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25-07-2009, 06:50:02

Skype Apparently Threatens Russian National Security

Skype Apparently Threatens Russian National SecurityMr.Bananas writes "Reuters reports that 'Russia's most powerful business lobby moved to clamp down on Skype and its peers this week, telling lawmakers that the Internet phone services are a threat to Russian businesses and to n...
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25-07-2009, 04:50:02

SHA-3 Second Round Candidates Released

SHA-3 Second Round Candidates ReleasedJeremy A. Hansen writes "NIST just announced their selections for algorithms going to the second round of the SHA-3 competition. Quoting: 'NIST received 64 SHA-3 candidate hash function submissions and accepted 51 first round candidates as m...
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Slashdot
25-07-2009, 02:50:02

IBM Seeks Patent On Digital Witch Hunts

IBM Seeks Patent On Digital Witch Huntstheodp writes "Should Mark Zuckerberg want to identify a snitching Facebook employee, Elon Musk wish to set a trap for loose-lipped Tesla employees, or Steve Jobs want to 'play Asteroid,' they'll be happy to know that a new IBM 'invention' ...
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25-07-2009, 00:50:01

EFF Urges Pressure On Google Over Book Search

EFF Urges Pressure On Google Over Book Searchangry tapir writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is urging its supporters to pressure Google to build significant privacy protections into its Book Search service. The EFF suggests that the service gives Google access to new per...
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Slashdot
24-07-2009, 22:50:02

Microsoft Agrees To EU Browser Ballot Screen

Microsoft Agrees To EU Browser Ballot ScreenAn anonymous reader sends in coverage from Ars Technica of Microsoft's capitulation to the EU, after European regulators requested that Redmond bundle multiple browsers on new PCs. "Microsoft has decided that the last thing it needs in...
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Slashdot
24-07-2009, 20:50:03

Palm Pre iTunes Syncing Back With WebOS 1.1 Update

Palm Pre iTunes Syncing Back With WebOS 1.1 Updatesuraj.sun points out CNet coverage of Palm's newest OS release, which restores the ability to synch with iTunes that iTunes 8.2.1 had broken. "The news was posted on Palm's blog where it listed the new features and enhancements o...
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24-07-2009, 18:50:06

US PTO Gives Microsoft Credit For Lotus's Homework

US PTO Gives Microsoft Credit For Lotus's Homeworktheodp writes "On Tuesday, the USPTO granted Microsoft a patent for 'Email Emotiflags' despite ample evidence of a circa-1996 Lotus Notes precedent called Mood Stamps — sender-chosen emoticons that appear next to inbox mess...
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Slashdot
24-07-2009, 16:50:02

Critical Flaw Discovered In DD-WRT

Critical Flaw Discovered In DD-WRTMagicM writes "A critical flaw has been discovered in DD-WRT, a Linux based alternative open source firmware for WLAN routers such as the fan-favorite Linksys WRT54GL. The flaw can give an attacker instant root access to the router merely by emb...
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Slashdot
24-07-2009, 12:50:02

Gaming On Windows 7

Gaming On Windows 7Jason Wilson writes "Windows 7 comes out Oct. 22, and many gamers are wondering whether it will be a boon for gaming, as Microsoft promised Vista would, or a disappointment (like Vista was at its launch). Former ExtremeTech editor Jason Cross, who's covered ga...
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Slashdot
24-07-2009, 08:50:02

East Africa Gets High-Speed Internet Access Via Undersea Cable

East Africa Gets High-Speed Internet Access Via Undersea CableAbel Mebratu writes with this excerpt from the BBC: "The first undersea cable to bring high-speed internet access to East Africa has gone live. The fiber-optic cable, operated by African-owned firm Seacom, connects So...
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Slashdot
24-07-2009, 06:50:02

Researchers Outline Targeted Content Poisoning For P2P Data

Researchers Outline Targeted Content Poisoning For P2P DataDiomidis Spinellis writes "Two UCLA researchers published a paper in the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Computers that describes a technique for p2p content poisoning targeted exclusively at detected copyright violator...
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Slashdot
24-07-2009, 02:50:02

The Rocky Road To Wind Power

The Rocky Road To Wind PowerHugh Pickens writes "The NY Times has an interesting story on the logistical problems involved in transporting disassembled towers that will reach more than 250 feet in height from ports or factories to the remote, windy destinations where the turbine...
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Slashdot
24-07-2009, 00:50:02

How To Vet Clever Ideas Without Giving Them Away?

