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Portables

+ - 117 Nintendo's New 3DS XL Offers Uncertain Appeal->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "Nintendo took the wraps off its new, super-sized 3DS XL handheld on Friday, but reactions have been anything but enthusiastic. The new DS offers a larger set of screens (4.88 inches top / 4.18" bottom), better battery life, and will ship with a copy of New Super Marios 2 but it's launching into a very different market than what the original DS XL faced in 2009. The 3DS XL's battery improvements aren't just icing on the cake — they're seen as remedying a critical problem with the current handheld. It also won't support the second circle pad added by the Circle Pad Pro, which implies Nintendo is ready to kill that peripheral altogether. The other major problem is that a larger screen isn't really what the 3DS needed in order to be more successful."
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Privacy

+ - 268 An Internet Provider's CEO On Why ISPs Should Only Keep User Logs Two Weeks->

Submitted by Sparrowvsrevolution
Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "Dane Jasper’s tiny Internet service provider Sonic.net briefly took the national spotlight last October, when it contested a Department of Justice order that it secretly hand over the data of privacy activist and WikiLeaks associate Jacob Appelbaum. But Sonic.net has actually been quietly implementing a much more fundamental privacy measure: For the past eighteen months it's only kept logs of user data for two weeks before deletion, compared with 18 to 36 months at Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner and other ISPs.

In a lengthy Q&A, he explains how he came to the decision to limit logging after a series of shakedowns by copyright lawyers attempting to embarrass users who had downloaded porn films, and he argues that it's time all ISPs adopt the two-week rule."

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Businesses

+ - 111 Ask Slashdot: jobs for geeks in the business/financial world?

Submitted by menphix
menphix (1069946) writes "Hi there! I'm a software engineer in the bay area. I will be moving to Hong Kong where my wife works shortly. I understand that there will be a lot less opportunities to work for software companies there than in the bay area, but they do have a LOT of business/financial companies in HK: investment banking, private equity, hedge funds, you name it! So I'm thinking maybe it'll be easier if I transition to work for those companies. Since I got my B.S. and M.S. both in computer science, I have no idea what those "Wall Street jobs" are like, so I'm just wondering what you guys know about jobs in the business/financial world for geeks? Has anybody made the jump before?"
Apple

+ - 220 Apple store refuses to sell iPad to Iranian-American woman-> 2

Submitted by pdclarry
pdclarry (175918) writes "An Iranian-American teenager was told by an Apple store employee that they could not sell her an iPad because it would violate US trade restrictions. She returned to the store with a camera crew from a local TV station and was again turned down.

Apparently an Apple employee heard her speaking Farsi. As he was also of Iranian extraction he recognized the language and used this as a basis for refusal."

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Desktops (Apple)

+ - 134 Usage for an old iMac G5 2.0 GHz PowerPC? (Ask Slashdot)-> 1

Submitted by
andr1976
andr1976 writes "I have purchased an Old iMac G5 2 GHz and 1 GB RAM. The OS has been upgraded to 10.5.8 (Leopard). While I am fairly new to Mac (linux user for 10 years), I like the GUI of OS X and the fact that it is Unix underneath. I bought the iMac since it was fairly cheap (200€) and despite the milage the design is still good looking, and it lets me tinker with OS X. I am planning to put the iMac in the kitchen/living room, maybe connected to the stereo (if not using AirPort Express). The main idea is to have a PC nearby to entertain the kids, play music etc. I will certainly have a more powerful computer in the home office. What kind of usage besides that mentioned above do you think an old iMac can power? What is the general experience with flash (Leopard/Flash 10)? What kind of mediacenter software is recommended? Is it worth the money to add extra RAM? Any other performance tweaks?"
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Microsoft

+ - 181 Witness Ridicules Hands-On Reviews Of Surface

Submitted by Freshly Exhumed
Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Danny Sullivan over at Marketing Land has been tipped over the edge by various colleagues: 'After seeing yet another “hands-on” review of the Microsoft Surface tablet, I thought it would be interesting to shed more light on what exactly the journalists who assembled in Hollywood this week for the Surface launch event actually got to do with the tablets. In short, not a lot. Come along as I explain the hands-off reality of what I saw.' In response to Sullivan's criticisms, TechRadar contributor Mary To Many rebuts that merely touching something that does not operate nor even truly exist equates to an actual hands-on review. So, what do Slashdotters expect a "hands-on" review to reveal and/or include?"

+ - 181 Teaching Natural Sciences to Social Science Students?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As a calculus professor for a small undergraduate institution, I normally lecture students who are majoring in the natural (or "hard") sciences, such as mathematics, physics, and computer science. In fact, I have done so for almost thirteen years. However, for the first time this fall semester, we have a shortage of professors on our hands. As a result of this, I have been asked to teach a general education statistics class. Such classes are a major requirement for the large psychology student body we have here. I have never lectured social science students in any mathematics-related classes. My question to the Slashdot community is as follows: What are your experiences with teaching natural science classes to social science students? How is the experience the same or different in comparison to natural science students who may be more adept to the nuances of mathematics and other similar fields?"

