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!

Practice in citizens to be

rosalineloughlinop (3830447) writes | 16 minutes ago


rosalineloughlinop (3830447) writes "Practice in citizens to be a lot of discipline and kind of prioritizing exactly which ones you won't find animate Clayton a select few so that you can put in the best for me you personally would lead to heart uh... what would you focus p because people always talking about coaches and I feel there's also this misconception that every time you have a green tea palace there aren’t every key policy-making coaches that boiled on strategies to the last like second for you absolutely not true that he knows that half good coaches but in a little came as a field alone some kind of management my way you really have someone who tells place to sit down and really practice so if you would run a team house right now we give focus be on the motel and that play out that might not have to put in that much time but by just about us because he is just doing other things that would you focus on players that might have a little .

  For more information, visit this site >>>>>>>"

Link to Original Source

Ask Slashdot: Alternate software for use on smartboards?

SmarterThanMe (1679358) writes | 49 minutes ago


SmarterThanMe (1679358) writes "Teacher here, you can call me Mr. SmarterThanMe. I have a fancy smartboard installed in my room. Smartboards allow me to show students a whole range of other stuff other than just whatever I'm writing. I can prepare instructions and activities before the lesson and just move through the boards. I can pull up some students' work and display it through the projector. I can bring up some stimulus for use in a writing task. So much better than blackboards.

Except the software that comes bundled with this particular brand of smartboard is ridiculously clunky. Without naming this particular piece of software, and highlighting it's shortfalls, has anyone got any suggestions on alternatives (open source or otherwise)?

The main features that I'd like are:

  • Handwriting recognition
  • The ability to make and use templates
  • Grids or guides or *something* to be able to teach measurement

I have gold star stickers for any good suggestions. Thanks in advance."

I'm back.

BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes | 1 hour ago

User Journal 0

I can see well enough to use a computer again, which came as a welcome surprise. Huge thanks to the retinal surgeons who patched my left eye back into some semblance of working order, and to the work over the last several years by the team of ophthalmologists and tech assistants who helped preserve much of the sight in my right eye.

Donâ(TM)t Fear The Leaker: Making Ethical Leaks A Tool For Transparent Gov

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "This paper by law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds argues that we instead of just fighting leaks, we should be institutionalizing whistleblowing to promote transparency in a post-Snowden era:

Leaks are inevitable. So, it seems, is a government too large and complex to be overseen properly by either the President or Congress. Rather than trying to overcome either of these problems by main force, perhaps it makes sense to address one of these phenomena via the other. While top-down oversight will never be sufficient to do the job, empowering the “little people” of government to blow the whistle on illegalities is likely to limit the worst excesses.

Also, more cowbell. (Via Reason. )"
Link to Original Source

Duo driving across the US in a Tesla Model S

McGruber (1417641) writes | 2 hours ago


McGruber (1417641) writes "Lita Elbertson and Michael Fritts have spent the last few weeks driving across the country in a Tesla Model S. According to the Durango, Colorado Herald newspaper, ( the duo are apparently the first to attempt to drive across America in a vehicle using no gas.

As of Sunday, the duo and their Model S had visited 40 states. They are following a Supercharger network – a map that shows all the Tesla charging stations nationwide – and were disappointed that Durango, Colorado did not have a Tesla station. Maybe they rode the steam train ( while waiting for a charge?

In May, Fritz took his Tesla on a solo drive from New York City to Miami and back, making the trip in 58 hours and 15 minutes ("

Link to Original Source

The evolution of PTSD treatment since WWII

storagedude (1517243) writes | 3 hours ago


storagedude (1517243) writes "In the course of writing an article on my father’s WWII experiences, it was interesting to note how PTSD treatment has evolved since then. For a crippling case of PTSD, my father received “sedation and superficial psychotherapy,” according to his military records, which seems to have been the standard practice of the day (and better than the lobotomies inflicted on roughly 2,000 soldiers).

Fast forward to today. A number of treatments have been developed that have had some success reducing the symptoms of PTSD. And a new book by former Washington Post Magazine editor Tom Shroder has noted some success from controlled treatment with psychedelic substances. PTSD is notoriously resistant to treatment, so it is encouraging to see new avenues explored, however taboo."