How To Vet Clever Ideas Without Giving Them Away?Rival writes "As an inquisitive and creative geek, I am constantly coming up with 'clever' ideas. Most often I discover fundamental or practical flaws lurking in the details, which I'm fine with. As Edison said, 'I haven't failed;...
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Slashdot
23-07-2009, 22:50:03

U of Michigan and Amazon To Offer 400,000 OOP Books

U of Michigan and Amazon To Offer 400,000 OOP Bookseldavojohn writes "Four hundred thousand rare, out of print books may soon be available for purchase ranging anywhere from $10 to $45 apiece. The article lists a rare Florence Nightingale book on Nursing which normally sells for...
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Slashdot
23-07-2009, 20:50:04

Armadillo Aerospace Flight Paves Way For Science Payloads

Armadillo Aerospace Flight Paves Way For Science PayloadsMatt_dk writes "Armadillo Aerospace conducted two groundbreaking atmospheric test flights this weekend with their 'Mod' vertical-takeoff-vertical-landing rocket, a vehicle familiar to anyone who has followed NASA's Lunar L...
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Slashdot
23-07-2009, 18:50:05

White House Panel Seeks Input On Spaceflight Plans

White House Panel Seeks Input On Spaceflight PlansNeil H. writes "The Augustine Commission, commissioned by the White House and NASA to provide an independent review of the current US human spaceflight program and potential new directions, is seeking public input on a document d...
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Slashdot
23-07-2009, 16:50:06

Cloud-Sourcing's Long-Term Impact On IT Careers

Cloud-Sourcing's Long-Term Impact On IT Careerssnydeq writes "InfoWorld provides a reality check on the impact cloud computing will have on IT jobs, the overall effects of which will likely resemble those of outsourcing, automation, and utility computing — in other words, ...
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Slashdot
23-07-2009, 14:50:02

Hacking Nuclear Command and Control

Hacking Nuclear Command and ControlThe Walking Dude writes "The International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND) has released an unclassified report exploring the possibility of cyber terrorists launching nuclear weapons. Ominous exploits include unr...
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23-07-2009, 12:50:03

Zer01 Parent Strips Web Site Following Report

Zer01 Parent Strips Web Site Following Reportalphadogg writes "Two days after a report cast doubt on Zer01 Mobile's business, its parent company has stripped its Web site down to only basic information. New details have also come to light suggesting a past connection between two...
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23-07-2009, 10:50:02

Transformers Special Edition Chevy Camaro Unveiled

Transformers Special Edition Chevy Camaro Unveiledroelbj writes "Automotive stories are few and far between on Slashdot, but today's news from Chevrolet might just make a few readers' mouths water at the chance to own their own Bumblebee. Today at Comic-Con, General Motors offic...
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Slashdot
23-07-2009, 08:50:02

Artificial Brain '10 Years Away'

Artificial Brain '10 Years Away'SpuriousLogic writes "A detailed, functional artificial human brain can be built within the next 10 years, a leading scientist has claimed. Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, has already built elements of a rat brain. He told the T...
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Slashdot
23-07-2009, 06:50:02

Solar-Powered Moon Rover To Explore Apollo Landing

Solar-Powered Moon Rover To Explore Apollo LandingMike writes "Carnegie Mellon roboticist Dr. William Whittaker has teamed up with Astrobiotic Technology to develop a solar powered moon rover that will explore the Apollo landing site in 2011. The photovoltaic clad robot features...
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Slashdot
23-07-2009, 04:50:01

Google Wave Reviewed

Google Wave ReviewedMichael_Curator writes "Developers are finally getting their hands on the developer preview of Google's Wave, which means we can finally get some first-hand accounts of what it's really like to use, unfiltered by Google's own programmers. Ben Rometsch, a deve...
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Slashdot
23-07-2009, 02:50:02

'Power Capping' the Datacenter

'Power Capping' the Datacentersnydeq writes "Datacenter operators seeking increased server density may soon turn to power capping, an emerging technology that limits the amount of electricity a server can consume, InfoWorld reports. The practice, which can be applied at the rack...
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Slashdot
23-07-2009, 00:50:03

Cable Management To Defeat Clutter?

