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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

FST new layout (2254 comments)

Everybody who wants to complain about the new layout can post it as a reply here, so to help identify people whose philosophy is "whine first, test later" and ignore their QQing.

more than 3 years ago
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In Europe, Auto Spam Translation Kicks In

FST Hey it me. We held last week, but you never asked (102 comments)

Click here to get free Viagra. Cheap soft tablets can also specify a link to purchase. Cialis provide. Let your love life interesting.

Love, Babelfish

about 5 years ago
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World of Goo Ported To Linux

FST Re:cool! (223 comments)

Yeah. Good job supporting the people who actually do shit right.

If you want more Linux versions, vote with that $20 you earned surfing /. Social parasites like you can fuck off.

more than 5 years ago
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In-Game Gold Farming a $500M Industry

FST At it again (201 comments)

What is this? A reverse-psychology 419 scam in action?

more than 5 years ago

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German Schoolboy actually Incorrect

FST FST writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FST (766202) writes "According to The Register, the calculations made by a German Schoolboy (see Slashdot article here) are, in fact, incorrect. FTA: '... the kid's sums are in fact wrong, NASA's are right, and the ESA swear blind they never said any different. An ESA spokesman in Germany told the Reg this morning: "A small boy did do these calculations, but he made a mistake... NASA's figures are correct."'"
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Another MS Office bug

FST FST writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FST (766202) writes "Microsoft has acknowledged a security vulnerability in its Office application suite that can potentially reveal sensitive data residing on a user's computer. The bug reveals information that resides in a user's RAM and memory buffers — such as user IDs and passwords — when users save Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. To access the potentially sensitive information contained inside a document, a user simply has to open the file using a text-editing program such as BBEdit or Windows Notepad. Get more info here."
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iPhones found to be toxic

FST FST writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FST (766202) writes "A Greenpeace inspection of the iPhone found that iPhones contain significantly more (15x) phthalates than the maximum considered to be safe in the United States. FTA: "An analysis done on a disassembled iPhone by an independent lab in the U.K. found toxic brominated compounds and hazardous PVC (polyvinyl chloride) in multiple components of the handsets. Bromine, a chemical used in fire-retardant compounds, was present in more than half of the 18 samples taken, Greenpeace claimed, while toxic phthalates made up 1.5% of the PVC coating of ear bud cables."
It is not clear if the user is required to ingest the phthalates in order to cause damage to him/her self."

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FST FST writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FST (766202) writes "Mark Shuttleworth tells us at his website that Canonical has "declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements." FTA: "Allegations of "infringement of unspecified patents" carry no weight whatsoever. We don't think they have any legal merit, and they are no incentive for us to work with Microsoft on any of the wonderful things we could do together. A promise by Microsoft not to sue for infringement of unspecified patents has no value at all and is not worth paying for. It does not protect users from the real risk of a patent suit from a pure-IP-holder (Microsoft itself is regularly found to violate such patents and regularly settles such suits). People who pay protection money for that promise are likely living in a false sense of security.""
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FST FST writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FST (766202) writes "CNN.com is reporting that an ancient Canadian Ice Shelf just broke free from Canada's Arctic. From the article: "The mass of ice broke clear 16 months ago from the coast of Ellesmere Island, about 800 kilometers (497 miles) south of the North Pole, but no one was present to see it in Canada's remote north...'This is a dramatic and disturbing event. It shows that we are losing remarkable features of the Canadian North that have been in place for many thousands of years. We are crossing climate thresholds, and these may signal the onset of accelerated change ahead,' Vincent said Thursday.""
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FST FST writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FST (766202) writes "Google released a new set of tools, called Google for Educators to assist educators teach. From the site: 'We think of this site as a platform of teaching resources — for everything from blogging and collaborative writing to geographical search tools and 3D modeling software — and we want you to fill it in with your great ideas. You can explore a Google tool you've never tried before, then tell us what you think about it. Or road test our lesson ideas, then follow the links to submit your own. And if you'd like to share your expertise with fellow educators, we encourage you to send us your story — we'd love to feature it on this site.'"
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FST FST writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FST (766202) writes "CNN.com is reporting that a study found that those "who play violent video games show increased activity in areas of the brain linked to emotional arousal and decreased responses in regions that govern self-control, a study released on Tuesday found." From the article: Teens "who played the violent video game showed more activation in the amygdala, which is involved in emotional arousal, and less activation in the prefrontal portions of the brain associated with control, focus and concentration than the teens who played the nonviolent game.""
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FST FST writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FST (766202) writes "According to the associated press, Libya joined in on the one laptop per child program. From the article: "The $250 million deal, reached Tuesday, would provide the nation with 1.2 million computers, a server in each school, a team of technical advisers, satellite Internet service and other infrastructure... The two men discussed the possibility that Libya would also pay for laptops for poorer African nations like Chad, Niger and Rwanda, he said.""
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FST FST writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FST (766202) writes "CNN is reporting that 'IBM will build a next-generation supercomputer for the U.S. Energy Department with the potential to achieve a sustained speed of 1,000 trillion calculations per second, or one petaflop, the department said on Wednesday...The machine is to be built entirely from commercially available hardware and based on the Red Hat Linux Version 4.3 operating system.' It was funded by a $35 million grant from congress."

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