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10:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Purism Offers Free (as in Freedom) Laptops (Video)
Purism uses its own OS, PureOS, which is a Debian derivative by way of Ubuntu and other members of the Debian-derivative family, but with no taint of proprietary code. Now imagine all the binaries str...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Wireless PC-to-TV Solution?
jez9999 writes: I have a slightly unusual requirement. I don't want to use some console like an Xbox, Steam Machine, etc. I just have a desktop PC which I use for most of the stuff I do (gaming, video...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Indian Ocean Debris Believed To Come From Missing Flight MH370
McGruber writes that air crash investigators, though maintaining that it is "too early to tell" with certainty, have 'a high degree of confidence' that a piece of wreckage found on the Indian Ocean is...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot A Naysayer's Take On Windows 10: Potential Privacy Mess, and Worse
Lauren Weinstein writes: I had originally been considering accepting Microsoft's offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. After all, reports have suggested that it's a much more usable sy...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot The Biohacking Movement and Open Source Insulin
szczys writes: Since early last century, insulin has been produced from the pancreas of animals. In the late 1970s we figured out how to synthesize insulin using bacteria or yeast. As the biohacking m...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Finds, Fixes Bug In Linux Trim Code
New submitter Mokki writes: After many complaints that Samsung SSDs corrupted data when used with Linux, Samsung found out that the bug was in Linux kernel and submitted a patch to fix it. Turns out t...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Kim Dotcom Answers Your Questions
Kim Dotcom was the founder of Megaupload, its successor Mega, and New Zealand's Internet Party. A while ago you had a chance to ask him about those things as well as the U.S. government charging him w...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot James Jude, MD Co-inventor of CPR, Dies At 87
New submitter voxelman writes: Jim Jude, my uncle, was a kind and modest man. The impact of his insight into the significance of a change in blood pressure from the application of defibrillation paddl...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Oracle To Debut Low-Cost SPARC Chip Next Month
jfruh writes: Of the many things Oracle acquired when it absorbed Sun, the SPARC processors have not exactly been making headlines. But that may change next month when the company debuts a new, lower-...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Are We Reaching the Electric Car Tipping Point?
HughPickens.com writes: Geoff Ralston has an interesting essay explaining why is likely that electric car penetration in the US will take off at an exponential rate over the next 5-10 years rendering ...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Britain Shuts Off 750,000 Streetlights With No Impact On Crime Or Crashes
Flash Modin writes: English cities are hard up for cash as the national government dolls out cuts. And in response, the country's councils — local governing bodies — have slashed costs by ...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot On Linux, $550 Radeon R9 Fury Competes With $200~350 NVIDIA GPUs
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this month AMD released the air-cooled Radeon R9 Fury graphics card with Fury X-like performance, but the big caveat is the bold performance is only to be found on ...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 App For Xbox One Could Render Steam Machines Useless
SlappingOysters writes: The release of Windows 10 has brought with it the Xbox app -- a portal through which you can stream anything happening on your Xbox One to your Surface or desktop. Finder is re...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot 8-Year-Old Makes History As First Pediatric Dual Hand Transplant Recipient
ErnieKey writes: While there have been several hand transplants that have successfully taken place over the past decade or so, a little boy in Maryland, named Zion Harvey has become the first successf...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot US Navy Tests 3D Printing Custom Drones On Its Ships
itwbennett writes: Researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School are testing the use of 3D printers on ships to produce custom drones outfitted for specialized missions. The idea, said Alan Jaeger, a f...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Symantec: Hacking Group Black Vine Behind Anthem Breach
itwbennett writes: Symantec said in a report that the hacking group Black Vine, which has been active since 2012 and has gone after other businesses that deal with sensitive and critical data, includi...
10:00 am - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Sun Tzu 2.0: The Future of Cyberwarfare
An anonymous reader writes: Cyberwar and its ramifications have been debated for some time and the issue has been wrought with controversy. Few would argue that cyber-attacks are not prevalent in cybe...
10:00 am - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Sharp Announces Sales of DC Powered Air Conditioner, Other Products To Follow
AmiMoJo writes: Sharp has announced that sales of DC powered air conditioners will begin by the end of the year. Most appliances use the standard AC electricity supply in homes, but as solar panels be...
08:00 am - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot San Francisco's Public Works Agency Tests Paint That Repels Urine
monkeyzoo writes: San Francisco is testing an ultra-water-repellant paint on wallls in areas fraught with public urination problems. The paint is designed to repel the urine and soil the offender's pa...
06:00 am - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot How Developers Can Fight Creeping Mediocrity
Nerval's Lobster writes: As the Slashdot community well knows, chasing features has never worked out for any software company. "Once management decides that's where the company is going to live, it's ...
04:00 am - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Demonstrate the World's First White Lasers
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists and engineers at Arizona State University, in Tempe, have created the first lasers that can shine light over the full spectrum of visible colors. The device's in...
02:00 am - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Research: Industrial Networks Are Vulnerable To Devastating Cyberattacks
Patrick O'Neill writes: New research into Industrial Ethernet Switches reveals a wide host of vulnerabilities that leave critical infrastructure facilities open to attackers. Many of the vulnerabiliti...
12:00 am - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Nokia Announces OZO 360-Degree Camera For Filming Virtual Reality
New submitter Sepa Blackforesta writes: Nokia has unveiled Ozo, a next-generation camera for capturing audio and video in 360 degrees. It is built for professional content creators and the company hop...
12:00 am - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Replacing Silicon With Gallium Nitride In Chips Could Reduce Energy Use By 20%
Mickeycaskill writes: Cambridge Electronics Inc (CEI), formed of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), claim semiconductors made of gallium nitride (GaN) could reduce the p...
12:00 am - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Beyond Safety: Is Robotic Surgery Sustainable?
Hallie Siegel writes: The release last week of the study on adverse events in robotic surgery led to much discussion on the safety and effectiveness of robotic surgical procedures. MIT Sloane's Matt B...
12:00 am - Thu, July 30, 2015
Slashdot Obama's New Executive Order Says the US Must Build an Exascale Supercomputer
Jason Koebler writes: President Obama has signed an executive order authorizing a new supercomputing research initiative with the goal of creating the fastest supercomputers ever devised. The National...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Edge On Windows 10: the Browser That Will Finally Kill IE
An anonymous reader writes: Windows 10 launches today and with it comes a whole new browser, Microsoft Edge. You can still use Internet Explorer if you want, but it's not the default. IE turns 20 in l...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Replacing Silicon With Gallium Nitrade In Chips Could Reduce Energy Use By 20%
Mickeycaskill writes: Cambridge Electronics Inc (CEI), formed of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), claim semiconductors made of gallium nitride (GaN) could reduce the p...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Genetically Modified Rice Makes More Food, Less Greenhouse Gas
Applehu Akbar writes: A team of researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences has engineered a barley gene into rice, producing a variety that yields 50% more grain while producing 90...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Richard Stallman a Question
RMS founded the GNU Project, the Free Software Foundation, and remains one of the most important and outspoken advocates for software freedom. He now spends much of his time fighting excessive extensi...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot What Federal Employees Really Need To Worry About After the Chinese Hack
HughPickens.com writes: Lisa Rein writes in the Washington Post that a new government review of what the Chinese hack of sensitive security clearance files of 21 million people means for national secu...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Tools Coming To Def Con For Hacking RFID Access Doors
jfruh writes: Next month's Def Con security conference will feature, among other things, new tools that will help you hack into the RFID readers that secure doors in most office buildings. RFID cards ...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Sprked Tries To Solve Valve's Paid Mods Scandal
SlappingOysters writes: This article takes a closer look at the emerging crowdfunding platform Sprked, which aims to follow the Patreon support model, but exclusively for video game modders. The servi...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Caps Lock Key Still So Prominent On Keyboards?
Esther Schindler writes: The developers at .io are into tracking things, I guess. In any case, a few weeks back they decided to track team performance in terms of keyboard and mouse activity during th...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Maliciously Crafted MKV Video Files Can Be Used To Crash Android Phones
itwbennett writes: Just days after publication of a flaw in Android's Stagefright, which could allow attackers to compromise devices with a simple MMS message, researchers have found another Android m...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Kentucky Man Arrested After Shooting Down Drone
McGruber writes: Hillview, Kentucky resident William H. Merideth describes his weekend: "Sunday afternoon, the kids – my girls – were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in th...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Hacking a 'Smart' Sniper Rifle
An anonymous reader writes: It was inevitable: as soon as we heard about computer-aimed rifles, we knew somebody would find a way to compromise their security. At the upcoming Black Hat security confe...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Newfound Bacteria Expand Tree of Life
An anonymous reader writes: It used to be that to find new forms of life, all you had to do was take a walk in the woods. Now it's not so simple. The most conspicuous organisms have long since been ca...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 Launches
An anonymous reader writes: Today Microsoft officially released Windows 10 in 190 countries as a free upgrade for anyone with Windows 7 or later. Major features include Continuum (which brings back th...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot US Military Stepping Up Use of Directed Energy Weapons
An anonymous reader writes: At a conference on Tuesday, U.S. officials explained that all branches of the military would be increasing their use of lasers and other directed energy weapons. Lieutenant...
12:00 pm - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot MPEG LA Announces Call For DASH Patents
An anonymous reader writes: The MPEG LA has announced a call for patents essential to the Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (or DASH) standard. According to the MPEG LA's press release, "Market ado...
10:00 am - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot A Computer Umpires Its First Pro Baseball Game
An anonymous reader writes: Baseball has long been regarded as a "game of inches." Among the major professional sports it arguably requires the greatest amount of precision — a few extra RPMs ca...
08:00 am - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot UK Campaign Wants 18-Year-Olds To Be Able To Delete Embarrassing Online Past
An anonymous reader writes: People should be allowed to delete embarrassing social media posts when they reach adulthood, UK internet rights campaigners are urging. The iRights coalition has set out f...
06:00 am - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot NVIDIA Tegra X1 Performance Exceeds Intel Bay Trail SoCs, AMD AM1 APUs
An anonymous reader writes: A NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV modified to run Ubuntu Linux is providing interesting data on how NVIDIA's latest "Tegra X1" 64-bit ARM big.LITTLE SoC compares to various Intel/...
04:00 am - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Honeywell Home Controllers Open To Any Hacker Who Can Find Them Online
Trailrunner7 writes: Security issues continue to crop up within the so-called "smart home." A pair of vulnerabilities have been reported for the Tuxedo Touch controller made by Honeywell, a device tha...
12:00 am - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Advertising Companies Accused of Deliberately Slowing Page-load Times For Profit
An anonymous reader writes: An industry insider has told Business Insider of his conviction that ad-serving companies deliberately prolong the 'auctioning' process for ad spots when a web-page loads. ...
12:00 am - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Amazon Proposes Dedicated Airspace For Drones
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has published two new position papers which lay out its vision for future drone regulation. Under Amazon's plan, altitudes under 200ft would be reserved for basic ho...
12:00 am - Wed, July 29, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Everyone Building Software -- Is This the Future We Need?
An anonymous reader writes: I recently stumbled upon Apple's headline for version 2 of its Swift programming language: "Now everyone can build amazing apps." My question: is this what we really need? ...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Poor Pilot Training Blamed For Virgin Galactic Crash
astroengine writes: SpaceShipTwo co-pilot Michael Alsbury was not properly trained to realize the consequences of unlocking the vehicle's hinged tail section too soon, a mistake that led to his death ...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Identify Possible New Substance With Highest Melting Point
JoshuaZ writes: Researchers from Brown University have tentatively identified an alloy of hafnium, nitrogen and carbon as having an expected melting point of about 7,460 degrees Fahrenheit (4120 Celsi...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Veteran IT Journalist Worries That Online Privacy May Not Exist (Video)
Tom Henderson is a long-time observer of the IT scene, complete with scowl and grey goatee. And cynicism. Tom is a world-class cynic, no doubt about it. Why? Cover enterprise IT security and other com...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint Memory, 1000x Speed and Endurance Over Flash
MojoKid writes: Today at a press conference in San Francisco, Intel and Micron unveiled 3D XPoint (Cross Point) memory technology, a non-volatile memory architecture they claim could change the landsc...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot DHI Group Inc. Announces Plans to Sell Slashdot Media
An anonymous reader writes: DHI Group Inc. (formerly known as Dice Holdings Inc.) announced plans to sell Slashdot Media (slashdot.org & sourceforge.net) in their Q2 financial report. This is bein...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Two Years Later, White House Responds To 'Pardon Edward Snowden' Petition
An anonymous reader writes: In June of 2013, a petition was posted to Whitehouse.gov demanding that Edward Snowden receive a full pardon for his leaks about the NSA and U.S. surveillance practices. Th...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Newegg Beats Patent Troll Over SSL and RC4 Encryption
New submitter codguy writes to note that a few days ago, and after a previous failed attempt to fight patent troll TQP Development in late 2013, Newegg has now beaten this troll in a rematch. From the...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot .NET 4.6 Optimizer Bug Causes Methods To Get Wrong Parameters
tobiasly writes: A serious bug in the just-released .NET 4.6 runtime causes the JIT compiler to generate incorrectly-optimized code which results in methods getting called with different parameters th...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Dr. Temple Grandin Answers Your Questions
Recently you had a chance to ask animal behavior expert and autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin a question. Below you'll find her answers about factory farming, animal behavior, and living with autism....
04:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Why Your Software Project Is Failing
An anonymous reader writes: At OSCON this year, Red Hat's Tom Callaway gave a talk entitled "This is Why You Fail: The Avoidable Mistakes Open Source Projects STILL Make." In 2009, Callaway was starti...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Chrome Extension Thwarts User Profiling Based On Typing Behavior
An anonymous reader writes: Per Thorsheim, the founder of PasswordsCon, created and trained a biometric profile of his keystroke dynamics using the Tor browser at a demo site. He then switched over to...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Currently Quantum Computers Might Be Where Rockets Were At the Time of Goddard
schwit1 writes: If quantum computing is at the Goddard level that would be a good thing for quantum computing. This means that the major fundamental breakthrough that would put them over the top was i...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Your Stolen Identity Goes For $20 On the Internet Black Market
HughPickens.com writes: Keith Collins writes at Quartz that the going rate for a stolen identity is about twenty bucks on the internet black market. Collins analyzed hundreds of listings for a full se...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot OnePlus Announces OnePlus 2 'Flagship Killer' Android Phone With OxygenOS
MojoKid writes: The OnePlus 2 was officially unveiled [Monday] evening and it has been announced that the smartphone will start at an competitively low $329, unlocked and contract free. The entry leve...
12:00 pm - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Air-Gapped Computer Hacked (Again)
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Ben Gurion University managed to extract GSM signals from air gapped computers using only a simple cellphone. According to Yuval Elovici, head of the Unive...
10:00 am - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Hacker Set To Demonstrate 60 Second BRINKS Safe Hack At DEFCON
darthcamaro writes: Ok so we know that Chrysler cars will be hacked at Black Hat, Android will be hacked at DEFCON with Stagefright, and now word has come out that a pair of security researchers plan ...
08:00 am - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Project IceStorm Passes Another Milestone: Building a CPU
beckman101 writes: FPGAs — specialized, high speed chips with large arrays of configurable logic — are usually highly proprietary. Anyone who has used one is familiar with the buggy and no...
06:00 am - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Voyager's Golden Record For Aliens Now Available On SoundCloud
An anonymous reader writes: For years you've been able to listen to the sounds recorded on the golden records carried by the twin Voyager spacecraft online but NASA just made it a bit easier. The orgi...
04:00 am - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Andromeda Galaxy's Secrets Revealed By Going Beyond Visible Light
StartsWithABang writes: The Andromeda galaxy is our closest large neighbor, dominating our local group with more than double the number of stars found in the Milky Way. While visible light can reveal ...
02:00 am - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot The Factory of the World - Documentary On Manufacturing In Shenzhen
szczys writes: This Hackaday documentary (video) looks at the changing ecosystem of manufacturing in the Pearl River Delta (Shenzhen, China) through interviews with product engineers involved with the...
12:00 am - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot Study: Certain Vaccines Could Make Diseases More Deadly
sciencehabit writes: New research suggests that vaccines that don't make their hosts totally immune to a disease and incapable of spreading it to others might have a serious downside. According to a c...
12:00 am - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot 950 Million Android Phones Can Be Hijacked By Malicious Text Messages
techtech writes: According to security firm Zimperium a flaw called "Stagefright" in Google's Android operating system can allow hackers take over a phone with a message even if the user doesn't open ...
12:00 am - Tue, July 28, 2015
Slashdot EBay Is Shutting Down Its On-Demand Delivery Service
An anonymous reader writes: It may come as no surprise but eBay made it official in a statement today; they are ending their on-demand delivery service eBay Now. The company also plans to end a number...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot German Scientists Confirm NASA's Controversial EM Drive
MarkWhittington writes: Hacked Magazine reported that a group of German scientists believe that they have confirmed that the EM Drive, the propulsion device that uses microwaves rather than rocket fue...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot You3dit is Working to Help Crowdsource 3D Design and Printing (Video)
The example you3dit (You 3D It) person Chris McCoy uses in this video is a prosthetic hand they wanted to make because one of their people lost fingers in a construction accident. Instead of drawing u...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Computer Science Enrollments Match NASDAQ's Rises and Fall
dcblogs writes: In March 2000, the NASDAQ composite index reached a historic high of 5,048, at just about the same time undergrad computer science enrollments hit a peak of nearly 24,000 students at P...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Unveils the First Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Your Phone
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung wants to reduce the number of cords in your house and has unveiled a new monitor that can wirelessly charge your smartphones. Called the SE370, Samsung says the mon...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Google Is Dropping Its Google Requirement Across All Products Including YouTube
An anonymous reader writes: After years of plugging Google+ into all of its services, today Google announced that your Google+ profile will no longer be your identity in all its products. The company ...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Debian Drops SPARC Platform Support
jones_supa writes: SPARC isn't exactly a highly-used architecture anymore, so the Debian operating system is dropping support for the platform, according to Joerg Jaspert last week in the "debian-spar...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Trillion-Dollar World Trade Deal Aims To Make IT Products Cheaper
itwbennett writes: A new (tentative) global trade agreement, struck on Friday at a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva, eliminates tariffs on more than 200 kinds of IT products, ranging from sm...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Razer Acquires Ouya's Storefront and Technical Team
An anonymous reader writes: The Ouya Android-based gaming console was one of Kickstarter's biggest successes — and one of the biggest letdowns for all the backers. The console never really took ...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot 'Stagefright' Flaw: Compromise Android With Just a Text
An anonymous reader writes: Up to 950 million Android phones may be vulnerable to a new exploit involving the Stagefright component of Android, which lets attackers compromise a device through a simpl...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Musk, Woz, Hawking, and Robotics/AI Experts Urge Ban On Autonomous Weapons
An anonymous reader writes: An open letter published by the Future of Life Institute urges governments to ban offensive autonomous weaponry. The letter is signed by high profile leaders in the science...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Steam Bug Allowed Password Resets Without Confirmation
An anonymous reader writes: Valve has fixed a bug in their account authentication system that allowed attackers to easily reset the password to a Steam account. When a Steam user forgets a password, h...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Clinton Promises 500 Million New Solar Panels
An anonymous reader writes: Hillary Clinton, widely regarded as most likely to win the Democrat nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has unveiled her campaign climate plan. Speaking at ...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Police Shut Down Anti-Violence Fundraiser Over Rapper's Hologram
An anonymous reader writes: A Chicago rapper by the name of Chief Keef has been making headlines recently after the city launched a campaign to deny his performance at an anti-violence event. The even...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot For the Love of the Analytics of the Game: Before Beane, There Was AVM Systems
theodp writes: Those of you slugging your way through EdX's (free) Sabermetrics 101: Introduction to Baseball Analytics MOOC course might want to take a break from your R and SQL coding to check out G...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot LinkedIn (Temporarily) Backs Down After Uproar At Contact Export Removal
Mark Wilson writes: LinkedIn caused a storm a couple of days ago when it removed the option to instantly download contacts. Many users of the professional social network were more than a little irked ...
