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Submission + - OpenBSD's de Raadt slams Red Hat, Canonical over 'secure' boot (

An anonymous reader writes: OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has slammed Red Hat and Canonical for the way they have reacted to Microsoft's introduction of "secure" boot along with Windows 8, describing both companies as wanting to be the new Microsoft.

Submission + - Windows 8 Catastrophe Pushed Valve To Linux (

sfcrazy writes: Gabe Newell, Valve co-founder and Managing Director, doesn't hold very high opinion of Microsoft's Windows 8. He calls it "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space" during a videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle. Linux distribution Ubuntu's popularity and young user base may actually help these companies in finding the right audience they are looking for. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is also working on enhancing the user experience by introducing technologies like HUD and Web Apps.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Microsoft is doing its own glasses like Google - Kinect Glasses (

An anonymous reader writes: A 56-page leaked document details Microsoft's plans to build a Project Glass competitor. Kinect Glasses is marked as a 2014 project designed to connect to a future Xbox 720 console. The document also includes potential pricing for the next Xbox — $299 with a Kinect 2.

Submission + - Google's Secret Class System 4

theodp writes: Back in 2005, a Slashdot commenter pointed out some prior art for Microsoft's badge color-based 'caste' system — Nazi concentration camp badges. Now, Google is taking heat as a terminated Google contractor shines a spotlight on Google's badge color-based 'class' system. According to Andrew Norman Wilson, full-time Googlers sport White Badges, interns are given Green Badges, and contractors wear Red Badges. But what really intrigued Wilson — and ultimately cost him his job — were the ScanOps workers with Yellow Badges who toiled for Google Book Search in Building 3.1459. 'The workers wearing yellow badges,' writes Wilson, 'are not allowed any of the privileges that I was allowed — ride the Google bikes, take the Google luxury limo shuttles home, eat free gourmet Google meals, attend Authors@Google talks and receive free, signed copies of the author's books, or set foot anywhere else on campus except for the building they work in. They also are not given backpacks, mobile devices, thumb drives, or any chance for social interaction with any other Google employees. Most Google employees don’t know about the yellow badge class.' Time for someone to update the official Google Books History?

Former Military Personnel Claim Aliens Are Monitoring Our Nukes Screenshot-sm 498

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters "Witness testimony from more than 120 former or retired military personnel points to an ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial objects at nuclear weapons sites, as recently as 2003. In some cases, several nuclear missiles simultaneously and inexplicably malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object silently hovered nearby. Six former US Air Force officers and one former enlisted man will break their silence about these events at the National Press Club and urge the government to publicly confirm their reality." I won't worry until Gort shows up.

Pentagon Seeking Out Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange 628

clustro writes "The Pentagon is desperately seeking the 'cooperation' of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in order to stop him from releasing over 250,000 pages of confidential foreign policy documents. The documents were allegedly provided to Assange by Bradley Manning, the same solider who leaked a video showing a US Army helicopter killing unarmed civilians and international press correspondents."

Russian Officials To Investigate Regional President's Alien Abduction Claims Screenshot-sm 184

wdef writes "The BBC reports that a Russian MP has asked President Dmitry Medvedev to investigate claims by a regional president that he has met aliens on board a spaceship. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the leader of the southern region of Kalymkia, made his claim in a television interview. Mr Ilyumzhinov said in an interview on primetime television that he had been taken on board an alien spaceship which had come to planet Earth to take samples — and claims to have several witnesses. He has been president of Kalmykia, a small Buddhist region of Russia which lies on the shores of the Caspian Sea, for 17 years. As president of the World Chess Federation, he has spent tens of millions of dollars turning the impoverished republic into a mecca for chess players — building an entire village to host international tournaments. MP Andre Lebedev is not just asking whether Mr Ilyumzhinov is fit to govern. He is also concerned that, if he was abducted, he may have revealed details about his job and state secrets."

Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project Screenshot-sm 687

garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

NASA To Cryogenically Freeze Satellite Mirrors 47

coondoggie writes "NASA said it will soon move some of the larger (46 lb) mirror segments of its future James Webb Space Telescope into a cryogenic test facility that will freeze the mirrors to -414 degrees Fahrenheit (~25 K). Specifically, NASA will freeze six of the 18 Webb telescope mirror segments at the X-ray and Cryogenic Facility, or XRCF, at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in a test to ensure the critical mirrors can withstand the extreme space environments. All 18 segments will eventually be tested at the site. The test chamber takes approximately five days to cool a mirror segment to cryogenic temperatures."
The Internet

Submission + - Canada's Apology To The Indian People ( 1

Coollook writes: "This article I read in the Washington Post about the apology tendered by the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to its indigenous people shocked me. The reason it shocked me is because I did not know that Canada, a country I perceived to a benign, egalitarian and welcoming democracy has actually been guilty of a kind of abuse of human rights that Tibet is accusing China of doing today!

