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+ - slashdot drives away people with beta 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "For many months now, people have been quietly redirected to slashdot's beta site (beta.slashdot.org). 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?"

+ - Why is Slashdot ignoring the advice of so many developer articles. 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Over the years, Slashdot has recycled plenty of articles about lousy UX, lousy design, lousy graceful degradation, lousy development practices, lousy community management, even lousy JavaScript implementations creating security problems. Did Slashdot read any of those articles?"

+ - 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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Education

Huston Huddleston Wants You To Help Save the Star Trek TNG Set 131

Posted by timothy
from the ok-this-demands-a-video-visit dept.
New submitter ShadoCat points out this interesting project to restore the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation, writing: "This isn't the original set unfortunately (which was destroyed making the ST:Generations movie). This is one that Paramount created for display in 1991. Huston Huddleston saved the pieces of the set late 2011 when they were about to be trashed by Paramount. Huddleston and crew will be refitting the set with working displays and controls. They plan to host parties and educational events in the set which, apparently, is big enough to hold a large number of students. For safety though, I hope they add circuit breakers (a technology along with seat belts that seems to have been lost in the 24th century)."
Communications

Google Launches Hurricane Isaac Site 43

Posted by samzenpus
from the one-stop-hurricane-news dept.
redletterdave writes "Google Crisis Response, one of Google's thousands of active projects that merges various Google tools like Maps, Docs, Forms and Earth, posted a new webpage on Monday dedicated to Tropical Storm Isaac — soon to be Hurricane Isaac — in an effort to disseminate helpful information about the hurricane's path, its forecasted track, and how local residents can stay safe during this emergency situation. Google's Crisis Map for Hurricane Isaac allows the user to set up and see public alerts from weather.gov, flood gauge forecasts, surge zones, evacuation zones and routes, barrier resources and relevant YouTube videos for each impacted area."
Music

+ - Why New Distribution Models Terrify Hollywood->

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sperlingreich
sperlingreich writes "Movie studios, television networks and record labels still haven’t updated their business models to account for video and music streaming services like Netflix and Spotify. Now companies such as Amazon, Google and Apple plan on introducing a whole new group of media subscription services so it’s no surprise the entertainment industry is concerned about all these disruptive distribution methods."
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Science

+ - Shells Take Radioactive Contaminants From Water->

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "A byproduct of the paper industry and crab shells may soon be used to take radioactive contaminants out of water.

Joel Pawlak, an associate professor of forest biomaterials at North Carolina State University, has developed a material similar to foam rubber that absorbs water and attaches to molecules dissolved in it, leaving pure and potable water behind.

The material is a combination of hemicellulose and chitosan. The first comes from wood and is extracted by the ton in the paper-making process. Chitosan is extracted from ordinary crustacean shells — primarily crab, shrimp and lobster — by treatment with hydrochloric acid and then sodium hydroxide."

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Microsoft

+ - Web Stores Vulnerable to "Free Shopping" Exploits->

Submitted by Orome1
Orome1 (1901578) writes "A new study presents the depressing results of a security analysis of some of the most popular online stores, executed as a joint effort by researches from Indiana University and Microsoft. Web applications increasingly integrate third-party services. The integration introduces new security challenges due to the complexity for an application to coordinate its internal states with those of the component services and the web client across the Internet. Researchers concentrated their efforts on analyzing merchant websites that accept payments through third-party cashiers such as PayPal, Amazon Payments and Google Checkout, and they came to the conclusion that merchant applications (both open source and commercial), online stores and third-party cashiers all present weak links in the security chain."
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Security

+ - A Look Inside Cybercriminal Mule Networks->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "An interesting piece on about money mule recruitment and herding tactics, and how mules play such a critical part in cybercrime operations.

Mules have been considered to be the “bottleneck” of fraud. While fraudsters have the capabilities of stealing millions of credentials, eventually they can cash out only as many mules as they have access to. Fraudsters are aware of it just as much as security professionals and they invest their efforts, resources, time and ingenuity to open this bottleneck as much as they can.

Because of it, we can expect new scams and innovations coming from fraudsters not only in the realm of obtaining credentials or new ways to cash them out, but also in establishing the infrastructure that allows them to do just that."

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+ - Is Anti-Matter Gravitationally Repulsive?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new paper attempts to show how CPT symmetry (charge, parity, and time) and Einstein's General Theory implies that matter and anti-matter should be gravitationally repulsive. The author (who unfortunately plugs his book in the article) believes that this could eliminate the need to postulate dark energy and possibly even dark matter."
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Books

+ - ALA Top 10 List of Books Americans Want Censored->

Submitted by krou
krou (1027572) writes "The American Library Association has released their "Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010". In at number one is 'And Tango Makes Three', which tells the true story of two male Emperor Penguins hatching and parenting a baby chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo. Making an appearance at number three is Aldous Huxley's Brave New World because of 'Insensitivity, Offensive Language, Racism, Sexually Explicit' content."
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