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DIY Augmented Reality Heads-Up Display
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 11:30 PM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's because-reality-is-boring department:
mkwan writes "A PhD student in Melbourne, Australia, has built an augmented reality head-up display using a baseball cap, an Android smartphone, and off-the-shelf optics. It won't win any awards for style or practicality, but it's a fun way to use Wikitude. All we need now is a Terminator-vision smartphone app."

Not nearly as modern, but vaguely related: the Private Eye P4.

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Apple Sued By Belgian Consumer Association For Not Applying EU Warranty Laws
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 08:15 PM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's regulation-is-only-ok-if-it-benefits-us department:
An anonymous reader writes "Following the recent Italian case. Apple is now being sued by the Belgian consumer association 'Test-Achats' (french/dutch website) for not applying the EU consumer protection laws by only giving 1 year warranty on its products. At the same time, Apple is not only refusing to give the mandatory 2 years warranty but is also selling the additional year of warranty with it's Applecare products. If the consumer association wins it's case, Apple could be forced to refund Applecare contracts to it's Belgian customers while providing the additional year of warranty for free."

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iFixit's Kyle Wiens On the War On DIY Electronics
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 06:30 PM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's insert-car-analogy-here department:
pigrabbitbear writes with an excerpt from an article at Motherboardv: "Anyone planning on buying a new iPad should know what they're getting themselves into by now. In recent years, Apple and other hardware manufacturers have made it liquid-crystal clear that they're not fond of the idea that customers can tear open and fix products without the help of licensed repair specialists. Even if it's as easy as ordering a part online and following a few instructions gleaned from a Google search, hardware companies generally seem to prefer we keep the hood closed. It should not be surprising, then, that the latest version of Apple's much-desired tablet has one 'killer' feature that's finally getting the attention it deserves: A design that stops you from getting inside of it."

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Express-AM4 Satellite Salvage Plan For Antarctic Internet In Jeopardy
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 04:15 PM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's no-youtube-for-antarctica department:
First time accepted submitter amcenwest writes with news on the fate of the mis-launched Ekspress-AM4. From the article: "A modern, state of the art communications satellite stranded last August in a useless orbit will constitute a double failure if Russian officials de-orbit the spacecraft as planned, according to an expert from the team hoping to salvage the spacecraft. 'A new Express AM4 orbit could provide 14 to 16 hours of daily Internet coverage for the international scientific research bases in Antarctica,' said Readdy."

Unfortunately, the satellite is scheduled to begin a deorbiting burn between March 20th and 26th, so it looks unlikely that it can be salvaged at this point.

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Woman Wants To Replace Her Non-functioning Hand With a Bionic Prosthesis
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 03:45 PM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's just-inject-techno-organic-virus-instead department:
erice writes about the case of Nicola Wilding: "Injured in crash which damaged the nerves in her arm, she has reached the limits that can what be accomplished with nerve transplants. She can move her arm but doctors have given up hope of restoring use of her hand. So she wants doctors to amputate the hand and replace it with a bionic version that does work."

The doctor, Oskar C. Aszmann, first performed a similar operation last year.

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Boycott of Elsevier Exceeds 8000 Researchers
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 03:00 PM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's no-paywalled-journal-shall-touch-this-citation-list department:
kkleiner writes with an update on the boycott of Elsevier started in January. From the article: "Academic research is behind bars and an online boycott by 8,209 researchers (and counting) is seeking to set it free, well, more free than it has been. The boycott targets Elsevier, the publisher of popular journals like Cell and The Lancet, for its aggressive business practices, but opposition was electrified by Elsevier's backing of a Congressional bill titled the Research Works Act (RWA). Though lesser known than the other high-profile, privacy-related bills SOPA and PIPA, the act was slated to reverse the Open Access Policy enacted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2008 that granted the public free access to any article derived from NIH-funded research."

