Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

why not taking this smartphones out?

Anonymous Coward writes | 13 minutes ago


An anonymous reader writes "Android four.two Phone has a compact sized but great 3.five Inch HVGA 480x320 Display Screen too as

MT6572 Dual Core 1GHz CPU to supply the power that this portable handheld device needs.

First and foremost, this quad band cell phone smartphone boasts dual SIM technologies, allowing you to help keep in touch with other folks in the distance by way of telecommunication.

Tiny but Powerful

This can be a further phone in the DOOGEE brand and it is possibly its smallest member, that is the

doogee dg120 mobile phone . It possibly smaller but it sure has power and high specifications that

more than organizations struggle to match, specially in the wholesale price tag that the DOOGEE Collo DG120 is

readily available for now at Chinavasion. They say all good items are available in compact packages plus the doogee dg120 is certainly no exception especially due to a magnificent HVGA 480x320 Screen that

shows all of your media in all its glory that could be changed quickly as this phone includes a touch screen.

This mobile phone capabilities 3.five inch IPS capacitive touch screen and MP3 / FM radio, that is comfortable to work with and will bring you considerably enjoyable in day-to-day life. The built-in camera is superb in capturing awesome photographs and recording videos for all occasions, and also you can shop numerous videos and images onto this external card.

Possessing an Android 4.two operating system means that this telephone might be customized inside a a lot of of strategies

also as permitting the user to choose their language preference and to create their very own user

profiles. Coming pre-installed with Google Play, the user can pick which applications they would

prefer to set up on the doogee dg120 to help keep them entertained which include BBC News, Angry Birds or


They say all excellent issues are available in modest packages plus the DOOGEE DG120 android smartphones from ahappymango is absolutely no

exception. This solution is in stock and can be dispatched inside 1 functioning day of ordering using a

12 month warranty."

Link to Original Source

Ideally, The Debt-to-income Ratio Will Fall Somewhere Around 30% Or Less, And Ma

patvfbg (3627053) writes | 15 minutes ago


patvfbg (3627053) writes "Zopa has concentrated on offering personal loans in the past, spending, especially because their finances are extremely important to them at this point in their lives. If the lender was acting in good faith, but failed to comply with are allowed to follow the steps below to woo the lenders! Choose a peer to peer lending website, and open an account by creating about legal requirements and procedures for the company. How to Use PayPal to Become a Micro Lender How to Use PayPal to Become a Micro still taken by the market place, but the rate is much lower than at a bank."
Link to Original Source

Ethical Hacking Tools and Techniques

Siya Agarwal (3769529) writes | about an hour ago


Siya Agarwal (3769529) writes "Ethical Hacking conceptually is a mode of helping an organization in finding weak loop holes which might raise security threats. Ethical Hackers find a way to get through the organizations’ security system so that these flaws can be taken care of in order to improve the security and prevent the system from being exploited by external hackers.

Ethical Hacking has been constantly criticized as people believe hacking can never be ethical even if it has been done to protect an organization. Very few people know, that there is a vast difference between hackers and ethical hackers. Where hacking is actually a big cyber crime, an Ethical Hacker is at all ethical if and only if it follows a certain norms."

Link to Original Source

Android Development - Latest Buzz In Market

Sandytech (3770671) writes | 1 hour ago


Sandytech (3770671) writes "Technology keeps on updating day by day. People are in search of something new every minute. They don't tend to wait for change, they bring the change. If one want to remain ahead in the market then it is necessary that they remain up-to-date with the upcoming changes. Android Apps is the latest trending tool which has overtook the market. Top MNCs are also finding it easy to connect with their customers and clients through digital marketing. Android apps are most trending in such digital marketing. MNCs are in need of talented mobile app developers. Everybody needs to create a digital market space for itself; thus there's a lot of demand for app developers. Learning app development could be another headache, but not anymore. There is a solution for that too; and its in form of app only. Many developers have made this job of learning mobile app development too easy. The latest Android Tutorials app in market, provides detailed material on each and every topic or tool related with android app development. These apps have made learning too simple through pictorial examples and references. One can even get sample output and queries for the most commonly used coding, as well. These apps are even easy to navigate and doesn't provide all-time internet connection. Learning Android Development is a Home-sitting job, now."
Link to Original Source

Programmers: Why Haven't You Joined The ACM?

