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Submission + - Reddit Hit By Malicious DDoS Attack (

redletterdave writes: Reddit was hit by a malicious DDoS attack on Friday morning, even as Internet users attempted to report on the massive shootout between police officers and suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred on Monday. Reddit first announced technical difficulties around 5:39 a.m. ET, but site availability "continues to be impacted" by the mysterious attack.

Submission + - McAfee: US Hosts More Botnet Servers Than Any Other Country

An anonymous reader writes: We often hear about botnets being taken down in third-world countries thanks to coordinated operations by international police forces, especially in recent months. The story usually plays out in the East, where it’s easier to launder money and the laws aren’t as strict. Yet it turns out that many botnets have hosts in the West, including in the good old United States of America.

Disputed Island Disappears Into Sea Screenshot-sm 460

RawJoe writes "India and Bangladesh have argued for almost 30 years over control of a tiny island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have ended the argument for them: the island's gone. From the article: 'New Moore Island, in the Sunderbans, has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, he said. "What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming," said Hazra.'"

Venezuela's Last Opposition TV Owner Arrested 433

WrongSizeGlass writes "AP is reporting the owner of Venezuela's only remaining TV channel that takes a critical line against President Hugo Chavez was arrested Thursday. 'Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of Globovision, was arrested on a warrant for remarks that were deemed "offensive" to the president,' Attorney General Luisa Ortega said. This comes on the heels of last week's story titled Venezuela's Chavez To Limit Internet Freedom."

DR Congo Ring May Be Giant Impact Crater 96

Phrogman writes "The BBC is reporting that deforestation has 'revealed what could be a giant impact crater in Central Africa, scientists say. The 36-46km-wide feature, identified in DR Congo, may be one of the largest such structures discovered in the last decade.' If you search Google Maps for 'Omeonga Democratic Republic of the Congo,' you will be right in the middle of the suspected crater."

Ubisoft's Constant Net Connection DRM Confirmed 631

A few weeks ago we discussed news of Ubisoft's DRM plans for future games, which reportedly went so far as to require a constant net connection, terminating your game if you get disconnected for any reason. Well, it's here; upon playing review copies of the PC version of Assassin's Creed 2 and Settlers VII, PCGamer found the DRM just as annoying as you might expect. Quoting: "If you get disconnected while playing, you're booted out of the game. All your progress since the last checkpoint or savegame is lost, and your only options are to quit to Windows or wait until you're reconnected. The game first starts the Ubisoft Game Launcher, which checks for updates. If you try to launch the game when you're not online, you hit an error message right away. So I tried a different test: start the game while online, play a little, then unplug my net cable. This is the same as what happens if your net connection drops momentarily, your router is rebooted, or the game loses its connection to Ubisoft's 'Master servers.' The game stopped, and I was dumped back to a menu screen — all my progress since it last autosaved was lost."
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Submission + - French Officially Unlocked phone broken

kevinbr writes: French iphones can be actually SIM unlocked, but a stupid software bug causes the phone and SMS apps to crash when using a foreign SIM. Apple hard coded information, and when the phone compares hard coded data to a SIM with a country code not hard coded, the app exits.

French "unlocked" iPhones crippled in other countries
Posted 18 December 2007 @ 12pm in News

Apple are busy deleting posting referring to this issue, and their pack of friendly posters keep insisting the issue is because the phone is not really unlocked. Anyone who counters this false assertion gets deleted.

iPhones that are sold as "unlocked" through Orange of France (the iPhone's official provider there) are crippled on various wireless carriers outside of France, failing to make phone calls, send SMS messages and perform other critical functions.

Apple may rectify this issue with a future firmware/software update that allows officially unlocked phones to work in countries where the devices are currently crippled. However, the company has not responded to requests for comment or technical explanation of this issue.