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Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 02:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's play-with-the-thermostat-as-much-as-you-want department:
ichard writes "In a couple of months I'm going to start working from home full-time. I've been thinking about the obvious things like workspace ergonomics, but I'm sure there are more subtle considerations involved in a zero-minute commute. What are other Slashdot readers' experiences and recommendations for working from home? How do you stay focused and motivated? "

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Wil Wheaton's New Show: Tabletop
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 01:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's no-interns-were-harmed-(yet)-in-the-making-of-this-show department:
xwwt writes "Wil Wheaton is working with Felicia Day on a new show called Tabletop, which will air on the YouTube Channel Geek and Sundry. The show will be about board games and gaming in general. This is how he describes it: 'My ulterior motive with Tabletop is to show by example how much fun it is to play boardgames. I want to show that Gamers aren't all a bunch of weirdoes who can't make eye contact when they talk to you, and that getting together for a game night is just as social and awesome as getting together to watch Sportsball, or to play poker, or for a LAN party, or whatever non-gamers do with their friends. I want to inspire people to try hobby games, and I want to remove the stigma associated with gaming and gamers.' The first show airs April 2nd."

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Book Review: Microsoft Manual of Style
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 01:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it department:
benrothke writes "The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), now in its 16th edition, is the de facto style guide for American writers. It deals with aspects of editorial practice, grammar, usage, document preparation and more. It's just one of many style guides for writers. The Microsoft Manual of Style, just released in its 4th edition, attempts to do for the technical writers what the CMS has done for journalists and other writers." Read below for the rest of Ben's review. Microsoft Manual of Style
author Microsoft Corporation
pages 464
publisher Microsoft Press;
rating 10/10
reviewer Ben Rothke
ISBN 978-0735648715
summary Invaluable guide to becoming a better technical writer

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Geologic Map of Jupiter's Moon Io Details an Otherworldly Volcanic Surface
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 01:00 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's can't-wait-for-juno-to-get-there department:
An anonymous reader writes "More than 400 years after Galileo's discovery of Io, the innermost of Jupiter's largest moons, a team of scientists led by Arizona State University has produced the first complete global geologic map of the Jovian satellite. The map, published by the U. S. Geological Survey (PDF), depicts the characteristics and relative ages of some of the most geologically unique and active volcanoes and lava flows ever documented in the Solar System."

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Patent Troll Targets Samsung and RIM With Emoticon Button Patent
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 12:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's can't-live-without-a-:)-button department:
eldavojohn writes "Apparently the Samsung and Apple patent hoedown has received some uninvited guests that wish to troll with the big trolls — all over a built-in button for an emoticon. According to Varia Holdings (don't bother googling, you won't find anyone trying to license their patents to you) 'by asserting [its European] emoticon patent against Apple, Samsung has recognized the value of the type of invention embodied in [Varia's] '731 Patent.' And, thusly, Varia feels this provides grounds to sue Samsung and RIM. Techdirt provides commentary on the obviousness of said patent while raking the USPTO examiner over the coals (although, curiously, gives Samsung a free pass)."

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Java Web Attack Installs Malware In RAM
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 12:01 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's movin'-on-up department:
snydeq writes "A hard-to-detect piece of malware that doesn't create any files on the affected systems was dropped onto the computers of visitors to popular news sites in Russia in a drive-by download attack, according to Kaspersky Lab. 'What's interesting about this particular attack is the type of malware that was installed in cases of successful exploitation: one that only lives in the computer's memory. ... It's ideal to stop the infection in its early stages, because once this type of "fileless" malware gets loaded into memory and attaches itself to a trusted process, it's much harder to detect by antivirus programs.'"

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A Look At One of Blizzard's Retired World of Warcraft Servers
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 11:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's dissecting-a-nerd-playground department:
MojoKid writes "At last count, Activision Blizzard pegged the number of World of Warcraft subscribers at 10.2 million. It takes a massive amount of gear to host all the different game worlds, or realms, as they're referred to. Each realm is hosted on its own server, and in late 2011, Activision Blizzard began auctioning off retired server blades from the days of yore to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. They sold around 2,000 retired Hewlett-Packard p-Class server blades on eBay and donated 100 percent of the proceeds (minus auction expenses) to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which seeks to advance the treatment and prevention of catastrophic diseases in children. This article has a look at one of those retired server blades."

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Futuristic Biplane Design Eliminates Sonic Boom
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 11:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's suborning-supersonic-silence department:
Zothecula writes "A throwback to early 20th century aviation may hold the key to eliminating the sonic boom — at least according to researchers at MIT and Stanford University. Strongly reminiscent of biplanes still in use today, the researcher's concept supersonic aircraft introduces a second wing which, it is claimed, cancels the shockwaves generated by objects near or beyond the sound barrier."