+ - 194 IP Lawfirm sues security researcher->

Submitted by scottbee
scottbee (2562233) writes "A major New York intellectual property lawfirm has filed a $1m lawsuit against domain squatter/security researcher Wesley Kenzie (aka Securikai). Kenzie registered domain names to collect misaddressed email, and then holding companies to ransom claiming he had found security vulnerabilities and would consult for five figure engagements. Lockheed Martin handled it with a simple UDRP http://www.udrpsearch.com/naf/1437907, but the Gioconda Law Group decided instead to file a lawsuit for "cybersquatting, trademark infringement and unlawful interception of a law firm’s private electronic communications in violation of federal laws", along with a permanent injunction.
Kenzie had also tried the same tactic against Rapid7's HDMoore, but was shamed out of the domain names earlier this year. http://attrition.org/errata/charlatan/watch_list/securikai/"

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Open Source

+ - 153 NVIDIA Loses Face and a 10 Million PC Order over Linux Drivers->

Submitted by Jkumar_cool
Jkumar_cool (1571037) writes "A rumor appeared from the heart of Beijing that due to the performance of its GPU architecture and its Linux drivers, NVIDIA was approached by one of the leading Chinese CPU teams to use an NV GPU in a pilot school PC project. The Linux would run on the Chinese CPU, while GeForce GPU would provide the graphics power. 'Pilot project' in this case means over 10 million PCs in one order, broken down — 100,000 schools with 100-150 PCs each. The problem was two-fold; NVIDIA never releases source code for its Linux drivers, and the binaries are only X86. Incentivized by the Chinese government, the Chinese CPU team called NVIDIA to come to China and work with them.

To cut the story short, the NV team appeared there, and in very arrogant manner told the Chinese side that they are a large US corporation, and that recompiling the Linux drivers would cost the Chinese a lot of money. The money that Chinese CPU team and the Academy of Science were supposed to fork out was to the tune of several million dollars in incentive that are typically referred to as NRE — Non-recurring Engineering."

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+ - 145 Turing suicide report challenged->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to Professor Jack Copeland, director of the The Turing Archive for the History of Computing, "The coroner [in Turing's case] didn't really investigate the evidence at all, he just jumped to the conclusion that he committed suicide. He seems to have been very biased from the statements in newspapers at the time." Copeland further said that medical evidence suggested Turing died from inhaling cyanide rather than drinking or ingesting it. More in The Guardian's story."
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Education

+ - 151 My Child Will One Day Be Your Child's Leader-> 1

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Vulcan195
Vulcan195 writes "Would you let your 3-yr play with a real saw? You would if you were a parent in Switzerland. Suzanne Lucas (a US mom residing in Switzerland) writes about the contrasts between the US and Swiss ways of instilling wisdom. She writes: "Every Friday, whether rain, shine, snow, or heat, my 3-yr old goes into the forest for four hours with 10 other school children. In addition to playing with saws and files, they roast their own hot dogs over an open fire. If a child drops a hot dog, the teacher picks it up, brushes the dirt off, and hands it back." She suggests that such kids grow up and lead the ones who were coddled (e.g. US kids) during their early years."
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Databases

+ - 114 The Notorious B.I.G. Data 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "When it comes to industry buzzwords, 2012 is shaping up to be the Year of Big Data. And to paraphrase the late Notorious B.I.G, writes Aberdeen's Mollie Lombardi, mo' data means mo' problems. In Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave, Teradata Chief Analytics Officer Bill Franks (aka Dr. Insight) offers execs and getting-up-to-speed techies a welcome look at what to do when Big Data opportunities knock. But in its effort to stay vendor-neutral, the book pretty much avoids name-dropping specific technologies. So, how about it — what specific open source or vendor software/hardware technology is your organization using to tame Big Data? Is anything working surprisingly better — or worse — than you originally thought it would?"
Microsoft

+ - 223 Microsoft Blocks FSF Donation Website as a 'Gambling Site'->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "FSF slammed Microsoft for categorizing donate.fsf.org website as a 'Gambling Site'. Corporate systems that use a Microsoft "network security" program cannot access FSF donation website because of this and as a result, many people were unable to make donations. FSF has submitted a correction to Microsoft and they are now waiting for a response. However, John Sullivan warned corporate about Microsoft's proprietary network security programs."
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Businesses