jfruh (300774) writes | 11 hours ago


jfruh (300774) writes "The Association for Computing Machinery is a storied professional group for computer programmers, but its membership hasn't grown in recent years to keep pace with the industry. Vint Cerf, who recently concluded his term as ACM president, asked developers what was keeping them from signing up. Their answers: paywalled content, lack of information relevant to non-academics, and code that wasn't freely available."
Link to Original Source

Developing an app that uses facebook's api, but don't want to register a fb acct

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "I'm a developer and I am working on an app that would make benefit of the facebook api. I am strongly anti-facebook, but I don't see a way to avoid using it as it will provide the best data and our target audience is the average user, (most of these have fbs). Is there an alternative api or network that contains friend information, like information, and event information I can use (this information is very helpful for the app)? If not, and I have to register a facebook account what can I do to limit the amount of data that they have on me? Or should I just stop caring so much about my privacy?"

Google notifies police of child pornography in email, suspect arrested

SpaceGhost (23971) writes | 3 hours ago


SpaceGhost (23971) writes "KHOU, the CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas reports that after Google detected an explicit image of a young girl in a users email they reported it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which led to his arrest. Google did not respond to questions the reporter asked about this use of their technology, and the article does not make clear if it was a gmail account."
Link to Original Source

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

MojoKid (1002251) writes | 4 hours ago


MojoKid (1002251) writes "Game developer Crytek's problems have been detailed recently from various source, and it's now clear that it wasn't just the company's UK studios that were affected. Crytek announced today that it has officially moved development of its F2P shooter "Hunt: Horrors of the Guilded Age" to a German developer, ignoring the fact that the majority of the US team had apparently already quit the company. The problem? Just as in the UK, the US employees weren't getting paid. In a separate announcement, Crytek also declared that development of the Homefront series had passed entirely to developer Deep Silver. The company has stated, "On completion of the proposed acquisition, the Homefront team from Crytek's Nottingham studio would transfer their talents to Koch Media in compliance with English law and continue their hard work on upcoming shooter, "Homefront: The Revolution". Both parties hope to finalize and implement a deal soon." It's hard to see this as good news for Crytek. The company can make all the noise it wants about moving from a development studio to a publisher model, but Crytek as a company was always known for two things — the CryEngine itself, adapted for a handful of titles and the Crysis series. Without those factors, what's left?"
Link to Original Source

Chinese government probes Microsoft over anti-monopoly issues

DroidJason1 (3589319) writes | yesterday


DroidJason1 (3589319) writes "The Chinese government is investigating Microsoft for possible breaches of anti-monopoly laws, following a series of surprise visits to Redmond's offices in cities across China on Monday. These surprise visits were part of China's ongoing investigation, and were based on security complaints about Microsoft’s Windows operating system and Office productivity suite. Results from an earlier inspection apparently were not enough to clear Microsoft of suspicion of anti-competitive behavior. Microsoft's alleged anti-monopoly behavior is a criminal matter, so if found guilty, the software giant could face steep fines as well as other sanctions."

Chinese anti-satellite test?

schwit1 (797399) writes | 6 hours ago


schwit1 (797399) writes "The U.S. State department is claiming that China completed a “non-destructive” anti-satellite test last week.

The State department also demanded that China refrain from further such actions. That 'oughta do it. Thanks very much, Ray.

China in turn said that the test was for a a ballistic missile defense system. According to these Chinese reports, the test was of a land-based missile designed to intercept an incoming rocket, much like Israel’s Iron Dome and the U.S. SDI systems. Such a system, however, is in many ways indistinguishable from an anti-sat system.

In the case of last week’s Chinese test, the interceptor did not apparently impact anything but instead demonstrated its ability to hit a prearranged simulated point in space."

Link to Original Source

Google, Linaro develop custom Android edition for Project Ara

rtoz (2530056) writes | yesterday


rtoz (2530056) writes "Google is working with open-source development organization Linaro to develop a special edition of Android for the Project Ara customizable smartphone.

A special edition of Android had to be created for the unique customizable design of Project Ara, said George Grey, CEO of Linaro.

  Android can already plug and play SD cards. But Grey said additional OS functionality is needed for storage, cameras and other modules that are typically inside smartphones, but can now be externally added to Project Ara.

A lot of work is also being done on UniPro transport drivers, which connect modules and components in Project Ara. UniPro protocol drivers in Android will function much like the USB protocol, where modules will be recognized based on different driver “classes,” such as those for networking, sensor, imaging, input and others.

