Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Submission + - Dungeons and Dragons comes back with PDF (dndclassics.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: After being pulled after fears of piracy, Wizards of the Coast has started distributing PDFs of classic (and new!) Dungeons and Dragons material.

Submission + - Kim Dotcom's Mega Fileshare Service Riddled With Security Holes (techweekeurope.co.uk)

twoheadedboy writes: "Kim Dotcom launched his new project Mega on Sunday, claiming it was to be "the privacy company". But it might not be so private after all, as security professionals have ripped it to shreds. There are numerous problems with how encryption is handled, an XSS flaw and users can't change their passwords, they say. But there are suspicions Mega is handing out encryption keys to users and touting strong security to cover its own back. After all, if Kim Dotcom and Co don't know what goes on the site, they might not be liable for copyright prosecutions, as they were for Megaupload, Mega's preprocessor."

Submission + - Sri Lankan Meteroite claimed to contain fossilized extraterrestrial diatoms (journalofcosmology.com) 1

tbg58 writes: An article in the January 10 issue of the Journal of Cosmology reports the discovery of diatom frustules in a carbonaceous meteorite which fell in Sri Lanka in December of last year. The article includes micrographs of structures in the meteorite which resemble fossilized diatoms. If verified, the significance of this find is historic.
The Internet

Submission + - Hulu breaks boxee again

insanemime writes: Reports began showing up on boxee's forums last night stating if they try and access hulu from within boxee they are able to hear audio but the video begins zooming until all that can be seen are random black bars. http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?p=47751#post47751 and http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=7588&page=7 I have personally verified that this is the case using Boxee on an Apple TV as well as a macbook pro. By all accounts it looks like Hulu has rolled out an update to it's site that targets boxee specifically.

Submission + - NBC to possibly cancel Journeyman

insanemime writes: "The NBC show "Journeyman" about a man tossed into a 'Quantum-Leap-esque' situation, has not been renewed for a second season. A blog dedicated to saving the show with tips on ways you can make your voice heard as well as an online petition has been created at http://savejourneyman.net/.

Quote from Wikipedia:
Journeyman is a 2007 American science fiction television drama created by Kevin Falls for 20th Century Fox Television and airing on the NBC television network. It stars Kevin McKidd as Dan Vasser, a San Francisco reporter who involuntarily travels through time."

Submission + - Ease of Use: Why Leopard Trumps Windows (osweekly.com)

techish writes: OSWeekly.com author Brandon Watts compared the easy of use factor for Vista and Leopard and declared Leopard the hands down winner. "Oddly enough, one of the endearing things about Leopard is made clear as soon as the installation process is underway and then completed. Yes, before you even use Leopard for the first time, you'll love something about it, and for all of you Windows users out there, you may need to sit down for what I'm about to say: the install is simple and there's no activation.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Has Leopard fallen into a Copland-Vista Conundrum?

mail.app writes: Is Apple's delay of Leopard turning into a new Copland/Vista style catastrophe? RDM presents the events behind Apple's Copland problems in the mid 90s and Microsoft's more recent Vista crisis and compares them to today's delay of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. The factors that held up both Copland and Vista had many parallels, including excessive legacy baggage and a reliance on closed, proprietary development. Has Leopard fallen into a similar Copland-Vista Conundrum?

Submission + - Professor Fired for Using VATech Shooting in class

Anon E. Mouse writes: from: http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2007/04/ac counting_prof.html

Accounting Professor Fired for Using Virginia Tech Shooting in Class to Illustrate Efficacy of Guns in Preventing Violence

Nicholas Winset, an adjunct professor of accounting at Emanuel College in Boston, was fired last week after using a classroom exercise to illustrate that guns may help prevent violence: he walked among his students and pointed a marker at some of them and said "bang" — a student he had prepped before class then pointed another marker at Winset who fell to the ground:

        "Why did I stop?" Winset asked his 23 undergraduate students. "Why was this possessed person stopped in Virginia?" he asked, before someone replied that Cho was shot. "So guns maybe aren't all bad," Winset told the group. ...

        After class, students and parents contacted officials at the Catholic liberal arts school in Boston, which released a statement Friday saying the school prohibits "any behavior or action which makes light of or mimics the terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech. ...

        Christopher J. Stephens, an adjunct professor of English at Wentworth Institute of Technology, posted a response to Winset's dismissal early Sunday on an online independent news publication. He said Winset misunderstood his role as an adjunct professor. "The whole point of being an adjunct professor is to write your syllabus, do your job and move on," Stephens said in a telephone interview. "There's no room for grandstanding, and I think that's what he did in his act."


ssintercept writes: "A "Geek Squad" tech support guy making a house call in Southern This story was gleaned from the Raw Feed...California's City of Industry (near Los Angeles) was caught using his camera phone to video the daughter of a customer while she was IN THE SHOWER. The geek in question, named Hao Kuo Chi, used the customer's bathroom before fixing a broken PC. He left his camera phone on "record" in the bathroom. One of the two girls who lives in the house (a minor) took a shower. When she saw the phone, she told her sister, who grabbed the removable flash card and RAN TO THE NEAREST VERIZON STORE to see the video Hao Kuo Chi had recorded. They called the Sheriff, and the rest is history (especially Hao Kuo Chi's job and freedom — he's facing two counts of invasion of privacy, and one count of child molestation). link to story- http://www.therawfeed.com/2007/04/geek-squad-tech- caught-taping-girl-in.html"

Journal Journal: Windows XP to be retired in 2008 1

Windows XP will stop being available on new PCs from the end of January 2008. Microsoft is keeping to a plan to stop selling the operating system even though surveys show a lukewarm response to Windows Vista among consumers. A poll by US market research firm Harris Interactive found that only 10% of those questioned were planning to upgrade to Vista in the near future. All versions of XP, including those made for media centre or tablet PCs, are affected by the decision. System shock Microso

Submission + - Apple delays Mac OS X Leopard until October

bobbybobber writes: Apple Inc. on Thursday conceded that it will be unable to release its next generation Leopard operating system in June as previously planned and now says it anticipates launching the software in October. In a statement, the Cupertino-based company said: "iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time has not come without a price — we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X team, and as a result we will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned."

Journal Journal: Intel G965 Graphics Chip

I bought an Asus P5B-VM mobo for my new comp in Nov 2006. I was sold by the literature on the new Intel G965 graphics chip, and the price; CAD$145.00, and I've had good results with asus boards in the past.

Feed Trial in 419-related murder under way (theregister.com)

Nigerian scam claims another life

Nigerian 419 scams have bilked untold billions of dollars from people who have more hope than sense. A trial underway in the US will detail how one scheme claimed the life of a Tennessee minister whose wife is accused of gunning him down after it came to light she fell victim to Nigerian-style swindlers.

Slashdot Top Deals

Stinginess with privileges is kindness in disguise. -- Guide to VAX/VMS Security, Sep. 1984