Jalopnik: "Approximately 16 of the $100,000+ Fisker Karma extended-range luxury hybrids were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey last night when...
08:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Fiskar Hybrids Get Bad Karma From Superstorm Sandy
New submitter slas6654 writes with this excerpt from Jalopnik: "Approximately 16 of the $100,000+ Fisker Karma extended-range luxury hybrids were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey last night when...
07:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot To Mollify Google on Moto Patents, Apple Proposes $1Device Fee
An anonymous reader writes "Motorola feels that Apple is infringing on several FRAND patents that have to do with how every smartphone in existence connects to WiFi and cellular networks. Since Apple ...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot A Fun Slashdot 15th Anniversary Get-Together in St. Petersburg, FL (Video)
A lot of people in a lot of places celebrated Slashdot's 15th anniversary by getting together with other Slashdot readers in person. In the Tampa Bay part of Florida, a small and humble meeting was sp...
06:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot FTC Whacks "Rachel From Card Holder Services"
coondoggie writes "Just two weeks after it challenged the public to come up with a better technological way to stop incessant robocalling, the Federal Trade Commission pulled the plug on five mass cal...
05:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Apple Delays Simpler and Cleaner iTunes 'to Get It Right'
Hugh Pickens writes "iTunes has been criticized in the past for being slow and growing increasingly unwieldy as more and more media types have been added to what used to be simply a music player. Appl...
04:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Internal Bug: Code Flaw May Lead to Wrong Dose From Infusion Pump
chicksdaddy writes "The steady drumbeat of disturbing news about vulnerable, IP enabled medical devices continues this week, after medical device maker Hospira said it has issued a voluntary recall of...
04:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Russia's Internet Blacklist Law Takes Effect
another random user writes with this report from the BBC "A law that aims to protect children from harmful internet content by allowing the government to take sites offline has taken effect in Russia....
03:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Outs Mega Teaser Site, Finalizes Domain Name
hypnosec writes "Kim Dotcom has let out more information about the launch of Megaupload's successor Mega, which he claims will be 'bigger, better, faster, stronger, [and] safer.' Mega is currently loo...
03:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot UK Court of Appeal Reprimands Apple Over Mandated Samsung Statement
Macthorpe writes "In the UK, Apple were previously ordered to add a statement to their website stating that Samsung did not copy their designs, following a previous case where this was ruled by the UK...
03:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Thanks For the Logos; Help Us Choose a Winner
Over the course of October, we marked each day of our 15th anniversary month with a different reader-submitted graphic, instead of the usual Slashdot logo. (Thanks to all the artists who participated,...
02:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot KDE Plasma Active: the Mobile Interface That Works
jrepin writes "Bruce Byfield is not a fan of interfaces for mobile devices. At best, he finds them clumsy makeshifts, tolerable only because nothing better is available. The only exception is KDE's Pl...
02:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Digital Pens On Linux?
New submitter Gonzalez_S writes "There are many digital pens out there, but none of them seem to work on Linux; unless you combine them with a tablet. I have contacted many vendors (Lifetrons, Dane-El...
01:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Mozilla: Browser Ballot Glitch Cost Us 9m Firefox Downloads
nk497 writes with this selection from PC Pro magazine: "Microsoft's failure to include the EU browser ballot in Windows 7 SP1 cost Mozilla as many as 9 million Firefox downloads, the organisation's he...
01:05 pm - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Judge To Newspaper - Reveal Name of Commenter
First time accepted submitter Andy Prough writes "A Kansas judge has ordered a Topeka newspaper to release the name of a commenter on one of its stories about the trial of Anceo D. Stovall for the mur...
10:05 am - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Hurricane Sandy Damages Space Shuttle Enterprise
SchrodingerZ writes "The now decommissioned Space Shuttle Enterprise appears to have been damaged by super storm Sandy, as it blew through New York City. The shuttle is currently on display on the dec...
08:05 am - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Researchers Crown Buddhist Monk the World's Happiest Man
concealment writes in with a story about a man who has been crowned the world's happiest. "Tibetan monk and molecular geneticist Matthieu Ricard is the happiest man in the world according to researche...
