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Submission + - Brit Attempts Record Bittorrent Swarm Size (

ktetch-pirate writes: Freakbits reports on an attempt to make the largest bittorrent swarm ever. Records are made to be broken, or at least that's the philosophy one UK man is taking. He wants to break the record for the most number of seeders on a torrent. The current record, as far as Freakbits/TorrentFreak is aware, was set by an EZTV torrent and stands at around 124,000.

Submission + - A ballsy way to stop the oil leak ( 1

sciencehabit writes: A maverick scientist who made a name for himself by directing the capping of the more than 500 hundred burning oil wells in Kuwait after the Gulf War in 1991 is proposing a deceptively simple way to plug the gulf oil leak: drop steel balls into the gushing well. If the steel balls are big enough in diameter, their weight will pull them downward even through the upward-rushing torrent of oil and gas. So they'll settle into the well at some deep level and begin to clog it. Two hundred tons of the things should slow the gusher enough that it can then be stopped with a more conventional injection of mud, he says.

Submission + - Twitter Crashes Blamed on "Stability" Fixes (

destinyland writes: Twitter is warning users about "periodic high rates of errors on" related to "testing and maintenance," though ironically, the tweaks are ultimately intended to provide "greater stability," according to Twitter's blog. Saying they've achieved record rates of traffic, Twitter says they're also making real-time adjustments to avoid outages during the World Cup, so they're still predicting "a rocky few weeks," but some users aren't satisfied. "There has been at least one outage or issue every day for the past week," notes one blogger, who also blames the launch of a new location-based tweet service. "Am I the only person to think Twitter should get its house in order...before rolling out any new, and often unnecessary, features?

Submission + - Why schools are starting to measure heart rates (

finarfinjge writes: A recent story on Slashdot described a school instituting heart rate monitoring. There was a disturbing amount of paranoia in the comments. A recent feature on the CBC described an experiment where kids were put on monitors and exercised to bring their heart rates up to 135 bpm for 20 minutes. They gained one full grade in a year. That is, if they had no exercise while in grade 7, at the end they would be ready for grade 8. With the exercise, they would be ready for grade 9. There is no benefit or reason for recording the heart rate, but rather to monitor it and maintain it. The research indicates that the increased activity activates the frontal lobe, though the mechanism is not yet known. A google of "heart rate improved grades" will lead to numerous academic articles supporting this as well.

Submission + - Bill Pugh Releases FindBugs 1.3.9 (

An anonymous reader writes: FindBugs is a popular static analysis tool for Java written by developed by professor Bill Pugh at the University of Maryland and used by a large number of companies including Google, eBay, Sun Microsystems and Oracle. The 1.3.9 update is out and some details of the forthcoming version 2.0 are also emerging. InfoQ has a nice write-up of the new features which also serves as a decent gentle introduction to the tool as a whole comparing it to other related products such as checkstyle and PMD.

Submission + - SPAM: NASA Giving Away $100M Plus Space Artifacts

pfdixon writes: Grab a part of space history. This is the first time that NASA is giving away space artifacts, including the famed Astro Van, and many other articles used in space travel. There are many restrictions, plus youâ(TM)ll have to pay any transportation costs associated with the transfer
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Submission + - SPAM: Maushmi Chatterjee's daughter Megha debuts with Ru

ganpat writes: "Megha Chaterjee, daughter of Mousmi Chaterjee, plays Samira in 'Ruslan'.Directed by Mohan Sharma, the film is about of an eponymous protagonist played by newcomer Rajveer Sharma and is set in the backdrop of 7/11 serial blasts in Mumbai trains.The movie, which deals with police atrocities on a particular section of youth deals with situation after the incident, is set to hit the theaters on September 11."
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Submission + - Germany to get hydrogen fuel network by 2015 (

DoktaDre writes: Amit heavy criticism ( of hydrogen power cars and the complications they introduce (hydrogen production, storage, infrastructure, etc.), it appears as if the German government is throwing caution into the wind and is planning to roll out a hydrogen network by 2015 (

Submission + - No App Store for Microsoft's ZuneHD (

Xerfas writes: Microsoft's ZuneHD, set to go on sale Tuesday, will not feature an open application store like its competitor the iPod Touch.

It will come with some unique features, though, like an HD radio tuner, and with software that has been well-received by users. Those capabilities will determine whether the ZuneHD sells well — and whether Microsoft decides to keep selling its own music player, said Matt Rosoff, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft.

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Submission + - Youth Engaged More by Facebook News Application th (

newscloud writes: University of Minnesota researchers have published results from their study (pdf) of Hot Dish, our climate change news application for Facebook aimed at 16 — 25 year olds. Counter to prevailing trends in youth and news, Hot Dish strengthened regular news reading habits, increased topical knowledge of climate change and motivated participants to take real world offline actions. 'This suggests a path to new practices that can bring young users and news together.' The application's source code is also available via open source.

Submission + - International Volunteering as a Geek

nolongerunknown writes: I've learned a number of (programming) languages in my life, but one of the things that I have always wanted to do was to really learn Spanish. As part of my grand scheme to make this happen I am planning a 6-12 month trip to Latin America in order to fully immerse myself in the language and culture. But that is only half of it, I'd like to make the trip meaningful in other ways and want to take the opportunity to volunteer while learning. I'm certainly able to take a more tried-and-true approach to this by Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or lending my hands for manual labor, but I'll be of greatest value in a technical role. This is where you come in: how does one find volunteer positions matching their skills in foreign countries? Specifically, how does one find technically-inclined volunteer positions in foreign countries?

To help direct the conversation, I've found Cactus Language to mostly address the language interest but want to try and pair that with a volunteer opportunity. Peace Corps really isn't an option, for me, or for most because of how selective the program is. AIESEC doesn't want me because I don't have a degree and am not currently a student. Engineers Without Borders lists projects that are being actively worked on but that I can tell provides no way to interact with existing projects other than to provide financial support. EWB also relies on a grassroots approach to project generation that seems to pretty well prevent individuals from getting involved. It appears that nobody is home over at Geekcorps, a popular suggestion the last time we discussed this topic. VSO appears to be spot on, but that page is only available on the UK version of the site. As a US Citizen when trying to apply I was kindly directed to the Canadian version of the site which omits that category. (This personal account from somebody who thinks similarly to me introduced me to VSO.) And last but not least, military service is out because it precludes immersion into the language and culture of the country.
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Submission + - (Near) Constant internet while RV'ing?

Neilio writes: "What systems would Slashdotters recommend for staying connected while RV'ing across the US and Canada? While a 3G data plan seems obvious, the intrepid RV'er wants to get remote and into those parts of the coverage map that are usually gray (no coverage). But satellite can be expensive, includes high latency for VOIP and gaming, and requires a clear view of the southern sky. I've come across some intriguing products that use and amplified 2G/3G signal and bridge to WiFi, like, and CradlePoint's MBR1000 ( (I have no affiliation to either). Do folks have any experience with these, or can you recommend another approach (even homebrew)? While I am an electrical engineer by degree, you have to go back a few decades since I last expertly sported a soldering iron, so the less DIY the better. My wife and I now run a web-based business, so nearly daily connectivity is a must, no matter where we are."

Submission + - Saturn thunderstorm rages for eight months (

An anonymous reader writes: A tempest that erupted on Saturn in January has become the Solar System's longest continuously observed lightning storm, say astronomers.

The storm broke out in 'Storm Alley', a region 35 south of the ringed giant's equator, the researchers will tell the European Planetary Science Congress in Potsdam, Germany today.

Thunderstorms there can be as big as 3,000 km across and have lightning bolts 10,000 times as powerful as those on Earth.

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