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10:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot Malwarebytes Offers Pirates Its Premium Antimalware Product For Free
An anonymous reader writes: If you have a cracked or pirated version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) product the company has debuted an Amnesty program for you. Venturebeat reports: "If you pirate...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot Avira Wins Case Upholding Its Right To Block Adware
Mark Wilson writes: Security firm Avira has won a court case that can not only be chalked up as a win for consumer rights, but could also set something of a precedent. Germany company Freemium.com too...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot To Learn (Or Not Learn) JQuery
Nerval's Lobster writes: jQuery isn't without its controversies, and some developers distrust its use in larger projects because (some say) it ultimately leads to breakage-prone code that's harder to ...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot The Real-Life Dangers of Augmented Reality
Tekla Perry writes: Today's augmented reality devices have yet to go through extensive tests of their impact on their wearers' health and safety. But by looking at existing research involving visual a...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot SCOTUS Denies Google's Request To Appeal Oracle API Case
New submitter Neil_Brown writes: The Supreme Court of the United States has today denied Google's request to appeal against the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's ruling (PDF) that the structu...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Steve Jackson About Designing Games
Since starting his own company in 1980, Steve Jackson, founder and editor-in-chief of Steve Jackson Games, has created a number of hits, starting with Car Wars . . . followed shortly by Illuminati, an...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot When a Company Gets Sold, Your Data May Be Sold, Too
An anonymous reader writes: A new report points out that many of the top internet sites have language in their privacy policies saying that your private data might be transferred in the event of an ac...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot MIT System Fixes Software Bugs Without Access To Source Code
jan_jes writes: MIT researchers have presented a new system at the Association for Computing Machinery's Programming Language Design and Implementation conference that repairs software bugs by automat...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot Bill Gates Investing $2 Billion In Renewables
An anonymous reader writes: Bill Gates has dumped a billion dollars into renewables, and now he's ready to double down. Gates announced he will increase his investment in renewable energy technologies...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot New Study Accuses Google of Anti-competitive Search Behavior
An anonymous reader writes: Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu — the man who coined the term "network neutrality" — has published a new study suggesting that Google's new method of putti...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot How Television Is Fighting Off the Internet
HughPickens.com writes: Michael Wolff writes in the NY Times that online-media revolutionaries once figured they could eat TV's lunch by stealing TV's business model with free content supported by adv...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot The Underfunded, Disorganized Plan To Save Earth From the Next Giant Asteroid
New submitter citadrianne sends a story about the beginnings of our asteroid defense efforts, and how initial concern over an asteroid strike wasn't sustained long enough to establish consistent fundi...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot AP CS Test Takers and Pass Rates Up, Half of Kids Don't Get Sparse Arrays At All
theodp writes: Each June, the College Board tweets out teasers of the fuller breakouts of its Advanced Placement (AP) test results, which aren't made available until the fall. So, here's a roundup of ...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot Greek Financial Crisis Is an Opportunity For Bitcoin
An anonymous reader writes: Greece's economy has been in trouble for several years, now, and a major vote next weekend will shake it up even further. The country can't pay its debts, and the upcoming ...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot How Uber Takes Over a City
schwit1 suggests Bloomberg's story on one aspect of Uber's corporate behavior that may leave a sour taste in the mouth of anyone who'd like to believe the Uber-vs.-the-Cartels narrative. The company h...
10:00 am - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot New Leaked Build Is Evidence That Windows 10 Will Be Ready By July 29
Ammalgam writes: A new pre-released build of Microsoft's latest Operating System Windows 10 leaked to the internet today. The build (10151) shows a more refined and significantly faster user interface...
08:00 am - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot Solar Impulse, Continuing World-Spanning Trip, Attempts To Cross The Pacific
The BBC reports that Solar Impulse has resumed its 'round-the-world attempt, having taken off today from Nagoya, Japan for what is intended to be a 120-hour voyage to Hawaii. [If pilot Andre Borschber...
06:00 am - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot Chromecast Update Bringing Grief For Many Users
An anonymous reader writes: Last week, many Chromecast users were automatically "upgraded" to build 32904. Among the issues seen with this update are placing some users on the 'beta' release track, is...
02:00 am - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot Pass the Doritos, Scientists Develop Computer Game Targeted At Healthy Choices
MojoKid writes: Psychologists at the University of Exeter and Cardiff University have published a study that demonstrates how a simple computer game can help people lose weight. Participants in the st...
12:00 am - Mon, June 29, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: For What Are You Using 3-D Printing?
An anonymous reader writes: I've been thinking about getting a 3-D printer for a while: the quality is rising, the software is better, STL files really do seem a sufficiently good standard ("sufficien...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Nanotech Breakthrough Nearly Doubles Li-Ion Battery Capacity
The Korea Times reports that Samsung researchers have published in Nature Communications the results of research (here's the abstract) that could lead to vastly greater storage capacity for lithium-io...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot BBC Curates The "Right To Be Forgotten" Links That Google Can't
An anonymous reader writes, quoting the BBC's Internet Blog: "Since a European Court of Justice ruling last year, individuals have the right to request that search engines remove certain web pages fro...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot Detecting Nudity With AI and OpenCV
mikejuk writes: AI gets put to some strange tasks. Not satisfied with the Turing test or inventing Skynet Algorithmia have put together a nudity detector. Take one face detector from OpenCV and use it...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot WSJ Overstates the Case Of the Testy A.I.
mbeckman writes: According to a WSJ article titled "Artificial Intelligence machine gets testy with programmer," a Google computer program using a database of movie scripts supposedly "lashed out" at ...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot Google Will Reduce Accidental Mobile Ad Clicks, With Mandatory Borders and More
Mark Wilson submits news that Google is throwing a bone to mobile users annoyed by ads that (accidentally, or accidentally-on-purpose) make it too easy to accidentally click, breaking your browsing fl...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Overcome One of the Biggest Limits In Fiber Optic Networks
Mark.JUK writes: Researchers at the University of California in San Diego have demonstrated a way of boosting transmissions over long distance fiber optic cables and removing crosstalk interference, w...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot A Failure For SpaceX: Falcon 9 Explodes During Ascension
MouseR writes with bad news about this morning's SpaceX launch: About 2:40 into it's flight, Falcon 9 exploded along stage 2 and the Dragon capsule, before even the stage 1 separation. Telemetry and v...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot Disney Bans Selfie Sticks
New submitter albimaturityr writes with a story from the Orlando Sentinel that Disney is banning selfie sticks from its parks, starting with Disney World (as of Tuesday) but continuing with its other ...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot Despite Regulatory Nod, Cheap Ebola Test Still Undeployed
According to an article in Nature, the researchers who developed an inexpensive, reliable field test for the Ebola virus are frustrated by the delay they've seen in actually having that test deployed....
12:00 pm - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot FB Reveals Woeful Diversity Numbers
theodp writes: There's more work to do," said Facebook's Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams, who issued a straight-out-of-How-to-Lie-With-Statistics diversity update on Thursday that essenti...
10:00 am - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot Genetic Rescue Efforts Could Help Coral Shrug Off Warmer Oceans
The Washington Post reports that research published last week in the journal Science indicates that coral reefs may be less vulnerable to ocean temperature changes than has been widely believed, espec...
06:00 am - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot Weather Promising for Sunday Morning SpaceX Launch
USA Today reports that the weather looks good for Sunday morning's planned launch at 10:21, Florida time (14:21 GMT) of SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule, loaded with a docking adapter intended for future...
04:00 am - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot iPhone 6S New Feature: Force Touch
New submitter WarJolt writes: Apple is adding Force Touch to their iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. I'm not sure if Force Touch enough to convince an Android user like myself to switch, but there are def...
12:00 am - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot AMD's Project Quantum Gaming PC Contains Intel CPU
nateman1352 links to an article at Tom's Hardware which makes the interesting point that chip-maker AMD will offer Intel -- rather than AMD -- CPUs in their upcoming high-end gaming PC. (High-end for ...
12:00 am - Sun, June 28, 2015
Slashdot Aiming To Beat Tesla's "3", Chevy Tests and Teases a Cheaper 200-Mile Electric Car
PC Magazine is one of many to note Chevrolet's upcoming effort to beat Tesla's Model 3 to market with a car that is "affordable" (a lot more affordable than the Model S) but which tops the 200-mile ra...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot Why Didn't Voyager Visit Pluto?
Flash Modin writes: NASA built the twin Voyager spacecraft for a rare planetary alignment that put Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune within reach at once. Originally, Voyager 1 was programmed to se...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot GA Tech Researchers Train Computer To Create New "Mario Brothers" Levels
An anonymous reader writes with a Georgia Institute of Technology report that researchers there have created a computing system that views gameplay video from streaming services like YouTube or Twitch...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot 79% of Airbnb Listings In Barcelona Are Illegal
dkatana writes: Barcelona has more than 16,000 Airbnb listings and, according to reports on Cities of the Future, 79% could be illegal. "In April, Airbnb's European General Manager Jeroen Merchiers co...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are Post-Install Windows Slowdowns Inevitable?
blackest_k writes: I recently reinstalled Windows 7 Home on a laptop. A factory restore (minus the shovelware), all the Windows updates, and it was reasonably snappy. Four weeks later it's running lik...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot Are We Too Quick To Act On Social Media Outrage?
RedK writes: Connie St-Louis, on June 8th, reported on apparently sexist remarks made by Sir Tim Hunt, a nobel prize winning scientist, during an event organised for women in sciences. This lead to th...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot Samsung To Stop Blocking Automatic Windows Updates
A few days ago, we mentioned that a piece of (nominally) utility software from Samsung was blocking critical security updates. Understandably, this isn't what users typically want. The Register report...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot Drone Diverts Firefighting Planes, Incurring $10,000 Cost
An anonymous reader writes: Fire is raging through thousands of acres of forest in California. A few days ago we discussed how a man's personal drone was shooed away from a fire site. Now, the drone s...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot AppleCare Now Covers Batteries That Drop To 80%
Mark Wilson writes with news that Apple's AppleCare+ plan has been updated to address one of the biggest worries that people have about products with non-removeable batteries, and that become very exp...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot The Physics of Lexus's Hoverboard
benonemusic writes: Lexus' hoverboard may never become commercially available, but is it scientifically feasible? You'd need to place a superconducting material in a magnetic field powerful enough to ...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot Philanthropy For Hackers
An anonymous reader writes: Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and the first president of Facebook, was part of a generation of geeks who rode the dot-com boom to financial success. Over the past two ...
08:00 am - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot Why Is Google Opening a New Data Center In a Former Coal-Fired Power Plant?
HughPickens.com writes: Quentin Hardy reports at the NY Times that Google has announced it is opening its 14th data center inside a former coal-fired power plant in Stevenson, Alabama. While there is ...
06:00 am - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot NIST Updates Random Number Generation Guidelines
An anonymous reader writes: Encryption weighs heavily on the public consciousness these days, as we've learned that government agencies are keeping an eye on us and a lot of our security tools aren't ...
04:00 am - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot Protesters Block Effort To Restart Work On Controversial Hawaii Telescope
sciencehabit writes: An attempt to restart construction on what would be one of the world's largest telescopes was blocked yesterday, after state authorities escorting construction vehicles clashed wi...
02:00 am - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot Charter Hires Net Neutrality Activist To Make Policy
An anonymous reader writes: The Federal Communications Commission has been at loggerheads with many ISPs lately, after the agency pushed through net neutrality rules that have now gone into effect. Th...
12:00 am - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot Touring NASA's Space Shuttle Cockpit Trainer
An anonymous reader writes: Now that the space shuttles have been retired, NASA has been shutting down and cleaning out all of the equipment dedicated to keeping them in service. One such tool was the...
12:00 am - Sat, June 27, 2015
Slashdot Mob Programming: When Is 5 Heads Really Better Than 1 (or 2)?
itwbennett writes: Proponents of Mob programming, an offshoot of Pair programming in which the whole team works together on the same computer, say that it increases both quality and productivity, but ...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot After Protest, France Cracks Down On Uber
An anonymous reader writes: Just a day after taxi drivers began a high-profile protest of Uber in France, the nation's interior minister has issued a ban on the car-sharing service UberPop. The minist...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot SpaceX Breaks Down Its Rocket Landing Attempts
An anonymous reader writes: Twice now, SpaceX has attempted to land one of its rockets on a barge in the ocean after it delivered a payload to orbit. Each attempt came very close, and provided some fa...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot World's First Commercial Jetpack Arrives Next Year
An anonymous reader writes: The good news is that soon, you'll finally be able to buy that jetpack you've always wanted. The bad news is that it'll run you about $150,000. The Martin Jetpack will use ...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot University Students Made a Working Model Hyperloop
derekmead writes: Elon Musk's Hyperloop gets people excited. Promise the ability to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than an hour, and you're going to get people salivating. But for as...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly, Version-Preserving File Sharing For Linux?
petherfile writes: I've been a professional with Microsoft stuff for more than 10 years and I'm a bit sick of it to be honest. The one that's got me stuck is really not where I expected it to be. You ...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Cisco Security Appliances Found To Have Default SSH Keys
Trailrunner7 writes: Many Cisco security appliances contain default, authorized SSH keys that can allow an attacker to connect to an appliance and take almost any action he chooses. The company said a...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot My United Airlines Website Hack Gets Snubbed
Bennett Haselton writes: United Airlines announced that they will offer up to 1 million air miles tousers who can find security holes in their website. I demonstrated a way tobrute-force a user's 4-di...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Supreme Court Ruling Supports Same-Sex Marriage
The U.S. Supreme Court issued Friday a landmark decision, ruling that marriage is a Constitutionally protected right to homosexual as well as heterosexual couples. The New York Times notes that last y...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Nanoparticle-based Fibers Could Lead To No-fade Textiles With Structural Color
JMarshall writes: Researchers have created fibers with structural color properties, no dyes needed. The researchers electrospun fiber mats from a solution of latex nanoparticles, creating fibers made ...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Foxconn CEO Backpedals On Planned Robot Takeover
itwbennett writes: For years now, Foxconn has been talking up plans to replace pesky humans with robot workers in its factories. Back in February, CEO Terry Gou said he expected the automation to acco...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot How Etak Built a Car Navigation System In 1985
harrymcc writes: Thirty years ago, a startup called Etak released the Navigator, an in-car navigation system. It provided turn-by-turn driving directions despite the fact that GPS did not exist, and s...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Huawei, Proximus Demo 1Tb/sec Optical Network Transmission
Amanda Parker writes: Proximus and Huawei have demonstrated speeds of 1 Terabit per second (Tbps) in an optical trial. The speed, which equates to the transmission of 33 HD films in a second, is the f...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Reverse-Engineering a Frame of "Supreme Commander"
An anonymous reader writes: When Supreme Commander was released 8 years ago, it redefined the RTS genre, with its real-time strategic zoom and its epic battles involving several thousands of units at ...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot France Could Offer Asylum To Assange, Snowden
HughPickens.com writes: The Intercept reports that in the aftermath of the NSA's sweeping surveillance of three French presidents, French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira thinks National Security A...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Black Hole Awakens After 26 Years
schwit1 writes: For the first time since 1989, the black hole in V404 Cygni, a system comprising a black hole and a star, has reawakened, suddenly emitting high energy outbursts beginning on June 15. ...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Lenovo Could Remake the ThinkPad X300 With Current Technologies
MojoKid writes: The ThinkPad brand has been around for a long time; the first model was introduced by IBM way back in 1992. And although technological advances over the past two decades have lead to L...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Controversial Trial of Genetically Modified Wheat Ends In Disappointment
sciencehabit writes: A controversial GM wheat trial has failed after more than £2 million of public money was spent protecting it from GM opponents. Researchers had hoped that the wheat modified...
10:00 am - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot OneWeb Secures "Largest Ever" Rocket Acquisition For Satellite Internet Launch
Mickeycaskill writes: Virgin, Airbus and Qualcomm-backed satellite Internet venture OneWeb has acquired 65 rockets and $500 million in funding to launch its satellites by 2019. OneWeb has partnered wi...
08:00 am - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Students Win Prize For Color-Changing Condoms That Detect STDs
New submitter PJ6 writes: Three students attending the Isaac Newton Academy in the UK won the Healthcare Category of the Teen Tech Awards, for their idea to use antibodies to create color-changing con...
06:00 am - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Opens Up Echo's Alexa To Developers
mikejuk writes: Amazon announced Echo, a wireless speaker with a built-in, voice-controlled, personal assistant called Alexa last year. Now it appears Alexa will no longer be tied exclusively to Echo....
06:00 am - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Put Your Enterprise Financial Data In the Cloud? Sure, Why Not
jfruh writes: For many, the idea of storing sensitive financial and other data in the cloud seems insane, especially considering the regulatory aspects that mandate how that data is protected. But mor...
04:00 am - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Stellar Rejuvenation: Some Exoplanets May Get Facelifts
astroengine writes: Astronomers may have discovered an exoplanet that has found the elixir to planetary youth, knocking billions of years off its age. Until now, stellar rejuvenation has been pure con...
02:00 am - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Google Asks Android Developers To Show Sensitivity To Disasters and Atrocity
Mark Wilson writes: Today Google revealed an updated version of its Google Play Developer Program Policies. There aren't actually all that many changes or additions, but those that are present are qui...
12:00 am - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot WiFi Offloading is Skyrocketing
dkatana writes: WiFi Offloading is skyrocketing. This is the conclusion of a new report from Juniper Research, which points out that the amount of smartphone and tablet data traffic on WiFi networks w...
12:00 am - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot DARPA Is Already Working On Designer Organisms To Terraform Mars
MarkWhittington writes: Space visionaries dream of a time when human beings will not only settle Mars, but will terraform the Red Planet into something more Earth-like, with a breathable atmosphere, r...