The Prime Minister tendered an apology to tens of thousands of native Canadians, mainly of the Inuit and Métis communities who as children were torn from their families and sent to boarding schools, where many were abused as part of official government policy to "kill the Indian in the child." This almost barbaric attempt to 'assimilate' or 'integrate' the aboriginal people of North America into the 'main stream' (read European, Caucasian way of life) I found to be most repugnant.

The aim of the government in the early part of the 20th century was, to quote Duncan Campbell Scott, Canada's deputy superintendent of Indian Affairs "I want to get rid of the Indian problem. . . . Our objective is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed into the body politic." Scott is said to have coined the phrase "kill the Indian in the child".

We are now living in more enlightened times when European Imperialistic policies and colonization of the past have no place. Earlier, might was right and there were no agencies in the world to redress the balance in favor of invaded and colonized peoples. In the last 500 years Europeans conquered and colonized Africa, Asia, America and Australia, often wiping out or at any rate perilously marginalizing ethnic cultures and endangering their way of life.

The tide has turned in the other direction today there is an attempt to preserve tribal customs and social structures, to preserve rather than wipe out aboriginal cultures and native communities. Tribal cultures of Africa are sought to be preserved, there are certain aboriginal tribes on the Andaman and Nicobar islands of India whose islands people are not even allowed to set foot on lest they disturb their fragile social structure and way of life.

For, if centuries old cultures and ethnicities are permitted to be wiped out, they are lost for ever and we as citizens of the world are much the poorer for it. Your thoughts?"


Submission + - Windows Update Can Hurt Security ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have shown that given a buggy program and a patch, it is possible to automatically create an exploit. They demonstrate this by showing automatic patch-based exploit generation for several Windows vulnerabilities and patches can be achieved within a few minutes of when a patch is first released. From the article: "One important security implication is that current patch distribution schemes which stagger patch distribution over long time periods, such as Windows Update, ... can detract from overall security, and should be redesigned." The full paper is available as PDF, and will appear at the IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium in May.

Submission + - What are the best programming blogs?

anthroguy writes: "I've been reading Slashdot for years and enjoy it as a cross-reference for nerdy news, but I'm wondering something: what are the best blogs on programming — or otherwise — on the internet at the moment that we should all be reading (to submit to Slashdot, if worthy, of course)?"
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Steve Jobs subpoenaed over backdating scandal

Stony Stevenson writes: The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reportedly subpoenaed Apple chief executive Steve Jobs in its suit over alleged back-dating of stock options.

Newsagency Bloomberg cited sources "familiar with the matter" as saying that the executive had been called to give a deposition in the commission's suit against Nancy Heinen, Apple's former general council. The report notes that Jobs is not the target of an investigation, and that the subpoena is only related to the case against Heinen.

Submission + - Girl's heart regenerates due to artificial assist ( 1

Socguy writes: "A 15-year-old girl has become the first Canadian to have an artificial heart removed after her own heart healed itself.
Doctors at the Stollery Children's hospital implanted the Berlin Heart, a portable mechanical device that keeps blood pumping in an ailing heart, so she could survive until a transplant became available.
But over the next few months, Melissa's overall condition improved dramatically, and her heart muscle regained much of its strength. After 146 days on the Berlin Heart, Melissa underwent surgery to have the device removed. artificial-heart.html"


Submission + - Apollo Moon photos reveal detail

Klaidas writes: "Highly detailed photographs of the Moon taken by the Apollo missions are being made available to the public for the first in more than 30 years. Photos taken on the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions in the 1970s showed the Moon in great detail but were only ever viewed by a few scientists. Since then they have been locked away in freezers by Nasa to preserve them.
"We're scanning the pictures in a very high bit resolution — 14 bits — which means that for each pixel, you have about 16,000 shades of grey. A typical scan of a negative or film is eight bits. So it's not only that we're scanning this at a very high pixel resolution — showing detail to five millionths of a metre — but it's also a high bit resolution, because we want to preserve as much of the original information as possible.", Mark Robinson, a professor of Geological Sciences and the principal investigator on the project, told BBC World Service's Digital Planet programme."

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