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19-03-2009, 14:50:06

It's Not the 15th Birthday of Linux

It's Not the 15th Birthday of LinuxGlyn Moody writes "There's been a spate of celebrations of Linux's 15th birthday recently. What they're really marking is the 15th anniversary of version 1.0. But do version numbers matter for free software? The 'release early, release often' a...
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19-03-2009, 08:50:02

Shell Ditches Wind, Solar and Hydro

Shell Ditches Wind, Solar and Hydrothefickler writes "Shell has decided to end its investment in wind, solar and hydro projects because the company does not believe they are financially sound investments. Instead Shell is going to focus on carbon sequestration technologies and b...
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19-03-2009, 06:50:01

Activists Use Wikipedia To Test Aussie Net Censors

Activists Use Wikipedia To Test Aussie Net Censorspnorth writes "Editors at Wikipedia have removed a link to a blacklisted web site that sat uncontested for over 24 hours in the main body of the Australian regulator's own Wikipedia entry. The link, which directs readers to a sit...
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19-03-2009, 04:50:02

Social Search Reveals 700 Comcast Customer Logins

Social Search Reveals 700 Comcast Customer Loginsnandemoari writes "When educational technology specialist Kevin Andreyo recently read a report on people search engines, he decided to conduct a little 'people search' on himself. Andreyo did not expect to find much — so, im...
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19-03-2009, 02:50:02

Google's Information On DMCA Takedown Abuse

Google's Information On DMCA Takedown AbuseBinestar writes "According to a PC World article, Google has submitted a brief to New Zealand about its proposed copyright law (section 92A). "In its submission, Google notes that more than half (57%) of the takedown notices it has rece...
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19-03-2009, 00:50:03

Diebold Admits Flaw In Voting Software

Diebold Admits Flaw In Voting SoftwareNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "At a public hearing in California, Diebold's western region manager has admitted that the audit log system on current versions of Premier Election Solution...
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18-03-2009, 22:50:03

How To Get High-Schoolers Involved In Real Science?

How To Get High-Schoolers Involved In Real Science?Wellington Grey writes "I'm a physics teacher and have been wondering what ways it's possible to get students to participate in or donate to real science projects. I encourage my students to help out with things like Galaxy Zoo ...
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18-03-2009, 20:50:05

UK Gov't May Track All Facebook Traffic

UK Gov't May Track All Facebook TrafficJack Spine writes "The UK government, which is becoming increasingly Orwellian, has said that it is considering snooping on all social networking traffic including Facebook, MySpace, and bebo. This supposedly anti-terrorist measure may be p...
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18-03-2009, 18:50:08

Flying Car Passes First Flight Test

Flying Car Passes First Flight Testwaderoush writes "Terrafugia — the Massachusetts company building a 'roadable aircraft' (that's flying car to you and me) — revealed at a press conference Wednesday that the Transition vehicle has been taken aloft for its maiden fli...
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18-03-2009, 16:50:03

Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional 2nd Ed

Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional 2nd Edr3lody writes "An extremely large amount of the information we get on a daily basis comes from what we see. Imagery is therefore very important to those who want to communicate with us. When computers had advanced enough to be ab...
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18-03-2009, 14:50:04

Did Bat Hitch a Ride To Space On Discovery?

Did Bat Hitch a Ride To Space On Discovery?suraj.sun writes "A bat was seen clinging to the external fuel tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery before its launch on Sunday, apparently clung for dear life to the side of the tank as the spaceship lifted off. The shuttle accelerates ...
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18-03-2009, 10:50:02

UK Gov. Clueless About Own Internet Blacklist

UK Gov. Clueless About Own Internet Blacklistspge writes "Computer Shopper magazine has interviewed the UK Home Office about its relationship with the Internet Watch Foundation and discovered that the government doesn't actually know what the IWF does, although it still plans to...
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18-03-2009, 08:50:02

The Lightning Hybrid and the Inizio EV

The Lightning Hybrid and the Inizio EVMike writes "With auto show season hitting its stride, there's no shortage of incredible prototypes on display. First up is a brand new 100-mpg supercar by Lighting Hybrids. The biodiesel-fueled vehicle has its sights set on the automotive X...
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18-03-2009, 06:50:01

