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W3C Says Don't Use HTML5 Yet
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '10 at 07:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's stop-dragging-yer-feet deptartment:
GMGruman writes "InfoWorld's Paul Krill reports that the W3C, the standards body behind the Web standards, is urging Web developers not to use the draft HTML5 standards on their websites. This flies in the face of HTML5 support and encouragement, especially for mobile devices, by Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others. The W3C says developers should avoid the draft HTL5 spec (the final version is not due for several years) because of interoperability issues across browsers."

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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '10 at 07:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's deadle-serious-homeowner's-association deptartment:
Dthief writes "From MSNBC: 'Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn't paid a $75 fee. Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat. "They could have been saved if they had put water on it, but they didn't do it," Cranick told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. The fire started when the Cranicks' grandson was burning trash near the family home. As it grew out of control, the Cranicks called 911, but the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton would not respond.'"

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Apple Accepts, Then Rejects BitTorrent iPhone App
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '10 at 07:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's make-up-yer-mind-wouldja deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Apple recently approved an iPhone app called IS Drive, which lets users check and manage downloads from ImageShack.us, while also offering users the option to use the company's BitTorrent service to download files to their ImageShack account. Once Apple got wind of what the app was capable of, however, it was promptly removed from iTunes."

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Tapping Solar Wind's Renewable Energy
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '10 at 06:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's hope-that-works-out-for-ya deptartment:
A few folks noted a story making the rounds about the huge energy potential just blowing passed the planet in the form of solar winds. This research involves putting a satellite into orbit with a thousand meter cable, and 5,000 mile sail to generate more power then the earth currently uses.

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Politically Motivated Cyber Attacks
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '10 at 05:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's keep-'em-motivated deptartment:
Orome1 writes "According to a new report, 53 percent of critical infrastructure providers report that their networks have experienced what they perceived as politically motivated cyber attacks. Participants of the Symantec survey claimed to have experienced such an attack on an average of 10 times in the past five years, incurring an average cost of $850,000 during a period of five years to their businesses. Participants from the energy industry reported that they were best prepared for such an attack, while participants from the communications industry reported that they were the least prepared."

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Chrome OS Arrives On the iPad-- No Seriously!
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '10 at 05:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's because-you-can deptartment:
Thinkcloud writes "A user named Hexxeh has posted a video online of the iPad running Google's upcoming Chrome OS. Hexxeh was able to put Chrome OS on an iPad because the open source code for the operating system is available in its Chromium state, but it's not necessarily true that Apple will allow iPads to run other operating systems going forward. That's typically not a level of openness found in the Apple playbook.Nevertheless, it's worth considering what it might mean to have a robust OS like Apple's on the same tablet as one that runs a cutting-edge operating system like Chrome OS. Why wouldn't users love that?"

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US Military Orders Less Dependence On Fossil Fuel
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '10 at 04:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's less-blood-for-oil deptartment:
Hugh Pickens writes "Tthe NY Times reports that it can cost hundreds of dollars to get each gallon of traditional fuel to forward base camps in Afghanistan, so with enemy fighters increasingly attacking American fuel supply convoys crossing the Khyber Pass from Pakistan, the military is pushing aggressively to develop, test and deploy renewable energy to decrease its need to transport fossil fuels. "Fossil fuel is the No. 1 thing we import to Afghanistan," says Ray Mabus, the Navy secretary, "and guarding that fuel is keeping the troops from doing what they were sent there to do, to fight or engage local people." The 150 Marines of Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, will be the first to take renewable technology into a battle zone, bringing portable solar panels that fold up into boxes; energy-conserving lights; solar tent shields that provide shade and electricity; solar chargers for computers and communications equipment replacing diesel and kerosene-based fuels that would ordinarily generate power to run their encampment."

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New CCTV Site In UK Pays People To Watch
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '10 at 01:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's people-to-watch-people deptartment:
pyrosine writes "Have you ever felt like being paid for watching live CCTV footage? The BBC are reporting CCTV site, 'Internet Eyes' is doing exactly that. Offering up to £1000 to people who report suspicious activity, the scheme seems an easy way to make money. Not everyone is pleased with the scheme though, the Information Commissioner's Office is worried it will lead to voyeurism or misuse, but what difference does it make when you can find said webcams with a simple Google search?"

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Best Education Path To Learn Video Game Programming?
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '10 at 11:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's try-the-duke-nukem-technical-institute deptartment:
Proudrooster writes "Fellow Slashdotters, I have transitioned to teaching and my students have asked me what is the best path to take to work in the video game programming industry. Which would be of more benefit: pursing a Computer Science degree or taking an accelerated program like those at FullSail? I have a CS degree, and suspect that the CS degree would be of more benefit in the long run, but I would like anyone in the industry to share their wisdom and experience with my students trying to follow in your footsteps. If you could recommend some programs in your replies it would be appreciated." A couple other questions that might help those students: what non-academic methods would you recommend to students looking for a career in the games industry? What projects and tools are good starting points for learning the ropes?

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At Commonwealth Games, the World's Largest Aerostat
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '10 at 10:31 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's more-interesting-than-the-sports deptartment:
GillBates0 writes "Last weekend saw the world's largest aerostat of its kind featured at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The helium balloon or aerostat measures 40x80x12 meters, contains 20,000 cubic meters of helium and features lights, mirrors, cameras, a 360 degree projection screen, projectors and a reflective underbelly. During the show, it was raised 25 meters off the ground and transformed into a giant Bodhi Tree and a meditating Buddha, with giant puppets to complement the cultural performances beneath. These slideshows tell the story."