Marten Mickos' Plan for OpenStack? Total Victory

darthcamaro (735685) writes | 5 hours ago


darthcamaro (735685) writes "Marten Mickos is not yet officially part of HP and it's OpenStack cloud (yet) but he will be soon. On Sept 11 Mickos' company Eucalyptus announced that it was being acquired by HP, though the deal has not yet officially closed. That's not stopping Mickos from making bold predictions about OpenStack — an effort that he has been a competitor against for most of the last four years. Speaking at the OpenStack Silicon Valley event Mickos laid out his plan

"For the last one and a half decades, I have been trying to reach full victory for open source," Mickos said.

Link to Original Source

SUSE addresses fears of openSUSE community

sfcrazy (1542989) writes | 6 hours ago


sfcrazy (1542989) writes "The Attachmate Group, which acquired Novell and SUSE a few year ago has agreed to merge with UK based Micro Focus. With this announcement SUSE, the Germany based Linux company has, for the third time, seen a new owner. SUSE was bought by Novell in 2003 and then Novell was acquired by The Attachmate Group 2011.

While these changes didn’t affect the operations of openSUSE, the popular GNU/Linux-based distribution which is sponsored by SUSE, it did raise questions about the future and stability of the project as the owners changed.

The question re-surfaced again with the merger of Attachmate and Micro Focus. To address any such concerns SUSE’s President and General Manager, Nils Brauckmann contacted the openSUSE Board and openSUSE chairman Robert Brown shared SUSE’s key points on this development.

One of the key points around openSUSE was: Commitment to openSUSE: SUSE is also fully committed to being a sponsor and supporter of an open, highly independent and dynamic openSUSE community and project. We are proud of openSUSE and greatly value the collaborative relationship between SUSE and the openSUSE community."

Link to Original Source

NASA has chosen Boeing and SpaceX to build manned spacecraft

schwit1 (797399) writes | 7 hours ago


schwit1 (797399) writes "The competition heats up: NASA has made a decision and has chosen two companies to ferry astronauts to and from ISS, and those companies are Boeing and SpaceX. Some quick details from NASA here.

This is a reasonable political and economic decision. It confirms that SpaceX is ready to go and gives the company the opportunity to finish the job, while also giving Boeing the chance to show that it can compete while also giving that pork to congressional districts.

Some details: After NASA has certified that each company has successfully built its spacecraft they will have then fly anywhere from four to six missions. The certification process will be step-by-step, similar to the methods used in the cargo contracts, and will involve five milestones. They will be paid incrementally as they meet these milestones.

One milestone will be a manned flight to ISS, with one NASA astronaut on board.

One more detail. Boeing will receive $4.2 billion while SpaceX will get $2.6 billion. These awards were based on what the companies proposed and requested."

Why Is It Taking So Long to Secure Internet Routing?

CowboyRobot (671517) writes | 7 hours ago


CowboyRobot (671517) writes "We live in an imperfect world where routing-security incidents can still slip past deployed security defenses, and no single routing-security solution can prevent every attacks. Research suggests, however, that the combination of RPKI (Resource Public Key Infrastructure) with prefix filtering could significantly improve routing security; both solutions are based on whitelisting techniques and can reduce the number of autonomous systems that are impacted by prefix hijacks, route leaks, and path-shortening attacks."
Link to Original Source

A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect at Fighting Wildfires

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes | 8 hours ago


Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Friday night in Southern California's Silverado Valley, relief flew in on an old airliner. In this summer of drought and fire the DC-10, an airplane phased out of passenger service in February, has been spotted from Idaho to Arizona delivering up to 12,000 gallons of fire retardant in a single acrobatic swoop.

The three-engine DC-10 entered service in 1970 as a passenger jet, and the last airplane working in that capacity, operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines, made its final flight on February 24. But some designs defy obsolescence. The DC-10 had already been converted to function as a mid-air refueling airplane for the Air Force, and in 2006, the first fire-fighting DC-10 was unleashed on the Sawtooth fire in San Bernardino County, California."

Link to Original Source

NSA Director Says Agency is Still Trying to Figure Out Cyber Operations

Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes | 8 hours ago


Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "In a keynote speech at a security conference in Washington Tuesday, new NSA Director Mike Rogers emphasized a need to establish behavioral norms for cyber war.

