Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Microsoft

Microsoft Asks Fed For Bailout 346

Posted by samzenpus
from the too-big-to-fail dept.
snydeq writes "Microsoft requested on Tuesday some $20 billion in bailout funds from the federal government, claiming that as the company controls an overwhelming share of the OS market, it is too big to fail. Low adoption rates for Vista, the ensuing ad campaign trying to convince people that they really do like Vista, and the increased need for development resources to rush Windows 7 to market to make people forget about Vista have necessitated the bailout, the company said. 'We want to make it absolutely clear that this is not a crisis of mismanagement,' said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in a prepared statement. 'This is simply a crisis of dollars — a crisis of not having enough dollars coming our way.'"
Robotics

Flower Robots For Your Home 119

Posted by timothy
from the pretty-high-on-maslow's-hierarchy dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "Flower robots are not new, and some have already been developed in the US. Now, South Korean researchers have created a robotic plant which acts like real ones. This robot has humidifying, oxygen-producing, aroma-emitting, and kinetic functions. It is about 1.30 meters tall and 40 centimeters in diameter. The robotic plant can interact with people when they approach, and it can 'dance' when music is played. The researchers don't say when a commercial version of their flowers will come to the market. They also don't mention a retail price."
Image

Gamer Plays Over 30 Warcraft Characters 189

Posted by samzenpus
from the please-go-outside dept.
If your significant other complains that you play too much World of Warcraft, just show them this article about a user named "Prepared." He plays an amazing 36 World of Warcraft accounts on 11 different computers at the same time. He is his own raid group. "It costs me exactly $5711 in subscription costs per year with 36 accounts on the 6 month pay schedule," he writes. "Not bad considering I'm looking at it like it's a hobby and there are more expensive hobbies out there than World of Warcraft."
Software

Stallman Says Cloud Computing Is a Trap 621

Posted by kdawson
from the head-out-of-the-clouds dept.
stevedcc writes in to tell us about an interview with RMS in The Guardian, in which he gives his views on cloud computing, with a particular focus on user access to data and the sacrifices made for convenience. "'It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign,' he told The Guardian. 'Somebody is saying this is inevitable — and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it's very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true.'" Computerworld has a summary of some of the blogosphere's reaction to RMS's position.
Republicans

+ - Ron Paul Raises over 3.5 million in one day->

Submitted by Ex-MislTech
Ex-MislTech (557759) writes "WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, aided by an extraordinary outpouring of Internet support Monday, hauled in more than $3.5 million in 20 hours. Paul, the Texas congressman with a Libertarian tilt and an out-of-Iraq pitch, entered heady fundraising territory with a surge of Web-based giving tied to the commemoration of Guy Fawkes Day. Fawkes was a British mercenary who failed in his attempt to kill King James I on Nov. 5, 1605. He also was the model for the protagonist in the movie "V for Vendetta." Paul backers motivated donors on the Internet with mashed-up clips of the film on the online video site YouTube as well as the Guy Fawkes Day refrain: "Remember, remember the 5th of November.""
Link to Original Source
Republicans

+ - GOP Witnesses Power of On-Line Campaigning

Submitted by DeathPenguin
DeathPenguin (449875) writes "GOP underdog Ron Paul awed supporters and opponents alike on November 5th with by far the most successful mass donation drive of this election cycle racking up a total of $3.8M in a single day — and the number keeps growing. With a campaign largely powered by bloggers, Youtubers, websites such as http://www.thisnovember5th.com/ and other on-line activists, the 72-year old pro-small-government congressman and former career doctor continues to bring in much needed funding and support in the face of much better funded rivals. Could this large amount of cash indicate a large disconnect between mainstream media's polling numbers and actual support for Dr. Paul?

The most successful day still belongs to John Kerry who raised $5.7 million the day he accepted the Democratic nomination. Also, check out http://www.ronpaulgraphs.com/ to track the Paul campaign's fundraising progress throughout the year."
The Internet

+ - Ron Paul Breaks Single Day Fundraising Record 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "AP is reporting that Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul raised more than $3.5 million in 20 hours on Monday. The total was driven by a surge of Web-based giving tied to the commemoration of Guy Fawkes Day. Paul's total beat Mitt Romney as the single-day fundraising record holder in the Republican presidential field. Paul now ranks only behind Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton, who raised nearly $6.2 million on June 30, and Barack Obama. Paul advocates limited government and low taxes like other Republicans, but is the only GOP presidential candidate opposed to the Iraq war."
Censorship

+ - OiNK is taken down by Interpol, admin arrested 2

Submitted by QuietR10t
QuietR10t (1125965) writes "Scott Gilbertson from Wired raises an interesting point: "However, there is one interesting quote in the IFPI's press release. Jeremy Banks, head of the IFPI's Internet Anti-Piracy Unit, says in the press release: "OiNK was central to the illegal distribution of pre-release music online. This was not a case of friends sharing music for pleasure. This was a worldwide network that got hold of music they did not own the rights to and posted it online." (emphasis mine)

