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10:00 pm - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Artist Uses 3D Printing To Preserve Artifacts Destroyed By ISIS
tedlistens writes: "From the burning of the Library of Alexandria to the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan by the Taliban, to the Nazi's battle to burn as much "degenerate art" as t...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Interesting Things Can I Power With an External USB Battery?
New submitter expert464 writes: I just purchased an external USB battery for the main purpose of charging smartphones. I've also thought of using it to power a USB lamp and charge a bluetooth speaker....
10:00 pm - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Can You Commit Copyright Infringement By Using Your Own Work?
Mrs. Grundy writes: Notorious appropriation artist Richard Prince has been in the news again with his show consisting of screen shots of other people's Instagram photos printed as large inkjets on can...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot New Alloy Bounces Back Into Shape 10 Million Times And Counting
wrp103 links to the BBC's report of a newly engineered alloy that returns to its original shape after deformation even after 10 million cycles more than 10 million times. From the article: "Memory sha...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot The Patriot Act May Be Dead For Good
HughPickens.com points out Shane Harris's report at The Daily Beast that when powerful spying authorities under the Patriot Act expire at the stroke of midnight Monday, as currently appears likely, th...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Switching Careers From Software Engineering To Networking?
An anonymous reader writes: I am a software engineer with over 10 years of experience making approx 210k a year after bonus. I've seen countless of software engineering jobs off-shored or taken by H1B...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Let's Take This Open Floor Plan To the Next Level
theodp writes: In response to those of you who are unhappy with your Open Office, McSweeney's has some ideas for taking the open floor plan to the next level. "Our open floor plan was decided upon aft...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Google Chrome Tops 1 Billion Users
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Venture Beat: At the I/O 2015 developer conference today, Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president of product, announced that Chrome has passed 1...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Reviewed: Gaming and Possibly the Ultimate 4K Streamer
Earlier this week, NVIDIA officially launched its SHIELD Android TV set-top device, with far more horsepower than something like Roku or Apple TV, but on par with an average game console, and at a mor...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Microscopic Underwater Sonic Screwdriver Successfully Tested
afeeney writes: Researchers at the University of Bristol and Northwestern Polytechnical University in China have created acoustic vortices that can create microscopic centrifuges that rotate small par...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Untethered Miniature Origami Robot That Self-Folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades
jan_jes writes: MIT researchers demonstrated an untethered miniature origami robot that self-folds, walks, swims, and degrades at ICRA 2015 in Seattle. A miniature robotic device that can fold-up on t...
10:00 am - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Google Photos Launches With Unlimited Storage, Completely Separate From Google
An anonymous reader writes with a report that Google yesterday announced at its I/O conference a photo-storage site known as Google Photos. Says the article: The new service is completely separate fro...
08:00 am - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot The Case For a Muon Collider Succeeding the LHC Just Got Stronger
StartsWithABang writes: If you strike the upper atmosphere with a cosmic ray, you produce a whole host of particles, including muons. Despite having a mean lifetime of just 2.2 microseconds, and the s...
06:00 am - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Third Stage Design Problem Cause of Most Recent Proton Failure
schwit1 writes: The Russian investigation into the latest Proton rocket failure has concluded that the failure was caused by a design failure in the rocket's third stage. The steering third stage engi...
02:00 am - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Stanford Researchers Make Photonic Components Faster, With Algorithmic Design
retroworks writes: Integrated photonic devices are poised to play a key role in a wide variety of applications, ranging from optical interconnects and sensors to quantum computing. However, only a sma...
12:00 am - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business
Julie188 writes: As you probably heard by now, Linux company Mandriva has finally, officially gone out of business.The CEO has opened up, telling his side of the story. He blames employee lawsuits aft...
12:00 am - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot Android, Chromecast To Get HBO Now
An anonymous reader writes: Google's I/O 2015 conference opened with a surprise announcement: that Chromecast, Android TV, and other Android devices will soon be able to offer HBO Now. "The announceme...
12:00 am - Sat, May 30, 2015
Slashdot First Ultraviolet Quantum Dots Shine In an LED
ckwu with word that South Korean researchers have created the first UV-emitting quantum dots, and employed them in the creation of a flexible LED. Their achievement is notable becauseno one has previo...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Hacking Your Body Through a Nerve In Your Neck
agent elevator writes: IEEE Spectrum has a feature (part of its Hacking the Human OS issue) on the future of vagus nerve stimulation, a device-based therapy with the potential to treat a ridiculously ...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison
An anonymous reader sends an update on the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the man behind the Silk Road online black market. Sentencing is now complete, and Ulbricht has been given life in prison. He had been...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot More About Dan Shapiro and the Glowforge CNC Laser Cutter (Video #2)
Yesterday Glowforge Co-Founder and CEO Dan Shapiro told us that the Glowforge machine is a CNC laser cutter and engraver, not a 3-D Printer -- even though the first words on Glowforge's main page are,...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Land Art Park Significantly Reduces Jet Engine Noise Near Airport
ClockEndGooner writes: A study conducted by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research found that low frequency and long wavelength jet engine droning noise was significantly reduced...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Professional Internet Troll Sues Her Former Employer
baegucb sends a followup to the news from March that professional internet trolls were operating by the hundreds at factories in Russia. A woman hired to be one of these trolls, Lyudmila Savchuk, spok...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Florida Hospital Shows Normal Internet Lag Time Won't Affect Remote Robotic Surgeries
Lucas123 writes: Remote robotic surgery performed hundreds or even thousands of miles away from the physician at the controls is possible and safe, according to the Florida Hospital that recently test...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Emulator Now Runs x86 Apps On All Raspberry Pi Models
DeviceGuru writes: Russia-based Eltechs announced its ExaGear Desktop virtual machine last August, enabling Linux/ARMv7 SBCs and mini-PCs to run x86 software. That meant that users of the quad-core, C...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot MIT Trains Robots To Jump
Nerval's Lobster writes: MIT just announced that its researchers have programmed a robotic cheetah that can leap over obstacles without a prompt from a human controller. The machine's onboard sensors ...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users
itwbennett tips news that Uber has amended its privacy policy, making it much simpler to read and understand. But the policy also includes changes to what data Uber collects about its riders. Beginnin...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot The Underground Hacking Economy
Fast Company profiles the rise of sites like Hackers List and Hackers For Hire, which provide consolidated markets for people to hire hackers to break passwords, alter databases, learn to operate malw...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent
Last week saw the successful launch of the Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft, the solar-powered satellite that runs Linux and was crowdfunded on Kickstarter. The spacecraft worked flawlessly fo...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Hacked Emails Reveal Russian Plans To Obtain Sensitive Western Tech
blando writes: A trove of emails provided to The Intercept detail Russian schemes to obtain a crucial component for military thermal-imaging systems. Though emails about the thermal imaging systems da...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin
Sparrowvsrevolution writes: The dark web has become the go-to corner of the Internet to buy drugs, stolen financial data, guns...and counterfeit coupons for Clif bars and condoms? The FBI indicted Bea...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Nationals Accused of Taking SATs For Others
Vadim Makarov writes: Fifteen Chinese nationals living in the U.S. have been charged with creating an elaborate scheme to take U.S. college entrance exams on behalf of students. For the past four year...
12:00 pm - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot DARPA Wants You To Verify Software Flaws By Playing Games
coondoggie writes: Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) think online gamers can perform the tedious software verification work typically done by professional coding exp...
10:00 am - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Australia's Prime Minister Doesn't Get Why Kids Should Learn To Code
New submitter Gob Gob writes: The Prime Minister of Australia has come out and ridiculed an opposition policy aimed at teaching kids to code. In response to the leader of the Labor Party's question ab...
08:00 am - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Billboard Advertising Banned Products In Russia Hides If It Recognizes Cops
m.alessandrini writes: In response to a ban of food imported from the European Union, an Italian grocery in Russia hired an ad agency to create a billboard with a camera and facial recognition softwar...
06:00 am - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?
ourlovecanlastforeve writes: With biologists getting closer and closer to reversing the aging process in human cells, the reality of greatly extended life draws closer. This brings up a very important...
04:00 am - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot FCC Proposes To Extend So-Called "Obamaphone" Program To Broadband
jfruh writes: The FCC's Lifeline program subsidizes phone service for very poor Americans; it gained notoriety under the label "Obamaphone," even though the program started under Reagan and was extend...
02:00 am - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot GoPro's Next Adventure: Virtual Reality and Drones
stowie writes: Rumors have been swirling for some time that GoPro was developing a drone. Well, now it's official. Speaking at the Code Conference, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman announced the company's plans...
12:00 am - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Why Detecting Drones Is a Tough Gig
An anonymous reader writes with a link to some interesting commentary at Help Net Security from Drone Lab CEO Zain Naboulsi about a security issue of a (so far) unusual kind: detecting drones whose ma...
12:00 am - Fri, May 29, 2015
Slashdot Live Anthrax Shipped Accidentally To S Korea and US Labs
New submitter hamsterz1 writes: U.S. Officials say that the military mistakenly sent live anthrax to laboratories in nine states and an air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly in...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Glowforge is a CNC Laser Cutter, not a 3D Printer (Video)
Co-Founder and CEO Dan Shapiro says, right at the beginning of the interview, that the Glowforge machine is a CNC laser cutter and engraver, not a 3-D Printer. He says they've "simplified the heck" ou...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Android M Arrives In Q3: Native Fingerprint Support, Android Pay, 'Doze' Mode
MojoKid writes with yet more news from the ongoing Google IO conference: Google I/O kicked off this afternoon and the first topic of discussion was of course Google's next generation mobile operating ...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot New Freescale I.MX6 SoCs Include IoT-focused UltraLite
DeviceGuru writes: Freescale has announced three new versions of its popular i.MX6 SoCs, including new DualPlus and QuadPlus parts featuring enhanced GPUs and expanded memory support, and a new low-en...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Murder Accusations Hang Over Silk Road Boss Ulbricht's Sentencing
Patrick O'Neill writes: Ross Ulbricht has never been tried for murder but tomorrow, when the convicted Silk Road creator is sentenced to prison, murder will be on the mind of the judge. Despite never ...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Cloud Boom Drives Sales Boom For Physical Servers
jfruh writes: The promise of the cloud is that your storage and computing problems will be abstracted away from messy physical objects that you need to maintain, taken care of far way by other people....
08:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Android M To Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI
jones_supa writes: USB Type-C connection is showing up in more and more devices, and Google is rolling support for the interface in its Android M operating system. The most significant additions relat...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Neil DeGrasse Tyson Urges America To Challenge China To a Space Race
An anonymous reader writes: According to a Tuesday story in the UK edition of the International Business Times, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the celebrity astrophysicist and media personality, advocates a spa...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Black Hole Plays Pool With Plasma
the monolith writes: The Hubble Space Telescope is revealing that there is a pool game in progress, with a long shot being played out on a cosmic scale. It appears that the first recorded shot was obs...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot How a Scientist Fooled Millions With Bizarre Chocolate Diet Claims
__roo writes: Did you know chocolate helps you lose weight? You can read all about this great news for chocoholics in the Daily Star, Daily Express, Irish Examiner, and TV shows in Texas and Australia...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot A Tool For Analyzing H-1B Visa Applications Reveals Tech Salary Secrets
Tekla Perry writes: The golden age of engineers is not over,' says a French software engineer who developed a tool for mining U.S. Department of Labor visa application data, but, he says, salaries app...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage
CIStud writes with a story at CEPro suggesting that solar power and home batteries like Tesla's PowerWall "will force the reinvention of home wiring from primarily AC high voltage to DC home-run low v...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot US Justice Department Urges Supreme Court Not To Take Up Google v. Oracle
New submitter Areyoukiddingme writes: The Solicitor General of the Justice Department has filed a response to the US Supreme Court's solicitation of advice regarding the Google vs. Oracle ruling and s...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier
HughPickens.com writes: Farhad Manjoo writes in the NYT that with over one billion devices sold in 2014 Android is the most popular operating system in the world by far, but that doesn't mean it's a f...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot New Technique To Develop Single-Molecule Diode
William Robinson writes: Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecul...
12:00 pm - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Ways To Travel Faster Than Light Without Violating Relativity
StartsWithABang writes: It's one of the cardinal laws of physics and the underlying principle of Einstein's relativity itself: the fact that there's a universal speed limit to the motion of anything t...
10:00 am - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Gene Testing Often Gets It Wrong
BarbaraHudson writes: ABC is reporting that gene tests for risk of specific diseases are not as accurate as we'd like to think, with different labs giving different interpretations. Over 400 gene vari...
08:00 am - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites
An anonymous reader writes: The UK High Court has ordered British ISPs to block seven websites that help users find unauthorized copies of eBooks. Under the order, BT, Virgin, Sky, EE and TalkTalk mus...
06:00 am - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Lines
Eloking writes: Professor Jun-Ichi Hayashi from the University of Tsukuba in Japan has discovered the regulation of two genes involved with the production of glycine are partly responsible for some of...
04:00 am - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Thanks To the Montreal Protocol, We Avoided Severe Ozone Depletion
hypnosec writes: Scientists say the ozone layer is in good shape thanks to the Montreal Protocol, which has helped us avoid severe ozone depletion. Research suggests that the Antarctic ozone hole woul...
02:00 am - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Computer Chips Made of Wood Promise Greener Electronics
alphadogg writes: Researchers in the U.S. and China have developed semiconductor chips that are almost entirely made out of a wood-derived material. In addition to being biodegradable, the cost of pro...
12:00 am - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Global Business Leaders Say They Don't Know Enough About Technology To Succeed
Lemeowski writes: New Harvard Business Review research finds that only 45% of business leaders surveyed say they personally have the technology knowledge they need to succeed in their jobs. What's mor...
12:00 am - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot GM To Offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto API In Most 2016 Vehicles
Lucas123 writes: GM today announced it will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mirroring APIs on 14 of its 2016 vehicles. GM's announcement follows one earlier this week by Hyundai, which said it wo...
12:00 am - Thu, May 28, 2015
Slashdot Making the World's Largest Panoramic Photo
Iddo Genuth writes: In order to create the largest panoramic picture ever taken (using commercially available gear), a team of international photographers led by Italian photographer Filippo Blengini ...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Edge To Support Dolby Audio
jones_supa writes: Microsoft has revealed that its new Edge web browser will come with support for Dolby Audio in order to offer high-class audio when visiting websites. "It allows websites to match t...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot The Marshall Islands, Nuclear Testing, and the NPT
Lasrick writes: Robert Alvarez, a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and a former senior policy adviser to the Energy Department's secretary and deputy assistant secretary for national...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents
MikeChino writes: Oakland-based non-profit GRID Alternatives is giving away 1,600 free solar panels to California's poorest residents by the year 2016. The initiative was introduced by Senator Kevin d...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Prospects and Limits For the LHC's Capabilities To Test String Theory
StartsWithABang writes: The Large Hadron Collider has just been upgraded, and is now making the highest energy collisions of any human-made machine ever. But even at 13 TeV, what are the prospects for...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot A Ph.D Thesis Defense Delayed By Injustice 77 Years
Taco Cowboy writes: A story about a 102-year old lady doing her PhD thesis defense is not that common, but when the thesis defense was delayed by a whopping 77 years, that gotta raise some eyebrows. I...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court
New submitter Xochil writes: AdBlock Plus has successfully defended itself in court for the second time in five weeks. The Munich Regional Court ruled against media companies ProSiebenSat1 and IP Deut...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot How Much C Should You Know For an Entry-Level C Job?
Nerval's Lobster writes: How much C++ do you need to know to land an entry-level job that's heavy in C++? That's a question Dice posed to several developers. While the exact topic was C++, the broader...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Red Hat CEO Publishes Open Source Management Memoir
ectoman writes: Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst has just published The Open Organization, a book that chronicles his tenure as leader of the world's largest open source company. The book aims to show other...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Heat Wave Kills More Than 1,100 In India
An anonymous reader sends word that a week-long heat wave in India has resulted in the deaths of more than 1,100 people. Temperatures reached 47C (117F) on Monday and are expected to stay dangerously ...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Clinton Foundation: Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy
theodp writes: As the press digs for details on Clinton Foundation donations, including a reported $26+ million from Microsoft and Bill Gates, it's probably worth noting the interest the Clintons have...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping
mi writes: President Obama has asked the Senate to renew key Patriot Act provisions before their expiration on May 31. This includes surveillance powers that let the government collect Americans' phon...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Air Force has given private rocket company SpaceX clearance to launch military satellites into orbit. This disrupts the lock that Boeing and Lockheed Martin have h...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot A Text Message Can Crash An iPhone and Force It To Reboot
DavidGilbert99 writes with news that a bug in iOS has made it so anyone can crash an iPhone by simply sending it a text message containing certain characters. "When the text message is displayed by a ...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Volvo Self-Parking Car Hits People Because Owner Didn't Pay For Extra Feature
schwit1 writes: A video that recently went viral shows a demonstration of a Volvo XC60's self-parking feature. It reverses itself, waits, and then confidently drives into a group of people at a non-ne...
10:00 am - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Insurer Won't Pay Out For Security Breach Because of Lax Security
chicksdaddy writes: In what may become a trend, an insurance company is denying a claim from a California healthcare provider following the leak of data on more than 32,000 patients. The insurer, Colu...
08:00 am - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?
An anonymous reader writes: The music industry has gone through dramatic changes over the past thirty years. Virtually everything is different except the structure of the songs we listen to. Distribut...
06:00 am - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot How To Die On Mars
An anonymous reader writes: Many space-related projects are currently focusing on Mars. SpaceX wants to build a colony there, NASA is looking into base design, and Mars One is supposedly picking astro...
04:00 am - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Patent Troll
An anonymous reader writes: The Supreme Court ruled today (PDF) that Cisco Systems can't skip out of a patent suit against them from patent troll Commil USA. The case reached the Supreme Court because...
12:00 am - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned
An anonymous reader writes: An editorial at the Washington Post argues that Microsoft PowerPoint is being relied upon by too many to do too much, and we should start working to get rid of it. "Its sli...
12:00 am - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Mandriva Goes Out of Business
An anonymous reader writes: After struggling for the past several years, Mandriva has finally gone out of business, and is in the process of being liquidated. The company was responsible for Mandriva ...
