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Submission + - Open Source Tech Providing Mobile Communications In Developing Nations (

An anonymous reader writes: A village in the West Papua central highlands runs a telecom network out of a box latched to a tree. The network runs on open source. 'OpenBTS, an all-software cellular transceiver, is at the heart of the network running on that box attached to a treetop. Someday, if those working with the technology have their way, it could do for mobile networks what TCP/IP and open source did for the Internet. The dream is to help mobile break free from the confines of telephone providers’ locked-down spectrum, turning it into a platform for the development of a whole new range of applications that use spectrum "white space" to connect mobile devices of every kind. It could also democratize telecommunications around the world in unexpected ways. ... It is a 2G GSM system with two operating channels (GSM absolute radio-frequency channel numbers, or ARFCNs) in the 900MHz range, putting out 10 watts of signal power from an omnidirectional antenna. That gives the system a range of about five kilometers under ideal conditions, but in reality it averages about a three kilometer range because of vegetation and terrain (1.86 miles to 3.10 miles). The whole system is installed in a weatherproof box up a tree and draws less than 80 watts of power.'

Submission + - Scientists demonstrate first contagious airborne WiFi virus (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at the University of Liverpool have shown for the first time that WiFi networks can be infected with a virus that can move through densely populated areas as efficiently as the common cold spreads between humans. The team designed and simulated an attack by a virus, called "Chameleon" that could not only spread quickly between homes and businesses, but avoided detection and identified the points at which WiFi access is least protected by encryption and passwords. The research appears in EURASIP Journal on Information Security.

Submission + - Mt Gox hacked. All coins gone. (

ch0ad writes: Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, has gone offline, apparently after losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to a years-long hacking effort that went unnoticed by the company.

The hacking attack is detailed in a leaked “crisis strategy draft” plan, apparently created by Gox and published Monday by Ryan Selkis, a bitcoin entrepreneur and blogger (see below). According to the document, the exchange is insolvent after losing 744,408 bitcoins — worth about $350 million at Monday’s trading prices.

The Military

Submission + - DARPA looking for GPS alternative (

garymortimer writes: "Many U.S. Military systems, such as missiles, rely on the Global Positioning System (GPS) to provide accurate position, orientation and time information while in flight. When GPS is inaccessible, whether as a result of a malfunction or as a consequence of enemy action, information critical for navigation must be gathered using the missile’s on-board sensors.

DARPA’s Chip-Scale Combinatorial Atomic Navigator (C-SCAN) effort seeks an atomic inertial sensor to measure orientation in GPS-denied environments. Such a sensor would integrate small size, low power consumption, high resolution of motion detection and a fast start up time into a single package."


Submission + - Judge Grudgingly awards $3.6 Million in DRM Circumvention Case (

Fluffeh writes: "The case involves an online game, MapleStory, and some people who set up an alternate server, UMaple, allowing users to play the game with the official game client, but without logging into the official MapleStory servers. In this case, the people behind UMaple apparently ignored the lawsuit, leading to a default judgment. Although annoyed with MapleStory (The Judge knocked down a request for $68,764.23 — in profits made by UMaple — down to just $398.98), the law states a minimum of $200 per infringement. Multiply that by 17,938 users of UMaple... and you get $3.6 million. In fact, it sounds like the court would very much like to decrease the amount, but notes that "nevertheless, the court is powerless to deviate from the DMCA's statutory minimum." Eric Goldman also has some further op-ed and information regarding the case and judgement."

TED Education — Video Lessons For Students 88

New submitter EuNao writes "TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), the organization based on 'ideas worth sharing,' launched a new initiative this past week. It is called TED-Ed, and it aims to engage students with unforgettable lessons. There are many places in the world where a wonderful teacher or mentor is teaching something mind-blowing, but as it stands now not many people have access to that powerful experience. Ted-Ed aims to bring that engaging experience to everyone who has an internet connection. Here are summaries and links to the nine videos that were initially released."

