Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
For the out-of-band Slashdot experience (mostly headlines), follow us on Twitter, or Facebook. ×
Security

+ - Israeli general claims Stuxnet attacks as one of h->

dinscott writes: Last month, The New York Times run a story about Stuxnet having been developed by the Americans and the Israelis as a part of a joint project, but it was based on the claims by confidential sources.

But, it now seems that the information from these sources was correct. The Haaretz — Israel's oldest daily newspaper — reports about the a surprising video that was played at a party organized for General Gabi Ashkenazi's last day on the job.

Link to Original Source

+ - Google Maps no longer shows foreclosures->

An anonymous reader writes: One of the options in Google Maps was a Real Estate option that showed rentals, sales, and foreclosures for any given view of the United States or localities therein. Any given view was capped at 15K properties and you really had to drill down to the city level... and sometimes more... before that number dropped. But now it's even better... now it's zero!
Link to Original Source
IBM

+ - IBM's Watson surges to Jeopardy lead, retains tie->

jbrodkin writes: IBM's Watson surged to a giant lead in the early minutes of the Jeopardy man-vs.-machine challenge, taking a $4,200 advantage into the first commercial break by dominating "Beatles People" and several other categories. But the massive supercomputer relinquished "his" lead and ended Day 1 of the three-day challenge in a tie at $5,000 with Jeopardy champion Brad Rutter. Ken Jennings finished the first day in third place at $2,000.

The first historic moment came when Watson buzzed in and said "What is shoe?" in response to a clue asking for a four-letter word describing both the iron fitting on a horse's hoof and a card-dealing box in a casino. That was Watson's first correct answer, with the computer started a major roll, taking $5,200 into the first commercial break, compared to $1,000 for Brad and $200 for Ken. But there were a few strange answers along the way. Alex Trebek called Watson "very bright, very fast, but he has some weird little moments once in a while."

Link to Original Source
Hardware

+ - Meco'Press Makes LEGO Building Bricks from Mud->

An anonymous reader writes: Meco'concept has designed a hydraulic press that transforms ordinary mud into structural building blocks. Using only mud mixed with a binder material, the hydraulic press creates a LEGO-shaped brick in under 30 seconds. The bricks can be use used for structures up to two stories tall, making them perfect for international aid or for eco-minded builders around the globe.
Link to Original Source
Hardware

+ - Acer: Tablets Will Replace Netbooks

Ken writes: Taiwanese computer maker Acer is phasing out its netbook computers with the forthcoming release of its tablets, which are due in the first half of 2011. The move is particularly significant for Acer, given that the company saw very rapid growth and profitability mostly thanks to its various netbook offerings. Acer's upcoming tablets will begin a gradual replacement of its netbooks, in line with market demands, according to Taiwan sales manager Lu Bing-hsian. "They are aimed at phasing out netbooks," Bing-hsian said. "That's the direction of the market." Acer will keep making netbooks, adding to its millions sold to date, but the company will stick to simple models and manufacture fewer than in previous years as tablets gain popularity, he said. The company sales manager also confirmed that the tablets will use Intel's new Sandy Bridge four-core processors, will run Android, and will have 7-inch or 10-inch screens.
Apple

+ - Apple profits soar 77% on strong Mac/iPhone sales->

An anonymous reader writes: Apple a short while ago released its Q1 2011 earnings and the results were stellar. Apple posted revenue of $26.74 billion and net profits of $6 billion — both company records. Highlighting just how fast Apple is growing, the company posted revenue of $15.68 billion with net profits of $3.38 billion in the year-ago quarter. Put simply, Apple’s profits year-over-year during the first fiscal quarter skyrocketed an astonishing 77%. And for further context, Apple’s $26.74 billion in revenue is a full $2 billion more than what the consortium of Wall St. analysts were expecting. It’s one thing to beat the Wall St. consensus — it’s an entirely different matter to completely obliterate it.
Link to Original Source
Games

Copyright and the Games Industry 94 94

A recent post at the Press Start To Drink blog examined the relationship the games industry has with copyright laws. More so than in some other creative industries, the reactions of game companies to derivative works are widely varied and often unpredictable, ranging anywhere from active support to situations like the Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes debacle. Quoting: "... even within the gaming industry, there is a tension between IP holders and fan producers/poachers. Some companies, such as Epic and Square Enix, remain incredibly protective of their Intellectual Property, threatening those that use their creations, even for non-profit, cultural reasons, with legal suits. Other companies, like Valve, seem to, if not embrace, at least tolerate, and perhaps even tacitly encourage this kind of fan engagement with their work. Lessig suggests, 'The opportunity to create and transform becomes weakened in a world in which creation requires permission and creativity must check with a lawyer.' Indeed, the more developers and publishers that take up Valve's position, the more creativity and innovation will emerge out of video game fan communities, already known for their intense fandom and desire to add to, alter, and re-imagine their favorite gaming universes."
XBox (Games)

Modded Xbox Bans Prompt EFF Warning About Terms of Service 254 254

Last month we discussed news that Microsoft had banned hundreds of thousands of Xbox users for using modified consoles. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has now pointed to this round of bans as a prime example of the power given to providers of online services through 'Terms of Service' and other usage agreements. "No matter how much we rely on them to get on with our everyday lives, access to online services — like email, social networking sites, and (wait for it) online gaming — can never be guaranteed. ... he who writes the TOS makes the rules, and when it comes to enforcing them, the service provider often behaves as though it is also the judge, jury and executioner. ... While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreements for all kinds of services. There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"

Working...