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27-04-2009, 00:50:02

Rapidshare Divulges Uploader Information

Rapidshare Divulges Uploader InformationGorgonzolanoid notes a post on TorrentFreak reporting that the German Rapidshare is divulging uploader information to rights holders. Record labels are apparently making creative use of "paragraph 101" of German copyright law, which gives ...
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26-04-2009, 22:50:03

US Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu

US Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flumallumax sends word from the NYTimes that US government officials today declared a public health emergency over increasing cases of the swine flu first seen in Mexico. Here is additional coverage from CNN. From the Times: "Americ...
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26-04-2009, 20:50:04

Taking Gaming To the Next Billion Players

Taking Gaming To the Next Billion PlayersHugh Pickens writes "June marks the launch across Brazil of Zeebo, a console that aims to tap an enormous new market for videogaming for the billion-strong, emerging middle classes of such countries as Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia and Ch...
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26-04-2009, 18:50:05

Irish Reject E-Voting, Go Back To Paper

Irish Reject E-Voting, Go Back To PaperDeath Metal tips news that the Irish government has announced their decision to abandon e-voting and return to a paper-based system. "Ireland has already put about $67 million into building out its e-voting infrastructure, but the country h...
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26-04-2009, 16:50:02

Cybersquatting and Social Media

Cybersquatting and Social MediaEarthquake Retrofit writes "Brian Krebs has a story about cybersquatting on social networking sites. He cites cases of people being impersonated and reports: 'A site called knowem.com allows you to see whether your name or whatever nickname you fav...
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Slashdot
26-04-2009, 14:50:02

The Economist On Television Over Broadband

The Economist On Television Over Broadbandzxjio recommends a pair of articles in The Economist discussing television over broadband, and the effects of DVR use. "Cable-television companies make money by selling packages of channels. The average American household pays $700 a yea...
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26-04-2009, 12:50:02

New Material For Fast-Change Sunglasses, Data Storage

New Material For Fast-Change Sunglasses, Data Storagesciencehabit writes "'Researchers have developed a material that almost instantaneously (30 ms) changes from clear to dark blue when exposed to ultraviolet light, and it just as quickly reverts to clear when the light is turne...
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26-04-2009, 08:50:02

Bringing Up Bill

Bringing Up Billtheodp writes "Over at the WSJ, Bill Gates Sr. describes what it took to turn an unruly 12-year-old into Microsoft's founder and the world's richest man. This included throwing a glass of cold water in the boy's face when he was having a particularly heated argum...
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26-04-2009, 06:50:02

Music Copyright In EU Extended To 70 Years

Music Copyright In EU Extended To 70 Yearsrastos1 writes "The European Parliament extended the copyright in the EU for the performers of musical works from 50 to 70 years. The legislation will be reviewed in 3 years. The European Commission will consider extending the scope to a...
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Slashdot
26-04-2009, 04:50:02

Analyzing (All of) Star Trek With Face Recognition

Analyzing (All of) Star Trek With Face RecognitionAn anonymous reader writes "Accurate face recognition is coming. Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition, a face recognition start-up spun out from Carnegie Mellon University, has posted a tech demo showing an analysis of the entire origi...
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26-04-2009, 02:50:01

Blackwell Launches Print-On-Demand Trial In the UK

Blackwell Launches Print-On-Demand Trial In the UKkrou writes "In Dec. 2006, we discussed the Espresso Book Machine. Well, on April 27 the bookseller Blackwell will launch a three month trial of the machine in its Charing Cross Road branch in London as a 'print on demand' servic...
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26-04-2009, 00:50:04

Future of Financial Mathematics?

Future of Financial Mathematics?An anonymous reader writes "Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a famous 'Quant,' has long been a strong critic of the use of mathematics and statistics in the financial markets. He has been very vocal in his books The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness. In h...
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Slashdot
25-04-2009, 22:50:03

First Android/ARM Netbook To Cost $250, Maker Says

First Android/ARM Netbook To Cost $250, Maker Saysericatcw writes "There was a flurry of excitement earlier this week when the first Google Android netbook, the Skytone Alpha 680, was spotted by Slashdotters. Now, Computerworld has scored an exclusive interview with Skytone's co...
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Slashdot
25-04-2009, 20:50:03