Some attachable parts may not be recognized by Android. For those parts, separate drivers need to be developed by module makers through emulators. “That will be need to be done in a secure system so the device can’t do damage to the system,” Grey said.

Project Ara is a very disruptive concept, and it turns around conventional thinking on how to build phones, Grey said."

SpaceShipTwo flies again

schwit1 (797399) writes | yesterday


schwit1 (797399) writes "The competition heats up: For the first time in six months SpaceShipTwo completed a test flight today.

The article above is from NBC, which also has a deal with Virgin Galactic to televise the first commercial flight. It is thus in their interest to promote the spacecraft and company. The following two sentences from the article however clearly confirm every rumor we have heard about the ship in the past year, that they needed to replace or completely refit the engine and that the resulting thrust might not be enough to get the ship to 100 kilometers or 62 miles:

In January, SpaceShipTwo blasted off for a powered test and sailed through a follow-up glide flight, but then it went into the shop for rocket refitting. It’s expected to go through a series of glide flights and powered flights that eventually rise beyond the boundary of outer space (50 miles or 100 kilometers in altitude, depending on who’s counting).

Hopefully this test flight indicates that they have installed the new engine and are now beginning flight tests with equipment that will actually get the ship into space."
Link to Original Source

Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect to Create Cool Body Swap Illusion

kkleiner (1468647) writes | yesterday


kkleiner (1468647) writes "Using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Microsoft Kinect, a camera, and a handful of electrical stimulators, a London student's virtual reality system is showing users what it's like to swap bodies. Looking down, they see someone else's arms and legs; looking out, it's someone else's point of view; and when they move their limbs, the body they see does the same (those electrical stimulators mildly shock muscles to force a friend to mirror the user's movements). It's an imperfect system, but a fascinating example of the power of virtual reality. What else might we use VR systems for? Perhaps they'll prove useful in training or therapeutic situations? Or what about with robots, which would be easier to inhabit and control than another human? The virtual body swap may never fully catch on, but generally, virtual reality will likely prove useful for more than just gaming and entertainment."
Link to Original Source

Minnesota Man 3D Prints Life Size Concrete Castle

Bob768 (2670995) writes | 9 hours ago


Bob768 (2670995) writes "A man named Andrey Rudenko has begun 3D printing a life size castle in his back yard in Minnesota out of concrete. He developed the 3D printer himself and has ultimate plans of constructing a normal house to live in.

“While other teams are also working on respectable projects in 3D printing construction technology, I have developed a product that is ready for actual-size construction rather than miniature prototypes,” Rudenko told

Images of the castle can be found here. "
Link to Original Source

The NSA Is Being Sued for Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes | 11 hours ago


Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Now the NSA has yet another dilemma on its hands: Investigative journalist Jason Leopold is suing the agency for denying him the release of financial disclosure statements attributable to its former director. According to a report by Bloomberg , prospective clients of Alexander's, namely large banks, will be billed $1 million a month for his cyber-consulting services. quipped that for an extra million, Alexander would show them the back door (state-installed spyware mechanisms) that the NSA put in consumer routers."
Link to Original Source

Amazon's eBook Math

Anonymous Coward writes | 11 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Amazon has waged a constant battle with publishers over the price of ebooks. They've now publicly laid out their argument and the business math behind it. "We've quantified the price elasticity of e-books from repeated measurements across many titles. For every copy an e-book would sell at $14.99, it would sell 1.74 copies if priced at $9.99. So, for example, if customers would buy 100,000 copies of a particular e-book at $14.99, then customers would buy 174,000 copies of that same e-book at $9.99. Total revenue at $14.99 would be $1,499,000. Total revenue at $9.99 is $1,738,000." They argue that capping most ebooks at $9.99 would be better for everyone, with the money split out 35% to the author, 35% to the publisher, and 30% to Amazon. Author John Scalzi says Amazon's reasoning and assumptions are a bit suspect. He disagrees that "books are interchangable units of entertainment, each equally as salable as the next, and that pricing is the only thing consumers react to." Scalzi also points out that Amazon asserts itself as the only revenue stream for authors, which is not remotely true. "Amazon’s assumptions don’t include, for example, that publishers and authors might have a legitimate reason for not wanting the gulf between eBook and physical hardcover pricing to be so large that brick and mortar retailers suffer, narrowing the number of venues into which books can sell. Killing off Amazon’s competitors is good for Amazon; there’s rather less of an argument that it’s good for anyone else.""
Link to Original Source

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?
or Connect with...

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>