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Comment: America is not the world. (Score 1) 45

by kamathln (#48626875) Attached to: Navy Develops a Shark Drone For Surveillance

Dear American Slashdot (and other) reporters,

When you talk about stuff specifically related to America, please do mention that it is American. There are slashdot readers from rest of the world too.
For example: This summary talked about "The Navy" . Nowhere in the summary is it mentioned as "The *US* Navy". I had to go RTFA before I realized that! I have come across this "frog in the well" syndromes in many other summaries problem before too. It makes Americans look bad

Thanks and regards,
Sincerely,
kamathln

+ - SPAM: No test, no treatment 7-year-old Diya dies in hospital

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Drug Today Medical Times of India

Seven-year-old Diya was admitted to Bangur Hospital, a government hospital, with fever, loose motions and vomiting. Rather than diagnosing the disease, the doctors there allegedly declared it a case of dengue summarily. They neither cared to take her blood sample for test, nor did they go for ultrasonography even as the child was complaining of stomach pain and vomiting at [spam URL stripped]..."

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+ - After a Five Year Delay, Snort 3.0 is Back in Development->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "The world's most popular open-source Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) has long been Snort, but it has been a while since there has been a major upgrade. Back in 2009 an effort started to build a Snort 3.0 but it got shelved. This week, Cisco announced that Snort 3.0 is now in development and it will bring a new policy language engine and a new command line shell.

"The user-friendliness features, for example, might enable users to build a programmatic interface for Snort, so when you run it, it can ask the user what class of attacks to look for," Marty Roesch, Snort founder said

"

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+ - Sony Reportedly is Using Cyber-Attacks to Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Lily Hay Newman reports at Slate that Sony is counterhacking to keep its leaked files from spreading across torrent sites. According to Recode, Sony is using hundreds of computers in Asia to execute a denial of service attack on sites where its pilfered data is available, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter. Sony used a similar approach in the early 2000s working with an anti-piracy firm called MediaDefender, when illegal file sharing exploded. The firm populated file-sharing networks with decoy files labeled with the names of such popular movies as “Spider-Man,” to entice users to spend hours downloading an empty file. "Using counterattacks to contain leaks and deal with malicious hackers has been gaining legitimacy," writes Newman. "Some cybersecurity experts even feel that the Second Amendment can be interpreted as applying to 'cyber arms'.”"

Comment: Meditation, other problems, other languages, etc. (Score 1) 223

by kamathln (#48390583) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

Compiled from other's

Do meditation,
Try to understand the world in different perspective.
Try solving totally different types of problems.
Try learning a new human language.
Practical discipline. *Practical*
These things will add different new patterns for your mind which will help you do better when you come back.

+ - India enters its deep space exploration era successfully->

Submitted by rahultyagi
rahultyagi (924414) writes "With Mangalyaan (Mars Orbiter Mission) successfully completing the final stage of its voyage to the red planet, ISRO — Indian Space Research Organization — now joins the US, Russian and European space agencies in a small club of deep space exploration capable entities. Entering Martian orbit just 2 days after NASA's MAVEN, Mangalyaan cost only about a tenth of the cost, thus demonstrating India's capability to successfully complete space missions at highly competitive costs to exploit the fast expanding space industry."
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+ - Mangalyaan successfully put into Mars orbit

Submitted by knwny
knwny (2940129) writes "India's Mars satellite Mangalyaan was successfully placed into orbit around Mars early on Wednesday following a 10-month journey from Earth. India thus joins the U.S., the European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union in having successfully completed a Mars mission. It is however the only one to have done so on the first attempt. Headed by the Indian space agency ISRO, Mangalyaan was made in 15 months at a cost of just around 70 million USD crore — the cheapest inter-planetary mission ever to be undertaken."

+ - Obama Presses China on Global Warming

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "The NYT reports that President Obama spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Summit and challenged China to make the same effort to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions and join a worldwide campaign to curb global warming. Obama's words were directly focused on putting the onus on China, an essential partner of the United States if a global climate treaty is to be negotiated by 2015. The United States and China bear a “special responsibility to lead,” said Obama, “That’s what big nations have to do.” The United States, Obama said, would meet a pledge to reduce its carbon emissions by 17 percent, from 2005 levels, by 2020 — a goal that is in large part expected to be met through proposed EPA regulation.

There were indications that China might be ready with its own plan, although many experts say they will be skeptical until Chinese officials reveal the details. A senior Chinese official said his country would try to reach a peak level of carbon emissions “as early as possible.” That suggested that the Chinese government, struggling with air pollution so extreme that it has threatened economic growth, regularly kept millions of children indoors and ignited street protests, was determined to show faster progress in curbing emissions. In recent years, the Chinese government has sent other signals about addressing carbon pollution, some of them encouraging to environmental experts. “Five years ago, it was almost unimaginable to discuss China putting a cap on carbon, but now that is happening,” said Lo Sze Ping, chief executive officer of the World Wildlife Fund’s office in Beijing. “Chinese leaders have seen that it is imperative to move toward a low-carbon economy.”"

+ - Debian Switches Back To GNOME As The Default Desktop->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Debian has switched back to using GNOME as the default desktop environment for the upcoming Debian 8.0 Jessie release due out in 2015. Based on accessibility and systemd integration reasons along with a host of other reasons, GNOME Shell is the default desktop on Debian in place of Xfce."
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+ - 'Space bubbles' may have led to deadly battle in Afghanistan->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A new study reveals that one of the bloodiest battles for U.S. forces in Afghanistan may have been caused by "space bubbles". In early 2002, a rescue mission went awry because a U.S. command post was unable to radio one of its helicopters about mistaken coordinates. The chopper ended up being shot down by the same al-Qaida forces that necessitated the rescue mission in the first place. Now scientists say that turbulent pockets of ionized gas may have deflected the military satellite radio signals enough to cause temporary communications blackouts in the region--and thus prevented the warning from getting to the rescue helicopter. The mission turned into a 17-hour firefight, costing seven lives."
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