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Comment standardized units? (Score 2) 55

I think Slashdot would be raking in more of that sweet advertising revenue if it posted these ads at the same time as the rest of the internet, instead of a day or two later.

'Can fold up into roughly the "size of a standard water bottle," DJI says.' For the benefit of us rich people who have running water in their houses, what is the size of a standard water bottle in (A) inches, (B) centimeters, (C) beer bottles, (D) Libraries of Congress, (E), football fields, (F) car analogies, or (G) Cowboy Neil? You know. Standard measurements.

Comment Re:Not used here (Score 1) 277

There are a surprising number of these "angry old man" rants on Slashies. We all get that the devices are insecure but, they're incredibly handy, and they will sweep the world. If you still want to keep your old TV with a dial on it for tuning, go right ahead, grandpa. The rest of us will be asking the air for a new show and don't much care if the world knows it.

Submission + - How (and why) FreeDOS keeps DOS alive (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: In August it will be 35 years since of the release of version 1.0 of MS-DOS (or PC DOS as it was known at the time). Despite MS-DOS being long dead, the FreeDOS community has kept DOS alive, with the open source project having been founded some 22 years ago. I caught up with the founder of the project about the plans for the next version of FreeDOS and what keeps the open source OS alive.

Submission + - US Judge Throws Out Cell Phone 'Stingray' Evidence (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time, a federal judge has suppressed evidence obtained without a warrant by U.S. law enforcement using a stingray, a surveillance device that can trick suspects' cell phones into revealing their locations. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that defendant Raymond Lambis' rights were violated when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used such a device without a warrant to find his Washington Heights apartment. Stingrays, also known as "cell site simulators," mimic cell phone towers in order to force cell phones in the area to transmit "pings" back to the devices, enabling law enforcement to track a suspect's phone and pinpoint its location. The DEA had used a stingray to identify Lambis' apartment as the most likely location of a cell phone identified during a drug-trafficking probe. Pauley said doing so constituted an unreasonable search. The ruling marked the first time a federal judge had suppressed evidence obtained using a stingray, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which like other privacy advocacy groups has criticized law enforcement's use of such devices. "Absent a search warrant, the government may not turn a citizen's cell phone into a tracking device," Pauley wrote.

Comment what we know... (Score 1) 151

What we know about the U.S. intelligence community is that they always get things utterly wrong. They have done so for easily 60 years, since they grossly overestimated the Soviet military threat in size, science, and capacity.

What we know about North Korea is that it loves to make bold boasts about having advanced technologies that turn out to either explode at the launchpad or to be photoshopped cardboard boxes.

Fear level: 3. I'm modestly worried that the U.S. will do something insanely stupid, again, after having been persuaded that someone, somewhere, might have a Weapon of Mass Destruction. (As I recall, the few that were eventually found in Iraq turned out to be long-defunct weapons that the U.S. had supplied.)

Submission + - Group Says Google Appears to Have Planted Obama Interview Questions 1

theodp writes: In Obama's Secret Media Weapon, The Google Transparency Project raises an eyebrow over questions posed to President Obama in post-State of the Union YouTube and Google+ Hangout interviews that seemed to align perfectly with Google’s position on policy issues, including a 2013 "Fireside Hangout" in which the President was asked what he would do to limit the abuse of software patents, and whether he would be supportive of limiting patents to only five years (several months later, the White House announced executive actions aimed at reining in patent trolls). While not mentioned by the group, the same interviewer — Adafruit founder Limor Fried, who indicated she was uncertain about the questioning process two days before the Hangout — also asked the President about another policy issue that was coincidentally near-and-dear to Google: "When I attended high school, I had to take a foreign language requirement. So my question is, can we make it a national effort to also add a computer programming language requirement?" To which the President had a lengthy reply, beginning with, "I think it makes sense, I really do." Given the chance to "ask a more personal question" by the Google moderator, Fried asked, "Mr. President, have your daughters expressed any interest in pursuing a career in science or engineering?" The President replied, "I don't think they're yet at the age where they've kind of determined what their career path is going to be," but took the opportunity to add that "the White House Office of Women and Girls has been partnering with the Department of Education so that our STEM education agenda, trying to get more math and science and technology education in the schools, also focuses on making sure underrepresented groups like, like girls, are encouraged in these fields." Less than three years later, following a tech industry PR blitz that began just days after the Hangout, the President launched his Computer Science for All K-12 Initiative, citing Google-provided factoids ("Nine out of ten parents want it taught at their children's schools") to explain the need for the $4B the program. Funding is expected to be made possible by the new Every Student Succeeds Act, which calls for "increasing [CS and STEM] access for students through grade 12 who are members of groups underrepresented in such subject fields, such as female students." So, are you in the coincidence or conspiracy camp?

Submission + - First 'Made in India' space shuttle to lift off tomorrow (indiatimes.com)

sharjeelsayed writes: In a significant step towards developing a full-fledged reusable launch vehicle, Indian Space Research Organisation will boost a sleek winged prototype through a short test flight on Monday. The first such flight, which will be a technology demonstrator, will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
The idea to develop a vehicle with delta wings and angled tail fins is to fly into space, inject an orbiter and land on earth like an aircraft, so it can be reused. This will help cut cost of satellite launches by upto 10 times. An advanced version of the vehicle could also be used for manned missions.
In the hypersonic test flight, the vehicle fitted with a solid strap-on thruster will take off vertically like a rocket at five times the speed of sound (Mach 5) to reach an altitude of 70km. After ascent, the vehicle will manoeuvre and take a 180 degree turn before re-entry.
But on its descent, it will have a controlled splashdown in the Bay of Bengal instead of an aircraft-like landing, which will be tested subsequently. The entire test flight will take about 10 minutes.

Submission + - SPAM: Prescription drug printer

zephvark writes: Small machine prints drugs! Currently, it's limited to an antidepressant, an antihistamine, a sedative, and an anesthetic; some of these with potential for abuse.

"When it comes to everyday health care, though, it's difficult to see how an appliance-sized drug machine could fit in..."

Compare against "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

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Submission + - Best Services For Automated Lighting Control At Pogo Security (pogosecurity.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Pogo Security provides a wide range of Automated Lighting Control including occupancy/vacancy sensors, time clocks, daylight sensors and automated shades. Once an Access Control Systems is installed, all doors controlled by the system will automatically lock when the door is closed. Anyone without a PIN or access token is unable to enter. If necessary, doors may be set to unlock during a designated time frame.

Submission + - Mosaic, Netscape, and What Happened at the Beginning of the Web (zerobugsandprogramfaster.net)

An anonymous reader writes: In a long standing tradition, the IEEE has lost another interview with one of the pioneers of our industry. Marc Andreesen, one of the creators of NCSA Mosaic and a founder of Netscape, gives us his honest views on the creation of HTML and CSS. "I took inspiration from Bjarne Stroustrup," he says.

Submission + - Reddit removes warrant canary, probably served with a secret court order (arstechnica.com)

AmiMoJo writes: Reddit has removed the warrant canary posted on its website, suggesting that the company may have been served with some sort of secret court order or document for user information. At the bottom of its 2014 transparency report, the company wrote: "As of January 29, 2015, reddit has never received a National Security Letter, an order under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or any other classified request for user information. If we ever receive such a request, we would seek to let the public know it existed." That language was conspicuously missing from the 2015 transparency report that was published Thursday morning. CEO Steve Huffman wrote: "I've been advised not to say anything one way or the other."

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