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Submission + - Computer chess created in 487 bytes, breaks 32-year-old record (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The record for smallest computer implementation of chess on any platform was held by 1K ZX Chess, which saw a release back in 1983 for the Sinclair ZX81. It uses just 672 bytes of memory, and includes most chess rules as well as a computer component to play against.

The record held by 1K ZX Chess for the past 32 years has just been beaten this week by the demoscene group Red Sector Inc. They have implemented a fully-playable version of chess called BootChess in just 487 bytes.

Submission + - YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

An anonymous reader writes: YouTube today announced it has finally stopped using Adobe Flash by default. The site now uses its HTML5 video player by default in Google’s Chrome, Microsoft’s IE11, Apple’s Safari 8, and in beta versions of Mozilla’s Firefox browser. At the same time, YouTube is now also defaulting to its HTML5 player on the web. In fact, the company is deprecating the “old style” Flash object embeds and its Flash API, pointing users to the iframe API instead, since the latter can adapt depending on the device and browser you’re using.

Submission + - Google Fiber announces new cities (wral.com)

plate_o_shrimp writes: From WRAL:

Google officials confirmed Tuesday that the [RDU] area is among the latest to be outfitted with Google Fiber, which promises Internet speeds 100 times faster than existing connections....According to the Wall Street Journal, Charlotte, Atlanta and Nashville, Tenn., also are in line for Google’s ultra-fast service.

Comment DICE - Give me a break. (Score 1) 2219

Slashdot (not the beta) as it is will live (or die) by the evolution of its community of users. However decisions by Business Analysts of a company that happens to own the framework assets (hardware, software) who have the singular goal of profit through advertisements can very easily make the community of users go elsewhere (they will scatter to other forums and some of the talented souls will create forums of their own as a replacement).

Slashdot is a discussion forum which happens to be driven by a loose direction/range of topics and interests where any so called 'content' is created wholly by the interests and activity of the users in response to each other and in response to the topics. The whole value of Slashdot is an incidental emergent property of this interaction of the user base made possible due to its simple, low key, non interfering design that encourages a high bandwidth of user to user communication and networking of arguments (quality or not).

The fastest way to kill Slashdot will be to introduce a design that is loud, noisy, distracting, click happy with visual _exercises_ with dynamic pop ups and other toys that are just cognitively distracting (because in truth people cannot multitask, they can only task swap quickly) and energy sapping. These features basically kill the fundamental characteristics that made it the place that it is.

Maybe that is the goal! If your goal is to run the community off then by all means go ahead as you are on track. I do not think that you will get replacements. :) People will just go elsewhere/build an elsewhere. I for one will just spend more time on Reddit until one of the new alternatives becomes the new old Slashdot.

Now if you are trying to preserve the community here...well if you think market speak and tricks are going to work then you had better do some analysis of the community here. Seriously. You appear to be hilariously out of touch with the demographic. This is not a demographic that you can expand by making the place pretty or appealing to the everyone. You will just run off everyone and that will be the end of it.

The historical footnote is likely to be: Slashdot -- the interesting discussion forum that DICE ended in the mid 2010s.

Comment Re:Who was eating all those excess calories? (Score 1) 440

They used to do this in the late 19th and early 20th century. You can still find old newspapers with advertisements for weight loss pills that contained various parasites including tapeworms. Mind that during this period of time Coca Cola was being marketed as a universal medicinal cure all too.

Maybe the Gut bacteria found the soylent concoction particularly tasty and were eating more of it than the human, hence the weight loss.

You actually just gave me a great idea for a weight loss pill that's simply a capsule filled with tapeworm eggs.

Comment No Killer Apps (Score 1) 564

For the hardware out there now, outside of the niche group of high end PC Gamers, there are no killer apps to drive motivation to buy innovative hardware (or new utility software like over bloated operating sytems).

Maybe that will change when/if a new generation of high end/spec game producers figure out that focusing on anti-piracy instead of content is a losing game because in the long run you kill your entire market demographic. They poured all their energy and innovation into DRM and anti piracy tactics instead of producing entertaining games that make use of the hardware power available and now they are reaping the rewards. No market.

Submission + - Solar electric spacecraft propulsion could get NASA to an asteroid, beyond (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: In the process of detailing its $17.7 billion 2014 budget this week, NASA highlighted a mission to snag a 500 ton asteroid, bring it back, stash it near the moon and study it. It also took the time to put in a plug for an ongoing research project it has gong called Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) that NASA says could be the key technology it needs to pull off the asteroid plan.

Submission + - Hackers Aren't Going to Hijack Planes with a Smartphone (vice.com)

derekmead writes: A talk given by a security consultant at the Hack In The Box conference in Amsterdam has been making waves for a couple days now, largely because it made bold claims: Hugo Teso, whos also a trained commercial pilot, said hed developed a way to hijack airplanes (as in take over their flight controls) by attacking the planes systems wirelessly using an Android app he developed.

Teso set up a framework to gain access to two aircraft systems that broadcast wirelessly: the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast(ADS-B), which communicates flight, traffic, and weather data back and forth with air traffic controllers; and the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), which essentially sends standardized messages back and forth between pilots and the ground, in some cases automatically so that pilots dont have to spend their time sending in standard reports.

Now, its true that both systems are insecure, and it does have some worrisome implications–for one, perhaps someone could spoof a plane via the ADS-B to warn pilots of a mid-air collision, which would likely cause some chaos on the flight deck. Regardless, that airline systems so susceptible to attacks is certainly is certainly something that needs to be fixed. But the claim that a plane could be remotely controlled–which Teso did simulate in his talk, although the doom hype blame also lies with some media outlets–is pretty much false, for a number of reasons. For one, it's highly unlikely that a wireless attack could even access autopilot systems, which are physically isolated, and even then pilots would have no trouble taking over manual control.

Its unfortunate that the discussion has revolved around "Were all gonna die!" style headlines of hackers crashing planes with cell phones, because the exploits Teso demonstrated are worth examining on their own. Fooling around with ADS-B in particular seems like an area ripe for trouble. But no, turning a plane into a drone with a smartphone won't happen.

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