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Submission + - Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

blottsie writes: The FBI has arrested the online persona "Defcon," identified as Blake Benthall, a 26-year-old in San Francisco, who the agency claims ran the massive online black market Silk Road 2.0. Benthall's FBI arrest comes a year after that of Ross Ulbricht, also from San Francisco, who's alleged mastermind of the original Silk Road and still awaiting trial.

The largest of those reported down is Silk Road 2.0. But a host of smaller markets also seized by law enforcement include Appaca, BlueSky, Cloud9, Hydra, Onionshop, Pandora, and TheHub.

Submission + - Interactive Map shows Places where London was hit during WW2 "Blitz" (bombsight.org)

dryriver writes: During WW2, London was bombed from the air for 8 months, a period in London's history commonly know as "the Blitz". More than 20,000 people were killed and 1.4m people made homeless during the Blitz, which took place between 7 September 1940 and 11 May 1941. Now an interactive, zoomable map a la Google Maps visualizes, for the first time, all the spots in London that were reportedly hit during the Blitz. Browsing the interactive map is sobering experience. There are so many "hit sites" on display on the interactive map that one wonders how the Londoners of the day managed to survive this horrific onslaught, and somehow also get on with their jobs and their lives. The interactive map is a good example of how modern day data visualization techniques can shed light on the events of the past, and at the click of a mousebutton no less...

Submission + - Hit game makes £52 in first week on Windows RT Read more: Great Big War G (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "Great Big War Game, a popular iOS and Android app, made only £52 in its first week on Windows RT. In an angry blog post titled "Windows RT — Born to fail", UK-based developer Rubicon blamed Microsoft for the paltry sum and said it won't be bringing any more of its titles to the fledgling platform. It seems Microsoft refused to promote the app as it would only run on Windows RT devices. However, Microsoft quickly got in touch with Rubicon, and the post was deleted and replaced with an apologetic response saying "Microsoft have graciously decided work with us to iron out the problems and get us past this incident". Rubicon will be hoping that £52 figure improves quickly, as it spent £10,000 porting the game to Windows RT."

Submission + - Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing books (cnn.com)

Crash McBang writes: After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica will cease production of its iconic multi-volume book sets. They represent less than 1% of the company's total sales. The online version of the encyclopedia, which was first published in 1994, represents only 15% of Britannica's revenue. The other 85% is sales of education products: online learning tools, curriculum products and more. "Google's algorithm doesn't know what's fact or what's fiction," Britannica president Jorge Cauz concedes. "So Wikipedia is often the No. 1 or No. 2 result on search. But I'd bet a lot of money that most people would rather use Britannica than Wikipedia."

When was the last time you cracked open a fresh volume of Britannica, Slashdotters?


Submission + - Encyclopedia Britannica Goes "Out of Print" After 244 Years of Production (guardian.co.uk)

westlake writes: "The Guardian is reporting that the 2010 edition of the Brittanica will be the last in print, The DVD edition and on-line subscription service will continue. The Brittanica's great strengh historically was in its signed contributions from men like Freud and Einstein. It was the quality of the writing as much as the content that made browsing these massive and often unweildy sets such a pleasure."

Slashdot Keybindings, Dynamic Stories 220

We've been working hard on the new dynamic Slashdot project (logged in users can enable this by enabling the beta index in their user preferences). I just wanted to quickly mention that there are keybindings on the index. The WASD and VI movement keys do stuff that we like, and the faq has the complete list. Also, if you are using Firefox or have Index2 beta enabled, you can click 'More' in the footer at the end of the page to load the next block of stories in-line without a page refresh. We're experimenting now with page sizes to balance load times against the likelihood that you'll click. More features will be coming soon, but the main thing on our agenda now is optimization. The beta index2 is sloooow and that's gotta change. We're aiming for 2 major optimizations this week (CSS Sprites, and removing an old YUI library) that I'm hoping will put the beta page render time into the "Sane" time frame (which, in case you are wondering, is several seconds faster than that "Insane" time frame we're currently seeing).
The Courts

Final Judgment — SCO Loses, Owes $3,506,526 265

Xenographic writes "SCO has finally lost to Novell, now that Judge Kimball has entered final judgment against SCO. Of course, this is SCO we're talking about. There's still the litigation in bankruptcy court, which allowed this case to resume so that they could figure out just how much SCO owes, which is $3,506,526, if I calculated the interest properly, $625,486.90 of which will go into a constructive trust. And then there's the possibility that SCO could seek to have the judgment overturned in the appeals courts, or even the Supreme Court when that fails. Of course, they need money to do that and they don't really have much of that any more. Remember how Enderle, O'Gara and company told us that SCO was sure to win? I wonder how many people have emailed them to say, 'I told you so.'"
Hardware Hacking

Hacks Allowing Disabled Gamers To Play Guitar Hero 94

angrymilkman writes "Here are two interesting new approaches where researchers modified the popular Guitar Hero game so it can be played by gamers with disabilities. Air Guitar Hero modifies the Guitar Hero controller so someone without limbs can play it by using electrodes attached to the user's residual arm. Blind Hero is a mod for Frets on Fire that uses a haptic glove that can turn visual feedback into haptic feedback, allowing blind gamers to play Guitar Hero songs." There have been a variety of Guitar Hero hacks in the past, including a custom drum pad for playing the guitar part, using the plastic guitar as a real instrument, and rocking out with your bike, but it's nice to see some more serious modifications showing up.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Secret international copyright agreement (nationalpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Several countries (Including the US and Canada) are reportedly negotiating a deal whereby customs inspectors would become copyright police, able to fine or seize hardware containing infringing content. As it would be an federal trade agreement it would not require Canadian parliamentary approval. Ladies and gentlemen start your letter writing campaigns now.

Submission + - The Connections Between Music and Mathematics (scienceray.com)

DirectedImpact writes: "When the word music comes to mind, many people think of their favorite hip-hop artists, rappers, and guitarists. Many people have at one point or another played an instrument in a band, learned piano, or have sang. Notes elegantly drawn across the page can calm and sooth people, or get them in the zone for sporting events. Music brings joy to those who play, write, or listen. Bring up how it is connected to mathematics, and many people will be puzzled. However, once the shock reseeds and they thing about it, they realize that there are striking similarities. Not only the obvious ones, like beats in a measure, but the wave lengths and ratios between notes."

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.