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Free Apps Eat Your Smartphone Battery
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 10:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's om-nom-nom department:
judgecorp writes "Here's a reason to pay for smartphone apps: the free versions can spend three times as much energy finding and serving ads as they do serving their actual purpose. Research from a Purdue University scientist found that as much as 75 percent of the energy used by free apps (PDF) goes on accessing location services, finding suitable advertisements and displaying them."

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Why the 'Six Strikes' Copyright Alert System Needs Antitrust Scrutiny
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 10:00 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's creators-clearly-aren't-familiar-with-baseball department:
suraj.sun sends this quote from an op-ed at Ars Technica:
"Eight months ago, content owners and Internet service providers agreed to the Copyright Alert System, a 'six-strike' plan to reduce copyright infringement by Internet users. Under the system, ISPs will soon send educational alerts, hijack browsers, and perhaps even slow/temporarily block the Internet service of users accused of online infringement (as identified by content owners). At the time it was announced, some speculated that the proposed system might not be legal under the antitrust laws. ... If I had to explain antitrust in a single word, it would not be 'competition' — it would be 'power.' The power to raise prices above a competitive level; the power to punish people who break your rules. Such power is something society usually vests in government. Antitrust law is in part concerned with private industry attempting to assert government-like power. ... The Copyright Alert System represents a raw exercise of concerted private power. Content owners as a group have control over their product. They have leveraged this control to forge this agreement with ISPs, who need to work with content owners in order to offer content to their own users. ISPs, in turn, have power over us as users."

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Peoples' Immune Systems Can Now Be Duplicated In Mice
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 09:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's rodent-proxy department:
cylonlover writes "Because everyone's immune system is different, it's impossible to predict with absolute certainty how any given person will react to a specific medication. In the not-too-distant future, however, at-risk patients may get their own custom-altered mouse, with an immune system that's a copy of their own. Medications could be tried out on the mouse first, and if they are shown to have no adverse effects, the person could take the medication with a higher degree of confidence. If the person has an autoimmune disease, the mouse could also provide valuable insight into its treatment. A team led by Columbia University Medical Center's Dr. Megan Sykes has recently developed a method of creating just such a 'personalized immune mouse.'"

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The Pirate Bay Plans Servers In the Sky
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 08:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's cloud-pirates department:
1sockchuck writes "The Pirate Bay says it plans to deploy servers on airborne drones several kilometers above international waters. The site said it was experimenting with servers using Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized Linux computer. April Fools come early? Torrent Freak says the plan is real. It's apparently a literal approach to cloud computing."

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Mystery of Duqu Programming Language Solved
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 07:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's solving-a-mystery department:
wiredmikey writes "Earlier this month, researchers from Kaspersky Lab reached out to the security and programming community in an effort to help solve a mystery related to 'Duqu,' the Trojan often referred to as 'Son of Stuxnet', which surfaced in October 2010. The mystery rested in a section of code written an unknown programming language and used in the Duqu Framework, a portion of the Payload DLL used by the Trojan to interact with Command & Control (C&C) servers after the malware infected system. Less than two weeks later, Kaspersky Lab experts now say with a high degree of certainty that the Duqu framework was written using a custom object-oriented extension to C, generally called 'OO C' and compiled with Microsoft Visual Studio Compiler 2008 (MSVC 2008) with special options for optimizing code size and inline expansion."

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Apple to Buy Back $10bn of Its Shares and Pay Dividend
Posted by News Fetcher on March 19 '12 at 07:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's everyone-likes-money department:
floydman writes "Apple has said it will use its cash to start paying a dividend to shareholders and to buy back some of its shares. The technology giant said it would pay a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share from July. It will buy back up to $10bn of its own shares starting in the company's next financial year, which begins on 30 September 2012. '"We have used some of our cash to make great investments in our business through increased research and development, acquisitions, new retail store openings, strategic prepayments and capital expenditures in our supply chain, and building out our infrastructure," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement. "You'll see more of all of these in the future. Even with these investments, we can maintain a war chest for strategic opportunities and have plenty of cash to run our business. So we are going to initiate a dividend and share repurchase program."'"

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