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Science

Submission + - Threadlike Carbon Nanotube Fiber Combines Strength, Flexibility and Conductivity (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: At about 100 times the strength of steel at one sixth the weight and with impressive electrical conductive properties, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have promised much since their discovery in 1991. The problem has been translating their impressive nanoscale properties into real-world applications on the macro scale. Researchers have now unveiled a new CNT fiber that conducts heat and electricity like a metal wire, is very strong like carbon fiber, and is flexible like a textile thread.
Robotics

Submission + - Is it a bird? No it's a robot (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Festo, well known for their biologically inspired robots, have done it again SmartBird . A mechanism that flys like a bird. It is amazing to watch and all the more amazing when you realise that it just flaps its wings and all of the control is via a torsion drive which twists the wings during each flap. The whole thing depends on the constant intervention of the software to keep it under control.
Cloud

Submission + - US Facebook Data Passed Through Chinese ISP (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this week, your Facebook posts could have been rewritten on the Great Wall of China, not just on your friends’ walls. For about 30 minutes on Tuesday morning, Facebook traffic in the US, or at least the connections going through AT&T’s Internet services, did not travel via the most direct route. Normally, AT&T passes packets of data to US-based Level3 Communications, which in turn hands them off to Facebook’s servers. Instead, the connections went the long way: through servers owned by China Telecom’s ChinaNet, the state-owned ISP of mainland China, and then to SK Broadband, a commercial ISP in South Korea, before finding their way to Facebook.
Microsoft

Submission + - MS Removes HTTPS from Hotmail for Troubled Nations (eff.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has removed HTTPS from Hotmail for many US-embargoed or otherwise troubled countries. The current list of countries for which they no longer enable HTTPS is known to include Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Journalists and others whose lives may be in danger due oppressive net monitoring in those countries may wish to use HTTPS everywhere and are also encouraged to migrate to non-Microsoft email providers, like Yahoo and Google.
Science

Submission + - More dead birds (and fish) (bbc.co.uk)

He-Ja writes: After the recent report on slashdot of dead birds falling from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas, more incidents surfaced in Murray, Kentucky and Falkping, Sweden of dead birds falling from the sky (and even more places). Incidentally, 100.000 dead fish have been reported in the Arkansas River and a few other places. There is some speculation about how these incidents have happened. Alas, not much science has been done yet.
NES (Games)

Submission + - Governor Punjabn, Salman Taseer Shot Dead (a2zbusinessnews.com)

Funnytunky writes: Pakistan Punjab Province Governor Shot Dead By Bodyguard in islamabad after coming out from a restaurant at kohsar market. Mumtaz Qadri, elite force Jawan Killed him, after his view on blasphemy law in Pakistan
Linux

Submission + - Bluecherry releases it's MPEG-4 driver, GPL (bluecherrydvr.com)

azop writes: Editor:

This is a updated post for the original that I submitted earlier (http://slashdot.org/submission/1261912/Bluecherry-releases-its-MPEG-4-driver-GPL). I believed I followed this FAQ post correctly by submitting a new story and not emailing the correction: http://slashdot.org/faq/editorial.shtml#ed100. This update contains some grammar / pronunciation mistakes and also URL links. It also clears up a bit of the language about the card and intended applications. Feel free to delete this line.
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Today Bluecherry released a GPLed driver for its multiple-input MPEG-4 hardware compression cards. The driver supports audio and video capture from 4, 8, and 16-channel single-card encoders using the Video4Linux and ALSA APIs.

More information about the driver and its features can be found on Bluecherry's development blog and on Ben Collins' personal blog.

Bluecherry is the first Linux software company to release a complete driver based on Linux kernel APIs (Video4Linux and ALSA) for multiple-input hardware-compressed MPEG-4 capture cards under the GPL.

The cards are designed for security applications (Digital Video Recording); however, other applications could potentially make use of the compressed streams and Video4Linux API integration. An H.264 version is 'in the works'.

