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07-04-2009, 20:50:03

Conviction of Sen. Ted Stevens Is Thrown Out

Conviction  of Sen. Ted Stevens Is Thrown OutA federal judge has thrown out the conviction of the senator who educated us all about the true nature of the Internet. Ted Stevens had been convicted last fall of lying about free home renovations that he received from an oil contrac...
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07-04-2009, 18:50:05

Happy 40th Birthday, Internet RFCs

Happy 40th Birthday, Internet RFCsWayHomer was one of several readers to point out the 40th birthday of an important tool in the formation of the Internet, and a look back at it by the author of the first of many. "Stephen Crocker in the New York Times writes, 'TODAY is an impor...
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07-04-2009, 16:50:06

Organized Online, Students Storm Gov't Buildings In Moldova

Organized Online, Students Storm Gov't Buildings In MoldovaAn anonymous reader writes "Reacting to allegedly fraudulent election procedures, students are storming the presidency and parliament of the small eastern European country of Moldova. It is reported that they used Twitte...
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07-04-2009, 14:50:04

New Fundamental Law of Network Economics

New Fundamental Law of Network Economicsintersys writes "A new fundamental law of economics has been formulated by Rod Beckstrom, former Director of the National Cyber Security Center. In Words: The value of a network equals the net value added to each user's transactions (PDF) ...
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07-04-2009, 12:50:02

XP Reprieve, Downgrade May Continue After Win7

XP Reprieve, Downgrade May Continue After Win7CWmike writes "Gregg Keizer reports that Microsoft acknowledged today it has 'broadened the options' for PC makers to continue offering Windows XP as a downgrade from Vista — and potentially even Windows 7. However, the company...
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Slashdot
07-04-2009, 08:50:01

Australia To Build Fiber-To-the-Premises Network

Australia To Build Fiber-To-the-Premises Networkcandiman writes "The Australian PM, Kevin Rudd, has just announced that none of the private sector submissions to build a National Broadband Network was up to the standard, so instead the government is going to form a private compa...
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Slashdot
07-04-2009, 06:50:02

Internal Instant Messaging Client / Server Combo?

Internal Instant Messaging Client / Server Combo?strongmantim writes "I manage an internal help desk (25-30 people) for a medium-large company in the healthcare industry. We're looking for an internal, secure, FOSS (if possible) instant messaging / presence awareness client and ...
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07-04-2009, 04:50:02

Microsoft Boasts 96% Netbook Penetration

Microsoft Boasts 96% Netbook PenetrationAn anonymous reader writes "Citing figures from market research firm NPD, Microsoft says Windows' share of the US netbook market has ballooned from less than 10% in the first half of 2008 to 96% as of February. 'The growth of Windows on ne...
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Slashdot
07-04-2009, 02:50:02

Fonera 2 To Launch With Extended Functionality

Fonera 2 To Launch With Extended FunctionalityThe next installment in the Fonera router family is set to make its debut in a couple of weeks, and the additions to the hardware are relatively impressive. Promising full support for networked storage, automatic downloads, sharing o...
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Slashdot
07-04-2009, 00:50:02

Sony Pictures in Talks With YouTube

Sony Pictures in Talks With YouTubeCNet is reporting that Sony Pictures may be in talks with YouTube to license full length movies to the video sharing site. Set to post nearly a half a billion dollars in losses this year, YouTube could certainly use some juice to combat sites l...
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Slashdot
06-04-2009, 22:50:03

Scientist Forced To Remove Earthquake Prediction

Scientist Forced To Remove Earthquake PredictionHugh Pickens writes to mention that Italian scientist Giampaolo Giuliani, a researcher at the National Physical Laboratory of Gran Sasso, recently gave warning about an earthquake that was to happen on March 29th of this year near ...
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06-04-2009, 20:50:03

Could the Internet Be Taken Down In 30 Minutes?

