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Visualizing Personal Flight Data With OpenFlights.org

January 5th, 2013 01:20 admin View Comments

Transportation

An anonymous reader points out this “series of personal flight data visualizations, created from data collected through OpenFlights.org. The visualizations show key transport hubs (airports and countries) and the routes between them, for all flights taken by a friend of mind over the past 10+ years.” What I wish this included: Indiana Jones-style red-dot animation showing the travel path over a spinning globe.

Source: Visualizing Personal Flight Data With OpenFlights.org

Facebook Gives Free Voice Calls a Trial Run in Canada

January 4th, 2013 01:42 admin View Comments

Canada

An anonymous reader writes with this nice news (for Canadians) snipped from CBC: “Facebook has chosen Canadian users to be guinea pigs for a new mobile feature to make free phone calls. Facebook’s new Messenger app for Apple mobile devices enables voice-over-Internet protocol phone calls, which use data instead of eating into the minutes in a mobile plan.”

Source: Facebook Gives Free Voice Calls a Trial Run in Canada

Scientists Breed Big-Brained Guppies To Demonstrate Evolution’s Trade-Offs

January 4th, 2013 01:55 admin View Comments

Science

An anonymous reader writes “Scientists have long suspected that big brains come with an evolutionary price — but now they’ve published the first experimental evidence to support that suspicion, based on their efforts to breed big-brained fish. A Swedish team found it relatively easy to select and interbreed common guppies to produce bigger (or smaller) brains — as much as 9.3 percent bigger, to be precise (abstract). But the bigger-brained fish also tended to have smaller guts and produce fewer babies.”

Source: Scientists Breed Big-Brained Guppies To Demonstrate Evolution’s Trade-Offs

Dad Hires In-Game ‘Assassins’ To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

January 4th, 2013 01:06 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes “An irritated father of a 23-year-old gamer hired ‘In-game assassins’ to attempt to make his son quit playing video games and have him get a job. ‘Feng’s idea was that his son would get bored of playing games if he was killed every time he logged on, and that he would start putting more effort into getting a job.’ While the son recently had a job at a software development company he quit because he decided he didn’t like the work.”

Source: Dad Hires In-Game ‘Assassins’ To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

Fedora 18 Release Slips Another Week

January 4th, 2013 01:56 admin View Comments

Operating Systems

An anonymous reader writes “The next major release of the Fedora Project’s GNU/Linux distribution (named Spherical Cow) was originally scheduled for November 16th. However, an ambitious set of new features has resulted in the project slipping way past its scheduled release. It had fallen three weeks behind before even producing an alpha release and nine weeks behind by the time the beta release was produced. A major redesign in the distribution installer seems to have resulted in the largest percentage of bugs blocking its release. The set-back marks the first time since 2005 in which there was only one major Fedora release during a calendar year instead of two. Currently, the distribution is scheduled for release on January 15th.”

Source: Fedora 18 Release Slips Another Week

No Patch On Tuesday For Internet Explorer Hole

January 3rd, 2013 01:20 admin View Comments

Internet Explorer

An anonymous reader writes “Right on schedule, Microsoft on Thursday announced its usual advance notification for the upcoming Patch Tuesday. While the company is planning to release seven bulletins (two Critical and five Important) which address 12 vulnerabilities, there is one that is notably missing: a bulletin for the new IE vulnerability discovered on Saturday. For those who didn’t see the news on the weekend, criminals started using a new IE security hole to attack Windows computers in targeted attacks. While IE9 and IE10 are not affected, versions IE6, IE7, and IE8 are.”

Source: No Patch On Tuesday For Internet Explorer Hole

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

January 3rd, 2013 01:39 admin View Comments

Programming

An anonymous reader writes “I have a coworker who, despite being very smart, and even very knowledgeable about software, writes the most horrible code imaginable. Entire programs are stuffed into single functions, artificially stretched thanks to relentless repetition; variable and class names so uninformative as to make grown men weep; basic language features ignored, when they could make everything shorter and more readable; and OOP abuse so sick and twisted that it may be considered a war crime. Of course, being a very smart person who has been programming since before I was born makes him fairly impervious to criticism, so even a simple ‘Do you see how much better this function is when written this way?’ is hopeless. How can I make him see the light, realize the truth, and be able to tell good code from bad?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

Open-Hardware Licensed Handheld Software-Defined Radio In the Works

January 3rd, 2013 01:21 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes Chris Testa recently presented at TAPR Digital Communications Conference and annouced his development work on a hand-held software defined radio. Running uClinux on an ARM Corex-M3 coupled to a Flash-based FPGA, it will be capable of receiving and transmitting from 100MHz to 1GHz. Designed to be low power, Chris has designed the radio primarily with the Amateur 2m and 70cm bands in mind. Currently in early prototyping stage, Chris intends to release the design under the TAPR Open Hardware License.”

Source: Open-Hardware Licensed Handheld Software-Defined Radio In the Works

Google Engineer Shows How To Forge Swords and Knives

January 3rd, 2013 01:20 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes Niels Provos, an engineer at Google working on malware and phishing protection, is showing on Youtube how to forge knives and Viking swords. The process is absolutely fascinating and follows the steps of Viking blacksmiths from a thousand years ago. It starts by taking small bars of metal that get heated and hammered together until they become a solid piece. He then shows how to form it with the hammer, heat treat and polish it. All the videos are narrated explaining the purpose of each step. Sure beats sitting in front of the computer.”

Source: Google Engineer Shows How To Forge Swords and Knives

Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

January 2nd, 2013 01:50 admin View Comments

The Internet

An anonymous reader writes “My fiancee is a professional writer. She has a great industry reputation and everyone that knows her loves her. But her ex-husband has maintained a number of websites in her name (literally, the URL is her name) that are filled with insane ravings and defamatory content. Have you ever had to deal with an internet smear campaign? The results float to the top of every Google or Bing search of her name. He currently lives abroad and cannot be served with legal papers. His websites are hosted overseas as well, and do not respond to conventional letters or petitions. Because of his freedom of speech rights, few U.S. courts will assert that his websites are truly libelous, either, and it’s still difficult to prove any real ‘damages’ are done by it. Still, we’d like to see them go away. I’m turning to the best community of geeks in the world: how do I deal with this given the limited options at my disposal?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

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