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  • Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

    2 September 2014, 12:00 pm by: samzenpus

    Having started 4chan when he was 15, Christopher Poole, better known as "moot", is indirectly responsible for almost every meme you've ever seen. The group "Anonymous" originated on 4chan and has since engaged in a number of well-publicized publicity stunts…
  • Code.org Discloses Top Donors

    2 September 2014, 11:21 am by: timothy

    theodp (442580) writes "Under the leadership of Code.org, explained the ACM, it joined CSTA, NCWIT, NSF, Microsoft and Google in an effort "to reshape the U.S. education system," including passing a federal law making Computer Science a "core subject" in…
  • In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

    2 September 2014, 10:42 am by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report — "taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school…
  • Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

    2 September 2014, 9:34 am by: timothy

    mrspoonsi writes One of the great mysteries of the App Store is why certain apps get rejected and why others don't. Apple has let a surprising number of ripoffs and clones through the store's iron gates, yet some developers face rejection for seemingly…
  • AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

    2 September 2014, 9:13 am by: timothy

    Vigile (99919) writes AMD looks to continue addressing the mainstream PC enthusiast and gamer with a set of releases into two different component categories. First, today marks the launch of the Radeon R9 285 graphics card, a $250 option based on a brand new…
  • Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

    2 September 2014, 8:53 am by: timothy

    sfcrazy (1542989) writes, based on a report from Ted T'so, that Kernel developer Dmitry Monakhov was detained for 15 days for disobeying a police officer. The debacle came about when Monakhov decided to protest the recent invasion into Ukraine by Russian armed…
  • Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

    2 September 2014, 8:12 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports on a new study (abstract) showing that low-carb diets have better health benefits than low-fat diets in a test without calorie restrictions. "By the end of the yearlong trial, people in the low-carbohydrate…
  • Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

    2 September 2014, 5:00 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes with news of a study that suggests an engraving in Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar was made by Neanderthals more than 39,000 years ago. Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an…
  • Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

    2 September 2014, 2:08 am by: samzenpus

    mdsolar writes with news about further delays to Finland's Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor. "Areva-Siemens, the consortium building Finland's biggest nuclear reactor, said on Monday the start date of the much delayed project will be pushed back to late 2018 —…
  • Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

    2 September 2014, 12:09 am by: Soulskill

    storkus writes: The release of Haswell-E and a price drop on Devil's Canyon has made me itch for a PC upgrade. However, looking around I discovered a pair of horror stories on Phoronix about the difficulties of using Linux on a multitude of motherboards. My…
  • Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

    1 September 2014, 10:04 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: A few days ago we talked over some of the difficulties faced by makers of autonomous car software, like dealing with weather, construction, and parking garages. Today, the NY Times has a similar article about delivery drones,…
  • Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

    1 September 2014, 8:01 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes Back in August, groups of Russian hackers assembled the biggest list of compromised login credentials ever seen: 1.2 billion accounts. Now, domain registrar Namecheap reports the hackers have begun using the list to try and access…
  • Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

    1 September 2014, 6:59 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Rumors of back door access to Skype have plagued the communication software for the better part of a decade. Even if it's not true, Skype is owned by Microsoft, which is beholden to data requests from law enforcement. Because of…
  • Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

    1 September 2014, 6:04 pm by: samzenpus

    blottsie writes In a move out of the anti-SOPA campaign playbook, Fight for the Future and other net neutrality activist groups have set up the Battle for the Net coalition, which plans to launch an "Internet slowdown day" later this month. No actual traffic…
  • New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

    1 September 2014, 5:15 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have used a program named Ash 3D to predict the impact of a Yellowstone volcano eruption, and found that cities within 300 miles from Yellowstone National Park may get covered by up…
  • Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

    1 September 2014, 4:22 pm by: samzenpus

    sfcrazy writes The Raspberry Pi team has announced a new browser for Raspberry Pi. They had worked with Collabora to create an HTML5-capable, modern browser for Pi users. While announcing the new browser, Eben Upton said, "Eight months and a lot of hard work…
  • Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

    1 September 2014, 3:30 pm by: samzenpus

    ashshy writes Unlike the obvious battery needs for smartphones or electric cars, many consumers are unaware of the exploding need for enormous battery banks as modern power grids are bringing a whole new set of requirements. From the article: "'Our electricity…
  • Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

    1 September 2014, 2:36 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes 28 years after the Chernobyl accident, tests have found that more than one in three Saxony boars give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for consumption. In 2009 almost €425,000 ($555,000) was paid out to hunters…
  • New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

    1 September 2014, 1:47 pm by: samzenpus

    First time accepted submitter Adam Oxford writes Nigeria's National Identity Management System — which aims to bring together citizen information databases as diverse as driving licenses and tax returns — was introduced last week and includes a prepay…
  • Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

    1 September 2014, 12:55 pm by: samzenpus

    swinferno writes with news about the leak of hundreds of private celebrity photos over the weekend. Hundreds of revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections. Hunger Games actress Jennifer…
  • Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

    1 September 2014, 12:00 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes with this bit of good news for everyone who is waiting for their homes to one day be on the beach. Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report in Nature Geoscience finds. Near-shore waters went…
  • Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

    1 September 2014, 11:10 am by: samzenpus

    Frosty P writes The LA County District Attorney's Office declined to press charges against a sheriff's deputy who was apparently distracted by his mobile digital computer when he fatally struck cyclist and former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. in Calabasas last…
  • China Gives Microsoft 20 Days To Respond To Competition Probe

    1 September 2014, 10:12 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes "China has given Microsoft three weeks to explain "compatibility issues" in Windows and Office that could violate Chinese competition laws. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) questioned Microsoft Vice President…
  • Saturn's F Ring Is Now Three Times As Wide As During the Voyager Flybys

    1 September 2014, 9:13 am by: samzenpus

    KentuckyFC writes In 1980 and 1981, Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Saturn providing unprecedented images of its magnificent ring system. At that time, its most distant discrete ring, the F ring, was about 200 kilometres wide. But puzzlingly, images sent back by…
  • The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

    1 September 2014, 8:13 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last passenger pigeon was found dead in her aviary at the Cincinnati Zoo. When the first European settlers arrived in North America at least one of every four birds on the continent was a passenger…

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