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All Your Stonehenge Photos Are Belong To England
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 09:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's we'll-take-that deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "English Heritage, the organization that runs and manages various historical sites in the UK, such as Stonehenge, has apparently sent letters to various photo sharing and stock photo sites claiming that any photo of Stonehenge that is being sold violates its rights, and only English Heritage can get commercial benefit from such photos. In fact, they're asking for all money made from such photos, stating: 'all commercial interest to sell images must be directed to English Heritage.' As one recipient noted, this seems odd, given that English Heritage has only managed Stonehenge 'for 27 of the monument's 4,500 year old history.'"

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Record-Breaking Galaxy Found In Deep Hubble Image
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 07:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's old-neighborhood deptartment:
The Bad Astronomer writes "Astronomers using Hubble Space Telescope have found a galaxy at the very edge of the Universe: the light from this far-flung object has been traveling a whopping 13.1 billion years to get here! The galaxy appears as a non-descript dot in the infrared Hubble Ultra Deep Field taken using the Wide Field Camera 3, but a spectrum taken using a ground-based telescope confirms that we're seeing this object as it was a mere 600 million years after the Big Bang itself."

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Building a Telegraph Using Only Stone Age Materials
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 05:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's from-scratch deptartment:
MMBK writes "It's the ultimate salvagepunk experiment, building a telegraph out of things found in the woods. From the article: 'During the summer of 2009, artist Jamie O’Shea of the organization Substitute Materials set out to test whether or not electronic communication could have been built at any time in history with the proper knowledge, and with only tools and materials found in the wilderness of New Jersey.'"

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Interop Returns 16 Million IPv4 Addresses
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 05:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's share-the-wealth deptartment:
klapaucjusz writes "Every discussion about IPv4 address exhaustion prompts comments about whether Apple (or MIT, or UCB, or whoever) needs all of those addresses. Interop has set the example by returning 16 million IPv4 addresses to the ARIN pool, extending the IPv4 address exhaustion deadline by a whole month."

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Meg Whitman Campaign Shows How Not To Use Twitter
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 03:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's type-slower deptartment:
tsamsoniw writes "California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's campaign team attempted to share with her Twitter followers an endorsement from a police association. Unfortunately, the campaign press secretary entered an incorrect or incomplete Bit.ly URL in the Tweet, which took clickers to a YouTube video featuring a bespectacled, long-haired Japanese man in a tutu and leggings rocking out on a bass guitar. And for whatever reason, the Tweet, which went out on the 18th, has remained active through today."

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Microsoft Unbundles Software For NY City
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 03:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's take-another-little-piece-of-my-software deptartment:
doishmere writes "Microsoft has agreed to sell individual pieces of software to NY City workers, rather than forcing each seat to buy a full suite of software. The city has created three classes of users based on which pieces of software they need to perform their job, and Microsoft will sell software packages tailored to each class at a reduced price."

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Canada Says Google Wi-Fi Sniffing Collected Personal Data
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 02:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's coming-late-to-the-party deptartment:
adeelarshad82 writes "Canada's privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, has announced that Google's recent Wi-Fi sniffing was a serious violation of Canadians' privacy rights and included the collection of personally identifiable information. Stoddart's team, who traveled to Google's Mountain View headquarters to examine the data, found complete e-mails, e-mail addresses, usernames and passwords, names and residential telephone numbers and addresses. Google has been asked to do four things before the Canadian Government would consider the matter resolved."

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Red Hat CEO Says Software Vendor Model Is Broken
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 02:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's for-some-definition-of-broken deptartment:
alphadogg writes "The current model of selling commercial enterprise software is broken, charged the CEO for Red Hat. It is too expensive, doesn't address user needs and, worst of all, it leaves chief information officers holding all the risk of implementing new systems. 'The business models between customer and vendors are fundamentally broken,' said Jim Whitehurst, speaking Wednesday at the Interop conference in New York. 'Vendors have to guess at what [customers] want, and there is a mismatch of what customers want and what they get. Creating feature wars is not what the customer is looking for.' Whitehurst estimated that the total global IT market, not including telecommunications, is about $1.4 trillion a year. Factor in the rough estimates that half of all IT projects fail or are significantly downgraded, and that only half of all features in software packages are actually used, then it would follow that 'easily $500 billion of that $1.4 trillion is fundamentally wasted every year,' he said."

