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Submission + - The strangest moon in the Solar System

StartsWithABang writes: Moons in our Solar System — at least the ones that formed along with the planets — all revolve counterclockwise around their planetary parents, with roughly uniform surfaces orbiting in the same plane as their other moons and rings. Yet one of Saturn's moon's, Iapetus, is unique, with a giant equatorial ridge, an orbital plane that doesn't line up, and one half that's five times brighter than the other. While the first two are still mysteries, the last one has finally been solved!

Submission + - Gmail is no longer acceptable - Slashdot, please opine on alternatives! 8

Press2ToContinue writes: Bettering security, I enable a VPN now (Avast Secureline) before accessing my banking and any other financial sites. Difficulty: gmail then thinks I'm a bot, and requires a captcha. In the past, after a few days of answering captchas, Google disabled access to my gmail, without recourse. It lasted 48 hours. I don't need this happening again. So, Google has now gone far enough IMHO. I need a reliable, secure email provider, with calendaring. So, (ahem, apprehensively) /.r's, you know the history (and can you see into the future?) of this sordid tale, what email service do -you- recommend to keep -my- email communications private? Or do you succumb idly to the false sense of security that accompanies the services of the almighty Goog?

(with a semi-faux-sheepish, yet vaguely wicked grin)

Submission + - George R. R. Martin's "The Winds Of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015 1

Dave Knott writes: George R.R. Martin's "The WInds Of Winter", the fifth book of his bestselling fantasy saga "A Song Of Ice And Fire" (known to television fans as "Game Of Thrones") will not be published in 2015. Jane Johnson at HarperCollins has confirmed that it is not in this year’s schedule. "I have no information on likely delivery,” she said. “These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers.”
Instead, readers will have to comfort themselves with a collection, illustrated by Gary Gianni, of three previously anthologised novellas set in the world of Westeros. "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" takes place nearly a century before the bloody events of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Out in October, it is a compilation of the first three official prequel novellas to the series, The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight, never before collected.
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To do a proper code review, you need to understand the purpose of the code, what all the stakeholders want. From my own perspective, init scripts work fine, but since Unix companies keep trying to create new init systems, they must have different needs than I do.

Submission + - Oppo's selfie contest for a chance to win an Oppo N3 (

Parneet Singh writes: Oppo’s selfie contest are becoming as popular as the selfie. Oppo’s Selfie Showdown asks you to post your favorite, creative or unusual selfie.
The company’s photography flagship has a mechanized rotating camera so selfies get the first-class treatment and are taken with the 13MP camera and dual-LED flash. The winners will win a brand new Oppo N3 each week.

Submission + - Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman (

An anonymous reader writes: The Walkman is one of the most recognizable pieces of technology from the 1980s. Unfortunately for Sony, it didn't survive the switch to digital, and they discontinued it in 2010. Last year, they quietly reintroduced the Walkman brand as a "high-resolution audio player," supporting lossless codecs and better audio-related hardware. At $300, it seemed a bit pricey. But now, at the Consumer Electronics Show, Sony has loudly introduced its high-end digital Walkman, and somehow decided to price it at an astronomical $1,200. What will all that money get you? 128GB of onboard storage and a microSD slot to go with it. There's a large touchscreen, and the device runs Android — but it uses version 4.2 Jelly Bean, which came out in 2012. It also supports Bluetooth and NFC. Sony claims the device has 33 hours of battery life when playing FLAC files, and 60 hours when playing MP3s. They appear to be targeting audiophiles — their press release includes phrasing about how pedestrian MP3 encoding will "compromise the purity of the original signal."

Submission + - Scientists discover "recipe" for making planet just like Earth (

sciencehabit writes: Only a small number of worlds look anything like Earth: roughly the same size and at the right distance from their star for liquid water to be present. But are these Earth-like exoplanets really made from the same sort of stuff—a rocky surface, an iron core, and just a dash of water? A new study suggests that exoplanets, at least up to 1.6 times the mass of Earth, follow pretty much the same recipe as our home. Indeed, scientists have come up with the core ingredients to make such a world. So if we’re looking for life out there, we can probably ignore anything bigger than that.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can a felon work in IT? 10

Lesrahpem writes: I'm a felon with several prior misdemeanor convictions from an immature time in my life. I've since cleaned up my act, and I want to go back into the IT sector. I keep running into potential employers who tell me they'd like to hire me but can't because of my past record (expunging won't work, I'm in Ohio). Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Should I just give up and change careers?

Submission + - Why Intel's Decline Is Now Imminent ( 1

allwinter writes: Intel earnings have just been published for the last quarter, and they are not looking too good. Their profit declined. The worst part about it is that it will continue to decline, because Intel faces some major challenges that can’t be so easily fixed, and the market might not wait around for Intel to fix them.

Submission + - The idea of "meritocracy" causes depression and kills people (

An anonymous reader writes: The idea of "meritocracy" causes depression and kills people

And so whenever I see people glorify it, I know right away that to the degree that they take this belief seriously I'm looking at a good ol' boys' network with preordained winners and losers. Where people they like and consider worthwhile get rewarded and get away with anything, and people they dislike get blamed for their "failures" and punished.


Submission + - SimCity gets Instagrammed: Maxis adds a stack of visual filters (

dotarray writes: SimCity is shaping up to look pretty goshdarn amazing, and now Ocean Quigley, the game's ultra-stylish art director, has offered us a quick glimpse at how you can customise that look. Want more tilt shift? Add more tilt shift. Want to view your city through a sepia-tinted lens? Apply a clever filter or two.

Submission + - Is it time to rename PERL 6, and let the PERL 5 branch continue as 'PERL'

An anonymous reader writes: PERL 6 doesn't and won't ever run PERL 5 code, it can't use the CPAN library of modules , which is the main reason people like using PERL in the first place. However, PERL 5 has been able to run PERL 6 code for years via the CPAN Inline-Rakudo module. Is it now time to rename PERL 6 to something else as it's simply another language at this point, and let PERL 5 rise from the funeral pyre lit by 'PERL' 6.

Submission + - Microsoft confirms USB 3.0 support in Windows 8 ( 1

BogenDorpher writes: "As Microsoft's BUILD conference get's closer, the company is beginning to unveil more and more information and features about the new operating system. Today in a blog post at the official Windows 8 blog, Microsoft announced that they had been working on native USB 3.0 support."

Submission + - Andriod on HP TouchPad ( 1

NicknamesAreStupid writes: As fast as you can say "$99 blowout sale" PC World reports an Android port to the now defunct HP TouchPad. "Of course, it will turn out to be the best Android pad ever, making the iPad stink by comparison," reports Muphy's Law Reports.

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