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Bands Bypass iTunes With iPhone Apps 155

iminplaya writes to tell us that the band "The Presidents of the United States of America" (yes, the peaches guys), are trying to expand their engagement with fans by selling their music via Apple's App store, something others have experimented with but never dealt with on this level. "The app, called 'The Presidents' Music — PUSA,' sells for $2.99 on the App Store (iTunes link) offers users access to four full albums, including the band's early 'lost' recordings. This includes the previously-unavailable FroggyStyle — 'unless you have one of the 500 cassettes the band sold in 1994, you've never heard this before,' reads the app description. The app also features a number of extras and exclusives that the band says are updated regularly, and fans can read the band's blog directly from the app on their iPhones or iPod touches. The music, however, is not actually contained within the application itself; instead, it is streamed to the app from a server, requiring the user to be connected to a network of some kind (iPhone users on the cell or WiFi network, iPod touch users on WiFi) in order to access the media."

Small Asteroid Making 400,000 Mile Pass By Earth 157

AtariKee writes "Universe Today is reporting that a small 10m asteroid, discovered earlier this month and named 2009 BD, is passing within 400,000 miles of Earth. Although the asteroid poses no threat to the planet, the site reports that the asteroid is still very interesting, as it may be a rare co-orbital asteroid (as in, shares the same orbit as Earth)."

Wikipedia For Schools DVD Released 132

David Gerard writes "SOS Children's Villages has released the 2008/9 Wikipedia Selection for Schools5500 checked and reviewed articles matching the English National Curriculum, produced by SOS for use in their own schools in developing countries. The 2007 edition was a huge success, with distributions to schools in four countries, use by the Hole in the Wall education project, thousands of downloads and disks and around 6000 unique IPs a day visiting the online version — the most successful end-user distribution version of Wikipedia to date."

Submission + - Cubans prefer Linux to sex (zdnet.co.uk)

weierstrass writes: Peter Judge of ZDnet UK looks at methodologies for measuring the popularity of Linux in general and various distros by location, and explains why the apparent search popularity of linux is dropping everywhere, why sex is less popular than Linux in Communist Cuba, and why, although all American states would choose sex over Linux, the preference is least marked in Utah.

Large Hadron Collider Goes Live September 10th 409

Naznarreb writes "CERN announced today that the first attempt to circulate a beam through the Large Hadron Collider will be on September 10th, 2008. You can read the press release here. They also announced the event will be webcast live. According to the release, they're just planning to run a few tests laps, not smash any particles, so the world won't be ending quite yet." And despite that September 10th date, according to the BBC, "On 9 August, protons will be piped through LHC magnets for the first time."

Submission + - Security researcher and Black Hat speaker hacked (blackapplehost.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Apparently, Petko D. Petkov, the security researcher and "ethical hacker" behind projects like GNUCITIZEN, as well as the discoverer of several vulnerabilities in software like Quicktime and Adobe Acrobat, has been compromised. He was scheduled to give a talk at Black Hat Las Vegas this 6th August. His e-mail communications since 2006 have been released to the public by an anonymous group self-proclaimed the "Great Council of Internet Superheros", who accuse Petkov of selling out with a tongue in cheek humor.
They have mailed few mailing-lists and security industry people, advertising links to mirrors and places where the files containing Petkov's 'mailbox' can be found, in what seems to be a warning for future 'judgements'. Their text contains also a slur against jewish people and Petkov's girlfriend.

bl4qh4t l1b3r4t10n 4rmy presents: the pdp files

The Great Council of Internet Superheros, with help of bl4qh4t l1b3r4t10n 4rmy
commandos, has condemned Petko D. Petkov to public exposure, continuous siege
and compromise of his electronic and networked assets.

