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10:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot World-First Remote Air Traffic Control System Lands In Sweden
Zothecula writes: Small airports are often in a no-win situation. They don't have much traffic because they don't have an adequate tower system, and they don't have an adequate tower system because th...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Russian Cargo Spacehip Declared Lost
schwit1 writes: The Russians have declared lost the Progress freighter that had been launched to the ISS yesterday. They never could regain control of the craft, plus it was in an incorrect orbit. Mor...
10:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot How One Tweet Wiped $8bn Off Twitter's Value
An anonymous reader writes: Someone mistakenly published earnings information on a Nasdaq-run investor relations page for Twitter before the company officially released the news and it sent the stock ...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot IBM CIO Thinks Agile Development Might Save Company
Nerval's Lobster writes: A new Wall Street Journal article details how IBM CIO Jeff Smith is trying to make Big Blue, which is going through some turbulent times as it attempts to transition from a ha...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Fark Founder Drew Curtis a Question
For many, the day would not be complete without checking Fark.com for the latest funny or weird news. Inspired by the numerous links to interesting news stories he'd send to friends every morning, Dre...
08:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 Can Run Reworked Android and iOS Apps
An anonymous reader writes with this interesting news from Microsoft. After months of rumors, Microsoft is revealing its plans to get mobile apps on Windows 10 today. While the company has been invest...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Armadillo Aerospace Resurrected On Kickstarter By the Team Members
savuporo writes: Team members from John Carmack's defunct suborbital rocket company, Armadillo Aerospace, have re-launched the suborbital rocket project now as Exos Aerospace through a Kickstarter cam...
06:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Crowdfunded Android Console Ouya Reportedly Seeking Buyout
An anonymous reader writes: Ouya, the Android-based games console, enjoyed one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns to date, raising $8.6 million after asking for only $960,000. But now that ...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics
HughPickens.com writes: The Telegraph reports that as the Vatican forges an alliance with the UN to tackle climate change, skeptics accuse Pope Francis of being deeply ill-informed about global warmin...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Uber Testing Massive Merchant Delivery Service
An anonymous reader writes: TechCrunch has obtained documents showing that Uber is testing out a delivery service that would allow shoppers to buy something online and have it delivered on the same da...
04:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Ham Radio Fills Communication Gaps In Nepal Rescue Effort
itwbennett writes: Amateur radio has stepped in to fill communication gaps in Nepal, which is struggling with power outages and a flaky Internet after a devastating earthquake on Saturday killed over ...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Crashing iPad App Grounds Dozens of American Airline Flights
infolation writes: American Airlines was forced to delay multiple flights on Tuesday night after the iPad app used by pilots crashed. Introduced in 2013, the cockpit iPads are used as an "electronic f...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Russian Cargo Mission To ISS Spinning Out of Control
quippe writes: Many sources report that a Russian spacecraft, launched successfully (video) from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier Tuesday, is in big trouble now after having a glitch...
02:00 pm - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Who Owns Pre-Embryos?
An anonymous reader writes: Scientifically and legally, frozen embryos are not the same as a living child. Nevertheless, they can inspire legal battles that resemble custody disputes. This article fol...
10:00 am - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot How Google Searches Are Promoting Genocide Denial
merbs writes: If you use Google Turkey to search for "Ermeni Krm", which means "Armenian genocide" in Turkish, the first thing you'll see is a sponsored link to a website whose purpose is to deny ther...
08:00 am - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly
An anonymous reader writes: Bruce Byfield writes for Linux Magazine about the unfortunate side-effect of people being passionate about open source software: discussions about rival projects can get he...
08:00 am - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot The Power of Backroom Lobbying: How the Music Industry Got a Copyright Extension
An anonymous reader writes: The Canadian government's unexpected budget decision to extendthe term of copyright for sound recordings came as a surprise to most copyright watchers, but not the music in...
06:00 am - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Half-Life 2 Writer on VR Gaming: We're At Pong Level, Only Scratching the Surface
An anonymous reader writes: Valve's Chet Faliszek has been in the video game industry for a long time, and his writing has been instrumental for games like Half-life 2, Portal, and Left 4 Dead. Valve ...
04:00 am - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot The Battle of 100 Freeciv AIs
Andreas(R) writes: The open source Freeciv project has simulated an epic game where 100 artificial intelligence players fight it out on a large map. You can watch the replay and check out the statisti...
04:00 am - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Should I Build a Maker Space For a Liberal Arts College?
XxtraLarGe writes: I work for a small liberal arts college, and have been asked to research makerspaces. I have done a bunch of initial research which tells me a lot about equipment being used, as wel...
02:00 am - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Massachusetts Governor Introduces Bill To Regulate Uber, Lyft
jfruh writes: The "wild west" days of ridesharing services may be coming to an end. The governor of Massachusetts has proposed a bill that would regulate Uber, Lyft, and their rivals in the state. Amo...
12:00 am - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot Why Crypto Backdoors Wouldn't Work
An anonymous reader writes: Your devices should come with a government backdoor. That's according to the heads of the FBI, NSA, and DHS. There are many objections, especially that backdoors add massiv...
