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Comment: Re:dupe (Score 1) 89

by tokiko (#46762669) Attached to: Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

So chronologically ...

2012-06-?? Video filmed
2014-03-05 arXiv.org submission
2012-03-07 Video published on TED
2014-03-07 wired.com article
2014-03-08 pipedot.org story
2014-03-10 slashdot.org first story
2014-03-14 economist.com article
2014-03-15 slashdot.org second story

So, someone may have filmed the video a few years ago, but the video was only posted online recently. Afterwards the story made the rounds on various news sites over the next few weeks. Hardly that old of news...

+ - Foxconn Factory Workers Can Now Afford The iPhones They Make->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "In 2010, a series of negative reports about Foxconn's Apple production facilities in China hit a nadir with a series of workplace suicides. Since then, though, things seem to be looking up somewhat, if Foxconn's campus in Zhengzhou is any indication. While employees there still put in very long hours and consider the cutting edge iPhones out of reach, many now sport iPhone 4 and 4S models. And a variety of other businesses are springing up to cater to employees at the enormous factory."
Link to Original Source

+ - Tor is building an anonymous instant messenger

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""Forget the $16 billion romance between Facebook and WhatsApp. There's a new messaging tool worth watching.

Tor, the team behind the world's leading online anonymity service, is developing a new anonymous instant messenger client, according to documents produced at the Tor 2014 Winter Developers Meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland.""

+ - Community-sourced news site, soylentnews.org, goes live 18

Submitted by umafuckit
umafuckit (2980809) writes "soylentnews.org is the new way of taking the pulse of the nerd community. Soylentnews is a grassroots-based platform with the content feeds are powered by readers like you. The objective is to highlight news stories of general importance to everyone, but especially nerds. News about technology, art, science and politics: it's all there. Soylentnews is the new kid on the block and will adapt quickly to satisfy our community's needs and and push boundaries like never before. This is a real community site: no changes in format without a general consensus from the community. Stop by and see what you think of the freshly-launched site."

Comment: Re:why not the new thing? (Score 2) 279

by tokiko (#46251989) Attached to: Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

Correction: The original post about systemd was not complaining about using grep and awk on the scripts. The complaint was that the scripts where calling these commands way too often during the normal boot up procedure.

On my system the scripts in /etc/init.d call grep at least 77 times. awk is called 92 times, cut 23 and sed 74. Every time those commands (and others) are called, a process is spawned, the libraries searched, some start-up stuff like i18n and so on set up and more.

Comment: More choices (Score 1) 168

by tokiko (#46202197) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

Plus, the more you distribute the data, the more backups you have. I'd hate to loose gigabytes of family photos to a single hard drive failing. There are a few companies, like pogoplug, producing consumer friendly storage devices that are inexpensive ($20) and hide all the complex software pieces behind a nice web interface.

Also, I plan on making a slashdot-inspired site. The website will be called "Pipedot" and be reachable at pipedot.org or pipedot.com. The motto will be "News for nerds, without the corporate slant." Get it? A pipe character looks like a slash without the slant!

I'm committed to providing a free and independent resource without the influence of a parent corporate overlord. The site will be decidedly non-profit and have zero advertisements, zero adobe flash, zero google analytics, etc...

As a special bonus, the site can now be reached at fuckbeta.org! Stay tuned for more updates...

Comment: Pipedot.org (Score 1) 40

by tokiko (#46202081) Attached to: The Individual Midnight Thread

I also plan on making a Slashdot-inspired site. The website will be called "Pipedot" and be reachable at pipedot.org or pipedot.com. The motto will be "News for nerds, without the corporate slant." Get it? A pipe character looks like a slash without the slant!

I'm committed to providing a free and independent resource without the influence of a parent corporate overlord. The site will be decidedly non-profit and have zero advertisements, zero adobe flash, zero google analytics, etc...

As a special bonus, the site can now be reached at fuckbeta.org! Stay tuned for more updates...

Comment: Pipedot.org (Score 1) 19

by tokiko (#46189009) Attached to: A Modest Proposal, re: Beta vs. Classic

I also plan on making a Slashdot-inspired site. The website will be called Pipedot and be decidedly non-profit. The motto will be "News for nerds, without the corporate slant." Get it? A pipe character looks like a slash without the slant!

Regardless of how successful any of these alternatives become, the community will benefit for having several "escapes routes" for when Dice finally places that last straw on our backs. The official Slashdot site may be forced to actually listen to the community, or risk us jumping to an alternative site.

Security

Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account 232

Posted by samzenpus
from the sneaking-in dept.
Jim Hall writes "Security blogger Krebs reports that Target's data breach started with a stolen HVAC account. Last week, Target said the initial intrusion into its systems was traced back to network credentials that were stolen from a third party vendor. Sources now claim that the vendor in question was a refrigeration, heating and air conditioning subcontractor that has worked at a number of locations at Target and other top retailers. Attackers stole network credentials from Fazio Mechanical Services, then used that to gain access to Target's network. It's not immediately clear why Target would have given an HVAC company external network access, or why that access would not be cordoned off from Target's payment system network."

+ - How to fix Slashdot Beta? 17

Submitted by Forbo
Forbo (3035827) writes "Since the migration to Slashdot Beta was announced, it seems all meaningful discussion has been completely disrupted with calls to boycott and protest. Rather than pull an Occupy, what can be done to focus and organize the action? What is the end goal: To revert entirely to the previous site, or to address the problems with the new site?"

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