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Submission + - Sony Axes Dash development website

An anonymous reader writes: Sony sent me and many other possible developers an email saying the developers site will be gone in March. From: Sony Electronics Subject: dash(TM) Developer Site Closure To:Anonymous Chicken Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 9:06 AM Dear dash(TM) developer, Thank you very much for your interest in the development of applications for the Sony dash(TM). Beginning February 29, 2012, the Sony dash(TM) developer website ( will close and no longer support development of new applications. This closure includes the dash(TM) developer forum and dash(TM) developer support email address ( which will close on March 31, 2012. Sony dash(TM) applications will remain available. Thank you for your contributions and we encourage you to continue your development activity on Sony's other platforms available at Again, thank you very much, Team dash(TM)
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Submission + - SOPA blackout gallery (

An anonymous reader writes: is (still adding to) a pretty thorough gallery of screenshots from sites that participated in the SOPA/PIPA blackout. They're at about 100 images and taking requests for new ones to add.

Submission + - Carbon Dioxide Fizz Rockets Diamonds to Earth's Su (

sciencehabit writes: Scientists have long known that a diamond's trip from deep below Earth's surface must be quick indeed: Lab tests show that at conditions found in the crust, the gems would burn up in a matter of days, if not hours. New experiments reveal the chemical secret behind such rapid ascent. The eruptions of diamonds to Earth's surface may be driven by massive quantities of carbon dioxide fizzing from the molten rock that surrounds the gems.

Submission + - SOPA and public liberties: the Romans did it ( bef (

vikingpower writes: ""Iniusta lex non est lex", the Roman maxim said: "an unjust law is no law at all". Several scholars have argued that the modern discourse on public liberties originated with Roman law. And John Stuart Mill, in his "On Liberty", grants that "...The struggle between Liberty and Authority is the most conspicuous feature in the portions of history with which we are earliest familiar, particularly in that of Greece, Rome..." The SOPA and PIPA struggle is not so new. Already the Codex of Justinianus codified an interdiction to pronounce unsubstantiated accusations, which one blogger claims SOPA greatly favours. The original post quotes Senator Chris Dodd as accusing the corporations supporting SOPA of "abuse of power", something to which Roman law first made us allergic."

Submission + - Any Exoplanet Possible in a 'Compulsive' Universe ( 1

astroengine writes: ""Exoplanet discoveries have shown us that if it isn't forbidden by the laws of thermodynamics and Newtonian physics, then it is compulsive," said Virginia Trimble of the University of California at Irvine during the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Texas, last week. It appears that if you can imagine it, without breaking any laws of physics, then any kind of alien world is possible. Does this go for alien life too? "We will ultimately reach that summit with the eventual discovery that life is a condition of the universe," hypothesizes Discovery News' Ray Villard. "In other words, that self-replicating matter is nature's favorite form of self-expression.""

Submission + - Google Fiber work hung up in Kansas City (

alphadogg writes: When Google announced last spring that Kansas City, Kan., had landed the tech company’s much-pursued super-speed Internet project, the company gushed about the local utility poles. Now it turns out that differences over where and how to hang wires on those poles, and what fees or installation costs may be required, have created a troublesome bump in plans to launch the project.

Submission + - Apple Closes Marketshare Gap With Android ( 1

bonch writes: A Nielsen report states that the launch of the iPhone 4S helped Apple close the marketshare gap with Android, raising them to 44.5% compared to Android's 46.3% in December, coinciding with an earlier study by the NPD group. Apple sold 35 million iPhones last quarter, with the iPhone 4S making up 57% of those sales. RIM continued its decline but still outsold Windows Phone 7, which came in at a measly 1.6%.

Submission + - Nome, Alaska Emergancy fuel delivery ( 1

doomaproching writes: The Russian tanker delivering fuel to Nome, Alaska (discussed in a previous Slashdot story discussing the UAV used to guide it) has arrived and started pumping fuel. The fuel is being pumped using two 700 yard hoses at a rate of 30,000 to 40,000 gallons per hour. Two employees walk the length of the hoses to check for leaks every 30 minutes.

Question for slashdot-ers: Instead of being forced to walk the pipe so often could a flow meter not be used at both ends, entering and exiting the pipe, with readings recorded and matched electronically or via radio? Or is it not possible (or to expensive) to monitor such a high rate of flow with a high enough degree of accuracy?


Submission + - Microsoft can remotely delete Windows 8 apps ( 3

tripleevenfall writes: Microsoft will be able to throw a "kill switch" to disable or even remove an app from users' Windows 8 devices, the company revealed in documentation released earlier this week for its upcoming Windows Store.

"In cases where your security is at risk, or where we're required to do so for legal reasons, you may not be able to run apps or access content that you previously acquired or purchased a license for," said Microsoft in the Windows Store terms."If the Windows Store, an app, or any content is changed or discontinued, your data could be deleted or you may not be able to retrieve data you have stored," Microsoft said.

Both Apple and Google can flip such a switch for apps distributed by the iOS App Store and Android Market, respectively.

Submission + - US Supreme Court upholds removal of works from Pub ( 2

langelgjm writes: While much of the web is focused on the SOPA and PIPA blackout, supporters of the public domain today quietly lost a protracted struggle that began back in 2001.The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, rejected the argument that Congress did not have the power to convey copyright upon works that were already in the public domain. The suit was originally filed to challenge provisions that the U.S. adopted when signing the TRIPs agreement. Justices Breyer and Alito dissented, arguing that conveyed copyright on already existing works defied the logic of copyright law. Justice Kagan recused herself. The text of the opinions is available here (PDF).

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