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NATO Exercise Banned From Jamming GPS
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 06:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's no-jamming-zone department:
judgecorp writes "A major NATO exercise off the coast of Scotland has been ordered to stop using GPS jamming technology after complaints that to do so would endanger the lives of fishermen and disrupt civilian mobile phones. The exercise — called 'Joint Warrior' -planned to disrupt GPS for 20 miles around each warship"

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Facebook: Your Personal Data is a Trade Secret
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 04:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's who-owns-you? department:
An anonymous reader writes "An Austrian group called Europe versus Facebook has so far made 22 complaints regarding the social network's practices. In the process, the organization has stumbled upon an important tidbit: Facebook says it is not required to give you a copy of some of your personal data if it deems doing so would adversely affect its trade secrets or intellectual property."

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3D Printer For Your Kids
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 03:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's make-your-own-toys department:
kkleiner writes "Two developers from Shapeways and i.materialise have designed a 3D printer for your ten year old . The prototype, named Origo, would allow children to easily design objects in 3Dtin and then print them safely in their home with minimal adult supervision. Could be the last toy you ever have to buy for your kids?"

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Near-Earth Asteroid Discovered Via Crowdsourcing
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 02:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's secret-escape-plans-ruined department:
astroengine writes "The ESA's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) program has scored its first hit. Although SSA astronomers have detected asteroids before, this is the first time that a near-Earth object (NEO) has been spotted by the group of volunteers who analyze automated data from the 1-meter ESA Optical Ground Station telescope on Tenerife. Although details are scant, asteroid 2011 SF108's orbit takes it to a closest approach of 30 million kilometers (19 million miles, or roughly 100 times the average Earth-moon distance) from Earth — a distance considered 'safe.'"

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Google Employee Accidentally Shares Rant About Google+
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 01:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's not-everyone-is-a-fan department:
First time accepted submitter quantumplacet writes "Longtime Googler Steve Yegge posted an insightful rant on his Google+ page about how Google is failing to make platforms of it's products. He also shares some interesting little tidbits about his six year stint at Amazon working for the 'Dread Pirate Bezos'. The rant was intended to be shared only with his Google coworkers, but was accidentally made public. Steve has since removed it from his page, but it has been reposted elsewhere."

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The "Scientization" of Yucca Mountain
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 01:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's I-block-for-science department:
Harperdog writes "This is a nice piece by Dawn Stover on how science has had little to do with the choice, and blockage of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository. This article doesn't go where you think it will; it isn't too long but is a thorough exploration of the process. Here's a quote: 'Government officials are often guilty of politicizing science. Egged on by business or religious interests, they cast doubt on the scientific evidence for a connection between tobacco and lung cancer, or between fossil fuels and climate change, or even between humans and our primate ancestors. Some scientific findings are suppressed, while others are manipulated or distorted beyond recognition. But in the case of Yucca Mountain, the reverse happened: Government officials "scientized" politics. They made decisions that were largely political but cloaked them in the garb of science.'"

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SEO Via DNS "Piggybacking"
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 12:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's slip-in-there department:
An anonymous reader writes "There is an interesting story over at the SANS Internet Storm Center that shows details on about 50 organizations that have had new machine names added to their DNS zone information. These were then pointed to sites used to boost the search engine cred of pharma, personals, and porn sites. If you outsource your DNS, how would you ever catch something like this?"

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Company to Send DBA into Space
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 11:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's where-no-admin-has-gone-before department:
cramco writes "Moments ago, a U.K. software company announced at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference in Seattle that it would send a lucky contestant to space. The sponsors, Red Gate, is is holding a five week DBA contest with the winner getting a trip to space. Why? And why put them through five weeks of quizzes and technical challenges presented within B-movie-looking videos involving rubber Martians, small dogs, alien body parts and one of their own acting very strangely? Well, as any developer knows, DBA stands for Don't Bother Asking."

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iOS 5 Update Available
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 10:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's new-and-improved department:
tekgoblin writes "Apple has released the iOS 5 update. To update to iOS 5 just open iTunes with your iDevice connected to your computer and press update. I recommend doing a manual backup of your iDevice and make sure all your apps are transferred."

