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Redesign: This is my proposal for Slashdot redesign contest

Posted by Jaime Gómez-Obregón on Thursday May 04, @12:01AM
from the sorry-no-ponies-by-now dept.
Jaime Gómez-Obregón writes Hi! This is my proposal for the Slashdot CSS Redesign Contest. I've tried to focus on content, readability and standard-compliance rather than on merely decoration. If you are interested, I've posted on my blog a detailed entry about my design decissions. Feel free to give your feedback if you like! Since everything is explained there, I won't bother you again here ;) Only to say that this template has been tested on Mozilla Firefox 1.5. Tweaking for other non-Gecko powered browsers (like IE) is easy, but I will only spend that time if I recieve enough positive feedback telling it's worth to. That's all... enjoy! and try F11 for full screen view!

Apple: Macs May No Longer Be Immune to Viruses

Posted by Zonk on Monday May 01, @05:28AM
from the harsh-reality dept.
Bill writes MSNBC reports that the combination of Apple's growing market share and their recent switch to x86 processors has made Mac OS X a new target for viruses. Unfortunately, it seems that many Mac users are in denial. '[Computer security expert Tom] Ferris said he warned Apple of the vulnerabilities in January and February and that the company has yet to patch the holes, prompting him to compare the Cupertino-based computer maker to Microsoft three years ago, when the world's largest software company was criticized for being slow to respond to weaknesses in its products.'

Science: Scientists Make Water Run Uphill

Posted by Zonk on Monday May 01, @03:27AM
from the flee-little-droplets-flee dept.
redshadow01 writes to mention a BBC story about scientists flaunting the laws of physics for fun, and profit. From the article: The US scientists did the experiment to demonstrate how the random motion of water molecules in hot steam could be channelled into a directed force. But the team, writing in Physical Review Letters, believes the effect may be useful in driving coolants through overheating computer microchips.

Politics: Colbert New Comic-in-Chief

Posted by Zonk on Monday May 01, @01:31AM
from the that's-the-word dept.
scottzak writes Hail to the Chief! Stephen Colbert addressed the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday (attended by the President, the elite of Washington politics, and the White House Press Corps) and told the truth. Jaws dropped. Eyes popped. The live audience gasped. Scalia laughed his ass off. You want to see a brilliant comic display some real courage? Look no further. Enjoy the reaction shots, and Colbert's audition for Press Secretary job. The BBC covers the act just prior to Mr. Colbert's, where the President and a look-alike took turns making fun of his speaking skills.

Games: Videogame Remake of 1986's World Series Game 6

Posted by Zonk on Sunday April 30, @11:51PM
from the have-to-love-the-dedication dept.
Carl Bialik from WSJ writes Even non-baseball fans must concede that the re-creation of the bottom half of the 10th inning of Game Six of the 1986 World Series, using the original broadcast audio and a replay with Nintendo's RBI Baseball, took enormous dedication. 'Something like the Keith Hernandez at-bat, where he flies out to center, took like 200 attempts,' Creator Conor Lastowka told Though it wasn't quite as hard as it looks: 'Thanks to the emulator software, each time Mr. Hernandez's at-bat strayed from history's script, Mr. Lastowka was able to replay from the previous at-bat. Using a computer rather than an actual game console like a PlayStation allowed Mr. Lastowka to save his progress along the way. He built his precise Game-Six replica bit by bit -- not in one flawless, improbable take.' Before he made the viral video, Lastowka was jobless; three days after its release, he had a job with a classic-films company.

Science: 'Cooking' Carbon Nanotubes Like Spaghetti

Posted by Zonk on Sunday April 30, @09:40PM
from the tastes-like-liquid-polymer dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes Scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a technique to force a variety of enzymes to self-assemble layer-by-layer on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with the help of noodle-like polymer molecules. In 'A biosensor layered like lasagna,' the researchers say that this technique can be applied to a wide range of applications. In particular, it will be possible to build other biosensors "that react specifically with other biological chemicals, environmental agents or even microbes." Read more for additional details and the most spectacular scientific image of the month.