10:00 am - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot A Plea For Websites To Stop Blocking Password Managers
An anonymous reader writes: Password managers aren't a security panacea, but experts widely agree that it's better to use one than to have weak (but easy-to-remember) passwords. Just this week, they w...
08:00 am - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Fiat Chrysler Hit With Record $105 Million Fine Over Botched Recalls
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has levied a record fine against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to punish them for failing to adequately recall and fix d...
04:00 am - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Smithsonian Increases Goal For Spacesuit Crowdfunding Effort
An anonymous reader writes: The recently launched Kickstarter campaign by the Smithsonian to preserve Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit has surpassed its goal. As of Saturday, the campaign raised a...
02:00 am - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Google Studies How Bad Interstitials Are On Mobile
An anonymous reader writes: A Google study of their own Google+ site and app found that 69% of visitors abandoned the page when presented with the app interstitial. Google said it was getting rid of t...
12:00 am - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Intel Core I7-5775C Desktop Broadwell With Iris Pro 6200 Graphics Tested
bigwophh writes: 14nm Broadwell processors weren't originally destined for the channel, but Intel ultimately changed course and launched a handful of 5th Generation Core processors based on the microa...
12:00 am - Mon, July 27, 2015
Slashdot Gmail Messages Can Now Self-Destruct
New submitter Amarjeet Singh writes: Dmail is an chrome extension developed by the people behind Delicious, the social bookmarking app/extension. This extension allows you to set an self destruct time...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot Tortoise Gets a new 3D Printed Shell After Forest Fire
ErnieKey writes: Fred, a Red-Footed Tortoise in Santos, São Paulo, Brazil, was unfortunately caught up in a recent forest fire that deteriorated the majority of his shell. Needing a new shell in ...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10's Automatic Updates For NVidia Drivers Causing Trouble
Mark Wilson writes: One of the features that has been removed from Windows 10 — at least for home users — is the ability to pick and choose when updates are installed. Microsoft has taken ...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot Winklevoss Twins Get Closer To Launching Their Bitcoin Exchange
An anonymous reader writes: Reuters has an update on the Winklevoss twins plan to launch a regulated Bitcoin exchange called Gemini. The two have filed a New York trust application necessary for them ...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot How Amazon Could Drive Blended Reality Into The Living Room
An anonymous reader writes: Here's an interesting story on TechCrunch joining the dots on Amazon's interest in computer vision and its connected speaker-plus-virtual assistant in-home device, the Amaz...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot Apple and Nike Settle FuelBand Lawsuit
An anonymous reader writes: Nike and co-defendant Apple have reached an agreement to settle a class action suit that alleged the companies of falsely advertising that the FuelBand fitness watch had ca...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot Modernizing the Copyright Office
An anonymous reader writes: Joshua Simmons has written a new article discussing the growing consensus that it is time to modernize the Copyright Office. It reviews the developments that led to the las...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot Plan To Run Anti-Google Smear Campaign Revealed In MPAA Emails
vivaoporto writes: Techdirt reports a plan to run anti-Google smear campaign via Today Show and WSJ discovered in MPAA Emails. Despite the resistance of the Hollywood studios to comply with the subpoe...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot Senate Passes 'No Microsoft National Talent Strategy Goal Left Behind Act'
theodp writes: Microsoft is applauding the Senate's passage of the Every Child Achieves Act, a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act, saying the move will improve access to K-12 STEM learning nation...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot Twitter Yanks Tweets That Repeat Copyrighted Joke
Mark Wilson writes at Beta News: Can a joke be copyrighted? Twitter seems to think so. As spotted by Twitter account Plagiarism is Bad a number of tweets that repeat a particular joke are being hidden...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot MIT Is Improving Object Recognition For Robots
jan_jes writes: MIT have demonstrated their monocular SLAM supported approach that is able to achieve stronger performance against the classical frame based approach [where misclassifications occur oc...
12:00 pm - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot EU May Become a Single Digital Market of 500 Million People
RockDoctor writes: The Guardian is reporting that the EU is becoming increasingly vociferous in its opposition to "geo-blocking" — the practice of making media services available in some areas b...
08:00 am - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot Eye Drops Could Dissolve Cataracts
An anonymous reader writes: As Slashdot readers age, more and more will be facing surgery for cataracts. The lack of cataract surgery in much of the world is a major cause of blindness. Researchers at...
06:00 am - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot HEVC Advance Announces H.265 Royalty Rates, Raises Some Hackles
An anonymous reader writes: The HEVC Advance patent pool has announced the royalty rates for their patent license for HEVC (aka H.265) video. HEVC users must pay these fees in addition to the license ...
02:00 am - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot Nintendo TVii Service Will Go Dark August 11th
Kotaku reports that Nintendo's has announced it will shutter its Wii U TVii in just a few weeks; after August 11th, the service will be no more. The description that Kotaku offers gives some idea of w...
12:00 am - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Consumers Can Now Buy Formerly Banned Consoles, Nationwide
PC Magazine reports that China has entered a new phase in its liberalization of game console sales. Restrictions amounting to a nationwide ban were loosened recently, so that manufacturers which produ...
12:00 am - Sun, July 26, 2015
Slashdot HardenedBSD Completes Strong ASLR Implementation
New submitter HardenedBSD writes: A relatively new fork of FreeBSD, HardenedBSD, has completed its Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) feature. Without ASLR, applications are loaded into memory ...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot HP R&D Starts Enforcing a Business Casual Dress Code
An anonymous reader writes: HP was once known as a research and technology giant, a company founded in a garage by a pair of engineers and dominated by researchers. Whilst a part of that lives on in A...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot AMD Starts Rolling Out New Linux Driver Model, But Many Issues Remain
An anonymous reader writes: With the upcoming Linux 4.2 kernel will be the premiere of the new "AMDGPU" kernel driver to succeed the "Radeon" DRM kernel driver, which is part of AMD's long talked abou...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot Battle For Wesnoth Seeks New Developers
jones_supa writes: Twelve years ago, David White sat down over a weekend and created the small pet project that we know today as the open source strategy game The Battle For Wesnoth. At the time, Dave...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Store a Half-Petabyte of Data? (And Back It Up?)
An anonymous reader writes: My workplace has recently had two internal groups step forward with a request for almost a half-petabyte of disk to store data. The first is a research project that will co...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot Olympic Organizer Wants To Feed Athletes Fukushima Produce
New submitter Grady Martin writes: Toshiaki Endo, Japan's government-appointed parliament member in charge of planning for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has expressed hopes of supplying the Olympic/Paralym...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot Google Will Block Access To Its Autocomplete API On August 10
An anonymous reader writes with news reported by Venture Beat that Google will be discontinuing developer access to its unofficial Autocomplete API, as of August 10 of this year. . A snippet from the ...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Tourist's Drone Crashes Into Taipei 101 Skyscraper
Taco Cowboy writes that a Chinese tourist has been hit with a fine of $48,000 (NT $1.5 Million) after his drone crashed into the Taipei 101 skyscraper. The tourist, 30-year-old Yan Yungfan, was suppos...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot KDE Community Announces Fully Open Source Plasma Mobile
sfcrazy writes: Today, during the Akademy event, the KDE Community announced Plasma Mobile project. It's a Free (as in Freedom and beer), user-friendly, privacy-enabling and customizable platform for ...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot Swiss Researchers Describe a Faster, More Secure Tor
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and University College London published a paper this week describing a faster and more secure version of Tor call...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot Georgia Lawmakers Sue Carl Malamud For Publishing Georgia Law
TechDirt reports that the state of Georgia is unhappy enough with Carl Malamud for publishing the state's own laws that it's sued Malamud for doing so. From the article:The specific issue here is that...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot AMD Forces a LibreOffice Speed Boost With GPU Acceleration
New submitter samtuke writes: AMD processors get rated and reviewed based on performance. It is in our self-interest to make things work really, really fast on AMD hardware. AMD engineers contribute t...
10:00 am - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot Gigabit Internet Access Now Supported By 84 US ISPs
An anonymous reader writes: According to Michael Render, principal analyst at market researcher RVA LLC, 83 Internet access providers have joined Google to offer gigabit Internet access service (all p...
08:00 am - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot Using HTML5 To Hide Malware
New submitter Jordan13 writes: SecurityWeek reports on the findings of a group of Italian researchers about web malware. They developed three new obfuscation techniques that can be used to obfuscate e...
06:00 am - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot The OpenSSH Bug That Wasn't
badger.foo writes: Get your facts straight before reporting, is the main takeaway from Peter Hansteen's latest piece, The OpenSSH Bug That Wasn't. OpenSSH servers that are set up to use PAM for authen...
02:00 am - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot Tomb, a Successor To TrueCrypt For Linux Geeks
jaromil writes: Last day we released Tomb version 2.1 with improvements to stability, documentation and translations. Tomb is just a ZSh script wrapping around cryptsetup, gpg and other tools to facil...
02:00 am - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot The Android L Update For Nvidia Shield Portable Removes Features
An anonymous reader writes: For those of us who still remember the Hobson's choice with the 3.21 update of the PS3 firmware, the most recent update to the Nvidia Shield Portable is eerily similar. The...
12:00 am - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot YouTube Is Adding VR Video Support To Streaming Videos
An anonymous reader writes: While YouTube's streaming platform currently supports 3D videos OR 360 degree videos, the combination of the two is essential for properly immersive virtual reality video. ...
12:00 am - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot When Do Robocars Become Cheaper Than Standard Cars?
Hallie Siegel writes: With all the extra sensors and technology that have to go into autonomous cars, you might expect them to cost more. After all, autonomous features like park assist and auto lane ...
12:00 am - Sat, July 25, 2015
Slashdot An Interview With Hacking Team's CEO
Alastair Stevenson writes: I talked to the leader of the world's most hated surveillance company about its path to recovery and morals, following a massive attack on its systems. CEO David Vincenzetti...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Pluto's Haze
Today brings another release of images from NASA's New Horizons probe. This time, it includes an image taken seven hours after closest approach, when the probe was looking back at Pluto. It captured t...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Building an Open Source Community For a Proprietary Software Product?
An anonymous reader writes: I run a company that develops scientific computing software. Our core product is a traditional proprietary application — we develop the software and deliver the "bina...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot FCC Approves AT&T's DirecTV Purchase
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has granted approval to AT&T to purchase DirecTV for $48.5 billion. AT&T will become the largest provider of cable or sat...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Firefox Will Soon Show You Which Tabs Are Making Noise, and Let You Mute Them
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla is working on identifying Firefox tabs that are currently playing audio. The feature will show an icon if a tab is making sounds and let the user mute the playback....
08:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Researchers: Mobile Users Will Trade Data For Fun and Profit
itwbennett writes: Even as mobile users become more security and privacy conscious, researchers and other mobile data collectors still to collect user data in order to build products and services. The...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Identify Sixth Taste: Fat
New submitter shuheng writes with news that a study out of Purdue claims to have identified the sixth distinct taste known to humans: fat. The scientists say it should be called oleogustus which means...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Don't Bring Your Drone To New Zealand
NewtonsLaw writes: Personal drones are changing the way some people experience vacations. Instead of toting along a camcorder or a 35mm DSLR, people are starting pack a GoPro and, increasingly, a dron...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Secret Service Agents Stake Out the Ugliest Corners of the Internet
HughPickens.com writes: Josephine Wolff reports at The Atlantic that Secret Service Internet Threat Desk is a group of agents tasked with identifying and assessing online threats to the president and ...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Criminal Inquiry Sought Over Hillary Clinton's Personal Email Server
cold fjord writes: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Inspectors General from the State Department and intelligence agencies have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation i...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Malaria Vaccine Passes Key Regulatory Hurdle
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC reports that the European Medicines Agency has approved the world's first malaria vaccine for real-world use. The vaccine is far from perfect, and the World Health ...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.4 Million Autos To Fix Remote Hack
swinferno writes: Fiat Chrysler announced today that it's recalling 1.4 million automobiles just days after researchers demonstrated a terrifying hack of a Jeep that was driving down the highway at 70...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Four-legged Snake Fossil Stuns Scientists, Ignites Controversy
sciencehabit writes: Scientists have described what they say is the first known fossil of a four-legged snake. The limbs of the 120-or-so-million-year-old, 20-centimeter-long creature are remarkably w...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Pro Gamers To Be Tested For Doping
An anonymous reader writes: The Electronic Sports League is the biggest organization for running video game competitions. The league has now announced that they will begin testing professional video g...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Study: Push Notifications As Distracting As Taking a Call
itwbennett writes: Researchers at Florida State University have found that simply being aware of a missed call or text can have the same damaging effect on task performance as actually using a mobile ...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Uber Faces $410 Million Canadian Class Action Suit
farrellj writes: A class action suit has been filed by the Taxi and Limo drivers and owners in the Province of Ontario in Canada against Uber, demanding CAN$400 million in compensatory damages, $10 mi...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot The French Scrabble Champ Does Not Speak French
HughPickens.com writes: On July 20, Nigel Richards won the French-language world Scrabble championship. Richards does not speak a word of French. "He doesn't speak French at all, he just learnt the wo...
10:00 am - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Remote Control of a Car, With No Phone Or Network Connection Required
Albanach writes: Following on from this week's Wired report showing the remote control of a Jeep using a cell phone, security researchers claim to have achieved a similar result using just the car rad...
08:00 am - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Cell Service At US Airports Varies From 1st Class To Middle-seat Coach
alphadogg writes with this NetworkWorld story about the wide disparity in wireless coverage available at airports across the U.S.. Atlanta scores very high while Los Angeles International is less than...
06:00 am - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot The Science and Politics Behind Colony Collapse Disorder; Is the Crisis Over?
iONiUM writes: An article at the Globe and Mail claims that there is no longer any Honeybee crises, and that the deaths of the Honeybees previously was a one-off, or possibly non-cyclical occurrence (...
04:00 am - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot MIT Stealth Startup Charges Up Wireless Power Competition
gthuang88 writes: Wireless charging of electronics is an old concept, but there's a new player in the competition between companies like WiTricity, Energous, and tech giants Apple, Samsung, and Qualco...
02:00 am - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot France To Reduce Reliance On Nuclear Power
AmiMoJo writes: French lawmakers have approved a bill to reduce the country's reliance on nuclear power from 75% to 50% by 2025. The policy was one of President Francois Hollande's campaign pledges. T...
12:00 am - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot HP: Smartwatches Are a Major Security Risk
Mickeycaskill writes: Researchers at HP Security discovered "significant vulnerabilities" in every single smartwatch they tested, claiming they pose a major security risk for users. The team is concer...
12:00 am - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot Uber Faces $410 Million Dollar Canadian Class Action Suit
farrellj writes: A class action suite has been filed by the Taxi and Limo drivers and owners in the Province of Ontario in Canada against Uber, claiming $400 Million Canadian dollars in compensatory d...
12:00 am - Fri, July 24, 2015
Slashdot NY Mayor Commits To Reduce Emissions 40% By 2030
dkatana writes: New York mayor Bill de Blasio pledged this week to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. He made the announcement at the start of a two-day conference on climate chang...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot "Breaking Bad" At the National Institute of Standards and Technology
sciencehabit writes: Police are investigating whether an explosion inside a Maryland federal laboratory was the result of an effort to make drugs. Authorities who responded to the explosion at the Nat...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Meet OpenDaylight Project Executive Director Neela Jacques (Video)
The OpenDaylight Project works on Software Defined Networking. Their website says, "Software Defined Networking (SDN) separates the control plane from the data plane within the network, allowing the i...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Google Staffers Share Salary Info With Each Other; Management Freaks
Nerval's Lobster writes: Imagine a couple of employees at your company create a spreadsheet that lists their salaries. They place the spreadsheet on an internal network, where other employees soon add...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Twitch Is Ditching Flash For HTML5, Just Like YouTube
An anonymous reader writes: Twitch is becoming the latest to transition from Adobe Flash to HTML5. Twitch will start to release its HTML5-based video player controls slowly and in small increments. Th...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot A Tweet-Sized Exploit Can Get Root On OS X 10.10
vivaoporto writes: The Register reports a root-level privilege-escalation exploit that allows one to gain administrator-level privileges on an OS X Yosemite Mac using code so small that fits in a twee...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Shaun Moss Answers Your Questions About Mars and Space Exploration
Recently the founder of the Mars Settlement Research Organization and author of The International Mars Research Station Shaun Moss agreed to sit down and answer any questions you had about space explo...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot NASA Spies Earth-Sized Exoplanet Orbiting Sun-Like Star
An anonymous reader writes: NASA has announced that a new Earth like planet has been discovered that may be the closest thing yet to a first true "Earth twin". Kepler 452b, is located 1,000 light year...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Smartphone Apps Fraudulently Collecting Revenue From Invisible Ads
JoeyRox writes: Thousands of mobile applications are downloading ads that are never presented to users but which collected an estimated $850 million in fraudulent revenue from advertisers per year. Th...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Open-Source Mesa 3D Library/Drivers Now Support OpenGL 4
An anonymous reader writes: The Mesa 3D project that is the basis of the open-source Linux/BSD graphics drivers now supports OpenGL 4.0 and most of OpenGL 4.1~4.2. The OpenGL 4.0 enablement code lande...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot What Non-Experts Can Learn From Experts About Real Online Security
An anonymous reader writes: Google researchers have asked 231 security experts and 294 web-users who aren't security experts about their security best practices, and the list of top ones for each grou...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot A Programming Language For Self-Organizing Swarms of Drones
New submitter jumpjoe writes: Drones are becoming a staple of everyday news. Drone swarms are the natural extension of the drone concept for applications such as search and rescue, mapping, and agricu...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot US Court: 'Pocket-Dialed' Calls Are Not Private
itwbennett writes: In a case of a pocket-dialed call, a conscientious secretary, and sensitive personnel issues, a federal appeals court in Ohio has ruled pocket-dialers shouldn't have any expectation...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Experiment: Installing Windows 10 On a 7-Year-Old Acer Aspire One
jones_supa writes: Windows 10 will launch in less than a week and it is supposed to work flawlessly on devices already powered by Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, as Microsoft struggled to keep system requi...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Astronauts' Skin Gets Thinner In Space, Scientists Say
An anonymous reader writes: Living in space can be hard on the human body. Muscles atrophy, bones lose density and new research suggests that spending time in space can make your skin thinner. Profess...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Universal Pictures Wants To Remove Localhost and IMDB Pages From Google Results
Artem Tashkinov writes: We've all known for a very long time that DCMA takedown requests are often dubious and even more often outright wrong but in a new turn of events a Universal Pictures contracto...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Melinda Gates: Facebook Engineers Have Solved One of Education's Biggest Problem
theodp writes: Asked by the NY Times if Silicon Valley is saving the world or just making money, Melinda Gates replied, "I can say without a doubt — because I've seen it — that some of the...
