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+ - Jolla Announces 1st Meego/Android-App Device Available Year End 2013

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "Jolla, the Finnish company that continued Nokia’s work on the MeeGo mobile platform, announced details of its first smartphone on Monday. Availability for the Jolla device is expected by year end and can be pre-ordered now; the phone will be priced at no more than €399 (US $512.26).
The Jolla hardware looks similar to that of Nokia’s Lumia, with a clean, button-less front face that houses the 4.5-inch touchcscreen.The phone will use a dual-core processor and support 4G LTE in some regions. Internal storage tops out at 16 GB, but can be expanded via microSD card. The phone also includes an 8 megapixel rear camera with auto focus.
The phone is also “Android app compliant” which, in a move similar to that of BlackBerry, can help with available apps at launch."

+ - How do I get my spouse to start gaming with me?

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "I’ve been a gamer for a long time (started on Nibbles in MS-DOS) and enjoy pretty much any good game. I can enjoy side-scrolling relics (original Prince of Persia, Win 95), to modern MMORPGs (stopped playing my 85 lvl Mage on WoW just recently, read on to see why), to a good sports game (Madden series are a blast) and many more. I’ve been married for 4 years now and have hardly touched my games since being married and starting having kids. My wife and I are Americans but live overseas and have little access to new movies/entertainment and, from experience, I know that a good game can provide much more entertainment than a good movie. My question is, what are good ways/good games that I can use to get my wife into computer gaming? We both have good laptops that I’d love to get her interested in using to do co-op or combative games with me. Because of my long experience, gaming comes naturally to me and so even on a game I haven’t played I would probably be much better than she. Is there a game or idea that would take away the embarrassing factor for her of being much worse than I am while still being enjoyable and worth spending a lot of time on with me? Do any other Slashdotters struggle getting their spouse to game with them?"
Google

+ - Possible Egyptian Pyramids Found via Google Earth

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "In an article being carried by discovery.com, Two possible pyramid complexes might have been found in Egypt, according to a Google Earth satellite imagery survey. Located about 90 miles apart, "the sites contain unusual grouping of mounds with intriguing features and orientations" said satellite archaeology researcher Angela Micol of Maiden, N.C. According to Micol, both sites have been verified as undiscovered by Egyptologist and pyramid expert Nabil Selim, whose findings include the pyramid called Sinki at Abydos and the Dry Moat surrounding the Step pyramid complex at Saqqara. The researcher has previously located several possible archaeological sites with Google Earth, including a potential underwater city off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula. The sites have been sent to Egyptologists and researchers for further investigation and "ground truthing," she said."
Google

+ - Yahoo's New CEO Mayer is Pregnant->

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "Marissa Mayer, the Google executive who today was named Yahoo's new chief executive, is pregnant!.
Of course, her pregnancy, which Mayer learned of last January, was something to think about when she got the initial call from Jim Citrin, the Spencer Stuart recruiter commissioned by the Yahoo board.
Mayer first disclosed to the Yahoo board that she is pregnant in late June, in a meeting with Michael Wolf, a member of the board's four-person CEO search committee. A meeting with the search committee followed, and then Mayer met with the full board last Wednesday. None of the Yahoo directors, she says, revealed any concern about hiring a pregnant chief executive. "They showed their evolved thinking," says Mayer, who got the phone call last Thursday that she was the board's choice to be CEO."

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+ - FBI Leaves Cleared Names On Terrorist Watch List->

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "According to a recent FOIA request the FBI doesn't always take names off of the Terrorist Watch List even when those people have been cleared of charges or had charges dropped. “If an individual is acquitted or charges are dismissed for a crime related to terrorism, the individual must still meet the reasonable suspicion standard in order to remain on, or be subsequently nominated to, the terrorist watch list,” the once-classified memorandum says. The New York Times is running a story about it as well saying the data is even used by local police officers to check names during traffic stops."
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The Military

+ - Contact Lost with Hypersonic Glider->

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "DARPA says contact with its experimental hypersonic glider was lost after launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast. The agency says in Twitter postings that its unmanned Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2 was launched Thursday atop a rocket, successfully separated from the booster and entered the mission's glide phase.
The agency says telemetry was subsequently lost, but released no details.."

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Politics

+ - How to Get Elected Without Being Corrupt? 1

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "I have a very close friend who is a local state representative. He has wanted to enter the world of politics since he was very young and has begun his journey as a state rep. He wants to change the culture of corruption, pursue open/honest government and adheres strictly to the constitution and the very real limits it places on the power he hopes to have. Without getting into corporate corruption, political favors to selfish companies, and making himself beholden to the rich, how does he fundraise to compete with the politicians who do? How does he get elected to higher office without corrupt and crooked politics?"
Politics

+ - Non-Corrupt Politician Fundraising 2

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "I have a very close friend who is a local state representative. He has wanted to enter the world of politics since he was very young and has begun his journey as a state rep. He wants to change the culture of corruption, pursue open/honest government and adheres strictly to the constitution and the very real limits it places on the power he hopes to have. Without getting into corporate corruption, political favors to selfish companies, and making himself beholden to the rich, how does he fundraise to compete with the politicians who do? How does he get elected to higher office without corrupt and crooked politics?"