12:00 am - Wed, May 27, 2015
Slashdot Creationists Manipulating Search Results
reallocate writes: It looks like some Creationists are manipulating search results to ensure websites pushing religion are appearing in response to queries about science. Ask Google "What happened to ...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Russian Space Agency Misused $1.8 Billion, May Be Replaced
An anonymous reader writes: After a pair of high profile launch failures in the past few months, Russian space agency Roscosmos is making headlines again: this time for corruption. A public spending w...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot IRS: Personal Info of 100,000 Taxpayers Accessed Illegally
An anonymous reader writes: The Associated Press reports that an online service provided by the IRS was used to gather the personal information of more than 100,000 taxpayers. Criminals were able to s...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers
An anonymous reader writes: In the aftermath of the derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia a couple weeks ago, the company has caved to demands that it install video cameras to monitor and reco...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Bringing Cortana To iOS, Android
An anonymous reader writes: While many big tech companies have their own personal assistant software these days, few of them are available on a broad variety of devices. Microsoft has now announced th...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Linux/Moose Worm Targets Routers, Modems, and Embedded Systems
An anonymous reader writes: Security firm ESET has published a report on new malware that targets Linux-based communication devices (modems, routers, and other internet-connected systems) to create a ...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Building Hospitable Open Source Communities (Video)
This is an 11 minute excerpt from an hour-long video, contributed by long-time Slashdot user Erik Möller. This video is the moving picture equivalent of the typical Slashdot summary of a text art...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School
HughPickens.com writes with news that Elon Musk has established "Ad Astra," a small, private school for grade-school-age kids. His goal for the school is to eliminate actual differences between the gr...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Hyundai Now Offers an Android Car, Even For Current Owners
An anonymous reader writes: Looking more like a computer company than a car company, Hyundai ships Android Auto on 2015 Sonatas and unlocks it for owners of the 2015 Sonata with a software update. Say...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Hot Topic To Buy ThinkGeek Parent Company Geeknet
jones_supa points out the news (also at Ars Technica, and -- paywalled -- at the Wall Street Journal) that clothing and music retailer Hot Topic has announced plans to buy Geeknet, parent company of T...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy
An anonymous reader writes: A judicial court in Italy has ordered the UberPop app to cease offering its services [original source, in Italian], as it constitutes "unfair competition" again the taxi se...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Exploit Kit Delivers Pharming Attacks Against SOHO Routers
msm1267 writes: For the first time, DNS redirection attacks against small office and home office routers are being delivered via exploit kits. French security researcher Kafeine said an offshoot of th...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable
mpicpp writes with word that Charter Communications has struck a $56 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable; if the deal goes through (which the article says is likely, according to Macquarie Research ...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot British Politicians Delete Negative Wikipedia Descriptions Before Election
EwanPalmer writes: The Wikipedia pages of dozens of UK politicians had references to sex scandals, fraud and opposition to same sex marriage removed in the run up to the UK general election. Dozens of...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?
HughPickens.com writes: Richard Horton writes in that a recent symposium on the reproducibility andreliability of biomedical research discussed one of the most sensitive issues in science today: the i...
10:00 am - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer
An anonymous reader writes: Jony Ive, Apple's senior VP of design has been promoted to the role of Chief Design Officer. Ive became Apple's chief of industrial design in 1997. Under Ive's direction, A...
08:00 am - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Attackers Use Email Spam To Infect Point-of-Sale Terminals
jfruh writes: Point-of-sale software has meant that in many cases where once you'd have seen a cash register, you now see a general-purpose PC running point-of-sale (PoS) software. Unfortunately, thos...
06:00 am - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Bats' White-Nose Syndrome May Be Cured
New submitter alabamatoy writes: Several news outlets are reporting that a common bacteria may be proving successful in curing "white-nose syndrome" which has been decimating the bat populations acros...
02:00 am - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Sniffing and Tracking Wearable Tech and Smartphones
An anonymous reader writes: Senior researcher Scott Lester at Context Information Security has shown how someone can easily monitor and record Bluetooth Low Energy signals transmitted by many mobile p...
12:00 am - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Large Amount of Star Citizen Art Assets Leaked
jones_supa writes: A huge batch of work-in-progress assets for Star Citizen have leaked to the public. An unknown person, likely connected with Cloud Imperium Games in some way, provided a link to the...
12:00 am - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Leaked Document Shows Europe Would Fight UK Plans To Block Porn
Mark Wilson writes: Before the UK elections earlier in the month, David Cameron spoke about his desire to clean up the internet. Pulling — as he is wont to do — on parental heartstrings, h...
12:00 am - Tue, May 26, 2015
Slashdot Sex-Switched Mosquitoes May Help In Fight Against Diseases
cstacy writes: Only the female mosquitoes bite and transmit viral diseases such as Dengue Fever. Scientists have finally discovered the elusive genetic switch called Nix, that determines the sex of th...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Galapagos Island Volcano Erupts After 33 Years, Threatening Fragile Ecosystem
An anonymous reader writes: Wolf volcano in the Galapagos islands has erupted for the first time in more than 30 years, sending lava flowing down its slopes and potentially threatening the world's onl...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Hackers Can Track Subway Riders' Movements By Smartphone Accelerometer
Patrick O'Neill writes: Tens of millions of daily subway riders around the world can be tracked through their smartphones by a new attack, according to research from China's Nanjing University. The ne...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Google's Diversity Chief: Mamas Don't Let Their Baby Girls Grow Up To Be Coders
theodp writes: Explaining the reasons for its less-than-diverse tech workforce, Google fingered bad parenting for its lack of women techies. From the interview with Google Director of Diversity and In...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Largest Eruption In the Known Universe Is ~100 Times the Size of Milky Way
StartsWithABang writes: At the center of almost every galaxy is a supermassive black hole (SMBH); at the center of almost every cluster is a supermassive galaxy with some of the largest SMBHs in the U...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Privacy Behaviors Changed Little After Snowden
An anonymous reader writes: An article in Communications of the ACM takes a look at how Edward Snowden's revelations about government surveillance have changed privacy behaviors across the world. The ...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker
An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday evening in Washington D.C., police officers on routine patrol spotted an unoccupied car parked near the National Mall. They deemed it "suspicious," and took a loo...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Drops $25 Smartphone Plans, Will Focus On Higher Quality Devices
An anonymous reader writes: When Mozilla developed Firefox OS, its goal was not to provide the best smartphone experience, but to provide a "good enough" smartphone experience for a very low price. Un...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot No, Your SSD Won't Quickly Lose Data While Powered Down
An anonymous reader writes: A few weeks ago, we discussed reports that enterprise SSDs would lose data in a surprisingly short amount of time if left powered off. The reports were based on a presentat...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot EU Drops Plans For Safer Pesticides After Pressure From US
An anonymous reader writes: The European Union recently published plans to ban 31 pesticides containing chemicals linked to testicular cancer and male infertility. Those potential regulations have now...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Tries Another Icon Theme For Windows 10
jones_supa writes: Back in February, users decried the new icon look in Windows 10. In response to that feedback, Microsoft has implemented a new icon pack in build 10125, which was leaked early but e...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Firefox's Optional Tracking Protection Reduces Load Time For News Sites By 44%
An anonymous reader writes: Former Mozilla software engineer Monica Chew and Computer Science researcher Georgios Kontaxis recently released a paper (PDF) that examines Firefox's optional Tracking Pro...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Tech Bubble? What Tech Bubble?
HughPickens.com writes: Conor Dougherty writes in the NYT that the tech industry's venture capitalists — the financiers who bet on companies when they are little more than an idea — are go...
10:00 am - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot San Bernardino Sheriff Has Used Stingray Over 300 Times With No Warrant
An anonymous reader writes: After a records request by Ars, the sheriff in San Bernardino County (SBSD) sent an example of a template for a "pen register and trap and trace order" application. The cou...
06:00 am - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Daimler and Qualcomm To Develop In-Car Tech, Wireless Charging
An anonymous reader writes: Car manufacturer Daimler announced a deal with mobile technology company Qualcomm to explore wireless mobile phone recharging in cars, as well as recharging electric vehicl...
04:00 am - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment
jones_supa writes: Greece, the country which has been in extreme financial trouble and high debt for years, cannot make debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month, unless it a...
12:00 am - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Machine That "Uncooks Eggs" Used To Improve Cancer Treatment
hypnosec writes: An Australian invention that gained attention for being able to "unboil" an egg has now been put to use in the treatment of cancer. The device has boosted the potency of a common canc...
12:00 am - Mon, May 25, 2015
Slashdot Hubble Discovers a Fast-Aging Star Nicknamed "Nasty 1"
An anonymous reader writes: Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, Astronomers have uncovered surprising new clues about a large, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before. The star i...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Reportedly May Acquire BlackBerry
New submitter techtsp writes: Microsoft is just one one of many companies reportedly looking to get a bigger piece of the enterprise mobile market by buying BlackBerry. Reports claim that Chinese firm...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI
DaveS7 writes: There's been no shortage of high profile people weighing in on the subject of AI lately. We've heard warnings from Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking while Woz seems to have a m...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot India Ends Russian Space Partnership and Will Land On the Moon Alone
An anonymous reader writes: The Russian space program has experienced numerous accidents and delays recently, leading Indian officials to call into question its long term viability. Now India has deci...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot Al-Qaeda's Job Application Form Revealed
HughPickens.com writes: ABC News reports that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released a list of English-language material recovered during the raid the killed Osama bin Laden ...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation Packs Thunderbolt 2, Quadro, IGZO2 Panel
MojoKid writes: Dell recently revamped their M3800 model to better entice graphic designers, engineers, and other high-end users who often work in the field, with a true mobile workstation that's both...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot Google and Gates-Backed Khan Academy Introduces "Grit"-Based Classroom Funding
theodp writes: Their intentions are no doubt good, but some will be troubled by Google and Khan Academy's recently-concluded LearnStorm initiative, which pitted kids-against-kids, schools-against-scho...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot A Beautiful Mind Mathematician John F. Nash Jr. Dies
Rick Zeman writes: John F. Nash Jr. revolutionized the mathematical field of game theory and was given a mind that was unique and deeply troubled. He became known to most people by the movie about his...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot Soft Sensors Map Skin Mechanics
MTorrice writes: An international research team has built electronic, flexible patches that can measure the mechanical properties of skin and other biological tissue. The sensors consist of nanoribbon...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot Universe's Dark Ages May Not Be Invisible After All
StartsWithABang writes: The Universe had two periods where light was abundant, separated by the cosmic dark ages. The first came at the moment of the hot Big Bang, as the Universe was flooded with (am...
10:00 am - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot Nerve Cells Made From Blood Cells
BarbaraHudson writes: CBC reports that Canadian scientists are turning blood into nerve cells. They do so by manipulating stem cells that have been taken from a patient's blood, eventually switching t...
08:00 am - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot Software Patch Fixes Mars Curiosity Rover's Auto-focus Glitch
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory have successfully uploaded and applied a software patch to NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars. The patch fixes a focusing problem...
04:00 am - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Decides To Start Paying Tax In the UK
Mark Wilson sends word that Amazon will begin paying corporate taxes on profits made in the UK. The company had previously been recording most of its UK sales as being in Luxembourg, which let them av...
02:00 am - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession
sciencehabit sends news of a study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology which found that science is still perceived as a predominantly male profession across the world. The results were ...
12:00 am - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot The Hoverboard Flies Closer To Reality
Dave Knott writes: Fans of 1980s cinema were disappointed when the year 2015 arrived without a practical version Marty McFly's hoverboard. Now, a Montréal-based man has brought it closer to reali...
12:00 am - Sun, May 24, 2015
Slashdot Google Developing 'Brillo' OS For Internet of Things
An anonymous reader writes: A new report from The Information (paywalled) says Google is working on an operating system called "Brillo" that would be a platform for Internet-of-things devices. It's su...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot Oculus Founder Hit With Lawsuit
An anonymous reader writes: Palmer Luckey, founder of VR headset-maker Oculus, has been sued by a company accusing him of taking their confidential information and passing it off as his own. Total Rec...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage
BarbaraHudson writes: Reuters is reporting that the citizens of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriages. While it's also legal in 19 other countries, Ireland was the first to decid...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Can SaaS Be Both Open Source and Economically Viable?
An anonymous reader writes: The CTO behind Lucidchart, an online diagramming app, recently cited the open source rbush project as an invaluable tool for helping implement an "in-memory spatial index" ...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot Death In the Browser Tab
theodp writes: "There you are watching another death on video," writes the NY Times' Teju Cole. "In the course of ordinary life — at lunch or in bed, in a car or in the park — you are sudd...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Devise Voting System That Seems Secure, But Is Hard To Use
An anonymous reader writes: According to an article in ReadWrite, a team of British and American researchers have developed a hacker resistant process for online voting called Du-Vote. It uses a credi...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot New 'Deep Learning' Technique Lets Robots Learn Through Trial-and-Error
jan_jes writes: UC Berkeley researchers turned to a branch of artificial intelligence known as deep learning for developing algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error. ...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot Hacker Warns Starbucks of Security Flaw, Gets Accused of Fraud
Andy Smith writes: Here's another company that just doesn't get security research. White hat hacker Egor Homakov found a security flaw in Starbucks gift cards which allowed people to steal money from ...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot Cute Or Creepy? Google's Plan For a Sci-Fi Teddy Bear
HughPickens.com writes: Time Magazine reports that Google has designed and patented an "anthropomorphic device" that could take the form of a "doll or toy" and interact both with people as well as tec...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot TPP Fast Track Passes Key Vote In the Senate, Moves On To the House
onproton writes: The Senate voted yesterday to reauthorize the controversial Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which expedites, or 'Fast Tracks,' the passage of trade agreements through Congress. If al...
10:00 am - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot Bank of England Accidentally E-mails Top-Secret "Brexit" Plan To the Guardian
schwit1 writes: The first rule of "Project Bookend" is that you don't talk about "Project Bookend." In retrospect, maybe the first rule should have been "you don't accidentally e-mail 'Project Bookend...
08:00 am - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot NSA-Reform Bill Fails In US Senate
New submitter Steven King writes with a link to The Daily Dot's report that the U.S. Senate has rejected a controversial bill, thus "all but guaranteeing that key provisions of the USA Patriot Act wil...
04:00 am - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0
An anonymous reader writes: Windows 3.0 was launched on 22 May 1990 — I know, 'coz I was there as a SDE on the team. I still have, um, several of the shrink-wrapped boxes of the product — ...
02:00 am - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot Epic's VR Demo Scene For the GTX 980 Now Runs On Morpheus PS4 Headset At 60 FPS
An anonymous reader writes: Originally created as a Unreal Engine 4 demo scene to push the limits of VR-capable graphics on the Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' prototype VR headset, Showdown is now running...
12:00 am - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot Protons Collide At 13 TeV For the First Time At the LHC
An anonymous reader writes to let everyone know the LHC has now smashed protons together at 13 TeV, the highest energy level yet achieved. They've posted the first images captured from the collisions,...
12:00 am - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails
PvtVoid writes: The Wall Street Journal now has a page up that encourages readers to sift through and tag Hillary Clinton's emails on Benghazi. Users can click on suggested tags such as "Heated", "Per...
12:00 am - Sat, May 23, 2015
Slashdot California Votes To Ban Microbeads
New submitter Kristine Lofgren writes: The California Assembly just passed a vote to ban toxic microbeads, the tiny flecks found in toothpastes and exfoliants. Microbeads cause a range of problems, fr...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot How Cities: Skylines Beat SimCity At Its Own Game
An anonymous reader writes: Maxis, the studio behind SimCity, was shuttered earlier this year. Fortunately, another studio has taken up its mantle. The small team at Colossal Order has already won acc...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely
sciencehabit writes: One of the most important questions relating to incarceration and rehabilitation is how to discourage recidivism. After a prison stint, about half of convicts wind up back in the ...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video)
This was originally going to be an interview about the state of enterprise-level backup software in an increasingly edge computing-focused world, but we rapidly drifted into talking about how Druva st...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?
Nerval's Lobster writes: Want more people to program? Encourage them to play more video games, at least according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In an online Q&A, Zuckerberg suggested that a lif...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot Chrome For Android Is Now Almost Entirely Open Source
jones_supa writes: After lots of work by Chrome for Android team and a huge change, Chrome for Android is now almost entirely open source, a Google engineer announced in Reddit. Over 100,000 lines of ...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?
An anonymous reader writes: For those of us who don't need or want a smartphone, what would be the best dumb phone around? Do you have a preference over flip or candy bar ones? What about ones that ha...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police
New submitter Cuillere writes: In the fall of 2014, a hacker demanded the Seattle Police Department release all of their body and dash cam video footage, prompting chaos within the institution. Althou...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone
StartsWithABang writes: When it comes to risk assessment, there's one type that humans are notoriously bad at: the very low-frequency but high-consequence risks and rewards. It's why so many of us are...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot New Class of "Non-Joulian" Magnets Change Volume In Magnetic Field
Zothecula notes an announcement from the University of Maryland saying they have developed a new class of magnets, called "Non-Joulian" magnets, which physically expand in the presence of a magnetic f...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot Adult Dating Site Hack Reveals Users' Sexual Preference, Extramarital Affairs
An anonymous reader notes this report from Channel 4 News that Adult FriendFinder, one of the largest dating sites in the world, has suffered a database breach that revealed personal information for 3...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot ESA Satellite Shows Sudden Ice Loss In Southern Antarctic Peninsula
ddelmonte tips news that the ESA's CryoSat spacecraft has detected a sharp increase in the rate at which ice is being lost in a previously stable section of Antarctica. In 2009, glaciers at the Southe...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has announced plans to launch a feature called "Suggested Tiles," which will provide sponsored recommendations to visit certain websites when other websites show up...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot India Targets July/August To Test Its Space Shuttle
New submitter gubol123 writes with news that India is close to launching its own space shuttle for the first time. Their space program, ISRO, is planning the shuttle's first test flight for some time ...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot How Java Changed Programming Forever
snydeq writes: With Java hitting its 20th anniversary this week, Elliotte Rusty Harold discusses how the language changed the art and business of programming, turning on a generation of coders. Infowo...
12:00 pm - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot Factory Reset On Millions of Android Devices Doesn't Wipe Storage
Bismillah writes: Ross Anderson and Laurent Simon of Cambridge University studied a range of Android devices and found that even though a "factory reset" is supposed to fully wipe storage, it often do...
10:00 am - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot NSA Planned To Hijack Google App Store To Hack Smartphones
Advocatus Diaboli writes: A newly released top secret document reveals that the NSA planned to hijack Google and Samsung app stores to plant spying software on smartphones. The report on the surveilla...