Drug Company Merck Drew Up Doctor "Hit List"

Drug Company Merck Drew Up Doctor "Hit List"Philip K Dickhead sends in a piece from the Australian media, a couple of weeks old, that hasn't seen much discussion here. In a class-action lawsuit in Australia against Merck for its Vioxx anti-arthritis drug, information has come ou...
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Slashdot
25-04-2009, 18:50:05

Why AT&T Wants To Keep the iPhone Away From Verizon

Why AT&T Wants To Keep the iPhone Away From VerizonHugh Pickens writes "Saul Hansell of the NY Times has an interesting post analyzing AT&T's earnings report and highlighting the enormous stakes involved in the renewal of its exclusive contract to distribute Apple's iPho...
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Slashdot
25-04-2009, 16:50:03

Time Warner Shutting Off Austin Accounts For Heavy Usage

Time Warner Shutting Off Austin Accounts For Heavy Usagemariushm writes "After deciding to shelve metered broadband plans, it looks like Time Warner is cutting off, with no warning, the accounts of customers whom they deem to have used too much bandwidth. 'Austin Stop The Cap re...
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Slashdot
25-04-2009, 14:50:03

What Did You Do First With Linux?

What Did You Do First With Linux?ruphus13 writes "OStatic has an interesting article on remembering the first time you used Linux. Quoting: 'I'm not sure if the admission that I remember my first Linux installation much more clearly than any date with my first boyfriend or my fi...
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Slashdot
25-04-2009, 12:50:02

Researchers Critique Today's Cloud Computing

Researchers Critique Today's Cloud ComputingRed Leader. writes "MAYA Design just released an excerpt from one of their forthcoming books as a white paper. The paper offers a different perspective on cloud computing. Their view is that cloud computing, as currently described, is ...
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Slashdot
25-04-2009, 08:50:04

A Vision For a World Free of CAPTCHAs

A Vision For a World Free of CAPTCHAsAn anonymous reader writes "Slate argues that we're going about verifying humans on the Web all wrong: 'As Alan Turing laid out in the 1950 paper that postulated his test, the goal is to determine whether a computer can behave like a human, n...
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25-04-2009, 06:50:02

Improving the Abilities of Bionic Arm Patients

Improving the Abilities of Bionic Arm PatientsAl writes "Tech Review has an article about the progress being made on prosthetic arms that can be controlled using nerves that once connected to the missing limb via muscles in the chest. Todd Kuiken, director of the Rehabilitation ...
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25-04-2009, 04:50:02

Gamefly Complains of Poor Treatment From USPS

Gamefly Complains of Poor Treatment From USPSGamefly, the popular video game rental service that operates through the mail, has filed a complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission about the high number of games that are lost or stolen in the mail. The complaint (PDF) asserts...
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Slashdot
25-04-2009, 02:50:01

Judge Opens Hearing On RealDVD Legal Battle

Judge Opens Hearing On RealDVD Legal BattleFP writes "On Friday morning, lawyers urged a federal judge to bar RealNetworks from selling software that allows consumers to copy their DVDs to computer hard drives, arguing that the Seattle-based company's product is an illegal pirat...
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Slashdot
25-04-2009, 00:50:02

Microsoft Suffers Leaks, Lagging Sales Numbers as They Look Forward to Window 8

Microsoft Suffers Leaks, Lagging Sales Numbers as They Look Forward to Window 8nandemoari writes "With only a few weeks until Microsoft's Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is released, Microsoft is already looking for people to help with Windows 8. An April 14th job ad posted ...
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Slashdot
24-04-2009, 22:50:05

Dell Sues Tiger Direct For Misleading Customers

Dell Sues Tiger Direct For Misleading CustomersAn anonymous reader writes "Dell is apparently suing popular online retailer Tiger Direct, claiming that Tiger violated its resale contract they had with them which included false advertising, misleading representation and unfair co...
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Slashdot
24-04-2009, 20:50:01

UK Government to Back Broadband-For-All

UK Government to Back Broadband-For-AllBarence writes to mention that the UK government is throwing their weight behind a broadband-for-all initiative with an initial round of £250 million in funding. Using money left over from the digital television switch, the initiative...
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Slashdot
24-04-2009, 18:50:04

