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Brazilian Evangelicals Set Up a "Sin Free" Version of Facebook

Slashdot - 7 hours 15 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: With $16,000 and the help of the Mayor of Ferraz de Vasconcelos, the town he lives in, Atilla Barros and three other Evangelical Christians created Facegloria, a "sin-free" version of Facebook. Swearing is banned, along with about 600 other words, as well as any violent or erotic content, and depictions of homosexual activity. 100,000 users have signed up the first month. "In two years we hope to get to 10 million users in Brazil. In a month we have had 100,000 and in two we are expecting a big increase thanks to a mobile phone app," Barros says. Acir dos Santos, the mayor, adds: "Our network is global. We have bought the Faceglory domain in English and in all possible languages. We want to take on Facebook and Twitter here and everywhere."

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Linux 4.2-rc1 Is One of the Largest Kernel Releases of Recent Times

Slashdot - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 11:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: Linus Torvalds ended the Linux 4.2 kernel merge window today by releasing Linux 4.2-rc1. He quickly wrote, "I thought this release would be one of the biggest ones ever, but it turns out that it will depend on how you count." By most metrics, Linux 4.2 is shaping up to be a very large release. Linux 4.2 is bringing plenty of new features including the new 'AMDGPU' kernel graphics driver, Intel Broxton support, NCQ TRIM improvements, F2FS file-system encryption, new ARM CPU/board support, Renesas R8/300 arch support, and many other additions.

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Ask Slashdot: If You Could Assemble a "FrankenOS" What Parts Would You Use?

Slashdot - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 8:01pm
rnws writes: While commenting about log-structured file systems in relation to flash SSDs, I referenced Digital's Spiralog [pdf], released for OpenVMS in 1996. This got me thinking about how VMS to this day has some of, if not the best storage clustering (still) in use today. Many operating systems have come and gone over the years, particularly from the minicomputer era, and each usually had something unique it did really well. If you could stitch together your ideal OS, then which "body parts" would you use from today and reanimate from the past? I'd probably start with VMS's storage system, MPE's print handling, OS/2's Workplace Shell, AS/400's hardware abstraction and GNU's Bash shell. What would you choose?

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Greece Rejects EU Terms

Slashdot - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:43pm
New submitter Thammuz writes: With almost all ballots counted, Greeks voted overwhelmingly "No" on Sunday in a bailout referendum, defying warnings from the EU that rejecting new austerity terms would set their country on a path out of the euro. Figures published by the interior ministry showed nearly 62% of those whose ballots had been counted voting "No", against 38% voting "Yes". "Today we celebrate the victory of democracy, but tomorrow all together we continue and complete a national effort for exiting this crisis," Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a televised address.

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Dartmouth Contests Showcase Computer-Generated Creativity

Slashdot - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 5:20pm
An anonymous reader writes: A series of contests at Dartmouth College will pit humans versus machines. Both will produce literature, poetry and music which will then be judged by humans who will try and determine which selections were computer made. "Historically, often when we have advances in artificial intelligence, people will always say, 'Well, a computer couldn't paint a sunset,' or 'a computer couldn't write a beautiful love sonnet,' but could they? That's the question," said Dan Rockmore, director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth.

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Wired Looks Back At 'Mondo 2000'

Slashdot - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 3:59pm
destinyland writes: On a day when America looks back on those who came before, Wired is remembering a pioneering technology magazine named Mondo 2000 — and sharing video of its editors' legendary appearance on a mid-90s PBS series, "The Internet Cafe". When its host questioned them about cyberpunk, they turned the interview into an ironic media stunt by providing a live, sneering cyberpunk model named Malice (wearing a fake neural implant on his head), as the words "real cyberpunk" jokingly flashed on the bottom of the screen. "At a time when few people outside academia had access to the internet, Mondo 2000 was many a wannabe hacker's introduction to the online world," Wired remembers fondly, even acknowledging that they'd "borrowed" their own magazine's design motif from Mondo 2000, in those early years before ISPs started popularizing consumer internet access.

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Checking Mammoth DNA Against Elephants Hints At How They Got Hairy

Slashdot - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 2:43pm
An anonymous reader writes: A new study on mammoth DNA comparing the hairy animals to their cousins, the Asian and African elephants, has isolated what genes separate it from its warm-weather cousins. The study found that genes controlling skin and hair development, fat metabolism, insulin signaling, and skull shape, differed from today's contemporary elephant species. "They have this weird hump on their back, which is thought to be something like a camel hump — sort of a fat deposit that stored water and energy for the cold, dark winters," says Vincent Lynch, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago.

