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UK Recruiting Codebreakers Via Social Networks
Posted by News Fetcher on December 02 '11 at 02:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's mysterious-stranger-list department:
Demerara writes in with a story about an unique codebreaking competition sponsored by the UK government. "UK intelligence agency GCHQ has launched a code-cracking competition to help attract new talent. The organization has invited potential applicants to solve a visual code posted at an unbranded standalone website. The challenge has also been 'seeded' to social media sites, blogs and forums. A spokesman said the campaign aimed to raise the profile of GCHQ to an audience that would otherwise be difficult to reach. 'The target audience for this particular campaign is one that may not typically be attracted to traditional advertising methods and may be unaware that GCHQ is recruiting for these kinds of roles,' the spokesman said."

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Voyager Probes Give Us ET's View
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 11:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's a-different-look department:
astroengine writes "For the first time, scientists have been able to measure a type of radiation streaming out from the Milky Way that in other galaxies has been linked to the birthplaces of young, hot stars. There was no way to make our own galaxy's measurement of the radiation, known as Lyman-alpha, until the Voyager probes were about 40 times as far away from the sun as Earth — any closer and the solar system's own emissions drowned out the fainter glow from the galaxy."

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Using Toads to Predict Earthquakes
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 09:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's what-does-the-toad-think? department:
ClockEndGooner writes "The BBC is reporting that a team led by Dr. Friedemann Freund from NASA and Dr. Rachel Grant from the UK's Open University have found that 'animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur when an earthquake is about to strike.' Just prior to the quake that struck L'Aquila, Italy in 2009, Grant observed a mass toad exodus from a colony she was monitoring as part of her PhD project, and her published results prompted NASA to contact her as they found that highly stressed tectonic plates released a greater amount of positively charged ions that affected the water quality, which was sensed by the toads. According to NASA's Freund, 'Once we understand how all of these signals are connected, if we see four of five signals all pointing in [the same] direction, we can say, "ok, something is about to happen."'"

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Ice Cream Sandwich Ported To X86
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 08:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's ice-cream-party department:
angry tapir writes "Google's open-source Android 4.0 operating system for smartphones and tablets has been ported to work with x86 processors. The port means that tablets with Android 4.0 based on x86 chips could be on the horizon. Intel is the top x86 chipmaker, and the company has already said it is working with Google to bring Android 4.0 to smartphones and tablets."

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AT&T Issues Scathing Response To FCC Report
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 05:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's we-strongly-disagree department:
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T has issued a scathing letter in response to the FCC's decision to release a staff report on its findings surrounding AT&T's planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA. 'We expected that the AT&T-T-Mobile transaction would receive careful, considered, and fair analysis,' Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, said. 'Unfortunately, the preliminary FCC Staff Analysis offers none of that.'"

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World of Commodore 2011 December 3rd In Toronto
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 04:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's playing-it-old-school department:
Leif_Bloomquist writes "The Toronto PET Users Group (TPUG) is pleased to announce the World of Commodore 2011. TPUG would like to invite everyone to join us for a weekend of all things Commodore. There will information about and displays of a variety of Commodore computers, demonstrations of new hardware and software projects using Commodore equipment, screenings of Commodore related videos, vendors selling the latest hardware and software available for Commodore computers as well as classic hardware, accessories, applications, games and much more."

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TV Ownership Declines For Second Time Since 1970
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 04:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's blow-up-your-tv department:
bs0d3 writes "Almost every year, the estimated number of U.S. households owning TV sets goes up. Until now. This year, for the second time since 1970, TV ownership has gone down; by about 1%. TV ownership among the key adult 18-49 demo also declined even steeper, down 2.7 percent and percentage of homes without a TV is at the highest level since 1975. The reasons behind this appear to be online media content and the recession."