12:00 am - Fri, June 26, 2015
Slashdot Average Duration of Hiring Process For Software Engineers: 35 Days
itwbennett writes: Despite the high demand for tech workers of pretty much all stripes, the hiring process is still rather drawn out, with the average time-to-hire for Software Engineers taking 35 day...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot Google Tests Code Repository Service
An anonymous reader writes: VentureBeat notes that Google has begun testing an unannounced service to host and edit source code repositories as part of its cloud platform. It's called Cloud Source Rep...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot Editor of 'Reason' Discusses Federal Subpoena To Unmask Commenters
mi points out an article from Nick Gillespie, editor of libertarian website Reason, who was recently asked by the federal government to provide identifying information on anonymous commenters from one...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot Making a Birdhouse is Like 'Hello World' for a Versatile Factory Robot (2 Videos)
Many millions of American students have been called on to construct a wooden birdhouse as part of a middle- or high-school shop class. To make a birdhouse from wood and nails may not requite advanced ...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot Wi-Fi Router's 'Pregnant Women' Setting Sparks Vendor Rivalry In China
colinneagle writes: When one Chinese technology vendor, Qihoo, launched a new Wi-Fi router with a safety setting for "pregnant women," a rival vendor took offense to the implication that their routers...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot Supreme Court Upholds Key Obamacare Subsidies
HughPickens.com writes: Retuers reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 6 — 3 in favor of the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President B...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot Google, Apple, and Others Remove Content Related To the Confederate Flag
davek writes with news that Google is removing results related to the Confederate Flag from Google Shopping, the company's online marketplace. They're also blocking advertisements involving the flag. ...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot Interview: Ask Linus Torvalds a Question
samzenpus writes: Linus Torvalds, the man behind the development of the Linux kernel, needs no introduction to Slashdot readers. Recently, we talked about his opinion on C++, and he talked about the f...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot New Manufacturing Technique Halves Cost of Lithium-Ion Batteries
An anonymous reader writes: Experts in materials science at MIT have developed a new process for creating lithium-ion batteries that will drop the associated production costs by half. The researchers ...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot Anti-Uber Taxi Protest Blocks Access To Airports In France
An anonymous reader writes: Taxi drivers in France have been complaining that a recently passed law against unlicensed commercial drivers is being flouted by Uber, and going relatively unenforced by a...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot New Google and CMU Moonshot: the 'Teacherless Classroom'
theodp writes: At the behest of Google, Carnegie Mellon University will largely replace formal lectures in a popular introductory Data Structures and Algorithms course this fall with videos and a soci...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot Warner Bros. Halts Sales of AAA Batman PC Game Over Technical Problems
An anonymous reader writes: The Batman: Arkham series of video games has been quite popular over the past several years. But when the most recent iteration, Batman: Arkham Knight, was released a coupl...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot ICANN Seeks Comment On Limiting Anonymized Domain Registration
angry tapir writes: Privacy advocates are sounding the alarm over a potential policy change (PDF) that would prevent some people from registering website addresses without revealing their personal inf...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot High-Fat, High-Sugar Diet Can Lead To Cognitive Decline
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Oregon State University have completed a study into how the sugar and fat content of a diet relates to cognitive flexibility. They found that diets with hi...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot The Next Java Update Could Make Yahoo Your Default Search Provider
itwbennett writes: At the company's shareholder meeting on Wednesday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced a partnership with Oracle that could result in Yahoo becoming your default search provider in yo...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot NHS To Give Volunteers "Synthetic Blood" Made In a Laboratory Within Two Years
schwit1 writes: The NHS plans to test artificial blood made from human stem cells in patients and hopes to start transfusing people with artificial blood by 2017. The trials will take place in Cambrid...
10:00 am - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot New Zealand ISPs Back Down On Anti-Geoblocking Support
angry tapir writes: A number of New Zealand Internet service providers will no longer offer their customers support for circumventing regional restrictions on accessing online video content. Major New...
08:00 am - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot France, Up In Arms Over NSA Spying, Passes New Surveillance Law
An anonymous reader writes: French President Francois Hollande held an emergency meeting with top security officials to respond to WikiLeaks documents that say the NSA eavesdropped on French president...
06:00 am - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot NVIDIA Begins Supplying Open-Source Register Header Files
An anonymous reader writes: NVIDIA's latest mark of their newly discovered open-source kindness is beginning to provide open-source hardware reference headers for their latest GK20A/GM20B Tegra GPUs w...
04:00 am - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot Lexus Creates a Hoverboard
walterbyrd writes: Lexus has built a functional prototype of a hoverboard that hovers several centimeters off the ground. The "Slide" is for demonstration purposes only and works through magnetic levi...
02:00 am - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot 3D Printed Supercar Chassis Unveiled
ErnieKey writes: Divergent Microfactories is unveiling a revolutionary approach to car manufacturing, as evidenced by their supercar, the Blade. Using 3D printed aluminum 'nodes' in strategic manufact...
12:00 am - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot Virtually Climb El Capitan With Google's First Vertical Street View
mpicpp writes: Google Maps is incorporating its first vertical Street View by allowing users to virtually climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. To capture the 3,000-foot ascent up El Capitan Goo...
12:00 am - Thu, June 25, 2015
Slashdot The Vicious Circle That Is Sending Rents Spiraling Higher
jones_supa writes: Skyrocketing rents and multiple roommates — these are the kinds of war stories you expect to hear in space-constrained cities such as New York and San Francisco. But the renta...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Launched, Independent Benchmarks, HBM Put To the Test
MojoKid writes: AMD officially launched the Radeon R9 Fury X based on their next generation Fiji GPU and HBM 3D stacked DRAM memory. Fiji is manufactured using TSMC's 28nm process. At its reference cl...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Why We Need Certain Consumer Drone Regulations
stowie writes: In the last week, state and federal firefighters have fought more than 270 wildfires in California. Here's the problem: firefighters are seeing more unauthorized consumer drones flying ...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot The Open Container Project and What It Means
An anonymous reader writes: Monday saw the announcement of the Open Container Project in San Francisco. It is a Linux Foundation project that will hold the specification and basic run-time software fo...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Brings Office To Android Smartphones For Free
Mark Wilson writes: After a few weeks in preview, Microsoft Office is now available for Android smartphones. Despite Microsoft's mobile-first, cloud-first philosophy, it has actually taken some time t...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot US Military To Develop Star Wars-Style Hoverbikes With British company
New submitter amalcolm writes: The U.S. military may soon be zooming around on Star Wars-style hoverbikes. U.K. based Malloy Aeronautics has joined forces with Survice Engineering to develop the vehic...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot "Invite-Only" Ubuntu Mobile-Powered Meizu UX4 Goes On Sale
Mickeycaskill writes: Chinese manufacturer Meizu and Ubuntu developer Canonical have released the MX4 smartphone, but prospective owners will have to 'earn' an opportunity to buy the phone by playing ...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Security Researcher Drops 15 Vulnerabilities for Windows and Adobe Reader
mask.of.sanity writes: Google Project Zero hacker Mateusz Jurczyk has dropped 15 remote code execution vulnerabilities, including a single devastating hack against Adobe Reader and Windows he reckons ...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Judge Orders Dutch Government To Finally Take Action On Climate Promises
New submitter Errol backfiring writes: Although the Dutch government has promised to make sure carbon emissions are lowered considerably, they have consistently failed to take action. Dutch climate gr...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Elon Musk Probably Won't Be the First Martian
pacopico writes: In a new biography on him, Elon Musk goes into gory details on his plans for colonizing Mars. The author of the book subsequently decided to run those plans by Andy Weir, the author o...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Building the Face of a Criminal From DNA
Dave Knott writes: It sounds like science fiction, but revealing the face of a criminal based on their genes may be closer than we think. In a process known as molecular photo fitting, scientists are ...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Google Takes Over NYC's Free WiFi Project
dkatana writes: Google's new Smart Cities venture Sidewalk Labs announced the purchase of Intersection, the new company behind the LinkNYC project. nGoogle wants to speed up the developing of free int...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Learn-to-Code Program For 10,000 Low-Income Girls
theodp writes: In a press release Tuesday, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) announced it was teaming with Lifetime Partner Apple and the U.S. Department of Housing an...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Cripples Windows Update To Prevent Incompatible Drivers
jones_supa writes: A file called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe — probably malware, right? It's actually a "helper" utility from Samsung, for which their reasoning is: "When you enable Windows update...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Car Hacking is 'Distressingly Easy'
Bruce66423 points out a piece from the Economist trying to rally support for pressuring legislators and auto manufacturers to step up security efforts on modern, computer-controlled cars. They say,Tak...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Aussie Telco Caught Handing Over User Mobile Numbers To Websites Without Consent
AlbanX writes: Australian telco Optus has been nabbed passing its customers' mobile phone numbers to third-party websites without the customers' knowledge or consent. The practice, known as HTTP heade...
10:00 am - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot The Town That Banned Wi-Fi
An anonymous reader sends a story from The Guardian about Green Bank, West Virginia, a small town housing the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. There are other telescopes nearby, too. Because the ...
08:00 am - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Is C the Right Tool For This Project?
ranton writes: I am about to start a personal project which I believe should be done in C/C++. The main reasons I have for this are the needs to manage memory usage and disk access at a very granular ...
06:00 am - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot WikiLeaks: NSA Eavesdropped On the Last Three French Presidents
Earthquake Retrofit writes: The NY Times is reporting that WikiLeaks has released "material which appeared to capture officials in Paris talking candidly about Greece's economy, relations with Germany...
04:00 am - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Your Next Allstate Inspector Might Be a Drone
New submitter cameronag writes: Following on the heels of EasyJet's plan to inspect planes with drones, insurance giant Allstate has received FAA clearance to test drones for insurance inspections. Th...
02:00 am - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Who Owns Your Overtime?
HughPickens.com writes: Fran Sussner Rodgers writes in the NY Times that a little-noticed change in the American workplace is about to occur. Later this month the Department of Labor is expected to an...
12:00 am - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot Study: Major ISPs Slowing Traffic Across the US
An anonymous reader writes: A study based on test results from 300,000 internet users "found significant degradations on the networks of the five largest internet service providers" in the United Stat...
12:00 am - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot After 6-Year Beta Test, All Gmail Users Get 'Undo Send'
jones_supa writes: Since 2009, Google has been beta testing a feature in Gmail called "Undo Send." It allows you to delay emails up to 30 seconds from when you press the "Send" button so you can take ...
12:00 am - Wed, June 24, 2015
Slashdot HP Researchers Disclose Details of Internet Explorer Zero Day
Trailrunner7 writes: Researchers at HP's Zero Day Initiative have disclosed full details and proof-of-concept exploit code for a series of bugs they discovered that allow attackers to bypass a key exp...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot IT Pros Blast Google Over Android's Refusal To Play Nice With IPv6
alphadogg writes: The widespread popularity of Android devices and the general move to IPv6 has put some businesses in a tough position, thanks to Android's lack of support for a central component in ...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot The Presidential Candidate With a Plan To Run the US On 100% Clean Energy
merbs writes: Thus far, no other candidate has said they're going to make climate change their top priority. Martin O'Malley has not only done that, but he has outlined a plan that would enact emissio...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot US Securities and Exchange Commission Hunting Insider Trading Hackers
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is actively investigating the FIN4 financial hacking group identified by FireEye last December, according to a Reuters report. I...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot The 2015 Open Source Summer Reading List
ectoman writes: Opensource.com has just published its annual Open Source Summer Reading List. This year's edition contains 15 recommendations for books that celebrate open source values and practices....
08:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot Emergency Adobe Flash Patch Fixes Zero-Day Under Attack
msm1267 writes: Adobe has released an emergency patch for a Flash zero-day used in targeted attacks by APT3, the same group behind 2014's Clandestine Fox attacks. Adobe said Flash Player 18.0.0.161 an...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot Hackers Exploit MacKeeper Flaw To Spread OS X Malware
An anonymous reader writes: Controversial OS X 'clean-up utility' MacKeeper is being exploited by cybercriminals to diffuse Mac malware OSX/Agent-ANTU, according to the BAE cyber security unit. A sing...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot SpaceX and OneWeb -- Same Goal, Different Technology and Strategy
lpress writes: OneWeb has announced that Airbus will manufacture their Internet-connectivity satellites and told us more about their plans and progress. Both OneWeb and their competitor SpaceX have th...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Keeping Cloud Data Encrypted Without Cross-Platform Pain?
bromoseltzer writes: I use cloud storage to hold many gigs of personal files that I'd just as soon were not targets for casual data mining. (Google: I'm thinking of you.) I want to access them from Li...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot When Will Your Hard Drive Fail?
jfruh writes: Tech writer Andy Patrizio suffered his most catastrophic hard drive failure in 25 years of computing recently, which prompted him to delve into the questions of which hard drives fail an...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot Movie Composer James Horner Dies In Plane Crash
necro81 writes: James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer for the soundtracks of dozens of movies, died Monday while piloting his aircraft in California. Horner, who had a long collaboration with direc...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot New Snowden Leaks Show NSA Attacked Anti-Virus Software
New submitter Patricbranson writes: The NSA, along with its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), spent years reverse-engineering popular computer security software in ord...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot Australia Passes Site-Blocking Legislation
ausrob writes: Cementing their position as Australia's most backwards and dangerous government in recent memory comes this nasty bit of legislation, riddled with holes (which is nothing new for this d...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot YouTube Algorithm Can Decide Your Channel URL Now Belongs To Someone Else
An anonymous reader writes: In 2005, blogger Matthew Lush registered "Lush" as his account on the then-nascent YouTube service, receiving www.youtube.com/lush as the URL for his channel. He went on to...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot Recycling Is Dying
HughPickens.com writes: Aaron C. Davis writes in the Washington Post that recycling, once a profitable business for cities and private employers alike, has become a money-sucking enterprise. Almost ev...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Attempts To Clarify the Windows 10 For Everyone Rumor
Ammalgam writes: Over the weekend, Microsoft caused a web explosion by seeming to imply that they were going to relax their licensing rules and offer Windows 10 for free to everyone. This caused an up...
10:00 am - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot DOJ Vs. Google: How Google Fights On Behalf of Its Users
Lauren Weinstein writes: While some companies have long had a "nod and wink" relationship with law enforcement and other parts of government -- willingly turning over user data at mere requests withou...
08:00 am - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot Knowing C Beyond a Beginner Level
Nerval's Lobster writes: C++ is not an easy language to master, but many people are able to work in it just fine without being a 'guru' or anything along those lines. That being said, what separates C...
06:00 am - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot The US Navy's Warfare Systems Command Just Paid Millions To Stay On Windows XP
itwbennett writes: The Navy relies on a number of legacy applications and programs that are reliant on legacy Windows products,' said Steven Davis, a spokesman for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems ...
06:00 am - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot Color Movie Made of Pluto-Charon System
VernonNemitz writes: Today NASA released a color movie of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, as the New Horizons probe approaches its July 2015 rendezvous date. "It's exciting to see Pluto and Charon ...
04:00 am - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Making Donations Count
An anonymous reader writes: As a recent college graduate I now have a job and enough money to actually buy things and donate to causes. Up until now I really haven't been paying attention to which gro...
02:00 am - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot Louisiana Governor Vetoes License Plate Reader Bill, Citing Privacy Concerns
An anonymous reader writes: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has vetoed a plan to acquire license plate reading cameras in the state. Law enforcement agencies nationwide use such cameras to scan cars a...
12:00 am - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot Controversial GCHQ Unit Engaged In Domestic Law Enforcement, Online Propaganda
Advocatus Diaboli writes: Documents published by The Intercept on Monday reveal that a British spy unit purported by officials to be focused on foreign intelligence and counterterrorism, and notorious...
12:00 am - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot New Freescale I.MX7 Processor Line Takes Aim At IoT
DeviceGuru writes: Freescale has unveiled a new i.MX7 embedded processor family. The family launches with two parts having one or two Cortex-A7 cores, along with Cortex-M4 microcontroller cores, and b...
12:00 am - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot "Vision Zero" Aims To Eliminate Traffic Fatalities In San Diego
An anonymous reader writes: San Diego city officials Monday expressed support for a plan called "Vision Zero" to make San Diego's roadways safer for pedestrians and bicyclists over the next 10 years. ...
12:00 am - Tue, June 23, 2015
Slashdot General Mills To Drop Artificial Ingredients In Cereal
schwit1 writes: General Mills announced Monday that it will be removing artificial colors and flavoring from its cereal products over the next two to three years. The company said that Trix and Reese'...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Sony Releasing New 1TB PlayStation 4 In July
Mark Wilson writes: Known as the 1TB PS4 Ultimate Player Edition (or PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player 1TB Edition depending on who you're talking to), Sony is launching a new PlayStation 4 next month. Wi...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot MEAN Vs. LAMP: Finding the Right Fit For Your Next Project
snydeq writes: LAMP diehards take note: The flexible simplicity of MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, and Node.js is no joke and could very well be a worthwhile stack for your next programming project, wr...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Allstate Patents Physiological Data Collection
TigerPlish writes: Allstate has been granted patent no. US 20140080100 A1 for a "driving-behavior database that it said might be useful for health insurers, lenders, credit-rating agencies, marketers ...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Mayday PAC's Benjamin Singer Explains How You can Help Reform American Politics (Video)
Larry Lessig's Mayday PAC is a SuperPac that is working to eliminate the inherent corruption of having a government run almost entirely by people who manage to raise -- or have their "non-connected" S...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Swedish Investigators Attempt Assange Interview; Wikileaks Makes Major Release
cold fjord writes: It seems Julian Assange rates his own section (The Assange Matter) on a Swedish government website related to the investigation. It contains some FAQs on points that seem to keep co...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Docker and CoreOS Join Together For Open Container Project At Linux Foundation
darthcamaro writes: the great schism in the container world is now at an end. Today, Docker and CoreOS, announced along with Amazon Web Services, Apcera, Cisco, EMC, Fujitsu, Goldman Sachs, Google, HP...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Effective Is Your ISP's Spam Filter?
