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Submission + - Post Office Proposes Special Rate for Mailing DVDs (

An anonymous reader writes: The United States Postal Service is seeking to implement a special postage rate for companies such as Netflix, GameFly and Blockbuster, which send DVDs to their customers and then receive them back. This proposal for special rates for two-way mailers of optical disks follows a protracted legal complaint from GameFly, which argued that Netflix was receiving special handling by the Postal Service while paying a cheaper postage rate.

Submission + - No U.S. college in top 10 for ACM international programming contest 2013

michaelmalak writes: The annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest finished up last week for 2013, but for the first time since its inception in the 1970's, no U.S. college placed in the top 10. Through 1989, a U.S. college won first place every year, but there has been no U.S. college in first place since 1997. The U.S. college that has won most frequently throughout the contest's history, Stanford, hasn't won since 1991. The 2013 top 10 consists entirely of colleges from Eastern Europe, East Asia, and India.

Submission + - Dozens Injured in City Fireworks Show Accident

An anonymous reader writes: A Fourth of July evening fireworks show sponsored by the city of Simi Valley, CA (40 miles northwest of Los Angeles), and attended by about 10,000 residents ended in tragedy after a launching platform capsized, sending rockets towards spectators seated 800 feet away as required by regulations. The show was organized by the New York-based company Bay Fireworks. About 40 spectators were treated for burns and trampling injuries (following spectator panic), with some requiring hospitalization; none of the injuries were life-threatening. An official investigation has begun, led by the California state marshal's office.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Where to publish an advanced Linux article? 1

GiboNZ writes: I have written an article about an advanced topic in Linux routing, complete with examples, diagrams, etc. The topic is not a rocket science but not a general knowledge either as I can see from my peers' reactions so far. Now I'm looking for a place to publish it. It's not really a piece for a blog, mostly because I don't have one. I used to send this kind of material to Linux Journal but now they abandoned the printed edition, the quality of the issues seems to have dropped significantly and I'm no longer that excited about them. Where else should I look to publish an advanced technical article and, if possible, make a buck or two?

Submission + - Internet Cafe becomes illegal, under new Ohio law (

Taco Cowboy writes: Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday delivered a fatal blow to Internet cafes

The measure passed with a bipartisan vote of 27-6

Gov. John Kasich is on board with the decision and will sign the bill once it reaches his desk, his spokesman said

Submission + - The true shape of the Ring Nebula (

awaissoft writes: The newest nebula to get the fine-detail treatment is the equally famous Ring Nebula. Combining visible-light images from Hubble with infrared data from the ground-based Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona has revealed that the structure of the nebula is more complex than was previously believed.

“The nebula is not like a bagel, but rather, it’s like a jelly doughnut, because it’s filled with material in the middle,” said C. Robert O’Dell of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., who leads the research team that obtained the images. “With Hubble’s detail, we see a completely different shape than what’s been thought about historically for this classic nebula. The new Hubble observations show the nebula in much clearer detail, and we see things are not as simple as we previously thought...

Submission + - The world's oldest original digital computer springs back into action at TNMOC ( 1

prpplague writes: "After a three-year restoration project at The National Museum of Computing, the Harwell Dekatron (aka WITCH) computer will rebooted on 20 November 2012 to become the world's oldest original working digital computer.
Now in its seventh decade and in its fifth home, the computer with its flashing lights and clattering printers and readers provides an awe-inspiring display for visiting school groups and the general public keen to learn about our rich computer heritage."


Submission + - Best way to know which online Intnl Music Stores are legit?

rjnagle writes: "I'm an American lover of music who is interested in buying legally music from other countries. How do I know which CD/online music stores are legit and actually benefit the artist? I'm very cost-conscious and prefer indie music anyway, so the types of international music for sale on Amazon/itunes tends to be from the bigger labels. Suppose I wanted to buy music from Pakistan/Ukraine/China/Brazil/Chad. What's the best way to identify which labels or online stories are authorized to sell them? Perhaps all I need is a list of the best known online music stores for each region (, etc)."

Submission + - Best Strategy to Start Development Career Without Degree

An anonymous reader writes: Hey slashdotters, first time poster here, hope I'm following protocols. I'm looking to change careers and go into software development. I have the equivalent of about a first year CS education — understanding of OOP, understanding of algorithm design and analysis, ability to code up non-trivial programs (mostly in Python), etc. However, I don't have a degree. I have enough cash set aside to where I can spend about another year honing my skills, but I will need to be making a liveable income after that. I'm located in a major metropolitan area. I was thinking about using the year to familiarize myself with programming libraries, picking up a few more languages, learning some front-end/design principles and methods, involving myself with a number of open source projects, and picking up a little bit of work from friends/contacts. Would anyone care to critique that strategy or maybe add some specifics to it?

Submission + - Albert Einstein's brain shows remarkable, uncommon features (

ACXNew writes: Portions of Albert Einstein’s brain have been found to be unlike those of most people and could be related to his extraordinary cognitive abilities, according to a new study led by Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk.
The researchers compared Einstein’s brain to 85 “normal” human brains...


Submission + - Privacy Violation in Chase Bank's iOS app ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: The Chase Bank iOS application does not uninstall cleanly and shows your sensitive account alerts to subsequent installations of the app. Alerts for previous accounts include the last four of account numbers, account and transaction balances, and date and place identifier information. This has been reproduced using the latest iOS and app as well as previous versions over the last 5 month period. Despite numerous phone calls, emails, and twitter conversations, it appears that Chase is not taking this seriously.

Until they do, be very careful loaning or selling any iOS device to which you have previously setup the Chase Mobile Banking application.

TLDR; The Chase Bank iOS application does not uninstall cleanly and shows your sensitive account alerts to subsequent installations of the app.


Submission + - Scandalous Wiki Timelines (

sparkydevil writes: "WeCheck, the people's fact check, is generating a new kind of wiki page — the scandal timeline. So far the site is getting success with its Benghazi Attack Timeline and it has just launched the David Petraeus Scandal Timeline

As new data comes in the page can be instantly updated with new sources, giving an up-to-date overview of the situation. Take that traditional media!"

Submission + - Help OED Find First Reference to 'FAQ' (

northernboy writes: The Oxford English Dictionary needs your help! In order to authoritatively document the history and usage of the English language, the editors are seeking references to the first appearance of the term 'FAQ'. While I really wanted to post their appeal for a reliable reference to the first usage of 'cooties' ( I felt that the Slashdot editors were more likely to post this item if it were in support of the more noble cause of identifying the first usage of FAQ, as we know it (

Surely someone in the Slashdot community has access to a documented first sighti
ng of the term FAQ?

Please dig deep into your archives, and help the editors of the Oxford English D
ictionary today!

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