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UK To Track All Browsing, Email, and Phone Calls
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 01:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's that-about-covers-it deptartment:
Sara Chan writes "The UK government plans to introduce legislation that will allow the police to track every phone call, email, text message and website visit made by the public. The information will include who is contacting whom, when and where and which websites are visited, but not the content of the conversations or messages. Every communications provider will be required to store the information for at least a year."

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US, China Working On Intellectual Property Rights
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 12:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's come-together deptartment:
itwbennett writes "U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is visiting Beijing this week to discuss how China and the US can better coordinate efforts to stop intellectual property rights violations. 'One of the things that has happened in recent years is that counterfeiting has become a globalized industry,' said Christian Murck, the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. To effectively shut down these operations, cross-country efforts at strengthening global enforcement like Holder's visit to China are crucial, he added. Coinciding with Holder's visit, China announced it will launch a new national campaign to crack down on intellectual property rights violations. The campaign will take aim at the production and distribution of pirated goods such as DVDs and software products. Violations relating to registered trademarks and patents will also be targeted. The campaign will last for half a year. The commercial value of pirated software in China, at $7.5 billion, is second only to that in the U.S., where it is $8.3 billion, according to the Business Software Alliance and IDC."

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Australian Visitors Must Declare Illegal Porn To Customs Officers
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 12:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's don't-blunder-down-under deptartment:
Australian Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor has advised visitors to take a better safe than sorry policy when it comes to their porn stashes, and declare all porn that they think might be illegal with customs officers. From the article: "The government said it changed the wording on passenger arrival cards after becoming aware of confusion among travellers about what pornography to declare. 'People have a right to privacy and while some pornography is legal and does not need to be disclosed, all travellers should be aware that certain types of pornography are illegal and must be declared to customs,' Mr O'Connor said."

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Batteries Smaller Than a Grain of Salt
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 11:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's packs-a-punch deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Lithium-ion batteries have become ubiquitous in today's consumer electronics — powering our laptops, phones, and iPods. Research funded by DARPA is pushing the limits of this technology and trying to create some of the tiniest batteries on Earth, the largest of which would be no bigger than a grain of sand. These tiny energy storage devices could one day be used to power the electronics and mechanical components of tiny micro- to nano-scale devices."

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Drupal 7
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 11:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it deptartment:
Trevor James writes "Drupal 7 is currently at beta 1 stage with 11 critical issues remaining to be fixed before an official release version. The question arises whether we should all be writing about Drupal 7 now and so soon, when it's still in its beta phase. I argue we should be writing about it. It can only help introduce new users to the Drupal application and the Drupal community and get new people involved to help test Drupal 7. This will ultimately help improve the software for its official release and on. This helps to build the Drupal community of users and developers. It helps spread the word to everyone about this flexible and robust content management system. We want Drupal to be used. So this is one way of getting it out there and in the public sphere." Read on for the rest of Trevor's review.

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Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 10:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's get-an-ilife deptartment:
Apple once again streamed their latest keynote where they unveiled iLife '11 (more fullscreen and Facebook in iPhoto, Audio editing and automatic trailers in iMovie, Rhythm correction and lessons in Garage Band). FaceTime for the Mac will connect video chat to phones with a Beta starting today. Next we get a preview of OS X Lion which will have an App Store and new UI bits shipping this summer. The Mac App Store will launch on Snow Leopard in 90 days. The New MacBook Air is under 3lbs, 13.3" screen, Core 2 Duo, solid state only storage.

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Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 10:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's get-an-ilife deptartment:
Apple once again streamed their latest keynote where they unveiled iLife '11 (more fullscreen and Facebook in iPhoto, Audio editing and automatic trailers in iMovie, Rhythm correction and lessons in Garage Band). FaceTime for the Mac will connect video chat to phones with a Beta starting today. Next we get a preview of OS X Lion which will have an App Store and new UI bits shipping this summer. The Mac App Store will launch on Snow Leopard in 90 days.