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Seahorse Tails Could Inspire New Generation of Robots

Slashdot - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 1:26pm
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Clemson University have studied the makeup of seahorse tails and rendered its mechanics using 3D-printing in an effort to provide flexibility to stiff robots. Unlike most creatures, seahorse's tail is made of square prisms. Michael Porter, assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Clemson University said, "Almost all animal tails have circular or oval cross-sections—but not the seahorse's. We wondered why. We found that the squared-shaped tails are better when both grasping and armor functions are needed."

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Army Exoskeleton Prototype Helps Soldiers Learn To Shoot

Slashdot - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 12:10pm
An anonymous reader writes: Infantrymen live by their shooting skills, but becoming an expert marksman can take a long time. U.S. Army researchers are working on a way to improve these skills with the help of the MAXFAS, an arm exoskeleton that uses arm braces to correct involuntary arm shakes. Designed At the U.S. Army Research Laboratory by Dan Baechle, the MAXFAS has been shown to improve aim even after users have taken it off. "Soldiers need to be able to aim and shoot accurately and quickly in the chaos of the battlefield," Baechle said. "Training with MAXFAS could improve Soldiers' accuracy, and reduce current time and ammunition requirements in basic training."

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Glitch Halts New Horizons Operations As It Nears Pluto

Slashdot - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 10:55am
An anonymous reader writes: NASA says their New Horizons probe suffered a temporary communication breakdown on Saturday, 10 days before it's supposed to fly past Pluto. The mission team is working to restore normal communications. "Full recovery is expected to take from one to several days," NASA wrote in a status report on Saturday. "New Horizons will be temporarily unable to collect science data during that time."

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Russian Progress Cargo Ship Docks With Space Station

Slashdot - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 9:40am
An anonymous reader writes: An unmanned Russian cargo ship has successfully docked with the International Space Station. The successful launch, rendezvous and docking came after two resupply failures. A Progress launched in April spun out of control and a week ago, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated, destroying a supply ship loaded with supplies and equipment. "Crew reports, 'feels like Christmas in July,'" the International Space Station tweeted.

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How Apple Music Can Disrupt Users' iTunes Libraries

Slashdot - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 8:27am
An anonymous reader writes: Early adopters of Apple Music are warning others they could get more than they bargained for if they intend to download tracks for offline listening. Since Apple Music is primarily a streaming service, this functionality necessitates turning on iCloud Music for syncing purposes. The way Apple syncs files is to scan your library for known music files, and if it finds one, the service gives your account access to Apple's canonical copy. Unfortunately, this wipes out any custom edits you made to the file's metadata. For those who have put a lot of time into customizing their library, this can do a lot of damage to their organizational system. Apple's efforts to simplify and streamline the process have once again left advanced users with a difficult decision to make.

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Review: Asus Zenfone 2

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 7:00am

The newest massive Android phablet from Chinese manufacturer Asus takes the idea of a "computer in your pocket" quite seriously.

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Star Fox May Finally Justify Wii U’s Weird Controller

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 7:00am

"Star Fox Zero" was designed to show how the Wii U's GamePad controller could be used to create a unique game experience.

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WIRED Staffers Pick Your Must-Reads of the Summer

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 7:00am

Let WIRED propose your next great paper (or e-ink) adventure.

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Airbnb Needs to Be Better at Search Than Google

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 7:00am

Airbnb uses sophisticated tech to find the hosts that are most likely to let you crash in their homes for the weekend.

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Awesome Retro-Futuristic NES Will Set You Back a Cool $500

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 7:00am

It's ludicrously expensive, but this aluminum unibody 8-bit NES packs in features that put it more in line with modern-day game machines.

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Here Are Your WIRED Star Wars Challenges for Week 10

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 7:00am

We're only 165 days away from J.J. Abrams' new space epic. Your challenges, should you choose to accept them, are here.

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Why the Big Bang’s Light May Have a Tilt

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:05am

Scientists haven’t rigorously tested the cosmic microwave background for a revealing shift in 25 years. A new experiment aims to change that.

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Adorable Concept Sensors Track the True Onset of Summer

Wired - Top Stories - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 5:35am

A pair of students have created sensors that monitor the tell-tale signs of warm weather.

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