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  • Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

    21 August 2014, 3:33 pm by: Soulskill

    walterbyrd writes: Fresh on the heels of the entire Munich and Linux debacle, another story involving Microsoft and free software has popped up across the world, in Chile. A prolific magazine from the South American country says that the powerful Microsoft…
  • Book Review: Social Engineering In IT Security Tools, Tactics, and Techniques

    21 August 2014, 2:50 pm by: samzenpus

    benrothke writes When I got a copy of Social Engineering in IT Security Tools, Tactics, and Techniques by Sharon Conheady, my first thought was that it likely could not have much that Christopher Hadnagy didn't already detail in the definitive text on the…
  • How Game Developers Turn Kickstarter Failure Into Success

    21 August 2014, 2:34 pm by: Soulskill

    Nerval's Lobster writes When you ask random strangers on the Internet to give you money, there are no guarantees. That's true in almost any scenario, including when video game developers use Kickstarter to crowdfund the creation of a game. While 3,900 or so…
  • Metamaterial Superconductor Hints At New Era of High Temperature Superconductors

    21 August 2014, 2:11 pm by: Soulskill

    KentuckyFC writes: Superconductors allow current to flow with zero resistance when cooled below some critical temperature. They are the crucial ingredients in everything from high-power magnets and MRI machines to highly sensitive magnetometers and magnetic…
  • Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

    21 August 2014, 1:29 pm by: Soulskill

    snydeq writes: Most of us gave little thought to the "career" aspect of programming when starting out, but here we are, battle-hardened by hard-learned lessons, slouching our way through decades at the console, wishing perhaps that we had recognized the long…
  • Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

    21 August 2014, 12:47 pm by: Soulskill

    sciencehabit writes: An experimental treatment against an Ebola-related virus can protect monkeys even when given up to 3 days after infection, the point at which they show the first signs of disease. The virus, known as Marburg, causes severe hemorrhagic…
  • Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

    21 August 2014, 12:14 pm by: Soulskill

    hackingbear writes: According to a new Cost-Competitiveness Index, the nations often perceived as having low manufacturing costs — such as China, Brazil, Russia, and the Czech Republic — are no longer much cheaper than the U.S. In some cases, they are…
  • Interviews: Andrew "bunnie" Huang Answers Your Questions

    21 August 2014, 11:32 am by: samzenpus

    A while ago you had a chance to ask Andrew "bunnie" Huang about hardware, hacking and his open source hardware laptop Novena. Below you'll find his answers to those questions. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Couchsurfing Hacked, Sends Airbnb Prank Spam

    21 August 2014, 10:50 am by: timothy

    Slashdot regular (and Couchsurfing.org volunteer) Bennett Haselton writes with a report that an anonymous prankster hacked the Couchsurfing.org website and sent spam to about 1 million members, snarkily advertising their commercial arch-rival Airbnb as "the…
  • The 2014 Hugo Awards

    21 August 2014, 10:09 am by: Soulskill

    Dave Knott writes: WorldCon 2014 wrapped up in London this last weekend and this year's Hugo Award winners were announced. Notable award winners include: Best Novel: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie Best Novelette: "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" by Mary Robinette…
  • Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

    21 August 2014, 9:27 am by: Soulskill

    Several readers sent word of research into the cost of internet content without ads. They looked at the amount of money spent on internet advertising last year in the U.K., and compared it to the number of U.K. internet users. On average, each user would have…
  • Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

    21 August 2014, 8:45 am by: timothy

    New submitter dszd0g writes The Court of Appeal of the State of California has ruled in Cochran v. Schwan's Home Service that California businesses must reimburse employees who BYOD for work. "We hold that when employees must use their personal cell phones for…
  • Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

    21 August 2014, 8:04 am by: samzenpus

    redletterdave (2493036) writes "When Steve Ballmer announced he was stepping down from Microsoft's board of directors, he cited a fall schedule that would "be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season." It turns out Ballmer will teach…
  • The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

    21 August 2014, 5:30 am by: samzenpus

    StartsWithABang writes It's the holy grail of modern particle physics: discovering the first smoking-gun, direct evidence for physics beyond the Standard Model. Sure, there are unanswered questions and unsolved puzzles, ranging from dark matter to the…
  • National Science Foundation Awards $20 Million For Cloud Computing Experiments

    21 August 2014, 3:08 am by: samzenpus

    aarondubrow writes The National Science Foundation today announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds — to be called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab" — that will enable the academic research community to experiment with novel cloud…
  • China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

    21 August 2014, 12:25 am by: samzenpus

    sciencehabit writes China's Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn. The permits, to grow two varieties of GM rice and one transgenic corn strain,…
  • How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

    20 August 2014, 10:09 pm by: samzenpus

    ashshy writes Argonne National Lab is leading the charge on next-generation battery research. In an interview with The Motley Fool, Argonne spokesman Jeff Chamberlain explains how new lithium ion chemistries will drive down the cost of electric cars over the…
  • Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

    20 August 2014, 7:56 pm by: samzenpus

    mdsolar writes that a study suggests that tuberculosis first appeared in the New World less than 6,000 years ago and it was brought here by seals. After a remarkable analysis of bacterial DNA from 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists have proposed a new…
  • Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

    20 August 2014, 7:11 pm by: samzenpus

    MojoKid writes We're often told that having a kill switch in our mobile devices — mostly our smartphones — is a good thing. At a basic level, that's hard to disagree with. If every mobile device had a built-in kill switch, theft would go down — who would…
  • Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

    20 August 2014, 6:27 pm by: Soulskill

    schwit1 writes: Scientists have found that, despite a complete ban since 2007, ozone-depleting chemicals are still being pumped into the atmosphere from some unknown source. "Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), which was once used in applications such as dry cleaning…
  • At Home with Tim O'Reilly (Videos 3 and 4 of 6)

    20 August 2014, 5:46 pm by: Roblimo

    Today's videos are parts three and four of our casual interview with Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media and one of the most influential open source boosters around. (You supplied the questions. He supplied the answers.) We had a lot more to say about Tim…
  • Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

    20 August 2014, 5:02 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes eBooks are great and wonderful, but as The Guardian reports, they might not be as good for readers as paper books. Results from a new study show that test subjects who read a story on a Kindle had trouble recalling the proper order…
  • Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny

    20 August 2014, 4:20 pm by: Soulskill

    msm1267 writes: The keepers of Tor commissioned a study testing the defenses and viability of their Firefox-based browser as a privacy tool. The results (PDF) were a bit eye-opening since the report's recommendations don't favor Firefox as a baseline for Tor,…
  • Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

    20 August 2014, 3:37 pm by: Soulskill

    darthcamaro writes: Linux has clawed its way into lots of places these days. But at the LinuxCon conference in Chicago today Linus Torvalds was asked where Linux should go next. Torvalds didn't hesitate with his reply. "I still want the desktop," Torvalds…
  • Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

    20 August 2014, 2:55 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from UC San Diego, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins say they've found security vulnerabilities in full-body backscatter X-ray machines deployed to U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013. In lab tests, the…

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