10:00 am - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot New York Judge Rules Against Facebook In Search Warrant Case
itwbennett writes: Last year, Facebook appealed a court decision requiring it to hand over data, including photos and private messages, relating to 381 user accounts. (Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, ...
10:00 am - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot How Pentaquarks May Lead To the Discovery of New Fundamental Physics
StartsWithABang writes: Over 100 years ago, Rutherford's gold foil experiment discovered the atomic nucleus. At higher energies, we can split that nucleus apart into protons and neutrons, and at still...
08:00 am - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Pocket SCiO Spectrometer Sends Chemical Composition of Anything To Smartphones
MojoKid writes: Is that a tricorder in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? All joking aside, the handheld SCiO could truly make you feel like a member Bones McCoy's medical team. The SCiO tur...
06:00 am - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Skype Translate Reportedly Has a Swearing Problem In Chinese
An anonymous reader writes: Skype Translate was supposed to be Microsoft's attempt at the "Star Trek" universal translator, offering real-time voice and text translation. It launched with one of the m...
04:00 am - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Belgian Government Phishing Test Goes Off-Track
alphadogg writes: An IT security drill went off the tracks in Belgium, prompting a regional government office to apologize to European high-speed train operator Thalys for involving it without warning...
02:00 am - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot 19-Year-Old's Supercomputer Chip Startup Gets DARPA Contract, Funding
An anonymous reader writes: 19-year-old Thomas Sohmers, who launched his own supercomputer chip startup back in March, has won a DARPA contract and funding for his company. Rex Computing, is currently...
12:00 am - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Open and Affordable IPCams?
New submitter criticalmess writes: I'm about to give up on any decent hardware to be found to roll my own web-based camera setup around the house and office — and thought that the nerds and expe...
12:00 am - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot Since Receiving Satellite Tags, Some Sharks Have Become Stars of Social Media
Lucas123 writes: A research project that tags the world's most dangerous sharks with four different tracking devices and then offers all the data to the public has taken off, garnering hundreds of tho...
12:00 am - Thu, July 23, 2015
Slashdot New Facebook Video Controls Let You Limit Viewing By Gender and Age
Mark Wilson writes: Videos on Facebook are big business. As well as drugged up post-dentist footage, there is also huge advertising potential. Now Facebook has announced a new set of options for video...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot The Lone Gunmen Are Not Dead
He Who Has No Name writes: It may have been one of Slashdot's most memorable front-page gaffes, but apparently there's no harm and no foul — because the Lone Gunmen are set to ride again in the ...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot 18th Annual International RoboSub Competition Happening Now In San Diego
New submitter madsci1016 writes: The 18th Annual International RoboSub Competition is happening this week at the TRANSDEC Naval Testing facility in San Diego, California. 38 teams from around the worl...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot FCC CIO: Consumers Need Privacy Controls In the Internet of Everything Era
Lemeowski writes: Who is responsible for ensuring security and privacy in the age of the Internet of Things? As the number of Internet-connected devices explodes — Gartner estimates that 25 bill...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Studies Find Genetic Signature of Native Australians In the Americas
Applehu Akbar writes: Two new research papers claim to have found an Australo-Melanesian DNA signal in the genetic makeup of Native Americans, dating to about the time of the last glacial maximum. Thi...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Bug Exposes OpenSSH Servers To Brute-Force Password Guessing Attacks
itwbennett writes: OpenSSH servers with keyboard-interactive authentication enabled, which is the default setting on many systems, including FreeBSD ones, can be tricked to allow many authentication r...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Giving Doctors Grades Has Backfired
HughPickens.com writes: Beginning in the early 1990s a quality-improvement program began in New York State and has since spread to many other states where report cards were issued to improve cardiac s...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Brianna Wu Answers Your Questions
Last week you had a chance to ask the head of development at Giant Spacekat Brianna Wu about Gamergate, starting a company, and women-in-tech issues. Below you'll find her answers to your questions. ...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Chrome 44 Launches With Tweaks To Push Messaging and Notifications
An anonymous reader writes: Google has launched Chrome 44 for Windows, Mac, and Linux with new developer tools. Aside from a host of security fixes, this release focuses mainly on developer features. ...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot How Drug Companies Seek To Exploit Rare DNA Mutations
An anonymous reader writes: With so many people in the world, humanity can't help but generate a large amount of genetic outliers. Most random mutations are undetectable, and many of the rest lead to ...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Hacking Team's RCS Android May Be the Most Sophisticated Android Malware Ever Exposed
An anonymous reader writes: As each day passes and researchers find more and more source code in the huge Hacking Team data dump, it becomes more clear what the company's customers could do with the s...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot How Two Bored 1970s Housewives Helped Create the PC Industry
harrymcc writes: One of the first significant PC companies was Vector Graphic. Founded in 1976, it was an innovator in everything from industrial design to sales and marketing, and eventually went pub...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Tallying the Mistakes and Malfunctions of Robot Surgeons
An anonymous reader writes: El Reg reports on a new study (PDF) that looked into malfunction and injury reports for medical procedures that used robot surgeons. From 2007 to 2013, 1.74 million such pr...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Ex-Lottery Worker Convicted of Programming System To Win $14M
An anonymous reader sends news that Eddie Tipton, a man who worked for the Multi-State Lottery Association, has been convicted of rigging a computerized lottery game so he could win the $14 million ja...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot The Mystery of Acupuncture Partly Explained In Rat Study
hackingbear writes: A biological mechanism explaining part of the mystery of acupuncture has been pinpointed by scientists studying rats. The research showed that applying electroacupuncture to an esp...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Police Not Issuing Charges For Handgun-Firing Drone -- Feds Undecided
Mr.Intel sends a followup to last week's news of an 18-year-old man getting a lot of attention for posting a video of a handgun being fired from a drone. Despite calls to arrest the man, police say th...
12:00 pm - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot FTC Accuses LifeLock of False Advertising Again
An anonymous reader writes: You may remember LifeLock — it's the identity protection company whose CEO published his social security number and dared people to steal his identity. Predictably, 1...
10:00 am - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Fossil Fuels Are Messing With Carbon Dating
Taco Cowboy writes: The carbon dating method used in determining the age of an artifact is based on the amount of radioactive carbon-14 isotopes it contains. The C-14 within an organism is continually...
08:00 am - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Genetic Access Control Code Uses 23andMe DNA Data For Internet Racism
rjmarvin writes: A GitHub project is using the 23andMe API for genetic decoding to act as a way to bar users from entering websites based on their genetic data — race and ancestry. "Stumbling ar...
06:00 am - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Woman Recruited By Google Four Times and Rejected Now Joins Age Discrimination Suit
dcblogs writes: An Ivy league graduate, with a Ph.D. in geophysics, Cheryl Fillekes, who also specializes in Linux and Unix systems, was contacted by Google recruiters four separate times over a seven...
04:00 am - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot FBI's Hacks Don't Comply With Legal Safeguards
An anonymous reader writes: The FBI hacks computers. Specifics are scarce, and only a trickle of news has emerged from court filings and FOIA responses. But we know it happens. In a new law review art...
02:00 am - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot On Being Pro-GPL
just_another_sean writes: Christopher Allan Webber, recently returned from OSCON, shares his thoughts on the GPL and why he dislikes people pitting one type of software license against another. He say...
12:00 am - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Edge Performance Evaluated
An anonymous reader writes: Now that Windows 10 is close to launch, Anandtech has put Microsoft's new browser, Edge, through a series of tests to see how it stacks up against other browsers. Edge has ...
12:00 am - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot What's the Oldest Technology You've Used In a Production Environment?
itwbennett writes: Sometimes it's a matter of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it,' sometimes corporate inertia is to blame, but perhaps even more often what keeps old technology plugging away in busines...
12:00 am - Wed, July 22, 2015
Slashdot New Horizons Returns Best Images of Pluto's Moons Hydra and Nix
An anonymous reader writes: Over the weekend, the New Horizons probe sent back more data from Pluto, including two of the best images we'll get of its small moons Nix and Hydra. Nix measures about 42k...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot CanSat Helps Students Make & Launch Sub-Orbital 'Satellites' (Video)
The Magnitude (motto: "Powered by Curiosity") "Can-sized satellites" aren't technically satellites because they're launched on rockets that typically can't get much higher than 10,000 feet, or as payl...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Arm Cells With Tiny Lasers
sciencehabit writes: Scientists have implanted tiny lasers within living cells. A team of physicists and biologists have coaxed a cell to envelop a tiny plastic sphere that acts like a resonant cavity...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Google Photos To Shut Down August 1
An anonymous reader writes: Now that Google Photos exists separately from Google+, the company is shutting down the Google+ version of Photos starting on August 1. The Android version will be the firs...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot California Legislation May Allow First Responders To Take Out Drones
Required Snark writes: During the recent North Fire that burned vehicles on I-15 in California, firefighters had to suspend aerial operations because of the presence of drone aircraft, according to CN...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot A Month With a Ubuntu Phone
When the first Ubuntu phone came out, reviews were quick to criticize it for its lackluster hardware and unusual take on common mobile software interactions. It's been out for a while, now, and Alasta...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot U. Michigan Opens a Test City For Driverless Cars
An anonymous reader writes: The University of Michigan has opened Mcity, the world's first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technol...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Comet Lander Falls Silent; Scientists Fear It Has Moved
vivaoporto writes: European scientists say the Philae comet lander fell silent on Monday, raising fears that it has moved again on its new home millions of miles from Earth. Over the last few weeks, R...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Do You Use a Smartphone At Work, Contrary to Policy?
Jason McNew writes: I have been in IT since the late '90s, and began a graduate degree in Cyber Security with Penn State two years ago. I have always been interested in how and why users break policie...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Dieter Moebius, Electronic Music Pioneer, Dead at 71
New submitter Lawrence Bottorff writes: Dieter Moebius, who is credited as a founder of the late-sixties Berlin 'Krautrock' scene, has died at age 71. Krautrock, of course, was hardly rock music, but ...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Free Tools For Detecting Hacking Team Malware In Your Systems
An anonymous reader writes: Worried that you might have been targeted with Hacking Team spyware, but don't know how to find out for sure? IT security firm Rook Security has released Milano, a free aut...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Gmail Spam Filter Changes Bite Linus Torvalds
An anonymous reader points out The Register's story that recent changes to the spam filters that Google uses to pare down junk in gmail evidently are a bit overzealous. Linus Torvalds, who famously li...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot LibreOffice Ported To Run On Wayland
An anonymous reader writes: LibreOffice has lots its X11 dependency on Linux and can now run smoothly under Wayland. LibreOffice has been ported to Wayland by adding GTK3 tool-kit support to the offic...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Remote Exploit On a Production Chrysler To Be Presented At BlackHat
Matt_Bennett writes: A scary remote exploit is going to be published that enables someone connected to the the same wireless (mobile data) networkto take over many [automobile] systems, including brak...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Ford's New Smart Headlights For Tracking Objects At Night
An anonymous reader writes: Headlights have been around since the 1880's, and while the source of their light has changed over the years, their functionality has remained virtually the same, until now...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Toshiba CEO, 8 Others, Resign Over $1.2 Billion Accounting Cover-Up
The BBC reports that Toshiba president and chief executive Hisao Tanaka, along with vice-chairman Norio Sasaki, former chief executive Atsutoshi Niched, and six other executives, has resigned from the...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Red Star Linux Adds Secret Watermarks To Files
An anonymous reader writes: ERNW security analyst Florian Grunow says that North Korea's Red Star Linux operating system is tracking users by tagging content with unique hidden tags. He particularizes...
12:00 pm - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Europe's Top Court To Decide If Uber Is Tech Firm Or Taxi Company
An anonymous reader writes: A Spanish judge has requested that the European Court of Justice determine whether or not Uber is a generic "digital service," as it claims, or a "mere transport activity."...
10:00 am - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Cray To Build Australia's Fastest Supercomputer
Bismillah writes: US supercomputer vendor Cray has scored the contract to build the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's new system, said to be capable of 1.6 petaFLOPS and with an upgrade option in thr...
08:00 am - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Game About Killing Poachers Vies For Top Prize In Microsoft Student Tech Contest
theodp writes: GeekWire reports on a group of students from Nepal who will be competing for the $50K top prize in Microsoft's Imagine Cup student tech contest with a first-person shooter in which play...
06:00 am - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Smithsonian Using Kickstart Campaign To Save Armstrong's Moon Suit
qpgmr writes: The Smithsonian is appealing for assistance to raise enough money to preserve Neil Armstrong's moon suit. The "Reboot the Suit: Bring Back Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit" campaign launched M...
04:00 am - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot NASA Funded Study States People Could Be On the Moon By 2021 For $10 Billion
MarkWhittington writes: The Houston Chronicle reported that NextGen Space LLC has released the results of a study that suggests that if the United States were to choose to do space in some new and cre...
12:00 am - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot There Is No "Next Great Copyright Act", Remain Calm
Lirodon writes: A YouTube video has gone viral, particularly around the art community (and the subsection of the art community populated by the same type of people who tend to spread these around to b...
12:00 am - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Bringing Back the Magic In Metamaterials
Charliemopps writes: Though it's 30 years late, Transparent Aluminum, as predicted in the 1986 film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, may finally be here. There have been many attempts to create transpar...
12:00 am - Tue, July 21, 2015
Slashdot Why Certifications Are Necessary (Even If Aggravating To Earn)
Nerval's Lobster writes: Whether or not certifications have value is a back-and-forth argument that's been going on since before Novell launched its CNE program in the 1990s. Developer David Bolton re...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Grooveshark Co-founder Josh Greenberg Dead At 28
alphadogg writes: The tech startup world has been shaken today by news that 28-year-old Josh Greenberg, co-founder of recently defunct music sharing service Grooveshark, was found dead on Sunday in th...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot How Developers Can Rebuild Trust On the Internet
snydeq writes: Public keys, trusted hardware, block chains — InfoWorld's Peter Wayner discusses tech tools developers should be investigating to help secure the Internet for all. 'The Internet i...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Elon Musk: Faulty Strut May Have Led To Falcon 9 Launch Failure
garyisabusyguy writes: This Forbes article provides the best analysis of the loss of the last Falcon 9 mission based on information released by Elon Musk to reporters. Highlights include: 1. Sound tri...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot UK Government Releases Rules To Get Self-Driving Cars Onto Public Roads
rippeltippel writes: Ars Technica UK reports that the UK government has released the rules to get self-driving cars onto public roads. As the article reports, drivers will be required to have "a high ...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Netragard Ends Exploit Acquisition Program After Hacking Team Breach
Trailrunner7 writes: After the fallout from the HackingTeam breach, Netragard, a company that buys and sells exploits, has decided to shut down its exploit acquisition program. Leaked documents show t...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Officially Releases Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6
rjmarvin writes: Microsoft has announced RTM of Visual Studio 2015, the latest version of its flagship IDE, along with the release of .NET 4.6. The release includes a new set of DevOps services featur...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Update Your OS?
An anonymous reader writes: A couple friends of mine have been having a debate recently. One is constantly updating all of his operating systems (desktop, phone, and otherwise), often as soon as a new...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Report: US Military Is Wasting Millions On Satellite Comms
An anonymous reader writes: Fast information exchange is the key to a powerful military, and satellites have been an incredible boon to the commanders of modern fighting forces. But a new report from ...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot GCC 5.2 Released
AmiMoJo writes: The release of GCC 5.2 brings lots of bug fixes and a number of new features. The change list is extensive, featuring improvements to the C compiler, support for new languages like Ope...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Stephen Hawking and Russian Billionaire Start $100 Million Search For Aliens
An anonymous reader writes: Stephen Hawking is joining forces with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner to start a $100 million effort to search the skies for signs of alien life. The initiative is called ...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Apple Watch Still Waiting On App Developers
An anonymous reader writes: It's been almost three months since the Apple Watch launched, and the tiny device hasn't taken people's wrists by storm. That's not to say it's a failure — experts es...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Performs Wildly Different Based On Program's Name
An anonymous reader writes: In past years the AMD Catalyst Linux driver has yielded better performance if naming the executable "doom3.x86" or "compiz" (among other choices), but these days this appli...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo's Re-entry Tech: the Feather
Dutch Gun writes: When most people think about rocket science, they think of the challenge of getting a spacecraft into space. However, the problem of safely re-entering the atmosphere is a daunting c...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Affair Site Hackers Threaten Release of All User Data Unless It Closes
heretic108 writes: According to KrebsOnSecurity, the infamous Ashley Madison affairs hookup website has been hacked by a group calling itself The Impact Team. This group is demanding the immediate and...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Your Body, the Battery: Powering Gadgets From Human "Biofuel"
An anonymous reader writes: This article takes a look at the future of electronic devices powered by the human body. From the electric voltage in mammal ears called the endocochlear potential, to body...
10:00 am - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot New Molecular Transistor Can Control Single Electrons
Eloking writes: An international team of scientists has been able to create a microscopic transistor made up of one single molecule and a number of atoms. Gizmag reports: "Researchers from Germany, Ja...
08:00 am - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Hacking Team and Boeing Subsidiary Envisioned Drones Deploying Spyware
Advocatus Diaboli writes: Email conversations posted on WikiLeaks reveal that Boeing and Hacking Team want drones to carry devices that inject spyware into target computers through WiFi networks. The ...
04:00 am - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Class Action Filed Against Sling Media
New submitter DewDude writes: In case you missed it; Sling Media has been forcing advertisements into video streams from Slingbox devices unless you pay for a client application, which is only an opti...
02:00 am - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 Will Have Screen Recording Tool
Mark Wilson writes: Windows 10 has not even been released yet, but that's a perfect reason to start unearthing a few secrets. Over the coming weeks and months there will undoubtedly be an endless stre...
12:00 am - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot US Wins Math Olympiad For First Time In 21 Years
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. won the International Mathematical Olympiad for the first time in 21 years. Gender diversity is brought up in this NPR article because the eight team members on th...