12:00 am - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot RealTek SDK Introduces Vulnerability In Some Routers
jones_supa writes: SOHO routers from manufacturers including at least Trendnet and D-Link allow attackers anywhere in the world to execute malicious code on the devices, according to a security adviso...
12:00 am - Wed, April 29, 2015
Slashdot The Next Generation of Medical Tools May Be Home-brewed
An anonymous reader writes: In the Little Devices Lab at MIT, Jose Gomez-Marquez builds medical tools using a DIY mindset. He's designing cheap alternatives to existing hospital equipment to help spre...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot Meet the Firmware Lead For Google's Project Ara Modular Smartphone (Video)
According to Wikipedia, 'Project Ara is the codename for an initiative that aims to develop an open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones.' Google is the sponsor, and the project s...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot Verizon Tells Customer He Needs 75Mbps For Smoother Netflix Video
An anonymous reader writes: Verizon recently told a customer that upgrading his 50Mbps service to 75Mbps would result in smoother streaming of Netflix video. Of course, that's not true — Netflix...
10:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot Breakthough Makes Transparent Aluminum Affordable
frank249 writes: In the Star Trek universe, transparent aluminum is used in various fittings in starships, including exterior ship portals and windows. In real life, Aluminium oxynitride is a form of ...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot A Light-Powered Retina Implant For the Blind
the_newsbeagle writes: In certain diseases of the retina, people lose function in the photoreceptor cells that respond to light and trigger a message to the brain. So engineers have designed various r...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5.3 Released
jrepin writes: The KDE community has released Plasma 5.3, a major new version of the popular, open source desktop environment. The latest release brings much enhanced power management, better support ...
08:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Mount Cyberattacks Against Surgery Robot
An anonymous reader writes: A group of researchers from University of Washington have tested the security of a teleoperated robotic surgery system created by their colleagues, and have found it severe...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot US Successfully Tests Self-Steering Bullets
mpicpp sends this report from The Independent:The United States Department of Defense has carried out what it says is its most successful test yet of a bullet that can steer itself towards moving targ...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class
McGruber writes: After a semester of disrespect, backstabbing, lying, and cheating, Texas A&M Galveston Professor Irwin Horwitz had all he could take. He "sent a lengthy email to his Strategic Man...
06:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot Signs of Subsurface 'Alien' Life Found In Antarctica
astroengine writes: An airborne survey of a presumably dry Antarctic valley revealed a stunning and unexpected interconnected subsurface briny aquifer deep beneath the frozen tundra, a finding that no...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot China's Tencent Launches Smart Hardware OS To Rival Alibaba
An anonymous reader writes: Chinese internet and media giant Tencent Holdings has today launched an operating system for mobile devices such as internet-connected phones, TVs, smartwatches and other I...
04:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot TeslaCrypt Isn't All That Cryptic
citpyrc writes: TeslaCrypt, the latest-and-greatest ransomware branch off of the CryptoWall family, claims to the unwitting user that his/her documents are encrypted with "a unique public key generate...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water
An anonymous reader writes: Federal health officials Monday changed the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water for the first time since 1962, cutting by almost half the maximum amount of flu...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot ATT, DirecTV Mega-Merger May Go Through
An anonymous reader writes: Hot on the heels of Comcast's failed attempt to swallow up Time Warner Cable, AT&T's pursuit of satellite provider DirecTV is plowing forward. What would be the result ...
02:00 pm - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot How To Increase the Number of Female Engineers
HughPickens.com writes: Lina Nilsson writes in an op-ed piece in the NY Times that she looks with despair at estimates that only about 14 percent of engineers in the work force are women. But there ma...
10:00 am - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System
Tekla Perry writes: Earthquake alert systems that give a 10 or 20 second warning of an impending temblor, enabling automatic systems to shut down and people to take cover, are hugely expensive to buil...
08:00 am - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot Kerbal Space Program 1.0 Released After 4 Years of Development
hampton2600 writes: The beloved space simulator game Kerbal Space Program has just hit version 1.0 after four years in development. It has risen to prominence in public beta, but the full release brin...
08:00 am - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage
Lucas123 writes: Last year, renewable energy sources accounted for half of new installed electric-generation capacity (natural gas units made up most of the remainder). As more photovoltaic panels are...
06:00 am - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot New Zero Day Disclosed In WordPress Core Engine
Trailrunner7 writes: WordPress security issues have for the most part involved a vulnerable plug-in, but a Finnish researcher has disclosed some details on a zero-day vulnerability he discovered in th...
06:00 am - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot Valve Pulls the Plug On Paid Mods For Skyrim
westlake writes: Valve has abandoned its attempt to introduce paid mods to Skyrim on Steamworks, following furious and unrelenting complaints by the gaming community that did not spare Gabe Newell. Va...
04:00 am - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot New Privacy Threat: Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection
An anonymous reader writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is warning against a new potential privacy threat: cameras that look inside cars and try to identify how many people are inside. This tec...