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Panasonic Invite Gamers To the Jungle
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '10 at 09:30 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's it's-all-fun-and-games deptartment:
donniebaseball23 writes "In a move that will instantly conjure up memories of the infamous 3DO failure, Panasonic has once again decided to throw its hat into the gaming ring, unveiling an online-focused handheld called the Jungle. It features a high-resolution display, a D-pad, a touch pad, and a full mini-keyboard in addition to standard gaming shoulder buttons. Wireless support is a given, as Panasonic is talking heavily about the console's online features, but whether that's Wi-Fi or 3G remains unclear. M2 Research analyst Billy Pidgeon said, 'The Jungle is a highly specialized dedicated portable for a non-existent market. This is an unprecedented hardware strategy, and probably for good reason. If MMO players want to go more portable than a laptop, I guess this would be the way to go. Frankly, this looks like a non-starter.'" An anonymous reader notes comments from NetDevil's Ryan Seabury, who thinks the decision to have the device run Linux is a mistake

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Canadian Spammer Fined Over $1 Billion
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '10 at 08:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's get-poor-quick-scheme deptartment:
innocent_white_lamb writes "A man has been fined ONE BEELYUN DOLLARS (yes, really) for sending 4,366,386 spam messages that were posted on Facebook. He was fined $100 for each message, and including punitive damages he now owes $1,068,928,721.46. A ruling by by a US District Court judge in San Jose, California has now been upheld by the Quebec Superior Court (the defendant lives in Montreal)."

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Can Large Scale NAT Save IPv4?
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '10 at 05:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's who-will-have-the-last-ipv4-addy deptartment:
Julie188 writes "The sales pitch was that IPv6, with its zillions of new IP addresses, would eliminate the need for network address translation altogether. But Jeff Doyle, one of the guys who litterally wrote the book on IPv6, suggests that not only will NAT be needed, but it will be needed to save IPv4 at the tipping point of IPv6 adoption. 'I've written previously that as we make the slow — and long overdue — transition from IPv4 to IPv6, we will soon be stuck with an awkward interim period in which the only new globally routable addresses we can get are IPv6, but most public content we want to reach is still IPv4. Large Scale NAT (LSN, also known as Carrier Grade NAT or CGN) is an essential tool for stretching a service provider's public IPv4 address space during this transitional period.'"

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D.C. Suspends Tests of Online Voting System
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '10 at 03:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's vote-erlich-and-often deptartment:
Fortran IV writes "Back in June, Washington, D.C. signed up with the The Open Source Digital Foundation to set up an internet voting system for D.C. residents overseas. The plan was to have the system operational by the November general election. Last week the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics opened the system for testing and attracted the attention of students at the University of Michigan, with comical results. The D.C. Board has postponed implementation of the system for 'more robust testing.'"

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British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '10 at 02:45 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's yeah-good-luck-with-that deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Oliver Drage, 19, of Liverpool has been convicted of 'failing to disclose an encryption key,' which is an offense under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and as a result has been jailed for 16 weeks. Police seized his computer but could not get past the 50-character encrypted password that he refused to give up. And just to get it out of the way, obligatory XKCD."

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Ballmer Promises Microsoft Tablet By Christmas
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '10 at 02:45 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's also-i-want-pie deptartment:
judgecorp writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told an audience at the London School of Economics, that there will be tablets running Microsoft's Windows operating system available by Christmas. "We as a company will need to cover all form factors," he told an audience of students and press. "You'll see slates with Windows on them – you'll see them this Christmas." Mind you, if he's talking about the rumoured HP Windows 7 slate, he may not be so pleased when it appears. A recent YouTube video showed a supposed prototype which has been described as a 'trainwreck in the making.'"

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Cryptome Hacked; All Files Deleted
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '10 at 02:00 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's hate-when-that-happens deptartment:
eldavojohn writes "Over the weekend, the whistle blowing site Cryptome was hacked and vandalized this weekend resulting in all 54,000 files being deleted and two days worth of submissions lost. Cryptome reported that it's EarthLink e-mail account was compromised in ways unknown and once the attacker was inside there, they were able to request a new password from the administration console for Cryptome at their hosting provider, Network Solutions (NSI). Once the attacker had that password, they deleted the ~7 GB of data that Cryptome hosted in around 54,000 files. Cryptome was able to eventually restore the site as they keep backups ready for cases like this and stated that they 'do not trust our ISP, email provider and officials to tell the truth or protect us.'"

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Stuxnet Worms On
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '10 at 01:15 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's squirmy-squirmy deptartment:
Numerous Stuxnet related stories continue to flow through my bin today, so brace yourself: Unsurprisingly, Iran blames Stuxnet on a plot set up by the west designed to infect its nuclear facilities. A Symantec researcher analyzed the code and put forth attack scenarios. A threatpost researcher writes about the sophistication of the worm. Finally, Dutch multinationals have revealed that the worm is also attacking them. We may never know what this thing was really all about.

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Should ISPs Cut Off Bot-infected Users?
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '10 at 12:45 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's excising-the-tumor deptartment:
richi writes "There's no doubt that botnets are a major threat to the safety and stability of the internet — not to mention the cleanliness of your inbox. After years of failure to act, could we finally be seeing ISPs waking up to their responsibilities? While ISPs can't prevent users getting infected with bots, they are in a superb position to detect the signs of infection. Contractually, the ISP would be reasonably justified in cutting off a user from the internet, as bot infection would be contrary to the terms of the ISP's acceptable-use policy."

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Visual Depiction of Who Is Suing Who in Mobile
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '10 at 12:00 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's pretty-poor-graphic deptartment:
Although the graphic itself won't win an award for design, Norman submitted a story about who's suing who in the mobile universe. From Apple to Qualcomm and pretty much everyone in between, it's a pretty impressive mess.

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