Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Government

+ - 226 CS Professor Announces Run for VT State Senate on a Platform of Internet Polling->

Submitted by
Cynic
Cynic writes "Having read pretty heavily on the topic, weighed the pros and cons, and seen a few relevant slashdot articles, I wondered why an elected representative couldn't use online and in-person polling of constituents to decide the way he or she votes. Though we are living in the "information age" and have rich communications media and opportunities for deep and accessible deliberation, we are getting by (poorly) with horse-and-buggy-era representation. In the spirit of science and because I think it's legitimately a better way of doing things, I recently announced my candidacy for Vermont's State Senate in Washington County."
Link to Original Source
Science

+ - 263 Debate over Evolution Will Soon be History Says Leakey 1

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "According to noted paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey sometime in the next 15 to 30 years, scientific discoveries about evolution will have accelerated to the point that "even the skeptics can accept it." "If you don't like the word evolution, I don't care what you call it, but life has changed. You can lay out all the fossils that have been collected and establish lineages that even a fool could work up. So the question is why, how does this happen? It's not covered by Genesis. There's no explanation for this change going back 500 million years in any book I've read from the lips of any God." Leakey began his work searching for fossils in the mid-1960s and his team unearthed a nearly complete 1.6-million-year-old skeleton in 1984 that became known as "Turkana Boy," the first known early human with long legs, short arms and a tall stature. At 67, Leakey conducts research with his wife, Meave, and daughter, Louise and the family claims to have unearthed "much of the existing fossil evidence for human evolution." Leakey, an athiest, insists he has no animosity toward religion. “If you tell me, well, people really need a faith ... I understand that,” says Leakey, the son of the late Louis and Mary Leakey. “I see no reason why you shouldn’t go through your life thinking if you’re a good citizen, you’ll get a better future in the afterlife ....”"
Cellphones

+ - 209 LG aims to beat Apple's Retina display->

Submitted by
angry tapir
angry tapir writes "LG Display has introduced a 5-inch full HD LCD panel for smartphone displays — the highest resolution mobile panel to date. The widescreen panel is based on AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) technology and has a 1920-by-1080 pixel resolution or 440 pixels per inch (ppi), according to LG. That compares to Apple's Retina display, which has 264 ppi on the new iPad and 326 ppi on the iPhone 4S."
Link to Original Source

+ - 230 Miners Send Drones To Work->

Submitted by aesoteric
aesoteric (1344297) writes "Australia's top miners have opened a new front in their march to automation, flying unmanned aerial vehicles in increasing numbers at remote sites across the country. They've been used to inspect a fire-damaged oil rig, perform aerial photography and stockpile surveys. There is also a trend towards non US-built UAVs, due to the lag in receiving export approvals for the aircraft and spare parts."
Link to Original Source
Android

+ - 147 How lack of standards is holding back Android mobile banking->

Submitted by
Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace writes "Commonwealth Bank of Australia has extended its mobile banking app, Kaching, to Android. But the Android version will lack the near-field communications (NFC) chips for tap-and-go payments, also known as contactless payments. CBA chief marketing officer Andy Lark explained:

“Our challenge on Android frankly has been in waiting for NFC clarity from Google and we haven’t got it,” Mr Lark said. “We are seeing customers love and use NFC on the iPhone platform, and Apple has done a really nice job of making that something we can do,’’ he said. “But the diversity of the Android handsets and the lack of clarity from Google on NFC makes it very hard to activate some of the key capabilities of Kaching.”

This is a perfect example of how lack of standards can be so troublesome to business and detract from user experience."
Link to Original Source

Music

+ - 329 "Open Source Bach" project completed; score and recording now online -> 1

Submitted by
rDouglass
rDouglass writes "MuseScore, the open source music notation editor, and pianist Kimiko Ishizaka have released a new recording and digital edition of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The works are released under the Creative Commons Zero license to promote the broadest possible free use of the works. The score underwent two rounds of public peer review, drawing on processes normally applied to open source software. Furthermore, the demands of Bach's notational style drove significant advancements in the MuseScore open source project. The recording was made on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial piano in the Teldex Studio of Berlin. Anne-Marie Sylvestre, a Canadian record producer, was inspired by the project and volunteered her time to edit and produce the recording. The project was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign that was featured on Slashdot in March 2011."
Link to Original Source
Canada

+ - 152 Open Source could be half the solution to the Quebec's student protests. -> 2

Submitted by
HommeDeJava
HommeDeJava writes "Today, three professionnal associations which are promoting Open Source software join their voices to claim that use of Open Source software could cover half the increase of tuition fees and put and end to the student's crisis in Québec. (http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/351050/logiciels-libres)

Since more than 100 days Québec, about 150,000 students, roughly one-third of Quebec's post-secondary student population, are boycotting their courses and manifesting against increasing tuition fees and political corruption.
( http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Quebec+student+protests+what+keeping+them+motivated/6684697/story.html)

