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Books

Submission + - Book as College Graduation Present?

tigersha writes: I am the boss of a young lad who worked for me for a few years as an intern. He is about to graduate with a degree in computer science and I would like to give him a book as present. Does not have to be CS. Any suggestions?
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - How to spy on monitors through walls

An anonymous reader writes: Using radio to eavesdrop on CRTs has been around since the 80s, but Cambridge University researchers have shown laptops and flat-panel displays are vulnerable too. Using basic radio equipment and an FPGA board totalling less than $2,000 you it was possible to read text from a laptop three offices away. This is certainly cool, but is this a security issue we should worry about?
Biotech

Submission + - Create an Alien, Win a Prize!

destinyland writes: "A professor of bio-materials believes we're so close to creating artificial life, he's offering a $26,000 prize for the first non-DNA-based lifeform to "break the carbon barrier." He argues researchers are close to do the day when they molecularly engineer a synthetic lifeform — either unknowingly, or covertly — so you can also win a prize by simply identifying a synthetic lifeform created by someone else. ("We're scanning outer space for signs of intelligent life, but who's scanning inner space?") His ultimate goal is promoting safe nanotechnology research, which will only happen with a greater public awareness. The first alien lifeforms won't come from outer space; they'll come from our labs."
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - WoW Addiction Results in Death of Toddler

Henry V .009 writes: The Albuquerque Journal reports that Federal authorities have just charged Rebecca Wulf for allowing her 3-year-old daughter to starve to death, surrounded by "cat feces, moldy food and unwashed dishes" while Rebecca played World of Warcraft. I thought Slashdoters might want an early heads up on what is likely to become a big news story. Having worked with abused children in the past, I can say that the stories I hear of WoW addiction cases are on the level of hard drug addiction stories — in my opinion at least, this can no longer be dismissed as a 'you can be addicted to anything' issue anymore.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Salary Survey

Dadoo writes: I work in the IT department of a small company (~250 employees). We're trying to hire a programmer, but our management is telling us candidates are asking for too much money. According to a salary survey they have, we're paying more than other companies our area, and the candidates are asking for much more. Some are asking for twice as much as the highest-paid person in our department. Personally, I think these salary surveys are designed to put employees at a disadvantage, so I'd like to ask the taboo question: how much do you make? Answer anonymously, if you feel you need to, but include your location, your actual job description and/or title, your years of experience, and your salary.
Censorship

Submission + - Turkish Assembly Votes Censoring of Web sites

unity100 writes: "Cnn has some piece of news about recent a development in turkey, where turkish assembly, totally in lieu with turkey's commitment to european union membership and european ideals, have voted to have sites that "insult" Turkish Republic founder M.Kemal Ataturk censored from entire Turkish population.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/04/06/turkey .youtube.ap/index.html"
Programming

Submission + - Natural language Javascript events

psydeshow writes: "We're in the middle of an amazing Javascript renaissance right now. Unbelievable magic happening, like Ryan Johnson's Event.Behavior.

"A domain specific language for defining events in your JavaScript applications. It approximates how one would describe an event in the english language and allows you to extend it with your own verbs, conditions and events."
So you can write stuff like "show('state_field').when('country').is('United States');", instead of fooling around with connecting and listening and callbacks. Nice!"
Security

Submission + - Vista Protected Processes DRM broken

W2k writes: "It's a well-known fact that Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system contains DRM features, intended to keep a user from manipulating protected digital content that passes through his system. One core part of the DRM in Vista is Protected Processes. In short, a protected process is given special privileges by the operating system to keep other processes from accessing its memory or injecting their own code into its execution path. For example, running a media player as a protected process would make it theoretically impossible for a hacker to read encryption keys for DRM:ed content from its memory space. Well, not any longer. ReactOS developer and well-known kernel hacker Alex Ionescu has published on his blog a tool that can protect or unprotect any process, no questions asked. Screenshots of the tool in action are provided, but no source code."
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - OpenBSD in a GPL violation?

Yenya writes: "In a message sent to OpenBSD developers as well as the linux-wireless and bcm43xx-devel lists, Michael Buesch, the main developer of the Linux bcm43xx driver for Broadcom WiFi devices, wrote:

[...]We believe that you might have directly copied code out of bcm43xx (licensed under GPL v2), without our explicit permission, into bcw (licensed under BSD license). There are implementation details in bcm43xx that appear exactly the same in bcw. These implementation details clearly don't come from the open specifications at bcm-specs.sipsolutions.net or bcm-v4.sipsolutions.net.
The bcm43xx driver is being developed as a clean room design, based on the reverse-enginered specs, created by another team. As it seems now, the bcw driver in question might just be removed from the OpenBSD source."
Businesses

Submission + - Verizon Adds 5GB Limit to Unlimited Data Plan

Jason writes: "For years there have been stories about people getting their unlimited Verizon accounts terminated because of excessive data usage, but Verizon never explicitly said that there is a limit. Now if you dive a into the terms of the Unlimited Data Service plan they have put a section in that specifically states that anything over 5GB of data usage in a one month period is considered abnormal. Since when does 5GB per month equal unlimited? Does Verizon need to hire some new mathematicians?"
Slashdot.org

Submission + - What should I ask Slashdot?

TodMinuit writes: "Dearest Slashdot: Recently, I've wanted to ask Slashdot something. Unable to come up with a question myself, I thought who better to ask what I should ask Slashdot than Slashdot itself? Surely the very people answering the question are quite capable of coming up with one. So, Slashdot, what should I ask Slashdot?"
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Performs Illegal Operation, Shuts Down

mail.app writes: Microsoft Performs Illegal Operation, Shuts Down Microsoft Corp. issued a surprise press release this morning announcing that the company had "performed an illegal operation and would be shut down." Company executives refused to provide further information regarding the cause of the unexpected shutdown, only issuing a cryptic error number of $00038FF577 and advising all interested parties to "contact their system administrator."

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