An anonymous reader writes with the question in the title: does your ISP do a decent job culling spam? The reason I'm asking is that my ISP is Verizon and the Verizon spam filter is next to useless. I...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Cyberattack Grounds Planes In Poland
itwbennett writes: While the alleged hacking of in-flight systems has been much discussed recently, "there are many more areas of vulnerability to address in the aviation industry," says Tim Erlin of ...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot NIST Workshop Explores Automated Tattoo Identification
chicksdaddy writes: Security Ledger reports on a recent NIST workshop dedicated to improving the art of automated tattoo identification. It used to be that the only place you'd commonly see tattoos wa...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Political Polls Become Less Reliable As We Head Into 2016 Presidential Election
HughPickens.com writes: Cliff Zukin writes in the NY Times that those paying close attention to the 2016 election should exercise caution as they read the polls — election polling is in near cri...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Linux 4.1 Kernel Released With EXT4 Encryption, Performance Improvements
An anonymous reader writes: The Linux 4.1 kernel has been announced and its release brings expanded features for the Linux kernel including EXT4 file-system encryption, open-source GeForce GTX 750 sup...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Are Girl-Focused Engineering Toys Reinforcing Gender Stereotypes?
theodp writes: VentureBeat's Ruth Read casts a skeptical eye at the current rage of toy segregation meant to inspire tomorrow's leaders in STEM: "Toys geared at girls serve to get them interested in c...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot CRYENGINE Finally Lands On Linux
An anonymous reader writes: CRYENGINE, the video game engine from Crytek, will run natively on Linux starting from version 3.8.1. Other improvements include the ability to run on the Oculus Rift, supp...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Apple To Pay Musicians For Free Streams, After All
vivaoporto writes: As reported on Re/code, Apple media boss Eddy Cue appears to have capitulated and Apple Music will be paying music owners for streaming even during customers's free trial period. He...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Dallas Police Falsely Credit TrapWire System For Arrests
In April, the Texas Department of Public Safety told a reporter for the Dallas Morning News, inspired by information leaked by Wikileaks to ask about ways that the agency might be compromising citizen...
10:00 am - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Mauna Kea Telescope Construction Slated To Resume
After an earlier halt to the work of constructing the "world's most advanced and powerful telescope" (andsubsequent loss of support from an organization acting on behalf of native Hawaiians,) the Thir...
06:00 am - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot 3D Printing Might Save the Rhinoceros
GordonShure.com writes: San Francisco based biotech startup Pembient have released details of their 3D printing led method to derail the market for Rhinoceros horns. Presently the bulk of demand origi...
02:00 am - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot WikiLeaks' Latest: An Even More Massive Trove of Sony Documents
Newsweek is one of many outets to report that Wikileaks latest dump is a trove of Sony's company emails and other documents that consists of even more indvidual pieces than the 200,000-plus that were ...
12:00 am - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot Is the End of Government Acceptance of Homeopathy In Sight?
cold fjord writes: It looks like homeopathy is in for a rough stretch ahead as shown in a chart and noted by Steven Novella at NEUROLoOGICAblog, "Homeopathy is perhaps the most obviously absurd medica...
12:00 am - Mon, June 22, 2015
Slashdot (Your Job) Is a Video Game
arctother writes: UberDRIVE—Uber's simulation/video game/recruiting tool—is, at best, just a poor copy of a much more interesting video game – driving for Uber. The main innovation o...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot In 6 Months, Australia Bans More Than 240 Games
dotarray writes with this snippet from (apropos) Player Attack: In the 20 years from 1995 to January 2015, there were 77 games Refused Classification in Australia. After January though, more than 240 ...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot The Unintended Consequences of Free Windows 10 For Everyone
Ammalgam writes: Microsoft seems to be really driven to pushing over a billion people to the new Windows 10 platform as soon as humanly possible. In the latest push to make this happen, the company ha...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot Lawrence Krauss On the Pope's Encyclical: Not Even Close?
Lasrick writes: Lawrence Krauss muses on the hoopla surrounding Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change, and finds the document lacking: 'It is ironic that while the scientific community has long t...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot Plasma Resonance Could Overcome Radio Silence For Returning Spacecraft
Zothecula points out this article about a workaround for a long-standing problem with space-flight communications: some of the most cruicial time of a re-entry is also time when the craft cannot send ...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot Security Oversights and Complacency Set the Stage For Killers' Escape
HughPickens.com writes: The NY Times reports that although no single lapse or mistake in security enabled two killers to break out of the Clinton Correctional Facility two weeks ago, it is now clear t...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Setups For Navigating a Programming-Focused MOOC?
theodp writes: As one works his or her way through EdX's free The Analytics Edge , one finds oneself going back-and-forth between videos and R to complete the programming exercises associated with the...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot Taylor Swift: Apple's Disdain For Royalties Is 'Shocking, Disappointing'
Mark Wilson writes to note that Apple Music, yet unlaunched, already faces resistance on several fronts. From the BetaNews article:It's not just smaller, independent labels that are complaining about ...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot 1 In 3 Data Center Servers Is a Zombie
dcblogs writes with these snippets from a ComputerWorld story about a study that says nearly a third of all data-center servers are are comatose ("using energy but delivering no useful information"). ...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot Robot Swarm Behavior Suggests Forgetting May Be Important To Cultural Evolution
Hallie Siegel writes: Can we learn about human cultural evolution by studying how group behaviour in robots evolves? Researchers in the Artificial Culture Project are trying to do just that. Prof. Ala...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot The Science of Incivility
An anonymous reader writes: Stress causes health issues — we've known this for years. But what's harder to figure out is what exactly qualifies as stress. It's easy to understand that working as...
12:00 pm - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot Two Years After Snowden Leaks, Encryption Tools Are Gaining Users
Patrick O'Neill writes: It's not just DuckDuckGo — since the first Snowden articles were published in June 2013, the global public has increasingly adopted privacy tools that use technology like...
10:00 am - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot Illinois Supreme Court: Comcast Must Identify Anonymous Internet Commenter
An anonymous reader writes: In 2011, an anonymous person on the internet posted a comment to the Freeport Journal Standard newspaper's website implying that a local political candidate was a pedophile...
08:00 am - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Overhauling Customer Reviews
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon says it's making some big changes to its product review system, one of the most heavily used on the internet and a vital part of Amazon's business. A machine-learnin...
04:00 am - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Fixes Cellphone Keyboard Vulnerability
An anonymous reader writes: Several days ago, news broke that Samsung's keyboard software on their Galaxy series of cell phones had a glaring security issue that left 600 million devices vulnerable to...
02:00 am - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot Venus May Have Active Volcanoes
An anonymous reader writes: The European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft has discovered hot lava flows on the surface of Venus, providing the best evidence yet that the planet may have active ...
12:00 am - Sun, June 21, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Be Free To Users Who Test It
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has been making a big push to change its business model for Windows — likely due to the low/no cost updates you can get for competing operating systems. The...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Facebook's Absurd Pseudonym Purgatory
An anonymous reader sends a story from a writer whose Facebook account was locked because somebody reported it as using a pseudonym. It doesn't, but Facebook demands a look at identification documents...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Where Is Europe's Silicon Valley?
An anonymous reader writes: A New York Times story delves into the conundrum faced by Europeans: Why are there few, if any, technology companies from Europe with the size and reach of American tech gi...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Open Source Hardware Pioneer Ladyada Interviews the New MakerBot CEO
ptorrone writes: Open source hardware pioneer and founder of Adafruit Limor "Ladyada" Fried sat down and interviewed the new CEO of MakerBot, Jonathan Jaglom. She asked some really tough questions had...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Sprint Begins Punishing Customers For FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
ourlovecanlastforeve writes: A few days ago Sprint announced their intent to stop throttling certain customers' bandwidth in the wake of the FCC fining ATT $100,000,000 for doing the same. Sprint has ...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Funds First US-Based Chinese Research University Degree Program
theodp writes: Microsoft will give $40 million to help fund a graduate-school program with the Univ. of Washington and China's Tsinghua University. The Global Innovation Exchange, which will be locate...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Is Only Going To Pay Authors When Each Page Is Read
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has a new plan to keep self-published authors honest: they're only going to pay them when someone actually reads a page. Peter Wayner at the Atlantic explores how th...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Kim Jong Un Claims To Have Cured AIDS, Ebola and Cancer
jones_supa writes: North Korea has created a wonder drug which not only cures AIDS, but also eradicates Ebola and cancer — at least, according to the latest proclamation from the country's news ...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot School Lunch Program Scans Student Thumbprints For 'Tracking Purposes'
schwit1 writes with news that a school district in Pennsylvania is providing free lunches to schoolchildren as part of an initiative to improve nutrition. Instead of providing the lunches to all stude...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Study: Sixth Extinction Event Is Underway
garyisabusyguy writes: We've heard proposals in the past that a new extinction event is underway. However, a new study takes into consideration many other factors that may be tilting the data, and sti...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot 5G Network Speed Defined As 20 Gbps By the International Telecommunication Union
An anonymous reader writes with a report at Mobipicker (linking to a Korea Times story) that a 12-member committee from the International Telecommunication Union has hashed out a formal definition of ...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot AMD Reveals Radeon R9 Fury X Specs and Preliminary Benchmark Performance Results
MojoKid writes: AMD announced new Radeon R9 and R7 300 series of graphics cards earlier this week, and while they are interesting, they're not nearly as impressive as AMD's upcoming flagship of AMD GP...
10:00 am - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot 'Brain-to-Text' Interface Types Thoughts of Epileptic Patients
Jason Koebler writes with a link to Motherboard's article about research from the Schalk Lab of Albany, New York, where researchers "have just demonstrated for the first time that it's possible to tur...
06:00 am - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Unicode Consortium Releases Unicode 8.0.0
An anonymous reader writes: The newest version of the Unicode standard adds 7,716 new characters to the existing 21,499 – that's more than 35% growth! Most of them are Chinese, Japan and Korean ...
04:00 am - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Secunia Drops Public Listing of Vulnerabilities
New submitter CheckeredShirt writes: Vulnerability aggregator Secunia just announced on a forum post that they will no longer provide public access to advisories newer than 9 months. According to Secu...
02:00 am - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot The Death of Aibo, the Birth of Softbank's Child-Robot
New submitter pubwvj writes: Sony is killing off their robot Aibo, stranding the 150,000 or so owners with no support, repairs or parts other than cannibalism. Now we have another Japanese company, So...
12:00 am - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Schneier: China and Russia Almost Definitely Have the Snowden Docs
cold fjord writes: Writing at Wired, Bruce Schneier states that he believes that China and Russia actually do have the Snowden documents, but that the path by which they got them may be different than...
12:00 am - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Triggering a Mouse's Happy Memories With Lasers Gives It the Will To Struggle On
the_newsbeagle writes: With optogenetics, scientists can tag neurons with light-responsive proteins, and then trigger those neurons to "turn on" with the pulse of a light. In the latest application, M...
12:00 am - Sat, June 20, 2015
Slashdot Turning Neural Networks Upside Down Produces Psychedelic Visuals
cjellibebi writes: Neural networks that were designed to recognize images also hold some interesting capabilities for generating them. If you run them backwards, they turn out to be capable of enhanci...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot DuckDuckGo Sees Massive Growth In Post-Snowden World
DuckDuckGo, the privacy-oriented search engine, has been around for over six years. But when Edward Snowden revealed the extent of NSA surveillance in 2013, DuckDuckGo started a period of strong growt...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best API Management System?
An anonymous reader writes: I've landed a summer internship with a software firm that has a library of APIs available to current and potential customers. One of my team's tasks is to make recommendati...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot The Problems Apple Music Needs To Fix Before Launch
journovampire writes: In less than two weeks, Apple Music arrives for consumers, but it still has some serious problems. Many in the industry are predicting the biggest digital music launch in history...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot IMAX Tries To Censor Ars Technica Over SteamVR Comparison
Cutting_Crew writes: An article published last week at Ars Technica looked at the SteamVR virtual reality headset created by Valve. Contained in the article is a quote from game designer Alex Schwartz...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot The Tools Don't Get You the Job
An anonymous reader writes: It's a trend that seems to permeate education across every discipline, from creative to technical: reliance on a single expensive, proprietary, vendor-driven tool. Whether ...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot June 30th Leap Second Could Trigger Unexpected Issues
dkatana writes: On January 31, 2013, approximately 400 milliseconds before the official release of the EIA Natural Gas Report, trading activity exploded in Natural Gas Futures. It is believed that was...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot Planned Sequel To Fairphone Promises an Ethical, Repairable Phone
New submitter sackvillian writes: An article in Wired reports on the ongoing development of the Fairphone 2, planned for European release in September. The phone is the follow-up to the Indiegogo-fund...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot Orbiting 'Rest Stops' Could Repair Crumbling Satellites
astroengine writes: Satellites are numerous, vital to many modern activities, and incredibly expensive to build and launch. They're constructed with redundancy and simplicity in mind because if someth...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot UK's Legalization of CD Ripping Is Unlawful, Court Rules
Last year the UK finally passed legislation to make the copying and ripping of CDs for personal use legal. After the legislation passed, several groups of rightsholders applied for a judicial review, ...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot SourceForge Suspends Independent Project Mirroring
vivaoporto writes: In a reversal motivated by community concerns (like the high profile outcry over the distribution of an ads-enabled installer for GIMP and the accusation by Fyodor of the hijacking ...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot Editing DNA For Fame and Fortune
An anonymous reader writes: The world of genome editing is booming, with several startups racing to develop new tools and therapies out of the DNA-hacking insights of several hotshot scientists. Ventu...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot Twitter To Introduce Curated Information Stream
stephendavion writes: Twitter will start curating tweets on live events, the microblogging service said, as it plans major changes to make its real-time news feed more user friendly. Dubbed Project Li...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot Google Criticized For 'Opaque' Audio-Listening Binary In Debian Chromium
An anonymous reader writes: Google has fallen under criticism for including a compiled audio-monitoring binary in Chromium for Debian. A report was logged at Debian's bug register on Tuesday noting th...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot Privately Owned Armored Trucks Raise Eyebrows After Dallas Attack
HughPickens.com writes: Manny Fernandez writes in the NY Times that the scores of military and police-style vans, trucks and cars offered for sale on Craigslist and eBay have raised concerns for some ...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot Google Launches YouTube Newswire To Verify Eyewitness Videos
An anonymous reader writes: YouTube has started a video news service to showcase the most interesting clips recorded and posted by eyewitnesses at events unfolding around the world. In partnership wit...
10:00 am - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot BBC Develops "Mind-Control TV" Headset For iPlayer App
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC has teamed up with tech company This Place to develop a prototype television headset that can be operated with the power of brainwaves. The Mind Control TV prototyp...
08:00 am - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot Jimmy Wales: London Is Better For Tech Than "Dreadful" Silicon Valley
Mickeycaskill writes: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has praised London as a tech hub, saying its cultural assets make it an ideal place to do business and superior to Silicon Valley as a place to live...
06:00 am - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Claim a Few Cat Videos Per Day Helps Keep the Doctor Away
bigwophh writes: A study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior suggests that watching videos of cats may be good for your health. The study pinged nearly 7,000 people and asked them how...
04:00 am - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot US Airlines Say Smaller Carry-Ons Are Not In the Cards
New submitter callgen writes: Airlines for America, a trade group for U.S. carriers, has rejected proposed international standards for carry-on bags. Last week, the International Air Transport Associa...
02:00 am - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot Google Pulling Back the Veil On Its Custom-Built Data Centers
jfruh writes: In the mid-'00s, as Google scaled up its data centers to meet increasing demand, "we could not buy, for any price, a data-center network that would meet the requirements of our distribut...
12:00 am - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot E3 2015: A Lot of Nostalgia For Old Games
_xeno_ writes: E3 2015 saw a lot of game companies banking on nostalgia, but much less hype for new games. While the biggest thing coming out of Microsoft's press conference was undoubtedly the Holole...
12:00 am - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot Near Misses Lead To More Consumer Drone Legislation
stowie writes: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has introduced the Consumer Drone Safety Act that looks to shore up safety features on consumer drones and the federal laws that govern them. This bi...
12:00 am - Fri, June 19, 2015
Slashdot FCC Votes To Subsidize Broadband Connections For Low-Income Households
Mark Wilson writes: Today the FCC voted in favor of updating its Lifeline program to include broadband. This would mean that households surviving on low incomes would be able to receive help paying fo...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot Big-Data Animal Tracking As an Eye On Life and Planet
New submitter Thoe writes: As published in Science Magazine and covered by The Washington Post, the continued evolution of animal tracking through various technologies combined with Big Data analytica...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What's the Harm In a Default Setting For Div By Zero?
New submitter CodeInspired writes: After 20 years of programming, I've decided I'm tired of checking for div by zero. Would there be any serious harm in allowing a system wide setting that said div by...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot WebAssembly: An Attempt To Give the Web Its Own Bytecode
New submitter Josiah Daniels writes with this kernel from a much more detailed article at Ars Technical about what already looks like a very important initiative: WebAssembly is a new project being wo...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot Is Microsoft's .NET Ecosystem On the Decline?
Nerval's Lobster writes: In a posting that recently attracted some buzz online, .NET developer Justin Angel (a former program manager for Silverlight) argued that the .NET ecosystem is headed for coll...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Search Engines Left That Don't Try To Think For Me?
An anonymous reader writes: As a programmer especially, I'm becoming increasingly unhappy with Google searches. They try very hard to present me with what they think I'm searching for instead of what ...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot Adblock Plus Can Now Be Rolled Out To Every Single Employee In a Company
New submitter Mickeycaskill writes: Adblock Plus adds large scale deployment (LSD) to version 1.9 of its software, allowing IT managers to block adverts on thousands of computers in one go, months aft...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot Video Games Can Improve Terror Attack Preparedness, Even If You Don't Play Them
vrml writes: A study just published by the Computers in Human Behavior journal explores the potential of video games as terror attack preparedness materials for the general public. In the video game t...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot LibreOffice Now Available On Apple's Mac App Store
sfcrazy writes: It's an event of historical magnitude: One of the most popular Open Source projects, LibreOffice, is now available directly from Apple's Mac App Store. You can get LibreOffice on OSX w...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot An Extra-Large Nanocage Molecule For Quantum Computing
JMarshall writes: Researchers have built a molecular nanocage 8 nm across that represents a step toward quantum computing.It is difficult to make uniform nanoparticles more than 4 nm across, but new w...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot The Rebirth of Arcade Racers -- On Kickstarter
An anonymous reader writes: While big budget racers like The Crew and Forza chase realism, in recent years we've also seen a return to the racers of old with checkpoints, a ticking countdown, little i...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot Shuttleworth Loses $20m Battle With S. African Reserve Bank Over Expatriated Funds
An anonymous reader writes: Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has lost his long running battle with the South African Reserve Bank over a R250m exit charge ($20.5m) levied on his personal fortune wh...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot ECMAScript 6 Is Officially a JavaScript Standard
rjmarvin writes: The ECMAScript 6 specification is now a standard. ES6 is the first major revision to the programming language since 1999 and its hallmark features include a revamped syntax featuring ...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot 86.2 Million Phone Scam Calls Delivered Each Month In the US
An anonymous reader writes with a report from Help Net Security which assigns some numbers to the lucrative fraud-by-phone business in the U.S. -- and it's not just the most naive who are vulnerable. ...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot Encryption Would Not Have Protected Secret Federal Data Says DHS
HughPickens.com writes: Sean Gallagher reports at Ars Technica that Dr. Andy Ozment, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity in the Department of Homeland Security, told members of the House Oversight a...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot Canadian Government Servers Compromised By Anonymous
An anonymous reader writes: There was a cyber-attack on Wednesday by the activist group Anonymous, aimed at the Canadian government. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney says no personal information w...
