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Submission + - .NET Native Compilation Preview Released

atrader42 writes: Microsoft announced a new .NET compiler that compiles .NET code to native code using the C++ compiler backend. It produces performance like C++ while still enabling .NET features like garbage collection, generics, and reflection. Popular apps have been measured to start up to 60% and use 15% less memory. The preview currently only supports Windows Store applications, but is expected to apply to more .NET applications in the long term. A preview of the compiler is available for download now.

Caveat: I both work for MS and read Slashdot.

Submission + - LG aims to beat Apple's Retina display (

angry tapir writes: "LG Display has introduced a 5-inch full HD LCD panel for smartphone displays — the highest resolution mobile panel to date. The widescreen panel is based on AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) technology and has a 1920-by-1080 pixel resolution or 440 pixels per inch (ppi), according to LG. That compares to Apple's Retina display, which has 264 ppi on the new iPad and 326 ppi on the iPhone 4S."

Submission + - Miners Send Drones To Work (

aesoteric writes: Australia's top miners have opened a new front in their march to automation, flying unmanned aerial vehicles in increasing numbers at remote sites across the country. They've been used to inspect a fire-damaged oil rig, perform aerial photography and stockpile surveys. There is also a trend towards non US-built UAVs, due to the lag in receiving export approvals for the aircraft and spare parts.

Submission + - Convoy 2.0: Driverless Volvo Platoon Hits the Road

theodp writes: After seeing a caravan of state highway escort trucks accompanying a road work crew, the idea of follow-the-leader driverless vehicles may have crossed your mind. Covered earlier on Slashdot but pretty much lost in the buzz over the Google driverless car is Project Sartre (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), Europe's experiment with 'vehicle platooning,' which has successfully completed a 125 mile road test on a busy Spain motorway, in which three Volvos drove themselves by automatically following a truck in the presence of other, normal road users. The Register reports that on-board cameras, radar and laser tracking allow each vehicle to monitor the one in front, and wirelessly streamed data from the lead vehicle tells each car when to accelerate, break and turn. Time to start working on that screenplay for Convoy II?

Submission + - Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers (

An anonymous reader writes: Wired is reporting on a massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation. Kaspersky Lab, the company that discovered the malware, has a FAQ with more details.
The Military

Submission + - One of Our H-Bombs is Missing 4

Hugh Pickens writes: "Jeffrey St. Clair writes that on the night of February 5, 1958 a B-47 Stratojet bomber carrying a hydrogen bomb on a night training flight off the Georgia coast collided with an F-86 Saberjet fighter at 36,000 feet destroying the fighter and severely damaged a wing of the bomber. The bomber's pilot was instructed to jettison his H-bomb before attempting a landing dropping the bomb into the shallow waters of Warsaw Sound a few miles from the city of Tybee Island, where he believed the bomb would be swiftly recovered. "The search for this weapon was discontinued on 4-16-58 and the weapon is considered irretrievably lost," said a partially declassified memo from the Pentagon to the AEC, in which the Air Force requested a new H-bomb to replace the one it had lost. That's where the matter stood for more than 42 years until a deep sea salvage company disclosed the existence of the bomb and offered to locate it for a million dollars. "We're horrified because some of that information has been covered up for years," said Rep. Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican. The bomb is most likely now buried in 5 to 15 feet of sand and slowly leaking radioactivity into the rich crabbing grounds of the Warsaw Sound. "If someone looks for it, they could set it off and cause an explosion," said Lt. Col. Frank Smolinsky. "There could be a major inferno if the high explosives went off and the lithium deuteride reacted as expected," says Don Moniak, a nuclear weapons expert with the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League. "Or there could just be an explosion that scattered uranium and plutonium all over hell.""

Submission + - RealNetworks releases zero-day ActiveX fix

rbn writes: RealNetworks has issued a fix for a zero-day flaw reported by Symantec, Thurday, which affects the import method of an Active X control. The flaw is actively being exploited and the attacks appear to be targeting specific organizations, including NASA, which reportedly banned the use of Internet Explorer in response to this incident. The issue affects an ActiveX object installed by RealPlayer, accessible over the web using Internet Explorer. By instantiating the object and invoking a specific method an attacker is able to corrupt process memory and execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the browser. The attack has been confirmed to download malicious code to the compromised host. RealNetworks has issued an advice to its users to upgrade immediately to its latest player and apply the patch.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - Quake Wars Linux Client Released (

An anonymous reader writes: I'll keep this short and sweet, since a lot of folks have been waiting for this: Hot on the heels of the Linux demo, id Software's penguin wrangler Timothy 'TTimo' Besset has just released the full Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars Linux Client! You can download the Linux Client from the mirrors here.

Submission + - Universal to launch singles on USB memory sticks (

thefickler writes: Universal Records plans to combat declining sales by releasing singles in a new and more expensive format: USB memory sticks. It seems somebody told them "The kids aren't buying CDs because they use computers to get the music for free", but they stopped listening around the word "computers" and decided to see how they could get money from that idea. The result is singles released on USB memory sticks, expected to cost twice what a CD costs.

Submission + - Petaflop Computing (

An anonymous reader writes: Recently the IEEE held a Petaflop Computing Challenge in which they asked people what they would compute if they had a computer capable of running a petaflop speeds. The top essays were about computing the origins of the universe and about computing evolution on a molecular scale. What would Slashdot readrs compute if they had such a machine?

Submission + - Another example of RIAA legal incompetence

UnknowingFool writes: "In another move of legal brillance, the RIAA asked for a default judgement on January 25th in the case of Atlantic vs Boggs "on the ground that Defendant has failed to appear or otherwise respond to the Complaint . . ." The court denied the motion because the defendant did appear before the court a month earlier on December 20. What makes the motion appear so boneheaded is that not that the RIAA lawyers seemingly forgot that the defendant appeared, it is that defendant, representing himself at the time, appeared in person before the court while the RIAA phoned in, a move that the court admonished. The transcript seems to show that judge is sympathetic to the defendant in the case.

The Court: You're not here looking at Mr. Boggs, but I doubt seriously he's doing this. . . these titles don't seem to go along with Mr. Boggs persona."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - DIY Laptop *literally* from scratch!

Brietech writes: Ever felt like building your own laptop from (almost literally) scratch? This is a microcontroller-based "laptop" built from the ground up from a handful of chips and other hardware found lying around. It runs a self-hosted development environment, allowing the user to write and edit programs in "Chris++" on the machine, and then compile and run them. The carpentry looks like it could use some work, but it's a neat project!

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