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Submission + - Dice Holdings, Inc, deleting unflattering stories from Slashdot firehose 4

An anonymous reader writes: Stories submitted to the Slashdot firehose that take a negative view on the site's redesign are being deleted. 4 hours ago, it was full of anti-beta posts. Now they are gone. That's right. A forum that usually leaves V14GRA spam in place for posterity is deleting user content.

Submission + - Zerocoin Set To Become A Fully Anonymous Bitcoin Alternative ( 1

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: At the Real World Crypto conference earlier this week in New York, Johns Hopkins cryptography professor Matthew Green announced the next phase in the evolution of Zerocoin, an alternative cryptocurrency with a focus on perfect anonymity. The new coins will go into circulation in May in some sort of beta program, with their own miners, blockchain, and exchanges, just like Bitcoin. But unlike Bitcoin, Zerocoin is designed to be spent and received without revealing even a trace of a user’s identity.

Zerocoin, which began as an attempt to upgrade Bitcoin's codebase but is now being spun out into an independent cryptocurrency, use a decades-old mathematical scheme called a “zero-knowledge proof,” which makes it possible to prove that a mathematical statement is true without revealing the content of the computation. That means Zerocoins can act as sealed envelopes of cash that can be combined, split, or spent without either revealing the value of the cash inside those envelopes or their path through the network, all while still protecting against fraud and forgery.

Submission + - International Space Station life extended (

An anonymous reader writes: Times reports "Instead of splashing into the Pacific Ocean in 2020 as planned, the International Space Station will continue circling Earth for at least an additional four years, NASA announced on Wednesday. The cost of operating the station, about $3 billion a year, could then be devoted to the moon program.

However, it always seemed unlikely that the station, which was built at a cost of $100 billion and completed just three years ago, would be discarded that soon, and when the Obama administration announced it wanted to cancel the moon program, it gave the first extension, stretching the life of the station to 2020."

Submission + - The Tyranny of the Clouds (

porkrind writes: Cloud computing is a way for the technology "empire" to strike back at smaller end users and developers, taking away the rights and freedoms we won via the establishment of Open Source ecosystems. That they're using the very open source tools we helped create just makes it that much more painful. Now that we know that open source was never about innovation, what leverage do we have to bring about the open cloud? And what is the best way to project the four freedoms onto the cloud?

Submission + - K9 Cop Filmed Shoving Police Dog into Suspect's Car Cleared of Wrongdoing

korbulon writes: Back in November, a North Carolina K-9 officer was recorded by a dashboard camera shoving a trained police dog into the car of DWI suspect after he had already surrendered (as the video ( clearly shows, the suspect raised his hands immediately after pulling over). In spite of repeated viewings of the footage, a grand jury has just cleared the officer of any wrongdoing (, citing that "case law has established 'a properly trained police dog is not a deadly weapon.'" Ironically, in spite of suffering extensive facial injuries from the dog attack, the suspect will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Submission + - NSA Targets "Radicalizers" by Leaking Their Porn Preferences

mrex writes: According to a new Glenn Greenwald article published today by The Huffington Post, documents revealed by Edward Snowden prove that the NSA has sought to discredit the political speech of those it deems "radicalizers" by spying on and leaking their pornography-viewing habits. Importantly, these targets have included US persons.

Submission + - NSA planned to discredit radicals based on web-browsing habits (

wired_parrot writes: New documents leaked show that the NSA was not only monitoring suspected radical sympathizers, but planned to discredit them based on their web-surfing habits. This includes not only evidence of porn browsing and online sexual activity, as well as extorsion and blackmail based on innapropriate use of funds. At the same time, the document leaked notes that very few of contacts noted were associated with terrorism

Submission + - CSIRO losing many more staff. (

An anonymous reader writes: In what looks like an exercise in expinential decay, CSIRO Australia seems set to lose 500-600 more staff. We are told it will be predominantly non-permanent staff and that the the decrease won't harm the research .... Riiight. We just went through a round of losing ~250 staff (many quite significant) and have had a number of redearch programs effectively terminated.
To be fair, the current Government isn't all that enamoured with the sorts of inconvenient things scientists seem to be saying. The ABC has coverage...

Submission + - Desert Farming Experiment (

Taco Cowboy writes: For the past year or so, a tiny scale farming experiment in has been carried out in the desert field of Qatar, using only sunlight and seawater.

A pilot plant built by the Sahara Forest Project (SFP) produced 75 kilograms of vegetables per square meter in three crops annually (or 25 kilograms per square meter, per crop)

If the yield level can be maintained, a farm of the size of 60 hectares would be enough to supply the nation of Qatar with all the cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and egglants that it needs.

The project will proceed to the next stage with an expansion to 20 hectares, to test its viability into commercial operation.

Submission + - Sweden is closing many prisons due to lack of prisoners. (

rtoz writes: Sweden is taking steps to close many prisons due to lack of prisoners.

This year alone, four prisons and a detention center got closed in Sweden.

The percentage of the population in Sweden prison is significantly lower than in most other countries.

And,the Swedish prison system is not generally severe. For example, the top-of-the-line prison in Sollentuna, Sweden includes cells with comfortable mattresses and private bathrooms. After prisoners hit the weight room, they can cook up a meal in the state of the art kitchen before kicking back and watching TV on the couch. Sweden’s prison authorities are quick to point out that every square inch of the prison can be seen on a security camera.

Though the Sweden Government is taking steps to close the prisons, crime rate in sweden is not reduced. Actually Crime rate it getting increased in Sweden. It seems they are planning to take steps for preventing the crimes than focusing on sentencing the people involve in criminal activities.

Submission + - MELT, a GCC compiler plugin framework, reached 1.0 version (

karijes writes: MELT is a high-level domain specific language for extending, customizing and exploring the Gnu Compiler Collection. It targets advanced GCC users, giving them ability to hook on almost any GCC stage during compilation or interpretation phases. This release brings a lot of new things, described on release note. Details about the project you can find at project site.

Submission + - N-Fix Tech Could Drastically Reduce Agricultural Fertilizer Use (

Zothecula writes: Synthetic crop fertilizers are a huge source of pollution. This is particularly true when they’re washed from fields (or leach out of them) and enter our waterways. Unfortunately, most commercial crops need the fertilizer, because it provides the nitrogen that they require to survive. Now, however, a scientist at the University of Nottingham has developed what he claims is an environmentally-friendly process, that allows virtually any type of plant to obtain naturally-occurring nitrogen directly from the atmosphere.

Submission + - 22nd IOCCC starts Thursday 1 Aug 2013

achowe writes: The 22nd International Obfuscated C Code Contest opens 2013-Aug-01 03:14:15 UTC through to 2013-Oct-03 09:26:53 UTC.

The rules have been updated, in particular Rule 2 (size rule) has changed. The draft rules and guidelines are available online. In addition there is now an IOCCC Size Rule Tool to aid with counting the secondary size rule.

Questions and comments for the Judges can be emailed to "" and must include "IOCCC 2013" in the subject. Or contact them via Twitter @IOCCC.

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