Tha_Big_Guy23 (603419) writes "The Walt Disney Company agreed Tuesday to buy Lucasfilm in a stock-and-cash deal valued at $4 billion. The deal will make Lucasfilm owner George Lucas a significant shareholder in Disney, which will pay for the film company with $2 billion cash and around 40 million shares of its stock. Lucas said he will work as a creative consultant on Star Wars Episode 7, the first of a planned new trilogy of live-action Star Wars movies. It is targeted for release in 2015, Disney said." Link to Original Source top
Building a Privacy First Internet Service Provider
Tha_Big_Guy23 (603419) writes "In a time where we hear constantly about our privacy being taken away from us, one person is stepping forward to try and get back some of it. Nicholas Merrill is planning to revolutionize online privacy with a concept as simple as it is ingenious: a telecommunications provider designed from its inception to shield its customers from surveillance. The ISP would not merely employ every technological means at its disposal, including encryption and limited logging, to protect its customers. It would also — and in practice this is likely more important — challenge government surveillance demands of dubious legality or constitutionality. "The idea that we are working on is to not be capable of complying" with requests from the FBI for stored e-mail and similar demands," Merrill says." top
Tha_Big_Guy23 (603419) writes "At the beginning of my IT career, after I left college, I got a leg up from a friend of mine and acquired a job working in IT. Since then, I've worked more than a decade as an application developer and/or sysadmin. Along the way I've been team leads, project leads, and a senior developer. At this point I'm looking at trying to transition away from what I'm currently doing into more of a managerial position. The problem is that I don't have a college degree. While the college degree isn't absolutely necessary for what I do, given my past experience, it seems that any management track requires some type of formal education. I estimate that It would take several years to complete my degree and/or an MBA going to school for each only part-time. Upon completion of said education I would be in my mid 40's. So I ask the slashdot crowd, how would you go about getting into management in the IT fields without a degree, or is going back to school my only option?" top
Tha_Big_Guy23 (603419) writes "After many years of faithful periodic service my emergency cell phone, a Motorola Star-Tac, has finally given up the ghost and no longer powers on. As a result I find myself looking for a replacement that just places phone calls. I have no need for any of the frills of a smart phone, a camera or anything else. I have a blackberry already as my primary phone and this one is to be used solely for emergencies only. The 911 only phones won't work as I may have need to place a call to AAA, or something of that nature. I do want to make sure that when I need it, it actually places a call. Can anyone out there suggest a replacement phone that will serve as an appropriate emergency backup phone?" top
Tha_Big_Guy23 (603419) writes "Are there any good version control systems for graphics files? (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) The company I work for uses Subversion for all of our code version control, so the programmers are well acquainted with version control, and the process as a whole. The problem is that our graphics designers aren't familiar with this process at all. Thus far our designers have been using a system of a couple of storage servers to keep their data. It's working for now, but it's spread out all over the place and I want to be able to centralize all of our graphics data and provide our designers with a versioning system that they can readily learn. Are there any solutions out there that work well cross platform?(Mac/Windows/Linux)" top
Tha_Big_Guy23 (603419) writes "Amid growing concern over drug-resistant superbugs and nonhealing wounds that endanger diabetes patients, nature's original antibiotic — honey — is making a comeback. Called Medihoney, it is made from a highly absorbent seaweed-based material, saturated with manuka honey, a particularly potent type that experts say kills germs and speeds healing. "It's been used on wounds where nothing else will work," said biochemist Peter Molan, a professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand who has researched honey and other natural antibiotics for 25 years." top
Tha_Big_Guy23 (603419) writes "For the first time, and for a limited period only, people in North America will be able to get their hands on the XO, MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte's rugged little laptop that's designed specifically for children. And for each cutting-edge XO purchased in the West, another will be given to a child in a developing country. For $399, customers can order a laptop for themselves; bundled into the price is the cost of delivering a second XO to a child a poor country." top
Tha_Big_Guy23 (603419) writes "Spammers have a new way around captchas: A virtual stripper who is paid when you fork them over.
The BBC is reporting that a Windows game shows a woman in "a state of undress" when a person correctly types in a Captcha. In the game, a woman named Melissa invites victims to decipher the text. After a bunch of Captchas you get your payoff and the malicious program gets its way around the Captcha system."