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31-10-2008, 16:50:03

Now From Bruce Schneier, the Skein Hash Function

Now From Bruce Schneier, the Skein Hash FunctionAn anonymous reader writes "Bruce Schneier and company have created a new hash function called Skein. From his blog entry: 'NIST is holding a competition to replace the SHA family of hash functions, which have been increasingly und...
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31-10-2008, 14:50:04

Why We Need Unlicensed White-Space Broadband Spectrum

Why We Need Unlicensed White-Space Broadband Spectrumpgoldtho writes "PC Mag has a story about why the 'white-space' spectrum that will be freed when TV broadcasts switch to digital should be available for unlicensed use. This would allow it to be used to deliver broadband conne...
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31-10-2008, 12:50:02

Examining the Role of Video Games In the US Election

Examining the Role of Video Games In the US ElectionGamasutra is running an article discussing the influence of games and gamers on the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections. The connection, while minor, is continuing to strengthen, from allowing people to register to vote throug...
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31-10-2008, 10:50:02

Game Makers Accusing Innocent People of Piracy in the UK

Game Makers Accusing Innocent People of Piracy in the UKeldavojohn writes "It's a topic that a lot of game makers like Atari don't want the public hearing. Game makers wrongfully accusing clearly innocent people of piracy. From the article, 'According to Michael Coyle, an intell...
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31-10-2008, 06:50:03

Sprint Cuts Cogent Off the Internet

Sprint Cuts Cogent Off the Internetsuperbus1929 writes "I work as a security analyst at an internet security company. While troubleshooting an issue, we learned why our customer couldn't keep his site-to-site VPN going from any location that uses Sprint as its ISP: Sprint has de...
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Slashdot
31-10-2008, 04:50:02

EA Forum Ban Will Now Mean EA Game Ban

EA Forum Ban Will Now Mean EA Game BanAn anonymous reader writes "A post on the EA Support Forums from APOC, online community manager for Electronic Arts, outlines a new policy for their new forums, saying users who earn a ban based on their behavior in the forums will be locked...
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Slashdot
31-10-2008, 02:50:03

MTV Bleeps Filesharing Software Names In Weird Al Video

MTV Bleeps Filesharing Software Names In Weird Al VideoAn anonymous reader writes "We've all heard Weird Al Yankovic's 'Don't Download This Song,' which came out a couple years ago, but did you know that MTV is apparently so afraid that kids listening to the song will discover f...
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Slashdot
31-10-2008, 00:50:03

Presidential Youth Debate Answers and Details Now Online

Presidential Youth Debate Answers and Details Now OnlineLast month, Slashdot readers contributed their own inquiries to the pool of questions for the Walden University Presidential Youth Debate. Two of those questions made the cut, and you can watch either the individual video r...
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Slashdot
30-10-2008, 22:50:04

Federal Circuit Appeals Court Limits Business-Method Patents

Federal Circuit Appeals Court Limits Business-Method PatentsZordak writes "The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has just issued its much-anticipated opinion in In Re Bilski [PDF]. This was a re-visit of the State Street issue of what constitutes patentable subject matter...
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Slashdot
30-10-2008, 20:50:31

Duplicating Your Housekeys, From a Distance

Duplicating Your Housekeys, From a DistanceRoland Piquepaille writes "Some clever computer scientists at UC San Diego (UCSD) have developed a software that can perform key duplication with just a picture of the key — taken from up to 200 feet. One of the researchers said '...
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Slashdot
30-10-2008, 18:50:31

CueCat Patent Granted, Finally

CueCat Patent Granted, FinallyRobertB-DC writes "Who could forget the :CueCat, the amazing device that would bring 'convergence' between the real world and the online marketing Utopia of the late '90s? Belo, the Dallas-based newspaper and TV conglomerate, spent millions of dolla...
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Slashdot
30-10-2008, 16:50:15

Shuttleworth says Canonical Is Not Cash-Flow Positive

Shuttleworth says Canonical Is Not Cash-Flow Positiveeldavojohn writes "Mark Shuttleworth, the millionaire bankroller that keeps Ubuntu going strong, has revealed "Canonical is not cash-flow positive" just as version 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) of the popular Linux distribution is set ...
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Slashdot
30-10-2008, 14:50:07