08:00 am - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot Musical Organ Created From 49 Floppy Disk Drives
ErnieKey writes: A youth club in Germany, called Toolbox Bodensee, has created an unusual musical organ. It is constructed of 49 floppy disk drives all of which combine to play quite a unique sound. I...
06:00 am - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot DNA On Pizza Crust Leads To Quadruple Murder Suspect
HughPickens.com writes: In a case straight out of CSI, CNN reports that police are searching for the man suspected in the gruesome slayings of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper, after his DN...
04:00 am - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot Gravitational Anomalies Beneath Mountains Point To Isostasy of Earth's Crust
StartsWithABang writes: Imagine you wanted to know what your acceleration was anywhere on Earth; imagine that simply saying "9.81 m/s^2" wasn't good enough. What would you need to account for? Sure, t...
02:00 am - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot Netgear and ZyXEL Confirm NetUSB Flaw, Are Working On Fixes
itwbennett writes: In follow-up to a story that appeared on Slashdot yesterday about a critical vulnerability in the NetUSB service, networking device manufacturers ZyXEL Communications and Netgear ha...
12:00 am - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot YouTube Live Streams Now Support HTML5 Playback and 60fps Video
An anonymous reader writes: YouTube today announced that it is rolling out HTML5 playback and has added 60fps live streaming to allow users to broadcast in real time. "When you start a live stream on ...
12:00 am - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?
An anonymous reader writes: Sen. Rand Paul held up a vote on the Fast Track Authority for an eleven hour dissertation on the flaws of: the Patriot Act, the replacement the USA Freedom Act, bulk data c...
12:00 am - Fri, May 22, 2015
Slashdot Security Researchers Wary of Wassenaar Rules
msm1267 writes: The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security today to implement the controversial Wassenaar Arrangement, and computer security specialists are wary of its language and vag...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos
sandbagger writes: Anthony Mazur is a senior at Flower Mound High School in Texas who photographed school sports games and other events. Naturally he posted them on line. A few days ago he was summone...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Australian ISP Offers Pro-bono Legal Advice To Accused Pirates
New submitter thegarbz writes: As covered previously, after losing a legal battle against Dallas Buyers Club and Voltage Pictures the Federal Court of Australia asked ISP iiNet to hand over details of...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Academics Build a New Tor Client Designed To Beat the NSA
An anonymous reader writes: In response to a slew of new research about network-level attacks against Tor, academics from the U.S. and Israel built a new Tor client called Astoria designed to beat adv...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?
New submitter ukrifleman writes: I've been doing UK based perl, JS, light PHP and JQUERY dev plus Centos/Debian sys admin on a freelance basis for over a decade now. Mostly maintaining older stuff but...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot GM's Exec. Chief Engineer For Electric Vehicles Pam Fletcher Answers Your Question
Pam Fletcher was propulsion system chief engineer on the first Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and is now executive chief engineer for electrified vehicles at GM, overseeing electrified vehicles company...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Take Two Sues BBC Over Drama About GTA Development
An anonymous reader writes: Take Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, is suing the BBC for trademark infringement over its planned "making of GTA" drama, Game Changers. The 90-minute...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot CareFirst Admits More Than a Million Customer Accounts Were Exposed In Security Breach
An anonymous reader writes with news, as reported by The Stack, that regional health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has confirmed a breach which took place last summer, and may have leaked pe...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Stanford Researcher Finds Little To Love In Would-Be Hacker Marketplace
An anonymous reader writes: What if there were an Uber for hackers? Well, there is. It's called Hacker's List, and it made the front page of the New York Times this year. Anyone can post or bid on an ...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's Earliest Days
harrymcc writes: In 1984, Apple launched the Apple IIc computer. As part of its promotion, it produced a video with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and other employees talking about company's founding and ...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Pre-Orders Start For Neo900 Open Source Phone
New submitter JoSch1337 writes: After a year and a half of development, the Neo900 project now opened its web shop for the down payments of binding pre-orders for either a full Neo900 phone or the bar...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot US Proposes Tighter Export Rules For Computer Security Tools
itwbennett writes: The U.S. Commerce Department has proposed tighter export rules for computer security tools and could prohibit the export of penetration testing tools without a license. The proposal...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside
MojoKid writes: Asus just finally made their ZenFone 2 available for sale in the US. It's an Intel-powered smartphone running Android Lollipop that's compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, and other c...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read
jfruh writes: Java made its public debut twenty years ago today, and despite a sometimes bumpy history that features its parent company being absorbed by Oracle, it's still widely used. Mark Reinhold,...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Linux 4.0 Has a File-System Corruption Problem, RAID Users Warned
An anonymous reader writes: For the past few days kernel developers and Linux users have been investigating an EXT4 file-system corruption issue affecting the latest stable kernel series (Linux 4.0) a...
12:00 pm - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Oldest Stone Tools Predate Previous Record Holder By 700,000 Years
derekmead writes: The oldest stone tools ever found have been discovered by scientists in Kenya who say they are 3.3m years old, making them by far the oldest such artifacts discovered. Predating the ...
10:00 am - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Telstra Says Newly Acquired Pacnet Hacked, Customer Data Exposed
An anonymous reader writes: Telstra’s Asian-based data center and undersea cable operator Pacnet has been hacked exposing many of the telco’s customers to a massive security breach. The co...
08:00 am - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Secret Files Reveal UK Police Feared That Trekkies Could Turn On Society
An anonymous reader writes: Scotland Yard was worried that fans of shows like the X Files and Star Trek might run amok during the Millennium according to secret files. The file, called UFO New Religio...
06:00 am - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Rate These 53 Sub-$200 Hacker SBCs, Win 1 of 20
DeviceGuru writes: LinuxGizmos and Linux.com have just launched their annual 2-minute survey asking folks to rate their favorite hacker SBCs from a list of 53 single board computers that are priced be...
06:00 am - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot FBI: Social Media, Virtual Currency Fraud Becoming a Huge Problem
coondoggie writes: Criminals taking advantage of personal data found on social media and vulnerabilities of the digital currency system are two of the emerging Internet law-breaking trends identified ...
04:00 am - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Simple Flaw Exposed Data On Millions of Charter Internet Customers
Daniel_Stuckey writes: A security flaw discovered in the website of Charter Communications, a cable and Internet provider active in 28 states, may have exposed the personal account details of millions...
02:00 am - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Hydrogen-Powered Drone Can Fly For 4 Hours at a Time
stowie writes: The Hycopter uses its frame to store energy in the form of hydrogen instead of air. With less lift power required, it's fuel cell turns the hydrogen in its frame into electricity to pow...
12:00 am - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot Huawei's LiteOS Internet of Things Operating System Is a Minuscule 10KB
Mark Wilson writes: Chinese firm Huawei today announces its IoT OS at an event in Beijing. The company predicts that within a decade there will be 100 billion connected devices and it is keen for its ...
12:00 am - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot How 1990s Encryption Backdoors Put Today's Internet In Jeopardy
An anonymous reader writes: While debate swirls in Washington D.C. about new encryption laws, the consequences of the last crypto war is still being felt. Logjam vulnerabilities making headlines today...
12:00 am - Thu, May 21, 2015
Slashdot New Chrome Extension Uses Sound To Share URLs Between Devices
itwbennett writes: Google Tone is an experimental feature that could be used to easily and instantly share browser pages, search results, videos and other pages among devices, according to Google Rese...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Learn About The Technology Education And Literacy in Schools Program (Video #2)
Quoting our intro from yesterday's 'Part One' video: 'The Technology Education And Literacy in Schools program (TEALS to its friends), started with one volunteer, a Berkeley CS grad named Kevin Wang w...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Grand Theft Auto V Keeps Raking In Money
jones_supa writes: At end of 2013, Grand Theft Auto V made $800 million during initial 24 hours of sales. The title keeps churning profit as the publisher Take-Two closes the book on fiscal year 2015,...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers
Nerval's Lobster writes: The latest biography of Elon Musk, by technology journalist Ashlee Vance, provides an in-depth look into how the entrepreneur and tech titan built Tesla Motors and SpaceX from...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Eugene Kaspersky: "Our Business Is Saving the World From Computer Villains"
blottsie writes: While the nature of Kaspersky's relationship with the Kremlin remains, at the very least, a matter of contention, his company's influence is anything but hazy. On top of their success...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?
Lasrick writes: A recent article in the New York Times notes that the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and associated firms are gaining control of a growing number of uranium resources and mi...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Canadian Piracy Rates Plummet As Industry Points To New Copyright Notice System
An anonymous reader writes: Canada's copyright notice-and-notice system took effect earlier thisyear, leading to thousands of notifications being forwarded byInternet providers to their subscribers. S...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Adblock Plus Launches Adblock Browser: a Fork of Firefox For Android
An anonymous reader writes: Adblock Plus has launched Adblock Browser for Android. Currently in beta, the company's first browser was created by taking the open source Firefox for Android and includin...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?
New submitter petro-tech writes: I work as a service technician, maintaining and repairing gas pumps and POS equipment. In my day to day activities, one that consumes a ton of time and is relatively r...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Critical Vulnerability In NetUSB Driver Exposes Millions of Routers To Hacking
itwbennett writes: NetUSB, a service that lets devices connected over USB to a computer be shared with other machines on a local network or the Internet, is implemented in Linux-based embedded systems...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax
schwit1 tips news that Oregon will become the first U.S. state to test a program to replace their gas tax with a fee for each mile citizens drive on public roads. The 5,000 people voluntarily particip...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Martian Moons May Have Formed Like Earth's
sciencehabit writes: Astronomers have long believed that Mars snatched its two moons — Phobos and Deimos — from the asteroid belt. That would explain why the objects look like asteroids&md...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot After a Year of Secret Field-Testing, Brain-Controlled Bionic Legs Are Here
An anonymous reader writes: Today, an Icelandic prosthetic-maker announced that two amputees have been testing brain-controlled bionic legs for over a year. The devices respond to impulses in the subj...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot 'Logjam' Vulnerability Threatens Encrypted Connections
An anonymous reader writes: A team of security researchers has revealed a new encryption vulnerability called 'Logjam,' which is the result of a flaw in the TLS protocol used to create encrypted conne...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot AP Computer Science Education Scalability: Advantage, Rupert Murdoch?
theodp writes: Code.org's AP Computer Science offering won't be going mainstream until the 2016-2017 school year. In the meantime, NewsWorks' Avi Wolfman-Arent reports that Rupert Murdoch's Amplify MO...
12:00 pm - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals
Taco Cowboy writes: The U.S. government has indicted five Chinese citizens and arrested a Chinese professor on charges of economic espionage. The government alleges that they took jobs at two small, A...
10:00 am - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Australian Law Could Criminalize the Teaching of Encryption
New submitter petherfile writes: According to Daniel Mathews, new laws passed in Australia (but not yet in effect) could criminalize the teaching of encryption. He explains how a ridiculously broad la...
08:00 am - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Tweets To Appear In Google Search Results
mpicpp writes with news that Google will now begin showing tweets alongside search results. Mobile users searching via the Android/iOS apps or through the browser will start seeing the tweets immediat...
06:00 am - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Jason Scott of Textfiles.com Wants Your AOL & Shovelware CDs
eldavojohn writes: You've probably got a spindle in your closet, or a drawer layered with them: the CD-ROM discs that were mailed to you or delivered with some hardware that you put away "just in case...
04:00 am - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Survey: 2/3 of Public Sector Workers Wouldn't Report a Security Breach
An anonymous reader sends news of a survey of workers in the public sector conducted by Daisy Group, a British IT firm, which found that 64% of them would stay quiet about a security breach they notic...
02:00 am - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
HughPickens.com writes: Jennifer Medina reports at the NY Times that the council of the nation's second-largest city voted by a 14-1 margin to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Los Ang...
12:00 am - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Choosing the Right IDE
Nerval's Lobster writes: Modern software development often requires working with multiple tools in a variety of languages. The complexity can give even the most skilled developer a nasty headache, whi...
12:00 am - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Google Offers Cheap Cloud Computing For Low-Priority Tasks
jfruh writes: Much of the history of computing products and services involves getting people desperate for better performance and faster results to pay a premium to get what they want. But Google has ...
12:00 am - Wed, May 20, 2015
Slashdot Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States
coondoggie writes: Bigger wind turbines and towers are just part of what the U.S. needs in order to more effectively use wind energy in all 50 states.That was the thrust of a wind energy call-to-arms ...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Software Glitch Caused Crash of Airbus A400M Military Transport Aircraft
An anonymous reader writes: A software glitch caused the crash of an Airbus A400M military transport aircraft, claims German newspaper Der Spiegel (Google translation). The accident, which happened in...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Bitcoin Arrives At NYSE, Startup Aims To Tackle Micropayments and Easy Mining
itwbennett writes: A startup company whose backers include Qualcomm, Cisco Systems and a former ARM executive, and which reportedly has raised "well north of $116 million" has just come out of stealth...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Marvel's Female Superheroes Are Gradually Becoming More Super
New submitter RhubarbPye writes: A new study shows an increasing trend in the power and significance of female superhero characters in the Marvel comic book universe. Several criteria were used to exa...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Learn About The Technology Education And Literacy in Schools Program (Video)
The Technology Education And Literacy in Schools program (TEALS to its friends) started with one volunteer, a Berkeley CS grad named Kevin Wang who taught high school for a while, then went to Microso...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television
Apple has been rumored to be developing their own line of HDTVs for years, but a new report from the Wall Street Journal (paywalled) says while those plans did exist, they've been abandoned. Apple beg...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Yubikey Neo Teardown and Durability Review
An anonymous reader writes: Folks at HexView (disclaimer: I contract for the company) took apart Yubikey Neo and found out that, while the key uses solid hardware to ensure secure identity management,...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Tech Skills Do HS Students Need To Know Now?
heybiff writes: During summer months I deliver brief tech workshops to high school students as part of an enrichment program. Almost all of the students are average students pulled from non-magnet com...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot AMD Details High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) DRAM, Pushes Over 100GB/s Per Stack
MojoKid writes: Recently, a few details of AMD's next-generation Radeon 300-series graphics cards have trickled out. Today, AMD has publicly disclosed new info regarding their High Bandwidth Memory (H...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Microwave Comms Betwen Population Centers Could Be Key To Easing Internet Bottlenecks
itwbennett writes: Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Duke University recently looked at the main causes of Internet latency and what it would take to achieve speed-of...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online
One of the best first steps in setting up a Windows machine is to install PuTTY on it, so you have a highly evolved secure shell at your command. An anonymous reader writes, though, with a note of cau...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Swedish Court Orders Seizure of Pirate Bay Domains
The Pirate Bay will probably never be the darling of any government; we've seen various Pirate Bay domains cracked down on, and the arrests of site founders. An anonymous reader writes now with the ne...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties
HughPickens.com writes: Daniel McGraw writes that based on their demographic characteristics the Democratic and Republican parties face two very different futures. There's been much written about how ...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States
New submitter jeffengel writes: The push to regulate services like Uber and Lyft has spread through state legislatures nationwide. At least 15 states have passed ridesharing laws in 2015, joining Colo...
12:00 pm - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students
Freshly Exhumed writes: Pens and paper have no place in the modern classroom, according to Lia De Cicco Remu, director of Partners in Learning at Microsoft Canada. "When was the last time you used a p...
10:00 am - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot European Internet Users Urged To Protect Themselves Against Facebook Tracking
An anonymous reader writes: Belgium's Privacy Protection Commission says that Facebook tramples on European privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent and dodges questions from natio...
08:00 am - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot UK Criminals Use Drones To Case Burglary Prospects
turkeydance writes: Burglars in the UK are sending unmanned drones over houses in order to identify potential targets, police have warned. Suffolk Constabulary confirmed it had received at least one r...
06:00 am - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot US Navy Abandons Cloud and Data Center Plans In Favor of New Strategy
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Navy is not pleased with the progress it has made on data center consolidation and plans to change strategies. "Later this year, we will make an organizational cha...
04:00 am - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Robotic Space Plane Launches In Mystery Mission This Week
mpicpp writes: The United States Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane will carry a NASA experiment into orbit when it launches on its next mystery mission Wednesday. The liftoff will begin the reusab...
02:00 am - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Forecasting the Next Pandemic
sciencehabit writes: A new study led by Barbara A. Han, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, suggests a computer model that incorporates machine learning can pinpoint, with ...
12:00 am - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Responds In Nepal
An anonymous reader writes with news about the efforts of the The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team to help in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal. The team asks those living in the affected areas ...
12:00 am - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Using Satellites To Monitor Bridge Safety
__roo writes: In an effort to detect crumbling infrastructure before it causes damage and costs lives, the European Space Agency is working with the UK's University of Nottingham to monitor the moveme...
12:00 am - Tue, May 19, 2015
Slashdot Four Quasars Found Clustered Together Defy Current Cosmological Expectations
StartsWithABang writes: Get a supermassive black hole feeding on matter, particularly on large amounts of cool, dense gas, and you're likely to get a quasar: a luminous, active galaxy emitting radiati...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Court of Appeals Says Samsung's Legal Payments To Apple Should Be Reduced
Mark Wilson writes: Patent lawsuits in the world of technology are nothing new, and the case between Apple and Samsung resulted in one of the largest fines ever being handed down. Samsung was order to...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Silk Road's Leader Paid a Doctor To Help Keep Customers Safe
An anonymous reader writes: Two years after the fall of Silk Road, new facts about the saga are still emerging all the time. The latest revelation is that Dread Pirate Roberts, the leader of Silk Road...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Chris Roberts Is the Least Important Part of the Airplane Hacking Story
chicksdaddy writes: Now that the news media is in full freak-out mode about whether or not security researcher Chris Roberts did or did not hack into the engine of a plane, in flight and cause it to "...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Book Review: The Terrorists of Iraq
benrothke writes: The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting random typewriter keys for an infinite amount of time will eventually be able to create the complete works of Shakespeare. Va...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot FTC Recommends Conditions For Sale of RadioShack Customer Data
itwbennett writes: The FTC has weighed in on the contentious issue of the proposed sale of consumer data by RadioShack, recommending that a settlement with failed online toy retailer Toysmart.com be a...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Navy's New Laser Weapon: Hype Or Reality?