Could the Internet Be Taken Down In 30 Minutes?GhostX9 writes "Tom's Hardware recently interviewed Dino A. Dai Zovi, a former member of Sandia National Labs' IDART (the guys who test the security of national agencies). Although most of the interview is focused on personal comput...
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06-04-2009, 18:50:02

Microsoft Delays Stirling Security Suite

Microsoft Delays Stirling Security SuiteAn anonymous reader writes "Microsoft's long-awaited integrated security suite, codenamed Stirling, has been delayed by months and will now not be available until the fourth quarter 2009. According to Microsoft, the delay is due to the fur...
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06-04-2009, 16:50:08

Ad Block Plus Maintainer "rick752" Dies at 56

Ad Block Plus Maintainer "rick752" Dies at 56A user on Reddit pointed out that Richard "rick752" Petnel, maintainer of Ad Block Plus, has passed away at age 56. In an article last year Petnel described a bit of what he was up against in the ad world. "'I'm playing against some p...
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06-04-2009, 14:50:03

MediaDefender Buys MediaSentry For $136,000 (Not $20M)

MediaDefender Buys MediaSentry For $136,000 (Not $20M)newtley writes "SafeNet paid $20 million for MediaSentry in 2005, but has just sold it to rival MediaDefender for a paltry $136,000, with a promise of more later. MediaSentry's new owner says the combination will allow it to ...
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06-04-2009, 12:50:03

EU Data-Retention Laws Stricter Than Many People Realized

EU Data-Retention Laws Stricter Than Many People RealizedAn anonymous reader writes with a snippet from the Telegraph: "A European Union directive, which Britain was instrumental in devising, comes into force which will require all internet service providers to retain a href="
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Slashdot
06-04-2009, 10:50:04

Antarctic Ice Bridge Finally Breaks Off

Antarctic Ice Bridge Finally Breaks OffGreennMann writes "An ice bridge linking a shelf of ice the size of Jamaica to two islands in Antarctica has snapped. Scientists say the collapse could mean the Wilkins Ice Shelf is on the brink of breaking away, and provides further eviden...
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Slashdot
06-04-2009, 08:50:02

Antarctic Ice Bridge Finally Breaks Off

Antarctic Ice Bridge Finally Breaks OffGreennMann writes "An ice bridge linking a shelf of ice the size of Jamaica to two islands in Antarctica has snapped. Scientists say the collapse could mean the Wilkins Ice Shelf is on the brink of breaking away, and provides further eviden...
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Slashdot
06-04-2009, 06:50:02

Thai Gov't Sets Up Site For Snitching On Royals' Critics

Thai Gov't Sets Up Site For Snitching On Royals' CriticsAn anonymous reader writes "In a move that would make the old eastern German Stasi green with envy, the Thai government has modernized a system that allows citizens to snitch on fellow citizens. 'Internet users are being ur...
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Slashdot
06-04-2009, 04:50:01

North Korea Missile Launch Fails

North Korea Missile Launch FailsAn anonymous reader writes "Remember the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch by the North Koreans last night? You know, the one that went over Japan and supposedly put a 'communications satellite' into orbit. Well, according to the US Northe...
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06-04-2009, 02:50:02

IBM Withdraws $7B Offer For Sun Microsystems, Says NYT

IBM Withdraws $7B Offer For Sun Microsystems, Says NYTsuraj.sun writes points to a story in the New York Times indicating that the much-rumored merger (or purhase) that would have united Sun with IBM may have dissolved before it began. Excerpting: "I.B.M., after months of negoti...
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Slashdot
06-04-2009, 00:50:06

Flawed Map Says L.A.'s Crime Highest Next to Police HQ

Flawed Map Says L.A.'s Crime Highest Next to Police HQCNET briefly describes how a poorly chosen default behavior has led to an online crime map of Los Angeles (on a site designed at a cost of $362,000) that shows that "a location just a block from the department's new headquart...
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Slashdot
05-04-2009, 22:50:02

How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?

How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?An anonymous reader writes "My father is a veterinarian with a small private practice. He runs all his patient/client/financial administration on two simple workstations, linked with a network cable. The administration application ...
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Slashdot
05-04-2009, 20:50:03

Pinning Down the Spread of Cell Phone Viruses

Pinning Down the Spread of Cell Phone Viruseswalrabbit writes "Wang et al (2009) (from Albert-László Barabási's lab) modeled the spread of mobile phone viruses based on anonymised call and text logs of 6.2 million customers spread over 10,000 towers. Their simulations shows that...
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Slashdot
05-04-2009, 18:50:08

Obama Calls For Nuke-Free World

Obama Calls For Nuke-Free Worldjamie points out news that President Obama has put out a call for a world free of nuclear weapons at a speech in Prague today. He acknowledged that it was a long-term goal, perhaps not something that can be accomplished in his lifetime, but promise...
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05-04-2009, 16:50:02