12:00 am - Mon, July 20, 2015
Slashdot Is Advertising Morally Justifiable? The Importance of Protecting Our Attention
theodp writes: With Is Advertising Morally Justifiable?, philosopher Thomas Wells is out to change the way you think about Google and its ilk. Wells says: "Advertising is a natural resource extraction...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Company Aims To Launch Spacecraft On Beams of Microwaves
MarkWhittington writes: The quest for cheap access to space, to make space travel as inexpensive as air travel, has eluded engineers, government policy makers, and business entrepreneurs from before t...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Internet Dating Scams Target Older American Women
HughPickens.com writes: The NYT reports: "Janet N. Cook, a church secretary in Virginia, had been a widow for a decade when she joined an Internet dating site and was quickly overcome by a rush of ema...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Berkeley Breathed Revives Bloom County Comic Strip After 25 Years
cold fjord writes: Just as it was needed then, it is needed now (more than ever). NPR reports, "Fans of the well-loved comic strip Bloom County are celebrating ... cartoonist Berkeley Breathed issued ...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Bitcoin Exempt From VAT Says European Court of Justice
An anonymous reader writes: The European Court of Justice (ECJ) proposes that Bitcoin should be exempt from Value Added Tax (VAT). This news has been positively received by the Bitcoin community in th...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Apple Patents Bank Account Balance Snooping Tech
An anonymous reader writes: Apple's latest patent filings shows that the company is looking into displaying advertising based on your available bank balance. If Apple moves forward with this type of t...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Emotionally Aware Apps That Respond To Feelings Are On the Horizon
bigwophh writes: Machine learning has helped a multitude of different technologies become a reality, including emotion-detection. Most examples to date have been rather simple, such as being able to d...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Spurious Drones Buzzing Around Spanish Royal Palace
jones_supa writes: A series of unmanned aircrafts have been spotted in the restricted airspace above the residence of Spain's royal family. Staff at the Zarzuela Palace has reported seeing the drones ...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Techies Hire Witch To Protect Computers From Viruses and Offices From Spirits
schwit1 writes: It may seem like your computer or smartphone is possessed by an evil spirit sometimes when a mysterious bug keeps causing an app to crash, but if you truly think your machine has been ...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Silicon Valley Still Wrestling With Diversity Issues
An anonymous reader writes: As major tech companies come under increased scrutiny over the diversity of their workforces, many of them are focusing solely on the "pipeline" of workers educated in a co...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot UK Pilots Want Lithium Battery Powered Devices In the Cabin
AmiMoJo writes: The professional association and trade union of UK pilots The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), has asked airlines to require travelers to carry devices that run on lithium-b...
12:00 pm - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Massachusetts Examining Disability Access For Uber, Lyft
An anonymous reader writes: Uber and Lyft have been dealing with a host of legal and regulatory issues, and the Massachusetts attorney general's office is adding one more: disability access. No formal...
10:00 am - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Despite Triage, US Federal Cybersecurity Still Lags Behind
An anonymous reader writes: According to the NY Times, U.S. government officials will soon announce all the improvements their IT security teams have made to federal systems in response to the OPM bre...
08:00 am - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Open Document Format 1.2 Published As ISO/IEC Standard
jrepin writes: The Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF) Version 1.2, the native file format of LibreOffice and many other office applications, has been published as International Standar...
06:00 am - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot A Note On Thursday's Downtime
If you were browsing the site on Thursday, you may have noticed that we went static for a big chunk of the day. A few of you asked what the deal was, so here's quick follow-up. The short version is th...
04:00 am - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot IT Workers Training Their Foreign Replacements 'Troubling,' Says White House
dcblogs writes: A top White House official told House lawmakers this week that the replacement of U.S. workers by H-1B visa holders is 'troubling' and not supposed to happen. That answer came in respo...
02:00 am - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Popular Torrent Site Disappears From Google After Penalty
An anonymous reader writes: Following what appears to be a severe penalty, the popular torrent site KickassTorrents has become pretty much unfindable in Google. Meanwhile, the top search result in man...
12:00 am - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Study: Living Near Fracking Correlates With Increased Hospital Visits
New submitter Michael Tiemann writes: An article published in PLOS One finds increased hospital admissions significantly correlate with living in the same zip code as active fracking sites. The data c...
12:00 am - Sun, July 19, 2015
Slashdot Asteroid Mining Company's First Satellite Launches From Space Station
An anonymous reader writes: Planetary Resources, the company trying to jumpstart an asteroid-mining industry, has launched its first spacecraft. Its 90-day mission is to boldly... test avionics, contr...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot Haiku OS Will Get New Service Manager
jones_supa writes: Axel Dörfler writes in his blog that he is working on a replacement for Haiku OS's current shell script based boot process. It would be replaced with something more flexible, a...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Best Bang-for-the-Buck HPC Solution?
An anonymous reader writes: We are looking into procuring a FEA/CFD machine for our small company. While I know workstations well, the multi-socket rack cluster solutions are foreign to me. On one end...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot Antineutrino Detectors Could Be Key To Monitoring Iran's Nuclear Program
agent elevator writes: Tech that analyzes antineutrinos might be the best way to keep tabs on Iran's nuclear program. The technology, which can tell how much of and what kind of plutonium and uranium ...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Discover Largest Ever Dinosaur With Birdlike Wings and Feathers
sciencehabit writes: When we see birds winging their way across the sky, we are really looking at living dinosaurs—the only lineage of these mighty beasts that survived mass extinction. Yet befo...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot UK Government Proposes 10-Year Copyright Infringement Jail Term
An anonymous reader writes: According to a BBC report, the UK government is >proposing increasing the jail term for copyright infringement from the current two years to 10 years, which they say wou...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Uses US Women's Soccer Team To Explain Why It Doesn't Hire More Women
theodp writes: "It is not surprising that the U.S. women have been dominant in the sport [of soccer] in recent years. The explanation for that success lies in the talent pipeline," writes General Mana...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot Plastic Roads Sound Like a Crazy Idea, Maybe Aren't
schwit1 writes with news that the Dutch city of Rotterdam is looking at partnering with a company called VolkerWessels to test a prototype plastic road for safety and durability. "They envision pullin...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot Data Store and Spying Laws Found Illegal By EU Court
WillAffleckUW writes: The EU High Court found the United Kingdom's data retention (and subsequent storage and analysis) and surveillance laws to be illegal throughout the EU, which subsequently would ...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot Most Comprehensive Study Yet On Environmental Impact of Electric Vehicles
An anonymous reader writes: A few articles came out Thursday talking about the recently released report from the National Bureau of Economic Research on the environmental benefits of electric cars. Th...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot New Unicode Bug Discovered For Common Japanese Character "No"
AmiMoJo writes: Some users have noticed that the Japanese character "no", which is extremely common in the Japanese language (forming parts of many words, or meaning something similar to the English w...
10:00 am - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot Meet "London," Marshall's First Android Smartphone
MojoKid writes: Marshall may be better known for its music equipment, but that isn't stopping the company from bringing a better audio experience to the smartphone market with its London handset. Give...
06:00 am - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot A Welcome Shift: Spam Now Constitutes Less Than Half of All Email
An anonymous reader writes: According to Symantec's latest Intelligence Report, spam has fallen to less than 50% of all email in June – a number we haven't seen in over a decade. Of all emails r...
04:00 am - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot Renderman Gets Blender Integration
jones_supa writes: Now that Renderman has been available for free for non-commercial use for a while, there has been many requests for integration with Blender. An initiative spearheaded by Pixar now ...
02:00 am - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot A Quick Leak, As Microsoft Tests the Waters For Cortana On Android
An anonymous reader writes with the news from Venture Beat that a beta of Cortana for Android (long promised) has leaked into the wild via Finnish upload site SuomiMobiili, and from there to others, l...
12:00 am - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot "Ludicrous Speed" For Tesla's Model S Means 0-60 MPH In 2.8 Seconds
Automobile Magazine, writes reader Eloking, reports that the highest-end of the Tesla line has just gotten a boost upward, thanks to a new "Ludicrous Speed" mode:In combination with a newly optional 9...
12:00 am - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot Marvel Tweaks Their Superhero Film Formula With Ant-Man
An anonymous reader writes: Over the past decade, Marvel has been rolling out superhero film after superhero film. They've found a successful formula, and each of the last half-dozen films has brought...
12:00 am - Sat, July 18, 2015
Slashdot Famed Aircraft Designer James Bede Dies
linuxwrangler writes with a bit of news overlooked from last week, but worth noting: Prolific aircraft designer James "Jim" Bede has died at age 82. Although Bede designed numerous aircraft he is most...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot The Frozen Plains of Pluto's 'Heart'
New Horizons has sent back new images of Pluto, including a close-up view of the "Tombaugh Regio," which resembles a giant, pale heart stretching 1,600 km across the dwarf planet's surface. The new im...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Opinions on the State Breaking Its Own Law Against Employee Misclassification?
An anonymous reader writes: I've had the privilege of developing software as an independent contractor for various agencies of a particular state for many years. These past few, however, have seen cha...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Reddit Will 'Hide' Vile Content After Policy Change
AmiMoJo writes: It will be more difficult to find "abhorrent" content posted to community news site Reddit, the site has announced. It stopped short of banning the material outright and instead will r...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot How Will IT Workers' Roles Change in the Next Five Years? (Video)
We asked Sarah Lahav this question. She's founder and CEO of service management and help desk software company SysAid, and a staunch supporter of Sysadmin Appreciation Day, so keeping an eye on the fu...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot 2014 Was Earth's Warmest Year On Record
An anonymous reader writes: A lengthy report compiled by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration using work from hundreds of scientists across 58 countries has found that 2014 was the...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Dr. Temple Grandin About Animals and Autism
Being listed in the "Time 100" of the most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category, is just one of the many awards received by Temple Grandin. Diagnosed with autism at the age of two,...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot ProxyGambit Replaces Defunct ProxyHam
msm1267 writes: Hardware hacker Samy Kamkar has picked up where anonymity device ProxyHam left off. After a DEF CON talk on ProxyHam was mysteriously called off, Kamkar went to work on developing Prox...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Which Movies Get Artificial Intelligence Right?
sciencehabit writes: Hollywood has been tackling Artificial Intelligence for decades, from Blade Runner to Ex Machina. But how realistic are these depictions? Science asked a panel of AI experts to we...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Develop Nutritious Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon
cold fjord writes: According to a New Zealand Herald report, "Researchers at Oregon State University have patented a new strain of succulent red marine algae that tastes like bacon when it's cooked. T...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Intel's Tick-Tock Cycle Skips a Beat
New submitter Ramze writes: Several outlets are reporting on Intel's confirmation that it will make three generations of 14nm processors, delaying the switch to 10nm. The planned 14nm Kaby Lake proces...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Cashless Adoption Growing In Europe
dkatana writes: Many European cities are moving toward a cashless economy. Some public services are not accepting cash anymore, such as parking meters, buses and transit, and city offices. (If you pla...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 Home Updates To Be Automatic and Mandatory
AmiMoJo sends a report stating that Windows 10 Home users don't seem to have any way to disable automatic updates to the operating system. Throughout the testing of the Technical Preview, users noted ...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Preserving Radio Silence At the Square Kilometer Array
johnslater writes: The Guardian has a story on the radio silence requirements at the Square Kilometer Array in Australia. The RF requirements for the SKA are far more stringent than at the US National...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Google Self-Driving Car Rear-Ended In First Injury Accident
An anonymous reader writes: Google's autonomous car project, as of June, hadn't been in any accidents that involved an injury. That changed on July 1st, though it wasn't the technology's fault. A Lexu...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Robot-Staffed Japanese Hotel Opens
jfruh writes: The front desk is staffed by a female android in a white tunic. The bellhop is a mechanical velociraptor. A giant robot arm put luggage into cubbyholes. It's the Henn-na Hotel in Nagasak...
10:00 am - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Scientology Group Urged Veto of Mental Health Bill
An anonymous reader writes: According to records obtained by The Texas Tribune, Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed a bill that would have given doctors more power to detain mentally ill and potentially dangerous...
10:00 am - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Solar Impulse Grounded Until 2016
An anonymous reader writes: The Solar Impulse 2 has been grounded in Hawaii for at least nine months because of battery damage sustained during its record 118-hour trans-Pacific flight from Japan. The...
08:00 am - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot FBI, International Law Units Smash Infamous Hacker Bazaar Darkode
coondoggie writes: The FBI in concert with Interpol and other worldwide law enforcement teams say they have taken down the international cybercriminal site marketplace Darkode and arrested 70 people i...
06:00 am - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Astronauts Forced To Take Shelter From Space Junk
An anonymous reader writes: Three astronauts living at the International Space Station were forced to scramble to safety Thursday after a "close pass" by flying Russian space debris. The men decamped ...
04:00 am - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot New RC4 Encryption Attacks Reduces Plaintext Recovery Time
msm1267 writes: Two Belgian security researchers from the University of Leuven have driven new nails into the coffin of the RC4 encryption algorithm. A published paper, expected to be delivered at the...
04:00 am - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Acquires Israel's Pebbles Interfaces For Reported $60 Million
New submitter caseylane94 writes: Facebook has acquired virtual reality company Pebbles Interfaces for the sum of $60 million in a bid to keep its cutting edge virtual reality technology out of the ha...
04:00 am - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Girl Receives Full Skull Reconstruction Via 3D Printing
ErnieKey writes: Doctors in China have just successfully performed a groundbreaking surgery on a 3-year-old little girl named Han Han. Han Han was suffering from congenital hydrocephalus which caused ...
02:00 am - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot 'Pluto Truthers' Are Pretty Sure That the NASA New Horizons Mission Was Faked
MarkWhittington writes: Forget about Apollo moon landing hoax theories. That is so 20th Century. Gizmodo reported that the "Pluto Truthers" have followed the astonishing images being sent back by NASA...
02:00 am - Fri, July 17, 2015
Slashdot 70th Anniversary of Trinity Test: Reflecting On the Bomb
Lasrick writes: It's the 70th Anniversary of the Trinity atomic bomb test, and Dan Drollette pulls together a series of reflections, over time, by the scientists who were there. The Bulletin reports: ...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot Gun-Firing Drone Raises Some Eyebrows
An anonymous reader writes: A video posted on YouTube showing a drone firing a gun in a wooded area has caused some controversy today. The short video shows a four-rotored custom drone with a special ...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot What Happens When Your Own Limb Is Almost Good Enough?
derekmead writes: While the media might focus on prosthetics, the technology and techniques involved in limb salvage have advanced tremendously, too, spurred in large part by America's recent military...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot Lenovo ThinkPad W550s: Heavy, But a Battery That Lasts Nearly All Day
MojoKid writes: Mobile workstation notebooks typically offer a fair degree of performance but usually at the expense of battery life. It comes with the territory for machines that are configured with ...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot Facebook Finally Ends XMPP Support For 3rd Party Chat
New submitter AcquaCow writes: Facebook has been pushing their Messenger app to all devices, requiring it for chatting with friends and family. It was announced last year that they would be ending the...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot Google To Provide Free Internet For Public Housing Residents To All Fiber Markets
VentureBeat, an anonymous reader notes, reports that Google has announced it will expand on an earlier move to provide free internet service to poor Austin residents. Now, rather than for 4300 residen...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot Larry Wall On Perl 6, Language Design, and Getting Kids To Code
M-Saunders writes: Perl 6 has been a long time in the making, but Larry Wall, the language's chief developer, now says it should arrive in time for Christmas. In this interview with Linux Voice, Wall ...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot Netflix Hoping For Free Network Access From ISPs
sabri writes: Netflix soared on Wall Street today after their earnings announcement. They also stated that they hope to get more free network access arrangements (aka "free peering"). Fortune reports:...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot The Free Software Foundation's Statement On Canonical's Updated Licensing Terms
New submitter donaldrobertson writes: After two years of negotiations, Canonical has updated the intellectual property rights policy for Ubuntu Linux to address a disagreement over how the software is...
10:00 am - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot FBI Helps Shut Down Piracy Sites In Romania
An anonymous reader writes: The FBI has taken a major role in the shutting down of at least two popular piracy-torrent sites in Romania, according to a report from Romania's High Court of Cassation an...
08:00 am - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot NSA Releases Open Source Security Tool For Linux
Earthquake Retrofit writes: The NSA's systems integrity management platform — SIMP — was released to the code repository GitHub over the weekend. NSA said it released the tool to avoid dup...
06:00 am - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot Italian Court Throws Out TripAdvisor Fine Over Bad Reviews
jfruh writes: TripAdvisor had been fined half a million euros in Italy for publishing "misleading" information in its reviews. But now an Italian court has thrown out that punishment, saying that the ...
04:00 am - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot Paralyzed Man Hits the Streets of NYC In a New Exoskeleton
the_newsbeagle writes: Robert Woo was paralyzed in 2007 when a construction crane dropped a load of steel on him. Yesterday, he put on the newest "exoskeleton," essentially a pair of smart robotic leg...
02:00 am - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot Pawn Storm Group Makes Trend Micro IP Address a C&C Server
An anonymous reader writes: Following Trend Micro's disclosure of Russian hacking group Pawn Storm's 7-year campaign against military-industrial targets in and related to the United States, the securi...
12:00 am - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot Transparent Paper Produces Power With Just a Touch
ckwu writes: A new transparent-paper device can generate electrical power from a user's touch. The paper energy-harvester could be used to make disposable, self-powered touch screens that fold; intera...
12:00 am - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot Neil Young Says His Music Is Too Good For Streaming Services
An anonymous reader writes: After years of complaining about modern music formats Neil Young today announced that he's pulling his music from all streaming services. He made the announcement on his of...
12:00 am - Thu, July 16, 2015
Slashdot US House Committee Approves Anti-GMO Labeling Law
An anonymous reader writes: The House Agriculture Committee approved a measure banning mandatory GMO labeling as well as local efforts to regulate genetically engineered crops. The decision is a major...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot NASA Unveils Historic Pictures of Pluto
An anonymous reader writes: The New Horizons team held a press briefing today and released new data and high-resolution photographs of Pluto. Alan Stern, lead researcher of New Horizons said: "We now ...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Multiple Sources Confirm Windows 10 has Reached RTM
Ammalgam writes: Multiple sources are reporting that Microsoft has finally hit the release to manufacturing (RTM) milestone with Windows 10. A new build of Windows 10, number 10240, is available to Wi...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Keyboardio is a Hackable 'Artisanal Keyboard' That's Already Kickstarted (Video)
I bumped into Jesse Vincent and his keyboard project called Keyboardio at last year's Solid conference. Then, it was a developing project with a lot of literally rough edges, but since I'm a bit of a ...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot ARM Support Comes To SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
jrepin writes: SUSE announced partner program expansion to include support for 64-bit ARM server processors. This expansion makes available to partners a version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 that allow...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Commodore PET Smartphone Comes Loaded With C64 and Amiga Emulators
Mickeycaskill writes: Commodore is launching an Android-powered smartphone that lets 1980s gaming fans play their favourite retro titles. It runs a custom version of Android 5.0 Lollipop and lets you ...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Mini Ice Age: Nothing To Worry About
Geoffrey.landis writes: Last week a news story suggested that a new model of sunspot activity predicted a dramatic drop in solar activity coming up, possibly resulting in coming a mini-ice age. Take t...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Citizenfour Director Sues To Find Out Why She Was Detained Every Time She Flew
An anonymous reader writes: Since the 2006 release of My Country, My Country, Laura Poitras has left and re-entered the U.S. roughly 40 times. Virtually every time during that six-year-period that she...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Virtual Reality Tech and Openness
An anonymous reader writes: An article written by Kyle Orland looks at how the nascent virtual reality industry will handle openness — in terms of standards, platforms, source code, and developm...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot What Will Happen When Cascadia Subduction Zone Slips
Noryungi writes: The New Yorker has published a chilling account of what would happen in the case of a major earthquake (roughly magnitude 9.0) inevitably striking the Cascadia subduction. "Under pres...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Why a Chinese Buyout of Micron Is Not Likely To Succeed
Lucas123 writes: A reported $23 billion offer to purchase U.S.-based Micron, one of the largest DRAM and memory makers in the world, by a Chinese state-owned chip maker isn't likely to succeed for sev...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Nokia Wants To Make Phones Again
An anonymous reader writes: Nokia has indicated that it's interested in returning to the phone-making business. In a post on the company's website, spokesman Robert Morlino explains that although they...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Reddit CEO: Site Is 'Not a Bastion of Free Speech,' Change Coming
An anonymous reader writes: Reddit's new CEO, cofounder Steve Huffman, has made a statement regarding the site's controversial racism- and abuse-related community "subreddits." He said, "we don't have...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Future Microsoft Devices Will Take Cues From the Surface Tablet
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the company is committed to bringing Windows to as many computer form factors as possible — even if they have to do it themselves. He...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Toyota Recalls 625,000 Hybrid Vehicles Over Software Glitch
hypnosec writes: Yesterday we discussed news that over 65,000 Range Rovers were being recalled over a software issue. Not to be outdone, Japanese car manufacturer Toyota on Wednesday recalled 625,000 ...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot MUMPS, the Programming Language For Healthcare
citadrianne writes: An ICU patient is monitored and assessed according to 12 different variables. These include such measurements as body temperature, heart rate, blood oxygenation, blood pH, and othe...