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Bank Accounts Vulnerable For Victims of ZeuS Trojan Variant 'Gameover'
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 03:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's fewer-atm-fees-at-least department:
tsu doh nimh writes "Organized crooks have begun launching debilitating cyber attacks against banks and their customers as part of a smoke screen to prevent victims from noticing simultaneous high-dollar cyber heists, the FBI is warning. The thefts, aided by a custom variant of the ZeuS Trojan called 'Gameover,' are followed by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against banks and the victim customers. The feds say the perpetrators also are wiring some of the money from victim organizations directly to high-end jewelry stores, and then sending money mules to pick up the pricey items."

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RIM PlayBook Tablet Jailbroken
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 02:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's hardware-wants-to-be-free department:
Trailrunner7 writes "A group of researchers is claiming that they've found a root exploit that enables them to jailbreak the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet made by Research In Motion. In a video demonstration of the jailbreak, one of the researchers shows off the ability to change the settings on a PlayBook and says that he also has the ability to install the Android Market app on the tablet."

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OpenMoko's FreeRunner Rises From the Ashes
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 02:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's yews-uh-spelt-czech-her department:
ChristW writes "Remember OpenMoko's first free and open source phones, the GTA-01 and GTA-02 (also called FreeRunner)? There is a new project called Phoenux. The German company Golden Delicous is building a new main board (called GTA-04) for the GTA01/02 case. The new hardware features a DM3730 (800 MHz) processor, a GTM601W UMTS (HSPA) module, and lots more." Would you pay extra for a phone that comes with a Debian build?

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Aleph One 1.0 Released
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 01:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's win-one-for-the-forge department:
First time accepted submitter treellama writes "Nearly 12 year since Bungie released the source code for Marathon 2, the Aleph One team is thrilled to release version 1.0 of the Aleph One game engine. Aleph One is a Free software, cross platform game engine that supports all three original Marathon games with enhancements such as OpenGL and Internet play; as well as numerous third party mods known as 'scenarios.' Easy to install full versions of Marathon, Marathon 2, and Marathon Infinity, now featuring high resolution graphics and modern widescreen HUD support, can be downloaded for free from the project website!"

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New 'Rubber Robot' Crawls Through Small Spaces With Inflatable Limbs
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 12:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's new-nightmare department:
JoeRobe writes "Researchers at Harvard have developed a pneumatically-controlled rubber robot that combines undulation and quadrupedal 'crawling,' allowing it to maintain a low profile while moving. In a paper published in PNAS (abstract), they describe it as a 'soft robot, composed exclusively of soft materials (elastomeric polymers), which is inspired by animals (e.g., squid, starfish, worms) that do not have hard internal skeletons.' The robot is solely powered by relatively low pressure (10 psi), and controlled by 5 pneumatic actuators. The research was funded by DARPA." The paper is also available (not paywalled) from the researchers' project site (PDF), complete with more creepy images of the squidbot.

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Tracking Censorship Through Copyright Proposals Worldwide
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 12:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's whack-a-mole-is-played-with-real-hammers department:
jrepin writes "Global Chokepoints is an online resource created to document and monitor global proposals to turn Internet intermediaries into copyright police. These proposals harm Internet users' rights of privacy, due process and freedom of expression, and endanger the future of the free and open Internet. Our goal is to provide accurate empirical information to digital activists and policy makers, and help coordinate international opposition to attempts to cut off free expression through misguided copyright laws, policies, agreements and court cases. Scroll down to see a list of countries currently featured for threatening free expression through copyright censorship."

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Red Hat's Linux Changes Raise New Questions
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 11:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's source-is-open-start-your-own-distro department:
itwbennett writes "Last month two Red Hat developers proposed to replace the 30-year-old syslog system with a new Journal daemon. Initial reaction was mostly negative and 'focused on the Journal's use of a binary key-value form of data to log system events,' says blogger Brian Proffit. But now, says Proffitt, it seems that the proposal to replace syslog has less to do with the fixing syslog's problems than with Red Hat's desire to go its own way with Linux infrastructure."

