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  • Fish Raised On Land Give Clues To How Early Animals Left the Seas

    27 August 2014, 10:04 pm by: samzenpus

    sciencehabit writes When raised on land, a primitive, air-breathing fish walks much better than its water-raised comrades, according to a new study. The landlubbers even undergo skeletal changes that improve their locomotion. The work may provide clues to how…
  • Netflix Open Sources Internal Threat Monitoring Tools

    27 August 2014, 9:40 pm by: timothy

    alphadogg (971356) writes Netflix has released three internal tools it uses to catch hints on the Web that hackers might target its services. "Many security teams need to stay on the lookout for Internet-based discussions, posts and other bits that may be of…
  • Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

    27 August 2014, 8:21 pm by: samzenpus

    MojoKid writes If you're a classic gamer, you've probably had the unhappy experience of firing up a beloved older title you haven't played in a decade or two, squinting at the screen, and thinking: "Wow. I didn't realize it looked this bad." The reasons why…
  • $33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

    27 August 2014, 7:37 pm by: samzenpus

    davidshenba writes Intex and Mozilla have launched Cloud FX, a smartphone powered by Mozilla's Firefox OS. The phone has a 1 GHz processor, 2 Megapixel camera, dual SIM, 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen. Though the phone has limited features, initial reviews…
  • New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

    27 August 2014, 6:59 pm by: samzenpus

    mdsolar writes in with news about a NRC rule on how long nuclear waste can be stored on-site after a reactor has shut down. The five-member board that oversees the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday voted to end a two-year moratorium on issuing new power…
  • CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

    27 August 2014, 6:15 pm by: Soulskill

    mpicpp sends word that CenturyLink has accused Comcast of restricting competition in the development of internet infrastructure. CenturyLink asked the FCC to block the acquisition of Time Warner Cable to prevent Comcast from further abusing its size and power.…
  • Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

    27 August 2014, 5:53 pm by: Soulskill

    sciencehabit writes: Scientists have long believed that the power of the sun comes largely from the fusion of protons into helium, but now they can finally prove it (abstract). An international team of researchers using a detector buried deep below the…
  • Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

    27 August 2014, 5:33 pm by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes "AT&T has been overbilling my account based on overcounting DSL internet usage (they charge in 50 gigabyte units after the first 150). I have been using a Buffalo NFinity Airstation as a managed switch to count all traffic. As you…
  • Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Sytems GM Doug Balog (Video)

    27 August 2014, 4:52 pm by: Roblimo

    Yesterday we had a story titled 'IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch.' In the intro Timothy wrote, '...watch for a video interview with Balog on how he's helping spend the billion dollars that IBM pledged last year on open source…
  • Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

    27 August 2014, 4:13 pm by: Soulskill

    SternisheFan sends this report from Universe Today: How does microgravity affect your health? One of the chief concerns of NASA astronauts these days is changes to eyesight. Some people come back from long-duration stays in space with what appears to be…
  • DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

    27 August 2014, 3:30 pm by: Soulskill

    schwit1 sends word that the Dept. of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given notice of a proposal (PDF) for a new car safety standard that would require vehicle-to-vehicle communication equipment in all new passenger cars and…
  • How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

    27 August 2014, 2:48 pm by: Soulskill

    snydeq writes: Developers are embracing a range of open source technologies, writes Matt Asay, virtually none of which are supported or sold by Red Hat, the purported open source leader. "Ask a CIO her choice to run mission-critical workloads, and her answer…
  • U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

    27 August 2014, 2:06 pm by: Soulskill

    Several readers sent word that U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has begun speaking in favor of mandatory cameras for police across the country. "Everywhere I go people now have cameras. And police officers are now at a disadvantage, because someone can…
  • Scientists Craft Seamless 2D Semiconductor Junctions

    27 August 2014, 1:21 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    vinces99 (2792707) writes Scientists have developed what they believe is the thinnest-possible semiconductor, a new class of nanoscale materials made in sheets only three atoms thick. The University of Washington researchers have demonstrated that two of these…
  • Google Buys Zync Cloud Graphics Rendering Service

    27 August 2014, 12:39 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    mpicpp (3454017) writes To beef up its cloud platform with more specialized packages, Google is acquiring Zync for its large scale rendering service for movie special effects, called Zync Render. Google plans to offer the Zync service on its Google Cloud…
  • GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

    27 August 2014, 12:04 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    Via Engadget comes news that GOG, the DRM-free game store platform, has launched a DRM-free movie store. The initial set of movies are gamer oriented, and you won't find major studio releases (yet, and not for a lack of trying on the part of GOG). From GOG:…
  • Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

    27 August 2014, 11:25 am by: Unknown Lamer

    frdmfghtr (603968) writes Over at Ars Technica, there's a story about a bill in the Ohio legislature that wants to downplay the teaching of the scientific process. From the article: "Specifically prohibiting a discussion of the scientific process is a recipe…
  • Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

    27 August 2014, 10:45 am by: Unknown Lamer

    New submitter SomeoneFromBelgium (3420851) writes According to Bloomberg a leaked climate report from the IPPC speaks of "Irreversible Damage." The warnings in the report are, as such, not new but the tone of voice is more urgent and more direct than ever. It…
  • Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

    27 August 2014, 10:05 am by: Unknown Lamer

    An anonymous reader writes Google has released Chrome/Chromium version 37 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Among the changes are better-looking fonts on Windows and a revamped password manager. There are 50 security fixes, including several to patch a sandbox…
  • Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

    27 August 2014, 9:26 am by: Unknown Lamer

    Wolfrider (856) writes Reports are coming in from multiple U.S. states that TWC is having a major Internet outage since early this morning. ... TWC's customer service reps are reportedly a bit overwhelmed by call volume at the moment, and no ETA yet. According…
  • Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

    27 August 2014, 8:45 am by: Unknown Lamer

    theodp (442580) writes Unless some things change, UC Davis Prof. Norman Matloff worries that the Statistician could be added to the endangered species list. "The American Statistical Association (ASA) leadership, and many in Statistics academia," writes…
  • Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

    27 August 2014, 8:45 am by: Unknown Lamer

    theodp (442580) writes Unless some things change, UC Davis Prof. Norman Matloff worries that the Statistician could be added to the endangered species list. "The American Statistical Association (ASA) leadership, and many in Statistics academia," writes…
  • Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

    27 August 2014, 8:03 am by: Unknown Lamer

    Back in 2009, researchers theorized that space could be a hologram. Four years ago, Fermilab proposed testing the theory, and the experiment is finally going online. Jason Koebler writes Operating with cutting-edge technology out of a trailer in rural…
  • HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

    27 August 2014, 5:07 am by: Unknown Lamer

    Via the Consumerist comes news that HP is recalling power cables after about 30 reports that they were melting from regular use. From the article: Hewlett-Packard received 29 reports of the melting or charring power cords, two that included claims of minor…
  • Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

    27 August 2014, 3:01 am by: Unknown Lamer

    sciencehabit (1205606) writes Astronomers have found signs of water ice clouds on an object just 7.3 light-years from Earth — less than twice the distance of Alpha Centauri. If confirmed, the discovery is the first sighting of water clouds beyond our solar…

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