10:00 am - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot More Warehouse Robots Coming To Market As Softbank Invests $20M In Fetch
Hallie Siegel writes: Japanese Softbank just injected $20M in funding to Fetch Robotics, a Silicon Valley company that is developing robotic solutions for warehouse and logistics. This is one of the f...
08:00 am - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot British Government Instituted 3-Month Deletion Policy, Apparently To Evade FOIA
An anonymous reader writes: In late 2004, weeks before Tony Blair's Freedom of Information (FOI) act first came into force, Downing Street adopted a policy of automatically deleting emails more than t...
06:00 am - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot E-Detective Spy Tool Used By Police and Governments Has Major Security Holes
DavidGilbert99 writes: A controversial intercept tool called E-Detective from Taiwanese based company Decision Group has a major security hole which could allow a hacker to remotely execute code and r...
04:00 am - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot The Internet of Things Is the Password Killer We've Been Waiting For
jfruh writes: You can't enter a password into an Apple Watch; the software doesn't allow it, and the UI would make doing so difficult even if it did. As we enter the brave new world of wearable and em...
02:00 am - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot Reasons To Use Mono For Linux Development
Nerval's Lobster writes: In the eleven years since Mono first appeared, the Linux community has regarded it with suspicion. Because Mono is basically a free, open-source implementation of Microsoft's ...
12:00 am - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot Russian Official Calls For "International Investigation" of the Apollo Program
MarkWhittington writes: According to a Tuesday article in the Moscow Times, a spokesman for Russia's Investigative Committee named Vladimir Markin suggested that an international investigation be moun...
12:00 am - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot UrtheCast Releases Its First Commercial Videos of Earth
schwit1 writes: UrtheCast has released high resolution videos of three Earth cities taken from its camera on ISS. Take a look. The cameras are quite successful in capturing the motion of vehicles on h...
12:00 am - Thu, June 18, 2015
Slashdot FCC To Fine AT&T $100M For Throttling Unlimited Data Customers
New submitter Wargames writes: According to the article in the New York Times, AT&T is getting fined $100,000,000 for its doublespeak redefinition of the word "Unlimited". The FCC says AT&T fa...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Privacy Advocates Leave In Protest Over U.S. Facial Recognition Code of Conduct
Taco Cowboy writes: Nine privacy advocates involved in the Commerce Department process for developing a voluntary code of conduct for the use of facial recognition technology withdrew in protest over ...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot "Let's Encrypt" Project To Issue First Free Digital Certificates Next Month
An anonymous reader writes: Let's Encrypt, the project that hopes to increase the use of encryption across websites by issuing free digital certificates, is planning to issue the first ones next month...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Is Surespot the Latest Crypto War Victim?
George Maschke writes: Patrick G. Eddington writes in a Christian Science Monitor op-ed about indications that the government may be snooping on users of Surespot, a free and open source encrypted mes...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Should Nuclear Devices Be Kept On Hand To Protect Against Near Earth Objects?
Lasrick writes: Seth Baum ponders whether nuclear devices should be kept on hand for the purpose of destroying near-Earth objects (NEOs) that pose a threat to the planet. Baum acknowledges that "The r...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not Contractors, Says California Labor Commission
siddesu writes: The California Labor Commission has ruled Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors. The ruling has serious implications for Uber's business model, since it will now b...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Brian Krebs About Security and Cybercrime
Brian Krebs got his start as a reporter at The Washington Post and after having his entire network taken down by the Lion Worm, crime and cybersecurity became his focus. In 2005, Krebs started the Sec...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot After Uproar, Disney Cancels Tech Worker Layoffs
An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times previously reported that Disney made laid-off workers train their foreign replacements. The Times now reports that Disney has reversed its decision to lay off ...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Elop and Others Leaving Microsoft, Myerson Taking Bigger Role
jones_supa writes: Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and "Scroogled" mastermind Mark Penn are leaving Microsoft as part of a fresh company reorganization. "We are aligning our engineering efforts and capa...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot First Net Neutrality Lawsuit Will Target Time Warner Cable
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. government's new net neutrality rules finally took effect last Friday, and a company is already using them to line up a lawsuit against Time Warner Cable. A firm c...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Find Major Keychain Vulnerability in iOS and OS X
An anonymous reader notes a report from El Reg on a major cross-app resource vulnerability in iOS and Mac OS X. Researchers say it's possible to break app sandboxes, bypass App Store security checks, ...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Russian Troops Traced To Ukrainian Battlefields Through Social Media
New submitter wienerschnizzel writes: Vice News has released a report on how they were able to trace a member of the regular Russian army from his base near the Ukrainian border toward the battlefield...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Bank's IT Failure Loses 600,000 Payments
An anonymous reader writes: The Royal Bank of Scotland had an IT glitch last night that prevented some 600,000 payments from reaching the accounts of its customers. This included bill payments, wages,...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Cellphone Keyboard Software Vulnerable To Attack
Adesso writes: A serious security problem in the default Samsung keyboard installed on many of the company's cellphones has been lurking since December 2014 (CVE-2015-2865). When the phone tries to up...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot USAF Cuts Drone Flights As Stress Drives Off Operators
HughPickens.com writes: The NY Times reports that the U.S. is being forced to cut back on drone flights as America's drone operators are burning out. The Air Force is losing more drone pilots than the...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Apple De-Certifies Monster Cables After Lawsuit Against Beats
An anonymous reader writes: Since 2005, Monster cables have been licensed under Apple's "Made For iDevice" program, which lets cable manufacturers put a logo on their product signifying they work with...
10:00 am - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot GitHub Seeks Funding At $2 Billion Valuation
itwbennett writes: GitHub, the most popular Git hosting site, is reportedly seeking $200 million in an upcoming private funding round that values the company as high as $2 billion. "GitHub is an inter...
08:00 am - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot The Future of AI: a Non-Alarmist Viewpoint
Nerval's Lobster writes: There has been a lot of discussion recently about the dangers posed by building truly intelligent machines. A lot of well-educated and smart people, including Bill Gates and S...
06:00 am - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot European Court: Websites Are Responsible For Users' Comments
An anonymous reader writes: A new ruling from the European Court of Human Rights found it perfectly acceptable to hold websites responsible for comments left by users. Experts are worried the ruling w...
04:00 am - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Aura: Harnessing the Power of IoT Devices For Distributed Computing
An anonymous reader points out that a computer science research team from the University of Alabama has put together a new architecture called "Aura," which lets people make use of excess computing po...
02:00 am - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot AMD Announces Fiji-based Radeon R9 Fury X, 'Project Quantum', Radeon 300 Series
MojoKid writes: Today AMD announced new graphics solutions ranging from the bottom to the top ($99 on up to $649). First up is the new range of R7 300 Series cards that is aimed squarely at gamers AMD...
12:00 am - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Sunday Times Issues DMCA Takedown Notice To the Intercept Over Snowden Article
An anonymous reader writes: On Sunday, British newspaper The Sunday Times published an article citing anonymous UK government sources claiming that the cache of documents taken by Edward Snowden was s...
12:00 am - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot US Lawmakers Demand Federal Encryption Requirements After OPM Hack
Patrick O'Neill writes: After suffering one of the biggest hacks in federal history at the Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. government is sprinting to require a wide range of cybersecurity imp...
12:00 am - Wed, June 17, 2015
Slashdot Unreal Engine Code Issues Fixed By Third-party Company
An anonymous reader writes: Unreal Engine is the famous game engine that was used to implement such games as Unreal Tournament, BioShock Infinite, Mass Effect and many more. On March 19, 2014 Unreal E...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot TRIM and Linux: Tread Cautiously, and Keep Backups Handy
An anonymous reader writes: Algolia is a buzzword-compliant ("Hosted Search API that delivers instant and relevant results")start-up that uses a lot of open-source software (including various strains ...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Energy Harnessed From Humidity Can Power Small Devices
sciencehabit writes: Scientists have built small devices that generate electricity by harnessing changes in the ambient humidity. This is done through the use of dormant bacterial spores which expand ...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Pulls Kodi Media Player From App Store Over Piracy Claims
An anonymous reader writes with news that the Kodi media player (formerly XBMC) has had its app pulled from the Amazon app store after Amazon decided that it facilitates piracy. Amazon said, "Any faci...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Baseball Team Hacks Another Team's Networks, FBI Investigates
An anonymous reader writes: The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the better baseball teams over the past several years. The Houston Astros have been one of the worst. Nevertheless, there is eviden...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Google Expands Security Rewards To Bugs In Android Devices
An anonymous reader sends news that Google has launched the Android Security Rewards program, which expands its bug bounty efforts to include vulnerabilities in the Android mobile operating system. At...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot FDA Bans Trans Fat
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finally come to a conclusion about artificial trans fat: it must be removed from the U.S. food supply over the next three years. A...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Report: Aging Java Components To Blame For Massively Buggy Open-Source Software
itwbennett writes: The problem isn't new, but a report released Tuesday by Sonatype, the company that manages one of the largest repositories of open-source Java components, sheds some light on poor i...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Should Edward Snowden Trust Apple To Do the Right Thing?
Nicola Hahn writes: As American lawmakers run a victory lap after passing the USA Freedom Act of 2015, Edward Snowden has published an op-ed piece which congratulates Washington on its "historic" refo...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Linus Torvalds Says Linux Can Move On Without Him
pacopico writes: In a typically blunt interview, Linus Torvalds has said for the first time that if he were to die, Linux could safely continue on its own. Bloomberg has the report, which includes a v...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Metamaterial Forms Near-Perfect Mirror
New submitter JMarshall writes: Researchers have made near-perfect reflectors out of a silicon metamaterial. These reflectors could offer a simpler, less expensive way to make high-performance mirrors...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Has a New Private Mobile Photo-Sharing App, and They Built It In C
jfruh writes: Facebook [on Monday] announced Moments, a new mobile app that uses Facebook's facial recognition technology to let you sync up photos only with friends who are in those photos with you. ...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Apple Will Pay More To Streaming Music Producers Than Spotify -- But Not Yet
Reader journovampire supplies a link to Music Business Worldwide (based on a re/code report) that says Apple's new Apple Music service, after a trial period during which the company has refused to pay...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot The Words That Indicate Malicious Domain URLs
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from AT&T have released research which improves the identification-rate of malicious URLs — such as those used for C&C servers or to distribute ma...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Customizable Xbox Elite Wireless Controller
MojoKid writes: Today, Microsoft announced that later this year, it will be releasing what could be the "ultimate" Xbox and Windows game controller. Called Xbox Elite Wireless, this gamepad has a dram...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot FBI Investigating Series of Fiber Cuts In San Francisco Bay Area
jfruh writes: Ten times over four separate nights in the past year, telecom cables have been mysteriously cut in various locations around the San Francisco Bay Area. Now the FBI is investigating the i...
10:00 am - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Malware Attacks Give Criminals 1,425% Return On Investment
An anonymous reader writes: Trustwave released a new report which reveals the top cybercrime, data breach and security threat trends. According to their findings, attackers receive an estimated 1,425 ...
08:00 am - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Skype For Web Beta Goes Worldwide
SmartAboutThings writes: Just days after offering a limited beta release of Skype for Web to customers in the U.S. and UK, Microsoft has made the beta available to users from all over the world. The e...
06:00 am - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Belgian Privacy Watchdog Sues Facebook
An anonymous reader writes: Belgium is taking Facebook to task – and to court – about the company's opaque user-monitoring frameworks. The country's independent Privacy Commission, which i...
02:00 am - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Julian Assange To Be Interviewed In London After All
mpawlo writes: The Swedish Director of Public Prosecution Ms Marianne Ny has submitted a request for legal assistance to the English authorities and a request to Ecuadorian authorities regarding permi...
02:00 am - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot Hacks To Be Truly Paranoid About
snydeq writes: Nothing is safe, thanks to the select few hacks that push the limits of what we thought possible, InfoWorld's Roger Grimes writes in this roundup of hacks that could make even the most ...
12:00 am - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot US Navy Solicits Zero Days
msm1267 writes: The US Navy posted a RFP, which has since removed from FedBizOpps.gov, soliciting contractors to share vulnerability intelligence and develop zero day exploits for most of the leading ...
12:00 am - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot CDC: Americans Getting Heavier, Average Woman Weighs As Much As 1960s Man
schwit1 writes: New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the average American has packed on the pounds in the past 50 years. Both men and women have gained a consid...
12:00 am - Tue, June 16, 2015
Slashdot LastPass Reporting a Security Breach, Including Authentication Hashes and Salts
hawkeyeMI writes: LastPass, the popular password manager, has been hacked. The company says that the “vast majority” of users are safe, and has posted a notice which begins: "We want to no...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Remote Massachusetts Towns Welcome Broadband's Arrival
New submitter arnoldjm writes: This story from the Boston Globe tells of the effort to bring publicly funded fiber-optic data transmission capabilities to Western Massachusetts. The Globe Reports: "Th...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Restaurateur Loses Copyright Suit To BMI
Frosty P writes: BMI claims Amici III in Linden, New York didn't have a license when it played four tunes in its eatery one night last year, including the beloved "Bennie and the Jets" and "Brown Suga...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Announces Xbox One Backward Compatibility
dotarray writes: Mike Ybarra is head of Platform Engineering at Xbox, and today he told the gaming world all about one of Microsoft's best-kept secrets — after more than a year of saying it coul...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Rethinking Security: Securing Activities Instead of Computers
An anonymous reader writes: Security is not a property of a technical system," says independent security consultant Eleanor Saitta. "Security is the set of activities that reduce the likelihood of a s...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Cuba's Answer To the Internet Fits In Your Pocket and Moves By Bus
HughPickens.com writes: Susan Crawford reports on "El Paquete" (the package), Cuba's answer to the internet, an informal but extraordinarily lucrative distribution chain where anyone in Cuba who can p...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Philae's Lost Seven Months Were Completely Unnecessary
StartsWithABang writes: This past weekend, the Philae lander reawakened after seven dormant months, the best outcome that mission scientists could've hoped for with the way the mission unfolded. But t...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot SpaceX Is Building a Hyperloop Test Track
Jason Koebler reports that SpaceX is building a small-scale version of Elon Musk's hyperloop transport tube system, which can move cargo and people at speeds over 700 mph. The test track will be appro...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: A Development Environment Still Usable In 25 Years Time?
pev writes: I'm working on an embedded project that will need to be maintainable for the next 25 years. This raises the interesting question of how this can be best supported. The obvious solution see...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Journalist Burned Alive In India For Facebook Post Exposing Corruption
arnott writes: Journalist Jagendra Singh used a Facebook page to expose corruption in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Though he posted under a pseudonym, he was quickly found and burned alive by ...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot 'Warm Neptune' Exoplanets May Have Lots of Helium
An anonymous reader writes: Phil Plait reports on new research into exoplanets that came to an unexpected and non-obvious conclusion. Throughout the galaxy, astronomers have been finding exoplanets th...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Open Source JavaScript Library Released For Accessibility Testing
An anonymous reader writes: Deque Systems, a company which focuses on web accessibility, has just released aXe (The Accessibility Engine). aXe is an open-source JavaScript library consisting of access...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Pirate Party Founder Rick Falkvinge Launches News Service
New submitter lillgud writes: Rick Falkvinge, founder of the first Pirate Party, has unveiled a news service to compete against "oldmedia." The news stories will be three sentences in length, and dist...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Bethesda Unveils New Doom Game, Announces Dishonored 2
An anonymous reader writes: Bethesda kicked off this year's E3 expo by unveiling the new Doom game they've been working on and announcing a sequel to the popular fantasy action-adventure game Dishonor...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Monitoring Brain Activity With Mesh Electronics
An anonymous reader writes: Medical researchers have long known that bioelectronics could substantially improve patient diagnosis and treatment, but the difficulty in putting that circuitry into place...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Police Scanning Every Face At UK Download Festival
AmiMoJo writes: Leicestershire Police have announced that they will be scanning every face at the popular UK Download music festival. The announcement article on Police Oracle (paywalled) reads, "the ...
10:00 am - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot Glen Greenwald: Don't Trust Anonymous Anti-Snowden Claims
Glen Greenwald casts a scathing look at the claims (such as by the Sunday Times) that Edward Snowden's leaked information had been cracked by Russian and Chinese spy agencies. Greenwald compares Snowd...
08:00 am - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot North Korea Blocks Data Access For Foreigners
According to Reuters, foreigners in North Korea who formerly had online access via the country's 3G network have now been blocked from using it, in the wake of a fire at Pyongyang's Koryo Hotel, thoug...
06:00 am - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot A First: CubeSat-Style Probes To Accompany InSight Mars Lander
Hundreds of CubeSats have been launched to Earth orbit since 2003. Now, though, two of the small-form-factor craft are set for a deeper space mission. According to Spaceflight Now,The twin CubeSat mis...
02:00 am - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot US Teen Pleads Guilty To Teaching ISIS About Bitcoin Via Twitter
jfruh writes: Ali Shukri Amin, a 17-year-old from Virginia, has pleaded guilty to charges that he aided ISIS by giving the group advice about using bitcoin. An odd and potentially troubling aspect of ...