Rock Band Licenses The Beatles

Rock Band Licenses The Beatleseldavojohn writes "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that MTV's Rock Band has gained the licenses to an undetermined number of songs. Details are scant, but it would be nice to see a whole game based on just the evolution of The Beatles' music. A...
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Slashdot
30-10-2008, 10:50:08

Resisting the PGP Whole Disk Encryption Craze

Resisting the PGP Whole Disk Encryption Crazealaederach writes "I run a lab in a non-profit academic life sciences research institute. Our IT recently decided it would be a good idea to use PGP whole disk encryption on all of our computers, laptops and servers and picked PGP's s...
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Slashdot
30-10-2008, 08:50:02

UK Opens National Video Game Archive

UK Opens National Video Game ArchiveBBC News reports that the UK is acknowledging video games as a "key component of modern culture" by opening the National Videogame Archive inside the National Media Museum. "'The National Videogame Archive is an important resource for preservi...
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Slashdot
30-10-2008, 06:50:02

Explore the Web From China

Explore the Web From ChinaAn anonymous reader writes "From the Download.com article: "It slows down your browsing. It makes some Web sites inaccessible for no discernible reason. It doesn't even offer you any xiao long bao or pu'er tea for your troubles. But if you want to know ...
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Slashdot
30-10-2008, 04:50:03

Secondlight, Microsoft's New Surface Prototype

Secondlight, Microsoft's New Surface PrototypeBarence writes "Microsoft has literally added another dimension to its touchscreen table technology Surface. The new table projects an image through the table itself, so that any translucent material (such as tracing paper or perspex...
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Slashdot
30-10-2008, 02:50:02

Can the US Stop the Illegal Export of Its Technology?

Can the US Stop the Illegal Export of Its Technology?coondoggie writes "Maybe people are more desperate or maybe there's just too much opportunity to make a quick buck but whatever the excuse, attempts to illegally export technology from the US has gone through the roof. The Dep...
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Slashdot
30-10-2008, 00:50:09

Study Shows Social Networking At Work Is Good

Study Shows Social Networking At Work Is GoodOstracus writes "Companies should not dismiss staff who use social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo at work as merely time-wasters, a Demos study suggests. Attempts to control employees' use of such software could damage fir...
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Slashdot
29-10-2008, 22:50:06

Google Adopts, Forks OpenID 1.0

Google Adopts, Forks OpenID 1.0An anonymous reader writes "Right on the heels of Microsoft's adoption of the OpenID protocol by announcing their intention to enable OpenID authentication against all Live IDs, Google has announced their intention to join the growing list of OpenI...
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Slashdot
29-10-2008, 20:50:15

After Domain Squatting, Twitter Squatting

After Domain Squatting, Twitter Squattingcarusoj writes "Squatting on domain names is nothing new, but Twitter has created a new opportunity for squatters, in the form of Twitter IDs. Writes Richard Stiennon: 'Is there evidence of Twitter squatting (squitting?) Let's check. Yup,...
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Slashdot
29-10-2008, 18:50:38

Running Google Android On IPhone Clones

Running Google Android On IPhone Cloneswooby writes "With the release of Android's source code, we may see iPhone and Nokia clone phones of Chinese origin capable of running Google Android. These phones, often available for less than $200 without a contract, are available on Dea...
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Slashdot
29-10-2008, 16:50:18

TWiki.net Kicks Out All TWiki Contributors

TWiki.net Kicks Out All TWiki ContributorsDavid Gerard noted an interesting story going down with a relatively minor project that has interesting implications to any Open Source project. He writes "Ten years ago, Peter Thoeny started the TWiki wiki engine. It attracted many cont...
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Slashdot
29-10-2008, 14:50:17

Tech Giants In Human Rights Deal

Tech Giants In Human Rights DealOstracus writes "Microsoft, Google and Yahoo have signed a global a code of conduct promising to offer better protection for online free speech and against official intrusion." Anyone want to know what this means for China & Australia? I bet i...
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Slashdot
29-10-2008, 10:50:02

Mars Lander Faces Slow Death

Mars Lander Faces Slow DeathRiding with Robots writes "It's the beginning of the end for the Phoenix Mars Lander. As winter approaches in the Martian arctic, NASA says it's in a 'race against time and the elements' in its efforts to prolong the robotic spacecraft's life. Startin...
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Slashdot
29-10-2008, 08:50:02

