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Comment Nope! (Score 1) 418

I got it before the turn of the millenium, big ol' bulky SONY CRT. Doesn't even have digital connectors, that's how old it is. I just have a couple of sets of composite plugs.

That could very easily be the last TV that I ever buy. It's been more and more irrelevant as time goes on -- neither next generation of console interests me, cable's a vast wasteland of uninteresting programming and anything that IS interesting can be found on the Internet with more convenience and less expense. If I need something to look at when I'm in the living room, maybe I could take its guts out and turn it into a fish tank.

Comment Re:TV? You mean, single-use device? (Score 1) 418

Agreed re cable TV. I need to wean my wife from a few cable-only shows, then we'll have Internet and over-the-air TV with a two-tuner media PC behind the TV and a wireless keyboard to control it. Savings? Maybe $75/month. would be more except for the damn bundling crap the cable/ISP providers insist on. Damn thieves. $75 for fairly quick Internet alone, with all the crap they load on it. I don't *need* tech support and their email and "webspace." Give me a connection, keep it working, and leave me alone. Bet they could charge me $20/month and make money. (mutter mutter mutter)


Evidence of 100,000-Year-Old Life Found In Antarctic Subglacial Lake 63

Researchers taking advantage of retreating ice shelves in Antarctica have discovered evidence of life that's been sealed away for nearly 100,000 years. Lake Hodgson on the Antarctic Peninsula, once covered by over 400 meters of ice, is now obscured only by a thin layer three to four meters thick. Scientists carefully drilled through the ice and took samples (abstract) from the layers of mud at the bottom (as much as 93 meters below the lake's surface). "The top few centimetres of the core contained current and recent organisms which inhabit the lake but once the core reached 3.2 m deep the microbes found most likely date back nearly 100,000 years. ... Some of the life discovered was in the form of Fossil DNA showing that many different types of bacteria live there, including a range of extremophiles which are species adapted to the most extreme environments. These use a variety of chemical methods to sustain life both with and without oxygen. One DNA sequence was related to the most ancient organisms known on Earth and parts of the DNA in twenty three percent has not been previously described."

Video Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video) 418

Millions of Americans bought their first HDTVs between four and seven years ago, because that's when prices for 40" - 50" sets started dropping below $700. Those sets are obviously between four and seven years old now. Are new ones so much more wonderful that it's time to get a new HDTV? Not necessarily. Alfred Poor, long-time display technology expert and senior editor for aNewDomain, has some insight here, which he shares with us in today's video. There's obviously a lot more to discuss about TV technology advances (such as 3d) that we didn't get to today, so look forward to another discussion on this topic in two or three weeks.
Data Storage

Ask Slashdot: How Best To Synchronize Projects Between Shared Drive and PCs? 238

Koookiemonster writes "Our company has many projects, each one with a folder on a Samba drive (Z:\). Our problem is syncing only the programmers' current projects (~30 at any time) between Z:\ and their C:\Projects\-folder on five Windows 7 laptops. If we sync the whole Z:\-drive, our projects folders would be filled with too many subfolders, making it difficult to navigate. The folders contain OpenPCS projects (PLC) and related files (Word, Excel, PDF documents); a common project folder is 50 MB. Is there any easy to use, low-budget sync software with scripting, so that we could e.g. only sync folders that exist locally?" (Read more details, below, of what Koookiemonster is looking for.)

New X Prize Quest: Sensors To Probe Oceanic Acid Levels 91

cold fjord notes that the X Prize Foundation has opened up a new mission: to quantify the acidification of the world's oceans, excerpting from a description on Nature's blog of the project's focus: "Scientists who study ocean acidification must confront a fundamental problem: It is hard to measure exactly how much the ocean's pH is changing. Today's sensors don't work well at depth or over long periods of time, and they are too expensive to deploy widely. That is where the US$2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X Prize comes in. The 22-month competition will award two $1 million prizes, one to the best low-cost sensor and one to the most accurate. The competition's organizers decided to award two prizes because the two goals present different engineering challenges. ... As carbon dioxide levels rise in the atmosphere, ocean water takes up some of the gas and becomes more acidic. This can harm shell-building marine life like coral, whose calcium carbonate skeletons dissolve in the increasingly acidic water. All of this research is bedeviled by the simple lack of technology to monitor ocean pH in real time across the world."