12:00 am - Mon, June 15, 2015
Slashdot ISP Breaking Net Neutrality? The FCC's Got a Complaint Form For That
Presto Vivace writes with news from The Consumerist that the FCC has updated its consumer help center with a revamped form for complaining about an unsatisfactory ISP. From the article: Among the issu...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot The Danger of Picking a Major Based On Where the Jobs Are
theodp writes: In his new book Will College Pay Off? , Wharton professor Peter Cappelli argues that banking on a specialized degree's usefulness is risky, especially since one reason some jobs are in ...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot Woz To Be Immortalized In Wax
mikejuk writes: Having already made wax figures of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, the Madame Tussauds museum recently put out a call for nominations for who should be next, with the stipulation that ...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot Swift: Apple's Biggest Achievement For Coders
GordonShure.com writes: Despite its publicity and hype being rather quiet by Apple standards, the Swift programming language has attracted praise since its release last year. Swift is one of the few A...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot How Facebook Is Eating the $140 Billion Hardware Market
mattydread23 writes: It started out as a controversial idea inside Facebook. In four short years, the Open Compute Project has turned the $141 billion data-center computer-hardware industry on its hea...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Service Providers When You're an IT Pro?
New submitter username440 writes: So, a lot of us will have been here: You have a problem with your ISP, cable TV, cellphone whatever technology and you need to call the provider. Ugh. Foreign call ce...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot Santander To Track Customer Location Via Mobiles and Tablets
New submitter raburton writes: Santander (one of the biggest banks in Europe) slipped a little note on the corner of my latest statement saying they intend to start collecting "location or other data"...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot UW Researchers Prototype Sonar-Based Contactless Sleep Monitoring
n01 writes: Researchers of the University of Washington are testing the prototype of their ApneaApp to diagnose sleep apnea, a health problem that can become life-threatening. To monitor a person's sl...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot 210 Degree VR Headset With 5K Display Revealed By 'Payday' Developer Starbreeze
An anonymous reader writes: Starbreeze Studios has taken wraps off of StarVR, a new VR headset with dual displays comprising a 210 degree horizontal field of view with a total resolution of 5120x1440....
02:00 pm - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot Online At Last: Comet Lander Philae Wakes Up
techtech writes with this news from the BBC: The European Space Agency (ESA) says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth. Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet, was dropp...
10:00 am - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot A Tale of Election Intrigue Wins Bruce Schneier's 8th Movie-Plot Contest
On April 1, Bruce Schneier announced his eighth Movie-Plot Threat Contest; this time around, he asked for a story that showed the evils of encryption, and found a winner in a story that describes an u...
10:00 am - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Publishes Opaque Transparency Report
Mark Wilson writes: Post-Snowden there is great interest in just what involvement the government has with technology firms. There are frequent requests from government agencies for information about u...
06:00 am - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot Report: Russia and China Crack Encrypted Snowden Files
New submitter garyisabusyguy writes with word that, according to London's Sunday Times, "Russia and China have cracked the top-secret cache of files stolen by the fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snow...
04:00 am - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot ESA Still Searching For Philae; May Have Zeroed In On a Possible Location
hypnosec writes with the news that the European Space Agency may have located the agency's Philae lander. The official Rosetta blog says Fortunately, it was possible to narrow down the lander’s ...
02:00 am - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot Past a Certain Critical Temperature, the Universe Will Be Destroyed
StartsWithABang writes: If you take all the kinetic motion out of a system, and have all the particles that make it up perfectly at rest, somehow even overcoming intrinsic quantum effects, you'd reach...
12:00 am - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot Droning For Sharks
FreedomFirstThenPeac writes: Apparently Orange County (specifically, Seal Beach area) has found that drones are useful for finding hazards at the beach, the story has a nice drone-shot overhead of a s...
12:00 am - Sun, June 14, 2015
Slashdot Toshiba Introduces a Cortana Keyboard Button For Windows 10
Ammalgam writes: In what seems like a really pivotal moment for computing, Toshiba have indicated that they will be introducing a new button to their line of keyboards. This key would be dedicated to ...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot Surface Pro 3 Handily Outperforms iPad Air 2 and Nexus 9
An anonymous reader points to an interesting comparison of current tablets' peformance, as measured with the Geekbench benchmarking tool, which boils down various aspects of performance to produce a s...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Feature Requests For Epoch Init System 1.3.0?
New submitter Ben Dibell writes: My name is Subsentient. I maintain the Epoch Init System, a single-threaded init system for Linux designed to be easy to configure and customize, as well as staying ou...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot 75% of Russia's Satellite Electronics Come From US
schwit1 writes: One Russian aerospace industry expert noted today that three-quarters of all their satellite electronics comes from the United States: "According to [Nikolay Testoyedov], up to 75 perc...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot Germany Abandons Investigation Into NSA Spying on Chancellor Merkel
After the purported eavesdropping by the NSA on German chancellor Angela Merkel's telephone commnunications, the German government opened an investigation. However, writes Bruce66423: A lack of eviden...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot As Drought Worsens, California Orders Record Water Cuts
New submitter GordonShure.com writes: The State of California has made an unprecedented move by uniformly restricting water supplies across the entire state as demand outstrips supply. Farms are most ...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How to Avoid The Worst of a Tech Bubble?
An anonymous reader writes: I just reached a senior level in a tech career and I've been doing pretty much a bit of everything, e.g. software architecture, full stack dev, eng. related specific dev, c...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot Tech Jobs and Apple: Every Bit As "Fun" As Pleasure Island?
theodp writes: On the eve of Apple's big Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the lack of diversity in tech is 'our fault' — 'our' meaning the whole tech community. "I think ...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot Sony and Microsoft's Failed Releases Since E3 2014
SlappingOysters writes: Ahead of E3 2015, which begins next week, Grab It has undertaken an analysis of the games announced at the big E3 press conferences for Sony and Microsoft last year, and reveal...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot France Claims Right To Censor Search Results Globally
Lauren Weinstein writes: I've been waiting for this, much the way one waits for a violent case of food poisoning. France is now officially demanding that Google expand the hideous EU 'Right To Be Forg...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot Adam Nimoy "For the Love of Spock" Documentary On KickStarter
New submitter Yohannon writes: In November of 2014, Adam Nimoy, son of Leonard, began talking with his father about creating a documentary regarding the late actor's most iconic role for potential rel...
10:00 am - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft's Skype Drops Modern App In Favour of Old-Fashioned Win32 App
mikejuk writes: Microsoft, after putting a lot of effort into persuading us that Universal Apps are the way of the future, pulls the plug on Skype modern app, to leave just the desktop version. Skype ...
08:00 am - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot What Source 2 Means For Valve's ESports
An anonymous reader writes: Valve's new game engine is looming, and it doesn't just mean changes to the company's most popular games for all players, but also two of the most popular eSports in the wo...
02:00 am - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot M0n0wall Fork SmallWall Has First Official Release
New submitter houstonbofh writes: When the m0n0wall project ended back in February, many people just did not want to lose their small and lean firewall. And now, one of the forks, SmallWall, has relea...
02:00 am - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot Kaspersky Explains Why They Won't Say Who Hacked Them
New submitter ChannelGonzo writes: Larry Walsh at Channelnomics scores the scoop in a Q&A with Kaspersky's Chris Doggett who says it's not the Russian security company's job to figure out who is r...
12:00 am - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot SF86 Data Captured In OPM Hack
Etherwalk writes: The security clearance process in the United States includes filling out the 127-page SF86 form, which includes things like the citizenships of all your relatives and housemates, for...
12:00 am - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot Logitech Introduces G29, G920 Racing Wheels For PS3, PS4, Xbox One and PC
MojoKid writes: If you're an ardent PC racing fiend, chances are that you either own or have heard of Logitech's G27. The G27 has been a popular gaming peripheral (it supports the PC, PlayStation 2 an...
12:00 am - Sat, June 13, 2015
Slashdot Dark Net's Top Selling Drug Dealer Is Making $1.5 Million This Year
Patrick O'Neill writes: Behind a wall of anonymity, an American business is selling $1.5 million in medical marijuana products on the Dark Net this year, according to an analysis of publicly available...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Trade Bill Fails In the House
schwit1 writes: President Obama suffered a major defeat to his Pacific Rim free trade initiative Friday as House Democrats helped derail a key presidential priority despite his last-minute, personal p...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Google Announces YouTube Gaming
An anonymous reader writes: Today Google announced a major new rival to Twitch.tv: YouTube Gaming. In addition to providing structure for the gaming content YouTube already serves (like walkthroughs, ...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Commodore PC Still Controls Heat and A/C At 19 Michigan Public Schools
jmulvey writes: Think your SCADA systems are outdated? Environmental monitoring at 19 Grand Rapids Public Schools are still controlled by a Commodore Amiga. Programmed by a High School student in the ...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Starcoder Uses a Multiplayer Game to Teach Programming (Video # 2)
We ran video # 1 about Starcoder yesterday and linked to the project's Kickstarter page. At that time, the project had raised $3221 out of a $4000 goal. Today they're up to $5836, which means they've ...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot FCC Nixes PayPal's Forced Robocalls Plan
jfruh writes: As part of a new user agreement created in preparation for its spinoff from eBay as an independent company, PayPal told users that the only way to avoid advertising robocalls from PayPal...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Congress Decides To Delay US-Launched Astronauts, Keep Using Russian Services
New submitter surfdaddy writes: In order to protect the entrenched big aerospace companies, the Congress has increased NASA's budget for FY2016 but has cut funding for "commercial crew." Commercial cr...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot An AI Learned Magic: the Gathering, Now Creates Thousands of New Cards
merbs writes: Reed Milewicz, a computer science researcher, wowed a major online Magic: The Gathering forum when he posted the results of an experiment to "teach" a weak AI to auto-generate Magic card...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Drone Racing Poised To Go Mainstream
New submitter Strepto writes: Using video cameras and special goggles or screens, First Person View has been a thing in the RC world for a while. In the last couple of years though, mini quadcopters h...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot NASA Building Air Traffic Control System For Drones
An anonymous reader writes: Last week, The Guardian got its hands on documents indicating NASA would be working with Verizon to monitor civilian and commercial drones around the U.S. using phone netwo...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Soft Robot Tentacle Can Lasso an Ant Without Harming It
jan_jes writes: A soft robot tentacle, developed by a team from Iowa State University, can curl itself into a circle with a radius of just 200 micrometers. It was capable of capturing an ant without h...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Turning a Nail Polish Disaster Into a Teachable Math Moment
theodp writes: In The Spiral of Splatter, SAS's Rick Wicklin writes that his daughter's nail polish spill may have created quite a mess, but at least it presented a teachable math moment: "'Daddy, hel...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Face Recognition Tech Pushes Legal Boundaries
An anonymous reader writes: As face recognition software becomes more capable, companies and governments are coming up with new ways to use it. Microsoft has already patented a Minority Report-style p...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Samsung, LG Smartwatches Give Up Personal Data To Researchers
An anonymous reader sends word that security researchers have been able to extract personal information from a pair of smartwatches: the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear 2 Neo. The G Watch gave up cale...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Is BlackBerry Launching an Android Phone?
An anonymous reader writes: According to a Reuters report BlackBerry may launch an Android phone with a hardware keyboard. If true, it's a definite shift in their business model. "We don't comment on ...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot iOS 9 To Have Ad Blocking Capabilities
An anonymous reader writes: iOS 9 will reportedly carry ad blocking capabilities for it's Safari browser when it is released later this year. The feature wasn't rolled out with the usual fanfare one m...
10:00 am - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot 3D Printed Steel Pedestrian Bridge Will Soon Span an Amsterdam Canal
ErnieKey writes: Amsterdam is famed as the "Venice of the North," with close to 1,300 bridges in use. The next bridge to be built over one of the city's canals will be easily its highest-tech, as it w...
08:00 am - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot NASA Probe Reveals More Detail In Pluto's Complex Surface
astroengine writes: As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft careens through the solar system with Pluto in its cross-hairs, new detail in the dwarf planet's surface is popping into view at an ever increasin...
06:00 am - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Solar Power Capacity Installs Surpass Wind and Coal For Second Year
Lucas123 writes: Residential rooftop solar installations hit a historical high in the first quarter of 2015, garnering an 11% increase over the previous quarter and a 76% increase over the Q1, 2014. N...
04:00 am - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Google Launches Sidewalk Labs To Develop Smart Cities Tech
dkatana writes: Google wants to join the Smart Cities movement with the launch of a new start-up, "Sidewalk Labs", to develop technologies for cities, including IoT and mobility solutions. Larry Page ...
02:00 am - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Oculus Announces Partnership With Microsoft
An anonymous reader writes: At its pre-E3 press conference today, Oculus announced a partnership with Microsoft. The company plans to launch a new Rift headset early next year that will be packaged wi...
12:00 am - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot New OpenSSL Security Advisory Announced
New submitter eyeareque writes: It's time to patch OpenSSL again. The OpenSSL project has patched several moderate- and low-severity security vulnerabilities and also has added protection against the ...
12:00 am - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Appeals Court Rejects ISP Stay of Neutrality Rules
An anonymous reader writes: The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules will go into effect Friday after a court decided not to block them. The ruling is an early win for the FCC, who...
12:00 am - Fri, June 12, 2015
Slashdot Do Robots Need Passports? Should They?
Hallie Siegel writes: With countries evolving different regulations over robotic devices, law professor Anupam Chander looks into whether robots crossing borders will need passports, and what the role...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot An Origami Inspired Bacteria-Powered Battery
jan_jes writes: Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding created by Akira Yoshizawa, which can be used to create beautiful birds, frogs and other small sculptures. Last year a team of engineers fr...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Starcoder Uses a Multiplayer Game to Teach Programming (Video # 1)
Starcoder, says the project's Kickstarter page, "is a multiplayer online space action game that teaches kids coding as they play." Their page also points out that it's easier to learn as a group than ...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot How Much Python Do You Need To Know To Be Useful?
Nerval's Lobster writes: Since Python is a general-purpose language, it finds its way into a whole lot of different uses and industries. That means the industry in which you work has a way of determin...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Missing Files Blamed For Deadly A400M Crash
An anonymous reader writes: Think you had a bad day when your software drivers go missing? Rejoice, you get to live! A fatal A400M crash was linked to data-wipe mistake during an engine software updat...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot PHP At 20: From Pet Project To Powerhouse
snydeq writes: Ben Ramsey provides a look at the rise of PHP, the one-time 'silly little project' that has transformed into a Web powerhouse, thanks to flexibility, pragmatism, and a vibrant community...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Pi Stays Sky High In 2015 Hacker SBC Survey
DeviceGuru writes: The results from the 2015 Hacker SBC Survey cohosted by LinuxGizmos.com and the Linux Foundation's Linux.com community site have just been announced and, not surprisingly, RPi won t...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Research Paper Considers Serving Web-ads From Localhost
An anonymous reader writes: A paper from Microsoft researchers posits the possibility of 'pushing' web ads to a user's own computer and serving them into pre-arranged containers on web pages, with the...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Uber's Rise In China May Be Counterfeit
retroworks writes: Josh Horwitz' story in Quartz reports both the apparent rapid success of Uber adaptation in China, and a queasy footnote for shareholders applauding the rapid growth. While China is...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot WA Gov. Sides With Microsoft: Philanthropy-Funded K-12 CS Education Now the Law
theodp writes: During public hearings on WA State's House Bill 1813, which took aim at boy's historical over-representation in K-12 computer classes, the Office of the WA State Superintendent of Publi...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Australian ISPs Will Be Forced To Block (Some) Pirate Websites
angry tapir writes: Senators representing Australia's two main political blocs have issued a report backing a bill that will allow copyright holders to apply for a court order forcing ISPs to block ac...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot OpenBazaar, Born of an Effort To Build the Next Silk Road, Raises $1 Million
Patrick O'Neill writes: After the fall of Silk Road, Amir Taaki built DarkMarket in an effort to offer a decentralized and "untouchable" market alternative. That's grown into OpenBazaar, a "censorship...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Actor Christopher Lee Has Died at 93
Christopher Lee (or Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee) has played his last on-screen villain. The actor and singer died Sunday at the age of 93, reports The Guardian, after a career in which he play...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Ask Toolbar Now Considered Malware By Microsoft
AmiMoJo writes: Last month Microsoft changed its policy on protecting search settings to include any software that attempts to hijack searches as malware. As a result, this month the Ask Toolbar, whic...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot So Long Voicemail, Give My Regards To the Fax Machine
itwbennett writes: Yes, it was just a matter of time before voicemail, the old office relic, the technology The Guardian's Chitra Ramaswamy called "as pointless as a pigeon with a pager," finally foll...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Inspectors Warn Faulty Valves In New-Generation EPR Nuclear Reactor Pose Meltdown Risk
Bruce66423 writes: Valves for the new generation of French reactors being built now have raised substantial safety concerns on top of the existing issues about the quality of the steel used for the co...
10:00 am - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot AMD Radeon Fury and Fury X Specs Leaked, HBM-Powered Graphics On the Way
MojoKid writes: A fresh alleged leak of next AMD Fiji graphics info has just hit the web and there's an abundance of supposedly confirmed specifications for what will be AMD's most powerful graphics c...
08:00 am - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Fake Mobile Phone Towers Found To Be "Actively Listening In" On Calls In UK
New submitter nickweller writes: More than 20 Stingray fake phone towers which can collect data from passing devices and listen in on calls have been discovered operating in the UK. The Metropolitan P...
06:00 am - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Reddit Removes Communities To Address Harassment, Users Respond
New submitter sethstorm writes: As a change to their community management, Reddit administrators have banned multiple communities (known as subreddits) in a bid to remove harassment. In response, user...
04:00 am - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Astrobotic To Take Mexican Payload To the Moon
MarkWhittington writes: One of the great results of the commercial space revolution, which promises to lower the cost of space travel, is the opportunities it opens for countries and private entities ...
12:00 am - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Manufacturing Surface Hub In the US
overThruster writes: According to the New York Times, Microsoft has chosen to manufacture its Surface Hub in Wilsonville, Oregon. The announcement follows Apple’s decision to build the Mac Pro i...
12:00 am - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Jaguar Land Rover Makes System For Mapping Potholes For Autonomous Vehicles
An anonymous reader writes: Jaguar Land Rover is developing a system that identifies potholes and other obstructions in the road and shares them via the cloud with highway authorities, and, potentiall...