08:05 am - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Breakthrough Promises Smartphones that Use Half the Power
Dupple writes in with news about a discovery that should extend the life of your battery in the near future. "Powering cellular base stations around the world will cost $36 billion this year—che...
05:05 am - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot NASA Teams To Build Gyroscopes 1,000X More Sensitive Than Current Systems
coondoggie writes "NASA today said it would work with a team of researchers on a three-year, $1.8 project to build gyroscope systems that are more than 1,000 times as sensitive as those in use today. ...
04:05 am - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot In Time For Halloween: 9 New Tarantula Species Discovered
Damien1972 writes "If you suffer from acute arachnophobia, this is the perfect Halloween discovery for you: a spider expert has discovered nine new species of arboreal tarantulas in the Brazil. Althou...
03:05 am - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen
First time accepted submitter Laser Dan writes "I'm an engineer (robotics) who can't seem to find a pen that satisfies me. Most of my writing is just temporary "thinking notes" on random bits of paper...
01:05 am - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Physicist Explains Cthulhu's "Non-Euclidean Geometry"
An anonymous reader writes "Mathematician Benjamin K. Tippett has written a fascinating and deadpan paper (Pdf) giving insights into Cthulhu. A 'Bubble' of warped Space-Time makes alarmingly consisten...
12:05 am - Thu, November 1, 2012
Slashdot Watson Goes To Medical School
First time accepted submitter Kwyj1b0 writes "I.B.M's Watson is headed to the Cleavland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University for training. Clinicians and students will ...
11:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Wireless Power Over Distance: Just a Parlor Trick?
Lucas123 writes "Companies like U.S.-based WiTricity and China-based 3DVOX Technology claim patents and products to wirelessly powering anything from many feet away — from smart phones and telev...
11:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Self-Driving Car Faces Off Against Pro On Thunderhill Racetrack
Hugh Pickens writes "Rachel Swaby reports that a self-driving car and a seasoned race-car driver recently faced off at Northern California's three-mile Thunderhill Raceway loop. The autonomous vehicle...
11:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Flexible Circuits By the Slice
MTorrice writes "Researchers have demonstrated a way to make high performance, flexible integrated circuits using almost exclusively standard equipment and materials already needed to make conventiona...
10:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Court Rules Website Terms of Service Agreement Completely Invalid
another random user sends this excerpt from Business Insider:"In January, hackers got hold of 24 million Zappos customers' email addresses and other personal information. Some of those customers have ...
09:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Advocates For 2560x1600 Standard Laptop Displays
beeudoublez points out a Google+ post by Linus Torvalds arguing that today's standard laptop display resolution is unreasonably low. He said, "...with even a $399 tablet doing 2560x1600 pixel dis...
09:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Dutch DigiNotar Servers Were Fully Hacked
ChristW writes "The final report that was handed to the Dutch government today indicates that all 8 certificate servers of the Dutch company DigiNotar were fully hacked. (Report PDF in English.) Becau...
08:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Stolen Cellphone Databases Switched On In US
alphadogg writes "U.S. cellphone carriers took a major step on Wednesday toward curbing the rising number of smartphone thefts with the introduction of databases that will block stolen phones from bei...
08:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Empathy Represses Analytic Thought, and Vice Versa
hessian sends this quote from a Case Western Reserve University news release:"New research shows a simple reason why even the most intelligent, complex brains can be taken by a swindler's story &ndash...
07:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Federal Judge Approves Warrantless, Covert Video Surveillance
Penurious Penguin writes "Your curtilage may be your castle, but 'open fields' are open game for law-enforcement and surveillance technology. Whether 'No Trespassing' signs are present or not, your pr...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Windows Browser Ballot Glitch Cost Firefox 6-9 Million Downloads
nk497 writes "Microsoft's failure to include the EU browser ballot in Windows 7 SP1 cost Mozilla as many as 9 million Firefox downloads, the organization's head of business affairs revealed. Harvey An...
06:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot NYC Data Centers Struggle To Recover After Sandy
Nerval's Lobster writes "Problems in New York's data centers persisted through Wednesday morning, with hosting companies and other facilities racing against time to keep generators humming as water wa...
05:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent
An anonymous reader writes with news of a company suing Microsoft for infringing upon a patent for tiles with live content. From the article: "SurfCast, in a complaint filed yesterday in a U.S. Distri...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot D&D Monster Study Proves Eyes Have It
sciencehabit writes with this excerpt from Science: "The dungeon is pitch black — until the dungeon master blazes a torch, confirming your worst fears. A Beholder monster lurches at you, its eye...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Rasterman On The Impending Release of Enlightenment 17
In development for the better part of the last decade, the 0.17 release of the Enlightenment window manager is slated for November 5th. Leading up to this, the H has an enlightening interview with pro...
04:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Google Launches Open Source Voter Information Tool
An anonymous reader writes "Google announces a new Voter Information Tool which, as its name implies, can be used by voters to find relevant information such as where you can vote and for whom. The se...
03:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Curiosity Finds Volcanic Soils
Zothecula writes "NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has completed its first soil analysis of the Red Planet. The unmanned explorer used an advanced, miniaturized X-ray diffraction instrument that is part of...
03:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot China Building a 100-petaflop Supercomputer Using Domestic Processors
concealment writes "As the U.S. launched what's expected to be the world's fastest supercomputer at 20 petaflops, China is building a machine that is intended to be five times faster when it is deploy...
02:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot More Drones Set To Use US Air Space
Dupple writes with a quote from the BBC about more testing of Predator drones in U.S. air space: "Tests have been carried out to see whether military drones can mix safely in the air with passenger pl...
01:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot California AG Gives App Developers 30 Days To Post Privacy Notice
Trailrunner7 writes "California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a crackdown on mobile application developers and companies that haven't posted privacy policies, at least where users ...
01:05 pm - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Scientists Move Closer To a Universal Flu Vaccine
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Vaccines for most diseases typically work for years or decades but with the flu, next fall it will be time to get another dose. Now Carl Zimmer writes that a flurry of rece...
10:05 am - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Supreme Court Hearing Case On Drug-Sniffing Dog "Fishing Expeditions"
sgunhouse writes "Wired is running an article on a Supreme Court challenge (well, actually two of them) to the use of drug-sniffing dogs. The first case discussed involved Florida police using a drug-...
08:05 am - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Nexus 7 and Android Convertibles Drive Massive Asus Profit
rtfa-troll writes "The collapse of the PC market has had much discussion on Slashdot with a common opinion that, now that Apple is the largest personal computer manufacturer, a loss of sales combined ...
05:05 am - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot "Badass" Bug Infects and Kills Borderlands 2 Characters
An anonymous reader writes "BBC News claims that a feature in Borderlands 2 that can only be activated in modded XBox 360s has a bug that can cause characters to be permanently deleted when they die- ...
03:05 am - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot ARM Announces 64-Bit Cortex-A50 Architecture
MojoKid writes "ARM debuted its new 64-bit microarchitecture today and announced the upcoming launch of a new set of Cortex processors, due in 2014. The two new chip architectures, dubbed the Cortex-A...
01:05 am - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Pumpkin Carving For the Digital Age: Pumpktris
antdude writes "Pumpktris is a fully playable version of Tetris built into a pumpkin, with 128 Light Emitting Diode (LEDs) for the display and the stem serving as a game controller." ...
12:05 am - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is TSA's PreCheck System Easy To Game?
OverTheGeicoE writes "TSA has had a preferred traveler program, PreCheck, for a while now. Frequent fliers and other individuals with prior approval from DHS can avoid some minor annoyances of airport...
12:05 am - Wed, October 31, 2012
Slashdot EFF And Others Push For Open Wifi APs Everywhere
netbuzz writes "Forging ahead with an initiative that proved controversial when introduced last year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and nine other groups today are advancing the Open Wireless Mov...