Google Analytics API Goes Public

Google Analytics API Goes Publicstoolpigeon writes "Google has announced the now public beta for the Google Analytics API (described here). The API lets developers create client applications that can pull analytics data, to mash it up with other data or to present it in new ways...
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Slashdot
24-04-2009, 16:50:06

Ubuntu 9.04 Is As Slick As Win7, Mac OS X

Ubuntu 9.04 Is As Slick As Win7, Mac OS XAn anonymous reader writes in with an opinion piece from ZDNet Australia. "Here's what the official press release won't tell you about Ubuntu 9.04, which formally hit the streets yesterday: its designers have polished the hell out of its ...
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Slashdot
24-04-2009, 14:50:02

Obama To Get Secure BlackBerry 8830

Obama To Get Secure BlackBerry 8830CWmike writes "President Barack Obama is set to receive a high-security BlackBerry 8830 soon, The Washington Times reported today. The device is said to be in the final stages of development at the National Security Agency, which will check tha...
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Slashdot
24-04-2009, 10:50:08

Nintendo and the Decline of Hardcore Gaming

Nintendo and the Decline of Hardcore Gamingangry tapir writes "Chris Jager from GoodGearGuide argues that the rise of casual gaming means near-certain death for hardcore gaming. The sales of casual 'party-friendly' games are massively outstripping the sales of classic hardcore g...
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Slashdot
24-04-2009, 08:50:24

Using Light's Handedness To Find Alien Life

Using Light's Handedness To Find Alien LifeRational Egoist writes "Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have come up with a novel, easy way to detect life on other planets. Rather than try to measure the composition of atmospheres, they want t...
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Slashdot
24-04-2009, 04:50:02

NASA Moon Launch May Be Delayed After 2020

NASA Moon Launch May Be Delayed After 2020krou writes "The Guardian is reporting that NASA is quietly revising its internal estimates of a 2018 launch for its Ares V rocket. Although publicly the date given for the launch was 2020, the internal launch date was set for 2018. The ...
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24-04-2009, 02:50:01

Yahoo Pulls the Plug On GeoCities

Yahoo Pulls the Plug On GeoCitiesMike writes "It's official: Yahoo is pulling the plug, and GeoCities is dead. GeoCities had suffered a long and drawn-out battle with its health over the past decade. An antiquated service model and outdated technology are widely blamed for the s...
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Slashdot
24-04-2009, 00:50:02

Paid Online News Venture Fails To Get Subscribers

Paid Online News Venture Fails To Get SubscribersIan Lamont writes "The idea of migrating people from free online news content to paid subscriptions has been dealt a blow. A venture meant to fill the void left by the print Rocky Mountain Times has attracted 3,000 subscribers &md...
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Slashdot
23-04-2009, 22:50:04

AMD Overclocks New Phenom II X4 To 7 GHz

AMD Overclocks New Phenom II X4 To 7 GHzCWmike writes "Advanced Micro Devices on Thursday introduced the latest member of its Phenom II X4 family of high-performance quad-core CPUs, which the No. 2 chip maker said it had run as fast as 7 GHz in extreme overclocking tests. Out of...
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Slashdot
23-04-2009, 20:50:02

Toys You Control With Your Brain

Toys You Control With Your BrainKaliann writes "Toys that respond to brainwaves are the next generation of unique user interfaces. The Washington Post looks at the current market appeal and future uses of technology that can meaningfully respond to the thoughts of a user. Curren...
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Slashdot
23-04-2009, 18:50:02

Researchers Show How To Take Control of Windows 7

Researchers Show How To Take Control of Windows 7alphadogg writes "Security researchers demonstrated how to take control of a computer running Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system at the Hack In The Box Security Conference (HITB) in Dubai on Thursday. Researchers Vipi...
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Slashdot
23-04-2009, 16:50:09

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

Ubuntu 9.04 ReleasedMohamed Zaian writes "Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today that Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition is free to download from Thursday 23 April. Also announced were the simultaneous releases of Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition and Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook...
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Slashdot
23-04-2009, 14:50:03

DARPA's Map-Based Wiki Keeps Platoons Alive

DARPA's Map-Based Wiki Keeps Platoons Aliveblackbearnh writes "One of the biggest problem that a platoon on the ground in Iraq or Afghanistan faces is that when a new unit cycles in, all the street-sense and experience of the old unit is lost. Knowing where insurgents like to pl...
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Slashdot
23-04-2009, 12:50:02