Cable Management To Defeat Clutter?igny writes "I have just recently cleaned up my home office, reducing the clutter, but I could not come up with a neat solution to my cable problem. I believe my cable usage is even below average for a slashdotter, but still I have three comput...
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Slashdot
22-07-2009, 22:50:02

MIT Electric Car May Outperform Rival Gas Models

MIT Electric Car May Outperform Rival Gas Modelsalphadogg writes "Inside a plain-looking garage on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus, undergraduate Radu Gogoana and his team of fellow students are working on a project that could rival what major automobile manuf...
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Slashdot
22-07-2009, 20:50:06

F-22 Raptor Cancelled

F-22 Raptor CancelledBayaWeaver writes "Slate reports that the F-22 Raptor has been cancelled by the Senate. At an estimated price tag of $339 million per aircraft, even the powerful military-industrial-congressional complex couldn't keep this Cold War program alive in these har...
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Slashdot
22-07-2009, 18:50:02

Undercover Cameras Catch PC Repair Scams, Privacy Violations

Undercover Cameras Catch PC Repair Scams, Privacy ViolationsBarence writes "With help from readers of PC Pro, Sky News in the UK launched an undercover investigation into rogue PC repair shops. As a result, Sky's cameras caught technicians scouring through private photos, steali...
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22-07-2009, 16:50:03

Microsoft Makes Second GPLv2 Release

Microsoft Makes Second GPLv2 Releaseangry tapir writes "Microsoft has made its second release under the General Public License in two days with software for Moodle, an 'open-source course management system that teachers use to create online learning Web sites for their classes, ...
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Slashdot
22-07-2009, 14:50:04

FOIA Documents Detail iPods Overheating, Catching Fire

FOIA Documents Detail iPods Overheating, Catching Firesuraj.sun passes along a report from a Seattle TV station that has been investigating reports of Apple iPods overheating and bursting into flames. "An exclusive KIRO 7 Investigation reveals an alarming number of Apple brand i...
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Slashdot
22-07-2009, 12:50:03

Adobe Chided For Insecure Acrobat Reader

Adobe Chided For Insecure Acrobat ReaderThe Register covers security firm Secunia calling out Adobe for its insecure distribution practices with regard to Adobe Reader. (Here is Secunia's note.) The accusation is that the way Adobe provides Reader extends the software's window o...
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Slashdot
22-07-2009, 08:50:01

Radar Could Save Bats From Wind Turbines

Radar Could Save Bats From Wind Turbinesmknewman sends in an MSNBC piece on a promising way to keep bats from straying into wind farms — by using radar. "Bats use sonar to navigate and hunt. Many have been killed by wind turbines, however, which their sonar doesn't seem to...
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Slashdot
22-07-2009, 06:50:02

Laser Ignition May Replace the Spark Plug

Laser Ignition May Replace the Spark Plugdusty writes "Laser Focus World has a story on researchers from Ford, GSI, and The University of Liverpool and their success in using near-infrared lasers instead of spark plugs in automobile engines. The laser pulses are delivered to the...
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Slashdot
22-07-2009, 04:50:02

Roku Set-Top Box Gets A/V Aggregation Service

Roku Set-Top Box Gets A/V Aggregation ServiceDeviceGuru writes "Mediafly's A/V podcast aggregation service will be added to Roku's $100 digital video player set-top box this fall, the companies report. This puts the companies on a path to compete directly with Hulu.com. Accordin...
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Slashdot
22-07-2009, 02:50:02

Medieval UK Battle Records Released Online

Medieval UK Battle Records Released Onlineeldavojohn writes "Do you have ancestors who served in the British military under Henry V or fought in the Hundred Years War? Look them up online now that 250,000 medieval battle records are online and available for searching. According ...
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Slashdot
22-07-2009, 00:50:02

Best Tools For Network Inventory Management?

