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Assange Seeks To Sue Prime Minister Gillard For Defamation
Posted by News Fetcher on October 07 '12 at 01:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's gillard-should-have-done-it-anonymously department:
First time accepted submitter menno_h writes "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he has hired lawyers to investigate how to sue Prime Minister Julia Gillard for defamation."

Assange "says comments made by Ms Gillard in 2010 that WikiLeaks acted illegally in releasing US diplomatic cables have affected the viability of his organisation. 'Mastercard Australia, in justifying why it has made a blockade that prevents any Australian Mastercard holder donating to WikiLeaks, used that statement by Julia Gillard,' he said."

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Parallella: an Open Multi-Core CPU Architecture
Posted by News Fetcher on October 07 '12 at 11:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's what's-your-use-case department:
First time accepted submitter thrae writes "Adapteva has just released the architecture and software reference manuals for their many-core Epiphany processors. Adapteva's goal is to bring massively parallel programming to the masses with a sub-$100 16-core system and a sub-$200 64-core system. The architecture has advantages over GPUs in terms of future scaling and ease of use. Adapteva is planning to make the products open source. Ars Technica has a nice overview of the project."

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Take a Free Networking Class From Stanford
Posted by News Fetcher on October 07 '12 at 10:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's beats-tuition department:
New submitter philip.levis writes "Nick McKeown and I are offering a free, online class on computer networking. We're professors of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford and are also co-teaching Stanford's networking course this quarter. The free, online class will run about six weeks and is intended to be accessible to people who don't program: the prerequisites are an understanding of probability, bits and bytes, and how computers lay out memory. Given how important the Internet is, we think a more accessible course on the principles and practice of computer networks could be a very valuable educational resource. I'm sure many Slashdot readers will already know much of what we'll cover, but for those who don't, here's an opportunity to learn!"

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They Work Long Hours, But What About Results?
Posted by News Fetcher on October 07 '12 at 09:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's management-types-prefer-inaccurate-precision department:
theodp writes "HBS lecturer Robert C. Pozen says it's high time for management to stop emphasizing hours over results. By viewing those employees who come in over the weekend or stay late in the evening as more 'committed' and 'dedicated' to their work, as a UC Davis study showed, managers create a perverse incentive to not be efficient and get work done during normal business hours. 'It's an unfortunate reality that efficiency often goes unrewarded in the workplace,' writes Pozen. 'Focusing on results rather than hours will help you accomplish more at work and leave more time for the rest of your life.'"

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Felix Baumgartner Prepares for Supersonic Skydive Attempt in New Mexico
Posted by News Fetcher on October 07 '12 at 09:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's but-what-do-you-do-for-excitement? department:
Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner has tempted fate with quite a few spectacular skydiving feats; now, he is preparing to be the first man to intentionally exceed the speed of sound by jumping from a balloon instead of staying inside a plane or a rocket. The jump is planned for Tuesday over New Mexico. National Geographic lists some of the various (deadly) things that could go wrong.

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DNA Analysis Probes the End of Human-Neanderthal Sex
Posted by News Fetcher on October 07 '12 at 07:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's if-you-buy-their-claim-that-it's-ended department:
An anonymous reader writes "Modern Europeans may have interbred with Neanderthals as recently as 37,000 years ago, after modern humans with advanced stone tools expanded out of Africa, according to a new study. In an attempt to understand why the Neanderthals are more closely related to people from outside of Africa, researchers from Harvard and the Max Planck Institute estimated that while the last sex between Neanderthals and modern humans may have occurred 37,000 to 86,000 years ago, it is most likely that it occurred 47,000 to 65,000 years ago."

