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Comment Re:ZX81 (Score 1) 855

Had that problem too - the 16KB expansion glitching during typing. However, there was just enough space inside the ZX81, under the keyboard, to place the guts of that expansion module, and once the proper connections had been soldered, no more problems. All that thanks to my HAM dad.

Submission + - Wolves may be 're-domesticating' into dogs (

sciencehabit writes: It happened thousands of years ago, and it may be happening again: Wolves in various parts of the world may have started on the path to becoming dogs. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that the animals are increasingly dining on livestock and human garbage instead of their wild prey, inching closer and closer to the human world in some places. But given today’s industrialized societies, this closeness might also bring humans and wolves into more conflict, with disastrous consequences for both.

Submission + - Carrie Fisher Suffers Heart Attack (

tempo36 writes: While returning from London to Los Angeles, actress Carrie Fisher suffered an apparent heart attack. Early reports indicate she was taken from the airplane by paramedics and admitted to UCLA Medical Center. United Airlines did not disclose her identity but several passengers took to Twitter to identify the actress and express their concern. Subsequent weigh in from Mark Hamill seems to confirm her condition.

No formal announcements from her publicist or family at this time about The Princess' condition or prognosis.

Comment Re:or how about less sugar anyways? (Score 2) 328

Anybody who's a least a bit chocoholic should try Belgian chocolate. We may not be a chauvinistic country, but we all agree that we've got some of the best beers, and definitely the best chocolate. According to Belgian law, US chocolate cannot even be called chocolate. It has be labeled 'cocoa fantasy'. Chocolate can only be made with cocoa butter - no cheaper fatty substitutes allowed. And of course, to mask the shitty flavor of those ersatz fats, more sugar has to be added to US 'chocolate'.

Submission + - 18-Year-Old Random Number Generator Flaw Fixed In Libgcrypt, GnuPG ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have discovered a “critical security problem” that affects all versions of the Libgcrypt cryptographic library and, therefore, all versions of the GnuPG (a.k.a. GPG) hybrid-encryption software. The bug has now been fixed, and he advises users of GnuPG-2 to update Libgcrypt to version 1.7.3, 1.6.6, or 1.5.6, and users of GnuPG-1 to upgrade to version 1.4.21.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Anachronistic computational devices? 1

tgibson writes: For some time I have been thinking about designing and delivering a one- or two-credit course on the use of computational devices that are either no longer used or are given short shrift due to technological advances. Examples include the abacus, slide rule, and astrolabe. More exotic examples might include the Antikythera mechanism, the E6B flight computer or even archaeoastronomical sites. I would also like to have some of the simpler, unavailable tools 3D-printed for the students and incorporate them into activities.

Although I have been accumulating a list of such devices and other background material, I'm sure there are many "must-haves" I am unaware of. What anachronistic computational devices would be well-suited for such a course?

Submission + - CacheBleed - OpenSSL Vulnerability That Affects Intel-Based Cloud Servers

An anonymous reader writes: Besides the DROWN attack, yesterday OpenSSL update also fixed another attack called CacheBleed that affects only Intel CPUs. The attack is the first ever successful cache-bank side-channel attack, known (theoretically) since 2004. The good thing is that it's hard to carry out and only affects older Intel architectures. The bad thing is if attackers manage to get the necessary permissions to run the attack on a cloud server, they could break both 2048-bit and 4096-bit RSA secret keys for ongoing communications.

Submission + - Regulator tells BT to open up cable network (

AmiMoJo writes: Communications regulator, Ofcom has told BT to open up its cable network, allowing competitors to connect the internet to homes and offices. Ofcom also says that the country is suffering from a digital divide between those who have the latest technologies, and those who do not. It has proposed that decent, affordable broadband should be a universal right. The regulator has so far stopped short of demanding a complete break-up of BT, but said this was still an option. But BT will be told to allow easier access for rivals to lay their own fibre cables along Openreach's telegraph poles and in its underground cable ducts.

Comment It's not just the neighbors that are worried (Score 5, Insightful) 319

Speaking as a Belgian, I'm worried about a French multinational in control of the plants not giving a damn about anything but their own profit margins. We hear about incidents (so far in the non-nuclear parts of the plants) at least once per month. The problem is that unlike Chernobyl, Belgium's nuclear plants are in highly populated areas. In case of a real incident, we might have to evacuate and relocate several million people. Not to mention that the parts of our neighbors that could be affected are also pretty densely populated. The deal referred to exists purely to transfer a lot more money to said multinational. This money might be better spent either on a new generation of nuclear plant, or better, reusable energy. Unfortunately, said multinational also appears to have zero interest in investing in new power plants in Belgium.

Submission + - "Get Windows 10" turns itself on and nags Win7 and 8.1 users twice a day (

LichtSpektren writes: As you may recall, Microsoft has delivered KB3035583 as 'recommended update' to users of Windows 7 and 8.1. What this update does is install GWX ("Get Windows 10"), a program which diagnoses the system to see if it is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10, and if so, asks the user if they would like to upgrade (though recently, the option to decline has been removed). Some users have gotten around this by editing Windows Registry values for "AllowOSUpgrade", "DisableOSUpgrade", "DisableGWX", and "ReservationsAllowed" in order to disable the prompt altogether. This advice was endorsed by Microsoft on their support forums.

According to a report by Woody Leonhard at InfoWorld, the newest version of KB3035583 update includes a background process which scans the system's Windows Registry twice a day to see if the values for the four aforementioned registry inputs were manually edited to disable the upgrade prompt. If they were, the process will alter the values, silently re-download the Windows 10 installation files (about 6 GB in total), and prompt the user to upgrade.

Submission + - Open source router crowd-funded seven times over

beda writes: The open source router Turris Omnia already mentioned on Slashdot has collected 700k USD, i. e. 7× the original goal, in its Indiegogo campaign. While it is unlikely to go much higher in the last 24 hours of its campaign, it is still a great success which shows that there might be an interesting niche market for powerful and open source routers.

Submission + - This New Bandage Can Suck Bacteria Out Of A Wound (

An anonymous reader writes: The technology, in development at the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, hasn't been tested on human skin yet, only on tissue-engineered skin models. The results can be seen in Applied Materials & Interfaces and Biointerfaces.

The bacterial species investigated included Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, both of which are known to cause chronic wound infection.

The bandage is created from a mesh of polymer filaments. Each strand is so fine that it is 100 times thinner than a human hair. They are made by squeezing the material out of an electrified nozzle in a technique called electrospinning.

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