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Slashdot
03-04-2009, 02:50:02

CSIRO Wins Wi-Fi Settlement From HP

CSIRO Wins Wi-Fi Settlement From HPsuolumark writes "The CSIRO has won what could be a landmark settlement from Hewlett Packard over the use of patented wireless technology. The settlement ended HP's involvement in a four-year lawsuit brought by the CSIRO on a group of technolog...
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Slashdot
03-04-2009, 00:50:02

Texas Senate Proposes a Budget With a No-Vista-Upgrades Rider

Texas Senate Proposes a Budget With a No-Vista-Upgrades RiderCWmike writes "The Texas state Senate yesterday gave preliminary approval to a state budget that includes a provision forbidding government agencies from upgrading to Windows Vista without written consent of the legisl...
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Slashdot
02-04-2009, 22:50:04

Clearwire Plans Silicon Valley "Sandbox" WiMax Net

Clearwire Plans Silicon Valley "Sandbox" WiMax NetCWmike writes "Clearwire is teaming up with Google, Cisco and Intel to build a WiMax network in Silicon Valley for software developers to try out new applications on the 4G mobile broadband technology. The network will cover the ...
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02-04-2009, 20:50:02

Pro Video Game Leagues — Another Economic Casualty

Pro Video Game Leagues — Another Economic CasualtyAnonymusing writes "Not long ago, professional video gamer Emmanuel Rodriguez earned a base $30K salary plus prize winnings in the Championship Gaming Series. However, with the economy suffering, sponsors like DirecTV and N...
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Slashdot
02-04-2009, 18:50:02

Google Reveals "Secret" Server Designs

Google Reveals "Secret" Server DesignsHugh Pickens writes "Most companies buy servers from the likes of Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM or Sun Microsystems, but Google, which has hundreds of thousands of servers and considers running them part of its core expertise, designs and build...
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Slashdot
02-04-2009, 16:50:03

Linux Needs Critics

Linux Needs CriticsAn anonymous reader writes "Keir Thomas berates the fact that the world of Linux almost entirely lacks critics. In fact, he says, Linux people tend to see genuine critical evaluation as a bad thing. FTA: "The problem with this anti-criticism approach is that i...
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Slashdot
02-04-2009, 14:50:04

Obamas Give Queen Elizabeth an IPod

Obamas Give Queen Elizabeth an IPodPonca City, We love you writes "What did the Obamas give Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday when they arrived at Buckingham Palace? An Obama aide reported the queen was given an iPod loaded with video and photos of her 2007 trip to the United Stat...
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Slashdot
02-04-2009, 10:50:03

Aussie Minister Backs Down on Internet Censorship

Aussie Minister Backs Down on Internet Censorshipgballard writes "After the constant furore raised by rights groups, ISPs and concerned citizens over the Australian Government's planned 'internet filter', it seems that Australia Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is finally ...
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Slashdot
02-04-2009, 06:50:02

New Legislation Would Federalize Cybersecurity

New Legislation Would Federalize CybersecurityHugh Pickens writes "Senators Jay Rockefeller and Olympia J. Snowe are pushing to dramatically escalate US defenses against cyberattacks, crafting proposals, in Senate legislation that could be introduced as early as today, that woul...
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Slashdot
02-04-2009, 04:50:11

Google Bans Tethering App From Android Market

Google Bans Tethering App From Android Marketnarramissic writes "Maybe Android and the Android Market aren't so open after all. A developer who contributed to the WiFi Tether for Root Users app reports that Google has banned the application from the Android Market. The developer...
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Slashdot
02-04-2009, 02:50:02

Blizzard Shows Off Diablo III Archivist Class, WoW Dance-Off

Blizzard Shows Off Diablo III Archivist Class, WoW Dance-OffIt's been a busy day for the folks at Blizzard, who have released major announcements for several different games. The next Diablo III class has arrived: the Archivist. Despite their frail appearance and hunched, labore...
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Slashdot
02-04-2009, 00:50:02

Is Alcohol Killing Our Planet?

