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Submission + - Secret Kraut URL Shitlist Leaked, Journalists Threatened with Child Porn Charges (

jyujin writes: An anonymous cracker managed to reverse engineer large parts of Germany's Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons' (BPjM's) Secret List Of The Big Bad Internet, otherwise known as the telemedia parts of indices C and D. In light of this, federal agents are threatening journalists linking to a description of the crack — which contains large portions of the list — with charges of distribution of child pornography if they don't take it down.

Submission + - Medical 'Tricorder' Scanadu Scout Raises Over $1M ( 1

kkleiner writes: A Star Trek-like medical 'tricorder' device has already raised $1.3M through crowdfunding with nearly two weeks left in the campaign. The device, called the Scout from startup Scanadu, measures key respiratory and cardiac vital signs, including an electrocardiogram, by simply holding the sensor to a person's forehead for 10 seconds and data are tracked and analyzed via a smartphone. The startup has also revealed plans to expand the integrated app to be able to perform urine analysis using a disposable paddle that connects to the phone.

Submission + - Former Valve Hardware Designer was 'Stabbed in the Back' ( 2

DavidGilbert99 writes: Jeri Ellsworth has opened up about her time at games developer Valve and has hit out strongly at teh so-called flatpack management structure. She says that despite Valve's claims of a democratic structure, there is a layer of powerful management in place and when she was fired she felt like she had been stabbed in the back. "If I sound bitter, it's because I am. I am really, really bitter.They promised me the world and then stabbed me in the back."

Submission + - Computer Game Age Rating Requirements Could Cause Problems For Free/Open Source (

jyujin writes: We all know those more or less colourful logos on video game box art — all sorts of games, rated all sorts of ages, with varying legal requirements on sale and distribution in different regions. But did anyone ever sit down and analyse if this could cause problems with free-/open source software? This article did, with quite a bit of input from the two competing European video game rating organisations. And, as it turns out, including unrated games on Linux distributions really could cause quite a bit of legal trouble for the distributors — and the vendors.

Submission + - HGH Australia Avoiding Human Growth Hormone Product from the Black Market (

winterwolf86480 writes: %%img$alt=Human Growth Hormone&url=http://farm9.static. flickr.

This is a complex hormone that scientists are still trying to unravel. A lot of important uses have been found for it and it is regarded as a prescription drug but there are still more research going on. Another fact with substances that are highly potent is that off-label uses for them are bound to come up and HGH is no different. One of its off-label use is as an anti-aging agent and this is quite popular. The use it quite controversial as there are varied opinions but the fact still remains that no valid research has been conducted which supports HGH as an anti-aging agent although it is known to help the elderly get revitalized Human Growth Hormone.

Submission + - The Physics Behind Waterslides

theodp writes: National Geographic takes a high-level look at the physics behind waterslides. A lot of science goes into providing a safe 60 mph trip down slides like Walt Disney World's 10-story Summit Plummet. "Safety is our number one concern," explains Rick Hunter of ProSlide Technology ("Engineered Exhilaration"). "We're thinking about things like, 'Are you going to stay on the fiberglass tube?'. It's really easy to do a computer model and look at curves and drops and forecast rider position and speed." If you're making your waterslide bucket list, BuzzFeed's got pics of 18 favorites from around the world. Any others worth checking out before summer's over?

Submission + - Wood nanobattery could be green option for large-scale energy storage (

cylonlover writes: Li-ion batteries may be ok for your smartphone, but when it comes to large-scale energy storage, the priorities suddenly shift from compactness and cycling performance (at which Li-ion batteries excel) to low cost and environmental feasibility (in which Li-ion batteries still have much room for improvement). A new "wood battery" could allow the emerging sodium-ion battery technology to fit the bill as a long-lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly battery for large-scale energy storage.

