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Submission + - How the DEA harasses and robs train passengers (theatlantic.com)

schwit1 writes: Evidence suggests that the Drug Enforcement agency routinely detains, searches, and then steals from train passengers under the guise of searching for drugs.

This story isn't from some a libertarian website, but from the Atlantic. It describes the routine abuse of power by agents, often resulting in the theft of cash.

China

Submission + - China Claimed Millions of Computers Hacked by U.S.-based Servers (xinhuanet.com)

hackingbear writes: While we have heard reports of computers being hacked from China almost every other day, China's National Computer Network Emergency Response Centre identified 7.8 million computers in China had been hacked in the first six months of last year, with the most common location of the attackers being in the US (pay wall). According to CNCERT, 73,286 overseas IPs were involved in hacking China’s 14.19 million IPs, among which 10.5 million received attacks from US-based servers, 780,000 from South Korea and 778,000 from Germany. Apparently, as neither side can prove their claims or disprove the other's claims with absolutely indisputable evidences, the war of words will keep going.

Submission + - Fedora 18 Systemd Boot Performance Is Mixed (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: One of the most intrusive and controversal changes in the recent past was the anouncement of systemd (aka: Poetterkits). The developers defend and enforce the adaption, leaving out BSD and other UNIX like operating systems. One of their main selling points was the easy administration and huge performance during Linux boot up.

Phoronix has covered an article with backed up values. They came to the conclusion that: "Due to the user-space slowdown, the overall boot time with Fedora 18 is slower than with Fedora 17 from the Intel x86_64 systems that were used for this preliminary Fedora 18 benchmarking."

I confirm the Phoronix article and even beyond that, systemd doesn't behave as expected. Often it's required to enable or disable a service multiple times to have it either stay enabled or disabled. Even having remaining bits in /etc/rc.x causes a lot of irritation and administration annoyances.

Submission + - Gaming with only one hand...

Hork_Monkey writes: I recently sustained a severe injury to one of my arms, and lucky not to be an amputee. I'm an avid gamer (primarily PC, but also XBox) and looking for advice one how to adapt to the challenge now presented of enjoying one of my favorite past times. My google-fu has lead me to some devices and tips, but I wanted to tap the collective while experimenting. I know there has to be some /.'ers in a similar position who could provide some guidance. I'm figuring a few things out, and also hope to share what I find for others in a similar situation.

Submission + - Map of Life shows distribution of any species throughout the world (gizmag.com) 2

cylonlover writes: Ever wondered if a certain species of animal can be found where you live? The Map of Life website aims to answer this question. Built on a Google Maps platform, it lists virtually all of the vertebrate animals that can be found at any one point in the world. Map of Life is currently accessible in a debut version, and is the result of a Yale University-led collaboration between several institutions and organizations. Users can either select a species and then see where it occurs, or they can select a location and then get a listing of almost all the mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles that can be found at that location – freshwater fish data is currently limited to North America, but more features are in the works.
Linux

Submission + - litl webbook cuter than cute (litl.com)

wdef writes: After some advance leaks in various places, the linux-based litl webbook http://litl.com/ (yes, all lower case) with the baby blue button appears to have launched this morning, east coast US time. Atom powered and with what is said to be a unique web-oriented interface built around Clutter on top of an Ubuntu UME variant, the litl webbook reverses the trend towards WinXP or predictable Xandros or Ubuntu interfaces on netbooks. Litl, a Boston-based startup, appears to have snapped up a few of the most eminent programmers in the linux desktop community, such as Havoc Pennington, formerly one of the chief architects of Gnome, and some respected former Nokia and OLPC engineers. With industrial design by Fuseproject this is a cute looking product. It is said there are a few hungover coders in litl's Backbay area offices this morning after last night's launch party.

Submission + - HDTV - Getting any lately? 3

GuyFawkes writes: HDTV is not exactly new, and 1080p (1920 x 1080) screens are not exactly rare, but the important metric is the bandwidth of the video signal.

In my experiments 12 mbit/sec is about the lower limit for 1080p viewing, anything below that and artifacts are noticeable / visible during normal watching. At around 18 mbit/sec (a decent 1080p camcorder) picture quality is good enough that you have to actually look for artifacts to see them.

Here in the UK, it doesn't seem to matter where you get your HDTV from (satellite / cable / broadcast), none of it is 1080p, and none of it comes in at anywhere near 12 mbit/sec, in fact most of the so called "HD" channels are actually 720p/i and between 2 mbit/sec and 4 mbit/sec.

In fact the only way to get "real" HD quality programme material is from Blu-ray, or download it from that place which we do not mention.

(disclaimer; I bought my screen to use as a media centre PC monitor, so it isn't fatal, but, if I had bought it (and gold plated HDMI leads) to watch HDTV I'd be filing lawsuits about false advertising)

So I thought it would be interesting to Ask Slashdot, what sort of video bandwidth do you get in your area? And are there any DEFINITE plans for infrastructure to deliver full bandwidth 1080p any time in the near future?
GNU is Not Unix

Plug-In Architecture On the Way For GCC 342

VonGuard writes "This year marks the 25th anniversary of the GNU Operating System. A major part of that system has always been the GNU Compiler Collection. This year, some of the earliest bits of GCC also turn 25, and yet some of the collection's most interesting years of growth may still be ahead. The GCC team announced today that the long-standing discussion over how to allow plug-ins to be written for GCC has been settled. The FSF and the GCC team have decided to apply the GPL to plug-ins. That means all that's left is to build a framework for plug-ins; no small task to be sure. But building this framework should make it easier for people to contribute to the GCC project, and some universities are already working on building windows into the compilation process, with the intent of releasing plug-ins."

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