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Submission + - Facist America in 10 Easy Steps

zyl0x writes: What would you do if your country was secretly being turned into a fascist regime? An article at The Guardian outlines the 10 steps taken by all fascist countries to rob their citizen's of freedom. Apparently, we're already at step 8. How far will they have to go before we start standing up for ourselves? Or is it too late?
From the article:

It is very difficult and arduous to create and sustain a democracy — but history shows that closing one down is much simpler. You simply have to be willing to take the 10 steps. As difficult as this is to contemplate, it is clear, if you are willing to look, that each of these 10 steps has already been initiated today in the United States by the Bush administration.

Submission + - Robocop-like Soliders by 2020

zyl0x writes: The UK's Daily Mail is reporting on a new bionic warrior for the American Infantry. The DoD hopes to have these babies out as soon as 2020. From the article:

Included in the Pentagon's Future Warrior Concept are a powerful exoskeleton, a self-camouflaging outer layer that adapts to changing environments and a helmet which translates a soldier's voice into any foreign language... If the U.S. military's vision of the future is even half-right, Britain's armed forces will have their work cut out trying to keep up.
Anyone else feel like playing some Crackdown?
United States

Submission + - Small Business Owner Silenced By FBI

zyl0x writes: The Washington Post has a story online about the owner of a small Internet business and the recipient of an infamous "National Security Letter". Even though the FBI has retracted the order for information, they have yet to retract the gag order that accompanied the NSL. From the article:

Living under the gag order has been stressful and surreal. Under the threat of criminal prosecution, I must hide all aspects of my involvement in the case — including the mere fact that I received an NSL — from my colleagues, my family and my friends. When I meet with my attorneys I cannot tell my girlfriend where I am going or where I have been. I hide any papers related to the case in a place where she will not look. When clients and friends ask me whether I am the one challenging the constitutionality of the NSL statute, I have no choice but to look them in the eye and lie.
The Washington Post has made a rare exception for this person, by posting their story anonymously.

Submission + - Organism Survives 100 Million Years Without Sex

zyl0x writes: The Times has an interesting article online on the discovery of a 100-million-year-old micro-organism which as survived its entire lifespan without sex. From the article:

A tiny creature that has not had sex for 100 million years has overturned the theory that animals need to mate to create variety. Analysis of the jaw shapes of bdelloid rotifers, combined with genetic data, revealed that the animals have diversified under pressure of natural selection. Researchers say that their study "refutes the idea that sex is necessary for diversification into evolutionary species".
I'm not too sure about these bdelloid's, but I doubt any human being could last the first 100 years.
The Internet

Submission + - Accurate Browser Statistics?

zyl0x writes: A co-worker of mine has been made responsible for a large web application for our software product, and he was having a hard time deciding what functionality to implement, and whether or not to sacrifice functionality for a larger user base. With Walmart's harsh stand on browser compatibility, we got to thinking, exactly how many users would we be alienating by using some IE-only functionality on our website? We tried crawling the internet to get some current, accurate browser usage statistics, but we could only find stats for specific websites. I thought I'd try sending Google a request, since we imagine they'd have the "lowest common denominator" in terms of types of users, but I received an email from their press department telling me that they "don't make that kind of information available." My question to you is, where can one get a current, accurate, and un-biased measurement of browser usage? Is it even possible?

Submission + - PDAs: The Death of Marital Sex

zyl0x writes: has an article online detailing the PDA industry's detrimental effect on married couple's sex lives. The article quotes a clinical psychologist who has coined the term "DINS couples" (double income, no sex), and explains how constant office connectivity can destroy what little chance us IT-types have with our wives. From the aritcle:
"...employees in contact with work outside of normal work hours are more often highly overworked than those with little or no contact. What does this mean for constantly connected couples? According to therapists and psychologists, around-the-clock access to the office often results in fatigue, a lack of intimacy, resentment, increased conflict and even premature career burnout."

Not that many of us have a sex life to lose, but maybe these Black- and Blueberries are the ultimate cause?

Submission + - PDAs: The Downfall Of Marital Sex

zyl0x writes: has a story online about the "Crackberry" generation of IT and how constant, wireless connectivity negatively affects our lives, in particular, our sex lives. The article quotes a clinical psychologist who has coined the phrase "DINS couples" (double income, no sex), and goes into details of how mobile devices and too much office responsibility may be damaging our sex lives.
From the article:
"What does this mean for constantly connected couples? According to therapists and psychologists, around-the-clock access to the office often results in fatigue, a lack of intimacy, resentment, increased conflict and even premature career burnout. All of which are enough to crater a less-than-solid marriage or relationship."

Not that many of us have a sex life to lose, but maybe our Black- and Blueberrys are the ultimate cause?
The Media

Submission + - Next-Gen Nominates Penny-Arcade

zyl0x writes: "Next-Gen just released the 2006 list of the top 25 contributers to the gaming industry, and it's no surprise to see Mike and Jerry pulling it at 23 for their work through Penny-Arcade. From the article:
It's part of the fabric of this business. The site has 3.5 million readers worldwide while the spin-off PAX live event attracted 20,000 people this year. Penny Arcade has partnered with the ESRB in creating an advertising campaign to increase awareness and the duo topped MTV's Most Influential Gamers list in June. It also launched the Penny Arcade Scholarship, a $10,000 annual grant to financially assist a future member of the game industry. Perhaps most importantly, its work for charity Child's Play has raised more than $495,000 worth of toys, games and books on the wish lists of more than 35 participating children's hospitals.
Am I the only one a bit hurt to see EA employee Mitch Lasky at spot 18?"

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