Monthly Archives: February 2015

As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

tedlistens writes: On Thursday, before it voted in favor of “net neutrality,” the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to override state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that have barred local governments and public utilities from offering broadband outside the

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Under US Pressure, PayPal Stops Working With Mega

New submitter seoras sends news that PayPal is now refusing to handle payments for Mega, Kim Dotcom’s cloud storage service. A report (PDF) issued in September of last year claimed Mega and other “cyberlocker” sites made a great deal of

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One Astronomer’s Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

sarahnaomi writes: Most of us grew up believing that tiny, distant Pluto was the outermost planet in our solar system. Then, one day, the scientific powers that be decreed that it wasn’t. But it seems the matter is far from

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Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

An anonymous reader writes: Some Blu-Ray disc interactive features use a Java variant for UIs and applications. Stephen Tomkinson just posted a blog discussing how specially created Blu-Ray discs can be used to hack various players using exploits related to

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Mysterious Siberian Crater Is Just One of Many

New submitter Sardaukar86 sends this excerpt from a Washington Post report: In the middle of last summer came news of a bizarre occurrence no one could explain. Seemingly out of nowhere, a massive crater appeared in one of the planet’s

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Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?

DoofusOfDeath writes I work on a fully distributed software development team with 5-10 people. Normally it’s great, but when we’re doing heavy design work, we really need to all be standing in front of a whiteboard together. This is expensive

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Google Taking Over New TLDs

bobo the hobo writes: In the corner of the internet where people care about DNS, there is a bit of an uproar at Google’s application for over a hundred new top-level domains, including .dev, .lol, .app, .blog, .cloud and .search.

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Methane-Based Life Possible On Titan

Randym writes: With the simultaneous announcement of a possible nitrogen-based, cell-like structure allowing life outside the “liquid water zone” (but within a methane atmosphere) announced by researchers at Cornell (academic paper) and the mystery of fluctuating methane levels on Mars

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NSA Spying Wins Another Rubber Stamp

schwit1 sends this report from the National Journal: A federal court has again renewed an order allowing the National Security Agency to continue its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, a decision that comes more than a year after President

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Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

neanderslob writes: In 2013, Elon Musk told us about a theoretical transportation system he’d been thinking about for a while. It was called “hyperloop,” and it was a tube-based system capable of sending people and things at speeds of up

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