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US Intelligence Mining Your Social Network Data
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 10:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's government-friend-list department:
bs0d3 writes "U.S. Intelligence has hired social scientists to mine the vast resources of the Internet — Web searches and Twitter messages, Facebook and blog posts, the digital location trails generated by billions of cellphones. They intend to use this info to track sociological laws of human behavior — enabling them to predict political crises, revolutions and other forms of social and economic instability. Privacy advocates are deeply skeptical of the project, saying it reminds them of Total Information Awareness, a 9/11 Pentagon program that proposed hunting for potential attackers by identifying patterns in vast collections of public and private data: telephone calling records, e-mail, travel data, visa and passport information, and credit card transactions. In a recent budget proposal, the defense agency argues that its analysis can expose terrorist cells and other groups by tracking their meetings, rehearsals and sharing of material and money transfers."

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NASA Sues Apollo Astronaut To Return Moon Camera
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 09:15 AM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's thanks-for-exploring-space-for-us department:
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The US government has brought a lawsuit against astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man on the moon, after discovering that Mitchell had approached a NY auction house trying to sell a 16-millimeter data acquisition camera that was supposed to have been left in the lunar module. Mitchell argues that too many years have gone by for the government to pursue the camera as stolen and besides, it was given to the now 80-year-old moonwalker as a gift in line with NASA's then-policies governing spent equipment. However, the government contends it has no record of the camera being given to Mitchell who elected to remove it from the lunar module before parting ways with the spacecraft and returning to Earth, and the judge has ruled that the government is not bound by the statute of limitations denying Mitchell's motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The Apollo 14 astronauts were not the only crewmates to salvage parts of their lunar module as mementos: Astronauts aboard Apollo 12 and Apollo 15 ripped off parts of their moonwalking suits' life support backpacks before they were discarded onto the lunar surface. But what makes Mitchell's case different is that other astronauts asked their bosses before each mission for permission and provided a list of items they planned to keep while apparently Mitchell didn't. 'They give me a list of things they're going to bring back,' said Deke Slayton, head of NASA's astronaut corps, who died in 1993. 'I give it to the program office and they bring 'em back.' For his part, Mitchell does not seem ready to give up the camera as the case prepares to go to trial next year. "

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HP Rethinking Wisdom of Spinning Off PC Division
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 08:45 AM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's you-don't-say department:
bdking writes "After signing off on former CEO Leo Apotheker's proposal to spin off or sell HP's personal computer unit, the company's braintrust is reassessing the wisdom of dumping a division that contributes nearly 30% of revenue and holds together a valuable supply chain."

HP appears concerned not so much for the revenue generating by PC hardware, but instead by access to various distribution and supply channels. It seems that just announcing a spin-off has affected their access to retail distributors.

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BlackBerry Outage Spreads To North America
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 08:00 AM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's on-the-third-day-god-created-sigsegv department:
iONiUM writes "With increasing pressure on RIM to catch up to the new phones, and the upcoming release of the iPhone 4S, could this three day outage of BlackBerry's service be a nail in the coffin? From the article 'The service disruptions are the worst since an outage swept north America two years ago, and come as Apple prepares to put on sale its already sold-out iPhone 4S on Friday.'"

This is the same outage as was reported Monday. RIM has released a few details on what's happened: a failed software upgrade brought the system down, and, after repairing the first issue, the backlog of traffic overwhelmed their network infrastructure taking things down a second time.

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VeriSign Wants Ability To Suspend Domains Without Court Order
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 07:15 AM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's only-criminals-want-due-process department:
GeorgeK writes "VeriSign, the monopoly registry operator for .com/.net domain names, has submitted a proposal to ICANN (PDF) describing an 'Anti-Abuse' policy. If allowed to proceed with such a policy, they would become judge, jury and executioner, with the ability to suspend or even cancel alleged 'abusive' domain names without due process for registrants. The proposal even recognizes that legitimate domain names may be taken down improperly, and offers a 'protest' procedure. However, VeriSign does not appear to offer any ability to protest an accusation of abuse before the suspension or cancellation. They intend to 'shoot first and ask questions later.'"