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NASA Prepares For Space Surgery and Zero Gravity Blood
Posted by News Fetcher on October 07 '12 at 05:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's in-space-no-one-can-hear-you-choke-on-vomit department:
Hugh Pickens writes "Draining an infected abscess is a straightforward procedure on Earth but on a spaceship travelling to the moon or Mars, it could kill everyone on board. Now Rebecca Rosen writes that if humans are to one day go to Mars, one logistical hurdle that will need to be overcome is what to do if one of the crew members has a medical emergency and needs surgery. 'Based on statistical probability, there is a high likelihood of trauma or a medical emergency on a deep space mission,' says Carnegie Mellon professor James Antaki. It's not just a matter of whether you'll have the expertise on board to carry out such a task: Surgery in zero gravity presents its own set of potentially deadly complications because in zero gravity, blood and bodily fluids will not just stay put, in the body where they belong but could contaminate the entire cabin, threatening everybody on board. This week, NASA is testing a device known as the Aqueous Immersion Surgical System (AISS) that could possibly make space surgery possible. Designed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Louisville, AISS is a domed box that can fit over a wound. When filled with a sterile saline solution, a water-tight seal is created that prevents fluids from escaping. It can also be used to collect blood for possible reuse."

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Oatmeal Fundraiser a Success; Non-Profit Buys Land For Tesla Museum
Posted by News Fetcher on October 07 '12 at 04:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's visit-scenic-long-island department:
Ars Technica reports that The Oatmeal's successful fund-raiser has borne fruit; on Friday the non-profit to which Oatmeal founder Matthew Inman's Indiegogo campaign's money was directed completed part of its goal to purchase and turn into a museum Nikola Tesla's former estate Wardenclyffe. There's plenty of work before the land can be a proper museum, but now it is in the hands of the non-profit organization Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe.

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Mozilla To Bug Firefox Users With Old Adobe Reader, Flash, Silverlight
Posted by News Fetcher on October 07 '12 at 01:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's they-should-hire-an-annoying-mascot department:
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla today announced it will soon start prompting Firefox users to upgrade select old plugins. This will only affect Windows users, and three plugins: Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Microsoft Silverlight. Mozilla says Firefox users will 'soon see a notification urging them to update' when they visit a web page that uses the plugins."

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Sweden Returns Passport To Pirate Bay Co-Founder
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '12 at 10:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's packing-for-south-america department:
An anonymous reader writes "In August, Piratebay co-founder Fredrik Neij had his Swedish passport revoked by the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok. After an appeal the revocation was dismissed [Saturday], with a ruling that the embassy cannot take away his passport. The full ruling can be read here."

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Space Junk May Require ISS Maneuver In Advance of SpaceX's Dragon
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '12 at 07:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's always-something department:
SpaceX's Dragon capsule, loaded with food and scientific gear, is scheduled to launch toward the ISS tomorrow evening (with backup launch slots on each of the following two days). There's a last-minute wrinkle, though: Space.com managing editor Tariq Malik reports that a piece of space debris "will pass near enough to the space station on Monday morning (Oct. 8) to require an avoidance maneuver as a safety precaution, NASA space station program manager Mike Suffredini said in a briefing [Saturday]." Tomorrow's planned flight is to be the first under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA that calls for a dozen resupply flights by SpaceX, essential in the post-shuttle era."

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Nokia Keeps Quietly Mapping The World
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '12 at 04:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's under-the-lidar department:
LucidBeast writes "Mapping the world isn't easy as our friends in Cupertino have found out. Google's maps seem ubiquitous, but there is a less known real heavyweight still mapping the world. Nokia acquired Navteq in 2007, and five years later they are still reading fleet data and scanning cities with LIDAR and 360 degree cameras."

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Adam Dunkels On the Internet of Things
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '12 at 03:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's new-ways-to-disable-your-print-cartridge department:
An anonymous reader writes "Techworld is running an interview with Adam Dunkels, author of the open source Contiki operating system for the Internet of Things. The interview touches on the Internet of Things, the future of Contiki, and his newly founded startup Thingsquare."

If the whole "Internet of Things" concept still seems amorphous, FedEx CIO Rob Carter provides some concrete examples in which FedEx is using real-time tracking based on IP-enabled sensors.

