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Submission + - slashdot drives away people with beta 2

An anonymous reader writes: For many months now, people have been quietly redirected to slashdot's beta site ( Any negative feedback of the beta is ignored and/or disavowed. The majority of viewers do not like the beta — resulting in major loss of viewership.

Will slashdot alienate existing users of the site and keep pushing the beta OR will it keep the users and boot the beta?

Submission + - BOOOO

An anonymous reader writes: BETA BOOOOOOOO

Submission + - Goldman Small Cap Research states "New Product Could Displace Skype" (

An anonymous reader writes: You have got to read this Report on Chitrchatr Comunications, Inc (OTC:CHICF)

-“we believe the stock will be driven toward our $3.75 price target...”

-“...ChitrChatr UUCP will offer competitive long term advantages that could lead to the displacement of current, non-app integrated popular tools such as Skype or Whatsapp which have at one time or another been valued at over $1 billion...”

-“...Mobile VoIP Minute Growth Is Forecast to Grow From 15 Billion 470 Billion in 5 Years...”

-“...Juniper Research forecasts worldwide mobile VoIP application minutes via 3G growth from just over 343 million minutes in 2010 to 30 billion in 2015, and mobile VoIP minutes carried on 3G and 4G networks will increase from 15 billion in 2010 to a whopping 470 billion in 2015...”

“In our view, CHICF could ultimately be worth hundreds of millions since the ChitrChatr UUCP will offer competitive long term advantages that could lead to the displacement of current, non-app integrated popular tools such as Skype or Whatsapp which have at one time or another been valued at over $1 billion. As new users are signed up and development milestones are reached, we believe the stock will be driven toward our $3.75 price target”

Click below to view the full report:

Submission + - Why does Facebook need to read my Text Messages? ( 1

DavidGilbert99 writes: Facebook updates its Android app quite a lot, but the latest version asks for some rather odd permissions. Rolling out in the UK this week, some users have noticed that it now wants permission to read your text messages. While most suspected Facebook wanted to access the data to try and serve you more targeted ads, Facebook says it is only so it can facilitate two-factor authentication...apparently.

Submission + - Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger dies at 94 (

TheGreatDuwanee writes: Pete Seeger, the man considered to be one of the pioneers of contemporary folk music who inspired legions of activist singer-songwriters, died Monday at age 94. Known for his activism and songs including "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)."

Submission + - U.S. home electricity use declines for 3rd straight year ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: For a third year in a row the U.S. home has used less electricity. The continuing focus on energy conservation combined with new technology has and probably will continue to show promise.

Submission + - Obama, Verizon, NSA Sued For Collecting U.S. Citizens' Phone Call Data

An anonymous reader writes: Three individuals have filed the first lawsuit aimed at disputing the constitutionality of NSA's collection of metadata on phone calls made by or to U.S. citizens. According to the suit, the all the defendants "have illegally collaborated in the surveillance program, which has violated the law and damaged the fundamental freedoms of American citizens." It's only a matter of time until we see a variety of organizations and individuals filing lawsuits on their own.

Submission + - Scientists May Have Discovered Mythical Viking Sunstone ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Sorting through the treasures of an Elizabethan warship sunken in 1592 might be on everyone's bucket list, but for scientists, it is a perk of the job. The warship, found within the deep waters near the third largest island of the Channel Islands, Alderney, in 2002 contained several artifacts that included armor, cannons and muskets. But one particular item that has been quietly sitting in the museum was recently discovered to have been one of the more important items used by these Vikings. Although it looks like a crystallized bar of soap, the opaque block of stone could have been a vital navigational device.

Submission + - WIMPs found? (

mknewman writes: Between 2006 and 2008 about four dozen physicists buried 19 Germanium-based detectors and 11 silicon-based detectors deep in a mine in Minnesota. They believed the Germanium detectors might be just right to capture the rare, but theoretically possible collision between a WIMP and an atomic nucleus. The silicon detectors were just there to confirm the result — i.e. if a Germanium detector recorded such a collision and a silicon detector did not, that would be good evidence for a WIMP.