+ - 314 Tech Manufacturing is a Disaster Waiting to Happen 2

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Peter Cochrane writes that since globalization took hold, geographic diversity has become distorted along with the resilience of supply so we now have a concentration of limited sourcing and manufacture in the supply chain in just one geographic region, south-east Asia, amounting to a major disaster just waiting to happen. "Examples of a growing supply-chain brittleness include manufacturers temporarily denuded of LCD screens, memory chips and batteries by fires, a tsunami, and industrial problems," writes Cochrane. "With only a few plants located in south-east Asia, we are running the gauntlet of man-made and natural disasters." Today, PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones are produced by just 10 dominant contract manufacturers spearheaded by Foxconn of Taiwan, which manufactures for Apple, Dell, HP, Acer, Sony, Nokia, Intel, Cisco, Nintendo and Amazon among others and the bad news is many of the 10 big players in the IT field are not making good profits so economic pressure could result in the 10 becoming seven. The problem is that economic theory and practice isn’t working and "making judgment calls using simplistic models of supply, demand, price and profit is far too crude a starting point," concludes Cochrane. "We need to include resilience, survivability, sustainability (PDF), people and ecological impact in the equation.""

+ - 104 Chicago Mayor Says Decriminalize Marijuana ->

Submitted by LavishRadish111
LavishRadish111 (2669055) writes "...Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said last Friday he backed a city council proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The council is set to vote later this month on an ordinance that would decriminalize the possession of up to 15 grams of pot... ..."The result is an ordinance that allows us to observe the law, while reducing the processing time for minor possession of marijuana — ultimately freeing up police officers for the street," Emanuel said..."
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+ - 105 Computational Folkloristics->

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codeToDiscovery
codeToDiscovery writes "This recently published article in the Communications of the ACM got me thinking about the intimate ties between storytelling, role playing games, and computational modeling and domain nomenclature.

From the introduction:

The study of folklore, or folkloristics, is predicated on two premises: traditional expressive culture circulates across and within social networks, and discrete "performances" of traditional expressive forms serve an important role as the locus for the ongoing negotiation of cultural ideology (norms, beliefs, and values). The underlying assumption is that folklore emerges from the dialectic tension between individual members of a cultural group on the one hand and the "traditions" of that group on the other. This ongoing tug-of-war ensures that traditional expressive culture is constantly changing, adjusting to the needs of the individuals within a group."

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Earth

+ - 192 Fires Sparked by Target Shooters Prompt Evacuations

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that more than 9,000 people have been driven from their homes by a wind-whipped wildfire started by two shooters at landfill popular with target shooters who won’t face any charges because they were not breaking any laws. The fire was the 20th this year in Utah sparked by target shooting where low precipitation, dry heat and high winds have hit the West hard, exacerbating the risk that bullets may glance off rocks and create sparks. Despite the increasing problem, local agencies are stuck in a legal quandary — the state’s zealous protection of gun rights leaves fire prevention to the discretion of individuals — a freedom that allows for the careless to shoot into dry hills and rocks. When bullets strike rock, heated fragments can break off and if the fragments make contact with dry grass, which can burn at 450 to 500 degrees, the right conditions can lead to wildfires. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has called on Utahns to use more "common sense" in target shooting urging target shooters to use established indoor and outdoor ranges instead of tinder-dry public lands. "We can do better than that as Utahns," says Herbert, calling on shooters to "self-regulate," since legislation bars sheriff’s officials from regulating firearms. "A lot of the problem we have out here is a lack of common sense.""

+ - 174 Gas Prices Continue To Fall->

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nmpost
nmpost writes "Earlier this year, as gas prices hit record highs in the winter and spring for that time of year, experts warned we were headed for all time records this summer. Something strange happened before every motorists recurring nightmare happened: gas prices actually started dropping. In fact, prices have fell over $.50 since they peaked in the spring. Experts have now flipped their projections, and believe prices will continue to tumble through the fall."
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Censorship

+ - 166 Ethiopian Government denies banning skype->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, we read that Ethiopia banned using VOIP. According to the head of Communication Affairs the draft bill aims to discourage illegal use of internet telephony, not any VOIP calls made PC-to-PC or PC-to-phone.

He also indicated that the draft bill prevents illegal use of internet phone as some people are making international calls with domestic charge.

For the sake of democracy, let's hope this doesn't affect the average "joe"."
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+ - 216 Nvidia Employee Asks How They Can Improve Linux Support->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "It seems that recent comments made by Linus Torvalds has made the people at NVIDIA to take Linux more seriously. Recently an Nvidia employee Stepen Warren asked in the Kernel Summit mailing list what could be done differently to make the Linux support better. "In a Google+ comment, Linus noted that we have mainly been contributing patches for Tegra SoC infra-structure details. I'm curious what other areas people might expect me/NVIDIA to contribute to. I assume the issue is mainly the lack of open support for the graphics-related parts of our HW, but perhaps there's some expectation that we'd also start helping out some core area of the kernel too? Would that kind of thing help our image even if we didn't open up our HW?“"
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