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Submission + - Duke Nukem release imminent! (

metrix007 writes: Well, as unlikely as it is, the game is finished and playable, and it now won't be too long until it is actually released. Is there any way in hell this game can live up to the hype? Will this be the matrix or star wars of games....something revolutionary that will be imitated for years to come?

Submission + - Researchers Found Vulnerability in MS Office 2010

Darkreading writes: Researchers at VUPEN in France have reportedly found the first vulnerability in Microsoft's new Office 2010 application, but have not publicly disclosed the exploit. The flaw is a caused by heap corruption vulnerability in Excel that, if exploited, would let an attacker run arbitrary code on the victim's machine and take over the machine once the user opened a specially crafted Office document.

Even so, the researchers say that Office 2010 is much more secure than previous versions of the software. "What we can say after this research session is that Office 2010 is definitely more secure than previous Office versions. The use of new features like Office File Validation or Protected View makes the discovery and exploitation of vulnerabilities harder, but we managed to reliably execute arbitrary code via a specially crafted document" they say.

Submission + - Tryanny of S/W HR

An anonymous reader writes: I am working in a reputed Indian Software Company with over 100,000 employees. We get electronic payslips in pdf format. For the purpose of loan I needed hard copy of last 12 months payslips.
In case if a company issues electronic payslips the printout of payslips authorized and stamped by Company HR will do. Easier said then done.
I went to my HR ( or one of their minion) with this request and was aghast at her response. She rudely refused to sign any payslip and declared to make my way out of what is given.
I have 2 questions to ask the slahdotters.

1) Its my Payslip, its perfectly legal, Isnt it my right to ask for a hard copy or a stamped copy when I need it and Company should be obliged to give it to me.

2)Rudeness puts me off and that too when I am all genuine. Its almost a trend in Indian Software comanies, HR & Resource Mangement groups are new age babus (bureaucrats ). They families live on the sweat of the developers, yet they never loose an opportunity to suck their blood also. In what forum (Inside or Outside my company) should I take this matter of HR highhandedness.

Submission + - Worms drop bombs in deep ocean waters

blackbyte writes: "BBC News have reported have reported that a group of glowing worms has been found dwelling in the deep ocean, some of which release body parts as tiny "bombs" to ward off predators. Apparently, researchers who have discovered few species of previously unknown worms by accident, have named five of them "Swima bombiviridis", due to their ability to drop body parts when they feel endangered. Once they are released, the body parts would start to glow, providing a distraction for the worm to escape the predator."

Submission + - Open Source That Pays, Possible?

hsoft writes: "I know, I know, this subject has been beaten to death on Slashdot. We all know by now that there are tons of ways to earn money with open source, such as custom development, dual licensing, support, donations or resume building. There's one area of development, however, where it seems that "free and in speech" usually implies "free as in beer": generic, wide-audience software (shareware).

I wrote an article in which I try to find a way to open the source code of my applications without losing my income. I propose an hybrid license which we could call "delayed open source". For a limited time (2 years), the users are restricted on what they can do with the source code (they can't remove demo limitations), but after 2 years, the code becomes fully free (BSD licensed). I'd like to have Slashdot's input on that. Is my approach doomed to failure, or is it (I hope) a viable way for proprietary shareware developers to open up their source code without foregoing their income?"
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Several Quantum Calculations Combined at NIST (

Al writes: "Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a crucial step toward building a practical quantum computer: multiple computing operations on quantum bits. The NIST team performed five quantum logic operations and 10 transport operations (meaning they moved the qubit from one part of the system to another) in series, while reliably maintaining the states of their ions--a tricky task because the ions can easily be knocked out of their prepared state. The researchers used beryllium ions stored within so-called ion traps and added magnesium ions to keep the beryllium ones cool and prevent them from losing their quantum state."
The Internet

Submission + - P2P-like Tahoe Filesystem Offers Secure Cloud Stor (

suraj.sun writes: P2P-like Tahoe filesystem offers secure storage in the cloud

Tahoe is a secure cloud filesystem that is licensed under the GPL. Its distributed storage model, which resembles peer-to-peer networking, makes it possible to build a shared storage pool using excess drive capacity from multiple computers across the Internet.

Tahoe's underlying architecture is similar to that of a peer-to-peer network. Files are distributed across multiple nodes in a manner that allows data integrity to be maintained in the event that individual nodes are compromised or fail.

When a file is deployed to Tahoe, it is encrypted and split into pieces that are spread out across ten separate nodes. Using a variation of Reed-Solomon error correction, it can reconstruct a file using only three of the original ten nodes. This helps to ensure data integrity when some nodes are unavailable.

Tahoe is being used in a number of different ways, like a a "friendnet" or "hivecache" as described in project's wiki ( ).

There is a simple interactive mockup ( ) that illustrates visually how Tahoe's distributed storage works.

ARS Technica :


Submission + - Experts Puzzled by Bright Spot on Venus 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "BBC reports that astronomers are puzzled by a strange bright spot which has appeared in the clouds of Venus first identified by US amateur astronomer Frank Melillo on 19 July and was later confirmed by the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft. "I have seen bright spots before but this one is an exceptional bright and quite intense area," says Melillo. The bright spot has started to expand since its first appearance, being spread by winds in Venus' thick atmosphere and scientists are unsure as to what is causing the bright spot tens of kilometers up although a volcanic eruption is a possibility. "A volcanic eruption would be nice, but let's wait and find out!" says Venus specialist Dr Sanjay Limaye of the University of Wisconsin. "An eruption would have to be quite energetic to get a cloud this high." Furthermore, at a latitude of 50 degrees south, the spot lies outside the region of known volcanoes on Venus. Another potential source for the bright spot are charged particles from the Sun interacting with Venus' atmosphere or alternatively, atmospheric turbulence may have caused bright material to become concentrated in one area. "Right now, I think it's anybody's guess," add Limaye."