02:00 am - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues
An anonymous reader writes: Malcolm Gladwell has an article in The New Yorker about how automotive engineers handle issues of safety. There have been tons of car-related recalls lately, and even befor...
12:00 am - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot An Open Ranking of Wikipedia Pages
vigna writes: The Laboratory for Web Algorithmics of the Università degli studi di Milano did it again: after creating the first open ranking of the World Wide Web they have put together the firs...
12:00 am - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot Alibaba Looks To Rural China To Popularize Its Mobile OS
itwbennett writes: E-commerce giant Alibaba Group hasn't given up on its YunOS mobile operating system, and is taking the software to China's rural markets through a series of low-cost phones, which w...
12:00 am - Tue, April 28, 2015
Slashdot Holographic Principle Could Apply To Our Universe
New submitter citpyrc sends this news from the Vienna University of Technology: The "holographic principle" asserts that a mathematical description of the universe actually requires one fewer dimensio...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Texas Admonishes Judge For Posting Facebook Updates About Her Trials
An anonymous reader writes: Michelle Slaughter, a Galveston County judge, says she will appeal a public admonition from state officials that criticized her Facebook posts about cases brought before he...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Imagination To Release Open MIPS Design To Academia
DeviceGuru writes: Imagination Technologies has developed a Linux-ready academic version of its 32-bit MIPS architecture MicroAptiv processor design, and is giving it away free to universities for use...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Supreme Court To Consider Data Aggregation Suit Against Spokeo
BUL2294 writes: Consumerist and Associated Press are reporting that the Supreme Court has taken up the case of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins — a case where Spokeo, as a data aggregator, faces legal lia...
10:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot JavaScript Devs: Is It Still Worth Learning jQuery?
Nerval's Lobster writes: If you're learning JavaScript and Web development, you might be wondering whether to learn jQuery. After nearly a decade of existence, jQuery has grown into a fundamental part...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Smart Headlights Adjust To Aid Drivers In Difficult Conditions
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute are developing smart headlights that not only trace a car's movement around bends, but are programmable to as...
08:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles
Mr D from 63 writes: ESPN isn't a fan of Verizon's new way of offering cable channels under its Fios TV service and is suing. The lawsuit comes after Verizon unveiled new bundles that allow customers ...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Has the Native Vs. HTML5 Mobile Debate Changed?
itwbennett writes: The tools available to developers who need to build an application once and deploy everywhere have exploded. Frameworks like famo.us, Ionic, PhoneGap, Sencha Touch, Appcelerator, Xa...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot The Sun Newspaper Launches Anonymous Tor-Based WikiLeaks-Style SecureDrop
Mark Wilson writes: The likes of Julian Assange's WikiLeaks have set the standard for blowing the lid on huge stories based on tips from anonymous sources. Whistle-blowers such as Edward Snowden have ...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Google Launches a Marketplace To Buy Patents From Interested Sellers
An anonymous reader writes: Google has announced an experimental marketplace called the Patent Purchase Promotion, which aims to keep patents out of the hands of patent trolls. From the announcement: ...
06:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame
An anonymous reader writes: Pepsi believes sales of diet soda are falling because of aspartame and how the general public think it is a dangerous substance to consume. Even though the FDA describe asp...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Indian Telecom Authority Releases a Million Email IDs, Taken Down By Hackers
knwny writes: In a bizarre move that threatens the privacy of over a million internet users in India, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the list of email IDs from which it ...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Conde Nast To Announce VR Series
An anonymous reader writes: Lifestyle and fashion publishing giant Conde Nast is planning to move into virtual reality in an effort to trial new marketing and advertising streams to attract digital co...
04:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Audi Creates "Fuel of the Future" Using Just Carbon Dioxide and Water
EwanPalmer writes: German car manufacturer Audi says it has created the "fuel of the future" made solely from water, carbon dioxide and renewable sources. The synthetic "e-diesel" was made following a...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Stephen Hawking Has a Message For One Direction Fans
An anonymous reader points out that Stephen Hawking recently gave some advice for One Direction fans. What is the cosmological effect of singer Zayn Malik leaving the best-selling boy band One Directi...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet
An anonymous reader writes: Google's 7-inch tablet has disappeared from the Google Store, where a note in red type simply states that the device is no longer available for purchase. "The Nexus 7 was f...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Pandora Paying Artists $0.0001 More Per Stream Than It Was Last Year
journovampire writes: Pandora has revealed that it's paying a 10,000th of a dollar more to music labels and artists than it was in 2014. From the article: "Pandora has revealed that its royalty paymen...
02:00 pm - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Robots Step Into the Backbreaking Agricultural Work That Immigrants Won't Do
HughPickens.com writes: Ilan Brat reports at the WSJ that technological advances are making it possible for robots to handle the backbreaking job of gently plucking ripe strawberries from below deep-g...
10:00 am - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Linux 4.1 Bringing Many Changes, But No KDBUS
An anonymous reader writes: The first release candidate of Linux 4.1 has been released, Linus noted, "The merge window is pretty normal in terms of what got merged too. Just eyeballing the size, it lo...