12:00 pm - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot As Big Data Plateaus, Data Science Education Grows
gthuang88 writes: Even as the hype around big data has died down, opportunities for data scientists are expanding. Johns Hopkins, NYU, and MIT are among the schools offering courses in data science, a...
10:00 am - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Does Elon Musk's Hyperloop Make More Sense On Mars?
An anonymous reader writes: Elon Musk's Hyperloop project has its challenges in places that have air. But in places with little air and no fossil fuels, where you can't fly and there's little drag, it...
08:00 am - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Critical Internet Explorer 11 Vulnerability Identified After Hacking Team Breach
An anonymous reader writes: After analyzing the leaked data from last week's attack on Hacking Team, Vectra researchers discovered a previously unknown high severity vulnerability in Internet Explorer...
06:00 am - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot New Horizons Phones Home After Pluto Flyby -- Craft Healthy, Data Recorded
Tablizer was one of several readers to note that the New Horizons probe has completed its flyby of Pluto and radioed home to confirm that it went without incident. Mission Ops manager Alice Bowman sai...
04:00 am - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Twitter Stock Jumps Nearly 8 Percent After Fake Report
vivaoporto writes: As noted by Re/code and many other outlets, Twitter stock jumped nearly 8 percent after a bogus report, attributed to Bloomberg News, said Twitter had received a $31 billion buyout ...
02:00 am - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Robots Appear To Raise Productivity Without Causing Total Work Hours To Decline
Hallie Siegel writes: We often read about the economic impact of robots on employment, usually accompanied with the assertion that "robots steal jobs". But to date there has precious little economic a...
12:00 am - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot Macon-Bibb County Government Wants $5.7 Million Drone Fleet For Emergencies
McGruber writes: Macon-Bibb County, Georgia is considering a $5.7 million project with manufacturer Olaeris to deploy 15 to 17 drone aircraft. The aircraft, each bigger than a king-sized bed, would op...
12:00 am - Wed, July 15, 2015
Slashdot America's Technical Debt
Funksaw writes: An article by Brian Boyko in Equal Citizens, Lawrence Lessig's blog dealing with issues of institutional corruption in democratic politics, explains why, specifically, this reform move...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Anonymizing Wi-Fi Device Project Unexpectedly Halted
An anonymous reader notes that a project to develop an anonymizing Wi-Fi device has been canceled under mysterious circumstances. The device, called Proxyham, was unveiled a couple weeks ago by Rhino ...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Planet Labs Has Launched Over 100 Imaging Satellites with Many More to Come (Video)
According to a recent CNN article, Planet Labs produces Great photos of Earth from the world's smallest satellites. Most satellites these days are about the size of a car. Planet Labs micro-satellites...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Google Accidentally Reveals Data On 'Right To Be Forgotten' Requests
Colin Castro points out an article from The Guardian, who noticed that Google's recent transparency report contained more data than intended. When perusing the source code, they found data about who w...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot LHC Discovers Pentaquark Particles
mrspoonsi sends news that researchers running experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have published findings confirming the existence of pentaquark particles, first predicted in the 1960s by Murray ...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: VPN Solution To Connect Mixed-Environment Households?
New submitter RavenLrD20k writes: I am a programmer by trade with a significant amount of training as a Network Administrator (AAS in Computer Networking). I have no problem with how to build three or...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Iran Has Signed a Nuclear Accord
New submitter divide overflow writes: According to the New York Times, 'Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States have agreed to a historic accord to significantly limit Tehran's nuclea...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Brianna Wu a Question
Brianna Wu is the head of development at Giant Spacekat, a company specializing in cinematic experiences using the Unreal engine. She’s also a frequent speaker on women-in-tech issues and was on...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot As Cloud Growth Booms, Server Farms Get Super-Sized
1sockchuck writes: Internet titans are concentrating massive amounts of computing power in regional cloud campuses housing multiple data centers. These huge data hubs, often in rural communities, enab...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Cell Phone Radiation Emission Tests Assume Use of Belt Clip
jfruh writes: Most Slashdotters rightfully roll their eyes when people panic about the "radiation" put out by cell phone. But there is a germ of truth to some of the nervous talk: when the FCC assesse...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot New Default: Mozilla Temporarily Disables Flash In Firefox
Trailrunner7 writes with news that "Mozilla has taken the unusual step of disabling by default all versions of Flash in Firefox." Two flaws that came to light from the recent document dump from Hackin...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Hillary Clinton Takes Aim At 'Gig Economy'
SonicSpike writes with an excerpt from Marketwatch that says at least one major candidate in the 2016 electoral fight has made the "sharing economy" epitomized by Uber and Airbnb campaign issue. In a ...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Google To Reopen Maps To User Edits, With an Anti-Abuse Plan
jfruh writes: When Google opened up its Maps to user edits, a lot of useful information got added — along with plenty of spam and outright abuse, some of it obscene, which led to the program bei...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot 65,000 Land Rovers Recalled Due To Software Bug
An anonymous reader writes with word that owners of Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUVs (model year 2013 and newer) will need to get their cars' software updated, which means a visit to a dealer. T...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot For Microsoft, Windows 10 Charity Begins At Home
theodp writes: We're investing $10 million in organizations that are upgrading the world," Microsoft announced on in its new Upgrade Your World website, which was created in conjunction with the Windo...
12:00 pm - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Supersonic Jet Could Fly NYC To London In 3 Hours
An anonymous reader writes: A new supersonic luxury plane that could fly people from New York to London in just three hours is being developed by a team of engineers. Spike Aerospace's S-512 Supersoni...
10:00 am - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Rich and American? Australia Wants You
An anonymous reader writes: Following the success of a millionaire visa program to attract wealthy Chinese, Australia has launched an invite-only visa program that promises citizenship to rich America...
08:00 am - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Man Arrested After Charging iPhone On London Overground Train
An anonymous reader writes: 45-year-old Robin Lee was arrested after he used a socket on a London Overground train to charge up his iPhone. He was handcuffed and arrested for "abstracting electricity"...
06:00 am - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Facebook's New Chief Security Officer Wants To Set a Date To Kill Flash
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook's new chief security officer, Alex Stamos, has stated publicly that he wants to see Adobe end Flash. This weekend Stamos tweeted: "It is time for Adobe to announce...
04:00 am - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Study Details What Happens When Galaxies Collide
Aspiring Astronomer writes: According to a recent study, when two galaxies of a similar mass collide, both galaxies will begin producing more stars. However, when one galaxy considerably outweighs the...
02:00 am - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot Encryption Rights Community: Protecting Our Rights To Strongly Encrypt
Lauren Weinstein writes: Around the world, dictatorships and democracies alike are attempting to restrict access to strong encryption that governments cannot decrypt or bypass on demand. Firms providi...
12:00 am - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot CIA Shares Julia Child's Shark Repellent Recipe
coondoggie writes: Sometimes some of the coolest stories get lost in history. The CIA recently noted one of them – famous French food chef and author Julia Child's critical involvement in develo...
12:00 am - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot The Missile Impasse In the Iran Negotiations
Lasrick writes: Upon resuming talks to end the nuclear crisis with the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) in 2013, Iran made it clear that its missile program w...
12:00 am - Tue, July 14, 2015
Slashdot "Happy Birthday" Hits Sour Notes When It Comes To Song's Free Use
vivaoporto writes: NPR reports that "Happy Birthday to You", one of the most recognized songs in the English language, is the subject of a class action complaint over the validity of its copyright. Th...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Temporarily Suspends Availability of Windows 10 Builds
Mark Wilson writes: If you haven't already downloaded Windows 10 build 10162 or 10166, you're now too late. Microsoft has suspended the availability of these two builds — previously available on...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: If Public Transport Was Free, Would You Leave Your Car At Home?
dkatana writes: The Estonian capital launched a program of free public transport to encourage people to leave their cars at home. But they never did. When Tallinn launched the program ridership number...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot How the Biggest, Most Expensive Oil Spill In History Changed Almost Nothing
merbs writes: Tthe biggest oil spill in US history, despite incurring the largest environmental fine on the books—$18.7 billion, handed down this month—has done almost nothing to change th...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot NASA's New Horizons Focuses On Pluto's Largest Moon Charon
MarkWhittington writes: New Horizons has already discovered much of what was previously unknown about Pluto, the dwarf planet that is the former ninth planet from the sun. NASA reported that the space...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot Book Review: Cloud Computing Design Patterns
benrothke writes: Far too many technology books take a Hamburger Helper approach, where the first quarter or so of the book is about an introduction to the topic, and filler at the end with numerous a...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot Comcast Launches Streaming Service and Unveils Pricing For 2G Fiber
An anonymous reader writes: Comcast has announced the release of its Gigabit Pro service which offers speeds up to 2 gigabits per second. The service is $300 a month (agree to a two year contract and ...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot European Agreement Sets Up Third Greek Bailout
An anonymous reader writes: Euro zone leaders have reached a deal that will attempt to resolve Greece's financial crisis. The deal sets up negotiations for the country's third bailout, and will requir...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot What the GNOME Desktop Gets Right and KDE Gets Wrong
An anonymous reader writes: Eric Griffith at Phoronix has provided a fresh perspective on the KDE vs. GNOME desktop debate after exclusively using GNOME for the past week while being a longtime KDE us...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot The Cure Culture: Our Obsession With Cures That Are 'Just Around the Corner'
citadrianne writes: Cures for major disease always seem just a few short years away. We constantly read about promising new treatments for cancer, diabetes, HIV, ALS, and more. While the prognosis for...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot NYC Asks Google Maps For Fewer Left Turns
An anonymous reader writes: Members of the New York City Council have sent a letter to Google asking that its Maps navigation system provide users an option to "reduce left turns." Pedestrian safety i...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot Automakers Unwilling To Share Driver Data (Yet)
An anonymous reader writes: With Apple and Google both vying for a place in your car's dashboard, you might start wondering to what extent the data you generate while driving might be analyzed or shar...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot Taking the Lawyers Out of the Loop
An Associated Press story carried by the Christian Science Monitor suggests that expert systems can already replace lawyers in a great many disputes (especially low-level ones, where the disputants do...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot University of Toronto: Anti-vaccine Homeopathy Course Is Fine
The University of Toronto recently undertook an investigation of one of its courses, a bachelor-level health class that taught both anti-vaccination materials and the "science" of homeopathy. The inve...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot ELIoT, Distributed Programming For the Internet of Things
descubes writes: ELIoT (Extensible Language for the Internet of Things) is a new programming language designed to facilitate distributed programming. A code sample with less than 20 lines of code look...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot First Java 0-Day In 2 Years Exploited By Pawn Storm Hackers
An anonymous reader writes with Help Net Security's report that a new zero-day vulnerability in Java is being exploited, quoting from which: The flaw was spotted by Trend Micro researchers, who are cl...
10:00 am - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot CSTA: Google Surveying Educators On Unconscious Biases of Students, Parents
theodp writes: According to a Computer Science Teachers Association tweet, Google is reportedly asking educators to assess the unconscious bias of students and their parents for the search giant. "We ...
08:00 am - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot For £70,000, You Might Be Able to Own an Enigma
In 2007, we mentioned the eBay sale of an Enigma machine; now, The Guardian reports that another one is to be auctioned off next week, with an expected selling price of about £70,000 (at this wr...
04:00 am - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot Undersea Cable Break Disrupts Life In Northern Mariana Islands
An anonymous reader writes: The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands experienced a devastating undersea cable break on Wednesday, with phone, Internet, SMS, banking services, the National Weat...
02:00 am - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot Satoru Iwata, Head of Nintendo, Has Died At 55
An anonymous reader with the news, announced with a statement released by Nintendo on their homepage, thatNintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwatadied of a bile duct growth on the 11th of July, 2015. T...
12:00 am - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot Google Applies For Patents That Touch On Fundamental AI Concepts
mikejuk writes: Google may have been wowing the web with its trippy images from neural networks but meanwhile it has just revealed that it has applied for at least six patents on fundamental neural ne...
12:00 am - Mon, July 13, 2015
Slashdot J.J. Abrams On "Star Wars" Cast's Racial and Sexual Diversity
Yesterday at Comic-Con, director J.J. Abrams held forth on the racial and sexual diversity of the actors portraying the characters of the Star Wars franchise. From CNET's article:For Star Wars, it's a...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot Barney Frank Defends Political Hypocrisy, Game Theory Explains It
HughPickens.com writes with a link to Steven I. Weiss's Atlantic article which says game theory can shed light both on what is happening in Washington and on how the bargaining power of its negotiatin...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot ISRO Launches Record 5 UK Satellites, Part of a Long String of Successes
vasanth writes: India launched its heaviest commercial space mission ever with its polar rocket successfully putting five British satellites into the intended orbit after a flawless takeoff. With the ...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot Air-Cooled AMD Radeon R9 Fury Arrives For $100 Less With Fury X-Like Performance
MojoKid writes: When AMD launched the liquid-cooled Radeon Fury X, it was obvious the was company willing to commit to new architecture and bleeding edge technologies (Fiji and High-Bandwidth Memory, ...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Giving Users Extra-Firewall Access For Sites Normally Blocked?
An anonymous reader writes: My boss and I were having a discussion about our users accessing the internet. He wants the users to be able to log in to the firewall to be able to access external website...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot Speed-Ups, Small Fixes Earn Good Marks From Ars For Mint 17.2
Ars Technica reviews the newest release from Linux MInt -- version 17.2, offered with either the Cinnamon desktop, or the lighter-weight MATE, which feels like what Gnome 2 might feel in an alternate ...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot Uber Class-Action Case May Hinge On What the Drivers Want
New submitter shanemccarthy writes with a story at Forbes that lays out a non-intuitive factor in the ongoing class-action suit over alleged labor law violations filed in the name of Uber drivers. Nam...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot Making FOIA-Requested Data Public: Too Much Transparency For Journalists?
schwit1 writes: From The Washington Post's Lisa Rein comes news that the federal government is launching a six-month pilot program with seven agencies to post online documents requested under the Free...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot Snoopers' Charter Could Mean Trouble For UK Users of Encryption-Capable Apps
An anonymous reader writes with a story at IB Times that speculates instant messaging apps which enable encrypted communications (including Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and iMessage) could be banned i...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot The Guardian Looks At Hacking Team's Client List, Internal Communications
There are lots of small but interesting news bits to take from the data dump made available by Wikileaks of internal documents from the Italian security firm Hacking Team, such as that a police unit i...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot FTC Officials Looking Into Apple's Streaming Business Model, Say Sources
Apple may have a bigger business problem than displeasing Taylor Swift with its new Apple Music service; According to Reuters, U.S. regulators are said (by anonymous sources) to be looking into Apple'...
10:00 am - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot Oracle Bullies Enterprise Clients Into Cloud Purchases, Consultant Claims
An anonymous reader writes: A consultant claims that Oracle has adopted the widespread use of 'breach notices' this year to force existing enterprise customers to adopt its newly-bolstered range of cl...
08:00 am - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot Twitter Yanks Ads UK Activists Say Could Trigger Seizures
After complaints from UK charity Epilepsy Action, Twitter pulled afer less than a day two ads that the group said might cause epileptic seizures. The in-house ads, in the 6-second format of Twitter-ow...
04:00 am - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot New Horizons Gets Closer to Pluto, But Mystery Spots Now Out of Sight
The L.A. Times reports that the strange spots spotted on the surface of Pluto by the New Horizons mission will be on the wrong side of the planet for the approaching fly-by that the craft will make of...
02:00 am - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot Calculating the Truck-Factor of Popular Open Source Projects
An anonymous reader writes: The Truck Factor describes the minimal number of developers that have to be hit by a truck (or quit) before a project is incapacitated. Wikipedia defines it as a "measureme...
12:00 am - Sun, July 12, 2015
Slashdot Is the Amazon-Led Economic Boom Wrecking Seattle?
reifman writes: Seattleites are struggling with massive traffic, rising housing costs and declining diversity. Amazon's building and acquiring enough office space to triple its local headcount by 2020...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot Double-Dynamo Model Predicts 60% Fall In Solar Output In The 2030s
sycodon points out reports of a new model of solar dynamics from University of Northumbria professor Valentina Zharkova, predictions from which "suggest that solar activity will fall by 60 per cent du...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot Well-Played: Microsoft Parlays NSF Video 'Remake' Into National CS K-12 Crisis
theodp writes: K–12 computer science and information technology teachers head to Grapevine, TX this week for the 2015 CSTA Conference. A glance at the draft agenda shows a remarkable number of p...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot Lenovo Will Sell Ubuntu Laptops In India
puddingebola notes the news, as carried by Tom's Hardware, that Lenovo will soon ship laptops preloaded with Ubuntu in India."The first of these systems will be the Lenovo Thinkpad L450, featuring onl...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot Simple Geometry = More Seats In an Airline
New submitter innerpeace writes: New airline seat arrangement looks to increase passenger capacity. A patent application by Zodiac Seats France calls for a design that puts every other passenger in a ...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Should Devs Deal With Trademark Trolls?