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Ask Slashdot: Best Flash-Friendly Router To Replace Aging WRT54GS?
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 10:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's when-you-want-to-control-the-vertical-and-horizontal department:
New submitter Juggler00 writes "I have been running DD-WRT (v24-sp2) on my Linksys WRT54GS for a couple of years now. I'm now finding that the box cannot keep up with the requests/requirements I have for it--it simply does not have the MIPS/horsepower. I am turning to the collective wisdom of the Slashdot community for 2 things: what alternative firmware should I be using (DD-WRT, Tomato, OpenWRT, or something else?) and based on the answer to this question, what is the suggested router to purchase to flash? My software requirements include DynDNS client, DHCP server providing option 66, static IP assignment based on MAC, port forwarding, and basic QoS (bittorrent lowest priority). For hardware, I'm looking for GigE ports and 802.11N (5.8GHz not a requirement)."

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How Photoshopped Is That Picture?
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 10:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's pretty-darn department:
Freddybear writes "Digital forensics experts at Dartmouth have developed software that can analyze digital photos to rate how drastically they have been altered by digital editing techniques. 'The Dartmouth research, said Seth Matlins, a former talent agent and marketing executive, could be "hugely important" as a tool for objectively measuring the degree to which photos have been altered.'"

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MIT Algorithm Predicts Red Light Runners
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 09:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's jail's-too-good-for-them department:
adeelarshad82 writes "Researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm that determines which drivers will run a red light, within one to two seconds before a potential collision. The research, based on 15,000 cars at a busy intersection, monitored various factors to determine which cars were were likely to run a red light. They found that their predictions were correct about 85 percent of the time, which is about 15-20 percent better than existing traffic prediction algorithms."

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Should Composting Be Mandatory In US Cities?
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 09:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's when-moral-rectitude-stinks-to-high-heaven department:
Hugh Pickens writes writes "After San Francisco enacted the nation's strictest regulations on composting in 2009, the city has increased the amount of food scraps and plant cuttings it composts to more than 600 tons per day, more than any other city in North America, and recently celebrated the collection one million tons of organic materials. Other cities have been watching as Seattle passed a similar mandate in 2010 diverting about 90,000 tons of organic waste from landfills in the first year and New York City is trying to figure out how to implement this type of program for its 8 million residents. The impact is potentially huge in terms of reducing the load on landfills as a study by San Francisco's Department of Environment shows that more than one third of all waste entering landfills could be composted instead. "We want to see composting be a standard for everybody," says Michael Virga, executive director of the U.S. Composting Council. "Urban, suburban, it doesn't really matter where you are." Although composting initially costs more than land-filling, over the long-term, the benefits will outweigh the costs. "We can reduce a large source of landfill-generated greenhouse gases, extend the life of our landfill, and generate a valuable resource for the community in the form of premium soil and mulch," writes Shanon Boase. "What's more, this industry generates additional jobs.""

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WikiLeaks Launches New Platform, Privacy Study
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 08:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's tools-for-racking-the-mud department:
itwbennett writes "WikiLeaks has launched a new submissions platform, along with a study of the global trade in surveillance products. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told press conference attendees in London that all the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Gmail users in the crowd were 'screwed.' 'The reality is intelligence contractors are selling right now to countries across the world mass surveillance systems for all of those products,' Assange said."

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NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Outruns Apple's A5 In First Benchmarks
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '11 at 07:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's no-processor-left-behind department:
MojoKid writes "NVIDIA's new Tegra 3 SoC (System on a Chip) has recently been released for performance reviews in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Android tablet. Tegra 3 is comprised of a quad-core primary CPU complex with a 5th companion core for lower-end processing requirements and power management. The chip can scale up to 1.4GHz on a single core and 1.3GHz on up to four of its cores, while the companion core operates at 500MHz. It makes for a fairly impressive new tablet platform and offers performance that <a>bests Apple's A5 dual-core processor in more than a few tests</a>. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime with optional keyboard dock and NVIDIA's Tegra 3 is set to be available in volume sometime around December 19th."

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