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Microchips Now In Tombstones, Toilets & Fish Lures
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 12:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's snake-oil-the-next-generation deptartment:
Hugh Pickens writes "Steve Johnson writes in the Mercury News that microchips are going into a staggering array of once decidedly low-tech items — from gravestone markers and running shoes to fish lures and writing pens. In the future, 'where won't we find chips?' asks analyst Jordan Selburn. 'The answer is pretty close to nowhere.' For example, one company sells a coin-size, stainless steel-encased microchip for gravestone markets that tells the dead person's story in text, photos, video or audio histories, which visitors can access by pointing their Internet-enabled cell phones at it. The company says it has sold thousands of 'Memory Medallions.' There's AquaOne Technologies, who sell a toilet containing chips that automatically shut off the water when it springs a leak or starts to overflow, but Japanese company Toto goes one better with an intelligent toilet that gathers health-related data from the user's urine. Pro-Troll puts a chip in its fish lures that 'duplicates the electrical nerve discharge of a wounded bait fish,' prompting other fish to bite it."

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Jboss AS 5 Performance Tuning
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 12:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it deptartment:
RickJWagner writes "20 percent inert ingredients, 80 percent nitro glycerin. That's how I'd describe JBoss AS 5 Performance Tuning from Packt. The first 50 pages are nothing to get excited about. This first chapter and a half describes the author's performance tuning life cycle methodology and introduces us to a handful of open source tools that can assist us in our tuning efforts. The tools section seems especially weak-- there are plenty of screenshots showing the tool's menu screens, something you'd normally pick up in about a minute from the tool's distribution website. Honestly, at this point I was beginning to wonder if this book was going to live up to my expectations. Luckily I pressed on for a few more pages, and hit the rich paydirt that makes up the rest of the book. From that point on, every section yielded valuable tuning advice." Keep reading for the rest of Rick's review.

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Al Franken Makes a Case For Net Neutrality
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 11:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's put-the-swiss-in-charge deptartment:
jomama717 writes "In a post titled 'The Most Important Free Speech Issue of Our Time' this morning on The Huffington Post, Senator Al Franken lays down a powerful case for net neutrality, as well as a grim scenario if the current draft regulations being considered by the FCC are accepted. Quoting: 'The good news is that the Federal Communications Commission has the power to issue regulations that protect net neutrality. The bad news is that draft regulations written by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski don't do that at all. They're worse than nothing. That's why Tuesday is such an important day. The FCC will be meeting to discuss those regulations, and we must make sure that its members understand that allowing corporations to control the Internet is simply unacceptable. Although Chairman Genachowski's draft Order has not been made public, early reports make clear that it falls far short of protecting net neutrality.'"

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iBook Store Features Leave Indie Publishers Behind
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 10:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's paying-for-the-top-shelf deptartment:
jfruhlinger writes "Apple has introduced some new features to its iBooks store in order to make illustrations and fixed layouts possible — something particularly important for children's books. But at the moment, it seems these features are only available for big publishers, not indies. This is not dissimilar from the controversy that brewed over indie labels' access to iTunes LP."

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Can Zuckerberg Leap the Great Firewall of China?
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 10:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's international-hoodie-of-mystery deptartment:
Hugh Pickens writes "The Guardian reports that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is in China and has met with Robin Li, the head of Baidu, as he toured the facility of the biggest search engine in China. Zuckerberg has made no secret of his desire to expand in China, where Facebook has been blocked by the government censors' Great Firewall since 2008. On a recent global map of Facebook users, China appeared as a black spot, though it has a bigger internet population than any country on earth. 'How can you connect the whole world if you leave out a billion people?' says Zuckerberg. China already has two Facebook imitators: Kaixin, with 80 million users, and Renren, with 150 million, but these lack the economic clout and global reach of Zuckerberg's company although they do have the advantages of language and cultural awareness, as well as the protection of the Great Firewall. 'If Facebook wanted to enter China, it would not have to change its function, because netizens here are used to copycats already, but it must, like other international internet companies, obey Chinese laws and regulations,' said Hu Yong, a professor at Beijing University's School of Journalism and Communication."

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The DNSSEC Chicken & Egg Challenge
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 09:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's not-tonight-i-have-a-headache deptartment:
wiredmikey writes "To begin DNSSEC implementation or not: that is the question facing a host of enterprises, notably any that engage in e-commerce or online financial transactions (online retailers, banks, investment firms, hospitality and travel, etc.). These businesses find themselves in a catch 22; there are obvious security benefits to adopting Domain Name System Security Extensions or DNSSEC, but there are some severe downsides to being too early in the adoption curve – downsides that are becoming more and more apparent every day. While DNSSEC is getting rave reviews for successful deployment at the foundation levels of the DNS, problems are lurking just ahead, since very few widely utilized end-user applications are able to actually utilize DNSSEC at all. Simply put, DNSSEC can only work if it is supported throughout the hierarchy from publisher to visitor..."