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Google Rolls Out Chrome 7
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 10:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's bright-and-shiny deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Google on Tuesday released a new stable version of its internet browser, Chrome 7. The latest update is part of Google's promise in July to release a new stable version of Chrome about every six weeks. Chrome 7 comes with hundreds of bug fixes, an updated HTML5 parser, the File API, and directory upload via input tag. It is available in the stable and beta channels for Windows, Mac, and Linux. "The main focus was the hundreds of bug fixes", Jeff Chang, a Google product manager, wrote in a blog post."

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Woman Develops Peanut Allergy After Lung Transplant
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 10:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's no-extra-charge deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "A woman in need of a lung transplant got her new lungs from someone with a peanut allergy who died of anaphylactic shock. Seven months after the surgery, the woman was at an organ transplant support group when she ate a peanut butter cookie and had a violent allergic reaction. So how had the woman's new lungs brought along a peanut allergy? A blog post dives into the medical details and explains that immune cells in the donated lungs couldn't have lived in the new body for long enough to cause the reaction... however, if they encountered an allergen (i.e. something peanuty) shortly after being transplanted, they could have trained the woman's native immune cells to respond."

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US Elections Dominated By Closed Source. Again.
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 08:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's pay-no-attention-to-the-bot-behind-the-curtain deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Another American election is almost here, and while electronic voting is commonplace, it is still overwhelmingly run by closed source, proprietary systems. It has been shown that many of these systems can be compromised (and because they are closed, there may be holes we simply cannot know about). Plus they are vulnerable to software bugs and are often based on unstable, closed-source operating systems. By the inherent nature of closed software, when systems are (optionally!) certified by registrars, there is no proof that they will behave the same on election day as in tests. The opportunities for fraud, tampering and malfunction are rampant. But nonetheless, there is very little political will for open source voting, let alone simple measures like end-to-end auditable voting systems or more radical approaches like open source governance. Why do we remain in the virtual dark ages, when clearly we have better alternatives readily available?"

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Boeing 747 Recycled Into a Private Residence
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 08:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's would-you-like-to-see-my-cockpit deptartment:
Ponca City writes "Nicholas Jackson writes in the Atlantic about a woman who requested only curvilinear/feminine shapes for her new home and has purchased an an entire Boeing 747-200, transported it by helicopter to her 55-acre property in the remote hills of Malibu and after deconstructing it, is having all 4,500,000 pieces put back together to form a main house and six ancillary structures including a meditation pavilion, an animal barn, and an art studio building. "The scale of a 747 aircraft is enormous — over 230 feet long, 195 feet wide and 63 feet tall with over 17,000 cubic feet of cargo area alone and represents a tremendous amount of material for a very economical price of less than $50,000 dollars," writes Architect David Hertz. "In researching airplane wings and superimposing different airplane wing types on the site to scale, the wing of a 747, at over 2,500 sq. ft., became an ideal configuration to maximize the views and provide a self supporting roof with minimal additional structural support needed." Called the "Wing House," as a structure and engineering achievement, the aircraft encloses an enormous amount of space using the least amount of materials in a very resourceful and efficient manner and the recycling of the 4.5 million parts of this "big aluminum can" is seen as an extreme example of sustainable reuse and appropriation. Interestingly enough the architects had to register the roof of the house with the FAA so pilots flying overhead would not mistake it as a downed aircraft."

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Black Silicon Used For Surveillance?
Posted by News Fetcher on October 20 '10 at 07:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's that-sounds-naughty deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "For the past decade, 'black silicon' has been touted as a way to make super-sensitive image sensors and ultra-efficient solar cells. That's because the material — silicon wafers treated with sulfur gases and femtosecond laser pulses — is much better at absorbing photons and releasing electrons than conventional silicon, at least over certain wavelengths. In 2008, Harvard spinoff SiOnyx went public with its plans to commercialize black silicon. But what happened to those plans? Today SiOnyx revealed in another exclusive that it has raised new venture financing from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and other big investors. It also has formed a key strategic partnership to scale up manufacturing of black silicon — and go after markets in security, surveillance, automotive, consumer devices, and medical imaging."

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