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Submission + - AltSlashdot is coming ( 3

Okian Warrior writes: I've registered "". I intend to run a site much like Slashdot used to be — better articles, less decoration and less "in your face" functionality. I'm reviewing and getting comfortable with slashcode right now. I'm looking for volunteers to help with setup and running the site. If the site becomes profitable, I intend to hire from the pool of volunteers. If you've ever wanted to participate in a site like Slashdot, here's your chance! I'm particularly in need of people who can:
  • Set up and manage a high-traffic site (servers, load-balancers, data sites, &c)
  • Edit story submissions
  • HTML, CSS, and script creation/bugfix/repair

Contact me if interested John (at) AltSlashdot (dot) org

Submission + - Lucas film sold to Disney for $4bn; Star Wars Episode 7 expected in 2015 (

smashr writes: George Lucas is finally relinquishing control of the Star Wars franchise! In an unexpected deal, Lucas, who is the sole shareholder of the company, has sold Lucasfilm to Disney for approximately $4bn USD split between cash and stock. New feature films in the franchise (Episode 7 and onward) are expected starting in 2015!

Submission + - IBM now officially bigger than Microsoft (

An anonymous reader writes: IBM is now officially bigger than Microsoft, for the first time in nearly 15 years as its market valuation surpassed that of Microsoft. At the closing bell, IBM was worth $214bn, but Microsoft wasn't too far behind with a valuation of $213.2bn.

Submission + - Russian ISS Cargo Spacecraft Lost After Launch (

Comtraya writes: "From the NASA statement:
Mission Control Moscow reported that communication with the Progress 44 cargo craft was lost 5 minutes, 20 seconds after its launch at 9 a.m. EDT today. Preliminary data from the Russian Federal Space Agency indicate there was a problem with the propulsion system, and that the vehicle did not reach its desired orbit.
Progress 44 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome into a cloudless sky at 7 p.m. Kazakhstan time bound for the International Space Station and a docking on Friday. At the time of launch, the space station was flying 230 miles over Equatorial Guinea on the west coast of Africa. The spacecraft is carrying 2.9 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the space station."


Submission + - Worlds first Self Inflating bicycle tire (

An anonymous reader writes: A brand new project just launched on Kickstarter that is perfect for Slashdot – it’s a self -inflating bicycle tire that inflates as you ride. PumpTire uses Peristaltic pump technology to create pressure equalization. The rider can set the PSI anywhere between 65 to 100, making it perfect for the urban cyclist. Visit KickStarter to view our demo video to see how it works! Please help this project get started by spreading the word, thank you very much.

Submission + - Russian space freighter lost (

Sez Zero writes: An unmanned freighter launched to the International Space Station (ISS) has been lost.

The Russian space agency has confirmed the Progress M-12M cargo ship was not placed in the correct orbit by its rocket and fell back to Earth.

The vessel was carrying 2.5 tonnes of supplies for the ISS astronauts.

With the retirement of the US space shuttle, there is now a critical reliance on the robotic freighters to keep the station supplied.


Submission + - Lollapalooza Asks Developers To Create Apps (

emilyann writes: In an effort to create the best application for the upcoming Lollapalooza 2011 music festival, the fest opened up its API and held a hackathon.

Remember when mapping out which shows to see at a music fest involved grabbing a calendar from your local alternative news weekly and circling stuff? Well, those days are waning, as evidenced by Lolla’s most recent foray into app creation, a contest called HackLolla, launched on May 6 at Music Hack Day.


Submission + - Time To Close the Security Theater (

An anonymous reader writes: An editorial at Forbes calls for the dismantling of the TSA, pointing to recent headlines as the latest examples of 'security theater' at its worst. From the article: "The problem isn’t that the TSA is harassing the wrong people. The problem is that the TSA is harassing anyone. The TSA is encroaching on fundamental liberties and providing no discernable benefit. ...Naturally, the TSA responds to incidents like these by saying that the agents are highly trained and that they have followed proper procedure. This indicates a signal failing for the agency: if “doing it by the book” involves touching people in ways that would be considered sexual assault in virtually any other context or telling a 90-year old breast cancer survivor to remove her bra lest it contain explosives (as happened to a friend’s grandmother), then the book needs to be shredded and rewritten. Better yet, it needs to be replaced with a competitive market for air travel in which the airports, the airways, and the airliners are in private hands. Some might object that private firms will have incentives to cut corners on safety. It is a legitimate concern, but competitive mechanisms tend to weed this out."

Submission + - Rubik's cube - the order of God's Number (

mikejuk writes: God's number is the smallest number of moves it takes to solve a general Rubik's cube. We still don't know the size of God's number for anything other than the 3x3x3 cube but we do know how it varies with the size of the cube and the remarkable thing is that it gets easier as the cube gets bigger.

Submission + - What happened to Google Groups? (

An anonymous reader writes: What's up with Google Groups? It's still available, but there have not been any new posts since June 25. Any ideas?

Submission + - Security Vendor Applauds LulzSec Attacks (

Orome1 writes: In an unexpected move for a security company, SecurEnvoy today said that cyber break-ins and advanced malware incidents, such as the recent DDoS attack by LulzSec, should actually be welcomed and their initiators applauded. The company's CTO Andy Kemshall said: “I firmly believe that the media attention LulzSec’s DDoS attack has recently received is deserving. It’s thanks to these guys, who’re exposing the blasé attitudes of government and businesses without any personal financial gain, that will make a difference in the long term to the security being put in place to protect our own personal data!” Andy also said that instead of persecuting them, we need to recognize their talent, embrace their expertise and encourage them across from the dark side to turn their expertise into something constructive rather than destructive.

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