Finnish E-Voting System Loses 2% of Votes

Finnish E-Voting System Loses 2% of Voteskaip writes "Finland piloted a fully electronic voting system in municipal elections last weekend. Due to a usability glitch, 232 votes, or about 2% of all electronic votes were lost. The results of the election may have been affected, be...
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Slashdot
29-10-2008, 06:50:01

NSA and Army On Quest For Quantum Physics Jackpot

NSA and Army On Quest For Quantum Physics Jackpotcoondoggie sends this excerpt from NetworkWorld: "The US Army Research Office and the National Security Agency (NSA) are together looking for some answers to their quantum physics questions. ... The Army said quantum algorithms th...
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Slashdot
29-10-2008, 04:50:01

The First E-President

The First E-PresidentSzentigrade writes "Popular Science is running a letter by Daniel Engber of the online Slate Magazine in which he offers the US Presidential nominees advice on using the full potential of the Internet upon their election into office. Some examples discussed ...
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Slashdot
29-10-2008, 02:50:01

Multiple Asteroid Belts Found Orbiting Nearby Star

Multiple Asteroid Belts Found Orbiting Nearby StarKligat writes "Scientists have found two asteroid belts around the star Epsilon Eridani, the ninth closest star to our solar system. Epsilon Eridani also possesses an icy outer ring similar in composition to our Kuiper Belt, but ...
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Slashdot
29-10-2008, 00:50:02

Researcher Warns of "Digital Dark Age"

Researcher Warns of "Digital Dark Age"alphadogg writes "A assistant professor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is sounding a warning that companies, the government and researchers need to come up with a plan for preserving our increasingly digitized data in li...
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Slashdot
28-10-2008, 22:50:08

The Personal Genome Project Hits the Web

The Personal Genome Project Hits the WebIan Lamont writes "The Personal Genome Project has released the data sets and descriptions of traits, ethnic background and other information of the first ten volunteers, which include the project director and nine other people with backgr...
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Slashdot
28-10-2008, 20:50:06

NASA Orbiter Reveals Details of a Moister Mars

NASA Orbiter Reveals Details of a Moister MarsMatt_dk writes "NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has observed a new category of minerals spread across large regions of Mars. This discovery suggests that liquid water remained on the planet's surface a billion years later than sci...
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Slashdot
28-10-2008, 18:50:36

Hands-on With Windows 7's New Features

Hands-on With Windows 7's New FeaturesBarence writes "Microsoft has released the first pre-beta code of Windows 7, and PC Pro has a series of in-depth, hands-on examinations of all the new features. The revamped user interface has clearly gleaned more than a little inspiration f...
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Slashdot
28-10-2008, 16:50:30

PA Court Says Calculating a Hash Value = Search

PA Court Says Calculating a Hash Value = Searchbfwebster writes "Orin Kerr over at The Volokh Conspiracy (a great legal blog, BTW) reports on a US District Court ruling issued just last week that finds that doing hash calculations on a hard drive is a form of search and thus sub...
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Slashdot
28-10-2008, 14:50:08

Kazaa Founder Wants Us To Find "Legitimate" Files

Kazaa Founder Wants Us To Find "Legitimate" FilesJust because I'm an writes "The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Kevin Bermeister and Michael Speck have been developing technology to return search results on file sharing programs that point to pay-for content from the copyrig...
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Slashdot
28-10-2008, 12:50:01

Lame Duck Challenge Ends With Free Codeweavers Software For All

Lame Duck Challenge Ends With Free Codeweavers Software For Allgzipped_tar writes to tell us that The Codeweavers "Great American Lame Duck Presidential Challenge" has ended in surprise and free software all day Tuesday (October 28, 2008) at the Codeweavers site. A while back Co...
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Slashdot
28-10-2008, 10:50:03

Student Charged With Three Felonies for Finding Security Flaw — and Reporting it

Student Charged With Three Felonies for Finding Security Flaw — and Reporting itWell, yet another teenage hacker who "did the right thing" by reporting a security flaw is being punished for his actions. Although it definitely sounds like the whole story may not be in the c...
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Slashdot
28-10-2008, 08:50:02

The Second Coming of Virtual Worlds

The Second Coming of Virtual WorldsAn anonymous reader writes "Things have been a bit quiet on the virtual world front recently but according to an article in Silicon.com, things are about to change. Apparently it's only now that virtual worlds are really going to become a force...
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Slashdot
28-10-2008, 06:50:02