AMD Reveals Roadmap For ARM and X86 SoCs 75

DeviceGuru writes "On the eve of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, AMD unveiled what it calls an ambidextrous embedded roadmap, based on a series of new system-on-chip (SoC) and accelerated processing unit (APU) products built from both ARM and x86 CPU cores. Planned for launch in 2014 are an ARM Cortex A57-based 'Hierofalcon' SoC, a 'Bald Eagle' APU using a new 'Streamroller' x86 CPU, a multi-core x86 'Steppe Eagle' APU, and an 'Adelaar' discrete Embedded Radion GPU. 'There are different customer needs in different segments of this market, from low-power to high-performance, Linux to Windows, and x86 to ARM,' commented Arun Iyengar, VP and general manager, of the AMD Embedded Solutions division." Update: 09/10 16:54 GMT by T : As Slash DataCenter notes, this roadmap includes an SoC aimed specifically at datacenters.

Submission + - Google Encryption Plan to Make NSA Dragnet Harder Raises Stakes (

CWmike writes: Google's strategy for making surveillance of user Internet activity more difficult for U.S. and foreign governments — started last year, but accelerated in June following the NSA leaks — is as much about economics as data encryption, experts say. Eric Grosse, vice president for security engineering at Google, told The Washington Post: 'It's an arms race.' Kevin Bocek, vice president of product marketing for certificate management vendor Venafi, told CSOonline on Monday, 'This is a business strategy. A large part of Google's business is about [customer] trust.' The crux of the issue with Google making the NSA dragnet harder(knowing if the government wants in, it will get in) is that the NSA evaluates the tactic it uses by weighing the cost with the value of the information obtained. However, the agency does evaluate the tactic it uses by weighing the cost with the value of the information obtained. 'The NSA has turned the fabric of the Internet into a vast surveillance platform, but they are not magical,' Bruce Schneier, a renowned security technologist and cryptographer, wrote in The Guardian. 'They're limited by the same economic realities as the rest of us, and our best defense is to make surveillance of us as expensive as possible.' The NSA's capabilities for cracking encryption are not known outside the agency. However, the most secure part of an encryption system remains the 'mathematics of cryptography,' Schneier said. The greater weaknesses, and the ones mostly likely to be exploited by governments in general, are the systems at the start and end of the data flow.'I worry a lot more about poorly designed cryptographic products, software bugs, bad passwords, companies that collaborate with the NSA to leak all or part of the keys, and insecure computers and networks,' Schneier said in a blog post. 'Those are where the real vulnerabilities are, and where the NSA spends the bulk of its efforts.' Is this about citizen's rights, or a business decision (some might say an existential issue) for Google? Does it matter, and will it make a difference?

Submission + - An Equifax For Security Risk? ( 1

chicksdaddy writes: A Boston-area startup, BitSight, has announced what they say is the first objective security risk rating system that can be used to determine how (relatively) hackable your company is.

BitSight wants to serve the same role with security risk as the “Big Three” credit rating agencies (Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch Group) or consumer rating firms like Experian and TransUnion, which evaluate the credit worthiness of individuals. (BitSight even appears to use the same 800-point scale favored by Experian, TransUnion and the other credit rating agencies).