Developers: Places Feature Cut From Firefox 2

Posted by Zonk on Sunday April 30, @07:36PM
from the sing-thee-to-thy-rest dept.
segphault writes Apparently, the new bookmark and history system (called 'Places') scheduled for inclusion in Firefox 2 has been removed from the roadmap and disabled in the builds. An article at Ars Technica discusses some of the implications: 'Since Firefox 2 (and all alpha builds from here on out) will use the conventional bookmark system, those of you that have been using Firefox 2 alphas (the Gecko 1.8 branch) will have to export your bookmarks to HTML in order to preserve them. As a Firefox user and a software developer, I am personally very disappointed with the removal of this innovative feature.' Update: 05/01 01:16 GMT by Z : Ars link updated.

Science: Vintage Diseases Making a Comeback

Posted by Zonk on Sunday April 30, @05:31PM
from the gotta-catch-em-all dept.
An anonymous reader writes MSNBC has a piece on a recent resurgence in some old-timey diseases. Mumps, Whooping Cough, and Rickets are making a comeback, back in style like it's 1955. From the article: Public-health officials certainly weren't expecting to get 'bitten' by mumps this year. Although the virus has been circulating in British kids since 2000, it hadn't caused much trouble in the United States since an outbreak in Kansas 18 years ago. The Midwest is the epicenter again, but the victims are primarily college students, not children. Once a childhood disease, the virus has now taken hold in university towns. That's partly because crowded dorms and cafeterias are breeding grounds for germs that are spread by sneezing and coughing.

Google Propping Up Typosquatting Biz?

Posted by Zonk on Sunday April 30, @03:20PM
from the dept.
An anonymous reader writes Google is making oodles of cash placing ads on a vast sea of otherwise vacant Web sites that do little more than capitalize on misspelled domain name names, according to a story in today's Washington Post. From the story: 'Google Inc., which runs the largest ad network on the Internet, is making millions of dollars a year by filling otherwise unused Web sites with ads. In many instances, these ad-filled pages appear when users mistype an Internet address, such as This new form of advertising is turning into a booming business that some say is cluttering the Internet and could be violating trademark rules.'

Hardware: The First Quad SLI Benchmarks

Posted by Zonk on Sunday April 30, @02:34PM
from the oggle-drool-drool-oggle dept.
An anonymous reader writes X-bit labs have a preview of NVIDIA's Quad SLI system based on two GeForce 7900 GX2 cards. On each GeForce 7900 GX2 is allocated 512 MB of on-board memory, which is connected through a special bridge chip with 16X PCIe lanes to the other daughter card and the system. The two GPUs on the card work in SLI mode. The core and memory are clocked lower than a single GPU card at 550 MHz and 1.2GHz (DDR). For Quad SLI, NVIDIA has introduced a new mode of SLI, AFR of SFR where each card alternately renders a frame split between the two GPUs of one card after the other. The GX2 cards are benched (when possible) at resolution of 2560 by 1600 with 32X SLI AA and compared to a Crossfire x1900 XTX system on a variety of games.

Games: Nintendo's 'Wii' Just A Marketing Gimmick?

Posted by Zonk on Sunday April 30, @01:49PM
from the doesn't-seem-their-style dept.
An anonymous reader writes Tom's Hardware has an editorial up on the Nintendo Wii in which the author postulates that the new name may be a bigger PR stunt than it looks. From the article: 'Saying Wii is controversial mainly in the English-speaking world (the Japanese can't even pronounce it); in France, for instance, it's a homonym for oui. But the upcoming E3 Expo plays mostly to an English-speaking crowd, even though it's an international event. It's just over a week to E3, where Sony fans will be all giddy and running around like they have a Blu-ray chasing their tails. Amid all this, Nintendo announces a name change which is not only interesting, but controversial. You can't not notice it. Essentially, Nintendo steals more than a wee bit of Sony's thunder.'

Politics: The 'Hairy Guys' Vs. Microsoft

Posted by Zonk on Sunday April 30, @01:48PM
from the don't-shave-we-like-you-that-way dept.
Jeremy Allison - Sam writes The IHT is running the best write-up I've seen on the Microsoft vs EU Anti-Trust case, featuring quotes from tridge (Creator of Samba) and Carlo Piana (the FSFE lawyer). Nicely contrasts the difference between the Microsoft legal Team and the resources the FSFE has to work with. I was the FSFE witness for the initial hearing and the first trial, and this article nicely explains what it's like to be there. From the article: The settlements left a group of computer programmers and activists, united under the banner of the Free Software Foundation Europe, with a bigger-than-expected role in supporting the EU's goal of loosening Microsoft's grip over the software industry. Only half-joking, one observer at the court this past week called some members FSFE and allies 'the hairy guys' - in contrast to the well- groomed legal teams fielded by Microsoft.

