Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

+ - Firm makes iPhone Geiger counter for worried Japan-> 1

Submitted by cuckundu
cuckundu writes: A Japanese company Tuesday unveiled a cheap Geiger counter for the iPhone to enable people worried about the March Fukushima nuclear accident to check their environment for radiation. The probe, 14 centimeters long by five wide, connects to the iPhone and the screen displays radiation readings in combination with a special app such as the Geiger Bot.
Link to Original Source

+ - Massive Piracy Raid in China->

Submitted by bs0d3
bs0d3 writes: A site that distributed pirated versions of Windows XP and has received 4,445 visits this year and was raided by the Chinese police today. The site owner Wang, illegally earned a large sum of money by bundling the pirated software with advertisements and other software. Revenue gained by ads multiplied by 4,445 can be estimated to be up to $3 worth of illegal income.
Link to Original Source

+ - SPAM: Spain opts for DRM-free Ebooks

Submitted by
tiniebras writes: "Today marks the launch of "B de Books", an internet portal for ebooks by one of spains major media houses, Grupo Zeta. The inital offering is of just 250 titles from the publishers library. What makes this different from other offerings however is that the books are DRM free and substantially cheaper than their hard copy alternatives. El Pais ([spam URL stripped]) reports that this decision was taken due to the significant lag between sales of ebooks as opposed to hard copy."
Link to Original Source
The Matrix

+ - Robot Control of Human

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: IEEE Spectrum reports that French researchers from the Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics have developed a robot capable of working with humans to perform tasks cooperatively by controlling the human's arm. I think they are doing that backward.

+ - Ilya Zhitomirskiy, co-founder of Diaspora, dies at->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: It is with some sadness that I report to /. readers about the death of one of the co-founders of the radical social network, Diaspora. Ilya Zhitomirskiy has passed at the age of 22.
"A San Francisco Police Department officer confirmed on Monday that a police report about Zhitomirskiy's death says officers responded to the 700 block of Treat Avenue around 8:10 p.m. on Saturday. The department had received phone calls about a "possible" suicide."

Link to Original Source

+ - Rock meets geek->

Submitted by Dedokta
Dedokta writes: Cross dressing heavy metal band Mechanical Black have released a cover of the 80's pop hit Electric Dreams featuring elements of extreme geekiness that should excite a few Slashdot readers.

Not only is the video clip peppered with an impressive collection of retro computers and gaming consoles, but also feature cameos in the form of video chat windows from:

David Warhol, Earl Vickers, Elonka Dunin, Eric Allman, G Mark Hardy, George Sanger (and Cindy Moorhouse), Guido Van Rossum, James Gosling, Jeff Minter, Jennifer Reitz, John Draper, Marcus Ranum, Marshall Kirk McKusick, Nathaniel Borenstein, Richard Bartle, Bruce Schneier, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jackson, Ian Livingstone and John Resig

Link to Original Source

+ - Coding Challenge: The Luhny Bin->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Bob Lee of Square sparked a programming language shootout with his 'Luhny Bin' coding challenge: 'Write a command line program that reads ASCII text from standard input, masks sequences of digits that look like credit card numbers, and writes the filtered text to standard output.' Which language do you think will come out on top?
Link to Original Source

+ - Facebook Hit By Coordinated Spam Attack

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Over the last few days, Facebook users have been experiencing a flood of very graphic images depicting pornography, acts of violence, self-mutilation, and bestiality. The company confirmed the reports this morning and then this afternoon revealed that this has been the result of a coordinated spam attack leveraging a browser vulnerability.

+ - Calgary's sound-activated noise camera to automati->

Submitted by iH473
iH473 writes: Motorcycle riders and hotrod enthusiasts beware: the Noise Snare is one step closer to squelching your high-decibel expressions of mechanical masculinity. After spending months testing the accuracy of a new device that pairs a noise-reader with a camera, the city is confident they can reliably pinpoint bylaw breakers. The results will go to committee for review on Wednesday and will have to be approved by council. They are recommending a fine of $200.
Link to Original Source

+ - The Genetics of Happiness

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Economist reports that studies comparing identical with non-identical twins have helped to establish the heritability of many aspects of behavour with recent work suggesting that about one third of the variation in people’s happiness is heritable. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve has taken the study a step further picking a popular suspect—the gene that encodes the serotonin-transporter protein, a molecule that shuffles a brain messenger called serotonin through cell membranes—and examined how variants of the 5-HTT gene affect levels of happiness. The serotonin-transporter gene comes in two functional variants—long and short and people have two versions (known as alleles) of each gene, one from each parent. After examining genetic data from more than 2,500 participants in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, De Neve found that people with one long allele were 8% more likely than those with none to describe themselves as very satisfied with life and those with two long alleles were 17% more likely of describing themselves as very satisfied. Interestingly enough, there is a notable variation across races with Asian Americans in the sample having on average 0.69 long genes, white Americans with 1.12, and black Americans with 1.47. “It has long been suspected that this gene plays a role in mental health but this is the first study to show that it is instrumental in shaping our individual happiness levels (PDF)," writes De Neve. "This finding helps to explain why we each have a unique baseline level of happiness and why some people tend to be naturally happier than others, and that’s in no small part due to our individual genetic make-up.” ""

Programming is an unnatural act.