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Submission + - A digital lynching (

Ricochet writes: As many of us do, I have several digital accounts related to my online persona: Slashdot, Twitter, Facebook, email, web sites and forums. A lot of it is so I can establish a certain reputation that I can use to make connections with other (usually work or field related). This week I experienced a rather interesting problem in defending my online reputation. I was digitally lynched by a Facebook mob. It started on Tuesday night after I got home from a geek session (electronics, software, protocols mostly work related type stuff) with my friends. I was greeted by a mail box filled with 33 messages from Facebook users. A few were asking "what do you think you're doing?", most were nasty grams cursing the day I was born, 2 asked what was this all about, and one from The Reptilian Illuminati (sorry guys while the idea of world domination leaves me licking my eyes, I'm afraid I'm in it for World Automation. Keep up the good work and we're all counting on you). The sheer volume and lack of any usable information left me quite perplexed. So I decided to login to my linuxha Facebook account, only to find it disabled with no explanation (so far Facebook hasn't seen fit to respond to my inquires). In all of this digital rubble I was left with no answers, no Facebook account and the only clue had was 'Automation Labs' (AL) which many of the users referenced. A quick search of Google showed that AL was a "Farm manager extreme" for the Facebook game Farmville. I little more searching and I found one link mentioning AL and my account. Basically a rumor had spread that AL had access to your profile and that by blocking them you could also speed up Farmville (???). With that users began following the rumors directions to go to Account -> Privacy Settings -> Block List -> in the person box, enter automation labs -> then block the 20 people who show up. Turns out the the Block list is a search box which will search for anyone related to automation or labs. From one user's comments the MIT Humans and Automation Labs ( ) is a criminal hacker group and so am I. One user went as far as to 'research' my web site and declared that it was indeed a hacker group because I hacked toys and games (Here comes Chuky! Phear me as I am now a force to be reckoned with! — imagine that with a Pee Wee Herman voice. Scary!). So now I'm left with a disabled account, and a slightly besmirched reputation (yes I used a bronto-thesaurus and a spell chicken). While this one account doesn't account for much of my online reputation I would like to at least know how to clean it up. Have others run into this and what have they done afterwards? With the way the internet is going and what it is knowing if some part of an online reputation were damaged this might be important to fix. I'd hate to think I'd have to purchase the services of a media representative to create a better online reputation.

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Submission + - SPAM: Research on Mind driven bit changes?

Ep0xi writes: I've been for years capable of crashing computers with my thoughts and even
restarting them, or just making applications to crash while concentrated
and given certain situations.
Another common example is problems solved inside computers without my intervention
with my sole presence, without rebooting. allmost IT magics, so those are my earnings sometimes.
There are another serious issues of crash are based on atomic alterations to lasers inside DVDs and CDs
i think it is not magnetic based crashes but just some kind of fourth dimensional
interference which blocks the light source.
Do you have any sources about research on this areas? can you give me your
PhD theories? i'll love your comments. thanks!

Submission + - 'Gay bomb' scoops Ig Nobel award

gollum123 writes: "Pioneering research into a "gay bomb" that makes enemy troops "sexually irresistible" to each other has scooped one of this year's Ig Nobel Prizes ( ). Other winners included work on treating hamster jetlag with impotency drugs, extracting vanilla from cow dung, and the side-effects of sword swallowing. Some of the winners include Physics — A US-Chile team who ironed out the problem of how sheets become wrinkled, Chemistry — Mayu Yamamoto, from Japan, for developing a method to extract vanilla fragrance and flavouring from cow dung, Peace — The US Air Force Wright Laboratory for instigating research and development on a chemical weapon that would provoke widespread homosexual behaviour among enemy troops, Aviation — A National University of Quilmes, Argentina, team for discovering that impotency drugs can help hamsters to recover from jet lag."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - SPAM: Weird science: Harvard's annual Ig Nobels

alphadogg writes: Skip the Grammys. The Oscars are boring. It's time to talk about the only award in the history of the Earth that has been presented both to ducks that practice homosexual necrophilia and Dan Quayle.That's right, it's time for the Ig Nobel Prizes, which are ... ahem ... "loosely" affiliated with Harvard University. It's not quite the anti-Nobel, since you're bound to learn about some real, if weird, science Thursday if you attend this year's ceremony at Harvard's Sanders Theater, or if you watch the live Webcast. [spam URL stripped]

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