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Submission + - AP twitter account hacked (

behemoth64 writes: Social media and the stock market went wild, briefly, on Tuesday when this (hacked) Associated Press tweet appeared around 1 p.m.: "Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured."

The AP took down its Twitter account and quickly announced it had been hacked.

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Submission + - Ask Slashdot : Are linux based cell phone an optio 2

behemoth64 writes: I am a linux user both at work and at home looking for a first smart phone. My initial instinct was to look for a open source linux based cell phone, this as it turns out isn't a popular choice. So, I'm wondering if an open source linux-based cell phone would allow me to have a real, practical, linux experience? If so, is it enough to offset their dismal popularity?

DR Congo Ring May Be Giant Impact Crater 96

Phrogman writes "The BBC is reporting that deforestation has 'revealed what could be a giant impact crater in Central Africa, scientists say. The 36-46km-wide feature, identified in DR Congo, may be one of the largest such structures discovered in the last decade.' If you search Google Maps for 'Omeonga Democratic Republic of the Congo,' you will be right in the middle of the suspected crater."

Measuring the Speed of Light With Valentine's Day Chocolate 126

Cytotoxic writes "What to do with all of those leftover Valentine's Day chocolates? — a common problem for the Slashdot crowd. The folks over at Wired magazine have an answer for you in a nice article showing how to measure the speed of light with a microwave and some chocolate. A simple yet surprisingly accurate method that can be used to introduce the scientific method to children and others in need of a scientific education."

Submission + - Why don't I feel like gaming anymore?

Merakis writes: Once upon a time I remember enjoying my gaming. I would wake up on a Saturday morning, much as I do now, and even before scurrying off to have a bite to eat, I would sit down in front of the television and enjoy a delightful morning gaming session. Sure, the gaming system's varied; a Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, Playstation, Nintendo 64, and finally, my first computer, an IBM Thinkpad 486 laptop with a 56k fax-modem through which I had my first taste of MMO in the form of a MUD — which I soon became quite addicted to since it was such a great adventure. Over the years as technology has improved (ie: better graphics, larger 'worlds', the prevalence of Massively Multiplayer) I have played through and enjoyed many itterations on the same theme — the fighter, the rogue, the mage, the cleric, etc. But now, I feel a sort of emptiness whenever the urge to game grips me. Where has the adventure gone? The elation of the next level is lost to me, and I feel like no matter how good the graphics get, no mater how much I keep searching, I will no longer be able to find that same feeling that I had as a child again. Have I changed, or is there something missing in today's competitive market for games? What was it that made gaming so pleasurable for me then, and how can I regain it?

Comment Re:How is daytrading not gambling? (Score 1) 300

It's your third point where you go wrong,

Neither creates wealth and merely shifts it around

more daytraders means more participants in the market place, more participants means more liquidity and more liquidity means a better functioning market place. A market with no liquidity, is a market that is not trading, ie the 2008 market, where bids and offers are worlds apart, this is bad for ALL the participants from big institutions to small retail guy, much like you I presume... Hence daytraders, while you may not realize it are providing a service for the market place at their own risk and are compensated accordingly.


Submission + - Hemp Walls are 7x Stronger Than Concrete (

An anonymous reader writes: Buildings account for thirty-eight percent of the CO2 emissions in the U.S., according to the U.S. Green Building Council, and demand for carbon neutral and/or zero footprint buildings is at an all-time high. Now there is a new building material that is not just carbon neutral, but is actually carbon negative. Developed by U.K.-based Lhoist Group, Tradical Hemcrete is a concrete substitute made from hemp, lime and water. What makes it carbon negative? There is more CO2 locked-up in the process of growing and harvesting of the hemp than is released in the production of the lime binder.

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