The company recently secured a $24 million Series A funding round ( after emerging from NSF-sponsored research by co-founders Stephen Boyer and Nagarjuna Venna. (

BitSight Partner SecurityRating, announced on Tuesday, is a cloud based service that offers realtime ratings of organizations’ security risk based on what it calls “externally visible network behavior." In the consumer credit space, that might be new lines of credit, or a late payment to an existing lender. In security risk, it could be the presence of stolen data on a cyber criminal group’s “drop site” – a likely indicator of compromise. Systems attached to corporate domains that participate in a botnet or distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) could also bring an organization’s risk rating down.

United Kingdom

British TV Show 'Blackout' Triggers Online LOLs 222

judgecorp writes "Britain's Channel 4 screened Blackout, a drama about a cyber-attack which crashes the national power grid. The show was silly enough, with a strong message about the dangers of lighting candles in such a situation, but the Twitter responses were even better. The show terrified some viewers who apparently didn't realise that their TV screen was powered by the grid."

Syrian Gov't Agrees To Russian Chem-Weapon Turnover Plan 362

CNN reports that at least for now we may be able to set aside the question of whether and under what authority the U.S. should intervene militarily in Syria, a question that's dominated the news for the last few weeks. From the report: "Facing the threat of a U.S. military strike, the country's leaders Tuesday reportedly accepted a Russian proposal to turn over its chemical weapons. ... The development, reported by Syrian state television and Russia's Interfax news agency, came a day after the idea bubbled up in the wake of what appeared to be a gaffe by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. It quickly changed the debate in Washington from 'Should the U.S. attack?' to 'Is there a diplomatic way out of this mess?' Syrian Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said Tuesday his country had agreed to the Russian proposal after what Interfax quoted him as calling 'a very fruitful round of talks' with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday. Details of such a transfer have yet to be worked out, such as where the arms would go, who would safeguard them and how the world could be sure Syria had handed over its entire stockpile of chemical weapons."

Submission + - British TV Show 'Blackout' Triggers Online LOLs (

judgecorp writes: Britain's Channel 4 screened Blackout, a drama about a cyber-attack which crashes the national power grid. The show was silly enough, with qa strong message about the dangers of lighting candles in such a situation, but the Twitter responses were even better. The show terrified some viewers who aqparently didn't realise that their TV screen was powered by the grid. .
United States

Device Security: How Border Searches Are Really Used 223

onehitwonder writes "Newly released documents reveal how the government uses border crossings to seize and examine travelers' electronic devices instead of obtaining a search warrant to take them, according to The New York Times' Susan Stellin. The documents reveal what had been a mostly secretive process that allows the government to create a travel alert for a person (regardless of whether they're a suspect in an investigation), then detain that individual at a border crossing and confiscate or copy any electronic devices that person is carrying. The documents come courtesy of David House, a fund-raiser for the legal defense of Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Pfc. Bradley Manning." A post at the ACLU blog (besides being free of NYT paywall headaches) gives more details, and provides handy links the documents themselves.

Submission + - Nihilumbra for PC - Preview/Review request

An anonymous reader writes: Greetings Slashdot team,

This is Kevin, from BeautiFun Games.
We’re happy to announce that the PC version of Nihilumbra will hit stores on September 25th. It's available for Windows, Mac and Linux

We’ve been working on this version to create what Nihilumbra would have been if it were a PC game from the very beginning. It has lots of new additions and improvements; you can check them in our press kit, besides from additional relevant info.
We have press codes available so, if you need one to review the game, just ask for it! We’ll send it to you as soon as we can.

The price of the game will be 9.99$ — 9.99€ — 7.99£ but right now it’s already available for pre-order at some digital stores such as Desura, GreenmanGaming or Gamersgate with a 10% discount.

The game won’t be released on Steam yet. We are on the 27th position on Greenlight and, as soon as the game gets greenlit, we will send Steam codes to everyone who has bought the game in any other store.

The original soundtrack of the game has been remastered for this new version. The soundtrack is already available for pre-order at bandcamp for 4$, and it includes both the original and the remastered themes. It will be released the same day as the PC game, on September 25th.
That's all for now! Regards,

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