Submission + - Gorilla Glass: Smartphones Could Have Antibacterial, Anti-Glare Displays ( 1

MojoKid writes: It's not too often that upcoming glass technology is worth getting excited over, but leave it to Corning to pique our interest. During a recent talk at MIT's Mobile Technology Summit, Dr. Jeffrey Evenson took to the stage to reiterate what it is about Gorilla Glass that makes it such an attractive product (something well evidenced given the majority of smartphones out there today implement it), as well as to give us a preview of what's coming. Having pretty much mastered Gorilla Glass where strength, scratch-resistance and general durability are concerned, the company is now looking to improve-upon it (possibly for Gorilla Glass 4) by making it non-reflective and germ-resistant. Imagine your smartphone sporting this — you'd finally be able to see the screen regardless of how bright the sun behind you is. Unfortunately, it appears that it won't be hitting our phones or tablets that soon. The estimate is "in the next two years."

Submission + - Full 3D on Your LCD with $5. Glasses? 1

TechForensics writes: I was floored when I was looking for anaglyph (red-blue) 3D movie trailers and found one, supposedly 3D, with no colors. "Must be one of the polarized ones", I thought, which we all know an ordinary LCD cannot display, right? Just for giggles I slipped on a pair of Real-D glasses from my seeing Spider Man, and my jaw just about hit the floor. I had full 3D, POLARIZED 3D, in the preview of a Real-D IMAX feature (Disney's Christmas Carol) — on my PC monitor, a Gateway model LP2424 (nothing special).

Is real 3D on our TVs at home as easy as buying, or borrowing, a $5. pair of glasses? How can what I saw be?

Here's the link to the trailer, which will be Slashdotted so fast I hope someone can pull it down and host it. The link is

Just what is going on here? This is not supposed to be technically possible, as many slashdotters are going to know. Maybe they can set me straight-- The best I can figure is I'm simply wrong and the movie is unusually vivid with infinite depth-of field so it FOOLS me that it's 3D. But I found many other copies of this trailer that did not exhibit the behavior. But.. this solitary ONE does.

Am I just a dummy or is there something here?

Submission + - Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory ( 3

mikejuk writes: It seems that Firefox 23, currently in beta, has removed the option to disable JavaScript. Is this good for programmers and web apps?
Why has Mozilla decided that this is the right thing to do?
The simple answer is that there is a growing movement to reduce user options that can break applications. The idea is that if you provide lots of user options then users will click them in ways that aren't particularly logical. The result is that users break the browser and then complain that it is broken. For example, there are websites that not only don't work without JavaScript, but they fail in complex ways — ways that worry the end user. Hence, once you remove the disable JavaScript option Firefox suddenly works on a lot of websites.
Today there are a lot of programmers of the opinion that if the user has JavaScript off then its their own fault and consuming the page without JavaScript is as silly as trying to consume it without HTML.
Is there an option to turn off HTML?
I think not.

Comment Re:Holy idiocy batman (Score 5, Informative) 267

I specifically had SLCs in mind when I ran the numbers. As for the 100k writes I used my original calculations, I took those from this PDF here: - see section 1.5, it lists "Endurance : 100K Program/Erase Cycles" As for the 1M write cycles: - that one came out in 2008, so using it as a baseline for "newer" SLCs didn't seem that far off. I'll have to revise the article to include those links methinks...

Submission + - SSD Write Endurance Considered... Sufficient (

jyujin writes: Ever wonder how long your SSD will last? It's funny how bad people are at estimating just how long "100,000 writes" are going to take when spread over a device that spans several thousand of those blocks over several gigabytes of memory. It obviously gets far worse with newer flash memory that is able to withstand a whopping million writes per cell. So yeah, let's crunch some numbers and fix that misconception. Spoiler: even at the maximum SATA 3.0 link speeds, you'd still find yourself waiting several months or even years for that SSD to start dying on you.

Submission + - Naked scammers blackmail men on web (

innocent_white_lamb writes: Police in Singapore have received many reports of a blackmail ring that uses attractive women to seduce men via webcam/chat. "They would commence a webcam conversation with the victims and initiate cybersex by undressing themselves first before persuading the male victims to appear nude or perform sexual acts in front of the webcams", according to the Singapore Police Force. The victim then received an email and/or phone call demanding $50,000.

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