Submission + - Google is Planning to Penalize Overly Optimized Sites (

tekgoblin writes: "This is an interesting move by Google but not completely off the rocker for them. Last year they blocked search results from the domain because they believed they polluted the search results.
Google plans to penalize overly optimized sites because they want to level the playing field for other websites who do not concentrate on such efforts. Basically there are sites out there that completely focus their efforts on SEO and not content and those results would rank higher than sites that don’t focus on SEO."


Submission + - Kickstarter, Yet another game developer including a bounty for Linux support. (

An anonymous reader writes: Linux Gaming News reports that that game developer Popflame Studios will be making a GNU/Linux version of their game Heroes of Forevia IF they get double their funding goal of $10,000 with through their Kickstarter Project. I fascinates me how developers ask users of one platform to fund a game for a different one based on the chance it will get ported. Yet, it seems to have worked for Double Fine.

Submission + - 111 arrested in massive ID theft bust (

angry tapir writes: "Prosecutors call it the biggest identity theft bust in US history. 111 bank tellers, retail workers, waiters and alleged criminals were charged with running a credit-card-stealing organization that stole more than $US13 million in less than a year-and-a-half. "This is by far the largest — and certainly among the most sophisticated — identity theft/credit card fraud cases that law enforcement has come across," the Queens County District Attorney's office said in a statement announcing the arrests."
Data Storage

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: FOSS solution to create custom recov 2

KowboyKrash writes: "OK, a little background I use Acronis to create custom recovery partitions for my personal computers that include all my software and drivers. I work for a Growing computer repair shop which has ventured in to ebay sales of refurbish computers. we receive the machines with wiped Hard drives. since we get multiples of each model we load everything on one then make images with Clonezilla. It would be nice to setup recovery partitions as well.
Acronis is out of the question since it would cost for a license for each machine. Do any Slashdotters know of any FOSS options?"

HP Investigates Android TouchPads Delivered With Android 86

angry tapir writes "HP is investigating how several TouchPads reportedly shipped to end users running Android, instead of webOS. Shortly after HP announced it would stop selling TouchPads and began offering the remaining tablets for US$99, reports surfaced from a few users who say they received TouchPads that run Android instead of HP's webOS software. At the same time, developers have been working on porting Android to the TouchPad, since it's uncertain how much support and development HP will dedicate to webOS in the future."

Submission + - The State of DirectX 11 (

bigwophh writes: With DirectX 11-class hardware readily available and compatible games are on store shelves, it's time to take stock of what DirectX 11 has to offer to end-users. This article covers five of the earliest available DirectX 11 titles and it appears things are favorable for early adopters. Though there were measurable performance hits when using DirectX 11 in most games, there were also noticeable image quality improvements. Effects like tessellation, screen-space ambient occlusion (SSAO) and DX11 exclusive anti-aliasing may bring performance down, but they enhance image quality nicely. What's more, it would seem that some games perform noticeably better in DirectX 11 mode in comparison to DirectX 10 and 9, when DX11-specific image quality features are disabled. This suggests that DirectX 11 rendering paths can perform better than their DX9 counterparts while maintaining similar image quality.

Submission + - Facebook Plays Down Privacy Meeting (

Stoobalou writes: Facebook has played down the significance of an emergency staff meeting it called to discuss privacy. Acknowledging reports of the meeting, Facebook bosses yesterday said: "We have an open culture and it should come as no surprise that we're providing a forum for employees to ask questions on a topic that has received a lot of outside interest."

Submission + - How college students designed the iPad in 1988 (

harrymcc writes: Back in 1988, Apple held a contest that invited students from top universities to design the PC of the year 2000. The winning entry, from the University of Illinois, was a futuristic tablet computer. One that did an uncanny job of predicting what sort of tablet Apple would release 22 years later. Like the iPad, the winning entry had a color touchscreen, with onscreen keyboard, gigabytes of memory, a wireless modem, and GPS. It did everything from note-taking to 3D games, and even included a feature like Apple's "Find My iPad." I've taken an in-depth look at everything the machine got right (and wrong) and have republished the winning paper in its entirety.

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