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  • Industry-Based ToDo Alliance Wants To Guide FOSS Development

    16 September 2014, 8:53 am by: timothy

    jralls (537436) writes The New York Times broke a story [Monday] (paywalled if you look at more than 10 stories a month) about ToDo, "an open group of companies who run open source programs" who are seeking to "committed to working together in order to…
  • AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

    16 September 2014, 8:12 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: The net neutrality debate has been pretty binary: ISPs want the ability to create so-called "fast lanes," and consumers want all traffic to be treated equally. Now, AT&T is proposing an alternative: fast lanes under consumer…
  • NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

    16 September 2014, 5:25 am by: samzenpus

    Bismillah writes Wikileaks' latest release of documents shows that the Australian New South Wales police force has spent millions on licenses for the FinFisher set of law enforcement spy- and malware tools β€” and still has active licenses. What it uses…
  • Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

    16 September 2014, 3:31 am by: Soulskill

    snydeq writes: Faster innovation, better security, new markets β€” the case for opening Swift might be more compelling than Apple will admit, writes Peter Wayner. "In recent years, creators of programming languages have gone out of their way to get their code…
  • MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

    16 September 2014, 2:12 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: It's easy to make a robot walk, but hard to keep it from falling over. We've seen a number of crazy robot prototypes, but they're usually tethered and/or stuck on a treadmill. Now, researchers from MIT have developed an algorithm…
  • The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

    16 September 2014, 12:08 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Multiplayer modes used to be an extra part of most games β€” an optional addition that the developers could build (or not) as they saw fit. These days, it's different: many games are marketed under the illusion of being…
  • Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

    15 September 2014, 10:05 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: New research from Washington University has found that the condition known as schizophrenia is not just a single disease, but instead a collection of eight different disorders. For years, researchers struggled to understand the…
  • Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

    15 September 2014, 8:10 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: A few years ago, author Neal Stephenson argued that sci-fi had forgotten how to inspire people to do great things. Indeed, much of recent science fiction has been pessimistic and skeptical, focusing on all the ways our inventions…
  • Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

    15 September 2014, 7:27 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: If you're a creative engineer looking to build a product, you're probably going to end up starting your own business or joining an established one. That's where ideas get funding, and that's where products make a difference (not to…
  • Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

    15 September 2014, 6:44 pm by: Soulskill

    curtwoodward writes: Many states have laws that prevent car manufacturers from operating their own dealerships, a throwback to the days when Detroit tried to undercut its franchise dealers by opening company-owned shops. But dealers have taken those laws to…
  • Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

    15 September 2014, 6:02 pm by: samzenpus

    ericgoldman writes Even though "googling" and "Google it" are now common phrases, a federal court ruled that the "Google" trademark is still a valid trademark instead of a generic term (unlike former trademarks such as escalator, aspirin or yo-yo). The court…
  • SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)

    15 September 2014, 5:21 pm by: Roblimo

    Edison is an Intel creation aimed squarely at the maker and prototype markets. It's smaller than an Arduino, has built-in wi-fi, and is designed to be used in embedded applications. SparkFun is "an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make…
  • Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

    15 September 2014, 4:38 pm by: samzenpus

    mpicpp writes with Uber's latest plans for expansion. The future of Uber is about pharmacies and rickshaws. So says CEO Travis Kalanick. One of several avenues for expansion is in a category of delivery that's about running errands. "In Los Angeles, we're…
  • A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

    15 September 2014, 4:15 pm by: samzenpus

    stephendavion writes A 16-year-old from India has designed a device that converts breath into speech. High-school student Arsh Shah Dilbagi invented TALK as a portable and affordable way to aid people suffering from ALS, locked-in syndrome, and anyone else…
  • Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

    15 September 2014, 3:55 pm by: samzenpus

    concertina226 writes Harvard scientists have invented a new artificial spleen that is able to clear toxins, fungi and deadly pathogens such as Ebola from human blood, which could potentially save millions of lives. When antibiotics are used to kill them, dying…
  • The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

    15 September 2014, 3:12 pm by: samzenpus

    blottsie writes After months of heated debate, viral campaigns, deliberate "slowdowns" and record-breaking public responses, the Federal Communications Commission is finally set to decide how "net neutrality"β€”the principle that all data must be treated…
  • How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

    15 September 2014, 2:30 pm by: samzenpus

    Lasrick writes Despite the UN's 1995 Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, the world is moving closer to laser weapons in both military and law enforcement situations that can cause temporary and even permanent blindness. Military-funded research in this area…
  • Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

    15 September 2014, 2:10 pm by: samzenpus

    wiredog writes Security researcher Michael Jordon has hacked a Canon's Pixma printer to run Doom. He did so by reverse engineering the firmware encryption and uploading via the update interface. From the BBC: "Like many modern printers, Canon's Pixma range can…
  • New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

    15 September 2014, 1:49 pm by: samzenpus

    dcblogs writes "In Boyers, Pa., a recently opened 2,000-sq.-ft. data center has been purpose-built to protect against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), either generated by a solar storm or a nuclear event. The company that built the facility isn't disclosing…
  • Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

    15 September 2014, 1:06 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes Now that I've spent close to a month digitizing a desk drawer's worth of VHS tapes, deinterlacing and postprocessing the originals to minimize years of tape decay, and compressing everything down to H.264, I've found myself with a…
  • Chinese City Sets Up "No Cell Phone" Pedestrian Lanes

    15 September 2014, 12:25 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes The Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too caught up in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. "There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and…
  • Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

    15 September 2014, 11:43 am by: samzenpus

    schwit1 writes Scientists have declared a new record has been set for the extent of Antarctic sea ice since records began. Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometers covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent. Jan Lieser…
  • European Space Agency Picks Site For First Comet Landing In November

    15 September 2014, 10:53 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a comet later this year, has identified what it thinks is the safest place to touch down. From the article: "Scientists and engineers have spent weeks studying the 4km-wide "ice…
  • Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

    15 September 2014, 10:17 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes Google has unveiled its first set of Android One low-cost smartphones in the Indian market, partnering with Indian hardware vendors Spice, Micromax and Karbonn. The three phones will be available online on Flipkart, Amazon and…
  • Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

    15 September 2014, 9:34 am by: samzenpus

    jawtheshark writes The rumors were true. Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, is being sold to Microsoft. Of course, the promise is to keep all products supported as they are. From the article: "Microsoft said it has agreed to buy Mojang AB, the Swedish video…

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