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Submission + - FCC Votes to End Phone Subsidies, Shift to Broadba (

itwbennett writes: "The FCC has voted to overhaul a decades-old system of telephone subsidies in rural areas, with the funding refocused on broadband deployment. The FCC will cap the broadband fund at $4.5 billion a year, the current budget of the Universal Service Fund's (USF's) high-cost program, funded by a tax on telephone bills. Over the next six years, the new broadband fund will bring broadband service to about 7 million of the 18 million U.S. residents who don't have it, the FCC estimated. The fund will create about 500,000 new U.S. jobs over six years, as broadband providers expand service, the agency said."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Image recognition for race timing?

int2str writes: Slashdot, Autocross ( is a form of motorsports practiced in the US and around the world where car enthusiasts explore the capabilities of their car in an open parking lot or similar suited area. It's point-to-point racing (not closed circuit). Most of these events are organized by car clubs and volunteers.

Timing is usually done with a form of detection beam at start and finish that gets interrupted by the car crossing the beam. Many commercial systems are available. All of these system require the operator to enter the car's number or ID and requires the cars finishing in the order they started. So if one car is not able to finish, the operator has to intervene, or timing is broken.

For closed circuit racing, transponder systems are available to address this problem. But such systems require sensor loops in the track or overhead (bridge setup) and the transponders are expensive.

Do you think it would be possible to design a timing system using off-the-shelf parts and open source solutions to uniquely distinguish about 100 participating vehicles and time them from a start to a finish point, independently of their finishing order?

My initial idea would be:
- Use (web-?)cameras at each end that feed into a Linux based notebook (USB/Ethernet).
- Start recoding still images as fast as possible when motion is detected
- Identify unique shape, numbers, barcode, qr code or similar in the images, that have been attached using a magnet to the vehicle's door.

Difficulties to overcome:
- Camera with high enough shutter speed to get recognizable image of vehicle traveling 30-60mph
- Quickly and accurately identify a unique symbol or shape

So far I've started looking into OpenCV as a possible tool for image recognition, but have not been able to find a capture solution.

Does anybody have experience with something like this?

The solution would be open source and well documented as to benefit the many car clubs around the country and the world.

Submission + - HP to keep its PC Division (

gambit3 writes: "In breaking news today, The Wall Street Journal reported that Hewlett Packard will be keeping its PC Division. Under its former and now-fired CEO Leo Apotheker, HP had announced that it would be selling off its PC Division and focus only in software. Today, HP announced it was reversing that decision."

Submission + - Can Hyper-V finally best VMware? (

Julie188 writes: "Hyper-V will get an overhaul as part of the release of Microsoft's Windows Server 8. At that time, it will offer features Microsoft claims that no one else in the market is doing — such as Share Nothing Live Migration, where virtual machines can be transfered from one server to another over just a network connection, no NAS or SAN required. Not surprisingly, VMware disagrees, saying there is nothing in the new version of Hyper-V that isn't available from VMware today. But it'll cost you, as these new Hyper-V features are not part of vSphere, but are only available as expensive add-ons from VMware."

Submission + - Re-programming the thermostat (

OzPeter writes: As reported in WA Today, Tony Fadell of iPod fame has been using Nest Labs to design and build a thermostat that learns how you live in your house by following how you manually change the temperature. Once you have taught it how to behave (How the Nest learning Thermostat learns), it then can schedule temperature changes that suit your lifestyle, and help you cut down on energy costs.

Submission + - Cutting Open a Heatsink Heatpipe to See Inside - Z (

An anonymous reader writes: Frostytech gets to the heart of Zalman's CNPS11X heatsink by cutting a section of heatpipe from the CPU cooler to inspect its inner composite heatpipe wick structure. Now THATs an in-depth heatsink review! Interesting photos of the dissected heatpipe's composite wick — sintered copper powder on top and axial groove wick below — that you're unlikely to see elsewhere. In the late 1960's the first commercial heatpipes were used by NASA to stabilize satellite temperatures, now they stabilize multi-core processors.

Submission + - Facebook Users Tricked Into Giving Security Codes (

itwbennett writes: "Security researchers from Symantec have detected a new type of Facebook attack in which victims are tricked into handing over anti-CSRF (Cross-site request forgery) tokens by going through a fake verification process. The scams start with spam messages promoting videos being posted on the Facebook walls of already compromised users. When they arrive at these attack websites, victims are prompted with rogue dialogs that instruct them to paste a piece of code that gives the attackers everything they need to make authorized requests on the victim's behalf. In the example presented by Symantec, the token was used to propagate the scam by posting the original spam message on the user's wall."

Comment Re:Shhhh! (Score 4, Insightful) 408

It's somehow okay now that an extension goes behind the users back and circumvents other plug-ins? Especially a plug-in that most users use presumably to protect themselves against malware and intrusive JavaScript driven ads?

I sure hope the community will step up and create a new open source plug-in that goes "back to the basics" (disable JavaScript per site + whitelist) and people ditch NoScript faster than you can say "WTF!"....

Apparently the NoScript developers (which is btw. the most obnoxious plug-in I currently have installed; re: updates...) heads have gotten a bit to big for their own good.

I can't wait to see the fallout from this one. Hopefully at the end NoScript in it's current form won't exist anymore!

Comment Re:That's it? (Score 1) 594

Do you have any references to back this up?
I couldn't find anything about that on their site.

Also, that would mean completely re-configuring the motor layout etc. I highly doubt they would do this at this stage.

Comment Re:That's it? (Score 1) 594

The Aptera is rear wheel drive. The "Axle" in the front is actually only the push-rod for the steering. There are no rotating parts exposed in the front (other than the wheels of course).


Palin Email Hacker Found 767

mortonda writes to tell us that the person responsible for breaching Sarah Palin's private email account has been found. We discussed the breach last Wednesday, shortly before the hacker, a University of Tennessee-Knoxville student, posted a message detailing his methods. Wired has a story examining the potential legal consequences for the hacker.

Submission + - Building an energy efficient always-on PC?

An anonymous reader writes: Like many Slashdotters, I find it necessary to leave my home PC running 24/7, for things like web or ftp servers, bittorrent, or simply to make sure I don't miss any messages on IRC or my instant messaging client. It has been about 3 years since I built my current PC, and keeping it running all the time uses a lot of juice. With my next PC I would like to do what I can to keep the power-consumption to a minimum, without sacrificing processing power or other features. What should I look for when choosing components for my PC, and what other ways are there to keep the power consumption down?

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