12:00 am - Thu, June 11, 2015
Slashdot Whitehouse Mandates HTTPS For Government Sites and Services
Bismillah writes: As per orders from Tony Scott, the government CIO, all federal agencies with publicly accessible websites must provide service only through a secure HTTPS connection. "Federal websit...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Kaspersky Lab Reveals Cyberattack On Its Corporate Network
An anonymous reader writes: Kaspersky Lab has revealed that it was recently subject to a major cyberattack. The company launched an investigation, which led to the discovery of a new malware platform ...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot German Parliament May Need To Replace All Hardware and Software To Stop Malware
jfruh writes: Trojan spyware has been running on computers in the German parliament for over four weeks, sending data to an unknown destination; and despite best efforts, nobody's been able to remove ...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Why Our Brains Can't Process the Gravest Threats To Humanity
merbs writes: Our brains are unfathomably complex, powerful organs that grant us motor skills, logic, and abstract thought. Brains have bequeathed unto we humans just about every cognitive advantage, ...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Spotify Raises $526 Million As Apple Charges Into Streaming
An anonymous reader writes: Spotify has raised an enormous $526 million in funding to fight off Apple's new Apple Music subscription service. As part of the funding round, European carrier TeliaSonera...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Xilinx and AMD: an Inevitable Match?
itwbennett writes: Steve Casselman at Seeking Alpha was among the first to suggest that Xilinx should buy AMD because, among other reasons, it 'would let Xilinx get in on the x86 + FPGA fabric tsunami...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Man With the "Golden Arm" Has Saved Lives of 2 Million Babies
schwit1 writes: James Harrison, known as "The Man with the Golden Arm," has donated blood plasma from his right arm nearly every week for the past 60 years. Soon after Harrison became a donor, doctors...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot NASA Releases Massive Climate Change Data Set
An anonymous reader writes: NASA is releasing global climate change projections to help scientists and planners better understand local and global effects of hazards. The data includes both historical...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Criticizes Role of Women In Labs
An anonymous reader writes: Tim Hunt is an English biochemist most notable for winning the 2001 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine. Today he's become notable for something else entirely — at ...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Hardware Is In Your Primary Computer?
An anonymous reader writes: Here's something we haven't done in a while: list the specs of your main system (best one) so we can see what kinds of computers Slashdot geeks use. Context would be intere...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot MIT Team Creates Ultracold Molecules
jan_jes writes: Physicists at MIT have successfully cooled molecules in a gas of sodium potassium (NaK) to a temperature of 500 nanokelvins. The researchers found that the ultracold molecules were rel...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot San Francisco Public Schools To Require Computer Science For Preschoolers
theodp writes: Never underestimate the ability of tech and its leaders to create a crisis. The S.F. Chronicle's Jill Tucker reports that the San Francisco School Board unanimously voted Tuesday to ens...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot US Tech Giants Ask Obama Not To Compromise Encryption
An anonymous reader writes: Two industry bodies which represent Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, IBM, and others, have written to President Obama urging that the U.S. government not seek to legislate "offi...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot 49 Suspected Members of Cybercriminal Group Arrested In Europe
An anonymous reader writes: A joint international operation led to the arrests of 49 suspected members of a cybercriminal group in Europe. The operation involved law enforcement agencies from several ...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot SpaceX Wants Permission To Test Satellite Internet
An anonymous reader writes: SpaceX has filed documents with the FCC asking for permission to begin testing a project to serve internet access from space. "The plan calls for launching a constellation ...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Freedom of Information Requests Turn Up Creationist Materials In Schools
An anonymous reader writes: In 2008, Louisiana passed a law that was designed to let teachers introduce creationism into public classrooms alongside evolution. Zack Kopplin, a student at the time, dec...
10:00 am - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Ex-CIA Director: We're Not Doing Nearly Enough To Protect Against the EMP Threat
An anonymous reader writes: Last week saw the release of an open letter written to President Obama by a committee of notable political, security and defense experts — which includes past and pre...
08:00 am - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Reactions To Apple's Plans To Open Source Swift
itwbennett writes: At Apple's WWDC 2015 event yesterday, Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, announced that the company planned to open source the Swift language. R...
06:00 am - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Why So Many Robots Struggled With the DARPA Challenge
stowie writes: The DARPA Robots Challenge concluded recently, and three teams were given prizes for completing all the tasks. The other robots in the competition struggled — not only were they u...
04:00 am - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Signs of Ancient Cells and Proteins Found In Dinosaur Fossils
sciencehabit writes: The cupboards of the Natural History Museum in London hold spectacular dinosaur fossils, from 15-centimeter, serrated Tyrannosaurus rex teeth to a 4-meter-long hadrosaur tail. Now...
02:00 am - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot A Computer That Operates On Water Droplets
Okian Warrior notes a Stanford project to build a basic computer that operates on water droplets. One of its creators, Manu Prakash, says the goal is not to compete with digital computers for manipula...
12:00 am - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Congress: We Didn't Know the FBI Was Creating a Small Surveillance 'Air Force'
Errorcod3 sends a followup to last week's news that the FBI is operating a fleet of planes across the U.S. for surveillance purposes. A new article in The Atlantic points out that Congress is claiming...
12:00 am - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot Internet Explorer 11 Gains HTTP Strict Transport Security In Windows 7 and 8.1
Mark Wilson writes: Anyone using the Windows 10 preview has had a chance to use the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) in Microsoft Edge, and today the security feature comes to Internet Explorer 1...
12:00 am - Wed, June 10, 2015
Slashdot White House Asks FISA Court To Ignore 2nd Circuit's Decision On Bulk Surveillance
schwit1 sends news that the Obama Administration has made a legal request to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court to ignore a ruling from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals making bulk surveil...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Wassenaar Treaty Will Hamper Bug Bounties
msm1267 writes: If the proposed U.S. Wassenaar rules are enacted, researchers who make a living contributing to and participating in the numerous industry bug bounties may feel the pinch in their wall...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Google and Facebook Cancel Satellite Plans
schwit1 writes: Facebook and Google have both cancelled their plans to build satellite systems to provide global internet access. It appears Google pulled out earlier this year, while Facebook's decis...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot David Revoy Makes Open Source Art With Open Source Tools (Video)
This is our second video excerpt from Erik Moeller's PassionateVoices.org. In this one, Erik talks to professional artist Devid Revoy, of Toulouse, France. David distributes his art under an open sour...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How To Turn an Email Stash Into Knowledge For My Successor?
VoiceOfDoom writes: I'm leaving my current position in a few weeks and it looks unlikely that a replacement will be found in time. My job is very specialized and I'm the only person in the organizatio...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Ghost Towns Is the First 8K Video Posted To YouTube -- But Can You Watch It?
Iddo Genuth writes: 4K videos and movies are still far from common and now 8K seems to start making its appearance online. A few days ago, what might be the first 8K video entitled "Ghost Towns" was p...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Feds Want To Unmask Internet Commenters Writing About the Silk Road Trial Judge
An anonymous reader writes: A grand jury subpoena, obtained by Ken White of the law blog Popehat, demands that libertarian news magazine Reason hand over "any and all identifying information" about ce...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Responds To Firefox User Backlash Over Pocket Integration
An anonymous reader writes: Last week, Mozilla updated Firefox to add Pocket integration — software that lets you save web articles to read later. Over the weekend, some Firefox users began to v...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot HP Will Pay $100 Million To Settle Autonomy-Related Lawsuit
itwbennett writes: Although it 'believes the action has no merit,' HP today announced it will pay $100 million in a settlement with PGGM Vermogensbeheer B.V., the lead plaintiff in the securities clas...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Stress Is Driving Developers From the Video Game Industry
Nerval's Lobster writes: For video game developers, life can be tough. The working hours are long, with vicious bursts of so-called "crunch time," in which developers may pull consecutive all-nighters...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot A Technical Look Inside TempleOS
jones_supa writes: TempleOS has become somewhat of a legend in the operating system community. Its sole author, Terry A. Davis, is a special kind of person, who has a tendency to appear in various pla...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla Plans To Build Virtual Reality APIs Into Firefox By the End of 2015
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla's VR research team is hard at work making virtual reality native to the web. The group wants more than a few experimental VR-only websites, they want responsive VR ...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Should We Expect Attacks When Windows 2003 Support Ends?
kooky45 writes: On July 14th 2015, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 2003. If your company is anything like mine then they're in a panic to update Windowns 2003 systems that have been ignored for...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Developer Draws Legal Threat For Exposing Indian Telco's Net Neutrality Violation
knightsirius writes: Indian broadband and cellular operator Airtel was discovered to be injecting third-party JavaScript files into web pages delivered over their wireless networks. A developer was vi...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot US Tech Companies Expected To Lose More Than $35 Billion Over NSA Spying
Patrick O'Neill writes: Citing significant sales hits taken by big American firms like Apple, Intel, Microsoft, Cisco, Salesforce, Qualcomm, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard, a new report says losses by U.S. ...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Emails Show How Industry Lobbyists Basically Wrote The Trans-Pacific Partnership
An anonymous reader writes: This Techdirt story shows how industry lobbyists influenced the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, to the point that one even openly celebrates that the Office of t...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Prenda Gets Hit Hard With Contempt Sanctions For Lying To Court
walterbyrd writes: Team Prenda has been beaten up by the courts once again. Given all of the flat out deceit, it's actually a bit anti-climactic that the court has ordered sanctions of just $65,263 ag...
10:00 am - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Parachute Problems Plague NASA's Flying Saucer
An anonymous reader writes: NASA's test of a Mars landing system came to a end Monday when the saucer-shaped vehicle's parachute tore away after partly unfurling high over the Pacific Ocean. NASA says...
08:00 am - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot G7 Vows To Phase Out Fossil Fuels By 2100
Taco Cowboy writes: The G7 group of countries has issued a pledge that they will phase out fossil fuels by the end of this century. The announcement was warmly welcomed by environmental groups. "Angel...
08:00 am - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot How Today's Low-Power X86 & ARM CPUs Compare To Intel's Old NetBurst CPUs
An anonymous reader writes: In trying to offer a unique look at how Intel x86 CPU performance has evolved since their start, Phoronix celebrated their 11th birthday by comparing modern CPUs to old Soc...
06:00 am - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot US Army Website Hacked By Syrian Electronic Army
swinferno writes: On Monday afternoon, the Syrian Electronic Army claimed on Twitter to have successfully hacked the website of the United States Army, army.mil. Various screenshots that appeared on T...
02:00 am - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Computer Modeling Failed During the Ebola Outbreak
the_newsbeagle writes: Last fall, the trajectory of the Ebola outbreak looked downright terrifying: Computational epidemiologists at Virginia Tech predicted 175,000 cases in Liberia by the end of 2014...
02:00 am - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot Robotic Assistive Devices For Independent Living
Hallie Siegel writes: Kavita Krishnaswamy has extreme physical disabilities that severely limit her mobility. She also has drive and a keen mind. I met her last month at the International Conference o...
12:00 am - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot New Redesigned Citi Bikes To Hit NYC Streets This Year
New submitter Robertoswins writes: 1,000 new redesigned Citi Bikes will be hitting the streets of New York City this summer with a slimmer redesign. Designed by Olympic racing bike designer Ben Serrot...
12:00 am - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot EasyJet Turning To Drones For Aircraft Inspections
itwbennett writes: Would you trust your aircraft inspection to a drone? Budget airline easyJet is testing just such a system, aimed at reducing the amount of time an aircraft is out of service. Instea...
12:00 am - Tue, June 9, 2015
Slashdot TSA Fails To Find Links To Terrorism of Airport Workers
schwit1 writes: An audit of the TSA has found that the agency failed to uncover the terrorist connections of 73 aviation workers when it did background checks of them. According to a report released M...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Combating Climate Risks With 3D Printing
Lasrick writes: While security risks that emanate from climate change will not always require military responses, the technological innovations that 3D printing makes possible can significantly improv...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Will Help Iowa Caucuses Go High-Tech
jfruh writes: Poltical party caucuses are one of the quirkier aspects of American political life: local party members gather in small rooms across the state, discuss their preferences, and send a repo...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot WWDC 2015 Roundup
Here's an overview of the main announcements and new products unveiled at WWDC today. The latest OS X will be named OS X El Capitan. Features include: Natural language searches and auto-arrange window...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot How American Students Can Get a University Degree For Free In Germany
HughPickens.com writes: BBC reports that Germany has abandoned tuition fees altogether for German and international students alike and more than 4,600 US students are fully enrolled at Germany univers...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot You'll Totally Believe Why These Startups Failed
Nerval's Lobster writes: If you ever wanted a glimpse into what dooms startups, look no further than autopsy.io, a website that lists the reasons why many newborn tech firms imploded. The website offe...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot South Korea Tracks Mobile Phones Over MERS Outbreak
An anonymous reader tips news that South Korea has stepped up its efforts to fight an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) after the number of known cases keeps increasing rapidly. Worl...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Kim Dotcom a Question
He was the founder of Megaupload, its successor Mega, New Zealand's Internet Party, and is the world's greatest Modern Warfare 3 player. He was born Kim Schmitz, but you know him better as Kim Dotcom....
06:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Report: Evidence of Healthcare Breaches Lurks On Infected Medical Devices
chicksdaddy writes: Evidence that serious and widespread breaches of hospital- and healthcare networks is likely to be hiding on compromised and infect medical devices in clinical settings, including ...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Self-Driving Cars To Transform Insurance and Other Industries
MarkWhittington writes: The advent of commercially available self-driving cars is about five years away, but already some are thinking about how they will disrupt the economy and how society operates ...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Debunking the Batteriser's Claims
An anonymous reader writes: Last week we discussed news about the "Batteriser," a small device that fits around a battery and extends its lifetime. Many of us were skeptical, particularly with the cla...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Writer: "Why I Defaulted On My Student Loans"
schwit1 writes: There are some valid points raised in Lee Siegel's 1,100 word rant against college loans (if not so much against college education). There are also some bad ones. But two things are cl...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot 2014 Nebula Award Winners Announced
Dave Knott writes: The winners of the 2014 Nebula awards (presented 2015) have been announced. The awards are voted on by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and (along with ...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot The Dallas Cowboys Will Train Their Quarterbacks With Virtual Reality Headsets
An anonymous reader writes: The Dallas Cowboys have signed a two-year deal with a virtual reality sports startup called StriVR Lab to train quarterbacks using a VR headset according to reports. The te...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Debian GNU/Linux 8.1 (Jessie) Officially Released
prisoninmate writes: The Debian Project has announced the immediate availability of the first maintenance release of Debian GNU/Linux 8 (Jessie). As expected, Debian GNU/Linux 8.1 comes with a new Lin...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Jewels From an Ethiopian Grave Reveal 2,000-Year-Old Link To Rome
An anonymous reader writes: Archaeologists have discovered jewels from an Ethiopian grave that revealed a 2,000-year-old link to Rome. Louise Schofield, a former British Museum curator, and her team o...
10:00 am - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Fallout 4 Will Be Skipping Xbox 360 and PS3
An anonymous reader writes: There's some sad news for those of you looking forward to playing Fallout 4 on your Xbox 360 or your PS3. Bethesda has announced that Fallout 4 will be a current-gen and PC...
08:00 am - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Colosseum Lift That Carried Wild Animals Into Arena Rebuilt
An anonymous reader writes: Archaeologists have built a replica of the lift that was used to move lions and other wild animals into the Colosseum 1,500 years ago. It is estimated that a million animal...
04:00 am - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot A Music-Sharing Network For the Unconnected
An anonymous reader writes: Operating as personal offline versions of iTunes and Spotify, the téléchargeurs, or downloaders, of Mali are filling the online music void for many in the country...
02:00 am - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Tries To Guess Relatives With "Twins or Not"
mikejuk writes: Hot on the heels of their popular "How Old Do I Look" website, Microsoft has released a tool called "Twins or Not." Powered by Microsoft’s Project Oxford Face API, the site lets ...
12:00 am - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot First Games Inducted Into the World Video Game Hall of Fame
An anonymous reader writes: From 15 finalists the first inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame were picked for 2015. Only one of the titles added to the list of legends was launched in the las...
12:00 am - Mon, June 8, 2015
Slashdot Report: Internet Users Feel Powerless To Protect Their Privacy From Corporations
Mark Wilson writes: A paper produced by a team at the University of Pennsylvania confirms something many people have probably thought true for some time: the notion that internet users are unhappy wit...
10:00 pm - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot LightSail Wakes Up After Silent Spell and Tries To Spread Solar Sails
An anonymous reader writes: After a second outage LightSail's controllers have re-established contact with the experimental spacecraft, and plan to begin the process for unfurling its photo voltaic sa...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot Watch the US Navy Test Its Electromagnetic Jet Fighter Catapult
An anonymous reader sends word via Engadget that the U.S. Navy has tested its Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System for the first time with a "dead-load" (a wheeled steel sled that weighs as much as ...
08:00 pm - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot Tesla Rewards Hackers With Bug Bounty
An anonymous reader writes: Tesla Motors is offering up to $1,000 to anyone who uncovers security issues on its website. Forbes reports that the program is not yet available for its vehicles however. ...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Doctor Performs Head Transplants On Mice
An anonymous reader writes: Xiaoping Ren, a Chinese surgeon, has performed roughly 1,000 head transplants on mice since 2013 and says that monkeys are next. Some of the mice have lived as long as a da...
06:00 pm - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot Why Apple and Google Made Their Own Programming Languages
Gamoid writes: This Business Insider article looks into the state of Google Go and Apple Swift, highlighting what the two languages have in common — and why tech companies would bother involving...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot Sony Music CEO Confirms Launch of Apple's Music Streaming Service
An anonymous reader writes: Sony Music CEO Doug Morris said in an interview that Apple will announce a new music streaming service tomorrow at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). The new Appl...
04:00 pm - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Asset Tracking Software Do You Recommend?
grahamsaa writes: I work for an organization that has a number of physical assets, as well as presence in multiple data centers. On the DC side, there are a number of specific things we need to track ...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot Robots Compete In Navigating Simulation Of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Plant
schwit1 writes: A new DARPA Robotics Challenge completed its final competition recently. 25 teams operated robots around a landscape designed to simulate the hazardous environment that aid workers fou...
02:00 pm - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot On Managing Developers
An anonymous reader writes: A columnist at TechCrunch takes a crack at advice on how to manage developers. He has some decent starting points. For example, "Basically a manager's job is to make other ...
