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Slashdot
07-09-2009, 12:50:01

Irish Astronomers Investigate Sky Explosion

Irish Astronomers Investigate Sky Explosionpuroresu writes "Astronomers in Ireland have appealed to the public to contact them with eyewitness accounts of a massive explosion in the sky over the country. From the BBC: 'Astronomy Ireland chairman David Moore said: "So far, report...
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Slashdot
07-09-2009, 08:50:04

iPod Fee Proposed For Canada

iPod Fee Proposed For Canadainnocent_white_lamb writes "The Canadian Private Copying Collective is pushing for the implementation of an iPod fee in Canada to compensate them for 'losses' when people copy music to their digital music players. They have collected a fee from every ...
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Slashdot
07-09-2009, 04:50:03

Samsung System Tailors Ads To Its Audience

Samsung System Tailors Ads To Its Audienceangry tapir writes "Samsung has developed an outdoor digital advertising system that tailors ads based on its audience. There are three main components of the system: an LCD display panel, a dual lens camera and a processing computer, wh...
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07-09-2009, 02:50:02

Thieves Clear Out NJ Apple Store In 31 Seconds

Thieves Clear Out NJ Apple Store In 31 Secondstheodp writes "An amazing surveillance tape of a burglary in progress at a New Jersey Apple Store shows five perps in masks smashing the plate-glass doors at 2:05 a.m., signaling to the security guard that they had a gun, and clearin...
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Slashdot
07-09-2009, 00:50:03

Accused Killer Asks For Online Media Users' IDs

Accused Killer Asks For Online Media Users' IDsSpaceGhost writes "According to the Houston Chronicle, the attorney for a Texas man charged in the death of a four-year-old 'has asked several local media outlets to provide the names of readers and listeners who commented about his...
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Slashdot
06-09-2009, 22:50:04

Can the Ares Program Be Salvaged?

Can the Ares Program Be Salvaged?MarkWhittington writes "The Augustine Commission has not officially presented its findings to the White House, but already a push back is starting to occur over the possibility that the Ares 1 rocket will be canceled after three billion dollars a...
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Slashdot
06-09-2009, 20:50:02

Measuring Input Latency In Console Games

Measuring Input Latency In Console GamesThe Digital Foundry blog has an article about measuring an important but often nebulous aspect of console gameplay: input lag. Using a video camera and a custom input monitor made by console modder Ben Heck, and after calibrating for displ...
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Slashdot
06-09-2009, 18:50:01

Running Old Desktops Headless?

Running Old Desktops Headless?CajunArson writes "I recently dug up an old P4 that is in fine working order and did what any self-respecting Slashdotter would do: I slapped Linux on it to experiment with making an NFSv4 server. One other thing I did was to remove the old AGP vide...
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Slashdot
06-09-2009, 16:50:06

How Snow Leopard Cut ObjC Launch Time In Half

How Snow Leopard Cut ObjC Launch Time In HalfMBCook writes "Greg Parker has an excellent technical article on his blog about the changes to the dynamic linker (dyld) for Objective-C that Snow Leopard uses to cut launch time in half and cut about 1/2 MB of memory per application....
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Slashdot
06-09-2009, 14:50:03

US Supercomputer Uses Flash Storage Drives

US Supercomputer Uses Flash Storage Drivesangry tapir writes "The San Diego Supercomputer Center has built a high-performance computer with solid-state drives, which the center says could help solve science problems faster than systems with traditional hard drives. The flash dri...
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Slashdot
06-09-2009, 12:50:04

Con Kolivas Returns, With a Desktop-Oriented Linux Scheduler

Con Kolivas Returns, With a Desktop-Oriented Linux Schedulermyvirtualid writes "Con Kolivas has done what he swore never to do: returned to the Linux kernel and written a new — and, according to him — waaay better scheduler for the desktop environment. In fact, BFS a...
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Slashdot
06-09-2009, 08:50:02

Google Japan To Help Victims of Street View Abuse

Google Japan To Help Victims of Street View AbuseJoshua writes "After repeated concerns from Japanese citizens over privacy rights violations involving Street View and a probe by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Google Japan has announced that it will hel...
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Slashdot
06-09-2009, 06:50:02

Where's Waldo (the Submarine)?