Petko D. Petkov has been accused and declared guilty of several crimes against
God, Humankind, Honor, the Queen and his Mother (wherever her grave is located
in Poland):

01. Extreme media and press whoring.
02. Flagrant behavior and lack of discretion and respect for the spirit and
        tradition of hacking.
03. Claiming hacker status.
04. Pretending to be ethical while conducting illegal and morally questionable
05. Cheating on his anorexic, sex-starved girlfriend.
06. Excessive mailbox usage and size (Note: we are superheros but we don't like
        to archive 2GB mailbox files. Next time make it easier and help us by
        cleaning up a bit).
07. Animal cruelty (killing bugs and selling them to ZDI and iDEFENSE).
08. Waste of public and Internet resources.
09. Using the hacker word for self-promotion and advertisement with commercial
10. Attacking and mis-using the meaning of 0-day.
11. Exceeding the limit of mailing-list subscibrals and monthly post quotas set
        by the Government of the Internet Chamber of Commerce and Etcetera.

The Great Council of Internet Superheros is now actively researching and
investigating several security industry personalities for other suspected
crimes. In the weeks and months to come, other individuals might be judged and
accused of these dispicable activities.

We will strike with greate vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to
attack, discredit and offend our brothers. Using our amassed amounts of
awesomeness, super powers and truely useful 0day, there will be no single
networked machine capable of withstanding our acts of justice. Oh we say.
Now get the mailbox files and mirror them, son. .. .. .@@@@@>. .@@@@@>. .@@@@@>.
                            TO PROTECT THE INNOCENT,
                            TO SERVE FOR GREAT JUSTICE,
                            TO SPREAD JOY AND HAPPINESS,
                            TO BRING RUIN AND DESPAIR TO THE GUILTY,
                            HERE BE INTERNET SUPERHEROS...
                                    * WE ARE WATCHING *

what you have all been waiting patiently for:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5LMTT6H2 pdp_2005-2007-mbox.part01.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WYFQWFHX pdp_2005-2007-mbox.part02.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SUY1TSC0 pdp_2005-2007-mbox.part03.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=O3F9Y6CL pdp_2005-2007-mbox.part04.rar
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TY800FNS pdp_2005-2007-mbox_files.md5
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ASCQ01VL pdp_2005-2007-mbox_files.sha1
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IG4KUTRZ pdp_2005-2007-mbox_files.sha256

website for mirroring and browsing:


the Great Council of Internet Superheros.
"To protect exposure and serve ruin.""

Comment I Need Tungsten To Live ... Tungsten! (Score 1) 165

From http://www.snpp.com/episodes/BABF03


The Simpsons make a shopping excursion to ShÃp, the place to go for modern Swedish furniture and accessories. A green end table catches Marge's eye, and she's impressed that those crazy Swedish furniture designers could invent such a far-out concept. Homer tests a bean-bag chair -- and it immediately swallows him up. He joins Captain McAllister, who fell victim to the same chair.

Luckily, Homer rejoins his family in time to look at assemble-it-yourself wall units. A costumed character that looks like an Allen wrench with arms and legs walks up.

Allen: You put it together yourself. All you need is me -- Allen
Homer: [giggles] He's named after what he is.
Bart: [knocking on the wrench] Cool costume.
Allen: [turns away from the rest of the family to face Bart, and
        begins talking in a robotic tone]
        It's not a costume. They found me inside a meteor.
Marge: Excuse me, where are your hamper lids?
Allen: [friendly] Hamper lids? Uh, third floor.
        [turns to Bart again]
        [robotic] Help, I need tungsten to live. [raises arms]
        [Bart flees]
-- "Eight Misbehavin'"

Google To Host Ajax Libraries 285

ruphus13 writes "So, hosting and managing a ton of Ajax calls, even when working with mootools, dojo or scriptaculous, can be quite cumbersome, especially as they get updated, along with your code. In addition, several sites now use these libraries, and the end-user has to download the library each time. Google now will provide hosted versions of these libraries, so users can simply reference Google's hosted version. From the article, 'The thing is, what if multiple sites are using Prototype 1.6? Because browsers cache files according to their URL, there is no way for your browser to realize that it is downloading the same file multiple times. And thus, if you visit 30 sites that use Prototype, then your browser will download prototype.js 30 times. Today, Google announced a partial solution to this problem that seems obvious in retrospect: Google is now offering the "Google Ajax Libraries API," which allows sites to download five well-known Ajax libraries (Dojo, Prototype, Scriptaculous, Mootools, and jQuery) from Google. This will only work if many sites decide to use Google's copies of the JavaScript libraries; if only one site does so, then there will be no real speed improvement. There is, of course, something of a privacy violation here, in that Google will now be able to keep track of which users are entering various non-Google Web pages.' Will users adopt this, or is it easy enough to simply host an additional file?"
It's funny.  Laugh.