Best Tools For Network Inventory Management?jra writes "Once every month or so, people ask here about backups, network management, and so on, but one topic I don't see come up too often is network inventory management — machines, serial numbers, license keys, user assignme...
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Slashdot
21-07-2009, 22:50:03

First New Nuclear Reactor In a Decade On Track

First New Nuclear Reactor In a Decade On Trackdusty writes "Plans to bring online the first new US nuclear plant since 1995 are on track, on time, and on budget according to the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA had one major accident with a coal ash spill of late, and one minor o...
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Slashdot
21-07-2009, 20:50:02

Doctors Fight Patent On Medical Knowledge

Doctors Fight Patent On Medical KnowledgeI Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Doctor's groups, including the AMA and too many others to list, are supporting the Mayo Clinic in the case Prometheus v. Mayo. The Mayo Clinic alleges that the patents in question merely recit...
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Slashdot
21-07-2009, 18:50:03

'Vanish' Makes Sensitive Data Self-Destruct

'Vanish' Makes Sensitive Data Self-DestructHugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports on new software called 'Vanish,' developed by computer scientists at the University of Washington, which makes sensitive electronic messages 'self destruct' after a certain period of time. The r...
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Slashdot
21-07-2009, 16:50:03

P.I.I. In the Sky

P.I.I. In the SkyFrequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes "A judge rules that IP addresses are not 'personally identifiable information' (PII) because they identify computers, not people. That's absurd, but in truth there is no standard definition of PII in the indu...
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21-07-2009, 14:50:02

How They Built the Software of Apollo 11

How They Built the Software of Apollo 11LinuxScribe tips a piece up at Linux.com with inside details on the design and construction of the Apollo 11 code. There are some analogies to open source development but they are slim. MIT drafted the code — to run on the Apollo Gui...
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Slashdot
21-07-2009, 12:50:02

Valve's Newell On Community-Funded Games

Valve's Newell On Community-Funded GamesModern games are extremely expensive to make. High-profile, AAA titles have budgets in the tens of millions, and even the smaller, independent titles can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to make. Couple this with development times tha...
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21-07-2009, 08:50:02

Delete Data On Netbook If Stolen?

Delete Data On Netbook If Stolen?An anonymous reader writes "I have just moved overseas on a 2-year working holiday visa and so I picked up a netbook for the interim, an MSI Wind U100 Plus running WinXP. I love it to bits. But as I am travelling around I am somewhat worried abou...
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21-07-2009, 06:50:02

Making Cesium Atoms Do a Quantum Walk

Making Cesium Atoms Do a Quantum WalkAn anonymous reader recommends an Ars Technica account of a breakthrough in efforts toward quantum computing. German scientists have managed to get cesium atoms in a state called a "quantum walk": basically a superposition of all the possible...
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Slashdot
21-07-2009, 04:50:03

US Agency Blocked Cellphone / Driving Safety Study

US Agency Blocked Cellphone / Driving Safety StudyBy now you've probably seen the NY Times's long piece on distracted driving — about how most drivers and most legislators willfully ignore the evidence of the dangers of talking on a cellphone, texting, and other electronic...
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Slashdot
21-07-2009, 02:50:03

How Apple's App Review Is Sabotaging the iPhone

How Apple's App Review Is Sabotaging the iPhonesnydeq writes to recommend Peter Wayner's inside look at the frustration iPhone developers face from Apple when attempting to distribute their apps through the iPhone App Store. Wayner's long piece is an extended analogy comparing A...
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21-07-2009, 00:50:02

A Server Farm Powered By a Wind Farm

A Server Farm Powered By a Wind Farm1sockchuck writes "A Texas startup called Baryonyx plans to build data centers powered entirely by renewable energy. Its first project will be a wind-powered server farm powered by 100 wind turbines in the Texas panhandle. The company has also...
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Slashdot
20-07-2009, 22:50:03

Collaborative Software For Pair Programming?

Collaborative Software For Pair Programming?DavidMatuszek writes "I will be teaching Java again this Fall. Students work in pairs, but unfortunately (after the first hour) typically not physically together. I would like to find collaborative software that is (1) dead simple to u...
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Slashdot
20-07-2009, 20:50:02

The Geek Atlas

The Geek Atlasbrothke writes "A recent search on Amazon for travel guides returned over 30,000 results. Most of these are standard travel guides to popular tourist destinations which advise the reader to go to the typical tourist sites. The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science a...
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20-07-2009, 18:50:02

Ireland Criminalizes Blasphemy

Ireland Criminalizes BlasphemyAn anonymous reader writes "Another European country clamps down on free speech. From the article: 'It does seem bizarre that, in 2009, a modern European nation would seek to shield religious belief from criticism — yet that is what is happeni...
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