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Tom's Hardware Benchmarks Inkjet Printer Paper
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 02:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's this-time-a-jump-rope-can-be-hi-fi department:
An anonymous reader writes "We all know that the specs of your inkjet printer, driver settings, and ink cartridges can make a big difference in the quality of your prints. But the cheapest and simplest aspect of printing can also have a big impact on the final quality: the paper. This short article is an interesting read, the author actually found ways to 'benchmark' inkjet printer paper."

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Google Wallet: the End of Anonymous Shopping
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 01:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's if-you-choose-to-accept-it department:
jfruhlinger writes "Google today announced Google Wallet, an NFC-base payment system that will allow people to pay for purchases just by waving their phone across a reader. It's the beginning of a future where commercial transactions are 'frictionless' and convenient — but it's a future where every transaction can be tracked and data-mined, as Dan Tynan points out. Stores can user information about your Doritos purchases to rearrange their wares; Google could push coupons via its new Google Offers service; your health insurance company might be interested in your sodium intake."

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Chapel Hill Computational Linguists Crack Skype Calls
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 12:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's hookt-on-fon-iks-indeed department:
mikejuk writes "You might think of linguistics as being interesting but not really useful. Now computational linguistics [PDF of original paper] has been used to crack Skype encryption and reconstruct what is being said in a VoIP call. What is surprising is that though they are encrypted, the frames that make up a Skype call contain clues about what phonemes are being spoken."

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DOJ Could Ban Texas Flights Over Anti-Patdown Law
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 12:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's don't-mess-with department:
hellkyng writes "The Department of Justice may ban flights from Texas because of the Anti-Patdown law making its way through the legal system. Says Rep. David Simpson, 'Someone must make a stand against the atrocities of our government agents.' Should be interesting to see if Texas can pave the way for grope-free flying fun."

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Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Distro For Computational Cluster?
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 12:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's what-will-you-be-computationalizing? department:
DrKnark writes "I am not an IT professional, even so I am one of the more knowledgeable in such matters at my department. We are now planning to build a new cluster (smallish, ~128 cores). The old cluster (built before my time) used Redhat Fedora, and this is also used in the larger centralized clusters around here. As such, most people here have some experience using that. My question is, are there better choices? Why are they better? What would be recommended if we need it to fairly user friendly? It has to have an X-windows server since we use that remotely from our Windows (yeah, yeah, I know) workstations."

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Windows 1.0: the Power of DOS, Plus Tiled Windows
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 11:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's end-of-time-has-arrived department:
jbrodkin writes "I'd always wanted my own working copy of the elusive Windows 1.0, and after a few failed attempts I got one working in a virtual machine (I had to downgrade from the latest version of Windows Virtual PC to an earlier version to get it started, but that's another story). With 416K free memory, we were able to cruise through Reversi, take a look at the first version of Notepad, as well as the now-defunct Microsoft Write, and create a 'masterpiece' in Microsoft Paint. Eventually, applications started crashing, but a simple reboot got it working again. All in all, a nice tour through computing history. Anyone have a copy of the first Macintosh OS they want to send me?"

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35 Million Google Profiles Collected
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 10:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's are-you-feeling-lucky department:
Orome1 writes "If you are one of those individuals that made their own Google Profile, chances are that you knew and agreed to the fact that the information you included in it will be available for anyone who searches for it online. But, maybe you haven't thought about the possibility of this information being harvested and indexed in order to make mining of it easier. Whether you have or not, it is ultimately irrelevant — you have shared the information with Google, and it does not forbid the indexing of the list."

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Tunny Code-Breaker Rebuilt At Bletchley Park
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 10:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's weighty-name department:
Jack Spine writes "Engineers at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park have rebuilt the Tunny machine, a key device used in decoding German High Command messages during the Second World War. The Tunny machine took a team of three people three years to rebuild. At the end of the war, Tunny machines were broken up and the components recycled, while the original circuit diagrams were destroyed or hidden. The team had to piece together plans for the machine from odd pieces of circuit diagram that had been squirreled away by engineers, as well as from the recollections of some of the original builders."

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Finnish Record Labels Want To Block Pirate Bay
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 09:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's you-scratcha-my-back department:
jones_supa writes "International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the national trade association representing record companies in Finland, has filed for a court injunction ordering the Internet service provider Elisa to block access to the Pirate Bay website. 'The development of a legal online market is impossible in Finland if illegal services like The Pirate Bay are freely allowed to continue their operations,' said Lauri Rechardt, a spokesman for Finland's branch of IFPI."

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DNS Heavyweights Raise Concern Over DNS Filtering
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 09:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's not-so-fast department:
penciling_in writes "A group of DNS heavyweights have released a paper detailing serious concerns over the proposed DNS filtering requirements included as part of the bill recently introduced in the US Senate named Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 (PROTECT IP Act). The group which includes Paul Vixie, Dan Kaminsky, Steve Crocker, David Dagon and Danny McPherson, have detailed several serious technical and security concerns in the event that the mandated DNS filtering is enacted into law. Dan Kaminsky says: 'There are efforts afoot to manipulate the DNS on a remarkably large scale. The American PROTECT IP act contains several reasonable and well targeted remedies to copyright infringement. One of these remedies, however, is to leverage the millions of recursive DNS servers that act as accelerators for Internet traffic, and convert them into censors for domain names in an effort to block content.'"

