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Apple To Distribute OS X Lion via the Mac App Store
Posted by News Fetcher on May 05 '11 at 06:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's but-i-miss-dvds department:
An anonymous reader writes "Apple this Summer is expected to release Mac OS X Lion. As opposed to other OS X releases, however, Lion will also be available for purchase via the Mac App Store, further solidifying Apple's efforts to make the Mac App Store an integral part of the Mac user experience." A lot of questions surrounding this related to the ability to make bootable disks. And also why don't they just use apt-get? I gotta admit: it makes me nervous getting my OS from an App Store- which is strange considering how many kernels I've downloaded, built and booted over the years.

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Facebook Wants To Buy Skype
Posted by News Fetcher on May 05 '11 at 05:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's poke-that-ebay department:
An anonymous reader writes "Remember when we learned that Facebook had resumed talks with Skype? Well, it turns out that Facebook is considering buying Skype outright. 'Skype is reportedly talking to Facebook about some sort of deal. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been involved in internal discussions about buying Skype, while Facebook also reached out to the Luxembourg-based company about forming a joint venture.'"

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Oracle Plans To Hand Hudson To Eclipse
Posted by News Fetcher on May 05 '11 at 04:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's here-you-go department:
jfruhlinger writes "When Oracle took over Sun, its hamhanded treatment of the open source Hudson continuous integration project, which resulted in a fork, became symbolic of the company's awkward relationship with open source projects. Now Oracle is looking to make amends, or at least get Hudson off its hands, by handing the entire project over to the Eclipse Foundation."

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Gitbrew Releases OtherOS++ PS3 Linux Dual Boot
Posted by News Fetcher on May 05 '11 at 02:30 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's kicking-sony-while-they're-down department:
An anonymous reader writes "Gitbrew has proudly released otherOS++ Linux Dual Boot v1.0b1, enabling PS3 users to install an alternative OS to their console with full access to all system hardware, including all 8 CELL cores (making the PS3 the world's most affordable supercomputer). For more information check out the installation instructions and source code."

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NASA Gravity Probe Confirms Two Einstein Predictions
Posted by News Fetcher on May 05 '11 at 01:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's I-hope-it-feels-so-good-to-be-right department:
sanzibar writes "After 52 years of conceiving, testing and waiting, marked by scientific advances and disappointments, one of Stanford's and NASA's longest-running projects comes to a close with a greater understanding of the universe. Stanford and NASA researchers have confirmed two predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, concluding one of the space agency's longest-running projects. Known as Gravity Probe B, the experiment used four ultra-precise gyroscopes housed in a satellite to measure two aspects of Einstein's theory about gravity. The first is the geodetic effect, or the warping of space and time around a gravitational body. The second is frame-dragging, which is the amount a spinning object pulls space and time with it as it rotates."

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Magicka Sequel Planned, Console Version a Possibility
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 11:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's deja-vu-all-over-again department:
Indie action-adventure game Magicka has been an unqualified success since its launch in January. While work is still underway on the original game, the CEO of publisher Paradox told Joystiq that a sequel is not in doubt: "When we — and I'm not saying 'if' — but 'when' we are doing a sequel to this game, it's going to be done on a totally different technology. It was super buggy at release. We addressed most of them in the first week, but there are still issues with laptops and a few other things. It's due to the engine that we produced the game on." He also indicated that console ports of Magicka are a strong possibility.

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Former Senator Wants to Mine The Moon
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 10:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's dig-that-moon department:
MarkWhittington writes "Harrison Schmitt, Apollo Moonwalker, geologist, and former United States Senator, recently presented a plan to solve the world's long term energy problems by developing fusion power fueled with helium-3 mined from the Moon. He presented this plan in a speech at Williston Basin Petroleum Conference."

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Real Life Farmville
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 08:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's social-harvesting department:
arkenian writes "The BBC reports on a farm in the UK to be run by online subscribers to the MyFarm website voting on which crops to grow and livestock to rear. For a £30 annual fee, 10,000 farm followers will help manage Wimpole Home Farm, in Cambridgeshire. They will be asked to make 12 major monthly decisions during the course of the year as well as other choices. The National Trust says its MyFarm project aims to reconnect people with where their food comes from."

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Did Some Black Holes Survive the Big Bang?
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 07:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's in-the-beginning department:
astroengine writes "Could anything survive from one universe to the next, through a Big Crunch and resulting Big Bang? According to two researchers, a special class of pre-Big Bang black hole may have the ability to traverse the Big Bang singularity. The upshot is that there may be black holes that existed before the Big Bang knocking around in our modern universe. What's more, we might be able to detect them through the theorized gamma-ray burst produced when these pre-Big Bang black holes evaporate out of existence. But how would we distinguish between these black holes and the primordial black holes thought to be produced after the Big Bang? Well, that's just too confusing right now."

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AMD Launches Fastest Phenom Yet, Phenom II X4 980
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 04:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's new-and-improved department:
MojoKid writes "Although much of the buzz lately has revolved around AMD's upcoming Llano and Bulldozer-based APUs, AMD isn't done pushing the envelope with their existing processor designs. Over the last few months AMD has continued to ramp up frequencies on their current bread-and-butter Phenom II processor line-up to the point where they're now flirting with the 4GHz mark. The Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition marks the release of AMD's highest clocked processor yet. The new quad-core Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition's default clock on all four of its cores is 3.7GHz. Like previous Deneb-based Phenom II processors, the X4 980 BE sports a total of 512K of L1 cache with 2MB of L2 cache, and 6MB of shared L3 cache. Performance-wise, for under $200, the processor holds up pretty well versus others in its class and it's an easy upgrade for AM2+ and AM3 socket systems."