At the same time, the Charest Liberal government's has announced it will upgrade Microsoft licenses for about 1.4 billion dollars. (http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-quebecoise/201203/30/01-4511088-quebec-doit-reduire-sa-dependance-a-microsoft-dit-le-pq.php)"

Link to Original Source
Transportation

+ - 164 How Ford Sync could change the tech industry->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "When you think “cutting edge technology,” chances are you don’t think of the automotive industry. Until quite recently, the center stack in most vehicles had scarcely changed in 20 years, but that's not the case any more. Ford is rethinking auto tech and could become a centralizing force in the technology industry. The company has emphasized that shipping with proper device support isn’t just about providing better service, it helps drive the use of hands-free and voice recognition technology that promotes safer driving and less-distracted drivers. Pressure like this could be one reason carriers start to clean up their act when it comes to mobile OS upgrades."
Link to Original Source
Science

+ - 154 Armed extremists targeting nuclear and nanotech workershttp://slashdot.org/->

Submitted by scibri
scibri (2544842) writes "A loose coalition of eco-anarchist groups is increasingly launching violent attacks on scientists.

A group calling itself the Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front has claimed responsibility for the non-fatal shooting of a nuclear-engineering executive on 7 May in Genoa. The same group sent a letter bomb to a Swiss pro-nuclear lobby group in 2011; attempted to bomb IBM’s nanotechnology laboratory in Switzerland in 2010; and has ties with a group responsible for at least four bomb attacks on nanotechnology facilities in Mexico.

Another branch of the group attacked railway signals in Bristol, UK, last week in an attempt to disrupt employees of nearby defence technology firms (no word on whether anyone noticed the difference between an anarchist attack and a normal Wednesday on the UK's railways).

A report by Swiss intelligence says such loosely affiliated groups are increasingly working together."

Link to Original Source
Transportation

+ - 150 Convoy 2.0: Driverless Volvo Platoon Hits the Road

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "After seeing a caravan of state highway escort trucks accompanying a road work crew, the idea of follow-the-leader driverless vehicles may have crossed your mind. Covered earlier on Slashdot but pretty much lost in the buzz over the Google driverless car is Project Sartre (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), Europe's experiment with 'vehicle platooning,' which has successfully completed a 125 mile road test on a busy Spain motorway, in which three Volvos drove themselves by automatically following a truck in the presence of other, normal road users. The Register reports that on-board cameras, radar and laser tracking allow each vehicle to monitor the one in front, and wirelessly streamed data from the lead vehicle tells each car when to accelerate, break and turn. Time to start working on that screenplay for Convoy II?"

+ - 245 Ask Slashdot: Find a job in China for non-native speaker 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "My fiancée has recently been accepted into a Chinese university into their phd program, and I've been looking at jobs in China (specifically the Beijing area) and not having any success. I'm a developer with 8 years of experience (java), mostly on the server side, so I'm not lacking in the general experience, but the problem is I don't speak Mandarin or Cantonese. I am a native English speaker from Canada though. The only jobs I've had any responses from were teaching positions for simple English which isn't exactly my first choice. Has anyone had any experience or success as a programmer finding a job in China, without being able to speak the native language? Any websites I should be focusing on?"

+ - 235 Landmark Calculation Clears the Way to Answering How Matter is Formed->

Submitted by
smazsyr
smazsyr writes "An international collaboration of scientists is reporting in landmark detail the decay process of a subatomic particle called a kaon – information that may help answer fundamental questions about how the universe began. The calculation in the study required 54 million processor hours on the IBM BlueGene/P supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory, the equivalent of 281 days of computing with 8,000 processors. “This calculation brings us closer to answering fundamental questions about how matter formed in the early universe and why we, and everything else we observe today, are made of matter and not anti-matter,” says a co-author of the paper."
Link to Original Source
China

+ - 150 Backdoor Found in China-Made US Military Chip 5

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Information Age reports that the Cambridge University researchers have discovered that a microprocessor used by the US military but made in China contains secret remote access capability, a secret "backdoor" that means it can be shut off or reprogrammed without the user knowing. The "bug" is in the actual chip itself, rather than the firmware installed on the devices that use it. This means there is no way to fix it than to replace the chip altogether. "The discovery of a backdoor in a military grade chip raises some serious questions about hardware assurance in the semiconductor industry," writes Cambridge University researcher Sergei Skorobogatov. "It also raises some searching questions about the integrity of manufacturers making claims about [the] security of their products without independent testing." The unnamed chip, which the researchers claim is widely used in military and industrial applications, is "wide open to intellectual property theft, fraud and reverse engineering of the design to allow the introduction of a backdoor or Trojan", Does this mean that the Chinese have control of our military information infrastructure asks Rupert Goodwins? "No: it means that one particular chip has an undocumented feature. An unfortunate feature, to be sure, to find in a secure system — but secret ways in have been built into security systems for as long as such systems have existed.""

God doesn't play dice. -- Albert Einstein

Working...