08:00 am - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot The World of 3D Portraiture
An anonymous reader writes in with this BBC story about the niche market of 3D printed "selfie" models. By now we're familiar with tales of 3D-printed marvels, from guns to duck prosthetics. But when ...
04:00 am - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Google Insiders Talk About Why Google Failed
An anonymous reader writes in with this story about what happened to Google+ from an employee perspective. "Last month, Google announced that it's changing up its strategy with Google+. In a sense, it...
02:00 am - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot When Exxon Wanted To Be a Personal Computing Revolutionary
An anonymous reader writes with this story about Exxon's early involvement with consumer computers. "This weekend is the anniversary of the release of the Apple IIc, the company's fourth personal comp...
12:00 am - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher
An anonymous reader writes: English teacher Michael Godsey writes in The Atlantic what he envisions the role of teachers to be in the future. In a nutshell, he sees virtual classrooms, less pay, and a...
12:00 am - Mon, April 27, 2015
Slashdot Officials Say Russian Hackers Read Obama's Unclassified Emails
An anonymous reader points out that Russian hackers reportedly obtained some of President Obama’s emails when the White House’s unclassified computer system was hacked last year. Some of P...
10:00 pm - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Google Executive Dan Fredinburg Among Victims of Everest avalanche
alphadogg writes: Dan Fredinburg, privacy director for the company's Google X team, and an engineer who worked on many of Google's most exciting projects during his 8 years with the company, died over...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Intel Showcases RealSense 3D Camera Applications and Technologies In New York
MojoKid writes: Intel gathered a number of its OEM and software partners together in New York City recently to showcase the latest innovations that the company's RealSense 3D camera technology can ena...
08:00 pm - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Seeing Buildings Shake With Software
mikejuk writes: In 2012 a team from MIT CSAIL discovered that you could get motion magnification by applying filtering algorithms to the color changes of individual pixels. The method didn't track mov...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Cosmologists Find Eleven Runaway Galaxies
An anonymous reader writes: Discovery News reports that 11 homeless galaxies have been identified by Igor Chilingarian, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and Moscow Sta...
06:00 pm - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead
An anonymous reader sends word that Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent Pakistani social and human rights activist, has been shot dead. The progressive activist and organizer who ran Pakistan's first-ever hack...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Apple's Next Frontier Is Your Body
Lashdots writes: Amid the unveiling of the Apple Watch, Tim Cook's wrist distracted from another new product last month: ResearchKit, an open source iOS platform designed to help researchers design ap...
04:00 pm - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Nepal Earthquake: Facebook To Google, How Tech Is Helping Survivors Reach Out
An anonymous reader writes: In the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Nepal, many social media sites and mobile applications have come up with features that could help locate friends and loved on...
02:00 pm - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Tiny Robots Climb Walls Carrying More Than 100 Times Their Weight
schwit1 writes: Mighty things come in small packages. The little robots in this video can haul things that weigh over 100 times more than themselves. The super-strong bots — built by mechanical ...
02:00 pm - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot In New AI Benchmark, Computer Takes On Four Top Professional Poker Players
HughPickens.com writes: Stephen Jordan reports at the National Monitor that four of the world's greatest poker players are going into battle against a computer program that researchers are calling Cla...
10:00 am - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Declassified Report From 2009 Questions Effectiveness of NSA Spying
schwit1 writes: With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret progr...
06:00 am - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Debian 8 Jessie Released
linuxscreenshot writes: After almost 24 months of constant development, the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8 (code name Jessie), which will be supported for the next five ye...
04:00 am - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Random Generator Parodies Vapid Startup Websites
alphadogg writes: A pair of Georgia Tech computer science students have created a Random Startup Website Generator that spits out a different jargon-laden startup website every time you click on the U...
02:00 am - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law
theodp writes: The NY Times' Eric Lipton was just awarded a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting that shed light on how foreign powers buy influence at think tanks. So, it probably bears me...
12:00 am - Sun, April 26, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?
janimal writes: The iPhone used to be the smartphone that "just works." Ever since the 4S days, this has been true less and less with each generation. My wife's iPhone 6 needs to be restarted several ...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot FCC Chairman: a Former Cable Lobbyist Who Helped Kill the Comcast Merger
An anonymous reader writes: After Friday's news that the Comcast/TWC merger is dead, the Washington Post points out an interesting fact: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was instrumental in throwing up r...
10:00 pm - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Oculus Rift: 2015 Launch Unlikely, But Not Impossible
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this week during Facebook's 2015 Q1 earnings call, the company seemed to suggest that a 2015 Oculus Rift release date was unlikely. At least, that's what a report a...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls
An anonymous reader writes: We read about a lot of patent troll cases. Some are successful and some are not, but many such cases are decided before ever going to court. It's how the patent troll opera...
08:00 pm - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid
An anonymous reader writes: An archaeologist has discovered liquid mercury at the end of a tunnel beneath a Mexican pyramid, a finding that could suggest the existence of a king's tomb or a ritual cha...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot A Guide To the 5 Cybersecurity Bills Now Before Congress
blottsie writes: At press time, the House had passed two cybersecurity bills, one Senate bill had been passed out of committee and reported to the full chamber for a final vote, and a third House bill...