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iPhone 4 Prototype Finder Gets Probation
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 06:30 AM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's finders-keepers-losers-send-you-to-prison department:
think_nix writes "Brian Hogan, who found an iPhone 4 prototype last year which was sold to Gizmodo for $5,000, has been sentenced to one year of probation, 40 hours of community service, and a $250 fine. The District Attorney's office was asking for jailtime."

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Real Life Super Hero Arrested
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 06:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's not-super-enough department:
First time accepted submitter Pat Attack writes "In an ironic twist of fate, Phoenix Jones, a self-styled super hero from Seattle, has landed in jail. Jones happened upon a group of people fighting in the street and tried to stop the fight using pepper spray. He was arrested by police on four counts of assault. The New York Daily News quotes Jones: 'I've been shot once and I don't really want it to happen again. I've been stabbed twice, hit with a baseball bat and had my nose broken,' he says. 'But in all those incidents I helped someone who was in danger. If someone is going to take that punishment it should be the guy in body armor,' he said."

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British Coalition Partner Attempts to Block Web Censorship Powers
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 05:45 AM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's lib-dem-redacted-redacted-regrets-his-redacted-decision department:
judgecorp writes "The Liberal Democrat party is attempting to repeal the controversial web-blocking powers allowed by Britain's Digital Economy Act. The move goes against the policy of the coalition government, and the tactic chosen is a roundabout one: Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert proposed an amendment to a different bill which would have had the effect of repealing parts of the DEA. the amendment was not discussed, but the proposal is a sign that the Lib Dems mean business on this policy, adopted at their party conference."

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Sony Targeted Yet Again; Thwarts Attackers This Time
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 05:15 AM
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's script-kiddies-gone-wild department:
alphadogg writes with an excerpt from a Network World article: "Sony suspended 93,000 user accounts on several of its gaming and entertainment networks after unauthorized login attempts on those accounts. The attempts occurred on the PlayStation Network, Sony Entertainment Network, and Sony Online Entertainment, and the company says that login information likely acquired from other sources was tested en masse on the networks. Only a 'small number' of the attempts were successful, and no credit card information was leaked. ... Sony Chief Information Security Officer Philip Reitinger said that 'less than one tenth of one percent' of the networks' users may have been affected."

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AMD 'Bulldozer' FX CPU Reviews Arrive
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 04:30 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's new-and-shiny department:
I.M.O.G. writes "Today AMD lifted the embargo on their most recent desktop AMD FX architecture, code named Bulldozer, whose CPU frequency record Slashdot recently covered. The fruition of 6 years of AMD R&D, this new chip architecture is the most significant news out of AMD since the Phenom II made its debut. The chips are available now in all major retail outlets, and top tier hardware sites have published the first Bulldozer reviews already."
Here are reviews from a few different sites — pick your favorite: Tom's Hardware, PC Perspective, Hot Hardware, [H]ardOCP, or TechSpot. They don't agree on everything, but the consensus seems to be that the new chips aren't blowing anyone's socks off, and that they struggle to compete with Intel's comparable offerings. The architecture shows promise, but performance gains will take time to materialize, making it difficult to leapfrog Intel to any significant degree.

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Ask Slashdot: Project Scope For MLB Robot Umpires?
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '11 at 02:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's go-tigers department:
nightcats writes "The League Championship Series of baseball are upon us, and numerous sports media pundits, armies of fans at comment boards, and TV people are openly debating the possibility of robot umpires coming to Major League Baseball, to either replace or enhance the human umps' work on the field. Question: what kind of project are we reasonably talking about here? What would the scope and length be from planning/design to user testing/implementation (presumably in a spring training/minor league setting)? What kinds of hardware (video scanners, touch-sensitive bases/foul lines, etc.) and software would be required?"
And, as long as we're on the subject — do you think it would be good for the game?

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