Is Alcohol Killing Our Planet?Andy_Spoo writes "Something that I've been trying to get an answer to: Is alcohol killing our planet? Alcohol is a byproduct of yeast, but another is CO2. As we all know (unless you've been asleep for years), CO2 is helping to warm our planet, sendi...
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Slashdot
01-04-2009, 22:50:02

Instant Messaging Vulnerable To New Smiley Attacks

Instant Messaging Vulnerable To New Smiley Attackstitus writes "Security researchers Yoann Guillot and Julien Tinnes have found a way to encode malicious code into smileys and provided a proof of concept encoder to automate the process. The researchers said their discovery paves...
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Slashdot
01-04-2009, 20:50:03

Yeast-Powered Fuel Cell Feeds On Human Blood

Yeast-Powered Fuel Cell Feeds On Human Bloodholy_calamity writes "Canadian researchers have taken an sensible, if slightly creepy, step towards solving the problem of medical implant batteries running down. They've built a fuel cell powered by yeast that feed on the glucose in h...
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Slashdot
01-04-2009, 18:50:04

Google Launches CADIE, the First True AI

Google Launches CADIE, the First True AIeldavojohn writes "Google has announced CADIE, the world's first Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity. 'We based our work on three core principles. First we designed the entity ... as a collection of interconnected evolv...
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Slashdot
01-04-2009, 16:50:03

Conficker Worm Strike Reports Start Rolling In

Conficker Worm Strike Reports Start Rolling InNieriko writes "Reports are trickling in about the impact from the Conficker worm, as infected systems passed zero hour at midnight and began downloading additional malicious components. Here are a couple of the more notable incident...
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Slashdot
01-04-2009, 14:50:05

NASA In Colbert Conundrum Over Space Station

NASA In Colbert Conundrum Over Space StationAfter Stephen Colbert won the vote in NASA's contest to name a new module on the International Space Station, NASA found itself in a tough spot. According to Reuters, "Contest rules stipulate that the agency retains the right to basica...
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Slashdot
01-04-2009, 12:50:03

Hints of a Link Between Autism and Vinyl Flooring

Hints of a Link Between Autism and Vinyl FlooringSpuriousLogic sends in a link from Scientific American to a study by Swedish and US researchers that reaches the surprising conclusion that there may be a link between autism and vinyl floors. "Children who live in homes with viny...
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Slashdot
01-04-2009, 08:50:02

Star Trek Sequel Already Planned

Star Trek Sequel Already Plannedbowman9991 writes "Paramount Pictures are so confident about the box office potential of the upcoming Star Trek reboot directed by J. J. Abrams that they're already working on a sequel. They've hired Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof...
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01-04-2009, 06:50:02

Volunteers Simulate Mission To Mars

Volunteers Simulate Mission To MarsHugh Pickens writes "Six volunteers have climbed into a small metal capsule in Moscow as part of a three-month experiment meant to simulate a voyage to Mars. The crew — a German engineer, a French airline pilot, and four Russians — ...
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Slashdot
01-04-2009, 04:50:02

National Security Letters Reform Act Reintroduced

National Security Letters Reform Act Reintroducedeldavojohn writes "A bill introduced today, similar to one that died in 2007, would reform the plague of National Security Letters and greatly narrow their scope. On top of that, it would mandate the destruction of any wrongly obt...
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Slashdot
01-04-2009, 02:50:02

Irish Domain Registry Banning Adult Domains

Irish Domain Registry Banning Adult DomainsKarate Sid writes "An Irish adult website has blogged about the Irish domain registry banning adult domain names, including porn.ie and pornography.ie. The IEDR's reasoning is that the words 'porn' and 'pornography' are offensive and im...
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Slashdot
01-04-2009, 00:50:01

ACLU Wins, No Sexting Charges For NJ Teens

ACLU Wins, No Sexting Charges For NJ TeensFollowing up on the "sexting" case we've discussed in recent days, oliphaunt sends word from the Times-Tribune that a New Jersey federal judge has ordered the prosecutor not to file charges in the cases of three teenage girls whose cell ...
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Slashdot
31-03-2009, 22:50:04

IE 8.1 Supports Firefox Plugins, Rendering Engine

IE 8.1 Supports Firefox Plugins, Rendering EngineKermodeBear writes in to note that according to Smashing Magazine, the newest version of Internet Explorer, codenamed "Eagle Eyes," supports Firefox plugins, the Gecko and Webkit rendering engines, and has scored a 71 / 100 on the...
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Slashdot
31-03-2009, 20:50:02

Mac Tax, Dell Tax, HP Tax

Mac Tax, Dell Tax, HP TaxHarry writes "Microsoft's new Windows ad, with shopper Lauren buying a cheap 17-inch HP laptop instead of a $,2800 MacBook Pro, has unleashed the whole 'Are Macs Expensive?' debate again. I'm diving in with a pretty exhaustive comparison of the MacBook P...
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Slashdot
31-03-2009, 18:50:06

Should Google Be Forced To Pay For News?