Submission + - Ideal infrastructure environment for a developer 1

eositis writes: I am responsible for managing and supporting an infrastructure for a number of developers, whose needs and wishes range from 'whatever, man' to the completely mind boggling. I have been struggling with meeting those needs and desires, yet not break the budget, and find I need to evaluate these needs against a baseline... If you are a software developer, what kind of infrastructure environment do you find you need for your development and testing needs (build servers, dedicated networks, virtual/physical machines, adjunct systems, etc.) If you are an infrastructure type — what do you find the developers find most valuable?

Submission + - A ballsy way to stop the oil leak (sciencemag.org) 1

sciencehabit writes: A maverick scientist who made a name for himself by directing the capping of the more than 500 hundred burning oil wells in Kuwait after the Gulf War in 1991 is proposing a deceptively simple way to plug the gulf oil leak: drop steel balls into the gushing well. If the steel balls are big enough in diameter, their weight will pull them downward even through the upward-rushing torrent of oil and gas. So they'll settle into the well at some deep level and begin to clog it. Two hundred tons of the things should slow the gusher enough that it can then be stopped with a more conventional injection of mud, he says.
Privacy

Submission + - 11th Circuit Eliminates 4th Amend. in E-mail (volokh.com)

Artefacto writes: Orin Kerr writes in the Volokh Conspiracy:
Last Thursday, the Eleventh Circuit handed down a Fourth Amendment case, Rehberg v. Paulk, that takes a very narrow view of how the Fourth Amendment applies to e-mail. The Eleventh Circuit held that constitutional protection in stored copies of e-mail held by third parties disappears as soon as any copy of the communication is delivered. Under this new decision, if the government wants get your e-mails, the Fourth Amendment lets the government go to your ISP, wait the seconds it normally takes for the e-mail to be delivered, and then run off copies of your messages.

Hardware

Submission + - IBM's speed of light chip to chip communications (gizmag.com)

ElectricSteve writes: Researchers at IBM have made important progress toward creating silicon circuits that communicate using pulses of light rather than electrical signals. This is thanks to a device called nanophotonic avalanche photodetector (NAP), which is the fastest of its kind and is a major step toward achieving energy-efficient computing that will have significant implications for the future of electronics.
Education

Submission + - Department of Education Purchasing 27 Shotguns (fbo.gov) 2

hargrand writes: The U.S. Department of Education (ED) intends to purchase twenty-seven (27) REMINGTON BRAND MODEL 870 POLICE 12/14P MOD GRWC XS4 KXCS SF. RAMAC #24587 GAUGE: 12 BARREL: 14" — PARKERIZED CHOKE: MODIFIED SIGHTS: GHOST RING REAR WILSON COMBAT; FRONT — XS CONTOUR BEAD SIGHT STOCK: KNOXX REDUCE RECOIL ADJUSTABLE STOCK FORE-END: SPEEDFEED SPORT-SOLID — 14". Place of delivery Place of Delivery: U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General, Chicago, IL
Security

Submission + - Energizer battery charger kit carries a trojan (cert.org)

DesScorp writes: "Security researches at US-CERT have discovered a trojan in the software of Energizer's DUO USB battery charger kit. The sotware installs a file called Arucer.dll in the \Windows\System32 folder. Arucer opens a backdoor via TCP port 7777 for further malicious files. US-CERT's website has several screenshots of the process, as well as details of the Arucer file itself, which appears to originate in the People's Republic of China. The page notes that "The backdoor capabilities include the ability to list directories, send and receive files, and execute programs". Energizer has pulled the product from the market pending an investigation. Help Net Security also has a summary and a photo of the charger kit itself."
Robotics

Submission + - Defending Against Drones 1

theodp writes: The U.S. has not had to truly think about its air defense since the Cold War. But as America embraces the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, Newsweek says it's time to consider how our greatest new weapon may come back to bite us. Smaller UAVs' cool, battery-powered engines make them difficult to hit with conventional heat-seeking missiles. And while Patriot missiles can take out UAVs, at $3 million apiece such protection carries a steep price tag, especially if we have to deal with $500 DIY drones.

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