The Smartest Browser and OS 436

The IQ League maintain a "60 Second IQ Test" online. Interestingly, they correlate the results of this test with a number of statistics available from their server logs. Along with the geographical distinctions like city and country, the referrer and OS/Browser user-agent strings are also mined, to determine the Smartest Browser and OS. Cutting to the chase, the very smartest is Firefox on Unknown (which internal evidence suggests is MacOS-Intel), and the dumbest, as of this writing, is IE on WinNT. Quick! Test out and move the bars on the pretty graph! Can we make Slashdot.org the "Smartest Website in the World?" (It's currently number 2 behind ScienceBlogs.com.)
The Courts

LifeLock Spokesperson's Stolen ID Inspires Lawsuits 217

OrochimaruVoldemort writes "It seems as though LifeLock isn't as secure as Todd Davis makes it out. According to a LifeLock spokesman, his identity has been stolen. For two years, Davis has been daring hackers to steal his ID. Looks like he got what he wanted. CNN reports: 'Now, LifeLock customers in Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia are suing Davis, claiming his service didn't work as promised and he knew it wouldn't, because the service had failed even him.'"
Wireless Networking

Parent-Friendly Wireless Bridge To Span 500 Meters? 558

GonnaBRichYeahYeah! writes "My dad lives down a dirt road 500 meters off the main road. The cable company will not put cable down his lane for any less than the ridiculous sum of $10,000. And he cannot get phone line DSL since he is so far away from the central terminal, so he relied on painful 22k/sec dial-up for access to the Internet. He got sick of it and relies on Hughes satellite Internet, at $60/month, but he still has to be connected to a phone line to upload to the Internet. It's not a good solution, but better than dial-up. His friend lives on the corner of the main drag with his lane and has cable, thus hi-speed Internet. I suggested that he get a wireless access point, and put it at his friend's house and then get a wireless card for access. The problem is that no wireless routers go that far (max range of -N is 200 feet) and WiMax is too complex for a 70-year old man. Any suggestions from Slashdot crowd would be helpful." Plenty of people make wireless links over longer distances, but often they're not suited for people who want simplicity and reliability. What's the best out there right now?
User Journal

Journal Journal: freecycle yuppies

WANTED: dead laptop for my child to play on

Posted by: "sveapolster" svea@stardotbmp.com sveapolster
Sat May 3, 2008 6:00 am (PDT)
has anyone got a dead laptop (preferably mac but i'm not choosy - though the husband is)
for my little daughter to play on?
this would save our 'proper' computers from destruction.

[Emphasis mine]

User Journal

Journal Journal: 512MB

To celebrate doubling the amount of memory in my laptop, I am using Firefox with 12 to 15 tabs open at once, and also edited an image in The GIMP earlier.

UK ISP Admitted to Spying on Customers 163

esocid writes "BT, an ISP located in the UK, tested secret spyware on tens of thousands of its broadband customers without their knowledge, it admitted yesterday. The scandal came to light only after some customers stumbled across tell-tale signs of spying. At first, they were wrongly told a software virus was to blame. BT said it randomly chose 36,000 broadband users for a 'small-scale technical trial' in 2006 and 2007. The monitoring system, developed by U.S. software company Phorm, formerly known as 121Media, known for being deeply involved in spyware, accesses information from a computer. It then scans every website a customer visits, silently checking for keywords and building up a unique picture of their interests. Executives insisted they had not broken the law and said no 'personally identifiable information' had been shared or divulged."

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