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truthsearch writes "An analyst reports that not only will CEO Steve Jobs return to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference stage he missed last year for medical reasons, but that he will be joined there by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdrey said that Microsoft has been given seven minutes during Jobs' keynote to talk about Visual Studio 2010. Chowdrey said that a new version of the development tools software will support native applications for the iPhone, iPad and Mac OS." Link to Original Source top
truthsearch writes "Defendants can't deny police an encryption key because of fears the data it unlocks will incriminate them, a British appeals court has ruled. The case marked an interesting challenge to the UK's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), which in part compels someone served under the act to divulge an encryption key used to scramble data on a PC's hard drive. The appeals court heard a case in which two suspects refused to give up encryption keys, arguing that disclosure was incompatible with the privilege against self incrimination. In its ruling, the appeals court said an encryption key is no different than a physical key and exists separately from a person's will." Link to Original Source top
truthsearch writes "Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke Wednesday night of his company's vision for the U.S. to significantly lower it's reliance on fossil fuels. Wind power should grow to 29 percent of U.S. electricity production, geothermal should grow to 15 percent, and solar should increase to 12 percent. Natural gas, hydroelectric power and nuclear energy would account for the rest. Increasing sales of electric and hybrid cars to 22 million by 2030 is also key to the plan. If the transformation takes place, and electricity consumption remains flat, fossil fuel use would be cut by 88 percent and carbon emissions would be reduced by 95 percent by 2030, Google projects. The cost for the plan would be $4.4 trillion today, minus a savings of $1 trillion as renewables become cheaper." Link to Original Source top
truthsearch writes "After getting an Emmy nomination for its Star Wars parody, Adult Swim has announced that Robot Chicken will be making a sequel scheduled to premiere Nov 16. Voice actors for Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II will include Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Conan O'Brien, and Andy Richter. As Wired asks, how long until Family Guy announces their own sequel to Blue Harvest?" Link to Original Source top
truthsearch writes "Northrop Grumman says it has achieved the "first major building block" necessary for manufacture of a 100 kilowatt solid-state laser — that is, a viable battlefield raygun. This was the trial of a "laser chain" with 15 kilowatt power. Northrop intends to combine eight such units to produce a single laser beam of more than 100 kilowatts — which is generally considered the level at which energy beams would become useful combat weapons. Electrically powered solid state lasers are not currently able to develop combat-worthy power levels, and the main US raygun programmes which might see service soon — the ICBM-nobbling Airborne Laser (ABL) and the shorter-range, less powerful Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) — use chemical beam-generation technology instead and require large amounts of dangerous chemical fuel and result in toxic exhaust products." Link to Original Source top
truthsearch writes "With authorities promising tighter borders, some farmers who rely on immigrant labor are eying an emerging generation of fruit-picking robots and high-tech tractors to do everything from pluck premium wine grapes to clean and core lettuce. The new pickers rely on advances in computing power and hydraulics that can make robotic limbs and digits operate with near-human sensitivity. Modern imaging technology also enables the machines to recognize and sort fruits and vegetables of varying qualities." Link to Original Source top
truthsearch writes "In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining or even set professional standards. The effort is an extension of the blogosphere's growing power and presence, especially within the political realm, and for many, evokes memories of the early labor organization of freelance writers in the early 1980s. There's decidedly less support for a union movement among conservative bloggers." Link to Original Source top
truthsearch writes "For many years companies have been analyzing and debating the total cost of ownership for various operating systems. Once an investment is made it can be very expensive to switch. With Vista potentially raising the cost of Windows TCO, CIO magazine lists eight financial reasons why businesses should consider Mac OS. Among the reasons: overall value proposition, cheaper licensing fees, less help desk calls, less manual patching, and increased worker productivity." Link to Original Source top
truthsearch writes "An internal FBI audit has found that the bureau potentially violated the law or agency rules more than 1,000 times while collecting data about domestic phone calls, e-mails and financial transactions in recent years, far more than was documented in a Justice Department report in March. The new audit covers just 10 percent of the bureau's national security investigations since 2002. The vast majority of the new violations were instances in which telephone companies and Internet providers gave agents phone and e-mail records the agents did not request and were not authorized to collect. But two dozen of the newly-discovered violations involved agents' requests for information that U.S. law did not allow them to have." Link to Original Source top
SeenOnSlash writes "Microsoft is working on a project they call "immortal computing" which would let people store digital information in durable physical artifacts and other forms to be preserved and revealed to future generations, and maybe even to future civilizations. The artifacts would be designed to make the process of accessing the information clear with instructions in multiple languages or hieroglyphics. In one possible use, messages for descendants or interactive holograms might be stored on tombstones. The project was revealed when their patent application recently became public." top
SeenOnSlash writes "In one of several recently reported cases in Italy, a bunch of teenagers brutally attacked a disabled person. They made a video of their performance and placed it on YouTube. This incident has become a new pretext for censorship and repression as people blame the Internet for the violence. There's now talk of increasing liability of internet providers for content. Some want to make them automatically accountable for the actions of whoever uses their services. Politicians are demanding or suggesting new laws and regulations, apparently including an obligation to obtain written approval by parents for minors to use the internet. Criminal proceedings have been opened against the Italian representatives of Google Inc., including a police raid of their office in Milan." top
SeenOnSlash writes "Apple sold 1.6 million Macs in the fourth quarter, a 30% increase over last year. The company said that more than 50% of people who bought Macs in Apple stores were first-time customers. This is further evidence that the success of the iPod is helping it to win converts in the personal computer market. With Mac sales growing far faster than the rest of the PC market, it's a great year for Apple." top
SeenOnSlash writes "The government of Libya has reached an agreement with the One Laptop per Child organization to provide inexpensive laptop computers to all of its 1.2 million schoolchildren. The $250 million deal will 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 project, scheduled to be completed by June 2008, could make Libya the first nation to enable all school-age children to connect to the Internet through educational computers." top
SeenOnSlash.com writes "This week NASA is testing a Linux-based lunar rover called K-10 in the Arizona desert. To cut costs and promote maintainability the K-10 runs Linux and uses commercial off-the-shelf parts where possible. The robot rover's control and communications system is based on an IBM Thinkpad X31 and attaches to subsystems with standard PC interfaces. Real-time tasks such as fine-grained motor control are offloaded to a distributed network of microcontroller-powered control boards. Maneuvers can be watched through a live webcam." top
truthsearch writes "Jimmy Wales has defied the Chinese government by refusing to bow to censorship of politically sensitive Wikipedia entries. He challenges other internet companies, including Google, to justify their claim that they could do more good than harm by co-operating with Beijing. Wikipedia has been banned from China since last October. Whereas Google, Microsoft and Yahoo went into the country accepting some restrictions on their online content, Wales believes it must be all or nothing for Wikipedia. 'We occupy a position in the culture that I wish Google would take up, which is that we stand for the freedom for information.'" top
truthsearch writes "PHP development and support company Zend Technologies Inc. has raised $20 million in venture capital funding. Andi Gutmans, Zend's co-founder and CTO, said top priorities for the new investment are Eclipse integration, the Zend Framework for web applications, and the company's services organization and European sales force. This is good news for both the independant developer and large corporations who choose PHP."