Lasrick writes: MIT's Subrata Ghoshroy deconstructs the Navy's recent claim of successful testing with the Laser Weapon System. It seems the test videos released to the press in December were nothing ...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband
An anonymous reader writes: In February, when the FCC rolled out its net neutrality rules, it also voted to override state laws that let Texas and North Carolina block ISPs created by local government...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Genetically Engineered Yeast Makes It Possible To Brew Morphine
PvtVoid writes: The New York times reports that newly developed yeast strains will soon make it possible to create morphine from fermentation of sugar. While no one has claimed to make morphine in lab...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Prenda's Old Copyright Trolls Are Suing People Again
New submitter Hokan writes: Paul Hansmeier and John Steele, formerly of Prenda, are suing again. Each have started nonprofits, in Minnesota and Illinois, claiming to defend disabled people, and they a...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value
An anonymous reader writes: James Tobin, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, developed a concept called "Q-value" — it's the ratio between two numbers: 1) the sum of all publicly-traded companies' ...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Learning About Constitutional Law With Star Wars
An anonymous reader writes: In an upcoming paper (PDF) for the Michigan Law Review, scholar Cass Sunstein draws on Star Wars to make a couple key points about how constitutional law evolves. He writes...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Apple Acquires GPS Start-Up
An anonymous reader writes: Apple is still sprinting to catch up with Google with its navigation software — the company just acquired Coherent Navigation, a startup focused on GPS tech. Its navi...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry
An anonymous reader writes: An article at TechCrunch looks at some interesting parallels between the current automobile industry and the PC industry of the 1980s. IBM was dominant in 1985, employing f...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Decoding the Enigma of Satoshi Nakamoto
HughPickens.com writes: For the past year Nathaniel Popper has been working on a book about the history of Bitcoin and writes in the NYT that it is hard to avoid being drawn in by the almost mystical ...
12:00 pm - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Feds Order Amtrak To Turn On System That Would've Prevented Crash
McGruber writes: Last Tuesday evening, northbound Amtrak Northeast Regional train No. 188 derailed on a curve in Philadelphia, killing eight passengers. The train was traveling in excess of 100 mph, w...
10:00 am - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot How We'll Someday Be Able To See Past the Cosmic Microwave Background
StartsWithABang writes: When it comes to the farthest thing we can see in the Universe, that's the Cosmic Microwave Background, or the leftover glow from the Big Bang, emitted when the Universe was a ...
06:00 am - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot First Smart TVs Powered By Firefox OS On Sale In Europe, Worldwide Soon
An anonymous reader writes: The first smart TVs powered by Firefox OS have gone on sale in Europe. Panasonic's line of Viera smart TVs includes six that are powered by Firefox OS — CR850, CR730,...
04:00 am - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Blizzard Bans 100,000 Cheaters In Massive "World of Warcraft" Ban Spree
MojoKid writes: Like many MMORPGs, World of Warcraft can be a grind. To sidestep the time commitment required to continually level up a character, gather resources, improve skills, or whatever else is...
02:00 am - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Baton Bob Receives $20,000 Settlement For Coerced Facebook Post
McGruber writes: After arresting him during a June 2013 street performance, Atlanta Police Officers forced costumed street performer "Baton Bob" to make a pro-police statement on his Facebook page bef...
12:00 am - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Study Finds Technology Hurting Attention Spans
jones_supa writes: Conducting both surveys and EEG scans, Microsoft has published a study suggesting that the average attention span has fallen precipitously since the start of the century. While peop...
12:00 am - Mon, May 18, 2015
Slashdot Cocaine Use Can Now Be Tested In Fingerprints Using Ambient Mass Spectrometry
hypnosec writes: A novel technique of detecting cocaine abuse through a simple fingerprint has been developed by researchers from the UK and the Netherlands, paving the way for a secure, non-invasive ...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot Kim Dotcom Calls Hillary Clinton an "Adversary" of Internet Freedom
An anonymous reader writes: CNET reports that Kim Dotcom views Hillary Clinton as "an enemy of online freedom." Hilary's candidacy came up when Kim was asked about a tweet he made in which he called h...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot Schools That Ban Mobile Phones See Better Academic Results
HughPickens.com writes: Jamie Doward reports at The Guardian that according to a recent study in the UK, the effect of banning mobile phones from school premises adds up to the equivalent of an extra ...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot New Chips Could Bring Deep Learning Algorithms To Your Smartphone
catchblue22 writes: At the Embedded Vision Summit, a company called Synopsys, showed off a new image-processor core tailored for deep learning. It is expected to be added to chips that power smartphon...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot Men's Rights Activists Call For Boycott of Mad Max: Fury Road
ideonexus writes: Aaron Clarey, author of the blog Return of Kings and prominent figure in the Men's Rights Movement, is calling for a boycott of George Miller's new edition to the Mad Max franchise "...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot Gates, Zuckerberg Promising Same Jobs To US Kids and Foreign H-1B Workers?
theodp writes: Over at the Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg-bankrolled Code.org, they're using the number of open computing jobs in each state to convince parents of the need to expand K-12 CS offerings...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot NASA Announces the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge For Moon and Mars Bases
An anonymous reader writes: Space policy experts are still arguing where American astronauts should go once they venture into deep space. However, there is widespread agreement that once they get ther...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral
lemur3 writes: Hot on the heels of the recent implementation of Canvas Ads (allowing advertisers to use the full page) Martin Bryant, the Editor-in-Chief of The Next Web, wrote a piece that, ostensibl...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot Rockwell Collins To Develop Cockpit Display To Show Sonic Boom Over Land
An anonymous reader writes: Under contract from NASA, Rockwell Collins is developing equipment to let pilots of supersonic craft know where a sonic boom will be produced. The hope is to make supersoni...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot Arab Mars Probe Planned For 2020
SpankiMonki sends word that the United Arab Emirates has announced plans to launch a Mars mission in July, 2020. They want to send a probe (named "al-Amal",or "Hope") that will orbit the Red Planet fo...
12:00 pm - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot Turning an Arduino Project Into a Prototype
An anonymous reader writes: Those of us who fiddle with electronics are probably familiar with this scenario: you've just finished assembling a project using your Arduino/Raspberry Pi/whatever, and it...
10:00 am - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot KDE Plasma 5 Becomes the Default Desktop of OpenSUSE Tumbleweed
sfcrazy writes: Jos Poortliet, former openSUSE community manager, wrote in a blog post, "At the time of writing this, the openQA servers were busily running tests and, by the time we publish this arti...
08:00 am - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot How Windows 10 Performs On a 12-inch MacBook
An anonymous reader writes: As Microsoft prepares for the launch of Windows 10, review sites have been performing all sorts of benchmarks on the tech preview to evaluate how well the operating system ...
04:00 am - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot GCHQ Officials Given Immunity From Hacking Charges
An anonymous reader writes with news that members of British intelligence agency GCHQ have been granted immunity from prosecution for any laws they might have violated while hacking into citizens' com...
02:00 am - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint
An anonymous reader writes: A coalition of 64 organizations filed a complaint against Harvard on Friday alleging the university discriminates against Asian-American applicants hoping to attend classes...
12:00 am - Sun, May 17, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Payloads For Asteroid Diverter/Killer Mission?
TheRealHocusLocus writes: The Emergency Asteroid Defence Project has launched a crowdfunded IndieGoGo campaign to help produce a set of working blueprints for a two-stage HAIV, or Hypervelocity Astero...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot Report: Google To Add 'Buy' Buttons To Mobile Search Results
An anonymous reader writes: According to a (paywalled) report in the Wall Street Journal, Google is stepping up its efforts to take some of the online marketspace away from Amazon and eBay. Soon, the ...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot FBI Alleges Security Researcher Tampered With a Plane's Flight Control Systems
Salo2112 writes with a followup to a story from April in which a security researcher was pulled off a plane by FBI agents seemingly over a tweet referencing a security weakness in one of the plane's s...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot Wind Turbines With No Blades
An anonymous reader writes: Wired has a profile of Spanish company Vortex Bladeless and their unusual new wind turbine tech. "Their idea is the Vortex, a bladeless wind turbine that looks like a giant...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot In-Database R Coming To SQL Server 2016
theodp writes: Wondering what kind of things Microsoft might do with its purchase of Revolution Analytics? Over at the Revolutions blog, David Smith announces that in-database R is coming to SQL Serve...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot On the Taxonomy of Sci-Fi Spaceships
An anonymous reader writes: Jeff Venancio has done some research that's perfect reading for a lazy Saturday afternoon: figuring out a coherent taxonomy for sci-fi spaceships. If you're a sci-fi fan, y...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks
An anonymous reader writes: Last week we learned that self-driving big-rig trucks were finally being deployed on public roads in Nevada for testing purposes. Experts consider trucking to be ripe for r...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Confirms It Won't Offer Free Windows 10 Upgrades To Pirates
An anonymous reader writes: If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. All that talk about pirates getting free Windows 10 upgrades? Not happening. For genuine users, the free upgrade to W...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot MAME Changing License To Fully Libre One
jones_supa writes: The source code of MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) has long been freely available, but it's never been completely libre. Instead, it's been available under a modified BSD li...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot Russian Rocket Crashes In Siberia
An anonymous reader writes: A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying a Mexican satellite broke down shortly after launch and crashed in Siberia. Russian space agency Roscosmos is investigating the incident,...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot Linino-Enabled Arduino Yun Shrinks In Size and Cost
DeviceGuru writes: Arduino announced a smaller, cheaper Arduino Yun Mini version of the Arduino Yun SBC at the Bay Area Maker Faire [Friday]. The $60 Arduino Yun Mini SBC sacrifices a number of interf...
12:00 pm - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot Canadian Prime Minister To Music Lobby: Here's Your Copyright Term Extension
An anonymous reader writes: The Canadian government's decision to extend the term of copyrightfor sound recordings in the budget may have taken most copyrightobservers by surprise, but not the music i...
10:00 am - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot European Telecoms May Block Mobile Ads, Spelling Trouble For Google
Mark Wilson with news that may have a big impact on both advertisers and end-users who use their phones as portals to ad-supported websites. Several European telecom providers are apparently planning ...
08:00 am - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot How MMO Design Has Improved Bar Trivia
Polygon.com features a look at how (very) different computer game worlds can meet, in the form of game designer Ralph Koster's Kitchen Disasters-style rescue effort to revive a game quite unlike the o...
04:00 am - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot House Science Committee Approves Changes To Space Law
schwit1 writes: In a series of party line votes, the House Science Committee has approved a number of changes to the laws that govern the private commercial space industry. Almost all of the changes w...
02:00 am - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot Planetary Society Wants To Launch a Crowd-Funded Solar Sail
jan_jes writes to note that The Planetary Society is attempting to crowdfund its own version of the light-powered space-craft popularized by Carl Saga as a "solar sailer." (YouTube video, with the Soc...
12:00 am - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot A Look At GTA V PC Performance and Image Quality At 4K
MojoKid writes: Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series has been wildly successful for many years now, offering some of the edgiest story lines, game play tactics and objectives the gaming industry has eve...
12:00 am - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing
mpicpp writes with a link to the New York Times's version of story that a Boston jury earlier today returned a verdict of death in the Boston Marathon bombing. From that report: A federal jury on Frid...
12:00 am - Sat, May 16, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Keychain?
kuhnto writes: I was playing with my key chain and started to wonder: what does everyone on Slashdot have on their key chains? What cool things do you have that you want to share? I'll start: car key,...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Mechanical 'Clicky' Keyboards Still Have Followers (Video)
For a good number of years, the sound of the old IBM or other mechanical keyboard clacking away was the sound of programmers (or writers) at work on their computers. Then, according to Edgar Matias, p...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Oculus Rift Hardware Requirements Revealed, Linux and OS X Development Halted
An anonymous reader writes: Oculus has selected the baseline hardware requirements for running their Rift virtual reality headset. To no one's surprise, they're fairly steep: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 ...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot The Solution To Argentina's Banking Problems Is To Go Cashless
dkatana writes: There is no way back for Argentinian people to trust their own currency. Several governments have used the "Peso/Dollar" exchange to dig into people's savings, reward their friends and...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Rust 1.0 Released
TopSpin writes: Rust 1.0 has arrived, and release parties in Paris, LA and San Francisco are taking place today. From the Rust Programming Language blog: "The current Rust language is the result of a ...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Larson B Ice Shelf In Antarctica To Disintegrate Within 5 Years
BarbaraHudson writes: A new study (abstract) from NASA scientists predicts an Antarctic ice shelf half the size of Rhode Island will disintegrate around 2020. The shelf has existed for roughly 10,000 ...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Penn State Yanks Engineering Network From Internet After China-Based Attack
coondoggie writes: Penn State's College of Engineering has disconnected its network from the Internet in response to two sophisticated cyberattacks – one from a what the university called a "thr...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Here Comes the Keurig of Everything
Tekla Perry writes: Keurig made a huge business out of single-serving coffee machines. Now, as more complex machinery shrinks in size and cost, many companies are trying to duplicate that success for ...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot MenuetOS, an Operating System Written Entirely In Assembly, Hits 1.0
angry tapir writes: MenuetOS, a GUI-toting, x86-based operating system written entirely in assembly language that's super-fast and can fit on a floppy disk, has hit version 1.0 — after almost a ...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot How SpaceX and the Quest For Mars Almost Sunk Tesla Motors
braindrainbahrain writes: Elon Musk and his rocket company are well known to Slashdottters. This article and book excerpt tell the story of the creation of SpaceX and how it almost sank Musk's other c...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Turtle Receives First-Ever 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implant of Its Kind
ErnieKey writes: A wounded loggerhead turtle showed up in Turkey, with significant damage to its upper and lower jaws. It was taken to the Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Pamu...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Biologists Create Self-Healing Concrete
Mr.Intel writes: A team of microbiologists from the Delft University of Technology claims to have invented "bioconcrete" — concrete that heals cracks and breaks using bacteria. The goal was to f...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Kepler Observes Neptune Dancing With Its Moons
New submitter Liquid Tip writes: NASA's K2 mission has the capability to stare continuously at a single field of stars for months at time. A new video shows K2 observations spanning 70 days from Novem...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Galaxies Die By Slow "Strangulation"
HughPickens.com writes: BBC reports that results of a study of the spectrum of light emitted by 23,000 red, passive galaxies and 4,000 blue, star-forming ones shows that when galaxies stop making star...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot College Board Puts Code.org In Charge of AP CS Program
theodp writes: "The College Board," reports GeekWire, "is endorsing Code.org as a coursework and teacher training provider for its upcoming AP Computer Science Principles course and will help Code.org...
12:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot A Plan On How To Stop Sexism In Science
StartsWithABang writes: If there's nothing else that science has to offer, it's this elegant notion: that anyone, anywhere, at anytime, can investigate and uncover the mysteries and workings of the Un...
10:00 am - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Discover First Warm-Blooded Fish
sciencehabit writes: The opah lives in the dark, chilly depths of the world's oceans, using heated blood to keep warm. It's the first fish found to be fully warm-blooded. Certain sharks and tuna can w...
08:00 am - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Are We Entering a "Golden Age of Quantum Computing Research"?
Lashdots writes: Last month, an elite team at IBM Research team announced an advance in quantum computing: it had built a four-qubit square lattice of superconducting qubits, roughly one-quarter-inch ...
06:00 am - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Kepler's "Superflare" Stars Sport Huge, Angry Starspots
astroengine writes: Astronomers studying stars like our sun that are known to generate powerful "superflares" have also discovered that these superflares are likely associated with monster "starspots....
02:00 am - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Mobile Spy Software Maker MSpy Hacked, Customer Data Leaked
pdclarry writes: mSpy sells a software-as-a-service package that claims to allow you to spy on iPhones. It is used by ~2 million people to spy on their children, partners, Exes, etc. The information g...
12:00 am - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot GE Is 3D Printing a Working Jet Engine
lurking_giant writes: GE Aviation's Additive Development Center near Cincinnati has produced a number of firsts but they are now demonstrating a working 3D-printed jet engine, (OK, it's sized for an R...
12:00 am - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Academics Call For Greater Transparency About Google's Right To Be Forgotten
Mark Wilson writes: Just yesterday Google revealed that it rejects most Right To Be Forgotten requests it receives. In publishing yet another transparency report, the search giant will have hoped to h...
12:00 am - Fri, May 15, 2015
Slashdot Baidu's Supercomputer Beats Google At Image Recognition
catchblue22 writes: Using the ImageNet object classification benchmark, Baidu’s Minwa supercomputer scanned more than 1 million images and taught itself to sort them into about 1,000 categories ...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot How Light at Night Affects Preschoolers' Sleep Patterns, Part Two (Video)
Yesterday, in the intro to video number one of this two part extravaganza we wrote, "The effects of light and dark on adults' Circadian rythym has been studied over and over, but there hasn't been muc...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot United Airlines Invites Hackers To Find Security Vulnerabilities
An anonymous reader writes: Following a recent spike of interest regarding the potential to hack planes, United Airlines has created the first rewards-for-exploits scheme in the aviation industry. The...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill
mpicpp writes: California state senators have passed a controversial bill designed to increase school immunization rates. SB277 would prohibit parents from seeking vaccine exemptions for their childre...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Harry Shearer Walks Away From "The Simpsons," and $14 Million
Actor Harry Shearer, perhaps best known as the voice of several characters on The Simpsons, including that of Montgomery Burns, will be leaving the show's cast, according to CNN.Showrunner Al Jean sai...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Drone Flying Near White House Causes Lockdown
stowie writes: The White House was placed on lockdown this afternoon after a man allegedly tried to fly a drone near the building, authorities said. The Secret Service detained and is questioning an i...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Rediscovered Lucas-Commissioned Short "Black Angel" Released On YouTube
eldavojohn writes: Youtube now offers Black Angel, a short film shown in UK theaters before ESB. What was once thought lost is now found; enjoy. This may be the best half-hour you spend today, even if...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?
An anonymous reader writes: New research from Spotify and Echo Nest reveals that people start off listening to chart-topping pop music and branch off into all kinds of territory in their teens and ear...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Open Document Format?
kramer2718 writes: I am working on a project that requires uploading and storing of documents. Although the application will need to allow uploading of .docx, doc, .pdf, etc, I'd like to store the doc...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?