The IFPI seems to be making a distinction of scale between professional piracy groups and friends sharing files, even if, so far as I know, copyright laws in Britain (and the U.S.) make no such distinctions."
http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2007/10/oink-is-the-lat.html

There are also rumors of investigation into users, but with 180k users I'm not sure they would know where to start."
Music

+ - Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream->

Submitted by
djpretzel
djpretzel writes "Today OverClocked ReMix released its ninth album, Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream. The album, made by fans for fans, honors the recent 10-year anniversary of the Square Enix PlayStation video game Final Fantasy VII with 45 arrangements of composer Nobuo Uematsu's original score. Available for free download at http://ff7.ocremix.org, Voices of the Lifestream is not affiliated with or endorsed by Square Enix. More than 40 artists from the OverClocked ReMix community contributed more than three hours of music to the album, with interpretations covering a variety of genres and styles from jazz to electronica to rock to symphonic."
Link to Original Source
Security

+ - Storm botnet spams Youtube exploit->

Submitted by cottagetrees
cottagetrees (1093331) writes "Security researcher Roger Thompson at Exploit Prevention Labs posted about a big Storm botnet spam that tells the recipient their face is all over 'net on a YouTube video. The hyperlink to the video looks innocent enough, though the html under the link takes the user to an exploitive IP address that attempts a driveby download of the Q4Rollup exploit, a package of about a dozen encrypted exploits. If the user is unpatched against anything, they're hit. Here's the text of the spam I personally received this morning: "Subject: Who is that your with? lol Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 09:40:32 -0400 From: To: OMG, what are you doing man. This video of you is all over the net. here is the link I got http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAqQ2G671GV (in the html email, the actual hyperlink is to a different address, which I confirmed was exploitive by pasting it into LinkScanner Online at http://linkscanner.explabs.com/linkscanner/default .asp I test all my suspicious hyperlinks here.)"
Link to Original Source
The Internet

How to Stop Digg-cheating, Forever 217

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the good-luck-with-that dept.
The following was written by frequent Slashdot editorial contributor Bennett Haselton. He writes "Recently author Annalee Newitz created a bit of a stir with the revelation that she had bought her way to the front page of the story-ranking site Digg. Since Digg allows any registered user to go to a story's URL and "digg it" in order to push it upward through the story-ranking system, it was inevitable that services like User/Submitter would come along, where a Digg user can pay for other users to cast votes to push their story up to the top. User/Submitter says they are currently backlogged and not taking new orders, but they say the service will return and will soon feature services for manipulating similar sites like Digg competitor reddit. Even if the new U/S features are vaporware, it probably won't be long before other companies offer similar services. But it seems like all of these story-ranking sites could prevent the manipulation by making one simple change to their voting algorithm."
Movies

+ - Jesus: Tales from the Crypt

Submitted by
gollum123
gollum123 writes "Brace yourself. James Cameron, the man who brought you 'The Titanic' is back with another blockbuster. This time, the ship he's sinking is Christianity ( http://time-blog.com/middle_east/2007/02/jesus_tal es_from_the_crypt.html ). In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn't resurrected — the cornerstone of Christian faith — and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene. Let's go back 27 years, when Israeli construction workers were gouging out the foundations for a new building in the industrial park in the Talpiyot, a Jerusalem suburb. of Jerusalem. The earth gave way, revealing a 2,000 year old cave with 10 stone caskets. Archologists were summoned, and the stone caskets carted away for examination. It took 20 years for experts to decipher the names on the ten tombs. They were: Jesua, son of Joseph, Mary, Mary, Mathew, Jofa and Judah, son of Jesua. But film-makers Cameron and Jacobovici claim to have amassed evidence through DNA tests, archeological evidence and Biblical studies, that the 10 coffins belong to Jesus and his family. Cameron is holding a New York press conference on Monday at which he will reveal three coffins, supposedly those of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene."
Microsoft

Mr. Ballmer, Show Us the Code 462

Posted by kdawson
from the open-letter dept.
DigDuality writes "A new campaign, Showusthecode.com, requests every leader in the Linux world, and companies invested in Linux, to stand up and demand that Steve Ballmer show the world where Linux violates Microsoft's intellectual property. He has been making these claims since the Novell-Microsoft deal. If Microsoft answers this challenge — by May 1st — then Linux developers will be able to modify the code so that it remains 'free' software. If such infringing code doesn't exist, we will have called Microsoft's bluff. And if the campaign garners enough attention and if Steve Ballmer maintains silence, then the community and companies behind Linux can take the silence for the admission that it is."

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

Working...