darthcamaro writes “There was a time when the Linux Foundation wouldn’t take money from Microsoft. That time is not today — Microsoft is listed as a Gold Sponsor of the LinuxCon Europe event, paying $20,000 for the privilege and also getting a guaranteed speaking slot as a result.”
Source: Microsoft Sponsors Linux Foundation Event
New submitter Atticus Rex
writes “Reporters and security guards at the Windows 8 launch event weren’t sure how to react when they were greeted by a real, live gnu. The gnu — which, on closer inspection, was an activist in a gnu suit — had come for some early trick-or-treating. But instead of candy, she had free software for the eager journalists. The gnu and the Free Software Foundation campaigns team handed out dozens of copies of Trisquel, a fully free GNU/Linux distribution, along with press releases and stickers. Once they got over their confusion, the reporters were happy to see us and hear our message — that Windows 8 is a downgrade, not an upgrade, because it steals users’ freedom, security and privacy.”
Source: Rare Photos: Gnu Crashing a Windows 8 Launch Event
Categories: slashdot event, free gnu, free software foundation, freedom security, GNU, gnu linux, launch event, mdash, rex, security, Windows
An anonymous reader writes “Just after half past seven on the evening of Friday 19th October, history was made at the Destination Star Trek London event at the capital’s ExCel centre; when Captains Archer (Scott Bakula), Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Sisko (Avery Brooks), Picard (Patrick Stewart) and James T. Kirk (William Shatner) appeared together on a European stage. This momentous event, which had occurred just once before, at the Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia in June, not only lived up to the expectations of fans, but exceeded them by a good light-year.”
Source: All Five Star Trek Captains Share a Stage
Categories: slashdot archer, avery brooks, Captains, Con, event, james t kirk, Kate Mulgrew, London, october history, Patrick Stewart, Philadelphia, Scott Bakula, stage, Star, star trek captains, trek, William Shatner
dsinc writes “Using a continent-spanning telescope, an international team of astronomers has peered to the edge of a black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. For the first time, they have measured the black hole’s ‘http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/10/point-of-no-return-found/point of no return’ — the closest distance that matter can approach before being irretrievably pulled into the black hole. According to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, a black hole’s mass and spin determine how close material can orbit before becoming unstable and falling in toward the event horizon. The team was able to measure this innermost stable orbit and found that it’s only 5.5 times the size of the black hole’s event horizon. This size suggests that the accretion disk is spinning in the same direction as the black hole. The observations were made by linking together radio telescopes in Hawaii, Arizona, and California to create a virtual telescope called the Event Horizon Telescope, or EHT. The EHT is capable of seeing details 2,000 times finer than the Hubble Space Telescope.”
Source: Black Hole’s “Point of No Return” Found
Categories: slashdot accretion disk, Arizona, California, event, Hawaii, hole, horizon, hubble space telescope, radio telescopes, team, Telescope, theory of general relativity, virtual telescope
September 11th, 2012 09:30
RocketAcademy writes “Spaceweather.com reports an explosion on Jupiter, which was detected by two amateur astronomers. According to Spaceweather.com, the event occurred at 11:35 Universal Time on September 10. Dan Peterson of Racine, Wisconsin, observing through a 12-inch Meade telescope, observed a white flash lasting for 1.5-2 seconds. George Hall of Dallas, Texas was capturing a video of Jupiter at the time, which also captured the event. It’s believed that the explosion was due to a comet or small asteroid collision. Similar events were observed in the past, in June and August 2010.”
Source: Amateur Astronomers Spot Jovian Blast
Categories: slashdot amateur astronomers, asteroid collision, com, comet, Dallas, Dan Peterson, event, explosion, George Hall, Jupiter, racine wisconsin, spaceweather, Texas, universal time, Wisconsin
September 1st, 2012 09:31
, probably by far the largest ongoing event spawned by a web comic, is in progress right now in Seattle, with an attendance of 70,000 gamers (and a smaller number of dancing stormtroopers)
. Two big announcements about future PAX events
were announced on Saturday. The first is that next year’s event will be a four-day gathering rather than the thus-far usual three; the second is that, some time next year, PAX will make its first international foray, with an event in Australia — exact time and place to be determined.
Source: PAX Prime: An Extra Day In 2013, and Plans For Australia
Categories: slashdot Australia, event, exact time, foray, mdash, pax, Prime, Seattle, time, time and place, year
After a few years of rumors and hints, All Things Digital says that a smaller iPad will debut in October
. And Amazon may be trying to steal their thunder with a revamped Kindle tablet: Nerval’s Lobster
writes with a report at SlashCloud that “Amazon could be readying a new set of Kindle tablets for unveiling in early September. That’s the widespread speculation following the online retailer’s invitations to media for a Sept. 6 event in Santa Monica, Calif. Even by the coy standards of most tech companies’ event invitations, Amazon’s is notably bereft of detail. It will take place at 10:30 AM PST at Barker Hangar, a noted (and quite large) event space. But the timing of the event is auspicious: with Apple rumored to be unveiling a smaller iPad in the near future, and the holiday shopping season a few months away, early September could prove the ideal time for Amazon to whip back the curtain from a new tablet and dominate the media conversation, at least for a few days.”
Source: Amazon, Apple Expected to Strut Their Small-Tablet Stuff Soon
Categories: slashdot Amazon, Apple Expected, barker hangar, Calif., early september, event, iPad, Kindle, Monica, santa monica, tablet
kactusotp writes “I run a small indie game company, and since source code is kind of our lifeblood, I’m pretty paranoid about backups. Every system has a local copy, servers run from a RAID 5 NAS, we have complete offsite backups, backup to keyrings/mobile phones, and cloud backups in other countries as well. With all the talk about solar flares and other such near-extinction events lately, I’ve been wondering: is it actually possible to store or protect data in such a way that if such an event occurred, data survives and is recoverable in a useful form? Optical and magnetic media would probably be rendered useless by a large enough solar flare, and storing source code/graphics in paper format would be impractical to recover, so Slashdot, short of building a Faraday cage 100 km below the surface of the Moon, how could you protect data to survive a modern day Carrington event?“
Source: Ask Slashdot: Protecting Data From a Carrington Event?
An anonymous reader writes “In the event of my untimely demise, my wife and family will need access to all of my private data (email, phone, laptop password, SSN, etc) and financial accounts and passwords (banks, 401(k), mortgage, insurance, etc). What’s the best way to securely store all that data knowing the data is somewhat volatile (e.g. password changes) and also that someone else who is not technically savvy will need to access the most up to date version of it? Suggestions include a printed copy in a safe deposit box, an encrypted file, a secure server in the cloud, or maybe a commercial product.”
Source: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Securely Store Private Information For Posterity?
Categories: slashdot anonymous reader, demise, event, financial accounts, mortgage insurance, Password, Private Information, reader, safe deposit box, untimely demise, wife
ACM A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration
33 ACM A.M. Turing Award Winners came together for the first time, to honor the 100th Anniversary of Alan Turing and reflect on his contributions, as well as on the past and future of computing. The event has now taken place—but everyone can join the conversation, #ACMTuring100, and view the webcast.
This event totally flew under my radar! Many thanks to Scott Wallace for pointing it out.
Source: ACM A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration
Categories: lambdatheultimate 100th anniversary, A.M. Turing, ACM, Alan Turing, award, award winners, celebration, Centenary, centenary celebration, event, Scott Wallace