Linux Foundation To Host Intel's Moblin Project

Linux Foundation To Host Intel's Moblin Projectgustavopuy writes with news that Intel will be transferring control of Moblin, its Linux-based OS for mobile devices, to the Linux Foundation. Quoting Ars Technica: "We spoke with Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin, who ...
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Slashdot
05-04-2009, 14:50:02

The NYT Compares Broadband Upgrade Costs in US, Japan

The NYT Compares Broadband Upgrade Costs in US, Japanzxjio writes with this excerpt from a New York Times article about just how much networking infrastructure costs vary between the US and Japan: "Pretty much the fastest consumer broadband in the world is the 160-megabit-per-se...
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Slashdot
05-04-2009, 12:50:05

Open Source Shooter Nexuiz 2.5 Released

Open Source Shooter Nexuiz 2.5 ReleasedMichael writes "A new version of Nexuiz, a GPL-licensed, first-person shooter, has been released. There are over 3,000 changes in Nexuiz 2.5, including new maps, new game-modes, enhanced graphics, new audio, and other major changes. Phoroni...
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Slashdot
05-04-2009, 08:50:02

North Korea Launches "Communication Satellite" Rocket

North Korea Launches "Communication Satellite" RocketMad Ivan writes "The BBC has just reported that North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, which they say is a communications satellite, but that the US and Japan fear may actually be a ballistic missile. Details are still ...
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Slashdot
05-04-2009, 04:50:02

ARM — Heretic In the Church of Intel, Moore's Law

ARM — Heretic In the Church of Intel, Moore's Lawericatcw writes "For 30+ years, the PC industry has been as obsessed with under-the-hood performance: MIPs, MHz, transistors per chip. Blame Moore's Law, which effectively laid down the Gospel of marketing PCs like sports ca...
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Slashdot
05-04-2009, 00:50:03

Appeals Court Rules Against Google On Keyword Ads

Appeals Court Rules Against Google On Keyword AdsEric Goldman writes "The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Google in Rescuecom v. Google (PDF), a trademark infringement lawsuit over Google's keyword advertising practices. The court said: "The Complaint's allegations...
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Slashdot
04-04-2009, 22:50:02

Data Center Raid About Unpaid Telco Fees

Data Center Raid About Unpaid Telco Feescraig writes "CBS11 News reports that the raid on Core IP networks is in the result of an investigation into unpaid telco access fees paid by CLECs and VoIP carriers to terminate calls on their networks. They also report that this raid is ...
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Slashdot
04-04-2009, 20:50:04

Windows 95 Almost Autodetected Floppy Disks

Windows 95 Almost Autodetected Floppy Disksbonch writes "Windows 95 almost shipped with a technique for detecting whether a floppy disk was inserted without spinning up the drive. Microsoft's floppy driver developer discovered a sequence of commands that detected a disk without ...
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Slashdot
04-04-2009, 18:50:03

Phoenix Police Seize PCs of a Blogger Critical of the Department

Phoenix Police Seize PCs of a Blogger Critical of the Departmentlogicassasin sends in a story about a blogger in Phoenix, AZ, who runs a site that is critical of the local police department. The police recently raided his home and seized his computer hardware. "Jeff Pataky, who ...
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Slashdot
04-04-2009, 16:50:04

Engineering Students Build Robotic Foosball Players

Engineering Students Build Robotic Foosball PlayersAndre writes "As their final-year project, an eight-man team of fourth-year electrical and computer-engineering students at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, constructed a robot-controlled, motor-and-actuator foosba...
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Slashdot
04-04-2009, 14:50:03

Believing In Medical Treatments That Don't Work

Believing In Medical Treatments That Don't WorkHugh Pickens writes "David H. Newman, M.D. has an interesting article in the NY Times where he discusses common medical treatments that aren't supported by the best available evidence. For example, doctors have administered 'beta-bl...
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Slashdot
04-04-2009, 12:50:04

Larrabee ISA Revealed

Larrabee ISA RevealedDavid Greene writes "Intel has released information on Larrabee's ISA. Far more than an instruction set for graphics, Larrabee's ISA provides x86 users with a vector architecture reminiscent of the top supercomputers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. '... I...
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Slashdot
04-04-2009, 08:50:04

