What happened to Slashdot? Suddenly the stories are much more interesting and, most importantly, unique. No other news site reports about these important happenings. Also, I do not see any slashvertisements for yet another crappy product/service. Has the management been changed? New editors hired? Anyway, this is great and I really hope that Slashdot can keep this high standard for years to come.
I guess that everyone who has ever used ImageMagick, has enough brain cells to not post geotaged photos of their apartment, with comments like this: "Today I brought a new computer for 2000$. Had no time to play with it, because I am leaving for a two week vacation. P.S. I like leaving the door key under the mat"
coaxial writes: In Denmark, it's legal to make copies of commercial videos for backup or other private purposes. It's also illegal to break the DRM that restricts copying of DVDs. Deciding to find out which law mattered, Henrik Anderson reported himself for 100 violations of the DRM-breaking law (he ripped his DVD collection to his computer) and demanded that the Danish anti-piracy Antipiratgruppen do something about. They promised him a response, then didn't respond. So now he's reporting himself to the police. He wants a trial, so that the legality of the DRM-breaking law can be tested in court.
uncholowapo writes: "In another sign that the world is about to collapse, multiple blogs are reporting that a fan of the Nintendo DS dating sim Love Plus (you know, the really creepy one) liked his virtual lady so much that he decided to marry her. For real.
Apparently, a Japanese gamer known as 'Sal9000' was officially wed to Nene Anegasaki, one of the game's three virtual girlfriends, in what must have been the weirdest ceremony in the history of ceremonies. We can only assume that Ms. Pac-Man was the maid of honor."
I can't imagine how the children will look like...
Ponca City, We love you writes: "In medicine, plasma, the fourth state of matter, is already used for the sterilization of surgical instruments as plasma works at the atomic level and is able to reach all surfaces, even the interior of hollow needle ends. Now BBC reports that researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics have demonstrated a plasma device that can rid hands, feet, or even underarms of bacteria, including the hospital superbug MRSA, by creating cold atmospheric plasma that produces a cocktail of chemicals that kills bacteria but is harmless to skin. "The plasma produces a series of over 200 chemical reactions that involve the oxygen and nitrogen in air plus water vapor — there is a whole concoction of chemical species that can be lethal to bacteria," says Gregor Morfill. "It's actually similar to what our own immune system does." The team says that an exposure to the plasma of only about 12 seconds reduces the incidence of bacteria, viruses, and fungi on hands by a factor of a million — a number that stands in sharp contrast to the several minutes hospital staff can take to wash using traditional soap and water. Morfill says that the approach can be used to kill the bacteria that lead to everything from gum disease to body odor and that the prototype is scalable to any size and can be produced in any shape. "One can treat plasmas like a medical cocktail, which contains new and established agents that can be applied at the molecular level to cells in prescribed intensities and overall doses.""
Hugh Pickens writes: "Nicholas Carr has an interesting analysis of Rupert Murdoch's threat to de-list News Corp's stories from Google and Microsoft's eager offer to make Bing Murdoch's exclusive search engine for its content. Carr writes that newspapers are caught in a classic Prisoner's Dilemma with Google because while Google's search engine "prevents them from making decent money online — by massively fragmenting traffic, by undermining brand power, and by turning news stories into fungible commodities" if any single newspaper opts out of Google, their competitors will pick up the traffic they lose. There is only one way that newspapers can break out of the prison — if a critical mass of newspapers opt out of Google's search engine simultaneously, they would suddenly gain substantial market power. Murdoch is signaling to other newspapers that "we'll opt out if you'll opt out" positioning himself as the would-be ringleader of a massive jailbreak, without actually risking a jailbreak himself and there are signs that Murdoch's signal is working with reports that the publishers of the Denver Post and the Dallas Morning News are now also considering blocking Google. In the meantime, Steve Ballmer is more than happy to play along with Murdoch because although a deal with News Corps would reduce the basic profitability of Microsoft's search business, it would inflict far more damage on Google than on Microsoft. "Faced with a large-scale loss of professional news stories from its search engine, Google would likely have little choice but to begin paying sites to index their content," writes Carr. "That would be a nightmare scenario for Google — and a dream come true for newspapers and other big content producers.""
K. S. Van Horn writes: Anthropogenic global warming skeptics have long accused the mainstream media of being biased on this subject, while the media claim objectivity. But how objective can your reporting be when you let an advocacy organization write your news stories? As of Thursday morning, the only story the Reuters website main news page is running about ClimateGate is the story, "Hacked climate emails called a 'smear campaign'", written by Stacey Feldman, co-founder of SolveClimate, an organization that promotes the AGW hypothesis and demands curbs on CO2 emissions. This isn't presented as an opinion piece — it's being run as a straight news story.
So maybe Reuters should ask Blackwater to cover military-contractor scandals; maybe they should have asked the Republican National Committee to cover Watergate; and maybe they should have asked AT&T to handle the controversy over immunity for telcos involved in the domestic wiretapping scandal. How about it?
LazyBoyWrangler writes: I don't know about everyone else, but like many Slashdotters (is that an Icelandic Matronymic?) I am de-facto tech support to everyone who knows my phone number. Family, friends, neighbors, their friends... the list is every growing and endless.
After fixing a Windows networking problem about removing disconnected (VPN-routed Samba) shares that couldn't be removed, call waiting beeped and my Dad was having phone programming trouble. I'm supposed to be solving an OpenVPN on Macintosh Snow Leopard problem and also getting a security audit done.
I believe that civilians (not us tech folk) using technology are getting less and less capable of dealing with things and it is reaching a crisis point. My ten year old son is better equipped to deal with problems at his school than his teachers (or the other kids for that matter).
Just for giggles, who thinks a "nerd strike" protest day is a good idea? If all of us refused to do free tech support for products we don't get paid to support for one day, would the world cease rotating? Perhaps people would change their valuation of our time if we all put down our phones for 24 hours. Would this teach to world a lesson?