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+ - Alternatives to Slashdot post beta? 8

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Like many Slashdotters, I intend to stop visiting Slashdot after the beta changeover. After years of steady decline in the quality of discussions here, the beta will be the last straw. What sites alternative to Slashdot have others found? The best I have found has been arstechnica.com, but it has been a while since I've looked for tech discussion sites."

+ - Slashdot BETA Discussion-> 60

Submitted by mugnyte
mugnyte (203225) writes "With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style."
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+ - Slashdot forces a beta site by default

Submitted by kelk1
kelk1 (660671) writes "As a poor submitter found out (https://developers.slashdot.org/story/14/02/05/2328224/html5-app-for-panasonic-tvs-rejected---jquery-is-a-hack), Slashdot (https://slashdot.org) suddenly forced a preview of its beta site without any warning on all its viewers.

Judging by the comments, the feedback was immediate and clearly negative.

I cannot speak for the forum moderation side, but my reaction to the front page was an knee jerk: "Oh no!, not another portal full of noise I cannot speed-read through." Text and hyperlinks are what we need, please, and as little graphics as possible. Think lynx, thank you."
Canada

+ - Why RIM Will Not be Sold Off->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "RIM CEO, Thorsten Heins last night said he would consider selling off the company. However a piece of Canadian legislation called the Investment Canada Act prevents any foreign company taking over a Canadian company (of a certain size) unless it has "net benefits" for the country — which would be tough to prove for any foreign takeover of RIM."
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Security

+ - Kelihos gang building new botnet, researchers say ->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "The cyber-criminal gang that operated the recently disabled Kelihos botnet has already begun building a new botnet with the help of a Facebook worm, according to security researchers from Seculert. Security experts from Kaspersky Lab, CrowdStrike, Dell SecureWorks and the Honeynet Project, announced that they took control of the 110,000 PC-strong Kelihos botnet on Wednesday using a method called sinkholing. That worm has compromised over 70,000 Facebook accounts so far and is currently distributing a new version of the Kelihos Trojan, Seculert security researchers said in a blog post.http://blog.seculert.com/2012/03/kelihosb-is-still-live-and-social.html"
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Comment: Re:Well, good thing I didn't research this area. (Score 1) 251

by drrck (#37541736) Attached to: Man-In-the-Middle Remote Attack On Diebold Voting Machines
This print and verify method is deployed in my county in Ohio. Step 1 is to place your votes on all the available pages. Step 2 the machine flips to the first page and show you your vote, you are then instructed to look at the paper slip to the right to ensure that your recorded vote matches that which is printed. You do this for all pages, then your vote is "submitted".

+ - The War On Photography: Legal Analysis->

Submitted by YIAAL
YIAAL (129110) writes "We've seen increasing numbers of stories about photographers facing arrest or assault by police and security officers simply for taking pictures — often pictures of law enforcement misconduct. Although photographers have a legal right to take pictures in pretty much any public place, this article by Morgan Manning concludes that the legal remedies for violations of that right are inadequate and often entirely unworkable. Is law-enforcement education the solution, or do we need new civil rights laws — maybe with attorney fees and heavy damages — to protect photographers from being hassled?"
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Nintendo

+ - Nintendo Announces New Console: Wii U->

Submitted by _xeno_
_xeno_ (155264) writes "Nintendo has announced the official name for what had been known as "Project Cafe:" the Wii U. It is an HD console, it remains backwards compatibility with the Wii (it's unclear if this includes GameCube software), and the controller does, in fact, have a touch screen on it. Nintendo demoed moving a game off the TV and play it solely on the Wii U controller."
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Sony

+ - Sony Finds Anonymous File on Hacked Server->

Submitted by donniebaseball23
donniebaseball23 (1888144) writes "Anonymous had denied responsibility for the massive Sony breach, but new evidence in Sony's investigation does point to the hacking group. In a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, Sony's Kaz Hirai said that "the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named 'Anonymous' with the words 'We are Legion'." This isn't proof positive that Anonymous launched the attack — it's possible that someone is using the Anonymous name as cover."
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Education

+ - SPAM: Japanese schools and McDonald's using DS to train

Submitted by almehdaaol
almehdaaol (1669586) writes "We all knew that the Nintendo DS was already being used for many things other than gaming, however Japan seems to be taking it to the next level. Now using the Nintendo handheld for things like educational programs in schools and training sessions for new McDonald's employees."
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