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MS Hypes Win7 Tablets For CES — Again
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 03:15 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's deja-what-now deptartment:
jfruhlinger writes "About a year ago at this time, we were all hearing exciting news about Windows-based tablets that Microsoft would be unveiling at CES. They would transform the industry and strangle the iPad in its cradle! Well, now the hype machine is starting again, for the same products that never materialized last year. This time around, though, the market has changed so much so quickly that Microsoft's tablet bid isn't cutting edge; as Ryan Faas points out, it's desperate."

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MS Hypes Win7 Tablets For CES -- Again
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 02:30 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's deja-what-now deptartment:
jfruhlinger writes "About a year ago at this time, we were all hearing exciting news about Windows-based tablets that Microsoft would be unveiling at CES. They would transform the industry and strangle the iPad in its cradle! Well, now the hype machine is starting again, for the same products that never materialized last year. This time around, though, the market has changed so much so quickly that Microsoft's tablet bid isn't cutting edge; as Ryan Faas points out, it's desperate."

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Hidden Backdoor Discovered On HP MSA2000 Arrays
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 01:45 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's i'm-your-backdoor-man deptartment:
wiredmikey writes "A hardcoded password-related security vulnerability has been discovered which apparently affects every HP MSA2000 G3, a modular large scale storage array. According to the alert, a hidden user exists that doesn't show up in the user manager, and the password cannot be changed, creating a perfect 'backdoor' opportunity for an attacker to gain access to potentially sensitive information stored on the device, as well as systems it is connected to."

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Julian Assange's Online Dating Profile Leaked
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 01:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's leaker-love deptartment:
Ponca City writes "The Telegraph reports that an online dating profile created by Julian Assange in 2006 has been unearthed from OKCupid disclosing that the WikiLeaks editor sought 'spirited, erotic' women 'from countries that have sustained political turmoil.' Writing under the pseudonym of British science fiction author Harry Harrison, Assange described himself as a 'passionate, and often pig headed activist intellectual.' Assange said he was seeking a 'siren for [a] love affair, children and occasional criminal conspiracy' adding that he was 'directing a consuming, dangerous human rights project which is, as you might expect, male dominated' and added enigmatically: 'I am DANGER, ACHTUNG.' Among Assange's listed interests were the 'structure of reality' and 'chopping up human brains' – although he added the caveat '(neuroscience background)' lest the latter put off potential admirers. 'I like women from countries that have sustained political turmoil,' Assange wrote. 'Western culture seems to forge women that are valueless and inane. OK. Not only women!'"

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Why Special Effects No Longer Impress
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 01:00 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's bored-now deptartment:
brumgrunt writes "When an advert for toilet roll now has a CG dog in it, have we come to the point where special effects have no lasting impact whatsoever? As Den of Geek argues, 'Where we once sat through Terminator 2 and gasped when Robert Patrick turned into a slippery blob of mercury, we now watch, say, Inception and simply acknowledge that, yes, the folding city looks quite realistic.'"

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Why Anonymous Can't Take Down Amazon.com
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 12:00 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's can't-imagine deptartment:
suraj.sun writes "The website-attacking group "Anonymous" tried and failed to take down Amazon.com on Thursday. The group's vengeance horde quickly found out something techies have known for years: Amazon, which has built one of the world's most invincible websites, is almost impossible to crash.... Anonymous quickly figured that out. Less than an hour after setting its sights on Amazon, the group's organizers called off the attempt. "We don't have enough forces," they tweeted."

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Watch 200 Years of Global Growth In 4 Minutes
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 11:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's statistics-are-fun deptartment:
kkleiner writes "A professor of international health in Sweden, Hans Rosling has a long history of exploring the facts and figures that surround our changing world. In the a segment of the BBC series, Rosling gives one of his most famous lectures with a new twist. Using 120,000+ bits of data and augmented reality, the exuberant professor takes us through the last 200 years of global history and its uneven growth of wealth and health." This is really worth watching. Seriously.

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Google Patents Browser Highlight All Button
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 11:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's wish-i-thought-of-that deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Google has picked up another patent on a technology that you might think basic to the web: the highlight all button for searches in browsers. The patent will backdate to 1999 and presents an interesting problem for such software as the Firefox browser and FeedDemon RSS reader. And, in an interesting twist, Microsoft uses a similar mechanism in Windows Explorer. But Microsoft itself said that browser technology can't be separated from the operating system. Does that mean the company owes a royalty to Google for all those copies of Windows?"

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Google Patents Browser Hightlight All Button
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 10:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's wish-i-thought-of-that deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Google has picked up another patent on a technology that you might think basic to the web: the highlight all button for searches in browsers. The patent will backdate to 1999 and presents an interesting problem for such software as the Firefox browser and FeedDemon RSS reader. And, in an interesting twist, Microsoft uses a similar mechanism in Windows Explorer. But Microsoft itself said that browser technology can't be separated from the operating system. Does that mean the company owes a royalty to Google for all those copies of Windows?"

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Stallman Worried About Chrome OS
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 09:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's fear-the-cloud deptartment:
dkd903 noted that Stallman is speaking out about the risks of Chrome OS and giving up all your local data into the crowd and pushing people into "Careless Computing". Which is a lot more urgent concern than something like calling it GNU/Chrome OS.

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Archaeologists Find 2,400-Year-Old Soup
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 09:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's your-dinner-is-cold deptartment:
Chinese archaeologists have discovered a sealed bronze pot containing what they believe is a batch of 2,400-year-old bone soup. The pot was dug up near the ancient capital of Xian. Liu Daiyun of the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archeology says, "It's the first discovery of bone soup in Chinese archaeological history. The discovery will play an important role in studying the eating habits and culture of the Warring States Period (475-221BC)." No word on if the archaeologists also found the accompanying ancient crackers.

