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  • Ask Slashdot: Best Camera For Getting Into Photography?
    By on November 25, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments


    An anonymous reader writes “I’ve managed to go my entire adult life without owning an actual camera. I’ve owned photosensors that were shoehorned into various other gadgets, but I’ve gotten to the point where the images produced by my smartphone aren’t cutting it. My question: what camera would you recommend for getting into basic photography? I don’t mean that in the sense of photography as a hobby or a profession, but simply as a method (more…)



  • Copyright Isn’t Working, Says EU Technology Chief Neelie Kroes
    By on November 20, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    superglaze writes “Against the backdrop of governments and courts around the world ordering ISPs to block file-sharing sites, European commissioner Neelie Kroes has said people have started to see copyright as ‘a tool to punish and withhold, not a tool to recognise and reward. … Citizens increasingly hear the word copyright and hate what is behind it,’ the EU’s digital chief said, adding that the copyright system also wasn’t rewarding (more…)

  • Mario’s Raccoon Suit Enrages PETA
    By on November 15, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    redletterdave writes “PETA believes Nintendo’s iconic plumber Mario takes a ‘pro fur’ stance” because he ‘wears the skin of a raccoon dog to give him special powers’ in the new handheld game released Nov. 13. PETA illustrated its disgust with Nintendo in an online campaign called ‘Mario Kills Tanooki.’ The page includes a side-scrolling Super Mario-style game called ‘Super Tanooki Skin 2D,’ where you play an angry, skinless tanuki that (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: Post-Quantum Asymmetric Key Exchange?
    By on November 10, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter LeDopore writes “Quantum computers might be coming. I’d estimate that there’s a 10% chance RSA will be useless within 20 years. Whatever the odds, some of the data we send over ssh and ssl today should remain private for a century, and we simply can’t guarantee secrecy anymore using the algorithms with which we have become complacent. Are there any alternatives to RSA and ECC that are trustworthy and properly (more…)

  • Did Feds’ Use of Fake Cell Tower Constitute a Search?
    By on November 6, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    hessian writes with this story in Wired: “Federal authorities used a fake Verizon cellphone tower to zero in on a suspect’s wireless card, and say they were perfectly within their rights to do so, even without a warrant. But the feds don’t seem to want that legal logic challenged in court by the alleged identity thief they nabbed using the spoofing device, known generically as a stingray. So the government is telling a court for the first (more…)