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Science: Web Users Judge Sites Instantly
Ant «?» writes "This Nature.com news article reports that potential readers can make snap decisions in just 50 milliseconds «?» ... « Full Slashdot Story »

Hardware: New 3D Graphics Card Features in 2006
Ant «?» writes "This Tom's Hardware article «?» says that in the latest generation of graphics cards, PixelShader has become mainstream. Version 3 features 3D effects like HDR rendering for bright light sources, and parallax mapping for even more vivid features in walls and stones. The brand-new ATI Radeon X1000 «?» series and the NVIDIA «?» GeForce 6 «?» and 7 «?» master these improved graphics features. It looks at today's newest computer games (e.g., F.E.A.R. «?» ... « Full Slashdot Story »

Apple: Firefox for Intel Macs Planned for March
daria42 writes "Although there are unofficial builds already available, Mozilla will release an official version of Firefox for Intel Mac OS X in March, developer Josh Aas says «?» . There are only a couple of minor bugs to work through, such as Flash and Java support." ... « Full Slashdot Story »

Apple: Apple Sends Hidden Message to Hackers?
RetrogradeMotion writes "The OSx86 Project is reporting on a hidden message to hackers «?» in Apple's new MacBook Pro. The new Intel-based OS X contains a file named 'Dont Steal Mac OS X.kext' and is accompanied by the message, 'The purpose of this Apple software is to protect Apple copyrighted materials from unauthorized copying and use.' The file is not present in either the PowerPC version of OS X or the Intel version shipped to developers last year. While Apple has sent messages to hackers before «?» , is this a tounge-in-cheek introduction to the anticipated (and hated) «?» ... « Full Slashdot Story »

Science: Galaxies Floating on a Dark Matter Stream
Darkman, Walkin Dude «?» writes "A team in Switzerland has discovered that most of the small satellite galaxies around the Milky Way's near-twin, Andromeda, are lined up in a single plane that slices through Andromeda's spiral disc. «?» ... « Full Slashdot Story »

Your Rights Online: Tension Between Record Labels And Digital Radio
An anonymous reader writes "Now that digtial radio devices are allowing recording of shows, you knew it wouldn't be long before music executives started raising a fuss «?» . They're worried that users will prefer to record the high-quality audio (for free) to buying a download or CD." From the article: "For now, the Recording Industry Association of America is in negotiations with satellite radio companies and is opening discussions with radio broadcasters over specific products. But over the long term, the music industry says, Congress should find a way to regulate these new digital radio networks so labels can get paid when consumers keep copies of songs, as is the case with iTunes." ... « Full Slashdot Story »

IT: First Windows Vista Security Update Released
Bard Of Vim «?» writes "Microsoft has issued critical security patches «?» for beta testers running the Windows Vista December CTP (Community Technology Preview) and Windows Vista Beta 1, and warned that the new operating system was vulnerable to a remote code execution flaw in the Graphics Rendering Engine. The Vista patches address the same vulnerability that led to the WMF (Windows Metafile) malware attacks earlier this month. The recent out-of-cycle security update for the WMF vulnerability ( see slashdot coverage «?» ... « Full Slashdot Story »

Your Rights Online: E-Passport System Test This Week
An anonymous reader writes "ZDNet has a story covering another Homeland Security test of the E-Passport system «?» , a biometric program designed to stop counterfeit identification." From the article: "The passports contain biometric information such as a digital photo, as well as biographic information. The technology being tested promises to read and verify the electronic data when those carrying the e-passports attempt entry into the countries via participating airports. U.S. diplomats, Australian and New Zealand citizens and Singapore Airlines officials are among those who have been issued the e-passports. These people will also undergo normal screening procedures at the international airports." ... « Full Slashdot Story »

Politics: Galileo Sends Its First Signals
VVrath writes "Galileo, the European answer to the US Military-owned GPS has sent it's first signals to ground stations «?» in the UK and Belgium. The first satellite in the Galileo system, Giove-A was launched on December 28th 2005, and is set to be followed by a further 29 satellites by 2010. At a cost of over $4 Billion, is this system really going to offer any major advantages over GPS, or is it merely a politicised 'anything you can do we can do better' by the European Space Agency?" ... « Full Slashdot Story »

RFID Cookware
HaggiZ «?» writes " Vitacraft «?» are claiming to have what they call RFIQin Robotic Cookware «?» ... « Full Slashdot Story »