An anonymous reader writes: I'll start off by admitting that trademark infringement wasn't something that was on my mind when I released my first application. Like many other developers I was concentr...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot A 'Star Trek' Economic System May Be Closer Than You Think
HughPickens.com writes: Anna North writes about "Star Trek'"s "post-economic" system, in which money no longer exists and anything you want can be made in a replicator, essentially for free. According...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot New Record For Solar-Powered Autonomous Flight: 28 Hours Without Refueling
Hallie Siegel describes a new and impressive achievement for solar-powered flight: keeping a drone aloft for more than a full day. From the article:: To actually pull it off has required a fair bit of...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot Linux Foundation's Census Project Ranks Open Source Software At Risk
jones_supa writes: The Core Infrastructure Initiative, a Linux Foundation effort assembled in the wake of the Heartbleed fiasco to provide development support for key Internet protocols, has opened th...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot Google Photos Uploading Your Pics, Even If You Don't Want It To
New submitter Adekyn writes that, according to David A. Arnott of The Business Journals, the Google Photos app will sync your photos — even after you have deleted the application from your devic...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot NASA Names Its Astronauts For the First Dragon and CST-100 Flights
schwit1 writes with news that NASA has named the four government astronauts that will fly on the first manned demo flights to ISS of SpaceX's Dragon and Boeing's CST-100. From Florida Today's report: ...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot New Letters Added To the Genetic Alphabet
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Quanta Magazine: [A]fter decades of work, [organic chemist Steven] Benner's team has synthesized artificially enhanced DNA that functions much like or...
10:00 am - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot Amnesty International Seeks Explanation For 'Absolutely Shocking' Surveillance
Mark Wilson writes: A court recently revealed via email that the UK government had been spying on Amnesty International. GCHQ had put Amnesty under surveillance — despite this having previously ...
06:00 am - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot The College Majors Most Likely To Marry Each Other
schnell writes: The blog Priceonomics has published an analysis showing students in which college majors end up marrying another student with that same major. Religious studies (with 21% of students m...
04:00 am - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot New Network Design Exploits Cheap, Power-Efficient Flash Memory
jan_jes writes: The researchers at MIT were able to make a network of flash-based servers competitive with a network of RAM-based servers by moving a little computational power off of the servers and ...
12:00 am - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot Boeing Patents an Engine Run By Laser-Generated Fusion Explosions
MarkWhittington writes: Boeing has had a patent approved for an aircraft engine that uses laser-generated nuclear fusion as a power source, according to a story in Business Insider. The idea is alread...
12:00 am - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot Ellen Pao Leaves Reddit; Site Founder Steve Huffman Makes a Triumphant Return
Deathspawner writes: To say that it's been a tumultuous month for reddit is an understatement. While multiple events have occurred in recent months that have caused an uproar, such as the banning of p...
12:00 am - Sat, July 11, 2015
Slashdot Rethinking Security Advisory Severities
An anonymous reader writes: The recent OpenSSL vulnerability got the internet all hyped up for a security issue that, in the end, turned out to have a very limited impact. This is good news of course,...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Black Phosphorus Could Spur the Next Wave of Tiny Transistors
Zothecula writes: Researchers at McGill University and Université de Montréal have provided insight into another promising candidate that could help chip designers keep pace with Moore's Law...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot The Rise of the New Crypto War
blottsie writes: For more than 20 years, the U.S. government has been waging a war on encryption, with the security and privacy of all Americans at stake. Despite repeated warnings from security exper...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot 13% of CompSci Grads Have Starting Salaries Over $100K
itwbennett writes: That was one of the findings of a survey of 50,000 U.S. college students and recent graduates by Looksharp, a marketplace for internships and entry-level jobs. For general findings ...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot SpaceX Rocket Failure Cost NASA $110 Million
An anonymous reader writes: On June 28th, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded just over two minutes into its attempt to reach the International Space Station. It was a contracted mission from NASA to re...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot MetaMorph Helps non-Engineers Design Circuits (Video)
MetaMorph grew out of Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems. The introduction video you see here explains and steps you through its basic operation. The second "bonus...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Pirate Bay Founders Acquitted In Belgium
An anonymous reader writes: A Belgian court has acquitted Pirate Bay co-founders Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij, and Carl Lundström of criminal copyright infringement charges. They...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Measuring (and Constraining) Mobile Data Use?
An anonymous reader writes: I've carried a smart phone for several years, but for much of that time it's been (and I suspect this is true for anyone for whom money is an object) kept pretty dumb &mdas...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Vancouver Area Teen Sentenced To 16 Months For Swatting
An anonymous reader writes: A 17-year-old from the Vancouver area in Canada has been sentenced to 16 months in youth custody and 8 months under supervision in the community after pleading guilty to 23...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Bumblebees Being Crushed By Climate Change
sciencehabit writes: As the climate changes, plants and animals are on the move. So far, many are redistributing in a similar pattern: As habitat that was once too cold warms up, species are expanding...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot The Uber Economy Needs a New Category of Worker
An anonymous reader writes: Uber headlines a new group of companies building out the so-called "sharing economy," in which people can easily hop in and out of employment modes. Somebody can suddenly s...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Adblock Plus Reduces University's Network Traffic By 25 Percent
Mickeycaskill writes: Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada claims it cut 25% of its network traffic (40% of video traffic) by deploying Adblock Plus across its internal network. The stu...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Computer Program Fixes Old Code Faster Than Expert Engineers
An anonymous reader writes: Less than two weeks after one group of MIT researchers unveiled a system capable of repairing software bugs automatically, a different group has demonstrated another system...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Lifting the Veil On Pluto's Atmosphere
New submitter Pedro Braganca sends an update on the New Horizons mission to Pluto, now less than four days to closest approach. While we're waiting, NASA has published the best images of Pluto and Cha...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Iowa Makes a Bold Admission: We Need Fewer Roads
An anonymous reader writes: During a recent Urban Land Institute talk, the director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, Paul Trombino, told an audience that the road network in Iowa was probably...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Australian Cops and Anti-Corruption Agencies Keen On Hacking Team Malware
Bismillah writes: Although they've denied it in the past, Australia's federal and state police are very interested in Hacking Team's law enforcement spyware. There has also been recent interest from t...
10:00 am - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Hacker Group That Hit Twitter, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft Intensifies Attacks
itwbennett writes: The hacker group, which security researchers from Kaspersky Lab and Symantec call Wild Neutron or Morpho, has broken into the networks of over 45 large companies since 2012. After t...
08:00 am - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot OCZ Toshiba Breaks 40 Cent Per GB Barrier With New Trion 100 Series SSD
MojoKid writes: OCZ is launching a brand new series of solid state drives today, dubbed the Trion 100. Not only are they the first drives from the company to use TLC NAND, but they're also the first t...
06:00 am - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot UK Privacy Advocate Caspar Bowden Dies
wendyg writes: Many outlets are reporting that UK privacy advocate Caspar Bowden has died. For ten years or so, Caspar was one of Microsoft's leading privacy officers, but he is most significantly kno...
04:00 am - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Calling All Data Do-Gooders
theodp writes: We're entering a new era of data-for-good, writes SAS CEO Jim Goodnight, who explains how SAS and the International Organization for Migration are using analytics and data for disaster ...
02:00 am - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Google Launches Gmail Postmaster Tools To Eliminate Spam
Mark Wilson writes: Spam is a problem that is not going away for anyone who receives email — and who doesn't? Over the years Google has taken steps to try to reduce the amount of junk that reach...
12:00 am - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Bomb Squad Searches House Over Teenager's Chemistry Experiments
McGruber writes: On Wednesday, authorities in the south Fulton County, Georgia town of Hapeville shut down a street for hours and used their bomb squad to search a home. According to the suspect's fat...
12:00 am - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot Are Certifications Worth the Time and Money?
Nerval's Lobster writes: Having one or more certifications sounds pretty sensible in today's world, doesn't it? Many jobs demand proof that you've mastered a particular technology. But is the argument...
12:00 am - Fri, July 10, 2015
Slashdot More Than 22 Million People's Data Compromised By OPM Hack
OutOnARock writes with news that the Office of Personnel Management data breach reported earlier this month was actually far worse than earlier estimates had it; in all, it seems that more than 22 mil...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot An Organic Computer Using Four Wired-Together Rat Brains
Jason Koebler writes: The brains of four rats have been interconnected to create a "Brainet" capable of completing computational tasks better than any one of the rats would have been able to on its ow...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Help Save Endangered Rhinos by Making Artificial Horns (Video)
Black Rhinoceros horn material sells for $65,000 per kilo. The rhinos are rare, which helps up the price, but the horn is also prized "as a fever-reducer, a cosmetic, an aphrodisiac, a hangover care. ...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot French Government IT Directorate Supports ODF, Rejects OOXML
jrepin writes: The final draft version of the RGI (general interoperability framework), still awaiting final validation, maintains ODF as the recommended format for office documents within French admi...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot NVIDIA Shakes Its Flowing Mane With Life-Like HairWorks 1.1 Demo
MojoKid writes: Previously, you might not have thought much about a wig on a manikin, but checking out NVIDIA's latest tech demo, as a gamer or 3D graphics artists, hair can be pretty interesting. The...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Towards Public-Friendly Open Science: YouTube Alongside Journal Articles?
Jace Harker writes: The public has often a hard time understanding research and its relevance to society. One of the reasons for this is that scientists do not spend enough time communicating their fi...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Ongoing Suspected Identity Theft?
njnnja writes: My wife receives periodic emails (about once every other month) from a cable company that is not in our service area that purport to confirm that she has made changes to her account, su...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Ask Shaun Moss About Mars and Colonizing Space
samzenpus writes: Shaun Moss is a computer scientist with a 15-year passion for Mars. While reading Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson in 1999 Shaun realized that people would go to Mars in his lifetime...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Offers Washington a Bargain: More State Taxes, For More Education
reifman writes: The Washington State Legislature and its budget is a complete mess this year but there's been an unusual bright spot which may quiet the protesters Slashdot reported earlier: Microsoft...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot OpenSSL Patches Critical Certificate Forgery Bug
msm1267 writes: The mystery OpenSSL patch released today addresses a critical certificate validation issue where anyone with an untrusted TLS certificate can become a Certificate Authority. While seri...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Short Sleepers Might Be Benefiting From a DNA Mutation
An anonymous reader writes: As someone definitely not in that category, I envy people who can get along with little sleep, have sometimes secretly believed they're exaggerating. Maybe not. The BBC rep...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot AMD's Latest Server Compute GPU Packs In 32GB of Memory
Deathspawner writes: Following-up on the release of 12GB and 16GB FirePro compute cards last fall, AMD has just announced a brand-new top-end: the 32GB FirePro S9170. Targeted at DGEMM computation, th...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot IBM Beats The Rest of the World To 7nm Chips, But You'll Need to Wait For Them
Mickeycaskill writes: IBM's research division has successfully produced test chips containing 7nm transistors, potentially paving the way for slimmer, more powerful devices. The advance was made possi...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot There Aren't a Trillion Different Smells After All
New submitter Neuronaut137 writes: Last year a paper in Science magazine reported that humans can distinguish a trillion different odors, a result that had already made its way into neuroscience and p...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Google's Driverless Cars Now Rolling In the Heart of Texas
MarkWhittington notes that, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, Google has started testing its self-driving cars in Austin. These driverless cars, loaded with the sensors, GPS transponders, and ca...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Technology and the End of Lying
HughPickens.com writes: The Washington Post reports that lying may soon become a lost art as our digital, data-hoarding culture means that more and more evidence is piling up to undermine our lies. "T...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Apple Drops Recovery Key From Two-Factor Authentication In New OS Versions
eggboard writes: If you've ever turned on what's now called "two-step verification" for an Apple ID, you had to create a Recovery Key. Lose this 14-digit code and have your password reset (because of ...
10:00 am - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot DARPA's $4M Cyber-Threat Clash Down To Seven Challengers
coondoggie writes: When it began a year ago, there were 104 teams competing for $4 million in prize money in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s ambitious tournament — known ...
08:00 am - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Intel's Software Chief Out; Botched McAfee Deal To Blame?
jfruh writes: Renee James, Intel's president and head of the company's software group has departed, supposedly to "pursue other opportunities." But a high-profile heir apparent doesn't just leave volu...
06:00 am - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Chromecast Gets a Hardwired Ethernet Adapter
Mark Wilson writes: Google's Chromecast has gained quite a following of people looking for a cheap, simple way to stream content to their TVs. Part of the device's appeal is its easy of use and extens...
04:00 am - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Robot Performs Prostate Surgery Inside an MRI
the_newsbeagle writes: Researchers have developed a non-metallic robot with ceramic piezoelectric motors that functions inside an MRI machine, allowing surgeons to perform procedures guided by real-ti...
02:00 am - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Thanked For Its "Significant Financial Donation" To OpenBSD Foundation
McGruber writes: Microsoft has donated a considerable amount of money to the OpenBSD Foundation, becoming its first-ever Gold level contributor in the process. From the OpenBSD Journal: "The OpenBSD F...
12:00 am - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Judge Calls Malibu Media "Troll", Denies Subpoena
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In what could be the beginning of the end of the Malibu Media litigation wave involving alleged BitTorrent downloads of porn films, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in Manhattan...
12:00 am - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot WebAssembly and the Future of JavaScript
Nerval's Lobster writes: WebAssembly is the next stage in the evolution of client-side scripting. In theory, it will improve on JavaScript's speed. That's not to say that JavaScript is a slowpoke: Inc...
12:00 am - Thu, July 9, 2015
Slashdot Is NASA Planning To "Terraform" Part of the Moon? Not Quite
MarkWhittington writes: A story in Popular Science suggested that NASA is mulling a plan to "terraform" part of the moon. The term is more than a little misleading, as it implies making a portion of t...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Open Compute Project Comes Under Fire
judgecorp writes: The Open Compute Project, the Facebook-backed effort to create low-cost open source hardware for data centers has come under fire for a slack testing regime. The criticism was first ...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot EPFL's CleanSpace One Satellite Will "Eat" Space Junk
Zothecula writes: Working with Geneva's University of Applied Science and Signal Processing 5 Laboratory, Swiss research institute EPFL has announced details of a plan to capture its tiny SwissCube sa...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Judge Tosses Jury's $533M Patent Verdict Against Apple, Orders New Trial
An anonymous reader writes: US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has thrown out a $532.9 million damages award against Apple after a jury found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by a...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Catastrophic Chinese Floods Triggered By Air Pollution
sciencehabit writes: The worst flooding to hit China in 50 years may have been caused by air pollution, according to a new study. Soot in particular contributed to the catastrophic flooding. It preven...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Glitches: United Airlines Grounds All Flights, NYSE Suspends Trading
mitcheli writes: In short order, some major outages occurred morning. First United Airlines reported a system wide grounding of all flights due to "technical difficulties" with little details to follo...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Hacking Team Breach Leaks Zero-Days, Renews Fight To Regulate Cyberweapons
Patrick O'Neill writes: In the days following a massive hack that confirmed Hacking Team's dealings with repressive regimes around the world, experts are wondering once again how to stop Western techn...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Releases First 2TB Consumer SSD For Laptops
Lucas123 writes: Samsung has released what it is calling the world's first 2.5-in consumer-grade, multi-terabyte SSD, and it's issuing the new drive a 10-year warranty. With up to 2TB of capacity, the...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Finnish Teen Convicted of 50,000 'Hacks,' Receives Suspended Sentence
Bearhouse writes: The BBC reports that Julius Kivimaki was found guilty of 50,700 "instances of aggravated computer break-ins." Court documents state that his attacks affected Harvard University and M...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft To Cut 7,800 More Jobs, Take $7.6 Billion Writedown On Nokia
jones_supa writes: Microsoft is about to announce another round of layoffs. A company press release confirms the plan, saying that it will target up to 7,800 employees and will be aimed mostly at the ...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Astronomers Teach a Machine To Analyze Space Images
New submitter Jim Geach writes: Our team of astronomers and computer scientists has developed a novel unsupervised machine learning algorithm — a combination of Growing Neural Gas and Hierarchic...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Which Expert Bloggers Do You Read?
An anonymous reader writes: The crush of news sites today is almost overwhelming. For true bits of news — bare facts and alerts that something has happened — it doesn't really matter which...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Study: Women Less Likely To Be Shown Ads For High-paid Jobs On Google
An anonymous reader writes: A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University has found that women seeking jobs are less likely to be shown ads on Google for high-paying jobs than men. The researc...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Time Warner Cable Owes $229,500 To Woman It Would Not Stop Calling
HughPickens.com writes: Reuters reports that a Manhattan federal judge has ruled Time Warner Cable must pay Araceli King $229,500 for placing 153 automated calls meant for someone else to her cellphon...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot China's Stock Crash: $3.5 Trillion Wiped Out, $2.6 Trillion Frozen
An anonymous reader writes: The stock market crisis going on in China is notable for the huge numbers involved. $3.5 trillion ($3,500,000,000,000) in value has been wiped out by falling prices, and ov...
12:00 pm - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Facebook's New Data Center To Be Powered Entirely By Renewables
totalcaos writes: Facebook's new $500 million data center in Forth Worth will be powered entirely by renewable energy, thanks to a 200-megawatt wind project nearby. The data center will come online ne...
10:00 am - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot ICANN's Plan To End Commercial Website Anonymity Creates Real Problems
An anonymous reader notes that ICANN is closing the comment period for its plan to prevent owners of commercial websites from keeping their personal details out of a site's public-facing registration ...
08:00 am - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Harry Shearer Returns To the Simpsons
jones_supa writes: Fans of The Simpsons will find this turn of events nothing short of excellent: seven weeks after saying he was done with Fox's endless animated comedy, Harry Shearer has agreed to r...
06:00 am - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Jolla Spins Off Hardware Business
New submitter John.Banister writes: Jolla, founded by former Nokia employees to continue where Nokia left off developing Linux based mobile devices, has spun off its hardware division with the intent ...
04:00 am - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot UK May Send More People Into Space
sciencehabit writes: A few months ahead of the first visit by a U.K. astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS), the U.K. Space Agency has published its first strategy on human spaceflight, pr...
02:00 am - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Most Doctors Work While Sick, Despite Knowing It's Bad For Patients
An anonymous reader writes: A new survey published in JAMA Pediatrics found that 95% of doctors believe patients are put at risk when doctors work while sick. Despite that, 83% of respondents said the...
12:00 am - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot BBC Reveals Its New Microcomputer Design
The BBC has revealed the final design for its Micro Bit computer, a programmable board the size of a credit card they hope will inspire the same love of technology that the BBC Micro did in 1981. The ...
12:00 am - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Senate Advances Plan To Make Email and Social Sites Report Terror Activity
Advocatus Diaboli sends news that the Senate Intelligence Committee has unanimously approved draft legislation that would requires email providers and social media sites to report any suspected terror...
12:00 am - Wed, July 8, 2015
Slashdot Han Solo To Get His Own Star Wars Movie Prequel
New submitter alaskana writes: According to Starwars.com, Han Solo will be getting his own movie prequel. The film will purportedly tell the story of a young Han Solo and how he came to be the wily sm...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Running a Town Over Twitter
dkatana writes: You may call Jun an ancient town — it was founded by Romans 2,200 years ago. But Jun's mayor is known worldwide for using the latest technology to run the city. Back in 1999, whe...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Learning Simple Robot Programming With a 'Non-Threatening' Robot Ball (Video)
Gobot, it says here, "is a framework for robotics, physical computing, and the Internet of Things, written in the Go programming language." And in today's video, interviewee Adrian Zankich (AKA "Serio...
10:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot A Real-Time Map of All the Objects In Earth's Orbit
rastos1 writes: It started as a passion project in April for 18-year-old James Yoder, an alum of FIRST Robotics, the high school robotics competition. He wanted to learn more about 3D graphics program...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot NVIDIA Hopes To Sell More Chips By Bringing AI Programming To the Masses
jfruh writes: Artificial intelligence typically requires heavy computing power, which can only help manufacturers of specialized chip manufacturers like NVIDIA. That's why the company is pushing its D...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot The Mob's IT Department
An anonymous reader writes: An article at Bloomberg relates the story of two IT professionals who reluctantly teamed up with an organized criminal network in building a sophisticated drug smuggling op...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Siemens Sends Do-Not-Fly Order For Pipistrel's All-Electric Channel Crossing
An anonymous reader links to Flyer's coverage of a squabble that seems to feature the aircraft giant Airbus aiming bad sportsmanship in the form of corporate pull against much smaller light aircraft m...
08:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Two-Pounder From Lenovo Might Be Too Light For Comfort
MojoKid writes: With the advent of solid state storage and faster, lower-powered processors that require less complex cooling solutions, the average mainstream notebook is rather svelte. Recently, how...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Switzerland Begins Trials of Expensive Postal Drones
An anonymous reader writes: Swiss Post has beat Amazon, Alibaba and other researchers into drone-based delivery by launching practical drops using a Matternet four-rotored drone this month. However th...
06:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot 'Severe Bug' To Be Patched In OpenSSL
An anonymous reader writes: The Register reports that upcoming OpenSSL versions 1.0.2d and 1.0.1p are claimed to fix a single security defect classified as "high" severity. It is not yet known what th...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Eric Holder Says DoJ Could Strike Deal With Snowden; Current AG Takes Hard Line
cold fjord writes with the report at Yahoo that Former Attorney General Eric Holder said today that a "possibility exists" for the Justice Department to cut a deal with ... Edward Snowden that would a...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot The IT Containers That Went To War
1sockchuck writes: Parachuting a container full of IT gear into a war zone is challenging enough. In the mountains of Afghanistan, helicopters had to deliver modular data centers in three minutes or l...
04:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Crypto Experts Blast Gov't Backdoors For Encryption
loid_void writes with a link to a New York Times report about some of the world's best-known cryptography experts, who have prepared a report which concludes that there is no viable technical solution...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Hacking Team Scrambling To Limit Damage Brought On By Explosive Data Leak
An anonymous reader writes: Who hacked Hacking Team, the Milan-based company selling intrusion and surveillance software to governments, law enforcement agencies and (as it turns out) companies? A hac...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Show Human Aging Rates Vary Widely
HughPickens.com writes: Ever notice at your high school reunions how some classmates look ten years older than everybody else — and some look ten years younger. Now BBC reports that a study of p...
02:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Judge Dismisses Second Conviction of Ex-Goldman Sachs Coder
itwbennett writes: Back in May, former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov was convicted by a jury for stealing 32MB of code for Goldman's high-frequency trading system, code that Aleynikov main...
12:00 pm - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Even the "Idea Person" Should Learn How To Code
theodp writes: "A few months ago," writes Steph Rhee, "I was at a dinner with a dozen students and a 60-year-old entrepreneur who made himself a fortune on Wall Street. At the time, I was a junior at ...
10:00 am - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Do You Find Jobs That Offer Working From Home?
jez9999 writes: I'm a software developer in the UK, and I've found that it's very rare (maybe 5% of the time) to find an employer that will even consider any working from home, let alone for the major...
08:00 am - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Mozilla's Plans For Firefox: More Partnerships, Better Add-ons, Faster Updates
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla is reexamining and revamping the way it builds, communicates, and decides features for its browser. In short, big changes are coming to Firefox. Dave Camp, Firefox'...
06:00 am - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Extreme Reduction Gearing Device Offers an Amazing Gear Ratio
ErnieKey writes: The 3D printed extreme reduction gearing device, created by long-time puzzle maker M. Oskar van Deventer, may leave you puzzled for its obvious applications, but the coaxial cranking ...
04:00 am - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Click-Fraud Trojan Politely Updates Flash On Compromised Computers
jfruh writes: Kotver is in many ways a typical clickfraud trojan: it hijacks the user's browser process to create false clicks on banner ads, defrauding advertisers and ad networks. But one aspect of ...
02:00 am - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot How Bad User Interfaces Can Ruin Lives
Lauren Weinstein writes: A couple of months ago, in "Seeking Anecdotes Regarding 'Older' Persons' Use of Web Services," I asked for stories and comments regarding experiences that older users have had...
12:00 am - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Prototype Wave Energy Device Passes Grid-Connected Pilot Test
coondoggie writes: A prototype wave energy device advanced with backing from the Energy Department and U.S. Navy has passed its first grid-connected open-sea pilot testing. According to the DOE, the d...
12:00 am - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Supercomputing Cluster Immersed In Oil Yields Extreme Efficiency
1sockchuck writes: A new supercomputing cluster immersed in tanks of dielectric fluid has posted extreme efficiency ratings. The Vienna Scientific Cluster 3 combines several efficiency techniques to c...
12:00 am - Tue, July 7, 2015
Slashdot Philips Is Revolutionizing Urban Farming With New GrowWise Indoor Farm
Kristine Lofgren writes: With arable land dwindling and the cost — both economically and environmentally — of growing and transporting food increasing, it's time to redefine farming. So Ph...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot What Goes Into a Decision To Take Software From Proprietary To Open Source
Lemeowski writes: It's not often that you get to glimpse behind the curtain and see what led a proprietary software company to open source its software. Last year, the networking software company Mido...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot More Supermassive Black Holes Than We Thought!
LeadSongDog writes: The Royal Astronomical Society reports five supermassive black holes (SMBHs) that were previously hidden by dust and gas have been uncovered. The discovery suggests there may be mi...
10:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot "We Screwed Up," Says Reddit CEO In Formal Apology
An anonymous reader writes: After moderators locked up some of Reddit's most popular pages in protest against the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, and an online petition asking the company to fire CEO El...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot The DARPA Robotics Challenge Was a Bust; Let's Try Again
malachiorion writes: The DARPA Robotics Challenge, the biggest and most well-funded international robotics competition in years, was a failure. After years of grueling work on the part of brilliant ro...
08:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Software Devs Leaving Greece For Good, Finance Minister Resigns
New submitter TheHawke writes with this story from ZDNet about the exodus of software developers from Greece. "In the last three years, almost 80 percent of my friends, mostly developers, left Greece,...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Japanese and US Piloted Robots To Brawl For National Pride
jfruh writes: Japan may have just lost the Women's World Cup to the U.S., but the country is hoping for a comeback in another competition: a battle between giant robots. Suidobashi Heavy Industry has ...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Google's Waze Jumps Into the Ride-Sharing Business
An anonymous reader writes: Waze, the online mapping company owned by Google, is testing a ride-sharing service in Israel called RideWith. The service will allow commuters to pay drivers for rides to ...
06:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Have You Tried a Standing Desk?
An anonymous reader writes: Evidence is piling up that sitting down all day is really bad for you. I work primarily from home, and as I grow older, I'm starting to worry about long term consequences t...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Chilling Effect of the Wassenaar Arrangement On Exploit Research
Bismillah writes: Security researchers are confused as to how the export control and licensing controls covering exploits affect their work. The upcoming Wassenaar restrictions were expected to discou...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot First Windows 10 RTM Candidate Appears
Mark Wilson reports that the first RTM candidate for Windows 10 has been spotted: build 10176. Leaks and sources have suggested the company intends to finalize the operating system later this week, pe...
04:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Proposed Regulation Could Keep 3D-printed Gun Blueprints Offline For Good
SonicSpike sends a report on a proposed update to the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) regulations which could shut down the sharing of files for 3D printed gun parts over the internet. "Hidden wi...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Pluto Probe Back To Normal, Cause of Snafu Found
Tablizer writes: NASA has provided an update to the problem with the New Horizons probe that will fly by Pluto next week. "The investigation into the anomaly that caused New Horizons to enter "safe mo...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Hacking Team Hacked, Attackers Grab 400GB of Internal Data
Several readers sent word that notorious surveillance company Hacking Team has itself been hacked. Attackers made off with 400GB worth of emails, documents, and source code. The company is known for p...
02:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Silicon Valley Is Filling Up With Ex-Obama Staffers
HughPickens.com writes: Edward-Isaac Dovere reports in Politico that the fastest-growing chapter of the Obama alumni association is in Silicon Valley. For the people who helped get Obama elected and w...
12:00 pm - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Researchers Study "Harbingers of Failure," Consumers Who Habitually Pick Losers
AmiMoJo writes: Is your favorite TV show always getting cancelled? Did you love Crystal Pepsi? Were you an early adopter of the Zune? If you answered yes to these questions, researchers say you might ...
10:00 am - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Chinese Zoo Animals Monitored For Earthquake Prediction
An anonymous reader writes: Seismologists in Nanjing have set up seven observation centers at zoos and animal parks in the region to see if animals can predict when an earthquake may strike. At least ...
08:00 am - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Brazilian Evangelicals Set Up a "Sin Free" Version of Facebook
An anonymous reader writes: With $16,000 and the help of the Mayor of Ferraz de Vasconcelos, the town he lives in, Atilla Barros and three other Evangelical Christians created Facegloria, a "sin-free"...
04:00 am - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Linux 4.2-rc1 Is One of the Largest Kernel Releases of Recent Times
An anonymous reader writes: Linus Torvalds ended the Linux 4.2 kernel merge window today by releasing Linux 4.2-rc1. He quickly wrote, "I thought this release would be one of the biggest ones ever, bu...
02:00 am - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: If You Could Assemble a "FrankenOS" What Parts Would You Use?
rnws writes: While commenting about log-structured file systems in relation to flash SSDs, I referenced Digital's Spiralog [pdf], released for OpenVMS in 1996. This got me thinking about how VMS to th...
12:00 am - Mon, July 6, 2015
Slashdot Greece Rejects EU Terms
New submitter Thammuz writes: With almost all ballots counted, Greeks voted overwhelmingly "No" on Sunday in a bailout referendum, defying warnings from the EU that rejecting new austerity terms would...
10:00 pm - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot Dartmouth Contests Showcase Computer-Generated Creativity
An anonymous reader writes: A series of contests at Dartmouth College will pit humans versus machines. Both will produce literature, poetry and music which will then be judged by humans who will try a...
08:00 pm - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot Checking Mammoth DNA Against Elephants Hints At How They Got Hairy
An anonymous reader writes: A new study on mammoth DNA comparing the hairy animals to their cousins, the Asian and African elephants, has isolated what genes separate it from its warm-weather cousins....
08:00 pm - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot Wired Looks Back At 'Mondo 2000'
destinyland writes: On a day when America looks back on those who came before, Wired is remembering a pioneering technology magazine named Mondo 2000 — and sharing video of its editors' legendar...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot Seahorse Tails Could Inspire New Generation of Robots
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Clemson University have studied the makeup of seahorse tails and rendered its mechanics using 3D-printing in an effort to provide flexibility to stiff robots...
06:00 pm - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot Army Exoskeleton Prototype Helps Soldiers Learn To Shoot
An anonymous reader writes: Infantrymen live by their shooting skills, but becoming an expert marksman can take a long time. U.S. Army researchers are working on a way to improve these skills with the...
04:00 pm - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot Glitch Halts New Horizons Operations As It Nears Pluto
An anonymous reader writes: NASA says their New Horizons probe suffered a temporary communication breakdown on Saturday, 10 days before it's supposed to fly past Pluto. The mission team is working to ...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot How Apple Music Can Disrupt Users' iTunes Libraries
An anonymous reader writes: Early adopters of Apple Music are warning others they could get more than they bargained for if they intend to download tracks for offline listening. Since Apple Music is p...
02:00 pm - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot Russian Progress Cargo Ship Docks With Space Station
An anonymous reader writes: An unmanned Russian cargo ship has successfully docked with the International Space Station. The successful launch, rendezvous and docking came after two resupply failures....
10:00 am - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot Scientists Look For Patterns In North Carolina Shark Attacks
HughPickens.com writes: The Washington Post reports that there have been seven recent shark attacks in North Carolina. Scientists are looking for what might be luring the usually shy sharks so close t...
08:00 am - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot Theresa May Named UK's Internet Villain of the Year
An anonymous reader writes with news that Theresa May, the UK's Secretary of State for the Home Department, has been named the UK internet industry's villain of the year. She won this dubious honor fo...
04:00 am - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot Bitcoin Snafu Causes Miners To Generate Invalid Blocks
An anonymous reader writes: A notice at bitcoin.org warns users of the cryptocurrency that many miners are currently generating invalid blocks. The cause seems to be out-of-date software, and software...
02:00 am - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot Brain-Inspired 'Memcomputer' Constructed
New submitter DorkFest writes: "Inspired by the human brain, UC San Diego scientists have constructed a new kind of computer that stores information and processes it in the same place. This prototype ...
12:00 am - Sun, July 5, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Edge, HTML5, and DRM
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is building its new browser, Edge, with the intention of avoiding many of the flaws that plagued Internet Explorer over its long and tumultuous life. Part of this...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot Frank Herbert's Dune, 50 Years On
An anonymous reader writes: This October will be the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert's massively popular and influential sci-fi novel Dune. The Guardian has written a piece examining its effects on ...
10:00 pm - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot Researcher Who Reported E-voting Vulnerability Targeted By Police Raid in Argentina
TrixX writes: Police have raided the home of an Argentinian security professional who discovered and reported several vulnerabilities in the electronic ballot system (Google translation of Spanish ori...
08:00 pm - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot When Nerds Do BBQ
Rick Zeman writes: On this 4th of July, the day when Americans flock to their grills and smokers, Wired has a fascinating article on a computerized smoker designed by Harvard engineering students. The...
06:00 pm - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: How Much Did Your Biggest Tech Mistake Cost?
NotQuiteReal writes: What is the most expensive piece of hardware you broke (I fried a $2500 disk drive once, back when 400MB was $2500) or what software bug did you let slip that caused damage? (No c...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot Why Electric Vehicles Aren't More Popular
An anonymous reader writes: Ars takes a look at a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences into the reasons why more people aren't driving electric vehicles. Of course infrastructure issues...
04:00 pm - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot Solar Impulse 2 Completes Record-Breaking Flight
An anonymous reader writes: Solar Impulse 2, the airplane powered only by the sun's light, has completed its flight from Japan to Hawaii. The distance sets the record for manned, solar-powered flight,...
02:00 pm - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot Wired Cautions Would-Be Drone Photogs on the 4th
Last year's spectacular but unauthorized you-are-there video from the inside of a fireworks display has probably inspired quite a few people to try getting their own bird's-eye view this year. Wired c...
12:00 pm - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot Someone Will Die Playing a Game In Virtual Reality
SlappingOysters writes: Grab It has detailed a hands-on session with horror VR title Kitchen — from Resident Evil creator Capcom — and argues how the physical reaction to the experience co...
10:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot Machine Learning System Detects Emotions and Suicidal Behavior
An anonymous reader writes with word as reported by The Stack of a new machine learning technology under development at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology "which can identify emotion in text ...
08:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot How To Design Robot Overlords For "Robot Overlords"
Hallie Siegel writes: Ever wonder how they make robots look so awesomely real in movies? Visual effects expert Graham Edwards goes behind the scenes with the makers of Robot Overlords to take you thro...
04:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot In Response to Open Letter, France Rejects Asylum For Julian Assange
Several outlets report that Julian Assange has requested, but been denied, political asylum in France, by means of an open letter published by Le Monde.From The Globe and Mail's coverage, linked above...
02:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot Japanese Court Orders Google To Delete Past Reports Of Man's Molestation Arrest
AmiMoJo writes: The Saitama District Court has ordered Google Inc. to delete past reports on a man's arrest over molestation from its online search results after ruling that they violate the man's per...
12:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot Turing Near Ready To Ship World's First Liquid Metal Android Smartphone
MojoKid writes: Liquid Metal is an alloy metal (technically, bulk metallic glass) that manages to combine the best features of a wide variety of materials into one product. Liquid Metal also has high ...
12:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot FBI Wants Pirate Bay Logs For Criminal Investigation Into Copyright Trolls
the simurgh writes: It has been revealed today that In the past few months, two of the Pirate Bay co-founders have been repeatedly questioned by Swedish authorities, acting on behalf of the FBI. The i...
12:00 am - Sat, July 4, 2015
Slashdot Clang Plays Tetris -- Tetris As a C Template Metaprogram
New submitter mjvzb writes: Ever wish compiling was more fun? Well, I recently implemented Tetris as a C++ template metaprogram (code at Github). The game is played by recompiling its source, taking p...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is 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 ...
10:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot 3-D Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanning Could Strengthen Smartphone Security
Zothecula sends news that researchers from the University of California are developing new fingerprint scanning technology that could one day enhance the security of mobile devices. The new technique ...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Square Enix Pulls, Apologizes For Mac Version of Final Fantasy XIV
_xeno_ writes: Just over a week after Warner Bros. pulled the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight due to bugs, Square Enix is now being forced to do the same thing with the Mac OS X version of Final F...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Leased LEDs and Energy Service Contracts can Cut Electric Bills (Video)
I first heard of Consumer Energy Solutions from a non-profit's IT guy who was boasting about how he got them to lease him LED bulbs for their parking lot and the security lights at their equipment lot...
08:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Rumblefish Claims It Owns 'America the Beautiful' By United States Navy Band
ptorrone writes: Adafruit is now shipping the USA-made open-source Arduinos. In celebration Ladyada the engineer posted an Arduino rotating in front of an American flag with the public domain "America...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot A Look At the Rare Hybrid Console Built By Sony and Nintendo
An anonymous reader writes: Long before Sony and Nintendo were rivals, the two companies were partners for a brief time. In 1998 the duo started work on SNES-CD, a video game media format that was sup...
06:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Common Medications Sway Moral Judgment
sciencehabit sends news that two commonly-prescribed drugs have been shown to influence how the human brain makes moral decisions. Citalopram is an SSRI used to treat depression, and levodopa is often...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Samsung Faces Lawsuit In China Over Smartphone Bloatware
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung is being sued in China for installing too many apps onto its smartphones. The Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission is also suing Chinese vendor Oppo, dema...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Russian Cargo Ship Successfully Makes Orbit, Will Supply ISS
An anonymous reader writes: Early this morning, a Russian Soyuz rocket successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The rocket carried a Progress capsule containing 2,700kg of sup...
04:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Firefox 39 Released, Bringing Security Improvements and Social Sharing
An anonymous reader writes: Today Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 39.0, which brings an number of minor improvements to the open source browser. (Full release notes.) They've integrated Firef...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Aussie ISP Bakes In Geo-dodging For Netflix, Hulu
New submitter ste7en7 writes: A new Australian ISP is integrating geo-blocking circumvention into its broadband service, allowing customers to access streaming services like Hulu, Netflix USA, BBC iPl...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot AMAgeddon: Reddit Mods Are Locking Up the Site's Most Popular Pages In Protest
vivaoporto writes: As reported by CNET and TechCrunch, reddit moderators are locking up the site's most popular pages in protest against the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, a key member of the site's be...
02:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot The Science of 4th of July Fireworks
StartsWithABang writes: There are few things as closely associated with American independence as our willingness and eagerness to celebrate with fiery explosions. I refer, of course, to the unique spe...
12:00 pm - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Hold Onto Your Domain?
An anonymous reader writes: There have been quite a few stories recently about corporations, or other people, wanting to take over a domain. This has me wondering what steps can I take to ensure that ...
10:00 am - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot MasterCard To Approve Online Payments Using Your Selfies
An anonymous reader writes: MasterCard is experimenting with a new program: approving online purchases with a facial scan. Once you’re done shopping online, instead of a password, the service wi...
08:00 am - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Trolls No Longer Welcome In New Zealand
An anonymous reader writes: Legislation designed to prevent cyber-bullying has passed its final hurdle in the New Zealand Parliament, making it a crime to send harmful messages or put damaging images ...
06:00 am - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Rocket Labs Picks New Zealand For Its Launch Site
schwit1 writes: The small sat rocket company Rocket Labs has chosen a location in New Zealand as its future launch site. Bloomberg reports: "The company didn't specify how much it was investing in the...
04:00 am - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot The Plan To Bring Analytics To eSports
An anonymous reader writes: We're used to seeing instant replays, halftime analysis and in depth analytics in traditional sports, but now they're coming to eSports too. A new start-up, Dojo Madness, i...
02:00 am - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Naval Research Interested In Bringing 3D Printing To Large Scale For Ships
coondoggie writes: The Navy this month will outline what it is looking for from additive manufacturing or 3D printing technology as way to bolster what it terms "fleet readiness." The Office of Naval ...
12:00 am - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Google's Niantic Labs Sorry Over Death Camps In Smartphone Game
New submitter LunaticTippy writes: For those unfamiliar with Ingress, the game has GPS coordinate portals that correspond to real world locations, players then use smartphones to battle for control of...
12:00 am - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Can New Chicago Taxes On Netflix, Apple, Spotify Withstand Legal Challenges?
Mr D from 63 writes: Today, a new "cloud tax" takes effect in the city of Chicago, targeting online databases and streaming entertainment services. Residents who stream movies and music from companies...
12:00 am - Fri, July 3, 2015
Slashdot Google: Stop Making Apps! (A Love Letter)
An anonymous reader writes: Seasoned Silicon Valley software executive and investor Domenic Merenda has written a love letter to Google, and it's filled with "tough" love. The main thesis is that Goog...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot UK Government Illegally Spied On Amnesty International
Mark Wilson writes with this excerpt from a story at Beta News: A court has revealed that the UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, illegally spied on human rights organization Amnesty International. It is an...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Google Hangouts and SMS Integration: A Mess, For Now
Android Headlines reports that a bug in the Google Hangouts app is causing confusion for users who would like to send and receive SMS messages. According to the article, [S]ome users are reporting an ...
10:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft Research Open Sources WorldWide Telescope
kfogel writes: Microsoft Research has open sourced WorldWide Telescope, releasing it under the MIT license and donating the code to the .NET Foundation. The code is up on GitHub at github.com/WorldWid...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Cameron Asserts UK Gov't Will Leave No "Safe Space" For Private Communications
An anonymous reader writes with the story from Ars Technica that UK prime minister David Cameron "has re-iterated that the UK government does not intend to "'eave a safe space — a new means of c...
08:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Angler Exploit Kit Evasion Techniques Keep Cryptowall Thriving
msm1267 writes: Since the Angler Exploit Kit began pushing the latest version of Cryptowall ransomware, the kit has gone to great lengths to evade detection from IDS and other security technologies. T...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Passwords Transmitted As Cleartext?
An anonymous reader writes: My brother recently requested a transcript from his university and was given the option to receive the transcript electronically. When he had problems accessing the documen...
06:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Solar Impulse 2 Breaks Three Records En Route To Hawaii
Zothecula writes: Solar Impulse 2 has started smashing records even before the longest leg of its round-the-world flight is complete. At around three quarters of the way to its next touch down in Hawa...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Watching People Code Is Becoming an (Even Bigger) Thing
itwbennett writes: Faithful Slashdot readers may recall the story of Adam Wulf, who spent two weeks live-streaming himself writing a mobile app. The phenomenon has quickly become thing, by which we me...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Volkswagen Factory Worker Killed By a Robot
m.alessandrini writes: A worker at a Volkswagen factory in Germany has died, after a robot grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate. This it perhaps the first severe accident of this kind in ...
04:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot North America Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses
DW100 writes: The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has been forced to reject a request for more IPv4 addresses for the first time as its stock of remaining address reaches exhaustion. The...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot The Epidemic May be Over, But Liberia Has New Ebola Cases
Three new cases of Ebola have been reported in Liberia. Reuters reports that despite the declared end to the Ebola outbreak in that country in May, the medical community is speculating that a cluster ...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot "Jobs" vs. "Steve Jobs": Hollywood Takes Another Stab At Telling the Steve Jobs Story
theodp writes: Didn't like Jobs , the 2013 biopic about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher? Maybe you'll prefer Steve Jobs, the 2015 biopic about the life of Apple co-foun...
02:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot San Francisco Fiber Optic Cable Cutter Strikes Again
HughPickens.com writes: USA Today reports that the FBI is investigating at least 11 physical attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in California's San Francisco Bay Area dating back to at least Jul...
12:00 pm - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot TracFone Finally Agrees To Allow Phone Unlocking
jfruh writes: While most Slashdot readers probably enjoy the latest and greatest smartphones and heavy-use data plans, millions of Americans use low-cost, prepaid featurephones, and many of those are ...
10:00 am - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot SlideN'Joy Extender Adds Up To Two More Screens For a Multi-Monitor Laptop
MojoKid writes: Nothing beats the portability of a notebook when it comes to getting work done while on-the-go, but with that portability comes a number of caveats like a smaller keyboard and being fo...
08:00 am - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Retro City Rampage Getting a DOS Version
jones_supa writes: There is an indie game port in works which certainly cracks a smile on one's face. Vblank Entertainment is bringing Retro City Rampage — its homage to 8-bit games and Grand Th...
06:00 am - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Qt 5.5 Released
New submitter mx+b writes: The latest version of Qt, the cross platform GUI toolkit and development platform, is out for all major platforms. Highlights include better 3D, multimedia, and web support,...
06:00 am - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Exploring the Relationships Between Tech Skills (Visualization)
Nerval's Lobster writes: Simon Hughes, Dice's Chief Data Scientist, has put together an experimental visualization that explores how tech skills relate to one another. In the visualization, every circ...
04:00 am - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Cuba Connecting Universities With Fiber
lpress writes: Two Cuban universities have fiber links and fiber connections will be available to all Cuban universities in January 2016. One of the currently connected universities is in the west, ne...
02:00 am - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Federal Wiretaps Down Slightly, Encryption Impact Decreases
coondoggie writes: According to the 2014 Wiretap Report, released today by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts a total of a total of 3,554 wiretaps were reported as authorized, with ...
12:00 am - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot How the Next US Nuclear Accident Might Happen
Lasrick writes: Anthropologist Hugh Gusterson analyzes safety at US nuclear facilities and finds a disaster waiting to happen due to an over-reliance on automated security technology and private contr...
12:00 am - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Windows 10 Shares Your Wi-Fi Password With Contacts
gsslay writes: The Register reports that Windows 10 will include, defaulted on, "Wi-Fi Sense" which shares wifi passwords with Outlook.com contacts, Skype contacts and, with an opt-in, Facebook friend...
12:00 am - Thu, July 2, 2015
Slashdot Depression: The Secret Struggle Startup Founders Won't Talk About
mattydread23 writes: In May, Cambrian Genomics CEO Austen Heinz committed suicide. The news stunned friends and family, and sparked a conversation about the growing problem of depression among startup...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot First Human Colonies Should Be Among Venus' Clouds
StartsWithABang writes: When we talk about humans existing on worlds other than Earth, the first choice of a planet to do so on is usually Mars, a world that may have been extremely Earth-like for the...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Meet the Makers of an Exotic (Partially) 3-D Printed Car (2 Videos)
Last month, in a story headlined 3D Printed Supercar Chassis Unveiled, we promised video interviews with builders Kevin and Brad "in the near future." Here they are. First, we have Kevin Czinger, Foun...
10:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft To Launch Minecraft Education Portal For Teachers
Mickeycaskill writes: Microsoft wants to help educators use Minecraft to teach pupils about maths, history, creative design and other subjects and skills, claiming the game is already being used in cl...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Google Apologises For Photos App's Racist Blunder
Mark Wilson writes: Google has issued an apology after the automatic tagging feature of its Photos apps labeled a black couple as "gorillas". This is not the first time an algorithm has been found to ...
08:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Pew Survey Documents Gaps Between Public and Scientists
PvtVoid writes: A new Pew Research Study documents an alarming gap between public perception of scientific issues and the opinions of the scientists themselves, as measured by a poll of AAAS scientist...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Getting My Wife Back Into Programming After Long Maternity Leave?
An anonymous reader writes: My wife has been on a maternity leave for three years, now. She is starting to think about refreshing her coding skills and looking for a job. Before, she worked as a Java ...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot 18 Years On, Ultima Online Is Still Going
An anonymous reader writes: Ultima Online was released in September, 1997. It was the game that popularized graphical MMOs, and somehow, it's still running. Rock, Paper, Shotgun took a dive into the g...
06:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Linus Torvalds Answers Your Question
Last Thursday you had a chance to ask Linus Torvalds about programming, hardware, and all things Linux. You can read his answers to those questions below. If you'd like to see what he had to say the l...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Where Facebook Stores 900 Million New Photos Per Day
1sockchuck writes: Facebook faces unique storage challenges. Its users upload 900 million new images daily, most of which are only viewed for a couple of days. The social network has built specialized...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Scientist Union's Talks Stall Over Pay
HughPickens.com writes: The Sacramento Bee reports that the labor contract between California's state government and the 2,800 employees represented by the California Association of Professional Scien...
04:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot NASA To Waste $150 Million On SLS Engine That Will Be Used Once
schwit1 writes: NASA's safety panel has noticed that NASA's SLS program either plans to spend $150 million human-rating a rocket engine it will only use once, or will fly a manned mission without huma...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Struggling University of Phoenix Lays Off 900
An anonymous reader writes: The struggles facing for-profit colleges continue. The University of Phoenix announced poor quarterly earnings yesterday, and the institution has laid off 900 workers since...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot People Are Obtaining Windows 7 Licenses For the Free Windows 10 Upgrade
jones_supa writes: Windows 7 has quickly started increasing its market share of desktop operating systems, nearing 61%. If you're wondering why this is happening when Windows 10 is almost here, the re...
02:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Amazon's New SSL/TLS Implementation In 6,000 Lines of Code
bmearns writes: Amazon has announced a new library called "s2n," an open source implementation of SSL/TLS, the cryptographic security protocols behind HTTPS, SSH, SFTP, secure SMTP, and many others. W...
12:00 pm - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot How Verizon Is Hindering NYC's Internet Service
Cuillere writes: Verizon promised to make FiOS available to all New York City residents. The deadline passed a year ago, and many residents still don't have FiOS as an option, but Verizon claims to ha...
10:00 am - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot MIT's Bitcoin-Inspired 'Enigma' Lets Computers Mine Encrypted Data
Guy Zyskind, Oz Nathan, and the MIT Media Lab have developed a system to encrypt data in a way that it can still be shared and used without being decrypted. "To keep track of who owns what data—...
08:00 am - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Analysis: Iran's Nuclear Program Has Been an Astronomical Waste
Lasrick writes: Business Insider's Armin Rosen uses a fuel-cost calculator from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to show that Iran's nuclear program has been "astronomically costly" for the count...
06:00 am - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot UK's National Computer Museum Looks For Help Repairing BBC Micros
tresho writes: 1981-era 8-bit BBC Micro computers and peripherals are displayed in a special interactive exhibit at the UK's National Museum of Computing designed to give modern students a taste of pr...
04:00 am - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Surveillance Court: NSA Can Resume Bulk Surveillance
An anonymous reader writes: We all celebrated back in May when a federal court ruled the NSA's phone surveillance illegal, and again at the beginning of June, when the Patriot Act expired, ending auth...
02:00 am - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Is Safari the New Internet Explorer?
An anonymous reader writes: Software developer Nolan Lawson says Apple's Safari has taken the place of Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the major browser that lags behind all the others. This comes sh...
12:00 am - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Celebrating Workarounds, Kludges, and Hacks
itwbennett writes: We all have some favorite workarounds that right a perceived wrong (like getting around the Wall Street Journal paywall) or make something work the way we think it ought to. From tu...
12:00 am - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Apple Loses Ebook Price Fixing Appeal, Must Pay $450 Million
An anonymous reader writes: A federal appeals court ruled 2-1 today that Apple indeed conspired with publishers to increase ebook prices. The ruling puts Apple on the hook for the $450 million settlem...
12:00 am - Wed, July 1, 2015
Slashdot Quebec Government May Force ISPs To Block Gambling Websites
New submitter ottawan- writes: In order to drive more customers to their own online gambling website, the Quebec government and Loto-Quebec (the provincial organization in charge of gaming and lotteri...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Stanford Starts the 'Secure Internet of Things Project'
An anonymous reader writes: The internet-of-things is here to stay. Lots of people now have smart lights, smart thermostats, smart appliances, smart fire detectors, and other internet-connect gadgets ...
10:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Cory Doctorow Talks About Fighting the DMCA (2 Videos)
Wikipedia says, 'Cory Efram Doctorow (/kri dktro/; born July 17, 1971) is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an a...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Microsoft To Sell Bing Maps, Advertising Sections
UnknowingFool writes: Microsoft has announced that they will sell some Bing Maps technology to Uber and their advertising business to AOL. About 1,300 employees are expected to be offered positions in...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Test Pilot: the F-35 Can't Dogfight
schwit1 sends this report from the War Is Boring column:A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can't turn or climb fast enough to hit...
08:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot White House Lures Mudge From Google To Launch Cyber UL
chicksdaddy writes: The Obama Whitehouse has tapped famed hacker Peiter Zatko (aka "Mudge") to head up a new project aimed at developing an "underwriters' lab" for cyber security. The new organization...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Empty Toner Cartridges?
New submitter MoarSauce123 writes: Over time I accumulated a number of empty toner cartridges for a Brother laser printer. Initially, I wanted to take a local office supply chain store up on their off...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot What If You Could See Asteroids In the Night Sky?
An anonymous reader writes: As part of Asteroid Day a 360-degree video rendering the night sky with the population of near-earth asteroids included has been created by 'Astronogamer' Scott Manley. The...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Interviews: Brian Krebs Answers Your Questions
A few weeks ago you had a chance to ask Brian Krebs about security, cybercrime and what it's like to be the victim of Swatting. Below you will find his answers to your questions. ...
06:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Nvidia Details 'Gameworks VR', Aims To Boost Virtual Reality Render Performance
An anonymous reader writes: In a guest article published to Road to VR, Nvidia graphics programmer Nathan Reed details Nvidia's 'Gameworks VR' initiative which the company says is designed to boost vi...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot RFC 7568 Deprecates SSLv3 As Insecure
AmiMoJo writes: SSLv3 should not be used, according to the IETF's RFC 7568. Despite being replaced by three versions of TLS, SSLv3 is still in use. Clients and servers are now recommended to reject re...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot UK Researchers Find IPv6-Related Data Leaks In 11 of 14 VPN Providers
jan_jes writes: According to researchers at Queen Mary University of London, services used by hundreds of thousands of people in the UK to protect their identity on the web are vulnerable to leaks. Th...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot First Fedora Image For the MIPS Available For Testing
New submitter alexvoica writes: Today Fedora contributor Michal Toman has announced that the first Fedora 22 image for 32-bit MIPS CPUs is available for testing; this version of the operating system w...
04:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Cisco To Acquire OpenDNS
New submitter Tokolosh writes: Both Cisco and OpenDNS announced today that the former is to acquire the latter. From the Cisco announcement: "To build on Cisco's advanced threat protection capabilitie...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot 8 Yelp Reviewers Hit With $1.2 Million Defamation Suits
New submitter goodboi writes: A Silicon Valley building contractor is suing 8 of its critics over the reviews they posted on Yelp. The negative reviews were filtered out by Yelp's secretive ranking sy...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot SMS Co-Inventor Matti Makkonen Dead At 63
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC News reports that Matti Makkonen, one of the 'grand old man of mobile industry' who helped launch the worldwide sensation of texting, has died at the age of 63 afte...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot European Government Agrees On Net Neutrality Rules, With Exemptions
An anonymous reader writes: The European Union's three main legislative bodies, the European Council, the European Parliment, and the European Commision, have reached an agreement on "Open Internet" r...
02:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Lawsuit Filed Over Domain Name Registered 16 Years Before Plaintiff's Use
HughPickens.com writes: Cybersquatting is registering, selling or using a domain name with the intent of profiting from the goodwill of someone else's trademark. It generally refers to the practice of...
12:00 pm - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot How Computer Science Education Got Practical (Again)
jfruh writes: In the 1980s and 1990s, thousands of young people who had grown up tinkering with PCs hit college and dove into curricula designed around the vague notion that they might want to "do som...
10:00 am - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Asteroid Day On June 30 Aims To Raise Awareness of Collision Risks
benonemusic writes: International organizers--including Queen's Brian May, an astrophysicist--have organized the world's first Asteroid Day on June 30, as a means to raise awareness for future collisi...
08:00 am - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Creating Bacterial "Fight Clubs" To Discover New Drugs
Science_afficionado writes: Vanderbilt chemists have shown that creating bacterial 'fight clubs' is an effective way to discover natural biomolecules with the properties required for new drugs. They h...
06:00 am - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot The Programmer's Path To Management
snydeq writes: The transition from command line to line-of-command requires a new mind-set — and a thick skin, writes InfoWorld's Paul Heltzel in a tips-based article aimed at programmers intere...
04:00 am - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot How IKEA Patched Shellshock
jones_supa writes: Magnus Glantz, IT manager at IKEA, revealed that the Swedish furniture retailer has more than 3,500 Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers. With Shellshock, every single one of those serv...
02:00 am - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Study Suggests That HUD Tech May Actually Reduce Driving Safety
Zothecula writes: Having a heads-up display constantly feed you information while cruising down the road may make you feel like a jet pilot ready to avoid any potential danger but recent findings sugg...
12:00 am - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Ask Slashdot: Choosing the Right Open Source License
NicknamesAreStupid writes: I need to choose an open source license. I am developing an open source iOS application that use a significant number of other open source projects which, in turn, use a num...
12:00 am - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company
An anonymous reader writes: Two Uber executives were arrested by French authorities for running an illegal taxi company and concealing illegal documents. This is not the first time Uber has run into t...
12:00 am - Tue, June 30, 2015
Slashdot Airplane Coatings Help Recoup Fuel Efficiency Lost To Bug Splatter
MTorrice writes: When bugs hit the wings of oncoming airplanes, they create a problem. Their blood, called hemolymph, sticks to an airplane's wings, disrupting the smooth airflow over them and reducin...