Nerval's Lobster writes: Many development teams have embraced Agile as the ideal method for software development, relying on cross-functional teams and adaptive planning to see their product through t...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Online Voting Should Be Verifiable -- But It's a Hard Problem
An anonymous reader writes with a link to a pithy overview at The Conversation of recent uses of (and nagging difficulties with) online voting and asks Regular 'internet voting too risky' arguments do...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Douglas Williams Pleads Guilty To Training Customers To Beat Polygraph
For quite a while, we've been following the case of Douglas Gene Williams, accused of and indicted for teaching people to pass polygraph tests that they might otherwise have been unable to, and for th...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Greenland's Glaciers Develop Stretch Marks As They Accelerate
New submitter dywolf writes: NASA run Operation IceBridge has been monitoring and mapping ice sheets for the past eight years. They develop these maps in 3D using laser equipped aircraft to measure ic...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot RTFM? How To Write a Manual Worth Reading
An anonymous reader writes with a link to Rich Bowen's insightful, detail laden piece at Opensource.com about improving documentation: Have you noticed that the more frequently a particular open sourc...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Online Voting Should Be Verifiable -- But It's Hard Problem
An anonymous reader writes with a link to a pithy overview at The Conversation of recent uses of (and nagging difficulties with) online voting and asks Regular 'internet voting too risky' arguments do...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot More Than 40% of US Honeybee Colonies Died In a 12-Month Period Ending In April
walterbyrd writes: The Agriculture Department released its annual honeybee survey Wednesday and it doesn't look good. More than 40% of U.S. honeybee colonies died in a 12-month period ending in April....
02:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Wireless Charging Tech Adopted By Ford, Chrysler, and Toyota Goes Open Source
An anonymous reader writes: The in-vehicle wireless charging technology adopted by Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, RAM, and Toyota has been released to the public domain without royalties or licenses. This tec...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot FCC May Stop 911 Access For NSI Phones
An anonymous reader writes: It's generally known that if you call 911 from a cell phone in the USA, you will be connected to the nearest Public Safety Access Point, whether or not the phone has an act...
12:00 pm - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Intel NUC5i7RYH Broadwell Mini PC With Iris Pro Graphics Tested
MojoKid writes: In addition to ushering in a wave of new notebooks and mobile devices, Intel's Broadwell microarchitecture has also found its way into a plethora of recently introduced small form fact...
10:00 am - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Hackers Using Starbucks Gift Cards To Access Credit Cards
jfruh writes: Starbucks inspires loyalty among its heavy users — so much so that they're willing to connect their Starbucks gift cards and phone apps directly to their credit or debit cards, aut...
08:00 am - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot John Urschel: The 300 Pound Mathematician Who Hits People For a Living
HughPickens.com writes: Kate Murphy writes at NYT about mathematician John Urschel whose latest contribution to the mathematical realm was a paper for the Journal of Computational Mathematics with the...
06:00 am - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot US Passport Agency Contractor Stole Applicants' Data To Steal Their Identities
An anonymous reader writes: According to federal prosecutors three women are responsible for an identity theft and wire fraud scheme targeting both the Houston and Atlanta passport agencies. Chloe McC...
02:00 am - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from a story at Reuters that gives a rare bit of good news for the Fourth Amendment: The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that wo...
12:00 am - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Security Certification For an Old Grad?
An anonymous reader writes: I graduated in late 2003 during the tech bubble burst with a below 2.5 GPA. I am 35 with an interest in getting a security job. What are the chances that I would be just wa...
12:00 am - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot World's Rudest Robot Set To Simulate the Fury of Call Center Customers
An anonymous reader writes: A New Zealand-based company called Touchpoint Group has unveiled the world's angriest robot, which is designed to help train call center employees in the art of dealing wit...
12:00 am - Thu, May 14, 2015
Slashdot Is Big Data Leaving Hadoop Behind?
knightsirius writes: Big Data was seen as one the next big drivers of computing economy, and Hadoop was seen as a key component of the plans. However, Hadoop has had a less than stellar six months, be...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Film Consortium Urges ISPs To Dump Ineffective "Six Strikes" Policy For Pirates
An anonymous reader writes: The Internet Security Task Force, a group of businesses working to protect content creators and consumers from the negative effects of piracy, has called for an end to the ...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Apple, A123 To Settle Lawsuit Over Poached Battery Engineers
itwbennett writes: Slashdot readers will remember that back in February, electric car battery maker A123 Systems sued Apple for allegedly "raiding" the Waltham, Massachusetts, company and hiring five ...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot How Light at Night Affects Preschoolers' Sleep Patterns (Video)
The effects of light and dark on adults' Circadian rythym has been studied over and over, but there hasn't been much research done on how light at night affects young children's sleep patterns. This i...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot New Device Could Greatly Improve Speech and Image Recognition
jan_jes writes: Scientists have successfully demonstrated pattern recognition using a magnonic holographic memory device, a development that could greatly improve speech and image recognition hardware...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Top Publishers To Post News Stories Directly To Facebook Timelines
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC, BuzzFeed, NBC, The New York Times and National Geographic are among some of the publishers which will post news items directly to a Facebook user's timeline thanks...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Does Using an AOL Email Address Suggest You're a Tech Dinosaur?
Nerval's Lobster writes: Despite years of layoffs and tumbling net worth, AOL seemed to get a new lease on life this week when Verizon bought it for $4.4 billion. But even if AOL's still alive, using ...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Third Bangladeshi Blogger Murdered In As Many Months
An anonymous reader writes: Ananta Bijoy Das blogged about science in Bangladesh, also sometimes tackling difficult issues about religion. He won an award in 2006 for "deep and courageous interest in ...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot After Over a Year of Police Action, Dark Net Black Markets Still Growing
When the original Silk Road was shut down in 2013, it provided definitive evidence that federal law enforcement was targeting online black markets. Later, after the fall of Silk Road 2.0 and the Evolu...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Dawn Spacecraft Gets a Better Look At Ceres' Bizarre 'White Spots'
StartsWithABang writes: Since its discovery as the first asteroid more than 200 years ago, Ceres has been one of the most poorly understood objects in the Solar System as even imagery from the Hubble ...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot (Hack) and Slash: Doing the LORD's Work
Emmett Plant (former Slashdot editor as well as video interviewee) writes: Legend of the Red Dragon was written by Seth Robinson in 1989, and it remains one of the most popular games of the DOS BBS er...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot How Responsible Are App Developers For Decisions Their Users Make?
itwbennett writes: In a blog post, Rado Kotorov, Chief Innovation Officer at Information Builders asserts that the creators of enterprise apps implicitly assume some of the responsibility for other pe...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love
theodp writes: "Bill Gates famously spent hundreds of millions of dollars to develop, implement and promote the now controversial Common Core State Standards," reports the Washington Post's Valerie St...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot 'Venom' Security Vulnerability Threatens Most Datacenters
An anonymous reader sends a report about a new vulnerability found in open source virtualization software QEMU, which is run on hardware in datacenters around the world (CVE-2015-3456). "The cause is ...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot SEC Charges ITT Educational Services With Fraud
mpicpp writes with news that ITT Educational Services, the company that operates for-profit college ITT Tech, has been charged with fraud over its student loan programs. The U.S. Securities and Exchan...
12:00 pm - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US
gollum123 notes new U.S. demographic data from the Pew Research Center which show that the percentage of Americans declaring affiliation with a particular religion has declined sharply since 2007. Ame...
10:00 am - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: After We're Gone, the Last Electrical Device Still Working?
Leomania writes: After watching a post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi short on YouTube (there are quite a few) and then having our robot vacuum take off and start working the room, I just wondered what would be t...
08:00 am - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot The Decline of Pixel Art
An anonymous reader writes: Blake Reynolds, lead artist for a pair of popular mobile games, has put up a post about the decline of pixel art in games. He decries the current state of "HD fetishism" in...
06:00 am - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Uber Drivers In India Will Start Accepting Cash
jfruh writes: One of the main selling points of ridesharing services like Uber are that they streamline the payment process: everything is taken care of in the app, which is already linked to your cre...
04:00 am - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Amtrak Train Derails In Philadelphia
An anonymous reader writes: An Amtrak train has derailed in Philadelphia, injuring at least 50 of the roughly 240 people on board. The train was on its way from Washington D.C. to New York City when i...
04:00 am - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Dissolvable Electronic Stent Can Monitor Blocked Arteries
ckwu writes: To restore blood flow in a narrowed or blocked artery, doctors can implant a metal stent to hold open the vessel. But over time, stents can cause inflammation and turbulent blood flow tha...
02:00 am - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Verizon, Sprint Agree To Pay Combined $158 Million Over Cramming Charges
mpicpp sends news that Verizon has agreed to pay $90 million (PDF), and Sprint another $68 million (PDF), to settle claims that they placed unauthorized charges on their customers's bills. The process...
12:00 am - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Studying the Roots of Individuality
An anonymous reader sends an article from Quanta Magazine about research into individuality — how behavior varies (or doesn't) when genetics and environment are as similar as possible. Scientist...
12:00 am - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot The Music Industry's Latest Shortsighted Plan: Killing Freemium Services
An anonymous reader notes that there have been rumblings in the music industry of trying to shut down freemium services like Spotify's free tier and YouTube's swath of free music. The record labels ha...
12:00 am - Wed, May 13, 2015
Slashdot Photo Printing Website Artisan State Allows Access To All User-Uploaded Photos
fulldecent writes: Popular photo printing website Artisan State, which specializes in bound photo books mostly for weddings or other events, unintentionally makes all its uploaded user photos availabl...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot What's the Business Model For Commercializing Cyborgs?
An anonymous reader points out an article about Backyard Brains, a small company notable for turning cockroaches into cyborgs. The article explores how such an odd use of science and technology can ac...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Criticizing the Rust Language, and Why C/C Will Never Die
An anonymous reader sends an article taking a harsh look at Rust, the language created by Mozilla Research, and arguing that despite all the flaws of C and C++, the two older languages are likely to r...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Beware the Ticking Internet of Things Security Time Bomb
alphadogg writes: A panel of security experts, including from IBM, LogMeIn and formerly RSA, warn that IoT security is a growing threat because device makers haven't baked in security. IT security sta...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot New MakerBot CEO Explains Layoffs and the Company's New Vision
merbs sends an update on MakerBot, one of the most well known names in the 3D-printing industry. After its acquisition by Stratasys in 2013, defective parts plagued the company's printers in 2014. Mak...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Judge: Warrantless Airport Seizure of Laptop 'Cannot Be Justified'
SonicSpike writes with news of a ruling in U.S. District Court that the seizure and search of a man's laptop without a warrant while he was in an airport during an international border crossing was no...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Firefox 38 Arrives With DRM Required To Watch Netflix
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched Firefox 38 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Notable additions to the browser include Digital Rights Managemen...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot New Magnesium-Alloy Foam From NYU's Nikhil Gupta Floats On Water
Jason Koebler writes: A new class of magnesium-alloy syntactic foam, which is made out of hollow particles to lower its weight and density is one of the strongest metals for its weight and density eve...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot MuckRock FOIA Request Releases Christopher Hitchens' FBI Files
v3rgEz writes: Outspoken atheist firebrand Christopher Hitchens was never one for understatement, and apparently the FBI took notice. A Freedom of Information request from investigative news site Muck...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot ISS Crew Stuck In Orbit While Russia Assesses Rocket
astroengine sends word that the astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be staying up there longer than expected while engineers for Russia's space program try to figure out if it's saf...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot California Gets Past the Yuck Factor With "Toilet To Tap" Water Recycling
HughPickens.com writes: From a marketing point of view, using treated sewage to create drinking water is a proposition that has proved difficult to sell to customers. Now John Schwartz writes in the N...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Anonymous Accused of Running a Botnet Using Thousands of Hacked Home Routers
An anonymous reader writes: Taking advantage of lazy security, new research says Anonymous hacktivists (among other groups) hijacked thousands of routers using remote access and default login credenti...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Will Robot Cars Need Windows?
An anonymous reader writes: The Atlantic has an article asking whether autonomous cars need windows. If there's no driver, will the passengers want to look outside? In the summer, will anyone want to ...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Open Source C ClanLib SDK Refreshed For 2015
New submitter rombust writes: Will ClanLib turn around the tides and finally challenge SDL? The latest 4.0 release already offers what Unity and the Unreal Engine charges 30% for, but now after 16 yea...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Is Confident In Security of Edge Browser
jones_supa writes: It's no secret that Internet Explorer has always been criticized for its poor security, so with the Edge web browser (previously known as Spartan), Microsoft is trying to tackle thi...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Closing This Summer: Verizon To Scoop Up AOL For $4.4 Billion
MojoKid writes with this excerpt from Hot Hardware: We learned this weekend that AOL's dial-up business still has over 2 million customers who pay on average just under $21 per month for service. Rega...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Construction At SpaceX's New Spaceport About To Begin
schwit1 writes: SpaceX has begun prepping the construction sites at its private spaceport in Brownsville, Texas. The county has begun work on a road to where the spaceport command center will be, and ...
12:00 pm - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot The Best Way To Protect Real Passwords: Create Fake Ones
jfruh writes: Many security-savvy users have a password manager that stores their randomly-generated passwords — but if that manager is cracked, the gig is up. Some security researchers are sugg...
10:00 am - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot GPU Malware Can Also Affect Windows PCs, Possibly Macs
itwbennett writes: A team of anonymous developers who recently created a Linux rootkit that runs on graphics cards has released a new proof-of-concept malware program that does the same on Windows. A ...
08:00 am - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up
An anonymous reader writes: A new study just published on Antarctic ice loss by Christopher Harig and Frederik Simons of Princeton confirm West Antarctica is losing mass fast. The study used satellite...
06:00 am - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Invests In Undersea Cable Projects
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft announced today that it will partner with a group of telecom companies in order to build new undersea cables. A new cable will connect data centers in China, Sout...
04:00 am - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot Swift Vs. Objective-C: Why the Future Favors Swift
snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Paul Solt argues that It's high time to make the switch to the more approachable, full-featured Swift for iOS and OS X app dev. He writes in Infoworld: "Programming language...
02:00 am - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot How Spotify Can Become Profitable
journovampire writes: Spotify just posted another big net loss, but it can become profitable with some specific changes according to one analyst. He suggests the following three options: Cut royalty c...
12:00 am - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot The Milky Way's Most Recent Supernova That Nobody Saw
StartsWithABang writes: A little over 300 years ago, a supernova — a dying, ultramassive star — exploded, giving rise to such a luminous explosion that it might have shone as bright as our...
12:00 am - Tue, May 12, 2015
Slashdot White House Names Ed Felten As Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer
New submitter bird writes: Ed Felton, Director of Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) and well-known and outspoken consumer advocate, has been appointed deputy US ch...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Apollo 15 Commander Talks About Developing and Driving Lunar Buggy
szczys writes: Greg Charvat recently sat in on an MIT course called "Engineering Apollo". For this set of sessions, David Scott recounted his experience as an astronaut. David was the commander of the...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot World Health Organization Has New Rules For Avoiding Offensive Names
sciencehabit writes: Last week The World Health Organization (WHO) decided to address not only the physical toll of disease but the stigma inflicted by diseases named for people, places, and animals a...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Worker Fired For Disabling GPS App That Tracked Her 24 Hours a Day
An anonymous reader writes: Myrna Arias claims she was fired for refusing to run an app that would track her location even when she was off the clock. She is now suing Intermex Wire Transfer LLC in a ...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Google Shuts Down Map Maker Following Hacks
Errorcod3 writes: Google has temporarily shut down Map Maker while it works on a way to stop people from inserting pranks into its maps. A statement from Google explains that the service isn't going a...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Fark Founder Drew Curtis Answers Your Questions
A week ago you had the chance to ask Fark Founder Drew Curtis about wasting hours at work reading stories about Florida, and his Kentucky gubernatorial campaign. We'll be checking back with Drew as th...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Philippines Gives Uber Its First Legal Framework To Operate In Asia
An anonymous reader writes: The Philippines has given Uber a rare boost in its hard-fought Asian territories, by granting new legislation that provides rules within which it may legally operate. To th...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 the Last Version of Windows? Not So Fast.
A multitude of tech sites are breathlessly reporting that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows. These claims are based on a brief comment from developer evangelist Jerry Nixon while speaking...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot The Best-Paying IT Security Jobs of 2015
Nerval's Lobster writes: It's no secret that tech pros with extensive IT security backgrounds are in high demand, especially in the wake of last year's high-profile hacks of major companies such as So...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot The World's Most Dangerous Driving Simulator
agent elevator writes: Lawrence Ulrich at IEEE Spectrum has an interview with the maker of a simulator for professional racers. The Motion Pro II from CXC Simulations costs racers $54,000 and up. It c...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Future of Desktop Applications?
MrNaz writes: Over the last fifteen years or so, we have seen the dynamic web mature rapidly. The functionality of dynamic web sites has expanded from the mere display of dynamic information to fully ...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Psychologist: Porn and Video Game Addiction Are Leading To 'Masculinity Crisis'
HughPickens.com writes: Philip Zimbardo is a prominent psychologist from Stanford, most notable for leading the notorious Stanford prison experiment. He has published new research findings based on th...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot 'Breaking Bad' Crypto Ransomware Targets Australian Users
An anonymous reader writes: A new strain of the Trojan.Cryptolocker.S targeting Australia is using the branding of popular TV crime drama 'Breaking Bad' to theme its extortion demands. After encryptin...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Study Reveals Wikimedia Foundation Is 'Awash In Money'
New submitter Harold Dumbacher writes: Few things seen on Wikipedia aggravate its users more than the annual fundraising banners. Yet millions of people continue to contribute, seeming to think that W...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Self-Driving Cars In California: 4 Out of 48 Have Accidents, None Their Fault
An anonymous reader writes: The Associated Press reports that 48 self-driving cars have been navigating the roads of California since the state began issuing permits last year. Of those, only four hav...
12:00 pm - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Linux Mint Will Continue To Provide Both Systemd and Upstart
jones_supa writes: After Debian adopted systemd, many other Linux distributions based on that operating system made the switch as well. Ubuntu has already rolled out systemd in 15.04, but Linux Mint i...
10:00 am - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Australia: Your Digital Games (and Movies!) Could Be About to Jump In Price
dotarray writes with a snippet of news from Australia about expanded taxation for digital goods. From Player Attack comes the gist: Australians really are about to start paying more for digital servic...
08:00 am - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot FCC Tosses Petition Challenging Its New Internet Regulations
A petition submitted to the FCC by several of the players (including AT&T, CenturyLink, and USTelecom) who would be most affected by the agency's recently asserted Internet regulatory powers has b...
04:00 am - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Apple Watch Hack Adds a Browser For Your Wrist
TechCrunch reports that the Apple Watch now evidently has an tantalizing, but unofficial, feature: a browser, created by the jailbreak developer known as Comex. "Not great" is their headline-level ass...
