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Slashdot Launches Re-Design 2254

Today we are pleased to announce the launch of the third major re-design in our 13.5 year history, and I don't think it looks half bad. The new theme represents a serious gutting of the underlying HTML and CSS, as well as all-new graphics. There will be many design wiggles, bug squashes, and compatibility glitches that survived testing, so bear with us for a bit. Please direct your bug reports and feedback (good and bad!) to Garrett Woodworth who is currently in charge of such things. Thanks to him, Wes, Vlad, Dean, Phil and Tim, who have each worked hard to get this out the door. Juggling the needs of users, editors, and various business functions is a hard job, and you guys did good.
The Matrix

The Matrix Re-Reloaded 640

derGoldstein writes "According to Keanu Reeves: ' Matrix 4 and 5 are coming.' At an event that took place at the London International School of Performing Arts, 'Reeves revealed that he met with the Wachowskis around Christmas. They told him that they completed script treatments for two more Matrix installments. They are planning to make the films in 3D and have already met with James Cameron to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the technology. Reeves added that he's excited to return as Neo and promised that the treatments will truly revolutionize the action genre like the first Matrix film did.'"

Comment Re:Far from it... (Score 1) 314

Manhattan is, in general, very well serviced as long as you live below 110th Street. North of that, things get a bit dicey as it can take nearly an hour to go from 207th Street to Times Square/42nd street on the 1 train due to lack of express trains along that line. (They shouldn't have dropped the 9 train, IMO!) Also, the further north you go, the more affordable housing is but also the less "nice" the area is.

Skyscrapers are abundant below 59th Street (the southern border of Central Park) and then the buildings get gradually shorter as you go north. By the time you get to 110th Street, a vast majority of buildings are short ones, typically brownstones.

If you live in Manhattan, chances are you'll have excellent access to the rest of the city. If you live in the other boroughs, it's a hit or miss. Plenty of huge gaps in the subway system there, but the MTA plugs it up with an excellent bus service. Staten Island? Forget about it. You need a car if you don't live along the Staten Island Railroad corridor. Oh, and the toll on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge is now $14 going toward the island, or $8 on the Goethals or Bayonne bridges.

You give some, you take some. I hope you do get the chance to visit the city sometime, it is a truly amazing experience.


How To Replace FileVault With EncFS 65

agoston.horvath writes "I've written a HOWTO on replacing Mac OS X's built-in encryption (FileVault) with the well-known FUSE-based EncFS. It worked well for me, and most importantly: it is a lot handier than what Apple has put together. This is especially useful if you are using a backup solution like Time Machine. Includes Whys, Why Nots, and step-by-step instructions."

Nintendo Announces DSi XL 179

lbalbalba writes "This morning, Nintendo announced the third upgrade to the DS family, the DSi LL (or DSi XL). It will be released in Japan on November 21, one year after the DSi debuted, for ¥20,000 (approx. $220). The LL's main improvement is the size of its screens, which have been increased from 3.25" to 4.2" with a moderate increase to the size of the chassis. The device also includes a much bigger stylus, which looks to be the size of a ballpoint pen, and battery life has reportedly been increased to five hours at maximum screen brightness."

Arthropod Chain Gangs 43

monk writes "Science News references a story in the October 10 Science about Cambrian invertebrates which formed weird permanent chains up to twenty individuals long. 'The discovery of 525-million-year-old fossils belonging to a new species of arthropod shows that these animals formed communal chains never before seen in fossilized invertebrates.' It should be obvious to any Slashdotter of a certain age that this is the true origin of the so called 'centipede' in the eponymous game."
The Courts

Palin E-mail Hacker Indicted 846

doomsdaywire writes "A University of Tennessee student who is the son of a Memphis legislator has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of hacking Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail. [...] If convicted, [David C.] Kernell faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a three-year term of supervised release. A trial date has not been set."

New Contestants On the Turing Test 630

vitamine73 writes "At 9 a.m. next Sunday, six computer programs — 'artificial conversational entities' — will answer questions posed by human volunteers at the University of Reading in a bid to become the first recognized 'thinking' machine. If any program succeeds, it is likely to be hailed as the most significant breakthrough in artificial intelligence since the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. It could also raise profound questions about whether a computer has the potential to be 'conscious' — and if humans should have the 'right' to switch it off."

Comment Re:Passion of Traffic (Score 1) 477

Oh gawd... I drive on I-4 from Altamonte Springs down to Orange Blossom Trail past downtown everyday on my way to work. I cannot begin to tell you how much of a pain in the ass it is. It's also where my car got totaled on the 5th of this month, thanks to some jackass who decided to park his car in the fast lane just around a curve when everybody was going 50mph. Normally I would have been "at fault" but considering the situation I could not have avoided that accident.

I think a LOT of the problem has to do with the fact that there are exits on the left side as well as the right, so we get lots of people trying to cut through four lanes of highway traffic to get to the exit on the opposite side. Also, I would blame the kids in rice rockets who get in front of you even if there's just barely a car length of space in front of you. That would cause some panic braking which would cascade throughout the traffic, reaching as far back as Sanford.

Butterfly effect, anyone?

FORTUNE'S FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL: A firefly is not a fly, but a beetle.