10 Years Later, Misunderstood DMCA Is the Law That "Saved the Web"

10 Years Later, Misunderstood DMCA Is the Law That "Saved the Web"mattOzan writes "On the tenth anniversary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act [PDF], Wired Magazine posits that the DMCA should be praised for catalyzing the interactive '2.0' web that we enjoy today. While ac...
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Slashdot
28-10-2008, 02:50:02

Microsoft Announces Windows Azure, Cloud-Based OS

Microsoft Announces Windows Azure, Cloud-Based OSsnydeq writes "Microsoft today introduced Windows Azure, its operating system for the cloud. The OS serves as the underlying foundation of the Azure Services Platform to help developers build apps that span from the cloud to the d...
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Slashdot
28-10-2008, 00:50:02

Canadian Court Rules "Hyperlink" Is Not Defamation

Canadian Court Rules "Hyperlink" Is Not DefamationNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "In a landmark ruling, a Canadian court has ruled that a web site's publication of hyperlinks to an allegedly defamatory web site is not in and ...
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Slashdot
27-10-2008, 22:50:13

Ted "A Series of Tubes" Stevens Found Guilty

Ted "A Series of Tubes" Stevens Found Guiltytechmuse writes "According to a series of tubes sites, Senator Ted Stevens has been found guilty of lying about free home renovations that he received from an oil contractor. He faces up to 5 years in jail, and the outcome of his curre...
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Slashdot
27-10-2008, 20:50:10

Plasma Rocket Successful Full Power Test

Plasma Rocket Successful Full Power TestMatt_dk writes "VASIMR is a new high-power plasma-based space propulsion technology, initially studied by NASA and now being developed privately by Ad Astra. A VASIMR engine could maneuver payloads in space far more efficiently and with mu...
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Slashdot
27-10-2008, 18:50:20

Brains Work Best At Age of 39

Brains Work Best At Age of 39Scientists at the University of California Los Angeles are reporting that while some people may think "life begins at 40," all it seems to do is slow down. According to recent research, at age 39 our brain reaches its peak speed, and it's all down hi...
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Slashdot
27-10-2008, 16:50:02

WV Voters Say Machines Are Switching Votes

WV Voters Say Machines Are Switching VotesAn anonymous reader writes "Three Putnam County voters say electronic voting machines changed their votes from Democrats to Republicans when they cast early ballots last week. This is the second West Virginia county where voters have rep...
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Slashdot
27-10-2008, 14:50:03

Should You Break TOS Because Work Asks You?

Should You Break TOS Because Work Asks You?An anonymous reader writes "My boss recently assigned me a project, that was all his idea, with two basic flaws that would require me to break multiple web sites' Terms of Service (TOS). Part requires scraping most of the site, parsing ...
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Slashdot
27-10-2008, 12:50:02

Nintendo's Homebrew-Blocking Update Hacked

Nintendo's Homebrew-Blocking Update HackedElementC writes "Team Twiizers, the group behind almost all of the Wii Homebrew scene, has released an update to the Homebrew Channel (and installer) that allows for installation on a Wii with the most recent update installed. While the ...
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Slashdot
27-10-2008, 10:50:02

World First Review of Dell's 12.1in Netbook

World First Review of Dell's 12.1in NetbookAn anonymous reader points to what's claimed to be "the world's first look at Dell's 12.1" netbook," running at Australian Personal Computer Magazine. There's a bit of gushing at the beginning, but this is followed by some informative p...
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Slashdot
27-10-2008, 08:50:02

Setbacks Cast Doubt on NASA's Ares Project

Setbacks Cast Doubt on NASA's Ares Projectstoolpigeon writes with this excerpt from an Orlando Sentinel article about the Ares program, which paints a bleak picture of the program's future: "Bit by bit, the new rocket ship that is supposed to blast America into the second Space ...
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Slashdot
27-10-2008, 06:50:02

Russian Regulators Block Google Online Advertising Acquisition

Russian Regulators Block Google Online Advertising AcquisitionAn anonymous reader writes "Russian regulators will not let Google buy a local online advertising company, halting a $140 million deal agreed to in July. Google had planned to acquire Zao Begun, which has a search and...
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