Java Zero-Day Vulnerability Rolled Into Exploit Packs
I don't know why it isn't enabled by default, but Firefox has a click-to-play plugins option that should dramatically reduce the exposure to exploits like this. So NoScript isn't required.
plugins.click_to_play = true
Napkins and the History of Ethernet, Compaq, Facebook
Reminds me of the bootable CD standard, which was actually named "El Torito" after the Mexican restaurant it was invented in.
Amazon EC2 Crash Caused Data Loss
Unless you pay extra, they say you can expect to lose data stored in S3 on a regular basis. There's nothing wrong with that per se, but it's something you need to plan for.
Designed to provide 99.99% durability and 99.99% availability of objects over a given year. This durability level corresponds to an average annual expected loss of 0.01% of objects.
...Amazon EBS snapshot can expect an annual failure rate (AFR) of between 0.1% - 0.5%, where failure refers to a complete loss of the volume.
Celebrating Yuri Gagarin's 1961 Flight Into Space
Doesn't it seem strange to celebrate what was, after all, a major loss for our civilization? The fact that we lost both opening chapters of the space race (Sputnik 1 and Vostok 1) is a national shame, which should be burned into our memory to be sure, but celebrated? Hardly.
Celebrating the victories of our enemies is like spitting on the graves of the hundreds of thousands who died in the cold war.
Go For It On Fourth Down? Ask Coach Watson
Slashdot is U.S.-centric. We readily admit this, and really don't see it as a problem. Slashdot is run by Americans, after all, and the vast majority of our readership is in the U.S. We're certainly not opposed to doing more international stories, but we don't have any formal plans for making that happen. All we can really tell you is that if you're outside the U.S. and you have news, submit it, and if it looks interesting, we'll post it.
Patent Filed for Underwater GPS
signal cannot reach the satellite from a submersible
GPS uses one-way communication, so there is never a need for a signal to reach a satellite. This is also the reason no one who operates a submersible on it's own (where it would need positioning data) would ever use this service. You would have to give away your position, and if you were willing to do that you would surface and use GPS.