02:00 am - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot British Pilots: Poll Data Says Public Wants Strict Rules For Drones
According to the Guardian, a survey of members of the British public conducted on behalf of the British Airline Pilots Association reveals support among those surveyed for strict rules governing drone...
12:00 am - Mon, May 11, 2015
Slashdot Russian Company Unveils Homegrown PC Chips
Reader WheatGrass shares the news from Russia Insider that MCST, Moscow Center of SPARC Technologies, has begun taking orders for Russian-made computer chips, though at least one expert quoted warns t...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot Can Earthquakes Be Predicted Algorithmically?
An anonymous reader with this story about a practical application of big data analysis as applied to the trove of sensor readings taken by satellites and by ground-based senosrs. A company called Terr...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot The Challenge of Web Hosting Once You're Dead
reifman writes: Hosting a website (even WordPress) after your death has a variety of unexpected complexities, from renewing your domain name, to hosting, security, monitoring, troubleshooting and more...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot Examining Costs and Prices For California's High-Speed Rail Project
The L.A. Times features a look at the contentious issue of a publicly funded high-speed rail system for travel within the state of California, which focuses especially on an obvious question: how much...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot How To Set Up a Pirate EBook Store In Google Play Books
Nate the greatest writes: Most ebook pirates simply upload ebooks to a one of many pirate sites, but the entrepreneurial ones have opened storefronts in Google Play Books. They invent an author's name...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot Prison Messaging System JPay Withdraws Copyright Claims
Florida-based JPay has a specialized business model and an audience that is at least in part a (literally) captive one: the company specializes in logistics and communications services involving priso...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Discover Breakthrough Drug Delivery Method By Changing Shape of Pill
ErnieKey writes: Researchers at the UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London have found a way to change the rate of dissolution within medication via a 3D printing method. Researchers used Ma...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Own the Rights To Software Developed At Work?
New submitter ToneyTime writes: I'm a young developer building custom add ins for my companies chosen SAAS platform as a full time staff member. The platform supports a developer community to share co...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot FWD.us To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo
theodp writes: Speaking at a National Journal LIVE event that was sponsored by Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us and Laurene Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective, FWD.us "Major Contributor" Lars Dalgaard was asked ...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot Poker Pros Win Against AI, But Experts Peg Match As Statistical Draw
hypnosec writes with some positive news for Skynet watchers, in that humans still have at least a slight lead against the AIs who might one day imprison us in energy-harvesting goo tanks, or at least ...
12:00 pm - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot Enterprise SSDs, Powered Off, Potentially Lose Data In a Week
New submitter Mal-2 writes with a selection from IB Times of special interest for anyone replacing hard disks with solid state drives:The standards body for the microelectronics industry has found tha...
08:00 am - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot Messenger Data Says Mercury's Magnetic Past Goes Back Billions of Years
Space.com notes a study published in the May 7th issue of Science (abstract) which concludes not only that Mercury has a magnetic history dating back billions of years, but also that the strength of t...
06:00 am - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot Photobucket Hackers Nabbed, Face Serious Charges From US Authorities
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement released Friday that two men, Brandon Bourret, and Athanasios Andrianakis, of Colorado Springs, Coloradoand Sunnyvale, California, respectively, were...
02:00 am - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot Transformer Explosion Closes Nuclear Plant Unit North of NYC
Reuters reports that a transformer failure and related fire have forced the closure of a generating unit of the Indian Point nuclear plant, about 40 miles north of New York City; another generator at ...
12:00 am - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot WHO Declares Liberian Ebola Outbreak Over
The Washington Post reports that after 42 days with no new cases of Ebola infection in Liberia, the World Health Organization has declared over the outbreak which killed more than 4,000 people in that...
12:00 am - Sun, May 10, 2015
Slashdot Texas Regulators Crack Down on App-Driven Hauling Service
According to the Austin American-Statesman, it's not just ride-sharing companies like Uber drawing attention from regulators, at least in Texas, but also a similar service that's hauling goods rather ...
10:00 pm - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?
New submitter sundarvenkata writes: I am sure most slashdotters (including the ones who had the I-am-an-indispensable-snowflake stance in the past) have already foreseen the writing on the wall for th...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Samsung's SSD 840 Read Performance Degradation Explained
An anonymous reader writes with a link to TechSpot's explanation of the reason behind the performance degradation noticed by many purchasers of certain models of Samsung SSD (the 840 and 840 EVO), and...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Anonymous Tor Cloud Project Closes Down
Mark Wilson writes: The Tor browser is used by many to stay anonymous online — and it's something that has been embraced by the likes of WikiLeaks as a way to safely gather information whilst ho...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft-Backed Think Tank: K-12 CS Education Cure For Sagging US Productivity
theodp writes: On May 6, notes think tank Brookings, the Department of Labor released labor productivity data showing that output per worker fell by 1.9 percent during the first quarter of 2015. But f...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Interactive Map Exposes the World's Most Murderous Places
Lashdots writes with this selection from a Fast Company story: In 2012, 437,000 people were killed worldwide, yielding a global average murder rate of 6.2 per 100,000 inhabitants. A third of those hom...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Brainwave-Reading Patents Spike On Increase In Commercial Mind-Reading Apps
smaxp writes: Consumer market researcher Nielsen leads the pack, with patents describing ways to detect brain activity with EEG and translate it into what someone truly thinks about, say, a new produc...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Uber Wants To Buy Nokia's Mapping Services
jfruh writes: When Nokia sold its handset business to Microsoft, one of the services left that it intended to rebuild the company on was Here, its rival to Google Maps. But now a deal is said to be in...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot MIT Report Says Current Tech Enables Future Terawatt-Scale Solar Power Systems
Lucas123 writes: Even with today's inefficient wafer-based crystalline silicon photovoltaics, terawatt-scale solar power systems are coming down the pike, according to a 356-page report from MIT on th...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Critics Say It's Time To Close La Guardia Airport
HughPickens.com writes: George Haikalis writes in the NYT that last week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey put off, yet again, deciding between two proposals for a nearly $4 billion proje...
10:00 am - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot What Might Have Happened To Windows Media Center
Phopojijo writes: Microsoft has officially dropped Windows Media Center but, for a time, it looked like Microsoft was designing both Windows and the Xbox around it. That changed when Vista imploded an...
08:00 am - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Shape of the Universe Determined To Be Really, Really Flat
StartsWithABang writes: You might imagine all sorts of possibilities for how the Universe could have been shaped: positively curved like a higher-dimensional sphere, negatively curved like a higher-di...
04:00 am - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot From Commune To Sharing Economy Startup
gthuang88 writes: Willy Schlacks grew up in a conservative commune in Missouri without technology like phones or computers. At age 27, he and his brother left and started a construction business. That...
02:00 am - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Senators Demand CIA Director Admit He Lied About Spying On Senate Computers
blottsie writes with a link to a story at The Daily Dot which begins: CIA Director John Brennan lied when he denied ordering agency employees to search Senate computers to trace a leak. Frustrated wit...
12:00 am - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Fastest 4.5 Watt Core M 5Y71 In Asus T300 Chi Competitive With Full Core i5 CPUs
MojoKid writes: Asus unveiled its latest addition to the Transformer series at CES in January, the Transformer Book Chi, which just recently began shipping. Available in three sizes, the new Transform...
12:00 am - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Dropbox Moves Accounts Outside North America To Ireland
monkeyzoo writes: Similar to a previous announcement by Twitter, Dropbox has changed its Terms of Service for users outside of North America (USA/Canada/Mexico) such that services will now be provided...
12:00 am - Sat, May 9, 2015
Slashdot Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?
dcblogs writes: A survey of IT professionals that has been conducted in each of the last four years is showing an increase in IT work stress levels. It's a small survey, just over 200 IT workers, and ...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Poor, Homegrown Encryption Threatens Open Smart Grid Protocol
An anonymous reader writes: Millions of smart meters, solar panels, and other grid-based devices rely on the Open smart grid protocol for communication and control — it's similar to SCADA's role...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Ebola Lurked In Cured Patient's Eye
An anonymous reader writes: During the Ebola outbreak last year, Dr. Ian Crozier was infected. He was eventually airlifted to Emory University for treatment, and a couple months later he was cured of ...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Going Beyond the 'Stock' Arduino with Justin Mclean (Video)
Justin McLean is probably best-known for his work with Apache Flex. He also started playing with open source hardware before Arduino, and now works with systems like Fritzing, an open source hardware ...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot 28-Year-Old Businessman Accused of Stealing $1 Billion From Moldova
An anonymous reader writes: You could be excused for not knowing much about Moldova — the small, Eastern European country has a population of around 3 million and occupies about 13,000 square mi...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Subsurface Ocean Waves Can Be More Than 500 Meters High
An anonymous reader writes: New field studies out of MIT found that "internal waves" — massive waves below the surface of the ocean — can reach enormous sizes. The most powerful internal w...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot A Visual Walk Through Amazon's Impact On One Seattle Neighborhood
reifman writes: If you live in Seattle, it's easy to see Amazon.com's impact on downtown construction and growth but not everyone sees what's happening in neighborhoods like formerly sleepy Ballard. O...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Technology and Ever-Falling Attention Spans
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has an article about technology's effect on concentration in the workplace. They note research finding that the average information worker's attention span has drop...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Proof-of-Concept Linux Rootkit Leverages GPUs For Stealth
itwbennett writes: A team of developers has created a rootkit for Linux systems that uses the processing power and memory of graphics cards instead of CPUs in order to remain hidden. The rootkit, call...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Top Advisor To Australian Gov't Says Climate Change is a UN Conspiracy
An anonymous reader writes: Maurice Newman, the top business advisor to conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, today published an opinion piece (paywalled) in which he claims, "It's a wel...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Cybersecurity Company Extorted Its Clients, Says Whistleblower
An anonymous reader writes: Richard Wallace used to be an investigator for Tiversa, a cybersecurity company that sells services like "breach protection" and "incident response." These days, Wallace is...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot NASA Images Massive Solar Flare
An anonymous reader writes: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, has sent back pictures of a massive, X-class solar flare. The X-class flares are the strongest, and this one received an X2.7 rating. It ...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot $9 Open Source Computer Blows Past Crowdfunding Goal
An anonymous reader writes: A team of engineers and artists has launched a Kickstarter campaign for C.H.I.P., a small computer that costs $9. The campaign met and far exceeded its $50,000 goal on the ...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Doomed Russian Spacecraft Re-Enters Atmosphere Over Pacific Ocean
astroengine sends word that the Russian cargo ship that spun out of control after launching on a mission to the ISS on April 28 has re-entered the atmosphere somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. Orbital ...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot 25 Percent of Cars Cause 90 Percent of Air Pollution
HughPickens.com writes: Sara Novak reports that according to a recent study, "badly tuned" cars and trucks make up one quarter of the vehicles on the road, but cause 95 percent of black carbon, also k...
12:00 pm - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Make Spiders Produce Silk Strengthened With Graphene
An anonymous reader writes: Italian researchers in Trent have enabled 15 Pholcidae spiders to spin graphene-strengthened dragline silk just by spraying them with a solution containing carbon nanotubes...
10:00 am - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Top Cyber Attack Vectors For Critical SAP Systems
An anonymous reader writes: Despite housing an organization's most valuable and sensitive information, SAP systems are not protected from cyber threats by traditional security approaches. Based on ass...
08:00 am - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Future Holds Large Updates Instead of Stand-Alone Windows Releases
jones_supa writes: Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft developer evangelist, said at the Ignite conference in Chicago that Windows 10 "is the last version of Windows, so we're always working on Windows 10." Sayi...
06:00 am - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot James Comey: the Man Who Wants To Outlaw Encryption
Patrick O'Neill writes: "There has not been a tradeoff between liberty and security in our response to terrorism in this country and in our efforts to offer security to the people of the United States...
04:00 am - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Amazon's Delivery Drones Will Be Able To Track Your Location
stowie writes: According to the filing with the USPTO, the e-commerce giant's delivery drones will be able to communicate with each other, find the best flight path available, and update the delivery ...
02:00 am - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Is Facebook Keeping You In a Political Bubble?
sciencehabit writes: Does Facebook make it harder for people with different political views to get along? Political scientists have long wondered whether the social network's news feed selectively ser...
12:00 am - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot FAA: Big Tech Challenges For Massive Washington, DC Warbirds Flyover
coondoggie writes: It will be one of the largest gatherings of flying WWII aircraft in history as 56 famous vintage warbirds will fly through restricted airspace over the National Mall Friday in remem...
12:00 am - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Superfish Injects Ads In 1 In 25 Google Page Views
An anonymous reader writes: A new report from Google has found that more than 5% of unique daily IP addresses accessing Google — tens of millions — are interrupted by ad-injection techniqu...
12:00 am - Fri, May 8, 2015
Slashdot Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods
An anonymous reader writes: Green Mountain (Keurig) stock dropped by 10% this morning after a brutal earnings report. The reason? CNN Money reports that DRM has weakened sales of their Keurig 2.0. CEO...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Creating the Open Drone Ecosystem Takes Room To Experiment
An anonymous reader writes: Over on Forbes, Jono Bacon writes about the emergence of an open drone ecosystem spearheaded by the recently announced 3D Robotics SOLO which is largely Open Source and has...
10:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot No Justice For Victims of Identity Theft
chicksdaddy writes: The Christian Science Monitor's Passcode features a harrowing account of one individual's experience of identity theft. CSM reporter Sara Sorcher recounts the story of "Jonathan Fr...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Electron Microscopes Close To Imaging Individual Atoms
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Science: Today's digital photos are far more vivid than just a few years ago, thanks to a steady stream of advances in optics, detectors, and software...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Centimeter-Resolution GPS For Smartphones, VR, Drones
agent elevator writes: UT Austin engineers have come up with a software fix that corrects for the errors GPS has when using the tiny antennas on smartphones. They demoed it using a VR setup and got 2-...
08:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot FAA Program Tests Drones Flying Beyond Pilot's Line-of-Sight
itwbennett writes: FAA administrator Michael P. Huerta announced Wednesday a new Pathfinder Program under which the agency has partnered with three U.S. companies to explore three key types of unmanne...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Tesla To Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 In March 2016
An anonymous reader with the news, as reported by Ars Technica, BGR, the WSJ, and more, that Tesla, in the course of the company's most recent earnings call, has announced plans to show off its much-a...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot NFL Releases Deflategate Report
_xeno_ writes: You may remember back in February that Slashdot covered the NFL asking Columbia University for help investigating Deflategate, a scandal where the New England Patriots were caught defla...
06:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Defense Distributed Sues State Department Over 3-D Gun Censorship
SonicSpike writes with word that Cody Wilson, whose projects to create (and disseminate the plans for) printable guns have fascinated some and horrified others, is not going to quietly comply with the...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Why Companies Should Hire Older Developers
Nerval's Lobster writes: Despite legislation making it overtly illegal, ageism persists in the IT industry. If you're 40 or older, you've probably seen cases where younger developers were picked over ...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot US Appeals Court Says NSA Phone Surveillance Is Not Authorized By Congress
New submitter IronOxen writes: A panel of three federal judges for the second circuit overturned an earlier ruling. The court has ruled that the bulk collection of telephone metadata is unlawful, in a...
04:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Counter-Strike Finally Gets the League It Deserves
An anonymous reader writes: Counter-Strike is the oldest eSport in the world today, with its roots stretching back to the dawn of the millennium. But unlike rival games like League of Legends or StarC...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Voting With Dollars: Politicians and Their Staffers Roll With Uber
The Center for Public Integrity, an anonymous reader writes, has conducted an analysis of the relationship between one interesting group of riders (275 federal politicians and political committees) an...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them
HughPickens.com writes: Robinson Meyer writes in The Atlantic that first of all, police shouldn't ask. "As a basic principle, we can't tell you to stop recording," says Delroy Burton, a 21-year vetera...
02:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Export Ban Drives Cuba To Non-US Analytics Software To Boost Tourism
dkatana writes with some crucial lines from an article at InformationWeek: Currently Cuba receives around 2.8 million visitors every year, half of them from Canada. Mintur, the Cuban Tourist Ministry,...
12:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Sorority Files Lawsuit After Sacred Secrets Posted On Penny Arcade Forums
Limekiller42 writes: Lawyers for the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority have filed suit in Seattle's King County Superior Court against an unidentified person for "publicizing the sorority's secret handshake, r...
12:00 pm - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Releases PowerShell DSC For Linux
jones_supa writes: Microsoft is announcing that PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) for Linux is available for download in form of RPM and DEB packages. DSC is a new management platform that ...
10:00 am - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Santa Clara County Opts Against Buying Stingray Due To Excessive Secrecy
An anonymous reader writes: The Santa Clara County (California) Board of Supervisors voted in February to acquire a Stingray device for the sheriff's office. However, the subsequent negotiations with ...
08:00 am - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot LinkedIn Used To Create Database of 27,000 US Intelligence Personnel
An anonymous reader writes: A new group, Transparency Toolkit, has mined LinkedIn to reveal and analyze the resumes of over 27,000 people in the U.S. intelligence community. In the process, Transparen...
06:00 am - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot C Code On GitHub Has the Most "Ugly Hacks"
itwbennett writes: An analysis of GitHub data shows that C developers are creating the most ugly hacks — or are at least the most willing to admit to it. To answer the question of which programm...
06:00 am - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Netflix Open-Sources Security Incident Management Tool
alphadogg writes: Netflix has released under an open-source license an internal tool it developed to manage a deluge of security alerts and incidents. Called FIDO (Fully Integrated Defense Operation),...
04:00 am - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Self-Destructing Virus Kills Off PCs
mpicpp sends word about particularly bad virus making the rounds. "A computer virus that tries to avoid detection by making the machine it infects unusable has been found. If Rombertik's evasion techn...
02:00 am - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record
mrflash818 writes: For the first time since we began tracking carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere, the monthly global average concentration of carbon dioxide gas surpassed 400 parts per million in...
12:00 am - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot MacKeeper May Have To Pay Millions In Class-Action Suit
jfruh writes: If you use a Mac, you probably recognize MacKeeper from the omnipresent popup ads designed to look vaguely like system warnings urging you to download the product and use it to keep your...
12:00 am - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Researcher: Drug Infusion Pump Is the "Least Secure IP Device" He's Ever Seen
chicksdaddy writes: This is a bad month for the medical equipment maker Hospira. First, security researcher Billy Rios finds a raft of serious and remotely exploitable holes in the company's MedNet so...