Should Google Be Forced To Pay For News?Barence writes "The Guardian Media group is asking the British government to investigate Google News and other aggregators, claiming they reap the benefit of content from news sites without contributing anything towards their costs. The Gu...
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Slashdot
31-03-2009, 16:50:03

Cold War Standoff Over ISS Toilet

Cold War Standoff Over ISS ToiletHugh Pickens writes "The International Space Station, once a place where astronauts would share food and facilities, is said to be embroiled in a Cold War-like stand-off after a Russian cosmonaut complained he is no longer allowed to use a US toi...
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Slashdot
31-03-2009, 14:50:11

Questions Linger Over Google Book Rights Registry

Questions Linger Over Google Book Rights RegistryWe've discussed the fallout from Google's settlement with the Authors Guild a few times already. Now the issue is made pointed again by a Wall Street Journal editorial claiming that the settlement will ruin a functioning copyright...
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Slashdot
31-03-2009, 12:50:05

Supreme Court Lets Virginia Anti-Spam Law Die

Supreme Court Lets Virginia Anti-Spam Law DieSpuriousLogic sends in a CNN report that begins "The Supreme Court has passed up a chance to examine how far states can go to restrict unsolicited e-mails in efforts to block spammers from bombarding computer users. The high court wit...
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Slashdot
31-03-2009, 08:50:02

Game Companies Face Hard Economic Choices

Game Companies Face Hard Economic ChoicesHugh Pickens writes "The NY Times reports that the proliferation of free or low-cost games on the Web and for phones limits how high the major game publishers can set prices, so makers are sometimes unable to charge enough to cover the co...
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Slashdot
31-03-2009, 06:50:02

Anonymous Blogger Outed By Politician

Anonymous Blogger Outed By PoliticianSnoskred writes with the story of a blogger who chose to remain pseudonymous, who has been outed by an Alaskan politician in his legislative newsletter. Alaska Rep. Mike Doogan had been writing bizarre emails to people who emailed him, and th...
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Slashdot
31-03-2009, 04:50:02

Huge German Donation Marks Wikipedia's Evolution

Huge German Donation Marks Wikipedia's EvolutionRaul654 writes "In December, we discussed the German Federal Archive's agreement, at the urging of Wikimedia Deutschland, to donate 100,000 pictures to Wikipedia under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. At the tim...
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Slashdot
31-03-2009, 02:50:02

Locating the Real MySQL

Locating the Real MySQLAn anonymous reader writes "In a blog post, Patrick Galbraith, an ex-core engineer on the MySQL Server team, raises the question: "What is the official branch of MySQL?" With Monty Widenius having left Sun and forked off MySQL for MariaDB, and Brian Aker r...
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Slashdot
31-03-2009, 00:50:04

Interview With Google's V8 Author Lars Bak

Interview With Google's V8 Author Lars BakDr Pete writes "Financial Times has an interesting piece about Lars Bak and Kasper Lund the authors of the V8 virtual machine in Google's Chrome browser. 'Chrome attracted more than 10 million users in its first 100 days. Although that's...
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Slashdot
30-03-2009, 22:50:04

The Copyrightability of Twitter Posts

The Copyrightability of Twitter PostsTechDirt has an interesting look at some of the questions arising about the copyrightability of Twitter messages. I haven't seen any actual copyright lawyers weigh in yet, but it certainly will be interesting to watch the feathers fly until s...
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Slashdot
30-03-2009, 20:50:07

Managing Humans

Managing HumansKylar writes "For those of you who have already discovered Michael 'Rands' Lopp's blog Rands In Repose, I congratulate you, as you are clearly an intelligent audience. For those of you who haven't, or for the less discerning (or, perhaps less blog-oriented), this ...
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Slashdot
30-03-2009, 18:50:03

Command Lines and the Future of Firefox

Command Lines and the Future of FirefoxBarence writes "Mozilla has revealed how it plans to integrate plain text commands directly into future versions of Firefox. Dubbed Taskfox, the move sees Mozilla's Ubiquity project become part of the browser itself, allowing users to type ...
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Slashdot
30-03-2009, 16:50:14

