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Submission + - Showtime Announces Subscription-Free Streaming Plan

An anonymous reader writes: Following in HBO’s footsteps, Showtime has announced that it is launching a stand-alone streaming service in mid-July. Simply called "Showtime," the service will launch through a partnership with Apple and costs $10.99 a month. “Going over-the-top means Showtime will be much more accessible to tens of millions of potential new subscribers,” said CBS Corp. President and CEO Leslie Moonves in a statement about the deal. “Across CBS, we are constantly finding new ways to monetize our programming by capitalizing on opportunities presented by technology. This works best when you have outstanding premium content – like we do at Showtime – and when you have a terrific partner like Apple – which continues to innovate and build upon its loyal customer base,” he added.

Submission + - What is your most unusual hardware hack?

An anonymous reader writes: It has been recently asked what kind of things someone can power with an external USB battery by another slashdotter. In the light of this, what kind of modifications have you made to your gadgets to do things that they were never meant to do? Consider old routers, cell phones, monitors, etc. that have absolutely no use or value anymore in their intended form. What can you do with them?

Submission + - Indicted ex-FIFA executive cites Onion article in rant slamming US->

schwit1 writes: Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner renewed his criticism of the United States, where he faces corruption charges, on Sunday by releasing a pair of videorecorded comments — one of them based on a story by satirical website The Onion.

"This past week has been a most trying one for me, a most difficult one," Warner said.

Even Sunday wasn't easy, when Warner needed two attempts to get his message across by telling followers that the latest accusations against him stem largely from the U.S. being upset that it did not win the rights to host the 2022 World Cup — which went to Qatar.

In an eight-minute Facebook video, which was quickly deleted after numerous news reports picked up on the gaffe, Warner held up a printout of a fictitious story from The Onion bearing the headline: "FIFA Frantically Announces 2015 Summer World Cup In United States."

The fake story was published on Wednesday, hours after Warner was indicted in the U.S. and arrested and briefly jailed in Trinidad. Warner asked why the story was "two days before the FIFA election" when Sepp Blatter was re-elected as president.

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Submission + - Can Information Technology End World Hunger? Not So Fast, Says Researcher

An anonymous reader writes: The idea of using information technology to transform impoverished communities in developing countries has inspired philanthropic and for-profit projects around the world, now collectively referred by the ungainly appellation ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development). A former Microsoft researcher who spent years trying to implement dozens of what he now calls "geek intervention" projects in Bangalore, India, as founder and head of a research lab there, cautions that making these projects work is a lot harder than its backers think. Kentaro Toyama has just published the book Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology recounting his experiences, and gave a remarkably pithy interview to MIT Technology Review discussing his findings. On medical clinics: "If you go to a typical rural clinic, it’s not the kind of place that anybody from the United States would think of as a decent place to get health care. Bringing along a laptop, connecting it to wireless, and providing Internet so you can do telemedicine is just an incredibly thin cover. It’s a thin, superficial change."
On One Laptop Per Child, a former flagship of Internet-era IT philanthropy that appears to be winding down: "The reality is, that joy is the same joy that you see when you peek over the shoulder of a kid who has a smartphone in their hands in the developed world, which is to say they’re overjoyed because they’re playing Angry Birds." Asked to recount a success of his lab, Toyama described a program that delivered video training to villagers on improved agricultural practices, presented by peers. But the success of that program depended on human facilitators who made sure the villagers discussed the program and asked questions; otherwise the exercise would have been "just like watching TV", which Toyama says is not effective in changing farmers' habits. Another interview that appeared in the Seattle Times broaches the sensitive subject of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the heavyweight in the ICT4D field. Of course, Gates was Toyama's big boss at Microsoft. Toyama is now an associate professor at the Univerity of Michigan's School of Information.

Comment Use bubbleheads (Score 1) 137 137

Since the trip is most like an ocean voyage, send submarine sailors. They're used to being isolated for long periods of time while being reasonably self-sufficient. They know how to manage their environment and deal with emergencies.

Just don't send anybody with them that isn't used to their sense of humor.

Comment Re:Honestly (Score 1) 587 587

I heard that story on EscapePod http://escapepod.org/ and couldn't figure out what it had to do with SciFi, but that was true of most of the stories during their 'Hugo Month'. In fact, the hosts noted that the only reason some of those stories were on the show was because they were Hugo nominated.

I find including or excluding anybody or their work because of race/gender/orientation pretty disgusting.

Submission + - Ammonia Leak Alarm on the ISS Forces Evacuation of US Side, Crew Safe

BabelBuilder writes: A possible ammonia leak aboard the ISS this morning caused the crew to evacuate the US side of the station. All crew aboard the station is safe. According to Universe Today, "NASA says that an alarm sounded in the US segment at about 4 a.m. EST. indicating a possible ammonia leak. As a result, all six Expedition 42 astronauts and cosmonauts evacuated the US segment." NASA thinks the alarm triggered by the ammonia leak might be a false alarm, but is going over their data.

Comment Re:Bertha (Score 1) 25 25

It could, but unfortunately, Bertha hasn't moved in over a year. They're working on a vertical shaft to access the cutting head for repairs. Pumping out water for that shaft has caused ground settling in the area. The whole thing's a giant mess the taxpayers will be on the hook for.

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