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Can Zuckerberg Leap the Great Firewall of China?
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 09:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's international-hoodie-of-mystery deptartment:
Hugh Pickens writes "The Guardian reports that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is in China and has met with Robin Li, the head of Baidu, as he toured the facility of the biggest search engine in China. Zuckerberg has made no secret of his desire to expand in China, where Facebook has been blocked by the government censors' Great Firewall since 2008. On a recent global map of Facebook users, China appeared as a black spot, though it has a bigger internet population than any country on earth. 'How can you connect the whole world if you leave out a billion people?' says Zuckerberg. China already has two Facebook imitators: Kaixin, with 80 million users, and Renren, with 150 million but these lack the economic clout and global reach of Zuckerberg's company although they do have the advantages of language and cultural awareness, as well as the protection of the Great Firewall. 'If Facebook wanted to enter China, it would not have to change its function, because netizens here are used to copycats already, but it must, like other international internet companies, obey Chinese laws and regulations,' said Hu Yong, a professor at Beijing University's School of Journalism and Communication."

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Do High Schools Know What 'Computer Science' Is?
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 09:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's answer-is-zero deptartment:
theodp writes "The first rule of teaching high school-level Computer Science should be knowing what CS is-and-isn't. Unfortunately, many high schools offering 'Computer Science' really aren't. Using her old California high school as an example, now-a-real-CS-student Carolyn points out that one 'Computer Science' class (C101) touted keyboarding 'speeds in excess of 30 words per minute at 95% accuracy' as a desired outcome, while another (C120) boasted that students will learn to use hyperlinks to link to other sites. While such classes fill a need, she acknowledges, they should not be called Computer Science. What's the harm? 'Encouraging more girls to take computer classes as they are now might have the opposite of the desired effect,' she explains. 'More girls might get the impression that computer science is only advanced application use, which might turn them off to computer science.'"

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Tron: Legacy
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 09:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's you-saw-it-right deptartment:
In preparation for this weekends release of Legacy, I re-watched the original Tron. Yes I own the DVD. I thought I would watch it ironically and sarcastically, but it turns out I just can't. I really like the original. As for the sequel, I'm not going to write a full review but I'll say that the visuals were pretty amazing. The CG Jeff Bridges was pretty darn close, but just not quite there. And the light cycles were awesome. What are your thoughts?

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Swiss Bank Has 43-Page Dress Code
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 08:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's dress-for-a-specific-success deptartment:
Tasha26 writes "The HR of Swiss bank UBS AG came up with an innovative 43-page document (french) to establish fashion 'dos' and 'don'ts' in their retail branches. Among the rules are such things as: 'neither sex should allow their underwear to appear,' perhaps Dilbert was a bit ahead of them on that. The document also mentions smells and 'avoid garlic and onion-based dishes.'"

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Assange Secret Swedish Police Report Leaked
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 08:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's nothing-is-sacred deptartment:
letsurock writes "The 68-page confidential report prepared by Swedish police got leaked which tells the police version on the alleged sexual misconduct by the Julian assange. The Swedish report traces events over a four-day period in August this year when 39-year-old Assange had what he has described as consensual sexual relationships with two Swedish women."

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Database of Private SSL Keys Published
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 07:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's but-those-are-secret deptartment:
Trailrunner7 writes "A new project has produced a large and growing list of the private SSL keys that are hard-coded into many embedded devices, such as consumer home routers. The LittleBlackBox Project comprises a list of more than 2,000 private keys right now, each of which can be associated with the public key of a given router, making it a simple matter for an attacker to decrypt the traffic passing through the device. Published by a group called /dev/ttyS0, the LittleBlackBox database of private keys gives users the ability to find the key for a specific router in several different ways, including by searching for a known public key, looking up a device's model name, manufacturer or firmware version or even giving it a network capture, from which the program will extract the device's public certificate and then find the associated private SSL key."

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Can Zuckerberg Leap the Great Firewall of China?
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 06:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's international-hoodie-of-mystery deptartment:
Hugh Pickens writes "The Guardian reports that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is in China and has met with Robin Li, the head of Baidu, as he toured the facility of the biggest search engine in China. Zuckerberg has made no secret of his desire to expand in China, where Facebook has been blocked by the government censors' Great Firewall since 2008. On a recent global map of Facebook users, China appeared as a black spot, though it has a bigger internet population than any country on earth. "How can you connect the whole world if you leave out a billion people?" says Zuckerberg. China already has two Facebook imitators: Kaixin, with 80 million users, and Renren, with 150 million but these lack the economic clout and global reach of Zuckerberg's company although they do have the advantages of language and cultural awareness, as well as the protection of the Great Firewall. "If Facebook wanted to enter China, it would not have to change its function, because netizens here are used to copycats already, but it must, like other international internet companies, obey Chinese laws and regulations," said Hu Yong, a professor at Beijing University's School of Journalism and Communication."