Where's Waldo (the Submarine)?stoolpigeon writes "Scientists on Florida's Gulf Coast are trying to find an underwater robot that has mysteriously vanished. The robot from the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota has been missing since Monday. The robot, which cost about $100,000, ...
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Slashdot
06-09-2009, 02:50:03

A Different Perspective On Snow Leopard's Exchange Support

A Different Perspective On Snow Leopard's Exchange Supportimamac writes "Apple Insider has an interesting perspective on the MS Exchange support built into Mac OS X 10.6 and how it essentially frees Apple from all things Microsoft: 'Windows Enthusiasts like to spin Apple's suppo...
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Slashdot
06-09-2009, 00:50:03

Meet Uzbl — a Web Browser With the Unix Philosophy

Meet Uzbl — a Web Browser With the Unix PhilosophyDigDuality writes "Dieter@be over at Arch Linux forums, and a release engineer for Arch Linux, got inspired by this post. The idea? To create a browser based on the Unix Philosophy: 'Write programs that do one thing and do ...
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Slashdot
05-09-2009, 22:50:03

Microsoft Attacks Linux With Retail-Training Talking Points

Microsoft Attacks Linux With Retail-Training Talking PointsDesiVideoGamer writes "Over at Overclock.net, a user has posted screen-shots from Microsoft's 'ExpertZone' training course entitled 'Linux vs. Windows 7.' This course is available to BestBuy employees and will make them ...
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Slashdot
05-09-2009, 20:50:05

ELF Knocks Down AM Towers To Save Earth, Intercoms

ELF Knocks Down AM Towers To Save Earth, IntercomsScentCone writes "The ELF (Earth Liberation Front) has claimed responsibility for destroying the primary AM towers used by radio station KRKO in Washington state. From their statement: 'AM radio waves cause adverse health effects...
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Slashdot
05-09-2009, 18:50:04

Mach 6 Test Aircraft Set For Trials

Mach 6 Test Aircraft Set For Trialscoondoggie writes "The aspiration that jets may someday fly at over six-times the speed of sound took a very real step toward reality recently, as the US Air Force said it successfully married the test aircraft, known as the X-51A WaveRider, to...
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Slashdot
05-09-2009, 16:50:06

Nokia Fears Carriers May Try To Undermine N900

Nokia Fears Carriers May Try To Undermine N900An anonymous reader writes "Nokia is worried that networks may reject selling the N900 because it won't allow them to mess with the operating system. Nokia has previously showed the N900 running a root shell and it appears to use the...
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Slashdot
05-09-2009, 14:50:05

Former Intel CEO Andy Grove Wants Struggling Industries To Stop Slacking

Former Intel CEO Andy Grove Wants Struggling Industries To Stop Slackinglousyd writes "Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel and current instructor at Stanford Business School, has a message for industry. He believes that health care and energy, especially, could learn a lesson from c...
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Slashdot
05-09-2009, 12:50:02

Court Allows Microsoft To Sell Word During Appeal

Court Allows Microsoft To Sell Word During AppealAn anonymous reader sends along this update to the ongoing patent battle between Microsoft and i4i involving XML formatting in Word. "Microsoft's motion to stay an injunction has been granted; the US Court of Appeals for the Feder...
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Slashdot
05-09-2009, 08:50:02

Kepler Mission Could Detect Exomoons

Kepler Mission Could Detect ExomoonsLord Northern writes "According to several news sources, NASA's Kepler mission is said to be able to detect habitable moons orbiting planets in other star systems. Kepler is a space telescope designed to detect exoplanets. Its mission will hav...
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Slashdot
05-09-2009, 06:50:01

Amazon Offers To Return Pulled Orwell Ebooks

Amazon Offers To Return Pulled Orwell EbooksBack in July, Amazon faced public outrage over their decision to delete ebook copies of 1984 and Animal Farm from the Kindles of customers who purchased them. Shortly thereafter, CEO Jeff Bezos offered an apology, acknowledging that Am...
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Slashdot
05-09-2009, 04:50:03

PageRank Algorithm Applied To the Food Web

PageRank Algorithm Applied To the Food WebAn anonymous reader brings word of a new application for PageRank, Google's link analysis algorithm: monitoring the food web in an ecosystem. A team of researchers found that a modified version of PageRank can predict with great accuracy...
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Slashdot
05-09-2009, 02:50:02

Code-Breaking Quantum Algorithm On a Silicon Chip

Code-Breaking Quantum Algorithm On a Silicon ChipUrchin writes "Shor's quantum algorithm, which offers a way to crack the commonly-used RSA encryption algorithm, has been demonstrated on a silicon chip for the first time. The algorithm was first demonstrated on large tabletop a...
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Slashdot
05-09-2009, 00:50:03

Appropriate Interviewing For a Worldwide Search?