Card-Sniffing Malware On Diebold ATMs

Card-Sniffing Malware On Diebold ATMsangry tapir writes "Diebold has released a security fix for its Opteva automated teller machines after cyber-criminals apparently broke into the systems at one or more businesses in Russia and installed malicious software. Diebold learned of ...
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18-03-2009, 04:50:02

2.0 Beta Chrome On Windows, Chromium On Linux

2.0 Beta Chrome On Windows, Chromium On LinuxAlienRancher writes "Google launched this morning a new beta version of Chrome 2.0: 'The best thing about this new beta is speed — it's 25% faster on our V8 benchmark and 35% faster on the Sunspider benchmark than the current st...
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18-03-2009, 00:50:01

Harlan Ellison Sues For "Star Trek" Episode

Harlan Ellison Sues For "Star Trek" EpisodeMiracle Jones writes "The ever-quotable speculative fiction writer Harlan Ellison has launched a lawsuit against Paramount and the Writer's Guild West for rights to residuals surrounding his famous and award winning 'City on the Edge of...
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17-03-2009, 22:50:05

ESA Launches GOCE To Map Earth's Gravity

ESA Launches GOCE To Map Earth's GravityDSG2 sends in an ESA press release which reads in part: "This afternoon, the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite developed by the European Space Agency was lofted into a near-Sun-synchronous, low Eart...
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17-03-2009, 20:50:08

iPhone 3.0 Software Announced

iPhone 3.0 Software AnnouncedApple unveiled the iPhone 3.0 software just now in Cupertino. Here's MacWorld's live-action blow-by-blow coverage. The announcement included new features for developers and users. For developers, the big items were in-app purchasing (for example for ...
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17-03-2009, 18:50:09

What Filters Are Right For Kids?

What Filters Are Right For Kids?WaywardGeek writes "My daughter is using phrases like 'hot guys,' and soon will have a chat about the birds and the bees. I believe in letting kids discover the world as it is, and have no Internet controls on any of our systems, which are mostly ...
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17-03-2009, 16:50:02

Brain Decline Begins At Age 27

Brain Decline Begins At Age 27krou writes "The BBC is reporting that a new study suggests that our mental abilities start to dwindle at 27 after peaking at 22, and 27 could be seen as the 'start of old age.' The seven-year study, by Professor Timothy Salthouse of the University ...
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17-03-2009, 14:50:04

UV-Resistant Micro-Organisms Discovered In the Stratosphere

UV-Resistant Micro-Organisms Discovered In the Stratospherejunglee_iitk writes "Three new species of bacteria, which are not found on earth and highly resistant to ultraviolet radiation, have been discovered in the upper stratosphere by some Indian scientists. These bacteria, wh...
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17-03-2009, 10:50:02

Office Depot Employee — "We Changed Prices Too"

Office Depot Employee — "We Changed Prices Too"Avram Piltch writes "Last week, LAPTOP reported that Office Depot employees were routinely lying to customers about notebook inventory, telling them that systems were out of stock if they didn't want to buy extended warranties...
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17-03-2009, 08:50:02

Update — No DRM In New iPod Shuffle

Update — No DRM In New iPod ShuffleAn anonymous reader writes "BoingBoing Gadgets has updated their story from yesterday on DRM contained in the new iPod Shuffle. (We also discussed this rumor last week.) It's a false alarm. There is a chip in the headphone controls but it...
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17-03-2009, 04:50:02

The Men Who Fix the Internet

The Men Who Fix the InternetAn anonymous reader writes "Remember all those undersea cables breaking? PopSci.com introduces John Rennie, who "... has braved the towering waves of the North Atlantic Ocean to keep your e-mail coming to you. As chief submersible engineer aboard the ...
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Slashdot
17-03-2009, 02:50:02

Cisco Barges Into the Server Market

Cisco Barges Into the Server Marketmikesd81 was one of several readers to write in about Cisco's announcement of what has been called Project California — a system comprising servers made from 64-bit Intel Nehalem EP Xeon processors, storage, and networking in a single rac...
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Slashdot
17-03-2009, 00:50:02