Hardware: Overclocking the Super Nintendo

Posted by CmdrTaco on Sunday April 30, @11:55AM
from the because-you-can dept.
Robert Ivy writes The Super Nintendo is a tricky piece of hardware, but I have finally managed to overclock it up to 5.1 MHz. At this speed, the sprites scatter across the screen; this is likely a sync issue since the CPU is running so far out of spec. I plan on trying lower speeds soon and I will update the guide on UCM. Thank god we got that out of the way!

IT: Explorer Destroyer

Posted by CmdrTaco on Sunday April 30, @10:50AM
from the thats-pretty-funny dept.
slayer99 writes I came across Explorer Destroyer yesterday, which is a project that aims to increase the market share of Firefox in a slightly more proactive way than is usual. They provide some code which you add to your front page which presents a banner to IE users urging them to switch to using Firefox. As a bonus, you can potentially make some money via Google's Firefox referral program.

Hardware: Forget Expensive Video Cards

Posted by CmdrTaco on Sunday April 30, @09:52AM
from the oversimplifications-are-funny dept.
Anonymous Reader writes Apparently, the $200 in video cards does not produce the difference. While $500 video cards steal the spotlight on review sites and offer the best performance possible for a single gpu, most enthusiasts find the $300 range to be a good balance between price and performance. Today TechArray took a look at the ATI x1900xtx and Nvidia 7900gtx along with the ATI x1800xt and Nvidia 7900gt.

Stallman Selling Autographs

Posted by CmdrTaco on Sunday April 30, @09:14AM
from the happy-hacking-should-be-trademarked dept.
UltimaGuy writes Sports stars, musicians, and other celebrities have been charging for autographs for years, but who would have thought Richard Stallman would be doing the same? Is this just for fun, or a clever, highly effective protest? Hackers, geeks and nerds gathered together at the 7th FISL - Internacional Free Software Forum, in Porto Alegre (Brazil) last week, were astounded when they got word that Richard Stallman, the founding father of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the GPL, was charging R$ 10 (about US$ 3) for an autograph and R$ 5 (less than US$ 2) to get his picture taken by free software enthusiasts at the event floor.

IT: Life on the Other End of the Tech Support Line

Posted by Zonk on Sunday April 30, @07:40AM
from the better-than-some-gigs dept.
Ant writes to mention a PC World article about life on the other end of the tech support line. From the article: According to interviewees, entry-level jobs at U.S. tech support firms pay about $7 an hour. Workers for a third-party tech support firm in New Delhi, India, make less than half that. Akanksha Chaand, who holds an advanced degree in computer science and had a job fielding calls for Hewlett-Packard at Business Processing Outsourcing in New Delhi, India, made the equivalent of $13,000 a year working in tech support--significantly more money than many less fortunate people in India earn. In contrast, a tech support pro who now lives in Arizona says she was barely scraping by on her $7-an-hour salary with no benefits. The rep, who asked that her name not be used, said it was only a bit better than her previous job--delivering pizzas. She said she received two weeks of training before taking calls from the public.

IT: Da Vinci Code Message Revealed

Posted by Zonk on Sunday April 30, @05:55AM
from the funny-judge dept.
Ironsides writes The message embedded in the Da Vinci Code ruling earlier this week has been cracked. The message reads 'Smithy Code Jackie Fisher who are you Dreadnought' and is a reference to an event from about 100 years ago. The encryption scheme itself was based on the Fibonacci number Sequence which is the same one used in the novel.

Science: NASA's 20-G Centrifuge Machine

Posted by Zonk on Sunday April 30, @01:53AM
from the like-to-see-that-in-an-arcade dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes Scientists from NASA and two U.S. universities are using a 20-G centrifuge machine that can simulate up to 20 times the terrestrial gravity to evaluate the effects of hypergravity on humans. This 58-foot diameter centrifuge has three cabins, one for humans -- limited to 12.5 G -- and two for objects and flying hardware. The goal of these experiments is to reduce the adverse effects that space travel can have on astronauts' physical heath. But by studying the health benefits of exercise on astronauts, the researchers also hope to help the rapidly growing senior population who, like astronauts, doesn't exercise much. Read more for additional details and pictures about this NASA's machine.

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