After taking their data for three years the scientists got a ho-hum result — the Germanium detectors recorded two events, when on average they would have expected to see 0.9 events during the time period. This was not statistically significant, and moreover, they later concluded these events were attributable to the leakage of electrons.

Since the primary detectors showed no significant results, data collected by the silicon detectors, which could only detect WIMPs up to a mass of about 15 GeV were not analyzed.

Then, after some considerations, the physicists came to believe that maybe the WIMPs weren’t really, really big. So they went back and studied the silicon detector data and found three events, when they would have expected just 0.7 events during the time period of data taking. This is statistically significant.

So they published their results on Monday (see paper). Based upon their statistical analysis, they are 99.8 percent sure they have observed some WIMPs at a mass of about 8 GeV. But in particle physics, certainty doesn’t come until they are 99.9999 percent sure.

Submission + - Publicly-Elected Representative Fired For Others' Facebook Group Comments 1

zayyd writes: The CBC reports that publicly-elected Gerry Rogers, member of the Provincial Government for Newfoundland and Labrador, "has been removed from the house of assembly for refusing to apologize for comments made by other users on a Facebook group of which she had been added to as a member." Rogers was unwillingly added to a Facebook Group which included comments of death threats aimed at Premier Kathy Dunderdale from other users.

Dunderdale said her government understands how Facebook groups work, and she said it is up to every MHA to monitor the comments posted on Facebook groups to which they belong.

Facebook's policies for Groups are somewhat clear, even if they don't actually answer the question of "Can I prevent people from adding me to a new group?"

Submission + - Higgs data could spell trouble for leading Big Bang theory (

ananyo writes: Paul Steinhardt, an astrophysicist at Princeton University in New Jersey, and colleagues have posted a controversial paper on ArXiv arguing, based on the latest Higgs data and the cosmic microwave background map from the Planck mission, that the leading theory explaining the first moments of the Big Bang ('inflation') is fatally flawed.
In short, Steinhardt says that the models that best fit the Planck data — known as ‘plateau models’ because their potential-energy profiles level off at relatively low energies — are far less likely to occur naturally than the models that Planck ruled out. Secondly, he says, the news for these plateau models gets dramatically worse when the results are analysed in conjunction with the latest results about the Higgs field coming from CERN's Large Hadron Collider. Particle physicists working at the LHC have calculated that the Higgs field is likely to have started out in a high-energy, ‘metastable’ state rather than in a stable, low-energy configuration. Steinhardt likens the odds of the Higgs field initially being perched in the precarious metastable state as to those of dropping out of the sky over the Matterhorn and conveniently landing in a “dimple near the top”, rather than crashing down to the mountain’s base (paper here).

Submission + - White House Petition Lobbies to Make Cell Phone Unlocking Legal (

Tanlis writes: The Librarian of Congress decided in October 2012 that unlocking of cell phones would be removed from the exceptions to the DMCA. As of January 26, consumers are no longer able to unlock their phones for use on a different network without carrier permission, even after their contract has expired. Consumers will be forced to pay exorbitant roaming fees to make calls while traveling abroad. It reduces consumer choice, and decreases the resale value of devices that consumers have paid for in full. The Librarian noted that carriers are offering more unlocked phones at present, but the great majority of phones sold are still locked. We ask that the White House ask the Librarian of Congress to rescind this decision, and failing that, champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal.

Submission + - The computer that never crashes (

puddingebola writes: From the article, "A computer that mimics the apparent randomness found in nature can instantly recover from crashes by repairing corrupted data.

Dubbed a "systemic" computer, the self-repairing machine now operating at University College London (UCL) could keep mission-critical systems working. For instance, it could allow drones to reprogram themselves to cope with combat damage, or help create more realistic models of the human brain."


Submission + - 71 Percent of U.S. See Humans On Mars By 2033 ( 2

astroengine writes: "In a recent poll funded by the non-profit Explore Mars, 71% of respondents agreed that the US will send a human to Mars within the next two decades. Unfortunately, on average, the sample of 1,101 people surveyed thought the US government allocated 2.4% of the federal budget to NASA — in reality it's only 0.5%. With this in mind, 75% of the respondents agreed/strongly agreed that NASA's budget should be increased to explore Mars through manned and robotic means."

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