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Vendors Say Data Protection Software Too Complicated To Use
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 03:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's being-safe-is-hard department:
jfruhlinger writes "With a series of major data breaches over the past few months, you'd think more and more companies would be investing in data protection software, which can help keep data secure even on systems that have been compromised. Unfortunately, even organizations that have paid good money for this software often don't use it, because, as one of the vendors admits, it's often too complicated to use."

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Startup Wants To Put 64-Cores In Your Smartphone
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 02:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's bejewel-faster department:
angry tapir writes "Startup chip design company Adapteva has announced the multicore Epiphany processor, which is designed to accelerate applications in servers and low-power devices such as smartphones and tablets. The RISC-based processor is scalable to thousands of cores on a single chip, and can sit alongside CPUs to provide real-time execution of diverse applications. Epiphany chips are currently scalable up to 64 cores in smartphones and up to 4,000 cores in servers. The processor can accelerate tasks like hand gesture recognition, face matching or face tracking, but is not designed to be a full-fledged CPU."

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Apple Releases iOS 4.3.3 To Fix Location Tracking
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 02:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's where'd-you-go department:
An anonymous reader writes "Apple has released a software update (iOS 4.3.3) to fix the much-talked-about iPhone Location Tracking bug. Apple faced a lot of criticism over the issue — iPhone and iPad secretly tracks users' locations and saves them in the device's cache as well as in a hidden file which is copied to the PC whenever the computer gets synced with device."

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Chinese iPad Factory Staff Forced To Sign 'No Suicide' Pledge
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 01:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's and-you-thought-your-job-was-tedious department:
An anonymous reader writes "Employees at Foxconn facilities in China, used to manufacture the iPhone and iPad, were forced to sign a pledge not to commit suicide after over a dozen staff killed themselves over the last 16 months. The revelation is the latest in a series of findings about the treatment of workers at Foxconn plants, where staff often work six 12-hour shifts a week, 98 hours of overtime in a month, and live in dormitories that look and feel like prison blocks."

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FAA Wants Your Opinion On Commercial Space Rules
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 01:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's mandated-double-checking-of-windows department:
coondoggie writes "If you have an opinion about how you think the commercial space flight world should be regulated, the FAA wants to hear from you. On Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cocoa Beach Oceanfront in Florida it will hold a public hearing where the FAA says it wants to gather information about how to define what it calls a e regulatory framework for orbital human spaceflight."

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Intel Designs Faster, 3D Transistor
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 12:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's nice-fins department:
lee1 writes "Intel has found a way to keep on the Moore's Law track by making smaller, faster and lower-power computer chips by building 3D transistors. They are already manufacturing microprocessors using this new design, called a FINFET (for fin field-effect transistor), which incorporates a small pillar, or fin, of silicon that sticks up above the surface of the chip. Intel said that it expected to be able to make chips that run as much as 37 percent faster in low-voltage applications and use as much as 50 percent less power. Products based on the new technology may appear some time later this year."

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Book Review: Apache JMeter
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 11:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it department:
MassDosage writes "Apache JMeter written by Emily H. Halili is very much an introductory guide to using Apache's open source JMeter testing tool. Unfortunately a book that should have been good fodder to whet the appetites of testers is spoiled by shoddy editing, poor writing and very little content that isn't already included in JMeter's own user manual." Read below for the rest of MassDosage's review. Apache JMeter
author Emily H.Halili
pages 129
publisher Packt Publishing
rating 3/10
reviewer Mass Dosage
ISBN 978-1-847192-95-0
summary A practical beginner's guide to automated testing and performance measurement for your websites.

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Sony Officially Blames Anonymous For PSN Hack
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 10:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's in-today's-sony-hack-news department:
H_Fisher writes "In a letter to Congress, Kazuo Hirai, chairman of Sony's board of directors, blames hacker group Anonymous for making possible the theft of gamers' personal information. 'What is becoming more and more evident is that Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack designed to steal personal and credit card information for illegal purposes,' Hirai wrote. He also indicated that Sony waited two days before notifying the FBI of the theft."

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Robots 'Evolve' Altruism
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 09:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's share-bots department:
sciencehabit writes "Computer simulations of tiny robots with rudimentary nervous systems show that, over hundreds of generations, these virtual machines evolve altruistic behaviors. They begin to share small disks — a stand-in for food — with each other so that their comrades' traits are passed on to the next generation. Experts say the study sheds light on why various animals — from bees to humans — help each other out, even when it hurts their own chances to reproduce."

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Chrome, IE To Allow Users To Delete Flash Cookies
Posted by News Fetcher on May 04 '11 at 09:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's different-kind-of-flash department:
Trailrunner7 writes "The upcoming release of Adobe Flash Player 10.3 will give users of most of the major browsers the ability to delete Flash cookies in much the same way that they're able to erase normal Web cookies, thanks to a better integration with privacy settings in Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. The addition of the ability for users to delete the cookies set by plug-ins and browser add-ons gives them better control of the security and privacy of the content on their machines and is designed to address a serious issue that's been plaguing Flash for some time. Security and privacy experts have warned about the implications of so-called Flash cookies, which are set by Flash and difficult for users to find and delete."

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