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linhares (1241614) writes "The bitcoin-website-hacked-fiasco-of-the-month award goes to bitcoinica.com. Over 18.000 bitcoins have been stolen, and whoever did it knew bitcoin, as they actually wrote on the blockchain, for all posterity, the phrase "expect mass leak"." Link to Original Source top
linhares (1241614) writes "Nature's Publishing Group is launching a new journal, "Scientific Reports", announced earlier this month. The press release makes it clear that it is molded after PLoS ONE:
Scientific Reports will publish original research papers of interest to specialists within a given field in the natural sciences. It will not set a threshold of perceived importance for the papers that it publishes; rather, Scientific Reports will publish all papers that are judged to be technically valid and original. To enable the community to evaluate the importance of papers post-peer review, the Scientific Reports website will include most-downloaded, most-emailed, and most-blogged lists. All research papers will benefit from rapid peer review and publication, and will be deposited in PubMed Central.
linhares writes "Ghandi once said that "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." We have been dreaming for years for the year of Linux on the Desktop, and even as Vista flopped, it is yet to materialize. Perhaps one way towards Linux on the desktop is to make it configurable by anyone, not only by geeks. That is precisely the idea behind the relatively new (and in need of eyeballs) epidermis project: to create a single-click desktop metamorphosis magic. A single click would "change the wallpaper, alongside GTK, metacity, icons, splash, usplash, cursor, grub and GDM themes in one GUI program for the GNOME desktop". Users (including newbies) could then share desktops in one step, accelerating the advancement of Linux desktop awesomeness to biblical proportions. The project recently released v.0.1beta, and, as Ghandi would say, it is pure win." top
linhares writes "If you're just arriving from Mars, let me tell you: Lehman Brothers does not exist anymore, the financial system is in complete mayhem, and the other day, the Dow Jones skydived to a 7% loss after congress rejected an unprecedented bailout. If you think this is not going to affect science and technology, you're wrong. In the S&P index, 499 stocks were down, one was up. (Which one? Get this: CAMPBELL'S SOUP!) I for one would like to propose that Slashdot creates a new Finance/Economics section so we can deal with this situation and rescue the world economy, all down here from Mama's basement. So here it is: shouldn't slashdotters have a chance to submit and discuss finance and economics stories?" top
linhares writes "How do chess players make decisions? How do they avoid the combinatorial explosion? How do we go from rooks and knights to abstract thought? What is abstract thought like? These are some of the questions involving the Capyblanca project. The name, of course, is a blend between José Raoul Capablanca, and Hofstadter's original Copycat Project. Well, after almost 5 years, we have a proof-of-concept in the form of a running program, and we are GPL'ing the code, so interested readers might take it to new directions which we cannot foresee. It is certainly different from anything else out there." Link to Original Source top
linhares writes "Wine is now on v.1.0rc2. From what is available at their application database page, most effort is conducted in games; but wouldn't it be more appealing, from the perspective of ordinary computer users (and hardware providers), if it were concentrating on the most used windows applications (besides office and Adobe)? The 1.0 release will eventually trigger massive attention to Linux, with the obvious, perhaps naive, mentions that it now "runs windows". I wonder whether/. users think it is ready for prime time, and whether that kind of attention might eventually backlash?" Link to Original Source