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NSA Advises Upgrade To Windows 7
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 05:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's even-with-the-new-openbsd department:
An anonymous reader writes "In a document available from the NSA (warning, PDF file), that organisation advises users to upgrade to Windows 7 as part of their Best Practice for Securing a Home Network. No mention of BSD or Linux so I guess the Slashdot crowd will just have to bite the bullet and change operating systems if they want to be really secure."

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Sony: 10 Million Credit Cards May Have Been Exposed
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 03:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's translucency-failure department:
WrongSizeGlass writes "The LA Times is reporting that Sony has revealed that 10 million credit card accounts may have been exposed two weeks ago when a hacker broke into the company's computers in San Diego and stole data from 77 million PlayStation Network accounts. Sony said it will provide credit card protection services for the 10 million customers whose data were compromised. Sony last week said it had encrypted credit card data, but not other account information, including names, addresses, email addresses and birth dates."

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OpenBSD 4.9 Released
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 02:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's release-the-kraken department:
An anonymous reader writes "The release of OpenBSD 4.9 has been announced. New highlights include since 4.8 — enabled NTFS by default (read-only), the vmt(4) driver by default for VMWare tools, SMP kernels can now boot on machines with up to 64 cores, support for AES-NI instructions found in recent Intel processors, improvements in suspend and resume, OpenSSH 5.8, MySQL 5.1.54, LibreOffice 3.3.0.4, and bug fixes."

Also in BSD news, an anonymous reader writes "DragonFly BSD 2.10 has been released! The latest release brings data deduplication (online and at garbage-collection time) to the HAMMER file system. Capping off years of work, the MP lock is no longer the main point of contention in multiprocessor systems. It also brings a new version of the pf packet filter, support for 63 CPUs and 512 GB of RAM and switches the system compiler to gcc 4.4."

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European Commission Paints Itself Into ACTA Corner
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 01:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's no-no-you-are-twisting-mein-woerter department:
Halo1 writes "Last week, the European Commission published a rebuttal to an extensive and strongly condemning opinion document about ACTA by prominent European academics. Ante Wessels from the FFII went through the Commission's reply and discovered that after correcting the mistakes they made, they actually confirm the opinion they were trying to refute. The Commission primarily appears to suffer from a lack of reading comprehension, amnesia regarding what it said earlier, and not being fully aware of its competences."

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AF 447 Flight Recorder Found In the Atlantic
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 12:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's famous-memory-part department:
romiz writes "The memory of the flight recorder for the Air France 447 flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, crashed on June 1st 2009, has been found on the seabed of the Atlantic Ocean, and brought back to the surface in good shape. This is the data recorder, which saves the flight parameters. The search is still continuing in hope of finding the voice recorder containing the sounds recorded in the plane's cockpit."

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Patent 5,893,120 Reduced To Pure Math
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 11:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's asking-to-be-reduced-to-bits-of-energy department:
An anonymous reader writes "US Patent #5,893,120 has been reduced to mathematical formulae as a demonstration of the oft-ignored fact that there is an equivalence relation between programs and mathematics. You may recognize Patent #5,893,210 as the one which Google was ordered to pay $5M for infringing due to some code in Linux. It should be interesting to see how legal fiction will deal with this. Will Lambda calculus no longer be 'math'? Or will they just decide to fix the inconsistency and make mathematics patentable?"

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Google Talk Enables Video Chat On Android Phones
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 10:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's have-your-robots-call-my-robots department:
MojoKid writes "Google recently launched Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones. With the service, users will be able to video or voice chat with their friends and family directly from an Android phone. Calls can be placed over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections. According to Google, the new features will first roll out to the Nexus S phones over the next few weeks as part of the Android 2.3.4 over-the-air update. Google Talk with video and voice chat will launch on other Android 2.3 and higher devices in the future as well. The video demo here shows it in action."

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Ask Slashdot: How Do You File Paper Documents At Home?
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 09:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's shred-then-reassemble-of-course department:
swamp boy writes "How do you file paper documents at home? I'm mostly asking about things like monthly paper-based statements that get mailed to you (credit cards, gas cards, medical bills, health insurance explanation of benefits, electricity bill, natural gas bill, water bill, etc.). Do you push to have as many sent electronically as possible? Do you scan the paper documents to store electronically and then shred the paper document? How do you manage and organize the ones stored electronically? I've been doing this the old-fashioned way with manila file folders, but as time goes by I keep thinking that I should opt for digital storage. What works for you?"

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Share Your iPhone Location Data Like You Mean It
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 08:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's and-or-like-it's-1999 department:
An anonymous reader writes "The crazy guys over at crowdflow.net are begging you for the location data that your iPhone collected without you being aware of it. All your data will be anonymized, and the whole combined data set of all donations will be shared under an OpenDataCommons license. Those people are data and visualization geeks and create beautiful visualizations like this from the data. They previously did a visualization of data retention caused by the German 'Vorratsdatenspeicherung.' Please consider donating your location data. ...and be fast, too, since the upcoming iOS software update (see Apple press release) will prevent further evaluation of the collected data."

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Playstation To Restore Services This Week
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 07:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's no-schwag-for-geohot-I-bet department:
iSimon19 writes with word that after last week's unscheduled service disruption and security breach, "On their blog last night, Playstation representatives announced they were restoring services throughout the week. This also included giving all users a month of Playstation Plus free, as well as select downloads for free with their 'Complimentary Offering and "Welcome Back" Appreciation Program.'"

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US Offered To Draft NZ 3-Strikes Law, Fund Copyright Initiative
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 05:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's we-were-just-in-the-neighborhood department:
An anonymous reader writes "Wikileaks has just posted
hundreds of cables
from US personnel in New Zealand that reveal
regular government lobbying on copyright, offers to draft New Zealand
three-strikes-and-you're-out legislation, and a recommendation to spend
over NZ$500,000 to fund a recording industry-backed IP enforcement
initiative. The funding raises the question of whether New Zealand is
aware that
local enforcement initiatives, including raids and court cases, have
been funded by the US government."