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Michael Moore Posts Julian Assange's Bail
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 09:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's right-is-right deptartment:
digitaldc quotes Michael Moore in a story running on the Huffington Post where he says "Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail. Furthermore, I (Michael Moore) am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers, my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars."

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The Top 50 Gawker Media Passwords
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 08:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's damn-they-guessed-mine deptartment:
wiredmikey writes "Readers of Gizmodo, Lifehacker and other Gawker Media sites may be among the savviest on the Web, but the most common password for logging into those sites is embarrassingly easy to guess: "123456." So is the runner-up: "password." On Sunday night, hackers posted online a trove of data from Gawker Media's servers, including the usernames, email addresses and passwords of more than one million registered users. The passwords were originally encrypted, but 188,279 of them were decoded and made public as part of the hack. Using that dataset, we found the 50 most-popular Gawker Media passwords:"

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Voyager 1 Beyond Solar Wind
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 07:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's merging-with-the-infinite deptartment:
healeyb noted that Voyager 1 has now reached a distance from the sun where it is no longer able to detect solar wind. Launched in 1977 to get up close and personal with our solar system's gas giants, scientists estimate that in another 4 years it will cross the heliosphere.

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'Jeopardy!' To Pit Humans Against IBM Machine
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 07:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's there-can-be-only-one deptartment:
digitaldc writes "The game show "Jeopardy!" will pit man versus machine this winter in a competition that will show how successful scientists are in creating a computer that can mimic human intelligence. Two of the venerable game show's most successful champions — Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter — will play two games against "Watson," a computer program developed by IBM's artificial intelligence team. The matches will be spread over three days that will air Feb. 14-16, the game show said on Tuesday. The competition is reminiscent of when IBM developed a chess-playing computer to compete against chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997."

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Comcast Accused of Congestion By Choice
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 06:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's i'm-completely-shocked deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "A kind soul known as Backdoor Santa has posted graphs purportedly showing traffic through TATA, one of Comcast's transit providers. The graphs of throughput for a day and month, respectively, show that Comcast chooses to run congested links rather than buy more capacity. Keeping their links full may ensure that content providers must pay to colocate within Comcast's network. The graphs also show a traffic ratio far from 1:1, which has implications for the validity of its arguments with Level (3) last month."

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Sheriff's Online Database Leaks Info On Informants
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 05:30 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's second-verse-same-as-the-first deptartment:
Tootech writes with this snippet from NPR: "A Colorado sheriff's online database mistakenly revealed the identities of confidential drug informants and listed phone numbers, addresses and Social Security numbers of suspects, victims and others interviewed during criminal investigations, authorities said. The breach potentially affects some 200,000 people, and Mesa County sheriff's deputies have been sifting through the database to determine who, if anyone, is in jeopardy. ... The FBI and Google Inc. are trying to determine who accessed the database, the sheriff said. Their concern: That someone may have copied it and could post it, WikiLeaks-style, on the Internet. 'The truth is, once it's been out there and on the Internet and copied, you're never going to regain total control,' Hilkey said. Thousands of pages of confidential information were vulnerable from April until Nov. 24, when someone notified authorities after finding their name on the Internet. Officials said the database was accessed from within the United States, as well as outside the country, before it was removed from the server."

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Ukraine To Open Chernobyl Area To Tourists
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 02:30 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's bring-back-a-shiny-souvenier-for-the-kids deptartment:
Pickens writes "The Washington Post reports that Ukraine plans to open up the sealed zone around the Chernobyl reactor to visitors who wish to learn more about the tragedy that occurred nearly a quarter of a century ago. Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Yulia Yershova says experts are developing travel routes that will be both medically safe and informative. 'There are things to see there if one follows the official route and doesn't stray away from the group,' says Yershova. Though it is a very sad story.' The ministry also says it hopes to finish building a new safer shell for the exploded reactor by 2015 that will cover the original iron-and-concrete structure hastily built over the reactor that has been leaking radiation, cracking and threatening to collapse. About 2,500 employees maintain the remains of the now-closed nuclear plant, working in shifts to minimize their exposure to radiation and several hundred evacuees have returned to their villages in the area despite a government ban."

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Why Video Game Movie Adaptations Need New Respect
Posted by News Fetcher on December 14 '10 at 12:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's no-more-fighting-game-movies-please deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Hollywood has yet to find any video game property it is willing to treat with the same respect as J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K.Rowling, arguably still following the principles that led to the appalling Super Mario Bros. movie in 1992: 'A game lacks the complexity that a movie requires.' Yet a modern gaming masterpiece such as Mass Effect has the depth and breadth to deserve better treatment in the proposed trilogy. Is Hollywood again going to disrespect fans who, in this case, have as much right to see a good plot respected as the readers of Lord Of The Rings? This article discusses why and how Hollywood should grow up regarding these adaptations."

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IBM To Build 3-Petaflop Supercomputer
Posted by News Fetcher on December 13 '10 at 11:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's onward-and-upward deptartment:
angry tapir writes "The global race for supercomputing power continues unabated: Germany's Bavarian Academy of Science has announced that it has contracted IBM to build a supercomputer that, when completed in 2012, will be able to execute up to 3 petaflops, potentially making it the world's most powerful supercomputer. To be called SuperMUC, the computer, which will be run by the Academy's Leibniz Supercomputing Centre in Garching, Germany, will be available for European researchers to use to probe the frontiers of medicine, astrophysics and other scientific disciplines."

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