Copyright Lobby Targets 'Pirate Bay For Books'

Copyright Lobby Targets 'Pirate Bay For Books'An anonymous reader writes "TTVK, a Finnish national copyright lobby, is threatening a book renal service called Bookabooka for allegedly running the 'Pirate Bay for Books'. Bookabooka however does not offer a torrent tracker service...
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Slashdot
23-04-2009, 10:50:02

Germany Institutes Censorship Infrastructure

Germany Institutes Censorship InfrastructureAn anonymous reader writes "Germany's government has passed a draft law for censorship of domains hosting content related to child pornography. A secret list of IPs will be created by the BKA, Germany's federal police; any attempted ac...
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23-04-2009, 06:50:02

Robotic Penguins

Robotic PenguinsCorporate Troll writes "Robotic penguins were unveiled by German engineering firm Festo this week. Using their flippers, the mechanical penguins(video) can paddle through water just like real ones, while larger helium-filled designs can "swim" through the air. Th...
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23-04-2009, 04:50:02

Biden Promises 'Right Person' As Copyright Czar

Biden Promises 'Right Person' As Copyright CzarHugh Pickens writes "Vice President Joe Biden lauded Hollywood at a gala dinner in Washington, assailed movie piracy, and promised film executives that the Obama administration would * "the right person" as its copyright czar. Bi...
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23-04-2009, 02:50:02

New Mega-Botnet Discovered

New Mega-Botnet Discoveredyahoi writes " According to the DarkReading article, 'Researchers have discovered a major botnet operating out of the Ukraine that has infected 1.9 million machines, including large corporate and government PCs mainly in the U.S. The botnet, which appea...
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Slashdot
23-04-2009, 00:50:01

Designing DNA Circuits To Brew Tastier Beer

Designing DNA Circuits To Brew Tastier BeerAl writes "Researchers at Boston University have developed a way to predict the behavior or different DNA segments and make synthetic biology a little bit more reliable. James Collins and colleagues have built libraries of component par...
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Slashdot
22-04-2009, 22:50:02

"Good Enough" Computers Are the Future

"Good Enough" Computers Are the FutureAn anonymous reader writes "Over on the PC World blog, Keir Thomas engages in some speculative thinking. Pretending to be writing from the year 2025, he describes a world of 'Good Enough computing,' wherein ultra-cheap PCs and notebooks (cre...
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Slashdot
22-04-2009, 20:50:05

Analyzing YouTube's Audio Fingerprinter

Analyzing YouTube's Audio FingerprinterAl Benedetto writes "I stumbled across this article which analyzes the YouTube audio content identification system in-depth. Apparently, since YouTube's system has no transparency, the behaviors had to be determined based on dozens of trial...
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22-04-2009, 18:50:03

Scientists Discover Exoplanet Less Than Twice the Mass of Earth

Scientists Discover Exoplanet Less Than Twice the Mass of EarthSnowblindeye writes with this excerpt from the European Southern Observatory: "Well-known exoplanet researcher Michel Mayor today announced the discovery of the lightest exoplanet found so far. The planet, 'e,' in th...
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Slashdot
22-04-2009, 16:50:14

Pentagon Cyber-Command In the Works

Pentagon Cyber-Command In the WorksAn anonymous reader sends word of a new cybersecurity project to defend US networks from attacks and strengthen the government's "offensive capabilities in cyberwarfare." Right now, the most likely candidate to lead the project is the Director ...
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22-04-2009, 14:50:14

Botnet Expert Wants 'Special Ops' Security Teams

Botnet Expert Wants 'Special Ops' Security TeamsCWmike writes "Criminal cybergangs must be harried, hounded and hunted until they're driven out of business, a noted botnet researcher said as he prepared to pitch a new anti-malware strategy at the RSA Conference in SF. 'We need a...
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22-04-2009, 12:50:01

Study Claims 8.5% of Young Gamers "Pathologically Addicted"

Study Claims 8.5% of Young Gamers "Pathologically Addicted"schnucki brings word of new research which claims roughly one in twelve American children between the ages of eight and 18 are "pathologically addicted" to video games. The study, conducted by Douglas Gentile, director o...
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