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Can Zuckenberg Leap the Great Firewall of China?
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 06:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's international-hoodie-of-mystery deptartment:
Hugh Pickens writes "The Guardian reports that Facebook's Mark Zuckenberg is in China and has met with Robin Li, the head of Baidu, as he toured the facility of the biggest search engine in China. Zuckerberg has made no secret of his desire to expand in China, where Facebook has been blocked by the government censors' Great Firewall since 2008. On a recent global map of Facebook users, China appeared as a black spot, though it has a bigger internet population than any country on earth. "How can you connect the whole world if you leave out a billion people?" says Zuckenberg. China already has two Facebook imitators: Kaixin, with 80 million users, and Renren, with 150 million but these lack the economic clout and global reach of Zuckerberg's company although they do have the advantages of language and cultural awareness, as well as the protection of the Great Firewall. "If Facebook wanted to enter China, it would not have to change its function, because netizens here are used to copycats already, but it must, like other international internet companies, obey Chinese laws and regulations," said Hu Yong, a professor at Beijing University's School of Journalism and Communication."

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Vint Cerf, US Congresswoman Oppose Net Regulation
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 05:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's what-does-that-guy-know? deptartment:
schliz writes "Vint Cerf, Google, ICANN and California Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack have opposed a recently revealed UN initiative to regulate the internet. Congresswoman Mack put forward a US resolution that the United Nations and other international governmental organisations maintain a 'hands-off approach' to the internet, arguing that 'the internet has progressed and thrived precisely because it has not been subjected to the suffocating effect of a governmental organization's heavy hand.' Meanwhile, the so-called 'father of the internet,' Vint Cerf, called on stakeholders to sign a petition to mobilize opposition of the UN's plan. 'Today, I have signed that petition on Google's behalf because we don't believe governments should be allowed to grant themselves a monopoly on Internet governance,' said Cerf, who is also Google's chief internet lobbyist."

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RubyGems' Module Count Soon To Surpass CPAN's
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 04:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's we-finally-know-who's-counting deptartment:
mfarver writes "According to the data gathered by modulecounts.com, the total number of modules checked into RubyGems (18,894, and growing at about 27/day) will probably exceed CPAN (18,928, and growing about 8/day) this week."

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Google Donates Windowbuilder, Codepro To Eclipse
Posted by News Fetcher on December 20 '10 at 01:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's spreading-it-around deptartment:
h00manist writes "Google is donating Windowbuilder Pro and Codepro Profiler to the Eclipse project. 'Google acquired the software when it bought Instantiations, relaunching the Java graphical user interface building tool Windowbuilder Pro shortly after. Now the outfit has decided to donate both Windowbuilder Pro and the code analysis tool Codepro to the open source Eclipse project. Although Google has announced its intention to donate the software, it needs go through a rigorous filtering process to ensure that no intellectual property rights will be breached. Once those formalities are dealt with, it is likely that both Windowbuilder Pro and Codepro will tip up in the Indigo release of Eclipse sometime in June 2011.'"

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FBI Defend Raids On Texas Datacenter
Posted by News Fetcher on December 19 '10 at 10:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's we're-from-the-govt-and-we're-here-to-help deptartment:
Aryden writes "Wired Reports: 'The FBI on Tuesday defended its raids on at least two data centers in Texas, in which agents carted out equipment and disrupted service to hundreds of businesses. The raids were part of an investigation prompted by complaints from AT&T and Verizon about unpaid bills allegedly owed by some data center customers, according to court records. One data center owner charges that the telecoms are using the FBI to collect debts that should be resolved in civil court. But on Tuesday, an FBI spokesman disputed that charge.'"

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Nigerian Email Scam Victim Sues Bank, Loses Appeal
Posted by News Fetcher on December 19 '10 at 07:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's look-how-foolish-I-am deptartment:
reidhellyer writes "From California Litigation Attorney Blog: 'While many victims of the so-called "Nigerian e-mail scam" would be too embarrassed to trumpet that fact, others end up infamous for their victimhood like the appellant in a published opinion of the California Court of Appeal in Riverside. In March 2009, Charles Peters received an email from someone purporting to be a citizen of Malaysia. The e-mail informed Peters that certain third parties in the United States and Canada owed the Malaysian money, but that “they can not transfer the funds to any bank account outside America continent due to their new company policy [sic].” He asked Peters to “assist me in receiving the funds and forward to me.” He offered to pay Peters 12 percent of the money. Peters agreed after apparently negotiating an increase of his fee to 15 percent.'"

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US Army Considers a Smartphone For Every Soldier
Posted by News Fetcher on December 19 '10 at 04:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's can-you-hear-me-now deptartment:
destinyland writes "The US Army is seriously considering the idea of issuing a smartphone to every soldier, and they're already modernizing one Texas brigade 'through a range of electronic devices that will include not just smartphones but tablet devices, e-reader and mini-projectors.' The company that developed Patriot missiles has already created several dedicated military apps for both iPhone and Android phones, including one that allows soldiers to track colleague's locations on the battlefield. Interestingly, the army is likely to use an off-the-shelf model, heightening the war between Apple and Android phones. Apple's non-replaceable batteries may become an issue in the field, since 'plugging the phone in to recharge isn't always a viable option in the middle of combat.'"

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