+ - Bradley Manning being "Ritually Abused" by Jailors->

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "The lawyer for Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of having leaked a massive trove of US state secrets to WikiLeaks, has accused his military jailers at the marine base in Quantico, Virginia, of ritually humiliating his client by stripping him naked in his cell every night.

David Coombs, who is representing Manning in his court martial procedure, criticised the commanders of the Quantico brig for punishing the prisoner for a sarcastic comment he made in protest at his treatment. Coombs said Manning quipped that if he wanted to harm himself he could do so with the elastic waistband in his underpants or with his flip-flops."

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+ - Atheists/Agnostics Know Most About World Religions->

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions. On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Atheists and agnostics average 20.9 correct answers. It is worth noting, however, that some questions may be open for debate. For example, one question about the Catholic teaching of communion actually becoming the body/blood of Christ is not a consistent teaching across the Catholic church, nor is the Christian teaching that salvation comes from faith alone an exclusively Protestant one as many Catholics teach the same."
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+ - Windows Administrator move to Linux 2

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "I have been administering Windows machines for more than 10 years and am extremely comfortable in a Windows environment. I went to school as came out with a Windows Network Administration degree, my CCNA and a Cisco Network Admin degree and have worked in the corporate world administering mid-level scale Windows environments. Unfortunately, I took only 1 (basic) Linux administration class and promptly forgot it because it had no bearing on my degree plan(s). I know the slashdot community will hate me for this but I would really consider myself quite technical and yet I know virtually nothing about administering Linux. I am hoping that the slashdot community can (after forgiving me for my obvious lack of geeky Linux knowledge) help me get started on my quest to be as familiar with Linux as I am with Windows. I have no CS background so I am not a programmer but I hope that I can learn to write drivers for hardware (never needed in Windows) and get a deeper understanding of the Linux environment and it's strengths. Where should I start and what path should I follow to do this?"

+ - Toyota Partners With Tesla to Make Electric Cars->

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "Business week has a story about Toyota putting $50 million into Tesla and Tesla buying a Toyota factory in California to make electric cars in the USA. Toyota had to close the factory because of its struggling business in the States but Tesla will be reopening the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant in Fremont, California, known as NUMMI. “This seems like a good deal for both parties, especially Toyota, from being able to avoid the political fallout from shutting NUMMI down to being able to offer a new electric vehicle with just a low initial investment cost,” said Jeremy Anwyl, Chief Executive Officer at auto industry researcher Edmunds.com in Santa Monica, California. The tie-up brings Toyota, the world’s biggest seller of hybrid autos, together with Tesla, the only company now selling U.S. highway-legal battery-powered cars. Electric-car technology has been supported by U.S. policy makers including President Barack Obama as a way to reduce the nation’s oil use and dependence on foreign energy sources."
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Portables

+ - Best travel laptop of 2009

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "I know this question is asked often, but I looked back through the Slashdot stories and there hasn't been one for over a year. I will be traveling to Portugal and then into the bush of Angola this year and will need a laptop that I can travel with. I don't intend to thrash it but I don't want to have to worry about it being knocked around in typical overseas travel. Good battery life would be nice coupled with a readable screen. I intend to blog and write often so a 10" netbook is not ideal. This is not a gaming computer or desktop replacement, though good photo-editing times are essential. Most of the time the answers to these questions are Thinkpad T-Series laptops. Is that still the case for most Slashdot readers? Are there other durable-hardworking-reasonably-priced laptops out there for consideration?"
The Almighty Buck

+ - Visa rolles out NFC Payment in Malaysia

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "PC World is reporting that Visa has launched its first commercial mobile payments service for point-of-sale transactions using NFC (Near Field Communications) technology. The service is available in Malaysia, and allows users to pay for goods by waving their NFC-enabled Nokia 6212 classic handset in front of a contactless reader.
While this is just in Malaysia, Wells Fargo is testing a related pay-by-phone system with Visa for the USA. Is this the rise of faster and more convenient transactions, or a new way to lose your phone and money all in one fell swoop?"
Social Networks

+ - Myspace removes 90,000 sex offender accounts->

Submitted by x_IamSpartacus_x
x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) writes "According to CNN MySpace has identified and removed 90,000 convicted sex offenders from its popular online social-networking site, according to one of the dozens of state attorneys general who pressured the site to beef up its safety standards. The story doesn't say how they decided which accounts were the accounts of sex offenders, but I can't imagine it's failproof. Wouldn't it be a simple matter to create a myspace account from a registered sex offenders IP just to get him/her in trouble?"
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