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Submission + - Air Force Hypersonic Test: Crash & Burn (cnn.com)

donaggie03 writes: "The Air Force's X-51A Waverider crashed into the Pacific Ocean after being dropped from the wing of a B-52 bomber. 16 seconds into the test flight, a faulty control fin caused the Waverider lost control.

The Air Force had hoped the craft would be able to reach speeds of up to 4,600 mph. The service said it will release details of the failed test in a few weeks, after researchers are able to analyze the data from the flight."


Submission + - Anonymous Claims to have Hacked Sony PSN Again (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Anonymous has claimed a new attack on Sony PlayStation Network and this time around it seems that it has managed to hack nearly 10 million user accounts and and as a proof of the hack dumped more than 3000 credentials online in the form of a pastebin post. The notorious hacktivist group is claiming that the entire set of hacked credentials contains over 10 million PSN accounts and that the file is of around 50GB.
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Submission + - Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Features, Specs and Price (golalaa.net)

jonty36 writes: Amazon’s new touchscreen tablet is not just a tablet, but its a very beautiful touchscreen with full colour support tablet and its size is 7 inch and price is $199 in US market with good specs. Little is Known about the Kindle Fire 2s Camera, which will linkely only be available on some of the new tablet model.

Comment Re:Mountain bike in the city, for my safety's sake (Score 1) 356

Just changing the tires to slicks (under lots of pressure)  solves 2 of those problems. It's not a big deal. I can have them changed in 15 minutes or less.  I keep knobbies on hand for winter conditions. I live in Toronto. Use to ride a mountain bike  with knobbies all the time but a salesperson convinced me to try slicks. The speed difference for me was quite significant. YMMV,  but the mountain bike problems in the city are exaggerated. Potholes and other things (like climbing on and off curbs and the fact I'm 240 pounds or so) kept me off road bikes and on mountain bikes. I travel in city traffic a lot and currently have 4 stitches on my face to remind me the price of losing focus when cycling.

Submission + - NYPD Targeting Media Teams During Ongoing Protest (gothamist.com)

phx_zs writes: Today marks the tenth consecutive day that thousands of protesters have flooded the streets of Manhattan, specifically the financial district. If this is the first you've heard of it that's probably because nearly all mainstream media outlets are completely ignoring the escalating situation. Sunday marked a change of events as high-ranking NYPD officers exhibited brutal, unprovoked aggression on the peaceful group and reportedly arresting at least 80 people. Many photos and videos have surfaced of NYPD officers slamming protesters on the ground or into parked cars, and in one well-covered incident a NYPD officer (with pending police brutality charges from 2004) maced innocent female protesters point blank for no apparent reason. Many eyewitnesses and several news articles report that the NYPD specifically targeted photographers and media teams streaming the event live on the internet.

Submission + - Firefox 7 Is Faster And Uses Less Memory (tekgoblin.com)

tekgoblin writes: "Mozilla has released Firefox 7 the next version of their popular web browser. This new version of Firefox is supposed to see as much as a 50% reduction in memory use from its previous versions. This is good news for me as I use multiple tabs and can see Firefox using up to 1GB of memory sometimes."

Submission + - Facebook Fixes Cookie Behavior After Logging Out

An anonymous reader writes: Over the weekend, self-proclaimed hacker Nik Cubrilovic accused Facebook of tracking its users even if they log out of the social network. The company responded by denying the claims and offering an explanation as to why its cookies behave the way they do. Now, Cubrilovic says Facebook has made changes to the logout process, and detailed what each cookie is responsible for.

Submission + - News Corp. looking to sell MySpace (yahoo.com) 1

rudy_wayne writes: "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that News. Corp is trying to sell MySpace for $100 Million, a fraction of the $580 Million that it originally paid in 2005. Parties reportedly interested in acquiring MySpace include private equity firm THL Partners, Redscout Ventures and Criterion Capital, owner of social network Bebo (the company AOL bought for $850 Million and then sold for $10 Million). Chinese Internet holding company Tencent is also reportedly interested and so is Myspace co-founder Chris De Wolfe. What’s not yet clear is what any of these companies plan to do with MySpace if a sale goes through."
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Submission + - If you're going to kill it, open source it! (makezine.com) 2

ptorrone writes: "MAKE Magzine is proposing big companies like Cisco and Sony consider "open sourcing" their failed or discontinued products. The list includes: Sony's AIBO & QRIO robots, IBM's Deep Blue chess computer, Ricochet Wireless, Potenco’s Pull-Cord Generator, Palm, Microsoft’s SPOT Watch, CISCO Flip Camera and more. MAKE is also encourage everyone to post about what products they'd like to see open sourced. What does the Slashdot community want opened up?"

Submission + - Ubuntu Powered Tablet Spotted! (gadgetizor.com)

dkd903 writes: The year 2010 had been all buzz with tablets and a similar trend is expected during the year 2011 too. We have already seen a lot of Android powered tablets. But how does a tablet powered by Ubuntu sound? A Chinese manufacturer TENQ has launched a tablet called P07. The device is said to be running Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition and the boot time reported to be almost instant.

RIP, SunSolve 100

Kymermosst writes "Today marks the last day that SunSolve will be available. Oracle sent the final pre-deployment details today for the retirement of SunSolve and the transition to its replacement, My Oracle Support Release 5.2, which begins tomorrow. People who work with Sun's hardware and software have long used SunSolve as a central location for specifications, patches, and documentation."

1928 Time Traveler Caught On Film? 685

Many of you have submitted a story about Irish filmmaker George Clarke, who claims to have found a person using a cellphone in the "unused footage" section of the DVD The Circus, a Charlie Chaplin movie filmed in 1928. To me the bigger mystery is how someone who appears to be the offspring of Ram-Man and The Penguin got into a movie in the first place, especially if they were talking to a little metal box on set. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

Astronaut Sues Dido For Album Cover 264

An anonymous reader writes "Astronaut Bruce McCandless is suing Dido for her album cover that uses a famous NASA photograph of a tiny, tiny, tiny McCandless floating in space. McCandless doesn't own the copyright on the photo, so he's claiming it's a violation of his publicity rights ... except that he's so tiny in the photo, it's not like anyone's going to recognize him."

Comment Re:Too Soon, I Suppose (Score 1) 671

I remember when I first started playing the Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer demo. I had to pause before I started playing as an Axis soldier. What was I doing playing a Nazi?

I'm older than most gamers and my parents went through WWII. It wasn't ancient history to them and it wasn't to me either. My father was interned as a child by the Japanese. The war affected me profoundly in an identafiable way even though I was born more than two decades after the guns stopped firing. My father's temperment had been shaped by the screaming rages that the Japanese who guarded him had indulged in.

But the war was "ancient history" to most of the people I played with. They didn't personally identify with it at all it seemed. However I got over my initial qualms about playing the Germans. As other people noted, they seemed to have better weapons.

So I have sympathy for those who think this games in poor taste. I also don't want people glossing over the differences between the ideals of western civilization embodied in things like English common law and totalitarian versions of Islam espoused by the taliban(I'm somewhat sympathetic to arguments that that's the only kind).

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