Feed Techdirt: Yahoo China Found Guilty Of Copyright Infringement For Linking To MP3s (

A while back, we had pointed out that the success of a few Chinese search engines wasn't necessarily that they were any better than their counterparts -- but that because they were pretty explicit in helping people find downloadable music. Baidu was famous for this -- and we wondered if the company's move to go public would force a crackdown on such activities. Indeed, soon after Baidu went public in the US, it got sued. However, eventually the courts found that it not guilty -- but because of the way the copyright laws were worded. Simple solution: a little pressure from the recording industry and... voila: new laws. So, with those new copyright laws in place, the IFPI went after Alibaba, who also happens to run Yahoo China. And, with those new laws in place, Alibaba has now been found guilty of copyright infringement for providing easy to find links to downloadable music (not hosting the music, just linking to it). Not surprisingly, the recording industry pulls out its favorite adjective, calling the win "significant." Given all of these "significant" wins, and the fact that the recording industry's future keeps getting bleaker and bleaker, while file sharing (and the rest of the music industry) continues to grow, I'm beginning to think that the industry maybe does not really know what that word means.

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Submission + - Advice for Highschool students looking at College?

An anonymous reader writes: Looking around my programming class, I've noticed a trend. Most of us are halfway through our senior year, really interested in pursuing some form of programming as a career, and at a loss for what to do next. How does one go about selecting schools? What things should we be keeping in mind while applying to colleges? Are we just setting ourselves up for disappointment?

Take myself as an example: My scores in math are sub par, I've managed to teach myself Ruby and Python, I have a GPA of 2.75, and I've used Linux (gentoo/ubuntu) since the age of 12. Which of those items would an admissions office find interesting? What sort of advice does the average slashdot reader have for aspiring college students?

Feed Science Daily: Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Created That Avoid Immune Rejection (

In a groundbreaking experiment scientists have derived four unique embryonic stem cell lines that open the door for the creation of therapeutic cells that will not provoke an immune reaction in large segments of the population. The stem cell lines are "HLA-homozygous," meaning that they have a simple genetic profile in the critical areas of the DNA that code for immune rejection. The stem cells under development are derived from unfertilized donor eggs, not from fertilized embryos, so the technique does not carry the same ethical burden.

Submission + - Earth and moon are the same age

sm62704 writes: "A New Scientist story says that new research suggests that the moon is 30 million years younger than previously thought, and that the Mars sized object slamming into the earth was that last event in the earth's formation.

The revised timing of the impact implies the terrestrial planets, such as the Earth and Mars, took longer to build up from the collision of smaller 'planetesimals' than previously thought. "The age of the Moon is also the age of Earth because the Moon-forming giant impact was the last major event in Earth's formation," says Touboul.

Alan Brandon, a scientist at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, US, agrees. "It may mean that Earth and Mars took at least 50 million years, and possibly hundreds of millions of years, to reach their final mass," he comments.

The researchers also found that the composition of the Moon appears identical to that of the Earth's rocky mantle, "such that a major portion of the Moon must have been from proto-Earth", Brandon told New Scientist.

What Is Your Game of the Year? 477

It's that time of year again. Last year's response to our Game of the Year post was so enthusiastic that I thought it would be worthwhile to give it another go. So, once again, some of the Slashdot folks have come together to offer up our 'games of the year'. Scuttlemonkey, Scott Collins, Chris Brown, CmdrTaco, and myself have all put together quick blurbs about the games we couldn't get enough of this year. When you're through reading those, it's your turn to speak up. What was the game you couldn't put down? The next-gen consoles really came into their own this year; was it one of those games, or something for the PC? In your opinion, what was the best game of the year?

Submission + - Developer preview JavaSE 6 for Leopard released (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple finally released a developer preview of Java SE 6 for Leopard. A free ADC account is required to download, but don't bother unless you have a 64-bit Intel Mac. Impressive speed improvements, but lots of rough edges are reported. Apple's move comes after months of complaints from frustrated developers.

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