Appropriate Interviewing For a Worldwide Search?jellomizer writes 'I am a manger of a small Software Development department, looking to hire some more developers. By edict of the CEO, the search must be made globally, so we are dealing with different cultures and different ideas...
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Slashdot
04-09-2009, 22:50:02

Symantec Wants To Use Victims To Hunt Computer Criminals

Symantec Wants To Use Victims To Hunt Computer CriminalsHugh Pickens writes "Business Week reports that security experts plan to recruit victims and other computer users to help them go on the offensive and hunt down hackers. '"It's time to stop building burglar alarms to keep p...
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Slashdot
04-09-2009, 20:50:03

Steve Ballmer Directing "House Party 7"

Steve Ballmer Directing "House Party 7"theodp writes "What are you doing on Oct. 22? Microsoft is putting a Tupperware-style twist on the upcoming Windows 7 rollout, launching a new initiative to encourage thousands of employees, partners and technology enthusiasts to throw part...
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Slashdot
04-09-2009, 18:50:01

How a Team of Geeks Cracked the Spy Trade

How a Team of Geeks Cracked the Spy Tradedrunken_boxer777 sends us to The Wall Street Journal for a lengthy article on a small tech company, Palentir Technologies, that is making the CIA, Pentagon, and FBI take notice. The submitter adds, "And yes, their company name is a refere...
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Slashdot
04-09-2009, 16:50:01

"Overwhelming" Evidence For Magnetic Monopoles

"Overwhelming" Evidence For Magnetic MonopolesThorfinn.au sends along big physics news: magnetic monopoles have been detected at low temperatures in "Dirac strings" within a single crystal of Dysprosium Titanate. Two papers are being published today in the journal Science and tw...
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Slashdot
04-09-2009, 14:50:04

Intel's Braidwood Could Crush SSD Market

Intel's Braidwood Could Crush SSD MarketLucas123 writes "Intel is planning to launch its native flash memory module, code named Braidwood, in the first or second quarter of 2010. The inexpensive NAND flash will reside directly on a computer's motherboard as cache for all I/O and...
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Slashdot
04-09-2009, 12:50:02

Musicians Oppose Anti-Piracy Measures In the UK

Musicians Oppose Anti-Piracy Measures In the UKBluePeppers writes "The Guardian has a story, primarily about a deal that allows YouTube to broadcast music videos again, but also covering a coalition of artist unions that are opposing new legislation in the UK that would punish f...
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Slashdot
04-09-2009, 10:50:02

Hosting Data-Transfer Quotas Are Fading Out

Hosting Data-Transfer Quotas Are Fading Outmiller60 writes "One of the largest Web hosts has scrapped data transfer quotas on all its shared hosting plans, retiring one of the oldest metrics in the hosting industry. With its latest move, 1&1 Internet has gone all-in on 'unli...
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Slashdot
04-09-2009, 06:50:02

AMC Releasing a New "The Prisoner" In November

AMC Releasing a New "The Prisoner" In NovemberDynaSoar writes "The Prisoner is one of the most influential and enduring TV shows to have appeared during the 1960s. This single-season (1967-68), 17-episode series, starring its co-writing, co-directing executive producer Patrick M...
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Slashdot
04-09-2009, 04:50:03

Open Source Camera For Computational Photography

Open Source Camera For Computational PhotographyDavid Orenstein writes "Stanford Computer Science researchers are developing Frankencamera, an open source, fully programmable and finely tunable camera that will allow computational photography researchers and enthusiasts to devel...
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Slashdot
04-09-2009, 02:50:02

ES&S To Buy Diebold, Blackbox Voting To Sue

ES&S To Buy Diebold, Blackbox Voting To SueGottesser writes "Long-time election rights activist Bev Harris (she had an HBO special a while back where she hired Hari Hursti to hack an optical scan voting machine) just sent this out: 'Diebold/Premier Election Systems is being ...
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Slashdot
04-09-2009, 00:50:07

Privacy, Mobile Phones, Ubiquitous Data Collection

Privacy, Mobile Phones, Ubiquitous Data CollectionChelleChelle writes "Participatory sensing technologies are greatly expanding the possible uses of mobile phones in ways that could improve our lives and our communities (for example, by helping us to understand our exposure to a...
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Slashdot
03-09-2009, 22:50:06