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Forging a Head: The Upside of Scientific Hoaxes
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 04:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's may-I-interest-you-in-some-goat-organs? department:
An anonymous reader writes "In a very funny piece over at Science Careers (published by the journal Science), scientist-comedian Adam Ruben suggests that a lot of good can come from a well-intentioned hoax. 'Hoaxes have infiltrated science for centuries,' Ruben writes, 'from fake fossils (Piltdown Man, archaeoraptor, Calaveras skull) to fake medical conditions (cello scrotum, the disappearing blonde gene) to fake animals (Ompax spatuloides, Pacific Northwest tree octopus, Labradoodle).' In contrast to fraud, Ruben argues, such hoaxes do a great service to science by illustrating 'failures of our most important tool: our skepticism.'"

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Kdenlive 0.8 Adds Advanced Features for NLV Ediiting
Posted by News Fetcher on May 01 '11 at 01:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's all-it-needs-is-celebrity-endorsement department:
dmbkiwi writes "For a long time I've been a big fan of Kdenlive. I've written two articles about it. One is a general overview of video editing on Linux and the other is more specific to Kdenlive. For a number of years, video editing on Linux – at least at a consumer level — has been patchy at best. This is somewhat ironic given the heavy use of Linux in major Hollywood blockbuster film production. However, with the advent of Kdenlive, things are looking pretty good and with the release of version 0.8, there have been some great features added for the more advanced users, while still retaining a simple and easy to use UI."

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Sweden May Mandate Opt-in For Cookie Transfer
Posted by News Fetcher on April 30 '11 at 10:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's cookie-monster-swedish-chef department:
Vitdom writes "The present government in Sweden has published a proposition regarding 'Better rules for electronic communication.' Amongst other proposed amendments, it suggests that websites must inform the user of the 'purpose' regarding each individual cookie transferred to the user's browser upon connection. Secondly, it is suggested that the user must give his consent before the transfer of the cookie in question. The proposition is to be voted by the Swedish parliament on the 18 May this year. If accepted, the law will be in effect in June."

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Amar Bose To Donate Company To M.I.T.
Posted by News Fetcher on April 30 '11 at 07:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's holy-moley department:
MBC1977 writes with this eyebrow-raising news from CNN: "'The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Friday that [Amar] Bose, the 81-year-old founder of the sound system company that bears his name, has donated the majority of Bose Corp.'s stock to the school.'
Very cool indeed!"


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Idle: Fairytale Character Map Raises Ire In Russia and Ukraine
Posted by News Fetcher on April 30 '11 at 06:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's hate-to-borscht-yore-bubble department:
The downside of not having ones base of children's stories crafted and maintained by trained storytime engineers from the Disney Corporation has reared its warty head in Russia and Ukraine. A map of purportedly Russian folktale characters' haunts has drawn fire from Ukrainians, who object to what they see as the appropriation (from Ukraine) of such famous characters as miraculously strong Ilya Muromets, the gold-producing Speckled Hen, and Kolobok ("a cheerful talking cake who flees animals eager to eat him"). This seems like nothing that couldn't be cleared up with some artfully mis-pointed highway signs and a few tons of papier-mâché.

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Blue Gene/P Reaches Sixty-Trillionth of Pi Squared
Posted by News Fetcher on April 30 '11 at 04:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's just-warming-it-up department:
Reader Dr.Who notes that an Australian research team using IBM's Blue Gene/P supercomputer has calculated the sixty-trillionth binary digit of Pi-squared, a task which took several months of processing. Snipping from the article, the Dr. writes: "'A value of Pi to 40 digits would be more than enough to compute the circumference of the Milky Way galaxy to an error less than the size of a proton.' The article goes on to cite use of computationally complex algorithms to detect errors in computer hardware. The article references a blog which has more background. Disclaimers: I attended graduate school at U.C. Berkeley. I am presently employed by a software company that sells an infrastructure product named PI."

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Firefox On Linux Gets Faster Builds — To Be Fast As Windows
Posted by News Fetcher on April 30 '11 at 03:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's gotta-have-a-benchmark department:
dkd903 writes "Mozilla's Mike Hommey has announced on his blog that his team at Mozilla has finally managed to get the Linux builds of Firefox to use GCC 4.5 with aggressive optimization and profile guided optimization enabled. All this simply means that we can now expect a faster and less sluggish Firefox browser on Linux (both 32 bit and 64 bit systems)."

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Developing Android Apps Visually, In 3 parts
Posted by News Fetcher on April 30 '11 at 02:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's build-it-and-they-might-pay department:
An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Dobb's has a three-part blog (all three parts are up; this is part 1) about using App Inventor. The focus isn't so much on the technology but rather the discussion of 'can visual development let anyone program?' If so, is App Inventor really visual development? And should we be teaching real programmers about visual development. Most of the conclusions are in part 3. As a byproduct, they show you how to put App Inventor output on the Market and there are two games on the market (free) that resulted from the articles." Here's part two, to round out the trilogy.

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The Future of SiLo's Language Library
Posted by News Fetcher on April 30 '11 at 01:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's ich-weiss-nada department:
i4u writes "Early this morning I had a chance to speak with Ase (pronounced 'Ace') Deliri, curator of SiLo, the world's first digital language library. At its core, SiLo is a mash of Wikipedia and Babelfish, an open database focused on facilitating real conversations with real people. 'If you have 800-1200 words in your vocabulary, you can carry on a daily conversation. That is what we are looking at. How do you get a conversation going?'"

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