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HP Investigates Android TouchPads Delivered With Android
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '11 at 05:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's prank-or-mistake department:
angry tapir writes "HP is investigating how several TouchPads reportedly shipped to end users running Android, instead of webOS. Shortly after HP announced it would stop selling TouchPads and began offering the remaining tablets for US$99, reports surfaced from a few users who say they received TouchPads that run Android instead of HP's webOS software. At the same time, developers have been working on porting Android to the TouchPad, since it's uncertain how much support and development HP will dedicate to webOS in the future."

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Calif. Appeals Court Approves Cell Phone Searches
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '11 at 05:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's say-what's-your-unlock-code? department:
Local ID10T writes with this excerpt from The Blaze: "In a case explicitly decided to set a precedent, the California Appellate court has determined
police officers can rifle through your cellphone
during a traffic violation stop. ... Florida and Georgia are among the states that give no protection to a phone during a search. In particular, Florida law treats a smartphone as a 'container' for the purposes of a search, similar to say a cardboard box open on the passenger seat, despite the thousands of personal emails, contacts, and photos a phone can carry stretching back years. But after initially striking down cell phone snooping, California has now joined the list of states that allow cops to go through your phone without a warrant."
Interesting additional commentary, too, from UCSD law professor Shaun Martin.

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OpenStack Spun Out From Rackspace Control
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '11 at 04:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's they-grow-up-so-fast department:
angry tapir writes "Responding to the rapid adoption of their software, the folks behind the OpenStack cloud software are planning to form a stand-alone nonprofit foundation to steward future development of the open-source software suite. They will formally announce the foundation at the OpenStack conference, being held this week in Boston. Hosting provider Rackspace, which currently owns the OpenStack trademark and copyrights, plans to transfer ownership of these resources to the not-for-profit foundation once it is operational."

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Europeans Needed To Create Broadband Performance Measure
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '11 at 01:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's keeping-track-of-things department:
An anonymous reader writes "The European Commission has launched a project to recruit 10,000 volunteers across Europe to measure the performance of their broadband connection over two years. The trial, believed to be the world's biggest follows similar projects in the US and the UK, run by the EC's partner SamKnows. The data collected will be used to plan the next generation of services. Those interested in signing up to take part can do so here."

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HADOPI To Disconnect 60 People In France
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 11:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's no-internet-for-you department:
bs0d3 writes "Today in France under the new HADOPI law, 60 people have received their third strike and are facing disconnection from the internet. The first 60 may only be the beginning. 650,000 people have received their first strikes, and 44,000 are on their second."

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BT Promises 300Mbps FTTP By 2012
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 08:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's speeding-up department:
twoheadedboy writes "UK service provider BT has launched its Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) product, pledging it will offer downstream speeds of 300Mbps by spring next year. At present, the service can hit 110Mbps downstream speeds and will be available in just six locations from the end of October. More locations will be added and speeds will rise, however, with a 1Gbps service currently being trialled in Kesgrave, Suffolk. There may be continuing disputes over BT Openreach's pricing of fibre products, given the recent industry in-fighting. Nevertheless, 300Mbps fibre will provide some pretty speedy downloads for end users."

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Android Malware Using Blog As C&C Server
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 06:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's command-and-comment department:
wiredmikey writes "Security researchers have discovered a unique feature circulating in some Android-based malware. The malicious application is using a blog in China to act as a Command and Control (C&C) server. On Tuesday, Trend Micro discovered a malicious Android application out of China using the new trick to receive instructions, and appears to be the first time Android malware implemented this kind of technique to communicate with its server."

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Steve Jobs Dead At 56
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 04:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's rest-in-peace department:
SoCalChris writes "Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was found dead in his Cupertino home this morning. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him — even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon."

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Autism Traits Prove Valuable for Software Testing
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 04:01 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's I-got-99-problems-but-a-glitch-aint-one department:
Back in 2009 we ran a story about a Chicago based non-profit company that trained high-functioning autistic people to be software testers. Two years later Aspiritech has grown to offer services in Belgium, Japan and Israel. Autistic debuggers are used by large clients like Oracle and Microsoft and have proven to be so good in fact that companies are now recruiting to meet demand. From the article: "Aspiritech's board of directors includes social service providers, therapists, a vocational expert and a software engineer. The nonprofit also received start-up advice and consultation from Keita Suzuki, who has co-founded a similar company, called Kaien, in Japan. Aspiritech has hired and trained seven recruits with Asperger's syndrome. These recruits have since worked on software-testing projects for smartphone and cloud-computing applications. Aspiritech now offers functional-, compatibility- and regression-testing, as well as test-case development, with experience in cloud-computing platforms including Salesforce."

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Human "Cloning" Makes Embryonic Stem Cells
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 03:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's me-and-more-me department:
Med-trump writes "Scientists at the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory have reprogrammed an adult human egg cell to an embryonic state using cloning technology and created a self-reproducing line of embryonic stem cells from the developing embryo. Lead researcher Dr Dieter Egli said: 'The cells we have made are not yet for therapeutic use. There is clearly more work to be done, this is early days. We see this as a step on that road, so now we do know that a human egg can turn an adult specialised cell, such as a skin cell, into a stem cell.'"

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Oracle's Plans for Java Unveiled at JavaOne
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 02:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's here's-the-plan department:
msmoriarty writes "Oracle had lots of Java announcements at this year's JavaOne. So far the plans include: 'The availability of an early access version of JDK 7 for the Mac OS, plans to "bridge the gap" between Java ME and Java SE, an approach to modularizing Java SE 8 that will rely on the Jigsaw platform, a new project that aims to use HTML5 to bring Java to Apple's iOS platform, the availability of JavaFX 2.0, a pending proposal to open source that technology, gearing up Java EE for the cloud, and a delay in the release of Java 8.'"

