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Comment Thinner? (Score 1) 360

Wasn't the problem that was found with the burning ("exploding") Samsung S7 Note the fact that they made it too thin without enough space for the battery? Did they not learn their lesson?

Also, I want a headphone jack. I love my headphone jack on my Samsung S7 active. I can plug many things into it, many things I already own. It's flexible, compatible, a great thing. I don't want a super thin phone. I just want a fast, reliable, convenient, water-proof phone that has flexible and standard connectivity with a battery that can get me through 24 hours of heavy use without needing to charge all the time. I'll pay money for that, not for some fragile, super-thin device that needs to be charged all the time.

Submission + - SPAM: On the Attacks in Paris

fedoppz77 writes: Secretary Kerry (Nov. 13): "These are heinous, evil, vile acts. Those of us who can must do everything in our power to fight back against what can only be considered an assault on our common humanity." President Obama\'s Remarks
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Submission + - Washington Post reports servers attacked, suspects Chinese hackers (

An anonymous reader writes: The Washington Post’s servers were recently broken into by a group of unknown origin that gained access to the user names and passwords of its employees, the paper said on Wednesday.

The extent of the loss of company data was not immediately clear, though officials are planning to ask all employees to change their user names and passwords, the newspaper said in a report. The Post said the passwords were encrypted. However, hackers in some cases have been able to decode encrypted passwords.

The Post did not see any evidence that the hackers accessed information about its subscribers, such as credit cards or home addresses. Nor were there immediate signs that they accessed the Post’s publishing system or email, nor sensitive personal information of its employees, such as Social Security numbers.

Post officials learned of the intrusion on Wednesday from Mandiant, a cybersecurity contractor that monitors the paper’s networks. The breach was of relatively short duration, maybe a few days at most, and an investigation is ongoing, the story said, citing a Post spokeswoman. It marks at least the third intrusion for the paper over the past three years, according to the paper.

Submission + - Target has major credit card breach ( 2

JoeyRox writes: Target experienced a system-wide breach of credit card numbers over the Black Friday holiday shopping season. What's unique about this massive breach is that it didn't involve compromising a centralized data center or website but instead represented a distributed attack at individual Target stores across the country. Investigators believe customer account numbers were lifted via software installed on card readers at checkout.

Comment Re:so much trouble (Score 1) 349

The biological section has less organic chemistry than it used to, and the overall exam is more verbal in character than before. When I took the MCAT, I got a 10/13/10. The overall score is not as important as getting 10+ in each section, so you can't just do well in one area and not the others. In medical school, it's hard to cheat on many exams, but certainly possible in some (and people have been caught doing so and reprimanded/kicked out). I just finished medical school and will be going onto a residency in general surgery, after being a chemist and then computer programmer for many years. I know that some people have cheated at time during the process, but they will be weeded out eventually as we take many licensing exams, and it's pretty difficult to cheat on everything and still get your license.


Opossums Overrun Brooklyn, Fail To Eliminate Rats 343

__roo writes "In a bizarre case of life imitates the Simpsons, New York City officials introduced a population of opossums into Brooklyn parks and under the boardwalk at Coney Island, apparently convinced that the opossums would eat all of the rats in the borough and then conveniently die of starvation. Several years later, the opossums have not only failed to eliminate the rat epidemic from New York City, but they have thrived, turning into a sharp-toothed, foul-odored epidemic of their own."

Comment I'll believe it (Score 1) 240

I'll believe it when I see a successive series of releases supporting Linux, rather than one-off updates, especially with regards to security updates. Plus all the stuff about "well Linux isn't standard so we'll implement stuff only for Windows" makes it even more clear that Flash needs to be replaced unless they show results regarding supporting all platforms equally.

Comment Tough (Score 1, Insightful) 870

1. Tell the students "Tough!". You don't need a calculator!
2. The best way I've seen professors handle this is to design the questions to only require basic math knowledge, or only require answers that don't require extensive calculations. Make it so that if they are correctly arriving at the answer, the math is stupidly easy.
3. Tough about the English requirement. You are in the USA, and our language is English. And in a physics class, there shouldn't be that much to look up anyways. If you must have a dictionary, you can buy really cheap paperback ones. You think I get access to a dictionary when I take a test, or any book for that matter? NO!

No test should ever need a calculator if setup properly. It should only require basic math skills. If it must require knowledge of square roots and such, make a table available or make it so that the final calculations are ridiculously easy (like square root of 9). You are testing physics concepts, not math. And if you can't handle basic math and basic English, how did they ever get into college in the first place?

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