06:00 pm - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg
HughPickens.com writes: Ben Yeager reports in Outside Magazine that Italian explorer Alex Bellini plans to travel to Greenland's west coast, pick an iceberg, and live on it for a year as it melts out ...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Turning a Smartphone Display Into a Biometric Scanner
New submitter jan_jes writes: Recent mobile phones integrate fingerprint scanners to authenticate users biometrically and replace passwords, making authentication more convenient. Researchers at Yahoo...
04:00 pm - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach
BrianFagioli writes: Microsoft may not be winning in the mobile arena, but they're still making tons of money from those who are. Patent licensing agreements net the company billions each year from de...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes
Okian Warrior writes: Billionaire Elon Musk will announce next week that Tesla will begin offering battery-based energy storage for residential and commercial customers. The batteries power up overnig...
02:00 pm - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Nepal, Hundreds Dead
An anonymous reader writes: Nepal was struck by an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 today, with an epicenter 80 km east of the country's second biggest city, Pokhara. Its effects were also strongly felt in...
10:00 am - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Mystery of the Coldest Spot In the CMB Solved
StartsWithABang writes: The cosmic microwave background is a thing of beauty, as not only does its uniform, cold temperature reveal a hot, dense past that began with the hot Big Bang, but its fluctuat...
08:00 am - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers
An anonymous reader writes: The blockade of the Pirate Bay by UK ISPs is causing trouble for CloudFlare customers. Several websites have been inadvertently blocked by Sky because a Pirate Bay proxy is...
04:00 am - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Opens Vulnerability Bounty Program For Spartan Browser
jones_supa writes: As it did in the past when it tried to make Internet Explorer more secure, Microsoft has launched a new bug bounty program for Spartan browser, the default application of Windows 10...
02:00 am - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Buggy Win 95 Code Almost Wrecked Stuxnet Campaign
mask.of.sanity writes: Super-worm Stuxnet could have blown its cover and failed its sabotage mission due to a bug that allowed it to spread to ancient Windows boxes, malware analysts say. Stuxnet was ...
12:00 am - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password
An anonymous reader writes with this news from Ars Technica: If you want access to encrypted data on a drug dealer's digital device, you might try to break the crypto—or you might just try to br...
12:00 am - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Patents Show Google Fi Was Envisioned Before the iPhone Was Released
smaxp writes: Contrary to reports, Google didn't become a mobile carrier with the introduction of Google Fi. Google Fi was launched to prove that a network-of-networks serves smartphone users better t...
12:00 am - Sat, April 25, 2015
Slashdot Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids
Taco Cowboy writes: Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. Neonicotinoids kill insects by overwhelming and short-circuiting their central nervous syste...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Github DDoS Attack As Seen By Google
New submitter opensec writes: Last month GitHub was hit by a massive DDoS attack originating from China. On this occasion the public discovered that the NSA was not the only one with a QUANTUM-like ca...
10:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs
writertype writes: Last month, Microsoft began talking about PlayReady 3.0, which adds hardware DRM to secure 4K movies. Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are all building it in, according to Microsoft...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Apple Watch Launches
An anonymous reader writes: The Apple Watch's release date has arrived: retailers around the world have quietly begun putting them on their shelves, and customers are beginning to receive their shipme...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot How and Why the U-Pick Game Marathon Raises Money With Non-Stop Gaming (Video)
On June 12 through 14th of this year, the fourth (not "fourth annual," but close) iteration of the U-Pick Video Game Marathon for Charity --“UPickVG IV” for short --will be streaming on an...
08:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot German Intelligence Helped NSA Spy On EU Politicians and Companies
An anonymous reader writes: We've known for some time already that intelligence agencies operate beyond rules, laws, and regulations. Now, we learn that the NSA and the German intelligence service, BN...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox
An anonymous reader writes: Like initials carved in a tree, ER = EPR, as the new idea is known, is a shorthand that joins two ideas proposed by Einstein in 1935. One involved the paradox implied by wh...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)
HughPickens.com writes: The NY Times reports that Amazon unveiled the financial performance of its powerful growth engine for the first time on Thursday, and the numbers looked good, energized primari...
06:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Pentagon Discloses Network Breach By Russian Hackers
An anonymous reader writes: The Pentagon has disclosed that Russian hackers were able to breach one of its secure networks earlier this year, and referred to the attack as a "worrisome" incident. "Ear...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Ubuntu 15.04 Released, First Version To Feature systemd
jones_supa writes: The final release of Ubuntu 15.04 is now available. A modest set of improvements are rolling out with this spring's Ubuntu. While this means the OS can't rival the heavy changelogs ...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Surgeon Swears Human Head Transplant Isn't a 'Metal Gear Solid' Publicity Stunt
Jason Koebler writes: Dr. Sergio Canavero wants to become the first surgeon to perform a human head transplant. But some discerning gamers noticed that a doctor shown in the trailer for Metal Gear Sol...