Rocket Hobbyists Prevail Over Feds In Court Case

Rocket Hobbyists Prevail Over Feds In Court CaseEllis D. Tripp writes "DC District Court judge Reggie Walton has finally ruled in the 9-year old court case pitting the model rocketry community against the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The ruling is a 's...
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Slashdot
16-03-2009, 22:50:02

DB Query Becomes Browseable In Virtual World

DB Query Becomes Browseable In Virtual WorldJani Pirkola writes to tell us that Green Phosphor's new project "Glasshouse" allows users to take database queries or spreadsheets and create 3D representations in a virtual world. Man what I wouldn't give to mash my level 80 death kn...
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16-03-2009, 20:50:06

IBM Develops Technology To Talk To Web

IBM Develops Technology To Talk To WebProgramErgoSum writes to tell us that IBM's Indian-based research arm is trying to bring a new dimension to web interaction through voice interaction on your mobile phone. Developing a new protocol, Hyperspeech Transfer Protocol (HSTP), the ...
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16-03-2009, 18:50:03

What to Fight Over After Megapixels?

What to Fight Over After Megapixels?NewScientist has a quick look at where the digital image crowd is headed now that the megapixel wars are drawing to a close. Looks like an emphasis on low-light performance and color accuracy in addition to fun software tools are the new hotne...
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Slashdot
16-03-2009, 16:50:08

AMD — "We're Not Entirely Honest" About Batteries

AMD — "We're Not Entirely Honest" About BatteriesSlatterz writes "In an apparent attack of the bleeding-obvious, an AMD rep has come clean and admitted (on behalf of the industry) that notebook and phone battery life figures are completely unreliable. AMD's senior vice pre...
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Slashdot
16-03-2009, 14:50:05

Service Via Facebook Shouldn't Always "Count"

Service Via Facebook Shouldn't Always "Count"Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes "A New Zealand court has allowed a plaintiff to serve papers on a defendant via Facebook, following a similar ruling from an Australian court last year. But as these rulings do not...
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16-03-2009, 10:50:02

Europe Is Testing 12.5 Gbps Wireless

Europe Is Testing 12.5 Gbps WirelessLorien_the_first_on e brings word that in Europe, a breakthrough for post-4G communications has been announced. A public-private consortium known as IPHOBAC has been developing new commun...
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16-03-2009, 08:50:03

How $1,500 Headphones Are Made

How $1,500 Headphones Are MadeCNETNate writes "A tour of Sennheiser's Hanover factory reveals for the first time how its audiophile headphones are assembled by hand. The company recently announced its most expensive and innovative headphones to date, the HD 800, which discarded ...
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16-03-2009, 04:50:01

STS-119 Finally Launches Into Space

STS-119 Finally Launches Into SpaceIddo Genuth writes "After several delays, including twice over the past week, the space shuttle Discovery has finally been launched into space. The spacecraft took off at precisely 7:43 p.m. EDT, embarking on the STS-119 mission, which will pro...
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Slashdot
16-03-2009, 02:50:01

Morality of Throttling a Local ISP?

Morality of Throttling a Local ISP?An anonymous reader writes "I work for a small (400 customers) local cable ISP. For the company, the ISP is only a small side business, so my whole line of expertise lies in other areas, but since I know the most about Linux and networking I've...
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Slashdot
16-03-2009, 00:50:03

Utah Senate, House Pass Jack Thompson's Game Sales Bill

Utah Senate, House Pass Jack Thompson's Game Sales BillArs Technica reports that the Utah State Senate and House have both passed Jack Thompson's proposed legislation that would stiffen penalties for the sale of M-rated games to minors. Oddly, on its trip through the state legis...
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Slashdot
15-03-2009, 22:50:02

Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?

Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?SpuriousLogic writes "I work as a senior software engineer, and a fair amount of my time is spent interviewing new developers. I have seen a growing trend of what I would call 'TV reality' college graduates — kids who graduat...
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15-03-2009, 20:50:05

Swiss Banks Making Concessions On Secrecy

Swiss Banks Making Concessions On SecrecyAryabhata writes in with news that should chill the hearts of evil dictators and tax cheats everywhere: one of the last bastions of strong banking secrecy, Switzerland, is bowing to international pressure and agreeing to cooperate with so...
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Slashdot
15-03-2009, 18:50:09

UK ISPs Could Be Forced To Block Or Restrict P2P

UK ISPs Could Be Forced To Block Or Restrict P2PMJackson writes "The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published a draft set of proposals for tackling illegal broadband file sharing (P2P) downloads by persistent infringers, among other things. The proposals form part of ...
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15-03-2009, 16:50:04

JaikuEngine Gets Open Sourced

JaikuEngine Gets Open Sourcedvolume4 writes "The switch has been flipped and Jaiku has been moved to App Engine. Google will no longer be developing Jaiku, so the code and the future of Jaiku is in the hands of the open source community. From the Jaiku blog: 'Today, we are open ...
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15-03-2009, 14:50:02

Data Mining Moves To Human Resources

Data Mining Moves To Human Resourcestheodp writes "Just when you thought annual reviews couldn't get worse, BusinessWeek reports that HR departments at companies like Microsoft and IBM are starting to use mathematical analysis to determine the value of each employee. At an undis...
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15-03-2009, 10:50:02

iPhone App Causes Google To Shut Down SMS Service

iPhone App Causes Google To Shut Down SMS ServiceAn anonymous reader writes "A few days ago, Inner Fence released a paid iPhone app called Infinite SMS, which let iPhone users employ Google's free SMS gateway to send SMS messages without paying their service providers. The resul...
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15-03-2009, 08:50:02

Netflix Throttling Instant Video Streaming

Netflix Throttling Instant Video Streamingrsk writes "For the last few weeks I've been experiencing terrible streaming video performance from Netflix on both my Xbox 360 and PC. While my Xbox 360 would at least stream at a lower resolution, my PC cannot seem to avoid 2-hr. buffe...
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15-03-2009, 06:50:01

Original Shakespeare Portrait Discovered, Disputed

Original Shakespeare Portrait Discovered, DisputedReader Hugh Pickens sends in news from the NYTimes a few days back of what is believed to be a 500-year-old portrait of William Shakespeare, painted 6 years before his death. No existing portrait, that most experts consider to be...
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Slashdot
15-03-2009, 02:50:02

Scientists Use fMRI To (Sort of) Read Minds

Scientists Use fMRI To (Sort of) Read MindsNigelTheFrog writes "Researchers in England have used fMRI to map the activity in volunteers' hippocampuses. From these scans, they could pinpoint exactly where they were in a virtual reality landscape. 'Specific parts of each participa...
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15-03-2009, 00:50:02

Blockbuster Total Access Unannounced Policy Change

Blockbuster Total Access Unannounced Policy ChangeNuclearCodeMonkey writes "Blockbuster Total Access has changed the terms of its user agreement without notice to users. Previously, users could return online (mailed) rentals in-store for free rentals. The next set of online rent...
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Slashdot
14-03-2009, 22:50:03

Hope For FOSS In Electronic Health Records

Hope For FOSS In Electronic Health RecordsFred Trotter writes "CCHIT is the dominant Electronic Health Record certification body in the US. It is also decidedly anti-FOSS and has been for years. Certification of one kind or another will be required for EHR systems to qualify for...
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14-03-2009, 20:50:08

3-D Light System May Revolutionize Fingerprinting

3-D Light System May Revolutionize Fingerprintingcoondoggie writes "The US Department of Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate recently awarded almost $420,000 to a Kentucky company to further develop a contactless finger print/biometric system. The goal is a ...
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14-03-2009, 18:50:03

Public Bug Tracking and Open-Source Policy

Public Bug Tracking and Open-Source PolicyObserver writes "Bugs in software are nothing new, but when they're discussed in the open, how do open source projects adapt policy? A major regression in the Gnome project's session manager has seen some major distributions choose to re...
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14-03-2009, 16:50:07

Site Compatibility and IE8

Site Compatibility and IE8Kelson writes "As the release of Internet Explorer 8 approaches, Microsoft's IE Team has published a list of differences between IE7 and IE8, and how to fix code so that it will work on both. Most of the page focuses on IE8 Standards mode, but it also t...
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