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Researchers Grow a Brain In a Dish
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 07:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's please-kill-me department:
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney writes that a team of biomedical engineers at the University of Pittsburgh led by Henry Zeringue have managed to grow an active brain in a dish, complete with memories by culturing brain cells capable of forming networks, complete with biological signals. To produce the models, the Pitt team stamped adhesive proteins onto silicon discs. Once the proteins were cultured and dried, cultured hippocampus cells from embryonic rats were fused to the proteins and then given time to grow and connect to form a natural network. The researchers disabled the cells' inhibitory response and excited the neurons with an electrical pulse which were then able to sustain the resulting burst of network activity for up to what in neuronal time is 12 long seconds compared to the natural duration of .25 seconds. The ability of the brain to hold information 'online' long after an initiating stimulus is a hallmark of brain areas such as the prefrontal cortex. The team will next work to understand the underlying factors that govern network communication and stimulation, such as the various electrical pathways between cells and the genetic makeup of individual cells. 'This is amazing,' writes Toney. 'I wonder what the "memory" could be — could be a good subject for a science fiction story.'"

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Computer De-Evolution: Awesome Features We've Lost
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 07:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's way-of-the-dodo department:
jfruhlinger writes "If you listened to tech marketing departments, you'd believe that advances in computers have been a nonstop march upwards. But is that really true? What about all the great features early hackers had in the '70s and '80s that are now hard to find or lost forever, like clicky keyboards and customizable screen height? This article looks at much beloved features that lost the evolutionary war."

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Mac Malware Evolves - No Install Password Required
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 07:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's under-the-wire department:
An anonymous reader writes "The latest versions of the Mac Defender malware attacks no longer require users to enter their admin credentials (username and password) upon install. A threat called 'Mac Guard' installs itself into areas of the Mac OS X system that only require standard user privilege. On Windows the criminals did this to avoid UAC warnings, and have copied this trick to their Mac OS X releases."

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PayPal Co-Founder Gives Out $100,000 To Not Go To College
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 06:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's a-rich-man-goes-to-college-and-a-poor-man-goes-to-work department:
Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel says the key to quicker business innovation is skipping college. His foundation is handing out $100,000 to 24 people under 20 to drop out of college for two years and start companies. From the press release: "As the first members of the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship, the Fellows will pursue innovative scientific and technical projects, learn entrepreneurship, and begin to build the technology companies of tomorrow. During their two-year tenure, each Fellow will receive $100,000 from the Thiel Foundation as well as mentorship from the Foundation’s network of tech entrepreneurs and innovators. The project areas for this class of fellows include biotech, career development, economics and finance, education, energy, information technology, mobility, robotics, and space."

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New Google Tool To Find Trend Correlations
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 06:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's not-causation-tag-in-3-2-1 department:
Kilrah_il writes "In 2008 Google found correlation between seasonal flu activity and certain search term, a finding that allowed it to track flu activity better and more rapidly than previous methods. Now, Google is offering a new tool, Google Correlate, that allows researched to do the same for other trends. 'Using Correlate, you can upload your own data series and see a list of search terms whose popularity best corresponds with that real world trend.' Of course, Google reminds us that correlation does not imply causation."

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Skype Crashes and Burns In Worldwide Outage
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 05:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's going-down department:
Stoobalou writes "VoIP and instant messaging service Skype has disappeared from the Internet, nary a fortnight after Microsoft snaffled up the outfit in an overpriced $8.5 billion deal."

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Fukushima To Become Nuclear Dump?
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 04:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's welcome-to-the-wasteland department:
mdsolar writes "Japan's atomic energy specialists are discussing a plan to make the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant a storage site for radioactive waste from the crippled station run by Tokyo Electric Power Co."

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Twitter Prepared To Name Users
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '11 at 01:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's tattle-tweet department:
whoever57 writes "Ryan Gibbs, a UK footballer (soccer player) had obtained a 'superinjunction' that prevented him being named as the person involved in an affair with a minor celebrity. However, he was named by various users on Twitter. Now, in response to legal action initiated by Mr. Giggs in the UK courts against the users, Twitter has stated that it is prepared to identify the users who broke the injunction if it was 'legally required' to do so. Twitter will attempt to notify the users first in order to give them an opportunity to exercise their rights."

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"Space Archeology" Uncovers Lost Pyramids
Posted by News Fetcher on May 25 '11 at 11:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's goodbye-mr.-jones department:
krou writes "A new technique dubbed 'space archeology' using satellites and infra-red imaging has helped uncover 17 new pyramids in Egypt, as well as some 1,000 tombs, and 3,000 ancient settlements. The mud bricks used to build Egyptian structures means it has a different density to the surrounding soil, and thus shows up in the images. Dr Sarah Parcak, who pioneered the technique, said that 'Indiana Jones is old school, we've moved on from Indy, sorry Harrison Ford.'"

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AT&T To Launch LTE Network In 5 Cities This Summer
Posted by News Fetcher on May 25 '11 at 09:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's look-at-all-that-coverage department:
tekgoblin writes "AT&T is looking to get a piece of the 4G LTE pie that Verizon has a firm grasp on. They have announced today that they are going to roll out 4G in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio this summer and another 10 markets yet to be determined later in the year."

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