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Submission + - Will infrafred cause a greenscreen revolution? (

An anonymous reader writes: Sometimes the simplest concepts lead to the biggest changes in an industry. Currently greenscreening, fraught by complex issues of lighting and post production, is the standard for image segmentation in the film and television industry. Could invisible light take a complicated and expensive process and turn it into a simple and inexpensive process?

Submission + - The Oracle Lawsuit Will End w/ Google Owning Java ( 3

potemcam writes: The only real strategy that makes any sense here is that Oracle is strong-arming Google into actually taking Java off their hands. There is little doubt that the Oracle lawsuit has legal, if not technical, merit. If this lawsuit goes to court, Oracle will end up with a settlement in the high hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions. Of course, this whole thing won’t go to court. Court isn’t the end game of this lawsuit.

"With this lawsuit, Oracle isn’t just refusing to hold onto the lifeline Google is throwing them, but instead, they’re trying to use that very lifeline to actually strangle their rescuer."

The big end game here is Java ending up in the hands of Google.


Submission + - Ozzie Ozborn: Genetic Testing Suggests Neanderthal

ByOhTek writes: Or at least, of Neanderthal descent. From CNN:

In July, rocker Ozzy Osbourne became one of few to submit his blood to have his full genome sequenced and analyzed. The results are in, and it turns out his genome reveals some Neanderthal lineage, according to Scientific American.

What does Ozzie have to say about it?

"Given the swimming pools of booze I've guzzled over the years—not to mention all of the cocaine, morphine, sleeping pills, cough syrup, LSD, Rohypnol... there's really no plausible medical reason why I should still be alive," he wrote.


Submission + - Oracles Flash Support Portal Unsuprisingly Fubared

An anonymous reader writes: Unsurprising, Oracle's replacement of Metalink with the flash vulnerability implementor player based site is giving nothing but grief — with login issues, slow interface response. While not mentioned on this article, but probably obvious to any slashdotter — there's also the issue of having to install flash and it's security vulnerabilities on a machine that is likely used for administration — even if it is not the target server itself — and hence has passwords entered onto it. Avoiding that, the user could opt for the extra expense of another machine or VM used only for notMy Oracle Support...

Submission + - Howto compile and use Nikto, vulnerability scanner (

kickar86 writes: Nikto is an Open Source (GPL) web server scanner which performs comprehensive tests against web servers for multiple items, including over 3500 potentially dangerous files/CGIs, versions on over 900 servers, and version specific problems on over 250 servers. Scan items and plugins are frequently updated and can be automatically updated (if desired)

Submission + - SPAM: Is the movie 2012 denigrating Mayan science ?

destinyland writes: As the science fiction movie 2012 opens Friday, one science writer challenges the idea that it's harmless "disaster porn". The film's writers are arguing that millions of people believe the final day of the Mayan calendar — December 21, 2012 — will bring "some kind of shift in society, or a shift in spirit," which this article calls "blithe cultural arrogance and staggering anthropological ignorance." It quotes BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin who knows Mayans through her work with a Guatemalan nonprofit, who calls it a parody of Mayan culture, and describes explaining to a laughing Mayan priest what the Hollywood version had cost to film. (The priest's response? "Well, that's gringos for you.")
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Submission + - Micro-black holes make poor planet killers (

astroengine writes: Physicists are getting excited about the possibility of micro-black holes (MBH) being produced by the LHC and an international group of researchers have done the math to see what kind of impact they could have on the Earth. Unfortunately, if you're a megalomaniac looking for your next globe-eating weapon, you can scrub MBHs off your WMD list. If a speedy MBH is produced, flying through our planet, it will only have a few seconds to accrete the mass of a few atoms. It would then be lost to space where it will evaporate. If a slow MBH is produced, dropping into the Earth where it sits for a few billion years, the results are even more boring...

Comment Re:Google has the answer. "buy music online" (Score 1) 600

>My issue is that Apple is intentionally making it more difficult to use iTunes with a non-iPod music player. Perhaps you don't find it inconvenient to use two pieces of software to manage one music collection but you aren't the average demographic either. Every other week slashdotters are complaining that most people think Internet Explorer is the Internet. That's the demographic being taken advantage of.

But you do realize that they DO allow other vendors to integrate directly into iTunes? All they have to do is license a plugin and it will sync directly in iTunes interface just like an iPod. Apple is a business. Not a charity. Vendors have the option of buying direct integration, or simply writing their own solution. I doubt the price of this plugin is prohibitive. Obviously the vendors that have taken advantage of it don't think it is prohibitive either.

These barriers as you call them are insignificant since there are other avenues into iTunes. Apple didn't do anything wrong here. Palm broke the standard and their device didn't work. This should be no surprise. You might not like it. I would suggest your time is better spent yelling at Palm for being too cheap or too lazy (or both).

This is the reason no anti-competitive lawsuit has been brought against Apple for this issue. Because it would have no legal leg to stand on. An inconvenience of having two windows open is simply to minor to be a barrier to entry when Apple themselves provide sanctioned means to get the same end result that do not violate the USB standard.

With the IE fiasco, there was no alternative. MS said it's our way or the highway. Apple provides alternate methods willingly. It's up to the vendors to opt in, or write their own.

Submission + - Local priviledge escalation on all Linux kernels

QuesarVII writes: Tavis Ormandy and Julien Tinnes have discovered a severe security flaw in all 2.4 and 2.6 kernels since 2001 on all architectures

"Since it leads to the kernel executing code at NULL, the vulnerability is as trivial as it can get to exploit: an attacker can just put code in the first page that will get executed with kernel privileges."

Submission + - Larrabee New Instructions (LRBni) (

jonniee writes: Michael Abrash goes inside the Larrabee New Instruction set (LRBni). Larrabee has lots of cores, each with multiple threads, allowing software to take advantage of thread-level parallelism. The result? A major performance boost.

Submission + - How on earth do you make a dime out of Linux and o (

davidmwilliams writes: "Software piracy is a scourge on the world of computing. Yet it's a problem the open source community doesn't have. That makes sense; it's all freely available. But this raises the question: if it's free how do the developers make any money? And how can it be any damn good?"

Submission + - Supervolcano Eruption Moves Step Closer?

Oxygen99 writes: The Times is reporting that geologists are monitoring unusual earthquake patterns in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is home to the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the American continent. Other scientists have also observed the floor of the caldera rising at an alarming rate indicating injections of magma deep within the area. The last major supervolcano eruption in this part of the world was 640,000 years ago and launched 240 cubic miles of rock and dust into the atmosphere. According to Armageddon Online, a full on eruption may be an extinction level event. It sounds like it might be time to consider checking off a few more things on those 100 things to do before you die lists...

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