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  • Syrian Electronic Army Takes Credit For News Site Hacking

    35m By timothy
    New submitter ddtmm writes The Syrian Electronic Army is claiming responsibility for the hacking of multiple news websites, including CBC News. Some users trying to access the CBC website reported seeing a pop-up message reading: "You've been hacked by the…
  • Apple and Amazon Launch Black Friday Price War

    2h By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes Forbes magazine points out that tablet computers are receiving some of the biggest discounts for this year's day-after-Thanksgiving sales. "With slowing growth in the tablet market and an increasing array of choices, some of the…
  • Riecoin Breaks World Record For Largest Prime Sextuplet, Twice

    3h By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes Last week, Riecoin – a project that doubles as decentralized virtual currency and a distributed computing system — quietly broke the record for the largest prime number sextuplet. This happened on November 17, 2014 at 19:50 GMT…
  • Edsac Goes Live, At UK's National Museum of Computing

    3h By timothy
    Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Britain's National Museum of Computing has flipped the switch on the venerable Edsac computer. The arduous task of reconstructing the 1949 behemoth, fraught with little in terms of the original hardware or documentation, was…
  • Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

    12:12pm By samzenpus
    A few days ago you had a chance to ask the people at Hampton Creek about about their products and the science of food. Below you'll find the answers to your questions from a number of Hampton Creek employees. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

    11:19am By timothy
    Zothecula writes Security researcher GironSec has pulled Uber's Android app apart and discovered that it's sending a huge amount of personal data back to base – including your call logs, what apps you've got installed, whether your phone is vulnerable to…
  • Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

    10:23am By timothy
    mpicpp writes with this news from the BBC: Google is under fresh pressure to expand the 'right to be forgotten' to its international .com search tool. A panel of EU data protection watchdogs said the move was necessary to prevent the law from being…
  • Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

    9:25am By timothy
    jones_supa writes Windows Media Player is going to become a more useful media player for those who want to play geeky file formats. Microsoft has earlier confirmed that Windows 10 will come with native support for Matroska Video, but the company now talks…
  • Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

    8:28am By samzenpus
    HughPickens.com writes Brian Fung writes in the Washington Post that Wikipedia has been a little hesitant to weigh in on net neutrality, the idea that all Web traffic should be treated equally by Internet service providers such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable.…
  • Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

    5:23am By samzenpus
    hcs_$reboot writes Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on Saturday, 8 March 2014, while flying from Malaysia to Beijing with 239 people on board. And 8 months later, after millions of dollars invested in a gigantic search operation, there is still no…
  • UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

    3:08am By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes The UK's Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey today revealed a new scheme where undergraduates will be able to avoid student fees and student loans by working for companies for three years whilst simultaneously undertaking academic…
  • BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

    12:35am By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes This weekend both BT and Sky implemented the new changes, making it harder for their subscribers to reach these sites. Interestingly, however, BT appears to have gone above and beyond the court order, limiting access to various other…
  • Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

    Wed 10:03pm By samzenpus
    Lucas123 writes An industry consortium made up by leading hard disk drive manufacturers shows they expect the areal density of platters to reach 10 terabits per square inch by 2025, which is more than 10 times what it is today. At that density, hard disk…
  • Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

    Wed 7:53pm By samzenpus
    Lasrick writes After four decades of confining Ebola outbreaks to small areas, experts acknowledged in an October 9 New England Journal of Medicine article that "we were wrong" about the scope of the current situation. At the present transmission rate, the…
  • Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

    Wed 7:06pm By samzenpus
    kwelch007 writes I run a network for a company that does manufacturing primarily in a clean-room. We have many systems in place that track countless aspects of every step. However, we do not have systems in place to identify the specific user performing the…
  • Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

    Wed 6:25pm By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes A malfunction in electronic voting machines in Saline County, Kansas, left over 5,000 votes uncounted. That's roughly one-third of the votes cast. Counting those 5,207 votes didn't change any outcomes in this case however.…
  • Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

    Wed 5:42pm By samzenpus
    Taco Cowboy points out a new study that shows it is possible to figure out the IP address of someone who pays for transactions anonymously online using bitcoins. "The Bitcoin system is not managed by a central authority, but relies on a peer-to-peer network on…
  • BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

    Wed 5:00pm By samzenpus
    mpicpp points out that BlackBerry is hoping to get iPhone owners to switch to Passport smartphones by promising up to $550 to trade in their phones. "The promotion, which starts Monday, promises as much as $550 to iPhone owners who trade in their handsets in…
  • Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

    Wed 4:16pm By samzenpus
    wbr1 writes Apparently the pit pattern on a blu-ray disk is great at helping trap photons, rather than reflecting them. Applying this pattern to the glass in a solar panel can boost efficiency by 22%. Researchers at Northwestern tested this system with Jackie…
  • Fly With the Brooklyn Aerodrome (Video)

    Wed 3:32pm By Roblimo
    A bit of housing insulation material, a battery, a motor and propellor, a radio receiver and transmitter, and servos to control the motor and a pair of ailerons, and you're ready to fly the Brooklyn Aerodrome way. This isn't a tiny radio-controlled paper…