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Submission + - Internet to go down in 2010? (

WirePosted writes: "A new report from the Nemertes Research Group has studied the Internet's infrastructure and analyzed usage patterns to predict that Internet usage by consumers and corporations could 'outstrip network capacity' worldwide in just over two years, requiring massive financial investment. Will the Internet survive?"

Submission + - New Age temple discovered by vilagers (

An anonymous reader writes: Here, 100ft down and hidden from public view, lies an astonishing secret — one that has drawn comparisons with the fabled city of Atlantis and has been dubbed 'the Eighth Wonder of the World' by the Italian government. For weaving their way underneath the hillside are nine ornate temples, on five levels, whose scale and opulence take the breath away. Constructed like a three-dimensional book, narrating the history of humanity, they are linked by hundreds of meters of richly decorated tunnels and occupy almost 300,000 cubic feet — Big Ben is 15,000 cubic feet.

Submission + - OS software for the music educator

ari gold writes: "i'm a high school music/CS teacher who is (and has been) looking around for some quality open source music software. music for music classes — open source so we can develop things and work with others on projects. where better to ask then right here? what DAWs are out there? audacity? rosegarden? are there software instruments/synths/modellers? can lilypond help where finale cant?

once we get it down here, people search the slashdot archives and enter the fantastic world of open source music.."

Submission + - Wired: "Computer Privacy in Distress"

davidwr writes: Wired has an interesting editorial on laptop searches and seizures. It raises some interesting issues including: Employee rights against police searches in the workplace, routine vs. non-routine searches at ports of entry, the implications of never deleting files, police use of unrelated data found in a database search; using a single target to get a warrant to seize all information on a computer used by the many "real" targets of law enforcement, and more.
The article ends saying, "Of course, there's a chance that the courts will not recognize the different scope of privacy interests at stake in computer searches, or will not be adept at crafting a rule that gives enough leeway and guidance to law enforcement, while also protecting privacy. At that point, the Constitution may fail us, and we will have to turn to Congress to create rules that are better adapted for the information age."
United States

Submission + - Gonzales denies Americans have habeas rights

TrumpetPower! writes: "This past Thursday, in response to questioning by Senator Arlen Specter (R, PA), US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary committee that ``The Constitution doesn't say every individual in the United States or citizen is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas corpus. '' The exchange between Mr. Gonzales and Senator Specter has received virtually no attention from the press; Google News currently has all of a dozen or so stories. Habeas corpus is the right, in America guaranteed by Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution, which ensures that people are not unjustly imprisoned and tried."
The Internet

Submission + - NYC 911 to accept cellphone pictures

SpaceAdmiral writes: "New York City is developing a plan to allow images to be sent to 911 emergency operators from cellphones. This will likely give emergency operators better information to pass along to responders. According to John A. Feinblatt, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's criminal justice coordinator, "The more information that the police have and the more quickly that they get it, the more likely that they are going to fight a crime.""

Submission + - man achieves winged flight

penguinbroker writes: "Former Swiss military pilot Yves Rossy has created a wearable 10ft airfoil powered by four miniature kerosene powered turbines. Can we get a tutorial in MAKE please. From the article:

"Man has dreamt of flight ever since our ancestors first saw birds soaring into the sky.And even after the dream was realised, first with hot-air balloons and later with heavier-than-air aeroplanes, the dream remained unfulfilled... There is just enough lift generated by the 10ft aerofoil strapped to his back to negate the effects of gravity. At first, after the wings are unfolded electrically, he becomes a glider then, when the four kerosene-powered engines are turned on, he becomes a jetplane. Thanks to the engines, each of which develops 22kg of thrust, he can not only maintain altitude but actually gain height, he says, at a rate of several hundred feet a minute — until the fuel runs out six minutes later. He lands with a conventional parachute.""

Submission + - Drowning in Tech Junk?

JackStrife17 writes: "In an attempt to reduce the clutter in my home office, I've been gathering up all of my spare disk drives, cables, screws, mice and other miscellaneous bits that I have lying around. While a tall cardboard box filled with categorized plastic and anti-static bags was once a satisfactory system of organization, it is no longer working for me. I currently access my "box of holding" about once a day where locating and retrieving things I need has become a tedious affair. With dozens of different types of tools, components, and cables that every nerd needs regular access to, how does Slashdot organize and store its own collections of tech junk?"

Submission + - stocking haxxors

cakefool writes: What geeky Presents will you be giving this year? I'm not just talking about last years liveCD's, so to start you off, I'm giving a soldering station, lucky bags of components, bag of 555's and a 555 project book to my younger brother. Additional, have you received any geeky presents in the past?

Submission + - Taking GPS underwater

Jonathan Fogg writes: "The local BBC channel here in the UK is reporting that Node, a mobile media company, are making a specialist version of their device for deep underwater use. The product seems to be targeted at scuba divers and the many people who enjoy snorkling etc. with a view to guiding them to, and around, the many amazing underwater sites in the world.

Their technical researchers have been demoing it on a wreck off the south west coast of the UK. It uses GPS to help you navigate around the wreck, whilst triggering various media and information that relates to the site — all whilst your 35 meters underwater.

It got me wonder whether there were actually any Divers out there who would be interested in using such a specialist device, and whether the explosion of specialist gadgets like this one has once and for all proved that the convergence theory is codswallop?"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - I suppose you're wondering why...

shanen writes: I suppose you're wondering why I've called you all together? Well, I wanted to tell you a funny story about a guy who called everyone together. They wondered why, so he started by telling them a funny story about a guy who called everyone together. Then the story recursed forever, the stack was consumed, and the entire story crashed.

Ergo, the real problem is that I don't know any funny stories, recursive or otherwise? Can you help?

Seriously, this is the season for holiday cheer and good humor. Do you have funny stories to share? Extra kudos if they are related to the year now ending and have a computerized twist.

I hope you and yours are all doing well, and seasons greetings to all! (No, it isn't a war on Christmas, but I'm not a Christian, so it would seem kind of bogus for me to pretend to be so Christian about it. New years is the big holiday in this country. So there.)

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