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Book Review: Definitive Guide To Drupal 7
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 01:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it department:
Michael J. Ross writes "Most computer and web programming books are written entirely by a single author, while the remaining are written by more authors, typically with each one tackling several chapters. The latter approach can suffer from redundant material undetected by editors, and inconsistency in the writing style from one chapter to the next. Yet it offers the significant advantage that the subject matter of each chapter can be presented by an authority on that topic — who can focus on making that explication the best possible, without the burden of completing an entire book. That was one of my first thoughts (and hopes) when hefting the 1112 pages and 4.1 pounds of the Definitive Guide to Drupal 7." Read on for the rest of Michael's review. Definitive Guide to Drupal 7
author A cast of thousands.
pages 1112 pages
publisher Apress
rating 8/10
reviewer Michael J. Ross
ISBN 978-1430231356
summary A wide-ranging exploration of the latest version of Drupal.

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EU Sending a Probe To the Sun
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 01:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's hot-science department:
First time accepted submitter Mindflux0 writes "The European Union is going forward with the proposed Solar Orbiter, a space probe designed to study the sun. The probe will orbit closer to the sun than any other man-made object at a sizzling 42 million km. It's planned to launch in 2017 for close to a billion euros."

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After Six Days of Outages, BofA Claims It Hasn't Been Hacked
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 01:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's it's-just-a-flesh-wound department:
Lucas123 writes "After six days of spotty service and outages with its online and mobile sites, Bank of America today said it has not been the victim of a denial of service attack, hacking or malware. Yet, the bank has set up a new homepage that it says will help customers navigate to the proper online service. Internet monitoring service Keynote said the outage is unprecedented in banking. 'I don't think we've seen as significant and as long an outage with any bank. And I've been with Keynote for 16 years now,' said Shawn White, vice president of operations for web monitoring service Keynote Systems. In the meantime, a BofA spokeswoman continued to divulge what might be happening, saying 'We're not going to get into the technical details. We're not going to comment on the technicalities of what we do.' Speculation among experts has been that the site is under attack."

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US Scientists Invited To Russian Yeti Hunt
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 12:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's bring-two-pairs-of-boots department:
First time accepted submitter Lindan9 writes "After an apparent increase of yeti sightings in the Kemerovo and Altai region of Siberia, a group of scientists from around the world are meeting to examine evidence possibly proving yeti existence. The scientists suspect there is a population of several dozen living in the area. The team hopes to spot a yeti or still living neanderthal man during their search of the area's mountains." I hope they find two pristine horns faster than I did.

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Film Turns Windows Into Solar Panels
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 12:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's peel-and-stick-power department:
itwbennett writes "At the Ceatec electronics conference in Japan this week, 3M is showing film that turns windows into solar panels. Although the product only generates about 20% of the electricity of a traditional solar panel, it will cost about half as much, is much easier to install, and takes up no additional space. 'An average person could go to the store, buy some of this, and then bring it home and install it themselves,' said Yasuhiro Aoyagi, a senior manager in the company's construction markets division."

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Welcome Back Kernel.org
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 12:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's look-who's-back department:
Hummdis writes "After more than a month of being offline due to a security breach at Kernel.org, they're back! While they were down, they took the time to 're-architect' the site for developers and users. A statement reads: 'As noted previously, kernel.org suffered a security breach. Because of this, we have taken the time to re-architect the site in order to improve our systems for developers and users of kernel.org. To this end, we would like all developers who previously had access to kernel.org who wish to continue to use it to host their git and static content, to follow the instructions here. Right now, www.kernel.org and git.kernel.org have been brought back online. All developer git trees have been removed from git.kernel.org and will be added back as the relevant developers regain access to the system. Thanks to all for your patience and understanding during our outage and please bear with us as we bring up the different kernel.org systems over the next few weeks. We will be writing up a report on the incident in the future.'"

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US Military To Field Test "Throwable" Robots
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 11:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's toss-it-and-forget-it department:
cylonlover writes "Robots are a perfect tool to give soldiers in the field 'eyes' on a potentially hazardous situation without placing themselves in harm's way. With soldiers often operating in difficult terrain or entering buildings, the easiest way to get such robots into place is usually to throw them. Currently, many units use a small tactical robot called the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle 320 which is equipped with video reconnaissance technology. However, this robot weighs a not very pack-friendly 32 pounds (14.5 kg), so the call has been put out for a lighter robot that is more easily transportable by dismounted units on the move and is able to be thrown into forward locations such as buildings and caves. To this end, the U.S. military is set to put three different types of lightweight, 'throwable' robots through a series of combat assessments in Afghanistan."

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Samsung Seeking Ban of iPhone 4S in Europe
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 11:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's no-4s-for-you department:
First time accepted submitter KingofSpades writes "Samsung has announced that they will try to stop the sale of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4S in France and Italy. Samsung believes that Apple is 'severely violating' some of their patents. From the article: 'Samsung will file motions with courts in Paris and Milan seeking the ban, each citing two patent infringements on wireless telecommunications technology, the Suwon, South Korea- based company said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S in Cupertino, California this week and aims to start sales later this month.'"

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India Launches $35 Tablet
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '11 at 10:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's price-drop department:
Many readers have submitted stories about a new $35 tablet computer released today in India. The Aakash (meaning sky) has been handed out to 500 students for an initial trial run, if successful a $60 commercial version will hit the shelves later this year. The Aakash computer runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), has a 7-inch touch screen, 256MB of RAM, 32GB expandable memory slot, two USB ports, and weighs in at only 350 grams.

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