Submission + - Cross Platform Electronic Circuit Simulation

dv82 writes: "I teach circuits and electronics at the undergraduate level, and have been using the free student demo version of OrCad for schematic capture and simulation because (a) it comes with the textbook and (b) it's powerful enough for the job. Unfortunately OrCad runs only under Windows, and students increasingly are switching to Mac (and some Linux netbooks). Wine and its variants will not run OrCad, and I don't wish to require students to purchase Windows and run with a VM. The only production-quality cross-platform CAD tool I have found so far is McCad, but its demo version is so limited in total allowed nets that it can't even run a basic opamp circuit with a realistic 741 opamp model. gEDA is friendly to everything BUT Windows, and is nowhere near as refined as OrCad. I would like students to be able to run the software on their laptops without a network connection, which eliminates more options. Any suggestions?"

Submission + - LiVES 1.0.0 released (

Salsaman writes: "After over 6 years of development, the 1.0 version of LiVES, a free software video editing and VJ system for Linux/BSD was released yesterday.
Features include:
Loading and editing of almost any video format, with instant opening of dv and ogg/theora video; playback at variable frame rates, forward and in reverse; frame and sample accurate cutting and pasting; streaming input and output; encoding to over 50 different formats; dozens of realtime and rendered effects, generators and transitions; a multitrack window with limitless number of audio and video tracks and much more.
LiVES was nominated for Best Project for Multimedia in this year's Sourceforge Community Choice Awards.
The project is now seeking more developers to help it advance even further."


Submission + - Entire moon added to Google Earth (

CNETNate writes: "Complete with Street View-like panoramas, 3D models of spacecraft now left abandoned on the moon's surface, and guided tours from the voices of Apollo astronauts, Google's update to Google Earth today marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with an enormous update. It's a collaboration with NASA and other agencies, and follows the launch of Google Earth 5.0 which, amongst other things, added the ability to explore our planet's oceans. There are a number of original creations — such as the 3D mock-up of the Apollo 11 spacecraft and its astronauts — and you can download the new version from Google now."

Submission + - New Class of Black Holes Discovered (

slreboy writes: "Only two sizes of black holes have ever been spotted: small and super-massive. Scientists have long speculated that an intermediate version must exist, but they've never been able to find one until now. Astrophysicists identified what appears to be the first-ever medium-sized black hole, pictured in an artist's rendition above, with a mass at least 500 times that of our Sun. Researchers from the Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements in France detected the middling hole in a galaxy about 290 million light-years from Earth..."
Linux Business

Submission + - Aussie prisoners escape lock-in with Ubuntu PCs ( 1

bfire writes: Prisoners at two jails in Australia have implemented a centrally managed and distributed desktop environment that runs on the Ubuntu OS. Desktops boot from a central server but everything executes in local resources. The desktops are assigned to 'realms', such as a cell block wing, and each realm has a system image (with the Ubuntu OS and all necessary applications) that loads onto the PC at boot and can't be modified. The makers hope the Prison PC could eventually provide a single, centrally-managed device to replace a PC, TV, DVD player and stereo in individual cells. They also hope prison authorities will elect to stream online radio, IP and free-to-air TV, on-demand video such as for education, and even minority religious content using the system in the future. The system is already gaining international interest because it also means that custodians could deny or revoke rights to use parts of it, without having to go to the cell and forcibly remove the kit as punishment.

Submission + - Istanbul face recog cameras scan 15000 faces/sec 2

An anonymous reader writes: Istanbul's popular (and crowded) Istiklal shopping, cafe and restaurant street is being outfitted with 64 wirelessly controlled, tamperproof face recognition cameras attached to a computer system capable of scanning 15000 faces in a moving crowd per second for a positive match. The Samanyolu article (badly translated by Google) states that 3 cameras are in place so far and that if trials are successful, this will mark the first time such a system, previously used by Scottland Yard and normally reserved for indoor security use, is put to use in a public outdoor setting. It also notes that each camera controlled by the system is capable of "locking onto" the faces of known criminals and pickpockets detected in the crowd and "tracking" their movements for up to 300 metres before the next, closer placed camera takes over.

While the article doesn't state it outright, it would appear likely that the outdoor face recognition system, if "successful", will be expanded to other crowded areas of Istanbul as well, which has already seen a dazzling increase in the number of installed plain-vanilla (non face-recognizing) CCTV cameras in recent years.

This comes after Istanbul's two signature Bosphorus bridges have become passable by vehicle with a mandatory vehicle windscreen mounted electronic pass only, subway and bus tickets in the city have gone electronic, vote tallying in municipal and national elections has become fully computerized and future plans for mandatory biometric ID cards for all Turkish citizens have been announced by the government.

The ruling "moderate Islamist" AKP party appears to frame these and other e-government initiatives as "keeping step with the times", "keeping step with other major world cities" and "making living safer, easier and more efficient through the targeted use of electronic technology".

Its secular critics on the other hand argue that everything and everyone under the sun is rapidly becoming "electronically trackable" thanks to the omnipresence of mobile phones and gratuitous overuse and overapplication of these installed electronic systems, and that these systems will, eventually, form a dense surveillance grid that could turn daily life for Turks (and secular Turks critical of the current government in particular) into living in a veritable Big Brother House.

Is the historic city of Istanbul, which will be the European Capital of Culture
in 2010, turning into the new London?

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer