satuon writes: The popular Ubuntu Forums site is now displaying a message saying that attackers have gained control over the website. What is currently known:
Unfortunately the attackers have gotten every user's local username, password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database. The passwords are not stored in plain text. However, if you were using the same password as your Ubuntu Forums one on another service (such as email), you are strongly encouraged to change the password on the other service ASAP. Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical services are NOT affected by the breach.
An anonymous reader writes: During the phone call, Kerry reportedly made the following threats:
To ground any and all Venezuelan airplanes flying in American or NATO airspace upon any suspicion that Snowden may be on board, including the flights of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “Immunity is for the president, not for the plane,” Kerry said.
To revoke US entry visas to Venezuelan citizens.
To bring criminal charges for drug trafficking, money laundering and other crimes against Venezuelan officials. The ABC source said that Kerry mentioned specific names of government officials against whom the US would press charges.
To immediately halt sales of US gas products to Venezuela. Venezuela purchases a half-million barrels of gasoline and 350,000 barrels of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether, a gasoline additive, from the US each month.
An anonymous reader writes: A new study by researchers in the Built Environment Research Group at the Illinois Institute of Technology shows that commercially available desktop 3D printers can have substantial emissions of potentially harmful nanosized particles in indoor air. Many desktop 3D printers rely on a process where a thermoplastic feedstock is heated, extruded through a small nozzle, and deposited onto a surface to build 3D objects. Similar processes have been shown to have significant aerosol emissions in other studies using a range of plastic feedstocks, but mostly in industrial environments. In this study, researchers measured ultrafine particle concentrations resulting from a popular commercially available desktop 3D printer using two different plastic feedstocks inside an office. Ultrafine particles (or UFPs) are small, nanosized particles less than 100 nanometers in diameter. Inhalation of UFPs may be important from a health perspective because they deposit efficiently in the lung and can even translocate to the brain. Estimates of emission rates of total UFPs in this study were high, ranging from about 20 billion particles per minute for a 3D printer utilizing a lower temperature polylactic acid (PLA) feedstock to about 200 billion particles per minute for the same type of 3D printer utilizing a higher temperature acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) feedstock. The emission rates were similar to those measured in previous studies of several other devices and indoor activities, including cooking on a gas or electric stove, burning scented candles, operating laser printers, or even burning a cigarette.
An anonymous reader writes: I work for a technical magazine that has been available in print for over 40 years. Moving to providing an alternative subscription available online has been hard; the electronic version is quickly pirated and easily available around the world each month.
We are a small company, and our survival depends not only on advertising but on the subscription fees.
Do any slashdotters have experience of delivering electronic magazines via a subscription service in a way that is cost effective and secure?
An anonymous reader writes: I just recieved my new Leap Motion device in the mail — a device I have been waiting for since I pre-ordered in February of 2012. About 5 seconds after opening the box I begin to get the sneaking suspision that this was not going to be the experience I had hoped for.
First, the device doesn't work yet. Apparently, the hardware has to be 'activated' before it will function. Yes, essentially the Leap Motion has hardware DRM. The activation page won't be up for a few more days, so I can't even use the device right now... but that is not what I am worried about.
To quote a few lines.
"Leap Motion Controller and Software. We collect information when you use the Leap Motion Controller (or a Leap Motion-authorized embedded optical module) and our software that works with it. When you use your device while your computer is connected to the internet, we collect the device ID of your controller or module, IP address, software version, operating system and hardware configuration. We also collect performance data such as frequency and duration of use, tracking performance, environmental conditions, distances of tracked objects from the device, and other performance data. We also collect technical error data such as the presence of smudges, calibration or synchronization errors or states, or other software or hardware errors or states. This information is tied to your device ID. In order to best provide products and services to you we associate your device IDs to your Leap Motion Account."
Leap Motion is watching EVERYTHING you do when using their device. How is this acceptable? Needless to say, I will be contacting LeapMotion for a refund.
lagi writes: After completing the initial funding goal of $20,000 Josh has revealed a list of stretch goals for rest of the Kickstarter campaign. so far only the first goal of OUYA support was reached ($26,000). at $55,000 the engine will also get Oculus Rift support, at $35,000 64-bit builds capability will be added. Leadwerks team aim to bring native AAA graphics to GNU/Linux operating system and integration with Valve's Steam and Steam Workshop and assets. backers have the option to choose Lua API for $50 or Lua/C++ API for $100.
We want to put 3D game development on Linux, so you can build games without leaving the Linux operating system.
norite writes: I recently moved from the UK to Canada, and took my HP3050 printer with me. The removals firm told me to discard any printer cartridges as they could leak, and would not ship our things.
After our move, I started looking for cartridges, but bizarrely, I couldn't find the correct numbered ones, although I did find equivalent ones that would fit our model of printer. Some further research revealed that these would not work in our UK purchased printer, because like DVD players, the printer was region coded. I would have to contact HP and hope I found a representative who would understand the situation, (undoubtedly spending ages on the phone) as not many of them do and get it reset to the new region. Unfortunately, I had already discarded the cartridges so I could not print off any initial printer config pages for them to use to give me a new region code.
Fortunately, I've avoided the headache that this person went through 3 years ago I've ended up ordering much cheaper cartridges from the UK and several refill kits. I had no idea HP did this sort of sneaky, underhand tactic, and all it has achieved is that I'll probably never buy another HP product again. It seems there's no obvious benefit to consumers in HP doing this, other than it prevents them buying cheaper inks and therefore maximising profits, so what do the Slashdot community think of printer regionalisation?
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter co-founder Biz Stone today decided to offer some business advice for Facebook: launch a premium subscription service. For $10 a month, Stone figures the company could get rid of ads on its site for those willing to pay to go “premium.”
mdsolar writes: "Around 2,000 people who have worked at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant face a heightened risk of thyroid cancer, its operator said Friday.
Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said 1,973 people — around 10 percent of those employed in emergency crews involved in the clean-up since the meltdowns — were believed to have been exposed to enough radiation to cause potential problems.
The figure is a 10-fold increase on TEPCO's previous estimate of the number of possible thyroid cancer victims and comes after the utility was told its figures were too conservative.
Each worker in this group was exposed to at least 100 millisieverts of radiation, projections show."
theodp writes: It's widely-acknowledged that analytics were key to President Obama’s 2012 win. Behind Obama's Big Data Victory were quants like Rayid Ghani, the campaign's Chief Scientist, who had been at Accenture Data Labs prior to joining OFA. It was at Accenture, Slate reported, where Ghani developed the expertise that was tapped to persuade voters to reelect President Obama. Interestingly, a USPTO search reveals that some of Ghani's expertise is covered by pending and issued patents assigned to Accenture Global Services Limited in Dublin. Accenture switched its country of incorporation from Bermuda to Ireland amid a crackdown on tax havens by the Obama administration. Hey, maybe that's why the White House is going nuclear on certain patent holders! Ghani, by the way, is now running Data Science for Social Good, a program funded by Google CEO and Obama advisor Eric Schmidt at the University of Chicago, where the President once taught.