Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


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 + - Xbox One Set To Launch On November 22

Dave Knott writes: Microsoft announced today that its upcoming Xbox One console will launch later this year on November 22 in 13 territories, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States. This is exactly one week after the announced street date for Sony's PlayStation 4, ending speculation about whether Microsoft would try to launch ahead of their closest rival's next-generation console. It is also notably the same day that the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, a date which Microsoft had called "a special day in Xbox history."

Submission + - New MIT paper reveals encryption is less secure than everyone thought

rjmarvin writes: Researchers from MIT and the National University of Ireland have discovered a flaw to disprove the Shannon Theory, the 1948 standard assumption for information entropy. According to the paper, Shannon's theory of averages does not account for the improbable correlations of cryptography. Bottom line: hackers and code breakers can crack encryptions significantly faster than anyone thought. How does this affect email encryption? SIM cards? Embedded chips in credit cards? We'll see...

Submission + - Google starts sending adverts as emails to Gmail users ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Back in May, Google rolled out an update to Gmail that it marketed as “a new inbox.” What it did was to split the email you receive into categories and then display them in different tabs. The Gmail redesign wasn’t just to help users, though. It turns out Google has decided to introduce a new form of advertising because of it, one that you could view as being much more intrusive than before.

Some users have started noticing that in the Promotions tab new emails are appearing that they haven’t singed up to receive. These emails as marked as “Ad” under the sender name. A little further investigation reveals they are actually Google adverts packaged as emails.

Submission + - Google Glass Developers Angered at Facial Recognition Ban (

DavidGilbert99 writes: Google Glass has caused its fair share of headlines already and it's not even on sale yet, but developers creating apps for the device are the latest to throw their toys out of the pram, angered by Google's move to ban apps which use facial recognition in response to growing concerns from privacy groups. One commenter on the Google Glass page, said: "The sky isn't falling and Glass will not steal your identity because it can see you. Go back to your caves and let the rest of us live in the future."

Submission + - Will EU Regulations Effectively Ban High-End Video Cards? (

arun84h writes: A new energy law, which will apply in the European Union, has the power to limit sale of discrete components deemed "energy inefficient". GPU maker AMD is worried this will affect future technology as it becomes available, as well as some current offerings. From TFA:

"According to data NordicHardware has seen from a high level employee at AMD, current graphics cards are unable to meet with these requirements. This includes "GPUs like Cape Verde and Tahiti", that is used in the HD 7700 and HD 7900 series, and can't meet with the new guidelines, the same goes for the older "Caicos" that is used in the HD 6500/6600 and HD 7500/7600 series. Also "Oland" is mentioned, which is a future performance circuit from AMD, that according to rumors will be used in the future HD 8800 series. What worries AMD the most is how this will affect future graphics cards since the changes in Lot 3 will go into effect soon. The changes will of course affect Nvidia as much as it will AMD."

Is this the beginning of the end for high-end GPU sales in the EU?


Submission + - Oracle Patent Case Against Google Weakening (

jfruhlinger writes: "If Oracle thought that they'd wave their vague Java patents around get licensing money from Google and other vendors in perpetuity, they may have another thing coming. The judge in the case seems skeptical of many of Oracle's claims, and indeed some of the patents at the heart of the suit are being re-examined — and rejected."

Submission + - 16 year old discovers cure for Cystic Fibrosis ( 1

Bob the Super Hamste writes: According to yahoo new a 16 year old Canadian 11th grade student has discovered a possible cure for Cystic Fibrosis. The treatment is a drug combination that in a computer simulation on the Canadian SCINET supercomputing network appeared to cure the symptoms. He has also tested the drug combination on living cell with "results exceeded his expectations".

Submission + - SPAM: The US Seeks the Death Penalty for the Cole Bombin

An anonymous reader writes: Do you remember the attack on the USS Cole back in 2000? During that attack which occurred while the Cole was docked in a port in Yemen two terrorists piloted a small boat filled with explosives into the Cole as it sat which blew a huge hole in the ship and killed 17 of our US Navy Ring customers and wounded at least 40 more.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was determined to be the mastermind behind the attack and was captured. Now here is where we come to a sticky situation. He was detained in a facility somewhere outside of the USA and interrogated at the discretion of the CIA. I am not sure who actually did the interrogating but he was waterboarded a number of times and probably tortured in some other ways in order to get him to talk.

Many say that the US should not condone waterboarding along with other extreme forms of interrogation but I will beg to differ here. We can’t look at the world in the terms of some mamby pamby bleeding heart sort of way all of the time. We need to understand the mentality of the terrorists that we have to deal with. They don’t give a flip about us being nice to them, neither do they understand anything other than violence.

I will admit that this is an area where we have to be extremely careful. If we don’t govern ourselves very strictly we could get in a whole parcel of trouble. The bottom line is that we should not take chances when it comes to the lives of innocent Americans. Terrorists don’t mind killing innocent children or whoever else that they need to. They don’t mind sawing the heads off of victims while they scream with pain and fear. Lets keep this in mind when we consider what it takes to stop terrorism. It will take nothing less than the dedication and committment of our custom military ring troops in all branches of service and the professional government ring customers who serve in various government agencies.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - Anonymous threatens Sony with biggest attack ever ( 1

Stoobalou writes: Hacktivist hive-mind anonymous has threatened Sony with the 'biggest attack ever' this weekend.
The infamous international gathering of online activists is calling for a massive action against the Japanese electronics corporation in a video posted to YouTube which has since been removed.


Submission + - Hands On with CyanogenMod 7 for Android 1

adeelarshad82 writes: Motorola, HTC, T-Mobile, and Barnes & Noble have yet to upgrade any of their Android products in the U.S. to Android 2.3.3, aka Gingerbread. However a team of savvy Android coders have released an upgrade for roughly 20 Android phones, via the CyanogenMod 7 mobile OS. The hands on with the application runs through the installation process as well as highlights the features.

Submission + - Bing turns on HTML5 UI (

Krnl678 writes: After months of waiting and a few “peeks”, it looks like Bing has finally turned on the HTML5 version of its “decision engine. We’ve heard some rumblings about it being ready to go, but tonight for the first time we are able to see it for ourselves:

Submission + - US Contemplating taxing "Vehicle Miles Traveled" ( 4

dawgs72 writes: This week the Congressional Budget Office released a report that taxing people based on how many miles they drive is a possible option for raising new revenues and that these taxes could be used to offset the costs of highway maintenance. The proposed tax would be enforced through the use of electronic metering devices installed on all vehicles. The mileage tax is being considered instead of an increase in the gas tax in order to tax hybrids, EVs, and conventional automobiles equally.

Submission + - Doomsday Bunkers sales skyrocket up to 1000% in th (

kingkaos69 writes: Apparently after the devastating earthquake that hit Japan a few weeks ago and the subsequent Fukushima nuclear accident, the fears of a nuclear meltdown run rampant. Why you ask? Well, according to CNNMoney, most U.S. companies selling doomsday bunkers are seeing sales skyrocket anywhere from 20% to 1,000%...

Submission + - Did Dr Richard B. Hoover Just Discover Alien Life? ( 2

Maritz writes: "Aliens exist, and we have proof.

That astonishingly awesome claim comes from Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, who says he has found conclusive evidence of alien life — fossils of bacteria found in an extremely rare class of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites. (There are only nine such meteorites on planet Earth.) Hoover’s findings were published late Friday night in the Journal of Cosmology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal."

Slashdot Top Deals

1 1 was a race-horse, 2 2 was 1 2. When 1 1 1 1 race, 2 2 1 1 2.