12:00 am - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot FBI Releases Its Files On DEF CON: Not Amused By Spot-the-Fed
v3rgEz writes: Not surprisingly, the FBI has compiled reports on notorious hacker gathering DEF CON, now released thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request. The files detail the lack of amusement...
12:00 am - Thu, May 7, 2015
Slashdot Grooveshark Resurrected Out of US Jurisdiction
New submitter khoonirobo writes: Less than a week after music streaming service Grooveshark was shutdown, it seems to have been brought back to life by an unknown person "connected to the original gro...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot AMD Outlines Plans For Zen-Based Processors, First Due In 2016
crookedvulture writes: AMD laid out its plans for processors based on its all-new Zen microarchitecture today, promising 40% higher performance-per-clock from from the x86 CPU core. Zen will use simul...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Volunteer Bob Paulin Turns Kids on to Tech with Devoxx4Kids (Video)
You can call Bob Paulin 'Coach' and he'll probably respond, because he's been coaching youth football since 2005. Now he's also coaching what you might call 'youth science and technology' as the Chica...
10:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All
An anonymous reader writes with news that Mark Shuttleworth plans to have a Ubuntu smartphone that can be used as a PC out sometime this year. "Despite the recent announcement that Windows 10 phones w...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?
jones_supa writes: One of the most puzzling questions about the history of free and open source software is this: Why did Linux succeed so spectacularly, whereas similar attempts to build a free or op...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot 17-Year-Old Radio Astronomy Mystery Traced Back To Kitchen Microwave
New submitter Bo'Bob'O writes: The BBC reports that the scientists at the Parkes and Bleien Radio Observatories in New South Whales, Australia, have tracked down earth-based signals that had been elud...
08:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Woman Alerts Police of Hostage Situation Through Pizza Hut App
mpicpp writes with this story about how a Pizza Hut app may have saved a woman's life. "A Florida mother held hostage by her boyfriend used the Pizza Hut app to notify police she needed help, authorit...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot NASA Will Award You $5,000 For Your Finest Mars City Idea
coondoggie writes: NASA this week said it would look to the public for cool ideas on how to build a sustainable environment on Mars with the best plan earning as much as $5,000. With the Journey to Ma...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Apple's Plans For Your DNA
An anonymous reader writes: MIT's Technology Review breaks news that Apple is working with scientists to create apps that collect and evaluate users' DNA. "The apps are based on ResearchKit, a softwar...
06:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-blocking
AmiMoJo writes: The European Commission has adopted a new set of initiatives for digital technologies that aims to improve access to online services for everyday users. Among other things, Europe vows...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot SpaceX Launch Abort Test Successful
An anonymous reader writes: As we discussed yesterday, SpaceX launched a prototype this morning to test its Dragon passenger capsule in an aborted launch. The test was a success — the capsule se...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Two Programmers Expose Dysfunction and Abuse In the Seattle Police Department
reifman writes: Programmers Eric Rachner and Phil Mocek are now the closest thing Seattle has to a civilian police-oversight board. Through shrewd use of Washington's Public Records Act, the two have ...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Oculus Rift Launching In Q1 2016
An anonymous reader writes: Oculus has announced that their Rift virtual reality headset will be coming out sometime in the first quarter of 2016. They've also posted a couple images of the final cons...
04:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Apple Gets Antitrust Scrutiny Over Music Deals
An anonymous reader writes: Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is probing Apple after its acquisition of Beats Electronics, and its various deals with record labels to sell music...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Extreme Secrecy Eroding Support For Trans-Pacific Partnership
schwit1 writes with news that political support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership is drying up because of the secrecy involved in developing it. Members of Congress can read the bill if they want, but...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot The Medical Bill Mystery
HughPickens.com writes: Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in the NY Times that she has spent the past six months trying to figure out a medical bill for $225 that includes "Test codes: 105, 127, 164, to name...
02:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality
drinkypoo writes: We've been discussing the importance of automating over-the-road trucking here on Slashdot whenever self-driving vehicles come up in conversation. Jalopnik reports that the Freightli...
12:00 pm - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Canadian Town Outlaws Online Insults To Police and Officials
Pig Hogger writes: The Canadian town of Granby, Québec, just strengthened its municipal bylaw that prohibits insulting police officers and town officials by extending its "jurisdiction" to online...
10:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Uber Forced Out of Kansas
mpicpp sends news that Uber has been forced to leave Kansas. The company says a bill pushed through the state legislature (SB117) makes it impossible for the company to operate there. The bill had bee...
08:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law
Taco Cowboy writes: Thanks to the Charlie Hebdo massacre and other instances of terrorism, the French legislature has voted 438 to 86 in favor of the "Intelligence Service Bill," essentially a French ...
08:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot As Hubble Breaks a Distance Record, We Learn Its True Limits
StartsWithABang writes: You might think that, when it comes to finding the most distant objects in the Universe, all we need is a good telescope, to leave the shutter open, and wait. As we accumulate ...
06:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot The World's Most Wasteful Megacity
merbs writes: The world's most wasteful megacity is a densely populated, steadily aging, consumerist utopia where we buy, and throw away, a staggering amount of stuff (abstract). Where some faucet, to...
06:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Visualizations of Rebel Alliances In the UK Government
An anonymous reader writes: I just published an article and thought it might be of interest to Slashdot readers. It's about a collection visualizations I created based on public voting data from The P...
04:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Mysterious Sounds Recorded During Near Space Balloon Flight
An anonymous reader writes: LiveScience reports on strange sounds recorded by microphones on board a high altitude balloon. The sounds were captured at altitudes of up to 36 kilometers, higher than an...
04:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot The Ambitions and Challenges of Mesh Networks and the Local Internet Movement
Lashdots writes: Two artists in New York are hatching a plan to teach kids about the internet by building their own. They'll be creating a small, decentralized network, similar to a mesh network, to a...
02:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Cyberlock Lawyers Threaten Security Researcher Over Vulnerability Disclosure
qubezz writes: Security researcher Phar (Mike Davis/IOActive) gave his 30 days of disclosure notice to Cyberlock (apparently a company that makes electronic lock cylinders) that he would release a pub...
02:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot SpaceX Testing Passenger Escape System Tomorrow
An anonymous reader writes: On Wednesday, SpaceX will be performing the first test of a prototype for its passenger capsule escape system. Most rockets have a launch abort system that will save the li...
12:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Report: Microsoft Considering Salesforce Acquisition
An anonymous reader writes: Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is considering making a bid for CRM and cloud software company Salesforce, after hearing that Salesforce was entertaining an offer from ano...
12:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer
An anonymous reader writes: An editorial at Tom's Hardware makes the case that Google's Android fragmentation problem has gotten too big to ignore any longer. Android 5.0 Lollipop and its successor 5....
12:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform
New submitter Donaithnen writes: Like many geeks, I'm against the idea of DRM in general and have championed GOG.com's DRM-free approach to selling games online. Yet like many geeks, I've also often s...
12:00 am - Wed, May 6, 2015
Slashdot Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant
mi writes: A new ruling from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals found by a margin of 9-2 that law enforcement does not need to get a warrant to grab your cell phone's location records. The justices rul...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Intel Launches Xeon E7-8800 and E7-4800 V3 Processor Families
MojoKid writes: Intel is taking the wraps off of its latest processors for enterprise server and pro workstation applications today, dubbed the Xeon E7-8800 / 4800 v3. Like its high-end desktop proces...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Mark and Joel Make Autonomous Drones in Their Spare Time (Video)
Mark F. Brown and Joel Rozenweig build autonomous drones; that is, drones that don't need an operator every second. You tell the autonomous drone, "Pick up package # 941A at the loading dock and deliv...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Opportunity Rover Reaches Martian Day 4,000 of Its 90-Day Mission
An anonymous reader writes: Let's take a moment to appreciate the incredible engineering, scientific, and planning skill that went into the construction and deployment of the Opportunity rover. It lan...
10:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Most Chromebook-Like Unofficial ChromeOS Experience?
An anonymous reader writes: I am interested in Chromebooks, for the reasons that Google successfully pushes them: my carry-around laptops serve mostly as terminals, rather than CPU-heavy workhorses, a...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Twitter Stops Users From Playing DOS Games Inside Tweets
jones_supa writes: Twitter has killed off an interesting trend of playing DOS games in tweets. Last week, users discovered they could use the new "Twitter Cards" embedding feature to bundle full DOS g...
08:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users
citpyrc writes: According to the Register, Microsoft is making some changes to how it rolls out updates in Windows 10. Home users will receive updates as they come out, rather than queueing them all u...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?
Nerval's Lobster writes: Ask a group of developers to rattle off the world's most popular programming languages, and they'll likely name the usual suspects: JavaScript, Java, Python, Ruby, C++, PHP, a...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot The Challenge of Getting a Usable QWERTY Keyboard Onto a Dime-sized Screen
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Spain and Germany are building on Carnegie Mellon's work to attempt to create workable text-input interfaces for wearables, smartwatches and a new breed of...
06:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Extreme Exoplanet Volcanism Possibly Detected On 55 Cancri E
astroengine writes: Using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have revealed wild atmospheric changes on a well studied exoplanet — changes that they suspect are driven by extre...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device
Orome1 writes with a snippet from a report at net-security.org; a hacker going by Hephaestos has shared with the world a Python script that, when put on an USB thumb drive, turns the device in an effe...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text
Presto Vivace writes: Dan Froomkin reports at The Intercept: "Though perfect transcription of natural conversation apparently remains the Intelligence Community's 'holy grail,' the Snowden documents d...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot The BBC Looks At Rollover Bugs, Past and Approaching
New submitter Merovech points out an article at the BBC which makes a good followup to the recent news (mentioned within) about a bug in Boeing's new 787. The piece explores various ways that rollover...
04:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Appeals Judge Calls Prenda an "Ingenious Crooked Extortionate Operation"
ktetch-pirate ("pirate politician" Andrew Norton) writes with this news from his blog: [Monday] was the long-awaited appeals court hearing in the ongoing Prenda copyright troll saga. Almost exactly tw...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Recent Paper Shows Fracking Chemicals In Drinking Water, Industry Attacks It
eldavojohn writes: A recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences turned up 2-Butoxyethanol from samples collected from three households in Pennsylvania. The paper's l...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Appeals Judge Calls Prenda an "Ingenuous Crooked Extortionate Operation"
ktetch-pirate ("pirate politician" Andrew Norton) writes with this news from his blog: [Monday] was the long-awaited appeals court hearing in the ongoing Prenda copyright troll saga. Almost exactly tw...
02:00 pm - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot The Programming Talent Myth
HughPickens.com writes: Jake Edge writes at LWN.net that there is a myth that programming skill is somehow distributed on a U-shaped curve and that people either "suck at programming" or that they "ro...
10:00 am - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Led By Zuckerberg, Billionaires Give $100M To Fund Private Elementary Schools
theodp writes: AltSchool, a 2-year-old software-fueled private elementary school initiative started by an ex-Googler, announced Monday a $100 million Series B round led by established VC firms and hig...
08:00 am - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot New Findings On Whale Tongues May Lead To Insight On Human Nerve Damage
An anonymous reader writes with this story about the discovery of stretchy nerves in whales. Researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered that the largest animals alive – ...
06:00 am - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Cisco Names Veteran Robbins To Succeed Chambers as CEO
bledri writes: After 20 years as Cisco's CEO, John Chambers will step down this summer. The search for a replacement took a committee 16 months, and they selected Chuck Robbins, who was previously res...
04:00 am - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Single Verizon IP Address Used For Hundreds of Windows 7 Activations
An anonymous reader writes: A presumed pirate with an unusually large appetite for activating Windows 7 has incurred the wrath of Microsoft. In a lawsuit filed in a Washington court, Microsoft said th...
02:00 am - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Singapore's Prime Minister Shares His C Sudoku Solver Code
itwbennett writes: Several weeks ago, during a speech at the Founders Forum Smart Nation Singapore Reception, Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsien Loong said that he used to enjoy programming, and tha...
12:00 am - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Maritime Cybersecurity Firm: 37% of Microsoft Servers On Ships Are Vulnerable
colinneagle writes: A report from maritime cybersecurity firm CyberKeel claims that spot checks at 50 different maritime sites revealed that 37% of the servers running Microsoft were still vulnerable ...
12:00 am - Tue, May 5, 2015
Slashdot Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast
mpicpp notes that for the first time, the country's largest cable provider has more internet subscribers than cable subscribers. The Internet is taking over television. That shift is occurring at Comc...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Detect Android Apps That Connect to User Tracking and Ad Sites
An anonymous reader writes: A group of European researchers has developed software that tracks the URLs to which cellphone apps connect. After downloading 2,000+ free apps from Google Play, they index...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive
StartsWithABang writes: As Slashdot has previously reported, NASA Spaceflight has claimed to have vetted the EM Drive in a vacuum, and found there is still an anomalous thrust/acceleration on the orde...
10:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Apple Watch's Hidden Diagnostic Port To Allow Battery Straps, Innovative Add-Ons
MojoKid writes: Apple's Watch launched two weeks ago to some unbelievable hype and coverage in the press. However, it appears one feature flew under the radar and Apple actually had just one more tric...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot House Panel Holds Hearing On "Politically Driven Science" - Without Scientists
sciencehabit writes: Representative Louie Gohmert (R–TX) is worried that scientists employed by the U.S. government have been running roughshod over the rights of Americans in pursuit of their p...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot China Takes Its Already Strict Internet Regulations One Step Further
New submitter DaveS7 writes with this story about new regulations from the Chinese government designed to further crack down on online media. Chinese authorities have released a new set of regulations...
08:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Office 2016 Public Preview Released
jones_supa writes: Back in March, Microsoft made Office 2016, the next release of the company's leading office suite, available to IT professionals to test and submit feedback on. At Microsoft's Ignit...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'
bizwriter writes: Companies are trying to get around Equal Employment Opportunity Commission restrictions on age-discriminatory language (like "recent college graduate") by saying that they want "digi...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Accessibility In Linux Is Good (But Could Be Much Better)
An anonymous reader sends this report from opensource.com: GNU/Linux distributions provide great advantages over proprietary alternatives for people with disabilities. All the accessibility tools incl...
06:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'
HughPickens.com writes: Julie Beck writes in The Atlantic that though science and fantasy seem to be polar opposites, a Venn diagram of "scientists" and "Lord of the Rings fans" have a large overlap w...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
seven of five writes: According to Reuters, "Former Hewlett-Packard Co Chief Executive Carly Fiorina announced on Monday she is running for president, becoming the only woman in the pack of Republican...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Actress Grace Lee Whitney, Star Trek's Yeoman Janice Rand, Has Died
SternisheFan writes: Grace Lee Whitney, the actress who played Yeoman Janice Rand on "Star Trek: The Original Series," reportedly died Friday in her home in Coarsegold, California. No cause of death h...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Launches Internet.org Platform and Opens Up To More Developers
Mark Wilson writes: The aim behind Facebook's Internet.org program is to bring internet access to the wider world. While an undeniably praise-worthy venture, it came in for criticism for going against...
04:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot AI Experts In High Demand
An anonymous reader writes: The field of artificial intelligence is getting hotter by the moment as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and other tech companies snap up experts and pour funding into u...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Uber Office Raided By Police In China, Accused of Running 'Illegal' Car Business
albert555 writes: Uber's curse keeps on striking after Uber's office in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou was raided by authorities on the 30th of April 2015. Uber is accused of running an 'illeg...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community
jones_supa writes: Canonical released Ubuntu 15.04 a couple of weeks ago, and it seems that this release has been a success. The community is mostly reporting a nice experience, which is important sin...
02:00 pm - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot US Gov't Will Reveal More About Its Secret Cellphone Tracking Devices
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a major review of how law enforcement around the country uses cellphone tracking technology, and they will also begin sharing mo...
10:00 am - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot WikiLeaks' Anonymous Leak Submission System Is Back After Nearly 5 Years
Sparrowvsrevolution writes: On Friday, WikiLeaks announced that it has finally relaunched a beta version of its leak submission system after a 4.5 year hiatus. That file-upload site, which once served...
08:00 am - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas
cosm writes: ABC news reports that two armed gunman were shot and killed outside a "Draw the Prophet" event hosted in Garland Texas. From the article: "The event, sponsored by the American Freedom Def...
04:00 am - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot VA Tech Student Arrested For Posting Perceived Threat Via Yik Yak
ememisya writes: I wonder if I posted, "There will be another 12/7 tomorrow, just a warning." around December, would people associate it with Pearl Harbor and I would find myself arrested, or has enou...
02:00 am - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs
Technologist Ramez Naam (hat tip to Tyler Cowen's "Marginal Revolution" blog) has taken a look at the economics of Tesla's new wall-mounted household battery system, and concludes that it's "almost th...
12:00 am - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Wants to Skip the Off-Site Links, Host News Content Directly
The Wall Street Journal, in a report also cited by The Next Web and others, reports that Facebook is to soon begin acting not just as a conduit for news links pasted onto users' timelines (and leading...
12:00 am - Mon, May 4, 2015
Slashdot 4.0 Earthquake Near Concord, California
craighansen writes: Just felt a small earthquake, which I confirmed at USGS was a magnitude 4.0 at 2015-05-03 22:13:19 UTC, followed by a magnitude 2.7 a minute later, both located near Concord, Calif...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot High School Students Discover Pulsar With Widest-Known Orbit
Science 2.0 reports that A team of high school students analyzed data from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) and discovered a never-before-seen pulsar w...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot Empty Landscape Looms, If Large Herbivores Continue to Die Out
From the BBC comes this depressing excerpt: Populations of some of the world's largest wild animals are dwindling, raising the threat of an "empty landscape", say scientists.About 60% of giant herbivo...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot SurveyMonkey's CEO Dies While Vacationing With Wife Susan Sandberg
McGruber writes: Dave Goldberg, the chief executive of SurveyMonkey and spouse of Facebook COO Sheryl K. Sandberg, died on Friday night. He was 47. 'We are heartbroken by this news,' Facebook said in ...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot Tesla Adds Used Models To Its Inventory, For Online Purchase
Jalopnik reports that Tesla Motors Inc. has very quietly started to sell used cars online, following in the footsteps of larger car companies. Its new certified vehicle program brings down the stagger...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft's AI Judges Age From Snapshots, With Mixed Results
mikejuk writes: A Microsoft Research project that lets users upload photos and estimates their age and gender has attracted more attention than expected — not all of it complimentary. The How-Ol...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip
An anonymous reader writes: In April 2015, we saw the naming of Microsoft Edge, the release of Chrome 42, and the first full month of Firefox 37 availability. Now we're learning that Google's browser ...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot How Silicon Valley Got That Way -- and Why It Will Continue To Rule
An anonymous reader writes: Lots of places want to be 'the next Silicon Valley.' But the Valley's top historian looks back (even talks to Steve Jobs about his respect for the past!) to explain why SV ...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot Bill Gates Owes His Career To Steven Spielberg's Dad; You May, Too
theodp writes: On the 51st birthday of the BASIC programing language, GE Reports decided it was finally time to give-credit-where-credit-was-long-overdue, reporting that Arnold Spielberg, the 98-year-...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin
HughPickens.com writes: RT Times reports that Alexanderplatz square in Berlin has become the stage for a provocative art piece which celebrates whistleblowers and encourages ordinary citizens to speak...
