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Researchers Discover How To Make the Perfect Phone Call 85

Having made amazing discoveries such as how to make the perfect cheese sandwich, linking heavy caffeine use to sleeplessness, and figuring out where all the teaspoons have gone, science has made the greatest breakthrough yet. They have uncovered the secrets of making the perfect phone call. The perfect phone call clocks in at a mere 9 minutes and 36 seconds, easily 11 minutes shorter than any conversation I've ever had with my mom. Unlike a call to mom, the perfect phone call is almost devoid of any gossip about her divorced neighbor and her heavily tattooed daughter. Instead three minutes should be spent catching up with news about family and friends, one minute on personal problems, a minute on work/school, 42 seconds on current affairs, 24 seconds on the weather, and 24 seconds talking about the opposite sex. What's left of your 9 mins 36 secs is a free for all.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Activision On Iterating, Innovating Call Of Duty Series 66

Activision's Noah Heller sat down with Gamasutra to discuss the refinements made in Call of Duty: World at War to keep the popular FPS franchise moving forward. He points to cosmetic things, like realistic burning and the ability to set just about everything in the environment on fire, as well as bigger gameplay improvements, such as making the AI more difficult to beat without having it "cheat." "... the main thing we tried to do is honestly make the placement just more brutal. You've always got an advantage on the enemy; you've been through the level before, you know where they're going to be, but in Veteran mode you're going to find that they're not going to cheat. You're really going to have to be going for headshots using the most effective weaponry. You're going to have to use that bolt-action rifle and aim for the head if you want to take an enemy out at a distance. It's a different sort of gameplay. We heard those concerns and we tried to address them."

Beating the College Bubble 616

An anonymous reader writes "The real estate bubble is long gone. Oil prices are sliding down. Are we in an education bubble? The author of Beating the College Bubble says so. He's written a short, simple guide to avoiding the crushing college debt that he thinks is about to bankrupt all of us. Just as easy loans encouraged people to dream big and buy a McMansion, big college loans are tempting students with too much Comp Lit and Frat Parties. When they graduate, the debt is so hefty that the students are stuck living in their parents' basement for 10 years until they've paid it all off. I can tell you from personal experience that there's some real truth to the hangover. The beer headache is gone after a week, but the monthly payments just keep going." Read below for the rest of cdog40's review

Halliburton Applies For Patent-Trolling Patent 244

An anonymous reader writes "Halliburton, the company many folks know as Dick Cheney's previous employer, has apparently taken an interest in methods of patent trolling. In fact, according to Techdirt, the company has applied for a patent on patent trolling. Specifically, it's applied for a patent on the process of finding a company that protected an invention via trade secret, figuring out what that secret is, patenting it ... and then suing the original company. Hopefully, the patent office rejects this patent, because I somehow doubt that Halliburton is trying to get the patent as a way to block others from patent trolling."

"Stayin Alive" Helps You Stay Alive 31

In a small study conducted at the University of Illinois medical school, doctors and students maintained close to the ideal number of chest compressions doing CPR while listening to the Bee Gees hit, "Stayin' Alive." At 103 beats per minute, the old disco song has almost the perfect rhythm to help keep accurate time while doing chest compressions. The study showed the song helped people who already know how to do CPR, and the results were promising enough to warrant larger, more definitive studies with real patients or untrained people. I wonder what intrinsic power is contained in "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?"

Comment What? (Score 0) 154

Am I the only one that doesn't see why this is such a big deal? No, I'm not trolling. I honestly don't get why it's so bad to have to click I Agree on a program we all know is safe, or to skip a EULA. There's no backlash against having the EULA on Windows or Mac, is there? Can someone explain why this is newsworthy? I honestly don't understand.

Submission + - Check Mii Out Released

Cooldrew writes: The new Wii channel, Check Mii Out, is released. Upload and share Miis all over the world, grab new ones, compete in contests for WII FAME. Exciting. WARNING: It's horribly addictive.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Death of the Beige Box?

An anonymous reader writes: It's been a while since I've built my last computer. For the most part, little has changed: you pick out the hardware, make sure it's compatible and will perform well for your needs and you build it. However, I can't seem to find a normal looking case anymore. Everything in every store I've been in (and I've been to a lot) fits into one of two categories: total crap or totally tricked out. The total crap is made out of paper thin metal and can barely support itself in a static situation, let alone if any force is applied to it. The tricked out cases have blue LED's, huge ventilation systems and clear covers. No offense to those who like that kind of stuff, but I don't. Where in the world can I find a serious, professional looking computer case that has at least some semblance of build quality and doesn't cost a small fortune?
Social Networks

Submission + - Worst. MySpace. Ever. (

Rich writes: "Ladies and gentlemen, if there is only ONE bad MySpace Profile you visit this entire year, you have to make it this one!

This is just awful!

A "friend" of this particular profile messaged us a message to add them. Why couldn't they just message us themselves? I will never know.

What I was about to see was just horrifying to look at, but, yet, at the same time, I just couldn't stop laughing..."


Submission + - Mandriva Regains Nigeria Deal From Microsoft

techavenger writes: A decision to wipe 11,000 machines of their shipped Mandriva Linux operating system and replace it with Windows XP for Nigerian schools received a reversal that should please Mandriva's CEO.
  Someone break out the champagne for Francois Bancilhon, CEO of Mandriva. He had blogged his anger with Microsoft counterpart Steve Ballmer over what Bancilhon suggested were dirty tactics in gaining business with Nigeria.
User Journal

Submission + - Digg is relapsing! (

diggisallmessedup writes: "Well that great story about the biggest BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) on digg's homepage was great. But I don't give a **** about it showing up on the homepage again. Tons of stories are reappearing on digg. Check it out at if you have visited within the past week. What is wrong?!?!?!?!?!?"
The Courts

Submission + - eBay 'scammer' animations imply linux = scammer OS

inflex writes: "While going through some eBay pages today it was noticed that eBay has an anti-scammer / dunk-the-scammer flash animation showing a Witch 'zapping' an evil glasses-wearing scammer on a laptop. The laptop itself is adorned with two stickers, one saying "Phishing since '02" and the other is a small 'tux' logo.

Is there any law against this? The tux logo is strongly associated with Linux. Why isn't there any other OS logo, or more importantly, why was the tux put there in the first place! (I'd be curious to see how long the use of OS X, Windows or Solaris logos would have lasted)."

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