Ubuntu 9.04 On Kindle 2

Ubuntu 9.04 On Kindle 2JO_DIE_THE_STAR_F*** writes "Jesse Vincent managed to get Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope running on the Kindle 2. The new functionality was presented in a talk at OSCON 2009."Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Slashdot
03-09-2009, 20:50:04

Slow Oracle Merger Leads To Outflow of Sun Projects, Coders

Slow Oracle Merger Leads To Outflow of Sun Projects, CodersAn anonymous reader writes "Sun Microsystems might have had a chance if the Oracle merger had gone through quickly, but between the DoJ taking its time and the European Commission, which seems to get off on abusing Ameri...
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Slashdot
03-09-2009, 18:50:02

NASA Robots and Rovers At Play In the Desert

NASA Robots and Rovers At Play In the DesertGeoffrey.landis writes "Robots and rovers will be running around in the desert in the NASA Desert RATS ('Research and Technology Studies') test in Arizona, including the heavy-lift rover 'All-Terrain Hex-Legged Extra-Terrestrial Explor...
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Slashdot
03-09-2009, 16:50:03

Sony To Launch 3D TVs By Late 2010

Sony To Launch 3D TVs By Late 2010eldavojohn writes "The Financial Times is reporting that Sony is announcing 3D TVs for late 2010 at the IFA technology trade show in Berlin. It's another glasses-based technology with "active shutter" being employed (the same stuff teased at CES...
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Slashdot
03-09-2009, 14:50:02

iPhone Straining AT&T Network

iPhone Straining AT&T Networkdangle writes "More than 20 million other smartphone users are on the AT&T network, but other phones do not drain the network the way the nine million iPhone users do. Because the average iPhone owner can use 10 times the network capacity use...
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Slashdot
03-09-2009, 10:50:02

UK Royal Society Claims Geo-engineering Feasible

UK Royal Society Claims Geo-engineering Feasiblekrou writes "The BBC is reporting that a UK Royal Society report claims that geo-engineering proposals to combat the effects of climate change are 'technically possible'. Three of the plans considered showed the most promise: 'CO2 ...
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Slashdot
03-09-2009, 08:50:02

Airborne Boeing Laser Blasts Ground Target

Airborne Boeing Laser Blasts Ground Targetcoondoggie writes "The airborne military laser which promises to destroy, damage or disable targets with little to no collateral damage has for the first time actually blown something up. Boeing and the US Air Force today said that on Au...
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Slashdot
03-09-2009, 04:50:02

How To Hire a Hacker

How To Hire a Hackeritwbennett writes "If you want to hire a hacker, you need to take a more psychology-based approach to the entire interview process to determine whether he or she has changed their ways enough to be a trustworthy employee, says Mich Kabay in a recent Network W...
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Slashdot
03-09-2009, 02:50:02

Happy Birthday, Internet!

Happy Birthday, Internet!NobodyExpects writes "I'd like to wish a happy birthday to the Internet! Today marks it's 40th birthday! In fall 1969, computers sending data between two California universities set the stage for the Internet, which became a household word in the 1990s. ...
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Slashdot
03-09-2009, 00:50:02

First Hot-Ice Computer Created

First Hot-Ice Computer CreatedKentuckyFC writes "Sodium acetate is the stuff inside chemical handwarmers that emits heat when it crystalizes after you press that little metal widget. That's why it is known as hot ice. Now a computer scientist in the UK has created a computer mad...
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Slashdot
02-09-2009, 22:50:05

All Humans Are Mutants, Say Scientists

All Humans Are Mutants, Say ScientistsHugh Pickens writes "In 1935, JBS Haldane, one of the founders of modern genetics, studied a group of men with the blood disease hemophilia and speculated that there would be about 150 new mutations in each human being. Now BBC reports that ...
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Slashdot
02-09-2009, 20:50:03

Coders At Work

Coders At WorkVladimir Sedach writes "Aside from authoring narrowly focused technical books, teaching university courses, or mentoring others in the workplace, programmers don't often get a chance to pass on the knowledge of the practise of programming as a profession. Peter Sei...
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Slashdot
02-09-2009, 18:50:03

Running Over Virtual Pedestrians Helps In-Game Ad Recall

Running Over Virtual Pedestrians Helps In-Game Ad Recallneuroworld writes to point out a study which found a correlation between in-game violence and a player's ability to recall advertisements seen while playing. The test subjects were given two versions of a driving game, whic...
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