10:00 am - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot Everyone Hates Harvard
theodp writes: Hedge fund manager John Paulson personally took home nearly $4 billion in 2007 after convincing banks to create securities of sub-prime mortgages he could bet against. Now Harvard, whic...
08:00 am - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot Rare 9-way Kidney Swap a Success
Okian Warrior sends news that a complex set of 18 surgeries has been successfully completed at California Pacific Medical Center and the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center that r...
04:00 am - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot American Pharoah Overcomes Biology To Win Triple Crown
HughPickens.com writes: There are good reasons it's been 37 years since the last triple-crown winner. As Lexi Pandell writes, post-race recovery is no joke for a thousand-pound animal that can run mor...
02:00 am - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot NASA To Test Inflatable Donut For Landing On Mars
An anonymous reader writes: When NASA has put rovers on the surface of Mars, they've relied heavily on parachutes to get through the atmosphere safely. Aerobraking doesn't work as well as it does on E...
12:00 am - Sun, June 7, 2015
Slashdot Apple Music and the Terrible Return of DRM
An anonymous reader writes: Apple's rumored music streaming service looks set to materialize soon, and a lot of people are talking about how good it might be. But Nilay Patel is looking at the other s...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot China Denies Responsibility For US Government Data Breach
schwit1 writes: On Friday, Beijing responded to allegations from Washington that China was responsible for a cyberattack on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that compromised the personal data o...
10:00 pm - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot The Real Scars of Korean Gaming
An anonymous reader writes: Professional e-sports have been slowly but steadily gaining a following in the U.S. over the past couple of decades, but in South Korea, it's already arrived as a popular f...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot First ISS-To-Earth 'Handshake' Demonstrates Space-to-Ground Remote Control
Zothecula writes: NASA astronaut Terry Virts, aboard the International Space Station, and ESA telerobotics specialist André Schiele, in the Netherlands, made space history this week with the firs...
08:00 pm - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Ubuntu Software Center Criticized For Mixing Free and Non-Free Software
An anonymous reader writes: Tony Mobily has been watching the evolution of the Ubuntu Software Center for quite a while now. He had doubts about its interface and its speed, but liked the fact that it...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Cuba Forms a CS Professional Society -- It's No ACM
lpress writes: The formation of the Unión de Informáticos de Cuba (UIC) was announced at a Havana conference and a 7,500 person teleconference (no mean feat in Cuba). My first reaction was "...
06:00 pm - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Anti-TPP Website Being Blacklisted
so.dan writes: The CTO of Fight for the Future — the non-profit activism group behind Battle for the Net, Blackout Congress, and Stop Fast Track — Jeff Lyon, is seeking advice regarding a ...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Hiring Devs For Its First PC Game
An anonymous reader writes: Several outlets are reporting that Amazon is preparing to dip its toes in yet another market: PC video games. They're specifically hiring for this purpose now, though they ...
04:00 pm - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Intel Skylake & Broxton Graphics Processors To Start Mandating Binary Blobs
An anonymous reader writes: Intel has often been portrayed as the golden child within the Linux community and by those desiring a fully-free system without tainting their kernel with binary blobs whil...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Librarians As the First Line of Privacy Defense
The Guardian features a look at the influence of librarians in the evolving fight for various of the liberties that here on Slashdot we group together as Your Rights Online. The article points out tha...
02:00 pm - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Have Some Physicists Abandoned the Empirical Method?
HughPickens.com writes: Adam Frank and Marcelo Gleiser write in the NY Times that two leading researchers, George Ellis and Joseph Silk, recently published a controversial piece called "Scientific Met...
12:00 pm - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Airbus Unveils Its First Stage Reuseability Concept
schwit1 writes: The competition heats up: Airbus unveiled Friday its prototype design to recover and reuse the engines and avionics of its Ariane rockets. From the article: "The Airbus team concluded ...
10:00 am - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Quantum Gravity Will Be Just Fine Without String Theory
StartsWithABang writes: It's a difficult fact to accept: our two most fundamental theories that describe reality, General Relativity for gravitation and the Standard Model / Quantum Field Theory for t...
08:00 am - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Placenta Eating Offers No Benefit To Mom
Dave Knott writes: While some celebrity moms swear by it and have made it trendy, a new study says that consuming the placenta after birth offers women and their babies no benefit. In fact, the practi...
06:00 am - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Supreme Court May Decide the Fate of APIs (But Also Klingonese and Dothraki)
New submitter nerdpocalypse writes: In a larger battle than even Godzilla v. Mothra, Google v. Oracle threatens not only Japan but the entire nerd world. What is at stake is how a language can be [cop...
04:00 am - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot 2014 Underhanded C Contest Winners Announced
Rei writes with a bit of news from earlier this week: It's that time of year again — the results of the 2014 Underhanded C Contest have been announced. Techniques used for secretly alerting a us...
02:00 am - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot How Ready Is IPv6 To Succeed IPv4?
New submitter unixisc writes: Over the last 2 years, June 6th had been observed as IPv6 day. The first time, IPv6 connections were turned on by participants just for a day, and last year, it was turne...
12:00 am - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot How To Store Your Data For 1 Million Years
Whiteox writes with Fast Company's article about Robert Grass and his team, which is exploring how to use DNA as a data storage mechanism, along with others working on truly long-term storage. Both co...
12:00 am - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Options After Google Chrome Discontinues NPAPI Support?
An anonymous reader writes: I've been using Google Chrome almost exclusively for more than 3 years. I stopped using Mozilla Firefox because it was becoming bloated and slow, and I migrated all my book...
12:00 am - Sat, June 6, 2015
Slashdot Google Releases Report On Autonomous Vehicle Accidents
An anonymous reader writes: Back in May, a report from the Associated Press pieced together information on car accidents that involved autonomous vehicles. Google, the company testing the most self-dr...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars For Haiti and Built 6 Homes
An anonymous reader points out an investigation from NPR and Propublica into how the Red Cross spent the $500 million in relief funds they gathered to help Haiti after the country was devastated by an...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot 5G Is On Its Way, But Approaching Slowly
New submitter CarlottaHapsburg writes: Ericsson and Nokia are leading the pack when it comes to developing 5G, but there are some major complicating factors: flexible architecture, functioning key sta...
10:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot Linux World Domination Creates Shortage of Linux-Skilled Workers (2 Short Videos)
Linux World Domination Creates Shortage of Linux-Skilled Workers (2 Videos)Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin doesn't use the phrase 'world domination' in these videos, but he could. He li...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot Stormtrooper Arrested
Kexel writes: Nope, not an April Fools joke. A forty-year-old man in Massachusetts bought a Stormtrooper outfit, and then walked through a neighborhood near a school to show his friends. The principal...
08:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot US Bombs ISIS Command Center After Terrorist Posts Selfie Online
HughPickens.com writes: Brian Everstine writes at Air Force Times that U.S. intelligence officers were able to locate and bomb an Islamic State command center based on a photo and comments in social m...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot How Does Musk's Government Funding Compare To Competitors?
Rei writes: We recently discussed an article in the LA Times complaining about how Elon Musk has built his corporate empires — Solar City, Tesla Motors and SpaceX — on the back of governme...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot Opening Fixed-Code Garage Doors With a Toy In 10 Seconds
Trailrunner7 writes: It may be time to upgrade your garage door opener. Security researcher Samy Kamkar has developed a new technique that enables him to open almost any garage door that uses a fixed ...
06:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot NAND Flash Shrinks To 15/16nm Process, Further Driving Prices Down
Lucas123 writes: Both Micron and Toshiba are producing NAND flash memory based on 15 and 16 nanometer process technology, which reduces die area over a 16GB MLC chip by 28% compared with previous die ...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot Edward Snowden: the World Says No To Surveillance
An anonymous reader writes: Two years after his whistle-blowing, Edward Snowden finds that his action had profound effects on political decision making and on citizen's understanding of privacy issues...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot SourceForge Responds To nmap Maintainer's Claims
An anonymous reader writes: A few days ago, the maintainer of nmap (an open source network mapping tool) complained that SourceForge had taken over the nmap project page. SourceForge has now responded...
04:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot Technology Won't Fix America's Neediest Schools -- It Makes Bad Education Worse
theodp writes: In an adapted excerpt from Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology, Univ. of Michigan prof Kentaro Toyama begins: "'Technology is a game-changer in the field of ...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot Chrome Beta Now Automatically Pauses Less Important Flash Content
An anonymous reader writes: Google today detailed a very interesting initiative in partnership with Adobe: The two have been working to make Flash content more power-efficient in Chrome. Available now...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot Why Americans Loathe Cable Companies
HughPickens.com writes: Vikas Bajaj writes in the NYT that the results are in and the American Customer Satisfaction Index shows that customer satisfaction with cable TV, Internet and phone service pr...
02:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot NOAA: Global Warming 'Pause' Never Happened
Taco Cowboy writes: The whole global warming debate is as confusing as ever. Researchers from the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have published a new study in Scienc...
12:00 pm - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot New Test Could Reveal Every Virus That's Ever Infected You
sciencehabit writes: A new blood test can find almost every virus you ever caught—in a single drop of blood. Called VirScan, the test surveys the antibodies present in the bloodstream to reveal ...
10:00 am - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot Pluto's Outer Moons Orbit Chaotically, With Unpredictable Sunrises and Sunsets
StartsWithABang writes: Few things in this world are as regular as sunrise and sunset. With the application of a little physics, you can predict exactly where and when the sun will rise or set from an...
08:00 am - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Lets EU Governments Inspect Source Code For Security Issues
itwbennett writes: Microsoft has agreed to let European governments review the source code of its products to assure that they don't contain security backdoors, at a transparency center in Brussels. T...
06:00 am - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot Intel Security Scares Ransomware Script Kiddie Out of Business
tdog17 writes: A criminal coder wrote a kit for ransomware that made it easy for others to encrypt victims' hard drives and then extort money from them in order to get the decryption keys. But when In...
02:00 am - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Power a Security Camera With Wi-Fi Signals
Kristine Lofgren writes: Nikola Tesla dreamed of a world full of free, wireless power. While he never accomplished that dream during his lifetime, researchers at the University of Washington are doing...
02:00 am - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot How Much JavaScript Do You Need To Know For an Entry-Level Job?
Nerval's Lobster writes: JavaScript is a programming language that's easy to pick up, but extremely difficult to master. Even some of its beginner-level functions are decidedly not beginner-friendly. ...
12:00 am - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot EPA Says No Evidence That Fracking Has "Widespread" Impact On Drinking Water
sycodon writes: A long-awaited EPA report on hydraulic fracturing concludes that the extraction process has "not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources." The report also cauti...
12:00 am - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot Yahoo Killing Maps, Pipes & More
alphadogg writes: Yahoo is shutting down its mapping service, Pipes and reducing the availability of Yahoo TV and Yahoo Music. The company has decided instead to focus on three major parts of its busi...
12:00 am - Fri, June 5, 2015
Slashdot US Office of Personnel Management Hacked Again
tranquilidad writes: According to a story in the Washington Post, China hacked into the computer system of the United States' Office of Personnel Management last December. This was the second major in...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Governments of the World Agree: Encryption Must Die!
Lauren Weinstein writes: Finally! There's something that apparently virtually all governments around the world can actually agree upon. Unfortunately, it's on par conceptually with handing out hydroge...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Bell Media President Says Canadians Are 'Stealing' US Netflix Content
iONiUM writes: Today the Bell Media president claimed that Canadians are 'stealing' US Netflix, saying the practice is "stealing just like stealing anything else." She went on to say that it is social...
10:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Dealing with Google's 'Mobilegeddon' Algorithm Changes (Video)
'Mobilegeddon is here,' said one article I saw about SEO. Others have been similarly doom and gloom about Google's new emphasis on how well a site functions on mobile devices as a factor in search ran...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Presidential Candidate Lincoln Chaffee Proposes That US Go Metric
New submitter Applehu Akbar writes: The good news is that for the first time in years, a candidate in the next presidential cycle has proposed completing our transition to the metric system. Though un...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot US Prosecutors Say Clearing Browser Data Can Be Obstruction of Justice
The Nation reports that 24-year-old Khairullozhon Matanov, an associate of the since-convicted Tsarnaev brothers, faces charges not of conspiring with the Tsarnaevs, but of obstructing justice, and on...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Spider Silk Finally Ready For Commercialization
An anonymous reader writes: We've been hearing about little bits of progress for decades, but spider silk fibers are finally ready to be delivered at commercial scale, thanks to three scientist-founde...
08:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft To Release Low-Cost Windows 10 With Bing Branding
jones_supa writes: Linux-based Chromebooks have experienced a huge growth in sales during the last couple of years, so much that Microsoft is getting nervous. The company is working with partners to b...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Open Source Haxe/OpenFL Platform Will Support Home Game Consoles
lars_doucet writes: At last week's World Wide Haxe conference, a coalition of game developers announced that the open source platform Haxe/OpenFL is coming soon to home game consoles. The first three ...
06:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Siri, Cortana and Google Have Nothing On SoundHound's Speech Recognition
MojoKid writes: Your digital voice assistant app is incompetent. Yes, Siri can give you a list of Italian restaurants in the area, Cortana will happily look up the weather, and Google Now will send a ...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Baidu Forced To Withdraw Last Month's ImageNet Test Results
elwinc writes: Back in mid-May, Baidu, a computer research and services organization in Mainland China, announced impressive results on the ImageNet "Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge," besting...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Leaked TISA Documents Reveal Privacy Threat
schwit1 writes with some Wikileaks-enabled news at Forbes about the Trade in Services Agreement, a treaty currently under negotiation between the U.S., the European Union and nearly two dozen other pa...
04:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot MediaGoblin 0.8.0 "A Gallery of Fine Creatures" Released
paroneayea writes: GNU MediaGoblin has released version 0.8.0 dubbed "A Gallery of Fine Creatures". This release includes a number of improvements including an upgrade to GStreamer 1.0, improved video...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Linux Kernel 4.1 Will Be an LTS Release
New submitter prisoninmate writes: The Linux Foundation's LinuxLTSI (Long-Term Support Initiative) group has confirmed on Twitter that the next LTS version of the Linux kernel will be 4.1. The informa...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Sued In US Court For Blocking Page In India
itwbennett writes: Facebook has been sued in California by the non-profit organization Sikhs For Justice for blocking their page in India. The group has charged Facebook with engaging in 'a pattern of...
02:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Disney Making Laid-Off US Tech Workers Train Foreign H1-B Replacements
WheezyJoe writes: The NY Times brings us a story on the Disney Corporation laying off U.S. tech workers and replacing them with immigrants visiting the country under H1-B visas. The twist is that the ...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Mystery Moon Swirls Caused By Blasts of Comet Gas?
astroengine writes: Strange bright swirls have long been known to exist on the moon's surface and their origin is steeped in mystery. Often stretching thousands of miles across the lunar landscape, sc...
12:00 pm - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Hasn't Given Up On the Non-Smart Phones It Inherited From Nokia
jfruh writes: Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's handset business was mostly focused on gaining a hardware line that ran the company's Windows Phone OS; but in the process, Microsoft also gained owner...
10:00 am - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot How Overhauling IT Was a Life-Saver For the American Cancer Society
Lemeowski writes: American Cancer Society CIO Jay Ferro lets readers peek behind the curtain of the nonprofit's IT organization, saying that when he took on the role a little over three years ago, the...
08:00 am - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Users With Weak SSH Keys Had Access To GitHub Repositories For Popular Projects
itwbennett writes: Earlier this year, researcher Ben Cox collected the public SSH (Secure Shell) keys of users with access to GitHub-hosted repositories by using one of the platform's features. After ...
06:00 am - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot NASA Drops $2.3M On Supersonic Aircraft Research
coondoggie writes: This week the space agency said it invested $2.3 million for eight research projects that will address sonic booms and high-altitude emissions from supersonic jets. NASA's Commercia...
02:00 am - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Company Extends Alkaline Battery Life With Voltage Booster
New submitter ttsai writes: Batteroo is a Silicon Valley company preparing to release its Batteriser product in September. The Batteriser is a small sleeve that fits around alkaline batteries to boost...
12:00 am - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot SpaceX Applies To Test Internet Service Satellites
lpress writes: Elon Musk's SpaceX and Greg Wyler's OneWeb both hope to provide global Internet access using constellations of low-Earth orbit satellites. Neither company plans to be in operation for s...
12:00 am - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Features That Windows 10 Will Deprecate
jones_supa writes: Microsoft announced that a Windows 10 upgrade will be free for users running Windows 7 and 8.1, but there will be a number of features that will no longer work after that upgrade. T...
12:00 am - Thu, June 4, 2015
Slashdot Investors Ask How Much Google Spends On Lobbying
Taco Cowboy writes: It has been estimated that Google has spent over $60 million on lobbying in Washington D.C. this year alone, and that figure does not include the money that Google gives to various...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Virginia Wants Your Self-Driving Cars
Nerval's Lobster writes: In a bid to help Google (and presumably other companies) test out their next-generation automobiles, the state of Virginia has reportedly opened up 70 miles of highway, overse...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot AMD Launches Carrizo Mobile APU With Excavator CPU Cores, Integrated Southbridge
MojoKid writes: AMD previously only teased bits of detail regarding their forthcoming 6th Generation A-Series APU, code named "Carrizo," as far back as CES 2015 in January and more recently with AMD's...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Egyptian Repairman Outranks Google
wired_parrot writes: An Egyptian repairman found unexpected fame when typing google into Google within Egypt turned up his name instead. The unassuming repairman managed to unexpectedly outrank Google...
10:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Making an AR-15 In the Wired San Francisco Office
An anonymous reader writes: Wired's writer Andy Greenberg writes about his experience fabricating an AR-15 lower receiver with the Ghost Gunner CNC mill. (That's the same device that was demoed in a S...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot LHC Restarts High-Energy Quest For Exotic Physics
astroengine writes: It's official: After a long 27 month hiatus for upgrades and a 2 month restart, the world's largest particle accelerator is back in the particle collision business. As of 10:40 a.m...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Speakers As Fire Risk
An anonymous reader writes: Apple has released a voluntary recall announcement for the Beats Pill XL range of speakers, advising customers that the rechargeable device is a fire risk, and advising the...
08:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Showtime Announces Subscription-Free Streaming Plan
An anonymous reader writes: Following in HBO's footsteps, Showtime has announced that it is launching a stand-alone streaming service in mid-July. Simply called "Showtime," the service will launch thr...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: If You Were Building a New Home, What Cool New Tech Would You Put In?
An anonymous reader writes: I am starting the process of building a new home, and I would like to make the house as wired (or wireless) as possible. At this stage I can incorporate new tech in the des...
06:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Fallout 4 Announced
An anonymous reader writes: After teasing gamers with a countdown timer yesterday, Bethesda has now announced Fallout 4 for PCs, the Xbox One, and the PS4. They've also released an official trailer (Y...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Why Is It a Crime For Dennis Hastert To Evade Government Scrutiny?
HughPickens.com writes: Dennis Hastert is about the least sympathetic figure one can imagine. The former House Speaker got filthy rich as a lobbyist trading on contacts he gained in office, and his le...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Valve Introduces Steam Refunds In Advance of Summer Sale
Deathspawner writes: Despite all of its competition, Valve's Steam service remains the most popular digital PC game store around. While Steam does do a lot of things right, it can sometimes stumble in...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Diphtheria Returns To Spain For Lack of Vaccination
TuringTest writes: A six-year-old child was admitted to a hospital in Barcelona and diagnosed with diphtheria, which hasn't occurred in Spain since 1986 and was largely unheard of in western Europe. T...
04:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds
An anonymous reader writes: Discoveries have shown that bird-specific features like feathers began to emerge long before the evolution of birds, indicating that birds simply adapted a number of pre-ex...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Typing 'http://:' Into a Skype Message Trashes the Installation Beyond Repair
An anonymous reader writes: A thread at the Skype community forums has brought to light a critical bug in Microsoft's Skype clients for Windows, iOS and Android: typing the incorrect URL initiator htt...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot nmap Maintainer Warns He Doesn't Control nmap SourceForge Mirror
vivaoporto writes: Gordon Lyon (better known as Fyodor, author of nmap and maintainer of the internet security resource sites insecure.org, nmap.org, seclists.org, and sectools.org) warns on the nmap ...
02:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Google Diversity Report Straight Out of 'How To Lie With Statistics' Playbook
theodp writes: Among the books recommended by Bill Gates for beach reading this summer is How to Lie With Statistics, the published-in-1954-but-timely-as-ever introduction to the (mis)use of statistic...
12:00 pm - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot PayPal Will Be Able To Robo-Text/Call Users With No Opt-out Starting July 1
OutOnARock notes that as PayPal separates from eBay in the coming months, new terms of service are set to take effect on July 1st. Most of the changes unexciting, but one provision has consumer rights...
10:00 am - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot 100kb of Unusual Code Protecting Nuclear, ATC and United Nations Systems
An anonymous reader writes: For an ex-academic security company still in the seeding round, startup Abatis has a small but interesting roster of clients, including Lockheed Martin, the Swiss military,...
08:00 am - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Tim Cook: "Weakening Encryption Or Taking It Away Harms Good People"
Patrick O'Neill writes: Over the last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly made headlines as a spearpoint in the new crypto wars. As FBI director James Comey pushes for legally mandated backdoors o...
06:00 am - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Building Amazon a Better Warehouse Robot
Nerval's Lobster writes: Amazon relies quite a bit on human labor, most notably in its warehouses. The company wants to change that via machine learning and robotics, which is why earlier this year it...
04:00 am - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Mystery Company Blazes a Trail In Fusion Energy
sciencehabit writes: Of the handful of startup companies trying to achieve fusion energy via nontraditional methods, Tri Alpha Energy Inc. has always been the enigma. Publishing little and with no web...
02:00 am - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot New SOHO Router Security Audit Uncovers Over 60 Flaws In 22 Models
Home and small-office routers have become a hotbed for security research lately, with vulnerabilities and poor security practices becoming the rule, rather than the exception. A new security audit by ...
12:00 am - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot The Bizarre Process Used For Approving Exemptions To the DMCA
harrymcc writes: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act imposes severe penalties on those who overcome copy-protection technologies. It allows for exemptions for a variety of purposes — but in a w...
12:00 am - Wed, June 3, 2015
Slashdot Senate Passes USA Freedom Act
schwit1 points out that the U.S. Senate has passed the USA Freedom Act by a vote of 67-32, sending it on to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. The bill removes mass metadata collect...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Fabs Now Manufacturing Carbon Nanotube Memory, Which Could Replace NAND and DRAM
Lucas123 writes: Nantero, the company that invented carbon nanotube-based non-volatile memory in 2001 and has been developing it since, has announced that seven chip fabrication plants are now manufac...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has announced plans for native support for SSH in Windows. "A popular request the PowerShell team has received is to use Secure Shell protocol and Shell session (...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Perl 5.22 Released
kthreadd writes: Version 5.22 of the Perl programming language has just been released. A major new feature in this release is the double diamond operator; like the regular diamond operator it allows y...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Cable Companies Hate Cord-Cutting, but It's Not Going Away (Video)
On May 29, Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (known far and wide as SJVN) wrote an article for ZDNet headlined, Now more than ever, the Internet belongs to cord-cutters. A few days before that, he wrote anoth...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot FBI Is Behind Mysterious Flights Over US Cities
New submitter kaizendojo sends a report from the Associated Press indicating the FBI has a small fleet of planes that fly across the U.S. carrying surveillance equipment. The planes are registered wit...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Your Most Unusual Hardware Hack?
An anonymous reader writes: Another Slashdotter recently asked what kind of things someone can power with an external USB battery. I have a followup along those lines: what kind of modifications have ...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot GameStop Swoops In To Buy ThinkGeek For $140 Million
Lirodon writes: Remember a few days ago, when Slashdot's former parent company was the subject of a $122 million takeover bid by Hot Topic? Well, another geeky retailer entered the fray in the battle ...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Professional Russian Trolling Exposed
An anonymous reader writes: Today the New York Times published a stunning exposé revealing the strategies used by one of the Web's greatest enemies: professional, government-backed "internet trol...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Intel Adopts USB-C Connector For 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3, Supports USB 3.1, DP 1.2
MojoKid writes: The high speed Thunderbolt interface standard, which is used for everything from hyper-fast external storage solutions to external graphics cards, has been slow to take off. You can bl...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Mercedes-Benz Copies Tesla, Plans To Offer Home Energy Storage
cartechboy writes: It's like a game of follow the leader. First, Tesla announced its Powerwall Batteries, and now Mercedes-Benz plans to follow suit by entering the energy-storage business as well. A ...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot LG Arbitrarily Denying Android Lollipop Update To the G2 In Canada?
Lirodon writes: Its funky rear-mounted buttons may have left critics divided, but the LG G2 is still a pretty capable Android device. While it has gotten an update to Android 5.0 "Lollipop" in some ma...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Blackberry Defeats Typo In Court, Typo To Discontinue Sales of Keyboard
New submitter juniorkindergarten writes: Blackberry and Typo have reached a final settlement that effectively ends Typo selling its iPhone keyboard accessory. Blackberry took Typo to court for twice f...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Intel Releases Broadwell Desktop CPUs: Core I7-5775C and I5-5675C
edxwelch writes: Intel has finally released their Broadwell desktop processors. Featuring Iris Pro Graphics 6200, they take the integrated graphics crown from AMD (albeit costing three times as much)....
02:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Cinnamon 2.6: a Massive Update Loaded With Performance Improvements
jones_supa writes: The Linux Mint team has just announced that Cinnamon 2.6 desktop environment is considered stable and ready to download. It is a big update. The load times have been greatly improve...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot US Airport Screeners Missed 95% of Weapons, Explosives In Undercover Tests
An anonymous reader writes: An internal investigation by the TSA found that 95% of agents testing airport checkpoints were able to bring weapons through. In one case, an alarm sounded, but during the ...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Now Supports PGP To Send You Encrypted Emails
An anonymous reader writes: You can now have Facebook encrypt email it sends to you by adding your PGP key to your profile. The PGP feature is "experimental" and will be rolled out slowly. The announc...
10:00 am - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator
Lasrick writes: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has launched a very cool new tool that will excite anyone interested in understanding the per kilowatt cost of nuclear energy. Developed over the ...
08:00 am - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Nokia Shifts To Selling Back-End Systems To Mobile Networks
jfruh writes: With Nokia's handset business now sold off to Microsoft, you might be wondering what the remainder of the company does, exactly. The company is trying to use its expertise at other end o...
08:00 am - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Discover Sawfish Escape Extinction Through "Virgin Births"
An anonymous reader writes: The first known virgin births in smalltooth sawfish have been documented in the wild. Researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission used DNA to sho...
06:00 am - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Indicted Ex-FIFA Executive Cites Onion Article In Rant Slamming US
schwit1 writes with news that former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner has evidently not heard of The Onion. In a video on his Facebook page, Warner holds up a printout of an Onion story titled “F...
04:00 am - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot How Biostamps Can Replace Clunky Biomedical Sensors
An anonymous reader writes: The biostamp--a type of temporary tattoo that feels like skin, yet is laden with electronics--is just about ready for prime time. The technology has entered clinical trials...
02:00 am - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Foxconn Offers Electric Car Rental Service In China
Taco Cowboy writes: Foxconn plans to expand its electric-car rental business in ten more cities in China. Since starting the business in Beijing last year, they have launched similar services in Hangz...
12:00 am - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Tiny Fantastic Voyage Inspired Robots Are Starting To Get Reasonably Mature
szotz writes: No shrinking machine in an underground military lab (as far as we know). And no Raquel Welch. Still there is a growing microrobotics movement underway, looking at ways that tiny, untethe...
12:00 am - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene
William Robinson writes: While using a laser to cut a sponge made of crumpled sheets of Graphene oxide, Researchers accidentally discovered that it can turn light into motion. As the laser cut into th...
12:00 am - Tue, June 2, 2015
Slashdot Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising
derekmead writes: Netflix is experimenting with pre-roll and post-roll advertisements for some of its users. For now, it's just pitching it's own original programming. However, many are concerned that...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Cybersecurity and the Tylenol Murders
HughPickens.com writes: Cindy Cohn writes at EFF that when a criminal started lacing Tylenol capsules with cyanide in 1982, Johnson & Johnson quickly sprang into action to ensure consumer safety. ...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Ransomware Creator Apologizes For "Sleeper" Attack, Releases Decryption Keys
colinneagle writes: Last week, a new strain of ransomware called Locker was activated after having been sitting silently on infected PCs. Security firm KnowBe4 called Locker a "sleeper" campaign that,...
10:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot LEGO Launches a Minecraft Competitor On Steam
An anonymous reader writes: There's been plenty of rumors that LEGO was developing a competitor to Minecraft, and today they released it on Steam. "Lego Worlds enables you to populate your worlds with...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot MIT Physicists Build World's First Fermion Microscope
Zothecula writes: Researchers working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claim to have created a method to better observe fermions – the sub-atomic building blocks of matter &nda...
08:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Your First "Real" Job?
itwbennett writes: ITworld's Josh Fruhlinger asked seasoned (and some not-so-seasoned) tech professionals what they wished they knew back when they were newly minted graduates entering the workforce. ...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot 1-Pixel Pac-Man
szczys writes: Retro games just aren't the same since the display technology resolution has exploded. I went the opposite direction and chose a display with less resolution than the original. This rei...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot The Artificial Pancreas For Diabetics Is Nearly Here
the_newsbeagle writes: It's the tech that type 1 diabetics have long been waiting for: An implanted "closed-loop" system that monitors a person's blood-sugar level and adjusts injections from an insul...
06:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Supreme Court Overturns Conviction For Man Who Posted 'Threatening' Messages On Facebook
schwit1 sends news that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 7-2 in favor of Anthony Elonis, a man who wrote a series of angry messages on Facebook. The posts included quotes from rap lyrics containing "v...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Malware Attribution: Should We Identify the Crooks Who Deploy It?
Brian Krebs asks: What makes one novel strain of malicious software more dangerous or noteworthy than another? Is it the sheer capability and feature set of the new malware, or are these qualities mea...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Carnegie Mellon Struggles After Uber Poaches Top Robotics Researchers
ideonexus sends a report from the Wall Street Journal (paywalled) saying Uber has poached 40 researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in an attempt to jump-start development of autonomous vehicle t...
04:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Intel To Buy Altera For $16.7 Billion
An anonymous reader writes: Today Intel purchased chipmaker Altera for $16.7 billion. This follows another huge purchase in the semiconductor industry last week, when Avago snapped up Broadcom for $37...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Khan Academy Seeks Patents On Learning Computer Programming, Social Programming
theodp writes: When it announced its brand new Computer Science platform in August 2012, Khan Academy explained it drew inspiration from both Bret Victor and GitHub (SlideShare). Still, that didn't st...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th
Ammalgam writes with news that Windows 10 will be released worldwide on July 29th, 2015. It'll be immediately available for PCs and tablets — their announcement doesn't mention smartphones. The ...
02:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot SourceForge and GIMP
New submitter tresf writes: In response to a Google+ post from the Gimp project claiming that "[Sourceforge] is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP," Sourceforge had this response: "In c...
12:00 pm - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Tor Connections To Hidden Services Could Be Easy To De-Anonymize
angry tapir writes with news of a report presented Friday at Hack In The Box which outlines a counterintuitive fact about Tor:Identifying users who access Tor hidden services — websites that are...
10:00 am - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Macs Vulnerable To Userland Injected EFI Rootkits
Bismillah writes that a new vulnerability in recent Macs — and potentially older ones — can be used to plant code such as rootkits into areas of EFI memory that shouldn't be writeable, but...
08:00 am - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Does a Black Hole Have a Shape?
StartsWithABang writes: When you think about a black hole, you very likely think about a large amount of mass, pulled towards a central location by the tremendous force of gravity. While black holes t...
04:00 am - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti Costs $350 Less Than TITAN X, Performs Similarly
Deathspawner writes: In advance of the rumored pending launch of AMD's next-generation Radeon graphics cards, NVIDIA has decided to pull no punches and release a seriously tempting GTX 980 Ti at $649....
02:00 am - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Patriot Act Spy Powers To Expire As Rand Paul Blocks USA Freedom Act Vote
Saturday, we mentioned that three major spying powers that the U.S. government has exercised under the Patriot Act might be nixed, as the sections of the Act granting authority to use them expires. Th...
12:00 am - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot Tron 3 Is Cancelled
Dave Knott writes: Tron 3 won't be coming to a theater near you. Disney had been developing a sequel to Tron:Legacy since the movie, made for $170 million, grossed $400 million worldwide. But now they...
12:00 am - Mon, June 1, 2015
Slashdot An Early Look At Android M's Multi-Window Mode For Tablets
Ars Technica has a look at the experimental multi-window mode in the just-announced Android M. It's not a headlining feature yet: "buggy, busted, and buried, but intriguing nonetheless" is how Ars des...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot China Unveils World's First Facial Recognition ATM
An anonymous reader links to an article at IB Times according to which: China has unveiled the world's first facial recognition ATM, which will not allow users to withdraw cash unless their face match...
10:00 pm - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerization?
turkeydance writes: What job is hardest for a robot to do? Mental health and substance abuse social workers (found under community and social services). This job has a 0.3 percent chance of being auto...
08:00 pm - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 RTM In 6 Weeks
Billly Gates writes: Arstechnica has the scoop on a new build with less flat icons and a confirmation of a mid July release date. While Microsoft is in a hurry to fix the damage done by the Windows 8 ...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Test Case Manager Plugin For JIRA?
Bomarc writes: I've been working with software testing ... for a few years now. And there seems to be a serious lack of QA — Test Case Management (TCM) tools. The company that I'm working for ne...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Study Crime In Progress In a VR Simulated Environment
HughPickens.com writes: Claire Nee writes in the NYT that for psychologists, it's best to observe actual behavior, in real time, and afterward interview research participants. Yet for obvious ethical ...
06:00 pm - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot LHC Season 2 Is About To Start Testing the Frontiers of Physics
An anonymous reader writes: The final preparations for the second run of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are in place. This week, it is expected to start taking new data with collisions at the record-...
04:00 pm - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot Mystery Woman Recycles $200,000 Apple I Computer
Dave Knott writes: A recycling centre in the Silicon Valley is looking for a woman who dropped off an old computer for recycling. The computer was apparently inside boxes of electronics that she had c...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot MinGW and MSVCRT Conflict Causes Floating-Point Value Corruption
jones_supa writes: If you are working on a C++ program where you need very accurate floating point numbers, you might have decided to use long double data type for the extra precision. After a few cal...
02:00 pm - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot How Elon Musk's Growing Empire is Fueled By Government Subsidies
theodp writes: By the Los Angeles Times' reckoning, Elon Musk's Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and SpaceX together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support. The figure compiled by...
12:00 pm - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot Rosetta Team Proposes Landing On Comet To Finish Mission
schwit1 writes: Rather than simply turn off the spacecraft when its funding runs out at the end of 2015, Rosetta's science team have proposed that the mission get a nine month extension, during which ...
08:00 am - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot There Is a Finite Limit On How Long Intelligence Can Exist In Our Universe
StartsWithABang writes: The heat death of the Universe is the idea that increasing entropy will eventually cause the Universe to arrive at a uniformly, maximally disordered state. Every piece of evide...
06:00 am - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot Ground Crew Back In Touch With LightSail Solar Spacecraft
Yesterday, we noted that the Planetary Society's solar-sail powered craft had lost radio contact with its controllers here on Earth; Engadget reports that the group has issued an update, and the news ...
02:00 am - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot Steve Albini: The Music Industry Is a Parasite -- and Copyright Is Dead
journovampire sends word of another thought-provoking rant from Steve Albini (mentioned here last a few years back for his peaon to the beauty of analog tape for recording): The veteran producer addre...
12:00 am - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot Google Calendar Ends SMS Notifications
LuserOnFire writes: Google has sent out an email this morning that says in part: "Starting on June 27th, 2015, SMS notifications from Google Calendar will no longer be sent. SMS notifications launched...
12:00 am - Sun, May 31, 2015
Slashdot Orange County Public Schools To Monitor Students On Social Media
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Orange County, Florida, is undertaking a sweeping effort to snoop on the social media communications of the county's public school students and staff, for the nebulou...