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Laser Strikes On Aircraft Becoming Epidemic
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '12 at 02:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's good-place-to-put-advertising department:
First time accepted submitter AlphaWolf_HK writes "Ars Technica has a story about a 52 year old man who was arrested and sentenced to three years in jail for shining a high powered green laser at a helicopter along with an interesting video showing how he was tracked down. The FBI says that laser strikes are becoming epidemic, saying that they expect to see reports of 3,700 of them this year."

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US House Science Committee Member: Evolution Is a Lie From Hell
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '12 at 01:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's hey-at-least-it's-an-ethos department:
First time accepted submitter badford writes "Representative Paul Broun (Georgia Republican) said that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are 'lies straight from the pit of hell' meant to convince people that they do not need a savior. It would not be quite as shocking if Broun did not sit on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. What impact could this have on policy? What impact could this have on STEM education not just in Georgia but all over the U.S.?"

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Virgin Galactic's Quiet News: Virgin Now Owns The SpaceShip Company
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '12 at 12:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's big-spaceship department:
RocketAcademy writes "While all eyes were focused on SpaceX, which is preparing for another launch to the International Space Station, Virgin Galactic quietly put out a press release. Virgin Galactic has acquired full ownership of The SpaceShip Company, which will build production versions of SpaceShip Two. Ownership was previously shared with Scaled Composites, which built SpaceShip One and is building the SpaceShip Two prototype. There have been rumors of strained relations between Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites. This news, which was not announced until after the close of business Friday, raises some interesting questions about Virgin's relationship with Scaled and its plans for the future."

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Kim Dotcom Apparently Spied On For Longer Than Admitted
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '12 at 11:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's you-gotta-start-someplace department:
another random user writes "Kim Dotcom's internet connection was being diverted inside New Zealand weeks before the Government Communications Security Bureau says it started spying on him. The New Zealand Herald has obtained details showing Telecom engineers and staff at its technology services company Gen-I were investigating irregularities with his internet connection in November. The revelation has raised suspicion that Mr Dotcom was victim to earlier spying than the GCSB has admitted. It has brought fresh calls for an inquiry amid claims of the spy agency's role in the international 'Five Eyes' Echelon Network."

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Ask Slashdot: Transporting Computers By Cargo Ship?
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '12 at 10:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's dramamine-and-lots-of-it department:
JabrTheHut writes "I'll be packing up and moving to another continent soon. Everything I own will be packed up into boxes and loaded onto a cargo container, which in turn will be loaded onto a ship and will sail from Northern Europe, through the Equator and then to it's final destination. It will be in transit for up to 8 weeks. What do I need to do to ensure my stuff survives the trip? I've got anti-static bags and silica gel for graphics cards and hard disks, which won't be in the computers, mostly, when they move, and some of what I own will be crated in order to protect both against physical damage and humidity. I'll throw in a couple of packets of silica gel into each box or crate. Clothes get moth balls. But what have I missed? Will the printer ink survive? Do I have to worry about batteries? What haven't I thought of?"

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Ad Agency's Bizarre Steve Jobs Tribute Flash Mob Hits Seattle
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '12 at 09:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's suspect-he's-laughing department:
theodp writes "File this one under it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time. The Filter digital agency decided to show off their Steve Jobs spirit on the first anniversary of Jobs' death by declaring Friday Steve Jobs dress-up day. But where things really took a turn for the worse was in Seattle, where Filter employees took it to the local Apple Store where they formed a Flash Mob of Steve Jobs dress-alikes dancing Gangham Style. Hey, even our best of intentions sometimes go awry."

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Ad Group Says Internet Accounts For 5.1M US Jobs, 3.7% of GDP
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '12 at 09:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's exact-figures-are-124.987-percent-accurate department:
lpress writes "A Harvard Business School study sponsored by the Interactive Advertising Bureau shows that the ad-supported Internet is responsible for 5.1 million jobs in the U.S. — two million direct and 3.1 million indirect. They report that the Internet accounted for 3.7% of 2011 GDP. The research, development and procurement that launched the Internet back in the 1970s and 1980s cost the US taxpayers $124.5 million at the time — not a bad investment!" Your calculations may vary.

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