So my wife turns on the TV to watch Dancing With the Stars and who do I see but The Woz. That's right, Steve Wozniak... ballroom dancing. He looked more awkward and uncomfortable than I would have imagined, and I've practiced ballroom dancing. He did have a very joyful attitude.
If I voted it would go to David Alan Grier. He cracks me up.
I launched the DocForge wiki for programmers almost two years ago. The intent is to grow a comprehensive reference for everyone who writes software. Unlike Wikipedia we accept original research and opinions.
We've had a few very helpful contributors, but most of the content has been posted by me. Some of the articles use Wikipedia content as a starting point, which helps. But I'm having a difficult time finding many others who are interested in making serious contributions. The irony of any wiki is it needs enough content to grow a community, but it needs a community to grow content. Ideally we'd eventually grow large enough to be able to hire some writers and editors as employees.
So how do we find people who are interested in contributing to DocForge? Paying for every contribution isn't a good idea because of politics, legalities, economics, and a low budget. I'd like to give occasional gifts to great contributors, but that doesn't bring in new writers. One promising way to go may be bounties, making donations to charities or open source projects when an article or section reaches a certain quality. On my low personal budget that could get expensive. What other options do I have? How could I attract those who are frustrated with Wikipedia's limitations and politics? How can I get the word out on this project to other programmers and academics (other than the obvious linking from dzone, etc.)?
A US judge has thrown out a case against God, ruling that because the defendant has no address, legal papers cannot be served. Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers sued God last year. He said God had threatened him and the people of Nebraska and had inflicted "widespread death, destruction and terrorisation of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants". "Since God knows everything," he reasoned, "God has notice of this lawsuit."
With all the talk about the latest browser to hit the internets, and being a web developer who needs to keep up with related information, I'm maintaining a wiki page with Google Chrome features and issues. DocForge is a public wiki, so feel free to add info, or commentary on the talk page.
I also recently added OpenID to DocForge making it easier for those who prefer that login option.
First it was 10 mod points in February. Now I've got 15 mod points. So either someone thinks I'm an absolutely amazing moderator, or the rules are a changin'. I know this isn't terribly important, but I'm very curious what the new rules are.
At this rate I'll be getting 25 by Christmas and I won't have enough time in 3 days to moderate 25 comments!
It's a few weeks short of two years since we began Seen On Slash to collect the best Slashdot comments. Today we hit 2000 comments collected. Thanks for your great submissions! They keep me laughing every day.
Top 10 Slashdot users with the most comments Seen on Slashdot: 204 Anonymous Coward 21 Tackhead 10 eln 9 kfg 9 Rob T Firefly 8 gEvil (beta) 7 Kadin2048 7 LiquidCoooled 7 spun 7 User 956
Seen On Slash, collecting the best slashdot comments, has been moved to a new host and has an updated theme. It's now extremely fast and a few quirks have been fixed. We're also working a few more feature improvements. Hundreds of members have submitted more than 1200 of their favorite slashdot comments. Enjoy!
The US is building the biggest embassy on Earth on the banks of the Tigris. Locals in Iraq are enraged as running water is still a problem and the electricity can't stay on, yet the $592 million embassy is on schedule. No Iraqis have been hired to help build it. The new US embassy may be bigger than anything Saddam Hussein ever built.
This apparently isn't helping to "win over the hearts and minds" of Iraqis. With distaste they refer to the project as "George W.'s Palace". Apparenty embassadors who are slumming it in Hussein's palaces are eventually in for a real treat, such as what might be the biggest swimming pool in Iraq, a cinema, and restaurants from US food chains.
Simply infuriating. Cross-posted in an attempt to get the word out.
We've got a new poll running at Seen on Slash: How many comments have you ever posted to Slashdot? I'm shocked that so far the majority responding says less than 20 comments. I'm very curious to see how many visitors are active veterans (assuming it takes years to post thousands).
If you like completely unscientific polls then you should visit Seen on Slash and vote on Slashdot's new theme. So far 68% says it's pretty good while only 18% say it's awsome. I'm very interested to see if this is the general consensus.
I don't know if anyone would come and read my/. journal, but if they do I want to point them to Seen on Slash - the best comments ever seen on Slashdot. It's a small part of the Slashdot subculture collecting great/. comments. It's a relatively new site with over 70 registered users. Come on over and enjoy!