“We’re still trying to work our way through distinguishing the difference between criminal hacking and an act of war,” said Rogers. “If this was easy, we would have figured it out years ago. We have a broad consensus about what constitutes an act of war, what’s an act of defense.”

Rogers went on to explain that we need to better establish standardized terminology and standardized norms like those that exist in the realm of nuclear deterrence. Unfortunately, unlike in traditional national defense, we can not assume that the government will be able to completely protect us against cyber-threats because the threat ecosystem is just too broad."

The Case for a Federal Robotics Commission

hmcd31 (3784079) writes | 8 hours ago


hmcd31 (3784079) writes "In a new paper for Brookings’ series on the future of civilian robotics, University of Washington Law Professor Ryan Calo argues the need for a Federal Robotics Commission. With advancements such as driverless cars and drones taking to the roads and skies, Calo sees a need for a government agency to monitor these changes. His paper details many benefits a robotics commission could bring, from funding to assisting in law and policy issues. The policies developed by this FRC are argued to be particularly important, as their impact in creating an early infrastructure for robotics could create an environment that lets the technology grow even more."
Link to Original Source

Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph for Weeks Into Local Communities

Anonymous Coward writes | 9 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Fresh research out of the UNC Gillings and JHU Bloomberg schools of public health shows industrial farm workers are carrying livestock-associated, multidrug-resistant staph into local communities for weeks at a time. This problem has grown since its last mention on Slashdot. Unfortunately, massive industrial lobbying continues to neuter government action."
Link to Original Source

Dell, Emerson, HP and Intel propose Redfish; an open and RESTful replacement for

Phelan (30485) writes | 9 hours ago


Phelan (30485) writes "(Full disclosure: I work for one of these companies) As presented at last weeks Intel Developer Forum the Redfish Specification proposal aims to replace the much older and sometimes criticized IPMI over LAN interface. It offers significant improvements in scalability, ease of development and security by utilizing well understood JSON Schema, data model and secure web services.
A preliminary version of the specification proposal is available for review and feedback at (registration required for deep dive) and is being submitted as an open proposal to the Distributed Management Task Force's Scaleable Platform Management Forum."

Astronomers find star-inside-star 40 years after first theorized

derekmead (2466858) writes | 9 hours ago


derekmead (2466858) writes "After 40 years, astronomers have likely found a rather strange celestial body known as a Thorne–ytkow object (TZO), in which a neutron star is absorbed by a red supergiant. Originally predicted in the 1970s, the first non-theoretical TZO was found earlier this year, based on calculations presented in apaper forthcoming in MNRAS .

TZOs were predicted by astronomer Kip Thorne and Anna ytkow, who wasthen postdoctoral fellow at CalTech. The pair imagined what might happen if a neutron star in a binary system merged with its partner red supergiant.

This wouldn’t be like two average stars merging. Neutron stars are the ancient remnants of stars that grew too big and exploded. Their cores remain small—about 12.5 miles—as they shed material out into space. Red supergiants are the largest stars in the galaxy with radii up to 800 times that of our sun, but they aren’t dense."

Link to Original Source

Oklahoma Lawmaker Suggests Execution by Nitrogen Gas (3830033) writes | 9 hours ago

0 (3830033) writes "The Daily Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma Representative Mike Christian, convinced that execution by injection is quickly becoming unworkable, has been examining an alternate technique — death by nitrogen gas. “We’re going to have to find something else because I think lethal injection, most would agree, is probably on its way out,” says Christian, a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper. “For lack of a better term, it’s innovative for what we’re looking at.” Legislation would be required because current Oklahoma law requires lethal injection be used for executions, and specifies that if that were found unconstitutional, the electric chair could be used. If the electric chair were found unconstitutional, a firing squad could be used.

Pharmaceutical companies have become reluctant to provide drugs for lethal injections and many doctors don’t want to participate in the process. The lethal injection of Clayton Lockett at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in April went awry, with the condemned man seemingly suffering or taking longer than expected to die. Lockett was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began and seemed to strain, grimace and moan during the procedure."

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

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>