Is That "Sexting" Pic Illegal? A Scientific Test

Is That "Sexting" Pic Illegal? A Scientific TestFrequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes "Summary: Amid the latest "sexting" controversy, here is a proposal for a scientifically objective method to determine whether a picture constitutes child pornography. This is a...
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Slashdot
30-03-2009, 14:50:07

Taming Conficker, the Easy Way

Taming Conficker, the Easy WayDan Kaminsky writes "We may not know what the Conficker authors have in store for us on April 1st, but I doubt many network administrators want to find out. Maybe they don't have to: I've been working with the Honeynet Project'sTillmann Werner and F...
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Slashdot
30-03-2009, 12:50:05

Attempting To Reframe "KDE Vs. GNOME"

Attempting To Reframe "KDE Vs. GNOME"jammag writes "Setting aside the now tired debate about whether KDE or GNOME is the 'better' Linux desktop, Bruce Byfield compares their disparate development approaches and asks, not which desktop is subjectively better, but which developmen...
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Slashdot
30-03-2009, 10:50:02

Reliability of Computer Memory?

Reliability of Computer Memory?olddoc writes "In the days of 512MB systems, I remember reading about cosmic rays causing memory errors and how errors become more frequent with more RAM. Now, home PCs are stuffed with 6GB or 8GB and no one uses ECC memory in them. Recently I had ...
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Slashdot
30-03-2009, 08:50:01

Reliability of Computer Memory?

Reliability of Computer Memory?olddoc writes "In the days of 512-MB systems, I remember reading about cosmic rays causing memory errors and how errors become more frequent with more RAM. Now, home PCs are stuffed with 6GB or 8GB and no one uses ECC memory in them. Recently I had...
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Slashdot
30-03-2009, 06:50:02

Mixed Outcome of Texas Textbook Vote

Mixed Outcome of Texas Textbook VoteThe Texas Board of Education — as discussed here last week — has voted on the guidelines for textbooks in that state, which represents a large enough market to have influence nationwide. The good news is that the board dropped a 20...
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Slashdot
30-03-2009, 04:50:02

Violent Video Games Can Improve Vision

Violent Video Games Can Improve VisionPonca City, We love you writes "According to a new study, people who played fighting games on their PCs became up to a 58 percent better at perceiving fine contrast differences, an important aspect of eyesight. The breakthrough is significan...
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Slashdot
30-03-2009, 00:50:13

The Pirate Bay Comes To Facebook

The Pirate Bay Comes To FacebookNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "According to a report I just read in Mashable, Pirate Bay is coming to Facebook. Writer Ben Parr says that The Pirate Bay site now includes links under torrents ...
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Slashdot
29-03-2009, 22:50:02

Simonyi Arrives At the ISS After Shuttle Lands

Simonyi Arrives At the ISS After Shuttle LandsRobGoldsmith writes in with news of the further adventures of Charles Simonyi, whose first trip to the ISS we discussed a couple of years ago. The Russian Soyuz vehicle carrying Simonyi and two others docked a day after the US space ...
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Slashdot
29-03-2009, 20:50:03

Researchers Identify Phantom Limb Brain Activity

Researchers Identify Phantom Limb Brain Activitymmmscience writes "Researchers in Switzerland think they had identified the regions of the brain responsible for creating phantom limbs and the senses that go along with them. Scientists studied a stroke victim who claimed that the...
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Slashdot
29-03-2009, 18:50:07

Best Grad Program For a Computer Science Major?

Best Grad Program For a Computer Science Major?ryanleary writes "I am currently a junior computer science major at a relatively competitive university. I intend to remain here for some graduate work, and I would like to get a master's degree. What would be a good field to study?...
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29-03-2009, 16:50:05

AT&T Won't Terminate User Service For RIAA Without a Court Order

AT&T Won't Terminate User Service For RIAA Without a Court OrderOn Wednesday, we discussed news that AT&T had begun sending takedown notices to users whom the RIAA has accused of illegally downloading copyrighted works. Cox and Comcast are both cooperating with the RIAA ...
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29-03-2009, 14:50:03

Games As Transformative Works

Games As Transformative WorksDeepa Sivarajan sends word that the journal Transformative Works and Culture has published an issue that focuses on games, containing a variety of articles which examine how games interact with modern culture. One essay takes a look at how developers...
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