Large Ice Shelf Expected To Break From Antarctica

Large Ice Shelf Expected To Break From AntarcticaMollyB sends this excerpt from CNN: "A large ice shelf is 'imminently' close to breaking away from part of the Antarctic Peninsula, scientists said Friday. Satellite images released by the European Space Agency on Friday show new ...
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04-04-2009, 06:50:02

Quebec Says 'Non' To English-Only Video Games

Quebec Says 'Non' To English-Only Video Gamesdaveofdoom writes "The French-Canadian government of Quebec is saying 'non' to English-only video games if French versions are available. 'It's causing a lot of consternation among retailers and gamers alike, who fear the rules will l...
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04-04-2009, 04:50:02

AT&T Changes TOS, Limits Streaming, Tethering

AT&T Changes TOS, Limits Streaming, TetheringMojoKid writes "Just one day after announcing plans to subsidize netbooks, AT&T wised up to the fact that those netbooks and connections could be used to download movies and enjoy other bandwidth-intensive applications. Appare...
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04-04-2009, 02:50:02

FBI Seizes All Servers In Dallas Data Center

FBI Seizes All Servers In Dallas Data Center1sockchuck writes "FBI agents have raided a Dallas data center, seizing servers at a company called Core IP Networks. The company's CEO has posted a message saying the FBI confiscated all its customer servers, including gear belonging ...
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04-04-2009, 00:50:02

Group Pushes FCC To Investigate Skype for iPhone

Group Pushes FCC To Investigate Skype for iPhoneMacworld is reporting that an internet advocacy group has asked the FCC to investigate whether the WiFi-only restriction on the Skype for iPhone app is in violation of federal law. "Since its release on Tuesday, Skype for iPhone ha...
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Slashdot
03-04-2009, 22:50:02

First Look at Fedora 11 Beta Release

First Look at Fedora 11 Beta ReleaseArs Technica has a first look at the latest beta release from the Fedora universe and it has several new shiny-bits including kernel modesetting, ext4, and faster boot times. "Fedora 11, which is codenamed Leonidas, is scheduled for final rele...
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Slashdot
03-04-2009, 20:50:04

100 Hours of Astronomy Webcast Underway

100 Hours of Astronomy Webcast UnderwayAn anonymous reader writes "As part of the International Year of Astronomy, the live video webcast Around the World in 80 Telescopes is taking place now, with fascinating live linkups with the world's leading observatories. The schedule for...
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Slashdot
03-04-2009, 18:50:06

VLC 0.9.9, The Best Media Player Just Got Better

VLC 0.9.9, The Best Media Player Just Got BetterMatt Asay points out a recent update to VLC as they narrow in on a 1.0 release. Already a favorite of many, the open source project has made great strides in recent history towards really solidifying the position as best-in-class. ...
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Slashdot
03-04-2009, 16:50:03

New Entrant In the Race For Wafer-Thin Speakers

New Entrant In the Race For Wafer-Thin SpeakersSmivs notes another technology aiming to become the ubiquitous flat, flexible loudspeaker in public and private spaces. This one comes out of the University of Warwick, in the UK, and may reach the market before year's end. We've di...
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03-04-2009, 14:50:02

Preston Responds On ICANN CyberSafety Constituency

Preston Responds On ICANN CyberSafety ConstituencyAn anonymous reader writes "After coverage here on Slashdot and elsewhere, Cheryl Preston has responded. She says that 'some netizens have missed the mark by turning the rather hum-drum constituency formation issue into a rash of...
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03-04-2009, 12:50:02

Gmail Marks Five Years In Beta

Gmail Marks Five Years In BetaTrekkieTechie writes "Though in fact the big day was April 1st, Google celebrated the five-year anniversary of the popular online email service Gmail with a post on the service's blog, saying 'we want to give a big thank you to all of you who use Gm...
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03-04-2009, 10:50:02

After Sweden's New Law, a Major Drop In Internet Traffic

After Sweden's New Law, a Major Drop In Internet Trafficiamnot writes "The new IPRED law came into effect in a big way in Sweden on April 1st. A news report has come out showing that internet traffic dropped by 30% from March 31st to April 1st. A lawyer from the Swedish anti-pir...
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03-04-2009, 06:50:02

Robot Makes Scientific Discovery (Mostly) On Its Own

Robot Makes Scientific Discovery (Mostly) On Its OwnHugh Pickens writes "A science-savvy robot called Adam has successfully developed and tested its first scientific hypothesis, discovering that certain genes in baker's yeast code for specific enzymes which encourage biochemical...
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