04:00 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Irish Legislator Proposes Law That Would Make Annoying People Online a Crime
An anonymous reader sends this report from TechDirt: Is Ireland looking to pass a law that would "outlaw ebooks and jail people for annoying others?" Well, no, not really, but that's the sort of unint...
01:38 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger
An anonymous reader writes: Confirming speculation from yesterday, Comcast announced this morning that its attempt to merge with Time Warner Cable has been terminated. The announcement was very brief,...
01:34 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Hubble Turns 25
Taco Cowboy points out that the Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 today.Hubble was launched on April 24, 1990, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Currently, it is fly...
01:34 pm - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Cosmic Rays Could Reveal Secrets of Lightning On Earth
sciencehabit writes: Despite Benjamin Franklin's best efforts with a kite and a key, the phenomenon of lightning remains a scientific enigma. Now, researchers have developed a new tool that could help...
10:00 am - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot MIT Developing AI To Better Diagnose Cancer
stowie writes: Working with Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT has developed a computational model that aims to automatically suggest cancer diagnoses by learning from thousands of data points from p...
08:00 am - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot NVIDIA Quadro M6000 12GB Maxwell Workstation Graphics Tested Showing Solid Gains
MojoKid writes: NVIDIA's Maxwell GPU architecture has has been well-received in the gaming world, thanks to cards like the GeForce GTX Titan X and the GeForce GTX 980. NVIDIA recently took time to bri...
06:00 am - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Good: Companies Care About Data Privacy Bad: No Idea How To Protect It
Esther Schindler writes: Research performed by Dimensional Research demonstrated something most of us know: Just about every business cares about data privacy, and intends to do something to protect s...
02:00 am - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Music Industry Argues Works Entering Public Domain Are Not In Public Interest
An anonymous reader writes: With news that Canada intends to extendthe term of copyright for sound recordings and performers, therecording industry is now pushing the change by arguing that worksenter...
12:00 am - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Gen. Petraeus To Be Sentenced To Two Years Probation and Fine
An anonymous reader writes: Petraeus, a now-retired U.S. Army General, has already agreed to plead guilty to a criminal misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material....
12:00 am - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Researcher Discloses Methods For Bypassing All OS X Security Protections
Trailrunner7 writes: For years, Apple has enjoyed a pretty good reputation among users for the security of its products. That halo has been enhanced by the addition of new security features such as Ga...
12:00 am - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Groupon Refuses To Pay Security Expert Who Found Serious XSS Site Bugs
Mark Wilson writes: Bounty programs benefit everyone. Companies like Microsoft get help from security experts, customers gain improved security, and those who discover and report vulnerabilities reap ...
12:00 am - Fri, April 24, 2015
Slashdot Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit
dcblogs writes: The typical employee at Google is relatively young, according to a lawsuit brought by an older programmer who is alleging age discrimination. Between 2007 and 2013, Google's workforce ...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says
Velcroman1 writes: At a sky-high press conference atop the new World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, Acer unveiled a sky-high lineup of goods – and placed a flag in the sand for the sagging PC ...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Yellowstone Supervolcano Even Bigger Than We Realized
The Washington Post reports that the "supervolcano" beneath Yellowstone National Park (which, thankfully, did not kill us all in 2004, or in 2008 ) may be more dangerous when it does erupt than anyone...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Bloomberg Report Suggests Comcast & Time Warner Merger Dead
andyring writes: According to Bloomberg News, the Time Warner/Comcast merger of raw evil is dead. Comcast plans as early as tomorrow to withdraw the merger proposal, "after regulators decided that the...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Virtual Telescope Readied To Image Black Hole's 'Ring of Fire'
astroengine writes: With the addition of a telescope at the southern-most point of Earth, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) now spans the diameter of our planet and, when the vast project goes online,...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot iOS WiFi Bug Allows Remote Reboot of All Devices In Area
New submitter BronsCon writes: A recently disclosed flaw in iOS 8 dubbed "No iOS Zone" allows an attacker to create a WiFi hot spot that will cause iOS devices to become unstable, crash, and reboot, e...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology
HughPickens.com writes: The NYT reports that President Obama has offered an emotional apology for the accidental killing of two hostages held by Al Qaeda, one of them American, in a United States gove...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War
retroworks writes: Two stories appear today which feature close up photos of young African men surrounded by scrap metal in the city of Accra. The headlines state that this is where our computers go t...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users
An anonymous reader writes: iTunes users who still run Windows XP started to experience connectivity issues this week. As documented in an Apple Support Communities thread, they can't log into the iTu...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Qt Creator 3.4.0 Released
jones_supa writes: Qt Creator 3.4.0 has been released with many new features. Qt Creator is a C/C++ IDE with specialized tools for developing Qt applications, and it works great for general-purpose pr...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot USGS: Oil and Gas Operations Could Trigger Large Earthquakes
sciencehabit writes: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has taken its first stab at quantifying the hazard from earthquakes associated with oil and gas development. The assessment, released in a prelim...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot New Sampling Device Promises To Make Blood Tests Needle-Free
Zothecula writes: Though the pain they cause is minor and fleeting, a lot of people still find something pretty unsettling about needles. When it comes to conducting a routine blood test, US-based com...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Traffic App Waze To Alert L.A. Drivers of Kidnappings and Hit-and-Runs
An anonymous reader writes: Traffic-alert app Waze has announced a partnership with Los Angeles to share information on hit-and-runs and kidnappings taking place across the city, alongside traffic dat...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot New Privacy Concerns About US Program That Can Track Snail Mail
Lashdots writes: A lawyers' group has called for greater oversight of a government program that gives state and federal law enforcement officials access to metadata from private communications for cri...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis
Freshly Exhumed writes: Wellness advocate Belle Gibson, who translated her high profile as a cancer survivor into publishing success, has admitted her cancer diagnosis was not real. Ms Gibson, 23, who...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot POS Vendor Uses Same Short, Numeric Password Non-Stop Since 1990
mask.of.sanity writes: Fraud fighters David Byrne and Charles Henderson say one of the world's largest Point of Sale systems vendors has been slapping the same default passwords – 166816 –...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
HughPickens.com writes: Newsmax reports that according to according to KRC Research about 64 percent of Americans familiar with Snowden hold a negative opinion of him. However 56 percent of Americans ...
12:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Hubble Spots Star Explosion Astronomers Can't Explain
schwit1 writes: The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted the explosion of a star that does not fit into any theory for stellar evolution. "The exploding star, which was seen in the constellation Eridanu...
12:00 pm - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Security Companies Accused of Exaggerating Iran's Cyberthreats Against the US
An anonymous reader writes: A widely-read report accusing Iran of hundreds of thousands of cyberattacks against the U.S. is being criticized as hugely inaccurate as well as motivated by marketing and ...
06:00 am - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Ancient Hangover Cure Discovered In Greek Texts
An anonymous reader writes with good news for people looking for an old cure for an old problem. Trying to ease a bad hangover? Wearing a necklace made from the leaves of a shrub called Alexandrian la...
06:00 am - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot Apple Offers Expedited Apple Watch Order Lottery To Developers
An anonymous reader writes: Apple is sending out invites to random registered developers, giving them the chance to buy an Apple Watch with guaranteed delivery by the end of the month. "Special Opport...
12:25 am - Thu, April 23, 2015
Slashdot House Bill Slashes Research Critical To Cybersecurity
dcblogs writes: A U.S. House bill that will set the nation's basic research agenda for the next two years increases funding for computer science, but at the expense of other research areas. The fundin...
11:48 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Facebook's "Hello" Tells You Who's Calling Before You Pick Up
Mark Wilson writes: When you receive a call you'll usually see the number of the caller, but this may not be helpful in identifying them before you decide whether to pick up. Facebook's answer to this...
10:57 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Scientists Claim To Have Genetically Modified Human Embryos
Annanag writes: There were rumours — but now it's been confirmed. Chinese scientists have attempted the ethically questionable feat of genetically modifying human embryos. The scientists try to ...
10:39 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California
mpicpp sends the latest news on California legislation that would eliminate exemptions for vaccinating school children. A bill that would require nearly all children in California to be vaccinated by ...
10:39 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Swallowing Your Password
HughPickens.com writes: Amir Mizroch reports at the WSJ that a PayPal executive who works with engineers and developers to find and test new technologies, says that embeddable, injectable, and ingesti...
09:06 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.
Nerval's Lobster writes: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, in a conference call with reporters and analysts, referred to the net layoffs of 1,100 employees in the first quarter of 2015 as part of a 'remixing' ...
09:06 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot New Javascript Attack Lets Websites Spy On the CPU's Cache
An anonymous reader writes: Bruce Upbin at Forbes reports on a new and insidious way for a malicious website to spy on a computer. Any computer running a late-model Intel microprocessor and a Web brow...
09:06 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot GCC 5.1 Released
kthreadd writes: Version 5.1 of GCC, the primary free software compiler for GNU and other operating systems, has been released. Version 5 includes many changes from the 4.x series. Starting with this ...
09:06 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Google Launches Project Fi Mobile Phone Service
An anonymous reader writes: Google unveiled today a new cell phone service called Project Fi. It offers the same basic functionality as traditional wireless carriers, such as voice, text and Internet ...
09:06 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance
jriding sends word that the majority leader of the U.S. Senate has introduced a bill that would extend the surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act until 2020: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
09:06 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Virtual Reality Games Can Improve Memory Retention of Safety Instructions
vrml writes: Using a virtual reality (VR) headset to experience risky situations as immersive 3D games improves memory retention of passenger safety instructions, according to research published in th...
09:06 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Intel 'Compute Stick' PC-Over-HDMI Dongle Launched, Tested
MojoKid writes: Intel has officially announced the availability of their Compute Stick HDMI dongle, and has lifted the embargo on early tests with the device. The Compute Stick is essentially a fully-...
09:06 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot NASA Teams Scientific Experts To Find Life On Exoplanets
coondoggie writes: As the amount of newly discovered planets and systems outside our solar system grows, NASA is assembling a virtual team of scientific experts to search for signs of life. The progra...
