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  • NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

    23 April 2014, 8:03 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes "A NYPD community outreach campaign designed to show images of citizens with cops turned ugly quickly when a deluge of images depicting police brutality came in. From the article: 'The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall…
  • F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

    23 April 2014, 7:17 pm by: samzenpus

    Dega704 (1454673) writes in with news of the latest FCC plan which seems to put another dagger in the heart of net neutrality. "The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through…
  • Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's

    23 April 2014, 6:50 pm by: Soulskill

    the_newsbeagle writes "Currently, the best way to check if a person has a high likelihood of developing Alzheimer's is to perform a PET scan to measure the amount of amyloid plaque in his or her brain. That's an expensive procedure. But a startup called Akili…
  • OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

    23 April 2014, 6:30 pm by: Soulskill

    chicksdaddy writes: "In a now-famous 2003 essay, 'Cyberinsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly,' Dr. Dan Geer argued, persuasively, that Microsoft's operating system monopoly constituted a grave risk to the security of the United States and international security, as…
  • Implant Injects DNA Into Ear, Improves Hearing

    23 April 2014, 5:47 pm by: Soulskill

    sciencehabit writes "Many people with profound hearing loss have been helped by devices called cochlear implants, but their hearing is still far from perfect. They often have trouble distinguishing different musical pitches, for example, or hearing a…
  • The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

    23 April 2014, 5:26 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes "This article goes into the making of upcoming fantasy title The Witcher 3. The studio, CD Projekt Red, reveals that, unusually, it'll be releasing the game as a DRM-free download. 'We believe that DRM does more harm to legit gamers…
  • Michigan FIRST Robot Championship Bout for 2014 (Video)

    23 April 2014, 5:04 pm by: Roblimo

    For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, AKA FIRST, holds annual robot challenges, in which student teams build robots, then operate them to the cheers of an adoring crowd. Slashdot watched the Dexter Dreadbots build their 2014 contender.…
  • The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

    23 April 2014, 4:22 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader sends this story from Wired: "The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project has since 2007 brought some 2,000 pictures back from 1,500 analog data tapes. They contain the first high-resolution photographs ever taken from behind the lunar…
  • Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

    23 April 2014, 3:39 pm by: Soulskill

    Doofus writes: "The Wall Street Journal has an eye-catching headline: Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class. Quoting: 'According to the 2011 Skills Gap Survey by the Manufacturing Institute, about 600,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled nationally…
  • OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

    23 April 2014, 2:57 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes "Spec-wise, OnePlus One will go toe-to-toe with the latest flagship phones like the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), and Sony Xperia Z2. In some areas, it even surpasses them, and at a price point of $300. The One has the same 2.5 GHz…
  • How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

    23 April 2014, 2:12 pm by: Soulskill

    Bennett Haselton writes: "If you watch a movie or TV show (legally) on your mobile device while away from your home network, it's usually by streaming it on a data plan. This consumes an enormous amount of a scarce resource (data bundled with your cell phone…
  • Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

    23 April 2014, 1:30 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    jfruh (300774) writes "Aereo is currently fighting for its life before the Supreme Court, and has issued a warning: if you take us down, you could take the entire cloud storage industry down with us. The company argues that they only provide customers with…
  • Google Opens Up Street View Archives From 2007 To Today

    23 April 2014, 12:48 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    mpicpp (3454017) writes with news that Google is publishing all Street View imagery back to 2007. Quoting Ars: "The feature hasn't rolled out to many accounts yet, but it looks like a small, draggable window will be added to the Street View interface. Just…
  • Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

    23 April 2014, 12:06 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The B612 Foundation, a U.S.-based nuclear test monitoring group, has disclosed that their acoustic sensors show asteroid impacts to be much more common than previously thought. Between 2000 and 2013 their infrasound system…
  • AT&T Plans To Launch Internet Video Service

    23 April 2014, 11:36 am by: Unknown Lamer

    An anonymous reader writes "AT&T officially announced on Tuesday their intention to launch a Netflix-like service in collaboration with an investment group run by a former Fox president. AT&T is following in the footsteps of Verizon, which partnered with…
  • ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

    23 April 2014, 10:55 am by: Unknown Lamer

    An anonymous reader writes "On 3 February 2011, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) issued the remaining five /8 address blocks, each containing 16.7 million addresses, in the global free pool equally to the five RIRs, and as such ARIN is no longer…
  • You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

    23 April 2014, 10:14 am by: Unknown Lamer

    redletterdave (2493036) writes "Apple on Tuesday announced the OS X Beta Seed Program, which allows anyone to download and install pre-release Mac software for the sake of testing and submitting feedback before the public launch. Until Tuesday, Apple charged…
  • Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

    23 April 2014, 9:33 am by: Unknown Lamer

    An anonymous reader writes "On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers are legally allowed to stop and search vehicles based solely on anonymous 911 tips. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority opinion, reasoned that 'a 911 call…
  • Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans

    23 April 2014, 8:50 am by: Unknown Lamer

    KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Face recognition has come a long way in recent years. In ideal lighting conditions, given the same pose, facial expression etc, it easily outperforms humans. But the real world isn't like that. People grow beards, wear make up and…
  • Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

    23 April 2014, 8:12 am by: Soulskill

    Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: "The Supreme Court, by a vote of 6 — 2, has upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria in college admissions, finding that a lower court did not have the authority to set aside the measure approved in a 2006…
  • 'The Door Problem' of Game Design

    23 April 2014, 6:25 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes "Game design is one of those jobs everybody thinks they can do. After all, they've played a few games, and they know what they liked and disliked, right? How hard could it be? Well, professional game designer Liz England has summed…
  • The $5,600 Tablet

    23 April 2014, 5:11 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes "Tablets have come a long way in the past few years, and it has become possible to find a capable device for under $200. But what about the tablets pushing toward the high end of the spectrum? Xplore Technologies sells a line of…
  • WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

    23 April 2014, 2:18 am by: Soulskill

    New submitter JImbob0i0 writes: "Back in January, Linksys/Belkin made a big deal about their new router, the WRT1900AC, which they claimed was a successor to the venerable WRT54G, and how they were working with OpenWRT. They released it this week, but their…
  • Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

    23 April 2014, 12:14 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes "Now that Google's modular phone effort, Project Ara, looks a bit less like vaporware, people are starting to figure out its implications for the future of cellphones. One fascinating possibility is that it could transform the…
  • BioWare Announces Dragon Age Inquisition For October 7th

    22 April 2014, 11:14 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes "Today BioWare announced a new game in its popular Dragon Age RPG series titled Inquisition. The game will follow the story of an Inquisitor trying to rally the world against the magic-laden forces spewing from rifts opening to…

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