Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Submission + - Small asteroid burns up over Atlantic Ocean

The Bad Astronomer writes: On Feb. 6, an asteroid roughly 6 meters across burned up over the Atlantic Ocean, exploding like a 10 kiloton bomb. Although this was the largest event since the Chelyabinsk superbolide in 2013 (which injured 1000+ people), there were no witnesses. It happened 1000 km off the coast of Brazil, and was reported by the military, though it's unclear how they detected it.

Comment Re:Since when is JavaScript an unorthodox choice? (Score 1) 355

The first computer I used was a PDP 8/e. As a result, I think that if you don't know enough about computers to enter the bootstrap in binary using the toggle switches on the front, set the program counter to the start, and hit the RUN switch to start the computer loading the language interpreter from the high-speed punched tape reader, you probably don't know enough about computers to learn how to code.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 4, Informative) 251

If you knew anything about this story, which has been running since 2006, you'd know that it isn't about the actions of one individual; it's about a culture of using illegal techniques to obtain access to private information that has been rife at the News of the World (NotW) for years.

Rebekah Brooks, editor of the NotW at the time Milly Dowler's voicemail was hacked, accidentally admitted to a House of Commons committee a few years ago that the paper bribed police officers for information, though she later claimed that she didn't know the details of specific instances. As knowing the specifics would have left her open to prosecution, we can form an opinion of the merits of her claims of ignorance of what those she employed and directly supervised were doing on a regular basis.

Two people, one a NotW editor and the other a private investigator employed by the NotW, have served prison sentences for hacking the voicemail messages of members of the royal household.

The voicemail messages of senior politicians, including the former Deputy Prime Minister, and of senior military officers have been hacked, and this has been admitted by News International.

So far, News International has paid out more than £2million in out-of-court settlements, and it is believed they may have to pay as much as £40million to deal with all the claims against them by individuals whose privacy has been invaded.

This isn't the actions of one individual: it is a corporate policy of deliberate illegality for the sake of profit.

Comment Re:html and xhtml (Score 1) 222

Unfortunately, IE sends an Accept header which doesn't include text/html but does include */*, thereby ruling out content negotiation in the case of text/html versus application/xhtml+xml.

Comment Re:Old stuff (Score 1) 216

The IE click effect on TFA is a side-effect of the demo, not of the fundamental technique. If the original page markup includes a hidden iframe containing all the links of interest there will be no reloading and no click. It would look as if the page is taking a long time to finish loading because of the size of the iframe contents for any usefully large set of links, but a lot of sites seem to get that effect just by using Google Analytics, so the average user wouldn't notice any difference ;-)

Slashdot Top Deals

"Roman Polanski makes his own blood. He's smart -- that's why his movies work." -- A brilliant director at "Frank's Place"