09:06 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs
schwit1 points out news that's sure to clash with Earth Day narratives: drivers who bought hybrid and electric cars are switching back to SUVs at a higher rate than ever. Quoting:According to Edmunds....
04:18 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot The Great Canadian Copyright Giveaway: Copyright Extension For Sound Recordings
An anonymous reader writes: Despite no study, no public demands, and the potential cost to the public of millions of dollars, the Canadian government announced yesterday that it will extend the term o...
04:18 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot MIT's New Tabletop Particle Detector Sees Individual Electrons
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists at MIT have created a small, tabletop particle detector capable of identifying individual electrons within a cloud of radioactive gas. "As the radioactive krypto...
04:18 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Device Guard For Windows 10
jones_supa writes: Microsoft has announced a new feature for Windows 10 called Device Guard, which aims to give administrators full control over what software can or cannot be installed on a device. "...
04:18 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal
An anonymous reader writes: Following a four-month trial, a German court in Hamburg has ruled that the practice of blocking advertising is perfectly legitimate. Germany-based Eyeo, the company that ow...
04:18 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars For SUVs
schwit1 points out news that's sure to clash with Earth Day narratives: drivers who bought hybrid and electric cars are switching back to SUVs at a higher rate than ever. Quoting:According to Edmunds....
12:22 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are 'Friendly To Terrorists'
An anonymous reader points out comments from Mark Rowley, the UK's national police lead for counter-terrorism, who thinks tech companies aren't doing enough to prevent terrorists from using their serv...
12:22 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot How False Color Astronomy Works
StartsWithABang writes: When you look out at the nebulae in the night sky — especially if you're seeing them with your eye through a telescope for the first time — you might be in for a bi...
12:22 pm - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Japan Looks To Distributed Control Theory To Manage Energy Market Deregulation
Hallie Siegel writes: Japan's power industry is currently centralized, but it aims to deregulate by around 2020. Coupled with this major structural market change, the expansion of thermal, nuclear and...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Protein Converts Pancreatic Cancer Cells Back Into Healthy Cells
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists working in the area of pancreatic cancer research have uncovered a technique that sees cancerous cells transform back into normal healthy cells. The method relie...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer
An anonymous reader writes: In January, the British-American computer scientist Stuart Russell drafted and became the first signatory of an open letter calling for researchers to look beyond the goal ...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record
nojayuk writes: An experimental Japanese magnetic levitation train has reached a speed of 603 km/h, breaking the world speed record the same train set last week of 590 km/h. "Central Japan Railway (JR...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Twitter Rolls Out New Anti-Abuse Tools
An anonymous reader writes: After facing criticism that it gives trolls and hatemongers a platform to intimidate people, Twitter has now rolled out a new set of tools and policies to handle abusive tw...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Supreme Court Rules Extending Traffic Stop For Dog Sniff Unconstitutional
bmxeroh writes: The Supreme Court ruled today (PDF) that a police officer may not extend a traffic stop beyond the time needed to complete the tasks related to that stop for the purposes of allowing a...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Optical Tech Can Boost Wi-Fi Systems' Capacity With LEDs
chasm22 writes: Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information. The system ...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot OSGeo Foundation Up In Arms Over ESRI LAS Lock-In Plans
Bismillah writes: The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is outraged over mapping giant ESRI's latest move which entails vendor lock-in for light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data through its propriet...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Copyright For Sale: What the Sony Docs Say About MPAA Buying Political Influence
An anonymous reader writes: The linkage between political funding and the majorcopyright lobby groups is not a new issue as for years there havebeen storiesabout how groups like the MPAA and RIAA fund...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
HughPickens.com writes: The NY Times reports on the changing usage of psychostimulants like Adderall. They were once only prescribed to help children with attention deficit disorders focus on their sc...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Rosetta Spacecraft Catches Comet Eruption
An anonymous reader writes: On March 12, the Rosetta spacecraft was imaging Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from a distance of 75 kilometers (46 miles) and by pure chance it spotted an eruption of dus...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Futures Trader Arrested For Causing 2010 'Flash Crash'
New submitter dfsmith writes: Apparently the "Flash Crash" of the stock market in May 2010 was perpetrated by a futures trader in the UK. The US Justice Department alleges that he used a "dynamic laye...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot 'Aaron's Law' Introduced To Curb Overzealous Prosecutions For Computer Crimes
SonicSpike writes: Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation today to better target serious criminals and curb overzealous prosecutions...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism
An anonymous reader sends word of a new study (abstract) into the relationship between the MMR vaccine and kids who develop autism. In short: there is no relationship, even for kids at high risk of de...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Learn About FIRST's New Embedded Linux Controller (Video)
Our interviewee today is Mike Anderson, an adviser to FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Team 116 at Herndon High School in Virginia. He's here to tell us about the new ...
04:28 am - Wed, April 22, 2015
Slashdot Networking Library Bug Breaks HTTPS In ~1,500 iOS Apps
mrflash818 writes: A new report from analytics service SourceDNA found that roughly 1,500 iOS apps (with about 2 million total installs) contain a vulnerability that cripples HTTPS and makes man-in-th...