12:00 pm - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot Unable To Hack Into Grading System, Georgia Student Torches Computer Lab
McGruber writes: A 15 year-old Douglas County, Georgia high school student has been charged with five felonies, including burglary and arson, after sheriff's deputies caught him while responding to a ...
08:00 am - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot Hacking the US Prescription System
An anonymous reader writes: It appears that most pharmacies in the US are interconnected, and a breach in one leads to access to the other ones. A security advisory released [Friday] shows how a vulne...
06:00 am - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot In Second Trial, Ex-Goldman Sachs Programmer Convicted of Code Theft
Ars Technica reports thatA former Goldman Sachs programmer—featured in the book Flash Boys—was convicted on Friday for stealing high-speed trading code from the bank.Sergey Aleynikov, 45, ...
02:00 am - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!
TheRealHocusLocus writes: HR 2039: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act for 2016 and 2017 (press release, full text, and as a pretty RGB bitmap) is in the House. In $18B...
12:00 am - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot Robots In 2020: Lending a Helping Hand To Humans (And Each Other)
Lashdots writes: In the next five years, robots won't kill us (or drive our cars). But they will get better at helping us do routine tasks—and at helping each other too. Those are some of the pr...
12:00 am - Sun, May 3, 2015
Slashdot CareerBuilder Cyberattack Delivers Malware Straight To Employers
An anonymous reader writes: Security threat researchers Proofpoint have uncovered an email-based phishing attack which infected businesses with malware via the CareerBuilder online job search website....
10:00 pm - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
Presto Vivace writes: The H-1B visa issue rarely surfaces during presidential races, and that's what makes the entrance by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) into the 2016 presidential race so interesting. ....
10:00 pm - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Researcher Bypasses Google Password Alert For Second Time
Trailrunner7 writes with this excerpt: A security researcher has developed a method–actually two methods–for defeating the new Chrome Password Alert extension that Google released earlier ...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Free Comic Book Day Event Features Neil Gaiman, the Simpsons
An anonymous reader writes: Today comic book stores around the world celebrate "Free Comic Book Day", offering anyone who pays them a visit some free comic books. This year there's 50 different titles...
08:00 pm - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Native Hawaiian Panel Withdraws Support For World's Largest Telescope
sciencehabit writes: Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) – a state agency established to advocate for native Hawaiins — voted Thursday to withdraw their support for constructi...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold
theodp writes: To paraphrase the J. Geils Band, Maddie Zug's high school computer science homework is the centerfold. In a Washington Post op-ed, Zug, a student at the top-ranked Thomas Jefferson High...
06:00 pm - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Inside the Military-Police Center That Spies On Baltimore's Rioters
Lasrick writes: Adam Weinstein on a program designed to catch terrorists attacking Baltimore that is now being used to spy on protesters: 'On Ambassador Road, just off I-695 around the corner from the...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot AT&T Bills Elderly Customer $24,298.93 For Landline Dial-Up Service
McGruber writes: 83-year-old Woodland Hills, California resident Ron Dorff usually pays $51 a month to AT&T for a landline, which he uses to access the Internet via an old-school, low-speed AOL di...
04:00 pm - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Should Developers Still Pay For Game Engines?
Nerval's Lobster writes: Game developers no longer have to pay for the software they need to make great video games, because the tools used by some of the biggest and most successful studios in the wo...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Long Uptime Makes Boeing 787 Lose Electrical Power
jones_supa writes: A dangerous software glitch has been found in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. If the plane is left turned on for 248 days, it will enter a failsafe mode that will lead to the plane losin...
02:00 pm - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot The Pioneer Who Invented the Weather Forecast
HughPickens.com writes: Peter Moore has a fascinating article on BBC about how Admiral Robert FitzRoy, the man who invented the weather forecast in the 1860s faced skepticism and even mockery in his t...
12:00 pm - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Square Enix Witch Chapter Real-Time CG DX12 Demo Impresses At Microsoft BUILD
MojoKid writes: Computer generated graphics have come a long way in the past several years and are starting to blur the line between animation and real actors. One of the more difficult tasks for CG a...
08:00 am - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Unnoticed For Years, Malware Turned Linux Servers Into Spamming Machines
An anonymous reader writes: For over 5 years, and perhaps even longer, servers around the world running Linux and FreeBSD operating systems have been targeted by an individual or group that compromise...
06:00 am - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Seafloor Sensors Record Possible Eruption of Underwater Volcano
vinces99 writes: Thanks to high-tech instruments installed last summer by the University of Washington to bring the deep sea online, what appears to be an eruption of Axial Volcano on April 23 was obs...
04:00 am - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Humans Dominating Poker Super Computer
New submitter IoTdude writes: The Claudico super computer uses an algorithm to account for gargantuan amounts of complexity by representing the number of possible Heads-Up No-limit Texas Hold'em decis...
02:00 am - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think
An anonymous reader writes: Software engineers suffer from a problem that most other industries wish they had: too much demand. There's a great story at the Atlantic entitled Imagine Getting 30 Job Of...
12:00 am - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Space Radiation May Alter Astronauts' Neurons
sciencehabit writes: NASA hopes to send the first round-trip, manned spaceflight to Mars by the 2030s. If the mission succeeds, astronauts could spend several years potentially being bombarded with co...
12:00 am - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Android and iOS App Porting Will Not Be Available At Windows 10 Launch
An anonymous reader writes: Arguably the biggest news out of Microsoft's Build 2015 conference was that developers will be able to bring Web apps, Windows desktop apps (Win32), as well as Android and ...
12:00 am - Sat, May 2, 2015
Slashdot Judge Tosses United Airlines Lawsuit Over 'Hidden City' Tickets
An anonymous reader writes: United Airlines lost a legal round in its effort to stop a website that helps people find 'hidden city' ticket pairs. The airline, along with online travel site Orbitz, sue...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Code Preview For Linux, OS X, and Windows
ClockEndGooner writes: Microsoft is still extending its efforts into cross platform development with the release of a preview edition of Visual Studio Code, "a lightweight cross-platform code editor f...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Have Paper On Gender Bias Rejected Because They're Both Women
ferrisoxide.com writes: A paper co-authored by researcher fellow Dr. Fiona Ingleby and evolutionary biologist Dr. Megan Head — on how gender differences affect the experiences that PhD students ...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Game:ref's Hardware Solution To Cheating In eSports
An anonymous reader writes: Cheating is a real problem in today's most popular online multiplayer games, and not just on public servers. Some of the world's top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player...
10:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Debian GNU/Hurd 2015 Released
An anonymous reader sends this announcement from the debian-hurd mailing list: It is with huge pleasure that the Debian GNU/Hurd team announces the release of Debian GNU/Hurd 2015. This is a snapshot ...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive
An anonymous reader writes: Last year, NASA's advanced propulsion research wing made headlines by announcing the successful test of a physics-defying electromagnetic drive, or EM drive. Now, this futu...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Climatologist Speaks On the Effects of Geoengineering
Lasrick writes: In this interview with Rutgers University climatologist Alan Robock, he discusses geoengineering and nuclear winter. Robock believes that geoengineering is not the solution to global w...
08:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Patent Issued Covering Phone Notifications of Delivery Time and Invoice Quantity
eldavojohn writes: The staggering ingenuity of the U.S. Patent system has again been showcased by the EFF's analysis of recent patents. This week's patent and follow-up patent cover the futuristic inn...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot American Psychological Association Hit With New Torture Allegations
sciencehabit writes: Did the American Psychological Association (APA) collude with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to enable the torture of detainees in the War on Terror? The answer won't be kn...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches Its First Rocket
Zothecula writes: Billionaires who made their cash in dot-coms from the 1990s successfully launching commercial rockets is officially a trend, now that Jeff Bezos has followed in the footsteps of Elon...
06:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot OpenBSD 5.7 Released
An anonymous reader writes: Right on schedule, OpenBSD 5.7 was released today, May 1, 2015. The theme of the 5.7 release is "Source Fish." There are some big changes in OpenBSD 5.7. The nginx httpd se...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Security Vendor Qihoo 360 Caught Cheating In Anti-virus Tests
Bismillah writes: China's allegedly largest security vendor Qihoo 360 has fessed up to supplying custom versions of its AV for testing according to an investigation by Virus Bulletin, AV-Comparatives ...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web
jones_supa writes: Mozilla is officially beginning to phase out non-secure HTTP to prefer HTTPS instead. After a robust discussion on the mailing list, the company will boldly start removing capabilit...
04:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot NSA Reform Bill Backed By Both Parties Set To Pass House of Representatives
HughPickens.com writes: The NY Times reports that after more than a decade of wrenching national debate over the intrusiveness of government intelligence agencies, a bipartisan wave of support has gat...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Grooveshark Shuts Down
An anonymous reader writes: Grooveshark, one of the most popular music streaming websites, has announced that they are shutting down immediately. Several lawsuits from the record companies pushed the ...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Tesla Announces Home Battery System
An anonymous reader writes: Early this morning, Elon Musk finally revealed Tesla's plans for the home: battery systems designed to store up to 10 kWh of power. The company is leveraging the battery te...
02:00 pm - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Results Are In From Psychology's Largest Reproducibility Test: 39/100 Reproduced
An anonymous reader writes: A crowd-sourced effort to replicate 100 psychology studies has successfully reproduced findings from 39 of them. Some psychologists say this shows the field has a replicabi...
10:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot How an Open Standard API Could Revolutionize Banking
An anonymous reader writes: Open bank data will give us the freedom to access all banks in real time and from a single view, automatically calculating the best deals in complete transparency, which wi...
08:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot UK High Court Orders Block On Popcorn Time
An anonymous reader writes: Five ISPs have been given orders by the UK High Court to restrict access to sites offering downloads of popular movie streaming service Popcorn Time – a move which fo...
06:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot New Solar Telescope Unveils the Complex Dynamics of Sunspots' Dark Cores
An anonymous reader writes: The high-resolution images, taken by the New Solar Telescope (NST), show the atmosphere above the umbrae (the dark patches in the center of sunspots) to be finely structure...
06:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Once a Forgotten Child, OpenSSL's Future Now Looks Bright
Trailrunner7 writes: Rarely does anything have a defined turning point in its history, a single day where people can point and say that was the day everything changed. For OpenSSL, that day was April ...
04:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot US Switches Air Traffic Control To New Computer System
coondoggie writes: The Federal Aviation Administration this week said it had completed the momentous replacement of the 40-year-old main computer systems that control air traffic in the US. Known as E...
02:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Comcast Brings Fiber To City That It Sued 7 Years Ago To Stop Fiber Rollout
An anonymous reader writes with the latest update in Comcast's "if you can't beat them, join them" fiber plan. In April 2008, Comcast sued the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) to prevent it from...
12:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Obama Announces e-Book Scheme For Low-Income Communities
An anonymous reader writes: The White House has today launched an initiative encouraging top book publishers to supply $250 million worth of free e-books to low-income students. Partnering with local ...
12:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot FBI Slammed On Capitol Hill For "Stupid" Ideas About Encryption
blottsie writes: At a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the FBI endured outright hostility as both technical experts and members of Congress from both parties roundly criticized the law enfor...
12:00 am - Fri, May 1, 2015
Slashdot Second Ever Super-rare Pocket Shark Discovered
The Grim Reefer writes: Scientists working off the coast of the US have found something pretty incredible — the second pocket shark ever discovered, some 36 years after the first one was spotted...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Messenger's Mercury Trip Ends With a Bang, and Silence
mpicpp writes with an expected followup: Nasa's Messenger mission to Mercury has reached its explosive conclusion, after 10 years in space and four in orbit. Now fully out of fuel, the spacecraft smas...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Integrates Autodesk's 3D Printing Platform Spark Into Windows 10
An anonymous reader writes: At Microsoft's Build 2015 developer conference today, Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft vice president of developer and platform evangelism, announced new 3D printing features ...
10:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Can Riots Be Predicted By Social Media?
sciencehabit writes: The broken glass and burned wreckage are still being cleared in the wake of the riots that convulsed Baltimore's streets on 27 April. The final trigger of the unrest was the funer...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Yes, You Can Blame Your Pointy-Haired Boss On the Peter Principle
Nerval's Lobster writes: You've heard of the Peter Principle, which suggests that all employees manage to rise to the level of their incompetence. (That is to say, everybody is promoted until their sk...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot US Senate Targets Patent Trolls
New submitter jeffkoch writes: Last year, the United States Senate failed to pass bipartisan legislation to combat patent trolls when it was killed by then-Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Congre...
08:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Paul Hudak, Co-creator of Haskell, Has Died
Esther Schindler writes: Yale is reporting that Paul Hudak, professor of computer science and master of Saybrook College, died last night after a long battle with leukemia. He was known as one of the ...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Apple, IBM To Bring iPads To 5 Million Elderly Japanese
itwbennett writes: An initiative between Apple, IBM and Japan Post Holdings could put iPads in the hands of up to 5 million members of Japan's elderly population. The iPads, which will run custom apps...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy
HughPickens.com writes: Nathaniel Popper writes in the NYT that with its volatile currency and dysfunctional banks, Argentina is the perfect place to experiment with a new digital currency. The number...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Tech Credited With Reducing Nigerian Election Death Toll
jfruh writes: Dozens died in the runup to Nigeria's most recent election — a shocking statistic to many Westerners, but a relief in comparison to the much more serious violence that plagued earl...
06:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Submersible Photographs WW2 Japanese Sub's Long-Lost Airplane Hangar
Zothecula writes: Until the 1960s, Japan's three I-400-class subs were the largest submarines ever built. They were so large, in fact, that they could each carry and launch three Aichi M6A Seiran amph...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving
New submitter Desert Leap writes: The Washington Post reports a new study that suggests it is more environmentally friendly to fly rather than to drive. Analysis from the University of Michigan Transp...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Windows Holographic Platform
An anonymous reader writes: At its Build 2015 developer conference [Wednesday], Microsoft announced the Windows Holographic Platform. In short, the company will let developers turn Windows 10 apps int...
04:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors
An anonymous reader writes: A number of early Apple Watch adopters have complained that their tattoos cause interference with many of the new product's key features. According to multiple tattooed sou...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot White House Outsources K-12 CS Education To Infosys Charity
theodp writes: In December, the White House praised the leadership of Code.org for their efforts to get more computer science into K-12 schools, which were bankrolled by $20 million in philanthropic c...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Australia To Grade Written Essays In National Exam With Cognitive Computing
New submitter purnima writes: Australia keeps on giving and giving. Each year school kids in Australia sit The National Assessment Program (NAPLAN) which in part tests literacy. The exam includes a wr...
02:00 pm - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Rand Paul Moves To Block New "Net Neutrality" Rules
SonicSpike writes with news about another bump in the road for net neutrality. U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a Republican presidential hopeful, on Wednesday introduced a resolution to block new regulations ...
10:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Ancient Megadrought Entombed Dodos In Poisonous Fecal Cocktail
sciencehabit writes: Nine hundred kilometers off the east coast of Madagascar lies the tiny island paradise of Mauritius. The waters are pristine, the beaches bright white, and the average temperature...
10:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Windows XP Support Deal Not Renewed By UK Government, Leaves PCs Open To Attack
girlmad writes: The government's one-year £5.5m Windows XP support deal with Microsoft has not been extended, sources have told V3, despite thousands of computers across Whitehall still running ...
08:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Oculus Rift-Based System Brings True Immersion To Telepresence Robots
An anonymous reader writes: University of Pennsylvania researchers have built an Oculus Rift-based telepresence system that attempts to bring true immersion to remotely operated robots. The system, ca...
06:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot The United States Just Might Be Iran's Favorite New Nuclear Supplier
Lasrick writes: Nick Gillard from Project Alpha points out that for more than 3 decades, Iran has purchased goods for its nuclear program largely from the shadows. With the Framework Agreement, that w...
04:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers
Lucas123 writes: Disney CEO Bob Iger is one of eight co-chairs of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a leading group advocating for an increase in the H-1B visa cap. Last Friday, the partners...
02:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot LG G4 and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 Benchmarked
MojoKid writes: LG officially lifted the veil on its new G4 flagship Android phone this week and the buzz has been fairly strong. LG's display prowess is well known, along with their ability to pack a...
02:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Fetch Robotics Unveils Warehouse Robots
gthuang88 writes: Warehouse automation has become a big business, with Amazon's Kiva robots leading the way. Now a startup called Fetch Robotics is rolling out a pair of new robots that can pick boxes...
12:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Google Announces "Password Alert" To Protect Against Phishing Attacks
HughPickens.com writes: Google has announced Password Alert, a free, open-source Chrome extension that protects your Google Accounts from phishing attacks. Once you've installed it, Password Alert wil...
12:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot NASA Probe Spies Possible Polar Ice Cap On Pluto
astroengine writes: As NASA's New Horizon's spacecraft rapidly approaches Pluto for its historic flyby in July, the dwarf planet is gradually sliding into focus. And in the latest series of observatio...
12:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Senate Advances "Secret Science" Bill, Sets Up Possible Showdown With President
sciencehabit writes: Republicans in Congress appear to be headed for a showdown with the White House over controversial "secret science" legislation aimed at changing how the Environmental Protection ...
12:00 am - Thu, April 30, 2015
Slashdot Internet Explorer's Successor, Project Spartan, Is Called Microsoft Edge
An anonymous reader writes: At its Build 2015 developer conference today, Microsoft announced Project Spartan will be called Microsoft Edge. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate vice president of the o...